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EFA DESIGN SHOWCASE
MEMORY CARE

White Oaks of McHenry MCHENRY, ILL.
Submitted by: Worn Jerabek Wiltse Architects P.C. CHICAGO

Project category: New construction
Chief administrator: Gilbert Arroyo, LPN, CDP
Firm: Worn Jerabek Wiltse Architects P.C., www.wjwarchitecture.com
Design team: Worn Jerabek Wiltse Architects (architect); Blank, Wesselink, Cook and Associates (MEP and structural engineer); Eriksson
Engineering Associates (civil engineer); Laflin Design Group (landscape
architect); Strong Design Consultants (interior designer); Horve Builders
(general contractor)
Photography: © Darris Lee Harris Photography
Resident/client capacity: 48
Total building area (sq. ft.): 36,152
Construction cost/sq. ft.: $199
Total construction cost (excluding land): $7.2 million
Completed: August 2017

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White Oaks of McHenry is a
memory care community designed
especially for seniors with dementia.
The building, which was designed
using current best practices for
housing and care for seniors with
dementia, aims to provide residents
with the comfort of home, while enhancing their health and well-being.
It is organized into four households,
with resident units opening onto
common spaces that evoke home
such as living rooms, dining rooms,
and sitting areas. Residents are able

to move independently within the
spaces, empowered by design cues
to participate in familiar activities
of daily life. Larger common space
amenities are also provided, including a café, generously-lit winter garden, meditation room, multipurpose
space and game room.
The design considers the critical
role access to nature and natural light
plays in the well-being of residents.
The building incorporates generous
natural light and views to nature in
each of the households, as well as
in two sunrooms, winter
garden, and other common
amenity spaces.
The building was also designed to encourage resident
use of outdoor space. There
are three secure courtyards
featuring landscaping,
walking paths, shaded and
unshaded seating areas,
and raised garden beds for
therapeutic activities. Each
courtyard has a unique
identity providing variety
to residents and aiding in
wayfinding throughout the
community. The building's
exterior and interior was
designed with a residential
aesthetic in mind in order to
fit better within the neighborhood context and to be
more familiar to residents
and family.


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Style and substance
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