Disney Celebration Wins First Place Award

 

 

 

 

 

Lantz-Boggio Architects’ Disney Celebration Care Center beats out over 100 communities across the country to win first place architecture and design award

DENVER, COLORADO – January 2020: Lantz-Boggio Architects is pleased to announce that our project, Disney Celebration Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Care Center, has won first place in the 2019 Senior Housing News Architecture and Design Awards Skilled Nursing/Post Acute category. The 120-bed care center is located on Celebration Boulevard at Disney Celebration, one of the most identifiable and iconic locations within metropolitan Orlando. The project has breathtaking views of Walt Disney World’s nightly fireworks show. 

The design team utilized research-based best practices, along with new discoveries in culture change for nursing environments and the latest research in consumer expectations as a basis for the program of the building. Disney Celebration was designed to respond directly to the team’s findings and to inspire meaningful lifestyles and experiences for newer generations of older Americans and their families. The architectural concept included utilizing “evidence-based design for healing environments” to incorporate design features and supports that optimize a therapeutic intent throughout the interior and exterior environment.

​The Town Center, which features Great Rooms, Cyber Lounge, Bistros and other hospitality spaces, was designed with floor-to-ceiling glass which affords access to protected outdoor courtyard and activity areas that offer a variety of experiences for residents and their families. Outdoor decks and balconies, covered outdoor participation areas, outdoor dining, walking paths, a water feature, fire pit and therapeutic landscaping materials are all included in the in the overall design to appeal to evolving lifestyle preferences for the outdoors.

Disney Celebration Care Center brought together several firms including: AdventHealth, the Owner of the project; Batson Cook Contractors, overseeing the build; Jirsa Hedrick Structural Engineers, the structural engineers on the project and LBA Interiors, as the project’s interior designer.

To learn more about this exciting award, visit https://shnawards.com/winners/ or call 321-337-7400 to reach the care center directly.

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An Insight into Visualization with New Media

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Volume 6  |  August 2019

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Volume 6  |  August 2019

Visualization with New Media

Jigna Hammers, Visualization Specialist

As Associate at Lantz-Boggio Architects, Jigna has worked in all phases of Architecture including Master Planning, Concept Design, Schematic Design, Design Development and Construction Documents. She has a specialization in Architectural Visualization, Animation and Virtual Reality and uses her skills in 3ds Max, V-Ray, Corona, Unity and Lumion to create high-quality renderings for LBA’s Senior Living Communities.

We asked Jigna to give us some insight into utilizing current visualization tools to maximize opportunities in design, development and marketing of buildings.

“When it comes to the power of architectural renderings, seeing is believing.”

Now, more than ever, renderings aren’t just pretty pictures to showcase in a portfolio-they’re a way to communicate and to connect with clients on a visceral level. From 2d renderings to VR goggles, architects now have a wide spectrum of tools capable of distilling their vision into something tangible that provides a true virtual experience of a building or space.

A single rendering can bring communities together, spark controversy, or help create the intended emotion of the project. Each of these outcomes are the result of people connecting with a rendering on a personal level. It’s important to know the ins and outs of dynamic architectural renderings to garner the best possible responses from clients or residents. 

At Lantz-Boggio Architects, architectural visualization is an integral part of all stages of the design and construction processes: generating design options, exploring more sustainable or economical designs, and visualizaing construction or service issues to maximize efficiencies in the cost and operations of the building. On the client’s side of things, this new generation of renderings has offered clients an eye-catching way to market projects to future investors or residents. The possibilities seem endless.

To the average layperson, visualization seems like a tool many industries have adopted as a way of keeping up with the times or simply because it’s widely attainable and in high demand. But, it is more than just a trendy boondoggle. Visualization in architecture is developing into an everyday tool in multiple aspects of project workflow and is proving to be more approachable than typical 2D drawings. Ultimately, this translates into more effective collaboration between the architects, interior designers, landscape architects, and the users they serve.

Like other forms of visualization media, the more details used, the more realistic and engaging the content becomes. Programs can go as far as tailoring reflections to a viewer’s personal perspective, geo-locating a model to depict accurate sunlight, modeling sidewalk control joints, and even simulating variations in grass height.

Visualization does not always need to be photorealistic for it to be effective. Even standing in a white box with a door can speak volumes to a person’s spatial understanding and can focus a person’s eye on how the space performs geometrically.

From there, much like the building itself, layers of information are added and work together to create an experience that is the closest a user can get to standing in a finished project.

What can designers do to make sure their renderings are as effective as possible? Well, if every picture tells a story, architects need to make sure their renderings are telling the right stories to the right audiences.

Since renderings are a way to connect with viewers, they also help set expectations, anticipate problems, and gauge client interest. Doing this before laying a single brick saves time and money down the road. Maintaining an open dialogue in the earliest stages of a project will ultimately improve client satisfaction and keep the budget slim.

Unleashing the benefits of architectural renderings demands both technical and interpersonal know-how. With the right understanding of both, architects can share their vision while fostering trust with those most impacted by their work.

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Grand Opening of Skilled Nursing Care Center in Disney Celebration

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Volume 5  |  June 2019

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Volume 5  |  June 2019

Grand Opening of Disney Celebration

Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Care Center

in the Celebration Art Deco District, Florida

Celebration Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Care Center, just completed in May, is an 85,000 SF, 120-bed skilled nursing facility in the Disney Master Planned community of Celebration-Orlando, Florida.

The Owner, Advent Health, pairs each hospital with a Skilled Nursing Facility to offer a full range of rehabilitation and wellness for their clients. The residential setting of this facility is complemented with a host of outdoor spaces and amenities that are designed to be therapeutic for residents and inviting to families and friends. Outdoor dining, destination shade areas, therapy walks and healing gardens are included in the list of amenities that address not just the physical but the emotional and spiritual well-being of residents.

The person-centered care model programmed by Lantz-Boggio includes hospitality-style private rooms with private baths and mobile work desks that can serve as in-room dining tables for a home-like experience. 

“…As we look at our company and
the continuum of care it is really important that we look at the whole person and this facility has what the whole person needs.”

-AdventHealth Board Chairman

The home-like scale and intention extends outward as rooms are configured into small Households of 15. These Households maximize staff efficiency while providing smaller-scale group social and dining areas to de-scale the environment and create opportunities for residents to socialize and perform Household activities together.

Consistent with evidence-based design concepts for healing environments, each common area connects directly to generous outdoor living areas which is proven to promote the health and well-being of residents.

A full-service Physical Therapy facility is provided complete with large PT gym, exam rooms for Doctor consults, and state-of-the art Hydrotherapy similar to those used by professional sports clubs.

The fully equipped kitchen allows the chef to prepare everything from grab-and-go items to healthy gourmet fine-dining experiences to serve the four dining venues within the building and provide efficiency for in-room dining.

The building exceeds the strict health and safety standards of the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) while meeting the design and programming objectives established by the Owner and the Lantz-Boggio Design Team.

Lantz-Boggio was commended by the Disney review architect (Robert A.M. Stern Architects of New York City) for the quality and completeness of the design concept for the Disney Celebration Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

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Lantz-Boggio Designs Heartis Senior Living in Atlanta’s Buckhead

Lantz-Boggio Designs Heartis Senior Living in Atlanta’s Buckhead District

Lantz-Boggio Designs Heartis Senior Living in Atlanta’s Buckhead District

ATLANTA and DALLAS, Jan. 23, 2019 Caddis® is developing one of the most luxurious, amenity-filled senior communities in the country in a high-visibility location in the prestigious, popular Atlanta Buckhead area, according to company executives.

The Dallas-based healthcare real estate firm just unveiled plans for an upscale senior living community: the 18-story, 213-unit, 278,000 square foot Heartis® Buckhead at 2045 Peachtree Road N.E.

For Caddis, which has 19 Heartis communities open or under development in five states, Heartis Buckhead is its largest project to date and one of the largest such projects now under construction anywhere in the United States. When completed, it will also be one of the largest senior living communities in the Atlanta area – and perhaps the nicest.

“This will be the first luxury high rise senior living community Caddis has developed and it will be one of the most sumptuous is the country,” says Caddis CEO Jason L. Signor. “There’s a growing trend of offering high-end, resort-style senior high rises in major metro areas of the country. Good examples include the luxurious 305 West End Residences, Inspir/Manhattan and Sunrise at East 56th, which are all in New York City.”

He added, “Today, many baby boomers and their parents expect that in their senior years, they will be able to live in unparalleled comfort and class with every amenity imaginable. They also want to live within minutes of shopping, restaurants, entertainment venues and important services. Heartis Buckhead will offer all of this in a sought-after, vibrant area of Atlanta where people want to live. Local residents will find that Heartis Buckhead takes senior living to new heights – no pun intended.”

“This is Caddis’ most ambitious senior living and healthcare real estate project to date,” says Caddis Executive Vice President Development and Partner Jud Jacobs. “In addition to the 278,000 square foot senior living community, we are investing significant capital to upgrade an adjacent 10-story, 72,923 square foot medical office building (MOB), which are both on a prime location across from Piedmont Atlanta Hospital. The project also will include a landscaped plaza and a two-level parking structure that will serve both facilities. This will provide a superior environment for current and future tenants and an enhanced experience for their patients.”

Caddis officials said that when Heartis Buckhead is complete, the company will own more than 1 million square feet of medical facility assets in the Atlanta area.

“Caddis has been developing and acquiring healthcare facilities in Atlanta since 2013 and we currently own 10 medical buildings in the area totaling nearly 700,000 square feet,” says Mr. Signor. “Atlanta is a strong, thriving metro, and our newest project demonstrates our firm’s commitment to this market.”

Heartis Buckhead, which is expected to be completed by late 2021, will offer 213 spacious independent living, assisted living and memory care apartments plus a wide variety of first-class amenities. This includes beautifully landscaped grounds; large, secured courtyards; a wellness center; game and activity rooms; large, inviting dining room serving chef-prepared, home-cooked meals; ongoing social and recreational activities; a beauty parlor and barber shop; and relaxing common areas.

The architect for the project is Englewood, Colo.-based Lantz-Boggio, and the general contractor is the Atlanta office of Brasfield & Gorrie.

Our approach to Interior Design has allowed us to provide some of the more responsive and compelling building interiors in the senior market.This is a consumer-driven industry and the senior consumer has become increasingly clear about their expectations and more demanding about their environments. I am excited for the future of senior living and how we can continue to be a part of its evolution.

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Meet Charlie Schmidt, Director of Design

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Volume 4  |  March 2019

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Volume 4  |  March 2019

A Q&A with Charlie Schmidt

Director of Design

With over 28 years of experience in the profession of architecture, Charlie oversees all aspects of Lantz-Boggio’s design department. His practice is focused on a collaborative design process for a diverse range of project types within the Senior Living and Care Industry. Charlie also leads the Lantz-Boggio innovation team. The team focuses on creative thinking and design concepts that best respond to the values and preferences of new and coming generations of Seniors.

Q: What is something that is often misunderstood or not fully appreciated in the design of Senior Living and Care Communities?

A:  One thing we focus on in the design process is the idea of place. Design which fosters a “sense of place” has a huge impact on our psyche and directly relates to satisfaction levels among residents and their families.

Yes, we create Senior Living Communities across the country and yes, this demographic needs many of the same amenities, unit sizes, as the community at large. What keeps it fresh and new is the fact that we are meeting the wide variety of functional needs on a different site, within a different community, and often utilizing a different design vernacular. We want to make each building belong to its physical site and architectural context so that the next generation of seniors feel like they still reside in their same community. This makes them feel safe and secure, even though some of their life circumstances have changed with age. We have the opportunity to mitigate some of their changes by creating places that comfortably fit in and feel like they belong to their unique location.

“We should remember that architecture is a very powerful tool to help residents feel at home and function normally.”

If we can accomplish a sense of normalcy through the “sense of place” that we create, we can allow residents to celebrate their life’s accomplishments to this point and take advantage of new opportunities for camaraderie and new life experiences in their community.

Q: What is it about architecture that inspires you to come to work every day? ?

A: What motivates me on a day-to-day basis is the process of architecture. I’m constantly observing the “process” as it’s happening so that we continually improve our work, and in doing so we advance the quality of our drawings and our buildings. As designers, we strive for the best solution to each individual problem, which invariably is the result of a very collaborative process. I like to say that I don’t care where or who the idea comes from, as long as it is a good one.

 

We embrace the idea that a collaborative process means knowing how to give and take criticism so the end result is truly better, because it is the sum of the best input we can bring to bear. Sometimes, the residents are our best critics. Being a critic doesn’t necessarily mean you always bring solutions, but rather, keen observation to identify and articulate where things are working well and where they need to improve. Great critique is focused and analytical without jumping ahead to quick fixes.

Q: What has changed in the profession of architecture since you began your career?

A: The biggest change in profession of architecture is how technology has sped up the design process. We’re able to generate design ideas very quickly which allows almost immediate reaction to the design – the feedback loop is much shorter. For example, we can quickly show you what it will feel like to walk through a space now in a 3D rendering. This makes the process of how we respond to design ideas and provide critique even more important, because compelling imagery can distract from the fundamentals – the blocking and tackling – that still has to happen to put together buildings that function on a high level. Once we have tested and agreed to the “bones” of a project, it is relatively quick to see what it looks and feel like.

This technology has also been amazing for potential residents during the sales process. Having a virtual reality tour of the new home they are considering can be exciting and tremendously comforting, as well as beneficial in closing the sale.

Q: Is there an experience you’ve had personally or with a client/residents that changed the way you view your work?

A: This industry is constantly changing. Each new generation of seniors come to our communities with a very different set of expectations and lifestyle preferences. Personally, I am working with my 83-year-old father who is a Senior Living candidate, but still lives alone in a large house in a small town in New Hampshire. I’m learning first-hand how important staying connected to community is to seniors and their reluctance to large scale changes in their lives. What becomes very real is the significant emotional side of the equation. We need to be sensitive to the emotional messages we are communicating throughout our environments – they are as important as meeting physical needs.

Q: What is the key to great architecture for Senior Living Communities?

A: There are many keys, but in the end, it is a balance between functions, efficiency and the many factors that contribute to making a unique, vibrant, and welcoming home for people. It takes an unrelenting desire to understand the values, desires, and preferences of the residents and their families. Secondly, we need to assure that the programming and design is carefully conceived in conjunction with the operations program. It is important to remember that architecture is only part of the total response that forms a successful Senior Living Community.

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