LBAbstract

Volume 2  |  December 2018

LBAbstract

Volume 2  |  December 2018

High Design for Lower Cost:
“The Retreat” Assisted Living and Memory Care

Completed in 2018, “THE RETREAT” is a 70-unit Assisted Living and Memory Care Community built as a continuation of this non-profit Owner’s mission to provide cost-responsive housing and care for the local community. Lantz-Boggio Architects was able to deliver a design and construction solution that was 14% below average market construction costs.

 

“There is no magic formula for cost efficient buildings,” according to Charlie Schmidt, Principal-in-Charge of Design at Lantz-Boggio. There must be an intention throughout the design process to select and utilize materials and systems for maximum efficiency, while satisfying a changing consumer demand for higher quality environments. “Our designs are among the most consumer responsive in the industry and we achieve cost economies with a keep-it-simple approach to everything from the building’s structural and mechanical systems to the interior finishes. This approach results in a profound savings in the cost of the project without sacrificing the qualities needed for marketability.”

At The Retreat, “We utilized a simple modular dimensional system that allowed the entire building to be constructed with two floor joist shapes and two roof truss shapes.” Kitchens and bathrooms were standardized, room dimensions were established based on standard material and product dimensions to minimize waste and allow for speed of construction. Electrical and mechanical systems and fixtures were selected based on proven performance and economy. This repetition of systems and materials creates cost efficiencies in material and labor while shortening construction schedules and lowering construction loan interest costs.

“As construction costs continue to rise in America, we as designers and form-givers of housing for our nation’s Seniors are compelled to be more innovative in cost reduction strategies” said Schmidt.

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