The new assisted living and memory care building will also create a close and visual connection to the outdoors to enhance sensory experiences, which have been shown to stimulate the brain. A gardening room with direct access to the grounds outside will link the interior to the exterior and provide a place for residents to participate in activities like gardening, painting and other artistic pursuits. Quiet rooms will be incorporated, providing residents with access to a calm, restful place with low lighting and no stimuli, something that is of particular benefit for residents with Alzheimer's or dementia.
Jami Mohlenkamp, principal at OZ Architecture and head of the firm's Senior Living practice, says, "The best senior living communities are those where the architecture and design go beyond the basics, creating spaces on the exterior and interior that are visually appealing and at home in the surrounding neighborhood. This addition to the Eben Ezer campus will improve the experience and environment for both the residents and the staff who serve them."
Construction is slated to begin in September 2016.
About OZ Architecture: With offices in Denver, Boulder and Colorado Springs, OZ Architecture has been creating innovative, collaborative, and timeless architecture around the world since 1964. The firm has completed projects in nearly every continent, and is known for designing globally-recognized, award-winning buildings that offer the best solutions for clients and make a lasting contribution to the communities they're in. OZ has a team of more than 150 diverse and passionate architecture and design professionals whose work spans a wide range of practice areas. From resort and hospitality to urban living and higher education, OZ designs it all and has a reputation for creating elegant, timeless solutions. For more information, visit www.ozarch.com.
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