Menger Springs Phase 3 – Independent Living Addition and Renovations, Assisted Living Addition and Renovations
Client –Morningside Ministries
Menger Springs is an existing senior living community set in the beautiful Hill Country of Texas. D2 was hired to work with the Owner, Greenbrier Development, and the community to create a Masterplan for smart positioning of new additions as well as corrections to existing circulation and food services campus challenges. The existing campus enjoyed a large campus “Green” in the center, but this was, in reality, very problematic. There were no amenities or pedestrian walkways on the Green so residents and staff were forced to walk along the vehicular pathways. Distance became a barrier for several resident couples and friends to visit one another if they were housed in separate areas of care. Staff separation was inefficient. The new Masterplan cleverly placed the new IL and AL additions in the center, reaching out towards one another to close the distance and facilitate more interaction between residents and staff in the different areas of care.
The main entry auto court for the IL area was redesigned and expanded. This also allowed the new, larger Multi-purpose room to be located “up front” for more flexibility and resident privacy during public events. A new Bistro was added between the existing and new IL buildings to provide a second dining venue for more resident choice and longer operating hours. The dining room in the existing IL building was expanded and a new “theming” area was added, inspired by a D2 Sleepover on Fat Tuesday, to support more diverse breakfast, celebration, holiday, and ethnic food events. Other Menger House renovations include a new salon, an expanded activities area, and a new “All Season” room with a flexible exterior enclosure system for use all year long.
The main kitchen was renovated to improve efficiency and flow, increase storage capacity, add cart staging space, and eliminate a hazardous staff/resident corridor crossover issue between the kitchen and dining room. The new design closed this gap and rerouted the resident pathway to avoid conflicts and improve wait staff access between the dining room and kitchen.
A new five-story IL apartment wing, called “The Overlook,” was added to not only provide new apartment inventory for the community but to also provide a new buy-in option for residents on an all-rental campus. The new Multi-Purpose room was located on the ground floor of this new building.
The new three-story AL building was designed to not only relocate the 16 existing AL apartments in the existing Cibolo House building but also expand the AL unit count. The new wing added a new AL dining venue, Finishing Kitchen, salon, library, living areas, a multi-purpose area with activity kitchen, a Chapel and a “stack” of outdoor balcony features for resident choice including an open but fully shaded space, a screened-in porch and a trellis covered partially shaded sundeck. The resident apartment wings were designed with offset corridors to reduce the view lengths and break down the scale. The third floor was also designed for future relicensing as Memory Support if needed. Once complete, Cibolo House was renovated to be a more flexible triple small household style Memory Support building.
Owners Representative – Project Control / Raba Kistner
Development and Marketing Consultant – Greenbrier Development
Architect – D2 Architecture
Interior Design – IDA
Food Services Design – JEM / Corsi & Associates
MEP – Telios for SD and Peer Review, Design-Build for execution with Triple R Electric and TD Industries
Structural – Lundy & Franke Engineering
Civil – Pape-Dawson Engineering
Landscape Architecture – Talley and Associates
General Contractor – Koontz Construction
Site Area = x acres
New IL building = 101,400 sf with 69 apartments
Menger House renovation area = 9,000 sf
New AL building = 50,000 sf with 48 apartments
Cibolo House renovation area = 2,890 sf