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Cochran, Stephenson & Donkervoet, Inc., Architects & Interior Designers, Longview, Christian Health Care Center

January 1, 2002
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Wyckoff, New Jersey - Baltimore, Maryland
Longview, Christian Health Care Center - Wyckoff, New Jersey
Cochran, Stephenson & Donkervoet, Inc., Architects & Interior Designers - Baltimore, Maryland Type of Facility/Setting: Assisted Living

Facility Contact: Denise Ratcliffe, Executive VP of Operations

Firm: Cochran, Stephenson & Donkervoet, Inc., Architects & Interior Designers, (410) 539-2080

Design Team: Arthur Shuster, Inc., Interior Designer; LAN Associates, Landscape Architect, MEP, Structural and Civil Engineer; Micucci Engineering, Inc., Structural Engineer; Culinary Design Services, Food Service

Photography: Alain Jaramillo

Resident Capacity: 80

Space/Resident (sq. ft.): 658

Total Area (sq. ft.): 52,638 (71,638 including child day care and site-wide storage)

Total Cost (excluding land): $9,560,000

Cost/Sq. Ft.: $133.45 (total building)

Completion: October 1999 Three houses combine to make up this assisted living residence. The largest of these is the two-story, 48-resident "Big House," which is arranged in three groupings, or "households," of 16 residents, each around a grand stair. The residents here are cognitively alert but physically frail. The main floor of the Big House includes the dining room, activity area, cafT and administrative offices.

Each of the other two, one-story, houses is home to 16 residents with special care needs stemming from dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Each of these houses has its own life-skill alcoves and Snoezelen rooms. An interior courtyard includes a sensory garden, which emphasizes plantings that enhance sensory recall. An enclosed connecting porch links these two houses, providing a secure wandering loop.

Living rooms were sized to accommodate six to eight people sitting informally, as in someone's home, helping to create an intimate community within a residence for 80 people.