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June 1, 2009
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‘Designers Making a Difference in LTC’ announced Readers vote for GuSzkowski, Hoglund, DeGeorge, Inman

Long-Term Living, via our Web site (http://www.ltlmagazine.com) asked readers to nominate and then choose the architects and interior designers who have made a difference in the lives of those residents living in long-term care facilities.

We received many nominations from all over the country and then presented those nominations to readers to vote on. Resoundingly, you, the readers chose architects Gene Guszkowski, AIA, principal, AG Architecture, Milwaukee; J. David Hoglund, FAIA, LEED AP, of Perkins Eastman; and interior designers Rachelle DeGeorge and Mary Inman, both of Studio 121, Nashville, Tennessee.

Guszkowski heads a firm that has been a multiple winner of Long-Term Living's annual DESIGN competition. He is known for Saint John's On The Lake and Highland Gardens, both in Milwaukee; Cypress Glen, Greenville, North Carolina; and Three Crowns Park, Evanston, Illinois.

Hoglund oversaw and directed the design effort for NewBridge on the Charles, outside of Boston. He is also responsible for Copper Ridge, Sykesville, Maryland; Woodside Place, Oakmont, Pennsylvania; and Asbury Place, Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania. His designs encourage wellness and the mixing of generations.

DeGeorge and Inman designed the interior for Sojourn Rehabilitation Center, a spa-like rehabilitation center within a skilled nursing facility at Riverside Senior Living, Kankakee, Illinois. It has decentralized nursing stations, private rooms with vibrant colors, natural light, bamboo plantings, and artwork. The space also accommodated wireless technology, TV nooks, and kitchenettes for a hospitality environment supportive of healing.

Long-Term Living would like to congratulate all of our winners and to thank them for their efforts in “making a difference in design” for residents in long-term care.

Readers vote for GuSzkowski, Hoglund, DeGeorge, Inman

Gene Guszkowski, AIA, principal, AG Architecture

Gene Guszkowski, AIA, principal, AG Architecture





NewBridge on the Charles

NewBridge on the Charles





Mary Inman (left) and Rachelle DeGeorge, Studio 121

Mary Inman (left) and Rachelle DeGeorge, Studio 121





Three Crowns Park

Three Crowns Park





J. David Hoglund, FAIA, LEED AP, Perkins Eastman

J. David Hoglund, FAIA, LEED AP, Perkins Eastman





Sojourn Rehabilitation Center

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Sojourn Rehabilitation Center


Gene Guszkowski, AIA, Principal, AG Architecture

In on the ‘ground floor’ of senior living

By Richard L. Peck, Consulting Editor

There are constants in life, and one seems to be that Milwaukee design firm AG Architecture will win a Citation in Long-Term Living's annual DESIGN Showcase. This has happened each of the last four years. It shouldn't be surprising: AG Architecture has been doing senior facility design for a very long time.

One might say they were present at the creation. As AG Architecture principal and president, Gene Guszkowksi, AIA, notes, “When I started with this firm 42 years ago, skilled nursing facilities were just taking off. There was a boom of construction in the southeast Wisconsin area. The precursor of today's Lifecare Services, then known as Christian Home Services, wanted to do its prototype for Friendship Village in Milwaukee. Starting as a ‘print boy’ on this project, I got involved on the ground floor of the growth of the senior living industry.”

Back then, Guszkowski recalls, continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) consisted of a skilled nursing facility on one side, an apartment building on the other, and something called the “ADL building” in between. “It stood for ‘assistance with daily living’ and, over time, that evolved into what we now know as assisted living.” Guszkowski notes that AG Architecture got involved with the Greystone Communities in the late 1980s and then, in the decade of the ′90s, “rode the rocket” of assisted living giant Alterra Healthcare, building 120 facilities in 26 states.

The firm's work has grown in variety and challenges successfully met over the years, with touchstones being the firm's four DESIGN Citation winners. Here's what Guszkowski says he learned from each:

St. John's On The Lake, Milwaukee. “This was a repositioning for culture change, and one of our first experiences with a client making a real commitment to this. It involved an upgrade of a variety of spaces in a highly restricted building structurally. We learned a lot from that, as well as how to phase a project to get it done while people are still receiving round-the-clock care.”

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