Seward Mountain Haven residential facility is based on the “Green House Project” program and design philosophies that treat long term care facilities as the residents’ “home,” a place designed and managed to maximize the quality of life.
The program consists of four Residential Housing Units accommodating 10 residents each and a Central Commons Building consisting of General Stores, Delivery, Housekeeping, Laundry Services, Maintenance, Administration, Chapel, Conference/Training, and Therapy. The residential units are designed with ten individual rooms with private baths clustered around a “great room” that has a fireplace, a large group dining table, and a kitchen that is accessible to residents.
The Seward Mountain Haven building site has a steep terrain, which imposes some unique accessibility challenges in providing ADA access between houses and to the Commons Building. Special care was given in molding the site to accommodate the accessibility needs as well as storm water drainage and vehicular and pedestrian access. The “houses” all have garden plazas oriented to maximize solar access and to provide views.