A living lab for better senior care
Evergreen Senior Living Orland Park represents the latest iteration of design ideas for senior living — and continues to inspire evolving architectural solutions with real-world impact. The project is the most recent in a series of Assisted Living and Memory Care communities designed for the same client, including sites in Chillicothe, and Decatur, Illinois. Representing the living application of WJW’s consistent research, including in-depth post-occupancy studies and sleepover studies, Evergreen Senior Living Orland Park pushes the design forward to better meet the needs of residents and staff and advance the field of senior living and memory care design.
Combining the comforts of home with the stimulation of a larger community, the building offers 76 assisted living units for seniors needing some additional support with daily living, as well as a 40-unit memory care neighborhood for seniors living with dementia. The design prioritizes empowerment for residents, creating an inviting environment that encourages them to move through their daily activities safely and independently.
A two-story winter garden as well as a comprehensive design for outdoor living fosters a robust connection to nature, an important path to wellness for seniors. Outdoor social activities are enabled via multiple patio areas, a gazebo and a generous outdoor dining area featuring a cedar trellis and outdoor fireplace. Raised garden beds, seating areas and walking paths enliven a spacious “backyard” while secure courtyards offer raised garden beds with carefully selected plants and a winding walking path. Community connections are strengthened via the public-facing outdoor areas, including a main walking path that connects to a nearby trail system.
Evergreen Senior Living Orland Park also represents design that is responsive to both site and surroundings. A vibrant, contemporary look and feel keeps the project in conversation with its dynamic, active suburban setting. As a continued design exploration of amenities for market-rate senior living, the project offers spaces such as a salon and spa; library; media center; activity rooms; and multiple dining choices including a cafe and a fully functioning pub. Residents have enthusiastically embraced the design and array of options provided, forming a highly engaged community that makes the most of every space and amenity.
Built-in flexibility offers a forward-leaning potential for future development of complementary, healthcare-oriented programs on the site, offering the potential for a next step in truly responsive, informed architecture that improves the lives of residents.
As winter temperatures keep us sheltering indoors, there's nothing like the comfort of settling in by a welcoming fireplace.