By Melissa Urbieta
Chicago, IL (March 1, 2012)
The Chicago office of top design and architecture firm Perkins Eastman joins with the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) in celebrating the completion of the country’s first Community Living Center (CLC) to utilize THE GREEN HOUSE® Prototype Design Package at the VA Illiana Health Care System campus in Danville, Illinois.
The CLC at Danville consists of two 7,500 sf buildings—aptly named Freedom House and Liberty House—containing ten private bedrooms with direct views to common areas, communal living areas and kitchens, and ample outdoor space, all with an aim to restore maximum function and independence while providing veteran-centered care. “Perkins Eastman has been truly honored to work with the Veterans’ Administration to design thoughtful living environments for our veterans,” says Principal Jerry Walleck AIA. “Our goal was to ensure that the CLC at Danville provides a state-of-the-art environment that supports the VA’s mission to improve the health of the men and women who have served our nation.”
The VA Illiana Health Care System CLC is the first of several VA communities either planned or under construction that utilizes THE GREEN HOUSE® Prototype Design Package, a new approach for seniors needing skilled nursing care that emphasizes de-institutionalization. The prototype was designed in 2011 by Perkins Eastman in concert with THE GREEN HOUSE® Project and NCB Capital Impact to provide a turnkey design for senior living communities at a reduced schedule and with reduced costs.
The overall goal of design is to empower more providers across the country to create communities where seniors can experience quality care in a de-institutionalized environment. A transformation in the way veteran care is delivered, Freedom House and Liberty House address the spectrum of health—physical, emotional, psychological—in their design. In adopting this community-based model of care, Freedom House and Liberty House at VA Illiana provide greater assurances of privacy and personalized environments for veterans in ways more traditional models cannot.