EFA Design Show­case: Green­leaf Rehab at Smith Crossing

April 19, 2021 • Source: Environments for Aging

EFA Design Award winner

Due to the chang­ing health­care land­scape, Smith Cross­ing want­ed to expand its con­tin­u­um of care and bet­ter serve the senior pop­u­la­tion in Illi­nois’ Orland Park area with a reha­bil­i­ta­tion solu­tion to sup­port short-term care needs. The state-of-the-art project address­es care con­cerns of the senior liv­ing com­mu­ni­ty and local hos­pi­tals. The goal was to pro­vide a com­fort­ing place for heal­ing — a hos­pi­tal­i­ty-inspired set­ting for guests to rehab, restore and relax.

The design breaks the mold of more tra­di­tion­al reha­bil­i­ta­tion cen­ter mod­els that oper­ate as an exten­sion of long-term care with a nurs­ing home atmos­phere. Instead, the team took cues from bou­tique hotel expe­ri­ences with qual­i­ty food ser­vice play­ing a key role. The plan was designed with a con­scious sep­a­ra­tion between warm and invit­ing pri­vate areas and active, pub­lic spaces while encour­ag­ing par­tic­i­pa­tion, social­iza­tion and move­ment. From a wel­com­ing lob­by with a vibrant din­ing venue and state-of-the-art ther­a­py suite to concierge-style nurse sta­tions and lux­u­ri­ous guest suites, it is a holis­tic, ther­a­peu­tic approach to rehab.

The exte­ri­or of this build­ing addi­tion con­tin­ues the Crafts­men-style of archi­tec­ture on cam­pus with a com­bi­na­tion of steep roof pitch­es, brick, shake sid­ing, and gin­ger­bread brack­et details. A sooth­ing inte­ri­ors palette infused with art and well-appoint­ed acces­sories achieves the desired hos­pi­tal­i­ty-style environment.

This project pro­vides an envi­ron­ment that sup­ports opti­mal recov­ery for inpa­tient and out­pa­tient ser­vices — a space that gives guests the per­son­al­ized ser­vices, one-on-one atten­tion and ample time they need to prop­er­ly recu­per­ate and be bet­ter suit­ed to return home to healthy, dai­ly living.

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