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All the Comforts of Home a new Skilled Nursing Facility   2 comments

All the Comforts of Home – a new Skilled Nursing Facility

 

New premium rooms at the Eastern Star Skilled Nursing Facility are designed with a home-like interior.  Deep sills for plants and gifts, valances for drapes and blinds, and super-insulated walls for comfort provide a cozy environment for residents. 

“We want beautiful new rooms for our patients.” The priorities of this non-profit were clear.   Dennis Kowal Architects created a masterplan for expansion, designs for new living areas, and three new wings for occupancy.  Many studies were developed until the perfect dimensions, finishes and proportions were found for the bedrooms.   Sunlight for health, window seats for views and easy to clean fabrics to soften the walls, all combine to create the beauty and privacy desired.

The next challenge of the project was to meet zoning and building regulations for this site bounded by single family residences.  Traffic, utilities, land acquisition and zoning restrictions were all adeptly addressed and the project was built with no variances.  DKA also helped with the fund raising presentations, neighborhood relations, and cost estimating to provide a construction ready package for the design-build construction firm.

Renovated rooms, new rooms, and common areas blend into an integrated facilty.

The wings were designed for maximum exposure to views and conformance to the hilltop site.  Outdoor plazas, gardens and walking areas flow seamlessly into the one story facility.

DENNIS KOWAL ARCHITECTS is changing the face of Healthcare!

Why would the largest Presbyterian Church in New England hire Dennis Kowal Architects?   1 comment

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Why would the largest Presbyterian Church in New England hire Dennis Kowal Architects?

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The DKA expansion and “prayer tower” above bridges the two existing church buildings to the left and right and creates an organic link with the beautiful New England site and distant shores beyond.

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Church Architects from five states were invited to show their best projects but it was the work and approach of Dennis Kowal Architects that caught the attention of the Noroton Presbyterian Church.  Nestled in one of the wealthiest communities in the United States, this modern church with very historic roots needed to update and expand to support their bursting ministries.   Pastor Sam Schreiner is often heard saying “we are an over performing church in an under-performing building”.    The Kowal Design team transformed and expanded the existing facility to include a new Mission Center, Fellowship Hall, , Worship Space, Performing Arts Room, Daycare, Offices and Prayer Tower.

The fifteen million dollar project has completed Phases I and Phase II, and congregational reaction has been very promising so far.  Why was this New Jersey firm brought into the project?    “The DKA team has demonstrated that they listen to their clients, use creativity to solve complicated problems, definitely understand how ministry works, and create beautiful spaces with a watchful eye on the budget.”

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Posted December 19, 2014 by Dennis Kowal Architects in Master Plan, Places of Worship