Highland Ridge Senior Living Community100 Village View Circle
Williamsburg, IA 52361
Design Achievement - What began as the idea, inspiration and vision of the Roland and Ruby Holden family has become a true gift, and the answer to many needs within the Williamsburg, Iowa community. DLR Group’s design for the Highland Ridge Senior Living Community supports the clients aspirations to give aging residents the opportunity to live in an environment of protected independence without leaving their nearby community. From the covered portico, one enters the building and is greeted by panoramic views of the countryside and community beyond. Visitors, residents and staff alike are reminded of the strong relationship between the land and its farming heritage through design details such as cultured stone, natural fabrics and a mosaic tile inlay depicting ears of corn - an icon of the Williamsburg community. The architecture of Highland Ridge is an amalgam of Midwestern historical referential building forms. An eclectic mix of vernacular house forms, Victorian roof profiles and natural materials consistent and sensitive to the regional context all combine to create an aesthetic, which reinforces the residential nature of the campus. Dramatic roof forms, dormers, balconies, brick, stone, lap siding and latticework contribute in bringing down the mass of the project to a human scale. The interior design concept is consistent with that of the architecture and its inspiration is drawn from the surrounding fields and treasured flower gardens. A full range of opportunities for social, spiritual, and personal activities are offered in the village square. Residents have access to a chapel, a library, an art gallery, a cafe, a general store, a computer-networked library, a barber and beauty shop, an exercise room, themed lounge spaces as well as access to outdoor patios and landscaped areas, reflecting pond, walking paths and both private and restaurant-style dining.
Scope Summary - The first phase of a 40 acre master planned continuing care retirement community, the project comprises 50 independent apartments and 48 assisted living units. The assisted living component includes 11 memory care units and associated program spaces. The first phase is rounded out with a 22,000 SF multi-level town center offering a panoramic view of the town below, and providing access to community support functions. When finished, the entire campus will consist of additional independent and assisted living, a 60-bed skilled nursing facility, child daycare, medical clinic and detached independent senior housing. DLR Group provided architecture services.