Erie VA Medical Center Community LivingEast 38th Street
Design Achievement - On the Erie VA Medical Center campus, veterans requiring long-term skilled nursing care were being housed in a former acute care hospital setting. The Erie VA Community Living Center is an initiative of the Veteran’s Administration to provide resident-centered long-term nursing home care for veterans in a non-hospital setting. DLR Group’s design process included staff and residents to achieve the goals of the VA Medical Center. Evidence-based design resulted in a facility that supports a resident-centered model, where medical care is driven by the needs and preferences of the resident and involves the resident directly in care decisions.
Scope Summary - DLR Group master-planned the northwest corner of the hospital site, formerly administrative buildings, to accommodate four single-story buildings totaling 53,000 SF of living space. Each building or “household” includes 13 private bedrooms and bathrooms; shared living, dining, and kitchen space, and separate service entries for food, linens, equipment, and staff. The buildings are interconnected via a system of passageways. Effort was made to maintain the existing park-like setting and incorporate a residental scale. The gable-framed buildings are evocative of the surrounding residential neighborhood that includes unique, residential architecture dating from the 1930s. Site improvements included adding courtyards and a new shared drop-off area. The building was designed to LEED Silver standards. DLR Group provided architecture, mechanical, electrical, structural, and IT/AV services.