Ingersoll Place | Schenectady, NY

This project involved new construction of a senior living facility with 60 assistive living units and a 12-bed Alzheimer’s and dementia wing. The challenge was to design a sizeable facility that would be able to sit on a small plot of land, while maintaining an attractive, green outdoor space for residents to enjoy, along with ample parking for staff and visitors. The building wraps around a center exterior courtyard, in which residents can relax in the park-like setting as they take a stroll, visit with friends, or simply enjoy the outdoors. Several apartments and the commons area overlook the courtyard, so residents may enjoy the outdoors even if they are unable to go outside.

The exterior of Ingersoll Place has a residential appearance that is designed to be congruous with the surrounding neighborhood. The main entry features a columned covered walk, from which residents and guests enter a welcoming lobby with a clerestory that offers natural light and an intimate, cozy social space around a stone fireplace. As the hub of the social scene, the lobby is adjacent to the dining room, multipurpose room, library, and apartment wings.

The library is unique because aside from being a quiet reading space, it also provides a dining area where residents can share a private meal with guests. It is home-like, with a warm atmosphere, and has access to the courtyard for residents who wish to read outdoors. As well, large windows offer natural light for excellent reading comfort.