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Expansion and Renovation Spotlight
Through the expansion and renovation of the Western Department of Forensic Science Lab and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Virginia, we were able to promote collaboration between the offices while keeping distance from the public. Completed in 2016 in collaboration with the Crime Lab Design, this project is this month's #SFCSStandout. We look forward to a time when the use of common spaces is possible again.
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Solving Nursing Home Loneliness
Social isolation and loneliness can be detrimental to the mental health of older adults, but one high school student in Pennsylvania decided to do something about it. Nearly one year ago, Hita Gupta, began to collect camera-enabled smartphones and tablets for seniors in her community, so that they can video chat with their loved ones. One expert said of the project, "...there’s something very powerful about (reaching out) in restoring the morale of somebody who’s demoralized by loneliness.”
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Towards The Mission for 2021
This year, we are turning towards our mission, "Enriching Life by Design," to guide the work we do in 2021. SFCS will continue its people-centered approach to create positive change and elevate the human experience. What will your company resolve to do this year?
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Staying Positive in 2020
According to a new poll, 7 in 10 Americans have made an active effort to do something positive every day as the pandemic marches on. Making someone laugh or smile or sharing good news with a loved one are just a few ways people are looking at the bright side. What will you do for your neighbor today?
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13 Weird, Surprising Architecture Facts You've Probably Never Heard
Did you know that architecture was once an olympic sport? #FunFactFriday
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Alzheimer's Association Virtual Walk
Last weekend our Roanoke team walked virtually to raise awareness for the Alzheimer's Association. Though it looked a little different this year, the cause was not forgotten! Enjoy these photos from past walks. #SFCSCares
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Village Shalom Complete!
The expansion project at Village Shalom continuing care retirement community is complete! The two-year project, which includes a casual dining restaurant, grab-and-go bistro, neighborhood pub, multi-use theater, living room and day spa cultivate a caring environment for residents. More:
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Collaborative Relationships
We've always valued the collaborative relationships we have in our industry and -- like our friends at Warfel explain -- those partnerships have proven even more important during these tough times.
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Adaptive Design
Adaptation is a major component in how we "design for life". The concept is proving useful for the way communities are caring for their residents, too.
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A Shift in Senior Living
COVID-19 is propelling a shift toward a more health care-focused model of senior living. Here's how medical experts and the design world could come together to make it happen
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Hugging Booth
No contact? No problem. A Roanoke nursing home has created just the contraption to ensure their residents can feel the embraces of their loved ones. 🤗 Click the button below to see how their "Hugging Booth" works.
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Progress!
Virginia Western Community College has transformed into a leading-edge campus that’s shaping our region’s landscape. We’re proud to have had a hand in building that future. Check out how far its come!
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The Highlands at Wyomissing
We love how this project came together! Our design for The Highlands at Wyomissing focused on biophilic living, increasing the residents' connectivity to nature through natural light, outdoor courtyards, and views of nature.
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Stroll Through Garden Spot Village
We love how Garden Spot Village has been encouraging residents and staff to share what they're grateful for during these tough times. One mention was being able to stroll through the beautiful gardens. 🌷
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Evergreen Pointe Construction Underway
Construction is underway on Evergreen Pointe at Maris Grove! We're proud to have designed this beautiful addition and can't wait to see it's doors open next year. More details on the plans can be found here:
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Thanks WFIR
Thank you to WFIR for covering the 35th By Design Conference today. To listen to the featured segment on how SFCS is always thinking ahead while designing, follow the button below.
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Designed for Life, Guided by Research
When someone enters a room, he or she may take notice of the paint color, the stylish décor, or the accent lighting. If they are in a building designed by SFCS, it is entirely possible...
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Senior Housing Trends
More active adults, DoorDash style delivery, and reused buildings are just a few of 2020's Top Senior Housing Trends.
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By Design Conference 2020 - Think Big, Dream Bigger
The theme for this year's By Design Conference is "Think Big, Dream Bigger." We encourage you to adopt this mantra in 2020 and make this year the best one yet. Happy New Year, everyone!
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Aging Unmasked Podcast
Have you experienced ageism? It's a subject that's often looked over, but LeadingAge is diving in. Check out their Aging Unmasked podcasts to discover new perspectives on topics like generational discrimination, technology, fitness, and more:
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Evolution of Life Plan Communities
A new generation means new expectations. Our President, Tim Mueller, is among the experts who spoke to LeadingAge about the evolution of life plan communities.
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LeadingAge Annual Meeting/Expo
Our booth is now open at the LeadingAge expo in San Diego! What a great event it's been. Melissa Pritchard took the stage yesterday to talk about excellence in memory care. If you'd like to talk to us about ways to set your program apart or just to say hi, we'll be at Booth 2118 from 12:00-3:30 today and 9:30-11:30 tomorrow!
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Designing for Residents with Dementia
How do you understand the way a resident lives with dementia? One of our VPs, Amy Carpenter, is at the Design for the Aging Mind Workshop in Baltimore today talking about the research and tools - including a Virtual Dementia Tour - used to create spaces for Memory Care.
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Scavenging Philly
We had a great time during our Strayboots scavenger hunt in Philly yesterday! Congrats to team "This is Us" for hacking the hints and spotting the landmarks quicker than their competitors.
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Thank You 2019 Interns!
Our interns rocked it this summer at our Roanoke, Louisville, and Philly locations! We wish you all luck in your next steps toward Designing for Everyday Life.
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2035: The Next Housing Crisis
By the year 2035, seniors will outnumber youth for the first time in United States history. When that time comes, there won’t be housing to meet most seniors’ needs and housing needs for seniors are already a source of concern. Nationwide, industry leaders are... (continued)
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Congratulations Westminster Canterbury Lynchburg
Congratulations to Westminster Canterbury Lynchburg on the dedication of their beautiful new healthcare building! We were proud to be part of this project and are sure the residents will enjoy their new space for years to come.
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By Design in Our Health Magazine
Do you recognize any of these smiling faces? We loved reliving moments from the 34th Annual By Design Conference in a recent issue of Our Health Magazine. Check out our feature here: https://bit.ly/2HZnmD8
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What if?
That’s the question molding the future of the senior living industry at the 2019 LeadingAge North Carolina Conference this week. John Frye from Lutheran Services Carolinas, as well as our very own Tim Mueller and JD Landis, take the stage this afternoon to highlight unique ways for communities to continue creating enriching and engaging experiences as the needs of residences evolve. We hope to see you there!
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New Horizons 2019
We had the opportunity to support the New Horizons 2019 conference this week by exhibiting at the event. New Horizons is an annual teaching conference for the Virginia Community College System and is the largest professional development gathering of the system. Learn more: newhorizons.vccs.edu
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LeadingAge 2019
We’re delighted to partner with @LeadingAge SC & LeadingAge Georgia Conference! Tim Mueller of SFCS & Derek Holt of K4Connect discuss how different technologies can be a unique factor in the senior living market.
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Apple Pancakes. Not for Breakfast. For Inspiration.
A nine-year-old boy with autism and a head chef at Disney World inspired a food revolution that changed the special needs menus of American restaurants. Kevin Brown, father and...
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Environments for Aging 2019
Proud to be a part of the Environments for Aging conference in Salt Lake City this week! We will be speaking in a few sessions alongside many other industry leaders as we celebrate the latest strategies, products, and ideas in design for aging lifestyles. It promises to be an inspiring week!
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Gilda's Club Kentuckiana
We're so proud to have served as MEP designers for the expansion of Gilda's Club Kentuckiana! This beautiful new headquarters will allow the nonprofit cancer support group to triple its capacity. Get the first look inside the $9M project from Louisville Business First
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Architecture designed from previous epidemics
Have you ever thought about why the architecture in your home is the way that it is? Chances are that some of your home's staples were born out of previous epidemics like the 1918 flu or tuberculosis. For example, popular white subway tile was installed to easily spot dirt and grime. Read more about how the architecture in your home came to be here:
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Next 100 days in senior living
Though seniors in long-term care facilities will be among the first to receive the COVID vaccine in the U.S., the battle is not over yet. Aegis CEO, Dwayne Clark says come springtime, the senior living industry could begin to rebound as long as organizations have a plan to distribute the vaccine to their residents. Read more about what could happen in the next 100 days
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Work continues at Trinity Landing
Work continues at Trinity Landing! Set to open in 2022, this waterfront community will feature a state of the art wellness center, outdoor walking paths and is only a short distance to the heart of downtown Wilmington, NC. Thanks, Trinity Landing - A Senior Living Community for sharing these photos.
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COVID Changes Design Going Forward
In case you missed it, COVID-19 will be a catalyst for significant change in senior living design going forward, particularly when it comes to infection control.
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Is The Covid-19 Pandemic Reviving A Historic Residential Design Feature?
The COVID-19 pandemic may have long lasting effects on architecture. Laura Kazmierczak, a member of our Philadelphia team says, "In some instances, a glass ceiling may be operable for greater climate control. Whether a courtyard is enclosed really depends on the climate of the site." Read the full Forbes article here:
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College Student Makes Friends from Afar Using Post-its
One Manhattan college student talked back and forth with her elderly neighbors during lockdown earlier this year using nothing but sticky notes. Their new found friendship is certainly something to smile about. Watch the full story here:
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Whitestone Expansion
​We are excited to be working with LCS Development to expand Whitestone! WhiteStone is A Masonic and Eastern Star Community in Greensboro, North Carolina​. The expansion project will include an addition of 67 independent living units, a building with 36 private suites for assisted living/memory care, and an extensive renovation of the existing skilled nursing facility, all of which will help WhiteStone serve more seniors!
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108 and Coronavirus Survivor
Anita, a resident of Whitney Rehabilitation in Hamden, Connecticut, not only turned 108 this year, she's also the oldest coronavirus survivor living in the state. What a woman!
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NBA's COVID-19 Bubble
You may not think of the NBA when you think of senior living, but it turns out there are a few things the industry could learn from the sport's COVID-19 bubble strategy.
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Trinity Landing Breaks Ground
Congratulations to Lutheran Services Carolinas on the groundbreaking of Trinity Landing in Wilmington, NC! We’re excited to see the good that comes from the beautiful residences and wellness-focused amenities coming to the charming coastal town in 2022.
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Well Done Cross Keys Village
We are proud of the leadership at Cross Keys Village! Their team continues to go above and beyond to ensure the safety of their residents during the pandemic.
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Virtual Meetings
What do you get when you cross a hot dog holding a Frenchie, a princess, and a dachshund? An SFCS virtual meeting! We hope you're all finding reasons to smile while being stuck at home.
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Exciting Changes for Episcopal Church Home
Spring will bring exciting changes to the Episcopal Church Home in Louisville! We'll be working with the community to renovate its campus, improving the lifestyle and quality of care for its residents. See what's planned for the project here:
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Proud to be at the Virginia Tech Career Day and Design Expo - look forward to meeting all our future architecture and designers!
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Habitat for Humanity- Three Years
In the past three years, SFCS has volunteered for Habitat for Humanity in the Roanoke Valley, contributing to the build and renovation of three homes for local families. Volunteering is a great opportunity for team building and learning new skills. Plus, we always have a great time! #SFCSCares
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Congratulations to the Roanoke Valley SPCA
Congratulations to the Roanoke Valley SPCA on being awarded a $135,000 grant from the The Roanoke Women's Foundation! The nonprofit will be using a portion of their check to repair the structural settlement issues our team discovered in a facility assessment. Thanks for stopping by to share the exciting news, Denise and Suzanne!
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Gingerbread Decorating Contest
As part of our SFCS Cares initiative, we held a gingerbread decorating contest to benefit RAM House - Roanoke Area Ministries. We promised the winner bragging rights, so we'll start her off here. Congratulations to Anna Bedwell!
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Happy Thanksgiving
We're grateful for the opportunity to design for life, and are especially appreciative for those we're surrounded by in the process. Happy Thanksgiving!
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Mayflower at Winter Park Community
A $105 million expansion is being launched for the Mayflower at Winter Park community! We're excited to be part of the team that will add 47 more independent living apartments, a 9,800 sq.ft. club house, and an 80,000+ sq.ft. health center.
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More than just Architecture
What we do is more than just architecture. View one of our award-winning communities, Cypress Cove, to see how our designs change lives: http://bit.ly/35dWSaD
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Congrats Michael Lawson
We'd like to congratulate Michael Lawson on obtaining his licensing as an architect. A Virginia Tech grad, Lawson has been with our Roanoke office since he was an intern. We're excited to see where his career with SFCS takes him!
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Life Downtown
Just two blocks away from our Roanoke office is the Historic Roanoke City Farmer's Market. We love that the vendors and shoppers have made this section of downtown into a community within a community. Come take a stroll... We'll probably see you there!
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LeadingAge New Jersey 2019
We're at the LeadingAge New Jersey Meeting and EXPO in Atlantic City this week and would love to meet you! Come see what we're all about at Booth #125. (We've got cool people, yummy candy, and fun freebies!)
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Happy Mother's Day!
Happy Mother's Day from all of our SFCS locations! Moms are architects of love, designing everyday life with strength and inspiration. For that, we say thank you.
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Don’t Settle for Survival – Change and Thrive: How a Senior Living Community Shifted Their Strategy to Become Industry Leaders.
If ever there were a case study for the adage surviving not thriving, it’s the story of John Knox Village (JKV), a Life Plan Community in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. Maria Timberlake, Vice President of Senior Living, described the...
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Seniors are Hungry for Great Dining Options
The days for soggy cafeteria-style comfort food delivered by steam tables have passed. “The old goals were just to keep hot food hot and cold food cold,” said Adam Grafton, Senior Corporate Executive Chef at Unidine. Today’s residents are...
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SFCS to Louisville
Louisville, KY is now home to our fourth SFCS office! After completing numerous architecture and engineering projects in senior living and higher education across the Midwest, we are excited to announce a merger with Kidwell Engineering.
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#PiDay
Employees are 3.14 times more likely to smile while eating pie. Hope everyone enjoyed #PiDay as much as we did!
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SFCS Cares
A group of our SFCS Cares team had a blast Friday cleaning and sorting food at Feeding America of SW VA! #nokidhungry #sfcscares
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Habitat for Humanity
We're happy to get our hands dirty for Habitat for Humanity in the Roanoke Valley! We helped with seeding, painting, baseboard trim recycling, and even installed doors and appliances. The finished product looked great, but nothing compares to knowing we helped a local family move into a new home.
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Living in Pandemic Isolation
Many people fear the impacts of isolation on seniors, especially for one Baltimore couple. Though they have been married for 72 years, they have spent months apart because of the pandemic. However, a recent study indicates that seniors may be more resilient than expected. Read more about the Hess family here:
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7 Design Principles For A Household Model
In 2020, more than ever, we have craved normalcy. In 2021 and beyond, the 'household model' could become more and more available for aging Americans. Benefits include familiarity, privacy, safety, and more. Read more about the household model here:
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Brewster Place Retirement Community wins second place
Our project, Brewster Place Retirement Community has won second place in the 7th annual Senior Housing News Architecture & Design Awards in the Repositioning and Renovation category. The awards honor cutting edge projects from around the world. The winners, selected by a panel of industry experts, can be viewed here:
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20 Wellness Tips for the Workplace Amidst a Pandemic
A successful team is made up of healthy and strong members. We are keeping our workplaces sanitized, but some of these tips to staying well this season, like number 7, might surprise you.
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Veterans Day in 2020
This #VeteransDay we express our gratitude to those who have served our country. Completed in 2017, the Rhode Island Veterans Home was designed to feel like home. It features concealed medical equipment and eliminates long double-loaded corridors, creating a residential atmosphere within a comfortable community environment. It also pays homage to our veterans’ service with art and trinkets such as WWII maps and newspaper articles throughout the entire building. Learn more about this #SFCSstandout here:
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Outstanding Design for Bioscience Building
The Blue Ridge Community College Bioscience Building has been honored as an Outstanding Design in the 2020 American School & University Architectural Portfolio! The two-story building was designed to promote collaboration and to showcase bioscience education. Learn more about why this award-winner is this month's #SFCSstandout
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Illuminating Design
Cypress Cove was designed with illuminating ideas, focusing on the internal circadian rhythms and wake sleep cycle​s of residents. See more about what makes this award-winning facility one of our #SFCSstandouts:
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Reviving Pen Pals
"Will you be my pen pal?" - Residents at a North Carolina assisted living home have stolen hearts everywhere as they search for new friends during this time of isolation:
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Good Citations
A new milestone in memory care, Cypress Cove earned a Citation of Merit in an Environments for Aging Design Showcase and a display in the 14th Edition of the Design for Aging Review. Explore the community by clicking the button below.
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Spreading Joy
How about a 30-second pick-me-up? One of our featured communities at By Design 2020, Seabury Active Life Plan Community, shared a quick clip of residents spreading joy from their balconies!
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Flashback
Talk about a flashback! This article has snippets of news from the past 100 years in Roanoke. SFCS is mentioned 25 years ago:
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2020 By Design Overview
This February, SFCS Architects hosted its 35th Annual By Design Conference, welcoming over 200 senior living industry professionals to Roanoke, Virginia. By Design delivers...
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University of Tennessee - Knoxville College of Architecture
Excited to be at the University of Tennessee - Knoxville College of Architecture + Design Career Fair!
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By Design Kickoff!
Keynote Speaker Kenyon Salo kicked off today's sessions at the SFCS 35th Annual By Design Conference. Talk about an exciting start!
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Edenwald Senior Living
We thoroughly enjoy solving the challenges architecture and engineering can bring. With Edenwald Senior Living, the challenge was to maximize the possibilities of the existing site while also incorporating sustainable principles.
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Kenyon Salo at 35th Annual By Design Conference
We're excited to have Kenyon Salo at the 35th Annual By Design Conference in February! He's one of the top trainers, facilitators, and keynote speakers in the fields of motivation, inspiration, and adventure. Click to find out more about him.
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Cypress Cove "Cottage" Project
From lighting elements to the overall layout, every design element in our Cypress Cove "Cottage" project was driven by research. See how we combined a ground-breaking program with an innovative environment to mark a new milestone in memory care here:
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Holy Family Home project
A ministry that’s been a part of Philadelphia for 150 years will be getting a new lease on life! SFCS is proud to be engineering the Holy Family Home project.
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Living Like the Golden Girls
Who wouldn't want to live like the Golden Girls? Our friends at Garden Spot Village are testing out a co-living concept that isn't only a fun set-up, but a potential answer to making housing affordable for middle-class seniors!
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Ready for Work
Our partners on the newest Trinity Landing CCRC project look great in their hard hats! They're breaking ground on the new coastal community in Wilmington, NC. Our design incorporates apartment home buildings, two-story villas, enclosed walkways leading to a Town Center, and spaces perfect for entertaining.
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Blue Ridge Community College Opens!
Congratulations to Blue Ridge Community College - Virginia on the opening of their new Biosciences Center! We are proud to have been designers for this $22M project and look forward to witnessing the impact of everyone's hard work.
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Leading Age Florida 2019
We're at the Leading Age FL Meeting and EXPO in Orlando this week and would love to chat with you! Come see what we're all about at Booth #201. We'll be around from 11:30-2:30!
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LeadingAge Kansas 2019
How do you uphold a strong social media presence for your community while also steering clear of HIPPA violations? Join LeadingAge Kansas webinar at 2:00 (CDT) to learn how to navigate Social Media in the HIPPA Age. More information here: https://bit.ly/31St01S
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28th Annual Auxiliary Golf Tournament
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FutureHAUS on Tour
"FutureHAUS", global champion of modular construction and cutting-edge solar technology, continues its world tour! We're very proud of the team at Virginia Tech and the work SFCS is able to be a part of in their industrial design studio.
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Don't Ignore the Basics
While we love computers and the various programs available to us, it's vital that we continue to develop and hone our technical and observational skills through sketching. Here's a few from our recent SFCS Roanoke Team Sketch Tour.
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Pocket Neighborhood
We're proud to have been part of the team who brought Garden Spot Village to life! This beautiful, innovative pocket-neighborhood recently won the Best Independent Living Design of 2018 - and for good reason! Check out the ideas behind the build here: https://bit.ly/2HTqxNP
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Mismatched
At SFCS we are rockin' our mismatched socks in support of World Down Syndrome day for the triplication of chromosome 21. #WDSD19 #SFCS_Cares
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SFCS + SPCA
SFCS loves animals too! So glad we could help the Roanoke Valley SPCA!
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Senior Living Design Trends
International senior living designs are reflecting some of the same trends that are hot in domestic markets.