Enriching Lives and Building Community

JOHN KNOX VILLAGE: THE COURTYARDS & THE MEADOWS

REVITALIZING COMMUNITY

Located on 450 acres in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, John Knox Village (JKV) has been a leader in the Greater Kansas City area for nearly 50 years. John Knox Village underwent a phased repositioning to revitalize their independent living housing across the campus. Prior to the repositioning, the community served 1,500 residents in a variety of independent living housing accommodations including:  freestanding cottage homes, villas, and apartments.  

Two separate phased projects, “The Courtyards” and “The Meadows,” have recently been completed to provide a unique blend of amenities and services to allow JKV to remain competitive within their primary market. 

THE COURTYARDS: ENHANCING EXPERIENCE

Phase I includes The Courtyards building expansion and consists of 52 Independent Living apartments. All apartments have a porch or balcony accessed through the living room. The entire commons core is an open, flexible space designed to promote daily resident recreation and interaction. Common areas include a lobby with concierge, dining area with outdoor courtyard, theater and salon. The Courtyards is located adjacent to the active street side of the campus and gives a new look along a major highway to help rebrand John Knox Village to the broader community.

THE MEADOWS: A NEW HEART TO THE CAMPUS

The Meadows, Phase II, is four-story Independent Living building providing 112 apartments. The commons includes a lobby/living room, bar/bistro, activity spaces, a dining room and a multi-purpose room. Upon visiting the campus during the master planning phase, the design team noticed a small park with walking trails and a creek located in the center of the campus. The team suggested that creating a new dynamic “heart” could be a way to spark the renaissance across the campus. Redefining a new center of the campus, created a unique connection with living, wellness, cultural, learning and dining all connected to the park.  The new Wellness and Spa Center exudes vibrancy that promotes resident exercise and activity. In addition, there is a unique outdoor courtyard that extends the indoor space to the outside with a fireplace, waterfall, dining and tai chi/exercise areas.

LOCATION:

Lee’s Summit, MO

PROGRAM:

The Courtyards: Campus Repositioning and Master Plan, 52 Independent Living apartments, Under building Parking, New Commons, Wellness Center, Renovation

The Meadows: 112 New Independent Living apartments, new lobby, bar/bistro, outdoor dining, new Wellness and Spa including spa/beauty, aerobics, cardio/weight room, pool and locker rooms

SERVICES:

Master Planning, Architectural, and Structural/MEP Engineering

SIZE:

The Courtyards:   76,000  SF

The Meadows:   214,000  SF

COMPLETION DATE:

The Courtyards:   2017

The Meadows:   2018

AWARDS:

Environments for Aging Design Showcase

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