WESTMINSTER VILLAGE WEST LAFAYETTE

InterDesign was retained by Westminster Village West Lafayette in 2013 to assist with the design of a campus expansion to include a new wellness center, new independent housing, expansion of assisted living and a new transportation building. The existing campus consisted of single-family garden homes, independent living apartments, assisted living, a health center, and various amenities for residents. The primary goals for the campus expansion were to provide additional amenities to improve the health and quality of life for residents, and to provide a new type of housing to attract younger retirees.

With a focus on improving overall health and quality of life, the wellness center was designed to provide for a variety of exercise, recreational and arts/crafts spaces. The 25,000 square foot facility includes an aquatics area complete with a 3-lane lap pool and a large warm-water therapy pool, fitness spaces with cardio and strength training equipment, a spacious aerobics fitness area, and wet and dry crafts rooms.

New independent housing was developed with the goal of appealing to younger retirees. The new “hybrid” homes provide for a type of housing between the individual garden home and a typical apartment. The apartments range in size from 1600 to 2200 square feet. Each apartment is located to provide views in multiple site directions and includes both a 4-seasons room and exterior patio or balcony. An enclosed garage was provided at grade level for the purpose of eliminating the hazards associated with a ramped access and to conserve site area. The buildings are three stories in height and provide the second floor units exterior access by means of a terrace space located over the garage area. InterDesign assisted Westminster in finalizing the programming for the new hybrid homes through a series of focus group meetings involving prospective residents. These meetings helped to define needs and desires, and also helped to identify new residents.