Originally posted by Environments for Aging - October 5, 2020. "With the increasing growth in Oklahoma City and surrounding neighborhoods, HarborChase of South Oklahoma City wanted to offer a luxury hospitality-enriched assisted living and memory care community to compete with the more dated options in the surrounding market. Opening in March , the new 107,000-square-foot location features 112 units including 80 assisted living and 30 memory care with a mix of studio, one-, and two-bedroom floor plans.
Interior design firm Aneka Interiors (Denver) created a design with a bold yet comfortable and inviting color palette of bright teals and warm purples with the occasional pop of yellow. Having a consistent color palette throughout the community, while varying the combinations and application, allows each amenity space to have its own identity while still feeling cohesive. High ceilings throughout the community fill the spaces with bright, natural light. Five different dining experiences, including a sports bar and bistro, private dining adjacent to the exhibition pizza kitchen, and an elegant formal dining room, contribute to the hospitality feel.
Improving resident engagement was also a priority, with the new community offering two art rooms, three living rooms, an activity/game space and club room with shuffleboard and card table, multiple conversation nooks, a fitness suite, full-service salon, and a large community/multipurpose room.
Due to the community’s location in tornado alley, the project team designed the 2,648-square-foot multipurpose room to also flex as a storm shelter.
Due to its location in "tornado alley," it was essential for this community to have a tornado shelter where residents and those living in the surrounding neighborhood could come for safety. With the intricate acoustic ceiling and rich wood casework, the community/multipurpose room also flexes as a banquet hall, community chapel, theater room, and general multipurpose space.
The community offers two courtyards. The main courtyard features a covered outdoor terrace with a fireplace, built-in grill for community barbeques, walking paths, a year-round putting green, and outdoor dining.
The memory care neighborhood has a spacious dining room with ample room for residents and caregivers to dine together. Custom-applied molding highlights colorful abstract artwork that brings colors and energy to the space. Table height seating around the country kitchen offers a unique dining experience where residents can interact with the chef.
The full-service salon features two sink stations with an adjustable-height sink station to accommodate wheelchairs. Additionally, the arms of the pedicure chair can be retracted and the standing hair dryers are movable. A vibrant fuschia color is pulled through the space with fabrics.
The club room design is inspired by Oklahoma City's Bricktown district, an industrial chic entertainment district near downtown. For a feature wall, the design utilizes locally sourced brick veneer as a foundation for a custom black and white gallery wall of images showcasing Oklahoma City and its surrounding areas.
The main dining space, situated across from the main lobby, has vaulted ceiling with rich wooden trusses to highlight the two-story fireplace. A custom four-sided booth covered in maroon and turquoise upholstery sits in the middle of the room, creating a focal point and natural division of space.
Facility name: HarborChase of South Oklahoma City
Location: Oklahoma City
Completion date: March 2020
Owner: CD-HRA (Confluent Development & HarborChase Retirement Associates)
Total building area: 107,000 sq. ft.
Total construction cost: $19.4 million
Cost/sq. ft.: $188.79/sq. ft.
Architecture firm: Rosemann Architects
Interior design: Aneka Interiors Inc.
General contractor: Cowen Construction
Engineering: Smith and Boucher Engineers
Builder: Cowen Construction"