The first phase of modernizing the Casa de las Campanas Senior Living Life Planned Community campus focused on wellness, outdoor space, and dining. An underused outside area, simply landscaped and generally ignored by residents and their visiting families, became a multifunctional courtyard with a new putting green and adjacent bistro and outdoor patio (complete with a barbecue), perfect for open-air dining in the gorgeous southern California weather. Near the newly rehabbed pool, we built a new outdoor hot tub. The pool building itself was rebuilt as a meeting and club room for residents and the Casa de las Campanas board of directors.
Before, the exercise spaces were cramped and relegated to small spaces. Now, designed for restoration and meeting up with other residents, the newly constructed fitness building supports all types of exercise equipment, a yoga studio, and locker rooms, with NanaWalls that open to the outside. Speaking of taking care of body and mind, the salon renovation creates a high-end, luxurious self-care experience; subtle upgrades to the fixtures enhance safety and overall accessibility.
The new bistro, too, connects to the outdoors, with a skylight drawing in San Diego’s lovely natural light and opening up what was once a fairly dark space. Here, residents reconnect with each other and their families amid an interactive piano bar, full kitchen, upgraded furniture, and plenty of seating options. Drawing on knowledge earned across adjacent market sectors, especially our hospitality experience, our goal was giving people more choices, from grab-and-go to full-service dining. We wanted dining to feel special to residents, and now it does.
Phase two, currently under construction, will replace Casa de las Campanas’s current skilled-nursing building with a state-of-the-art, three-story facility based around private occupancy. Phase three, to be completed after this new building is complete, will be a five-story addition of new independent, assisted-living, and memory-care units, plus additional common spaces and below-grade parking.
By enhancing these aspects of Casa de las Campanas’s existing architecture while introducing natural elements—wood and other materials of southern California—we effectively, subtly modernized the senior living campus, balancing the need to attract new residents while retaining the familiar warmth of home for current residents.