SLAM provided the design of the Schleifer Adult Independent Living (SAIL) Building, a second phase of the Chapel Haven’s campus redevelopment project. This four-story, 28-unit facility is inter-generational in design and layout, where adults with disabilities can flourish into their senior years in a vibrant and non-institutional setting. SLAM’s design for the SAIL building focused on the special needs of adults with autism spectrum disorder, including design attributes and programming requirements which incorporated elements of safety, neighborhood, independence, wellness, durability, way finding, natural light, private and communal preview sight lines, acoustics and sensory control.
Chapel Haven was in need of long term residential care for residents and graduates of the program in the community who require additional assistance as they age. In addition to providing an aging in place non-institutional environment responsive to autistic spectrum adult needs, Chapel Haven wanted to incorporate community services and a new wellness program into the new building.
As an integrated firm SLAM offered multiple solutions to the planning, design and construction of the Phase 2 Chapel Haven campus transformation project. The team developed constructability options, phasing, project logistics and a design program that responded to the residential, communal, wellness and clinical needs of Chapel Haven’s aging population.
To fast-track the project, SLAM used panelized, light gauge metal interior and exterior walls as well as prefabricated electrical devices.
The completion of Phase 2 of the Chapel Haven’s campus redevelopment project has resulted in a neighborhood transformation, for the residents, staff and surrounding community. The new building completes the pedestrian courtyard space, offers a new entrance to the campus, accentuates the Emerson Street building facade, incorporates community interaction and offers residents previously unavailable programming, wellness and continuing care options.