Evoking a variety of rich architectural details found throughout Douglas County, the new Community and Senior Care Center identifies itself appropriately in its surroundings. The 80,000 square-foot facility serves a unique agricultural community at the base of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. Developed as a design-build competition, the CORE+TSK team evolved the previous bridging documents into a concept that addressed local agrarian precedents and historic details in an otherwise contemporary response.
Small details such as the building signage is familiar to the Butter Building, while large gestures such as the gymnasium roof appears similar to many of the barns found on family farms. Points of entry and building articulation are detailed similar to that of the C.V.I.C. building. Clerestory windows and office spaces protrude from the building mass and reflect the historic flour mill, while the massive cylindrical metal elements on the gymnasium pay homage to the easily recognizable historic grain silos along the community’s main street.
In keeping with the spirit of “main street,” the building is organized around a central interior corridor that features a variety of services for visitors. Through a series of collaborative meetings with the County, the final solution provides for a collective environment that will serve local residents for generations to come.