Properties Magazine December 2012 : Page 24

Old World Warmth History, faith and residents’ needs guide the design of new nursing home in Euclid By Jeanne Bluffstone | Photos by Scott Pease other M. Raphael, administrator of the Mount Saint Joseph Rehab Center in Euclid, had a dream. For many years, she envisioned building a new 100-bed nursing home to replace the outdated one built in 1948 on the hilltop campus of the Sisters of St. Joseph of St. Mark adjacent to Euclid Creek Reservation. The new nursing home would be modern yet reminiscent of the order’s Bavarian history, she thought, and would convey warmth, friendliness and a family atmosphere. She also wanted all of the living space on one floor so residents could have complete access to the nursing home’s many amenities and she wanted to utilize the religious artifacts and liturgical fur-nishings from the original building’s chapel. M In early 2010, Mother Raphael decided to make the dream a reality and called in Chris Lachman of CSL Consulting to act as owner’s representa-tive for the project. “I told Chris my expectations, and explained that I wanted a combina-tion of the old and the new,” she says. “I wanted to represent the Black Forest area [of Germany] where the order was founded, and I wanted the building to be something in the Bavarian style.” And so the project began. David DiFrancesco, of Herman Gibans Fodor, Inc. Architects, created a schematic to Mother Raphael’s requirements, and he 24 and Lachman drew up a budget. Once they received permission from Mother Raphael to move forward, the project began in earnest. It was divided into two phases. Michael Werner, project architect prepared the construction documents and handled the daily con-struction contract administration. “The sisters already had the land, which was a large pasture, so Phase 1 was site preparation, which included constructing a garden level area below the building on one side to fit the hillside topography,” Lachman says. The area was to be used as a receiving area, central laundry, kitchen, main-tenance shop, staff dining room, and locker rooms. The second phase of the project was the actual construction of the building. Each phase called for multiple contractors and the jobs were bid by invitation according to the scope of ser-vices needed. Weather presents challenges The land was cleared in 2010, the site graded, and the infrastructure completed with the idea that construction would take place during the winter months. But the winter that year was particularly harsh and to save construction costs, the entire 3URSHUWLHV | December 2012

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