SAS announces opening of The Martin Jahn Nursing Pavilion at King Bruwaert House, in Burr Ridge, Illinois.
The Ribbon Cutting
SAS had the opportunity to attend the ribbon cutting for the new Nursing Pavilion at King Bruwaert House with staff and residents. It has been a privilege to be part of the planning and design process with the King Bruwaert team and to see the fruit of everyone’s labors come to life. We look forward to the next phase of the project to complete the vision for the community.
The opening brings to life a design that began on paper in 2018 and went through many design iterations, ups and downs, scope and program adjustments, and master plan changes. With the COVID-19 pandemic sitting right in the middle of the planning and construction process the entire team deserves a large round of applause for enduring through unexpected setbacks, struggles, remote work, web conferencing, and the many triumphs that came with it all.
About the King Bruwaert House Community
Originally built in the 1930s this addition builds onto the Georgian character of the existing community. Replacing much of the 1980s era health center with a state of the art facility, this is the first phase of a multi-phase repositioning of the existing facility to modernize the resident rooms and amenities provided to the entire community. With original buildings set on a rolling hill it was a challenge to fit within the existing context of the site and meet the expectations of the clientele.
As part of the 11,000+ square foot demolition, Jack-and-Jill two person resident rooms were replaced with new single occupancy and private bathroom resident suites. Matching floor plans on two separate stories, the addition houses two “neighborhoods” each with 12 private rooms and one semi-private room for a total of 28 beds. Each neighborhood includes a residential style “mom’s” kitchen, living, dining, and activity room in a residential and welcoming setting. The elegant finishes complement the existing KBH House with a more vibrant and contemporary spin over the entire 27,000 sq. ft. addition
Phase one demolished half of the existing health center and replaced it with this addition. Phase two, now under construction, renovates the remaining 11,000 square foot health center into a modern PT/OT space and beauty salon, as well as consolidates staff facilities throughout the community into a single location. Remote laundry facilities are being relocated into the existing building to improve hospitality and staff services throughout the campus. Expected completion is October 2023.
Phase three, also under construction, brings a new 43 apartment, 115,000 sq. ft. Independent Living addition to the campus. Tapping a service not provided on the campus the addition it will sit right behind and enhance the amenities of the original 1930s “House.” A new 2-story communal space and show kitchen are the focal points of the interior while lush landscaping creates intimate and community exterior spaces. Taking advantage of the site topography, the “Gardens of King Bruwaert House” will appear as two stories from the existing house, while three stories from beyond the hill. A parking garage tucks underneath the landscaping as new walking paths meander around the site connecting the original House, the Nursing Pavilion and “Garden” together. Construction is expected to be complete in Spring 2024.