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  • Project

    VA Central Iowa Health Care System Community Living Cottage

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    Department of Veterans Affairs

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    Des Moines, Iowa


Schemmer was retained to provide design, construction and post construction period services for a 22,000 SF, single-story, Community Living Center Cottage. The overall design will aim to bring a resident-centered feel rather than an institutional approach to the built environment through the use of appropriate human scale, materiality, texture and color, natural light, and a strong connection between interior and exterior spaces. The design will reflect the ideas set forth in the Holistic Approach to Transformational Change as established by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS).

The placement of the Community Living Center Cottage will create a semi-private courtyard space to be shared with the adjacent Extended Care Facility, allowing patients and staff an opportunity to unwind and enjoy the peaceful outdoor environment. A covered walkway will connect the  buildings, providing efficient accessibility for both patients and staff.


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