Schemmer's senior living design project at the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown, IA, was awarded two Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) ratings, under the rating system of the U.S. Green Building Council. Schemmer was retained to complete the facility assessment, master plan and design at the Iowa Veterans Home campus to facilitate a shift from an institutional environment to a “homelike” atmosphere. The development of the Iowa Veterans Home involved expansions and renovations on the historic state property, located above the Iowa River.
Schemmer designed the 60-bed Fox Pavilion for nursing care that received LEED GOLD CERTIFICATION. The new single story, 46,388 SF, 60-bed pavilion will feature 4 - 15 bed units organized around a central core support area. These units will also include individual privacy for living and bathing along with a more home-like dining/activity area. Other sustainable measures included a life cycle cost analysis, which resulted in rebates from the electric utility provider as well as a rain garden system designed to manage and improve storm water quality.
Schemmer also designed the 120-bed Ulery Nursing Home that received LEED SILVER CERTIFICATION. The single story, 91,922 SF, 120-bed nursing care home features 8 - 15 bed “households” clustered around “neighborhood” common area shared space. Each of these units will offer individual privacy for living and bathing, along with a more home-like dining/activity area.
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