Grand Rapids Dominicans, Aquinata Hall – Marywood Campus
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Aquinata Hall is an addition to the existing Grand Rapids Dominicans – Marywood Campus. The three-story building is 80,000 square feet and consists of a 10-bed skilled nursing unit, 10-bed dementia unit, 31-unit assisted living apartments as well as common support areas, wellness center and chapel. Wolff Landscape Architecture, Inc. was responsible for the design and documentation of five courtyard gardens; an entry courtyard, Alzheimer and enabling garden, assisted living garden and patio, a dining terrace with horticultural therapy and art therapy facilities, and a soft surface exercise space outside the wellness center.
In addition, the landscape architect was responsible for all related landscape architecture of the 9 acre site and coordination with the civil engineers related to sustainable storm water management concepts, parking areas and grading. The courtyards and grounds were designed for extensive use by the Sisters, as they are avid gardeners and environmentalists. Proposed activities range from gardening, outdoor dining, a place to talk with visitors, exercise, or to sit and enjoy the surrounding gardens and sunsets.
The gardens are also designed to be universally accessible according to ADA standards. In collaboration with Dr. Joanne Westphal, M.D., Ph.D., a nationally recognized expert on therapeutic gardens, multiple workshops were held with administrators, staff and the Sisters who currently reside at the existing facility. The results of these workshops was a detailed program for each of the proposed outdoor spaces and overall grounds. As such, the resulting designs relate to the specific and therapeutic needs of the residents. The construction budget for the garden and site landscape was $400,000.00 with construction complete in the summer of 2005.