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City living seniors; the summit: a contemporary campus for modern-minded elderly. (The Winners).

A refreshing contrast to the ubiquitous "faux Community" re-created in nearby Green Meadows, Wash., architect MITHUN created this upscale urban senior living campus right in the heart of it all. Just blocks from bus routes, shopping, theaters and major medical facilities, and within a half mile of downtown, residents of The Summit at First Hill can participate in the mainstream of Seattle's vibrant culture before retiring to their sheltered gardens.

Marketed to the sophisticated, well-traveled and upper-income seniors, the building design fits into the surrounding neighborhood and helps foster a love of art and learning while celebrating the heritage of its Jewish population.

While providing a continuum of care from independent living to dementia care, The Summit has a unique stack of environments woven together by sightlines and design continuity, with prime views offered from social spaces. Common areas are arranged for optimal circulation while there is still no compromise to service areas and unit designs with their wide variety of plans. Daylighting of the plinth structure is nothing short of ingenious with a variable footprint light well extending down three stories to illuminate a library at the heart of the facility.

The antithesis of Colonial Williamsburg, this smart contemporary design eschews all that is "19th century senior-chic," and brings to life an environment for people of all ages to appreciate. From top to bottom this building unfolds with exciting floor plans integrating private and social space, loads of amenities and beautiful city, mountain and water views for everyone.

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Facility Type: Assisted Living Award: Architecture & Interior Design

The Summit at First Hill Assisted Living in an Urban Setting Seattle, Wash.

Steve Fischer, project architect Michael Kustin, project architect Elizabeth T. MacPherson, IIDA, ASID, lead interior designer

Tracy Langford, interior designer

Project Data

Owner: The Summit at First Hill, Seattle, Wash.

Contact: Day Sugarman, 206-652-4444 Number of beds: 126 multi-level care including

* 102 Independent Living apartments, 815 foot average

* 11 Assisted Living apartments, 440 square average

* 13 Alzheirner's apartments, 480 square foot average

Average resident age: 84 years

Cost: $125 per gross square foot
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Author:Volzer, Rob
Publication:Contemporary Long Term Care
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Date:May 1, 2003
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