Architect John Berry with Sahra Nodge and Crestview plans
(Crestview plans courtesy Berry Architecture)
George Berry, CEO of Berry Architecture, gave a presentation at the Crestview Lodge on Wednesday December 9, 2015. The purpose of his presentation was to show the public the new designs for the Crestview Lodge project, and to listen to input before the designs are finalized. Members of Municipal District of Pincher Creek No.9 Council and Pincher Creek Town Council were in attendance, including Town Mayor Don Anderberg and MD Reeve Brian Hammond. Berry outlined the two-phase project, presented the bachelor suite layout as an example, and detailed the proposed floor plan for the two-story facility.
Sahra Nodge introduced Berry. She also assisted him throughout the presentation. "Welcome to all of the elected officials from our communities, who are a very integral part of the Pincher Creek Foundation," said Nodge. "Without the support from the Village of Cowley, the MD of Pincher Creek, and the Town of Pincher Creek we wouldn't be at this point today." She then introduced the crowd to George Berry, and welcomed the various lodge residents in attendance. "We are pretty excited to be here. This is a long time coming. It has had a lot of work put into it."
|Architect John Berry|
New lodge front view (Berry Architecture image)
|Lodge elevations (Berry Architecture image)|
Suite layouts (images courtesy Berry Architecture)
|Suite layouts compared (Berry Architecture image)|
The bathroom in all suites will be fully handicap-accessible, and will use moisture proof gyprock for tile, which is “almost water proof,” according to Berry. Planning for handicap accessibility extends to the shower, which will be a roll-in shower for wheelchair accessibility.
Berry stressed the important of safety both during construction, and following it. For fire protection the building will include type X gypsum, which is a fire rated wallboard. “Everything is fire rated.” There will be five or six sprinkler heads in each suite. Sprinklers will activate independently of each other, putting out fires locally rather than dousing the whole building. If a potential fire spread, more sprinklers would become active in an attempt to put it out. “We'll work with your fire department to ensure we've got the correct method for how they want to do it.” Smoke and heat detectors will be installed, and strobe lights will be used as part of the new alarm system.
As part of his environmental goals, Berry plans to trap in heat and keep out drafts through his exterior wall designs. This will be done with the help of triple panned exterior windows, and good flooring.
Heavy duty sliding barn doors will be installed in the bathrooms. These sliding doors will utilize proper levered handles, and move easily. Berry called them “senior friendly levered handles”. Suites will also feature “senior friendly” thermostats, with large displays that can be set to show temperatures in Fahrenheit or Celsius. Heating will be done with a hot water radiant system, which according to Berry will provide a larger heating area, and better distribution of heat.
Having finished discussing the suites, Berry then spoke on his plans for the rest of the facility.
Windows will all be awning windows, which will open. Stairwells designs keep fire protection in mind; since the elevators will not work during an emergency, the stairwells provide a large space of refuge. In this type of facility stairwells need to be rated for one hour of fire protection. Berry’s designs allow for two hours of fire protection.
The facility will include air conditioning, which is something the building code requires. Berry called it “similar to the air conditioning used in a car, and designed for wind and heat”.
"In the unlikely event that some time in the future the government mandates a higher level of care, how will this plan adapt?" asked Town Councillor Doug Thornton.
Berry explained that the facility is actually already designed to accommodate level three and level four care. "What gets introduced into it then is infectious disease control. The biggest thing that we would typically go in and do is replace baseboards," said Berry, explaining that all of the structural requirements are already met by his design.
The facility plans include internet, to be delivered by fiber optic cables. Light switches will be included by beds, so that seniors can always turn on the low voltage lights. Cable TV will also be included in each suite.
|First floor layout (Berry Architecture image)|
|Second floor layout (Berry Architecture image)|
The “flat roof” will be used for the storage of mechanical equipment. Berry called the exterior of the building “low maintenance”, and noted that the building plans allow for higher ceilings on the second floor. As a heat and cost saving measure, second floor windows will offer vistas rather than wide open views.
|Site layout (Berry Architecture image)|
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