Master Planning: Continuing-Care Retirement Community

A Continuing-Care Retirement Community—or a “CCRC” as it is often referred to in architectural and building trades—commissioned master planning of their existing campus with emphasis on provision for longterm enhancement and significant expansion of their facilities.

In conjunction with two team members and the CCRC’s Governing Board and Residents’ Board, I reimagined the site based on required programing and projected growth within the constraints of the existing campus. Improving circulation, recreation, and smart expansion was the basic goal. The client was so pleased with the results that they commissioned additional work.

I created this Masterplan graphic (above) using AutoCAD, Civil 3D, GIS (Geographic Information Systems), and Photoshop.

The Forest  tree preservation area with soft trail system (non-ADA), buffer & berm, noise abatement

The Shop  bike, canoe, and kayak storage, vehicle vacuum stations, vehicle charging stations, additional covered parking

The Garden  enhanced wetland area (supplemental seasonal planting and potential boardwalk), flower garden, cutting gardens, additional vegetable beds, raised gardens

The Playground bocce court, croquet court, outdoor amphitheater, pickle ball courts, horseshoe court, tree preservation and expansion area, swings and fire pit, pavilion, open lawn

The Woodland Trail  soft trail network, trailheads with potential public art, potential exercise station locations, new greenway connection

Spot’s Yard  .5 fenced-acre dog park

Provisional Expansion  new building (final size and use to be determined), additional parking 

Gateways  primary entrance, landscape and way-finding enhancements

Secondary Entrance landscape and way-finding enhancements

Center  zen garden, rose garden renovation, memory care garden renovation, nursing courtyards renovation, enhanced outdoor dining

Master Planning: Residential Subdivisions and Planned Unit Development

Subdivision Design is neither my passion nor my forte, but my experience with such development has been invaluable to my education and growth as a landscape architect—perhaps most directly by familiarizing me with the processes, constraints, and shortcomings that so often lead to average and, sometimes, disappointing results.

I and those I’ve worked labor to optimize such developments given the requirements and restraints of standard land-use practices, typical Unified Development Ordinance (UDU), and consumers’ and developers’ standards and expectations. Meanwhile, I look forward to standards that elevate typical subdivision design to higher and better land-use standards and to better quality of life for the residents of “typical” American subdivisions. 

Using AutoCAD Civil 3D, pencils, and chartpac markers, I created these graphics (above and right) to illustrate possible aesthetic branding and to propose a possible entry monument for a large residential subdivision.

Residential Gateway: Grand Entry Monument

Comparatively Few residential entry monuments are as grand or large as this one, but comparatively few residential subdivisions are are large as the one to which this monument belongs.

Once I worked out the design and satisfied the needs of the client, I used the Golden Ratio (ofen coarsely referred to as “the rule of thirds” to perfect the proportions and achieve an expansive yet welcoming effect. I created these graphics using Autocad and the Adobe Creative Suite.

Typical Entry Monument Design

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