Senior Living

The Highlands Renovation at Sunnyside Community

A Rejuvenation 

The Highlands is a 30-year-old 4-story upscale independent living apartment building at Sunnyside Community which was in need of a renovation to bring the outdated space back to its upscale grandeur.  

Details

Size: Renovation of Existing Structure

Cost: $2.4 million

Client: Sunnyside Communities

Location: The Highlands

Completion: 2019

Project Type: Senior Living

 

The new entrance to Harrisonburg City Hall, Harrisonburg, VA, at dusk.

Project Info

The Highlands renovation was completed in phases and took about a year to complete.  This was a unique renovation as all the work was done while the residents continued to occupy the space.

We designed a new vestibule with two sets up sliding doors to cut down on drafts that used to sweep through the main entrance and to help keep the temperature in the lobby regulated.

The lobby itself was opened up.  The rear of the lobby used to have a 3-season sunroom. 

This room was rarely used as it was difficult to regulate the temperature as well as being difficult for some residents to access as they had to go though a swinging glass door to get there.  By taking down the back wall that used to separate the sunroom from the main lobby and adding duct work, we were able to make the entire lobby area useable by all the residents all year round. 

We added beautiful wood beams to the ceiling and a gas fireplace to give the lobby that extra feel of grandeur and warmth. The lobby is now a brightly sunlit room enjoyed by residents and guests alike.

An aerial view of Harrisonburg City Hall, Harrisonburg, VA, where you can see all construction, old and new.
An aerial view of Harrisonburg City Hall, Harrisonburg, VA, where you can see all construction, old and new.
A hand drawn look at the architectural hyphen of the new Harrisonburg City Hall, Harrisonburg, VA. This is the glass atrium area that connects the old building to the new building.
A hand drawn look at the architectural hyphen of the new Harrisonburg City Hall, Harrisonburg, VA. This is the glass atrium area that connects the old building to the new building.

Additional areas that were renovated were the meeting space/banquet room and the hallway that connects the lobby area to the dining space, offices, laundry rooms, apartment hallways, stairwells, restrooms, fitness center, a billiards room, library, activitity room and a lounge.

We are pleased that the staff and residents at Sunnyside and the crew with Lantz Construction all worked well together to complete a beautiful project with miminual disruption. 

 

The stairwell in the new Harrisonburg City Hall, Harrisonburg, VA.
The balcony above the lobby area in the new Harrisonburg City Hall, Harrisonburg, VA.
The new entrance to Harrisonburg City Hall, Harrisonburg, VA, at dusk.
The stairwell in the new Harrisonburg City Hall, Harrisonburg, VA.
The balcony above the lobby area in the new Harrisonburg City Hall, Harrisonburg, VA.
The stairwell in the new Harrisonburg City Hall, Harrisonburg, VA.
The balcony above the lobby area in the new Harrisonburg City Hall, Harrisonburg, VA.
The stairwell in the new Harrisonburg City Hall, Harrisonburg, VA.
The balcony above the lobby area in the new Harrisonburg City Hall, Harrisonburg, VA.
The stairwell in the new Harrisonburg City Hall, Harrisonburg, VA.
The balcony above the lobby area in the new Harrisonburg City Hall, Harrisonburg, VA.

The Highland Renovation is another successful project Mather Architects has completed for Sunnyside Communities.  

 

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