Senior Living

Sycamore Haven at White Birch Communities

Dementia Care with Quality and Peace of Mind

Now called Sycamore Haven, this project was custom designed to house 17 residents with Memory Impairment due to Alzheimer’s and Dementia.  This “residential-model” plan features comfortable Living Room, Dining Room and Den spaces in the core, around which the resident’s rooms are arranged.  Our goal was to allow the residents to feel like they were living in their own executive residence.


Size: 9,000 s.f.

Cost: $2.3 million

Client: White Birch Communities

847 Oakwood Drive
Harrisonburg, VA

Completion: 2016

Project Type: Senior Living

Partners: Nielsen Builders

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

Project Info

The resident rooms are tastefully decorated with accent colors and decorative wood trim.  Each has a large window and an accessible private bath.  Sliding doors separate the bedroom from the bath, allowing for easy identification of the bath for residents with the door in the open position.  Each resident bedroom door is painted an accent color for easy identification by the resident.

A beautiful Sun Room was built which connects the assisted living wing of White Birch and Sycamore Haven.  It is conditioned and protected from the weather but very open with windows and skylights.  Doors to both wings can be closed off to allow for either wing to use the Sun Room and to maintain the safety of the residents.

Another view of the new entrance to the new Harrisonburg City Hall, Harrisonburg, VA.
An aerial view of Harrisonburg City Hall, Harrisonburg, VA, where you can see all construction, old and new.

Other amenities include an Outdoor Memory Garden, which is easily accessed from the building and allows residents to enjoy fresh air and sunshine while being enclosed with fencing for safety.  A spa area which includes a tub, hair washing station, and a large shower.  Warm materials were used to create a more resort-like atmosphere.  

A private family meeting room where residents can have visitors without disruption.  A Kitchen area with serving counter for snacks, eating at off-hours, and other items that residents may want that are not cooked in the main kitchen.  A nurses area with visual connection to the resident’s areas, while also providing separate access to the main assisted living building.

The stairwell in the new Harrisonburg City Hall, Harrisonburg, VA.
Looking up at the atrium windows in the new Harrisonburg City Hall, Harrisonburg, VA.


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