THE PALACE AT CORAL GABLES Coral Gables, Florida The Palace Group Architect: Fullerton Group Architects

Tis grand community was redesigned

while never losing sight of resident- centered care and service. Te 1.6-acre site and nine-story building inspired by the famous George V Hotel in Paris is situ- ated in urban Coral Gables in the midst of dining, shopping, and entertainment opportunities. Developers created an architectural

style to emulate the city’s Mediterranean Revival style of architecture, including a copper roof dome and a portico entrance. A paseo walkway connects Te Palace to the city’s Miracle Mile Main Street. Parking is a challenge in the area so developers replaced a deteriorating public garage with a new structure matching the architecture of the residential building. Te floorplans of Te Palace’s public

areas are designed to encourage resident independence and choice. Residents come and go as they please, but there are cameras monitoring residential corridors and key areas. Activity rooms are located on the first and second floors, enabling residents to leave their apartments, enjoy activities, and return to their apartments at their convenience. And while luxury is paramount, the practical is incorporated as well. Storage closets are designed on

The Palace at Coral Gables

“Beautiful design is indeed reminiscent of a fine Parisian luxury hotel. Their use of state- of-the-art technology is important for a community of this size.”

—Judge LuAnn Holec, principal at Thoma-holecdesign, discussing The Palace at Coral Gables

residential floors, eliminating the need to move cleaning carts up and down eleva- tors. Exercise, therapy, and medical visits are accessible through a specially desig- nated residents’ elevator. Traffic patterns were considered in the design of all public

spaces. Te Café Bar area functions as a café in the daytime and a community bar staffed with bartenders at night. “A key design feature worth noting is the blend of luxury and senior friendly environments with a focus on visibility,

Lessons Learned Environmental Redesign in a Geriatrics Practice

The American Geriatrics Society offers tips for creating the safest and friend- liest design environment for older adults in its newly updated online publication Geriatrics Care by Design. Here are some lessons learned in environmental redesign in a geriatrics health-care practice, many of which can be used by senior living providers today.

Stair Alternatives • Ramp with a 1:12 maximum incline • Wheelchair lift • Stair glider chair • Elevator (if space and budget allow)

Stair Safety Features • Handrails (even for one step) • Edges of steps highlighted with bright contrasting color • Non-patterned stair carpet

Entrances • Clearly designated entryway • Roof overhang or awning over entryway • Approximately 5.5 feet of floor space and adequate clearance on latch side of door

• Automatic door or lightweight door with lever handle requiring minimal force to operate

• Raised thresholds impede mobility for residents with mobility devices, walking impairments, and visual/ spatial impairments. Be aware of temporarily impaired vision inside entrance due to change in light level while moving from outside to inside


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