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The rooftop terrace includes garden plots


where residents can grow flowers and vege- tables. The community offers an Eldergrow gardening program, a therapeutic horticul- tural activity that promotes physical, social, intellectual, and spiritual wellness among residents. “The rooftop deck is fantastic,” said Bill Pettit, president of R.D. Merrill Company, the parent company of Merrill Gardens. “It worked out better than even we had expected.” Senior Living by Design judge David Fik, principal and director of architecture at Lantz-Boggio Architects, said, “The rooftop terrace is an amazing amenity for any community.” Taking cues from the Scandinavian heri-


tage of the neighborhood, the building de- sign was purposefully kept simple. Though many of today’s multifamily buildings use a collage of materials and textures, the exterior of Merrill Gardens at Ballard is covered in


a cement board with fiberglass reinforce- ment called öko skin. Two different fin- ishes were selected to provide a contrast, maximizing the project’s visual impact. The focus of the lobby is a sweep-


ing grand staircase that creates a visual connection between levels. The staircase connects the lobby to activity and tech- nology rooms, and to the memory care section of the building which has 11 residences. Visitors and family members can use the staircase to directly enter the memory care section from the lobby. “We did not want them to feel isolated,” said Chad Lorentz, project architect and principal at Urbal Architecture. The activity area and social spaces are


highly accessible and centrally located on the main floor in an open layout. The activity rooms and wellness center offer educational, recreational and cultural programs, and planned classes. The project also includes a library, various lounges, and multiple dining venues.


ISSUE 6 2017 / ARGENTUM.ORG 17


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