Sharon S. Richardson Hospice
A community hospice home for terminally ill patients, this $5.8-million, 29,878-square-foot building provides three patient wings with 18 rooms, complete food preparation and dining facilities, nursing stations, family lounges, library, and chapel and set in a beautifully rural setting. The grounds are landscaped with natural flower gardens, a gazebo, paths, and pond. High clerestory lighting is provided in all the wings, which are laid out in a 60-degree fan from each other "to allow better views of the gardens and outdoor landscaping from each room, incorporating the maximum natural light and beauty," says Geral Jochman, Quasius project manager. The layout was challenging because each wing has several sawtooth walls that maximize exposure to the outdoors, with double-wide French doors that allow patients to be wheeled outside their rooms if they desired. "The onsite job superintendent and other staff were readily available and responsive as daily decisions needed to be made," says Nichol Slabe, administrator and CEO for the hospice. "The weekly construction meetings were a helpful communication tool that brought owner representatives together with all the key contractor representatives to address questions and issues in a timely manner. Everyone who visits our center is impressed with the design and construction of this beautiful building."