Plans Unveiled for Independent Living Facility on Seniors Campus

By Anuradha Kher, Online News EditorPalos Park, Ill.–The Catholic Charities Housing Development Corp. recently broke ground on St. Francis of Assisi Residence at the Holy Family Villa Campus in Palos Park, a suburb of Chicago. Designed by Harley Ellis Devereaux, the St. Francis of Assisi Residence will feature 81 independent living apartments.The project features one-bedroom senior-friendly layouts and features. Residents-shared amenities include a large multipurpose room, flexible activity spaces for fitness and wellness programs and a library.The primary design goals for the Harley Ellis Devereaux design team were two-fold. It was important to maintain the open prairie character of the site and to integrate and compliment the architectural character of the existing campus that was established by the Bishop Lyne Residence and Holy Family Villa Nursing Home.“Our intent was to preserve the natural character of the site, utilize native planting materials and maintain a visual continuity with the architectural context of the existing campus,” says Mark Jones, lead architect on the project. “The L-shape plan of the building will provide residents extraordinary views of the open prairies and woodlands beyond,” An energy grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) made it possible to incorporate sustainable features such as energy-efficient lighting, well-insulated walls of R-21, air infiltration measures and high efficiency mechanical equipment.The Illinois HUD 202 program is funding the project. Joseph J. Duffy Co. is providing general contracting services for both the site and building work. The facility is scheduled for completion in summer 2009.