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Silver Birch Fort Wayne, Vermilion
Fort Wayne, IN
Silver Birch, Fort Wayne
Vacation every day.
Amenities and a strong presence of nature creates a resort-like feel.
Client collaboration to high-quality design.
In close collaboration with Vermilion, HED established a design goal of creating a “resort-like” lifestyle community in Fort Wayne. With this aesthetic in mind, the team sought to create a building that felt broken down into smaller volumes, so as to help both residents and visitors more easily feel at home in the space. This strategy also helps with wayfinding for seniors struggling with memory challenges. The resulting plan, a z-like shape, places amenity spaces in a well-featured central ‘bar’ allowing the two residential wings to have easy, shorter access to these shared spaces.

Given the site’s naturally wooded condition, the team also sought to protect the environment and minimize its impact on the landscape. As such, the design was crafted with a careful attention to the existing high-quality trees on the site. Any trees that did have to be removed were reused within the project, creating beautiful interior features as well. The interior design for the project was planned by HED and executed by Chicago-based Strong Design Consultants.

Vermilion wanted the building to be visible from a nearby highway, so the entry canopy was designed to help achieve that visibility. In addition, it allowed us to orient the building’s site plan in such a way as to create a beautiful courtyard rich with outdoor living amenities and natural, forested views.
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Project Data
Silver Birch, Fort Wayne 2017-02776-000
Vermilion
Fort Wayne, IN
PROJECT SCOPE
New Construction
HED ROLE
Full Service A/E
RSF/GSF
102,250
CONSTRUCTION COST
$12.5 Million
SUSTAINABILITY LEVEL
HED Standard
YEAR COMPLETED
2018
Project Team
  • Alli Mallory
    Associate
    Architecture + Design

  • Susan King
    FAIA, LEED AP BD+C
    Principal
    Sector Leader
    PRINCIPAL
Amenities and a strong presence of nature creates a resort-like feel.
Silver Birch Fort Wayne, Vermilion
Fort Wayne, IN
PROJECT DATA
PROJECT TEAM
Vacation every day.