A helping hand.
Byron Health Center, Lake Avenue
Fort Wayne, IN
five nursing care neighborhoods that serve two households of twelve residents each, fifty additional assisted living residential apartments, a campus café, wellness center, and multi-use event space, as well as other care, administrative, and support spaces
Byron Health has partnered with MKM to imagine a new campus celebrating the lives and unique needs of the residents they serve.
Byron Health Center is a nonprofit, independent community providing long-term healthcare, skilled nursing rehabilitation, memory care, physical and occupational therapy, and cognitive interventions. Byron Health Center partnered with MKM to imagine a new campus celebrating the lives and unique needs of the residents they serve. Located on the corner of Beacon Street and Lake Avenue in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the 126,000 SF facility consists of eight neighborhoods. The neighborhoods share common amenities, including a campus café, wellness center, multi-use event space, as well as other care, administrative, and support spaces. The project broke ground in October 2018 and was completed in March 2020.
This project is a physical representation of Byron’s foundational belief, that, “We join each resident on their journey as guests in their home, advocating on their behalf.” Creating a feeling of home and personal ownership for residents was at the core of the project. Each of the eight neighborhoods features a shared common area, kitchen, and courtyard access. All neighborhoods have a unique interior identity, complemented with natural wood finishes and stone fireplaces throughout to provide a home-like environment. MKM prioritized understanding Bryon Heath Center’s operational model to ensure the design of the facility would allow their staff to provide the highest quality of care with proper staff to resident ratios. The new facility features Byron Health Center’s collection of paintings by renowned Indiana artist Louis Bonsib. The collection features over 60 paintings by Bonsib of southern Indiana landscapes.
The new campus provides improved quality of life for its residents. Over 30% of Byron Health Center’s residents have lived in the facility for over 10 years and nine residents have lived in the facility for over 20 years. Our goal was to provide a home for the residents. Byron Health Center’s previous facility on Lima Road, a former hospital, had a sterile environment that did not properly serve its residents. The previous facility required many of the residents to share rooms and receive assistance to shower. Residents were unable to access outdoor space without a staff member present. The new facility eliminates barriers for residents, offering opportunities for freedom of movement and community engagement throughout the various neighborhoods and common areas. Residents now have private bedrooms suites with accessible bathrooms and storage, providing them with a sense of independence and ownership of their space. With a large courtyard centered in the new facility, residents can now access outdoor space independently. The combined amenities of the new facility provide a comfortable home environment with an increased quality of life.
AIA, RID, Senior Associate