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The social butterfly effect.


Legacy Village, National Church Residences


Xenia, Ohio



90,000 SF


51 independent living apartments, bistro, dining, fitness center, multi-use room, and support spaces.

Team Leaders

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Dodd Kattman

AIA, LEED AP, Principal

Meg Crites

Meg Crites

AIA, Senior Associate

Group interaction is key when it comes to happy lifestyles in retirement communities. National Church Residences is making it happen in a non-intrusive way.

National Church Residences (NCR) has a proven track record of excellence in providing homes and services to seniors, enabling them to live healthier and more satisfying lives, while serving all income levels. In recent years, NCR has expanded their mission to include full-service retirement communities and has invited MKM to lead their effort in more purposefully engaging residents and encouraging socialization.


We know that people live better when they feel personally engaged in the communities where they live, work, and play. MKM’s research initiative and life-plan community planning expertise focuses on encouraging an individual’s likelihood to engage, on their own terms. Examples might include decreasing a person’s walking distance from their apartment to social amenities, providing attractive and welcoming spaces that encourage varying personalities to connect, and designing indoor and outdoor public spaces that are comfortable, even just for one person. When we can attract one or two people to enjoy a space, others will follow. These unforced social encounters add life and vitality to life-plan communities.


People often move to communities to improve the quality of their lives, both physically and socially.  Evidence shows that promoting social engagement has a direct and positive impact on physical well-being. NCR understands this. Simply put, we are both dedicated to architecture + design…for living.