Wesley Palms Memory Care Campus

Wesley Palms Memory Care Campus

"Today’s retiree expects a little more and (Front Porch) wanted to make the units more compliant with the American Disabilities Act."

Project Architect Michael Paluso, M.W. Steele Group

  

Renovating for NextGen Retirees: Wesley Palms represents California living

Originally opened in 1962, Wesley Palms was hailed as San Diego’s latest and greatest mid-century modern retirement community on the slopes of Mount Soledad. The campus is undergoing a multi-phase renovation so that Wesley Palms will continue to serve the next generation of residents desiring a quintessential southern California neighborhood setting. The renovation project replaces 150 cottage units with 168 rebuilt ADA-compliant, patio-style units, and upgrades 121 units in the six-story main building.

DCI Engineers is currently contributing structural design to help the client make these residential and communal amenity upgrades. For the cottages, the engineers drafted foundation and wood framing plans to make the ceilings taller; add front and back patios; and expand the bathroom space. For the main building, the team created the pool house foundation plan and roof framing, and partial framing plans for the residential infrastructure.

Project Highlights

  • Current residents remain on campus while the five-year redevelopment plan is in progress. The campus will have 18 new units.
  • Renovation work maintains the campus mid-century modern aesthetic.
  • Cottages now have ADA-compliant bathrooms, bedrooms, and kitchens.
  • When completed, Wesley Palms will be positioned to provide service for another 50 years.

Awards

  • 2016 National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Awards, Gold Award Winner for Best of 55+ Independent Living Community “On the Boards”
  • 2017 Associated Builders & Contractors San Diego Chapter, Excellence in Construction, Top Project

 

 

Location: 
San Diego, California
Square Feet: 
174,105-SF
Stories: 
1-6
Primary Material: 
Concrete
Steel
Wood
Unreinforced Masonry
Type: 
Structural
Sector: 
Residential

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