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Senior Lifestyle Lake Wylie Assisted Living

Lake Wylie, South Carolina

ZPD+A has been partnering with Senior Lifestyle Corporation for more than 5 years, supporting nationwide community improvements, architectural renovation and interior refreshes. While each project has its own scope, challenges and opportunities, the overall approach remains the same: identify key elements of the region for local inspiration, and integrate traditional comfort with modern touches for the diverse needs of Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care and Skilled Nursing communities.  


South Carolina’s Lake Wylie boasts over 325 miles of lakeshore with robust outdoor recreation and natural beauty. Bringing the outdoors, indoors was paramount and intentional. Design development was activated by the local “lake life” vibe, which in turn inspired a lively and eclectic material palette. Aesthetically pleasing, soothing blues and greens were accented by the organic plums and corals of the regions famed sunsets with the counterpoint of weathered woods, natural textures and patinaed metals evocative of long family weekends on the water. 


In late 2018, zpd+a began the design to convert a 7,500sf wing of an existing Assisted Living community into a 16-bed Memory Care community, simultaneously incorporating a refresh of 10,000sf of Assisted Living public spaces. Stalled in construction by the COVID pandemic, the project proved challenging on a number of fronts as the entire design and construction industry had to pivot to remote oversight and health related protocols to protect the at-risk senior community.  


By fall of 2020, the new residents began to call the new Memory Care wing home. The response at Lake Wylie was immediate: The in-demand community sold out right away. The interior transitions offered revived, welcoming areas that included the Beauty Salon, Public Dining Room, Reception Area, Private Dining and Activity Room. As public space restrictions eased and barriers were lifted, the residents, their families and guests were greeted into these newly refreshed public spaces with a sense of delight and reassurance of care. 

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