The Waterford

Breathing new life into dated residential

The planned expansion to The Waterford senior living community in Juno Beach, FL is a phased project with multiple scope areas, summarized as follows:

  1. A proposed 8-story Resident Care Building with Independent Living (IL) residential units in a high-rise arrangement over (2) levels of parking at the base, adjacent to low-rise wings providing Assisted Living and Memory Care functions in connected but differentiated areas, sharing common areas and parking facilities. This structural design involves typical post-tensioned flat plate floor structure at the high-rise components and cast-in-place concrete framed low-rise structure supported by confined masonry bearing walls. The courtyard/terrace level involves arrival plaza/emergency vehicle loading considerations and very heavy tree planting areas with localized concentrated loads. Coordinated post-tensioned transfer and podium elements were incorporated at this level as well, further complicating design constraints, accommodated through a relatively simple transfer system of post-tensioned floor and beam construction supported by a coordinated grid of parking levels columns for a load path to the deep foundation system below without compromising parking areas unnecessarily or restricted drive aisles. This vertical component of the original design has in since time been reimagined as a series of standalone hybrid home buildings, 3 to 4 stories in height, to serve as Independent Living residential units. The arrangement of these low-rise structures are situated around a central parking structure, with a combination of podium-supported conditions and on-grade walk-out units. A landscape deck provides community amenity space between buildings on the podium level. A separate standalone 3-story assisted living and memory care facility with vertical setback in the floor plan completes the separation of the original tower concept to the separation of spaces.
  2. The second area involves renovating and expanding the commons and dining areas, along with a new auditorium, connecting to the existing 12-story IL tower. This expansion features a complex roof system framed with steel joists and pre-engineered steel roof trusses, and incorporates tie-in considerations for three separate existing structures. An “over water” component is included with wood-framed deck areas extending out over the ponds, and open covered walkways connect the areas in a similar context to the current design prior to the expansion.
  3. The third area involves the renovation of the existing wellness building to accommodate interior revisions, including new openings in existing walls, a fabric canopy over the pool, and modifications to support existing wood roof trusses. Unforeseen conditions and MEP revisions necessitated flexibility and adaptation to as-built conditions during construction to maintain schedule, allowing for this amenity building to reopen for resident access to the pool and recreational facilities.


Location: Juno Beach, Florida
Client: THW Design Architecture
Type: Residential
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