Designer: Story Design, Ltd.
Project Size: 18,000 square feet
Total Project Cost: $4.4 million
On With Life serves both inpatient and outpatient clients. The outpatient therapy wing was the focus of this addition and remodel for which Story served as the contractor and Story Design, Ltd. the architect. The addition includes a therapy gym, therapy training rooms, wellness center and new administration space. There is also a new therapy pool complete with lifts and underwater treadmill. The pool is especially helpful in regaining mobility as buoyancy in the water helps those recovering move with less effort and more confidence. With a focus on helping clients relearn skills and regain independence, part of this project was the construction of a practice apartment. The apartment includes a bedroom, bathroom, living room and kitchen area. Here, persons served can learn to live on their own again and exercise their self-sufficiency in caring for themselves and their space. Another unique addition to the facility is the therapy car. Placed in the therapy room, the car helps patients relearn getting in and out of whatever vehicle they’re used to, whether it’s an auto, pickup or SUV. The vehicle sits atop hydraulics allowing for simulation of the normal bumps and jostling riding in a vehicle entails, to help persons served get used to this motion. The OWL project also included renovation of existing space. The facility’s kitchen finishes were upgraded and the layout revamped. The existing dining room was converted to a coffee shop while existing therapy rooms were converted to a new, larger dining room. A new Speech Therapy area was constructed along with a remodeled Maintenance Department. Enhancements to the exterior include a new patio area on the south side and the addition of 15 parking spaces. An outdoor therapy garden which includes a multi-surface walking path, water feature, bridge, gazebo and landscaping is being planned for the future.