Brightview Fair Oaks

Brightview Fair Oaks has a program type which is becoming widely popular, a suburban site, and a moderate budget. It could have been indistinguishable from its competition, but instead it’s a prime example of how an ambitious client and imaginative design can create something special out of basic ingredients. Brightview Senior Living has learned that value added through design is an inexpensive way to make their communities more desirable without raising the cost to live there.

At every level of planning, the design team avoided obvious solutions and looked for fresher approaches. For example: the colonial revival style prevalent in the area was avoided in favor of the craftsman style of older area homes. Fair Oaks does not sit like a suburban building behind a parking lot, instead it wraps the building partly around the parking. The design team relied on massing and proportion to orchestrate the strong visual effect, creating value without additional cost. More expensive exterior materials are concentrated near the ground and near entrances and less expensive options are used everywhere else.

Fairfax, VA
Date of Completion:
Project Size (Sq. ft)
191,602 SF
Brightview Senior Living
Brightview Senior Living
Hord Coplan Macht
Interior Design Firm:
Aumen Asner
Harkins Builders

Fair Oaks is an adaptation of the Craftsman style found throughout its northern Virginia locale. The design started out as modern, but the owner decided that a traditional style would be easier to market in this region.

Fair Oaks serves an entirely suburban environment so its community integration is through programing open to the public and by making the connection with its pedestrian paths from the existing neighborhood behind it to the regional trail system.

Amenities include: 5 Dining Venues + Memory Care, Extensive Outdoor Amenities, Dedicated Theater, Large Art Studio, Hobby Lab / Maker Space, Salon, Library, Fitness Gym