Verena at Hilliard

The revitalization of a planned retirement community that had been vacant and incomplete since 2009 is a success story in efficiently and effectively repositioning an existing development into an independent senior living community.

Leading the revitalization effort at the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the design team upgraded and modernized the residential unit interiors that were in various stages of completion, renovated the exterior and interior spaces of the existing 150-unit residential building, and designed the new 9,000 SF clubhouse addition. The prairie inspired design of the existing residential building featured horizontal lines and low slung roof that were carried through in the architectural design of the new clubhouse that serves as the new face and social hub for the entire community.

Architectural continuity with the new clubhouse building was achieved by refreshing the existing residential building with complementary gray cladding and extending the lines and deep eaves of the surrounding architecture. Nestled into a slope, the new one-story clubhouse is carefully situated in the foreground with special attention given to balancing scale, form, and connection with the existing four-story residential building and public library in the background. The new clubhouse gracefully contours to the site and creates a cascading transition between old and new. The existing terrace level interior spaces were re-programmed and positioned to blend with the new clubhouse and establish a central hub of activity. Carving amenity spaces into the existing terrace level of the residential building naturally formed areas for interaction, recreation, and retreat, connected by spaces for programs, events, and social exchange. The balance of active and private places provide residents the ability to manage their individual health and wellness with an array of resources within, and outside, the community.

Hilliard, Ohio
Date of Completion:
Project Size (Sq. ft)
195,000 SF

Exterior Before | After

Green Courte Partners
True Connection Communities
MA Design
Interior Design Firm:
Studio 121

Salon Before | After

A modern twist on familiar, traditional elements are infused with color, texture, art and a combination of prairie and industrial inspired details. Every design decision was meant to create a fresh 55+ community with activity and inspiration for residents to embrace the next chapter of their lives.

The temperate California climate also encourages an indoor/outdoor lifestyle, inspiring our members to enjoy
outdoor dining and lounging next to the fireplace in our courtyard.

Lobby Before | After

Capitalizing on existing physical connection to the local public library, adding concierge-style services to transport residents to nearby community amenities, and creating desirable amenity and social spaces with the creation of a new clubhouse.

Designed to offer each member an elevated and engaged life, including the Elegant Palmer Library and Lobby.

Dining Before | After

A new clubhouse provides residents with a central hub for activity connected to the renovated existing residential building amenity spaces. With emphasis on occupant health, the farm to table menu offers fresh ingredients and outdoor spaces offer stroll paths to various amenities and destinations.

Resident Room Before | After