Cardinal View Senior Living
Built in Middleton, Wisconsin, locally known as the “Good Neighbor City”, Cardinal View Senior Living was designed to provide the comforts of home with the safety and support of communal living. An increased focus on health and active lifestyles in the last several decades has changed the way seniors choose to spend the latter years of their lives. Many want to free themselves from the burden of caring for their own homes without having to sacrifice the comforts of their long-time residences. There’s truly “no place like home” and seniors settling into a property with sophisticated interiors, thoughtfully designed amenity spaces, and one that offers support services focused on well-being and quality of life, results in a sense of place. The Cardinal View Senior Living community supports the social, emotional, and physical needs of its residents by providing increased levels of care which in turn brings peace of mind to family members.
Visible from Highway 12, the facility is recognizable with its Prairie School style architectural façade that is highlighted with accents comprised of a rich and earthy color palette. The abundance of glass on the building’s exterior allows natural daylight to pour deep into the interior spaces resulting in an uplifting and comforting atmosphere for residents, visitors, and staff alike. Modern prairie elements are found both inside and out, with stone and wood creating feelings of strength and warmth.
Offering 35 different unit types, residents can select the size and layout that best fits their lifestyle; choices include a one- or two-bedroom unit with den and balcony spaces optional. The numerous community spaces also vary widely in terms of style, size, and function. Most are intentionally small to maintain the desired feel of the family home. Residents appreciate the cozy areas as it allows them to socialize one-on-one or in larger groups as they may have done in their previous homes.
Thoughtful design that is both elegant and sophisticated is exhibited in the five-star restaurant-style dining room, stately lobby staircase, water feature, and additional indoor/outdoor dining areas. Several amenities further enrich the resident experience and include underground parking, movie theater, fitness room, salon, and spa.
The facility’s outdoor spaces complement and seamlessly integrate with the interior design elements. Multiple inviting and peaceful outdoor areas include several unit balconies; two, dining room patios; and a front patio featuring a fire pit and seating area to enjoy a sunset. Welcoming residents and guests at the facility’s entrance as well as having visibility from the fourth floor’s large game room patio, is the beautifully designed and landscaped memory garden.
A large variety of architectural lighting selections serve functional and aesthetic purposes. The majority of Cardinal View’s rooftop is covered by solar panels that are expected to provide over 20% of the facility’s electrical needs. The investment in solar energy has a payback period of approximately five-years and the 20-year rate of return on the energy investment is approximately 18%. The system is expected to produce over 175,000 kWh of electrical, enough to offset the electrical usage of 15 average homes. Another energy conservation measure includes the use of LED lighting throughout the facility.
Other notable renewable features include the application of wood floors and carpeting made of recycled products.