Our physical design for Reed’s Crossing Senior Living reflects Hillsboro’s agrarian roots. Inspired by the surrounding mountains (especially a view of Mt Hood from the area) and organized around a ribbon of parks linked by pedestrian streets, Reed’s Crossing Senior Living brings amenities to the public along a beautiful green street. It also provides residents with many opportunities to connect with each other and their highly walkable neighborhood. This sense of rootedness is part of what makes this project so special.
At its conceptual heart is the idea of connecting generations to each other; that families here, many of whom work at Intel or Nike, can live near their parents and grandparents who may have moved from out-of-state, or even just across town, to be closer to their grandkids. Besides the senior community, the Reed’s Crossing neighborhood will ultimately include development for school, multi- and single-family housing, and retail. Every generation of a family can live, play, and grow old here.
Integration, too, is central to our vision. Connected by a pedestrian path is the next-door Reed’s Crossing Wellness Center, our integrated clinic/wellness center that brings to life a model of health care based on everyday behavior, as opposed to more acute clinical interventions. Senior residents can walk over to use the fitness pool here. Because residents and their families can gather in places shared with their neighbors—like the bocce ball court, walking paths around the site, a meditation labyrinth, outdoor eating areas—wellness at Reed’s Crossing is intrinsically tied to its community.
Throughout Reed’s Crossing Senior Living, we wanted to reflect the region’s natural beauty, both in the building’s form and how we organized it. The building’s “urban farmhouse” roofline, a contemporary Pacific Northwest abstraction of the surrounding mountain shapes, is made of honest, straightforward materials. The sweeping, expansive upper portion, with its series of sheds and clad in light, fiber-cement paneling, mimics the peaks and valleys of a mountain range. This monolithic expression is softened by the single-story building, an approachable form inspired by the tree-lined foothills: Wood fins and a distinctive board and batten pattern face the main road, and cedar accents grace the building’s main entries.
Whereas the outside of the building, with townhome porches and balconies, feels expressive and urban, its interior offers respite from the hustle and bustle—whether in more social amenities like dining areas, lounges, game rooms, and the theater, or in beautifully finished courtyards that open up to fresh air, sunlight, and plant life. Memory care is separate from assisted and independent living, both with their own courtyard; two loops of residential units with a courtyard are connected by a shared back-of-house spine.
For us, Reed’s Crossing Senior Living was an engaging project developed with an owner/operator team who care just as much as we do about designing for healthy, rooted, active and fulfilling lives.