William Maclay - Vermont Architects and Planners
Choices in Sustainability
Gesundheit Institute - Hillsboro, West Virginia
Gesundheit Institute - Hillsboro, West Virginia
 
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In 1979, Gesundheit Institute purchased 310 acres in rural West Virginia to develop a health center. They saw this project as a model for health care, and wanted the physical design of their facility to reinforce their ideas about health.They asked that the buildings and the landscape both be places that would promote healing, health, and human interaction. We worked with them in planning how this project could grow over time and provided drawing and written materials to assist them in fundraising. We worked with Gesundheit analyzing the resources of the site, clarifying the activities that they want to encourage, and working to plan how these activities will enhance their unique property. Specifically we have provided overall master plan design, detailed landscape plans, coordination of utilities infrastructure design, and architectural design for a crafts and workshop complex. With Gesundheit, we have designed an innovative, participatory planning process resulting in a physical design that reflects their vision and concerns.