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Firm Introduction Hobbs+Black Architects, founded in 1965, is one of the top 10 largest architectural firms in Michigan and nationally recognized as one of the Top 500 Design Firms by ENR (2017). Over 60 dedicated professionals provide architectural, interior design, and related consulting services from our offices in Ann Arbor, Lansing, and Phoenix. Our diversified practice meets design challenges that often require extensive research and innovation. Our work philosophy embraces innovation and flexibility, which translate into increased efficiency, and a unique approach to solving complex problems. As a full-service architecture firm, we can provide our clients with complete support from conceptual study through to

Map of office and architectural registration locations across the United States of America. Hobbs+Black Architectural Offices are located in Ann Arbor and Lansing, Michigan and Phoenix, Arizona.

construction administration, including the following: While we draw on our experience and expertise, it is ultimately

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Facility Audit and Site Analysis

the needs of the client that drive the design of each project.

Site Planning, Design, and Zoning

Working closely with you, we combine our expertise and

Facility Programming

vision with your ideas and knowledge about your community

Master Planning

and clientele in order to achieve a result that is not only

Architectural Design

affordable, well designed, and aesthetically appropriate, but also

Space Planning

comprehensive and able to accommodate future changes.

Contract Document Development Interior Design and Procurement

Our Hobbs+Black Senior Living Studio has a great depth of

Signage Design and Implementation

knowledge designing a variety of healthcare facilities, ranging

Relocation Management

from general Hospitals and private medical practices to

Post Occupancy Evaluation

Rehabilitative and Occupational Therapy Wellness Centers. Our

LEED Design and Management

extensive experience enables us to easily blend “specialty units” into Assisted Living and Memory Care facilities, thus enhancing

Project Experience


A pp r o a c h

From Active Adult communities, Wellness Centers, and Independent Living to Residential/ Assisted Living and Memory Care facilities, the Hobbs+Black Senior Living Studio designs specialized support and living communities that respond to the unique needs of different generations of adults who have widely varying care needs and activity interests. Our team of design professionals has a practiced understanding of the sensitivities involved in senior living, and the important role that the everyday environment plays in a person’s happiness and wellbeing. We

the rapidly developing system of healthcare delivery to the elderly population. We have designed all stages of Senior Living facilities including Active Adult communities, Independent Living facilities, Assisted Living Facilities and Skilled Care facilities. The range of Senior Living Facilities in our Portfolio illustrate our expertise with a ‘sliding scale’ of amenities and assistance, depending upon the particular requirements of the individual client.

Interior Design

take pride in our reputation for creating living environments that

The Hobbs+Black Interior Design Studio has an award-winning

evoke a sense of warmth and caring.

portfolio exhibiting projects from a variety of sectors including education, corporate office, healthcare, hospitality, and senior

ABOUT US living. Our clients range from small organizations seeking economically efficient workspace solutions to cutting edge healthcare facilities bridging the gap between comfort and sterility.



Company Values

Hobbs+Black’s philosophy and company values require an understanding of the project scope – whether it be promoting a welcoming and caring environment, incorporating new advances

Our ability to successfully resolve and surpass the goals of such a diverse group of clients directly stems from our approach; we engage each client in a dialogue to gain an understanding of their needs, resources, and objectives. The unique information discovered through this open programming process is the foundation for the entire project. We design the space to directly reflect the client’s input, and space plans are created around the personalized information of the client’s work-flow and growth. With a space specifically designed around the client’s daily use, tenants experience heightened functionality, flexibility,

in technology and operations, or establishing an appropriate fixture in the community. Additionally, Hobbs+Black understands the needs of our clients, especially in regards to branding. Our designs are meant to capture the essence of the mission and vision of the client to ensure that their priorities and values are incorporated into their facilities. Because any new project represents a tremendous capital investment, we design with a respect to cost. By attending to the needs of the public at large, we conceptualize the facility appropriately.

and efficiency while any obstacles affecting movement and productivity are alleviated. We understand that there cannot be a singular focus when creating a space, but an overall understanding of every objective. Our diverse team draws from our members’ vast and varied experiences to solve and transcend unique design challenges. In addition, our strong working relationship with a variety of consultants allows us to draw from a large number of resources bringing the client the maximum amount of options both in cost and aesthetic.



Pre-Design Services

Master planning and programming are the critical first phases of the design process. Because of their importance in helping to establish the functional and financial future of each project, Hobbs+Black develops these phases in greater detail than might be provided by a less experienced firm. Such detail requires that we generate an accurate database from which to work, including an understanding of the Owner’s existing facilities.

Other Professional Services Hobbs+Black has worked with many clients in important areas related to design. These areas include building code review, facility and site evaluation, and construction feasibility studies. We have also assisted clients in securing and coordinating other related services such as environmental analysis, strategic business planning, financial feasibility studies, and market evaluations.

Hobbs+Black Architects’ main office is housed inside a historic stone church that was built in 1886 at the corner of State and Huron Streets in Ann Arbor, Michigan. With two additional branch locations in Lansing, Michigan and Phoenix, Arizona, we are a full-service firm providing architectural, interior design, and related consulting services from all three offices.


It was determined by the Atria Group that their twentyyear-old facility located in Grapevine, Texas, required refreshing and modernizing to achieve the goals of the organization: to give the facility an inviting atmosphere for residents and potential new clients. A major component of the Atria Grapevine project was the “Life Guidance Area”, a space in the facility that specifically catered to Alzheimer’s patients. All design elements were incorporated in the space to enhance the experience for the residents; this included the research and implementation of bright colors for stimulation, open corridors, a prominent nurse’s office, and built in memory boxes at each entrance door. Other features included the addition of a visiting physician’s office, relocation of the “Anytime Cafe”, and upgrades to the activity room, employee lounge, nurses/ medication room, private dining, and individual units. Exterior upgrades included the addition of a traditional southern style built-in B-B-Q pit, enlargement of the dining terrace, new circulation, outdoor lighting, new courtyard and service area, as well as a large, freestanding gazebo with roof. Hobbs+Black also coordinated the major landscaping upgrades to the property.




Santé Arizona of Tucson provides specialized transitional rehabilitation services with an emphasis on care, dignity, and the promise of wellness. The organization provides sub-acute services for patients transitioning between a hospital stay and subsequent return to their home in a warm, hospitable, and dynamic environment. The facilities and care model are notably upscale and supportive of the needs of the patient, family/caregivers, and facility staff. These traits, coupled with demand for transitional services in the region, have accelerated growth for the organization. The 89-private patient room facility was developed on a very limited urban site in the community. Supporting the requirements of this site, the facility is organized in a two-story format with a major courtyard as the center. In addition to providing a pleasant environment for patient rooms, the courtyard serves as an extension of the hospital’s dining room, rehabilitation areas, and gathering space. The architecture of Santé of Tucson reflects the transitional aesthetic environment of the community: contemporary while being reflective of traditions of the southwest. Warm colors along with textures and special aesthetic details including a green screen support the neighborhoods caring and progressive nature.






Granger Senior Living was created to support expansive growth in the senior population of the United States. The organization provides for a continuum of living services that include independent living, assisted living and memory care, and is in the process of developing a number of facilities in Michigan and Ohio. The goal is to provide a living environment that is delivered in a concierge manner. Based on quality of resident services and efficiency in operations to provide for a quality community model and a sustainable business plan, Granger Senior living has developed the prototype for these living facilities with Hobbs+Black. Campus planning and building stacking are organized so that each level of resident care is designed around the dignity of the residents. Individual entries, dining, activity, and resident healthcare services are included in the major buildings, which are threestories in height. On larger sites, the campus provides for duplex independent villa units supporting a more active lifestyle. With multiple communities where these facilities are being constructed, architectural styles and pattern language will support the individual characteristics of the local residential environment.








Symphony at Centerville is a Memory Care community in the greater Dayton, Ohio area. It is comprised of 56 private apartments and 4 semi-private apartments arranged into two neighborhoods. Each neighborhood has an activity room with a light-filled vaulted ceiling, an elegant dining room, and staff support spaces. There is also a shared activity room which is used for games and movies. The building surrounds a 12,000 square foot courtyard complete with walking path, areas of respite, and active planting beds. The shared activity room has a covered exterior porch ideal for sitting in the shade while spending time outdoors. The activity rooms in each neighborhood provide a connection to the outdoors, with a looping walk path both outdoors and indoors. The entrance has a curved metal roof porte-cochere to facilitate passenger drop-off. Each apartment is equipped with an attached full bathroom, and climate control through individual units in each room.


American House, a company specializing in Senior Living Communities, has developed an Assisted and Independent Living Facility in Grosse Point, Michigan, located within the existing Henry Ford Cottage Hospital. The campus is conveniently located within the historic and desirable community of Grosse Point, and functions as an integral part of the core commercial and retail district. The existing building plan, which features Tudor design, surrounds an exterior courtyard and provides abundant natural light throughout the facility. For the American House community, the second and third floors were re-purposed to accommodate 30 assisted living units, 10 memory care units, and 38 independent living units. Independent living comprises the entire second floor; assisted living and memory care occupy the third. A key component of this facility is the arranging of the floors into “neighborhood” spaces. This design allows for small staff and living zones, to ensure quality care and resident comfort. Integrated into the “neighborhoods” are open community spaces, which further encourage a welcoming atmosphere. The memory care unit is set up differently to support the specialized needs of the residents. It features a walking flow for circulation, and separate community and dining spaces. Henry Ford Health System continues to operate as a clinical outpatient facility on the first floor of the building, in addition to providing support to the American House resident community. In order to ensure that the two facilities are not confused, entrances, drop-off areas, and patient populations are separated.




When new senior living communities began appearing in the area, Atria determined the need for a major series of improvements in order to solidify their competitive advantage. The renovated facility boasts numerous upgrades. The addition of a porte-cochere creates a welcoming entrance that adds comfort and ease for those who need assistance entering and exiting vehicles. The façade was refreshed, and the public patio was redone in coordination with walkways and outdoor lighting to create an accessible and comfortable space. The interior received a dramatic transformation with renovations to the lobby, public corridors, and dining areas, with reconfiguration of offices. The business development offices were moved to the front entrance of the building, adjacent to the “Discovery Area”, where prospective residents research the facility in order to create a strategically efficient welcoming space. New millwork that meets ADA standards, bright and modern finishes, and new lighting were also introduced.



SENIOR LIVING LISTING Adrian Dominican Sisters Adrian, MI >> Maria Health Center

Friendship Baptist Toledo, OH >> Senior Living Community

Parkway Meadows Ann Arbor, MI >> Independent Living

Alpena Village Alpena, MI >> Senior Living Community

Generations Together Dexter, MI >> Intergenerational Day Care

American House Senior Living Grosse Pointe, MI >> Senior Living Community

Glacier Hills Ann Arbor, MI >> Senior Living Campus

Atria Senior Living Group Riverview, MI >> Kinghaven Manor Grapevine, TX >> Atria Grapevine

Horizon Senior Living Assisted Living / Memory Care >> Lakewood, WA >> Kent, WA >> Glendale, AZ

Santé Operations Scottsdale, AZ >> Santé of Scottsdale Rehabilitation Hospital Wilmont, AZ >> Santé of Tucson Rehabilitation Hospital Westgate, AZ >> Santé Westgate Continuing Care Retirement Community

City of Sterling Heights Sterling Heights, MI >> Senior Activity Center

Independence Village Plymouth, MI >> Senior Living Campus

Clarkston Senior Living Community Clarkston, MI

Ingham County Home Association Haslett, MI >> Marsh Pointe Senior Housing

Devonshire Senior Living Center Shelby Twp, MI First Baptist Church of Wilmington Harrelson Center Wilmington, NC >> Senior Housing Development First & Main Senior Living Assisted Living & Managed Care >> Auburn Hills, MI >> Commerce, MI >> Bloomfield Hills, MI >> Lewis Center, OH >> New Albany, OH >> Wyoming, MI First Baptist Church of Wilmington Harrelson Center Wilmington, NC >> Senior Housing Development

Maple Village Bloomfield Twp, MI >> Senior Living Community Marywood Nursing Care Center Monroe, MI >> Skilled Nursing Facility Masonic Pathways Alma, MI >> Skilled Nursing Expansion & Renovation Pomeroy Living Rochester Hills, MI >> Boulevard Homes Senior Living Community Sterline Heights, MI >> Cherrywood Nursing Home & Living Center

Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Monroe, MI >> Skilled Nursing Facility St. Mary Hospital Livonia, MI >> Nursing Care Center >> Assisted Living Center Symphony at Centerville Washington Township, OH >> Memory Care Facility Trillium Assisted Living Mesa, AZ >> Specialty Hospital University Commons Ann Arbor, MI >> New Residential Community Woodhaven Retirement Community Livonia, MI >> Memory Care Unit Villages of Camelback Phoenix, AZ

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Hobbs+Black Architects Senior Living Studio  

An in-depth review of award-winning architectural projects from the Hobbs+Black Senior Living Studio.

Hobbs+Black Architects Senior Living Studio  

An in-depth review of award-winning architectural projects from the Hobbs+Black Senior Living Studio.