Architect Selection Announced

* * News Release * *

Heritage Heights Selects Architect

for Campus Development Project


CONTACT:   Amanda Ballou   (509) 682-1998

September 28, 2016–Chelan, Washington

Heritage Heights’ board of directors has selected John Shoesmith, AIA, LEED AP, NACRB, of ShoesmithCox Architects, PLLC, to guide the pre-design process for a Campus of Care.  “We are responding to the recommendations of the Senior Living Initiative’s (SLI) Steering Committee and the report they issued at the beginning of the summer,” said Heritage Heights’ chairman Manuel Navarro.  “It is our mission to provide for the needs of seniors in our community.”

“Shoesmith has the credentials we were looking for,” continued Navarro, “Experience with nonprofits and affordable housing, with a senior living emphasis.  He is also based in Washington.”  Over the past 22 years, Shoesmith has been an architect and consultant for a variety of projects which serve the older population, ranging from independent living to adult day health care, residential care and assisted living, skilled nursing and Alzheimer’s special care settings.


Shoesmith has served on the board of directors of the Society for the Advancement of Gerontological Environments (SAGE), a national organization dedicated to improving environments for aging, and is past Vice Chair of the board of directors of the Alzheimer’s Association of Western & Central Washington. Describing his approach, Shoesmith says, “We never lose sight of the fact that we’re designing housing — homes for people – not simply places where they receive care or services.”


The pre-design work will start in October, and Heritage Heights will present site requirements for review by the SLI Steering Committee in November.  The objective is to select a site for the Campus of Care by the end of 2016.


Heritage Heights, a nonprofit organization founded in 1996, provides 30 assisted living apartments in Chelan for low income seniors and others who need assistance with everyday tasks such as laundry, preparing meals, shopping, and housekeeping.  The 501 (C) 3 corporation is governed by a board of local volunteers, representing the Chelan Valley community at large, to whom the nonprofit organization belongs.