Senior Housing, Supportive, Healthcare
Silver Birch of Muncie welcomed its first resident home in early February 2018. The 119-unit facility provides local area seniors a new option for high-quality, affordable, assisted living in a welcoming, home-like environment. The Residential Care Facility offers private residences along with numerous amenities designed to foster social interactions while still allowing for privacy and dignity. Studio and one-bedroom units are interspersed with community spaces such as an art studio, billiard room, game room, library, wellness suite (featuring fitness equipment & medical services including in-house physical therapy), beauty salon & barber shop, as well as a number of resident lounges. The formal dining room has open access to a patio overlooking a landscaped courtyard with views of the existing tree line along the banks of the White River. The building is situated to maximize views and physical access to nature, which is imperative for the well-being of seniors. Additionally, the front cafe and living room provide comfortable, cozy living spaces situated around a central hearth, which provide additional outdoor connectivity through access to the covered front porch where residents can observe the comings-and-goings of the community.
In addition to providing a warm and welcoming setting for senior residents and staff, Silver Birch of Muncie incorporates many green building practices. The development is 2012 National Green Building Standard (NGBS) Bronze Certified, which is a stringent certification program that focuses on three key attributes: healthy homes, lower operating costs, and sustainable lifestyle. The facility’s sustainable design features include Energy Star rated appliances, energy efficient LED and compact fluorescent lighting; durable, long-lasting, low maintenance materials; water-conserving plumbing fixtures; low VOC interior paints, sealants, carpets, & adhesives; quiet exhaust fans that supply residents with fresh air; outdoor landscaped walking paths, native landscape plantings, and preservation of existing trees; and neighborhood amenities and public transit access within walking distance.