Smith Crossing Retirement Community

Orland Park, Illinois

Smith Crossing is an established 32-acre continuing care retirement community in Orland Park with a range of assisted and independent living units. Expansion came in the form of three new wings added on to their existing building: two wings dedicated to independent living, and one with assisted living and memory care. The addition of these wings created three new courtyards that replaced existing lawns. The challenges came in creating a visually interesting courtyard for the existing residents whose previous views spanned the property, and in finding the best method for integrating the new wings into the campus. The Lakota Group assisted Smith Senior Living and the design team in the submittal and approval process with the Village, and also prepared landscape and hardscape designs to enhance the campus. The new courtyards include seating areas, gardening opportunities, and central fountain features.