Wind Crest | Highlands Ranch, CO
The Wind Crest Erickson Community is an active-lifestyle Continuing Care Retirement Community located near the Rocky Mountains in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. The Campus is made up of three neighborhoods that house 4 to 5 Residential Buildings (RB) each and 1 Community Building (CB) each. The build-out of the campus master plan sits on 88 acres and includes 18 buildings and spreads nearly 2-million SF.
Challenges of the project include working around the historic Highline Canal, which bisects the campus land bay. In doing so, the developer committed to preserving natural habit adjacent to the canal channel, thereby turning a development obstacle into a campus amenity. The Canal was also utilized as a scenic connection between neighborhoods, as a 100-foot enclosed glass bridge unites Neighborhood 1 and 2 over the Canal. The Canal also has trails connecting the site to the rest of Denver, allowing residents to tour the beautiful Colorado outdoors in their own backyard while enjoying amazing views of the Rockies and Downtown Denver.
The exterior of every campus building fits wonderfully into the Colorado mountain-scape with an inviting lodge appearance. At the same time, each campus has a different look and ambiance that caters to varying lifestyles.