Trinity WoodsWauwatosa, WI
Trinity Woods is an intergenerational housing community on the campus of Mount Mary University in Milwaukee. The project is the result of a partnership between the School Sisters of Notre Dame, Mount Mary University, and Milwaukee Catholic Home. PRA was brought on to lead design efforts for the 258,000 square foot community that houses 52 assisted living units, 90 independent living units, and 24 private family units for undergraduate single mothers. The facility will be a continuing care retirement community for aging sisters as well as other members of the community. The facility will also feature an early childhood development center for up to 100 children. Trinity woods was conceived to encourage serendipitous and supportive interactions between all occupants.
Exterior design elements of the community reflect the collegiate gothic style of the Mount Mary University Campus. Steep red gabled roofs with parapets are complimented by a material palette of stone, siding, and trim in warm gray tones to tie in with the existing campus. The interior design features a palette of wood, limestone, blue, and metal accents in a warm transitional style. Key public spaces, such as the chapel and dining room, feature artwork and stained glass from the Sister’s former campus to preserve their rich history.