Selis Manor is a special needs 205-unit apartment building that serves a population that is blind, handicapped and severely handicapped. The building consists of various studio, 1- and 2-bedroom units, as well as amenities for the tenants such as a laundry room, multi-purpose room, and two types of outdoor spaces, and also hosts program spaces for services for the blind.
In 2009, Magnusson Architecture and Planning, PC (MAP) was asked by the client to complete a green renovation of the building. MAP re-designed the first floor in order to alleviate the traffic in and out of the main entrance, as well as maintain security, not only for its permanent residents, but also its visitors. MAP’s design creates separate entrances for residents and visitors to the service center, and further helps circulation by the addition of a new open stair and a new elevator between the first floor and the service activities in the cellar. In addition, the design adds a new material lift to enable trash to be collected in the Cellar and then brought up and directly out to the street, restoring the courtyard as the amenity it was originally designed to be. Apartment units will get new finishes, new bathroom fixtures and new kitchen finishes, appliances and layouts, opening up the apartments, and new MEP systems will be installed throughout the building.