Eskaton Village Grass Valley

Client: John F. Otto Construction

Size: Lodge: 145,600 sq. ft.; Recreation Center: 6,400 sq. ft.

Cost: $16,800,000

Completion: December 2002

Delivery Method: Design-Build

Location: Grass Valley, CA

Service: Programming, Site Planning, Community Outreach, Architectural Design, Construction Documentation, Construction Support, Marketing Collateral,

Principal-in-Charge/Senior Project Manager: Mike Corrick

Project Architect: Lorenzo Lopez

General Contractor: Otto Construction

Mechanical Engineering: Capital Engineering Consultants

Electrical Engineering: Fard Engineering

Structural Engineering: Buehler

Civil Engineering: Nevada City Engineering

Landscape: Karen Clausen

Interior Design: Design Associates

Signage: FayeWorks

Title 24: Valley Energy Consultants

Geotechnical: Anderson Consulting


Eskaton Village Grass Valley, a multi-service retirement community, is located on 42 beautifully wooded acres in the foothills of Nevada County. The project includes 130 detached homes for independent seniors and a lodge building of 137 units for congregate/residential care. A recreation building includes a community room, an exercise room and an indoor pool.

A cascading scheme of one, two and three story wings proved to be the most efficient layout for the lodge building relative to the sloping site. The congregate apartments and assisted living units were organized as wings off the core common areas of entry lobby, living, dining and multipurpose rooms and other common and support areas. The wings allowed the units views of the surrounding trees on the site or of the interior courtyard in the congregate wing. This layout also allowed for multiple, secure resident entries off parking areas for ease of access to the units.

As the design progressed, numerous neighborhood and community meetings were held over many months to mitigate potential objections to the large-scale project. A lengthy agency review and public approval process was also required before the project could begin construction.

The design and construction team worked together throughout the design and construction of the lodge facility and recreation building to monitor construction costs. The team worked as well with the Owner to find opportunities for cost savings and eventually keep the project within the initial construction budget.

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