“The architectural style of these buildings has often been compared to the Contemporary Hotel at Disneyworld,” said Scott Moore, director of facility operations. “However, the buildings needed a fresh architectural approach to update their modern appearance in keeping with our Island setting.”
The updated design was created by The Wegman design Group out of Naples; Christopher Lee Architects and Stevens Construction Inc., both out of Ft. Myers. A new trellis design was incorporated to enhance the facade of each building. The trellises lead from a central courtyard to the entrance of each building. The trellises are constructed of aluminum beams weighing 18,000 pounds each, the massive beams discourage birds from roosting there, and are built in a manner that offers shade, while still allowing for sufficient and relaxing air flow. Updated signage was added to the project welcoming residents and visitors to the newly remodeled buildings. The remodeled courtyard is in the center of the three buildings.
With the courtyard and exterior upgrades complete, the design and construction team has now focused its attention on the interior of the three buildings, with two of the buildings offering five residential floors and one building with six residential floors. Each building has a parking level on the ground floor underneath the building. Future projects include the lobby entrance areas in each building to receive new flooring, wainscoting and artistic interior design improvements.
Shell Point Retirement Community is a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community, providing lifecare services to more than 2,100 residents. Services include 1,204 independent residences, 219 skilled nursing beds, and 252 assisted living beds in the largest retirement community in the state of Florida and one of the largest in the nation. Shell Point has been nationally accredited since 1993 and is a recognized leader in the retirement industry. The community is located in Fort Myers just off Summerlin Road, two miles before the Sanibel causeway.