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Myhre takes gold for Idaho clubhouse

Daily Journal of Commerce

June 13th 2008

The Grand Lodge Clubhouse at Meadow Lake Village, designed by Myhre Group Architects, was recently named the Gold Medal winner in the Large Clubhouse category at the 2008 Best of 50+ Housing Awards.

The awards focus on the senior housing industry and are presented by the National Association of Home Builders' 50+ Housing Council.

Located near Boise, the clubhouse has a three-story open foyer with heavy timber trusses overhead, three-story fireplaces and a wall of glass that allows natural light to stream in.

"The clubhouse was conceptualized to be a lodge, like you would find in Sun Valley," said Rob Matthews, director of design services at Myhre Group Architects. He said the clubhouse has heavy timber framing, exposed wood, metal bracketing, rich colors and a cozy environment.

Myhre Group designed the clubhouse, including the interior, as well as the adjacent Lodge Homes, which have 240 units of independent-living condominiums. LRS Architects did the site design for the project as well as architecture on The Meadows, which houses assisted living units. Myhre Group was the interior designer for The Meadows.

The clubhouse project's design was recognized by a panel of 13 judges that included builders, developers, architects, marketing experts and other industry professionals. The panel chose winners from nearly 300 total entries in more than 40 categories. Myhre Group was the only local firm to win.

Matthews said the design of the lodge and homes was "hospitality driven," meaning that the client wanted to avoid the feel and appearance of an older-style senior care facility. "That's what ultimately got us the award," he said.

"It's obvious that builders, architects and marketing professionals better understand what today's mature buyers want and how to communicate with them," said Doug Van Lerberghe, the 2008 chairman of the Best of 50+ Housing Awards Committee.

Meadow Lake Village has views of Bogus Basin Mountain, the Owyhee Mountain range and the Snake River Plain.