On With Life Long-Term Skilled Care

SVPA Architects was chosen by On With Life to design an interior and exterior renovation of an existing nursing home in Polk City. The updated space will serve their one-of-a-kind long-term care program for individuals who have experienced brain injury and require long-term, complex care. The facility contains 40 licensed beds located in 20 private and 10 double rooms, along with rehabilitation/therapy spaces, activity areas and an outdoor sensory garden. SVPA designed a full renovation of the building’s interior, a refinish to the exterior and a full renovation of the kitchen.

Client Since 2021
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Completion Date

May 2024


20,200 SF

Our Solution

Thoughtful design solutions were implemented throughout the renovation with the intent to create a home-like setting for those that On With Life serves.

“SVPA brought their team together to respond to the very specific needs of a highly complex medical population. They were with us from the beginning and guided us through building evaluation and visioning, subsequently designing an outstanding facility. SVPA spent months working closely with our team and the local code authorities to advocate for your specially designed restrooms, ultimately resulting in recognition from the Des Moines Business record for innovative design. The design team provided us with a facility that far exceeded our expectations. We would highly recommend SVPA with full confidence their team will provide personalized, expert service.”

- Jean Shelton, CEO, On With Life