Horizon Ridge Nursing Facility


Horizon Ridge is a Skilled Nursing Facility project that was started and received building and planning permits in Henderson, NV before I came to WZ/Architecture. However, the recession halted the project before construction began, and the original operator dropped out of contention. When the developer found another operator in 2014, we needed to update the drawing set to meet their slightly different needs, while still keeping the intention and overall design of the project in line with it’s original design so that it would not have to restart the permitting process. To manage this, we removed two bays of the project, changed the ratio of double to single bed rooms, and adjusted the sizing of the common spaces accordingly.

The design of the project is two parallel double loaded corridors, hosting patient bedrooms on either side. These spaces are connected by a spine of alternating common interior spaces, and exterior courtyards. These host dining halls, activity rooms, and open gathering spaces as well as meet the functional requirement of giving all patient rooms access to light. Additionally, an outpatient physical therapy center is on the corner of the ground floor.

Horizon Ridge Exterior


I was part of a team of three working directly to adapt the existing Construction Documents in order to reduce them by 15%. Over the course of our changes, the structural system was changed, as well as the building height, and a round of Value Engineering took place. This resulted in changes to all the plans, sections, elevations and the majority of details.

Horizon Ridge Interior

The main entry utilizes warm, natural materials, and has views into the courtyard beyond. A main organizing concept of the project was to visually connect the common spaces along the center of the building, interspersed with open courtyards for light and air. Render by other.


Project Information

Type: New Construction – Skilled Nursing Facility
Size: Approx. 63,000 sqft
Location: Henderson, NV
Status: Breaking Ground
Project Team: Four
Projected LEED Silver