After purchasing The Village at Mission in Prairie Village, Kan., near downtown Kansas City, in 2021, Tutera Senior Living & Health Care set out to revitalize the outdated assisted living common areas. The project marked the community’s first renovation in more than 20 years.

A reprogramming effort then began to breathe life into the outdated facility.

For example, underutilized common areas were reactivated to create more resident engagement spaces by modernizing them with new lighting, cabinetry, flooring, paint, and other upscale finishes. A nonfunctional fireplace in the lobby was relocated to make way for reception, making it the welcoming and inviting hub of the community. An under-furnished sitting area and library were turned into gathering places for social interaction and entertainment, and the removal of the former outdated library provided a multipurpose room for gatherings, presentations, and classes.

The building circulation was rerouted to enhance the flow throughout the common areas and to provide additional space for new amenity areas, as well.

The interior style of the modernized common areas took cues from Mission Chateau, a nearby sister community within the Tutera network. Tutera’s brand standards were implemented to reflect the community’s upscale retirement lifestyle. The Village at Mission’s aesthetic is sophisticated, yet comfortable, like a boutique hotel.

Project details for The Village at Mission:

Location: Prairie Village, Kan.

Completion date: June 2022

Owner: The Village at Mission Property LLC

Total building area: 64,000 sq. ft. (area of renovation 7,190 sq. ft.)

Total construction cost: $6.5 million, which includes an addition to be completed in June 2023

Cost/sq. ft.: N/A

Architecture firm: NSPJ Architects/Jason Toye

Interior design: Tutera Group

General contractor: N/A

Engineering: N/A

Builder: Investment Properties & Management Inc.