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International eco-consulting

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Helsinki, Finland

Paloheinan Hoivakoti is an adaptive reuse project involving conversion of a church parish into a skilled nursing facility. According to Antti-Juhani Lehti, development advisor of the project, the existing site is located on a designated brownfield site.


“Michael Carlson’s reputation and expertise with sustainable design make him the ideal consultant to guide our local team of architects with best practice advice for this facility. The residents’ health and wellbeing are of paramount importance to the building’s successful performance.”


As sustainability consultant, Carlson Studio Architecture will guide the owner, developer, contractor and design team as they identify, analyze, design and integrate green building strategies. The Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) New Construction (NC) rating system, a green building certification program from the U.S. Green Building Council that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices, will inform the process.


Eco consulting by Carlson Studio Architecture
International eco consulting by Carlson Studio Architecture

“The developer, Ailecon Oy and their team are quite committed to integrating sustainable features to the greatest extent possible,” commented Carlson. “It’s always a pleasure to work with clients that are already convinced green building design is the right approach.” The team is so interested in quality sustainable design and best practices in senior housing, that they toured several area facilities with Carlson earlier this year.


Paloheinan Hoivakoti will become a 34-bed, 18,000-square-foot nursing home. Haroma & Partners, the Helsinki architects for the project, anticipate it will be completed in March of 2016.

Projects in Spain

The senior housing project in Fuengirola, Spain will be on a green field project. Ailecon Oy, the developer of the project, is in the process of finding a site.  As they search for the perfect site, Carlson Studio Architecture (CSA) was hired as a consultant to provide concept design to support the project's business plan.


The concept design is not site specific, it will be adaptable to a site yet to be selected.


Working with the developer and senior housing experts, CSA provided detailed Facility Program to the Developer.  This included the functional needs of the facility and a list of all spaces, unit types, amenities, and approximate size of each space. 

eco-consulting program bubble by Carlson Studio Architect

CSA provided a concept design for the project.  This included creating bubble diagrams to show relationships and adjacencies of the elements decided upon in the Facility Program.


CSA also provided presentation graphics, which portray the character of the project using images from other projects of similar type and style.  The goal of this presentation was to give an impression on the product/project and its feeling and image.  The concept images will be included in the business plan report being created by the developer.

eco consulting program bubble in Spain

The facility will be 5-6 stories in height.  The project is approximately 100,000-150,000 square feet.  It will have 100-150 units which we be a mix of 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom units in the 600-800 square foot range each.  


Housing will include senior independent living apartments and Assisted Living & Skilled Nursing.  The skilled nursing would include approximately 30 beds and be approximately 12,000 square feet in area.


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