McKenna Village Senior Living

GSC Architects February 8, 2016


The McKenna Residential Community was developed to serve the needs of the New Braunfels area. The program called for an independent living environment to satisfy the desire for an upscale address, yet allow a wide range of residents to make an affordable move from their single family home. The 71 unit independent living building boasts a wide variety of floor plans ranging from 550 SF to nearly 1,500 SF. Designed to support the active social setting, the ground floor has several dining areas, a “great room”, library, store, recreation rooms, media room, bar, several outdoor communal spaces and specialized rooms for personal services and health needs.

The Assisted Living Apartments were designed to work efficiently in tandem with independent living to allow McKenna Village to be a long-term home in the provision of additional services. GSC designed the facility around a large courtyard, connecting all rooms while eliminating dead end corridors. Each corner is a niche for entry/exit, seating, and gathering. McKenna Village also serves residents and the families of residents with dementia and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. The needs for comfort and safety are balanced carefully with the demands of inclusion and segregation. McKenna Village has a sense of place and from the beginning was designed in the recognizable Prairie style as a departure from the average market offerings.



Size: 132,000 sf

Services Provided: Planning/Programming, Architectural Design, Interior Design, FF&E, Construction Administration