The architectural design of the Haven Hospice Custead Care Center by AG Architecture of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin has been honored in 2013 with several recognitions from national and international healthcare and architectural entities for breaking from traditional approaches to hospice care.


In 2013, AG Architecture’s design of the Custead Care Center was honored with two citations of merit. The first was given by the Environments for Aging in early 2013. The Environments for Aging competition was organized by the national publication Long-Term Living Magazine/Vendome Group and judged by members of the Society for the Advancement of Gerontological Environments (SAGE). The primary focus of the awards program is honoring design teams and projects that create forward-thinking, resident-centered communities.


According to Long-Term Living Magazine, the jury offered the following comments on the Haven Hospice Custead Care Center submission: “This is the kind of project that gives me hope for the future of Environments for Aging. The level of sensitivity exercised in every aspect of this project is truly commendable. The contextual response of the architectural styling enabled this project to achieve so many of the goals related to accessing nature.”


The Haven Hospice Custead Care Center, which celebrated its one-year anniversary in September 2013, offers patients and families a welcoming and relaxing environment with places to gather such as living rooms, family kitchens and outside gardens for a less clinical setting. The care center’s careful design saved more than 80 percent of the specimen trees on the 9-acre property.


The second citation of merit was bestowed by the international Health Care Design Magazine for the Annual Architectural and Interior Design Showcase in September.  In the September 2013 issue, Jennifer Kovacs Silvis wrote, “Special features such as larger resident rooms to accommodate families, private family bathrooms which support dignified extended stays and a conscious effort to create a residentially scaled household-type environment make this hospice (care center) a compelling, carefully crafted and peaceful alternative to the more institutional industry norm.”


In November of 2013, the architectural design of the Haven Hospice Custead Care Center was also recognized by the Assisted Living Federation of America in the Senior Living Executive Magazine and honored with an Award of Excellence in Senior Living by Design. The Custead Care Center has also been chosen to be featured in The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Design for Aging Review in the publication, Design for Aging Review, 12th Edition to be published in the fall 2014.


The Haven Hospice Custead Care Center is the fifth, free-standing Haven Hospice care center in North Florida and the only free-standing hospice care center in Clay County, Florida. With over 29,000 s.q. feet, the state-of-the art Custead Care Center is a Level 3 Hurricane Shelter and opens its community room as a meeting place for non-profit groups.