KGA is excited to announce our involvement in the John Zay Guest House expansion for Penrose-St. Francis Hospital in Colorado Springs. They say “it takes a village”, and nowhere is this more apparent than when undertaking a project such as this. Our involvement began during a conversation with George Hess back in February of last year. George is the President of Vantage Homes, a long-time client, and a dear friend. We knew that if George was supporting the project, it must be worth our involvement.
What is the John Zay Guest House?
In November 2008, Penrose-St. Francis Foundation teamed up with HBA Cares to build the John Zay Guest House across the street from Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs. The home has 11 suites that are available to outpatients and their families while they are receiving treatment at the hospital. Many of the guests have very limited financial resources, so the home offers them the opportunity to remain together during treatment while eliminating additional financial burden.
Why the Expansion?
Not only is the Guest House almost always full, it now has a continual waiting list of at least 7-10 parties. At times there have been as many as 20 parties waiting for a room – more than enough to fill an entire second house. And, as Penrose-St. Francis’ reputation as a regional center of excellence for oncology and cardiovascular services grows, we anticipate this need to only increase.
The planned expansion will add 11 mini-suites, making between 3,600 and 4,000 additional nights of lodging per year available for patients and their families. The expansion is made possible through HBA Cares and in-kind contributions of labor and materials, as well as through funds that will be raised by the Penrose-St. Francis Health Foundation.
Since that first conversation, KGA and the entire John Zay House design team – including J.R. Engineering and N.E.S. Landscape Architects – have been thrilled and humbled by the outpouring of support for this project. We have met with the Old North End Neighborhood Association, and together created a shared vision of how the expansion will blend within the historic community. Our employees and our consultants have contributed their time and talents to the project, creating a design we believe will nurture John Zay’s mission of healing the whole person – mind, body and spirit. Most recently, the expansion received unanimous approval from the Colorado Springs Historic Preservation Board. Over the coming months, we’ll be sharing updates on the project and its progress. Stay tuned!