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Chapel Haven – Aging in Place Building

Schleifer Adult Independent Living Building (SAIL)

the story

Chapel Haven Schleifer Adult Independent Living (SAIL) Building is the second phase of a campus redevelopment project.

This four-story, 28-unit facility embraces the neighborhood, allowing Chapel Haven residents to be part of the urban community into their senior years. The new building completes the internal pedestrian courtyard space, offers a new entrance to the campus and strengthens the Emerson Street streetscape encouraging community interaction. Chapel Haven residents support the local economy for a lifetime through the extended Chapel Haven programming, independent life skill training and outreach.


New Aging-in-Place Apartment Building
Construction Management
Design Build
Interior Design
Landscape Architecture
Pre-Construction Services
Programming & Planning
New Haven, CT
December 2019
48,500 SF

Chapel Haven was in need of long term residential care for residents and graduates of the program in the community who require additional assistance as they age. In addition to providing an aging in place non-institutional environment responsive to autistic spectrum adult needs, Chapel Haven wanted to incorporate community services and a new wellness program into the new building. 


As an integrated firm SLAM offered multiple solutions to the planning, design and construction of the Phase 2 Chapel Haven campus transformation project. The team developed constructability options, phasing, project logistics and a design program that responded to the residential, communal, wellness and clinical needs of Chapel Haven’s aging population.

Chapel Haven – Schleifer Adult Independent Living Building

To fast-track the project, SLAM used panelized, light gauge metal interior and exterior walls as well as prefabricated electrical devices.


The completion of Phase 2 of the Chapel Haven’s campus redevelopment project has resulted in a neighborhood transformation, for the residents, staff and surrounding community. The new building completes the pedestrian courtyard space, offers a new entrance to the campus, accentuates the Emerson Street building facade, incorporates community interaction and offers residents previously unavailable programming, wellness and continuing care options.

Project Contacts

Paul Baldinger, AIA
Project Designer
860 368.4265

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