VA Soldiers’ Home

Affordable Housing, Orting, Washington

Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs—VA Soldiers’ Home Orting

Client: Washington Veterans Administration & University of Washington


SAGE Architectural Alliance was retained by the Wa State Department of Veteran Affairs (WSDVA) and the University of Washington Northwest Center for Livable Communities (NWCLC)

Goal: to determine the feasibility of using the historic Roosevelt Barracks to house a program for traumatic brain injury (TBI) veterans and veterans transitioning from homelessness.


As experts in design for aging, SAGE is experienced in small-house skilled nursing care for memory care and frail seniors. For those with mild TBI or those who are working on issues related to transitioning back to community, the small-house atmosphere is also ideal.


SAGE led a discussion around envisioning a State-of-the-Art Rehabilitation facility. The WSDVA visioning group agreed that “households” of 10 TBI residents would be ideal. The heart of the design would be the country kitchen/ dining room. Here residents would practice domestic and social skills they need for returning to community life.
In the second half of the study, SAGE explored the new construction alternate of four 10-person homes plus commons building, clustered in a community.


SAGE found that Roosevelt Barracks was well-suited to the program for veterans transitioning from long-term homelessness. It was envisioned that these program participants would eat meals in the large mess hall and spend much of their time in work programs on or off-campus.

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