Hamilton Watch Party
It was a very different experience but yet very pleasant. Pacific Place has experienced no cases for residents or staff. We have had no lockdowns of residents in their apartments. We have continued visits with family and relatives in our gallery and many outdoor patios, while complying with the St. Louis County requirement to limit entry to our main building and apartments. We have enjoyed great dining options without requiring residents to eat in their apartments. The Old Orchard Gallery became a temporary Entertainment Center with safe seating arrangements and a variety of scheduled activities throughout the week. Our Old Orchard business district was very quiet for many weeks, allowing for safe walks in the district with stops for take out food and filling prescriptions at our local Webster Pharmacy.
Big Sky Patio
Most of all our residents have become experts in social distancing, safe seating, masking, sanitizing and hand washing. Now that we are venturing out a bit more, Pacific Place residents have changed some old habits and are very good at how to remain safe.
Why was this possible?
We have a small community with 35 apartments and cottages. It is easy to spread out with 35 residents. It is easy to provide extra services to help with shopping, filling prescriptions, dining, entertainment, outdoor meetings with family and friends, using hallways and elevators, resident meetings, barbeques, and weekly dinner events. Residents could reserve one of our 8 patio/courtyards for visits from family or friends at a distance and use our Art Gallery for indoor gatherings.
Our in-house restaurant, Big Sky Café, was open for carry out dinning for the public and for Pacific Place…Great Food. We organized outdoor walks around the neighborhood and Webster University, and set up patio games to allow for some healthy competition.
How does the building design make a difference?
We have very short corridors with a small number of people using them. Our elevator and nicely finished stairways allow for circulation without a crowd. Each apartment has self contained individual heating and cooling….no sharing of air between units. Our Art Gallery, Spa, Great Clips and take-out Philippine food shop are all protected by a UV filtering system in the return air ducts. The Big Sky Café is also protected by the same UV filtering system. A variety of outdoor patios and courtyards allows safe gathering space to meet with visitors who were not allowed into the building.
While we continue to practice precautionary measures, we are reclaiming some of the enjoyable aspects of living that allow us to thrive.
For many different reasons, where you live does influence how you live.