New Fire Native worked with the Muscogee Nation to create an internally focused community for elders that is in harmony with tribal values and culture.
In collaboration with the Nation, the design team first developed a phased master plan for the community, which is located on approximately 36 acres in the city of Okmulgee. Following completion of the master plan, the Nation elected to have our team complete full design for both phases of the project. Phase I includes a central Elders Center with a large connected outdoor covered pavilion, 31 single bedroom independent living cottages and all supporting infrastructure such as roads and utilities. Site features consist of shared open spaces, walking and nature trails, gardens, recreation areas and a large central park containing three ponds. Phase II includes 41 additional cottages, an on-site maintenance building and additional outdoor elements.