Project Spotlight - Syringa Chalet Nursing Facility

Gallun Snow Associates, in conjunction with TreanorHL Architects, recently completed construction of the Syringa Chalet Nursing Facility in Blackfoot, Idaho. Syringa Chalet is a government-run facility that provides skilled nursing services for behavioral health patients. The campus includes 50,000 square feet of brand-new space for both patients and staff. There are a total of 36 private and semi-private guest rooms with private bathrooms, a centralized nurse station with views down each of the three guest wings, a dining area featuring 22’ high wood ceilings, two community lounge spaces with fireplaces, a theater, a salon, a kitchen/craft room, and a rehabilitation gym. It was important for the architecture to take advantage of the daylight, giving patients optimal views to the outdoors throughout the building.

The design team based the concept of this space on the picturesque Idaho landscape. Nature and the local scenery were always considered when selecting finishes, furniture, and artwork. The interior palette consisted of neutral finishes blending cool and warm tones while also incorporating stone and wood textures derived from the region. As a skilled nursing facility, the design team considered many factors when selecting materials for the space. There is minimal carpet, the furniture is upholstered in all vinyl, and decorative acrylic panels were selected in lieu of using glass. To avoid using too many contrasting tones on the floor, the flooring patterns were designed using a wood-look LVT throughout and integrating chevron patterning to create the impression of an area rug. The use of tone on tone flooring material provided a cohesive and artistic feel.


The building features three guest corridors, each named after a different region in Idaho: Grand Tetons, Sawtooth and Pioneer. The theme flows into the paint color chosen to accent each wing, the headwall and furniture upholstery in the guest rooms, and even the artwork decorating each corridor. Employees of the Syringa Chalet donated their own Idaho photography to be hung on the walls. What an incredible way to show staff appreciation and ensure the new space not only feels welcoming to new guests but to the staff as well!