Beechwood completes the master plan initiated with the design and development of Laurelmead, an award-winning luxury 161 unit independent senior living facility located on the campus of a historic 19th century hospital overlooking the Seekonk River. Together, the two buildings enclose a meadow at the northwestern edge of the campus and provide a complete range of senior housing models. Within the Beechwood facility, populations of each of three major program subcomponents – assisted living, Alzheimer’s, and skilled nursing – are segregated, yet their support spaces are purposely situated to provide direct common access to resident care, service, ancillary and management services.
On the first floor, the main assisted living common areas are arranged to allow for vistas from one room to the next, providing non-confining, looping patterns of circulation, visually connected to the meadow and other exterior spaces. In the Alzheimer’s wing, this subtle looping pattern of circulation is made explicit with units organized around an interior courtyard. Program spaces are located at corners which permit maximum supervision while optimizing staffing.