Williamsburg Landing – Small Houses & Adult Day Center

Williamsburg, VA

The new, paired small houses and adult day center provide secure and comfortable settings that accommodate newly implemented evidence and behavior-based therapy and support programs for people with dementia.  Much like a private home, access to each small house is through a secure entry foyer that leads into the living and dining areas.  The kitchen is tucked around the corner, staff areas are discreetly located and bedrooms are accessed from a separate corridor. 

All residents have private bedrooms, which they and their families furnish, as well as fully accessible bathrooms.  Each small house has its own great room living and dining area, complemented by smaller, quiet spaces as well as a gathering/activity room that is shared by the two houses. The open kitchen allows for final meal preparations and made-to-order options. The adult day center was conceived as a community outreach program and program participants can partake of many of the activities and programs offered to residents in the small houses. 

Photo Credit:  Nathan Cox Photography

Sarah A. Todd Memorial Home, United Church of Christ Homes

Carlisle, PA

The existing medical model neighborhood was renovated to create inviting living spaces for residents with dementia. The transformation was accomplished within the constraints of the existing neighborhood through carefully phased, incremental renovations allowing the provider to maintain occupancy throughout. The nursing station was relocated to a more central location behind the scenes for improved efficiency, but more importantly, to free up its former brightly-lit space at the end of the corridor for a family room which leads into a secure courtyard. A serving kitchen and nourishment station enable staff members to accommodate resident preferences and snack requests.


Photo Credit: Larry Lefever Photography

Arbor Acres

Winston-Salem, NC

This addition clusters 12 private rooms for residents with dementia around a central, naturally-lit atrium. Serving as the activity hub for the entire memory care household, the atrium is separated from the corridor by half-wall partitions to provide privacy for the surrounding rooms while encouraging resident observation and participation in daily activities. A new sunroom provides the option of a smaller scale common space. Oversized widow seats along the corridor leading into the addition provide another inviting, casual space for residents and family members to enjoy.


Photo Credit: Larry Lefever Photography

The Sylvestery at Vinson Hall

McLean, VA

This freestanding memory support residence is designed to reinforce the owner’s “Free to Be” program, promoting resident freedom and choice in a safe and pleasant environment. The 36 resident rooms are positioned around four internal gardens, each with a distinct character and function. Single-loaded corridors offer visual and physical access to the four uniquely designed courtyards while providing a bright, naturally-lit residence with no barriers to the outdoors.

Awards: AIA/LeadingAge Design for Aging Review; Order of Excellence Award by Contemporary Long Term Care Magazine


Photo Credit: Larry Lefever Photography

The Village at Waveny Care Center

New Canaan, CT

This innovative memory care center includes 53 assisted living studio units and space for a 40-person adult daycare program. The residents and daycare participants co-mingle in an active program area called “Main Street.” Reminiscent of old fashioned downtown New Canaan, the sky-lit Main Street is simulated by one and two story brick facades which face each other and house program spaces such as a beauty/barber shop, bakery, ice cream parlor, general store, and dining piazza. The Village has been featured in the New York Times, CNN and CBS.

Awards: Merit Award, Exhibition and Publication in AIA/LeadingAge Design for Aging Review, Order of Excellence Award by Contemporary Long Term Care Magazine


Photo Credit: Larry Lefever Photography

The Osborn H.O.P.E. Center

Rye, NY

Recognizing a growing need, the Osborn converted seven existing one-bedroom apartments into a 13-room assisted living memory care neighborhood. The neighborhood provides residents with various forms of dementia the freedom to move safely throughout the wing and secure courtyard. The intentionally modest-sized household has its own front door and provides ample activity space, including a great room with country-style serving kitchen, fireplace, sitting areas and dining space. Working within the constraints of the existing wing, the design solution “opens up” the center of the neighborhood with the great room spaces to break down the scale and bring in natural light. The addition of a four season sunroom, overlooking an existing perennial garden, provides secure access to the outdoors.

Award: Merit Award for Best Stand-Alone Memory Care, Senior Housing News

Photo Credit: Larry Lefever Photography

Albright Care Services – Normandie Ridge

York, PA

The first project identified through a master planning process resulted in an 11,000 square foot 18-bed memory care addition. The neighborhood emulates a private home with its own separate entrance. Each resident room takes advantage of abundant natural light and includes a private bath with European shower. The resident rooms are organized around a central living area that includes a country kitchen with access to a secure outdoor porch and garden. Staff areas are gathered behind-the-scenes in the core of the space so resident areas take advantage of the prime natural light and views.


Photo credit: Nathan Cox Photography

Providence Point

Pittsburgh, PA

This CCRC included 60 assisted living suites and a 20-unit assisted living memory support center. The one-bedroom assisted living suites include a kitchenette with full size refrigerator, living room with bay window for extended views and natural light, a large bedroom with walk-in closet and bath with low threshold shower. The memory support building, comprised of two households of ten private rooms each, shares support services with assisted living. The assisted living building shares a common entry with the health center and features interior detailing equal to independent living. An underground corridor connecting to the kitchen, laundry and other support areas accommodates discreet service deliveries.

Awards: Exhibition and Publication in AIA/LeadingAge Design for Aging Review

Photo Credit: Larry Lefever Photography

The Village at Rockville

Rockville, MD

Multi-phased renovation of the existing 300-bed nursing center includes the conversion of the first floor to 50 assisted living residences and common areas including an 18-bed memory care household with its own courtyard garden. A “Main Street” of activities developed on the first floor includes a library, bank, fitness area, coffee shop, gift shop, beauty shop and chapel. The addition of these assisted living services will fill the intermediate level of care between the existing residential living program and skilled nursing facility and will enable The Village at Rockville to become a full-service Continuing Care Retirement Community.

Award: Exhibition and Publication in AIA/LeadingAge Design for Aging Review


Photo Credit: Larry Lefever Photography

Waverly Heights

Gladwyne, PA

The reinvented health care center, working primarily within the existing building setbacks, “flips” the living spaces so that personal care is now on the main level and directly connected to the community center. A new rooftop garden provides appealing views from neighboring apartment buildings and an outdoor amenity for residents. Interior corridors overlook a center courtyard space formed by building additions creating a secure space for residents with dementia to freely enjoy. To provide future flexibility as needed, resident rooms have been designed to allow for conversion from a skilled nursing room to assisted living and vice versa.

Award: Publication in Environments for Aging Design Showcase


Photo Credits: Larry Lefever Photography & Nathan Cox Photography