October 17, 2011

Rowley Masonic Community

Breaking from tradition, the new 88 unit expansion of Rowley Masonic Community creates a sense of home and place that is so essential to resident centered care.  Clusters of homes arranged in three V-shaped buildings will form neighborhoods for residents to call home.  Entry porches create comfortable spaces to observe the comings and goings of each neighborhood while providing a sense of ownership and individuality to residents.  The exterior design and masses also contribute to the individuality of each house.

No longer serving the sole purpose of circulation, the wide corridors and adjacent alcoves reinforce the concept of a neighborhood to the clusters of resident rooms.  These livable corridors include social spaces to create a sense of community, encouraging spontaneous social interaction between residents.  Floor to ceiling windows between each pair of resident rooms provides an airy atmosphere, natural daylight/ventilation, and views to the exterior park-like spaces.

At the heart of the new expansion, Main Street is an energetic place for social interaction between residents, staff, and visitors.  Coffee shops, beauty parlors, and hobby shops will line the public space, emulating a traditional American downtown street.  Spaces for performances, movies, and events allow residents to enjoy a lively & vivacious lifestyle well into their twilight years.

Project Team

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Chad J. West, AIA – LEED AP

Nathan Compton

Nathaniel J Compton, AIA

Leila

Leila E. Ammar, AIA – LEED AP BD+C

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John A. Haila, PE