Recent Work – Maine Veterans’ Homes New Augusta Campus
This fall, I had the opportunity to photograph Maine Veterans’ Homes‘ new $90 million campus in Augusta, ME. The massive facility covers almost 180,000 sq ft with four connected buildings: a central building with common areas plus three separate wings for assisted living/transitional care, long term care and a memory center.
Despite its size, it has an intimate feel. While traditional senior living facilities are modeled on hospitals, with semi-private rooms off long corridors and central nursing stations, this facility is the first in the state to be designed on the innovative “small house” model, which means the 138 beds are organized into twelve “neighborhoods” so it will feel like a home.
Each “neighborhood” has resident rooms organized around central common living areas, including this gorgeous kitchen and dining room for shared meals and a living room with a fireplace. In this facility, each room has a facade that looks like a house, which adds to the neighborhood feel. This model has physical and emotional health benefits for the residents, including better sleep, reduced risk of infection, less agitation and a higher level of comfort and self-worth.
The common areas were designed to look like a small town Main Street, with a bistro, bank, chapel, theater, clubhouse, and even a barber shop/beauty salon. High ceilings painted blue with clerestory windows for lots of natural light give the feeling of open sky above.
Additional shared facilities include a rehab gym, rehab pool, spa, conference room, classroom, outdoor patios and a pond stocked with fish.
I’d like to thank my clients for selecting me to photograph the project: Cianbro, Plunkett Raysich Architects, VJS Construction Services, IRC – Industrial Roofing Companies, Windham Millwork, and ACE Painting.
For more information:
- See more commercial architecture images
- www.mainebiz.biz, “Maine Veterans’ Homes $90 million Augusta development to begin,” January 23, 2019.
- www.wabi.tv, “New Maine Veterans’ Homes facility opens in Augusta,” August 6, 2021.
- www.jamda.com, “The Small House Model of Long-Term Care: Association With Older Adult Functioning,” November 28, 2018.
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