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Assisted Living and Dementia
Care Wing Expansion

Piper Shores Retirement Community
Scarborough, Maine

Piper Shores is located on the coast of Scarborough and occupies about 40 acres of a 138 acre tract. To address increasing interest and address a number of community needs the community undertook a strategic plan to augment its current continuum of care and plan for future growth. 

The detailed master plan for the site resulted in the assisted living and memory care addition as well as a new art center. The new 38,000 square foot Holbrook Wing features 16 new assisted living residences and a separate memory care wing on the second floor with 12 residences. Each has their own living, dining, kitchen, and other support spaces. The first floor of the new structure includes a new entrance lobby and parking spaces.

The different elements of the memory care wing are laid out to give a small house feel, with more active public areas and separate private areas for resident rooms. The layout, furnishings, artwork, and other elements are arranged to help residents with way-finding and independence. To encourage resident interaction, small Life Stations or vignettes are incorporated into the plan in several locations. Based on research that people living with dementia can benefit from natural light and exterior garden spaces, the new wing features a large planted terrace. Staff access doors and utility spaces are carefully placed to be as unobtrusive as possible.

The building is an addition to the main community structure. The architecture is informed by Shingle Style architecture of coastal New England and the existing building vocabulary.

The project was designed and managed by Drew Kepley while a Principal at SFCS Inc., Architect of Record.

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