A Home for Our Heroes
RHODE ISLAND VETERANS HOME
Originally opened in the 1890’s, The Rhode Island Veterans Home needed a new beginning to serve those who served our country. Designed in accordance with the VA Small House Design Guide, the new state-of-the-art Rhode Island Veteran’s Home represents a complete replacement of the existing facility. The design honors traditional New England architecture and the interior décor pays homage to our veterans’ service with art and trinkets such as WWII maps and newspaper articles throughout the entire building.
The goal for the RI Veterans Home was creating an environment that truly is Home and not “Home-Like.” The design approach was to incorporate as much of the fundamentals of home as possible, while increasing staff efficiency. As a result, the team created a home that feels less institutional and more welcoming and respectful to Rhode Island's Veterans. By concealing medical equipment and eliminating long double-loaded corridors, the design created a residential atmosphere within a comfortable community environment. The Veterans' Home consists of 12 single-story houses for 16 veterans each, the house are paired into six neighborhoods, creating accommodations for 192 veterans, and an additional 16 Domiciliary Care Rooms are located on the second floor. Throughout each cottage there is kitchen and dining, living rooms, and activity spaces that promotes spontaneous interaction. In addition, these neighborhoods are all connected to the Commons creating a Mainstreet for the residents.
VIBRANT COMMON AREAS
The Commons building is configured to create short walking distances to desirable destinations that provide opportunities and spaces for residents to socialize. These include a casual bistro, arts and activities, beauty/barber shop, bank, and PX. Residents also have a chapel, "mess hall", and library. Physical and occupational therapy and fitness functions, including adaptive sports, are located in a dedicated fitness and activity zone.