Because of the unique population of The Beechwood Home – primarily residents with Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy, and spinal cord injuries – it has always focused on therapies and new technologies that enhance independence. A major design objective was to allow easy access and circulation throughout the community since most residents have motorized wheelchairs. While this project would be renovating and doubling the size of the existing building, it was critically important that the home qualities of Beechwood Home, which began in 1890 as the Home for the Incurable, be preserved in the new building. The dining, living, and community rooms have been significantly expanded on the first floor and cluster living rooms / dining rooms were created on the upper floors.
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