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The Retreat – A Golden View Expansion

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AT A GLANCE

EXPANSION / ADDITION
HEALTHCARE

• 32 Health Care Beds

The Retreat, located on 8.91 acres in the beautiful lakes region of central New Hampshire, is a 32 private bed expansion to the well established existing Golden View Health Care Center located near the heart of downtown Meredith, NH. The planned 26,600sf addition connects directly to the two existing buildings, a 3 story 110 bed and a 1 story 22 bed nursing home, bringing the total campus bed count to 153 (11 existing beds will transfer to the new project).
Though the site presented multiple challenges for locating the new building; including limited buildable area, wetlands restrictions, existing conditions, and steep sloping topography, the final master plan responded to the restraints while still achieving the owner’s desired program.The end result is an efficient 3 story design stepped into the hillside which minimizes the site impact, maximizes the woodland views, and complements the scale of the adjacent architecture.
Responding to the program desires only the upper two levels of the project will be completed in the initial construction phase. The 10,400 sf lower level will include the mechanical space with the remainder of area allotted for future expansion. Each level is composed of two symmetrical 8 bed houses surrounding the central core which includes living and dining areas, country kitchen, a library, balcony, activities, and spa.This middle (main) level adds the bistro, wellness center, main entry, and provides the crucial link to the existing building and commercial kitchen enabling for greater staff efficiencies. Each of the private rooms has its own bath and is a short travel distance to the central amenities.
The architecture responds to the historic Meredith vernacular using simple massing, traditional hip and gable sloped roofs, and residential themes and materials not uncommon in the surrounding neighborhood. In response to the sloping terrain and interior floor plan layout, the massing, roof lines, and structure turn and offset adding visual interest to the building’s exterior.