RI Veterans Home
BTGA and SFCS Architects of Virginia joined forces to design the new Veterans Home in Bristol, RI. The team designed a home that is less institutional and more welcoming and respectful to the Rhode Island Veterans than the existing buildings. We endeavored to conceal medical equipment and to eliminate long double loaded corridors. In so doing, we created a residential feel within the comfort of a community environment.
The Veterans Home consists of 16 resident “cottages” paired to form 32 resident “neighborhoods.” Each neighborhood contains dining, living, and activity spaces at a residential scale, much like one’s own home. These neighborhoods are connected to the Commons that act as “Main Street”. The Commons contain all the services provided to the residents including a casual dining bistro, beauty/barber shop, bank, and PX. Physical and occupational therapy and fitness functions, including adaptive sports, are located in a dedicated fitness and activity zone.
The building is sited carefully to be respectful of its surrounding the singlefamily neighborhood and traditional New England Architecture.