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Perkins Eastman Architects, Buckingham's Choice Retirement Community

January 1, 2002
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Adamstown, Maryland - New York, New York
Buckingham's Choice Retirement Community - Adamstown, Maryland
Perkins Eastman Architects - New York, New York Type of Facility/Setting: Retirement Community

Facility Contact: Charles Clark, Executive Director

Firm: Perkins Eastman Architects, (212) 353-7200

Design Team: Douglas P. King, Principal-in-Charge; Rick Yestadt, Project Manager; Jeff Kaye, Architect; Tony Beaumont, Architect; Susan DiMotta, Interior Designer

Photography: Chuck Choi

Resident Capacity: 297

Space/Resident (sq. ft.): 235

Total Area (sq. ft.): 416,220

Total Cost (excluding land): $31 million

Cost/Sq. Ft.: $74

Completion: May 2000 To foster resident involvement in the community and provide a facility that promotes independence and resident choice, a variety of living accommodation options and care levels were incorporated into the design.

There is convenient access to a wide range of services, including a Conference Center and Youth Camp next door, which offers religious services in its chapel, educational programs and 200 acres of recreational open space. An open environment provides residents with the opportunity to participate in many activities. Connection with the Conference Center enables residents to engage in informal social interaction in an intergenerational setting.

The Main Building houses 80 apartments and the community's common and support areas, as well as the assisted living units and long-term care beds in a healthcare center. A two-story main lobby and dining room are located on the main entry level, along with the kitchen, cafT snack bar, bank, mailroom, sitting rooms, living room, multipurpose room, administrative offices and gift shop.

To promote open views and natural light within the facility, the interior design uses rich, light-stained woods and deep earth tones, with nature-inspired accents and wallcoverings. Carpet colors were carefully chosen to avoid vertigo and falls. Coordinated surfaces unique to each floor level establish and reinforce a wayfinding system.