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EFA DESIGN SHOWCASE
CONTINUING CARE RETIREMENT COMMUNITY

RiverWoods Durham DURHAM, N.H.
Submitted by: RDG Planning & Design ST. LOUIS, AND AG Architecture MILWAUKEE
Project category: New construction
Chief administrator: Kim O'Keefe, RiverWoods Durham Continuing Care
Retirement Community, executive director
Firms: RDG Planning & Design, www.rdgusa.com; AG Architecture,
www.agarch.com
Design team: Greystone (development consultant); AG Architecture
(architecture); RDG Planning & Design (interior design and FF&E); LeCesse
Construction (general contractor)
Photography: © Alise O'Brien
Number/type of housing units: 150 independent living units; 72-bed
health center for assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing care
Total building area (sq. ft.): 355,364
Construction cost/sq. ft.: Not available
Total construction cost (excluding land): Not available
Completed: May 2020

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RiverWoods Group wanted to
expand its footprint with a modern, innovative product. The site
is an 11-acre, wooded property
two miles from historic downtown Durham, the University
of New Hampshire campus, and
nearby access to outdoor trails
and the Oyster River.
The architecture and design establish a vibrant atmosphere and
balance seamless integration with
the surrounding landscape and
traditional architectural aesthetic.
Community and prospective resi-

dent input helped shape the design
direction. The team went through
an extensive process that was open
to the public, with stakeholder
meetings and focus groups to
influence interior/exterior finishes,
amenity spaces, and unit layouts.
Walking through the front doors
residents and visitors experience a
vibrant sense of community. The
grand entry offers an inviting lobby
with a beautiful living room. Visual
access to layered spaces reinforces
a sense of vitality and active living. Biophilic design principles
were applied with the integration
of natural finish materials and
strategically positioning dining
and gathering areas to maximize
daylighting and provide direct
outdoor access.
The amenities support the
RiverWoods lifestyle-rich in
community engagement, actively
intellectual, physical, and social,
with abundant cultural opportunities. The large, open dining venue
is a hub of activity with one space
flowing into the next, transitioning
from casual to more formal dining.
In addition to on-site amenities,
such as the fitness center, salon/
spa, arts/crafts room, and library,
the community fosters a connection with the University of New
Hampshire. Residents can access
the campus, library, and special
event discounts.


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