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Q&A

with Melissa Keeney
Director of Senior Living
Spellman Brady & Company
What's one critical
question your team
always asks clients in
initial project meetings?
Why?
We like to understand
what makes a community
distinctive from their
competition in the area.
We listen to the owner and
residents and discuss the
project expectations and
goals. Our passionate and
talented design team looks
for multiple solutions to meet
the project needs. Clients
often have a clear idea of
what they do not like, but
need to be guided to vision
what spaces may become.
Our goal is to implement
owner and resident
feedback into our design
solutions so it feels natural
within the architecture and
interior design.

How do you involve
residents to ensure their
voices are heard in the
design process?
We believe engaging
residents early in the design
process helps them feel
invested in the change
and know their feedback is
embraced by our team. We
define this as the Discovery
Process. During this phase
we may give design surveys
to help us define the design
intent. We work with resident
committee members to
identify their daily functional
needs. We also provide
furniture samples for
residents to test the feel,
function and fit. Every
project has different needs
regarding how much resident
involvement is required. We
work with owners to identify
when they want to engage

their residents and family
members to determine
the best way to collect the
feedback.
How will the design of
those spaces change
to meet the demands
of today's senior
consumers?
Baby boomers are
moving into senior living
communities while they
can still enjoy active
retirement. Communities are
being challenged to make
their homes and services
marketable to younger
demographics and to provide
experiences that support
socialization that keeps
seniors engaged as they age.
We are seeing an increasing
demand for hospitality-

inspired environments and
active wellness amenities
and services. Communities
that are integrated with local
developments, support
multi-generational living and
incorporate retail shops with
restaurants are successfully
providing more choices
and services to their active
aging boomers, while
simultaneously promoting
community engagement.
Tell us something
surprising about your
company that people may
not know.
Stan Spellman, our vice
president, often says, "You
must have fun doing what
you're doing or it's not worth
doing." Our leadership
team works to promote a
positive culture in our office.
Their efforts have resulted
in building a team that is
very dedicated to creating
meaningful environments.
We are all very supportive
of each other and work as a
team to meet deadlines and
make sure there is a balanced
work load among the teams.
Our office culture encourages
our staff to live vibrant lives
outside of the workplace and
enables us to put family first.
www.spellmanbrady.com

The Residences at Thomas Circle, main lobby - Washington, D.C. Photo: Alise O'Brien


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