Skilled Nursing News January 31, 2024
Shelby Grebbin

The Forest at Duke (TFAD), recently introduced a new building at the heart of its campus in Durham, North Carolina​.

The five-story building embraced the small-house model, with 10-bed households forming neighborhoods, each with a unique personality. The staff and caregivers were integrated into this model, fostering a sense of community. Family-style meals became a norm, and even TFAD leadership participated in meal preparation and sharing. The property was built at a cost of $40,000,000 and is spread out over 109,655 square feet.

The metaphor of a tree within a forest guided the design, influencing everything from structure to color palette, Greg Gauthreaux, project designer with Perkins Eastman Architecture Firm told Skilled Nursing News.

“We thought about what makes...

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