"Topping Off" Held at The Hannah B. G. Shaw Home for the Aged

Middleboro, MA, July 2013:  On Wednesday, June 19, construction of a new 3-story, 60,000 sq ft addition at The Shaw Home hit its latest milestone as the multi-million dollar project stays on track for a December completion.  The official “topping off” ceremony, where a steel beam signed by residents and staff was hoisted by crane into place, was attended by the Home’s residents, staff and Board of Directors; construction managers Cutler Associates; various subcontractors; and local dignitaries and community leaders.

The new addition reflects the national movement of culture change in long term care settings, and will be home to four new 10-bed skilled households and one 12-bed skilled memory unit.  The addition will provide residents with a home-like environment with private bedrooms and baths, a living room, dining room and kitchen. “With this expansion, The Home seeks to change the delivery of care model to reflect a true resident centered care approach within neighborhood like communities,” explained Home President Bruce Atwood.  Kristine Donnelly, Administrator of The Home added, “The infrastructure will support an environment that enables residents to live as independently as they possibly can with dignity, respect, and peace of mind.”

In a second phase, The Home’s existing skilled unit will be renovated into a new 15-bed short-term rehab unit, including a new nursing station and piped-in medical gases.  A new physical therapy and rehab center will be the focal point and main component of the connecting structure at the first floor level.  The building is being reconfigured so that deliveries and support services can be provided more directly.  “With this unique physical plant, and The Shaw Home’s reputation for quality care, it is our intent to be the “go-to” site for post-hospital rehab care in Southeastern Massachusetts,” stated Donnelly.  The project is targeted to meet LEED for Healthcare Silver Certification reflecting the Shaw Home’s interest in environmental sustainability. 

Regarding the building design thought process, project architect David Dunlap noted, “Our philosophy is focused on pragmatic planning strategies, designing with intent, and a comprehension of how our buildings will impact the functional, social, and environmental needs of its inhabitants.  We are exceptionally pleased to be involved with the pioneering of culture change and innovations to residential care.  We would like to acknowledge the staff and residents at The Hannah B. Griffith Shaw Home for the Aged for their vision.”