LEXINGTON, Mass. — DiMella Shaffer, a Boston-based architecture and design firm, has completed its second expansion project for Brookhaven at Lexington.
DiMella Shaffer’s relationship with Brookhaven began in 2003 when the 26-acre community underwent a major expansion that included the addition of the Harvard building, a 48-unit independent living building. The project also featured renovations to all common areas, and expansion and improvements to the assisted care and long-term care facility.
The most recent expansion includes the construction of the Wellesley building which features 49 new luxury independent living apartments randing from 1,200 to 1,700 square feet.
A four-story wing has also been added to the campus’ existing Commons building. Levels 1 and 2 feature a new pool, an expanded and updated fitness center, and a performance center with a lobby that opens to the town of Lexington. Once it is safe to do so, this public space will be made available to local nonprofits to increase local community engagement. Levels 3 and 4 feature assisted care units and skilled nursing beds.
With this expansion, Brookhaven has reduced the number of skilled nursing beds by 75 percent, allowing the community to provide appropriate venues for care and greater availability for those who require memory support and custodial care rather than skilled nursing.