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New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute

New Meadows Long Term Care Facility

Las Vegas, NM


“The Meadows” is a major regional, licensed long-term nursing care provider for elderly, disabled, and specialty services for dementia care residents for the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute. This project provided a new, contemporary facility for long-term-care residents.

Phase I was the beginning of a master-planned 180-bed long-term-care facility. The design was based on an 18-bed neighborhood concept, which allowed localized social areas and decentralized staff work areas. Neighborhoods were paired around shared courtyards creating 36-bed residential wings. Phase I consisted of one 36-bed residential wing and the facility’s central area that included the main entrance, common spaces and service areas. The central area also has administration, public and support spaces, including business and nurse’s offices, a training room, staff locker and lounge areas, a gift shop, library and wellness clinic. All phases of the project were a single-story design to avoid ramps, elevators and stairs. It also allowed better daylighting via skylights and light wells, and provided equal access to outdoor recreation areas for all residents.

Phase 2 of the master planned facility was designed to replace the existing 52-bed Meadows Rest Home and the 110-bed Ponderosa Nursing Home located at the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute. Phase 2 consisted of two 36-bed residential wings connected to Phase 1 via a north/south corridor. Each wing has its own dining room, activity room, family rooms, bathing suites and secure courtyard. While the physical space for the complete service plant was included in Phase 1, equipment was added as the number of beds increased.

Phase 3 added an additional 54 beds. This project was done in collaboration with Long Term Care Facility Specialist, Boulder Associates of Boulder, CO.

Phase 1 LEED Gold Certified
Phase 2 LEED Silver Certified

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