Orchid Island

Beachfront Commons

New Assisted Living and Memory Support Project
Orchid Island, Florida

Client – Watercrest Senior Living Group


Watercrest worked hard to bring upscale Assisted Living and Memory Support to the Orchid area of Florida on the Atlantic coast. The project received 4 to 1 favorable support from the City Planning Commission but was rejected unanimously by the City Council.
Residents and visitors would have enjoyed a series of meandering, varied enclosed courtyards to provide extensive connections to the outdoors as well as gathering generous amounts of natural light into every amenity space. Assisted Living apartments were planned to be larger and more luxurious than other AL communities. Amenities were planned to be upscale and elegant including Watercrest’s renowned culinary program.
Memory Support would have focused on a multi-use indoor “streetscape” environment to stimulate resident senses and encourage exploration. The residential household connected at each end of Market Street to create a contiguous ambulation loop and help with resident orientation through two distinct residential home “Fronts.” The household itself contained a residentially scaled and detailed dining room, living room, country kitchen and a flexible room centered on an Its Never Too Late multi-media system. Corridors provide more than just circulation, they also encourage stimulation and exploration with the inclusion of Life Skills Stations and “Shop Windows.” The secure sensory garden was open to all memory support residents with a contiguous loop (no dead ends) and multiple areas for seating and shade.
The project was cancelled.


Architect – D2 Architecture

Civil and Landscape Architecture – Kimley Horn
General Contractor – Walker Construction

1 and 2 stories

New square footage = 141,300 sf
AL apartments = 95
Memory Support apartments = 24