Newbridge on the Charles

Dedham, MA

Leggat McCall Properties acted as the project manager for the permitting, design and construction of a new campus for Hebrew Senior Life, including the development of all infrastructure on the 162-acre site. Designed collaboratively by Perkins Eastman and Chan Krieger, Hebrew Senior Life’s new senior care community creates an intergenerational campus with a variety of housing options for the elderly.

Newbridge on the Charles is now home to approximately 750 residents. LMP also coordinated the construction of the 450-student Rashi School and ancillary play and athletic fields by an independent organization. The Newbridge living and healthcare accommodations include 50 cottages, 24 villa apartments, 182 apartments, 51 traditional assisted living apartments, 40 memory support rooms, and a 268-resident healthcare center with 220 long-term care residents and 48 sub-acute patients.

With sustainable design features using LEED as a guide, the multigenerational campus takes an environmentally responsible approach. Newly created open space was used to cover the community’s parking under a green roof and provide a below-grade pedestrian connection. Through xeriscaping (landscaping which reduces the need for irrigation) and the use of a rainwater collection/cistern system, no ground water is used for irrigation.

Newbridge on the Charles also utilizes 400 geothermal wells, which was the largest closed-loop geothermal system in New England when the project was completed in 2010. This system was anticipated to generate a 50% savings in natural gas consumption while reducing CO2 emissions by almost 35%.

In addition to other sustainable design features, the clustered nature of the development also allowed much of the 162-acre campus to remain undisturbed. The property features extensive natural walking paths to provide access to natural surroundings to its residents.


Project Highlights

  • Size: 940,000 SF; 162-acre campus
  • Property Type: Senior Living Campus
  • Year started/completed: 2006/2010
  • Owner/Client:Hebrew Senior Life
  • Architect: Perkins Eastman Architects/Chan Krieger
  • General Contractor: Suffolk Construction
Services Rendered:
  • Project Management