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September 24, 2013

Meeting client needs is key for Currier and Associates

Interior design firm specializes in health centers, Alzheimer's units

NEWBURYPORT — The demand for housing for the elderly and those in rehabilitation is growing each year, but Currier and Associates, Inc. has been in the field for more than three decades and now is prepared for a growth in its business.

The seven-employee firm designs interiors for hospitals, nursing homes and centers that house Alzheimer’s patients. The firm offers pre-design consulting, interior design and architecture, renovation management, and installation services.

As the recession recedes, president Sharon Currier is finding that Currier and Associates is well-positioned for new clients.

“National statistics show that an area of construction growth is in building for seniors,” said Currier, whose office is on Merrimac Street. “Now that the economy is coming back, we’re seeing more activity.

“We work closely with architects, and include features that can be helpful to the special type of residents who will be living in the building,” she said.

Though Currier’s clients are not limited to health centers, their mantra of “for living, healing and working” suggests the team has a sensitivity to those who are in vulnerable health.

If designing an interior for Alzheimer’s patients, for instance, they try to keep walls and floors in bright shades so that patients aren’t prone to “sundowning” or depression with the oncoming of night and darkness.

Some interiors are marked by circular corridors, so patients who get “lost” can keep walking until they travel to the point from which they started.

“We listen closely to the client,” said Art Currier, husband of Sharon and the business manager of the operation. “But having experience in the field is helpful.”

Currier and Associates has designed numerous senior centers and rehabilitation hospitals in the area.

Recently it has been involved in discussions with Northbridge Companies in Burlington, which has plans to construct a 75-unit facility for patients with brain damage on land adjacent to Anna Jaques Hospital.

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