ALEXANDRIA, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Cutting-edge and creative architecture, innovative interiors and beatific outdoor spaces are front and center in the November/December 2014 issue of Senior Living Executive, the flagship magazine of the Assisted Living Federation of America. The annual Senior Living By Design Awards program showcases diverse projects marrying innovative design with functionality and beauty, honoring resident choice, and promoting independence. In its third year, the competition reveals increased design sophistication improving resident lifestyle.
In senior housing, great design can and must encompass a range of factors. More than simply aesthetic, design must recognize the need for wellness services, desire for community, safety for memory care and other residents, and, in many cases, the ability to care for residents as they age. Upscale appeal is also a major focus in this year’s awards program. As baby boomers enter their silver years, many senior living operators are building and rehabilitating communities to reflect a growing desire for a more high-end experience.
“This year’s Senior Living by Design Award winners exhibit a broad range of approaches to these and other issues. It’s a busy time for senior housing design, a moment of energy and high creativity,” said ALFA Interim CEO Maribeth Bersani.
Senior living design experts and judges Susan Rodiek PhD, NCARB, EDAC, associate professor and holder of the Skaggs Endowed Professorship in Health Facilities Design, College of Architecture at Texas A&M University; and Victor Regnier, professor of Architecture and Gerontology at University of Southern California’s School of Architecture, chose six senior living residences for special honors:
- Grand Award: Moorings Park: New Neighborhood, Naples, Florida, designed by Perkins Eastman Architects
- Grand Award: Fountaingrove Lodge, Santa Rosa, California, designed by Oakmont Senior Living
- Award of Excellence: Oxford Grand at New Market, Wichita, Kansas, designed by LK Architecture
- Award of Excellence: Marquette Manor, Indianapolis, Indiana, designed by THW Design
- Award of Excellence: Wyoming Springs Assisted Living, Round Rock, Texas, designed by Rees Associates Inc.
- Award of Excellence: The Residences at Wingate, Needham, Massachusetts, designed by The Architectural Team
Other residences featured in the awards competition are listed in the November/December Senior Living Executive digital magazine.
About ALFA - Creating the Future of Senior Living
The Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA) is the largest national association dedicated to professionally managed, resident-centered senior living communities and the seniors and families they serve. Since 1990, ALFA has advocated for choice, accessibility, independence, dignity, and quality of life for all seniors. ALFA’s programs promote business and operational excellence through education, research, publications, professional networking and online tools designed to foster innovation and entrepreneurism in the field of senior living. Visit ALFA’s website at www.alfa.org.