These Providers See the Future of Senior Living Design—Will Your Community Make the Cut?

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Until someone invents a crystal ball or a time machine, no one can be certain what the future holds. However, some in the senior living business have harnessed cutting-edge design and architecture to get pretty close.

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To spotlight these innovative organizations that break from the mold, Senior Housing News has returned with the second annual Architecture & Design Awards 2014 to search for those who go above and beyond in how they develop, construct, renovate or reposition their communities for success.

Last year’s competition went off without a hitch, revealing to the industry six providers who re-envisioned in their own ways what tomorrow’s senior living facilities could look like. Check out the 2013 winners (links include pics):

The College Connection (Best Independent Living Design)
Resort-like amenities and Mediterranean-style design elements weren’t the only features that helped Allegro Senior Living take top honors in last year’s contest for its community in Jupiter, Florida. Rather, a key selling point had to do with the community’s involvement with a local university.

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Urban Meets Suburban (Best Assisted Living Design)
Situated 13 miles west of the hustle and bustle of downtown Boston on the bank of the Charles River, Epoch Senior Living’s Waterstone at Wellesley is anything but sleepy. The “urban-suburban” community overcame several site challenges to earn its spot just a stone’s throw from extensive walking trails, local commerce and one of the most renown hospitals in the metropolitan area.

Not Your Parents’ Nursing Homes (Best Skilled Nursing Design)
Wellbrooke of Westfield certainly isn’t your parents’ nursing home. From the portfolio of Mainstreet, the architecture and design of Wellbrooke turns the traditional model of skilled nursing and rehabilitative care on its head to deliver health care, amenities and other services for tomorrow’s seniors.

The Boutique Urban Lifestyle (Best CCRC Design)
For The Mather, located just north of Chicago, it all comes down to location, location, location. The flagship community from non-profit Mather LifeWays sits nestled in the heart of downtown Evanston, a walkable hub that plays home to a variety of retail, dining and entertainment options, not to mention proximity to various educational possibilities provided by nearby Northwestern University to foster residents’ social engagement and sense of community.

All About the Amenities (Best Repositioning/Renovation)
Thirty years is a long time, but it wasn’t until North Hill neared its 30th anniversary that the CCRC in Needham, Massachusetts, thought it was time for a facelift—and then some. A multi-story entrance, 5,000-square-foot state-of-the-art fitness center, a slew of new dining venues and amenities familiar to a five-star resort led to the reincarnation of True North at North Hill.

Luxury for Less (Best Affordable Housing)
Whoever thinks the idea of “luxury” comes equipped with a big price tag has probably never paid witness to the Village at Westerly Creek, an affordable housing community in Aurora, Colorado. Though you won’t find marble floors or crystal chandeliers gracing the community, the building’s contemporary architecture, spacious rooms, among other unique aesthetic elements mesh to make “luxury for less” a bit more believable.


With this year’s Awards, we’ve expanded the contest to include two additional categories that recognize organization’s who embody novel design and architecture that improves care for those living with dementia and lowers their carbon footprint.

All categories for the 2014 SHN Architecture & Design Awards are:

  • New Independent Living
  • New Assisted Living
  • New Skilled Nursing / Post-Acute Care
  • New Continuing Care Retirement Community
  • Renovation / Repositioning
  • Stand-Alone Memory Care
  • Affordable Housing
  • Green / Energy Efficient

To be eligible for consideration in this year’s contest, nominated projects must be constructed/renovated and completed from Jan. 1, 2013 to present. The entry fee for each submission is $400.

All nominations must be submitted by 5 p.m. CST on Nov. 14, 2014. Winners will be announced in December on Senior Housing News.

Check out the Awards website for more information, and nominate your community today!