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Ventana by Buckner takes top Senior Housing News Award for CCRCs


Senior Housing News named Ventana by Buckner the winner in the Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) category of their design awards program. The Senior Housing News Architecture & Design Awards recognize cutting-edge design, excellence and innovation in senior living. This 6th annual awards contest celebrates unique projects and companies that are improving the lives of seniors through innovative design.

Ventana by Buckner is a premier Life Plan Community situated at the intersection of two of Dallas’ most established thoroughfares.  Just north of downtown, Ventana’s twin towers of floor-to-ceiling glass windows offer 360-degree views of the Dallas skyline and surrounding metropolitan area.  Each of the two 12-story towers has a modest, yet noticeable, 15-degree bend at their center axes and are positioned as gracefully as Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers on Ventana’s compact urban site—maximizing panoramic views.

At its core, the lower five levels of Ventana’s twin towers are linked and share varying levels of living and amenities for its Members. One story of Ventana is dedicated to rehabilitation, two stories are devoted to small house model skilled nursing care and assisted living care, memory support and Alzheimer’s care households are apportioned to the fifth level’s north tower, and Ventana’s remaining floors house independent living residences and amenities. Amenities include a salon and spa, a grand hall for small and large gatherings, an indoor pool and jacuzzi room, outdoor cooking and living areas, wellness yoga and fitness rooms, a rooftop terrace with private patios, green space and raised planters for Member gardeners, putting green, dog park, a sky lounge at the 12th story, and five different culinary venues offering a variety of dining and menu choices.

Read more about the Ventana by Buckner story here.

To read more about the SHN Awards program and see all the nominees click here.

The Vista at CC Young receives Design for Aging Review Special Recognition


 The Vista at CC Young has received Special Recognition in the AIA’s Design for Aging Review Awards program. The recipients of the Design for Aging Review Award represent conscientious design solutions that advance environments for seniors to call home. The Vista is comprised of 59 assisted living apartments, 32 assisted living memory support apartments, 96 skilled nursing apartments, 32 rehabilitation apartments, and an Adult Day Stay center. Amenities include a spa, grand hall, wellness, and therapy center featuring an indoor therapy pool, multiple venues for dining, gift shop, a large staff training center, multipurpose/community center, and administrative offices.

The Vista represents a new, forward-thinking concept in the Senior Living/Senior Care industry. The floors and households are innovatively designed, constructed, and licensed to the highest standard of care that can be transitioned to other levels of care as needed to serve the community as demographics change over time. Currently, the residential floors are designated to provide assisted living on the third, fourth and ninth floors. The fourth floor also has an assisted living memory support neighborhood that is replicated on the fifth floor. Floors six and seven are currently designated skilled nursing with a neighborhood dedicated to skilled nursing memory support for advanced dementia residents. The eighth floor serves the short term stay rehabilitation and features a smaller, private therapy gym.

Legacy at Midtown Park published in EFA Design Showcase


The Legacy at Midtown Park in Dallas has been featured in EFA’s Design Showcase. Published each year in the Spring issue of Environments for Aging, the EFA Design Showcase is a compilation of architecture and interior design projects representing outstanding innovative design solutions in new or renovated senior care environments across the nation.

Located within a new planned development
and designed in the spirit promoting walkability and social gatherings, The
Legacy at Midtown Park will be an urban, contemporary community situated on ten
acres.  Offering a full continuum of
care, The Legacy Midtown Park will consist of independent living apartments in
an eight-story building over two levels of parking, a three-story assisted
living building with memory support suites on the third level, and a
three-story skilled nursing building. The campus will include an elegant
sanctuary and auditorium, several fine and casual dining venues, including a
pub and bistro, expanded kitchens to incorporate a Kosher dining experience,
fully-equipped fitness and aerobics center, aquatic center, library and
computer center, activity rooms, gardens, patios, and a dog park all within a
gated, secure environment.

In addition to this wide array of amenities, the community will be able to take full advantage of its close proximity to area hospitals, medical buildings, synagogues, movie theaters, cultural venues, restaurants, hotels, and public transportation.

Anticipated groundbreaking is in June
2018 – starting with the construction of the skilled nursing building. At the
same time, site work will take place preparing the site for the campus and
successive construction will begin on the remaining buildings. The skilled
nursing building has an estimated 15-month construction schedule and will open
in the fall of 2019 followed by the rest of the community opening in 2020.

Élan South Park Meadows Earns National Recognition

Usage to Titan, Reid, Direct supply, LCS, and D2.

Élan Southpark Meadows has been recognized as one of the best new Assisted Living  communities across the nation in Senior Housing News’ 2016 Design Awards program. The recently opened community tied for second among the largest category of entrants. The Senior Housing News Architecture & Design Awards recognize cutting-edge design, excellence and innovation in senior living.

“We are truly humbled by this award,” said David Dillard, President of D2 Architecture. “It is certainly an honor to be recognized among all the great communities that were nominated and a pleasure to see such a transformation of senior living environments.”

To learn more about this project click here.


Cornerstone MRC in Top 10 Finalists for EFA’s Remodel/Renovation Awards


Environments for Aging recently announced the top 10 finalists for its 2016 Remodel/Renovation Competition. The competition features single renovated spaces within a community and were evaluated on criteria such as why the space was renovated, the impact of the design on the residents, families and staff, and any challenges to the renovation.

The renovation to the dining commons was part of a $3 million project to provide the latest features in both living space and services to the residents at Cornerstone. The renovation transformed their dining commons into a more service oriented, luxuriously appointed dining and living area.

The entire dining area was gutted, removing half walls and faux columns to opening up the space for more functional use and dramatic fixtures and furniture. A soft and sophisticated palette of beiges and blues updated the existing drab finishes. The existing private dining was relocated and replaced with a bistro. The bistro is a light food service venue. These improvements to the dining allow Cornerstone to extend services hours and function to their residents. A focal point of the dining corridor, the sun room punctuates the end of the dining room with a beautiful sitting area bathed in natural light.

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The Terraces at Los Altos

The Terraces at Los Altos – Los Altos, CA

2014 Architectural Design and Enhancement Award from the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce

2013 Environments for Aging – Honorable Mention

Terraces at Los Altos, CA

The Stayton at Museum Way


The Stayton at Museum Way – Fort Worth, TX

2013 Environments for Aging Award of Excellence

2013 ALFA Senior Living by Design Award


Walnut Place

Walnut Place – Dallas, TX
2013 Environments for Aging – Skilled Nursing

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Harbor’s Edge

2007 National AIA Design for Aging General Citation Award
2007 Masonry Award, Best High-Rise Project, Masonry Construction
2005 National AIA Design for Aging General Citation Award