CHICAGO, Dec. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Senior Housing News, an Aging Media Network publication, is proud to present the winners of its inaugural SHN Design Awards, the only independent and non-trade organization-based competition for 2013.
The first-ever competition garnered entries from more than 70 communities across the nation, with judges put to the difficult task of choosing a winner in each of seven categories: New Independent Living, New Assisted Living / Memory Care, New Skilled Nursing / Post-Acute Care, New Construction Continuing Care Retirement Community, Best Renovation / Repositioning, and New Affordable Senior Housing.
The panel of judges comprising senior living experts and architects has chosen winners after weeks of deliberation based on criteria considering the most cutting-edge design and construction features. The winners are:
- New Independent Living: The Allegro (Jupiter, FL)
- New Assisted Living / Memory Care: Waterstone at Wellesley (Wellesley Hills, MA)
- New Skilled Nursing / Post-Acute Care: Wellbrooke of Westfield (Westfield, IN)
- New Construction Continuing Care Retirement Community: The Mather (Evanston, IL)
- Best Renovation / Repositioning: True North at North Hill (Needham, MA)
- New Affordable Senior Housing: Village at Westerly Creek, Building 1 (Aurora, CO)
"We were thrilled with the entries for this year's awards, and the caliber of innovation that is so clearly evident in today's planning, designing and developing of senior living communities across the nation," said Senior Housing News Founder and Publisher George Yedinak. "Our judges were tasked with the difficult job of narrowing it down to one winner in each category."
A panel of industry experts judged the competition. Those experts include:
- Raquel Mercer, Vice President of Robycross
- Dan Cinelli, Managing Principal at Perkins Eastman
- David Dillard, President of D2 Architecture
- Jeff Anderzhon, FAIA, Senior Planner/Design Architect at Eppstein Uhen Architects
- Elisabeth Borden, Principal at the Highland Group
After collecting entries between late October and early December, the judges panel reviewed each project independently with an eye toward innovation and design features within each category.
"The innovative ideas and new design features we are seeing year after year suggest a very promising future for senior housing options and a highly competitive environment both for new development opportunities and the renovation of existing properties across senior living," Yedinak said. "We look forward to seeing what the new year brings for senior living design and architecture."
SHN thanks all of the nominees, which include:
Assisted Living/Memory Care
For a complete list of winners and nominees, visit www.shnawards.com.
About Aging Media Network
Aging Media Network is an innovative publishing company based in Chicago, Illinois and is the publisher of Senior Housing News.
AMN provides news and analysis, research, and perspective for several industries including senior housing, home health care, and reverse mortgages. AMN offers its clients and subscribers timely information, custom content, webinars, industry conferences and other products and services.
About Senior Housing News
Senior Housing News (SHN) is the leading source for news and information covering the senior housing industry.
With a national reach of more than 30,000 professionals, SHN's audience includes senior housing operators, developers, banking institutions, real estate investment trusts, private equity, and service providers catering to the industry. Visit www.seniorhousingnews.com for more information.
About the SHN Architecture & Design Awards
The Senior Housing News Design and Architecture Awards recognize cutting edge design, excellence, and innovation in senior living. The annual awards contest celebrates unique projects and companies that are improving the lives of seniors through innovative design. Visit www.shnawards.com for more information.
SOURCE Senior Housing News