Sketch of the Week: West Valley Towers

March 28, 2012 § Leave a comment

This week’s sketch is of West Valley Towers in Van Nuys, CA. The redesigned visitors entry incorporates an existing tree and provides a new steel trellis, screen planting, and a water feature to direct guests into the project.

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WoodWorks Tour of Long Beach Senior Art Colony

March 5, 2012 § Leave a comment

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Last weekend, our Long Beach Senior Art Colony project was included in a tour of wood framed buildings under construction around Southern California.  Sponsored by WoodWorks, the tour highlighted Type V and Type III wood construction and asked the question, “Why wood?”

Long Beach Senior Art Colony involves two adjacent senior housing components with shared amenities: a 161 unit Senior Arts Colony (SAC), a community focused on continued learning, creative arts, and fitness, and an adjacent building, the Arts Annex (AA). The AA contains 39 units of additional affordable senior housing. The SAC and AA components include, respectively, five and three stories of wood framing over one story of concrete plus mezzanine. The SAC building forms a south facing courtyard, providing solar access while collecting cool ocean breezes. Within the courtyard is a freestanding community performing arts theater, which is the focal point of the project. A second courtyard, accessible to residents in both phases of the development, will have a dog park, expansive lawn and community gardens. Once completed, the project will have 200 units of housing. Read more…

Senior Housing – “beyond sticks and bricks”

November 8, 2010 § Leave a comment

Kasey Burke, Senior Vice President of Meta Housing, accepts SAGE award (left), and S111’s Michael Bohn meets with SAGE “Person of the Year” Annie Gerard (right).

Last week Studio One Eleven was honored at the 2010 SAGE Awards Dinner for our Long Beach Senior Arts Colony, which was recognized in the “On the Boards” category. The SAGE Award highlights individuals, projects and programs that have made outstanding contributions to enhance the quality of life of Southern California residents aged 50+. This year there were a record number of entries, so we are proud to be a part of a winning team.

The SAGE Awards are given annually by the 50+ Housing Council, which was celebrating its 20th anniversary. Many of the influential icons in the senior housing industry were acknowledged at the event, including John Huskey, President of Meta Housing Corporation, Vicki Clark, President of Vintage Senior Housing, and Barbara Krueger, founder of the first 50+ Housing Council in Orange County.  It was a great opportunity to network and learn about the issues that guide our work as architects who design for senior and/or affordable housing projects.

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Studio One Eleven’s Long Beach + Anaheim Wins 2010 SAGE Award

September 10, 2010 § Leave a comment

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Studio One Eleven’s Long Beach + Anaheim Senior Artist’s Colony has been awarded the 2010 SAGE “On The Boards” Award, which showcases 50+ residential communities still in the design stage.  The SAGE Award is one of the most prestigious honors in the Senior Housing Industry, recognizing individuals, projects, and programs that have made an outstanding contribution to enhancing the quality of life for Southern California residents aged 50+.  What made Long Beach + Anaheim attractive to the judges was the contemporary design, as well as the fact that it is located in an urban setting linked to transit with future potential of being associated with a mix of uses, incomes, and multigenerational residents.

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