The American Institute of Architects selected Rotary Terrace, our South San Francisco, Calif.-based affordable housing community, as the recipient of the Design for Aging Review merit award.
The AIA’s Design for Aging Review award recognizes architectural designs and structures that demonstrate innovative and conscientious solutions to improve the quality of life for older adults. The merit award was announced during the LeadingAge annual conference, held Oct. 27-30 in San Diego.
During the award presentation, AIA representatives highlighted many features throughout Rotary Terrace. That included the execution of the overall design, comfortable spaces throughout the community and a second-floor open-air courtyard. The community also was recognized for its sustainable design features including its solar power system and dual-pane energy efficient windows.
“This award speaks directly to our deep passion for providing beautifully designed, senior-friendly homes for the people we serve today and will serve tomorrow,” said Ancel Romero, president of HumanGood affordable housing. “The award would not have been possible without the valued contributions of our development and operations teams and our co-sponsor, South San Francisco Rotary Club.”
The 81-unit residence for low-income seniors, which opened in January 2019, was developed in partnership with the South San Francisco Rotary Club totaling $40.5 million. HKIT Architecture worked closely with Beacon Development Group to facilitate the innovative design concept.
Rotary Terrace is located a quarter mile from a Caltrain station and is within the city’s downtown redevelopment subarea. It houses ground-level office space for the Rotary Club that doubles as a public community space; and the amenities include a fitness center, library, high-speed internet and rooftop garden.
The community is one of 95 HumanGood affordable housing communities that are currently located in California, Delaware, Washington State and Pennsylvania.