Manny Gonzalez – Design + Purpose: Building for the Next Generation of Senior Living Residents

Senior Living 100 Leadership Conference

February 26, 2018

12:45 PM – 2:00 PM ET

Four Seasons Resort – Orlando
10100 Dream Tree Boulevard
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32836
(800) 267-3046

As the Silver Tsunami inches closer, a big question looms over senior housing: How will the expectations of seniors change, and what will it take to meet their needs? This session will answer that question through the lens of architecture and design. We’ll try to predict how the lifestyle and technology use of Baby Boomers will evolve, and how much they will be able to afford. Three groundbreaking design concepts will then take you from theory to practice. All in different stages of development, each concept will describe how it is purpose-built to meet the needs, budgets and expectations of a changing resident population, and outline the pro forma financial model, including an ROI assessment based on anticipated number of units, price per unit and fill rate.


Ruth Neeman (Facilitator), Principal & Director of The Senior Environments Studio
Levi + Wong Design Associates

Manny Gonzalez, FAIA, Principal
KTGY Architecture + Planning

Matthew Giannini, VP Operations
Frederick Living

Reinaldo Borges, Principal & CEO
Borges + Associates


Griffin Plaza
Simi Valley, CA | Developer: Griffin Fine Living | Architect: KTGY Architecture + Planning

Senior housing developer Griffin Fine Living anticipates future residents will want more sociability, so it’s embedding an AL and memory care development into a mixed-use upscale shopping promenade. The 102-bed development, called Griffin Plaza, will break ground in summer 2018, and will incorporate retail, grocery, pharmacy, day care, a community hall and outdoor spaces.

The Meadows at Frederick Living
Frederick, PA | Operator: Frederick Living | Architect: Barton Partners

Frederick Living has turned to the pocket-neighborhood design concept popularized near Seattle in the 1990s for its latest 55+ community development, The Meadows. Within these pockets of small homes facing a courtyard, residents can “age in place” in a private neighborhood setting, directly adjacent to a full service CCRC. Completed in 2016, the neighborhood feel is engendered by porches, green spaces, and walking paths with reduced emphasis on cars and garages.

Riverwalk Residences of Las Olas
Fort Lauderdale, FL | Developer: Ocean Land Investments | Architect: Borges + Associates

Ocean Land Investments is bringing senior living to downtown Fort Lauderdale in the form of a 42-story tower with 192 units of IL, 152 units of AL, and 57 units of memory care. In addition to its unique status as one of the only urban high-rise senior living facilities in the nation, Riverwalk Residences will include restaurants, a rooftop bar, a spa, a fitness center, virtual sport rooms, a theater and an outdoor pool. The complex will also offer on-site medical offices, adult care centers and physical therapy.