Best Repositioning of 2020: Space Needle Architect’s CCRC Design Gets $57M Modernization

Nestled in Seattle’s Queen Anne neighborhood is a 10-story continuing care retirement community that, until a couple years ago, was on the brink of obsolescence.

Built in 1960, Bayview’s interior and exterior looked extremely dated, compared to newer senior housing communities that opened in recent years. Eventually, the community’s board of directors recognized that a change was essential, and approved what would ultimately be a $57 million repositioning of the building.

This master plan took years to get off the ground and was complicated by Bayview’s location in a densely populated urban core, with little to no available land to expand the campus. Construction, meanwhile, interrupted the lives of residents and workdays of staff.

Ultimately, Bayview’s repositioning was completed in late 2019, transforming the lives of its residents and breathing new life into a classic building by bringing modern amenities into the campus while honoring its original design. The efforts earned Bayview top honors in the 2020 Senior Housing New Architecture & Design Awards “Best Repositioning” category.

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