The Terraces at San Joaquin Gardens was the runner-up, and one of eight nominees, for a national design award after undergoing a $120 million renovation.
The continuing care retirement community in northeast Fresno was recognized for the Senior Housing News Design and Architecture Award. The winner was Generations at Agritopia in Gilbert, Ariz.
The honor is given in an annual competition that highlights cutting-edge design, excellence and innovation in senior housing. San Joaquin Gardens was judged on its design and aesthetics; community integration; and amenities and lifestyle.
“When construction at the community first began in 2008, we knew we wanted to make enhancements that bettered the lives for our residents, and offered a unique way of living at a retirement community,” said executive director Jessica Lopez. “It took months of planning to ensure all the needs were met. From the way we designed the new residences to the colors we used and flowers we planted, everything was designed with a purpose.”
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The renovation was completed this summer transforming the 1960s development into a Tuscan-themed villa with 223 apartments, four dining options, a pool, indoor and outdoor jacuzzi, a state-of-the-art performing arts theater, gym and salon.