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Rose Villa project earns site design award

Daily Journal of Commerce

February 16th 2015

The redevelopment of a Southeast Portland retirement community earned national recognition in this year's Environments for Aging Design Showcase.

A $60 million project, designed by Portland-based Myhre Group Architects and Lancaster, Pa.-based RLPS Architects, to revamp the center of the 22-acre Rose Villa campus off Southeast River Road received an Award of Merit in the competition's unbuilt category. The redevelopment, which is currently under construction, was among five top projects in senior care settings selected for an award by a 23-member jury of design professionals.

An awards ceremony will be held at the EFA Conference April 19-21 in Baltimore. The winning projects also will be profiled in the spring 2015 issue of the EFA magazine.

Crews from R & H Construction started work last June. The project aims to give the Rose Villa a neighborhood feel, make it more pedestrian-friendly and add more open space. The transformation, which targets the baby boom generation, is scheduled to be complete in spring 2016.

Plans called for tearing down apartment buildings constructed in 1960s and replacing those with 75 new units. The residences will be divided between cottages and urban-style apartments in two mixed-use buildings also containing various amenities, including a fitness center, dining area and cafe.