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2019 Commercial Design Awards: You've got personality!

Winning commercial building designs reflect the personality of their tenants.

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Tennyson Senior Living Community

Best New Development or Renovation–Residential (Multiunit)

Tennyson Senior Living Community could not have arrived at a better time. With much of the focus of multifamily residential development in Madison in recent years centered on the needs of young adults, especially those who want to eschew the automobile and live downtown, this development serves the unmet needs of aging Madison residents who are either no longer able or willing to meet the rigors of home ownership and maintenance, but not yet ready for a traditional senior center lifestyle.

For Tennyson residents, the best thing about the senior living community is they are able to choose the level of support and the myriad of services they require — including much-needed Memory Care units — allowing residents to balance their level of independence and care.

For our CDA judges, the 88,549-square-foot facility meets an “amenity test” that’s well aligned with the trend of senior living centers becoming community focused, and the large atrium entrance space that’s flooded with natural light sets an inviting tone. The large, sun-lit gathering areas complete with shared kitchen spaces on each floor help residents build a community where they can visit with friends, family and neighbors, hold game nights, or cook a meal together.

“They [architectural designers] provide a nice balance between providing a community that feels like a home on one hand, but then also can be understood as a greater type of organization, one that brings people together,” says one judge. “That’s evident in their submission.”

Project credits

Location: 1936 Tennyson Lane, Madison WI 53704
Owner/Developer: Independent Living Inc.
Architect: Engberg Anderson Architects
Engineer: Kurt Strauss
Construction Firm: CG Schmidt Inc.
Photography: Ryan Hainey
Completion Date: October 2018


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