California Architect Wins Gold Nugget Merit Award in Best Senior Housing Category

Thousand Oaks, Calif.–Van Tilburg, Banvard & Soderbergh, AIA (VTBS Architects,) has received a Gold Nugget Merit Award in the “Best Senior Housing Project” category for its design of University Village Thousand Oaks in California. The continuing care retirement community (CCRC) accommodates residents in a variety of living arrangements. Designed to embody an “age-in-place” philosophy, University Village is a resort-style community that caters to residents in every stage of the retirement years; from independent living to assisted living and skilled nursing facilities. The community provides significant indoor and outdoor amenities to encourage an active lifestyle. The site design leaves nearly 25 of the 65-acre site, as natural riparian corridor, allowing ample space for walking trails, which provide residents with a natural setting of forested creek beds and mountain vistas to enjoy.University Village includes 250 independent living apartments in three-story buildings, 48 garden apartments in two-story buildings, and 72-single-story villas in the hills at the edge of the campus. For those residents who require an assisted living environment, VTBS designed a state-of-the-art 90,000-sq.-ft. health care center, which includes a 45-bed skilled nursing facility. The community also includes paved walkways with shaded areas, koi ponds, golf and tennis facilities, a swimming pool, spa, bocci ball and an 8,200-sq.-ft. recreation building.