Meet Broadwood Terrace the MHN Excellence Gold in ‘Low-Income Senior’

See a slideshow of the award-winning entry by Retirement Housing Foundation and Killefer Flammang Architects.

Los Angeles—A Gold winner in the MHN 2015 Excellence Awards Low-Income Senior Category, Broadwood Terrace is an 89-unit, low-income senior housing project and community located at 50th and Main streets in Central Los Angeles. Developed by Retirement Housing Foundation and designed by Killefer Flammang Architects, the one- and two-bedroom apartments are spacious with full kitchens, accessible bathrooms, and modern finishes and fixtures.

Unit rents are 30 percent of the renter’s adjusted monthly income and come in mainly one-bedroom configurations, with a few two-bedroom units available. The common areas, including a community room, craft room and library/computer room, are placed around a central courtyard—a focal point of activity that features generous landscaping, a large shade tree, and checkerboard and shuffleboard areas. Other amenities include outdoor patios and gardens, onsite laundry rooms and a fitness room.

See the full list of MHN 2015 Excellence Award winners here.

The massing of the building is broken up into a series of framed boxes created through overhangs and vertical fins. The frames capture a variety of materials including cement board-lapped siding and exterior plaster. The design, construction and operation of Broadwood Terrace incorporates green development and energy-efficient measures, and promotes the Livability Principles described by the Partnership for Sustainable Communities.

Broadwood Terrace was developed with the sole intent to provide safe affordable housing options for low-income seniors in an environment that enhances their quality of life—physically and mentally. The building design encourages social interaction, with the ground floor featuring an entry lobby, community room with full kitchen, exercise room, library/computer room and a landscaped courtyard with a barbecue area.

In order to facilitate the delivery of services economically and adapt to future resident needs, the design concept provides for rooms that serve multiple functions. Space is available for visiting health professionals to conduct periodic health screenings. All units are designed to be adaptable for various types of disabilities.