International award-winning firm KTGY Architecture + Planning is pleased to announce that Solaira at Pavilion Park in Irvine has won the Silver Award for the “Best Senior Housing, Multifamily” in the Best In American Living™ Awards (BALA) by the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB). In its 33rd year, BALA recognizes outstanding achievement by builders and design professionals in all sectors of the residential industry, including single-family production, custom, rental, affordable, interiors, remodeling, community and international. The awards were announced during the annual NAHB International Builders’ Show (IBS) in Orlando, Florida.
Solaira at Pavilion Park, located in the master planned community of Great Park Neighborhoods (GPN), is Irvine’s first new affordable senior housing community in nearly 20 years. A collaboration between Related California, Riverside Charitable Corporation and GPN developer FivePoint, this 221-unit LEED Gold apartment community is complete with a 2,100-square-foot leasing and social services center with on-site services reflecting the interests and needs of the senior residents. Recreational amenities include a 2,250-square-foot multi-purpose building with fitness center, piano lounge and movie theatre; pool, spa, barbeque, picnic pavilion, an all-weather putting green and bocce ball court. Solaira is close to the Orange County Great Park and connects to nearby neighborhoods through miles of trails. This park-like, serene setting with walkable and bikeable trails encourages and promotes an active lifestyle.
“Solaira is an example of quality affordable housing designated for seniors and has more amenities than many market-rate apartment communities,” said KTGY Principal David Obitz. “Furthermore, the design features of Solaira are indistinguishable from market rate housing.”
Obitz added, “Unique to Solaira are amenities not usually found in affordable housing such as a putting green, an 80-inch screen theater with surround sound, a bocce ball court, BBQ pavilion and fire pit, piano lounges, bike sharing program, along with a state-of-the-art exercise room that overlooks a sparkling resort-style pool and spa.
“While the architecture is award-winning and the amenities are abundant, this affordable senior community weaves itself into the broader master planned community ,” Obitz said. “It also provides grandparents the opportunity to live near their family and their grandchildren in a very desirable, multi-cultural, master-planned neighborhood.”
KTGY is also the design architect for two residential rental communities currently under construction in Irvine, Luminaira at Beacon Park and Espaira at Beacon Park. Luminaira and Espaira will be the first two affordable family communities located in Irvine’s Great Park Neighborhoods. Luminaira and Espaira communities are a collaborative effort between FivePoint, Related California, Riverside Charitable Corporation and ETHIC Housing (El Toro Housing Initiative Collaboration).
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