Best of Assisted Living Design 2014: The Boutique ‘Hotel’

Nobody knows the ebbs and flows of the economy like Eugene, Oregon-based Waterford Grand.

Looking at the community today — with its elegant finishes, upscale amenities and a fresh design perspective — you may not know it has been more than seven years in the making.

While the economic downturn forced Waterford Grand’s development team to delay construction for years, the community prevailed, and now takes shape in the style of a boutique hotel, as some industry architects define it.

Despite only being open since September 2014, the community, operated by Portland, Oregon-based BPM Senior Living Company, is getting noticed — and may set a trend for developments in the future.

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Waterford Grand Opens

EUGENE, Ore. — A brand new senior living community opened and it’s living up to its name.

The Waterford Grand just started welcoming its residents and it has a unique environment. There’s independent, assisted living and memory care for Alzheimer’s residents all within one community.

The tranquil waters of the Waterford Grand and the Willamette River are changing the way people look at senior living.

“What we tried to create is an environment where our residents could make a lifestyle they could feel like this was not only the best in healthcare that they could find, but it was also in a resort like setting where services matched the environment,” said Robert Parsons, Community Services Director. “It helps the resident and the family if the resident makes a choice on the independent or assisted level and get comfortable in a community.”...

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Senior suites

Multiple new housing projects in Eugene cater to older residents

College students aren’t the only age group spurring a construction boom in Eugene.

Developers of senior housing projects and assisted living facilities are eyeing Lane County’s changing demographics and adding hundreds of rental units for residents aged 55 and older.

A recently completed independent and assisted living community off Goodpasture Island Road built at a cost of $32.5 million, and a $21 million Coburg Road facility due to open in November, will add a total of nearly 270 studios, one- and two-bedroom apartments to the city’s senior housing supply this year.

Others are likely to follow, including a planned expansion at the Cascade Manor retirement community on West 30th Avenue, which will construct 30 new housing units starting this fall in addition to the 104 units already there...

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