Three projects earned Honorable Mention in this year's EFA Design Showcase, with jurors applauding the innovative design solutions introduced as each took a fresh approach to senior living.

Jin Wellbeing County, Bangkok

Completion date: April 2019

Submitted by: Premier Home Healthcare Co. Ltd.

Praise from the jury

  • This is a modern urban plan rooted in Thai culture but with the amenities for an upscale lifestyle.
  • Tremendous innovation from an environmental/building systems perspective; intentional effort to create biodiversity and an enhanced ecosystem.
  • The designers gleaned lessons from senior living best practices and married this with a culturally sensitive design.
  • Landscape design is used as a place-making opportunity that should bring people of different generations together.


Liv Generations Ahwatukee, Phoenix

Completion date: August 2017

Submitted by: Thoma-Holec Design LLC

Praise from the jury

  • Exciting experiment in independent living and assisted living playing out interchangeably.
  • A very nice composition of modern forms and geometry on the exterior and shaping light and space on the interior.
  • Good idea to have the café open to the community, which provides residents with connection to the surrounding community.
  • Very nice architectural design that doesn’t look like senior living.


Menno Haven Retirement Communities, Chambersburg, Pa.

Completion date: December 2018

Submitted by: RDG Planning & Design

Praise from the jury

  • An exemplary model for the use of the WELL Building Standard in a senior facility, from circadian lighting strategy to biophilic design and operational practices regarding food and staff health.
  • Great technology, great connection to nature; well planned and designed.
  • There is a strong brand of wellness and it creates a paradigm shift away from the stereotypical senior facility.
  • Community involvement included the local hospital and therapy provider; appropriate hospitality versus homelike feel in this short-term stay facility.