Áegis Living, a Redmond, Wash.-based assisted living and memory care provider with 29 communities throughout California, Nevada, and Washington State, began its newest development in 2013 with a vision for a full-service community in Seattle’s North Queen Anne neighborhood. The design goal was to create a community that complemented and paid homage to the area’s historic Victorian architecture and represented the next generation of senior housing.

The new Áegis of Queen Anne at Rodgers Park opened in 2016. Designed by Perkins Eastman (San Francisco office), the exterior’s Victorian architectural features connect the new community to its historical neighborhood, including roof dormers, a wrap-around porch, a large jeweler’s clock, a decorative masonry chimney, and a large hemispherical dome that anchors the building.

The pedestaled three-story building provides 129 assisted living and memory care apartments, including studio and one- and two-bedroom options. The building’s interior halls, dining rooms, and common spaces feature crafted filigree paneling and metalwork, open fireplace hearths, and ornate lighting fixtures that feel more like a grand hotel than an institutional care setting.

On the ground level, amenities are oriented along a boardwalk, including a fitness studio and pool, arts and crafts room, salon, barbershop, and juice bar, as well as the Grand Palace movie theater and Pickwick Club sports den.

Sustainable design elements are present throughout the campus and integrated in such ways that complement the overall context. Light-colored roofing and surface pavement, a green roof on the community building, new storm water management system, and water- and energy-efficient appliances are just some of the measures in place.

Additionally, the community’s landscaping preserved common and exceptional large trees native to the region during construction to meet Seattle Green Factor, a score-based code requirement that increases the amount and improves the quality of landscaping in new developments. The community is also four-star rated for multifamily residential new construction set by Built Green, an environmentally-focused, nonprofit building program of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties.

In addition to the community’s distinct design approach, Áegis Living has placed a premium on forging strong community relationships. To support the in-house nursing staff, Aegis of Queen Anne at Rodgers Park has partnered with the University of Washington School of Medicine to provide in-home primary care services for residents.


Project breakdown:

Name: Áegis of Queen Anne at Rodgers Park

Owner: Áegis Living

Start of construction: 2013

End of construction: 2016

Total building area:104,200 gross square feet

Site work: 1.86 acres

Design architect: Perkins Eastman

Interior designer: Perkins Eastman

General contractor:  Compass Construction

Civil engineer:  KPFF Engineers

Structural engineer: DCI Engineers

MEP engineer: Interface

Landscape design:Berger Partnership

Arborist: Margarett Harrison, Harrison Design

Kitchen design: Clevenger Associates