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2013 Kukulu Hale Awards, May 2013
Plaza at Moanalua Wattenbarger Architects received a 'New Project Award Commercial/Other over 40,000 SF' for our Plaza at Moanalua project. The Plaza at Moanalua Is an Assisted Living / Memory Care project in the Redhill area of Oahu, HI.

"The Development team reinvented the assisted living care model in Hawaii and created a unique design platform that produced a rental assisted living and memory care community that is beautiful, yet affordable."

2012 NAHB Best of 50+ Housing Awards, February 2013
Wattenbarger Architects received an Silver Award & Innovation Award at this years National Association of Home Builders 'Best of 50+ Housing Awards Program' for our Merrill Gardens at Lafayette project. Merrill Gardens at Lafayette Is an mixed use Assisted Living / Memory Care project with a retail componant on Mt Diablo Blvd. In Lafayette California. The jurors made special note of the extensive landscaping, exterior site amenities, and interior/exterior transitions included in this densely urban project.



2009 NAHB Best of 50+ Housing Awards, April 2009
Wattenbarger Architects received four separate awards at this years National Association of Home Builders 'Best of 50+ Housing Awards Program'. The Bellettini received a 'Gold Achievement Award for Congregate/Independent Living Community Best Overall'. Stoneridge received a 'Silver Acheivement Award for CCRC "On the Boards" Up to 200 Units'. Reunion at Redmond Ridge received two awards. Reunion received a silver for 'Best Multifamily Rental 50+ Community (Affordable)' and a silver for 'Best Active Adult Community (up to 500 homes)'.



Gold-Plated Golden Years, August 2008
Assisted living becomes more like a luxury hotel in today's senior housing market read more..



New wave in senior living:Just don't call it a 'home', June 2008
Valet parking, concierge services, luxurious interiors, original art, spa-quality fitness center, sophisticated cuisine. Sound like a high-end boutique hotel?
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The homes boomers need are not the ones they buy, June 2008
Steve Wattenbarger designs retirement facilities. In the last 20 years, his Bellevue firm has designed senior housing projects in 19 states, from independent living complexes to skilled nursing homes. When he set out to design his own home, he decided to build a home from which he'd never have to move. Designed for aging in place, it includes a guest unit with a separate entrance that could serve as a caregiver apartment. read more..


The Once and Future Design of Senior Living, April 2008
HomeNorthwest architect Steve Wattenbarger knows how to design a good retirement community. He's been doing it since 1975. read more..


Best Companies to Work For, July 13, 2007
Wattenbarger Architects was acknowledged this year as one of the Top 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2007 by Washington CEO magazine.
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Puget Sound Business Journal (Seattle), February 2, 2007
"If I suddenly dropped you into an environment with elegant lighting, contemporary colors, high-end finishes and services such as Wi-Fi, formal dining and a concierge, you might assume that you were in a luxury hotel.. . . read more

Daily Journal of Commerce, January 29, 2007
"A $70M Senior Village for Olympia" A continuing care community planned for Olympia, which will offer the latest in wellness, dining and living environments. . . read more

NAHB's 50+ Housing e/Source, January 23, 2007
"How to Win the Best of 50+ Housing Awards! An Insider's Look at the Judging Process" Steve Wattenbarger, Wattenbarger Architects' founder and chairman, offers juror-insights and suggestions for preparing a successful awards submission. . . read more

Assisted Living Executive, September 2005
"Building Excitement" by Anya Martin. Sound Health Management's Plaza at Punchbowl community, designed by Wattenbarger Architects, is one of several innovative seniors housing communities written about in this article that focuses on the latest trends. . . read more

NAHB's Nation's Building New Online, February 21, 2005
"'2020' Vision Needed to Prepare for the Baby Boomer Retirement Explosion" by Steve Wattenbarger. Steve shares his perspective on the future, based on over 20 years of planning and designing older adult housing. . . read more