SEATTLE (October 8, 2019) – Transforming Age, a nonprofit senior living organization, today celebrated the groundbreaking of the Olympic Tower at Skyline. Located immediately west of Skyline’s original towers, the Olympic Tower will provide 77 additional one and two bedroom homes as well as penthouse apartments with parking in a brilliantly designed community created for active, independent older adults. Scheduled to open in 2021, the 150 million dollar expansion furthers the Transforming Age mission to enhance the lives of older adults, by adding several new amenities to Skyline’s existing campus. The Olympic Tower will feature a 240-seat performing arts center, a full service spa, a bar and café, and Skylounge club room with panoramic views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains.
At the groundbreaking ceremony it was announced to an audience of current Skyline and future Olympic Tower residents that the expansion is 70 percent presold. The project’s success illustrates the demand from active seniors who strongly desire a connected community as they age. Residents of Skyline are patrons of the arts and culture offerings in Seattle’s urban core, like the Fifth Avenue Theatre, Benaroya Hall, SAM and many others, and enjoy access to shopping, movies, restaurants and a growing and vibrant neighborhood in First Hill, said Transforming Age President and CEO Torsten Hirche.
“For a decade, Skyline has attracted residents who value lifelong learning, a vibrant lifestyle and a secure plan for the future. The growth of our campus demonstrates how the paradigm of aging is changing,” said Hirche. “The Olympic Tower and its innovative campus and exceptional amenities are a natural choice for the seniors of today and tomorrow.”
He thanked members of the Transforming Age board of directors, the Resident Liaison committee for their input into the expansion, the Skyline Executive Director and staff, and partners in the effort, Ankrom Moisan and PCL Construction for their dedication to the project. The Olympic Tower is scheduled to open in 2021.
Jim Melhorn, Transforming Age board member and Skyline resident recapped the history of the purchase of the property across from the Skyline campus and detailed how the expansion fit in with the strategic plan. Now after years of careful planning, “Let’s build this tower!” he exclaimed to applause.
As a continuing care retirement community (CCRC), all residents of the Skyline campus will be able to age within their community, utilizing the current health center, and accessing the memory support, skilled nursing or assisted living care as needed.
Recognized locally, regionally and nationally as a leader in nonprofit senior living and care, Transforming Age has increased its offerings, services and partnerships dedicated to enhancing the lives of older adults. The organization provides housing for more than 3,500 people in Washington, Minnesota and Nebraska in communities ranging from affordable and age-restricted housing to independent living, assisted living, memory care and continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs). In addition, Transforming Age provides social and community services to 4,000 seniors through its affiliate Full Life Care, serving over 7,500 people nationwide.
About Transforming Age
Transforming Age is a leading not-for-profit organization committed to improving the lives of older adults through community housing and services, technology development, research and advocacy. Founded in 1956, the organization operates 28 communities in Washington, Minnesota and Nebraska. In addition, it runs an online advocacy forum to combat ageism and its affiliated partner, GSI Research & Consulting, provides business service solutions to the industry. Its affiliate Full Life Care provides critical home and community based services to older adults and people with disabilities. The Transforming Age Foundation and affiliated foundations provide philanthropic programs aimed at supporting those in need.
About Ankrom Moisan Architects
We are 300+ committed, talented, and passionate architects, urban designers, interior designers, and brand strategists. As recognized thought leaders in reflecting how people live, work, and play, we use design every day to improve lives. Our firm draws from each discipline to perfect each project until it transcends its original goals, enlivens spaces, and speaks to people on an intimate level. From urban design focused on pedestrian activity to creative offices and retail, we truly understand how to design successful mixed-use projects with creativity and robust technical expertise across every consideration.
About PCL Construction
PCL is a group of independent construction companies that carries out work across the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, and in Australia. These diverse operations in the civil infrastructure, heavy industrial, and buildings markets are supported by a strategic presence in 31 major centers. Together, these companies have an annual construction volume of $7 billion, making PCL one of the largest contracting organizations in North America. Watch us build at PCL.com.