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Franklin Park, a senior living community designed by three: living architecture

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Franklin Park, a senior living community designed by three: living architecture


315,000 sq. feet

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Gary Koerner, founder and president of three and lead designer of project



Project Description

San Antonio’s residents in the Alamo Heights area have wanted a senior living community for years, and now their hopes are being designed. The 315,000 square foot, $30 million Franklin Park community designed by three: living architecture will boast 117 Independent Living units, 64 Assisted Living units and 40 Memory Care units. One of the unique amenities of this property is a free-standing coffee house open to the public that will occupy the corner of Everest and Sunset and will be completely staffed by residents of the senior living community. Franklin Park will also boast a Gallery space showcasing incredible photos by a professional photographer and will be open to other art exhibits for public viewing.

“Franklin Park presented a challenge to design because the community sits on a hill, so there is a 40 foot drop across an “L” shaped site,” said Gary Koerner, founder and president of three, and also lead designer for the project. “However, this drop presented us the opportunity to design a series of wonderful, landscaped courtyards—each unique—as you move vertically up and down the hill. This provides residents and visitors a sense of discovery as they experience the entire property. Based on our firm’s hospitality expertise, we collaborated with Faulkner Design Group for the interiors and Mesa for landscape architecture. Together, we created spectacular dining venues and social spaces that carefully integrate the indoors with the outdoors, promoting courtyard environments that are not only wonderful to be viewed from the residential units, but highly functional for the residents’ personal and family use.”

three, one of the world’s most recognized and experienced boutique design firms in the senior living and hospitality sector, was engaged by Franklin Companies, a San Antonio development, construction and management firm, specializing in high quality senior and multifamily residential properties, to design Franklin Park senior living community. Groundbreaking on this new project is slated for February of 2014.

“We have worked with three on other assisted living and memory care communities in San Antonio, and they bring knowledge about our industry and an understanding of our desired program and services,” said Luke Classen, president of Franklin Companies. “They took space and conceptual planning to new heights and the end product looks like it will surpass our expectations.”

three: living architecture is also the designer of three other completed projects in San Antonio: The Westin Riverwalk, Hotel Contessa and Franklin Park at Stone Oak, a senior living community. Another San Antonio project, Hotel Pearl, an adaptive reuse of the old Pearl Brewery is currently slated to open in fall of 2014. The premiere boutique design firm is currently working on several other projects that are underway in the San Antonio area.
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