Irvine, Calif., Design firm KTGY wins Best of 50+ Housing Gold Award for best affordable senior apartment community

August 11, 2010

Contact:  Sayeh Rad

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IRVINE, CALIF. - Named “Architect of the Year” by 50+ Builder Magazine, KTGY GROUP, INC., Architecture and Planning, continues to be recognized for its years of dedication to 50+ communities and the ability of its design and planning experts to meet the needs and wants of this growing market segment. Recently, the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) 50+ Housing Council awarded Garden Grove Senior Apartments in Garden Grove, Calif. the prestigious 2008 Best of 50+ Housing Gold Award in the category of “Multifamily Housing: Overall Community – Income-Qualified Affordable Rental Apartments.” Also, KTGY’s Principal Rob Williams, AIA and an expert in the 50+ market, was recently invited to speak at the Building Industry Association of Southern California’s [BIA/SC] 50+ Housing Council program “Design Opportunities for the Age Wave; What’s the Next Move for the Boomer?” held on Thursday, June 19, 2008, at 8:00 am in Newport Beach, Calif.


“We are thrilled to receive the highly coveted Gold Award for the Best Affordable Senior Apartment Community,” stated Keith Labus, AIA, principal at KTGY. “It’s always wonderful to see such a great outcome for our efforts and our dedication to our clients and the 50+ market. We work closely with our clients and communities to create innovative design solutions. Our 50+ projects and experts continue to set the standards for future communities.”


The Garden Grove Senior Apartments is a high density, 100% affordable, 85-unit active adult community located in Southern California. There are six single-level unit plans accessible by elevator available to residents. Most of the units offer a private deck or patio while others feature expanded living space. Common amenities include a large central courtyard adjacent to a community room and fitness center offering residents numerous programs and varying levels of interaction and activity. One of the gratifying programs offered is EngAGE, which provides important organization expertise and life-enhancing skills by addressing seniors’ physical, mental and social needs including educational and wellness choices. Other activities include writing classes, art, music, physical fitness and outings to local places of interest. An Olympics booster event, tied to MTSFS® Senior Olympics, allow residents to practice for individual and team competitions in art, crafts, walking and other physically active events.


The winners of the 2008 Best of 50+ Housing Awards were announced during the Building for Boomers and Beyond: 50+ Housing Symposium in New Orleans, LA last month. Every year since 2004, NAHB 50+ Housing Council has awarded KTGY with at least one prestigious Best of 50+ Housing Award. Last year, KTGY won the silver award for its Dorado Senior Apartments in Buena Park, Calif. in NAHB’s 2007 Best of 50+ Housing Awards competition in the same category. Garden Grove “The Grove” Senior Apartments was developed by Meta Housing Corporation of Los Angeles, Calif.

Principal Rob Williams, AIA Invited to Speak at 50+ Housing Council Program

At the 50+ Housing Council program, which will be held at the Newport Radisson Hotel on 4545 MacArthur Boulevard, Williams will discuss what the Boomers are looking for in their next home including the most popular amenities in homes and communities for the 50+ buyers, as well as the home sizes and configurations that Boomers want. Williams brings more than 20 years of architectural practice in residential, civic and commercial design. Much of his experience has been in the capacity of projects for active adult communities including clubhouses incorporating the latest “Universal Design” techniques, high-tech design solutions and high-end custom residences. Throughout his career, Mr. Williams has participated in numerous speaking engagements and events discussing the latest trends in 50+ living as well as this market segment’s concerns and desires. For more information about the program or the 50+ Housing Council, visit


KTGY GROUP, INC., Architecture and Planning, was created in 1991, with project viability and client satisfaction as abiding priorities, while providing complete planning and architectural design services for residential communities, retail developments, hospitality and related specialty projects. In a complex and changing world, the firm consistently delivers innovative solutions that reflect clear understanding of development, marketing and financial performance. KTGY takes particular pride in its highly motivated and principal led studio teams, who deliver superior services, thus strengthening clients’ long-term growth and earnings objectives. Serving clients throughout the United States, the firm has locations in Irvine, Santa Monica, Oakland and Denver. For more information, contact Sayeh Rad at (949) 851-2133 or visit


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