October 28

Sustainable Senior Living in South Lake

A new facility open on Eastlake sets the standard for green building.

Aegis Living Lake Union (1936 Eastlake Ave. E.), a new senior assisted living and memory care facility, opened its doors in August near the shores of Lake Union. Set to be the world’s greenest senior living community, the building is completely emission-free and uses no fossil fuels. An onsite solar array and offsite solar energy farms are a few of the energy reduction measures that help offset the building’s energy demand.

“The greenest senior assisted living community in the world, Aegis Living Lake Union brings together the values of our residents, our neighbors, and our company,” said Brian Palmore, Senior Vice President of Development. “We are doing our part to build smarter and lessen our impact, while also celebrating the rich history and rowing culture of Lake Union in our design.”

Aegis Living Lake Union’s design is inspired by the 1936 gold medal-winning University of Washington rowing team and Daniel James Brown’s celebrated book, “The Boys in the Boat.” The building lobby features a stunning original Pocock racing shell spanning the length of the ceiling and the exterior of the building displays a full-size mural of the winning team. Another mural is in the works, and the building will eventually be home to the 1936 Olympic torch.

Exterior of a building displaying a full-size mural of 1936 gold medal-winning University of Washington rowing team.

Amenities include an activity room, where residents and their guests can participate in activities from art to music and group social gatherings; an onsite cinema hosting daily movies and regular lectures; a wellness corridor with a balance studio; in-house physical, occupational, and speech therapy; a massage room for spa treatments, and more.

Community living room photograph at an assisted living facility.

Community dining room photograph at an assisted living facility.

The Lake Union location will be a pilot site for Aegis’s groundbreaking new Symphony program, which guides residents with dementia on a personalized wellness journey from morning to evening with treatments like musical therapies and engagement with artificial intelligence.

“We are seeing more and more adults who are aging into senior housing look for options close to home and their loved ones, and also connected to Seattle and its bustling neighborhoods like South Lake Union and Eastlake. Aegis Lake Union is right in the heart of the city, with panoramic views of downtown, the Space Needle, and the lake,” Palmore explained.

If you’re looking for options for the senior in your life, click here for more information or to schedule a tour.

Story by Ethan Chung & photographs courtesy of Aegis Living.

At The Center

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