The Solana at Cinco Ranch, located in Katy, Texas, is a 20,000-square-foot expansion to the existing community, which already included independent living and assisted living, and which three also designed. The expansion, which will open July 2013, features 20 new memory care units and six additional assisted living units. The property is owned by Formation Development Group and affiliates and managed by The Arbor Company.
“We decided to bring in three for both of these projects after working with the firm on the original Cinco Ranch community in 2009,” said Mark Maberry, executive vice president of Formation Development Group. “We wanted an architect who could take a fresh look at senior living. We were looking for an exciting new feel and a departure from traditional senior living design. We appreciated three’s background in boutique design. We brought them back on board for the Cinco Ranch addition, and for the complete design of the Germantown project. Not only do they have the technical background, but they also are a lot of fun to work with on a project. They’re really good folks and that certainly tipped the scale in their favor.”
three was also instrumental in getting the buildings to look and function as Formation Development Group desired. There are functional spaces throughout, including several different dining options: the main traditional restaurant, a café, a wine bar, a sports bar and outdoor dining. These various dining venues and multi-purpose spaces provide opportunities to try new things and encourage friendship among residents, which is one of the things Maberry said he loves to see in a community.