Queen Anne’s newest retirement community has been honored in a nationwide contest that recognizes projects that improve the lives of seniors through innovative design.

Aegis of Queen Anne at Rodgers Park (2900 Third Ave. W.) tied for second place for the 2016 Senior Housing News Design and Architecture awards in the Best Assisted Living category. 

“We’re honored by this award,” said Aegis Living CEO Dwayne Clark. “The grand design of Aegis of Queen Anne at Rodgers Park usually leaves first time visitors with one word, ‘Wow!’ We’re glad the SHN judges agree.”

The retirement community officially opened in September, and has 129 assisted living and memory care apartments, ranging from studios to two-bedroom units. 

A panel of senior living housing design, architecture, and consulting experts worked over the past month to judge each entry.

“With advances in technology, operations and design, this year brought truly innovative projects to senior living,” said SHN Publisher and Founder George Yedinak in a statement. “As residents become more selective, senior living owners and operators are looking to design as a differentiator This year’s entries demonstrate the heightened competition across the sector.”

The competition was sponsored by Kwalu, a maker of senior living and health-care furniture.

"This year's winners continue to demonstrate an incredible amount of innovative ideas in their respective categories to enhance the well-being of their residents," said Kwalu CEO Michael Zusman in a statement.

Aegis operates 29 communities across the West Coast, with six new developments in the Puget Sound region. The company has more than 2,200 employees in Washington, California, and Nevada.

For more information on Aegis, go to www.aegisliving.com/aegis-of-queen-anne-at-rodgers-park/