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Senior Housing – Federal Way, WA
The project was designed to minimize the dominance of cars and encourage public transportation (inherent in the proximity to the Federal Way Transit Center next door, private van on site for resident use, and bike racks), maximize green space (by providing a green roof terrace, green lawn entry terrace with seat walls that double as planter walls, and a vegetated swale) and allow for well-designed apartments that have easy access to the green roof terrace as well as lots of natural light, ventilation and views.
The complex includes 3,125 square feet of commercial space for the KWA Community Center which provides social services to residents and others living in Federal Way and South King County. Services will include translation and interpretation, computer training, recreation, van transportation and transportation assistance, senior meals, English as a Second Language (ELS) classes, home care and CHORE services, and well as community health care and referral services.
Senior City is within ½ mile of the center of Federal Way and is within easy walking distance to stores, restaurants, banks, a pharmacy and medical buildings. Multiple bus lines are easily accessible to residents.
Eligibility Requirements and Rent
Age 62 or older
Low income status pursuant to Hud published income guidelines.
31635 23rd Avenue
Federal Way, WA 98003
Senior City Earns National Award
In the July 2010, KWA was notified by the nation’s premiere affordable housing magazine, Affordable Housing Finance, that its Senior City Apartments was a finalist for the AHF’s national housing award. Affordable Housing Finance received 140 nominations in 2010 and selected thirty-three finalists in nine categories: family, green, historic rehab, master-planned/mixed-use, preservation, rural, seniors, special needs and urban.
Senior City was chosen as one of four finalists for one of the nation’s best senior housing developments.
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Senior City Sustainability
The Senior City Apartment project was designed to maximize green space by providing a green roof terrace, green lawn entry terrace with seat walls that double as planter walls, and a vegetated swale. Residents have easy access to the green roof terrace as well as lots of natural light, ventilation and views. Download and read the featured article (PDF)
The focus of the sustainable design strategy for the buildings includes:
- Decreasing energy use
- Reducing construction waste and encouraging use of recycled materials
- Decreasing water use
- Maximizing daylighting to decrease artificial lighting needs
- Providing good indoor air quality
- Providing durable, maintenance-free materials and systems
Below are some of the sustainable or green features included in the Senior City Apartments:
- Native landscaping and rain-sensored irrigation
- Green and white roof to decrease Urban Heat Island affect
- Bio swale on the west side to retain water on site and not into our rivers and oceans
- Electric heat pumps to cool and heat 34 apartments; saving almost 40 percent of the heat cost
- Energy star lighting
- Operable windows for cross ventilation
- Common area lighting sensors