LRD Architects wins 2013 NAHB Innovation AwardSentinel Plaza was honored by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) at the International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas with the Innovation Award for NAHB’s category Best 50+ Affordable Rental Community. LRD, an architecture and planning firm in Tucson, AZ, was recognized for its design of Sentinel Plaza Senior Living in downtown Tucson. The Innovation Award is NAHB’s premier Best of 50+ Award, awarded solely by the judges to a project which truly stands out from the crowd. Only three given out at the ceremony on January 23, 2013.

Tom McQuillen, principal of LRD, accepted the award. “We are honored to be recognized by NAHB for this special award. We believe in creating sustainable, healthy living spaces for seniors and Sentinel Plaza affirms that this can be done in an urban location. We appreciate that NAHB recognizes that these spaces are important for our communities.”

Sentinel Plaza is an independent senior living community that provides 143 one bedroom apartments for low income seniors in Tucson, AZ. The project adopts simple detailing and the thick planar walls typical of architecture in the southwest. The design also includes elements that date from the Spanish Colonial period, such as wrought iron railings, deep set windows and shade structures. Certified LEED Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council, residents save 28% energy costs alone. Use of non-toxic products and efficient air filtration systems create a healthy environment for the residents. “At Sentinel Plaza, we have energy efficient, water efficient and healthy homes for our seniors,” says Rich Franz-Under, Green Building Program Manager for Pima County.

The NAHB 50+ Housing Council’s Best of 50+ Housing Awards program is the industry’s most prestigious national awards program honoring excellence in building, design and marketing of housing for boomers and beyond. The Best of 50+ Housing Awards are viewed by the industry and media as a showcase for innovation, emerging trends and quality housing for the mature demographic.

About LRD Architects:

Lizard Rock Designs is a full service architecture firm in Tucson, AZ, specializing in the design of Senior Living, Healthcare, Commercial and Public Facilities. LRD is committed to a simpler, more thoughtful use of resources and a belief that design is a powerful tool to improve their clients’ working and living environments. As a regional design firm, LRD looks for ways to join the influences of the desert landscape with the built form of buildings. In 2012, LRD won the Best NAHB 50+ Gold Award for Best Assisted Living/Special Needs – On the Boards for the Tohono O’odham Elder Homes.