Dr. Nader Shabahangi, Project Developer, CEO & co-founder of AgeSong, Inc.
Kava Massib, AIA, President, Kava Massih Architects
Mark Schlientz, Project Manager, Kava Massih Architects
As a company AgeSong is committed to providing nurturing and engaging environments for seniors. The goal in developing this project was to provide a home for seniors that felt like a real home and not an ‘elder-care facility’. Early in the design process both CEO Nader Shabahangi and
Much of the space program for the building had its origins in Kneipp Therapy. Kneipp is a German treatment regimen anchored by five therapeutic pillars: hydrotherapy, exercise therapy, natural cures, diet, and physiological/psychological balance. Kneipp spaces include the therapy resistance walking pool, a Hydrotherapy Spa and a
The Café is one of several programmatic elements that seek to reduce the sense of generational isolation experienced by seniors in many congregate living environments. Open to the public and on a busy corner in Emeryville the Café should become not only a place for residents to feel engaged with the world but for the world to engage with seniors. The lobby was designed to be open to the public and includes a glass art canopy, an artist designed stair and wall-hung work by local artists. Rather than screening itself off from the street as many senior housing projects seem to do, we have opened the ground floor up to the street. The dining room has street-side outdoor seating as does the café. The beauty salon and fitness center face the street as they would in any urban street setting. The property itself was selected for it’s easy connection to many local cultural institutions and public transportation options.
Nader Shabahangi, CEO and co-Founder of AgeSong
Nader R. Shabahangi, Ph.D., received his doctorate from
Kava Massih, President of Kava Massih Architects
Since founding Kava Massih Architects in 1996, Kava has guided the firm’s steady growth, built its strong reputation, and garnered the respect of clients and community alike. Kava brings to all his projects clear, innovative, and inspiring designs. His personal involvement in each phase of our projects results in consistent quality for all projects. He has maintained an intentionally diverse portfolio of work including commercial, retail, multi-unit housing and healthcare. Major completed work includes the Berkeley Bowl West, the Contra Coast District Attorney’s
Monthly Program: Design for Aging at the New AgeSong Facility
Location: AIA East Bay Chapter Office, 1405 Clay Street, Oakland.
Cost: $15 for AIA/DFA Members; $20 for non-members. Registration is required. Click here to register.
1.5 CES/HSW LUs (.5 MCE)
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