Can You Guess What’s Inside?
A new-age senior center defies the stereotype
By Paul Tarricone
Forget every preconceived notion you have about senior centers. That, in 10 words or less and one simple sentence, summarizes the strategy mapped out by EDA Architects and Electrical Engineering & Lighting Design (EELD), both of Salt Lake City, when designing the new Midvale Senior Center. “There is a perception of senior centers as institutional and, quite honestly, somewhat feminine looking,” says Thomas Brennan, managing principal of EDA Architects. “We wanted a building that is more modern, bold and exciting for those Baby Boomers who are now retiring; a facility where seniors want to be, rather than need to be for services. Not their grandmother’s senior center.”