Gresham Smith Completes Renovation at Tampa’s Canterbury Tower

March 1, 2021

Gresham Smith is proud to announce that renovations to the first-floor main lobby, reception area and amenity spaces at Canterbury Tower, a premier boutique continuing care retirement community in Tampa, Florida, are complete. With a focus on capitalizing the building’s panoramic views of Tampa Bay, maximizing the floorplan to create natural gathering spaces and upgrading the finishes throughout, the firm created a space that maximizes comfort and convenience for residents.

The facility’s large social room features magnificent views overlooking the waterfront, while the adjacent movie room with stepped seating and oversized furniture gives residents a home theater experience. The expanded gym now has space for yoga classes and is directly connected to the outdoor garden, while the café’s new location on the main corridor creates added convenience. The library, which is being built for physical books, has the flexibility to transform into a virtual library with computers and lounge furniture.

“Baby Boomers are entering retirement at a vast rate, and it’s significantly increasing the need for senior housing. However, most Continuing Care Retirement Communities were designed for the generation prior, and don’t accommodate the active, healthy lifestyles the demographic is known for,” said Carrie Kovacs, IIDA, LEED AP, Senior Interior Designer at Gresham Smith. “Our design for Canterbury Tower focused on creating a modern, flexible space with a resort-like feel that meets the needs of the next generation and beyond.”

In addition to the first-floor renovations, the Gresham Smith team is also working on renovations to the skilled nursing spaces on the second floor, which will include a new dedicated elevator lobby and vestibule and refreshed shared shower rooms.

Gresham Smith provided architecture, interior design and structural engineering services for the project.