With an eye on the future, Canterbury Tower, a premier boutique Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) located on South Tampa’s Bayshore Boulevard, called on Gresham Smith to renovate the facility’s main lobby, reception area and amenity spaces to meet the needs of the next generation of retirees—baby boomers, a demographic known for their active, healthy lifestyles.

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, Gresham Smith’s team of architects, interior designer and structural engineers created a space that maximizes comfort and convenience for residents. Whether residents prefer dining in the café, taking a yoga class, watching the latest movie, or relaxing in the garden, the refreshed space meets the needs of the next generation, and beyond.


Canterbury Tower


Tampa, FL

Project Type



baby boomers in the U.S.


square-foot renovation



Space to Socialize

The facility’s large social room features magnificent views overlooking the waterfront and is home to a grand piano. Seating areas throughout the space create gathering spots for residents as well as visitors.

Flexibility for the Future

Flexibility for the Future

The adjacent movie room with stepped seating and oversized furniture gives residents a home theater experience. With an eye on the future, the space can later be transformed into a virtual gaming lounge. Similarly, the library is designed with physical books for today’s residents, but can easily be transformed into a virtual library with computers and lounge furniture in the future.

Creating Connectivity

The café’s new location on the main corridor creates added convenience and acts as a natural gathering spot for residents and visitors. Additionally, the expanded gym, which now has added space for yoga classes, is directly connected to both the main corridor and the outdoor garden.

Contemporary and Cozy

Contemporary and Cozy

With amenities ranking as a high priority with baby boomers, it’s important for CCRCs to refresh their buildings—and their brand—to attract the next generation of residents. Modern, sleek finishes throughout Canterbury Tower’s first floor create contemporary, cozy community spaces that will appeal to a wide range of retirees.


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Carrie May Kovacs, IIDA, LEED AP
Carrie May Kovacs, IIDA, LEED AP
Senior Interior Designer