Columbia Renaissance Square is a multiphase community built in Fort Worth, Texas, by KWA Construction (Addison, Texas). Phase II, Columbia Renaissance Square Senior Residences, is a 120-unit 62+ affordable senior housing development. Phase I, completed in 2018, comprises 140 one-, two- and three-bedroom mixed-income units—of which 85 percent are affordable housing for low-income families, seniors, and disabled individuals.

Developer Columbia Residential (Atlanta) tapped JHP Architecture (Dallas) to design Columbia Renaissance Square Senior Residences. Providing improved energy efficiency, better indoor air quality and lower utility costs, the community was built with the purpose to achieve National Green Building Standard certification. This development not only provides residents with safe living conditions, but it also helps reduce financial stress with the use of energy-efficient features to lower utility costs. Developed in partnership with nonprofit consulting firm Purpose Built Communities (Atlanta), the overall goal for the Columbia Renaissance Square apartments is to utilize a mixed-income housing strategy and promote community wellness through a rich network of community and support services.

Crafted for quality that is meant to last and using sustainable materials, the three-story, 95,015-square-foot building employs green label carpet, low-VOC paint and sealant, and thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) roofing that is high on the reflectance index. In addition, water sense plumbing fixtures and Low E lighting fixtures are used throughout all the units and building. As such, one- and two-bedroom units are oriented to provide an inviting, safe environment for older adults. The residences offer senior-friendly unit layouts with grab bars in the bathroom and transitional unit finishes that convey a modern, yet age-appropriate feel, including proper lighting output and low maintenance finishes that are important for the demographic. Open floor plans offer full-size kitchens, separate dining areas and soaring 9-foot ceilings. Units include Energy Star appliances as well as ceramic tile in bathrooms, vinyl plank flooring in living areas, and 42-inch cabinets with an espresso finish in kitchen spaces.

Interiors were designed by Holt Interiors (Atlanta) for both the multifamily and senior amenity areas. Embracing the earth tones and natural textures of the surrounding environment, the overall color schemes, fabrics, artwork and accessories were all selected with Texas in mind. Community features available to residents include a fitness center, wellness room, catering kitchen and community clubhouse. In addition, a business center provides Wi-Fi and computers and a special theater room offers movie screenings. Columbia Renaissance Square Senior Residences includes tree-lined pathways for walking and bicycling, a landscaped gazebo, and a paved courtyard.


Project details:

Facility name: Columbia Renaissance Square Senior Residences

Location: Fort Worth, Texas

Completion date: December 2020

Owner: Columbia Residential

Total building area: 95,015 square feet

Total construction cost: 14,191,452

Cost/sq. ft.: $149.360122

Architecture firm: JHP Architecture

Interior design: Chris Holt, Holt Interiors

General contractor: KWA Construction

Engineering: PHA Consulting Engineers Inc.

Builder: KWA Construction