KTGY Expands Seniors Housing Studio for Rising Demand

by Jeff Shaw

LOS ANGELES — Architecture and planning firm KTGY Group, Inc., has added seniors housing industry veteran Doug Ahlstrom as a director to lead and expand the firm’s Los Angeles 55+ Studio. 

With over 35 years of programming, planning, design and construction experience in the seniors industry, Ahlstrom has directed and overseen the design of assisted living and independent care communities, Alzheimer’s/memory support, adult day care, seniors’ special needs and community wellness centers. Ahlstrom most recently served as a director of seniors housing at KEPHART and a principal with Professional Design Consultants.    

“KTGY’s decision to create a dedicated Los Angeles studio for 55+ housing reflects the increased demand for 55+ housing and service-enriched environments like continuing care residential communities and Alzheimer’s/memory support care facilities,” says KTGY CEO Tricia Esser.  “And, in our continuing commitment and dedication to the growth and success of our clients, we are excited to be adding seasoned professionals that will increase our strength in the 55+ sector nationwide.”

KTGY also added Soo Im as a senior project manager in the Los Angeles 55+ Studio. Im will serve as a project leader on age-qualified communities. With more than 18 years of industry experience, she most recently served as a senior project architect/designer for DiMella Shaffer specializing in seniors housing and healthcare including continuing care retirement communities (CCRC), assisted living, dementia care and skilled nursing facilities. She has also served as an adjunct teacher and advisor at Boston Architectural College for 10 years.

Some of the current communities that KTGY is currently working on include The Glen at Scripps Ranch CCRC in San Diego; Laguna Glen CCRC in San Juan Capistrano, Calif., which won 2015 NAHB Best 50+ CCRC Community On the Boards; The Georgian at Lakeside Assisted Living and Memory Care in Roswell, Ga.; and Casey Road CCRC in Moorpark, Calif.

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