Biophilic Design: Connecting People to Nature Through Design

Senior living communities are always looking for ways to improve the well-being of their residents and staff—and biophilic design is one approach to do just that. But what exactly is biophilic design?

“The word biophilia literally means ‘love of life,’ and it refers to all the ways that humans respond to the natural world,” said Mary Leary, CEO and president of Mather. “We’re calmed by the sounds of birds singing and [the] wind in the trees, we’re cheered by the colors and patterns of a garden [and] we feel safe when we have shelter with a view of our surroundings.”

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$500M Tysons senior-living condo project tops out

One of the priciest high-rise projects in Tysons, Virginia, has “topped out,” with developers completing the final concrete pour of the roof.

The Mather, scheduled to open in 2024, will be a luxury senior-living condo community in two buildings. Phase one includes 179 condo units, and phase two will have 114 units. The $500 million project, at 7929 Westpark Drive, is being co-developed by nonprofit senior community developer Mather and Westminster Capital.

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The CEO Series: Mary Leary, Mather

Mary Leary, CEO and President of Evanston, IL-based Mather, will celebrate her 20th anniversary at the helm of the organization in June of this year.  During her tenure, the 81-year-old not-for-profit organization has experienced huge growth and expanded its reach to touch the lives of nearly 200,000 people annually.

Leary has been instrumental in that growth, transforming Mather into an innovation incubator for ideas and “next practices,” and she plays a significant role in shaping the present and future of this industry. Leary was recently interviewed by Senior Living News to get her perspective on the current state of the company as well as key industry issues.

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Mather’s move into third state progresses as vertical construction begins on life plan community

Mather is marking its entry into the commonwealth of Virginia as vertical construction is set to begin on The Mather at Tysons in northern Virginia. The company already operates life plan communities (also known as continuing care retirement communities) in Illinois and Arizona.

Gale Morgan, senior vice president of sales, told the McKnight’s Business Daily that the Mather began local infrastructure construction, such as widening the streets and putting in a stoplight, in March 2021. Vertical construction is getting underway now that grading and other site work preparations were finished in the fall.

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VERTICAL CONSTRUCTION BEGINS FOR THE MATHER IN TYSONS, VIRGINIA

Evanston, IL (April 19, 2022) – Mather, an award-winning senior living provider, based in Evanston, Illinois, announces that vertical construction has begun on The Mather, a luxury Life Plan Community in development at 7929 Westpark Drive in Tysons, Virginia.

“We are very excited to bring The Mather to Tysons,” said Mather CEO and President, Mary Leary. “’Going vertical’ is symbolic of the successful effort the team has put forward to obtain financing, exceed sales projections, and break ground — especially at such an unprecedented time these last two years.”

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