University Retirement Community at Davis​

In 1993, Davis citizens spearheaded an effort to bring a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) to their town, creating a non-profit organization with an emphasis on lifelong learning, personal growth, health and well-being. Owned and operated by Pacific Retirement Services, the community opened in 2000 to nearly 400 residents. Since then, the community has expanded its mission to include a state-of-the-art wellness center and additional Independent and Assisted Living units in 2011, as well as a renovated Bistro space in 2019. PRS and URC’s residents continued to plan for their future, beginning the master plans for the next phase of renovations in 2020, focusing their attention on hospitality-quality dining with a wider range of choices for residents. While the Covid pandemic created challenges for both the community and the design team, the project continued with a renewed focus on Wellness, choice, and flexibility.​

Davis, CA
Date of Completion:
Project Size (Sq. ft)
6,003 SF

Banquette Seating Before | After

Pacific Retirement Services​
Pacific Retirement Services​
Ankrom Moisan​
Interior Design Firm:
Ankrom Moisan​

Dining Room Before | After

The design team was challenged to create two dining venues where there once was one. The original dining room was a single large space dividing the north and south wings of the third floor that provided essential circulation between buildings and could not be closed off into two separate spaces. The design team responded by creating two distinct venues, The Marketplace for casual dining, and The Orchard for á la carte dining. Each venue has its own uniquely branded experience. The design concepts for each space were inspired by the flora and fauna of the surrounding area. 

The temperate California climate also encourages an indoor/outdoor lifestyle, inspiring our members to enjoy
outdoor dining and lounging next to the fireplace in our courtyard.

Buffet Before | After

The Marketplace has a lighter, brighter interior focused on healthy food options, while The Orchard uses saturated colors and patterns to enhance a modern steakhouse aesthetic. 

Designed to offer each member an elevated and engaged life, including the Elegant Palmer Library and Lobby.

New Design Highlights

Resident feedback guided the design team’s selection of the acoustic materials that blend into the interior spaces undetected. These elements include a stretched acoustic fabric ceiling, acoustic panels at all upper walls, and a custom acoustic art panel above the banquets of The Orchard dining room. Additional improvements include new dimmable LED lighting throughout, as well as furniture designed to senior residents’ dimensions and specifications.