In the Pipeline: Senior Housing Construction Projects (11/5/15)

(Brandywine Senior Living at Mahwah located in Mahwah, N.J. — Photo courtesy of Brandywine Senior Living)

Construction: Planned

Berry College Announces Site for New CCRC in Ga.

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Berry College, a liberal arts college in Rome, Ga., this week announced the site of a new continuing care retirement community (CCRC) that will be construction on undeveloped land adjacent to the college’s main campus.

Slated to open in 2019, the yet-to-be-named CCRC will overlook an 88-acre lake, with unobstructed views of Lavender Mountain and situated just minutes from nearby medical centers in the region.

Berry College, which plans to name the CCRC sometime next year, said in a release that the community will feature 150 apartment homes and cottages, and will offer a “full complement” of health care and supportive services as well as amenities on its 27,000-acre campus.

For years, Berry College has received requests from alumni and residents to create a senior living community near campus, said Alexander Whitaker, Berry College chief of staff, in a written statement.

Once constructed, residents at the CCRC will be able to access cultural and academic offerings, from lectures and sporting events, to more than 60 miles of hiking, biking and running trails, to the campus’ wildlife. Additionally, lakeside fine dining and “a host of recreational and fitness facilities” unique to the CCRC will also be available for residents’ use.

Prospective residents interested in living at the new community can place a minimal deposit to enroll on a priority waiting list beginning December. In late 2016, Berry College said that priority members can select their future residence with a fully-refundable 10% deposit and receive special savings and benefits.

Construction: In process

Northbridge Companies to Begin $65 Million Maine Expansion

Northbridge Companies, an owner and manager of senior living communities throughout New England, alongside real estate partner Portland, Maine-based Sandy River Company, will break ground next week on three new communities in Brunswick, Wells and Westbrook—all located in Maine, Northbridge announced in a press release this Tuesday.

Slated to open in fall 2016, the three new communities represent a $65 million commitment by Northbridge Companies.

The communities are named Avita of Brunswick, Avita of Wells and Stroudwater Lodge—two of which will be fully dedicated to memory care, utilizing Northbridge’s Avita Memory Care program.

Collectively, they will offer a total of 215 units for 253 potential residents.

The new communities will offer several hospitality-oriented amenities including spa and salon services, an upscale dining experience, community rooms, as well as engaging activities and educational programming.

Stroudwater Lodge will be located adjacent to the existing Avita of Stroudwater community that opened in Westbrook in 2013, and will be a multi-level community featuring 95 studio, one- and two-bedroom units. Amenities include a theatre, art studio, salon and barber shop, café, pub, outdoor patio, brain gym with touch screen technology, sunroom and a landscaped courtyard in approximately 90,848-square-feet.

The community sits just minutes from downtown Portland, offering residents and their guests easy access to shopping, entertainment and medical services. Stroudwater Lodge will offer both independent living and assisted living options in addition to the Avita memory care program adjacent to the community.

Meanwhile, the two new Avita memory care communities in Wells and Brunswick will offer similar amenities including a salon and barber shop, brain gym, screened porches, social and recreational programming and a locally-sourced menu from The Eat Fresh, Eat Local kitchen.

Each community will span approximately 47,703-square-feet, featuring 60 studio, one-bedroom and companion suites.

Mainstreet Begins Construction on Transitional Care Facility in Texas

Carmel, Ind.-based developer Mainstreet recently began construction on a new transitional care facility in Fort Worth, Texas.

The Next Generation property will feature 94 beds, within its 69,355-square-foot structure and will provide transitional care (short-stay rehabilitation and therapy) and assisted living.

As a transitional care center, the property will offer hospitality-oriented care with amenities that include a therapy gym, an outdoor rehabilitation courtyard, movie theatre, game room, a spa, an on-site chef and more.

For this project, the Nashville office of Doster Construction Company was awarded the $19.3 million project—signifying the first project between Doster and Mainstreet.

The project is expected to be completed by October 2016.

Isakson Living Moves Forward with Luxury CCRC Plans

Atlanta-based developer Isakson Living this week announced it is moving forward with plans to develop Peachtree HIlls Place, a luxury senior living community offering a full continuum of care in Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood.

Initially introduced in 2006, plans for Peachtree Hills were put on hold in 2009 during the recession. But now, Isakson Living is finally ready to bring its design to fruition.

The first phase of development will include the construction of 84 luxury condominiums and eight custom single-family homes. Condos will include one-, two- and three-bedroom floor plans ranging in size from 1,400-square-feet to more than 3,000-square-feet.

Upon completion, there will be 192 condominiums and 12 single-family homes.

Services at the community will include assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing, security, transportation and amenities such as a clubhouse with multiple dining venues, a fitness center and a health center.

Over the next several months, Foley Design Associates Architects will be refining the plans for the community, Isakson Living stated in a press release.

Pre-sales will begin in 2016.

Oxton Senior Living Expands Memory Care Units at Ala. Community

Madison, Ga.-based Oxton Senior Living late last week announced the groundbreaking of 18 additional memory care apartments, in addition to its current 32 apartments, at one of the company’s senior living communities in Montgomery, Ala. dubbed Oxton Court at Waterford Place.

Located at 3920 Antoinette Drive in Montgomery, Oxton Court at Waterford offers all-inclusive pricing; well-trained resident care and culinary staff; transportation services to residents; and organized daily activities.

Oxton, which operates nine senior living communities in Georgia and Alabama, including the Waterford property, expects the expansion to be complete within six months.

Mustang Creek Estates Breaks Ground in Burleson, Texas

North Dallas-based Mustang Creek Estates announced this week it recently broke ground on a new, $7 million, 42,000-square-foot assisted living and memory care community, Mustang Creek Estates of Burleson.

The community will be designed like a neighborhood, where within each of the community’s six homes, up to 15 residents will live. This intimate size is meant for community staff to provide more individualized attention and care to each resident.

The focal point of each home will be the open kitchen, where residents can see their food being prepared from scratch and take in the aromas of home-cooked meals.

Additional community features include all-inclusive monthly rates and accommodations for other caregiving options as residents’ needs change. Also included is an emergency call system, secure backyard, phone, cable, Wi-Fi, life enrichment program, on-site medical assistance and more.

Mustang Creek Estates of Burleson will sit on more than seven acres of land southwest of Burleson Church of Christ.

The community was designed by civil engineer Joseph E. Helmberge, P.E. of Kimley-Horn, a design consulting firm; and the architect is Scott Roberts of Creative Architects in Garland, Texas.

Mustang Creek Estates expects the Burleson community will open summer of 2016.

EPOCH Senior Living Holds Beam Ceremony for N.H. Community Opening Next Year

In partnership with National Development, EPOCH Senior Living will host a beam signing ceremony November 6 to commemorate ongoing construction of EPOCH at Nashua, a memory care assisted living community slated to open in fall 2016.

Bridges by EPOCH at Nashua represents Bridges by EPOCH’s first expansion into the State of New Hampshire. Currently, there are five operating EPOCH communities, developed in collaboration with National Development—four located in Massachusetts in Hingham, Mashpee, Westford and Westwood; and one located in Trumbull, Conn.

The community will include 48 apartments with private bathrooms in each suite, and will feature soothing lighting, décor and tall ceilings. Residents will also be able to enjoy an enclosed, landscaped courtyard, a full-service beauty salon, chef-prepared meals and personal laundry services.

Bridges by EPOCH at Nashua is located at 575 Amherst St. in Nashua, N.H.

MorseLife to Break Ground on New Luxury Independent Living Residence

MorseLife Health System next week will celebrate the construction start of a new luxury independent living residence in West Palm Beach, Fla., The Tower at MorseLife.

To commemorate the launch of construction on the 300,000-square-foot, 10-story residence, MorseLife will host a groundbreaking ceremony on November 12 on its 37-acre campus.

The Tower at MorseLife will be built in two phases at a cost of $77.6 million and is scheduled to open in the summer of 2017.

Project plans call for 135 beautifully-appointed one- and two-bedroom apartments during the first phase of construction, ranging in size from 780- to nearly 1,500-square-feet. Also included in this phase will be amenities like gourmet dining in the residence’s restaurant and bistro, a wellness spa, outdoor pool, housekeeping, transportation, security, along with an array of activities.

The plan is to offer a total of 182 apartments, with additional units built in the second phase of construction, MorseLife said in a press release.

The residence is the final building of MorseLife’s four-phase, $150 million capital project funded in part by the non-profit’s Campaign to Transform MorseLife, which has raised over $31 million to date.

Previous project included the Sondra & David S. Mack Pavilion for Short-Term Rehabilitation, which opened in January 2014; renovation of the campus’ long-term care residence, the Resnick Pavilion, which was completed in November 2014; and Memory Care Assisted Living, which opened in June 2015.

Perkins Eastman is the architect for The Tower at MorseLife. Whiting-Turner is the construction company.

Benchmark Senior Living to Celebrate Groundbreaking of Mass. Community

Wellesley, Mass.-based senior living provider Benchmark Senior Living will host a groundbreaking event next week on November 12 to celebrate the beginning of construction for its latest project in Norwood, Mass.

Benchmark Senior Living at Norwood is a $34.5 million development that, when completed, will feature 90 units—70 traditional assisted living and 20 for those needing memory care in a secured neighborhood.

Groundbreaking for the new development, which represents the 53rd Benchmark community, will take place at 40 Clapboardtree Street in Norwood, Mass.

Methodist Retirement Communities Names Texas Senior Living Community

Not-for-profit senior living provider Methodist Retirement Communities has given a name to its planned Texas development, The Langford at College Station.

The name pays tribute to former College Station mayor (1942-1968), the late Ernest Langford, who was also known for his role as the former dean of the architectural program at Texas A&M.

In selecting a name for the community, Methodist Retirement Communities had been in contact with descendants of Ernest Langford to share the vision of the senior living community and seek the Langford family’s blessing regarding the name.

The Langford at College Station will be an independent, assisted living and memory care community that will offer 72 IL condo-style flats, 24 AL apartments and 18 memory care suites.

The community has a projected completion date in, or before, 2018.

Construction: Completed

Brandywine Senior Living Completes $100 Construction Pipeline

Mount Laurel, N.J.-based operator Brandywine Senior Living recently announced that it has completed a $100 million construction pipeline this year that has included the openings of three new communities and expansions of two existing Brandywine communities, resulting in the addition of over 300 units to the company’s portfolio.

The three new communities opened in the Philadelphia and New York metropolitan areas. They include:

Brandywine Senior Living at Haddonfield, located in the historic district of Haddonfield, N.J., sits 15 minutes from downtown Philadelphia.

Brandywine Senior Living at Mahwah—the company’s first building in Bergen County, N.J., located 30 miles west of New York City.

Brandywine Senior Living at Upper Providence, located in Phoenixville, Pa., sits within a growing suburban market just 30 minutes outside of Philadelphia in Montgomery County.

For the expansion projects Brandywine completed, two were completed at existing communities in Rehoboth Beach, Del., and Litchfied, Conn.

Additionally, Brandywine currently has a 120-unit community under construction in Livingston, N.J., and is planning two new starts in the Washington, D.C. region in the beginning of 2016.

Tutera Senior Living & Health Care Completes $7.5 Million Rehab Center Expansion

This week, Tutera Senior Living & Health Care will host a grand opening event November 5 to celebrate the completion of the $7.5 million expansion of its new Stratford Commons Rehabilitation & Health Care Center in Overland Park, Kan.

Construction of the expansion project began in September 2014 on the new Center, a 34,000-square-foot, single-story community that adjoins Tutera’s Stratford Commons Memory Care Community, itself a 29,000-square-foot community located at 12340 Quivira Road in Overland Park.

Modeling itself as a serene, resort-style interior, Stratford Commons Rehabilitation & Health Care Center includes 41 private suites and two couple suites with large, private bathrooms, a kitchenette, built-in cabinetry, large exterior windows and high ceilings.

In efforts to support a multi-dimensional approach to healing, the Center includes Alter G anti-gravity treadmills to reduce recovery time, as well as specially designed equipment to monitor the needs of the most physically vulnerable to help them regain strength, functionality and, ultimately, independence.

The Center also includes restaurant-style dining with menus created by an in-house chef; luxurious spa amenities and salon services; massage and yoga therapy, among an ongoing calendar of wellness programming.

The interior design at the new Center was provided by Austin, Texas-based studioSIX5

Robycross Completes Six Senior Living Renovations Across the Caroilnas

Robycross, a firm specializing in the renovation of retirement and health care facilities, recently completed six major projects at senior living communities throughout the Carolinas.

The projects ranged from remodels of nursing home offices to complete overhauls of communities’ common areas. Clients included Five Star Senior Living (NYSE: FVE), ACTS Retirement-Life Communities and SanStone Health & Rehabilitation.

For Five Star, Robycross completed renovations of all common areas at four Morningside communities, all located in South Carolina. This included renovations to the communities’  dining facilities, lobbies, social rooms and corridors.

Robycross is currently wrapping up one project in Lancaster for Five Star, having completed facilities in Rock Hill, Georgetown and Sumter earlier this year. The total of these projects was about 100,000-square-feet.

For ACTS Retirement, Robycross just finished remodeling the nurses’ office at Tryon Estates in Columbus, S.C.

As for SanStone Health & Rehabilitation, the company also completed construction of a new, 8,000-square-foot corporate office facility adjacent to the new Lodge at Mills River Health and Rehabilitation near Asheville, N.C. Headquartered in Arden, N.C., SanStone provides short or long-term rehabilitation care at nine centers throughout N.C.

Written by Jason Oliva

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