In the Pipeline: Senior Housing Construction Projects (2/25/16)

(Symphony of Chesterton, a Next Generation facility developed by Mainstreet and operated by Symphony Post-Acute Network in Chesterton, Ind. — Photo courtesy of Mainstreet)

Construction: Planned

Viamonte Senior Living CCRC Design Plans Approved in Calif. 

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California-based nonprofit Viamonte Senior Living recently received approval from the Walnut Creek Design Review Committee in Walnut Creek, Calif., for a new continuing care retirement community (CCRC).

The new community will be located at the corner of Shadelands and North Via Monte, along the northwestern edge of the Orchards mixed-use development site.

Contemporary design for Viamonte incorporates 174 residential living accommodations in spacious one-, two- and two-plus-den bedroom floor plans, as well as assisted living and memory care spaces.

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The Walnut Creek Design Review Committee (DRC) applauded the Viamonte project for its intent to include outdoor courtyards and other onsite amenities, including a pool, garden, lounge, activity and community rooms, as well as other social spaces for residents.

At the DRC meeting earlier this month, Viamonte project representatives stated that the interest list in prospective residents has grown to over 800 people.

Viamonte plans to release pricing details once the project has received construction bids, which it expects to receive early Spring.

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A groundbreaking is expected in 2017.

Located within the Orchards mixed-use development, Viamonte will be situated near a large retail development by Terramar Retail Centers, which when completed, will include shopping and dining, a new Safeway store, trails and outdoor community areas.

Berry College to Name Planned CCRC Development for Ga.

Berry College, school that is planning a CCRC on its campus in Mount Berry, Ga., is nearing a name selection for the forthcoming development.

This week, the school announced it has christened an 88-acre lake on the west side of campus “Eagle Lake,” in reference to the bald eagles who make Berry College’s campus their home.

The lake will serve as the backdrop to the future CCRC that Berry is helping to develop.

Slated to open in 2019, the CCRC, which will be named next month, will feature 150 apartment homes and cottages, and will offer a full complement of health care and supportive services on its world-renowned 27,000-acre campus.

Amenities will include lakeside fine dining along with a host of recreational and fitness facilities that are also planned for the new community.

Birmingham, Ala.-based Brasfield & Gorrie, LLC, is the general contractor for the project.

Construction: In process

Isakson Living Holds Groundbreaking for New Health Center at Park Springs CCRC

Atlanta-based Isakson Living last week hosted an official groundbreaking to celebrate the start of construction for a new health center at its Park Springs CCRC in Stone Mountain, Ga.

Pebblebrook at Park Springs will be the luxury retirement community’s newest addition focused on skilled nursing and memory care.

The new health center is located on a 6.75 acre parcel adjacent to Park Springs’ Stone Mountain campus. It will offer a new skilled nursing facility and memory care community to replace those functions in the CCRC’s exiting health center, Cobblestone.

As a result, Cobblestone, will be converted to 100% assisted living suites for a total of 52 suites.

There will also be two courtyards located on two different levels, a lobby cafe, among other amenities.

Specifically, Pebblebrook at Park Springs will feature three distinct components, including an 18-unit rehab SNF adjacent to a state-of-the-art physical therapy gym; 36 long-term care SNF private suites divided into two neighborhoods; and 36 Alzheimer’s private units divided into three neighborhoods, one of which is designed to accommodate adult day care.

Park Springs, which opened in 2004, is owned and operated by Isakson Living.

The 54-acre campus includes 398 independent living units; the Cobblestone Health Center with 42 skilled nursing beds, 14 dementia care beds and 20 assisted living suites.

The campus also features a community Clubhouse offering a variety of dining options and common areas; a fitness center with lap pool, therapy pool and exercise room.

Birmingham, Ala.-based Brasfield & Gorrie is the general contractor for the project.

Construction: Completed

Five Star Completes Renovation, Expansion of Texas Senior Living Community

Newton, Mass.-based Five Star Senior Living (NYSE: FVE) recently announced the completion of an expansion project to an assisted living community in Fredericksburg, Texas.

As part of the renovation/expansion, Five Star added 18 new apartments to Heritage Place of Fredericksburg.

Construction formed a closed courtyard at the center of the community, providing residents with a private gathering area to enjoy outdoor activities. The addition also provided the opportunity for builders to expand the community’s dining room.

“This addition supports our promise to offer residents the comfort of a homelike environment supplemented with Five Star’s luxury service,” said Five Star Chief Operating Officer Scott Herzig in a prepared statement. “Whether they are in their apartments, enjoying Five Star Signature Dining, taking advantage of the new courtyard, or enjoying the holistic benefits of our Lifestyle 360 program, we want our residents not just to live with us, but thrive with us.”

Sunrise Senior Living Opens Community in Los Angeles County

In Early March, McLean, Va.-based Sunrise Senior Living will open its newest assisted living and memory care community in California’s Los Angeles County.

Sunrise at Palos Verde will be a new four-story, 67,000-square-foot community located on Hawthorne Boulevard in Torrance, Calif., providing individualized care for up to 95 residents.

The approximately 80-unit building is specially designed to complement the peninsula’s visual style and regionally specific landscaping. As such, residents can enjoy scenic views and outdoor areas, including circular walkways and patios.

Inside, the facility’s building designs aim to support seniors’ mobility needs and promote continued independence. One way Sunrise accomplishes this is by providing “way finding” wallpaper on memory care floors to help residents better distinguish different corridors and find their suites. The company carefully selected the colors used based on research regarding the aging eye and low vision issues that often affect seniors.

In terms of community amenities, Sunrise at Palos Verdes includes Wi-Fi throughout the community for residents and families to stay connected; an electronic health records system; a dining program featuring meals prepared by Sunrise’s team of culinary professionals using fresh, seasonal ingredients and more.

Sunrise at Palos Verdes will host a public open house on Saturday, February 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Mainstreet, Symphony Celebrate Newest Next Generation Facility in Northern Ind.

Carmel, Ind.-based Mainstreet and Ill.-based Symphony Post Acute Network together celebrated the grand opening of their newest Next Generation post-acute care facility in Chesterton, Ind., last week.

Symphony of Chesterton, which was developed by Mainstreet and operated by Symphony, provides transitional care (short-stay rehabilitation and therapy) and senior living in a service-rich environment.

With 106 beds, the 77,703-square-foot facility boasts hospitality-oriented care with amenities such as a therapy gym, an outdoor rehabilitation courtyard, a game room, a spa, movie theatre, an on-site chef and more.

In total, the project represents a community investment of $18.8 million and created 360 construction jobs and 160 permanent jobs.

Construction began on Symphony of Chesterton in May 2015 and the property opened mid-January.

Anthem Memory Care Opens New Community in Chicago Suburb

Lake Oswego, Ore.-based Anthem Memory Care this week announced it has opened a new $13 million senior living community in Burr Ridge, Ill.

Called Harvester Place, the new community offers 66 suites, with a selection of private with private bath; private with shared bath and shared with shared bath.

Each suite includes smart technology aimed at helping care staff monitor, understand and response to individual resident needs, while simultaneously respecting dignity and privacy.

The building’s figure-eight design integrates residents into daily community life, while creating a natural flow of people and events through its two loops.

Two-story vaulted ceilings with clerestory windows placed over main gathering areas bring natural light into the community, which has been shown to be beneficial for the mood and energy levels of people living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

Outside, a secure outdoor courtyard features a circular walking path, a putting green and raised garden beds accessible to wheelchair-bound residents and guests.

With Harvester Place, Anthem now operates six memory care communities in Colorado, California and Illinois. The company currently has three other projects in various stages of construction—two of which are in the Chicago area and one in Murrieta, Calif.

Written by Jason Oliva

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