Boulder, Colorado - Frasier Meadows Retirement Community got a beautiful day to celebrate the ground breaking of their new assisted living and memory care community, a key step in the reparations to the damage wrought by the floods of September 2013.
A group of well over 250 assembled in the courtyard of the Frasier campus on Friday, June 20. A little over nine months since the floods that ravaged the Boulder community, the day could not have been more different from the night that took the homes of 34 residents of Frasier’s assisted living residents with the warm Colorado sun shining down.
Apropos to the beautiful weather, the group gathered to celebrate the next step in repairing what the floods washed away in a ground breaking ceremony for the new assisted living and memory care community at Frasier. Those who have worked so hard to make this project a reality took to the podium to share heartfelt remarks, appreciation and thanks, and their hopes and dreams for the project.
President and CEO Tim Johnson spoke of his high hopes for the new community, noting, “We’re building the best memory care and assisted living community in all of Colorado and all of the world.” Boulder Mayor Matt Applebaum spoke of the pride Boulder has in the Frasier Meadows community, whose assisted living community is the only Eden Alternative community in Boulder. Assisted Living Council President and resident Wil Bernthal spoke of his appreciation for the staff that heroically moved not only all 34 assisted living residents but also their beds on the night of the flood as well as the hospitality they have received from Golden West Manor since their displacement. Linda Minghella, Chair of the Board, Kym Hansler, AL Administrator, and Chuck Wellman, Director of Facilities also spoke, giving details of construction and the vision for the future.
Working with OZ Architects, Pinkard Construction will create 42,000 sf of new and renovated space containing 38 apartments – 19 assisted living and 19 memory care with a new commercial kitchen, indoor and outdoor dining venues and two memory gardens. Construction of the $16 million project is slated to begin next week with move-in anticipated ahead of Christmas 2014.
About Frasier Meadows: Frasier Meadows is a continuing care retirement community located on a 20-acre campus in Boulder, next to Thunderbird Park and Lake, with panoramic views of the Flatirons and the entire front range. They are the only Eden Alternative community in Boulder and are proud of their committed staff of highly-trained long-tenured senior living professionals. Visit www.frasiermeadows.org or contact Kathy Pollicita, Vice-President of Mission Advancement, at 720-652-4307 to learn more.
About Pinkard Construction: With 52 years headquartered in the Colorado Front Range, Pinkard Construction Company is a leader in design-build and CM/GC services. Pinkard has worked with Frasier Meadows for over 40 years including building some of the original buildings and numerous additions and renovations. For more information, please contact Jim Mellor at 303.986.4555 or visit our website at www.pinkardcc.com