Emerald Heights Breaks Ground on Major Assisted-Living Expansion Project
REDMOND, WA — Emerald Heights, a LifePlan Community in this city 20 minutes northeast of Seattle, has officially broken ground on a $55 million assisted-living project. The 67,555 square-foot extension will bring 54 one-bedroom apartments to assisted living, along with a new dining space, activity rooms, outdoor patio, and a centralized courtyard.
“The new assisted living plan is custom designed to meet the needs of all current and future Emerald Heights residents,” says Emerald Heights’ Executive Director Grant Linacre. “With the additional living and shared spaces, we’ll be able to serve more residents and expand our community offerings that are meant to be enjoyed by the entire Emerald Heights community.”
The design of the assisted-living units is led by Dean Kelly of the architecture firm Rice Fergus Miller, who also worked with Emerald Heights on earlier expansion projects. GLY Construction has been named as the builder, and construction is expected to be completed in late 2024.
“The assisting living expansion will be a perfect blend of functionality and the modern aesthetic coinciding with the rest of Emerald Heights,” said Kelly. “By taking cues from the existing architecture, the expansion will seamlessly fit into the Emerald Heights community.”
Emerald Heights, sponsored by Emerald Communities, is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) senior housing and services organization. The community is a Type A Life Care Community on 38 acres in the Education Hill area of Redmond with an on-site healthcare center providing assisted living, memory support, and Medicare-certified skilled nursing care. The community provides residences, amenities, and services to people ages 55 and older.
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