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$10M renovation project underway at Freedom Village

September 26, 2014
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A retirement community in downtown Holland is receiving some TLC as two construction companies work collaboratively to renovate units in the facility.

Freedom Village, a continuing care retirement community of Brookdale Senior Living Solutions and located at 145 Columbia Ave., Holland, is in the process of an approximately $10 million multi-phase renovation and construction project to accommodate requests from residents for more private rehabilitation suites and assisted living spaces.

With initial renovation underway in early August, the project is anticipated to last roughly 18 months to two years. C.D. Barnes Construction announced recently it was selected by Brookdale as construction manager of the project in collaboration with Illinois-based Phoenix Builders.

Located at 3437 Eastern Ave. SE in Grand Rapids, C.D. Barnes has experience in building facilities in various industries, including health care, hospitality, education, industrial, retail, municipal and entertainment. The construction company not only offers professional services such as conceptual estimating and financing, but also construction management, general contracting and design build.

Todd Oosting, executive vice president of C.D. Barnes, said the company is privileged to participate in the project at the Holland continuing care community.

“Freedom Village is one of the premier providers of quality care for seniors in West Michigan,” said Oosting in the release. “C.D. Barnes Construction is honored to have been selected as the construction manager on the project.”

The partnership between the two contracting companies is based not only on Phoenix Builders’ historical relationship with Brookdale and C.D. Barnes Construction’s ties to local sub-contractors and suppliers, but also the relationship of the two companies as ABC Strategic Alliance Partners, according to the release.

The multi-phase project is divided into three parts, including: renovation of 13 apartment units in the existing Freedom Village building, remodeling the second floor into assisted living units, and renovations of the health-care facility for residents needing an advanced level of care.

Sherry Robinson, regional vice president at Brookdale Senior Living Solutions, said the project is being completed in phases due to residents currently living in the community.

“We are moving independent living residents to a different area within the community and renovating the space they were in,” said Robinson. “Then we’ll continue to move residents, section by section, until the renovation is complete. The community is highly occupied and it’s difficult to do the renovation all at once.”

C.D. Barnes and Freedom Village are working together to reduce interruption in the care given to residents, and ensure the safety and security of residents, staff and visitors.

Currently, Freedom Village has space for only 39 residents in skilled nursing facilities, one private room and limited space for married couples. The multi-million-dollar project will accommodate residents’ requests and more than double the size of the rehabilitation and therapy area.

Some of the planned changes include adding more than 30 private rooms, increasing therapy space and constructing more assisted-living rooms, according to Robinson.

“Residents at Freedom Village age in place and they have been asking for private rehabilitation suites. After the renovation, we will have 37 private rooms and one semi-private room,” said Robinson. “We will also have more assisted-living space where married couples can live together. Our current assisted-living model is dated because it’s built on a medical model, and we are going toward a more home-like environment.”

As part of the Brookdale Senior Living Solutions, Freedom Village comprises a variety of continuing-care facility options for residents, such as independent living, personalized assisted living, Alzheimer’s and dementia care, and skilled nursing care facilities.

The retirement community also provides a Connected Living program allowing residents to stay connected with family members through its web-based social network.

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