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Team Breaks Ground on New Senior Community in Chester Springs

 

On October 19, 2022, members from Vantage Point Retirement Living, Kimmel Bogrette Architecture + Site, Elevate, and Horst Construction gathered on an empty plot of land in Chester Springs, PA. This group represented key members of the project team responsible for creating the area’s newest senior living community, Fieldstone at Chester Springs.

With shovels in hand, representatives from these organizations took the first ceremonial digs into the project’s site, celebrating the groundbreaking for this exciting new project.

To further commemorate the official start of the construction phase, the group discussed their motivations, hopes, and excitements regarding the new project.

“I’m most excited to see the welcoming we’re getting in the community, the interest that we’re already getting with just having started, and to bring our brand of senior housing and independent and personal care to the area,” shares Rita Stevens, Vice President of Operations for Vantage Point Retirement Living.

Additionally, Fieldstone at Chester Springs will offer a new approach to the assisted living and personal care model, which Vantage Point Retirement Living calls signature independent living.

In this model, the community will be licensed as a personal care and memory care community. However, it will also include some independent-living-style apartments, which will have amenities typical in independent living, like ovens, washers, and dryers.

“The concept there is that there are a number of people that need assisted living, but they still want to have a lot of the amenities and living space offered by independent living,” explains Greg Stevens, President of Vantage Point Retirement Living.

“That speaks to the ultimate goal of Fieldstone, which is to create an environment where residents, regardless of ability or level of care, will be able to really, truly thrive,” shares Kate Sammler,  Vice President of Marketing at Vantage Point Retirement Living.

Earlier in 2022, the same project team completed the construction of Vantage Point Retirement Living’s Meadowcrest at Middletown community in Middletown, DE. Throughout the process, the team developed efficiencies that will improve the construction process on Fieldstone.

“These projects are so complicated and they’re so expensive, that you have to work together from the earliest stages to make sure that they can be built for the money available to build them and that they achieve the quality,” shares Principal of Kimmel Bogrette Architecture + Site, Martin Kimmel. “Having a team that trusts each other is super important, and we have a very high degree of trust on this team.”

Leland Marchionne, Corporate Director of Facilities & Construction with Vantage Point adds. “Because we’ve worked with Horst in the past, the preconstruction process has been really easy.”

Zach Weil, Horst’s project manager, discusses what this preconstruction process looked like.

“They had drawings at about 85%, and they asked us to do a constructability review, with the hopes of working through any small issues or anything that’s come up in past projects to try to flesh them out ahead of time,” shares Weil. “It’s just something that we do at Horst to try to make sure that everything is ready so that when we go to construction we have as few hiccups as possible.”

As preconstruction transitions to construction, the team will shift roles and the project will progress. To score an insider’s look at the community as it progresses, tune in to our project updates, which will be shared on Horst Construction’s social media accounts.

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