August 11, 2017

Masterpiece Seniors’ Home Halfway Done

Originally written by Gillian Slade and published by Medicine Hat News
November 3, 2016

Seven months after a sod-turning ceremony, construction on the new seniors residence in Medicine Hat is at the halfway point.

“It is going really well. We are getting close to 50 per cent. There have been no hitches at all,” said Tim Garforth-Bles, president and CEO Masterpiece Care Corp.

The walls of Masterpiece Southland Meadows are expected to be completed in December, said Garforth-Bles, who credits the construction progress to the “great team” of people on site and “wonderful suppliers.”

On Tuesday, the concrete was poured for the main dining area, which will have a two-storey wall of glass overlooking the park and lake, said Darcy Stone, site project manager. A total of 30,000 feet of in-floor heating cables have been placed.

The seniors’ residence, 4401 Southlands Dr., has been designed to enjoy views of the lake, trails and the morning sun.

A walkout basement, because of the slope of the land toward the lake and direction of the sun, were defining elements in the design of the building, architect Alvin Reinhard Fritz, Architect Inc. of Lethbridge, has previously stated.

The project is on track to be complete in less than a year — September 2017.

“We will be able to market suites in January,” said Garforth-Bles.

There are about 60 people working on site at the moment and that will increase to 100 by February, said Stone.

The first phase of the project includes the centre and north wing totalling 151,000 square feet and 120 units. One-hundred units will be subsidized by Alberta Health Services for long-term care and dementia residents. There will be another 40 independent living spaces and a further 60 to be determined.

This project received a grant of $6.25 million from the provincial government under the Affordable Supportive Living Initiative program. The budget for the entire project is $40 million.

ASLI grants cover up to 50 per cent of capital costs for developing new spaces, with the remainder coming from the applicants. ASLI grant recipients are required to maintain the units for 30 years at government-established rates.

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