New building brings 48 assisted living and 20 memory care apartments to their 19-acre campus
Denver, Colorado –The Eastern Star Masonic Retirement Community – together with Pinkard Construction, Development Advisors, Colorado Business Bank and Lee Architects – broke ground on their $15 million expansion project Saturday, September 28th.
Attendees and ground-breaking participants included Ernie Pyle – Grand Secretary for Grand Lodge of A.F. & A.M. of Colorado; Right Worshipful Junior Grand Warden Edward Moore,Prince Hall Masons of Colorado; Jerry Fenimore – Grand Treasurer for Grand Lodge A.F. & A.M. of Colorado; Jim Harris – Board Member for the Robert Russell Eastern Star Masonic Retirement Community and Grand Chaplin for Grand Lodge of A.F. & A.M. of Colorado; Edward McLaughlin – Board Member for the Robert Russell Eastern Star Masonic Retirement Community and Grand Orator for Grand Lodge of A.F. & A.M. of Colorado; and Keith Milheim – oldest living Past Grand Master for Grand Lodge of A.F. & A.M. of Colorado
The ceremony included speeches from numerous Eastern Star dignitaries, employees and project team members. Terry Hudson, current board of trustee member and long range planning chair person said that despite the long and arduous planning process, the groundbreaking was “another key milestone” in Eastern Star’s 82-year history serving its members.
The new facility will be a wood-frame, brick, stucco and stone ground-up addition. It will include construction of a new two-story structure with 48 assisted living units and 20 units of memory care. The new construction is expected to total 64,000 sf, and will include approximately 50% common area space with a memory garden, commercial kitchen, and front entrance/lobby. Construction is scheduled to complete late fall 2014.
The project is located at 2445 S Quebec Street on the 19-acre Eastern Star Masonic Retirement Community campus, which currently contains 58 independent living cottages and 43 assisted living apartments.
The Robert Russell Eastern Star Masonic Center – sponsored by the Masonic family – takes pride in meeting the social, physical and spiritual needs of the residents of its campus through high quality housing and services, while being true to the Masonic family’s principles and values. Guided by the Masonic family’s principles and values, the Robert Russell Eastern Star Masonic Center will be the premier senior living community in the state of Colorado, delivering high quality, cost effective services that add value to life, for its residents and future generations.
With 51 years headquartered in the Colorado Front Range, Pinkard Construction Company is a leader in senior living construction. In the past ten years, Pinkard has provided CM/GC services for over $175 million in senior living facilities.