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Grandview Terrace finishes last phase of assisted living project

Grandview Terrace Health and Rehabilitation by Sun Health has finished building an upscale 20-suite residence for up to 30 people who need assistance with activities of daily living.

Grandview Terrace’s Assisted Living project is the last phase of a multi-million dollar, top-to-bottom renovation of the Grandview Terrace Health and Rehabilitation campus — previously known as Grandview Care Center. A skilled nursing unit, a sub-acute rehabilitation unit and an indoor-therapy pool in the rehabilitation department were remodeled. Construction crews also built a 16-suite memory support residence, designed specifically for people with Alzheimer’s and related dementias.

The second floor of the two-story residence contains one two-bedroom, 13 one-bedroom and six studio suites, each with a kitchenette, full bath and ample closet space. The one and two-bedroom suites also feature a living room. The second floor also includes a lounge with fireplace, a business center, several gathering spaces, a community refreshment area and a fitness area.

The ground floor features an artfully designed entrance, a Starbucks cafe, a gift shop, movie theater, chapel/library, spa and salon area, as well as a restaurant-style dining room and large multipurpose room, ideal for educational presentations and life enrichment activities. The first floor also houses a health clinic staffed by a physician.

The design-build team for the project consisted of The Weitz Company (contractor); Orcutt-Winslow Partnership (architect); HilgartWilson (civil engineering); and Thoma-Holec Design (interior design).

“The residents will not only receive the best in care and support, they’ll also have many opportunities to socialize, take part in community activities and improve or maintain their independence,” said Joe LaRue, executive vice president of Sun Health and head of the organization’s real estate development team.

According to a recent Merrill Lynch and Age Wave retirement study, 74 percent of people age 85 and older struggle with at least some activities of daily living, such as housework, shopping and other routine tasks. The study’s authors suggest these findings illustrate a need for more supportive services — including assisted living (AL) services — to meet the needs of this growing population.

The AL residence incorporates the same home-like, non-institutional look and feel found throughout the building. It is slated to open to residents in September once proper licensure has been obtained.

Grandview Terrace Executive Director Bhakti Gosalia is excited for the new development. “The physical layout of the residence, the programming and the staff all will help residents stay as independent as possible, but if they need assistance we’ll be right there to help.”

Bike Sharing Program

Green Jobs In Arizona And Around The Nation, Bike-sharing Program And More

There’s so much going on in sustainability, it’s hard to narrow down what news to share. Here’s a couple of interesting bits from this week. We’ve gathered stories about new green jobs in Arizona and around the nation, a bike-sharing program and Valley Forward’s Environmental Excellence Awards, among others.

Arizona Gets 100 Solar Jobs
Rioglass Solar, which makes reflector components for solar thermal power plants, is building a $50 million manufacturing facility in Surprise, Ariz.  The facility is going to bring 100 jobs by the time it is operational in 2011.

Valley Forward Chooses Judges for Environmental Excellence Awards
John Kane, founding partner and design principal of Architekton, will be the lead judge for Valley Forward’s 30th annual Environmental Excellence Awards.  The eight other judges include: Steve Gollehon, vice president and managing partner, HDR Architects; Tim Lines, managing vice president, Stantec Consulting Inc.; and Caroline Lobo, director of the Education Studio at The Orcutt/Winslow Partnership.  The winners will be announced Saturday, Oct. 2, at the Phoenician Resort.

President Obama’s Push for Green Energy to Create Jobs
Not only does Obama want America to be greener; but his push for green energy could create up to 800,000 jobs by 2012.  The major issue for green energy jobs in America is that employers are being forced to outsource jobs to stay competitive in the industry. Watch President Obama’s speech at ZBB Energy in Wisconsin.

Do-It-Yourself Solar Panel
CNN’s “One Simple Thing” series takes a complicated process – installing a solar panel – and turns it into something anyone with an electrical outlet can do. Clarian Power’s president, Chad Maglaque, talks about how his company is trying to make the biggest cost in solar power, the installation, a non-issue.

NYC Looks to Start Bike-Sharing Program
Mayor Bloomberg and Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan want to start a bike-sharing program that would offer 49,000 bikes to be shared.  Many other cities worldwide including Paris, Copenhagen and Taipei, Taiwan, offer bike-sharing programs.  Right here in Arizona, Northern Arizona University offers the Yellow Bike Program for free.