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Moving forward

Construction has started on Wind Crest’s continuing care neighborhood

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August 21st, 2012

In keeping with the tradition of offering residents the most complete and vibrant retirement lifestyle possible, Wind Crest, an Erickson Living community in Highlands Ranch, Colo., has begun construction on its new continuing care neighborhood, Mill Vista Lodge. The 12-month-long project is set to be completed in fall 2013. After an extensive search, Wind Crest chose Brinkmann Constructors, of Chesterfield, Mo., as the contractor for the project. The company s professional track record matches Wind Crest s expectation of excellence for its community members.

Right company for the job

Brinkmann is no stranger to creating buildings that cater to the unique needs of community living. In nearly three decades of operation, the company has built a number of apartment buildings and senior living residences. In 2004, Brinkmann opened a western division in Broomfield, Colo. The company not only knows the environmental needs of building in higher-altitude Colorado but also understands the unique beauty of the landscape. By working closely with Lantz-Boggio Architects, of Englewood, Colo., who designed Mill Vista Lodge, Brinkmann can ensure that the unique architecture and design of the continuing care neighborhood will match Wind Crest s existing neighborhoods. Since opening an office in Colorado, Brinkmann Constructors has completed more than $300 million worth of construction in the surrounding Denver area, including the much celebrated Prairie Center, in Brighton, Colo. a 2,400-acre development that houses buildings for Home Depot, Kohl s, Wal-mart, and other retailers. Brinkmann has also built structures for the aeronautics labs at the Air Force Academy, in Colorado Springs, as well as the youth center with gymnasium on Buckley Air Force base. It was meaningful to build a place for kids to go to while their parents are away on tour, says Larry Lapinski, director of operations for Brinkmann Constructors. Degreed civil engineers manage all of Brinkmann s projects, and employees constantly stay up to date with regular internal trainings. Our clients needs come first, Lapinski says. He says the company caters to a diverse clientele, and 80% of Brinkmann s business is repeat business.

Rising to expectations

Brinkmann s prestigious national reputation combined with their local experience offers us the expectation that the new neighborhood will be state-of-the-art in providing continuing care services to our residents, says Craig Erickson, executive director of Wind Crest. That expectation and that care matters to both staff and residents. Mill Vista Lodge will stand four stories high and add 128 residences with varying levels of care, plus offer memory care, short-term rehabilitation, and long-term nursing care residences.