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Always fresh, always new

Highland Springs has sparkling appeal thanks to life-cycle renovations

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April 23rd, 2014
Highland Springs resident, staff, and grandchildren
Highland Springs resident, staff, and grandchildre

If you haven’t visited lately, it’s a good time to stop by. The community’s Hillcrest Clubhouse is looking better than ever, thanks to recent renovations to the clubhouse’s first floor.

“As Highland Springs approached its seven-year mark, we evaluated the community to see what improvements were needed to keep it fresh and updated,” says Executive Director Matt Neville. “Erickson Living is committed to keeping its communities appealing and in excellent condition through an ongoing schedule of life-cycle renovations.”

Overarching vision

The main lobby, the marketing office, the executive offices, the medical center, and the first floor restrooms received a makeover during the renovations.

“We used input from our residents and staff as we mapped out the renovations,” says Neville. “For instance, our reception staff noticed that residents and guests would benefit from a lower countertop height at the front desk. We integrated that into our plan.”

StudioSIX5, a design firm out of Austin that specializes in senior living communities, selected flooring, paint, furniture, and fixtures within a palette of options.

“Erickson Living has contracted with StudioSIX5 to develop an overarching vision for its communities,” says Linda Allegro, custom interiors coordinator at Highland Springs and a member of the design team that worked on the renovations. “The designers at StudioSIX5 worked within that vision as they made selections for the first floor of the clubhouse.”

Soothing hues of blue, green, and cream set a warm tone in the main lobby of the clubhouse. Comfortable furniture with clean lines and timeless styling invite residents and their guests to gather for conversation.

“We went to the leading edge of design, opting for finishes and furniture that are fresh and appealing,” says Allegro. “The first floor of the clubhouse sets the tone for the rest of the community, and we wanted it to be welcoming.”

‘Worked like elves’

The renovation also included new carpeting and lighting in the Crestview Terrace residence building, with plans to replace the carpet and lighting in the other residence buildings over the next two years.

“We tried to accommodate the residents as much as possible during the renovation,” says Allegro. “We used local contractors who are familiar with the community. They worked like elves, replacing the carpet overnight. The contractors completed one floor at a time, so residents went to bed at night with the current carpet in the hallways and woke up the next morning with the new carpet already installed.”

With this phase of renovations complete, the design staff and general services team at Highland Springs is moving on to other projects.

“As the warmer weather sets in, we’re turning our attention outdoors,” says Neville. “We have installed a beautiful butterfly garden near our continuing care neighborhood.  We’re also planning to upgrade several landscaping areas throughout the property. It’s our goal to keep Highland Springs fresh and inviting.”