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Putting on a fresh face

Lifecycle renovations keep Ann’s Choice upscale and up to date

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December 15th, 2016
This light, bright, well-appointed, and updated lobby greets visitors to the Village Clubhouse at Ann’s Choice.

This light, bright, well-appointed, and updated lobby greets visitors to the Village Clubhouse at Ann’s Choice.

Ann’s Choice, Erickson Living’s retirement community in Bucks County, Pa., comprises three clubhouses and 15 residence buildings. Like all Erickson Livng communities, capital investments for all community spaces are planned annually. The careful financial management of Ann’s Choice, combined with above-industry occupancy and the support of Erickson Living, allows these projects to come with no special assessments or homeowner fees.

Renovations to the Village Clubhouse took place in 2015. The freshening continued this year on all 25 floors of the Village neighborhood’s five residence buildings. The walls now are soft blue or light chocolate brown, and carpeting is a cobalt blue pattern instead of maroon and navy. 

Because of management’s constant attention to maintaining and updating its facilities, within a span of five to seven years, community spaces within the entire campus, including the on-site rehabilitation and continuing care neighborhood, benefit from lifecycle renovations. 

Next year, community space within the five residence buildings in Liberty Commons neighborhood will receive new paint, upholstery, and carpeting. Planning for that will begin in January.

Also next year, construction will begin on Chestnut Pointe, a major expansion at the rehabilitation and continuing care neighborhood.

Lifecycle renovations include architectural and cosmetic changes and represent the latest thinking in interior design. 

Imagine doing such extensive and ongoing building upkeep throughout your house. Not simply painting the walls or having the carpets cleaned, but installing upgrades in finishes and furnishings from floor to ceiling in every single room. 

Renovations galore

Planning for the 2015 Village Clubhouse updates began that January with attention given to a raft of details such as finishes, fabrics, paint colors, lighting, and flooring. 

“The project management team, a local interior design firm, and representatives from Erickson Living corporate headquarters worked in concert to carry out the renovations,” says Ann’s Choice Project Manager Patty Petersen. 

“With the Village Clubhouse renovations, we were proud to work with a local design firm that does a lot of work for Ann’s Choice residents who want to customize their apartment home.” 

Work began that summer and was completed by late fall. The lobby area now sports new chairs and sofas, an enlarged and updated front desk, a reconfigured postal area, and a cozy café space by the administration office. 

On the second floor, Banner’s Café, a popular gathering spot for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, received a whole new look. It’s brighter and more contemporary due to all new tables and chairs, new window treatments, light-colored plank flooring and carpeting, and beautiful ceramic tile in the serving line.

Fireside Restaurant gained a more upscale look thanks to new chairs, new screen shades and window treatments, and soft teal and beige-patterned carpeting. The look extended to the restaurant’s adjacent living room and lounge, where new furniture and carpeting added a decided note of sophistication.

“The most impressive change was doing away with the previous maroon and dark blue carpeting,” says Project Facilities Coordinator Cheryl Brennan. That change alone lightened the overall feeling within the clubhouse.

Removing every strip of wallpaper in the building underscored that effect. Residents and staff alike love the results. “Everyone says the clubhouse changes are elegant,” Brennan says.

The comfort of community members is always top of mind when the project team schedules its work crews. “All carpeting is laid at night, both when the old is taken up and the new is put down,” says Peterson. “There’s no disruption to residents.”

“We work within a framework from corporate and, of course, within our budget for our lifecycle renovations,” says Petersen. “The finishes and furnishing we pick must be of high quality, but not necessarily what we’d choose for our own homes. We always keep residents’ interests and preferences uppermost in mind. That’s what guides us in our decision-making.”

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