Site Dedication Ceremony Celebrates New Silverado Memory Care Community
Photo #1: Members of the Silverado leadership team, City Councilman Dan Hammill and Kathy Sitker, Executive Director of the Alzheimer Society of Washington, dedicate the new site for Silverado's memory care community in Bellingham.
Photo #2: Silverado leadership team and members of the architectural and engineering team celebrate Silverado's new memory care community'.
Silverado laid the foundation on a new memory care community to be situated at 4400 Columbine Drive in Bellingham, Washington. Silverado Bellingham, a 41,000 square foot, single-story community, is expected to open in late 2016, and has been carefully designed to serve up to 80 people living with Alzheimer’s, dementia and other memory-impairing conditions.
Site Dedication festivities took place on Friday, September 11, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. and included brief remarks, a champagne toast and photo opportunities. City Councilman Dan Hammill joined Silverado leadership, community partners and members of the Alzheimer Society of Washington – whose offices will be located at the new site – to celebrate the project. Over the next year, Silverado will spend more than $10 million locally.
“What’s most significant about the site dedication is that it represents new hope for local families affected by dementia and Alzheimer’s, and gives us an opportunity to use our expertise to make a difference in people’s lives,” shared Silverado President, Chairman and CEO Loren B. Shook. “Silverado’s skilled and passionate associates – from the project planners to the teams who provide industry-leading memory care – are driven everyday by a desire to change the way the world cares for people with cognitive decline.”
The multimillion-dollar community is being constructed on four acres, and will include state-of-the-art design elements throughout the living space. Skylights and sunrooms will draw in natural light and warmth, and living areas will provide residents with comfortable spaces for social interaction. Also incorporated into the design are a coffeehouse style bistro, beauty salon, country store, and spa. The large outdoor courtyard, with its covered patios and walkways, will encourage residents to move freely among the gardens and fruit-bearing trees.
In addition to supporting as many as 80 new healthcare jobs, the development is expected to contribute more than 100 construction jobs. Already, Silverado is working with local teams, including architect James Brown with Wattenbarger Architects, local Civil Engineer Craig Parkinson with Cascade Engineering, and Dawson Construction Inc. as a project consultant.