One Step Closer: New $75 million senior care building

Local seniors are one step closer to enjoying Connecticut’s first “household model” senior care building featuring assisted living, a skilled nursing home, hospice care, and a full range of senior care services — now that the final steel beam has been placed atop the new Jewish Senior Services building on the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg campus on Park Avenue in Bridgeport.

The Jan. 22 topping-out ceremony, a construction tradition in which the highest and last piece of steel is hoisted atop the building’s frame, marked the structural completion for the new $75 million, 372,000 s/f building, set to open in spring 2016.

The new campus is on the former site of the Jewish Community Center (JCC) at 4200 Park Avenue in Bridgeport. Perkins Eastman is the architect, and KBE Building Corporation is Construction Manager at Risk.

“We are a little more than a year away from completion of a campus that will transform long-term care,” said Andrew H. Banoff, President and CEO of Jewish Senior Services. “Everyone is excited about the move to the new campus, but, of course, we continue to focus on continuously providing the absolute best care to our current and incoming residents.”

Before being hoisted by crane into place, the final beam was taken to the current Jewish Home in Fairfield, the state’s largest 5-star nursing home, and signed by hundreds of residents, staff members, and construction team members. As part of the topping-out ceremony, the construction team also hoisted an American flag and a tree atop the building to symbolize pride and the building coming to life, respectively.

CT’s First “Household Model” Senior Care Building

The new Jewish Senior Services campus will have the first “Household Model” of senior care in the State of Connecticut. Each of the households will have private bedrooms and bathrooms along with the following shared features:

• den

• dining room

• living room

• patio

• kitchen

Continuing Care Services for Seniors

The new campus will continue to provide an array of existing senior services in addition to several new services made possible by the new building.

• 46 assisted living units (1-bedroom and studios)

• 18 skilled nursing households with 14 private bedrooms and bathrooms

• 2 short-term rehabilitation households with 14 private bedrooms and bathrooms and indoor and courtyard therapy centers

• adult day program

• outpatient therapy

• home care

• hospice care

• Institute on Aging

• Center for Elder Abuse Prevention

• Senior Choice at Home®

Amenities for Local Families

The following features of the new intergenerational campus will be available to families in the community:

• 18,000 s/f fitness center

• 25-yard, four-lane indoor swimming pool w/access ramp

• child care center (infants through pre-school)

• kosher bistro

• multi-purpose room

• social, educational, recreational, and spiritual activities for all generations

“This is an exciting milestone for us and for the entire community because it’s been quite some time since many families congregated at the Jewish Community Center,” said Banoff. “The thought of several generations coming together in a new building is exciting for all of us who grew up there and have great memories with friends and family.”

The last steel beam signed by hundreds of Jewish Senior Services board members, volunteers, and employees and KBE Construction employees and contractors just before being raised to the top of the new Jewish Senior Services building scheduled to open in spring 2016. Photo Credit: Regina Madwed, Capitol PhotoInteractive.

The last steel beam signed by hundreds of Jewish Senior Services board members, volunteers, and employees and KBE Construction employees and contractors just before being raised to the top of the new Jewish Senior Services building scheduled to open in spring 2016. Photo Credit: Regina Madwed, Capitol PhotoInteractive.

Michelle Lyons, Bridgeport City Council Member, signing the last steel beam for the new Jewish Senior Services campus, along with Andrea Gottschall and Karen Ferleger, Jewish Senior Services Board Member. Photo Credit: Regina Madwed, Capitol PhotoInteractive.

Michelle Lyons, Bridgeport City Council Member, signing the last steel beam for the new Jewish Senior Services campus, along with Andrea Gottschall and Karen Ferleger, Jewish Senior Services Board Member. Photo Credit: Regina Madwed, Capitol PhotoInteractive.

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