NAPA – The valley’s largest, 20-acre senior living community will unveil next month the results of about $16 million in new construction and top-to-bottom renovations, adding 60 units and updating the entire campus.

Last February the owners of the Meadows of Napa Valley broke ground on an expansion project meant to move assisted living to its own building and increase the number of independent units. Developers also sought to update the facility built in 1988.

The new wing is slated for completion June 15 and will include 40 general assisted living apartments and 20 specifically for memory care, or residents with Alzheimer’s or dementia. The two-story, mission-style structure was designed by Portland-based Ankrom Moisan Associated Architects and overlooks the natural ground’s wetlands.

Rooms range in size from 337-square-foot studios to 950 square-foot- two bedroom apartments. A new 2,500-square-foot, modern kitchen is also under construction in the building, which totals about 56,000 square feet.

The interior of the existing buildings were also completely refinished with new wall and window coverings, fresh flooring and updated furnishings and equipment. Once complete, the central apartment building will include 172 independent residencies and 23 assisted. Developers also renovated the facility’s laundry and craft rooms, as well as the porte cochere and lobby.

Other areas, including the bar and lounge, gift shop, dining room, cafe, offices, main room and patios, were also refurbished. Pacific Retirement Services Inc. was the developer for the project, and Wright Contracting Inc. of Santa Rosa completed the construction.

Meadows Executive Administrator Wayne Panchesson said although the area’s need for senior residencies continues to grow, occupancy rates were not untouched by the recent economic recession.

“Occupancy is down to 85 percent from nearly full,” he said. “It started dropping last fall as the economy started kicking in. We were hovering nicely around 90 and 91 percent previously.”

The Meadows was originally a retirement community but was augmented with assisted living services when the Independent Order purchased the facility in 1992. The nonprofit also added skilled nursing with construction of a new structure in 1995.

The organization is the only community in the county that offers a complete continuum of care, from independent living, to assisted, to skilled nursing or memory care for those who need it.

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