Our team recently attended a ceremonial groundbreaking for the new Notre Dame Village, where we will serve as Construction Manager. The project will be a community of living and learning on the Sisters of Notre Dame Campus in western Geauga County, Ohio. The expansion will offer independent and supportive residences for adults 65 years of age and older. Residences will include cottage homes, independent living apartments with services, and memory care assisted living.
The project spans over two years and is divided into two phases. Phase one calls for the simultaneous construction of a three-story, 80-unit apartment complex for independent living with and underground parking garage, as well as a 36-unit memory care residence for individuals living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. The memory care residence will be one of the first in northeast Ohio with the small-house model, utilizing a less institutional and more family-care style design. Phase two consists of the construction of 50 cottage homes, each 2,100 sq. ft. with a two car garage. There is a great need for senior housing in Geauga County, where 30% of the population will be age 60 and older by 2020. The village answers this need for senior housing and health care services for both the Sisters and the local community.
The Village boasts acres of pastoral landscape and its charm will be captured in its architecture and lifestyles. The SND campus currently includes a preschool, k-8 Notre Dame Elementary School, Notre Dame Cathedral Latin School, living quarters for 180 sisters, a Health Care Center and administrative offices. Combining the current campus and the new provides another goal, “to offer adults an opportunity to enjoy intergenerational community…I envisioned older adults of all faiths reading to our kindergarten students, attending NDCL football games and theater performances, and our teenage students finding employment within Notre Dame Village,” explains sister Margaret.
Sister Margaret is joined in her excitement by the Donley’s team. “I really like the idea of a senior living complex on the Sisters of Notre Dame campus. It is needed in Geauga County. I always thought what a beautiful, well-maintained campus; it is a source of pride in the community,” said Ray Painter, senior superintendent with Donley’s, on this village developing in his hometown. Vice President, Construction Management, Greg Consolo says “it’s great to be a part of such a wonderful project. When you can help to fulfill an organization’s mission, most especially the Sisters of Notre Dame who have some so much for this community, it is a gift,” he describes “this campus is beautiful. Many people I have spoken with are already excited, asking, ‘when can we move in?’”
The Notre Dame Village is “a unique opportunity for the sisters to open up their home in Chardon to the senior population of Geauga County. The concept is to provide a supportive environment that is designed to allow people to age gracefully in a small scale community setting” stated Howard Shergalis of RDL architects. The Village is about community, Sister Margaret emphasized “share it with the community” and “respond to the needs of this community” as they are the cornerstone of this Village.