Vista Springs and Orion Construction Expand Timber Ridge Village in East Lansing

Vista Springs, an assisted living care provider, and Orion Construction have teamed to create a new 28,000-square-foot facility in East Lansing’s Timber Ridge Village. Both Orion Construction and Vista Springs are based in Grand Rapids.

Groundbreaking on the building, called Imperial Park and designed by RDL Architects, took place last October. Site work should be completed in July with the assisted living community opening in August. Vista Springs’ investment in the project is more than $7 million, and the one-story, standalone facility will provide 30 additional residential units.

Vista Springs Timber Ridge Village is a boutique-style assisted living community with 60 units. Jeannie Anthony is the managing partner. The facility provides memory care, assisted living and “rediscovery” transitional care services. Thinking in terms of rediscovery is one of the ways Vista Springs approaches its care of people with memory loss, dementia or cognitive impairment.

“Some individuals have conditions that, over time, may be worsening or improving, and they will transition from one level of care to another. For instance, after a fall at home, they might need short-term physical therapy and a safe place with supportive care during this rehabilitation period before returning home,” said Vista Springs CEO Lou Andriotti, adding some residents “age in place” during which time their level of care transitions accordingly. Some people come for short stays and go home, while some have lived in their Vista Springs community for more than 10 years.

“These dignified and personalized approaches are how we make a significant difference in the lives of those under our care and the families we serve,” said Andriotti.

The amenities of the existing 57-apartment center are modeled after those in resorts. The new community also will be resort style. It will add eight studio apartments and 22 one-bedroom apartments along with dining rooms, a beauty salon, spa, commercial kitchen, social areas and work/office space. To staff the facility, 30-35 new employees will be hired.

“We are growing to meet our residents’ needs and exceed their families’ expectations of what an assisted living community can be,” Andriotti said.

Vista Springs has 12 communities in Michigan and the Greater Cleveland, Ohio, region. At press time, it had completed four projects with Orion Construction with two underway in Michigan.

“Vista Springs is a first-class organization with exceptional standards for their communities and the level of care they provide,” Orion President Roger Rehkopf said. “That consideration inspires our company to deliver the highest quality building we can. I think that is what makes this relationship so enjoyable for Orion. We know their community members will get the excellent treatment they deserve in a first-class building, and we are proud to play a small role in that process.”

Orion was founded in 2000 and is a multi-service construction company and development firm. It specializes in revitalization of urban cores, new construction, renovation, restoration and design along with building services. It takes on projects including mixed-use, industrial, institutional, retail and multi-family. Vista Springs offers residents and their families what it calls a “Full of Life” experience with an emphasis on purposeful and engaging communities. 

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