Thorne Crest Marks Beginning Of $13M Redevelopment

Posted on: November 4, 2013  | Filed Under: Press Release, Thorne Crest News

Thursday, September 12, 2013 was a significant a day for the residents, families and staff members of Thorne Crest Retirement Community. Thorne Crest hosted a small gathering to mark the beginning of a $13 million redevelopment project. When complete the project will transform the campus and offer residents the latest in senior living and health care. In addition to remodeling the exterior, the project includes building a new Wellness Center with a lap pool and therapy pool, locker rooms, cardio room and multipurpose room. The common areas of the Community, for example the lobby, lounges and dining room will see extensive changes. Thorne Crest also plans to create specially designed assisted living apartment homes, add new memory care apartments, revamp the health center and expand campus parking. Shanna Eckberg, Thorne Crest administrator states, “We are very excited about the changes taking place and look to enhance Thorne Crest, a community where residents create a lifestyle of their own design.”

The event attracted nearly 400 people, residents, resident families and local business people, all in support of the new project.  On display were artists’ rendering of the new buildings and the new interiors. During the celebration everyone enjoyed a picnic style lunch served by the Thorne Crests Dining services.

Thorne Crest, originally built in 1978, was one of the first Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC’s) in the region. The redevelopment will once again position Thorne Crest at the forefront of senior living and health care, serving the seniors of Albert Lea and the surrounding communities.

The architect for the Thorne Crest project is Renner Architects, LLC, from Milwaukee, WI. Renner has partnered with American Baptists Homes of the Midwest, parent company to Thorne Crest, on several other redevelopment ventures. Serving as the general contractor is CD Smith Construction, Milwaukee, also from WI.