Dirt mounds, construction crews and seemingly endless green fences have turned the corner 15th and Main streets in Windsor into a curious sight for residents while workers race to build the area’s newest health center.
Columbine Commons, a sprawling 62,400-square-foot assisted living facility for seniors, will include a 30-bed nursing home with private rooms and a two-story, 60-unit “apartment-style” assisted living complex. In addition to supporting about 90 residents, the center, part of Columbine Health Systems, will feature a variety of therapy services, professional offices and a medical supply storage for the center’s local providers and partners.
The $11 million development is slated to open its doors in December 2013.
“We’re a consumer-driven business,” said Yvonne Myers, health systems director with Columbine. “If we’re not listening to the consumer, we would kind of miss the point. Consumers want one-stop shopping ... they want all of the services there.”
By having an all-in-one facility, Myers said a family will be able to more easily transition and seek the necessary services for aging and deteriorating parents or loved ones.
In addition to caring for many of the area’s seniors, the center will employ as many as 150 area residents, including new — and seasoned — nurses, doctors, dieticians, social workers and cooks.
“We’re trying now to become the employer of choice,” Myers said, adding that Columbine Health Systems already employs about 1,350 people among its campuses and services throughout Larimer County. “We need people 24/7.”
Employment opportunities will be posted throughout Windsor as more information becomes available.
Columbine Health Systems has served area seniors since 1971. Existing campuses in Fort Collins and Loveland range from independent living accommodations to rehabilitation services and serve about 1,100 seniors, Myers said. The company also has partners throughout the medical community and offers home care and medical equipment services.
Bob Wilson has been the owner and CEO of Columbine Health Systems for the past 41 years after starting with the company in the maintenance department. He said in a statement that he purchased the Windsor property 10 years ago anticipating the booming growth in Windsor and Weld County.
“I am glad that we are finally building Columbine Commons and bringing another needed facility to the area,” he said in the statement.
Myers echoed the statement, adding that the Windsor property will act as a central hub of sorts as the metropolitan district of Windsor, Fort Collins and Loveland continues to expand its reach around northern Colorado.
Since the groundbreaking kicked off construction earlier this month, crews remain tentatively on or ahead of schedule, courtesy of the good weather, explained Terry Drahota, president, CEO and founder of Drahota — the construction group heading the project. This is the ninth project Drahota has built for Columbine, and as many as 75 workers will be working on the development simultaneously as the December 2013 completion date approaches.
“We’re pleased,” Drahota said about the overall plan of Columbine Commons. “We like working in Windsor.”
The days of individual clinics have been taken over more and more by all-encompassing health networks, something Myers said will give the new project “great potential” moving forward in Colorado’s ever-expanding health network.
“We’re going to have to make some new partnerships over in Weld County,” she said, masking a hint of glee in her voice. “We’re really excited to be in Windsor.”