Immanuel Lutheran Communities plans $45 million expansion, renovation

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Immanuel Lutheran Communities has announced a campus redevelopment project at its existing Buffalo Hill Terrace community in Kalispell, MT.

The redevelopment will include 36 new, one- and two-bedroom independent living residences at The Villas at Buffalo Hill, an auditorium/chapel, pool, fitness center, salon/spa, under-building parking and a dining room, as well as a coffee bar and lounge. The project also will include the addition of 24 assisted living apartment residences for individuals with memory loss, a memory care garden and updates to the existing skilled nursing portion of the community. Additionally, the project will expand the Retreat at Buffalo Hill to include new residences for short-stay therapy services and a new, 2,000-square-foot rehabilitation and therapy center.

Total cost for the entire campus expansion and renovation is estimated to be $45 million. The project will be rolled out in phases over a five-year period, beginning next spring.

The independent living apartments will “have everything from a balcony to a fireplace, granite countertops, full-size washer and dryer, and more,” says Jason Cronk, CEO of Immanuel Lutheran Communities.

CJMW Architecture of Winston-Salem, NC, and MMW Architects of Missoula are the architectural partners on the project. Additional partners include Swank Enterprises, a local contractor; Sawgrass Partners, a senior living developer and adviser based in Illinois; local engineering company Morrison Maierle; Studio 121, an interior design firm based in Nashville, TN; and Corsi Associates, a foodservice consulting firm based in Pennsylvania.

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