November 17, 2015
Current and future residents of The Buckingham senior living community celebrated the start of construction of 183 new residences at its Memorial-area campus with a ceremonial "dirt-turning" celebration. Once completed, the $72 million construction project will add 80 new jobs to the local economy and provide resort-style living for nearly 200 additional residents.
Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick thanked The Buckingham for addressing the housing and care needs of Houston's growing senior population, and District Director Deanna Harrington presented a special recognition on behalf of Representative Jim Murphy.
"Houston is the fourth-largest city in the nation," said Julie Fenske, executive director of The Buckingham. "I am so pleased that this expansion will allow us to offer the exceptional services and quality care that our residents have come to appreciate to more area seniors. We've had a standing waitlist for some time. We are all very excited that our waitlist has now turned into our future resident list."
Located at 8580 Woodway Drive, The Buckingham currently has 205 independent living residences, 43 private assisted living apartments, 16 private memory support apartments and 60 private skilled nursing suites. The Buckingham acquired six additional acres to accommodate the project and will add 106 independent living apartment homes, 27 assisted living suites, 18 memory care residences, 32 private skilled nursing rooms, additional underground parking and more surface level spaces. The new independent living apartment homes will be offered in one-, two- and three-bedroom floor plans.
In discussing the project, Charles B. Brewer, president and CEO of Senior Quality Lifestyles Corporation, parent company of The Buckingham, said, "I am proud of the long-standing and excellent reputation The Buckingham has maintained over the years. It takes outstanding leadership and a team willing to do whatever it takes to not only exceed expectations, but to be exceptional. Our mission at SQLC has always been to serve seniors. With the expansion, we will be able to fulfill this mission on a larger scale in the Houston area."
Irving, Texas-based Greystone Development Company, LLC, is the development consultant for the expansion project. Dallas-based D2 architect firm will design the expansion. Other project partners include Andres Construction, Kimley-Horn and Bridget Bohacz & Associates. The expansion is scheduled for completion in 2017.