Buckner Retirement Services held a ribbon cutting ceremony today to unveil its $12.8 million renovation project at Buckner Parkway Place, Houston’s premiere faith-based, nonprofit senior living community. The project involved the addition of a new café and aesthetic improvements to independent living, assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing.
The new café, called the Cabana, is a compliment to Parkway Place’s main dining room. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the Cabana overlooks the community’s outdoor pool and features an array of salads, sandwiches and grill items in a more casual dining environment.
The project also provided aesthetic improvements to all existing independent living, assisted living and memory care common areas (dining room, salon and activities rooms) and corridors, as well as an independent living kitchen expansion. Flooring, ceilings, lighting and wall coverings were upgraded in a transitional finish.
Additionally, the skilled nursing common areas and resident apartments were enhanced to provide more flexibility in the rehab and long-term care space along with a decrease in the number of beds from 60 to 40.
Buckner broke ground on the project in April 2018.
“We celebrate these additions and renovations as a testament to how our community will always strive to evolve and be better, from the love and care we give our residents to the walls they live within and the experiences they enjoy,” said Buckner Parkway Place Executive Director Susan Phelps. “We worked with our residents to make sure they experienced minimal disruption to their lives during construction, and the positive responses to the community changes have been amazing.”
City of Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner was on hand to issue a proclamation commemorating the 64 years Buckner has served senior adults in the community, originally through Buckner Baptist Haven, and more recently Buckner Parkway Place.
Residents and staff of Parkway Place sang “Happy Birthday” to the Mayor, who was celebrating his 65th birthday.
During the ceremony, portraits of 14 Parkway Place residents were unveiled with the models seeing them for the first time. The portraits by photographer Mark Sandlin are part of Parkway Place’s new campaign, “Life, Experienced,” which captures the varied interests and passions of residents.
“Regardless of their age, our residents are challenging themselves with new experiences as well as continuing to nurture their existing passions and interests,” said Phelps.
The photos will be exhibited within Parkway Place during the month of October and will also be featured in a 2020 calendar and on social media.
Located in the heart of Houston’s Energy Corridor, Buckner Parkway Place is a 15-acre community serving senior adults with the highest level of hospitality and care. Parkway Place offers a complete continuum of living and care on-site, so residents can have the peace of mind knowing their address can remain the same despite changing medical needs.