Bridgeport, CT – From the outside, a construction site may look like a lot of dirt, hard hats, and big construction equipment. Steel beams are erected, walls are patched, plumbing is installed, and so on until the building is open. It’s rare that passersby will stop to consider, “How will this project make a difference in the community?”
All hospitals, schools, community centers, and senior living facilities begin as an empty patch of land. And, truth be told, every construction project has the potential to change and improve the lives of hundreds of individuals.
Jewish Senior Services’ recently completed Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Campus is just such a place. Based in Bridgeport, the not-for-profit provider of skilled nursing and senior care services set out to create positive change for its residents and the Bridgeport community with a new senior living building — and overwhelmingly succeeded.
KBE Building Corporation, located in Connecticut and Maryland, served as construction manager at risk for the Bridgeport facility. KBE says the new $78 million, 377,000sf building was by far the most unique and moving project that the company has ever worked on.
“We took what was a very simple, traditional, and institutional nursing home and we built what is not only a residential environment that transforms the way people live, but also creates a community campus that brings people together and changes their quality of life in a really meaningful way,” said Andrew Banoff, president of Jewish Senior Services.
Take David and his wife, Fani, for example. The couple moved into Jewish Senior Services’ previous senior care facility in Stamford, Conn. four years ago — when David was 100 and Fanny was 90 — and they lit up every room. At the time of their arrival, David knew that he was actively dying, and his family didn’t want Fani to be alone after he passed.
Jump to four years later: David is doing incredibly well at the age of 104. He and Fanny, now 94, go everywhere together and are the epitome of why Banoff and his team do what they do every day. They helped them find a renewed chance at life.