Beacon Hill Eastgate under construction

Project Showcase: Beacon Hill at Eastgate

Proud Team Members, Meaningful Project

Beacon Hill at Eastgate is home, family, and security, dedicated to engaging seniors in an active and fulfilling retirement lifestyle. The $30 million expansion of its Eastgate community on Boston Street on the city’s southeast side will create 56 new residential units, and focus on providing residents with expanded dining options and facilities. The 18-month construction project also includes amenities such as a 200-seat auditorium. Beacon Hill selected Dallas-based PRDG LLC to serve as the project’s lead designer, and Grand Rapids-based Progressive AE to provide landscape design services. Rockford Construction Co. of Grand Rapids is serving as the project’s general contractor.

Senior living communities and exceptional dining are rarely mentioned together, but at Beacon Hill it is a cornerstone of their philosophy and differentiates their community from others. A key area of the expansion will be the new dining and common areas, which will include 10,000 square feet devoted to enlarging the current dining room, and adding a new dining venue called the Garden Café. It will seat approximately 40, and will offer garden- fresh dishes from Beacon Hill’s award-winning executive chef, Timothy England, and his professional culinary team.

Of course, the expansion’s primary purpose is the 130,000 square feet of 56 independent living apartment homes, which will vary in size and amenities including one bedroom, two bedrooms, and a deluxe two-bedroom model.

Beacon Hill’s Mary and Martha Health Care Center’s semi-private suites will be converted into private residences and another 15,000 square feet will be devoted to 15 new private suites for short-term therapy guests. They are intended for people who need rehabilitation for hip fractures, strokes and other traumatic events that can be treated with a state-of-the-art rehabilitation center.

Beacon Hills’ location within the Eastgate neighborhood will also provide great benefits for its residents, since it is nearby East Grand Rapids, which offers life in a vibrant urban community with easy access and frequent interaction with people who live in the surrounding community.

A desire to further enhance Beacon Hill’s location within Eastgate prompted the addition of a Center for Arts and Worship as part of the expansion plans. It features a 250-seat auditorium designed for entertainment and faith-based programs and is meant to foster community interaction where local theater groups will be invited to perform, and others will be welcome to use the auditorium for various events.

GVA Controls... Making it all Come Together

The controls portion of this project, under the management of Cory Tate and Coy Rottier, consisted of a complete installation of a Schneider Electric/Tridium Temperature Controls System, controls for the snowmelt boiler system and the indoor heating system, integration with the factory controls on the four Carrier rooftop units and the existing Honeywell Webs Jace, installation of thermostats in the resident living spaces, and creation of graphics, time schedules, trends and alarms. Grand Valley Automation subcontracted the majority of the installation to Power House Controls. The $135 thousand contract consisted of almost 200 hours’ worth of graphics & programming time and nearly 600 hours of field installation.