Our beautiful new community in Madison, Alabama is now open and residents are settling into their new home. The architectural expression of the community strives to emulate classic southern style blended with modern hospitality. This allows residents to feel at home with the design while engaged in a vibrant lifestyle.
The porch invites you to sit for a bit and enjoy some tea and conversation!
The restaurant style dining room is open from 7am – 7pm with our exclusive Anytime Dining program. There are no set meal hours for residents and all meals are freshly prepared.
The community is so warm and welcoming with lots of amenity spaces for residents to relax.
Our team was thrilled to welcome residents to the community!
We call him Big Daddy V because he has a huge heart and he shares his love of life with everyone he meets. Vladimir Naturin is the Maintenance Supervisor at our community in Renton, WA but he is so much more than that to the people who live there.
Vladimir is always focused on the needs of residents and making sure the entire community is operating smoothly. He is always focused on making sure that residents are happy in their homes. He loves what he does and he shows that in so many ways.
This video showcases all the reasons we love having Vladimir on our team!
Vladimir was recently chosen to speak at a company wide meeting, sharing his ideas with all of our general managers. Vladimir says he was honored to speak with the group but we hope he knows that the honor was all ours!
Vladimir explaining what he does at the company meeting
The Seattle office team invited residents from Merrill Gardens at The University to show off their baseball skills at the company’s 2nd Annual Dunk Tank to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Association. Team members paid for residents to dunk the executive team and we raised almost $500 on our lunch hour! Trust us, these residents have very good aim! And if they could not hit the mark they took matters into their own hands and gave the button a big whack. That meant gallons of really cold water raining down on the heads of the volunteers!
Our Seattle office team members liked dunking each other too.
The Seattle Office folks are very good sports and it was all worth it as we raised funds for a very worthy organization. But man, was that water cold!
Residents from The University with General Manager Michael after his dunking!
R.D. Merrill President Bill Pettit taking the dunking like a man!
Our Senior VP of Administration Morei Lingle really loved that cold water!
That was fun and by next year we will forget how cold the water was and do it all over again!
The team at our community in Lafayette, CA really knows how to throw a tea party! Residents and team members were dressed in their Sunday best to enjoy tea and scones and we just love seeing the ladies in those beautiful hats! Click the photos below to view the slide show from this oh-so-lovely event! Pinkies out ladies!!
Our hard hats and shovels are getting quite the work out these days as Merrill Gardens continues to grow in some exciting new locations. Construction is now underway on a new community in Burien, Washington that will open next summer.
(from left to right) Kerry Nicholson, Senior Managing Director, Legacy Partners; Bill Pettit, President, R.D. Merrill; Lucy Krakowiak, Burien Mayor; Dave Eskenazy, President, Merrill Gardens
Merrill Gardens at Burien will have 126 independent, assisted living and memory care apartments in the center of Burien Town Square. Merrill Gardens sister company, Pillar Properties, is developing 228 market-rate studio, one and two bedroom apartments at the site in partnership with Legacy Partners.
“This unique location provides for a true inter-generational living experience in a fantastic urban location with easy access to downtown Seattle. Its going to be a great place for people of all ages,” said Bill Pettit, Merrill Gardens president.
Merrill Gardens President Bill Pettit
The Merrill Gardens community (seen below) will also feature a small public park at the entrance and lots of amenities inside. There are lots of shops and restaurants within easy walking distance
Merrill Gardens at Burien rendering
Burien Mayor Lucy Krakowiak welcomed the projects to Burien, proclaiming that with the addition of both senior housing and market-rate apartments, the Burien Town Square is complete and will be a vibrant part of the city.
Watch here to see our video of the groundbreaking event.
Click here to read about the groundbreaking in the B-Town Blog.
Sometimes you just need to invent your own holiday and that’s exactly what we did to recognize the amazing team members at our communities. We wanted to find a way to let them know that we appreciate all they do and that’s when it came to us. How about Thinking of You Day? A day to recognize their efforts and to let them know that the support crew in the Seattle office is, well, thinking of them?
We quickly decided that the best way to show the teams at our communities that we are thinking of them was with something delicious. So we concocted a plan to surprise them with a special lunch delivery. With 27 communities in six states, we had some logistics to work through to make it happen. We brought our brightest minds together and figured out a way to get the chow to each of our communities.
Merrill Gardens at The University chowing down!
The surprise went well and we hope our team members felt the appreciation that came with the meal! Our teams are the heart and soul of our communities and we recognize their commitment every day. Thinking of You Day just made it official. And who knows, maybe this holiday will really catch on!
“There is no give up in my dad…in his mind, he’s still that Olympic athlete,” says Laura Gambucci of her 87 year old father.
Her dad is Andre Gambucci, a hockey player who took up the game when he was four years old. He played college hockey for Colorado College where he also played football, finishing fourth in scoring nationally in 1952 with 16 touchdowns.
That was the year he was named to the U.S. Olympic hockey team which won the silver medal. Andre says the team faced controversy when they were criticized for their rough style of play. Body checking was legal but it was not commonly used by the European teams and opponents and spectators did not like that style of play.
Still, traveling to Oslo, Norway and winning a silver medal was quite the accomplishment. Following the Olympics, Andre stayed with the game, becoming a referee for the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. Laura says some of her fondest childhood memories are of traveling with her dad to hockey games.
Andre was also honored in 2010 when he was asked to be part of the Torch Run for the Salt Lake City Olympics.
Today, Andre lives at the Merrill Gardens community in Goodyear, Arizona and daughter Laura lives nearby. He loves sharing his Olympic experience with team members and other residents and we are thrilled to be able to tell his story.
You can watch the interview with Andre and Laura here.
A large crowd was on hand to help us officially kick off construction for our new community in Auburn, WA. On a beautiful spring afternoon officials from the City of Auburn and Merrill Gardens welcomed guests to the official groundbreaking for the independent living, assisted living and memory care community that will be open next summer.
Auburn Mayor Nancy Backus said the new community will bring true intergenerational living to downtown Auburn and praised the great cooperation from development partners Pillar Properties (Merrill Gardens sister company) and Teutsch Partners. Those two companies will oversee the construction of the community which is expected to last about 14 months.
Merrill Gardens President Dave Eskenazy said that while the building will be beautiful, the real magic will happen when team members are able to welcome residents to their new home.
Eskenazy led the crowd in the official dirt turning and with that the project is underway!
You can watch the video from the groundbreaking below.