Eastmont Kicks Off $50-Million Redevelopment Project

Innovating to build a better lifestyle for the seniors of today and the future

Lincoln, NE. – June 12, 2019 –Eastmont announces a significant renovation and expansion project at their O Street Campus, in partnership with Transforming Age, the non-profit organization that Eastmont affiliated with in 2017.  With the goal of creating a sustainable community for the residents of today and in the future, the $50 M redevelopment project will add indoor and outdoor amenities and expand the campus featuring 43 new apartment homes and a connection between the existing towers.

Founded in 1965, Eastmont was the first life care community in the state of Nebraska. 

“We want this renovation to be as ambitious and forward-thinking as the community has always been.” says Torsten Hirche, president and CEO of Transforming Age.

The architects behind the $50 M redevelopment, international design firm Perkins Eastman, bring expertise in innovative design concepts that incorporate natural surroundings into the concept. Known as “Biophilic design,” the firm has focused its design process on some key components that will integrate nature into the building.

“There are proven health benefits behind connecting our living experiences to our natural surroundings,” noted Leslie Moldow FAIA, Principal with Perkins Eastman and based in the firm’s San Francisco office. “It’s not only aesthetically beautiful, but having a connection with nature is an important component of the human experience that enriches lives and improves our mental and physical health. We believe it is essential to the residents’ well-being in a senior living community like Eastmont.”

The expansion will add several new amenities to the Eastmont community including a 200-seat performing arts center with multifunctional seating and multiuse chapel. A wellness center with indoor pool, hot tub, aerobics studio, and spa will provide residents with an inspiring and state-of-the-art space to pursue their wellness goals. A brand new lobby will be added, centered around a magnificent fireplace. Residents will also enjoy an added bistro, outdoor meditation space, library, top-floor lounge and landscaped courtyards with raised gardening beds and fire pits. The redevelopment will bring 12 memory care suites to serve the growing needs of older adults affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Along with Eastmont’s new expansion, the organization is also unveiling a new look. Eliminating “Towers” from their name and logo, the new brand will take Eastmont forward into the next 50 years. 

Rendering of Eastmont's Expansion

PHOTO: By Perkins Eastman. Rendering of Eastmont’s redeveloped campus.

About Transforming Age

Transforming Age  is a leading not-for-profit organization committed to improving the lives of older adults through community housing and services, technology development, research and advocacy. Founded in 1956, the organization operates 28 communities in Washington, Minnesota and Nebraska. In addition, it runs an online advocacy forum to combat ageism and its affiliated partner, GSI Research & Consulting, provides business service solutions to the industry. Its affiliate Full Life Care provides critical home and community based services to older adults and people with disabilities. The Transforming Age Foundation and affiliated foundations provide philanthropic programs aimed at supporting those in need.

About Eastmont

Founded in 1965, Eastmont is a faith based, comprehensive senior lifestyle community which offers independent living, assisted living, skilled rehabilitation, long term and end-of-life care.  As a not-for-profit, Eastmont is mission driven, embodies distinct values that guide daily operations, and is committed to being the choice provider of progressive senior living services where individuals thrive in all stages of life.  

Eastmont announces suspension of Prairie Ridge development plans. New Investments in "O" Street campus announced. 

Lincoln, Neb. – January 23, 2018 – After several years of extensive analysis and research to explore the opportunity to expand Eastmont’s campus with full-service Life Care at Prairie Ridge, it has recently become evident that the project as originally conceptualized is not financially feasible. Individuals and couples who had expressed interest in Prairie Ridge by Eastmont, as well as current residents and staff, were notified of the change during a series of Town Hall-style meetings today at the Eastmont campus.

“While we believe we have done everything possible to turn the concept into reality we have decided that any further development of the proposed community will be indefinitely suspended,” said Carol Ernst, Executive Director for Eastmont. “This was an incredibly difficult decision to make and one that we did not take lightly. We recognize some will be disappointed to learn of this decision but we firmly believe it is the right thing to do. Our primary focus is and always has been to serve our Eastmont residents, team members and the community at large.”

Eastmont leaders shared some of the history of the Prairie Ridge project, including the many community focus groups and feedback that were part of its research as it considered the viability of Prairie Ridge. However, due to a variety factors, which include market changes and increases in estimated construction costs, the project is no longer financially feasible.

Ernst was joined at the Town Hall meetings by Eastmont’s affiliated partner, Transforming Age, where the Bellevue, Washington-based not-for-profit CEO, Torsten Hirche, shared his continued commitment to Eastmont and its residents.

Hirche also noted his organization’s history of successfully transforming and revitalizing communities similar to Eastmont and expressed the importance of the partnership as they make plans for the future.

“We are here to support the decisions that Eastmont makes about what is right for its future,” stated Hirche. “We are in this together and are confident that the leadership team here is making the right decision that will benefit the most people and best serve the community.”

Eastmont will continue to explore strategic opportunities to expand its mission, including the property on Yankee Hill Road, and will share those decisions as they are made. In the meanwhile, any monies received by Eastmont from Prairie Ridge depositors will be refunded in full.

“As a not-for-profit with a 50-year legacy in Lincoln, we take the stewardship of our resources very seriously,” continued Ernst. “While we are reprioritizing our investment in the Prairie Ridge project we look forward to sharing updates about our plans for our O Street campus in the coming weeks and months.”

The comprehensive strategic plan for the O Street campus includes construction and enhancements to the community’s entrance and greenspaces, as well as additional common areas and amenities, upgraded parking options, and more independent living apartment homes.

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About Eastmont
Founded in 1965, Eastmont is a faith based, comprehensive senior lifestyle community which offers independent living, assisted living, skilled rehabilitation, long term and end-of-life care.  As a not-for-profit, Eastmont is mission driven, embodies distinct values that guide daily operations, and is committed to being the choice provider of progressive senior living services where individuals thrive in all stages of life.

About Transforming Age
Transforming Age  is a leading not-for-profit organization committed to improving the lives of older adults through community housing and services, technology development, research and advocacy. Founded in 1956, the organization operates 15 communities in the Seattle and Minneapolis metropolitan areas. In addition, it runs an online advocacy forum to combat ageism and its affiliated partner, GSI Research & Consulting, provides market research, consulting, development and management services for the industry. The Transforming Age Foundation provides support for the organization through a variety of philanthropic programs aimed at improving the lives of older adults and society as a whole.

Don't miss this unique opportunity to see Joy Loverde, national aging expert and author of Who Will Take Care of Me When I'm Old. This inspiring seminar features a step-by-step guide to living the life you want now and into the future. Joy will reveal clear, practical and relevant suggestions for building your own unique plan for aging.

Offered at two convenient locations. Refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, February 20th at 10:30am, Hillcrest Country Club, 9401 "O" Street.

Tuesday, February 20th at 6:30pm, The Seasons at Eastmont, 6305 "O" Street.

To RSVP, please call (402) 858-9686.

You don’t have to be a Monopoly expert to compete in our Monopoly Tournament on Sunday, March 18, 2018! The Eastmont Towers Foundation Monopoly Tournament and silent auction is held in the spring each year with funds raised supporting The Monarch Benevolent Care Fund. This fund assists those seeking end-of-life care at The Monarch whose finances have been exhausted.

Gather your team of four players and get ready to enjoy hors d'ouevres, wine and a silent auction followed by an evening of friendly competition. For more information or to register, please visit https://themonarchbyeastmont.org/events or contact Melinda Stone at MelindaS@EastmontTowers.com.

Eastmont latest to join Bellevue, Washington not-for-profit in its mission to challenge the perception of aging

October 4, 2017 – Lincoln, NE – Today, Eastmont, announced its recent affiliation with Transforming Age, a Bellevue, Washington based not-for-profit organization with expertise in senior housing, business services, consumer services, technology, and philanthropy.  The affiliation will help both organizations enhance their ability to grow their collective impact and transform the perception of age.

As the not-for-profit senior living industry continues to evolve in order to adapt to the changing needs of an aging population, including a growing influx of baby boomers who have a different idea of aging than their parents, mergers and affiliations in the industry are becoming increasingly common.

“This is the right decision for our employees, our residents, families, and our community,” said Carol Ernst, Executive Director of Eastmont. “We are excited to join forces with Transforming Age so we can secure the long-term sustainability of our mission and reinforce our efforts to serve older adults.”

Transforming Age has a proven history of affiliating with other senior service organizations, including the recent addition of Full Life, a Home Care and Adult Day Health provider in Seattle. Like previous affiliations, Eastmont will retain its name, its separate 501 c (3) distinction, while allowing it to maintain its rich culture, history, and mission – supporting its ability to provide comprehensive senior living and exceptional health care while giving charitable service to others.

“We are excited to partner with like-minded organizations that are committed to the shared values of serving seniors,” said Torsten Hirche, CEO of Transforming Age. “Many stand-alone communities across the country are being absorbed by for-profit institutions, but we are invested in securing the future of shared mission–focused values with like-minded not-for-profit partners.”

The affiliation comes at a time when Eastmont is planning to expand its services with a new community, Prairie Ridge by Eastmont – a contemporary senior living campus. The new community is scheduled to open in 2021 and will include access to a wide range of senior housing and service options.

When asked if a Seattle-area company would align well with the culture and values of Eastmont, Ernst said, “Actually, Transforming Age has more residents and employees in the Midwest now than they do in Seattle. We’ve been encouraged by the success in Minnesota as those communities have thrived as a part of the Transforming Age family and culture.”

“In joining forces, we become stronger together and increase the relevance of the not-for-profit approach to serving seniors,” explained Hirche. “We have big goals and a big vision.  And we are excited to have dynamic organizations like Eastmont join that mission.”

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About Transforming Age
Transforming Age  is a leading not-for-profit organization committed to improving the lives of older adults through community housing and services, technology development, research and advocacy. Founded in 1956, the organization operates 11 communities in the Seattle and Minneapolis metropolitan areas. In addition, it runs an online advocacy forum to combat ageism and its affiliated partner, GSI Research & Consulting, provides market research, consulting, development and management services for the industry. The Transforming Age Foundation provides support for the organization through a variety of philanthropic programs aimed at improving the lives of older adults and society as a whole.

About Eastmont
Founded in 1965, Eastmont is a faith based, comprehensive senior lifestyle community which offers independent living, assisted living, skilled rehabilitation, long term and end-of-life care.  As a not-for-profit, Eastmont is mission driven, embodies distinct values that guide daily operations, and is committed to being the choice provider of progressive senior living services where individuals thrive in all stages of life.

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