Cunningham-Limp Construction is building a unique multimillion-dollar senior care living complex.
By Kat Zeman
As a full-service real estate solutions firm that specializes in development, design and construction, Cunningham-Limp Construction has tackled many high-profile projects over the years.
The Novi, Mich.-based company, which has been under its current leadership and business structure since 1984, is known for projects that include the Southwest Detroit Lighthouse Academy in Detroit and the George P. Johnson headquarters and the Louca Mold and Aerospace Machining facility, both in Auburn Hills, Mich. Now the company is undertaking another high-profile project in St. Clair Shores, Mich.
Construction on the new multimillion-dollar Lakeshore Senior Living facility is nearing completion, with a projected opening sometime this winter. Promoted as a high-end building with an affordable price tag, the 143,000-square-foot building sits at a scenic location. “Its unique feature is that it’s located right off of Lake St. Clair so that a number of units and common area will have beautiful lakeside views,” Cypress Partners Project Manager Jeff Buck says.
The building features a mixture of one- and two-bedroom floor plans and houses a 25,000-square-foot Alzheimer’s care unit. Out of the 140 total units, 22 are dedicated to memory care. “What’s nice about having the memory care wing is that if someone moves in as an independent, and later in life they have memory issues, they can transfer to the memory care unit,” Buck says.
Lakeshore Senior Living embraces the concept of wellness for the mind, body and spirit. The residence offers a full array of wellness programs to promote staying active.
The building’s amenities include a worship chapel for all faiths, a café, hair salon, movie theater, arts and crafts area, computer lab, and a fitness center with daily assisted exercise programs. There also is a pub and full-service bar on the third floor.
Its dining room will offer gourmet menus prepared by a culinary team that uses fresh and healthy ingredients.
The garden-style café is designed to provide residents with a place to gather with friends and family. “The building will be gorgeous,” Buck says. “The third floor overlooks the lake with doors that open onto a Romeo and Juliet-type of balcony.”
Lakeshore Senior Living also offers fully equipped kitchens with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances in each room, complimentary laundry facilities on each floor and a weekly housekeeping service. It is located within a quarter-mile of a library, city hall and the city marina.
Transportation to local services is included and pets are welcome. Each unit also has a personal emergency response system. In addition, Lakeshore will provide private services and three meals a day to residents. A home healthcare staff member will be available to visit residents in their private apartments to assist them with things like bathing, dressing and medication reminders. One-bedroom independent units will start at $3,300 per month and two-bedroom units at $3,600 per month.
The building is the former site of an abandoned church and school. The project required the demolition of all existing buildings and a relocation of a sewer pipeline. “It was necessary to relocate the county drain and since it’s so close to the lake, it was complex,” says Don Webb, senior project manager.
Cunningham-Limp is also rebuilding two little league baseball fields as a part of the senior living community project. Lakeshore Senior Living donated that land to the city.
A Step Ahead
Cunningham-Limp operates in 20 states throughout the United States. It specializes in new construction and renovation projects for large industrial facilities, hospitals, manufacturing plants, large office buildings and senior living facilities.
By actively managing a team of real estate experts, financial advisors, architects, engineers and construction professionals, the company prides itself on having a strong grasp on projects from concept through completion.
Cunningham-Limp says that brings value to the table during the planning stages — a step where other companies might fall short. It is during this phase when the company claims to have the greatest influence on schedule, scope and budget. “We do what we say,” Webb says. “We meet or exceed budget and project timing requirements and we pay attention to detail and the customer comes first. These are standard buzz words, but for us they are true.”
The company has worked on numerous LEED-certified projects throughout the years. It is a member of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Friends Association. Cunningham-Limp has received awards including:
* The Spirit of Detroit award from the City Council of Detroit;
* D Profiler Vision Award from Beck Technology;
* Award of Excellence in Construction from the Builders Exchange of Northwest Michigan;
* Silver Distinction from the Brick Industry Association;
* Outstanding Achievement Award from the Engineering Society of Detroit;
* Excellence Award from the Michigan Commercial Real Estate; and
* New Construction Silver Distinction from the U.S. Green Building Council.