The Marquardt Village Board of Directors approved plans for a $43 million renovation to its senior housing campus in Watertown, Wisconsin. The renovations will be designed to position Marquardt Village to meet changing lifestyle demands and trends in senior living.
Marquardt Village’s Chief Executive Officer Matt Mauthe said the renovations are key to keeping the retirement center on the leading edge of the ever-evolving health care system. “It’s very important because we have to continue to meet current residents’ needs now and look to their expanding needs in the future,” Mauthe said. “It is also important to the financial health of our organization. We need to continue to be at the forefront of providing care to attract new residents.”
Marquardt Village is a ministry of the Moravian Church—Western District. The retirement village began serving its first residents in 1969 and has been serving seniors and their families for over four decades. Current services include housing for independent living seniors, assisted living, short-term rehabilitation, and long-term nursing care. Home and Community Based Services available to Marquardt Village residents and the community include Hospice, Home Health, Supportive Home Care, and Lifeline.
The planned redevelopment will include the addition of a brand new community center, which will greatly expand the amenities and services for residents. In response to market demand, new independent living apartment homes will be added—located between and connecting two existing apartment buildings. The main entrance to Marquardt Village will move to the south side of campus, and underground parking and connected walkways between new and existing buildings will provide climate-controlled access throughout the community.
Marquardt Village’s mission to serve both our residents and those of the greater community with exceptional care services will be enhanced with a state-of-the-art Memory Care and Assisted Living Center, as well as extensive updates to residences, programming and social spaces for short-term rehabilitation and nursing care.
The project will be financed through private placement bank finances. “In today’s economy, we can take advantage of the extremely low interest rates,” Mauthe said. “It’s more economical to build a new facility than to renovate, based on construction costs. We start with a focus on the residents and what their needs are today and what they will be in the future. Then we design around that,” Mauthe said.
The design will implement as many sustainable practices as are feasible, including geothermal wells and passive solar panels to heat water. Energy savings could result in a 60 percent decrease in Marquardt Village’s energy bills.
While news of this redevelopment is exciting, it is much more than an upgrade in appearance and service; it is a firm commitment to current and future residents and an investment in the Watertown community.
We recognize the need for support of the Moravian community in our plans. Please remember residents and staff of Marquardt Village in your prayers as we embrace these changes and enhancements in the next few years. “It’s exciting for us and our residents,” Mauthe said. “Our goal is to continue our mission into perpetuity.”
Lori Werbeckes, CFRE, is Foundation Director for Marquardt Village in Watertown, Wis.
The redevelopment of Marquardt Village retirement center includes: (gold) independent living and assisted living; (ivory) community center, assisted living and memory care, short-term rehabilitative crea; (orange) long-term nursing care; (white) existing buildings.
From the November 2012 Moravian Magazine