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Construction begins next week on $78 million retirement community in Shenandoah Valley

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Howard Shockey & Sons Inc. will serve as the general contractor on The Village at Orchard Ridge, a 132-acre, $78 million retirement community being developed by Rockville-based National Lutheran Communities & Services in Winchester. When ground breaks next week, the project will be one of the largest construction developments in the Shenandoah Valley region.

Ultimately, the multi-year development will have a build out of 402,000 square feet.  According to Shockey & Sons, a Winchester-based general contractor, the first phase includes 178 residences (51 cottage homes and 127 apartments) and will be built around a village green. Phase two includes skilled nursing/assisted living, a commons area, and a chapel.

The project plans to incorporate renewable energy sources such as geothermal energy. Cottages will be LEED-certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), incorporating many elements of sustainable building.

In addition to independent living apartments and cottages, The Village at Orchard Ridge also plans home-based assisted living, memory care assisted living and nursing care options.

According to Courtney Malengo of National Lutheran Communities & Services, “the centerpiece of our community is in providing our residents choice and flexibility. Their choice is specifically significant because our philosophy is based on resident -directed care and whole person wellness.”

Designed by Reese, Lower, Patrick & Scott Architects of Lancaster, Pa., the campus is designed to reflect the Main Street character of nearby historic Winchester.  Construction is scheduled to take 24 months, with completion by the spring of 2013.

A groundbreaking dedication will be held Thursday from 2:00-2:45 p.m. at The Village at Orchard Ridge site on State Route 50 West (Northwestern Pike).


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