March 25, 2019
The south end of Medicine Hat is a busy place. The commercial centre is seeing new infill development with restaurants, hotels and grocery stores under construction. Nearby, Masterpiece Southland Meadows is expanding its footprint.
Since opening in 2017, the 150,000 square foot Masterpiece Southland Meadows has been a model for quality living, service and care in Medicine Hat.
Now, construction of Masterpiece Southland Meadows Phase II is under way, adding 104,000 square feet for 81 contemporary living spaces geared towards residents who require independent living and light care services.
Once complete, Masterpiece Southland Meadows will be a 255,000 square foot long-term care facility with seven levels of care ranging from independent living to dementia support.
Similar to Phase I, the suites and public spaces in Phase II will have a nature-inspired colour scheme, incorporating neutral tones with splashes of colour. The suites have a modern, open-concept kitchen and living space, barrier-free showers, ceilings up to 12 feet high, plus access to the building’s amenities. So far, Phase II is 50% leased.
Masterpiece Retirement was founded in 2001 by Tim Garforth-Bles. The company developed four similar long-term care facilities in Alberta, including the 133-unit Masterpiece River Ridge in Medicine Hat. The company also developed a 600-unit facility in Montreal.
The new facility in Medicine Hat gives residents the opportunity to stay close to home and receive advanced care.
“Medicine Hat is a good retirement market,” says Garforth-Bles. “Seniors are a growing segment of the population and a lot of people are coming to Medicine Hat from Saskatchewan.”
Masterpiece Southland Meadows currently employs approximately 250 in health care, hospitality, recreation and maintenance, and expects to add 10-15 additional staff when phase II opens later in 2019.
“Masterpiece Southland Meadows is a great facility for Medicine Hat,” says Jon Sookocheff, director of business development at Invest Medicine Hat. “This project is creating new health care jobs and opportunities for our community’s existing pool of skilled workers.”
This summer, at the height of construction, there will be approximately 60 construction workers on site.