New Connections at the Heart
by Larry Zook, President/CEO
The interior and exterior work on crossings East continues through this summer and fall with new residents scheduled to move in by early 2019.
In recent months it is impossible to drive on East Oregon Road and not notice the changes to the heart of the Landis Homes campus. The Crossings apartments and the Calvin G. and Janet C. High Learning & Wellness Center now rise three stories above ground. It is an exciting addition to our campus and is already becoming a place where residents, team members and people from the surrounding community gather to learn, to exercise, to enjoy good, nutritious food at the Owl Hill Bistro and to view the art on display in the Crossings Gallery.
The space also brings together many resident services into the heart of campus, including our PeoplesBank branch, Phoebe Pharmacy, Crossings Salon & Spa, Landis at Home office, The Quiet Place, and a resident business center. The High Foundation Auditorium and Crossings Meeting Room will have many uses including our Pathways Institute for Lifelong Learning® program. A number of staff offices are also consolidated in this new space, which will soon be more accessible to residents from all parts of campus.
While these changes are exciting, there are more to come. By the end of 2018, the bridge and walkways through the Crossings East apartments will connect the Cedar House of personal care to the 33 apartments of Crossings East and the west side of the campus. This will fulfill a longtime dream of residents and team members to be able to go between different levels of living and connect the east side and west side of Landis Homes without going outside into the elements.
Construction is underway on the 24 apartments in Crossings West which is scheduled to open next summer.
As we grow into our new surroundings, I am humbled by all the support and excitement shared with me by members of the community. As I said at the grand opening, “While we don’t completely know what the organization will look like in the years to come, our mission to serve will always remain strong, guided by our values of Joy, Compassion, Integrity, Stewardship and Community.”