Kendal at Ithaca Begins Expansion

A major expansion and enhancement of Kendal at Ithaca’s community and programs to better serve its current and future residents, staff and the community at large has begun. Located on 104 acres above Lake Cayuga in New York’s Finger Lakes region, Kendal at Ithaca began construction on the $29.3 million project in January 2015.

“Our plans are based on more than two years of study and discussion with Board members, residents and staff,” said Daniel Governanti, Executive Director, Kendal at Ithaca. “Our goal is to ensure Kendal at Ithaca’s viability well into the future by making the community an even better place to live, work and visit. Kendal at Ithaca is:

  • Constructing a two-story building with 24 apartments off the southeast corner of the existing community center,
  • Adding three one-story building wings to the northeast corner of the existing complex for skilled nursing care, and
  • Developing a new centralized entrance and reception area. The new apartment building will bring the total number of residences on site for those living independently to 236.

The skilled nursing enhancements will increase the number of rooms from 35 to 48 and reconfigure them into three separate wings with 16 private rooms each. The new health center will be designed for a more person-centered approach to care, which gives priority to residents’ preferences and goals. Each wing will have a residential feel and include a central kitchen, dining and living room, and adjoining outdoor space.

A new entrance and new reception area are designed to create a definitive, useful and attractive point of entry to the community and will adjoin a new café, new rooms for aerobics and a fitness center. Renovations will be made to dining areas, common areas, some administrative offices and the visiting practitioner area.

Improvements for outside areas include new walking paths, outdoor courtyards, patios, a driveway with a 26-car parking lot at the new entrance and renovation of the existing visitor/entrance parking.

Increasing sustainability is another objective of the expansion project. To the extent possible, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) construction standards and other sustainability measures will be incorporated to improve future operations.

Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED standards provide building owners and operators with a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.

An estimated 20 new jobs will be created by the expansion, making Kendal at Ithaca one of Ithaca’s larger employers with almost 250 employees. The campus currently includes 166 cottages, a farmhouse, 45 apartments, 36 assisted living and 35 skilled nursing accommodations.