Presbyterian Manor plans ‘multi-million dollar’ renovation, expansion

It’s been more than 40 years since Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America built its 13-acre Wichita Presbyterian Manor campus at 4700 W. 13th St.

Officials of the Wichita-based operator of 18 senior-living communities in Kansas and Missouri announced Wednesday it is time for an update.

PMMA announced a two-phase renovation and expansion project at Wichita Presbyterian Manor, construction costs of which are expected to total $35 million, said Bruce Shogren, president and CEO of PMMA.

“Even though our campus has served us well … that model it was built on was really a medical model,” Shogren said. “What we’re looking to do is really a residential model.”

The first phase of the project will include new facilities for its assisted-living residents and its skilled nursing patients. The new facilities will double the number of assisted-living units to 48. It also will shrink the number of skilled nursing beds by 10, he said, for a total of 50 beds. The first phase of the project will also add 24 assisted living memory support suites, “something we have not had on this campus,” Shogren said.

During construction of the new facilities – which resemble a large apartment complex in the artist’s rendering – assisted living residents and skilled nursing patients will reside in their current facilities. Upon completion, they will be moved to the new buildings, Shogren said.

The second phase of the project will comprise 90 independent-living apartments. Those apartments will replace a series of cottages and duplexes currently on the campus. Shogren said construction on the new independent-living units will start sometime after the first phase is completed and Presbyterian Manor has 75 percent of the new independent-living units reserved. It’s a requirement of the bond financing PMMA is using for the project, he said.

Construction is expected to begin sometime in spring 2013, Shogren said. Bids have not been let because construction plans are being finalized. AG Architecture of Wisconsin is the architect. “We just finished a project in St. Louis with them,” he said. “They really have an eye for helping an organization like us look at a site and envision what it can be.”

Shogren joked he wouldn’t want to have to do this more often than every 30 or 40 years.

“I don’t think we could afford to do this every 10,” he said.