Groundbreaking For $10 Million Redevelopment at Friendship Village of South Hills

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Enhancements at Area Community Reflect Changes Ahead in Senior Living

This renovation project will provide a level of service and refinement to meet these expectations and those of the next generation of older adults.

On the heels of winning high honors for ‘best places to work’ in the Pittsburgh area, Friendship Village of South Hills will begin a redevelopment project to help ensure it remains one of the best places to live for area seniors. On Friday, February 8, at 2 p.m., media is invited to the groundbreaking ceremony for a $10 million project that will transform the commons areas of the senior living community. It includes the addition of new dining venues, a new lounge area, new auditorium, new entrance drive, expanded fitness center, and a redesign of the current dining room and kitchen.

“Today’s seniors want choice, flexibility and engaging new experiences,” says Bobbi Jo Haden, senior executive director at Friendship Village. “This renovation project will provide a level of service and refinement to meet these expectations and those of the next generation of older adults.”

Recent studies show the number of older Americans moving to Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) has more than doubled over the last decade. According to the federal Administration on Aging, CCRCs like Friendship Village are meeting a great need. There are currently about 40 million Americans age 65 or older, and that number is expected to nearly double by 2030. Over that same period, the representation of older adults is expected to climb from 12 to 20 percent of the American population.

“To stay ahead of the game, you have to take on some larger-scale projects,” Haden says. “We want people to get a feeling of vibrancy and class at Friendship Village from the moment they arrive at our community.”

Planned enhancements include a new entrance drive, a redesigned parking lot, new porte-cochere and renovated main entrance area at the community. A new auditorium will host plays, performances, a variety of other social activities and special events. The addition of a café adds a new dining venue at Friendship Village and take-out area provides another dining option for residents. A redesign of the current dining room includes creating an open-concept kitchen with a visual cooking area. The project also includes an expanded fitness center to bolster exercise and wellness activities.

Last fall, Friendship Village completed a $4.5 million renovation of its Health Center. It included a new activities room and the complete remodeling of all resident rooms, lounges, staff work areas and the therapy room.

The Health Center and commons areas are part of Friendship Village, a full-service CCRC offering Life Care. The senior living community provides a variety of lifestyle options, from independent living apartments and carriage homes to skilled nursing and memory care, if needed. Services and amenities at the community include a health club, art studio, movie theater and more.

“We’re seeing and hearing great things about the Health Center renovations,” says Haden. “With these further enhancements, we’re excited how it really raises the bar for senior living in the area.”

About Friendship Village of South Hills
Friendship Village, located at 1290 Boyce Road in Upper St. Clair, provides seniors with a unique lifestyle experience and a variety of residence options, including maintenance-free independent living apartments and carriage homes. As a Life Care community, with unlimited access to long-term care, residents also have options such as rehabilitation, including occupational, physical and speech therapy, as well as memory care and skilled nursing care, if ever needed. Additional information about Friendship Village of South Hills is available by calling (724) 941-3100 or by visiting

About Lifespace Communities
Friendship Village is owned and operated by Lifespace Communities, Inc. Founded in 1976, Lifespace Communities, based in Des Moines, Iowa, is a not-for-profit corporation that has grown to operate 12 continuing care retirement communities in seven states, serving more than 5,000 residents and employing 2,500 team members. Communities are located in Iowa, Minnesota, Kansas, Illinois, Nebraska, Pennsylvania and Florida. The organization is recognized by the LeadingAge Ziegler Top 100 as the seventh largest not-for-profit senior living provider system in the country. For more information about Lifespace and its communities, visit

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