Louisville senior living community begins $2.6 million renovation, energy savings initiative

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Dec. 6, 2012) — Christian Care Communities’ senior living community in downtown Louisville is “going green” with a $2.6 million renovation and energy savings initiative. Public officials joined with Christian Care staff and residents Tuesday at Friendship House for a ceremonial kickoff to signal the start of the $2.6 million green project.

The renovation and energy savings project will provide the 500 residents of Chapel House, Friendship House and Christian Health Center with a more comfortable and energy-efficient campus community. Slated improvements include brighter, energy-efficient lighting, new boilers and improved air-conditioning, additional insulation and water conserving plumbing fixtures. The renovation will be managed by Johnson Controls and will create 37 temporary jobs.  Work will begin immediately and be completed in six months.

“With residents and staff numbering close to 800, Christian Care’s downtown campus resembles a small town, and this investment in green technology and equipment will be repaid in accrued cost savings as it positively impacts operations, maintenance and materials,” said Nick Harshfield, Vice President of Finance for Christian Care Communities. “On the energy side alone, Christian Care immediately stands to save a minimum of 26 percent on its overall utility costs, while creating sustainability and protecting the environment for future generations.”

In terms of actual dollars, future energy savings will be significant. Currently, utility costs at the senior living community average $47,000 per month and that will immediately decrease to $34,000 per month, as guaranteed by a 15-year energy saving performance contract with Johnson Controls.

Financing for the renovation and energy savings project was provided by United Bank & Trust Company in Georgetown, Ky.

Christian Care Communities is Kentucky’s largest faith-inspired, non-profit provider of affordable housing, services, and long-term care for Older Adults. Headquartered in Louisville, Christian Care’s senior living communities and programs for Older Adults are located in Bowling Green, Corbin, Grayson, Hartford, Hopkinsville, Lexington, Louisville, Owensboro and Taylorsville. Christian Care is actively pursuing grants to fund and launch Go Green renovations at its additional senior living communities across the state.

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