The long-awaited, $19-million expansion and repositioning project at the Woodlands at Furman in Greenville, South Carolina, the Upstate’s only university-based retirement community (UBRC), will break ground tomorrow.
The Woodlands at Furman is a nonprofit continuing care retirement community that is locally owned and self-managed. The nearly 20-ha (50-acre) campus is located on the Swamp Rabbit Trail adjacent to Furman University.
“The Woodlands is such a special place, especially with its proximity to and close relationship with Furman University,” said Mary Lou Merkt, the Woodlands at Furman president. “We are delighted to expand the great experience we can provide to additional residents.”
The first phase of the project—a 1208-m2 (13,000-sf) community village with a state-of-the-art wellness center, therapy pool, massage and locker rooms, full-service salon with manicure and pedicure stations, etc.—is expected to be complete by September. This will be followed by the addition of 44 new independent living apartments and the expansion and renovation of dining facilities.
“For the Woodlands at Furman, we are striving to deliver architecture that creates an emotional connection, providing a comfortable, yet stimulating upscale experience,” said Rocky Berg of Dallas-based architecture firm Three.