Witherell renovations proceeding smoothly

First Selectman Peter Tesei was on hand to receive a check from the Friends of Nathaniel Witherell to help pay for the facility’s Project Renew. — John Ferris Robben photo

First Selectman Peter Tesei was on hand to receive a check from the Friends of Nathaniel Witherell to help pay for the facility’s Project Renew.
— John Ferris Robben photo

The Capital Campaign for the renovation of Nathaniel Witherell is off to an exciting and energetic start, officials announced recently.

Saying that it represents a strong commitment from the community for the capital campaign, the Friends of Nathaniel Witherell just presented a check for $1 million to First Selectmen Peter Tesei at a special ceremony at the town-owned facility. The capital campaign is a first for the 110-year-old, 202-bed skilled nursing and short term rehabilitation facility and is in its early stages.

David Ormsby, chairman of the Board of the Friends of Nathaniel Witherell, stated “This is a great start to our capital campaign. The check represents the first installment on our $7 million commitment to the town to support Project Renew, our exciting new renovation. It also demonstrated a commitment to our town’s most vulnerable citizens — our elder seniors for whom home care is no longer an option.”

In January, the town began a $26 million, 19-month construction project designed to upgrade and modernize the historic Witherell building, founded in 1903 at 70 Parsonage Road. Project Renew is the culmination of 10 years of study and debate by the state of Connecticut and the town of Greenwich. The state has agreed to provide up to $12 million over a 20-year period, the Friends of Nathaniel Witherell is committed to providing at least $7 million and the town will finance the remainder of the cost of construction.

Highlights of Project Renew include an increase in the number of private rooms from 26 to 64; the elimination of the 10 four-bedded, single toilet rooms; a substantial expansion of the Rehabilitation Center; an upgrade on all long-term care rooms in the 1975 Tower Building, more public areas for family and friends; the installation of a fire sprinkler and suppression system in the 1933 Administration Building; improvement to the central plant HVAC electrical and mechanical systems, including installing new boilers and upgrading the emergency generator to meet Health Code requirements; and modernizing the three existing elevators and installing a new one.

Andy Fox, chair of the town’s Nathaniel Witherell Building Committee, confirmed that despite occasional surprises common to the renovation of older structures, Project Renew is proceeding smoothly, on time and within budget.

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