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Pinkard Construction Completes Frasier’s New HillTop

BOULDERPinkard Construction recently completed construction of Frasier retirement community’s HillTop project, the complete overhaul and renovation of the fifth floor of the original building which opened in 1960. Frasier is  Colorado’s only accredited continuing care retirement community (CCRC) located on a 20-acre campus in Boulder.

The new HillTop will be used for resident social gatherings and will provided additional lounge space for the nearly 400 Frasier residents.

The $2 million renovation transforms Frasier’s previous Sky Lounge into a new, well-appointed social area with a catering kitchen, fireplace, and floor-to-ceiling high-E electro-chromatic dimmable SageGlass window.

Other features of the work include relocated and expanded restrooms, a new banquet/serving area, and considerably upgraded interior finishes including granite and rich hardwood trim. Exterior modifications included a new canopy “eyebrow,” new stucco with added architectural columns and piers.

Throughout the project, as-built drawings from 1960 frequently proved challenging, resulting in many conditions that tested the owner’s budget and schedule, and the construction team’s creativity. While the project finished within budget, a late-phase manpower push was necessary to finish on time for Thanksgiving.

A bequest from the estate of Leo Hill, former Frasier resident and Boulder community leader, helped to define this project and allowed for numerous finish and scope upgrades. As a result, the new space was renamed from Sky Lounge to HillTop. Frasier President and Chief Executive Tim Johnson said it is one of the largest bequests in the retirement community’s history.

The Hilltop project was designed by Hord Coplan Macht—also the architect on Frasier’s on-going master plan expansion. Pinkard Construction is the construction manager/general contractor for the $90+ million expansion, which includes The Prairies, a 98-apartment independent living building. The expansion also includes a new arts and education center, an expanded wellness center, and extensive renovations of dining venues.

Photos courtesy of Pinkard Construction

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