Greetings from Administration – May 2017

It was a good feeling to walk outside last month and see the sustained change of seasonal weather, especially after a winter that saw February bring temperatures in the 70’s and a subsequent snowstorm in March! Some say spring is the time of plans and projects. We also know that spring breathes new life into the world around us. Our community is getting ready to “spring” into action with our Long Range Plan project for Town Center.

As we mentioned in our Town Hall meeting earlier this year with our design architect Tim Barnhill of Hord, Coplan, Macht (HCM), our project list can be overwhelming with all the details. Nonetheless, we are excited about this new chapter in the life of Riderwood! (Incidentally, I also have a long, detailed list of things to do at my home after the winter months. I may need to keep the leisure activities and various related equipment in storage for a little while longer after talking with my wife. Riderwood is much like my home with projects and the like!)

With all of the detail, moving parts and sequencing that goes on with a project so large, I mentioned in our Town Hall meeting that we’d need to break down our Town Center project into simple timeframes that are communicated well. A quote from Albert Einstein is relevant here: “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.” Although there is much complexity to the project, we are intent on making sure that we are communicating well in an easy-to-understand way, so all of us know what to expect.

As we expect some visible changes to start sometime in June, we are in the process of establishing a Long Range Communication Committee that will involve resident leadership to provide accurate and timely updates to residents, families, and staff. Although our intentions are good, we know that we might miss a beat here and there. Please, feel free to let me know if you have any thoughts regarding how we can communicate better.

I want to thank everyone for their input and ideas as we’ve developed these plans over time, especially the Core Committee and Design Input Group (DIG) for Town Center. Various iterations of the plans were designed after significant resident and staff input. And I also want to thank everyone for their patience as we will certainly have some inconvenience imposed on us all during the construction. If you’ve ever had a major project in your home, like remodeling a kitchen or the like, you know what I’m talking about. But, the end product will be worth it! I look forward to seeing you around Riderwood.

– Gary Hibbs
Executive Director

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