Second Street fixture to get upgrade

July 01, 2002|by STACEY DANZUSO

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A $350,000 project will upgrade the interior of The Shook Home and change its South Second Street exterior.

There are two phases to renovations at the 64-bed nursing home that has been a fixture in the borough for nearly 75 years, said Edward Parks, chief executive officer.

Work began a couple of weeks ago on the first resident's room, including dry walling, painting, wall papering, adding a dropped ceiling and new heating and air conditioning units, he said.


"We're doing one room at a time so as not to disrupt the residents," Parks said.

Each room takes about three weeks to complete, and residents are temporarily relocated to a spare room.

"We're trying to upgrade the rooms and make life more comfortable for residents," Parks said.

The project is expected to carry into 2003, he said.

The second phase of the remodeling project will begin in August. That includes a new reception area, new entrance, new central bath area and a lounge area for residents.

The highlight will be "a new front porch area for residents who like to sit and enjoy the air," Parks said.

The current porch will be expanded and a portion will also be glassed in and climate-controlled.

"We find a lot of residents enjoy watching the traffic flow," along Second Street, he said. "It will provide a nice environment for evenings so they can sit in a ventilated area."

The renovations will also change the entrance on Second Street, where visitors currently walk straight into a corridor with patient rooms.

"Visitors will no longer walk into a living space. This will create privacy," Parks said.

He said he hopes bids for the work will go out this month so a contractor can get started in August.

Parks said both phases of the project will cost around $350,000, and a lot of the work will be done in-house since it is difficult to contract for work that is done room by room.

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