New memory care facility coming to Salmon Creek

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Koelsch Senior Communities (KSC) will begin construction this summer on a new memory care facility, the Hampton at Salmon Creek. This will be Koelsch’s third location in the Vancouver area.


Hampton at Salmon Creek
The $8.5 million Hampton at Salmon Creek, a new memory care facility coming to NE 129th Street, is scheduled to break ground in late summer/early fall. Photo: Buck Heidrick

The company plans to have a groundbreaking ceremony in late August or early September, followed by a large open house for the public once construction is complete.

“It’s important to us, and we don’t take it for granted every time we’re fortunate enough to start construction on a new building,” said CEO/ President Aaron Koelsch.

The family-owned KSC provides 24-hour care to its residents, including medication management, medical equipment monitoring and diabetic care management. The majority of Koelsch’s residents are those living with Alzheimer’s or other memory-loss disorders.

At the Salmon Creek location, there will be 42 planned units that house 69 residents in a 33,356-square-foot, single-story, fully secured facility. For development and construction, the total cost of the project is expected to come to $8.5 million and the community will employ approximately 70 to 75 full- and part-time employees once at stabilized occupancy.

“One of the things we believe makes us unique is that we employ nurses around the clock, 24 hours a day, which is not typical for an assisted living building,” Koelsch said.

Koelsch is excited about building a new facility in Washington, where his family started their company nearly 55 years ago. A year and a half before he was born, his parents moved their four children into the basement of an old, empty nursing home they bought.

“Through a lot of hard work and effort they were able to, over time, fill that building up and we had to move out of the basement,” he said. The family moved into a house next door, and thus began the Kolsches’ success in senior housing.

The new memory care community will be located at 2305 NE 129th Street, near Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center.

“The beautiful Salmon Creek area is a perfect fit for our community because we see a need for our unique memory care service in this growing area,” said Elizabeth Genkos, marketing and events specialist at KSC.

“We’re very privileged and excited to be added to the north end of Vancouver there,” added Koelsch. “We love and appreciate Vancouver.”

Residents of the Hampton at Salmon Creek will live in either private or shared accommodations and will be able to enjoy the grounds’ courtyards, raised resident gardens, and even an onsite beauty shop.

The property is being developed by RJ Development Services. The general contractor is Koelsch Construction, and the building designer is LJB Designs. All three companies are based in Olympia. The architecture firm for the project is Wedgewood Architectural Services of Vancouver.