DALLAS, [July 20, 2018] – Ventana by Buckner, a $140 million luxury high-rise community for seniors in North Dallas, marked the project’s halfway point with a topping out ceremony today.
The milestone included the raising of a ceremonial beam and tree to the top of the north tower. Speakers included Charlie Wilson, senior vice president for Buckner Retirement Services; Rick Pruett, executive director of Ventana by Buckner; and Albert Reyes, president/CEO of Buckner International. The trio thanked workers with general contractor Whiting-Turner, who began construction on June 12, 2017.
“We are extremely grateful to every single person who has labored to bring Ventana by Buckner to its midway milestone in only 13 months,” said Pruett. “The high quality of work put into the construction process is representative of the high-quality of life Ventana will provide its residents with luxurious features and amenities and excellent health and wellness services.”
Ventana by Buckner is Dallas’ first and only luxury high-rise Life Care community. Its adjacent 12-story towers will house 189 independent apartment homes, including one-, two- and three-bedroom options and ranging from 800 to 1,900 square feet. Ventana includes the full continuum of care for senior adults, with assisted living, nursing care, memory care, and a rehabilitation component.
The community will also include underground parking, multiple dining venues and lounges, spacious common areas, modern wellness and fitness centers, heated indoor pool, salon and spa, movie theater, rooftop garden, multiple patios and more.
Ventana was designed by Dallas award-winning architect David Dillard and his firm, D2 Architecture. It will open to its first residents by mid-2019.
Buckner opened its first retirement community in 1954. Ventana by Buckner will be its sixth retirement care property in Texas. For more information about Ventana by Buckner, visit VentanaByBuckner.com.
ABOUT BUCKNER RETIREMENT SERVICES, INC.
Buckner Retirement Services, Inc. is one of the largest not-for-profit senior living organizations in Texas dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for senior adults and their families by promoting an active, healthy Christian lifestyle while maintaining their independence and dignity. Buckner Retirement Services is part of Buckner International, a global faith-based ministry serving more than 350,000 people each year in Texas and six countries worldwide. Learn more about Buckner Retirement Services at Buckner.org/Retirement-Services.
Rick Pruett, vice president and director of Operations Management for Life Care Services, has been named executive director for Ventana by Buckner, Dallas’ first high-rise senior living community, scheduled to open in mid-2019.
The announcement was made by Charlie Wilson, senior vice president for Buckner Retirement Services, a division of Dallas-based Buckner International. In making the announcement, Wilson highlighted Pruett’s “vast experience as a senior living professional. Rick is a leader with passion and vision who strategically plans and directs quality services within a living community.”
Pruett has worked in senior living since 1998, serving as an officer for two leading senior living organizations during the past 12 years. He has supported the work of multiple campuses in several states and helped open new communities, community repositioning, refinancing and quality improvement for existing communities. He has been with Life Care Services since 2013 and prior to that, served as vice president of Management Services for Greystone Communities in Irving, Texas, for seven years. In addition, Pruett served as executive director/administrator for three senior living communities from 1998-2006.
“Rick brings a passion for serving seniors and is a perfect fit for Buckner,” said Albert Reyes, president/CEO of Buckner International. “His skills and experience are a great benefit for Ventana and our future residents.”
Pruett, who begins with Ventana June 18, said he is looking forward to leading the senior living community as it prepares to open next year.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be in on the ground floor of an upscale community like Ventana and to set the standards of excellence as we hire our team and anticipate opening in 2019,” he said. “I’m excited to join Buckner and work alongside such a great team of professionals.”
Pruett, who earned his Master of Health Administration degree from Warren University, is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He also earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Southwestern Assemblies of God University. He and his wife Lindy have two sons, Trey and Braden.