Introducing the Renovation Team: Stewart/Perry Construction Co.

By Sarah Sexton | Publish Date May 19, 2021

This week we are so excited to introduce our partner in making the dreams and drawings of Cedar Ridge at Kirkwood come to life, Stewart/Perry Construction Co.

Stewart/Perry has been around almost as long as Kirkwood by the River and their commitment to “delivering value beyond the build” on every project really sets them apart from the rest.They will be the partner working to construct our new offering, Cedar Ridge at Kirkwood. As soon as the site work is finished, they will begin construction on the first of 18 single family cottage homes here on our 120 acre Kirkwood campus.

Merrill Stewart of Stewart/Perry has had a long time relationship with our community as his mother lived in our community for many years and Merrill came to visit often! We feel like this connection really helps their team know exactly what our mission is and how they can best help us to achieve it. Our hope and prayer is that this new offering of Cedar Ridge at Kirkwood will provide a care free living experience for older adults with out worries of receiving the best care they can as they age. We know Stewart/Perry along with the rest of our renovation team will rise to the standard of excellence that we, here at Kirkwood, set for ourselves and our community!

Thank you Stewart/Perry Construction Co. for partnering with us in this endeavor to better meet the needs of our current and future residents and families!


The Residents

Our residents come from different backgrounds and bring their unique qualities, talents, and life experiences to complete the Kirkwood community. Here are just a few reflections from some individuals who call Kirkwood their home.

My time at Kirkwood was spectacular; they taught me how to walk again. The staff was outstanding, and the care was beyond reproach. When I arrived, I had a long way to go. I was very sick. The first night, they had to lift me as I could not move by myself. When I left, they were chasing me down the hallway. They taught me how to perform the activities of daily living again. It was the best care I could have prayed for, and on top of that, the food was spectacular.

Eli Gold Past Resident

I fell in love with the cottage and the view from my back porch. I am excited to have a yard for Ginger, my poodle, to play in and my own garage, all within an established retirement community!

Charlotte Hamilton Current Resident

My husband and I looked at a number of places when deciding to move to a retirement community. For the most part, we found communities that said, ‘We’re going to take care of you.’ But Kirkwood was different. It wasn’t just about taking care of us. It was also about having fun, having friends, and living life to the fullest. The attitude at Kirkwood was positive and the atmosphere was comforting. We simply couldn’t resist. Without a doubt, the location was ideal. The Cahaba Room that overlooks the river, the mountains, the trails – there were just so many things about life. The community was lively. It was alive.

Alice Brooks Current Resident

We realized we were approaching an age where we might need more assistance than what just downsizing could provide. Knowing we have my sons nearby and the levels of care should we need it is comforting, and the beautiful hillside, river, and the woods makes it that much more appealing. We don’t know of any other community that has the woods, the various levels of care, and so many different amenities.

Phyllis and John Guschke Current Residents

We were moving my parents down from the Cleveland area to be near us. I looked at almost every retirement place in the Birmingham area. The second I turned into Kirkwood’s drive and drove up the hill, I knew that I’d found the perfect place for my parents to live in Alabama. In the six years that my parents have been at Kirkwood, I have always felt nothing but love and helpfulness from every staff member. Everyone is always helpful with a pleasant attitude. You can truly see and feel the family atmosphere. I’m happy that my parents can call Kirkwood their home.

Brenda Sheehan Kirkwood family member

When we learned that Cedar Ridge was being developed, that seemed to fit our needs very well. It is the ideal place for the next phase of our retirement.

Carol and Arthur Stephens Current Residents

One thing that we feel is very important here at Kirkwood by the River is the relationship that we have between the staff and the residents. They are dedicated to making our life here as safe and secure and pleasurable as possible. That goes a long way.

Fred Rogers Current Resident

The community's cottage living surrounded by a wooded, natural environment with access to future healthcare services is what attracted us to Kirkwood!

Rick and Jane Ricketts Current Residents