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Bristol View Apartments

Health Care/Memory Care Building

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August 1, 2019

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July 25, 2019

Grand Opening of the FTJ Care Center and Bristol View Apartments

2019 Grand Opening VIP Event

July 2, 2019

Our construction is nearing completion!

Join us on Saturday, July 27th for an Open House.  Stop by anytime between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to tour the new Care Center and/or the new Bristol View Apartments.

July 1, 2019

Our construction is nearly complete

Open House set for the new Care Center and the new Bristol View Apartments Saturday, July 27th.  Come join the excitement and take a tour!

January 31, 2019

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October 17, 2018

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September 13, 2018

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August 1, 2018

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June 26, 2018

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June 18, 2018

New Health Care / Memory Care building
Many loads of gravel and soil have been brought in to backfill the foundation walls and to begin leveling the North end of the building’s footprint, the last half of the Memory Care floor has been poured was poured and the walls in the new Health Care / Memory Care building started going vertical.

Bristol View apartment building
Great progress has been made clearing the lot, sewer and waste line hook ups have been installed, retaining walls continue to be erected and the cement work  has started.

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May 30, 2018

New Healthcare/Memory Care Building 
The walls in the new Health Care / Memory Care building are starting to be put up! The last half of the Memory Care floor is scheduled to be poured on June 1st.

Bristol View Apartments
The Bristol View retaining walls continue to be erected and we anticipate that cement work will begin the week of June 4th.

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May 7, 2018

New Healthcare/Memory Care Building 
The foundation walls are complete, the electricians have begun to install underground conduits and the plumbers are continuing to install underground pipes.





Bristol View Apartments
The lot is still being cleared and leveled, and sewer and waste line hook ups have been prepared in the street behind the building.


Lillian Pratt Refresh

The painting of the common areas is complete. Next week the carpet will begin to be installed which will be done at night to minimize impact to residents ability to move around the building.


April 6, 2018

New Healthcare/Memory Care Building 

We are moving right along with the construction of this building. All of the remaining foundation walls are ready for pouring, and, depending on weather, this will be accomplished in the next few days. Many loads of gravel and soil are being brought in to backfill the foundation walls and to begin leveling the North end of the building’s footprint.


Bristol View Apartments

Great progress is being made in clearing the corner lot. Some time was spent this week digging a holding pond to accommodate the anticipated rainfall.


Lillian Pratt Refresh

Our campus refresh is also progressing nicely. The painters continue to make very good progress in the Lillian Pratt building with the painting of the second and third floor common areas nearly done. Next week they will begin painting on the first floor.

February 23, 2018

Despite mother nature’s steady downpour of rain and snow, we have gone vertical with the foundation walls of our new health care/memory care building. It’s very exciting to see it happening! 

As we are starting the new buildings on campus, we are also undergoing an entire campus “refresh,” meaning the interiors of all our existing buildings are getting new paint, carpet, furniture and fixtures.  We are nearly complete with the health care and memory care building refresh, and this week we started the refresh of our Lillian Pratt assisted living building.  Stay tuned!


January 25, 2018

New Health Care / Memory Care Building Making Headway

The footings have recently been poured, and work on the foundation walls is ready to begin.




December 29, 2017

Building Foundation Coming Soon

The construction team is currently building the frames for the foundation of the new building. They should be done next week so they can be inspected by the City. After inspection, the cement trucks will be out to begin pouring the foundation.

Also, the “Framer” is getting a jump start by pre-building (on site) the interior walls of the new Health Center/Memory Care building. With all of the wet weather, by doing this ahead of time, we will get a little closer to being on schedule.

Work on the new Bristol View apartments on the empty corner lot (and expanding to the carport and gardens) will begin around January 15th. More information on this will be coming soon.

October 23, 2017

We have obtained the permit from the City of Tacoma to commence the ground work for our new Health Care and Memory Care building. Currently the detention pond is being dug and next the earthwork for the foundation will begin.

October 2 – 10, 2017

Trees will be removed. These trees are dangerous because of their age and need to be removed for safety reasons. We are working with our general contractors to preserve slabs of the trees because of their importance to our history.

September 27, 2017

Fencing will go up around the new health care/memory care building job site on the front lawn. The fencing will block the main entrance drive that goes to the right (northeast).

The left (northwest) driveway will still be open. Detour signs will be posted.

Signs on the fence will indicate contaminated soil. Please do not be alarmed. The signs are required but levels of contamination on our construction site are extremely low. The soil is “clean” by federal standards but not clean by state level standards. A company named Medtox will be monitoring the air as soil is exposed to ensure we are safe. Our General Contractor is taking precautions to wash all truck tires and boots as they depart from our job site to make sure the soil is not spread. The contaminated soil signs will come down when the site is capped. 

September 25, 2017

The construction crew’s job site trailer will be arriving and placed in the circular drive outside of the Tobey Jones Building.

September 12, 2017

Ceremonial Groundbreaking

The historic shovel used by Franke Tobey Jones to break ground on the Tobey Jones building in 1924 was wielded by President & CEO Mark Gustafson as he lifted the first shovelful of dirt at the ceremonial groundbreaking of our new health care/memory care building, which is expected to open in early 2019. Board Chair Robert Pentimonti and Campaign Chair Dr. Phil Phibbs were among the crowd. We also welcomed project partners BPCI and LRS Architects as well as many current residents and community members who are eagerly awaiting the completion of the new innovative building.

August 30, 2017

We’re Breaking Ground!

After careful planning, Franke Tobey Jones is breaking ground on a health care and memory care building as well as a new independent living apartment building. A groundbreaking ceremony will be held on September 12 at 4:00 p.m.. Both buildings are expected to be complete in early 2019.

“This is an exciting new chapter in our mission to make a difference in the lives of seniors,” Franke Tobey Jones CEO, Mark Gustafson said. “It is important to us to provide a range of services, not only for the residents and families who call FTJ home, but for the surrounding community that has become so much a part of our culture.”

Health Care and Memory Care Building

The new health care and memory care building has been designed to look like large homes rather than one, large institutional building. The architecture will be in their classic Tudor Style, so it will be a natural extension of the entire campus look and feel. The memory care community will be housed on the lower level of the building with lovely secure, open access courtyards, and the health care community will be located on the top floor of the building. When complete, this building will be home to 43 health care (skilled nursing) residents and 28 memory care residents.

“Our new health care and memory care building will not look or feel like your standard skilled nursing institutional building, where you walk down a long corridor with rooms on both sides,” says Mr. Gustafson.  “The design is innovative and will definitely not be your grandmother’s nursing home.”

Both the health care and memory care community are designed with small “pods” of rooms clustered around open living spaces where residents and family can enjoy quality time together. Nearly all the rooms will be private with private bathroom/shower, and you will not see medication carts in the hallways nor your typical nursing station. Each resident room will house a locked cabinet where the resident’s medications will be kept, and nurses, CNAs and other staff will be free to engage with residents throughout the day in the various living rooms, dining rooms, activity rooms and other gathering spaces.  Meals will be prepared on-site and served in lovely dining rooms. There will also be outdoor patios, lots of windows, plants and water features to provide a real home-like feel.

The memory care community will have a similar look and feel as the health care community, and will also provide secure outdoor courtyards where residents will be free to enjoy the sunshine, fresh air, gardening beds and more.

Bristol View Apartments

Bristol View Apartments will be a two-story, 16 unit apartment building with 10 apartments having views of the Puget Sound. Bristol View Apartment residents will receive all the benefits of Franke Tobey Jones residency and Franke Tobey Jones will handle the entire home and yard maintenance. Bristol View Apartment features will include all two bedroom – two bathroom apartments, ten apartments with views of the Puget Sound, upgraded finishes, gourmet kitchens, outdoor patio, secure underground parking, extra storage, technology equipped with lots of social activities.


The first phase of construction, starting in September, will consist of removing the Poplar trees from the front entry.  After consulting with an arborist, Franke Tobey Jones learned that these trees have grown way past their life span, are likely to fall down, and therefore becoming dangerous. To preserve the trees’ history, they will be saving several cross sections of these trees.

Franke Tobey Jones has been working with Marathon Development, Inc., of Bellevue, WA to provide master planning services. LRS Architects of Portland, OR has provided the architectural design.  BPCI of Puyallup, WA has been engaged as the project General Contractor.

For More Information

Franke Tobey Jones’ first ever Capital Campaign is underway to help support this much needed, innovative health care and memory care building for local seniors.  To learn more, or support the campaign, visit

For further information, please contact Mark Gustafson at Franke Tobey Jones at 253.752.6621 or at

February 17, 2017

What’s up with the BIG HOLES?

You might be wondering why all the big holes are being dug in our front lawns. This is  all part of our expansion project.  What we’re doing is called pit testing which is studying the infiltration rate of water to help us determine what we need to do to address campus runoff water.

If you have questions about the big holes or about any part of our expansion, please feel free to call Mark Gustafson at 756-6235.