Village Square & Hopewell Grand Opening weekend

The public is warmly invited to tour Village Square and Hopewell on Saturday, January 27 between 11 am and 3 pm as we celebrate the completion of this phase of Project Envision at Messiah Lifeways at Messiah Village.  Check out these great articles and photos from three local publications:


The Sentinel

Central Penn Business Journal

Follow us on social media this weekend as we share all the latest news and photos from our grand opening celebration!


New Private Nursing Rooms Set to Open

The first phase of Project Envision is ready to be celebrated!
On Sunday, July 30, guests are invited to Messiah Village for self-guided tours of the brand-new Engle and Greenwood Nursing Neighborhoods. The open house will run from 2 pm – 5 pm. Each neighborhood will be home to 16 residents who will enjoy private suites with a personal bedroom and bathroom with shower. Each neighborhood boasts an open concept kitchen and a great room and living room with fireplaces and built-ins to provide plenty of bright, common space. The views from these new areas are spectacular!

The Engle Neighborhood is named in honor of former Messiah Village residents, the late Dr. Harold H. Engle and the late Miss Alma Engle. The siblings were both well-known medical professionals and their combined estate gifts were among the leading charitable gifts for this project. A special art commission by noted calligrapher Timothy Botts honoring the family and celebrating their naming gift will be unveiled at a private reception in late July.

Residents should begin moving into these private rooms in August. At this time, there are still a few private rooms available for qualified applicants. If you are interested in a loved one moving to one of these new nursing neighborhoods, please reach out to the Messiah Lifeways Welcome Center at 717.790.8201 or email

Campus Expansion in the News

The campus expansion at Messiah Village made front-page news in the February 6 edition of The Sentinel. Reporter Phyllis Zimmerman interviewed VP Kristen Heisey and others to bring readers all the latest news from Project Envision. If you missed the Sentinel’s great coverage, catch up here. It’s estimated that the project is at nearly 60% completion. The Greenwood & Engle nursing neighborhoods could open  as early as August 2017.

Project Envision Moves Ahead!

October 29, 2015 (Mechanicsburg, PA) More than 200 dignitaries and community leaders joined Messiah Lifeways executives for the Project Envision ceremonial groundbreaking today. President & CEO Curt Stutzman noted that this event is a milestone in the organization’s 119-year history. “Today we symbolically and literally dig in and embark on a comprehensive $77 million expansion that will bring nearly 160 new residents and a vast array of amenities to our Messiah Village campus. Years of strategic planning have brought us here and we are grateful for all the advisors, partners, and friends who have made it possible.” Stutzman and others, including George Book, Jr., President & CEO of the West Shore Chamber of Commerce, highlighted the fact that this project will result in up to 30 new permanent jobs and will increase tax revenues to Upper Allen Township and Mechanicsburg Area School District. Construction is slated to begin before the end of this calendar year and will last for at least 18 months.

In addition to a large number of current Messiah Village residents who joined in the celebration, a group of Village Square depositors were specially acknowledged during the ceremony. Village Square will include 84 apartment homes with underbuilding parking. More than 40 couples and/or individuals have made financial deposits to reserve their new home at Village Square, expected to open in summer 2017.

Messiah Lifeways Board Chair Glenn Heisey underscored the importance of Project Envision’s first phase as a comprehensive three-part expansion. “Beyond new residential living accommodations at Village Square, we are looking ahead at how to best serve future generations. We live in one of the nation’s ‘grayest’ states so our new private nursing rooms and spacious personal care apartments will be key to meeting current and future demand.”

Some of the key professional project team members were also recognized during the program.

Development Consultant — Greenbrier Development, Dallas, TX

Architect– Stewart & Conners Architects, Charlotte, NC

Landscape Architect — RGS Associates, Lancaster, PA

Builder — Whiting-Turner, Baltimore, MD

Interior Design — Interior Design Associates, Inc., Nashville, TN

Advertising Agency — LevLane, Philadelphia, PA

Financing Consultant — Ziegler, Chicago, IL

Financing Bank — BB&T, Winston-Salem, NC

Legal Counsel — Latsha, Davis & McKenna, Mechanicsburg PA

Kristen Heisey, Vice President of Strategic Development & Marketing, applauded this group’s talent and effort. She also shared high praise for Upper Allen Township officials who have “gone above and beyond” in helping this project plan become a reality. “It’s a great day – the years of meetings, planning, and collaborating have brought us to groundbreaking and we are anxious to begin.”

Project Envision is a 20-year plan for a mission-driven Messiah Village campus. Phase one includes the building of Village Square with apartment homes, dining, wellness, and enrichment venues. Phase one also includes adding 26 Enhanced Living apartments and 2 new nursing neighborhoods with 32 private rooms. Plans also include renovating and privatizing an existing 32 nursing rooms so that when this project is complete, Messiah Lifeways at Messiah Village will have 64 of its 184 skilled nursing beds designated as private accommodations.

Artist’s rendering of two new nursing neighborhoods, each with 16 private rooms, that will be added to the existing Village Center building.


This view, from the existing Village Center lobby, shows an addition of 26 spacious new personal care apartments, along with new living and dining areas and outdoor space. The addition will connect, via covered walkway, to the existing Village Center.