Shell Point Retirement Community Breaks Ground On New Skilled Nursing Facility

Florida’s Largest Continuing Care Retirement Community

(FORT MYERS, FL AND OMAHA, NE) – We are excited to celebrate with Shell Point Retirement Community on their official groundbreaking ceremony of Waterside Health Center, a new 195,141-square-foot skilled nursing facility in Ft. Myers, Florida.

“The new Waterside Health Center will increase our ability to offer unique, state-of-the-art healthcare services in a more comfortable and convenient setting so that Shell Point’s medical team can provide personalized care to an even greater number of Shell Point residents and the surrounding community.”

Shell Point President Martin Schappellsaid

More than 150 people attended the ceremony for the building that will be located at the front entry of Shell Point’s approximately 700-acre Continuing Care Retirement Community – the largest CCRC in Florida. The new facility will include 180 beds with 162 private rooms and 9 companion rooms across its six levels. After the groundbreaking ceremony, the administration staff hosted a dedication lunch for over 100 residents, the design and construction teams, and employees of the future medical office facility. In attendance to represent RDG Planning & Design were Dave Heuring and Scott Horn. 

In 1970, Shell Point set out to meet the demands of coming generations to create a small retirement village. For the last three decades, they have collaborated with RDG Planning & Design on master plans, residential neighborhoods, commons, and healthcare facilities to grow into Shell Point Retirement Community, Florida’s largest CCRC. The Waterside Health Center is the final component of the healthcare expansion to serve their residents for the next fifty years. RDG Planning & Design is the architect and Weitz will serve as the project’s construction manager. This will be the 37th senior living project the two firms have designed and constructed together since 1972, including three other skilled nursing facilities ― Glenridge on Palmer Ranch (Sarasota, Fla.), The Woodlands at John Knox Village (Pompano Beach, Fla.) and Oak Hammock at the University of Florida (Gainesville, Fla.) ― that draw additional layers of inspections and approvals that must be passed by Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration.

“We are excited to build the Waterside Health Center for Shell Point and look forward to establishing a long-term, trusting relationship by delivering on the expectations Shell Point has established to enhance the level of care provided to its 2,500 residents. Including RDG, the collective expertise of our three organizations is extremely complementary and will positively influence our work together on this project.”

The Weitz Company Executive Vice President and General Manager Dennis Gallagher

Scheduled for completion in fall 2021, the building will include a grand entrance and lobby, rehabilitation center with therapy pool, health clinic, pharmacy, dental suite, nurse stations, dining and living rooms, sunrooms, plus a salon and day spa. Additional features include a butterfly garden, chapel and prayer garden, boardwalk, gazebo and bistro.

>> Learn more about the this project

RDG Planning & Design is one of the nation’s leading creative firms: one of the top 300 architecture firms in the U.S. according to Architectural Record Magazine, among other citations. RDG’s multifaceted network of professionals in architecture, artistry, planning, landscape architecture, multimedia, and interior design work create meaningful projects. RDG maintains a personable, collaborative approach that reflects its Midwestern roots and commitment to community. With more than 40 years of experience in senior living, RDG is continually recognized as a national leader within the industry.

Design Team – Special thank you to our design consultants who partnered with us on this project.

For more information regarding this announcement, contact RDG Planning & Design Communications Director Elly Heckel at

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