Friendship Retirement Community celebrated the start of construction on Friendship Health & Rehab South.

They broke ground on the new nursing care facility this afternoon on Starkey Road in Roanoke.

The 73-thousand square foot facility will cost $13 million, and will boast 120 private rooms for patient rehabilitation while serving more of the community. 

Construction will last about 18 months and should be complete by Fall of 2015.