Design Center

Oak Park Heights, Minnesota
DESIGN FIRM:JSSH Architects, Inc. (952) 935-6337
CONSTRUCTION FIRM:Adolfson & Peterson Construction (952) 544-1561
RESIDENT UNITS:56 Townhouses; 94 Assisted Living apartments (including 17 Memory Care); 101 Independent Living apartments (future construction phases include 150 more Townhouses [groundbreaking, spring 2003] and a Skilled Nursing Facility [within two to three years])
TOTAL AREA:353,482 sq. ft.
COST/SQ. FT.:$59 IL, $69 AL, and $160 Town Center
Mark Moilanen, Campus Administrator: “Our campus has been designed to create a sense of community, independence, and self-sufficiency by bringing numerous services under one roof, as well as bringing the greater community to our campus. Our Town Center includes a movie theater, a beauty salon and barbershop, a museum for the historical society, a cafT, a branch of the First Bank of Bayport, a general store, a library, an observatory with a telescope and viewing platform, a technology center, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and two swimming pools. In addition, another organization rents space here to operate an adult day care program, and we arranged for a children’s day care center that was already operating in the area to relocate to our campus when we opened, as well.

“Besides encouraging independence, we wanted to create an environment of perpetual learning for our residents. To this end, Boutwells Landing has two classrooms where our local school district holds adult-education classes. Our residents and adults from the neighboring community take classes together, with a total of 22 classes being offered here this quarter. Our cafT and general store are open to the public, as well, giving community members and residents additional opportunities to interact, and we have two large, technologically up-to-date meeting rooms that area companies and organizations can rent. These rooms have been in high demand.

“Because our campus features several dining venues and because our building is so large, it was decided that one main kitchen and three satellite kitchens would be needed. This allows us to provide meals not only for our residents, but also for the adult and child day care programs; for catered luncheons during meetings in the meeting rooms; and for our county’s Meals on Wheels program (3,200 meals prepared monthly).

“Also contributing to the continual learning atmosphere is our technology infrastructure: We installed our own T1 line for fast Internet access for residents and staff, our own phone system, and a satellite television system. (The fact that we own the wiring infrastructure keeps costs down for residents.) Because we connected the telescope in the observatory with the satellite system, residents can view stars and constellations on TV in the comfort of their own homes.

“This campus was built to be comfortable and user friendly, and our barrier-free design enables every resident to get to every corner of the building. The movie theater is just one of many examples of the attention given to resident comfort: Residents love going there and say it’s the most comfortable theater they’ve ever been in.

“Boutwells Landing is also family friendly. Residents’ grandchildren and great-grandchildren can’t wait to come to swim with them in one of the pools, and on weekends we show children’s movies in the theater. The 120-acre campus also features ponds, a park, and many walking trails.

“The living quarters here, including the assisted living apartments, are spacious (720 to 2,081 sq. ft.). We encourage residents to move in with their own furniture, because in doing so they’re creating a home for themselves. Although assisted living includes a meal plan, all assisted living apartments have kitchenettes, which also contributes to the sense of home. That’s what we want for our residents-to make a home here, not move into an institution.”

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