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ASSISTED LIVING/MEMORY CARE

Orchards of Minnetonka MINNETONKA, MINN.
Submitted by: Sonus Interiors GOLDEN VALLEY, MINN., AND
SRa - Sperides Reiners Architects Inc. BLOOMINGTON, MINN.
Project category: New construction
Chief administrator: Julie Flaig Smith, executive director
Firms: Sonus Interiors, www.sonusinteriors.com; SRa - Sperides Reiners
Architects Inc., www.sra-mn.com
Design team: Jill Levorson, CID, director of design; Mackenzie Johnson,
design assistant; Debra Blakely, project manager (Sonus Interiors); Eric
Reiners, AIA, principal; Andrew Atlstatt, Project Manager (SRa - Sperides
Reiners Architects Inc.); Opus A/E Group, LLC (architect of record)
Photography: © Brandon Stengel at Farm Kid Studios
Number/type of housing units: 127 independent and assisted living,
20 memory care
Total building area (sq. ft.): 164,615
Construction cost/sq. ft.: Not available
Total construction cost (excluding land): Not available
Completed: March 2019
Orchards of Minnetonka
Assisted Living, with its walking paths meandering around
a pond filled with ducks and
frogs, surrounded by cattails and
wildflowers, seems as though it is
miles from a large metropolitan
city. But just below the terraced
hill with a putting green and
beautiful raised gardens is a major freeway, a large shopping mall
and a view of Minneapolis.
Within the four-story Assisted Living building is a 20-unit
Memory Care wing. The large
open center "hall," with the
residents' spacious rooms on the
outer perimeter, needed some
interest to stimulate residents'
curiosity. We added several

four-foot-high divider walls so
staff can observe the residents.
One care provider said, "The
partitioned areas of an otherwise, large open space, draw the
residents out of their rooms to
find their individual interest in a
niche from the past. The sewing
area, the board game and puzzle
space, or the music corner,
among other interesting alcoves,
promote interaction among
residents and provide privacy
for family time. The layouts and
activities within the individual
areas have proven successful for
Memory Care residents."
The Assisted Living Main
Dining Room with its floor to
ceiling windows, fills the room
with bright, natural daylight,
and connects the dining room
with the gardens and patios just
outside.
"The Fireside Club," a pub/
library area with a two-sided
fireplace, is a great place to meet
for book club, relax with a glass
of wine before dinner, or watch a
Sunday afternoon football game
on the two large-screen televisions located in this room. You
are guaranteed to find a space
in Orchards of Minnetonka for
enjoying your favorite pastime.
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