Over a period of three years, Yanik worked for Cerenity Senior Care on the site master planning and renovation of their five story Marian of St. Paul senior care campus in St. Paul, MN. Beginning in 2014, Yanik was hired as the Owners Representative and Project Manager to review how 90 units of skilled nursing and 60 units of enhanced assisted living could be renovated in an occupied building over five levels plus lower level, with an independent living building connected at the main entry. The renovation discussion also included updating common areas such as the main entrance, adding a new bistro area and expanding the therapy space on the first level. The tight site constraints challenged the design team to consider creative options as the facilities are located in a residential setting with a large community park directly adjacent to the Marian campus.
The first design and construction scenario Yanik reviewed was a new building addition to the main building while renovating the existing levels of mostly double rooms into single units with private showers. With significant exterior changes including modifications to the parking, the project team had to consider and evaluate the City of St. Paul codes and regulations and seek feedback from local neighborhood groups. The team also worked with a firm to evaluate grants and funding for abating a large amount of hazardous materials found within the existing building. A critical element of the renovations was the relocation of the current residents in tandem with the phasing of the construction. Numerous options were detailed and reviewed, also taking into consideration the impact associated with Marians operations and staffing.
A second option Yanik and the project team considered was renovating a level at the adjacent independent senior housing into new memory care suites. The work consisted of a 2 phase remodel of the existing 2nd floor of the residence building to accommodate new secured memory care suites. The remodel design included one 16 room suite, nine 6 room suites, one 2 room suite, one 1 bedroom apartment and 2 common areas outside the suites. Suites were designed to have Living/Dining/Kitchen areas. Design and use of kitchens due to state codes and regulations were limited to baking only. The existing bathrooms remained as is inside the suites with the exception new paint.
A third option was reviewed and designed by the project team that focused exclusively on interior renovations occurring over the five building levels. The resident units were to be updated to single occupancy with private toilet areas including showers, totaling 120 units, with support and surrounding spaces renovated to reflect the neighborhood living design. The serving kitchens, found on four of the levels, were designed to be outfitted with new dietary equipment and serving functions. The living rooms featured cozy areas with fireplaces and new furniture. Guests and residents were to be welcomed with a new entry area off the main level, with an expanded bistro area which overlooked the adjacent Indian Mounds Park area. Also on the main level, the therapy and wellness area was updated with new finishes and equipment.
A construction phasing schedule was coordinated with resident moves, with the building being split in two, working in a top to bottom fashion and included hazardous materials abatement. Numerous meetings were coordinated with the Minnesota Department of Health and the City of St. Paul to review waivers, codes and regulations. Yanik assisted with compiling the total project budget including owner's furniture, fixture and equipment. A Guaranteed Maximum Price was delivered on a design build basis.