The Benedictine Health System along with all Senior Care Providers is experiencing a shortage of facility staff throughout their facilities. One option they are exploring is to provide dormitory housing for prospective nursing students within their campuses. They requested that Yanik Companies evaluate the possibility and cost to convert a vacated skilled nursing facility located on the Cerenity White Bear Lake facility in White Bear, Minnesota, to a 22 bed nursing student dormitory. This enables the students to work part time in the facility while attending classes providing them with direct experience in working in a Long Term Care facility.
The students would be housed in the existing, remodeled, skilled nursing rooms. The dormitory wing would be decertified to a nursing dormitory building classification. The new dormitory wing would have its own, secured entrance.
The existing facility plan shared one toilet area between two rooms. The design team decided to leave the room plans as close to existing as possible and to construct new toilets and shower rooms which meet existing code for a student dormitory.
The students would be served food in the adjacent dining room with the food prepared in the existing preparatory kitchen serving the entire facility. The kitchens were available for students to also prepare their own meals on their own schedules. The existing lounge spaces would be remodeled to provide study and common space activities. A laundry room was located near the common spaces.
Yanik was the construction manager and utilized actual subcontractors to obtain real pricing for the work.