Northfield Senior Care Campus

Northfield, MN

Yanik has been working with Northfield Hospital & Clinics and St. Olaf College on the master planning of a new senior care and alumni campus that is to be located directly adjacent to the hospital facility in Northfield, MN.

Northfield Hospital & Clinics is looking to expand an undersized birth center to accommodate current and future needs in what is currently the Hospitals long term senior care area. There are 40 skilled care units over two floors that will need to be relocated. In addition to this relocation, St. Olaf College is considering the development of a university based retirement community for their alumni and retired faculty.

A market demand analysis in which to aid the Hospital in establishing and confirming a bed level that meets future needs was ordered. Upon determining that the current level of skilled nursing units best met future community needs, the drafting of an expectation application to the Minnesota nursing home moratorium was started at the end of 2014.

In concert with the market study and moratorium application, Yanik and the design team worked with the Hospital on creating a facility program and site master plan which introduced independent senior living, enhanced assisted living and memory care units. The initial plans considered connection directly to the Hospital and placed the buildings at the east of the Hospital property, allowing the buildings to have their own identity and included a separate entrance. Numerous floor plan were created and reviewed in an effort to increase operational efficiencies while still maintaining a safe level of care of the residents. As well, the project team toured numerous senior care facilities to better understand and learn about current models and amenities being offered in the market.

As the program increased and was further defined, it became clear that the planned senior care campus needed more land . The site master planning was to include additional land to allow for future expansion and additions. The planning shifted to the west of the Hospital and captured over 17 acres of land. This allowed for the proper sizing of the care components and amenities.

After meeting with college staff to generate preliminary program, the St. Olaf College Based Retirement Community was incorporated on approximately five acres of land to the south and is situated to allow for direct views of the main campus. A pathway from the facility to the college is planned to take advantage of the relatively close proximity of both facilities.

The main entrance to the Hospital will be utilized by the senior care campus, allowing for a more unified “health and senior care” vision and service, yet separate enough to maintain unique identities. This special closeness is allowing the Hospital and senior operators to consider generational opportunities on the new senior campus. This could include St. Olaf College students who would either reside on-site or actively participate in educational training at the Hospital and senior care buildings.

Amenities that are being considered for inclusion in the building are a wellness fitness center to be potentially shared with the Hospital, meeting and conference spaces also to be shared with the Hospital, small library, bistro/café space, and movie theater.

At a Glance
Jeremiah Project

Northfield Senior Care Campus

Northfield, MN


Project Type: Skilled Nursing
Project Size: Multiple Buildings over 17 acres
Project Timeline: 2014 - Groundbreaking Spring 2018


- Land Acquisition
- Financial Analysis
- Site Planning
- Design/Build
- Ownership

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