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  Oak Terrace Assisted Living Facility, Page 47Oak Terrace Assisted Living Facility
I & S Engineers & architects, Inc.
1409 N. Riverfront Drive, Mankato, MN 56001

North Mankato, Minnesota
Total Square Feet: 44,763
Construction Period: Oct 1999 to July 2000 

Construction Team
General Contractor: Montag Development, Inc. - 227 E. Main Street, #130, Mankato, MN 56001
Structural Engineer: I & S Engineers & Architects, Inc. - 1409 N. Riverfront Drive, Mankato, MN 56001
Electrical/Mechanical Engineer: I & S Engineers & Architects, Inc. - 1409 N. Riverfront Drive, Mankato, MN 56001
Landscape Architect: Joel Wolf Landscaping - 846 Lyndale Street, N. Mankato, MN 56003
Cost Estimator: Montag Development, Inc. - 227 E. Main Street, #130, Mankato, MN 56001

Oak Terrace is a 54 unit assisted living and memory care facility, with 38 assisted and 16 Alzheimer units. Only the lower level of one half of the building encompasses the memory care facility and is kept separate from the assisted living facility for security purposes. 

The entire design of Oak Terrace’s interior decor portrays a warm, inviting, home-like atmosphere for the residents who live there. Some key features of the interior include decorative oak mouldings, French doors, custom wood casework, and special woodcarvings throughout. A double-sided, field stone fireplace serves the library and the living room simultaneously. A curved grand staircase leading to the second floor includes a finely detailed curved oak railing with carved wood pedestals. A built-in glass waterfall adds acoustic ambiance to the atrium space and provides a focal point while ascending the curved stairs to the next level.

The main entrance to the building is enhanced with the inclusion of a large drive under canopy constructed to compliment the exterior of the building while providing much needed function for protected drop offs of the residents. As one enters the facility you are met with an inviting and comfortable sitting area. The main office is centrally located nearest the primary entrance and has large windows allowing clear view of all whom enter or leave the facility. The first floor utilizes a kitchen that is centrally located to serve separate dining rooms for the assisted living and the Alzheimer’s residents independently. In addition, there is also a small secluded dining area available for residents and family members who wish to have private dining events with their loved ones.

The floor plan of the facility allows for support services to be shared in the building. This simple yet commonly overlooked design feature allows both the Alzheimer’s and assisted living buildings to conveniently use the services of the common areas, yet remain separated and secured. Security is always paramount when designing memory care facilities. A security system, with Wanderguard® protection, was designed to provide both the tenant and staff with the necessary required levels of security found in memory care facilities. The Alzheimer wing also includes a beautiful outdoor fenced-in courtyard complete with a gazebo, walking paths, and beautiful gardens. Looking out onto the courtyard spaces is a large multipurpose dining room and half of the resident rooms. 

The exterior of the building is detailed with traditional design elements that makes use of brick masonry, vinyl windows with integral mullions, permanent siding, stone details, crown mouldings, and asphalt shingles. The stone keystones provide a decorative accent to the face of the building giving it a truly high-end residential appeal.

DIV 03: Gypsum Underlayment: Gypcrete® by Maxxon, Inc. 

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