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Abe's Garden Alzheimer's and Memory Care Center of Excellence

  • Abe's Garden at Park Manor wanted to construct the first memory care community in the U.S. dedicated to elevating the quality of memory care for those with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. Skanska worked closely with the owner to complete the project on budget and achieve a residential feel while meeting the requirements of a state-regulated healthcare building.
  • Abe's Garden Alzheimer's and Memory Care Center of Excellence
  • Abe's Garden Alzheimer's and Memory Care Center of Excellence
  • Abe's Garden Alzheimer's and Memory Care Center of Excellence
  • Abe's Garden Alzheimer's and Memory Care Center of Excellence (Photo credit: Copyright Sarah Mechling)

Skanska provided preconstruction and construction management services for additions and renovations at Abe's Garden - the first memory care community in the U.S. dedicated to providing and elevating the quality of memory care for those with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. The state-of-the-art architectural, interior and landscape design incorporates the most current research regarding lighting, security, appropriate furnishings, wayfinding and technological resources for individuals with Alzheimer's. As a model treatment program, Abe's Garden allows residents to age in a familiar environment by providing innovative households that are conducive to family visits with numerous themed gardens where residents can safely enjoy the outdoors. Each of the households feature activity centers; living spaces that are reminiscent of homes in which the residents previously lived; a household kitchen and adjacent dining area; a common area containing support areas, including a laundry, pantry, nurse station and guest room; front doors opening to a large central courtyard providing residents safe access to the outdoors; and an interior connection between each household to promote resident socialization. Construction aspects include a 54,000-SF addition designed specifically for the housing and care of individuals with Alzheimer's disease, a small renovation to the existing facility, a 32,000-SF parking garage, and a combination geothermal and variable refrigerant flow (VRF) system for heating and cooling. Great care was taken during construction to meet assisted living and skilled nursing requirements, while also providing flexibility for future building usage. 

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