Located on a beautiful site on the National Scenic Waterway between two different watershed districts, the Minnesota Veterans Home is a new 100-bed facility on their existing historic campus. Amid the tight schedule required by the federal regulations necessary to receive funding, the project needed to navigate the varying goals of the several agencies with jurisdiction over the facility.
After deliberate planning with MVH, the design creates smaller environments and promotes clusters of communities made up of 15-20 resident rooms. These communities share a centralized town square entry that not only functions as a link to the existing residential buildings on campus but also houses activity areas for residents. The design of the neighborhoods themselves reflect residential homes, from cabinetry in serving kitchens to small-scale details reminiscent of home.