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From Crain's Cleveland Bussiness:

Nursing home kicks off $8M project -East Side provider focuses on capacity for rehab services, adds to private rooms

By TIMOTHY MAGAW
4:30 am, August 29, 2011

The Slovene Home for the Aged, a nursing home on the border of Cleveland and Euclid, has broken ground on an $8.1 million renovation and construction project to expand its rehabilitation capabilities and its number of private rooms.

“We've been seeing the demand for more short-term and rehabilitation services for a while, but for a while now we've also been hearing a lot from our families about the need for private rooms,” Slovene Home administrator Jeff Sas said.

The home, which saw its last big upgrade in 1982, has 150 beds, none of which are private. After the addition and renovation project that's slated to be finished next May, the home will boast the same number of beds, but there will be 88 private rooms and 31 shared rooms. Also, Slovene Home will build a rehabilitation suite.  READ MORE>>

SLOVENE HOME FOR THE AGED TO EXPAND FACILITIES:

Slovene Home for the Aged "D-Wing" demolition

D-wing Demolition has been completed. (August 26, 2001)

August 15, 2011, Ground Breaking Ceremony - Slovene Home for the Aged

August 15, 2011 Slovene Home for the Aged ground breaking. Fred Kuhar President Slovene Home for the Aged Foundation. Mike Polensek Cleveland City Councilman, Bob Klanchar President Slovene Home for the Aged Board of Trustees, Jure Zmauc, Consul General Republic of Slovenia, Phil Hrvatin, Vice President Slovene Home for the Aged Board of Trustees.


The Slovene Home for the Aged 18621 Neff Road, Cleveland, OH, 44119 (the Slovene Home), in partnership with architects Herman Gibans Fodor, Inc., is expanding its facilities to enhance its existing 150-bed skilled nursing facility located at 18621 Neff Road, Cleveland, Ohio. 

Phase II of the Slovene Home’s expansion project, slated for completion in May 2012, features a new, 2,500 square-foot, state-of-the-art physical therapy suite, which will enhance the Slovene Home’s service capabilities.  In addition, the project will increase the number of private resident rooms while deconstructing an outdated 22-bed wing built in the 1960s.  The proposed, two-story expansion will result in 88 private rooms and 31 shared rooms.

Phase I, completed in March 2011, included relocating the staff parking lot to newly acquired land to accommodate the new Phase ll two-story expansion, as well as a complete reconfiguration of the existing parking lot, a new more easily accessible entrance, an entry canopy, pedestrian walkways and a new boulevard entrance drive.

SLOVENE HOME FOR THE AGED EXPANSION

Project Description

The primary objective of the proposed expansion is to increase the number of private resident rooms in the facility by adding a new sixty-six bed wing and demolishing an existing outdated twenty-two bed wing constructed in the 1960s.  The existing building now has seventy-four shared rooms (two beds per room) and two private rooms.  The proposed two-story expansion will result in eighty-eight private beds and sixty-two shared beds.  The expansion will also include a new, state-of-the-art physical therapy suite.  The project is further described as follows:

Phase I
The proposed expansion will be located in an existing fifty space staff parking lot to the southwest of the existing building.  This necessitated the relocation of the staff parking lot to newly acquired land on the north side of the existing building.  The Phase I project included the relocation of the staff parking lot, a complete reconfiguration of the existing visitors’ parking lot and a new wheel chair accessible entrance and entry canopy.  Other site improvements included in Phase I are a new boulevard entrance drive, signage, security and ornamental fencing, lighted flag poles, pedestrian walkways and site lighting.  The project also included storm water drainage, sanitary sewers, domestic water service, fire water service, security cameras and electrical service utility improvements.  The Phase I scope of work, which was substantially site improvement, was completed in March, 2011 with a cost for of $1.4 Million.

Phase II
The Phase II building addition shall be two stories totaling approximately 42,600 square feet with a partial basement of 12,600 square feet.  The sixty-six private resident rooms will include a sleeping area and private bathroom with a “European” shower.  In addition to the resident rooms, the expansion will include a 2,500 square foot physical therapy suite, dining rooms, lounges and staff areas.  The basement of the expansion will include a new beauty shop, mechanical room, electrical room, storage space and other “back-of-house” spaces.  The expansion will also include a new elevator.

In order to accommodate the expansion, an existing twenty-two bed wing of the facility will be demolished.  The project will also include selective demolition and limited renovation to areas of the existing building impacted by the expansion.

The addition will be constructed of masonry bearing walls, pre-cast concrete floors and prefabricated fire retardant treated wood truss roof framing.  The basement level will have concrete masonry unit foundation walls with a precast concrete plank floor above.  The building’s exterior will be clad in a combination of brick masonry, composite aluminum panels and porcelain tiles.  Sloped roofs will be clad in dimensional asphalt shingles.  The facility will be protected throughout with fire suppression, detection and alarm systems.  Resident rooms will have individual heating and cooling control provided by package terminal units with hydronic heat and electric cooling.

The Slovene Home for the Aged addition will feature many energy conservation features.  The building envelope will be fully insulated in compliance with current energy and building codes.  New, high-efficiency heating and cooling equipment will be provided throughout.  Exterior windows will have low-e insulated glazing and thermally broken frames to minimize thermal transfer.  High efficiency fluorescent and LED lighting will be used inside and out.  Storage rooms and public toilet rooms will have motion sensors to automatically turn off lights in unoccupied spaces.

Construction is expected to begin in August of 2011 and completed by May of 2012.  The estimated project cost is $8.1 Million.  Phase II does not include the renovation of the existing building.  The renovation of the existing building has been moved to Phase III.

Phase III
Upon completion of the Phase II construction, the Slovene Home for the Aged expects to renovate some or all of the interior of the existing building.  The scope of the renovation is not yet full determined.  Some of the renovation items being considered include the installation of electric through-wall air-conditioning units in all of the existing resident rooms and upgrading existing common area heating, ventilation and air conditioning.  The renovation will also likely include remodeling of interior finishes in resident rooms, corridors and resident areas.  The renovation cost is expected to be less the $2.0 Million.  If the renovation costs exceed $2.0 Million, the Slovene Home for the Aged recognizes that CON approval may be necessary.