“This addition and remodel really enhances what we’re able to do for older people in our community”

—Colette Iseminger, Executive Director

Renovations to the Grand Forks Senior Center include added flower pots and a perennial garden outside. Under the canopy, which will provide cover for people coming and going, the building now has automatic doors.

The most-noticeable renovation was to the lobby. The 1,200 SF expansion came with handicap-accessible restrooms as well as more seating. The lobby leads into the dining room and auditorium. The shiny and buffed floors in the dining room stand out right away upon entering. Also in the dining room are a new meal check-in desk, LED bulbs that don’t need to be changed as often and a new industrial coffee maker that allows visitors to serve themselves. The auditorium was brightened up with fresh paint and bigger windows in the dining room and adjoining lobby were added.

Downstairs in the garden level are more renovated restrooms big enough for motorized wheelchairs to maneuver. In the activity room is a digital monitor displaying the daily calendar. A new chair that looks like it could be in a hair salon was installed in the health department in the basement, where people receive help with foot care and other treatments. Before the renovations there were three different kinds of carpeting put together throughout the garden level. Now, the center has new, uniformed carpeting and a fresh coat of paint.

Restrooms throughout the facility were upgraded to meet ADA requirements, mechanical and electrical systems were upgraded to meet current codes, and a fire protection sprinkler system was installed to cover the entire building.