Construction of Scandi Haven Village now underway

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Dan Enderson, Kory Johnson, Ben Wilcox, Terri Collins, Jerry Peterson, Ron Laycock, Kurt Waldbillig, Donna Force, Tom Anderson, Marlys Boone, Mark Frank, and Bob Hoberg help break ground for Scandi Haven Village last Wednesday. They represented hospital staff, board of governors, the City of Benson, Scofield Place, and the Sonsteng Foundation.

Assisted living-memory care facility already has more people interested than beds available

Ground was broken last Wednesday afternoon for Scandi Haven Village, a 46-unit assisted living facility with 18 units dedicated to memory care. It will be constructed south of Scofield Place and east of Swift County-Benson Health Services. All three will be connected.

SCBHS CEO Kurt Waldbillig and Foundation President Jerry Peterson addressed a crowd gathered in Scofield Place thanking those who played a key role in making Scandi Haven Village a reality.

The Scofield Place board’s vote to donate the assisted living facility, which was debt free, had money in the bank, and full occupancy, was essential to securing financing. SCBHS’ Chief Financial Officer Dan Enderson’s tireless work overcoming obstacle after obstacle was key. The support of the SCBHS Governing Board including its Treasurer Brian Samuelson through several years of ups and downs was necessary. Coordination with the City of Benson and City Manager Rob Wolfington were essential for financing and infrastructure work. Waldbillig’s insistence that the facility had to be locally owned so that SCBHS would see the financial benefits was a key part of the project.

The week of April 9 work was to start on storm sewer improvements on the north side of SCBHS near Wisconsin Avenue. The work will affect parking in the area until the work is complete. The surface will then be packed so that parking on that side of the building can resume.

April 23 the parking lot for the clinic and hospital on the south side along McKinney Avenue will be closed as construction gets underway. A fence will be placed around the area. McGough Construction will be overseeing construction of Scandi Haven Village.

It is hoped that by September the walls will be up and the roof on. The first occupants could move in by February 2019. The number of people who have now expressed an interest in living at the new facility has increased to 62.

“Scandi describes the new facility’s style and function,” a description of how the name came about states. It refers to the Scandinavian design both inside and out. “It references the bright, clean-and-simple, Scandinavian style of the building’s interior. Haven was combined with Scandi to describe a place of refuge; a place to rest and relax. Village suggests that not only does it take a village to raise a child but that same village is responsible to take care of our aging family members who care for us....”

 

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Pictured:  Dan Enderson, Kory Johnson, Ben Wilcox, Terri Collins, Jerry Peterson, Ron Laycock, Kurt Waldbillig, Donna Force, Tom Anderson, Marlys Boone, Mark Frank, and Bob Hoberg help break ground for Scandi Haven Village last Wednesday. They represented hospital staff, board of governors, the City of Benson, Scofield Place, and the Sonsteng Foundation.

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