Élan’s Steve Johnston and Pilar Saraithong collaborated with Kraus Anderson Realty and Construction and Pope Architects to design this assisted living and memory care facility in Orono, Minnesota. Design challenges included deep deposits of organic and silty soils unsuitable for building support, significant wetland areas, steep slopes to an abandoned railroad grade (now the Luce Line Trail) and limited accessibility to utilities. Steve’s design solutions included shoehorning the building into the areas of suitable foundation soils while respecting wetland buffers, existing trees and topography. The utilities were installed by directional drilling to minimize disruption of the in situ soils. A small sanitary lift station and forcemain was utilized to overcome the flat grade between the site and the existing sanitary sewer provided by Wayzata. Stormwater treatment, rate and volume controls were provided through the construction of 4 filtration basins.