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Sunnyside Retirement Community


Harrisonburg, Virginia


Mather Architects


$10.9 million


June 2005

Meeting the need for personal and assisted living care, Sunnyside Retirement Community teamed up with Nielsen Builders, Inc., and Mather Architects to renew and refresh various parts of Sunnyside. The project’s focal point is the light-filled, spacious new entranceway and reception area, with a beautiful new chapel adding dimension and definition.

The extensive renovation included moving the Terrace wing, a residential section for persons afflicted with dementia and Alzheimer’s, from the 2nd floor of health care to the 1st floor of assisted living, thus allowing for protected outside access for the residents. The new wing section has an activity room, dining room, and includes 14 resident rooms.

The renovations included creating a small, intimate dining room on each floor of The Adele Dillard Pannill Health Care Building. Nielsen installed a new corridor ceiling, wall covering, carpet, and air-handling system in this building. Additionally, two new nurses stations, medication rooms, and dining/serving areas were added.


“Sunnyside is very pleased with the renovation work and additions recently completed. The renovations have contributed to improving the residents’ daily lives. They have larger spaces and modern conveniences. We have minimized their travel distances, and maximized their ability to remain longer in their suites. We continue to value Nielsen as a partner in helping us to realize our visions,” said Sunnyside CEO Dick Lyons.

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