A senior living complex in southwest Rochester is adding a more than $2 million health and wellness center to its complex.
Construction started this week at Shorewood Senior Campus, at 2115 Second St. SW, on the more than 11,000-square-foot center, which will include a warm-water pool, exercise areas and therapy rooms. It's being added on the south side of the complex, near the main entrance.
Campus Director Eric Huntoon estimates the new addition should be completed by late September or October.
"We're going to try to incorporate some interdisciplinary type therapies, like acupuncture, massage therapy, podiatry, physical therapy and things of that nature," he said. "This is an opportunity to provide an additional outlet for our residents."
Huntoon said it also could help Shorewood residents prevent falls, since pool therapy helps improve balance, strength and range of motion.
The new center also will include a very specialized therapy pool called Hydroworx, which includes a platform treadmill that lowers into the water. Many professional athletes use it to recover from knee injuries. Shorewood plans to reach out to area high schools about possibly allowing high school athletes to use it.
Shorewood, which is managed by Minneapolis-based Silvercrest, has 229 apartments — 155 for senior living, 61 for assisted living and 13 for memory care.
Huntoon acknowledged the senior-housing market is becoming much more competitive in Rochester with the recent openings of Waters on Mayowood and River Bend Assisted Living. However, Shorewood has been full to capacity for the past 18 months and has a waiting list.
"With so many people turning 65 in the U.S., demand is certainly going to be outpacing the supply," he said.