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Senior Housing Development Services Launched by Aging Services Provider Ecumen

Posted by Media Relations on Monday, June 18th, 2007 - Comments »

Nationwide senior housing projects get easier with formation of new development partnershipShoreview, MN (PRWEB) June 18, 2007 — – Aging services provider Ecumen, Minnesota’s largest non-profit senior housing company, has expanded with the launch of its senior housing development partnership TEAM Ecumen.Collaborating with Ecumen in this endeavor are Minneapolis-based Adolfson & Peterson Construction, who will serve as general contractor on Ecumen-led projects, and St. Paul-based Pope Associates, who will be the lead architect.”This partnership is focused on creating senior housing that enhances the larger community,” says Steve Ordahl, senior vice president of business development services for Ecumen. “This partnership dramatically simplifies the senior housing development process for our clients.”An early senior housing project by Ecumen, already in progress, is in Sandpoint, Idaho, which was recently named one of the country’s Top 10 Retirement Spots by U.S. News & World Report. Being developed in partnership with the First Lutheran Church of Sandpoint, the Luther Park at Sandpoint senior housing development will include independent and assisted living and be physically connected to the church.Senior housing development projects designed in conjunction with faith communities represent a growth area in markets nationwide. Unfortunately the complexities and expenses of dealing with multiple vendors on a single development project keep many such projects from ever getting off the ground.”TEAM Ecumen, by combining our partners’ proficiencies, reduces or eliminates many of the hurdles that organizations encounter when developing senior housing,” says Ordahl.Ecumen also provides senior housing management services. Ecumen currently manages more than 40 senior housing and long-term care communities for other owners. In addition to its Idaho project, Ecumen is involved in several other senior housing development projects in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa.About The PartnersEcumenEcumen ( is based in Shoreview, Minn., and is one of the largest non-profit senior housing companies in the United States. The name Ecumen comes from the word ecumenical, which in turn is derived from the Greek word for home: “Oikos.” Ecumen works to create “home” for older adults wherever they choose to live. Ecumen is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and has 4,000 team members.Adolfson & Peterson ConstructionBased in Minneapolis, Adolfson & Peterson Construction (A&P) ( provides project delivery solutions for senior housing, religious and healthcare providers. With sales in excess of $425 million, Adolfson & Peterson is currently ranked 82 on the Engineering News-Record Top 400 General Contractors list. Adolfson & Peterson has offices in Minnesota, Colorado, Arizona, and Texas.Pope AssociatesBased in Saint Paul, Pope Associates Inc.( is one of the Upper Midwest’s largest architectural firms and maintains registration in 32 states. Pope’s extensive senior housing portfolio includes cooperatives, condominiums, rentals, independent and assisted living, memory care, health centers and continuing care retirement communities.###

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