Opus East MemphisMemphis, TN
A fresh approach to senior living is located in the East submarket of Shelby County, TN where Rosemann & Associates is honored to have provided the highest in design standards and structural engineering for Opus East Memphis, a comfortably elegant 17.5-acre campus comprised of 260,000 square feet of construction with unmatched living options.
Opus, previously a private residence for a local hotelier, was created for seniors in the growing Memphis area to be able to age in place, while staying near their friends, neighbors, and family. Its premier location at 1029 Cherry Road is just south of The Dixon Gallery and Memphis Botanic Gardens and gives residents the opportunity to be culturally engaged with easy connectivity between Memphis and Germantown for shopping conveniences, popular restaurants, and the University of Memphis sports parks, along with nearby medical services.
The distinct white exterior main building with black framed windows evokes a modern twist to the community, which houses a 3-story structure with 107 independent living units with one and-two-bedroom options and a 2-story structure with 63 assisted living units and 20 memory care units with studio and one and two-bedroom options and robust floorplans. An added appeal to the community is 60 cottages and single-family homes designed by LRK architects.
The unique development consummates two buildings/entrances with separate entrance, lobby, dining, and check-ins all within one building for Independent Living and Assisted Living and Memory Care. The cottages share the use of amenities such as café, bistro, swimming pool, art room and more within the Independent Living building. A two-hour wall (vertical CMU fire wall spanning entire structure) connected to an expansion joint was necessary to meet high seismic loads and standards for structural and plumbing because the area is a high seismic zone. Wood frame with steel superstructure, slab on grade with grade beam foundation system, composition asphalt shingles on pre-engineered trusses, brick masonry with fiber cement siding, high quality windows with energy conservation measures, and fully sprinklered NFPA 13 fire protection system with fire alarm integration are just a few of the features.
Rosemann & Associates’ team intentionally designed every detail of the beautiful architecture to elevate the residents’ experience emphasizing a home meets hospitality feel, while delivering functional spaces highlighting luxury tiled bathrooms, frameless glass showers, quartz countertops, private outdoor balconies, and keyless entries to name a few. Sophisticated finish selections were utilized to express a sense of quality and superior ergonomically engineered construction balanced with a sense of contemporary forward-learning style. A grandiose entry with fountains promenading up the drive flanked by cottages and an impressive view of the main entry to the Independent Living area speaks to the Southern architecture and contextuality. Noteworthy, Rosemann helped the project secure approximately $15,000 in additional funding through a grant application for an electrical vehicle charging infrastructure as a value-add service.
Opus is the ideal place to enjoy the leisure’s of retirement with unmatched amenities and quality services from the enviable grand lobby with living room and two majestic fireplaces, multiple on-site restaurants and bars, exposition kitchen, billiards and gaming room, theater, art room, fitness and rehab center and underground parking garage to its zero-entry swimming pool, dog friendly park, bocce courts and putting green situated in a picturesque outdoor setting with community gardens and walking trails. Innovative advanced technology was implemented to ensure a secure and healthier environment including Wi-Fi emergency call system, cyber lounges, smart lighting and thermostats, RFID door hardware, automatic temperature scanning at all entrances, enhanced air flushing, ultraviolet lighting in ductwork, closed departmentalized HVAC systems, dedicated elevator cab air filtration, anti-microbial paint, and touchless fixtures.
Rosemann’s Denver Studio Director Nathan Rosemann said, “Opus is an excellent example of the type of design we are focused on bringing to the senior market, purposefully constructed to maximize the benefit to residents and ideally suited for Memphis’ ongoing growth. It is a privilege to be able to continue to design quality senior living housing for residents here, as well as across the country.”