a look inside
As a Life Plan Community, we recognize the need to
provide for our residents and their families who are facing
the challenges of both normal aging and dementia. For
that reason, on December 14, 2015, we broke ground on
the Northwest Garden Building, which is set to open in
The Northwest Garden Building, to be located next to the
existing Smith Care Center on the west side of the campus,
will encompass 30 Memory Care, 30 Assisted Living, and 10 luxury Residential Living apartments. The
Memory Care Residence will be a new addition to Plymouth Harbor, and will specifically focus on providing
personalized care and services for individuals with Alzheimer's and other dementia-related conditions. The
new Assisted Living and Residential Living residences will be an expansion of our current offerings, intended
to help meet increased need. The building itself will consist of three floors, in addition to a lower parking
level. Amenities will include a restaurant, Salon/Spa, three Courtyard Gardens, a Bistro, Media Center, and
an abundance of common areas for residents, family members, and guests to enjoy.
This publication is intended to provide the most up-to-date information regarding the Northwest Garden
Building. Please note that the images used in this publication are only renderings, not exact depictions of
what each space will look like in terms of décor, design, etc.
northwest garden overview
NORTH SIDE VIEW (VIEW FROM JOHN RINGLING BLVD) did you know
VIEW FROM ABOVE The Northwest Garden Building
will open in November 2017, after
2 only 22 months of construction.
When complete, the building
will contain: 21,583,044 lbs. of
concrete, 433,586 lbs. of rebar,
and 151,941 lbs. of post-tension
cabling. This equals a total of
22,168,571 lbs. (or 11,084.25 tons).
The current footprint of Plymouth
Harbor is 500,000 sq. ft. With the
Northwest Garden Building, it will
increase to 653,000 sq. ft.
ground floor: parking
The Northwest Garden parking garage will be located on the ground level of the new building. It
will be designed to accommodate all new residents, guests, and staff.
Also included in the Northwest Garden Garage will be several electric car-charging stations,
available to residents, staff, and guests. Exact locations are yet to be determined.
NORTHWEST GARDEN GARAGE
NORTH GARDEN STAIR
STAIR ASSISTED LIVING,
IN & RESIDENTIAL
TRAFFIC FLOW ENTRANCE LIVING
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floor one: memory care
Floor one will encompass the Memory Care Residence. There will be two “neighborhoods” made up
of 15 apartments, for a total of 30. This floor will also include six assisted living apartments.
Each memory care neighborhood will accommodate 15 residents in private suites. The suites will be
approximately 325 square feet and will include a private bath. Residents may choose to bring their
own furniture, opt to have it provided, or a combination of the two.
The Main Lobby will be located on floor one, welcoming all visitors to the Memory Care Residence
and the Assisted Living Residence. This central location will offer a warm and inviting entrance
and will be accessible 24/7. It will also provide access to a covered walkway that leads to a secure
entrance into the Memory Care Residence.
The Northwest Garden Restaurant will be adjacent to the
lobby. As the main dining option for Assisted Living, it will
offer breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and a Private Dining Room.
Floor one will also offer access to three separate Courtyard
Gardens, each containing beautiful outdoor walkways,
greenery, and a water feature.
MEDIA CENTER MEMORY CARE
6 ASSISTED LIVING APARTMENTS LIVING DINING TYPICAL FLOORPLAN
Approximately 325 sq. ft.
MEMORY CARE 1 DINING
ASSISTED LIVING GARDEN LIVING
NWG GARDEN MEMORY CARE 2 MEMORY CARE
RESTAURANT COURTYARD NEIGHBORHOOD 2
MAIN LOBBY GARDEN
SMITH CARE CENTER
floor two: assisted living TWO BEDROOM.
Approximately 900 sq. ft.
Floor two will encompass the Assisted Living
Residence, complete with a spectacular view of
Sarasota Bay. This floor will house 24 of the 30
assisted living apartments (six on floor one).
Available for current and future residents who
benefit from more assistance in daily living, the
apartments will share beautifully designed and
sophisticated features consistent with the tastes
of today’s resident. Amenities will include a Salon
/Spa, Media Center (floor one), Family Resource
and Conference Center, and more.
Residents of the Assisted Living Residence may choose
from one bedroom or two bedroom floorplans (pictured
right). There are two two-bedroom apartments available.
The Assisted Living Lobby on floor two will open to a
beautiful atrium overlooking the Northwest Garden
Restaurant, Main Lobby, and Courtyard Gardens below.
LIVING ONE BEDROOM.
Approximately 525 sq. ft.
SALON / SPA
OPEN LOBBY FAMILY CONFERENCE &
TO NWG RESOURCE CENTER
BELOW OPEN TO
(SEE PAGE 4)
FLOOR 1 LOBBY 5
floor three: residential living
Floor three will feature 10 new luxurious two-bedroom apartment residences. Residents will have
beautiful views of Sarasota Bay in addition to select views of the Courtyard Gardens below. While
the Northwest Garden will offer enhanced privacy, residents will have open access to all amenities
on the Plymouth Harbor campus.
Bistro 700 will also be located on this floor. It will be designed
as a dining option for all Plymouth Harbor residents, as well as
a casual café complete with an outdoor patio area that will
feature a fireplace.
OPEN TO ELEVATOR
(SEE PAGE 4)
Plymouth Harbor will offer our same high-quality dining experience in the Northwest Garden Building.
The new building will have its own kitchen and dining staff; however, much of the preparation will take
place in the Mayflower Restaurant kitchen, as is currently done for the Smith Care Center. Chef René
Weder has been involved in the planning process for the new building and is confident in the ability of the
kitchen staff to meet the increased demand.
The Northwest Garden Restaurant will open along with the building in November 2017. Bistro 700 will
be open for dining and private party bookings in the second quarter of 2018, and will be available as a
general gathering space immediately, upon the November building opening. Regular hours of operation
for both the Northwest Garden Restaurant and Bistro 700 will be announced at a later date.
Bistro 700 will be located on the third floor of the Northwest Garden Building, adjacent to the new
two-bedroom apartment residences. Designed as both a luxury dining option or a casual café, the
contemporary bistro will offer dining tables, high top tables, and seats at the bar for more informal dining.
An outdoor balcony with a fireplace and patio furniture will offer a spectacular view of Sarasota Bay.
Northwest Garden Restaurant
While open to all residents, the Northwest Garden Restaurant was designed for the convenience of our
Assisted Living residents and will offer breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The restaurant atrium will reach two
floors, offering unbeatable views of beautiful Sarasota Bay.
The Lounge, located on the second floor in the Assisted Living Residence, will have many uses. This cozy area is
where residents, families, and friends will gather for social events, such as a movie, musical experience, wine and
cheese, or a casual coffee klatch.
FAMILY CONFERENCE ROOM AND RESOURCE CENTER
The Family Conference Room on the second floor will provide a space for small groups, such as support groups
or care planning. It will also contain a Resource Center complete with educational, informational, and resource
materials that will provide assistance to family members who are seeking guidance when a family member is
experiencing dementia or is expecting a move to a new level of care.
Located on the first floor in the Assisted Living Residence, a Media Center, open 24/7, will be offered for
residents and family members. Books, DVDs, audio books, a computer station and printer, and other resources
will be available on loan. All residents of Plymouth Harbor will be invited to visit the Media Center at any time.
Assisted Living and Memory Care
COURTYARD GARDENS (3)
Designed as a welcoming garden for Assisted Living and the Memory Care neighborhoods, the three Courtyard
Gardens will provide an opportunity for a safe, secure outdoor experience for residents and family members.
Whether a sunny stroll, pleasant social visit, distraction, or taking in the wonderful aromas of plant life, the
Courtyard Gardens will provide a wonderful outdoor change of pace for residents. Each garden will offer a
water feature, increased sensory stimulation, and pleasant seating for social visits.
Each neighborhood in the Memory Care Residence will
be equipped with a home-like kitchen and dining room.
Residents may opt to prepare a meal or simply dine
together with friends and family. The dining rooms will
be designed for open seating, casual dining, daily cooking
activities, and will be accessible around-the-clock, just
like home. Additionally, the room’s back wall will be
removable, allowing the two neighborhoods to come
together for large gatherings and programs.
LIFE ENRICHMENT CENTER
The Life Enrichment Center in each neighborhood will provide space for an array of daily activities for residents.
Art Therapy classes will be led by a trained professional working in a variety of mediums designed to stimulate
the creative process. Music Therapy will provide a breadth of small group musical options, such as sing-a-longs,
drum circles, and piano bars. In addition, music therapy will be available for one-on-one encounters in a private
suite or the Reflection Room for a resident who may benefit from a therapeutic instrumental or vocal experience.
Fitness options for residents will be available in the form of small group fitness classes, dance, and private one-
The Reflection Room will be designed as a private space in which a resident may visit for a calming experience,
such as aromatherapy, reflexology, or massage therapy. A soothing, sensory experience is proven effective
in calming aggressive behavior and improving mood. A family member will be able to sit with a resident and listen
to calming music, read aloud, or just enjoy each other’s company. The Reflection Room may also help to deepen
relationships between the caregiver and resident.
The Salon/Spa will be located on the second floor in the Assisted Living Residence. Residents will be able to
receive haircuts/colors/styles, manicures, and pedicures. In addition, specialty services from estheticians and
other professionals will be available from time to time. All residents will be able to take advantage of this amenity.
Sensory Circles will be located at one end of each neighborhood, designed to provide tactile experiences for
residents as they stroll through the neighborhood. Certain items that residents may be used to experiencing
throughout their lives, such as beaches, aquariums, and certain textures, will be present to provide a pleasant
and stimulating experience. The Sensory Circle can be visited daily by residents, family members, and staff.
The Family Room, complete with a cozy hearth, is where
groups will gather for social events, such as a musical
experience, wine and cheese, informal coffee klatch, or
casual reminiscing. The Family Room will also provide
space for chapel, where local clergy may come to give
services on a weekly or monthly basis. The area will
house entertaining and therapeutic brain games, such
as “It’s Never Too Late,” an interactive computer device
that offers games and exercises for the brain.
a premier leader in inspirational care
Research shows that in 2007, over 10 million
Americans were caring for a person with dementia.
The largest group was spouses, followed by children
or children-in-law. As a Life Plan Community, we
recognize the need to provide for our residents and
their families who are facing the challenges of both
normal aging and dementia. The Northwest Garden
Building’s new Memory Care and Assisted Living
Residences will be designed to do just that, offering a
new pinnacle in the continuum of care available to
Plymouth Harbor’s current and future residents.
Specifically, the care program for the Memory
Care Residence will be based on the fundamental
principles of the Positive Approach™ to Care (PAC)
developed by Teepa Snow, an occupational therapist,
dementia specialist, and educator. Designed to help
residents continue to thrive in everyday living, PAC focuses on maintaining one’s dignity, encouraging
individual capabilities, offering healthy choices, and providing a wide variety of cultural and intellectual
As part of our campus-wide readiness for the new residences, we have initiated several levels of PAC
training for of our employees. Additionally, employees of the Memory Care Residence will receive
enhanced PAC training, and specialty dementia-related training for life enrichment activities, dining, and
We realize that a diagnosis of dementia affects all family members, not only the resident. Because of this,
we plan to offer ongoing family support and one-on-one counseling through collaborations with nationally
recognized leaders, as well as education and training for community members outside of the Plymouth
Harbor campus. Our hope is to become a premier leader in education and training, at both the local and
national level. Finally, we will host internationally-known speakers who will share information on the latest
research and treatments being tested and offered throughout the world.
Our programs will establish inspiring and fulfilling opportunities to spark a discovery or connection, reaching
the passion, emotion, and enthusiasm within each resident. We will offer expressive arts and wellness
programs that encourage our residents to connect and communicate throughout their journey; spiritual and
faith-based programs to nourish the souls of our residents through this stage of life; intellectually stimulating
programs that fulfill the need for human curiosity, while celebrating the skills and capabilities they spent their
lifetime developing; and social opportunities to create community amongst our residents, families, and staff.
In expanding our care program, we hope to bring comfort and expertise to the community so that a diagnosis
of dementia does not result in social isolation or unnecessary burdens. Through education and inspirational
programming, we believe that we can help provide the tools and support needed for families to continue to
have meaningful relationships and close friendships throughout their journey.
frequently asked questions
How has the Northwest Garden Building been funded?
The construction costs have been funded through a short-term loan and bond issue via Northern Trust
Bank. The basic program costs will be supported through operating revenues. Enhanced, premier educational
leadership and programming will be provided through a capital campaign effort led by the Plymouth Harbor
Where does the Smith Care Center (SCC) and North Garden connect to the Northwest Garden?
There will be a connection to the Northwest Garden on every floor. The buildings will connect at the location
of the former North Garden balconies, and on the SCC level, at the location of the former porte cochère.
At these connections, will there be a step down or up?
On the first and second floors, there will be slight ramping where the two buildings meet. There will be a
three-foot rise in the third floor lobby that leads to the Residential Living apartments and Bistro 700. To
accommodate this, there will be both stairs and an elevator that opens directly to the higher level.
Were conservation measures taken into consideration in the design of the Northwest Garden?
Yes, conservation has been a key element in the building’s design and construction. A few examples include:
• LED and sensor control lighting • Energy recovery ventilation units
• Locally produced/recycled construction materials, when possible • Insulated windows
• Lower-flow plumbing fixtures to conserve water • Natural gas hot water system, in lieu of
• Landscape indigenous to Florida, reducing water usage
less-efficient electric hot water heaters
Will the Northwest Garden Restaurant dining menu be the same as the Mayflower Restaurant?
Menu planning has not yet begun, but rest assured that the same quality and variety of meals enjoyed in the
Mayflower Restaurant will be available in the new Northwest Garden Restaurant.
How was the sizing of the new Assisted Living and Memory Care Residences determined?
Plymouth Harbor followed a year-long, extensive due diligence process that included researching similar
communities and reviewing intensive market and financial feasibility studies.
Will the new Assisted Living and Memory Care Residences be open to community admissions?
Yes. Current Callahan Center residents will have first choice of apartments in the new Assisted Living
Residence. Following that, SCC residents who qualify for assisted living or memory care will be given the
opportunity to transfer. Then priority will be given to Plymouth Harbor residents currently on the internal
wait list. If apartments remain available, our final step will be to open it up to our Harbor Club wait list and
then to non-Plymouth Harbor Sarasota community residents. Those interested in being placed on the wait
list may contact the Assisted Living/Home Care Department at 941-361-7245 (or Ext. 245).
What do we know at this point regarding the new Assisted Living and Memory Care rate structure?
The rate for current Callahan Center residents will be grandfathered into the new building. There will also
be a Plymouth Harbor resident rate and a separate community resident rate.
What is the cost comparison between the new Assisted Living Residence and Home Care services?
The general rule is that eight hours of Home Care will be comparable to the cost of one day in the new Assisted
Living Residence. However, residents using Home Care must also consider the cost of monthly living expenses.
What will replace the Callahan Center space when current residents are moved to the new building?
It is not currently known what will occupy this space. We presume this will be determined in late Spring 2017.
Will Home Care continue to have a presence in the Tower for Residential Living residents?
Yes. While the exact location has not yet been determined, there will be a nurse station in the Tower.
resources Marketing & Sales, Residential Living Questions
Marketing/Community Affairs Department
941-361-7512 (or Ext. 512)
Assisted Living, Memory Care, & Wait List Questions
Assisted Living/Home Care Department
941-361-7245 (or Ext. 245)