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New senior living facility offers Category 5 protection

Atrium at Liberty Park by Meridian Senior Living will open this fall meeting new storm protection guidelines.

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CAPE CORAL — When the new Meridian Senior Living campus opens this fall in Cape Coral, the facility will feature the most advanced hurricane protection available, according to a statement. 

The 110,000-square-foot campus at Pine Island Road and Northeast 24th Avenue features concrete block construction on both the lower and upper levels with impact-resistant windows and doors. Everything from the roof to the shutters is being built with the latest technology to defend against a Category 5 hurricane.

“The building’s structural design is based on wind load pressures,” says Atrium at Liberty Park Executive Robert Lord in the statement. “Our number one priority is always to make sure our future residents are safe, especially in the event of a hurricane.”

In accordance with guidelines set forth in the wake of Hurricane Irma by then-Gov. Rick Scott, and since voted into law, nursing homes and assisted living facilities must develop emergency plans to provide alternative power sources and enough fuel to maintain an ambient temperature of no higher than 81 degrees for at least 96 hours. Upon opening, Atrium at Liberty Park will initiate an emergency plan for enough generator capacity to meet the legal requirements set forth by the state and will have the appropriate amount of supplies and staff in the aftermath of a storm.

“We’re dedicated to setting ourselves apart and building an exceptional community here,” Lord says. “We’re 100% committed to keeping our residents happy, healthy and enjoying their experience at our new community.”

Meridian Senior Living has more than 70 communities in the U.S., with additional Florida developments expected to start later this year. Atrium at Liberty Park will include 130 independent living, assisted living and memory care residences.


The headline of this story has been updated to reflect that the senior living facility is not a hurricane shelter. 


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