The Fern-Lauderdale, MN

Project Profile

9 Feb, 2024


9 Feb, 2024



The Fern is a 55+ affordable housing facility designed to fit the aesthetic of Lauderdale, one of two cities that touch both Minneapolis and St. Paul, and was built under budget while meeting all affordable housing requirements. In 2022, the team was met not only with heavy winter weather restrictions, but unexpected site work once demolition of an elementary school was complete. Although this caused over 30 days of lost time on the site, using open communication between the engineer, construction, and design teams, we were able to open the facility by the client’s desired open date.


The interior design for this project pulled inspiration from the property’s history of having previously been a school featuring touches of art deco design. Overall, the Fern feels classic and comfortable and you will find touches of leather, wood and brick throughout the interior.

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CLIENT: Real Estate Equities 
LOCATION: Lauderdale, MN 
TYPE: Affordable, 55+
STATUS: Completed 2023
SCALE: 3-4 stories with underground parking
Photography: Hola Productions

The Team

ARCHITECT: Kaas Wilson Architects: Necmi Karaman, Scott Jensen, and Dave Morck
Mechanical/Plumbing: J-Berd
Electrical: Berd Electric