As of this month, Toby & Leon Cooperman Sinai Residences Boca Raton has become one of the few retirement communities in Palm Beach County that offers campus-wide electricity should power outages occur. The $4.6 million undertaking is the result of a board-approved plan to further enhance the premium safety and security features that the premiere 600,000-square foot facility has to offer.
Sinai Residences previously had a system in place back in 2018 when former Gov. Rick Scott mandated that all nursing homes have generators. The Governor’s directive came immediately after Hurricane Irma caused an outage at a Broward County rehabilitation center that failed to have a back-up power, leading to 12 people losing their lives. The 2018 mandate lead Sinai’s Board of Managers to revisit their own outage plan and system and consider additional refinements. The result was the decision to not only revamp the system they had in place, but to construct their very own on-campus generator farm, adding six custom-made generators with 3400kw of wattage total. The 18-month long project, from permits to strategic manufacturing and exhaustive testing, received final certificates of approval the first of June 2020.
“The project is really exemplary of our board’s commitment to 5-star service and resident safety,” said Chris Newport, Executive Director of Toby & Leon Cooperman Sinai Residences. “Very few luxury retirement communities offer what we’ve been able to accomplish here. When the power goes out, within seconds, everything’s back on – from kitchen equipment to air conditioning, even closet lights. Best of all is that every single elevator will still be fully operational, which is critical for our residents with mobility limitations.”
Sinai Residences’ generator farm, which features seven total generators, will ensure 100% of the campus is under generator power if the power goes out. This includes: Health Center, independent living suites, emergency lights, call lights, security safety, elevators, light switches, cooking elements, air conditioning, and more.
The update comes just in time, as NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center forecasts an above-normal Atlantic Hurricane Season for 2020. Lucky for 450 residents of Sinai Residences in Boca Raton, Newport ensures that even if the power goes out on his campus, you’d never know it!