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General contractors selected for Banner-University Medical Center

The general contractors have been selected for an 11-story tower that will replace the 40-year-old portion of the hospital at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson.

Pending zoning approvals, Sundt I DPR, A Joint Venture, will begin preparing the site and utilities late this year, with construction starting in early 2016. The facility is expected to open in 2019.

Banner’s $400 million construction project at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson represents a much-needed enhancement to one of the nation’s top academic medical centers and Southern Arizona’s only Level 1 Trauma Center. The 689,000-square-foot patient tower will be configured and sized for current and future health-care technology, with 336 private patient rooms, 22 new operating rooms, imaging suites and public spaces. As previously announced, architects for the new tower are Shepley Bullfinch of Phoenix and GLHN Architects and Engineers Inc. of Tucson.

The tower will open with 240 private rooms along with shelled space on the top two floors to accommodate 96 beds in the future, depending on community need.  This will raise the total bed count slightly from its current 479 to 489 licensed beds in 2019, because beds in the original hospital building will close at that time.

In addition to constructing the new patient tower, Sundt I DPR have been retained to renovate two floors and the lobby of Diamond Children’s, now called Banner Children’s­ – Diamond Children’s Medical Center. They also will remodel the original hospital building, which opened in 1971 as “University Hospital,” for non-patient-care uses such as administrative functions.

“Banner’s decision to select this joint venture team was based on its combined strengths: Sundt’s innovative approach to technical construction and deep roots in the community, and DPR’s expertise as the nation’s No. 1 health-care builder,” said Kip Edwards, vice president, Development and Construction for Banner Health.  “Once completed, this facility will help Banner Health fulfill its mission in Southern Arizona to improve lives through excellent patient care.”

“We believe in Banner Health’s mission and its relentless drive and passion in achieving the highest quality and function at the lowest cost,” said Ryan Abbott, Sundt’s Southwest business development manager. “We’ve vowed to provide the construction innovation, collaboration and productivity to create an environment that supports their transformation of sick care into health care.”

“Banner Health’s ‘high-tech, high-touch’ approach to provide innovative health care throughout Arizona is ambitious and a commitment Sundt I DPR Joint Venture will help them meet,” said Dave Elrod, regional manager of Arizona for DPR Construction. “Our team unites each company’s individual ideas and experiences, while continually streamlining processes and developing new methodology and technology for building one-of-a-kind health-care projects throughout Arizona.”

Sundt has been building in Tucson since 1929. The Banner ­– University Medical Center Tucson project will be the seventh joint venture of Sundt and DPR, which began partnering in 2002. Among their accomplishments are the 265,000-square-foot Bioscience Partnership Health Sciences Education Building on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus and the 10-story Biosciences Partnership Building, also in Phoenix.

Banner Health, an Arizona-based nonprofit organization with hospitals in seven states, acquired Banner – University Medical Center Tucson this spring in a merger with the University of Arizona Health Network. At the same time, Banner Health entered into a 30-year Academic Affiliation Agreement with the University of Arizona to serve as the primary clinical partner to the UA Colleges of Medicine in Tucson and Phoenix

A nurse sits at the iCare ICU Program at Banner Desert in Mesa.

Technology carries real estate through healthcare changes

A patient sits in the ICU at Banner Health’s Fairbanks Memorial Hospital in Alaska.

It’s late, many of the staff have gone home. He watches the glowing blinks of the machines monitoring his vital signs lighting the room in little blue and green bursts. Suddenly, a nurse is beckoned to his bedside by an abnormal fluctuation in his stats. The patient’s physician is notified and, if off-duty, with the press of a button, a critical care specialist or nurse sitting in what’s affectionately called “the bunker,” staffed 24/7 by highly specialized physicians known as intensivists at Banner Desert in Mesa, can appear on a two-way video communications system to assist.

This is the future of medicine. Though Banner Health has been working on its eICUs in the seven states where its located since 2006, telemedicine is continuing to affect change throughout real estate.

Behind the Screen
A COMPACCS study found that patients who would need critical care require, on average, 45 minutes of an intensivist’s time per day, according to “The Critical Care Workforce.” After crunching the numbers, the report claims ICU patients use 18 million ICU days every year. This is on the condition that only a third of ICU patients are seen by an intensivist. To meet this demand, 3,100 intensivists would have been required to treat the patient demand in 2000. That’s more than 65 percent of those who were available in the U.S.

There’s a shortage of these critical care specialists, even 15 years later. This has a direct effect on care.

Mortality rate in ICUs is between 12 and 17 percent, according to U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ “The Critical Care Workforce: A Study of the Supply and Demand for Critical Care Physicians.”

“If demand grows only as a result of the growth and aging of the population, demand for intensivists will increase from about 1,880 in 2000 to 2,600 in 2020 (an increase of about 38 percent),” according to “The Critical Care Workforce.”

“Every ICU could hire a specialist, but it would outstrip the supply in the entire country,” Bollinger says.

With the Affordable Care Act, hospitals are seeing inpatient days decrease. The reimbursement methodology has turned toward value and outcomes at affordable costs versus being reimbursed for doing more, says Kathy Bollinger, vice president of academic delivery at Banner Health.

“There is a change in incentives to provide the right care in the right setting at the right time,” Bollinger says.

Inpatients are spending fewer days in hospitals, and bed and room quantity focuses are now on quality rooms with the appropriate infrastructure.

When Banner Health renovates the patient tower at the existing University Medical Center in Tucson, it will only add 10 additional beds.

“The hospitals are not getting bigger, but they need to get smarter,” said Bollinger.

Banner Health has 500 of its senior patients participating in a pilot program. They are provided an iPad and home technology that facilitate e-visits from their physicians.

“Our early evidence on that project is we’re decreasing those patients’ trips to the emergency department,” Bollinger says.

The Brains
Bollinger says hospitals need to get smarter, and DPR’s national healthcare leader Hamilton Espinosa agrees.

“Their payer mix is getting thrown off skew by the amount of Baby Boomers and reimbursement rates offered by Obamacare,” he says. “The need to be smarter…part of that is leaner, smarter operation.”

The amount of technology used by a hospital requires a larger amount of data that must be managed. This requires updates. Hospitals have also been upgrading their presentation.

“Banner is (Arizona’s) largest hospital system, so they have been moving the fastest and doing the largest amount of work in terms of positioning themselves to streamline and provide healthcare in more efficient manner,” says GPE Commercial Advisors Executive Vice President Julie Johnson. She is referring to the number of satellite Banner clinics that have popped up in the East Valley. There is a grab for market share, she says.

“Dignity has been looking at several different clinics,” she says. “I don’t think they have been implementing them as quickly as Banner.”

These large hospital care providers can afford to expand. However, clinics that have been traditionally geared toward lower income patients are now in a market where these patients have Obamacare and the power of choice. Johnson says Adelante and Mountain Park facilities have expanded their programs to compete. Most recently, Adelante Healthcare in Peoria moved into a retail center and put a huge emphasis on outfitting the space with attractive interiors.

“Real estate is a really expensive part of healthcare delivery,” says Johnson. “(Telemedicine) changes how real estate is delivered. It may not change quickly. People still need to be touched and seen, but it will definitely evolve and change.”

In addition to the adoption of telemedicine, the healthcare industry is seeing aesthetic changes.

There is a greater emphasis on patient care and reducing the amount of time a patient stays at the hospital as well as return trips.

“I think the hospital campus is always going to be a hub of activity, but there is more and more being done at these outpatient clinics,” says Johnson. “Heart surgeries will soon be done in outpatient settings. There is less of a need for hospital beds and more of a need for ambulatory settings. It’s cheaper to provide (care) in those settings. The synergies of proximity around hospital campuses will always be there. Even though the trend is for clinics to be off-campus in the hub and spoke method from 12 years ago, there will always be a synergy.”

For example, HonorHealth, formerly John C. Lincoln, built Sonoran Health and Emergency Center that is an emergency department with an attached clinic. In the event of needing a hospital, patients are transferred to Deer Valley.

“The actual patient is going to have a lot more choice in today’s market,” Johnson says. “There is going to be more hospitality element in providing healthcare. People want to choose it because of health care but also because it has a nice hospitality setting. As more people are having the ability to control their healthcare, if their first $5K is out of pocket and they have a choice of where to get an MRI or where to have my baby, they’re going to go where they’re most comfortable.”

CPI Team Captain, Chad Neppl, Trent Rustan, Jason Price, Tiffany Armenta-Birdwell, Brian Ruddle

Valley Brokers and Agents Get Competitive for Charity

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If real estate professionals know how to do something well, it’s handle competition. For the last 16 years, hundreds of local brokers worked year-round to raise donations for charity. Then, they set aside five hours of from their busy schedules to really tough it out in bouts of jumbo Jenga and bocce ball.

On Feb. 7, 600 brokers, agents and industry supporters competed in a picnic game Olympiad at Tempe Beach Park. This year’s event, hosted by Active 20-30 Club of Scottsdale, included bocce ball, football toss, basketball shootouts, jumbo Jenga and corn hole. Finalists in the commercial and residential divisions squared off in a dodgeball tournament, with the winners taking home bragging rights until next year.

The real estate community is resilient. Even amidst the financial meltdown, when many teams were downsizing, going bankrupt or couldn’t afford to participate, and charity was among the least of their concerns, Brokers for Kids participants managed to raise $100,000. For the first time since the event was founded 16 years ago, the annual Olympiad has included residential agents (whose similar annual fundraiser, Agents Benefiting Children, has rolled over into BFK). Event chairman Mike Coy said the idea occurred to organizers about two hours after the 2013 event wrapped up.

“We immediately started talking about next year’s event,” Coy said. “Operationally, [Agents Benefiting Children] is very similar to what we’re already doing. It was a natural evolution.”

The economy has picked up, and it’s evident in the finally tallies. Teams raised $366,000. Fifty commercial teams competed, and 10 company teams represented the residential side of the business.

Commercial fundraising benefited Boys Hope Girls Hope, which places intelligent kids in less fortunate family situations into supervised homes and enrolls them in preparatory schools. Residential fundraising benefited The Care Fund, which will use 100 percent of the event donations to grant mortgage or rent to Arizona families with children with extended illnesses or injury.

The Care Fund reported DPR’s Kyle Keller’s team raised more than $10,000 this year, which also saw 80 new competitors from residential real estate brokerages. A spirit award for Agents Benefiting Children was awarded to Ty Lusk of Keller Williams, who raised more than $4,000 in a raffle mixer and auction. On the commercial side, Caretaker Landscape’s Dena Jones and Mischelle White took home the award for raising $9,147 by hosting an “all in for kids” charity poker tournament.

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Construction Set To Begin on 3rd SkySong Building

Construction is set to begin on the third office building at SkySong, The ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center, continuing the momentum on one of the most successful commercial development projects in Arizona over the past few years.

With the first two office buildings at SkySong almost fully leased, work will begin on SkySong III on August 19, with a groundbreaking ceremony scheduled for late September.   The 145,000 square foot building will be located along SkySong Boulevard, just southwest of the project’s iconic shade structure.

Arizona State University will lease 1 ½ floors of the four-story building, and current SkySong tenant WebFilings will be expanding their presence in the project by taking a full floor in SkySong III.   Plaza Companies will be taking office space on the first floor.  Combined, the three anchor tenants allow construction to begin with the building already 65 percent leased.

Like the first two buildings, SkySong III will be built to meet LEED Certification standards. The architectural design not only complements the rest of the project and the overall architectural quality of the Scottsdale area, it also includes significant consideration for sustainability. DPR is the General Contractor and Butler Design is the architect for SkySong III.

Plaza Companies continues to be the master developer of the project, in partnership with the Arizona State University Foundation and the City of Scottsdale. The financing for SkySong III is being provided by Alliance Bank of Arizona, and Holualoa Companies of Tucson has partnered with Plaza Companies for this project.

Sharon Harper, President & CEO of Plaza Companies, said the start of construction is a significant milestone and an example of the positive impact created by SkySong.

“We are very pleased to continue to build the vision for SkySong as a technology and innovation hub,” Harper said. “SkySong has already had a tremendously positive impact on south Scottsdale and on Arizona’s economic development efforts as a whole. Despite the challenging economic conditions of the past few years, SkySong continued to thrive and attract economic growth.

“Now, with this new building and with the coming completion of the SkySong Apartments, the impact of SkySong on our community will become even more profound and positive.”

Don Couvillion, Vice President of Real Estate for the Arizona State University Foundation, said the growth of the SkySong project has made the vision ASU President Michael Crow had for the project back in the mid-2000s a reality.

“SkySong was built to create a unique location for companies with a focus on innovation and technology, and the project has succeeded in becoming a hub for forward-thinking entrepreneurship,” he said. “The impact that ASU SkySong has had, as part of the overall SkySong vision, on dozens of companies over the past few years has been particularly significant in creating new jobs and economic impact.”

Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane said that the impact of SkySong on southern Scottsdale has been critical in sparking new economic development in that part of the community.

“It’s just another sign of how that corridor is developing on all lines, with what’s promised, planned and underway,” he said. “SkySong has already made a significant impact in the Scottsdale and McDowell Road corridors in helping bring in new businesses and economic growth.”

The estimated construction cost of SkySong III is $32 million. The construction of SkySong III also includes a significant parking structure that will serve SkySong III and IV, as well as surface parking.

Additionally, pre-leasing continues on SkySong IV, which would be located next to SkySong III and face Scottsdale Road. SkySong IV is fully permitted and shovel-ready, and the SkySong team continues to work with prospective anchor tenants.

More than 1,000 employees and 50 companies are located on the SkySong property. Completion of SkySong III and IV and the apartments would bring the total square footage of development at SkySong to more than 900,000 square feet.

SkySong, the ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center is a home to a global business community that links technology, entrepreneurship, innovation, and education to position ASU and Greater Phoenix as global leaders of the knowledge economy.

SkySong is a 42-acre mixed use development designed to:

  • Create an ecology of collaboration and innovation among high-profile technology enterprises and related researchers;
  • Advance global business objectives of on-site enterprises;
  • Raise Arizona’s profile as a global center of innovation through co-location of ASU’s strategic global partners; and
  • Create a unique regional economic and social asset.

Companies located at SkySong enjoy a special relationship with Arizona State University, which has more than 73,000 students at four metropolitan Phoenix campuses. Its campus in Tempe is the single largest campus in the U.S., and is located less than three miles from SkySong.

In addition to locating its own innovative research units at the center, ASU provides tenants with direct access to relevant research, educational opportunities and cultural events on its campuses. Through ASU’s on-site operations, tenant companies have a single point of contract for introductions to researchers, faculty and programs to address their specific needs.

For more information on SkySong, visit www.skysongcenter.com or www.facebook.com/skysongcenter.

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Collaborative Effort Pays Off as UA's HSEB Celebrates Grand Opening

The official grand opening of the new Health Sciences Education Building on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus was also the celebration of a collaborative effort on the part of two general contractors and two architectural firms.

In an unprecedented collaboration, the 6-story, $135M, 268,000 SF facility was built so the state could expand its medical education facilities. The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix has expanded its class size and Northern Arizona University has increased its health-related offerings in the building.

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, UA President Ann Weaver Hart, NAU President John Haeger and Arizona Board of Regents Chair Rick Myers were on hand to formally unveil the new building, which now houses more than 300 health science students from the two state universities.

Representatives of the building team — architects CO Architects and Ayers Saint Gross and the joint venture contractors DPR Construction and Sundt Construction, Inc. — were in attendance as well.

One of the signature points of the HSEB is its copper exterior. More than 250,000 pounds  of 99.9% recycled copper was used. The work was done by Kovach.

>> The UA College of Medicine: Phoenix currently anchors the biomedical campus and currently hosts 265 medical students, including its expanded class of 80 new first-year students.

>> NAU in Phoenix: The initial class of the physician assistant program includes 25 students, and the physical therapy program has 24 students. Both plan to expand in coming years.

Also on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus are the UA College of Pharmacy and the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, the global headquarters of the Translational Genomics Research Institute and International Genomics Consortium, and Arizona Biomedical Collaborative building.

 

Banner Health Center Maricopa, AZRE July/August 2011

Medical: Banner Health Center – Maricopa


BANNER HEALTH CENTER – MARICOPA

Developer: Banner Health
General contractor: DPR
Architect: SmithGroup
Location: SWC of Alan Stephens Parkway and Porter Rd., Maricopa
Size: 40,000 SF (Phase I)

The $17.2M Banner Health Center will be located at The Wells retail center. It will be built in phases that will allow the center to expand to more than 80,000 SF. Phase I will build-out more than 40,000 SF with space for 18 physicians and ancillary services such as X-rays and lab services. Completion is expected by 2Q 2012.


AZRE Magazine July/August 2011
Riggs Gateway, AZRE July/August 2008

Retail: Riggs Gateway


RIGGS GATEWAY

Developer: Diversified Partners
General contractor: TBD
Architect: Kurt D. Reed Associates
Location: NEC Arizona Ave. & Riggs Road, Chandler
Size: 254,000 SF on 34 acres

The $50 Million center will have 254,000 SF of retail space with an anchor store with more than 100,000 SF. There will be one additional major box of 28,000 SF, and two minor retailers with 10,000 SF of retail space each. The rest of the site will feature five shops and two restaurant pads. Riggs Gateway is slated to begin construction is September or October of this year, with an estimated completion date of July 2009. Broker: Diversified Partners

AZRE July/August 2008