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Acacia Health Center Exterior

Acacia Health Center undergoes $13.2M expansion

Sagewood, a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) is expanding its onsite Acacia Health Center to double in size, according to Sagewood’s Executive Director, Stewart Ingram.

The $13.2 million expansion will include another 36,300 square feet to Acacia Health Center at Sagewood.

The addition of 60 beds will include a 20-bed memory care neighborhood and 40 skilled nursing suites which will all be Medicare certified.

Amenities to be added to the service-rich health center will include three new neighborhood dining rooms, three activity kitchens and four neighborhood living areas.

Financing for the Acacia Health Center expansion project closed in late May of this year and construction is currently underway.

Designed to meet the future needs for residents of Sagewood, the expansion will also allow for public access to the skilled nursing suites, providing a great benefit to those who are looking for a sub-acute rehab and health center where Medicare Part A benefits can be utilized. Public access to the memory care neighborhood will also be available.

“The continuing demand for Acacia Health Center’s top medical and rehabilitative services has accelerated our timetable for this significant expansion,” said Ingram.

“Its innovative and refreshing approach to the delivery of health care services for a new generation is exceptional, provides for continuing care at various levels and is located within steps of the Sagewood residential community,” he said.

Currently, the beautifully-designed, state-of-the-art Acacia Health Center features 10 assisted living apartments, 38 skilled nursing care suites (including 30 private suites) all Medicare certified, and a rehabilitative therapy center.

Ninety percent of the 292 apartment home, loft, villa and casita residences at Sagewood are currently occupied by seniors from around the country. Seniors are drawn to the community’s open and inviting design, hospitality-oriented amenities and progressive health care program with its on-site health center.

CCRCs like Sagewood are a popular choice for young seniors looking to stay active in the aging process. The community provides an ideal setting for supporting independent lifestyles while offering increasing levels of care, as may be needed. Its continuing care program is designed to protect residents against the increasing costs of long-term care, providing a secured future with controlled and predictable long term health care costs.

Sagewood understands the relationship between good health and quality of life and offers a more comprehensive approach to wellness, active living and access to health care services that enables each resident to be in control of their own health care needs.

“Sagewood helps seniors stay independent; the residents direct their own care,” said Ingram.

“Care team members at Acacia Health Center assist residents with their

specific needs and aspirations, enabling them to recuperate and remain active members of the community.”

Project completion of the Acacia Health Center expansion is planned for second quarter of 2016.

The Weitz Company will serve as the general contractor and the architect is Todd & Associates, both of Phoenix. Interior designer is Spellman Brady Company of St. Louis, Mo.

Sagewood completes second phase of Casitas

Sagewood, a Life Care Services community featuring resort-like amenities and health care services for senior living, has completed construction on its second phase of casitas. A recovering housing market and strong community sales sparked the second phase of detached casitas, a duplex home option for seniors living at Sagewood.

The stylish two-bedroom, den and two-and-a-half bath casitas range from 2,173 to 2,326 square feet. In addition, residents can enjoy the desert landscaping on the large patio with a gas fireplace and water feature, a new addition to the casita design.

The casitas also feature a two-car oversized garage with ample storage capacity. In addition, the new casitas neighborhood provides majestic mountain and pristine Sonoran desert views.

“We are excited for residents to enjoy their new casita homes,” said Stewart Ingram, the community’s executive director. “Sagewood has seen an increase in demand for the modern detached homes, and our owners decided to start the second phase of construction,” he said.  “Only one casita remains available.”

Sagewood sold out of its first phase of 24 casitas two years ago and the community has now reserved 257 residences or 88 percent. Sagewood offers 19 spacious floor plans with entry fees starting at $323,300 for apartment homes, lofts, villas or detached casita residences.

“With the completion of the casitas, we are ramping now up to start construction on the expansion of the on-site Acacia Health Center,” Ingram said. “In addition to the resort-style amenities available to seniors at Sagewood, the Acacia Health Center offers a refreshing approach to healthcare.”

The general contractor was The Weitz Company and Smith Group JJR served as the architect for the new casitas, both of Phoenix.


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Mesquite Grill & Lounge opens at Sagewood

Sagewood, a senior living community featuring resort-like amenities and health care services, has opened Mesquite Grill & Lounge, a 100-seat restaurant with lounge and patio featuring intercontinental cuisine in a contemporary, casual design with a display kitchen.

Three distinct dining experiences are offered at Mesquite Grill & Lounge: a relaxed, casual dining area featuring an open-air design with exhibition kitchen and grill; a sophisticated lounge; and the restaurant’s outdoor patio with misters and heaters for year-round comfort.

The restaurant’s color theme reflects the desert in bloom with a palette of warm yellow, purple, orange, poppy red and tan. Handcrafted design components feature interlocking multi-colored glass and tile columns, Eco Resin curved wall panels, cork flooring, light cherry wood canopies and suspended ceiling clouds for creating a warm and inviting atmosphere.

Artwork in the restaurant includes two majestic photographs of the Sonoran Desert in bloom by Sagewood resident and artistic photographer Phil Douglis, known for his personal touch and expressive imagery.

Sagewood redesigned its former juice bar and clubhouse reception area into the expansive new contemporary restaurant and lounge. Weitz served as the general contractor of the new Mesquite Grill & Lounge.

Mesquite Grill & Lounge serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Cuisine offerings include omelets, smoked salmon benedict for breakfast; and calzones, gourmet sandwiches and wraps; beef, chicken and shrimp fajitas, sliders, shrimp scampi, create-your-own gourmet pizzas and an extensive salad bar for lunch and dinner selections. Desserts feature chocolate lava cakes and a blonde brownie skillet in addition to an apple empanada skillet.

“We’re excited to bring this new, stylish restaurant and lounge to the Sagewood community focusing on fresh and seasonal cuisine including regional favorites from our veteran chef, Michael Raibley,” said Stewart Ingram, executive director of Sagewood.

Mesquite Grill & Lounge, designed by Smith Group JJR, is the third restaurant located at Sagewood.

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Sagewood Casita Patio, WEB

Construction on Sagewood Senior Living Casitas Begin Due to Market Demand

Strong community sales and a recovering housing market has spurred the second phase of casitas now under construction at Sagewood, a Life Care Services community featuring resort-like amenities and health care services for senior living.

The detached casitas range from 2,173 to 2,326 SF for a two bedroom, den and two-and-a-half bath design offering a large patio with a fireplace and water feature in addition to extensive desert landscaping. The single-story casitas also feature a two-car garage and provide majestic mountainous terrain and pristine Sonoran Desert views located where north Phoenix meets Scottsdale.

“As a response to market demand and record sales at our Sagewood community, we’re building this second phase of 14 casitas, of which just four are remaining for sale,” said Stewart Ingram, the community’s executive director. Sagewood sold out of its original 24 casitas and the community is 83 percent reserved, with prices starting at $323,300 for residences featuring detached casitas and villas to lofts and apartment homes with a choice of 19 floorplans.

“Our new casita design offers double the patio space from our original plan including a fireplace and water feature in addition to enhanced desert landscaping in the backyard,” he said. “Offering spacious floorplans, generous standard features, and superior construction quality combined with our resort-style amenities and the Acacia Health Center make the casitas a great value for living at Sagewood,” said Ingram.

Construction completion for the casitas is planned for late summer. General contractor is The Weitz Company and Smith Group JJR served as the architect, both of Phoenix.

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New to Market: The Lofts at Hayden Ferry

Project Name: The Lofts at Hayden Ferry

Developer: OliverMcMillan

General Contractor: Adolfson & Peterson Construction

Architect: Pappageorge Haymes Partners / Todd & Associates

Location & City (major crossroads/exact address): 260 Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, Arizona

Size (SF): 497,000 SF

Value: $40M

Estimated start and completion dates (by month or quarter): June 2014 / December 2015

Project Description/Additional Information: Situated on a 3.69-acre site adjacent to Tempe Town Lake, the high visibility development consists of 264 Class A market-rate apartments in four stories of wood framed structure with two levels of parking below grade. The podium will be elevated approximately four feet above grade which will enhance the characteristics of its architecture in addition to lessening the potential of subterranean water issues due to the proximity of the project to the existing lake. The site is currently vacant and is part of the Hayden Ferry Lakeside Master Plan, near Arizona State University and the Mill Avenue Entertainment District. 


Million Dollar Casitas Coming To Sagewood Due To Record Sales, Market Demand


Record community sales and a strong recovering housing market have prompted Sagewood, a 278-residence Phoenix luxury retirement community featuring resort-like amenities and the Acacia Health Center, to build an additional 14 casitas soon to be under construction.

Sales are now underway for the detached casitas ranging from 2,173 SF to 2,326 SF for a two bedroom, den and two-and-a-half bath design offering a large patio featuring a fireplace and water feature in addition to extensive desert landscaping.

The stylish, modern living single-story casitas also feature a two-car garage and provide  mountainous terrain and pristine Sonoran desert views located where north Phoenix meets Scottsdale.

“We’re responding to great market demand at Sagewood, since we have sold out of our original 24 casitas,” said Stewart Ingram, the community’s executive director.

Sagewood is nearing 80% reserved, with prices beginning at $316,900 for residences featuring detached casitas and villas to lofts and apartment homes with a choice of 19 floor plans.

General contractor is The Weitz Company and the architect is SmithGroupJJR. Starting price for the new Sagewood casitas is approximately $1M. Construction timetable for building a casita is six to nine months.

 “Our new casitas feature a wonderfully enhanced design with double the patio space from our original plan including a fireplace and water feature in addition to more desert landscaping in the backyard,” he said.

“Offering spacious floor plans, generous standard features, and superior construction quality combined with our resort-style amenities and the Acacia Health Center make the casitas a great value for living at Sagewood,” Ingram said.

Acacia Health Center at Sagewood features 10 apartments, 38 skilled nursing care suites (including 20 private suites) all Medicare certified, and a rehabilitative therapy center.

Life Care Services and Westminster Funds are the joint-venture partners of Sagewood.


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The Weitz Company Being Sold to Egyptian Construction Firm

General contractor The Weitz Company, which employs about 60 people in Arizona,  announced it has signed a letter of intent for acquisition by Egyptian construction company Orascom Construction Industries.

Based in Des Moines, Iowa, Weitz is the second oldest commercial GC in the United States. Weitz has three core business lines: commercial, federal, and industrial and has typically ranked among the top 50 in Engineering News-Record’s Top 400 Contractors list.

Weitz has 15 offices in the U.S. — including the Arizona office at 5555 E. Van Buren in Phoenix — and Guam. Weitz generated $681.5M of revenue in 2011 and prior to the recent economic downturn generated revenues in excess of $1.5B.

Weitz projects in Arizona include the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort in Tucson, Mayo Clinic, CityScape, Sagewood (above photo), Scottsdale Waterfront, and a portion of the PHX Sky Train.

All of Weitz’s current management and employees will be retained following the acquisition, according to a release. Terms of the deal were not released.

“This is an excellent opportunity for us to accelerate our growth plan,” Leonard Martling, chairman and CEO of Weitz, said in a release. “Weitz will be able to significantly expand its activities throughout the United States capitalizing on OCI’s financial strength and its industrial and infrastructure track record.

“In addition to our traditional commercial construction projects, we will be better positioned to pursue larger industrial projects and to target infrastructure concessions and Public-Private Partnership (PPP) projects as a part of one of the world’s top global contractors.”

Orascom said the deal will allow it to establish a strong strategic foothold in the U.S. construction market.

“The acquisition of Weitz will allow the OCI Construction Group to be strategically positioned to undertake a variety of commercial, industrial and infrastructure opportunities in the U.S.,” said Osama Bishai, COO of OCI Construction Group.

“Weitz will also provide the OCI Construction Group with a solid base to play a major role in the construction of greenfield industrial projects developed by OCI. Weitz is an excellent construction company and we are excited to be able to provide all the necessary support to enable the management team to grow its business.”

OCI is an international construction contractor and fertilizer producer, employing more than 72,000 people in 35 countries. The OCI Construction Group provides international engineering and construction services primarily on infrastructure, industrial and high-end commercial projects in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa for public and private clients.


Swanky Seniors - Sagewood, AZRE Magazine May/June 2012

Swanky Seniors

Sophisticated assisted living and senior care developments look more like resorts than the traditional ‘old folks home’

As America’s senior population swells to an unprecedented volume — 62 million seniors, almost double the number of seniors at the turn of the century — luxury senior care and assisted living development is on the rise in Arizona.

Thankfully, assisted living no longer means sending Mom where bingo is all she looks forward to. Many developers in the assisted living field are building contemporary, sophisticated senior care facilities to accommodate expensive tastes and active lifestyles. These residencies are opulent and lavish, more like resorts than the gloomy, industrialized “old folks homes” of decades past.

When considering livability factors, such as decreased mobility or heightened sensitivity to cold, Arizona’s flat terrain and temperate climate are a natural draw for seniors. In the past several years, senior housing has been the most active type of development in Scottsdale.

Anticipating the influx of a mammoth demographic, several senior care facilities are in the planning and developmental stages.

Orchard Pointe, a 104-unit assisted living apartment facility in Surprise, broke ground in March. Developed by Heritage Management Services and Telis Commercial Real Estate, Orchard Pointe will open in spring 2013.

Mark Huey, president of Telis Commercial Real Estate, says Orchard Pointe will “bring a Midwestern ethic of care and concern to the Valley, packaged in a high-luxury lifestyle.”

Mountain West Contracting is general contractor and RAR Architects is the architect.

In Tucson, The Freshwater Group is building a new assisted living community called Hacienda at the River.

Hacienda at the River will provide remarkable taste and services, from greenhouses on site to serve organic foods in dining facilities to an all-pets-welcome policy.

Hacienda will also raise horses on site for equine therapy for residents with memory affliction, dementia, and other animal therapy aids.

David Freshwater, president of the Freshwater Group, says the revolution in senior care is palpable.

“Our spas, workout rooms, and cafes look more like Starbucks and LA Fitness rather than the traditional old folks homes,” he says. “They really, truly have changed in design to reflect the different clientele than who we’ve been serving the last 25 years.”

Hacienda at the River is still in the design phase. “It will be assisted living, Alzheimer’s or what we call ‘memory care,’ as well as skilled nursing and rehabilitation,” Freshwater says.

Maravilla Scottsdale, which was scheduled to open in May, will also cater to epicurean tastes. Boasting multiple landscaped courtyards, a cinema, Internet lounge, chip-and-putt golf course, spa, and multiple dining venues, Maravilla Scottsdale is indisputably of the new generation of assisted living.

The 120,000 SF facility offers 178 apartment-style living units and 39 villa-type living units, plus common areas such as the lodge, fitness center, commercial kitchens, and an indoor swimming pool.

The Weitz Company is building Maravilla Scottsdale. It’s also the general contractor for Sagewood, a multi-phase retirement community comprised of 12 casitas, four villas and eight buildings housing independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing units in North Phoenix.

sagewoodSagewood offers diversity in the levels of care provided, often easing the transition from minimal to increased living assistance.

Future phase expansions are planned to complete this site’s development. Once completed, the community in its entirety will carry the promise of progressive living in an environment that emphasizes choice, flexibility and independence for its residents, says Kelly Billings of the Weitz Company.

Scottsdale’s The Colonnade, another resort-style assisted living facility, opened in 2004. Now, The Colonnade will break ground later this year on the second phase of construction, adding villa type housing units to its existing residencies.

The developer behind The Colonnade is Sun Health, an up-and-coming player in the healthcare industry.

“Our standard finishes are high end, including full GE appliance packages, wood line window covering, and ceramic tile flooring,” says Sharon Grambow, Sun Health’s senior living coordinator. “Residents can select premium package upgrades, including quartzite countertops and cherry cabinetry tile with diamond metal decorative inserts.”

Belmont Village Scottsdale, a three-story assisted living apartment building, contains of 136 units — 111 independent living apartments and 25 dementia care units — at the 100,000 SF facility. It sits on a 4.17-acre site with a courtyard pool and walking path.

Houston-based Belmont Village AP has 20 assisted living facilities in seven states, and opened its Scottsdale location in February. This project cost more than $30M, says Belmont CEO Patricia Will. Located southeast of 100th St. and Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., the community was built by W.E. O’Neil Construction.

Vi at Silverstone also opened in 2010 on 32 acres and offers 270 independent-living units to Northeast Valley seniors. Developed by The Plaza Companies, built by Summit Builders and designed by DAVIS, the $195M project is all about individual preferences.

More importantly, says Sharon Harper of The Plaza Companies, it offers seniors an abundance of choices.

“People have all kinds of choices in terms of size and location, and they really can customize what they would like,” Harper says. “There’s a vibrancy embedded in the neighborhood and the greater community and that creates excitement and the opportunity to continue to be educated. We offer innovation, fitness and overall wellness.”

AZRE Magazine May/June 2012


2011 RED Awards Winners & Honorable Mentions

On Feb. 22, AZRE hosted the 6th Annual, 2011 RED Awards reception at the Ritz-Carlton in Phoenix to recognize the most notable commercial real estate projects of 2010 and the construction teams involved. AZRE held an open call for nominations and more than 100 architects, contractors, developers and brokerage firms participated in the process. All the winning projects and brokers are featured on the following pages.

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2011 winners can order Awards, Plaques & Reprints

The project categories include:

  • Office
  • Industrial
  • Medical
  • Mixed-Use
  • Most Challenging
  • Hospitality
  • Multi-Family
  • Retail
  • Sustainable
  • Redevelopment
  • Public
  • Education
  • Tenant Improvement

  • Developer of the Year
  • Architect of the Year
  • General Contractor of the Year
  • Broker/Broker Team of the Year

Congratulations to all the 2011 RED Awards Winners

Best Hospitality Project, Small:


The Phoenician Ballroom Expansion

Best Hospitality Project, Large:


Talking Stick Resort

Best Industrial Project:


Keller Electrical

Honorable Mention:

Power-One (Phase I & II)

Best Medical Project:


Diamond Children’s Medical Center at UMC

Honorable Mention:

Ryan House at St. Joseph’s Medical Center

Best Mixed-Use Project:



Honorable Mention:

Gila River Indian Community, District One Service Center

Most Challenging Project:


Soleri Bridge & Plaza

Honorable Mention:

Maricopa County Security Building

Best Office Project:


Chandler City Hall

Honorable Mention:

Mercy Medical Commons

Best Multi-Family Project:


Vi at Silverstone

Honorable Mention:

Sagewood, Phase 1

Brokerage Team: Leasing


Tom Adelson, Kevin Calihan

Jim Fijan, Jerry Roberts

CB Richard Ellis

Brokerage Team: Sales


Tyler Anderson, Sean Cunningham

CB Richard Ellis

General Contractor of the Year:


Sundt Construction

Best Retail Project:


Mountain Ranch Marketplace

Honorable Mention:

Scottsdale Pavilions – Theater/Food Court Renovation

Most Sustainable Project:


White Tank Branch Library & Nature Center

Honorable Mention:

CREST Specialty School

Best Redevelopment Project:


Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport

West Terminal Expansion Phase I

Honorable Mention:

Cowley Companies Warehouse Office

Best Public Project:


Musical Instrument Museum

Honorable Mention:

Randall McDaniel Sports Complex

Best Education Project:


Sedona-Oak Creek

Red Rock High School

Performing Arts Center

Honorable Mention:

Mesa Community College Red Mountain Campus

Best Tenant Improvement Project:


Lumberyard Tap Room

Honorable Mention:

Polsinelli Shughart

Special Merit:


Schuff Perini Climber

Broker – Leasing:


Andy Kroot

Velocity Retail Group

Broker – Sales:


Eric J. Wichterman

Cassidy Turley BRE Commercial

Developer of the Year:


RED Development

Architect of the Year:


RSP Architects

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Best Multi-Family Project 2011

Vi at Silverstone

Best Multi-Family Project 2011: Vi at Silverstone, The Plaza CompaniesDeveloper: The Plaza Companies
Summit Builders
735,651 SF
23005 N. 74th St., Scottsdale
March 2010

Vi at Silverstone is a new, continuing care retirement community on a 35-acre campus. It consists of a 4-story, 467,857 SF main lodge building with 203 independent living units, an underground parking structure, a 2-story care center with 60 units and 67 residential villas. Common areas include formal and casual dining rooms, a lounge, indoor and outdoor pools, gym facilities, a theater, and an 18-hole putting course. Vi was “fast-tracked,” with the first phase completed 3 months ahead of schedule and the second phase completed one month ahead of schedule. Traditional materials, classic architectural and attention to detail placement are components of the distinct styling of the community. Vi’s purpose is to provide older adults with a superior living environment.

Honorable Mention: Sagewood, Phase 1

Honorable Mention: Sagewood, Phase 1; LCS/Westminster Partnership IVDeveloper: LCS/Westminster Partnership IV
The Weitz Company
Todd & Associates
878,559 SF
4555 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix
November 2010