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From Weitz Thought Leaders: Accommodating the Active and Healthy Lifestyle

 

St. Andrews Country Club, Boca Raton, FL

Clubs of today are investing to not only update and modernize their facilities, but also to appeal to new members.

Today’s new club members:

  • Live a hectic lifestyle
  • Have young families
  • Seek convenient luxury

The Weitz Company offers extensive regional and worldwide experience in club and resort construction. In the past 10 years, Weitz has completed more than $500 million worth of club and resort projects. Of the clubhouse projects either underway or in the planning stages, almost all have some sort of lifestyle center amenity including a spa, fitness facility, casual dining restaurant venue or resort-style pool component.

ADDING VALUE, PROVIDING BALANCE

At Weitz, we continue to see private clubs move toward a younger membership, and provide services that help families balance their busy lifestyles while also making time for fitness and recreation.

Dining Venues – The dining experience is becoming more of a focus for club members. Along with good value, members are looking for different dining options, whether it be casual dining, formal dining or a quick healthy meal to take on the go. Appealing to a broader cross section of the membership is the trend in the club market’s food and beverage operations.

All of the projects Weitz currently has underway have some kind of casual dining/market component included. For example, we recently completed the new Sports Village at Ibis Golf and Country Club, located in West Palm Beach, Florida. Included in this lifestyle center is a casual bistro overlooking the resort-style pool. The bistro is equipped with a full-sized kitchen that accommodates an a la carte menu.

Resort Style Pool Complexes – In lieu of a single traditional swimming pool, clubs are creating a total resort pool experience, which includes multiple pools, Jacuzzis, and splash pads for younger children. The layout of a typical pool complex Weitz is seeing on our projects includes an adult relaxation pool with a “zero beach entry” and spa/Jacuzzi. Some clubs will install the exercise lap lanes in the activity pool or build a separate body of water to accommodate lap swimmers.

Weitz recently completed the pool complex at St. Andrews Country Club in Boca Raton, Florida. Included in this project was a renovation of their existing pool to create a lap pool, adult relaxation pool, new activity pool with a beach entry and fountain water features, and a new Jacuzzi. In addition to the swimming pools, this project included six elevated cabanas overlooking the activity pool.

Fitness and Spa Facilities – Fitness centers and on-site spa and salon services are becoming more important than ever for club members. Just as we’ve seen in other markets, members are looking for one facility to meet all of their needs with the convenience of being close to home.

Fitness centers today include cardio exercise, weight training areas, private rooms for spin classes, group movement exercise and yoga classes. Modern fitness centers are also equipped with a full service spa, which includes luxury locker rooms, and rooms equipped for dry or wet spa treatments.

Weitz recently completed the new ocean fitness at The Breakers resort in Palm Beach, Florida. The new fitness center consists of a vertical expansion on the second floor of their existing beach club, which creates a direct ocean view from the entire facility. The fitness center is equipped with all modern cardio and weight training exercise equipment.

We anticipate these trends will continue, and even expand, as clubs built 10 to 15 years ago by private real estate developers that are now solely owned by the club membership will require infrastructure upgrades to accommodate the growing membership and new facilities to compete in the marketplace.

-Written by Mike Thomas, Senior Project Manager, The Weitz Company (michael.thomas@weitz.com)

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The Weitz Company to Present “Design Build vs. Design Bid Build” at GEAPS Exchange 2015

The Weitz Company, a national full-service construction firm, announces that Alex Westlind, engineering manager, The Weitz Company, will present, “Design Build vs. Design Bid Build” at the upcoming “Exchange 2015” event for The Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS). Brian Utoft, associate/senior designer, VAA LLC, will co-present.

“There has been considerable debate in recent years over the merits of the Design Build vs. the Design Bid Build construction delivery method,” says Westlind. “Proponents of the Design Build method site savings in time and money for the owner, while opponents of the method claim it limits the client’s involvement in the design with the added risk of contractors making design decision outside their realm of expertise.”

The “Design Build vs. Design Bid Build” presentation at GEAPS Exchange 2015 on Tuesday, February 24 at 2 p.m. will compare and contrast the two construction delivery methods to help clients choose the best process for their next construction project. For more information, visit www.geaps.com/exchange/15.

 

 

 


The Weitz Company, Kindred Transitional Care Center Reach Milestone

Kindred

The Weitz Company announces the placement of the last beam on top of the structure (known as “topping out”) of the new Kindred Transitional Care Center, located at 1880 East Van Buren Street, Phoenix, Ariz. Weitz is the construction manager for the project with Bioscience Development Partners, LLC.

“Weitz is excited to reach this project milestone,” says Don Freeman, senior project manager, The Weitz Company. “The initial phase of the project consisted of civil, site and all underground work, which accounted for the first two months of our schedule. During this initial phase, our construction team was in constant communication and coordination with our neighbors and St. Luke’s Hospital to ensure we did not impact any of their day-to-day operations. In addition to working on the site for the new Transitional Care Center, we exported more than 24,000 cubic yards of dirt in order to reconstruct the adjacent parking lot for the hospital.”

Weitz began construction of this project on September 19, 2014 and topped out on January 30, 2015.

The new Kindred Transitional Care facility will provide transitional care services for all of the central metro area. The project consists of an 80,000 square foot., three-story, steel frame building with 120 all private patient rooms and accompanying treatment, therapy and dining facilities.

The project architect is SmithGroupJJR. Construction will be completed by September 2015.

 

 


The Weitz Company Announces Heavy Industrial Segment, New Leadership

Jack Brooks Three

Jack Brooks, President – Weitz Heavy Industrial

The Weitz Company, a national full-service construction firm, announces the addition of Jack Brooks to lead the organization’s newly-created Heavy Industrial segment.

Brooks joins Weitz as President, Weitz – Heavy Industrial, with more than 28 years of engineering and construction experience in the oil, gas and petrochemical industries. His background includes process engineering, project and program management for multi-million dollar EPC projects, as well as business development and leadership responsibilities.

“The Weitz Company is focused on strategically growing our business through serving the heavy industrial marketplace, applying the same quality and client-focused approach for which Weitz is known in the commercial and industrial industries,” says Len Martling, president and CEO, The Weitz Company.

“Jack is a welcomed addition to our Weitz leadership team, as he possesses a strong balance of business acumen and customer understanding,” continues Martling. “With Weitz’s vision and Jack’s direction, we look forward to solidly placing our national footprint in the heavy industrial construction marketplace.”

 

 


The Weitz Company breaks ground on The Colonnade Campus

The Colonnade, Sunrise, Arizona

The Colonnade, Sunrise, Arizona

The Weitz Company announces the most recent groundbreaking within Sun Health’s Arizona Retirement Community. Phase three of the expansion of The Colonnade Campus is now underway at 14790 West Goldwater Ridge Drive in Surprise, Ariz.

“The Weitz Company is excited to begin the next phase of the Colonnade Campus, continuing our trusted partnership with Sun Health,” says Mike Bontrager, executive vice president, The Weitz Company. “Our employees enjoy creating a senior living community that enhances the quality of life for Colonnade residents.”

Weitz broke ground on Thursday, January 15 on The Colonnade Campus expansion, which consists of the addition of two four-story buildings with underground parking. Each building will feature 36 residential units. A common area is also being constructed between the two new buildings, which will feature a BBQ, fireplace and waterfall. Planters will be added on the north side of each building for residents to plant their own gardens.

The project architect is Orcutt Winslow Partnership (OWP).