Sagewood Acacia Health Center ExpansionPhoenix, AZ
Originally built by The Weitz Company in 2009, Acacia Health Center at Sagewood is an expansion to the existing skilled nursing facility. Sixty beds have been added to the health center, including a new 20-bed memory care neighborhood and 40 additional skilled nursing suites (54 private suites and six semi-private suites). Each suite within the health center is equipped with a private bath and refrigerator. The second and third floors are designated for assisted living.
New amenities added to Acacia features three new neighborhood dining rooms, three activity kitchens, three neighborhood living areas and an expanded rehabilitative therapy center with new in-patient and out-patient areas. The expansion also included new offices, administration, medicine dispensary and utility and laundry rooms in addition to a new outdoor patio with fountain has been added to the memory care area.
Building the WeitzWay
The project team met with Sagewood’s Resident Council on a monthly basis to provide construction updates that kept it informed of current and futures activities. This allowed residents to feel invested in their community’s growth and part of the construction process.
The expansion of Acacia Health Center required a new building be tied into an existing, fully occupied and operational skilled nursing facility. This required extensive planning and coordination to minimize the impact on day-to-day operations without interruption to service. In order to perform the tie-ins, the team coordinated with Sagewood to avoid shutdowns to the water, HVAC, fire alarm and electrical systems. Coordination of all the work for tie-ins ensured that the systems were never ever offline or non-operational. This allowed the existing skilled nursing facility to continue to conduct regular operations while construction took place.
A primary focus of this project was resident safety. Located in the heart of the Sagewood campus, construction was the main focal point for many residents who were curious and enjoyed watching the construction activities. Weitz created observation zones that allowed residents to safely observe work in designated viewing areas, keeping them away from equipment, operations and personnel.