Spellman Brady & Company has been officially certified as a Women-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE) by the City of St. Louis.
To receive this certification, SBC went through the city’s rigorous and stringent process to confirm that its business is owned, managed and controlled by a woman.
As a woman-owned business since 1994, SBC’s commitment to create opportunities for women has remained at the forefront of its values, as evidenced by women making up 93 percent of its staff. Led by president and founder Diana Brady Spellman (a leader in the interior design industry for more than 40 years), SBC believes providing equal opportunities for women is critical to foster creativity and innovation, as well as utilize the many skills women lend to thriving companies.
“We are truly humbled and honored to be a part of an incredible legacy of minority-owned business leaders in the St. Louis area and we look forward to partnering with other companies that share our commitment to providing equal opportunities to minority populations,” Spellman said.
Sagewood, a resort-style continuing care retirement community (CCRC) within the Sonoran Desert in Phoenix has completed its Phase 2 renovation and expansion, marking the largest construction project since Sagewood opened in 2010.
Phase 1 was completed in 2018 and included Desert Willow, a two-story, assisted living addition to the existing skilled nursing building, as well as a new fitness center, chapel, activity room, dining room, courtyard, salon, and two separate living rooms for residents. It also included The Oasis, a newly constructed 20,700-square-foot event space featuring a lobby space that acts as a pre-function area before events, as well as a lecture hall. Sagewood was 97 percent occupied in Phase 1, leaving room for additional growth and the desire for more hospitality-like venues.
Phases 2 includes a a four-story, 276,454-square-foot independent living community with an underground parking garage. The community features one- and two-bedroom units with den layouts and scenic patio views. As well as expanding the living options, phase 2 includes new amenity spaces for all Sagewood residents, including activity and game rooms, an art studio, putting green, café, formal dining, and an indoor-outdoor tapas bar and lounge.
The design for the community’s three new restaurants was inspired by Sagewood’s surrounding landscape, which helped weave together the unique dining destinations. Part of the existing Palo Verde dining room and adjacent administrative area became The Sonoran, offering fine dining. The Canyon Café’s renovation allowed for a full kitchen to be added, allowing the café to be open all day by transitioning from morning coffee to evening nightcaps. The Owl’s Nest is a tapas bar that perches on the fourth floor overlooking the McDowell Mountains.
- This project really pushed the boundaries of “Senior living” into the commercial retail world. We shouldn’t have to leave behind edgy contemporary design. Very nice integration of the support kitchen to make this bistro successful.
- Beautiful reinvisioning of a dated café and convenience mart into a hip setting for any time of day. The new venue would be just at home in a resort as it is for the Sagewood community. The new modern industrial aesthetic venue provides many inviting spaces as the easily accessed “booth” and the community table – perfect for groups as well as a lone diner. Appreciate the attention to materials and to details such as the inclusion of themed restaurant displays.
- This lively hang-out is created within the existing walls of a once dreary space. An amazing level of detail comprised of regional and industrial materials differentiates a variety of gathering spots. The articulated ceiling including wood and acoustic baffles counterbalances the hard surfaces of tile, brick and metal, adding not only interest, but sound control to the space. Furniture settings are spaciously arranged to facilitate easy circulation. And the introduction of a complete food service, along with happy hour beverages, assures enjoyment and sociability throughout the day.
spellman brady transforms arizona senior living community
St. Louis, MO (June 29, 2021) – Spellman Brady & Company (SBC), an award-winning interior design firm, completed the Phase 2 expansion and renovation of Sagewood Senior Living Community in Phoenix, Arizona for Life Care Services®. In addition to developing the overall interior design concept for the facility, Spellman Brady was responsible for managing product selections, specifications, procurement and installation for the FF&E package consisting of furniture, window treatments, artwork and accessories.
Sagewood (Phoenix, AZ) is nestled within the Sonoran Desert and boasts impressive resort-style living. Phase 2 of this renovation and addition marks the largest construction project since Sagewood opened in 2010. This phase includes a 4-story, 101-unit independent living building with an underground parking garage. The new 276,454 SF building features impressive one and two-bedroom apartment homes with den layouts and scenic patio views. In addition to expanding the living options, Phase 2 provides a multitude of amenities including activity and game rooms, an art studio, putting course, café, formal dining, an indoor-outdoor tapas bar and lounge.
The community had a clear vision to add a hospitality flair to create a one-of-a-kind senior lifestyle. This came to life best in the three restaurants on site. The design approach was inspired by Sagewood’s surrounding landscape which helped weave together three unique dining destinations: The Sonoran, The Canyon Café, and The Owl’s Nest. Part of the existing Palo Verde Dining Room and adjacent administration area became The Sonoran, an entirely different and separate venue offering fine dining. The Canyon Café’s renovation allowed for a full kitchen to be added in place of a simple convenience counter. This expanded the menu and allowed the café to remain open all day, seamlessly transitioning from morning coffee to an evening nightcap. The Owl’s Nest is a sophisticated tapas bar that perches on the fourth floor overlooking the McDowell Mountains. Each destination has a distinct brand and function, but all bring a restorative lifestyle to the Sagewood community.
Weaving in a distinctive palette of colors & forms unique to the Southwestern landscape, many natural design elements can be found within the community. Spellman incorporated an artisanal window film of a desertscape on the hallway windows at The Canyon Café for privacy and warmth and local artists were commissioned to paint stylized desert plants on the interior brick entrance. A stunning collage of photographs and abstract paintings of flora and fauna were installed at The Owl’s Nest, while The Sonoran boasts a custom mural of a desert super bloom. The connection to nature and eclectic ambience is further emphasized by the placement of colorful glass bottles and ceramics mixed with faux and dried plants throughout the community. Rich textures and sophisticated design details like these create a charming space inviting all to socialize and relax in the comfort of their communal home.
Spellman Brady collaborated on the project with architects Todd & Associates of Phoenix, AZ and general contractor The Weitz Company of Phoenix, AZ. This project team previously worked together on the successful completion of Phase 1, which consisted of the Desert Willow Assisted Living, a two-story, assisted living addition to the existing skilled nursing building, and The Oasis, a multi-purpose venue.
Life Care Services®, An LCS Company, is the second-largest manager of rental senior living communities and Life Plan Communities. Retirement living communities managed by Life Care Services may include residences for independent living, assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing care, or a combination of these living arrangements.
Spellman Brady & Company is an award-winning St. Louis-based interior design firm specializing in senior living, healthcare, higher education and multi-family environments. The firm maintains design excellence by delivering comprehensive interior design, furniture, artwork master planning and procurement services. As a Certified WBE Business, Spellman Brady & Company has completed more than 6,300 projects in 43 states and abroad since its founding 27 years ago.
Touchmark at Fairway Village is featured in the Spring 2021 issue of Environments for Aging Magazine. Click here to read more and see all the other amazing communities highlighted in the EFA Design Showcase.
Touchmark wanted to change how residents, their families, and employees gather and socialize at Touchmark at Fairway Village in Vancouver, Wash. With the help of interior design firm Spellman Brady & Company (St. Louis, Mo.), the owner pursued a full interior renovation of 78,580 square feet of public corridors; resident amenities, including a health and fitness club; and operational office areas.
Spellman Brady & Company is an award-winning St. Louis–based interior design firm specializing in senior living, healthcare, and higher education environments. The firm maintains design excellence by delivering comprehensive interior design, furniture, artwork master planning, and procurement services. As a Certified WBE Business, Spellman Brady & Company has completed more than 6,300 projects in 43 states and abroad since its founding in 1994.
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