I hope this finds you enjoying the summer! We have a lot of good stuff to share in this combined issue. From grand openings and anniversaries to an exciting award, I hope you enjoy these exciting updates!
We love kicking off a new year with exciting news!
Along with one groundbreaking and the grand openings of MorningStar of Santa Fe and MorningStar at Golden Ridge in just the first two weeks of the year, we learned our Harborchase of The Park Cities community in Dallas, TX was named a finalist for NAHB’s 2019 Best 55+ Assisted Living award!
February is also an exciting month for us for team member anniversaries. Congratulations to Shahlla for five years and Angel for two! We couldn’t be more proud for them to be part of the Thoma-Holec Design family!
Our repositioining work got off to a great start and we are looking forward to keeping up the momentum. Be in touch if you have a project brewing … we would love to help translate your vision into a stunning reality!
Don’t forget to follow us on our social media pages! Just click the links above to enjoy sneak peeks of some of our newest projects and other fun updates we share throughout the month!
As always, thank you for being a part of our success!
Mesa, AZ, August 20, 2018 — Judges for the 2018 ASID North Design
Excellence Awards have named Thoma-Holec Design the recipient of seven (7) awards. The annual competition recognizes projects by members that represent excellence in interior design by successfully addressing client objectives and demonstrating creativity and skillful problem solving. Thoma-Holec Design earned Best of Show and First Place in the Commercial Fixtures category for Sun Health Grandview Terrace (Sun City West, AZ) for its corridor remodel. Additional awards included First Place in the Health Care Facility category for LivGenerations at Ahwatukee’s Memory Care (Phoenix, AZ); Second Place in the Senior Living category and Third Place in the Universal Design category for HarborChase of Palm Beach Gardens (Palm Beach Gardens, FL); and Honorable Mention awards for Hospitality for LivGenerations’ TUK Kafe and Senior Living for Grandbrier of Prospect Heights (Prospect Heights, IL).
The awards were announced on August 11, 2018 at the 2018 Design Excellence Awards Gala at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown in Phoenix, AZ. Please call 480-671-9307 or email LuAnn@thoma-holecdesign.com for photos and additional details on Thoma-Holec Design’s ASID North Design Excellence Awards projects.
“ASID’s Design Excellence Awards reflect our industry’s appreciation of meaningful spaces created for residents of all types of senior living,” said LuAnn Holec, President of Thoma-Holec Design. “We are honored to be in the company of so many talented design firms all working to create the best experiences possible for residents today and in the future.”
About Thoma-Holec Design, LLC
Thoma-Holec Design specializes in interior design for senior living. With award-winning designers who understand the aspects of aging that influence design, our projects are thoughtfully planned to subtly support residents’ needs. Our innovative designs reflect the region and resident demographic of each community, increasing its marketability and the owner’s return on investment. With international expertise that includes remodeling, repositioning, and new construction of independent, assisted and memory care communities, Thoma-Holec Design’s portfolio reflects the most current trends in senior industry design, technology and care.
Thoma-Holec Design, LLC, an international, award-winning leader in interior design for senior living, announced that Keith Stanton will assume the position of director of design development. Stanton currently serves as senior interior designer.
Mr. Stanton joined Thoma-Holec Design in 2014 after spending time working for a variety of fine art and commercial design companies throughout New York, Washington, D.C. and Arizona.
As Director of Design Development, Stanton will assume responsibility for design direction of interior spaces, budgeting, and decisions regarding safety and welfare of senior living residents through his knowledge of construction techniques and design materials.
An accomplished interior designer, Stanton holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Intermedia from Arizona State University,and an Associate of Arts and Sciences in Interior Design from Scottsdale Community College. Stanton is affiliated with ASID and is a LEED Green Associate, and is Certified by the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ). Hepreviously served as President-elect 2014-2015 and Chapter President 2015-2016 at ASID – ASID Arizona North Chapter.
During his three years of service to Thoma-Holec Design, Stanton has been a driving force in the company’s expansion in both new construction, renovation and remodeling design. The company’s current portfolio includes hundreds of senior living communities throughout the US and Canada. Since joining the company, Stanton has earned a Gold Nugget Merit Award from PCSB and become NCIDQ certified.
“Keith truly understands who we are as a company and is a perfect fit to lead our design goals going forward,” said LuAnn Holec, principal at Thoma-Holec Design. “I am excited about the possibilities that lie ahead for our company and our entire team. I look forward to working with Keith as we stay committed to delivering outstanding service to our senior living clients, and to continually growing as a family-owned business, especially in the niche markets of remodeling and renovations.”
About Thoma-Holec Design, LLC
Thoma-Holec Design specializes in interior design for senior living. With award-winning designers who understand the aspects of aging that influence design, our projects are thoughtfully planned to subtly support residents’ needs. Our innovative designs reflect the region and resident demographic of each community, increasing its marketability and the owner’s return on investment. With international expertise that includes remodeling, repositioning, and new construction of independent, assisted and memory care communities, Thoma-Holec Design’s portfolio reflects the most current trends in senior industry design, technology and care. For more information, visit www.thoma-holecdesign.com.
There are nearly 150 senior housing communities in Maricopa and Pinal counties, according to a report by the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care. That translates to around 23,000 units. Senior housing is a growing industry in the Valley. And a lot goes into not only the development of a community, but also the look and feel.
It’s moving day at MorningStar Assisted Living and Memory Care. Sort of.
“This is a studio apartment, it has everything you’d have in your own home. A nice stainless-steel refrigerator and a quartz countertop,” explained LuAnn Thoma-Holec, owner of Thoma-Holec Designs in Mesa. “We make sure the shower unit is easily accessible, that no one is going to trip getting in and out of the shower or slip.”
But this isn’t your typical studio apartment.
Thoma-Holec describes her company as a senior-centric design firm, meaning they only do senior housing, like this one here in Fountain Hills. It’s an already warm August morning and crews are carrying in furniture, while designers are reviewing plans to figure out what goes where.
Thoma-Holec said it’s taken two and a half years to get here, and this project is just one of 47 that she and her team are working on nationwide.
“When we design it’s a combination of healthcare-hospitality,” Thoma-Holec said.
So there’s a cafe, a restaurant, a theater room and a beauty salon. In other words, explained Thoma-Holec, “all the amenities that help them to socialize, but then it still has to feel like home in certain areas and be comfortable for the residents.”
Which means everything is custom ordered for the client, she said. Like the wing chairs used in several seating areas.
“Everything has to have arms and certain arm height so a resident can get in and out of the chair easily, and we do our cushions extremely hard. To us it almost feels uncomfortable, but it gives a firmness that again assists the resident being able to get up out of the chair,” she explained.
For Thoma-Holec, every detail, no matter how mundane, matters.
Like the lighting:
“Because,” she said, “as we age, there’s so much macular degeneration and the light levels have to increase without having glare.”
Or the carpet:
“We never go beyond like an 80 percent change in color in terms of the brightness or the shade.”
If a resident has challenges with their memory, she said, a dramatic change could be perceived as a hole in the floor or a height change.
“It’s easy to have residents move in but if they’re not thriving or have purpose in that space, then we’ve failed in terms of our design,” Thoma-Holec noted.
Needless to say, business is steady.
“There are literally thousands of units a year coming online in the Phoenix market and I don’t see that stopping for the next probably three years at a minimum,” said Brendan Morrow who is with Drive Development Partners, a real-estate firm that develops senior housing.
“You do see the majority of developments chasing the top 5 percent of income levels and then you have some that are chasing the top 1 percent,” he said.
But Morrow is not one of those developers — at least in this case. His latest project in Central Phoenix is an affordable senior-housing community geared toward veterans. And the key word here, is affordable.
Jan Dougherty is with Banner Alzheimer’s Institute. “Right now the best estimates in Arizona about 160,000 people are affected by Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia,” she explained. And she said that number is expected to more than double to around 320,000 by 2025 — roughly the size of Mesa.
“You know,” Dougherty said, “the question becomes in the future, will the baby boomers have the money to pay for the kind of cost that’s involved in memory care that can be up to $8,000 a month.”
Which is why Doughtery said other solutions, like the project Morrow is working on right now, will likely be needed down the road since many families are not financially prepared for a dementia diagnosis.
(Photo by Kathy Ritchie – KJZZ)
Luann Thoma-Holec is the owner of Thoma-Holec Designs studied gerontology at ASU. She says she wanted to understand the challenges that someone who has Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia faces in daily life.
This month we have two historic events to celebrate. One of course, is July 4th, Independence Day. The other is the 10th anniversary of Thoma-Holec Design, LLC!
There’s some irony in reflecting on independence in that Thoma-Holec Design, LLC is extraordinarily focused on designing interiors with an emphasis on senior’s independence. And we have been doing so for over ten years!
In 1996, after having accumulated over twenty years of practical experience in the design field, LuAnn Thoma-Holec launched Thoma-Holec Design, LLC. The new firm was established to leverage ten years of design experience specific to the senior care interior design market and a master’s certificate in gerontology. The new firm would be the vehicle whereby her passion for designing environments for seniors would find expression.
LuAnn’s first opportunity to be involved in design for the senior care market came through a fortuitous relationship with a client who was developing a new project: Las Fuentes located in Prescott, AZ which began operation in the fall of that year. Las Fuentes opened to rave reviews and multiple local and national design awards and touted 100% occupancy within six months of opening.
T-HD has since grown to twelve team members, a 4300 square foot office and studio, and design accolades too numerous to mention.
With senior communities located in over twenty three states and three provinces in Canada, Thoma-Holec Design, LLC continues to provide seniors with environments that afford them the opportunity to experience purpose, independence and dignity.
Judges for the 2016 Gold Nugget Awards have named Thoma Holec Design, LLC as a recipient of three merit awards in its annual competition which honors architectural design and planning excellence and draws entries from throughout the United States and internationally.
Thoma-Holec Design earned its Merit awards for Cedarbrook at Bloomfield Hills, MI, (Damone Group) and MorningStar at Arrowhead, Glendale AZ., and for an “on the boards” project: MorningStar at Ridgegate situated in Lone Tree, CO.
Cedarbrook at Bloomfield Hills and MorningStar at Arrowhead were honored in the category of Best Senior Housing Assisted Living/Special Needs/CCRC.
The Lobby at Cedarbrook at Bloomfield Hills, MI, (Damone Group)
The Library at Cedarbrook at Bloomfield Hills, MI, (Damone Group)
The Dining Room at MorningStar at Arrowhead, Glendale AZ
The Grand Awards were announced on June 23 as a feature highlight of PCBC®; the nation’s largest regional conference and trade show serving the real estate development field. (Thoma-Holec Design won a Grand Award in 2015 in the same category for Friendship House at Royal Oaks.)
The Fireside Library Sitting Area at MorningStar at Arrowhead, Glendale AZ
LuAnn Thoma- Holec holds three awards received at
The 2016 Gold Nugget Awards Banquet
“Gold Nugget Award winners reflect our industry’s best, brightest and most innovative architects, planners and builder/developers,” said Judging Chairman and Gold Nugget ceremonies administrator Lisa Parrish. “We applaud them all, and were thrilled to recognize them on June 23 with a celebration of Merit and Grand Award winners.”
Now in its 53rd year, GNA is the largest and most prestigious competition of its kind in the nation. It honors design and planning achievements in community and home design, green-built housing, site planning, commercial, retail, mixed-use development, and specialty housing categories. Winners this year were chosen from 665 entries from around the world!
Gold Nugget Awards -- Recognizing those who improve our communities through exceptional concepts in design, planning and development.
The Great Room at MorningStar at Ridgegate, Lone Tree, CO
(3D digital rendering)
A Look Back!
Pictured below are the Lobby and Main Dining Room at Las Fuentes, Prescott, Arizona, completed in 1996.