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News Release: Fidelis to develop five-story, 100,000 square foot facility for SCL/Saint Joseph in Denver

Dallas-based Fidelis Healthcare Partners has been selected to develop the Saint Joseph Medical Office Pavilion with a mix of medical and retail on the hospital’s Uptown campus

The newly launched Fidelis Healthcare Partners has been awarded a contract to develop the 100,000 square foot Saint Joseph Medical Office Pavilion on the campus of Saint Joseph Hospital, a $650 million, 375-bed acute care hospital that opened in late 2014 in Uptown Denver. The medical pavilion is slated to be completed in the second quarter of 2020.

DENVER, DALLAS and HOUSTON, Nov. 7, 2018 –  Fidelis Healthcare Partners, a new healthcare real estate venture established by the same leaders who previously built the successful Trammell Crow Company/CBRE Healthcare Services and Development business, has announced its first project.

Fidelis Healthcare Partners has recently finalized an agreement to develop the five-story, 100,000 square foot Saint Joseph Medical Office Pavilion on the Uptown Denver campus of Saint Joseph Hospital.

Saint Joseph is one of the leading medical campuses in SCL Health, a non-profit, faith-based health system with 11 hospitals in three states. Saint Joseph Hospital’s new $650 million, 375-bed acute care facility opened in late 2014. The campus was rated one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals by Healthgrades in 2017 and 2018.

The new Saint Joseph Medical Office Pavilion will be located on a prominent 1-acre site on the campus at the intersection of Park Avenue, Ogden Street and 18th Avenue. Three floors will be dedicated to Class A medical office space; the ground floor will house convenience retail and restaurant uses; and the rooftop will offer wellness/fitness and entertainment options. The project also includes ground-level, covered parking for physicians and an adjacent parking lot that will offer free parking for patients, visitors and tenant employees.

Kevin O’Neil, president and CEO of Fidelis Healthcare Partners, says he’s often optimistic when competing for new development deals but, as a start-up company, he knew it would be a challenge to be selected through a competitive request for proposals (RFP) process.

“We were up against some strong, established national healthcare real estate development firms, as well as local firms – seven final bidders in all,” says Mr. O’Neil. “I think one reason Saint Joseph selected our firm is because we brought a great deal of thoughtfulness and creativity to our development concept.

“For example, we developed a plan for how to build the best, most complete patient experience on a relatively small urban edge site. We also devised a solution for parking that would meet everyone’s needs while being included in the cost of development, yet still ensuring affordable rent for physicians.”

“We’ve also had the opportunity to work with a variety of executives within the system over the years, and through that earned their trust and confidence that we would deliver great outcomes for the hospital and their doctors,” adds Mark C. Allyn, chief investment officer with Fidelis Healthcare Partners.

Mr. Allyn also notes, “In addition, after its substantial investment in the replacement hospital, Saint Joseph was looking for a developer with efficient capital who was willing to assume financial lease-up risk for the new pavilion. We assured Saint Joseph’s leadership that we had the resources in place together with long term efficient capital and remain dedicated to meeting their needs.”

Fidelis Healthcare Partners recently finalized a joint venture (JV) with a new capital partner: a major state retirement fund advised by Bentall Kennedy, a leading investment management firm and a longtime partner in previous ventures with Mr. O’Neil and Mr. Allyn.

Fidelis Healthcare Partners strategy is to provide their clients with a great customer experience through the direct involvement of the healthcare-savvy, executive team on matters large and small. Mr. O’Neil believes their hands-on, entrepreneurial model was another reason the Saint Joseph team selected their firm.

“We clearly conveyed to the Saint Joseph leadership that the Fidelis principals are committed to giving our full attention to their deal,” he says. “When you hire our firm, you’re going to get us – hands-on healthcare experience and partner-level involvement all the way through.”
Saint Joseph hospital officials said the medical pavilion, which is scheduled to be completed in the second quarter of 2020, will fill an important need.

“The Saint Joseph campus is strategically located in central Denver, adjacent to the downtown business district, the River North (RiNo) area and many thriving residential areas,” says Jamie Smith, president of Saint Joseph Hospital. “In addition to the new 375-bed Saint Joseph Hospital, the campus has two medical office buildings totaling about 250,000 square feet. However, the campus has proven to be so popular that there’s a waiting list for space, and our existing medical office buildings are 99 percent leased. The new medical pavilion, with a mix of retail and medical office uses, will be a fantastic addition to our campus. The new space will be a key to our continued growth, which ultimately means more services and value for the growing central Denver community.”

The owner of the medical pavilion will be Fidelis Healthcare Strategic Partners, a joint venture between Fidelis and the previously mentioned state pension fund advised by Bentall Kennedy, and the property manager will be Fidelis Healthcare Partners. The entire Fidelis consultant team is Denver-based and headquartered. This includes: architect Boulder Associates, contractor Saunders Construction and healthcare broker CBRE-Denver Healthcare Services.

Fidelis Healthcare Partners is affiliated with Houston-based Fidelis Realty Partners Ltd., a real estate development firm with the biggest retail footprint in the Houston area and more than $3 billion in retail assets across the Southwestern United States. Fidelis Healthcare Partners was launched in September 2017 and finalized its joint venture agreement with Bentall Kennedy in September.

Mr. O’Neil said the retail expertise of Fidelis Realty Partners will be a significant asset for leasing and managing the street-level and rooftop retail space in the new Saint Joseph Medical Office Pavilion.

About Fidelis Realty Partners Ltd.

Fidelis Realty Partners Ltd. (FRP) is a full-service real estate firm that develops, acquires, owns and manages real estate assets through the Southwestern United States. FRP was established in Houston, Texas, in 2003 by Alan Hassenflu and Lynn Davis. FRP has made its mark in retail real estate with nearly 70 properties across 10 cities and four states in the Southwest. FRP’s portfolio has grown rapidly from 1 million square feet in 2003 to 11 million square feet today. FRP is a long-term owner with 7.2 million square feet of owned assets and 2.3 million square feet under development with an estimated portfolio value of $3 billion. FRP has 65 employees engaged in delivering the full complement of value-add real estate services to their portfolio. This includes accounting, development, leasing, legal, project management and property management. For additional information, please visit frpltd.com.

About Fidelis Healthcare Partners

Fidelis Healthcare Partners is a full-service healthcare real estate firm focused on delivering relationship-based services to prominent hospital systems and physician groups across the country. Fidelis Healthcare Partners’ core business will be the long-term ownership of hospital sponsored medical real estate both on campus and off. This ownership will occur either through the development or acquisition of real estate assets, whether individually or as a portfolio. The focus on relationships, equitable deal structures, and consistently outperforming expectations will be the foundation of attaining long-term, loyal customers. This philosophy has consistently produced recurring assignments and strong relationships for the Fidelis Healthcare Partners leadership team at more than 20 of the 100 largest hospital systems in the nation during the past two decades.

The Fidelis Healthcare Partners team is led by three principal-level experts with extensive healthcare expertise and relationships. Their background in healthcare real estate includes medical acquisitions and development including construction, ownership, entitlements, capital market structure, and ongoing leasing and management.

For further information about Fidelis Healthcare Partners, please visit frpltd.com.

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