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News Release: NYC-based interior design firm is bringing a fresh look to senior living with luxury Heartis Buckhead high-rise


Developer Caddis and architect Lantz-Boggio are tapping dash design’s innovative hotel, restaurant and retail experience to create a new Atlanta landmark featuring an amenity-filled, one-of-a-kind environment ‘where everyone will want to be’

The interior design of Heartis Buckhead (top) and the exterior (bottom) will feature special elements that make the building stand out in downtown Atlanta.

ATLANTA and DALLAS, May 15, 2019 – Executives at Caddis® have an ambitious vision for their luxury 18-story Heartis® Buckhead senior living community in the heart of the prestigious, bustling Buckhead area of Atlanta: Seniors and their families will find it distinctive – like nothing they’ve ever experienced – and they will love being there.

To accomplish that vision, the Dallas-based healthcare real estate developer has hired dash design, a leading New York City-based interior design and branding agency, to create the interiors for Heartis Buckhead. The firm specializes in working with hotels, restaurants and retail establishments such as Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Sage Hospitality, Garces Group, and Godiva Chocolatier, and also provides healthcare strategy and design services.

“dash design brings a hospitality background to the Heartis Buckhead senior living project, which includes introducing the amenities of hotels, restaurants and retail to a place where people live,” says dash design President and CEO David Ashen. “Whether designing for hospitality or senior living, we’re always translating design into people’s experiences.”

He added, “We are designing the community so that all generations will be excited to be there. Seniors will want to live there, and their children and grandchildren will want to visit and hang out.

“From a design perspective, we’re creating something fresh and unexpected.”

Caddis Vice President of Senior Living Tami Cumings said Caddis wants Heartis Buckhead to distinguish itself from other senior living communities.

“When you walk into a typical senior living community, you see the same design and look as if they’re all created from the same mold,” Ms. Cumings says. “However, every community has its own unique personality. With Heartis Buckhead, we want to showcase that personality, as well as a wide variety of luxurious, first-class amenities and the high-profile destination location.”

Caddis CEO Jason L. Signor said the 18-story, 278,000 square foot senior community, which will be located at 2051 Peachtree Road N.E., is a first for his firm in many ways.

“Heartis Buckhead will be our first senior high-rise, and one of the largest, most high-end, resort style senior communities in Atlanta and the U.S.,” says Mr. Signor. “It’s also our largest and most ambitious project to date and one of the largest such projects under construction anywhere in the country. In addition to the senior community, the project includes upgrading an adjacent 10-story, 75,000 square foot medical office building (MOB), which will remain open during construction, and developing a landscaped plaza and a six-level parking structure that will serve both facilities. When completed, we expect that Heartis will be a well-known brand and Heartis Buckhead will be a landmark building in Atlanta.”

To that point, the exterior of Heartis Buckhead will be just as distinctive as the interior. Also joining the development team is the Englewood, Colo.-based architectural firm Lantz-Boggio, which, in terms of volume, is among the top five firms in the country in designing senior living communities and care facilities. Additionally, Lantz-Boggio is working with Caddis to develop the first Heartis senior living facility in Florida – the 182-unit, 191,000 square foot Heartis Venice near Sarasota.

Lantz-Boggio CEO Dennis Boggio said his firm takes a research-based approach to designing senior living communities and other facilities. “We use best practices to determine seniors’ values, desires and expectations. Every generation of seniors has different wants and expectations depending on when they grew up. We take those lifestyle assumptions and build them into the personal and public spaces where people live and interact.”

Mr. Boggio said the biggest challenge with Heartis Buckhead is that it’s being built on a tight 2-acre site in a densely populated urban area.

“There’s only a finite area that the building can occupy, so we have to be very judicious in how we use space,” he says. “We’re designing for a generation of seniors that is very service- and hospitality-oriented and they want more options for social activities and outdoor areas. The community will feature patios, a swimming pool on the roof, sidewalk plaza dining areas, and each apartment will have a balcony above street level. We’re emphasizing the richness of the outdoor space.”

Mr. Boggio noted that the exterior of Heartis Buckhead will feature design elements that connect it to the civic/urban areas of downtown Atlanta, as well as elements that will make the building stand out. “Very few senior living communities are built in popular in-town locations, so we want to highlight that. There are, however, a lot of high-rise buildings in Atlanta, so we’re designing something distinctive compared to the other buildings. The exterior will feature LED lights, unique copper accents and a vertical banner facing downtown, which will be a strong, recognizable and iconic architectural element.”

Ms. Cumings said the design will infuse local elements that are familiar to people. “Buckhead is an interesting neighborhood with a special past. Our team will bring the stories and history of the neighborhood to life in Heartis Buckhead. We’re also creating a balance between a modern design and the softness of a southern city with local artwork, colors and textures.”

Mr. Ashen of dash design said good interior design requires getting involved with each client’s business.

“We’ve worked with Godiva for probably 20 years and when I started working with them, they had me pack the chocolate cases,” he says. “Caddis took us on a tour of Heartis communities and we had the opportunity to talk to the operators. You really need to get in there and learn the business and the clients’ needs.”

Heartis Buckhead, which is expected to be completed by late 2021, will offer 213 spacious independent living, assisted living and memory care apartments and a wide variety of amenities, including large, secured courtyards; beautifully landscaped outdoor areas; roof-top swimming pool; a wellness center; game and activity rooms; large, inviting dining room served chef-prepared meals; ongoing social and recreational activities; a beauty parlor and barber shop; and relaxing common areas. The community will be conveniently located within minutes of shopping, restaurants, entertainment venues and important services, and will be across from Piedmont Atlanta Hospital. The general contractor for the project is the Atlanta office of Brasfield & Gorrie.

About dash design

Since its founding in 2002 dash design is industry-recognized for its ability to tailor each project to address its clients’ specific business needs, whether creating or revitalizing spaces or brands. The firm’s experience reflects partnering with both Fortune 500 clients and industry disruptors across retail, restaurants, hospitality, senior living and healthcare on projects throughout the US, Caribbean, Europe, Middle East, North Africa and Asia. dash design brings a brand-centered, multi-sensory dimension to its work in interiors, empathically attuned to the needs of those who engage with these environments, and consistent with its belief that Great Brands Are Built From the Inside Out.

dash design has received many awards, including the 2015 “Outstanding Merit Award” for its work on Stearns & Foster by the Retail design Institute, “2014 Gold Key Award” for The Lexington New York (IHMRS), “A.R.E Design Award” for Urban Farmer Cleveland (IHMRS), “One of Ten to Watch” (New York Magazine), and “Retail Store of the Year” for its work with Godiva Chocolatier (Chain Store Age. For more information, please visit dashdesign.net.

About Lantz-Boggio

Lantz-Boggio, which is headquartered in Englewood, Colo., is committed to delivering responsive, compelling design that creates community and enhances lives. Lantz-Boggio specializes in providing architectural services to clients in a number of industries and sectors, including senior living and care environments, education, government, interior design, commercial and healthcare. Lantz-Boggio is in the top five in the country in terms of volume in designing senior living communities and care facilities. The firm has won a wide variety of awards, including the First Place Gold National Award for Mill Vista Lodge at Wind Crest in Highlands Ranch, Colo., U.S. Air Force National Design Award Winner for the airmen’s dining hall renovation at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo., the ACE Award and the Stephen H. Hart Award from the Colorado Historical Society for the Tallmadge Boyer Building, Denver, Colo., Senior Housing News 2018 Architecture and Design Award Winner for the Fountain Inn – skilled nursing and post-acute care facility, Tavares, Fla., and the Gold Hat Award from Colorado Construction Magazine for The Landmark & The Meridian, Greenwood Village, Colo. For more information, please visit lantz-boggio.com.

About Caddis

Caddis® is a national real estate development, management and investment firm focused exclusively on healthcare real estate. The firm is comprised of experienced real estate professionals across various disciplines that provide clients with expertise in development, acquisition, financing, construction management, leasing, tenant representation, property management and accounting. Since its inception, Caddis® has developed or acquired over four million square feet of medical assets valued in excess of $1 billion. In its annual Construction and Design Survey, Modern Healthcare magazine recognized Caddis as the 9th largest healthcare development company in the United States. For more information about Caddis, please visit Caddis.com.

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News Media Contact: Stacey Berman, Caddis, 469-547-5421, sberman@caddis.com


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