HDC Development Companies LLC
HDC Development’s tight-knit relationships with senior housing and other developers keep it busy.
By Jim Harris
For HDC Development Companies, happy clients and contractor partners are the most important industry accolade the company can receive.
“We are about teamwork and making our clients happy at the end of the day; if we can do that, then we know we are successful,” says Tom Mazacek, CFO and senior project manager for the St. Joseph, Minn.-based construction manager. “A lot of companies look to win awards, but our reward is when a client calls us back a month after we finish one building and asks us to build another one. We’re happy flying low on the radar.”
The company is frequently retained by a core group of developers and property owners. “We have about five or six different clients we work with, and pick up new clients as well,” Mazacek says. HDC also works with a tight-knit group of tradespeople and contractors.
One of HDC’s regular clients is Overland Park, Kan.-based Scenic Development, which owns and develops senior living facilities in conjunction with its sister company Pivotal Health Care. “We are working with them most of the time,” Mazacek says. “We’re usually doing at least one building with them all the time, sometimes more.”
The construction manager is working on two continuing care retirement community (CCRC) projects for the developer/healthcare provider. CCRCs feature independent living and assisted living units as well as a skilled nursing area. “Many other facilities offer independent living units, but if you reach a point where your needs increase and they don’t have assisted living, you’ll be asked to find another place to live,” Mazacek says. “[CCRCs] fulfill residents’ needs at different stages of their lives.”
Scenic Development and Pivotal Health Care’s CCRC projects consist of one large building with three wings joined to a central area known as a village center. Each building includes independent living, assisted living and a skilled nursing wing. “The great thing about this system is that it gives friends, neighbors and relatives the ability to co-mingle,” he adds.
HDC began work last fall on Terrace Glen Village in Marion, Iowa, a $17.5 million CCRC with 50 independent living apartments, 34 assisted living units and 36 skilled nursing beds. Work is slated to conclude on the 131,706-square-foot development next summer.
The company in June started work on Colonial Village, a $19 million, 141,327-square-foot CCRC in Overland Park, Kan. The building will include 56 independent living units, 34 assisted living units and 40 skilled nursing beds. Work will conclude in the fall of 2018. Ongoing work at the site includes site utilities, foundation and underground plumbing work. The independent and assisted living wings in each building are two stories, and the skilled nursing area is one story.
Both buildings include precast concrete parking garages. Colonial Village and Terrace Glen Village feature a wood frame and exterior that includes aluminum doors, vinyl windows and a combination metal and laminate shingle roof.
Each CCRC project includes large amenity areas that include community spaces such as libraries, activity and craft areas, salons, billiard rooms and spaces for family gatherings. The buildings also include large chapels, as well as movie rooms with 86-inch television screens.
The framed wall panels for Colonial Village are being fabricated off-site and shipped to the construction location. Using prefabricated wall panels saves HDC time as well as labor. “Finding labor is a challenge everywhere in the industry,” Mazacek says. “Panelizing the project is one way we try to overcome; instead of needing 20 framers, we can clear the site with 10 people.”
‘Responsive and Eager’
HDC has overseen senior living and healthcare projects since its founding in 1970. The company also specializes in building wood-framed market rate apartment complexes as well. During its history, HDC has developed more than 8,000 housing units.
Rooted in Minnesota, HDC is also licensed in 11 Midwest, Southern and Western states. In addition to construction management, HDC also can provide development, market analysis and architect and site selection services to clients.
“Our experienced management team, highly qualified and knowledgeable project managers, job superintendents and office personnel assist owners with their projects from the development of the idea through project evaluation, design, construction and marketing,” the company says. “Not only is HDC responsive and eager to provide our clients with the best service in the industry, we also are small enough to give individual and personalized attention to each client which includes ongoing support after the project is completed and operating.”