Five years ago, Angela Broxterman stepped into her role at Midwest Health Inc. with a certain set of expectations. The Topeka, Kansas-based company ran roughly 50 senior-living facilities and, as property manager at the time, she says she was ready to help develop new properties and manage facilities and maintenance projects in the existing portfolio.
Things have since changed a little. Midwest Health now owns approximately 60 senior-living facilities (including independent living, assisted living, rehabilitative care, skilled nursing, and memory care) and the company is expanding into completely new industries.
“We have retail property, commercial office space, residential space, industrial manufacturing space, restaurants—we’ve really expanded in terms of what we own and manage,” Broxterman notes. “It’s been an invigorating challenge to go from focusing on senior living to managing a diverse portfolio spanning half a dozen different industries. My team is simultaneously managing several new buildouts as well as maintaining and renovating locations we already own.”
It’s a challenge, Broxterman says, but one that she enjoys. Steeped in a background of real estate management—which includes everything from collecting rent to making sure facility systems are working and upgrades are done on time and within budget—the expanding scope of Midwest Health’s work ensures that she flexes all the muscles she’s developed during her career.
“There’s never a dull moment,” she says. “We have an excellent team of partners, and we have a great group that we’ve formed in-house to do things like estimating and budgeting projects, tenant build-outs, facility work orders, and apartment turns. When you’re working on so many different fronts, you have to surround yourself with the people that can help find solutions.”
Broxterman spoke with American Builders Quarterly about a range of recent projects that Midwest Health is working on, illustrating the ever-expanding business model of the company.
The Ranch House
Garden City, Kansas
Estimated cost: $18 million
Components: 60 skilled-nursing units and 40 assisted-living units
Future plans for independent-living and villa units
Opened: November 2018
Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri
Estimated cost: $32 million
Components: 80 skilled-nursing units, 90 assisted-living units, and 16 memory-care units
Future plans for 75-80 independent-living and villa units
Opening: Spring 2019 (as of press time)
“A lot of our previous work in senior care consisted of standalone assisted-living facilities,” Broxterman says. “These new communities like Arrowhead and the Ranch are unique because they’re full campuses with varying degrees of care available in one location. Our residents and their families really like the additional levels of care being under one roof because it eliminates the need for cumbersome moves as care needs change.”
Although Midwest Health works with various contractors and subcontractors on the projects, the organization directly oversees each project and puts its own resources into them. For example, Midwest Health procures all the equipment for these projects and also does the interior finishes.
“With so many different pieces, it requires a lot of coordination,” Broxterman says. “You have to work well with others and be flexible.”
The Crosby Building
Estimated cost: $1.6 million
Components: Renovation of two floors and the rooftop of a major downtown building that also houses US Bank and Evergy (formerly Westar Energy)
Renovation will be done for the Greater Topeka Partnership who will move in December 2018 (as of press time)
“Building a strong sense of teamwork and partnership is important in everything we do—but especially on projects like the Crosby building renovation where there are a lot of moving parts,” Broxterman says. “My team and I develop relationships with all of our partners and hold them accountable to meet deadlines and quality standards. We treat our partners like extensions of our team, and we get terrific results.”
“We work with a lot of local Topeka companies,” she adds. “It’s important to have people you can trust who are invested in the success of your city—from the architect being able to start the project correctly to knowing that the general contractor will cover all your bases.”
Canyon Farms Golf Club
Estimated cost: $14 million
Components: 18-hole golf course, country club, fitness center, and lounge
Future plans for senior-living campus, retail, and hotel
Opened: October 2018
“This project started out as just a golf course, but it quickly developed into a world-class clubhouse with two restaurants, a fitness center, and event space,” Broxterman notes.
Although there is no timeline for future components of Canyon Farms, she says the golf course and country club likely will serve as a building block for another live-work-play project that will feature retail, hospitality, and senior living.
“It will be a true evolution from what it is right now,” she says.
Estimated cost: $43 million
Components: Theater, hotel, PT’s Coffee, SPIN! Pizza, and an open farmer’s market area
Future plans for apartments to fully develop a live-work-play concept
Opening: Summer 2019 (as of press time)
“I’ve worked on both the tenant and landlord sides of the real estate business,” Broxterman notes. “I’ve worked on the facility maintenance side and the management side. Still, when you start a job and your focus is on senior living and not even five years later you’re looking at a project with multiple retail spaces, a hotel, and more, it takes a lot of discipline. You have to be nimble and open to new ideas.”
At the time of writing, a snowstorm had just dumped six inches of snow on the Wheatfield site, where exposed steel beams sat, temporarily delaying construction. In addition to continuing to manage 60 senior-living facilities already under Midwest’s umbrella, these are the kinds of wrinkles that Broxterman negotiates daily.
“There isn’t a day that goes by where I don’t learn something new,” she says. “But I love it. There are always work orders to be handled and issues to deal with. All the while, the team is trying to figure out what the next step or task is. I love it.”
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