In 2016, as the Board of Directors contemplated our future, it was unanimously agreed we needed to re-create health care at Saint_John's in a way that respects resident needs and desires, incorporates best practice, supports ongoing innovation, and responds to the desire to provide employees an opportunity to deliver excellence.

Much of 2016 was spent working with architects, an environmental gerontologist and our financial advisors to determine what was possible given our site and what we could accomplish while maintaining our financial security. Ultimately, we determined we could increase the footprint of the care neighborhoods, while adding 79 independent living apartments in a third tower – the North Tower.

Saint_John's On The Lake strives to develop the best possible partnerships – this project extends that legacy. We are fortunate to team with the organizations below in the creation of this exciting project.


Project Manager: Witz Company

Madison, Wisconsin-based Craig Witz has more than 25 years of experience in developing housing for seniors and continuing care retirement communities throughout the nation – including Saint_John's South Tower Expansion in 2011. A licensed attorney and broker, Witz has worked in Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio and South Dakota as well as Wisconsin. He frequently speaks to professional senior housing groups throughout the U.S. and has authored articles on senior housing for Urban Land magazine.

Architects: Blitch Knevel Architects LLC

Blitch Knevel Architects LLC is located in New Orleans, Louisiana and special-izes nationally in the design of senior living environments and specialized Healthcare facilities. Ron Blitch FAIA, FACHA is the firm’s leader and chief designer, and is the recipient of many awards for design excellence. Blitch Knevel has received multiple Citations from Leading Age and the American Institute of Architects and has been widely published. Ron frequently presents at national and international symposiums on the art of senior living design.

Ron worked very closely with Dr. Lorraine Hiatt, an environmental gerontologist who helped to develop the functional program and “proof of concept” for the expansion of Saint_John's, that has resulted in re-envisioning the health care experience at Saint_John's. The new Care Neighborhoods will be ground breaking in their concern for the overall well-being of the residents and staff of Saint_John's. Blitch Knevel Architects is proud to be part of this exciting new chapter at Saint_John's.

Architects:  Eppstein Uhen Architects (EUA)

Eppstein Uhen Architects (EUA) is best known for designing environments that elevate people’s potential. More than 200 employees in Milwaukee, Madison, Des Moines, and Denver demonstrate unparalleled commitment to the markets, communities and clients they serve. The respected 110-year old firm specializes in several markets including education, workplace, healthcare, senior living, student housing and mixed-use.

General Contractor: VJS Construction Services

Founded in 1947, this Pewaukee, Wisconsin-based company provides a wide array of construction services from value engineering, administration and subcontractor bidding to scheduling, cost control and project close-out. The company – working in a variety of business sectors including retirement communities, health care, corporate offices and education – reports that 80 percent of its annual volume of work comes from repeat business.

Sales and Marketing:   Varsity Marketing, LLC

Varsity Marketing, LLC is the sales and marketing partner on the Saint_John's On The Lake expan-sion project. Located in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Varsity is a full-service boutique firm specializing in communicating with the mature market for the past 20 years. Varsity’s capabilities fall under three main practice areas: Branding & Marketing; Sales Consulting; and Planning & Performance.

From marketing to sales, from PR to creative, from project management to interactive, Varsity employees have a combined total of 200 years of experience in the senior marketing space. These service areas work together to break through the clutter, attract attention and begin a relationship, while communicating a shift in attitudes toward aging and a fresh outlook on the unique individuals our clients serve.

Financing:  Piper Jaffray & Co.

Founded in 1895 and headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Piper Jaffray & Co. (“Piper Jaffray”) is a client-focused, full service investment banking firm dedicated to delivering superior financial advice, transaction execution and investment products within selected sectors of the financial services marketplace. Its business compliments its philos-ophy which emphasizes steady growth through financial strength, a commitment to client service, and a quality work environment for its employees.

Piper Jaffray’s senior living team is committed to guiding mission-driven not-for-profits as well as for-profit organizations in the development, acquisition, divestiture and financing of senior living communities nationally, both in the taxable and tax-exempt markets. Piper Jaffray investment bankers possess the understanding, knowledge and creativity needed to meet the capital needs of a diverse group issuers, and they work closely with the fixed income sales force to bring issues to market that are fairly priced and effectively distributed.

Banking:  BMO Harris Bank

At  BMO Harris Bank, we understand there’s more to running your business than just finances. You deserve a partner that understands your industry, your business and sees your vision the way you see it.

We have dedicated relationship managers with expertise in many different industries, as well as a breadth of products and services to meet all your commercial banking needs. Our clients feel the difference when they work with us. We listen to you, anticipate your needs and share our expertise and knowledge to help you realize your vision.