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Welcome Ernest Health & Vibra Healthcare to University Park

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Welcome Ernest Health & Vibra Healthcare to University Park

by Dan Keyser, Senior Vice President
March 29, 2021

Grupe Huber has been extremely fortunate in that over the past year our business has not slowed down. We’ve continued to partner with new tenants, start new developments, and are always looking for new opportunities. We are very excited to announce that earlier this year construction commenced on a brand-new medical facility at our master plan community, University Park.

San Joaquin County’s first medical rehabilitation hospital is planned to open its doors at University Park in the Spring of 2022. The 63,000 square foot, two-story, 50-bed medical rehabilitation hospital will be an Ernest Health Hospital, managed by Vibra Healthcare. This will be a specialty hospital that focuses on treating people who are recovering from debilitating injuries, illnesses, surgeries, and chronic medical conditions. When completed, this hospital will be able to bring up to 150 jobs to Stockton and extremely necessary services to the community as it is the first of its kind in the county. 

As many will tell you, the atmosphere of a facility can play a huge role in the healing process. Typically, hospital environments tend to be very stale, have lots of concrete, and do not feel like a place of warmth, comfort, or peace. When talking to Jennifer Selikoff, Chief Development Officer at Vibra Healthcare & Ernest Health, about why they chose to partner with Grupe Huber and build at University Park, she mentioned that all you have to do is walk out onto the University Park campus to understand why. Jennifer noted that “being able to build a rehab hospital on the beautiful lake, next to the rose garden, and with tenants like Welbe Health right next door, it’s kind of the ideal campus setting for us.” 

When creating a master plan community, like University Park, developers have to come up with a vision for all the different uses that they want to see happen over the years. At University Park, we have adapted our plan to be one that provides a continuum of care. Our focus on healthcare has put us in a unique position to strategically partner with tenants that will serve our community and not be in competition with one another. We have relationships with tenants that go 30+ years because we truly feel that their success is our success, and so we foster environments and projects for them to be successful in. We are excited that with the addition of the Stockton Region Rehabilitation Hospital, we will be adding on to the continuum of care that is provided to the residents of our community and located at University Park. 

Jennifer explained to us that rehab patients stay an average of anywhere from 12-14 days and that when a patient is in a hospital for more than a day or two, and are encouraged to get up and move – their environment is incredibly important. She shared with us that “the University Park campus provides an opportunity for an outdoor therapy courtyard and we’ll be able to take advantage of the walking trails, providing space for our patients, their loved ones that come to visit, and our staff. You couldn’t ask for a better location.”

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Covid Care Package

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Covid Care Package

October 12, 2020
by Sandy Grupe Huber, Principal

Our employees are truly special people. 

When California’s lockdown order went into effect, Grupe Huber was classified as an essential service — which meant that while some of our office workers could remain at home, many of our employees would be risking their health to continue the vital projects that would move our local economy forward.  

Even though it was frightening, and even though California was one of the first states affected by this terrible pandemic, Grupe Huber’s employees faced the challenge with grace and good humor. We all quickly pivoted to the new normal of restrictions, social distancing, and tape on the floor! … We even managed to wrap up important milestones, like moving into our new Spruce headquarters at University Park.

Kevin and I marveled at their can-do spirit and were moved by their willingness to assist each other and our community. Because of their hard work and the efforts of our management team, we did not lay off a single person because of COVID-19 — a true blessing at a time when the numbers of California’s unemployed people spiked to 4.8 million, with 75,000 losses in the construction industry alone.  

We’ll never be able to convey the depth of our admiration for our employees. But in June, we certainly tried! We distributed beautifully wrapped care packages to each one of Grupe Huber’s employees that month. In the spirit of paying it forward, we specifically chose certain items that would also benefit our tenants and local businesses.

Each basket included:

  • A beautifully laminated copy of the company’s core values in English and Spanish, using our new brand colors and style to remind them of who Grupe Huber is.
  • A white ceramic mug, custom printed with our Grupe Huber logo
  • Starbucks Coffee beans from the store in the Marina Shopping Center
  • A sugar stir stick for their coffee
  • Hershey’s Almond Kisses – with wrappers that conveniently match our gracious gold logo brand color
  • Gift cards to Octavio’s in the Marina Shopping Center and the Olive Garden in the Quail Lakes Shopping Center to enjoy a stress free meal
  • A Quality of Peace card, highlighting one of the 60 qualities included in University Park’s International World Peace Rose Garden

It felt so good to share this tangible reminder of our admiration for our employees and to create a small bright spot for them. Grupe Huber continues to thrive thanks to their dedication, thoughtfulness, and service to our communities.

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Grand Opening of Modesto Self-Storage (StorQuest)

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Grand Opening of Modesto Self-Storage (StorQuest)

September 27, 2020

Modesto’s Newest Storage Facility Is a Classic: Grupe Huber Revamps Mid-Century Building Into State-of-the-Art Storage Facility

Grupe Huber’s newest project might cause longtime Modesto residents to do a double take. The new StorQuest storage facility at 1324 Coldwell Avenue is a revamp of an existing 1954 building, allowing for a unique mix of solidly constructed mid-century architecture with state-of-the-art climate control, security, and energy efficiency. 

“The historic building features poured-in-place concrete with brick shear, large concrete columns, and very solid trusses,” said Grupe Huber  Vice President Fritz Huber. “It is very unique, well-built, and beautiful on the inside, and we wanted to leverage that.”

The $6 million rehab in a downtown location close to Modesto Junior College was welcomed by the City of Modesto, as well. 

“Grupe Huber had a great team on board from the beginning of the project,” said Oscar Diaz, the City of Modesto’s chief building official for building safety and neighborhood preservation. “The City of Modesto strives to provide as much guidance as possible, but having an experienced designer is critical to the success of a development project. While the building was not officially a registered landmark, the City always appreciates the innovative reuse of old, classic buildings. It had been under-used for many years, so we are glad to see that the building will once again be occupied.”

Besides being well-built, the existing structure offered other benefits: The size of the building allowed for larger-than-usual individual storage units — 113 square feet compared to the average 80-95 square feet. 

The facility will be operated by StorQuest Self-Storage and carry the national chain’s name. It offers an array of high-tech features, including: 

  • 100% climate-controlled facility
  • An average unit size of 113 square feet — up to 29 percent larger than a typical unit
  • Camera-monitored covered RV and boat parking stalls
  • Solar trickle chargers for RV and boat units to ensure long battery life
  • Individually alarmed units
  • Heavy digital security throughout the facility with no blackout areas
  • 24-hour remotely monitored security system
  • Solar-powered system for net zero efficiency throughout the facility

“The Central Valley has been largely underserved when it comes to new self-storage development, and we wanted to create something beneficial and unique for Modesto and the surrounding communities,” said Grupe Huber  Vice President Fritz Huber. “The existing building was exceptionally well-constructed and gave us a chance to create a unit mix that is right for this market while offering rates on par with non-climatized facilities.” 

Modernizing the building for net zero efficiency was an important step, Huber said, given the facility’s climate-control capabilities. Even when temperatures skyrocket into the 100+ range, the temperature at Modesto’s new StorQuest units will never exceed 80 degrees. Plus, steady solar power means RV and boat users can keep their batteries charged and ready for anytime use via trickle charge outlets supplied at no extra cost to the tenants. 

The facility opened on August 17, 2020. Ready to rent a climate-controlled unit? Rates range from $76-$215 per month. For more information, click here





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