“Dean [Weidner] told me that Colorado Springs has a place in his heart, and once you come here you’ll want to come back,” said Vice President of Public Relations, Greg Cerbana. “We’ve chosen to have our Weidner brand represented here and merged with the Switchbacks, thanks to the dramatic growth of soccer and the Switchbacks being a family organization.”
Partnering now & for the future!
Our partnership with the Switchbacks began in 2016, during their third season as an official USL team. As our presence in Colorado Springs continues to grow with the openings of Elements at Briargate Apartment Homes and La Bella Vita Apartment Homes, it only made sense to strengthen our ties with this new Colorado Springs hallmark.
“We are very pleased and honored the whole Weidner Apartment Homes team, has chosen the Colorado Springs Switchbacks to tell the story of Weidner Apartment Homes,” said Switchbacks President Nick Ragain. He then went on to proclaim, “the Switchbacks Stadium would now be known as Weidner Field for the upcoming season and near future.”
Weidner Field was originally built in 1985 as a joint effort between the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and the City of Colorado Springs. The Switchbacks are now in year three of their ten-year lease on the site.
“Our involvement with the Switchbacks has been important on many levels.” said Weidner’s Regional Vice President Robert Carr, a long-time resident of Colorado Springs. “Our sponsorship has provided the opportunity to increase our brand awareness in the Colorado Springs market in a fun and entertaining medium. Our partnership with the Switchbacks has given us a new way to interact with the larger Colorado Springs community in a very positive way.”
The Switchbacks will kick off their 2017 USL campaign at the Tulsa Roughnecks on March 25th before returning to Weidner Field for their home opener on April 1st against Oklahoma City Energy FC.
It is Valentine’s Day week. In keeping with romantic tradition, we thought about starting this blog off with a love poem about why Weidner Apartment Homes is a perfect match for those who seek a nurturing and happy relationship with their apartment. More than a mere trophy apartment, this is the ultimate, luxury dwelling that includes shiny bling like a gourmet kitchen with stainless-steel appliances and designer extras including vaulted ceilings with crown molding, a generous amount of living space to spend with friends and family, and sweeping views from your private balcony, which could possibly lead to great moments of inspiration.
The problem is, all of these amenities are difficult to organize in to one rhyming verse that covers everything. After all, Weidner manages and owns 244 properties across 9 states and Canada, representing 46,454 units, under the loving care of 1,400 employees. We did give the poem a try, however:
Roses are red. Violets are blue. Weidner created all this – just for you.
Yeah, we know. It doesn’t really cover it.
So we just decided to say a heartfelt thank you to our beloved residents, for the love you’ve shown us over the 40 years we’ve been providing quality apartment living.
We know the place you call home is extremely personal and important. It’s the place you build memories, plan for your future, and like all of us, experience a bounty of good, and a few challenges along the way. Whether you choose Weidner as your first one bedroom apartment out of college, or you need a two bedroom that’s close to the office, or you’re a newlywed couple and living with your parents is getting awkward – we’re thrilled to welcome you home.
Let’s try that poem again…
Roses are red. Violets are blue. What matters to you, matters to us!
This year, the Weidner Cares team decided to ring in 2017 by volunteering in one of our newest regions – Oklahoma! We had more than 35 team members from both Tulsa and Oklahoma City suit up in orange and volunteer for the day with Youth Services of Tulsa.
Youth Services of Tulsa’s mission is “To value and accept all youth, supporting and challenging them to embrace their potential.” The non-profit organization focuses on advocating for, and meeting the needs of at-risk youth; offer counseling, delinquency prevention, and programs for runaway and homeless youth. YST has been helping area youth and their families since 1969, and to date have assisted more than 300,000 youth in Tulsa and surrounding communities. Their vision, “Empowered Youth Who Grow and Achieve” is a cause Weidner is proud to align with.
Let the Work Begin!
Youth Services of Tulsa was gifted a beautiful facility near downtown Tulsa, equipped with a full shelter, a drop-in center, lounges, conference rooms, kitchens and offices. While this was a most generous gift, maintaining the building had its challenges. This is where the Weidner Cares team came in and helped with everything from painting to landscaping to restore and revive the facilities, allowing the organization to concentrate their efforts on helping Tulsa’s homeless youth.
We made more than 450 meal bags, sorted and donated 3 truckloads of clothing, painted and organized the interior of their shelter building, washed cars and windows, helped with some electrical and carpentry work, and even made some make-ready boxes for clients moving into new apartments.
The Weidner Cares team worked tirelessly to revitalize this facility, and now the staff, and their clients, have a little less to worry about this summer! Thank you so much to our Oklahoma team for making our first Weidner Cares of 2017 a shining success!
“Youth Services of Tulsa greatly appreciates the time and efforts that the employees of Weidner Apartment Homes spent volunteering on our campus. By taking the time to complete much needed projects, you have sent a powerful message to the youth we serve every day that Weidner Cares! Thank you for sharing your time, talents and resources. You have made a positive difference in the lives of Tulsa’s youth.” -David C. Grewe, LCSW Executive Director- Youth Services of Tulsa
You’re very welcome, Mr. Grewe, and Youth Services of Tulsa. Judging from the bright smiles on the faces of our team, the pleasure was all ours! Thank you for the work you do in the community of Tulsa and beyond.
It might be Awards Season in Hollywood, but we’ve got an announcement of our own at Weidner:
Reyna Perez is our Featured Associate Spotlight winner!
Reyna started with Weidner as a Leasing Consultant at Castlepark in February of 2014 and since then, her positive, can-do attitude has made her a superstar in our California region. Her hard work paid off this past February, when she was promoted to Assistant Community Director at a new acquisition: Artisan at Main Street Metro.
“Reyna never looks at any task as being outside her job description and is always the first to volunteer to help out her teammates,” said Cindy Schwartz, Area Director in California. “Reyna’s positive attitude is infectious, making her a great leader. She makes it her goal to have a positive impact on every individual she encounters throughout the day, and residents take notice and appreciate this admirable quality!”
Reyna’s favorite part of her job as an Assistant Community Director is interacting with her residents, and being able to go that extra mile to help out. She attributes her success to thinking and speaking with a positive attitude and persevering through tough times. “I’ve been through a lot with the acquisition,” says Reyna, “and I’ve never said ‘I’m done.’ There’s no stopping me!”
At Castlepark, Reyna maintained a 44% closing ratio, one of the highest recorded at the community, earning the title of “Leasing Superstar” several times while working at the property. Since accepting the role of Assistant Community Director at Artisan, Reyna has helped to increase their occupancy by over 5%.
“Reyna’s consistent, positive attitude sets her apart, as well as her caring and friendly demeanor,” said Mandy Urfer, Community Director at Artisan. “Prospects and residents draw close to Reyna because she truly cares about each and every one of them. She has a big heart and goes above and beyond for everyone.”
Mandy also remembers a time when a resident was upset about their broken washer, and wanted it to be replaced immediately. Maintenance was short staffed that day, so Reyna took off her heels, rolled up her sleeves, and helped maintenance move the washer out of the resident’s apartment and replace it with a new one. “I was in awe of her that day as I learned of what she had done,” said Mandy.
Reyna has five children, ranging in age from 6 to 16. She enjoys cooking and spending quality time with her family. When she’s not busy with her own family, Reyna can usually be found helping out her extended family of friends, coworkers and residents.
Reyna’s infectious, positive attitude is a shining example of what we mean when we say:
“What matters to you, matters to us.”
From the Weidner team – thank you for being you, Reyna! Congratulations!
At Weidner Apartment Homes, we understand that managing the everyday details of life can be overwhelming. Whether the boss just requested a last-minute report and you’re already late for a dentist appointment or a parent-teacher conference, balancing family, work, and home life is the ultimate multitasking adventure. And let’s face it, sometimes that “adventure” goes awry. The last thing you need is one more surprise – like a past due rent notice, or a leaky faucet to deal with.
Enter Weidner’s Resident Portal, Your Gateway to Convenience
With the Weidner Resident Portal, managing tasks at home just got a little easier:
Pay rent online and avoid late fees
Set up easy rent reminders
Submit maintenance requests and get real-time progress reports
Communicate with the leasing staff
Download the mobile app for convenience on-the-go
We’ve made it easy to set up your own Resident Portal account. Just click here, fill out the short form, and enter a world of convenience, without ever leaving the comfort of your cozy apartment home.
Stay Connected with Your Community
Accessing the Resident Portal also gives you an inside look at what’s happening in your community. Paying your rent online, or submitting a maintenance request doesn’t mean we’ll see less of you. In fact, we might even see more of you at a Weidner Cares charity drive, community event, or resident-inspired gathering like a barbeque or picnic.
If you’re new to the area, there’s no better way to learn about your neighborhood, than through your own community. Want some opinions on nearby parks, tourist attractions or which restaurant serves the best pancakes? Go on the Resident Portal and ask your community, or check out our Facebook or Instagram page @WeidnerApartmentHomes or Twitter @WeidnerAptHomes. If you have something great to share with the community, don’t forget to use the #LifeatWeidner hashtag, and let us in on all the fun.
Providing our residents with quality apartment living at 239 properties and growing is what we do best. So while we can’t attend that parent-teacher conference for you, or reschedule that dentist appointment, we can make a few things easier to manage through the Resident Portal. That leaves more time for you to enjoy all of the many amenities Weidner has to offer or…finish that last-minute report for your boss. (Sorry. We would do that for you too, if we could.)
Some people groan about turning 40 years old, worried about that extra wrinkle or that a few of their goals might not be manifesting according to their timeline. Others celebrate with abandon, seeing a little wrinkle as evidence of extra wisdom or a good old-fashioned laugh line.
At Weidner, we’re embracing our birthday/anniversary by celebrating our most important assets: our loyal residents and the incredible Weidner team that made 40 years feel like an adventurous thrill ride, rather than a mere “day job.”
Who We Are
Weidner is a multifaceted real estate investment company, specializing in multifamily apartment management. We are creative developers of new apartment homes, including mixed use communities that showcase the urban trend of retail and office space, combined with convenient apartment living.
It all began in 1977 with one property, “The Lafayette” in Seattle, WA. Today, Weidner Apartment Homes manages and owns 244 properties, and more than 46,454 units across 9 states and Canada. Now that’s something to celebrate!
Weidner is solely owned by Dean Weidner, President and CEO. Along with Chief Operating Officer, Jack O’Connor, Weidner is the proud employer of more than 1,400 associates who embody the Weidner mission to operate as a “dynamic team of professionals dedicated to providing quality apartment home living.”
The Success Formula
Weidner Apartment Homes didn’t reach their 40th birthday without a plan, and that plan is a cohesive vision that relies on this precise success formula:
What We Do: We buy right, add value and manage effectively for the long term.
How We Do It: Teamwork, communication, growth and excellence in service.
What We Value: Our people.
Our mission is intact and thus, our company keeps growing because we believe in our vision to distinguish ourselves as the apartment industry leader in each of our markets. We know we can’t do that alone. We understand that achieving this lofty goal in a competitive industry like multifamily isn’t just about the numbers- it’s about the people and communities we serve.
In 1999, Weidner Reached the 10,000 Unit Mark
Ranked 29th on the list of Apartment Owners by the National Multi-Housing Council in 2016
3rd largest Apartment Owner in state of Washington
Largest Apartment Owner and Industry Leader in Alaska
4th Largest Apartment Owner and Industry Leader in Canada
4th Largest Apartment Owner and Industry Leader in Phoenix
The Weidner Cares Tradition
The communities our residents live, work, and play in matter deeply to us, and that’s why we created the Weidner Cares program. This program is dedicated to giving back to the communities we serve. Whether it’s helping out the Boys & Girls Club in San Bernardino by renovating facilities and revamping some garden beds, weeding along the banks of Lake Washington, or organizing food drives in Texas, the Weidner Cares program is an exuberant, dedicated team of volunteers doing what they can to make a difference.
The best thing about celebrating birthdays and anniversaries is planning for the next one. The Weidner future will be to continue providing quality apartment living to our residents, purchasing and taking on new projects, and creating brand new, state-of-the-art communities which we develop and manage in accordance with Weidner values.
Thank you to the Weidner team, and thank you to our residents for 40 years of quality apartment living. Our future is bright because of you!
The future is relentless in its quest for change; and when that change is undeniably good, then the next logical step becomes about managing the transition from old to new, or antiquated to current. At Weidner Apartment Homes, we’re introducing our communities to the future of going paperless!
That might be the sound of trees exhaling, or Weidner employees breathing a sigh of relief, as soon, they’ll no longer have to count stacks of checks and enter resident data manually in to the computer. By committing to going paperless, we can transition to electronic applications, leases, rental payments, and equally as impressive: “go green.”
How the Benefits Outweigh the Hurdles
As with any change, there may be a few glitches, but we don’t anticipate those to be of any great alarm or inconvenience to our residents. The apartment industry as a whole and major businesses worldwide have embraced automated transactions and record-keeping for some time now. Moving rental payments, community and inspection notices, and service requests to an online format helps to decrease the risk of fraud and employee error, thus increasing the resources of each property in time and money.
By automating rental payments, one property management software company reported their clients experienced an “average 50% decrease in delinquencies and a 65% decrease in the time staff members spend manually processing those payments.” With those kind of numbers, the future does beckon, and it beckons with common sense.
Now, prospective residents can fill out their application online, and the leasing professional can spend more quality time focused on the needs and preferences of that resident, instead of hyper-focused on completing each application box with precision and accuracy. Previously, extensive time was spent on making sure the leasing application was complete; now that time can be better spent on sharing valuable information about fun neighborhood hot spots like farmers markets, trendy cafes, or local favorite parks and trails. Leasing professionals have a unique advantage of knowing what makes up a community, but often times, they are too weighed down by paperwork to impart this knowledge to the new resident.
Automation is a Resource in Emergencies
Automating residential leasing documents in a secured and protected digital format is also a treasured resource during emergencies such as natural disasters. In the old way of managing records, residents’ information was secured in a locked filing cabinet or safe, but if there was a flood or fire, or employees were not available to search those important files, family members might have to wait hours to be notified of a resident’s status during an emergency. With an automated system, Weidner staff have the advantage of utilizing mobile devices to keep family informed in real-time, as crisis are resolved.
“Going Green” is a phrase commonly heard at most businesses these days, and Weidner Apartment Homes is no exception. But green initiatives are more than just a concept; they are a way of thinking that must be embedded in our everyday operations in order to manifest in to reality. Going paperless is just one more way we can walk our talk to “go green” at Weidner communities.
Rest assured that the Weidner staff will be properly trained and provided with all the tools necessary to facilitate this paperless transition seamlessly in our communities, so that our residents are not unduly inconvenienced. Automating rent payments, and other important property management documentation is intended to increase efficiency, giving our leasing consultants more time to spend on ensuring quality living for our most prized asset: our residents.
Looks like the future has arrived, right on time at Weidner Apartment Homes.
At the Elements at Briargate in Colorado Springs, CO, residents enjoy unprecedented apartment living, where the Rocky Mountains and Pike’s Peak provide the scenic views, and we provide everything else.
These recently constructed one, and two bedroom floor plans range from 623 to 1,168 square feet, and include amenities designed for comfort and style. Whether your day consists of exploring nature, traversing a nearby trail, or working at the office, Elements at Briargate is the ideal place to begin and end your day.
You don’t have to be a celebrity chef to appreciate the gourmet-style kitchen including granite counter-tops, kitchen islands and stainless-steel appliances. Brushed Nickel fixtures give it that extra elegant touch. Vaulted ceilings with crown molding create a spacious ambience, perfect for entertaining. Imagine hosting a housewarming or Super Bowl party at your brand new apartment home, where guests can easily mingle in the kitchen and socialize in the generous living space.
Our grounds feature two dominating traits: fun and relaxation! Elements at Briargate residents enjoy these and many more amenities as an everyday occurrence:
Sparkling Resort Style Pool and Spa
Fully Equipped Fitness Center
BBQ Lounge Area
Dry Cleaning Drop Off Service
Pet Friendly Apartments in Colorado Springs
But what is upscale apartment living without your furry friends to enjoy the best in life? We’re proud to be a pet-friendly community in Colorado Springs, CO. We accept both cats and dogs and ask that you check with our leasing staff for further details on our pet policy.
Whether you’re a single professional who seeks a gorgeous one-bedroom apartment near work, or a family who enjoys a natural setting near parks and schools, Elements at Briargate is happy to welcome you home. Give us a call to schedule your personal tour.
About Colorado Springs, Colorado
Colorado Springs is situated at the base of the Rocky Mountains, just south of Black Forest. Nature lovers, culture enthusiasts, and shoppers alike will discover everything they need in this city that blends small-town charm and beauty with urban convenience. Take a private climbing tour with the Garden of the Gods tour, designed for beginner to intermediate climbers. Enjoy a family outing at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and feed the giraffes. Test out your photography skills at the picturesque Seven Falls Park, featuring serene, cascading waterfalls. Or, make it a day of shopping and dining in the many boutique shops or cafes located downtown. Whatever your definition of fun is, Colorado Springs has something to please every palette.
Recently, approximately 75 of Weidner’s corporate office employees participated in the Weidner Cares program. Since the charity-in-action formed more than three years ago, the corporate team has wanted to participate as they witnessed the program grow and form across Weidner’s state and local regions. Well, the corporate office finally got to show what they could do- right in their own backyard in Kirkland, WA, on a particularly sunny day in the Pacific Northwest.
As the story goes on that sunny Thursday, there was a magical breeze coming off Lake Washington, just a few blocks from the corporate office. Because the exuberant Weidner team was so large, they decided they could support two organizations: The City of Kirkland Parks and Recreation and Gardens at Juanita Bay.
The City of Kirkland Parks and Recreation is responsible for maintaining all the common areas within the city limits. Park Supervisor, Dave Johnson lead the team in efforts to spread mulch, remove invasive species and everyone’s favorite landscaping task- weeding. A significant number of planter beds received some much needed weeding that sunny day! Of great importance, the City of Kirkland has been experimenting with the use of non-invasive, nonchemical weed eradication in an effort to protect and support the open-space shoreline, and the many species of birds and fish that thrive in the area. Weidner was thrilled to be a part of this innovative approach to the eradication of weeds. As weeding goes…this is about as exciting as it gets.
The Gardens at Juanita Bay is a nonprofit organization founded in 1925, dedicated to serving the needs of aging seniors in both Independent and Assisted Living. The property sits on more than 3.5 acres in a residential garden setting near Lake Washington. Maintaining a gardenlike setting for these senior residents is no easy task, and the Weidner team jumped in to tackle an extensive list of projects including pressure washing the parking lots, cleaning and repairing the gutters and roofs on two of the buildings, reinforcing an arbor and some of the raised planter beds. As you might imagine, there was also a tremendous amount of weeding to do, along with pruning, painting, staining, and the spreading of bark.
There’s an old saying that never seems to go out of style: there’s more happiness in giving than receiving. That adage couldn’t have been truer during the Weidner Cares Corporate Office day. The heartfelt expressions of gratitude that our teams received from residents and staff alike were incredibly gratifying, leaving our team members beaming with pride.
We’re grateful for the privilege to serve our community through Weidner Cares. As an added bonus, we can now add “Experienced Weed Eradicator” to our list of skills at the corporate office!
Weidner Apartment Homes is pleased to announce the recent acquisition of Capitol Towers, a mixed use property situated on 10.14 acres in vibrant downtown Sacramento.
Encompassing nearly one city block, Capitol Towers offers unique floor plans for rent that satisfy a variety of living styles. For residents who prefer a more urban-style dwelling, the high-rise Towers offer 409 units, whereas those who feel more at home in a garden-style apartment can choose one of the 206 low-rise Villas apartments. Capitol Towers and Capitol Villas were built in two phases in 1961 and 1965, and remodeled in 2002, 2003 and most recently in 2007.
The Capitol Towers property features a stellar amenity package that includes one of Sacramento’s most coveted resort-style pools, a clubhouse, state-of-the art fitness center, outdoor lounge and barbecue area, making the community a haven for those who want to utilize their down time as a quality “stay-cation.” Inside, residents enjoy a generous amount of living space, along with designer-style appointments, a gourmet-inspired kitchen, stunning views from the Towers, and central heat and air conditioning. Spacious patios and balconies give residents that extra touch of privacy and individuality, where they can enjoy the outdoors, without having to leave the privacy of their own home.
Convenient Living is all in the Location
Nothing says convenient living more than this premier downtown Sacramento location that caters to the busy lifestyle, without being noisy or obtrusive. At Capitol Towers, residents relish in the flexibility of nearby retailers, light rail and commuter stops within walking distance of the property, and close proximity to the Capitol Building and Capitol Mall. The property includes 4,228 square feet of ground floor retail space, with 389 parking spaces. Current on-site retailers at Capitol Towers include Strings Urban Kitchen, Gino’s Java, and Gary’s Barber Shop. So, in the event that residents grow weary of making their own coffee, or trimming their own bangs, help is in sight – and on site!
The property grounds pay homage to Sacramento’s unique lifestyle with a park-like setting, bordered by a sophisticated, urban feel. Gorgeous, manicured paths are offset by mature trees, where neighbors can catch up during a walk, then stop for a cup of coffee at a nearby restaurant. As the city awakens, and bustles with activity, residents can choose to join in on the activity, or relax in their quiet, spacious apartment home.
Working and residing in downtown Sacramento has its distinctive benefits. Currently, downtown Sacramento supports approximately 93,000 jobs, with an effective mass transit system that supports the commuter lifestyle. Fans of the Sacramento Kings will enjoy knowing that Capitol Towers is located a mere four blocks from the property at the new Golden 1 Entertainment Center, a one-of-a-kind sports arena and entertainment venue. Boutique shopping, pubs, cafes, and gourmet dining are within minutes of this vibrant, eclectic neighborhood.
Commitment to Community
Capitol Towers plans to grow as its city grows, with an approval of an additional 1,171 more residential units and a 300-room hotel over a 20-year period, extendable to 30 years. This multi-phase development plan will include an extensive, detailed review with Weidner’s in-house architects and designers committed to Weidner’s mission: “What Matters to You, Matters to Us.”
“Our commitment is not specific to merely the Capitol Towers asset, but the entire Sacramento market and community as a whole,” says Kevin Colard, VP of Acquisitions. “We’re excited about the long-term potential of this thriving market and what the Weidner family can offer its residents.”
To find out more about how you can join the residents at Capitol Towers in Downtown Sacramento, contact us. It’s our pleasure to welcome you to this unique property, designed to add comfort and ease to the busy, urban lifestyle.