Brasfield & Gorrie on Target for October 2012 Completion of Alabama’s New Model of Nursing Home Living

September 5, 2012

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (September 5, 2012)Brasfield & Gorrie is scheduled to complete phase two of construction of the Cottages at St. Martin’s in the Pines in October 2012. Located in eastern Birmingham, St. Martin’s in the Pines is the first nursing home operator to open residential-style nursing homes in Alabama, representing a modernization in nursing home care and a new approach to the care of senior citizens. The Cottages at St. Martin’s is also part of the GREEN HOUSE® Project—a national de-institutionalization effort designed to restore individuals to a home in the community by combining small homes with the full range of personal care and clinical services expected in high-quality nursing homes. As part of this model, the shahbazim, or nursing assistants, handle chores, provide personal care, and manage activities for residents in each 10- to 12-bedroom home.

“We are honored to lead a new way forward in the care of Alabama’s seniors,” said Terry Rogers, St. Martin’s President and CEO. “Our phase one project, which opened in 2008, has proven that the new model works to provide a better environment and quality of life for those living there. The positive impact extends to the seniors’ families as well as to the staff. We’ve seen remarkable improvement in resident and staff satisfaction levels, and staff turnover is down to record lows. Phase two allows us to provide this model of care for another thirty seniors.”

The second phase consists of a new 22,875 sq ft, three-story cottage located on the St. Martin’s campus. Each floor is an independent unit with 10 individual rooms, each with a full private bathroom. Every floor has a fully functional kitchen, dining area, common sitting and living area, and outside sitting area. The ground floor has a garden area with a fountain and security gates, and the second and third floors each have a screened porch.

“We look forward to giving Alabama’s senior citizens a modern residential community that tailors to their specific physical and social needs,” said Bill Steed, Division Manager at Brasfield & Gorrie. “The Cottages at St. Martin’s will provide a familiar and warm environment for the long-term care of its elderly residents.”

Phase one consisted of two 21,500 sq ft, three-story cottages and was completed by Brasfield & Gorrie in 2008.

Brasfield & Gorrie is currently ranked second among the nation’s top healthcare general contractors by Modern Healthcare and has ranked in the top three since 1998. For more information about the firm, visit their website at


Brasfield & Gorrie is one of the nation’s largest privately held construction firms, providing general contracting, design-build, and construction management services for a wide variety of markets, including healthcare, commercial, mission critical, institutional, federal, municipal, industrial, and wastewater treatment. We serve clients from offices in Atlanta and Columbus, Georgia; Birmingham, Alabama; Dallas, Texas; Jacksonville and Orlando, Florida; Nashville, Tennessee; and Raleigh, North Carolina. Brasfield & Gorrie has approximately 2,400 employees, and its 2011 revenues were $1.7 billion. Engineering News-Record ranks Brasfield & Gorrie 32nd among the nation’s “Top 400 Contractors” for 2012.