Friendship Village of Tempe

Friendship Village of Tempe | Tempe, AZ

Friendship Village of Tempe is a life plan community located in Tempe just minutes from the bustling Arizona State University campus. With 50 acres and over 900 residents, they are celebrating 40 years of serving seniors in 2020.

The renovation of approximately 14,000sf included the memory care facility, main lobby, front desk, Healthcare Center lobby, Village Pantry and the patio at the Del Fuego Sports Bar.

The Memory Care at Friendship Village was in need of an interior refresh in the public areas to improve the health and wellness of the residents, staff, and visitors. The existing spaces were dated, worn, and no longer functional.

Several walls were removed to create larger, more open spaces. New finishes, furniture, artwork, lighting, and accessories were installed in brighter colors. The resident neighborhoods were colored and themed to create better wayfinding.

Themed activity rooms engage the residents and offer opportunities for interaction with families and staff. New innovative technology was installed to provide hands on activities for the residents and their families.

The lobby at Friendship Village is the heart of the campus and the main entrance for visitors. It also serves as the central location for gatherings and events of family and friends. Because it is the first impression for the community, it needed a refresh to improve functionality and attract potential new residents. The original front desk presented a design challenge as it was hard to see from the main entrance. The design team moved a wall back and opened up the desk area to allow for a better view. A back-lit panel, feature wall, and new artwork created a more welcoming impression for visitors and residents alike.

The existing flagstone wall and fireplace are reflected throughout the campus and are emphasized within the new scheme. The carpet pattern was selected to compliment the flagstone. It represents the canyons and rivers in Arizona. The color scheme is representative of colors found in nature. The residents wanted the lobby, their main living room, to be warm and inviting.

The current residents played an important role in the selection of new finishes. Multiple committee meetings revealed that residents and staff desired vibrant color, comfortable furniture, better lighting, and local artwork and images that reflect the surrounding Arizona desert.

New custom artwork by local artists was selected to coordinate with the scheme. New lamps and accessories add a warm, inviting feel. Furniture groupings offer a variety of seating and create new “hubs” for the residents to enjoy the piano, fireplace, existing fountains, and other activity areas.

The Village Pantry was updated to provide additional, functional shelving and better lighting. We added new signage and graphics with the new name, Village Pantry, selected by the residents.

The Del Fuego Sports Bar had a patio that was not easily accessible from inside the bar. Large folding doors were added in place of windows allowing full access and views. New seating, tables, umbrellas, portable heaters and lighting were added. This is now a hot spot for happy hour on campus.

The themes of this refresh are representative of nature and the surrounding Arizona desert and will be timeless for years to come.


13,843 square feet

Services Provided

Interior Design

Featured Staff

Rebecca Cox Baum

What We Create

Dekker/Perich/Sabatini is an award-winning, multidisciplinary design firm that has served public and private clients for 60 years. Our staff includes architects, interior designers, planners, structural engineers, landscape architects, and experts in sustainable design in offices in Albuquerque, NM; Phoenix, AZ; Las Cruces, NM; and Amarillo, TX. As a regional leader in design excellence and sustainability, we have successfully completed thousands of projects by collaborating directly with owners and communities.


Our professionals are experienced in primary, secondary, and post-secondary facility design to provide specialty design services for a variety of educational facilities. This diverse pool of talent enables us to develop innovative design solutions that draw upon the best ideas and practices from throughout the Southwest. A well-designed building not only provides an aesthetically pleasing and functional environment for the people who work and learn in them, but also centers on a balanced response to changing ideas in teaching with recognition of our client’s reputation and traditions.


We are an award-winning, multidisciplinary design firm that has served public and private clients  for more than 55 years. To better respond to our clients’ needs, we have concentrated our design and technical resources into “Practice Areas,” where our personnel specialize in building types such as housing, commercial, healthcare, government and education. Through the Practice Area concept, designers work on the projects they are passionate about, honing their skills specific to that type, keeping abreast of the latest trends, and training the next generation of designers.


We provide specialty design services for a variety of commercial projects, including workplaces, mixed-use developments, retail, and restaurants. We have experience with commercial projects in markets throughout the Southwest, as well as major markets elsewhere in the United States. Our diverse pool of talent enables us to develop innovative design solutions that draw upon the best ideas and practices from throughout the nation. A well-designed building provides an “edge” to our clients, whether the task at hand is to reach out to customers or to recruit and retain tenants and employees.

Landscape Architecture

We provide landscape architecture services to all of the specialized design groups within our offices as well as to external clients. The Landscape Architecture team focuses on the planning and design of exterior places  – with a thorough understanding of real estate development and the interrelatedness of structures, land, and people. From project inception to the close of construction, our landscape team makes important contributions to a collaborative, multidisciplinary design process with their expertise in concept development, site planning & design, and landscape design.

MultiFamily Housing

Building a sense of home into housing.

Building housing means more than designing spaces—it means creating a place that feels like home. As our communities grow in size and diversity, technology advances and the very definition of “home” changes from family to family, how do we help our clients create housing that meets the eclectic needs of its residents while also meeting the objectives of the client?

We do our homework. We take into consideration a multitude of factors: rents, vacancy rates, demand and construction costs, to name a few. We also research the building’s future tenants. Who are they, what do they need and how can we create an optimal environment based on their unique circumstances? With our combined knowledge of project financing and the latest trends and metrics, we can provide our clients with flexible solutions while providing our communities with a stronger foundation from which to grow.


Master planned communities
Assisted care and independent living facilities
Multi family housing communities
Affordable housing
Student housing complexes
Luxury apartments
Building assessments
Tax credit packages
Environmental and human sustainability integration

DPS is recognized as one of the best multifamily architects in New Mexico.

Structural Engineering

The building must stand.

Buildings that can adapt to whatever tomorrow brings must first stand the test of time. Our structural engineers work interdependently with each of our disciplines to ensure every building is safe and resilient far into the future, while staying true to the objectives of each project. Together, we help create lasting structures that protect your vision, your investment, and most importantly, your people.


We provide specialty design and planning services for a variety of public clients. Our professionals have “hands on” experience with civic projects throughout the southwest, including personnel who have project experience while serving in the public sector. Their talent enables us to develop innovative planning and design solutions that draw upon “lessons learned” from the various public agencies served. 


As a leader in the field, we have over 20 years’ experience in the design of healthcare facilities. With more than 20 multi-disciplined personnel, our Healthcare Group has collectively worked on more than 250 healthcare projects. Our group has created master plans for medical centers, planned new hospitals and hospital additions, orchestrated major renovations to outdated hospitals and created spaces for highly specialized equipment.


What’s at stake?

Protecting the environments we live and work in has always been a priority for our company. Long before sustainability became a popular topic of conversation, we felt a deep responsibility to take every step possible in order to make the lightest footprint on our planet. Our energy efficient projects are designed for the unique climates they exist in. In the Southwest, we carefully consider siting, solar orientation, appropriate fenestration, building mass, appropriate mechanical systems and the use of building materials readily available in our region to create LEED Certified buildings.


We provide a wide range of planning and design services, from conceptual land use plans to design guidelines to municipal submittals and approvals. We excel at providing integrated design and planning solutions that are market-driven and sustainable. Projects range from large-scale master planned communities to small in-fill tracts. Our group utilizes the design expertise of the firm and a collaborative approach to maximize development opportunities for the client. With our integrated team of planners, landscape architects, and architects, we can generate initial design concepts and take projects through to construction documents.

Senior Living

Interior Design

Spaces that work harder.

We design buildings to do more for people, not the other way around. Without interior spaces that help accomplish the objectives of those who use the building, what’s the point? Our interior designers specialize in creating spaces that help recruit and retain, elevate learning, facilitate healing, enrich the consumer experience, and improve quality of life. Working closely with our clients and consultants, together we design places that extend the life of a building by enhancing the lives of those within it.


Custom interior design
Space planning
Finish selection/specification
Workplace performance evaluations
Space needs assessments
Corporate standards programs
ADA, ergonomics evaluation, and product recommendations
Post-occupancy evaluations
LEED consulting

In Progress

Our passion is to help our clients realize their dreams by partnering with them through a collaborative, multidisciplined process that recognizes new trends and utilizes technologies to create functional, comfortable, and stimulating places. Browse some of our newest projects that are currently in construction.