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The Oasis: Stafford’s Best Kept Secret


North View of Oasis and Grounds

Welcome to the best kept secret in the City of Stafford: The Oasis Medical Building Tower. The nine-story building, set on three-acres of greenbelt space, is first class in all respects with its stunning, Mediterranean facade, and high-end interior finishes; yet its true asset is in its location. Not only is this hidden gem minutes away from The Texas Medical Center and downtown Houston, but its physical address is in the City of Stafford, which has not collected property tax since 1995. The City of Stafford is part of Metro Houston located in Fort Bend County.


View of the grounds from the conference room.

Fort Bend County is currently home to more than 500,000 residents and is the fastest growing county in Texas with expectations to exceed an additional 1.5 million people within the next two decades. It is also ranked the most diverse. In addition, Fort Bend is ranked first in employment growth in the United States according to the US Department of Labor, and it has also been consistently ranked in the Top 3% of the nations’ counties in five key demographic measures. It excels in regional leadership in secondary education and for its skilled resident workforce. The county delivers on its promise of being a “Best Place to Live and Work” and for more than 25 years, it has been in the Top 20 counties in the United States for economic excellence and population growth.

Excellent schools, affordable housing, and extensive recreational facilities (ranked first in total park area in an urban area ) have attracted families with impressive demographic profiles. As a result, the local employment base provides relocating companies with a diverse mix of professional, technical, skilled and unskilled labor with the highest educational attainment levels in the region.

The existing tenants at 11929 W Airport Blvd know that “you really can have it all” since the building and immediate vicinity can stand alone as a destination location, or a 15 minute drive can provide all the perks that the fourth largest city in the United States has to offer. Due to the superior highways, corridors and Interstate freeways that surround the Oasis, just about anywhere in the Greater Houston area is quickly accessible. Houston is home to 29 Fortune 500 companies, 26% lower housing costs, 60 colleges and universities, the second largest Theatre District in the United States, the third largest marina in the United States, and the world’s largest, prestigious medical center.


Exterior features include a pool, lake and fountain features and gazebo. Plush landscaping compliments the three acre campus.

However, most tenants locate at Oasis to enjoy the retreat away from the hustle and bustle. There is a plethora of restaurants, shopping and entertainment nearby; and a built in network of specialty service providers that already call the Oasis home. Notable tenants include Atrium Healthcare; a long term acute care hospital, Memorial Hermann Home Health & Hospice, American Laser Center, Oasis Pharmacy, and physicians specializing in diabetes and endocrinology. If that’s not enough, global business can be conducted daily and conveniently through two major Houston airports, and a regional one that is in Oasis’ backyard – the Sugar Land Regional Airport.

It’s also important to note that there are several other complementary business entities in Oasis’ back yard. An assisted living complex and senior apartment units are in close proximity. With the baby boomer generation composing 30% of the population and growing, it’s increasingly imperative to identify areas that provide the necessary care, amenities, and support to this demographic.

Although the photographs speak for themselves, the physical attributes are worth noting. This class “A” medical tower has concrete-and-steel exterior face panels and contains all the necessary state-of the-art components, but was carefully designed to not have an institutional look and feel. It serves as a beacon to a calming, relaxed atmosphere that is a welcome oasis to the building’s tenants, patients and visitors. And on the ninth floor, it can all be seen from a spacious executive conference room with full-panel glass windows. The unsurpassed view rivals those of Downtown Houston’s skyscrapers and is available to rent for functions and business meetings. The view also encompasses Oasis’ lush green space that surrounds the building, complete with fountains, pathways, picnic tables and pavilions. Elaborate landscaping plays a major role in the overall aesthetics, and the interior contains high end finishes throughout with detailed oak paneling and custom granite in the lobby and corridors. A parking garage is conveniently attached to the building and provides ample covered parking.

The Oasis Medical Building Tower was delivered to the market in late 2007, with 190,464 square feet of rentable space. Today 123,764 square feet are available to qualified tenants. As a result, new building ownership has engaged two teams of the city’s most renowned leasing groups and medical business specialists to provide the commercial real estate and business acumen needed to ignite interest. The commercial real estate team is headed by Ace Schlameus of Colliers International; while Helen Pokrajac, of Helen Pokrajac & Associates, has been retained as the medical expert and business development lead. Helen and Ace have worked together several times over the last 10 years to successfully lease medical office buildings. Both are extremely optimistic about this new effort and predict the building will soon become an icon for the city of Stafford and east Fort Bend county.

“This facility offers incredible value over competing markets. Considering the synergies that can be gained from the heavy concentration of medical industry in the immediate community, and the fact that the Oasis is only fifteen minutes from the Texas Medical Center, makes this a wonderful opportunity.” states Ace Schlameus, senior vice president of Colliers International in Houston.


Ready to greet visitors to the Oasis are Ace Schlameus, left; Laura Schlameus; Janet Vincent, seated, Unilev Management Corporation property administrator; Helen Pokrajac; and Heather Barlow. A wide entrance allows guests and clients access to the lobby and elevators and provides accent points of oak carved paneling, granite tables along with mosaic features in the flooring.

“Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown MSA has over 13,000 practicing physicians, 120 hospitals and 20,216 hospital beds. Our location is perfect for medically related firms looking for affordable housing, business friendly government, and labor pools,” adds Helen Pokrajac, president of Helen Pokrajac & Associates, LLC

Ace and Helen are assisted by Laura Schlameus, a vice president in office and retail services for Colliers International and Heather Barlow, the senior marketing director for Helen Pokrajac & Associates. The team is casting a wide net at the local, regional, national and global level in their leasing efforts since the building lends itself to so many types of entities in the healthcare sector. They concur that physician medical practices, medical device companies requiring light manufacturing, education, wellness companies, rehabilitative care, services and products for geriatric care, the food and nutritional industry, diagnostic and life sciences are among several immediate services that could establish a lucrative business presence here. “The possibilities are endless, and the dynamics will provide a built-in referral base to each other.”

“We are very excited about this campaign and expect to attract a number of quality tenants. The team has been very aggressive in reaching out to the entire medical industry and we have already received encouraging responses from several high profile prospects interested in this Class A facility.”

In addition to seeking out established businesses, the leasing team is beginning to introduce the project to organizations like BioHouston. These organizations help facilitate, and are responsible for technology transfers into private businesses. The Oasis is less than 20 minutes from the Texas Medical Center, which, according to the Greater Houston Partnership, is home to some 49 of the most renowned medical research and academic institutions in the world.

“You might say that if your business locates here, you will “tower” over your competition,” adds Ace, who specializes in office, retail and investment services.

On the leasing side: Ace Schlameus and Laura Schlameus represent Colliers International

Throughout his 20-year investment and brokerage career, Ace Schlameus has developed direct experience in marketing, finance and transaction negotiation. His experience as a Senior Vice President of major Wall Street firms such as Prudential and the highly capitalized, Sam Waltons family owned, Llama Company, Ace has developed a global understanding of the real estate industry. Ace has served as broker and investment advisor for such institutional commercial real estate divisions as Sun Life Financial Services of Canada Inc., ING Group N.V., Aegon N.V. and many others. Tenant and Equity Owner representation assignments have ranged from Senior Leasing Broker of a large multi-tenant office portfolio to the sale or financing of multiple commercial properties.

In the past 24 months Ace has been involved in over 100 transactions totaling over 1 million square feet, representing over $73 million dollars in revenues for his clients. He presently serves as a member on the Colliers International Healthcare Practice Group.

Laura Schlameus is a vice president in office and retail services for Colliers International in the Houston region. She recently joined Colliers International from Grubb & Ellis. In the last five years, Laura has been responsible for formulating and executing the leasing and marketing strategy of a portfolio that represents over one million square feet of medical office space.

In the past 24 months Laura has been involved in over 50 transactions totaling over 450,000 square feet of medical office space. During her career, Laura has demonstrated an entrepreneurial leadership in understanding the clients objectives then developing a custom approach to actualizing those goals. Laura has been recognized by the industry as a Top Guns Under Thirty, a coveted award for excellence in service and volume of deals completed.

Laura has extensive marketing experience within the real estate industry and has worked with both institutional owners as well as individual owners. Her experience as a business development officer for the commercial mortgage and finance sector as well as the commercial title business has well prepared Laura for the direct marketing campaigns necessary in the current market conditions. Laura was consistently in the top 15 brokers in the Grubb & Ellis office. She was a member of the Board of Directors for Grubb & Ellis Houston Operations for the last two years. Laura has held the position of Senior Broker in charge of Data/Financial Analysis and Reporting for ten institutionally owned projects.

On the Medical Business Development side: Helen B. Pokrajac and Heather Barlow represent - Helen Pokrajac & Associates, LLC

Helen Pokrajac, MBA has extensive knowledge in all aspects of healthcare facilities marketing, physician relations and recruitment. As an authority in medical contract negotiations, she has been a key advisor to medical executives and played an instrumental part in numerous organization and physician’s business success. Both Helen and Heather are keenly aware of the needs of the medical community, and are able to contribute critical intelligence to owners for implementing solutions for medical investment projects. Helen has become a nationally known business advisor not only to physicians and senior executives at hospitals, but also to commercial property owners and investors. As President of Helen Pokrajac & Associates, Helen has proven to have an extraordinary ability to seek out opportunities for sustainable local and global initiatives.

Helen has held directorships for the Texas Heart Institute, Texas Children’s Hospital, Memorial Hermann and Hospital Corporation for America (HCA). Her knowledge of the clinical and political medical arena coupled with her unparalleled relationship skills, has ensured her success. The ability to speak five languages, has enabled her to cross many language and cultural borders, and aided in achievements abroad, especially in Europe and the Middle East.

Working with several of the largest medical corporations, her physician relations and recruitment negotiations are varied and numerous. She is well versed in the legal, financial and administrative concerns for physicians seeking relocation, expansion or new practice start up. Her experience includes single physician practice, multi-specialty and surgical suites and large medical complexes, and business advisement She is familiar with physicians in the USA and abroad, and as a team was involved in the recruitment of over 500 physicians. Her extensive national and international professional contacts, assure her clients successful outcomes.

Heather Barlow is the Senior Marketing Director at Helen Pokrajac & Associates, LLC . She manages the development and execution of the companies’ strategies for current and planned ventures, and plays an integral role in communicating the companies’ project initiatives to their clients and prospects. Her networking skills, relationships in the healthcare industry, and Marketing/Relations experience; coupled with her background and education in commercial design, provides a unique combination of expertise to Helen Pokrajac & Associates.

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