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Tenth Annual Decorative Concrete Awards

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The Decorative Concrete Council, (DCC), a specialty council of the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC), St. Louis, in partnership with Concrete Construction magazine, announces its tenth annual Decorative Concrete Awards.  The competition is open to DCC members and non-members.

Entries are invited in the following categories:  overlays, cast-in-place stamped and special finishes, stained, polished concrete, polished overlays, countertops, vertical application, concrete artistry, multiple applications, architectural concrete, decorative environmental, and project video.  With the exception of countertops, two awards may be given in each category, for projects 5,000 SF and less, and projects over 5,000 SF.  Submittals are judged on craftsmanship, aesthetics, functionality and creativity.

The deadline for submittal is September 30, 2017.  The awards will be presented at the World of Concrete 2018.  For more information, or to enter go to or call 1-866-788-2722.

The ASCC is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the capabilities of those who build with concrete, and to providing them a unified voice in the construction industry.  Members include concrete contracting firms, manufacturers, suppliers and others interested in the concrete industry such as architects, specifiers and distributors.  There are approximately 725 member companies in the United States and 15 foreign countries.  For more information visit the web site at or call 866-788-2722.


TAO + LEE Associates, Inc., Becomes First Mosaic Ambassador Architecture Company

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St. Louis Mosaic Project is pleased with the addition of its recent two Mosaic Ambassador Companies in the Architecture industry. TAO + LEE is the first Mosaic Ambassador Architecture Company to be joining, followed by Trivers Associates. Based in St. Louis and founded in 1995, TAO + LEE provides architectural, planning, interiors and creative design services. The founders and principals and longtime Mosaic Ambassadors, Peter Tao and Helen Lee, modeled the firm based on their extensive global experiences with projects located both domestically and internationally.

TAO + LEE has been tremendously involved in the St. Louis community. The firm recently led an effort to improve health and wellness as well as inclusion at the St. Louis Public School’s Nahed Chapman New American Academy. This is a transitional school for 500+ new immigrants and refugee children who come from different countries and speak different languages. Nahed Chapman New American Academy is one of thirty three Mosaic Ambassador Schools. In partnership with the construction industry in St. Louis, TAO + LEE envisioned, then co-led a tremendous project to create a new soccer field and social gathering space, at Nahed Chapman New American Academy as a means to build bridges for the students through sports. This was dedicated in 2016.

The firm continues to support a variety of causes and initiatives focused on immigrants and refugees, including the St. Louis Mosaic Project, where Mr. Tao is a member of the Steering Committee, the International Institute and Welcoming America. TAO + LEE will continue to mentor professionals from the international community. Mr. Tao and Ms. Lee have participated in mentorship programs such as the OCA St. Louis MAAP Program; Ms. Lee’s recent efforts helped connect an individual with employment at Caleres. The firm has stepped forward in its role in international student retention by hiring an international student with a STEM degree and will continue to mentor international students. In addition to professionals and international students, TAO + LEE will also continue to support cultural and international affinity groups.

TAO + LEE has been widely recognized for engagement efforts in the City of St. Louis and the greater St. Louis community with regards to Diversity and Inclusion. Recognitions include Business of the Year Award, Asian Business of the Year, Diverse Business Leader and has also been featured in the book Who’s Who Diversity in Color. TAO + LEE is an active sponsor of the Asian American Chamber of Commerce of St. Louis (AACC) and Organization of Chinese-Americans-Asian Pacific American Advocates (OCA St. Louis).

The St. Louis Mosaic Project was launched in 2012 in response to an economic impact report that showed St. Louis was lagging in immigrant growth and highlighted the potential economic benefits of increasing its foreign-born population. The Mosaic Project is a regional initiative that is professionally managed by St. Louis Economic Development Partnership, World Trade Center and a 27-member committee. Its goal is to transform St. Louis into the fastest growing major metropolitan area for immigration by 2020 and promote regional prosperity through immigration and innovation. Learn more at

TAO + LEE Associates, Inc. is an award winning St. Louis based design firm providing Architectural, Planning, Interiors, and Creative Design services for a diversity of project types, sizes & applications. The firm has extensive experience in the planning, design and execution of Commercial, Cultural and Educational, Residential, Restaurants and Retail, as well as variety of other project types, which include Healthcare, Industrial, Sports-Recreation, as well as unique Creative Design projects (including Art Projects and Installations). 

Hager Companies Announces Regional Sales Additions

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Resources will support growth in access control and architectural design markets

Hager Companies<>, a leading U.S. manufacturer of commercial and residential door hardware products, announces the addition of 10 direct and independent sales representatives to better support the company’s current customer base and new product lines, as well as the access control and architectural design communities.

“As Hager grows into new and more sophisticated product categories, we are dedicated to adding strategic resources in order to provide our customers with opportunities to supply Hager’s full line of electronic access control and mechanical hardware solutions,” said Eric Rose, Vice President of U.S. Sales for Hager Companies.

Hager has made significant strides in the access control market, most notably the recent alliance with SALTO Systems and introduction of the Hager powered by SALTO HS4 product line. The additions of technical and specification writing roles to the company, as well as distributor representatives, will further provide its channel partners with a single solution for access control and mechanical hardware needs.

Hager’s full-line of architectural hardware is creating more demand within the architectural community. With the additions of architectural specification consultants, Hager will work on supporting the specification and design community by raising awareness of available specification services and solutions to meet the form, fit, function and budget of all building types.

“As more architects turn to Hager for its specification consultation and writing capabilities, it’s important to raise awareness of available options and to ensure that specifications for both public and private partnerships are meeting the needs of the owner and code requirements,” added Rose.

The recent additions of both independent and direct sales representatives will further support Hager’s operations in the following regions: Arizona, California, Tennessee, Maryland, Washington, Missouri, Ohio and Colorado.

About Hager Companies
Founded in 1849, St. Louis-based Hager Companies offers more than 6,000 full-line quality door hardware products under one brand name. With 12 product lines including, commercial hinges, residential hinges, Roton(r) continuous geared hinges, stainless steel continuous hinges, exit devices, locks, door controls, auxiliary, threshold and weatherstripping, sliding door hardware, access control products and Euroline our European hardware line. Hager focuses on architectural hardware that exceeds today’s building standards that are built to last. For additional information, visit<>.

People On The Move In The Local Construction Industry

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The latest People in the News highlighting new hires, promotions, honors & recognition of the men and women in the St. Louis building community.

Geissler Roofing Co Inc. has named Mark Stanton Vice President of Sales and Estimating 

Mark Stanton

Geissler Roofing Co Inc. has named Mark Stanton Vice President of Sales and Estimating. Mark has been a part of the Commercial Roofing Industry for 15 years and a part of the Geissler Roofing Co Inc. family for 11 years. Mark’s prior positions with Geissler Roofing include flat roof estimating and project management. Mark has a Bachelors degree from SIUE in Business Management and Marketing.

Mark Stanton in his new role will be overseeing all of the jobs that are being bid and managing our contracted jobs and sales. Mark is also the head of Geissler Roofing Co Inc. Marketing department.

Geissler Roofing Co Inc. is a commercial union roofing company that has been serving the Saint Louis area since 1929.  

Spellman Brady Promotes Melissa Keeney and Alicia Nicolay

Spellman Brady & Company is pleased to announce that Melissa Keeney and Alicia Nicolay have been promoted to the positions of Director of Senior Living.  They will share corporate responsibilities which include leading the firm’s team of designers on Senior Living projects.

Melissa Keeney

Ms. Keeney is a certified interior designer by the National Council of Interior Design Qualifications (NCIDQ®) and a LEED® accredited professional.  She has 15 years of interior architectural design experience,  including work in the furniture and furnishings industry.  She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Maryville University and is active in IIDA.  Melissa’s portfolio of Senior Living projects include published projects in “Environments for the Aging,” (EFA) and “Healthcare Design Magazine” (HCD).

Alicia Nicolay

Ms. Nicolay, a certified interior designer by the National Council of Interior Design Qualifications (NCIDQ®), has 18 years of experience.  Alicia’s interior architectural design, furniture and furnishings knowledge combined with her experience in the Hospitality market result in Senior Living projects tailored to the needs of residents, staff and guests.  Alicia received her Associate of Fine Arts degree from Stevens College and St. Louis Community College.  Her project work has been featured in numerous hospitality and resort publications.

Spellman Brady & Company is a St. Louis–based interior design firm specializing in Senior Living, Healthcare, and Higher Education environments.

Recent Promotions at HDA Architects

Tyson Pyle
Kyle Wilson
Josh Goodman
Andrew Sitton

Andrew Sitton has been promoted to Managing Director

Kyle Wilson has been promoted to Managing Director

Josh Goodman has been promoted to Director of Operations

Tyson Pyle has been promoted to Senior Project Designer.

Dale Harvey

Tarlton Corp. Hires Dale Harvey To Lead The Company’s Market Expansion Efforts In Higher Education

Tarlton Corp., a St. Louis-based general contracting and construction management firm, hired Dale Harvey to lead the company’s market expansion efforts in higher education.

Harvey brings more than 30 years of experience in planning, design and construction to his position at Tarlton. In this role, he will spearhead Tarlton’s geographic market growth and manage new and ongoing relationships with higher education clients.

Serving 25 years in the higher education sector, Harvey was instrumental in the management of over $1 billion in capital and infrastructure projects nationally. He previously served as director of planning and development for Hastings & Chivetta Architects.

Harvey holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial arts, with an emphasis in design and construction from San Diego State University. He is a professional land surveyor and graduate of the Society for College and University Planning Institute and member of the Society for College and University Planners. Harvey is a life director of the Building Industry Association of Southern California and member of the American Planning Association. His industry honors include a Gold Nugget Award for Land Planning from the Pacific Coast Builders Conference and Associate of the Year from the Building Industry Association.

In business since 1946, Tarlton Corp. is a WBENC-Certified Women’s Business Enterprise that completes projects for wide-ranging clients in the commercial, life sciences, health care, institutional, power and industrial markets, also providing special expertise in concrete construction and restoration as well as hydro excavation and industrial vacuum services.

May 19, 2017

G&S Acoustics Hires Brittany Williams as Administrative Assistant

Brittany Williams

St. Louis-based G&S Acoustics has hired Brittany Williams as administrative assistant. As an integral part of the sales team, Brittany will have a variety of responsibilities, including entering orders, invoicing, managing incoming calls and maintaining customer records.

Before joining G&S Acoustics, Brittany worked at Hobby Lobby for ten years as a department head, assistant manager and customer service manager. She also spent two years working for a financial company and a law firm. Brittany received her Bachelors in Organizational Leadership from Missouri Baptist University. “G&S Acoustics is growing fast, adding Brittany to our team will help our customers receive the best and most efficient service possible,” said Herb Golterman, President of G&S Acoustics.

G&S Acoustics®, a subsidiary of Golterman & Sabo, is a leading manufacturer of acoustical, tackable and sound diffusing wall and ceiling products distributed worldwide.

McGrath & Associates promotes Tony Vansaghi to Senior Estimator

Tony Vansaghi

Tony Vansaghi has been promoted to Senior Estimator at McGrath & Associates, a 100 percent employee-owned general contractor and construction management firm. Vansaghi has been with McGrath for more than five years. 

McGrath & Associates is a 100 percent employee-owned general contractor and construction management firm specializing in commercial, health care, industrial, institutional and pharmaceutical construction projects since 1983.  

Mark Gershenson joins ARCH Design as CEO and Partner

ARCH Design, a leading artwork consulting firm for the healthcare and hospitality industries, announced that Mark Gershenson has joined as Chief Executive Officer and Partner effective March 20, 2017.  Kristen Holton will continue to serve as President of ARCH Design.

Prior to joining ARCH Design, Gershenson was the Director of Global Brand Management for automotive films at Eastman Chemical Company.  He started his career in advertising at the former D’Arcy Masius Benton and Bowles, and held a series of positions in brand management and marketing leadership with Ralston Purina, Ralcorp and Spectrum Brands.  Gershenson received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and his master’s degree from St. Louis University.

ARCH Design has been in business for 39 years, and has completed thousands of projects across the United States in every commercial environment, including; healthcare, senior living, hospitality, education and multi-family. 

KAI Design & Build Hires Three New Employees to Build Department

KAI Design & Build has hired three new employees to its Build Department:

Barry Alt

Barry Alt of Ballwin, MO, Senior Project Manager. Alt comes to KAI’s Build Department with 30 years of industry experience. Alt is highly organized and demands commitment and performance from field management, subcontractors and vendors to provide the owner with a quality finished project. He will focus his resources on organizing, scheduling, planning, motivating, controlling and completing projects. He has a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN.

Jeremy Lammers

Jeremy Lammers, LEED AP, of Chesterfield, MO, Senior Project Manager. In this position, Lammers is responsible for organizing a project from start to finish, with consideration given to the cost, scheduling and subcontractors. Prior to KAI, Lammers worked for Rhodey Construction, Inc. as a Project Manager/Estimator and as an Assistant Superintendent/Project Engineer for SM Wilson and Company. He has a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management with a minor in Business Administration from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, IL.

Ron Covarrubias

Ron Covarrubias, CPE, of Maryville, IL, Director of Preconstruction Services. Covarrubias has 28 years of estimating, project management and teaching experience. As Director of Preconstruction Services, Covarrubias will be responsible for recruitment, development and retainment of preconstruction staff; maximizing existing systems and databases; providing all levels of estimates;  approving preconstruction deliverables; consulting with project teams; and developing relationships with vendors and subcontractors, among other duties. Prior to KAI, he served as Director of Estimating and Preconstruction for Alberici Constructors. Covarrubias has a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, IL.

KAI Design & Build is a national 100+ person design and build firm headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. A renowned leader in the industry, KAI provides design and build integrated project delivery solutions through collaboration, technology, processes and expertise.



ASA Midwest Council Hosts St. Louis Construction Showcase and BBQ

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Free event scheduled for May 24th in Queeny Park 

The American Subcontractors Association (ASA) Midwest Council has assembled more than 60 companies to participate in its 5th Annual St. Louis Construction Showcase & BBQ on Wednesday, May 24th in Queeny Park.  The event is free for all to attend! Visit for a full list of exhibitors scheduled to be in attendance.

The free event is open from 2:00-7:00 p.m., with judging of the BBQ competition to begin at 4:30 p.m.  Attendees will be able to visit with companies that represent all aspects of the St Louis construction industry, while enjoying some fantastic FREE BBQ samples and refreshments, provided by the exhibitors.

“The event provides a great chance for anyone in the construction industry to network and experience the latest & greatest in construction technology, software, equipment, tools and supplies,” said ASA Midwest Council president Amy Heeger. “We moved the event to May this year, and think the milder weather will lend to an even better experience for all of our exhibitors and attendees. We are looking forward to a great turnout, and are excited about the more than 60 companies already signed up to exhibit at the annual showcase.”

For more information about the FREE TO ATTEND ASA Construction Showcase & BBQ on May 24th at Queeny Park, visit

The American Subcontractors Association (ASA) Midwest Council is a construction trade association made up of quality specialty contractors and suppliers serving the construction industry and the community in the greater St. Louis metropolitan area and southern Illinois. The ASA Midwest Council’s purpose is to improve the construction process through active participation in education, advocacy and cooperation. For more information about the ASA Midwest Council, visit or contact executive director Susan Winkelmann at  
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Flance Early Learning Center Receives 2017 AIA/HUD Secretary’s Award

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The Flance Early Learning Center has been recognized by the American Institute of Architects and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for a 2017 AIA/HUD Secretary’s Award in the Community-Informed Design category. The annual, national award recognizes just one project in each of four categories. This is the second HUD Secretary’s Award bestowed upon Trivers Associates in two years; 3010 Apartments was the recipient of the National Trust/HUD Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation in 2015. It is also the second AIA Award for the Flance Early Learning Center, which was recognized by AIA St. Louis with a Merit Award in the Architecture category.

The awards were presented at the American Institute of Architects Conference on Architecture, held April 27-29 in Orlando, Florida. Project Architect Emily Scanlon, AIA received the award, which recognizes design that supports physical communities as they rebuild social structures and relationships that may have been weakened by outmigration, disinvestment and the isolation of inner-city areas.

Located only one mile from the downtown core and built on the site of one of the last failed public housing high-rise structures in St. Louis, the Flance Early Learning Center aspires to proactively alter the course of one of the most impoverished zip codes in Missouri. This neighborhood has the lowest average household income in the City of St. Louis, the highest percentage of households living below the poverty line at 26%, as well as the highest number of children ages 0-5 living in poverty.

A community-based design was critical to the success of the Flance Center. With this in mind, seven community meetings were held with public and private partners. These meetings included key community and neighborhood leaders, volunteers, as well as Urban Strategies, McCormack Baron Salazar, staff from facility operator University City Children’s Center and Trivers Associates. Every effort was made to design a facility with extensive community input that addressed the needs of both the children and the neighborhood. The community room in the facility is the direct result of the recommendation of the community members who participated in the design process and is placed at the most accessible point in the building to facilitate community dialog.

The massing of the center allows the structure to “hug” the age-appropriate outdoor spaces. This provides an abstracted, organic-formed, tree-like façade which creates a shaded interstitial porch for each classroom’s direct outdoor access, critical to the pedagogy of the facility. Analogous to the dappling of light through a tree canopy, the use of perforated metal filters the light, shading the south and west facing glass further contributing to the facility’s pending LEED certification. The facility obtained a grant with MSD to create raingardens for parking lot run-off, an experiential natural playground, and two 2,500 gallon cisterns for water collection from the roof.

The interior utilizes a more sophisticated yet strategically playful color palate which fills the space with light and energy while allowing the building to remain a canvas for children to create and learn. To educate parents on the high-value of dietary nourishment for their children, a full-service and demonstration kitchen was given significant visibility emphasizing the importance of dietary health and dining.

This Center is just one piece of a complicated puzzle meant to alter an entire generation’s trajectory in one of the most challenged neighborhoods in the State. It starts early nurturing one child at a time.

For more information and to see the other recipients of this year’s awards, please click here.

Mosby Building Arts Wins 1 Chrysalis & 2 HBA Awards

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Multiple honors for the universal design and marketing efforts of the St. Louis design-build remodeling firm 

Mosby Building Arts has been honored with a national Chrysalis Award in the Residential Universal Design category, plus two awards from the Home Builders’ Association (HBA) of St. Louis for home remodeling marketing campaigns.

  • Chrysalis Award for Residential Universal Design
    The Chrysalis Award-winning project is a Kirkwood, MO master bathroom that easily accommodates the wife and her husband in a wheelchair. This nod marks the second time Mosby has won in the Residential Universal Design category (see the previous winner – an accessible kitchen), and underscores the remodeling firm’s commitment to making life easier for everyone of all capabilities.

Jake Spurgeon, the Mosby designer of the accessible bathroom, said, “We made the couple so happy with a handsome bathroom that caters to all of their needs and desires. To also earn a Chrysalis Award for our efforts is a nice bonus. We thank the Chrysalis Award judges for once again recognizing our accessibility remodeling efforts.”

See more photos of the award-winning accessible bathroom.

Continuing to set new standards of professionalism, the 2017 Chrysalis Awards program honored 80 remodeling companies from across the nation. The entries were judged on overall design, the creative use of space and materials, and the degree to which the project enhance the original structure. “Mosby has won 12 Chrysalis Awards in the past 16 years, demonstrating their ongoing commitment to professionalism and excellence,” says Ken Kanline, director of the Chrysalis program. All of the 2017 award-winning projects can be seen on the Chrysalis website beginning in late June.

  • Best Print Ad , Remodeler: St. Louis Blues 50thAnniversary Yearbook
  • Best Specialty Niche, Remodeler: Biliken Club elevator at Chaifetz Arena (pictured above)

Mosby Building Arts has been the trusted resource for home remodeling, design and architecture in Metro St. Louis for 70 years. 

Integrated Facility Services at Work on $10 Million Seismic Retrofit of Mechanical Systems at St. Louis Federal Building

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Integrated Facility Services (IFS) has begun work on a nearly $10 million ($9,818,910) HVAC, plumbing and fire protection renovation project at the Robert A. Young Federal Building in downtown St. Louis. The project is part of a $62 million design-build seismic retrofit of the historic 20-story building led by McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., the design-build contractor.

The 1.05 million-square-foot Robert A. Young Federal Building is located within 150 miles of the New Madrid fault, one of the largest known earthquake faults in North America. IFS is relocating, replacing and bracing mechanical systems, VAV boxes, HVAC ductwork, fire protection and plumbing to accommodate the new structural steel braces and seismic dampers being installed.

The Robert A. Young Federal Building, built in 1933, is owned and managed by the U.S. General Services Administration. The building is 98 percent occupied by nearly 40 federal agencies, with more than 3,000 workers. The design-build team is working to minimize disruption while renovating the building for enhanced safety during and after a potential seismic event. The project is scheduled for completion in late 2018.

Integrated Facility Services (IFS) is a full-service HVAC, plumbing, piping, fire protection and building automation firm with more than 270 professional and trade employees. 

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. is one of the nation’s premier commercial construction companies. Founded in 1864, the firm is currently the 17th largest builder in America.

Home Builders Association Donates More Than $7,000 to DOORWAYS

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On behalf of the Home Builders Charitable Foundation (HBCF), 2017 HBA President Ken Kruse of Payne Family Homes (left) and HBCF President John Eilermann of McBride & Son Companies (right) presented a $7,210 donation to Herman Johnson of DOORWAYS  (also known as Interfaith Residence).

The funds will be used to make lighting improvements in their family residential complex. DOORWAYS is an interfaith non-profit organization which provides housing and related supportive services to improve quality of life and health outcomes for people affected by HIV/AIDS.

The HBA is a local trade association of more than 600 member firms representing the residential construction industry. The Home Builders Charitable Foundation, the HBA’s charitable arm, is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing housing assistance to people or organizations with special shelter needs.

Allegro Expands Senior Living Business with New Community in Richmond Heights, MO

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Allegro Senior Living, a leader in managing senior communities and St. Louis based company with headquarters in Clayton, began construction on its 12th community. In conjunction with IronRock Investments, Allegro jointly funded the project located on Bellevue Avenue near the SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital campus. This will be the 1st community in St. Louis for Allegro who operates 11 other properties throughout Florida and Kentucky. The Richmond Heights community will contain 87 units within 91,000 square feet offering premier Assisted Living and Memory Care services to the area’s seniors. First occupancy is expected in the fall of 2018. When complete, Allegro anticipates creating 80 permanent jobs in addition to 75 construction jobs to build the project.

Allegro is a well-respected leader and expert in the senior living industry with a long-standing reputation of efficiently managing senior communities. Allegro’s most recent development is opening this fall in Winter Park, Florida near Orlando. The company is proud to have a development opportunity in the St. Louis area, home to its headquarters.

“We are grateful to Lawrence Group, IronRock Investments and Commerce Bank, who helped make this project possible,” says Larry Schiffer, Chairman & CEO of Allegro Senior Living. “Allegro has a strong brand in senior living and we are proud to finally introduce our brand to the home of our corporate headquarters.”

Lawrence Group, also headquartered in St. Louis, is providing architectural design and construction management services.

The new 4-story Allegro will primarily cater to Assisted Living residents with the 4th floor dedicated to Memory Care services. Luxury accommodations will include a bistro and bar with outdoor balcony dining, stadium theater, fitness center, full service salon & spa and therapy services. The community will represent the latest best practices in programming and design, following up on the successful resort-style approach of other Allegro communities.

Financing for the project was provided by Commerce Bank.

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