St. Louis-based American Optometric Association Launches Renovation of National Headquarters

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The American
Optometric Association (AOA), the voice of doctors of optometry serving
communities across America, hosted a ceremony last week to mark the beginning
of a multi-million dollar renovation to its national headquarters facility.

 

The
45,000-square foot building is being totally gutted in two phases, and the
gutting will include asbestos abatement. The building will get modern electrical
and heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems, LED lighting, occupancy
sensors, and a completely new facade.

 

BSI
Constructors is the general contractor. Gray Design Group is the architect and
Northstar Management Company is the owner’s representative.

 

The
estimated cost of construction is $6.5 million. Architectural and engineering
fees, parking lot improvements, landscaping, furniture, fixtures, and equipment
will bring the total cost of the project to around $10 million.
 

The
renovation of the AOA headquarters facility in Creve Coeur, built in 1968, is
aimed at providing a technologically-advanced base of operations to extend the
reach of the more than 80 AOA employees based in St. Louis and the more than
300 AOA volunteer doctors around the United States, all working to expand
patient access to the highest quality eye health care and inform and educate
the public about vision and overall health. In 2015, the World Council of
Optometry officially relocated to the AOA headquarters from its previous
offices in London.

 

“By
investing even more in our members and our mission of advocating for patient
access to essential care, the AOA is ensuring that we will continue to advance
quality accessible eye care for American from this city and state for decades
to come,” said Dr. Loomis. “Our groundbreaking ceremony represents a
renewal of the AOA’s more than 100-year-old founding commitment to our member
doctors and a way for us to say thanks to our outstanding neighbors and
government officials who have helped make optometry feel at home here.”

BSI Constructors, Gray Design Group and Northstar
Management Company are the lead building and design firms involved with the
project.