When the Center decided to acquire a new building back in 2015, we needed a space that could allow for expansion and to accommodate the many people seeking our services. Executive Director Donna Gunning and the Board of Directors identified a “fixer upper” on Lackland Road that would allow us to double the number of people with disabilities we serve. The Center purchased the building and the process of planning, demolition and renovation began.
The Center’s general contractor, RPA Construction Services, helped us make our vision of a new headquarters a reality. With their help, we were able to navigate the unfamiliar realm of construction projects and completed the renovation in phases. By doing the project in phases, the Center was able to transition our social enterprises, Destination Desserts and Wags in a Bag, into their expanded kitchens early.
RPA Vice-President John Piskulich said, “When we learned of the Center’s mission, we were proud to help them with their project. We were eager to help the Center realize its vision for a new facility.”
In April 2017, the Center finally moved to our beautiful, new headquarters at 11828 Lackland Road. More than 100 people attended our Grand Opening on June 28 and the Maryland Heights Chamber of Commerce and Mayor Mike Moeller joined us for a ribbon cutting ceremony. Guests were treated to a tour of our 36,000-square-foot facility along with delicious appetizers and desserts by Destination Desserts. If you weren’t able to make the Grand Opening event, please contact Sue Kaiser, Director of Development, about scheduling a tour.
The Center’s employees and our program participants are excited to be in our new home. We couldn’t have done it without all of you; our friends, supporters and donors. Thank you!