St. Louis Center hosted a Community Forum on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 to provide information to interested community groups concerning the new construction taking place at Fr. Guanella Hall on the grounds of St. Louis Center. The purpose of the remodeling is to provide improved facilities to accommodate older adults with developmental disabilities. Nearly 25 people were in attendance, including a large delegation from the Chelsea Lions Club, members of the St. Louis Center Parents Association, and representatives from the Chelsea United Methodist Retirement Community and St. Mary Catholic Church.
Fr. Enzo Addari, Administrator of the facility, welcomed his guests to the presentation, and spoke about the need for a new facility that would take care of the future needs of our aging residents with developmental disabilities. He then turned the program over to Public Relations Director Joe Yekulis, who talked about the history of St. Louis Center, and why we’ve come to the conclusion that the greatest future need lays in serving this older population of people with special needs.
Sarah Haselschwardt of Kingscott Architects, spoke of the design process for Fr. Guanella Hall, and the logic that went into the many decisions that were made concerning Universal Design principles and the need to keep everything ADA compliant. Sarah turned the program over to General Contractor Andy Shmina, President of A.Z. Shmina, Inc., who provided an overview of the planning that went into the new facility, and provided a timeline for completion of the project in the spring of 2014.
Finally, Development Director Peggy Cole spoke of the financial costs of the $1.9 million project at Fr. Guanella Hall, and the need to continue raising funds for the facility so that we can move forward with our goals and objectives to create a world class home for our residents.