Capitol Lakes: Madison firm wins Silver Design Award

Contact: Bruce Beckman, Capitol Lakes


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The Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Wisconsin awarded Capitol Lakes for the renovation of one of its senior residential buildings, The Heights.

(Madison, Wisconsin) March 18, 2009 – Capitol Lakes™, an accredited, not-for-profit Continuing Care Retirement Community in downtown Madison, announced today that it has received a Silver Award in the “Restoration/Renovation” category of the “Projects of Distinction 2008,” an awards program presented by the Wisconsin Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. (ABC). Capitol Lakes (formerly Meriter Retirement) received the award for the renovation of the top three floors of The Heights, one of its residential buildings. The award is shared with McGann Construction and the architectural firm of Simonson, Germany, Nonemaker + Associates, Inc. (SGN+A).

The Projects of Distinction awards recognize the most distinct construction projects in Wisconsin, specifically in the areas of overall distinctiveness, execution of design, craftsmanship, coordination, budgeting, safety, difficulty, and unusual challenges.

An awards ceremony was held in February 2009 at the Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. Presenting the award was Denise Scardina of The Daily Reporter, one of the sponsors of the event. Accepting the award on behalf of McGann Construction, Capitol Lakes, and SGN+A was Aaron Kostichka from McGann Construction. The architect/designer for the project was James J. Moran, Jr., of SGN+A.

The 14-story Heights building, which has 143 Independent Living residences, is one of many residential buildings on the Capitol Lakes campus. The MainGate building houses more Independent Living apartments, Extended Living and Special Memory Care apartments are in The Terraces building, and there is a Health Care Center for skilled nursing care and rehabilitation. In addition, Capitol Lakes is home to a long list of fine amenities. Among them is the Aquatic and Wellness Center, which is open to the public.

Capitol Lakes is located at 333 West Main Street, Madison, Wisconsin 53703. To learn more, call 608-283-2000 or 888-211-8801 and visit

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About Capitol Lakes™

The accredited, not-for-profit Capitol Lakes is a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) and the only retirement community in the cultural center of downtown Madison. Now an affiliate of national leader Pacific Retirement Services, Inc., Capitol Lakes offers an array of residential styles, assistive services, health care, fine amenities, recreation, and sociable activities—surrounded by the active downtown lifestyle of Madison.

About Pacific Retirement Services, Inc. (PRS)

As a national, not-for-profit leader in the senior living and health care industry, PRS is at the forefront of the retirement revolution, transcending age to serve the actively involved seniors of today and tomorrow. Headquartered in Medford, Oregon, with another office in Memphis, Tennessee, PRS develops, operates, and manages a growing family of 55 organizations, including affiliated Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs), managed retirement communities, affordable senior housing centers, charitable foundations serving PRS residents, and a community services division that provides a network of volunteers to support local nonprofits and people in need. For more information, call 888-724-6424 and visit