The Willows at Brooking Park Breaks Ground on $27 Million Expansion

 Project will create 45 new luxury apartment homes at the 26-acre campus

St. Louis, Mo., Nov. 10, 2015 -Representatives of The St. Andrew’s Resources for Seniors System gathered at [Brooking Park’s independent living counterpart] The Willows at Brooking Park this afternoon to officially break ground on a $27 million expansion project at the contemporary Chesterfield-based, independent senior living community. Slated for completion in February 2017, the 110,400-square-foot addition will create 45 new luxury apartment homes on The Willows’ 26-acre campus.
Dozens of individuals, including current and future residents of The Willows, turned out for this morning’s event, which featured remarks from Mary Alice Ryan, President and CEO of the St. Andrew’s Resources for Seniors System and Chesterfield Mayor Bob Nation. Members of the project’s construction and architectural teams were also on hand as a ceremonial turning of the dirt officially marked the start of construction. BSI Constructors Inc. is serving as the general contractor on the expansion project, while architectural work is being handled by Etegra Inc., and Hercules Construction Inc. is serving as the owner’s construction representative.
Currently consisting of 90 apartment homes and 14 maintenance-free villa homes, The Willows is now at full-occupancy. The latest expansion is designed to help meet the growing demand for those wishing to reside at the community, which features a host of amenities, including a 130-seat theatre, indoor pool, fitness center, full-service spa, two restaurants, a wine cellar, an art gallery, a creative arts studio, sculpture garden, a fine arts and ceramic studio, billiards room and card room, and library. Residents also enjoy full access to health care services at premier continuum of care facility Brooking Park, which was named one of the best nursing homes in the country by U.S. News and World Report in 2015 and is located on The Willows campus.
“We are so thrilled that the Willows is once again branching out,” said Mary Alice Ryan, President and CEO of St Andrew’s Resources for Seniors System. “With amenities that are unmatched in the St. Louis area, The Willows offers a retirement lifestyle like no other and our current wait list demonstrates the popularity of our community. It’s also why the expansion is already more than 70% reserved.”
The new apartments feature 14 floor plans that range in size from 870 to 1,730 square feet, and come complete with a variety of individual amenities, including balconies or patios, optional fireplaces, large walk-in closets, high-end finishes, and vaulted ceilings in third-floor units.
With hundreds of available style and finish combinations to choose from, new residents will get the opportunity to work with their own selections coordinator to help them customize the look of their individual space. To date, 70 percent of the new units have already been sold, and interest remains high. Entrance fees to the community range from $270,500 to $519,000.
“The City of Chesterfield is fortunate and proud that The Willows at Brooking Park will be adding 45 new apartment homes to serve the needs of our residents,” said Chesterfield Mayor Bob Nation. “The expansion is a great fit for our maturing community.”

Brooking Park Executive Director Honored for Memory Care Household Excellence

(JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri /September 1, 2015) -– Susan McClenahan, Executive Director at Brooking Park, a senior community in the St. Andrew’s Resources for Seniors family, received the 2015 Excellence in Service Award from LeadingAge Missouri. The award was presented during the organization’s annual conference in St. Louis, Missouri.

This award is presented to a LeadingAge Missouri member in recognition of innovative and exceptional programs and services for residents and families, management operations, and community members.

McClenahan was instrumental in the creation of the Memory Care Household in 2012 and has worked hard to ensure its continued success. Her staff has been hand-selected based on their level of Alzheimer’s Association credentials, and they have been specially trained in the care and services required for memory impaired residents.

“Our focus on individualized care helps residents retain a sense of independence and dignity,” McClenahan said. “We also make sure that family members are provided with emotional and educational support.”

She continually keeps up on best practices in the field and implements the latest evidence-based therapies, including a Snoezelen room and a Music and Memory program. Her efforts have earned Brooking Park a reputation for top-quality Memory Care in the St. Louis region, and the community has consistently garnered a 5-star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services under her successful leadership.


LeadingAge Missouri is a voluntary statewide trade association representing the interest of mission-driven providers of healthcare and housing for Missouri’s elderly. Its headquarters is located in Jefferson City.

Brooking Park Employee Receives LeadingAge Employee of the Year

(JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri /September 1, 2015) – Dorothy Henke, Director of Environmental Services at Brooking Park, a senior community in the St. Andrew’s Resources for Seniors System family, received the 2015 Employee of the Year Award from LeadingAge Missouri. The award was presented during the organization’s annual conference in St. Louis, Missouri.

This award is presented to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the mission and philosophy of a LeadingAge Missouri member and has demonstrated unusual commitment to preserve the dignity, well-being, and independence of older Missourians.

Since joining Brooking Park in 1997, Henke has implemented a variety of programs such as pet therapy, concierge services, and community safety fairs involving the local fire department.

She has also been instrumental in developing departmental protocols to help with Brooking Park’s growth, which has doubled in size since she first started. She implemented the universal worker concept in the Memory Care household, and she established a tiered schedule to accommodate individualized services.

“We are so grateful to have Dorothy as part of our team,” said Susan McClenahan, Executive Director of Brooking Park. “Our residents and administrators trust, rely, and appreciate the hard work, commitment, and dedication Dorothy gives to us.”

Henke looks forward to meeting future challenges as the community prepares for their upcoming expansion.


LeadingAge Missouri is a voluntary statewide trade association representing the interest of mission-driven providers of healthcare and housing for Missouri’s elderly. Its headquarters is located in Jefferson City.