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About Community Living Solutions

Based in Appleton, Wisconsin, with additional offices in Des Moines, Iowa, and Minneapolis, Minn. Community Living Solutions serves senior living communities throughout the Midwest. Our team has expertise in all senior living communities, including:

  • Assisted living facilities
  • Nursing homes
  • Skilled nursing facilities
  • Memory care facilities
  • Continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs)

Our skilled team of planners, architects and construction managers incorporate visioning, market assessment and financial feasibility to ensure that the architectural design and senior living construction solutions we deliver will help your organization streamline operations, increase marketability and maintain strong financial health.

By partnering exclusively with senior living providers, we guarantee a depth of senior living architecture knowledge and resources that few others can offer. Each of our clients is assigned a small, focused team, giving you personalized attention from partners who genuinely care about our elders and those who care for them.

Our mission

Creating, transforming and sustaining senior living communities.

Meet our leadership team

Tom Martin
President, Partner

“With nearly 25 years of experience in architectural planning, design and construction, I maintain a personal passion for providing creative business-related solutions to our providers so they can thrive while serving the seniors in our communities with the highest quality of care.”

Duane Helwig
VP of Design, Partner

“I love collaborating with my clients in developing creative and innovative design solutions that both meet the needs of the residents they serve and set up their communities for long-term success.”

In my free time I enjoy traveling and getting outdoors. Some of my favorite activities include golfing, jogging, and hiking while mixing in some snowboarding trips with my family to help pass our long winters here!

Tom Lemkuil
Senior Architect, Partner

“I developed a passion for senior living when my family would visit my grandma at a nursing home that was very institutional. I knew our elders deserved a better quality of life and dignity, so I started to learn about making nursing homes feel more like a residence. I want to be at the forefront of enhancing the lives of others for years to come.”

I would love to have dinner with Vince Lombardi. It would be a dream to pick his brain on leadership and how to motivate a team. I also would love to hear insight on who called the QB sneak in The Ice Bowl!

John Huhn
VP of Senior Living Operations

“My passion to serve older adults was ignited by my grandparents. For over 25 years I have been involved in the operation of senior living communities. I have personally experienced the impact a collaboratively designed living space has on the resident’s quality of life, staff satisfaction and operational outcomes.”

If I could have dinner with one person, I would choose my Bumpa (Grandpa) Al Baer. He passed away when I was young and shared the same passions I do–family, outdoors and musky fishing. I imagine my heart would be full and I’d learn a lot!

Aaron Klug
Production Manager

“I began working for Community Living Solutions immediately upon graduation and have spent my entire career in Senior Living Design. I enjoy getting to know each of our clients to understand their goals and the challenges they face daily. Every project is unique and requires excellence in communication, organization, and client-centered design solutions.”

Outside of the office you will find me coaching my kid’s sports teams, volunteering at church, and trying to enjoy the outdoors!

Jeff Mishler
Director of Construction Services

“The level of senior care experience at Community Living Solutions is second to none and has allowed me to bring my construction knowledge into the mix. Being able to work on a project from concept to occupancy brings the joy into what we do.”

In my free time, you will find me enjoying the peaceful sounds of nature. Going hunting, fishing or taking a stroll in the woods is how I unwind.


In an effort to stay informed on the latest trends in the senior care and senior living industries, Community Living Solutions is a member of the following organizations:

We also have professional registrations in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

Learn more about Community Living Solutions

We can help you create, transform and sustain your senior living communities. To learn more about us, or to request a complimentary meeting, contact us at 920-969-9344.