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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 senior housing architecture and construction:

• Assisted living facilities
• Nursing homes
• Skilled nursing facilities
• Memory care facilities
• Independent living facilities
• 55+ apartments
• Rehabilitation short-term care centers, transitional care units

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 and developers, 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 providing the best life for our seniors.

Our mission

Creating, transforming and sustaining senior living communities.

Meet our 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.”
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Terry McLaughlin, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
Chairman, Partner
“By partnering exclusively with senior living providers, we guarantee a depth of knowledge and resources that few others can offer.” 
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Duane Helwig, AIA
VP of Design, Partner
“With nearly 20 years of experience in architectural design and design build, I pride myself on providing creative designs and innovative project solutions for our clients.” 
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Tom Lemkuil
Senior Architect, Partner
“I pride myself in creative designs which are true reflections of the personalities that inhabit them. My goal is to create environments that are functional as well as aesthetically pleasing.” 
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Deanna Perras
“In order to run a successful business or project, you need to have confidence in the accuracy and reliability of your financial position. With my 20-plus years of experience, I can provide that expertise. Using Timberline software, I closely monitor each and every project-related cost control center to ensure the long-term viability of your project and fiscally responsible results.” 
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John Huhn, LNHA
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.”
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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:

American College of Health Care Administrators
American Health Care Association
American Institute of Architects
Associated General Contractors of WI
Care Providers of Minnesota
Iowa Health Care Association
Leading Age
Leading Age Indiana
Leading Age Iowa
Leading Age Minnesota
Leading Age Wisconsin
Pioneer Network
Society for the Advancement of Gerontological Environments
Wisconsin Assisted Living Association
Wisconsin Health Care Association
US Green Building Council

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.