It had been largely unchanged for decades.
The American Optometric Association has completed a major renovation to its headquarters in St. Louis.
The AOA has occupied the building, which was constructed in 1968, since 1978. No major work had been done to the facility since the organization took ownership, according to a post on AOA's website.
AOA says the renovation was done on time and under budget.
"Our renovated building represents a renewal of the AOA's more than 100-year-old founding commitment to our member doctors and a way for us to say thanks to our outstanding neighbors and government officials who have helped make optometry feel at home here," said Dr. Steven A. Loomis, AOA immediate past president, was quoted as saying.
Andrea P. Thau, president of the organization, and other AOA Board of Trustees members will be joined by federal, state and local officials for the official ribbon-cutting ceremony on Feb. 1.
"We want to thank the leadership of the AOA and our affiliates for investing in the AOA through our new fundraising campaign," Thau said. "Within the first three months of reaching out to enlist support, the AOA has received more than $300,000. These investments will help offset construction costs and, more importantly, ensure that we will continue to advance quality, accessible eye care for America from the AOA headquarters for decades to come."
AOA leadership, members and local dignitaries will tour the headquarters at several events in early 2017, including President's Council on Jan. 13 and the AOA volunteer meeting on Feb. 4.
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