Mather LifeWays officials say they topped off construction on their new building in Evanston Thursday.

Top Off

They raised a ceremonial last bucket of concrete to the top of the 11-story building to mark the occasion.

Mary Leary, Mather’s president and CEO, says construction on the building is three weeks ahead of schedule.

Assuming construction stays on track, residents will start moving into the building next fall.

The building, on the northeast corner of Davis Street and Hinman Avenue, is the first of two planned by Mather in Evanston.

The second, to be built on the Georgian Hotel site on the southeast corner of the intersection, is scheduled to be completed in 2011.

Mather officials say they’ve also received word that the new complex has been named the nation’s Best Proposed Continuing Care Retirement Community by the National Active Retirement Association.

More information about the project is available on the Mather website.

In the photo, from left: Sara McVey, vice president – marketing, Mather LifeWays; Peter Stearney, superintendant, Power Construction Company; Joe Zajdel, vice president – business development, Mather LifeWays; Michael Carney, director – construction management, Mather LifeWays; Mike Ratchford, executive director, Mather Place at The Georgian; and Mary Leary, president and CEO, Mather LifeWays.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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