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Experienced Architect and Real Estate Partners Hired to Bring United's Values to Life in New Space

Theologians are knowledgeable about many things – but you won’t find info about the 2018 real estate market in Tillich. That’s why United brought in help!
Enter Milestone Real Estate Partners – Mary Kay Palmer & Mark Kahn – and architect Doug Pierce of Perkins+Will.
Both Mary Kay and Mark spent considerable time on staff at Wilder Foundation, a social justice organization that provides services and leadership on many fronts in St. Paul. They went on to help construct Wilder’s beautiful and functional building at Lexington and University, among many other projects.
Doug Pierce, “a LEED Fellow and recognized leader in resilient, sustainable, and high-performance design,” was the architect for the Wilder Center. He also designed St. Olaf College’s remodeled Holland Hall (pictured below).
St. Olaf College's Holland Hall
Mary Kay, Mark, and Doug share a commitment to making sure that United’s new home embodies what the United community values:
  • inclusivity and radical hospitality, 
  • building community over shared meals, 
  • art-making and displaying, 
  • sacred space for diverse religious identities,
  • sustainability and care for the earth, 
  • student-centered teaching and learning, including comfortable and functional classrooms, student gathering areas, and enhanced technology capabilities. 

While we are still early in the design process, Mary Kay, Mark, and Doug's experience with real estate, technology, and education positions our community to thrive in a new location!

Check out more examples of Doug's work:

Chelsea Stanton

Chelsea grew up in Knoxville, IA. After graduating from Northwestern College in Orange City, IA with a degree in Music Ministry, a calling toward social justice led her to spend the next three years as a full-time volunteer working with people experiencing homelessness and adults with intellectual disabilities through Mission Year and the Episcopal Service Corps in Atlanta, GA. She returned to the Midwest to attend United and graduated with a Master of Arts in Social Transformation degree in December 2016. She lives with her spouse and two adorable cats in Roseville, MN.

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