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Memorial Garden of Life: A Special Project Shows How Listening to Clients Brings the Best Results



Recently, the M Grisafe architecture team, along with Gallagher Construction, Minanda Landscape and Spire Structural Engineers made possible the creation of a Memorial Garden of Life, dedicated to life and to all those who grieve the loss of children and the loss of the unborn.

We were honored to be involved in this meaningful project that is poised to bring comfort and peace to the community.  We created and completed the design for this small, but meaningful outdoor project and we are as pleased as our clients are with the results.  We worked on the Memorial Garden of Life project with Sylvia Aimerito, Executive Director of AudioGirl Ministries and K-Earth 101FM DJ.  Throughout the course of the memorial garden design process, we listened to and worked directly with Sylvia, who helmed the project. 

Sylvia and her organization set out to create a unique kind of experience with the memorial garden, for every person that visits it.  Listening carefully to Sylvia, we came to understand what she and her organization envisioned for the garden.  As a result, we were able to get to know her organization and its mission as it connects to the Memorial Garden of Life.  This knowledge and insight enabled us to apply our architectural expertise and to bring to life the organization’s vision for the memorial garden.  We are proud to say that we did so successfully.

But we did not make this project possible alone.  While we are so pleased that our architectural design was recognized and appreciated by everyone involved in the memorial garden design project, we also must acknowledge and share our thanks with the many other individuals who made the project, and the final, beautiful result, possible.  We join AudioGirl Ministries in thanking Spire Structural Engineers and Minanda Landscape who contributed generously to the memorial garden.  We also thank Gallagher Construction for bringing this special project to our attention.

As an architectural firm and a member of the community, we are grateful for having had the opportunity to provide the design for the Memorial Garden of Life.  Further, I am humbled by Executive Director Sylvia Aimerito’s testimonial about our work on the project:

“Mark was a dream to work with.  He immediately understood the healing attitude we wanted to capture for our Memorial Garden of Life, and from start to finish kept me in the loop every step of the way.  He was always comfortable with my input, never hesitating to ask my opinion.  The end result is a beautiful, thoughtful garden that surpassed our imagination.  We highly recommend Mark Grisafe: a consummate professional, very creative, and wonderfully easy to work with.”

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