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Construction starting on $10M GoG Club health and wellness center; will be open to community

       When Judy Mackey and Brenda Smith bought the Garden of the Gods Club in 2013, they planned a major enhancement - a wellness center that would be open not only to club members and their guests but to the public as well.
       That vision will begin taking physical form in the months ahead, following a groundbreaking scheduled Thursday, Feb. 11 at 10 a.m. A grand opening is tentatively planned in December.
       The two-level, 28,000-square-foot International Health and Wellness Center (IHWC) will be located just east of the current Spa and Salon entrance
A rendering illustrates the entry facade to the planned International Health and Wellness Center at the Garden of the Gods Club.
Courtesy of Garden of the Gods Club
on the property, according to Laura Neumann, the club's general manager.
       Located at 3320 Mesa Road, the club also includes a 27-hole golf course and 83- room hotel and sits in proximity to the Kissing Camels gated residential community.
       “The Wellness Center is positioned to become a world-class destination health and wellness enterprise with a client base ranging from health-conscious individuals to global corporate executives,” Neumann said.
       Priced at $10 million, the center will be unique by “creating a new model of healthcare, integrating traditional and holistic medicine by recognizing the importance of the mind, spirit and body in achieving optimal health and well-being,” she elaborated. “IHWC works to optimize the human-aging process through the development of a personalized program of clinical assessment, genetics, diet, exercise, natural bio-identical hormonal supplementation, nutrition and other supplements/medications based upon the scientific principles of responsible medical care.”
       The facility will be a "multipurpose building,” additionally consisting of meeting space, an executive boardroom and a “grand ballroom” for up to 250 people, Neumann said. It will also have a new Spa and Salon business, “which will be an extension of the Wellness Center, promoting a holistic approach to overall wellness and rejuvenating skincare,” she said.
       The general contractor is GE Johnson Construction.
       In a 2013 interview, after their purchase, Mackey and Smith said they both had personally benefited from wellness centers elsewhere.

Westside Pioneer/press release
(Posted 2/8/16; Land: (Construction)

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