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LJA Acquires WAI, Expanding Portfolio to Include Senior Living

The transaction allows both firms to expand into new geographic locations and market sectors

Fargo, ND – LJA (Lightowler Johnson Associates, Inc.), a full-service architecture and engineering firm with a comprehensive portfolio in hospitality design, has acquired WAI Continuum, an architecture firm located in St. Paul, MN, specializing in the field of senior living.  Both firms are nationally recognized in their trade.

Building upon the strengths of LJA’s 60 plus year history and established practices that include architectural design, engineering and planning services, WAI brings to the table 35 years of design specialization in the senior living market and projects completed in 34 states that include award winning work in skilled nursing care, memory care, independent and assisted living.  

Ribbon cutting ceremony with the Fargo - Moorhead Chamber of Commerce celebrating the acquisition.  (Shown L to R LJA VP Nate Anderson, LJA President Stevan Dewald, WAI President David Wolterstorff, LJA VP Troy Tooz)

 “We are excited to be acquiring this exceptional team of architects and designers,” said Stevan Dewald, President of LJA.  “Combining teams with portfolios as comprehensive as ours is an amazing opportunity to expand LJA’s depth of work in the senior industry while creating solutions that inspire and serve future clients successfully.” 

With the acquisition of WAI, LJA will employ 63 staff members among four offices and its portfolio will include completed projects that span all fifty states and Canada.

To learn more about WAI Continuum, visit their website at