• Home Builders Association Supports Rebuilding Together Saint Louis

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The Home Builders Association, on behalf of the Home Builders Charitable Foundation, has donated $20,000 to Rebuilding Together Saint Louis’ executive director Elaine Powers (right). Also pictured is HBA member Mark Jansen with RubinBrown LLP who sponsored Rebuilding Together’s donation request.

    The donation will be used toward Rebuilding Together Saint Louis’ Rebuilding Day Program. Rebuilding Together revitalizes neighborhoods in partnership with the community by rehabilitating the houses of low-income homeowners, particularly the elderly and the disabled, so that they may continue to live independently in comfort and safety. Rebuilding Day is the organization’s annual one-day blitz where volunteers make home repairs and a lasting impact on home owners in the St. Louis Metro area.

     

  • Menard Promoted at MW Builders

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kolby Menard has been promoted to operations manager at MW Builders.

    In his new role, Menard will continue to help MW Builders foster strong, lasting client relationships.

    He has been with the company since 2012.

  • MW Builders Promotes Cisper

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Nolan Cisper has been promoted to operations manager at MW Builders.

    Cisper joined MW Builders in 2020 and has more than 11 years of construction experience.

  • Holderbach Joins DLR Group

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Matt Holderbach joins DLR Group as a project architect.

    He has more than 10 years of experience in community-oriented, commercial and institutional projects.

  • IBC Welcomes Donahue

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – IBC Traffic welcomes Steven Donahue as a senior estimator for the company’s traffic division.

    Donahue has 17 years of construction experience.

     

     

  • AGC of Missouri Seeking “Show Me” Nominations by Aug. 15

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The Associated General Contractors of Missouri is seeking nominations for its “Show Me Excellence in Craftsmanship” Award.

    The award, which was introduced last year at the association’s annual gala in November, recognizes an exemplary trade employee who emphasizes safety on the jobsite and demonstrates company values, an exceptional work ethic and superior skill in his or her craft. Ninety percent of the nominee’s daily job duties must include the use of construction tools and equipment.

    Nominators must be a member of the AGC of Missouri. Nominations may be made by the craftworker’s employer or general contractor for the project, or by the craftworker’s local union (the local must be affiliated with the AGCMO).

    August 15 is the nomination deadline. The award recipient will be honored at the association’s awards gala on Nov. 7.

    For more information and to nominate, see https://www.agcmo.org/WCM/Hidden_Links_and_Documents/ShowMeExcellence.aspx

  • AGCMO Shares Message of Work Zone Safety During National Work Zone Safety Week

    By KERRY SMITH

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo./St. Louis, Mo. – Associated General Contractors of Missouri President Len Toenjes and Safety VP Brandon Anderson traveled across Missouri on April 16 to spread the message of awareness for those who labor in work zones and are at the mercy of motorists.

    As part of National Work Zone Awareness Week from April 15-19, Toenjes and Anderson hosted speaking events in Jefferson City, Mo. and St. Louis, Mo.

    “I’m here representing the 525-plus members of the AGC of Missouri, many of whom are out on Missouri’s roadways and bridges today and throughout the year, building and repairing to make our highways and roads safe for drivers,” said Toenjes. “As a long-time partner with MoDOT, we want the best for Missouri drivers, MoDOT workers and our contractors’ road crews, engineers and suppliers to come home safely.”

    Anderson shared alarming statistics that in 2023, 35 individuals were killed in work zone crashes in Missouri. “That’s 35 families whose lives were changed forever,” Anderson said. “Between 2019 and 2023, 114 people were killed in work zone crashes in Missouri.”

    A statistic that weighs heaviest on him, Toenjes said, is the total of 35 MoDOT employees who have been killed in the line of duty since 2000, 16 of these deaths occurring in highway work zones.

    “Over the past four years alone, 5,017 people were injured in Missouri work zone crashes,” he added. “That’s approximately 10 people each day who were injured…again, far too many.”

    Anderson reported that the top five contributing circumstances for work zone crashes are:

    • Improper lane usage
    • Following too closely
    • Distracted driving (cell phones as a major contributor)
    • Failing to yield
    • Driving too fast for conditions

    Last year, Missouri saw 58 work zone crashes and 5 fatalities that stemmed from distracted driving. According to MoDOT, 63 percent of vehicle occupant fatalities during 2023 were not wearing a seatbelt.

    “If we can all just remember to fasten our seatbelts, put down our phones and pay attention and slow down in work zones, these stats can and will change, and we’ll all get home safely,” Toenjes said.

     

     

     

  • KEG Welcomes Environmental Planning Professional

    BELLEVILLE, Ill. – Laura Jack is welcomed as deputy leader for environmental planning by Kaskaskia Engineering Group, LLC.

  • Innovation Across Constructions Featured at May 1-2 AGCMO AEC TechCon

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The Associated General Contractors of Missouri will present a cutting-edge technology experience for construction industry professionals in Missouri and beyond May 1-2 at the St. Charles Convention Center.

    The former Design Construction Technology Conference that took place for 10 years has been reimagined as AGCMO’s Architecture Engineering Construction Technology Conference.

    AEC TechCon looks beyond Building Information Modeling and Virtual Design and Construction to encompass the entire construction ecosystem. From trade craft workers to C-Suite executives to owners, this conference offers something for everyone.

    AGCMO is partnering with these organizations to deliver an immersive conference experience: AIA-St. Louis, NECA-St. Louis, DBIA-Mid America Region, SMACNA St. Louis and MCA of Eastern Missouri.

    Conference breakout sessions will include phone apps that can be used for field training, mental health and communications across  companies, safety sessions, workforce issues, cybersecurity, IT and infrastructure and more.

    AEC TechCon sponsors are Autodesk and Procore. Other exhibitors include Milwaukee Tool, Revizto, UKG, Pearl Solutions Group, Throttle.Net, Tyfoom, Seiler Instrument and Click Safety.

    Join the AGCMO in St. Louis for two days of meaty keynotes, comprehensive breakout sessions, a happy hour and great networking! For more information, see https://www.agcmo.org/aectc

     

  • Unlocking the future: Register today to dive into AI tools shaping the AEC industry

    SMPS St. Louis is hosting “Summer Soc-AI-l: AI 101 and 201.”

    This half-day educational event will be a hands-on, deep dive into artificial intelligence’s transformative applications available today and in the future. Kristin Kautz, CPSM and Lori Grubbs, CPSM of JAM Idea Agency will share implementable insight into AI uses for your organization, empowering you to help chart your firm’s path into the many AI tools available.

    Developed specifically for the AEC industry, this session will showcase tools and examples of how you can improve meeting efficiency, client research, proposals, photo/video creation, presentations, website and SEO enhancement and more. AI is impacting every aspect of the AEC industry; this seminar will equip you with how to improve efficiency, increase productivity and save time and money.

    Topics covered include:

    • What is AI
    • How AI works
    • Why now
    • Challenges and opportunities
    • Applications
    • Impact
    • Future-thinking

    Event details

    When
    Wednesday June 5, 2024
    11-11:30 – Registration and networking
    11:30-3:30 – Presentation; Buffet lunch will be served at 12:30
    3:30-5 – Happy hour

    Where
    SqWires Restaurant & Market
    1415 S. 18th Street
    St. Louis, MO 63104

    Fee
    $150 for SMPS members
    $200 for non-members

    Registration link
    https://smps-stl.org/meetinginfo.php?id=173&ts=1712088275

    About JAM Idea Agency

    JAM Idea Agency specializes in providing tailored guidance, consulting, and training to architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) firms on how to leverage the potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in your business operations. Because every firm is different regarding talent and resources, our approach is customized to their unique needs and abilities, and we work closely with you to understand their specific business processes, technology infrastructure and organizational culture to ensure that the AI solutions we recommend align with their goals and objectives. We provide end-to-end consulting services, from initial planning and strategy development to implementation and ongoing support.

    About SMPS St. Louis

    SMPS is a national organization to advocate for, educate and connect marketing and business development professionals within the AEC industry. SMPS St. Louis is one of more than 60 regional chapters, providing St. Louis area professionals educational and networking opportunities.

  • Jane Maddox Named Tax Partner of Anders CPAs + Advisors

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Jane Maddox, CPA, was named a partner in tax at Anders CPAs + Advisors effective January 2024. After joining the firm in 2011, Maddox built over a decade of experience specializing in tax planning strategies for individuals and privately held businesses involved in real estate development, investment and construction. As the leader of the firm’s Real Estate and Construction group, Maddox provides valuable consulting on topics from cost segregation analysis to the Qualified Business Income (QBI) deduction and overall tax compliance.

  • Julia Deien, Jason Gotway Named Technology Partners of Anders CPAs + Advisors

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Julia Deien and Jason Gotway, co-practice leaders of Anders Technology, were named partners of the firm effective January 2024. After joining the firm in 2006 and working her way up to a leadership role, Deien leads a team that brings a dynamic technology approach to businesses in the construction industry, among others. Using her expertise, she consults, designs and implements solutions that align their technology strategy with their organization’s goals.

    Gotway holds over 15 years of experience at the firm, helping businesses enhance their technology and cybersecurity strategy. He has deep expertise consulting with construction companies on strategies and products to protect against evolving cybersecurity threats for both in-office and remote workers.

  • LJC Promotes Talavera to Principal

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Lamar Johnson Collaborative has promoted John Talavera to principal.

    Talavera has worked at LJC since 2005 and previously served in the roles of associate principal and senior associate.

     

  • American Society of Safety Professionals Names New President

    PARK RIDGE, Ill. – The American Society of Safety Professionals has elected a new president.

    Pam Walaski, senior program director with Specialty Technical Consultants and adjunct faculty member for Indiana University of Pennsylvania and the University of Alabama at Birmingham, has 30 years of experience in the safety profession and served as ASSP’s director-at-large from 2018-2021.

  • National Safety Work Zone Awareness Week is April 15-19

    National Work Zone Awareness Week has been successful in spreading awareness for work zone safety across the country because of participation from organizations and individuals just like you. Hundreds of companies and individuals reach out to ATSSA on social media each year using hashtag #NWZAW.

    NWZAW 2024 is April 15-19, hosted by Maryland Department of Transportation. NWZAW highlights the deadly dangers of inattention at highway work areas. The 2024 weeklong commemoration includes:

    • Work Zone Safety Training Day – April 15
    • National kickoff event – April 16
    • Go Orange Day – April 17
    • Social media storm – April 18
    • Moment of Silence – April 19. The moment of silence was started in 2022 to remember the men and women whose lives were lost in a work zone incident.

    Participate and make your voice count on the importance of work zone safety.

  • Industry Learns of Von Alst’s Passing at 91

    BELLEVILLE, Ill. – Gerald A. Von Alst, 91, of Belleville, Ill. passed away on April 7.

    After serving in the U.S. Army, Von Alst began his career as a lather, which sparked his passion in the construction industry.

    In 1989, he began owning and operating Swansea-based Von Alst Operating LLC with his wife and family. He retired at age 73.

    Survivors include his wife, Ruth, their four children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

    Memorial gifts may be dedicated to Hospice of Southern Illinois or to St. Teresa Catholic Church in Belleville.

  • Bohnert, Twehous Honored by AGCMO for Women of STEEL

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. — S. M. Wilson Chief Marketing Officer Amanda Bohnert and Twehous Excavating Marketing and Procurement Manager Katey Twehous were honored at this year’s Associated General Contractors of Missouri Annual Conference for their leadership and continued contributions to AGCMO’s Women of STEEL.

    AGCMO President Len Toenjes presented the award at the association’s annual conference April 1-3 in Kansas City, Mo.

    Bohnert and Twehous were recognized as Chair(s) of the Year for their outstanding contributions to Women of STEEL and the AGCMO. Both women were instrumental in creating Women of STEEL in 2021 and have continued to work as co-chairs to assist women in “Seeking To Engage Elevate and Lead” in their careers at all levels of the construction industry. Women of STEEL seeks to engage and provide women with professional development and networking opportunities. In addition to events held throughout Missouri, the organization has an annual conference in Lake of the Ozarks, which welcomes women from across the state.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Kaskaskia Engineering Group Hires Iman

    BELLEVILLE, Ill. – Naseeruddin Iman has joined Kaskaskia Engineering Group, LLC as a staff engineer.

     

  • Korte Company Honors Obermark, Johnson

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The Korte Company is honoring the dedicated service of two of its longstanding employees.

    Brad Obermark is celebrating 36 years working for the design-build contractor.

    Cindy Johnson is celebrating 35 years of service to The Korte Company.

     

  • Stockel Receives ASSP Outstanding Safety Educator Award

    PARK RIDGE, Ill. – Leslie Rex Stockel, Ph.D., has been named as the American Society of Safety Professionals’ 2024 William E. Tarrants Outstanding Safety Educator award recipient.

    After a lengthy, successful industry career, Stockel joined the Oklahoma State University faculty in 2016 in the Fire Protection and Safety Engineering Technology program.

    She will be honored at the ASSP’s annual conference in early August.

  • El Paso’s Jordan Foster Construction Named Nation’s Safest Construction Company in 2023

    EL PASO, Texas – Jordan Foster Construction has been recognized for having the nation’s top construction safety and health program in 2023 by the Associated General Contractors of America.

    The association, which oversees the prestigious Construction Safety Excellence Awards – an annual ranking of construction safety and health programs – noted that 57 other companies were also selected as winners for their commitment to safety and occupational health management and risk control.

    “The firms’ commitment to safety is lifesaving and we want to acknowledge and honor that achievement,” said Todd Roberts, the association’s senior vice president and president of ERS Inc. in Jackson, Miss.  “Jordan Foster Construction is finding new, innovative and effective ways to overcome the construction industry’s safety and health challenges.”

    Jordan Foster Construction was judged and selected as the grand award winner from among 21 first-place winners across six occupational divisions. Roberts noted there are multiple winners because the awards are distributed for several divisions and categories, based on the amount and type of work performed. CSEA winners, he said, are selected by a panel of five independent safety and health professionals within the construction industry. Finals judging for the awards program took place during the contractors’ association’s annual convention in San Diego, Calif.

     

  • Richardson Joins Contegra

    EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – Contegra Construction Co. welcomes Hunter Richardson as an equipment yard and grounds maintenance associate.

  • Vestal Welcomes Konecnik

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Vestal Corp. has hired Ken Konecnik as a senior architectural designer.

  • 21c Museum Hotel Named as Hospitality Design Finalist

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Russell Co.-built 21c Museum Hotel St. Louis has been selected from 925 submissions as a finalist by Hospitality Design.

    The hotel opened in Summer 2023 at 1528 Locust Street. The structure, built in 1926, originally served as a YMCA.

    Winners will be selected April 30.

     

  • AGC of America Names Dabbs Construction Safety Professional of Year

    WASHINGTON, D. C. – The 2024 recipient of the AGC of America’s CSPY award is Jamie Dabbs, a distinguished safety professional currently serving as the vice president of safety, health and environmental at TD Industries.

    Dabbs’ journey in the construction safety field is a representation of why he was chosen. His achievements, initiatives and everyday efforts led to him being honored with this prestigious award.

    The Construction Safety Professional of the Year award recognizes specific workers who have assisted member organizations in achieving a particularly high standard of safety excellence. Nominees have demonstrated technical expertise in the field of safety and health, contributed to the advancement of that field with innovative ideas and shown leadership in establishing, maintaining and implementing programs at the jobsite and to their direct reports. They must work for an AGC member company as a corporate, regional, project safety or health professional.

     

  • San Diego Construction Exec Thomas Brown To Lead AGC of America As President

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Associated General Contractors of America announces that Thomas Brown, president of Encinitas, Calif.-based engineering firm Sierra Pacific West, will serve as the AGC’s new board president.

    Brown has a long record of service to the AGC, including working as vice president for the past two years and 11 years as board president prior to that.

    He also serves on the board of directors for the National Transportation Research Group.

     

     

     

     

     

  • Perry Promoted to Stanley D. Lindsey VP

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The architectural and engineering firm Stanley D. Lindsey and Associates, Ltd. has promoted Jason Perry to vice president.

    Perry joined Stanley D. Lindsey and Associates in 2004 and has served in the roles of design engineer, structural engineer, senior structural engineer and associate principal.

     

  • Bell Construction Promotes Baldridge

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tyler Baldridge has been promoted to project executive at Bell Construction Co.

    He joined Bell Construction in 2018 as a project manager and began leading the special projects division in 2022. Now, Baldridge is overseeing work on proejcts across various markets.

    He also serves as a board member for the Associated Builders and Contractors of Greater Tennessee.

  • Bell Construction Promotes Bruining

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Rick Bruining has been promoted to director of justice at Bell Construction Co.

    Bruining joined Bell Construction in 2022 as a project executive and has more than 37 years of industry experience.

  • Millstone Weber Promotes 7

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Millstone Weber announces its promotion of seven professionals:

    Dave Kaestner to EVP and CFO

    Bob Leingang to EVP and Chief Engineer

    Eric Waterkotte to VP of Safety

    Arissa Calvert to DEI Manager

    Mike Cimo to Project Manager

    Rick Crain to Project Superintendent

    Curtis Daniels to Chief Estimator

     

  • Maffia Promoted at Property Management Advisors

    NEW YORK, N. Y. – Project Management Advisors, Inc. has promoted Jerry Maffia to New York Vice President and GM.

    Maffia possesses more than 40 years of experience as an architect, owner’s rep and construction manager.

  • HGA Welcomes Van Dyke

    MILWAUKEE, Wis. – Angela Van Dyke has joined HGA as associate vice president in business development for health care.

    Van Dyke is connecting HGA’s planning and design expertise with healthcare clients throughout the Midwest.

    She is a graduate of Concordia University.

     

  • Bayer Becker Hires Blackburn

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Landscape architect Matthew Blackburn has joined the firm of Bayer Becker.

    A Purdue University graduate, Blackburn’s experience includes developer-led urban development, streetscape improvements and district placemaking initiatives.

  • American Structurepoint Hires Ross

    AUSTIN, TEXAS – American Structurepoint welcomes Renee Ross as VP to lead the company’s market sectors across Texas.

    With more than 27 years of industry experience, Ross is leading in engineering, project management, sales and operations in the architecture and engineering sectors.

  • O’Connell Robertson Promotes Winovitch

    AUSTIN, Texas – Becky Winovitch has been promoted to principal at the design firm of O’Connell Robertson.

    As the firm’s director of architectural quality, Winovitch leverages 25 years of architecture experience and contractor relationships to support technical resolution of construction documents.

  • Ci Welcomes Deegan

    BOSTON, Mass. – Architecture Firm Ci has hired Keirsten Deegan as an industrial manufacturing practice leader.

    She will lead the design firm’s industrial manufacturing practice which includes supply chain, heavy and light manufacturing, distribution and e-commerce, food and beverage and controlled environment agriculture facilities.

  • Kadean Promotes Moore

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Joshua Moore has been promoted to director of preconstruction and principal in the Kansas City office of Kadean Construction.

    Moore joined Kadean in 2015 and previously held the position of project director.

     

  • Hartung Joins Kadean

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kadean Construction announces the appointment of Matt Hartung to the new role of operations director at Kadean’s Kansas City office.

    Hartung is contributing to the overall management of construction operations.

  • ARCO Welcomes Johnson as BD Director

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – ARCO Kamsas City welcomes Mark Johnson as director of business development.

    Johnson is working with the ARCO team to provide best-in-class design-build solutions for clients throughout Kansas City.

  • Driver Joins Woodard & Curran

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Christi Driver has joined Woodard & Curran as its national business development leader.

    She is directing the firm’s public sector client service division.

  • Aderhold Joins Midas Construction

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Carl Aderhold has joined Midas Construction as an assistant superintendent.

    Prior to his work in carpentry, Aderhold was a welding inspector and a senior quality analyst.

  • Midas Construction Welcomes Haenchen

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Midas Construction has hired Matt Haenchen as a superintendent.

    Haenchen has nearly 20 years of experience including carpentry and field operations.

  • AGCMO Safety Panel Articulates Details of Evolving OSHA Rules, Regs

    By KERRY SMITH

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Heat prevention, union walk-around designation/representation and helmets were among the topics an expert construction safety panel covered during the Associated General Contractors of Missouri’s annual convention April 2 in Kansas City, Mo.

    A panel comprised of safety professionals from a number AGCMO-member construction firms shared details on the industry’s efforts to understand, comply with and provide feedback on the latest construction safety and health regulatory policy from OSHA.

    Panel members included: Jeff Montgomery, safety director at IWR North America; Kevin Cannon, senior director of safety, health and risk management with the AGC of America; Courtney Hobbie, director of safety at Kozeny-Wagner; Joe Shryock, icon Mechanical safety director and Brandon Anderson, VP of safety at AGCMO.

    Heat prevention in outdoor and indoor work settings is back on the front burner of OSHA safety regulations, according to Cannon. “Back in 2021, companies petitioned OSHA to issue a federal standard for this, but the agency refused,” said Cannon. “In September of 2023, OSHA convened a small business regulatory enforcement fairness panel. The AGC put forward three contractor members to participate in the process.”

    Public comments submitted to OSHA late last year included establishing a contractor requirement to keep a daily log of extreme daily temperatures and corresponding safety-specific actions – such as the number of breaks per hour – when trigger temperatures, either hot or cold, materialize during jobsite working hours. The final report, Cannon said, stated that OSHA needs to allow flexibility in enabling a company to define how it handles construction worker climatization. AGC still believes OSHA’s language is vague on this topic.

    The panel also articulated the latest nuances related to OSHA’s union walk-around rule. “Back in 2012 and 2013, in terms of representation, OSHA allowed a third-party individual to represent the project on an agency walk-around and allows non-union employees to select anyone to represent an employer on one of these safety and health site walk-arounds – such as a community activist, a worker advocacy group rep or a number of others not directly involved in the job,” Cannon said, indicating that in September 2016, OSHA was sued by the National Federation of Independent Business over this because of unclear language. Regardless of the legal action, OSHA published its final rule on April 1 of this year and it goes into effect May 31.

    On the topic of hardhats vs helmets, Anderson urged companies not to wait until construction safety helmet are required to try them out and gain much greater protection against severe injuries or death from falls and other accidents.

    “Do helmets cost more? Absolutely,” said Anderson, “but they cost much less than a brain injury. Protecting our workers is essential.”

     

     

     

     

  • Spence Joins Colliers

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Billy Spence has joined the industrial brokerage team at Colliers International.

    He specializes in industrial leasing, tenant representation and investment sales.

  • Colliers Welcomes Lesinski

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Dan Lesinski has joined the industrial brokerage team at Colliers International.

    He specializes in industrial leasing, tenant representation and investment sales.

     

  • BRR Promotes Whitman to SVP

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – BRR Architecture has promoted architect Megan Whitman to senior vice president.

    She currently leads a studio focusing on the grocery store, retail and c-store markets.

  • Helmkamp Welcomes Cichon

    EAST ALTON, Ill. – Helmkamp Construction Co. announces the appointment of Austin Cichon as safety director of the company.

    With this strategic hire, Helmkamp continues its dedication to maintaining the highest safety standards across all its projects and client markets.

  • PARIC Names Lopez as New CEO

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. – PARIC Holdings has appointed Kyle Lopez as its new chief executive officer.

    Former CEO Joe McKee is moving into the role of chairman.

     

  • Daniel Joins Urban League

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Veteran broadcast journalist Carol Daniel has joined the team at the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis as its new director of the Save Our Sisters Women’s Empowerment Program.

     

     

     

     

  • Rau Joins Christner

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Ashley Rau has joined Christner Architects as a senior interior designer and project manager.

    She has 18 years of experience in leading workplace and corporate interiors projects.

  • Christner Welcomes Mei

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Christner Architects welcomes Alexandra Mei as it new director of landscape architecture.

    Most recently, Mei worked at Merritt Chase where she designed projects including local plazas, large school playgrounds and districtwide master plans.

  • Winco Window Invites Guests to Window Impact Demo

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Get an in-person look at how windows are manufactured and impact tested at Winco Window Company’s Factory Tour and Window Testing Demonstration. Winco Window Company, a St. Louis-based manufacturer of commercial and architectural aluminum windows, will be hosting this informative event at 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 30th at Winco’s plant at 6315 Maple Avenue in St. Louis.

    “We’re in tornado season now with hurricane season coming up,” said Kurtis Suellentrop, vice president of sales and marketing at Winco Window Company. “This is a good opportunity for architects, glaziers, contractors and property developers to review window systems for new build and renovation projects and plan accordingly.”

    During the factory tour, Winco representatives will discuss different glazing methods including traditional window, tornado-resistant and hurricane-resistant. Two testing demonstrations using a water spray rack and an air cannon will be performed, one for hurricane testing and the other for water window testing. Both provide a comparable simulation of what windows endure during high-pressure, storm-like conditions.

    Testing protocol focuses on impact-protective systems and covers procedures for conducting impact, static and cyclic pressure testing of components of the storm shelter envelope. For any type of storm, the emergency shelter must withstand up to 250 mph winds. This also takes into consideration the impact of airborne debris and water infiltration due to wind-driven rain.

    “Our history as a pioneer and innovator guides us in engineering products designed to preserve, protect and perform,” said Suellentrop.

    A BBQ buffet lunch will be served after the testing.  AIA credits for attending architects will be available.  To register, visit here.  Registration is limited.

    For more information, contact WINCO Window Company at (314) 725-8088 or visit www.wincowindow.com.

     

     

     

     

     

  • Gustafson Promoted by S. M. Wilson

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Kyle Gustafson has been promoted to assistant project manager at S. M. Wilson & Co.

    Having joined the company in 2021, Gustafson recently served as a project engineer. He has worked on retail and educational projects including the addition and renovation of Spoede Elementary in the Ladue School District.

  • S. M. Wilson Promotes Reifel

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. – S. M. Wilson & Co. has promoted Rebecca Reifel to project manager.

    Reifel has worked on several projects including her current work with Columbia Public Schools, where she is project managing the district’s Columbia Area Career Center construction.

    Reifel joined S. M. Wilson in 2021.

  • AGC of Missouri Expands Build My Future Program

    BMF Workforce Events Added in Cape Girardeau and Bethany

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The popular Build My Future showcase event for high school students is reaching out to even more Missouri teens this fall. The Associated General Contractors of Missouri (AGCMO) has added new interactive events highlighting careers in the construction industry on Oct. 8 at the Show Me Center in Cape Girardeau and Oct. 23 at the Northwest Missouri State Fairgrounds in Bethany.

    “Build My Future gives students an opportunity to spend a day in the construction industry through a hands-on, interactive showcase,” said Leonard Toenjes, CAE, AGCMO’s president. “More than 11,500 students participated last year and we look forward to expanding our reach in both southeast and northwest Missouri this year.”

    Students can register through their high school and will travel to the event via school bus. (Home schoolers are also welcome and can register directly.)  All students will receive a BMF t-shirt, sling bag and safety glasses. The day will start with a safety talk by industry safety personnel, then participants will visit various stations with hands-on experiences with such activities as carpentry, sheet metal, welding, tile laying, power line installation/repair and large equipment operation. A bag lunch will be served at the event, which is free to all students.

    Toenjes, who started his career as a carpenter, says that more and more teens are starting to seriously look at the trades as a career choice. “The work can sometimes be challenging, but also very rewarding. There’s nothing like viewing a building you’ve help build, a bridge you’ve created or a hospital or senior living center you’ve helped construct in your community. It’s amazing to see the impact your work makes each and every day. Interestingly, students are often surprised by the amount of technology and innovation used in construction, and by the variety and scope of available jobs. Salaries are highly competitive and offer attractive benefits.”

    Missouri hosted its first BMF event in Springfield in 2017 and AGCMO jumped in as an organizing sponsor with additional events held in Sikeston and Jefferson City in 2021. Since then, the program has grown across the state with BMFs reaching more than 11,500 students in 81 of Missouri’s 114 counties in 2023. More than 1,125 educators and volunteers also attended. The following 2024 programs are scheduled:

    • April 24/25 – St. Charles – St. Charles Family Arena
    • September 18 – Upstate (Macon)* – Macon County Fairgrounds
    • September 25 – Gateway (St. Louis)* – STLCC @ Florissant Valley
    • October 8 – Southeast (Cape Girardeau)* – Show Me Center
    • October 16 – Central (Jefferson City)* – Jefferson City Jaycees Fairgrounds
    • October 23 – Northwest (Bethany)* – Northwest Missouri State Fairgrounds

    *AGCMO is organizing sponsor

    AGCMO is currently seeking vendor companies, sponsors and participating high schools for both of its new locations. For information, visit: https://tinyurl.com/25ahkemh.

    For more information or to sign up, contact Charlyce Ruth, SW MO Manager/Workforce Development, at (417) 425-3390 or cruth@agcmo.org.

     

     

     

     

  • Whitman Promoted by BRR Architecture

    SEATTLE, Wash. – BRR Architecture has promoted Megan Whitman, AIA, IIDA, to executive vice president.

    She has been with the firm since 2006 and currently leads a studio focused on the grocery, retail and convenience store markets while also overseeing the firm’s Seattle office.

  • BRR Architecture Promotes Sundet

    PHOENIX, Ariz. – Kelsey Sundet, AIA, has been promoted to vice president at BRR Architecture.

    She joined BRR in 2010 and is now based in the firm’s Phoenix office. She oversees the design, production and construction administration for grocery and retail projects nationwide for large, multinational clients.

  • BRR Architecture Promotes Markley

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Angela Markley, JD, has been promoted to vice president and corporate counsel at BRR Architecture.

    Angela has been with BRR since 2011 and serves the firm as in-house legal counsel.

     

  • Lyons Promoted by BRR Architecture

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Jill Lyons, AIA, has been promoted to vice president at BRR Architecture.

    With 30 years of experience providing full-scope architectural services in the retail food market, she works closely with clients in the grocery, restaurant, convenience store and travel center industries.

     

  • BRR Promotes Lerner

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Jennifer Lerner, CPSM, has been promoted to vice president of marketing and communications by BRR Architecture.

    She joined BRR in 2018 and has since led the planning for and implementation of all marketing communications strategies, proposals, social media and digital campaigns, executive and internal communications efforts at the firm.

  • Gregory Promoted by BRR Architecture

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Mary Beth Gregory, AIA, has been promoted to vice president at BRR Architecture.

    After joining the firm in 2012, Gregory has served multiple clients, most recently working as project manager for one of the firm’s largest retail clients.

  • BRR Architecture Promotes Ciston

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Robert Ciston, AIA, has been promoted to senior vice president at BRR Architecture.

    His work with BRR spans more than 25 years.

    Ciston currently leads a multi-office team that manages projects ranging from new fulfillment and distribution centers to micro fulfillment and last mile delivery conversions.

     

  • GECO’s Sieger Celebrates 15 Years

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Guarantee Electrical Company announces and congratulates Project Biller Coordinator Elaine Sieger on 15 years with the company.

  • G&S Architectural Products Welcomes Locher

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Roseann Locher has joined Golterman & Sabo Inc. as a sales representative on the G&S Architectural Products sales team. Her territory includes central and southern Illinois and seveal major school districts within the St. Louis region.

  • A&F Engineering Welcomes Hill

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A&F Engineering LLC has hired Jeff Hill as vice president of transportation.

    Jeff is leading current projects while growing the firm’s transportation design work.

  • Hall Receives Terracon Promotion

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Matthew B. Hall has been promoted to principal at Terracon Consultants Inc.

    He is working with a group of 25 environmental team members.

  • Terracon Promotes Green

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Terracon Consultants Inc. announces its promotion of Christopher S. Green to principal.

    Green has more than 25 years of experience and is a senior national account manager for Terracon’s financial, legal and investment sector based, in Nashville.

  • Nyquist Joins Smith Seckman Reid

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Smith Seckman Reid Inc. welcomes James Nyquist as a civil project engineer in the firm’s Nashville office.

  • Smith Seckman Reid Welcomes Neuhof

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – George Neuhof has joined Smith Seckman Reid Inc. as a security engineer.

     

  • Smith Seckman Reid Welcomes Aker

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – James Aker has joined Smith Seckman Reid Inc. as a GIS specialist in the firm’s Nashville office.

  • Moehle Joins Oakline Studio

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Lisa Moehle has joined Oakline Studio and McClain Construction as vice president of client development and strategy.

    Moehle will shape the long-term, strategic positioning of the firms’ construction and architecture verticals.

  • Lally Joins Midland States Bank as President

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Midland States Bank welcomes Tom Lally as its regional market president for the St. Louis area.

    Lally possesses more than 25 years of finance, sales and consulting experience.

  • ASA Midwest Council Announces 2024 Nominees

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The American Subcontractors Association (ASA) Midwest Council proudly announces its 2024 nominees. This is the 31st year ASA will recognize outstanding companies in the St. Louis construction industry. The winners in each category will be announced on April 20 during the Red Carpet Awards Gala at the Four Seasons Hotel in Downtown St. Louis.

    The four award categories include General Contractor of the Year, Outstanding MEP (Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing) Subcontractor, Outstanding Specialty Subcontractor and Outstanding Service Provider/Supplier. Both general contractors and subcontractors are nominated based on criteria that includes bid ethics practice, safety policy and practices, jobsite supervision, scheduling coordination and project relations. The ASA-Midwest Council will also award special safety awards at the gala to qualifying members who have achieved work safety excellence in 2023.

    The ASA Awards Gala is open to everyone in the St. Louis construction community. Tickets for the black tie-optional event are $250 and include valet parking. For reservations, visit www.asamidwest.com by April 10 to reserve your tickets and the event sponsorship that meets your company’s marketing goals.

    2024 Nominees
    (Nominees are placed in the appropriate category based on annual revenue)

    General Contractor of the Year Nominees:

    Category A

    BSI Constructors

    Clayco

    Contegra Construction Co.

    Kadean Construction

    Tarlton Corporation


    Category B

    Goodwin Brothers Construction Co.

    Kozeny-Wagner

    McGrath & Associates

    Musick Construction

    Rhodey Construction


    Category C

    Eagan Building Group

    G.S.&S. Construction

    Helmkamp Construction Co.

    Spiegelglass Construction Co.

     

    Outstanding MEP Subcontractor Nominees:


    Category A

    Corrigan Company

    Guarantee Electrical Company

    Jarrell Mechanical Contractors

    Murphy Company

    Category B

    Bi-State Fire Protection

    C&R Mechanical

    O.J. Laughlin Plumbing Co.

    Pipe and Duct Systems

    R.F. Meeh Co.

     

    Outstanding Specialty Subcontractor


    Category A

    Affton Fabricating & Welding Co.

    Flooring Systems, Inc.

    H&G/Schultz Door

    Titan Carpentry LLC

    T.J. Wies Contracting


    Category B

    AME Constructors

    Imperial Metal Company

    Meyer Painting Company

    Total Contractor Services LLC

     

    Outstanding Service Provider/Supplier

    JD Kutter

    MJ Products

    Nu Way

    SFW Partners LLC

    The Sherwin Williams Paint Co.

    Too Creative

     

     

  • Cox Named JE Dunn Midwest Region President

    KANSAS CITY Mo. – Adam Cox has been named president of JE Dunn’s midwest region.

    Cox, who has worked for JE Dunn for more than two decades, succeeds Paul Neidlein, who has been named JE Dunn’s president of its advanced facilities group.

  • Chism Joins Clayco

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Clayco welcomes John “Bubba” Chism to the life science team at Clayco’s St. Louis headquarters.

    Chism has more than 40 years as a construction industry professional.

  • Carroll Joins DLR Group

    DENVER, Colo. – Charlie Carroll has joined DLR Group as a project manager.

    He holds more than 17 years of experience in managing workplace and industrial projects.

  • DLR Group Hires Ciesielski

    OMAHA, Neb. – Lukasz Ciesielski has joined DLR Group as its K-12 education leader | associate.

    He possesses 18 years of industry experience with expertise in 3D modeling.

  • Alberici Promotes Smith to EVP of Construction

    ST. LOUIS –Alberici Constructors, Inc. has promoted John Smith to executive vice president, construction.

    Smith has served Alberici and its clients for the past 17 years, most recently as vice president and market leader.

     

  • S. M. Wilson Promotes Eisenbath

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. — S. M. Wilson & Co., a St. Louis-based construction management and general contracting firm, has named Anna Eisenbath as operations and warranty manager.

    Eisenbath, who recently served as a project manager, joined the company as an intern in 2018 and has worked on many successful projects, including Target stores across the US.

    In addition to her responsibilities as operations and warranty manager, Eisenbath will also support the professional development of the company’s operations team members with additional training and continued education opportunities. As a resource to all operations staff, she will focus on providing hands-on coaching to project engineers to support their job skill development and help onboard all new operations employees to understand our company’s operational policies and practices. Eisenbath will also assist in updating and maintaining the operations policy manual while assisting operation staff in using the company’s project management software.

  • Rogers Joins Wessler Engineering

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Deen Rogers has joined the business development team at Wessler Engineering, Inc.

     

     

  • SIBA Salutes Calhoun Construction as 50-Year Member

    Image: SIBA CEO Donna Richter (left), Bob Calhoun (center) and Carpenters’ Dan Barger (right)

     

    BELLEVILLE, Ill. – Southern Illinois Builders Association recognizes Belleville-based Calhoun Construction, Inc. for 50 years in business and as a 50-year member of SIBA.

    The certified veteran-owned small business was headed by Bob Calhoun, who retired in March at age 88.

     

     

  • CMT Announces President Burns

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Crawford, Murphy & Tilly, Inc. announces Adam Burns as its new president.

    The seventh president in the engineering firm’s history, Burns has worked at CMT for 22 years.

    He holds a bachelor’s degree from Bradley University and an MBA from the University of Missouri – St. Louis.

     

  • Breedon Acquires BMC Enterprises

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Breedon Group plc has acquired St. Louis-based BMC Enterprises, Inc. as of March 6 for $300 million.

    Based in Great Britain and Ireland, Breedon Group is a vertically integrated construction materials group.

    BMC (Breckenridge Material Co.) is a supplier of ready-mixed concrete, aggregate and building products.

     

  • AGC of America Names Brown Board President

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sierra Pacific West Founder Thomas L. Brown has been appointed president of the board for the Associated General Contractors.

    A construction industry professional since 1972, Brown has been an active member of the AGC of America for many years. He is a past president of the AGC’s San Diego chapter. In addition, Brown is a member of the Consulting Constructors Council of America.

    Since the start of AGC Charities, Brown has been active in this endeavor and currently serves as chairman.

    He is a veteran of foreign wars, serving in the U.S. Army Intel Group, 79th Combat Engineers and was attached to the 10th Special Forces Group in Europe.

  • Koester Named EPS Group CEO

    DENVER, Colo. – Civil engineering group EPS Group Inc. has named Mike Koester as its CEO.

    He brings 38 years of experience in oil & gas, chemical and manufacturing industries.

  • Home Builders Gives to Marygrove Treatment Program

    Image: Home Builders Charitable Foundation 2024 HBA President Jason Hughes presents a $17,400 donation to Marygrove Chief Development Officer Courtney Noto.

     

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The Home Builders Charitable Foundation has donated $17,400 to the Marygrove, a therapeutic residential treatment center.

    The donation will go toward the replacement of flooring in the organization’s Rosewood and Cypress Cottages, which are part of Marygrove’s therapeutic treatment program and provide a home for 30 youth, ages 14-18, who are healing from past trauma. Marygrove serves approximately 100 children and young adults each day who are struggling with behavioral, emotional or other mental health issues. It offers a continuum of behavioral health programs to help the at-risk youth learn to manage their conditions and develop the skills needed to live a productive and healthy life.

    The HBA is a local trade association of more than 600 member firms representing the residential construction industry. The Home Builders Charitable Foundation, the HBA’s charitable arm, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing housing assistance to people or organizations with special shelter needs.

  • SCS Engineers Promotes Hamm

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Nathan Hamm has bee promoted to senior vice president at SCS Engineers.

    With more than 25 years’ experience in engineering, Hamm’s technical expertise includes wastewater treatment, solid waste engineering, alternative energy development and environmental remediation.

     

  • OWN Promotes Davis

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Jared Davis has been promoted to land development division leader by OWN, Inc.

    In his new role, Davis is overseeing and spearheading key initiatives companywide within the division.

  • Terracon Promotes Ibrawish to Principal

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Mohamad T. Ibrawish has been promoted to principal by Terracon Consultants Inc.

    His 22 years of geotechnical engineering experience is equipping Ibrawish to manage a diverse team of professionals in the Kansas City region.

  • DIGroup Architecture Welcomes Haas, Koehler

    NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – DIGroup Architecture announces the appointment of Kate Haas (left) and Debbie Koehler (right) to the role of associate.

    Driven by an Architecture for Change mission, the firm develops designs to underserved and under-represented communities in which its projects are located.

    Haas is an associate director of interior design.

    Koehler is an associate director of marketing.

  • HDR Promotes Adams-Weber

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Jessica Adams-Weber has been promoted to HDR’s North Central business development manager.

    In this role, she is overseeing client services across 13 states.

    Adams-Weber also serves as a mentor for HDR’s Young Professionals Group, actively promoting STEM in Kansas City schools.

  • Rosenthal Promoted to President of PMA Engineering

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – PMA Engineering has named Erin Rosenthal president.

    She joined the firm more than 15 years ago as an intern. Rosenthal has been instrumental in guiding PMA Engineering toward attaining its Women’s Business Enterprise certification.

    Rosenthal holds a master’s degree and bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University.

  • SCS Engineers Names Doerr President, CEO

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Doug Doerr has been named president and CEO of SCS Engineers.

    Doerr holds a civil engineering degree from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln and an M.B.A. from the University of Kansas.

    With more than 30 years’ experience, he specializes in solid waste and environmental services, overseeing successful projects spanning studies, permitting, compliance and design across diverse market sectors.

  • Aksamit Promoted to Project Engineer

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Carlie Aksamit has been promoted to project engineer by OWN, Inc.

    The civil engineering, structural engineering, land surveying and field services company has offices across Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas and Florida.

  • SCS Engineers Advances Welch

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Anastasia Welch has been promoted to business unit director of SCS Engineers’ Central Region, based in Overland Park, Kan.

    She has a civil engineering background and now drives projects from design to compliance.

  • Klein Promoted by Terracon

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Jamie M. Klein has been promoted to principal by Terracon Consultants Inc.

    He possesses more than 18 years of geotechnological engineering and management experience.

  • Terracon Promotes Mann

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Terracon Consultants Inc. has promoted Aaron J. Mann to senior principal.

    With more than 20 years of experience, Mann serves as Terracon’s general counsel – risk management.

  • AGC, Members Recognized for Mental Health Efforts

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Feb. 27, AGC of America, AGC of Missouri, MTech Mechanical and Faith Technologies Incorporated were recognized by Construction Working Minds for efforts to promote mental health in the construction industry. These organizations demonstrated outstanding commitment to fostering supportive and mentally healthy work environments while enhancing overall productivity and success.

    — AGC of America, Mental Health Visionaries – National Association

    — AGC of Missouri, Mental Health Visionaries – Regional/Chapter Organization

    — Faith Technologies Incorporated, Mental Health Visionaries – Large Company

    — MTech Mechanical, Mental Health Visionaries – Medium Company

     

  • Klein & Hoffman Promotes Flynn

    CHICAGO, Ill. – Klein & Hoffman announces the promotion of Thomas Flynn to associate principal.

  • M. Neils Engineering Names Bastian President

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Jesse Bastian has been promoted to president of M. Neils Engineering, Inc.

  • Kahler Slater Hires Jurmu

    CHICAGO, Ill. – Amanda Jurmu joins Kahler Slater’s environmental branding team as associate and technical leader.

  • Johnson Joins Kier + Wright

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Kelly Johnson has joined Kier + Wright as lead land surveyor and associate.

  • Swinerton Names Quackenbush Director of Construction

    NEW YORK, N.Y. – John Quackenbush is Swinerton’s new director of construction for its New York division.

     

     

  • Tarlton Names Rotty Chief Operating Officer

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Tarlton has promoted Sondra Rotty, LEED AP BD+C, to chief operating officer.

    Rotty joins the senior-level Tarlton executive leadership team of Tracy Hart, president, and Dirk Elsperman, executive vice president. In her new role, Rotty is leading construction operations, managing market leaders and working closely with human resources to attract and retain the industry’s top talent.

    A native of St. Louis and an accomplished builder with more than 20 years of construction industry experience, Rotty joined Tarlton in 2005 as a project engineer. Since that time, she has directed or been an integral part of award-winning projects including the $90 million Olin Business School expansion for Washington University in St. Louis; the East Building addition to the Saint Louis Art Museum; the historic renovation of the Stephen and Peter Sachs Museum at Missouri Botanical Garden; and the historic renovation of 900 N. Tucker Blvd., the former St. Louis Post-Dispatch building.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Nuveen Green Capital Names Doyle Senior Director

    ATLANTA, Ga. – Ryan Doyle has been named senior director at Nuveen Green Capital, a provider of sustainable commercial real estate finance.

    Doyle oversees Commercial Property Assessed Clearn Energy (C-PACE) originations growth throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast U.S.

     

  • Vantage Data Centers Names Adams North America President

    DENVER, Colo. – Dana Adams joins Vantage Data Centers as its North America president.

    She will oversee market development, sales, construction and operations across the U.S. and Canada.

    Adams has nearly 18 years of expertise in the data center industry.

  • Hetelle joins Wiegmann

    ST. CHARLES, Mo. – Blake Hetelle of St. Peters, Mo. has joined Wiegmann Associates as project manager in the firm’s HVAC service department.

    Hetelle is responsible for providing detailed, cost-effective management of Wiegmann’s mechanical and HVAC system projects to meet client and company goals. Duties include managing subcontractors, coordinating RFI submittals and change orders, managing labor and maintaining jobsite safety, project quality, schedule and budget. He also prepares project estimates and supports the sales process to acquire new projects.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Alberici Adds Chung as Strategic Partnerships VP

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Alberici is fortifying its multinational construction services with the addition of Yoon-Young Chung as vice president of strategic partnerships.

    With nearly three decades of experience in global consulting, finance, and international relations, Chung becomes part of the Alberici leadership team, with a focus on facilitating Korean firms’ building needs across the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

    Chung joins Alberici after 28 years working at Deloitte in Toronto, where he served as a partner the last 14 years.  Based in Toronto, he will play a pivotal role in strategic planning, business development and cultivating client relationships, with a special focus on Korean clients.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Home Builders Association Donates $14,830 to Independence Center 

    (Image courtesy of HBA)

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. – On behalf of the Home Builders Charitable Foundation, 2024 HBA President Jason Hughes (T.R. Hughes Homes, left) presented a $14,830 donation to Independence Center grant writer Abby Kim.

    The donation will go toward the purchase and installation of new kitchen cabinets and countertops in the kitchen of Independence Center’s Stupp Apartments, a residential care facility that houses adults with serious mental illness in need of 24/7 support and care. Independence Center provides all the services and resources a person with a serious and persistent mental illness needs, to manage their symptoms, find belonging and purpose and gain the independence to live a healthy, quality life.

    The HBA is a local trade association of more than 600 member firms representing the residential construction industry. The Home Builders Charitable Foundation, the HBA’s charitable arm, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing housing assistance to people or organizations with special shelter needs.

    On behalf of the Home Builders Charitable Foundation, 2024 HBA President Jason Hughes (T.R. Hughes Homes, left) presented a $14,830 donation to Independence Center grant writer Abby Kim.

    The donation will go toward the purchase and installation of new kitchen cabinets and countertops in the kitchen of Independence Center’s Stupp Apartments, a residential care facility that houses adults with serious mental illness in need of 24/7 support and care. Independence Center provides all the services and resources a person with a serious and persistent mental illness needs, to manage their symptoms, find belonging and purpose and gain the independence to live a healthy, quality life.

    The HBA is a local trade association of more than 600 member firms representing the residential construction industry. The Home Builders Charitable Foundation, the HBA’s charitable arm, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing housing assistance to people or organizations with special shelter needs.

     

  • BCS Promotes Nguyen-Francis

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Building Controls and Services (BCS) has promoted Monica Nguyen-Francis to marketing manager.

    She possesses nearly 10 years’ experience in the architecture, engineering and construction industry and joined BCS in 2022.

  • Building Controls and Services Welcomes Cates

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Carson Cates has joined Building Controls and Services (BCS) as its new sales manager.

    He has more than 25 years in the construction industry and will lead the firm’s overall growth strategy for its Kansas City sales team and drive company initiatives to enhance customer satisfaction.

  • Stollenwerk Joins Institutional Property Advisors as Director

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Institutional Property Advisors has chosen veteran real estate professional David Stollenwerk as its director.

    Stollenwerk’s experience includes years as a Nashville multifamily market specialist.

    His resume touts expertise in guiding institutional investors, national developers, banks, REITs, pension funds and major private investors with the acquisition, disposition and valuation of multifamily assets.

     

  • Banning Engineering Hires Gildea

    PLAINFIELD, Ind. – Banning Engineering welcomes Brian Gildea to its business development team as relationship/business development manager.

    Before joining Banning, Gildea worked for 20 years in the economic development profession. In 2014, he earned his designation as a Certified Economic Development Professional.

    Banning Engineering is a full-service engineering and surveying firm.

  • Peddicord Promoted to Pepper Indiana President

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Dan Peddicord has been promoted to president of Pepper Construction of Indiana.

    He joined Pepper in 2006 and has 25 years’ experience as a skilled leader, having led functions across the organization.

     

  • AGCMO VP of Safety Recognized with Pillar Award from Milwaukee Tool

    Image courtesy of AGCMO and Milwaukee Tool (left: Brandon Anderson, right: Justin Azbill)

    Brandon Anderson Honored for Support of Trade Professional Safety

    ST. LOUIS. Mo. – Brandon Anderson, vice president of safety for the Associated General Contractors of Missouri (AGCMO), has been recognized by Milwaukee Tool with its prestigious Pillar Award. The presentation took place at Milwaukee Tool’s Health and Safety Summit held Feb. 6 in Milwaukee, Wis. at Milwaukee Tool headquarters – an invitation-only event for selected elite safety professionals and industry leaders.

    Anderson has 26 years’ experience in the construction industry. He joined AGCMO in 2020 as a safety consultant and was promoted to vice president in 2021. Prior to that, he was employed by the Missouri Dept. of Transportation for 17 years, including 15 years as a lead safety instructor.

    At AGCMO Anderson develops, leads and facilitates all aspects of safety training pertaining to the construction industry. He serves as facilitator for AGCMO’s OSHA Partnership, meeting quarterly with the area director from the St. Louis OSHA office and member companies.  He also provides staffing for several committees, both nationally and locally, including AGCMO Executive Safety Committee, Safety Forum, Heavy Highway and Infrastructure Joint MoDOT Safety Committee. He also is chairperson of the St. Louis Council of Construction Consumer’s Safety Committee and serves on the ACT Missouri board.

    Anderson is a passionate advocate for mental health in the construction industry, serving as a speaker at national and regional meetings. In 2022, he co-founded the AGC of America National Taskforce: Mental Health, Suicide Prevention and Substance Misuse and currently co-chairs that committee with fellow colleagues Mandi Kime (AGC of Washington), and Kevin Cannon and Nazia Shia of AGC of America. Working with Washington University in St. Louis and the AGCMO Mental Health/Suicide Prevention in Construction Committee, Anderson and his colleagues have developed a series of toolbox talks for “Mental Health Mondays.” These tool box talks and other efforts to reach trade craftspersons have become a national model replicated many times over.

    Commenting on the award, Justin Azbill, director, national environment, health & safety, Milwaukee Tool, said, “Brandon is recognized by his peers as a servant leader with a thought leadership mindset, and willing to move past vulnerability as a leader to help others in the industry with the ultimate impact in mind – Trade Professionals Safety excellence. Milwaukee Tool is grateful for his service to the industry and collaboration with others in the industry for maximum performance in safety.”

     

  • O’Toole Design Rebrands as ODA Studio

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. – O’Toole Design Associates has rebranded as ODA studio, coinciding with the appointment of Debbie Stamer as president and owner.

  • BEX Hires Hoette as Controller

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. – BEX Construction Services has named Courtney Hoette to the position of controller.

    In her new role, Hoette applies 16 years of accounting experience to providing accurate, tinely and relevant financial data for firm leaders to make impactful, real-time business decisions.

    Hoette holds a master of business administration from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and a bachelor’s degree in business (with an accounting major) from Fontbonne University.

  • AIA Celebrates National Definition of a Zero-Emission Building

    (Image by Patrick Tomasso on Unsplash)

    Defining zero emission buildings will help create consistent, standardized, and measurable factors to help architects reduce building emissions

     

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is commending the Biden-Harris Administration for developing a National Definition of a Zero-Emission Building for Operating Emissions. Defining zero emission buildings will help create consistent, standardized, and measurable factors that will help architects reduce building emissions.

    “A national definition that can be applied consistently and is standardized for new construction and existing buildings will serve as a framework for the industry, so that users, such as architects, can achieve measurable reduction in the operating emissions for buildings – both new and existing,” said 2024 American Institute of Architects President Kimberly Dowdell. “AIA members have been providing input to the Administration through the development of the definition and will continue to do so as this process moves forward.”

    While AIA applauds the Administration’s efforts to achieve zero emissions for buildings through multiple pathways allowing for flexibility, Dowdell says, the Administration does not address the organization’s intent for the definition, which would better clarify the framework and implementation strategy. In the response to the Request for Information issued, AIA developed comments with member feedback that emphasized clarification is needed on whether the Administration’s intent is to incorporate the definition in future guidance or financial incentives. A national definition also needs to include the definition and scope of the buildings covered – commercial, multifamily and/or single family, says Dowdell. Different requirements will be needed to ensure zero emissions are achieved for commercial buildings versus multifamily versus single family structures.

    AIA is committed to its continued support of the Administration’s efforts to aggressively drive zero emissions goals for buildings, Dowdell says, and eagerly awaits the finalization of the definition and future parts such as embodied carbon or whole life emissions.
     

  • Former Long-Time SITE Exec Director Terry Briggs Passes

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The construction and development industry has lost a long-time leader.

    Terry Briggs, – who served as executive director of the SITE Improvement Association from2001 to 2020 and later as the mayor of Bridgeton, Mo – died unexpectedly on Feb. 14 at the age of 68.

    A North County St. Louis native, Briggs earned a degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Missouri in 1977. Throughout his career, he pursued causes he was passionate about and generously served many organizations including the Productive Living board, Special Olympics board, Special School District Board of Education and the Municipal League of Metro St. Louis.

    Briggs is survived by his wife, Lorie, his three children, a daughter-in-law, three siblings, three grandchildren and many other family members and friends.

    Donations to Valley Industries Sheltered Workshop at 143 James S. McDonnell Boulevard, Hazelwood, Mo. 63042 are gratefully welcome in celebration of his life.

     

  • N.B. West Promotes Chris West to President

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. – N.B. West Contracting Company announces the promotion of Chris West to president. Chris West has been leading in this role since January 1.

    He represents the third generation of of the West family to lead the firm.

    West Contracting was established in 1956 by Norm and Mary West. The company has become a leading asphalt paving and concrete contractor and asphalt supplier serving central Missouri.

  • HDA Architects Renews Focus on Core Markets, Returns to Sole Ownership

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. – HDA Architects is refocusing efforts on its core business in a move that returns sole ownership of the company to HDA President Jack Holleran under a new name – HDA Design (dba HDA). HDA was acquired by Green Street Real Estate Ventures in 2020 with the intent to grow Green Street’s national reach through HDA’s longstanding reputation and extensive client base in the industry.

    “With current economic conditions, this presents an opportunity to readjust our priorities and focus on our long-term partnerships and key markets,” said Jack Holleran, HDA President. “Since our firm began in 1986, HDA has been known for its integrity, professionalism and quality. Staying true to these core values and focusing on the future are HDA’s priorities moving forward. I’m eager to see us continue to build on HDA’s exceptional legacy and strong foundation established over the last 38 years.”

    As part of the transition, HDA’s leadership team will work alongside Jack Holleran to guide the firm’s direction as a single entity once more. In August 2023, four key employees were promoted to the roles of senior principal as part of its strategic plan. Patrick Holleran and Brice Zickuhr were named senior principals, and Josh Goodman and Kent Wagster were named principals. The four will collaborate with Jack Holleran on HDA’s strategy, business development and organizational growth looking ahead.

    HDA currently has active projects in 12 states, including Nevada, Oregon, Colorado, South Carolina, Utah, Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama and Missouri. Types of active projects consist of beverage wholesaler, industrial/distribution, adaptive reuse, office/commercial, automotive, multi-family, mixed-use and hospitality facilities.

    “I think this speaks strongly to the credibility of our firm and the assurance that clients will receive the same degree of design expertise, can-do attitude, and stability that HDA has always provided,” said Patrick Holleran, HDA senior principal. “HDA remains dedicated to providing our partners nationwide with the highest level of service.”

    HDA is currently reviewing opportunities to relocate its headquarters within the St. Louis region. The new office will be designed by the firm and will reflect HDA’s brand and its nearly four decades of design experience. HDA will continue working with Green Street on current projects the firms have underway and are gearing up to tackle additional projects together later this year.

    “Green Street has been around for a long time and has developed significant projects that have improved our region,” Patrick Holleran said. “We have a good rapport and look forward to helping them on future endeavors.”

     

     

     

  • AGCMO, MHTC & MoDOT Sign Partnership Agreement

    Front Row (Left to Right):  Doug Fronick, AGCMO Highway and Transportation Division Chair and Estimating Manager, APAC-Central, Inc.;  Len Toenjes, President, AGCMO; Terry L. Ecker, MHTC Chair; and Patrick McKenna, MoDOT Director, sign new Partnership Agreement between AGCMO, MHTC and AGCMO, representing private industry.

    Back Row (Left to Right):  Dustin Boatwright; MHTC Commissioner Gregg C. Smith; MHTC Commissioner Warren K Erdman; and MHTC Commissioner Francis Slay at Feb. 13th signing ceremony.

     

    AGCMO Leads Private Industry Effort to Help Provide Missouri with a World-Class Transportation System

    JEFFERSON CITY, M0. – On Feb. 13, representatives from the Associated General Contractors of Missouri (AGCMO), the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission, the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) and other industry partners signed a new Partnering Charter Agreement to provide a world-class transportation system that is safe, innovative, reliable and dedicated to a prosperous Missouri. The landmark document, a substantial update from a 1992 agreement, represents a renewed effort to provide Missourians with one of the best transportation systems in the nation.

    The Agreement focuses on keeping employees and the public safe, developing a skilled and diverse workforce, open and honest communications, innovation, quality, and collaborative teamwork principles with all partners and stakeholders. Providing efficient and effective solutions in operating maintaining and building a transportation system is paramount along with stewardship of Missouri’s natural and cultural resources for a sustainable transportation system.  The document also emphasizes ethics, including transparent, fair, inclusive and accountability in all aspects of contracts and agreements, and developing and engaging disadvantaged and underrepresented communities in the transportation design and construction industries.

    “The timing of this Partnership Agreement is significant,” said Leonard Toenjes, CAE, president of AGCMO. “Last year the Missouri Legislature passed landmark transportation funding, allocating $2.8 billion for I-70, $25 million for environmental studies on I-44 and U.S. 63, and $50 million to improve safety at railroad crossings. At the same time MoDOT has demonstrated excellent stewardship of current resources through its five-year Statewide Transportation Improvement Plan (STIP) and its ongoing refurbishment/replacement of Missouri bridges.

    “It’s time to ensure we are enhancing communications, supporting innovation and utilizing industry Best Practices in all we do,” added Toenjes.  “This is a generational opportunity to build one of the best transportation systems in the nation.”

    AGCMO is the largest construction organization in the state with 525-plus members representing building, highway, transportation, and utility infrastructure contractors, industry partners and related firms in 110 counties across the state. For more information, visit  www.agcmo.org

  • Terracon Promotes Saylor

    DENVER, Colo. – Terracon announces the promotion of Kevin Saylor to principal.

    With nearly 30 years’ experience, Saylor manages Terracon’s Environmental Due Diligence Group in Denver.

    Saylor serves on Terracon’s national quality review committee.

     

  • PMA Engineering Names Rosenthal President

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Erin Rosenthal has been promoted to the role of president at PMA Engineering.

    She joined the firm more than 15 years ago as an intern. Over the years, Rosenthal has proved instrumental in guiding PMA Engineers toward attaining a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) certification.

    Rosenthal holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Kansas State University.

  • SCS Engineers Appoints Doerr Pres and CEO

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – SCS Engineers announces the appointment of Doug Doerr as president and CEO, succeeding Jim Walsh.

    Doerr holds a civil engineering degree from the University of Nebraska and an MBA from the University of Kansas.

     

  • Lecona Joins KAI

    DALLAS, Texas – KAI announces the hiring of Tania Lecona as design manager of its Dallas-Fort Worth office.

    Lecona has five years’ industry experience with expertise in housing design and unit remodels.

  • Lawrence Hires Wong

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Lawrence Group has expanded its Florida office with the addition of Ray Wong as managing principal of Florida operations.

    In his new role, Wong will focus on growing Lawrence Group’s healthcare design presence in Florida.

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  • Kadean Promotes Mulder, Denison and Grass to Key Leadership Roles

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Kadean Construction has promoted three individuals to key leadership positions within its organization.

    Travis Mulder has been promoted to the role of vice president of the St. Louis office. In this capacity, he’s tasked with supervising its overall operation and success. Mulder will also maintain his current position as a principal.

    Cameron Denison assumes the role of senior director. In additionto overseeing the successful delivery of projects, he will also oversee the development of written policies and procedures companywide.

    Ryan Grass has now advanced to the role of project director. He will guide the planning, execution and completion of construction projects.

     

  • S. M. Wilson’s SKILLED® Program Has Reached More Than 13,000 Pre-K Thru 12th Graders

    The SKILLED® shadowing program gave me a great foundational understanding of my future career. Although the program is only a few weeks long, it contains various lessons and activities built around different aspects of a construction company.” — Mary Niu, student, Francis Howell North High School

    (photo of Mary Niu, left, a 2023 SKILLED Shadow program participant – photo courtesy of S. M. Wilson)

    By JENNIFER K. HASAMEAR

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. – When Mary Niu was chosen to be a part of S. M. Wilson’s SKILLED® high school shadowing program the summer before her senior year at Francis Howell North High School, she hoped to develop her knowledge of civil engineering further and explore the possible job opportunities before heading to college in the following fall.

    “During the program, every S. M. Wilson team member provided a friendly learning and working environment for the other students and I,” Niu said. “We were encouraged to ask questions, and every question was answered thoroughly. Everyone was very patient with teaching us about using different technologies and programs,” she added, as one who learned about the shadow program during a tour of the new Francis Howell North High School where S. M. Wilson serves as construction manager.

    Niu is one of the thousands of students impacted by S. M. Wilson’s SKILLED Construction Career Education program since its inception in 2019. This program was created to spark an interest in the construction industry at a young age and continue fostering that interest throughout high school and college. SKILLED has reached more than 13,000 students involved in 70 unique STEAM events with 50+ Wilson team members serving as mentors.

    Birth of SKILLED®

    One morning in 2019, Chief Marketing Officer Amanda Bohnert was walking her pre-school-aged son to class in the local high school, which was under construction, when her son stopped and looked with wonder at the workers creating the new learning environment. Looking at it through her child’s eyes, Amanda helped her son’s teacher theme the classroom with a construction outlook to inspire the kids to be curious about the construction crews working outside their window on a new building addition. Amanda then volunteered to come to the classroom to teach the students about the different careers and equipment used in construction.

    This event formed the brilliant idea of creating an educational program involving the students in the districts where S. M. Wilson is working. SKILLED programs help students understand what is happening during the construction, what crews are doing and why things are on a site. The mission of SKILLED is to “inspire the future of construction.” SKILLED events have also included the signing of the last steel beam to be placed on the building, where district officials are asked to sign their names and students place their handprints on the bar to be forever imprinted there for history.

    Since the program’s inception, SKILLED has welcomed six high school shadow graduates including Mary Niu, provided 20 academic stipends and hosted 21 college interns.

    “SKILLED came from an idea of how we could include the students who are watching the construction happen all around them at their schools and bring them into our world to teach them more about construction,” said Bohnert.

    “The other aspects of SKILLED came together naturally because we wanted the program to extend from pre-kindergarten to college,” she added. “This program provides the potential to begin instilling construction career education early into a child’s life while continuing to offer opportunities as a student grows and finds his or her path.”

    Through a three-pronged program – Discover, Develop and Elevate – learners are supported at all experience levels, from Pre-K students to workforce professionals in the construction industry.

    S. M. Wilson provides the educational framework to teach, mentor and inspire in three ways:

    • Discover – Introduce opportunities for PreK-12th grade students, including construction career paths, hands-on STEAM activities and construction site field trips
    • Develop – Offer career-ready internships, career fairs, career training and mentorship
    • Elevate – Support the internal professional growth of employees through continued job training, team building, development programs and advancement opportunities

    For Niu, the high school shadowing program offered invaluable lessons that helped her look toward studying something different than she initially anticipated. She plans to major in Construction Engineering and Management at Purdue University where she was recently accepted.

    “During my experience, I was introduced not only to the engineers and the construction team on site but also to the management departments and even other interns currently in college,” Niu said. “From working with drones and 360 cameras to seeing how the team members use different software to manage the project, I gained a holistic understanding of the construction industry.”

    Another school district where SKILLED was incorporated while construction was happening concurrently was Granite City C.U.S.D. #9. While a new high school competition turf softball/baseball field was under construction, high school students also participated in a SKILLED hands-on program, Follow The Build.

    “We have been fortunate to have S. M. Wilson as a part of our sports complex growth in GCSD9,” said Supt. Stephanie Cann. “Their approach to a project goes past the physical construction but also includes celebrating the completion of a project with us.”

    “Their SKILLED and Follow the Build programs bring student engagement into the educational forefront through specific classroom presentations by field experts and on-site field trips to our own active project sites,” she added. “This reinforces the ownership component for our students, allowing them to understand what work goes into building a new facility.GCSD9 appreciates S. M. Wilson’s commitment to our projects and our students.”

    SKILLED Continues To Grow

    In addition to the multiple education programs offered through SKILLED, team members have logged 1,800+ hours of training, leadership development and coaching. There has also been an investment of $93,000 in tuition reimbursement, 529 Savings programs and student loans. Annually, students in both Illinois and Missouri are also given the opportunity to win a $1,000 SKILLED award to complete a STEAM idea benefitting their school and/or community. Video submissions are sent in from the students in the fall and awards are presented in late winter.

    SKILLED is also active with multiple organizations, working actively to help high school students understand the many opportunities in the trades industry.

    “S. M. Wilson team members have spent countless hours at events such as Yeah, I Built That and Build My Future to share information about construction careers and opportunities in the industry,” said Maggie Farrell, S. M. Wilson’s diversity and human resources manager. “SKILLED is this truly unique program that allows our company to help inspire future  generations in the communities we are building.”

    For more information about SKILLED, contact Farrell at maggie.farrell@smwilson.com. To learn more about SKILLED, go to https://www.smwilson.com/skilled/.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • PARIC Promotes Six Execs

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. – PARIC Corp. announces the promotion of six executives to various market sectors.

    Andy Schollenberger is now vice president and sector leader (industrial leadership).

    Michael Picker has been promoted to vice president (industrial business development).

    Brian Stoesz is now vice president and sector leader (institutional leadership).

    Stephanie Jeffries has been promoted to vice president (institutional business development).

    Drew Siebert is now vice president and sector leader (living, including multifamily and historic renovation).

    Kurt Gildehaus has been promoted to vice president and sector leader (special projects, including tenant improvement and short-turn specialty projects).

  • Clayco Names Fassnacht Chief Growth Officer

    CHICAGO, Ill. – Michael Fassnacht has been named the company’s first-ever Chief Growth Officer and President of Chicagoland at Clayco.

    The new role will enable Fassnacht to support all of Clayco’s organizational units, further elevate the firm in B2B marketing and help meet development plans in the coming years.

     

  • HDLA Promotes Schneider

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – HDLA announces the promotion of Thomas Schneider to senior project designer.

    He holds a master’s degree in landscape architecture from Kansas State University and joined HDLA in 2022.

  • Brinkmann Constructors Celebrates 40 Years

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. – On January 28, 1984, Robert G. Brinkmann (Bob), an ambitious 34-year-old engineer, started R.G. Brinkmann Company out of a modest construction trailer. After many decades of delivering high-quality projects and building long-lasting relationships, the company, now known as Brinkmann Constructors, has grown to a national general contractor with more than 450 employees and five offices across the country (St. Louis, Kansas City, Denver, Richmond and Phoenix).

    This year, Brinkmann Constructors celebrates its 40th anniversary. Over the past 40 years, the company has experienced many significant milestones that have helped shape it into the people-centric, creative leader it is today. Brinkmann entered the industry as a small retail contractor but grew to secure large retail contracts for “power centers” across the country, including the 1998 construction of one of the nation’s largest open-air retail centers in Chesterfield, Missouri. Since that time, Brinkmann has evolved to include many other market sectors, transitioning from a well-known retail builder to a national general contractor with experience in industrial, multifamily, student housing, senior living and beyond.

    “We are driven by a desire to look beyond the first answer and find impactful alternatives that offer our clients a greater value,” said Bob Brinkmann. “This is a philosophy we’ve lived by since the beginning; and it’s been a privilege to watch it evolve over the years as we’ve grown our team, expanded our national reach and entered new market sectors.”

    After nearly 30 years of consistent growth, Bob Brinkmann made a strategic decision to invest in the people and solidify the company’s longevity by selling his majority interest to employees. In 2013 the company was established as an Employee Stock Ownership Program (ESOP), operating as a 100 percent employee-owned corporation. This decision empowered Brinkmann employees to actively contribute to the company’s success, reinforcing the firm’s entrepreneurial mindset and collaborative culture.

    One aspect that has remained consistent throughout Brinkmann’s history is its focus on client service. As clients recognize this value, they continue to place confidence in the company’s creative solutions and delivery of repeat success. This emphasis on relationship building and client satisfaction has allowed Brinkmann to harness continued growth throughout the past forty years.

    In 2022, Brinkmann completed a succession plan that promoted Brian D. Satterthwaite to chief executive officer and Tom Oberle to president. Both executives have been with Brinkmann for more than 30 years. With this pivotal plan in place, Bob Brinkmann transitioned into the role of chairman of the board and remains engaged with the company he launched in 1984.

    “Reaching the forty-year milestone exhibits our unwavering commitment to creating teams that inspire confidence and treat each project as if it’s their own,” said Brian D. Satterthwaite, chief executive officer, who joined the company as a project engineer in 1994. “We’re passionate about building, and that passion is reflected in our work.”

    During Brinkmann Constructors’ 40th year, employees, clients and partners will celebrate what makes this company great – its people.

     

     

     

  • Advisory Committee on Construction Safety, Health to Meet Feb. 22 in DC

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Dept. of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration is hosting a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health on Thursday, Feb. 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST.

    The committee was established by the Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act (also known as the Construction Safety Act) to advise on CSA-related policy matters and construction standards.

    The session will feature remarks from Assistant Secretary for OSHA Doug Parker, updates on the construction industry from OSHA’s Directorate of Construction, a discussion on women in construction, reports from committee work groups and a public comment period.

    To register for in-person attendance, contact Gretta Jameson

    by Feb. 15. Submit comments and requests to speak at the Federal eRulemaking Portal, Docket Number OSHA-2024-0002, by Feb. 15.

  • NIBS Celebrates 50th Anniversary

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Institute of Building Sciences is a half century old.

    Created in 1974 by Congress, the NIBS was established as an authoritative body in building science research, code and standards development and integration of innovative technologies.

     

  • Stump Named Fink Roberts & Petrie President

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Melissa Stump has been promoted to president of the structural engineering firm Fink Roberts & Petrie, Inc.

    A licensed engineer, Stump joined the firm as a project engineer in 1999. In 2002 she became a project manager and in 2021 was promoted to vice president.

     

  • Skender Promotes Simons to Senior VP

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Brian Simons has been promoted from vice president to senior vice president of Skender’s Indianapolis office.

    A Purdue University alum, Simons will head operations of the office, leading teams in the construction of builds in the health care, retail and office markets.

  • Clune Construction Promotes Wojack to Co-EVP

    PHOENIX, Ariz. – Adam Wojack has been promoted to the role of Co-Executive Vice President of Clune Construction’s Phoenix office.

    Together with co-EVP Jeremy Stanek, the two will lead the construction firm’s Phoenix office in the construction of projects across several markets including hospitality, data centers and SCIF (sensitive compartmented information facility).

    Wojack earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Eastern Illinois University.

  • Clune Construction Promotes Stanek

    PHOENIX, Ariz. – Clune Construction has promoted Jeremy Stanek to co-executive vice president of the firm’s Phoenix office.

    Stanek holds a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from Purdue University.

    Together with co-EVP Adam Wojack, Stanek will lead buildouts of projects in hospitality, data center and SCIF (sensitive compartmented information facility) sectors.

  • Professional Installers Celebrates 40th Anniversary

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Office furniture installation service provider Professional Installers (Pi), Inc. is celebrating 40 years in business.

     

  • Reed Joins IWR North America

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Joel Reed joins IWR North America as a project manager. Reed will concentrate on metal construction projects.

  • Thomas “Tom” Wischmeyer Passes

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Thomas “Tom” Wischmeyer, a fixture in the St. Louis electrical industry and vice president at Guarantee Electrical Company for many years, passed away on Jan. 5.

    A veteran of the U.S. Army, Wischmeyer was an enthusiastic outdoorsman, jack of all trades and above all else, he was a dedicated husband, father and grandfather.

    “Tom was everything that we stand for,” said Dave Gralike, president of Guarantee Electrical Company. “He lived our values to the fullest. Tom’s influence extended far beyond Guarantee, leaving a lasting mark on our community, colleagues, customers and partners.”

    Leading Guarantee’s national business unit, Wischmeyer oversaw projects from coast to coast as VP of national operations. He led with unwavering focus and a contagious work ethic, guiding teams to achieve their full potential.

    “Tom never had a bad day,” said Rich Ledbetter, CEO of Guarantee Electrical Company. “Rough moments, maybe, but Tom took challenges in stride and always came out on top. His impact won’t fade with his passing. It lives on.”

  • Mehlhaff Joins Port KC

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Maitland Mehlhaff joins Port KC as its new multimodal logistics manager. His background includes urban planning and design.

  • Port KC Welcomes McFadden

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Port KC welcomes Delaney McFadden as its new project coordinator. McFadden specializes in organization and management and possesses real estate experience.

  • Morris Joins Garver

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Garver announces the addition of Wes Morris as its electrical practice leader in the firm’s Crossroads office.

    Morris’ resume includes nearly 10 years of experience as a mechanical/electrical/plumbing engineering consultant.

  • Weber Named Executive Vice President of Holland Construction Services

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Holland Construction Services announces Doug Weber as the company’s new executive vice president. He steps into this role after 24 years in the industry, including 17 at Holland in various leadership roles. As EVP, Weber will provide guidance to all business unit leaders, lead the residential business unit, oversee risk analysis and continue to be a thought partner with Holland’s clients.

    “Our company has grown tremendously under Doug’s leadership,” said Holland President Mike Marchal. “I am so proud of Doug as a partner and friend and grateful for what he has done for our team. His integrity, care for others and business acumen make him the perfect choice to guide us as we grow while staying true to our core values.”

    Weber joined Holland in 2007 as a project manager and was promoted to director of multifamily housing in 2013. In 2019 he was promoted to vice president/project executive. Marchal says Weber’s recent promotion to EVP speaks to Weber’s professional excellence as well as his ability to lead large teams.

    “Holland has been my home for nearly two decades, and I am honored to take on this new role within the company,” Weber said. “Our ongoing success in this industry is due to our passionate, talented team and to clients who trust us with their vision.”

    As executive vice president, Weber will lend his expertise to every facet of Holland’s business. He will continue bringing the highest level of care, insight and service to all of Holland’s team members and clients.