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St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station Progresses Toward Construction Finish in Late 2019

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What holds more than one million gallons of water, spans 120,000 square feet and promises to educate and fascinate all ages?

The St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station in downtown St. Louis, on schedule to open in late 2019.

Part of an overall $187 million family entertainment complex, the massive project is being developed by Union Station owner Lodging Hospitality Management, designed by PGAV Destinations, built by McCarthy Building Companies and operated by zoOceanarium Group, the aquarium is creating 500 construction jobs. The St. Louis Aquarium Foundation will provide education, conservation and volunteer programs for visitors.

“The Shark Tank alone will hold 250,000 gallons of saltwater,” said Shawn Brinker, project manager for McCarthy. “Visitors will walk through a switchback tunnel designed with radiused, deep-water acrylic panels – some as large as 16 feet by 18 feet – that will enable them to get an up-close look at aquatic creatures for an exciting, virtual-immersive experience.”

Extensive demolition of what had been Union Station’s food court and mall to make way for the aquarium proved to be a steep challenge when work began November 2017. Brinker said working off as-built drawings dating back to the late 1800s made existing condition coordination, work sequencing and planning essential. “Subsurface conditions associated with the design and construction of three miles of piping systems also made the work extremely challenging,” he said, noting that complex piping up and above standard mechanical-electrical-plumbing infrastructure was necessary to support the more than 250 species of aquatic life. LSS (life support system) piping was a major portion of the work.

The aquarium is zoOceanarium’s first project located in the U.S.

Clayco Expands its Communication Marketing Efforts with New Chief Communications Officer

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Jessica Herrala

Clayco, a full-service turnkey real estate, architecture, engineering, design-build and construction firm, announced today the expansion of their communication and marketing team with the hiring of Jessica Herrala as Chief Communications Officer.

Herrala is responsible for managing the Clayco brand, communications, public affairs and sales support for the entire Clayco enterprise, including all subsidiaries. Jessica is a 20-plus year veteran of the architecture, engineering, construction and development industry in senior level communications, marketing, strategy and public affairs roles.

“We want our communications efforts to catch up with the tremendous growth we have experienced in the last five years and it’s important to assemble a leadership team that exemplifies the values that helped make Clayco what it is today,” said CEO Bob Clark. “Jessica is an example of our commitment to employ the best and brightest in our industry.”

Joining Herrala to support critical business lines of the Clayco enterprise: Mia Sissac is the new Director of Communications for CRG, Oliver Muenz-Winkler is the Director of Communications for the Clayco Industrial Business Unit and Shelby Kroeger is the Director of Communications and Marketing for the architecture and engineering practice, which includes BatesForum and the recently acquired Lamar Johnson Collaborative.

Clayco is a full-service, turnkey real estate development, master planning, architecture, engineering and construction firm that delivers clients across North America the highest quality solutions on time, on budget, and above and beyond expectations. For more information visit<>.

CRG is Clayco’s private real estate development firm that acquires, develops, and operates real estate assets. Headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri with offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Newport Beach and Philadelphia, the CRG team has developed more than 5,000 acres of land and delivered over 160 million square feet of commercial, industrial, and multi-family assets exceeding $9 billion in value. For more information visit

BatesForum is a full-service design and technology firm founded on the principle of creating a single forum that would bring together all of the capabilities of the master builder in a collaborative, creative, and inclusive process. For more information visit<>.

Lamar Johnson Collaborative was founded in August of 2017 when entrepreneurs Lamar and Lisa Johnson had an idea to bring together the best people they’d worked with in the architecture industry to create a firm that offers broad expertise with the intention of better serving clients. For more information visit<>

Midas Hospitality Receives Prestigious Awards from Marriott International

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St. Louis hotelier’s Residence Inn portfolio is nation’s only recipient of guest satisfaction award 

Marriott International recently honored Midas Hospitality – a premier hotel development, management and investment firm – with the distinguished Partnership Circle Award, which is the highest honor that Marriott presents for hospitality excellence.

In addition to the Partnership Circle Award, Midas also received the Guest Satisfaction Excellence Award for Marriott’s Residence Inn brand.  Marriott only presents one award per hotel brand, and Midas’ Residence Inn portfolio – which includes two hotels in Charlotte, N.C. and two in St. Louis, Mo. – was selected as the top ranked group in the country.

The Partnership Circle Award honors companies that live by Marriott’s vision, share a mutual long-term commitment, fully embrace Marriott’s brand initiatives, focus on employees to create a well-managed and engaged workforce, invest in hotel product, and provide outstanding customer service. According to Marriott, being awarded the Partnership Circle Award is a testament to Midas’ dedication to its guests, associates and to upholding the distinguished values that were created by J.W. Marriott many years ago.

“The Partnership Circle Award represents all that we as an organization strive to achieve in terms of excellent customer service and brand distinction,” said David Robert, Midas Hospitality’s CEO and Managing Member.  “We graciously accept this recognition on behalf of our entire team, which is truly responsible for the award and all that it represents to us.”  Robert added that the Residence Inn award “is yet another win for our company and our continuous quest to guarantee the finest experience at each and every property we manage.”

Photo Above: Pictured from left to right are Midas Hospitality’s CEO and Managing Member David Robert and VP Development and Construction Chris Shinkle.

Founded in 2006, Midas Hospitality specializes in the development, management and investment of award-winning hotel properties across the U.S.  The firm focuses on select-service and extended-stay experiences for global brands including Hilton, Marriott, and IHG.  Midas’ headquarters are located at 1804 Borman Circle Dr. in Maryland Heights, Mo.  For more information, call (314) 692-0100 or visit


Habitat For Humanity Saint Louis & Saint Louis University Partner To Build Housing Near Campus

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With funding secured through the City’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund, Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis has announced it will move forward with plans to build five new homes near Saint Louis University (SLU) in 2019.

The $1.1 million dollar investment will transform long-vacant land in the Gate District West neighborhood just adjacent to the university’s Medical Campus into for-sale affordable single-family housing. Community leaders gave unanimous approval to the plan last year.

St. Louis Midtown Development Corporation, created in partnership with SLU and SSM Health, is playing a lead role in spearheading redevelopment in this area. In March of 2017, the entity was ratified by the City of St. Louis as an Urban Redevelopment Corporation to oversee and administer a redevelopment plan to draw new investment to an area comprised of close to 400 acres in the heart of the city.

With nearly $1 billion in new construction already underway in Midtown, SLU sees the Habitat Saint Louis project as an opportunity to maintain workforce housing for families who want to live near jobs, transit and good schools — amenities that already exist.

“Saint Louis University is committed to working together with the St. Louis community to reimagine, revitalize and transform our city,” said SLU President Fred P. Pestello, Ph.D. “This partnership with Habitat fits squarely into that commitment.”

This build is the first major project in which Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis and SLU have joined forces to create affordable home-ownership opportunities for homebuyers. The plan calls for two-story, fully accessible homes with brick façades to complement the existing streetscapes. According to Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis Executive Director Kimberly McKinney, quality affordable housing is in high demand throughout the St. Louis region, and especially in the central corridor.

“As private investment continues to come to places like Midtown, we know that the cost of housing is rising, and so is the demand for affordable housing opportunities for working families,” said McKinney. “We’re excited to be able to move forward with plans for development in the Gate District West and have hundreds of waitlist applicants who will be equally as excited.”

The Affordable Housing Trust Fund was established by city voters to stabilize neighborhoods through the preservation and production of affordable housing and support services for those in need. Under the leadership of April Ford Griffin and with the support of elected officials, the Affordable Housing Commission made available $5,175,424 in grants and loans in their 2018 funding round. Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis was one of 45 grants and 3 development projects funded.

“The Affordable Housing Trust Fund was created to support important projects like this,” says the Affordable Housing Commission’s April Ford Griffin.  “Aside from creating affordable home ownership for five families, the new, Zero Energy Ready homes will be accessible, highly energy-efficient, and near Midtown’s transit and high opportunities, which are critical building blocks for improving life and building economic mobility.”

Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis is a not-for-profit, ecumenical housing ministry working in partnership with individuals, corporate partners and communities of all faiths to improve housing conditions and provide safe, decent and affordable housing in St. Louis City and County. For more information, visit:

ASA Midwest Council Meet the General Contractors Expo on January 30, 2019

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The American Subcontractors Association (ASA) – Midwest Council will host its annual Meet the General Contractors Expo on January 30, 2019 at the St. Charles Convention Center in St. Charles, MO. The yearly event gives area subcontractors and construction professionals the opportunity for valuable face-to-face time with some of St. Louis’ top general contractors.

The expo provides an ideal opportunity for construction industry professionals to network with general contractors, all in one place and in a relaxed setting. The expo is specifically designed for networking and building relationships with multiple representatives from the area general contractors.  There are 34 GC exhibitors participating in 2019.

  • 2019 General Contractor Exhibitors:
  •  CRB
  • S. M. WILSON & CO.

Last year’s event drew more than 1200 attendees. ASA will also have a booth at the expo with information about the St. Louis chapter, and details of upcoming industry events for 2019.  The event is open to ASA Members only from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m., and then open to all registered attendees from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m.

Advance Expo Registration is $65 for ASA Members and $95 for Non-Members. Registration includes hosted bar and appetizers. Register online at by January 23rd. After the 23rd there is a $30 surcharge on late registration, so register early.  Advance Registration is required, and space is filling up very quickly!

The American Subcontractors Association (ASA) Midwest Council is a construction trade association made up of quality specialty subcontractors and suppliers serving the construction industry and the community in the greater St. Louis metropolitan area and southern Illinois. For more information about the ASA Midwest Council, visit or contact Executive Director, Susan Winkelmann at 314-845-0855. ASA Midwest Council – Building. Community. 

AGCMO Winter/Spring 2019 Classes, AGC of Missouri Curriculum

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Location: Construction Training School, 6301 Knox Industrial Dr., St. Louis, MO 63139

Jobsite Communications for Foremen and Entry Level Superintendents is the first in AGC of Missouri’s Construction Industry Business Basics, a feedback-driven professional development series tailored to the training needs expressed by the AGCMO community of member companies. This introductory, facilitator-led, 4-hour seminar features individual sessions on electronic communication, nonverbal communication, compliance/legal issues, and crisis management communication. In a highly interactive learning environment, including group discussions and role play, participants engage in situational case studies designed to enhance communication effectiveness and efficiency.

Facilitator: Rita Kiry began her collegiate teaching career in 1996, teaching Business and General Education classes.  Prior to teaching, Ms. Kiry had a successful career in Marketing. Along with her husband, Ms. Kiry owns home remodeling and rental businesses. She earned her M.B.A. (International Business) and B.S. (Marketing) at Saint Louis University.

AGCMO Winter/Spring 2019 Classes, AGC of America Curriculum 
Location: Construction Training School, 6301 Knox Industrial Dr., St. Louis, MO 63139

STP Unit 4  Contract Documents. Instructor, Marvin Woods, CCP FAACE, Principal, Project Controls Group, Inc. *

STP Unit 6   Risk Management & Problem Solving. Instructor:  David Lowell, Sr. Project Manager, Kozeny-Wagner Inc. *

PMDP Module 5   Leadership. Instructors:  Angie Lovatto, Director of Human Resources, Tarlton Corporation & Brian Gibson, General Manager-Concrete, Tarlton Corporation *

BIM Unit 1   An Introduction to Building Information Modeling. Instructors: Adam Lega, CM-BIM, BIM Coordinator, Apogee Consulting Group & Chris Link, BIM Coordinator, CRB

BIM Unit 2  BIM Technology. Instructors: Corey Bell, CM-BIM, General Manager, BuildingPoint Mid-America & Scott Green, PE, CM-BIM, CM-LEAN, LEED AP, Director of Construction Technology, Tarlton Corporation

BIM Unit 3  BIM Project Execution Planning. Instructors: Scott Green, PE, CM-BIM, CM-LEAN, LEED AP, Director of Construction Technology, Tarlton Corporation & Chris Link, BIM Coordinator, CRB

BIM Unit 4  BIM Adoption, Implementation and ROI. Instructors: Corey Bell, CM-BIM, General Manager, BuildingPoint Mid-America & Adam Lega, CM-BIM, BIM Coordinator, Apogee Consulting Group

USACE CQMC (Construction Quality Management for Contractor) classes.
These classes are scheduled by the United States Corps of Engineers St. Louis District Office. To be placed on the email notification list when these classes are offered, send an email to Sarah Wright.

* Remote learning locations are available for this course. Please contact Sarah Wright about becoming a remote learning location.

Government Shutdown, and Subsequent Lack of Federal Funding, Causing Public Transit Providers to Reduce Services

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The ripple effect of the government shutdown has made its way to Missouri’s roadways. Rural transit providers throughout the state are currently operating without FTA Section 5311 and 5310 funding, leaving agencies to rely on other funding sources or reserves to continue to provide critical transit services to residents.

OATS Transit, for example, which provides service in 87 Missouri counties and is the largest rural transit provider in the country, announced that it may be forced to temporarily suspend or reduce some of its services due to the shutdown. If the shutdown – which began on Dec. 21 – continues, service reductions of 10 to 15 percent could begin as early as next week for OATS, increasing to 25 percent by the first week in February.

Several other rural transit providers, including Southeast Missouri Transportation Service (SMTS) and SERVE Transportation, which operates out of Callaway County/Fulton, Mo., have also reported similar concerns.

“Missouri state transit funding of $0.17 per capita is one of the lowest in the U.S.’” said Kim Cella, Executive Director of the Missouri Public Transit Association, which represents transit providers – both rural and urban – across Missouri. “Without federal funds, Missouri transit providers have little to no alternatives for funding. The current shutdown is a clear indication that more state funding is needed to better diversify funding sources for these critical services.”

For more information or to stay up to date on how the government shutdown might impact transit service in communities across Missouri, visit

Missouri Public Transit Association (MPTA) was established in 1980 as a Missouri non-profit corporation. It was formed to provide a unified voice for public and specialized transportation providers in Missouri and to work toward elevating the status of public transit as a national priority.

Building Careers

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The latest People in the News highlighting new hires, promotions, honors & recognition of the men and women in the St. Louis building community.

NewGround Appoints Paul McAfee as Regional Vice President

Paul McKee

NewGround, a St. Louis-based experiential architecture, design, and delivery firm, announced that Paul McAfee joined the NewGround Canada team as Regional Vice President of Business Development. Based in British Columbia, Paul’s primary responsibility will be to manage and lead a regional account acquisition and delivery team.

With more than 30 years of experience, Paul has a proven track record of success in the financial services industry. Prior to joining NewGround, he held numerous executive positions, including serving as the President and COO of NorthPeace Savings & Credit Union in British Columbia where he worked with NewGround on multiple projects.

“Paul’s experience in the financial services industry will complement and expand our industry expertise. We are thrilled to have him on our team and are excited to see how he helps us grow our business in the years to come,” said Greg Ward, President of NewGround Canada.

Paul is heavily involved in numerous regional and national industry committees and holds two certifications from the Credit Union Executive Society University program.

“I look forward to helping grow NewGround’s market share through building positive and rewarding relationships and am happy to be a part of the team,” said Paul McAfee, Regional Vice President of Business Development at NewGround Canada.

NewGround is an international, award-winning architecture, design, and delivery firm, providing dynamic, experiential, market-driven environments. Over the last century, NewGround has completed more than 15,000 projects throughout the USA, Canada and in the United Kingdom. Headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, NewGround maintains corporate offices in Chicago, Illinois, Honolulu, Hawaii, and Toronto, Ontario, with a regional presence throughout.

Spellman Brady & Company Hires Jennifer Stockhausen, IIDA, NCIDQ

Jennifer Stockhausen

Spellman Brady & Company, an award-winning interior design firm, is pleased to announce that Jennifer Stockhausen, IIDA, NCIDQ has joined the firm as a Senior Designer. She brings 7 years of professional experience focused on the design of assisted living and memory care communities. Her responsibilities include providing creative and exceptional interior design for all aspects of a project – from initial planning, design concept and construction documents to furniture specifications, procurement and installation.

Ms. Stockhausen earned her Bachelor of Science, Human Environmental Sciences, Architectural Studies degree with an Interior Design emphasis and continued her studies to earn a Master of Arts in Environment and Behavior degree focusing on “Personal Control in the Work Place” degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Spellman Brady & Company is an award-winning interior design firm specializing in senior living, healthcare, and higher education environments. For more information about Spellman Brady & Company, please visit

Community Mourning Loss of Nationally Recognized Educator, Civil Rights Activist Dr. Irene Leota Moore Wright

Dr. Irene Leota Moore Wright

Services for Grandmother of KAI CEO Michael Kennedy, Jr. Scheduled for Jan. 23

The community is mourning the death of nationally recognized educator and civil rights activist Dr. Irene Leota Moore Wright — mother-in-law of KAI Founder Michael Kennedy, Sr. and grandmother of KAI CEO Michael Kennedy, Jr. — who passed away on Jan. 10 at age 91. A Celebration of Life Service honoring her is scheduled for Jan. 23 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Dr. Wright enjoyed a long, successful career in education, having earned a bachelor’s degree from Spelman College in Atlanta; a master’s degree in speech pathology and audiology from Washington University in St. Louis; and a Ph. D. in higher education from Saint Louis University. She also studied at Ball State University, New York University, Columbia University and Atlanta University.

She went on to hold faculty positions at Atlanta University, Clark College, Spelman College, Harris Teachers College, Tuskegee Institute, Albany State College and Saint Louis University and was published in the areas of speech and hearing problems, teacher programs, the trainable child and deaf education.

She served as vice president of the Albany Civil Rights Movement and was the Dean of Students at Albany State College but resigned in protest when she learned that students had been expelled for demonstrating against racial violence and discrimination. She held strategy meetings in her home for out-of-town students who wanted to help with voter registration campaigns and braved threat of physical harm as she travelled from Albany to Washington, D.C. to report on racial injustices taking place around her.

Irene Wright is survived by her “Boo” of 58 years, Dr. Thomas V. Wright Sr., and her children: Vicki Hamilton (Harold), Lynn Kennedy (Michael), Traci Wright (Thomas Wright, Jr.), and Marcia Buresch; 10 grandsons: Arthur (Angelica) and Brandon, Michael, Chad, Jon, Sam, Marcus (Sarah), James Trey (Sina), Simeon, and Brett (Betty); and five great-grandchildren: Titus, Bella, Jaz’min, Jaire, and Levi. She also leaves her only living sibling, Jean Collins, and nieces and nephews she adored: Hollie, Wilanna, Robin, Judy, Bobby, James Jr., Michael, Johnnie, Connie, Mitzy, Phillip, Frankie, Neicey, Scott, Bonnie, Albert (Katie), and all of their children. She was preceded in death by her beloved son, Thomas Victor Wright Jr.; her sisters, Augusta Mae, Louise Worthington, and Judelle Shaw; and her brother, Julian Moore.

Michael Kennedy, Jr. attributes his grandmother’s influence on KAI’s commitment to giving back and supporting the community.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to either Albany State University in Albany, Georgia or Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia.

Tyler Bick Receives Professional Engineering License

Tyler Bick

Tyler Bick, who joined KPFF in July 2017, recently passed the professional engineering examination and is now a licensed Professional Engineer in Missouri. He is working on a variety of projects including Mercy Clinic in Springdale, Arkansas; The Foundry in Midtown St. Louis; and a structural condition assessment at Southeast Missouri State University. Tyler earned his Bachelor and Master of Science in Civil Engineering degrees at Missouri University of Science & Technology.

Megan Schimmelpfenning Receives Structural Engineering License

Megan Schimmelpfenning

Megan Schimmelpfenning, who joined KPFF in August 2015, recently passed the Illinois Structural Engineering examination and is now a licensed Structural Engineer in Illinois. Her KPFF projects include the new Courtyard by Marriott and Residence Inn blended hotel in Des Peres, Missouri; SSM/Saint Louis University Hospital’s New Patient Tower; and Weil Hall at Washington University in St. Louis. Megan earned her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree at S

outhern Illinois University Carbondale in 2011.

Founded in Seattle in 1960, KPFF Consulting Engineers is one of the top structural and civil engineering firms, and is known for providing creative, thoughtful, and cost-effective design solutions. 

HBD Construction, Inc. Welcomes New Director of Business Development

Annie Kowert

HBD Construction, Inc is proud to welcome Annie Kowert as Director of Business Development. Annie joins the HBD Construction, Inc team bringing 18 years of experience in the healthcare industry including healthcare administration, senior living, medical supply sales, and marketing. In addition to building strong customer relationships, she will be responsible for market research, strategic planning, and expanding company awareness.

Annie has a B.S. in Occupational Therapy from Cleveland State University. She currently resides in Kirkwood with her husband, Brian and children, Lyla and Luke.  She enjoys spending time with her family, exercise, reading, travel, and volunteering at her kids’ school and church.

Cohen Architectural Woodworking Names Nate Cohen Chief Financial Officer 

Nate Cohen

Cohen Architectural Woodworking announces the appointment of Nate Cohen to serve as Chief Financial Officer. Cohen will oversee the finances of the 36 year-old
company that standardizes, designs and builds custom millwork components and casework for clients nationwide. Cohen, age 29, most recently served as a Senior Project Manager. He has performed and excelled in various roles for the family-owned and family-run business for some 24 years, from sweeping the shop floor at age 5, to serving in engineering, and in project management.

In addition to his duties at Cohen Architectural Woodworking, Nate Cohen is
an entrepreneur, real estate investor and professional woodworker. He won
international woodworking competitions in high school for three consecutive
years and, at age 19, built chess tables for Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield,
founders of the St. Louis Chess Club. His tables were used at the U.S. Chess
Championships. Nate’s chess tables can also be found in the St. Louis
Cardinals clubhouse and with other organizations.

Founded in 1982, Cohen Architectural Woodworking is a family-owned
architectural design/build woodworking firm headquartered in St. James,
Missouri. For more information visit

Kevin Gremmelsbacher Promoted by HDA Architects

Kevin Gremmelsbacher

Since joining HDA Architects in 2013, Kevin Gremmelsbacher has played a vital role in transitioning the company into Revit and has developed production drawings for numerous unique project types.  He is currently the firms BIM Manager and has recently been promoted to the role of Project Manager.  His attention to detail and dedication to his projects provides the foundation for his work and has proven effective in delivering a quality product from design development stages through project completion.   

Matt Hoffman joins Wiegmann Associates as Project Engineer 

Matt Hoffman

Matt Hoffman of St. Louis, MO has joined Wiegmann Associates as a project engineer. Hoffman is responsible for designing and engineering HVAC systems for various Wiegmann Associates projects. Prior to joining Wiegmann Associates, he worked as a contract mechanical engineer for Monsanto Company on a large industrial seeds processing project. Hoffman holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia. 

Wiegmann Associates is a St. Louis-based mechanical contractor and a national leader in design/build HVAC projects. For more information, visit or call (636) 940-1056.

January 11, 2019

Castle Contracting Expands In-House Civil Design Team with Hiring of James Parks and Amy Huller

Castle Contracting, LLC has expanded its in-house civil design expertise with the hiring of James Parks, P.E. as senior design manager and Amy Huller, P.E. as design manager. This experienced design team will work collaboratively to strengthen Castle’s capabilities to secure, manage and deliver civil design-build projects across the St. Louis region and beyond.

James Parks

James Parks joins Castle with a broad range of expertise that encompasses civil engineering; design and consulting; geotechnical engineering and materials testing; general contracting; construction management; estimating and project management. His hands-on project experience includes numerous project types: municipal, trails, roadways, retail, commercial, institutional, industrial, pipelines, residential, riverfront developments, hospitals and healthcare facilities. He also has overseen master planning for developments ranging from less than an acre to hundreds of acres.

Parks previously served as senior project manager at Glasper Professional Services, and he also worked as assistant project manager at CDG Engineers and project engineer at Crafton, Tull & Associates.

A licensed professional engineer registered in Missouri, Illinois and Arizona and a LEED-accredited professional, he earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Missouri S&T in Rolla, Mo.

Parks has been active in the American Society of Civil Engineers and served as a mentor in the ACE Mentor Program, which helps inspire high school students to pursue careers in design and construction. He and his family live in Florissant.

Amy Huller

An experienced design engineer, project manager and GIS specialist, Amy Huller’s expertise includes the design of residential, condominium and subdivision sites; commercial sites; and industrial sites and subdivisions. Her responsibilities have included the design of sanitary sewers, storm sewer systems, water systems, paving and grading, as well as managing the permitting process for a wide variety of public works, commercial, residential and military projects.

Prior to joining Castle, Huller served as a project manager at Glasper Professional Services. She previously worked as design engineer and GIS specialist at Thouvenot, Wade & Moerchen.

A licensed professional engineer registered in Missouri, she earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Huller has served as a troop leader and camp coordinator for Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois for the last 10 years. She and her family reside in Belleville, Ill. 

Castle Contracting, LLC provides turnkey site preparation services, site utilities, earthwork and trenchless technology directly to owners; general contractors; and mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection contractors. 

Kay Koonce Joins HOK’s St. Louis Office as Marketing Manager

Kay Koonce

Kay Koonce, has joined HOK in St. Louis. She will lead the marketing department in the St. Louis studio as a marketing manager. Her professional experience will aid HOK in the continued success of project acquisition and fortified brand awareness.

With 20 years of A/E industry marketing experience, Koonce joins HOK from TBE Architects, Inc. in St. Louis, and prior to that, working for firms like KAI, Cannon Design, David Mason & Associates and the Farnsworth Group, Inc.

HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm. Through a network of 24 offices worldwide, HOK provides design excellence and innovation to create places that enrich people’s lives and help clients succeed. DesignIntelligence consistently ranks HOK as a leader in sustainable, high-performance design and technology innovation.​

Benjamin Dryer Appointed Service Account Manager

Benjamin Dryer

Benjamin Dryer has been named service account manager for Murphy Company. The announcement was made by Chris Carter, vice-president, service, for the mechanical contracting and engineering firm. Dryer has three years’ experience in service and sales, providing estimates and project management for a local mechanical contractor. A graduate of Pattonville High School, he also studied business at both Webster University and the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Jeffrey (“Mike”) Gumm Joins Murphy Company

Jeffrey (“Mike”) Gumm

Jeffrey (“Mike”) Gumm has joined Murphy Company as service project manager.  The announcement was made by Chris Carter, vice-president, service, for the mechanical contracting and engineering firm. A union pipefitter with more than six years’ experience, Gumm is highly experienced at HVAC installation and system troubleshooting. He attended both St. Louis Community College-Meramec and Lindenwood University.  He also achieved his HVAC technology certification from the Midwest Institute.

Founded in 1907, Murphy Company is one of the nation’s top mechanical contracting and engineering firms delivering innovative solutions to the commercial, industrial and institutional markets.  For more information, visit

January 4, 2019

Jim Contratto joins CRB as director of business development 

Jim Contratto

Jim Contratto, a design and construction professional with 37 years of experience, has joined CRB’s Central region as the director of business development. Contratto has a wide range of knowledge in the construction industry, previously working in the areas of pre-construction, operations, design and business development. His understanding of complex construction projects in the life sciences and advanced technology industries bring an added level of expertise to CRB and CRB’s clients.

Contratto has previously assisted dozens of clients across the Unites States in building or renovating their facilities. Facility types he’s collaborated on include pharmaceutical manufacturing, research and development laboratories, food and beverage manufacturing and other highly technical projects.

“In my previous positions, I’ve played a key role in the delivery of major construction projects. I’m happy to continue that responsibility here at CRB and I’m excited to deliver some of the most technically advanced facilities with the industry’s most technically knowledgeable staff,” Contratto said.

Contratto will focus on providing customized construction solutions to new and existing clients. He will help clients determine which of CRB’s services will add value to their project and assist them in reaching their business goals. Contratto is based in St. Louis and will support clients throughout the United States.

“We are eager to introduce Jim to our clients, so they can take advantage of his knowledge,” regional leader Russ Sheppard, said. “I’m confident they will find his past project experience and grasp of the local construction market extremely beneficial.”

CRB is a full-service network of engineers, architects, constructors and consultants, assisting advanced technology organizations in the planning, design, construction and operational support of facilities across the globe. For more information, visit

New Hires at FSA

Kelsey Jordan

FSA welcomes its newest Associate, Kelsey Jordan. Kelsey graduated from Southern Illinois University with a Master of Architecture degree, a bachelor’s in Architectural Studies, and a minor in Environmental Studies. She is currently working towards her Registered Graphic Designer Certification, her Architectural License in Missouri, and her NCIDQ qualifications to become a Certified Interior Designer. Kelsey is also actively involved in the AIA STL Young Architects Forum and AIA STL Women in Architecture group.

Zoe Wang

Zoe Wang joined the FSA team as an Associate in August 2018. She received her Master of Architecture degree from Washington University in St. Louis and is currently working towards becoming a licensed Architect. While attending school at WUSTL, she designed and programmed lighting effects for a rock n’ roll concert and participated in the Chamber Choir as a soprano. Her favorite part about working in architecture is the process of solving design issues.

December 28, 2018

S. M. Wilson Promotes Josh Weber to Assistant Project Manager

Josh Weber

S. M. Wilson & Co. has promoted Josh Weber to Assistant Project Manager. As Assistant Project Manager, he will work with the Project Managers in coordinating the activities of a project to ensure schedule, document control and quality standards are met and projects are completed safely, on time and with approved budgets.

Weber joined S. M. Wilson in 2017 from a Kansas City contractor where he quickly demonstrated his perseverance as well as his ability to remain composed after joining a challenging project at the midpoint of Tallgrass Creek Residential Building 1.4. After working on Tallgrass Creek Residential Building 1.5, Weber became more involved in the project management aspects of the project.

Weber has begun work on the Von Maur Dry Good Stores and will be responsible for continuing to grow the long-standing relationship with high-end retailer, Von Maur. He has six years of construction experience, holds a B.S. in Construction Management from Southeast Missouri State University and is OSHA 30 certified.

S. M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis. For more information, visit

Clayco Hires Key Technology Executives

Construction firm brings on Chief Innovation Officer and Chief Information Officer

Clayco recently announced the hiring of two digital and innovation executives: Matthew Porter as Chief Innovation Officer and Simona Rollinson as Chief Information Officer. Porter will oversee all aspects of technology at Clayco, continuing to drive the company’s message and implementation of innovation forward in the design-build industry, while Rollinson will be responsible for overseeing all elements of the information technology function.

Matthew Porter

Porter will oversee traditional IT entities such as service and storage and search for new ways to integrate IT into Clayco’s day-to-day operations through new technologies such as virtual construction and augmented reality. With more than 20 years of experience in the technology industry, he most recently served as Clayco’s interim Chief Information Officer while leading the effort to hire a permanent CIO. Seeing Porter’s experience and unique perspective he brought to advance the company, Clayco created the role of Chief Innovation Officer for him.

One of Porter’s key goals as he begins in his new role is to break down silos across the construction landscape. Particularly, he hopes to make data accessible throughout the construction process to ensure that the best tools are available to the marketplace, creating a seamless process from the moment planning begins to the moment the keys are handed over to a building’s owner.

Simona Rollinson

Rollinson will spend much of her time working with Porter, planning to outline a strategic roadmap in the technology space, and identify new opportunities that will allow Clayco to develop innovative initiatives. She comes to Clayco with more than 20 years of experience as a technology professional. Following 17 years in the private sector at a software company, she spent four years in the public sector before joining Clayco.

As Rollinson begins her tenure at Clayco she is planning to outline a strategic roadmap in the technology space and establish an IT investment council, as well as identify new opportunities that will allow Clayco to develop innovative initiatives that change the field.

Clayco is a full-service, turnkey real estate development, master planning, architecture, engineering and construction firm that delivers clients across North America the highest quality solutions on time, on budget, and above and beyond expectations. For more information visit

Caroline Devereux joins Knoebel Construction as Accounts Payable Coordinator

Caroline Devereux

Caroline Devereux of the Central West End in St. Louis, MO, has joined Knoebel Construction as Accounts Payable Coordinator. She is responsible for monitoring accounts payable, processing invoices and issuing payments.  Devereux holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Saint Louis University.
Knoebel Construction, Inc. is a national general contractor specializing in retail center, multi-use, restaurant, grocery, healthcare and retail store construction. For more information, visit or call (636) 326-4100.

December 14, 2018

New Hires at HDA Architects 

Tom Young

HDA Architects hired Tom Young as a Senior Designer

Jim Gabel

HDA Architects hired Jim Gabel as a Senior Project Manager

HDA Architects hired Stephanie Jack-Moore as Marketing-Administration

Mirella Mosquera

HDA Architects hired Mirella Mosquera as a Graphic Designer



Ed Hogue Named Senior Plumbing Designer

Ed Hogue

Edward Hogue, CPD, has joined Murphy Company as senior plumbing designer in the mechanical contracting and engineering firm’s Engineering Group.  The announcement was made by Bill McKanna, supervisor, plumbing (Missouri Engineering). An ASPE “Certified plumbing Designer” (CPD) certification professional, Hogue has more than 12 years’ experience as a plumbing department manager/project manager and senior plumbing designer.  From 2007 to 2014, he was owner/principal of Zion MPE, specializing in HVAC, electrical and plumbing design and CAD production for client projects.  He holds an associate’s degree in applied science for computer-aided drafting from ITT Technical Institute.

Founded in 1907, Murphy Company is one of the nation’s top mechanical contracting and engineering firms delivering innovative solutions to the commercial, industrial and institutional markets.  For more information, visit

Kevin Ridgeway Joins McCarthy as Project Director

Kevin Ridgeway

Kevin Ridgeway, P.E., has joined McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. as project director in the firm’s solar and renewable energy group.

Ridgeway has 15 years of diverse experience as an electrical engineer, senior project manager and director of operations. In his new role, his focus is on expanding McCarthy’s presence in utility-scale solar installations and other renewable energy projects across the company’s 28-state Central Region. McCarthy’s national solar and renewable energy group ranked No. 7 on Solar Power World’s 2018 Top Solar Contractors list and No. 5 among the “Top 10 Solar EPCs” (engineer, procure, construct).

“Communities across the Midwest increasingly see the positive economic impact of solar and renewable energy projects, particularly in rural communities,” said John Buescher, president of McCarthy’s Central Region. “Adding Kevin to our growing team will strengthen McCarthy’s ability to serve as an expert partner in overseeing the construction of these complex systems.”

Prior to joining McCarthy, Ridgeway held a range of leadership, engineering and project management positions at Ross & Baruzzini and PayneCrest Electric. A licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Missouri, he earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. 

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. is the oldest privately held national construction company in the country – with more than 150 years spent collaborating with partners to solve complex building challenges on behalf of its clients. More information about the company is available online at or by following the company on FacebookTwitterLinkedInInstagram and Google+.

Susan Bowen joins Knoebel Construction as Director of Business Development

Susan Bowen

Susan Bowen of Ballwin, MO, has joined Knoebel Construction as Director of Business Development. Bowen is responsible for developing the overall corporate growth strategy for retail, retail center, restaurant, grocery, multi-use, healthcare and financial markets. She provides research and market analysis on existing and new markets while forecasting future growth and revenue.

Bowen has eight years of experience in the construction industry. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Missouri-Columbia and is an active member of International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW), Missouri Society for Healthcare Engineering (MOSHE) and the St. Louis Council for Construction Consumers (SLCCC) diversity committee. 

Knoebel Construction, Inc. is a national general contractor specializing in retail center, multi-use, restaurant, grocery, healthcare and retail store construction.For more information, visit or call (636) 326-4100.

Kadean Building Second Underground Proton Therapy Vault at Siteman Cancer Center in St. Louis

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$32 million Siteman project focuses on proton therapy to attack tumors in sensitive areas

Kadean Construction has begun building a 48,000 cubic foot, underground concrete vault to house a 120 ton cyclotron for Siteman Cancer Center’s second proton treatment facility in St. Louis, it was announced today.

The vault is being built beneath a parking garage on the Washington University Medical Campus, which also includes Barnes-Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children’s Hospital, in the city’s Central West End.

When completed in mid-to-late 2019, the 40-foot deep vault will house the massive cyclotron, which will produce a focused beam of isolated protons for “pencil-beam scanning,” an advanced form of radiation therapy for patients treated at the S. Lee Kling Proton Therapy Center at Siteman.

In this type of radiation therapy, a single, narrow proton beam is aimed with great precision directly at a cancerous tumor and adjusted for intensity. Its precision helps to spare surrounding healthy tissues and organs and reduce the risk of treatment-related complications, according to experts.

The total cost of the project, which is scheduled to completed in mid-to-late 2019, is $32 million, including $17 million for the cyclotron and related infrastructure provided by Mevion Medical Systems.

The underground proton vault will be 30 feet wide, 40 feet long, and 40 feet tall, and made mostly of high-density concrete with walls that are four feet thick, said Matt Breeze, vice-president of Kadean Construction, based in Fenton, a suburb of St. Louis.

Upon completion, the finished patient treatment room will actually be located in the middle of what is now a cavernous, three-story area. The massive cyclotron and its infrastructure will encompass the treatment room, although it will never be seen by patients or the doctors.

“This is a very complex project,” Breeze said. “We had to dig all the way to bedrock, and then we had to excavate and remove three-to-six feet of bedrock, which serves as the foundation for the concrete floor and the walls of the vault.”

This will be the second proton therapy vault constructed by Kadean at Siteman Cancer Center. In 2011, Kadean finished constructing Siteman’s first proton vault, which, at the time, was the first of its kind in the world. Siteman began treating patients with the first system in 2013. The second vault is immediately adjacent to the first one, which provides some logistical challenges because the construction site has very limited space in which to work or free access for heavy construction equipment.

The first vault, which also houses a Mevion cyclotron, is slightly smaller, Breeze said. And, like the second vault, its walls are four-feet thick and made with high density concrete.

“We learned a lot when we built the first vault,” Breeze said. “The site traffic and logistics are fairly complicated because we had to tackle our work without interrupting the constant flow of patients and hospital deliveries, just as we always do in all medical construction.”

He added that other proton vaults have been built with 14 foot-thick walls for radiation containment.

“Because of the confined area we had to work with when we built the first vault, however, our walls could only be four feet thick,” he said. “The design team solved the problem by using Hematite, a heavy, iron ore aggregate mined in Brazil and shipped to St. Louis.”

Breeze said the high density concrete used for both vaults weighs 250 pounds per cubic foot dry density, whereas regular concrete is about 150 pounds per cubic foot.

Breeze said work on the second vault will involve 25-30 St. Louis-area subcontractors and their crews.

The new proton therapy system will complement the first one, and will be among an array of radiation therapy options available for adult patients at Siteman Cancer Center and pediatric patients through Siteman Kids at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

Pencil-beam scanning delivers a radiation treatment through a single, narrow proton beam aimed directly at the tumor and adjusted for intensity. Then, the beam paints the radiation dose on the tumor. Alternatively, Siteman’s first proton therapy system precisely targets the tumor using magnets that scatter the proton beam across the tumor.

Today, there are 29 proton therapy facilities throughout the United States, according to the National Association for Proton Therapy, and 75 worldwide, according to the Particle Therapy Co-Operative Group (PTCOG). Both are independent, non-profit organizations that track the industry and promote the benefits of proton and particle therapy.

Siteman Cancer Center treats adults from throughout the region and beyond, as well as pediatric cancer patients from St. Louis Children’s Hospital. It is ranked among the top cancer treatment centers by U.S. News & World Report and is one of only a few cancer centers to receive the National Cancer Institute’s highest rating of “exceptional.”

Founded in 1963, Kadean Construction, one of the fastest growing construction companies in the Midwest, specializes in pre-construction, design-build, construction management, and general contracting services in the medical, senior living, retail, commercial, and industrial sectors.

In addition to undertaking major construction projects in recent years for BJC HealthCare at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Missouri Baptist Medical Center, Siteman Cancer Center, and other major medical facilities, Kadean also has built ambulatory surgical centers in Missouri, Kansas, Indiana, Michigan, Florida, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania, and high quality independent and assisted senior living and memory care facilities in the St. Louis and Kansas City regions.

Kadean also has a Kansas City, MO office to better serve customers in Western and Mid-Missouri, Eastern Kansas, and other Midwest locations.

For more information, contact Tom Pagano, 314-602-7549, for Kadean Construction

Nearly 80 Percent of U.S. Construction Firms Plan to Hire in 2019 if They Can Find Workers

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Seventy-nine percent of construction firms nationwide plan to expand their payrolls in 2019 but nearly as many construction industry employers worry they may not be able to grow operations because they won’t be able to secure enough qualified workers.

This percentage comes from the results of an annual survey, “The 2019 Construction Hiring and Business Outlook Report,” published by the Associated General Contractors Survey of America and Sage Construction and Real Estate.

AGC CEO Stephen Sandherr said contractors are optimistic about the industry’s market health in the new year, but they’re extremely concerned that they won’t be able to recruit, train and retain enough bodies to fulfill their project-specific workforce requirements.

“Construction executives appear to remain confident about their market prospects for 2019,” said Sandherr, “and they plan to add headcount to cope with the added workload. But although they are confident about the demand for their products and services, contractors are definitely concerned about finding enough qualified workers to execute projects.”

The survey, given annually by the AGC and Sage, asks respondents as to which of 13 project categories and market segments they anticipate seeing expansion over the next 12 months. Construction market segments identified in the survey are: public building, highway, K-12 school, hospital, federal government, retail/warehouse/lodging, water and sewer, transportation facility, private office, manufacturing, higher education, power, and multifamily residential.

Public building construction scored the highest net positive reading, 17 percent, by survey respondents. Three other segments – highway, K-12 school and hospital – indicated a 16 percent net positive. Four categories – private office, manufacturing, higher education and power – netted a 12 percent increase as compared to 2018 survey results. Multifamily residential scored the lowest of all 13 categories with regard to respondents’ anticipation of market expansion throughout 2019.

“Labor shortages are having an impact on construction costs and project schedules, based upon what our latest survey’s respondents are telling us,” Sandherr said. “One-third of respondents report that staffing challenges drove costs higher than anticipated.”

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