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Trades Ready to Work as St. Louis NGA HQ Project Goes to McCarthy-HITT

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By KERRY SMITH, EDITOR, ST. LOUIS CONSTRUCTION NEWS AND REVIEW MAGAZINE

The joint venture team of Rockhill, MO-based McCarthy Building Companies and Falls Church, VA-based HITT Contracting has been tabbed as the builder of the largest federal investment project – $711.7 million – in St. Louis history.

Trades union leaders attest that their people are ready to report to work and begin building it.

That massive project, ready to dominate north St. Louis City over the next four to five years, is the nearly $1 billion National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s future western headquarters.

Additional Next NGA West joint venture partners include Overland Park, KS-based Black & Veatch, San Francisco-based Gensler and Akima LLC.

St. Louis – Kansas City Carpenters Regional Council Executive Secretary-Treasurer Al Bond reacted to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Kansas City District project award announcement, made on March 19, saying St. Louis is ready get to work on the mega-project.

“What’s good for St. Louis is good for Missouri,” said Bond, whose organization includes more than 20,000 members with 34 local unions in Missouri, Kansas and Southern Illinois. “All three joint venture teams invested millions of dollars and years of work competing for the opportunity to build this project. All three general contractor teams that have been immersed in the bidding process are friends with the Carpenters. All three are deeply invested in building in Missouri. From a St. Louis point of view, we’re excited that a St. Louis-based contractor was selected. But from a regional perspective, the other teams (the joint venture team of St. Louis-based Alberici Constructors and Mortenson Construction and the joint venture of Kansas City, MO-based JE Dunn Construction, St. Louis-based HOK and Clark Construction) would have been welcome as well.”

Part of the enormous construction project includes a permanent building that will be erected early on at the site to accommodate the joint venture team members and other project delivery professionals, Bond said. The project site spans 97.2 acres in North St. Louis at the north corner of Jefferson and Cass Avenues.

In addition to the main construction scope, the Corps is preparing to announce five small business set-aside construction contracts including the on-site program office, a remote inspection facility, the surface parking lot, access control points and landscaping.  Five additional set-aside projects related to NGA

According to projections from the Corps, at its peak in 2022 the effort could require up to 1,300 workers per day at the site and create an anticipated 5,000 construction jobs to complete. According to the Corps, Next NGA West Dept. of Labor affirmative action goals for the project are 6.9 percent female participation by trade and 14.7 percent minority participation by trade.

Bond said the Carpenters is confident it can meet the workforce needs that this gigantic construction project demands.

“This project is bigger than the magnitude of the job itself,” Bond said. “It’s going to create some great construction industry opportunities and man-hours for all the trades, the local subcontractors and for the St. Louis economy overall. Speaking for the Carpenters, we’re ready. We’ve got a ready workforce with the capacity to build this job. That’s not a concern of ours. But our doors are wide open to welcome additional minorities and women looking to get into the trades to join us. It’s entirely possible for individuals seeking a career in the construction trades to apply for our (four-year) apprenticeship program now and gain the experience of working on the NGA project in St. Louis. Although we’re confident we can fulfill the workforce requirements for this job, we’re keenly interested in continuing to bring young people, minorities and women into (all of) the union trades.”

Associated General Contractors of Missouri President Len Toenjes said McCarthy Building Companies’ St. Louis roots and its innovative safety programming translates into a win for the NGA, for St. Louis and for the region.

“We just awarded McCarthy our top honor, a Safety Excellence Award, for its new safety mentoring initiative that pairs experienced professionals with those who are new to the construction field,” Toenjes said. “This is but one example of how McCarthy works to build safely. The beauty of the Next NGA West project stretches beyond the project itself,” Toenjes added. “It signifies a measurable, positive impact on the economy of the entire St. Louis region.”

Individuals interested in learning more about applying for the Carpenters’ apprenticeship program can gain more information at http://www.carpdc.org/careers.

Pinnacle Contracting, E + A Architecture Converting U City’s Hawthorne School into Living Units

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By KERRY SMITH, EDITOR, ST. LOUIS CONSTRUCTION NEWS AND REVIEW MAGAZINE

A historic school building in University City that served young learners from 1913-2011 is getting new life, thanks to developer Matthew Masiel (Screaming Eagle Development LLC), E + A Architecture and Pinnacle Contracting.

By Oct. 1, the former Nathaniel Hawthorne Elementary School at 1351 North Hanley Road will become Hawthorne Apartments and Townhomes. Pinnacle Contracting Vice President of Operations Tim McLaughlin said the creative project represents a blend of historical rehabilitation with new construction, all on a total footprint of 68,664 square feet.

Demo and abatement began in mid-December 2018 on the $6.9 million renovation effort. By late January, construction and historic rehab began. A total of 35 apartments are being created in the original three-story school building, and 12 brand-new townhomes will occupy space that once belonged to the school playground and parking lot.

“Thankfully, University City kept the building in great condition after it stopped functioning as a school (in late 2011),” said McLaughlin. “This is such a creative and challenging project because each living unit we’re creating in the original school building is unique. Nothing repeats itself in terms of design. spatial considerations and alignments.”

To comply with guidelines and requirements specific to the National Register of Historic Places, project partners needed to design and construct living unit floorplans within existing, longstanding features that once belonged to the school and that were to be saved and rehabbed – such as classrooms, the gymnasium floor and fine arts performance stage. To this end, McLaughlin said, one of the two units taking shape within that area of the school building will feature the original gym floors, 35-foot-high ceilings and two stories of living space. Where the stage once held young performers as far back as 97 years ago, there will now be a club room for residents.

Rob Truebe, project manager with Guarantee Electrical Co., is also working on the Hawthorne School conversion and new build. Truebe said GECO is partnering with Ameren Missouri to provide two electrical meter centers – one on each end of the original school building – and a house panel.

“The 12 townhomes on the back side of the property will also get an Ameren transformer and a meter center,” said Truebe. “Pinnacle has added all new drywall ceilings in what were the original school building’s interior corridors so that we can install our conduits and MC cables (insulated circuit conductors) out of sight. The intent is to hide as much of the mechanical equipment as possible, so it doesn’t detract from the historical beauty and significance of this school building.” GECO is working in tandem with J. Bathe Electric Co. on this project.

Partial masonry restoration has been performed on the building’s original façade and several new storefront entrances have been created.

McLaughlin said Pinnacle will again join with E + A Architecture in 2019 to rehab and convert the Lyon School in the Patch neighborhood of South St. Louis into apartments. Both schools were originally designed by renowned St. Louis architect William B. Ittner.

 

Technical Career Interest Flourishes at Ranken Shadow-a-Tech Days and Open Houses

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Ranken Technical College is having an exceptionally busy spring as prospective students become increasingly aware of Ranken’s resources and the growing construction career opportunities for those with technical skills.

On March 20, Ranken attracted more than 70 registrants to its most recent Shadow-a-Tech Day, where prospective students spent a morning learning and working alongside current Ranken students and instructors.

Ranken is hosting additional “Shadow Days” in St. Louis on April 17 and July 10, and open houses at all three Ranken campuses (St. Louis on March 23, Perryville on March 30 and Wentzville on April 6).

Ranken, considered one of the best technical colleges in the Midwest, provides a comprehensive education and training necessary to prepare students for employment and advancement in a variety of construction fields, including architecture, carpentry, electrical, HVAC, plumbing and welding.

Bazan Painting Company Earns ASA Certificate of Excellence

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Bazan Painting Company, St. Louis, Mo., was one of 14 construction subcontracting firms to earn the American Subcontractors Association’s Certificate of Excellence in Ethics. The awards were presented on March 8 during a ceremony in Nashville, Tenn., in conjunction with ASA’s annual national convention, SUBExcel 2019, the premier education and networking event for subcontractors, specialty trade contractors, and suppliers in the construction industry.

The ASA Certificate of Excellence in Ethics is presented to subcontractors, specialty trade contractors, and suppliers in recognition of their commitment to ASA values like quality construction and a safe and healthy work environment.

Walter Bazan Jr., President of Bazan accepted on behalf of his company and stated, “This award is a wonderful acknowledgment of the staff here at BAZAN,  where we try to do the right thing in all our business dealings. My thanks to the ASA for having this type of program.”

Ron Ragan Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

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Roeslein & Associates recently attended, sponsored, and exhibited at this year’s Latamcan show, where Roeslein & Associates’ Director of Business Development, Ron Ragan, received the Lifetime Achievement Award. This award honors those who have made an extraordinary contribution to the can making industry.

Ron Ragan began his canmaking career in 1975 as an apprentice millwright at the Ball Metal Container facility, where cans were only produced at 600 per minute. Ragan worked on a variety of projects with a focus on Asia and the Pacific Rim; this is where he and Rudi Roeslein first crossed paths. Having worked his way through various can line projects with Ball Metal, in 1986, Ragan began working with Rudi Roeslein on the first of three can lines to be designed and installed in mainland China.

“I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this award and honor. Ron has spent his life promoting this amazing industry and I can’t thank him enough for all the work he has done to grow our industry and my company. Ron brings honor, dignity, and respect to his family name wherever he goes and we can leave no greater legacy than to be respected and admired by our peers,” said Rudi Roeslein, Chairman & CEO for Roeslein & Associates.

In 2003, Ron Ragan took on a management position at Roeslein & Associates; which at the time had only 20 employees and one office. Today, Roeslein & Associates has over 700 employees across 7 global offices and Ragan continues to play an instrumental role. He has assisted in growing Roeslein’s integration services, product offerings, and sustaining and building client relationships throughout the industry. His extraordinary contributions throughout his career have not only helped Roeslein & Associates grow its global footprint and business, but also helped shape the beverage can manufacturing industry.

“In my 25 plus years of knowing Ron as a competitor, customer and co-worker, I will cherish the lessons he has taught me. Ron has played a valuable role in my time at Roeslein and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with him. Ron is extremely deserving of this award and I thank him for all the hard work and dedication he has put into our company and the industry,” said Robert Hayes, Sales Manager/Product Handling Specialist for Roeslein & Associates.

In addition to Ragan, Don Vicente Lopez Rodea, President of Conservas La Costena, and Rick Clendenning, President of INX International Ink Company, also received the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Roeslein & Associates was founded in 1990, specializing in engineering, modular fabrication and construction services. The company has product offerings in both the container manufacturing industry and the process and energy sectors with annual revenues over $250 million. Its 680+ employees are spread throughout offices in St. Louis, MO (HQ); Red Bud, IL; Denver, CO; Hollister, California; Northampton, UK; Dębno, Poland; and Shanghai, China. To find out more, please visit www.roeslein.com.

Pictured Above: Ron Ragan, Director of Business Development for Roeslein & Associates.

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.

Haberberger Welcomes Three New Employees to Its Growing Team 

St. Louis-based Haberberger, Inc., is pleased to announce the addition of Jeremy McKinney, Ed Schaffer and Michelle Scott to the mechanical contracting firm’s growing team.

Jeremy McKinney

McKinney has joined Haberberger, Inc. as a project manager, where he will be responsible for overseeing projects and project estimation. He is a registered Professional Engineer with more than two decades of heavy industrial experience that includes process and mechanical engineering design and construction and the management of several $100 million projects. McKinney holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Kentucky and resides in Swansea, Ill.

Ed Schaffer

With over 17 years of experience in the commercial and industrial HVAC industry in the St. Louis area, Schaffer, of Villa Ridge, Mo., has joined the Haberberger team as a service project manager. In his new role, he will be working with building owners and facility end-users to deliver engineered HVAC-R mechanical solutions and services. Prior to his career in the HVAC industry, Schaffer served in the U.S. Army, where he was deployed to Kosovo in 1999 and to Germany until 2001. He received an associate degree from Vatterott before joining UA Local 562 as a service pipefitter. Schaffer also earned his Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from St. Louis Community College.

Michelle Scott

Scott, of Oakville, recently joined Haberberger, Inc. as a service administrative manager. She is responsible for dispatching service calls, providing administrative support to the service department and overseeing customer service. Scott has over 20 years of experience, including roles at CK Power, Fabick Cat and Integrated Facility Solutions.

Haberberger, Inc. is a 71-year-old mechanical contracting company that offers complete HVAC installation, customized maintenance programs, process piping and piping fabrication, plumbing and refrigeration and energy management services to a variety of industrial and commercial customers. For more information, call 314-631-3324 or visit www.haberbergerinc.com.

Knoebel Construction Promotes Bryon Muir to Senior Project Manager 

Bryon Muir

Bryon Muir of Saint Peters, MO, has been promoted to Senior Project Manager at Knoebel Construction. He is responsible for overseeing all aspects of select retail center, restaurant, grocery and retail store construction projects, both in St. Louis and nationally. He joined Knoebel Construction as Project Manager in 2011.

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 www.knoebelconstruction.com or call (636) 326-4100.

August Schlafy Joins Midwest BankCentre Central Region Advisory Board

August Schlafly

August Schlafly, a broker with the full-service commercial real estate firm of Schlafly Corp., has been elected to the Midwest BankCentre Central Region Advisory Board. Schlafly Corp. specializes in office leasing, tenant representation and investment sales.

Schlafly earned his bachelor’s degree in history at the University of Mississippi. He has served on the board of directors of KDHX since 2014.

Midwest BankCentre, a mainstay of St. Louis community banking since 1906, employs a staff of about 280 working at 19 bank locations in the City of St. Louis and St. Louis, Jefferson and St. Charles counties.

Brian Vaughan Promoted to Senior Engineer

Brian Vaughan

Brian Vaughan has been promoted to senior engineer at Murphy Company. The announcement was made by Mike Werdes, vice-president, engineering for the mechanical contracting and engineering firm.

“Since joining Murphy Company after graduating from Mizzou in 2011, Brian has been a key contributor to design/build projects primarily in our industrial and commercial groups,” said Werdes. “His focus on quality designs and customer relationships has resulted in numerous successful projects.”

Vaughan began his career as an engineering intern at Murphy, joining the company full-time as an engineer in July 2011. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering (cum laude) from the University of Missouri-Columbia where he was a member of Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society, and Pi Tau Sigma, the mechanical engineering honor society.

Vaughan is a member of the St. Louis chapter of ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers) and serves on the Young Professionals Committee of MCA-EMO (Mechanical Contractors Association of Eastern Missouri.)  He also is a Procore® certified engineer, superintendent and project manager.

Shackelford Joins Murphy Data Center Services

Tim Shackelford

Tim Shackelford has joined Murphy Data Center Services as service account manager. The announcement was made by Eric Gottschlich, manager, Murphy DCS.

Shackelford previously served as territory manager for a manufacturer of uninterruptible power supplies, electronics peripherals and data center products. He is certified as both a data center and energy management associate, and as a CISCO collaboration sales expert. He also is certified as a Microsoft Partner University Sales Readiness and holds a Symantec Security Sales Knowledge Award.

He attended both Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL and the College of Lake County in Grayslake, IL.

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 www.murphynet.com.

 

February 15, 2019

Gianna Favignano Joins Murphy Data Center Services

Gianna Favignano

Gianna Favignano has joined Murphy Data Center Services as service coordinator. The announcement was made by Eric Gottschlich, manager, Murphy DCS. Since 2011 she has been employed as service coordinator/supervisor/administrative service manager for a company providing facility and consulting services. She joined the company in 2007 as an office assistant and then advanced to assistant project coordinator and later, project coordinator.  A graduate of Saint Thomas Aquinas Mercy High School, she attended St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley and the University of Phoenix.

Murphy DCS is a turn-key data center services solution, providing strategic integration of all facility infrastructure components, from consulting, design and construction to operation and maintenance. 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.  The firm employs more than 1,000 people nationwide. For more information, visit www.murphynet.com.

March 8, 2019

Ali Summerford Named New Interior Design Director at Oculus Inc.

Ali Summerford

Firm enhances interiors expertise in healthcare, corporate and education sectors

Oculus Inc., a full-service architecture and interior design firm, has hired Ali Summerford as the interior design director. In her role, Summerford will oversee interior design services for clients in the healthcare, corporate and education sectors, as well as support business development for the interior design teams in the St. Louis, Dallas and Portland offices.

James Standing, who was temporarily serving as acting interior design director, will remain in a leadership role supporting the creative work of the interior design team at Oculus. He will also serve as a lead interior designer on numerous high-profile projects.

Summerford brings more than 20 years of interior design experience to Oculus with an emphasis in management, client relations, specifications, space planning and design presentations, among other areas. Prior to joining Oculus Inc., Summerford most recently served as the director of interior design for a local architecture firm. She also served as project manager and system planner for BJC Healthcare, one of the largest nonprofit health care organization in the United States. Summerford has a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Design from the University of Missouri – Columbia.

Outside of its headquarters in St. Louis, Oculus has offices in Dallas and Portland, Ore.

Oculus Inc. delivers comprehensive architecture, interior design, planning, and move management services with a driving aesthetic to Connect | Shape | Move people, experiences, sensibilities, and spaces. Oculusinc.com.

March 1, 2019

Rick Reams Rejoins Murphy as Corporate Safety Director

Rick Reams

Rick Reams has rejoined Murphy Company as corporate safety director.  The announcement was made by Tom Skaggs, chief operating officer for the mechanical contracting and engineering firm. Reams has an extensive safety background with experience in various industries. Previously, he served as general manager for QualSafe Solutions, a safety consulting and services company which is an affiliate of Murphy Co. Most recently he served as corporate safety director for Hayden Wrecking, a nationwide demolition firm based out of the St. Louis area.

“We are delighted to have Rick return to lead our safety initiative,” said Skaggs. “He brings a passion, energy and vision to help achieve our goal of zero injury performance. He joins our exceptional safety team already in place.”

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.  Murphy offers process piping, HVAC, refrigeration, plumbing, design-build, piping fabrication, energy solutions and 24-hour service emanating from its five locations in St. Louis, Denver, Colorado Springs, Boulder and Northern Colorado.  Ranked 23rd largest mechanical specialty contracting firm in 2018 ENR/Engineering News-Record and ranked 22nd largest mechanical contracting firm by the 2018 Contractor Annual Report, the firm has national capabilities and is licensed to do business in 44 states.  Also in 2018, Contractor’s Book of Giants listed Murphy Co. as the fourth largest mechanical contractor in the Midwest and ENR ranked the company sixth in the nation in sheet metal revenue.

The firm employs more than 1,000 people nationwide. For more information, visit www.murphynet.com.

Jennifer Krafka joins Murphy as HR Coordinator

Jennifer Krafka

Jennifer Krafka has been appointed HR coordinator for Murphy Company by Kathy Johnson, the company’s human resources director. Krafka previously served as an HR generalist for Tharaldson Hospitality Management, recruiting and hiring staff for Marriott, Hilton and IHG brands throughout the U.S. She also worked with hiring managers to ensure compliance with all federal/state laws and regulations and helped coordinate employment offers. Previously, she worked as a paraprofessional/educator for a local private school and as a marketing analyst for Fleischmann’ where she developed and implemented advertising and brand awareness for industrial product lines.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration, with an emphasis in marketing from Southern Illinois University. She was a member of the National Honor Society, the Marketing Club’s vice-president, and a member of the American Management Association.

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.  Murphy offers process piping, HVAC, refrigeration, plumbing, design-build, piping fabrication, energy solutions and 24-hour service emanating from its five locations in St. Louis, Denver, Colorado Springs, Boulder and Northern Colorado.  Ranked 23rd largest mechanical specialty contracting firm in 2018 ENR/Engineering News-Record and ranked 22nd largest mechanical contracting firm by the 2018 Contractor Annual Report, the firm has national capabilities and is licensed to do business in 44 states.  Also in 2018, Contractor’s Book of Giants listed Murphy Co. as the fourth largest mechanical contractor in the Midwest and ENR ranked the company sixth in the nation in sheet metal revenue.

The firm employs more than 1,000 people nationwide. For more information, visit www.murphynet.com.

Gary Mindel Named President and COO of Color Art Palette, Inc.

Gary Mindel

New Leadership Announced Within Color Art Governing Body 

The Board of Directors of Color Art Palette Inc., the governing body of St. Louis company, Color Art, announces Gary Mindel as President and Chief Operating Officer. Color Art Palette is the holding company and strategy development component for St. Louis-based Color Art and Scott Rice Enterprises out of Kansas City, Kansas. Color Art is St. Louis’ largest interior solutions provider and has been family and employee owned for more than 70 years.

“In his many capacities, Gary has provided leadership and guidance to the development and standing of where the Company is today,” remarked Joe Steiner, Board Chairman and CEO for Color Art Palette. “Gary has earned a stellar reputation as a leader in our industry and the business community. We congratulate Gary on his success and this promotion.”

In addition to his present duties as CEO of Color Art, Mindel assumed the position of President and COO of Color Art Palette effective January 1, 2019. In this additional role, Mindel is responsible for strategic implementation and operational effectiveness, enterprise-wide. Additionally, he is a voting member of the Palette Board, and ensures a strong linkage between Board and operational strategies.

Mindel has been with the company for more than 30 years and is a proven performer and key member of its leadership team. Mindel was initially hired in 1985 as a Sales Manager for New Business Development, was promoted to leadership for the entire sales team, was named President of the Furniture Team, and is now CEO of Color Art.

Born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Marquette University. Following graduation, Mindel worked professionally as a golfer before moving to St. Louis, Missouri. After his move, Gary earned his Master of Business Administration in Finance from St. Louis University. It was in St. Louis that Mindel worked for Service Bureau Company (a division of IBM) selling data processing and timesharing services. Mindel and his college sweetheart – now wife – Mary, live in Webster Groves.

Recently, Color Art announced the appointment of Jeff Bauer, Troy Garner, Mick McIntyre and Ed Wills as Board Advisors. Color Art’s vision is to create and provide the best places for people to do their best work. Color Art does this through understanding and leading practices in connecting architecture, technology, furniture, and services for healthcare, education, corporate and large venue environments.

Color Art is the largest commercial interiors solutions provider in the Midwest and serves clients in 30 states as well as internationally. For more information visit https://www.color-art.com.

February 22, 2019

Maggie Stamm Joins HOK’s St. Louis Office as Marketing Coordinator

Maggie Stamm

Maggie Stamm is the newest member of HOK’s growing St. Louis studio and will serve as a marketing coordinator assisting the office in branding, client engagement and project pursuits.

A native of the greater St. Louis area, Stamm earned her bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She has spent the past three years in California where she held a similar marketing role in HOK’s San Francisco office.

With offices around the globe, HOK designs buildings and spaces that respond to the needs of people and the environment. HOK designers are rooted in technical excellence, driven by imagination and focus.

Color Art Governing Body Appoints Four to Board of Directors

Jeff Bauer

Color Art, St. Louis’ largest interior solutions provider, announces additions to its governing Board of Directors. Four new members join a roster of more than ten distinguished individuals responsible for directing the company’s growth strategies, acquisition decisions and financial planning. The Board of Directors for Color Art Palette, the company’s governing body, shares the appointment of Jeff Bauer, Troy Garner, Mick McIntyre and Ed Wills as Board Advisors. Color Art has been family and employee owned for more than 70 years.

Troy Garner

“I look forward to serving stockholders and team members as an Advisor,” remarked Jeff Bauer. “It’s a privilege to continue building on the family legacy that started 71-years ago. Color Art is a great place to work and grow.”

Mick McIntyre

Color Art’s vision is to be the clear knowledge leader for connecting people and space, an irreplaceable partner to each of its customers, and a place where highly talented and engaged people can thrive. Its vision is to create and provide the best places for people to do their best work. Color Art does this through understanding and leading practices in connecting architecture, technology, furniture, and services for healthcare, education, corporate and large venue environments.

Ed Wills

Recently, Color Art announced the hires of 15-year executive Todd Nixon as Executive Vice President of Furniture, and Jennifer Clark as both Vice President Operations of Furniture and General Manager of Color Art’s non-union Installation and Moves Team. Additionally, long-time employee Christine Hoffmann was promoted from Executive Vice President to President of Color Art Furniture, the company’s largest and longest-standing division.

Color Art is the largest commercial interiors solutions provider in the Midwest and serves clients in 30 states as well as i

nternationally. For more information visit https://www.color-art.com.

S. M. Wilson Promotes Andrew Ahlers, CM-BIM, A.C. To Project Manager

Andrew Ahlers

S. M. Wilson & Co. has promoted Andrew Ahlers, CM-BIM, A.C. to Project Manager. As Project Manager, he will be responsible for handling all administrative functions for a project, including scheduling, holding progress meetings, generating meeting minutes, tracking costs and maintaining logs for all project information.

Ahlers joined S. M. Wilson in 2014 and has worked on a variety of projects including  numerous projects at Blessing Hospital, the Chaddock School Education Center Addition and Ignite Medical Resorts in Kansas City, MO. Currently, he is serving as the Project Manager on the Blessing Hospital Tower Expansion project. The vertical expansion includes adding two floors to the existing four-story patient tower which was originally built by S. M. Wilson in 2015. Ahlers’ strategic planning and attention to detail on this challenging project have been a tremendous asset to ensure the two fully-functioning hospital floors below are not impacted during construction.

He holds his CM – BIM Certificate of Management in Building Information Modeling from the AGC of Missouri. He has his AC (Associate Constructor) certification from the American Institute of Constructors and his ASHE – HCC (Health Care Construction Certificate). Ahlers is OSHA 30 Hour Construction Safety and Health for Construction Industry certified and earned his B.S. in Construction Management from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

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

February 15, 2019

Castle Contracting Hires Four

Castle Contracting, LLC has expanded its team with the hiring of four new employees: Charles Danner, project engineer; Dan Schaefer, estimator; Cory Howell, project manager; and Cody Hobbs, safety coordinator.

Charles Danner

As project engineer, Charles Danner supports the estimating department in compiling accurate project bids, as part of a three-step development program instituted by Castle for all project engineers. Prior to joining Castle, Danner served as an engineer at Kiewit Corporation in Federal Way, Wash. He earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering technologies from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Mo. Before college, he served in the U.S. Air Force and earned the Air Force Achievement Medal, the Good Conduct Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. He lives in St. Louis.

Dan Schaefer

In his role as estimator, Dan Schaefer prepares complete, accurate quantity take-offs to build detailed cost estimates and prepares comprehensive proposals for Castle clients. He previously served as estimator/project manager at Kuesel Excavating Co. in O’Fallon, Mo. and an estimator/project manager at Septagon Construction in Columbia, Mo. Schaefer received a bachelor’s degree in construction management from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Mo. He and his family live in St. Peters, Mo.

Cory Howell

As project manager, Cory Howell oversees the day-to-day operation of projects, including budget reporting, submittal review, subcontractor coordination, material ordering, scheduling maintenance and trade coordination. Prior to joining Castle, he served as project manager at Crossland Construction Company in Kansas City and held several roles at Hensel Phelps Construction Co. Howell received a bachelor’s degree in construction engineering technology from Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas. He and his family reside in Spring Hill, Kansas.

Cody Hobbs

And Safety Coordinator Cody Hobbs is responsible for the overall administration of safety guidelines on Castle projects, including monitoring the safety efforts of employees and subcontractors. He earned a bachelor’s degree of safety in the health sciences program at Illinois State University in Normal, Ill. A Graduate Safety Practitioner (GSP), Hobbs is a member of the American Society of Safety Professionals. He lives in Belleville, Ill.

“As Castle continues to expand our business in St. Louis and beyond, these new professionals will play key roles in strengthening our team and enhancing our services to clients,” said Michael Pranger, Castle Contracting vice president of operations.

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. The company’s earthmoving expertise is visible throughout the St. Louis region and from coast to coast.

New NGA CTO Announced

Mark Munsell

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency appoints a new chief technology officer to lead NGA’s technology transformation and modernization efforts, while also attracting IT talent.

Mark Munsell, currently the deputy director of the CIO and IT Services Directorate, will fill the role of chief technology officer at NGA beginning immediately. Munsell is based at the agency’s St. Louis, Missouri, location and will remain in his CIO-T deputy director role as he steps into the CTO job.

The CTO role was created in 2018 to focus on increasing the agency’s ability to instill next-generation technology, tradecraft and innovative approaches to the geospatial intelligence community, enterprise and mission.

Munsell began his career in 1990 with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration where he was awarded the Department of Commerce Bronze Medal for his software engineering work transforming the nation’s nautical charting production system. He joined an NGA predecessor agency, the Defense Mapping Agency in 1996 where he led the update of the agency’s aeronautical production systems. After a stint with a government contractor, Munsell founded the Internet Marine and Aviation Planning Services, or IMAPS, in 2000 to offer flight and maritime planning services to individuals, industry and government via the Internet. He returned to government service at the NGA in 2006. Munsell is also the recipient of the Presidential Rank Award and NGA’s Distinguished Civilian Service Medal.

Kevin Kopp Named BIM Manager at Murphy

Kevin Kopp

Kevin J. Kopp has been named BIM manager for Murphy Company. The announcement was made by Mike Werdes, vice president, engineering.

Kopp holds an associate’s degree in drafting and design technology from ITT Technical Institute and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in computer science. He is certified in numerous computer software and design programs, and has extensive experience in Revit, Navisworks, Fabrication, Plant 3D,Revizto, AutoCAD, BLK360 and Microsoft environments.

He recently served as BIM Director for a global engineering, architecture and project/construction management firm. . With over 18 years’ experience in BIM/CAD modeling and design as well as integrated project delivery, he previously served as a BIM coordinator and manager for several area engineering and contracting companies. He began his construction career in 2001 as CAD manager/IT support for Tensar Corp., a BIM/CAD manger/senior IT support for Planners and Engineers, and a Bentley Admin/BIM for Hydro-Chem – all in Georgia.

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. The firm employs more than 1,000 people nationwide. For more information, visit www.murphynet.com.

Woody Miller Promoted to Vice President, Operational and Facilities Development at WINCO Windows

Woody Miller

WINCO Windows, a St. Louis-based manufacturer of architectural and heavy commercial aluminum windows, is pleased to announce the promotion of Woody Miller, one of the company’s Leadership Team members, to Vice President, Operational and Facilities Development.

“WINCO’s Leadership Team was formed late 2017 and took effect early 2018,” said Bill Krenn, WINCO President and CFO. “Woody’s success at coordinating plant operations to increase efficiencies and enhance communication, as well as bringing employees’ ideas to fruition keeps the company moving forward in a positive light.”

As Vice President of Operational and Facilities Development, Miller will work with team members Brian Scott and Sharon Gamble to continue evolving WINCO’s manufacturing systems. Integrating new equipment, technologies and processes is vital to serve the demands of WINCO’s expanding presence in the window industry. Miller is one of several family members who have leadership roles in WINCO. The company has been family-owned for more than 100 years.

Miller is a graduate of James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Over the years, Miller has worked as the owner/operator of a construction company, property developer, consultant, and business owner/entrepreneur. Miller was recently named to this year’s class of 40 Under 40 by the St. Louis Business Journal. This honor recognizes young business leaders for their accomplishments, professional excellence, and contributions to their community. In his spare time, Miller is an avid rock climber.

For more information, contact WINCO Window Company at (314) 725.8088 or visit www.wincowindow.com.

New Hires at S. M. Wilson

S.M. Wilson & Co., has rehired Mary Anderson as a Project Engineer and former S. M. Wilson Interns Travis Schmitt, Chris Watkins as Field Engineers as well as Emily Echele as Project Engineer.

Schmitt and Watkins will be responsible for supporting and assisting field and office personnel on job sites to produce successful projects, ensure safety, quality, cost control, schedule and overall compliance with applicable laws and regulations are achieved.

Chris Watkins

Watkins recently graduated from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville where he received his B.S. in Construction Management. He spent the summer working as an intern for S. M. Wilson on an apartment complex project

Schmitt holds an Associates in Applied Science – Construction Management Technology from Southwestern Illinois College with 10 years of construction experience. He also worked as an intern and co-op for S. M. Wilson on the Ladue Horton Watkins High School project.

Mary Anderson

Echele and Anderson will be responsible for helping establish procedures with the design professionals, consultants and Owner of projects for information flow, approvals, meetings and reporting. They will also track shop drawings, submittals, material deliveries and RFIs through the duration of projects and assist the Project Manager with MBE/WBE participation and workforce inclusion. Anderson rejoins S. M. Wilson with four years construction experience. She holds a B.S. in Construction Management from Southeast Missouri State University and is OSHA 30 certified.

Emily Eschele

Echele recently graduated from Missouri S&T where she received her B.S. in Civil/Architectural Engineering. She also worked for S. M. Wilson on an apartment complex project as an intern over the summer.

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

Technology To Help Construction Finance Professionals

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Submitted By: Jason Krankota, Nvoicepay.com 

Historically, the construction industry has been one of the slowest to adopt new technology, lagging only behind agriculture in digitization. But that’s changing as software entrepreneurs turn their attention to the needs of the deskless workforce.

The ubiquity of mobile devices, cheap and powerful cloud computing, 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT) are all making it possible to put robust technology into the hands of deskless staff, including construction workers. The venture capital industry has taken notice—funding for construction technology has seen a steady uptick since 2013.

CFOs should partner with their IT teams to modernize their back-office systems and prepare to handle a flood of data from the field as paper processes become digital. They should also figure out exactly what field data they want, what tools work best to get it and how to integrate that data into their financial software. Deployed strategically, new tools can help construction finance teams resolve many challenges, including:

Business continuity planning

Family-owned businesses are common in the construction industry, and many thriving mid-market and even large companies are still majority-owned by founding families. Finance leaders need to create business continuity plans, whether that’s figuring out how to transfer company ownership to the next generation, establishing an ESOP (Employee Stock Option Plan), or selling or merging the company. There’s a lot of work involved in valuating the business, figuring out the best planning scenario, and helping negotiate relevant deals. Industry-specific ERPs and cloud procurement platforms can give finance professionals a better view into their numbers, help with planning scenarios and standardize the purchasing process across acquired or merged companies.

Changing accounting standards

Revenue recognition is always top of mind in the industry. For the past several years, the Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA) has sought to ensure that the new Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) rules around revenue recognition are favorable—or at least not punitive—towards the construction industry. As these new rules are implemented, CFOs seek to refine their strategies for how to bill against contracts and tie revenue to either a percentage of completion or work-in-progress schedules. Mobile technologies that expedite communication between the office and the field can also help speed the flow of information.

Risk management

Construction carries more risk, especially out on the job site, than many other industries—and insurance costs are rising. Some companies are investigating captive insurance programs in which multiple companies pool their assets and fund their own risk by placing money under management so they don’t have to pay exorbitant premiums.

Insurance companies have responded with more flexible products to try to help companies control their costs. CFOs need to evaluate their options—and if they want to participate in a captive insurance program, every participant needs to undergo a thorough assessment of their financial stability.

While a modern ERP system can facilitate most of that process, the assessment would also look at safety and security practices. There’s a lot of technology that can help reduce job site risk. Drones can monitor job sites for safety and security. Sensor-equipped wearables can alert workers to smoke or toxic chemical exposure, and geo-fencing can provide alerts when they’re entering a hazard zone. Firms can also use autonomous equipment to do work in environments that are too hazardous for human workers.

In the office, payment automation software can mitigate payment fraud as part of an overall risk-management program.

Attracting and retaining talent

Lots of companies face growth opportunities while lacking enough employees to do the work. With unemployment at new lows, it’s been difficult to hire and keep good employees.

CFOs are working with HR—and, occasionally, external strategists—to refine their hiring, retention and benefit strategies. Mobile training technology can help on-board unskilled workers faster, allowing companies to draw from a larger talent pool. Virtual reality technologies also offer promise for quicker training.

Improving job-cost accounting

Tablets and handheld phones let field staff capture data and send it back to their offices electronically. GPS-enabled time cards can record employee work hours and location on a mobile phone. IoT devices can measure equipment run time.

Cash management strategies

Cash management is probably the biggest challenge at any construction company, and effective work-in-progress (WIP) schedule management is critical. The key to the challenge is coordinating between the subcontractor to confirm a job is complete, the project managers to verify that completion and the accounting department to bill the owner, all while syncing everything with the WIP schedule. This is also an area where drones and mobile apps can increase the speed and accuracy of data delivery to finance.

Finance also needs visibility, flexibility and precision control over making and timing payments. With cloud-based payment-automation software, a project manager sitting in a truck can review a payment file, prioritize subcontractor payment schedules and approve payments immediately without having to return to the office to sign a stack of checks and backup documentation. Subs get paid faster and the job keeps moving.

With all the new purpose-built technology coming down the pipe, we’ll finally start to see some real movement towards digitizing the construction industry. Finance teams should prepare by enabling themselves with modern cloud systems for accounting, spend management and payments. They need to enable the field with tools that communicate data back to the office in near real-time. Most importantly, they need to work out how to coordinate it all towards productivity gains and growth and join the ranks of data-driven CFOs who have done the same in other industries.

Jason Krankota is VP of Construction Sales, West Region at Nvoicepay. His expertise in construction business technology spans 20 years, with 10+ years focused on corporate payments, accounts payable, and expense management solutions.

Building Smarter Healthcare Through Better Interior Design

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Submitted by: Todd Imming, CMO, at The Korte Co.

Healthcare interior design projects pose unique challenges for design teams. Many of the finishes chosen for a new, expanded or renovated healthcare facility are more than just passive elements that create a “look and feel” of a facility. They contribute to the core mission of the facility: Delivery of care to patients.

It’s not that these spaces cannot be appealing. Examples abound of healthcare facilities striking in their beauty. The idea, though, is that healthcare interior designers must first prioritize design elements that promote patient care.

The unique factors design teams must consider for these projects are highlighted below.

Code compliance

For healthcare facilities, code compliance is not negotiable. The protection of patients, visitors and facility employees is paramount, so interior design initiatives must first address code compliance. No exceptions.

While any number of unique local codes or ordinances can impact interior design decisions, most healthcare facilities in the U.S. must comply with National Fire Protection Association codes. Those include NFPA 101 Life Safety Code and NFPA 99 Health Care Facilities Code.

Design teams must be aware of the authority having jurisdiction (AHJ) over a given project ahead of time. In some states, the state fire marshal is the AHJ. In large cities, local fire department personnel usually assume that role.

Teams should also know which editions of the codes are effective in a project’s jurisdiction. That’s because some jurisdictions don’t always enact new codes each time NFPA standards are updated.

One of the key benefits of choosing Design-Build for your healthcare construction project is improved information sharing among teams. Interior designers stay in close contact with project managers and have a running start as they ensure all applicable local rules are followed.

Evidence-based design

Picture a 1950s-era hospital. With that image in mind, it’s no wonder generations of patients avoided healthcare facilities to the point of skipping doctor visits.

Now, picture a modern facility. With ample natural light, soft colors, garden and water features and an inviting look and feel, some don’t even look like hospitals at all.

Modern healthcare interiors are created on the premise of evidence-based design, or the use of credible research to influence built environments so that patient outcomes improve. The research becomes more and more convincing all the time. It isn’t just medicine that makes you feel better.

The principle of healing architecture has arisen from research assessing how patient outcomes improve when certain design choices are made. Consider these findings:

  • An experiment conducted by neuropsychiatric providers in Italy found that patients suffering from bipolar disorder spent an average of four fewer days in the hospital when they were assigned east-facing rooms that captured morning sunlight.
  • After shadowing the staff of the neonatal intensive care unit in a Swedish hospital, an architect redesigned the space. After implementation, hospital stays for premature infants measurably shortened.
  • A study of aggressive patients showed that doctors reduced sedative injections by 70% for patients whose rooms featured posters depicting scenes of nature compared to those whose rooms’ walls were blank.

Cleanability

Somewhat related to evidence-based design is cleanability, arguably the most important defense against spreading diseases in spaces inherently full of them.

Paying close attention to the design of the furniture you choose will go a long way toward reducing surface contamination that can lead to healthcare-associated infections (HAI). Furnishings and finishes in patient rooms are at especially high risk of harboring pathogens. Surfaces with seams and joints provide irresistible homes for potentially infectious bacteria.

It’s important that design teams select surfaces that are easily wiped down by facility staff. Wood, for example, typically is not ideal in high-risk spaces. It tends to be porous and its finishes can quickly be stripped away with repetitive cleanings. It’ll work for low-traffic areas like administrative offices, but not so much for patient rooms.

Advances in textile coatings have allowed designers to select antimicrobial furnishings that fight the spread of disease. Companies like Nano-Tex and Crypton now manufacture textile coatings that fight stains and actively combat microorganism growth.

Design unity

Design unity refers to a facility that maintains a consistent look and feel among its separate departments of sectors. In a time when most healthcare construction projects are expansions or renovations, maintaining continuity across “old” and “new” portions of healthcare facilities is critical.

Achieving this cohesion can be difficult in healthcare facilities because they feature so many different spaces, from patient rooms and labs to lobbies, offices and maintenance areas. But it’s important to remember the overall image of your project. More than just walls and a roof, your healthcare facility represents your brand. Do your interior design decisions reflect your cohesive vision?

Case study: Montezuma Creek Health Center

The Montezuma Creek Health Center, a 51,576-square-foot health clinic we just finished for the Utah Navajo Health System, illustrates the principle of design unity.

On the first floor are 36 exam rooms, two treatment rooms, a lab and a dental suite. Administrative offices, conference rooms, an employee fitness area and an outdoor patio make up the second floor. As you can see, maintaining consistency in design would be difficult across the variety of spaces in the clinic.

We looked outdoors for inspiration. The clinic sits near the banks of the San Juan River in the rugged Southwestern Utah desert. We brought elements of the land indoors to make the space feel like it belonged. Features included:

  • A dark red and brown color theme on finishes throughout the clinic to match the area’s red rock terrain.
  • Furnishings with color-accented fabric matching the color codes assigned to the facility’s separate departments.
  • Incorporation of native desert grasses and shrubs to bring the striking exterior environment into the facility.

Budget considerations

The bottom line is a major factor on every healthcare construction project. And while our Design-Build method is meant to cut construction costs, cost cutting must be done thoughtfully.

When it comes to healthcare interior design, our team follows a pretty simple mantra: Don’t give people shoddy furniture.

Here’s what we mean: You get what you pay for. And in healthcare, the way an organization is perceived is just as important as how well it delivers care. If you’re trying to choose between something comfortable and well-built versus something cheap, remember that a good reputation among patients, visitors and staff is practically priceless.

That said, there are ways to reduce costs on furnishings. If your project involves the renovation of an existing healthcare facility, it’s important to thoroughly evaluate any existing inventory that can be repurposed and incorporated into your new design layout. If this existing inventory still contributes to the design unity of the space—and it’s still in good shape—consider reusing it.

Then, choose what to do with the money saved. You can either hold onto it and lower the ultimate cost of the project, or allocate it somewhere else to increase the overall project value.

If you’re starting a new hospital development from scratch, think in terms of product life cycle and design versatility. Will a piece maintain its functionality if it needs to be moved? Will it need to be replaced more often than a slightly more expensive one? Are replacement parts widely available? How well does the piece hold up against frequent cleaning?

Investing in cleanable, high-quality furnishings up front can result in dramatic savings down the road.

Smarter design means smarter care

Healthcare facility owners know first-hand that the industry is changing. Both patient preferences and government policy are in flux. It’s critical that owners understand the impact interior design can have on patient outcomes and visitor perceptions.

With the help of an experienced healthcare Design-Build firm, owners can boost quality of care and keep the competitive edge.

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Gianna Favignano Joins Murphy Data Center Services

Gianna Favignano

Gianna Favignano has joined Murphy Data Center Services as service coordinator. The announcement was made by Eric Gottschlich, manager, Murphy DCS. Since 2011 she has been employed as service coordinator/supervisor/administrative service manager for a company providing facility and consulting services. She joined the company in 2007 as an office assistant and then advanced to assistant project coordinator and later, project coordinator.  A graduate of Saint Thomas Aquinas Mercy High School, she attended St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley and the University of Phoenix.

Murphy DCS is a turn-key data center services solution, providing strategic integration of all facility infrastructure components, from consulting, design and construction to operation and maintenance. 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.  The firm employs more than 1,000 people nationwide. For more information, visit www.murphynet.com.

March 8, 2019

Ali Summerford Named New Interior Design Director at Oculus Inc.

Ali Summerford

Firm enhances interiors expertise in healthcare, corporate and education sectors

Oculus Inc., a full-service architecture and interior design firm, has hired Ali Summerford as the interior design director. In her role, Summerford will oversee interior design services for clients in the healthcare, corporate and education sectors, as well as support business development for the interior design teams in the St. Louis, Dallas and Portland offices.

James Standing, who was temporarily serving as acting interior design director, will remain in a leadership role supporting the creative work of the interior design team at Oculus. He will also serve as a lead interior designer on numerous high-profile projects.

Summerford brings more than 20 years of interior design experience to Oculus with an emphasis in management, client relations, specifications, space planning and design presentations, among other areas. Prior to joining Oculus Inc., Summerford most recently served as the director of interior design for a local architecture firm. She also served as project manager and system planner for BJC Healthcare, one of the largest nonprofit health care organization in the United States. Summerford has a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Design from the University of Missouri – Columbia.

Outside of its headquarters in St. Louis, Oculus has offices in Dallas and Portland, Ore.

Oculus Inc. delivers comprehensive architecture, interior design, planning, and move management services with a driving aesthetic to Connect | Shape | Move people, experiences, sensibilities, and spaces. Oculusinc.com.

March 1, 2019

Rick Reams Rejoins Murphy as Corporate Safety Director

Rick Reams

Rick Reams has rejoined Murphy Company as corporate safety director.  The announcement was made by Tom Skaggs, chief operating officer for the mechanical contracting and engineering firm. Reams has an extensive safety background with experience in various industries. Previously, he served as general manager for QualSafe Solutions, a safety consulting and services company which is an affiliate of Murphy Co. Most recently he served as corporate safety director for Hayden Wrecking, a nationwide demolition firm based out of the St. Louis area.

“We are delighted to have Rick return to lead our safety initiative,” said Skaggs. “He brings a passion, energy and vision to help achieve our goal of zero injury performance. He joins our exceptional safety team already in place.”

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.  Murphy offers process piping, HVAC, refrigeration, plumbing, design-build, piping fabrication, energy solutions and 24-hour service emanating from its five locations in St. Louis, Denver, Colorado Springs, Boulder and Northern Colorado.  Ranked 23rd largest mechanical specialty contracting firm in 2018 ENR/Engineering News-Record and ranked 22nd largest mechanical contracting firm by the 2018 Contractor Annual Report, the firm has national capabilities and is licensed to do business in 44 states.  Also in 2018, Contractor’s Book of Giants listed Murphy Co. as the fourth largest mechanical contractor in the Midwest and ENR ranked the company sixth in the nation in sheet metal revenue.

The firm employs more than 1,000 people nationwide. For more information, visit www.murphynet.com.

Jennifer Krafka joins Murphy as HR Coordinator

Jennifer Krafka

Jennifer Krafka has been appointed HR coordinator for Murphy Company by Kathy Johnson, the company’s human resources director. Krafka previously served as an HR generalist for Tharaldson Hospitality Management, recruiting and hiring staff for Marriott, Hilton and IHG brands throughout the U.S. She also worked with hiring managers to ensure compliance with all federal/state laws and regulations and helped coordinate employment offers. Previously, she worked as a paraprofessional/educator for a local private school and as a marketing analyst for Fleischmann’ where she developed and implemented advertising and brand awareness for industrial product lines.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration, with an emphasis in marketing from Southern Illinois University. She was a member of the National Honor Society, the Marketing Club’s vice-president, and a member of the American Management Association.

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.  Murphy offers process piping, HVAC, refrigeration, plumbing, design-build, piping fabrication, energy solutions and 24-hour service emanating from its five locations in St. Louis, Denver, Colorado Springs, Boulder and Northern Colorado.  Ranked 23rd largest mechanical specialty contracting firm in 2018 ENR/Engineering News-Record and ranked 22nd largest mechanical contracting firm by the 2018 Contractor Annual Report, the firm has national capabilities and is licensed to do business in 44 states.  Also in 2018, Contractor’s Book of Giants listed Murphy Co. as the fourth largest mechanical contractor in the Midwest and ENR ranked the company sixth in the nation in sheet metal revenue.

The firm employs more than 1,000 people nationwide. For more information, visit www.murphynet.com.

Gary Mindel Named President and COO of Color Art Palette, Inc.

Gary Mindel

New Leadership Announced Within Color Art Governing Body 

The Board of Directors of Color Art Palette Inc., the governing body of St. Louis company, Color Art, announces Gary Mindel as President and Chief Operating Officer. Color Art Palette is the holding company and strategy development component for St. Louis-based Color Art and Scott Rice Enterprises out of Kansas City, Kansas. Color Art is St. Louis’ largest interior solutions provider and has been family and employee owned for more than 70 years.

“In his many capacities, Gary has provided leadership and guidance to the development and standing of where the Company is today,” remarked Joe Steiner, Board Chairman and CEO for Color Art Palette. “Gary has earned a stellar reputation as a leader in our industry and the business community. We congratulate Gary on his success and this promotion.”

In addition to his present duties as CEO of Color Art, Mindel assumed the position of President and COO of Color Art Palette effective January 1, 2019. In this additional role, Mindel is responsible for strategic implementation and operational effectiveness, enterprise-wide. Additionally, he is a voting member of the Palette Board, and ensures a strong linkage between Board and operational strategies.

Mindel has been with the company for more than 30 years and is a proven performer and key member of its leadership team. Mindel was initially hired in 1985 as a Sales Manager for New Business Development, was promoted to leadership for the entire sales team, was named President of the Furniture Team, and is now CEO of Color Art.

Born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Marquette University. Following graduation, Mindel worked professionally as a golfer before moving to St. Louis, Missouri. After his move, Gary earned his Master of Business Administration in Finance from St. Louis University. It was in St. Louis that Mindel worked for Service Bureau Company (a division of IBM) selling data processing and timesharing services. Mindel and his college sweetheart – now wife – Mary, live in Webster Groves.

Recently, Color Art announced the appointment of Jeff Bauer, Troy Garner, Mick McIntyre and Ed Wills as Board Advisors. Color Art’s vision is to create and provide the best places for people to do their best work. Color Art does this through understanding and leading practices in connecting architecture, technology, furniture, and services for healthcare, education, corporate and large venue environments.

Color Art is the largest commercial interiors solutions provider in the Midwest and serves clients in 30 states as well as internationally. For more information visit https://www.color-art.com.

February 22, 2019

Maggie Stamm Joins HOK’s St. Louis Office as Marketing Coordinator

Maggie Stamm

Maggie Stamm is the newest member of HOK’s growing St. Louis studio and will serve as a marketing coordinator assisting the office in branding, client engagement and project pursuits.

A native of the greater St. Louis area, Stamm earned her bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She has spent the past three years in California where she held a similar marketing role in HOK’s San Francisco office.

With offices around the globe, HOK designs buildings and spaces that respond to the needs of people and the environment. HOK designers are rooted in technical excellence, driven by imagination and focus.

Color Art Governing Body Appoints Four to Board of Directors

Jeff Bauer

Color Art, St. Louis’ largest interior solutions provider, announces additions to its governing Board of Directors. Four new members join a roster of more than ten distinguished individuals responsible for directing the company’s growth strategies, acquisition decisions and financial planning. The Board of Directors for Color Art Palette, the company’s governing body, shares the appointment of Jeff Bauer, Troy Garner, Mick McIntyre and Ed Wills as Board Advisors. Color Art has been family and employee owned for more than 70 years.

Troy Garner

“I look forward to serving stockholders and team members as an Advisor,” remarked Jeff Bauer. “It’s a privilege to continue building on the family legacy that started 71-years ago. Color Art is a great place to work and grow.”

Mick McIntyre

Color Art’s vision is to be the clear knowledge leader for connecting people and space, an irreplaceable partner to each of its customers, and a place where highly talented and engaged people can thrive. Its vision is to create and provide the best places for people to do their best work. Color Art does this through understanding and leading practices in connecting architecture, technology, furniture, and services for healthcare, education, corporate and large venue environments.

Ed Wills

Recently, Color Art announced the hires of 15-year executive Todd Nixon as Executive Vice President of Furniture, and Jennifer Clark as both Vice President Operations of Furniture and General Manager of Color Art’s non-union Installation and Moves Team. Additionally, long-time employee Christine Hoffmann was promoted from Executive Vice President to President of Color Art Furniture, the company’s largest and longest-standing division.

Color Art is the largest commercial interiors solutions provider in the Midwest and serves clients in 30 states as well as i

nternationally. For more information visit https://www.color-art.com.

S. M. Wilson Promotes Andrew Ahlers, CM-BIM, A.C. To Project Manager

Andrew Ahlers

S. M. Wilson & Co. has promoted Andrew Ahlers, CM-BIM, A.C. to Project Manager. As Project Manager, he will be responsible for handling all administrative functions for a project, including scheduling, holding progress meetings, generating meeting minutes, tracking costs and maintaining logs for all project information.

Ahlers joined S. M. Wilson in 2014 and has worked on a variety of projects including  numerous projects at Blessing Hospital, the Chaddock School Education Center Addition and Ignite Medical Resorts in Kansas City, MO. Currently, he is serving as the Project Manager on the Blessing Hospital Tower Expansion project. The vertical expansion includes adding two floors to the existing four-story patient tower which was originally built by S. M. Wilson in 2015. Ahlers’ strategic planning and attention to detail on this challenging project have been a tremendous asset to ensure the two fully-functioning hospital floors below are not impacted during construction.

He holds his CM – BIM Certificate of Management in Building Information Modeling from the AGC of Missouri. He has his AC (Associate Constructor) certification from the American Institute of Constructors and his ASHE – HCC (Health Care Construction Certificate). Ahlers is OSHA 30 Hour Construction Safety and Health for Construction Industry certified and earned his B.S. in Construction Management from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

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

February 15, 2019

Castle Contracting Hires Four

Castle Contracting, LLC has expanded its team with the hiring of four new employees: Charles Danner, project engineer; Dan Schaefer, estimator; Cory Howell, project manager; and Cody Hobbs, safety coordinator.

Charles Danner

As project engineer, Charles Danner supports the estimating department in compiling accurate project bids, as part of a three-step development program instituted by Castle for all project engineers. Prior to joining Castle, Danner served as an engineer at Kiewit Corporation in Federal Way, Wash. He earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering technologies from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Mo. Before college, he served in the U.S. Air Force and earned the Air Force Achievement Medal, the Good Conduct Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. He lives in St. Louis.

Dan Schaefer

In his role as estimator, Dan Schaefer prepares complete, accurate quantity take-offs to build detailed cost estimates and prepares comprehensive proposals for Castle clients. He previously served as estimator/project manager at Kuesel Excavating Co. in O’Fallon, Mo. and an estimator/project manager at Septagon Construction in Columbia, Mo. Schaefer received a bachelor’s degree in construction management from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Mo. He and his family live in St. Peters, Mo.

Cory Howell

As project manager, Cory Howell oversees the day-to-day operation of projects, including budget reporting, submittal review, subcontractor coordination, material ordering, scheduling maintenance and trade coordination. Prior to joining Castle, he served as project manager at Crossland Construction Company in Kansas City and held several roles at Hensel Phelps Construction Co. Howell received a bachelor’s degree in construction engineering technology from Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas. He and his family reside in Spring Hill, Kansas.

Cody Hobbs

And Safety Coordinator Cody Hobbs is responsible for the overall administration of safety guidelines on Castle projects, including monitoring the safety efforts of employees and subcontractors. He earned a bachelor’s degree of safety in the health sciences program at Illinois State University in Normal, Ill. A Graduate Safety Practitioner (GSP), Hobbs is a member of the American Society of Safety Professionals. He lives in Belleville, Ill.

“As Castle continues to expand our business in St. Louis and beyond, these new professionals will play key roles in strengthening our team and enhancing our services to clients,” said Michael Pranger, Castle Contracting vice president of operations.

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. The company’s earthmoving expertise is visible throughout the St. Louis region and from coast to coast.

New NGA CTO Announced

Mark Munsell

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency appoints a new chief technology officer to lead NGA’s technology transformation and modernization efforts, while also attracting IT talent.

Mark Munsell, currently the deputy director of the CIO and IT Services Directorate, will fill the role of chief technology officer at NGA beginning immediately. Munsell is based at the agency’s St. Louis, Missouri, location and will remain in his CIO-T deputy director role as he steps into the CTO job.

The CTO role was created in 2018 to focus on increasing the agency’s ability to instill next-generation technology, tradecraft and innovative approaches to the geospatial intelligence community, enterprise and mission.

Munsell began his career in 1990 with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration where he was awarded the Department of Commerce Bronze Medal for his software engineering work transforming the nation’s nautical charting production system. He joined an NGA predecessor agency, the Defense Mapping Agency in 1996 where he led the update of the agency’s aeronautical production systems. After a stint with a government contractor, Munsell founded the Internet Marine and Aviation Planning Services, or IMAPS, in 2000 to offer flight and maritime planning services to individuals, industry and government via the Internet. He returned to government service at the NGA in 2006. Munsell is also the recipient of the Presidential Rank Award and NGA’s Distinguished Civilian Service Medal.

Kevin Kopp Named BIM Manager at Murphy

Kevin Kopp

Kevin J. Kopp has been named BIM manager for Murphy Company. The announcement was made by Mike Werdes, vice president, engineering.

Kopp holds an associate’s degree in drafting and design technology from ITT Technical Institute and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in computer science. He is certified in numerous computer software and design programs, and has extensive experience in Revit, Navisworks, Fabrication, Plant 3D,Revizto, AutoCAD, BLK360 and Microsoft environments.

He recently served as BIM Director for a global engineering, architecture and project/construction management firm. . With over 18 years’ experience in BIM/CAD modeling and design as well as integrated project delivery, he previously served as a BIM coordinator and manager for several area engineering and contracting companies. He began his construction career in 2001 as CAD manager/IT support for Tensar Corp., a BIM/CAD manger/senior IT support for Planners and Engineers, and a Bentley Admin/BIM for Hydro-Chem – all in Georgia.

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. The firm employs more than 1,000 people nationwide. For more information, visit www.murphynet.com.

Woody Miller Promoted to Vice President, Operational and Facilities Development at WINCO Windows

Woody Miller

WINCO Windows, a St. Louis-based manufacturer of architectural and heavy commercial aluminum windows, is pleased to announce the promotion of Woody Miller, one of the company’s Leadership Team members, to Vice President, Operational and Facilities Development.

“WINCO’s Leadership Team was formed late 2017 and took effect early 2018,” said Bill Krenn, WINCO President and CFO. “Woody’s success at coordinating plant operations to increase efficiencies and enhance communication, as well as bringing employees’ ideas to fruition keeps the company moving forward in a positive light.”

As Vice President of Operational and Facilities Development, Miller will work with team members Brian Scott and Sharon Gamble to continue evolving WINCO’s manufacturing systems. Integrating new equipment, technologies and processes is vital to serve the demands of WINCO’s expanding presence in the window industry. Miller is one of several family members who have leadership roles in WINCO. The company has been family-owned for more than 100 years.

Miller is a graduate of James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Over the years, Miller has worked as the owner/operator of a construction company, property developer, consultant, and business owner/entrepreneur. Miller was recently named to this year’s class of 40 Under 40 by the St. Louis Business Journal. This honor recognizes young business leaders for their accomplishments, professional excellence, and contributions to their community. In his spare time, Miller is an avid rock climber.

For more information, contact WINCO Window Company at (314) 725.8088 or visit www.wincowindow.com.

New Hires at S. M. Wilson

S.M. Wilson & Co., has rehired Mary Anderson as a Project Engineer and former S. M. Wilson Interns Travis Schmitt, Chris Watkins as Field Engineers as well as Emily Echele as Project Engineer.

Schmitt and Watkins will be responsible for supporting and assisting field and office personnel on job sites to produce successful projects, ensure safety, quality, cost control, schedule and overall compliance with applicable laws and regulations are achieved.

Chris Watkins

Watkins recently graduated from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville where he received his B.S. in Construction Management. He spent the summer working as an intern for S. M. Wilson on an apartment complex project

Schmitt holds an Associates in Applied Science – Construction Management Technology from Southwestern Illinois College with 10 years of construction experience. He also worked as an intern and co-op for S. M. Wilson on the Ladue Horton Watkins High School project.

Mary Anderson

Echele and Anderson will be responsible for helping establish procedures with the design professionals, consultants and Owner of projects for information flow, approvals, meetings and reporting. They will also track shop drawings, submittals, material deliveries and RFIs through the duration of projects and assist the Project Manager with MBE/WBE participation and workforce inclusion. Anderson rejoins S. M. Wilson with four years construction experience. She holds a B.S. in Construction Management from Southeast Missouri State University and is OSHA 30 certified.

Emily Eschele

Echele recently graduated from Missouri S&T where she received her B.S. in Civil/Architectural Engineering. She also worked for S. M. Wilson on an apartment complex project as an intern over the summer.

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

Grand Opening of GreenLeaf Market & ZOOM Convenience Store on April 13

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Locally owned grocery store first to be built in north St. Louis City since 1968 

St. Louis Grocery Group announces its grand opening celebration for GreenLeaf Market and ZOOM Gulf Gas Station and Convenience Store, both located near the corner of Tucker and 13th Street on Saturday, April 13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The grand opening for the new, north St. Louis City grocery store and convenience store will feature free samples, family-friendly activities and drawings for free gas, car washes and food giveaways.

Locally-owned GreenLeaf Market and ZOOM will deliver a unique combination of farm-fresh quality foods, community and convenience for residents of north St. Louis City and surrounding areas. GreenLeaf Market is the first grocery store to be built in north St. Louis City since 1968 and is proudly owned by St. Louis Grocery Group, in partnership with Good Natured Family Farms, a cooperative alliance made up of 150 family farms located in Missouri, Illinois and Kansas.

“We value farm fresh and local nutritious, affordable food as the foundation for a strong community,” said Good Natured Family Farms co-owner, Diana Endicott.

As a locally-owned and operated grocer, GreenLeaf Market and ZOOM strives to support other local and regional businesses by working with family farms to deliver high-quality, fresh food and a wide range of unique products that you won’t find at other grocers in the area. GreenLeaf Market is also actively engaged in the neighborhood community, working with church and civic leaders to help ensure that area residents’ needs are being met. More than 72 new jobs will be created by GreenLeaf and ZOOM, which is just the beginning of a larger, longer-term plan to spur job growth and new development and help regenerate the economy of north St. Louis City.

GreenLeaf Market and ZOOM are located within the NorthSide Regeneration (NSR) development, a mixed-use community development – a self-sustaining neighborhood of people, cultures, economic opportunity, safety and education with the infrastructure and growth to support key, necessary services for the community. The original development encompasses over 1,500 acres and borders downtown St. Louis. Jobs have always been the primary motivator for NSR with a goal of more than 43,000 construction jobs and 22,000 permanent jobs generated by the development’s activity.

The 20,000-square-foot grocery store will feature a state-of-the-art kitchen and an experienced, on-site chef who will be focused on creating fresh, nutritious, affordable, fully-prepared grab-and-go food selections while cooking with farm-fresh ingredients. GreenLeaf Market will also be ramping up convenient curbside pick-up for online orders to better serve the needs of commuters and people working downtown.

With an in-house bee colony, the market will deliver an educational experience for people of all ages.

“GreenLeaf Market will be partnering up with more local businesses to strengthen our community, while adopting new technology to create a truly one-of-a-kind grocery shopping experience. From the moment you enter GreenLeaf and experience the full-height mural depicting the near NorthSide, you know you are in a unique setting,” said Eyad Tammas of St. Louis Grocery Group.

Join the GreenLeaf Market and ZOOM Convenience Store grand opening event on Facebook: http://bit.ly/GLGO4-13  and follow GreenLeaf and ZOOM on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram for the latest news and details of this exciting community celebration. For more information about GreenLeaf and ZOOM, visit www.GreenLeafMarketStl.com and www.ZOOMStL.com.

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