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Scott Wilson Receives Silver Beaver Award from St. Louis Area Council BSA

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Scott Wilson has received the Silver Beaver Award from the Greater St. Louis Area Council – Boy Scouts of America in recognition of his extensive volunteer service to the organization. For the past five years, Wilson, Chief Executive Officer of S. M. Wilson & Co., has chaired the Scouts’ annual Pinewood Derby, a racing event that raises money and awareness for the Greater St. Louis Area Council.

The Silver Beaver Award recognizes noteworthy service that impacts the lives of youth and outstanding contributions to the Scouting program. It is the highest recognition a Boy Scout council can bestow on an adult volunteer, and only a handful of recipients are selected each year from a pool of nearly 16,000 volunteers in the Greater St. Louis Area Council.

Scott and other 2017 Silver Beaver Award recipients were honored at the Council Annual Recognition Dinner on June 7 at the Gateway Center.

S. M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis. S. M. Wilson is one of the largest general construction and construction management firms in the St. Louis area.  

Kadean Construction Among ‘Fastest Growing Companies’ In The Greater St. Louis Region For The Second Year Running

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New Ranking Comes on the Heels of Kadean Being Named Mid-Sized ‘Contractor of the Year’ by ASA

Continuing its growth strategy, Kadean Construction has been named one of the “Fastest Growing Companies” in the St. Louis region by the St. Louis Business Journal for the second year in a row, it was announced today.

Kadean, which specializes in pre-construction, design-build, construction management, and general contracting, was ranked 10th among the 50 fastest growing companies in the St. Louis area, based on their three-year revenue growth.

St. Louis-based Kadean’s annual revenue has increased from roughly $21 million in 2014 to more than $61 million in 2016, said Mike Eveler, president of Kadean Construction.

“We are extremely proud to be ranked among the region’s Fastest Growing Companies again this year,” Eveler said. “Our growth can be attributed to the hard work and commitment of our entire staff, the dedication of our talented subcontractors, and our tremendous clients. And, we’re very grateful.”

Last year, the Business Journal saluted Kadean for being among the 20 Fastest Growing Companies in the St. Louis region. Today’s rankings recognize the 50 companies throughout the St. Louis region that have shown the greatest revenue growth over the past three years.

The Business Journal’s ranking comes on the heels of Kadean being named mid-sized General Contractor of the Year by the American Subcontractors Association (ASA) Midwest Council. The organization honored Kadean in April for its commitment to working closely with its subcontractors, whom Eveler described as “dedicated partners in all that we do.” He also credited them with being “a big part of our company’s success for more than 50 years.”

Eveler said Kadean is continuing its growth trajectory in 2017 with a range of healthcare, senior living, commercial, and light industrial projects underway in Missouri, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Kansas. He added that Kadean’s revenues could hit $80 million by the end of this year.

Two of Kadean’s most recent projects include the completion of the $13.1 million expansion of the Siteman Cancer Center, a state-of-the-art outpatient treatment facility at Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital in suburban St. Louis, and construction of its fourth light industrial building in the Aviator Business Park in the City of Hazelwood, near St. Louis-Lambert International Airport.

Spellman Brady Awarded Three Senior Living Projects

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Spellman Brady and Company is excited to announce the firm has recently been awarded the following three new Senior Living projects in three different states;

  Touchmark at Coffee Creek – Edmond, Oklahoma  The 25-acre full-service community has chosen Spellman Brady for their interior design services with focus around the independent and assisted living common areas of the existing three-story, 50,000 sf facility renovation.

  Parkway Place – Houston, Texas – Spellman Brady is responsible for the interior design for a new café and state-of-the-art rehabilitation therapy gym, as well as the renovation of three independent living buildings; and the common areas of the current assisted living, memory care, and skilled nursing communities. 

  Village Walk – Patchoque, New York – The all-new supportive senior living community has selected Spellman Brady to develop the interior design for their assisted living and memory care of their newly constructed five-story, 82,300 sf facility.

Spellman Brady & Company is an award-winning St. Louis–based interior design firm specializing in senior living, healthcare, and higher education environments. 

New Koolduct-Thermaduct Construction & Engineering Center Opens

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Local mechanical contractor, sheet metal fabricator and residential HVAC contractor, R.F. Meeh Company, recently opened a state of the art engineering and construction training center in Fenton, MO to offer training and education to construction specifiers and installers on the newest wave in sustainable ductwork – Koolduct® and Thermaduct.  Specifically geared to educate and train mechanical engineers, facilities managers and other sheet metal contractors on the capabilities and installation procedures for Koolduct® and Thermaduct, the 3,000-square foot facility opened on May 11, 2017. 

The HVAC industry has been undergoing a transformation in recent years, specifically as it pertains to HVAC ductwork with the need for newer, LEED eligible and more energy efficient products hitting the market.  Koolduct® is a closed-cell phenolic duct which received final SMACNA (Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors National Association) accreditation of the Phenolic Duct Construction Standard, 1st Edition, 2015 on February 12, 2015.  Unlike traditional metal duct, phenolic duct is comprised of a pre-insulated, high efficiency air duct with R-Value ratings from R-6 to R-24.  Some of the other advantages to phenolic duct include: lower energy consumption and increased energy savings, low air leakage, zero ozone depletion, moisture resistance, improved Indoor Air Quality (IAQ), weighs up to 80% less than traditional metal duct, quicker installation times, and is fire and smoke resistant. 

According to Robert J Meeh, President of R.F. Meeh, “We are excited to open the Koolduct®-Thermaduct Construction & Engineering Center.  With federal and state governments requiring cleaner, more energy efficient buildings, owners and engineers have escalated their focus on improved energy efficiency and indoor air quality.  Additionally, sheet metal fabricators and installers across the country have found the lightweight material improves installation time, reduces injury risk and provides the owner with a much improved energy efficiency never before seen.  We have already had several engineering groups and sheet metal contractors send their specifiers and installers to the center for seminars and training.”

Koolduct® is commonly used on indoor applications in education, healthcare, government, and industrial applications.  Thermaduct® is a vinyl wrapped, outdoor, solution which has shown the ability to be more weather resistant and provide more consistent air flow and temperature over long runs, than traditional metal duct. 

Poettker Construction Sponsors Boy Scouts Safety Merit Badge Clinic

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Boy Scout Senior Development Director James Nolan presented Poettker Construction with a commemorative plaque acknowledging their commitment to the Boy Scouts. Pictured above from left to right are Danielle Bergmann, director of marketing of Poettker; Nolan; Charles Wilson, Eagle Scout and corporate safety manager; and David Lammers, corporate compliance officer, both of Poettker.

Poettker Construction Company, in partnership with HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Breese, sponsored a safety merit badge clinic for the Boy Scouts of America Greater St. Louis Area Council on Saturday, June 10, 2017.

Twenty-five Scouts from nine counties across Illinois and Missouri participated in the clinic to learn how to apply safety techniques used on construction sites to home and community settings.  Poettker’s Corporate Safety Manager and Eagle Scout, Charles Wilson, and Corporate Compliance Officer, Dave Lammers, led the clinic which featured interactive discussion about:

  • utilizing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in everyday activities including mowing and weed eating the lawn;
  • establishing proper planning techniques and making informed choices to help prevent accidents;
  • sketching individual home egress plans to inform their families of emergency exit strategies; and
  • discussing safety careers and training opportunities.

The clinic closed with a guided tour of the HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Breese Outpatient Prep-Recovery project.  This $9.5 million project features an addition to the outpatient surgery preparation and recovery areas, a new ambulance garage, and renovations to the hospital’s Emergency Department.

Clinic participation counted toward merit badge credit ultimately needed to reach the rank of Eagle Scout.

“Thank you to all the Boy Scouts and families who participated in this safety merit badge clinic.  Poettker Construction enjoyed this opportunity to show the Boy Scouts how safety techniques utilized on construction sites can be incorporated into everyday life,” said Wilson.

Boy Scouts Senior Development Director James Nolan presented Poettker Construction with a commemorative plaque acknowledging their commitment to the Boy Scouts.

Founded in 1980, Poettker Construction is a second-generation, family-owned and veteran owned business that specializes in construction management, design/build, and general contracting services.  

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Boy Scouts from the Greater St. Louis Area Council participated in the safety merit badge clinic and project tour on June 10, 2017 sponsored by Poettker Construction Company in partnership with HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Breese.  Pictured above from left to right are David Lammers, corporate compliance officer of Poettker, 23 Boy Scouts from the Greater St. Louis Area Council, and Charles Wilson, Eagle Scout and corporate safety manager of Poettker.

Clayton’s New High-Rise, ‘212,’ Offers Luxury Living for Urbanites

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Designing and constructing nearly a half million square feet vertically on a small footprint in the heart of Clayton, project partners say, has been akin to orchestrating and performing all the parts of a complex symphonic work.

The largest project of its kind to be built in St. Louis in more than 30 years, 212 Clayton (formerly known as 212 S. Meramec) is a 26-story, $54.5 million multi-family and mixed-use development owned by Chicago-based CA Ventures and White Oak Realty Partners. A total of 250 studio, one, two and three-bedroom units adorn the stunning structure which is scheduled to reach completion in August. HDA Architects is the project designer and architect of record; construction is being performed by the joint venture of PARIC Corp. in St. Louis and Chicago-based McHugh Construction.

Pre-design began in 2007 for what is now known as 212; back then, the project was the vision of St. Louis developers GTE Properties and located on the Central Avenue side of the block before eventually landing on the corner of Bonhomme and Meramec Avenues, according to HDA Managing Director Kyle Wilson, the project’s designer. “Then the recession hit and nearly everything in the construction world came to a halt,” he said.

But GTE never gave up on its vision for the block, according to Wilson. “At one point of the design, this development was proposed as a 10-story building with a much larger footprint, running north-south along Meramec Avenue from Bonhomme Avenue to the county’s parking garage on Shaw, but it was not doable due to land costs,” Wilson said.

In 2015, HDA returned to designing a vertical layout with a smaller footprint; with GTE Properties and PARIC, HDA pitched the new design to Chicago-based White Oak Realty Partners. White Oak recognized the opportunity in Clayton, Wilson said, and brought Chicago’s McHugh Construction into the project. McHugh’s expertise in building similar luxury high-rises in Chicago – combined with PARIC’s multi-family and multi-use experience – resulted in a reenergized project and timeline.

By November 2015, ground was broken and construction began on a very different trajectory. 212 Clayton would span 382,660 square feet in the heart of downtown Clayton, with 20 levels of living units crowned with a rooftop-level pool deck, lounge, recreation room and fitness center. Five levels of secured parking occupy the floors directly below the luxury apartments, with 9,000 square feet of retail space anchoring 212’s ground floor.

“The entire east side of the building has stunning views of downtown St. Louis, and the entire west side affords residents equally stunning views of Shaw Park,” said Josh Goodman, director of operations for HDA and project manager. “This is a fantastic opportunity to tap into the convenience of 212’s proximity to both MetroBus and MetroLink light rail transit. It’s a straight run into Forest Park, the Loop, downtown St. Louis, the airport and back. We envision that young professionals who travel for work will see it as an ideal urban living destination.”

212 Clayton exemplifies the surge in transit-oriented development, according to PARIC Corp. Vice President Paul Giacoletto, whose specialty is in building multi-family. “Multi-family high-rises are definitely a trend that we see continuing,” he said. “I think developments like this one will be a big draw for millennials but also for empty nesters. Clayton is really St. Louis’ second downtown in terms of a suburb with a lot of major corporations and a high standard of living. Those who enjoy the urban fabric but desire to live in an area other than downtown will find this an optimal solution. We were able to add in all of the desired amenities in a more urban location,” Giacoletto added.

A specialty concrete mix that has not been utilized in St. Louis before is featured in 212 Clayton, according to PARIC. In total, 19,000 cubic yards of concrete have been used in this project. That concrete volume, however, pales compared to the amount of glass – 60,000 square feet – utilized in the project. Four million pounds of structural steel was also used in construction of the luxury high-rise.

“One of my favorite things about the building is that all of the corner units do not have a column at the corner. They’re wide open,” said Wilson. “Our structural engineering partner, Alper Audi, creatively pulled the columns back and reinforced the slab to accommodate the cantilever. None of the high-rises I toured in Chicago had open corners like that,” he added.

HDA and PARIC credited Kaiser Electric and Murphy Company for their problem-solving prowess and creativity in making the building systems work vertically. “When you’re pouring these concrete floors and working from the bottom on up, story by story, there’s no room for error,” said Goodman, who noted that dealing with the wind when building with glass up 26 stories is indeed a tough task. “Kaiser and Murphy are a part of our design-build team on projects we do throughout the U.S. CECO Concrete Construction built a full-scale mock-up of the project’s corners off-site to simulate the detailed conditions we would face at 212 Clayton. One of the challenges has been to make the building look beautiful but also function economically,” he added.

Giacoletto praised PARIC’s concrete frame subcontractor, Ceco Concrete Construction, in working with the general contractor to maximize efficiency in terms of materials but even more so where labor was concerned. “We went to Chicago (with McHugh Construction) and examined similar construction projects to see how to best turn the floor cycles and maximize effort,” Giacoletto said. “Making the workflow as efficient as possible was a high priority. Building vertically brings an array of unique challenges with it. For 212 Clayton, we had multiple tasks going on at once. For example, when we topped out the last bucket of concrete to be poured, we had glass all the way up to the 16th floor and finished units up to floor 12. This whole construction process is truly similar to orchestrating fine classical music, with PARIC as the conductor. The closer it is to perfection, the more efficient it is for everyone involved.”

As workers began enclosing the building and moving on up floor by floor, Giacoletto said managing and leading the great number of subcontractors became all the more critical. “So many divisions came into play as we moved up the building,” he said. “Water control is just one example. Deflecting water and preventing it from getting into the finished portions of the building was a steep challenge that we were able to meet head-on.”

Designing and building 212’s five floors of parking brought its own formidable challenges, according to Wilson. “One of the biggest challenges of designing a mixed-use building is weaving the building systems up, down and through the building program,” he said. “Accommodating the bays and spacing in a two-way design is a lot more complex than a one-way parking structure that has angled spaces. On each of the five parking levels, we designed two 60-foot bays of parking that corkscrew around the core of the building and weave through the stairs and elevators,” Wilson said. “We created extensive schematic building models to plan for shapes that carried through a multi-layer cake of concrete plates. Any inefficiencies of the floor plate had to be given up and then we worked all of the living units around that.”

PARIC’s longstanding working relationship with the city of Clayton no doubt played a role in how smoothly the 212 project progressed, Giacoletto said. “The relationship between the contractor and the local municipality is critical,” he said. “Knowing that PARIC had completely renovated the Clayton Police and Municipal Building a few years ago and knew what we needed to do to comply with local building permits was huge. The city of Clayton was phenomenal to work with and truly had a vision for this project and what it would mean to the community.”

Although leasing rates have not yet been announced, 212’s apartment amenities include white quartz kitchen countertops, stainless steel appliances, floor to ceiling windows with nine-foot ceilings (in deluxe units), oversized walk-in closets, a full-size washer and dryer and custom wide-plank flooring throughout. All units feature a 1GB Internet speed. Select apartments are equipped with private balconies, according to Giacoletto. For more information on 212 Clayton, see

PARIC is currently pursuing other similar living projects in the St. Louis market, Giacoletto said.

Fire Protection Systems: A Life Safety Necessity

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The National Fire Protection Association reported that in 2015 structure fires accounted for only 37 percent of all U.S. fires but 82 percent of civilian deaths and 72 percent of direct property damage. In whole numbers, that’s 2,755 deaths and $97 billion in property damage.

How are designers and builders keeping their projects from becoming another statistic?

If sprinkler systems and fire walls come to mind, you’re on the right track. These are examples of active and passive fire protection systems. Active fire protection (AFP) systems are generally those that require some type of action to set them off such as clean agent fire suppression systems, exhaust fans or automatic sprinklers — all of which require heat, smoke or an alarm to trigger them.

Mark Reinebach, core/solutions sales manager for SimplexGrinnell, said the decision of which system to use depends on its location and how the room will be used. For instance, dry sprinklers are generally used in unconditioned areas such as the attics of nursing homes and in other scenarios where there is no temperature control.

“You can’t have water just sitting in pipes in these locations because they can potentially freeze,” said Reinebach, “and then when you need them, they won’t work. But with dry air sprinklers, there is air in the pipes. If the sprinkler head detects heat, a compressor bleeds the air off and then allows water to fill the pipes.”

What if it is in an area where water damage may be highly detrimental to business? Reinebach said this is where clean agent suppression systems come into play.

“If you’re a business that relies heavily on your computer system, like a bank, water from sprinklers can really set you back,” he said. “Clean agent systems will extinguish a fire without the water. You may have to come in and replace a circuit board in a computer, but you’re back up and running quickly.”

Exhaust fans are another AFP system that must be specifically placed. Malcolm Sweet, general manager at St. Louis-based Integrated Facility Services, said buildings over three stories high and with large assembly areas or atriums are required to have them.

“These fans are triggered by an alarm,” Sweet said. “They clear the smoke out of the area, limiting people’s exposure so they can get out of the building safely. Fire and smoke dampers in ducts also help. These are placed in areas such as stairwells and hallways. They’re spring loaded. When triggered, they block off any smoke, keeping the exits clear.”

Fire and smoke dampers are a form of passive fire protection systems or PFP. PFP systems help contain the spread of fire and smoke, thus limiting the amount of damage to a building and providing its occupants with ample time to get out. Along with fire and smoke dampers, PFP systems include fire doors, firewalls and floors.

Jay McGuire, vice president for Fire Stop Technologies, Inc., said these fire barriers compartmentalize areas where there may be a greater potential for fire — such as electrical or boiler rooms — and can contain a fire in that area for two or more hours depending upon the walls’ fire rating. That is, he added, if the firestopping in that area was done properly.

“The problem we keep seeing are with penetrations made in firewalls for pipes, ductwork or cables that aren’t properly filled,” said McGuire. “This compromises the rating of the firewalls which means that if a fire starts, both fire and smoke will pour through the holes and increase the potential for harm to the structure and its occupants. But if it’s done right to begin with and is maintained properly afterward, firestopping can save lives and assets including the building itself.”

According to McGuire, the people most often doing the firestopping have no real knowledge of how to install it or even what to use.

“It’s not unusual to find someone who has been told to just squirt some red caulk around a hole because the tube said the material is rated for two hours. That’s unacceptable,” McGuire said. “A lot of money is spent designing and building a building. Firestopping is normally the smallest scope of work on the entire project, and yet this is where they cut corners. Why? I’d say most of it is simply ignorance, but a lot is done just to pass inspection. People need to understand that firestopping is an important part of the building project and of life safety.”

Building specifications, according to McGuire, should indicate that a UL-qualified firestop contractor should be hired to do the work; UL is an American safety consulting and certification company. The firestop contractor should also require that everything is labeled and documented with regard to the firestopping, indicating such things as the installer’s name, product used, the scope of the work, the date it was installed and where it was installed in the building. But even when including this in the installation specifications, it is often disregarded, he said.

“Contractors either let the trades handle the firestopping or their own guys, and neither are qualified,” McGuire said. “We have solutions that are very cost effective and all of our installations are well-documented. They even include photos of our work.”

Jim Howard, firestop specialist at Negwer Materials Inc., said stricter codes are making adherence more important than ever. Howard urges hiring either a professional firestop contractor or someone specifically trained by a firestop manufacturer.

“I’d say 60 percent of people who do firestopping don’t really understand the principles behind it and how it works,” Howard said. “I’ve been teaching this for 18 years and the codes have changed drastically since I started. Every year they become even stricter. It pays to get someone who knows what he’s doing, not only to pass inspection but to potentially save lives.”

Howard warned that the 2012 International Building Code requirements state all firestopping must now be inspected and approved by a third-party inspector hired by the building’s general contractor or owner. These inspectors must be licensed and trained on how to inspect for firestop by the Firestop Contractors International Association, he said. Throughout the building’s construction, these inspectors periodically examine each penetration and joint in a fire barrier to ensure that the appropriate systems are used and installed correctly.

“I’ve walked on many jobs where the specs called for a special firestop contractor and it was completely ignored,” Howard said. “I’ve also seen these same projects shut down after an inspector came out. In one particular case, a project was shut down for 30 days while each penetration was documented and labeled. Have you any idea how much that costs? So, you need to make sure you know what you’re doing or that you’ve hired a licensed firestop professional.”

With both AFP and PFP systems installed properly and working together, Reinebach said a fire doesn’t have to result in either property damage or lives lost.

“Whether it’s an active or passive system, just make certain you’re dealing with a licensed, certified contractor,” he stressed. “If any piece of the puzzle isn’t complete, the system may not function as it should. And both active and passive systems are vitally important systems of checks and balances.”

A good example of the checks and balances methodology, according to Reinebach, is an apartment complex. All units may have smoke detectors, but if a neighbor takes his down for some reason and then falls asleep on the couch with a lit cigarette, that two-hour firewall between his and his neighbor’s two units may save his neighbor’s life and limit any damage. But if the contractor has cut corners, it could be disastrous. Reinebach said doing everything possible to prevent such a potentiality is critical.

“We try very hard to work with contractors who may have budget issues,” he said. “Still, there are some (contractors) we simply will not do business with and for a very good reason. I don’t take shortcuts and here’s why. One day one of my children may spend the night in a hotel, or my grandmother may stay in a nursing home or any of my friends may be in a situation where there’s a fire in a building with a system I designed and installed. But every night I can go home, put my head on the pillow and sleep soundly knowing I haven’t done anything to jeopardize someone else’s life.”

Bronson House Renovation Wins ‘Most Enhanced Award’ from Landmarks Association of St. Louis

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The $1.1 million historic renovation of the former Bronson House, a 132-year-old Late Victorian home listed on the National Historic Register at 3201 Washington Avenue into the headquarters of The Hicor Group, has received a 2017 Most Enhanced Award from the Landmarks Association of St. Louis, Inc.  The Most Enhanced Awards recognize excellence in the restoration, rehabilitation, and adaptive reuse of St. Louis’ architectural heritage.  Award winners are selected based on the difficulty of the project, the capacity of the project to have a transformational effect on its surrounding area, the historical or architectural significance of the building, and on the project’s power to inspire.

Built in 1885 for prominent local dentist Dr. George Ashe Bronson as both an office and as a residence, Bronson remained in the house until his death in 1932.  The renovation began in April 2016 after the building had been left in a state of disrepair for many years and included significant interior and exterior upgrades. Three levels of the home’s interior have been converted into commercial offices now occupied by HICOR’s five headquarters employees plus an additional ten employees of Chameleon Integrated Services, whose founders redeveloped the Bronson Residence.

The focus of the project centered around the interior finishes of the building. Special attention was paid to repairing the original plaster moldings on the ceilings and walls along with meticulously preserving and restoring the vast amount of original millwork and casework throughout the building. Utilizing their recently acquired millwork reproduction capabilities, the Hicor Group was able to recreate a considerable amount of historically accurate wood windows for the project.

In addition, the Barnett on Washington, which is adjacent to the house, is opening a new outdoor event and meeting space in the home’s renovated back yard, which was once a historically significant Japanese Garden.  The new patio features a full service outdoor bar, dinner seating for up to 60 people, cocktail seating area, outdoor restrooms, a water feature, planters, landscaping and its own private entrance off of Compton Avenue.

The Hicor Group provides carpentry, concrete, and general contracting services to multiple facets of the construction market here in St Louis and throughout Missouri. Founded in 2014, the company is a MBE and an SBA-certified Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB).  Stafford, a ten-year veteran construction industry, is President. For more information on The Hicor Group, visit

Founded in 2003, Chameleon is a minority and SBA-certified Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB).  Since 2005, Chameleon has supported the Department of Defense with Information Technology support services for classified and unclassified engagements as a small business prime contractor. For more information, visit

Rising Above Expectations

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Celebrating 10 years of Developing Green Roofs 

Nelson and Nagel have risen above expectations over the past 10 years, environmental, economically and politically, making them regional experts in the green roof industry!

Roof Top Sedums, owned and managed by Teresa Nelson and Roxanne Nagel, is a nationally certified Woman Business Enterprise (WBE).  Nagel and Nelson are both accredited green roof professionals with hands-on experience growing over 100 green roof projects.

In 2007, Roof Top Sedums became one of the first licensed growers of LiveRoof brand systems.  Nagel, a horticulturist, previously managed a family greenhouse operation and Nelson (ASLA, LEED AP BD+C) worked as a landscape architect and green building design professional.

Roof Top Sedums is proud to have partnered with clients throughout the Midwest to bring more green roofs from concept to reality.  Their showcase proudly displays the following St. Louis community projects:

  • Ritenour High School Auditorium, a 1600 sq. ft. project, was installed in 2012, with the LiveRoof®Standard System.
  • Louis Community College,Florissant Valley Campus Engineering Building, a 1500 sq. ft. project was installed in 2010 with the LiveRoof® Standard System multi-plant mixes in the design.
  • Louis City Garden, a 1472 sq. ft. project, was installed in 2009 with the LiveRoof®Standard System.
  • SSM St. Clare Health Center in Fenton, a 1500 sq. ft. project, was installed in 2009 with the LiveRoof®Standard System.

“I was first involved with LiveRoof® as a landscape architect.  I found it very easy and stimulating to design with the system, so much so that I jumped on the opportunity to be a part of the organization,” recounts Nelson. “In the past ten years, we have grown through focusing on continual improvement to stay at the forefront of this rapidly developing industry.  We are excited to use this opportunity to interface with and share our experience with more designers, contractors and building owners.”

The name “Roof Top Sedums” reflects a majority of the green roofs the company supplies, which are lightweight systems, planted with a blend of cold-hardy succulents primarily of the genus Sedum.  These shallow-rooting alpine plants are a favorite of green roof designers for their ability to withstand winter’s cold and to store water inside their fleshy foliage during periods of drought.  A growing portion of the business is for an expanded palette of plants, including adapted and native perennial forbs and grasses.

“We do so much more than our name implies,” says Nagel.  “We are supplying green roofs in a range of soil depths with hundreds of plant options.  We grow natives such as black-eyed susans, coneflowers and prairie dropseed, as well as adaptive favorites like alliums, liatris, and feather reed grasses.

Green roofs help cities control untreated storm water runoff and sewage discharge.   Many Midwestern cities have combined sewage overflows, which means that during the wet season, untreated storm water can mix with raw sewage and overflow into local waterways.  Green roofs help to absorb and slow down rainfall, which eases the burden on municipal storm water systems.  This means healthier waterways and lower costs of treatment and cleanup.

Communities which incorporate green infrastructure can also expect to mitigate the urban heat island effect, while reaping energy conservation value, and gaining habitable space when patios, walkways and seating are included in the rooftop garden design.

A planted roof also provides financial benefits, including extension of roof life, reduction in energy use, and by storm water management on the roof.  Employers can experience significant gains in productivity and up to a 10% reduction in absences by adding natural views such as those provided by green roof systems. (1)  Green builders and remodelers can expect between 10–19 percent higher return on investment, as much as 10 percent increased building value, while enjoying a marked reduction (up to 14 percent) in building operating costs.


Roof Top Sedums was established in 2007 and is a Regional LiveRoof® Licensed Grower servicing Iowa, Western Illinois, Nebraska, Kansas, and Missouri. The business is 100% women-owned and certified nationally as a Women’s Business Enterprise as well as an Iowa Targeted Small Business.

LiveRoof Global, LLC ( is the horticultural science company that developed the LiveRoof® Hybrid System, whose natural function and natural beauty offer the highest level of green roof performance at the lowest level acquisition-installation-maturation-maintenance costs.

Roof Top Sedum’s Project Showcase Links:

Ritenour High School Auditorium

St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley Campus Engineering Building

St. Louis City Garden

SSM St. Clare Health Center in Fenton

Etegra, Inc. Awarded $10M Department of Treasury Architect-Engineer IDIQ

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Etegra, Inc., was awarded a prime 8(a) contract from the Department of Treasury to provide a full range of architect-engineer (A-E) services for the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) facility in Fort Worth Texas. The anticipated value of the indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract is an estimated total of $10M, and will have a one-year base period and four oneyear option periods.

The Bureau of Engraving and Printing’s Western Currency Facility (WCF), is one of only two locations in the U.S. that print currency (Washington, D.C. being the other). This 750,000 SF operation with 600 employees, approximately 250 contractors, 11 unions, and produces more than half of the nation’s currency order by operating 24-7 year-round. In addition to U.S. currency, the BEP produces several other security documents such as portions of U.S. passports, materials for Homeland Security, military identification cards, and Immigration and Naturalization Certificates.

Under this contract, Etegra will provide A-E services including, but not limited to the design, preparation of plans, specifications and cost estimates for various projects at the WCF.

To date, Etegra has received a request for a proposal for one task order which involves the design and upgrade of the Building Automation System.

“We are proud to support such a large operation. It is our duty to offer Etegra’s services in a manner that will improve the Western Facilities ability to produce Federal Reserve Notes for the country,” said Andrew Kishna, Chief Executive Officer.

Etegra is a full service, 40+ person 8(a) DBE/MBE architect-engineer (A-E) firm. Our primary services are architecture, engineering, and construction management for the Department of Defense and numerous Federal Agencies.

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