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Missouri S&T Concrete Conference to be Held May 2-3

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Missouri University of Science and Technology will host the annual Missouri Concrete Conference May 2-3 in the Havener Center on campus. Conference registration is $150 per person.

Conference topics include slag cement concrete; colored concrete; steel fibers in building construction; impact of air quality control on fly ash properties; timing of slab sawing; compacted concrete pavement; internal curing; field testing; factors affecting air content; zero discharge production water at plants; precast update; confirming aggregate quality; regional aggregate issues; ACR street deterioration; CPR specification update; evolution of bridge deck design; St. Louis County materials specification update; ACI adhesive anchor technician certification; and the Missouri Department of Transportation’s current research.

Certificates to document Personal Development Hours will be provided.

Organizers say the conference will be of interest to contractors, public agencies, consulting engineers, testing labs, aggregate producers, ready mix, cement and admixture suppliers, and equipment technical reps.

Additional information, including a complete listing of presentations, is available online at

For registration and sponsor information, contact Missouri S&T’s office of distance and continuing education at 573-341-6576 or

For technical information, contact Dr. David Richardson, associate professor of civil, architectural and environmental engineering at Missouri S&T, at 573-341-4487 or

A First for Design-Build and Treatment Plant Delivery in Missouri

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This January, a first for wastewater treatment plants began operations in Liberty, Missouri.  This project is one of the first wastewater plants in Missouri utilizing Design-Build delivery, and the first Design-Build in Missouri to utilize State Revolving Funds (SRF).  SRF financing will save the City over $40 million in interest on this $74 million project when compared with conventional financing.  With Design-Build legislation enacted last summer the Liberty project paves the way for municipalities throughout Missouri to maximize their dollars utilizing the cost and schedule saving efficiencies of Design-Build with low-interest SRF financing.

The City of Liberty had outsourced treatment to a neighboring community for decades.  Facing near-term rate increases, uncertain future rates and potential treatment capacity issues, Liberty began studying alternatives, and identified that building their own facilities and discontinuing outsourcing of treatment would save the City $27 million in treatment costs over a 30-year period.  From there, Liberty worked with consultants to determine the scope, budget and user rates required for such an undertaking. The City estimated that it would take $95 million to construct the facilities, but user rates would be reduced and predicted to level out within 5 years.  With this information, in August 2013 the Citizens of Liberty voted overwhelmingly 91% in favor of the project.

To maintain promised user rates, the new facilities had to be completed and operational by first quarter 2017.  In February of 2014, request for qualifications were issued.  Three teams were shortlisted in April 2014.  Following review of conceptual designs, proposals and interviews the team of Goodwin Brothers and CMT was selected in September 2014. Construction of the new 7 MGD plant, two 10 MGD pump stations, 18,000 feet of force main, 6,000 feet of collector roadway, administration and maintenance facilities were completed by December 2016. Treatment operations began on January 3, 2017 just after the Christmas holidays.

Based on the cost and schedule savings gained through the Design-Build process, additional scope was added, including over 6,000 feet of trunk sewer. This work was completed in March 2017 with completion and close out scheduled for May 2017.

This project is a perfect example of a City looking out for the best interest of its citizens’ hard-earned dollars.  Rather than continuing the status quo, Liberty pursued different treatment options and innovative delivery methods that will positively impact the Citizens of Liberty for future generations to come.

Goodwin Brothers Construction is a three-generation family-owned business, celebrating 70 years of building this year. 

Contractors Seek Accountability in MSD’s Bidding Process

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MSD Executive Director, Brian Hoelscher

The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD) unveiled its 2018 fiscal year capital improvement and replacement program on April 17, 2017, but some contractors questioned the accountability of MSD’s bidding process.   That after the MSD board of trustees refused to follow the recommendations of its professiona l staff and inexplicably killed a $145 million contract to the lowest responsible bidder on the Deer Creek tunneling project.  When asked why he changed his vote at an April 13th MSD meeting to void the contract to low bidder Jay Dee/Frontier-Kemper (JDFK) Joint Venture,MSD Trustee Michael Yates told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: “I have my reasons, and that’s all I’m saying.”

Abdul-Ghani Mekkaoul

At the fiscal 2018 capital improvement and replacement program Jay Dee Contractors, Inc. Project Manager Abdul-Ghani Mekkaoul sought answers to why MSD trustees refused to follow the recommendation of its staff which had thoroughly vetted and approved JDFK’s low bid.  After the meeting, Mekkauol noted that the JDFK bid met every standard of MSD’s request for proposal, including pricing, schedule, diversity and would have used a St. Louis union workforce.  The meeting attracted reporters from St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis Business Journal and KMOV-TV, which sought answers to how wisely MSD is spending money on its massive $4.7 billion Project Clear.

People On The Move In The Local Construction Industry

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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.

McGrath & Associates promotes Nicholas Knobbe to Project Director

Nicholas Knobbe

Nicholas Knobbe has been promoted to Project Development Manager at McGrath & Associates, a 100 percent employee-owned general contractor and construction management firm. Knobbe has been with McGrath & Associates for more than 11 years, with responsibilities in estimating and preconstruction services. 

McGrath & Associates is a 100 percent employee-owned general contractor and construction management firm specializing in commercial, health care, industrial, institutional and pharmaceutical construction projects since 1983.

April 14, 2017

Klipsch-Kelley Named Director of Sales and Marketing of The Sheridan at Creve Coeur Memory Care Community  

Sue Klipsch-Kelley

Sue Klipsch-Kelley has been named director of sales and marketing of The Sheridan at Creve Coeur, a newly opened 53-unit memory care community at 450 N. Lindbergh in Creve Coeur, Mo. Klipsch-Kelley has more than 30 years of experience in professional service to seniors.

The Sheridan at Creve Coeur is one of three senior living communities being built in metro St. Louis by Senior Lifestyle Corporation, a closely-held national owner, operator and developer of senior housing based in Chicago, Ill.  The other Sheridan communities are in Chesterfield and Sunset Hills.

S.M. Wilson Hires Rachel Thess As Project Engineer And Jessica Kornfeld As Project Assistant/Job Accountant

Jessica Kornfeld

S. M. Wilson & Co. has hired Rachel Thess as Project Engineer and Jessica Kornfeld at Project Assistant/Job Accountant.

Thess will be responsible for helping establish procedures with the design professionals, consultants and Owner of projects for information flow, approvals, meetings and reporting. She 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. Thess has a BA in Business Administration from Lindenwood University and is pursuing her Masters in Construction Management at Washington University.

Kornfeild is S. M. Wilson’s new Project Assistant/Job Accountant. She holds a BS in Accounting and Business Management from Missouri Baptist University.

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

KAI Design & Build Engineering Department Hires Five New Employees

  • Jeffrey Kidwell

    Jeffrey Kidwell of St. Louis, MO as Senior Plumbing Designer. Kidwell brings 35 years of industry experience to KAI Design & Build, most recently as Plumbing Designer at United Excel Design in St. Louis, MO.  He specializes in private sector and government/military healthcare plumbing, medical/dental gas, and fire protection design, with a large number of completed healthcare projects throughout the United States. Kidwell has an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science with a minor in Architectural Technology from Meramec Community College in St. Louis, MO.

  • Darryl Mensinger

    Darryl Mensinger, LC, LEED AP, of Black Jack, MO as Electrical Designer. Mensinger possesses nearly 40 years of industry experience, most recently as an Electrical Designer at United Excel Design in St. Louis, MO. Mensinger is Lighting Certified (LC) by the National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions (NCQLP), and he is also a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP) by the U.S. Green Building Association (USGBC).  He will be responsible for practicing lighting design in the electrical section as well as developing and maintaining standards and tools to support the lighting design process and LEED documentation. Mensinger has an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science with a minor in Electrical/Electronic Engineering Technology from St. Louis Community College in Florissant, MO.

  • Courtney Davis

    Courtney Davis of Florissant, MO as Senior Electrical Designer. Davis joins KAI Design & Build with 36 years of professional experience, most recently as an Electrical Designer at United Excel Design in St. Louis, MO. As Senior Electrical Designer, he will be responsible for the designing of lighting, power, low voltage systems, specification editing and calculation on new and renovation projects. Davis is a member of BICSI and the International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI) and previously taught courses on electrical design at Vatterott College.

  • Sean Fruin

    Sean Fruin of St. Louis, MO as Mechanical Designer. Fruin joins KAI Design & Build from United Excel Design in St. Louis, MO, where he was a Mechanical Designer. Fruin will work within KAI’s multi-disciplined team on the design, coordination and production of engineering construction and bid documents on complex projects. He will also be responsible for collaborating with lead engineers at KAI’s headquarters in St. Louis, MO and its affiliate offices on design efforts from start to finish to ensure compliance with scope, budget and schedule. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and is a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). Fruin is also an Engineering Intern (EI).

  • Tori Gillespie

    Tori Gillespie of St. Louis, MO as Mechanical Designer. Gillespie brings nearly 10 years of industry experience to KAI Design & Build. Prior to KAI, she was a Mechanical Designer at United Excel Design in St. Louis, MO. Gillespie will work within KAI’s multi-disciplined team on the design, coordination and production of engineering construction and bid documents on complex projects. She will also be responsible for collaborating with lead engineers at KAI’s headquarters in St. Louis, MO and its affiliate offices on design efforts from start to finish to ensure compliance with scope, budget and schedule. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Missouri – St. Louis and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Webster University in Webster Groves, MO.  Gillespie is also an Engineering Intern (EI) and a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (AKA), National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).

KAI Design & Build is a national 100+ person design and build firm headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri.

The UP Companies Hires Richard Guinn as Project Assistant

Richard Guinn

The UP Companies has hired Richard Guinn of Florissant, MO as a Project Assistant in its Power UP electrical division. Of his 10 years of industry experience, Guinn comes to The UP Companies from Marine Technology Inc. where he was a Maintenance Technician.

As Project Assistant, Guinn is responsible for setting up electrical jobs, entering change orders, coordinating electrical permits and inspections, issuing purchase orders, updating job projection sheets, coordinating employee interviews, closing out documents, and making travel arrangements, among other tasks. He has an Associate’s Degree in Electrical Construction and Design Management from Ranken Technical College in St. Louis, MO.

The UP Companies (UPCO) is one of the region’s largest full-service MBE-certified contractual providers.

Spellman Brady & Company Hires Bryn Krusie

Bryn Krusie

Spellman Brady and Company is pleased to announce that Bryn Krusie has joined its design firm as a Designer and Art Associate.  In addition to individual project interior design, Ms. Krusie is responsible for developing artwork master plans for senior living, healthcare and higher education projects.

Ms. Krusie earned an Associates Degree of Applied Science in Interior Design and Certificate of Specialization in Kitchen and Bath Design from St. Louis Community College.  She brings 9 years of interior design experience to her position and is also EDAC-certified – “Evidence-Based Design Accreditation Certification”.

Spellman Brady & Company is a St. Louis–based interior design firm specializing in Senior Living, Healthcare, and Higher Education environments.

Jeremy Maddox Promoted to Vice President of Business Development at Holland Construction 

Jeremy Maddox

Mike Marchal, president of Holland Construction Services (Holland), is pleased to announce the promotion of Jeremy Maddox to the new position of Vice President of Business Development.

Jeremy came to Holland in 2016 with over 18 years of experience in the construction industry, including project management, preconstruction, business development and as a market leader for federal contracting.

He played a key role in Holland’s preconstruction department before taking on his new role as Vice President of Business Development.  In his new position, Jeremy will be responsible for developing and implementing new strategic initiatives for Holland as the company continues to grow.

Holland Construction Services is a full-service construction management, general contracting, and design/build firm based in Swansea, Ill., guided by the principle of providing our clients the best possible building experience on every project.  

HDA Architects Promotions

Kyle Wilson

HDA Architects is pleased to announce the promotion of Kyle Wilson to Managing Director, and Josh Goodman to Director of Operations. Kyle Wilson joined the HDA Architects team as an intern in 2004. He is a licensed architect and a member of the American Institute of Architects.

Josh Goodman

Josh Goodman has been with HDA for 12 years working as a Project Manager. He is a licensed architect and a member of the American Institute of Architects.

HDA Architects has been in business for 31 years and has designed over 100 million square feet in over 40 states.

Al Miller Retires from S. M. Wilson & Co.

Al Miller

After 27 years, Al Miller, Director of Human Resources, retired from S. M. Wilson & Co. at the end of March 2017. Al is the grandson of founder Shouse McGarvey Wilson.

Miller began his career with his family’s firm in the safety department, becoming the firm’s first fulltime Director of Safety in 1990. In his role as the Director of Safety, he was able to instate new safety policies and instill a culture of safety throughout the firm. Under Miller’s direction, the firm consistently maintained a below-industry EMR average.

In 2005, Miller again made history in the firm as the first Director of Human Resources. In this position, “he brought a depth of understanding and empathy regarding our employees that helped cement our reputation as a caring, fun, committed and totally professional construction company,” said Scott Wilson, the firm’s CEO.

Miller was also chairman of S. M. Wilson’s annual Swinging Fore Dreams Golf Tournament. Over ten years, the tournament raised more than $300,000 for the Dream Factory of Saint Louis.

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

April 7, 2017

S. M. Wilson Names Bob Cashdollar, MPM as Senior Project Manager
Bob Cashdollar

S. M. Wilson & Co, has hired Bob Cashdollar, MPM. as a Senior Project Manager. Cashdollar will be responsible for managing multi-million dollar retail construction projects. His duties include project planning, scheduling, tracking costs and maintaining logs for all project information.  He has 25 years of experience in the construction industry, and has worked on a variety of retail, hospitality, education, historic renovation and commercial projects.

Cashdollar attended Moraine Valley College and Washburne Trade School. He has an OSHA 30 Hour Construction Safety and his Master Project Manager (MPM) from the American Academy of Project Management.

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

New Etegra Team Member

Bruce Levitt, P.E., Vice President, Engineering at Etegra has announced that Janis Christopher, RCDD, has joined the team. She is bringing extensive experience in the design of technical communications systems, IT, security, AV and structured cabling. Her skills will help build upon and are complementary to their MEPF team.

Tim Hummel joins Wiegmann Associates as HVAC Service Sales Engineer

Tim Hummel

Tim Hummel of Union, MO, has joined Wiegmann Associates as an HVAC Service Sales Engineer. Hummel manages preventative maintenance programs and HVAC installation and repair projects for Wiegmann Associates’ commercial and industrial clients. He also teams with Wiegmann project managers to offer preventative maintenance and service to prospective customers in the St. Louis region.

Hummel has 32 years of experience in the HVAC industry. He holds an associate’s degree in Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology from Ranken Technical College.

Wiegmann Associates is a St. Louis-based mechanical contractor serving the commercial, industrial and institutional markets, and a national leader in design/build HVAC projects.  


Spellman Brady Completes Interior Design for Bethesda Hawthorne Place

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Spellman Brady & Company recently completed a comprehensive  interior design package for Bethesda Health Group’s newest Assisted Living and Memory Support community, Bethesda Hawthorne Place, located in the Webster Groves/Kirkwood area of St. Louis, Missouri.  Spellman Brady was responsible for the interior design, finishes, furniture and artwork selection for the new facility.

Hawthorne Place consists of two Assisted Living households on two floors totaling 38 apartments and one Memory Support household for 20 resident apartments.  In addition, to the one and two- bedroom apartments, the Assisted Living households feature a hearth room, several lounge spaces, secured outdoor courtyards, a main dining room, kitchen and activity space, as well as a private dining room.  The facility’s overall amenities also include a dramatic entry lobby, grand staircase, library, fitness center, salon, spa and a chapel.

Building on the finish standards that they have developed for previous Bethesda Health projects, Spellman Brady created an overall design concept for Hawthorne Place that has refreshing transitional aesthetics, bold and comfortable with color.  They achieved this by utilizing a warm-neutral color palette with pops of tangerine, navy, and aqua colors.  The finishes are complemented with millwork, furniture and light fixtures that feature clean, crisp lines of timeless simplicity.

When visitors enter the facility, they are greeted by a reception desk accented in front of a stone wall which features lighting to showcase the Hawthorne Place logo.  As they move through the space, they encounter bright and open community spaces that are visually tied together through the use of white millwork columns, trim work, ceiling moldings and details that are rich in detail, yet sophisticated and restrained.

Adjacent to the larger community spaces are smaller-scaled specialized function rooms – such as the library, chapel, hearth rooms, sitting parlor and private dining rooms – which are discreetly defined by the use of custom sliding doors.  The sliding glass doors are detailed in the same crisp white wood as the rest of the project’s millwork and look like large windows to open up, yet create privacy for those areas.  In addition to opening-up floor space by eliminating area for door swings, the glass sliders allow residents visual contact with the variety of activities and add a classic contemporary architectural element.

To help maximize the facility’s inviting sense of home, hearth rooms have a working fireplace with white coordinating fireplace surround, detailed millwork columns, coffered ceiling and a custom carpet to look like an area rug.  All dining rooms have a custom-built hydration station, a design feature wall constructed of acrylic and wood materials with an adjacent activity space for smaller group sessions.

For the Memory Support and the Assisted Living households, Spellman Brady used the different color palettes to give each household its own identity, while still maintaining an overall cohesive feel for the facility.  To reinforce a residential feel in the Assisted Living corridors, custom carpet designs were utilized with “area rug designs” inserted at apartment entries which also help residents identify their unit.  For the Memory Support household, four differently detailed resident entry door styles were painted various colors which help residents to remember apartment location, as well as serve as a wayfinding tool.

Lisa Reynolds, Executive Director of Bethesda Hawthorne Place, attributes the facility’s interiors as part of the reason for the project exceeding its opening occupancy projections.  She recently said this about prospective resident’s reactions to the interiors.  “This community is so beautiful and welcoming that it sells itself.  We are offering the services that they need and want in a setting that is not only beautiful but calm, comforting and feels like home from the minute they walk in.  It takes their breath away and instantly calms the fears and doubts about having to make this transition in their life.  What an awesome accomplishment!”

In addition to Spellman Brady, the project team consisted of three other St. Louis firms – The Lawrence Group, architects for the project; Paric, the project’s general contractor; and Hercules Construction, construction manager. 

Bethesda Health Group provides exceptional senior living, care and services through its retirement communities, skilled nursing home communities and home and community based programs, which place equal focus on quality and value.   

Spellman Brady & Company is a St. Louis–based interior design firm specializing in Senior Living, Healthcare, and Higher Education environments.  


Tnemec Expands R&D Facility and Upgrades Capabilities

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Tnemec Company Inc., a leading manufacturer of protective coatings and linings, opened the doors of its new research and development (R&D) facility on March 30, 2017. This expansion of the company’s current manufacturing plant in North Kansas City, Missouri, includes an upgrade that doubles the size of its previous R&D laboratory and office space while making notable improvements to its testing and ventilation equipment.

“Tnemec Company has always been dedicated to researching and developing innovative technologies to protect our customers in corrosive environments,” explained Remi Briand, Vice President – R&D for Tnemec. “This expansion and renovation represents the next phase of this commitment.”

Among the upgrades, a new chemical immersion room allows Tnemec’s R&D team to conduct more expansive performance testing, including in-house autoclave tests and severe wastewater analysis testing (S.W.A.T.). Several updated fume hoods were also installed to handle tougher testing protocols.

Other improvements include a controlled spray booth for panel preparation, new contact angle devices for nanochemistry, an updated chamber capable of handling temperatures ranging from -94°F (-70°C) to 356°F (180°C) and a new state-of-the-art ventilation system to ensure safety for all personnel and the surrounding environment. The building also received high-performance Tnemec coatings systems on the walls and floors.

“The scope of this project also included updating our shipping and traffic offices and renovating the building’s break room,” noted Briand. “This expansion improves our capabilities and the working conditions for our current employees, while also adding additional room for added personnel in the future.”

The new R&D facility further helps Tnemec Company stay focused on delivering high-performance coatings to customers in the ever-changing coatings industry, according to Briand. This expansion comes after several other changes in the company, including the introduction of Chase Bean as President, various product introductions and an effort to increase the domestic sales force.

“We look forward to the future of research and development for Tnemec and the positive effect it will have on our clients,” added Briand.

Established in 1921, Tnemec manufactures more than 120 architectural and industrial coating products at facilities in Kansas City and Baltimore. Headquartered in Kansas City, Tnemec operates distribution facilities in Atlanta, Dallas, Indianapolis, New Orleans, Seattle and Compton, Calif.

SSM Health to host grand opening of Outpatient Center in St. Charles County

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Located near Interstate 70 and Fifth Street at 711 Veterans Memorial Parkway, the center provides patients easy access to primary and specialty health care services, including an urgent care clinic and advanced imaging services such as MRI, CT, X-ray, ultrasound, mammography and bone density.

The new SSM Health Outpatient Center opens to patients April 24 and is a collaboration between SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital – St. Charles and SSM Health Medical Group. It provides a new home for SSM Health specialists in internal medicine, pediatrics, endocrinology and physical therapy.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 4 pm

WHERE: 711 Veterans Memorial Parkway, St. Charles, MO  63303

WHY: The SSM Health Outpatient Center is part of a significant commitment SSM Health has made to St. Charles County. It comes on the heels of expansion currently underway at SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital – Lake Saint Louis and the 2016 opening of a similar outpatient center in Wentzville.


  • Political and civic leaders from St. Charles County
  • SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital – St. Charles President Mike Bowers
  • SSM Health Medical Group Vice President of Operations Margaret Head
  • SSM Health President & CEO Bill Thompson
  • Other SSM Health executives and clinicians

VISUALS: Take a behind-the-scenes tour of this brand new facility before it opens to the public.


NewGround Director, Experience Innovations Wins Art Competition TOC Artwork’s Tiny Art Competition

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Kevin Dulle

NewGround, a St. Louis-based design-build firm, announces that Kevin Dulle, Director of Experience Innovations, won TOC Artwork’s Tiny Art Competition. TOC Artwork recently conducted a Tiny Art Competition for artists to create a piece of art on a mini 5×5” canvas.

Of the many creative masterpieces that were entered to win, the “Lost in A Story” piece created by Dulle ultimately won due to his use of materials, creativity and attention to detail. He used watercolor, ink and mix media to create his artwork. “The whole idea of ‘Tiny Art’ was very intriguing and presented a creative and fun challenge that I just couldn’t say no to,” said Kevin Dulle, Director of Experience Innovations for NewGround, “and, for my piece, I wanted to bring the idea of storytelling to life in a unique and entertaining way.”

“Four NewGround staff members entered the contest and it was an honor that one of our very own won the competition,” said Kevin Blair, President and CE

O of NewGround, “Dulle is a master creator and this win is a direct testimony for the unique skill level of the staff here at NewGround.”

NewGround, headquartered in St. Louis, designs and builds custom facilities including retail and corporate environments. 

HOK and RDG Complete Lauritzen Outpatient Center in Omaha

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New 170,000-sq.-ft. facility incorporates smart design and new technology to optimize the patient experience at Nebraska Medicine.

A new one-stop shop for comprehensive outpatient services has begun serving patients at Nebraska Medicine in Omaha.

HOK’s St. Louis practice teamed with Omaha-based RDG Planning & Design to design the $71 million Lauritzen Outpatient Center, which consolidates Nebraska Medicine – Nebraska Medical Center’s outpatient services in a 170,000-sq.-ft. medical building with a below-ground parking garage.

HOK, which led the overall programming for the Lauritzen Outpatient Center, guided the medical planning and layout of the clinical spaces. RDG provided architectural, interior design and medical documentation.

As part of the planning process, the two firms gathered input from 150 medical and administrative personnel at Nebraska Medicine’s outpatient facilities in Omaha. During a planning workshop, clinical teams created mock-up exam and operating rooms and studied patient flows. The design team used this information to guide planning discussions and develop a final building layout that breaks down departmental silos and creates adjacencies that enable clinicians to provide the best possible patient care.

“Our team made every decision through a filter of creating the optimal experience for Nebraska Medicine patients,” said Kerry Cheung, AIA, senior medical planner at HOK. “For example, we located the orthopedic clinic, rehab therapies and radiology department together to increase collaboration among clinicians and to create a one-stop-shop for patients. Exam rooms are intuitively arranged in pods according to specialties.”

“It was an incredibly thoughtful process to unify Nebraska Medicine personnel, designers and the building team in a single vision devoted to creating the best patient experience,” added Nate Gieselman, RDG architect and project manager. “This also streamlined the planning process, which normally would have taken four years but only took two-and-a half years.”

The design features an abundance of natural light with fritted windows and sunscreens that moderate heat load while brightening waiting areas and public spaces on all four floors. A prominent central stairway is bathed in light, promoting health and well-being. Clear wayfinding and a highly efficient layout help reduce wait times and provide easy access to ambulatory services.

The first floor unites related services including the orthopedic clinic, radiology department and an outpatient pharmacy. It also features a rehabilitation gym for the center’s sports medicine practice.

The second floor houses the Fritch Surgery Center, which comprises 10 operating rooms and 40 pre- and post-operation rooms. The surgery center waiting area includes private consultation rooms for doctors and families. Work is underway to create a skywalk connecting the second floor to Nebraska Medicine’s Truhlsen Eye Institute next door.

Specialized clinics occupying the third floor of the building include services for Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT), Audiology, Allergy, General Surgery Clinic, Trauma Clinic, Plastics Clinic, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Oral Facial Prosthetics and Urology Surgery. The fourth floor houses orthopedics faculty and research and telemedicine staff.

“There are so many talented healthcare professionals under one roof at the Lauritzen Outpatient Center,” said Jared Long, ENT clinic manager. “It has been fun to watch the teams grow into the new space and lean on each other to create the optimal patient experience. Care coordination has been streamlined. For example, a patient arrives in the General Surgery Clinic for a consult, but really needs to see an ENT specialist. When appropriate, nurses and providers have partnered together across specialties—located on the same floor—to work these patients into the schedule, preventing them from having to return a different day.”

The team designed the center to facilitate ease of registration with self-check-in kiosks and online registration, which will be implemented in the future. The plan also allows for personal check-ins with outpatient healthcare staff.

“We struck a balance between the efficiency of online check-ins and providing a more personal touch,” said Cheung. “This idea borrows from today’s airport experience, where you can check in online or at the ticket counter.”

The Lauritzen Outpatient Center is named for the family of Bruce Lauritzen, chairman of First National of Nebraska and the lead financial donor for the project. The surgery center’s name acknowledges a capital gift from Dr. Charles Fritch and his wife, Judy.

HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm.

TROCO Custom Fabricators Creates Stylistic Roofing Structure for St. Louis Restaurant

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Installation in Schneithorst’s Restaurant & Bar Enhances Rooftop Experience for Customers

Schneithorst’s Restaurant & Bar, a landmark in the St. Louis restaurant scene for nearly a century, replaced its deteriorating heavy timber rooftop structure with a European-inspired steel and glass structure. Constructed by TROCO Custom Fabricators<>, a premiere custom fabricator in the Midwest, the new rooftop structure consists of steel canopies with laminated glass roof panels that will allow customers to enjoy a unique outdoor dining experience, even during inclement weather.

TROCO collaborated with Mainline Group Architecture, Inc. throughout the design and fabrication process in order to create a European train shed theme with stylized detailing. Special attention was given to the intricate hop and barley metal work at the column capitals. Silhouettes which were cut using a waterjet, then layered and hand-formed to create the design elements. TROCO supplied and installed the laminated glass roof panels that provide shading, and applied a highly durable epoxy paint for the exterior matte finish. TROCO also led the coordination to provide cutouts in the structure for routing all the power, lighting and audio/visual requirements.

“It was a privilege to work on such a unique project for a popular restaurant that has been serving the St. Louis community for nearly a century,” said Tim Trotter, president of TROCO Custom Fabricators. “The new rooftop structure is built to offer customers the experience of a European-inspired beer garden, and will stand the test of Midwestern weather for decades to come.”

The roofing structure was assembled on-site and installed in July 2016. Schneithorst’s rooftop beer garden will open for the 2017 season in late-Spring. For more information, visit

TROCO Custom Fabricators is a premier metal fabrication company specializing in Architectural and Structural Metal Fabrication. Established in 2002, TROCO is headquartered in St. Louis, Mo. to service the construction industry, both regionally and nationally. 

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