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Mechanical Contractors Association Honors Excellence

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11 OMI Awards Presented; 6 Scholarship Recipients Recognized at May 10 Dinner at Saint Louis Art Museum

The Mechanical Contractors Association of Eastern Missouri (MCA-EMO) chose Cass Gilbert’s iconic Sculpture Hall at the Saint Louis Art Museum as the backdrop to honor excellence and achievement in Missouri’s construction industry. Member companies were recognized with Outstanding Mechanical Installation (OMI) Awards for 11 projects, and six high school and college students received scholarships.  The gala dinner event was held May 10 at SLAM in Forest Park.

“This biennial dinner is a great opportunity to recognize our member contractors for exceptionalism,” said Kristy Stephens, executive director, MCA-EMO. “These projects involved problem-solving, innovative solutions or going above and beyond for the owner. It’s also a wonderful event for our scholarship winners to meet and network with industry professionals and Missouri’s leading mechanical contractors.”

OMI Awards went to:

Contractor: Harold G. Butzer, Inc.

  • Owner/Project: Brewer Science, Inc. – 100L Reactor Installation
  • Category: Process Piping – Public Utility Installations $0 to $600,000
  • Project Manager – Lee Gard; Foreman – Bruce Kleffner 

Contractor: C&R Mechanical Company

  • Owner/Project: Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc. – Building 1 Chilled Water Modification System
  • Category: HVAC Mechanical Installations $0 to $400,000
  • Project Manager: Andrew Grosman; Foreman: Matt Laur
  • Owner/Project: Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc. – Building 2, Suite 6
  • Category: Process Piping Installations $600,000 to $2M
  • Project Manager: Andrew Grosman:  Foremen: Mike Albers and Tom Hiner

Contractor: Haberberger, Inc.

  • Category: HVAC Mechanical Installations $2.5M to $5M
  • Owner/Project: The Boeing Company – 8101 North Paint Booth
  • Project Manager: Greg Harrop; Foreman – Rory O’Brien
  • Owner/Project: City of Crystal City – Crystal City Water
  • Category: Process Piping – Public Utility Installations $600,000 to $2M
  • Project Manager – Pat Reilly; Foreman – Rick Princivalli

Contractor: Integrated Facility Services

  • Owner/Project: St. Louis County-Government Administration Building Cooling Tower   Replacement
  • Category HVAC Mechanical Installations $400,000 to $1M
  • Project Manager: Gary Tidwell; Foreman – Jeff Ridenour

Contractor: Murphy Company

  • Owner/Project:  BJC Healthcare – North Campus Renewal Project
  • Category: HVAC Mechanical Installations $5M+
  • Project Manager: Kevin Suiter; Foreman – Stan Zoellner
  • Owner/Project:  Monsanto Company – Greenhouse/Headhouse Project
  • Category: Process Piping Installations $2M+
  • Project Manager: John Koebbe; Foreman – Steve Melcher
  • Owner/Project:  Scottrade Center – Ice Rink Replacement
  • Category: Refrigeration
  • Project Manager: William Conaway; Foreman – Don Stauffer

Contractor: Peters-Eichler Mechanical, Inc.

  • Owner/Project: BJC Healthcare – Air Handler Replacement Unit #52 & #53
  • Category: HVAC Mechanical Installations $1M to $2.5 M
  • Project Manager: Dan Durphy; Foreman – Rod Todd
  • Owner/Project: BJC Healthcare – East Pavilion Water Heater Replacement
  • Category: Process Piping Installations $0 to $600,000
  • Project Manager: Jeff Hoevelmann; Foreman – Rod Todd

The 2018 MCA-EMO Scholars also were presented as follows, each receiving a $1,000/per semester scholarship (eligible for 8 semesters with a 3.0 GPA.)

Management Scholars

Ruth Ward, who will graduate from Rockwood Summit High School with a 4.13 GPA, is a member of the National Honor Society and her high school’s cross country and track teams. She plans to attend the University of Kentucky, pursuing a career in neuroscience.

Scott Elliott will graduate from Marquette High School where he was on the Honor Roll with a 3.75 GPA. A member of the National Honor Society, Scott was part of the Robotics Club which won the state championship in the “Inspire” category and third place in the regional championships in the “Innovate” category. He plans to attend Saint Louis University with a double major in mechanical and aerospace engineering.

Labor Scholars

Joshua Elrod will graduate from Cuba High School with a GPA of 3.53. A member of the National Honor Society and on the Honor Roll, he is active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and was offensive line captain for his high school football team. Joshua plans to attend Missouri State University and will pursue a career in business administration. His father is a pipefitter employed by Sheet Metal Contractors, Inc.

Andrew Heider will graduate from Hazelwood West High School with a 4.28 GPA. On the Honor Roll, Andrew ranked fifth out of 507 students. Andrew plans to attend Missouri S&T and will pursue a career in mechanical engineering. Captain of his high school soccer team, Andrew also will play soccer for Missouri S&T. Andrew’s father is a pipefitter with Integrated Facility Services.

For the first time, MCA-EMO also bestowed two $1,000 one-time scholarships to members of its student chapter at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Founded in 2014, the Mizzou student chapter captured first place in the MCAA’s 2017 Final Four Competition and was named 2017 MCAA Student Chapter of the Year.

Student Chapter Scholars

Ahmad Atallah is a junior at UMC and will soon become the new president of the MCAA Mizzou student chapter. Ahmad attended the 2018 MCAA Annual Convention in San Antonio and is an intern at Semco Engineering, LLC.

Derrick Jenkins is completing his freshman year at UMC, studying mechanical engineering. He decided to join the student chapter because of the benefits of learning the skills for planning and completing a project. His scholarship was accepted by Larry Schilke, UMC faculty advisor for the chapter.

MCA-EMO offers programs crucial to the ongoing success of contractors and vendors operating within the construction industry in Eastern Missouri. For over 70 years, the MCA has sponsored cost-effective educational opportunities taught by qualified and experienced professionals in the MCA Training Center. Visit:

KWK Architects Selected Design Architect for Multi-Building Apartment/Townhouse Project at South Dakota State University

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Student housing experts KWK Architects has been selected the design architect for a $20 million, multi-building apartment/townhouse project  at South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD. Architecture Incorporated, based in Sioux Falls, SD, has been selected the architect-of-record for the project.

The KWK Architects project design team includes Design Principal Javier Esteban, Project Designer Paul Wuennenberg and Project Architect Matt Kirschner. This is KWK Architects’ first project in South Dakota.

“We are looking forward to working closely with the residential administrators at South Dakota State University to design a beautiful, new apartment neighborhood that meets the needs of the university’s students and sets itself apart from the traditional residence halls on campus,” said Esteban.

University officials plan to build multiple buildings to house juniors, seniors and graduate students on a two-block parcel on the southeast corner of the campus. The existing State Court Apartments, built in 1959, currently occupies this site. The site is bordered by 7th Street to the south, 8th Street to the north, 14th Avenue to the west and Jackrabbit Avenue to the east.

The redevelopment will consist of a three-story apartment building and four to six, two-story townhouses in a mix of 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom plans. The apartments will also feature off-street parking and in-unit laundries.

According to university officials, the new facilities will be residential in appearance, but distinctive as apartments, making them aesthetically distinguishable from the residence halls in this quadrant of the campus.

 Preliminary renderings provided by KWK Architects:

The projected move-in date for the apartments is fall of 2019.

Founded in 2013 by five architects with a combined 120 years of higher education knowledge and experience, KWK Architects partners with colleges and universities across the United States to create innovative and inspiring places that enhance campus life. For more information about KWK Architects, visit or contact Director of Marketing Cindy Hausler at

Etegra, inc. Awarded $9M U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Louisville Master Planning A-E IDIQ

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The MCFA-Etegra Joint Venture is proud to announce the official contract award to provide Architect/Engineer Services & Master Planning Services for Military and Civil Works Projects within the Great Lakes and Ohio River Division Mission Boundaries under a contract with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Louisville District.

The MCFA-Etegra JV (M|E JV) is a small business Joint Venture between Etegra, Inc. (Etegra) a SBA Certified 8(a) and DBE/MBE Small Business and MC Fuhrman Associates, LLC, a Small Business. The firms partnered together to offer the USACE Louisville District and its customers an optimum blend of master planning and conceptual design services ranging from big picture military installation master planning, infrastructure planning and civil works project development to individual project facilities planning and programming expertise.

Established in 1886, the Louisville District employs approximately 1,300 people in the five-state area of Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio out of 60 field offices. The civilian workforce is made up of professional engineers, architects, planners, economists, biologists and other specialists and support staff. The mission of the Louisville District is to deliver solutions and manage resources supporting regional and national requirements through an expert team of multidisciplinary professionals utilizing best engineering practices and strategic partnerships to reduce disaster risk, strengthen the economy and support national security.

“We are honored to be a part of this effort. It is our duty to offer Etegra’s services in a manner that will improve the readiness and sustainability of the USACE facilities,” said Andrew Kishna, Chief Executive Officer.

“Our team is thrilled to be of service to the USACE Louisville District and their key customers.” says Brian Pieplow, Program Manager of the M|E JV. “We look forward to providing the District high quality innovative and effective strategy and planning services to support the key military and civil works missions of the District’s customers.”

The contract term is for one base year plus four option years and work is forecasted to commence later this year.

Etegra is an 8(a) DBE/MBE architect-engineer (A-E) firm. Our primary services are facility and civil design, and asset management for the Department of Defense, General Services Administration, Department of Homeland Security, Department of the Air Force, Independent School Districts, and Power Companies. Our firm through an excellent delivery model is committed to a high level of service, technical expertise and execution to ensure we meet our customer’s needs.

Wiegmann Associates begins HVAC work on new 16-story, 675-bed housing for Purdue University students

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Wiegmann Associates has begun HVAC work on the new 16-story, 675-bed RISE on Chauncey student housing property near Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. Wiegmann is serving as the Engineer of Record (EOR) and design/build HVAC mechanical contractor for the project.  The general contractor is Brinkmann Constructors.  The property developer is CA Student Living, a division of Chicago-based CA Ventures.  The project is scheduled to complete Summer 2019.

Wiegmann is designing & installing the HVAC and Building Automation Systems to serve 300 studio, one, two, three and four-bedroom units across 15 stories.  Wiegmann’s HVAC systems will also eventually serve 11,000 square feet of retail, study spaces, fitness center and yoga studio on the first level as part of a future tenant improvement.  The building will be the tallest in West Lafayette.

The developer required an HVAC system that was compatible with the building’s height but was also cost-effective and energy efficient.  Split systems were ruled out because of excessive refrigerant line lengths. Wiegmann designed an energy efficient HVAC system with the cooling tower, pumps and boilers housed in a mechanical penthouse on the roof.   A building automation system for the tower/boiler plant will enhance temperature control and consistency across spaces and maximize energy efficiency.

Wiegmann Associates is a St. Louis-based mechanical contractor and a national leader in design/build HVAC projects. For more information, visit or call 720-480-3906.

Ground Broken for PURE Apartments In St. Peters

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PURE St. Peters Apartments has broken ground at the southeast corner of Mexico Road and Jungermann Road in St. Peters, MO. The 143-unit luxury apartment community is owned by ERC Companies of Rogers, AR, and is slated to open Fall 2018.

The 1-and 2-bedroom apartment community will feature a resort-style pool, modern fitness center, granite countertops, plank flooring and a full-size washer and dryer in unit. The community will be smoke free, pet-friendly and boasts strong walkability to surrounding restaurants and shops. With close-proximity to Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital and the new Amazon fulfillment center, PURE St. Peters offers corporate housing opportunities as well as flexible lease terms. Visit for more information.

In addition to this project, ERC Companies., received approval for a 220-unit apartment community at the Meadows in Lake St. Louis, MO. PURE at The Meadows will be completed by spring 2019. Since 1958, ERC Companies has developed authentic places where real people love to live. Rob Coleman, ERC’s President & CEO, believes the 60-years of success is attributed to a standard that many would call idealistic, but he calls “Common sense. Because it works.” For more information on ERC Companies please contact Justin VanLandschoot, ERC’s Chief Investment Officer, at

PURE St. Peters is leased and managed by 2B Residential, an employee-owned, full-service multifamily real estate company and recipient of the 2018 Property Management Company of the Year by the St. Louis Apartment Association. 2B Residential is headquartered in St. Louis, MO with a portfolio of fifteen properties totaling over 2,900 units for ten different owners in the St. Louis and Kansas City, MO and Southwestern Illinois markets. For more information, visit


Contegra Construction Co. Completes $26 Million Speculative Distribution Center at Gateway Commerce Center

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Contegra Construction Co. has a completed a new 593,940-square-foot speculative distribution center at the 2,300-acre Gateway Commerce Center near Edwardsville, Ill.   The $26 million project was built for Earth City-based TriStar Properties and PCCP, LLC, a national real estate finance and investment management company.

Located on a 54-acre site, the distribution center dubbed Gateway East 594 is a tilt-up concrete, cross-docked facility with 36-foot clear-height ceilings, 570 feet of depth and 66 dock doors plus two drive-in doors.  Built with flexibility in mind, the building is expandable to approximately 1 million square feet.

The distribution facility adds to the 18 buildings totaling more than 15.2 million square feet at Gateway Commerce Center.  Contegra has built more than six million square feet of those projects. Gateway East 594 is the fifth distribution facility jointly developed by TriStar and PCCP at Gateway Commerce Center.

Ed Lampitt, SIOR, CCIM and managing director of the St. Louis office of Cushman Wakefield, the exclusive leasing agent for Gateway is handling leasing for the building.  He may be reached at 314-746-0346.

Gateway Commerce Center tenants include Amazon, Dial Corp., GENCO ATC, GEODIS, The Hershey Company, Ozburn-Hessey Logistics, Proctor & Gamble, Save-A-Lot, Saddle Creek Logistics Services, D.B. Schenker Logistics, DB Schenker, Schneider National, Unilever, USF Logistics, Walgreens, World Wide Technology and Yazaki of North America.

Joining TriStar and Contegra on the project are Gray Design Group, architect; and Stock & Associates Consulting Engineers, Inc.; civil engineer.

Based in Edwardsville, Ill., Contegra is one of the St. Louis area’s largest general contractors and serves a national customer base that includes industrial, institutional, municipal, multi-family, office and retail projects.  Its capabilities include building developer- and owner-driven projects and site development.  Learn more at


Industry Safety Leaders Western Specialty Contractors Launches S-T-E-P-P-S to Re-Evaluate Safety on Changing Jobsites

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Workers reminded to make safe choices during National Construction Safety Week May 7-11

The construction industry is fast-paced and ever-changing. Change can be exciting for workers and their supervisors, but it can also be challenging. Not taking the time to ask the right questions about safety when a job changes can potentially lead to unsafe choices, accidents and delays.

Starting in May, Western Specialty Contractors launched its S-T-E-P-P-S (Stop, Think, Employees, Public, Property, Safety) Program designed to get workers to ask the right questions about safety during job changes and develop the answers that will prevent accidents.

“Since their jobs change every day, Western is requiring that every worker and their foremen STOP and assess their jobsite and tasks for the day as part of their Daily Huddle, then THINK about the process for the day,” said Western Safety Director Eric Olson.

Everyone will be asked three simple safety questions as part of their daily morning meetings:

EMPLOYEES – How can our employees get hurt today? By evaluating the job and asking about the potential hazards, foremen can address any issues immediately and ensure that their crews have the right people, equipment and processes in place to prevent injuries. As the job changes, these answers become even more important. Every type of injury should be considered, even soft tissue ones.

PUBLIC – How can the public and those around us potentially get hurt today? It’s important to note how job changes may impact the public, and to take steps to ensure that those living and working around the workers are not hurt.

PROPERTY – How can workers potentially damage nearby buildings, cars or other forms of property during their activities? As crew members work at heights or with harsh chemicals, they should be considering the proper precautions to ensure that they are not dropping items or spraying chemicals onto nearby property.

SAFETY – Asking these three questions every day should lead to the right answers. It is the foreman’s job to act on these answers and ensure that Western’s safety initiatives are the top priority.

“The worst thing we can do is recognize that there is an issue, but not take the proper steps to prevent accidents,” said Olson. “By asking these three questions, we are starting the process of planning our jobs in such a way that accidents can be prevented. Safety is everyone’s responsibility, and by each person taking an active role in safety planning on the job, we can reduce or eliminate accidents, injuries and property damage.”

An industry leader in workplace safety, Western has evolved its safety programs over its 103-year history from the basic compliance initiatives to advanced programs that address ergonomic and soft tissue injuries. Western has also initiated a climate for safety that empowers employees to proactively take steps to evaluate their own job site activities and correct procedures to prevent accidents.

Western currently boasts an industry-leading OSHA Total Recordable Rate of 1.58, over two full points better than the industry average of 3.8. The OSHA Total Recordable Rate is based on injury and illness rates per 100 workers and is used to evaluate a company’s safety measures. The lower the number, the higher the safety rating.

For more information about Western’s commitment to safety, visit

Family-owned and operated for more than 100 years, Western Specialty Contractors is the nation’s largest specialty contractor in masonry and concrete restoration, waterproofing and specialty roofing.  For more information about Western Specialty Contractors, visit

Bob Fox Announces Sale Of Newspace Business Interiors, Home Organization & Custom Woodwork To Local Entrepreneurs

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St. Louis entrepreneur and civic leader Bob Fox has sold his 34-year-old business interiors and home organization, design and manufacturing company, NewSpace Inc., to the company’s president, Monte Bordeaux, and local partner Jay Kamps, former Nestle Purina marketing executive. The new entity will be called The NewSpace Group. Terms of the sale were not disclosed.

“We were a startup working from my garage in 1984, and I’m proud that NewSpace has become the best custom solutions option for both St. Louis businesses and homeowners,” said Bob Fox, founder of NewSpace Inc., and co-founder and chair of the Clark-Fox Family Foundation. “Jay and Monte have a strong vision for the company and will build on its solid foundation of custom design, quality craftsmanship and extraordinary customer service.”

The NewSpace Group is investing to expand its business with architects, designers, general contractors and home builders, and has a near-term revenue goal of $12 million. The company currently employs 38 full-time team members and expects to add eight more as part of their 2018 plan. The NewSpace Group includes three divisions:

  • NewSpace Business Interiors (NSBI)– NSBI provides design solutions to integrate commercial furniture, architectural glass walls and custom in-house manufactured casework for any commercial space. Clients like BJC HealthCare, Washington University, J.W. Terrill and the St. Louis Cardinals have tapped the group for major renovations or completely new building interiors. NSBI is a certified Teknion dealer with design and space planning expertise in private offices, conference rooms, lobbies, reception areas, cafes, libraries and retail spaces.
  • NewSpace Home Organization– More St. Louis homeowners have trusted the NewSpace residential team to inspire and get them beautifully organized than any other company. This premier group custom designs, builds and installs organized solutions and cabinetry for the whole home from its local showroom and state-of-the-art manufacturing facility. Company designers provide complimentary consultations and 3-D designs for custom closets, garages, home offices, laundry rooms, pantries, bookcases, Murphy wall-beds and entertainment centers.
  • NewSpace Custom Woodwork– The Custom Woodwork craftsmen design and build one-of-a-kind custom wood furniture pieces using hundreds of species of real wood.  These pieces can be built to suit any style and to match any material requirement for both residential and commercial spaces. Examples include custom wood armoires, dining room tables, private office desks and bookcases, conference room tables, church altars, podiums, and fireplace mantels.

“We’re problem solvers who remain focused on providing custom design solutions for businesses and homeowners,” said Jay Kamps, partner, The NewSpace Group. “Our name says it all. We’re experts at inspiring, designing and creating new commercial and residential spaces.”

New Ownership

Monte Bordeaux, a St. Louis native, joined NewSpace at its founding nearly 34 years ago and became president in 2004. In his role as co-owner of The NewSpace Group, he oversees operations including design, manufacturing and installation.

Jay Kamps moved to St. Louis from Glendale, California, in 2002 as part of the Nestle acquisition of Purina. He spent 28 years with Nestle, leading sales and marketing teams. In addition to his co-ownership responsibilities, he oversees all sales, marketing and business development for The NewSpace Group.

Commercial architects, designers, general contractors and business owners interested in learning more about NewSpace Business Interiors can visit or call 314-736-4747.

Homeowners, home builders, and designers interested in learning more about custom home organization can or call 314-423-3200 to schedule their free consultation.

HBA Announces Sales, Marketing & Construction Awards Winners

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The Home Builders Association of St. Louis & Eastern Missouri (HBA) announced the winners of its annual Sales, Marketing & Construction (SMAC) Awards on Thursday, May 10 at a ceremony at Greenbriar Hills Country Club in Kirkwood, Mo. The SMAC Awards honor excellence in the home building industry and are divided into three categories: Homes of the Year, Marketing & Advertising and Personal Achievement. Please see the email attachment for a list of winners.

The SMAC Awards were judged by members of the Women’s Council of Realtors and St. Charles County Association of Realtors. Click here for more information about award categories and judging criteria.

The HBA is a local trade association of more than 600 member firms representing the residential construction industry.

Sales, Marketing & Construction Award Winners

The following HBA members and member companies were awarded for their achievements in 2017:

Homes of the Year Awardees

  • Display Home of the Year, Small Builder, 3,300-3,999 sq. ft. – McKelvey Homes for The Provence at The Villages of Provence
  • Display Home of the Year, Small Builder, 4,000-4,999 sq. ft. – McKelvey Homes for The Bellerive at Schuessler Valley Estates
  • Display Home of the Year, Large Builder, 3,300-3,999 sq. ft. – Lombardo Homes for Harbor at The Legacy at Patriot’s Ridge
  • Custom Homes of the Year – McKelvey Homes
  • Most Advanced Home of the Year – Compass Design Build
  • Remodeling Project of the Year, Overall Redesign, Under $300,000 – Liston Design Build
  • Remodeling Project of the Year, Overall Redesign, Over $400,000 – Roeser Home Remodeling
  • Remodeling Project of the Year, Kitchen – Liston Design Build
  • Remodeling Project of the Year, Miscellaneous Project – Liston Design Build
  • Staging Project of the Year, $200,001-$299,999 – FLAIR Home Stagings & Displays
  • Staging Project of the Year, $300,000-$399,999 – FLAIR Home Stagings & Displays
  • Staging Project of the Year, $400,000-$499,999 – FLAIR Home Stagings & Displays
  • Staging Project of the Year, $500,000-$749,999 – FLAIR Home Stagings & Displays
  • Staging Project of the Year, $750,000-$999,999 – FLAIR Home Stagings & Displays
  • Staging Project of the Year, Above $1 million – FLAIR Home Stagings & Displays

Marketing & Advertising Awardees

  • Best Brochure Design, Builder – Country-TeK Homes 
  • Best Brochure Design, Associate – ABF Security Systems
  • Best New Floor Plan – McKelvey Homes for LaSalle
  • Best Print Ad, Remodeler – Aleto Construction Group
  • Best Print Ad, Associate – Norbord 
  • Best Social Media, Builder – Payne Family Homes
  • Best Social Media, Associate – Berkshire Hathaway Home Services – Select Properties – The Boehmer Team
  • Best Specialty Niche, Associate – Norbord
  • Best YouTube Commercial, Builder – Fischer & Frichtel Homes
  • Best Website, Builder – Critical Mass Web Design for
  • Best Website, Remodeler – Aleto Construction Group for
  • Best Website, Associate – Berkshire Hathaway Home Services – Select Properties – The Boehmer Team for

Personal Achievement Awards 

  • New Home Community Salesperson of the Year – Gregory Tate, Consort Homes
  • Rookie Salesperson of the Year – Krissy Holderfield, Lombardo Homes 
  • New Home Sales Manager of the Year – Jeff Thoele, Payne Family Homes 
  • Marketing Director of the Year – Pat Sommer, Fischer & Frichtel Homes
  • Construction Manager of the Year – Chris Blomberg, McKelvey Homes 
  • Real Estate Sales Manager/Agent of the Year – Berkshire Hathaway Home Services – Select Properties – The Boehmer Team 
  • Mortgage Professional of the Year – Jeff Griege, Paramount Mortgage Company
  • Mortgage Company of the Year – Paramount Mortgage Company 
  • Highest Closer, Dollar Volume & Number of Sold Units – Lisa Seely, McBride Homes

Western Specialty Contractors Presents SIUE Construction Management Major Joel Sipe with Scholarship

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Western’s internship/recruitment program exposes college students to careers in specialty contracting

Western Specialty Contractors recently presented Joel Sipe, a sophomore and Construction Management major at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE), with a scholarship. Western provides the SIUE School of Engineering’s Department of Construction with a scholarship annually. The awarding criteria and recipient of the scholarship is determined by Department of Construction faculty.

Western Human Resources Director Maria Traina and Region Manager Jim Rechtin, Jr. presented Sipe with the scholarship during the SIUE School of Engineering’s Honors Day on April 15.

To expose college students to careers in specialty contracting and begin developing qualified employees to fill its management positions long-term, Western Specialty Contractors, the nation’s largest specialty contractor in masonry and concrete restoration, waterproofing and roofing, recruits candidates from leading construction management colleges and universities across the country for its comprehensive, hands-on internship program.

Those who take part in Western’s internship program have the opportunity to gain much more than traditional work experience. With various levels of opportunities and an individual approach, Western’s interns are exposed to everything from sales and project management to work in the field.

Those who remain in the internship program have great promotion opportunities. Western typically hires 60-70% of internship program participants, and will promote them to a management position on average within five years. Over 85% of Western’s managers have been promoted from within the company.

Initiative and hard work are rewarded with competitive salaries, excellent benefits and a 401K match, and tuition reimbursement, as well as advancement opportunities.

For more information about Western’s college recruiting and internship programs, visit

Family-owned and operated for more than 100 years, Western Specialty Contractors is the nation’s largest specialty contractor in masonry and concrete restoration, waterproofing and specialty roofing. For more information about Western Specialty Contractors, visit

PHOTO CAPTION: Pictured from left to right: Western Specialty Contractors Human Resources Director Maria Traina, scholarship recipient Joel Sipe and Western Region Manager Jim Rechtin, Jr.


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