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St. Louis College of Pharmacy to Celebrate Grand Opening of New Recreation and Student Center

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The $40 million, 193,000-square-foot building features a 220-bed residence hall, competition gymnasium, a 10,000-square-foot recreation center and more.

WHO: John A. Pieper, Pharm.D., FCCP, FAPhA, president of St. Louis College of Pharmacy; Kevin Colgan, chair of the St. Louis College of Pharmacy Board of Trustees and Vice President, Chief Pharmacy Officer, The University of Chicago Medical Center; Keith Wolkoff, President, Paric Corporation; representatives from Forum Studio; local government officials and St. Louis College of Pharmacy students, faculty and staff members

WHAT: Ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate the grand opening of St. Louis College of Pharmacy’s new

Recreation and Student Center

WHEN:  Tuesday, Aug. 22 at 4 p.m.

WHERE: St. Louis College of Pharmacy Quad, 4588 Parkview Place, St. Louis, MO 63110

(Remarks and ribbon cutting will take place in front of the Recreation and Student Center)

SIGNIFICANCE: St. Louis College of Pharmacy will commemorate the grand opening of its Recreation and Student Center. The opening of the 193,000-square-foot building marks the end of a two-phase construction project that has added more than 400,000 square feet of space to campus. The project began with the addition of the six-story, 213,000-square-foot Academic and Research Building, which offers state-of-the-art academic space for students and faculty.

The new Recreation and Student Center will provide students with one-stop access to study space, academic and personal support resources, dining options and fitness and recreation. The $40 million, seven-story building will also house a competition gymnasium and training facilities, along with a 220-bed residence hall for first- and second-year students that will double the amount of living space on campus.

Members of the media are invited to attend the upcoming grand opening event which will feature remarks from St. Louis College of Pharmacy President John A. Pieper and representatives of the project construction and design teams. The event will conclude with a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony and self-guided building tours. Information on the Recreation and Student Center is available at

About St. Louis College of Pharmacy

St. Louis College of Pharmacy is one of the oldest and largest colleges of pharmacy in the nation. Founded in 1864, the College has a rich history as an independent institution that continues to lead pharmacy and health care education. Students come to the College from 48 states and 14 countries and are enrolled in a curriculum based on practical application with a study in the arts and sciences leading to a Doctor of Pharmacy with an integrated Bachelor of Science. In the St. Louis region, nearly three out of four practicing pharmacists are graduates of the College.

S. M. Wilson Completes Construction of New $8.9 Million Performance Gymnasium & Student Commons at Cor Jesu Academy

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S. M. Wilson & Co. has completed construction of the new $8.9 million performance gymnasium and student commons at Cor Jesu Academy that enables the school to add new course offerings and state-of-the-art learning programs, while also growing its sports programs. The 40,000-square-foot, three-level addition is the second part of the Catholic, private, all-girl high school’s long-range campus enhancement plan that also included site improvements and increased on-campus parking.

The building addition includes a new performance gymnasium on the first level with one full court and state-of-the-art features conducive to basketball and volleyball competition, along with permanent bleachers and expanded weight and workout rooms. The second floor offers a new dance studio/multipurpose room, student commons and athletic offices. Four new innovative classrooms designed to foster leadership development and provide collaborative, cross-curriculum learning environments are located on the third floor.

The new student commons was built in open space between the new addition and the existing school building and provides a dramatic overlook into the new gymnasium. This designated community area will allow students to gather, meet with faculty and utilize collaborative study areas.

S. M. Wilson & Co. provided construction management services for the project, and Hastings + Chivetta was the project architect. Both firms engaged Cor Jesu students and faculty in STEM-related learning experiences as part of the building project throughout the 2016-17 academic year.

Cor Jesu Academy is a leading Catholic college-preparatory high school for young women founded in 1956 and operated by the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Students from 60 zip codes across the St. Louis metropolitan area currently attend the school and come from more than 100 different Catholic, public, private and home-schooling learning environments. For more information, visit

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

Design Students Spend Their Summer Helping on Client Projects & Pro Bono Work for Saint Louis Zoo.

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They come from Washington University in St. Louis, Maryville University, University of Illinois, Tuskegee University, Kansas State University, University of Pennsylvania, Purdue University and Louisiana State University. Their shared passions include a certain interlocking toy from Denmark and an admiration for cutting edge design. They are HOK in St. Louis’ 2017 interns, and they represent the biggest, most diverse class the studio has hosted in recent memory.

There’s the college football player, the Army veteran who worked on construction projects in Afghanistan and the business architect who left corporate work to pursue her passion for interior design.

“It’s amazing when you meet these interns and discover their varied backgrounds and then see how quickly they’ve gelled as a team—exceeding expectations,” says Charlie Lutz, head of the internship committee for HOK’s St. Louis practice.

And while this year’s class of 11 interns represents many cultures, Lutz says his committee chose each student based on just one: HOK’s.

“At all 23 of our global offices, we’re interested in not only the best and brightest students but also how they’ll fit in with the design culture of each studio,” says Lutz.

Since beginning their internship in late May, the students have worked alongside HOK’s designers on client projects, participated in weekly coffee talks with practice leaders and designed an intern project. This year’s intern project has the students working with the Saint Louis Zoo on conceptual designs for a space that could benefit from a renovation due to aging infrastructure.

Construction on last summer’s internship project, the Catalyst Innovation Lab for the St. Louis Arts & Education Council, is slated to begin this month.

“The Arts & Education Council was so impressed with the concept our interns developed that it greatly expanded the size and presence of the project, moving it from the interior of the building to a larger location on the street front,” says Lutz. “That’s a great example of why I think HOK’s internship program stands out. Not only are our interns integral to the the larger design studio, they also get to lead their own project. They work directly for a client and often see their work become reality.”

For more information on HOK’s paid internship programs across our network of 23 international offices (and how to apply), check out our internship page. Now, meet the 2017 interns of HOK’s St. Louis studio.

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Top Row (L to R) –  Hagan Doyle, Nashville, Tennessee – Jackie Chen, Beijing, China – Cody Harvey, St. Louis, Missouri – Ian McNeal, Detroit, Michigan

Bottom Row (L to R) – Brent Vansoest, DeMotte, Indiana – Siyang Lv, Xi’an, China – Tori Pantanella, interior design student at Maryville University  – Wendy Nghixulifwa, Tsumeb, Namibia – Fatemeh Shirpour, Tehran, Iran


ACI117 Becomes Joint Committee with ASCC

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Tolerances has become a joint committee of the American Concrete Institute (ACI) and the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC) of St. Louis, MO, according to Bruce Suprenant, technical director, ASCC. Suprenant is vice chair of this ACI technical committee, Eric Peterson, Webcor, San Francisco, CA chairs 117.

The mission of ACI 117 is to collect, develop, coordinate, and specify tolerances and related information for concrete construction and materials through liaison with other ACI committees and related industry organizations.” ACI is the major sponsor of the joint committee and ASCC is the minor sponsor. “In addition to providing committee assistance,” Suprenant explained, “ASCC will provide technical input during document review and will be instrumental in selecting committee leadership”.

The organizations have informally worked together on this subject for the past several years. “As an example, from 2007-2011, ASCC supported ACI 117 with an $82,000 grant to complete ACI 117.1R-14 “Guide for Tolerance Compatibility in Concrete Construction,” says Suprenant. “Being a joint committee will provide formal recognition to the efforts of both organizations with respect to their interests in tolerances.”

“Contractors can contribute a significant amount of data to the tolerances conversation, as they have the ability to measure their projects and share their findings,” said Peterson. “Only when we are able to determine what tolerances are practical can we accurately specify those numbers for the industry.”

The American Society of Concrete Contractors is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the capabilities of those who build with concrete, and to providing them a unified voice in the construction industry.  Members include concrete contracting firms, manufacturers, suppliers and others interested in the concrete industry such as architects, specifiers and distributors.  There are approximately 725 member companies in the United States and 12 foreign countries.  For more information, visit or call the ASCC office at (866) 788-2722.

Community Members, Partners and Designers Will Envision Chouteau Greenway Through Design Competition

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Great Rivers Greenway forming new Citizen Advisory Committee to provide vision and guidance for the greenway project

Great Rivers Greenway is leading a major public-private partnership to establish the conceptual plan for the Chouteau Greenway in St. Louis City through an international design competition and is requesting citizen input to help guide the process. The goal of the new greenway project is to connect the areas of Washington University and Forest Park east to Downtown and the Gateway Arch. The competition – led by architect Donald J. Stastny, FAIA, who managed the design competition for the CityArchRiver project – will officially kick off with the release of a Request for Qualifications in September.

In an effort to gather input from the community in advance of the design submissions, Great Rivers Greenway is recruiting community members to be a part of a 40-member Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) that will help provide vision and guidance for the Chouteau Greenway project.

Those who live or work in or visit the project area and residents of the region alike are encouraged to apply to be a part of the committee. CAC Members will provide and help collect input on the past and current conditions of the area and the desired future connections and destinations. Members should be able to envision what a dynamic, unique and memorable St. Louis greenway experience could feel like and inform the project team.

“We are thrilled to collaborate with community members and partners on a transformational vision that goes beyond our typical greenway project,” said Susan Trautman, CEO of Great Rivers Greenway. “This competition will explore how the Chouteau Greenway can connect people and places, provide equitable economic opportunity and options for people to get around town and live life outside.”

The Chouteau Greenway, plus connections to the north and south, will be part of the overall network of greenways being built by Great Rivers Greenway and partners. The greenway will connect area neighborhoods, employment centers, parks, transit and dozens of cultural and educational institutions. The competition invites designers to think beyond the trail itself to create active, vibrant spaces and destinations along the way. The goal is to have the greenway be a dynamic and unique St. Louis experience, similar to the High Line in New York City or the Atlanta Beltline.

The design competition is privately funded by Saint Louis University, Lawrence Group, Green Street St. Louis, Grand Center Inc., Forest Park Forever, Washington University in St. Louis, Washington University Medical Center, Arch to Park Collaborative, and the Great Rivers Greenway Foundation. Additional stakeholder groups are being formed to provide input throughout the process from a wide variety of partners, agencies, businesses and organizations.

The competition will kick off in September with a call for design teams to submit their qualifications. A jury of professionals will narrow the submissions down to four in early December. Those four teams will be paid a stipend to work on a conceptual design, presenting to the jury in the spring.

“Rooting the project’s goals and principles in the values of the community, and opening up the project to the international design community through a competition allows for the best of both worlds,” said Stastny, manager of the competition. “The intersection of local ideals and international best practices and perspectives will create a world-class experience for residents and visitors alike.”

Applications for the project’s Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) can be found on Great Rivers Greenway’s website. Those interested in being a part of the committee must be committed to attending a monthly meeting, from September 2017 through April 2018. CAC members will engage throughout the project to inform the teams, jury, partners and each other at various stages of the process. Transportation and childcare support are available, and food will be provided at each meeting. Meeting times and days will be set with the selected committee members. Great Rivers Greenway will also have surveys, outreach and events throughout the project to invite input both from those who live, work and play in the area as well as the region as a whole.

The first segment of the Chouteau Greenway is currently under construction as part of the TIGER grant project to build a new MetroLink station at the Cortex Innovation District. The competition and resulting conceptual design will help partners determine a plan and schedule for designing, engineering and building each additional portion of the overall greenway.

For more information about the project or to apply for the CAC, visit

About Great Rivers Greenway:
Great Rivers Greenway is the public agency connecting the St. Louis region with greenways, with 113 miles built so far. St. Louisans decided to leave a legacy for future generations by investing in and connecting together some of our region’s best assets – rivers, parks and communities.

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.

Winco Window Announces Retirement of John Campbell as President of the Company 

Winco Window Company announces the retirement of John Campbell as the company’s president. Campbell was hired in May, 1995 as Production Control and Scheduling Mgr..  Prior to joining Winco, Campbell worked at several other window companies, enabling him to bring significant knowledge and experience to Winco.

Campbell formerly worked at Alcan Aluminum Co. in Owensboro, K, Nashville, Tenn., Rome, Ga. and Warren, Ohio; then White Star Aluminum in Pensauken, N.J.; Peerless Products in Fort Scott, Kan.; then Sugar Creek Window and Door in Sugarcreek, Ohio before joining Winco.

“John has been steady at the wheel since day one,” says Gantt W. Miller III, AIA and CEO of Winco. “We hired John knowing that he would one day run the company for us. His manufacturing, engineering, product design expertise and information systems experience was the catalyst for our current operational systems and standards.”

Integrating computer technology, software development and in-house programming of numerous operational functions were among Campbell’s major accomplishments at Winco. His ability to create sophisticated internal systems played a key role in providing solutions for larger jobs. “John was the one to manage the minute details, yet keep his eye on the big picture,” adds Miller.  “Customer satisfaction remains paramount to John.”

Credited with adding structure to Winco’s new product development, Campbell helped move Winco from a standard product offering company to one that provides unique and technically sophisticated window and wall solutions. “John was actively involved in developing Winco’s hung window — a popular product in much demand today — and then worked tirelessly to push Winco into the specialty custom market with historic replica, tornado, hurricane, blast, psychiatric and ballistic products,” according to Miller.

Campbell has noticed a major shift in the fenestration business during his long career. “It used to be, you simply sold windows,” he says. “Now, multiple people are involved in the production of one window and the sales process extends far beyond the actual sale. The line in the sand is blurred between the owner, the installer and the manufacturer. We must all work as a team to make sure the windows protect the building and provide comfort for the occupant – it’s a shared responsibility.”

Winco is beginning the search for Campbell’s replacement, both internally and outside the company. During the transition, John will continue to be actively involved with the company. “John is committed to a smooth transition at the helm,” says Miller. “He shares our confidence in the future of Winco in a market that is strong and a team of employees and reps that are dedicated and committed to excellence.”

John is moving his residence from the St. Louis area to his hometown of Owensboro, Ky., where he and his wife, Kathryn Robertson Campbell, met 48 years ago. Even though he will retire as president, Campbell plans to explore new business and marketing opportunities for Winco in the Kentucky market. He will also continue to consult with Winco’s management.

During his time with Winco, John and his wife Kathy lived in Columbia, Ill. Both John and Kathy have been active in community theater for years, as actors and directors. John is a member of the Monroe Actors Stage Company (MASC) in Waterloo, Ill., and he currently serves as President for its Board of Directors. Campbell is a 1974 graduate of Western Kentucky University, where he studied Theatre Arts.(He met his wife at the Community Theater in Owensboro, where he was involved in community theaters in Kentucky, Georgia, Ohio, New Jersey and Kansas, prior to founding the MASC. Together, they have produced 89 full length plays and musicals since founding the stage company in 1999.

August 11, 2017

Michelle Jordan Joins Architectural Business Interiors Team as Business Development Manager 

Michelle Jordan

Architectural Business Interiors (ABI), located in DesPeres, MO, has recently expanded its staff to include Michelle Jordan as Director of Business Development representing their Muraflex® demountable walls, Arktura acoustical systems and Carvart architectural glass product lines.  Michelle brings 20+ years of business development experience to the ABI team including nearly 10 years in the Architectural Interiors industry.  Her primary responsibilities include business development focusing on construction specifiers, architects, commercial real estate, end-users and general contractors.  “We are very excited to have someone with Michelle’s experience and qualifications in the construction industry joining our team and look forward to opening up new vertical market channels for ABI.” Added Bob Mitchusson, President.

Oberle Promoted to Service Dispatch Supervisor at Murphy

Stephanie Oberle

Stephanie Oberle has been promoted to the position of service dispatch supervisor at Murphy Company, a leading mechanical contracting and engineering firm. The announcement was made by Chris Carter, vice president, service.

Oberle brings 27 years of customer service experience and 15 years of supervisory experience, many in the HVAC industry, to her new role. She joined Murphy as a dispatcher. Earlier in her career she served as a service coordinator for an HVAC company and  club services manager for Optimist International. She also has held administrative positions with  the Missouri chapter of the Neurofibromatosis Foundation, Options for Justices, and Delsan  industries.

She is a graduate of Hazelwood Central and also attended St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley.

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

KC McDonald joins Wiegmann Associates as Director of National Business Development

KC McDonald

KC McDonald has joined Wiegmann Associates as director of national business development. McDonald is responsible for developing national construction design/build opportunities primarily in the industries of healthcare, senior living, commercial office, refrigeration, multi-family housing, warehouse, manufacturing and food and beverage distribution and processing. He also provides mechanical engineering support and assists in HVAC equipment selection on construction projects.

McDonald has eight years of construction industry experience. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from East Tennessee State University and is a licensed real estate broker.

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.  

Terry Denny joins Knoebel Construction as Site Superintendent

Terry Knoebel

Terry Denny of Dardenne Prairie, MO, has joined Knoebel Construction as a site superintendent. He is responsible for managing day-to-day operations, subcontractor coordination and scheduling for various retail center, restaurant, grocery and retail store construction projects. Denny has 19 years of experience in commercial construction. He is a graduate of the St. Louis Carpenters Joint Apprenticeship program.

Knoebel Construction, Inc. is a national general contractor specializing in retail center, restaurant, grocery and retail store construction.

August 4, 2017

Geotechnology Announces Tim Gorline has Achieved Designation as ICC Master Special Inspector

Tim Gorline

Geotechnology, Inc., a leading provider of geotechnical and environmental engineering, geophysics, water resource management, materials testing and drilling services, is pleased to announce today that Mr. Tim Gorline, a Geologist in their construction materials testing (CMT) group, has achieved International Code Council (ICC) designation as Master Special Inspector. Tim is one of only two Master Special Inspectors in the State of Missouri, the other being in the Kansas City area. Of the 16 Master Special Inspectors in the State of Illinois, only Gorline and one other reside in the St. Louis metro area.

Tim is now certified by ICC to perform inspections in reinforced concrete, soils, fireproofing, structural steel and welding, structural steel and bolting and reinforced masonry.  Tim also holds other certifications including the following: Level I Technician, American Concrete Institute (ACI);  Level II Technician, Post-Tensioning Institute; Level II Soils, Level II Asphalt and Level III Concrete Technician from National Institute of Civil Engineering Technicians (NICET); and Soil and Concrete Technician from Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT).

Gorline received his Bachelor of Science degree from State University of New York at Fredonia. As a degreed Geologist, and member of Geotechnology’s CMT group since 2002, Tim has extensive experience providing construction observation, inspection and testing of many facets of construction.   Tim provided quality control observations and testing for Busch Stadium, 212 South Meramec high rise, St. Louis Art Museum, MasterCard Headquarters, Washington University’s Loop Student Housing, Reinsurance Group of America, Saint Louis University’s Chaifetz Arena, and many other St. Louis metropolitan area projects.

“Geotechnology has made considerable investment in providing highly trained field representatives to perform code-required special inspections.  Tim has shown great leadership in achieving the Master Special Inspector designation.  The scarcity of Master Special Inspectors in the metropolitan area and the commitment of representatives like Tim, clearly differentiates Geotechnology, and allows us to to provide a level of service that others cannot.” said Jeff Klein, P.E., Construction Materials Testing Manager in St. Louis.

Established more than 32 years ago, Geotechnology, Inc. is a professional corporation offering a comprehensive range of consulting services in applied earth and environmental sciences, including geophysics, water resource management, geotechnical and environmental engineering, materials testing and drilling. 

Thomas Stockmann Jr. Joins Murphy Co. as BIM Designer

Thomas Stockman

Thomas Stockmann Jr. has joined Murphy Company as a BIM (Building Information Modeling) designer.  The announcement was made by Patrick Bastow, supervisor, BIM Production, for the mechanical contracting and engineering firm.

A 2017 graduate of Mineral Area College with an associate’s degree in engineering, tech design drafting, Stockmann is a certified production technician (2015).  He also is OSHA 30-hr.certified (2014).           His work experience includes logging and customer service for his family’s business, Stockmann Logging,  in Fredericktown, MO.

Blake Named Fabrication Database Engineer VDC/BIM at Murphy

Dylan Blake

Dylan W. Blake has been appointed a fabrication database engineer VDC/BIM (Virtual Design and Construction/Building Information Modeling) at Murphy Company, a leading mechanical

contracting and engineering company. The announcement was made by Patrick Bastow, supervisor, BIM Production.

A May 2017 graduate of Missouri University of Science and Technology with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, Blake was the university’s Lacrosse Club president and captain, an Opening Week mentor, and was inducted into the National Society of Leadership and Success in 2015.  A cum laude graduate of Fox High School where he was a member of the National Honor Society for four years, Blake played varsity soccer for three years, and served as captain of the high school’s varsity Lacrosse team.

While a college student, he worked as a maintenance/field worker for the City of Arnold Parks Department, performing plumbing, welding and carpentry work.  

Vincent Named Plumbing Designer,  VDC/BIM at Murphy

Ahmad Vincent

Ahmad Vincent has been appointed a plumbing designer, VDC/BIM (Virtual Design and Construction/Building Information Modeling) at Murphy Company, a leading mechanical contracting and engineering company. The announcement was made by Patrick Bastow, supervisor, BIM Production.

An experienced professional, Vincent holds a Master of Business Administration from Keller Graduate School of Management as well as a bachelor’s degree in project/construction management and an associate’s degree in computer drafting and design from ITT Technical Institute.

Before joining Murphy Company, Vincent worked for more than two years as a project manager, BIM designer/estimator, on such projects as the Jefferson Barracks Veterans Affairs Building, the 4220 Duncan Wexford Science and Research Building, and the Rockwood Summit High School renovation/addition.  He also worked on projects at the Washington University School of Medicine and the St. Louis College of Pharmacy, among others. Prior to that, and during his college years, he was general manager of a high-volume restaurant.

Murphy Company is one of the nation’s top mechanical contracting and engineering firms delivering innovative solutions to the commercial, industrial and institutional markets.  Murphy offers process piping, HVAC, refrigeration, plumbing, design-build, piping fabrication, energy solutions and 24-hour service emanating from its five locations in St. Louis, Denver, Colorado Springs, Boulder and Northern Colorado.  Murphy is ranked No. 17 on Engineering News-Record’s list of largest mechanical contractors in the United States. Founded in 1907, the firm employs more than 1,000 people nationwide. For more information, visit 

MC Industrial Appoints Bob Wood as Business Development Manager 

Bob Wood

MC Industrial, Inc., an independent McCarthy company and leader in industrial construction, recently announced the addition of Bob Wood as Business Development Manager.

Based in MC Industrial’s St. Louis office, his focus will be working with project teams to develop design and construction solutions that enhance project delivery for MC Industrial’s clients in the power market nationwide. Bob brings 23 years industry experience and broad power expertise to his new role including environmental, new generation, renewable and plant maintenance projects.

“We are pleased to have Bob join our team and serve our power industry clients,” said Brian Timmer, Business Development Director. “His strong foundation in design and construction and experience with large-scale industrial projects brings extensive value to our firm and our clients alike.”

Bob attended Lindenwood University and Ranken Technical College HVAC. He has received special training through Carrier Corporation, York and Siemens. He is currently an active member of COCA, AGC, SLCCC and SIBA.

MC Industrial is a national construction firm, dedicated to the highly specialized needs of the industrial marketplace. 

Mueller Prost Promotes Partners Adam Herman and Quinn Martin to Firm Leadership Positions 

Effective July 1, 2017,  Adam Herman, CPA/ABV/CFF, CVA, ASA, CFE, Partner was named Chief Visionary Officer, and Quinn Martin, CPA, MBA, Partner was named Chief Operating Officer. This is the first-time Mueller Prost has appointed a CVO and COO, a move to ensure the growth and sustainability of the firm in future years. This split from the traditional Managing Partner structure recognizes the need for various skill sets as the firm grows, and allows for highest and best use of the firm’s resources and people.

Adam Herman

Herman has over 25 years of experience in business valuations, tax credits, advising and consulting. Adam has been successful in supporting new business growth nationwide through his leadership, creativity, energy, integrity and credentials which are highly respected among valuation, IRS, and business professionals. In his new role, Herman will oversee the strategy and direction of the firm, lead growth and new service initiatives and manage the firm’s industry leaders, sales and marketing efforts.

Quinn Martin

Martin has over 15 years of experience in assurance and auditing services, specializing in manufacturing, construction, distribution, and a variety of other niche industries including PCAOB non-issuers. In his new role, Martin will ensure the operational effectiveness of the firm. He will manage the firm’s service line leaders, human resources, finance and IT functions.

Herman and Martin will work closely together for a seamless transition. Co-founder Doug Mueller will remain President under the new structure and co-founder Mike Prost will act as Managing Partner during the transition.

President, Doug Mueller says, “When Mike and I founded our firm, we wanted to create a legacy firm for ourselves, our clients and our employees. This three-pronged leadership approach will position us to continue to grow in years to come. Adam and Quinn’s leadership and dedication to the firm are exactly what we need when it comes to succession planning.”

Mueller Prost has 18 partners, 3 locations and over 150 employees. The firm is regularly recognized as a Best Place to Work and focuses on employee and client engagement and retention. 

Spellman Brady Welcomes Monica Stefek, Director of Marketing

Monica Stefek

Spellman Brady & Company welcomes Monica Stefek, who will serve as the firm’s Director of Marketing.  Ms. Stefek will have corporate responsibility for the firm’s marketing activities which includes developing the firm’s marketing material, responses to Requests for Qualifications and Proposals, as well as managing the firm’s communication, marketing and public relations activities.

Ms. Stefek is a seasoned marketing professional with over 20 years of innovative and results-oriented marketing experience.  Monica earned her Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas.  Some of her previous experience includes marketing responsibilities for clients at Visual Ingenuity and The Vandiver Group.

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

Focal Pointe Hires John O’Connell as Controller*

John O’Connell

Focal Pointe Outdoor Solutions announces the addition of John W. O’Connell of Chesterfield, Missouri as the firm’s Controller. In this position, John will lead all aspects of Focal Pointe’s financial processes and procedures, strengthening performance and profitability. He will also provide leadership for the firm’s administrative operations, including human resources and nformation technology.

O’Connell brings more than 35 years of experience in finance, having been a minority owner of a local luxury homebuilder, and financial executive for one of the largest home builders in St. Louis, Missouri. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and earned his Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
certification with Peat Marwick Mitchell.

Founded by John Munie in 1998, Focal Pointe Outdoor Solutions, Inc. is a full-service grounds maintenance, lawncare, and landscaping company specializing in distinctive, high-touch properties for both residential and commercial clients.

Rick Rebecca Joins Contegra Construction Co. as Safety Director

Rick Rebecca

Rick Rebecca, who has more than 26 years of experience in risk management, has joined Contegra Construction Co. as safety director.  Rebecca will oversee all facets of safety and safety training at Contegra. 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.

Johnston Joins Murphy as Service Sales Account Mgr.

Jennifer Johnson

Jennifer Johnston has been named service sales account manager for Murphy Company.  The announcement was made by Chris Carter, vice president, service, for the mechanical contracting and engineering firm.

Johnston recently was elected as president of the St. Louis chapter of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA). She has more than seven years’ experience in facilities, most recently serving as a facility and maintenance supply territory manager at Ferguson in St Louis. Before that, she was a service and building solutions sales executive in St. Louis from 2010 to 2014. She also is a member of the Building Owner Management Association (BOMA).

Murphy Company is one of the nation’s top mechanical contracting and engineering firms delivering innovative solutions to the commercial, industrial and institutional markets. 

Murphy Appoints Jared Moresi as Engineer, Industrial

Jared Moresi

Jared Moresi has joined Murphy Company as an engineer, industrial.  The announcement was made by Mike Werdes, manager of engineering for the mechanical engineering and contracting firm. Moresi earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in May 2017 from the University of Missouri-Columbia where he was on the Dean’s List. He also was 2016-17 secretary of Mizzou’s Mechanical contractors Association of America student chapter, which captured First Place in the Final Four Competition at the MCAA National Convention in San Diego in March 2017.

The UMC chapter also was named MCAA’s Student Chapter of the Year. During summer 2016 Moresi served as an intern in Murphy’s design/build department.  The summer before he interned in the company’s service department. During summer 2013 he worked for Cardinal Home Improvement in Cottleville, MO.

Murphy Company is one of the nation’s top mechanical contracting and engineering firms delivering innovative solutions to the commercial, industrial and institutional markets. 

Dale Duello joins Knoebel Construction as Site Superintendent

Dale Duello

Dale Duello of Wentzville, MO, has joined Knoebel Construction as a site superintendent. He is responsible for managing day-to-day operations, subcontractor coordination and scheduling for various retail center, restaurant, grocery and retail store construction projects. Duello has 25 years of experience in commercial construction. He is a graduate of the St. Louis Carpenters Joint Apprenticeship program.

Knoebel Construction, Inc. is a national general contractor specializing in retail center, restaurant, grocery and retail store construction.

Irace Named Engineer, Commercial at Murphy Company

Phillip Irace

Phillip Irace has joined Murphy Company as engineer, commercial.  The announcement was made by Conrad Philipp, vice-president, commercial, for the mechanical contracting and engineering firm. Irace holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from Illinois College in Jacksonville, IL, graduating summa cum laude.  He will receive a Master of Science in mechanical engineering from Washington University in 2018, graduating magna cum laude, with a specialization is energy conversion and efficiency.

He joined Murphy full-time in June 2017 after having served as an intern for one year.  Prior to that, he worked at Global Surgical Corporation as part of Washington University’s engineering co-op program.   He is an ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) graduate student member, an affiliate member of ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers), and an EIT (Engineer in Training.) He is a member of Pi Tau Sigma and also played Illinois College football.

Kniesche Joins Murphy Co. as Engineer, Commercial

Nicholas Kniesche

Nicholas (Nick) M. Kniesche has joined Murphy Company, a leading mechanical contracting and engineering firm, as engineer, commercial.  The announcement was made by Conrad Philipp, vice-president, commercial.

Kniesche is a 2017 graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia where he was on the Dean’s List.  He also was 2015-17 president of Mizzou’s Mechanical Contractors Association of America student chapter, which is sponsored by MCA-EMO. The student chapter captured First Place in the Final Four Competition at the MCAA National Convention in San Diego in March 2017.  The UMC chapter, although only three years in the making, also was named MCAA Student Chapter of the Year from among a total of 52 student chapters nationwide.

While studying at UMC, he also was executive treasurer of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) student chapter for which he also served as a mentor for architectural studies.  He also was a member and subchairman of the marketing committee for Pi Sigma Epsilon, a professional business fraternity.  Additionally, he was a member, executive secretary and member of the judicial board and finance committee, and Homecoming build chair for Alpha Tau Omega. An active community volunteer, he volunteered for Sacred Heart Church, Caring for Columbia, and the Thompson Center for Autism.

Kniesche served as a project management intern at Murphy Company during the summers of 2015 and 2016.  Prior to that, he was owner-operator of Kniesche Home Improvement. He is OSHA-10 certified.

Murphy Company is one of the nation’s top mechanical contracting and engineering firms delivering innovative solutions to the commercial, industrial and institutional markets.

Home Builders Association Donates More Than $7,000 to St. Vincent Home for Children

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On behalf of the Home Builders Charitable Foundation (HBCF), 2017 HBA President Ken Kruse of Payne Family Homes (left) presented a $7,664 donation to Carla Monroe-Posey, CEO of St. Vincent Home for Children, and Bob Devine, chief development officer for St. Vincent.

The donation will be used to rebuild the inner doors for St. Vincent’s main entrance and install a video phone/doorbell system to improve safety for residents and staff. St. Vincent Home for Children’s mission is to provide love, security and professional treatment for troubled children and their families through an integrated program of services including individual and group counseling, anger management, coping skill development, after care counseling services and development of respect for one’s self and for others. All programs are provided at no cost to the families they serve.

The HBA is a local trade association of more than 600 member firms representing the residential construction industry. The Home Builders Charitable Foundation, the HBA’s charitable arm, is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing housing assistance to people or organizations with special shelter needs.

Poettker Construction’s Golf Classic Raises $25,000 For Big Brothers Big Sisters

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Poettker Construction Company (Poettker) along with its business partners donated $25,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Illinois (BBBS) from proceeds raised at the 2017 Poettker Construction Golf Classic “Building For Heroes”, which was held on July 28, 2017 at Governors Run Golf Course in Carlyle, Ill.

Poettker-BBBS Golf Committee 2017

“We sincerely appreciate the support we received from our friends, business partners, sponsors and participants of this event! This annual event gives us a chance to give back to the community which we have been a part of for 37 years”, said Kevin Poettker, BBBS Board Member and Director of Business Development for Poettker Construction Company.

Proceeds from the tournament will be used to support BBBS’s mission to help children realize their potential and build their futures.  Since 1980, BBBS of Southwestern Illinois has provided mentors for more than 500 youth facing adversity in Clinton, Madison, Monroe and St. Clair Counties.

“Big Brothers Big Sisters has a strong presence within the Southwestern Illinois community,” said Natalie Jablonski, President & CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Illinois.  “We are honored to recognize our volunteer mentors and youth they serve through this generous ongoing partnership with Poettker Construction.”

To learn more about BBBS of Southwestern Illinois, visit<>.

Founded in 1980, Poettker Construction Company of Breese is a second generation family-owned business that focuses on building strong relationships while providing construction management, design-build, and general contracting services.

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Natalie Jablonski, President & CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Illinois, Kevin Poettker, BBBS Board Member and Director of Business Development for Poettker Construction Company

KAI Selected Architect for Extensive Renovations, Additions to South Oak Cliff High School in Dallas, TX

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KAI has been selected as the architect on a $52 million addition and renovation project for South Oak Cliff High School in Dallas, TX. With the design phase nearing completion, construction is expected to begin in Fall 2017.

KAI is providing programming/planning, architecture, interior design, community engagement, project management and construction administration on the project, in which 90% of the school will be renovated, with three additions totaling approximately 60,000 square feet. The design theme centers around creating a 21st century learning environment supportive of current and future students.

South Oak Cliff High School received funding through the 2015 Dallas Independent School District bond program. Prior to the design start, KAI participated in a 3-day charette with the community to gather and formulate ideas for the school’s extensive renovation.

“Our community engagement led to a transformative design solution that will prepare students for the 21st Century. The designs include a new, welcoming front entrance with a 2½ story atrium and the creation of new learning environments for career/technical training, a collegiate academy, fine and performing arts, life skills and general education,” said KAI Texas President and COO Darren L. James. “The original school, built in the 1950’s, had undergone previous renovations, but none to the extent of this one. The existing building’s systems were not adequate or in good working order. Our designs call for the replacement of the entire mechanical system, with the exception of a recently installed chiller that will be re-purposed to cool the new athletic addition.”

A new athletic facility is planned that includes a competition basketball, 2,000-seat gym and auxiliary gymnasium that serves as a storm shelter. This new addition will attach to the existing facility by a circulation space that creates a grand, three-story, light-filled concourse nicknamed the Legacy Concourse that celebrates the heritage of the school’s student athletes. The terminus of the Legacy Concourse is the Bear Den, serving as the new student entry celebrating the morning arrival of students and a gathering spot during the day for academic and social activities.

Along Marsalis Street, KAI designed a new entry for the public, creating a new, two-story expression highlighting the new changes and emphasizing the academic excellence exhibited by the students. The two-story addition houses new administration offices, four new science labs, a community meeting space, and new entry connecting to one of the previous hidden jewels, a light-filled landscaped courtyard.

The two underutilized courtyards are being re-purposed for outdoor learning with new landscaping in both. One will have a terraced amphitheater connecting two of the three floors, the other will have seating for lunch and other academic uses.

On two sides of each courtyard inside the existing school, KAI designed new collaboration spaces adjacent to classrooms allowing access to the courtyard at the first floor or an overlook into the courtyards on the second floor.

About KAI Texas

Founded in 1999, KAI Texas is one of the most respected, minority-owned design and build firms in the state with a diverse portfolio of experience, in-house multidiscipline professionals and expertise in an integrated project delivery process. KAI Texas specializes in architecture, MEP engineering (mechanical/electrical/plumbing) and construction management services. Headquartered in Dallas, KAI Texas has an office in San Antonio. For more information about KAI Texas, visit or call 214.742.0400.

MSD Board Set To Award $150 Million Tunnel Project To Second Lowest Bidder

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Would Cost $2.4 Million More 

By: Steph Kukuljan, Reporter, St. Louis Business Journal

The Board of Trustees of the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District is set to give final approval this evening to the second-lowest bidder on a controversial tunnel project that will cost $150 million. The second-highest bid is $2.4 million more.

The controversy has gone on since last year when the MSD board rejected the lowest bid of $145,300,000 for a large underground tunnel to be constructed from Clayton to Shrewsbury. The sewer district board is instead going to approve a contract with the second-lowest bid of $147,700,000. It gave preliminary approval last month.

The lowest bid for the tunnel project came from a joint venture of Jay Dee Contractors Inc. of Michigan and Frontier-Kemper from California. The second-lowest bid is from SAK Construction of O’Fallon, Missouri.

Jay Dee then filed a lawsuit against MSD, claiming the board acted in an arbitrary and capricious manner in denying them the contract. The St. Louis Circuit Court ruled against the firm. It isn’t known if the ruling will be appealed.

A second lawsuit against MSD was filed yesterday by A.L.L. Construction, a minority contractor in the Jay Dee bid, alleging MSD had it removed from the bid in retaliation for the firm’s owner questioning the district’s minority contractor program.

A contract for SAK is on the agenda for final approval at tonight’s MSD board meeting.

Tom Sullivan of University City told the board at its June meeting: “Other than giving the contract to the lowest bidder, your only course of action is to reject all the bids and re-bid the project.”

Sullivan also quoted the MSD Charter to the board in the section titled, “Competitive bidding.” It states: “All bids may be rejected. Except for such right of rejection . . . the purchase or contract must be let to the lowest responsible bidder.”

Outside influence caused the board to reject the lowest bidder and go with the second-lowest bidder, said Sullivan. He has been saying a prime suspect is County Executive Steve Stenger. Sullivan noted that trustee Michael Yates changed his initial vote on the tunnel project, from supporting to opposing the contract with the lowest bidder, which killed it.

Yates was just nominated last week by Stenger to the board of commissioners of the Bi-State Development Agency.

The contract came up for preliminary approval at the December 8, 2016 board meeting and was rejected by a 5-1 vote with no discussion. That was surprising as just a single “no” vote is a rare occasion at sewer district board meetings. Rejecting an agenda item is rarer.

The reason for the 5-1 vote was supposedly a problem with a minority subcontractor, A.L.L. Construction, that SAK claimed was not qualified for the work. The contractor was then replaced – which was highly unusual.

The contract came up again at the February 9 meeting this year for preliminary approval. It was approved by a majority of the board with a 3-2 vote. However, for final passage a proposed ordinance requires two affirmative votes from both St. Louis and St. Louis County trustees.

The absent board member, Rev. Ronald Bobo, is a county trustee. It appeared he could have the deciding vote when the contract came up for final approval as one county trustee voted for the contract, one did not.

In addition to the Rev. Bobo, other county trustees are Michael Yates and James Singer. Trustees Yates and Bobo were appointed by County Executive Steve Stenger; Trustee Yates was appointed by County Executive Charlie Dooley.

City trustees are Ruby Bonner, James Faul and Ruby Bonner. All were appointed by Mayor Francis Slay.

The contract came up for final approval at the April 13 board meeting. It was standing room only in the board room. Representatives of the NAACP, MoKAN, civil rights organizations and minority contractor organizations and their workers pleaded with the board to approve the Jay Dee/ Frontier contract. But it was defeated on a 3-3 vote.

The Reverend Bobo voted in favor but board member Michael Yates switched to a no vote. The two county trustees voting no killed the contract. Two city trustees voted in favor; one voted against.

Michael Yates initially refused to say why he switched his vote. He told the Post-Dispatch: “I have my reasons and that’s all I’m saying.” A city trustee, Ruby Bonner, told the Post she is not prepared to make a public statement.

“One thing for sure – the contract could not have been rejected unless one or both appointing authorities agreed,” said Sullivan. “If both Stenger appointees would have voted for the lowest-bid project, it would have been approved.” 

The Deer Creek Sanitary Tunnel Project is part of the $4.7 billion of projects the sewer district must do to meet clean water regulations.

The public portion of this evening’s MSD board meeting will be at 5:00 p.m. at MSD offices, 2350 Market Street in downtown St. Louis.

Tom Sullivan has followed MSD operations for a number of years. His tracking of payments to a former MSD general counsel led to a 23-count federal indictment for fraud, theft, tax evasion, etc. The counsel was sentenced to nearly four years in prison

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