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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.

New Hires at Hastings+Chivetta Architects 

Rabia Bajwa

Rabia Bajwa has joined Hastings+Chivetta Architects as a Junior Architectural Designer. As a member of the architectural graphics team, Rabia develops 3D renderings for Hastings+Chivetta’s clients, as well as 2D drawings and elevations during the design development process. In May 2017, Rabia completed a five-year Master of Architecture program at The University of Kansas. She is working towards becoming a licensed architect.

Nancy Burns

Nancy Burns has joined Hastings+Chivetta Architects as an Accountant. In her new role, she will provide project financial analysis, billing and general accounting services for the firm. Nancy earned her bachelor of science degree in Accounting from the University of Missouri – St. Louis.

Kurt Kruger

Kurt R. Kruger has joined Hastings+Chivetta Architects as Director of Client Development. In this role, Kurt will guide and direct client development activities across the firm. Kurt will work with Hastings+Chivetta’s team to build relationships with both current and potential clients. He brings experience as a senior client development executive responsible for hiring, training and developing individuals and teams in the design and construction industry. Kurt holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in marketing from Syracuse University.

Arlene Vespa

Arlene Vespa, NCARB, LEED® AP BD+C, has joined Hastings+Chivetta Architects as a Space Utilization and Planning Specialist. In her new role, Arlene will work on master planning and space programming activities for a range of clients. She will guide the research and decision-making process that leads to the development of an architectural program, and she will work closely with our clients and design team to meet current and future needs. Arlene has a Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Studies, a Master in Architecture and a Master of Science in Library and Information Science, all from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is a Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) Certified Construction Documents Technologist (CDT), a Registered Architect in the States of Illinois and Oregon, holds a certificate from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) and is a LEED accredited professional.

HASTINGS+CHIVETTA ARCHITECTS, INC. provides architectural planning and design services to clients throughout the United States. 

Kevin P. Hogan Promoted to Partner at Schmersahl Treloar & Co.

Kevin P. Hogan has been promoted to Tax Partner at Schmersahl Treloar & Co.  Kevin joined Schmersahl Treloar & Company in 2014 with over fifteen years of experience specializing in tax and business consulting services. In addition, Kevin leads the firm’s valuation services team.

Schmersahl Treloar & Co. specializes in accounting for the construction industry.

Kevin has become an important part of our service offering and valued member of our team.  His hard work and dedication to serving our clients with integrity and creativity has earned him the right to be our partner and we congratulate him,” said partner Julie Treloar.
Kevin holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Finance and Economics from Rockhurst University and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Missouri – St Louis.

He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Missouri State Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts. Schmersahl Treloar & Company is a St Louis based accounting, tax and business consulting firm.  Schmersahl Treloar provides a variety of specialized consulting services such as succession and estate planning, mergers and acquisition consulting, as well as employee benefit plan audits, litigation support and valuation, and business planning.  The firm serves a wide range of privately held companies, government and non-profit organizations.

A native of Saint Louis, Kevin currently resides in South County with his wife Amy and two children Danny and Nora, and Bulldog Hamish.

Schmersahl Treloar is a St Louis based accounting, tax and business consulting firm. The firm and its affiliates BeneFLEX and PARS with nearly 70 professionals and staff, offers a diversity of services, which includes auditing, accounting, tax, and business advisory services

January 12, 2018

The UP Companies Hires Steve Richardson as Corporate Safety Director

Steve Richardson

The UP Companies (UPCO) has strengthened its commitment to workplace safety with the addition of Steve Richardson of Imperial, MO as Corporate Safety Director.

As UPCO’s Corporate Safety Director, Richardson will work with the entire UPCO team to develop, manage and nurture a “Construction Design and Build Safety Program” based on leading edge performance indicators.

Richardson has a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Safety Engineering from the University of Central Missouri. He is also certified as an OSHA Construction Outreach Trainer and is a member of the National Safety Council, American Society of Safety Engineers, Mid-Missouri Associated General Contractors (AGC) Executive Safety and Health Committee, St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers Substance Abuse and Safety Committee, and the American Society of Healthcare Engineers.

Richardson has 38 years of AEC industry experience, having previously worked as Corporate Safety Director for Clayco, Inc. and Tarlton Corp., both based in St. Louis, MO.

The UP Companies (UPCO) is one of the region’s largest full-service MBE-certified contracting companies. For more information, go to www.theupcompanies.com or call 314.865.3888.

Rotty named to 40 Under 40 by St. Louis Business Journal

Sondra Rotty

Sondra Rotty, LEED AP BD+C of Tarlton Corp., a St. Louis-based general contracting and construction management firm, has been named to the St. Louis Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2018.

The 40 Under 40 Award is one of the St. Louis Business Journal’s most prominent annual awards. Rotty joins an elite group of the area’s young business leaders who are selected for outstanding contributions to their companies and local business community. According to the St. Louis Business Journal, more than 500 nominations were received for the 2018 award. Rotty also is a past recipient of the St. Louis Business Journal’s 30 Under 30 Award.

Recently promoted to project director, Rotty is leading the Tarlton team that will construct a new Center for Nursing and Health Sciences on the Forest Park campus of St. Louis Community College. Construction on the LEED-registered project will begin in 2018. She also is managing the Tarlton team on the renovation of Stephen and Peter Sachs Museum at MissouriBotanical Garden.

Rotty has managed or worked on many notable LEED-certified Tarlton projects, including the award-winning Olin Business School expansion (Knight and Bauer Halls) and the Bryan Hall Renovation, both at Washington University in St. Louis. She also served on the Tarlton-Pepper-KAI joint venture team for the expansion of the Saint Louis Art Museum. For the U.S. General Services Administration, she managed Tarlton’s renovation of the Charles F. Prevedel Federal Building in Overland, Mo., and was a member of the teams that constructed the 500,000-square-foot National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis and built out the Rush Hudson Limbaugh Sr. U.S. Courthouse in Cape Girardeau, Mo.

In business since 1946, Tarlton Corp. is a WBENC-Certified Women’s Business Enterprise that completes projects for wide-ranging clients in the commercial, life sciences, health care, institutional, power and industrial markets, also providing special expertise in concrete construction and restoration as well as hydro excavation and industrial vacuum services.

January 5, 2018

Erin Erhart Promoted to Executive Vice President at Midwest BankCentre

Erin Erhart

Erin Erhart has been promoted to executive vice president of retail and fee services at Midwest BankCentre. The announcement was made by Midwest BankCentre Chairman and CEO Jim Watson.

Erhart leads the community bank’s retail branch network and fee service businesses. She focuses the bank’s retail banking teams on enhancing customer experiences to advance the growth and performance of the bank’s financial services to consumers.

She was previously vice president of consumer banking and corporate services at Midwest BankCentre and has 12 years of banking experience. Erhart earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Saint Louis University.

Midwest BankCentre has been a mainstay of St. Louis community banking since 1906. Currently, it ranks among St. Louis’ largest locally owned banks with assets of about $1.9 billion and deposits of $1.4 billion.

S. M. Wilson Promotes Three to Project Directors

S. M. Wilson & Co. has promoted Brian Bea, Jack Kinamore and Mike Hanner to Project Directors. All three previously held the position of Senior Project Manager.

As Project Directors, Bea, Kinamore and Hanner are responsible for the supervision and overall performance and profitability of multiple project teams, large-scale building programs and the development and continuation of the relationships related to these clients.

Brian Bea

Bea has been with S. M. Wilson for 11 years and has more than 20 years in the Industry. He has worked on $70+ million of projects at Blessing Hospital, and is currently overseeing projects with Formation Development and Erickson Living. Bea holds a B.S. Construction Management from John Brown University and is a graduate of the Construction Leadership Institute – Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He has is ASHE Healthcare Construction Certificate and OSHA 30 Hour Construction Safety and Health for Construction Industry certified.

Jack Kinamore

Kinamore began working at S. M. Wilson more than 17 years ago as a Laborer. He has worked for the company as a Laborer, Intern, Project Engineer, Project Manager and Senior Project Manager. During this time, Jack has worked on more than 40 projects for S. M. Wilson, including $100 million of projects for Von Maur and $24 million for Target. He is currently working on Von Maur Rosedale.  Kinamore holds a B.S. Construction Management, Central Missouri State University and is a graduate of the Construction Leadership Institute – Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He has is ASHE Healthcare Construction Certificate and OSHA 30 Hour Construction Safety and Health for Construction Industry certified.

Mike Hanner

Hanner joined the industry in 2000 and began working for S. M. Wilson in 2001. He has been involved in a variety of projects. Most recently, Hanner has been working on the $542 million Campus Renewal project. Hanner holds a B.S. Construction Management from Southern Illinois University- Edwardsville. He has is ASHE Healthcare Construction Certificate and OSHA 30 Hour Construction Safety and Health for Construction Industry certified.

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

 

 

Residence Inn and Fairfield Inn & Suites Opens in Maryland Heights, Mo.

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Midas Hospitality to manage St. Louis’ first dual-branded hotel by Marriott

Residence Inn and Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott recently opened at 11918 Westline Industrial Dr. in Maryland Heights, Mo.  The 119,000-square-foot hotel, which was the previous home of Clayton Engineering, cost $25 million.  This is Marriott’s first dual-branded hotel in the St. Louis area.

The hotel includes 96 suites for the Residence Inn and 88 rooms for the Fairfield Inn & Suites.  The property features a state-of-the-art fitness center, indoor pool, meetings rooms, guest laundry facilities, and backyard seating areas with a grill and pergola.  Located on Page Rd. east of I-270, the hotel is adjacent to Westport Plaza, Worldwide Technology headquarters, and Edward Jones headquarters, as well as 15 minutes from Lambert International Airport.

Midas Hospitality, a premier hotel management group, will manage the hotel built by sister company MC Hotel Construction, a general contractor specializing in new hotel construction and renovations.

“This dual-branded hotel – one of the Marriott Hotels & Resorts’ finest – truly complements the growing Maryland Heights’ area,” said Rob Willard, President and Principal.  “We look forward to being a part of this community, as well as catering to both extended stay and transient customers.”.

Founded in 2006, Midas Hospitality has developed, opened and currently manages numerous properties including 33 hotels in 14 states.  The company serves global brands including Hilton, IHG, Marriott, and Starwood.  Midas Hospitality’s headquarters are located at 1804 Borman Circle Dr. in Maryland Heights, Mo.  For more information, call (314) 692-0100 or visit http://www.midashospitality.com.

MC Hotel Construction, which is also located at 1804 Borman Circle Dr. in Maryland Heights, MO, specializes in hotel construction and renovations with projects currently underway in six states.  MC Hotel Construction builds for leading brands such as Hilton, Marriott, IHG, Starwood and Legacy Suites.  For more information, call (314) 339-6600 or visit http://www.mchotelconstruction.com.

IMPACT Strategies Revitalizes Belleville City Hall

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IMPACT Strategies recently completed the renovation of Belleville’s 60-year-old City Hall building. With the help of architect, The Lawrence Group and civil engineer Kaskaskia Engineering Group, IMPACT Strategies was able to maintain the historical integrity while still revitalizing the building to improve public accessibility and function. This major renovation included environmental improvements, such as asbestos abatement and the installation of energy efficient windows in the atrium. Modernizations were also made to the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems.

“For decades to come, our City Hall will better serve the needs of our community and staff. This revitalized building will enhance our city services, and by doing so, benefit our citizens and represent the committed values of the City of Belleville.” Said Mayor Mark Eckert.

Public safety and accessibility were at the forefront of this project; prompting the necessary improvements to the elevator, along with entryways and bathrooms to meet ADA standards. Accommodations were also made for an additional elevator to be installed in the future. Along with the improved access, various aesthetic enhancements were made. The terrazzo flooring was refinished, the clerk’s counter was redone, a new roof was installed, and the cell tower was repainted. Perhaps the most noticeable change is in the council chambers, where a balcony was added for additional seating, and the audio/visual system was updated.

This project was the final phase of a three-phase plan to enhance critical facilities for the city. IMPACT Strategies completed the first two phases in June of 2016, these phases included the construction of Belleville’s new $11 million police department headquarters and a parking garage to accommodate the city’s police cruisers and maintenance vehicles.

IMPACT Strategies, Inc. specializes in Retail, Commercial, Medical, Senior Housing and Education construction and offers comprehensive construction services including design-build, general contracting, construction management and pre-construction management. Media Contact: Stephanie Sullivan, IMPACT Strategies, Inc. (618)394-8400 or  ssullivan@BuildwithIMPACT.com

Saint Louis Construction Cooperative To Salute Construction Leadership on Feb. 22, 2017

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The Saint Louis Construction Cooperative (formerly PRIDE of St. Louis Inc.) is honoring leadership in the local construction industry at its 10th annual awards luncheon. Honorees will include:

  • Anna LeaveyMcCormack Baron Salazarformerly CityArchRiver Foundation, receiving the Joe Rinke Impact Award;
  • Doug Martin, executive vice president, St. Louis Chapter, National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA),receiving the Al Fleischer Management Award; and
  • David C. Zimmermann, business manager, Sheet Metal Workers, Local 36, receiving the Dick Mantia Labor Award.

The awards will be presented at a luncheon beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the Cedars at St. Raymond’s at 939 Lebanon Dr. in St. Louis.  For tickets, call Gina Knoll at 314-647-0628 or email gina@stlbctc.org.

For 46 years, the Saint Louis Construction Cooperative has been a “Model for America,” advancing the skills of the region’s construction industry.  It’s the nation’s first voluntary construction labor/management/consumer cooperative, uniting 19 building trades, 12 contractor associations and construction consumers to propel a mission of “Building Better Together.”

For more information, visit www.stlouisconstructioncooperative.org

Mindful Building Design and Construction

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New St. Luke’s Building Awarded LEED Certification

The newest building on the west campus of St. Luke’s Hospital, the Mr. and Mrs. Theodore P. Desloge, Jr. Outpatient Center, Building B, has received LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a certification program focused on new projects, and certification is based on a points system. Achieving LEED certification resulted in a 13% savings in energy usage for St. Luke’s.

The building is certified under LEED 2009 Core and Shell. A few highlighted design aspects in achieving LEED include:

  • The core and shell went through enhanced commissioning to ensure all energy-related systems were installed and calibrated and would perform as intended.
  • Over 96% of construction waste was diverted from landfill.
  • Recycled materials make up over 21% in the total building materials.
  • The building was designed with low flow plumbing fixtures that reduce water use by over 38% compared to the baseline requirement. Irrigation water usage is also reduced by over 55%.
  • Over 95% of wood products used on the project are certified in accordance with the principles and criteria of the Forest Stewardship Council.
  • The site provides preferred parking for low emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles for both patients and staff.
  • Low emitting materials are used, and multiple air monitoring, ventilation, thermal comfort, and pollutant control measures are implemented inside the envelope of the building to ensure a healthy indoor environment.

The five-story, 106-000-square-foot building houses expanded physical therapy, neurology, wound care and hyperbaric medicine services, a nutrition wellness and diabetes center, an anticoagulation clinic and physician offices. It allows for future growth and balances the connection from the existing Building A to the new Building B.

The project team included BSA LifeStructures, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., KPFF, Stock and Associates Consulting Engineers, TKH Group, Heideman and Loomis. 

St. Luke’s Hospital is an independent, nonprofit healthcare provider committed to improving the quality of life for its patients and the community. In its 150-year history, St. Luke’s has grown from a single hospital location to an advanced network of care.  For more information, visit stlukes-stl.com/newsroom.

Since 1975, BSA LifeStructures, a nationally recognized architecture and engineering firm, has dedicated itself to creating facilities that support and enhance the practices of healing, learning and discovery as well as the people dedicated to them – what the firm describes as LifeStructures. BSA has created facilities for some of the nation’s top healthcare, higher education and research institutions. Learn more at www.bsalifestructures.com.

KWK Architects, Residence Life Administrators Reflect on Innovative Levine Hall Design at UNC – Charlotte

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Community combines honors program inside traditional residence hall

 

On most university campuses throughout the United States, you will find traditional residence halls, and you will find honors halls. But what happens when the two types of residence halls are combined into a single Living/Learning Community?

Such a unique configuration was implemented nearly two years ago with the opening of the $38.5 million Levine Hall at the University of North Carolina – Charlotte. KWK Architects designed the university’s newest residential building to house 435 total students – a combination of honors and traditional students. Currently, Levine Hall houses 136 honor students, about 31% of the Levine student community.

The 160,000-square-foot Levine Hall includes four-bedroom suites and apartments, plus large central lounges and study areas at the end corridors of each floor. Community spaces include a lobby, lounge, resident kitchen, laundry and meeting spaces.

The hall’s extended “Z” shape creates a significant open lawn which leads to a large arched opening. At this opening are entries to both the residence hall and the honors college zone to provide a separate identity and allow independent operation while encouraging regular use by residents.

“The design of Levine Hall at UNC-Charlotte had a very specific directive – the inclusion of an honors and scholars program inside a traditional residence hall. This unique challenge required different unit types, such as suites and apartments, to be embedded within each RA community, as well as academic and administrative support exclusive to honors program students,” said KWK Architects Principal Paul Wuennenberg.

Two years after Levine Hall’s opening, the student housing experts at KWK and UNC Charlotte are analyzing the results of their unique design and seeking answers to their questions: “Are the honors students successfully integrating into the traditional community?”, “Is the rest of the community accepting of these students?”, “What tools have been used to improve the sense of community within these two groups sharing the same space?” and “Are there opportunities for mentorship from the honors students?”

Aaron J. Hart, Ed.D., Associate Vice Chancellor & Director, Housing and Residence Life at UNC Charlotte, says the Levine Hall community has been deemed a success on many levels.

“The Levine Residence Hall staff shared and acknowledged that the honor students on the third floor thoroughly enjoy the connection of home to classroom. The relationship has successfully connected the housing community and the unique academic relationship for honors students,” said Hart. “This semester the honors college has opened its doors up to late night homework and study hours that are only accessible to honors students and friends. This has been really beneficial for students because they can utilize the smart classrooms for homework purposes, instead of walking to the library. In my opinion, students have greatly benefited from the physical proximity of the offices. Our department has also seen development in relationships through the close proximity of the honors college.”

Through analysis of the Levine Hall design, KWK’s design experts plan to further their understanding of designing a residence hall that incorporates an honors program, with heavy emphasis on academic and administrative support; learning ways to improve the interactions between honors students and the rest of the RA communities; as well as understanding how honors program administrators and faculty interact with residence life professionals in the same residence hall.

“While the honors program supports the honors student, there have been measurable benefits for the traditional students in this type of Living/Learning Community,” said Wuennenberg. “We will continue to look at this design further and whether this type of building configuration can be a benefit to other institutions.”

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 www.kwkarchitects.com or contact Director of Marketing Cindy Hausler at cindyh@kwkarchitects.com or 314-583-1757.

ASA Midwest Council Meet the General Contractors Expo

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The American Subcontractors Association (ASA) – Midwest Council will host its annual Meet the General Contractors Expo on January 31, 2018 at the St. Charles Convention Center in St. Charles, MO. The yearly event gives area subcontractors and construction professionals the opportunity for valuable face-to-face time with some of St. Louis’ top general contractors.

The expo provides an ideal opportunity for construction industry professionals to network with general contractors, all in one place and in a relaxed setting. The expo is specifically designed for networking and building relationships with multiple representatives from the area general contractors.  There are 36 GC exhibitors registered to be in attendance on January 31st.

2018 General Contractor Exhibitors:
ALBERICI CONSTRUCTORS, INC.,  ARCO CONSTRUCTION COMPANY,  BEX CONSTRUCTION SERVICES,  BRINKMANN CONSTRUCTORS,  BSI CONSTRUCTORS INC.,  CLAYCO,  CONTEGRA CONSTRUCTION COMPANY, LLC,  CONWAY CONTRACTING INC.,  CRB,  ECHELON CONSTRUCTORS,  GOODWIN BROTHERS CONSTRUCTION,  HBD CONSTRUCTION, INC.,  HOLLAND CONSTRUCTION SERVICES, INC.,  IMPACT STRATEGIES,  INTERFACE CONSTRUCTION CORPORATION,  KAI DESIGN-BUILD,  KADEAN CONSTRUCTION,  KCI CONSTRUCTION, THE KORTE COMPANY,  KORTE & LUITJOHAN,  KOZENY-WAGNER, INC., L. KEELEY CONSTRUCTION CO.,  LANDCO CONSTRUCTION,  LAWRENCE GROUP PROJECTS,  McCARTHY BUILDING COMPANIES,  McGRATH & ASSOCIATES, INC.,  PARIC CORPORATION,  PINNACLE CONTRACTING, INC.,  POETTKER CONSTRUCTION,  R.G. ROSS CONSTRUCTION COMPANY,  RHODEY CONSTRUCTION, S. M. WILSON & CO.,  SITELINES, INC.,  TARLTON CORP., UNITED CONSTRUCTION ENT. CO. OF ST. LOUIS, INC. &  VOLK CONSTRUCTION CO.

Last year’s event drew more than 1000 attendees. ASA will also have a booth at the expo with information about the St. Louis chapter, and details of upcoming industry events for 2018.  The event is open to ASA Members only from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m., and then open to all registered attendees from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m.

Advance Expo Registration is $65 for ASA Members and $95 for Non-Members. Registration includes hosted bar and appetizers. Register online at www.asamidwest.com by January 24th. Advance Registration is required, and space is filling up very quickly!

The American Subcontractors Association (ASA) Midwest Council is a construction trade association made up of quality specialty subcontractors and suppliers serving the construction industry and the community in the greater St. Louis metropolitan area and southern Illinois. The ASA Midwest Council’s purpose is to improve the construction process through active participation in education, advocacy and cooperation. For more information about the ASA Midwest Council, visit www.asamidwest.com or contact Executive Director, Susan Winkelmann at 314-845-0855. ASA Midwest Council – Building. Community. 

Western Specialty Contractors Works Night Shift, Establishes Phasing Plan to Repair Three-Level Arkansas Parking Garage

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Parking garages are important structures that require extensive maintenance to minimize damage from environmental stressors and daily wear-and-tear. And when parking is at a premium, contractors must make sure repairs are performed in a timely manner and with as little disruption as possible to drivers.

Such was the case when Western Specialty Contractors – Little Rock, AR Branch restored a three-level parking structure for the Kirkpatrick Plaza office building at 10800 Financial Centre Pkwy. Western was contracted by the property manager, Colliers International, which leases office space ranging in size from 577 to 18,317 square feet at the five-story Kirkpatrick Plaza office building.

Western’s scope of work on the parking garage included replacing caulking in the garage’s exterior precast to precast joints, replacing caulking at the interior concrete columns to the precast panels, patching concrete, replacing caulking in the slab control joints, installing deck coating on the top level of the deck and two-thirds of the second level, coating the exterior of the parking deck and installing structural steel brackets.

The scope of work also included applying an epoxy coating to heavily pitted concrete to level the roughness and create a smoother finish for the deck coating application.

Since parking is at a premium in the area, Western’s crews could not have access to the entire parking garage at one time. Western met with the property manager and an owner representative to establish a phasing plan which allowed Western’s crews to have access to one level of the deck at a time.

Another challenge that Western’s crews faced on the project occurred during the deck coating application process. The material used had a minimum and a maximum temperature range for application. At the scheduled time for the coating application, the temperature exceeded the maximum temperature for application, therefore the deck coating was applied at night when the temperatures were cooler.

Despite the challenges, Western completed the project on time and within budget. Western crews worked over 3,000 hours and applied approx. 44,000 square feet of deck coating and 12,000 lineal feet of caulking to get the job done.

Family-owned and operated for over 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 www.westernspecialtycontractors.com.

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.

The UP Companies Hires Steve Richardson as Corporate Safety Director

Steve Richardson

The UP Companies (UPCO) has strengthened its commitment to workplace safety with the addition of Steve Richardson of Imperial, MO as Corporate Safety Director.

As UPCO’s Corporate Safety Director, Richardson will work with the entire UPCO team to develop, manage and nurture a “Construction Design and Build Safety Program” based on leading edge performance indicators.

Richardson has a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Safety Engineering from the University of Central Missouri. He is also certified as an OSHA Construction Outreach Trainer and is a member of the National Safety Council, American Society of Safety Engineers, Mid-Missouri Associated General Contractors (AGC) Executive Safety and Health Committee, St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers Substance Abuse and Safety Committee, and the American Society of Healthcare Engineers.

Richardson has 38 years of AEC industry experience, having previously worked as Corporate Safety Director for Clayco, Inc. and Tarlton Corp., both based in St. Louis, MO.

The UP Companies (UPCO) is one of the region’s largest full-service MBE-certified contracting companies. For more information, go to www.theupcompanies.com or call 314.865.3888.

Rotty named to 40 Under 40 by St. Louis Business Journal

Sondra Rotty

Sondra Rotty, LEED AP BD+C of Tarlton Corp., a St. Louis-based general contracting and construction management firm, has been named to the St. Louis Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2018.

The 40 Under 40 Award is one of the St. Louis Business Journal’s most prominent annual awards. Rotty joins an elite group of the area’s young business leaders who are selected for outstanding contributions to their companies and local business community. According to the St. Louis Business Journal, more than 500 nominations were received for the 2018 award. Rotty also is a past recipient of the St. Louis Business Journal’s 30 Under 30 Award.

Recently promoted to project director, Rotty is leading the Tarlton team that will construct a new Center for Nursing and Health Sciences on the Forest Park campus of St. Louis Community College. Construction on the LEED-registered project will begin in 2018. She also is managing the Tarlton team on the renovation of Stephen and Peter Sachs Museum at MissouriBotanical Garden.

Rotty has managed or worked on many notable LEED-certified Tarlton projects, including the award-winning Olin Business School expansion (Knight and Bauer Halls) and the Bryan Hall Renovation, both at Washington University in St. Louis. She also served on the Tarlton-Pepper-KAI joint venture team for the expansion of the Saint Louis Art Museum. For the U.S. General Services Administration, she managed Tarlton’s renovation of the Charles F. Prevedel Federal Building in Overland, Mo., and was a member of the teams that constructed the 500,000-square-foot National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis and built out the Rush Hudson Limbaugh Sr. U.S. Courthouse in Cape Girardeau, Mo.

In business since 1946, Tarlton Corp. is a WBENC-Certified Women’s Business Enterprise that completes projects for wide-ranging clients in the commercial, life sciences, health care, institutional, power and industrial markets, also providing special expertise in concrete construction and restoration as well as hydro excavation and industrial vacuum services.

January 5, 2018

Erin Erhart Promoted to Executive Vice President at Midwest BankCentre

Erin Erhart

Erin Erhart has been promoted to executive vice president of retail and fee services at Midwest BankCentre. The announcement was made by Midwest BankCentre Chairman and CEO Jim Watson.

Erhart leads the community bank’s retail branch network and fee service businesses. She focuses the bank’s retail banking teams on enhancing customer experiences to advance the growth and performance of the bank’s financial services to consumers.

She was previously vice president of consumer banking and corporate services at Midwest BankCentre and has 12 years of banking experience. Erhart earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Saint Louis University.

Midwest BankCentre has been a mainstay of St. Louis community banking since 1906. Currently, it ranks among St. Louis’ largest locally owned banks with assets of about $1.9 billion and deposits of $1.4 billion.

S. M. Wilson Promotes Three to Project Directors

S. M. Wilson & Co. has promoted Brian Bea, Jack Kinamore and Mike Hanner to Project Directors. All three previously held the position of Senior Project Manager.

As Project Directors, Bea, Kinamore and Hanner are responsible for the supervision and overall performance and profitability of multiple project teams, large-scale building programs and the development and continuation of the relationships related to these clients.

Brian Bea

Bea has been with S. M. Wilson for 11 years and has more than 20 years in the Industry. He has worked on $70+ million of projects at Blessing Hospital, and is currently overseeing projects with Formation Development and Erickson Living. Bea holds a B.S. Construction Management from John Brown University and is a graduate of the Construction Leadership Institute – Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He has is ASHE Healthcare Construction Certificate and OSHA 30 Hour Construction Safety and Health for Construction Industry certified.

Jack Kinamore

Kinamore began working at S. M. Wilson more than 17 years ago as a Laborer. He has worked for the company as a Laborer, Intern, Project Engineer, Project Manager and Senior Project Manager. During this time, Jack has worked on more than 40 projects for S. M. Wilson, including $100 million of projects for Von Maur and $24 million for Target. He is currently working on Von Maur Rosedale.  Kinamore holds a B.S. Construction Management, Central Missouri State University and is a graduate of the Construction Leadership Institute – Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He has is ASHE Healthcare Construction Certificate and OSHA 30 Hour Construction Safety and Health for Construction Industry certified.

Mike Hanner

Hanner joined the industry in 2000 and began working for S. M. Wilson in 2001. He has been involved in a variety of projects. Most recently, Hanner has been working on the $542 million Campus Renewal project. Hanner holds a B.S. Construction Management from Southern Illinois University- Edwardsville. He has is ASHE Healthcare Construction Certificate and OSHA 30 Hour Construction Safety and Health for Construction Industry certified.

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

December 29, 2017

Kevin Hogan Promoted to Partner at Schmershal Treloar & Co.

Kevin Hogan

Schmersahl. Treloar & Co is pleased to announce the continued growth of our firm with the promotion of Kevin P. Hogan, CPA, CVA to partner.

Kevin has been with the firm since 2014 and has been practicing since 2002. Kevin’s industry concentrations include real estate, manufacturing, distribution, construction, healthcare and commercial services. His experience includes assisting closely held businesses, their owners and high net-worth individuals on tax compliance, planning and consulting.

“Kevin has become an important part of our service offering and valued member of our team.  His hard work and dedication to serving our clients with integrity and creativity has earned him the right to be our partner and we congratulate him,” said Julie Treloar, a founding partner at Schmersahl Treloar.

Kevin holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in finance and economics from Rockhurst University and a Bachelor of Science in accounting from the University of Missouri – St Louis. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Missouri State Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts. A native of Saint Louis, Kevin currently resides in South County with his wife Amy, two children Danny and Nora and Bulldog Hamish.

Schmersahl Treloar is a St Louis based accounting, tax and business consulting firm.

Randy L. Mitchell Joins AAIC as Director of Architecture

Randy Mitchell

Randy brings 32 years of experience in design and project management in the AEC (architecture/engineering/construction) industry. He has a Bachelor’s of Technology in Architecture from Washington University

Prior to joining AAIC, Randy served 9 years as Project Architect for a local architectural firm and 23 years as Project Manager with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources overseeing multiple million dollar projects such as World Shooting and Recreational Complex, in Sparta, IL and Illinois Department of Natural Resources Office Complex in Springfield, IL.

During his career he has implemented the American’s with Disabilities Act for facilities throughout the State of Illinois, organized and assembled annual need assessments, scope development and cost estimating for the annual budget process.

Randy resides in Collinsville with his wife Renee, they have two grown children and enjoys technology, watercolor painting, golf and traveling.  He will be responsible for the coordination and direction of the AAIC design team professionals, from program analysis through construction administration and client acceptance.

New Hires at HOK’s St. Louis Office

Kate Maxson

Kate Maxson, has joined HOK in St. Louis as Staff Attorney. She will support the HOK legal department as a staff attorney. Maxson joins HOK coming from Competitive Range Solutions, LLC. Maxson has recently returned to home after growing up in St. Louis and enjoying stints in Mississippi, England, California and Tennessee.

Brooke Richars

Brooke Richars, has joined HOK in St. Louis as Accounting Manager. She will support HOK’s Corporate Accounting department as an accounting manager. Richars joins HOK after running her own accounting company for six years, where she worked with small to mid-size businesses in the St. Louis area as an outsourced controller. Richars has over 20 years of experience in audit, tax, finance and financial accounting.

Alicia Touma

Alicia Touma, has joined HOK in St. Louis as Administrative Assistant. She will support the HOK legal department as an administrative assistant. Touma joins HOK coming from her position at local law firm Brinker and Doyen, located in Clayton.

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

December 22, 2017

Haberberger Welcomes Francis Leisure As Service Project Manager 

Francis Leisure

Haberberger, Inc. is pleased to announce the newest addition to its growing team. Francis Leisure, of Oakville, has been hired to serve as service project manager with the Affton-based mechanical contracting company.

Leisure brings to Haberberger more than 10 years’ experience in the HVAC-R mechanical engineering industry, as well as seven years of experience in facilities management. In his new role, he will be working with building owners and facility end-users, delivering engineered HVAC-R mechanical solutions and services. Additionally, Leisure will collaborate with other members of the team, utilizing his expertise to help create the most cost-efficient and state-of-the-art project designs possible.

“We are excited to add Francis to our service team,” said Mark Haberberger, Vice President of Service for Haberberger. “His knowledge and experience in HVAC-R will be valuable in building relationships with our clients and fulfilling their needs in the years to come.”

Haberberger, Inc. is a 69-year-old mechanical contracting company that offers complete HVAC installation, customized maintenance programs, process piping and piping fabrication, plumbing and refrigeration and energy management services. For more information, call 314-631-3324 or visit www.haberbergerinc.com.

S. M. WILSON Promotes Mark Cochran to Chief Operating Officer

Mark Cochran

S. M. Wilson & Co. has promoted Mark Cochran to Chief Operating Officer (COO). Cochran serves as the firm’s first COO.

Cochran will be responsible for the leadership of all construction operations related functions and charged with ensuring the achievement of safe, profitable, and quality work in a manner that fulfills the S. M. Wilson Core Purpose, “To build great value, relationships and careers while having fun in the process”.

In partnership with Amy Berg, President and as a member of the Executive Committee, Cochran will be heavily involved in strategic planning, developing new market strategies, high-level financial decision making and planning and developing company-wide systems and processes.

“We promoted Mark because of his steadfastness and professionalism under pressure, his problem-solving abilities, his strategic thinking, and his unwavering commitment to our Core Purpose and Core Values. Mark has influenced many positive changes over the years which resulted in the significant successes that you see today,” stated Amy Berg, President.

Cochran began as an intern with S. M. Wilson in 1999. Over his 17 year tenure, Mark has managed $500,000,000+ of projects. He holds a B.S. Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois –Urbana-Champaign. He is a graduate of the Construction Leadership Institute hosted by Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and has his ASHE Healthcare Construction Certificate.

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

Gateco Development Welcomes Christopher Leonard As Vice President Of Development And Construction

Chris Leonard

Gateco Development, a Gatesworth enterprise, is pleased to announce the recent hiring of Christopher Leonard of Wildwood, Mo., as Vice President of Development and Construction. In this position, Leonard oversees all new building construction and ongoing maintenance and renovations of all existing properties in The Gatesworth community. This includes the Gatesworth’s independent living community, McKnight Place Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing – all on the 15-acre University City campus; as well as Parc Provence Memory Care in Creve Coeur.

Having previously worked in commercial construction management and general contracting for two leading local construction firms and a large hospital system, Leonard brought to Gateco more than 15 years of experience in every phase of architectural services and construction oversight. He earned his Master of Science in Construction Engineering – with a specialization in business management – from Washington University. He also has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering – with a specialization in construction management – from the University of Missouri-Rolla, (now Missouri S&T).

“Since joining Gateco, Chris has seamlessly juggled roles as developer, general contractor, owner’s rep and operator, overseeing construction of the new $32 million McKnight Place Assisted Living expansion,” noted Charles Deutsch, owner of The Gatesworth. “He and the team at Gateco contribute daily to both the overall comfort and wellbeing of Gatesworth residents, and also to the Gatesworth’s enduring reputation for quality.”

For more information on Gateco Development, visit www.gatecodevelopment.com or call 314-372-2279. For details on The Gatesworth community and its continuum of care services, visit www.thegatesworth.com or call (314) 993-0111.

Named one of the nation’s “Top 10 Retirement Communities” by Forbes Magazine, The Gatesworth opened its doors in 1988 and established itself as a pioneer in providing area seniors with a variety of quality services in a warm, residential environment.

December 15, 2017

Industry Veteran, Joseph McGauley Joins Colliers International Group Inc.

Joseph McGauley

Leading global commercial real estate services firm Colliers International Group Inc. recently named Joseph McGauley, SIOR, CRE as an executive vice president in its St. Louis office. McGauley, 58, has worked in the commercial real estate industry for nearly 36 years, beginning in 1982.

Focused on corporate services, McGauley’s expertise is managing large, international real estate portfolios. Having represented companies from family sized to multi-national corporations, he has completed numerous transactions with an aggregate value of over $1 billion.

“As a business real estate advisor, my strategic approach provides clients with more organization, cost savings and an overall understanding of how real estate can add value to their respective businesses,” he says. “I look forward to sharing my expertise with the Colliers team and clientele.”

Prior to joining Colliers International, McGauley was president of Gershman Commercial Equities, a private real estate investment group that began in 2015. Before this, he was a founding member of Gateway Commercial in St. Louis. Gateway was the alliance successor of Cushman & Wakefield’s local branch, which McGauley opened back in 1989. Throughout his career, he has been in multiple leadership positions helping a number of brokerage advisors succeed in the industry.

Since Colliers’ acquisition of Gateway in Sept. 2015, the firm has expanded its brokerage and property management services, with approximately 60 employees locally. In 2016 and 2017, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch ranked Colliers as one of the Top Workplaces in St. Louis.

Colliers International Group Inc. (NASDAQ and TSX: CIGI) is an industry leading global real estate services company with 15,000 skilled professionals operating in 68 countries.

Sondra Rotty Promoted at Tarlton Corp.

Sondra Rotty

Tarlton Corp., a St. Louis-based general contracting and construction management firm, promoted Sondra Rotty, LEED AP BD+C, to project director.

Previously serving as senior project manager, Rotty joined Tarlton as a project engineer in 2005.She has specialized in large, complex projects completed on fast-track schedules and is a member of Tarlton’s team that serves higher education clients.

Rotty has managed or worked on many notable LEED-certified Tarlton projects, including the award-winning Olin Business School expansion (Knight and Bauer Halls) and the Bryan Hall Renovation, both at Washington University in St. Louis. She also served on the Tarlton-Pepper-KAI joint venture team for the expansion of the Saint Louis Art Museum. For the U.S. General Services Administration, she managed Tarlton’s renovation of the Charles F. Prevedel Federal Building in Overland, Mo., and was a member of the teams that constructed the 500,000-square-foot National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis and built out the Rush Hudson Limbaugh Sr. U.S. Courthouse in Cape Girardeau, Mo.

Rotty is leading the Tarlton team that will construct a new Center for Nursing and Health Sciences on the Forest Park campus of St. Louis Community College. Construction on the LEED-registered project will begin in 2018. She is also managing the Tarlton team on the renovation of Stephen and Peter Sachs Museum at Missouri Botanical Garden.

Rotty holds a Master of Science degree in engineering management and a Bachelor of Science degree in architectural engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla. She became a LEED Accredited Professional in 2008 and this year earned the LEED AP BD+C designation, recognizing her expertise in the sustainable design and construction of institutional and commercial buildings.

A past winner of the St. Louis Business Journal’s “30 Under 30” award, Rotty is a member of the Engineers’ Club of St. Louis and the Society of Women Engineers. She serves on the Girl Scouts Focus Area STEM Committee for the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri, an organization for which she also volunteers, and she previously volunteered with Girls Inc. of St. Louis.

In business since 1946, Tarlton Corp. is a WBENC-Certified Women’s Business Enterprise that completes projects for wide-ranging clients in the commercial, life sciences, health care, institutional, power and industrial markets, also providing special expertise in concrete construction and restoration as well as hydro excavation and industrial vacuum services.

William Edwards Jr. Named Executive Vice President & Chief Information Officer at Midwest BankCentre

Bill Edwards

William Edwards Jr. has been promoted to executive vice president and chief information officer at Midwest BankCentre. He also joins the bank’s executive management committee. The announcement was made by Midwest BankCentre Chairman and CEO Jim Watson.

Edwards continues to lead the deposit operations and information technology teams. He is responsible for defining and delivering the technologies and systems required to support the bank’s strategic goals and for ensuring compliance with regulatory agencies.

Edwards earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia and his master’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in finance from Saint Louis University. He is a board member of Encore Building Solutions and on the advisory board of Covenant Technology Partners.

Midwest BankCentre has been a mainstay of St. Louis community banking since 1906. Currently, it ranks among St. Louis’ largest locally owned banks with assets of about $1.8 billion and deposits of $1.3 billion. It provides integrated financial services with expertise in commercial, retail and digital banking; business cash management; mortgage lending; consumer lending; and insurance. The bank is a local leader in the St. Louis 

Regional Unbanked Task Force and its Bank-On Save-Up St. Louis initiative. Since 2001, Midwest BankCentre has consecutively achieved the Bauer Financial 5-Star Superior financial rating each quarter.

St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers Inclusion Awards

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Nominations are open for the 2018 Inclusion Awards.  These awards recognize the advancement of diversity and inclusion in the design and construction industry.  Awards are presented for:

  • Inclusion Champion
  • Minority / Woman / Disadvantaged Business Enterprise
  • Organizational Excellence for Inclusion

Nominations are due by January 26, 2018 to St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers, 180 Weidman Road, Suite 127, Manchester, MO  63021.  Winners will be announced at the Annual Awards Gala program on Monday, March 5, 2018.

Inclusion Champion Criteria:

Your nominee could be a project manager, office staff, client, customer or other colleague who has made a significant contribution or effort to promote inclusion . . . perhaps a new idea, activity or program that promotes greater use of women or minorities on a project or enhances the use of women or minority owned firms.  (You may nominate yourself or another person.)

Provide a summary of the nominee’s contributions or efforts (e.g. 1 page).  How has the person promoted inclusion?  What programs has the person supported and by what means (e.g. financially, personally …)?

Explain ways the person encourages inclusive participation.  Provide metrics:

  • Outreach
  • Work force development
  • Mentoring
  • Retention
  • Project with quantified results. What were they?

Why should this person be selected?

Minority / Woman / Disadvantaged Business Enterprise

Criteria:

Nominate a Minority, Woman or Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) firm or supplier for excellence based on their understanding and efforts to apply one of the construction industry best practices.  Currently 17 Best Practices validated by the Construction Industry Institute (CII)are:

  • Advanced Work Packaging
  • Alignment
  • Benchmarking & Metrics
  • Change Management
  • Constructability
  • Disputes Prevention & Resolution
  • Front End Planning
  • Implementation of CII Research
  • Lessons Learned • Materials Management
  • Partnering
  • Planning for Modularization
  • Planning for Startup
  • Project Risk Assessment
  • Quality Management
  • Team Building
  • Zero Accident Techniques

Organizational Excellence for Inclusion

Criteria:

Complete the nomination form to nominate a corporation, organization or other institution.  Include responses on a separate page.  You may supplement your nominations with photos, graphs and testimonials, but please attach no more that two (2) additional pages.   You may nominate your own organization or another organization.

How has the organization promoted inclusion?  What programs has the organization supported and by what means (e.g. financially, mentoring, other resources …)?  Explain other ways the firm encourages inclusive participation.  Provide metrics:

  • Outreach
  • Work force development
  • Mentoring
  • Retention
  • Project with quantified results. What were they?
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