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Revision Published to Bonded Abrasive Polished Concrete Specification

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The Concrete Polishing Council (CPC), a specialty council of the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC), St. Louis, MO, has just released the  revision to the Bonded Abrasive Polished Concrete Specification,  a document of significance to polishing contractors, concrete contractors, designers and facility owners.

The original polished concrete specification, published by the Concrete Polishing Association of America (CPAA, now the CPC), did not meet standard specification terminology or layout. “It was also often buried in Division 03 00 00, the Concrete Division of the Construction Specification Institute’s master format”, said Bruce Suprenant, technical director, ASCC. “Due to the number of polishing specifications concealed in 03 00 00, this specification for the slab to be polished, was not acknowledged or fully understood by concrete contractors, and was overlooked in the planning of the floor”.

“Assigned a separate number, 03 00 01, and written in proper specification terminology, the document now better defines the intended use of the concrete, helps the cast-in-place contractors understand how the slab will be finished, and opens the door for communication between the specifier, place and finish contractor, and the polisher,” said Chad Gill, council director, CPC.

“The founders and charter members of the CPAA kick started the polishing industry by creating standards to help achieve acceptance by the design / build community”, says Todd Scharich, ASCC director of member services. However as polishing continues to achieve tremendous growth as a flooring option it became necessary to update these documents. Updated standards will continue to make polished concrete a primary flooring choice that owners can count on for its durability and low maintenance features.

The CPC was formed to provide standards, education and a professional network for polishing contractors and others serving in the industry. The primary goals are to furnish training opportunities and certification programs for members and to share information on best practices with the design and construction community.

The ASCC 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 engineers.  There are approximately 750 member companies in the United States and 13 foreign countries.

For more information, visit or call the ASCC office at (866) 788-2722.

Saint Louis Construction Cooperative To Salute Construction Leadership on Feb. 22, 2018

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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

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

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:

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 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 or contact Executive Director, Susan Winkelmann at 314-845-0855. ASA Midwest Council – Building. Community. 

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


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


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?

Construction Industry Best Practices

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The Best Practices Awards program provides unique awards which recognize achievement with implementation of construction industry Best Practices that have been validated by the Construction Industry Institute (CII) to provide improvements in cost and schedule.  There are currently 17 Best Practices which have been validated.

Nominations are due by January 29, 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 on Monday, March 5, 2018.

Submission Requirements

  • Executive Summary – One page summary of the project outlining the project and the Best Practices implemented and quantified results (i.e. 200 – 300 words).
  • Participating Organizations – List of organizations (with key contact information) contributing significantly to the project’s success.
  • Detailed Description – Identify Best Practices implemented (no more than 2) which had the most positive impact on your project.
  • For each Best Practice, respond to the specific questions associated with the Best Practice.
  • Metrics – Provide quantifiable results of improvement based on best practice implementation in cost, schedule, quality, and / or safety.

Submissions may be made electronically in 8 ½” x 11″ in  PDF format to a Dropbox site by Monday, January 29, 2018. If you plan to submit, please contact SLCCC for account access by January 22:

ATTN:  Bev Flowers  – — 636-394-6200

St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers

180 Weidman Road, Suite 127

Manchester, MO 63021-5724

Awards will be made to owners, contractors, design professionals or other industry organizations for projects implementing Best Practices and demonstrating quantifiable results.  Projects should have been substantially completed in 2017.  Implementation should be for projects in either of two areas:

  • Project in the St. Louis region (MO – IL)
  • Project outside the region by SLCCC member

Evaluation criteria will be based on the Self-Assessment Guide in Publication IR 166-3 from the Construction Industry Institute (CII) “CII Best Practices Guide: Improving Project Performance.”  CII resources are available through:

At least one of the project nominees must be a member of the St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers.  Nominations are due by January 29, 2018 and winners will be announced at the Annual Awards Gala.

Nominations Due Mon.  1/29/18

Deliver to:

St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers (SLCCC)

180 Weidman Road, Suite 127

Manchester, MO  63021

To submit via DropBox

Contact Bev Flowers — for access



Regional Leaders Break Ground on Metro Landing of Swansea

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New Development Provides Transportation Options and Independence for Older Adults

SWIDA, Bywater Development Group and Bi-State Development recently broke ground on the $10.9 million Metro Landing of Swansea, a development that will introduce senior apartment living immediately adjacent to the Swansea MetroLink Station in Swansea, Ill. The transit-oriented development (TOD) project will feature a handsome three-story building with 62 affordable one- and two-bedroom apartments for older adults seeking an independent lifestyle. With convenient access to MetroLink and the MetroBikeLink trail, residents will be able to easily reach restaurants, retail, entertainment venues, recreational locations, employment centers and medical facilities throughout the bi-state region. The groundbreaking ceremony event featured brief remarks, light refreshments and shovels in the dirt” to mark the official start of construction.


James Nations, chairman of the Southwestern Illinois Development Authority (SWIDA);

Mike Lundy, executive director of SWIDA;

John Nations, president and chief executive officer of Bi-State Development;

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin;

Illinois State Senator James Clayborne;

Illinois State Representative Jay Hoffman;

Swansea Mayor Mike Leopold;

Mary Kane, board member for the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA), and

other stakeholders and guests.


Groundbreaking for Metro Landing of Swansea, a transit-oriented senior housing development adjacent to the Swansea MetroLink Station


Monday, Jan. 8, 2018 at 9:30 am


Swansea MetroLink Station

236 Metro Way

Swansea, IL 62226

Photo Above: Various partners and stakeholders take part in the official groundbreaking ceremony marking the start of construction for Metro Landing of Swansea. Pictured from left to right are: Aaron Burnett, principal, Bywater Development; John Nations, president and CEO of Bi-State Development; David Dodson, principal, Bywater Development; Illinois State Senator James Clayborne; James Nations, chairman of the Southwestern Illinois Development Authority (SWIDA); Illinois State Representative Jay Hoffman; Swansea Mayor Mike Leopold; Mary Kane, board member for the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA); John Langa, vice president of economic development for Bi-State Development, and Mike Lundy, executive director of SWIDA.

Architectural Educational Lunch

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3D Visualization Tools For Documenting Masonry

Featuring: Michael Schuller, Atkinson-Noland & Associates

Photogrammetry and laser scanning can capture surface conditions of existing construction in great detail and current computing power is leading to their mainstream usage. Resulting surface models are used for documenting and visualizing conditions, modeling software input, and to provide models for stone fabricators tasked with carving replacement pieces. This presentation provides an overview of photogrammetry and laser scanning illustrated by project examples, along with data capturing recommendations for developing accurate models.

Sponsored by: Earthworks,

To register, call 314-645-5888.

No charge to attend. Lunch provided.

Vegetarian meals available upon request.

CREW-St. Louis Appoints 2018 Officers & Directors

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The St. Louis chapter of CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) announced its executive officers and board directors for 2018.

CREW-St. Louis officers for 2018, including their respective companies, are:

President, Lynn Goessling, Herzog Crebs LLP

President-Elect and National Delegate, Michelle Yates, Lawrence Group

Immediate Past President, Angie Earlywine, Forum Studio

Secretary, Stacey Hudson, Professional Office Environments

Treasurer, Carol Hanson, Great Southern Bank

National Delegate, Tracy Howren, UMB Bank

Board directors for 2018, and their respective companies, are:

Natasha Das, Stinson Leonard Street LLP

Sharon Henderson, Lawrence Group

Kristy Hess, Enterprise Bank & Trust

Karen Karwoski, Simmons Bank

Amy Mistler, Spencer Fane LLP

Ann Schmelzle, Balke Brown Transwestern

Celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2017, CREW-St. Louis is one of the largest of CREW Network’s global chapters. Its more than 200 members come from all disciplines in commercial real estate. For more information, visit Follow CREW-St. Louis on Twitter @CREWSTL.

William Wagner Named AGC of Missouri Board Chairman

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S.M. Wilson & Co. Vice President to Lead Statewide Association in 2018 

William (Bill) Wagner, vice president for S.M. Wilson & Co., has been elected the chairman of the board of the Associated General Contractors of Missouri (AGC) for 2018.

Wagner has more than 35 years of experience in the construction industry. He joined S.M. Wilson in 2001 as vice president and is responsible for overseeing the company’s healthcare and senior care market sectors.  Throughout his career, Bill has been involved in $1.2 billion of healthcare construction and has added tremendous value to S. M. Wilson’s healthcare market. In addition to serving on the AGC Executive Board of Directors, most recently as chair elect, he also serves on the board of directors of the Enterprise Bank and Trust Advisory Board, and on the Southeast Missouri State University Polytechnic Studies Advisory Committee Meeting Advisory Board.

Other officers of the AGC for 2018 are: chair elect of the board– Chip Jones, Emery Sapp & Sons, Inc.; vice chair of the board – Becky Spurgeon, Interface Construction Corporation; and secretary-treasurer – Scott Drury, Bloomsdale Excavating Co., Inc.; heavy/highway/infrastructure division chair – Bryan Wilkerson, Clarkson Construction Company; building division chair – John Doerr, Tarlton Corporation; heavy/highway/infrastructure division vice chair – Don Rosenbarger, Delta Companies; and building division vice chair, D.J. Simmons, ACME Constructors, Inc.

Serving on the board representing contractor members are:  Eddie Welsh, Capital Paving and Construction, LLC; Paul Ideker, Ideker, Inc.; and Greg Hesser, Alberici Constructors, Inc. Serving on the board representing the AGC’s specialty contractors are:  Glen Pohl, ACME Erectors, Inc.; and Steve Schrimpf, Schrimpf Landscaping, Inc.  Serving on the board representing the AGC’s supplier/service providers are Ashlee Peno, Special Inspections & Design, LLC; and Jay Pearson, Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc.

The ex-officio board members representing the Construction Leadership Council and Young Executives Club for 2018 are Oliver Coulson of Tarlton Corporation and Jeremy Bexten of Emery Sapp & Sons, Inc., respectively.

Existing board members who will continue serving in 2018 include:   Joe Ritz, Comanche Construction; Sean Thouvenout, Branco Enterprises, Inc.; Michael Kennedy Jr., KAI Design & Build; and Ed Twehous, Twehous Excavating Co., Inc., immediate past chair.

The Associated General Contractors of Missouri is the leading voice of the construction industry in Missouri, representing over 500 commercial, industrial, heavy and highway contractors, industry partners and related firms in 110 counties throughout Missouri.

Southern Illinois Builders Association Awards $25,000 In Scholarships

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The Southern Illinois Builders Association awarded ten scholarships this year. Congratulations to: Blake Branz, O’Fallon, IL; Jacob Dreyer, O’Fallon, IL; Josie Hogue, Maryville, IL; Levi James, Mt. Carmel, IL; Kelsie Jeffries, Collinsville, IL; Jason Koerkenmeier, St. Rose, IL; Lucas Koopmann, Breese, IL; Zackery Korte, Highland, IL; Damian Pohlman, Hardin, IL; and Stephen Schniers, Highland, IL. Contact Donna at 618-624-9055 for additional information on the scholarship program. Thanks to the SIBA Education Committee for their assistance: Gregg Korte; Mike Boucher; Dave Birk; Mike Gould; and Phil Kingdon.

SIBA solicits candidates for the SIBA Scholarships in the fall and requests that information be submitted by mid-November in order for the SIBA Education Committee to meet and make their selections. To be eligible for an SIBA Scholarship. candidates must be pursuing a degree in the field of Construction Management / Construction Related Engineering / Architectural. To obtain a complete list of requirements for the SIBA scholarships, please contact Donna at the SIBA office 618-624-9055.

Photo Above: Left to Right: Kelsie Jeffries; Lucas Koopmann; Stephen Schniers; Jacob Dreyer; Blake Branz; Damian Pohlman; and Jason Koerkenmeier. Not pictured: Josie Hogue; Levi James; and Zackery Korte.

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