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AGCMO Honors Geotechnology for Long-Time Membership and Service

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The Associated General Contractors of Missouri (AGCMO) has honored Geotechnology, Inc., with an award in recognition of 50 years of membership and service within its organization.

With more than 500 member firms, AGCMO represents commercial building, heavy, highway, industrial, and infrastructure contractors across the state of Missouri.

Geotechnology, a leading provider of geotechnical and environmental engineering, geophysics, water resource management, materials testing and drilling services, was founded in 1984. Its connection with the Associated General Contractors goes back even further, however, since it acquired ANCO Testing Laboratory in 1996. At the time of the acquisition, ANCO was the largest and oldest construction materials testing company in Missouri.

“We are proud to be associated with AGCMO, an organization that includes construction professionals whose skill, partnerships and innovation make valuable contributions to our community by building the facilities that support and enhance our quality of life,” said Geotechnology President and CEO Ed Alizadeh.

Established more than 30 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. Geotechnology has provided expertise on thousands of major construction projects in the Midwest and Mid-South regions. Geotechnology is ranked #391 in ENR’s Top 500 Design Firms in 2017. Geotechnology, Inc. is based in St. Louis, Mo., and has 10 offices in Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas. For more information, visit

Photo: (L to R) Geotechnology’s Vice President of Business Development Rick Pershall accepts a 50-year AGCMO membership plaque from Bill Wagner, AGCMO Board Chairman.

ASA Midwest Council Celebrates Viva Las Vegas Gala Winners

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The American Subcontractors Association (ASA) Midwest Council announced the winners of its Viva Las Vegas Awards Gala, April 14th. ASA Midwest Council hosted 412 people, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Downtown St. Louis, for the 25th annual event. The award categories included General Contractor of the Year, Outstanding MEP Subcontractors, Outstanding Specialty Subcontractors, and Service Provider/Supplier of the Year. The ASA Industry Person of the Year, ASA Legacy Award, and GC Field & Office Employees of the Year, were also recognized at the gala. The ASA Midwest Council awarded special safety awards to qualifying ASA members who have achieved work safety excellence in 2017.

2018 General Contractor of the Year

  • Category A: McCarthy Building Companies
  • Category B: Kadean Construction
  • Category C: LANDCO Construction

2018 Outstanding MEP Subcontractor

  • Category A: PayneCrest Electric
  • Category B: Aschinger Electric

2018 Outstanding Specialty Subcontractor

  • Category A: T J Wies Contracting
  • Category B: AME Constructors

2018 Service Provider/Supplier of the Year

  • Fabick Rents

ASA Industry Person of the Year

  • Tim Wies, T J Wies Contracting

ASA Legacy Award:

  • Bob Pfeil, Affton Fabricating & Welding

GC Field Employee of the Year

  • Dennis Bentlage, Contegra Construction Co.

GC Office Employee of the Year

  • Joe Sneed, J.E. Foster Building Company

ASA Safety Cup (1st Annual)

  • Hayden Wrecking Corp.

2017 Safety Award Winners

  • Division I – Sachs Electric Company
  • Division II – PayneCrest Electric
  • Division III – Golterman & Sabo AND John J. Smith Masonry Co.
  • Division IV – BAZAN Painting Co. Division V – Hayden Wrecking Corp.
  • Division VI – Affton Fabricating & Welding AND Lindberg Waterproofing

“I would like to congratulate this year’s award winners and thank everyone for their continued support for the ASA-Midwest Council and the St. Louis area subcontractors,” said ASA-Midwest Council President Val Perales, with Bazan Painting Co. “Our awards Gala is all about celebrating excellence in the St. Louis construction industry. Our nominees and winners are an exceptional example of what is possible when a project team works together towards their common goal.”

General contractors were nominated based on bid ethics practice, equitable contract/purchase order provisions, safety policy and practices, payment practices, jobsite supervision, scheduling coordination, subcontractor/vendor relations and administrative procedures/paperwork. Sub-contractors were judged on bid ethics and practice, safety policy and practices, jobsite supervision, communication, scheduling coordination, project relations, administrative procedures/paperwork and quality workmanship. The vendor/suppliers were nominated based on pricing consistency, equitable contract/purchase order provisions, accessibility, timeliness of service/delivery, customer relations and administrative procedures.

The general contractor and subcontractor categories were divided into sub-categories based on sales volume. ASA members nominated and cast votes for the general contractor and service provider/ supplier awards. Past nominees and previous general contractor award winners submitted nominations for the subcontractor categories, which were voted on by previous general contractor winners.

Midwest Council The American Subcontractors Association (ASA) Midwest Council is a construction trade association made up of quality specialty contractors and suppliers serving the construction industry and the community in the greater St. Louis metropolitan area and southern Illinois, for the past 51 years.

The 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.

Electrical Connection Member Contractors Show Strength in Ranking of St. Louis’ Largest Electrical Contractors

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Electrical contractor members of the Electrical Connection partnership have again made a robust showing in an annual ranking of the largest electrical contractors by the St. Louis Business Journal.  Eighteen of the 22 electrical contractors ranked are members of the St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractor Association (NECA).  NECA partners with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 to form the Electrical Connection labor-management partnership.  The rankings are by gross billings in 2017 and can be found at this link:

Among the St. Louis NECA electrical contractors on the April 5, 2018 listing and their revenues are:

  • Sachs Electric — $243 million
  • F. Electric Inc. — $212 million
  • Guarantee Electrical Co. — $152.65 million
  • PayneCrest Electric Inc. — $109 million
  • Kaiser Electric — $48.22 million
  • Aschinger Electric Co. — $44.36 million
  • TSI Global Cos., LLC — $43 million
  • Kaemmerlen Electric — $38 million
  • Bell Electrical Contractors Inc. — $30 million
  • Schaeffer Electric Co. Inc.– $24.4 million
  • Kay Bee Electric– $23 million
  • K&F Electric Inc., a Zak Co. — $20.8 million
  • Pyramid Electrical Contractors– $19.23 million
  • TD4 Electrical and Communications LLC– $18.5 million
  • RJP Electric LLC — $18.38 million
  • Schneider Electric of St. Louis LLC– $15.89 million
  • M.R. Bathe Electric – $10.76 million
  • J. Bathe Electric — $6.5 million

NECA members in the rankings include minority contractors.  The industries served by the NECA contactors on the list span residential and commercial, including healthcare, power, industrial, retail, multifamily, renewable energy, institutional, R&D, data centers, schools and more.

St. Louis NECA contractors employ the electricians and communication technicians IBEW.  The IBEW/NECA Electrical Connection partnership provides safe and reliable electrical construction, maintenance, repair and replacement services across Missouri, the nation and the world.  For more information, visit

Housing Authority Selects Habitat for Humanity St. Louis to Build Final 10 Homes at La Saison

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Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis (HFHSL) was selected as the builder of choice for the final 10 lots of the La Saison development. St. Louis Housing Authority (SLHA) owns the undeveloped lots and procured Habitat through a competitive selection process to complete the neighborhood revitalization.

This build is the first major project HFHSL has partnered with the St. Louis Housing Authority on to create affordable home ownership opportunities for homebuyers.

Along with CannonDesign, the chosen architect, HFHSL is set to begin a community engagement process that will inform the home design process as plans begin to be drafted. This development is part of CannonDesign’s “Open Hand Studio,” which provides design services for the public good.  This build represents a new partnership with Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis.

Ground will be broken this year on the first phase, which will include five homes, 2 of which will be built to universal design standards, with all being built to net-zero ready energy efficiency standards, a common practice of Habitat’s to ensure long-term sustainability for new buyers.

This development is supported with Trust Fund dollars from the Affordable Housing Commission of the City of St. Louis, as well as funding from the St. Louis Housing Authority.

“SLHA is committed to building affordable housing in the region and believes this project will continue to invest in area residents,” said Thomas Jerry, SLHA Chairman of the Board of Commissioners.

This is a joint investment of over $2 million in affordable housing just south of downtown in an area just adjacent to LaSalle Park and Lafayette Square.

The new homes are expected to be 4-bedroom, 2-bath, two-story buildings that complement the neighborhood. HFHSL anticipates the first phase will be completed in the first quarter of 2019.

A community charrette* will be held on Tuesday, April 10th at 6 PM at Al Chappelle Community Center, 1401 LaSalle, Street, 63104. Residents will get information about the project and their feedback will be sought. Questions about the charrette can be directed to Michael Powers, HFHSL’s Real Estate Development Manager at 314-678-4630.

Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis

Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis (HFHSL) is a not-for-profit, ecumenical housing ministry working in partnership with individuals and communities of all faiths to improve housing conditions and provide safe, decent and affordable housing in St. Louis City and County. With nearly 400 homes already built or rehabbed, HFHSL is one of the leading housing developers in St. Louis. HFHSL will begin building its 400th house late summer. HFHSL regularly ranks among the top Habitat for Humanity affiliates in the country. HFHSL donors, volunteers, and partner families work side-by-side to build or rehab homes ensuring that every deserving family in St. Louis has a decent place to live.

Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis:  Building Homes, Building Hope, Building St. Louis.

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 Neighborhood/Project Background

The area, located just adjacent to Lafayette Square and La Salle Park, has seen steady increases in home prices for many years, which has created greater demand for quality housing available below the market rate. The project is just north of the 152-unit mixed-income rental complex known as “King Louis Square.” It is walking distance to businesses, a full-service grocery and pharmacy, Lafayette Square, Soulard, downtown St. Louis and major bus and light rail lines.

More on the Need for Affordable Housing and Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis:

Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis receives 5,000 calls each year from people living in substandard housing who inquire about eligibility for Habitat’s home buying program. In 2016, more than 800 individuals or couples living in St. Louis City or County for at least one year, making within 25-50% of the area median income, and living in substandard housing requested a pre-screen application to begin the process of applying to the program.

In addition to a down payment and a 30-year affordable mortgage, each HFHSL homebuyer invests 350 sweat-equity volunteer hours into building or rehabbing a home and attending life skills classes. Homeowners are teachers, healthcare providers and returning college students determined to achieve homeownership and create a legacy for their families.

*A charrette is an intensive planning session where citizens, designers and others collaborate on a vision for development. It provides a forum for ideas and offers the unique advantage of giving immediate feedback to the designers. More importantly, it allows everyone who participates to be a mutual author of the plan.

Residents Of The Region Invited To Give Feedback As Part Of Chouteau Greenway Design Competition

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Four Concepts Will Be Displayed Online and Around the City April 6-22

Residents of the St. Louis region soon will have the opportunity to provide feedback on the concepts that are being considered to bring the Chouteau Greenway to life. After reviewing initial submissions from 19 design teams from throughout the world, the Chouteau Greenway Design Competition jury selected four teams in December to each develop conceptual plans. The public will be able to view those concepts either online at or in person at exhibits around town, beginning Friday, April 6, and will be asked to provide input through a survey before April 22.

Great Rivers Greenway is joined by seven partners in a public-private partnership to transform the city of St. Louis with a greenway that connects Washington University and Forest Park through the city to downtown and the Gateway Arch. The greenway will feature spurs north and south to connect the city’s vibrant neighborhoods, parks, business and cultural districts, employment centers, transit and dozens of cultural and educational institutions. Community members’ responses will be collected April 6-22 and will be provided to the competition jury, which will select the winning concept and team at the end of April.

“It is very important to the jury to hear the voices of St. Louisans,” said Don Stastny, competition manager. “We hope people will take the opportunity to share how they think the teams responded to the Design and Community Goals, which serve as the foundation of the competition.”

As part of the competition, each team developed a set of display boards, highlighting their overall concepts. The concepts will be on display at the Chouteau Greenway Community Kickoff Night on Tuesday, April 10 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Sheldon at 3648 Washington Blvd. in the Grand Center Arts District. The event is open to all, with free parking, bike valet, refreshments and a cash bar. Boards will be on display at locations throughout the City of St. Louis from April 6 through 22, including the Central and Schlafly branches of the St. Louis Public Library, Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, the Forest Park Visitor and Education Center, Missouri History Museum, The Luminary, Covo STL, KAMP, Great Rivers Greenway, Venture Café, Herbert Hoover Boys and Girls Club, St. Louis College of Pharmacy and Saint Louis University.

Community members are also invited to see the teams present their plans to the jury Wednesday, April 25. The event at Harris-Stowe State University from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., will be streamed on Great Rivers Greenway’s Facebook page.

The full schedule and details for all of these events are available at

The four design teams chosen to compete have been working on their concepts since January and have met with technical and community advisers several times throughout the three-month planning process. Once the jury selects the winning concept and team, the chosen team will have two months to refine its design before presenting a final concept in June 2018. The project partners then take on the task of determining how to bring the project to life, addressing funding and governance options for the project’s construction, activation and maintenance.  From the overall concept plan, specific segments will undergo further engagement, design and engineering before construction can begin.

“We are working with our partners to transform the City of St. Louis and ensure that the Chouteau Greenway creates opportunities for economic and community benefits, especially within the context of our region’s racial inequities,” said Susan Trautman, Chief Executive Officer of Great Rivers Greenway. “Let’s create a dynamic, world-class and uniquely St. Louis experience that engages our community, addresses equity and creates common ground.”

The Chouteau Greenway Design Competition is a major public-private partnership to bring a long-time vision to life. The 10-month process is a transformational project to connect Washington University and Forest Park through our city to Downtown and the Gateway Arch, with spurs north and south to connect our city’s vibrant neighborhoods, parks, business and arts districts, employment centers, transit and dozens of cultural and educational institutions. For more information, visit

Great Rivers Greenway is the public agency connecting the St. Louis region with greenways, with 117 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. A vote of the people in the year 2000 created a sales tax that allows us, with lots of partner and citizen input, to build, care for and bring to life the network of greenways, creating healthy habitats and watersheds along the way. Greenways help residents and visitors explore and enjoy the region and live life outside. For more information, visit

New Family Fitness Trail Coming to Spanish Lake Park

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First in series of new privately funded recreational amenities planned for St. Louis County Parks System

A new 1.4 mile, $125,000 family fitness trail being added to Spanish Lake Park in North St. Louis County is the first in a planned series of new privately funded recreational amenities and improvement projects to be built by the St. Louis County Parks Foundation through partnerships with corporations, non-profit organizations and individuals.  Funded in part by a $50,000 grant from the Gateway Foundation, the Family Trail at Spanish Lake Park will feature four separate educational and nature-themed ‘pods’ including children’s animal climbing structures along the same lines as Turtle Park near the St. Louis Zoo, and will also include adult exercise equipment, children’s play stations, benches and new landscaping linked by an existing 1.4 mile paved trail.  Construction and installation of the new pods, equipment and landscaping at The Family Trail is now underway, and a grand opening is planned for early summer.

The St. Louis County Parks Foundation is a public/private partnership started in 2015 to better connect people to their parks and bridge the gap between the public funds available and the additional money needed to care for, restore and enhance all St. Louis County parks.  The Foundations plans to begin construction of two additional family fitness trails at St. Louis County Parks in South County and West County later this year.  Trails were identified as the top priority for new investment in the County’s parks by residents surveyed in the Vision 2030 Master Plan currently being developed by St. Louis County Parks.

“The inviting design of this new Family Fitness Trail will encourage outdoor exercise and active play that the entire family can enjoy at the same time, with children leading their adult and other playmates from pocket to pocket and keeping the entire family moving for an hour or more,” said Mark Ohlendorf, President of the St. Louis County Parks Foundation Board of Directors. “This will allow parents and grandparents to interact with the young people in their lives while everyone enjoys the benefits of regular exercise.  It will also create a better sense of community and identity in the Spanish Lake, Black Jack and surrounding areas while improving the aesthetic appeal and safety of the park.  We are extremely grateful to the Gateway Foundation and our other donors for making this possible.”

The St. Louis County Parks Foundation works with the St. Louis County Parks Department to identify the park system’s needs and opportunities, and then coordinates the fundraising, purchasing and project oversight necessary to build new amenities that will improve these parks.  The Foundation’s first project was the installation of a large new fountain at Tilles Park in 2015.  Today more than $71,000 has been committed from five private foundations for additional park projects.

“We see ourselves as the Forest Park Forever of the St. Louis County Parks system,” Ohlendorf says.  “We have a big job ahead of us and are gaining momentum. I am very optimistic about what the future holds for the Foundation, the County Parks and the public’s enjoyment of these treasures.”

“This Foundation can provide the funds to help make our dreams a reality,” said Gary Bess, Director of St. Louis County Parks.  “We have 71 parks and more than 12,700 acres of parks to maintain with limited funding.  The Foundation is focused on improving our parks while we focus on maintaining them.  They are a true and valued partner with us.”

For more information on the St. Louis County Parks Foundation, visit   

Electrical Connection Sponsors Saint Louis FC’s Fourth Season in St. Louis

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Saint Louis Football Club’s (Saint Louis FC) fourth season kicks off on March 31, 2018 with the Electrical Connection as a major sponsor again.  The revamped team will take the field at Toyota Stadium at World Wide Technology Soccer Park in Fenton, Mo. to play the Colorado Springs Switchbacks.  Saint Louis FC will be wearing their familiar jerseys emblazoned with the Electrical Connection logo.  The Electrical Connection will also be offering a free jersey giveaway for all home games at its web site:   The Electrical Connection is a partnership of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 and the St. Louis Chapter, National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).


On March 8, 2018, Saint Louis FC introduced the 2018 team, its new head coach, Anthony Pulis, and its updated jerseys.   “There is a tremendous energy generated by Saint Louis FC fans,” said Jim Curran, executive vice president, Electrical Connection. “Our partnership with the team builds on that excitement and helps us better engage our customers and connect the region to IBEW/NECA community building initiatives.”   


For the third year in a row, Curran said the Electrical Connection will leverage the Saint Louis FC Partnership to raise money for the St. Francois County and Ferguson “Shop with a Cop” programs.  The Electrical Connection will sponsor a July 14, 2018 “Christmas in July” game to raise money for the law enforcement trust building charities.

The Electrical Connection will be spotlighted not only on the jerseys but also field banners, scoreboard promotions and other signage at Toyota Stadium.  In addition, the Electrical Connection is supporting the team with advertising on KPLR-TV broadcasts of the Saint Louis FC games.


 “We appreciate all that the Electrical Connection does to support the team and connect Saint Louis FC with IBEW/NECA initiatives that build and sustain healthy community,” said Jim Kavanaugh, CEO, Saint Louis FC.   


Saint Louis FC is playing 34 games this year, including 17 home games at Toyota Stadium in World Wide Technology Soccer Park. The park features a Biergarten, Corner Flag Hospitality Patios, a Fan Zone, space for tailgate parties, a Craft Beer Corner, and great food options. For game tickets, visit


Saint Louis FC plays in 30-team United Soccer League (USL).

Electrical Connection members provide safe and reliable electrical construction, maintenance, repair and replacement services across Missouri, the nation and the world.  For more information visit


Area Residents Invited to Ribbon Cutting to Celebrate Centennial Greenway Expansion in St. Charles County on April 7

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Project Includes New Pedestrian Bridges over Highways 364 and 94

Two new pedestrian bridges over highways 364 and 94 in St. Charles County will officially open with a ribbon cutting and community celebration on Saturday, April 7, 2018, from 2 to 4 p.m. The bridges are part of the recent expansion of the Centennial Greenway, which provides a new connection to parks, schools, businesses and neighborhoods for thousands of residents on both sides of these busy highways.

Great Rivers Greenway, the City of St. Charles, St. Charles County and the Missouri Department of Transportation are inviting area residents to celebrate this new connection by joining a one-half mile walking and bicycling parade. The parade will begin on both ends of the Centennial Greenway and will meet in the middle at the scenic overlook, where the ribbon cutting and celebration will take place.

Residents can choose to join the parade from the St. Charles County Heritage Museum at Heritage Park (1630 Heritage Landing, St. Peters, MO 63303) or the MoDOT Commuter Lot (Old Highway 94 west of Muegge Road, St. Charles, MO 63303). Parade decorating will begin at 2 p.m. at both locations. The walking and wheeling parades will leave from their respective starting points at 2:15 p.m. and meet in the middle of the expanded greenway for remarks and a ribbon cutting at 2:30 p.m. People are then invited to enjoy a host of activities until 4 p.m., including music, food, free bike adjustments, a photo booth and the opportunity to explore the new greenway.

“People who live and work in St. Charles County have watched this greenway come to life over the past year and are eager to use it,” says St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann. “The highways are no longer a barrier for people who want to walk or ride bikes to get where they need to go. The new greenway also opens up a whole new world of recreational options for thousands of people by connecting them to the Katy Trail as well as other parks and greenways in St. Charles County.”

The project extends the existing 2.2-mile Centennial Greenway north, crossing both highways 364 and 94 via two pedestrian bridges where it connects to Old Highway 94 near Muegge Road. The new route enables on-street connections to nearby Laurel Park, Schaefer Park, Wapelhorst Park, the Laurel Park Trail, the McClay Branch of the St. Charles City-County Library, Francis Howell North High School and Henderson Elementary School—all of which are less than two miles from the bridges. In addition to the paved trail and bridges, the greenway also has a scenic overlook landscaped with native plants and seating for people to stop and rest.

“Building two bridges over two highways was a first for our team and would not have been possible without the outstanding partnership of the City of St. Charles, St. Charles County and the Missouri Department of Transportation,” says Susan Trautman, CEO of Great Rivers Greenway. “The people of the region asked us to bridge these highways with a new route for walking, riding bikes and enjoying fresh air. We are so happy to deliver the greenway they asked for.”

About Great Rivers Greenway:
Great Rivers Greenway connects the St. Louis region with greenways so people can explore their rivers, parks and communities, making it a vibrant place to live, work and play. For more information, visit

St. Louis Design & Construction Industry Helps Autism Speaks Spotlight Autism Awareness

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Both labor and management in the St. Louis design and construction industry are adding their support to World Autism Awareness Day on Monday April 2, 2018.  As in previous years, the St. Louis chapter of Autism Speaks has engaged the building industry to help light buildings and landmarks blue.   HOK and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 are both illuminating their offices in blue.  The Illuminating Engineers Society of St. Louis has also been engaged in the effort.  Hundreds of buildings and landmarks worldwide will be lit blue for World Autism Awareness Day through the coordination of Autism Speaks.  According to the Centers for Disease Control, autism is diagnosed in one out of 68 children, one out of 42 boys.

“Our theme this year is ‘understanding and acceptance’ as the past 18 years of research, much of it conducted in St. Louis, has broadened our understanding of the autism spectrum,” said Steve Houston, board member of Autism Speaks and father of a son with autism.  “For the last several years, the St. Louis design and construction industry has helped Autism Speaks symbolically connect for those on the spectrum to advance that understanding and acceptance.  We are grateful for their assistance.”

In addition to HOK and IBEW Local 1 offices, SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital, the Lumiere Place Casino and Hotels, James S. McDonnell Planetarium, United Services in St. Peters, Mo. and other structures will be illuminated in blue.  KSDK-TV will further awareness by wearing blue and Autism Speaks pins during its news broadcasts.

Businesses and civic organizations interested in lighting their structures blue can visit the Autism Speaks web site for information on blue filters at

A gallery of beautifully lit structures in past years can be found at the St. Louis Chapter Autism Speaks Facebook page:

In addition to lighting St. Louis blue, many in the community will be wearing blue clothing or displaying the color blue in some way. To learn more on how to participate, visit  call the St. Louis Chapter of Autism Speaks at 314-989-1003.

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. The CDC has called autism a national public health crisis whose cause and cure remain unknown. For more information, visit


Electrical Connection Charts Career Pathways In Salute to Students Excelling in STEM Subjects

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22 St. Charles High School Students Honored forAchievements in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

The Electrical Connection expanded its support of the best and brightest high school students in St. Charles County by charting pathways to career opportunities in the electrical industry.   As it has done in previous years, the Electrical Connection co-sponsored the STEM Celebration Breakfast presented by EDC Business & Community Partners in St. Charles County.  The ninth annual salute recognized 22 students who excel in the subjects of science, technology, engineering and math.  This year, it also included a panel discussion on career development that featured Dennis Gralike, director of the award-winning IBEW/NECA Electrical Industry Training Center.

The training center at 2300 Hampton Ave. is operated by the labor-management partnership of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 and the St. Louis Chapter, National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).  IBEW and NECA also form the Electrical Connection.

Gralike detailed the training center’s robust curriculum that builds on the foundation of science, technology, engineering and math.  He also noted training center’s accreditations that allow apprentices and journey workers to earn college credits.

For more than 75 years, the training center has produced more highly skilled and safe electricians and communication technicians than any other education program in Missouri.  It features a five-year, 10,000 hour education program that is industry funded at no taxpayer expense.  Its apprentices are instructed free of charge and have opportunities to earn a living while they learn the electrical trade.

“There’s no better example of the importance of STEM education than the growing complexities of commercial, industrial and residential electrical and communications construction,” said Jim Curran, executive vice president, Electrical Connection.  “The STEM achievers we salute today have the potential to design, engineer and orchestrate the installation the electrical and communications infrastructure to meet our future technology needs.  These students will shape our next generation data centers, advanced manufacturing facilities, hospitals, renewable energy, smart buildings and more.”  Curran Wencouraged the students to build their careers in St. Louis.

Curran also announced that through the Electrical Connection’s partnership with the St. Louis Cardinals, the students and school officials will be treated to a special behind the scenes look at how STEM education is applied to running the storied baseball franchise.  On April 24, 2018, they will be invited to Busch Stadium to hear from team officials in several departments about how they apply STEM subjects.

The learning session will be concluded by a luncheon co-sponsored by the Electrical Connection.      The St. Charles County high school students honored at this year’s STEM breakfast include:

  • Hannah Ballard, Lutheran High;
  • Samuel Baumann, St. Charles West;
  • Adam Colter, Lewis & Clark
  • Claire Frank, Francis Howell
  • Emily Harrelson, Fort Zumwalt South
  • Andrew Janes, Fort Zumwalt North
  • Jacob Krussel, Duchesne High
  • Robert Merritt, St. Charles High
  • Hayden Mills, Wentzville Timberland High
  • Jade Nguyen, Fort Zumwalt East
  • Andrew Oliver, Christian High
  • Cooper Redington, Francis Howell Central
  • David Reineke, Orchard Farm
  • Keyton Rovka, Wentzville Holt High
  • Alexandra Sabala, St. Dominic
  • Jiyu Son, Fort Zumwalt West
  • Seth Tate, Wentzville Liberty Academy
  • Caitlind Walker, Francis Howell North

Students honored in the Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) Program include Levi Virden, St. Charles High; Grant Argent, Francis Howell; Savannah Rackovan, Wentzville High; and Brandon Siebert, Orchard Farm High.

The STEM breakfast is one of several educational initiatives support by the Electrical Connection.  Others include partnerships with the FIRST Robotics, the Saint Louis Science CenterMissouri Energy Initiative (MEI), the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) and more.

The STEM Celebration Breakfast and panel discussion was held Thursday March 22, 2018 at the Old Hickory Golf Club in St. Peters, Mo.

Electrical Connection members provide safe and reliable electrical construction, maintenance, repair and replacement services across Missouri, the nation and the world.  For more information visit

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