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Mason Contractors Association Announce 2018-2019 Board

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Election results for the 2018-2019 Board of the Mason Contractors Association of St. Louis were announced in January.

Martin Heck, Jr., President of Martin C. Heck Brick Contracting., was elected President of the Association. Martin C. Heck Brick Contracting was incorporated in 1975 by Martin C. Heck, Sr., the same year Martin C. Heck, Jr., began full time as a mason. Martin Heck, Jr. became part owner in 2000. Martin C. Heck Brick Contracting has worked on projects such as: Missouri Botanical Gardens, St. Louis Zoo and Forest Park.

Other officers elected are Bradley C. Grant (Grant Contracting Company) as Vice President, Brian Smith (John J. Smith Masonry Company) as Secretary, and Brett Lampkin (Lampkin Masonry) as Treasurer.   

Trustees elected are Gary Beirith (Beirith Masonry, L.L.C.), Daniel Dwyer (E.C. Landers Brickwork, Inc.), Nick Frisch (Frisch Masonry, Inc.), Tom Schmitt (Superior Waterproofing & Restoration Co., Inc.), and Luke Siebert (Heitkamp Masonry, Inc.).

Arbitration Board members are Brian J. Grant (Grant Contracting Company, Inc.), Thomas L. McDonnell (George McDonnell & Sons Tuckpointing Company), Jeffrey D. Schmidt (JDS Masonry, Inc.), John J. Smith, Jr. (John J. Smith Masonry Company) and Kenneth Westhoff (Leonard Masonry, Inc.).

The Mason Contractors Association of St. Louis, which was chartered in March 1896, is one of St. Louis’ oldest trade organizations. Its members include owners of contracting companies, along with businesses that supply the masonry industry, as well as the firms that serve its financial, legal and insurance needs.

SITE Improvement Association Awards $15,000 In 2018 College Scholarships To Six Local Students

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The SITE Improvement Association has awarded a total of $15,000 in scholarships to six deserving St. Louis area students seeking to start or further their college education in 2018. High school seniors and college students with a parent employed by one of the 200 SITE member companies are eligible for the $2,500 scholarships, which are based on students’ academic achievements, involvement in the community and financial need. More than $265,000 in scholarships has been awarded to 137 students since the program began 18 years ago, making it one of the longest continuously running scholarship programs in the local construction industry.

“SITE scholarships are made possible through voluntary contributions from SITE member companies and from the SITE Advancement Foundation,” said Terry Briggs, Executive Director of SITE.  “We are gratified by the many stories we hear from past scholarship recipients who have gone on to complete college and launch lucrative careers in construction and related industries.”

This year SITE awarded scholarships to the following students:

  • Dustin Burt, a freshman at Missouri University of Science and Technology from Marthasville, Mo. This marks the second $2500 college scholarship awarded to Dustin by SITE;
  • Amy Heffernan, a sophomore at Maryville University from Barnhart, Mo;
  • Nicholas Horstmann, a freshman at Murray State University from Wildwood, Mo. This is the second $2500 scholarship awarded to Amy by SITE;
  • Elijah Marquart, a senior at St. Francis Borgia Regional High School from Washington, Mo;
  • Zachary Marquart, a sophomore at Missouri University of Science and Technology from Washington, Mo. This is Zachary’s second $2500 college scholarship received from SITE; and
  • Eva Randazzo, a senior at Wright City High School from Innbrook, Mo.

SITE is an independent construction contractor group representing more than 200 contractors and businesses primarily in the concrete, earthmoving, landscaping, asphalt paving, highway/bridge, sewer/utility and specialty construction segments. For more information, visit

American Society of Concrete Contractors Elects New Officers

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Chris Forster, Largo Concrete, Tustin, CA, has been elected first vice president of the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC), St. Louis, MO for 2018-2019. Bill Bramschreiber, Glendora, CA; Anthony DeCarlo, Cincinnati, OH; and Mario Garza, Southville, MI, were re-elected vice-presidents. Keith Wayne, Kannapolis, NC, was re-elected treasurer.  Aaron Gregory, Columbus, MS; Cory Lee, Kennesaw, GA; and Kevin Riley, Baltimore, MD were elected as directors and Bob Dalrymple, Cleveland, OH; Peter Emmons, Columbia, MD; Chris Klemeske, San Diego, CA; and Thomas Zinchiak, Woodbine, MD were re-elected directors.

The Decorative Concrete Council (DCC), a specialty council of the ASCC, elected Chris Sullivan,  Chem Systems, Inc., Littleton, CO as  council director and Karen Keyes, Denver CO was elected secretary.

Michael Campbell, Oxnard, CA; Rich Cofoid, Odessa, FL; Greg Hryniewicz, Pasadena, MD; Byron Klemeske II, San Diego, CA; Rick Lobdell, Nashville, TN; and Denise Valdepena were re-elected directors. Dave Edwards, Winter Garden, FL; Will Mattingly, Indianapolis, IN; and Kevin Percy, Wrentham, MA, are newly elected directors.

The ASCC Safety & Risk Management Council (SRMC) elected Mike Schneider, Baker Concrete Construction, Monroe, OH, as council director of the SRMC Advisory Board for 2018. Aron Csont, Southfield, MI, was re-elected secretary.  Rodney Hartline, Grand Rapids, MI; Brandon Rhine, Flushing, MI; and; Joe Rock, St. Louis, MO were elected as new directors. Bill Bramschreiber, Glendora, CA, was re-elected as a director.

Jeremy Clark, Stego Industries, LLC, Chicago, IL was elected council director of the Manufacturers’ Advisory Council Board for 2018. Bill Palmer, Lyons, CO was elected council director – elect and

Jeff Wells, Mableton, GA, was re- elected secretary. Donald Jackson, Sumter, SC; Tim Lussier, Balston, NY; and Andy Moses, Ankeny, IA are newly elected directors and John Fauth, Madison, OH and J. Shelton Lee, Orlando, FL were re-elected as directors.

The Concrete Polishing Council (CPC) reelected Chad Gill, Midlothian, VA, council directors, and Shawn Halverson, Temecula, CA, secretary. Re-elected as directors were Ray Bowman, Tulsa, OK; Ryan Lakebrink, Denver, Co.; Mike Payne, Wildomar, CA; Deke Rife, Provo, UT; and Michael Trotta, Charlotte, NC. Newly elected directors are Chad Baker, Urbandale, IA; Tom Binkowski, Southfield, MI; Clark Branum, Marysville, WA; Tim Cuviello, Stevensville, MD; and Ryan Klacking, Livonia, MI.

The American Society of Concrete Contractors is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the capabilities of those who build with concrete, and to providing them a unified voice in the construction industry. For more information, visit or call the ASCC office at (866) 788-2722.

Public Invited to Panel Discussion on Further Unifying a Region for Growth through Transit, Hosted by Citizens for Modern Transit

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Event is Free, but Registration is Required 

Public transit plays a critical part in our region’s transportation system. In recent months, elected officials, local stakeholders and community members created a collaborative network to address ridership issues, including enhanced safety and security measures. To help explore opportunities to further these collaborative efforts, Citizens for Modern Transit is bringing together local experts for a panel discussion, titled Further Unifying a Region for Growth through Transit.” The event is set for Thursday, Feb. 8, from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. in the lower level auditorium at the BJC Learning Center, located at 8300 Eager Road, St. Louis, MO 63144. The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required and can be completed at or by calling 314-231-7272.

Those in attendance will receive an update on the Northside/Southside MetroLink Study from Lead Consultant Dan Meyers of AECOM, before the panelists take the stage. Bethany Johnson-Javois, chief executive officer of St. Louis Integrated Health Network, will reinforce the intersection between healthcare access, equity and transit; Rudy Nickens, director of Equal Opportunity and Diversity for the Missouri Department of Transportation will highlight how transportation can help build inclusive communities; and Jim Wild, executive director of East-West Gateway, will address the role collaboration plays in the establishment of a vision. The discussion will conclude with a question and answer session. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

“Collaboration serves as a rock-solid foundation from which to build,” said Kimberly Cella, executive director of Citizens for Modern Transit. “Now, we must ensure all parties have a sound understanding of how transit access impacts the region, identify where the current system may be falling short and how to overcome it. This panel of thought leaders will help us identify next steps and work together to turn the vision into reality.”

To learn more about this panel discussion or Citizens for Modern Transit and its efforts to further transit development in the St. Louis region, call (314) 231-7272, visit, find the organization on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @cmt_stl. 

Citizens for Modern Transit is a nonprofit, member supported organization that leads efforts for an integrated, affordable, and convenient public transportation system with light rail expansion as the critical component that will drive economic growth to improve quality of life in the St. Louis region

2018 Decorative Concrete Council Award Winners

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The Decorative Concrete Council (DCC), a specialty council of the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC), St. Louis, Mo., has announced the winners of its tenth annual Decorative Concrete Awards competition.  The winners were recognized at a ceremony at the World of Concrete, Las Vegas, on January 24, 2018.

T.B. Penick & Sons, San Diego, CA won the WOW! Award, best overall project, for The Atlanta Botanical Garden. The Gardens in Storza Woods compromises a richly detailed strolling garden set in a four acre mature woodland. Features include stone-clad bridges and overlooks, a formal garden surrounding a water mirror and water stairs, an elevated boardwalk and terraces, all threaded together by a sinuous concrete walkway, embellished with intricate mosaics. Based on plant morphology, the mosaic patterns were designed by ABG’s Landscape Design and Planning Manager. T.B. Penick & Sons helped translate the conceptual sketches into full construction documents, including stone color, size, arrangement and installation methodology. Among the technical considerations were best practices for preservation of critical root zones around the many magnificent, existing hardwood trees. Solutions included a combination of elevated walkways and structural slabs on helical piles to minimize soil disturbance.

Other winners are:

  • Cast-In-Place Stamped, Over 5,000 SF, 1st Place, Bomanite of Southeast Asia, Quezon City, Philippines for Oasiz Hotel.
  • Cast-In-Place Stamped, Over 5,000 SF, 2nd Place, Bomel Construction Co., Anaheim, CA for Great Wolf Lodge.
  • Cast-In-Place Stamped, Under 5,000 SF, 1st Place, Salzano Custom Concrete, Centreville, VA for Faux Bluestone in Overton.
  • Cast-In-Place Stamped, Under 5,000 SF, 2nd Place, Salzano Custom Concrete, Centreville, VA for Four Tier 19th Hole.
  • Polished, Over 5,000 SF, 1st Place, Royale Concrete, Fairfield, IA for Heavy Duty Truck Repair Shop.
  • Polished, Over 5,000 SF, 2nd Place, Musselman & Hall Contractors, Kansas City, MO for KU School of Business Capitol Federal Hill.
  • Polished, Under 5,000 SF, 1st Place, Hyde Concrete, Pasadena, MD for 80 M Street.
  • Polished, Under 5,000 SF, 2nd Place, Concreate, Inc., Midlothian, VA for Shyndigz.
  • Overlays Under ¼”, Over 5,000 SF, 1st Place, Sundek of Austin, Austin, TX for SA Student Housing – University of Texas at Austin.
  • Overlays Under ¼”, Under 5,000 SF, 1st Place, Sundeck of San Antonio, San Antonio, TX  for Brock Residence.
  • Overlays Under ¼”, Under 5,000 SF, 2nd Place, ATD Concrete Coatings, Arlington, TX for Parr Park Sprayground.
  • Cast-in-Place Special Finishes, Over 5,000 SF, 1st Place, Trademark Concrete Systems, Anaheim, CA for Waldorf Astoria.
  • Cast-in-Place Special Finishes, Over 5,000 SF, 2nd Place, Trademark Concrete Systems, Anaheim, CA for Wilshire Grand.
  • Cast-in-Place Special Finishes, Under 5,000 SF, 1st Place, Bomanite Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia for Queensbay Sculpture Garden.
  • Cast-in-Place Special Finishes, Under 5,000 SF, 2nd Place, T.B. Penick & Sons, San Diego, CA for Atlanta Botanical Garden.
  • Vertical Application, Over 5,000 SF, 1st place, Largo Concrete, Tustin, CA for USC Micheleson Center for Convergent Business.
  • Vertical Applications, Over 5,000 SF, 2nd Place, T.B. Penick & Sons, San Diego, CA for Apple Store Union Square.
  • Countertops, 1st Place, Hyde Concrete, Pasadena, MD for Private Residence.
  • Concrete Artistry, Over 5,000 SF, 1st Place, T.B. Penick & Sons, San Diego, CA for Unity Plaza.
  • Concrete Artistry, Over 5,000 SF, 2nd Place, Patterned Concrete Ontario, Toronto, Ontario, Canada for Lock 8 Skate & BMX Park.
  • Concrete Artistry, Under 5,000 SF, 1st Place, T.B. Penick & Sons, San Diego, CA for Atlanta Botanical Garden.
  • Concrete Artistry, Under 5,000 SF, 2nd Place, Patterned Concrete Ontario, Toronto, Ontario, Canada for Pan AM Aquatic Parkette.
  • Multiple Applications, Over 5,000 SF, 1st Place, Trademark Concrete Systems, Anaheim, CA for Wilshire Grand.
  • Multiple Applications, Over 5,000 SF, 2nd Place a tie between Edwards Concrete Co., Winter Garden, FL for Tanger Outlet Center and Bomanite China, Beijing, China for Shanghai Disney.
  • Multiple Applications, Under 5,000 SF, 1st Place, T.B Penick & Sons, San Diego, CA for Ventura Harbor Village.
  • Multiple Applications, Under 5,000 SF, 2nd Place, Unique Concrete, West Milford, NJ for Bloomingdale Municipal Building.
  • Stained, Over 5,000 SF, 1st Place, Trademark Concrete Systems, Anaheim, CA for Entrada de Santa Barbara.
  • Stained, Over 5,000 SF, 2nd Place, T.B. Penick & Sons, San Diego, CA for Unity Plaza.
  • Stained, Under 5,000 SF, 1st Place, Decorative Concrete Resurfacing, Ballwin, MO for The First Presbyterian Church of St. Louis.
  • Architectural Cast-in-Place Concrete/Over 5,000 SF, 1st Place, Patterned Concrete Ontario, Toronto, Ontario, Canada for Lock 8 Skate & BMX Park.

T.B. Penick & Sons, Inc., San Diego, CA, won 1st place for Project Video for Ventura Harbor Village. 2nd place went to Decorative Concrete of Virginia, Lynchburg, VA for Ballast Point.

In a new category, Polished Overlays, Bay Area Concretes, Livermore, CA won 1st place for projects Over 5,000 SF for Nvidia. Concrete Expressions, Clarinda, IA won 1st Place, Under 5,000 SF, for Caston Development Offices and Redimere Surface Solutions, won 2nd place for Taylor Residence St. Kitts.

The DCC is composed of contractors, manufacturers and suppliers of decorative concrete products.  The Council is dedicated to improving the technical and business expertise of the contractors that pursue this specialty market.  To enter the 2019 awards competition go to or call (866) 788-2722.

Jennifer Bouquet Elected First Woman President Of Site Improvement Association

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Todd Wall and Michael Steiniger Elected Vice President and Secretary/Treasurer for 2018

The SITE Improvement Association Board of Directors has elected Jennifer Bouquet as its President for 2018, making her the first woman to lead SITE’s board in the organization’s 52-year history.  President of J & J Boring, Inc., Jennifer succeeds Mike Kappal of Byrne & Jones Construction as President.  In addition, Todd Wall, Vice-President of Estimating for J.M. Marschuetz, was elected Vice President of the board and Michael Steiniger, President of Kuesel Excavating Company was elected its Secretary/Treasurer.

New members elected to the SITE Board of Directors for 2018 include Pat Moriarity, President of Concrete Strategies, LLC., representing the Concrete Division; Jaime Chier of Premier Demolition, Inc., representing Specialty Division; Chris Gottman, Senior Vice-President of Construction Operations for Millstone Weber, LLC, and Steve Roden, President of Roden’s Landscaping, Inc., representing the Landscaping Division.

Current members re-elected to the SITE Board of Directors include Joe Leritz, President of Leritz Contracting, Inc. and Busy Bee Paving, Inc.; and Craig Bussen of Bussen Quarries representing the Associate Division.

“Jennifer has been actively involved with SITE for many years, helping guide our growth and success,” said Mike Kappal said of Bouquet.  “We are excited to make history with her becoming our first woman board president.”

SITE is an independent construction trade association representing 200 contractors and businesses associated with the construction industry in eastern Missouri.  For more information, visit

Photo Above: Michael Steniger, Secretary/Treasurer; Jennifer Bouquet, President; and Todd Wall, Vice President.

2018 Infrastructure Expo to Connect Contractors with St. Louis Area Transportation, Utility, Public Works Projects

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Contractors interested in learning about business opportunities in upcoming transportation, utility and public works construction projects in the St. Louis area can meet the buyers of those projects, learn about the details and connect with helpful equipment suppliers and subcontractors at the second annual Investment in Infrastructure Expo to be held February 27 at the St. Charles Convention Center.  Sponsored by the SITE Improvement Association, the 2018 Expo will feature an afternoon of breakout sessions describing upcoming projects, an annual economic outlook for the local construction industry, an exhibit hall filled with industry vendors and a reception for all attendees, buyers and vendors.  Last year’s event attracted more than 400 attendees and 50 vendors.

“We will have the buyers for more than $500 million in 2018 infrastructure projects together in one place for contractors to meet and develop meaningful business opportunities,” said Terry Briggs, Executive Director of the SITE Improvement Association.  “The heightened interest and discussion now going on at the state and federal levels about the need for infrastructure improvement programs makes this event even more compelling.  We encourage all contractors to attend, even if you have not previously worked on infrastructure projects.”

New to this year’s lineup of buyers participating in the Expo is Missouri American Water Company, OSHA and St. Louis Ice Center in Maryland Heights.  They will join returning buyers including Missouri Department of Transportation, Metropolitan Sewer District, City of St. Louis Board of Public Service, St. Louis County Department of Transportation, Jefferson County Department of Public Works, St. Charles County Road Board and Great Rivers Greenway.  An economic forecast will be provided by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.  Additional speakers will be announced as they are added.

Tickets for attendees, which will include appetizers and drinks at the reception in the exhibit hall, are $30.  Sponsorship opportunities and booth space in the exhibit hall are available for equipment dealers and suppliers, as well as for construction, architecture, engineering and other professional services firms.  For more information, visit

SITE is an independent construction contractor group representing 200 contractors and businesses primarily in the concrete, earthmoving, landscaping, asphalt paving, highway/bridge, sewer/utility and specially contracting segments.  It represents the interests of its members in negotiations with labor unions, promotes political and legislative agendas and provides safety and technical training for members.  SITE has been in continuous operation since 1966.  For more information, visit

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. 

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