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Kwame Building Group’s Deaconess Center for Child Well-Being Project Receives Design-Build Institute of America Award

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Kwame Building Group (KWAME) and the design-build team of Deaconess Center for Child Well-Being in St. Louis, MO have received a Design-Build Institute of America – Mid-America Region (DBIA-MAR) 2018 Honor Award. The award recognizes excellence in design-build practices.  KWAME was the construction manager. The general contractor was KAI Design & Build.

Construction of the $8.8 million Deaconess Center for Child Well-Being was completed in December 2017. The 21,000-square-foot facility features flexible meeting rooms, classrooms, administrative offices, outdoor spaces, a chapel and community spaces that hold up to 125 guests. Deaconess Center aligns with the North Central Plan, a neighborhood-driven development initiative.

As a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), KWAME largely contributed to the project’s 35% Minority Business Enterprise participation, including 15% Women Business Enterprise participation.

Deaconess Foundation pursues child well-being through public policy and racial equity. Their new facility houses office space for Deaconess Foundation and long-term partners, Vision for Children at Risk and Unleashing Potential. Meeting spaces are granted to child advocates, civic leaders and community organizers dedicated to advocating for and pursuing positive systemic change for the well-being of children and families in the St. Louis metropolitan region. The facility is expected to host more than 6,000 citizens a year in more than 350 meetings.

Kwame Building Group, Inc. (KWAME) is one of the nation’s top pure construction management firms, dedicating 100 percent of its resources to project management services. For more information, or call (314) 862-5344.

IBEW Local 1 Business Manager Frank Jacobs Honored for Labor Leadership

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The venerable St. Louis Irish fraternal organization, the Ancient Order of the Hibernians, is honoring IBEW Local 1 Business Manager Frank Jacobs with its 2019 labor leader of the year awardJacobs will be honored on March 7, 2019 along with civic leaders and first responders at the “Judge James Dailey Wahl Memorial Hoses, Handcuffs and Hardhats” memorial at the Sheet Metal Workers Local 36 Hall at 2319 Chouteau Avenue.

Jacobs, a proud 37-year member of IBEW Local 1, leads the more than 7,000 member Union which for 128 years has supplied the construction industry with the highest skilled and safest electrical and communications workforce.  Jacobs chairs the Electrical Connection, a partnership of IBEW Local One and the St. Louis Chapter, National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA). Under Jacobs and St. Louis NECA Executive Vice President Doug Martin’s leadership the IBEW/NECA Electrical Connection partnership was honored in 2018 with an Inclusion Award from the St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers.  It also earned the Ameren Corporate Citizenship Award from the St. Louis Regional Chamber in its 2018 Arcus Awards.  

Jacobs chairs the IBEW/NECA Joint Apprenticeship Trust Fund, which oversees workforce training at the IBEW/NECA Electrical Industry Training Center in St. Louis. He also serves on the board of the Regional Union Construction Center (RUCC), which helps minority and women owners of union construction companies grow businesses via a structured program that helps them improve their business skills.

In addition to workforce development, Jacobs and Martin help guide the Electrical Connection IBEW/NECA partnership in supporting economic development and a number of community betterment initiatives including Rebuilding Together St. Louis, Habitat for Humanity, STEM initiatives and more.  Jacobs is a Saint Louis Science Center advisory board member.

Jacobs’ service to labor also includes vice president of the St Louis Building and Construction Trades Council, AFL-CIO; executive board member of the Missouri AFL-CIO; the St Louis Labor Council executive board; and the St. Louis Construction Cooperative governance board.

He served on the Ballwin Athletic Association executive board for more than 20 years and also served as the St. Louis County Athletic Association president.

The Ancient Order of the Hibernians is also saluting St. Louis Collector of Revenue Gregory F.X. Daly as its 2019 civic leader of the year and former St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert P. McCulloch, who has been named the grand marshal for the order’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade.

In addition the organization will honor Arnold police officer Ryan O’Connor, who was shot in the line of duty in 2017; St. Louis assistant chief Lt Col. Lawrence O’Toole; St. Louis County firefighter Sean Murray; and St. Louis city firefighter and Deputy Chief Ken Smith.

For more information on Ancient Order of the Hibernians, visit

CREW-St. Louis to Recognize Leaders at Annual Awards Program

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The St. Louis chapter of CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) will hold its 14th Annual Networking Awards on Tuesday, March 5. In addition to honoring members, CREW-St. Louis will present its Fourth Annual Woman of Influence Award.

CREW-St. Louis 14th Annual Networking Awards

Time: 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Place: The Saint Louis Woman’s Club, 4600 Lindell Boulevard | St. Louis, MO 63108

Cost: $75 for Members/$90 for Non-members/$600 for table of eight

(Includes cocktail reception, hors d’oeuvres and dinner)


Program outline:

Monica Adams, morning traffic reporter for Fox 2 News, will serve as master of ceremonies. The awards revolve around CREW-St. Louis’ mission to advance, educate and support women to influence the region’s commercial real estate industry. Members will be honored in four categories: New Member of the Year, CREW Impact, Career Advancement for Women and Economic Impact. The Woman of Influence Award will celebrate the achievements of a female leader who has made a significant contribution to the commercial real estate industry and community. Lesley Hoffarth, president and executive director of Forest Park Forever and the 2018 recipient of the Woman of Influence Award, will present the award to this year’s honoree.

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. The mission of CREW-St. Louis is to advance, educate and support women to influence the region’s commercial real estate industry. CREW Network exists to transform the commercial real estate industry by advancing women globally. Follow CREW-St. Louis on Twitter @CREWSTL.

Executive Director of Citizens for Modern Transit Honored for 25 Years of Furthering Public Transit in Region

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Public transit in the St. Louis region plays a key role in providing access and equality, creating jobs, building stronger economies and furthering the vibrancy of local neighborhoods. The strength of the local system is a result of the unwavering commitment of many local leaders, businesses and organizations – including Kimberly Cella, executive director of Citizens for Modern Transit (CMT), who was recently celebrated for 25 years of furthering public transit in the region. Her vision, tenacity and extraordinary leadership continues to play an integral role in maintaining a safe, integrated and affordable system for the St. Louis region.

A celebration was held in Cella’s honor on Jan. 30 at the BJC Learning Institute to recognize her for her many accomplishments over the past 25 years. Formal remarks were made by local transit industry leaders, before St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar presented Cella with a proclamation issued by St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger, naming it “Kimberly Cella Day” in St. Louis County.

“Kim has spent the past 25 years standing up for transit,” said Rose Windmiller, of Washington University in St. Louis, who served on CMT’s board for over a decade before being named to Bi-State Development’s Board of Commissioners in July 2018. “I’ve witnessed her many accomplishments first hand. She is fiercely committed to the mission.”

Cella joined CMT out of college in 1993 and served as business and marketing manager for seven years, helping to grow membership by 200 percent. She then served as program director for 10 years, successfully securing millions of dollars in grant funding and launching the Ten Toe Express program, which has grown to serve 8,000+ area older adults by allowing them to experience how easy it is to integrate walking with public transit use to get around town. She was promoted to executive director in 2010 and has made great strides in promoting and expanding access to transit.

Through her guidance as executive director, she helped secure a federal grant under the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Program to conduct the Central Corridor Feasibility Study, which laid the groundwork for the development of the newly opened Cortex MetroLink Station. More than 6,000 St. Louisans have overcome the perceived hurdles associated with using MetroLink and MetroBus by “test driving” the transit system through a program she created, called “Try & Ride.” She has also made strides to raise awareness about placemaking and transit-oriented development, helped spearhead the MetroLink Access Project to improve fare validation at three highly utilized MetroLink stations and significantly contributed to the work to improve the safety and security of the MetroLink system.

During Cella’s 25-year tenure, she is credited with raising more than $10 million in grant funding to establish and maintain programming to increase public transit ridership. These efforts have been recognized with several local, regional and national awards. Over these years, CMT helped build support for MetroLink extensions to East St. Louis, Belleville and Swansea and rallied support for Proposition A in 2010, which passed by 63 percent and restored service cuts and provided capital funding for future transit projects.

“Kim has heart and passion,” said Taulby Roach, president and CEO of Bi-State Development and current CMT board member. “Transit is a community that needs to be bolstered, loved and cared for. She is one of many talents making that happen, and I look forward to our continued partnership.”

Cella also serves as the executive director of the Missouri Public Transit Association where she helps provide a unified voice for public and specialized transportation providers in Missouri and elevates the status of public transit as a national priority. She resides in Affton.

To learn more about Kim Cella and Citizens for Modern Transit’s efforts to further transit development in the St. Louis region, call (314) 231-7272, 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.

Missouri Utility Regulators Approve Modest Electric Vehicle Charging Investment, Deny and Delay Ameren’s Full Charging Proposal

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The Missouri Public Service Commission recently voted on Ameren Missouri’s proposed “Charge Ahead” electric vehicle (EV) program, a proposal designed to accelerate EV use among Missourians, meet a growing need for charging infrastructure, and reduce tailpipe emissions. Transportation pollution plays an outsized role in undermining public health and environmental quality in the Show Me State, where gas-burning vehicles are responsible for nearly half of the ozone-forming gases that cause Missouri to violate federal standards, as well as nearly a third of greenhouse gas emissions.

During a meeting yesterday, the Commission voted 4-1 to approve a modest investment of $4 million in a fast charging corridor that will support the state’s plan for use of its Volkswagen settlement funds but denied the remainder of Ameren’s $18 million plan, cutting incentives for off-road equipment and denying Missourians support for infrastructure needed to support widespread EV adoption in the state.

The “Charge Ahead” proposal provided an opportunity to reduce transportation emissions and lower overall energy costs through incentives for EV charging stations at multi-family dwellings, workplaces, and fast charging stations along highway corridors–the locations they are needed most by EV drivers–as well as incentives for commercial customers transitioning to efficient off-road equipment, such as electric forklifts at warehouses and electrified ground support equipment at airports.

In response, Andy Knott, Senior Campaign Representative with the Sierra Club’s Missouri Chapter, released the following statement: “We need all hands on deck to support critical electrification infrastructure and maximize the benefits of the electric vehicle revolution. Yesterday, the Commission missed the mark by rejecting important elements of Ameren’s ‘Charge Ahead’ program. While we’re excited to see some progress, we’re disappointed that Commissioners didn’t take the bold action required to address our climate and public health crises largely stemming from transportation pollution.”

Sierra Club Congratulates Anheuser Busch on Renewable Energy

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Wind energy takes center stage in Super Bowl ad for powering breweries.

Anheuser Busch, makers of the Budweiser brand of beers, recently aired its 2019 Super Bowl commercial, which features Clydesdales, wind turbines, and Bob Dylan, proclaiming that Anheuser Busch “now brews with wind power for a better tomorrow.”

Headquartered in St. Louis, Anheuser Busch committed to moving to 100% clean energy in 2017. That commitment helped inspire adoption of a similar goal by the City of St. Louis, which has led to St. Louis local power provider, Ameren, announcing plans to invest in 700 MW of wind – 557 MW of which has already broken ground. Ameren is also developing a separate proposal for an additional 400 MW wind farm that large commercial customers and cities can subscribe to.

When Anheuser Busch made its clean energy commitment in 2017, CEO Carlos Brito said: “Climate change has profound implications for our company and for the communities where we live and work. Cutting back on fossil fuels is good for the environment and good for business, and we are committed to helping drive positive change. We have the opportunity to play a leading role in the battle against climate change by purchasing energy in a more sustainable way.”

In response to the Super Bowl ad, Andy Knott, Senior Campaign Representative for the Sierra Club’s Missouri Beyond Coal Campaign issued the following statement: “CEO Carlos Brito’s words in 2017 and Anheuser Busch clean energy commitment proves that corporate leadership can inspire government and utility action. Companies are flocking to clean energy not just to combat climate change, but because it is good for their bottom line. RE100, a coalition of “the world’s most influential companies committed to 100% renewable power” has grown to 161 corporations. While we congratulate Anheuser Busch, we hope that this moment will continue to push local utilities such as Ameren, corporate offices, suppliers, and distribution centers to power all of America with clean renewable energy and move away from dirty fossil fuels.”

2019 ASCC Officers Elected

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Chris Forster, Largo Concrete, Tustin, CA, has been elected president of the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC), St. Louis, MO for 2019-2020. Bill Bramschreiber, Charles Pankow Builders; Anthony DeCarlo, TWC Concrete Services; and Mario Garza, Barton Malow, were re-elected vice-presidents. Chris Klemaske, T.B. Penick & Sons, was elected a vice president and Kevin Riley, Belfast Valley Contractors, was elected treasurer. Dr. Heather Brown, Middle Tennessee State University; Maizer Ouijdani, Conco; and Keith Wayne, Wayne Brothers, were elected as directors and Heston Hamilton, Ductilcrete Slab Systems; David Somero, S&S Concrete Floors; and Jason Swagert, Citadel Contractors, were re-elected directors.

The Decorative Concrete Council (DCC), a specialty council of the ASCC, elected Karen Keyes, The Art of Concrete, Denver, CO as council director. Jeff Eiswerth, H&C Decorative Concrete Products, Cleveland, OH was elected secretary. John Anderson, Solomon Colors; Marshall Hoskins, Butterfield Color; Tonia Primavera, SUNDEK; and C.J. Salzano, Salzano Custom Concrete, are newly elected directors.

The ASCC Safety & Risk Management Council (SRMC) re-elected Mike Schneider, Baker Concrete Construction, Monroe, OH, as council director for 2019. Aron Csont, Barton Malow, Southfield, MI was re-elected secretary. Rodney Hartline, BURNCO, was elected as a new director. Heather Baines, North Coast Concrete; Jamie Czuba, Breigan Concrete Construction; Jason Sisk, Wayne Brothers; and Matt Stier, McD Concrete Enterprises, were re-elected as directors.

Jeremy Clark, Stego Industries, LLC, Chicago, IL was re-elected council director of the Manufacturers’ Advisory Council Board for 2019. Jeff Wells, SUNDEK, was re-elected secretary. Jim Becker, W.R. Meadows; Jeff Johnson, Allen Engineering Corp.; Doug Rhiel, Schwing, were re-elected as directors and Mike Tracy, ARDEX Americas, was elected as a new director.

The Concrete Polishing Council (CPC) elected Shawn Halverson, Surfacing Solutions, Temecula, CA as council director and Scott Metzger, Metzger & McGuire, Concord, NH as secretary. Re-elected as a director was Bruce Ferrell, PROSOCO. Newly elected directors are Bill Bencker, David Allen Co.; Lance Drabzcyk, Jon-Don; John Haines, Hyde Concrete; and Jessica Ledger-Kalen, Royale Concrete.

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.

Nearly $1B Construction Bidding Opportunities to be Featured at 2019 Investment in Infrastructure Expo

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Major public works construction projects in the St. Louis region with bidding opportunities in 2019 will be presented to interested contractors and suppliers by the owners of those projects at the 2019 Investment in Infrastructure Expo hosted by the SITE Improvement Association on Tuesday, February 26, 2019, at the St. Charles Convention Center.  The event will feature a series of presentations on contracting opportunities and related topics plus a trade show-style exhibition hall for attendees to network and meet with project owners, industry vendors and suppliers.

“The amount of public works construction projects that will be available this year approaches one billion dollars in the St. Louis region,” said SITE Executive Director Terry Briggs.  “The Infrastructure Expo provides contractors, suppliers, engineers and equipment dealers the opportunity to hear and personally discuss these upcoming projects with these public bodies and be better prepared to bid on and win work from them.”

Presentations on upcoming public work projects will be made by the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD), City of St. Louis Board of Public Service, St. Louis County Department of Transportation and the Jefferson and St. Charles counties road boards.  Other presentation topics will include:

  • A construction economic forecast by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis;
  • Ameren Missouri’s construction plans for the year;
  • The proposed hyperloop transportation system between St. Louis and Kansas City; and
  • Panel discussions on diversity requirements on public works projects and addressing safety culture within a contractor’s workforce.

Presentations begin at 1:30 p.m. and end at 3:45 p.m. and will consist of four concurrent presentations allowing attendees to pick the topics that most interest them.  A networking session will run from 3:45 – 6:00 pm in the exhibit hall for attendees to meet and browse the displays and booths showcasing services and latest equipment.  Refreshments will be available during the networking session at no additional cost.

“This event is a great opportunity to get the inside track on future construction projects, meet new people in the industry and strengthen relationships that already exist,” said Briggs. “The event is open to the entire construction industry including prime and subcontractors, suppliers, professional associates, engineering firms and businesses connected with the construction industry.  More than 400 attendees and 35 exhibitors were at last year’s event.”

For more information about the 2019 Infrastructure Expo or to purchase tickets, visit or email to  or by phone at (314) 966-2950.

SITE Improvement Association is an independent construction trade association of more than 200 contractors and businesses associated with the construction industry in eastern Missouri.  The association is governed by a 16-member Board of Directors composed of representatives from the Concrete, Asphalt Paving, Sewer/Utility, Highway and Bridge, Earthmoving, Landscaping, Specialty Construction and Associate divisions. SITE is dedicated to the enhancement of the construction industry by promoting its members through involvement in labor, government, community relations, education and networking opportunities. 

Kent Kampwerth Re-Elected SIBA President

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Effective January 1, 2019, Kent Kampwerth, River City Construction, L.L.C., Benton, Illinois was re-elected President of the Southern Illinois Builders Association.

Other officers for 2019 are: First Vice President – Hank Rohwedder, Hank’s Excavating & Landscaping, Inc., Belleville, Illinois; Second Vice President – Jeff Limbaugh, Limbaugh Construction Co., Inc., Granite City, Illinois; and Secretary/Treasurer – Kent Richardson, Subsurface Constructors, Inc., St. Louis, Missouri.

Three-year Directors elected were: Scott Garman, Tindall Construction, Inc., Granite City, Illinois; Ronnie Donoho, DePew & Owen Builders, Inc., Centralia, Illinois; Mike Morrissey, Morrissey Construction Company, Godfrey, Illinois; and Thomas Cramer, Casper Stolle Quarry, Dupo, Illinois.

SIBA Staff Members: Donna Richter, Chief Executive Officer; Josh Schaufelberger, Director of Industry Relations; Kristin McCaw, Office Manager; Shari Schutzenhofer, Administrative Assistant; John Holt, Director of Safety and Education; Sarah Kaczmarowski, Administrative Assistant; Logan Ankeny, Administrative Assistant; and Alice Buchs, Scan Technician.

The Southern Illinois Builders Association is a trade association of contractors representing approximately 500 commercial and industrial building, highway and utility construction contractors throughout Southern Illinois.

New LEED v4 Requirements for Student Housing Shifting Environmental Responsibility from Design, Construction Process to End-User

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Many universities across the country are striving to design new residence halls based on the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards established by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The latest version of these standards, LEED version 4 (LEED v4), officially launched in November 2013, though projects were still able to seek certification under the previous version, LEED v2009, through October 2016.

Under the new LEED v4 requirements, some of the responsibility for achieving certification shifts from the design and construction process to the end-user and life cycle of the building. This change is requiring new training and a shift in the behaviors of students, residence life staff, maintenance, and housekeeping staff, according to the student housing design experts at KWK Architects.

“This is a new challenge where everyday student behaviors can have a quantifiable impact on the immediate environment,” said Javier Esteban, Principal at KWK Architects. “LEED version 4 places a major emphasis on sustainability education and building usage for the next generation of residence halls.”

There are four major areas where the new LEED v4 has made significant modifications:

  • Materials: The new requirements are designed to better understand the composition of the materials being used and their manufacturing and assembly process. Creating a ‘healthy’ building has become a major focus by awarding certification points for selecting materials that are sustainably sourced and focused on end-user/occupant health.
  • Performance: There is an increased focus on the performance of the building, operations and maintenance during the life cycle of the building, which requires an increase in metering and benchmarking.
  • Energy Consumption: The new version places a greater emphasis on smart grid usage and optimizing the energy consumption of the building during peak demand times to reduce usage spikes.
  • Water Consumption: LEED v4 takes a more comprehensive approach to better understanding overall water consumption of the building, not only from the design and construction point of view, but also from the operations stand point, with an emphasis on “efficiency first.”

“Under LEED v4, the performance and energy and water consumption of a residence hall is directly tied to student behaviors. For example, encouraging students in Florida to set their room temperatures to 78 degrees and adding a fan will save up to 10 percent on cooling temperature and the air movement will alleviate the sense of heat. The moisture removed from the air in order to keep the proper relative humidity inside the building can be easily reused for irrigation, the cooling tower, or greywater usage,” said Esteban.

Specific student behaviors related to sustainability can be altered through design or influenced by Resident Advisors (RA) and the university as a whole. The new LEED v4 regulations, according to Esteban, require the university’s full commitment to the LEED process.

At 201 Reserve at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, a central ‘recyclables only’ chute was included on every floor to encourage students to recycle. At other universities, RA communities may have a competition for a pizza night to see who can reduce their energy usage the most.

“Over the years, we have observed the trends of institutions and their full commitment to the LEED process, and the use of LEED as a guideline to set the tone for the general quality of the building. We have identified through our research which student behaviors are successful in reducing energy usage, and which ones fall flat. Listening to student input, encouraging behaviors that promote sustainability, and being committed to the entire LEED process will achieve the greatest results for universities under the LEED v4 guidelines,” said Esteban. 

Founded in 2013 by five architects with a combined 150 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 or contact Director of Marketing Cindy Hausler at

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