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Clayco Expands its Communication Marketing Efforts with New Chief Communications Officer

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Jessica Herrala

Clayco, a full-service turnkey real estate, architecture, engineering, design-build and construction firm, announced today the expansion of their communication and marketing team with the hiring of Jessica Herrala as Chief Communications Officer.

Herrala is responsible for managing the Clayco brand, communications, public affairs and sales support for the entire Clayco enterprise, including all subsidiaries. Jessica is a 20-plus year veteran of the architecture, engineering, construction and development industry in senior level communications, marketing, strategy and public affairs roles.

“We want our communications efforts to catch up with the tremendous growth we have experienced in the last five years and it’s important to assemble a leadership team that exemplifies the values that helped make Clayco what it is today,” said CEO Bob Clark. “Jessica is an example of our commitment to employ the best and brightest in our industry.”

Joining Herrala to support critical business lines of the Clayco enterprise: Mia Sissac is the new Director of Communications for CRG, Oliver Muenz-Winkler is the Director of Communications for the Clayco Industrial Business Unit and Shelby Kroeger is the Director of Communications and Marketing for the architecture and engineering practice, which includes BatesForum and the recently acquired Lamar Johnson Collaborative.

Clayco is a full-service, turnkey real estate development, master planning, architecture, engineering and construction firm that delivers clients across North America the highest quality solutions on time, on budget, and above and beyond expectations. For more information visit<>.

CRG is Clayco’s private real estate development firm that acquires, develops, and operates real estate assets. Headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri with offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Newport Beach and Philadelphia, the CRG team has developed more than 5,000 acres of land and delivered over 160 million square feet of commercial, industrial, and multi-family assets exceeding $9 billion in value. For more information visit

BatesForum is a full-service design and technology firm founded on the principle of creating a single forum that would bring together all of the capabilities of the master builder in a collaborative, creative, and inclusive process. For more information visit<>.

Lamar Johnson Collaborative was founded in August of 2017 when entrepreneurs Lamar and Lisa Johnson had an idea to bring together the best people they’d worked with in the architecture industry to create a firm that offers broad expertise with the intention of better serving clients. For more information visit<>

Midas Hospitality Receives Prestigious Awards from Marriott International

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St. Louis hotelier’s Residence Inn portfolio is nation’s only recipient of guest satisfaction award 

Marriott International recently honored Midas Hospitality – a premier hotel development, management and investment firm – with the distinguished Partnership Circle Award, which is the highest honor that Marriott presents for hospitality excellence.

In addition to the Partnership Circle Award, Midas also received the Guest Satisfaction Excellence Award for Marriott’s Residence Inn brand.  Marriott only presents one award per hotel brand, and Midas’ Residence Inn portfolio – which includes two hotels in Charlotte, N.C. and two in St. Louis, Mo. – was selected as the top ranked group in the country.

The Partnership Circle Award honors companies that live by Marriott’s vision, share a mutual long-term commitment, fully embrace Marriott’s brand initiatives, focus on employees to create a well-managed and engaged workforce, invest in hotel product, and provide outstanding customer service. According to Marriott, being awarded the Partnership Circle Award is a testament to Midas’ dedication to its guests, associates and to upholding the distinguished values that were created by J.W. Marriott many years ago.

“The Partnership Circle Award represents all that we as an organization strive to achieve in terms of excellent customer service and brand distinction,” said David Robert, Midas Hospitality’s CEO and Managing Member.  “We graciously accept this recognition on behalf of our entire team, which is truly responsible for the award and all that it represents to us.”  Robert added that the Residence Inn award “is yet another win for our company and our continuous quest to guarantee the finest experience at each and every property we manage.”

Photo Above: Pictured from left to right are Midas Hospitality’s CEO and Managing Member David Robert and VP Development and Construction Chris Shinkle.

Founded in 2006, Midas Hospitality specializes in the development, management and investment of award-winning hotel properties across the U.S.  The firm focuses on select-service and extended-stay experiences for global brands including Hilton, Marriott, and IHG.  Midas’ headquarters are located at 1804 Borman Circle Dr. in Maryland Heights, Mo.  For more information, call (314) 692-0100 or visit


Kadean Building Second Underground Proton Therapy Vault at Siteman Cancer Center in St. Louis

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$32 million Siteman project focuses on proton therapy to attack tumors in sensitive areas

Kadean Construction has begun building a 48,000 cubic foot, underground concrete vault to house a 120 ton cyclotron for Siteman Cancer Center’s second proton treatment facility in St. Louis, it was announced today.

The vault is being built beneath a parking garage on the Washington University Medical Campus, which also includes Barnes-Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children’s Hospital, in the city’s Central West End.

When completed in mid-to-late 2019, the 40-foot deep vault will house the massive cyclotron, which will produce a focused beam of isolated protons for “pencil-beam scanning,” an advanced form of radiation therapy for patients treated at the S. Lee Kling Proton Therapy Center at Siteman.

In this type of radiation therapy, a single, narrow proton beam is aimed with great precision directly at a cancerous tumor and adjusted for intensity. Its precision helps to spare surrounding healthy tissues and organs and reduce the risk of treatment-related complications, according to experts.

The total cost of the project, which is scheduled to completed in mid-to-late 2019, is $32 million, including $17 million for the cyclotron and related infrastructure provided by Mevion Medical Systems.

The underground proton vault will be 30 feet wide, 40 feet long, and 40 feet tall, and made mostly of high-density concrete with walls that are four feet thick, said Matt Breeze, vice-president of Kadean Construction, based in Fenton, a suburb of St. Louis.

Upon completion, the finished patient treatment room will actually be located in the middle of what is now a cavernous, three-story area. The massive cyclotron and its infrastructure will encompass the treatment room, although it will never be seen by patients or the doctors.

“This is a very complex project,” Breeze said. “We had to dig all the way to bedrock, and then we had to excavate and remove three-to-six feet of bedrock, which serves as the foundation for the concrete floor and the walls of the vault.”

This will be the second proton therapy vault constructed by Kadean at Siteman Cancer Center. In 2011, Kadean finished constructing Siteman’s first proton vault, which, at the time, was the first of its kind in the world. Siteman began treating patients with the first system in 2013. The second vault is immediately adjacent to the first one, which provides some logistical challenges because the construction site has very limited space in which to work or free access for heavy construction equipment.

The first vault, which also houses a Mevion cyclotron, is slightly smaller, Breeze said. And, like the second vault, its walls are four-feet thick and made with high density concrete.

“We learned a lot when we built the first vault,” Breeze said. “The site traffic and logistics are fairly complicated because we had to tackle our work without interrupting the constant flow of patients and hospital deliveries, just as we always do in all medical construction.”

He added that other proton vaults have been built with 14 foot-thick walls for radiation containment.

“Because of the confined area we had to work with when we built the first vault, however, our walls could only be four feet thick,” he said. “The design team solved the problem by using Hematite, a heavy, iron ore aggregate mined in Brazil and shipped to St. Louis.”

Breeze said the high density concrete used for both vaults weighs 250 pounds per cubic foot dry density, whereas regular concrete is about 150 pounds per cubic foot.

Breeze said work on the second vault will involve 25-30 St. Louis-area subcontractors and their crews.

The new proton therapy system will complement the first one, and will be among an array of radiation therapy options available for adult patients at Siteman Cancer Center and pediatric patients through Siteman Kids at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

Pencil-beam scanning delivers a radiation treatment through a single, narrow proton beam aimed directly at the tumor and adjusted for intensity. Then, the beam paints the radiation dose on the tumor. Alternatively, Siteman’s first proton therapy system precisely targets the tumor using magnets that scatter the proton beam across the tumor.

Today, there are 29 proton therapy facilities throughout the United States, according to the National Association for Proton Therapy, and 75 worldwide, according to the Particle Therapy Co-Operative Group (PTCOG). Both are independent, non-profit organizations that track the industry and promote the benefits of proton and particle therapy.

Siteman Cancer Center treats adults from throughout the region and beyond, as well as pediatric cancer patients from St. Louis Children’s Hospital. It is ranked among the top cancer treatment centers by U.S. News & World Report and is one of only a few cancer centers to receive the National Cancer Institute’s highest rating of “exceptional.”

Founded in 1963, Kadean Construction, one of the fastest growing construction companies in the Midwest, specializes in pre-construction, design-build, construction management, and general contracting services in the medical, senior living, retail, commercial, and industrial sectors.

In addition to undertaking major construction projects in recent years for BJC HealthCare at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Missouri Baptist Medical Center, Siteman Cancer Center, and other major medical facilities, Kadean also has built ambulatory surgical centers in Missouri, Kansas, Indiana, Michigan, Florida, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania, and high quality independent and assisted senior living and memory care facilities in the St. Louis and Kansas City regions.

Kadean also has a Kansas City, MO office to better serve customers in Western and Mid-Missouri, Eastern Kansas, and other Midwest locations.

For more information, contact Tom Pagano, 314-602-7549, for Kadean Construction

Helicopter Lift Facilitates IFS HVAC Renovation for the Pattonville School District

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Work is underway on an extensive $3.1 million upgrade of heating, ventilating and air conditioning HVAC systems at four schools in the Pattonville School District in St. Louis County, with Integrated Facility Services (IFS) as the mechanical contractor. The design/build project will replace outdated equipment with new HVAC systems designed to increase energy efficiency and reduce operating costs at Pattonville High School, Pattonville Heights Middle School, Parkwood Elementary and Rose Acres Elementary. Kansas City-based Navitas is the construction manager.

During Pattonville High School’s winter break, the IFS team airlifted 70 tons (lbs) of equipment by air crane helicopter to replace the school’s HVAC rooftop units. The two-and-a-half-hour project involved 70 helicopter lifts to remove 32 existing, hard-to-reach HVAC units and replace them with 38 new HVAC units and cooling coils. 16 IFS employees were on-site along with employees of Midwest Helicopter Airways Inc., the air crane operator, and Navitas, the energy performance contractor.

The IFS project and safety management team conducted an extensive inspection prior to the helicopter lift to ensure complete safety. An area within 200’ of the helicopter lift was cleared of all loose debris, trashcans, benches, and other materials that could become flying debris hazards in the 70 MPH downwash created by the helicopter rotors. A 150’ “sterile” area was established and maintained throughout the flight activity, and only workers essential to the project were allowed on-site. The team monitored weather conditions during the week leading up to the helicopter lift, since strong, sustained winds over 35 mph would delay or cancel the project. IFS executed this lift safely and in record time.

The IFS project is part of a $10 million upgrade to improve HVAC systems; add efficiencies to kitchen, lighting and water systems; replace windows and roofs; improve weatherization; upgrade Building Automation Systems (BAS); and provide advanced data analytics. The initiative is funded through performance contracts and is scheduled to complete next August before the start of the 2019-2020 school year.

Integrated Facility Services (IFS) is a full-service HVAC, plumbing, piping, fire protection and building automation firm with more than 250 professional and trade employees. For more information, call (636) 680-2100 or (573) 442-6100 and visit

Western Specialty Contractors Offers Tips on Protecting Parking Structures from Damage During Winter

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Chemical deicers and snow plows are commonly used in winter to eliminate hazardous ice and snow from parking decks and structures. While deicers are doing their job melting away snow and ice, some may actually be corroding the parking structure’s concrete and reinforcing steel, and some snow removal techniques may actually be doing more damage than good.

Western Specialty Contractors, experts in parking garage restoration and maintenance, offers several tips to minimize unnecessary damage to parking structures during the winter months, and keep drivers safe.

Snow Removal Tips

  • Clearly mark expansion joints in a way that will be visible to the equipment operator when the deck is covered with snow.
  • Establish a snow removal pattern so that the plow blade approaches expansion joints, control joints and tee to tee joints at an angle no greater than 75 degrees.
  • Equip snow plow blades and bucket loaders with shoes or rubber guards that prevent direct contact with the deck surface.
  • Do not pile snow on the deck surface. Piles of snow can exceed the rated load capacity and cause cracking in the concrete deck surface.

Deicing/Salting Tips

Using chemical deicers to control ice and snow buildup is common. However, these chemicals can have a negative effect on concrete and reinforcing steel and should be used sparingly. There are several different types of deicers on the market that can be used, however, only those approved by the American Concrete Institute are recommended.

  • Sodium Chloride – (road salt, table salt) This is the most common used salt deicer. It has little effect on concrete, but promotes corrosion in reinforcing steel and other metals. Use of this type of deicer is NOT recommended.
  • Calcium Chloride – This is a major ingredient in most commercial deicers. It has little effect on concrete, but promotes corrosion in reinforcing steel and other metals. Use of this type of deicer is NOT recommended.
  • Ammonium Nitrate or Ammonium Sulfate – Use of this deicer will lead to serious concrete deterioration due to its direct chemical attack on reinforcing steel. Use of this type of deicer is NOT recommended.
  • Calcium Magnesium Acetate (CMA) – The effects of this deicer are similar to salt, but it requires more time to melt ice. It has no adverse effects on concrete or steel reinforcement. If a deicer is required, a CMA is recommended.

It is important to minimize the amount of deicing chemical applied during the first two years of the concrete being installed. During this time, the concrete has an increased permeability which can allow the deicing chemicals to migrate into the concrete more rapidly. As concrete ages and cures, it will become less permeable and chemicals will not penetrate as easily.

It is important to remember that the use of deicing chemicals in general are not recommended. The safest way to remove ice and snow is to use a plow. Sand can also be used to increase tire traction on the deck, but be sure to protect the drainage system when washing down the deck after its use.

 Family-owned and operated for over 100 years, Western Specialty Contractors is the nation’s largest specialty contractor in masonry and concrete restoration, waterproofing and specialty roofing. For more information about Western Specialty Contractors, visit

S. M. Wilson Introduces #SMWILL

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S. M. Wilson & Co. introduces new corporate philanthropic program, #SMWill as of January 2019.

In an effort to streamline S. M. Wilson’s corporate giving funds and provide more opportunities for employees to support charitable organizations they are passionate about, S. M. Wilson has created #SMWill.

#SMWill is a three-pronged community giving program that encourages employees in their WILL to Serve, Commit and Invest in the communities they build, live and work in. Through #SMWill, S. M. Wilson WILL support at both a company level and at an individual employee level in three ways. S. M. Will…

  • Serve – One paid day of volunteer service for each full-time employee
  • Commit – 501(c)(3) donation matching program $200 per full-time employee
  • Invest – S. M. Wilson funded donations and sponsorships of 501(c)(3) organizations that meet the mission: “Investing in our communities through partnering with organizations focused on supporting the health and education of children”

#SMWill was fully launched in January 2019 and has already supported the community with monetary donations and volunteer hours to organizations such as Ready Readers, Cardinal Glennon Sun Run and Aim High.

S. M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis. For nearly 100 years, S. M. Wilson has provided a complete range of services and has become one of the leading general construction and construction management firms in the St. Louis area. For more information, visit

McCarthy Building Companies makes a “splash” with video shot at new St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station

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The construction workers from McMcCarthy Building Companies, Inc. who are busy building the new St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station took a fun, well-deserved break to reach out to all the “Baby Shark” song lovers in St. Louis and beyond. Here’s the link:

The St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station will open in late 2019. The 120,000-square-foot aquarium will include one-of-a-kind exhibits and tanks featuring thousands of aquatic animals from the rivers and oceans of the world housed in 1.3 million gallons of water. It will bring together state-of-the-art technology, animal care, education and conservation with the excitement of aquatic creatures. The two-story aquarium — built inside the footprint of a nearly 500,000-square-foot, 19th century iron umbrella train shed that is designated as a National Historic Landmark — is a key piece of the $160 million family entertainment complex planned for Union Station by the station’s owner, St. Louis-based Lodging Hospitality Management (LHM).

FGM Architects Expands to Austin, Texas with the Acquistion of Jackon Galloway Firm

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Founded in 1945, FGM Architects currently serves communities in Illinois, Missouri and Wisconsin from offices in Oak Brook, Chicago, O’Fallon, St. Louis and Milwaukee with a staff of 88 architecture, design, technical and administrative professionals.

FGM’s core practice areas are PK-12 schools and higher education; public safety, including police, fire and emergency operations; municipal and recreation facilities. Architectural Record consistently ranks FGM Architects among the Top 300 Architecture firms. Building Design and Construction magazine consistently ranks FGM among the top 25 firms nationally for the design of PK-12 schools.

Jackson Galloway Architects was founded in Austin, TX in 1997 by John Jackson and Bob Galloway, partners who began working together as aspiring architects at the University of Arkansas’s renowned Fay Jones School of Architecture. Jackson Galloway, a firm of 14 professionals, operates throughout Central Texas and is well-known for its expertise with faith-based clients. Jackson Galloway has also completed designs for schools, municipal facilities as well as corporate and residential clients. Recently, Jackson Galloway designed the new City Hall for the City of Hutto, a fast-growing community north of Austin.

Geotechnology & Geotechnical Testing Play Vital Roles in Foundation for New Missouri River Bridge

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The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) opened a new $63 million Highway 47 bridge over the Missouri River in December 2018, replacing a deteriorating bridge built in 1936. The project involved building a new 2,560-foot-long bridge directly upstream (west) of the existing span.

HDR Engineering, Inc., designed the new bridge and Geotechnology, Inc., provided geotechnical services. Alberici Constructors was the contractor.

HDR Engineering designed the bridge using Load and Resistance Factor Design (LRFD) methodology. The design called for a mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) wall to be built on the south end of the bridge and a new approach embankment north of the bridge. The embankment is approximately 15 feet tall and 500 feet in length.

In 2012, Geotechnology began drilling and testing land and river borings for the proposed bridge and proposed mechanically stabilized earth wall, as well as the planned north approach embankment, and the planned approach pavement on both sides of the river. Seismic liquefaction of loose sands along the north approach embankment and lateral spreading at the north abutment during the design earthquake, were identified as geotechnical design issues.

Twelve borings were drilled to bedrock at depths of 17 to 98 feet using Geotechnology exploration rigs on a river barge. The dolomite rock was highly to slightly weathered and was cored up to 40 feet into sound rock. Because of the variable depth to rock, bridge foundations along the south shore bear on spread footings, foundations in the center of the river bear on drilled piers, and foundations on the north and south shores are supported on driven piles. Load Resistance Factor Design (LRFD) analysis and design methods were used in accordance with MoDOT’s Engineering Policy Guide (EPG). Tiered mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) walls were designed to improve slope stability at the south abutment.

The older bridge had two 11-foot lanes, no shoulders, restrictive weight limits and required a regular cycle of maintenance work. The new span has two 12-foot lanes, 10-foot shoulders and a 10-foot protected path for bicyclists and pedestrians. It also has a 100-year design life with limited maintenance and several other enhancements, including variable depth, haunched steel girders, and fluted bridge piers with architectural reveals. An overlook, where walkers and bikers can stop and view the river, is provided at the center bridge pier.

Located between Jefferson City and St. Louis, the bridge connects Warren County to the north and Franklin County to the south, a growing commercial and residential area.

“This bridge is vital to the community, with approximately 11,000 vehicles traveling on it each day,” said Geotechnology Vice President Frank Callanan, P.E., D.GE. “It was critical that thorough geotechnical examinations were conducted to ensure its safety and viability.”

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 #406 in ENR’s Top 500 Design Firms in 2018. 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

St. Jean’s Credit Union Hosts Groundbreaking Ceremony

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NewGround will design new Revere branch


NewGround, a St. Louis-based experiential architecture, design, and delivery firm, recently celebrated the groundbreaking for St. Jean’s Credit Union’s new branch in Revere, Mass.

Relocating from the previous Shirley Avenue site, the new 4,500 square foot building will be nested in a shopping center pad site occupying the credit union’s 2,600 square foot space, with an additional 1,800+ square foot space to be leased.

A departure from St. Jean’s Credit Union’s other locations, the new Revere branch’s retail delivery will incorporate cash recyclers and utilize the universal banker delivery model. The design will also include a drive-up ATM and a 24-hour vestibule ATM.

NewGround employees who attended the groundbreaking ceremony included Joseph DiAntonio, Javier Fernandez, Steve Nagy, and Ralph Nelson.

“NewGround is proud that St. Jean’s Credit Union looked to us to serve as their branch transformation partner, and we are thrilled to break ground on their new Revere branch,” said Kevin Blair, President and CEO of NewGround.

Construction began Friday, December 14, with an anticipated completion in May 2019.

St. Jean’s Credit Union is the second oldest chartered credit union in the U.S. and is headquartered in Lynn, Mass., with other additional locations in Salem and Newburyport.

NewGround is an award-winning international design and delivery firm that creates custom, brand-infused, experiential environments that accelerate client growth and performance. Over the last century, NewGround has completed more than 15,000 projects throughout the USA, Canada and in the United Kingdom. Headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, NewGround maintains corporate offices in Chicago, Illinois, Honolulu, Hawaii, and Toronto, Ontario, with a regional presence throughout the US. For more information, visit NewGround at

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