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RSS Honored with 2017 Perfection Award from Carlisle SynTec Systems

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Local Roofing Contractor Acknowledged for Exceptional Installation Quality for Third Consecutive Year 

Carlisle SynTec Systems, a leading manufacturer of single-ply roofing materials for more than 50 years, recently honored RSS Roofing Services & Solutions with its 2017 Perfection Award. Each year, Carlisle presents this award to the top five percent of its contractors.

“We are honored to accept this great achievement for the third consecutive year, and look forward to many more,” said Joe Lauberth, General Manager of RSS Roofing Services & Solutions – St. Louis. “This award is Carlisle’s way to acknowledge and thank contractors for whom perfection is the highest priority. The RSS team demonstrates the importance of perfection on every job.”

The Perfection Award is a distinction that recognizes the top tier of Carlisle’s contractors annually. To qualify, contractors must complete a minimum amount of warranted work and number of jobs per year. Recipients are then selected based on a history of exceptional installation quality and warranty claim performance.

“Carlisle appreciates contractors who are committed to providing top-quality workmanship and RSS Roofing Services & Solutions exemplifies this philosophy,” said Nick Shears, Carlisle’s Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “Contractors who receive this award have consistently demonstrated high levels of skill and expertise, but what truly sets them apart is their commitment to perfection on every installation.”

RSS Roofing Services and Solutions is a nationally-recognized, design-build roofing contractor covering projects of all sizes for the commercial, industrial and institutional markets. For more information on this award, visit Carlisle SynTec Systems’ website here.

Western Specialty Contractors Branches in Florida, Texas and Georgia Serve as Staging Locations for Gulf Coast Disaster Recovery Services

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Losing a structure or building to an unforeseen natural disaster, such as flooding or the recent hurricanes in Florida and Texas, can be devastating to the owner and its tenants.

The decision to move forward with repairs may not come quickly, but when it does, facility managers and owners should work with a specialty contractor experienced in disaster recovery to get the job done correctly and efficiently.  Western Specialty Contractors’ branch offices in Atlanta, GA; Houston and San Antonio, TX and Orlando, FL have been helping companies recover from natural disasters on the Gulf Coast for over 50 years.

“Bringing a building or structure back to life in the case of a natural disaster takes a certain level of experience and skill,” said Chester Scott, Branch Manager of Western’s Atlanta, GA branch. “Special skills are needed to properly assess the damage, develop a recovery plan and initiate the restoration or take steps to mitigate further loss.”

Disaster recovery services provided by Western Specialty Contractors include:

  • Building exterior stabilization
  • Emergency building enclosure
  • Roofing repair and replacement
  • Window boarding, repair and replacement
  • Interior demolition
  • General clean up
  • Masonry and concrete repair
  • Historic restoration

When Hurricane Katrina, one of the five deadliest and costliest hurricanes in the history of the United States, struck the Gulf Coast in 2005, Western Specialty Contractors was there to help.

South Shore Harbour Marina features one of the largest boat slips near the New Orleans Lakefront Airport overlooking Lake Pontchartrain. Hurricane Katrina left the covered slips unusable and virtually unrecognizable. Western crews worked to remove any remaining damaged panels and purlins and completely replaced the outer skin of the slips (approximately 30,000 square feet) with interlocking Berridge Zee-Lock panels. Western also replaced the guard house that overlooked the harbor with a new modular version and made renovations to the public restroom and oil containment facilities, which all suffered severe wind and flood damage during the hurricane.

That same year, Western Specialty Contractors came to the rescue of Florida-based Ardaman & Associates after they noticed some leaking windows in their building, resulting from the recent hurricane activity.

Western crews came out and surveyed the building before making a recommendation to re-seal all of the glass-to-glass, metal-to-glass and metal-to-concrete window joints throughout the entire building. The result was a watertight building and a happy owner.

For more information about Western Specialty Contractors’ disaster recovery services, visit

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


KAI Design & Build Offers Experienced Disaster Relief Services to Get Utilities, Businesses Back Up and Running Quickly

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When natural disasters occur, like recent Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, which left a trail of devastation across eastern Texas and Florida, hiring a contractor with disaster relief experience is key to getting public utilities and businesses back up and running quickly, with minimal disruption to customers.

KAI Design & Build, with its experience in rebuilding after a catastrophe, is prepared at a moment’s notice to assist clients nationwide with emergency disaster relief. For more than a decade, KAI has developed and refined its many services to assist clients who have suffered major damage to a structure or facility due to a natural disaster.

“We undertake a significant management role in coordinating strategies to provide relief, as well as enhance our clients’ abilities to quickly recover from emergencies and catastrophes,” said Bruce Wood, PE, CCM, Chief Operating Officer at KAI Design & Build. “KAI is ready around-the-clock to respond with our construction management, engineering, architecture and construction services to address any type of disaster, damage or disruption.”

Disaster Relief Case Study

In 2016, KAI was contracted by the St. Louis Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) to provide emergency relief services after historic rains and severe flooding at the end of 2015 caused the shutdown of two of its wastewater treatment plants, and damage to a third plant. The total estimated damage was $11 million.

KAI worked with MSD to quickly identify the primary and secondary treatment process equipment that needed to be refurbished or replaced as a result of the flooding, as well as developed plans and schedules to get the plants back into operation.

Although protected by a levee designed for a 500-year-flood, the Meramec River overtopped the levee and completely flooded MSD’s wastewater treatment plant in Fenton, Missouri, including the control room, and knocked out all power. At one point, the entire facility was submerged under six feet of water.

Despite the Fenton Plant being completely offline, primary treatment was re-established within 45 days, secondary treatment was re-established within 2.5 months, and a regulatory deadline for disinfection was met as well. The estimated cost of the damage was $7.5 million.

At that same time, the Grand Glaize Creek, which runs directly to the south of MSD’s Grand Glaize Treatment Plant, became engorged with flood waters due to historic levels on the Meramec River and connecting waterways. As soon as flooding was predicted, a sandbag wall was constructed, but as time went on, the predicted water level increased and ultimately the sandbag wall was breached. Portions of the plant were flooded and MSD crews had to be evacuated.

Within four days, MSD, with help from KAI, was able to restore partial service at the Grand Glaize Treatment Plant, and secondary treatment processes were restored within a month. The estimated cost of the damage was $2.5 million.

While the Grand Glaize and Fenton treatment plants sustained the most damage causing significant interruption to service, MSD’s Missouri River Treatment Plant experienced flooding in one building located in a low-lying area as a result of the heavy rains.

A quick response including sandbag operations prevented further damage and associated interruptions in treatment. The Missouri River plant operated in emergency mode for only one week, with all treatment operations restored within another 10 days. The estimated cost of the damage was $1 million.

Services/skills provided by KAI on these projects included:

  • Mobilizing a team quickly. Within 48 hours, KAI was able to assemble a 14-person team integrated from four firms.
  • Achieving close cooperation and communication from everyone involved. KAI was able to track the daily time of employees and materials from several entities, including KAI’s team.
  • Monitoring MSD’s minority involvement goals. MSD has established strict guidelines for Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) participation, and KAI was also tasked with monitoring each contractor’s participation for compliance.
  • Practical planning and strategizing. Through its planning and scheduling process, KAI was able to determine what material and equipment was needed and when. Using this information, KAI managed the procurement process, met the schedules and minimized the impact to customers.
  • Highly focused reviews. KAI’s team reviewed proposals to focus on needs and processes to meet the set schedule.
  • Construction inspection. The KAI team provided full-time construction inspection services at all three plants, at times, on an “around the clock” basis.

KAI Design & Build is a national 100+ person design and build firm headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. KAI provides design and build integrated project delivery solutions through client collaboration, the latest technology, proprietary processes and individual expertise

Wiegmann completes HVAC Projects The Sheridan Senior Living Facilities

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Wiegmann Associates has completed design/build HVAC work at three new The Sheridan senior living facilities in the St. Louis region. Wiegmann was the Engineer of Record, installing contractor, and on-site project manager for the HVAC and Building Automation System at all three facilities. The owner, developer and operator of The Sheridans is Senior Lifestyle Corp., a closely held national company based in Chicago, Ill. that specializes in senior housing communities.

Wiegmann most recently completed the HVAC work at The Sheridan at Chesterfield, a $31 million, 84,000-square-foot assisted living and memory care facility with 91 units. Wiegmann previously completed HVAC design/build work at The Sheridan at Laumeier Park in Sunset Hills, MO, and The Sheridan at Creve Coeur in Creve Coeur, MO.

The high-efficiency HVAC systems were engineered by Wiegmann to reduce first costs and long-term maintenance, and will save the owner $25,000 per year in energy costs across the three facilities, as compared to the original design. Wiegmann’s HVAC system design also improved humidity control and reduced noise levels while increasing usable interior space.

Construction of the three facilities created more than 425 construction jobs and nearly 300 permanent jobs. Brinkmann

Wiegmann Associates is a St. Louis-based mechanical contractor serving the commercial, industrial and institutional markets, and a national leader in design/build HVAC projects.

Accounting Firm Offers Seminar on Revenue Recognition Rules

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RubinBrown is holding a seminar on the topic, which has already generated a ton of interested from the St. Louis business community. The first session sold out in less than a day, so RubinBrown is now offering an afternoon session on Thursday, Oct. 5. Registration for this new session is available at and they expect this session will sell out, as well.

The new Revenue Recognition rules will be affecting nearly every industry, though some will be impacted more than others. That’s one of the questions we’re hearing the most – “What’s the end result, and how will this affect my particular industry/business?”

Eric Janson noted that, specifically for the construction industry, we’re going to see changes to how incentives, claims and uninstalled materials are recognized. Additionally, contractors will notice significant changes. Companies will be seeing changes not only in accounting, but it also may impact compensation agreements, loans, etc.

AMKO Donates $100,000 To Red Cross To Assist With Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief

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TAMKO Building Products, Inc. has proudly donated $100,000 to the American Red Cross to assist with their Hurricane Harvey disaster relief efforts in Houston and the surrounding area. TAMKO presented the funds at the Joplin, Missouri Red Cross office on September 6.


“Thanks to generous partners like TAMKO, the American Red Cross is there, providing food, shelter and comfort to people affected by Hurricane Harvey,” said Stacy Burks, Executive Director of the American Red Cross Southern Missouri.  “We have deployed over a dozen local [Joplin-area] volunteers. They join more than 3,000 Red Cross disaster workers who will continue to support families as they begin to recover and rebuild.”

In the past, TAMKO has donated to the Red Cross to assist with disaster recovery from tornadoes that ravaged areas where TAMKO operates, including a deadly EF-5 tornado in 2011 that struck the town of Joplin where TAMKO is headquartered.

TAMKO’s President and CEO David Humphreys, said, “The devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey are heartbreaking. TAMKO and its employees have witnessed first-hand what the American Red Cross can do to help in these types of disaster situations. We make this donation in the spirit of kindness that Houston and its neighbors so desperately need now.”   

TAMKO Building Products, Inc. is one of the nation’s largest independent manufacturers of residential and commercial roofing products (including Heritage Asphalt Shingles and Metalworks Steel Shingles), decking and railing products, waterproofing, cements, and coatings.  


McCarthy Building Companies Collaborates with PrecisionHawk to Scale its Drone Services in Construction

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One of the nation’s largest general contractors, [ McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. is collaborating with PrecisionHawk, a provider of enterprise-grade, commercial drone technology, to help scale its growing drone program. Using PrecisionHawk’s open software architecture, the companies will develop custom software and algorithms, to empower the construction industry using aerial intelligence.

McCarthy will deploy several near-term initiatives, including:

  • Automatically generating as-built 3D/4D BIM models from photogrammetry data captured by drones on job-sites
  • Applying Ground Penetrating Radar data to provide more accurate information to critical construction projects while reducing survey times
  • Implementing augmented reality techniques for more accurate information visualization.

“It is our aim to build a process that can automatically generate as-built 3D models with photogrammetry data and integrate those models across all phases of a project from early in the design phase through construction completion and turnover,” said McKenzie Lewis, McCarthy field solutions manager. “As drones become an increasingly important technology tool in our process, PrecisionHawk brings experienced and sophisticated development and deployment solutions that can scale with our business needs.”

A number of years ago, McCarthy began its evaluation of how enterprise drone programs can increase efficiency, improve safety, reduce risk and ultimately provide value for clients across all of its jobsites. Their test of drone platforms and aerial stitching software proved that drones improve data analysis on complex building projects.

“For the enterprise, we know the first step to building a drone program is simply proving the value of the technology. But to truly be an industry pioneer, you need to think beyond the ability to fly a drone or create a map,” said Jeffrey Freund, VP Construction Services at PrecisionHawk.

“McCarthy understands that to lead the industry in photogrammetry technology means integrating an entire platform, which includes rapid data capture, intelligence and visualization, into the enterprise workflow. We are excited to bring our expertise in scaling a drone program to support their efforts.”

McCarthy is the oldest privately held national construction company in the country – with more than 150 years spent collaborating with partners to solve complex building challenges on behalf of its clients.

PrecisionHawk is a leading provider of advanced commercial drone technologies. The company, founded in 2010, is privately held and located in Raleigh, NC.


Western Specialty Contractors to Participate in New York City’s Annual Create + Construct Symposium

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Western Specialty Contractors, along with a diverse group of architectural, engineering and construction experts, will participate in the third annual Create + Construct symposium on Sept. 19 in New York City. The symposium is sponsored by Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. (SGH), a national engineering firm that designs, investigates and rehabilitates structures and building enclosures.

According to a press release on the event, the New York City Mayor’s Office reports that 90 percent of the city’s one million structures will still be in use in 2050. Building permits for construction on existing buildings have doubled in value over the last five years from $4.5 billion in 2011 to more than $9 billion in 2016, according to the New York Buildings Congress. In the wake of this shift, Create + Construct will serve as a forum for AEC practitioners to discuss how to transform these structures and build a stronger New York City through adaptive reuse and rehabilitation.

An American Institute of Architects (AIA) – accredited educational event, the full-day symposium will feature five sessions, including a panel discussion on the challenges of updating existing structures.

Michael Radigan

Michael Radigan, Senior Operations Manager of Western Specialty Contractors’ Facades Division, will participate in Session 4: Extend + Enhance. This session will also include speakers from Page Ayres Cowley Architecture and Simpson Gumpertz & Heger. Radigan’s contribution to the program will include specifics of the $70 million recladding and enhancement of 215 East 68th Street, a high-end apartment building on NYC’s Upper East Side. The terra cotta rainscreen recladding installed by Western is one of the largest of its kind in the nation and provides enhanced energy efficiency, aesthetics and overall performance of the building.

Radigan specializes in overseeing large-scale, complex facade restoration and recladding projects. He has more than 35 years of construction experience in NYC, having worked on such high-profile projects as the Empire State Building, Tweed Courthouse, Woolworth Building, One Madison, 11 Waverly Place and Guardian Life Building.

The symposium will include a keynote presentation by Annabelle Selldorf of Selldorf Architects on architecture and design trends affecting adaptive reuse projects, and a panel discussion on the current and future state of this critical market sector moderated by Guy Geier, AIA New York President-Elect and FXFOWLE Managing Partner.

Final registration for the event closes on Sept. 12, 2017. The symposium will take place at the Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W 17thStreet, New York, NY. The event will begin with registration at 8 a.m. and conclude with a reception at 5 p.m. For more information about the symposium, visit

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.

Milestone Design-Build Project Wins National Award of Merit

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Liberty Utilities and Wastewater Treatment Facilities has won a *National Award of Merit **in the Water/Wastewater* category from the Design-Build Institute of America.  In addition to being the *first* publicly financed wastewater treatment plant in Missouri using the Design-Build delivery, this new $75 million system diverts flow from aging, undersized neighboring facilities and allows the town of Liberty, Missouri, future growth and independence for decades to come.

Lisa Washington, DBIA’s Executive Director/CEO stated:

“Design-build projects like the groundbreaking Liberty Utilities project will not only improve the lives of millions of Americans nationwide, they also provide innovation, time and cost savings at the same time. DBIA is thrilled to honor the Liberty Utilities and Wastewater Treatment project and this impressive list of design-build winners while also recognizing the contributions these projects make to their communities.”…Lisa Washington, CAE, DBIA Executive Director/CEO”.

This project is automatically a nominee for the National Award of Excellence in its category. Winners will be announced during the Design-Build Conference & Expo on November 9th in Philadelphia.  To view project profile and additional Merit Award winners, view the DBIA’s 2017 Awards page:

Goodwin Brothers Construction is a three-generation family-owned business, celebrating 70 years of building this year. I would love to connect you with company leadership for an interview. I am also more than happy to provide any assets that might interest you, including renderings and high-resolution photos of the finished project.


McGrath Completes Construction of Newborn Intensive Care Unit at Progress West Hospital in St. Charles County, Missouri

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McGrath & Associates has completed construction of a newborn intensive care unit (NICU) within the Childbirth Center at Progress West Hospital in O’Fallon, Missouri. The eight-bed NICU will allow the hospital to care for premature babies born as early as 32 weeks. The architect for the project was Fox Architects.

The new NICU features eight newborn intensive care beds throughout a special care nursery, procedure room, and baby nursery. Each bed includes state-of-the-art technology in a unique, family-centered layout with accommodations for an overnight guest. The space was completed with high-end finishes, with features such as brightly colored accent walls, glass-fronted maple supply cabinets, and frosted-glass and maple room dividers between the suites.
McGrath implemented strict isolation and infection prevention measures during construction to ensure a clean and safe environment for patients and staff.

McGrath & Associates is a 100 percent employee-owned general contractor and construction management firm specializing in commercial, health care, industrial, institutional and pharmaceutical construction projects since 1983.

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