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David Weekley Homes and Boise Cascade Teamwork Net Boise Cascade 11th “A,A Partners of Choice” Award for 2017

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Boise Cascade Engineered Wood Products, a unit of Boise Cascade Company headquartered in Boise, Idaho, has been selected as one of only 14 national 2017 winners of the prestigious “A,A Partners of Choice” award for supply chain management from David Weekley Homes, the largest for-profit, privately-owned U.S. home builder.  The coveted “A,A Partners of Choice” honor is awarded annually to trading partners receiving the highest marks through participation in Weekley’s world-class supplier evaluation platform.  This program challenges David Weekley Homes and its suppliers to achieve excellence through a rigorous continuous improvement process, the heart of which is the “National Trading Partners Survey.”

Only 7% of 200 suppliers doing business with David Weekley Homes received the highly sought-after “A,A Partners of Choice” award for both quality and service excellence for 2017, marking the 11th time Boise Cascade has received the coveted award.  What put Boise Cascade in a position to succeed so dramatically in that time frame?  By being in a position to take advantage of industry consolidation and rebirth in the past eight years because of the following factors which make up the Boise Cascade 4-point Value Proposition:

BETTER ENGINEERED WOOD PRODUCTS: Watching over the total length of the supply chain through all facets of production; coordinating product flow through constant changes in home styles, variety in floor plans and fluctuations in the homebuilding industry; maintaining quality control over the ultra-close tolerances of engineered wood products; warrantying the quality and performance of engineered lumber for the life of the home; and area managers maintaining excellent working relationships with David Weekley Homes purchasing managers to meet and fulfill product and channel needs in concert with the DWH supply chain.

It means getting products through NATIONWIDE DISTRIBUTORS for delivery to dealers across America. it also means area managers checking that deliveries are complete and on schedule; solving installation issues, with area managers and engineers available to assist with field issues; adapting to changes among building products retailers; and when David Weekley Homes enters a new market, Boise Cascade being willing to provide local supplier recommendations based on its distribution and dealer footprint.

It means SUPPLYING TOOLS such as BC FRAMER® to design homes more efficiently; BC CALC® to optimize loads; BC CONNECT®, the EWP dealer profit center; BC FloorValue® floor performance planning and evaluation; and other tools to assure correct design and installation.  BC FloorValue® calculates floor performance based on dynamic analysis with a “Heat Map” showing deflection and enabling comparison of framing options based on performance and price – all before framing begins.

Finally, David Weekley Homes and Boise Cascade people are EASY TO DO BUSINESS WITH, channels are aligned and projects flowing smoothly; area managers, engineers and software experts are available to solve problems; and good business relationships are enhanced.  David Weekley Homes and Boise Cascade people are all applying their customer focus, understanding what customers need, aligning that with the DWH vision and driving it through the channel, so David Weekley Homes people are delighted.

David Weekley Homes, founded in 1976, is headquartered in Houston and operates in 23 markets across the United States.  David Weekley Homes was the first builder in the United States to be awarded the Triple Crown of American Home Building, an honor which includes “America’s Best Builder,” “National Housing Quality Award” and “National Builder of the Year.” Weekley has also appeared 11 times on FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For®” list. Since inception, David Weekley Homes has closed more than 80,000 homes. For more information about David Weekley Homes, visit the company’s website at [ ]

Boise Cascade Company, headquartered in Boise, Idaho, manufactures engineered wood products, plywood, lumber and particleboard and distributes a broad line of building materials including wood products manufactured by the Company. 

U.S. Department of Commerce Invests $2.35 Million to Bolster Manufacturing and Manufacturing-related Workforce Training in St. Louis

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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross today announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $2.35 million grant to Ranken Technical College of St. Louis, Missouri, to establish an incubator facility that will support the region’s manufacturing sector by providing pre-apprentice and apprenticeship workforce training, and encouraging entrepreneurial start-ups. According to grantee estimates, when fully operational, 100 student workers will generate $4 million annually in products and services for local businesses as part of the integrated work-based learning model.

“Reviving our manufacturing sector and ensuring that our workers have the skills they need to compete globally are key focuses of the Trump Administration,” said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. “I look forward to seeing how Ranken Technical College will help budding manufacturers establish their businesses and train the next generation of workers to support the local economy.”

The incubator, which will be located adjacent to Ranken’s main campus, will engage with local manufacturing partners to provide students with work experience, industrial training and certifications, college credits and/or a part-time salary. Through Ranken Microenterprises, students will be assigned to industry sponsored work cells to manufacture their products/services.

This project was made possible by the regional planning efforts led by the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership and the St. Louis Development Corporation. EDA helped fund the completion of the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership and St. Louis Development Corporation Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy to bring together the public and private sectors to create an economic development roadmap to strengthen the regional economy, support private capital investment and create jobs.

About the U.S. Economic Development Administration (<>)
The mission of the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) is to lead the federal economic development agenda by promoting competitiveness and preparing the nation’s regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy. An agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce, EDA makes investments in economically distressed communities in order to create jobs for U.S. workers, promote American innovation, and accelerate long-term sustainable economic growth.

St. Louis College of Pharmacy Celebrates Grand Opening of New Recreation and Student Center

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The $50 million, 193,000-square-foot building features a 220-bed residence hall, competition gymnasium, recreation and fitness center, student center and more.

St. Louis College of Pharmacy marked an important milestone in its history this afternoon as the College commemorated the grand opening of its new Recreation and Student Center. Students, faculty and staff celebrated with a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony outside the new building in the College’s Quad. The opening of the $50 million, 193,000-square-foot building marks the end of a two-phase construction project that has added more than 400,000 square feet of space to campus and transformed the face of the College.

The completion of the Recreation and Student Center follows the 2015 addition of the six-story, 213,000-square-foot Academic and Research Building, which offers state-of-the-art classroom and research space for students and faculty. Built to meet LEED standards, the new seven-story Recreation and Student Center is designed to serve as a hub of student activity on campus, providing students with one-stop access to study space, academic and personal support resources, dining options and fitness and recreation.

Highlights of the new building include a 10,000-square-foot recreation center, a 350-seat dining hall and a 220-bed residence hall for first- and second-year students. The additional residence hall will double the amount of living space on campus. The building will also house the College’s intercollegiate athletic programs, giving student athletes access to a 1,100-seat competition gymnasium and training facilities. The building also features a recreation gymnasium, a 200-meter track, meeting rooms and a student center with student support offices.

“The opening of our new Recreation and Student Center represents a very important milestone for the College,” said John A. Pieper, Pharm.D., FCCP, FAPhA, president of the College. “Through our campus master planning process, we were committed to building for the future and continuing to provide outstanding facilities designed to provide students, faculty, staff and alumni with unparalleled opportunities to learn and grow. Together, the Academic and Research Building and the Recreation and Student Center reflect this commitment, and we look forward to seeing how these buildings open our campus to the acclaimed biomedical community in which we are located.”

The design of the new building was created by St. Louis-based architecture firm, Forum Studio, while construction was managed by Paric Corporation.

“It’s exciting to unveil the Recreation and Student Center to the public,” said Amy Luchun, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C, associate principal at Forum Studio. “Our team worked with the College to create a space that complements the look of the Academic and Research Building, but offers a more active environment. The use of open stairways connects the students’ activities between floors, and as they move through the building, there are countless areas to relax, study and gather along the way. It’s an incredible space, and we are proud to have partnered with Paric to bring our design to life.”

“The construction of the Academic and Research Building and the Recreation and Student Center have completely transformed our campus,” noted Pieper. “The buildings bring a long-held vision of campus to fruition, and they represent the start of a very bright future for the College.”

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St. Louis College of Pharmacy is one of the oldest and largest colleges of pharmacy in the nation. Founded in 1864, the College has a rich history as an independent institution that continues to lead pharmacy and health care education. 

Six New Technologies To Incorporate On Your Job Site

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Submitted by The Korte Company

The search for efficiency in terms of labor, materials and timelines has come with the territory in the construction industry from the moment someone first made a brick out of mud and then wondered if there was a better way.

We’re way beyond that now, but the spirit remains the same. How can we speed up construction? What materials can we develop that make structures stronger? How can we incorporate increased sustainability into the work we do? How can we use the virtual world to our advantage?

Here are some of trends we’re seeing that are making a big impact on the industry.

  1. Prefabrication

Building things elsewhere prior to their installation on a project site isn’t necessarily new, but it’s come a long way and is gaining in popularity as pressure ratchets up on project budgets and timelines.

You see this happening most on structures designed to contain repetitive elements. Think hospitals, hotels, jails, nursing homes—anything institutional. The technique has a few big advantages:

  • Building elements in a factory before on-site assembly keeps more of the job out of the elements that could potentially delay construction.
  • With external conditions well-controlled, fewer workers are needed to build prefabricated parts compared to what would be needed on site.
  • It’s safer to build these components prior to assembly, as workers aren’t needed in dangerous positions or conditions.
  • Fewer workers are needed on site, too, because assembly is much easier that building piece by piece from the bottom up.

Expect to see more projects utilize prefabrication techniques—especially those on strict deadlines with tight budgets.

  1. Building Information Modeling (BIM)

BIM has also been around a few years, but the technology improved to the point where contractors and owners are finding it extremely useful.

In fact, BIM is required as a cost- and time-saving element of all government-funded structures in the United Kingdom. It’s against the law there not to utilize BIM.

BIM software allows designers to produce 3-D mockups of a planned structure that also incorporate cost and time information. Variables —such as construction methods or different materials— can be manipulated in the software to compare the costs over time of differing techniques or materials used.

  1. Virtual reality / Augmented reality

It’s not just for video games.

Construction companies have begun using VR/AR tech to enhance worker safety training. It allows workers to visualize what they’re learning instead of just reading it in a booklet. That reinforces how serious construction site hazards can be, and has made work sites safer.

Firms also use apps that tie VR/AR tech to their BIM software. This allows contractors and owners to do virtual walkthroughs of a structure long before it’s complete. That allows owners to make more informed design decisions earlier in the construction process, saving time and cutting costs.

  1. Permeable concrete

You’ve heard the term “concrete jungle,” and it’s more than just unsightly. Urban areas have long dealt with the negative effects of concrete structures that change the way the land handles rainwater.

Overuse or inappropriate design of roads or other concrete structures has taxed municipal sewer systems and forced local governments to spend precious public resources on runoff mitigation. It can be avoided.

Permeable or porous concrete uses larger stones and less sand. It’s just as strong as traditional concrete but contains between 15 and 20 percent empty space. The concrete allows rainwater to seep down into the ground as it normally would instead of pooling or running off. That’s shown to take the burden off municipal sewer systems, extending their life, saving repair costs and eliminating the need for costly upgrades.

  1. Fly ash bricks

If you’ve driven past a coal-fired power plant, you’re likely to see two kinds of piles: Heaping mounds of coal ready to burn, and heaping mounds of waste ash from fuel already used.

Waste ash is typically stored in “ash ponds” that do nothing but sit, posing serious risks to groundwater. That was the case in India, where the rapid expansion of coal-fired plants prompted concerned locals to wonder whether there was a way to use the mountains of coal ash quickly rising across the country.

Fly ash bricks are lighter and stronger than traditional bricks or cinder blocks. They’re also cheaper to make. It’s helped mitigate the fly ash problems in India while also making it cheaper to build dwellings for a rapidly-increasing population.

The idea is catching on in the U.S., too, as firms are capitalizing on the chance to produce better-quality building materials while lessening the environmental impact of ash ponds.

  1. Solar roads and materials

Pilot programs underway throughout the world show that roads made of extra-tough solar panels can work.

The technology is expensive and has yet to be perfected, but the potential benefits of dual-use materials such as solar roads has proved too attractive to abandon. The maturation of technology that allows electric vehicles to charge up while in contact with solar roads sweetens the pot.

And it isn’t just about rights of way. Roof-mounted solar panels are great, but if an entire structure can also generate electricity, it’s that much more clean, free energy pumped into the grid. Solar-capable building materials may put the enterprising fly ash brick makers out of business, but they may also help end our reliance on fossil fuels for power generation.

The future favors the bold

Some of these technologies are widely in use. Some remain largely experimental. Your next building might not be made entirely of solar panels.

But it’s important to keep a keen eye looking forward. It will put you —and your customers— in prime position to take advantage of a future where anything is possible.

This article was originally published on The Korte Company learning center here.

About the author

Todd Imming is the Director of Marketing for The Korte Company, an ENR Top 100 Design-Build firm that has delivered more than 3,000 projects throughout the U.S. Imming has led The Korte Company’s marketing department since joining the company in 2004. He earned an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis and has extensive knowledge of marketing, business development and construction.


Etegra, Inc. Ranks #199 on Inc. 5000; #1 in Engineering

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On August 16th, 2017, Inc. 5000 released their list of fastest growing companies in the Nation. Etegra was not only honored to be featured on the list, but amazed to discover they ranked #199, #6 in Missouri and #1 in the field of Engineering!

Etegra founders Mr. Andrew Kishna, CEO, and Mr. Paul Ramsaroop, COO, established a partnership with the plan for an accelerated growth business model that included an infrastructure that could handle the growth, an aggressive marketing strategy, and a focus on fostering partnerships and client relationships. Because of their backgrounds with Federal Programs, they developed an acquisition strategy to gain contracts with the DoD and other Public Agencies.

Etegra began to grow rapidly. In 2013, revenues topped $200K, with more than $600K in 2014, $1.75M in 2015, and $4.6M in 2016. To date, Etegra has executed almost $5M over 17 task orders on the above referenced contracts alone.

“You can only do so much as a small firm, therefore we have to be strategic,” Kishna said. “Despite our size, that strategy has led to winning larger long term contracts with significant clients.”

“Growth is a tonic for most companies. It attracts talent and creates strategic options while generating financial resources to fund new areas of work. We need to focus on continuing to deliver great projects, on time and within budget as the future looks great and will include more complex work. We are now seen as a small business leader,” RT Murthy, Chief Technical Officer, said.

Etegra has now opened a branch office in Dallas, TX to support their existing and new client base.  Etegra is also in the process of opening a third office in Washington DC to further support its Federal client base.

Etegra is a full service, 30+ person 8(a) DBE/MBE architect-engineer (A-E) firm. Our primary services are architecture, engineering, and construction management for the Department of Defense and numerous Federal Agencies.

Spellman Brady Completes Interior Design for The Residences at Thomas Circle

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Senior Living Timeless Design in Historic Neighborhood 

Spellman Brady & Company, an award-winning interior design firm, was engaged by a subsidiary of Bridge Investment Group and Meridian Senior Living to create a comprehensive interior design for The Residences at Thomas Circle, a senior living community in Washington, D.C.

Although a 63-year-old property, the renovated The Residences at Thomas Circle melds seamlessly with today’s living.  Spellman Brady accomplished this through infused light, classic furnishings, fine art landmark photography, and an updated space plan.  With the new space plan the multifunctional areas are energized social gathering hotspots, which include a hospitality area with kitchen, reception, dining room, and living room.

“The renovation has aligned Thomas Circle with seniors in pursuit of stylish transitional designs and leading edge life enrichment programming to suit their needs,” said Brad Caldwell, Bridge Investment Group.  “Spellman Brady helped us plan and translate our vision into reality.”

The historic Residences at Thomas Circle is surrounded by a unique and vibrant residential neighborhood located only blocks away from the White House.  With hospitality in mind, the interior is now timeless and sophisticated showcasing the natural light and historical architecture of the surrounding community.

Bridge Investment Group is a real estate investment firm specializing in value-added opportunities in senior housing and medical properties, such as refurbishment and renovation, adding services and amenities investing primarily in the United States.  

Meridian Senior Living, the project’s operation/management Company, provides outstanding care and services for more than 7,000 residents in a comfortable, home-like setting at communities across the United States.

Spellman Brady & Company is an award-winning St. Louis–based interior design firm specializing in senior living, healthcare, and higher education environments.

Legacy Suites Opens New Hotel In South Carolina Rock Hill’s Extended Stay Hotel Is Only Second One Built In The Country

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Legacy Suites recently opened at 1835 Canterbury Glen Lane in Rock Hill, S.C.  The $11 million 64,000-square-foot hotel is four stories and includes 115 all-suite rooms with fully-equipped kitchens.  This is the second Legacy Suites hotel in the country.  The first one is located in Donaldsonville, La.  A third Legacy Suites, which will have 107 all-suite rooms and cost $11.5 million, will open in the summer of 2018 at 1011 Woodruff Rd. in Greenville, S.C.

General Manager Michael Williams said Rock Hill was selected for Legacy Suites’ second hotel location because “our company wants to support and be a part of the area’s continuous business growth.”

Legacy Suites, which offers modern and spacious studio suites, features an all-inclusive extended stay experience complete with kitchen and full size appliances.  Additional amenities include a gathering room, fitness center, laundry facilities, and a backyard seating area with barbecue grills and a picnic area.

“Legacy Suites are an excellent option for extended stay travelers who are looking for comfort and a wide array of amenities,” said Williams.  “We look forward to joining this community with our newest property, which is perfectly situated in order to accommodate the growing area.”

Midas Hospitality, a premier hotel management group, is managing the hotel.  Sister company MC Hotel Construction, a general contractor specializing in new hotel construction and renovations, built the hotel.

Founded in 2006, Midas Hospitality has developed, opened and currently manages numerous properties including 40 hotels in 14 states.  The company serves global brands including Hilton, IHG, Marriott, and Starwood.  Midas Hospitality’s headquarters are located at 1804 Borman Circle Dr. in Maryland Heights, Mo.  For more information, call (314) 692-0100 or visit

MC Hotel Construction, which is also located at 1804 Borman Circle Dr., specializes in hotel construction and renovations with projects currently underway in six states.  MC Hotel Construction builds for leading brands such as Hilton, Marriott, IHG, Starwood and

HOK-Designed ARTerra Residential Tower Breaks Ground in Kansas City

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12-story building will complement culture and diversity of city’s vibrant Crossroads Art District.

The Crossroads Arts District, known for its galleries, boutiques and signature restaurants, will soon be home to one of Kansas City’s marquee urban residences. Developers Altus Properties and Copaken Brooks recently broke ground on ARTerra, a 126-unit residential tower designed to reflect the creativity and individuality of the Crossroads. HOK is leading the architectural design for ARTerra-the Crossroads’ first-ever apartment high-rise. JE Dunn is serving as contractor.

When it opens in late 2018, ARTerra will total more than 200,000 square feet, with 126 units consisting of a mix of studios, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments.

Located at 21st and Wyandotte, ARTerra features design elements that will make the building immediately recognizable both within the neighborhood and beyond. A social lounge on ARTerra’s rooftop offers residents and guests unobstructed views of downtown Kansas City and surrounding districts. At night, the glass lounge glows like a lantern, distinguishing ARTerra within the cityscape.

At street level, ARTerra’s glass-walled lobby and 2,000 square feet of retail space serve as a counterbalance to the rooftop lounge and engagement point for residents, guests and passersby. An outdoor pool and a terrace on the roof of ARTerra’s attached parking garage provide views of historic Union Station and the National World War I Memorial and Museum.

“We wanted ARTerra to respond to both the city skyline and the neighborhood streets,” said Jonathan Wirth, senior project designer at HOK’s St. Louis studio. “We anchored the building’s amenities-pool, retail spaces, lobby-to engage Wyandotte Street to fit within the Crossroads’ urban fabric, while the social lounge hovers above as a beacon in the Kansas City skyline.”
Staggered balconies create a playful dappled pattern along ARTerra’s north facade. Perforated and solid metal panels provide the building’s east and west exteriors with a sleek, varied texture.

“HOK is thrilled to be working on this transformative project just a few steps from our office,” said Chris DeVolder, managing principal of HOK’s Kansas City studio. “Altus and Copaken Brooks have an exciting vision for the Crossroads District, and we are proud to be helping them bring that vision to life.”

“HOK’s design team consistently delivers great design with great value for our projects,” added Josh Udelhofen, Altus’ managing director of development. “Their attention to detail on unit design and amenities actually improved our pro-forma projections while creating what will certainly be a signature building within the Crossroads District”

ARTerra is the first building in Kansas City to be built using the Prescient(r) structural system, a prefabricated steel framing structure that reduces framing time and costs.

HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm. Through a network of 23 offices worldwide, including St. Louis and Kansas City, HOK provides design excellence and innovation to create places that enrich people’s lives and help clients succeed. DesignIntelligence consistently ranks HOK as a leader in sustainable, high-performance design and technology innovation.

O’Fallon, Ill. Sport Complex Saves $1 Million in Building Seven New Soccer Fields

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Byrne & Jones Sports Delivers Artificial Surface Fields in Less Than 90 Days 

The O’Fallon Family Sports Park has scored big time with a cooperative purchasing agreement that has delivered seven new soccer fields in less than 90 days while saving $1 million.  Rather than put the project out to bid, the city tapped the National Joint Power Alliance (NJPA) to complete all of its product and service purchasing.  The turnkey project for the artificial turf field was procured through NJPA vendor Shaw Sports Turf, based in Calhoun, Ga.   St. Louis-based Byrne & Jones Sports performed the work transforming the sports complex’s natural turf fields to synthetic turf.

Cooperative purchase agreements allow cities, schools and governmental entities to more efficiently procure products and services through vendors that have been thoroughly vetted and priced by a cooperative purchasing entity.  The purchasing consortium becomes the lead agency in bidding and awarding contracts for its members who can select turnkey contracts that have already been competitively bid.  It saves time and money because there is one procurement process rather than many.

Staples, Minn-based NJPA leverages the national purchasing power of more than 50,000 member agencies while also streamlining the required purchasing process.  In the case of O’Fallon, it established a guaranteed maximum price of $4.5 million for the seven new fields, including installation.  The city originally projected the cost to be $5.5 million to put the bid out themselves, including the product and warranty, engineering and the certified builder to perform site preparation and installation.

“We wanted to ensure taxpayer money on the sports complex renovations was spent wisely,” said Mary Jeanne Hutchison, director of O’Fallon Parks and Recreation. “NJPA gave us a complete package that had been thoroughly researched and priced.  In the end, we got the product we wanted for the right price and were able to strea

S. M. Wilson Completes Construction of New $8.9 Million Performance Gymnasium & Student Commons at Cor Jesu Academy

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S. M. Wilson & Co. has completed construction of the new $8.9 million performance gymnasium and student commons at Cor Jesu Academy that enables the school to add new course offerings and state-of-the-art learning programs, while also growing its sports programs. The 40,000-square-foot, three-level addition is the second part of the Catholic, private, all-girl high school’s long-range campus enhancement plan that also included site improvements and increased on-campus parking.

The building addition includes a new performance gymnasium on the first level with one full court and state-of-the-art features conducive to basketball and volleyball competition, along with permanent bleachers and expanded weight and workout rooms. The second floor offers a new dance studio/multipurpose room, student commons and athletic offices. Four new innovative classrooms designed to foster leadership development and provide collaborative, cross-curriculum learning environments are located on the third floor.

The new student commons was built in open space between the new addition and the existing school building and provides a dramatic overlook into the new gymnasium. This designated community area will allow students to gather, meet with faculty and utilize collaborative study areas.

S. M. Wilson & Co. provided construction management services for the project, and Hastings + Chivetta was the project architect. Both firms engaged Cor Jesu students and faculty in STEM-related learning experiences as part of the building project throughout the 2016-17 academic year.

Cor Jesu Academy is a leading Catholic college-preparatory high school for young women founded in 1956 and operated by the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Students from 60 zip codes across the St. Louis metropolitan area currently attend the school and come from more than 100 different Catholic, public, private and home-schooling learning environments. For more information, visit

S. M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis.

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