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Formation Development Group Awards S. M. Wilson Two New Senior Living Projects

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S. M. Wilson & Co. has been selected by Formation Development Group to serve as the construction manager on two new senior living facilities.

The Solana East Cobb is a new facility in Marietta, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta. The three-story building will feature 66 assisted living care units, while the one-story wing will feature 28 memory care units.  Amenities will include dining rooms. café, living room area with fireplace, salon, library, fitness room, wellness center, art studio and theater.

The Solana Mount Pleasant will include a three-story facility with 168 units offering a mix of independent living, assisted living and memory care, as well as four cottages. The project is being built in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, a suburb of Charleston. The facility will feature private dining areas for independent living and assisted living, a bistro, salon, theatre, indoor pool, fitness center and art studio. Other amenities will include a dog park, walking paths and ponds.

PRDG is the architect on both projects.

S. M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis. S. M. Wilson is one of the largest general construction and construction management firms in the St. Louis area. The company posted $280 million in 2016 revenues, and ranks 220th in Engineering News-Record’s 2016 list of Top 400 commercial contractors nationwide. For more information, visit


McGrath Completes Work on $4.8 Million Hybrid Operating Room at Memorial Hospital Belleville

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McGrath & Associates has completed work on a new $4.8 million hybrid vascular operating room (OR) at Memorial Hospital Belleville in Belleville, Illinois. McGrath also recently completed the renovation of OR 6 at Memorial Hospital Belleville.  The architect for the projects was Archimages.

The hybrid operating room incorporates advanced surgical, imaging and monitoring technology for cutting-edge and minimally invasive endovascular surgical procedures. McGrath combined two existing operating rooms to accommodate the high-tech equipment, including a Siemens Artis Zeego robotic-arm imaging system and Storz monitoring equipment.

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. 

Post-Dispatch Names Cee Kay Supply a Winner of 2017 Top Workplaces Award

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Cee Kay Supply has been awarded a 2017 Top Workplaces honor by The Post-Dispatch. The Top Workplaces lists are based solely on the results of an employee feedback survey administered by WorkplaceDynamics, LLC, a leading research firm that specializes in organizational health and workplace improvement. Several aspects of workplace culture were measured, including Alignment, Execution, and Connection, just to name a few.

Doug Claffey

“The Top Workplaces award is not a popularity contest. And oftentimes, people assume it’s all about fancy perks and benefits.” says Doug Claffey, CEO of WorkplaceDynamics. “But to be a Top Workplace, organizations must meet our strict standards for organizational health. And who better to ask about work life than the people who live the culture every day-the employees. Time and time again, our research has proven that what’s most important to them is a strong belief in where the organization is headed, how it’s going to get there, and the feeling that everyone is in it together. Claffey adds, “Without this sense of connection, an organization doesn’t have a shot at being named a Top Workplace.”

At the core of Cee Kay Supply’s values is being people oriented. “Cee Kay Supply strives to make things better everyday for each of our employees, customers, suppliers, and community” said Ned Lane, President of Cee Kay Supply. “To receive the Top Workplaces honor for the first time during our history speaks volumes to the amount of work our employees and management team has put into Cee Kay Supply,” said Ned Lane. Cee Kay Supply looks forward to building upon the momentum of this award and raising the bar even higher on the value we place on all the people in the Cee Kay Supply community.

Cee Kay Supply is the largest independent supplier of industrial gases, welding and cutting equipment and supplies in Missouri. 

Headquartered in Exton, PA, WorkplaceDynamics specializes in employee feedback surveys and workplace improvement. 

Holland Construction Services Breaks Ground on New Building for First Presbyterian Church of Edwardsville

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Holland Construction Services, Inc. (Holland) recently joined with members of the First Presbyterian Church of Edwardsville at a ground breaking ceremony for their new $3 million church.

Holland is providing design/build services for this new 11,056 square-foot church located on a 6-acre site on Ridgeview Road.  The new facility will include a sanctuary, offices, and an education wing.

The current church located on North Kansas Street was built in 1923 and in need of repairs as well as not being ADA compliant. The new building will be energy efficient, one level, and meet ADA requirements.

“First Presbyterian is the first church established in Edwardsville, and its people continue to step out in faith toward new territory,” said Pastor Dr. John C. Hembruch.  “We are pleased to partner with Holland, and excited by the construction progress we see on our new home for mission and ministry.  We’re grateful for the many expressions of support we’ve received from members of the community.”

The last service held in the existing church was on Easter.  The 375 member congregation is currently meeting at Goshen Elementary School during construction which is scheduled for completion in January of 2018.

Hurford Architects out of Glen Carbon, Illinois is Holland’s design/build partner on the project.

Holland Construction Services is a full-service construction management, general contracting, and design/build firm based in Swansea, Ill., guided by the principle of providing our clients the best possible building experience on every project. 

Integrated Facility Services Installing $3.2 Million Plumbing System For Kansas City Mixed-Use Development

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Integrated Facility Services (IFS) is installing a $3.2 million plumbing system for the $40 million 51st and Oak multi-use development in Kansas City, Missouri.

Van Trust Real Estate is the developer, HOK is the architect and The Weitz Company is the general contractor for the design-build project, which is scheduled for completion in December 2017.
The eight-story, 325,000-square-foot complex includes 170 luxury apartments, a clubhouse and fitness center, student health center, Whole Foods grocery and parking garage on a nearly three-acre site.IFS participated very early in the design process, which used Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) planning, BIM technology and Robotic Total Station Layout.

Integrated Facility Services (IFS) is a full-service HVAC, plumbing, piping, fire protection and building automation firm with more than 270 professional and trade employees

Midas Hospitality Purchases Its First Hotel in Texas

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A St. Louis company is adding a Texas hotel to its expanding portfolio that includes 41 hotels in 14 states.

Midas Hospitality, a premier hotel management group, recently purchased a Staybridge Suites in Houston from Pride Management Inc. of Beaumont, Texas.  The $21.6 million property opened in January of 2017 and is the first hotel the company has acquired in Texas.

Located at 9000 Main St. directly across from NRG Stadium, the 120-room hotel is also conveniently located near the Houston Medical Center.  The property features a variety of amenities including a business center, meeting room, fitness center, outdoor pool, evening reception, and barbeque grills.

“This opportunity fit perfectly with our company’s vision and capabilities,” said Midas Hospitality CEO David Robert.  “Houston is a continuously evolving city, and we have researched this market for many years.  The acquisition happened at the right time and place for us, and we could not be more excited to be a part of this growing community.”

Founded in 2006, Midas Hospitality has developed, opened and currently manages numerous properties including 41 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

V Three Studios Designs New Facility for The Voice of the Navajo Nation

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Upgrades for radio broadcast studio KTNN 660 AM reach beyond reservation

Native Broadcast Enterprise, “The Voice of the Navajo Nation”, KTNN 660 AM and “Capital Country”, KWRK 96.1 FM radio stations in St. Michaels, Ariz., recently moved its operations to a new state-of-the-art, 7,352-square-foot facility designed by V Three Studios, a nationally-renowned architectural firm known for their media and communications  design work. The new facility features eight studios supporting AM/FM radio and digital broadcast capabilities reaching listeners beyond reservation lines, providing Navajo people across the country, and even overseas, with a connection to home.

V Three worked with Native Broadcast Enterprise to create a facility that celebrates the Navajo culture and reflects the station’s mission of educating, informing and entertaining the Navajo people, many of whom rely on the station as the only source of news and entertainment. Navajo-owned design/build firm LAM Corporation developed the building shell and site work.

“It was a privilege to work on a project with such a strong connection to the community it serves,” said Kurt Kerns, principal and founder of V Three Studios, LLC. “The design of the new facility not only showcases the beauty and tradition of the Navajo culture, it allows for the station to operate and grow in the 21st century.”

As a community-driven operation, user-friendly technology was installed in order for both older and newer generations of the tribe to be able to use it intuitively. Indigenous wood ceiling elements and textiles were selected by V Three and used in new and interesting ways to maintain visual connectivity to the Navajo culture. Glass is incorporated throughout the media center in order to create an open space and direct interface with its listeners.

“Our old broadcast facility was more than 40 years old and did not have the sophisticated equipment or capabilities we needed to reach the entire reservation,” said Troy Little, general manager of Native Broadcast Enterprise. “We have listeners that don’t have running water or electricity and their only source of communication and updates beyond their homestead is by radio. V Three Studios was instrumental in helping get this project off the ground so we can continue to entertain the Navajo people and broader audience.”

After several attempts to get the new facility off the ground, Native Broadcast Enterprise turned to V Three for its two decades of radio broadcasting design experience to guide the project to completion.

About V Three Studios, LLC
V Three Studios LLC is a nationally-renowned architecture firm with design studios specializing in media, higher education, museums and breweries. Long-term national clients include CBS, Learfield Sports and Thirsty Planet Brewing.  Regional clients include Washington University, Webster University, St. Louis Art Museum and the National Blues Museum, named one of the 52 places to go in 2016 by The New York Times. Based in St. Louis, Mo., V Three Studios is licensed and authorized to practice in Missouri, Illinois, Texas, New York, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi, Georgia, New Jersey, Virginia and Tennessee. For more information, visit or call 888-895-2842.

Scott Wilson Receives Silver Beaver Award from St. Louis Area Council BSA

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Scott Wilson has received the Silver Beaver Award from the Greater St. Louis Area Council – Boy Scouts of America in recognition of his extensive volunteer service to the organization. For the past five years, Wilson, Chief Executive Officer of S. M. Wilson & Co., has chaired the Scouts’ annual Pinewood Derby, a racing event that raises money and awareness for the Greater St. Louis Area Council.

The Silver Beaver Award recognizes noteworthy service that impacts the lives of youth and outstanding contributions to the Scouting program. It is the highest recognition a Boy Scout council can bestow on an adult volunteer, and only a handful of recipients are selected each year from a pool of nearly 16,000 volunteers in the Greater St. Louis Area Council.

Scott and other 2017 Silver Beaver Award recipients were honored at the Council Annual Recognition Dinner on June 7 at the Gateway Center.

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

Kadean Construction Among ‘Fastest Growing Companies’ In The Greater St. Louis Region For The Second Year Running

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New Ranking Comes on the Heels of Kadean Being Named Mid-Sized ‘Contractor of the Year’ by ASA

Continuing its growth strategy, Kadean Construction has been named one of the “Fastest Growing Companies” in the St. Louis region by the St. Louis Business Journal for the second year in a row, it was announced today.

Kadean, which specializes in pre-construction, design-build, construction management, and general contracting, was ranked 10th among the 50 fastest growing companies in the St. Louis area, based on their three-year revenue growth.

St. Louis-based Kadean’s annual revenue has increased from roughly $21 million in 2014 to more than $61 million in 2016, said Mike Eveler, president of Kadean Construction.

“We are extremely proud to be ranked among the region’s Fastest Growing Companies again this year,” Eveler said. “Our growth can be attributed to the hard work and commitment of our entire staff, the dedication of our talented subcontractors, and our tremendous clients. And, we’re very grateful.”

Last year, the Business Journal saluted Kadean for being among the 20 Fastest Growing Companies in the St. Louis region. Today’s rankings recognize the 50 companies throughout the St. Louis region that have shown the greatest revenue growth over the past three years.

The Business Journal’s ranking comes on the heels of Kadean being named mid-sized General Contractor of the Year by the American Subcontractors Association (ASA) Midwest Council. The organization honored Kadean in April for its commitment to working closely with its subcontractors, whom Eveler described as “dedicated partners in all that we do.” He also credited them with being “a big part of our company’s success for more than 50 years.”

Eveler said Kadean is continuing its growth trajectory in 2017 with a range of healthcare, senior living, commercial, and light industrial projects underway in Missouri, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Kansas. He added that Kadean’s revenues could hit $80 million by the end of this year.

Two of Kadean’s most recent projects include the completion of the $13.1 million expansion of the Siteman Cancer Center, a state-of-the-art outpatient treatment facility at Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital in suburban St. Louis, and construction of its fourth light industrial building in the Aviator Business Park in the City of Hazelwood, near St. Louis-Lambert International Airport.

Spellman Brady Awarded Three Senior Living Projects

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Spellman Brady and Company is excited to announce the firm has recently been awarded the following three new Senior Living projects in three different states;

  Touchmark at Coffee Creek – Edmond, Oklahoma  The 25-acre full-service community has chosen Spellman Brady for their interior design services with focus around the independent and assisted living common areas of the existing three-story, 50,000 sf facility renovation.

  Parkway Place – Houston, Texas – Spellman Brady is responsible for the interior design for a new café and state-of-the-art rehabilitation therapy gym, as well as the renovation of three independent living buildings; and the common areas of the current assisted living, memory care, and skilled nursing communities. 

  Village Walk – Patchoque, New York – The all-new supportive senior living community has selected Spellman Brady to develop the interior design for their assisted living and memory care of their newly constructed five-story, 82,300 sf facility.

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

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