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Hastings + Chivetta, KAI Design & Build Redo Busy Grand Blvd Crossings to Increase Safety

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Architect Hastings + Chivetta and General Contractor KAI Design & Build are seeing the results of their recent redesign and construction of the Grand and West Pine Boulevards streetscape to enhance pedestrian safety at Saint Louis University.

Making it safely for pedestrians to cross and making the entire crossway accessible were key project priorities. KAI Design & Build Director of Field Operations Steve Kizer said the newly rebuilt streetscape runs along Grand Boulevard northbound and southbound from Lindell Boulevard two blocks south to Laclede Avenue.

“It’s not unusual for 300 to 400 pedestrians to be crossing at any of these points along Grand at peak times such as 9am and 3pm,” Kizer said.

HCA President Chris Chivetta said the fast-track project, which began right after Saint Louis University’s commencement ceremonies in May and was completed just three months later, is part of the university’s overall master plan that HCA is in the process of updating.

“The newly redesigned, rebuilt crossing features a wider median that can more safely accommodate pedestrians waiting for the light to change at these busy intersections,” Chivetta said. “The project scope also includes additional lighting, improved traffic signals and bollards situated along the media and sidewalks to prevent cars from encroaching into pedestrian areas.”

Slowing down vehicles as they approach the campus to facilitate a safer central campus core was a chief goal of the project, according to Chivetta.

More about those new bollards: Kizer said they’re designed, built and secured to be able to withstand a severe blow from an oncoming vehicle.

“Each of the bollards contains a steel tube measuring 10 inches in diameter and one inch thick,” said Kizer. “They’re installed into a concrete pad that is attached to a 10-inch I-beam that is perpendicular to the steel tube and embedded into the concrete. These bollards are built to withstand a 50-mile-an-hour vehicular impact.”

To create space for the wider median, the third northbound traffic lane was eliminated.

In addition to safety-specific improvements, the streetscape project included landscape design and aesthetic improvements.

Kizer credited civil engineer Stock & Associates for its project expertise.

“This streetscape project was fast-paced and involved a lot of people working on-site at one time,” Kizer said. “The architect, general contractor, engineer and top-quality subcontractors all pulled together and made this happen as a team.”

An unforeseen element during construction, Kizer said, was discovering a network of trolley tracks in the excavation area. Workers had to physically remove the track infrastructure before work could commence.

The new streetscape also has visual and audio instructions to indicate when it is safe for pedestrians to cross. The improvements are features of a brand-new signalization system that was installed as part of the project. Also, within the project’s scope, existing asphalt was milled and replaced, and new stamped concrete pavers were installed.

Western Specialty Contractors Receives St. Louis Business Journal Family Business Award

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103-year-old company employs fourth-generation family members

Western Specialty Contractors is honored to announce that it has been selected for the St. Louis Business Journal’s Family Business Awards. The program recognizes family-owned companies that have successfully transitioned between generations and made an impact on the St. Louis community. The winners were honored at an awards event on Oct. 11.

Founded in 1915, St. Louis-based Western Specialty Contractors is currently led by CEO Benjamin Bishop, Jr., a third generation founding family member. A total of five family members, many fourth-generation, currently work at Western.

“We are so honored to receive an award that recognizes the value of family-owned businesses,” said Western CEO Ben “Butch” Bishop, Jr. “Family values have become almost cliché in recent years, but that’s really what built Western Specialty Contractors. Of course, Western is dedicated to quality work and craftsmanship, but Western believes that you cannot achieve quality consistently unless you have people who can work as a team, with trust and respect for each other. Those values are truly the legacy of Western’s founders Ben Many and George Bishop, Sr.”

Western’s history began in 1915 when the Ironite Company of Chicago invented a cost-saving product to waterproof concrete foundations from the inside called “Ironite” and needed contractors to successfully apply the product. St. Louis native Ben Many jumped on the opportunity and hired his brother-in-law George Bishop, Sr., also a St. Louis native, to be his partner after Bishop returned home from serving in World War I, and the Western Waterproofing Company of Missouri was born.

Following The Great Depression in 1929, Bishop worked to rebuild the struggling company after his partner moved to Chicago to pursue other opportunities. Through the decades, the Bishop family continued to grow the business and expand across the country, passing it down through the generations to eventually include branch locations in Arkansas, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas and Washington. Western also expanded its services beyond just waterproofing to include masonry and concrete restoration, specialty roofing, disaster recovery and façade restoration, and changed its name to Western Specialty Contractors in 2015.

Today, Western is the largest concrete and masonry specialty contractor in the U.S., with over 30 branch offices and member companies nationwide, employing more than 1,250 people and executing more than 3,000 contracts each year.

Western has been quietly restoring some of America’s most beloved buildings and structures for generations and takes great pride in its hands-on ability to get the job done right, while creating lasting quality. Western has completed more than 300,000 projects over the course of its 103-year history, which include: Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, IL; Citadel Military College of South Carolina; Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, CA; Disney World’s Epcot Center in Orlando, FL; Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool in Washington, D.C.; Martin Luther King Federal Building in Atlanta, GA; Chrysler Building in New York, NY; Museum of Science & Industry in Chicago, IL; Superdome in New Orleans, LA; Busch Stadium and Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis, MO; Packard Automotive Plant in Detroit, MI; Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary in San Francisco, CA and Shrine of Saint Joseph in St. Louis, MO, to name just a few.

Western has faced it share of ups and downs over the course of its 103-years in business, which have included The Great Depression, two World Wars and multiple recessions, but throughout history, Western has proven that strong leadership, a willingness to adapt to changing times and hard-working, committed employees are the keys to succeeding through challenges.

“Learning to have patience was one of the most difficult skills to master. Learning from the ground up doesn’t come overnight and having been in business for 103 years you go through a lot of ups and downs,” said Bishop, Jr. “The principles and values put in place by the best generations have really made keeping the family culture the cornerstone of Western’s success. Your company is only as good as the people who work for you, and we have several fourth-generation family members presently employed by Western. Times change, processes change and people change. Change will always be the challenge all companies have to conquer in order to survive the generations.”

About Western Specialty Contractors

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. Western offers a nationwide network of expertise that building owners, engineers, architects and property managers can count on to develop cost-effective, corrective measures that can add years of useful life to a variety of structures including: industrial, commercial, healthcare, historic, educational and government buildings, parking structures and sports stadiums. Western is headquartered in St. Louis, MO with over 30 branch offices nationwide and employs more than 1,200 salaried and hourly professionals who offer the best, time-tested techniques and innovative technology. For more information about Western Specialty Contractors, visit


Bangert, Inc. Announces Acquisition of New Flagship Office in Olathe, KS

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Bangert, Inc. today announced the acquisition of their new flagship office in Olathe, KS. The building, which is located just north of Garmin, is a crucial addition and marks the company’s move from downtown Kansas City. “We see it as a huge benefit to our employees and our culture” says Kent Galley, COO, Bangert, Inc. “The modern, open space will promote our digital-first initiatives and give us some much-needed square footage for growth.”

Some key facts about Bangert, Inc include:

  • Founded in 1983, the company has been present in the Kansas City Metro since 1999
  • Bangert, Inc. is a family-owned business, now in its 3rd generation
  • Richard Bangert, founder, developed communications systems for the Apollo missions before

launching Bangert, Inc. with his son Kurt, Bangert, Inc. has grown substantially over the last 6 months, with plans of hiring 45 people throughout it’s 5 national locations over the next 18 months – the bulk being added in Olathe. The hunt for a perfect location has taken nearly a year to complete, but company leadership is excited about joining the Olathe community. “Olathe is a great place for us to be,” says Director of Marketing Reid Bangert, “We’re looking forward to being active with our neighbors as well as contributing to the local community.”

Bangert, Inc. is a leading technology solutions provider to the construction industry. Bangert has continually cultivated strong resources by investing in people and processes that are dedicated to helping their clients save time and money. There has never been a more exciting time to be in construction technology. If you’re looking to join a vibrant and dedicated team visit


Dr. Siavash Zamiran, P.E. Wins Young Engineer of the Year Award

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Marino Engineering Associates, Inc. (MEA) of St. Louis, Missouri is proud to announce that Dr. Siavash Zamiran, P.E., was selected by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) St. Louis Section to receive the 2018 Young Engineer of the Year Award. This award recognizes professional contributions of Section Members under 35 who have made substantial contributions to the engineering profession as well as the ASCE St. Louis Section. The award was given at the ASCE St. Louis Section 2018 Annual Awards Dinner on September 21, 2018.

Dr. Zamiran is a Project Engineer at MEA, and has worked at the company in various roles since late 2015. He received his Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in August 2017, with a dissertation on seismic analysis of retaining walls. Dr. Zamiran has published over 30 technical papers and serves on ASCE Rock Mechanics, ASCE Deep Foundations, and Geomate Technical Committees, in addition to being the chair of the Sustainability Committee for ASCE St. Louis.

MEA is a leading expert in advanced subsidence and geotechnical engineering challenges. With over 38 years of service, Marino Engineering Associates, Inc. (MEA) has practice across a wide-ranging scope of geotechnical engineering and subsidence engineering. MEA provides subsidence and geotechnical services including shallow and deep foundation systems, all types of retaining structures, and underground excavations, as well as numerical 2D and 3D seepage, soil-structure interaction analyses, sophisticated slope stability analyses, and rock engineering.

Budnick Converting Awards Kadean $8 Million Contract For New Headquarters And Production Facility

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Budnick Converting Inc., a private, woman-owned enterprise, has awarded Kadean Construction an $8 million design-build contract to construct a 100,000 square foot headquarters and production facility, doubling the size of the company’s current operations in Columbia, IL, it was announced today.

The new structure will include 75,000 square feet of manufacturing, production and warehousing space, and 25,000 square feet of office space including the ground floor, a mezzanine area, a break room, conference room, and other commons areas.

The new structure will eventually replace Budnick Converting’s existing 50,000 square foot headquarters and manufacturing operations on an 11-acre tract adjacent to its current location, 200 Admiral Weinel Boulevard in Columbia, which is about 15 miles south of downtown St. Louis.

Construction is scheduled to begin in mid-October and completed in June 2019. The company plans to move into the new facility next summer, said Ann Wegmann, owner and president of the company.

“We are very excited about our plans to construct our new headquarters and manufacturing facility,” said Wegmann, whose father, Ed “Bud” Schwartz, co-founded the company with “Nick” Cutlich in 1952. “My Dad would be very happy we are continuing to grow the company. This expansion also will enable us to better serve our national and international clients.”

Budnick Converting, which is ISO-certified, specializes in converting adhesive coated tapes, foams, films, foils, and other specialty materials for hundreds of clients, including the transportation, appliance, consumer electronics, moving and storage, medical, and distribution sectors.

Wegmann acquired the company in 1982, and runs it today with her executive team, which includes her daughter, Quality and Communications Manager Christy Hornacek, who is overseeing the new construction and helping to manage Budnick’s growth.

“This design-build project is exciting for our team because it will help this 66-year-old company continue to expand its services to its clients here and abroad,” said Mike Eveler, president of Kadean Construction.

Besides its operations in Columbia, IL, Budnick also has a second converting facility in Tampa, FL, a warehouse in Oklahoma City, OK, and a full-service joint venture operation in Monterrey, Mexico. The company also maintains six sales offices throughout North America.

The company currently employs 89 men and women at its Columbia, IL facilities and another 17 at its other operations across the country, Wegmann said. She pointed out that Budnick Converting plans to increase employment at its Columbia facilities by at least 10 percent in the next year.

Kadean has retained Gray Design Group as the project’s architect, J.R. Grimes Consulting Inc. for civil engineering, KPFF St. Louis for structural engineering, and numerous St. Louis-area subcontractors for carpentry, electrical, plumbing, concrete, and other work.

Founded in 1963, Fenton-based Kadean Construction has become one of the Midwest’s most successful construction companies, specializing in design-build, construction management, and general contracting for a diverse set of major clients in the industrial, commercial, health care, office, senior care, and multi-family industries.


IBEW Local 1 Energizes Wellness at Health Fair

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The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 not only maintains a skilled workforce, but a healthy one as well, including its retirees.  That was evident at the annual IBEW Local 1 health fair on Oct. 6, 2018 at its union hall at 5850 Elizabeth.

“Educating our active and retired members about wellness issues is an important part of the great health and welfare benefits we offer,” said Frank Jacobs, business manager, IBEW Local 1. “Everybody benefits when they can make better decisions about their health.”

Nearly 1,000 IBEW members and their families attend the day-long festive event.  It offered wellness screenings, flu shots, hearing checkups, mammogram screenings and memory screenings along with massage therapy.  There was also information on health insurance, health-related legal matters and managing healthcare costs.

Service providers included Achieve WellnessAl-AnonAmerican Heart AssociationCenter for Hearing/SpeechCignaDelta DentalExpress ScriptsH & H AssociatesMemory CareMercy Managed Behavior HealthNCADASchucat, Cook & WernerSt. Louis Children’s Hospital SafetySt. Luke’s HospitalScarborough AllianceThe Hartford; and VSP.

Enlivening the event was A Zoo for You petting zoo, costumed performers to educate children on health issues, face painting, balloon art and a free lunch.  In addition, the Saint Louis Science Center and Saint Louis FC had information booths.  Both organizations partner with the Electrical Connection, a partnership of IBEW and the St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).

Southern Illinois Construction Advancement Program Donates $20,000 to SIUE School of Engineering for Construction Drone

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The Southern Illinois Construction Advancement Program (SICAP) has donated $20,000 to the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Engineering’s (SOE) Department of Construction for the purchase of a specialized construction drone.

The drone will be capable of supporting multiple payloads for versatile construction-site data acquisition applications, including centimeter-accuracy global positioning, high definition video and thermal imaging.

“The Southern Illinois Builders Association (SIBA) and the Southern Illinois Construction Advancement Program have been instrumental in the success of the SIUE construction program over our 40-year history, and have been longstanding partners in promoting safety, education, and the advancement of the building industry,” said Chris Gordon, PhD, SOE associate dean and professor in the Department of Construction.

According to Gordon, SICAP’s generous donation, coupled with the Department of Construction’s recently hired faculty members’ technological expertise, keeps the construction program and its students at the forefront of the industry. Students gain strong technical and leadership skills that prepare them to lead in an industry that is rapidly innovating in both technology and project delivery.

“This new platform will provide our students opportunities to interact with best-in-class data acquisition methods to support construction management activities,” Gordon said. “In addition, it will support the scholarship of our faculty members who focus on improving the modeling, inspection and management of our built environment.”

Department of Construction Assistant Professor Chenxi Yuan, PhD, is training for the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Remote Pilot Exam, which will permit him to operate the construction drone in research and creative activities. His research interests include object detection and tracking, underground utilities mapping, geospatial information management, e-construction and mixed reality.

Two other construction faculty members, who teach surveying courses, are licensed drone pilots, including David Sherrill and Jeff Pauk.

About SIBA and SICAP
Established in 1945, Southern Illinois Builders Association (SIBA) represents approximately 500 construction companies throughout Southern Illinois and is the largest regional contractor association in Illinois. Contractor members range in size from small, closely-held firms doing less than $250,000 volume per year, up to companies performing several million dollars in volume. The Southern Illinois Construction Advancement Program (SICAP) is a not-for-profit industry fund powered by employer contributions based on hours worked by craftsmen of: Carpenters District Council of Greater St. Louis & Vicinity; Southern and Central Illinois Laborers District Council; Southwestern Illinois Laborers District Council; Plasterers and Cement Masons East St. Louis Local 90; Plasterers & Cement Masons Local 143 Serving Southern Illinois Counties; Operating Engineers Local 520; and Painters District Council 58.

The SIUE School of Engineering offers one of the most comprehensive and affordable engineering programs in the St. Louis region with eight undergraduate degrees, five master’s degrees and a cooperative doctoral program. Students learn from expert faculty, perform cutting-edge research, and participate in intercollegiate design competitions. Companies in the metropolitan St. Louis area provide students challenging internships and co-op opportunities, which often turn into permanent employment. Students gain hands-on experience in the School’s state-of-the-art facilities, including the new Fowler Student Design Center.

Photo Above: (L-R front) SIBA Chief Executive Officer Donna Richter presents a $20,000 check to SIUE’s Anne Werner, PhD, associate professor and chair of the Department of Construction, and (L-R back) Assistant Professor Chenxi Yuan, PhD, Associate Dean Chris Gordon, PhD, and Dean Cem Karacal, PhD.

New Foundation President, Jay Manzo, CPA Raising Awareness about Mission, Message

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Even though the Door Security & Safety Foundation is more than 20 years old, many people in our industry are not aware of the Foundation and its mission. As the new DSSF President, I am committed to continue to raise awareness about the important work being done by the Foundation and why donating to the Foundation to support this work is vital.

The Foundation’s mission is to promote secure and safe openings that enhance life safety. We do this through awareness, education and advocacy.

Opening the Door to School Safety

Almost two years ago, we launched a campaign for school administrators, Opening the Door to School Safety, about the dangers of temporary door locking devices and advocating for the use of those with expertise about the opening who can provide schools with code-complaint solutions.

This public relations campaign raises awareness about the importance of safely securing classroom doors with code-compliant methods and points to the experts who can assist administrators in balancing the life safety and security needs of their schools – door security and safety professionals.

When we launched the campaign in 2016, this was a growing concern but not very well known nationwide or in Canada. The campaign then reached tens of thousands via social media campaigns and a new website full of resources at Unfortunately, the growing concerns about school security have made this initiative more important than it was only two years ago. This is now a number one strategic priority for DSSF, and as such, a task force has been formed to help lead the Foundation’s work on this initiative.

The DSSF School Security Task Force will provide our Board of Trustees with updates and recommendations on this issue, which are coming quickly, particularly in the legislative area. We saw this coming several years ago, and we acted publicly when we launched our campaign across North America.

The task force recently held its first meeting to review the landscape of this issue today, identify the key organizations involved, and understand how quickly things are progressing as school shootings are on the rise and legislative matters are moving quickly state by state.

Moving forward, we will continue to speak out, take action and provide resources to support the safety and security of our schools. We are considering strategies with key collaborators such as the Secure School Alliance, Safe and Sound Schools, Partner Alliance for Safer Schools, National Association of State Fire Marshals, National Fire Protection Association, Security Industry Association, ASIS International and Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association.

Our message was prominently illustrated at DHI Connextions 2018 in Baltimore with a keynote by Sandy Hook parent Michele Gay that captured the crowd. In addition, several education sessions around the issue of school security reinforced our message that our industry stands ready and willing to be part of the solution to help balance the need for security with the requirements of life safety.

Our website—— is home to a growing library of resources and information. We encourage you to go to this website to watch our video on the dangers of barricade devices, download a host of resources, including a toolkit, fact sheets, white papers and articles, and share this information with your colleagues and your communities.

Fire and Egress Door Inspection Initiative

The Foundation supports the annual fire/egress door inspection initiative by creating awareness of this important update to NFPA 80 and 101 and their inclusion in the International Building Code and International Fire Code. Through our educational efforts we help stakeholders understand the code implications and complexity of the products and applications.

NFPA PartnershiP

In 2015, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) began a new strategic focus in their fire door inspection education. DSSF began to engage with NFPA to learn about the possible synergies for building and delivering education programs together.

The partnership grew to include webinars about NFPA 80 which drew more than 2,000 participants. DSSF was contracted to author education for an online NFPA class, and co-hosted some smaller training sessions together, including at DHI’s conNextions for local AHJs and facility personnel.

In 2016, we co-hosted our formal first education session for healthcare personnel, covering NFPA 80 and 101, and providing DSSF and NFPA publications to students. This class was deemed a success and a schedule of classes was launched in 2017 and a new formal agreement was put in place. In 2017 we conducted nine of these classes in East Coast and West Coast locations. This successful partnership earned DSSF over $40,000 in revenue in 2017.

As this partnership with NFPA has evolved, they have continued to use our publications to provide education to healthcare facility personnel and DSSF has pivoted to launch the Education Advocate Program. This program uses a network of nearly 500 Fire and Egress Door Assembly Inspectors (FDAIs) to educate healthcare facility personnel, as it has always been the goal of DSSF to provide such opportunities to qualified door security and safety professionals. FDAIs who become Education Advocates have an exclusive opportunity to deliver all of the Foundation’s education to healthcare facility personnel and AHJs.

Hundreds of healthcare personnel have been trained through this program and the program continues to grow. This offering is a value-add for the FDAIs, including pull-through opportunities for their businesses as well. If you’re interested in participating, contact Sharon Newport at to learn more about this opportunity to grow your inspection business.

Advocating for DHI-credentialed Professionals

In addition to our advocacy in the school security and fire door inspection program efforts, the Foundation engages with all stakeholders in the building construction community to advocate for knowledgeable experts such as DHI-credentialed professionals. Our work focuses on healthcare facility maintenance directors, engineers and mechanics for our awareness and education activities surrounding fire door inspection requirements, school administrators and superintendents on the school security initiative, as well as AHJs and the design community.

Timothy T. Taylor, AIA, FDHI, a former DSSF Board of Trustees member and Director of Specifications for Gensler, says, “The expertise found in the door and hardware industry is essential in solving a lot of problems we have as architects in serving our clients and protecting the public health and safety. We specify the AHC credential in our work globally as a threshold of quality that we want for all of our work. The expertise found in DHI and the door and hardware industry is like no other in the world.”

Strategic Plan

Going forward into 2019, the DSSF Board of Trustees has agreed on these three strategic priorities and we will need your support to make them a reality: 

  • By 2019, the Foundation has an effective communications plan that advocates for the use of experts in door security and safety professionals to key audiences in order to keep the public safe and secure.
  • By 2020, the Foundation has helped to establish a very effective industry enterprise to advocate for school safety and utilizing code compliant products and solutions to key stakeholders, such as school administrators and legislative authorities.
  • By 2020, the Foundation continues to be a leading advocate for annual fire and egress door assembly inspections in healthcare, and will evolve in the education sector for public safety and security.

As you can see, the Foundation has had a busy year and is poised to carry this important work into 2019 and beyond. But we can’t do this without your help. As we begin our busiest fundraising season of the year, we hope you are inspired and encouraged by the work for your Foundation.

If you have any questions about our work or are ready to make a pledge, please contact our CEO, Jerry Heppes, CAE, at If you’re ready to give, visit to do so online. Thank you for your continued support.

Sidebar: History of the Foundation 

  • 1997 – The Door Security + Safety Foundation launches as the DHI Education Foundation focused on industry research, education and scholarships – internally focused on the industry.
  • 2006 – To accurately reflect the work undertaken by the Foundation, including educating the industry in the code acceptance process, the Foundation’s name is changed to the Foundation for the Advancement of Life Safety and Security.
  • 2007 – The Foundation decides to advocate to key stakeholders on behalf of the industry to advance the fire door inspection concept and help DHI launch the FDAI program. Advocacy continues to support the need to use professionals in designing, supplying, maintaining and upgrading door assemblies continued while growing the scholarship program.
  • 2009 – The Foundation’s name is changed to its current name – the Door Security & Safety Foundation—to better clarify and reflect its mission.
  • 2014 – The Foundation becomes laser focused on healthcare to advance fire door inspections, advocacy for DHI-certified members and growing the scholarship program for the industry.
  • 2016 – A public relations campaign, Opening the Door to School Safety is launched along with a website,, to tackle the concern about barricade devices in schools and growing legislative concerns surrounding school security.
  • 2018 – The Foundation continues to grow the fire door inspection initiative in the healthcare building sector and school security issues such as the rapidly evolving active shooter crises are creating fear-based decisions impacting the use of code-compliant products and state legislation, creating unintended consequences. The need for qualified and knowledgeable professionals managing egress has never been more important.


Holland Construction Services Breaks Ground on New Warehouse for Klein’s BrandSource

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Holland Construction  Services, Inc. (Holland) joined with Klein’s  BrandSource  employees  and  community  leaders on October 9th at a groundbreaking  ceremony  for  Klein’s  new warehouse  addition.    The new 5,700 square foot, pre-Engineered metal  building  will  be  adjacent  to their  current warehouse located at 10338 Lincoln  Trail (Highway 50).  Owner Gil Klein said the expansion  was  needed  to  serve  the  community  better  and  to  accommodate  future growth.

“We have been a family‐owned business since 1959.  We’ve seen many appliance big box stores come and go in the area,  but our business is stronger than ever and continues to grow,” said Klein. “The addition will accommodate our sales and  service department. We are well known for our service after the sale and the great pride in our relationships with our  valued customers. This addition will help to serve the community better.”

The new warehouse will be of similar design standards as the existing facility.  Netemeyer Engineering out of Aviston,  Illinois is the architect on the project.    Construction on the new addition is expected to be complete this December.    About Holland   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.   Holland has been providing quality construction services throughout Illinois and Missouri since 1986, when it was founded  by company CEO Bruce Holland.

Holland offers pre‐construction, construction and building information modeling services to retail, office, healthcare,  educational, multi‐family, recreational, institutional, and light industrial clients. For more information, visit  Holland’s website at

DA Architects Completes Corporate Headquarters & Distribution Facility for 7G Distributing

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DA Architects has completed a new 112,000-square-foot corporate headquarters and distribution facility for 7G Distributing

in Davenport, Iowa. 7G’s brand played an important role in the overall exterior and interior design of the project with red accented walls, exposed ceilings, history walls and a large scaled company logo painted on two sides of the building.

“HDA really helped us ask the right questions early on in the design process. HDA’s experience in building these kinds of facilities gave us great confidence. It is always a pleasure working with true experts.”

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