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Bangert, Inc. Announces New Partnership with Acumatica

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Bangert, Inc. today launched its new partnership with Acumatica, a developer of cloud and browser-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) software for small to medium-sized businesses. Founded in 2008, Acumatica recently secured a $25 million Series C round of funding that it will use to stimulate further growth – a pursuit that Bangert, Inc. has been aligned with for the past 35 years. Acumatica Construction Edition strengthens Bangert, Inc.’s portfolio of technology products for construction companies and will empower their clients to stay on the cutting-edge.

“In this era, technology offers significant opportunity for our clients,” said Kurt Bangert, CEO of Bangert, Inc. “Acumatica opens doors that traditional on-premises or hosted solutions don’t even know exist. As processes evolve and people adapt, cloud-based solutions are a good investment to ensure everything stays streamlined, organized, and available when you need it.”

Acumatica’s true cloud accounting platform enables companies to manage their data in real-time on any device: mobile, tablet, laptop, desktop, PC, iOS, or Android. A few of Acumatica’s key features include:

  • SaaS subscription-based, unlimited user licensing – no hardware needed, no updates to install
  • Construction-specific solutions with a broad set of core functions beyond standard job cost & accounting such as CRM, distribution, and sales, all available through a single login
  • Large ecosystem of integrations for many products such as Procore, Docusign, Power BI, Avalara, and many more

“In our own case, we have just gone through a massive overhaul of our internal IT stack and have moved completely to the cloud – in every aspect of our business,” said Kurt Bangert. “Do I love the decision I made? 110%! If I were CEO of a construction company right now, I’d be looking hard at how the cloud can revolutionize my business.”

“We’re excited to welcome Bangert, Inc. to our growing partner ecosystem,“ said Ajoy Krishnamoorthy, VP of Platform and Head of Construction Division at Acumatica. “Over many decades in the construction industry Bangert, Inc. has continually presented their customers with the best technology solution available to meet their needs.“

 

Bangert, Inc. understands that construction companies don’t have one-size-fits-all business needs. Founded in 1983, Bangert, Inc. has cultivated strong relationships by investing in people and technology that are dedicated to helping their clients save time and money. If you’re a construction company who’s been thinking about change, contact Bangert, Inc. today at bangertinc.com/acumatica-construction-edition.

Home Builders Association Funds Annual Ranken Technical College $1,000 Scholarship

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On behalf of the Home Building Industry Advancement Fund (HBIAF), HBIAF Chair Kevin Deptula of Builder’s Bloc (left) and 2018 HBA President Dale Black of CMS Homes (right) presented a $1,000 donation to Tony Pisciotta, director of institutional advancement for Ranken Technical College. The funds will be used for an annual scholarship that will help defray tuition costs for a student in one of Ranken’s construction programs.

Ranken Technical College is a private, nonprofit, degree-granting institution of higher learning whose primary mission is to provide the comprehensive education and training necessary to prepare students for employment and advancement in a variety of technical fields.

The HBA is a local trade association of more than 600 member-firms representing the residential construction industry.

Midwest BankCentre Winner of 2018 National Community Bank Service Awards

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The September 2018 edition of ICBA Independent Banker features Midwest BankCentre employees who have been integral to the bank’s dedicated service to unbanked and underbanked customers in the St. Louis region: (clockwise from left) Mortgage Officer Kathleen Spies, Chairman and CEO Jim Watson, Executive Vice President Alex Fennoy and LaTonya Jackson, who leads the bank’s Friendly Temple branch in St. Louis’ Wells-Goodfellow neighborhood, opened in April 2017. Paul Nordman

St. Louis’ Midwest BankCentre is featured in the September 2018 edition of ICBA Independent Banker as the national winner of 2018 National Community Bank Service Awards, sponsored by the Independent Community Bankers of America®. The bank’s impact on bringing mainstream banking services to “unbanked” or “underbanked” families in the St. Louis metro area is featured in a two-page story headlined, “Reaching the unbanked – for everyone’s benefit.”

“A first-time homebuyer in St. Louis recently broke down at closing. The single mother of two had come to Midwest BankCentre with a dream of owning her own home. She took the bank’s financial empowerment and education classes, and attended homebuyer classes from a local housing partner. And as she signed the papers, she became the first person in her family to ever own a home,” the article began.

“That’s why we do what we do,” said Alex Fennoy, executive vice president of community and economic development at Midwest BankCentre. “It’s all about giving those families that have been historically locked out an opportunity to make their lives better.”

Since a 2009 FDIC survey of the most populated U.S. cities found that St. Louis had the greatest disparity between unbanked African-American households (31 percent) and unbanked white households (1.1 percent), the bank’s multifaceted efforts have helped reduce the percentage of unbanked African-American households in St. Louis to 13.3 percent.

The bank has opened branches in African-American-majority neighborhoods, hired African-American and woman-owned contractors to build its branches, and staffed banks with neighborhood residents. The bank has greatly increased the diversity of its staff and legal board to be more representative of the communities it serves. “That has really helped us – from making connections in the community, to sorting out the best strategic partners for us to further develop our franchise, and even down to product development and tracking our progress in the community,” said Chairman and CEO Jim Watson.

The bank’s next goal is to help grow African-American-owned businesses by working with the Heartland St. Louis Black Chamber of Commerce, a unit of the US Black Chambers of Commerce. Veta T. Jeffery, senior vice president of community and economic development at the bank, was recently elected to the US Black Chambers’ board as national director of chamber relations. In that role, she will work to connect top African-American-owned businesses with Fortune 500 companies to generate economic growth.

Midwest BankCentre was selected from more than 100 nominees for the ICBA honor.

Midwest BankCentre, a mainstay of St. Louis community banking since 1906, employs a staff of nearly 300 working at 19 bank locations in the City of St. Louis, St. Louis County, Jefferson County and St. Charles County. Further details are available at www.midwestbankcentre.com.

M Property Services, NorthSide Regeneration Challenge

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St. Louis City High School Students to Design for Autonomous Vehicle

For the past five years, M Property Services, LLC, along with NorthSide Regeneration, has sponsored a Project Design Challenge to expose St. Louis area youth to the fields of architecture, engineering, urban planning and construction. In 2018, high school students from public, private and charter schools throughout St. Louis City were challenged with “Planning for the Autonomous Vehicle in NorthSide Regeneration.”

NorthSide Regeneration is an urban, mixed-use community being developed by M Property Services that encompasses over 1,500 acres in North St. Louis City.

The challenge began in January with each team assigned a mentor – a professional in the field of architecture or engineering who would help guide them through the creative and design process. The deadline for project submissions was April 13.

On April 21, all teams were given 25 minutes to orally present their project, then answer questions to a six-person jury, which included Don Koster, Senior Lecturer at Washington University and Design Practice Leader at Arcturis; Paul Whitson, Regional Leader of Healthcare at HOK; St. Louis City Alderwoman Marlene Davis, Ward 19; Darryl Piggee, attorney at Stone, Leyton & Gershman, P.C.; William Laskowsky, Chief Development Officer at M Property Services; and Paul McKee, Chairman at M Property Services and owner of NorthSide Regeneration.

“We are so proud of the efforts that all of the students put forth in this year’s challenge. Many times, students surpass our expectations, even introducing the professionals to products that they were not aware of and designs that are innovative and unexpected. This year was no exception,” said Laskowsky.

The jury deliberated and chose Gold, Silver and Bronze winners, with all other teams earning an Honorable Mention. The winners were announced at an awards ceremony on April 30 at the Engineers’ Club of St. Louis.Six-time Olympic medalist and East St. Louis native Jackie Joyner-Kersee presented the awards. Dr. Elizabeth Bender, Associate Superintendent of College and Career Readiness at St. Louis Public Schools, was the speaker for the evening.

2018 Project Design Award Winners and Honorable Mentions:

  • Gold – McKinley Classical Leadership Academy (teacher: Matthew Rosado, mentors: Amy Phillips and Decorda McGee)
  • Silver – St. Mary’s High School
  • Bronze – Gateway STEM High School
  • Honorable Mentions – Vashon High School and four teams from St. Mary’s High School

The challenge is coordinated each year by Karen Bahr, Executive Assistant at M Property Services. Over the past five years, approximately 285 students from 55 teams representing nine schools (CCC, Roosevelt, St. Mary’s, Metro, Gateway, McKinley, Vashon, Cleveland and Carnahan) and 34 mentors have participated in the Project Design Challenge. Past challenges include, “Neighborhood Entry Marker”, “Urban Park”, “Neighborhood Streetscape” and “Parking Lot of the 21st Century”.

Founded in 1990, M Property Services, LLC (MPS) is a full-service real estate development, property management and brokerage firm based in O’Fallon, MO. At the core of every MPS development is the concept of LifeWorks® – the creation of master-planned environments that are attuned to the needs and aspirations of the total person, providing opportunities for individuals to live, learn, work, play and pray. For more information about M Property Services, visit www.mps-stl.com. 

Photo by M Property Services. Six-time Olympic medalist and East St. Louis native Jackie Joyner-Kersee (far right) poses with the Gold Medal team from McKinley Classical Leadership Academy.

29 Million 1400 Russell Apartments Open In Soulard

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A new $29 million luxury apartment complex is open just south of Downtown St. Louis in the historic Soulard neighborhood. The 1400 Russell Apartments feature 130 units in a new a four-story building at 13th St. and Russell Boulevard.  Propper Construction Services, the developer of the project, demolished the site of an old warehouse to create the new apartment complex.  It features numerous amenities and taps the location’s walkability to restaurants, festivals and nightlife in the Soulard area.  Learn more at www.1400russell.com

“With more than 40% of the apartments leased, our community is attracting those renters ready for modern luxury and amenities without giving up that historic neighborhood charm,” noted Julie Graziano of Asset Residential Management, which is handling the leasing.  “Residents have been a mix of empty nesters and young professionals who enjoy the vibrant Soulard neighborhood and surrounding areas.”  Graziano adds that 1400 Russell is also just minutes from Downtown St. Louis and its businesses, sports and entertainment venues.

1400 Russell features secured underground parking and elevator access to all four floors.  Its amenities include:

  • A rooftop swimming pool and sun deck with grilling stations, outdoor multi screened televisions and kitchen;
  • A rooftop lounge and outdoor sky terrace with decorative fire pits for entertaining guests;
  • A ground floor private courtyard with a large hot tub, lounge seating, grilling stations and fit pits;
  • A ground floor fitness center with wireless video monitors to access health programs like Fitness on Demand or other entertainment;
  • A business center and library; and
  • Concierge services.

The apartment complex is infused with technology.  It includes a “social wall” above

resident mail boxes with four video screens detailing information on Soulard events, local restaurant specials, apartment special events and helpful information on lifestyle needs.  Building technology also includes WIFI access in all common areas, tablet-activated television and more. The building features a monitored state-of-the-art security system with secured control access entries throughout and security cameras.

1400 Russell offers fully furnished or unfurnished units.  The well-appointed, open-concept spaces feature nine-foot ceilings, wood vinyl flooring, full kitchens with upscale appliances, quartz countertops, washers and dryers and more.

The complex features 99 one-bedroom units, 27 two-bedroom units and four studio

apartments.  Suites with private balconies facing Downtown St. Louis are also available.  In addition, a guest rental unit is available. Rents range from $965 for studio units up to $3,070 for two-bedroom suites.  For leasing information, call 314-499-7400 or visit the web site at www.1400russell.com.

Designed by Trivers Associates Architects, the front of the apartment building is clad in brick to match the character of the Soulard neighborhood.  Paric Corp. was the general contractor.

Founded in 2014, Propper Construction Services is an active builder, construction manager and real estate developer in Missouri and Illinois.  Learn more at www.proppercs.com.

Former Western Specialty Contractors COO Jim Rechtin, Sr. Passes Away

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Western Specialty Contractors announced recently the passing of former Chief Operating Officer Jim Rechtin, Sr. on Sept. 17 following a battle with cancer.

Rechtin officially retired from Western on Jan. 1, 2018 after 46 years of dedicated service to the company. He started working for Western in 1971 as a laborer, then was promoted to foreman two years later, then to Superintendent in 1975. In 1977, Rechtin was promoted to Sales/Project manager, then two years later to Department Branch Manager, then to Branch Manager in 1982. In 1992, he was promoted to Region Manager where he served for 14 years before being promoted to Eastern Division Manager where he oversaw 18 branch offices. In 2009, he was promoted to Vice President of Operations, then to Chief Operating Officer in 2014.

All who knew and worked with Rechtin described him as a dedicated business partner, family man and friend whose leadership qualities and expertise helped to grow Western.

“I will always think of Jim for his instinctive way of communicating with people, no matter who they might be,” said Western CEO Ben “Butch” Bishop, Jr. “He truly was a person who led by example, never asking anyone to do something more than he would do himself. The loss of Jim will be felt by all, but his spirit and reputation will be with us forever. Jim had a famous line at work he used for decades, “Who loves you”, well Jimmy the simple answer is we all do!” 

Prior to his retirement, Rechtin worked to prepare his successor Tom Brooks for the COO position and had plans to continue working with Western’s senior management team on a consulting basis during his retirement. 

Brooks fondly remembers the time he spent learning from and working with Rechtin.

“Jim was a boss, mentor, friend and father-figure. He was able to draw the best out of people through firm authority, company dedication and a larger-than-life love of people. Jim was the leader you never wanted to let down. The operations department will miss him dearly,” said Brooks.

A mass celebrating his life will be held on Saturday, Sept. 22, 9:30 a.m. at Queen of All Saints Catholic Church in St. Louis County, MO. Contributions in Rechtin’s name can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN.

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

PARIC and OSHA Cement First Large-Scale Project Safety Partnership

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By KERRY SMITH, EDITOR, ST. LOUIS CONSTRUCTION NEWS & REVIEW MAGAZINE

PARIC Corp. is among a bevy of construction managers across St. Louis to cement project safety partnerships with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

PARIC Safety Director Shannon Niles says for five years now, the construction company has joined with more than a dozen Missouri-based commercial contractors in partnerships with OSHA on all sizes of projects throughout the state.

But the newest project partnership, forged in mid-2018, is the first large-scale agreement PARIC has signed with OSHA to govern a project as large in scope as Ballpark Village. The worker safety partnership covers safety-related aspects of all ongoing Ballpark Village projects in downtown St. Louis, for which PARIC serves as general contractor. The four construction projects connected with Ballpark Village span 550,000 square feet of construction including residential, office, retail, restaurant, hotel and entertainment space adjacent to Busch Stadium.

“This strategic partnership with OSHA is unique to Ballpark Village and unique to PARIC as well,” Niles said. “Projects that are longer than two years in duration are eligible for this voluntarily agreement with OSHA. This partnership agreement brings the owner (The Cordish Companies), the building trades (Carpenters District Council of Greater St. Louis and Vicinity, Eastern Missouri Laborers’ District Council, Building and Construction Trades) and other parties together in striving to create the safest workplace possible.”

PARIC and OSHA negotiated contract particulars, signing the agreement in May. Niles says the scope of the partnership agreement requires project partners to go above and beyond standard safety regulations as stipulated by OSHA.

“We’re committing to meeting and exceeding all OSHA safety regulations, while also inviting OSHA onto the Ballpark Village construction site anytime with a minimum of once per quarter,” Niles said. “In addition, we’ve agreed to keep our safety-related worker statistics – such as the project’s lost-time incident rates, DART (days away, restricted or transferred) rates and TRIR (total recordable incident rates) – below the national average. This partnership with OSHA also includes our commitment to perform training for our employees and subcontractors beyond what is normally required by OSHA,” he said. “We’ve agreed in writing to do whatever it takes to keep every worker as safe as possible in building Ballpark Village.”

Photo Above (L to R) Rallo Sr., Senior Vice President, PARIC , John Stiffler, Executive Secretary/Treasurer, Building & Construction Trades, Nate Moore, Sr Project Manager, PARIC, Charlie Lee, Cordish Company Inc., Shannon Niles, Safety Director, PARIC, William McDonald, Area Director of OSHA, Gary Elliot, Business Manager, Special International Representative, Barry Stelzer, Safety Director/Trainer, Carpenters Regional Council, Tim Vaughan, Project Director, PARIC

Area Residents Invited to Celebrate Expanded Fee Fee Greenway

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Community can tour the paved path that connects Maryland Heights Community Center, McKelvey Woods and Creve Coeur Lake Memorial Park  

Great Rivers Greenway, the City of Maryland Heights and Saint Louis County Parks invite area residents to celebrate the newest segment of the Fee Fee Greenway at a lunchtime picnic and ribbon cutting being held on Friday, Oct. 5, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Creve Coeur Lake Memorial Park. The event will take place at the new trailhead, located near the disc golf course across the road from Sailboat Cove (13725 Marine Ave., Maryland Heights, MO 63146).

The project extends the existing 0.8-mile paved greenway an additional 2.2 miles from McKelvey Woods, creating a continuous three-mile paved connection between the Maryland Heights Community Center (trailhead located near Dogport and Aquaport) and Creve Coeur Lake Memorial Park. It also makes it possible for people to continue their walk or bike ride through the park to the Creve Coeur Connector trail and allow them to cross over the Missouri River to connect to the KATY Trail and Centennial Greenway in St. Charles County. These connections enable access to the St. Charles County Heritage Museum and the ability to cross over Highways 364 and 94 in St. Charles County. In total, the new Fee Fee Greenway segment helps to create nearly 16 continuous miles of paved routes for walking and biking.

On Friday, Oct. 5, project partners, contractors, area residents and elected officials will officially open the new greenway with a ribbon cutting at the new trailhead. Originally planned for June 14, the event was canceled due to thunderstorms. The rescheduled celebration will include yard games, music, bring-your-own-picnic-lunch and a walk or bike ride along the greenway. Guest speakers will begin addressing the crowd at approximately 11:15 a.m., followed by the ribbon cutting at 11:45 a.m.

“The expanded Fee Fee Greenway has been embraced by not only the people who live and work in Maryland Heights, but also people across the region,” said Tracey Anderson, City of Maryland Heights Director of Parks and Recreation. “We didn’t want a little rain to stop us from officially celebrating this new connection. We encourage the community to join us on October 5 to enjoy a lunchtime picnic and some fresh air on the expanded Fee Fee Greenway.”

The new segment includes a 78-foot-long pedestrian bridge over Fee Fee Creek and a nearly 1,000-foot-long “living wall.” The purpose of the living wall system is to help capture the storm water that drains off the paved surface, reducing the impact on nearby creeks and streams. It will also provide habitat for wildlife and insects. Several hundred new native trees, shrubs, sedges and flowers were also planted along the two-mile extension to restore and boost the native ecology of the greenway.

“This project is a powerful example of how greenways connect us to our rivers, parks, communities and each other,” said Susan Trautman, CEO of Great Rivers Greenway. “By extending the Fee Fee Greenway just two miles, we’ve created a vital link between existing trails and amenities so people can get exercise and fresh air while exploring a wonderful natural area.”

For more information about the expanded Fee Fee Greenway and other greenways throughout the St. Louis area, visit www.GreatRiversGreenway.org.

Great Rivers Greenway makes the St. Louis region a more vibrant place to live, work and play by developing a regional network of greenways. Great Rivers Greenway is the public agency collaborating with partners and communities to build, care for and bring to life your network of greenways, creating healthy habitats and watersheds along the way. With 117 miles built and counting, visit www.GreatRiversGreenway.org for more information.

IMPACT Strategies Begins Tenant Improvements for BASF in Fenton, MO

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IMPACT Strategies has been selected by KP Development to oversee the tenant improvements of a 78,000 square foot space within a 170,000 square foot warehouse for the relocation of BASF’s agricultural services division in Fenton, MO. The new location will be in the Fenton Logistics Park and will be the first project in this rapidly expanding park for IMPACT Strategies.

This facility will produce and store pest control products, specifically for termites. Roughly two-thirds of the space will be dedicated to warehouse and production areas and the remaining third will be offices. Thirty-foot demising walls will be installed as well as completely new and redesigned MEP Systems.

This project is set to be finished in just over two months, with completion in mid-November 2018.

IMPACT Strategies provides client-focused construction management, design/build, and general contracting services. The firm offers a full continuum of innovative design/build service capabilities including proven construction management processes and site development. IMPACT Strategies serves a regional and national client base in the Healthcare, Senior Living, Multifamily, Office, Retail, and Warehouse/Distribution markets. 

KAI Design & Build to Construct Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis Teen Center of Excellence in Ferguson, MO

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Inspiring groundbreaking ceremony held on Sept. 13

The sun was shining and so were the spirits of all who gathered to break ground on Sept. 13 for the new Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis Teen Center of Excellence in Ferguson, MO. The event marked a time of renewal for the area which gained national attention in 2014 for violent protests following the fatal police shooting of teen Michael Brown.

The $12.4 million Teen Center of Excellence, under construction at 9200 West Florissant, will offer afterschool and summer programs to youth ages 12-18 in the North St. Louis County area.

KAI Design & Build has been selected as the general contractor for the project, which is expected to open in time for the 2019-20 school year and is one of the first of its kind in the country. The architect on the project is Arcturis of St. Louis, MO.

“KAI is ready to build this facility for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis. This is a much-needed community asset in North St. Louis County,” said KAI Design & Build President Michael Kennedy, Jr. “It wouldn’t have been possible without a region that is committed to creating positive change in Ferguson. I am really proud of what the private and corporate community is doing to make this facility a reality.”

The 26,856-square-foot, three-level center will provide a safe place for area youth to gather and participate in a variety of activities. Designs for the facility include a nutrition education center, gym, teen lounge, outdoor garden, auditorium, music and art studio, office space, intellectual commons, innovation center, and outdoor basketball and activity court.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis has a 50-plus-year track record of success in the St. Louis region as a youth services provider and will implement nationally acclaimed programs at the new Teen Center similar to those offered in the ten locations it presently operates (seven of which are located in North County). Programming will include an emphasis on health and wellness (such as yoga, healthy habits, open gym), education and workforce development (such as college tours, ACT/SAT prep, tutoring), STEAM (such as coding, app creation, robotics) and leadership and civic engagement (such as fine and performing arts, community service, applied arts).

“Building a Boys & Girls Club in the Ferguson area will produce positive outcomes in a community that has been subsumed with difficult realities and negative images. Adding a successful youth focused organization into Ferguson like Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis, which has a long track record of success, can bolster young people’s attitudes and give them a sense of hope. A new club will enrich our children’s lives and the city by helping its youth build strong character, graduate from high school with a plan for life, and become productive citizens,” said Dr. Flint Fowler, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis President.

About KAI Design & Build

KAI Design & Build is a national 100+ person design and build firm headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. A renowned leader in the industry, KAI provides design and build integrated project delivery solutions through collaboration, technology, processes and expertise. Since its inception in 1980, KAI has been instrumental in reshaping the urban environment through its expertise in housing, K-12 schools, transit facilities, collegiate structures, commercial buildings, sports and recreational facilities, government/justice centers and healthcare buildings. Beginning as an architectural design firm, KAI added mechanical/electrical/plumbing engineering to give clients a full package of in-house disciplines for their projects. Today, KAI continues with its original core service of design and has quickly grown its construction management group since 1997. Additionally, KAI is a leader in Building Information Modeling (BIM), applying the skill set to architectural, engineering and construction projects firm-wide. KAI’s affiliate locations include Atlanta, Omaha, Dallas and San Antonio. For more information about KAI Design & Build, visit www.kai-db.com or call 314-241-8188.

 

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