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Finalists Announced for AGCMO 20th Annual Construction Keystone Awards

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Construction Projects Represent the Highest Quality Construction by Missouri’s Contractors

Innovation, ingenuity and excellence are just a few of the attributes associated with the construction projects selected as finalists for the 2017 Construction Keystone Awards. Finalists include a range of projects including health care, laboratories, parks and recreational buildings, utilities, energy facilities as well as highways and bridges.

The Construction Keystone Awards are presented by the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Missouri. The submissions, spanning 8 categories, represent the highest level of professionalism, craftsmanship and quality in construction by Missouri’s general and specialty contractors. A panel of judges selected these elite projects as finalists last week, and will continue their review of additional data provided by the finalists in order to determine the winning project in each category.

Now celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Construction Keystone Awards honor the highest achievements of Missouri’s construction firms and salute their contributions to the built environment. The facilities and infrastructure built by member contractors create new jobs, support economic growth and enhance the quality of life in our communities. Missouri’s construction workforce is comprised of over 115,000 persons, according to data recently released by the AGC of America.

Winners of the 2017 Keystone Awards will be announced and celebrated at the AGC’ s Construction Awards Gala scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 9 at the Ameristar Spa & Casino in St. Charles.

“Each year, as innovation and technology continue to transform the construction industry, the judging of submissions and selection of finalists become more demanding. The challenges presented to our contractors and their ability to successfully meet themis the essence of the Keystone Awards,” says Len Toenjes, AGC President. “The ingenuity and craftsmanship represented by this year’s finalists continue to exemplify the spirit of the Keystone Awards. Our finalists represent the very best in the construction industry today.”

The Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Missouri is the united voice of the construction industry representing more than 525 commercial, industrial, heavy and highway contractors, industry partners and related firms in 110 counties in Missouri. AGC of Missouri operates offices in Jefferson City and St. Louis. Visit:


2017 Construction Keystone Award Finalists Mid-America Class General Contractor / Construction Manager / Prime Contractor Building Construction Project Under $25 million

Korte & Luitjohan Contractors, Inc. Project: Washington County Courthouse Renovation Owner: Washington County, IL Project Location: Nashville, IL

Tarlton-Simms Joint Venture Project: IOH Central Production Kitchen Owner: BJC HealthCare Project Location: St. Louis, MO

The Harlan Company Project: The Jan Phillips Learning Center Owner: The College School Project Location: Pacific, MO

General Contractor / Construction Manager / Prime Contractor Building Construction Project $25 million or more

Alberici Healthcare Project: St. Joseph Hospital, Lake St. Louis Campus Expansion Owner: SSM Health Project Location: Lake Saint Louis, MO

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. Project: Delbert Day Cancer Center Owner: Phelps County Regional Medical Center Project Location: Rolla, MO

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. Project: The William H. Danforth Wing @ the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center Owner: Donald Danforth Plant Science Center with Landmark Contract Management as Program Manager Project Location: St. Louis, MO

General Contractor / Construction Manager / Prime Contractor Transportation & Infrastructure Project Under $25 million

Emery Sapp & Sons, Inc. Project: Columbia I-70 Bridges Design Build Owner: Missouri Dept. of Transportation Project Location: Columbia, MO

Herzog Contracting Corporation Project: Rte. I-29 Resurfacing Andrew & Buchanon Counties Owner: Missouri Dept. of Transportation Project Location: Saint Joseph, MO

Millstone Weber, LLC Project: I-70 from Rte. 94 to 5th Street Owner: Missouri Dept. of Transportation Project Location: St. Charles, MO

General Contractor / Construction Manager / Prime Contractor Transportation & Infrastructure Project $25 million or more

Emery Sapp & Sons, Inc. Project: The South Lawrence Trafficway (K10) Owner: Kansas Dept. of Transportation Project Location: Lawrence, KS

Goodwin Brothers Construction Project: Liberty Utilities Center Owner: City of Liberty, MO Project Location: Liberty, MO

KCI Construction Company Project: Loop Trolley & Maintenance Facility Owner: Loop Trolley Transportation Development District Project Location: University City, MO

Specialty / Subcontractor Building Construction Project Under $5 million

Golterman & Sabo, Inc. Project: Stifel 12th Floor Executive Renovation Owner: Stifel Nicholas Project Location: St. Louis, MO

Guarantee Electrical Company Project: McKendree Metro Rec Plex Owner: McKendree University Project Location: O’Fallon, IL

Murphy Company Project: Condenser Water System & Building Automation Upgrade Owner: Scottrade Center – St. Louis Blues Project Location: St. Louis, MO Specialty

Subcontractor Building Construction Project $5 million or more

Guarantee Electrical Company Project: St. Joseph Hospital West Campus Expansion Owner: SSM Health Project Location: Spanish Lake, MO

icon Mechanical Construction and Engineering Project: Zürich North America Headquarters Owner: Zürich North America Project Location: Schaumberg, IL

PayneCrest Electric, Inc. Project: Mid Campus Center Owner: Washington University School of Medicine Project Location: St. Louis, MO

Specialty / Subcontractor Transportation & Infrastructure Project Under $5 million

Acme Erectors, Inc. Project: Kiener Plaza Owner: City of St. Louis, Dept. of Parks, Recreation & Forestry Project Location: St. Louis, MO

Power UP Electrical Contractors Project: Kiener Plaza Owner: City of St. Louis, Dept. of Parks, Recreation & Forestry Project Location: St. Louis, MO

General Contractor / Construction Manager / Prime Contractor Building / Industrial Construction Project $100 million or more

Alberici Constructors in a Joint Venture with Stanley Consultants, Inc. Project: Edgewater Unit 5 AQCS Project Owner: Alliant Energy Project Location: Sheboygan, WI

MC Industrial Project: Boeing Composite Center of Excellence Owner: The Boeing Company Project Location: St. Louis, MO

EDM Receives St. Louis Branch of Mo Chapter APWA 2017 Public Works Project of the Year – Environmental

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EDM Incorporated was recognized by the American Public Works Association’s St. Louis Branch with the Environmental Project of the Year Award.    This award recognizes excellence in design, management and administration of public works projects and the alliance between the managing agency (City of Frontenac), Engineer (EDM Incorporated) and the Contractor (Ideal Landscape Construction). It was granted for the Frontenac Forest Storm Improvement project which converted a tie-wall channel to a natural meandering stream with over 2,000 live stakes of willow, dogwood and ninebark. The project provided creek bed access with a low water crossing allowing the residents to get closer to nature.

Caption for Photo:  Pictured (left to right), Project Engineer Len Madalon, PE (EDM Incorporated), Dave Buckel, (Ideal Landscape Construction), Jeff Wappelhorst, Public Works Director (City of Frontenac).

Headquartered in downtown St. Louis, Missouri, EDM Incorporated is a 40+ year old full-service engineering firm providing civil, structural, and mechanical/electrical/plumbing engineering to local, state and federal governments, as well as private sector clients.

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


Volunteers Clean Jeff-Vander-Lou to Deter Crime

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At a community garden half a mile north of Powell Hall, Marcia Martin spent Saturday dragging branch trimmings into piles to clear out the greenery that had overrun the garden. Martin and her husband were joined by about a dozen other volunteers working on the lot at the corner of Montgomery and Coleman in the Jeff-Vander-Lou neighborhood.

“When we started on this project you couldn’t see the grass,” said Martin, 60, of St. Louis. “There were four of us down here working, and then all of these other people showed up. It was just amazing.”

Around the corner, five men from Holland Construction Services boarded up the windows of an empty building and used chain saws to cut down the thicket of trees behind the house.

At other blocks throughout the neighborhood volunteers tackled similar projects on more than 70 lots, blocking the entrances to abandoned buildings, picking up trash, and cutting back overgrown greenery.

Organizers estimate more than 400 people participated in the cleanup, which was spearheaded by Better Family Life, Habitat for Humanity St. Louis, the Jeff-Vander-Lou Housing Corp., and the Herbert Hoover Boys and Girls Club.

The cleanup’s goal is to deter crime and make it safer to walk the streets.

“If you are living next to a building that is vacant and it’s not boarded up, then there has the potential of illegal activity coming in and out. And then if it’s also surrounded by overgrowth and trees, then you can’t really see if somebody is behind it,” said Avis McHugh, family services director for Habitat for Humanity St. Louis.

“Some of our families were saying that they’re afraid for their kids to go back and forth to school, or the bus stops. Some of the bus companies actually started saying that their drivers could not come into the neighborhood, that the kids had to walk and meet them at the main street. And that just shouldn’t happen,” McHugh said. “So we all kind of came together and brought our muscles and our hearts and said, okay, let’s do what needs to be done.”

“Jeff-Vander-Lou is one of the strongest, and most solid African-American communities in the St. Louis area, and has been for generations. So the history here is rich, the potential of what the neighborhood can be is amazing. And we just kind of want to get it back to what it was,” McHugh said, adding that plans are under way to clean up other neighborhoods too.

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. 

Inaugural ‘Commercial Construction Index’ Indicates High Revenue and Employment Expectations for 2017

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USG Corporation (USG) and U.S. Chamber of Commerce Release Survey Results Gauging Confidence among Industry Leaders

Commercial construction is in high demand across the country and contractors are confident in the trajectory of the industry, according to the USG + U.S. Chamber of Commerce Commercial Construction Index (‘Index’), launched today. Nearly all contractors surveyed – 96 percent – expect revenues to grow or remain stable this year compared to 2016, with 40 percent expecting an increase and only 3 percent expecting a decrease in revenue.

The Index is a new quarterly economic indicator designed to gauge what drives the commercial construction industry and its leaders, including specific issues like backlog of work, new business pipeline, revenue projections, workforce issues, and access to financing. Given the sector’s importance to the U.S. economy and the outsized role it could play in years to come, the data contained in the Index will be vital to better understanding trends, challenges and opportunities. The research was developed with Dodge Data & Analytics (DD&A), the leading provider of insights and data for the construction industry, by surveying commercial and institutional contractors.

“This first-of-its-kind Index was born out of a need to understand the issues that affect commercial construction. The Index will deliver critical insights into the future health of the industry,” said Jennifer Scanlon, president and chief executive officer of USG Corporation. “USG is committed to providing solutions for our customers in order to help the entire industry make strong contributions to the U.S. economy. Through the Index we are able to identify areas of strength and pinpoint areas of improvement where industry leaders must focus.”

Two-thirds (66 percent) of contractors said they expect to employ more workers in the next six months, indicating growth in a sector that employs approximately 3 million Americans. But 61 percent of Index respondents reported difficultly finding skilled workers. The contractors reported the biggest shortages in the concrete, interior finishes/millwork, masonry, electrical and plumbing trades.

“The commercial construction industry is a vital engine for the American economy,” said Tom Donohue, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber. “The projected growth uncovered in this research is good news for employers and workers, but there is reason for concern in the lack of qualified talent available in vital specialties. To get our economy growing to its full potential, we must ensure that we have a workforce that is ready to fill the available jobs. Each quarter, this first-of-its-kind research will make us smarter about future challenges and inform solutions for our country’s leaders.”

The report looks at the results of three leading indicators – backlog levels, new business opportunities and revenue forecasts – to generate a composite index on a scale of 0-100 that serves as an indicator of health for the contractor segment on a quarterly basis. The Q2 2017 composite index score was 76, representing continued health in the sector. This composite score is up two points from a 74 in the Q1 survey, driven primarily by a bump in the ratio between actual and ideal backlog. New business and revenue results also saw slight increases quarter-over-quarter.

The composite scores from the three drivers of confidence were:

  • Backlog: 81, up four points in Q2 over Q1. Contractors’ current average backlog levels represent 81 percent of their ideal backlog levels, up from 77 percent in Q1. On average, contractors currently hold 9.9 months of backlog, while the ideal amount is 12 months.
  • New Business: 77, up two points in Q2. Nearly all contractors continue to report high or moderate confidence in the market. Well over half of contractors (59 percent) reported high confidence in new business over the next 12 months (up from 51 percent in Q1), indicating a shift to higher levels of confidence among some respondents.
  • Revenues: 71, up two points in Q2. An overwhelming 96 percent of contractors expect revenues to grow or remain stable in 2017 over 2016. Of those expecting revenue increases, the actual percentage of expected increases varies widely. Forty percent expect revenue increases of 7 percent or more in the next 12 months.

The Index findings are compiled using survey results from contractors within a DD&A panel of more than 2,700 decision makers from across key facets of the commercial construction industry. This first public report was developed using research from previous quarters, which puts into context the state of contractor sentiment in the U.S. building industry.

About the Index

The USG + U.S. Chamber of Commerce Commercial Construction Index is a quarterly economic index designed to gauge the outlook for, and resulting confidence in, the commercial construction industry. USG Corporation and the U.S. Chamber produce this Index, along with Dodge Data & Analytics (DD&A). Each quarter, researchers from DD&A source responses from their Contractor Panel of more than 2,700 commercial construction decision-makers in order to better understand their levels of confidence in the industry and other key trends. This panel allows DD&A to provide findings that are representative of the entire U.S. construction industry by geography, size, and type of company.

Please note the Commercial Construction Index report is intended for general informational purposes only. It is not intended to support an investment decision with respect to USG, nor is it intended to be used for marketing purposes to any existing or prospective investor of USG. This report is not a forecast of future results for USG and actual results of USG may differ materially from those of the commercial construction industry.

Where the Index is Available The inaugural Index is, and each quarterly Index published going forward will be, available on the USG website at as well as on the website

About the U.S. Chamber of Commerce The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations. For more information, visit

About USG Corporation USG Corporation is an industry-leading manufacturer of building products and innovative solutions. Headquartered in Chicago, USG serves construction markets around the world through its United States Gypsum Company and USG Interiors, LLC subsidiaries and its international subsidiaries, including its USG Boral Building Products joint venture. Its wall, ceiling, flooring, sheathing and roofing products provide the solutions that enable customers to build the outstanding spaces where people live, work and play. Its USG Boral Building Products joint venture is a leading plasterboard and ceilings producer across Asia, Australasia and the Middle East. For additional information, visit

Design Billings Maintain Solid Footing, with Strong Momentum Reflected in Both Project Inquiries and Design Contracts

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Balanced growth results in billings gains in all sectors 

Design services at architecture firms continue to project a healthy disposition on the construction industry as the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) recorded the fourth consecutive month of growth. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lead time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the May ABI score was 53.0, up from a score of 50.9 in the previous month. This score reflects an increase in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 62.4, up from a reading of 60.2 the previous month, while the new design contracts index increased from 53.2 to 54.8.

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“The fact that the data surrounding both new project inquiries and design contracts have remained positive every month this year, while reaching their highest scores for the year, is a good indication that both the architecture and construction sectors will remain healthy for the foreseeable future,” AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “This growth hasn’t been an overnight escalation, but rather a steady, stable increase.”

Key May ABI highlights:

  • Regional averages: South (56.1), West (52.3), Midwest (50.4), Northeast (46.5)
  • Sector index breakdown: mixed practice (55.8), multi-family residential (51.3), commercial / industrial (51.2), institutional (51.2)
  • Project inquiries index: 62.4
  • Design contracts index: 54.8

The regional and sector categories are calculated as a 3-month moving average, whereas the national index, design contracts and inquiries are monthly numbers.

The Architecture Billings Index (ABI), produced by the AIA Economics & Market Research Group, is a leading economic indicator that provides an approximately nine to twelve month glimpse into the future of nonresidential construction spending activity.

Founded in 1857, the American Institute of Architects consistently works to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. Through nearly 300 state and local chapters, the AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public wellbeing.


Kwame Building Group, Inc. Takes DBE Participation to New Heights

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Kwame Building Group, Inc. has been a huge part of the successful Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) participation at St. Louis Lambert International Airport and in the community. In recognition of their exemplary accomplishments, Kwame’s Chief Executive Officer Tony Thompson was presented with the Business Diversity award for Construction Services during the Business Diversity Forum on March 31.

Kwame is MBE/DBE certified and has played a major role in most of the construction work performed at the Airport. They were a joint venture partner on the team that was responsible for managing the design and construction of the recent Airport expansion project. The firm has also had construction management responsibilities on a number of projects at the Airport through the years.

Kwame has had an enormous impact in achieving diversity and inclusion on major projects in the greater St. Louis community as well. They served as the construction management firm responsible for monitoring and reporting DBE participation on the $33 million Central Riverfront Project of the City Arch River renovation at the Gateway Arch. This project was a true DBE success story, with Kwame reporting more than 50 percent DBE participation.


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. 

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