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$15,000 In College Scholarships Awarded By Site Improvement Association To Six Local Students

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The SITE Improvement Association has awarded a total of $15,000 in scholarships to six deserving St. Louis area students seeking to start or further their college education in 2016. High school seniors and college students with a parent employed by a SITE member company are eligible for the $2,500 scholarships, which are based on students’ academic achievements, involvement in the community and financial need.  SITE awarded $2,500 scholarships to the following students:

  • Hannah Beckmann, a junior this Fall at Drury College in Springfield, Missouri. Hannah was sponsored by Nor-Vel Grading and Excavating
  • Rachel Reininger, a senior this Fall at Maryville University in St. Louis County. Rachel was sponsored by Gershenson Construction
  • Morgan Hartwig, a senior at Troy Buchanon High School planning to attend University of Missouri-Kansas City in the Fall.  Morgan was sponsored by Byrne & Jones Construction
  • Allison McGarvey, a senior at Perryville High School planning to attend Lindenwood University in St. Charles in the fall.  Allison was sponsored by Castle Contracting
  • Courtney Kauffman, a senior this Fall at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri.  Courtney was sponsored by Nooter Corporation
  • Cassondra Busch, a sophomore this Fall at Lindenwood University in St. Charles. Cassondra was sponsored by Fred Weber, Inc.

SITE scholarships are made possible through voluntary contributions by SITE member companies and from the SITE Advancement Foundation.  This is the 15th consecutive year that SITE, has awarded scholarships to deserving college or college-bound students.  More than $250,000 in scholarships have been awarded to 127 students during that time.

Our members have been extremely supportive of helping high school and college students further their education,” said SITE Executive Director Terry Briggs.  “SITE has one of the largest continuous college scholarship programs in the St. Louis area.”

SITE is an independent construction contractor group representing more than 165 contractors and businesses primarily in the concrete, earthmoving, landscaping, asphalt paving, highway/bridge, sewer/utility and specialty construction segments.

Habitat For Humanity Saint Louis Selects New Board Members

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Martin, EmilyHabitat for Humanity Saint Louis has announced the selection of six new members to its Board of Directors. New board members include:  Emily Martin, President of Aschinger Electric; Rashda Buttar, Senior Vice President-General Counsel & Corporate Secretary of Foresight Energy LP; Mike Murphy, Vice President and General Manager of KMOV-TV; Ed Alizadeh, President and CEO of Geotechnology, Inc.; Roger Brown, Senior Vice President, Director of Manager Research, Summit Strategies; and Anna Hart, Vice President of Human Resources for the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis Board of Directors officers include: Board President, Marc Hirshman, Twain Financial; President Elect, Linda Loewenstein, The Lawrence Group; and Past President, Rick Sullivan, St. Louis Public Schools Special Administrative Board.

Alizedah, Ed_1The Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis Board also includes: Darren Bahr, Anheuser-Busch InBev; Brad Beggs, Development Strategies; Christina Cavazos Bennett, PreserverPartners, LLC; Amy Berg, S. M. Wilson & Co.; Precious Bourrage, Homebuyer Representative; Jami Boyles, Lewis Rice; Lance Cage, HOK; Raschelle Burton, Wells Fargo; Matt Favazza, Central Bank of St. Louis; David Foster, Home Depot; Peggy Holly, Boeing; Bob Lazaroff, The Michelson Organization; Amelia Lewis, Thompson Coburn; Brent Robbs, Stifel Nicolaus & Company, Inc.; Chris Roetheli, US Bancorp Community Development Corporation; Sarah Roe Sise, Armstrong Teasdale; Jeff St. Omer, Lewis Rice; Pattye Taylor-Phillips, Enterprise Holdings; Kay Gasen Thenhaus; Edgar Velazquez, IFF; David Wakeman, AmerenUE; Bob West, Paster West & Kraner; and Stephen Westbrooks, Affordable Equity Partners.

Hart, AnnaAlumni board members include: Steve Brown, Balke Brown Associates; Stephen Jones, Armstrong Teasdale LLC; Howard Smith, Smith NMTC Associates LLC; and Pete Weitzel, Weitzel Construction.

Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis (HFHSL) is a not-for-profit, ecumenical housing ministry working in partnership with individuals and communities of all faiths to improve housing conditions and provide safe, decent and affordable housing in St. Louis City and County. 

Home Builders Association Donates $14,000 to Beyond Housing

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On behalf of the Home Builders Charitable Foundation (HBCF), 2016 HBA President Kim Hibbs of Hibbs Homes (left) presented a $14,000 donation to Jaqueline Hamilton, chief development officer for Beyond Housing.

The donation will be used to complete repairs in several of Beyond Housing’s rental properties to bring the homes up to quality living standards. Most homes are in need of full paint jobs, light fixtures, new blinds, floor tiles, exterior tuck-pointing, porch rebuilds and an overall general modernization. The homes in their portfolio are generally two- and three-bedroom homes that can house up to six people. Beyond Housing’s mission is to help entire communities become better places to live by providing affordable housing. It is a community development organization that works in defined geographies like the Normandy School District in order to focus its resources where they can have the greatest impact.

The HBA is a local trade association of more than 500 member firms representing the residential construction industry. The Home Builders Charitable Foundation, the HBA’s charitable arm, is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing housing assistance to people or organizations with special shelter needs.

Solatube International Announces New Commercial Distributor in Missouri and Illinois

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Mays, GarySolatube International Inc., the worldwide leading manufacturer and marketer of Tubular Daylighting Devices (TDDs), has named Mays Maune McWard as its new Certified Commercial Distributor covering territories in Missouri and Illinois. Based in Fenton, Mo., the company is owned by Gary Mays, president, and Patrick McWard, executive vice president, of Mays Maune McWard.



McWard, PatrickMays Maune McWard is the exclusive certified provider and installer of commercial Solatube Daylighting Systems in their territory. “Solatube is an excellent addition to our company as a highly engineered, specifiable product line.  With our consultative style of selling we foresee a long and profitable future for both companies,” Mays said.

“We are excited to welcome Mays Maune McWard as our new Certified Commercial Distributor the Illinois and Missouri territories,” said Solatube International President Robert E. Westfall Jr. “They have been in business for nearly 80 years and have an excellent reputation in the architectural product community.”

Mays Maune McWard offers the full line of commercial Solatube products including:

  • Solatube® SkyVault Series M74 DS – the largest tubular daylighting device in the world, offers high-output illumination for high-bay areas
  • Solatube SolaMaster Series – the first line of tubular daylighting devices designed specifically for larger commercial spaces
  • Solatube Brighten Up Series – ideal for smaller spaces such as corridors, washrooms, closets, and storage areas.
  • Solatube Smart LED System – a fusion of LED lighting and natural light for day and night, offering up to 94 percent in lighting energy savings
  • Flashings for nearly all roof types – allowing Solatube Daylighting Systems to be installed in virtually any business environment

Mays Maune McWard can provide professional services such as design consultations, lighting calculations, LEED analyses, and code compliance documentation for Solatube Systems.

Hilliker Corporation Assists Area Window And Door Wholesaler

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St. Louis company buys building that is five times its previous size

Hilliker Corporation, a St. Louis owned and managed commercial real estate company, helped a window and door wholesaler buy a new location that is five times larger than its former home.

XL Building Products recently purchased a 50-year-old building located at 10707 Midwest Industrial for $585,000.  An additional $150,000 will be invested in renovations and upgrades for the more than 17,000-square-foot space, which will include a 5,000-square-foot showroom that will conveniently display products for builders, developers and rehabber customers.  XL Building Products will open for business on Feb. 15.

The property was the former home of Mead O’Brien, which specializes in valves and valve automation, steam and hot water products and systems, and instrumentation products.  The company moved to a larger location five years ago, and this property has been vacant since then.

Owner Matt Salviccio purchased XL Building Products in March of 2015.  The company, which was founded in 1997, is the premier window and door wholesale distributor in the St. Louis and bi-state area.  The company was previously located at 10848 Galt Industrial Blvd. in a 3,400-square-foot building.

Hilliker Corporation broker Will Aschinger represented the buyer, XL Building Products and F.L. Sweeney broker Floyd Sweeney represented the seller, Meade Mov Ink, LLC. 

Hilliker Corporation, which targets regional and national entrepreneurs, is St. Louis’ largest locally owned independent commercial real estate company

Home Builders Association Donates $15,000 to Marygrove

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On behalf of the Home Builders Charitable Foundation (HBCF), 2016 HBA President Kim Hibbs of Hibbs Homes (left) presented a $15,000 donation to Kathryn Feldt, chief development officer of Marygrove.

The donation will be used to replace tiles in each of the showers of the six cottages that make up Marygrove’s Residential Treatment Program. Marygrove is dedicated to providing a safe living environment to children and youth while addressing their mental health needs. Marygrove serves approximately 190 children and young adults each day (approximately 1,300 each year) who are struggling with behavioral, emotional or other mental health issues. These issues are often the result of abuse, neglect or other early childhood traumas. The desired outcome for each child is to learn how to manage their mental health condition and develop life skills so they can move to a less restrictive environment.

The HBA is a local trade association of more than 500 member firms representing the residential construction industry.

McCormack Baron Salazar, Inc. Announces New President

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St. Louis-based development company is well positioned for future growth

McCormack Baron Salazar, Inc., one of the nation’s leading for-profit developers of economically-integrated urban neighborhoods, is pleased to announce the installation of a new President of the development arm of the firm and other organizational changes that successfully position the development company for future decades.

Vince Bennett will become President of McCormack Baron Salazar, Inc.  Mr. Bennett will be responsible for the overall performance of the development company, overseeing all aspects of operations and managing a talented multi-disciplinary team of design, construction, legal, finance, and management staff.  Mr. Bennett previously served as Chief Operating Officer of McCormack Baron Salazar. Kevin McCormack, formerly President of McCormack Baron Salazar, Inc., will assume the role of Chief Executive Officer of the corporate holding company, MBA Properties, Inc.

“McCormack Baron Salazar is deeply committed to the work of bettering communities for families, children, seniors and veterans,” states Richard Baron, founder and Chairman of MBA Properties, Inc.  “There is an ongoing need across the country for providing quality, affordable housing as the cornerstone of rebuilding cities – and now is the time for a capable leader like Vince to assume a larger role within the firm to continue our mission and continue to grow the company.”

Mr. Bennett joined McCormack Baron Salazar in 1993, when he was hired to serve as a project manager for a mixed-income development in Pittsburgh, PA.  In addition to his role as Chief Operating Officer, his experience includes structuring and negotiating development transactions that include Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) equity, Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME, HOPE VI/Choice Neighborhoods, New Markets Tax Credit equity, PHA capital, foundation funds, corporate donations, grants, and conventional debt. Mr. Bennett has particular strengths in facilitating communication and building consensus among local community organizations, elected officials, neighborhood residents, lenders, foundations, and state, local and federal agencies.

Prior to joining McCormack Baron Salazar, Mr. Bennett managed commercial and economic development activities for a community development corporation in the City of Pittsburgh. He has served on the Boards of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri and Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis. A graduate of the University of California in Santa Cruz with degrees in Economics and Psychology, he received his master’s degree in Management and Public Policy with concentrations in Financial Management and Urban Development and Planning at Carnegie Mellon University.

“I am excited to take on the challenge and opportunity to further grow McCormack Baron Salazar,” states Bennett. “I know the key to our success is based upon a strong, stellar team with talent and experience, as well as a shared commitment to our mission of rebuilding urban America.”

Richard Baron will remain Chairman of MBA Properties, Inc. and Tony Salazar will remain President of West Coast Operations for McCormack Baron Salazar, Inc.  Tim Zaleski will remain President of McCormack Baron Management, Inc., the property management company, and Hillary Zimmerman will remain President of McCormack Baron Asset Management.  Laurel Tinsley will remain the Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of MBS Urban Initiatives CDE, the firm’s New Markets Tax Credits division.

McCormack Baron Salazar, Inc. is a nationally-acclaimed leader of affordable urban housing development.

Haberberger Completes Projects at St. Louis University

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Full-service mechanical contracting firm Haberberger, Inc. has announced the completion of two large design/build projects, along with three smaller projects, at St. Louis University (SLU).

The first project, which was valued at $4.5 million, featured the renovation of the HVAC system at Ritter hall. The 75,000-square-foot project consisted of renovating three floors and laboratory areas on the lower level of the building. Haberberger worked on all three floors simultaneously and was able to complete the project just in time for classes to resume in August.  The laboratory space on the lower level was completed in September – also within project schedule. Haberberger collaborated with Bingman Construction, FSA Architects and St. Louis University Department of Design and Construction in order to meet the accelerated schedule.

The second project involved renovating the HVAC system at Litteken Hall that serves electronic classrooms on two floors, as well as storage and mechanical areas on the lower level of the building.

The HVAC portion of the project began on July 5, 2015, and was finalized on August 21, thanks to close cooperation between Haberberger, Inc., ICS Construction Services, The Lawrence Group Architects and St. Louis University Department of Design and Construction. The 17,000-square-foot project totaled $1.05 million.

In addition to the two large projects, Haberberger also completed three smaller design/build projects at SLU. The team worked on hood replacements and gas piping modifications at the Panda Express Kitchen in the Bush Student Center, as well as in several DuBourg Hall offices. Haberberger was a subcontractor to ICS Construction Services for these projects.

The projects at SLU were managed by Haberberger Project Manager John Gallia. The Haberberger team on the projects also consisted of Scott Martin, Mike Bonebrake, Frank Piel and Ron Arbuthnot; who all served as pipefitter foremen; and Ed Hallam and Tim Hancock, who served as sheet metal foremen.

Haberberger, Inc. is a 68-year-old mechanical contracting company that offers complete HVAC installation, customized maintenance programs, and process piping and piping fabrication, and refrigeration and energy management services

McCarthy Awarded $62 Million Robert A. Young Federal Building Seismic Renovation Project in St. Louis

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McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. was recently awarded a $62 million, design-build seismic renovation of the Robert A. Young Federal Building in downtown St. Louis by the General Services Administration (GSA). The project includes the seismic retrofit of the historic structure along with seismic bracing of non-structural components such as ceilings, partitions and mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection systems. The renovation will enhance safety for tenants during and after a potential seismic event. St. Louis is approximately 166 miles north of the New Madrid fault located in southeastern Missouri.

The Robert A. Young Federal Building is a 1,050,000-square-foot, L-shaped building with a 10-story tower completed in 1933 for the Terminal Railroad Association. Located at the corner of Spruce Street and South Tucker Boulevard, the office building is owned and managed by the U.S. General Services Administration and houses dozens of offices for various federal agencies, such as the Internal Revenue Service, State Department, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, as well as support services such as a cafeteria, daycare, fitness center and credit unions. The facility is 98% occupied.

“The Robert A. Young Federal Building Seismic Renovation is an important and challenging project,” explained Kevin Williams, senior vice president of McCarthy. “The team is focused on delivering a safer building to the tenants and GSA while minimizing the disruption to existing occupants throughout construction. McCarthy brings extensive seismic retrofit and construction experience in high seismic zones, including Missouri and the West Coast.”

Design begins this month and construction is anticipated to begin in mid-2016. McCarthy’s design-build team includes Gensler and Thornton Tomasetti as well as St. Louis firms Etegra, William Tao & Associates, Aschinger Electric, Air Masters, Gateway Mechanical Fire Protection, and Geotechnology, Inc.

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. is one of the nation’s premier commercial construction companies. 

Paraquad to Kick Off Construction of $3.3 Million Accessible Health and Wellness Center

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Paraquad on Tuesday officially began construction of its new Accessible Health and Wellness Center. The 22,000-square-foot Center will feature specialized equipment that enables people with disabilities to work out and highly trained staff who are experts in helping people with all types of disabilities meet their fitness needs. Paraquad is the only organization in St. Louis providing this type of facility. In collaboration with our partners at Washington University School of Medicine and Logan University, Paraquad is expanding the range of services available for people with disabilities and helping to train the next generation of healthcare providers. The total project cost for construction of the Center is $3.3 million. It is scheduled to open in June 2016.

The Paraquad Accessible Health and Wellness Center Construction Kickoff was attended by Mayor Francis Slay; Aimee Wehmeier, Paraquad Executive Director and CEO; Dr. Kerri Morgan, Chairman of the Paraquad Board of Directors, Instructor at Washington University School of Medicine and Paralympian; Dr. Carolyn Baum, Professor at Washington University School of Medicine; Dr. David Parish, Program Director for the Master of Science in Sports Science and Rehabilitation and Director of the Human Performance Centers at Logan University

Founded in 1970, Paraquad is the leading disability services provider in the St. Louis region. 


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