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Five Kadean Executives Recognized As ‘Certified Healthcare Constructors’ By American Hospital Association

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Furthering the company’s expertise in medical construction, four project managers and a superintendent with St. Louis-based Kadean Construction Co. have earned their certification as Healthcare Constructors by the American Hospital Association Certification Center (AHA-CC), it was announced today.

Kadean Project Managers Mitch Crews, Travis Mulder, Kevin Nesselhauf, and Joel Vidlak, and Superintendent Ron Walton were awarded the AHA-CHC certification this week, joining an elite group of just 900 healthcare construction professionals nationwide.

To earn the CHC certification, an individual must satisfy eligibility requirements that incorporate a blend of education and associated healthcare-specific professional experience, agree to adhere to the AHA Professional Standards of Conduct, and, pass the CHC Certification Examination.

Kadean Construction Co. is one of the area’s oldest and most successful firms specializing in Pre-Construction, Design-Build, Construction Management, and General Contracting. For more than 50 years, Kadean has built its reputation on quality work, honesty in business, and being a trusted partner to its subcontractors, designers, and its clients.

Its work in the St. Louis area includes the expansion of the medical oncology unit and the addition of a radiation oncology unit with traditional linear accelerator at a major cancer center in St. Peters, MO; and, similar oncology units at a major St. Louis hospital and university.

Kadean also completed construction of a proton therapy vault – the first in the world – for a major area hospital; is under contract to complete a second proton therapy vault for the same facility; and, is near completion on a major expansion and interior build-out for another major St. Louis area hospital. This is in addition to its construction of five surgical centers in Michigan, Florida, and Indiana.

The CHC examination is designed to test a well-defined body of knowledge representative of practice in healthcare construction management covering Healthcare Industry Fundamentals; Planning, Design and Construction Process; Healthcare Facility Safety, Additions, and Renovations; and, Financial Stewardship.

The CHC certification program supports the community of healthcare construction professionals and is designed to provide an objective and rigorous assessment of broad-based knowledge in healthcare construction.

In addition to its expertise and growing influence in medical construction, Kadean also has been recognized for the construction of and interior build-out at the new Amazon distribution facility in the Lakeview Commerce Center in Edwardsville, IL; construction and interior build-out of several huge light industrial buildings at Aviator Business Park in Hazelwood, MO; and, the Kansas City Logistics Center, in Kansas City, MO.

Forum Studio Project Orange Regional Medical Center Voted Number One on Soliant Health’s ‘Most Beautiful Hospitals in America’ List

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Orange Regional Medical Center (ORMC) in Middletown, New York, a new facility designed by Clayco subsidiary Forum Studio, has taken the number-one spot on Soliant Health’s 2017 “Most Beautiful Hospitals in America” list.

Soliant Health, one of the largest healthcare staffing companies in the U.S., highlighted Orange Regional Medical Center’s top attributes that earned it more than 13,000 votes, saying the facility “offers high-tech services in a visually stunning ‘impeccable, healing environment’ that’s also comfortable and welcoming. According to the hospital, many patients have described it as ‘feeling more like home than a hospital.’”

Orange Regional Medical Center commissioned Forum Studio to assist them in a comprehensive consolidation and expansion of their outpatient care programs anticipating the future needs of their community. As an outcome of a campus master plan, Forum led the design effort on two separate adjacent projects, a 153,000-square-foot outpatient care center and a 25,000-square-foot cancer center expansion and renovation.

“We are pleased that thousands of healthcare industry professionals and patients agree that Orange Regional Medical Center is truly a beautiful facility,” said Erik Andersen, principal, Forum Studio. “We are thrilled we have delivered an impactful solution to our client allowing them to better serve their community. We were able to create a flexible platform that allowed ORMC to recruit and establish a new employed physician practice and focused on the needs of patients, family and ORMC caregivers. We’re honored that the results of our work on this project have been recognized by so many.”

This is Soliant Health’s ninth annual list highlighting the most beautiful hospitals in the country. Orange Regional Medical Center has been nominated in the past in addition to achieving this year’s number-one ranking.

Three IBEW/NECA Projects are Finalists in the 2017 AGC Keystone Awards

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The Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Missouri is saluting three IBEW/NECA projects as finalists in its AGC Keystone Awards. This is the 20th anniversary for prestigious construction awards program.  Since 1997, nearly 100 IBEW/NECA projects have been honored as finalists.  The annual awards salute building excellence in a number of categories and represent the highest level of professionalism, craftsmanship and quality in construction by Missouri’s general and specialty contractors.  This year, the IBEW/NECA finalist include two projects from Guarantee Electrical Co. and one from PayneCrest Electric, Inc.

Guarantee is being honored for its work on St. Joseph Hospital West Campus Expansion for SSM Health in Spanish Lake, Mo. and the McKendree Metro Rec Plex for McKendree University in O’Fallon, Ill.

PayneCrest is saluted for its work on the Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM) Mid-Campus Center, a mammoth 12-story, 517,000-square-foot medical building completed on an extremely tight site in the midst of the BJC/Washington University campus renewal project.

The finalists will now compete in several categories to earn AGC Keystone Awards.  Winners will be announced at the AGC’s annual construction gala on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 at the Ameristar Spa & Casino in St. Charles.  For more information on the Keystone Awards, visit

Hastings+Chivetta Architects Selected to Design University of Idaho Arena

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St. Louis-based Hastings+Chivetta Architects, along with Portland, Oregon firm Opsis Architecture have been selected as Athletic Design Architect and Architect of Record respectively for the new $30 million, 4,700-seat University of Idaho Arena.

The design and construction of UI’s new Arena represents an exciting new chapter for the University’s time-honored tradition of collegiate athletics and is planned to become a catalyst for recruitment.  It will be designed as a multi-event and court sports facility home to several sports programs, including men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball. Additionally, the Arena will serve as a gathering place for academic events, special concerts and meetings.

The University of Idaho plans to make timber and mass timber construction a focal point of the project. The University got a nod from the U.S. Forest Service as part of a national movement to expand use of wood products in construction. A highly-competitive Wood Innovation Grant will help kick into high gear the construction of the Arena which will be the first signature wood facility of its size in the state. The Arena will also serve as a learning laboratory for students in forestry, engineering and more.

“The national attention on promoting healthy forests benefits Idaho’s timber industry and our economy,” said University of Idaho President Chuck Staben. “Partnering with our strong natural resource industries to build an innovative building using new mass timber construction technology is exciting and demonstrates the innovation and engagement UI does so well.”

Slated for construction on the north side of the Kibbie Dome. The new venue will strengthen recruiting, rally fan excitement and serve as an activity center for university-wide activities. It will be a showpiece for student-athletes, tell the story of Idaho’s heritage and provide a unique gathering place for generations of Vandals to come.

Also selected for the project are KPFF Structural Engineers and Hoffman Construction as General Contractor.

The University of Idaho plans to open the Arena by 2020.

Visit the University of Idaho Arena Webpage here: Official University of Idaho Arena Webpage


HASTINGS+CHIVETTA ARCHITECTS, INC. provides architectural planning and design services to clients throughout the United States.

Electrical Connection Partners with Saint Louis FC To Support “Shop with a Cop” on July 22, 2017

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“Christmas in July” Game Raises Money to Support St. Francois County and Ferguson, Mo. “Shop with a Cop” 

For the second year in a row, one of the most successful law enforcement community trust-building programs is receiving a big boost from a partnership between the Electrical Connection and Saint Louis FC.   The Electrical Connection is sponsoring Saint Louis FC’s “Christmas in July” fundraiser at its July 22, 2017 soccer game to raise money for the Saint Francois County and Ferguson “Shop with a Cop” programs.

“We’re hoping to build on the momentum of last year’s fundraiser to encourage more people, businesses and civic organizations to support this great law enforcement trust building program,” said Jim Curran, executive vice president, Electrical Connection.  The Electrical Connection is a labor-management partnership of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 and the St. Louis Chapter, National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).

Shop with a Cop raises money so law enforcement can take disadvantaged children December holiday shopping for gifts they would not otherwise receive.  The “Christmas in July” fundraiser will celebrate both programs at the Saint Louis FC soccer game against the Louisville City FC at Toyota Stadium in Fenton, Mo.  Pre-game ceremonies will spotlight the history of “Shop with a Cop,” which is celebrating its 25th anniversary in St. Francois County this year.  Fans will receive a limited edition 2017 holiday ornament commemorating the event for a donation.

“Our partnership with the Electrical Connection has allowed Saint Louis FC to expand its outreach through programs like ‘Shop with a Cop’ that bind a community,” said Patrick Barry, president, Saint Louis FC.  “Last December, we attended both ‘Shop with a Cop’ events in St. Francois County and Ferguson and saw law enforcement connect with disadvantage children in extraordinary ways to brighten the holidays.”

The Electrical Connection has supported the St. Francois County program since 1993 donating a total of more than $59,000.  It expanded its “Shop with a Cop” support last year to reenergize the program in Ferguson, Mo., donating $5,000.

            “We greatly appreciate how the Electrical Connection and Saint Louis FC are leveraging their partnership again to support our program,” said Ferguson Police Chief Delrish Moss.  “It was incredible to see the look on the children’s faces as we presented them with gifts for the holidays last year.”

The newly energized Ferguson “Shop with a Cop” program served more than 60 children last year.   Over the past 25 years, the St. Francois County “Shop with a Cop” program has gradually become one of the largest in the nation, serving more than 500 children last year.

“We are grateful that the Electrical Connection through its partnership with Saint Louis FC is going to ensure the success of our 25th year of serving children through ‘Shop with a Cop,’” said St. Francois County Sheriff Dan Bullock.

Members of the Electrical Connection provide safe and reliable electrical construction, maintenance, repair and replacement services across Missouri, the nation and the world.  For more information visit

Sachs Electric Co. Enters into Partnership with Leading Power Sector Investor to Grow Business

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Sachs Electric Co., one of the nation’s leading electrical contractors, has entered into a partnership with funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management, L.P. (“Oaktree”).  Oaktree will provide capital and strategic resources to support Sachs’s growth.  Financial terms of the partnership were not disclosed.

“The electrical industry is undergoing major changes driven by technology, customer sophistication, complexity of projects and higher expectations of service,” said Clayton M. Scharff, P.E., chief executive officer and president of Sachs.  “We see these changes as opportunities to grow our business.  Having a strong financial partner who is ready and willing to invest in our vision is incredibly exciting.  It will help expand our capabilities to better meet our customers’ diverse and growing needs.”

Ian Schapiro, portfolio manager of Oaktree’s Power Opportunities group added, “Sachs is distinguished by its sterling reputation, world-class management team and history of consistent performance spanning many decades.  These are precisely the attributes that have led to its role as a leader within its industry.”

Throughout Sachs’s history, it has continuously adapted to market needs with the creation of client-focused specialty divisions such as: Sachs Civil, Inc. to perform civil work including trenching, excavating and utility locate services; Sachs Systems  to provide networking, communication, and low voltage solutions; Sachs Automation to serve instrumentation and process controls for advanced manufacturing; Sachs Select to serve small project needs; Sachs Service to provide 24/7 electrical maintenance;  Sachs Alternative Energy to serve the renewable energy marketplace; a Line Division to serve the utility industry; and an engineering department to provide professional engineering services nationally.

The partnership with Oaktree will provide additional resources to help Sachs further expand its geographic footprint, service offerings and customer base through both internal growth and selective strategic acquisitions.  “Oaktree is investing in our vision, brand, culture, and talented employees who are committed to delivering on behalf of our customers” said Scharff.  “Our customers will appreciate our enhanced capacity to serve their needs and our employees will benefit from our strengthened market position and expanded career opportunities.”

Founded in 1925, Sachs is licensed to perform work in 48 states and has delivered complex electrical and communications installations throughout North America.  The firm employs more than 1,500 people including approximately 450 in St. Louis. 

Oaktree is a leading global investment manager specializing in alternative investments, with over $100 billion in assets under management as of March 31, 2017.  

People On The Move In The Local Construction Industry

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The latest People in the News highlighting new hires, promotions, honors & recognition of the men and women in the St. Louis building community.

Geissler Roofing Co Inc. has promoted Joel Sharp to Executive Vice President.

Joel Sharp

Geissler Roofing Co Inc. has promoted Joel Sharp to Executive Vice President. His new role will include labor relations, customer retention and quality control.
Sharp has been an active part of the commercial roofing industry in the Saint Louis region since 1981. He is a Journeyman roofer. Sharp joined the Geissler Roofing Co Inc. family in 1989 as a flat roofer. He has worked his way up through a variety of positions including, roofer, superintendent, estimator and operations manager.

Geissler Roofing Co Inc. is a union commercial roofing company serving the St. Louis area since 1929. We specialize in low slope roofing, steep slope roofing and exterior finishes.
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William Azevedo and Terry Richars, CPA/ABV, ASA Become Newest Mueller Prost Partners 

Effective July 1, 2017, William Azevedo, Senior Manager of Healthcare Services, and Terry Richars, CPA/ABV, ASA, Director of Accounting Services were both promoted to Partner.  They will continue to lead their respective practice areas and become the firm’s 17th and 18th partners.

William Azevedo

Azevedo has nearly 20 years of experience in the long-term care industry and over a decade of experience in private sector accounting. His background includes positions in accounting, cost reporting, reimbursement, and government audits & appeals. Our clients call on Bill to improve their cost reporting and utilize data to improve operations. Bill’s promotion marks the second non-CPA team member to become partner.

Terry Richars

Mueller Prost has also named Terry Richars as a partner. Richars has over 10 years of experience providing business valuation, litigation support, forensic accounting, individual, corporate and partnership income tax returns, SAS 70/SSAE16 reporting, and consulting services.  Richars primarily works with privately-held and middle-market organizations across various industries, including manufacturing, retail, healthcare, and the legal community.

President, Doug Mueller, says, “We are excited to see growth in our firm and look forward to what the future brings with the addition of Bill and Terry to our partner group.”

Mueller Prost has 18 partners, 3 locations and over 150 employees. The firm is regularly recognized as a Best Place to Work and focuses on employee and client engagement and retention.

Patterson Promoted to Senior Project Estimator at Murphy

Jeffrey Patterson

Jeffrey H. Patterson recently was promoted to senior project estimator at Murphy Company. The announcement was made by Kevin Suiter, vice president of estimating.

Patterson brings nearly 30 years’ experience in the HVAC industry with a strong emphasis on HVAC piping and ductwork to his new position. Since joining Murphy in December 2015, he has taken the lead on several high profile estimates. During his career he also has managed a pre-construction services department and created design standards for sheet metal fabrication. He attended both St. Louis Technical School and St. Louis Community College.

“Jeff’s attention to detail and his ability to incorporate his strong design build background makes Jeff an exceptional estimator for Murphy Company,” added Suiter. “We have been very impressed with his performance and are pleased to see him advance to his new position.”

Murphy Company delivers mechanical solutions to the industrial, commercial, institutional and heavy industrial markets. 

McGrath & Associates Promotes Scott Olson to Healthcare Business Manager

Scott Olson

Scott Olson has been promoted to Healthcare Business Manager at McGrath & Associates, a 100 percent employee-owned general contractor and construction management firm. Olson has been an employee of McGrath & Associates for 23 year, primarily involved in healthcare construction projects. In addition to managing client projects, Olson will be responsible for McGrath’s healthcare business plan.

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. 

July 7, 2017

New Hires at S. M. Wilson

Evan Dorks

S. M. Wilson & Co. has hired Evan Dorks and as a Project Engineer, Galen Richards as a Project Superintendent and Gail Pijut as Project Assistant/Job Accountant.

Dorks will be responsible for helping establish procedures with the design professionals, consultants and Owner of projects for information flow, approvals, meetings and reporting. He will also track shop drawings, submittals, material deliveries and RFIs through the duration of projects.  Dorks has interned for S. M. Wilson for the past year. He holds a BS in Construction Management from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.

Galen Richards

Richards is S. M. Wilson’s newest Project Superintendent. He will be responsible for the day-to-day site management of a project including scheduling, quality and safety. Richards has a B.S. in Construction Engineering Technology from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and 22 years of construction experience.

Gail Pijut

Pijut is S. M. Wilson’s new Project Assistant/Job Accountant. She holds a BS in Business Administration and Psychology from Eastern Illinois University.

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

June 30, 2017

Woofter to Lead Architecture, Landscape Architecture & Urban Design Programs

Heather Woofter

Heather Woofter, co-director of the St. Louis-based firm Axi:Ome llc, has been promoted to director of the College of Architecture and Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design, both part of the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis.

Woofter joined the Sam Fox School as an assistant professor in 2005; has chaired the graduate architecture program since 2010; and became a full professor in 2015. Her appointment begins July 1.

She will succeed Bruce Lindsey, the E. Desmond Lee Professor for Community Collaboration and current president of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA). Lindsey has led architecture for the past 10 years, and will join the faculty after a yearlong sabbatical.

“Bruce leaves a significant legacy,” said Carmon Colangelo, the Ralph J. Nagel Dean of the Sam Fox School.  “His vision and energetic leadership have helped to shape the Sam Fox School, promoting interdisciplinary connections across campus and contributing to the national discourse in architecture education.

“Heather is an internationally distinguished architect and design educator whose career embodies the close ties between academic research and studio practice,” Colangelo added. “I am proud to announce her appointment and look forward to working closely with her as we embark on a new era in the life of the school.”

A Maryland native, Woofter earned a Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Tech and a Master of Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. She began her career as a project architect with Bohlin Cywinski Jackson in Wilkes-Barre, Penn., Marks Barfield in London and Robert Luchetti Associates in Cambridge, Mass.

Before coming to St. Louis, Woofter served as an assistant professor at Virginia Tech and as a visiting professor at both Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece and Konkuk University in Seoul. She also has taught at Boston Architectural College and Roger Williams University.

Florissant’s Director of Public Works Lou Jearls is Awarded Vince Tallo Award 

Lou Jearls

Mayor Schneider is pleased to announce that Lou Jearls, P.E., Director of Public Works for the City of Florissant, was awarded the prestigious Vince Tallo award by the St. Louis Metro Branch of the Missouri Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA) on Thursday, June 22nd at the Orlando’s Events & Conference Centers.

According to Mr. V. K. Bhasin, PE, PWLF, the Vincent Tallo Service Award is presented by the Missouri Chapter APWA to employees of member organizations, municipalities or firms who have completed 30 or more years of service to the public with a single organization, municipality or firm. The Tallo Service Award is named after Vince Tallo, a long-time employee of Laclede Gas Company, active member of APWA and strong supporter of public works. Tallo worked at Laclede Gas from 1958 to 2001.

Jearls has served as Florissant’s Director of Public Works and Health since 1981. In that capacity he directs four separate divisions, comprised of Building, Engineering, Health and Streets. He oversees a staff that maintains 167 miles of roads and 165 individual streets within the city limits of Florissant, the largest municipality by population (52,000) in St. Louis County.

Good, safe and sound city streets in Florissant are a priority because they improve and help maintain property values for our residents and businesses as well as deter crime. As part of his responsibilities, Jearls oversees all activities in the City’s Engineering, Building, Health and Street Divisions that comprise the Public Works Department.

Jearls earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering in 1974 from the University of Missouri-Rolla (now known as the Missouri University of Science and Technology), and has completed numerous certificates in his continuing education since then. He was a project engineer for J.S. Alberici Co. from 1975 to 1977 and then Manager of Materials Testing for the City of St. Louis from 1977 to 1981 before joining the leadership staff for the City of Florissant.

He is a member of the Engineers Club of St. Louis, the National Society of Professional Engineers, the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers and the American Public Works Association. Jearls has made presentations at numerous St. Louis asphalt seminars as well as at the Missouri Concrete Conference in Rolla in 2016.

Mehdi Motaleb, EIT Joins EDM Incorporated as Structural Engineer

Mehdi Motaleb

EDM Incorporated is proud to welcome Mehdi Motaleb as Structural Engineer.  Mehdi served as an apprentice Structural Engineer with EDM while attending Saint Louis University, where he recently graduated with a Ph. D. in Civil Engineering.  Mehdi is one of four Ph.D’s in our Structural Department.

Kurtis L. Eisenbath, PE Joins EDM Incorporated as  Senior Civil Engineer

Kurtis Eisenbath

EDM Incorporated is proud to welcome Kurtis Eisenbath as  Senior Civil Engineer.  Kurtis is a registered Civil Engineer in Missouri and Illinois, with over 16 years’ experience.  Kurtis graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BS in Civil Engineering and received his Masters Degree from the University of Missouri, Rolla with an emphasis in Hydrology/Hydraulics. 

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.

Leonard DeShurley, IV Rejoins Murphy Company as Technical Business Analyst 

Leonard DeShurley

The announcement was made by Chris Carter, vice president, Service. Lenny DeShurley previously was employed by Murphy Company from 2013 to 2015 in a similar position.  Since then, he has worked as an IT manager in Boca Raton, FL and as an ERP analyst in St. Louis, working with business owners to implement expense reporting, time reports, content management and AP software.

“We are delighted to welcome Lenny back to our team,” said Carter. “He has a demonstrated history of implementing solutions that increase efficiency and reduce costs. He’s always eager to learn and improve new technologies, techniques and concepts – all things that are right in line with our core values.”

DeShurley holds an associate’s degree from St. Louis Community College and is proficient in a broad range of software, including ERP Suites; ECM/Business Workflow; LogiAnalystics Info; Oracle, MS SQL and MySQL relational databases; Crystal Reports, Concur, Keystyle; and Microsoft Word and Excel. He also has developed software in Python, Django, Javascript and HTML. He was recognized with the 2014 Midsize Enterprise Summit XCellence Award and the 2014 Constructech Vision Award. Prior to joining Murphy in 2015, he served for six years as a system analyst/IT specialist for LegalMetric, Incorporated in St. Louis.

Murphy Company delivers mechanical solutions to the industrial, commercial, institutional and heavy industrial markets.

NewGround Interior Design Professionals Obtain Certification NCIDQ Certification

Hannah Duke
Lauren Foerster
Laura Meyer

NewGround, a St. Louis-based design-build firm, announces that three interior design professionals received NCIDQ Certification. NewGround staff members Hannah Duke, Lauren Foerster and Laura Meyer successfully completed the course work to become NCIDQ Certified interior designers.

By passing the examination, this accomplishment distinguishes these professionals for attaining the industry’s highest standard of aptitude in interior design as well as their commitment to the profession.

“At NewGround, our most valued asset is our people. We always look for ways to continually invest in our staff,” said Jill Schumaier, Director of Interior Design, “and we are proud that Hannah, Laura and Lauren completed their coursework to receive the coveted NCIDQ designation. It’s a significant achievement in the industry and attests to the caliber of experience of the professionals we have at NewGround.”

S. M. Wilson Promotes Jason Gasawski To Project Manager

Jason Gasawski

S. M. Wilson & Co. has promoted Jason Gasawski to Project Manager. He will be responsible for handling all administrative functions for a project, including scheduling, holding progress meetings, generating  meeting minutes, tracking costs and maintaining logs for all project information.

Gasawski joined S. M. Wilson in 2010 and has worked on a variety of retail, commercial and industrial construction projects including Metal Container Corporation Line 5 and The Orion. He is currently managing multiple Target store renovations. Gasawski holds a B.A. from Southern Illinois University– Edwardsville and has 12 years of experience in the construction industry.

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

MC Industrial Names Rowena Amelung Business Development Manager

Rowena Amelung

MC Industrial, Inc., an independent McCarthy company, is pleased to announce the addition of Rowena Amelung to the business development team.

As Business Development Manager, Amelung is based in MC Industrial’s St. Louis office and serves MC Industrial clients in the heavy industrial market sectors nationwide, including automotive and aerospace, heavy civil and bio process. She previously served as MC Industrial’s Divisional Quality Manager.

“We are excited to have Row join the business development team. From her past roles in field engineering to management of our quality program, she brings tremendous value to our clients’ complex industrial projects.” said Director of Business Development Brian Timmer.

Amelung joined MC Industrial in 2007 and brings 13+ years total industrial construction experience to her new role. She holds multiple certifications and licenses, including Construction Quality Management Certification (CQMC – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers), Certified Welding Inspector (CWI – American Welding Society) and OSHA-30 Construction Safety & Health. She received a bachelor of science in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri, Columbia, and is an active member of AGC, COCA, SLCCC and Make-a-Wish St. Louis chapter.

MC Industrial is a national construction firm, dedicated to the highly-specialized needs of the industrial marketplace.

Teri Samples of Mueller Prost Completes Tangible Property Regulations Certification

Teri Samples

Mueller Prost CPAs + Business Advisors is proud to announce that Partner & Director of Real Estate & Construction Services, Teri Samples, has successfully completed certification for Tangible Property Regulations through Wolters Kluwer’s CCH Tangible Property Regulations (TPR) Certificate Program. Wolters Kluwer certifies that Samples has completed Fundamental Concepts and Advanced Issues.

TPRs affect nearly every business that has fixed assets, depreciable property, repairs and maintenance expenses. Certification covered topics including:

  • Unit of Property: The Foundation of Applying RABI Rules
  • Material & Supplies: Most Complicated TPR Issue
  • TPRs and PADs: Focus on Partial or Prior Asset Dispositions
  • Removal Costs and Its Relationship to RABI Rules and PADs
  • Routine Maintenance, Small Taxpayer, Safe Harbors and Elections
  • The Use it or Lose it Rules of 1.1016-3 and Audit Protections Issues
  • TPRs and Leasehold Improvements – Landlord and Tenant Concerns
  • TPRs and 481(a) Adjustments

Of the certification, Samples says, “As a firm we are committed to delivering the best value to those we serve. Our team members actively seek professional development opportunities and additional certifications to best meet the current and future needs of our clients.”

President Doug Mueller adds, “Our firm is a leader in cost segregation studies. As we continue to grow in this area, having an in-depth understanding of tangible property regulations sets us apart from other area professionals and ensures our clients are receiving the most current and reliable information.”

In addition to tangible property regulations and cost segregation studies, Samples also has extensive knowledge regarding federal agency energy incentives including tax deductions and credits. She leads a team that includes Mueller Prost’s energy proposal partner as well as in-house engineers and tax experts, all working together to qualify both individual and company clients for grants and incentives. Teri’s experience with tax incentives for energy efficiency improvements to commercial buildings and determining if ASHRAE standards are met has distinguished her as a sought-after speaker and consultant in the field.

To contact Mueller Prost, please visit or call 314.862.2070.

S. M. Wilson Promotes Mike Zick To Director Of Field Operations

Mike Zick

S. M. Wilson & Co. has promoted Mike Zick to Director of Field Operations. In his new role, Zick will ensure that onsite construction teams have everything needed to complete projects in a timely manner. He will make regular jobsite visits to assist Project Superintendents as needed and ensure that all processes are being followed for a successful project.

Zick has been with S. M. Wilson & Co for nearly 28 years and has 31 years of experience. He has held a variety of different roles within S. M. Wilson including carpenter, superintendent and, most recently, pre-construction coordinator. As superintendent, some of his notable projects include the new Wydown Middle School (LEED Gold) and Clayton High School Addition (LEED Silver).

Zick has an OSHA 30 Hour Construction Safety, ASHE Construction Certification, and is a Certified Storm Water Professional.

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

IFMA St. Louis Honors Members, Facility at National FM Day Celebration

Members of the St. Louis Chapter of IFMA (International Facility Management Association) gathered to recognize two industry members and the facility of the year. Held on Wednesday, June 21, at The Corner Gates in the historic former Lemp Brewery, the awards were presented during the chapter’s celebration of National FM Day. Started in 2008, FM Day underscores the value and contributions of facility managers in St. Louis and around the nation who ensure that commercial buildings provide a safe, healthy and productive environment.

Award recipients were:

Achievement in Facility Management Award: Tauquincy Neal, Facilities Manager for the St. Charles City/County Library District

Tauquincy Neal

After joining the chapter in September 2015, Neal began working on earning her professional designations. In early 2016, she completed her coursework to earn her Facility Management Professional (FMP) designation. After completing this, she immediately moved on to the Sustainability Facility Professional (SFP) course, successfully earning this designation in early January 2017. Few industry professionals have earned both designations in just one year.

Neal started with the St. Charles City-County Library District in August 2015, as its first facility manager. She manages the day-to-day maintenance of all buildings and grounds, projects, and all contractors and vendors, as well as its delivery and supply operations. The library district comprises 12 branches in St. Charles City and County. She also is responsible for its administrative office.

Distinguished Member Award: Jeff Touchette, Jarrell Mechanical Contractors

Jeff Touchette

Touchette embodies the principle of service. After joining the chapter five years ago, he made a commitment to get involved. Touchette was recognized for his leadership and commitment to the organization. He has played many roles, serving as education, membership and program chair. His service continues as he joins the board as the chapter’s treasurer. His board term runs from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018. 

Facility of the Year: Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

The Danforth Plant Science Center Expansion (DDPSC) continues to cement St. Louis’ position as a leader in biosciences. Founded in 1998, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is a not-for-profit research institute with a mission to improve the human condition through plant science. The expansion further enables world-class research in plant biology, bioenergy and sustainable agriculture with lab, office, conference and community space for 100 new scientists.

The facility’s innovative features include Human Factor Design and Environmental Stewardship.

The DDPSC Expansion provides flexible, efficient and transparent research space.  Large, highly efficient open lab “neighborhoods” share support lab facilities and are directly connected to write-up space. Ground floor labs put science on display.

Visual connectivity between the open labs and write-up areas and at enclosed offices and conference rooms is maximized with glass partitions. Shared support facilities and open labs increase interaction. A new atrium acts as a social center to the whole community and brings together researchers from both the new and existing labs for meals, coffee and informal meetings.

Additionally, the project targets LEED Gold certification. Environmental strategies include run-around coil heat recovery loop, smart lab exhaust, indigenous prairie and landscaping, green roofs, daylighting and a high-performance envelope with integrated solar shading.

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ICON Mechanical Hosts Family Fun Day

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On Saturday, June 16th, icon Mechanical hosted its first-ever “Family Fun Day” at its facility in Granite City, IL.  Not only was there barbecue, sidewalk chalk and a racecar, but this day also included tours of fabrication shops, warehouses and the community garden that icon sponsors for its Granite City Neighbors.

Most importantly, this day provided an eye into the future.

The pitter-patter of little feet were heard, and a sea of kid-sized safety glasses and hard hats could be seen traveling icon’s facilities during this family-friendly event. “The purpose was to let all our employees—office and field—bring their families to see where we work and what we do,” said Steve Faust, icon’s Director of Business Development and Diversity Coordinator.

“This was a great opportunity to introduce our youngest generation to the trades. We had the little ones running bridge cranes, operating welding positioners…seeing how we make pipe sections and ductwork.” This may have been the first year for the family-friendly event, but it will not be the last.

“She talked all the way home about how she moved big pipes today just like her Daddy does,” said Matt B. speaking of his daughter Abbi (Age 5). “Now every day when I get home from work she asks me how many pieces of pipe I moved today and if I had as much fun as she did. It’s pretty cool to know she’s excited about the work her Daddy does every day.”

icon Mechanical is a full-service mechanical engineering and construction contractor founded in 1995, whose client base includes BJC, Monsanto, US Steel and Pfizer. 

The New Accessible Courthouse

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By Robert Schwartz

About 10 years ago, I became a member of the Courthouse Access Advisory Committee, an august group of architects, accessibility experts, code experts, building operators, judges, court managers and lift manufacturers. We were assembled by the U.S. Access Board to develop best practices on integrating standards issued under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into the design of courthouses and published the final report, “Justice for All: Designing Accessible Courthouses,” in 2006.

The Will County Courthouse features 6-foot-long ramps integrated inside the courtroom to the witness stand, jury box and clerk, and in the private corridor between the judge’s chambers and jury deliberation rooms.
Since then, I have had the honor to observe many existing courthouses and helped plan the renovation and new construction on several others. The lack of accessibility in existing courthouses is never more obvious. Meanwhile, many courts have hired accessibility experts and implemented accessibility improvements within the limitations of their buildings by adding ramps, lifts, power door operators, lowered public counters and remodeled toilet facilities.

Designers of new courthouses have embraced the ADA Standards and integrated access with trauma-informed design, wayfinding and sustainability to provide a better experience for the public and a superior environment for staff within basic courthouse planning principles. The requirement to comply with ADA Standards began in 1992. The current ADA Standards, which were updated in 2012, include several specific provisions for courthouse and detention facilities.

The ADA addresses access to public spaces as well as to employee areas. ADA Standards require that all courtrooms comply in new construction and address access to jury boxes, witness stands, judges’ benches and other courtroom spaces. Universal Accessibility has also become a natural progression adopted by many jurisdictions. With Universal Accessibility, the accessible path is used by everyone, is direct and eliminates the need for separate stairs at entries and corridors.

The new Will County Courthouse project in Joliet, Ill., features a 38-court, 10-story structure that includes a raised private corridor to provide wheelchair access.
Photo Credit: Wight & Co./HOK

Universal Accessibility principles were used in several of HOK’s most recent courthouses.

For example, the new Will County Courthouse project in Joliet, Ill., which is nearing the end of the contract document phase, features a 38-court, 10-story structure that includes a raised private corridor to provide wheelchair access. The private corridor is raised 12 inches. Six-foot long ramps are also integrated inside the courtroom to the witness stand, jury box and clerk, and in the private corridor between judge’s chambers and jury deliberation rooms.

In addition, the Gull Road Justice Facility in Kalamazoo, Mich. — primarily a family court attached to an existing juvenile detention facility, which was completed in January 2016 — also uses Universal Accessibility principles. The three-story structure uses the sloped site to provide a public entry on the middle floor. High-volume spaces including a public counter with Friends of the Court and clerk functions and six hearing rooms are concentrated on this level. The upper floor has four full courtrooms and district attorney offices. The bottom level has the staff entry, a staff commons providing break, meeting and alternative workspace, and the probation department and court holding. Access to natural light is optimized for wayfinding and reduction of tension within the courthouse.

The Gull Road Justice Facility in Kalamazoo, Mich. — primarily a family court attached to an existing juvenile detention facility — was completed in January 2016.
Photo Credit: Maconochie Photography

For the Gull Road Justice Facility, HOK and Tower Pinkster worked with the court on height requirements within litigation spaces. The hearing rooms are all on one level. In the courtrooms, the judge’s bench is raised 18 inches and clerk, witness stand and front tier of the jury box is also raised 6 inches. The rear private corridor was raised 18 inches along with the judge’s chambers and support areas. This allows the judges to enter directly from their chambers without stairs or ramps. The corridors between the public and private corridors permitted space to ramp between the two. Integrating the ramping into required circulation reduced area and cost while reinforcing natural movement.

If you need a refresher on courthouse accessibility, sign up with the U.S. Access Board for a free webinar on July 6 from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time), which will review requirements in the ADA and Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) Accessibility Standards for courthouses. Visit for more information or to register for the webinar.

Robert Schwartz, FAIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C, is group vice president, senior justice planner at national architecture firm HOK.

Photo Credit: Wight & Co./HOK

S. M. Wilson’s ‘Swinging Fore Dreams’ Golf Tournament Raises $28,000 for the Dream Factory of St. Louis

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The 11th Annual Swinging Fore Dreams Golf Tournament sponsored by S. M. Wilson & Co. raised $28,000 for The Dream Factory of St. Louis on May 15, 2017 at Glen Echo Country Club. The total amount raised includes $20,000 from entry fees and an additional $8,000 through sponsorships and a silent auction.

More than 50 construction-related companies and organizations supported the event, which helps children with critical and chronic illnesses to realize their dreams.

Since 2007, S. M. Wilson has helped raise $335,000 for The Dream Factory of St. Louis through the Swinging Fore Dreams tournament.

“With help from our partners and subcontractors, we have been able to help grant more than 65 dreams to area children,” stated Amy Berg, President of S. M. Wilson. “We look forward to granting 65 more dreams in the future.”

The Dream Factory of Saint Louis was founded in 1983 — one of 36 non-profit Dream Factory chapters around the country. The Dream Factory is the only children’s wish-granting organization that does not limit its mission to children who have life-threatening illness. The organization believes children with chronic illnesses and disorders also suffer from substantial emotional and physical pain. To learn more about the St. Louis Dream Factory, visit .

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

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