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Construction On Maline Greenway To Begin Mid-March

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First phase of planned seven-mile, east-west greenway will create new and improved walking and biking paths, new landscaping and a connection between both sides of Bella Fontaine County Park

Construction of the first 1.5 miles of the planned seven-mile Maline Greenway in North St. Louis County is scheduled to begin the week of March 12 in Bellefontaine Neighbors. This phase of the new greenway will be built primarily within Bella Fontaine Park, in partnership with St. Louis County Parks Department. It will create a safe, seamless connection between both sides of the park, making it easier for people of all ages and abilities to connect to transit on Lewis and Clark Blvd.

The $2.6 million construction project includes new and refurbished, ADA accessible walking and biking paths and the replacement of three deteriorated bridges. A new underpass will also be constructed beneath Lewis and Clark Blvd. to link both sides of the park.

Additional improvements to the park include a new rain garden and the restoration of the Maline Creek stream bank to better manage storm water and prevent erosion. Construction has been coordinated with Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District to coincide with planned improvements to the waste and storm water infrastructure in the area. There will also be new landscaping, including more than 300 trees and shrubs along with new seating areas for people to relax and enjoy the fresh air.

“It’s exciting to break ground on a brand new greenway,” said Patrick Owens, Great Rivers Greenway Project Manager. “This first phase will not only enhance Bella Fontaine Park for all users, but also make it easier and safer for people to connect to transit.”

The master plan for the seven-mile Maline Greenway calls for an east-west link between the Mississippi Greenway (sometimes called the Riverfront Trail) and the St. Vincent Greenway in North St. Louis County. The greenway will pass though the cities of St. Louis, Berkeley, Kinloch, Ferguson, Jennings, Moline Acres, Bellefontaine Neighbors and Riverview, as well as through unincorporated St. Louis County. Approximately 70,000 people reside in this greenway corridor that will eventually connect more than 350 acres of park land.

As progress continues on the first phase of the Maline Greenway, Great Rivers Greenway will be seeking community feedback on the second phase of the project, which is expected to connect West Florissant Avenue and Ferguson’s Forestwood Park. Construction on the first phase is expected to last approximately 12 months.

About Great Rivers Greenway:
Great Rivers Greenway is a regional greenway district created by a vote of the people in St. Louis City, St. Louis County and St. Charles County. The organization improves the quality of life for all in the St. Louis region by connecting people to their rivers, parks and communities through a network of greenways. Greenways help residents and visitors explore and enjoy the region and live life outside. With 110 miles of greenways built so far, Great Rivers Greenway looks forward to connecting the entire region together in a 600-mile system. For more information, visit

40 Years of Building History One Day at a Time

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Interface Construction Corporation (ICC), a leading minority-owned general contracting and construction management firm in the St. Louis community is celebrating 40 years of business. From its 1978 inception as a concrete flatwork subcontractor in the St. Louis Metro East area, Interface has persevered through a number of transformations and a relocation to St. Louis. Just a decade after founder, Sam Hutchinson, opened the doors at Interface, he expanded the company from a subcontractor to a thriving full service construction management operation, which has won many awards and honorable distinctions along the way, including the recognition as one of the top 25 small businesses in the St. Louis area by St. Louis University’s School of Entrepreneurial Studies. With more than ninety employees today, Interface’s vitals are stronger than ever with steady growth in the number of clients and employees while sustaining a safety program above industry standards.

“Recognizing milestone anniversaries gives us the opportunity to promote our greatest successes—our clients and employees,” said Sam Hutchinson. The Executive Leadership Team and Hutchinson attribute their standing reputation to two key pillars revered by all ICC employees: truth and quality. The company slogan stresses ICC’s commitment to excellence by reminding others about the importance of meeting clients’ needs with full transparency and satisfaction “one day at a time”.

“The future of Interface is very promising, and it will continue, as it always has, to focus everyday on providing our current and new customers with the best services and safety for their success,” ICC President, Becky Spurgeon said.

Electrical Connection Earns Corporate Citizenship Award from the St. Louis Regional Chamber

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The St. Louis Regional Chamber has honored the Electrical Connection with an Arcus Award. The electrical industry labor-management partnership was presented the Ameren Corporate Citizenship Award at a March 1, 2018 gala event at the Marriott St. Louis Grand Hotel downtown.  The celebration drew more than 600 leaders from the business and civic community. The Electrical Connection is a partnership of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 and the St. Louis Chapter, National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).

The Electrical Connection was saluted for a number of initiatives to improve the communities that its contractors and electricians serve.  In fall 2017, the Electrical Connection committed to investing $500,000 in a STEM education partnership with the Saint Louis Science Center to advance science, technology, engineering and math education in schools.  The Electrical Connection had previously sponsored the high-tech lighting of the James S. McDonnell Planetarium.  It has also been major supporter of FIRST Robotics and the St. Charles Economic Development Center’s salute to STEM achievers and has engaged more than 10,000 students in how STEM subjects connect to electrical careers.

The Electrical Connection’s enduring civic support also includes:

  • A 14-year commitment to Rebuilding Together St. Louis, donating labor and more than $825,000 in materials to improve more than 485 homes for low-income, disabled and elderly St. Louisans.
  • Since 2004, donating $1.5 million in services to Habitat for Humanityto safely wire nearly 300 new homes.
  • Helping National Night Outneighborhood safety by donating more than $450,000 in materials/services to install security lighting in more than 850 homes.
  • Donating new scoreboards, including installation, for several schools.
  • Being an important resource on the electrical industry, including energy and technology trends, though board service to the Hawthorne Foundation, Missouri Energy Initiative, Missouri Partnership and others.
  • An ongoing sponsor of the St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Blues & Saint Louis FC.
  • Reenergizing Ferguson, Mo.’s “Shop with a Cop” program while continuing its 23-year support of the St. Francois County “Shop with a Cop” donating more than $59,000.

And for more than 75 years, the IBEW/NECA Electrical Industry Training Center has consistently delivered the best value in workforce development.  Training is free of charge and at no taxpayer expense and structured to meet Missouri’s next generation electrical needs, including electric vehicles, cybersecurity, smart building technology, robotics, advanced manufacturing, digital communications and more.  Diversity is fully integrated into its programs.  More than 25% of apprentices accepted to the program have been minorities.  The partnership also invests in the Regional Union Construction Center’s mission to create a more sustainable minority contracting community.

The Electrical Connection was among five organizations named finalists for the Ameren Corporate Citizenship Award.  Others included Bunzl Distribution, Maritz, Millapore Sigma and Redberri Corporation & Redberri Earth Foundation.  The Arcus Awards honor companies, organizations, or institutions who make St. Louis a more inclusive and attractive place to live, work, and invest for all people. Learn more at

KAI Design & Build Selected Preferred Midwest Vendor for Rigid Global Buildings Pre-Engineered Metal Buildings

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KAI Design & Build has partnered with Rigid Global Buildings as the metal building manufacturer’s preferred vendor for the Midwest Region.

Founded in 1990, Rigid Global Buildings is one of the leading pre-engineered metal building manufacturers in the industry. With over 100 degreed engineers in-house, their engineering expertise provides innovative and economical structural solutions to complex buildings, while complying with local codes and standards.

As a preferred vendor, KAI offers a complete line of Rigid metal buildings that can be custom-designed for any industry type, including:

  • Commercial – With the flexibility of design and interior build-out to meet any need.
  • Industrial – Versatile options for warehouse or manufacturing facilities.
  • Government/Municipal – Meet strict guidelines for quality assurance and flexible design.
  • Agricultural – Custom design for barns, riding arenas, or storage.
  • Aviation/Hangars – Ideal for large, clear span areas such as airplane hangars.
  • Religious – Durable, flexible options for religious facilities, churches, family life centers.
  • Education/Sports Complexes – Ideal for gyms, classrooms and administrative offices.
  • Healthcare – Fast turnaround and full customization ideal for healthcare facilities.

“As an award-winning design-build firm, the KAI staff of architects, engineers, interior designers and construction managers work closely with clients from start to finish to customize and construct the ideal metal building to meet their specific needs,” said KAI President Michael Kennedy, Jr. “By offering complete design-build services under one roof, we are able to offer our customers better team collaboration, improved project processes and ultimately more value for their capital improvement investments.”

Our metal building systems offer value on any low-rise commercial building need, including:

  • Lower construction cost
  • Quick turnaround
  • Design flexibility
  • Structural stability
  • Sustainability
  • Energy Efficiency

“From retail space to a light industrial center to a busy community center, Rigid Global Buildings provides aesthetically-pleasing, cost-efficient metal buildings that KAI can easily customize with any architectural exterior and interior space, plus construct quickly and easily on-site,” said Kennedy.

For more information about KAI’s partnership with Rigid Global Buildings, visit

KAI Design & Build is a national 100+ person design and build firm headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. A renowned leader in the industry, KAI provides design and build integrated project delivery solutions through collaboration, technology, processes and expertise. For more information about KAI Design & Build, visit or call 314-241-8188.

Kadean Construction Completes Major Renovation At Washington University School Of Medicine On BJC Healthcare Campus

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Project included construction of 96 new private and shared offices in the historic Peters Building

Kadean Construction has completed a $4 million renovation for the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis’s Department of Anesthesiology at the BJC Healthcare campus, it was announced today.

Kadean completed the 20,700 square foot project, which included construction of 96 doctors’ offices in the historic Peters Building, near Euclid and Barnes-Jewish Hospital Way, in the city’s Central West End said Kadean President Mike Eveler.

The project, which took roughly six months to complete, required gutting two floors and constructing new private and shared offices, along with conference and support space for anesthesiologists and other physicians, Eveler said. It also included a complete upgrade of all electrical, plumbing, fire protection, HVAC, and mechanical systems serving the new office space.

“It was a pleasure to complete another successful project for BJC HealthCare and the Washington University School of Medicine,” said Kadean Project Manager Travis Mulder, who oversees the company’s healthcare division. “We value our relationship, and thanks to a dedicated group of subcontractors and design professionals, we were able to maintain a very tight schedule for the client.”

Kadean Construction, one of the fastest growing construction companies in the St. Louis area, specializes in pre-construction, design-build, construction management, and general contracting services in the medical, senior living, retail, commercial, and industrial sectors.

In addition to undertaking major construction projects in recent years for BJC Healthcare at Barnes Jewish Hospital, Missouri Baptist Medical Center, Siteman Cancer Center, and other major medical facilities, Kadean also has built ambulatory surgical centers in Missouri, Kansas, Indiana, Michigan, Florida, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania, and high quality independent and assisted senior living and memory care facilities in the St. Louis and Kansas City regions.

For more information, contact Tom Pagano, 314-602-7549, for Kadean Construction

The UP Companies Sets Standards for Recruiting a Diverse Workforce, Promoting Skilled Labor Among St. Louis Minorities

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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, construction jobs will grow faster than the average for all other occupations from 2014 to 2024. Despite the apparent abundance of construction work, St. Louis trades, unions and construction companies continue to struggle to find qualified, diverse workers.


Minority-owned The UP Companies (UPCO), which consists of Power UP Electrical Contractors and Square UP Builders, is taking several steps toward boosting diversity and making a generational impact on the St. Louis metropolitan area workforce by reaching out to minority students and hiring qualified minorities.


“We know that union membership in Missouri has declined from 15.5% in 1989 to 8.8% in recent years, and that the majority of union workers are between the ages of 45 and 64, so why aren’t more young minorities pursuing careers in the trades after high school? We are working diligently to change the perception of skilled labor,” said UPCO owner Michael Kennedy, Jr.


High school graduates who do not pursue a college education are more likely to seek employment in the trades, said Kennedy. In St. Louis City and County combined, 71% of individuals with just a high school diploma are minorities and women, and 29% are white men, according to the Coro Fellowship report.


Not all high school graduates go to college and there are plenty of skilled labor jobs currently available with competitive salaries and benefits, said Kennedy. A union apprentice can earn a yearly salary of $30,000 – $55,000, plus benefits and overtime pay, while a journeyman or foreman can earn upwards of $85,000 a year.


“With more young people pursuing college degrees after high school, less are showing an interest in learning skilled trades and joining unions, opting for other jobs that typically pay less and require less skills,” said Kennedy. “The construction consumer demand for quality, competitive pricing and a diverse workforce is increasing all the time. The industry needs more minority workers, particularly now when more and more Baby Boomers are retiring.”

UPCO has continued to realize the value in mentoring young minorities and is striving to give disadvantaged students in St. Louis City and County the opportunity for a lifelong, respectable career in skilled labor.


The UP Companies employs a diverse, skilled, union workforce that consistently meets or exceeds minority participation requirements on every project and provides sub-contractor services at a more competitive price. UPCO currently employs 75 union apprentices and has grown its workforce from an initial 30 to 220, which includes 20% minorities.


UPCO has initiated several programs aimed at recruiting a diverse workforce and encouraging careers in skilled labor among minorities. Company representatives regularly visit high schools, technical high schools, trade schools and universities throughout the St. Louis area to recruit minority students for training at the Carpenters Union and Electricians Local 57. The UP Companies even offers its employees incentives to seek out and hire qualified minority workers.

Once entered in the union program, UPCO ensures that the students get the “right start” as apprentices by providing them with tools and scheduling their job assignments near public transportation when needed. UPCO sponsors these young adults into the union where their educations are paid for through their benefits package.


For more information about career opportunities with The UP Companies, visit


The UP Companies (UPCO) is one of the region’s largest full-service, MBE-certified contracting companies. UPCO’s firms are Square UP Builders, a primary source of high-quality commercial and residential rough and finish carpentry and drywall services employing over 150 carpenters and laborers; Power UP Electrical Contractors, a leader in electrical systems design, installation and maintenance, and the largest minority-owned, full-service electrical contractor in the St. Louis region with more than 60 skilled union electricians; and Keep UP Commercial Services, a multi-faceted company providing grounds and building maintenance, construction and repair, and cleaning services to commercial property owners. For more information, go to or call 314.865.3888.

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.

Spellman Brady Increases Staff of EDAC Designers

Amy Shoemaker

Amy Shoemaker Receives Evidence-based Design Accreditation and Certification (EDAC).

Spellman Brady & Company is proud to announce that designer Amy Shoemaker has earned her Evidence-based Design Accreditation and Certification (EDAC). Ms. Shoemaker is the most recent Spellman Brady designer to receive EDAC , which brings the firm’s designers to 20% certified.

Evidence-Based Design (EBD) is the process of basing healthcare facility planning and design decisions about the built environment on credible research to achieve the best possible patient, staff and operational outcomes. Research evidence attests to the fact that the physical environment impacts patient stress, patient and staff safety, staff effectiveness and quality of care provided in hospitals and other healthcare settings.

In order to earn EDAC, Ms. Shoemaker passed a two-hour, 110-question multiple-choice exam. The exam’s five sections tested her on EBD in healthcare, the research process, the pre-design process, construction, and occupancy. The exam certifies professional’s ability to practice the EBD process.

Spellman Brady & Company is an award-winning St. Louis–based interior design firm specializing in senior living, healthcare, and higher education environments. For more information about Spellman Brady & Company, please visit

IMPACT Strategies Welcomes Craig Spidle

Craig Spiele

IMPACT Strategies is excited to welcome Craig Spidle to the team! Craig with be filling the newly created role of Director of Construction Operations focusing on the delivery of expert services, the execution of construction projects, and helping guide them to a successful completion.

Hailing form Wildwood, Missouri, Craig has 38 years of construction industry experience, most of which was spent in executive level roles in the St. Louis region. Craig has held the senior level positions of Vice President of Sverdrup Corporation, President of CRB Builders, and most recently Regional Manager for Burns & McDonnell. His industry executive level experience and finely tuned skill set are a welcome addition to the IMPACT Team and will aid in the continued growth of the company.

Mark Hinrichs, President of IMPACT Strategies, said “We’re ecstatic to have Craig on our team as his talents will certainly benefit our company. We have a great opportunity for growth by attracting someone with his knowledge and leadership experience.” 

Relationship Builder Joins Holland Construction Team 

Steve Schomaker

Steve Schomaker has joined Holland Construction Services as the newest member of its business development team. However, he is anything but new to commercial construction. Schomaker has been building relationships and generating business in the commercial building industry throughout the Metro East for more than 30 years. He also serves as the mayor of Albers, Illinois.

“I began working in commercial construction as Poettker Construction’s first business development guy back in 1986 and was there until 2004,” Schomaker said. “It was then that I went to work for GRS Construction in Columbia, Illinois for 12 years. When the owner of GRS decided to retire and close the company, I wasn’t quite ready to retire yet.”

A close friend of Schomaker’s told Holland CEO Bruce Holland that Schomaker was looking to continue building commercial building relationships. It wasn’t long before Holland offered Schomaker the opportunity to work for him.

“I’m thrilled to be working as part of the Holland team,” said Schomaker. “Holland is built on integrity and they’re the nicest people I’ve ever met. In the construction business, it’s all about integrity and relationships, trying to help people acknowledge and realize hopes and dreams. Holland is not just there to build a building for clients. Holland is there to build long-term relationships that are built with honesty and integrity. I look forward to sharing the contacts I’ve cultivated over the past 30 years,” he added.

Holland said Schomaker’s down-to-earth, genuine work ethic pairs well with the company’s values and mission.

“We’re open for business doing smaller projects,” Holland said. “Smaller projects are managed in a different way. The numbers are different and the process is different. We’ll do almost anything for our clients, and we welcome the job no matter the size. Steve Schomaker’s many longstanding relationships with companies and individuals across the region will benefit us greatly. We welcome the opportunity to work with him.”

Schomaker is a native of Albers, Illinois and a graduate of Mater Dei High School in Breese and Kaskaskia College in Centralia. He has been married to Debbie Schomaker for 33 years; the couple has a son, Cole, who is a public school teacher in Mascoutah.

Holland Construction Services is a full-service construction management, general contracting, and design/build firm based in Swansea, Ill., guided by the principle of providing our clients the best possible building experience on every project.  Holland has been providing quality construction services throughout the Midwest since 1986, when it was founded by company CEO Bruce Holland.

Luby Equipment Services Promotes Jim Bailey as Equipment Manager

Jim Bailey

Luby Equipment Services, a St. Louis-based CASE Construction Equipment Dealer, has announced the promotion of Jim Bailey to Equipment Manager effective immediately. Bailey has been the Rental Manager for the past 15 years and is replacing long time Equipment Manager, Larry Valco, who has retired after 30 years of service.

“Jim has done an outstanding job developing the rental department and has shown a keen ability to mentor and develop employees,” said Doug Juergensen, COO, Luby Equipment Services.

In his new role, Bailey will be responsible for adjusting to industry trends, configuring stock machines, and ensuring the appropriate time to buy, sell, and transfer equipment. “Jim has developed strong relationships with our customers over the last 15 years which will give us the ability to forecast what our customers will need, when they will need it,” said David Kedney, Sales Manager, Luby Equipment Services.

“I am very excited to have such a tenured and customer-centric manager on our team, and look forward to the positive impact he will have on our customers as well as the company,” said Kedney.

Luby Equipment Services operates out of its headquarters in Fenton, MO., and seven other branch locations. The company serves its customers equipment needs with a variety of new, used, and rental equipment. The company represents several manufacturers, including CASE Construction, Takeuchi, Doosan, Indeco, Atlas Copco, Wacker Neuson, Oshkosh Airport Products, Eager Beaver and Towmaster trailers.

Randall Burke and Thomas Everett Join Castle Contracting  


Randall Burke

Castle Contracting has expanded its St. Louis-based team with the hiring of Randall Burke and Thomas Everett. Randall Burke joined Castle as Estimating Manager. In this role, he reviews project plans, interacts with subcontractors and material vendors, and collaborates with project teams to provide accurate cost estimates to customers for site grading and site utility projects. Prior to joining Castle, Burke served as estimator/project manager at Plattin Creek Excavating in Arnold, Mo. His previous experience also includes serving as an excavating contractor, riding superintendent and heavy equipment operator. Burke earned a certificate in the heavy equipment operations program at Linn State Technical College in Linn, Mo.

Thomas Everett

And Thomas Everett joined Castle as Warehouse Logistics Manager, where he serves as the first point of contact for foreman needs and deliveries, including equipment, small tools and warehouse stock items. Prior to joining Castle, he was a laborer in concrete construction at Buchheit Construction in St. Charles. Everett earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting systems and forensics from Maryville University in St. Louis. He is a Veteran of the United States Marine Corps.

“Randy and Tom are great additions to the Castle team, and our clients will benefit from their specialized expertise,” said Michael Pranger, vice president of operations at Castle Contracting.

Castle Contracting, LLC provides turnkey site preparation services, site utilities, earthwork and trenchless technology directly to owners; general contractors; and mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection contractors. The company’s subsurface utility mapping service provides industry-leading underground utility investigation and mapping.

March 2, 2018

Luby Equipment Services Hires Jenny Swafford as Sales & Marketing Coordinator

Jenny Swafford

Luby Equipment Services, a St. Louis-based CASE Construction Equipment Dealer, has announced the hiring of Jenny Swafford as its Sales & Marketing Coordinator effective immediately. Prior to Luby Equipment Services, Swafford has served as the Customer Service Manager at Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers for the past 7 years out of the Caseyville, Illinois location. There she was responsible for ensuring an excellent customer experience on auction day along with supporting the sales team’s efforts throughout the year. “Jenny has always shown initiative in the performance of her duties, going above and beyond what was expected of her, and consistently delivered exceptional customer service,” said David Kedney, Sales Manager, Luby Equipment Services. “I know the same level of dedication and commitment will be applied in her new role as she leads the sales support efforts.” As the Sales & Marketing Coordinator, Swafford will develop marketing plans, with a heightened focus on social media efforts, customer and community outreach, plus the managing of the company’s digital marketing efforts. “I am very excited to have such a strong talent on our team and look forward to the favorable impact she will have on both the sales & marketing departments and the company,” said Kedney. Luby Equipment Services operates out of its headquarters in Fenton, MO., and seven other branch locations. They serve their customers equipment needs with a variety of new, used, and rental equipment. The company represents several manufacturers, including CASE Construction, Takeuchi, Doosan, Indeco, Atlas Copco, Wacker Neuson, Oshkosh Airport Products, Eager Beaver and Towmaster trailers.


Changes in management structure part of strategic, succession planning

Vern Remiger

Vern Remiger, president of Remiger Design, the architectural, planning and interior design firm, has positioned the company for future growth with the recent promotions and staff addition. Cara McKedy and Denny Crain will assume more operational responsibilities as well as continuing to grow and diversify the firm’s portfolio. Mike Favazza Jr. will provide financial oversight as the company moves forward.

“These promotions certainly reward Cara and Denny for their contributions to our firm’s success,” Remiger said. “Equally important, Cara and Denny will be positioned to carry on my vision when the time comes for me to step aside. Mike provides the financial expertise to ensure that we sustain our success.”

McKedy joined Remiger Design in January 2011. As a senior project and client relationship manager, she has been charged with overseeing interior design services and maintaining relationships with the firm’s clients. She will maintain this role as a principal while expanding the firm’s business by focusing on the corporate office, retail and hospitality sectors.

McKedy has led projects across the country and globe for Remiger’s clients. Her career as an interior designer started in May 2005.

Denny Crain started with Remiger Design in April 2014 as a project leader and he became a licensed architect in January 2016. His primary responsibilities range across all design and construction phases of projects for the firm’s clients. As a principal, he will further develop the firm’s business while focusing on the education, institutional and industrial industries.

Crain also has more than 10 years of experience from other local design firms before his move to Remiger Design.

Crain and McKedy work closely with the firm’s staff of designers and architects to ensure each project works seamlessly and all services are coordinated to finish on time and on budget.

Mike Favazza has more than 14 years of both public and private accounting experience, including specializing in accounting services for small businesses and working as a controller for a $50 million retailer based in St. Louis.

Favazza served as an outside financial consultant before recently accepting the CFO position in January 2018. In this role, he will oversee several initiatives to improve profitability and efficiencies in Remiger Design’s business processes.

“This gives Remiger Design a talented management group to lead and grow our respective services in interior design and architecture,” Remiger said. “I will continue to oversee the company’s operations but Cara and Denny will become more involved as we move forward. And Mike will keep us on track financially.

“These changes in our management structure are part of our strategic and succession planning. Eventually, this group will assume the reins to take Remiger Design into the future,” he said.

Remiger founded the firm back in August 2010. Since then, it has grown to 15 employees. Its revenues doubled in the past three years, ending 2017 at $3.3 million. The company serves clients across the country in several industries: corporate offices, education, institutional, retail and hospitality.

Clients include, Cass Information Systems, a global pharmaceutical company, MasterCard, Cushman and Wakefield, Washington University, Great Rivers Greenway and Gateway Arch Park Foundation. The latter includes coordinating work done by designers and architects on the St. Louis Riverfront and Jefferson National Memorial Expansion. Nearing completion, the $380 million project integrates the iconic region’s Gateway Arch, riverfront and downtown.

Before starting his own firm, Remiger’s experience included 25 years as the chief architect and chief operating officer at his previous firm.

Based in St. Louis, MO, the firm provides architectural, planning and interior design services in several environments: educational, institutional and industrial facilities, corporate offices, and retail and hospitality. The firm was founded in 2010 by Vern Remiger, an industry veteran with more than 30 years of experience in architecture, interior design, planning and facilities management.

Kappel Named General Manager of Micro-Surfacing Division for Byrne & Jones Construction Co.

Mike Kappel

Mike Kappel has been named general manager of the micro-surfacing division for St. Louis-based Byrne & Jones Construction Co.  Byrne & Jones is a diversified St. Louis civil site contractor serving clients through six divisions – concrete, sports, asphalt, soil stabilization, marine and micro-surfacing.

Kappel joined Byrne & Jones in 2002 as a project manager. In his new position, Kappel will oversee the micro-surfacing division which serves commercial and municipal customers, building and maintaining parking lots, roads and highways.   Micro-surfacing is a preventative maintenance paving product used to prolong the life of roads and parking surfaces.

Kappel holds a degree in construction management from Purdue University.  He is a member of the SITE Improvement Association and served as its board president in 2016 and 2017.

Founded in 1976, Byrne & Jones builds and maintains parking lots, roads and highways, athletic fields, running tracks, tennis courts, underground drainage systems and paved surfaces and performs a variety of marine construction.  Learn more at

February 23, 2018

ACG St. Louis Hires New Executive Director to Spearhead Continued Growth

Amy Reubsan

The Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) St. Louis Chapter is pleased to announce the hiring of Amy Ruebsam as its new executive director of the St. Louis chapter.

Ruebsam will seek to strategically position ACG for future growth, while focusing on membership development and increasing sponsorship opportunities. Weintraub Advertising’s Association Management Division led by Darcie Carney, CAE, will continue to manage ACG’s administrative responsibilities.

“The Board is extremely excited to welcome Amy into our local chapter.  We believe it will be a perfect fit,” said Kevin Prunty, ACG St. Louis President and Vice President at RGA Private Debt & Equity. “I am confident in Amy’s ability to take our chapter to the next level of growth and provide members an even better and stronger association.”

Her non-profit experience includes serving as the Chapter Manager of the Human Resource Association of the Midlands in Omaha, NE and the District Director of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, also in Omaha.

“Joining ACG is a tremendous opportunity for me to apply my non-profit and sales experience to enhance membership value and help grow the organization,” Ruebsam said.

ACG St. Louis’ 325 members drive corporate growth and mid-market dealmaking in the Midwest. Members include corporate CFOs, local banks, private equity and mezzanine firms, local investment banking professionals, area law and accounting firms and leaders at the area’s top advisory and service companies.

KAI Design & Build Expands Marketing Department with New Director of Marketing, Senior Marketing Coordinator and Promotions

Pictured from left: Michelle Gray, Senior Marketing Coordinator; Kristina Glassl, Marketing and Events Coordinator; Daniel Poole, Director of Marketing; and Ashley Mensinger, Graphic Designer.

KAI Design & Build has expanded its Marketing Department with the addition of new hire Daniel Poole as Director of Marketing and Michelle Gray as Senior Marketing Coordinator. Ashley Mensinger and Kristina Glassl were also promoted within the department.

New Hires

Daniel Poole, Director of Marketing – Poole has seven years of marketing and public relations experience, having previously led content marketing strategy for a Webster Groves, MO-based engineering firm. In his new position, Poole will be responsible for developing and implementing the corporate marketing strategy, promoting and improving process management, expanding and managing brand awareness, and engaging and leading the marketing team. He has a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations from Southeast Missouri State University and is pursuing his Master’s degree in Management & Leadership from Webster University. He is currently the Communications Director of SMPS St. Louis.

“2018 is already proving to be a big year for KAI. As we continue to grow, I’m focused on working with leadership to develop strategy that is innovative, thoughtful, inclusive and emphasizes our unique position in the industry and the communities we serve,” said Poole. “KAI has a compelling story to tell from their collaborative value offering to their incredible group of talent. There is an excitement in the air that fuels individuals to do great things, and it’s empowering. I’m excited to be part of something this special and proud to join the team.”

Michelle Gray, Senior Marketing Coordinator – Gray has 14 years of AEC industry experience, most recently as Senior Marketing Coordinator for an architectural firm based in Creve Coeur, MO. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Business with a specialization in Mass Communications and a minor in Spanish from the University of Florida. In her new role, Gray will play an integral part in proposal management and strategic messaging. She will also provide expertise in market research and trend analysis.


Ashley Mensinger, Graphic Designer – Mensinger was promoted from Project Coordinator to Graphic Designer. In her new position, Mensinger will provide graphic and administrative support to the marketing department. She will be essential in helping build brand awareness and provide support in process management. She has five years of industry experience, most recently as a Project Coordinator at an architectural and engineering firm in St. Louis, MO. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art from the University of Missouri – St. Louis.

Kristina Glassl, Marketing and Events Coordinator – Glassl was promoted from Marketing Assistant to Marketing and Events Coordinator. In her new role, Glassl will manage project photography, organize and direct company-wide events, oversee proposal submissions and manage the customer relationship management database. She has been with KAI since 2016 and previously worked as an Accounts Payable Specialist for The UP Companies. She has a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of Dayton in Ohio.

KAI Design & Build is a national 100+ person design and build firm headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. A renowned leader in the industry, KAI provides design and build integrated project delivery solutions through collaboration, technology, processes and expertise. For more information about KAI Design & Build, visit or call 314-241-8188.

Knoebel Construction Contracted to Build Three Lucky’s Markets

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Knoebel Construction has completed work on their first Lucky’s Market in Springfield, Missouri, and is contracted to build two additional Lucky’s Markets in St. Petersburg and Winter Park, Florida.

Knoebel completed the interior finish on the 26,000-square-foot Springfield Lucky’s Market on a fast 120-day timeline. The store, which opened last month, features the newest look for Lucky’s, including stained floors, unpainted ceilings and the chain’s first-ever, made-to-order ramen bar. Lucky’s Market stores also feature a café, large produce department, sushi bar, in-house butchers, deli with counter, juice bar, bulk foods, artisan cheese shop, wine section, restrooms and community rooms. Colorado-based Lucky’s Market, whose theme is “organic for the 99 percent,” works with local producers to include locally sourced products in each department.

In Florida, Knoebel is constructing a new St. Petersburg Lucky’s Market and completing construction of a new location in Winter Park, which is replacing a grocery store that recently closed. Lucky’s Market in St. Petersburg and Winter Park are both slated to open in summer 2018. Lucky’s Market has experienced significant growth the past two years and the company plans to open up to 15 new stores in 2018.

Knoebel Construction, Inc. is a national general contractor specializing in retail center, restaurant, grocery, healthcare and retail store construction. Projects range from major regional shopping centers to local restaurants. For more information, visit or call (636) 326-4100.

Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Metro Lighting

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Local Family Business Celebrates 50 Years as Largest Missouri Lighting Distributor

Metro Lighting, a locally-owned family business, celebrates its 50th anniversary with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the award-winning Brentwood location. The ceremony will be performed by the Brentwood Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, February 15 at 11:30 am with the attendance of Mayor Christopher Thornton and Me’Shel Riedel, president of Brentwood Chamber of Commerce.

“We are delighted to celebrate our 50th anniversary with the Brentwood community,” says Bill Frisella, president of Metro Lighting. “We are thankful for the continued support of all our customers.”

Starting as an electrical supply distributor in 1968, Metro has grown into eight electrical supply houses and six lighting showrooms – in Brentwood, Chesterfield, Ballwin, O’Fallon, Arnold and Cape Girardeau. The full-service lighting company employees more than 150 St. Louisans and is owned and managed by Bill Frisella.

As the family-friendly company that St. Louisans know today, Metro’s seasoned team continues to deliver caring and exceptional one-on-one service to every customer. Metro Lighting maintains a high level of community involvement supporting numerous charities and local schools.

“We vowed from the very beginning to carry on the tradition of ultimate customer service,” continues Frisella. “Our success is about caring for every customer from beginning to end.”The 50th anniversary ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 929 Hanley Industrial Ct in Brentwood. The community is invited to enjoy light snacks and refreshments.

METRO Lighting is a locally-owned family business. In 1967 St. Louis Electric Supply consisted of one delivery truck and a basement and a garage overflowing with circuit breakers, wire, and conduit. For more information on energy savings, Metro’s services and locations or to shop online visit: or


KAI Design & Build Completes Conversion of Four Former St. Louis Metro Area Rothman Furniture Stores into Art Van Furniture

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KAI Design & Build has completed the renovation of four former Rothman Furniture stores in the St. Louis Metro area into Art Van Furniture. The stores are located in Bridgeton, O’Fallon and South St. Louis County in Missouri and in Fairview Heights in Illinois.

“The KAI team did beyond an amazing job on this project. From high expectations to short timelines, we really started KAI off behind schedule before they even got onsite. Everything was completed on time, per spec and within budget. Our team couldn’t be happier,” said Jay Steinback, President & CEO at Art Van of St. Louis.

Steinback commissioned KAI as the general contractor to renovate and convert the existing facilities into newly franchised showroom spaces, to be completed in January 2018. The existing stores required updated lighting and finishes, new offices and the salvaging of as much sales floor space as possible, at a total construction cost of $3.5 million.

Because the existing stores were still occupied while planning for the new Art Van Furniture stores was underway, KAI utilized a significant amount of pre-planning, phasing and early budgeting to accelerate the project schedules and complete the four-store remodel in roughly four weeks.

“Daily coordination was key for this project, along with maintaining open lines of communication. Any time work is being completed in phases while the space is occupied, whether its retail or commercial space or a healthcare environment, communication is always one of the keys to the success of the project,” said KAI Senior Project Manager Jeremy Lammers.

The UP Companies (UPCO), which includes Power UP Electrical Contractors and Square UP Builders, provided carpentry, drywall and electrical services on the project.

“It’s not every day that a minority firm is provided an opportunity to construct a major retailer’s locations; especially four at the same time,” said KAI President Michael Kennedy, Jr. “I would ask everyone who believes in diversity to support Art Van Furniture, which has an amazing, diverse staff and gives opportunities to diverse business owners. In a time where stores are getting black-listed by minority communities for racism in their ads or how their staff treats their customers, we should celebrate Jay Steinback and Art Van for doing great things for the community.”

KAI Design & Build is a national 100+ person design and build firm headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. A renowned leader in the industry, KAI provides design and build integrated project delivery solutions through collaboration, technology, processes and expertise. For more information about KAI Design & Build, visit or call 314-241-8188.

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