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Nolan “Chip” Jones named AGC of Missouri Board Chairman

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Nolan "Chip" Jones

Emery Sapp & Sons, Inc. DOT Branch Manager to Lead Statewide Association in 2018 

Nolan “Chip” Jones, DOT Branch Manager for Emery Sapp & Sons, Inc., has been elected the chairman of the board of the Associated General Contractors of Missouri (AGC) for 2019.

As a 1988 Civil Engineering graduate from University of Missouri-Columbia, Jones has more than 30 years of experience in the heavy/civil construction industry, joining Emery Sapp & Sons in 1999 as a project manager.  Prior to ESS, Jones spent 10-years as an inspector for MoDOT.  He’s responsible for ESS’s 200-plus employees’ successful completion of more than $800 million in highway and bridge projects.  Chip has been heavily involved in AGCMO, serving on the board of directors since 2014 and has served on the Executive Committee and Finance Committees and the Heavy/Highway/Infrastructure board of directors since 2015.

Other officers of the AGC for 2019 are: chair elect of the board – Becky Spurgeon, Interface Construction Corporation; vice chair of the board – Scott Drury, Bloomsdale Excavating Co., Inc.; and secretary-treasurer – John Doerr, Tarlton Corporation; heavy/highway/infrastructure division chair – Don Rosenbarger, Delta Companies, Inc.; building division chair – D. J. Simmons, ACME Constructors, Inc., heavy/highway/infrastructure division vice chair – Steve Bubanovich, H.R. Quadri Contractors LLC; and building division vice chair, Michael Kennedy, Jr., KAI Design & Build.

Serving on the board representing contractor members are:  Tim Hudwalker, BSI Constructors, Inc.; Troy Musson, Alberici Constructors, Inc.; Kyle Phillips, Herzog Contracting Corp.; and, Sean Thouvenot, Branco Enterprises, Inc. Serving on the board representing the AGC’s specialty contractors are:  Steve Schrimpf, Schrimpf Landscaping, Inc. and Julia Strumpler, Sachs Electric Company  Serving on the board representing the AGC’s supplier/service providers are Jackson D. Glisson III, Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C.; and K. Douglas Mertens, Con-Agg of MO, LLC.

The ex-officio board members representing the Construction Leadership Council and Young Executives Club for 2019 are Christopher Kozeny of Kozeny-Wagner, Inc. and Jeremy Bexten of Emery Sapp & Sons, Inc., respectively.

Existing board members who will continue serving in 2019 include:   Paul Ideker, Ideker, Inc.; Eddie Welsh, Capital Paving and Construction, LLC; and William Wagner, S. M. Wilson & Co., immediate past chair.

The Associated General Contractors of Missouri is the leading voice of the construction industry in Missouri, representing over 500 commercial, industrial, heavy and highway contractors, industry partners and related firms in 110 counties throughout Missouri.

Citizens for Modern Transit to Host “Talking Transit” Event on Jan 9th

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Interactive Session to Highlight Metro Transit’s New Transit Plan as it Nears Completion, Gives Attendees Final Opportunity to Weigh-in

Citizens for Modern Transit (CMT) is inviting area residents to take part in a special “Talking Transit” event, featuring Jessica Mefford-Miller, executive director of Metro Transit. The event follows a series of public meetings held by Metro Transit on its “Metro Reimagined” transit plan and will give CMT members, and the community at-large, a final opportunity to weigh-in on the proposed plan as it nears completion. Brief remarks will also be made by Taulby Roach, the new president and CEO of Bi-State Development. Metro Transit is one of five Bi-State Development enterprises. The event is being held on Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 5:30 p.m. in the Lower Level Auditorium of the BJC Learning Center, located at 8300 Eager Road, which is accessible by MetroLink and MetroBus.

Metro Reimagined kicked off in 2017 with a study designed to take a proactive look at the mobility needs of the region, evaluate the potential of new technology and innovative transit concepts, and provide a framework for phased improvements that can be implemented within Metro Transit’s current budget. Using the data collected, Metro Transit proposed a new transit plan that aims to deliver shorter waits, faster trips and better connections for customers. The plan has been shared widely during an extensive public and community engagement process and is nearing completion. Additional information about the Metro Reimagined can be found at www.metrostlouis.org/reimagined/.

“Metro Transit is to be commended for all of the time and hard work it has invested to develop a workable transit plan that meets the needs of local transit riders,” said Kimberly Cella, executive director of Citizens for Modern Transit. “We are looking forward to this interactive session and the opportunity it will provide for input and discussion as the transit plan is finalized.”

Registration for the Talking Transit event can be completed online at https://cmt-stl.org/ or by arriving early to the event. The cost is free for CMT members and $10 for non-members. For non-members that would like to attend but have personal financial constraints, CMT offers a limited number of scholarships for each of the Talking Transit events. To learn more about the event, or for more information on Citizens for Modern Transit and its efforts to further transit development in the St. Louis region, call (314) 231-7272, find the organization on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @cmt_stl.

Citizens for Modern Transit is a nonprofit, member supported organization that leads efforts for an integrated, affordable, and convenient public transportation system with light rail expansion as the critical component that will drive economic growth to improve quality of life in the St. Louis region.

St. Jean’s Credit Union Hosts Groundbreaking Ceremony

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NewGround will design new Revere branch

 

NewGround, a St. Louis-based experiential architecture, design, and delivery firm, recently celebrated the groundbreaking for St. Jean’s Credit Union’s new branch in Revere, Mass.

Relocating from the previous Shirley Avenue site, the new 4,500 square foot building will be nested in a shopping center pad site occupying the credit union’s 2,600 square foot space, with an additional 1,800+ square foot space to be leased.

A departure from St. Jean’s Credit Union’s other locations, the new Revere branch’s retail delivery will incorporate cash recyclers and utilize the universal banker delivery model. The design will also include a drive-up ATM and a 24-hour vestibule ATM.

NewGround employees who attended the groundbreaking ceremony included Joseph DiAntonio, Javier Fernandez, Steve Nagy, and Ralph Nelson.

“NewGround is proud that St. Jean’s Credit Union looked to us to serve as their branch transformation partner, and we are thrilled to break ground on their new Revere branch,” said Kevin Blair, President and CEO of NewGround.

Construction began Friday, December 14, with an anticipated completion in May 2019.

St. Jean’s Credit Union is the second oldest chartered credit union in the U.S. and is headquartered in Lynn, Mass., with other additional locations in Salem and Newburyport.

NewGround is an award-winning international design and delivery firm that creates custom, brand-infused, experiential environments that accelerate client growth and performance. Over the last century, NewGround has completed more than 15,000 projects throughout the USA, Canada and in the United Kingdom. Headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, NewGround maintains corporate offices in Chicago, Illinois, Honolulu, Hawaii, and Toronto, Ontario, with a regional presence throughout the US. For more information, visit NewGround at www.newground.com.

Building Careers

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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.

Jim Contratto joins CRB as director of business development 

Jim Contratto

Jim Contratto, a design and construction professional with 37 years of experience, has joined CRB’s Central region as the director of business development. Contratto has a wide range of knowledge in the construction industry, previously working in the areas of pre-construction, operations, design and business development. His understanding of complex construction projects in the life sciences and advanced technology industries bring an added level of expertise to CRB and CRB’s clients.

Contratto has previously assisted dozens of clients across the Unites States in building or renovating their facilities. Facility types he’s collaborated on include pharmaceutical manufacturing, research and development laboratories, food and beverage manufacturing and other highly technical projects.

“In my previous positions, I’ve played a key role in the delivery of major construction projects. I’m happy to continue that responsibility here at CRB and I’m excited to deliver some of the most technically advanced facilities with the industry’s most technically knowledgeable staff,” Contratto said.

Contratto will focus on providing customized construction solutions to new and existing clients. He will help clients determine which of CRB’s services will add value to their project and assist them in reaching their business goals. Contratto is based in St. Louis and will support clients throughout the United States.

“We are eager to introduce Jim to our clients, so they can take advantage of his knowledge,” regional leader Russ Sheppard, said. “I’m confident they will find his past project experience and grasp of the local construction market extremely beneficial.”

CRB is a full-service network of engineers, architects, constructors and consultants, assisting advanced technology organizations in the planning, design, construction and operational support of facilities across the globe. For more information, visit crbusa.com.

New Hires at FSA

Kelsey Jordan

FSA welcomes its newest Associate, Kelsey Jordan. Kelsey graduated from Southern Illinois University with a Master of Architecture degree, a bachelor’s in Architectural Studies, and a minor in Environmental Studies. She is currently working towards her Registered Graphic Designer Certification, her Architectural License in Missouri, and her NCIDQ qualifications to become a Certified Interior Designer. Kelsey is also actively involved in the AIA STL Young Architects Forum and AIA STL Women in Architecture group.

Zoe Wang

Zoe Wang joined the FSA team as an Associate in August 2018. She received her Master of Architecture degree from Washington University in St. Louis and is currently working towards becoming a licensed Architect. While attending school at WUSTL, she designed and programmed lighting effects for a rock n’ roll concert and participated in the Chamber Choir as a soprano. Her favorite part about working in architecture is the process of solving design issues.

December 28, 2018

S. M. Wilson Promotes Josh Weber to Assistant Project Manager

Josh Weber

S. M. Wilson & Co. has promoted Josh Weber to Assistant Project Manager. As Assistant Project Manager, he will work with the Project Managers in coordinating the activities of a project to ensure schedule, document control and quality standards are met and projects are completed safely, on time and with approved budgets.

Weber joined S. M. Wilson in 2017 from a Kansas City contractor where he quickly demonstrated his perseverance as well as his ability to remain composed after joining a challenging project at the midpoint of Tallgrass Creek Residential Building 1.4. After working on Tallgrass Creek Residential Building 1.5, Weber became more involved in the project management aspects of the project.

Weber has begun work on the Von Maur Dry Good Stores and will be responsible for continuing to grow the long-standing relationship with high-end retailer, Von Maur. He has six years of construction experience, holds a B.S. in Construction Management from Southeast Missouri State University and is OSHA 30 certified.

S. M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis. For more information, visit www.smwilson.com.

Clayco Hires Key Technology Executives

Construction firm brings on Chief Innovation Officer and Chief Information Officer

Clayco recently announced the hiring of two digital and innovation executives: Matthew Porter as Chief Innovation Officer and Simona Rollinson as Chief Information Officer. Porter will oversee all aspects of technology at Clayco, continuing to drive the company’s message and implementation of innovation forward in the design-build industry, while Rollinson will be responsible for overseeing all elements of the information technology function.

Matthew Porter

Porter will oversee traditional IT entities such as service and storage and search for new ways to integrate IT into Clayco’s day-to-day operations through new technologies such as virtual construction and augmented reality. With more than 20 years of experience in the technology industry, he most recently served as Clayco’s interim Chief Information Officer while leading the effort to hire a permanent CIO. Seeing Porter’s experience and unique perspective he brought to advance the company, Clayco created the role of Chief Innovation Officer for him.

One of Porter’s key goals as he begins in his new role is to break down silos across the construction landscape. Particularly, he hopes to make data accessible throughout the construction process to ensure that the best tools are available to the marketplace, creating a seamless process from the moment planning begins to the moment the keys are handed over to a building’s owner.

Simona Rollinson

Rollinson will spend much of her time working with Porter, planning to outline a strategic roadmap in the technology space, and identify new opportunities that will allow Clayco to develop innovative initiatives. She comes to Clayco with more than 20 years of experience as a technology professional. Following 17 years in the private sector at a software company, she spent four years in the public sector before joining Clayco.

As Rollinson begins her tenure at Clayco she is planning to outline a strategic roadmap in the technology space and establish an IT investment council, as well as identify new opportunities that will allow Clayco to develop innovative initiatives that change the field.

Clayco is a full-service, turnkey real estate development, master planning, architecture, engineering and construction firm that delivers clients across North America the highest quality solutions on time, on budget, and above and beyond expectations. For more information visit www.claycorp.com.

Caroline Devereux joins Knoebel Construction as Accounts Payable Coordinator

Caroline Devereux

Caroline Devereux of the Central West End in St. Louis, MO, has joined Knoebel Construction as Accounts Payable Coordinator. She is responsible for monitoring accounts payable, processing invoices and issuing payments.  Devereux holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Saint Louis University.
Knoebel Construction, Inc. is a national general contractor specializing in retail center, multi-use, restaurant, grocery, healthcare and retail store construction. For more information, visit www.knoebelconstruction.com or call (636) 326-4100.

December 14, 2018

New Hires at HDA Architects 

Tom Young

HDA Architects hired Tom Young as a Senior Designer

Jim Gabel

HDA Architects hired Jim Gabel as a Senior Project Manager

HDA Architects hired Stephanie Jack-Moore as Marketing-Administration

Mirella Mosquera

HDA Architects hired Mirella Mosquera as a Graphic Designer

 

 

Ed Hogue Named Senior Plumbing Designer

Ed Hogue

Edward Hogue, CPD, has joined Murphy Company as senior plumbing designer in the mechanical contracting and engineering firm’s Engineering Group.  The announcement was made by Bill McKanna, supervisor, plumbing (Missouri Engineering). An ASPE “Certified plumbing Designer” (CPD) certification professional, Hogue has more than 12 years’ experience as a plumbing department manager/project manager and senior plumbing designer.  From 2007 to 2014, he was owner/principal of Zion MPE, specializing in HVAC, electrical and plumbing design and CAD production for client projects.  He holds an associate’s degree in applied science for computer-aided drafting from ITT Technical Institute.

Founded in 1907, Murphy Company is one of the nation’s top mechanical contracting and engineering firms delivering innovative solutions to the commercial, industrial and institutional markets.  For more information, visit www.murphynet.com.

Kevin Ridgeway Joins McCarthy as Project Director

Kevin Ridgeway

Kevin Ridgeway, P.E., has joined McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. as project director in the firm’s solar and renewable energy group.

Ridgeway has 15 years of diverse experience as an electrical engineer, senior project manager and director of operations. In his new role, his focus is on expanding McCarthy’s presence in utility-scale solar installations and other renewable energy projects across the company’s 28-state Central Region. McCarthy’s national solar and renewable energy group ranked No. 7 on Solar Power World’s 2018 Top Solar Contractors list and No. 5 among the “Top 10 Solar EPCs” (engineer, procure, construct).

“Communities across the Midwest increasingly see the positive economic impact of solar and renewable energy projects, particularly in rural communities,” said John Buescher, president of McCarthy’s Central Region. “Adding Kevin to our growing team will strengthen McCarthy’s ability to serve as an expert partner in overseeing the construction of these complex systems.”

Prior to joining McCarthy, Ridgeway held a range of leadership, engineering and project management positions at Ross & Baruzzini and PayneCrest Electric. A licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Missouri, he earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. 

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. is the oldest privately held national construction company in the country – with more than 150 years spent collaborating with partners to solve complex building challenges on behalf of its clients. More information about the company is available online at www.mccarthy.com or by following the company on FacebookTwitterLinkedInInstagram and Google+.

Susan Bowen joins Knoebel Construction as Director of Business Development

Susan Bowen

Susan Bowen of Ballwin, MO, has joined Knoebel Construction as Director of Business Development. Bowen is responsible for developing the overall corporate growth strategy for retail, retail center, restaurant, grocery, multi-use, healthcare and financial markets. She provides research and market analysis on existing and new markets while forecasting future growth and revenue.

Bowen has eight years of experience in the construction industry. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Missouri-Columbia and is an active member of International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW), Missouri Society for Healthcare Engineering (MOSHE) and the St. Louis Council for Construction Consumers (SLCCC) diversity committee. 

Knoebel Construction, Inc. is a national general contractor specializing in retail center, multi-use, restaurant, grocery, healthcare and retail store construction.For more information, visit www.knoebelconstruction.com or call (636) 326-4100.

December 7, 2018

KRJ Architecture Promotes Tim Uelk, to Associate in Charge of Construction Administration. 

Tim Uelk

KRJ Architecture, a St. Louis-based architectural firm specializing in the design of educational and civic facilities, has promoted Tim Uelk, to the Associate in Charge of Construction Administration.

In this role, Uelk is responsible for managing information between building owners, the design team and contractors during the construction phase. He also assists with project cost estimates throughout the project and surveys existing building conditions.

Uelk joined KRJ in 2014 and brings to the role extensive experience in renovations, additions and new construction for educational, civic and government clients, including school districts, municipalities and ambulance districts.

“Tim consistently provides clients with the level of service that KRJ strives to sustain,” said David Kromm, president of KRJ Architecture. “His leadership adds to KRJ’s long tradition of maximizing a community’s resources through designing and enhancing new and existing community facilities.”

Uelk holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Drury University. He is a LEED Green Associate with an Associate AIA designation from the American Institute of Architects.

New Hires at Muphy Company

Charles Cova

Charles (“Jerry”) Cova has been appointed as account manager for Murphy Data Center Services. The announcement was made by Eric Gottschlich, manager, Murphy DCS. Cova has more than 17 years’ experience in the industry, having worked as a program service manager and account manager for a national firm providing facility services and consulting on data centers and other critical infrastructure.

From 2001 to 2008 he was responsible for management of HVAC, generator, UPS, battery and fire system maintenance for customers. From September 2008 to 2018 he provided account management services in local, regional and national territories.

He attended both the University of Nebraska Omaha and Saint Louis University

Murphy DCS is a turn-key data center services solution, providing strategic integration of all facility infrastructure components, from consulting, design and construction to operation and maintenance. For more information, visit www.murphynet.com.

Sid Sarginson

Sid Sarginson has been named an engineer for Murphy Company. The announcement was made by Mike Werdes, vice-president, engineering. A May 2018 graduate of Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville,Sarginson holds  a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering with a math minor. He previously served as a mechanical engineering intern at both Murphy Company and at Westermeyer Industries, Inc. a designer and supplier of components for the air-conditioning and refrigeration industries.

A graduate of Jersey Community High School, Sarginson served as a 4-H Club president 2007-2010, and as the Jerseyville FFA vice president 2013-14 and FFA treasurer 2011-12. He holds an Illinois State FFA degree and was honored with the Outstanding FFA Award, among others. He also was a member of the Jersey County Young Leaders, an affiliate of the Illinois Farm Bureau, and a member of the National Honors Society.

Founded in 1907, Murphy Company is one of the nation’s top mechanical contracting and engineering firms delivering innovative solutions to the commercial, industrial and institutional markets. For more information, visit www.murphynet.com.

Midas Capital Hires Director of Investor Relations

Laura Robbins

Laura Robbins brings development and managerial experience to investment company

Midas Capital, an investment company specializing in hotel acquisition and development, recently hired Laura Robbins as Director of Investor Relations.  Robbins will be responsible for establishing potential investor opportunities, as well as strengthening existing client relationships.  She will assist with raising capital, manage investor events, oversee communication strategies, and supervise marketing and research efforts.

Prior to joining Midas Capital, Robbins served as Chief Development Officer at a non-profit social services organization.  She has more than 10 years of director and development experience in various financial, hospitality, entertainment, and non-profit industries.

Robbins is currently earning her Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo.  She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in Independent Theater Studies from the Boston University School for the Arts in Boston, Mass.

“Laura brings a wide array of fundraising and relationship management skills to our company,” said Midas Capital’s Managing Member and Co-Founder J.T. Norville.  “She is a strategic individual who will lead our efforts in the investment community while upholding our high standards of excellence.”

Midas Capital – the sister company of premier hotel management group Midas Hospitality – is located at 1804 Borman Circle in St. Louis, Mo.  For more information about Midas Capital, call (314) 692-0100 or visit http://www.midashotelfund.com.

November 29, 2018

Zane Truman

Zane Truman Joins McCarthy as Director of Business Development

Zane Truman has joined McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. as director of business development in the firm’s Advanced Technology and Manufacturing group.

In this position, Truman will build relationships with current and potential clients in the pharmaceutical and manufacturing sectors to expand McCarthy’s project work in a 28-state region—from the Plains to the East Coast.

Truman joins McCarthy with significant experience in the pharmaceutical, biotech, food and beverage, and oil and gas industries. Most recently, he served as director of engineering at the Alkem Laboratories pharmaceutical facility in Fenton, Mo., and he previously served as a project manager at CRB, an engineering, architecture and construction firm in St. Louis.

“Zane is a tremendous asset to McCarthy as we continue to expand our presence in the growing pharmaceutical and manufacturing sectors,” said Ryan Freeman, senior vice president at McCarthy. “His strong background and deep understanding of client needs will position us for ongoing success.”

Truman earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in construction management from Washington University in St. Louis. He is a member of the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA).

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. is the oldest privately held national construction company in the country – with more than 150 years spent collaborating with partners to solve complex building challenges on behalf of its clients. More information about the company is available online at www.mccarthy.com or by following the company on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Google+.

BSA LifeStructures Hires Leah Hofferkamp as Director, Interior Design

Leah Hofferkamp

Nationally recognized architecture and engineering firm BSA LifeStructures (BSA) has hired Leah Hofferkamp as director of interior design in its St. Louis office. As the director, Leah will coordinate efforts between interiors and architecture for the firm’s healing, learning, and discovery markets.

Named a 2017 American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Ones to Watch award winner, Leah embodies the traits the award recognizes: exceptional leadership potential and a willingness to push the boundaries of the interior design profession. She earned her master’s degree in architecture from Washington University in St. Louis and a bachelor’s degree in interior design from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Leah is also a registered architect and interior designer in Missouri and certified by the Council for Interior Design Qualification and LEED AP Building Design + Construction.

With nearly 15 years of design experience, Leah’s work is recognized throughout the industry. Her expertise and skills will greatly impact BSA’s design teams. Leah’s understanding of building design as an architect, as well as the function of the interiors, allows for her projects to have a cohesiveness inside and out. “To see projects that exceed the client’s expectations, while being both functional and beautiful to the client, is very rewarding,” says Leah.

BSA, a national, integrated design firm, creates inspired solutions that improve lives. BSA provides architecture, engineering, interior design, and planning services for spaces that support and enhance healing, learning, and discovery – facilities known as LifeStructures. Learn more at www.bsalifestructures.com.

November 23, 2018

S. M. WILSON PROMOTES JORDAN SANDERS TO PROJECT MANAGER

Jordan Sanders

S.M. Wilson & Co. has promoted Jordan Sanders to Project Manager. As 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.

Sanders joined S. M. Wilson in 2012 and has worked on a variety of projects including the Alton School District Renovations, School of Osage R-II School District Heritage Building Addition, and Renovation and BJC Campus Renewal Project. Most recently, he filled the role of Assistant Project Manager for Tallgrass Creek Residential Building 1.5. His dedication and attention to detail played a pivotal role in the early completion of the new four-story, 113,000 SF residential facility. Sanders holds a B.S. in Construction Management from Southeast Missouri State University. He is OSHA 30 and ASHE certified.

S. M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis. For more information, visit www.smwilson.com. 

Oculus Inc. Hires James Standing, Elevates Interior Design Division in St. Louis

James Standing

Standing’s expertise will grow Oculus in healthcare, financial and hospitality markets 

Oculus Inc., a full-service architecture and interior design firm headquartered in St. Louis, has strengthened their interior design business group with the addition of outstanding talent and leadership. James Standing will assume the role of acting director of Interior Design for Oculus Inc. He will oversee interior design services for a variety of building and market types, including healthcare, education, senior living and financial services.

“James’s proven track record in designing high-profile, beautiful interior spaces for over 30 years is a tremendous addition to our growing organization,” noted Lisa Bell-Reim, president of Oculus Inc. “We’re thrilled to bring our architectural expertise together with James’s outstanding reputation and elevate the interior design division in St. Louis and surrounding markets.”

“Oculus Inc. is an award-winning architectural and design firm that I’m honored to be a part of,” commented Standing. “Joining Oculus Inc. is a new and exciting endeavor that will allow me to continue to pursue my passion for the art of interior design. I’m looking forward to great achievements in this new role,” he added.

Standing co-founded Standing Design LLC with his wife, Jerri, in 1996. After 22 years, the couple is winding down their business. Effective December 15, 2018, the Standing Design business will formally shutter and transition its client base to Oculus Inc.

In the past year, Oculus Inc. has added more than 10 professional architects, project managers, designers and corporate staff to the St. Louis headquarters and the Dallas and Portland offices. 

Oculus Inc. delivers comprehensive architecture, interior, planning and move management services that support business change and promote business value. Founded in 1994, Oculus creates high-performance design for clients in the retail, commercial, restaurant, education, government and healthcare industries. For more information, visit oculusinc.com.

CREW-St. Louis Honors Wendy Timm with Lifetime Achievement Award

Wendy Timm

CREW-St. Louis presented a Lifetime Achievement Award to Wendy Timm at its Third Annual Signature Event on Nov. 13. Timm was honored for her leadership within the organization, as well as her contributions to the region’s economic development, and civic and charitable endeavors.

“CREW-St. Louis is honored to present our Lifetime Achievement Award to Wendy for her dedication to our mission and for her contributions to the economic development of our region,” said Lynn Goessling, 2018 CREW-St. Louis president. “Wendy has served as a mentor and role model for so many of our members. She continues as a true ambassador in promoting the St. Louis region as a great place for commercial real estate development and for companies to call it home.”

Timm’s ties to CREW-St. Louis started in 1983 when few women carried a significant presence or voice in the industry. She has played a critical part and served as a role model in advancing, educating and supporting women to influence the commercial real estate industry.

As president of CREW-St. Louis in 1999, she founded the CREW-St. Louis Annual Golf Classic, which continues as the industry’s premier networking event. She has worked with countless members on significant developments in St. Louis, and continues to serve as a mentor for women who have chosen a career path in the commercial real estate industry.

Her career spans more than four decades as an appraiser, mortgage banker, real estate developer/financier and consultant. Timm’s passion for urban planning and real estate development have moved the St. Louis region forward. She helped deliver notable projects such as Clayton on the Park, Maryland Walk, 4545 Lindell, Metro Lofts, Old Town Executive Center, Claytonian, Hi-Pointe Lofts, Summit Lofts, Cupples O1, Mississippi Lofts and Millwell Office Park.

Her role in the St. Louis region has been recognized. She was selected as a Woman of Influence by the St. Louis Business Journal in 2004. Timm also was inducted into the Midwest Real Estate News Hall of Fame in 2014. 

CREW-St. Louis is one of the largest of CREW Network’s global chapters. Its more than 200 members come from all disciplines in commercial real estate. For more information, visit www.crewstl.org. Follow CREW-St. Louis on Twitter @CREWSTL.

Frank Lewis Receives Lifetime Achievement Award 

Frank Lewis

Frank Lewis, retired from Sundek Products, Arlington, TX, received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Concrete Contractors, (ASCC), St. Louis, MO on September 20, at the organization’s Annual Conference in Charlotte, NC.

Lewis joined ASCC’s Decorative Concrete Council in 1999; Sundek Products was a charter member. He served as council director from 2009-2011.

“During his long tenure with our association Frank was a teacher, trainer, speaker, mentor and cheerleader for the DCC and the decorative concrete industry,” said Bev Garnant, executive director, ASCC. The award was presented in recognition of Lewis’ devotion and commitment to the DCC, and his efforts to make it the foremost organization in the U.S. dedicated to the decorative concrete industry.

The ASCC is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the capabilities of those who build with concrete, and to providing them a unified voice in the construction industry.  Members include concrete contracting firms, manufacturers, suppliers and others interested in the concrete industry such as architects, specifiers and engineers.  There are approximately 730 member companies in the United States and 12 foreign countries.

For more information, visit www.ascconline.org or call the ASCC office at (866) 788-2722. 

Chris Sullivan Joins American Society of Concrete Contractors 

Chris Sullivan

Chris Sullivan, noted concrete industry speaker and trainer, has joined the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC), St. Louis, MO as decorative concrete specialist (DCS). The DCS provides leadership, counsel and direction for the Decorative Concrete Council (DCC), a specialty council of ASCC. One of the key responsibilities of the DSC, says ASCC executive director Bev Garnant, is answering two member hotlines; one for decorative concrete questions and the second covering polished concrete.

Sullivan is part owner and vice president of sales and marketing for ChemSystems Holdings, Inc. He is a frequent public speaker on all topics dealing with decorative concrete and has authored four books and hundreds of articles for industry publications. He has been a presenter at the World of Concrete since 2005 and at the Concrete Décor Show since 2009. Sullivan was inducted into the Decorative Concrete Hall of Fame in 2015.

The ASCC is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the capabilities of those who build with concrete, and to providing them a unified voice in the construction industry.  Members include concrete contracting firms, manufacturers, suppliers and others interested in the concrete industry such as architects, specifiers and distributors.  There are approximately 730 member companies in the United States and 12 foreign countries.

For more information, visit www.ascconline.org or call the ASCC office at (866) 788-2722.

 John Suelthaus Elected President of Home Builders Association of St. Louis & Eastern Missouri

John Suelthaus

John Suelthaus, president of Kingbridge Homes, has been elected the 85thpresident of the Home Builders Association (HBA) of St. Louis & Eastern Missouri.

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

Oculus Inc. Promotes Jim Stotlar to Senior Project Manager

Jim Stotlar

Stotlar to provide architectural leadership in variety of industries

Oculus Inc., a full-service architecture and interior design firm, has promoted Jim Stotlar to senior project manager for its St. Louis headquarters. Stotlar, AIA, LEED Associate, GGP, has diverse experience in federal and healthcare projects.

“Jim has been an instrumental part of our company for nearly 4 years now,” said Lisa Bell-Reim, Oculus Inc. president. “The variety of experience he brings to the table is a major piece of Oculus’ identity. He will be integral in our continued success in the federal and healthcare markets, among others. We look forward to seeing how Jim will lead in his new role.”

In his new position, Stotlar will be responsible for managing staff and contributing to the leadership of Oculus. He will also continue to oversee project budgets, schedules and programs, coordinate project communications and documentation, estimate fees, determine scopes of work and prepare proposals and contracts. Stotlar joined the firm in 2015 as a project architect. He was promoted to project manager in 2017.

Stotlar is a member of the American Institute of Architects and a LEED Associate with the U.S. Green Building Council. He also is a certified Green Globes Professional ™ through the Green Building Initiative.

He holds a Bachelor of Architecture with a Minor in Planning from Kansas State University and a Master of Arts in Interior Design from RMIT University, located in Melbourne, Australia.

Outside of its headquarters in St. Louis, Oculus has offices in Dallas and Portland, Ore.

Oculus Inc. delivers comprehensive architecture, interior, planning and move management services that support business change and promote business value. Founded in 1994, Oculus creates high-performance design for clients in the retail, commercial, restaurant, education, government and healthcare industries. For more information, visit oculusinc.com.

St. Jean’s Credit Union Hosts Groundbreaking Ceremony

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NewGround will design new Revere branch

December 27, 2018–NewGround, a St. Louis-based experiential architecture, design, and delivery firm, recently celebrated the groundbreaking for St. Jean’s Credit Union’s new branch in Revere, Mass.

Relocating from the previous Shirley Avenue site, the new 4,500 square foot building will be nested in a shopping center pad site occupying the credit union’s 2,600 square foot space, with an additional 1,800+ square foot space to be leased.

A departure from St. Jean’s Credit Union’s other locations, the new Revere branch’s retail delivery will incorporate cash recyclers and utilize the universal banker delivery model. The design will also include a drive-up ATM and a 24-hour vestibule ATM.

NewGround employees who attended the groundbreaking ceremony included Joseph DiAntonio, Javier Fernandez, Steve Nagy, and Ralph Nelson.

“NewGround is proud that St. Jean’s Credit Union looked to us to serve as their branch transformation partner, and we are thrilled to break ground on their new Revere branch,” said Kevin Blair, President and CEO of NewGround.

Construction began Friday, December 14, with an anticipated completion in May 2019.

St. Jean’s Credit Union is the second oldest chartered credit union in the U.S. and is headquartered in Lynn, Mass., with other additional locations in Salem and Newburyport.

NewGround is an award-winning international design and delivery firm that creates custom, brand-infused, experiential environments that accelerate client growth and performance. Over the last century, NewGround has completed more than 15,000 projects throughout the USA, Canada and in the United Kingdom. Headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, NewGround maintains corporate offices in Chicago, Illinois, Honolulu, Hawaii, and Toronto, Ontario, with a regional presence throughout the US. For more information, visit NewGround at www.newground.com.

IMPACT Strategies Breaks Ground On New Plumbers & Pipefitters Union Training Facility

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IMPACT Strategies recently broke ground on the new Local 562 Plumbers & Pipefitters Training Facility that will serve generations to come as well as the current 4,500 members and 400 apprentices.

Located in Earth City, MO, on a five-acre lot adjacent to their headquarters, this two-story, 79,000 square-foot facility will have energy efficient electrical and lighting systems, a water efficient plumbing system, and technologically advanced HVAC and dust collection systems. In addition to the 50 welding booths and several technology-equipped classrooms for continued education, there will be an auditorium style lecture hall, office and conference areas, and fabrication and assembly areas with an overhead crane.

The exterior will be constructed of structural steel, 32-foot and 34-foot tilt-up concrete walls, and masonry. There will also be an exterior gas storage shelter and metal recycling storage.

“We look forward to partnering with IMPACT Strategies to build our new Training Facility. They bring plenty of experience and value to the project.” John O’Mara, Local 562 Business Manager stated during the ground breaking.

IMPACT Strategies is working with Ahal Pre-Construction Services, architects from M+H Architects, and civil engineers from Cole & Associates on this project. This facility is set to be completed in early 2020.

IMPACT Strategies provides client-focused construction management, design/build, and general contracting services. The firm offers a full continuum of innovative design/build service capabilities including proven construction management processes and site development. To learn more visit BuildwithIMPACT.com or call 618-394-8400 or 314-646-8400.

IFMA St. Louis Gift Spreads Warmth During Holiday Season

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Donation to Heat Up St. Louis serves those in need throughout St. Louis region

The St. Louis Chapter of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) provided some warmth to the region’s needy this winter.

Representing facility managers and suppliers who maintain the region’s commercial buildings, IFMA St. Louis presented a check for $1,000 to Heat Up St. Louis. The nonprofit organization builds awareness and provides resources to help those in need, especially the elderly and disabled, and needy families with critically ill children, avoid illnesses and deaths during the area’s bitter winter season. IFMA St. Louis also funds the organization’s Cool Down St. Louis, which provides services and support to keep residents cool during the hot summer months.

Fire Captain Garon Mosby accepted the donation on behalf of Heat Up St. Louis. He underscored the importance of helping others by relating a recent story of a family’s home destroyed by a house fire. Unfortunately, the family needed space heaters to keep their home warm. Heat Up St. Louis works to help those in need avoid such tragedies, he noted.

IFMA St. Louis has supported the weather-related assistance programs for the past five years. The nonprofit organization helps defray the cost of energy to heat and cool residences, serving more than 300,000 area residents since the programs’ inception in 2000.

IFMA St. Louis offers its members a learning and networking environment among its diverse membership and supplies its members with the tools to achieve their professional goals. Started in 1985, IFMA St. Louis has more than 250 members representing small and Fortune 500 companies throughout the region. For more information, visit www.ifma.org.

Two-Day Seminar on Opioids & The Workplace

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January 10-11, 2019 Millennium Student Center University of Missouri-St. Louis

Registration Now Open!  cme.missouri.edu/opioids

Join the discussion Thursday, January 10 & Friday, January 11 on the campus of the University of Missouri — St. Louis, as we bring together people who make policy, people who influence policy, and those affected by these policies. Help us build a better Missouri by developing real-world strategies to combat the problem of opioids in the workplace.

There is a compelling need to change how we look at the opioid problem, specifically its impact on workers and the workforce.

This two-day event will kick off a series of programs around Missouri designed to bring together people who make policy, people who influence policy, and those affected by these policies.

The goal is to develop a realistic action plan, developed by and for the people most involved with the problem.

We invite you to be a part of the discussion, and to help initiate real change in Missouri.

Target Audience:

  • Business leaders who are in position to influence how their business’ employment practices are set.
  • Labor leaders who recruit, train and maintain a large force of ready-trained workers, particularly from organizations that also provide health insurance plans.
  • Health Care professionals interested in looking for alternative treatments and ways to reduce OUD.
  • Community members, those who work directly in the field with OUD sufferers as well as family members of sufferers and others who want to know more about what can be done differently than is being done now.

Objectives/Outcomes

  • Understand how opioids are impacting the workforce
  • Understand how and why the current employment practices dealing with opioids are problematic and likely to get worse
  • Explore new ideas and ways of dealing with pain management, medication, perspectives of Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) recovery, as well as return to work policies.
  • Develop changes that could be made concerning employment and the intersection of consequences of the opioid crisis.
  • Learn current information on the opioid crisis
  • Discuss the crisis as well as solutions with individuals from different backgrounds

Topics Include:

  • Defining the opioid use crisis and its impact on the workforce
  • The economic impact of addiction on individuals, businesses and the community
  • Examining what does and doesn’t work in dealing with the crisis
  • Building collaborations
  • Creating realistic strategies

Activity approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™

The University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing is an approved provider of continuing education by the Midwest Multistate Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Midwest Multistate Division Provider Number MO 1019-7

The Missouri Bar has approved this program for 11.4 hours of CLE credit.

Pharmacy: The Continuing Education Committee of the Board of Pharmacy has reviewed and approved the conference for 1 CE(s) per session.  Program number: 2018-11-11

Presented by: Labor Studies Program, UMSL | University of Missouri ExtensionMU Sinclair School of Nursing | MU Center for Continuing Medical Education & Physician Lifelong Learning

Conference information will be added as it becomes available.

Wiegmann Associates completes HVAC Work for New St. Charles County Emergency Operations Center

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Wiegmann Associates has completed work on the St. Charles County Emergency Management’s new $20 million Emergency Operations Center in O’Fallon, MO. The new facility consolidates all of the county’s emergency resources under one roof and speeds response time. Contracting Business magazine awarded Wiegmann Associates a Design/Build award for the project. Wiegmann was the Engineer of Record (EOR) and design/build HVAC mechanical contractor for the project. Brinkmann Constructors was the general contractor.

The 30,000-square-foot, one-story building houses day-to-day operations of the Department of Emergency Communications, St. Charles County Police Department’s Division of Emergency Management and a 1,400-square-foot data center for county information technology operations and the county-wide emergency radio communications system.

Wiegmann’s scope of work included the design and installation of heating and cooling infrastructure for the facility and the mission-critical data center. Wiegmann built 100% redundancy into the HVAC systems and data center to ensure uninterrupted operation under any conditions.  Because the facility must operate during natural disasters and terrorist threats, it was built to comply with ICC500, the design and construction standard for storm shelters.

A Building Automation System (BAS) prioritizes cooling for critical areas. If building temperatures rise above a set point due to multiple equipment failures, the BAS system would start to cut off airflow to non-critical areas so critical areas such as the data center remained conditioned.

The HVAC system also provides tight humidity control to protect evidence housed in a 6,200-square-foot addition to the adjacent St. Charles County Police Department. A 6,300-square-foot addition to the adjacent fleet storage building is being used for maintenance and storage of the County’s Emergency’s vehicles and equipment.

This was the first time St. Charles County has engaged in the design/build process.  All other County buildings have been constructed with the design/bid/build process.

St. Charles County Emergency Management maintains the St. Charles County Emergency Operations Center (EOC), which coordinates with the cities within St. Charles County, as well as neighboring jurisdictions and state and federal agencies during emergency activations.  

Wiegmann Associates is a St. Louis-based mechanical contractor serving the commercial, industrial and institutional markets, and a national leader in design/build HVAC projects For more information, visit www.wiegmannassoc.com or call (636) 940-1056.

Electrical Connection Supports Rural and Urban “Shop with a Cop” Programs

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Donates a Total of $10,000 to St. Francois County And Ferguson Law Enforcement Holiday Giving Programs 

For the 26th year the Electrical Connection is a major supporter of the law enforcement community trust building program “Shop with a Cop.”  The labor-management partnership is contributing $5,000 each to St. Francois County “Shop with a Cop” and Ferguson “Shop with a Cop.” The Electrical Connection is a partnership of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 and the St. Louis Chapter, National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).  This year’s donation raises the Electrical Connection’s 26-year commitment to “Shop with a Cop” to more than $75,000.

The St. Francois County “Shop with a Cop” program is among the oldest and largest in the nation.  This year, it served more than 500 children on Dec. 18, 2018 when law enforcement throughout the state came to the Farmington, Mo. Wal-Mart to buy children holiday gifts they would not otherwise receive.  The following day, on Dec. 19, 2018, the Ferguson police department hosted its “Shop with a Cop” program at the Ferguson Community Center at 1050 Smith Ave., serving more than 30 children. Gifts at the Ferguson event were purchased at Target. The Electrical Connection has supported the Ferguson “Shop with a Cop” for the past three years.

The Electrical Connection was joined by Saint Louis FC at both “Shop with a Cop” events.

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 www.electricalconnection.org.

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