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Dynamic Controls Inc., Expands With Two Western U.S. Branch Offices

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Leading systems integrator, Dynamic Controls Inc. (DCI), is pleased to announce the expansion of two new branch offices in Casper, Wyoming and Denver, Colorado.  This brings the total number of DCI branch offices to four (4).  This growth is part of a long-term strategy working with prominent owners, developers, property managers and general contractors who work on National Accounts in the Healthcare, Data Center, Industrial, Institutional, Government, Education, Petro-Chemical, Power & Generation and Entertainment markets.  As a part of this growth, Dynamic Controls, Inc. will further strengthen it’s expanding relationship as a Partner of Schneider Electric, a “Global Specialist in Energy Management and Automation.”

Jeff Gross, CEO of Dynamic Controls, Inc., “This is an exciting time for the company.  The strength of our team and our relationships with both customers and Schneider Electric continues to allow for the growth potential of our great company.  We will continue to focus on core large building automation, power management, small building controls, fire and security/surveillance as a Schneider Electric EcoXpert™ delivery partner.”

The Casper, Wyoming branch opened in early April 2017 and Denver, Colorado is expecting to open in late spring.  Both branches will offer sales, estimating, operations, field installation and building maintenance capabilities.  The Wyoming branch will have the ability to provide SmartStruxure, I/A Series, Vista, INET, I/A JACE and Andover Continuum on the temperature control side of the business.  The Colorado branch will have the ability to provide SmartStruxure, I/A Series and I/A JACE on the temperature control side of the business.  Both branches will have the ability to provide a vast number of security and surveillance solutions.

Jason Schaible, Director-West Region Partners for Schneider Electric Buildings America, Inc. added, “Maintaining customers for life is a core value for Schneider Electric. We are focused on supporting customers throughout the product lifecycle and the lifecycle of your facility.  Schneider Electric is focused on bringing modern offers and solutions that meet the evolving needs of our customers.  We are excited to add Dynamic Controls, Inc., as one of our West Region Partners.”

Founded in the early 1980’s, in Peoria, Illinois, Dynamic Controls Inc., is consistently ranked among the top systems integrators in the United States. In addition to the Peoria, IL headquarters, DCI operations include a branch office in St. Louis, MO, Casper, WY and Denver, CO.

Foreman Fabricators, Inc. of St. Louis Wins International Bronze Award

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Foreman Fabricators, Inc. in St. Louis has won a prestigious award for outstanding craftsmanship in the annual Ernest Wiemann Top Job Competition, sponsored by the National Ornamental & Miscellaneous Metals Association (NOMMA).  Judges honored Foreman with the “Bronze Award for Furniture & Accessories Fabrication (non-forged)” for its entry of a unique, custom stainless steel kitchen range hood.  The International competition was open to over 700 member firms from throughout the U.S. and 12 foreign countries, and recognized outstanding work in the ornamental and miscellaneous metals industry.

Foreman custom fabricated this range hood for homeowners Chad and Kate Angle, who said, “we spoke with many metal fabricators before choosing Foreman, and they were the only one we felt confident about.  They did an outstanding job!”  The final design for the range hood was the result of collaboration between Foreman and the Angles.  Kate did some research online, gathering images and ideas, and then worked with Foreman’s Project Manager, Andrew Ehlmann, to create an attractive ornamental custom design that would seamlessly cover their existing Viking exhaust unit.  The finished product is a beautiful, functional one-of-a-kind piece.

The clients couldn’t be more pleased with the finished product.  Kate Angle said, “The hood is really magnificent and it’s the crown jewel to my new kitchen!”  Kate and her husband often entertain large groups of friends and family at their home, and the range hood is the first thing her guests notice in her brand-new kitchen.  “Everyone comments how beautiful it is.”  When asked if she would recommend Foreman to others, Kate’s immediate response was, “Absolutely!”  Satisfied comments like these are why Foreman takes pride in every job; they know how important it is to be flexible with the changing wants and needs of customers to create outstanding finished products.

Founded in 1959, Foreman Fabricators is a premier fabricator of custom architectural metal items.  Examples of their work are all over the metropolitan area, from the railings surrounding the baggage carousels at Lambert International Airport, and the departure and arrival signs as well.  To the stainless steel countertops and ticket counters and brackets in Scottrade Center, as well as bar tops, bar footrails, bar waitress rails and some metal components in all the party suites.   To the aluminum flagpoles in the World Series Room in the Cardinals Museum, elevator cladding at Barnes Hospital, and on and on. As owner Brian Foreman says, “If you live in St. Louis, you’ve seen our work!”  Specializing in architectural metal fabrication, Foreman Fabricators can custom create almost anything in metal…from a single, unique bracket, to intricate hand railings, to one-of-a-kind architectural features for buildings.  With more than a half century of work in commercial venues and homes throughout the St. Louis area, there’s a good chance you’ve had your hand on a Foreman railing.

BMC Enterprises, Inc. Announces Three Aggregate Transactions in Missouri

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BMC Enterprises, Inc. (parent company of Breckenridge Material Company) is pleased to announce three additions to its Missouri aggregates business: the opening of a new BMC Stone quarry in High Hill, the acquisition of a strategic interest in Base Rock Minerals, LLC, a limestone quarry in Bonne Terre, and the subsequent acquisition of Strack Stone Company, a limestone quarry located just north of Cape Girardeau.  Strack Stone will now operate under the Base Rock Minerals name.

Nathan G. McKean, Chief Executive Officer of BMC Enterprises, Inc., stated, “We are delighted to announce these aggregate acquisitions, which demonstrate our continued commitment to a sustainable growth strategy.  The pro-business administration in Jefferson City has given us a renewed optimism about the Missouri economy.”  McKean added further, “We are pleased to partner with the Bauman Family and are looking forward to continued growth with our limestone businesses in southern Missouri.  We are also very excited with the new opportunities these transactions will bring to everyone involved with the parent organization.”

The three quarries vertically position BMC along the major interstate corridors from its hub in St. Louis Metro. “This will dramatically increase our ability to service our customers with expanded product offerings,” said McKean, “and will enable the parent company to participate more fully in future transportation and infrastructure investment in the state.”

The acquisitions now bring the total number of vertical and horizontal acquisitions for BMC Enterprises, Inc. to 10 since 2009 and 19 since Nathan McKean became CEO in 2004.


Founded in 1925, Breckenridge Material Company, a subsidiary of BMC Enterprises, Inc. is a privately held and operated construction materials company headquartered in St. Louis.

$32 Million Expansion Taking Shape At Mcknight Place

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New 90-unit assisted living building, set to open this fall, will increase the footprint of The Gatesworth campus to more than a million square feet, bring 90 to 100 new jobs to St. Louis. 

With the roof and crowning cupola now in place on the new McKnight Place Assisted Living expansion, representatives of The Gatesworth senior living community marked a milestone in the development of the latest addition to the 15-acre Gatesworth campus. Scheduled to open this fall, the new 3 story, 102,000-square-foot building will feature 90 new, upscale apartment homes. The addition is part of a $32 million expansion of McKnight Place Assisted Living that will occur in two phases, with the second phase to include a complete renovation of the existing 74,000-square-foot McKnight Place Assisted Living building which, upon completion in March 2018, will feature 18 additional assisted living apartments and 27 separate memory care apartments. Together, the new and renovated buildings will have the capacity to provide more of the all-inclusive, high-quality services McKnight Place has come to be known for.

The new expansion is designed to increase capacity, while also offering larger apartments and more floor plan options that include roomy suites and one-bedroom apartments with kitchenettes. Assisted living apartments will feature four floor plans ranging in size from 376 to 783 square feet. All apartments in the new building will offer a host of upscale amenities, including entry foyers with wood style flooring; crown molding; kitchens with brushed glazed wood cabinets, granite countertops, and full-sized refrigerators; spacious, luxuriously appointed bathrooms; nine and 10-foot ceilings; loads of natural light featuring large PellaÒ windows; ample closet space and ducted heating and cooling systems with individual thermostats in each apartment.

Additional amenities within the new building’s common areas include a stately new assisted living entrance; a gracious community living room and lounge area with a view over the beautifully landscaped courtyard featuring a fountain; an elegant main floor dining room, café bistro and a private dining room; a large fitness/wellness gym; a 45-seat theater/chapel; card rooms; a billiard room; a full-service beauty salon; an art room; a greenhouse, and landscaped gardens with pergolas and a fountain. All of the new amenities will enhance the existing robust schedule of entertainment, activities and social outings, while residents will also be able to continue to enjoy the supportive services that make life easier and more convenient, including on-site physical and occupational therapy and nursing care, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There will be a licensed nurse on site 24 hours a day.

Renovations to create the new memory care wing will begin in November following completion of the new expansion. The renovations will include a separate memory care entrance providing access to 27 memory care apartments for residents with cognitive impairments, such as dementia and Alzheimer’s.

“We are excited to see our McKnight Place Assisted Living expansion continue to take shape with the construction of the newest building on our campus and the planned renovation of our existing assisted living building,” said Bob Leonard, Director of Operations for The Gatesworth Communities. “The amenities, services and staffing levels offered to assisted living residents at McKnight Place are truly unparalleled, and we can’t wait to give even more St. Louis seniors the opportunity to experience all that we have to offer.”

The McKnight Place expansion will increase the footprint of The Gatesworth campus to over one million square feet and further enhance the comprehensive level of the continuum of care services available to the residents. Within the 15-acre Gatesworth campus, seniors have access to independent living options at The Gatesworth, as well as extended care and assisted living services through McKnight Place. Upon the completion of the renovation of the existing McKnight Place assisted living building, seniors will also, for the first time, have the opportunity to take advantage of a dedicated memory care offering within the sought after retirement community.

With over 500 employees, the locally owned and operated Gatesworth campus is estimated to be one of the largest employers in University City, and the number of staff members is expected to grow by almost 20 percent with the openings of the new and renovated assisted living buildings. An additional 50 new employees will be hired this year to staff the new building, with another 40 employees to be hired in early 2018 for positions at the renovated assisted living and memory care building. As the construction and renovation phases continue, 80-100 construction workers will be on the job site daily.

Serving as the general contractor on the McKnight Place expansion project is GateCo Development. Chris Leonard, VP of Development and Construction for GateCo, leads a team of senior housing development experts that handles all new construction and renovation projects within The Gatesworth campus. Additional members of the project team include the Lawrence Group which is serving as architect; the Sterling Company, which is handling civil engineering; Alper Audi, Inc., which is handing structural engineering; Jarrell Mechanical Contractors, which is the Mechanical Design-Build Contractor; Guarantee Electrical, which is the Electrical Design-Build Contractor; Plumbing Planning Corp. which is the Plumbing Design-Build Contractor; and Ahern Fire Protection, which is serving as the Fire Protection Design-Build Contractor. Funding for the project comes in the form of a HUD-insured mortgage.

“This is a very exciting time for The Gatesworth community,” noted Chris Leonard. “We are committed to providing an environment in which St. Louis area seniors can access the highest-quality continuum of care services in an elegant, residential setting, and this expansion will make it possible for us to meet the needs of more seniors than ever before.”

For more information on the McKnight Place expansion, visit or call (314) 993-3333. For details on The Gatesworth community and its continuum of care services, visit or call (314) 993-0111.

Western Specialty Contractors Receives ICRI-Chicago Chapter Award of Excellence for Outstanding Concrete Repair Project

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Unforeseen sub-structure work and continued operation of garage posed challenges

Western Specialty Contractors – Chicago Concrete Restoration Branch was recently honored with a “2016 Award of Excellence” for Outstanding Concrete Repair Project from the International Concrete Restoration Institute (ICRI) Chicago Chapter for restoration of the aging Hilton Orrington Evanston Hotel parking garage.

Constructed in the mid-1920s, the Hilton Orrington Parking Garage is a stand-alone parking structure located adjacent to the Hilton Orrington Hotel in Evanston, IL. Its interior concrete had degraded due to the corrosive action of chlorides, such as salt, and natural life-cycle deterioration to the point where falling concrete was posing a safety hazard to visitors.

The original scope of work included renovating the interior of the four-deck garage; demolition and replacement of deteriorated concrete ramps, columns and beams; as well as ancillary HVAC, electrical and fire alarm work necessary to bring the facility up to current codes.

James McHugh Construction Co. acted as the general contractor on the $3.3 million project, in tandem with design engineer CTL Group and key repair contractor Western Specialty Contractors – Chicago Concrete Restoration branch.

The restoration team faced several unforeseen challenges on the project due to the garage’s advanced age and deterioration. Further complicating the project, the hotel owner also requested that the garage not be shut down for extended periods of time during the restoration, plus the garage’s first floor was occupied by several small businesses, so construction noise, dust and disruption also had to be kept to a minimum.

“Despite the need for repairs, the continued operation of this parking garage was determined to be key to the successful operation of the adjacent hotel. Therefore, the garage could not be shut down for extended periods of time, and could not go off-line for materials to be removed and replaced,” said Steve Genovese, Western Chicago Concrete Branch Manager. “Occupant safety was also a top consideration since construction activities could dislodge concrete spalls above the ceilings in the occupied spaces. Plus, the owner only allowed ‘noisy’ repairs to be performed three days a week.”

As a result of multiple generations of previous, un-engineered repairs to the structure, additional un-foreseen restoration of the steel sub-structure was required, further complicating the project.

Excavated openings revealed unattached amalgams of various types, sizes and arrangements of reinforcing steel in each opening. This required repair excavations to grow significantly in order to uncover sound reinforcement and concrete, said Genovese.

Western Specialty Contractors worked closely with the general contractor and engineer to coordinate excavations with repair evaluations since each opening required custom engineering to address the uncovered conditions.

“The repair locations were quite large, resulting in on average close to 20 yards of concrete material, or two truckloads, for each patch,” said Genovese. “On average, eight workers were onsite for the duration of the project, mainly because only certain sections of the garage were allowed to be repaired at a time. The deck is four levels, with the first two levels still needing availability for parking, and where most of the repairs were found.”

The restoration team was able to devise some creative solutions to keep the project running smoothly, such as eliminating a portion of the topside and underside repairs to a true full-depth repair, along with phasing. The aging, cast-in-place 8″ to 10″ concrete slabs circumvented doubling the project schedule even though the repair quantities doubled.

Despite the challenges, only three months were added to the original six-month schedule due to collaboration by the entire project team.

“The project posed substantial obstacles including technical, emission control and personnel safety. Changes to concrete and steel conditions drove quantity increases during the work, requiring close and timely coordination with the design engineer,” said Steve Bush, Superintendent, James McHugh Construction Co. “The stacked configuration of the parking ramp mandated stringent safety precautions during demolition and repair. Work was completed without injury to staff or reportable emissions from the garage.”

Family-owned and operated for 100 years, Western Specialty Contractors is the nation’s largest specialty contractor in masonry and concrete restoration, waterproofing and specialty roofing. 

Missouri S&T Concrete Conference to be Held May 2-3

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Missouri University of Science and Technology will host the annual Missouri Concrete Conference May 2-3 in the Havener Center on campus. Conference registration is $150 per person.

Conference topics include slag cement concrete; colored concrete; steel fibers in building construction; impact of air quality control on fly ash properties; timing of slab sawing; compacted concrete pavement; internal curing; field testing; factors affecting air content; zero discharge production water at plants; precast update; confirming aggregate quality; regional aggregate issues; ACR street deterioration; CPR specification update; evolution of bridge deck design; St. Louis County materials specification update; ACI adhesive anchor technician certification; and the Missouri Department of Transportation’s current research.

Certificates to document Personal Development Hours will be provided.

Organizers say the conference will be of interest to contractors, public agencies, consulting engineers, testing labs, aggregate producers, ready mix, cement and admixture suppliers, and equipment technical reps.

Additional information, including a complete listing of presentations, is available online at

For registration and sponsor information, contact Missouri S&T’s office of distance and continuing education at 573-341-6576 or

For technical information, contact Dr. David Richardson, associate professor of civil, architectural and environmental engineering at Missouri S&T, at 573-341-4487 or

A First for Design-Build and Treatment Plant Delivery in Missouri

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This January, a first for wastewater treatment plants began operations in Liberty, Missouri.  This project is one of the first wastewater plants in Missouri utilizing Design-Build delivery, and the first Design-Build in Missouri to utilize State Revolving Funds (SRF).  SRF financing will save the City over $40 million in interest on this $74 million project when compared with conventional financing.  With Design-Build legislation enacted last summer the Liberty project paves the way for municipalities throughout Missouri to maximize their dollars utilizing the cost and schedule saving efficiencies of Design-Build with low-interest SRF financing.

The City of Liberty had outsourced treatment to a neighboring community for decades.  Facing near-term rate increases, uncertain future rates and potential treatment capacity issues, Liberty began studying alternatives, and identified that building their own facilities and discontinuing outsourcing of treatment would save the City $27 million in treatment costs over a 30-year period.  From there, Liberty worked with consultants to determine the scope, budget and user rates required for such an undertaking. The City estimated that it would take $95 million to construct the facilities, but user rates would be reduced and predicted to level out within 5 years.  With this information, in August 2013 the Citizens of Liberty voted overwhelmingly 91% in favor of the project.

To maintain promised user rates, the new facilities had to be completed and operational by first quarter 2017.  In February of 2014, request for qualifications were issued.  Three teams were shortlisted in April 2014.  Following review of conceptual designs, proposals and interviews the team of Goodwin Brothers and CMT was selected in September 2014. Construction of the new 7 MGD plant, two 10 MGD pump stations, 18,000 feet of force main, 6,000 feet of collector roadway, administration and maintenance facilities were completed by December 2016. Treatment operations began on January 3, 2017 just after the Christmas holidays.

Based on the cost and schedule savings gained through the Design-Build process, additional scope was added, including over 6,000 feet of trunk sewer. This work was completed in March 2017 with completion and close out scheduled for May 2017.

This project is a perfect example of a City looking out for the best interest of its citizens’ hard-earned dollars.  Rather than continuing the status quo, Liberty pursued different treatment options and innovative delivery methods that will positively impact the Citizens of Liberty for future generations to come.

Goodwin Brothers Construction is a three-generation family-owned business, celebrating 70 years of building this year. 

Contractors Seek Accountability in MSD’s Bidding Process

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MSD Executive Director, Brian Hoelscher

The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD) unveiled its 2018 fiscal year capital improvement and replacement program on April 17, 2017, but some contractors questioned the accountability of MSD’s bidding process.   That after the MSD board of trustees refused to follow the recommendations of its professiona l staff and inexplicably killed a $145 million contract to the lowest responsible bidder on the Deer Creek tunneling project.  When asked why he changed his vote at an April 13th MSD meeting to void the contract to low bidder Jay Dee/Frontier-Kemper (JDFK) Joint Venture,MSD Trustee Michael Yates told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: “I have my reasons, and that’s all I’m saying.”

Abdul-Ghani Mekkaoul

At the fiscal 2018 capital improvement and replacement program Jay Dee Contractors, Inc. Project Manager Abdul-Ghani Mekkaoul sought answers to why MSD trustees refused to follow the recommendation of its staff which had thoroughly vetted and approved JDFK’s low bid.  After the meeting, Mekkauol noted that the JDFK bid met every standard of MSD’s request for proposal, including pricing, schedule, diversity and would have used a St. Louis union workforce.  The meeting attracted reporters from St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis Business Journal and KMOV-TV, which sought answers to how wisely MSD is spending money on its massive $4.7 billion Project Clear.

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.

McGrath & Associates promotes Nicholas Knobbe to Project Director

Nicholas Knobbe

Nicholas Knobbe has been promoted to Project Development Manager at McGrath & Associates, a 100 percent employee-owned general contractor and construction management firm. Knobbe has been with McGrath & Associates for more than 11 years, with responsibilities in estimating and preconstruction services. 

McGrath & Associates is a 100 percent employee-owned general contractor and construction management firm specializing in commercial, health care, industrial, institutional and pharmaceutical construction projects since 1983.

April 14, 2017

Klipsch-Kelley Named Director of Sales and Marketing of The Sheridan at Creve Coeur Memory Care Community  

Sue Klipsch-Kelley

Sue Klipsch-Kelley has been named director of sales and marketing of The Sheridan at Creve Coeur, a newly opened 53-unit memory care community at 450 N. Lindbergh in Creve Coeur, Mo. Klipsch-Kelley has more than 30 years of experience in professional service to seniors.

The Sheridan at Creve Coeur is one of three senior living communities being built in metro St. Louis by Senior Lifestyle Corporation, a closely-held national owner, operator and developer of senior housing based in Chicago, Ill.  The other Sheridan communities are in Chesterfield and Sunset Hills.

S.M. Wilson Hires Rachel Thess As Project Engineer And Jessica Kornfeld As Project Assistant/Job Accountant

Jessica Kornfeld

S. M. Wilson & Co. has hired Rachel Thess as Project Engineer and Jessica Kornfeld at Project Assistant/Job Accountant.

Thess will be responsible for helping establish procedures with the design professionals, consultants and Owner of projects for information flow, approvals, meetings and reporting. She will also track shop drawings, submittals, material deliveries and RFIs through the duration of projects and assist the Project Manager with MBE/WBE participation and workforce inclusion. Thess has a BA in Business Administration from Lindenwood University and is pursuing her Masters in Construction Management at Washington University.

Kornfeild is S. M. Wilson’s new Project Assistant/Job Accountant. She holds a BS in Accounting and Business Management from Missouri Baptist University.

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

KAI Design & Build Engineering Department Hires Five New Employees

  • Jeffrey Kidwell

    Jeffrey Kidwell of St. Louis, MO as Senior Plumbing Designer. Kidwell brings 35 years of industry experience to KAI Design & Build, most recently as Plumbing Designer at United Excel Design in St. Louis, MO.  He specializes in private sector and government/military healthcare plumbing, medical/dental gas, and fire protection design, with a large number of completed healthcare projects throughout the United States. Kidwell has an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science with a minor in Architectural Technology from Meramec Community College in St. Louis, MO.

  • Darryl Mensinger

    Darryl Mensinger, LC, LEED AP, of Black Jack, MO as Electrical Designer. Mensinger possesses nearly 40 years of industry experience, most recently as an Electrical Designer at United Excel Design in St. Louis, MO. Mensinger is Lighting Certified (LC) by the National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions (NCQLP), and he is also a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP) by the U.S. Green Building Association (USGBC).  He will be responsible for practicing lighting design in the electrical section as well as developing and maintaining standards and tools to support the lighting design process and LEED documentation. Mensinger has an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science with a minor in Electrical/Electronic Engineering Technology from St. Louis Community College in Florissant, MO.

  • Courtney Davis

    Courtney Davis of Florissant, MO as Senior Electrical Designer. Davis joins KAI Design & Build with 36 years of professional experience, most recently as an Electrical Designer at United Excel Design in St. Louis, MO. As Senior Electrical Designer, he will be responsible for the designing of lighting, power, low voltage systems, specification editing and calculation on new and renovation projects. Davis is a member of BICSI and the International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI) and previously taught courses on electrical design at Vatterott College.

  • Sean Fruin

    Sean Fruin of St. Louis, MO as Mechanical Designer. Fruin joins KAI Design & Build from United Excel Design in St. Louis, MO, where he was a Mechanical Designer. Fruin will work within KAI’s multi-disciplined team on the design, coordination and production of engineering construction and bid documents on complex projects. He will also be responsible for collaborating with lead engineers at KAI’s headquarters in St. Louis, MO and its affiliate offices on design efforts from start to finish to ensure compliance with scope, budget and schedule. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and is a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). Fruin is also an Engineering Intern (EI).

  • Tori Gillespie

    Tori Gillespie of St. Louis, MO as Mechanical Designer. Gillespie brings nearly 10 years of industry experience to KAI Design & Build. Prior to KAI, she was a Mechanical Designer at United Excel Design in St. Louis, MO. Gillespie will work within KAI’s multi-disciplined team on the design, coordination and production of engineering construction and bid documents on complex projects. She will also be responsible for collaborating with lead engineers at KAI’s headquarters in St. Louis, MO and its affiliate offices on design efforts from start to finish to ensure compliance with scope, budget and schedule. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Missouri – St. Louis and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Webster University in Webster Groves, MO.  Gillespie is also an Engineering Intern (EI) and a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (AKA), National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).

KAI Design & Build is a national 100+ person design and build firm headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri.

The UP Companies Hires Richard Guinn as Project Assistant

Richard Guinn

The UP Companies has hired Richard Guinn of Florissant, MO as a Project Assistant in its Power UP electrical division. Of his 10 years of industry experience, Guinn comes to The UP Companies from Marine Technology Inc. where he was a Maintenance Technician.

As Project Assistant, Guinn is responsible for setting up electrical jobs, entering change orders, coordinating electrical permits and inspections, issuing purchase orders, updating job projection sheets, coordinating employee interviews, closing out documents, and making travel arrangements, among other tasks. He has an Associate’s Degree in Electrical Construction and Design Management from Ranken Technical College in St. Louis, MO.

The UP Companies (UPCO) is one of the region’s largest full-service MBE-certified contractual providers.

Spellman Brady & Company Hires Bryn Krusie

Bryn Krusie

Spellman Brady and Company is pleased to announce that Bryn Krusie has joined its design firm as a Designer and Art Associate.  In addition to individual project interior design, Ms. Krusie is responsible for developing artwork master plans for senior living, healthcare and higher education projects.

Ms. Krusie earned an Associates Degree of Applied Science in Interior Design and Certificate of Specialization in Kitchen and Bath Design from St. Louis Community College.  She brings 9 years of interior design experience to her position and is also EDAC-certified – “Evidence-Based Design Accreditation Certification”.

Spellman Brady & Company is a St. Louis–based interior design firm specializing in Senior Living, Healthcare, and Higher Education environments.

Jeremy Maddox Promoted to Vice President of Business Development at Holland Construction 

Jeremy Maddox

Mike Marchal, president of Holland Construction Services (Holland), is pleased to announce the promotion of Jeremy Maddox to the new position of Vice President of Business Development.

Jeremy came to Holland in 2016 with over 18 years of experience in the construction industry, including project management, preconstruction, business development and as a market leader for federal contracting.

He played a key role in Holland’s preconstruction department before taking on his new role as Vice President of Business Development.  In his new position, Jeremy will be responsible for developing and implementing new strategic initiatives for Holland as the company continues to grow.

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.  

HDA Architects Promotions

Kyle Wilson

HDA Architects is pleased to announce the promotion of Kyle Wilson to Managing Director, and Josh Goodman to Director of Operations. Kyle Wilson joined the HDA Architects team as an intern in 2004. He is a licensed architect and a member of the American Institute of Architects.

Josh Goodman

Josh Goodman has been with HDA for 12 years working as a Project Manager. He is a licensed architect and a member of the American Institute of Architects.

HDA Architects has been in business for 31 years and has designed over 100 million square feet in over 40 states.

Al Miller Retires from S. M. Wilson & Co.

Al Miller

After 27 years, Al Miller, Director of Human Resources, retired from S. M. Wilson & Co. at the end of March 2017. Al is the grandson of founder Shouse McGarvey Wilson.

Miller began his career with his family’s firm in the safety department, becoming the firm’s first fulltime Director of Safety in 1990. In his role as the Director of Safety, he was able to instate new safety policies and instill a culture of safety throughout the firm. Under Miller’s direction, the firm consistently maintained a below-industry EMR average.

In 2005, Miller again made history in the firm as the first Director of Human Resources. In this position, “he brought a depth of understanding and empathy regarding our employees that helped cement our reputation as a caring, fun, committed and totally professional construction company,” said Scott Wilson, the firm’s CEO.

Miller was also chairman of S. M. Wilson’s annual Swinging Fore Dreams Golf Tournament. Over ten years, the tournament raised more than $300,000 for the Dream Factory of Saint Louis.

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

April 7, 2017

S. M. Wilson Names Bob Cashdollar, MPM as Senior Project Manager
Bob Cashdollar

S. M. Wilson & Co, has hired Bob Cashdollar, MPM. as a Senior Project Manager. Cashdollar will be responsible for managing multi-million dollar retail construction projects. His duties include project planning, scheduling, tracking costs and maintaining logs for all project information.  He has 25 years of experience in the construction industry, and has worked on a variety of retail, hospitality, education, historic renovation and commercial projects.

Cashdollar attended Moraine Valley College and Washburne Trade School. He has an OSHA 30 Hour Construction Safety and his Master Project Manager (MPM) from the American Academy of Project Management.

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

New Etegra Team Member

Bruce Levitt, P.E., Vice President, Engineering at Etegra has announced that Janis Christopher, RCDD, has joined the team. She is bringing extensive experience in the design of technical communications systems, IT, security, AV and structured cabling. Her skills will help build upon and are complementary to their MEPF team.

Tim Hummel joins Wiegmann Associates as HVAC Service Sales Engineer

Tim Hummel

Tim Hummel of Union, MO, has joined Wiegmann Associates as an HVAC Service Sales Engineer. Hummel manages preventative maintenance programs and HVAC installation and repair projects for Wiegmann Associates’ commercial and industrial clients. He also teams with Wiegmann project managers to offer preventative maintenance and service to prospective customers in the St. Louis region.

Hummel has 32 years of experience in the HVAC industry. He holds an associate’s degree in Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology from Ranken Technical College.

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.  


Spellman Brady Completes Interior Design for Bethesda Hawthorne Place

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Spellman Brady & Company recently completed a comprehensive  interior design package for Bethesda Health Group’s newest Assisted Living and Memory Support community, Bethesda Hawthorne Place, located in the Webster Groves/Kirkwood area of St. Louis, Missouri.  Spellman Brady was responsible for the interior design, finishes, furniture and artwork selection for the new facility.

Hawthorne Place consists of two Assisted Living households on two floors totaling 38 apartments and one Memory Support household for 20 resident apartments.  In addition, to the one and two- bedroom apartments, the Assisted Living households feature a hearth room, several lounge spaces, secured outdoor courtyards, a main dining room, kitchen and activity space, as well as a private dining room.  The facility’s overall amenities also include a dramatic entry lobby, grand staircase, library, fitness center, salon, spa and a chapel.

Building on the finish standards that they have developed for previous Bethesda Health projects, Spellman Brady created an overall design concept for Hawthorne Place that has refreshing transitional aesthetics, bold and comfortable with color.  They achieved this by utilizing a warm-neutral color palette with pops of tangerine, navy, and aqua colors.  The finishes are complemented with millwork, furniture and light fixtures that feature clean, crisp lines of timeless simplicity.

When visitors enter the facility, they are greeted by a reception desk accented in front of a stone wall which features lighting to showcase the Hawthorne Place logo.  As they move through the space, they encounter bright and open community spaces that are visually tied together through the use of white millwork columns, trim work, ceiling moldings and details that are rich in detail, yet sophisticated and restrained.

Adjacent to the larger community spaces are smaller-scaled specialized function rooms – such as the library, chapel, hearth rooms, sitting parlor and private dining rooms – which are discreetly defined by the use of custom sliding doors.  The sliding glass doors are detailed in the same crisp white wood as the rest of the project’s millwork and look like large windows to open up, yet create privacy for those areas.  In addition to opening-up floor space by eliminating area for door swings, the glass sliders allow residents visual contact with the variety of activities and add a classic contemporary architectural element.

To help maximize the facility’s inviting sense of home, hearth rooms have a working fireplace with white coordinating fireplace surround, detailed millwork columns, coffered ceiling and a custom carpet to look like an area rug.  All dining rooms have a custom-built hydration station, a design feature wall constructed of acrylic and wood materials with an adjacent activity space for smaller group sessions.

For the Memory Support and the Assisted Living households, Spellman Brady used the different color palettes to give each household its own identity, while still maintaining an overall cohesive feel for the facility.  To reinforce a residential feel in the Assisted Living corridors, custom carpet designs were utilized with “area rug designs” inserted at apartment entries which also help residents identify their unit.  For the Memory Support household, four differently detailed resident entry door styles were painted various colors which help residents to remember apartment location, as well as serve as a wayfinding tool.

Lisa Reynolds, Executive Director of Bethesda Hawthorne Place, attributes the facility’s interiors as part of the reason for the project exceeding its opening occupancy projections.  She recently said this about prospective resident’s reactions to the interiors.  “This community is so beautiful and welcoming that it sells itself.  We are offering the services that they need and want in a setting that is not only beautiful but calm, comforting and feels like home from the minute they walk in.  It takes their breath away and instantly calms the fears and doubts about having to make this transition in their life.  What an awesome accomplishment!”

In addition to Spellman Brady, the project team consisted of three other St. Louis firms – The Lawrence Group, architects for the project; Paric, the project’s general contractor; and Hercules Construction, construction manager. 

Bethesda Health Group provides exceptional senior living, care and services through its retirement communities, skilled nursing home communities and home and community based programs, which place equal focus on quality and value.   

Spellman Brady & Company is a St. Louis–based interior design firm specializing in Senior Living, Healthcare, and Higher Education environments.  


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