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Home Builders Association Donates $15,000 to Marygrove

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

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

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

McCormack Baron Salazar, Inc. Announces New President

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Haberberger Completes Projects at St. Louis University

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Creve Coeur Fire Protection District Selects S. M. Wilson to Build New Fire Station

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S.M. Wilson has been selected by the Creve Coeur Fire Protection District to build a new fire station to replace the District’s existing Engine House #2, which was built in 1962.  The new 25,000 square foot facility will be built on the site of Engine House #2 at 10940 Schuetz Road and include five emergency vehicle bays, updated living quarters for Firefighters and Paramedics and an area that includes bunk rooms, day room, fitness area, locker room and kitchen.

The project is currently scheduled to break ground in March 2016 and be completed in Spring of 2017.  S. M. Wilson is providing Pre-Construction and Construction Management services for the project, and assisted the Creve Coeur Fire Protection District in reviewing and selecting the project’s architect.  The architect is Archimages. S.M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis.  S. M. Wilson is one of the largest general construction and construction management firms in the St. Louis area.  The company posted $300 million in 2014 revenues, and ranks 232nd in Engineering News-Record’s 2015 list of Top 400 commercial contractors nationwide. For more information, visit

People In St. Louis Construction

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Haberberger Welcomes Alyssa Predico As Process Piping Designer 

Predico, AlyssaAffton-based mechanical contracting firm Haberberger, Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of Alyssa Predico, of Ballwin, to its growing team. In her new role, Predico will serve as a process piping designer.

Predico’s background includes five years of process piping experience in the oil refinery industry. She most recently served as a designer with Ambitech Engineering. In her new position with Haberberger, Predico specializes in Computer-Aided Design and Drafting and Building Information Modeling, working with other members of the team to create the most cost-efficient and state-of-the-art project designs.

Predico, who originally hails from Louisiana, holds an Associate’s degree in Drafting from Delta Tech in Louisiana.

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

Abby Buchmann Joins HOK’s St. Louis Office as Design Professional

Buchmann, AbbyAbby Buchmann has joined HOK as a design professional in St. Louis. In her new position, Buchmann will provide support for the interior design team working on FleishmanHillard’s executive offices.

Buchmann recently earned her master of architecture and product design degree from Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas.

HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm celebrating 60 years of design and innovation in 2015.

Tarlton Promotes Cameron Denison to Senior Project Manager 

Denison, CameronTarlton Corp., a St. Louis-based general contracting and construction management firm, promoted Cameron Denison, LEED AP, to senior project manager. Previously serving as project manager, Denison has worked on several notable projects, including the $90 million,175,000-square-foot LEED Gold Olin Business School expansion at Washington University in St. Louis (Knight and Bauer Halls), which won the firm one of the construction industry’s highest honors– a 2015 Alliant Build America Award. The project also was named a finalist for a 2015 Construction Keystone Award by the Associated General Contractors of Missouri.

Denison is on the Tarlton construction management team on two separate projects at University of Missouri Columbia. Denison joined Tarlton as a project engineer in 2001. He earned his Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional designation in 2008, granted by the U.S. Green Building Council based on demonstrated knowledge and experience related to sustainable building design, construction and operation.

Denison holds a Bachelor of Science degree in construction management from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Geotechnology Promotes Buffy Flemming to Marketing Manager

Fleming, BuffyGeotechnology, Inc., a leading provider of geotechnical and environmental engineering, geophysics, water resource management, materials testing and drilling services, has named Buffy Flemming as the company’s Marketing Manager.

In this role, Flemming will manage marketing activities company-wide, including efforts related to public relations, advertising, the company website, marketing materials and tradeshows.

Flemming has been with Geotechnology since 2011, and as Marketing Coordinator has been instrumental in developing company branding efforts, establishing the Geotechnology intranet and social media involvement. She has been active in The Society of Marketing Professional Services and held the position of Education Director in the local chapter.

“During the past five years, Buffy has been a valuable member of our team, using her skills and talents to help Geotechnology enter new markets, expand its services and dramatically increase its operations,” said Vice President of Business Development Rick Pershall.  “I congratulate her on this well-deserved promotion.”

Gabrielle Clay Joins HOK’s St. Louis Office as Project Accountant

Clay, GabrielleGabrielle Clay has joined HOK as a project accountant in St. Louis. In her new role, Clay will work with the corporate accounting team and regional offices to maintain accurate and timely accounting records.

Prior to joining HOK, Clay was a corporate accountant at a local real estate services company. She earned a degree in mathematics from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Clay currently resides in Florissant.

HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm.

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Paola Badea joins Hastings+Chivetta Architects as a Junior Architectural Designer 

Paola J. Badea, Assoc. AIA has joined Hastings+Chivetta Architects as a Junior Architectural Designer. In her role, Paola creates 2D and 3D visuals for presentations, drawings and elevations using architectural software. Additionally, she assists with project design development. She is currently working on 3D Model Renders and 2D site plans for Centre College’s new Soccer Field. Prior to joining the firm, Paola worked as a designer at Graniterra and MOMA Consulting Group.

Paola earned her bachelor of architecture from Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico. She is an Associate Member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), a prestigious nonprofit, nonpartisan research and education organization that brings together professionals in all sectors of real estate development and land use from all over the world.

Laura Lancia Joins Hastings+Chivetta Architects as a Marketing Coordinator

Lancia, LauraLaura Lancia has joined Hastings+Chivetta Architects as a Marketing Coordinator. In her role, Laura will assist the Marketing Department with updating the company website and social media sites, conducting market research, maintaining marketing collateral, as well as preparing statements of qualifications and request for proposal responses. Additionally, she will update lead tracking and contact databases and help coordinate trade shows and conferences.

Laura has more than eight years of marketing experience at companies throughout St. Louis. She holds a B.A. in communication with a minor in marketing from Saint Louis University.

Darryl Vandever joins Hastings+Chivetta Architects as a Contract Administrator

Darryl Vandever, CSI, CDT has joined Hastings+Chivetta Architects as a contract administrator. In his role, Darryl will ensure the firm’s quality, performance and aesthetic standards for built projects. He is currently working on the new Saint Louis University Residence Hall and the University of Wisconsin-River Falls Falcon Center.

Darryl possesses a wide range of experience managing a variety of building types and construction delivery systems and provides our clients a unique perspective having worked for architecture firms, general contractors, real estate developers and as an owner’s representative. He earned his Bachelor of Architecture and Design from Kansas State University in 1986.

Catherine Elz joins Hastings+Chivetta Architects as Human Resources Director

Catherine Elz has joined Hastings+Chivetta Architects as the Human Resources Director. In her role, Catherine is responsible for employee relations and communications, benefits, recruiting and retention, and company culture, among other tasks. Catherine will be instrumental in helping the firm continue to recruit and retain the best talent. Prior to joining Hastings+Chivetta, Catherine worked at American Direct Marketing Resources.

Catherine earned her bachelor of arts in English from Truman State University in 2000 and graduated from New York University School of Law in 2005. She volunteers as a Running Buddy with Stray Rescue of St. Louis and serves on the Board of Directors for Left Bank Books.

Eaves Promoted to Principal at McClure Engineering

Eaves, ErikPreviously serving as Project Manager, Mr. Erik Eaves has been promoted to Principal at McClure Engineering.  As the firm’s pharmaceutical expert, he has project managed and designed many technical cGMP/FDA regulated facilities ranging from research laboratories and cleanrooms, to cGMP production suites. Mr. Eaves is also a member of ASHRAE Technical Committee 9.10 and assisted in writing the second edition of the ASHRAE Laboratory Design Guide.

McClure Engineering welcomes Karl Bratcher, PE who joins the team as a Mechanical Engineer. Karl received his Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Missouri University of Science & Technology and has spent the last three years working as a Mechanical Engineer for Abeinsa Business Development. Prior to Abeinsa, Karl worked as a Mechanical Engineer for Bechtel Power Corporation and as a Mechanical Engineer Intern for Kiewit Power Engineers.

Joel Vidlak Joins Kadean Construction Company

Vidlak, JoelJoel Vidlak, formerly of Lincoln, NE, has joined Kadean Construction Company, one of the region’s oldest and most successful firms specializing in pre-construction, design-build, construction management, and general contracting, it was announced recently.

Before joining Fenton-based Kadean, Vidlak served as a project manager with Dickey-Hinds-Muir, Inc. in Lincoln, where he was engaged in more than a half-dozen major construction projects for a variety of clients, including the State of Nebraska Development Center, Nestle Purina PetCare, University of Nebraska, Lincoln Electric, the State of Nebraska Division of Behavioral Health, and others.

Vidlak, who earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering, Construction Management from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, will serve as the project engineer for Kadean work already underway at Red Cedar Surgery Center in East Lansing, MI, and Parkland Health Center in Farmington, MO.

“We’re very fortunate to have Joel on our team,” said Mike Eveler, president of Kadean Construction. “The value Joel brings will really come into play as we continue our growth and expansion throughout the St. Louis and Kansas City areas and in other markets across the country.”

In addition to the two projects being overseen by Vidlak in Michigan and Farmington, Kadean’s most recent work in the region includes the expansion of the medical oncology unit at the Siteman Cancer Center, now underway in St. Peters, MO; Aviator Park in Hazelwood; Lakeview Commerce Center Distribution Center in Edwardsville; and, the KCI LogisticsCentre in Kansas City, MO.

Incorporated in 1963, Kadean Construction has built a strong reputation industrywide for its quality construction, its collaborative approach with clients, designers and subcontractors early in the design-build process, its on-time performance, and high ethical standards.

Emily Pelcak Promoted to Director of Practice & Innovation at PGAV

Pelcak, EmilyPGAV Destinations Project Manager Emily Pelcak has been promoted to Director of Practice and Innovation at the St. Louis-based design firm.

In her new position, Ms. Pelcak will be fostering staff training and development, researching and encouraging innovative design, and implementing quality design documentation practices to cultivate PGAV’s technical expertise in building construction practices.

Her diligence and success in project management can be experienced at Aquatica Orlando, the Biltmore Estate’s Antler Hill Village, SeaWorld San Diego’s Explorer’s Reef and Manta, Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s Verbolten, and the Anheuser Busch St. Louis Brewery.

“Emily has been a fantastic leader at PGAV Destinations for many years, respected and valued by every one of our clients with whom she’s worked,” said Mike Konzen, principal and chair at PGAV Destinations. “In her new position, she’ll be empowered to innovate and develop new approaches to the technical implementation of our designs while leading us to excel even further in quality control measures. Just as importantly, Emily will help develop new approaches to staff education, ensuring that PGAV’s unique institutional technical knowledge will be passed down to new generations of designers and architects. Ms. Pelcak is a graduate of the University of Illinois, with a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies and a Masters of Architecture. She is a registered architect in Missouri, holds a LEED AP Certification, is a member of IAAPA, and volunteers with the Animal Protection Association of Missouri.

Leadership Council Elects New Officers for 2016

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The Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois is beginning the New Year with new board leadership. Members in December unanimously approved five new officers to serve one-year terms, including Mark Turner as the president of the organization. Turner, president of Memorial Hospital, most recently served as the Leadership Council’s vice president. Michael Riley, immediate past president, has moved into the role of chairman. The complete slate of officers chosen includes:

  • Chairman – Michael Riley, President, Professional Therapy Services, Inc.
  • President – Mark Turner, President, Memorial Hospital
  • Vice President – Keith Cook, Market President, Southwest Illinois for Regions Bank in Belleville
  • Secretary  Dale Stewart, Executive Secretary, Southwestern Illinois Building and Construction Trades Council
  • Treasurer – Don Vichitvongsa, General Manager of SunCoke Energy in Granite City

As president of the Leadership Council, Turner will help guide the work of the premier organization uniting the Southwestern Illinois region for economic growth.

“Through its expansive network of 200-plus members, the Leadership Council continues bringing together regional leaders in business, industry, government, education and labor, who share a common desire to position Madison and St. Clair counties for continued growth,” notes Turner. “This past year saw terrific progress on many fronts, from accelerating efforts to position our region as a multimodal hub to the continued growth around Scott Air Force Base, as well as the work underway to support our manufacturing base and advance entrepreneurship in our region. With improvements to the Metro East levee system on target for completion in the coming months, and a decision due in March regarding the new location for the NGA headquarters, it’s an exciting time for our region. I look forward to collaborating with our dedicated staff and members to keep the momentum going.”

The Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois is a member-based, economic development corporation representing Madison and St. Clair counties. 

Southern Illinois Builders Association Exceeds Project Goal In 2015Southern Illinois Builders Association Exceeds Project Goal In 2015

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The Southern Illinois Builders Association projected that they would receive approximately 1,066 new projects in 2015. As of December 31, 2015, “I am pleased to report that the Association had received 1,246 new projects for calendar year 2015 which is approximately 17% more new projects than anticipated,” said Donna Richter, Chief Executive Officer of SIBA. The total amount of the projects awarded in 2015 is in excess of $862,156,530. The projected goals for 2016 are to increase that project total by at least 5%.

The Southern Illinois Builders Association is a trade association representing 500 plus: commercial contractors; industrial construction companies; building contractors; highway construction companies; utility construction contractors; subcontractors; suppliers; and serviced oriented companies throughout the southern 39 counties in Illinois.

AIA St. Louis Installs David Kehm as 2016 President

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The American Institute of Architects (AIA) St. Louis Chapter Announces David W. Kehm, AIA of Christner Inc. as 2016 President.

AIA St. Louis recently installed David W. Kehm, AIA of Christner Inc. as the 2016 President to head the nearly 800 members of the local chapter of the national organization.  Architect Kehm will lead AIA St. Louis Chapter in 2016 with the call for ever-growing collaboration between design and construction professionals and their respective organizations.

Architect Kehm is a graduate of Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, with a bachelor in Architecture and has served on the Board of Directors of Food Outreach in St. Louis.   In the past, David Kehm has served AIA St. Louis as Director, Treasurer and President-Elect before serving his one year term in 2016 as President.  Kehm is employed as the Corporate Market Leader in his role as Associate Principal at Christner Inc.

In addition to President Kehm’s leadership, the 2016 officers and directors are as follows:

  • V.P., President-Elect  –  Steven Anton, AIA  –  Anton Architecture
  • Past-President  –  Michael Hein, AIA  –  Jacobs
  • Secretary  –  Lucy C. Williams, AIA  –  Lucy C. Williams, Architect
  • Treasurer  –  William Albinson, AIA  –  Etegra, Inc.
  • Director  –  Barb Anderson, AIA  –  Oates and Associates Inc.
  • Director  –  Jason Dale Pierce, AIA  –  HOK, Inc.
  • Director  –  Tomislav Zigo, AIA  –  CLAYCO, Inc.
  • Director  –  Geoffrey Vaughn, AIA  –  Christner Inc.
  • Associate Director  –  Cody Henderson, Associate AIA  –  SFA Architects Inc.

The American Institute of Architects St. Louis Chapter is the voice of the architectural profession, dedicated to serving its members, advancing their value, and improving the quality of the built environment.  AIA St. Louis provides services and fellowship to the architectural profession in St. Louis and eastern Missouri.

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