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Electrical Connection Partners with Saint Louis FC to Energize “Shop with a Cop” Fundraiser

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Event Raises More Than $2,000 to Support St. Francois County

Elec Con OrnamentOne of the most successful law enforcement community trust-building programs received a big boost and is expanding thanks to a partnership between the Electrical Connection and Saint Louis FC.   The Electrical Connection sponsored Saint Louis FC’s “Christmas in July” fundraiser at its July 30, 2016 soccer game to raise money for the Saint Francois County “Shop with a Cop” program.  In addition, proceeds will be used to launch a “Shop with a Cop” program for the Ferguson, Mo. police department.  The event raised more than $2,000 and included a special Saint Louis FC holiday ornament for the game at World Wide Technology Soccer Park in Fenton, Mo.

The pre-game ceremonies spotlighted “Shop with a Cop” and the Electrical Connection’s support in a video.  The St. Francois County “Shop with a Cop” program was launched more than 23 years ago and has gradually grown to become one of the largest in the nation, serving up to 500 children annually. The program raises money so law enforcement can take disadvantaged children December holiday shopping to get gifts they would not otherwise receive.

In 1993, Danny Miller, owner of Farmington, Mo.-based Total Electric, introduced the Electrical Connection to the St. Francois County “Shop with a Cop” program.  Since then, the Electrical Connection has donated a total of more than $54,000 to support the program.  The Electrical Connection is a labor-management partnership of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 and the St. Louis Chapter, National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).

“The Electrical Connection and IBEW/NECA have been steadfast supporters of ‘Shop with a Cop,’” said St. Francois County Sheriff Dan Bullock.  “We are delighted they are expanding that support through their partnership with Saint Louis FC.”

The fundraiser also support plans for a Ferguson “Shop with a Cop” program.  “’Shop with a Cop’ has been extraordinarily successful in building trust in the communities that police serve,” said Jim Curran, executive vice president, Electrical Connection.  “We strongly support law enforcement and wanted to leverage our Saint Louis FC partnership to help efforts to build stronger communities.  ‘Shop with a Cop’ is just a natural fit for building trust with police in Ferguson, Mo.”

“Ferguson had some success with building a bond with the community in its ‘Cops and Kids’ program in 2014,” said Ferguson Police Chief Delrish Moss.  “We strongly appreciate the Electrical Connection’s partnerhship with St. Louis FC to help us energize our community engagement with ‘Shop with a Cop’ this December.”

In 2015, the Electrical Connection helped sponsor the return of outdoor professional soccer to St. Louis with Saint Louis FC.  “We have been impressed from the very beginning by the level of commitment that the Electrical Connection demonstrates to our community and their support of the ‘shop with a cop’ program is just one example of their generosity,” said Kevin Wygant, Saint Louis FC director of corporate partnerships.  “Saint Louis FC appreciates the opportunity to leverage our loyal fan base to help expand the program to the city of Ferguson in 2016.”

Donations to “Shop with a Cop” at the gate earned Saint Louis FC fans the special holiday ornament.  Donations are also possible online at www.saintlouisfc.com.

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.

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.

Haberberger Welcomes Greg Harrop To Its Team As Project Manager

Gregg Harrop
Greg Harrop

Haberberger is pleased to announce the addition of Greg Harrop to the Affton-based mechanical contracting firm as a project manager. In his new role, he will be responsible for project management and estimating.

Harrop brings over 28 years of experience in the St. Louis construction market, where he has worked as both a mechanical contractor and general contractor. His background includes working in preconstruction services and project management with projects ranging up to $100 million. He has also managed self-perform work in Texas, Ohio, Kentucky and Illinois.

Harrop’s focus has been in the industrial, pharmaceutical and micro-electronics sectors in St. Louis. He also has extensive project management experience in the design-build HVAC market. Along with his expertise, Harrop serves on the MCA of Eastern Missouri Student Chapter Committee. He is also a graduate of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

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 to a variety of industrial and commercial customers.

JLL Hires Former Cresa Senior Advisor as Vice President

Chris Schmidt
Chris Schmidt

Commercial real estate brokerage firm JLL (NYSE: JLL) today announced it has hired Chris Schmidt, a former top advisor with Cresa St. Louis. Schmidt, who specializes in industrial tenant representation, leasing, and sales, joined the company on July 6. He works alongside David Branding, Pat Reilly and Terry Stieve on JLL’s industrial brokerage team.

David Steinbach, executive vice president of JLL St. Louis, said, “We have the highest performing industrial team in St. Louis, which is why we’re able to attract the top industrial tenant rep in town. Chris’ expertise will be a tremendous asset to our clients and to helping JLL maintain our large market share of industrial tenants.”

Prior to joining JLL, Schmidt spent eight years as a senior advisor representing tenants both in the office and industrial sectors in St. Louis and across the nation. Throughout his career, he has been involved in lease negotiations with national and local companies such as PLZ Corporation, Nova Marketing, 3M and Missouri Confluence COOP, TAGG Logistics and the American Red Cross in the industrial market, and Gardner Capital, American Family Insurance and Ironshore in the office market. Schmidt also spent six years in the financial market providing a wide range of services, including financial modeling, strategic planning, and research.

JLL’s industrial team last year transacted over 3.5 million square feet valued at $247 million. Nationally, the firm is ranked number one for industrial tenant representation.

Pinnacle Contracting, Inc. Promotes McLaughlin to Vice President of Operations

Tim McLaughlin
Tim McLaughlin

Tim McLaughlin has been promoted to vice president of operations for Pinnacle Contracting, Inc. The announcement was made by Nelson Grumney, Jr., president.

As vice president of operations, McLaughlin will oversee the firm’s project managers, estimators and project engineers.

McLaughlin joined Pinnacle in 2013 as a project manager. “Tim has excelled in successfully completing large and complex projects. His new role will further showcase his talents. The promotion is well deserved and we look forward to his future leadership,” Grumney said.

McLaughlin earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Vanderbilt University.

Founded in 1998 in St. Louis by Tom McLaughlin, P.E., and Nelson Grumney, Jr., Pinnacle Contracting, Inc. provides general contracting, construction management and design/build services to a national clientele.

Claghorn Promoted to GM, QualSafe Solutions

Brad Claghorn
Brad Claghorn

Brad Claghorn has been promoted to general manager of QualSafe Solutions, an affiliate company of the Murphy Company that provides project safety management, equipment, training and safety consulting services. The announcement was made by Rob Koester, chief financial officer.

“With nearly two decades experience in the construction industry, Brad is a seasoned professional who has demonstrated his ability to manage all aspects of safety programs and a multi-layered team delivering top-notch service to customers,” said Koester. “His experience with inspections, training, incentive programs, confined space entry, fall protection, respiratory protection and OSHA compliance combined with his dedication to customer service are a perfect match with the continued growth we are experiencing at QualSafe.”

Claghorn holds a bachelor’s degree in occupational safety and health from Murray State University. From 2013 to 2014 he served as QualSafe Solutions’ project safety coordinator on the Amite BioEnergy Program in Gloster, MS, He also was previously employed as a safety engineer for Murphy Company from 1990 to 1998.

Lisa Abney Joins Murphy as Quick Response Account Manager

Lisa Abney
Lisa Abney

Lisa Abney has joined Murphy Company as Quick Response account manager. The announcement was made by Conrad Philipp, vice president, Quick Response.

Abney has more than 15 year experience in DDC/HVAC (direct digital controls/heating, ventilation and air-conditioning) service and sales.

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

HOK’s St. Louis Office Adds Three to Design Staff

Arno Sandoval, RA, NCARB, CSI CDT, Mark Stegeman and , have joined HOK’s design team in St. Louis.

Arno Sandeval
Arno Sandeval

A licensed architect with more than 15 years of experience, Sandoval will support the HOK team as a senior project architect working on the BJC HealthCare Washington University School of Medicine Campus Renewal project in addition to other project duties. Prior to joining HOK, he was a senior project architect at KAI Design & Build. He earned his degree in architecture from the Pratt Institute in New York.

Mark Stegeman
Mark Stegeman

Stegeman brings more than 10 years of architecture and engineering experience to his new role as a senior associate and director of project management. He will be responsible for leading the local project management team to optimize project planning and financial performance. Previously Stegeman was a director at Arcturis. He earned his degree in environmental design from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Jonathon Wirth
Jonathon Wirth

Wirth, a licensed architect with 14 years of experience, will contribute his design expertise as a senior associate and senior project designer on HOK’s Indiana University Health Academic Health Center project. Wirth joins HOK from CannonDesign, where he was a design architect. He earned his degree in architecture from the University of Kansas.

 

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

Christner, Inc. Names Stacey Wehe Education Market Leader

Stacey Wehe
Stacey Wehe

Christner, Inc. is pleased to announce that Stacey Wehe, AIA, LEED AP BD+C will take on a leadership role in the firm’s education practice. Over the last decade, she has managed academic, arts, and student life commissions ranging from fast-paced summer renovations to complex, multi-phase projects. Stacey combines curiosity and knowledge about campus trends with the perspective to balance a project’s goals and budget. She frequently shares lessons learned at the national conferences of SCUP and ACUI.

In this region, Stacey is a voice for collaborative community building and environmental stewardship through such non-profits as FOCUS St. Louis, The Saint Louis TEN, and GOOD Ideas for Cities.

McCarthy Promotes Marketing Professionals Jessica Davila and Nora Bresnahan

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. announces the promotions of Jessica Davila and Nora Bresnahan to Marketing Managers in the Central Division, reflecting McCarthy’s ongoing commitment to elevating its marketing expertise to meet client needs.

“As a company dedicated to sharing our specialized expertise and strong knowledge base, we are focused on strengthening our marketing team to better serve our clients,” said John Buescher, McCarthy Central Division President. “Jessica and Nora have consistently proven their commitment to McCarthy and our clients. Elevating their roles within the marketing team is a reflection of that commitment.”

Jessica Davila
Jessica Davila

As Marketing Manager for the Central Division’s healthcare business unit, Davila works closely with business development teams to manage pursuit efforts. Her responsibilities also include marketing research, public relations, event coordination, and additional marketing outreach. She joined McCarthy in early 2010 and has more than nine years of marketing experience in the construction industry. Davila currently serves as President of the St. Louis chapter of the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS). She graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and a minor in French.

Nora Bresnahan
Nora Bresnahan

Bresnahan’s promotion to Marketing Manager recognizes her leadership in a range of marketing activities, including proposal development and strategy, marketing planning and research, public relations, database management, event coordination, marketing outreach and onboarding new marketing personnel. Bresnahan has 15 years of experience in the marketing and advertising industry and joined McCarthy in 2010. She graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor of Journalism and is an active member of the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS), serving on the St. Louis Chapter’s board for multiple years, including incoming Special Events Chair for 2016-2017.

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.

July 29, 2016

Allison Connely Joins Arcturis as Interior Designer 

Allison Connely
Allison Connely

Arcturis is pleased to announce that Allison Connely will be joining the team as an interior designer. Connely joins Arcturis to work closely with several of the firm’s clients including Wells Fargo, Saint Louis Fashion Fund, and Missouri University of Science and Technology. Whether designing or space forecasting, Allison provides a sharp eye for quality design.

“Arcturis is the fourth-largest interior design firm in St. Louis and is constantly looking to build our team with talented people. Allison is a great addition that will help us continue to create innovative, fresh work for our corporate clients,” said Julie Keil, principal with Arcturis.

Connely holds a BFA, Cum Laude, in Interior Design from Maryville University in St. Louis and is a member of the International Interior Design Association.

Arcturis is a national design firm based in St. Louis that specializes in planning, architecture, interior design, graphic design, and landscape architecture.

July 18, 2016

Michelle Rotherham Promoted to Director at Arcturis

Michelle Rotherham
Michelle Rotherham

Arcturis is pleased to announce that Michelle Rotherham, NCIDQ. LEED AP, has been promoted to Director. Michelle is a leader in workplace strategy and healthcare interior design. Her unique leadership style of designing from the inside out often involves engulfing herself in a client’s space, culture and people in order to meet and then exceed their goals. She actively applies this design practice with several of the firm’s largest corporate and healthcare clients including Express Scripts, Equifax, Nestle Purina and Panera.

Her client service is incomparable and stems from a passion of helping those in need. In addition to her career and involvement within the design industry, Michelle is helping shape the community as a founder of the not-for-profit HomeFirst STL.

Arcturis is a national design firm based in St. Louis that specializes in planning, architecture, interior design, graphic design, and landscape architecture.

ISS Announces Addition of New Estimator & Project Manager

Scott Panther
Scott Panther

ISS Insulation Services & Solutions, a full-service insulation contractor specializing in both commercial and industrial projects, announces the hire of Scott Panther as an estimator and project manager. Panther brings nearly 10 years of experience in the commercial construction, design and insulation fields to his new position.  He will be responsible for overseeing multiple projects, focusing on schedule adherence, bidding for insulation scopes and managing labor and cost.

Panther graduated from ITT Technical Institute with a degree in Computer Drafting and Design. In his industry experience, Panther has managed several difficult and labor-intensive projects for high-profile companies. Before ISS, Panther worked as a shop worker, fire protection designer and senior designer primarily in the mechanical field.

ISS Insulation Services & Solutions, a member of the National Insulation Association, is a full-service insulation contractor specializing in both commercial and industrial projects.

Christina Schafer Promoted to Service Manager – Plumbing at IFS

Christina Schafer 2
Christina Schafer

Christina Schafer of Barnhart, MO has been promoted to Service Manager – Plumbing at Integrated Facility Services (IFS). Schafer joined IFS in 2004 and previously was plumbing service coordinator.

Schafer holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Lindenwood University.

Suzanne Bedwell joins Hastings+Chivetta Architects’ Tulsa Office as Project Architect

Suzanne Bedwell
Suzanne Bedwell

Suzanne Bedwell, AIA, NCARB, has joined Hastings+Chivetta Architects’ Tulsa, OK office as a Project Architect. With over 27 years of architectural and project management experience on a variety of building types, Suzanne has the ability to guide a project through design and construction, while managing and coordinating client and consultant interface. She is also a veteran field inspector. Suzanne is currently working on The University of Tulsa Keplinger Hall renovation and the Community School of Naples Student Activity Center concept.

Suzanne earned a Bachelor of architecture through the five-year National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB)-accredited degree program at Oklahoma State University.

Reuther Promote to Principal at McClure Engineering

Eric Ruether
Eric Ruether

Eric Reuther has been promoted to Principal at McClure Engineering. Previously serving as Project Manager, Mr. Eric Reuther has been promoted to Principal at McClure Engineering. As one of the firm’s healthcare experts, he has been responsible for project management and design engineering on a variety of projects including hospitals, research laboratories, and clean rooms.

Melva Pete Named Vice President of Human Resources at SAK Construction, LLC

Melva Pete
Melva Pete

Melva Pete, MA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP has joined the executive team of SAK Construction, LLC (SAK) as vice president of human resources. Pete brings years of experience in human resources and strategic planning to SAK, one of the fastest-growing pipeline rehabilitation and tunneling contractors in the U.S.

Her responsibilities include leading and enhancing the company’s strategy and partnerships in all areas of human resources, with a focus on talent acquisition and retention, compensation and benefits, performance management, organizational development and employee relations.

Most recently, the St. Louis resident was vice president of human resources with Bi-State Development, where she was responsible for providing strategic leadership and partnerships in all aspects of human resources. With over 15 years of diverse professional experiences in consumer products, manufacturing, and mass transit industries, Pete comes to SAK recognized as a dynamic leader, business partner and strategic thinker.  She has a strong record of success and the ability to create and implement complex strategies in fast-paced, ever-changing environments.

Pete’s previous experience also includes serving as a human resources professional at Monsanto and as corporate vice president, human resources, at Angelica Corp.

Pete earned her master’s degree in business administration from Webster University and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri – St. Louis.

Cory Murner Joins HOK’s St. Louis Office as Landscape Architect

Cory Murner
Cory Murner

Cory Murner, PLA, has joined HOK as a landscape architect in St. Louis. He will contribute to the project teams working on the Davidson County Justice Center in Nashville, Tenn. and the Will County Justice Center in Joliet, Illinois.  He is a member of the Urban Land Institute and the American Society of Landscape Architects.

Prior to joining HOK, Murner worked as a landscape architect and project manager for Bayer Becker in Cincinnati, Ohio. He earned his master of landscape architecture from Kansas State University and his degree in landscape architecture from South Dakota State University.

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

KAI Design & Build Welcomes Eric Goeken as Intern Architect

Eric Goeken
Eric Goeken

Eric Goeken has joined KAI Design & Build as an intern Architect in KAI’s Omaha office.  Goeken will assist to ensure the successful execution of construction-related documents, projects and activities for KAI’s Nebraska clients.  Goeken’s responsibilities include assisting on all aspects of architectural design, from presentations for clients to working with KAI’s multidisciplined team in KAI’s office offices in St. Louis, Atlanta, Dallas and San Antonio.

Goeken holds nearly eight years of industry experience and a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from Iowa State University.

Mackey-Mitchell Promotes Clay Phillips to Principal of KC Office

Clay Phillips
Clay Phillips

Mackey-Mitchell has promoted Clay Phillips to Principal of their Lawrence, Kansas office. Clay graduated from Kansas University with a Bachelor of Architecture in 1994. He worked at Mackey Mitchell from 1999-2007 and rejoined in 2012.

Clay heads up Mackey Mitchell’s newly established Kansas office. He has worked on office buildings, warehouses, classroom buildings, performing arts facilities, student centers, student housing and dining, parking garages, business schools and laboratories.

Clay has been a soccer, basketball and track coach, a school board member and a member of Rotary International. Clay is also an avid reader, chess player and runner. When he’s not solving architectural problems he is busy working on his historic home. Raised in St. Louis, Clay now resides with his wife and four children on their small farm in eastern Kansas.

 

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.

Allison Connely Joins Arcturis as Interior Designer 

Allison Connely
Allison Connely

Arcturis is pleased to announce that Allison Connely will be joining the team as an interior designer. Connely joins Arcturis to work closely with several of the firm’s clients including Wells Fargo, Saint Louis Fashion Fund, and Missouri University of Science and Technology. Whether designing or space forecasting, Allison provides a sharp eye for quality design.

“Arcturis is the fourth-largest interior design firm in St. Louis and is constantly looking to build our team with talented people. Allison is a great addition that will help us continue to create innovative, fresh work for our corporate clients,” said Julie Keil, principal with Arcturis.

Connely holds a BFA, Cum Laude, in Interior Design from Maryville University in St. Louis and is a member of the International Interior Design Association.

Arcturis is a national design firm based in St. Louis that specializes in planning, architecture, interior design, graphic design, and landscape architecture.

July 18, 2016

Michelle Rotherham Promoted to Director at Arcturis

Michelle Rotherham
Michelle Rotherham

Arcturis is pleased to announce that Michelle Rotherham, NCIDQ. LEED AP, has been promoted to Director. Michelle is a leader in workplace strategy and healthcare interior design. Her unique leadership style of designing from the inside out often involves engulfing herself in a client’s space, culture and people in order to meet and then exceed their goals. She actively applies this design practice with several of the firm’s largest corporate and healthcare clients including Express Scripts, Equifax, Nestle Purina and Panera.

Her client service is incomparable and stems from a passion of helping those in need. In addition to her career and involvement within the design industry, Michelle is helping shape the community as a founder of the not-for-profit HomeFirst STL.

Arcturis is a national design firm based in St. Louis that specializes in planning, architecture, interior design, graphic design, and landscape architecture.

ISS Announces Addition of New Estimator & Project Manager

Scott Panther
Scott Panther

ISS Insulation Services & Solutions, a full-service insulation contractor specializing in both commercial and industrial projects, announces the hire of Scott Panther as an estimator and project manager. Panther brings nearly 10 years of experience in the commercial construction, design and insulation fields to his new position.  He will be responsible for overseeing multiple projects, focusing on schedule adherence, bidding for insulation scopes and managing labor and cost.

Panther graduated from ITT Technical Institute with a degree in Computer Drafting and Design. In his industry experience, Panther has managed several difficult and labor-intensive projects for high-profile companies. Before ISS, Panther worked as a shop worker, fire protection designer and senior designer primarily in the mechanical field.

ISS Insulation Services & Solutions, a member of the National Insulation Association, is a full-service insulation contractor specializing in both commercial and industrial projects.

Christina Schafer Promoted to Service Manager – Plumbing at IFS

Christina Schafer 2
Christina Schafer

Christina Schafer of Barnhart, MO has been promoted to Service Manager – Plumbing at Integrated Facility Services (IFS). Schafer joined IFS in 2004 and previously was plumbing service coordinator.

Schafer holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Lindenwood University.

Suzanne Bedwell joins Hastings+Chivetta Architects’ Tulsa Office as Project Architect

Suzanne Bedwell
Suzanne Bedwell

Suzanne Bedwell, AIA, NCARB, has joined Hastings+Chivetta Architects’ Tulsa, OK office as a Project Architect. With over 27 years of architectural and project management experience on a variety of building types, Suzanne has the ability to guide a project through design and construction, while managing and coordinating client and consultant interface. She is also a veteran field inspector. Suzanne is currently working on The University of Tulsa Keplinger Hall renovation and the Community School of Naples Student Activity Center concept.

Suzanne earned a Bachelor of architecture through the five-year National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB)-accredited degree program at Oklahoma State University.

Reuther Promote to Principal at McClure Engineering

Eric Ruether
Eric Ruether

Eric Reuther has been promoted to Principal at McClure Engineering. Previously serving as Project Manager, Mr. Eric Reuther has been promoted to Principal at McClure Engineering. As one of the firm’s healthcare experts, he has been responsible for project management and design engineering on a variety of projects including hospitals, research laboratories, and clean rooms.

Melva Pete Named Vice President of Human Resources at SAK Construction, LLC

Melva Pete
Melva Pete

Melva Pete, MA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP has joined the executive team of SAK Construction, LLC (SAK) as vice president of human resources. Pete brings years of experience in human resources and strategic planning to SAK, one of the fastest-growing pipeline rehabilitation and tunneling contractors in the U.S.

Her responsibilities include leading and enhancing the company’s strategy and partnerships in all areas of human resources, with a focus on talent acquisition and retention, compensation and benefits, performance management, organizational development and employee relations.

Most recently, the St. Louis resident was vice president of human resources with Bi-State Development, where she was responsible for providing strategic leadership and partnerships in all aspects of human resources. With over 15 years of diverse professional experiences in consumer products, manufacturing, and mass transit industries, Pete comes to SAK recognized as a dynamic leader, business partner and strategic thinker.  She has a strong record of success and the ability to create and implement complex strategies in fast-paced, ever-changing environments.

Pete’s previous experience also includes serving as a human resources professional at Monsanto and as corporate vice president, human resources, at Angelica Corp.

Pete earned her master’s degree in business administration from Webster University and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri – St. Louis.

Cory Murner Joins HOK’s St. Louis Office as Landscape Architect

Cory Murner
Cory Murner

Cory Murner, PLA, has joined HOK as a landscape architect in St. Louis. He will contribute to the project teams working on the Davidson County Justice Center in Nashville, Tenn. and the Will County Justice Center in Joliet, Illinois.  He is a member of the Urban Land Institute and the American Society of Landscape Architects.

Prior to joining HOK, Murner worked as a landscape architect and project manager for Bayer Becker in Cincinnati, Ohio. He earned his master of landscape architecture from Kansas State University and his degree in landscape architecture from South Dakota State University.

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

KAI Design & Build Welcomes Eric Goeken as Intern Architect

Eric Goeken
Eric Goeken

Eric Goeken has joined KAI Design & Build as an intern Architect in KAI’s Omaha office.  Goeken will assist to ensure the successful execution of construction-related documents, projects and activities for KAI’s Nebraska clients.  Goeken’s responsibilities include assisting on all aspects of architectural design, from presentations for clients to working with KAI’s multidisciplined team in KAI’s office offices in St. Louis, Atlanta, Dallas and San Antonio.

Goeken holds nearly eight years of industry experience and a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from Iowa State University.

Mackey-Mitchell Promotes Clay Phillips to Principal of KC Office

Clay Phillips
Clay Phillips

Mackey-Mitchell has promoted Clay Phillips to Principal of their Lawrence, Kansas office. Clay graduated from Kansas University with a Bachelor of Architecture in 1994. He worked at Mackey Mitchell from 1999-2007 and rejoined in 2012.

Clay heads up Mackey Mitchell’s newly established Kansas office. He has worked on office buildings, warehouses, classroom buildings, performing arts facilities, student centers, student housing and dining, parking garages, business schools and laboratories.

Clay has been a soccer, basketball and track coach, a school board member and a member of Rotary International. Clay is also an avid reader, chess player and runner. When he’s not solving architectural problems he is busy working on his historic home. Raised in St. Louis, Clay now resides with his wife and four children on their small farm in eastern Kansas.

July 15, 2106

McClure Engineering Hires Mechanical Designer

McClure Engineering welcomes Mechanical Designer, Robert Vogel. Robert received his Associates of Science in CAD Technology from Lewis & Clark Community College, comes with 25 years mechanical design experience and is proficient in AutoCAD, Revit and Navisworks. His former employers include: United Excel Design, HBE, Airtherm and most recent Icon Mechanical.

Ramonda Harris Joins HOK’s St. Louis Office as Project Accountant

Ramonda Harris
Ramonda Harris

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

Harris joins HOK from Corrigan Co., where she was an accounts payable manager. Prior to that she worked at TSi Geotechnical, Inc. and Metropolitan Build, Inc. Ramonda Harris is a resident of St. Louis, MO

HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm with a network of 24 offices worldwide.

Kurt Voss promoted to Vice President of Engineering at IFS

Kurt Voss
Kurt Voss

Kurt Voss, P.E. of Saint Louis has been promoted to Vice President of Engineering at Integrated Facility Services (IFS). He is responsible for overall management and strategic direction of the IFS Engineering & Design Team. Voss joined IFS in 2008 as sales engineer and most recently was director of engineering.
Voss is a graduate of the Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, MO.

Integrated Facility Services (IFS), formerly Air Masters Corporation, is a full-service HVAC, plumbing, piping, fire protection and building automation firm.

Charles E. Brant joins Kwame Building Group, Inc. as Senior Project Manager

Charles E. Brandt
Charles E. Brandt

Charles E. Brant has joined Kwame Building Group, Inc. (KWAME) as a senior project manager responsible for design management of projects within the $1.6 billion Dallas Independent School District 2015 Bond Program. Brant has a Bachelor of Architecture from Oklahoma State University. He has 13 years of experience as an architect and project manager for education, municipal and housing projects. Brant is LEED AP BD&C and NCARB certified, and has been named an American Institute of Architecture (AIA) Dallas Chapter “Young Architect of the Year.”

BEX Construction Services Completes Project at Camp Wyman

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BEX Construction Services recently put the finishing touches on a new swimming pool for Wyman, a youth development organization headquartered in Eureka, MO. Their existing pool was one of the favorite features of Wyman’s Teen Leadership Program (TLP), but was due for an overhaul.

In addition to using the pool for their youth programs, Wyman also rents their facility to guests. The pool construction was on an expedited schedule to accommodate a special gathering in memory of Marine Corporal Riley E. Baker, whose family reserved the location for their event. Construction began in mid-May and had to be completed July 2nd so that the pool could be used at the function. “Without the pool, the Bakers would have had to find another location to host,” explained Jason Rose, Site Services Director for Wyman.
“We had some significant setbacks in the project that were outside of anyone’s control,” Rose recalled, “and the project was still completed by our final deadline.” Chief among the setbacks Rose refers to was a stretch of unseasonably wet weather, which complicated the concrete pours for the pool and deck. Utilizing evenings and weekends, BEX was able to adjust the construction schedule to make sure that the turnover date was honored.
“We made the right choice with selecting BEX Construction Services as our general contractor,” Rose continued. “It didn’t seem possible, but everything was completed in time and the pool was open for the reunion on July 2nd.”

Popular Construction Leadership Institute 2017 Registration Opens Nine-week Friday program scheduled to begin Jan. 13

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Success in the highly competitive building industry requires exceptional leadership, management and communication skills.  The innovative Construction Leadership Institute (CLI) has packaged those skills into a convenient, accelerated, nine-week program.  Southern Illinois University Edwardsville announced today that it is now accepting registrations for the 2017 session of this highly popular program.

Over the course of its 14-year history, CLI has seen many of its more than 300 graduates advance to prominent positions across the building industry..

“Our mission is to improve the processes and outcomes of the building industry by preparing the next generation of leaders.  ,” said Chris Gordon, co-director of the CLI and chair of the Department of Construction in SIUE’s School of Engineering.  “In pursuing its mission, the Construction Leadership Institute has prepared professionals from over one hundred firms to serve in leadership roles across the St. Louis regional building industry.”

The 2017 CLI will convene on nine-consecutive Fridays from 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. beginning Jan. 13 through March 10 on the SIUE campus. CLI is a joint program of the SIUE School of Business and the School of Engineering’s Department of Construction.

The curriculum is designed to develop and hone leadership as well as effective communications skills.  Other segments focus on crucial professional skills such as strategic thinking, networking, negotiation, finance, construction contracts, insurance and bonding, risk management and conflict management.  The instructional team includes building industry professionals and subject matter experts.

Attendees also will explore innovative project delivery approaches and become attuned to emerging opportunities and challenges impacting the industry.  The final session of the program features a panel of building industry leaders sharing their strategies for success.

“This program provides skills and experiences necessary to advance as an emerging leader in the industry,” said Kristine Jarden, co-director of the CLI and director of Executive Education in SIUE’s School of Business.

Early registration is available through Nov. 18, at a cost of $2,950. After Nov. 18, registration is $3,150 per person. A $200 discount per person is given for multiple company registrations.

To register, call Kristine Jarden at 618-650-2668 or visit: http://www.siue.edu/business/executive-education/construction-leadership-institute/index.shtml

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Home Builders Association Donates $15,000 to Youth In Need

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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 Sabrina Kuznecoff, grants manager for Youth In Need, and Rob Muschany, chief development officer for Youth In Need.

The donation will be used to make major renovations and improvements at Youth In Need’s Transitional Living Program group home. The shelter improvements will address health, physical and psychological safety, and security concerns, as well as help enhance the home-like environment for runaway and homeless youth. The Transitional Living Program is a residential program that operates a group home and several independent living program models designed to provide runaway and homeless youth with a continuum of individualized and strength-based services.

The HBA is a local trade association of nearly 600 member firms representing the residential construction industry. The Home Builders Charitable Foundation, the HBA’s charitable arm, is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing housing assistance to people or organizations with special shelter needs.

Artisan Building Co. Doubles the Size of DYNALABS LLC Pharmaceutical Testing Facility in St. Louis

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$1.5 Million Project Delivers Highly Functional Lab and Support Space

One of the fastest growing pharmaceutical testing companies, DYNALABS, LLC, has nearly doubled the size of its St. Louis testing facility.  St. Louis design-builder Artisan Building Co. completed the $1.5 million expansion, adding both wet and dry lab space along with office and support space.  The project, which Artisan delivered on time, for less than half of the original cost estimates from other contractors, allows DYNALABS to continue to expand their testing services, something it couldn’t do with its limited space prior to the expansion.

DYNALABS is now planning additional renovations to meet future needs.  “As a testament to our trust in Andy Barnes and Artisan as our general contractor, we are currently working on a second project relating to the renovation of our clean room area,” said Russell Odegard, chief operating officer and managing partner, DYNALABS.  “This project is expected to begin sometime within the 4th quarter of this year.”

DYNALABS’ 33,500 square-foot facility is located at 2327 Chouteau Ave.  Artisan completed the 15,500 square feet expansion to add second floor wet chemistry and analytical laboratories and an area for glassware washing and drying.  Artisan also coordinated the installation of an elevator, a first floor sample management area for sample inspection, receipt, distribution and storage, as well as first and second floor office, lunch areas and conference space.

“We examined DynaLabs’ space needs, re-evaluated the original drawings and wherever we saw a wall that wasn’t needed, we eliminated it,” said Barnes, principal, Artisan Building.  “That saved on electrical and mechanical infrastructure and also created more opportunities for collaboration, rather than isolating each lab behind walls.”

Artisan worked with its building team to design and install intense mechanical needs including three fume hoods and ventilation that circulates 100 percent outside air.

“From the moment we began working Artisan, we noticed a difference,” said Odegard, chief operating officer and managing partner, DYNALABS.  “Artisan owner Andy Barnes made the process of planning our expansion efficient and systematic.  His open book style of planning and implementation was very informative, and there were never any significant surprises.  During implementation, we had weekly meetings for discussing current status of the project, and to resolve issues that presented themselves.”

Joining Artisan on the project were Liberty Electric, Inc., electrical; American Mechanical, mechanical; T.J. Wies Contracting, Inc., drywall.

Founded in St. Louis in 2004, Dynalabs is an analytical testing lab that tests pharmaceuticals (sterile and non-sterile dosage forms) for pharmacies (retail – industrial – hospital) and pharmaceutical drug companies in the United States, Canada and Australia.  For more information, visit www.dynalabs.us.

Artisan Building Co. provides construction management and development management services to property owners and developers seeking professional expertise with historic adaptive reuse or redevelopment.

In Memoriam William (Bill) Smith

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William Smith

William M. (Bill) Smith 80, Fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church. Passed Friday, July 15, 2016 surrounded by his nine children, as well as many other family members, grandchildren and friends. Bill started the PaintSmiths, Inc. in 1963 with his brother, Jerry, and became sole owner in 1968. Over the next 40 years, he grew the PaintSmiths into one of the larger painting contractors in St. Louis. Bill served for many years on the painting industry trust fund, served as chairman of the Painting and Decoration Foundation, and in 2004, their most distinguished service award was named in his honor. The PaintSmiths tradition carries on with his son’s Michael, the PaintSmiths of Missouri, and Jeff, the PaintSmiths of St. Louis.

In addition to his service to the painting industry, Bill was a tireless volunteer, board member and contributor to many service organizations. At the White House Jesuit Retreat Center, Bill served on the board as well as attended retreats for 55 years. Bill regularly took mission trips to Belize with the St. Joseph Medical Brigade, which built churches, did medical screenings, and donated school supplies. Bill volunteered with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), assisting with the construction of their retreat center in Cuba, MO. Bill volunteered with EarthWatch, assisting with research projects in Tibet, Poland, New Zealand, Scotland and Mexico.

Bill was known for his humble service and incredible generosity, helping those who had fallen on hard times. He would open his home, his heart, and his wallet, to those in need, often anonymously, and always with great humility.

For Bill, affectionately known by loved ones as Grumpy, family was the most important thing in his life. He married his high school sweetheart, Yvonne (Prost), whom he lost in 1997. Together they had nine children, all survived by him, Steve (Phoebe), Larry (Lucy), Greg, Jeff (Jeanette), Terry Raftery (Tim), Patty McDonald (Pat), Laura Conrad (Gary), Michael (Cindy), and Curt (Nancy). He is also survived by 28 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

Funeral Tuesday, July 26, 9:30 AM from COLLIER’S Funeral Home, 3400 N. Lindbergh Blvd. (St. Ann) to Holy Trinity Church, 3500 St. Luke Ln., Mass 10:00 AM. Interment Laurel Hill Cemetery. Visitation Monday, July 25, 3:00-9:00 PM. In Lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in Bill’s memory may be made to White House Retreat, 7400 Christopher Dr. St. Louis, MO. 63129.

Etegra, Inc. Awarded $9.5m Robins Air Force Base Architect-Engineer IDIQ

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Robins AFBEtegra, Inc., was awarded a prime 8(a) contract from the Department of Air Force to provide a full range of architect-engineer (A-E) services for Robins Air Force Base. The anticipated value of the indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract is an estimated total of $9.5M and will have a one-year base period and four one-year option periods.

Robins AFB is one of the largest industrial employers in Georgia with an eclectic skill set including mechanics, planners, engineers and logistics management specialists. The base encompasses 6,935 acres with 449 buildings consisting of 11.5M SF.

Under this contract, Etegra will provide A-E services including field investigations, surveys, design calculations, drawings, specifications, cost estimates, and electronic files as required for maintenance, repair, alteration, and new construction projects.

To date, Etegra has received requests for proposals for five task orders including a renovation of a Catwalk/Rail System, design and construction of a Chemical Storage Addition, design and construction of a DePaint Facility, design and construction of a Ground Support Equipment Building, and the repair and renovation of an Avionics Complex.

“We are honored to serve the Air Force and the mission of the Base,” Andrew Kishna, Chief Executive Officer, said.

Etegra is a full service, 8(a) architect-engineer (A-E) firm. Services include architecture, engineering, construction management and environmental consulting.

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