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CREW-St. Louis Appoints 2017 Officers & Directors

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The St. Louis chapter of CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) announced its executive officers and board directors for 2017.

Officers for 2017, including their respective companies, are:

  •  President, Angie Earlywine, Forum Studio
  • President-Elect and National Delegate, Lynn Goessling, Herzog Crebs LLP
  • Immediate Past President, Monica Conners, Lawrence Group
  • Secretary, Tracy Howren, UMB Bank
  • Treasurer, Carol Hanson, Great Southern Bank
  • National Delegate, Michelle Yates, Lawrence Group

Board directors for 2016, and their respective companies, are:

  • Natasha Das, Stinson Leonard Street LLP
  • Cara McKedy, Remiger Design
  • Ann Schmelzle, Balke Brown Transwestern
  • Lori Drury, BBT & Marketing Services
  • Sara Stock, Stock Legal LLC
  • Libbey Tucker, The City of Chesterfield

About CREW

The St. Louis chapter of CREW Network was started in 1982. Since then, it has grown to become one of the largest of CREW Network’s 76 chapters in North America, with more than 180 members from all disciplines in commercial real estate.

Trench Safety Collapsed in 2016

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Death and injury from mishaps in trenches spiked this year after a multi-year downward trend. More construction workers died in trenches this year than in any of the previous five years.

“Trench deaths have more than doubled nationwide since last year – an alarming and unacceptable trend that must be halted,” said Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. “There is no excuse. These fatalities are completely preventable by complying with OSHA standards that every construction contractor should know.”

Nationwide, 23 workers were killed by collapsing trenches this year, compared to 11 killed in 2015. Another 12 workers suffered injury. Trench collapses injured three workers in metro St. Louis so far this year.

According to news reports, the St. John Fire Department responded to a report of a trench collapse at an MSD construction site in north St. Louis County on April 14. They pulled a worker out of a trench, after which she was taken to a hospital with non-life injuries.

On May 3, St. Louis firefighters rescued a man from an 18-foot-deep trench in St. south Louis after a collapse trapped him for almost five hours.

And on July 15, St. Louis firefighters rescued a construction worker from a 20-foot-deep trench on another MSD construction site after mud and dirt buried him up to his waist. He was trapped for an hour.

In a sense, all three of those workers were lucky. According to OSHA, trench collapses are rarely survivable. One cubic yard of soil can weigh up to 3,000 lbs. – the weight of a small automobile – giving a worker in a trench little chance of survival when walls of soil collapse.

 

The Korte Company Begins Work On $92.5M Design-Build USPS Distribution Center Project In Portland, Oregon

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The 818,000 square foot project is situated on a 47-acre site with three entrances onto the property and includes a 788,845 square foot Processing and Distribution Center with Administration, Maintenance and Employee Support areas.  The distribution facility features areas specified for a BMEU (Business Mail Entry Unit) and USPIS (United States Postal Inspection Services). The building consists of a Workroom, which houses fixed mechanization equipment and postal automation equipment and a Mail Platform with a total of 92 dock positions.

Also included in the overall scope of work is a 29,000 square foot Vehicle Maintenance Facility (VMF) with 15 service bays, 2 body shops and a full-service wash bay.

The Korte Company, founded in 1958, is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri with offices in Highland, Illinois; Norman, Oklahoma; and Las Vegas, Nevada. The company manages, on average, an excess of $250 million in annual construction volume.

The Korte Company’s project expertise includes building for federal, state and local government agencies as well as the design and construction of healthcare facilities, medical office buildings, warehouse/distribution centers, religious facilities, commercial buildings, schools, recreation centers and office complexes.

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.

 

McCarthy Promotes Ryan Moss to Project Director

Ryan Moss
Ryan Moss

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. has promoted Ryan Moss to Project Director in the firm’s Central Division.

In this role, Moss will serve as the on-site director for the new Washington University East Expansion project scheduled to begin construction in spring 2017. The project will transform the east end of the university’s Danforth Campus and is one of the most significant construction projects in the university’s history.

Since joining McCarthy as superintendent in 2007, Moss has held leadership roles on several prominent education and healthcare projects. His project experience includes the Center for Global Citizenship and Spring Hall residential tower at Saint Louis University as well as numerous expansion projects at Mercy Hospital Jefferson campus, St. Luke’s Hospital, St. Anthony’s Medical Center and Phelps County Regional Medical Center in Rolla, Mo.

“Ryan is a skilled project leader who has demonstrated his expertise in managing complex construction projects and successfully leading project teams,” said John Buescher, president of McCarthy’s Central Division.

Moss received his bachelor of science degrees in civil engineering and business from Washington University and earned his accreditation as a LEED Green Associate from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Greg Fix Joins Lawrence Group

Greg Fix
Greg Fix

Greg Fix recently joined Lawrence Group as senior director of client development. Fix brings more than 20 years of experience in managing relationships with key business partners and clients. He has worked with trusted healthcare and academic institutions to align project goals and implement strategic initiatives. Fix received his MBA from Saint Louis University and undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri in business logistics.

Lawrence Group is a building design, development, and project delivery firm headquartered in St. Louis.

December 2, 2016

Kim Von der Heyde joins McGrath as Project Engineer

kim-von-der-hye
Kim Von der Heyde

Kim Von der Heyde of Crestwood, MO, has joined McGrath & Associates as project engineer. She is responsible for estimating, project coordination, scheduling and cost reporting for pharmaceutical projects.

Von der Heyde has 14 years of experience in construction project coordination and is a graduate of Stevens Institute of Business & Arts. She is LEED AP, BD&C certified.

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. 

Haberberger Welcomes Steve Batey & Shawn Thompson 

Haberberger is pleased to announce the addition of two new team members. Shawn Thompson, of Webster Groves has joined as virtual construction and technology manager, and Steve Batey, of St. Louis,  has been hired as an estimator.

Shawn Thompson
Shawn Thompson

Thompson joins Haberberger with over 18 years of experience in the mechanical contracting field. His background experience includes work across several different industries on a variety of projects that include sports venues, hospitals, energy plants, industrial facilities, high-rise buildings, schools and many other commercial projects. In his new role as virtual construction and technology manager, Thompson will be responsible for the implementation and development of Building information modeling (BIM) and construction technology at Haberberger, working in partnership with Haberberger’s team of project managers and field staff.

Steve Batey
Steve Batey

Batey, who previously worked at Haberberger as a project manager and estimator, has returned after nine years.  He brings a wealth of estimating experience in the industrial, advanced technology, commercial and healthcare markets, with projects ranging in cost from $50,000 to $100 million. Originally from Richmond, Va., Batey relocated to the St. Louis area after serving several years as the mid-Atlantic division lead estimator for Southland Industries. Batey studied construction management and engineering at J.S. Reynolds Community College located in Richmond.

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.

Megan Banks Promoted to Assistant Project Manager At S. M. Wilson

Megan Banks
Megan Banks

Megan Banks has been promoted to Assistant Project Manager at S. M. Wilson & Co.  She will be responsible for helping Project Managers organize, schedule, plan, control and deliver construction projects.  Megan is currently working\ on the company’s Millikin University construction project and Maplewood Fire Station.

Megan began her career as an intern at S. M. Wilson four years ago and has been a Project Engineer for the past three years.  She previously worked on several high-profile projects, including projects for BJC HealthCare and Blessing Hospital and The Orion high rise development in the Central West End.

Earlier this year, Megan was one of 20 African-American professionals under the age of 40 to be honored at the St. Louis American Foundation’s 6th Annual Salute to Young Leaders.  She was recognized for her excellence in work and in her commitment to community building through service to others.

Megan holds a B. S. in Construction Management from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. She also completed the OSHA 30 Hour Construction Safety and Health Certification for the Construction Industry.

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 $305 million in 2015 revenues, and ranks 220th in Engineering News-Record’s 2016 list of Top 400 commercial contractors nationwide. For more information, visit www.smwilson .com.

November 25, 2016

PDS Hires Landscape Designer

Trevor Schmitt
Trevor Schmitt

Trevor Schmitt has joined the Planning Design Studio team as a Landscape & Urban Designer. Trevor received his Bachelors of Landscape Architecture from Ball State University with a minor in Construction Management.

Most recently Trevor worked as a Landscape Design consultant for a regional Landscape Contractor, consulting with Clients to assess their wants and needs regarding their property; developing comprehensive landscape plans; and managing landscape crews to complete the construction of his design projects.

PDS is an employee owned design firm offering professional consulting services to public and private clients. For more information visit www.planningdesignstudio.com

 

South City Resident to Create Development in His Own Community

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Hilliker Corporation helps developer purchase property for new apartments

Hilliker Corporation, a St. Louis owned and managed commercial real estate company, recently assisted its client buy a property to be developed in his own neighborhood.

Salviccio Properties’ owner and developer Matt Salviccio purchased a more than 14,000-square-foot two-story building at 4650 Hampton for $620,000.  The South City resident plans to renovate the property for approximately $1 million to convert the building into 15 modern loft apartments.  The site is the former home of American Eagle Credit Union.

The high-efficiency apartments, which will range in size from 650 to 800 square feet, will include a high-end kitchen with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, a master bedroom and one-and-a-half baths.  There will be a full loft roof top deck featuring an outdoor kitchen, exterior seating, fire pits, and an expansive view of downtown.  The parking lot holds 44 cars, and rent will range from $750 to $950 per month per unit.

Hilliker Corporation’s agent Will Aschinger represented the buyer, SOHA Lofts, LLC and NAI DESCO’s agent Noel Fehr represented the seller, Anheuser-Busch Employee Credit Union. 

Hilliker Corporation, which targets regional and national entrepreneurs, is St. Louis’ largest locally owned independent commercial real estate company located at 1401 S. Brentwood Blvd. 

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.

Kim Von der Heyde joins McGrath as Project Engineer

kim-von-der-hye
Kim Von der Heyde

Kim Von der Heyde of Crestwood, MO, has joined McGrath & Associates as project engineer. She is responsible for estimating, project coordination, scheduling and cost reporting for pharmaceutical projects.

Von der Heyde has 14 years of experience in construction project coordination and is a graduate of Stevens Institute of Business & Arts. She is LEED AP, BD&C certified.

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. 

Haberberger Welcomes Steve Batey & Shawn Thompson 

Haberberger is pleased to announce the addition of two new team members. Shawn Thompson, of Webster Groves has joined as virtual construction and technology manager, and Steve Batey, of St. Louis,  has been hired as an estimator.

Shawn Thompson
Shawn Thompson

Thompson joins Haberberger with over 18 years of experience in the mechanical contracting field. His background experience includes work across several different industries on a variety of projects that include sports venues, hospitals, energy plants, industrial facilities, high-rise buildings, schools and many other commercial projects. In his new role as virtual construction and technology manager, Thompson will be responsible for the implementation and development of Building information modeling (BIM) and construction technology at Haberberger, working in partnership with Haberberger’s team of project managers and field staff.

Steve Batey
Steve Batey

Batey, who previously worked at Haberberger as a project manager and estimator, has returned after nine years.  He brings a wealth of estimating experience in the industrial, advanced technology, commercial and healthcare markets, with projects ranging in cost from $50,000 to $100 million. Originally from Richmond, Va., Batey relocated to the St. Louis area after serving several years as the mid-Atlantic division lead estimator for Southland Industries. Batey studied construction management and engineering at J.S. Reynolds Community College located in Richmond.

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.

Megan Banks Promoted to Assistant Project Manager At S. M. Wilson

Megan Banks
Megan Banks

Megan Banks has been promoted to Assistant Project Manager at S. M. Wilson & Co.  She will be responsible for helping Project Managers organize, schedule, plan, control and deliver construction projects.  Megan is currently working\ on the company’s Millikin University construction project and Maplewood Fire Station.

Megan began her career as an intern at S. M. Wilson four years ago and has been a Project Engineer for the past three years.  She previously worked on several high-profile projects, including projects for BJC HealthCare and Blessing Hospital and The Orion high rise development in the Central West End.

Earlier this year, Megan was one of 20 African-American professionals under the age of 40 to be honored at the St. Louis American Foundation’s 6th Annual Salute to Young Leaders.  She was recognized for her excellence in work and in her commitment to community building through service to others.

Megan holds a B. S. in Construction Management from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. She also completed the OSHA 30 Hour Construction Safety and Health Certification for the Construction Industry.

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 $305 million in 2015 revenues, and ranks 220th in Engineering News-Record’s 2016 list of Top 400 commercial contractors nationwide. For more information, visit www.smwilson .com.

November 25, 2016

PDS Hires Landscape Designer

Trevor Schmitt
Trevor Schmitt

Trevor Schmitt has joined the Planning Design Studio team as a Landscape & Urban Designer. Trevor received his Bachelors of Landscape Architecture from Ball State University with a minor in Construction Management.

Most recently Trevor worked as a Landscape Design consultant for a regional Landscape Contractor, consulting with Clients to assess their wants and needs regarding their property; developing comprehensive landscape plans; and managing landscape crews to complete the construction of his design projects.

PDS is an employee owned design firm offering professional consulting services to public and private clients. For more information visit www.planningdesignstudio.com

 

Integrated Facility Services Celebrates 50th Anniversary

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Integrated Facility Services (IFS), a full-service mechanical engineering firm and the eighth largest specialty subcontractor in Missouri, is celebrating its 50th anniversary. IFS provides HVAC, plumbing, piping, building automation and energy conservation services to clients across the country from offices in St. Louis and Columbia, Missouri.

Established by Bill Rundquist in 1966 as Air Masters, the company now employs more than 250 workers in five divisions – HVAC and Mechanical, Plumbing, Fire Protection, Building Automation and Controls, and National Design Build and Mechanical Construction. The in-house engineering department offers licensed professional engineers, GPS and 3D modeling, and other state-of-the-art technologies to improve jobsite coordination and efficiency.

In 2016, Air Masters consolidated its four affiliated companies and rebranded as Integrated Facility Services (IFS), a single-point resource for mechanical contracting and service. Today, IFS is led by Bill’s son, John Rundquist, who joined the company as a University of Missouri graduate and assumed the role of president in 2012. Bill Rundquist continues to serve as CEO and chairman.

Bill Rundquist launched the company out of his home in 1966 with a few dollars and a vision to build an organization based on excellent customer service, solid technical expertise and a commitment to the highest quality. On his second day in business, Rundquist sold a residential air conditioning job and installed it himself. He recalls borrowing his young daughter’s wagon to haul the condensing unit from his new 1965 Dodge sedan to the installation pad. Within several months, Rundquist was adding employees to install and service HVAC equipment.

Over the past five decades, IFS has moved six times to accommodate constant growth and expansion. Bill Rundquist purchased the current 56,000-square-foot headquarters building at 1055 Cassens Industrial Ct. in Fenton in 2004. When IFS recently reorganized and remodeled this year, John Rundquist had the company’s core values of stewardship, safety, integrity, teamwork, and innovation etched into the glass doors of the conference and meeting rooms.

IFS recently expanded its state-of-the-art pipe fabrication and welding shop into a nearby building on Cassens Industrial Ct. in Fenton. They also purchased a 10-acre site in Columbia, Missouri, for a branch office and warehouse facilities to serve the mid-Missouri market.

Integrated Facility Services (IFS) is a full-service HVAC, plumbing, piping, fire protection and building automation firm with more than 250 professional and trade employees.

Terramac Appoints Kirby-Smith Machinery, Inc. as Authorized Dealer

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Terramac, a leading manufacturer of innovative rubber track crawler carriers, expands its representation in the North American market to include Kirby-Smith as part of its dealer network. Kirby-Smith will represent the versatile Terramac product line in Oklahoma.

“Terramac is the ultimate Swiss army knife of the pipeline industry,” says Joe Trapani, Director Pipeline Services Division at Kirby-Smith. “All pipeline customers have a need for rubber track carriers and Terramac’s are well-known for reliability and extreme diversity. Including Terramac as part of our machinery tool kit will allow us to grow our customer base in the industry.”

Kirby-Smith will offer Terramac crawler carriers to serve the pipeline industry with customizable equipment that accommodates various pipeline applications. In addition to Terramac’s three standard options – convertible dump-to-flat beds, rock dump beds and flatbeds – Kirby-Smith will offer Terramac units customized with support attachments such as hydroseeders, vacuum excavators and tack rigs. With the addition of the versatile Terramac product line Kirby-Smith also plans to identify and expand into other markets.

The team at Kirby-Smith will provide professional sales, rental and aftermarket support for Terramac products. Kirby-Smith’s knowledgeable staff has been fully trained in the application, sales, parts and service side of the Terramac product line and stands ready to offer prompt and professional customer support.

“Kirby-Smith Machinery maintains a strong commitment to exceed customer expectations and their dedicated team consistently delivers superior service and product support,” says Andrew Konopka, President of Terramac. “We are pleased to welcome Kirby-Smith to our growing dealer network and we look forward to a lasting partnership.”

Terramac® LLC, based in Elburn, IL, was established to produce the world’s leading crawler carriers. Units are sold through a full dealer network which offers customers easy-to-locate parts and service throughout the world. The units can be customized with support equipment to serve many industries such as pipeline, utility, mining, environmental, general construction and more. To learn more, please visit www.terramac.com or call 630-365-4800.

Kirby-Smith Machinery, Inc. was established in 1983 and is recognized as one of the premiere new and used heavy construction equipment and crane dealers in the country.

Retail Designer CSG Expands St. Louis Presence

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Core States Group, which has renovated and built a number of familiar retail and restaurant venues in St. Louis, is growing its business.   With relocation and construction assistance of Artisan Building Co., Core States Group has moved into an expanded St. Louis branch office at 6500 Chippewa Street.  Artisan completed the $500,000 renovation in the building formerly known as the St. Louis Hills Office Center to create a more collaborative space for Core States, where it plans to grow its work force by 50 percent or more in the coming years.

Core States Group is a national architecture, engineering and construction firm.  It first opened its St. Louis office in September 2003, occupying 2,200 square feet of space in the Crestwood Executive Center building in Crestwood, Mo. until this past August.

Locally, Core States Group has been a part of the design team for more than 150 newly built or renovated Panera Bread restaurants throughout the U.S. and has also helped deliver services for hundreds of newly built or renovated locations for McDonald’s, Hardee’s, and 7 Eleven, among other clients.  The firm has helped introduce a number of restaurant and retail conveniences to the public including double drive-through service at area McDonalds and has designed and engineered conveniences for Panera customers including drive-through service and quick service kiosks inside the restaurant.

Nationally, Core States Group recorded $78 million in revenue in 2015.  The firm is reporting revenues of $84 million in 2016.

“We always saw St. Louis as a growth market for Core States Group, but the Great Recession slowed our progress,” said Patrick T. Bennett, P.E., branch manager for Core States Group.  “We’ve been able to re-energize our business plan with our seasoned staff, add more architects and engineers and are looking to add more.”  Nationally, Core States Group grew by 36 percent over the past year, employing 300 employees to date.

To accommodate its growth and hiring needs, Core States Group worked with Artisan to find a suitable branch headquarters and create a more collaborative environment for its workforce.  “Artisan is not just a builder, but also a firm that makes it their mission to understand your business goals,” said Bennett.  “The firm was invaluable in helping us find our new office in an urban community and help us execute our vision of the space we need to attract the best and brightest talent.”

The firm occupies all 5,000 square feet of the second floor of their new space in a studio setting with open office space to capitalize on design elements that encourage greater collaboration among engineers and architects.  That includes clear site lines, a strategically placed kitchen to encourage interaction with workers, and small and large conference rooms for more private meetings.  An abundance of natural light from windows floods the interior, creating a more healthy work environment.

To leverage the skills from Core States Group’s 14 offices nationwide, the branch office is infused with technology for virtual meetings to tap expertise from the firm’s 300 professionals.

Founded in 1999, Core States Group originally provided engineering and project management services for the retail petroleum industry.

Spellman Brady & Company Completes New Centegra Hospital

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Spellman Brady & Company completed an interiors package of 385,000 square feet for Centegra Health System’s new hospital in Huntley, Illinois which opened in August. The furniture, artwork and signage package was designed to be inviting and soothing while still meeting the hospital’s functional requirements. The 128 bed hospital is then most recent showcase for the Spellman Brady team, which has outfit 2 of the 3 new hospitals to open in Chicago area in the last 35 years.

Spellman Brady & Company, a nationally recognized, woman-owned interior planning and procurement firm, collaborated with architects Kahler Slater of Milwaukee, WI and Power Construction from Chicago, IL, the project’s general contractor.

Centegra Health System brings innovative, compassionate medical treatment to the people of McHenry and Kane counties. It is an integrated health system, built upon the tradition of quality care services established at both Memorial Medical Center and Northern Illinois Medical Center.

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

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