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Geissler Roofing Co Inc. has named Mark Stanton Vice President of Sales and Estimating 

Mark Stanton

Geissler Roofing Co Inc. has named Mark Stanton Vice President of Sales and Estimating. Mark has been a part of the Commercial Roofing Industry for 15 years and a part of the Geissler Roofing Co Inc. family for 11 years. Mark’s prior positions with Geissler Roofing include flat roof estimating and project management. Mark has a Bachelors degree from SIUE in Business Management and Marketing.

Mark Stanton in his new role will be overseeing all of the jobs that are being bid and managing our contracted jobs and sales. Mark is also the head of Geissler Roofing Co Inc. Marketing department.

Geissler Roofing Co Inc. is a commercial union roofing company that has been serving the Saint Louis area since 1929.  

Spellman Brady Promotes Melissa Keeney and Alicia Nicolay

Spellman Brady & Company is pleased to announce that Melissa Keeney and Alicia Nicolay have been promoted to the positions of Director of Senior Living.  They will share corporate responsibilities which include leading the firm’s team of designers on Senior Living projects.

Melissa Keeney

Ms. Keeney is a certified interior designer by the National Council of Interior Design Qualifications (NCIDQ®) and a LEED® accredited professional.  She has 15 years of interior architectural design experience,  including work in the furniture and furnishings industry.  She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Maryville University and is active in IIDA.  Melissa’s portfolio of Senior Living projects include published projects in “Environments for the Aging,” (EFA) and “Healthcare Design Magazine” (HCD).

Alicia Nicolay

Ms. Nicolay, a certified interior designer by the National Council of Interior Design Qualifications (NCIDQ®), has 18 years of experience.  Alicia’s interior architectural design, furniture and furnishings knowledge combined with her experience in the Hospitality market result in Senior Living projects tailored to the needs of residents, staff and guests.  Alicia received her Associate of Fine Arts degree from Stevens College and St. Louis Community College.  Her project work has been featured in numerous hospitality and resort publications.

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

Recent Promotions at HDA Architects

Tyson Pyle
Kyle Wilson
Josh Goodman
Andrew Sitton

Andrew Sitton has been promoted to Managing Director

Kyle Wilson has been promoted to Managing Director

Josh Goodman has been promoted to Director of Operations

Tyson Pyle has been promoted to Senior Project Designer.

Dale Harvey

Tarlton Corp. Hires Dale Harvey To Lead The Company’s Market Expansion Efforts In Higher Education

Tarlton Corp., a St. Louis-based general contracting and construction management firm, hired Dale Harvey to lead the company’s market expansion efforts in higher education.

Harvey brings more than 30 years of experience in planning, design and construction to his position at Tarlton. In this role, he will spearhead Tarlton’s geographic market growth and manage new and ongoing relationships with higher education clients.

Serving 25 years in the higher education sector, Harvey was instrumental in the management of over $1 billion in capital and infrastructure projects nationally. He previously served as director of planning and development for Hastings & Chivetta Architects.

Harvey holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial arts, with an emphasis in design and construction from San Diego State University. He is a professional land surveyor and graduate of the Society for College and University Planning Institute and member of the Society for College and University Planners. Harvey is a life director of the Building Industry Association of Southern California and member of the American Planning Association. His industry honors include a Gold Nugget Award for Land Planning from the Pacific Coast Builders Conference and Associate of the Year from the Building Industry Association.

In business since 1946, Tarlton Corp. is a WBENC-Certified Women’s Business Enterprise that completes projects for wide-ranging clients in the commercial, life sciences, health care, institutional, power and industrial markets, also providing special expertise in concrete construction and restoration as well as hydro excavation and industrial vacuum services.

May 19, 2017

G&S Acoustics Hires Brittany Williams as Administrative Assistant

Brittany Williams

St. Louis-based G&S Acoustics has hired Brittany Williams as administrative assistant. As an integral part of the sales team, Brittany will have a variety of responsibilities, including entering orders, invoicing, managing incoming calls and maintaining customer records.

Before joining G&S Acoustics, Brittany worked at Hobby Lobby for ten years as a department head, assistant manager and customer service manager. She also spent two years working for a financial company and a law firm. Brittany received her Bachelors in Organizational Leadership from Missouri Baptist University. “G&S Acoustics is growing fast, adding Brittany to our team will help our customers receive the best and most efficient service possible,” said Herb Golterman, President of G&S Acoustics.

G&S Acoustics®, a subsidiary of Golterman & Sabo, is a leading manufacturer of acoustical, tackable and sound diffusing wall and ceiling products distributed worldwide.

McGrath & Associates promotes Tony Vansaghi to Senior Estimator

Tony Vansaghi

Tony Vansaghi has been promoted to Senior Estimator at McGrath & Associates, a 100 percent employee-owned general contractor and construction management firm. Vansaghi has been with McGrath for more than five years. 

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.  

Mark Gershenson joins ARCH Design as CEO and Partner

ARCH Design, a leading artwork consulting firm for the healthcare and hospitality industries, announced that Mark Gershenson has joined as Chief Executive Officer and Partner effective March 20, 2017.  Kristen Holton will continue to serve as President of ARCH Design.

Prior to joining ARCH Design, Gershenson was the Director of Global Brand Management for automotive films at Eastman Chemical Company.  He started his career in advertising at the former D’Arcy Masius Benton and Bowles, and held a series of positions in brand management and marketing leadership with Ralston Purina, Ralcorp and Spectrum Brands.  Gershenson received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and his master’s degree from St. Louis University.

ARCH Design has been in business for 39 years, and has completed thousands of projects across the United States in every commercial environment, including; healthcare, senior living, hospitality, education and multi-family. 

KAI Design & Build Hires Three New Employees to Build Department

KAI Design & Build has hired three new employees to its Build Department:

Barry Alt

Barry Alt of Ballwin, MO, Senior Project Manager. Alt comes to KAI’s Build Department with 30 years of industry experience. Alt is highly organized and demands commitment and performance from field management, subcontractors and vendors to provide the owner with a quality finished project. He will focus his resources on organizing, scheduling, planning, motivating, controlling and completing projects. He has a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN.

Jeremy Lammers

Jeremy Lammers, LEED AP, of Chesterfield, MO, Senior Project Manager. In this position, Lammers is responsible for organizing a project from start to finish, with consideration given to the cost, scheduling and subcontractors. Prior to KAI, Lammers worked for Rhodey Construction, Inc. as a Project Manager/Estimator and as an Assistant Superintendent/Project Engineer for SM Wilson and Company. He has a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management with a minor in Business Administration from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, IL.

Ron Covarrubias

Ron Covarrubias, CPE, of Maryville, IL, Director of Preconstruction Services. Covarrubias has 28 years of estimating, project management and teaching experience. As Director of Preconstruction Services, Covarrubias will be responsible for recruitment, development and retainment of preconstruction staff; maximizing existing systems and databases; providing all levels of estimates;  approving preconstruction deliverables; consulting with project teams; and developing relationships with vendors and subcontractors, among other duties. Prior to KAI, he served as Director of Estimating and Preconstruction for Alberici Constructors. Covarrubias has a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, IL.

KAI Design & Build is a national 100+ person design and build firm headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. A renowned leader in the industry, KAI provides design and build integrated project delivery solutions through collaboration, technology, processes and expertise.

 

 

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McGrath & Associates promotes Nicholas Knobbe to Project Director

Nicholas Knobbe

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

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

April 14, 2017

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

Sue Klipsch-Kelley

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

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

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

Jessica Kornfeld

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

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

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

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

KAI Design & Build Engineering Department Hires Five New Employees

  • Jeffrey Kidwell

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

  • Darryl Mensinger

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

  • Courtney Davis

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

  • Sean Fruin

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

  • Tori Gillespie

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

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

The UP Companies Hires Richard Guinn as Project Assistant

Richard Guinn

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

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

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

Spellman Brady & Company Hires Bryn Krusie

Bryn Krusie

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

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

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

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

Jeremy Maddox

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

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

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

Holland Construction Services is a full-service construction management, general contracting, and design/build firm based in Swansea, Ill., guided by the principle of providing our clients the best possible building experience on every project.  

HDA Architects Promotions

Kyle Wilson

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

Josh Goodman

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

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

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

Al Miller

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

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

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

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

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

April 7, 2017

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

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

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

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

New Etegra Team Member

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

Tim Hummel joins Wiegmann Associates as HVAC Service Sales Engineer

Tim Hummel

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

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

Wiegmann Associates is a St. Louis-based mechanical contractor serving the commercial, industrial and institutional markets, and a national leader in design/build HVAC projects.  

 

NewGround Director, Experience Innovations Wins Art Competition TOC Artwork’s Tiny Art Competition

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Kevin Dulle

NewGround, a St. Louis-based design-build firm, announces that Kevin Dulle, Director of Experience Innovations, won TOC Artwork’s Tiny Art Competition. TOC Artwork recently conducted a Tiny Art Competition for artists to create a piece of art on a mini 5×5” canvas.

Of the many creative masterpieces that were entered to win, the “Lost in A Story” piece created by Dulle ultimately won due to his use of materials, creativity and attention to detail. He used watercolor, ink and mix media to create his artwork. “The whole idea of ‘Tiny Art’ was very intriguing and presented a creative and fun challenge that I just couldn’t say no to,” said Kevin Dulle, Director of Experience Innovations for NewGround, “and, for my piece, I wanted to bring the idea of storytelling to life in a unique and entertaining way.”

“Four NewGround staff members entered the contest and it was an honor that one of our very own won the competition,” said Kevin Blair, President and CE

O of NewGround, “Dulle is a master creator and this win is a direct testimony for the unique skill level of the staff here at NewGround.”

NewGround, headquartered in St. Louis, designs and builds custom facilities including retail and corporate environments. 

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Promotions at Lawrence Group

Christina Claggett

Christina Clagett, AIA, NCARB was recently promoted to associate. Clagett joined Lawrence Group in February 2015 and specializes in the execution of historic renovation projects. She has contributed to a variety of historic scopes for the firm, working on the assessment and documentation as well as the renovation of medium and large-scale historic architecture. Christina received her master’s degree in architecture from Kansas State University and recently became a registered architect.

Nicole Hoffarth

Nicole Hoffarth, AIA, NCARB was recently promoted to associate. Hoffarth is a registered architect in Lawrence Group’s education studio. She joined Lawrence Group in 2015 bringing with her more than three years of experience in universal design and renovations for a variety of markets including education, hospitality, corporate and community.

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

Jef Ebers Joins HOK’s St. Louis Office as Design Professional

Jef Ebers

Jef Ebers, has joined HOK in St. Louis as an environmental graphic designer.  Ebers will work on a variety of high-profile corporate projects including Square and several CORTEX Innovation District projects. Ebers brings more than 20 years of experience and returns to HOK after serving as adjunct faculty at The Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis. He earned his degree in industrial design from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.

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

Kristi Zoref Joins HOK’s St. Louis Office as Project Interior Designer

Kristi Zoref

Kristi Zoref has joined HOK in St. Louis as a project interior designer.  Zoref transferred from HOK’s New York office and will support the HOK St. Louis team’s corporate interior projects and work on the BJC HealthCare WUMC Campus Renewal Project.

Zoref earned her degree fine arts from Maryville University in St. Louis, Missouri.

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

 

March 24, 2017

Dale Bax Joins Midwest BankCentre’s St. Charles County Advisory Board

Dale Bax

Dale Bax, vice president of Bax Engineering Co., has been elected to the Midwest BankCentre St. Charles County Advisory Board. Bax leads residential design for the full-service civil engineering and land surveying firm, based in St. Charles, Mo.

Bax belongs to several industry organizations, including the Home Builders Association of St. Louis & Eastern Missouri, Missouri Society for Professional Surveyors, Missouri/Kansas Chapter American Concrete Pavement Association, Engineers’ Club of St. Louis, American Public Works Association, and the Transportation Engineers Association of Metropolitan St. Louis. Within the local community, he is active in the St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce, Sunrise Rotary Club of St. Charles and St. Jude’s Dream Home.

Midwest BankCentre (www.midwestbankcentre.com), founded in St. Louis in 1906, employs a staff of 300 currently working at 20 bank locations in the City of St. Louis, St. Louis County, Jefferson County and St. Charles County.

Martin Padilla Rejoins Trivers as an Architectural Designer

Martin Padilla

Trivers is happy to announce that Martin Padilla has returned to the firm as an Architectural Designer. After receiving his Master of Architecture degree from Washington University, Martin served as a Project Designer at Trivers early in his career. He spent the remaining recent years at a variety of firms gaining experience in diverse building types, working on projects such as the Jesuit Archive and Research Center, various projects at Washington University and the University City Master Plan that resulted in several addition and renovation projects throughout the district. He returned to Trivers in 2017 with a focus on civic and higher education projects. Martin teaches a Revit Crash Course at Washington University and also serves as the Assistant Director for Career Services in Architecture at Washington University’s Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts.

Brad Lohrum and Bob Haefner Join Geotechnology

Brad Lohrum

Geotechnology, Inc., a leading provider of geotechnical and environmental engineering, geophysics, water resource management, materials testing and drilling services, has hired Brad Lohrum as a senior scientist and Bob Haefner as a scientist in the St. Louis office.

Lohrum has seven years of experience conducting and managing asbestos and lead-based paint surveys, abatement observation and testing, and indoor air quality assessments. He is a Missouri and Illinois licensed asbestos inspector, and a Missouri licensed asbestos management planner, lead risk assessor and project designer, lead abatement supervisor, and air sampling professional.

Bob Haefner

Haefner has three years of experience conducting asbestos and lead-based paint surveys, as well as abatement observation and testing. He is a Missouri and Illinois licensed asbestos inspector, asbestos abatement supervisor, lead risk assessor, and air sampling technician.

“The addition of Brad and Bob to our company will enhance our build-related hazardous materials inspection and abatement services, and expand our environmental consulting services to existing and new clients,” said Geotechnology Environmental Manager Michael Roark, R.G., LEED AP.

Niemann Named Executive Director of The Sheridan at Chesterfield Assisted Living and Memory Care Community  

Denise Niemann

Denise Niemann has been named executive director of The Sheridan at Chesterfield, a 91-unit assisted living and memory care community currently under construction at 16300 Justus Post Road in Chesterfield, Mo.

Niemann brings to the assignment more than 15 years of experience in managing the daily operations of progressive retirement communities. She holds a bachelor’s degree in humanistic studies from St. Mary’s College of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana.

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

March 17, 2017

Mechanical Contractors of Eastern Missouri Appoints Stephens Executive Director

Kristy Stephens

Kristy Stephens has been named executive director of the Mechanical Contractors Association of Eastern Missouri.  The announcement was made by George D. Corey, P.E., MCA-EMO president.

Prior to joining MCA-EMO, Stephens worked as an independent consultant facilitating and executing strategic marketing and communication plans for clients in healthcare, pharmaceutical, exhibit and event production, and the nonprofit sector. She brings an additional 12 years of experience in administration from varying roles – as a project manager for research at Washington University, program manager for the Nonprofit Services Consortium, and grants and volunteer manager for the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission. She earned her master’s degree from the University of Arkansas in 2006 and her bachelor’s degree from Webster University in 2001. She currently serves on the board of Modern STL, an organization dedicated to the preservation and celebration of modern architecture.

“We are thrilled to have Kristy serving at the helm of our organization,” said Corey, who also serves as senior vice president of Mechanical Solutions, Inc. “Her project management experience combined with her employment within the not-for-profit sector is an excellent match with the work of our association.”

MCA-EMO offers programs crucial to the ongoing success of contractors and vendors operating within the construction industry in Eastern Missouri. 

JLL Announces St. Louis Office Promotions 

JLL today announced several promotions within its St. Louis office. David Steinbach has been promoted to Managing Director, David Biales to Executive Vice President, and Ed Backer to Senior Associate.

David Steinbach

Steinbach, who specializes in landlord and tenant representation, has been with JLL since 2008. He acts as an exclusive advocate in all matters pertaining either to his clients’ properties or to their real estate issues including early renewals, disposition strategies, lease buyouts and/or subleasing. As Managing Director, Steinbach oversees all operations for the St. Louis office.

David Biales

Biales has worked with JLL since 2010 specializing in office leasing. He has consistently been a Top Producer, one of the firm’s highest honors, and has been featured in Real Estate Forum magazine as one of 20 international brokers for the next generation. Biales has participated in more than 500 commercial sale and lease transactions.

Ed Backer

Backer specializes in office, landlord, and tenant representation, and has been with JLL since 2013.  He has participated in more than 150 commercial sale and lease transactions while at JLL.

JLL (NYSE: JLL) is a leading professional services firm that specializes in real estate and investment management

Poettker Construction Company Promotes Keith Poettker & Dave Lammers

Keith Poettker

Poettker Construction Company, a second generation family-owned and veteran owned construction management and design/build firm, has appointed Keith C. Poettker as President and Dave Lammers as Contract Compliance Officer.

Keith Poettker began his career with the firm in 1990 and served as Vice President Preconstruction since 2005.  He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, IL.  His certifications and recognition include American Hospital Association (AHA) Certified Healthcare Constructor (CHC), International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) Certified Development, Design and Construction Professional (CDP) and 2015 CenterBuild 20 Under Forty Recipient, Central Illinois Builders Association (CIBA) Board of Directors, and National Association of State Contractors Licensing Agencies (NASCLA) licensed contractor.  He succeeds Charles V. Poettker, who will continue as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Poettker Construction.

Dave Lammers

Dave Lammers has over 28 years of construction safety and quality control experience, and has been Poettker Construction’s Safety Director since 2014.  Under Dave’s safety oversight, the company’s EMR rating has dropped to the lowest in its history at 0.73.  Under the new appointment, he will be responsible for overseeing both the safety and quality control departments.  He is an active member of the Southern Illinois Builder’s Association (SIBA) safety committee, and his certifications include AGC Safety Management, EM385.1-1 Military Competent Person & Inspector, Infection Control Risk Assessment, OSHA 30 Hour, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Construction Quality Management for Contractors Training.

Midas Hospitality Names GM and Sales Director to its New Hotel Hampton Inn St. Louis Wentzville to open this month

Angie Gadesi

Midas Hospitality, a premier hotel management group, recently appointed Angie Gadesi as General Manager and Danette Beaver as Area Director of Sales for its new Hampton Inn St. Louis Wentzville in Wentzville, Mo.

As General Manager, Gadesi will oversee all property operations and sales which includes specializing in team building, delivering superior guest service while ensuring product quality standards are met, and achieving revenue goals.  Gadesi, a 24-year hospitality industry veteran, has worked at Midas Hospitality for four years.

As Area Director of Sales, Beaver will provide total account management and establish strong client relations by providing personalized account service and creating satisfied guests.  She will target groups and corporations to grow market share and exceed the hotels’ sales goals.  Beaver has 17 years of industry experience and has been with Midas Hospitality for two years.

Danette Beaver

“We are extremely excited about Angie and Danette leading the sales and operations team at our new Wentzville hotel,” said Midas Hospitality president Rob Willard.  “It is very rewarding to see our team members grow into new positions and take on additional responsibilities with Midas Hospitality.  We know the Hampton Inn will be a huge success with their leadership.”

Founded in 2006, Midas Hospitality has developed, opened and currently manages numerous properties including 40 hotels in 14 states.  The company serves global brands including Hilton, IHG, Marriott, and Starwood.  Midas Hospitality’s headquarters are located at 1804 Borman Circle Dr. in Maryland Heights, Mo.  For more information, call (314) 692-0100 or visit http://www.midashospitality.com.

Midwest BankCentre Expands Role of CFO Oberkfell; Adds President to Executive Responsibilities

Dale Oberkfell

Midwest BankCentre (MBC) Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Dale E. Oberkfell has been appointed president of the locally owned community bank. Oberkfell, who was named executive vice president and CFO in 2012, continues in his role as CFO. He also was elected a director of the bank and its holding company, Midwest BankCentre, Inc. Midwest BankCentre Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jim Watson made the announcement.

In his expanded capacity, Oberkfell oversees the bank’s retail operations, fee services and marketing activities. He continues to monitor financial operations and facilitate strategic planning.

Oberkfell has 39 years of banking and corporate accounting experience. Prior to joining MBC, he was executive vice president and CFO of Reliance Bank.

Oberkfell is serving his fifth year as chairman of the board of directors for the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines, which provides funding and liquidity for mortgage lending, economic development and affordable housing to 1,400-plus participating institutions in 13 states and three U.S. territories. Locally, he serves on the boards of Good Shepherd Children & Family Services and Villa di Maria Montessori School.

Oberkfell is a certified public accountant (CPA) in both Missouri and Illinois. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and his master’s degree in business administration from Washington University, both in St. Louis, Mo. He is a member of the Missouri Bankers Association, Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants, Illinois CPA Society and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Midwest BankCentre has been a mainstay of St. Louis community banking since 1906. It ranks among St. Louis’ largest locally owned banks with assets of about $1.8 billion and deposits of $1.3 billion.

Helmkamp Construction Company Hires new Estimator

Andy Reynolds

Helmkamp Construction Company is happy to announce the hiring of Andy Reynolds as an Estimator. Andy has 15 years of experience in the St. Louis construction market in the Healthcare, Building, and Industrial markets. We welcome him into his new role as he helps Helmkamp grow and prosper.

Helmkamp is a relationship-based general contractor, based in East Alton, IL, working exclusively for private, professional, repeat buyers of construction, primarily in the industrial, power, manufacturing, healthcare, higher education, and pharmaceutical industries. Helmkamp provides self-performed general contracting services, including civil, millwright, concrete, carpentry, structural steel, and excavations.

Carlos Deschapell, Jr., Joins G & S Architectural Products as Project Assistant

Carlos Deschapell, Jr.

Carlos Deschapell, Jr. has been named Project Assistant at St. Louis based G&S Architectural Products. Deschapell is responsible for customer order acknowledgements, shop drawings, issuing purchase orders and releasing orders.

Prior to coming to G&S Architectural Products, Deschapell served in the military as a job mechanic. He is currently working on his bachelor’s degree in construction management.

“We love to offer opportunities for young professionals to explore their talents at our growing company,” says Herb Golterman, president of parent company Golterman & Sabo. “Carlos is already adding value to our business.”  Outside of work, Deschapell, enjoys watching sports and exploring the city of St. Louis.

Golterman & Sabo is a premier provider and installer of architectural products for the commercial, education and healthcare industries.  

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Jay Kerley

Newmark Grubb Zimmer Welcomes Dan Rossini & Jay Kerley to St. Louis Office

Newmark Grubb Zimmer is pleased to announce Dan Rossini & Jay Kerley have joined the team as Managing Directors of Investment Properties. Dan and Jay will specialize in the Investment Brokerage sector, specifically with retail, industrial and office property/clients.

Kirt Daniels joins Wiegmann Associates as Project Engineer

Kirt Daniels

Kirt Daniels of Oakville, MO, has joined Wiegmann Associates as a Project Engineer. Daniels is responsible for designing and selecting HVAC systems for client facilities, and provides mechanical engineering support on construction projects.

Daniels is experienced in valve diagnostics, preventive maintenance and testing of critical valves in the process control industry. He has Valve Technician I and FlowScanner Data Acquisition & Interpretation I certifications, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Missouri – Columbia.

Wiegmann Associates is a St. Louis-based mechanical contractor serving the commercial, industrial and institutional markets, and a national leader in design/build HVAC projects.

 

Mizzou MCAA Student Chapter Captures First Place in Final Four Competition

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Named Student Chapter of the Year at MCAA National Convention

The Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) student chapter from the University of Missouri-Columbia captured First Place in the Final Four Competition at the MCAA National Convention in San Diego. The award, which included a $10,000 prize, was presented March 8 at a session featuring former Dallas Cowboys football player and the NFL’s all-time rushing leader, Emmitt Smith, as the keynote speaker.  The UMC chapter, although only three years in the making, also was named MCAA Student Chapter of the Year from among a total of 52 student chapters nationwide, receiving an additional $3,000.

Left to right: Graham Walter, John Beck, Tyler Culp, Shane Lowe, Zach Sifford and Nick Kniesche

Founded in 2014, the Mizzou student chapter is sponsored by the Mechanical Contractors Association of Eastern Missouri (MCA-EMO), based in St. Louis. The award announcement was made by George D. Corey, C.P.E., MCA-EMO president.

The 15-member student chapter participated in a number of training sessions and programs to help prepare them for this year’s Final Four. During 2016 St. Louis-based mechanical contractors traveled to Columbia to facilitate seven training sessions on piping design, scheduling, commissioning, system trainings, etc.  Student chapter members also made several job site visits and attended an MCA-EMO chapter meeting, the 2016 MCAA National Convention in Orlando and the MCAA Student Chapter Summit in Denver, CO.  They also organized and held the first annual Mizzou MCAA Golf Classic and attended the MCA-EMO annual golf tournament, raising over $4,300 towards student chapter activities.  Students also participated in the UMC Engineering Career Fair with more than 175 companies participating. Several of the students also had summer internships with MCA-EMO members and some graduating seniors have accepted positions with area contractors.

Malcolm Sweet, general manager of Integrated Facility Services in St. Louis, chaired the MCA-EMO Committee that helped found the student chapter,  “Our student chapter went from learning the basics in year one, to placing 10th out of 30 in year two,  and ultimately taking First Place nationally in year three,” said Sweet.  “We knew they would do well and were ‘pleasantly stunned’ when we learned they were in the Final Four this year because they were competing against some highly experienced university teams.  As far as the St. Louis contractors were concerned, just being in the finals was a huge win, no matter where they eventually would place.   We are so proud of the fact they worked hard, learned, competed and won.  Their selection as Chapter of the Year was icing on the cake and a tremendous accolade and validation of everyone’s hard work.”

Sweet noted that two of his colleagues, Greg Harrop of Haberberger, Inc. and Jeff Rush, P.E. of icon Mechanical, Inc., spent countless hours helping the team during the past few years.  Also, he feels that former student chapter president, Austin Miller, laid a great infrastructure for this year’s chapter.

The students’ winning project involved presenting plans, bids, drawings, schedules and costs on a $3 million wastewater treatment plant upgrade to a panel of contractors from across the U.S.   Their fictitious company (for purposes of the competition) was named Arrow Mechanical, Inc.

According to Harrop, who serves as the committee chairman for the MCA-EMO 2017 Student Chapter, “Malcolm, Jeff and I were confident that the students had prepared well for the competition, but it cannot be overstated how much credit they all deserve for exceeding expectations and overcoming the stiff competition from the other schools.  It is amazing that they won the competition in such a short time frame and also secured the student Chapter of the Year award to boot,” added  Harrop.

“We are very proud of our student chapter for all they have accomplished,” said Kristy Stephens, executive director of MCA-EMO, who also attended the MCA National Convention in San Diego.  “I want to thank our member contractors who put a lot of effort and time into supporting our students.  They provided invaluable industry knowledge and training that gives students a ‘real-world’ look into mechanical contracting. Also, Lawrence Schilke, P.E., managing engineer, UMC, is a wonderful faculty advisor.  Together, they provided a great foundation for future careers in our industry.”

The Final Four student presenters included Nick Kniesche (Eureka MO), chapter president; Tyler Culp (Joplin, MO), chapter vice-president; Graham Walter (Prairie Village, KS), chapter treasurer; John Beck (Shawnee, KS), chapter media coordinator; Zach Sifford (St. Charles, MO); and Shane Lowe (Kearney, MO).

Photo Above –  MCAA Student Chapter Team w/advisors & Emmitt Smith – BACK ROW (left to right): George Corey, MCA-EMO  President, Mechanical Solutions, Inc.); Larry Schilke, Student Chapter Advisor; Graham Walter, Emmitt Smith, Nick Kniesche, John Beck, Mike Hurley, Rock Hill Mechanical Corporation; FRONT ROW (left to right):  Tyler Culp, Shane Lowe, Zach Sifford

MCA-EMO offers programs crucial to the ongoing success of contractors and vendors operating within the construction industry in Eastern Missouri. For over 70 years, the MCA has sponsored cost-effective educational opportunities taught by qualified and experienced professionals in the MCA Training Center.

SITE Improvement Association Awards $15,000 In 2017 College Scholarships To Six Local Students

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The SITE Improvement Association has awarded a total of $15,000 in scholarships to six deserving St. Louis area students seeking to start or further their college education in 2017. High school seniors and college students with a parent employed by one of the 180 SITE member companies are eligible for the $2,500 scholarships, which are based on students’ academic achievements, involvement in the community and financial need. SITE scholarships are made possible through voluntary contributions by SITE member companies and from the SITE Advancement Foundation. More than $250,000 in scholarships have been awarded to 131 students since the program began 17 years ago.

“Our members recognize the importance an education provides to the future leaders of our industry, and we demonstrate that by offering the scholarship program,” said SITE Executive Director Terry Briggs.  “SITE has one of the longest, continuously running scholarship programs in the local construction industry.”

This year SITE awarded scholarships to the following students:

Dustin Burt
Adam Clay
Nick Horstmann
  • Dustin Burt, a senior as Francis Howell High School who plans to enroll at Missouri University of Science and Technology pursing an electrical and mechanical engineering degree;
  • Adam Clay, a junior at Westminster College in Fulton studying Finance and Economics;
  • Nick Horstmann, a senior at Lafayette High School who intends to enroll this fall at Murray State University in Kentucky to study graphic design;
    Zachary Marquart
    Layton Mosley

    Abagail Umfleet
  • Zachary Marquart, a freshman at Missouri University of Science and Technology pursuing a double major in civil and architectural engineering;
  • Layton Mosley, a senior at Fox C-6 High School in Arnold who plans to attend St. Louis Community College to study nuclear science; and
  • Abagail Umfleet, a senior at Valle Catholic High School in Ste. Genevieve who plans on attending Southeast Missouri State University and major in engineering.

 

SITE is an independent construction contractor group representing more than 180 contractors and businesses primarily in the concrete, earthmoving, landscaping, asphalt paving, highway/bridge, sewer/utility and specialty construction segments.  It represents the interests of its members in negotiations with labor unions, promotes political and legislative agendas and provides safety and technical training for members. SITE celebrated 50 years of continuous operation in 2016.  For more information, visit www.sitestl.org.

In Memoriam Ralph V. Drury

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Ralph V. Drury

Ralph V. Drury
March 26, 1931 – March 16, 2017

Ralph Drury, formerly with Bloomsdale Excavating Co. Inc., passed away on March 16, 2017.  He served on the AGC of Missouri Board of Directors for 18 years in addition to serving on the AGC of St. Louis Board of Directors from 1986 through 1991.

Ralph was an Airman First Class in the U.S. Air Force, Executive Vice President of Bloomsdale Excavating Co. Inc., Past Grand Knight of K of C 1048, Past Commander of Legion Post 554, 18 Year Director of Associated General Contractors of Missouri, 20 Year Board Member of Mid-East Construction Association, 22 Year Trustee with Associated General Contractors – Eastern District Laborers Training, 30+ Year Alderman City of Bloomsdale, and General Partner of Pointe Basse Development.

Ralph lived life to the fullest with his loving wife Lucille, their children and spouses.  He was blessed with 13 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren. He lived a very full 85 years.  Ralph was a consummate provider, loving husband, father, grandfather, a walking sunshine of truth and humor and was known as “Giant Papa” to his great grandchildren.  He has helped shape numerous lives and because of him we hope to continue his GIANT Legacy.  Ralph had a tremendous work ethic and was a very generous and loving man that many looked up to.

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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.

Dale Bax Joins Midwest BankCentre’s St. Charles County Advisory Board

Dale Bax

Dale Bax, vice president of Bax Engineering Co., has been elected to the Midwest BankCentre St. Charles County Advisory Board. Bax leads residential design for the full-service civil engineering and land surveying firm, based in St. Charles, Mo.

Bax belongs to several industry organizations, including the Home Builders Association of St. Louis & Eastern Missouri, Missouri Society for Professional Surveyors, Missouri/Kansas Chapter American Concrete Pavement Association, Engineers’ Club of St. Louis, American Public Works Association, and the Transportation Engineers Association of Metropolitan St. Louis. Within the local community, he is active in the St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce, Sunrise Rotary Club of St. Charles and St. Jude’s Dream Home.

Midwest BankCentre (www.midwestbankcentre.com), founded in St. Louis in 1906, employs a staff of 300 currently working at 20 bank locations in the City of St. Louis, St. Louis County, Jefferson County and St. Charles County.

Martin Padilla Rejoins Trivers as an Architectural Designer

Martin Padilla

Trivers is happy to announce that Martin Padilla has returned to the firm as an Architectural Designer. After receiving his Master of Architecture degree from Washington University, Martin served as a Project Designer at Trivers early in his career. He spent the remaining recent years at a variety of firms gaining experience in diverse building types, working on projects such as the Jesuit Archive and Research Center, various projects at Washington University and the University City Master Plan that resulted in several addition and renovation projects throughout the district. He returned to Trivers in 2017 with a focus on civic and higher education projects. Martin teaches a Revit Crash Course at Washington University and also serves as the Assistant Director for Career Services in Architecture at Washington University’s Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts.

Brad Lohrum and Bob Haefner Join Geotechnology

Brad Lohrum

Geotechnology, Inc., a leading provider of geotechnical and environmental engineering, geophysics, water resource management, materials testing and drilling services, has hired Brad Lohrum as a senior scientist and Bob Haefner as a scientist in the St. Louis office.

Lohrum has seven years of experience conducting and managing asbestos and lead-based paint surveys, abatement observation and testing, and indoor air quality assessments. He is a Missouri and Illinois licensed asbestos inspector, and a Missouri licensed asbestos management planner, lead risk assessor and project designer, lead abatement supervisor, and air sampling professional.

Bob Haefner

Haefner has three years of experience conducting asbestos and lead-based paint surveys, as well as abatement observation and testing. He is a Missouri and Illinois licensed asbestos inspector, asbestos abatement supervisor, lead risk assessor, and air sampling technician.

“The addition of Brad and Bob to our company will enhance our build-related hazardous materials inspection and abatement services, and expand our environmental consulting services to existing and new clients,” said Geotechnology Environmental Manager Michael Roark, R.G., LEED AP.

 

Niemann Named Executive Director of The Sheridan at Chesterfield Assisted Living and Memory Care Community  

Denise Niemann

Denise Niemann has been named executive director of The Sheridan at Chesterfield, a 91-unit assisted living and memory care community currently under construction at 16300 Justus Post Road in Chesterfield, Mo.

Niemann brings to the assignment more than 15 years of experience in managing the daily operations of progressive retirement communities. She holds a bachelor’s degree in humanistic studies from St. Mary’s College of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana.

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

 

March 17, 2017

Mechanical Contractors of Eastern Missouri Appoints Stephens Executive Director

Kristy Stephens

Kristy Stephens has been named executive director of the Mechanical Contractors Association of Eastern Missouri.  The announcement was made by George D. Corey, P.E., MCA-EMO president.

Prior to joining MCA-EMO, Stephens worked as an independent consultant facilitating and executing strategic marketing and communication plans for clients in healthcare, pharmaceutical, exhibit and event production, and the nonprofit sector. She brings an additional 12 years of experience in administration from varying roles – as a project manager for research at Washington University, program manager for the Nonprofit Services Consortium, and grants and volunteer manager for the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission. She earned her master’s degree from the University of Arkansas in 2006 and her bachelor’s degree from Webster University in 2001. She currently serves on the board of Modern STL, an organization dedicated to the preservation and celebration of modern architecture.

“We are thrilled to have Kristy serving at the helm of our organization,” said Corey, who also serves as senior vice president of Mechanical Solutions, Inc. “Her project management experience combined with her employment within the not-for-profit sector is an excellent match with the work of our association.”

MCA-EMO offers programs crucial to the ongoing success of contractors and vendors operating within the construction industry in Eastern Missouri. 

JLL Announces St. Louis Office Promotions 

JLL today announced several promotions within its St. Louis office. David Steinbach has been promoted to Managing Director, David Biales to Executive Vice President, and Ed Backer to Senior Associate.

David Steinbach

Steinbach, who specializes in landlord and tenant representation, has been with JLL since 2008. He acts as an exclusive advocate in all matters pertaining either to his clients’ properties or to their real estate issues including early renewals, disposition strategies, lease buyouts and/or subleasing. As Managing Director, Steinbach oversees all operations for the St. Louis office.

David Biales

Biales has worked with JLL since 2010 specializing in office leasing. He has consistently been a Top Producer, one of the firm’s highest honors, and has been featured in Real Estate Forum magazine as one of 20 international brokers for the next generation. Biales has participated in more than 500 commercial sale and lease transactions.

Ed Backer

Backer specializes in office, landlord, and tenant representation, and has been with JLL since 2013.  He has participated in more than 150 commercial sale and lease transactions while at JLL.

JLL (NYSE: JLL) is a leading professional services firm that specializes in real estate and investment management

Poettker Construction Company Promotes Keith Poettker & Dave Lammers

Keith Poettker

Poettker Construction Company, a second generation family-owned and veteran owned construction management and design/build firm, has appointed Keith C. Poettker as President and Dave Lammers as Contract Compliance Officer.

Keith Poettker began his career with the firm in 1990 and served as Vice President Preconstruction since 2005.  He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, IL.  His certifications and recognition include American Hospital Association (AHA) Certified Healthcare Constructor (CHC), International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) Certified Development, Design and Construction Professional (CDP) and 2015 CenterBuild 20 Under Forty Recipient, Central Illinois Builders Association (CIBA) Board of Directors, and National Association of State Contractors Licensing Agencies (NASCLA) licensed contractor.  He succeeds Charles V. Poettker, who will continue as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Poettker Construction.

Dave Lammers

Dave Lammers has over 28 years of construction safety and quality control experience, and has been Poettker Construction’s Safety Director since 2014.  Under Dave’s safety oversight, the company’s EMR rating has dropped to the lowest in its history at 0.73.  Under the new appointment, he will be responsible for overseeing both the safety and quality control departments.  He is an active member of the Southern Illinois Builder’s Association (SIBA) safety committee, and his certifications include AGC Safety Management, EM385.1-1 Military Competent Person & Inspector, Infection Control Risk Assessment, OSHA 30 Hour, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Construction Quality Management for Contractors Training.

Midas Hospitality Names GM and Sales Director to its New Hotel Hampton Inn St. Louis Wentzville to open this month

Angie Gadesi

Midas Hospitality, a premier hotel management group, recently appointed Angie Gadesi as General Manager and Danette Beaver as Area Director of Sales for its new Hampton Inn St. Louis Wentzville in Wentzville, Mo.

As General Manager, Gadesi will oversee all property operations and sales which includes specializing in team building, delivering superior guest service while ensuring product quality standards are met, and achieving revenue goals.  Gadesi, a 24-year hospitality industry veteran, has worked at Midas Hospitality for four years.

As Area Director of Sales, Beaver will provide total account management and establish strong client relations by providing personalized account service and creating satisfied guests.  She will target groups and corporations to grow market share and exceed the hotels’ sales goals.  Beaver has 17 years of industry experience and has been with Midas Hospitality for two years.

Danette Beaver

“We are extremely excited about Angie and Danette leading the sales and operations team at our new Wentzville hotel,” said Midas Hospitality president Rob Willard.  “It is very rewarding to see our team members grow into new positions and take on additional responsibilities with Midas Hospitality.  We know the Hampton Inn will be a huge success with their leadership.”

Founded in 2006, Midas Hospitality has developed, opened and currently manages numerous properties including 40 hotels in 14 states.  The company serves global brands including Hilton, IHG, Marriott, and Starwood.  Midas Hospitality’s headquarters are located at 1804 Borman Circle Dr. in Maryland Heights, Mo.  For more information, call (314) 692-0100 or visit http://www.midashospitality.com.

Midwest BankCentre Expands Role of CFO Oberkfell; Adds President to Executive Responsibilities

Dale Oberkfell

Midwest BankCentre (MBC) Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Dale E. Oberkfell has been appointed president of the locally owned community bank. Oberkfell, who was named executive vice president and CFO in 2012, continues in his role as CFO. He also was elected a director of the bank and its holding company, Midwest BankCentre, Inc. Midwest BankCentre Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jim Watson made the announcement.

In his expanded capacity, Oberkfell oversees the bank’s retail operations, fee services and marketing activities. He continues to monitor financial operations and facilitate strategic planning.

Oberkfell has 39 years of banking and corporate accounting experience. Prior to joining MBC, he was executive vice president and CFO of Reliance Bank.

Oberkfell is serving his fifth year as chairman of the board of directors for the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines, which provides funding and liquidity for mortgage lending, economic development and affordable housing to 1,400-plus participating institutions in 13 states and three U.S. territories. Locally, he serves on the boards of Good Shepherd Children & Family Services and Villa di Maria Montessori School.

Oberkfell is a certified public accountant (CPA) in both Missouri and Illinois. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and his master’s degree in business administration from Washington University, both in St. Louis, Mo. He is a member of the Missouri Bankers Association, Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants, Illinois CPA Society and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Midwest BankCentre has been a mainstay of St. Louis community banking since 1906. It ranks among St. Louis’ largest locally owned banks with assets of about $1.8 billion and deposits of $1.3 billion.

Helmkamp Construction Company Hires new Estimator

Andy Reynolds

Helmkamp Construction Company is happy to announce the hiring of Andy Reynolds as an Estimator. Andy has 15 years of experience in the St. Louis construction market in the Healthcare, Building, and Industrial markets. We welcome him into his new role as he helps Helmkamp grow and prosper.

Helmkamp is a relationship-based general contractor, based in East Alton, IL, working exclusively for private, professional, repeat buyers of construction, primarily in the industrial, power, manufacturing, healthcare, higher education, and pharmaceutical industries. Helmkamp provides self-performed general contracting services, including civil, millwright, concrete, carpentry, structural steel, and excavations.

Carlos Deschapell, Jr., Joins G & S Architectural Products as Project Assistant

Carlos Deschapell, Jr.

Carlos Deschapell, Jr. has been named Project Assistant at St. Louis based G&S Architectural Products. Deschapell is responsible for customer order acknowledgements, shop drawings, issuing purchase orders and releasing orders.

Prior to coming to G&S Architectural Products, Deschapell served in the military as a job mechanic. He is currently working on his bachelor’s degree in construction management.

“We love to offer opportunities for young professionals to explore their talents at our growing company,” says Herb Golterman, president of parent company Golterman & Sabo. “Carlos is already adding value to our business.”  Outside of work, Deschapell, enjoys watching sports and exploring the city of St. Louis.

Golterman & Sabo is a premier provider and installer of architectural products for the commercial, education and healthcare industries.  

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Jay Kerley

Newmark Grubb Zimmer Welcomes Dan Rossini & Jay Kerley to St. Louis Office

Newmark Grubb Zimmer is pleased to announce Dan Rossini & Jay Kerley have joined the team as Managing Directors of Investment Properties. Dan and Jay will specialize in the Investment Brokerage sector, specifically with retail, industrial and office property/clients.

Kirt Daniels joins Wiegmann Associates as Project Engineer

Kirt Daniels

Kirt Daniels of Oakville, MO, has joined Wiegmann Associates as a Project Engineer. Daniels is responsible for designing and selecting HVAC systems for client facilities, and provides mechanical engineering support on construction projects.

Daniels is experienced in valve diagnostics, preventive maintenance and testing of critical valves in the process control industry. He has Valve Technician I and FlowScanner Data Acquisition & Interpretation I certifications, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Missouri – Columbia.

Wiegmann Associates is a St. Louis-based mechanical contractor serving the commercial, industrial and institutional markets, and a national leader in design/build HVAC projects.

March 10, 2017

Matt Levenson

Matt Levenson Promoted to Co-President of GNH Services, Inc

GNH Services, Inc. announces that Matt Levenson has been named Co-President joining Jim Granger, also now Co-President as of July 2016.  Matt previously served as Executive Vice President since 2009, and has been with the GNH family of companies since 1997.

“Over the past eight years, Matt’s dedication as Executive Vice President, strengths as a partner, and exceptional business acumen have been integral parts of the success and growth of our companies — a growth that now brings co-leadership as the next step in our evolution”, said Jim Granger, Co-President of GNH Services.  Matt’s new role as Co-President together with Jim Granger is part of an exciting vision for the future, utilizing their blended and unique leadership strengths and extensive industry experience to provide strong leadership moving forward.

Matt will continue to oversee Business Development, Operations and Information Technology while Jim’s oversight remains focused on Accounting and Human Resources. The companies continued to grow in 2016 achieving a 33% increase in revenue over 2015. With more growth planned, Matt & Jim are excited about the co-leadership model to take their companies to the next level.

In addition to his roles at GNH Services, Matt is also an Advisory Board Member for Midwest BankCentre, as well as a Board Member for Gateway180 where he is also serving on both the Resource and Board Development Committees.

GNH Services is the parent company to two award winning, general contracting companies, N-STORE Services, LLC and Granger Contracting Company, Inc. Their services include high volume, high velocity remodels, rollouts, tenant improvement, store fixture installations and programmatic maintenance for retailers nationwide.

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Alex Hoffman Joins HOK’s St. Louis Office as Marketing Professional

Alex Hoffman, has joined HOK in St. Louis as a marketing professional. He will support a number of marketing initiatives for a variety of client types.

Hoffman brings more than 12 years of experience in retail, government/healthcare, leisure/hospitality and entertainment industries.  He joins HOK from Ivie & Associates based in Dallas, Texas where he served as the on-site marketing director for Shop ’n Save.

Hoffman earned his degree in visual communication technology from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio.

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

 

Pedro Pitarch Wins Steedman Fellowship; $50k Grant Among Largest U.S. Architecture Awards

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Architecture is often defined by the activities that happen within it. But the boundary between public and private wears thin. We eat in the car and sleep on the train. We congregate in commercial spaces. Social media blurs distinctions between personal and professional selves.

“There has been a migration from the right of property to the right of access and use,” argued Pedro Pitarch, winner of the 2016-17 James Harrison Steedman Memorial Fellowship in Architecture. “Spaces are no longer used according to their architectural program, but according to their protocols, their accessibility and their possibilities of empowerment.”

As Steedman Fellow, Pitarch will research the intersection of public and private spaces in cities across Europe, Asia and the United States. The $50,000 award, which is granted on the basis of applicants’ proposals, supports international travel for research. It is one of the largest such fellowships in the United States.

Granted since 1925, the biennial fellowship is organized by the College of Architecture and Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis, and by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) St. Louis.

This year’s theme, titled “Adaptation,” was created by jury chair Mason White, a founding co-principal of Lateral Office in Toronto. Participants were challenged to explore how flexibility and adaptive response might be better incorporated into the design process.

Pitarch was chosen from a field of 100 applicants from across the United States and Canada as well as Argentina, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, India, Spain and the United Kingdom.

“The jury was impressed with Pitarch’s range of experimentation and invention,” White explained. “Several jurors noted that both his previous work and the proposed research show an approach that is at once methodical, experimental and fantastically intricate. Additionally, the subject of property was found to be timely and relevant worldwide.”

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Electrical Connection Honors Outstanding Students in STEM Education

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18 St. Charles High School Students Saluted for Excelling in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mat

The best and brightest high school students in St. Charles County were saluted in the 8thAnnual STEM Celebration Breakfast, co-sponsored by the Electrical Connection.  The annual salute recognized 18 students that excel in the subjects of science, technology, engineering and math.  The STEM Celebration Breakfast, presented by EDC Business & Community Partners in St. Charles County,was held Friday March 3, 2017 at the Old Hickory Golf Club in St. Peters, Mo.  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).

STEM is a national and regional effort to better prepare the workforce of tomorrow by encouraging today’s students to engage more in studies, events and careers involving science, technology, engineering and math.

“You can’t help but be inspired by these high achievers,” said Jim Curran, executive vice president, Electrical Connection.  “We are proud to salute their success and one day envision working with them as they bring forth new ideas that will be served by an equal level of innovation by the IBEW/NECA electrical industry.”

The STEM breakfast is one of several educational initiatives support by the Electrical Connection.  Others include partnerships with the FIRST Robotics, the Saint Louis Science CenterMathews-Dickey Boys and Girls Club and more.

The St. Charles County students honored at this year’s STEM breakfast include:

  • Joseph Cassidy, Fort Zumwalt North High School
  • Will Cavanagh, Fort Zumwalt South High School
  • James Dohrman, Francis Howell North High School
  • Kurtis Dressel, Lutheran High School of St. Charles County
  • Noel Kling, Lewis & Clark Career Center
  • Ross Kuemmel, Holt High School
  • Jacob Larson, St. Dominic High School
  • Ajay Makkena, Francis Howell High School
  • Hamza Mansoor, Liberty High School
  • Daniel Motto, Christian High School
  • Lauren Nowakowski, Fort Zumwalt East High School
  • Akash Patel, St. Charles West High School
  • Will Runion, Orchard Farm High School
  • Bradley Schinker, Francis Howell Central HS
  • Alexandra Schulte, Timberland High School
  • Marshall Vaccaro, Fort Zumwalt West High School
  • Ethan Wetter, Duchesne High School
  • Karen Ye, St. Charles High School

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Above Photo: 18 St. Charles County high school student were saluted by the Electrical Connection for excelling in the STEM subjects of science, technology, engineering and math.

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