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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.

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.  

Dan Rossini
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.  

Dan Rossini
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.

Alex Hoffman

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

Electrical Connection members provide safe and reliable electrical construction, maintenance, repair and replacement services across Missouri, the nation and the world.  For more information visit www.electricalconnection.org.

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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The latest People in the News highlighting new hires, promotions, honors & recognition of the men and women in the St. Louis building community.

Tarlton President Tracy Hart Joins Midwest BankCentre’s Legal Board of Directors

Tracy Hart

Tracy E. Hart, president of Tarlton Corp., has been elected to the Midwest BankCentre Legal Board of Directors.

She leads the general contracting and construction management firm, which generated 2016 revenues of $171 million. Tarlton is a WBENC-Certified Women’s Business Enterprise. Established in 1946, the firm is capable of managing projects exceeding $100 million for clients in the institutional, life science, commercial and industrial markets. It offers special expertise in concrete repair and restoration, power and energy, and hydro excavation.

Hart earned her bachelor’s degree in English and communication at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She serves as a board member for the Saint Louis Science Center, St. Louis Children’s Hospital, St. Louis Regional Chamber, Webster University and The Muny.

S. M. Wilson Hires Marty Yearout As Estimator, Brian Zurosky As Project Superintendent And Amy Schultz As Project Assistant/Job Accountant

Marty Yearout

S. M. Wilson & Co, has hired Marty Yearout as Estimator, Brian Zurosky as Project Superintendent and Amy Schultz as Project Assistant/Job Accountant.

Yearout is an estimator with 32 years of experience. He will be responsible for assembling cost estimates and developing constructability reviews and value engineering studies for construction projects. Yearout holds a BSBA in Business Management from Trinity University in San Antonio.

Brian Zurosky

Zurosky is S. M. Wilson’s newest Project Superintendent. He will be responsible for the day to day site management of a project including scheduling, quality and safety. Zurosky has 36 years of experience and is OSHA 30 Certified.

Schultz is S. M. Wilson’s new Project Assistant/Job Accountant. She has 15 years of experience.

Amy Schultz

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

Murphy Company Adds To Professional Staff

Matthew Green

Matthew S. Green has joined Murphy Company as a design/build engineer. The announcement was made by Mark Bengard, P.E., senior vice president, sales and pre-construction.

In 2013 Green earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, IN. Since graduating, he has been employed as a controls integration engineer for a company in Indianapolis.  He holds technical certifications on numerous building automation systems, including Niagara 4, Honeywell Smart VFD, Niagara AX, Honeywell BACnet Spyder, and Honeywell Lon Spyder.

Jennifer Crawford

Jennifer Crawford has joined Murphy Company as an estimator.  The announcement was made by Bob Breth, vice president, estimating for the mechanical engineering and contracting firm.

Crawford earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2012. While a college student, she served as a Healthy Community Initiatives Program Assistant for the PedNet Coalition, Inc. in Columbia.  Following graduation she worked for a St. Louis area general contractor as an estimator and as a project engineer from 2012 to 2015.  Since August 2015, Crawford has served as an HVAC estimator for a mechanical contractor in Kansas. She is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

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

Exciting Changes at Mosby Building Arts

Reflecting on the 2017 1st quarter changes to his department of 5 designers, 2 architectural drafters and one architect, Mosby Design-Build Business Manager, Jack Culian, said, “Our design team excels at creativity. They are a well-rounded group of designers, drafters and field experts who willingly lend their knowledge and ideas to ensure that the outcome of each job exceeds their client’s expectations. They understand how to create inspirational and functional designs within a given budget.”

Two New Associate Kitchen & Bath Designer Certifications

Laura Powderly
Jake SPurgeon

Mosby designers Laura Powderly and Jake Spurgeon have earned their Associate Kitchen & Bath Designer (AKBD) certifications through the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA). In addition, Spurgeon now serves as the Treasurer

for the NKBA Missouri/Southern Illinois chapter.

A Certified Aging In-Place Specialist

Brian Yount

Mosby architect Brian Yount, AIA, has earned his Certified Aging In-Place Specialist designation through the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). He has previously earned a Chrysalis Award for Residential Universal Design.

 

A New Designer

Shannon Cross

Shannon Cross is the newest member of the Mosby Planning & Design team, with over 15 years of experience and an Interior Design Bachelor’s from Maryville University. Her list of happy clients is as extensive as her remodeling portfolio.

Mosby Building Arts has been the trusted resource for home remodeling, design and architecture in Metro St. Louis for 70 years.

February 24, 2017

McCarthy Promotes Andy Poirot to Project Director

Andy Poirot

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

Poirot joined McCarthy as a project engineer in 2004 and he currently serves as project director on the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Museum of Westward Expansion and Visitor Center project at the Gateway Arch in downtown St. Louis.

During his McCarthy career, Poirot has worked on healthcare projects at several of the region’s hospitals, including Good Samaritan Regional Health Center in Mount Vernon, Ill.; Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, Ill.; Sarah Bush Lincoln Health System in Mattoon, Ill.; SIH Herrin Hospital in Herrin, Ill.; SSM St. Mary’s Hospital in St. Louis; and HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville, Ill.

“Andy’s exceptional project leadership skills are a tremendous asset to project teams and to McCarthy,” said John Buescher, president of McCarthy’s Central Division.

Poirot received his bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in Edwardsville, Ill. He is active in the Southern Illinois Builders Association and the Southern Illinois Chapter for Healthcare Engineering. He and his family reside in Freeburg, Ill.  

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. is the oldest privately held national construction company in the country – with more than 150 years spent collaborating with partners to solve complex building challenges on behalf of its clients.

Jessica Grafton Joins HOK’s St. Louis office as Senior Interior Design Professional

Jessica Grafton

Jessica Grafton has joined HOK in St. Louis. She will support the HOK team as a senior interior design professional working on several corporate interiors projects in the St. Louis area.

Grafton joins HOK from Gray Design Group in St. Louis, Missouri. She earned her master of architecture and degree in interior design from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.

HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm with a network of 23 offices worldwide.

Sarah Kister Joins Byrne & Jones Construction as Accounting Assistant

Sarah Kister

Sarah Kister has joined Byrne & Jones Construction as an accounting assistant.  Byrne & Jones is one of the largest commercial paving companies in Metro St. Louis and has offices in Peoria, Ill. and Omaha, Neb.

Kister received her degree in law enforcement and corrections from Southeast Missouri State University. Ms. Kister is a resident of St Charles, Mo.

Founded in 1976, Byrne & Jones Construction is a diversified St. Louis civil site contractor serving clients through six divisions – concrete, sports, asphalt, soil stabilization, marine and micro surfacing.  

Jackie Tripi Promoted to Project Engineer at S. M. Wilson & Co.

Jackie Tripi

S. M. Wilson & Co. has promoted Jackie Tripi to Project Engineer. She will be responsible for helping establish procedures with the design professionals, consultants and Owner of projects for information flow, approvals, meetings and reporting. Jackie 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.

Jackie joined S. M. Wilson 10 years ago as a Project Coordinator.  She has worked on a variety of project teams building for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and most recently a public high school and fire station.  She has 22 years of construction industry experience.

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

February 17, 2017

Murphy Company Adds To Professional Staff

Brian Leger

Brian A. Leger has joined Murphy Company as a project manager.  The announcement was made by Kevin M. Suiter, P.E., director of operations for the mechanical engineering and contracting firm.

With more than 11 years’ experience in the construction industry, Leger began his experience as an assistant project manager, and later, as an estimator/assistant construction manager. In 2008, he joined an engineering and fabrication Company specializing in material handling as an engineering field representative.  Since 2010, he has served as a project manager and project engineer for  a mechanical contractor, primarily supporting the Gateway Energy and Coke Company Plant in Granite City, IL.

“Brian has broad experience on projects for refineries, auto plants, steel and power plants, and large manufacturing facilities,” said Suiter.  “His training and experience are tailor-made for our industrial customers.” .

Jeff Gancarz

Jeff Gancarz has joined Murphy Company as an estimator. The announcement was made by Bob Breth, vice-president, estimating.

Gancarz has 12 years of mechanical engineering design experience producing design bid packages for various construction projects in St. Louis and across the U.S.  He holds a bachelor’s

degree in mechanical engineering from the Washington University School of Engineering. He also has served nine years as an MEP construction superintendent for a local general contracting company.

“We are pleased to welcome Jeff to the Murphy team,” said Breth.  “His experience with a number of large projects and his expertise in project engineering on pharmaceutical and biotech manufacturing facilities is invaluable. His 3-D building modeling experience also is a perfect match with Murphy’s engineering platforms.”

Tim Barton

Murphy Company has appointed Timothy H. Barton as vice president, industrial business development. The announcement was made by Joe Skiljan, vice president, heavy industrial for the mechanical engineering and contracting firm.

A 1992 graduate of the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Barton holds a bachelor’s degree in communications. For the past 18 years he was employed by Victaulic, the originator and innovator of grooved coupling technology, offering a variety of coupling sizes and styles for piping applications worldwide.  He began his career there as a territory sales manager and, later, served as a power generation specialist, calling on power plants, technology providers, engineering firms, power plants, refineries and contractors in the Upper Midwest.  Over the years he has been active in the Lignite Energy Council and ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers).

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

S. M. Wilson Names Daniel Harper, LEED AP BD+C AS Senior Project Manager

Dan Harper

Harper will be responsible for managing multi-million dollar senior care construction projects. His duties include project planning, scheduling, tracking costs and maintaining logs for all project information.  He has 30 years of experience in the construction industry, and has worked on a variety of senior care, historic renovation, warehouse and commercial projects.

Harper earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla.  He has an OSHA 30 Hour Construction Safety and Health and is LEED Accredited.

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

Byrne & Jones Construction Adds Project Manager Mike Czeschin to Its Sports Division

Mike Czeschin

Byrne & Jones Constructions sports division has added Mike Czeschin as a project manager.  Byrne & Jones has installed more than 2,000 athletic surfaces in the Midwest, including artificial and natural turf fields for all types of sports as well as track and fields, tennis courts and associated site improvements.

Czeschin coordinates and manages projects for the sports division which serves elementary, secondary and higher education as well as professional sports teams and sports organizations.

Czeschin is a veteran of U.S. Marine Corps and former president of Rivers West Landscaping.

Founded in 1976, Byrne & Jones Construction is a diversified St. Louis civil site contractor serving clients through six divisions – concrete, sports, asphalt, soil stabilization, marine and micro surfacing.  

February 10, 2017

HOK St. Louis Adds Veteran Architect

Paul Jacob

Paul Jacob, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, has joined HOK in St. Louis. A former co-owner and principal at the 15-person MayotteJacob Architects in Lansing, Mich, Jacob has more than 30 years of experience as a designer and project manager. At HOK, Jacob will direct design solutions and project management for highly complex projects in the St. Louis office.

Jacob comes to HOK from The Christman Company, a pre-construction and planning services firm based in Lansing, where he served as vice president and design director for the firm’s national development projects.

“Paul brings the perspective of designer, business owner and construction manager with a great record of uniting design and building teams to achieve the specific outcomes our clients seek,” said Lance Cage, managing principal for the HOK St. Louis office.

Notable projects that Jacob managed including Lansing, Mich.-based Accident Fund Insurance Company of America’s expansion and historic renovation, Kendall College of Art and Design’s conversion to a new, higher education facility in Grand Rapids, Mich. and Jackson National Life Insurance Company’s headquarters expansion in Lansing.

Jacob is past president of the Construction Owners Association of America-Michigan Chapter.

He earned his degree in architecture from the University of Notre Dame and participated in its Rome studies program in Italy.

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

Oculus Inc. Adds To Its Professional Staff

Carol Saucedo

Carol E. Saucedo as a new Business Developer in their Dallas office. Carol brings over 20 years of marketing and business development experience to Oculus Inc.  She has extensive experience in the Professional Services industry, working with engineering and design firms. Carol will be responsible for the cultivating new opportunities and relationships for Oculus while collaborating with the Corporate Marketing team located in St. Louis to create and implement new marketing and sales strategies. Oculus has been growing their portfolio and office in the Dallas market and Carol will be working to expand relationships and pursue new business opportunities in Dallas and surrounding areas.

“We’ve been searching for the right Business Developer for our Dallas office,” said Lisa Bell-Reim, Oculus Inc. President.  “Carol is the perfect fit for our organization and we can’t wait for our clients to become acquainted with her and to see what new relationships she cultivates.”

Oculus Inc. is a nationally, WBE-Certified, full-service architecture and consulting services firm with offices in St. Louis & Dallas.

Asif Kadiani & Nick Zahner Join Murphy Company 

Asif Kadiani

Asif Kadiani, P.E., CEM, GBE, LEED AP, has joined Murphy Company as senior engineer, design-build. The announcement was made by Mark Bengard, P.E., senior vice president, sales and pre-construction for the mechanical engineering and contracting firm.

A registered professional engineer in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Oklahoma, Kadiani also is a certified energy manager, a green building engineer, and a LEED accredited professional.  He is a member of the editorial advisory board for HPAC Magazine and is a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).

Kadiani holds an MBA from Eastern Illinois University. He earned his master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Bombay, both in Bombay, India.  He also took pre-engineering coursework at the University of Bombay.

Since 1993, Kadiani has worked on major projects in higher education, K-12 education, municipal and government, healthcare, military, data centers, research, communications, transportation and commercial facilities throughout the Midwest.

“We are delighted to welcome Asif to the Murphy team,” said Bengard.  “His expertise in the design and analyses of heating, ventilation and air-conditioning, building automation, fire protection and plumbing systems fits nicely with both our service platforms and the markets we serve. His experience supervising project teams also is very helpful.”

Nicholas Zahner Hired by Murphy Co. as Safety Engineer

Nicholas Kahner

Nicholas (Nick) Zahner has joined Murphy Company as a safety engineer. The announcement was made by Chris Hamilton, director of safety. Zahner is a 2015 graduate of the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg where he majored in safety management. Previously, Nick served as the environmental health and safety coordinator for HarbisonWalker International where he provided safety oversight of all safety programs and policies.

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

Nick Walker Joins IMPACT Strategies as Director of Development & Construction Services

Nick Walker

Nick Walker has 20 years of experience as a registered architect and as a construction manager.  Walker most recently was Vice President of Development and Construction for a St. Louis-based developer and builder of senior housing properties. Walker is a registered architect in Missouri and a member of the American Institute of Architects and NCARB.  He has vast experience in all levels of senior housing projects and is a certified aging-in-place specialist though the NAHB.

A resident of Des Peres, Missouri, Walker earned a bachelor’s degree in Architecture at the University of Kentucky and an MBA at Saint Louis University. He also completed the Construction Leadership Institute program at Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville.

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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 Andy Poirot to Project Director

Andy Poirot

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

Poirot joined McCarthy as a project engineer in 2004 and he currently serves as project director on the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Museum of Westward Expansion and Visitor Center project at the Gateway Arch in downtown St. Louis.

During his McCarthy career, Poirot has worked on healthcare projects at several of the region’s hospitals, including Good Samaritan Regional Health Center in Mount Vernon, Ill.; Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, Ill.; Sarah Bush Lincoln Health System in Mattoon, Ill.; SIH Herrin Hospital in Herrin, Ill.; SSM St. Mary’s Hospital in St. Louis; and HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville, Ill.

“Andy’s exceptional project leadership skills are a tremendous asset to project teams and to McCarthy,” said John Buescher, president of McCarthy’s Central Division.

Poirot received his bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in Edwardsville, Ill. He is active in the Southern Illinois Builders Association and the Southern Illinois Chapter for Healthcare Engineering. He and his family reside in Freeburg, Ill.  

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. is the oldest privately held national construction company in the country – with more than 150 years spent collaborating with partners to solve complex building challenges on behalf of its clients.

Jessica Grafton Joins HOK’s St. Louis office as Senior Interior Design Professional

Jessica Grafton

Jessica Grafton has joined HOK in St. Louis. She will support the HOK team as a senior interior design professional working on several corporate interiors projects in the St. Louis area.

Grafton joins HOK from Gray Design Group in St. Louis, Missouri. She earned her master of architecture and degree in interior design from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.

HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm with a network of 23 offices worldwide.

Sarah Kister Joins Byrne & Jones Construction as Accounting Assistant

Sarah Kister

Sarah Kister has joined Byrne & Jones Construction as an accounting assistant.  Byrne & Jones is one of the largest commercial paving companies in Metro St. Louis and has offices in Peoria, Ill. and Omaha, Neb.

Kister received her degree in law enforcement and corrections from Southeast Missouri State University. Ms. Kister is a resident of St Charles, Mo.

Founded in 1976, Byrne & Jones Construction is a diversified St. Louis civil site contractor serving clients through six divisions – concrete, sports, asphalt, soil stabilization, marine and micro surfacing.  

Jackie Tripi Promoted to Project Engineer at S. M. Wilson & Co.

Jackie Tripi

S. M. Wilson & Co. has promoted Jackie Tripi to Project Engineer. She will be responsible for helping establish procedures with the design professionals, consultants and Owner of projects for information flow, approvals, meetings and reporting. Jackie 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.

Jackie joined S. M. Wilson 10 years ago as a Project Coordinator.  She has worked on a variety of project teams building for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and most recently a public high school and fire station.  She has 22 years of construction industry experience.

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

February 17, 2017

Murphy Company Adds To Professional Staff

Brian Leger

Brian A. Leger has joined Murphy Company as a project manager.  The announcement was made by Kevin M. Suiter, P.E., director of operations for the mechanical engineering and contracting firm.

With more than 11 years’ experience in the construction industry, Leger began his experience as an assistant project manager, and later, as an estimator/assistant construction manager. In 2008, he joined an engineering and fabrication Company specializing in material handling as an engineering field representative.  Since 2010, he has served as a project manager and project engineer for  a mechanical contractor, primarily supporting the Gateway Energy and Coke Company Plant in Granite City, IL.

“Brian has broad experience on projects for refineries, auto plants, steel and power plants, and large manufacturing facilities,” said Suiter.  “His training and experience are tailor-made for our industrial customers.” .

Jeff Gancarz

Jeff Gancarz has joined Murphy Company as an estimator. The announcement was made by Bob Breth, vice-president, estimating.

Gancarz has 12 years of mechanical engineering design experience producing design bid packages for various construction projects in St. Louis and across the U.S.  He holds a bachelor’s

degree in mechanical engineering from the Washington University School of Engineering. He also has served nine years as an MEP construction superintendent for a local general contracting company.

“We are pleased to welcome Jeff to the Murphy team,” said Breth.  “His experience with a number of large projects and his expertise in project engineering on pharmaceutical and biotech manufacturing facilities is invaluable. His 3-D building modeling experience also is a perfect match with Murphy’s engineering platforms.”

Tim Barton

Murphy Company has appointed Timothy H. Barton as vice president, industrial business development. The announcement was made by Joe Skiljan, vice president, heavy industrial for the mechanical engineering and contracting firm.

A 1992 graduate of the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Barton holds a bachelor’s degree in communications. For the past 18 years he was employed by Victaulic, the originator and innovator of grooved coupling technology, offering a variety of coupling sizes and styles for piping applications worldwide.  He began his career there as a territory sales manager and, later, served as a power generation specialist, calling on power plants, technology providers, engineering firms, power plants, refineries and contractors in the Upper Midwest.  Over the years he has been active in the Lignite Energy Council and ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers).

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

S. M. Wilson Names Daniel Harper, LEED AP BD+C AS Senior Project Manager

Dan Harper

Harper will be responsible for managing multi-million dollar senior care construction projects. His duties include project planning, scheduling, tracking costs and maintaining logs for all project information.  He has 30 years of experience in the construction industry, and has worked on a variety of senior care, historic renovation, warehouse and commercial projects.

Harper earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla.  He has an OSHA 30 Hour Construction Safety and Health and is LEED Accredited.

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

Byrne & Jones Construction Adds Project Manager Mike Czeschin to Its Sports Division

Mike Czeschin

Byrne & Jones Constructions sports division has added Mike Czeschin as a project manager.  Byrne & Jones has installed more than 2,000 athletic surfaces in the Midwest, including artificial and natural turf fields for all types of sports as well as track and fields, tennis courts and associated site improvements.

Czeschin coordinates and manages projects for the sports division which serves elementary, secondary and higher education as well as professional sports teams and sports organizations.

Czeschin is a veteran of U.S. Marine Corps and former president of Rivers West Landscaping.

Founded in 1976, Byrne & Jones Construction is a diversified St. Louis civil site contractor serving clients through six divisions – concrete, sports, asphalt, soil stabilization, marine and micro surfacing.  

February 10, 2017

HOK St. Louis Adds Veteran Architect

Paul Jacob

Paul Jacob, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, has joined HOK in St. Louis. A former co-owner and principal at the 15-person MayotteJacob Architects in Lansing, Mich, Jacob has more than 30 years of experience as a designer and project manager. At HOK, Jacob will direct design solutions and project management for highly complex projects in the St. Louis office.

Jacob comes to HOK from The Christman Company, a pre-construction and planning services firm based in Lansing, where he served as vice president and design director for the firm’s national development projects.

“Paul brings the perspective of designer, business owner and construction manager with a great record of uniting design and building teams to achieve the specific outcomes our clients seek,” said Lance Cage, managing principal for the HOK St. Louis office.

Notable projects that Jacob managed including Lansing, Mich.-based Accident Fund Insurance Company of America’s expansion and historic renovation, Kendall College of Art and Design’s conversion to a new, higher education facility in Grand Rapids, Mich. and Jackson National Life Insurance Company’s headquarters expansion in Lansing.

Jacob is past president of the Construction Owners Association of America-Michigan Chapter.

He earned his degree in architecture from the University of Notre Dame and participated in its Rome studies program in Italy.

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

Oculus Inc. Adds To Its Professional Staff

Carol Saucedo

Carol E. Saucedo as a new Business Developer in their Dallas office. Carol brings over 20 years of marketing and business development experience to Oculus Inc.  She has extensive experience in the Professional Services industry, working with engineering and design firms. Carol will be responsible for the cultivating new opportunities and relationships for Oculus while collaborating with the Corporate Marketing team located in St. Louis to create and implement new marketing and sales strategies. Oculus has been growing their portfolio and office in the Dallas market and Carol will be working to expand relationships and pursue new business opportunities in Dallas and surrounding areas.

“We’ve been searching for the right Business Developer for our Dallas office,” said Lisa Bell-Reim, Oculus Inc. President.  “Carol is the perfect fit for our organization and we can’t wait for our clients to become acquainted with her and to see what new relationships she cultivates.”

Oculus Inc. is a nationally, WBE-Certified, full-service architecture and consulting services firm with offices in St. Louis & Dallas.

Asif Kadiani & Nick Zahner Join Murphy Company 

Asif Kadiani

Asif Kadiani, P.E., CEM, GBE, LEED AP, has joined Murphy Company as senior engineer, design-build. The announcement was made by Mark Bengard, P.E., senior vice president, sales and pre-construction for the mechanical engineering and contracting firm.

A registered professional engineer in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Oklahoma, Kadiani also is a certified energy manager, a green building engineer, and a LEED accredited professional.  He is a member of the editorial advisory board for HPAC Magazine and is a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).

Kadiani holds an MBA from Eastern Illinois University. He earned his master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Bombay, both in Bombay, India.  He also took pre-engineering coursework at the University of Bombay.

Since 1993, Kadiani has worked on major projects in higher education, K-12 education, municipal and government, healthcare, military, data centers, research, communications, transportation and commercial facilities throughout the Midwest.

“We are delighted to welcome Asif to the Murphy team,” said Bengard.  “His expertise in the design and analyses of heating, ventilation and air-conditioning, building automation, fire protection and plumbing systems fits nicely with both our service platforms and the markets we serve. His experience supervising project teams also is very helpful.”

Nicholas Zahner Hired by Murphy Co. as Safety Engineer

Nicholas Kahner

Nicholas (Nick) Zahner has joined Murphy Company as a safety engineer. The announcement was made by Chris Hamilton, director of safety. Zahner is a 2015 graduate of the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg where he majored in safety management. Previously, Nick served as the environmental health and safety coordinator for HarbisonWalker International where he provided safety oversight of all safety programs and policies.

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

Nick Walker Joins IMPACT Strategies as Director of Development & Construction Services

Nick Walker

Nick Walker has 20 years of experience as a registered architect and as a construction manager.  Walker most recently was Vice President of Development and Construction for a St. Louis-based developer and builder of senior housing properties. Walker is a registered architect in Missouri and a member of the American Institute of Architects and NCARB.  He has vast experience in all levels of senior housing projects and is a certified aging-in-place specialist though the NAHB.

A resident of Des Peres, Missouri, Walker earned a bachelor’s degree in Architecture at the University of Kentucky and an MBA at Saint Louis University. He also completed the Construction Leadership Institute program at Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville.

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Murphy Appoints Tim Barton VP, Industrial Business Development

Tim Barton

Murphy Company has appointed Timothy H. Barton as vice president, industrial business development. The announcement was made by Joe Skiljan, vice president, heavy industrial for the mechanical engineering and contracting firm.

A 1992 graduate of the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Barton holds a bachelor’s degree in communications. For the past 18 years he was employed by Victaulic, the originator and innovator of grooved coupling technology, offering a variety of coupling sizes and styles for piping applications worldwide.  He began his career there as a territory sales manager and, later, served as a power generation specialist, calling on power plants, technology providers, engineering firms, power plants, refineries and contractors in the Upper Midwest.  Over the years he has been active in the Lignite Energy Council and ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers).

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

S. M. Wilson Names Daniel Harper, LEED AP BD+C AS Senior Project Manager

Dan Harper

Harper will be responsible for managing multi-million dollar senior care construction projects. His duties include project planning, scheduling, tracking costs and maintaining logs for all project information.  He has 30 years of experience in the construction industry, and has worked on a variety of senior care, historic renovation, warehouse and commercial projects.

Harper earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla.  He has an OSHA 30 Hour Construction Safety and Health and is LEED Accredited.

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

Byrne & Jones Construction Adds Project Manager Mike Czeschin to Its Sports Division

Mike Czeschin

Byrne & Jones Constructions sports division has added Mike Czeschin as a project manager.  Byrne & Jones has installed more than 2,000 athletic surfaces in the Midwest, including artificial and natural turf fields for all types of sports as well as track and fields, tennis courts and associated site improvements.

Czeschin coordinates and manages projects for the sports division which serves elementary, secondary and higher education as well as professional sports teams and sports organizations.

Czeschin is a veteran of U.S. Marine Corps and former president of Rivers West Landscaping.

Founded in 1976, Byrne & Jones Construction is a diversified St. Louis civil site contractor serving clients through six divisions – concrete, sports, asphalt, soil stabilization, marine and micro surfacing.  

February 10, 2017

HOK St. Louis Adds Veteran Architect

Paul Jacob

Paul Jacob, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, has joined HOK in St. Louis. A former co-owner and principal at the 15-person MayotteJacob Architects in Lansing, Mich, Jacob has more than 30 years of experience as a designer and project manager. At HOK, Jacob will direct design solutions and project management for highly complex projects in the St. Louis office.

Jacob comes to HOK from The Christman Company, a pre-construction and planning services firm based in Lansing, where he served as vice president and design director for the firm’s national development projects.

“Paul brings the perspective of designer, business owner and construction manager with a great record of uniting design and building teams to achieve the specific outcomes our clients seek,” said Lance Cage, managing principal for the HOK St. Louis office.

Notable projects that Jacob managed including Lansing, Mich.-based Accident Fund Insurance Company of America’s expansion and historic renovation, Kendall College of Art and Design’s conversion to a new, higher education facility in Grand Rapids, Mich. and Jackson National Life Insurance Company’s headquarters expansion in Lansing.

Jacob is past president of the Construction Owners Association of America-Michigan Chapter.

He earned his degree in architecture from the University of Notre Dame and participated in its Rome studies program in Italy.

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

Oculus Inc. Adds To Its Professional Staff

Carol Saucedo

Carol E. Saucedo as a new Business Developer in their Dallas office. Carol brings over 20 years of marketing and business development experience to Oculus Inc.  She has extensive experience in the Professional Services industry, working with engineering and design firms. Carol will be responsible for the cultivating new opportunities and relationships for Oculus while collaborating with the Corporate Marketing team located in St. Louis to create and implement new marketing and sales strategies. Oculus has been growing their portfolio and office in the Dallas market and Carol will be working to expand relationships and pursue new business opportunities in Dallas and surrounding areas.

“We’ve been searching for the right Business Developer for our Dallas office,” said Lisa Bell-Reim, Oculus Inc. President.  “Carol is the perfect fit for our organization and we can’t wait for our clients to become acquainted with her and to see what new relationships she cultivates.”

Oculus Inc. is a nationally, WBE-Certified, full-service architecture and consulting services firm with offices in St. Louis & Dallas.

Asif Kadiani & Nick Zahner Join Murphy Company 

Asif Kadiani

Asif Kadiani, P.E., CEM, GBE, LEED AP, has joined Murphy Company as senior engineer, design-build. The announcement was made by Mark Bengard, P.E., senior vice president, sales and pre-construction for the mechanical engineering and contracting firm.

A registered professional engineer in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Oklahoma, Kadiani also is a certified energy manager, a green building engineer, and a LEED accredited professional.  He is a member of the editorial advisory board for HPAC Magazine and is a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).

Kadiani holds an MBA from Eastern Illinois University. He earned his master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Bombay, both in Bombay, India.  He also took pre-engineering coursework at the University of Bombay.

Since 1993, Kadiani has worked on major projects in higher education, K-12 education, municipal and government, healthcare, military, data centers, research, communications, transportation and commercial facilities throughout the Midwest.

“We are delighted to welcome Asif to the Murphy team,” said Bengard.  “His expertise in the design and analyses of heating, ventilation and air-conditioning, building automation, fire protection and plumbing systems fits nicely with both our service platforms and the markets we serve. His experience supervising project teams also is very helpful.”

Nicholas Zahner Hired by Murphy Co. as Safety Engineer

Nicholas Kahner

Nicholas (Nick) Zahner has joined Murphy Company as a safety engineer. The announcement was made by Chris Hamilton, director of safety. Zahner is a 2015 graduate of the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg where he majored in safety management. Previously, Nick served as the environmental health and safety coordinator for HarbisonWalker International where he provided safety oversight of all safety programs and policies.

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

Nick Walker Joins IMPACT Strategies as Director of Development & Construction Services

Nick Walker

Nick Walker has 20 years of experience as a registered architect and as a construction manager.  Walker most recently was Vice President of Development and Construction for a St. Louis-based developer and builder of senior housing properties. Walker is a registered architect in Missouri and a member of the American Institute of Architects and NCARB.  He has vast experience in all levels of senior housing projects and is a certified aging-in-place specialist though the NAHB.

A resident of Des Peres, Missouri, Walker earned a bachelor’s degree in Architecture at the University of Kentucky and an MBA at Saint Louis University. He also completed the Construction Leadership Institute program at Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville.

February 3, 2017

Ron Landolt,  LANDCO Construction’s CEO, announced two staff promotions at the firm’s Strategic Planning Session held on January 27, 2017.

Linda Bernhard

Linda Bernhard was promoted to President. Linda has over 20 years of experience in the St. Louis commercial construction market in the areas of Construction Management, Strategic Planning, Preconstruction and Human Resources.  Linda is an accredited LEED Green  Associate and recipient of the Project Manager of the Year Award in 2016 from the American Subcontractors Association ( ASA) of the Midwest Council.  Linda is a graduate of the University of Kansas with a degree in Architectural Engineering with an emphasis in Construction Management.

Greg Zuzack

Greg Zuzack was promoted to Vice President. Greg, a graduate of St. Louis University,  joined the firm in 2008 and has over 30 years of experience in the St. Louis commercial construction market in the areas of Business Development, Strategic Planning, Preconstruction and Project Management.  Greg is an accredited LEED Green Associate, and is actively involved with IFMA and BOMA.

“Both Linda Bernhard and Greg Zuzack exemplify a high level of character, competency, and capacity which are exceptional traits that every firm is looking for in their employees. It goes without saying that Linda and Greg are truly genuine leaders in the commercial construction industry. I am extremely proud of their accomplishments and pleased to have both of them on our team,” stated Ron Landolt at the firm’s 2017 Strategic Planning Session.

St. Louis based LANDCO Construction is a leading commercial construction contractor providing Preconstruction, Construction Management and Interior Construction Services.

Architects Dusica Stankovic and Colten Baker Join HOK’s St. Louis Office

Dusica Stankovic

Architects Dusica Stankovic and Colten Baker have joined HOK in St. Louis. Both will support the HOK team working on the Indiana University Health Bloomington Regional Academic Healthcare project. Stankovic serves as a senior project architect and Baker serves as a design professional.

 

Stankovic joins HOK from RDG Planning & Design in Des Moines, Ia. She earned her master of architecture at the University of Belgrade and her degree in architecture from the University of Sarajevo.

Colten Baker

Baker joins HOK from Oculus Inc. in St. Louis, Mo. He earned his master of architecture and degree in architectural studies from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill.

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

Great Rivers Greenway Welcomes Angelica Gutierrez as Project Manager

Angelica Gutierrez

Great Rivers Greenway is pleased to welcome Angelica Gutierrez, of North St. Louis County, to its team of professionals who are working to connect the St. Louis region through the development of greenways so people can live life outside. Gutierrez has joined as Project Manager, overseeing all aspects of greenway construction projects, from community engagement to design and construction. She will also coordinate the organization’s involvement in the Gateway Bike Plan, which aims to identify the regional system of on-street bikeways and develop strategies for education, encouragement, and enforcement to make bicycling safe for people of all ages and abilities.

As an industrial engineer, she brings to Great Rivers Greenway nearly 16 years of experience in project management, including a background in public works and production management. Her prior experience includes nine years with the City of University City, where she most recently held the position of Senior Public Works Manager. Her efforts there included streetscapes, bridge replacement, street and sidewalk repair and maintenance, bicycle facilities and traffic signal installation projects.

Great Rivers Greenway connects the St. Louis region with greenways so people can explore their rivers, parks and communities, making it a vibrant place to live, work

Tauquincy Neal, FM for St. Charles City-County Library District, Earns FMP and SFP Designations

Tauquincy Neal

Tauquincy Neal, facility manager for St. Charles City-County Library District, has attained credentials as a Facility Management Professional (FMP) and Sustainability Facility ProfessionaL (SFP). Only members of the International Facility Management Association can earn these professional designations. Neal is a member of the IFMA St. Louis chapter.

Neal took an extensive online course and passed assessments in four focus areas to achieve the FMP designation. Professionals who earn the designation demonstrate a proven comprehension of the foundations of facility management and knowledge in the core facility management topics deemed critical by employers.

Additionally, she took an extensive online course and passed assessments in three focus areas to achieve the SFP designation. Focus areas provide a complete picture of how SFPs can improve the sustainability of their facilities in all eight major categories of sustainable facility management as defined by IFMA: energy, water, materials and resources, workplace management, indoor environmental quality, quality of services, waste and site impact.

Neal started with the St. Charles City-County Library District in August 2015, as its first facility manager. She manages the day-to-day maintenance of all buildings and grounds, projects, and all contractors and vendors, as well as its delivery and supply operations. The library district comprises 12 branches in St. Charles City and County. She also is responsible for its administrative office.

Neal has been a member of IFMA St. Louis since 2015.

IFMA St. Louis offers its members a learning and networking environment among its diverse membership, and supplies its members with the tools to achieve their professional goals.  

Jake Haggmark Joins HOK’s St. Louis Office as Senior Design Professional

Jake Haggmark

Jake Haggmark has joined HOK in St. Louis. He will support the HOK team as a senior design professional working on high-profile, corporate design projects across the US.

Haggmark joins HOK from CannonDesign in St. Louis, Missouri. He earned his master of architecture from the Knowlton School of Architecture at The Ohio State University and his degree in architecture from Alfred State College.

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

Lee Burford Joins Holland Construction Services as Senior Project Manager

Lee Burford

Holland Construction Services (Holland), is pleased to announce that Lee Burford has joined the Holland team as Senior Project Manager. Lee comes to Holland with over 36 years of construction management experience overseeing a variety of multi-million dollar projects both as a project manager and project director.

Lee has the designation of Certified Professional Constructor, the American Institute of Constructors highest level of certification only given to established constructors with years of project oversight experience.   He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management from Bradley University.

Holland Construction Services is a full-service construction management, general contracting, and design/build firm based in Swansea, Ill.

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