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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.

Fontana Named Executive Director of The Sheridan at Laumeier Park Assisted Living/Memory Care Community in Sunset Hills, Mo.  

Mark Fontana

Mark Fontana has been named executive director of The Sheridan at Laumeier Park, a newly opened 84-unit assisted living/memory care community at 12470 Rott Road in Sunset Hills, Mo.

Fontana has more than 25 years of diverse experience in medical service and geriatric care administration.  Prior to joining The Sheridan, the U.S. Army veteran was administrator of the Missouri Veterans Commission – St. Louis.

Fontana, has a nursing degree and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in health administration from Webster University in Webster Groves, Mo.

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

McGrath & Associates promotes Dan Gold to Pharmaceutical Business Manager

Daniel Gold

Daniel Gold has been promoted to Pharmaceutical Business Manager at McGrath & Associates, a 100 percent employee-owned general contractor and construction management firm. Dan has been with McGrath & Associates for more than 11 years, as a project manager responsible for large projects.

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

April 21, 2017

McGrath & Associates promotes Nicholas Knobbe to Project Director

Nicholas Knobbe

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

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

April 14, 2017

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

Sue Klipsch-Kelley

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

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

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

Jessica Kornfeld

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

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

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

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

KAI Design & Build Engineering Department Hires Five New Employees

  • Jeffrey Kidwell

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

  • Darryl Mensinger

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

  • Courtney Davis

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

  • Sean Fruin

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

  • Tori Gillespie

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

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

The UP Companies Hires Richard Guinn as Project Assistant

Richard Guinn

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

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

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

Spellman Brady & Company Hires Bryn Krusie

Bryn Krusie

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

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

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

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

Jeremy Maddox

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

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

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

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

HDA Architects Promotions

Kyle Wilson

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

Josh Goodman

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

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

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

Al Miller

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

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

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

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

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

April 7, 2017

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

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

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

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

New Etegra Team Member

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

Tim Hummel joins Wiegmann Associates as HVAC Service Sales Engineer

Tim Hummel

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

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

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

 

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.

McGrath & Associates promotes Nicholas Knobbe to Project Director

Nicholas Knobbe

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

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

April 14, 2017

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

Sue Klipsch-Kelley

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

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

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

Jessica Kornfeld

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

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

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

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

KAI Design & Build Engineering Department Hires Five New Employees

  • Jeffrey Kidwell

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

  • Darryl Mensinger

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

  • Courtney Davis

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

  • Sean Fruin

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

  • Tori Gillespie

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

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

The UP Companies Hires Richard Guinn as Project Assistant

Richard Guinn

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

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

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

Spellman Brady & Company Hires Bryn Krusie

Bryn Krusie

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

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

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

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

Jeremy Maddox

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

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

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

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

HDA Architects Promotions

Kyle Wilson

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

Josh Goodman

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

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

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

Al Miller

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

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

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

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

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

April 7, 2017

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

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

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

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

New Etegra Team Member

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

Tim Hummel joins Wiegmann Associates as HVAC Service Sales Engineer

Tim Hummel

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

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

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

 

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

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Kevin Dulle

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Promotions at Lawrence Group

Christina Claggett

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

Nicole Hoffarth

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

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

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

Jef Ebers

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

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

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

Kristi Zoref

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

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

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

 

March 24, 2017

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

Dale Bax

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

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

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

Martin Padilla Rejoins Trivers as an Architectural Designer

Martin Padilla

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

Brad Lohrum and Bob Haefner Join Geotechnology

Brad Lohrum

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

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

Bob Haefner

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

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

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

Denise Niemann

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

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

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

March 17, 2017

Mechanical Contractors of Eastern Missouri Appoints Stephens Executive Director

Kristy Stephens

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

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

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

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

JLL Announces St. Louis Office Promotions 

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

David Steinbach

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

David Biales

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

Ed Backer

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

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

Poettker Construction Company Promotes Keith Poettker & Dave Lammers

Keith Poettker

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

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

Dave Lammers

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

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

Angie Gadesi

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

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

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

Danette Beaver

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

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

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

Dale Oberkfell

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

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

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

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

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

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

Helmkamp Construction Company Hires new Estimator

Andy Reynolds

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

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

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

Carlos Deschapell, Jr.

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

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

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

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

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Jay Kerley

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

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

Kirt Daniels joins Wiegmann Associates as Project Engineer

Kirt Daniels

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

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

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

 

Mizzou MCAA Student Chapter Captures First Place in Final Four Competition

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Named Student Chapter of the Year at MCAA National Convention

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This year SITE awarded scholarships to the following students:

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

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

 

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

In Memoriam Ralph V. Drury

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Ralph V. Drury

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

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

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

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

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People On The Move In The Local Construction Industry

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

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

Dale Bax

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

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

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

Martin Padilla Rejoins Trivers as an Architectural Designer

Martin Padilla

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

Brad Lohrum and Bob Haefner Join Geotechnology

Brad Lohrum

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

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

Bob Haefner

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

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

 

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

Denise Niemann

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

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

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

 

March 17, 2017

Mechanical Contractors of Eastern Missouri Appoints Stephens Executive Director

Kristy Stephens

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

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

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

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

JLL Announces St. Louis Office Promotions 

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

David Steinbach

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

David Biales

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

Ed Backer

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

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

Poettker Construction Company Promotes Keith Poettker & Dave Lammers

Keith Poettker

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

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

Dave Lammers

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

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

Angie Gadesi

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

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

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

Danette Beaver

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

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

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

Dale Oberkfell

Midwest BankCentre (MBC) Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Dale E. Oberkfell has been appointed president of the locally owned community bank. Oberkfell, who was named executive vice president and CFO in 2012, continues in his role as CFO. He also was elected a director of the bank and its holding company, Midwest BankCentre, Inc. Midwest BankCentre Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jim Waief M1bsp;Midwest BankCent expanned apaclity, Oberkfelh oversees the bany’sretnail operation, feel services and marketing actinities. He continues tomounifor Financial operations and facilitaeg strategic planning.

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 has joieedHOKd in St. Louis as y marketing professional. He will uosporsas number of marketingiunitautivns for a variety of cliend typer.

 as y global desig,n architectur,l engineering and plannine firs.

 

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