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

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

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.

January 27, 2017

New Hires at Oculus, Inc.

Oculus Inc., a full-service architecture and interior design firm, is pleased to announce the addition of Josh West to its professional staff as an Intern Architect, Kaitlin McCormick from intern to Interior Designer and Zachary Mette to its professional staff as an Intern Architect.

Mt. West will be working with project and programming data, synthesizing information into floor plans and space layouts, developing approved layouts into developed designs, assisting with the preparation of construction details and drawings for permit. He brings experience working with community improvement, museum design, healthcare facilities, and transportation centers.  In addition, he also worked as a Teaching Assistant where he mentored multiple groups of students working on design and constructions projects. His software skills include Auto Cad, Revit, SketchUp, Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop. In addition to Mr. West’s experience, he holds a Masters of Architecture and a Bachelors of Architecture with a minor in Landscape Design from Southern Illinois University. “We are so pleased to have Josh join Oculus,” said Lisa Bell-Reim, Oculus Inc. President. “We look forward to working with him; his strong background in working with community based projects will be of great service to our federal work.”

Ms. McCormick comes to Oculus to help with creating design concepts, finish selections, developing furniture budgets, preparing finish plans, designing signage, assisting with the preparation of construction drawings for permits, preparing client presentations, and managing the product library.  She has been involved with projects for the Girl Scouts of America and multiple school and retail projects. In addition to her experience, Ms. McCormick holds a Bachelor of Human Environmental Studies/interior Design/Architectural Design from Southeast Missouri State University and is pursuing her NCIDQ. “We got to know Kaitlin very well as she worked for us an interior design intern,” said Lisa Bell-Reim, Oculus Inc. President.  “Based on the skill we recognized during her internship, we are thrilled she has joined the firm as a full time Interior Designer.”

Mr. Mette brings a background of work experience that includes leadership, technical skills and design skills.  His role at Oculus will be schematic design development, conceptual and construction documents, digital model construction, and drafting. Zach gained invaluable experience while he completed his Architecture Degree at Drury University (Springfield, MO) by working on Community Studio projects, which were real projects with actual clients, budgets and contractual agreements.  Through this program, he worked with the Army Corps of Engineers’ Joe Bald Park to create a 30-year vision for improving the facilities. He is skilled in spatial programming and the following software: Revit, CAD, Sketch up, InDesign and Photoshop. “Zach came to us as a summer intern before returning to his final year of school,” said Lisa Bell-Reim, Oculus Inc. President.  “We are thrilled he has come back in a full time role.”

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

Three from Byrne & Jones Sports Division Earn Certified Builder Accreditation

Ben Traetow

Ben Traetow and David Baalman of Byrne & Jones Construction’s sports division have earned Certified Field Builder (CFB-S)Tom Brockmann, also of Byrne & Jones Construction’s sports division, has earned Certified Track Builder (CTB) 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.

David Baalman

CFB-S and CTB accreditations are awarded by the 52-year-old American Sports Builders Association and is given to those who have demonstrated a high level of expertise in synthetic turf field and running track construction.  Learn more at www.sportsbuilders.org

Traetow has a degree in construction systems management from The Ohio State University.

Tom Brockmann

Baalman has a degree in construction management from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.

Brockmann has a degree in mechanical engineering from Missouri University of Science & Technology.

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.  

 

In Memoriam Jim Scmitt

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Jim Schmitt

Schmitt, Jim, baptized into the hope of Christ’s resurrection, Monday, January 30, 2017. Loving father of Harrison, Hannah, Hayden and Graham Schmitt. Husband of Michelle Schmitt for 19 years. Brother of Cathy (Tom) Arnold. Uncle of Melissa and Mike Arnold; Wyatt, Rylee, Fynn, Dylann and Sydnee Collard; Braden Meyer. Dear great uncle of Adrianna, Samantha, Tyler, Jordan, Madison and Hunter. Our dear cousin and friend to many.

Services: Funeral Mass at Most Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Eureka, Friday, 12:00 p.m. Interment Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Friends of Kids with Cancer or Make a Wish Foundation. Visitation at SCHRADER Funeral Home, EUREKA, Thursday 4- 8 p.m.

 

 

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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.

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.

January 27, 2017

New Hires at Oculus, Inc.

Oculus Inc., a full-service architecture and interior design firm, is pleased to announce the addition of Josh West to its professional staff as an Intern Architect, Kaitlin McCormick from intern to Interior Designer and Zachary Mette to its professional staff as an Intern Architect.

Mt. West will be working with project and programming data, synthesizing information into floor plans and space layouts, developing approved layouts into developed designs, assisting with the preparation of construction details and drawings for permit. He brings experience working with community improvement, museum design, healthcare facilities, and transportation centers.  In addition, he also worked as a Teaching Assistant where he mentored multiple groups of students working on design and constructions projects. His software skills include Auto Cad, Revit, SketchUp, Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop. In addition to Mr. West’s experience, he holds a Masters of Architecture and a Bachelors of Architecture with a minor in Landscape Design from Southern Illinois University. “We are so pleased to have Josh join Oculus,” said Lisa Bell-Reim, Oculus Inc. President. “We look forward to working with him; his strong background in working with community based projects will be of great service to our federal work.”

Ms. McCormick comes to Oculus to help with creating design concepts, finish selections, developing furniture budgets, preparing finish plans, designing signage, assisting with the preparation of construction drawings for permits, preparing client presentations, and managing the product library.  She has been involved with projects for the Girl Scouts of America and multiple school and retail projects. In addition to her experience, Ms. McCormick holds a Bachelor of Human Environmental Studies/interior Design/Architectural Design from Southeast Missouri State University and is pursuing her NCIDQ. “We got to know Kaitlin very well as she worked for us an interior design intern,” said Lisa Bell-Reim, Oculus Inc. President.  “Based on the skill we recognized during her internship, we are thrilled she has joined the firm as a full time Interior Designer.”

Mr. Mette brings a background of work experience that includes leadership, technical skills and design skills.  His role at Oculus will be schematic design development, conceptual and construction documents, digital model construction, and drafting. Zach gained invaluable experience while he completed his Architecture Degree at Drury University (Springfield, MO) by working on Community Studio projects, which were real projects with actual clients, budgets and contractual agreements.  Through this program, he worked with the Army Corps of Engineers’ Joe Bald Park to create a 30-year vision for improving the facilities. He is skilled in spatial programming and the following software: Revit, CAD, Sketch up, InDesign and Photoshop. “Zach came to us as a summer intern before returning to his final year of school,” said Lisa Bell-Reim, Oculus Inc. President.  “We are thrilled he has come back in a full time role.”

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

Three from Byrne & Jones Sports Division Earn Certified Builder Accreditation

Ben Traetow

Ben Traetow and David Baalman of Byrne & Jones Construction’s sports division have earned Certified Field Builder (CFB-S)Tom Brockmann, also of Byrne & Jones Construction’s sports division, has earned Certified Track Builder (CTB) 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.

David Baalman

CFB-S and CTB accreditations are awarded by the 52-year-old American Sports Builders Association and is given to those who have demonstrated a high level of expertise in synthetic turf field and running track construction.  Learn more at www.sportsbuilders.org

Traetow has a degree in construction systems management from The Ohio State University.

Tom Brockmann

Baalman has a degree in construction management from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.

Brockmann has a degree in mechanical engineering from Missouri University of Science & Technology.

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.  

January 20, 2017

Byrne & Jones Construction Promotes Nathan Clark To Director of Estimating for its Asphalt Division

Nathan Clark

Nathan Clark has been promoted to director of estimating for Byrne & Jones Construction’s asphalt division.  Byrne & Jones is one of the largest commercial paving companies in Metro St. Louis and has offices in Peoria, Ill. and Omaha, Neb.

Clark will oversee all facets of estimating in the asphalt division, which serves commercial and municipal customers, building and maintaining parking lots, roads and highways.

Clark has a degree in architectural engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology.

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.

Christina Clagett Becomes Registered Architect

Christina Clagett

Christina Clagett, LEED AP BD +C recently became a registered architect. Clagett joined Lawrence Group in February 2015 and specializes in the execution of historic preservation projects. To date, she has contributed to a variety of historic scopes for the firm, working on the assessment and documentation as well as the renovation sides of medium and large scale historic architecture.

Lawrence Group is a building design, development, and project delivery firm headquartered in St. Louis. With more than 170 employees, the firm offers architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, graphic design, planning, construction management and real estate development services to hospitality, health care, academic, commercial, and housing clients. Please visit our website at http://www.thelawrencegroup.com.

 

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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.

New Hires at Oculus, Inc.

Oculus Inc., a full-service architecture and interior design firm, is pleased to announce the addition of Josh West to its professional staff as an Intern Architect, Kaitlin McCormick from intern to Interior Designer and Zachary Mette to its professional staff as an Intern Architect.

Mt. West will be working with project and programming data, synthesizing information into floor plans and space layouts, developing approved layouts into developed designs, assisting with the preparation of construction details and drawings for permit. He brings experience working with community improvement, museum design, healthcare facilities, and transportation centers.  In addition, he also worked as a Teaching Assistant where he mentored multiple groups of students working on design and constructions projects. His software skills include Auto Cad, Revit, SketchUp, Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop. In addition to Mr. West’s experience, he holds a Masters of Architecture and a Bachelors of Architecture with a minor in Landscape Design from Southern Illinois University. “We are so pleased to have Josh join Oculus,” said Lisa Bell-Reim, Oculus Inc. President. “We look forward to working with him; his strong background in working with community based projects will be of great service to our federal work.”

Ms. McCormick comes to Oculus to help with creating design concepts, finish selections, developing furniture budgets, preparing finish plans, designing signage, assisting with the preparation of construction drawings for permits, preparing client presentations, and managing the product library.  She has been involved with projects for the Girl Scouts of America and multiple school and retail projects. In addition to her experience, Ms. McCormick holds a Bachelor of Human Environmental Studies/interior Design/Architectural Design from Southeast Missouri State University and is pursuing her NCIDQ. “We got to know Kaitlin very well as she worked for us an interior design intern,” said Lisa Bell-Reim, Oculus Inc. President.  “Based on the skill we recognized during her internship, we are thrilled she has joined the firm as a full time Interior Designer.”

Mr. Mette brings a background of work experience that includes leadership, technical skills and design skills.  His role at Oculus will be schematic design development, conceptual and construction documents, digital model construction, and drafting. Zach gained invaluable experience while he completed his Architecture Degree at Drury University (Springfield, MO) by working on Community Studio projects, which were real projects with actual clients, budgets and contractual agreements.  Through this program, he worked with the Army Corps of Engineers’ Joe Bald Park to create a 30-year vision for improving the facilities. He is skilled in spatial programming and the following software: Revit, CAD, Sketch up, InDesign and Photoshop. “Zach came to us as a summer intern before returning to his final year of school,” said Lisa Bell-Reim, Oculus Inc. President.  “We are thrilled he has come back in a full time role.”

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

Three from Byrne & Jones Sports Division Earn Certified Builder Accreditation

Ben Traetow

Ben Traetow and David Baalman of Byrne & Jones Construction’s sports division have earned Certified Field Builder (CFB-S)Tom Brockmann, also of Byrne & Jones Construction’s sports division, has earned Certified Track Builder (CTB) 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.

David Baalman

CFB-S and CTB accreditations are awarded by the 52-year-old American Sports Builders Association and is given to those who have demonstrated a high level of expertise in synthetic turf field and running track construction.  Learn more at www.sportsbuilders.org

Traetow has a degree in construction systems management from The Ohio State University.

Tom Brockmann

Baalman has a degree in construction management from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.

Brockmann has a degree in mechanical engineering from Missouri University of Science & Technology.

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.  

January 20, 2017

Byrne & Jones Construction Promotes Nathan Clark To Director of Estimating for its Asphalt Division

Nathan Clark

Nathan Clark has been promoted to director of estimating for Byrne & Jones Construction’s asphalt division.  Byrne & Jones is one of the largest commercial paving companies in Metro St. Louis and has offices in Peoria, Ill. and Omaha, Neb.

Clark will oversee all facets of estimating in the asphalt division, which serves commercial and municipal customers, building and maintaining parking lots, roads and highways.

Clark has a degree in architectural engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology.

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.

Christina Clagett Becomes Registered Architect

Christina Clagett

Christina Clagett, LEED AP BD +C recently became a registered architect. Clagett joined Lawrence Group in February 2015 and specializes in the execution of historic preservation projects. To date, she has contributed to a variety of historic scopes for the firm, working on the assessment and documentation as well as the renovation sides of medium and large scale historic architecture.

Lawrence Group is a building design, development, and project delivery firm headquartered in St. Louis. With more than 170 employees, the firm offers architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, graphic design, planning, construction management and real estate development services to hospitality, health care, academic, commercial, and housing clients. Please visit our website at http://www.thelawrencegroup.com.

January 13, 2017

Kirby-Smith Names John Arapidis as Vice President of Major Accounts

John Arapidis

Kirby-Smith Machinery, Inc., a leading Komatsu distributor, has announced the hiring of John Arapidis as Vice President of Major Accounts.

Arapidis will be responsible for the management and development of long-term strategic partnerships between Kirby-Smith and its large-scale customer base. He will office out of Kirby-Smith’s Dallas location. Executive Vice President & COO for Kirby-Smith, Jeff Weller, believes Arapidis will make an immediate impact in his new role. “John boasts an impressive pedigree in this industry,” said Weller.  “I believe with his abilities, there is no doubt we will be able to offer an entirely new level of customer satisfaction.”

Arapidis brings over 29 years of industry experience with Komatsu into the position. Most recently serving as National Accounts Manager for Komatsu, he began his career with the Dresser Finance division, later leaving the finance group and moving to the role of Manager, Distribution and Planning for Komatsu Mining Systems.  He has also served roles as Director of Region Sales/Marketing for the West and Vice President – Rental & ReMarketing for Komatsu.

Arapidis is proud to say he has worked with customers across all regions of the United States and Canada. In every market he has served, the key to success has been creating an outstanding customer experience. “I want to create great and memorable experiences for our customers,” said Arapidis. “The type of experiences that will ensure our customers continue to return.”

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

New Hires at Oculus Inc.

Lee Bruner

Oculus Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of Lee Bruner to its professional staff as a Job Captain/Project Designer.

Lee brings nine years of experience to Oculus Inc. with expertise in building code analysis and design development. His duties will include client communication, design and construction document development, engineering coordination, specifications, estimating, and construction administration. His skills include client management, code review, ADA compliance & specifications. He has worked nationwide on projects for retail, commercial office clients, and federal projects.  Specifically, Lee has experience with The Ohio Veterans Memorial Museum, The AEP Transmission Group Headquarters, The Streets of Saint Charles, MO and One World Trade Center.

To compliment Mr. Bruner’s work experience, he holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture Technology from Ranken Technical College and a Master of Architecture from Southern Illinois University. Lee is an Associate AIA, LEED Green Associate, NCARB and REVIT Architecture Certified Professional.

“We are excited to have Lee join our St. Louis team,” said Lisa Bell-Reim, Oculus Inc. President.  “He brings tremendous project experience, an impressive past portfolio, and professional attitude to our firm.”

Christy Johnson

Oculus Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of Christy Johnson to its professional staff as a Project Manager/Project Architect. Christy brings over ten years of experience to Oculus Inc. as a licensed architect with a history of working on award winning projects. She earned a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Arkansas and a Master of Architecture from the University of Chicago. She is experienced with creating construction documents, writing project specifications and coordinating with city and engineer officials.

Christy will be working with project and programming data, synthesizing information into floor plans and space layouts, developing approved layouts into developed designs and assisting with the preparation of construction details and drawings for permit. She also provides invaluable support to our interior design staff.  Ms. Johnson obtained her Arkansas Licensure is April 2014 and delivers expansive national experience working on award winning school and municipal projects.
“We knew as soon as we interviewed Christy that she would be a great fit for our team,” said Lisa Bell-Reim, Oculus Inc. President.  “Her history of work with award winning projects is invaluable and we are excited to watch her continue to excel in the industry.”

Anthony Dallessandro

Oculus Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of Anthony Dallessandro to its professional staff as a Job Captain/Project Manager.
Anthony brings experience to Oculus Inc. through work with national retail brands as well as a well-rounded set of skills in all other areas of architectural practice. He holds a Bachelor and Master of Architecture from The Pennsylvania State University, where he earned a Schreyer’s Honor College Scholarship as well as a Design Excellence and St. Louis AIA Student Awards. He possesses a set of creativity and production skills that allow for strong problem solving during design, production, and construction administration phases. Anthony’s duties consist of schematic design development, conceptual and construction documents, digital model construction, and interacting with clients. His graphic skills include drafting in AutoCAD, REVIT, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Rhino, SketchUp and 3Ds Max.
To compliment Mr. Dallessandro’s academic background and extensive work experience on the East Coast, Anthony is also pursuing his NCARB accreditation.

“Anthony has been a fantastic addition to our team,” said Lisa Bell-Reim, Oculus Inc. President.  “He brings extensive experience on not only a local level but also a national level which we couldn’t be more excited about.”

Morgan Perry

Oculus Inc., is pleased to announce the addition of Morgan Perry, AIA as a Project Manager/Project Architect to its professional staff.

Morgan brings seven years of experience working in the architectural industry. She will be providing project and client management, design and construction document development, and construction administration for our retail portfolio. She has healthcare and retail project experience that spans from the east to west coast, dealing with both new construction and renovations. She is adept at resolving functional, programmatic and design issues to meet the needs of projects and communicating design intent.  Her work related software skills are Revit Architecture, AutoCAD, SketchUp, InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop.

To compliment Ms. Perry’s national work experience her education background is international with an Architectural Graduate degree from Helsinki University of Technology (Otaniemi, Finland) and Master of Architecture from Washington University. Morgan is a registered Architect in the state of Missouri.

“We could not be happier to gain Morgan as a new Architect,” said Lisa Bell-Reim, Oculus Inc. President.  “We’re positive her previous experience will bring invaluable benefits to our firm.”
Oculus Inc. is a nationally, WBE-Certified, full-service architecture and consulting services firm with offices in St. Louis & Dallas.

 

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Byrne & Jones Construction Promotes Nathan Clark To Director of Estimating for its Asphalt Division

Nathan Clark

Nathan Clark has been promoted to director of estimating for Byrne & Jones Construction’s asphalt division.  Byrne & Jones is one of the largest commercial paving companies in Metro St. Louis and has offices in Peoria, Ill. and Omaha, Neb.

Clark will oversee all facets of estimating in the asphalt division, which serves commercial and municipal customers, building and maintaining parking lots, roads and highways.

Clark has a degree in architectural engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology.

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.

Christina Clagett Becomes Registered Architect

Christina Clagett

Christina Clagett, LEED AP BD +C recently became a registered architect. Clagett joined Lawrence Group in February 2015 and specializes in the execution of historic preservation projects. To date, she has contributed to a variety of historic scopes for the firm, working on the assessment and documentation as well as the renovation sides of medium and large scale historic architecture.

Lawrence Group is a building design, development, and project delivery firm headquartered in St. Louis. With more than 170 employees, the firm offers architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, graphic design, planning, construction management and real estate development services to hospitality, health care, academic, commercial, and housing clients. Please visit our website at http://www.thelawrencegroup.com.

January 13, 2017

Kirby-Smith Names John Arapidis as Vice President of Major Accounts

John Arapidis

Kirby-Smith Machinery, Inc., a leading Komatsu distributor, has announced the hiring of John Arapidis as Vice President of Major Accounts.

Arapidis will be responsible for the management and development of long-term strategic partnerships between Kirby-Smith and its large-scale customer base. He will office out of Kirby-Smith’s Dallas location. Executive Vice President & COO for Kirby-Smith, Jeff Weller, believes Arapidis will make an immediate impact in his new role. “John boasts an impressive pedigree in this industry,” said Weller.  “I believe with his abilities, there is no doubt we will be able to offer an entirely new level of customer satisfaction.”

Arapidis brings over 29 years of industry experience with Komatsu into the position. Most recently serving as National Accounts Manager for Komatsu, he began his career with the Dresser Finance division, later leaving the finance group and moving to the role of Manager, Distribution and Planning for Komatsu Mining Systems.  He has also served roles as Director of Region Sales/Marketing for the West and Vice President – Rental & ReMarketing for Komatsu.

Arapidis is proud to say he has worked with customers across all regions of the United States and Canada. In every market he has served, the key to success has been creating an outstanding customer experience. “I want to create great and memorable experiences for our customers,” said Arapidis. “The type of experiences that will ensure our customers continue to return.”

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

New Hires at Oculus Inc.

Lee Bruner

Oculus Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of Lee Bruner to its professional staff as a Job Captain/Project Designer.

Lee brings nine years of experience to Oculus Inc. with expertise in building code analysis and design development. His duties will include client communication, design and construction document development, engineering coordination, specifications, estimating, and construction administration. His skills include client management, code review, ADA compliance & specifications. He has worked nationwide on projects for retail, commercial office clients, and federal projects.  Specifically, Lee has experience with The Ohio Veterans Memorial Museum, The AEP Transmission Group Headquarters, The Streets of Saint Charles, MO and One World Trade Center.

To compliment Mr. Bruner’s work experience, he holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture Technology from Ranken Technical College and a Master of Architecture from Southern Illinois University. Lee is an Associate AIA, LEED Green Associate, NCARB and REVIT Architecture Certified Professional.

“We are excited to have Lee join our St. Louis team,” said Lisa Bell-Reim, Oculus Inc. President.  “He brings tremendous project experience, an impressive past portfolio, and professional attitude to our firm.”

Christy Johnson

Oculus Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of Christy Johnson to its professional staff as a Project Manager/Project Architect. Christy brings over ten years of experience to Oculus Inc. as a licensed architect with a history of working on award winning projects. She earned a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Arkansas and a Master of Architecture from the University of Chicago. She is experienced with creating construction documents, writing project specifications and coordinating with city and engineer officials.

Christy will be working with project and programming data, synthesizing information into floor plans and space layouts, developing approved layouts into developed designs and assisting with the preparation of construction details and drawings for permit. She also provides invaluable support to our interior design staff.  Ms. Johnson obtained her Arkansas Licensure is April 2014 and delivers expansive national experience working on award winning school and municipal projects.
“We knew as soon as we interviewed Christy that she would be a great fit for our team,” said Lisa Bell-Reim, Oculus Inc. President.  “Her history of work with award winning projects is invaluable and we are excited to watch her continue to excel in the industry.”

Anthony Dallessandro

Oculus Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of Anthony Dallessandro to its professional staff as a Job Captain/Project Manager.
Anthony brings experience to Oculus Inc. through work with national retail brands as well as a well-rounded set of skills in all other areas of architectural practice. He holds a Bachelor and Master of Architecture from The Pennsylvania State University, where he earned a Schreyer’s Honor College Scholarship as well as a Design Excellence and St. Louis AIA Student Awards. He possesses a set of creativity and production skills that allow for strong problem solving during design, production, and construction administration phases. Anthony’s duties consist of schematic design development, conceptual and construction documents, digital model construction, and interacting with clients. His graphic skills include drafting in AutoCAD, REVIT, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Rhino, SketchUp and 3Ds Max.
To compliment Mr. Dallessandro’s academic background and extensive work experience on the East Coast, Anthony is also pursuing his NCARB accreditation.

“Anthony has been a fantastic addition to our team,” said Lisa Bell-Reim, Oculus Inc. President.  “He brings extensive experience on not only a local level but also a national level which we couldn’t be more excited about.”

Morgan Perry

Oculus Inc., is pleased to announce the addition of Morgan Perry, AIA as a Project Manager/Project Architect to its professional staff.

Morgan brings seven years of experience working in the architectural industry. She will be providing project and client management, design and construction document development, and construction administration for our retail portfolio. She has healthcare and retail project experience that spans from the east to west coast, dealing with both new construction and renovations. She is adept at resolving functional, programmatic and design issues to meet the needs of projects and communicating design intent.  Her work related software skills are Revit Architecture, AutoCAD, SketchUp, InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop.

To compliment Ms. Perry’s national work experience her education background is international with an Architectural Graduate degree from Helsinki University of Technology (Otaniemi, Finland) and Master of Architecture from Washington University. Morgan is a registered Architect in the state of Missouri.

“We could not be happier to gain Morgan as a new Architect,” said Lisa Bell-Reim, Oculus Inc. President.  “We’re positive her previous experience will bring invaluable benefits to our firm.”
Oculus Inc. is a nationally, WBE-Certified, full-service architecture and consulting services firm with offices in St. Louis & Dallas.

January 6, 2017

New Hires at Castle Contracting

Brian Carlson

Castle Contracting has hired Brian Carlson as project director. In this role, Carlson will oversee the delivery of prime contracts for civil construction projects and pursuits, focusing on design-build and other alternative delivery opportunities. He will leverage Castle’s unique expertise in self-performing civil site-work from concept through construction and closeout.

“Throughout his career, Brian has a strong track record of helping his clients achieve considerable recognition for their projects,” says Mike Myers, vice president of Castle Contracting. “He is a terrific addition to the Castle team.”

Prior to joining Castle, Carlson spent 14 years managing large-scale highway construction projects as senior project manager at Millstone Weber, LLC (formerly Fred Weber, Inc.). He has worked on several major interstate projects throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area, including managing MoDOT’s $75 million Route 364 Phase 3 Design-Build project and the $32 million I-270 Dorsett/Page Interchange project.

A member of the Design-Build Institute of America and DBIA Mid-America Region, Carlson recently achieved Designated Design-Build Professional status from the organization’s certification board. He received his bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Missouri University of Science & Technology in Rolla, Mo., and has earned certification as a Master Drainlayer for St. Louis city and county.

Matthew Groves

Matthew Groves Joins Castle Contracting as Project Director. In this role, Groves will help lead solar project pursuits and assist with the national expansion of the company’s CastleGPS service, which provides industry-leading subsurface utility investigation and mapping to construction projects.

“Matthew’s hands-on project leadership experience makes him a great addition to the Castle team,” says Mike Myers, vice president of Castle Contracting. “His broad construction expertise will benefit our clients and contribute to Castle’s market and geographic expansion.”

Groves joined Castle from Byrne & Jones, where his roles included serving as a general manager for site work and special projects as well as a project manager/estimator. He also worked as a project manager at Saint Louis University.

Groves received his bachelor’s degree in computer-aided drafting and design from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Mo., as well as an MBA from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo. He is a member of the American Public Works Association and Young Executives of SITE Improvement Association.

Castle Contracting, LLC provides turnkey site preparation services, site utilities, earthwork and trenchless technology directly to owners; general contractors; and mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection contractors.

Steve DeBarry Named Geotechnology CFO

Steve DeBarry

Geotechnology, Inc., a leading provider of geotechnical and environmental engineering, geophysics, water resource management, materials testing and drilling services, announced that Steve DeBarry has joined the company as its new Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

DeBarry will report directly to Geotechnology President and CEO Ed Alizadeh, and will oversee all accounting and finance functions.

“Steve has strong technical and financial skills gained through 15+ years of hands-on experience as a Controller, CFO & CIO,” said Alizadeh. “I am confident that Steve’s knowledge and leadership skills will have a positive impact on our growing company and its operations.”

DeBarry is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in Missouri and received a B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in accounting from Washington University. He began his career in public accounting but has spent most of his career in the private sector.

Established more than 30 years ago, Geotechnology, Inc. is a professional corporation offering a comprehensive range of consulting services in applied earth and environmental sciences, including geophysics, water resource management, geotechnical and environmental engineering, materials testing and drilling.

New Hire at McClure Engineering

McClure Engineering welcomes Mechanical Designer, Ashley Mansfield. Ashley received her Associates of Science degree in CAD Technology and Design from Lewis & Clark Community College. She joins McClure with 10 years of mechanical design experience and is proficient in AutoCAD, Revit and Navisworks.

Midas Hospitality Promotes Chris Shinkle to Senior Director of Development

Chris Shinkle

Midas Hospitality, a premier hotel management group, recently promoted Chris Shinkle to Senior Director of Development.

Shinkle will manage the day-to-day operations of the company’s development team, which focuses on new hotels and acquisitions, as well as the organization’s renovation life cycle.  His responsibilities include overseeing a variety of services the company provides including project planning, procurement, information technology, scheduling, budget management, and project execution.

Prior to this position, Shinkle served as the company’s Director of Information Technology, as well as its Director of Operations.  He joined Midas Hospitality in 2011 as a general manager and has held key roles within the company throughout the years.  He has more than 15 years of hospitality experience.

“Chris has been with our company for more than five years, and he has truly earned this new position and all that it encompasses,” said David Robert, Midas Hospitality’s Managing Member and CEO.  “We are excited to see all that Chris will accomplish in his new role.”

 

City of St. Charles Hires New Public Works Director

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Jim Wright

The City of St. Charles is proud to announce the addition of Jim Wright to the staff of the City of St. Charles, as public works director.  Wright comes to the City of St. Charles from the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) where he was most recently serving as area engineer for St. Charles County.

Wright, joining the City of St. Charles in this role, comes as part of the City’s effort to restructure the Public Works Department into two departments, the Engineering Department and the Public Works Department.

During his time at MoDOT, Wright filled several roles that had him working with district and statewide planning staff to identify and prioritize area needs, as well as align the planning process with statewide goals and resources.  Wright also served as the direct liaison for media, civic groups, business leaders and the general public, as well as federal, state and local officials.

“I am very excited to join the team at the City of St. Charles,” said Wright.   “St. Charles is a great community where there is a lot of growth and many exciting projects happening.   I believe my experience will complement the wonderful staff that is in place, and I look forward to working with everyone in helping to continue to move St. Charles forward.”

Wright received his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri – Rolla.  He is licensed as a professional engineer in the state of Missouri.

“We are happy to welcome Jim to the team,” said Sally Faith, mayor of the City of Saint Charles.  “Jim brings a great deal of experience to us and we look forward to having him lead the team as we

St. Louis REALTOR First In Missouri to Earn Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) Status

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Local REALTOR Distinguished By Highly Respected Certification of Treatment for Seniors

Ted Gottlieb, REALTOR, has earned the distinction of being the first real estate professional in The State of Missouri to become a Certified Senior Advisor (CSA). The Society of Senior Advisors holds each CSA accountable to be “committed to ethical behavior and the knowledge required to benefit senior clients and their families“. Ted is a Breakthrough Coalition Member At Large, Member of The City of Chesterfield’s Older Adult Task Force, Foundation Board Member Mid East Area on Aging, NORC Volunteer; Associate Member Social Workers In Long Term Care. Ted’s other notable designations include: Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES), Certified Seniors Housing Professional (CSHP), Certified Aging In Place Specialist (CAPS), Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), Masters in Residential Marketing (MIRM) and Master’s in Business Administration (MBA). Ted has been a licensed real estate agent in The State of Missouri since 2003 and is a Broker-Salesperson with MORE, REALTORS® and ranks in the top 5% in production of all active residential real estate agents in the St. Louis area.

“Too many seniors are faced with obstacles and seemingly no voice of reason or network of resources to turn to. It’s my mission to eliminate their fear by taking one step at a time and streamlining the process and being there whenever needed,” states Ted Gottlieb, REALTOR of MORE, REALTORS.

MORE, REALTORS is a locally owned real estate company based in St. Louis. The Company focus has been on enlisting the best real estate agents in the industry, which as a result leads to happy and returning clients.

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