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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.

Chris Laughman, Attains Credentials as Facility Management Professional

Chris Laughman

Chris Laughman, past president of the St. Louis Chapter of IFMA (International Facility Management Association), has attained credentials as a Facility Management Professional (FMP).

Laughman took an extensive 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.

This designation adds to Laughman’s considerable experience and expertise in facility management and operations, including sustainability practices. He also holds several other designations: CFM (Certified Facility Manager), SFP (Sustainability Facility Professional) and LEED AP O+M (LEED AP Operations + Maintenance).

Laughman has more than a decade of experience in facility management. He most recently served as assistant vice president and director of facilities for the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. He led all real estate functions for the Eighth District of the Federal Reserve Bank with locations in St. Louis, Little Rock, Louisville, Memphis and Washington, D.C. He has been a member of IFMA St. Louis since 2010. He served as the chapter’s president from July 1, 2015 to June 3

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.

Danze & Gerber Welcome Mike Walleck as Director of Sales

Mike Walleck

Danze and Gerber, both leaders in the decorative plumbing fixtures category, have announced the addition of Mike Walleck as their director of sales for the Western Region.

Mike brings more than 20 years of experience to the Danze and Gerber teams.  He was most recently sales director at Ward Manufacturing, where he honed his management skills overseeing a sales team that included manufacturer representatives in more than 10 states.

Prior to joining Ward, Mike spent time at well-known plumbing, HVAC and building products companies, including TOTO USA, American Standard and Mohawk Industries, among others.

In his role with Danze and Gerber, Mike will manage and implement the companies’ sales strategies in the Western Region in conjunction with a team of regional managers and manufacturer representative agencies. He will work across several vertical customer channels, including residential builders, plumbers, hospitality, multi-family and more.

Cyndi Walker Retiring from G&S Architectural Products After 32 Years

Cyndi Walker

G&S Architectural Products, a St. Louis-based specialty contractor providing and installing architectural products including  acoustical panels, visual display boards and operable wall systems for commercial, education and healthcare industries, is saying farewell to colleague and good friend Cyndi Walker after 32 years of employment.

Walker began her career on August 29, 1985 at G&S Architectural Products, then known as Golterman & Sabo, as an Estimator. After just five days on the job, Walker was promoted to Senior Estimator. Within two years, she became a Sales Representative.

Walker and Herb Golterman worked together under the leadership of the company’s namesakes Edward Golterman and Steve Sabo, Sr. Herb Golterman would meet with local architects to get copies of plan drawings that he would then bring back to the office where he and Walker would look through them to do product take-offs. For years, Walker and Golterman worked side-by-side together for every sale.

“After joining our Sales team, Cyndi suggested that our company should work closely with both architects and general contractors — changing the company’s focus from only being architects,” says Herb Golterman, President of G&S Architectural Products. “Her idea is a large part of why our company has grown and been so successful.”

Since she started in1985, company sales have grown from less than $1 million annually to where they are today at more than $23 million. Walker is well-known among her peers, customers and local area architects and will be greatly missed in her retirement. Walker’s last day is October 27th.

G&S Architectural Products, a premier provider and installer of specialty building products, began operations in 1946 under the name of Herbert Golterman Company.

Ross & Baruzzini Names Former Amtrak Executive Megan Huff

Megan Huff

Ross & Baruzzini, Inc., an international consulting and design firm, has appointed Megan Huff vice president and managing principal of its Macro division, one of the leading rail, transit and public safety radio systems engineering consulting firms in the U.S. Huff will oversee the development of high-end consultancy, planning and engineering services in rail, transit and other mission-critical industries.

With 20 years of experience in the transportation sector, Huff has compiled a record of success in the end-to-end delivery of complex, high priority projects on tight schedules within mission critical service organizations. She specializes in enabling business process change through technology and brings a consistent history of delivering value to the bottom line through process improvements and technology modernization.  Most recently, Huff was deputy chief and senior director of operations technology for Amtrak where she led and directed technology related to strategic planning, project development and implementation for business lines and support organizations in operations, representing 80% of Amtrak’s 20,000 employees.

Huff earned her bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University and is a certified portfolio management professional through the Project Management Institute.

Macro, a division of Ross & Baruzzini, was founded in 1968 and is headquartered in Chalfont, Pa.  The firm was acquired by Ross & Baruzzini in 2013 and specializes in the planning, design and engineering of state-of-the-art command and control, communications and information systems. Macro has approximately 20 people on staff.

Founded in St. Louis in 1953, Ross & Baruzzini (http://www.rossbar.com) is a premier international consulting and design firm continually ranked among the top companies in the U.S. It provides advanced design solutions in the transportation, healthcare, government, higher education and mission-critical markets.

 

September 29, 2017

Spellman Brady Promotes Beth Arokoyo 

Beth Arokoyo

Spellman Brady & Company is excited to announce the promotion of Beth Arokoyo to Senior Designer.  She is now responsible for managing every phase of interior design projects.  She works on all aspects of interiors, including selection of finishes and furniture while bringing a strong passion for research and evidence-based design to senior living communities.  

Ms. Arokoyo has 13 years of hands-on interior design experience.  Since joining Spellman Brady & Company in 2011, she has honed her skills in space planning, design elements and finishes in over 50 projects.  She is a certified interior designer by the National Council for Interior Design Qualifications (NCIDQ®) with a Bachelor of Science, Human Environmental Sciences Interior Design from the University of Missouri – Columbia.

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

Stephanie Moore joins Knoebel Construction as Project Coordinator

Stephanie Moore

Stephanie Moore of the Central West End in St. Louis, MO, has joined Knoebel Construction as a project coordinator responsible for supporting the firm’s retail, shopping center, restaurant, healthcare and grocery project construction teams. She also works on client relations and new client promotions. Moore has four years of experience in the construction industry. She is a graduate of the St. Louis Community College – Forest Park.

Knoebel Construction, Inc. is a national general contractor specializing in retail center, restaurant, grocery and retail store construction.

Jeff Verkamp Joins HOK’s St. Louis

Jeff Verkamp

Jeff Verkamp, has joined HOK in St. Louis. He will continue to support the HOK team as a project architect working a variety of projects currently in design. Verkamp joins HOK’s St. Louis office after having served at HOK’s Kansas City office with considerable work on the Mercedes-Benz Stadium project in Atlanta, Georgia. He earned his Bachelor of Architecture from Kansas University.

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

September 22, 2017

Dr. Majid Talebi, P.E. Joins Marino Engineering Associates, Inc.

Dr. Talibi

Marino Engineering Associates, Inc. (MEA) of St. Louis, Missouri is proud to announce that Dr. Majid Talebi, P.E. has joined the company as Geotechnical Engineer. In this role, Dr. Talebi oversees geotechnical analyses, designs, project budgets and schedules, and project specifications.

Talebi comes to MEA from the University of Delaware, where he earned his Ph.D. in Geotechnical Engineering. He has also previously worked as the Head of the Geotechnical and Structural Division of the Iranian Water, Power, & Resources Development Company in Tehran.

MEA is a leading expert in advanced subsidence and geotechnical engineering challenges. With over 37 years of experience, Marino Engineering Associates, Inc. (MEA) has provided services across a wide ranging scope of geotechnical engineering and subsidence engineering. In addition, MEA provides subsidence and geotechnical services including shallow and deep foundation systems, all types of retaining structures, and underground excavations, as well as numerical 2D and 3D seepage, soil-structure interaction analyses, sophisticated slope stability analyses, and rock engineering.

Dr. Gennaro G. Marino, President and founder of Marino Engineering Associates, Inc. said of Dr. Talebi, “We are so proud to have Dr. Talebi join MEA, given his level of training, experience, and competence”.

Busby Rejoins Murphy Co. as Inside Sales Representative

Anabelle Busby

Annabelle Busby has rejoined Murphy Company, a leading mechanical contracting and engineering firm, as an inside sales representative. The announcement was made by Chris Carter, vice president, service.

Busby served as a service coordinator for Murphy from 2013 to 2016 and, most recently, was as an inside sales representative for an HVAC supply company.  Prior to that, she served as  a service coordinator and a national  facilities account manager in the HVAC industry.

Between 2010 and 2012 she worked as an executive assistant for NISA Investment Advisors. In Kentucky, she served as a workshop coordinator/title insurance analyst for Prism Title & Closing from 2007 to 2010, and as an administrative assistant for the Northern Kentucky Health Department from 2000 to 2007.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership from Northern Kentucky University and also has completed two years of studies at Barnes College of Nursing.

Murphy Company is one of the nation’s top mechanical contracting and engineering firms delivering innovative solutions to the commercial, industrial and institutional markets.  Murphy offers process piping, HVAC, refrigeration, plumbing, design-build, piping fabrication, energy solutions and 24-hour service emanating from its five locations in St. Louis, Denver, Colorado Springs, Boulder and Northern Colorado.  Murphy is ranked No. 17 on Engineering News-Record’s list of largest mechanical contractors in the United States. Founded in 1907, the firm employs more than 1,000 people nationwide. For more information, visit www.murphynet.com.

September 15, 2017

McGrath hires Jacob Morten as Project Estimator

Jacob Morten

McGrath & Associates has hired Jacob Morten of Bethalto, IL, as project estimator. Morten, who previously worked at McGrath as an intern in estimating, has a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and an OSHA 30-hour Construction Safety and Health certification. 

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

Western Specialty Contractors Hires Douglas Martin as Branch Manager of its Tulsa, OK Branch

Douglas Martin

Western Specialty Contractors has hired Douglas Martin as Branch Manager of its Tulsa, OK branch. Douglas comes to Western with 26 years of industry experience. In his new position, Douglas will be responsible for marketing, sales, estimating, oversight of operations and administrative functions, as well as the safety of all branch employees and the productivity of the office staff and field crews. Additionally, he will be responsible for ensuring the branch’s profitability by forecasting and managing the budget, identifying market trends, ensuring quality control, and building and maintaining customer relationships.

Douglas is certified in the following: Project Manager Professional (PMP), Colorado Carpenter’s Apprenticeship Program, OSHA 40-Hour, Air Borne Pathogen, CPR and First Aid, IICRC-WRT, Applied Structural Drying, Applied Microbial Remediation and Xactmate.

He is a member of the International Facility Managers Association (IFMA) and the Oklahoma Hospital Engineers Association (OHEA), and is involved with the Tulsa United Way, Rebuild Tulsa and Habitat for Humanity.

Family-owned and operated for over 100 years, Western Specialty Contractors is the nation’s largest specialty contractor in masonry and concrete restoration, waterproofing and specialty roofing. 

Balles Named Data Center Services Account Manager at Murphy

Michael Balles

Michael Balles has been named data center services account manager at Murphy Company, a leading mechanical contracting and engineering firm. The announcement was made by Eric Gottschlich, director of data center services.

Balles has more than 30 years’ experience in the design and construction of data centers, network switching facilities, call centers, cable television head ends, cell sites, and healthcare facilities. Most recently, he was director of design services for Venyu Solutions LLC, a Baton Rouge, LA-based company offering datacenter colocation; hosted exchange; cloud and virtual hosting; cloud backup; and managed hosting services.  Prior to that, he served as technical director for  Data Specialties, Inc. From 2001 to 2012 he was director of design services, then vice president of design services for the Bick Group.  Earlier, he served as a project manager, senior designer and CAD-IS manager for The Wischmeyer Architects.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental design from the University of Missouri-Columbia.  He is an associate member of the American Institute of Architects and a member of the AutoCAD Users Group International.  He is a past member of the Construction Specification Institute, AFCOM, Uptime Institute, ICOR, and BICSI (Building Industry Consulting Service International).

Finnegan Joins Murphy Co. as BIM/HVAC Designer

Brad Finnegan

Brad Finnegan has joined Murphy Company, a leading mechanical contracting and engineering firm, as a BIM/HVAC (Building Information Modeling/Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning) designer. The announcement was made by Patrick Bastow, supervisor, BIM production.

A 2017 graduate of Saint Louis University, Finnegan holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology.  He studied mechanical engineering in Madrid, Spain in spring 2015.  While an undergraduate he also was an intern at Hunter Engineering and a computer aided design (CAD) teaching assistant at Saint Louis University.

An active community volunteer, Finnegan was a Jesuit Community Scholar and also held an Ignation Scholarship while attending Saint Louis University.  He also  received a Presidential Service Award in May 2013 for his community service work.

Murphy Company is one of the nation’s top mechanical contracting and engineering firms delivering innovative solutions to the commercial, industrial and institutional markets.  

HABERBERGER WELCOMES TWO NEW EMPLOYEES

Ben Haberberger

Haberberger, Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of two new team members. Ben Haberberger, who represents the fourth generation in the 69-year-old family owned mechanical contracting firm, has joined as a project manager/estimator in the plumbing department. Additionally, Jennifer Wilson has been hired as a receptionist and will also be in charge of accounts payable for the company.

Jennifer Wilson

Haberberger, of Ballwin, Mo., most recently worked as a project engineer for the Tinuum Group – formerly Clean Coal Solutions Services – located in St. Louis. He also previously served as a facility manager at the company’s Creek Power Plant in Fannin, Texas. Haberberger holds a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia. In his new role at Haberberger, Inc., he will be responsible for assisting in the growth of the new plumbing department.

Prior to joining Haberberger, Inc., Wilson served in Accounts Payable and Payroll roles at Sachs Electric and Bobcat of St. Louis. In her new position, she will be responsible for performing receptionist duties, processing invoices and issuing payments. Wilson resides in Barnhart, Mo.

Haberberger, Inc. is a 69-year-old mechanical contracting company that offers complete HVAC installation, customized maintenance programs, process piping and piping fabrication, plumbing and refrigeration and energy management services to a variety of industrial and commercial customers.

Business Development and Marketing Veteran Joins Guarantee Electrical Company

Cindy Bambini

The executive management team at Guarantee Electrical Company (GECO) is thrilled to announce long-time industry veteran, Cindy Bambini has joined GECO as Vice President of Business Development and Marketing. With 20+ years as a Business Development leader, Cindy will lead, organize and coordinate efforts of the GECO team-based business development activities as well as oversee the company marketing efforts, including marketing strategy, brand positioning, and budgeting.

Prior to joining GECO, Ms. Bambini was the Director of Business Development for CRB, a national engineering, architecture and construction manager with a focus on BioPharma, Food & Beverage and Science & Technology markets. Additionally she has served in various roles such as Ameren Partnership Manager on the “Pure Power” program; Director of Business Development Manager for Brightergy; and spent 17 years in engineering and business development with AT&T.

In addition to her B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Missouri – Columbia and MBA from Washington University in St. Louis, Cindy is a LEED/Green Associate. Cindy also currently serves as an Advisory Board Member for St. Louis Earth Day, as well as President of the Board of Directors for the Kirkwood School District Foundation.

Founded in 1902, St. Louis based Guarantee Electrical is consistently ranked among the largest electrical contractors in the United States.  

Margaret McDonald Elevated to Marketing Principal for HOK’s St. Louis Office

Margaret McDonald

Margaret McDonald, LEED AP, has been named to oversee client and community outreach for HOK’s St. Louis studio as its new marketing principal and one of four office leaders. McDonald assumes this new role after serving over two years as HOK’s director of interiors in St. Louis, during which she led significant workplace and hospitality projects with clients including Ameren, Square, Microsoft, Missouri Foundation for Health and Koman Group.

 

In her new role, McDonald will work to expand regional awareness of HOK’s brand and its reputation as a leader in architecture and design.
“I have established three-month, six-month and nine-month goals for the marketing team to determine how we can better showcase our fantastic people and work,” said McDonald. “We want people to hear about us and say, ‘Wow! I need to work with them!’”

“Margaret was the natural choice for this position,” said Lance Cage, LEED AP, managing principal for HOK’s St. Louis office. “She is remarkably connected within the community, has a great rapport with clients and partners and understands how to create great experiences for clients. I’m elated that she will take on this role while still acting as key client contact and principal-in-charge of several projects.”
McDonald joins the senior leadership team at HOK’s St. Louis office during a time of remarkable growth. The St. Louis Business Journal recently recognized HOK as both the region’s largest architecture and interior design firm based on the number of full-time professionals. Eric Mersmann, formerly of Perkins+Will in Chicago, has returned to St. Louis, his hometown, to assume McDonald’s role as director of interiors.

“The interiors team is in great hands with Eric,” said McDonald. “But I don’t plan on being too far removed from the design practice. I see my new role as marketing principal as more of an expansion of my responsibilities rather than an outright change.”

In addition to her more than 20 years of experience as an interior designer, McDonald has served on numerous St. Louis nonprofits and boards. She is currently the vice chair of the Downtown St. Louis Community Improvement District Board, president of the board of Perennial STL and part of the Women’s Leadership Society for the United Way of Greater St. Louis. Her past volunteer work includes serving as chair of St. Louis Design Week, participating in Leadership St. Louis® and serving on the boards of the Laumeier Sculpture Park building committee and Metro Theater Company. She is a past recipient of a “40 Under 40” honor from the St. Louis Business Journal.

HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm. Through a network of 23 offices worldwide, HOK provides design excellence and innovation to create places that enrich people’s lives and help clients succeed. DesignIntelligence consistently ranks HOK as a leader in ​​sustainable, high-performance design and technology innovation.

People On The Move In The Local Construction Industry

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

Spellman Brady Promotes Beth Arokoyo 

Beth Arokoyo

Spellman Brady & Company is excited to announce the promotion of Beth Arokoyo to Senior Designer.  She is now responsible for managing every phase of interior design projects.  She works on all aspects of interiors, including selection of finishes and furniture while bringing a strong passion for research and evidence-based design to senior living communities.  

Ms. Arokoyo has 13 years of hands-on interior design experience.  Since joining Spellman Brady & Company in 2011, she has honed her skills in space planning, design elements and finishes in over 50 projects.  She is a certified interior designer by the National Council for Interior Design Qualifications (NCIDQ®) with a Bachelor of Science, Human Environmental Sciences Interior Design from the University of Missouri – Columbia.

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

Stephanie Moore joins Knoebel Construction as Project Coordinator

Stephanie Moore

Stephanie Moore of the Central West End in St. Louis, MO, has joined Knoebel Construction as a project coordinator responsible for supporting the firm’s retail, shopping center, restaurant, healthcare and grocery project construction teams. She also works on client relations and new client promotions. Moore has four years of experience in the construction industry. She is a graduate of the St. Louis Community College – Forest Park.

Knoebel Construction, Inc. is a national general contractor specializing in retail center, restaurant, grocery and retail store construction.

Jeff Verkamp Joins HOK’s St. Louis

Jeff Verkamp

Jeff Verkamp, has joined HOK in St. Louis. He will continue to support the HOK team as a project architect working a variety of projects currently in design. Verkamp joins HOK’s St. Louis office after having served at HOK’s Kansas City office with considerable work on the Mercedes-Benz Stadium project in Atlanta, Georgia. He earned his Bachelor of Architecture from Kansas University.

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

September 22, 2017

Dr. Majid Talebi, P.E. Joins Marino Engineering Associates, Inc.

Dr. Talibi

Marino Engineering Associates, Inc. (MEA) of St. Louis, Missouri is proud to announce that Dr. Majid Talebi, P.E. has joined the company as Geotechnical Engineer. In this role, Dr. Talebi oversees geotechnical analyses, designs, project budgets and schedules, and project specifications.

Talebi comes to MEA from the University of Delaware, where he earned his Ph.D. in Geotechnical Engineering. He has also previously worked as the Head of the Geotechnical and Structural Division of the Iranian Water, Power, & Resources Development Company in Tehran.

MEA is a leading expert in advanced subsidence and geotechnical engineering challenges. With over 37 years of experience, Marino Engineering Associates, Inc. (MEA) has provided services across a wide ranging scope of geotechnical engineering and subsidence engineering. In addition, MEA provides subsidence and geotechnical services including shallow and deep foundation systems, all types of retaining structures, and underground excavations, as well as numerical 2D and 3D seepage, soil-structure interaction analyses, sophisticated slope stability analyses, and rock engineering.

Dr. Gennaro G. Marino, President and founder of Marino Engineering Associates, Inc. said of Dr. Talebi, “We are so proud to have Dr. Talebi join MEA, given his level of training, experience, and competence”.

Busby Rejoins Murphy Co. as Inside Sales Representative

Anabelle Busby

Annabelle Busby has rejoined Murphy Company, a leading mechanical contracting and engineering firm, as an inside sales representative. The announcement was made by Chris Carter, vice president, service.

Busby served as a service coordinator for Murphy from 2013 to 2016 and, most recently, was as an inside sales representative for an HVAC supply company.  Prior to that, she served as  a service coordinator and a national  facilities account manager in the HVAC industry.

Between 2010 and 2012 she worked as an executive assistant for NISA Investment Advisors. In Kentucky, she served as a workshop coordinator/title insurance analyst for Prism Title & Closing from 2007 to 2010, and as an administrative assistant for the Northern Kentucky Health Department from 2000 to 2007.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership from Northern Kentucky University and also has completed two years of studies at Barnes College of Nursing.

Murphy Company is one of the nation’s top mechanical contracting and engineering firms delivering innovative solutions to the commercial, industrial and institutional markets.  Murphy offers process piping, HVAC, refrigeration, plumbing, design-build, piping fabrication, energy solutions and 24-hour service emanating from its five locations in St. Louis, Denver, Colorado Springs, Boulder and Northern Colorado.  Murphy is ranked No. 17 on Engineering News-Record’s list of largest mechanical contractors in the United States. Founded in 1907, the firm employs more than 1,000 people nationwide. For more information, visit www.murphynet.com.

September 15, 2017

McGrath hires Jacob Morten as Project Estimator

Jacob Morten

McGrath & Associates has hired Jacob Morten of Bethalto, IL, as project estimator. Morten, who previously worked at McGrath as an intern in estimating, has a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and an OSHA 30-hour Construction Safety and Health certification. 

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

Western Specialty Contractors Hires Douglas Martin as Branch Manager of its Tulsa, OK Branch

Douglas Martin

Western Specialty Contractors has hired Douglas Martin as Branch Manager of its Tulsa, OK branch. Douglas comes to Western with 26 years of industry experience. In his new position, Douglas will be responsible for marketing, sales, estimating, oversight of operations and administrative functions, as well as the safety of all branch employees and the productivity of the office staff and field crews. Additionally, he will be responsible for ensuring the branch’s profitability by forecasting and managing the budget, identifying market trends, ensuring quality control, and building and maintaining customer relationships.

Douglas is certified in the following: Project Manager Professional (PMP), Colorado Carpenter’s Apprenticeship Program, OSHA 40-Hour, Air Borne Pathogen, CPR and First Aid, IICRC-WRT, Applied Structural Drying, Applied Microbial Remediation and Xactmate.

He is a member of the International Facility Managers Association (IFMA) and the Oklahoma Hospital Engineers Association (OHEA), and is involved with the Tulsa United Way, Rebuild Tulsa and Habitat for Humanity.

Family-owned and operated for over 100 years, Western Specialty Contractors is the nation’s largest specialty contractor in masonry and concrete restoration, waterproofing and specialty roofing. 

Balles Named Data Center Services Account Manager at Murphy

Michael Balles

Michael Balles has been named data center services account manager at Murphy Company, a leading mechanical contracting and engineering firm. The announcement was made by Eric Gottschlich, director of data center services.

Balles has more than 30 years’ experience in the design and construction of data centers, network switching facilities, call centers, cable television head ends, cell sites, and healthcare facilities. Most recently, he was director of design services for Venyu Solutions LLC, a Baton Rouge, LA-based company offering datacenter colocation; hosted exchange; cloud and virtual hosting; cloud backup; and managed hosting services.  Prior to that, he served as technical director for  Data Specialties, Inc. From 2001 to 2012 he was director of design services, then vice president of design services for the Bick Group.  Earlier, he served as a project manager, senior designer and CAD-IS manager for The Wischmeyer Architects.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental design from the University of Missouri-Columbia.  He is an associate member of the American Institute of Architects and a member of the AutoCAD Users Group International.  He is a past member of the Construction Specification Institute, AFCOM, Uptime Institute, ICOR, and BICSI (Building Industry Consulting Service International).

Finnegan Joins Murphy Co. as BIM/HVAC Designer

Brad Finnegan

Brad Finnegan has joined Murphy Company, a leading mechanical contracting and engineering firm, as a BIM/HVAC (Building Information Modeling/Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning) designer. The announcement was made by Patrick Bastow, supervisor, BIM production.

A 2017 graduate of Saint Louis University, Finnegan holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology.  He studied mechanical engineering in Madrid, Spain in spring 2015.  While an undergraduate he also was an intern at Hunter Engineering and a computer aided design (CAD) teaching assistant at Saint Louis University.

An active community volunteer, Finnegan was a Jesuit Community Scholar and also held an Ignation Scholarship while attending Saint Louis University.  He also  received a Presidential Service Award in May 2013 for his community service work.

Murphy Company is one of the nation’s top mechanical contracting and engineering firms delivering innovative solutions to the commercial, industrial and institutional markets.  

HABERBERGER WELCOMES TWO NEW EMPLOYEES

Ben Haberberger

Haberberger, Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of two new team members. Ben Haberberger, who represents the fourth generation in the 69-year-old family owned mechanical contracting firm, has joined as a project manager/estimator in the plumbing department. Additionally, Jennifer Wilson has been hired as a receptionist and will also be in charge of accounts payable for the company.

Jennifer Wilson

Haberberger, of Ballwin, Mo., most recently worked as a project engineer for the Tinuum Group – formerly Clean Coal Solutions Services – located in St. Louis. He also previously served as a facility manager at the company’s Creek Power Plant in Fannin, Texas. Haberberger holds a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia. In his new role at Haberberger, Inc., he will be responsible for assisting in the growth of the new plumbing department.

Prior to joining Haberberger, Inc., Wilson served in Accounts Payable and Payroll roles at Sachs Electric and Bobcat of St. Louis. In her new position, she will be responsible for performing receptionist duties, processing invoices and issuing payments. Wilson resides in Barnhart, Mo.

Haberberger, Inc. is a 69-year-old mechanical contracting company that offers complete HVAC installation, customized maintenance programs, process piping and piping fabrication, plumbing and refrigeration and energy management services to a variety of industrial and commercial customers.

Business Development and Marketing Veteran Joins Guarantee Electrical Company

Cindy Bambini

The executive management team at Guarantee Electrical Company (GECO) is thrilled to announce long-time industry veteran, Cindy Bambini has joined GECO as Vice President of Business Development and Marketing. With 20+ years as a Business Development leader, Cindy will lead, organize and coordinate efforts of the GECO team-based business development activities as well as oversee the company marketing efforts, including marketing strategy, brand positioning, and budgeting.

Prior to joining GECO, Ms. Bambini was the Director of Business Development for CRB, a national engineering, architecture and construction manager with a focus on BioPharma, Food & Beverage and Science & Technology markets. Additionally she has served in various roles such as Ameren Partnership Manager on the “Pure Power” program; Director of Business Development Manager for Brightergy; and spent 17 years in engineering and business development with AT&T.

In addition to her B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Missouri – Columbia and MBA from Washington University in St. Louis, Cindy is a LEED/Green Associate. Cindy also currently serves as an Advisory Board Member for St. Louis Earth Day, as well as President of the Board of Directors for the Kirkwood School District Foundation.

Founded in 1902, St. Louis based Guarantee Electrical is consistently ranked among the largest electrical contractors in the United States.  

Margaret McDonald Elevated to Marketing Principal for HOK’s St. Louis Office

Margaret McDonald

Margaret McDonald, LEED AP, has been named to oversee client and community outreach for HOK’s St. Louis studio as its new marketing principal and one of four office leaders. McDonald assumes this new role after serving over two years as HOK’s director of interiors in St. Louis, during which she led significant workplace and hospitality projects with clients including Ameren, Square, Microsoft, Missouri Foundation for Health and Koman Group.

 

In her new role, McDonald will work to expand regional awareness of HOK’s brand and its reputation as a leader in architecture and design.
“I have established three-month, six-month and nine-month goals for the marketing team to determine how we can better showcase our fantastic people and work,” said McDonald. “We want people to hear about us and say, ‘Wow! I need to work with them!’”

“Margaret was the natural choice for this position,” said Lance Cage, LEED AP, managing principal for HOK’s St. Louis office. “She is remarkably connected within the community, has a great rapport with clients and partners and understands how to create great experiences for clients. I’m elated that she will take on this role while still acting as key client contact and principal-in-charge of several projects.”
McDonald joins the senior leadership team at HOK’s St. Louis office during a time of remarkable growth. The St. Louis Business Journal recently recognized HOK as both the region’s largest architecture and interior design firm based on the number of full-time professionals. Eric Mersmann, formerly of Perkins+Will in Chicago, has returned to St. Louis, his hometown, to assume McDonald’s role as director of interiors.

“The interiors team is in great hands with Eric,” said McDonald. “But I don’t plan on being too far removed from the design practice. I see my new role as marketing principal as more of an expansion of my responsibilities rather than an outright change.”

In addition to her more than 20 years of experience as an interior designer, McDonald has served on numerous St. Louis nonprofits and boards. She is currently the vice chair of the Downtown St. Louis Community Improvement District Board, president of the board of Perennial STL and part of the Women’s Leadership Society for the United Way of Greater St. Louis. Her past volunteer work includes serving as chair of St. Louis Design Week, participating in Leadership St. Louis® and serving on the boards of the Laumeier Sculpture Park building committee and Metro Theater Company. She is a past recipient of a “40 Under 40” honor from the St. Louis Business Journal.

HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm. Through a network of 23 offices worldwide, HOK provides design excellence and innovation to create places that enrich people’s lives and help clients succeed. DesignIntelligence consistently ranks HOK as a leader in ​​sustainable, high-performance design and technology innovation.

KAI Design & Build Hires New York Artist Kennedy Yanko as Art Director

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Interior Design Team launches initiative to incorporate more art in their projects

KAI Design & Build and its Interior Design Team have launched an initiative to support the art community by incorporating work from artists around the country into their design projects. To facilitate the effort, KAI has hired New York City artist and St. Louis native Kennedy Yanko as Art Director.

Yanko will work with KAI’s Interior Design Team to implement an embedded practice that puts culture and art at the forefront of its interior design conceptualization process. By understanding client interests and their unique missions, Yanko will ensure that any artwork selected for a project successfully emphasizes the core focus of that client’s workplace or environment.

“As a New York City-based artist, Yanko is in a prime position to lead this movement, having her ear to the ground of the nation’s contemporary art scene,” said KAI President Michael Kennedy, Jr. “From artist studios to national museums and the marketplace, she knows what is happening in the art community and how to harness that creativity to the benefit of our clients.”

For four years, Yanko has alternated between a residency at The Living Theater in New York — one of the first and arguably the most influential experimental theater troupes in the U.S. — while dedicating herself to her studio practice in St. Louis. Throughout this period, her work was showcased in a trio of solo exhibitions in St. Louis (2009’s “Wu-Wei,” 2010’s “Paroxysm,” and 2012’s “Permutation”) that coincided with major developments in Yanko’s experiments in painting. This September, her series of work “Elements and Skin” will be featured in a group show at Jenkins Johnson’s new project space in Brooklyn. Kennedy will also be in a group show at Lewis Long gallery in Harlem at the end of January. She currently resides in and maintains her studio practice in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

“I have always understood life through movement and my senses; I have to create something physically in order to truly understand it intellectually,” said Yanko. “Most recently, my three dimensional sculptural paintings have served as the foundations for immersive experiences in physical spaces and in virtual reality. I’m eagerly looking forward to joining the dialogue at KAI, collaborating with the Interiors Team, and emphasizing art as an anchoring component of projects going forward.”

Yanko and the Interior Design Team plan to promote the art community in the following ways:

  • Attending art openings and exhibitions
  • Partnering with art liaisons to initiate the use of art in projects as a standard practice
  • Developing “art packages” based on client budgets
  • Creating events that are collaborative and incorporate design and art such as “meet the artist” or a featured artwork of the month

For more information about KAI’s art initiative, contact Interiors Specialist Asha Perez at 314-241-8188.

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

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Dr. Majid Talebi, P.E. Joins Marino Engineering Associates, Inc.

Dr. Talibi

Marino Engineering Associates, Inc. (MEA) of St. Louis, Missouri is proud to announce that Dr. Majid Talebi, P.E. has joined the company as Geotechnical Engineer. In this role, Dr. Talebi oversees geotechnical analyses, designs, project budgets and schedules, and project specifications.

Talebi comes to MEA from the University of Delaware, where he earned his Ph.D. in Geotechnical Engineering. He has also previously worked as the Head of the Geotechnical and Structural Division of the Iranian Water, Power, & Resources Development Company in Tehran.

MEA is a leading expert in advanced subsidence and geotechnical engineering challenges. With over 37 years of experience, Marino Engineering Associates, Inc. (MEA) has provided services across a wide ranging scope of geotechnical engineering and subsidence engineering. In addition, MEA provides subsidence and geotechnical services including shallow and deep foundation systems, all types of retaining structures, and underground excavations, as well as numerical 2D and 3D seepage, soil-structure interaction analyses, sophisticated slope stability analyses, and rock engineering.

Dr. Gennaro G. Marino, President and founder of Marino Engineering Associates, Inc. said of Dr. Talebi, “We are so proud to have Dr. Talebi join MEA, given his level of training, experience, and competence”.

Busby Rejoins Murphy Co. as Inside Sales Representative

Anabelle Busby

Annabelle Busby has rejoined Murphy Company, a leading mechanical contracting and engineering firm, as an inside sales representative. The announcement was made by Chris Carter, vice president, service.

Busby served as a service coordinator for Murphy from 2013 to 2016 and, most recently, was as an inside sales representative for an HVAC supply company.  Prior to that, she served as  a service coordinator and a national  facilities account manager in the HVAC industry.

Between 2010 and 2012 she worked as an executive assistant for NISA Investment Advisors. In Kentucky, she served as a workshop coordinator/title insurance analyst for Prism Title & Closing from 2007 to 2010, and as an administrative assistant for the Northern Kentucky Health Department from 2000 to 2007.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership from Northern Kentucky University and also has completed two years of studies at Barnes College of Nursing.

Murphy Company is one of the nation’s top mechanical contracting and engineering firms delivering innovative solutions to the commercial, industrial and institutional markets.  Murphy offers process piping, HVAC, refrigeration, plumbing, design-build, piping fabrication, energy solutions and 24-hour service emanating from its five locations in St. Louis, Denver, Colorado Springs, Boulder and Northern Colorado.  Murphy is ranked No. 17 on Engineering News-Record’s list of largest mechanical contractors in the United States. Founded in 1907, the firm employs more than 1,000 people nationwide. For more information, visit www.murphynet.com.

September 15, 2017

McGrath hires Jacob Morten as Project Estimator

Jacob Morten

McGrath & Associates has hired Jacob Morten of Bethalto, IL, as project estimator. Morten, who previously worked at McGrath as an intern in estimating, has a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and an OSHA 30-hour Construction Safety and Health certification. 

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

Western Specialty Contractors Hires Douglas Martin as Branch Manager of its Tulsa, OK Branch

Douglas Martin

Western Specialty Contractors has hired Douglas Martin as Branch Manager of its Tulsa, OK branch. Douglas comes to Western with 26 years of industry experience. In his new position, Douglas will be responsible for marketing, sales, estimating, oversight of operations and administrative functions, as well as the safety of all branch employees and the productivity of the office staff and field crews. Additionally, he will be responsible for ensuring the branch’s profitability by forecasting and managing the budget, identifying market trends, ensuring quality control, and building and maintaining customer relationships.

Douglas is certified in the following: Project Manager Professional (PMP), Colorado Carpenter’s Apprenticeship Program, OSHA 40-Hour, Air Borne Pathogen, CPR and First Aid, IICRC-WRT, Applied Structural Drying, Applied Microbial Remediation and Xactmate.

He is a member of the International Facility Managers Association (IFMA) and the Oklahoma Hospital Engineers Association (OHEA), and is involved with the Tulsa United Way, Rebuild Tulsa and Habitat for Humanity.

Family-owned and operated for over 100 years, Western Specialty Contractors is the nation’s largest specialty contractor in masonry and concrete restoration, waterproofing and specialty roofing. 

Balles Named Data Center Services Account Manager at Murphy

Michael Balles

Michael Balles has been named data center services account manager at Murphy Company, a leading mechanical contracting and engineering firm. The announcement was made by Eric Gottschlich, director of data center services.

Balles has more than 30 years’ experience in the design and construction of data centers, network switching facilities, call centers, cable television head ends, cell sites, and healthcare facilities. Most recently, he was director of design services for Venyu Solutions LLC, a Baton Rouge, LA-based company offering datacenter colocation; hosted exchange; cloud and virtual hosting; cloud backup; and managed hosting services.  Prior to that, he served as technical director for  Data Specialties, Inc. From 2001 to 2012 he was director of design services, then vice president of design services for the Bick Group.  Earlier, he served as a project manager, senior designer and CAD-IS manager for The Wischmeyer Architects.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental design from the University of Missouri-Columbia.  He is an associate member of the American Institute of Architects and a member of the AutoCAD Users Group International.  He is a past member of the Construction Specification Institute, AFCOM, Uptime Institute, ICOR, and BICSI (Building Industry Consulting Service International).

Finnegan Joins Murphy Co. as BIM/HVAC Designer

Brad Finnegan

Brad Finnegan has joined Murphy Company, a leading mechanical contracting and engineering firm, as a BIM/HVAC (Building Information Modeling/Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning) designer. The announcement was made by Patrick Bastow, supervisor, BIM production.

A 2017 graduate of Saint Louis University, Finnegan holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology.  He studied mechanical engineering in Madrid, Spain in spring 2015.  While an undergraduate he also was an intern at Hunter Engineering and a computer aided design (CAD) teaching assistant at Saint Louis University.

An active community volunteer, Finnegan was a Jesuit Community Scholar and also held an Ignation Scholarship while attending Saint Louis University.  He also  received a Presidential Service Award in May 2013 for his community service work.

Murphy Company is one of the nation’s top mechanical contracting and engineering firms delivering innovative solutions to the commercial, industrial and institutional markets.  

HABERBERGER WELCOMES TWO NEW EMPLOYEES

Ben Haberberger

Haberberger, Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of two new team members. Ben Haberberger, who represents the fourth generation in the 69-year-old family owned mechanical contracting firm, has joined as a project manager/estimator in the plumbing department. Additionally, Jennifer Wilson has been hired as a receptionist and will also be in charge of accounts payable for the company.

Jennifer Wilson

Haberberger, of Ballwin, Mo., most recently worked as a project engineer for the Tinuum Group – formerly Clean Coal Solutions Services – located in St. Louis. He also previously served as a facility manager at the company’s Creek Power Plant in Fannin, Texas. Haberberger holds a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia. In his new role at Haberberger, Inc., he will be responsible for assisting in the growth of the new plumbing department.

Prior to joining Haberberger, Inc., Wilson served in Accounts Payable and Payroll roles at Sachs Electric and Bobcat of St. Louis. In her new position, she will be responsible for performing receptionist duties, processing invoices and issuing payments. Wilson resides in Barnhart, Mo.

Haberberger, Inc. is a 69-year-old mechanical contracting company that offers complete HVAC installation, customized maintenance programs, process piping and piping fabrication, plumbing and refrigeration and energy management services to a variety of industrial and commercial customers.

Business Development and Marketing Veteran Joins Guarantee Electrical Company

Cindy Bambini

The executive management team at Guarantee Electrical Company (GECO) is thrilled to announce long-time industry veteran, Cindy Bambini has joined GECO as Vice President of Business Development and Marketing. With 20+ years as a Business Development leader, Cindy will lead, organize and coordinate efforts of the GECO team-based business development activities as well as oversee the company marketing efforts, including marketing strategy, brand positioning, and budgeting.

Prior to joining GECO, Ms. Bambini was the Director of Business Development for CRB, a national engineering, architecture and construction manager with a focus on BioPharma, Food & Beverage and Science & Technology markets. Additionally she has served in various roles such as Ameren Partnership Manager on the “Pure Power” program; Director of Business Development Manager for Brightergy; and spent 17 years in engineering and business development with AT&T.

In addition to her B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Missouri – Columbia and MBA from Washington University in St. Louis, Cindy is a LEED/Green Associate. Cindy also currently serves as an Advisory Board Member for St. Louis Earth Day, as well as President of the Board of Directors for the Kirkwood School District Foundation.

Founded in 1902, St. Louis based Guarantee Electrical is consistently ranked among the largest electrical contractors in the United States.  

Margaret McDonald Elevated to Marketing Principal for HOK’s St. Louis Office

Margaret McDonald

Margaret McDonald, LEED AP, has been named to oversee client and community outreach for HOK’s St. Louis studio as its new marketing principal and one of four office leaders. McDonald assumes this new role after serving over two years as HOK’s director of interiors in St. Louis, during which she led significant workplace and hospitality projects with clients including Ameren, Square, Microsoft, Missouri Foundation for Health and Koman Group.

 

In her new role, McDonald will work to expand regional awareness of HOK’s brand and its reputation as a leader in architecture and design.
“I have established three-month, six-month and nine-month goals for the marketing team to determine how we can better showcase our fantastic people and work,” said McDonald. “We want people to hear about us and say, ‘Wow! I need to work with them!’”

“Margaret was the natural choice for this position,” said Lance Cage, LEED AP, managing principal for HOK’s St. Louis office. “She is remarkably connected within the community, has a great rapport with clients and partners and understands how to create great experiences for clients. I’m elated that she will take on this role while still acting as key client contact and principal-in-charge of several projects.”
McDonald joins the senior leadership team at HOK’s St. Louis office during a time of remarkable growth. The St. Louis Business Journal recently recognized HOK as both the region’s largest architecture and interior design firm based on the number of full-time professionals. Eric Mersmann, formerly of Perkins+Will in Chicago, has returned to St. Louis, his hometown, to assume McDonald’s role as director of interiors.

“The interiors team is in great hands with Eric,” said McDonald. “But I don’t plan on being too far removed from the design practice. I see my new role as marketing principal as more of an expansion of my responsibilities rather than an outright change.”

In addition to her more than 20 years of experience as an interior designer, McDonald has served on numerous St. Louis nonprofits and boards. She is currently the vice chair of the Downtown St. Louis Community Improvement District Board, president of the board of Perennial STL and part of the Women’s Leadership Society for the United Way of Greater St. Louis. Her past volunteer work includes serving as chair of St. Louis Design Week, participating in Leadership St. Louis® and serving on the boards of the Laumeier Sculpture Park building committee and Metro Theater Company. She is a past recipient of a “40 Under 40” honor from the St. Louis Business Journal.

HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm. Through a network of 23 offices worldwide, HOK provides design excellence and innovation to create places that enrich people’s lives and help clients succeed. DesignIntelligence consistently ranks HOK as a leader in ​​sustainable, high-performance design and technology innovation.

September 8, 2017

Midas Hospitality Hires Jim Cavallo and Promotes Michael Heater as Regional Operations Leaders.

Jim Cavello

In this position, both Cavallo and Heater will oversee approximately 12 to 15 hotels, creating and cultivating an environment that complements Midas Hospitality’s vision.  This includes a hands-on leadership approach with respect to top-line revenue, guest service, profitability, and associate satisfaction.  They will guide each hotel’s general manager in all aspects of hotel operations, as well as support their training and growth in order to achieve success.  Cavallo and Heater will ensure brand compliance and set department goals in regard to achieving top rankings for service with all brands.

Michael Heater

Cavallo has more than 27 years of hotel experience in multi-property management.  Prior to joining Midas Hospitality, he held numerous positions including area vice president and regional general manager for companies located throughout the country.  Heater, who has more than 25 years of hospitality experience, joined Midas Hospitality in 2013 as a Hotel General Manager in Greenville, S.C.  The success of this hotel and his ability to develop his staff has resulted in his career advancement.  Prior to Midas, he worked in numerous manager capacities at several South Carolina hotels.

“We are extremely fortunate to have both Jim and Michael in these leadership positions,” said Rob Willard, President and Principal.  “They both possess the background we need to oversee our new and existing properties.”

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

Mehaffy is promoted at Tarlton Corp.

Becky Mehaffy

Tarlton Corp., a St. Louis-based general contracting and construction management firm, promoted Becky Mehaffy to workforce manager. In her role, Mehaffy will be responsible for the day-to-day coordination of Tarlton’s field workforce. This includes the staffing of projects, working with superintendents and project managers on project startup and execution needs, developing future field leaders, and extending Tarlton’s community outreach in the area of workforce development.

Mehaffy brings to the position more than a dozen years of experience at Tarlton, most recently serving as a contractor management representative at the firm’s projects for Monsanto Co. She began her career at Tarlton as a laborer apprentice on the Facilities One segment of the Cross County MetroLink Expansion project. She proudly serves as a third-generation laborer in the local construction industry, following in the footsteps of her grandfather, father and brother, who are carpenters.

In business since 1946, Tarlton Corp. is a WBENC-Certified Women’s Business Enterprise that completes projects for wide-ranging clients in the commercial, life sciences, health care, institutional, power and industrial markets.

Staff Additions at HOK 

Chad Morris

Chad Morris, has joined HOK in St. Louis. He will support the HOK team as a project manager supporting HOK’s justice practice. Morris joins HOK from AAIC Incorporated in Collinsville, Illinois. He earned his Bachelor of Architectural Studies from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.

Lindsey Merz

Lindsey Merz, has joined HOK in St. Louis. She will continue to support the HOK team as an interior design professional working in all aspects of the project process. Merz joins HOK’s St. Louis office after having served at HOK’s Los Angeles and Houston offices. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Maryville University in St. Louis.

Steven Schneider

Steven Schneider, has joined HOK in St. Louis. He will support the HOK team as a design professional working a variety of projects currently in design. Schneider joins HOK from Zimmerman Architectural Studios in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He earned his Bachelor of Architectural Studies from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.

Thomas Freeborn

Thomas Freeborn, has joined HOK in St. Louis. He will support the HOK team as an intern in the Planning Group. Freeborn joins HOK from his previous internship with Clearwater Cove in Lampe, Missouri. He is a junior at Purdue University pursuing his degree in Landscape Architecture.

HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm. Through a network of 23 offices worldwide, HOK provides design excellence and innovation to create places that enrich people’s lives and help clients succeed. DesignIntelligence consistently ranks HOK as a leader in sustainable, high-performance design and technology innovation.​

KWK Architects Adds Cindy Hausler, CPSM As Director Of Marketing

Cindy Hausler

KWK Architects announces the addition of Cindy Hausler, CPSM as director of marketing. In this position, Cindy is responsible for leading marketing strategy, business development, public relations, and overall marketing activities for the firm.

A graduate of Webster University, Hausler holds a Master of Arts degree in Media Communications and a Bachelor of Arts in Management (Emphasis in Marketing). She earned her Certified Professional Services Marketer (CPSM) certification through the Society of Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) in 2008. A long-time member of SMPS, Hausler is a past president and board member of the St. Louis Chapter.

KWK principal and co-founder Paul Wuennenberg said, “We are extremely happy to have Cindy as part of our team. She is highly organized, a talented writer, and has a great eye for graphics. As our director of marketing, Cindy oversees the global brand of our company from execution of proposals to the larger picture of future markets, client engagement, and public relations. In addition to Cindy’s talent and expertise she is a wonderful person and a great asset to our overall company culture.”

Cindy Hausler also owns and operates Market Elevations, a marketing consultancy specializing in the architecture, engineering, and construction industry.

Founded in 2013 by five architects who had worked together for more than 15 years, KWK Architects specializes in design for higher education and student life. 

 

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McGrath hires Jacob Morten as Project Estimator

Jacob Morten

McGrath & Associates has hired Jacob Morten of Bethalto, IL, as project estimator. Morten, who previously worked at McGrath as an intern in estimating, has a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and an OSHA 30-hour Construction Safety and Health certification. 

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

Western Specialty Contractors Hires Douglas Martin as Branch Manager of its Tulsa, OK Branch

Douglas Martin

Western Specialty Contractors has hired Douglas Martin as Branch Manager of its Tulsa, OK branch. Douglas comes to Western with 26 years of industry experience. In his new position, Douglas will be responsible for marketing, sales, estimating, oversight of operations and administrative functions, as well as the safety of all branch employees and the productivity of the office staff and field crews. Additionally, he will be responsible for ensuring the branch’s profitability by forecasting and managing the budget, identifying market trends, ensuring quality control, and building and maintaining customer relationships.

Douglas is certified in the following: Project Manager Professional (PMP), Colorado Carpenter’s Apprenticeship Program, OSHA 40-Hour, Air Borne Pathogen, CPR and First Aid, IICRC-WRT, Applied Structural Drying, Applied Microbial Remediation and Xactmate.

He is a member of the International Facility Managers Association (IFMA) and the Oklahoma Hospital Engineers Association (OHEA), and is involved with the Tulsa United Way, Rebuild Tulsa and Habitat for Humanity.

Family-owned and operated for over 100 years, Western Specialty Contractors is the nation’s largest specialty contractor in masonry and concrete restoration, waterproofing and specialty roofing. 

Balles Named Data Center Services Account Manager at Murphy

Michael Balles

Michael Balles has been named data center services account manager at Murphy Company, a leading mechanical contracting and engineering firm. The announcement was made by Eric Gottschlich, director of data center services.

Balles has more than 30 years’ experience in the design and construction of data centers, network switching facilities, call centers, cable television head ends, cell sites, and healthcare facilities. Most recently, he was director of design services for Venyu Solutions LLC, a Baton Rouge, LA-based company offering datacenter colocation; hosted exchange; cloud and virtual hosting; cloud backup; and managed hosting services.  Prior to that, he served as technical director for  Data Specialties, Inc. From 2001 to 2012 he was director of design services, then vice president of design services for the Bick Group.  Earlier, he served as a project manager, senior designer and CAD-IS manager for The Wischmeyer Architects.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental design from the University of Missouri-Columbia.  He is an associate member of the American Institute of Architects and a member of the AutoCAD Users Group International.  He is a past member of the Construction Specification Institute, AFCOM, Uptime Institute, ICOR, and BICSI (Building Industry Consulting Service International).

Finnegan Joins Murphy Co. as BIM/HVAC Designer

Brad Finnegan

Brad Finnegan has joined Murphy Company, a leading mechanical contracting and engineering firm, as a BIM/HVAC (Building Information Modeling/Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning) designer. The announcement was made by Patrick Bastow, supervisor, BIM production.

A 2017 graduate of Saint Louis University, Finnegan holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology.  He studied mechanical engineering in Madrid, Spain in spring 2015.  While an undergraduate he also was an intern at Hunter Engineering and a computer aided design (CAD) teaching assistant at Saint Louis University.

An active community volunteer, Finnegan was a Jesuit Community Scholar and also held an Ignation Scholarship while attending Saint Louis University.  He also  received a Presidential Service Award in May 2013 for his community service work.

Murphy Company is one of the nation’s top mechanical contracting and engineering firms delivering innovative solutions to the commercial, industrial and institutional markets.  

HABERBERGER WELCOMES TWO NEW EMPLOYEES

Ben Haberberger

Haberberger, Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of two new team members. Ben Haberberger, who represents the fourth generation in the 69-year-old family owned mechanical contracting firm, has joined as a project manager/estimator in the plumbing department. Additionally, Jennifer Wilson has been hired as a receptionist and will also be in charge of accounts payable for the company.

Jennifer Wilson

Haberberger, of Ballwin, Mo., most recently worked as a project engineer for the Tinuum Group – formerly Clean Coal Solutions Services – located in St. Louis. He also previously served as a facility manager at the company’s Creek Power Plant in Fannin, Texas. Haberberger holds a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia. In his new role at Haberberger, Inc., he will be responsible for assisting in the growth of the new plumbing department.

Prior to joining Haberberger, Inc., Wilson served in Accounts Payable and Payroll roles at Sachs Electric and Bobcat of St. Louis. In her new position, she will be responsible for performing receptionist duties, processing invoices and issuing payments. Wilson resides in Barnhart, Mo.

Haberberger, Inc. is a 69-year-old mechanical contracting company that offers complete HVAC installation, customized maintenance programs, process piping and piping fabrication, plumbing and refrigeration and energy management services to a variety of industrial and commercial customers.

Business Development and Marketing Veteran Joins Guarantee Electrical Company

Cindy Bambini

The executive management team at Guarantee Electrical Company (GECO) is thrilled to announce long-time industry veteran, Cindy Bambini has joined GECO as Vice President of Business Development and Marketing. With 20+ years as a Business Development leader, Cindy will lead, organize and coordinate efforts of the GECO team-based business development activities as well as oversee the company marketing efforts, including marketing strategy, brand positioning, and budgeting.

Prior to joining GECO, Ms. Bambini was the Director of Business Development for CRB, a national engineering, architecture and construction manager with a focus on BioPharma, Food & Beverage and Science & Technology markets. Additionally she has served in various roles such as Ameren Partnership Manager on the “Pure Power” program; Director of Business Development Manager for Brightergy; and spent 17 years in engineering and business development with AT&T.

In addition to her B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Missouri – Columbia and MBA from Washington University in St. Louis, Cindy is a LEED/Green Associate. Cindy also currently serves as an Advisory Board Member for St. Louis Earth Day, as well as President of the Board of Directors for the Kirkwood School District Foundation.

Founded in 1902, St. Louis based Guarantee Electrical is consistently ranked among the largest electrical contractors in the United States.  

Margaret McDonald Elevated to Marketing Principal for HOK’s St. Louis Office

Margaret McDonald

Margaret McDonald, LEED AP, has been named to oversee client and community outreach for HOK’s St. Louis studio as its new marketing principal and one of four office leaders. McDonald assumes this new role after serving over two years as HOK’s director of interiors in St. Louis, during which she led significant workplace and hospitality projects with clients including Ameren, Square, Microsoft, Missouri Foundation for Health and Koman Group.

 

In her new role, McDonald will work to expand regional awareness of HOK’s brand and its reputation as a leader in architecture and design.
“I have established three-month, six-month and nine-month goals for the marketing team to determine how we can better showcase our fantastic people and work,” said McDonald. “We want people to hear about us and say, ‘Wow! I need to work with them!’”

“Margaret was the natural choice for this position,” said Lance Cage, LEED AP, managing principal for HOK’s St. Louis office. “She is remarkably connected within the community, has a great rapport with clients and partners and understands how to create great experiences for clients. I’m elated that she will take on this role while still acting as key client contact and principal-in-charge of several projects.”
McDonald joins the senior leadership team at HOK’s St. Louis office during a time of remarkable growth. The St. Louis Business Journal recently recognized HOK as both the region’s largest architecture and interior design firm based on the number of full-time professionals. Eric Mersmann, formerly of Perkins+Will in Chicago, has returned to St. Louis, his hometown, to assume McDonald’s role as director of interiors.

“The interiors team is in great hands with Eric,” said McDonald. “But I don’t plan on being too far removed from the design practice. I see my new role as marketing principal as more of an expansion of my responsibilities rather than an outright change.”

In addition to her more than 20 years of experience as an interior designer, McDonald has served on numerous St. Louis nonprofits and boards. She is currently the vice chair of the Downtown St. Louis Community Improvement District Board, president of the board of Perennial STL and part of the Women’s Leadership Society for the United Way of Greater St. Louis. Her past volunteer work includes serving as chair of St. Louis Design Week, participating in Leadership St. Louis® and serving on the boards of the Laumeier Sculpture Park building committee and Metro Theater Company. She is a past recipient of a “40 Under 40” honor from the St. Louis Business Journal.

HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm. Through a network of 23 offices worldwide, HOK provides design excellence and innovation to create places that enrich people’s lives and help clients succeed. DesignIntelligence consistently ranks HOK as a leader in ​​sustainable, high-performance design and technology innovation.

September 8, 2017

Midas Hospitality Hires Jim Cavallo and Promotes Michael Heater as Regional Operations Leaders.

Jim Cavello

In this position, both Cavallo and Heater will oversee approximately 12 to 15 hotels, creating and cultivating an environment that complements Midas Hospitality’s vision.  This includes a hands-on leadership approach with respect to top-line revenue, guest service, profitability, and associate satisfaction.  They will guide each hotel’s general manager in all aspects of hotel operations, as well as support their training and growth in order to achieve success.  Cavallo and Heater will ensure brand compliance and set department goals in regard to achieving top rankings for service with all brands.

Michael Heater

Cavallo has more than 27 years of hotel experience in multi-property management.  Prior to joining Midas Hospitality, he held numerous positions including area vice president and regional general manager for companies located throughout the country.  Heater, who has more than 25 years of hospitality experience, joined Midas Hospitality in 2013 as a Hotel General Manager in Greenville, S.C.  The success of this hotel and his ability to develop his staff has resulted in his career advancement.  Prior to Midas, he worked in numerous manager capacities at several South Carolina hotels.

“We are extremely fortunate to have both Jim and Michael in these leadership positions,” said Rob Willard, President and Principal.  “They both possess the background we need to oversee our new and existing properties.”

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

Mehaffy is promoted at Tarlton Corp.

Becky Mehaffy

Tarlton Corp., a St. Louis-based general contracting and construction management firm, promoted Becky Mehaffy to workforce manager. In her role, Mehaffy will be responsible for the day-to-day coordination of Tarlton’s field workforce. This includes the staffing of projects, working with superintendents and project managers on project startup and execution needs, developing future field leaders, and extending Tarlton’s community outreach in the area of workforce development.

Mehaffy brings to the position more than a dozen years of experience at Tarlton, most recently serving as a contractor management representative at the firm’s projects for Monsanto Co. She began her career at Tarlton as a laborer apprentice on the Facilities One segment of the Cross County MetroLink Expansion project. She proudly serves as a third-generation laborer in the local construction industry, following in the footsteps of her grandfather, father and brother, who are carpenters.

In business since 1946, Tarlton Corp. is a WBENC-Certified Women’s Business Enterprise that completes projects for wide-ranging clients in the commercial, life sciences, health care, institutional, power and industrial markets.

Staff Additions at HOK 

Chad Morris

Chad Morris, has joined HOK in St. Louis. He will support the HOK team as a project manager supporting HOK’s justice practice. Morris joins HOK from AAIC Incorporated in Collinsville, Illinois. He earned his Bachelor of Architectural Studies from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.

Lindsey Merz

Lindsey Merz, has joined HOK in St. Louis. She will continue to support the HOK team as an interior design professional working in all aspects of the project process. Merz joins HOK’s St. Louis office after having served at HOK’s Los Angeles and Houston offices. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Maryville University in St. Louis.

Steven Schneider

Steven Schneider, has joined HOK in St. Louis. He will support the HOK team as a design professional working a variety of projects currently in design. Schneider joins HOK from Zimmerman Architectural Studios in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He earned his Bachelor of Architectural Studies from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.

Thomas Freeborn

Thomas Freeborn, has joined HOK in St. Louis. He will support the HOK team as an intern in the Planning Group. Freeborn joins HOK from his previous internship with Clearwater Cove in Lampe, Missouri. He is a junior at Purdue University pursuing his degree in Landscape Architecture.

HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm. Through a network of 23 offices worldwide, HOK provides design excellence and innovation to create places that enrich people’s lives and help clients succeed. DesignIntelligence consistently ranks HOK as a leader in sustainable, high-performance design and technology innovation.​

KWK Architects Adds Cindy Hausler, CPSM As Director Of Marketing

Cindy Hausler

KWK Architects announces the addition of Cindy Hausler, CPSM as director of marketing. In this position, Cindy is responsible for leading marketing strategy, business development, public relations, and overall marketing activities for the firm.

A graduate of Webster University, Hausler holds a Master of Arts degree in Media Communications and a Bachelor of Arts in Management (Emphasis in Marketing). She earned her Certified Professional Services Marketer (CPSM) certification through the Society of Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) in 2008. A long-time member of SMPS, Hausler is a past president and board member of the St. Louis Chapter.

KWK principal and co-founder Paul Wuennenberg said, “We are extremely happy to have Cindy as part of our team. She is highly organized, a talented writer, and has a great eye for graphics. As our director of marketing, Cindy oversees the global brand of our company from execution of proposals to the larger picture of future markets, client engagement, and public relations. In addition to Cindy’s talent and expertise she is a wonderful person and a great asset to our overall company culture.”

Cindy Hausler also owns and operates Market Elevations, a marketing consultancy specializing in the architecture, engineering, and construction industry.

Founded in 2013 by five architects who had worked together for more than 15 years, KWK Architects specializes in design for higher education and student life. 

September 1, 2017

S. M. Wilson Promotes Brad Homes, John Dohle & Kerry Lorts To Project Managers

S. M. Wilson & Co. has promoted Brad Homes, John Dohle and Kerry Lorts to Project Managers. As Project Managers, they will be responsible for handling all administrative functions for a project, including scheduling, holding progress meetings, generating meeting minutes, tracking costs and maintaining logs for all project information.

Brad Homes

Homes joined S. M. Wilson in 2012 and has worked on a variety of retail and commercial construction projects including several Cabela’s and Target stores. He is currently managing a new senior living facility in Charleston, South Carolina. Homes holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering Technology from Southeast Missouri State and is OSHA 30 Certified.

John Dohle

Dohle has been with S. M. Wilson for more than five and a half years. As a Project Engineer and Assistant Project Manager, he has been an intricate member of the Von Maur construction team building stores in Georgia, Alabama, Oklahoma and Wisconsin. Dohle will be managing construction of the newest Von Maur in Minnesota. He holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and is OSHA 30 Certified. Dohle is also a graduate of the Construction Leadership Institute at Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville.

Kerrry Lorts

Lorts joined S. M. Wilson in 2011 and has been involved in multiple projects including the Patient Care addition at Blessing Hospital and, most recently, the BJC Campus Renewal Project. He will be managing the new Dot Foods expansion. Lorts as a B.S. in Construction Management from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. He is OSHA 30 and ASHE certified.

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

Patrick Duffy Joins Greco Aluminum Railings 

Patrick Duffy

Greco Aluminum Railings (Greco), a leading manufacturer of high-quality engineered railing and safety systems for multi-family and commercial structures in the United States and Canada, is pleased to announce Patrick Duffy as their newest architectural representative.

With 23 years in the architectural industry and owner of Advanced Building Products, Duffy has consulted on some of the most technologically advanced high-rise buildings in the Chicago and Milwaukee regions. He earned his degree in civil Construction Management from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. Bringing his experience with all facets of the building facade, Duffy will cover the Illinois and Wisconsin markets for Greco.

Duffy is looking forward to expanding Greco’s reach throughout the Midwest. “Greco is already well known in Chicago, and its track record of high quality products will continue to be attractive to both architects and contractors in the Midwest,” he says. “We can be a single source supplier for the facade of the building, starting with the balconies, and adding glass, panels and other materials. That means more convenience and reduced costs.”

Greco is part of CSW Industrials, a diversified industrial growth company with well-established, scalable platforms and domain expertise across three segments: Industrial Products; Coatings, Sealants & Adhesives; and Specialty Chemicals.

Midas Hospitality Hires Director of Engineering

Steve Bunetto

Steve Bunetto joins hotel management group in newly created position

Midas Hospitality, a premier hotel management group, recently hired Steve Bunetto as Director of Engineering.

Bunetto’s responsibilities include supporting the maintenance efforts for all of Midas Hospitality’s hotels.  He will focus on developing all-inclusive operational support systems, as well as implementing cost-saving programs and compliance processes.  Bunetto will handle company-wide initiatives, communication and training with each hotel’s on-site maintenance personnel and general managers to ensure an excellent guest experience with respect to the company’s product.

Bunetto has more than 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry.  Prior to joining Midas Hospitality, he served as a regional facilities manager for 10 years and Director of Maintenance at numerous other hotels.

“Steve brings a vast amount of experience to our company in terms of management and planning capabilities,” said Rob Willard, President and Principal.  “He is an industry leader who will take this newly created position at Midas Hospitality and will protect our asset investments while delivering market-leading guest experience through execution of his initiatives and systems.”

Founded in 2006, Midas Hospitality has developed, opened and currently manages numerous properties including 40 hotels in 14 states.

Western Specialty Contractors Appoints Chester Scott to Branch Manager of its Atlanta, GA Branch

Chester Scott

Western Specialty Contractors announces the appointment of Chester Scott as Branch Manager of its Atlanta, GA branch office. Chester was previously the Branch Manager of Western’s Orlando, FL branch, which has been filled by Nick McAlpin.

Chester started with Western in 1984 and has held the positions of field laborer, foreman, sales/project manager and department manager at Western’s Chicago, IL branch, in addition to Branch Manager of the Orlando, FL branch. He is a member of the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) and the International Concrete Repair Institute (ICRI).

In his new position, Chester will be responsible for running the Atlanta branch office, which will include marketing, sales, estimating, oversight of operations and administrative functions, safety of all branch employees, and productivity of office staff and field crews. Additionally, he will be responsible for ensuring the branch’s profitability by forecasting and managing the budget, identifying market trends, ensuring quality control and building/maintaining customer relationships.

Established in 1930, Western’s Atlanta area office provides such commercial specialty services as building cleaning, concrete and masonry restoration, waterproofing, epoxy and chemical grout injection, expansion joint systems, exterior wall coatings and plaza and parking deck restoration.

Family-owned and operated for over 100 years, Western Specialty Contractors is the nation’s largest specialty contractor in masonry and concrete restoration, waterproofing and specialty roofing.

S. M. Wilson Hires Eva Chapin As Assistant Project Manager, Richard Young At Project Superintendent And Lindsey Roellig At Project Assistant/Job Accountant

Eva Chapin

S. M. Wilson & Co. has hired Eva Chapin as Assistant Project Manager, Richard Young as a Project Superintendent and Lindsey Roellig as Project Assistant/Job Accountant.

Chapin will be responsible for all administrative functions during construction of a project, including scheduling, holding progress meetings, generating meeting minutes, tracking costs, and maintaining logs for all project information including transmittals, submittals, and RFIs. She holds a B.S. from Northern Illinois University – DeKab and has 11 years of industry experience. She is ASHE Certified and has U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Construction Quality Management Certification.

Richard Young

Young will be responsible for the day-to-day site management of a project including scheduling, quality and safety. This is his second employment stint with S. M. Wilson. He has 25 years of construction experience and is OSHA 30 certified.

Lindsey Roellig

Roellig is S. M. Wilson’s new Project Assistant/Job Accountant. She holds an Associate’s Degree in Paralegal Studies and has 10 years of industry experience.

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

Mark Lucas Joins G&S Architectural Products as Project Assistant

Mard Lucas

St. Louis-based G&S Architectural Products has hired Mark Lucas as their newest project assistant. His new duties at G&S Architectural Products include sending customers order acknowledgements, creating shop drawings, issuing purchase orders, and releasing orders to the shop.

Mark has a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, and his work experience prior to coming to G&S Architectural Products includes project management for a pipeline construction company and structural design for curtain wall, fall protection, and cable tray systems.

“I’m excited to try something new,” said Mark on his new position at G&S Architectural Products. “I’ve worked in different areas of the building industry and look forward to learning more about the design potential and functionality of acoustical panels.”

G&S Architectural Products is a leading provider and installer of architectural products primarily used for commercial, education and healthcare industries. As a full-service specialty contractor, we offer a variety of interior building products such as acoustical products, visual display boards and operable wall systems.

 

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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.

Midas Hospitality Hires Jim Cavallo and Promotes Michael Heater as Regional Operations Leaders.

Jim Cavello

In this position, both Cavallo and Heater will oversee approximately 12 to 15 hotels, creating and cultivating an environment that complements Midas Hospitality’s vision.  This includes a hands-on leadership approach with respect to top-line revenue, guest service, profitability, and associate satisfaction.  They will guide each hotel’s general manager in all aspects of hotel operations, as well as support their training and growth in order to achieve success.  Cavallo and Heater will ensure brand compliance and set department goals in regard to achieving top rankings for service with all brands.

Michael Heater

Cavallo has more than 27 years of hotel experience in multi-property management.  Prior to joining Midas Hospitality, he held numerous positions including area vice president and regional general manager for companies located throughout the country.  Heater, who has more than 25 years of hospitality experience, joined Midas Hospitality in 2013 as a Hotel General Manager in Greenville, S.C.  The success of this hotel and his ability to develop his staff has resulted in his career advancement.  Prior to Midas, he worked in numerous manager capacities at several South Carolina hotels.

“We are extremely fortunate to have both Jim and Michael in these leadership positions,” said Rob Willard, President and Principal.  “They both possess the background we need to oversee our new and existing properties.”

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

Mehaffy is promoted at Tarlton Corp.

Becky Mehaffy

Tarlton Corp., a St. Louis-based general contracting and construction management firm, promoted Becky Mehaffy to workforce manager. In her role, Mehaffy will be responsible for the day-to-day coordination of Tarlton’s field workforce. This includes the staffing of projects, working with superintendents and project managers on project startup and execution needs, developing future field leaders, and extending Tarlton’s community outreach in the area of workforce development.

Mehaffy brings to the position more than a dozen years of experience at Tarlton, most recently serving as a contractor management representative at the firm’s projects for Monsanto Co. She began her career at Tarlton as a laborer apprentice on the Facilities One segment of the Cross County MetroLink Expansion project. She proudly serves as a third-generation laborer in the local construction industry, following in the footsteps of her grandfather, father and brother, who are carpenters.

In business since 1946, Tarlton Corp. is a WBENC-Certified Women’s Business Enterprise that completes projects for wide-ranging clients in the commercial, life sciences, health care, institutional, power and industrial markets.

Staff Additions at HOK 

Chad Morris

Chad Morris, has joined HOK in St. Louis. He will support the HOK team as a project manager supporting HOK’s justice practice. Morris joins HOK from AAIC Incorporated in Collinsville, Illinois. He earned his Bachelor of Architectural Studies from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.

Lindsey Merz

Lindsey Merz, has joined HOK in St. Louis. She will continue to support the HOK team as an interior design professional working in all aspects of the project process. Merz joins HOK’s St. Louis office after having served at HOK’s Los Angeles and Houston offices. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Maryville University in St. Louis.

Steven Schneider

Steven Schneider, has joined HOK in St. Louis. He will support the HOK team as a design professional working a variety of projects currently in design. Schneider joins HOK from Zimmerman Architectural Studios in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He earned his Bachelor of Architectural Studies from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.

Thomas Freeborn

Thomas Freeborn, has joined HOK in St. Louis. He will support the HOK team as an intern in the Planning Group. Freeborn joins HOK from his previous internship with Clearwater Cove in Lampe, Missouri. He is a junior at Purdue University pursuing his degree in Landscape Architecture.

HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm. Through a network of 23 offices worldwide, HOK provides design excellence and innovation to create places that enrich people’s lives and help clients succeed. DesignIntelligence consistently ranks HOK as a leader in sustainable, high-performance design and technology innovation.​

KWK Architects Adds Cindy Hausler, CPSM As Director Of Marketing

Cindy Hausler

KWK Architects announces the addition of Cindy Hausler, CPSM as director of marketing. In this position, Cindy is responsible for leading marketing strategy, business development, public relations, and overall marketing activities for the firm.

A graduate of Webster University, Hausler holds a Master of Arts degree in Media Communications and a Bachelor of Arts in Management (Emphasis in Marketing). She earned her Certified Professional Services Marketer (CPSM) certification through the Society of Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) in 2008. A long-time member of SMPS, Hausler is a past president and board member of the St. Louis Chapter.

KWK principal and co-founder Paul Wuennenberg said, “We are extremely happy to have Cindy as part of our team. She is highly organized, a talented writer, and has a great eye for graphics. As our director of marketing, Cindy oversees the global brand of our company from execution of proposals to the larger picture of future markets, client engagement, and public relations. In addition to Cindy’s talent and expertise she is a wonderful person and a great asset to our overall company culture.”

Cindy Hausler also owns and operates Market Elevations, a marketing consultancy specializing in the architecture, engineering, and construction industry.

Founded in 2013 by five architects who had worked together for more than 15 years, KWK Architects specializes in design for higher education and student life. 

September 1, 2017

S. M. Wilson Promotes Brad Homes, John Dohle & Kerry Lorts To Project Managers

S. M. Wilson & Co. has promoted Brad Homes, John Dohle and Kerry Lorts to Project Managers. As Project Managers, they will be responsible for handling all administrative functions for a project, including scheduling, holding progress meetings, generating meeting minutes, tracking costs and maintaining logs for all project information.

Brad Homes

Homes joined S. M. Wilson in 2012 and has worked on a variety of retail and commercial construction projects including several Cabela’s and Target stores. He is currently managing a new senior living facility in Charleston, South Carolina. Homes holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering Technology from Southeast Missouri State and is OSHA 30 Certified.

John Dohle

Dohle has been with S. M. Wilson for more than five and a half years. As a Project Engineer and Assistant Project Manager, he has been an intricate member of the Von Maur construction team building stores in Georgia, Alabama, Oklahoma and Wisconsin. Dohle will be managing construction of the newest Von Maur in Minnesota. He holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and is OSHA 30 Certified. Dohle is also a graduate of the Construction Leadership Institute at Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville.

Kerrry Lorts

Lorts joined S. M. Wilson in 2011 and has been involved in multiple projects including the Patient Care addition at Blessing Hospital and, most recently, the BJC Campus Renewal Project. He will be managing the new Dot Foods expansion. Lorts as a B.S. in Construction Management from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. He is OSHA 30 and ASHE certified.

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

Patrick Duffy Joins Greco Aluminum Railings 

Patrick Duffy

Greco Aluminum Railings (Greco), a leading manufacturer of high-quality engineered railing and safety systems for multi-family and commercial structures in the United States and Canada, is pleased to announce Patrick Duffy as their newest architectural representative.

With 23 years in the architectural industry and owner of Advanced Building Products, Duffy has consulted on some of the most technologically advanced high-rise buildings in the Chicago and Milwaukee regions. He earned his degree in civil Construction Management from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. Bringing his experience with all facets of the building facade, Duffy will cover the Illinois and Wisconsin markets for Greco.

Duffy is looking forward to expanding Greco’s reach throughout the Midwest. “Greco is already well known in Chicago, and its track record of high quality products will continue to be attractive to both architects and contractors in the Midwest,” he says. “We can be a single source supplier for the facade of the building, starting with the balconies, and adding glass, panels and other materials. That means more convenience and reduced costs.”

Greco is part of CSW Industrials, a diversified industrial growth company with well-established, scalable platforms and domain expertise across three segments: Industrial Products; Coatings, Sealants & Adhesives; and Specialty Chemicals.

Midas Hospitality Hires Director of Engineering

Steve Bunetto

Steve Bunetto joins hotel management group in newly created position

Midas Hospitality, a premier hotel management group, recently hired Steve Bunetto as Director of Engineering.

Bunetto’s responsibilities include supporting the maintenance efforts for all of Midas Hospitality’s hotels.  He will focus on developing all-inclusive operational support systems, as well as implementing cost-saving programs and compliance processes.  Bunetto will handle company-wide initiatives, communication and training with each hotel’s on-site maintenance personnel and general managers to ensure an excellent guest experience with respect to the company’s product.

Bunetto has more than 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry.  Prior to joining Midas Hospitality, he served as a regional facilities manager for 10 years and Director of Maintenance at numerous other hotels.

“Steve brings a vast amount of experience to our company in terms of management and planning capabilities,” said Rob Willard, President and Principal.  “He is an industry leader who will take this newly created position at Midas Hospitality and will protect our asset investments while delivering market-leading guest experience through execution of his initiatives and systems.”

Founded in 2006, Midas Hospitality has developed, opened and currently manages numerous properties including 40 hotels in 14 states.

Western Specialty Contractors Appoints Chester Scott to Branch Manager of its Atlanta, GA Branch

Chester Scott

Western Specialty Contractors announces the appointment of Chester Scott as Branch Manager of its Atlanta, GA branch office. Chester was previously the Branch Manager of Western’s Orlando, FL branch, which has been filled by Nick McAlpin.

Chester started with Western in 1984 and has held the positions of field laborer, foreman, sales/project manager and department manager at Western’s Chicago, IL branch, in addition to Branch Manager of the Orlando, FL branch. He is a member of the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) and the International Concrete Repair Institute (ICRI).

In his new position, Chester will be responsible for running the Atlanta branch office, which will include marketing, sales, estimating, oversight of operations and administrative functions, safety of all branch employees, and productivity of office staff and field crews. Additionally, he will be responsible for ensuring the branch’s profitability by forecasting and managing the budget, identifying market trends, ensuring quality control and building/maintaining customer relationships.

Established in 1930, Western’s Atlanta area office provides such commercial specialty services as building cleaning, concrete and masonry restoration, waterproofing, epoxy and chemical grout injection, expansion joint systems, exterior wall coatings and plaza and parking deck restoration.

Family-owned and operated for over 100 years, Western Specialty Contractors is the nation’s largest specialty contractor in masonry and concrete restoration, waterproofing and specialty roofing.

S. M. Wilson Hires Eva Chapin As Assistant Project Manager, Richard Young At Project Superintendent And Lindsey Roellig At Project Assistant/Job Accountant

Eva Chapin

S. M. Wilson & Co. has hired Eva Chapin as Assistant Project Manager, Richard Young as a Project Superintendent and Lindsey Roellig as Project Assistant/Job Accountant.

Chapin will be responsible for all administrative functions during construction of a project, including scheduling, holding progress meetings, generating meeting minutes, tracking costs, and maintaining logs for all project information including transmittals, submittals, and RFIs. She holds a B.S. from Northern Illinois University – DeKab and has 11 years of industry experience. She is ASHE Certified and has U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Construction Quality Management Certification.

Richard Young

Young will be responsible for the day-to-day site management of a project including scheduling, quality and safety. This is his second employment stint with S. M. Wilson. He has 25 years of construction experience and is OSHA 30 certified.

Lindsey Roellig

Roellig is S. M. Wilson’s new Project Assistant/Job Accountant. She holds an Associate’s Degree in Paralegal Studies and has 10 years of industry experience.

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

Mark Lucas Joins G&S Architectural Products as Project Assistant

Mard Lucas

St. Louis-based G&S Architectural Products has hired Mark Lucas as their newest project assistant. His new duties at G&S Architectural Products include sending customers order acknowledgements, creating shop drawings, issuing purchase orders, and releasing orders to the shop.

Mark has a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, and his work experience prior to coming to G&S Architectural Products includes project management for a pipeline construction company and structural design for curtain wall, fall protection, and cable tray systems.

“I’m excited to try something new,” said Mark on his new position at G&S Architectural Products. “I’ve worked in different areas of the building industry and look forward to learning more about the design potential and functionality of acoustical panels.”

G&S Architectural Products is a leading provider and installer of architectural products primarily used for commercial, education and healthcare industries. As a full-service specialty contractor, we offer a variety of interior building products such as acoustical products, visual display boards and operable wall systems.

August 28, 2017

Ryan Brockmann Joins McGrath & Associates as Project Engineer

Ryan Brockman

McGrath & Associates has hired Ryan Brockmann of Marthasville, MO, as project engineer. Brockman has 12 years of experience in real estate development, remodeling and restoration. He has a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Missouri State University.

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

Benoy Announces Appointment of Barry Spencer Hughes as Design Director

Barry Spencer

With over 25 years’ experience in design, Barry has a strong design-led portfolio having worked on significant large-scale, mixed-use projects spanning markets and typologies.

“I am excited to have joined the Benoy team, and look forward to building on the firms national and international reputation for providing excellence and innovation in our built environment,” says Barry Spencer Hughes, Design Director, Benoy.

“The appointment of Barry fits brilliantly with our business objectives for America. Barry brings energy, passion, creativity and drives us forward as a cutting-edge design team. His previous experience includes award winning mixed-use, retail and transport projects.  Barry also brings a great reputation in designing tall buildings – an area of increased interest for Benoy. These are exciting times within the industry, and alongside Barry, we have appointed eight new directors in the last 18 months, adding to our width and depth of skills to provide new, creative and often commercial problem-solving design thinking,” says Tom Cartledge, CEO, Benoy.

Primarily based at the London campus, Barry will shape Benoy’s global design message, while expanding the business in America. “Benoy’s experience and reputation in mixed-use and transportation led projects will be a great entré into the US market.  We have a proven track record of creating great places all over the world, and I look forward to helping continue that tradition back home,”  comments Hughes a US citizen who has been working out of London for the past 15 years.

“We are delighted to have Barry in Benoy. He will quickly be an integral part of the team, principally leading our design message globally and in the US. His inspiring design solutions, ideas and approach align well with the next phase of Benoy’s brand development,” says Penny Illston, Head of Global Talent, Benoy.

Continuing Education Allows for Employee Growth at IMPACT Strategies 

Senior project Manager Mike Voss of Glen Carbon, Ill. completed the AGC of Missouri Leadership Academy. Voss was chosen by an AGC selection committee to complete the course, which focused on building awareness and proficiency in business and developing skills that will translate into strong project team leadership.

IMPACT Strategies became a licensed general contractor in the State of Alabama when project manager Scott Manning, a resident of Troy, Ill., recently completed the required testing. The test was comprised of the Alabama Business and Law exam and the National Commercial Building Contractor Examination (NASCLA).

Project engineer and Fairview Heights resident Kyle Stigler finished three courses as part of the AGC of America Project Manager Development Program sponsored by the Southern Illinois Builders Association (SIBA) in conjunction with the Southern Illinois Construction Advancement Program. This five-course program covers the essentials of project management, providing a solid foundation for long-term career development.

Project engineer intern Jordan Grant of Edwardsville spent time in the IMPACT office and in the field this summer, gaining experience in all phases of a project from start to finish. “There isn’t a classroom that could have provided me with the knowledge and experience I’ve gained this summer here at IMPACT,” said Jordan. Jordan is currently in his junior year at SIU-Edwardsville, majoring in Construction Management.

IMPACT Strategies, Inc. specializes in Retail, Commercial, Medical, Senior Housing and Education construction and offers comprehensive construction services including design-build, general contracting, construction management and pre-construction management. 

Eric Mersmann Named Director of Interiors for HOK’s Growing St. Louis Practice 

Eric Mersmann

Eric Mersmann, formerly of Perkins+Will in Chicago, has joined HOK as the Director of Interiors in the St. Louis practice.  Eric began his over 25 year career in St. Louis and is excited to return bringing with him his experience from his diverse portfolio and knowledge from the variety of positions he’s held.

Mersmann joins the St. Louis practice at a time of robust growth as the St. Louis studio was recently ranked as the region’s largest interior design firm and largest architecture studio by the St. Louis Business Journal.  Eric will continue to propel the interiors team to even more success through his leadership and mentorship on projects such as the Microsoft Technology Center in Cortex, Clayton on the Park and BJC HealthCare Washington University Medical Campus Renewal project.

Recent additions to the Trivers team

Trivers recently announced the following additions to the Trivers team:
Melisa Betts, Assoc. AIA, Architectural Designer
Rylie Davis, Washington University Architectural Fellow/Architectural Designer
Jonas Gassmann, Architectural Designer
Maggie Hayden, LEED® Green Associate, Architectural Designer
John Pitman, AIA, Project Architect
They also want to thank intern Tianyi ‘Meo’ Zhang for spending the summer with them.

Western Specialty Contractors Promotes Nick McAlpin to Branch Manager of its Orlando, FL Branch

Nick McAlpin

Western Specialty Contractors announces the promotion of Nick McAlpin of Enterprise, FL as Branch Manager of its Orlando, FL branch office.

McAlpin replaces former Orlando Branch Manager Chester Scott, who has been relocated as Branch Manager of Western’s Atlanta, GA branch.

Established in 1987, Western’s Orlando area office provides such commercial specialty services as concrete and masonry restoration, waterproofing, epoxy and chemical grout injection, expansion joint systems, exterior wall coatings, historical restoration, plaza and parking deck restoration and urethane grout injections.

McAlpin will be responsible for running the branch office, which will include marketing, sales, estimating, oversight of operations and administrative functions, safety of all branch employees, and productivity of office staff and field crews. Additionally, McAlpin will be responsible for ensuring the branch’s profitability by forecasting and managing the budget, identifying market trends, ensuring quality control and building/maintaining customer relationships.

McAlpin has been with Western Specialty Contractors for 14 years, having previously held the positions of laborer, mechanic, foreman and superintendent. He is a member of the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) and the International Concrete Repair Institute (ICRI).

Family-owned and operated for over 100 years, Western Specialty Contractors is the nation’s largest specialty contractor in masonry and concrete restoration, waterproofing and specialty roofing.

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S. M. Wilson Promotes Brad Homes, John Dohle & Kerry Lorts To Project Managers

S. M. Wilson & Co. has promoted Brad Homes, John Dohle and Kerry Lorts to Project Managers. As Project Managers, they will be responsible for handling all administrative functions for a project, including scheduling, holding progress meetings, generating meeting minutes, tracking costs and maintaining logs for all project information.

Brad Homes

Homes joined S. M. Wilson in 2012 and has worked on a variety of retail and commercial construction projects including several Cabela’s and Target stores. He is currently managing a new senior living facility in Charleston, South Carolina. Homes holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering Technology from Southeast Missouri State and is OSHA 30 Certified.

John Dohle

Dohle has been with S. M. Wilson for more than five and a half years. As a Project Engineer and Assistant Project Manager, he has been an intricate member of the Von Maur construction team building stores in Georgia, Alabama, Oklahoma and Wisconsin. Dohle will be managing construction of the newest Von Maur in Minnesota. He holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and is OSHA 30 Certified. Dohle is also a graduate of the Construction Leadership Institute at Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville.

Kerrry Lorts

Lorts joined S. M. Wilson in 2011 and has been involved in multiple projects including the Patient Care addition at Blessing Hospital and, most recently, the BJC Campus Renewal Project. He will be managing the new Dot Foods expansion. Lorts as a B.S. in Construction Management from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. He is OSHA 30 and ASHE certified.

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

Patrick Duffy Joins Greco Aluminum Railings 

Patrick Duffy

Greco Aluminum Railings (Greco), a leading manufacturer of high-quality engineered railing and safety systems for multi-family and commercial structures in the United States and Canada, is pleased to announce Patrick Duffy as their newest architectural representative.

With 23 years in the architectural industry and owner of Advanced Building Products, Duffy has consulted on some of the most technologically advanced high-rise buildings in the Chicago and Milwaukee regions. He earned his degree in civil Construction Management from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. Bringing his experience with all facets of the building facade, Duffy will cover the Illinois and Wisconsin markets for Greco.

Duffy is looking forward to expanding Greco’s reach throughout the Midwest. “Greco is already well known in Chicago, and its track record of high quality products will continue to be attractive to both architects and contractors in the Midwest,” he says. “We can be a single source supplier for the facade of the building, starting with the balconies, and adding glass, panels and other materials. That means more convenience and reduced costs.”

Greco is part of CSW Industrials, a diversified industrial growth company with well-established, scalable platforms and domain expertise across three segments: Industrial Products; Coatings, Sealants & Adhesives; and Specialty Chemicals.

Midas Hospitality Hires Director of Engineering

Steve Bunetto

Steve Bunetto joins hotel management group in newly created position

Midas Hospitality, a premier hotel management group, recently hired Steve Bunetto as Director of Engineering.

Bunetto’s responsibilities include supporting the maintenance efforts for all of Midas Hospitality’s hotels.  He will focus on developing all-inclusive operational support systems, as well as implementing cost-saving programs and compliance processes.  Bunetto will handle company-wide initiatives, communication and training with each hotel’s on-site maintenance personnel and general managers to ensure an excellent guest experience with respect to the company’s product.

Bunetto has more than 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry.  Prior to joining Midas Hospitality, he served as a regional facilities manager for 10 years and Director of Maintenance at numerous other hotels.

“Steve brings a vast amount of experience to our company in terms of management and planning capabilities,” said Rob Willard, President and Principal.  “He is an industry leader who will take this newly created position at Midas Hospitality and will protect our asset investments while delivering market-leading guest experience through execution of his initiatives and systems.”

Founded in 2006, Midas Hospitality has developed, opened and currently manages numerous properties including 40 hotels in 14 states.

Western Specialty Contractors Appoints Chester Scott to Branch Manager of its Atlanta, GA Branch

Chester Scott

Western Specialty Contractors announces the appointment of Chester Scott as Branch Manager of its Atlanta, GA branch office. Chester was previously the Branch Manager of Western’s Orlando, FL branch, which has been filled by Nick McAlpin.

Chester started with Western in 1984 and has held the positions of field laborer, foreman, sales/project manager and department manager at Western’s Chicago, IL branch, in addition to Branch Manager of the Orlando, FL branch. He is a member of the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) and the International Concrete Repair Institute (ICRI).

In his new position, Chester will be responsible for running the Atlanta branch office, which will include marketing, sales, estimating, oversight of operations and administrative functions, safety of all branch employees, and productivity of office staff and field crews. Additionally, he will be responsible for ensuring the branch’s profitability by forecasting and managing the budget, identifying market trends, ensuring quality control and building/maintaining customer relationships.

Established in 1930, Western’s Atlanta area office provides such commercial specialty services as building cleaning, concrete and masonry restoration, waterproofing, epoxy and chemical grout injection, expansion joint systems, exterior wall coatings and plaza and parking deck restoration.

Family-owned and operated for over 100 years, Western Specialty Contractors is the nation’s largest specialty contractor in masonry and concrete restoration, waterproofing and specialty roofing.

S. M. Wilson Hires Eva Chapin As Assistant Project Manager, Richard Young At Project Superintendent And Lindsey Roellig At Project Assistant/Job Accountant

Eva Chapin

S. M. Wilson & Co. has hired Eva Chapin as Assistant Project Manager, Richard Young as a Project Superintendent and Lindsey Roellig as Project Assistant/Job Accountant.

Chapin will be responsible for all administrative functions during construction of a project, including scheduling, holding progress meetings, generating meeting minutes, tracking costs, and maintaining logs for all project information including transmittals, submittals, and RFIs. She holds a B.S. from Northern Illinois University – DeKab and has 11 years of industry experience. She is ASHE Certified and has U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Construction Quality Management Certification.

Richard Young

Young will be responsible for the day-to-day site management of a project including scheduling, quality and safety. This is his second employment stint with S. M. Wilson. He has 25 years of construction experience and is OSHA 30 certified.

Lindsey Roellig

Roellig is S. M. Wilson’s new Project Assistant/Job Accountant. She holds an Associate’s Degree in Paralegal Studies and has 10 years of industry experience.

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

Mark Lucas Joins G&S Architectural Products as Project Assistant

Mard Lucas

St. Louis-based G&S Architectural Products has hired Mark Lucas as their newest project assistant. His new duties at G&S Architectural Products include sending customers order acknowledgements, creating shop drawings, issuing purchase orders, and releasing orders to the shop.

Mark has a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, and his work experience prior to coming to G&S Architectural Products includes project management for a pipeline construction company and structural design for curtain wall, fall protection, and cable tray systems.

“I’m excited to try something new,” said Mark on his new position at G&S Architectural Products. “I’ve worked in different areas of the building industry and look forward to learning more about the design potential and functionality of acoustical panels.”

G&S Architectural Products is a leading provider and installer of architectural products primarily used for commercial, education and healthcare industries. As a full-service specialty contractor, we offer a variety of interior building products such as acoustical products, visual display boards and operable wall systems.

 

August 28, 2017

Ryan Brockmann Joins McGrath & Associates as Project Engineer

Ryan Brockman

McGrath & Associates has hired Ryan Brockmann of Marthasville, MO, as project engineer. Brockman has 12 years of experience in real estate development, remodeling and restoration. He has a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Missouri State University.

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

Benoy Announces Appointment of Barry Spencer Hughes as Design Director

Barry Spencer

With over 25 years’ experience in design, Barry has a strong design-led portfolio having worked on significant large-scale, mixed-use projects spanning markets and typologies.

“I am excited to have joined the Benoy team, and look forward to building on the firms national and international reputation for providing excellence and innovation in our built environment,” says Barry Spencer Hughes, Design Director, Benoy.

“The appointment of Barry fits brilliantly with our business objectives for America. Barry brings energy, passion, creativity and drives us forward as a cutting-edge design team. His previous experience includes award winning mixed-use, retail and transport projects.  Barry also brings a great reputation in designing tall buildings – an area of increased interest for Benoy. These are exciting times within the industry, and alongside Barry, we have appointed eight new directors in the last 18 months, adding to our width and depth of skills to provide new, creative and often commercial problem-solving design thinking,” says Tom Cartledge, CEO, Benoy.

Primarily based at the London campus, Barry will shape Benoy’s global design message, while expanding the business in America. “Benoy’s experience and reputation in mixed-use and transportation led projects will be a great entré into the US market.  We have a proven track record of creating great places all over the world, and I look forward to helping continue that tradition back home,”  comments Hughes a US citizen who has been working out of London for the past 15 years.

“We are delighted to have Barry in Benoy. He will quickly be an integral part of the team, principally leading our design message globally and in the US. His inspiring design solutions, ideas and approach align well with the next phase of Benoy’s brand development,” says Penny Illston, Head of Global Talent, Benoy.

Continuing Education Allows for Employee Growth at IMPACT Strategies 

Senior project Manager Mike Voss of Glen Carbon, Ill. completed the AGC of Missouri Leadership Academy. Voss was chosen by an AGC selection committee to complete the course, which focused on building awareness and proficiency in business and developing skills that will translate into strong project team leadership.

IMPACT Strategies became a licensed general contractor in the State of Alabama when project manager Scott Manning, a resident of Troy, Ill., recently completed the required testing. The test was comprised of the Alabama Business and Law exam and the National Commercial Building Contractor Examination (NASCLA).

Project engineer and Fairview Heights resident Kyle Stigler finished three courses as part of the AGC of America Project Manager Development Program sponsored by the Southern Illinois Builders Association (SIBA) in conjunction with the Southern Illinois Construction Advancement Program. This five-course program covers the essentials of project management, providing a solid foundation for long-term career development.

Project engineer intern Jordan Grant of Edwardsville spent time in the IMPACT office and in the field this summer, gaining experience in all phases of a project from start to finish. “There isn’t a classroom that could have provided me with the knowledge and experience I’ve gained this summer here at IMPACT,” said Jordan. Jordan is currently in his junior year at SIU-Edwardsville, majoring in Construction Management.

IMPACT Strategies, Inc. specializes in Retail, Commercial, Medical, Senior Housing and Education construction and offers comprehensive construction services including design-build, general contracting, construction management and pre-construction management. 

Eric Mersmann Named Director of Interiors for HOK’s Growing St. Louis Practice 

Eric Mersmann

Eric Mersmann, formerly of Perkins+Will in Chicago, has joined HOK as the Director of Interiors in the St. Louis practice.  Eric began his over 25 year career in St. Louis and is excited to return bringing with him his experience from his diverse portfolio and knowledge from the variety of positions he’s held.

Mersmann joins the St. Louis practice at a time of robust growth as the St. Louis studio was recently ranked as the region’s largest interior design firm and largest architecture studio by the St. Louis Business Journal.  Eric will continue to propel the interiors team to even more success through his leadership and mentorship on projects such as the Microsoft Technology Center in Cortex, Clayton on the Park and BJC HealthCare Washington University Medical Campus Renewal project.

Recent additions to the Trivers team

Trivers recently announced the following additions to the Trivers team:
Melisa Betts, Assoc. AIA, Architectural Designer
Rylie Davis, Washington University Architectural Fellow/Architectural Designer
Jonas Gassmann, Architectural Designer
Maggie Hayden, LEED® Green Associate, Architectural Designer
John Pitman, AIA, Project Architect
They also want to thank intern Tianyi ‘Meo’ Zhang for spending the summer with them.

Western Specialty Contractors Promotes Nick McAlpin to Branch Manager of its Orlando, FL Branch

Nick McAlpin

Western Specialty Contractors announces the promotion of Nick McAlpin of Enterprise, FL as Branch Manager of its Orlando, FL branch office.

McAlpin replaces former Orlando Branch Manager Chester Scott, who has been relocated as Branch Manager of Western’s Atlanta, GA branch.

Established in 1987, Western’s Orlando area office provides such commercial specialty services as concrete and masonry restoration, waterproofing, epoxy and chemical grout injection, expansion joint systems, exterior wall coatings, historical restoration, plaza and parking deck restoration and urethane grout injections.

McAlpin will be responsible for running the branch office, which will include marketing, sales, estimating, oversight of operations and administrative functions, safety of all branch employees, and productivity of office staff and field crews. Additionally, McAlpin will be responsible for ensuring the branch’s profitability by forecasting and managing the budget, identifying market trends, ensuring quality control and building/maintaining customer relationships.

McAlpin has been with Western Specialty Contractors for 14 years, having previously held the positions of laborer, mechanic, foreman and superintendent. He is a member of the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) and the International Concrete Repair Institute (ICRI).

Family-owned and operated for over 100 years, Western Specialty Contractors is the nation’s largest specialty contractor in masonry and concrete restoration, waterproofing and specialty roofing. 

August 18, 2017

Winco Window Announces Retirement of John Campbell as President of the Company 

Winco Window Company announces the retirement of John Campbell as the company’s president. Campbell was hired in May, 1995 as Production Control and Scheduling Mgr..  Prior to joining Winco, Campbell worked at several other window companies, enabling him to bring significant knowledge and experience to Winco.

Campbell formerly worked at Alcan Aluminum Co. in Owensboro, K, Nashville, Tenn., Rome, Ga. and Warren, Ohio; then White Star Aluminum in Pensauken, N.J.; Peerless Products in Fort Scott, Kan.; then Sugar Creek Window and Door in Sugarcreek, Ohio before joining Winco.

“John has been steady at the wheel since day one,” says Gantt W. Miller III, AIA and CEO of Winco. “We hired John knowing that he would one day run the company for us. His manufacturing, engineering, product design expertise and information systems experience was the catalyst for our current operational systems and standards.”

Integrating computer technology, software development and in-house programming of numerous operational functions were among Campbell’s major accomplishments at Winco. His ability to create sophisticated internal systems played a key role in providing solutions for larger jobs. “John was the one to manage the minute details, yet keep his eye on the big picture,” adds Miller.  “Customer satisfaction remains paramount to John.”

Credited with adding structure to Winco’s new product development, Campbell helped move Winco from a standard product offering company to one that provides unique and technically sophisticated window and wall solutions. “John was actively involved in developing Winco’s hung window — a popular product in much demand today — and then worked tirelessly to push Winco into the specialty custom market with historic replica, tornado, hurricane, blast, psychiatric and ballistic products,” according to Miller.

Campbell has noticed a major shift in the fenestration business during his long career. “It used to be, you simply sold windows,” he says. “Now, multiple people are involved in the production of one window and the sales process extends far beyond the actual sale. The line in the sand is blurred between the owner, the installer and the manufacturer. We must all work as a team to make sure the windows protect the building and provide comfort for the occupant – it’s a shared responsibility.”

Winco is beginning the search for Campbell’s replacement, both internally and outside the company. During the transition, John will continue to be actively involved with the company. “John is committed to a smooth transition at the helm,” says Miller. “He shares our confidence in the future of Winco in a market that is strong and a team of employees and reps that are dedicated and committed to excellence.”

John is moving his residence from the St. Louis area to his hometown of Owensboro, Ky., where he and his wife, Kathryn Robertson Campbell, met 48 years ago. Even though he will retire as president, Campbell plans to explore new business and marketing opportunities for Winco in the Kentucky market. He will also continue to consult with Winco’s management.

During his time with Winco, John and his wife Kathy lived in Columbia, Ill. Both John and Kathy have been active in community theater for years, as actors and directors. John is a member of the Monroe Actors Stage Company (MASC) in Waterloo, Ill., and he currently serves as President for its Board of Directors. Campbell is a 1974 graduate of Western Kentucky University, where he studied Theatre Arts.(He met his wife at the Community Theater in Owensboro, where he was involved in community theaters in Kentucky, Georgia, Ohio, New Jersey and Kansas, prior to founding the MASC. Together, they have produced 89 full length plays and musicals since founding the stage company in 1999.

Castle Contracting Promotes Aaron Retherford to Director of Business Development

Aaron Retherford

Castle Contracting has promoted Aaron Retherford to the position of Director of Business Development.

As a member of the Castle leadership team, Retherford will focus on growing the company’s sales through the cultivation of new business opportunities. Additional responsibilities include prioritizing project opportunities, developing and leading pursuit strategies, managing sales activity, and leading Castle’s marketing and branding initiatives.

“Aaron is a skilled and respected business developer with a thorough knowledge of the construction sales process,” says Mike Myers, vice president of Castle Contracting. “His commitment to understanding current and future market trends will continue to guide Castle’s expansion in St. Louis and other markets.”

Retherford joined Castle in 2010 as an estimator and earned promotions to preconstruction manager and business development manager.

Retherford received bachelor of science degrees in both construction management and business administration from Illinois State University in Normal, Ill. His community involvement includes volunteering for the St. Louis Children’s Hospital Foundation’s KIDstruction event and the St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers golf committee.

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.

KAI Promotes Derwin Broughton to Deputy Director of Architecture  

Derwin Broughton

KAI is proud to announce that Derwin Broughton, AIA, has been promoted to Deputy Director of Architecture.

Broughton, who previously held the position of Senior Project Architect/Project Manager, joined KAI four years ago. As Deputy Director, Broughton will be more closely involved in the formulation of architectural plans and management, while acting as a steward of all work entrusted to the architectural department and promoting corporate excellence. His professional experience will guide him in setting goals for the KAI Texas office, establishing future objectives by identifying issues and opportunities, and developing strategic recommendations.

“Derwin has meticulously climbed the ranks with his dedication and commitment to not only the architectural department, but to the overall success of our Dallas office,” said KAI Texas President and COO Darren L. James. “For the past couple of years, along with his design responsibilities, Derwin has also supported business development and project management, where he has shown exemplary performance and has proven himself as a committed company advocate. He has always shown initiative in the performance of his duties, even going above and beyond what is expected of him.”

Broughton has a Bachelor of Science in Design/Architecture from Clemson University. He is also a board member for Dash for the Beads, a non-profit organization that promotes healthy eating and physical activity for grade school children. In the recent past, he was Board Chair for Junior Players, Dallas’ oldest children’s theater, as well as a board member for AIA Dallas. Broughton has been recognized by the Dallas Business JournalEngineering News-Record and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) for his exemplary leadership in the architectural profession.

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

Lori Owens joins McGrath & Associates as Project Accountant

Lori Owens

McGrath & Associates has hired Lori Owens of Alton, IL, as project accountant. Owens has 24 years of experience in payroll, office management, accounting and project management support for several construction industry organizations. She has a clerical bookkeeping diploma from United College and is a trained Community Emergency Response Team and Medical Reserve Corp volunteer.

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

 

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Ryan Brockmann Joins McGrath & Associates as Project Engineer

Ryan Brockman

McGrath & Associates has hired Ryan Brockmann of Marthasville, MO, as project engineer. Brockman has 12 years of experience in real estate development, remodeling and restoration. He has a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Missouri State University.

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

Benoy Announces Appointment of Barry Spencer Hughes as Design Director

Barry Spencer

With over 25 years’ experience in design, Barry has a strong design-led portfolio having worked on significant large-scale, mixed-use projects spanning markets and typologies.

“I am excited to have joined the Benoy team, and look forward to building on the firms national and international reputation for providing excellence and innovation in our built environment,” says Barry Spencer Hughes, Design Director, Benoy.

“The appointment of Barry fits brilliantly with our business objectives for America. Barry brings energy, passion, creativity and drives us forward as a cutting-edge design team. His previous experience includes award winning mixed-use, retail and transport projects.  Barry also brings a great reputation in designing tall buildings – an area of increased interest for Benoy. These are exciting times within the industry, and alongside Barry, we have appointed eight new directors in the last 18 months, adding to our width and depth of skills to provide new, creative and often commercial problem-solving design thinking,” says Tom Cartledge, CEO, Benoy.

Primarily based at the London campus, Barry will shape Benoy’s global design message, while expanding the business in America. “Benoy’s experience and reputation in mixed-use and transportation led projects will be a great entré into the US market.  We have a proven track record of creating great places all over the world, and I look forward to helping continue that tradition back home,”  comments Hughes a US citizen who has been working out of London for the past 15 years.

“We are delighted to have Barry in Benoy. He will quickly be an integral part of the team, principally leading our design message globally and in the US. His inspiring design solutions, ideas and approach align well with the next phase of Benoy’s brand development,” says Penny Illston, Head of Global Talent, Benoy.

Continuing Education Allows for Employee Growth at IMPACT Strategies 

Senior project Manager Mike Voss of Glen Carbon, Ill. completed the AGC of Missouri Leadership Academy. Voss was chosen by an AGC selection committee to complete the course, which focused on building awareness and proficiency in business and developing skills that will translate into strong project team leadership.

IMPACT Strategies became a licensed general contractor in the State of Alabama when project manager Scott Manning, a resident of Troy, Ill., recently completed the required testing. The test was comprised of the Alabama Business and Law exam and the National Commercial Building Contractor Examination (NASCLA).

Project engineer and Fairview Heights resident Kyle Stigler finished three courses as part of the AGC of America Project Manager Development Program sponsored by the Southern Illinois Builders Association (SIBA) in conjunction with the Southern Illinois Construction Advancement Program. This five-course program covers the essentials of project management, providing a solid foundation for long-term career development.

Project engineer intern Jordan Grant of Edwardsville spent time in the IMPACT office and in the field this summer, gaining experience in all phases of a project from start to finish. “There isn’t a classroom that could have provided me with the knowledge and experience I’ve gained this summer here at IMPACT,” said Jordan. Jordan is currently in his junior year at SIU-Edwardsville, majoring in Construction Management.

IMPACT Strategies, Inc. specializes in Retail, Commercial, Medical, Senior Housing and Education construction and offers comprehensive construction services including design-build, general contracting, construction management and pre-construction management. 

Eric Mersmann Named Director of Interiors for HOK’s Growing St. Louis Practice 

Eric Mersmann

Eric Mersmann, formerly of Perkins+Will in Chicago, has joined HOK as the Director of Interiors in the St. Louis practice.  Eric began his over 25 year career in St. Louis and is excited to return bringing with him his experience from his diverse portfolio and knowledge from the variety of positions he’s held.

Mersmann joins the St. Louis practice at a time of robust growth as the St. Louis studio was recently ranked as the region’s largest interior design firm and largest architecture studio by the St. Louis Business Journal.  Eric will continue to propel the interiors team to even more success through his leadership and mentorship on projects such as the Microsoft Technology Center in Cortex, Clayton on the Park and BJC HealthCare Washington University Medical Campus Renewal project.

Recent additions to the Trivers team

Trivers recently announced the following additions to the Trivers team:
Melisa Betts, Assoc. AIA, Architectural Designer
Rylie Davis, Washington University Architectural Fellow/Architectural Designer
Jonas Gassmann, Architectural Designer
Maggie Hayden, LEED® Green Associate, Architectural Designer
John Pitman, AIA, Project Architect
They also want to thank intern Tianyi ‘Meo’ Zhang for spending the summer with them.

Western Specialty Contractors Promotes Nick McAlpin to Branch Manager of its Orlando, FL Branch

Nick McAlpin

Western Specialty Contractors announces the promotion of Nick McAlpin of Enterprise, FL as Branch Manager of its Orlando, FL branch office.

McAlpin replaces former Orlando Branch Manager Chester Scott, who has been relocated as Branch Manager of Western’s Atlanta, GA branch.

Established in 1987, Western’s Orlando area office provides such commercial specialty services as concrete and masonry restoration, waterproofing, epoxy and chemical grout injection, expansion joint systems, exterior wall coatings, historical restoration, plaza and parking deck restoration and urethane grout injections.

McAlpin will be responsible for running the branch office, which will include marketing, sales, estimating, oversight of operations and administrative functions, safety of all branch employees, and productivity of office staff and field crews. Additionally, McAlpin will be responsible for ensuring the branch’s profitability by forecasting and managing the budget, identifying market trends, ensuring quality control and building/maintaining customer relationships.

McAlpin has been with Western Specialty Contractors for 14 years, having previously held the positions of laborer, mechanic, foreman and superintendent. He is a member of the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) and the International Concrete Repair Institute (ICRI).

Family-owned and operated for over 100 years, Western Specialty Contractors is the nation’s largest specialty contractor in masonry and concrete restoration, waterproofing and specialty roofing. 

August 18, 2017

Winco Window Announces Retirement of John Campbell as President of the Company 

Winco Window Company announces the retirement of John Campbell as the company’s president. Campbell was hired in May, 1995 as Production Control and Scheduling Mgr..  Prior to joining Winco, Campbell worked at several other window companies, enabling him to bring significant knowledge and experience to Winco.

Campbell formerly worked at Alcan Aluminum Co. in Owensboro, K, Nashville, Tenn., Rome, Ga. and Warren, Ohio; then White Star Aluminum in Pensauken, N.J.; Peerless Products in Fort Scott, Kan.; then Sugar Creek Window and Door in Sugarcreek, Ohio before joining Winco.

“John has been steady at the wheel since day one,” says Gantt W. Miller III, AIA and CEO of Winco. “We hired John knowing that he would one day run the company for us. His manufacturing, engineering, product design expertise and information systems experience was the catalyst for our current operational systems and standards.”

Integrating computer technology, software development and in-house programming of numerous operational functions were among Campbell’s major accomplishments at Winco. His ability to create sophisticated internal systems played a key role in providing solutions for larger jobs. “John was the one to manage the minute details, yet keep his eye on the big picture,” adds Miller.  “Customer satisfaction remains paramount to John.”

Credited with adding structure to Winco’s new product development, Campbell helped move Winco from a standard product offering company to one that provides unique and technically sophisticated window and wall solutions. “John was actively involved in developing Winco’s hung window — a popular product in much demand today — and then worked tirelessly to push Winco into the specialty custom market with historic replica, tornado, hurricane, blast, psychiatric and ballistic products,” according to Miller.

Campbell has noticed a major shift in the fenestration business during his long career. “It used to be, you simply sold windows,” he says. “Now, multiple people are involved in the production of one window and the sales process extends far beyond the actual sale. The line in the sand is blurred between the owner, the installer and the manufacturer. We must all work as a team to make sure the windows protect the building and provide comfort for the occupant – it’s a shared responsibility.”

Winco is beginning the search for Campbell’s replacement, both internally and outside the company. During the transition, John will continue to be actively involved with the company. “John is committed to a smooth transition at the helm,” says Miller. “He shares our confidence in the future of Winco in a market that is strong and a team of employees and reps that are dedicated and committed to excellence.”

John is moving his residence from the St. Louis area to his hometown of Owensboro, Ky., where he and his wife, Kathryn Robertson Campbell, met 48 years ago. Even though he will retire as president, Campbell plans to explore new business and marketing opportunities for Winco in the Kentucky market. He will also continue to consult with Winco’s management.

During his time with Winco, John and his wife Kathy lived in Columbia, Ill. Both John and Kathy have been active in community theater for years, as actors and directors. John is a member of the Monroe Actors Stage Company (MASC) in Waterloo, Ill., and he currently serves as President for its Board of Directors. Campbell is a 1974 graduate of Western Kentucky University, where he studied Theatre Arts.(He met his wife at the Community Theater in Owensboro, where he was involved in community theaters in Kentucky, Georgia, Ohio, New Jersey and Kansas, prior to founding the MASC. Together, they have produced 89 full length plays and musicals since founding the stage company in 1999.

Castle Contracting Promotes Aaron Retherford to Director of Business Development

Aaron Retherford

Castle Contracting has promoted Aaron Retherford to the position of Director of Business Development.

As a member of the Castle leadership team, Retherford will focus on growing the company’s sales through the cultivation of new business opportunities. Additional responsibilities include prioritizing project opportunities, developing and leading pursuit strategies, managing sales activity, and leading Castle’s marketing and branding initiatives.

“Aaron is a skilled and respected business developer with a thorough knowledge of the construction sales process,” says Mike Myers, vice president of Castle Contracting. “His commitment to understanding current and future market trends will continue to guide Castle’s expansion in St. Louis and other markets.”

Retherford joined Castle in 2010 as an estimator and earned promotions to preconstruction manager and business development manager.

Retherford received bachelor of science degrees in both construction management and business administration from Illinois State University in Normal, Ill. His community involvement includes volunteering for the St. Louis Children’s Hospital Foundation’s KIDstruction event and the St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers golf committee.

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.

KAI Promotes Derwin Broughton to Deputy Director of Architecture  

Derwin Broughton

KAI is proud to announce that Derwin Broughton, AIA, has been promoted to Deputy Director of Architecture.

Broughton, who previously held the position of Senior Project Architect/Project Manager, joined KAI four years ago. As Deputy Director, Broughton will be more closely involved in the formulation of architectural plans and management, while acting as a steward of all work entrusted to the architectural department and promoting corporate excellence. His professional experience will guide him in setting goals for the KAI Texas office, establishing future objectives by identifying issues and opportunities, and developing strategic recommendations.

“Derwin has meticulously climbed the ranks with his dedication and commitment to not only the architectural department, but to the overall success of our Dallas office,” said KAI Texas President and COO Darren L. James. “For the past couple of years, along with his design responsibilities, Derwin has also supported business development and project management, where he has shown exemplary performance and has proven himself as a committed company advocate. He has always shown initiative in the performance of his duties, even going above and beyond what is expected of him.”

Broughton has a Bachelor of Science in Design/Architecture from Clemson University. He is also a board member for Dash for the Beads, a non-profit organization that promotes healthy eating and physical activity for grade school children. In the recent past, he was Board Chair for Junior Players, Dallas’ oldest children’s theater, as well as a board member for AIA Dallas. Broughton has been recognized by the Dallas Business JournalEngineering News-Record and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) for his exemplary leadership in the architectural profession.

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

Lori Owens joins McGrath & Associates as Project Accountant

Lori Owens

McGrath & Associates has hired Lori Owens of Alton, IL, as project accountant. Owens has 24 years of experience in payroll, office management, accounting and project management support for several construction industry organizations. She has a clerical bookkeeping diploma from United College and is a trained Community Emergency Response Team and Medical Reserve Corp volunteer.

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

August 11, 2017

Michelle Jordan Joins Architectural Business Interiors Team as Business Development Manager 

Michelle Jordan

Architectural Business Interiors (ABI), located in DesPeres, MO, has recently expanded its staff to include Michelle Jordan as Director of Business Development representing their Muraflex® demountable walls, Arktura acoustical systems and Carvart architectural glass product lines.  Michelle brings 20+ years of business development experience to the ABI team including nearly 10 years in the Architectural Interiors industry.  Her primary responsibilities include business development focusing on construction specifiers, architects, commercial real estate, end-users and general contractors.  “We are very excited to have someone with Michelle’s experience and qualifications in the construction industry joining our team and look forward to opening up new vertical market channels for ABI.” Added Bob Mitchusson, President.

Oberle Promoted to Service Dispatch Supervisor at Murphy

Stephanie Oberle

Stephanie Oberle has been promoted to the position of service dispatch supervisor at Murphy Company, a leading mechanical contracting and engineering firm. The announcement was made by Chris Carter, vice president, service.

Oberle brings 27 years of customer service experience and 15 years of supervisory experience, many in the HVAC industry, to her new role. She joined Murphy as a dispatcher. Earlier in her career she served as a service coordinator for an HVAC company and  club services manager for Optimist International. She also has held administrative positions with  the Missouri chapter of the Neurofibromatosis Foundation, Options for Justices, and Delsan  industries.

She is a graduate of Hazelwood Central and also attended St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley.

Murphy Company is one of the nation’s top mechanical contracting and engineering firms delivering innovative solutions to the commercial, industrial and institutional markets.  For more information, visit www.murphynet.com.

KC McDonald joins Wiegmann Associates as Director of National Business Development

KC McDonald

KC McDonald has joined Wiegmann Associates as director of national business development. McDonald is responsible for developing national construction design/build opportunities primarily in the industries of healthcare, senior living, commercial office, refrigeration, multi-family housing, warehouse, manufacturing and food and beverage distribution and processing. He also provides mechanical engineering support and assists in HVAC equipment selection on construction projects.

McDonald has eight years of construction industry experience. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from East Tennessee State University and is a licensed real estate broker.

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

Terry Denny joins Knoebel Construction as Site Superintendent

Terry Knoebel

Terry Denny of Dardenne Prairie, MO, has joined Knoebel Construction as a site superintendent. He is responsible for managing day-to-day operations, subcontractor coordination and scheduling for various retail center, restaurant, grocery and retail store construction projects. Denny has 19 years of experience in commercial construction. He is a graduate of the St. Louis Carpenters Joint Apprenticeship program.

Knoebel Construction, Inc. is a national general contractor specializing in retail center, restaurant, grocery and retail store construction.

August 4, 2017

Geotechnology Announces Tim Gorline has Achieved Designation as ICC Master Special Inspector

Tim Gorline

Geotechnology, Inc., a leading provider of geotechnical and environmental engineering, geophysics, water resource management, materials testing and drilling services, is pleased to announce today that Mr. Tim Gorline, a Geologist in their construction materials testing (CMT) group, has achieved International Code Council (ICC) designation as Master Special Inspector. Tim is one of only two Master Special Inspectors in the State of Missouri, the other being in the Kansas City area. Of the 16 Master Special Inspectors in the State of Illinois, only Gorline and one other reside in the St. Louis metro area.

Tim is now certified by ICC to perform inspections in reinforced concrete, soils, fireproofing, structural steel and welding, structural steel and bolting and reinforced masonry.  Tim also holds other certifications including the following: Level I Technician, American Concrete Institute (ACI);  Level II Technician, Post-Tensioning Institute; Level II Soils, Level II Asphalt and Level III Concrete Technician from National Institute of Civil Engineering Technicians (NICET); and Soil and Concrete Technician from Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT).

Gorline received his Bachelor of Science degree from State University of New York at Fredonia. As a degreed Geologist, and member of Geotechnology’s CMT group since 2002, Tim has extensive experience providing construction observation, inspection and testing of many facets of construction.   Tim provided quality control observations and testing for Busch Stadium, 212 South Meramec high rise, St. Louis Art Museum, MasterCard Headquarters, Washington University’s Loop Student Housing, Reinsurance Group of America, Saint Louis University’s Chaifetz Arena, and many other St. Louis metropolitan area projects.

“Geotechnology has made considerable investment in providing highly trained field representatives to perform code-required special inspections.  Tim has shown great leadership in achieving the Master Special Inspector designation.  The scarcity of Master Special Inspectors in the metropolitan area and the commitment of representatives like Tim, clearly differentiates Geotechnology, and allows us to to provide a level of service that others cannot.” said Jeff Klein, P.E., Construction Materials Testing Manager in St. Louis.

Established more than 32 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. 

Thomas Stockmann Jr. Joins Murphy Co. as BIM Designer

Thomas Stockman

Thomas Stockmann Jr. has joined Murphy Company as a BIM (Building Information Modeling) designer.  The announcement was made by Patrick Bastow, supervisor, BIM Production, for the mechanical contracting and engineering firm.

A 2017 graduate of Mineral Area College with an associate’s degree in engineering, tech design drafting, Stockmann is a certified production technician (2015).  He also is OSHA 30-hr.certified (2014).           His work experience includes logging and customer service for his family’s business, Stockmann Logging,  in Fredericktown, MO.

Blake Named Fabrication Database Engineer VDC/BIM at Murphy

Dylan Blake

Dylan W. Blake has been appointed a fabrication database engineer VDC/BIM (Virtual Design and Construction/Building Information Modeling) at Murphy Company, a leading mechanical

contracting and engineering company. The announcement was made by Patrick Bastow, supervisor, BIM Production.

A May 2017 graduate of Missouri University of Science and Technology with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, Blake was the university’s Lacrosse Club president and captain, an Opening Week mentor, and was inducted into the National Society of Leadership and Success in 2015.  A cum laude graduate of Fox High School where he was a member of the National Honor Society for four years, Blake played varsity soccer for three years, and served as captain of the high school’s varsity Lacrosse team.

While a college student, he worked as a maintenance/field worker for the City of Arnold Parks Department, performing plumbing, welding and carpentry work.  

Vincent Named Plumbing Designer,  VDC/BIM at Murphy

Ahmad Vincent

Ahmad Vincent has been appointed a plumbing designer, VDC/BIM (Virtual Design and Construction/Building Information Modeling) at Murphy Company, a leading mechanical contracting and engineering company. The announcement was made by Patrick Bastow, supervisor, BIM Production.

An experienced professional, Vincent holds a Master of Business Administration from Keller Graduate School of Management as well as a bachelor’s degree in project/construction management and an associate’s degree in computer drafting and design from ITT Technical Institute.

Before joining Murphy Company, Vincent worked for more than two years as a project manager, BIM designer/estimator, on such projects as the Jefferson Barracks Veterans Affairs Building, the 4220 Duncan Wexford Science and Research Building, and the Rockwood Summit High School renovation/addition.  He also worked on projects at the Washington University School of Medicine and the St. Louis College of Pharmacy, among others. Prior to that, and during his college years, he was general manager of a high-volume restaurant.

Murphy Company is one of the nation’s top mechanical contracting and engineering firms delivering innovative solutions to the commercial, industrial and institutional markets.  Murphy offers process piping, HVAC, refrigeration, plumbing, design-build, piping fabrication, energy solutions and 24-hour service emanating from its five locations in St. Louis, Denver, Colorado Springs, Boulder and Northern Colorado.  Murphy is ranked No. 17 on Engineering News-Record’s list of largest mechanical contractors in the United States. Founded in 1907, the firm employs more than 1,000 people nationwide. For more information, visit www.murphynet.com. 

MC Industrial Appoints Bob Wood as Business Development Manager 

Bob Wood

MC Industrial, Inc., an independent McCarthy company and leader in industrial construction, recently announced the addition of Bob Wood as Business Development Manager.

Based in MC Industrial’s St. Louis office, his focus will be working with project teams to develop design and construction solutions that enhance project delivery for MC Industrial’s clients in the power market nationwide. Bob brings 23 years industry experience and broad power expertise to his new role including environmental, new generation, renewable and plant maintenance projects.

“We are pleased to have Bob join our team and serve our power industry clients,” said Brian Timmer, Business Development Director. “His strong foundation in design and construction and experience with large-scale industrial projects brings extensive value to our firm and our clients alike.”

Bob attended Lindenwood University and Ranken Technical College HVAC. He has received special training through Carrier Corporation, York and Siemens. He is currently an active member of COCA, AGC, SLCCC and SIBA.

MC Industrial is a national construction firm, dedicated to the highly specialized needs of the industrial marketplace. 

Mueller Prost Promotes Partners Adam Herman and Quinn Martin to Firm Leadership Positions 

Effective July 1, 2017,  Adam Herman, CPA/ABV/CFF, CVA, ASA, CFE, Partner was named Chief Visionary Officer, and Quinn Martin, CPA, MBA, Partner was named Chief Operating Officer. This is the first-time Mueller Prost has appointed a CVO and COO, a move to ensure the growth and sustainability of the firm in future years. This split from the traditional Managing Partner structure recognizes the need for various skill sets as the firm grows, and allows for highest and best use of the firm’s resources and people.

Adam Herman

Herman has over 25 years of experience in business valuations, tax credits, advising and consulting. Adam has been successful in supporting new business growth nationwide through his leadership, creativity, energy, integrity and credentials which are highly respected among valuation, IRS, and business professionals. In his new role, Herman will oversee the strategy and direction of the firm, lead growth and new service initiatives and manage the firm’s industry leaders, sales and marketing efforts.

Quinn Martin

Martin has over 15 years of experience in assurance and auditing services, specializing in manufacturing, construction, distribution, and a variety of other niche industries including PCAOB non-issuers. In his new role, Martin will ensure the operational effectiveness of the firm. He will manage the firm’s service line leaders, human resources, finance and IT functions.

Herman and Martin will work closely together for a seamless transition. Co-founder Doug Mueller will remain President under the new structure and co-founder Mike Prost will act as Managing Partner during the transition.

President, Doug Mueller says, “When Mike and I founded our firm, we wanted to create a legacy firm for ourselves, our clients and our employees. This three-pronged leadership approach will position us to continue to grow in years to come. Adam and Quinn’s leadership and dedication to the firm are exactly what we need when it comes to succession planning.”

Mueller Prost has 18 partners, 3 locations and over 150 employees. The firm is regularly recognized as a Best Place to Work and focuses on employee and client engagement and retention. 

Spellman Brady Welcomes Monica Stefek, Director of Marketing

Monica Stefek

Spellman Brady & Company welcomes Monica Stefek, who will serve as the firm’s Director of Marketing.  Ms. Stefek will have corporate responsibility for the firm’s marketing activities which includes developing the firm’s marketing material, responses to Requests for Qualifications and Proposals, as well as managing the firm’s communication, marketing and public relations activities.

Ms. Stefek is a seasoned marketing professional with over 20 years of innovative and results-oriented marketing experience.  Monica earned her Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas.  Some of her previous experience includes marketing responsibilities for clients at Visual Ingenuity and The Vandiver Group.

Spellman Brady & Company is an award-winning St. Louis–based interior design firm specializing in senior living, healthcare, and higher education environments. 

Focal Pointe Hires John O’Connell as Controller*

John O’Connell

Focal Pointe Outdoor Solutions announces the addition of John W. O’Connell of Chesterfield, Missouri as the firm’s Controller. In this position, John will lead all aspects of Focal Pointe’s financial processes and procedures, strengthening performance and profitability. He will also provide leadership for the firm’s administrative operations, including human resources and nformation technology.

O’Connell brings more than 35 years of experience in finance, having been a minority owner of a local luxury homebuilder, and financial executive for one of the largest home builders in St. Louis, Missouri. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and earned his Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
certification with Peat Marwick Mitchell.

Founded by John Munie in 1998, Focal Pointe Outdoor Solutions, Inc. is a full-service grounds maintenance, lawncare, and landscaping company specializing in distinctive, high-touch properties for both residential and commercial clients.

Rick Rebecca Joins Contegra Construction Co. as Safety Director

Rick Rebecca

Rick Rebecca, who has more than 26 years of experience in risk management, has joined Contegra Construction Co. as safety director.  Rebecca will oversee all facets of safety and safety training at Contegra. Based in Edwardsville, Ill., Contegra is one of the St. Louis area’s largest general contractors and serves a national customer base that includes industrial, institutional, municipal, multi-family, office and retail projects.

Johnston Joins Murphy as Service Sales Account Mgr.

Jennifer Johnson

Jennifer Johnston has been named service sales account manager for Murphy Company.  The announcement was made by Chris Carter, vice president, service, for the mechanical contracting and engineering firm.

Johnston recently was elected as president of the St. Louis chapter of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA). She has more than seven years’ experience in facilities, most recently serving as a facility and maintenance supply territory manager at Ferguson in St Louis. Before that, she was a service and building solutions sales executive in St. Louis from 2010 to 2014. She also is a member of the Building Owner Management Association (BOMA).

Murphy Company is one of the nation’s top mechanical contracting and engineering firms delivering innovative solutions to the commercial, industrial and institutional markets. 

Murphy Appoints Jared Moresi as Engineer, Industrial

Jared Moresi

Jared Moresi has joined Murphy Company as an engineer, industrial.  The announcement was made by Mike Werdes, manager of engineering for the mechanical engineering and contracting firm. Moresi earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in May 2017 from the University of Missouri-Columbia where he was on the Dean’s List. He also was 2016-17 secretary of Mizzou’s Mechanical contractors Association of America student chapter, which captured First Place in the Final Four Competition at the MCAA National Convention in San Diego in March 2017.

The UMC chapter also was named MCAA’s Student Chapter of the Year. During summer 2016 Moresi served as an intern in Murphy’s design/build department.  The summer before he interned in the company’s service department. During summer 2013 he worked for Cardinal Home Improvement in Cottleville, MO.

Murphy Company is one of the nation’s top mechanical contracting and engineering firms delivering innovative solutions to the commercial, industrial and institutional markets. 

Dale Duello joins Knoebel Construction as Site Superintendent

Dale Duello

Dale Duello of Wentzville, MO, has joined Knoebel Construction as a site superintendent. He is responsible for managing day-to-day operations, subcontractor coordination and scheduling for various retail center, restaurant, grocery and retail store construction projects. Duello has 25 years of experience in commercial construction. He is a graduate of the St. Louis Carpenters Joint Apprenticeship program.

Knoebel Construction, Inc. is a national general contractor specializing in retail center, restaurant, grocery and retail store construction.

Irace Named Engineer, Commercial at Murphy Company

Phillip Irace

Phillip Irace has joined Murphy Company as engineer, commercial.  The announcement was made by Conrad Philipp, vice-president, commercial, for the mechanical contracting and engineering firm. Irace holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from Illinois College in Jacksonville, IL, graduating summa cum laude.  He will receive a Master of Science in mechanical engineering from Washington University in 2018, graduating magna cum laude, with a specialization is energy conversion and efficiency.

He joined Murphy full-time in June 2017 after having served as an intern for one year.  Prior to that, he worked at Global Surgical Corporation as part of Washington University’s engineering co-op program.   He is an ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) graduate student member, an affiliate member of ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers), and an EIT (Engineer in Training.) He is a member of Pi Tau Sigma and also played Illinois College football.

Kniesche Joins Murphy Co. as Engineer, Commercial

Nicholas Kniesche

Nicholas (Nick) M. Kniesche has joined Murphy Company, a leading mechanical contracting and engineering firm, as engineer, commercial.  The announcement was made by Conrad Philipp, vice-president, commercial.

Kniesche is a 2017 graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia where he was on the Dean’s List.  He also was 2015-17 president of Mizzou’s Mechanical Contractors Association of America student chapter, which is sponsored by MCA-EMO. The student chapter captured First Place in the Final Four Competition at the MCAA National Convention in San Diego in March 2017.  The UMC chapter, although only three years in the making, also was named MCAA Student Chapter of the Year from among a total of 52 student chapters nationwide.

While studying at UMC, he also was executive treasurer of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) student chapter for which he also served as a mentor for architectural studies.  He also was a member and subchairman of the marketing committee for Pi Sigma Epsilon, a professional business fraternity.  Additionally, he was a member, executive secretary and member of the judicial board and finance committee, and Homecoming build chair for Alpha Tau Omega. An active community volunteer, he volunteered for Sacred Heart Church, Caring for Columbia, and the Thompson Center for Autism.

Kniesche served as a project management intern at Murphy Company during the summers of 2015 and 2016.  Prior to that, he was owner-operator of Kniesche Home Improvement. He is OSHA-10 certified.

Murphy Company is one of the nation’s top mechanical contracting and engineering firms delivering innovative solutions to the commercial, industrial and institutional markets.

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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.

Winco Window Announces Retirement of John Campbell as President of the Company 

Winco Window Company announces the retirement of John Campbell as the company’s president. Campbell was hired in May, 1995 as Production Control and Scheduling Mgr..  Prior to joining Winco, Campbell worked at several other window companies, enabling him to bring significant knowledge and experience to Winco.

Campbell formerly worked at Alcan Aluminum Co. in Owensboro, K, Nashville, Tenn., Rome, Ga. and Warren, Ohio; then White Star Aluminum in Pensauken, N.J.; Peerless Products in Fort Scott, Kan.; then Sugar Creek Window and Door in Sugarcreek, Ohio before joining Winco.

“John has been steady at the wheel since day one,” says Gantt W. Miller III, AIA and CEO of Winco. “We hired John knowing that he would one day run the company for us. His manufacturing, engineering, product design expertise and information systems experience was the catalyst for our current operational systems and standards.”

Integrating computer technology, software development and in-house programming of numerous operational functions were among Campbell’s major accomplishments at Winco. His ability to create sophisticated internal systems played a key role in providing solutions for larger jobs. “John was the one to manage the minute details, yet keep his eye on the big picture,” adds Miller.  “Customer satisfaction remains paramount to John.”

Credited with adding structure to Winco’s new product development, Campbell helped move Winco from a standard product offering company to one that provides unique and technically sophisticated window and wall solutions. “John was actively involved in developing Winco’s hung window — a popular product in much demand today — and then worked tirelessly to push Winco into the specialty custom market with historic replica, tornado, hurricane, blast, psychiatric and ballistic products,” according to Miller.

Campbell has noticed a major shift in the fenestration business during his long career. “It used to be, you simply sold windows,” he says. “Now, multiple people are involved in the production of one window and the sales process extends far beyond the actual sale. The line in the sand is blurred between the owner, the installer and the manufacturer. We must all work as a team to make sure the windows protect the building and provide comfort for the occupant – it’s a shared responsibility.”

Winco is beginning the search for Campbell’s replacement, both internally and outside the company. During the transition, John will continue to be actively involved with the company. “John is committed to a smooth transition at the helm,” says Miller. “He shares our confidence in the future of Winco in a market that is strong and a team of employees and reps that are dedicated and committed to excellence.”

John is moving his residence from the St. Louis area to his hometown of Owensboro, Ky., where he and his wife, Kathryn Robertson Campbell, met 48 years ago. Even though he will retire as president, Campbell plans to explore new business and marketing opportunities for Winco in the Kentucky market. He will also continue to consult with Winco’s management.

During his time with Winco, John and his wife Kathy lived in Columbia, Ill. Both John and Kathy have been active in community theater for years, as actors and directors. John is a member of the Monroe Actors Stage Company (MASC) in Waterloo, Ill., and he currently serves as President for its Board of Directors. Campbell is a 1974 graduate of Western Kentucky University, where he studied Theatre Arts.(He met his wife at the Community Theater in Owensboro, where he was involved in community theaters in Kentucky, Georgia, Ohio, New Jersey and Kansas, prior to founding the MASC. Together, they have produced 89 full length plays and musicals since founding the stage company in 1999.

Castle Contracting Promotes Aaron Retherford to Director of Business Development

Aaron Retherford

Castle Contracting has promoted Aaron Retherford to the position of Director of Business Development.

As a member of the Castle leadership team, Retherford will focus on growing the company’s sales through the cultivation of new business opportunities. Additional responsibilities include prioritizing project opportunities, developing and leading pursuit strategies, managing sales activity, and leading Castle’s marketing and branding initiatives.

“Aaron is a skilled and respected business developer with a thorough knowledge of the construction sales process,” says Mike Myers, vice president of Castle Contracting. “His commitment to understanding current and future market trends will continue to guide Castle’s expansion in St. Louis and other markets.”

Retherford joined Castle in 2010 as an estimator and earned promotions to preconstruction manager and business development manager.

Retherford received bachelor of science degrees in both construction management and business administration from Illinois State University in Normal, Ill. His community involvement includes volunteering for the St. Louis Children’s Hospital Foundation’s KIDstruction event and the St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers golf committee.

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.

KAI Promotes Derwin Broughton to Deputy Director of Architecture  

Derwin Broughton

KAI is proud to announce that Derwin Broughton, AIA, has been promoted to Deputy Director of Architecture.

Broughton, who previously held the position of Senior Project Architect/Project Manager, joined KAI four years ago. As Deputy Director, Broughton will be more closely involved in the formulation of architectural plans and management, while acting as a steward of all work entrusted to the architectural department and promoting corporate excellence. His professional experience will guide him in setting goals for the KAI Texas office, establishing future objectives by identifying issues and opportunities, and developing strategic recommendations.

“Derwin has meticulously climbed the ranks with his dedication and commitment to not only the architectural department, but to the overall success of our Dallas office,” said KAI Texas President and COO Darren L. James. “For the past couple of years, along with his design responsibilities, Derwin has also supported business development and project management, where he has shown exemplary performance and has proven himself as a committed company advocate. He has always shown initiative in the performance of his duties, even going above and beyond what is expected of him.”

Broughton has a Bachelor of Science in Design/Architecture from Clemson University. He is also a board member for Dash for the Beads, a non-profit organization that promotes healthy eating and physical activity for grade school children. In the recent past, he was Board Chair for Junior Players, Dallas’ oldest children’s theater, as well as a board member for AIA Dallas. Broughton has been recognized by the Dallas Business JournalEngineering News-Record and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) for his exemplary leadership in the architectural profession.

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

Lori Owens joins McGrath & Associates as Project Accountant

Lori Owens

McGrath & Associates has hired Lori Owens of Alton, IL, as project accountant. Owens has 24 years of experience in payroll, office management, accounting and project management support for several construction industry organizations. She has a clerical bookkeeping diploma from United College and is a trained Community Emergency Response Team and Medical Reserve Corp volunteer.

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

August 11, 2017

Michelle Jordan Joins Architectural Business Interiors Team as Business Development Manager 

Michelle Jordan

Architectural Business Interiors (ABI), located in DesPeres, MO, has recently expanded its staff to include Michelle Jordan as Director of Business Development representing their Muraflex® demountable walls, Arktura acoustical systems and Carvart architectural glass product lines.  Michelle brings 20+ years of business development experience to the ABI team including nearly 10 years in the Architectural Interiors industry.  Her primary responsibilities include business development focusing on construction specifiers, architects, commercial real estate, end-users and general contractors.  “We are very excited to have someone with Michelle’s experience and qualifications in the construction industry joining our team and look forward to opening up new vertical market channels for ABI.” Added Bob Mitchusson, President.

Oberle Promoted to Service Dispatch Supervisor at Murphy

Stephanie Oberle

Stephanie Oberle has been promoted to the position of service dispatch supervisor at Murphy Company, a leading mechanical contracting and engineering firm. The announcement was made by Chris Carter, vice president, service.

Oberle brings 27 years of customer service experience and 15 years of supervisory experience, many in the HVAC industry, to her new role. She joined Murphy as a dispatcher. Earlier in her career she served as a service coordinator for an HVAC company and  club services manager for Optimist International. She also has held administrative positions with  the Missouri chapter of the Neurofibromatosis Foundation, Options for Justices, and Delsan  industries.

She is a graduate of Hazelwood Central and also attended St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley.

Murphy Company is one of the nation’s top mechanical contracting and engineering firms delivering innovative solutions to the commercial, industrial and institutional markets.  For more information, visit www.murphynet.com.

KC McDonald joins Wiegmann Associates as Director of National Business Development

KC McDonald

KC McDonald has joined Wiegmann Associates as director of national business development. McDonald is responsible for developing national construction design/build opportunities primarily in the industries of healthcare, senior living, commercial office, refrigeration, multi-family housing, warehouse, manufacturing and food and beverage distribution and processing. He also provides mechanical engineering support and assists in HVAC equipment selection on construction projects.

McDonald has eight years of construction industry experience. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from East Tennessee State University and is a licensed real estate broker.

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

Terry Denny joins Knoebel Construction as Site Superintendent

Terry Knoebel

Terry Denny of Dardenne Prairie, MO, has joined Knoebel Construction as a site superintendent. He is responsible for managing day-to-day operations, subcontractor coordination and scheduling for various retail center, restaurant, grocery and retail store construction projects. Denny has 19 years of experience in commercial construction. He is a graduate of the St. Louis Carpenters Joint Apprenticeship program.

Knoebel Construction, Inc. is a national general contractor specializing in retail center, restaurant, grocery and retail store construction.

August 4, 2017

Geotechnology Announces Tim Gorline has Achieved Designation as ICC Master Special Inspector

Tim Gorline

Geotechnology, Inc., a leading provider of geotechnical and environmental engineering, geophysics, water resource management, materials testing and drilling services, is pleased to announce today that Mr. Tim Gorline, a Geologist in their construction materials testing (CMT) group, has achieved International Code Council (ICC) designation as Master Special Inspector. Tim is one of only two Master Special Inspectors in the State of Missouri, the other being in the Kansas City area. Of the 16 Master Special Inspectors in the State of Illinois, only Gorline and one other reside in the St. Louis metro area.

Tim is now certified by ICC to perform inspections in reinforced concrete, soils, fireproofing, structural steel and welding, structural steel and bolting and reinforced masonry.  Tim also holds other certifications including the following: Level I Technician, American Concrete Institute (ACI);  Level II Technician, Post-Tensioning Institute; Level II Soils, Level II Asphalt and Level III Concrete Technician from National Institute of Civil Engineering Technicians (NICET); and Soil and Concrete Technician from Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT).

Gorline received his Bachelor of Science degree from State University of New York at Fredonia. As a degreed Geologist, and member of Geotechnology’s CMT group since 2002, Tim has extensive experience providing construction observation, inspection and testing of many facets of construction.   Tim provided quality control observations and testing for Busch Stadium, 212 South Meramec high rise, St. Louis Art Museum, MasterCard Headquarters, Washington University’s Loop Student Housing, Reinsurance Group of America, Saint Louis University’s Chaifetz Arena, and many other St. Louis metropolitan area projects.

“Geotechnology has made considerable investment in providing highly trained field representatives to perform code-required special inspections.  Tim has shown great leadership in achieving the Master Special Inspector designation.  The scarcity of Master Special Inspectors in the metropolitan area and the commitment of representatives like Tim, clearly differentiates Geotechnology, and allows us to to provide a level of service that others cannot.” said Jeff Klein, P.E., Construction Materials Testing Manager in St. Louis.

Established more than 32 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. 

Thomas Stockmann Jr. Joins Murphy Co. as BIM Designer

Thomas Stockman

Thomas Stockmann Jr. has joined Murphy Company as a BIM (Building Information Modeling) designer.  The announcement was made by Patrick Bastow, supervisor, BIM Production, for the mechanical contracting and engineering firm.

A 2017 graduate of Mineral Area College with an associate’s degree in engineering, tech design drafting, Stockmann is a certified production technician (2015).  He also is OSHA 30-hr.certified (2014).           His work experience includes logging and customer service for his family’s business, Stockmann Logging,  in Fredericktown, MO.

Blake Named Fabrication Database Engineer VDC/BIM at Murphy

Dylan Blake

Dylan W. Blake has been appointed a fabrication database engineer VDC/BIM (Virtual Design and Construction/Building Information Modeling) at Murphy Company, a leading mechanical

contracting and engineering company. The announcement was made by Patrick Bastow, supervisor, BIM Production.

A May 2017 graduate of Missouri University of Science and Technology with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, Blake was the university’s Lacrosse Club president and captain, an Opening Week mentor, and was inducted into the National Society of Leadership and Success in 2015.  A cum laude graduate of Fox High School where he was a member of the National Honor Society for four years, Blake played varsity soccer for three years, and served as captain of the high school’s varsity Lacrosse team.

While a college student, he worked as a maintenance/field worker for the City of Arnold Parks Department, performing plumbing, welding and carpentry work.  

Vincent Named Plumbing Designer,  VDC/BIM at Murphy

Ahmad Vincent

Ahmad Vincent has been appointed a plumbing designer, VDC/BIM (Virtual Design and Construction/Building Information Modeling) at Murphy Company, a leading mechanical contracting and engineering company. The announcement was made by Patrick Bastow, supervisor, BIM Production.

An experienced professional, Vincent holds a Master of Business Administration from Keller Graduate School of Management as well as a bachelor’s degree in project/construction management and an associate’s degree in computer drafting and design from ITT Technical Institute.

Before joining Murphy Company, Vincent worked for more than two years as a project manager, BIM designer/estimator, on such projects as the Jefferson Barracks Veterans Affairs Building, the 4220 Duncan Wexford Science and Research Building, and the Rockwood Summit High School renovation/addition.  He also worked on projects at the Washington University School of Medicine and the St. Louis College of Pharmacy, among others. Prior to that, and during his college years, he was general manager of a high-volume restaurant.

Murphy Company is one of the nation’s top mechanical contracting and engineering firms delivering innovative solutions to the commercial, industrial and institutional markets.  Murphy offers process piping, HVAC, refrigeration, plumbing, design-build, piping fabrication, energy solutions and 24-hour service emanating from its five locations in St. Louis, Denver, Colorado Springs, Boulder and Northern Colorado.  Murphy is ranked No. 17 on Engineering News-Record’s list of largest mechanical contractors in the United States. Founded in 1907, the firm employs more than 1,000 people nationwide. For more information, visit www.murphynet.com. 

MC Industrial Appoints Bob Wood as Business Development Manager 

Bob Wood

MC Industrial, Inc., an independent McCarthy company and leader in industrial construction, recently announced the addition of Bob Wood as Business Development Manager.

Based in MC Industrial’s St. Louis office, his focus will be working with project teams to develop design and construction solutions that enhance project delivery for MC Industrial’s clients in the power market nationwide. Bob brings 23 years industry experience and broad power expertise to his new role including environmental, new generation, renewable and plant maintenance projects.

“We are pleased to have Bob join our team and serve our power industry clients,” said Brian Timmer, Business Development Director. “His strong foundation in design and construction and experience with large-scale industrial projects brings extensive value to our firm and our clients alike.”

Bob attended Lindenwood University and Ranken Technical College HVAC. He has received special training through Carrier Corporation, York and Siemens. He is currently an active member of COCA, AGC, SLCCC and SIBA.

MC Industrial is a national construction firm, dedicated to the highly specialized needs of the industrial marketplace. 

Mueller Prost Promotes Partners Adam Herman and Quinn Martin to Firm Leadership Positions 

Effective July 1, 2017,  Adam Herman, CPA/ABV/CFF, CVA, ASA, CFE, Partner was named Chief Visionary Officer, and Quinn Martin, CPA, MBA, Partner was named Chief Operating Officer. This is the first-time Mueller Prost has appointed a CVO and COO, a move to ensure the growth and sustainability of the firm in future years. This split from the traditional Managing Partner structure recognizes the need for various skill sets as the firm grows, and allows for highest and best use of the firm’s resources and people.

Adam Herman

Herman has over 25 years of experience in business valuations, tax credits, advising and consulting. Adam has been successful in supporting new business growth nationwide through his leadership, creativity, energy, integrity and credentials which are highly respected among valuation, IRS, and business professionals. In his new role, Herman will oversee the strategy and direction of the firm, lead growth and new service initiatives and manage the firm’s industry leaders, sales and marketing efforts.

Quinn Martin

Martin has over 15 years of experience in assurance and auditing services, specializing in manufacturing, construction, distribution, and a variety of other niche industries including PCAOB non-issuers. In his new role, Martin will ensure the operational effectiveness of the firm. He will manage the firm’s service line leaders, human resources, finance and IT functions.

Herman and Martin will work closely together for a seamless transition. Co-founder Doug Mueller will remain President under the new structure and co-founder Mike Prost will act as Managing Partner during the transition.

President, Doug Mueller says, “When Mike and I founded our firm, we wanted to create a legacy firm for ourselves, our clients and our employees. This three-pronged leadership approach will position us to continue to grow in years to come. Adam and Quinn’s leadership and dedication to the firm are exactly what we need when it comes to succession planning.”

Mueller Prost has 18 partners, 3 locations and over 150 employees. The firm is regularly recognized as a Best Place to Work and focuses on employee and client engagement and retention. 

Spellman Brady Welcomes Monica Stefek, Director of Marketing

Monica Stefek

Spellman Brady & Company welcomes Monica Stefek, who will serve as the firm’s Director of Marketing.  Ms. Stefek will have corporate responsibility for the firm’s marketing activities which includes developing the firm’s marketing material, responses to Requests for Qualifications and Proposals, as well as managing the firm’s communication, marketing and public relations activities.

Ms. Stefek is a seasoned marketing professional with over 20 years of innovative and results-oriented marketing experience.  Monica earned her Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas.  Some of her previous experience includes marketing responsibilities for clients at Visual Ingenuity and The Vandiver Group.

Spellman Brady & Company is an award-winning St. Louis–based interior design firm specializing in senior living, healthcare, and higher education environments. 

Focal Pointe Hires John O’Connell as Controller*

John O’Connell

Focal Pointe Outdoor Solutions announces the addition of John W. O’Connell of Chesterfield, Missouri as the firm’s Controller. In this position, John will lead all aspects of Focal Pointe’s financial processes and procedures, strengthening performance and profitability. He will also provide leadership for the firm’s administrative operations, including human resources and nformation technology.

O’Connell brings more than 35 years of experience in finance, having been a minority owner of a local luxury homebuilder, and financial executive for one of the largest home builders in St. Louis, Missouri. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and earned his Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
certification with Peat Marwick Mitchell.

Founded by John Munie in 1998, Focal Pointe Outdoor Solutions, Inc. is a full-service grounds maintenance, lawncare, and landscaping company specializing in distinctive, high-touch properties for both residential and commercial clients.

Rick Rebecca Joins Contegra Construction Co. as Safety Director

Rick Rebecca

Rick Rebecca, who has more than 26 years of experience in risk management, has joined Contegra Construction Co. as safety director.  Rebecca will oversee all facets of safety and safety training at Contegra. Based in Edwardsville, Ill., Contegra is one of the St. Louis area’s largest general contractors and serves a national customer base that includes industrial, institutional, municipal, multi-family, office and retail projects.

Johnston Joins Murphy as Service Sales Account Mgr.

Jennifer Johnson

Jennifer Johnston has been named service sales account manager for Murphy Company.  The announcement was made by Chris Carter, vice president, service, for the mechanical contracting and engineering firm.

Johnston recently was elected as president of the St. Louis chapter of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA). She has more than seven years’ experience in facilities, most recently serving as a facility and maintenance supply territory manager at Ferguson in St Louis. Before that, she was a service and building solutions sales executive in St. Louis from 2010 to 2014. She also is a member of the Building Owner Management Association (BOMA).

Murphy Company is one of the nation’s top mechanical contracting and engineering firms delivering innovative solutions to the commercial, industrial and institutional markets. 

Murphy Appoints Jared Moresi as Engineer, Industrial

Jared Moresi

Jared Moresi has joined Murphy Company as an engineer, industrial.  The announcement was made by Mike Werdes, manager of engineering for the mechanical engineering and contracting firm. Moresi earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in May 2017 from the University of Missouri-Columbia where he was on the Dean’s List. He also was 2016-17 secretary of Mizzou’s Mechanical contractors Association of America student chapter, which captured First Place in the Final Four Competition at the MCAA National Convention in San Diego in March 2017.

The UMC chapter also was named MCAA’s Student Chapter of the Year. During summer 2016 Moresi served as an intern in Murphy’s design/build department.  The summer before he interned in the company’s service department. During summer 2013 he worked for Cardinal Home Improvement in Cottleville, MO.

Murphy Company is one of the nation’s top mechanical contracting and engineering firms delivering innovative solutions to the commercial, industrial and institutional markets. 

Dale Duello joins Knoebel Construction as Site Superintendent

Dale Duello

Dale Duello of Wentzville, MO, has joined Knoebel Construction as a site superintendent. He is responsible for managing day-to-day operations, subcontractor coordination and scheduling for various retail center, restaurant, grocery and retail store construction projects. Duello has 25 years of experience in commercial construction. He is a graduate of the St. Louis Carpenters Joint Apprenticeship program.

Knoebel Construction, Inc. is a national general contractor specializing in retail center, restaurant, grocery and retail store construction.

Irace Named Engineer, Commercial at Murphy Company

Phillip Irace

Phillip Irace has joined Murphy Company as engineer, commercial.  The announcement was made by Conrad Philipp, vice-president, commercial, for the mechanical contracting and engineering firm. Irace holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from Illinois College in Jacksonville, IL, graduating summa cum laude.  He will receive a Master of Science in mechanical engineering from Washington University in 2018, graduating magna cum laude, with a specialization is energy conversion and efficiency.

He joined Murphy full-time in June 2017 after having served as an intern for one year.  Prior to that, he worked at Global Surgical Corporation as part of Washington University’s engineering co-op program.   He is an ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) graduate student member, an affiliate member of ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers), and an EIT (Engineer in Training.) He is a member of Pi Tau Sigma and also played Illinois College football.

Kniesche Joins Murphy Co. as Engineer, Commercial

Nicholas Kniesche

Nicholas (Nick) M. Kniesche has joined Murphy Company, a leading mechanical contracting and engineering firm, as engineer, commercial.  The announcement was made by Conrad Philipp, vice-president, commercial.

Kniesche is a 2017 graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia where he was on the Dean’s List.  He also was 2015-17 president of Mizzou’s Mechanical Contractors Association of America student chapter, which is sponsored by MCA-EMO. The student chapter captured First Place in the Final Four Competition at the MCAA National Convention in San Diego in March 2017.  The UMC chapter, although only three years in the making, also was named MCAA Student Chapter of the Year from among a total of 52 student chapters nationwide.

While studying at UMC, he also was executive treasurer of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) student chapter for which he also served as a mentor for architectural studies.  He also was a member and subchairman of the marketing committee for Pi Sigma Epsilon, a professional business fraternity.  Additionally, he was a member, executive secretary and member of the judicial board and finance committee, and Homecoming build chair for Alpha Tau Omega. An active community volunteer, he volunteered for Sacred Heart Church, Caring for Columbia, and the Thompson Center for Autism.

Kniesche served as a project management intern at Murphy Company during the summers of 2015 and 2016.  Prior to that, he was owner-operator of Kniesche Home Improvement. He is OSHA-10 certified.

Murphy Company is one of the nation’s top mechanical contracting and engineering firms delivering innovative solutions to the commercial, industrial and institutional markets.

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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.

Michelle Jordan Joins Architectural Business Interiors Team as Business Development Manager 

Michelle Jordan

Architectural Business Interiors (ABI), located in DesPeres, MO, has recently expanded its staff to include Michelle Jordan as Director of Business Development representing their Muraflex® demountable walls, Arktura acoustical systems and Carvart architectural glass product lines.  Michelle brings 20+ years of business development experience to the ABI team including nearly 10 years in the Architectural Interiors industry.  Her primary responsibilities include business development focusing on construction specifiers, architects, commercial real estate, end-users and general contractors.  “We are very excited to have someone with Michelle’s experience and qualifications in the construction industry joining our team and look forward to opening up new vertical market channels for ABI.” Added Bob Mitchusson, President.

Oberle Promoted to Service Dispatch Supervisor at Murphy

Stephanie Oberle

Stephanie Oberle has been promoted to the position of service dispatch supervisor at Murphy Company, a leading mechanical contracting and engineering firm. The announcement was made by Chris Carter, vice president, service.

Oberle brings 27 years of customer service experience and 15 years of supervisory experience, many in the HVAC industry, to her new role. She joined Murphy as a dispatcher. Earlier in her career she served as a service coordinator for an HVAC company and  club services manager for Optimist International. She also has held administrative positions with  the Missouri chapter of the Neurofibromatosis Foundation, Options for Justices, and Delsan  industries.

She is a graduate of Hazelwood Central and also attended St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley.

Murphy Company is one of the nation’s top mechanical contracting and engineering firms delivering innovative solutions to the commercial, industrial and institutional markets.  For more information, visit www.murphynet.com.

KC McDonald joins Wiegmann Associates as Director of National Business Development

KC McDonald

KC McDonald has joined Wiegmann Associates as director of national business development. McDonald is responsible for developing national construction design/build opportunities primarily in the industries of healthcare, senior living, commercial office, refrigeration, multi-family housing, warehouse, manufacturing and food and beverage distribution and processing. He also provides mechanical engineering support and assists in HVAC equipment selection on construction projects.

McDonald has eight years of construction industry experience. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from East Tennessee State University and is a licensed real estate broker.

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

Terry Denny joins Knoebel Construction as Site Superintendent

Terry Knoebel

Terry Denny of Dardenne Prairie, MO, has joined Knoebel Construction as a site superintendent. He is responsible for managing day-to-day operations, subcontractor coordination and scheduling for various retail center, restaurant, grocery and retail store construction projects. Denny has 19 years of experience in commercial construction. He is a graduate of the St. Louis Carpenters Joint Apprenticeship program.

Knoebel Construction, Inc. is a national general contractor specializing in retail center, restaurant, grocery and retail store construction.

August 4, 2017

Geotechnology Announces Tim Gorline has Achieved Designation as ICC Master Special Inspector

Tim Gorline

Geotechnology, Inc., a leading provider of geotechnical and environmental engineering, geophysics, water resource management, materials testing and drilling services, is pleased to announce today that Mr. Tim Gorline, a Geologist in their construction materials testing (CMT) group, has achieved International Code Council (ICC) designation as Master Special Inspector. Tim is one of only two Master Special Inspectors in the State of Missouri, the other being in the Kansas City area. Of the 16 Master Special Inspectors in the State of Illinois, only Gorline and one other reside in the St. Louis metro area.

Tim is now certified by ICC to perform inspections in reinforced concrete, soils, fireproofing, structural steel and welding, structural steel and bolting and reinforced masonry.  Tim also holds other certifications including the following: Level I Technician, American Concrete Institute (ACI);  Level II Technician, Post-Tensioning Institute; Level II Soils, Level II Asphalt and Level III Concrete Technician from National Institute of Civil Engineering Technicians (NICET); and Soil and Concrete Technician from Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT).

Gorline received his Bachelor of Science degree from State University of New York at Fredonia. As a degreed Geologist, and member of Geotechnology’s CMT group since 2002, Tim has extensive experience providing construction observation, inspection and testing of many facets of construction.   Tim provided quality control observations and testing for Busch Stadium, 212 South Meramec high rise, St. Louis Art Museum, MasterCard Headquarters, Washington University’s Loop Student Housing, Reinsurance Group of America, Saint Louis University’s Chaifetz Arena, and many other St. Louis metropolitan area projects.

“Geotechnology has made considerable investment in providing highly trained field representatives to perform code-required special inspections.  Tim has shown great leadership in achieving the Master Special Inspector designation.  The scarcity of Master Special Inspectors in the metropolitan area and the commitment of representatives like Tim, clearly differentiates Geotechnology, and allows us to to provide a level of service that others cannot.” said Jeff Klein, P.E., Construction Materials Testing Manager in St. Louis.

Established more than 32 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. 

Thomas Stockmann Jr. Joins Murphy Co. as BIM Designer

Thomas Stockman

Thomas Stockmann Jr. has joined Murphy Company as a BIM (Building Information Modeling) designer.  The announcement was made by Patrick Bastow, supervisor, BIM Production, for the mechanical contracting and engineering firm.

A 2017 graduate of Mineral Area College with an associate’s degree in engineering, tech design drafting, Stockmann is a certified production technician (2015).  He also is OSHA 30-hr.certified (2014).           His work experience includes logging and customer service for his family’s business, Stockmann Logging,  in Fredericktown, MO.

Blake Named Fabrication Database Engineer VDC/BIM at Murphy

Dylan Blake

Dylan W. Blake has been appointed a fabrication database engineer VDC/BIM (Virtual Design and Construction/Building Information Modeling) at Murphy Company, a leading mechanical

contracting and engineering company. The announcement was made by Patrick Bastow, supervisor, BIM Production.

A May 2017 graduate of Missouri University of Science and Technology with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, Blake was the university’s Lacrosse Club president and captain, an Opening Week mentor, and was inducted into the National Society of Leadership and Success in 2015.  A cum laude graduate of Fox High School where he was a member of the National Honor Society for four years, Blake played varsity soccer for three years, and served as captain of the high school’s varsity Lacrosse team.

While a college student, he worked as a maintenance/field worker for the City of Arnold Parks Department, performing plumbing, welding and carpentry work.  

Vincent Named Plumbing Designer,  VDC/BIM at Murphy

Ahmad Vincent

Ahmad Vincent has been appointed a plumbing designer, VDC/BIM (Virtual Design and Construction/Building Information Modeling) at Murphy Company, a leading mechanical contracting and engineering company. The announcement was made by Patrick Bastow, supervisor, BIM Production.

An experienced professional, Vincent holds a Master of Business Administration from Keller Graduate School of Management as well as a bachelor’s degree in project/construction management and an associate’s degree in computer drafting and design from ITT Technical Institute.

Before joining Murphy Company, Vincent worked for more than two years as a project manager, BIM designer/estimator, on such projects as the Jefferson Barracks Veterans Affairs Building, the 4220 Duncan Wexford Science and Research Building, and the Rockwood Summit High School renovation/addition.  He also worked on projects at the Washington University School of Medicine and the St. Louis College of Pharmacy, among others. Prior to that, and during his college years, he was general manager of a high-volume restaurant.

Murphy Company is one of the nation’s top mechanical contracting and engineering firms delivering innovative solutions to the commercial, industrial and institutional markets.  Murphy offers process piping, HVAC, refrigeration, plumbing, design-build, piping fabrication, energy solutions and 24-hour service emanating from its five locations in St. Louis, Denver, Colorado Springs, Boulder and Northern Colorado.  Murphy is ranked No. 17 on Engineering News-Record’s list of largest mechanical contractors in the United States. Founded in 1907, the firm employs more than 1,000 people nationwide. For more information, visit www.murphynet.com. 

MC Industrial Appoints Bob Wood as Business Development Manager 

Bob Wood

MC Industrial, Inc., an independent McCarthy company and leader in industrial construction, recently announced the addition of Bob Wood as Business Development Manager.

Based in MC Industrial’s St. Louis office, his focus will be working with project teams to develop design and construction solutions that enhance project delivery for MC Industrial’s clients in the power market nationwide. Bob brings 23 years industry experience and broad power expertise to his new role including environmental, new generation, renewable and plant maintenance projects.

“We are pleased to have Bob join our team and serve our power industry clients,” said Brian Timmer, Business Development Director. “His strong foundation in design and construction and experience with large-scale industrial projects brings extensive value to our firm and our clients alike.”

Bob attended Lindenwood University and Ranken Technical College HVAC. He has received special training through Carrier Corporation, York and Siemens. He is currently an active member of COCA, AGC, SLCCC and SIBA.

MC Industrial is a national construction firm, dedicated to the highly specialized needs of the industrial marketplace. 

Mueller Prost Promotes Partners Adam Herman and Quinn Martin to Firm Leadership Positions 

Effective July 1, 2017,  Adam Herman, CPA/ABV/CFF, CVA, ASA, CFE, Partner was named Chief Visionary Officer, and Quinn Martin, CPA, MBA, Partner was named Chief Operating Officer. This is the first-time Mueller Prost has appointed a CVO and COO, a move to ensure the growth and sustainability of the firm in future years. This split from the traditional Managing Partner structure recognizes the need for various skill sets as the firm grows, and allows for highest and best use of the firm’s resources and people.

Adam Herman

Herman has over 25 years of experience in business valuations, tax credits, advising and consulting. Adam has been successful in supporting new business growth nationwide through his leadership, creativity, energy, integrity and credentials which are highly respected among valuation, IRS, and business professionals. In his new role, Herman will oversee the strategy and direction of the firm, lead growth and new service initiatives and manage the firm’s industry leaders, sales and marketing efforts.

Quinn Martin

Martin has over 15 years of experience in assurance and auditing services, specializing in manufacturing, construction, distribution, and a variety of other niche industries including PCAOB non-issuers. In his new role, Martin will ensure the operational effectiveness of the firm. He will manage the firm’s service line leaders, human resources, finance and IT functions.

Herman and Martin will work closely together for a seamless transition. Co-founder Doug Mueller will remain President under the new structure and co-founder Mike Prost will act as Managing Partner during the transition.

President, Doug Mueller says, “When Mike and I founded our firm, we wanted to create a legacy firm for ourselves, our clients and our employees. This three-pronged leadership approach will position us to continue to grow in years to come. Adam and Quinn’s leadership and dedication to the firm are exactly what we need when it comes to succession planning.”

Mueller Prost has 18 partners, 3 locations and over 150 employees. The firm is regularly recognized as a Best Place to Work and focuses on employee and client engagement and retention. 

Spellman Brady Welcomes Monica Stefek, Director of Marketing

Monica Stefek

Spellman Brady & Company welcomes Monica Stefek, who will serve as the firm’s Director of Marketing.  Ms. Stefek will have corporate responsibility for the firm’s marketing activities which includes developing the firm’s marketing material, responses to Requests for Qualifications and Proposals, as well as managing the firm’s communication, marketing and public relations activities.

Ms. Stefek is a seasoned marketing professional with over 20 years of innovative and results-oriented marketing experience.  Monica earned her Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas.  Some of her previous experience includes marketing responsibilities for clients at Visual Ingenuity and The Vandiver Group.

Spellman Brady & Company is an award-winning St. Louis–based interior design firm specializing in senior living, healthcare, and higher education environments. 

Focal Pointe Hires John O’Connell as Controller*

John O’Connell

Focal Pointe Outdoor Solutions announces the addition of John W. O’Connell of Chesterfield, Missouri as the firm’s Controller. In this position, John will lead all aspects of Focal Pointe’s financial processes and procedures, strengthening performance and profitability. He will also provide leadership for the firm’s administrative operations, including human resources and nformation technology.

O’Connell brings more than 35 years of experience in finance, having been a minority owner of a local luxury homebuilder, and financial executive for one of the largest home builders in St. Louis, Missouri. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and earned his Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
certification with Peat Marwick Mitchell.

Founded by John Munie in 1998, Focal Pointe Outdoor Solutions, Inc. is a full-service grounds maintenance, lawncare, and landscaping company specializing in distinctive, high-touch properties for both residential and commercial clients.

Rick Rebecca Joins Contegra Construction Co. as Safety Director

Rick Rebecca

Rick Rebecca, who has more than 26 years of experience in risk management, has joined Contegra Construction Co. as safety director.  Rebecca will oversee all facets of safety and safety training at Contegra. Based in Edwardsville, Ill., Contegra is one of the St. Louis area’s largest general contractors and serves a national customer base that includes industrial, institutional, municipal, multi-family, office and retail projects.

Johnston Joins Murphy as Service Sales Account Mgr.

Jennifer Johnson

Jennifer Johnston has been named service sales account manager for Murphy Company.  The announcement was made by Chris Carter, vice president, service, for the mechanical contracting and engineering firm.

Johnston recently was elected as president of the St. Louis chapter of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA). She has more than seven years’ experience in facilities, most recently serving as a facility and maintenance supply territory manager at Ferguson in St Louis. Before that, she was a service and building solutions sales executive in St. Louis from 2010 to 2014. She also is a member of the Building Owner Management Association (BOMA).

Murphy Company is one of the nation’s top mechanical contracting and engineering firms delivering innovative solutions to the commercial, industrial and institutional markets. 

Murphy Appoints Jared Moresi as Engineer, Industrial

Jared Moresi

Jared Moresi has joined Murphy Company as an engineer, industrial.  The announcement was made by Mike Werdes, manager of engineering for the mechanical engineering and contracting firm. Moresi earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in May 2017 from the University of Missouri-Columbia where he was on the Dean’s List. He also was 2016-17 secretary of Mizzou’s Mechanical contractors Association of America student chapter, which captured First Place in the Final Four Competition at the MCAA National Convention in San Diego in March 2017.

The UMC chapter also was named MCAA’s Student Chapter of the Year. During summer 2016 Moresi served as an intern in Murphy’s design/build department.  The summer before he interned in the company’s service department. During summer 2013 he worked for Cardinal Home Improvement in Cottleville, MO.

Murphy Company is one of the nation’s top mechanical contracting and engineering firms delivering innovative solutions to the commercial, industrial and institutional markets. 

Dale Duello joins Knoebel Construction as Site Superintendent

Dale Duello

Dale Duello of Wentzville, MO, has joined Knoebel Construction as a site superintendent. He is responsible for managing day-to-day operations, subcontractor coordination and scheduling for various retail center, restaurant, grocery and retail store construction projects. Duello has 25 years of experience in commercial construction. He is a graduate of the St. Louis Carpenters Joint Apprenticeship program.

Knoebel Construction, Inc. is a national general contractor specializing in retail center, restaurant, grocery and retail store construction.

Irace Named Engineer, Commercial at Murphy Company

Phillip Irace

Phillip Irace has joined Murphy Company as engineer, commercial.  The announcement was made by Conrad Philipp, vice-president, commercial, for the mechanical contracting and engineering firm. Irace holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from Illinois College in Jacksonville, IL, graduating summa cum laude.  He will receive a Master of Science in mechanical engineering from Washington University in 2018, graduating magna cum laude, with a specialization is energy conversion and efficiency.

He joined Murphy full-time in June 2017 after having served as an intern for one year.  Prior to that, he worked at Global Surgical Corporation as part of Washington University’s engineering co-op program.   He is an ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) graduate student member, an affiliate member of ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers), and an EIT (Engineer in Training.) He is a member of Pi Tau Sigma and also played Illinois College football.

Kniesche Joins Murphy Co. as Engineer, Commercial

Nicholas Kniesche

Nicholas (Nick) M. Kniesche has joined Murphy Company, a leading mechanical contracting and engineering firm, as engineer, commercial.  The announcement was made by Conrad Philipp, vice-president, commercial.

Kniesche is a 2017 graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia where he was on the Dean’s List.  He also was 2015-17 president of Mizzou’s Mechanical Contractors Association of America student chapter, which is sponsored by MCA-EMO. The student chapter captured First Place in the Final Four Competition at the MCAA National Convention in San Diego in March 2017.  The UMC chapter, although only three years in the making, also was named MCAA Student Chapter of the Year from among a total of 52 student chapters nationwide.

While studying at UMC, he also was executive treasurer of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) student chapter for which he also served as a mentor for architectural studies.  He also was a member and subchairman of the marketing committee for Pi Sigma Epsilon, a professional business fraternity.  Additionally, he was a member, executive secretary and member of the judicial board and finance committee, and Homecoming build chair for Alpha Tau Omega. An active community volunteer, he volunteered for Sacred Heart Church, Caring for Columbia, and the Thompson Center for Autism.

Kniesche served as a project management intern at Murphy Company during the summers of 2015 and 2016.  Prior to that, he was owner-operator of Kniesche Home Improvement. He is OSHA-10 certified.

Murphy Company is one of the nation’s top mechanical contracting and engineering firms delivering innovative solutions to the commercial, industrial and institutional markets. 

July 28, 2017

HOK’s Leah Hofferkamp Earns National Interior Design Award 

Lea Hofferkamp

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) is honoring HOK’s Leah Hofferkamp as a future leader in the interior design profession.

Hofferkamp, an architect in HOK’s St. Louis studio, was named a 2017 ASID Ones to Watch award winner. The award recognizes rising leaders who demonstrate exceptional leadership potential and a willingness to push the boundaries of the interior design profession. Winners were honored at the ASID awards recognition ceremony in San Diego on July 13.

Hofferkamp focuses on projects for HOK’s healthcare clients. Her recent projects have included the BJC HealthCare Washington University School of Medicine Campus Renewal project in St. Louis, development projects for Indiana University Health in Central Indiana, and the Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital in Indianapolis. Hofferkamp also has helped create products for HOK Product Design.

Hofferkamp earned her master’s degree in architecture from Washington University in St. Louis and a degree in interior design from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

ASID includes 13,500 design members, 6,000 industry partner representatives and 5,500 student members in 350 chapters throughout the country.

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

Etegra Hires CTO RT Murthy

Thandav Murthy

Mr. Thandav (RT) Murthy has joined Etegra as our Chief Technical Officer. As the technical lead, Mr. Murthy will support our areas of expertise including energy efficiency, PM/CM and the design of projects for secured facilities. Mr. Murthy will not only oversee active contracts, but will also assist in the winning of new contracts and supervise Program and Project Managers on active contracts with the USACE, AFCEC, USAF, VA, USDA and TRE.

He has extensive experience in professional civil engineering, including design, project management, program management, and construction management; with a focus on general/heavy civil engineering, facilities, dams, levees, tunnels, environmental compliance, NEPA, water resources, and conveyance.

Mr. Murthy has supported federal clients for more than 20 years, including USACE, USAF, GSA, USIBWC and numerous other state/local entities. Prior to Etegra, he served in the capacity of Infrastructure Manager for a large multinational Engineering Construction firm. His roles included being the functional group lead for design, construction management, program management, environmental, alternate financing and advisory services. He managed personnel resources and ensured adequate resourcing of all AE and PM/CM pursuits.

In addition, he was the Regional Federal Business Line Director responsible for sales, resourcing, program oversight, and the US Army Sector Lead for Texas and Oklahoma.

Spellman Brady & Company Hires Rachel Bartelsmeyer

Rachel Bartelsmeyer

Spellman Brady and Company, an interior design firm, is pleased to announce that Rachel Bartelsmeyer has joined its team as a Designer.  She is responsible for interior design solutions primarily for senior living projects.

Ms. Bartelsmeyer earned a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design with a secondary major in Gerontology, the study of aging, from Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas.  In addition to her interior design experience, she brings an abundance of client-focused service and specialization to the elderly community.

Spellman Brady & Company is an award-winning St. Louis–based interior design firm specializing in senior living, healthcare, and higher education environments.

Shawn Downey joins Knoebel Construction as Project Manager

Shawn Downey

Shawn Downey of New Haven, MO, has joined Knoebel Construction as a project manager responsible for overseeing all aspects of various retail center, restaurant, grocery and retail store construction projects. Downey has 15 years of experience in the construction industry. He is a graduate of the St. Louis Carpenters Joint Apprenticeship program.

Knoebel Construction, Inc. is a national general contractor specializing in retail center, restaurant, grocery and retail store construction.

 

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