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TriStar Properties Begins $115 Million Build-to-Suit Campus for World Wide Technology

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Contegra Construction Building Two Buildings Totaling 2.025 Million SF

One of the largest construction projects in the St. Louis area is emerging from the ground with word that developer TriStar Properties has begun building a 176-acre build-to-suit campus for tenant World Wide Technology (WWT) at Gateway Commerce Center, a 2,300-acre logistics and bulk distribution park near Edwardsville, Ill.  The completion value of the project, which is to yield two equally sized buildings totaling 2.025 million square feet plus parking for nearly 2,000 vehicles, is $115 million.

Privately held and St. Louis-based WWT is an international technology provider with $10.4 billion in annual revenue and 4,600-plus employees in more than 70 offices worldwide. Its lease at Gateway is believed to be the largest industrial property transaction ever executed in the metro St. Louis market.

WWT will devote one building to the production and assembly of technology equipment; the other to product storage and distribution. They are to be completed in April 2019 and August 2019 respectively.

General contractor Contegra Construction of Edwardsville, Ill. is building both structures and will erect the first tilt-up concrete panels in August 2018.

Both buildings will feature a thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) roof and 36-foot clear height ceilings.  The warehouse/distribution center will feature 90 dock doors, with cross docking capabilities.  The tech center will feature 30 dock doors.

PCCP, LLC, a real estate finance and investment management firm based in Los Angeles, Calif., is partnering with TriStar on equity financing.

In addition to WWT, Gateway tenants include Amazon, Dial Corp., GENCO ATC, GEODIS, The Hershey Company, Ozburn-Hessey Logistics, Proctor & Gamble, Save-A-Lot, Saddle Creek Logistics Services, DB Schenker, Schneider National, Unilever, USF Logistics, Walgreens and Yazaki of North America.

Founded in 1996, TriStar Properties is a nationally recognized real estate developer. Typically operating through affiliated joint ventures or partnerships, its activity log includes sale or development transactions involving more than 5,000 acres of commercial and residential land; apartment complexes; 1.5 million square feet of office space; 1.2 million square feet of retail space; and several million square feet of industrial/distribution.

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

New Hires & Returning Stars at Murphy Company

John Middendorf

John R.Middendorf has re-joined Murphy Company as a senior project manager, industrial.  The announcement was made by David Zach, vice president, industrial for the mechanical contracting and engineering firm. Middendorf holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s in engineering management from Missouri University of Science & Technology. He began his career as a summer intern with the company while studying at Missouri S&T and then worked full-time for Murphy Co. from 1978 to 1980, and again from 1987 to 1998 as project manager, then vice president of its industrial division. He has worked on numerous large industrial and plant projects throughout the country, including refineries, steel plants and power plants.  He has planned and managed numerous refinery projects and installations/repairs of large cokers;  crude, vacuum and blast furnaces; and gas cleaning systems, among others.

LLoyd Jarden

Lloyd Jarden has been named industrial regional operations manager for Murphy Company, the area’s largest mechanical contractor and engineering firm. The announcement was made by David Zach, vice president, industrial. Jarden first joined Murphy in 2007 as a project engineer and served as a senior project manager, industrial construction, for 10 years. He has worked on major power and steel plant projects throughout the Midwest, including US Steel’s Co-Gen facility and installation of a new soil vapor extraction system in Sauget, IL. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville, with minors in construction management and mathematics.

Michael Werdes

Michael J. Werdes has been promoted to vice president, engineering at Murphy Company, the area’s largest mechanical contracting and engineering firm.  The announcement was made  by Thomas C. Skaggs, senior vice president of operations. Werdes has more than 28 years of experience in mechanical engineering, most recently serving as manager, industrial-design at Murphy. In addition to his ongoing project involvement, Werdes leads Murphy’s Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology group. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Commenting on the promotion, Skaggs said, “Since joining Murphy Company in 2002, Mike has consistently performed with the utmost professionalism and integrity. With Mike’s ongoing drive for continuous improvement and teambuilding over the years, he has earned the respect of his coworkers, peers and the numerous customers with whom he interacts.”

Anthony Randazzo

Anthony (“Tony”) Randazzo has has been named inventory manager, purchasing for Murphy Company, the area’s largest mechanical contracting and engineering firm.  The announcement was made by Dave Book, vice president – purchasing & facilities. Randazzo has more than 20 years experience in customer support, most recently serving as senior sales and customer relations specialist for W. W. Grainger, Inc., a Fortune 500 industrial supply company.  He began working for Grainger in 1998 and, in 2014, received the company’s National Continuous Improvement Award. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, graduating cum laude in 2002, He received an associate’s degree from St. Louis Community College-Meramec in 2000. “We are pleased to welcome Tony to Murphy Company,” said Book.  “His experience ordering and maintaining customer-specific inventory and negotiating/implementing complex purchase contracts is a great addition to our purchasing team.”

Randi Hantak

Randi Hantak has joined Murphy Company, the area’s largest mechanical contracting and engineering firm, as a customer service representative. The announcement was made by Stephanie Oberle, service dispatch supervisor. Hantak began her career at the Washington University  School of Medicine  as an executive assistant and, most recently, served as graduate program coordinator for the Office of Graduate Medical Education. From 2004 to 2015, she worked as program coodinator, then manager of the medical school’s Curriculum Office.  Earlier in her career she served in administrative positions for The Golf Channel, Walt Disney World and Rollins College – all in Florida. She attended Drake University, studying journalism, and is a 1982 graduate of the Hickey School.

David Zach

David Zach has been named vice president, industrial for Murphy Company, one of the nation’s  largest mechanical cotracting and engineering firms. The announcement was made by Tom Skaggs, senior vice-president of operations. Zach is a seasoned professional with more than 35 years’ experience working on large capital and maintenance projects in the heavy industrial market.  He has broad-based experience in construction management, project administration, contract negotiations, operations, labor relations and resource optimization, working both regionally and nationally. Commenting on the appointment, Skaggs said, “Dave’s market knowledge in the utility power and industrial markets brings value-add to our Murphy team and to our industrial clients.” Zach holds an associate’s degree from St. Louis Community College-Meramec and also studied at Penn State University in Philadelphia and Maryville University in St. Louis. He also has taken advanced training through Cornell University and Washington University in St. Louis.

Matt Mosley

Matthew (“Matt”)  Mosley has been named project engineer, commercial for Murphy Company,the area’s largest mechanical engineering and contracting firm. The announcement was made by Conrad Phillipp, vice president, commercial. A 2016 graduate of the Missouri S&T in Rolla, Mosley holds a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering with a minor in geology.  He served aspresident of the American Association of Drilling Engineers’ student chapter and as president of the Pi Epsilon Tau (Petroleum Honor Society) student chapter. He also was an ambassador for the Society of Petroleum Engineers’ student chapter, served on the engineering department’s Student Council and participated in the Boeing Engineers’ Explorers Program. Matt’s student work experience includes serving as a field geophysicist for Geo Engineers. Following graduation, he joined Express Scripts as an associate project manager.

Murphy Company is one of the nation’s top mechanical contracting and engineering firms delivering innovative solutions to the commercial, industrial and institutional markets. Founded in 1907, the firm employs more than 1,000 people nationwide. For more information, visit www.murphynet.com.

July 13,2018

Chip Crawford, FASLA, Named Chair of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) St. Louis

Chip Crawford

Active in ULI locally and nationally for more than 10 years, Crawford has helped advance the organization’s responsible land use mission in the St. Louis region.  He has served as the chair for mission advancement, chair and participant of several area Technical Assistance Panels (TAP), and co-chair of the ULI St. Louis Equitable Communities initiative. On a national level, Chip is a member of ULI’s Public Private Partnership Product Council.

An award-winning landscape architect, Crawford has more than 30 years of experience leading some of the world’s most complex planning, landscape architecture and urban design projects. Crawford connects with clients to stimulate creative thinking and problem solving, bringing the best expertise and newest thinking to the table.

Crawford’s experience is at every scale, from the planning of large new cities, community planning, streetscapes, academic and corporate campus planning and design, greenways and parks, to site specific landscape architectural design on projects all over the world. Chip has led or played a major role in over 65 award winning projects.

Crawford is a Fellow with the American Society of Landscape Architects, past president of the Landscape Architecture Foundation, and Fellow at Kansas State University. He is also a registered landscape architect and LEED GA accredited professional by the U.S. Green Building Council.

With more than 260 members, ULI St. Louis unites thought leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide.  Its members include real estate, design, construction, institutional, legal and accounting professionals along with civic leadership.   For more information, visit www.stlouis.uli.org.

Four New Hires at S. M. Wilson

S. M. Wilson & Co., has hired Matthew Frank as Senior Project Manager, Sheila Kennedy as a Job Accountant/Project Assistant and former S. M. Wilson interns Emily Bozarth and Anna Eisenbath as Project Engineers.

Matt Frank

Frank 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. He has a B.A. in Business Management from Webster University and 22 years of construction experience working on a variety of projects including significant work in healthcare as well as retail, banks and public facilities.

Sheila Kennedy

Kennedy is S. M. Wilson’s new Job Accountant/Project Assistant. She holds a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse.

Anna Eisenbath

Bozarth and Eisenbath will be responsible for helping establish procedures with the design professionals, consultants and Owner of projects for information flow, approvals meetings and reporting. They will also track shop drawings, submittals, material deliveries and RFIs through the duration of projects and assist the Project Manager with MBE/WBE participation and workforce inclusion.

Emily Bozarth

Bozarth recently graduated from Missouri State University where she received her B.S. in Construction Management while Eisenbath just finished her B.S. in Civil Engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology.

S. M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis. For more information, visit www.smwilson.com.

July 6, 2018

Kyle Ogden Promoted to Senior Project Manager at Helmkamp Construction

Kyle Ogden

Jerseyville resident, Kyle Ogden, has been promoted to Senior Project Manager at Helmkamp Construction, a local general contractor in East Alton, IL.

On the brink of graduating with a Construction Management degree from Western Illinois University, Ogden joined Helmkamp as an intern in March of 2007.  He was later promoted to Project Manager in 2011.  In his 11th year with the 80-year-old company, Kyle is now promoted to Senior Project Manager.

“I enjoy many things about working for Helmkamp, but I like to think we stick to the golden rule of (treat others how you would like to be treated) and a family atmosphere has always seemed to be maintained throughout my time here.  Also, Helmkamp management has always been a great resource, but also allows you to complete your objectives as you see fit.”

Kyle’s initial focus at Helmkamp was with industrial clients.  He now leads projects for many of Helmkamp’s commercial and manufacturing clients.  “We are proud to have Kyle on our team and look forward to him continuing to lead projects for us for a long time to come,” noted Helmkamp’s Owner and President, Rob Johnes.

Helmkamp believes in cultivating its people and providing clients with familiar faces from one project to the next.  The current project management team at Helmkamp has been employed with the company for a range of 10-17 years.

Helmkamp is a relationship-based general contractor, based in East Alton, IL, working exclusively for private, professional, repeat buyers of construction, primarily in the industrial, power, manufacturing, healthcare, higher education, and pharmaceutical industries. To learn more, visit www.helmkamp.com.

Midas Organization Hires Chief Experience Officer Marc Connor

Named to newly created position for sister businesses

Marc Connor

Midas affiliated companies – comprised of Midas Hospitality, Midas Capital, Midas Development and MC Hotel Construction – created a new position designed to take its culture, brand and communications to the next level.

Marc Connor was recently named Chief Experience Officer for sister companies Midas Hospitality, a premier hotel management group; Midas Capital, an investment company specializing in hotel acquisition and development; Midas Development, a turn-key solution for cyclical renovations and property improvement plans; and MC Hotel Construction, a general contractor specializing in new hotel construction and renovations.

In the newly established position, Connor will lead strategic planning, global marketing and branding, and culture and people development efforts while handling the organization’s charitable foundation.  He will primarily focus on hiring and retaining key employees, as well as offering a customer-centric experience for hotel guests and clients.  Connor will unify the hotel industry businesses by emphasizing the company’s culture and forward-thinking approach.

Connor has more than 20 years of experience in assisting businesses with innovation, organization, marketing and strategy.  Prior to joining the Midas organization, he held senior positions with Build-A-Bear Workshop and the global advertising agency POSSIBLE.  Connor earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from Miami University in Oxford, OH.

“Our Culture is what makes us unique in our industry.  We have always believed that, by focusing on our people first, we create an environment that is a win-win for our associates and our business,” said David Robert, CEO and Manager.  “It’s important that we continue to invest even more energy and resources into our associates, guests and clients.  Marc’s background and skillset provide this unique advantage to the Midas enterprise.”

Founded in 2006, Midas Hospitality has developed, opened and currently manages numerous properties including 40 hotels in 14 states. For more information, call (314) 692-0100 or visit http://www.midashospitality.com.

Midas Capital is an investment company specializing in hotel acquisition and development. For more information, call (917) 860-0740 or visit www.midashotelfund.com.

Midas Development provides a full suite of hospitality-focused services for new construction and renovations including interior design, procurement and project management.  Midas Development provides clients with a turn-key solution for cyclical renovations and property improvement plans. 

MC Hotel Construction, which is also located at 1804 Borman Circle Dr. in Maryland Heights, Mo., specializes in hotel construction and renovations with projects currently underway in six states.  For more information, call (314) 339-6600 or visit http://www.mchotelconstruction.com.

Western Specialty Contractors Promotes Tim Braico to Branch Manager of its Ridgefield, NJ Facades Division

Tim Braico

Western Specialty Contractors has promoted Tim Braico of Hopewell Junction, NY to Branch Manager of its Facades Division in Ridgefield, NJ. Braico was previously a Superintendent at the Facades Division.

Braico 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, 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.

Braico was a Project Manager for Western’s Facade Division for nearly two years (Oct. 2013-March 2015) before returning to the company in May 2017 to assume a Superintendent’s position at the same branch. He has over 22 years of experience supervising and managing restoration and new construction projects.

He is a graduate of the Institute of Design & Construction Technical College in Brooklyn, NY. His current certifications include: RESTORE Architectural Training Program, 4 Hour NYC DOB Supported Scaffold User Training, 30 Hour OSHA Health & Safety Training, 32 Hour NYC DOB Suspended Scaffold Supervisor Training, 40 Hour NYC DOB Site Safety Manager Training, 16 Hour NYC DOB User Suspended Scaffold Safety Training, 32 Hour NYC DOB Rigging Supervisor Training, Jahn (Cathedral Stone) certified installer, EIFS Certified Mechanic, Cintec Installation, Edison Coatings, Dow Corning Sealant, Respirator Training Instructor, and a member of the American Institute of Constructors and the Construction Management Association of America.

Family-owned and operated for more than 100 years, Western Specialty Contractors is the nation’s largest specialty contractor in masonry and concrete restoration, waterproofing and specialty roofing.  For more information about Western Specialty Contractors, visit www.westernspecialtycontractors.com.

FSA, LLC Promotion Announcements

Stephen Matlock

After just two years of working with the company, Stephen Matlock has been promoted to Senior Associate at FSA, LLC. With over 35 years’ experience, Matlock leads firm efforts in generating and managing K-12 education projects in the Midwest region. Matlock also oversees specification development and building code review for projects firm-wide, yet still finds time to mentor younger FSA staff members. Professional affiliations include AIA, CSI, and licensure in the state of Missouri. Matlock earned his bachelor’s degree in Architectural Technology from Washington University School of Architecture.

Michael Lehr

Michael Lehr has been promoted to Director of Architecture at FSA, LLC. Being part of the team since its start in 2005, Lehr has managed over 500 projects for the company covering a wide range of building categories. Project types include healthcare facilities, laboratories, medical office buildings, surgery centers, senior living, office buildings, urgent care centers, single and multi-residential units, warehouses, strip retail, pharmaceutical facilities, manufacturing, and more. Lehr won three design competitions within the last five years, bringing new clients and consistent business to the firm. Additionally, Lehr is working on several master planning projects, all while leading multiple design teams, mentoring younger staff, delivering top-notch client satisfaction, and strategizing future growth

Kelli Sargent

plans with the executive management team.

FSA, LLC (Feeler, S. Architects) is a comprehensive architectural and design firm specializing in healthcare, laboratory design, higher education facilities, medical office buildings, and master planning. For more information, please visit our website at www.fsastl.com.

Spellman Brady & Company Expands Team – Kelli Sargent Newest Designer

Spellman Brady & Company, an award-winning interior design firm, is pleased to announce that Kelli Sargent has joined the firm as a Designer. In this role, her creativity will support the team with design, furniture specification, space planning and renderings within the healthcare, senior living and higher education market sectors.

Ms. Sargent is a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design. In addition to her interior design experience in the hospitality industry, she previously interned with Spellman Brady.

Spellman Brady & Company is an award-winning interior design firm specializing in senior living, healthcare, and higher education environments. The firm maintains design excellence by delivering comprehensive interior design, furniture, artwork master planning, and procurement services. As a Certified WBE Business, Spellman Brady & Company has completed more than 6,300 projects in 43 states and abroad since its founding in 1991. For more information about Spellman Brady & Company, please visit www.spellmanbrady.com.

Castle Contracting Promotes Michael Pranger to Vice President, Operations

Michael Pranger

Castle Contracting, LLC has elevated Michael Pranger to the position of Vice President, Operations. This appointment caps off a period of unprecedented growth and expansion for the St. Louis-based civil contracting company.

As principal of the Castle Contracting leadership team, Pranger will oversee the company’s operational, project management and field operations teams. Castle has operated as a wholly-owned subsidiary of McCarthy Holdings, Inc. since 2014.

“Mike has been instrumental to Castle’s growth and success during the last several years, and his new role recognizes his exceptional leadership abilities and knowledge of the unique challenges of civil construction,” said John Buescher, president of McCarthy Building Company’s central region.

Since joining Castle Contracting in 2004, Pranger has led key projects and managed the company’s field operations staff as Castle evolved from a small local player to one of the region’s top civil contractors with projects nationwide. The firm has established a reputation for its innovative use of construction technology,

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. The company’s utility mapping service provides industry-leading underground utility investigation and mapping. 

Oculus, Inc. Announces Promotions of Three Staff Members. 

Rob Forney

Rob Forney, AIA, LEED AP, was recently promoted from Sr. Project Architect & Manager to Director of Healthcare and Government. He has 30 years of experience in all areas of architectural practice with strong organizational skills coupled with the ability to multi-task many projects and teams at once. His leadership skills, creativity, and in-depth knowledge of these two markets allow for strong problem-solving abilities during all phases of a project. Forney is a member of the American Institute of Architects and a LEED Accredited Professional with the US Green Building Council (USGBC). He earned his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Kansas.

Jim Stotlar

Jim Stotlar, AIA, LEED AP O+M, GGP, who joined the firm in 2015 as a Project Architect, has been promoted to Project Manager. He has diverse experience in federal, healthcare, commercial, education, retail, and residential projects. In his new role, Stotlar will be responsible for managing project budgets, schedules, and programs, coordinating project communications and documentation, estimating fees, determining scopes of work, and preparing proposals and contracts. Stotlar is a member of the American Institute of Architects, a LEED Accredited Professional Operations + Maintenance with US Green Building Council (USGBC), and a Green Globes Professionals (GGP) with Green Building Initiative (GBI). He holds a Bachelor of Architecture with a Minor in Planning from Kansas State University and a MA in Interior Design from RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.

Sara Kreider

Promoted to Marketing Coordinator, Sarah Kreider brings over nine years of experience in marketing and graphic design. She joined the firm in 2016 and is responsible for developing and maintaining marketing information systems, coordinating the preparation of proposals, marketing correspondence and marketing material, and researching target markets and potential clients. Kreider earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from McKendree University.

“We are fortunate to have these three amazing individuals on our team,” said Lisa Bell-Reim, Oculus Inc. President. “Their hard work, creativity and industry knowledge will help Oculus continue to grow and expand.” All three members of the team are in the St. Louis office.

Oculus Inc. delivers comprehensive architecture, interior, planning and move management services that support business change and promote business value. Founded in 1994, Oculus creates high-performance design for national and international clients in the commercial, education, government, healthcare, hospitality, restaurant, and retail markets from offices in St. Louis and Dallas, and in Portland, Ore. through Staicoff Design Company, a division of Oculus. www.oculusinc.com.

June 22, 2018

Spiegelglass Construction Welcomes Scott Beard as Senior Project Manager

Scott Beard

St. Louis-based Spiegelglass Construction Company, a 110+ year old commercial general contractor specializing in restaurants, corporate interiors and retail, welcomes Scott Beard as a senior project manager. Scott, who brings more than 20 years of construction management experience to the company, will be managing ground up and renovation projects for franchises, national chains and independently-owned businesses.

After serving as the 82nd Airborn Infantry Squad Leader in the United States Army, Scott spent several years in various construction management roles leading numerous new home residential projects. He then moved into the commercials space where he served as an owner representative and project manager for a host of multi-million dollar projects including hotels, educational facilities, apartment complexes and multi-family units.

In his current role at Spiegelglass Construction, Scott is managing all aspects of local and regional projects – from pre-construction to completion – for restaurant and retail clients.

Based in St. Louis, Spiegelglass Construction Company has been a family-owned general contractor since its inception in 1904. For more information, please visit www.spiegelglass-gc.com.

 

KAI Design & Build Finds Inspiration for Alberici Office Renovation Through Client’s Own Steel Fabrication Expertise, Industrial Brand

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When Alberici Corporation, a major North American construction company, moved to its LEED Platinum corporate headquarters in 2004, two of their subsidiaries—Hillsdale Fabricators and Kienlen Constructors—remained at the Hillsdale, MO office five miles away. KAI’s Architecture and Interior Design teams were recently contracted by Alberici to completely renovate the outdated second floor of the Hillsdale office to provide better workspace for Hillsdale and Kienlen employees.

The office space was riddled with unused space, outdated finishes and no consistent flow. The space also did not adequately represent the company’s brand or expertise, and the employees were dispersed throughout several floors.

“The client requested an open floor plan to consolidate all of their employees onto one floor, with a centralized break room and a refined, industrial design,” said KAI Interior Designer Asha Perez. “Branding for the space was particularly important to the client, who wanted to exhibit their own steel fabrication expertise throughout the new interior.”

KAI’s design team worked closely with the client to develop their vision for the space, which included several collaborative design-build, custom-crafted furniture pieces that showcased the client’s skills.

“The design intended to demonstrate, as well as utilize the on-site capabilities of the structural steel fabricators,” said Perez. “We employed other interior design elements to develop that refined industrial design motif while also complimenting the exposed, existing concrete structure that the client desired for the space.”

The inspiration for the materials used in the design came from the client themselves. The KAI team walked through the client’s on-site steel fabrication facility and yard to gain inspiration and appreciation for the work that they do. Throughout the yard, they saw heavy steel, steel scraps, machinery and employees at work, which helped the team start to put the schematic design into context.

The renovated space features an “unfinished look” with sealed concrete floors and exposed ceilings and columns. Gray tones in the porcelain floor tiles communicate a similar design language, reflecting the warmth of the tones in the concrete throughout. Reclaimed wood was selected for use on the walls to wrap the elevator, while defining that as an alternate interior exit and entry point to and from the first floor. The wood was also used on the reception desk to add more textural interest to the space. The interior façade of the reception area features concrete-look panels with reveals and form-tie details, drawing inspiration from Japanese architect Tadau Ando.

KAI also redesigned the main front entry stairway replacing the existing terrazzo. Minerit heavy duty fiber cement board panels were used on the stairway entry walls. Recessed steel channels were designed for the handrails along each side and returns at the bottom and top of the stair landings. Limestone was used for the stair treads and steel for the risers.

KAI and the client collaborated on the design of a 25-foot-long, nearly-5,000-pound trapezoidal-shaped conference room table made of steel with wood trim, a steel and concrete prep table weighing over three tons, steel partitions around the perimeter of the break room and concrete-top, bar-height tables, wrapping existing columns in the break room; all of which were custom built by Hillsdale Fabricators. Due to the weight and size of the custom furniture, cranes had to be used to place the pieces in their new spaces.

“It was important to show how these elements were constructed, so the joinery and details are purposely exposed,” said Perez. “This allowed the client to showcase the kind of specialized work they do.”

A random mix of light, medium and dark-gray, large format hexagon-shaped floor tiles (21″ x 24″) by Ottomo Ceramics were installed in the break room. Wood flooring was also used in the break room meticulously forming a flush, seamless transition to the edge of the hexagon-shaped floor tile to create an irregular edge design.

The centralized break room is defined by steel partitions with opaque glass above. Butcher block walnut wood benching, wood top tables and a standing height wood ledge along the perimeter in the bistro were all designed to accommodate varying sit and stand postures of users in the space.

KAI worked closely with Lighting Associates to find linear and large hexagon-shaped light fixtures that mimic the layout and floor pattern in the break room. Energy efficient light fixtures that incorporate down- and up-lighting were specified to brighten the existing, dark, exposed concrete ceilings. These types of fixtures were used throughout the interior, including the conference rooms, which also feature industrial, black metal pendant light fixtures.

Acoustics was another important design element, considering the hard surfaces throughout the space. KAI created white noise with speakers in the ceilings, dropped acoustical ceiling tiles in the conference rooms, and carpet in the open office and workstation areas and conference rooms.

In keeping with Alberici’s brand, red was tastefully used in the design, but not overdone. Carpet used in the open office areas and conference rooms was selected from Mohawk Group’s Street Thread collection, which features bold red, black and gray geometric patterns. Carpet used in the reception area was a mix of Merge, Intertwine and Magnify from Mannington. Red and gray also highlight the workstation desk drawers.

The client wanted a bright, open office layout. KAI achieved this by furnishing the space with low partition Herman Miller Canvas workstations, integrating clear glass panels within the workstation partitions; conference rooms surrounded by butt glazed glass partitions and redesigning the space by eliminating the existing walls from the perimeter of the interior to allow in natural daylight.

KAI utilized BIM technology on the project to provide the client with an Enscape walk-through of the Revit model at the design development completion state. This ability to display the design through a virtual walk-through was key to achieving a quick review and approval of the design.

About KAI Design & Build

KAI Design & Build is a national 100+ person design and build firm headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. A renowned leader in the industry, KAI provides design and build integrated project delivery solutions through collaboration, technology, processes and expertise. For more information about KAI Design & Build, visit www.kai-db.com or call 314-241-8188.

Building Careers

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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.

Chip Crawford, FASLA, Named Chair of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) St. Louis

Chip Crawford

Active in ULI locally and nationally for more than 10 years, Crawford has helped advance the organization’s responsible land use mission in the St. Louis region.  He has served as the chair for mission advancement, chair and participant of several area Technical Assistance Panels (TAP), and co-chair of the ULI St. Louis Equitable Communities initiative. On a national level, Chip is a member of ULI’s Public Private Partnership Product Council.

An award-winning landscape architect, Crawford has more than 30 years of experience leading some of the world’s most complex planning, landscape architecture and urban design projects. Crawford connects with clients to stimulate creative thinking and problem solving, bringing the best expertise and newest thinking to the table.

Crawford’s experience is at every scale, from the planning of large new cities, community planning, streetscapes, academic and corporate campus planning and design, greenways and parks, to site specific landscape architectural design on projects all over the world. Chip has led or played a major role in over 65 award winning projects.

Crawford is a Fellow with the American Society of Landscape Architects, past president of the Landscape Architecture Foundation, and Fellow at Kansas State University. He is also a registered landscape architect and LEED GA accredited professional by the U.S. Green Building Council.

With more than 260 members, ULI St. Louis unites thought leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide.  Its members include real estate, design, construction, institutional, legal and accounting professionals along with civic leadership.   For more information, visit www.stlouis.uli.org.

Four New Hires at S. M. Wilson

S. M. Wilson & Co., has hired Matthew Frank as Senior Project Manager, Sheila Kennedy as a Job Accountant/Project Assistant and former S. M. Wilson interns Emily Bozarth and Anna Eisenbath as Project Engineers.

Matt Frank

Frank 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. He has a B.A. in Business Management from Webster University and 22 years of construction experience working on a variety of projects including significant work in healthcare as well as retail, banks and public facilities.

Sheila Kennedy

Kennedy is S. M. Wilson’s new Job Accountant/Project Assistant. She holds a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse.

Anna Eisenbath

Bozarth and Eisenbath will be responsible for helping establish procedures with the design professionals, consultants and Owner of projects for information flow, approvals meetings and reporting. They will also track shop drawings, submittals, material deliveries and RFIs through the duration of projects and assist the Project Manager with MBE/WBE participation and workforce inclusion.

Emily Bozarth

Bozarth recently graduated from Missouri State University where she received her B.S. in Construction Management while Eisenbath just finished her B.S. in Civil Engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology.

S. M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis. For more information, visit www.smwilson.com.

July 6, 2018

Kyle Ogden Promoted to Senior Project Manager at Helmkamp Construction

Kyle Ogden

Jerseyville resident, Kyle Ogden, has been promoted to Senior Project Manager at Helmkamp Construction, a local general contractor in East Alton, IL.

On the brink of graduating with a Construction Management degree from Western Illinois University, Ogden joined Helmkamp as an intern in March of 2007.  He was later promoted to Project Manager in 2011.  In his 11th year with the 80-year-old company, Kyle is now promoted to Senior Project Manager.

“I enjoy many things about working for Helmkamp, but I like to think we stick to the golden rule of (treat others how you would like to be treated) and a family atmosphere has always seemed to be maintained throughout my time here.  Also, Helmkamp management has always been a great resource, but also allows you to complete your objectives as you see fit.”

Kyle’s initial focus at Helmkamp was with industrial clients.  He now leads projects for many of Helmkamp’s commercial and manufacturing clients.  “We are proud to have Kyle on our team and look forward to him continuing to lead projects for us for a long time to come,” noted Helmkamp’s Owner and President, Rob Johnes.

Helmkamp believes in cultivating its people and providing clients with familiar faces from one project to the next.  The current project management team at Helmkamp has been employed with the company for a range of 10-17 years.

Helmkamp is a relationship-based general contractor, based in East Alton, IL, working exclusively for private, professional, repeat buyers of construction, primarily in the industrial, power, manufacturing, healthcare, higher education, and pharmaceutical industries. To learn more, visit www.helmkamp.com.

Midas Organization Hires Chief Experience Officer Marc Connor

Named to newly created position for sister businesses

Marc Connor

Midas affiliated companies – comprised of Midas Hospitality, Midas Capital, Midas Development and MC Hotel Construction – created a new position designed to take its culture, brand and communications to the next level.

Marc Connor was recently named Chief Experience Officer for sister companies Midas Hospitality, a premier hotel management group; Midas Capital, an investment company specializing in hotel acquisition and development; Midas Development, a turn-key solution for cyclical renovations and property improvement plans; and MC Hotel Construction, a general contractor specializing in new hotel construction and renovations.

In the newly established position, Connor will lead strategic planning, global marketing and branding, and culture and people development efforts while handling the organization’s charitable foundation.  He will primarily focus on hiring and retaining key employees, as well as offering a customer-centric experience for hotel guests and clients.  Connor will unify the hotel industry businesses by emphasizing the company’s culture and forward-thinking approach.

Connor has more than 20 years of experience in assisting businesses with innovation, organization, marketing and strategy.  Prior to joining the Midas organization, he held senior positions with Build-A-Bear Workshop and the global advertising agency POSSIBLE.  Connor earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from Miami University in Oxford, OH.

“Our Culture is what makes us unique in our industry.  We have always believed that, by focusing on our people first, we create an environment that is a win-win for our associates and our business,” said David Robert, CEO and Manager.  “It’s important that we continue to invest even more energy and resources into our associates, guests and clients.  Marc’s background and skillset provide this unique advantage to the Midas enterprise.”

Founded in 2006, Midas Hospitality has developed, opened and currently manages numerous properties including 40 hotels in 14 states. For more information, call (314) 692-0100 or visit http://www.midashospitality.com.

Midas Capital is an investment company specializing in hotel acquisition and development. For more information, call (917) 860-0740 or visit www.midashotelfund.com.

Midas Development provides a full suite of hospitality-focused services for new construction and renovations including interior design, procurement and project management.  Midas Development provides clients with a turn-key solution for cyclical renovations and property improvement plans. 

MC Hotel Construction, which is also located at 1804 Borman Circle Dr. in Maryland Heights, Mo., specializes in hotel construction and renovations with projects currently underway in six states.  For more information, call (314) 339-6600 or visit http://www.mchotelconstruction.com.

Western Specialty Contractors Promotes Tim Braico to Branch Manager of its Ridgefield, NJ Facades Division

Tim Braico

Western Specialty Contractors has promoted Tim Braico of Hopewell Junction, NY to Branch Manager of its Facades Division in Ridgefield, NJ. Braico was previously a Superintendent at the Facades Division.

Braico 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, 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.

Braico was a Project Manager for Western’s Facade Division for nearly two years (Oct. 2013-March 2015) before returning to the company in May 2017 to assume a Superintendent’s position at the same branch. He has over 22 years of experience supervising and managing restoration and new construction projects.

He is a graduate of the Institute of Design & Construction Technical College in Brooklyn, NY. His current certifications include: RESTORE Architectural Training Program, 4 Hour NYC DOB Supported Scaffold User Training, 30 Hour OSHA Health & Safety Training, 32 Hour NYC DOB Suspended Scaffold Supervisor Training, 40 Hour NYC DOB Site Safety Manager Training, 16 Hour NYC DOB User Suspended Scaffold Safety Training, 32 Hour NYC DOB Rigging Supervisor Training, Jahn (Cathedral Stone) certified installer, EIFS Certified Mechanic, Cintec Installation, Edison Coatings, Dow Corning Sealant, Respirator Training Instructor, and a member of the American Institute of Constructors and the Construction Management Association of America.

Family-owned and operated for more than 100 years, Western Specialty Contractors is the nation’s largest specialty contractor in masonry and concrete restoration, waterproofing and specialty roofing.  For more information about Western Specialty Contractors, visit www.westernspecialtycontractors.com.

FSA, LLC Promotion Announcements

Stephen Matlock

After just two years of working with the company, Stephen Matlock has been promoted to Senior Associate at FSA, LLC. With over 35 years’ experience, Matlock leads firm efforts in generating and managing K-12 education projects in the Midwest region. Matlock also oversees specification development and building code review for projects firm-wide, yet still finds time to mentor younger FSA staff members. Professional affiliations include AIA, CSI, and licensure in the state of Missouri. Matlock earned his bachelor’s degree in Architectural Technology from Washington University School of Architecture.

Michael Lehr

Michael Lehr has been promoted to Director of Architecture at FSA, LLC. Being part of the team since its start in 2005, Lehr has managed over 500 projects for the company covering a wide range of building categories. Project types include healthcare facilities, laboratories, medical office buildings, surgery centers, senior living, office buildings, urgent care centers, single and multi-residential units, warehouses, strip retail, pharmaceutical facilities, manufacturing, and more. Lehr won three design competitions within the last five years, bringing new clients and consistent business to the firm. Additionally, Lehr is working on several master planning projects, all while leading multiple design teams, mentoring younger staff, delivering top-notch client satisfaction, and strategizing future growth

Kelli Sargent

plans with the executive management team.

FSA, LLC (Feeler, S. Architects) is a comprehensive architectural and design firm specializing in healthcare, laboratory design, higher education facilities, medical office buildings, and master planning. For more information, please visit our website at www.fsastl.com.

Spellman Brady & Company Expands Team – Kelli Sargent Newest Designer

Spellman Brady & Company, an award-winning interior design firm, is pleased to announce that Kelli Sargent has joined the firm as a Designer. In this role, her creativity will support the team with design, furniture specification, space planning and renderings within the healthcare, senior living and higher education market sectors.

Ms. Sargent is a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design. In addition to her interior design experience in the hospitality industry, she previously interned with Spellman Brady.

Spellman Brady & Company is an award-winning interior design firm specializing in senior living, healthcare, and higher education environments. The firm maintains design excellence by delivering comprehensive interior design, furniture, artwork master planning, and procurement services. As a Certified WBE Business, Spellman Brady & Company has completed more than 6,300 projects in 43 states and abroad since its founding in 1991. For more information about Spellman Brady & Company, please visit www.spellmanbrady.com.

Castle Contracting Promotes Michael Pranger to Vice President, Operations

Michael Pranger

Castle Contracting, LLC has elevated Michael Pranger to the position of Vice President, Operations. This appointment caps off a period of unprecedented growth and expansion for the St. Louis-based civil contracting company.

As principal of the Castle Contracting leadership team, Pranger will oversee the company’s operational, project management and field operations teams. Castle has operated as a wholly-owned subsidiary of McCarthy Holdings, Inc. since 2014.

“Mike has been instrumental to Castle’s growth and success during the last several years, and his new role recognizes his exceptional leadership abilities and knowledge of the unique challenges of civil construction,” said John Buescher, president of McCarthy Building Company’s central region.

Since joining Castle Contracting in 2004, Pranger has led key projects and managed the company’s field operations staff as Castle evolved from a small local player to one of the region’s top civil contractors with projects nationwide. The firm has established a reputation for its innovative use of construction technology,

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. The company’s utility mapping service provides industry-leading underground utility investigation and mapping. 

Oculus, Inc. Announces Promotions of Three Staff Members. 

Rob Forney

Rob Forney, AIA, LEED AP, was recently promoted from Sr. Project Architect & Manager to Director of Healthcare and Government. He has 30 years of experience in all areas of architectural practice with strong organizational skills coupled with the ability to multi-task many projects and teams at once. His leadership skills, creativity, and in-depth knowledge of these two markets allow for strong problem-solving abilities during all phases of a project. Forney is a member of the American Institute of Architects and a LEED Accredited Professional with the US Green Building Council (USGBC). He earned his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Kansas.

Jim Stotlar

Jim Stotlar, AIA, LEED AP O+M, GGP, who joined the firm in 2015 as a Project Architect, has been promoted to Project Manager. He has diverse experience in federal, healthcare, commercial, education, retail, and residential projects. In his new role, Stotlar will be responsible for managing project budgets, schedules, and programs, coordinating project communications and documentation, estimating fees, determining scopes of work, and preparing proposals and contracts. Stotlar is a member of the American Institute of Architects, a LEED Accredited Professional Operations + Maintenance with US Green Building Council (USGBC), and a Green Globes Professionals (GGP) with Green Building Initiative (GBI). He holds a Bachelor of Architecture with a Minor in Planning from Kansas State University and a MA in Interior Design from RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.

Sara Kreider

Promoted to Marketing Coordinator, Sarah Kreider brings over nine years of experience in marketing and graphic design. She joined the firm in 2016 and is responsible for developing and maintaining marketing information systems, coordinating the preparation of proposals, marketing correspondence and marketing material, and researching target markets and potential clients. Kreider earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from McKendree University.

“We are fortunate to have these three amazing individuals on our team,” said Lisa Bell-Reim, Oculus Inc. President. “Their hard work, creativity and industry knowledge will help Oculus continue to grow and expand.” All three members of the team are in the St. Louis office.

Oculus Inc. delivers comprehensive architecture, interior, planning and move management services that support business change and promote business value. Founded in 1994, Oculus creates high-performance design for national and international clients in the commercial, education, government, healthcare, hospitality, restaurant, and retail markets from offices in St. Louis and Dallas, and in Portland, Ore. through Staicoff Design Company, a division of Oculus. www.oculusinc.com.

June 22, 2018

Spiegelglass Construction Welcomes Scott Beard as Senior Project Manager

Scott Beard

St. Louis-based Spiegelglass Construction Company, a 110+ year old commercial general contractor specializing in restaurants, corporate interiors and retail, welcomes Scott Beard as a senior project manager. Scott, who brings more than 20 years of construction management experience to the company, will be managing ground up and renovation projects for franchises, national chains and independently-owned businesses.

After serving as the 82nd Airborn Infantry Squad Leader in the United States Army, Scott spent several years in various construction management roles leading numerous new home residential projects. He then moved into the commercials space where he served as an owner representative and project manager for a host of multi-million dollar projects including hotels, educational facilities, apartment complexes and multi-family units.

In his current role at Spiegelglass Construction, Scott is managing all aspects of local and regional projects – from pre-construction to completion – for restaurant and retail clients.

Based in St. Louis, Spiegelglass Construction Company has been a family-owned general contractor since its inception in 1904. For more information, please visit www.spiegelglass-gc.com.

June 15, 2018

New Hires at Feeler, S. Architects

Cody Henderson

Cody Henderson has been promoted to Senior Associate at FSA, LLC. Henderson has been with FSA for nine years and has worked on many high-profile projects. Spearheading FSA’s mentorship program, Henderson’s dedication to developing young architects played a key role in the firm receiving the Emerging Professional Friendly Firm designation from the AIA Central States Region. Outside of work, Henderson participates in many local community programs, such as Habitat for Humanity, Young Architects Forum, and the American Institute of Architects. Professional affiliations include LEED AP, NCARB, AIA, and licensure in Missouri and Arizona. Henderson earned his bachelor’s in Architectural Technology from Ranken Technical College and his Masters in Architecture from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Joshua Curvey

Joshua Curvey joined the FSA team as an Architectural Associate in March. He graduated from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale with a bachelor’s in Architectural Studies and a minor in Environmental Studies. While at SIUC, Joshua operated the Design Fabrication Lab and actively volunteered with Habitat for Humanity. When it comes to architecture, he is most passionate about sustainability and efficiency in design.

Kimberly Lange

Kimberly Lange stepped into her role as the Operations and Marketing Coordinator at FSA last October. Bringing seven years of marketing and management experience to the firm, Kimberly specializes in operational process improvement, engaging management practices, innovative marketing programs, and exceptional customer experiences. She earned her bachelor’s from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and is currently pursuing her MBA at Maryville University.

Museum at the Gateway Arch Opens at Gateway Arch National Park

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Community celebrates completion of the CityArchRiver project

CityArchRiver project partners – the National Park Service, Gateway Arch Park Foundation, Bi-State Development, Great Rivers Greenway, Jefferson National Parks Association and the City of St. Louis – today marked the grand opening of the Museum at the Gateway Arch. Several celebratory events, including a ribbon cutting ceremony with local, regional and national dignitaries – including Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke – and a community celebration in the park’s North Gateway marked the completion of the $380-million CityArchRiver project to renovate the national park, the St. Louis Riverfront and Kiener Plaza.

“This is an exciting day for the City of St. Louis and the entire country,” said Mike Ward, superintendent, Gateway Arch National Park. “We are so proud to offer a world-class, urban national park experience to visitors from across the globe and further showcase St. Louis’ important role in the storied history of America.”

“Eight years ago, a design competition provided us a vision for a better-connected City, Arch and River,” said Eric Moraczewski, executive director of the Gateway Arch Park Foundation.  “Today, thousands of people came together to celebrate the culmination of this historic project. The CityArchRiver project raised the largest amount of private funding ever to go into a National Park and was a catalyst for approval of the first-ever local tax to provide for a National Park renovation (Proposition P in 2013). It is an unprecedented achievement. Today we celebrate the tremendous accomplishments of our city, our region and our country.”

The ribbon cutting ceremony featured remarks from Superintendent Mike Ward of Gateway Arch National Park; Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke; Mayor Lyda Krewson; St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger; Senator Roy Blunt; Senator Claire McCaskill; Board Chairwoman of the Gateway Arch Park Foundation Carolyn Kindle Betz; and Governor Mike Parson.

St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith served as the master of ceremonies, and St. Louisan Charles Glenn sang the national anthem. The #YourArch photo mosaic was unveiled to the public in a video montage. The Normandy High School marching band led the public to a community celebration in the park’s North Gateway area following the ceremony. Attendees of all ages enjoyed live music from Boogie Chyld, food trucks and drink vendors, free commemorative cookies, photo booth, scavenger hunt throughout the park, caricature artists, face painting, lawn games and much more.

Visitors to the Museum at the Gateway Arch and attendees at the North Gateway community celebration received a limited-edition, commemorative coin marking the special occasion.

The grand opening coincides with the return of one of the nation’s largest Fourth of July celebrations, Fair Saint Louis, to the riverfront July 4, 6 and 7.

The Museum at the Gateway Arch features interactive and engaging exhibits that focus on St. Louis’ role in the westward expansion of the United States, completely replacing the original museum that opened in 1976. Features of the new museum include:

  • Six themed exhibit galleries:

o   Colonial St. Louis – how St. Louis became a prosperous trading village rooted in French culture and governed by the Spanish, until the Louisiana Purchase transferred the territory to the United States.

o   Jefferson’s Vision – how President Thomas Jefferson furthered the westward expansion of the U.S. by sending expeditions to lay claim to territory, search for trading partners and locate natural resources for the young nation.

o   The Riverfront Era – how St. Louis became one of America’s busiest ports and trade centers in the mid-1800s.

o   Manifest Destiny – how the westward migration of the mid-1800s affected American Indians, Mexicans and pioneers themselves.

o   New Frontiers – how the industrialization of America hastened American settlement of the West and caused American Indians to lose all or part of their homelands.

o   Building the Gateway Arch – how the great American monument that commemorates westward expansion was designed and built.

  • Accessible exhibits guided by Universal Design principles through consultation with the CityArchRiver Universal Design Group representing the St. Louis disability community.
  • On the visitor center mezzanine level, a terrazzo floor map shows the United States with historic trails allowing visitors to trace pioneers’ journeys to the West.
  • The new 100 ft.-wide Video Wall in the tram lobby shows the building of the Gateway Arch and scenes of American westward expansion.
  • The Keystone Exhibit in the tram lobby allows all visitors to experience the top of the Arch through live webcam feeds from the observation deck.

Building Careers

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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.

Kyle Ogden Promoted to Senior Project Manager at Helmkamp Construction

Kyle Ogden

Jerseyville resident, Kyle Ogden, has been promoted to Senior Project Manager at Helmkamp Construction, a local general contractor in East Alton, IL.

On the brink of graduating with a Construction Management degree from Western Illinois University, Ogden joined Helmkamp as an intern in March of 2007.  He was later promoted to Project Manager in 2011.  In his 11th year with the 80-year-old company, Kyle is now promoted to Senior Project Manager.

“I enjoy many things about working for Helmkamp, but I like to think we stick to the golden rule of (treat others how you would like to be treated) and a family atmosphere has always seemed to be maintained throughout my time here.  Also, Helmkamp management has always been a great resource, but also allows you to complete your objectives as you see fit.”

Kyle’s initial focus at Helmkamp was with industrial clients.  He now leads projects for many of Helmkamp’s commercial and manufacturing clients.  “We are proud to have Kyle on our team and look forward to him continuing to lead projects for us for a long time to come,” noted Helmkamp’s Owner and President, Rob Johnes.

Helmkamp believes in cultivating its people and providing clients with familiar faces from one project to the next.  The current project management team at Helmkamp has been employed with the company for a range of 10-17 years.

Helmkamp is a relationship-based general contractor, based in East Alton, IL, working exclusively for private, professional, repeat buyers of construction, primarily in the industrial, power, manufacturing, healthcare, higher education, and pharmaceutical industries. To learn more, visit www.helmkamp.com.

 

Midas Organization Hires Chief Experience Officer Marc Connor

Named to newly created position for sister businesses

Marc Connor

Midas affiliated companies – comprised of Midas Hospitality, Midas Capital, Midas Development and MC Hotel Construction – created a new position designed to take its culture, brand and communications to the next level.

Marc Connor was recently named Chief Experience Officer for sister companies Midas Hospitality, a premier hotel management group; Midas Capital, an investment company specializing in hotel acquisition and development; Midas Development, a turn-key solution for cyclical renovations and property improvement plans; and MC Hotel Construction, a general contractor specializing in new hotel construction and renovations.

In the newly established position, Connor will lead strategic planning, global marketing and branding, and culture and people development efforts while handling the organization’s charitable foundation.  He will primarily focus on hiring and retaining key employees, as well as offering a customer-centric experience for hotel guests and clients.  Connor will unify the hotel industry businesses by emphasizing the company’s culture and forward-thinking approach.

Connor has more than 20 years of experience in assisting businesses with innovation, organization, marketing and strategy.  Prior to joining the Midas organization, he held senior positions with Build-A-Bear Workshop and the global advertising agency POSSIBLE.  Connor earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from Miami University in Oxford, OH.

“Our Culture is what makes us unique in our industry.  We have always believed that, by focusing on our people first, we create an environment that is a win-win for our associates and our business,” said David Robert, CEO and Manager.  “It’s important that we continue to invest even more energy and resources into our associates, guests and clients.  Marc’s background and skillset provide this unique advantage to the Midas enterprise.”

Founded in 2006, Midas Hospitality has developed, opened and currently manages numerous properties including 40 hotels in 14 states. For more information, call (314) 692-0100 or visit http://www.midashospitality.com.

Midas Capital is an investment company specializing in hotel acquisition and development. For more information, call (917) 860-0740 or visit www.midashotelfund.com.

Midas Development provides a full suite of hospitality-focused services for new construction and renovations including interior design, procurement and project management.  Midas Development provides clients with a turn-key solution for cyclical renovations and property improvement plans. 

MC Hotel Construction, which is also located at 1804 Borman Circle Dr. in Maryland Heights, Mo., specializes in hotel construction and renovations with projects currently underway in six states.  For more information, call (314) 339-6600 or visit http://www.mchotelconstruction.com.

 

Western Specialty Contractors Promotes Tim Braico to Branch Manager of its Ridgefield, NJ Facades Division

Tim Braico

Western Specialty Contractors has promoted Tim Braico of Hopewell Junction, NY to Branch Manager of its Facades Division in Ridgefield, NJ. Braico was previously a Superintendent at the Facades Division.

Braico 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, 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.

Braico was a Project Manager for Western’s Facade Division for nearly two years (Oct. 2013-March 2015) before returning to the company in May 2017 to assume a Superintendent’s position at the same branch. He has over 22 years of experience supervising and managing restoration and new construction projects.

He is a graduate of the Institute of Design & Construction Technical College in Brooklyn, NY. His current certifications include: RESTORE Architectural Training Program, 4 Hour NYC DOB Supported Scaffold User Training, 30 Hour OSHA Health & Safety Training, 32 Hour NYC DOB Suspended Scaffold Supervisor Training, 40 Hour NYC DOB Site Safety Manager Training, 16 Hour NYC DOB User Suspended Scaffold Safety Training, 32 Hour NYC DOB Rigging Supervisor Training, Jahn (Cathedral Stone) certified installer, EIFS Certified Mechanic, Cintec Installation, Edison Coatings, Dow Corning Sealant, Respirator Training Instructor, and a member of the American Institute of Constructors and the Construction Management Association of America.

Family-owned and operated for more than 100 years, Western Specialty Contractors is the nation’s largest specialty contractor in masonry and concrete restoration, waterproofing and specialty roofing.  For more information about Western Specialty Contractors, visit www.westernspecialtycontractors.com.

FSA, LLC Promotion Announcements

Stephen Matlock

After just two years of working with the company, Stephen Matlock has been promoted to Senior Associate at FSA, LLC. With over 35 years’ experience, Matlock leads firm efforts in generating and managing K-12 education projects in the Midwest region. Matlock also oversees specification development and building code review for projects firm-wide, yet still finds time to mentor younger FSA staff members. Professional affiliations include AIA, CSI, and licensure in the state of Missouri. Matlock earned his bachelor’s degree in Architectural Technology from Washington University School of Architecture.

Michael Lehr

Michael Lehr has been promoted to Director of Architecture at FSA, LLC. Being part of the team since its start in 2005, Lehr has managed over 500 projects for the company covering a wide range of building categories. Project types include healthcare facilities, laboratories, medical office buildings, surgery centers, senior living, office buildings, urgent care centers, single and multi-residential units, warehouses, strip retail, pharmaceutical facilities, manufacturing, and more. Lehr won three design competitions within the last five years, bringing new clients and consistent business to the firm. Additionally, Lehr is working on several master planning projects, all while leading multiple design teams, mentoring younger staff, delivering top-notch client satisfaction, and strategizing future growth

Kelli Sargent

plans with the executive management team.

FSA, LLC (Feeler, S. Architects) is a comprehensive architectural and design firm specializing in healthcare, laboratory design, higher education facilities, medical office buildings, and master planning. For more information, please visit our website at www.fsastl.com.

Spellman Brady & Company Expands Team – Kelli Sargent Newest Designer

Spellman Brady & Company, an award-winning interior design firm, is pleased to announce that Kelli Sargent has joined the firm as a Designer. In this role, her creativity will support the team with design, furniture specification, space planning and renderings within the healthcare, senior living and higher education market sectors.

Ms. Sargent is a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design. In addition to her interior design experience in the hospitality industry, she previously interned with Spellman Brady.

Spellman Brady & Company is an award-winning interior design firm specializing in senior living, healthcare, and higher education environments. The firm maintains design excellence by delivering comprehensive interior design, furniture, artwork master planning, and procurement services. As a Certified WBE Business, Spellman Brady & Company has completed more than 6,300 projects in 43 states and abroad since its founding in 1991. For more information about Spellman Brady & Company, please visit www.spellmanbrady.com.

Castle Contracting Promotes Michael Pranger to Vice President, Operations

 

Michael Pranger

Castle Contracting, LLC has elevated Michael Pranger to the position of Vice President, Operations. This appointment caps off a period of unprecedented growth and expansion for the St. Louis-based civil contracting company.

As principal of the Castle Contracting leadership team, Pranger will oversee the company’s operational, project management and field operations teams. Castle has operated as a wholly-owned subsidiary of McCarthy Holdings, Inc. since 2014.

“Mike has been instrumental to Castle’s growth and success during the last several years, and his new role recognizes his exceptional leadership abilities and knowledge of the unique challenges of civil construction,” said John Buescher, president of McCarthy Building Company’s central region.

Since joining Castle Contracting in 2004, Pranger has led key projects and managed the company’s field operations staff as Castle evolved from a small local player to one of the region’s top civil contractors with projects nationwide. The firm has established a reputation for its innovative use of construction technology,

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. The company’s utility mapping service provides industry-leading underground utility investigation and mapping. 

Oculus, Inc. Announces Promotions of Three Staff Members. 

Rob Forney

Rob Forney, AIA, LEED AP, was recently promoted from Sr. Project Architect & Manager to Director of Healthcare and Government. He has 30 years of experience in all areas of architectural practice with strong organizational skills coupled with the ability to multi-task many projects and teams at once. His leadership skills, creativity, and in-depth knowledge of these two markets allow for strong problem-solving abilities during all phases of a project. Forney is a member of the American Institute of Architects and a LEED Accredited Professional with the US Green Building Council (USGBC). He earned his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Kansas.

Jim Stotlar

Jim Stotlar, AIA, LEED AP O+M, GGP, who joined the firm in 2015 as a Project Architect, has been promoted to Project Manager. He has diverse experience in federal, healthcare, commercial, education, retail, and residential projects. In his new role, Stotlar will be responsible for managing project budgets, schedules, and programs, coordinating project communications and documentation, estimating fees, determining scopes of work, and preparing proposals and contracts. Stotlar is a member of the American Institute of Architects, a LEED Accredited Professional Operations + Maintenance with US Green Building Council (USGBC), and a Green Globes Professionals (GGP) with Green Building Initiative (GBI). He holds a Bachelor of Architecture with a Minor in Planning from Kansas State University and a MA in Interior Design from RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.

Sara Kreider

Promoted to Marketing Coordinator, Sarah Kreider brings over nine years of experience in marketing and graphic design. She joined the firm in 2016 and is responsible for developing and maintaining marketing information systems, coordinating the preparation of proposals, marketing correspondence and marketing material, and researching target markets and potential clients. Kreider earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from McKendree University.

“We are fortunate to have these three amazing individuals on our team,” said Lisa Bell-Reim, Oculus Inc. President. “Their hard work, creativity and industry knowledge will help Oculus continue to grow and expand.” All three members of the team are in the St. Louis office.

Oculus Inc. delivers comprehensive architecture, interior, planning and move management services that support business change and promote business value. Founded in 1994, Oculus creates high-performance design for national and international clients in the commercial, education, government, healthcare, hospitality, restaurant, and retail markets from offices in St. Louis and Dallas, and in Portland, Ore. through Staicoff Design Company, a division of Oculus. www.oculusinc.com.

June 22, 2018

Spiegelglass Construction Welcomes Scott Beard as Senior Project Manager

Scott Beard

St. Louis-based Spiegelglass Construction Company, a 110+ year old commercial general contractor specializing in restaurants, corporate interiors and retail, welcomes Scott Beard as a senior project manager. Scott, who brings more than 20 years of construction management experience to the company, will be managing ground up and renovation projects for franchises, national chains and independently-owned businesses.

After serving as the 82nd Airborn Infantry Squad Leader in the United States Army, Scott spent several years in various construction management roles leading numerous new home residential projects. He then moved into the commercials space where he served as an owner representative and project manager for a host of multi-million dollar projects including hotels, educational facilities, apartment complexes and multi-family units.

In his current role at Spiegelglass Construction, Scott is managing all aspects of local and regional projects – from pre-construction to completion – for restaurant and retail clients.

Based in St. Louis, Spiegelglass Construction Company has been a family-owned general contractor since its inception in 1904. For more information, please visit www.spiegelglass-gc.com.

June 15, 2018

New Hires at Feeler, S. Architects

Cody Henderson

Cody Henderson has been promoted to Senior Associate at FSA, LLC. Henderson has been with FSA for nine years and has worked on many high-profile projects. Spearheading FSA’s mentorship program, Henderson’s dedication to developing young architects played a key role in the firm receiving the Emerging Professional Friendly Firm designation from the AIA Central States Region. Outside of work, Henderson participates in many local community programs, such as Habitat for Humanity, Young Architects Forum, and the American Institute of Architects. Professional affiliations include LEED AP, NCARB, AIA, and licensure in Missouri and Arizona. Henderson earned his bachelor’s in Architectural Technology from Ranken Technical College and his Masters in Architecture from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Joshua Curvey

Joshua Curvey joined the FSA team as an Architectural Associate in March. He graduated from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale with a bachelor’s in Architectural Studies and a minor in Environmental Studies. While at SIUC, Joshua operated the Design Fabrication Lab and actively volunteered with Habitat for Humanity. When it comes to architecture, he is most passionate about sustainability and efficiency in design.

Kimberly Lange

Kimberly Lange stepped into her role as the Operations and Marketing Coordinator at FSA last October. Bringing seven years of marketing and management experience to the firm, Kimberly specializes in operational process improvement, engaging management practices, innovative marketing programs, and exceptional customer experiences. She earned her bachelor’s from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and is currently pursuing her MBA at Maryville University.

Variety Children’s Charity Kids Preview Accessible Gateway Arch Museum

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By KERRY SMITH, Editor, St. Louis Construction News & Review Magazine 

With the official grand opening of the Museum at the Gateway Arch just days away, Variety the Children’s Charity of St. Louis summer camp youth ages 10-16 and their counselors gained a sneak peek.

Nearly 60 youths – each with a physical or developmental disability – tried out the newly rebuilt museum.

Rhonda Schier, chief of museum services and interpretation for the National Park Service, began the special preview by speaking to the children as they sat cross-legged atop the largest terrazzo floor map ever designed and built in the U.S.

“Providing the resources for visitors to make personal and meaningful connections to the story of St. Louis is our mission,” Schier later said. “The concept of the modern museum experience is one of interactivity, participation personal exploration, analysis and evaluation.”

Just inside the museum’s entrance, enormous video footage depicts St. Louis’ historic eras. Children with sensory deprivation and others stood behind streaming video of buffalo herds to join the big-screen story in silhouette. Those with auditory disabilities were drawn in by crisp audio throughout the exhibit areas.

Those in wheelchairs and others led by a counselor’s hand worked their way through interactive exhibits that portray a close-up look at six distinct periods in Westward Expansion history. Larger-than-life etched images of Native Americans, early pioneers and a special dedication to Eero Saarinen, the Gateway Arch’s internationally acclaimed designer and competition winner, caught their attention. Kids ran their hands along the surfaces of a 15-foot-by-15-foot, hand-built cedar log structure depicting St. Louis’ 18th century French Colonial history.

A five-block scale model with more than 500 hand-painted figures in it depicting what St. Louis’ rebuilt downtown riverfront looked like in 1852 drew kids in, as did a life-size, hand-carved wooden keelboat that invited visitors to climb aboard. Fitting with the museum’s accessibility goals, a cutout section of the boat also enabled wheelchair-bound children to experience what it must have been like to travel in such a vessel.

Floor-to-ceiling original artwork captivated Variety campers, as did graphics, large-print raised and braille lettering, videos and 3-D, audio descriptors and touchable exhibits depicting much of the city’s formative years and its pioneering spirit. Rather than being restricted to wheeling a chair parallel to an exhibit in order to appreciate it, wheeled visitors are able to approach directly, positioning themselves within a nook designed to accommodate a wheelchair.

Jean Larson Steck, communications director for Variety the Children’s Charity of St. Louis, said the intricate design and construction of the new Museum at the Gateway Arch truly makes experiencing St. Louis’ rich history available and accessible to everyone.

“Ranger Rhonda and the entire team have been passionate about making this resource approachable and enjoyable by all,” said Steck. “Traditionally museums were designed or retrofitted with accessibility to enable visitors merely to gain entry. With this new museum, every single exhibit is fully accessible and enjoyable for anyone with any type of limitation,” she added. “And what’s really interesting is to see all individuals experiencing each exhibit by touching, regardless of whether they have a disability or not. The ability for our children and many others to gain a tactile understanding of an object – rather than seeing it behind glass – presents an enriched opportunity for them to experience and learn.

“We all know of President Abraham Lincoln’s nose at the entrance to his tomb in Springfield, how visitors have rubbed it to a glossy shine for good luck,” Steck said. “It will be intriguing to discover what’s going to be the touchpoint of this magnificent new museum.”

 

Building Careers

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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.

Western Specialty Contractors Promotes Tim Braico to Branch Manager of its Ridgefield, NJ Facades Division

Tim Braico

Western Specialty Contractors has promoted Tim Braico of Hopewell Junction, NY to Branch Manager of its Facades Division in Ridgefield, NJ. Braico was previously a Superintendent at the Facades Division.

Braico 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, 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.

Braico was a Project Manager for Western’s Facade Division for nearly two years (Oct. 2013-March 2015) before returning to the company in May 2017 to assume a Superintendent’s position at the same branch. He has over 22 years of experience supervising and managing restoration and new construction projects.

He is a graduate of the Institute of Design & Construction Technical College in Brooklyn, NY. His current certifications include: RESTORE Architectural Training Program, 4 Hour NYC DOB Supported Scaffold User Training, 30 Hour OSHA Health & Safety Training, 32 Hour NYC DOB Suspended Scaffold Supervisor Training, 40 Hour NYC DOB Site Safety Manager Training, 16 Hour NYC DOB User Suspended Scaffold Safety Training, 32 Hour NYC DOB Rigging Supervisor Training, Jahn (Cathedral Stone) certified installer, EIFS Certified Mechanic, Cintec Installation, Edison Coatings, Dow Corning Sealant, Respirator Training Instructor, and a member of the American Institute of Constructors and the Construction Management Association of America.

Family-owned and operated for more than 100 years, Western Specialty Contractors is the nation’s largest specialty contractor in masonry and concrete restoration, waterproofing and specialty roofing.  For more information about Western Specialty Contractors, visit www.westernspecialtycontractors.com.

FSA, LLC Promotion Announcements

Stephen Matlock

After just two years of working with the company, Stephen Matlock has been promoted to Senior Associate at FSA, LLC. With over 35 years’ experience, Matlock leads firm efforts in generating and managing K-12 education projects in the Midwest region. Matlock also oversees specification development and building code review for projects firm-wide, yet still finds time to mentor younger FSA staff members. Professional affiliations include AIA, CSI, and licensure in the state of Missouri. Matlock earned his bachelor’s degree in Architectural Technology from Washington University School of Architecture.

Michael Lehr

Michael Lehr has been promoted to Director of Architecture at FSA, LLC. Being part of the team since its start in 2005, Lehr has managed over 500 projects for the company covering a wide range of building categories. Project types include healthcare facilities, laboratories, medical office buildings, surgery centers, senior living, office buildings, urgent care centers, single and multi-residential units, warehouses, strip retail, pharmaceutical facilities, manufacturing, and more. Lehr won three design competitions within the last five years, bringing new clients and consistent business to the firm. Additionally, Lehr is working on several master planning projects, all while leading multiple design teams, mentoring younger staff, delivering top-notch client satisfaction, and strategizing future growth

Kelli Sargent

plans with the executive management team.

FSA, LLC (Feeler, S. Architects) is a comprehensive architectural and design firm specializing in healthcare, laboratory design, higher education facilities, medical office buildings, and master planning. For more information, please visit our website at www.fsastl.com.

Spellman Brady & Company Expands Team – Kelli Sargent Newest Designer

Spellman Brady & Company, an award-winning interior design firm, is pleased to announce that Kelli Sargent has joined the firm as a Designer. In this role, her creativity will support the team with design, furniture specification, space planning and renderings within the healthcare, senior living and higher education market sectors.

Ms. Sargent is a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design. In addition to her interior design experience in the hospitality industry, she previously interned with Spellman Brady.

Spellman Brady & Company is an award-winning interior design firm specializing in senior living, healthcare, and higher education environments. The firm maintains design excellence by delivering comprehensive interior design, furniture, artwork master planning, and procurement services. As a Certified WBE Business, Spellman Brady & Company has completed more than 6,300 projects in 43 states and abroad since its founding in 1991. For more information about Spellman Brady & Company, please visit www.spellmanbrady.com.

Castle Contracting Promotes Michael Pranger to Vice President, Operations

 

Michael Pranger

Castle Contracting, LLC has elevated Michael Pranger to the position of Vice President, Operations. This appointment caps off a period of unprecedented growth and expansion for the St. Louis-based civil contracting company.

As principal of the Castle Contracting leadership team, Pranger will oversee the company’s operational, project management and field operations teams. Castle has operated as a wholly-owned subsidiary of McCarthy Holdings, Inc. since 2014.

“Mike has been instrumental to Castle’s growth and success during the last several years, and his new role recognizes his exceptional leadership abilities and knowledge of the unique challenges of civil construction,” said John Buescher, president of McCarthy Building Company’s central region.

Since joining Castle Contracting in 2004, Pranger has led key projects and managed the company’s field operations staff as Castle evolved from a small local player to one of the region’s top civil contractors with projects nationwide. The firm has established a reputation for its innovative use of construction technology,

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. The company’s utility mapping service provides industry-leading underground utility investigation and mapping. 

Oculus, Inc. Announces Promotions of Three Staff Members. 

Rob Forney

Rob Forney, AIA, LEED AP, was recently promoted from Sr. Project Architect & Manager to Director of Healthcare and Government. He has 30 years of experience in all areas of architectural practice with strong organizational skills coupled with the ability to multi-task many projects and teams at once. His leadership skills, creativity, and in-depth knowledge of these two markets allow for strong problem-solving abilities during all phases of a project. Forney is a member of the American Institute of Architects and a LEED Accredited Professional with the US Green Building Council (USGBC). He earned his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Kansas.

Jim Stotlar

Jim Stotlar, AIA, LEED AP O+M, GGP, who joined the firm in 2015 as a Project Architect, has been promoted to Project Manager. He has diverse experience in federal, healthcare, commercial, education, retail, and residential projects. In his new role, Stotlar will be responsible for managing project budgets, schedules, and programs, coordinating project communications and documentation, estimating fees, determining scopes of work, and preparing proposals and contracts. Stotlar is a member of the American Institute of Architects, a LEED Accredited Professional Operations + Maintenance with US Green Building Council (USGBC), and a Green Globes Professionals (GGP) with Green Building Initiative (GBI). He holds a Bachelor of Architecture with a Minor in Planning from Kansas State University and a MA in Interior Design from RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.

Sara Kreider

Promoted to Marketing Coordinator, Sarah Kreider brings over nine years of experience in marketing and graphic design. She joined the firm in 2016 and is responsible for developing and maintaining marketing information systems, coordinating the preparation of proposals, marketing correspondence and marketing material, and researching target markets and potential clients. Kreider earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from McKendree University.

“We are fortunate to have these three amazing individuals on our team,” said Lisa Bell-Reim, Oculus Inc. President. “Their hard work, creativity and industry knowledge will help Oculus continue to grow and expand.” All three members of the team are in the St. Louis office.

Oculus Inc. delivers comprehensive architecture, interior, planning and move management services that support business change and promote business value. Founded in 1994, Oculus creates high-performance design for national and international clients in the commercial, education, government, healthcare, hospitality, restaurant, and retail markets from offices in St. Louis and Dallas, and in Portland, Ore. through Staicoff Design Company, a division of Oculus. www.oculusinc.com.

June 22, 2018

Spiegelglass Construction Welcomes Scott Beard as Senior Project Manager

Scott Beard

St. Louis-based Spiegelglass Construction Company, a 110+ year old commercial general contractor specializing in restaurants, corporate interiors and retail, welcomes Scott Beard as a senior project manager. Scott, who brings more than 20 years of construction management experience to the company, will be managing ground up and renovation projects for franchises, national chains and independently-owned businesses.

After serving as the 82nd Airborn Infantry Squad Leader in the United States Army, Scott spent several years in various construction management roles leading numerous new home residential projects. He then moved into the commercials space where he served as an owner representative and project manager for a host of multi-million dollar projects including hotels, educational facilities, apartment complexes and multi-family units.

In his current role at Spiegelglass Construction, Scott is managing all aspects of local and regional projects – from pre-construction to completion – for restaurant and retail clients.

Based in St. Louis, Spiegelglass Construction Company has been a family-owned general contractor since its inception in 1904. For more information, please visit www.spiegelglass-gc.com.

June 15, 2018

New Hires at Feeler, S. Architects

Cody Henderson

Cody Henderson has been promoted to Senior Associate at FSA, LLC. Henderson has been with FSA for nine years and has worked on many high-profile projects. Spearheading FSA’s mentorship program, Henderson’s dedication to developing young architects played a key role in the firm receiving the Emerging Professional Friendly Firm designation from the AIA Central States Region. Outside of work, Henderson participates in many local community programs, such as Habitat for Humanity, Young Architects Forum, and the American Institute of Architects. Professional affiliations include LEED AP, NCARB, AIA, and licensure in Missouri and Arizona. Henderson earned his bachelor’s in Architectural Technology from Ranken Technical College and his Masters in Architecture from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Joshua Curvey

Joshua Curvey joined the FSA team as an Architectural Associate in March. He graduated from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale with a bachelor’s in Architectural Studies and a minor in Environmental Studies. While at SIUC, Joshua operated the Design Fabrication Lab and actively volunteered with Habitat for Humanity. When it comes to architecture, he is most passionate about sustainability and efficiency in design.

Kimberly Lange

Kimberly Lange stepped into her role as the Operations and Marketing Coordinator at FSA last October. Bringing seven years of marketing and management experience to the firm, Kimberly specializes in operational process improvement, engaging management practices, innovative marketing programs, and exceptional customer experiences. She earned her bachelor’s from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and is currently pursuing her MBA at Maryville University.

Missouri Policymakers Sending Gas Tax Increase Prop to Nov. Ballot

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By Kerry Smith, Editor – St. Louis Construction News & Review Magazine

Despite a session wrought with issues related to the state’s former chief executive, Missouri legislators concluded the regular session with a measure asking for a 2.5-cent increase in Missouri’s portion of the motor fuels tax.

Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Dan Mehan said transportation infrastructure funding policy jelled in the final days of the 2018 state legislative session.

“With two weeks left, nobody thought it was going to happen. With two days left, nobody thought it was going to happen,” said Mehan. “We ended up sending to the voters for this November a proposition that will ask for a 2.5-cent gas tax increase for each year over the next four years. Missouri currently pays 17 cents, so we’ll add 2.5 cents to that every year beginning in 2019 if voters approve it on November 6th. We’re very pleased with the outcome.”

The state has not seen a motor fuels tax increase since the 1990s, Mehan said, and it is sorely needed to maintain Missouri’s transportation infrastructure. Since that timeframe, 39 states have elected to raise their own state motor fuels user fees. If November’s proposition passes muster with Missouri voters, the state is projected to generate $240 million annually for the next four years to help fund roads, bridges and more.

“We’ve got the second- and third-largest rail terminals in the U.S. and the seventh-longest highway system in the U.S.,” Mehan said, “yet we’re 47th in the U.S. when it comes to transportation funding. That doesn’t make sense. For Missouri businesses, we view infrastructure as an asset that we need to invest in and continually make better.”

Mehan and others – including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Associated General Contractors of America – agree that the motor fuels funding mechanism has to change in order for federal dollars, which comprise the bulk of the fuel tax, to keep pace with the need for new and improved roads, bridges, rail and mass transit nationwide.

In January, the U.S. Chamber proposed a 25-cent increase to the federal portion of the motor fuels tax. President Donald Trump endorsed the proposal a month later.

According to the U.S. Chamber, inflation has eroded nearly 40 percent of the value of the user fee since it was last raised in 1993. Continual improvement in fuel efficiency equates to more drivers driving vehicles more on less fuel. The federal Highway Trust Fund, the fund fed by 18.4 cents per gallon of gas and 24.4 cents per gallon of diesel fuel, is in the red and projected to become insolvent within the next two years. Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (known as the FAST Act), a four-year transportation infrastructure-funding program, will expire in 2020; a portion of that act has been propping up the long-ailing Highway Trust Fund.

Sean O’Neill, vice president of congressional relations for the Associated General Contractors of America, said the AGC and its fellow stakeholders stand in support of the U.S. Chamber’s proposed 25-cent increase.

“We see an increase in the motor fuels tax to be the answer, at least in the short term, to address the long-term solvency of the Highway Trust Fund,” O’Neill said. “We understand that it has some political hurdles to get over, but we see a gas tax to be the most efficient way to do what we need to do to invest in our aging transportation infrastructure. Since 2013, at least 26 states have increased taxes or fees dedicated to funding infrastructure. States – Missouri among them – are doing what they can do, but it’s up to the federal government to make sure the funding mechanisms are relevant as fuel efficiency continues to increase.”

In Illinois, a proposal is afoot to more than double that state’s portion of the motor fuels tax. The Illinois Economic Policy Institute is recommending a hefty increase from the current 34 cents to 85 cents. The measure has met with fierce resistance from organizations including the national Tax Foundation.

Building Careers

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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.

Spiegelglass Construction Welcomes Scott Beard as Senior Project Manager

Scott Beard

St. Louis-based Spiegelglass Construction Company, a 110+ year old commercial general contractor specializing in restaurants, corporate interiors and retail, welcomes Scott Beard as a senior project manager. Scott, who brings more than 20 years of construction management experience to the company, will be managing ground up and renovation projects for franchises, national chains and independently-owned businesses.

After serving as the 82nd Airborn Infantry Squad Leader in the United States Army, Scott spent several years in various construction management roles leading numerous new home residential projects. He then moved into the commercials space where he served as an owner representative and project manager for a host of multi-million dollar projects including hotels, educational facilities, apartment complexes and multi-family units.

In his current role at Spiegelglass Construction, Scott is managing all aspects of local and regional projects – from pre-construction to completion – for restaurant and retail clients.

Based in St. Louis, Spiegelglass Construction Company has been a family-owned general contractor since its inception in 1904. For more information, please visit www.spiegelglass-gc.com.

June 1, 2018

New Hires at Feeler, S. Architects

Cody Henderson

Cody Henderson has been promoted to Senior Associate at FSA, LLC. Henderson has been with FSA for nine years and has worked on many high-profile projects. Spearheading FSA’s mentorship program, Henderson’s dedication to developing young architects played a key role in the firm receiving the Emerging Professional Friendly Firm designation from the AIA Central States Region. Outside of work, Henderson participates in many local community programs, such as Habitat for Humanity, Young Architects Forum, and the American Institute of Architects. Professional affiliations include LEED AP, NCARB, AIA, and licensure in Missouri and Arizona. Henderson earned his bachelor’s in Architectural Technology from Ranken Technical College and his Masters in Architecture from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Joshua Curvey

Joshua Curvey joined the FSA team as an Architectural Associate in March. He graduated from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale with a bachelor’s in Architectural Studies and a minor in Environmental Studies. While at SIUC, Joshua operated the Design Fabrication Lab and actively volunteered with Habitat for Humanity. When it comes to architecture, he is most passionate about sustainability and efficiency in design.

Kimberly Lange

Kimberly Lange stepped into her role as the Operations and Marketing Coordinator at FSA last October. Bringing seven years of marketing and management experience to the firm, Kimberly specializes in operational process improvement, engaging management practices, innovative marketing programs, and exceptional customer experiences. She earned her bachelor’s from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and is currently pursuing her MBA at Maryville University.

May 25, 2018

Kimberly Witbrodt named to the McGrath & Associates Board of Directors

Kimberly Witbrodt

Kimberly Witbrodt has been selected as a director on the McGrath & Associates Board of Directors. Witbrodt has been with McGrath & Associates for 35 years in various roles, including as office manager for the last five years. McGrath & Associates is a 100 percent employee-owned general contractor and construction management firm.

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. For more information, call Ken Knobbe at (314) 772-7600 or visit www.mcgrathconstruction.com.

New Hires at Zak Companies

Peter Lilley

Peter Lilley accepted a position as REVIT/CAD Technician – Mechanical/Plumbing for Heideman Associates, a Zak Company. Mr. Lilley is a student at Ranken Technical College studying the Building Systems Engineering program.

Colin Santel

Heideman Associates, a Zak Company, recently hired Colin Santel as Mechanical Engineer. He is a recent graduate from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.

J. J. Chiang

Jyi Jiun (JJ) Chiang joined as Mechanical Engineer full-time for Heideman Associates, a Zak Company. Mr. Chiang was serving Heideman | Associates part-time until his recent graduation from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.

Heideman Associates, is a member of Zak Companies, a single-source firm in design and construction services, headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, with offices in Belleville, Illinois; and Phoenix, Arizona. The Zak family of companies includes Heideman Associates, K & F Electric, Franklin Mechanical, Franklin Drain Services and Zak Controls.

Jim Massara Joins Winco Window’s Architectural Sales Team

Jim Massara

Jim Massara has Joins Winco Windows as Architectural Sales Rep.

Massara, who has a 25-plus year background in both architecture and contracting, will handle special projects, with an emphasis on the coastal United States.

“Last year’s hurricane season has highlighted the need for retrofit work, and many owners are opting to upgrade to hurricane-resistant windows,” says Massara.   “Architects have to be concerned with so many building details, so my role will include being an information source for the latest in code changes, product upgrades and other window-related data.  We want to make it easy for them.”

Massara will also help manage Winco’s growing protective-glazing window related work.   “The government’s need for blast-approved windows and doors is expanding and I’ll be helping to share Winco’s considerable capabilities in this area.”

“Jim will be based in St. Louis, but will be traveling to locations as needed,” says Kurtis Suellentrop, business development manager at Winco.  “Winco’s business has grown significantly in the past few years, so we’re delighted to have an architectural pro like Jim on our team to help handle business throughout the country.”

Massara holds a degree in architectural drafting and structural technologies from St. Louis-based Ranken College.

Founded in 1915, St Louis based Winco Window Company provides full-service manufacturing of innovative aluminum window and door concepts nationally, for classic.

Western Specialty Contractors Promotes Ed Carter to Branch Manager of its Dallas/North Texas Branch

Ed Carter

Western Specialty Contractors has promoted Ed Carter of Dallas, TX to Branch Manager of its Dallas/North Texas branch office. Carter was previously a Sales/Project Manager at Western’s Austin, TX branch.

Carter 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. Carter has been with Western Specialty Contractors since 2015 and has a total of 20 years of experience in specialty construction, including manufacturing, contracting, application of polyurethane coatings and waterproofing.

He has attended Centenary College of Louisiana, Blinn College in Bryan, TX and Texas A&M University in College Station, TX. He is a member of International Concrete Repair Institute (ICRI) and Austin Association of Facility and Maintenance Engineers (AAFAME).

Family-owned and operated for more than 100 years, Western Specialty Contractors is the nation’s largest specialty contractor in masonry and concrete restoration, waterproofing and specialty roofing. For more information about Western Specialty Contractors, visit www.westernspecialtycontractors.com.

 

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