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Electrical Connection Launches Campaign to Reduce Home Electrical Fires

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Electrical-Related Fires Increase in Winter Months; More Than 45,000 Home Electrical Fires Reported Annually According to 2017 Report

As the winter months approach, the Electrical Connection is raising awareness to reduce hazards of home electrical fires typically associated with colder weather.  Improper use of space heaters, extension cords, holiday lighting combine with overtaxed circuits to enhance the risk of electrical fire hazards over the winter months.  The Electrical Connection is providing safety tips to reduce those hazards in response to a national report earlier this year on electrical fires by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) (see http://www.nfpa.org/News-and-Research/Fire-statistics-and-reports/Fire-statistics/Fire-causes/Electrical-and-consumer-electronics/Electrical).  The Electrical Connection is a partnership of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 and the St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractor Association (NECA).

The NFPA report issued in March 2017 details an annual average of 45,210 U.S. home structure fires reported in the U.S. involving electrical failure or malfunction from 2010 to 2014. The fires resulted in 420 civilian deaths, 1,370 civilian injuries and $1.4 billion in direct property damage each year, according to the report.

“People tend to stay indoors more in the winter months and sometimes misuse electrical devices, such as space heaters, extension cords and holiday lights, creating a potential fire hazard in their homes,” said Frank Jacobs, business manager, IBEW Local 1.  “We want to get ahead that by launching a public safety campaign.”

NFPA found that electrical distribution or lighting equipment was involved in 57 percent of the home fires involving electrical failure or malfunction. Fires involving heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment accounted for 19% of fires, nine percent involved kitchen and cooking equipment, and seven percent involved personal and household equipment.

“Our NECA contractors are frequently called to make electrical repairs to faulty installations that were perform by someone who didn’t have the skills to do the work,” noted Doug Martin, CEO, St. Louis Chapter NECA.  “We emphasize building to National Electrical Code standards to avoid wiring hazards hidden behind walls of homes and businesses.”

NFPA reported that non-home fires resulted in 20 civilian deaths, 190 civilian injuries, and $659 million in direct property damage each year from 2010-2014.

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

Electrical Connection Safety Tips

Always make sure installations in your home or business conform to the standards of the National Electrical Code (NEC).  This requires a fully licensed electrical contractor.  The Electrical Connection has the largest data base of licensed electrical contractors in St. Louis and Eastern Missouri. It can be accessed by visiting www.electricalconnection.org.  Other safety tips to be aware of:

WARNING: While homeowners can visually inspect electrical systems, we do not recommend they attempt to fix or tinker with them in any way.  Leave that to a licensed professional.

  • Space Heaters/Electric Blankets — Never use an extension cord for an electrical heating appliance, such as a space heater or an electric blanket. The cord provided with the heating device is properly rated and should be connected directly to the electrical outlet. Inspect your space heater and discard it if it shows deterioration, particularly around the plug-in cord, or it lacks a functioning automatic shut off if tipped over.  Watch where you place the space heaters to keep it away from combustible materials.  Keep children away from space heaters.  Closely inspect electric blankets and heating pads and discard them if you note any potential fire hazard, such as discoloration due to overheating or exposed wiring.
  • Extension Cords — Never use an extension cord for an extended time as a permanent or temporary wiring solution. Extension cords aren’t made to be used for long periods of time and can result in electrical fires. When you are using an extension cord, always ensure that the plug has all three prongs. This ensures that your cord will stay properly grounded, which could prevent the cord from overloading. Any extension cords without the third prong should be discarded immediately.
  • Holiday Lights – Examine and discard lights with frayed wires. They are not only a fire hazard, but a shock hazard and are especially dangerous if they come in contact with a metal gutter and ladder while being installed outside. Use lights that are Underwriters Laboratories (UL) tested for safety and don’t exceed the strands of lights that can be connected as detailed on the product.  Pay attention to whether the lights are rated for indoor or outdoor use.  Consider using LED lights which last 20 times longer and don’t burn hot like traditional incandescent lights. Child-proof all holiday decorations. Lights can be fascinating to young children and if they get too curious can expose them to a live circuit.
  • Outlets — Don’t overload sockets with plugs that could start a fire. Any electrical outlets in your home that are near a water source—sinks, bathtubs, washing machines—require a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) according to the National Electrical Code. A GFCI is a fast-acting circuit breaker that shuts down your electricity as quickly as 1/40 of second after a fault occurs. If you’re missing a GFCI an electrical professional can easily install one for you.
  • Wiring — Visually inspect your home’s service panel and note any potential concerns. Contact a licensed professional if the panel is not firmly attached to the wall or wires are not neatly enclosed within their protective box or if deterioration is noted.  Also contact a licensed professional if you note wiring connection points are not capped with a wire connector and enclosed within an appropriate UL approved junction box.

People On The Move In The Local Construction Industry

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

Winco Window Company Announces Bill Krenn as Company’s New President

Bill Krenn

Winco Window Company announces Bill Krenn as the company’s new president. Krenn has been with Winco since 1996 and has served in various capacities, including director of human resources, treasurer, vice president, and most recently, chief financial officer.  Krenn will replace John Campbell, who is retiring.

As Winco’s new president, Krenn will be focused on the overall direction of the company’s sales outreach and operations in concert with the vision of family ownership. Winco has been a family owned and operated manufacturer for more than 100 years, when it first established by Johann “Otto” Kubatzky.

Krenn sees a bright future in product development for specialty niche markets, such as tornado, hurricane, blast protection, solar products and technology-based automated window products.   Winco has recently introduced popular customer-focused services, such as pre-packaging trim kits in one bundle for easier installation; a state of the art online customer tracking tool; and an express program that offers custom windows in about two weeks.

Krenn is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants as well as the Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Krenn graduated from the University of Missouri, St. Louis, where he received his Bachelors of Science in Business Administration in 1977. He attended the Masters of Business Administration program at St. Louis University from 1981-1985.

For more information, contact Winco Window Company at (314) 725.8088 or visit www.wincowindow.com

November 17, 2017
S. M. Wilson Hires Steven Meeks, PE As Vice President Of Pre-Construction & Estimating
Steven Meeks

Meeks brings 30 years of construction expertise to the position. In his new role, Meeks will lead and guide S. M. Wilson’s Pre-Construction and Estimating efforts. He will provide oversight and assistance to project teams for budget tracking, cost analysis, forecasting, cost negotiations and change orders; ensuring accuracy and completeness. Meeks has the ultimate responsibility for ensuring the company successfully negotiates and bids projects.

“Steven will be a wonderful addition to our strong established estimating and pre-construction team,” states Amy Berg, S. M. Wilson & Co. President. His years of leadership and experience will help our team fine tune our processes to better serve our clients. S. M. Wilson is constantly evaluating how we can go Beyond the Build to better serve our employees, clients and partners and Steve will be an integral part of our growth moving forward.”

Meeks is a Registered Professional Engineer in Missouri and holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Washington University.

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

Holland Construction’s Fred Dintelman Retires

Fred Dintelman and a couple of his grandkids at his retirement party

Trenton, Ill. Resident, Fred Dintelman retired Nov. 3 from Holland Construction Services (Holland) in Swansea, IL where he has worked since 2005 as a senior project manager..

Dintelman worked 19 years for Poettker Consruction as their first project manager, eventually working his way up to vice president of project management.” In 2005, Holland recruited Dintelman. But his path had crossed with several Holland employees years earlier, including that of Mike Marchal, current president at Holland. Marchal remembers meeting Dintelman for the first time through their high school-aged children who were both involved in theater. I immediately realized I was in the presence of a very likable gentleman. Words I associate with Fred are integrity, a can-do attitude, humility and a true family man.”

Dintelman said he is looking forward to spending a lot more time with his wife and their six grandchildren, and also having the time to enjoy traveling and golf.

Marchal said it will be difficult to adjust to an empty office two doors to the right – the very one Dintelman occupied for 12 years. “The legacy of what Fred leaves behind includes servant leadership and a whole lot of mentoring those around him. Fred’s unwavering work ethic could regularly be seen when putting his head down and working hard, whether it was during the week or weekends, to meet a project deadline. He never hesitated to take time to mentor our people. Even during the final weeks of his career, it was really neat to watch Fred taking younger colleagues under his wing to ensure that their transition in serving clients and projects transpired as smoothly as possible. Fred truly is a friend to all of us. He’s irreplaceable.”

Brinkmann Constructors Promotes Mike Duehren To Project Director

Mike Duehren

Brinkmann Constructors has promoted Mike Duehren to Project Director. Duehren has more than 17 years of experience in the construction industry and a 14-year tenure with Brinkmann Constructors where he has lead many large multifamily and senior living facilities. As a Project Director, Duehren is responsible for all operational planning activities, and has overall responsibility for quality, schedule, and cost. In addition, he is responsible for multiple planning meetings to outline the goals and objectives of the project and the working relationships of the team members. Duehren received his Bachelor of Science degree from University of Missouri, Rolla in 2000 and is a LEED Accredited Professional.

KAI Design & Build Hires Michael Hein as Chief Integration Officer

Michael Hein

KAI Design & Build proudly announces the addition of Michael Hein, AIA, PMP, as Chief Integration Officer.

In his new role as the firm’s Chief Integration Officer, Hein will work closely with KAI President Michael Kennedy, Jr. to drive the firm’s strategic initiatives, plus work to incorporate the highest level of efficiency in terms of communication and operating systems within the company.

Hein is a Registered Architect, Business Unit Leader and Program Manager with progressive managerial and leadership skills in operations, design and engineering management, program and project management, construction management, and business development.

“We are really excited to add Michael to our staff. He is highly regarded as a collaborative leader focused on delivering technical facilities to clients requiring multi-disciplined design services, system integration and document coordination,” said Kennedy, Jr. “He will be a true asset to our company and allow me to delegate so we can focus on more corporate initiatives and move the company forward.”

Hein has a Master of Urban Design/Architecture from The City University of New York and a Bachelor of Science in Geography from the University of Wisconsin -Eau Claire. He is a Registered Architect in Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan and is currently a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

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

November 10, 2017

S. M. Wilson Hires Kristyn Newbern as business development manager
Kristyn Newbern

S. M. Wilson & Co. has hired Kristyn Newbern as Business Development Manager.

Newbern will be the business development lead for S. M. Wilson’s healthcare and higher education market sectors. She will assist in acquiring new clients, maintaining existing relationships and elevating S. M. Wilson within the community.

Newbern holds an M.S. in Engineering Management and a B.S. in Engineering Management from Missouri University of Science & Technology.

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

Ivanov Rejoins Murphy Co. as Service Operations Manager

Alexander Ivanov

Aleksandr Ivanov has rejoined Murphy Company as service operations manager. The announcement was made by Chris Carter, vice president, service.

Ivanov holds a bachelor’s degree in management and leadership from Maryville University where he was on the dean’s list, graduating with a 3.8 GPA.  He worked in Murphy’s service department from 2014 to March of 2017, providing computer and other technical support, including handling data and developing enhanced procedures for payroll, fleet management, and coordinating with the MIS team to implement new technologies.  From 2007 to 2016, he served as an assistant general manager for Gulf Shores Restaurant and Grill.

Fluent in Russian, Ivanov provides translation services to elderly St. Louis residents, as needed. He also served as vice president of Junior Achievement of Greater St. Louis from 2005 to 2006.

“We’re delighted to have Alex back with us,” said Carter. “Because of his prior work experience here at Murphy Company, he has in-depth knowledge of our service team personnel and the support systems that back up every service call we make.”

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

NewGround Appoints New Vice President, Business Development

Cody Kelly

NewGround, a St. Louis-based experiential design-build firm, announced the selection of Cody Kelly as Vice President, Business Development. He will be responsible for working on expanding the business ventures in growth and development in the Chicago and Upper Great Lakes territory.

 

 

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S. M. Wilson Hires Steven Meeks, PE As Vice President Of Pre-Construction & Estimating
Steven Meeks

Meeks brings 30 years of construction expertise to the position. In his new role, Meeks will lead and guide S. M. Wilson’s Pre-Construction and Estimating efforts. He will provide oversight and assistance to project teams for budget tracking, cost analysis, forecasting, cost negotiations and change orders; ensuring accuracy and completeness. Meeks has the ultimate responsibility for ensuring the company successfully negotiates and bids projects.

“Steven will be a wonderful addition to our strong established estimating and pre-construction team,” states Amy Berg, S. M. Wilson & Co. President. His years of leadership and experience will help our team fine tune our processes to better serve our clients. S. M. Wilson is constantly evaluating how we can go Beyond the Build to better serve our employees, clients and partners and Steve will be an integral part of our growth moving forward.”

Meeks is a Registered Professional Engineer in Missouri and holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Washington University.

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

Holland Construction’s Fred Dintelman Retires

Fred Dintelman and a couple of his grandkids at his retirement party

Trenton, Ill. Resident, Fred Dintelman retired Nov. 3 from Holland Construction Services (Holland) in Swansea, IL where he has worked since 2005 as a senior project manager..

Dintelman worked 19 years for Poettker Consruction as their first project manager, eventually working his way up to vice president of project management.” In 2005, Holland recruited Dintelman. But his path had crossed with several Holland employees years earlier, including that of Mike Marchal, current president at Holland. Marchal remembers meeting Dintelman for the first time through their high school-aged children who were both involved in theater. I immediately realized I was in the presence of a very likable gentleman. Words I associate with Fred are integrity, a can-do attitude, humility and a true family man.”

Dintelman said he is looking forward to spending a lot more time with his wife and their six grandchildren, and also having the time to enjoy traveling and golf.

Marchal said it will be difficult to adjust to an empty office two doors to the right – the very one Dintelman occupied for 12 years. “The legacy of what Fred leaves behind includes servant leadership and a whole lot of mentoring those around him. Fred’s unwavering work ethic could regularly be seen when putting his head down and working hard, whether it was during the week or weekends, to meet a project deadline. He never hesitated to take time to mentor our people. Even during the final weeks of his career, it was really neat to watch Fred taking younger colleagues under his wing to ensure that their transition in serving clients and projects transpired as smoothly as possible. Fred truly is a friend to all of us. He’s irreplaceable.”

Brinkmann Constructors Promotes Mike Duehren To Project Director

Mike Duehren

Brinkmann Constructors has promoted Mike Duehren to Project Director. Duehren has more than 17 years of experience in the construction industry and a 14-year tenure with Brinkmann Constructors where he has lead many large multifamily and senior living facilities. As a Project Director, Duehren is responsible for all operational planning activities, and has overall responsibility for quality, schedule, and cost. In addition, he is responsible for multiple planning meetings to outline the goals and objectives of the project and the working relationships of the team members. Duehren received his Bachelor of Science degree from University of Missouri, Rolla in 2000 and is a LEED Accredited Professional.

KAI Design & Build Hires Michael Hein as Chief Integration Officer

Michael Hein

KAI Design & Build proudly announces the addition of Michael Hein, AIA, PMP, as Chief Integration Officer.

In his new role as the firm’s Chief Integration Officer, Hein will work closely with KAI President Michael Kennedy, Jr. to drive the firm’s strategic initiatives, plus work to incorporate the highest level of efficiency in terms of communication and operating systems within the company.

Hein is a Registered Architect, Business Unit Leader and Program Manager with progressive managerial and leadership skills in operations, design and engineering management, program and project management, construction management, and business development.

“We are really excited to add Michael to our staff. He is highly regarded as a collaborative leader focused on delivering technical facilities to clients requiring multi-disciplined design services, system integration and document coordination,” said Kennedy, Jr. “He will be a true asset to our company and allow me to delegate so we can focus on more corporate initiatives and move the company forward.”

Hein has a Master of Urban Design/Architecture from The City University of New York and a Bachelor of Science in Geography from the University of Wisconsin -Eau Claire. He is a Registered Architect in Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan and is currently a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

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

November 10, 2017

S. M. Wilson Hires Kristyn Newbern as business development manager
Kristyn Newbern

S. M. Wilson & Co. has hired Kristyn Newbern as Business Development Manager.

Newbern will be the business development lead for S. M. Wilson’s healthcare and higher education market sectors. She will assist in acquiring new clients, maintaining existing relationships and elevating S. M. Wilson within the community.

Newbern holds an M.S. in Engineering Management and a B.S. in Engineering Management from Missouri University of Science & Technology.

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

Ivanov Rejoins Murphy Co. as Service Operations Manager

Alexander Ivanov

Aleksandr Ivanov has rejoined Murphy Company as service operations manager. The announcement was made by Chris Carter, vice president, service.

Ivanov holds a bachelor’s degree in management and leadership from Maryville University where he was on the dean’s list, graduating with a 3.8 GPA.  He worked in Murphy’s service department from 2014 to March of 2017, providing computer and other technical support, including handling data and developing enhanced procedures for payroll, fleet management, and coordinating with the MIS team to implement new technologies.  From 2007 to 2016, he served as an assistant general manager for Gulf Shores Restaurant and Grill.

Fluent in Russian, Ivanov provides translation services to elderly St. Louis residents, as needed. He also served as vice president of Junior Achievement of Greater St. Louis from 2005 to 2006.

“We’re delighted to have Alex back with us,” said Carter. “Because of his prior work experience here at Murphy Company, he has in-depth knowledge of our service team personnel and the support systems that back up every service call we make.”

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

NewGround Appoints New Vice President, Business Development

Cody Kelly

NewGround, a St. Louis-based experiential design-build firm, announced the selection of Cody Kelly as Vice President, Business Development. He will be responsible for working on expanding the business ventures in growth and development in the Chicago and Upper Great Lakes territory.

 

November 3, 2017

GAWDA Installs Lane as 2017-2018 President

The president of St. Louis, Mo.- based Cee Kay Supply Co. has been installed as president of the Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA).

Ned Lane

Ned Lane will serve as head of GAWDA for the rest of 2017 and through the annual convention in September of 2018, according to GAWDA Executive Director John Ospina. Lane was installed as president during the association’s annual meeting in New York October 1 – 4.

Lane has served on the GAWDA Board of Directors for the past several years and on the association’s executive committee for the past three years. He has been with Cee Kay Supply for 22 years, originally joining the company in 1995 as manager of gases. In 2000, he was named president of the company, a position he has held for the past 17 years.

Owner and chief executive officer of Cee Kay Supply, Tom Dunn, introduced Lane at the annual meeting. Dunn told the assembly that just as Lane has been a great leader for the Cee Kay business, he will be a great leader for GAWDA. Dunn described Lane as “a man of faith, who’s loyal, organized, and intelligent. He has exemplified class and professionalism in everything he has done at Cee Kay the past 22 years.”

Cee Kay Supply opened for business in 1948 as a gas distributor. The company has a 120,000- square-foot main facility in St. Louis and operates seven branches throughout Missouri and Illinois. Its operations include a specialty gas division, repair and service center, technical service center, CO2 division and a re-test division. The company also hosts an extensive training facility.

In his inaugural address to the audience of more than 900 GAWDA distributor and supplier members and their guests, Lane spoke of his plans leading GAWDA in the coming year, noting that his experience in both the distributor and supplier domains of the industry would be helpful in that role. He also said he intends to focus on three elements he believes are essential to successful operations: “people, process and plan.” His efforts as president will have a “back to basics” focus, he added. They will include ensuring that GAWDA staff members have the resources, tools and supportive environment that permits them to provide exemplary service to members; that the organization undertakes a process of continuous improvement; and that time is taken away from the daily grind of business to look at the big picture and plan for the future.

Also named as 2017-2018 officers for three newly open seats as vice presidents are: Evan Bennear, sales manager at Dale Oxygen Co. of Johnstown, Pa.; Melissa Perkins, director of marketing and finance at Electronic Fluorocarbons, of Hatfield, Pa.; and Bill Proctor, president of nexAir LLC, of Memphis, Tenn.

Abydee Butler Moore, executive vice president of Butler Gas Products, of Pittsburgh, Pa., was named as the association’s first vice president. She is slated to assume the organization’s presidency in 2019-2020. Brad Peterson, chairman and chief acquisition officer of Mississippi Welders Supply Co., Inc., of Winona, Minn., is in line to become GAWDA’s president for the 2018-2019 year.

The remaining members of the current Board of Directors are: Kelly Bladow, of Oxarc Inc., of Spokane, Wash.; Jay Brant, Indiana Oxygen Co., of Indianapolis, Ind.; Bob Ewing, of Red Ball Oxygen Co., of Shreveport, La.; Jeff Johnson, of Arc3 Gases, of Dunn, NC; and Jim O’Connor, of Norton Abrasives – St. Gobain, of Johns Creek, Ga.

Mark Raimy, of Welders Supply Corporation – A Raimy Corporation, of Erie, Pa., serves as first past president; and Bill Visintainer, of Atlas Welders Supply of Tuscaloosa, Ala., serves as second past president.

Founded in 1945, the Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) is dedicated to promoting the safe operation and economic vitality of distributors of industrial gases and related welding equipment supplies.

Liberty Utilities Center has won Project of the Year, the highest honor awarded by the Design-Build Institute of America – Mid-America Region. 

In addition to being the first publicly owned wastewater treatment plant in Missouri using the Design-Build approach, this new $75 million system diverts flow from aging, undersized neighboring facilities and allows the town of Liberty, Missouri, future growth and independence for decades to come.

Oretta Smith, Executive Director of DBIA – Mid-America Region, said, “We don’t always give this top award. It takes an extraordinary project, design-build process and team application to win.  I am pleased to share that not only was the Liberty project most worthy, it won with a unanimous decision by a very selective panel of judges.”

The DBIA annual awards recognize projects and teams that best utilize design-build practices with emphasis on aesthetics, design, quality, functionality, life cycle value, innovation, and customer satisfaction.

In this project, the Goodwin Brothers Construction Co. design-build team implemented proactive, productive approaches to using an otherwise unusable site, paid extra attention to aesthetics, collaborated successfully with a large team, and found ways to consistently exceed the owner’s expectations.

Goodwin Brothers Construction is a three-generation family-owned business, celebrating 70 years of building this year.

Spellman Brady Promotes Jen Sheehan

Jen Sheehan

Spellman Brady & Company is excited to announce the promotion of Jen Sheehan to the position of Project Manager/Senior Designer.  In addition to managing multiple interior design and furniture procurement projects simultaneously, she is responsible for developing new business opportunities and maintaining long-lasting relationships with existing clients.

Ms. Sheehan brings 13 years of multi-faceted interior design experience to her new position.  Since joining Spellman Brady & Company in 2016, she has successfully planned and completed a wide range of Senior Living projects.  She is a certified interior designer by the National Council for Interior Design Qualifications (NCIDQ®) with a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design from Maryville University.

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

Teresa Bridges Returns to HOK’s St. Louis Practice to Lead Consulting Group

Teresa Bridges

Teresa Bridges has returned to HOK as a workplace specialist for the St. Louis office. Bridges, who brings more than 14 years of experience in workplace strategy and design, previously worked with HOK from 2005-2015.

Most recently Bridges served as the workplace practice lead for CannonDesign, also in St. Louis, supporting projects in workplace strategy and planning throughout the United States.

Bridges rejoins HOK at a time of robust growth for the firm’s St. Louis practice, with the St. Louis Business Journal recently ranking it as both the region’s largest interior design firm and largest architecture studio. She will support the workplace team with projects for Rockwell Collins, Citi and Consumers Credit Union.

Bridges has a Bachelor of Science from Southeast Missouri State University earning a degree in interior design.

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

Western Specialty Contractors Promotes Kevin Rogers to Branch Manager of its Chicago Facades Branch

Kevin Rogers

Western Specialty Contractors has promoted Kevin Rogers of Deer Park, IL to Branch Manager of its Chicago Facades Branch. Rogers, who started with Western in 2013, previously held the position of Sales/Project Manager at the branch.

Rogers brings 37+ years of exterior building restoration experience and has a successful record of managing many multi-million dollar projects during his career.

“He has been involved in numerous, highly sophisticated masonry, waterproofing and concrete restoration repairs, working closely with owners and engineers on both design-build and specified work,” said Western Region Manager Justin Berndt. “His background provides him with the ability to collaborate effectively with all parties in a construction project, while maintaining strong client relationships and putting forth every effort to go above and beyond client expectations.”

In his new position, Rogers will be responsible for managing sales, daily operations and field personnel at the branch, plus developing facade restoration projects in the Chicago metropolitan area. Services offered by the branch, established in 1982, include masonry and concrete restoration, building cleaning, waterproofing, epoxy and chemical grout injection, expansion joint systems, and coating and sealant restoration on buildings ranging from high-rises to parking structures.

Rogers is a member of the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) and the Healthcare Engineers Society of Northern Illinois (HESNI). He is a past board member of the International Concrete Repair Institute (ICRI).

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

October 20, 2017

New Hires at Murphy Company

Ben Moore

Ben Moore has joined Murphy Company as an engineer, focusing on projects in the commercial group. The announcement was made by Mike Werdes, manager of engineering. Moore holds both a Master of Science and a Bachelor of Science, both in physics, from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, graduating cum laude.   His undergraduate studies concentrated on engineering while his graduate studies focused on applied physics, advanced mechanics and statistics coupled with programming applications.

Moore has work experience as a tenant finish specialist, estimating HVAC and fire protection systems, project management, sales and engineering.  During his undergraduate years, he worked summers and part-time during the school year on acoustical panel installation. He also has CAD experience.

He was an Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America, a senior patrol leader, and Vigil Honor Member and Chapter Chief for the Order of the Arrow.

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

Kevin Arehart

Kevin Arehart has joined Murphy Company, a leading mechanical contracting and engineering firm, as an IT support analyst.  The announcement was made by Tushar Shelar, chief information officer.

Arehart recently completed his computer studies with Launchcode. Prior to that he was a personal trainer and manager/instructor for Wellbridge Athletic Club.

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

Mary Rotter Joins G&S Architectural Products as St. Louis Area Sale Representative

Mary Rotter

St. Louis-based G&S Architectural Products has hired Mary Rotter as a sales representative for the St. Louis area. As the new go-to resource for acoustical and specialty products, Rotter will be building professional and customer relationships, estimating and providing project solutions.

Rotter joins G&S Architectural Products after 10 years as Commercial Sales Director for E.J. Welch Company, Inc., a flooring distributor. Rotter has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Missouri, where she majored in psychology and minored in environmental design.

G&S Architectural Products is a leading provider and installer of architectural products such as acoustical products, visual display boards and operable wall systems that are primarily used for commercial, education and healthcare industries.

New Hires at HOK

Madeline Johnson

Madeline Johnson, has joined HOK in St. Louis. She will support the HOK team as an intern in the Interiors Group. Johnson joins HOK as a sophomore at Maryville University pursuing her degree in Interior Design.

Kody Zedolek

Kody Zedolek, has joined HOK in St. Louis. He will support the HOK team as an architecture intern. Zedolek joins HOK as a junior at Ranken Technical College pursuing a degree in Architectural Technology.

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

Local Construction Company Adds Business Development Coordinator and Project Engineer 

IMPACT Strategies, a Fairview Heights-based construction management firm, today announced the recent hiring of Stephanie Sullivan as business development coordinator and Travis Schwartz as project engineer.

In the newly formed business development coordinator position, Sullivan is responsible for all marketing coordination and oversight, as well as providing administrative support to company management. She previously worked for a local creative company as a managing director in charge of client relationships and assisting customers with developing new brand identities and strategies. Sullivan is a resident of Highland, Illinois.

Schwartz, a resident of Prairie du Rocher, graduated from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville in 2016 with a bachelor of science in construction management degree. His past industry experience includes work as an intern and project engineer.

Mark Hinrichs, president of IMPACT Strategies, said, “Stephanie and Travis have taken on fundamental positions within the company that will enable us to better meet the needs of our existing clients while also positioning us for future growth. Their talent, skill and experience will undoubtedly benefit our company.”

KAI Design & Build Hires Three New Employees

Tom Graff

Tom Graff of Edwardsville, IL as Construction Inspector. Graff comes to KAI with 19 years of industry experience. He has a Bachelor of Science in GIS/Environmental Planning from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL.

George Robin

George Robin, PE, of O’Fallon, MO as Senior Electrical Engineer. Robin comes to KAI with 41 years of industry experience, with expertise in the hospital/medical center industries. He has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, MO and is registered with the State of Missouri as a Professional Engineer. He is also an active member of the Public Works Advisory Committee for the City of O’Fallon, MO.

Scott Schmidt

Scott Schmidt of St. Charles, MO as Electrical Designer/Revit Specialist. Schmidt comes to KAI with 15 years of industry experience. He has an Associate’s Degree from ITT Tech.

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

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The latest People in the News highlighting new hires, promotions, honors & recognition of the men and women in the St. Louis building community.
S. M. Wilson Hires Kristyn Newbern as business development manager
Kristyn Newbern

S. M. Wilson & Co. has hired Kristyn Newbern as Business Development Manager.

Newbern will be the business development lead for S. M. Wilson’s healthcare and higher education market sectors. She will assist in acquiring new clients, maintaining existing relationships and elevating S. M. Wilson within the community.

Newbern holds an M.S. in Engineering Management and a B.S. in Engineering Management from Missouri University of Science & Technology.

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

Ivanov Rejoins Murphy Co. as Service Operations Manager

Alexander Ivanov

Aleksandr Ivanov has rejoined Murphy Company as service operations manager. The announcement was made by Chris Carter, vice president, service.

Ivanov holds a bachelor’s degree in management and leadership from Maryville University where he was on the dean’s list, graduating with a 3.8 GPA.  He worked in Murphy’s service department from 2014 to March of 2017, providing computer and other technical support, including handling data and developing enhanced procedures for payroll, fleet management, and coordinating with the MIS team to implement new technologies.  From 2007 to 2016, he served as an assistant general manager for Gulf Shores Restaurant and Grill.

Fluent in Russian, Ivanov provides translation services to elderly St. Louis residents, as needed. He also served as vice president of Junior Achievement of Greater St. Louis from 2005 to 2006.

“We’re delighted to have Alex back with us,” said Carter. “Because of his prior work experience here at Murphy Company, he has in-depth knowledge of our service team personnel and the support systems that back up every service call we make.”

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

NewGround Appoints New Vice President, Business Development

Cody Kelly

NewGround, a St. Louis-based experiential design-build firm, announced the selection of Cody Kelly as Vice President, Business Development. He will be responsible for working on expanding the business ventures in growth and development in the Chicago and Upper Great Lakes territory.

 

November 3, 2017

GAWDA Installs Lane as 2017-2018 President

The president of St. Louis, Mo.- based Cee Kay Supply Co. has been installed as president of the Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA).

Ned Lane

Ned Lane will serve as head of GAWDA for the rest of 2017 and through the annual convention in September of 2018, according to GAWDA Executive Director John Ospina. Lane was installed as president during the association’s annual meeting in New York October 1 – 4.

Lane has served on the GAWDA Board of Directors for the past several years and on the association’s executive committee for the past three years. He has been with Cee Kay Supply for 22 years, originally joining the company in 1995 as manager of gases. In 2000, he was named president of the company, a position he has held for the past 17 years.

Owner and chief executive officer of Cee Kay Supply, Tom Dunn, introduced Lane at the annual meeting. Dunn told the assembly that just as Lane has been a great leader for the Cee Kay business, he will be a great leader for GAWDA. Dunn described Lane as “a man of faith, who’s loyal, organized, and intelligent. He has exemplified class and professionalism in everything he has done at Cee Kay the past 22 years.”

Cee Kay Supply opened for business in 1948 as a gas distributor. The company has a 120,000- square-foot main facility in St. Louis and operates seven branches throughout Missouri and Illinois. Its operations include a specialty gas division, repair and service center, technical service center, CO2 division and a re-test division. The company also hosts an extensive training facility.

In his inaugural address to the audience of more than 900 GAWDA distributor and supplier members and their guests, Lane spoke of his plans leading GAWDA in the coming year, noting that his experience in both the distributor and supplier domains of the industry would be helpful in that role. He also said he intends to focus on three elements he believes are essential to successful operations: “people, process and plan.” His efforts as president will have a “back to basics” focus, he added. They will include ensuring that GAWDA staff members have the resources, tools and supportive environment that permits them to provide exemplary service to members; that the organization undertakes a process of continuous improvement; and that time is taken away from the daily grind of business to look at the big picture and plan for the future.

Also named as 2017-2018 officers for three newly open seats as vice presidents are: Evan Bennear, sales manager at Dale Oxygen Co. of Johnstown, Pa.; Melissa Perkins, director of marketing and finance at Electronic Fluorocarbons, of Hatfield, Pa.; and Bill Proctor, president of nexAir LLC, of Memphis, Tenn.

Abydee Butler Moore, executive vice president of Butler Gas Products, of Pittsburgh, Pa., was named as the association’s first vice president. She is slated to assume the organization’s presidency in 2019-2020. Brad Peterson, chairman and chief acquisition officer of Mississippi Welders Supply Co., Inc., of Winona, Minn., is in line to become GAWDA’s president for the 2018-2019 year.

The remaining members of the current Board of Directors are: Kelly Bladow, of Oxarc Inc., of Spokane, Wash.; Jay Brant, Indiana Oxygen Co., of Indianapolis, Ind.; Bob Ewing, of Red Ball Oxygen Co., of Shreveport, La.; Jeff Johnson, of Arc3 Gases, of Dunn, NC; and Jim O’Connor, of Norton Abrasives – St. Gobain, of Johns Creek, Ga.

Mark Raimy, of Welders Supply Corporation – A Raimy Corporation, of Erie, Pa., serves as first past president; and Bill Visintainer, of Atlas Welders Supply of Tuscaloosa, Ala., serves as second past president.

Founded in 1945, the Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) is dedicated to promoting the safe operation and economic vitality of distributors of industrial gases and related welding equipment supplies.

Liberty Utilities Center has won Project of the Year, the highest honor awarded by the Design-Build Institute of America – Mid-America Region. 

In addition to being the first publicly owned wastewater treatment plant in Missouri using the Design-Build approach, this new $75 million system diverts flow from aging, undersized neighboring facilities and allows the town of Liberty, Missouri, future growth and independence for decades to come.

Oretta Smith, Executive Director of DBIA – Mid-America Region, said, “We don’t always give this top award. It takes an extraordinary project, design-build process and team application to win.  I am pleased to share that not only was the Liberty project most worthy, it won with a unanimous decision by a very selective panel of judges.”

The DBIA annual awards recognize projects and teams that best utilize design-build practices with emphasis on aesthetics, design, quality, functionality, life cycle value, innovation, and customer satisfaction.

In this project, the Goodwin Brothers Construction Co. design-build team implemented proactive, productive approaches to using an otherwise unusable site, paid extra attention to aesthetics, collaborated successfully with a large team, and found ways to consistently exceed the owner’s expectations.

Goodwin Brothers Construction is a three-generation family-owned business, celebrating 70 years of building this year.

Spellman Brady Promotes Jen Sheehan

Jen Sheehan

Spellman Brady & Company is excited to announce the promotion of Jen Sheehan to the position of Project Manager/Senior Designer.  In addition to managing multiple interior design and furniture procurement projects simultaneously, she is responsible for developing new business opportunities and maintaining long-lasting relationships with existing clients.

Ms. Sheehan brings 13 years of multi-faceted interior design experience to her new position.  Since joining Spellman Brady & Company in 2016, she has successfully planned and completed a wide range of Senior Living projects.  She is a certified interior designer by the National Council for Interior Design Qualifications (NCIDQ®) with a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design from Maryville University.

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

Teresa Bridges Returns to HOK’s St. Louis Practice to Lead Consulting Group

Teresa Bridges

Teresa Bridges has returned to HOK as a workplace specialist for the St. Louis office. Bridges, who brings more than 14 years of experience in workplace strategy and design, previously worked with HOK from 2005-2015.

Most recently Bridges served as the workplace practice lead for CannonDesign, also in St. Louis, supporting projects in workplace strategy and planning throughout the United States.

Bridges rejoins HOK at a time of robust growth for the firm’s St. Louis practice, with the St. Louis Business Journal recently ranking it as both the region’s largest interior design firm and largest architecture studio. She will support the workplace team with projects for Rockwell Collins, Citi and Consumers Credit Union.

Bridges has a Bachelor of Science from Southeast Missouri State University earning a degree in interior design.

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

Western Specialty Contractors Promotes Kevin Rogers to Branch Manager of its Chicago Facades Branch

Kevin Rogers

Western Specialty Contractors has promoted Kevin Rogers of Deer Park, IL to Branch Manager of its Chicago Facades Branch. Rogers, who started with Western in 2013, previously held the position of Sales/Project Manager at the branch.

Rogers brings 37+ years of exterior building restoration experience and has a successful record of managing many multi-million dollar projects during his career.

“He has been involved in numerous, highly sophisticated masonry, waterproofing and concrete restoration repairs, working closely with owners and engineers on both design-build and specified work,” said Western Region Manager Justin Berndt. “His background provides him with the ability to collaborate effectively with all parties in a construction project, while maintaining strong client relationships and putting forth every effort to go above and beyond client expectations.”

In his new position, Rogers will be responsible for managing sales, daily operations and field personnel at the branch, plus developing facade restoration projects in the Chicago metropolitan area. Services offered by the branch, established in 1982, include masonry and concrete restoration, building cleaning, waterproofing, epoxy and chemical grout injection, expansion joint systems, and coating and sealant restoration on buildings ranging from high-rises to parking structures.

Rogers is a member of the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) and the Healthcare Engineers Society of Northern Illinois (HESNI). He is a past board member of the International Concrete Repair Institute (ICRI).

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

October 20, 2017

New Hires at Murphy Company

Ben Moore

Ben Moore has joined Murphy Company as an engineer, focusing on projects in the commercial group. The announcement was made by Mike Werdes, manager of engineering. Moore holds both a Master of Science and a Bachelor of Science, both in physics, from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, graduating cum laude.   His undergraduate studies concentrated on engineering while his graduate studies focused on applied physics, advanced mechanics and statistics coupled with programming applications.

Moore has work experience as a tenant finish specialist, estimating HVAC and fire protection systems, project management, sales and engineering.  During his undergraduate years, he worked summers and part-time during the school year on acoustical panel installation. He also has CAD experience.

He was an Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America, a senior patrol leader, and Vigil Honor Member and Chapter Chief for the Order of the Arrow.

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

Kevin Arehart

Kevin Arehart has joined Murphy Company, a leading mechanical contracting and engineering firm, as an IT support analyst.  The announcement was made by Tushar Shelar, chief information officer.

Arehart recently completed his computer studies with Launchcode. Prior to that he was a personal trainer and manager/instructor for Wellbridge Athletic Club.

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

Mary Rotter Joins G&S Architectural Products as St. Louis Area Sale Representative

Mary Rotter

St. Louis-based G&S Architectural Products has hired Mary Rotter as a sales representative for the St. Louis area. As the new go-to resource for acoustical and specialty products, Rotter will be building professional and customer relationships, estimating and providing project solutions.

Rotter joins G&S Architectural Products after 10 years as Commercial Sales Director for E.J. Welch Company, Inc., a flooring distributor. Rotter has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Missouri, where she majored in psychology and minored in environmental design.

G&S Architectural Products is a leading provider and installer of architectural products such as acoustical products, visual display boards and operable wall systems that are primarily used for commercial, education and healthcare industries.

New Hires at HOK

Madeline Johnson

Madeline Johnson, has joined HOK in St. Louis. She will support the HOK team as an intern in the Interiors Group. Johnson joins HOK as a sophomore at Maryville University pursuing her degree in Interior Design.

Kody Zedolek

Kody Zedolek, has joined HOK in St. Louis. He will support the HOK team as an architecture intern. Zedolek joins HOK as a junior at Ranken Technical College pursuing a degree in Architectural Technology.

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

Local Construction Company Adds Business Development Coordinator and Project Engineer 

IMPACT Strategies, a Fairview Heights-based construction management firm, today announced the recent hiring of Stephanie Sullivan as business development coordinator and Travis Schwartz as project engineer.

In the newly formed business development coordinator position, Sullivan is responsible for all marketing coordination and oversight, as well as providing administrative support to company management. She previously worked for a local creative company as a managing director in charge of client relationships and assisting customers with developing new brand identities and strategies. Sullivan is a resident of Highland, Illinois.

Schwartz, a resident of Prairie du Rocher, graduated from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville in 2016 with a bachelor of science in construction management degree. His past industry experience includes work as an intern and project engineer.

Mark Hinrichs, president of IMPACT Strategies, said, “Stephanie and Travis have taken on fundamental positions within the company that will enable us to better meet the needs of our existing clients while also positioning us for future growth. Their talent, skill and experience will undoubtedly benefit our company.”

KAI Design & Build Hires Three New Employees

Tom Graff

Tom Graff of Edwardsville, IL as Construction Inspector. Graff comes to KAI with 19 years of industry experience. He has a Bachelor of Science in GIS/Environmental Planning from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL.

George Robin

George Robin, PE, of O’Fallon, MO as Senior Electrical Engineer. Robin comes to KAI with 41 years of industry experience, with expertise in the hospital/medical center industries. He has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, MO and is registered with the State of Missouri as a Professional Engineer. He is also an active member of the Public Works Advisory Committee for the City of O’Fallon, MO.

Scott Schmidt

Scott Schmidt of St. Charles, MO as Electrical Designer/Revit Specialist. Schmidt comes to KAI with 15 years of industry experience. He has an Associate’s Degree from ITT Tech.

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

October 13, 2017

S. M. Wilson Promotes Lisa Green to Assistant Controller
Lisa Green

S. M. Wilson & Co. has promoted Lisa Green to Assistant Controller. She will be responsible for company payroll, daily bank reconciliations, tax filings and implementing new company software for accounting and human resources purposes. Green joined S. M. Wilson in 2007 as Payroll Manager.

“Every time we need someone to step up and fill a role or learn something new, Lisa is right there ready to help however she can, ready for any challenge,” said Mike Mangiore, Controller at S. M. Wilson.

Green holds an Associates Degree in Accounting and Business Administration from Rock Valley College and has 26 years of experience processing payroll, 15 years of that acting as Payroll Manager.

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

Spellman Brady Hires Samantha Golden 

Samantha Golden

Spellman Brady and Company is pleased to announce that Samantha Golden has joined the firm as a Designer.  In this role, she will utilize her talents in developing comprehensive interior design solutions for the senior living market sector.

Ms. Golden is a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design and minor in Architectural Design.  She brings five years of interior design experience from the hospitality industry, which is valuable in the changing environments she designs.

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

Midas Hospitality Hires New Regional Operations Leader

Deb Benhoff

Deb Benhoff brings more than 25 years of hospitality experience to the position 

Midas Hospitality, a premier hotel management group, recently hired Deb Benhoff as Regional Operations Leader.

In this position, Benhoff will oversee multiple hotels and ensure each one is in accordance with the parent company’s vision.  She will be responsible for providing a hands-on leadership approach with respect to top-line revenue, guest service, profitability, and associate satisfaction.  Benhoff will be involved with each hotel’s operations, which includes ensuring brand compliance and setting department goals to achieve first-rate service.

Benhoff has more than 25 years of hospitality experience.  Prior to joining Midas Hospitality, she worked as a regional manager at a multi-property management company located in Wisconsin.  She also has worked as a general manager, as well as a rooms division director, for various national hotel and management organizations.

“Deb’s extensive experience makes her a tremendous asset for our growing company,” said Rob Willard, President and Principal.  “She will play an integral role on our managerial team, and we look forward to her input and her supervision pertaining to our properties.”

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

Tony Correnti Earns FMP Designation

Tony Correnti

Tony Correnti, a facilities specialist with Spire (formerly The Laclede Group), has attained credentials as a Facility Management Professional (FMP).

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

Correnti is entering his 10th year in facilities management. He worked for Patriot Coal before joining St. Louis-based Spire in May 2015. As a member of Spire’s facilities team, Correnti creates and maintains functional and sustainable spaces for the utility.

He joined IFMA (International Facility Management Association) St. Louis in January 2017.

IFMA St. Louis offers its members a learning and networking environment among its diverse membership, and supplies its members with the tools to achieve their professional goals. Started in 1985, IFMA St. Louis has more than 250 members representing small and Fortune 500 companies throughout the region.

Leah Behlmann Promoted To Director Of Membership Services At Site Improvement Association

Leah Behlmann

The SITE Improvement Association has promoted Leah Behlmann to Director of Membership Services. In her new role she is responsible for managing all member recruitment activities, meetings, communications, conferences and social events, as well as SITE’s social media channels, website and the weekly EZ Bid program of new project listings for members.  Leah has been with SITE for the past five years, starting as an Administrative Assistant and most recently as Coordinator of Member Activities.  She holds Bachelor of Arts in Finance from Southeast Missouri State University.

“Leah has been an integral part of SITE’s continued growth over the past five years, and we are pleased to make her part of our leadership team,” said Terry Briggs, Executive Director of SITE Improvement Association. 

SITE is an independent construction contractor group representing more than 180 contractors and businesses primarily in the concrete, earthmoving, landscaping, asphalt paving, highway/bridge, sewer/utility and specialty construction segments.

 

Electrical Connection Commits $500,000 To Saint Louis Science Center STEM Education Programs

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The Electrical Connection is strengthening its six-year-long partnership with the Saint Louis Science Center by increasing its financial commitment to $500,000 over the next five years.  The funding will be used to support the Science Center’s science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education programs.  The Electrical Connection is a partnership of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1and the St. Louis Chapter, National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).

“As the leading organization in the electrical and communication industry, the Electrical Connection has been a great partner,” said Bert Vescolani, president and CEO of the Science Center. “We are grateful for continued support of our STEM education programs that advance our mission to ignite and sustain lifelong science and technology learning.”

In 2013, the Electrical Connection sponsored new state-of-the art lighting for the James S. McDonnell Planetarium and provided relevant industry expertise on the applications of STEM subjects, including robotics, building automation and renewable energy.

“The Science Center’s mission aligns well with our efforts to train the next generation electrical and communications workforce,” said Frank Jacobs, business manager, IBEW Local 1.  “With our NECA partners, we invest $3 million annually in training the workforce that installs and maintains the technology for automation, the digital age, connectivity, renewable and traditional forms of energy.”  Jacobs serves on the Science Center’s board of trustees.

The Electrical Connection partnership operates the IBEW/NECA Electrical Industry Training Center in St. Louis. Founded in 1941, it is the nation’s first registered electrical training program. Since then, it has trained more electricians and communication technicians than any education program in Missouri.  The five-year, 10,000-hour training program is funded by IBEW/NECA at no taxpayer expense.

“Our workforce development spans more than 70 years and is committed to keeping pace with new technologies defining our future,” said Doug Martin, CEO, St. Louis Chapter NECA.  “The Science Center has been a great partner in helping educate the public on the ever more complex electrical and communications infrastructure that our contractors engineer, install and maintain.”

Jim Curran, executive vice president, Electrical Connection noted that the partnership has been particularly effective in the area of renewable energy.  “Our Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Training Program (EVITP) pairs well with the Science Center’s electric and autonomous vehicle education initiatives,” said Curran.  “For the electric and autonomous vehicle market to thrive there must absolute confidence that quality, licensed contractors and electricians are installing the infrastructure for fixed charging stations supporting the vehicles”

The mission of the Saint Louis Science Center is to ignite and sustain lifelong science and technology learning. Named a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate in 2016, the Saint Louis Science Center features more than 700 interactive exhibits, as well as a five-story OMNIMAX® Theater, Boeing Hall and the James S. McDonnell Planetarium. For more information about the Saint Louis Science Center, please visit slsc.org.

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

Photo Above: The Electrical Connection presents a check to the Saint Louis Science Center to support STEM programs.  Left to right are Bert Vescolani, president and CEO of the Saint Louis Science Center; Doug Martin, CEO, St. Louis Chapter National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA); Jim Curran, executive vice president, Electrical Connection; Frank Jacobs, business manager, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., Awarded Project for St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station

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Part of $160 Million Family Entertainment Complex Planned For National Historic Landmark St. Louis Union Station

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. (www.mccarthy.com) broke ground today for a new  aquarium at St. Louis Union Station in downtown St. Louis.  The announcement was made by Lodging Hospitality Management (LHM), which owns Union Station.  St. Louis-based PGAV Destinations will be the designer.

The 120,000-square-foot St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station will be located in the former mall area and will feature one-of-a-kind exhibits and tanks with 1.3 million gallons of water housing thousands of aquatic animals from the rivers and oceans of the world.  Construction of the unique leisure and entertainment destination is expected to be completed in summer 2019.

During construction, the project will create 500 jobs and once operational, will bring more than 100 permanent jobs to the downtown St. Louis area.

“We’re very excited to have the nation’s top construction and design firms working with us on this project,” said Bob O’Loughlin, chairman and CEO of Lodging Hospitality Management (LHM). “The fact that both McCarthy and PGAV Destinations are based in St. Louis means that they appreciate the value of Union Station’s history and its importance to our community.”

McCarthy brings extensive experience in hospitality and entertainment construction, including the 200,000-square-foot OdySea Aquarium in Scottsdale, Ariz., the largest aquarium in the Southwest, and expansion to the St. Louis Gateway Arch Visitor Center and Museum at the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in downtown St. Louis.

“We want to thank LHM for their investment in our community.  Everyone at McCarthy and staff who will work on the project are all very excited,” said Ryan Freeman, Vice President of Operations at McCarthy.

“The St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station is an important and challenging project for the region.  Building this aquarium, which is extremely complex construction, inside of the historic train shed is unique in its array of complexities.  Having been headquartered here for the past 100 years, we’ve been able to build some of the most challenging projects around the region and we’re pleased to be a part of adding this exciting new landmark,” said Freeman.

The St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station will be part of a $160 million family entertainment complex planned for St. Louis Union Station. Other components will include the previously announced St Louis Wheel. Wheel passengers will take three to four rotations high over the St. Louis skyline during the 10-to-12-minute ride. Located on the south side of the historic train shed.  The St. Louis Wheel will be a new iconic attraction on the St. Louis skyline and will be operational every day of the year, accommodating an estimated 500,000 visitors annually.

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

The National Historic Landmark St. Louis Union Station at 1820 Market Street in downtown St. Louis opened to the public on September 1, 1894 and was owned by the Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis.  Designed by Theodore Link, it included three main areas: the Headhouse, the Midway and the 11.5-acre train shed. 

St. Louis Union Station is owned by Lodging Hospitality Management (LHM). The hotel has been named one of the world’s top railway themed hotels by Condé Nast. For information, visit www.stlouisunionstation.com/union-station-hotel/.

People On The Move In The Local Construction Industry

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

GAWDA Installs Lane as 2017-2018 President

The president of St. Louis, Mo.- based Cee Kay Supply Co. has been installed as president of the Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA).

Ned Lane

Ned Lane will serve as head of GAWDA for the rest of 2017 and through the annual convention in September of 2018, according to GAWDA Executive Director John Ospina. Lane was installed as president during the association’s annual meeting in New York October 1 – 4.

Lane has served on the GAWDA Board of Directors for the past several years and on the association’s executive committee for the past three years. He has been with Cee Kay Supply for 22 years, originally joining the company in 1995 as manager of gases. In 2000, he was named president of the company, a position he has held for the past 17 years.

Owner and chief executive officer of Cee Kay Supply, Tom Dunn, introduced Lane at the annual meeting. Dunn told the assembly that just as Lane has been a great leader for the Cee Kay business, he will be a great leader for GAWDA. Dunn described Lane as “a man of faith, who’s loyal, organized, and intelligent. He has exemplified class and professionalism in everything he has done at Cee Kay the past 22 years.”

Cee Kay Supply opened for business in 1948 as a gas distributor. The company has a 120,000- square-foot main facility in St. Louis and operates seven branches throughout Missouri and Illinois. Its operations include a specialty gas division, repair and service center, technical service center, CO2 division and a re-test division. The company also hosts an extensive training facility.

In his inaugural address to the audience of more than 900 GAWDA distributor and supplier members and their guests, Lane spoke of his plans leading GAWDA in the coming year, noting that his experience in both the distributor and supplier domains of the industry would be helpful in that role. He also said he intends to focus on three elements he believes are essential to successful operations: “people, process and plan.” His efforts as president will have a “back to basics” focus, he added. They will include ensuring that GAWDA staff members have the resources, tools and supportive environment that permits them to provide exemplary service to members; that the organization undertakes a process of continuous improvement; and that time is taken away from the daily grind of business to look at the big picture and plan for the future.

Also named as 2017-2018 officers for three newly open seats as vice presidents are: Evan Bennear, sales manager at Dale Oxygen Co. of Johnstown, Pa.; Melissa Perkins, director of marketing and finance at Electronic Fluorocarbons, of Hatfield, Pa.; and Bill Proctor, president of nexAir LLC, of Memphis, Tenn.

Abydee Butler Moore, executive vice president of Butler Gas Products, of Pittsburgh, Pa., was named as the association’s first vice president. She is slated to assume the organization’s presidency in 2019-2020. Brad Peterson, chairman and chief acquisition officer of Mississippi Welders Supply Co., Inc., of Winona, Minn., is in line to become GAWDA’s president for the 2018-2019 year.

The remaining members of the current Board of Directors are: Kelly Bladow, of Oxarc Inc., of Spokane, Wash.; Jay Brant, Indiana Oxygen Co., of Indianapolis, Ind.; Bob Ewing, of Red Ball Oxygen Co., of Shreveport, La.; Jeff Johnson, of Arc3 Gases, of Dunn, NC; and Jim O’Connor, of Norton Abrasives – St. Gobain, of Johns Creek, Ga.

Mark Raimy, of Welders Supply Corporation – A Raimy Corporation, of Erie, Pa., serves as first past president; and Bill Visintainer, of Atlas Welders Supply of Tuscaloosa, Ala., serves as second past president.

Founded in 1945, the Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) is dedicated to promoting the safe operation and economic vitality of distributors of industrial gases and related welding equipment supplies.

Liberty Utilities Center has won Project of the Year, the highest honor awarded by the Design-Build Institute of America – Mid-America Region. 

In addition to being the first publicly owned wastewater treatment plant in Missouri using the Design-Build approach, this new $75 million system diverts flow from aging, undersized neighboring facilities and allows the town of Liberty, Missouri, future growth and independence for decades to come.

Oretta Smith, Executive Director of DBIA – Mid-America Region, said, “We don’t always give this top award. It takes an extraordinary project, design-build process and team application to win.  I am pleased to share that not only was the Liberty project most worthy, it won with a unanimous decision by a very selective panel of judges.”

The DBIA annual awards recognize projects and teams that best utilize design-build practices with emphasis on aesthetics, design, quality, functionality, life cycle value, innovation, and customer satisfaction.

In this project, the Goodwin Brothers Construction Co. design-build team implemented proactive, productive approaches to using an otherwise unusable site, paid extra attention to aesthetics, collaborated successfully with a large team, and found ways to consistently exceed the owner’s expectations.

Goodwin Brothers Construction is a three-generation family-owned business, celebrating 70 years of building this year.

Spellman Brady Promotes Jen Sheehan

Jen Sheehan

Spellman Brady & Company is excited to announce the promotion of Jen Sheehan to the position of Project Manager/Senior Designer.  In addition to managing multiple interior design and furniture procurement projects simultaneously, she is responsible for developing new business opportunities and maintaining long-lasting relationships with existing clients.

Ms. Sheehan brings 13 years of multi-faceted interior design experience to her new position.  Since joining Spellman Brady & Company in 2016, she has successfully planned and completed a wide range of Senior Living projects.  She is a certified interior designer by the National Council for Interior Design Qualifications (NCIDQ®) with a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design from Maryville University.

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

Teresa Bridges Returns to HOK’s St. Louis Practice to Lead Consulting Group

Teresa Bridges

Teresa Bridges has returned to HOK as a workplace specialist for the St. Louis office. Bridges, who brings more than 14 years of experience in workplace strategy and design, previously worked with HOK from 2005-2015.

Most recently Bridges served as the workplace practice lead for CannonDesign, also in St. Louis, supporting projects in workplace strategy and planning throughout the United States.

Bridges rejoins HOK at a time of robust growth for the firm’s St. Louis practice, with the St. Louis Business Journal recently ranking it as both the region’s largest interior design firm and largest architecture studio. She will support the workplace team with projects for Rockwell Collins, Citi and Consumers Credit Union.

Bridges has a Bachelor of Science from Southeast Missouri State University earning a degree in interior design.

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

Western Specialty Contractors Promotes Kevin Rogers to Branch Manager of its Chicago Facades Branch

Kevin Rogers

Western Specialty Contractors has promoted Kevin Rogers of Deer Park, IL to Branch Manager of its Chicago Facades Branch. Rogers, who started with Western in 2013, previously held the position of Sales/Project Manager at the branch.

Rogers brings 37+ years of exterior building restoration experience and has a successful record of managing many multi-million dollar projects during his career.

“He has been involved in numerous, highly sophisticated masonry, waterproofing and concrete restoration repairs, working closely with owners and engineers on both design-build and specified work,” said Western Region Manager Justin Berndt. “His background provides him with the ability to collaborate effectively with all parties in a construction project, while maintaining strong client relationships and putting forth every effort to go above and beyond client expectations.”

In his new position, Rogers will be responsible for managing sales, daily operations and field personnel at the branch, plus developing facade restoration projects in the Chicago metropolitan area. Services offered by the branch, established in 1982, include masonry and concrete restoration, building cleaning, waterproofing, epoxy and chemical grout injection, expansion joint systems, and coating and sealant restoration on buildings ranging from high-rises to parking structures.

Rogers is a member of the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) and the Healthcare Engineers Society of Northern Illinois (HESNI). He is a past board member of the International Concrete Repair Institute (ICRI).

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

October 20, 2017

New Hires at Murphy Company

Ben Moore

Ben Moore has joined Murphy Company as an engineer, focusing on projects in the commercial group. The announcement was made by Mike Werdes, manager of engineering. Moore holds both a Master of Science and a Bachelor of Science, both in physics, from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, graduating cum laude.   His undergraduate studies concentrated on engineering while his graduate studies focused on applied physics, advanced mechanics and statistics coupled with programming applications.

Moore has work experience as a tenant finish specialist, estimating HVAC and fire protection systems, project management, sales and engineering.  During his undergraduate years, he worked summers and part-time during the school year on acoustical panel installation. He also has CAD experience.

He was an Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America, a senior patrol leader, and Vigil Honor Member and Chapter Chief for the Order of the Arrow.

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

Kevin Arehart

Kevin Arehart has joined Murphy Company, a leading mechanical contracting and engineering firm, as an IT support analyst.  The announcement was made by Tushar Shelar, chief information officer.

Arehart recently completed his computer studies with Launchcode. Prior to that he was a personal trainer and manager/instructor for Wellbridge Athletic Club.

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

Mary Rotter Joins G&S Architectural Products as St. Louis Area Sale Representative

Mary Rotter

St. Louis-based G&S Architectural Products has hired Mary Rotter as a sales representative for the St. Louis area. As the new go-to resource for acoustical and specialty products, Rotter will be building professional and customer relationships, estimating and providing project solutions.

Rotter joins G&S Architectural Products after 10 years as Commercial Sales Director for E.J. Welch Company, Inc., a flooring distributor. Rotter has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Missouri, where she majored in psychology and minored in environmental design.

G&S Architectural Products is a leading provider and installer of architectural products such as acoustical products, visual display boards and operable wall systems that are primarily used for commercial, education and healthcare industries.

New Hires at HOK

Madeline Johnson

Madeline Johnson, has joined HOK in St. Louis. She will support the HOK team as an intern in the Interiors Group. Johnson joins HOK as a sophomore at Maryville University pursuing her degree in Interior Design.

Kody Zedolek

Kody Zedolek, has joined HOK in St. Louis. He will support the HOK team as an architecture intern. Zedolek joins HOK as a junior at Ranken Technical College pursuing a degree in Architectural Technology.

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

Local Construction Company Adds Business Development Coordinator and Project Engineer 

IMPACT Strategies, a Fairview Heights-based construction management firm, today announced the recent hiring of Stephanie Sullivan as business development coordinator and Travis Schwartz as project engineer.

In the newly formed business development coordinator position, Sullivan is responsible for all marketing coordination and oversight, as well as providing administrative support to company management. She previously worked for a local creative company as a managing director in charge of client relationships and assisting customers with developing new brand identities and strategies. Sullivan is a resident of Highland, Illinois.

Schwartz, a resident of Prairie du Rocher, graduated from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville in 2016 with a bachelor of science in construction management degree. His past industry experience includes work as an intern and project engineer.

Mark Hinrichs, president of IMPACT Strategies, said, “Stephanie and Travis have taken on fundamental positions within the company that will enable us to better meet the needs of our existing clients while also positioning us for future growth. Their talent, skill and experience will undoubtedly benefit our company.”

KAI Design & Build Hires Three New Employees

Tom Graff

Tom Graff of Edwardsville, IL as Construction Inspector. Graff comes to KAI with 19 years of industry experience. He has a Bachelor of Science in GIS/Environmental Planning from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL.

George Robin

George Robin, PE, of O’Fallon, MO as Senior Electrical Engineer. Robin comes to KAI with 41 years of industry experience, with expertise in the hospital/medical center industries. He has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, MO and is registered with the State of Missouri as a Professional Engineer. He is also an active member of the Public Works Advisory Committee for the City of O’Fallon, MO.

Scott Schmidt

Scott Schmidt of St. Charles, MO as Electrical Designer/Revit Specialist. Schmidt comes to KAI with 15 years of industry experience. He has an Associate’s Degree from ITT Tech.

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

October 13, 2017

S. M. Wilson Promotes Lisa Green to Assistant Controller
Lisa Green

S. M. Wilson & Co. has promoted Lisa Green to Assistant Controller. She will be responsible for company payroll, daily bank reconciliations, tax filings and implementing new company software for accounting and human resources purposes. Green joined S. M. Wilson in 2007 as Payroll Manager.

“Every time we need someone to step up and fill a role or learn something new, Lisa is right there ready to help however she can, ready for any challenge,” said Mike Mangiore, Controller at S. M. Wilson.

Green holds an Associates Degree in Accounting and Business Administration from Rock Valley College and has 26 years of experience processing payroll, 15 years of that acting as Payroll Manager.

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

Spellman Brady Hires Samantha Golden 

Samantha Golden

Spellman Brady and Company is pleased to announce that Samantha Golden has joined the firm as a Designer.  In this role, she will utilize her talents in developing comprehensive interior design solutions for the senior living market sector.

Ms. Golden is a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design and minor in Architectural Design.  She brings five years of interior design experience from the hospitality industry, which is valuable in the changing environments she designs.

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

Midas Hospitality Hires New Regional Operations Leader

Deb Benhoff

Deb Benhoff brings more than 25 years of hospitality experience to the position 

Midas Hospitality, a premier hotel management group, recently hired Deb Benhoff as Regional Operations Leader.

In this position, Benhoff will oversee multiple hotels and ensure each one is in accordance with the parent company’s vision.  She will be responsible for providing a hands-on leadership approach with respect to top-line revenue, guest service, profitability, and associate satisfaction.  Benhoff will be involved with each hotel’s operations, which includes ensuring brand compliance and setting department goals to achieve first-rate service.

Benhoff has more than 25 years of hospitality experience.  Prior to joining Midas Hospitality, she worked as a regional manager at a multi-property management company located in Wisconsin.  She also has worked as a general manager, as well as a rooms division director, for various national hotel and management organizations.

“Deb’s extensive experience makes her a tremendous asset for our growing company,” said Rob Willard, President and Principal.  “She will play an integral role on our managerial team, and we look forward to her input and her supervision pertaining to our properties.”

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

Tony Correnti Earns FMP Designation

Tony Correnti

Tony Correnti, a facilities specialist with Spire (formerly The Laclede Group), has attained credentials as a Facility Management Professional (FMP).

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

Correnti is entering his 10th year in facilities management. He worked for Patriot Coal before joining St. Louis-based Spire in May 2015. As a member of Spire’s facilities team, Correnti creates and maintains functional and sustainable spaces for the utility.

He joined IFMA (International Facility Management Association) St. Louis in January 2017.

IFMA St. Louis offers its members a learning and networking environment among its diverse membership, and supplies its members with the tools to achieve their professional goals. Started in 1985, IFMA St. Louis has more than 250 members representing small and Fortune 500 companies throughout the region.

Leah Behlmann Promoted To Director Of Membership Services At Site Improvement Association

Leah Behlmann

The SITE Improvement Association has promoted Leah Behlmann to Director of Membership Services. In her new role she is responsible for managing all member recruitment activities, meetings, communications, conferences and social events, as well as SITE’s social media channels, website and the weekly EZ Bid program of new project listings for members.  Leah has been with SITE for the past five years, starting as an Administrative Assistant and most recently as Coordinator of Member Activities.  She holds Bachelor of Arts in Finance from Southeast Missouri State University.

“Leah has been an integral part of SITE’s continued growth over the past five years, and we are pleased to make her part of our leadership team,” said Terry Briggs, Executive Director of SITE Improvement Association. 

SITE is an independent construction contractor group representing more than 180 contractors and businesses primarily in the concrete, earthmoving, landscaping, asphalt paving, highway/bridge, sewer/utility and specialty construction segments.

 

People On The Move In The Local Construction Industry

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

GAWDA Installs Lane as 2017-2018 President

The president of St. Louis, Mo.- based Cee Kay Supply Co. has been installed as president of the Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA).

Ned Lane

Ned Lane will serve as head of GAWDA for the rest of 2017 and through the annual convention in September of 2018, according to GAWDA Executive Director John Ospina. Lane was installed as president during the association’s annual meeting in New York October 1 – 4.

Lane has served on the GAWDA Board of Directors for the past several years and on the association’s executive committee for the past three years. He has been with Cee Kay Supply for 22 years, originally joining the company in 1995 as manager of gases. In 2000, he was named president of the company, a position he has held for the past 17 years.

Owner and chief executive officer of Cee Kay Supply, Tom Dunn, introduced Lane at the annual meeting. Dunn told the assembly that just as Lane has been a great leader for the Cee Kay business, he will be a great leader for GAWDA. Dunn described Lane as “a man of faith, who’s loyal, organized, and intelligent. He has exemplified class and professionalism in everything he has done at Cee Kay the past 22 years.”

Cee Kay Supply opened for business in 1948 as a gas distributor. The company has a 120,000- square-foot main facility in St. Louis and operates seven branches throughout Missouri and Illinois. Its operations include a specialty gas division, repair and service center, technical service center, CO2 division and a re-test division. The company also hosts an extensive training facility.

In his inaugural address to the audience of more than 900 GAWDA distributor and supplier members and their guests, Lane spoke of his plans leading GAWDA in the coming year, noting that his experience in both the distributor and supplier domains of the industry would be helpful in that role. He also said he intends to focus on three elements he believes are essential to successful operations: “people, process and plan.” His efforts as president will have a “back to basics” focus, he added. They will include ensuring that GAWDA staff members have the resources, tools and supportive environment that permits them to provide exemplary service to members; that the organization undertakes a process of continuous improvement; and that time is taken away from the daily grind of business to look at the big picture and plan for the future.

Also named as 2017-2018 officers for three newly open seats as vice presidents are: Evan Bennear, sales manager at Dale Oxygen Co. of Johnstown, Pa.; Melissa Perkins, director of marketing and finance at Electronic Fluorocarbons, of Hatfield, Pa.; and Bill Proctor, president of nexAir LLC, of Memphis, Tenn.

Abydee Butler Moore, executive vice president of Butler Gas Products, of Pittsburgh, Pa., was named as the association’s first vice president. She is slated to assume the organization’s presidency in 2019-2020. Brad Peterson, chairman and chief acquisition officer of Mississippi Welders Supply Co., Inc., of Winona, Minn., is in line to become GAWDA’s president for the 2018-2019 year.

The remaining members of the current Board of Directors are: Kelly Bladow, of Oxarc Inc., of Spokane, Wash.; Jay Brant, Indiana Oxygen Co., of Indianapolis, Ind.; Bob Ewing, of Red Ball Oxygen Co., of Shreveport, La.; Jeff Johnson, of Arc3 Gases, of Dunn, NC; and Jim O’Connor, of Norton Abrasives – St. Gobain, of Johns Creek, Ga.

Mark Raimy, of Welders Supply Corporation – A Raimy Corporation, of Erie, Pa., serves as first past president; and Bill Visintainer, of Atlas Welders Supply of Tuscaloosa, Ala., serves as second past president.

Founded in 1945, the Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) is dedicated to promoting the safe operation and economic vitality of distributors of industrial gases and related welding equipment supplies.

Liberty Utilities Center has won Project of the Year, the highest honor awarded by the Design-Build Institute of America – Mid-America Region. 

In addition to being the first publicly owned wastewater treatment plant in Missouri using the Design-Build approach, this new $75 million system diverts flow from aging, undersized neighboring facilities and allows the town of Liberty, Missouri, future growth and independence for decades to come.

Oretta Smith, Executive Director of DBIA – Mid-America Region, said, “We don’t always give this top award. It takes an extraordinary project, design-build process and team application to win.  I am pleased to share that not only was the Liberty project most worthy, it won with a unanimous decision by a very selective panel of judges.”

The DBIA annual awards recognize projects and teams that best utilize design-build practices with emphasis on aesthetics, design, quality, functionality, life cycle value, innovation, and customer satisfaction.

In this project, the Goodwin Brothers Construction Co. design-build team implemented proactive, productive approaches to using an otherwise unusable site, paid extra attention to aesthetics, collaborated successfully with a large team, and found ways to consistently exceed the owner’s expectations.

Goodwin Brothers Construction is a three-generation family-owned business, celebrating 70 years of building this year.

Spellman Brady Promotes Jen Sheehan

Jen Sheehan

Spellman Brady & Company is excited to announce the promotion of Jen Sheehan to the position of Project Manager/Senior Designer.  In addition to managing multiple interior design and furniture procurement projects simultaneously, she is responsible for developing new business opportunities and maintaining long-lasting relationships with existing clients.

Ms. Sheehan brings 13 years of multi-faceted interior design experience to her new position.  Since joining Spellman Brady & Company in 2016, she has successfully planned and completed a wide range of Senior Living projects.  She is a certified interior designer by the National Council for Interior Design Qualifications (NCIDQ®) with a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design from Maryville University.

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

Teresa Bridges Returns to HOK’s St. Louis Practice to Lead Consulting Group

Teresa Bridges

Teresa Bridges has returned to HOK as a workplace specialist for the St. Louis office. Bridges, who brings more than 14 years of experience in workplace strategy and design, previously worked with HOK from 2005-2015.

Most recently Bridges served as the workplace practice lead for CannonDesign, also in St. Louis, supporting projects in workplace strategy and planning throughout the United States.

Bridges rejoins HOK at a time of robust growth for the firm’s St. Louis practice, with the St. Louis Business Journal recently ranking it as both the region’s largest interior design firm and largest architecture studio. She will support the workplace team with projects for Rockwell Collins, Citi and Consumers Credit Union.

Bridges has a Bachelor of Science from Southeast Missouri State University earning a degree in interior design.

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

Western Specialty Contractors Promotes Kevin Rogers to Branch Manager of its Chicago Facades Branch

Kevin Rogers

Western Specialty Contractors has promoted Kevin Rogers of Deer Park, IL to Branch Manager of its Chicago Facades Branch. Rogers, who started with Western in 2013, previously held the position of Sales/Project Manager at the branch.

Rogers brings 37+ years of exterior building restoration experience and has a successful record of managing many multi-million dollar projects during his career.

“He has been involved in numerous, highly sophisticated masonry, waterproofing and concrete restoration repairs, working closely with owners and engineers on both design-build and specified work,” said Western Region Manager Justin Berndt. “His background provides him with the ability to collaborate effectively with all parties in a construction project, while maintaining strong client relationships and putting forth every effort to go above and beyond client expectations.”

In his new position, Rogers will be responsible for managing sales, daily operations and field personnel at the branch, plus developing facade restoration projects in the Chicago metropolitan area. Services offered by the branch, established in 1982, include masonry and concrete restoration, building cleaning, waterproofing, epoxy and chemical grout injection, expansion joint systems, and coating and sealant restoration on buildings ranging from high-rises to parking structures.

Rogers is a member of the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) and the Healthcare Engineers Society of Northern Illinois (HESNI). He is a past board member of the International Concrete Repair Institute (ICRI).

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

October 20, 2017

New Hires at Murphy Company

Ben Moore

Ben Moore has joined Murphy Company as an engineer, focusing on projects in the commercial group. The announcement was made by Mike Werdes, manager of engineering. Moore holds both a Master of Science and a Bachelor of Science, both in physics, from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, graduating cum laude.   His undergraduate studies concentrated on engineering while his graduate studies focused on applied physics, advanced mechanics and statistics coupled with programming applications.

Moore has work experience as a tenant finish specialist, estimating HVAC and fire protection systems, project management, sales and engineering.  During his undergraduate years, he worked summers and part-time during the school year on acoustical panel installation. He also has CAD experience.

He was an Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America, a senior patrol leader, and Vigil Honor Member and Chapter Chief for the Order of the Arrow.

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

Kevin Arehart

Kevin Arehart has joined Murphy Company, a leading mechanical contracting and engineering firm, as an IT support analyst.  The announcement was made by Tushar Shelar, chief information officer.

Arehart recently completed his computer studies with Launchcode. Prior to that he was a personal trainer and manager/instructor for Wellbridge Athletic Club.

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

Mary Rotter Joins G&S Architectural Products as St. Louis Area Sale Representative

Mary Rotter

St. Louis-based G&S Architectural Products has hired Mary Rotter as a sales representative for the St. Louis area. As the new go-to resource for acoustical and specialty products, Rotter will be building professional and customer relationships, estimating and providing project solutions.

Rotter joins G&S Architectural Products after 10 years as Commercial Sales Director for E.J. Welch Company, Inc., a flooring distributor. Rotter has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Missouri, where she majored in psychology and minored in environmental design.

G&S Architectural Products is a leading provider and installer of architectural products such as acoustical products, visual display boards and operable wall systems that are primarily used for commercial, education and healthcare industries.

New Hires at HOK

Madeline Johnson

Madeline Johnson, has joined HOK in St. Louis. She will support the HOK team as an intern in the Interiors Group. Johnson joins HOK as a sophomore at Maryville University pursuing her degree in Interior Design.

Kody Zedolek

Kody Zedolek, has joined HOK in St. Louis. He will support the HOK team as an architecture intern. Zedolek joins HOK as a junior at Ranken Technical College pursuing a degree in Architectural Technology.

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

Local Construction Company Adds Business Development Coordinator and Project Engineer 

IMPACT Strategies, a Fairview Heights-based construction management firm, today announced the recent hiring of Stephanie Sullivan as business development coordinator and Travis Schwartz as project engineer.

In the newly formed business development coordinator position, Sullivan is responsible for all marketing coordination and oversight, as well as providing administrative support to company management. She previously worked for a local creative company as a managing director in charge of client relationships and assisting customers with developing new brand identities and strategies. Sullivan is a resident of Highland, Illinois.

Schwartz, a resident of Prairie du Rocher, graduated from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville in 2016 with a bachelor of science in construction management degree. His past industry experience includes work as an intern and project engineer.

Mark Hinrichs, president of IMPACT Strategies, said, “Stephanie and Travis have taken on fundamental positions within the company that will enable us to better meet the needs of our existing clients while also positioning us for future growth. Their talent, skill and experience will undoubtedly benefit our company.”

KAI Design & Build Hires Three New Employees

Tom Graff

Tom Graff of Edwardsville, IL as Construction Inspector. Graff comes to KAI with 19 years of industry experience. He has a Bachelor of Science in GIS/Environmental Planning from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL.

George Robin

George Robin, PE, of O’Fallon, MO as Senior Electrical Engineer. Robin comes to KAI with 41 years of industry experience, with expertise in the hospital/medical center industries. He has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, MO and is registered with the State of Missouri as a Professional Engineer. He is also an active member of the Public Works Advisory Committee for the City of O’Fallon, MO.

Scott Schmidt

Scott Schmidt of St. Charles, MO as Electrical Designer/Revit Specialist. Schmidt comes to KAI with 15 years of industry experience. He has an Associate’s Degree from ITT Tech.

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

October 13, 2017

S. M. Wilson Promotes Lisa Green to Assistant Controller
Lisa Green

S. M. Wilson & Co. has promoted Lisa Green to Assistant Controller. She will be responsible for company payroll, daily bank reconciliations, tax filings and implementing new company software for accounting and human resources purposes. Green joined S. M. Wilson in 2007 as Payroll Manager.

“Every time we need someone to step up and fill a role or learn something new, Lisa is right there ready to help however she can, ready for any challenge,” said Mike Mangiore, Controller at S. M. Wilson.

Green holds an Associates Degree in Accounting and Business Administration from Rock Valley College and has 26 years of experience processing payroll, 15 years of that acting as Payroll Manager.

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

Spellman Brady Hires Samantha Golden 

Samantha Golden

Spellman Brady and Company is pleased to announce that Samantha Golden has joined the firm as a Designer.  In this role, she will utilize her talents in developing comprehensive interior design solutions for the senior living market sector.

Ms. Golden is a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design and minor in Architectural Design.  She brings five years of interior design experience from the hospitality industry, which is valuable in the changing environments she designs.

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

Midas Hospitality Hires New Regional Operations Leader

Deb Benhoff

Deb Benhoff brings more than 25 years of hospitality experience to the position 

Midas Hospitality, a premier hotel management group, recently hired Deb Benhoff as Regional Operations Leader.

In this position, Benhoff will oversee multiple hotels and ensure each one is in accordance with the parent company’s vision.  She will be responsible for providing a hands-on leadership approach with respect to top-line revenue, guest service, profitability, and associate satisfaction.  Benhoff will be involved with each hotel’s operations, which includes ensuring brand compliance and setting department goals to achieve first-rate service.

Benhoff has more than 25 years of hospitality experience.  Prior to joining Midas Hospitality, she worked as a regional manager at a multi-property management company located in Wisconsin.  She also has worked as a general manager, as well as a rooms division director, for various national hotel and management organizations.

“Deb’s extensive experience makes her a tremendous asset for our growing company,” said Rob Willard, President and Principal.  “She will play an integral role on our managerial team, and we look forward to her input and her supervision pertaining to our properties.”

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

Tony Correnti Earns FMP Designation

Tony Correnti

Tony Correnti, a facilities specialist with Spire (formerly The Laclede Group), has attained credentials as a Facility Management Professional (FMP).

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

Correnti is entering his 10th year in facilities management. He worked for Patriot Coal before joining St. Louis-based Spire in May 2015. As a member of Spire’s facilities team, Correnti creates and maintains functional and sustainable spaces for the utility.

He joined IFMA (International Facility Management Association) St. Louis in January 2017.

IFMA St. Louis offers its members a learning and networking environment among its diverse membership, and supplies its members with the tools to achieve their professional goals. Started in 1985, IFMA St. Louis has more than 250 members representing small and Fortune 500 companies throughout the region.

Leah Behlmann Promoted To Director Of Membership Services At Site Improvement Association

Leah Behlmann

The SITE Improvement Association has promoted Leah Behlmann to Director of Membership Services. In her new role she is responsible for managing all member recruitment activities, meetings, communications, conferences and social events, as well as SITE’s social media channels, website and the weekly EZ Bid program of new project listings for members.  Leah has been with SITE for the past five years, starting as an Administrative Assistant and most recently as Coordinator of Member Activities.  She holds Bachelor of Arts in Finance from Southeast Missouri State University.

“Leah has been an integral part of SITE’s continued growth over the past five years, and we are pleased to make her part of our leadership team,” said Terry Briggs, Executive Director of SITE Improvement Association. 

SITE is an independent construction contractor group representing more than 180 contractors and businesses primarily in the concrete, earthmoving, landscaping, asphalt paving, highway/bridge, sewer/utility and specialty construction segments.

 

Technology Advances In The Construction Industry

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Technology Advances In The Construction Industry

By Pat Miller, CPA

When considering the impact of technology on the modern workplace, construction services may not typically be the first industry that comes to mind as being at the forefront of technological advancement.

Many of the tools used on a typical job site have remained unchanged for years, if not decades. However, technological advances have allowed construction companies to improve not only the efficiency of their work and the quality of their end product, but also the safety of the work environment for their employees.

In addition, technological breakthroughs are on the horizon that will help construction companies complete tasks and achieve results that were previously thought to be impossible.

On-Site Communication

One such advance is evident in the area of on-site communication. Considering the importance of constant communication on a job, more and more companies are starting to bring their own WiFi to their job sites.

In very rural locations, where cell phone and LTE service may be ineffective or almost nonexistent, WiFi allows workers on a job site to stay connected not just to each other in the field, but also with management back at headquarters. Consequently, safety issues or disputes that arise on the job can be addressed more quickly.

Change orders can be generated by the team onsite, then reviewed and approved by management more efficiently. With this enhanced wireless capability, project managers and superintendents are able to utilize tablet devices to their full potential. They can submit real-time data (such as receipts for small purchases and information about progress on the job) back to management at headquarters.

For outdoor jobs, projects managers and foremen are able to track weather forecasts to ensure that their crew doesn’t have a potentially unsafe situation due to incoming storms.

Certain applications will allow project managers to track employee timecards, which provides the dual benefits of maintaining timecards in the same place (for data storage purposes) and being able to submit their timecards electronically (permitting them to transfer the data to payroll more quickly by not having to manually deliver timecards to headquarters). Regardless of the specific tasks it’s used for, WiFi on the job site has helped construction companies communicate more easily and efficiently.

Drones

In addition to WiFi capabilities, another one of the more popular innovations to recently take flight at construction sites is the unmanned aerial vehicle, or drone. At first glance, it’s not difficult to see why drones have become frequent sights on construction jobs.

They allow the operator to traverse large job sites quickly to survey the status of the job, saving time previously spent walking from end to end. Drones can help provide a new aerial perspective on the job site, which permits the user to identify potential hazards or design flaws that may not have been evident from the ground level.

They can also assist in performing tasks, such as inspections at high elevations or in tight quarters, that would have otherwise presented a safety risk to a worker. Lastly, drones grant the user a means of surveillance to both watch for uninvited guests to the job site and to monitor workers, if necessary.  Drones have aided companies by making job sites safer and more accessible for employees.

3-D Modeling

Another recent innovation that some companies have begun to utilize is that of 3-D modeling. In the near future, physical blueprints of building designs may become obsolete, as 3-D modeling software becomes more sophisticated and cost effective.

Used in conjunction with tablet devices, 3-D modeling software will allow companies to make changes to project designs on the fly, rather than having to take the time to edit existing designs by hand.

When taking other available data (such as financial information about the project or local ordinances) into consideration, the software will also allow the user to quickly determine whether or not a projected design change would fit within the budget or would even be permitted under local code, further saving the company valuable time and resources.

Smart Clothing

While these existing technological advances have already helped construction companies in numerous ways, the future of technology promises even further gains in efficiency and employee safety. Some of these advances, such as smart clothing, are already in their infancy stage and being used in other industries.

Professional (and even some amateur) athletes are already wearing smart clothing on a daily basis. Small sensors located within shirts, shoes, or other active wear are able to track the sensory data of the athlete and compile the data for an interested coach or for the athletes themselves.

This data helps to detect and notify the user when the athlete is experiencing excess fatigue or other unsafe health conditions, such as an elevated heart rate or blood pressure.  Construction companies making use of this technology would thus be able to tell if an employee is unable to safely continue their work tasks.

One company within the industry is even designing a smart safety vest with built-in lights that will activate when the site gets too dark and an ‘airbag collar’ that will deploy if the wearer falls from an excessive height.

As safety is often on the forefront of management’s mind, smart clothing will help ensure that employees are able to work more safely than ever before.

Self-Operating Vehicles

Like ‘smart’ clothing, self-operating vehicles already exist and are in limited use. It’s easy to imagine how self-operating vehicles and heavy equipment could benefit the construction services industry.

In dangerous situations and on hazardous job sites, self-operating heavy equipment could be controlled remotely from a distance to prevent workers from having to put themselves in a potentially hazardous situation.

Also, because one worker could theoretically control multiple self-operating vehicles or pieces of heavy equipment, the company would be able to utilize its human capital more efficiently.

Those workers would still require specialized training to be able to operate multiple machines at once, but that would seem a small price to pay in order to be able to deploy multiple workers on another job.

Virtual Reality

One way that workers would be able to obtain the necessary specialized training to simultaneously operate multiple machines is through the use of virtual reality, which presents numerous potential uses.

Experienced workers could use virtual reality to show newer employees how to operate heavy machinery or perform skilled techniques in a safe environment. Simulations have been developed to help workers become comfortable working underground, in tight spaces, and at extreme heights before even stepping foot on a job site.

Similar to 3-D modeling, developers and project managers will be able to see and edit the building being worked on before the work is physically completed, potentially saving the company money and time from having to complete costly re-work.

This would also allow companies to determine the exact placement of building materials such as piping and wiring, meaning they could complete some facets of the construction off site and ahead of time, helping to avoid potential delays.

3-D Printing

Another technology already in existence but with potentially major ramifications in the future is 3-D printing. Printing a needed part on location will be much easier than having to purchase and transport the part from off site.

3-D printing will allow companies to create building materials and even whole sections of the building itself (such as the walls or flooring) much more quickly than currently possible.

A company in China has already begun to print small concrete houses for low-income families; domestically, small office buildings in their entirety have been printed for use in California.

A Dutch engineering and design firm has already released plans for a full steel bridge to be printed for use in Amsterdam and hopes to have the project underway within the next year.

The biggest concerns with 3-D printing are related to safety and quality control. Because the technology is so new, there isn’t enough data yet to compile long-term track records for safety and quality control, making the process and the materials difficult to regulate.

Yet, as 3-D printing becomes more prevalent in the industry, construction companies and regulators will get more comfortable with utilizing the changing technology.

Exoskeletons

Lastly, a final new technology already being used on some job sites are exoskeletons, or power assist suits. Worn over clothing, these suits can help workers operate heavy machinery and tools for a long period of time while minimizing the stress put on the body.

Not only does this help improve a worker’s posture, but it also improves the quality of the work by helping the worker stay focused over longer periods. They can also help workers lift heavy objects by redistributing the load of the object to stronger muscles within the body, reducing strain on a worker’s back.

There are some risks to the current versions of the suits, namely that they limit a worker’s mobility and that the weight of the devices themselves could inadvertently increase the pressure on unforeseen areas of the worker’s body.

As with 3-D printing, there is currently insufficient data to generate proper safety standards or to determine any possible long-term health effects, but the potential for increased work quality and employee health is tremendous.

As is the case when any new technology is unveiled, those in the construction industry will have to approach the innovations on the horizon with skepticism and caution.

However, when considering the potential gains in workplace efficiency, job safety, and financial results that technological innovation has to offer, it’s easy to get excited about what the future might have in store for contractors and how they build our world.

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People On The Move In The Local Construction Industry

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

New Hires at Murphy Company

Ben Moore

Ben Moore has joined Murphy Company as an engineer, focusing on projects in the commercial group. The announcement was made by Mike Werdes, manager of engineering. Moore holds both a Master of Science and a Bachelor of Science, both in physics, from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, graduating cum laude.   His undergraduate studies concentrated on engineering while his graduate studies focused on applied physics, advanced mechanics and statistics coupled with programming applications.

Moore has work experience as a tenant finish specialist, estimating HVAC and fire protection systems, project management, sales and engineering.  During his undergraduate years, he worked summers and part-time during the school year on acoustical panel installation. He also has CAD experience.

He was an Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America, a senior patrol leader, and Vigil Honor Member and Chapter Chief for the Order of the Arrow.

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

Kevin Arehart

Kevin Arehart has joined Murphy Company, a leading mechanical contracting and engineering firm, as an IT support analyst.  The announcement was made by Tushar Shelar, chief information officer.

Arehart recently completed his computer studies with Launchcode. Prior to that he was a personal trainer and manager/instructor for Wellbridge Athletic Club.

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

Mary Rotter Joins G&S Architectural Products as St. Louis Area Sale Representative

Mary Rotter

St. Louis-based G&S Architectural Products has hired Mary Rotter as a sales representative for the St. Louis area. As the new go-to resource for acoustical and specialty products, Rotter will be building professional and customer relationships, estimating and providing project solutions.

Rotter joins G&S Architectural Products after 10 years as Commercial Sales Director for E.J. Welch Company, Inc., a flooring distributor. Rotter has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Missouri, where she majored in psychology and minored in environmental design.

G&S Architectural Products is a leading provider and installer of architectural products such as acoustical products, visual display boards and operable wall systems that are primarily used for commercial, education and healthcare industries.

New Hires at HOK

Madeline Johnson

Madeline Johnson, has joined HOK in St. Louis. She will support the HOK team as an intern in the Interiors Group. Johnson joins HOK as a sophomore at Maryville University pursuing her degree in Interior Design.

Kody Zedolek

Kody Zedolek, has joined HOK in St. Louis. He will support the HOK team as an architecture intern. Zedolek joins HOK as a junior at Ranken Technical College pursuing a degree in Architectural Technology.

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

Local Construction Company Adds Business Development Coordinator and Project Engineer 

IMPACT Strategies, a Fairview Heights-based construction management firm, today announced the recent hiring of Stephanie Sullivan as business development coordinator and Travis Schwartz as project engineer.

In the newly formed business development coordinator position, Sullivan is responsible for all marketing coordination and oversight, as well as providing administrative support to company management. She previously worked for a local creative company as a managing director in charge of client relationships and assisting customers with developing new brand identities and strategies. Sullivan is a resident of Highland, Illinois.

Schwartz, a resident of Prairie du Rocher, graduated from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville in 2016 with a bachelor of science in construction management degree. His past industry experience includes work as an intern and project engineer.

Mark Hinrichs, president of IMPACT Strategies, said, “Stephanie and Travis have taken on fundamental positions within the company that will enable us to better meet the needs of our existing clients while also positioning us for future growth. Their talent, skill and experience will undoubtedly benefit our company.”

KAI Design & Build Hires Three New Employees

Tom Graff

Tom Graff of Edwardsville, IL as Construction Inspector. Graff comes to KAI with 19 years of industry experience. He has a Bachelor of Science in GIS/Environmental Planning from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL.

George Robin

George Robin, PE, of O’Fallon, MO as Senior Electrical Engineer. Robin comes to KAI with 41 years of industry experience, with expertise in the hospital/medical center industries. He has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, MO and is registered with the State of Missouri as a Professional Engineer. He is also an active member of the Public Works Advisory Committee for the City of O’Fallon, MO.

Scott Schmidt

Scott Schmidt of St. Charles, MO as Electrical Designer/Revit Specialist. Schmidt comes to KAI with 15 years of industry experience. He has an Associate’s Degree from ITT Tech.

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

October 13, 2017

S. M. Wilson Promotes Lisa Green to Assistant Controller
Lisa Green

S. M. Wilson & Co. has promoted Lisa Green to Assistant Controller. She will be responsible for company payroll, daily bank reconciliations, tax filings and implementing new company software for accounting and human resources purposes. Green joined S. M. Wilson in 2007 as Payroll Manager.

“Every time we need someone to step up and fill a role or learn something new, Lisa is right there ready to help however she can, ready for any challenge,” said Mike Mangiore, Controller at S. M. Wilson.

Green holds an Associates Degree in Accounting and Business Administration from Rock Valley College and has 26 years of experience processing payroll, 15 years of that acting as Payroll Manager.

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

Spellman Brady Hires Samantha Golden 

Samantha Golden

Spellman Brady and Company is pleased to announce that Samantha Golden has joined the firm as a Designer.  In this role, she will utilize her talents in developing comprehensive interior design solutions for the senior living market sector.

Ms. Golden is a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design and minor in Architectural Design.  She brings five years of interior design experience from the hospitality industry, which is valuable in the changing environments she designs.

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

Midas Hospitality Hires New Regional Operations Leader

Deb Benhoff

Deb Benhoff brings more than 25 years of hospitality experience to the position 

Midas Hospitality, a premier hotel management group, recently hired Deb Benhoff as Regional Operations Leader.

In this position, Benhoff will oversee multiple hotels and ensure each one is in accordance with the parent company’s vision.  She will be responsible for providing a hands-on leadership approach with respect to top-line revenue, guest service, profitability, and associate satisfaction.  Benhoff will be involved with each hotel’s operations, which includes ensuring brand compliance and setting department goals to achieve first-rate service.

Benhoff has more than 25 years of hospitality experience.  Prior to joining Midas Hospitality, she worked as a regional manager at a multi-property management company located in Wisconsin.  She also has worked as a general manager, as well as a rooms division director, for various national hotel and management organizations.

“Deb’s extensive experience makes her a tremendous asset for our growing company,” said Rob Willard, President and Principal.  “She will play an integral role on our managerial team, and we look forward to her input and her supervision pertaining to our properties.”

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

Tony Correnti Earns FMP Designation

Tony Correnti

Tony Correnti, a facilities specialist with Spire (formerly The Laclede Group), has attained credentials as a Facility Management Professional (FMP).

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

Correnti is entering his 10th year in facilities management. He worked for Patriot Coal before joining St. Louis-based Spire in May 2015. As a member of Spire’s facilities team, Correnti creates and maintains functional and sustainable spaces for the utility.

He joined IFMA (International Facility Management Association) St. Louis in January 2017.

IFMA St. Louis offers its members a learning and networking environment among its diverse membership, and supplies its members with the tools to achieve their professional goals. Started in 1985, IFMA St. Louis has more than 250 members representing small and Fortune 500 companies throughout the region.

Leah Behlmann Promoted To Director Of Membership Services At Site Improvement Association

Leah Behlmann

The SITE Improvement Association has promoted Leah Behlmann to Director of Membership Services. In her new role she is responsible for managing all member recruitment activities, meetings, communications, conferences and social events, as well as SITE’s social media channels, website and the weekly EZ Bid program of new project listings for members.  Leah has been with SITE for the past five years, starting as an Administrative Assistant and most recently as Coordinator of Member Activities.  She holds Bachelor of Arts in Finance from Southeast Missouri State University.

“Leah has been an integral part of SITE’s continued growth over the past five years, and we are pleased to make her part of our leadership team,” said Terry Briggs, Executive Director of SITE Improvement Association. 

SITE is an independent construction contractor group representing more than 180 contractors and businesses primarily in the concrete, earthmoving, landscaping, asphalt paving, highway/bridge, sewer/utility and specialty construction segments.

October 6, 2017

Chris Laughman, Attains Credentials as Facility Management Professional

Chris Laughman

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

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

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

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

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

Danze & Gerber Welcome Mike Walleck as Director of Sales

Mike Walleck

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

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

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

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

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

Cyndi Walker

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ross & Baruzzini Names Former Amtrak Executive Megan Huff

Megan Huff

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

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

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

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

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

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