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Important Role in Residence Hall Emergency Evacuations

One of the elements of safe residence hall design is proper evacuation of the building. When someone enters a building, eventually they will have to exit, sometimes quickly in the case of an emergency. Building codes, emergency strategies and thoughtful design all play important roles in protecting the health, welfare and safety of residence hall occupants when an emergency evacuation is necessary.

According to student housing design expert Javier Esteban, principal at KWK Architects, studies show that in emergency cases, most people tend to try to exit a building in the same way that they entered, but that may not always be the easiest or fastest route to safety.

“As the built environment community learns more and more about how building materials, assemblies and humans behave in cases of emergency, new studies and guidelines are constantly coming into light, along with periodic updates to the codes,” said Esteban. “The safe design of a building is an integrated process that involves many specialists, architects and engineers from multiple disciplines, including fire protection, security design systems, evacuation alarm systems, and structural. All work together toward a common goal of protecting life first and property second.”

The main purpose of building codes is to protect health, safety and welfare as they relate to buildings and their construction, taking into consideration emergency evacuations in cases of fire and smoke. Emergency strategies and codes consider not only human behavior, but also the shape and function of the building, the number of occupants and how different events such as fire, smoke, storms, tornadoes and earthquakes affect different parts of the building.

The study of recent disasters has also helped to shape current building codes, such as the Loma Prieta 1989 earthquake, which helped designers gain a better understanding of how seismic waves behave on different types of soils, and the 2017 Grenfell Tower fire in London where combustible insulation of the exterior cladding contributed to the propagation of a fire that killed 72 people.

Proper evacuation of a building is an important element of safe design. In addition to the required minimum number of exits, minimum corridor and door widths, proper location and safe passageways to these exits, a series of systems are in place to guide the building occupants to a safer place, which is generally, but not always, the exterior of the building. These systems include fire and smoke alarms, fire suppression systems (sprinklers), proper illumination, special illuminated signals visible with smoke in the room/corridor that are connected to backup power or battery, audible alarms and evacuation enunciation devices that guide people to specific places, among many other systems that are common place now in many new residence halls.

“In the last few years, we have gained a better understanding of how smoke behaves in elevator shafts and elevator doors. Smoke evacuation has affected how elevator lobbies are designed. New products have come to market that create smoke curtains in front of elevator doors, providing a smoke separation between the floor and the elevator shaft, and also providing a way for firefighters accessing the floor from the elevator to visually inspect it before proceeding. These devices use a combination of magnets, reinforced plastic motorized curtains, and alarm/smoke detectors in the elevator lobby. They give designers some flexibility to explore multiple options to provide a safe residence hall while also promoting community, in this case eliminating additional elevator lobby enclosures,” said Esteban.

New products and technologies have also been developed to create a safe, community-based corridor within residence halls. Older building codes did not require door closers on bedroom doors facing the corridor in residence halls, said Esteban. When students wanted to interact with each other, but stay in their bedrooms, they just had to open the door. This created a very active corridor that promoted community on the floor but was not always safe in emergencies.

Current codes now require that these communicating corridors also serve as emergency egress corridors; therefore, they must provide a minimum level of smoke and fire protection during a building evacuation, from a half hour up to two or more hours of fire protection.

“One of the key elements is to provide fire rated doors with door closers that provide a positive latching of the door. This safety requirement ensures that bedroom doors are always closed, making the corridor just a passageway,” he said. “To increase the opportunity for communication, students sometimes prop open their doors using a book or heavy object to keep the door from closing, creating a condition that would be very unsafe in the event of a fire.”

There is a device on the market that provides a door closer/holder with a multi-point hold-open function connected to an alarm system that activates the closer in case of an emergency, automatically closing the door. This device is different from the traditional magnetic door closer that only allows for a 90-degree angle.

“The multi-point hold-open function allows the students to create their own ‘door language.’ When the door is fully open, the student is open to visits; when the door is set at 45-degrees, they may be studying, but still open to interaction. Now the corridor is re-gaining its important community activity, but in a safer way,” said Esteban.

Image Above: IUPUI North Hall Interior

Founded in 2013 by five architects with a combined 150 years of higher education knowledge and experience, KWK Architects partners with colleges and universities across the United States to create innovative and inspiring places that enhance campus life. For more information

Metro Electric Supply Receives IMARK Group 2018 AA Member of the Year Award

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Metro Electric Supply, a locally-owned and family operated wholesale commercial and industrial electrical distributor, received the AA Member of the Year Award. This national award is given to one IMARK member in one of three company size categories. Imark is one of the largest independent marketing cooperatives in the world made up of over 830 independent electrical distributors. The award winners were recognized at IMARK Group’s annual Distinguished Performance Awards banquet in Indian Hills, CA.

“We are honored and certainly proud of our team for helping us achieve this award,” remarked Bill Frisella, president of Metro Lighting and Metro Electric Supply. “To receive the Member of the Year award is a great achievement in our industry and will certainly help us set the bar for 2019.”

Distributor members were recognized for their effective implementation of IMARK marketing and training programs and their exemplary support of IMARK preferred suppliers. Winning companies were designated in three relative size categories (A, AA, AAA) with ‘A’ being relatively smaller companies and ‘AAA’ being relatively larger. Metro Electric Supply has been a long-standing recipient of awards through IMARK. They received the Member of the Year Award in 2015 and the GainShare Achievement Award in 2017 and 2016. Metro Electric Supply has been consecutively nominated for Excellence in Sales and Marketing, GainShare Achievement, and Member of the Year.

One of the largest independent marketing cooperatives in the world, IMARK Group, Inc. is an associate member of the National Association of Electrical Distributors and the National Cooperative Business Association. IMARK Group members are market leading companies serving the needs of electrical contractors, industrial and institutional MRO customers, electric utilities and other customer types throughout the country.

Metro Lighting and Metro Electric Supply is a locally-owned family business. Metro Lighting provides efficient lighting solutions to Missouri residents every day. For more information on energy savings, Metro’s services and locations or to shop online visit: www.metrolightingcenters.comor   www.metroelectricsupply.com

Cohen Architectural Woodworking Receives Sixth AWI Award of Excellence

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Cohen Architectural Woodworking has received the Award of Excellence by the Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI) for its work with The University of Kansas Health System (TUKH) and its Cambridge Tower in Kansas City, KS. The AWI award is the premier honor given to companies in the millwork and custom woodworking industry. It is the sixth time the AWI has honored Cohen for woodworking excellence.

The Cambridge Tower A is an 11 story hospital tower that continues TUKH’s campus in Kansas City, Kansas. Approximately 500,000 square feet, the tower houses 220 private patient bedrooms, a floor of surgical suites and a floor of diagnostic imaging. The building is part of a master plan that fills a three city block campus. Cohen supplied the woodworking and fabrication for the facility, and architectural design was by Cannon Design in St. Louis.

The Cambridge Tower A houses surgical oncology, neurology, neurosurgery and ear, nose and throat services, and was designed to optimize patient outcomes. This required the creation of the proper healing environment as well as a space functional for staff. To that end, Cohen Architectural Woodworking fabricated decorative laminate wall paneling, wood wall paneling, a three form light valance and solid surface work area. The majority of the cabinetry is a walnut laminate to provide warmth to patient areas while giving a modern look. The tower also includes nurse station desks and admitting desks.

“We’re thankful for a team that keeps on winning. I teach our team that each day is a new day and we need to be better today than we were yesterday. This is evident in our work for The University of Kansas Health System as well as every project we produce,”
said Phillip Cohen, CEO of Cohen Architectural Woodworking.

Founded in 1982, Cohen Architectural Woodworking is a family-owned architectural woodworking firm headquartered in St. James, Missouri. The firm has won multiple awards including the Architectural Woodwork Institute’s Award of Excellence for six separate projects, the 2016 Small Business of the Year award from the Rolla Chamber of Commerce. For more information visit www.cohenwoodworking.com

Regional Leaders Announce Plan To Update, Modernize & Expand America’s Center Convention Complex

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Next Gen Project Will Ensure the Complex Remains an Economic and Employment Generator for the Entire Region

Today, officials of St. Louis City and County have come together to announce the AC Next Gen Project, which will update and expand the America’s Center Convention Complex to secure its place as an economic and employment driver for the entire region. The need to expand the Complex has never been more urgent as cities across the country are making large investments in their convention centers and luring lucrative meetings and events to their communities.

It is time for the St. Louis region to come together and invest in America’s Center that is critically important to the City of St. Louis, St. Louis County and the State of Missouri. The Complex is an anchor to an entire subsector of the City’s downtown bringing hundreds of thousands of people to the metropolitan area every year. The Complex hosts roughly 100 events annually, with more than 600,000 attendees, 300,000 hotel room nights and generating $265 million of new direct economic spending for the community according to Johnson Consulting. Most importantly, the facility supports more than 3,300 full-time jobs for residents across the St. Louis region.

“I’m excited to announce a joint commitment between St. Louis City and St. Louis County in America’s Center,” said Mayor Lyda Krewson of the City of St. Louis. “This investment has paid off for the St. Louis region in the past and it will continue to do so in the future.” At present, America’s Center’s prominence and value to the region are threatened because its amenities have not kept pace with competing facilities in other cities. The Cervantes Convention Center was originally built in 1977, and is in need of modernization, including expanded, contiguous and consistent quality exhibit space, improved loading dock access to the exhibit halls, the addition of a sizeable multi-purpose space, improved service access to exhibit halls and meetings areas, as well as other improvements.

The total cost of implementing the AC Next Gen Project is estimated at approximately $175 million and will include the following elements:

• Addition of 92,000 square feet of highly usable exhibit space, which enhances the exhibit hall layout of the Complex allowing the facility to host larger events.
• A 65,000 square feet signature multi-purpose ballroom and meeting area with 20,000 square feet pre-function event space for clients, positioning St. Louis dominantly in its competitive set.
• 22,000 square feet of new support space to improve service access to current and new exhibit halls and ballrooms.
• The construction of 26 new loading docks and renovation of existing 12 docks that will all be enclosed to enhance access and aesthetics of the building and surrounding areas.
• An outdoor pavilion to serve the needs of convention attendees and improve the convention center district ambiance for residents and area workers as well.
• Refurbishment of the central Washington Avenue entrance, which serves as St. Louis’ front door for the hundreds of thousands of event attendees who visit the Complex.
• The Dome will remain a flexible multi-purpose venue for meeting planners and other clients hosting large-scale events and activities.

Upon completion, these enhancements will stabilize the current decline in event bookings and potentially create nearly 36 percent growth according to the most recent estimates by  Johnson Consulting. “This is a good deal for County taxpayers as the proposed revenue will be paid from out of town visitors who stay in our County hotels and motels,” said County Executive Steve Stenger of St. Louis County.

Through the support of legislation proposed by elected officials in both St. Louis City and County, the project will be funded by the extension of payments from the designated fund set up through the hotel and motel taxes collected in St. Louis City and County, which was initiated to build The Dome at America’s Center. There will be no new tax on local residents, as this is only paid by people staying in area hotels, as has been the case since the construction of The Dome began. Ordinances detailing the financing packages are to be introduced shortly in both St. Louis City and St. Louis County.

“The America’s Center plays a critical role as an economic driver for the entire region. The Complex is truly a window for the hundreds of thousands of event attendees who visit us and are hopefully inspired to return here for future leisure or business event purposes,” stated Kathleen ‘Kitty’ Ratcliffe, President of Explore St. Louis. “On an annual basis, St. Louis hosts over 25 million visitors who spend more than $5.8 billion in our community. Expanding and upgrading the America’s Center will help us build on these visitor numbers and the 88,000 local jobs they help support throughout our region’s hospitality industry.”

The competitive landscape for meeting and events keeps increasing as cities throughout the Midwest continue to invest in their facilities. Recent investments include in Indianapolis ($275 million), Nashville ($623 million), San Antonio ($325 million), Columbus ($125 million) and Louisville ($207 million), with new projects underway in cities like Lexington ($230 million) and Oklahoma City ($288 million). All of these cities, and more, are taking aggressive steps to bring meeting and convention business to their regions and making it more difficult for St. Louis and the America’s Center to remain a world-class destination for these clients and their attendees.

Explore St. Louis is the driving force behind St. Louis’ $5.8 billion convention and tourism industry, the official destination marketing organization of St. Louis

Holland Construction Working on Renovations for New Mack Truck Service Center in St. Charles, MO

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Holland Construction Services is currently working on a 12,000 square-foot renovation to house a new Mack Truck Service Center for Vanguard Truck Centers. The new service center will be located at 940 Harmsted Court in St. Charles, Missouri.

The nearly $1 million renovation includes both interior and exterior work. The new service center will feature a newly remodeled interior, including a lobby, parts showroom and warehouse, drivers lounge, offices, a wash bay and service bays.  The exterior of the building will receive new paint, canopy and signage, along with a new parking lot, landscaping and lighting.

Senior Project Manager Steve Teipe with Holland Construction Services commented that “Holland is very excited to be constructing this project for Vanguard Truck Centers which will allow Vanguard to provide truck service to their customers from the St. Charles, Missouri area.”

Vanguard Truck Centers owns and operates full service commercial truck centers across the United States with locations in Arizona, Georgia, Illinois, Missouri, South Carolina and Texas.

Fitzgerald & Associates out of Oklahoma City, OK is the architect on the project. Construction is scheduled to be complete this October.

Holland Construction Services is a full-service construction management, general contracting, and design/build firm based in Swansea, Ill., guided by the principle of providing our clients the best possible building experience on every project. For more information, visit Holland’s website at www.hollandcs.com.

ICBA Names Midwest BankCentre as a National Award Recipient For the 2018 National Community Bank Service Awards

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Midwest BankCentre has been selected as a national award recipient by the Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA) for the 2018 National Community Bank Service Awards. The program recognizes outstanding and innovative volunteer efforts by the nation’s community banks.

ICBA selected Midwest BankCentre from among more than 100 nominations for its high-impact service and economic empowerment programs that have brought mainstream banking services to more than 1,200 previously “unbanked” or “underbanked” families in the St. Louis metro area. Bank employees contributed more than 4,700 volunteer hours in 2017 to help hundreds of immigrants, minorities and economically disadvantaged citizens gain access to financial services, and spur community redevelopment and reinvestment.

“Midwest BankCentre’s outreach initiative was inspired in part by a 2009 FDIC survey ranking the St. Louis metro area as the third highest city for unbanked African-American households in the nation,” said Alex Fennoy, executive vice president of community and economic development at Midwest BankCentre. “We are honored that ICBA has recognized our comprehensive effort to serve as agents of positive change. Through the spirit of inclusivity, we are making a difference and improving the overall economic welfare of our community.”

Among Midwest BankCentre’s notable collaborative initiatives are its significant investments in facilities and staff to support re-emerging African-American majority neighborhoods. The bank operates full-service branches in Pagedale, at Friendly Temple in the Wells-Goodfellow neighborhood and on North Broadway in the near north riverfront area north of downtown St. Louis.

The award also recognized Midwest BankCentre’s embrace of St. Louis’ Bosnian community, with Bosnian-speaking employees at four of its 19 branches. In March 2018, the bank received the Bosnia Memory Project Community Leader Award for its long-term support of the Bosnia Memory Project at Fontbonne University which is working to create an enduring record of Bosnian genocide survivors.

Midwest BankCentre’s outreach to the local Hispanic and Latino community has included a special mortgage product for immigrants with an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) but no social security number. Jim Watson, chairman and CEO of Midwest BankCentre, was recently honored with the Chairman’s Award by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for lifting up the Hispanic community of metro St. Louis.

ICBA also noted the bank’s diversification of its legal board in recent years and its 2012 formation of an advisory board composed of local educators, public servants, clergy and business owners to ensure newly developed products and services meet customers’ needs.

“Community service and volunteerism are hallmarks of community banking,” said ICBA President and CEO Rebeca Romero Rainey. “We commend and thank Midwest BankCentre and its employees for their unwavering dedication and commitment to ensuring the vitality of their communities and the financial health of local residents who call it home.”

More than 100 community banks and employees have been recognized since ICBA launched the National Community Bank Service Award program in 2002. Bank technology services provider FIS, Jacksonville, Fla., sponsored this year’s program. Midwest BankCentre and other award recipients will be featured in the September issue of Independent Banker® magazine. 

Midwest BankCentre, a mainstay of St. Louis community banking since 1906, employs a staff of nearly 300 working at 19 bank locations in the City of St. Louis, St. Louis County, Jefferson County and St. Charles County. Further details are available at www.midwestbankcentre.com. 

The Independent Community Bankers of America® is the nation’s voice for nearly 5,700 community banks of all sizes and charter types. It is dedicated exclusively to representing the interests of the community banking industry and its membership through effective advocacy, best-in-class education, and high-quality products and services. For more information, visit ICBA’s website at www.icba.org.

Operation FINALLY HOME and Hibbs Homes Host Special Groundbreaking Ceremony For Wounded Veteran & Family

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The community is invited to break ground on a new home for an American Hero, U.S. Army Spc. Heath Howes and his family in Hawks Rest in Wildwood, MO. The ceremony will take place Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 1:00 p.m.

Operation FINALLY HOME, Hibbs General Contracting and Hibbs Homes will join U.S. Army Spc. Heath Howes and his family to celebrate a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of the family’s future custom-built, mortgage-free home, Thursday (March 22) at 1 p.m. The community is invited to welcome Heath, his wife Savannah, and their sons to the Hawks Rest community in Wildwood, Mo.

Having grown up in a military family, U.S. Army Spc. Heath Howes always knew he would follow in the footsteps of his family members. On January 25, 2011, Howes traveled to Ft. Sill, Oklahoma, to begin Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training to join the Field Artillery as a Cannon Crewmember. Following training, Howes received orders that he would be stationed at Ft. Bliss in El Paso, Texas. Eager to begin the next chapter of his life, Howes deployed to Afghanistan a few months later.

As he adjusted to military life abroad, Howes relied heavily on his faith to carry him through the tough days. Several months into his deployment, his combat outpost was attacked by a suicide bomber carrying over 1,200 pounds of explosives. Even though his unit was unharmed, Howes considers that day one of the longest of his deployment. On June 27, 2012, his truck was hit by a 200-pound IED (improvised explosive device) during a vehicle patrol. The driver, Howes’ best friend, and soldier sitting across from Howes were immediately killed, while Howes and his captain sustained life-threatening injuries. To this day, he cannot recall anything that happened following the explosion.

Howes’ injuries include post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a traumatic brain injury (TBI), a spinal burst, fractured ribs, nerve damage in his left leg, severe right ankle fracture, collapsed lung and more. He was honorably discharged in January 2014. His wife, Savannah, serves as his primary caretaker, driving him to the nearest VA facility that is two and a half hours away and helping him in his wheelchair when necessary. Although recovery is a long process, Howes remains determined to continue healing physically, mentally and spiritually. In recognition of his courageous military service, Howes had been honored with numerous awards, including a Purple Heart, an Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two stars, two Combat Action Badges, an Army Commendation Medal and NATO Medal.

Since Howes is currently unable to work, he spends his time coaching his sons’ T-ball and baseball teams, giving him a sense of purpose. His goal is to teach the young boys hard work, discipline and sportsmanship. As Howes continues to receive rehabilitative care, his wife hopes to eventually return to pharmacy training. Howes grew up in the St. Louis area and is looking forward to returning to be closer to family and friends. 

The Howes were surprised with the announcement they were receiving a new home at a St. Louis Cardinals game in September of 2016.

The home is being designed and built by Hibbs Homes.

Based in New Braunfels, Texas, Operation FINALLY HOME was established in 2005 as a nonpartisan/nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. The mission of Operation FINALLY HOME is to provide homes and home modifications to America’s military Heroes and the widows of the fallen who have sacrificed so much to defend our freedoms and values. For more information about Operation FINALLY HOME, visit OperationFINALLYHOME.org, follow @OpFINALLYHOME on Twitter and find us on Facebook.

Hibbs Homes is a leading custom home builder in the St. Louis area. Since 2004, the local builder has focused on custom and luxury homes for a variety of price ranges and lifestyles. For more, visit www.HibbsHomes.com.

Kadean Construction Completes Three Ambulatory Surgical Centers In Kansas And Wisconsin As Trend Grows Nationwide

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Kadean also is Constructing Two More ASCs in Florida and Indiana

Capitalizing on a growing trend in healthcare, St. Louis-based Kadean Construction has just completed three ambulatory surgical centers (ASC) in Kansas and Wisconsin, and is starting construction on two more centers in Michigan and Indiana, the company announced today.

“These ambulatory surgical centers are in demand,” said Mike Eveler, president of Kadean Construction. “As our nation’s population ages and the need for various joint replacements and other out-patient surgery continues to grow, these centers are providing an excellent medical service in local communities.”

All five centers are being built for Towson, Maryland-based SurgCenter Development, a corporation that partners with local surgeons to create physician-owned and operated ambulatory surgical centers (ASC).

The Overland Park Surgical Suites is in Overland Park, Kansas, a suburb of Kansas City, while the other two recently completed centers are located in Milwaukee and Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin.

The Overland Park facility is nearly 7,500 sq. ft. and located in a multi-tenant building; the Milwaukee Surgical Suites is in a single-user building totaling nearly 7,400 sq. ft.; and, the Pleasant Prairie facility – called the North Shore Surgical Suites – is nearly 7,100 sq. feet.

The two newest centers that Kadean is constructing are in Zeeland, Michigan, and Munster, Indiana. Both will be in the 7,000 – 7,500 sq. ft. range, Eveler said.

SurgCenter has developed 177 ASCs with approximately 1,250 physicians throughout the United States, said Dr. Stacey Berner, principal, CEO, and managing partner, of SurgCenter Development.

“Our centers and surgical suites are serving a tremendous need,” he said. “For example, our centers have provided more than 22,000 joint replacements since 2013. Last year alone, our SurgCenter facilities provided joint replacements to nearly 7,000 patients in 19 states.”

He said advancements in surgical technique and pain control enable doctors to perform what was once a very complex procedure in a few hours, and offer hip and knee replacement patients a shorter recovery time, usually in the comfort of their homes.

Dr. Berner said more than 96 percent of the joint replacement patients treated at SurgCenter Development facilities were discharged the same day. Following an average four-hour recovery, 94 percent of hip replacement patients and 97 percent of knee replacement patients went home the same day.

The readmission rate from joint replacement procedures was less than 1 percent, he added.

Kadean, which was recently named one of the “Fastest Growing Companies” in the St. Louis region by the St. Louis Business Journal for the second year in a row, previously built four other ASCs for SurgCenter Development in Grand Rapids and Lansing, Michigan, and Ocala and Hollywood, Florida, Eveler said.

The Business Journal’s ranking comes on the heels of Kadean being named mid-sized General Contractor of the Year by the American Subcontractors Association (ASA) Midwest Council. The organization honored Kadean for its commitment to working closely with its subcontractors, whom Eveler described as “dedicated partners and a big part of our company’s success for more than 50 years.”

Construction of ASCs is part of Kadean’s continuing growth strategy in its medical construction division, which includes major medical center construction and renovation, Eveler said.

Two of Kadean’s most recent medical construction projects include the completion of the $13.1 million expansion of the Siteman Cancer Center, a state-of-the-art outpatient treatment facility at Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital in suburban St. Louis, and a multi-million-dollar expansion of two floors of patient rooms at Missouri Baptist.

The company also is constructing independent and assisted senior living facilities in Sunset Hills and Independence, MO, Eveler said.

Kadean also specializes in pre-construction, design-build, construction management, and general contracting in the commercial and light industrial sector.

It is currently completing its fourth tilt-up distribution warehouse facility in the Aviator Business Park, near St. Louis-Lambert International Airport, for Panattoni Development.

Kadean also is preparing to start constructing two commercial distribution warehouse buildings at the Lakeview Commerce Centerin Edwardsville, IL, and KCI Logistics Center in suburban Kansas City, MO.

American Society of Concrete Contractors Awards Scholarships

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The American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC) Education, Research and Development Foundation has awarded three scholarships to students in the Concrete Industry Management (CIM) program. James Martin and Dimitry Petrov attend Middle Tennessee State University, Murpheesboro, TN and Jordan NuQue attends California State University, Chico, CA. Each received $5,000.

To qualify for the scholarship, a student must be enrolled full time in the CIM program and maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA.

The ASCC Foundation was created in 1989 to fund education and research that advances the quality and productivity of concrete construction.

MOWIT to provide scholarships to Women Building Nations 2017

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 The world’s largest tradeswomen conference is set again for Chicago, October 13 – 15.  Registration is now open!

WOMEN BUILD NATIONS is for women of all ages and all skill levels who work, or aspire to work, in the construction trades. Whether you are a pre-apprentice or a seasoned journeyperson, this conference provides a unique opportunity to learn from and connect with tradeswomen from around the country and the world.

WOMEN BUILD NATIONS speaks to every tradeswoman’s needs, offering workshops and plenary sessions facilitated by tradeswomen and featuring union leaders, apprenticeship coordinators, contractors and elected officials. Workshop tracks include, but are not limited to, Recruitment & Retention; Leadership Development; Policy/Politics and Beyond the Tools.

MOWIT is providing a block of shared rooms and registration for up to 12 area tradeswomen,  and CLUW is providing an additional 5 registration fees!

You can apply for these scholarships by sending a brief essay on why you want to go to info@mowit.org by Sunday, August 6th.  We will be reviewing these applications and begin selection of recipients August 7th!  For more information please call us at (636) 926-6948.

​Here is a link to the Conference home page.

 

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