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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.

McGrath & Associates promotes Nicholas Knobbe to Project Director

Nicholas Knobbe

Nicholas Knobbe has been promoted to Project Development Manager at McGrath & Associates, a 100 percent employee-owned general contractor and construction management firm. Knobbe has been with McGrath & Associates for more than 11 years, with responsibilities in estimating and preconstruction services. 

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

April 14, 2017

Klipsch-Kelley Named Director of Sales and Marketing of The Sheridan at Creve Coeur Memory Care Community  

Sue Klipsch-Kelley

Sue Klipsch-Kelley has been named director of sales and marketing of The Sheridan at Creve Coeur, a newly opened 53-unit memory care community at 450 N. Lindbergh in Creve Coeur, Mo. Klipsch-Kelley has more than 30 years of experience in professional service to seniors.

The Sheridan at Creve Coeur is one of three senior living communities being built in metro St. Louis by Senior Lifestyle Corporation, a closely-held national owner, operator and developer of senior housing based in Chicago, Ill.  The other Sheridan communities are in Chesterfield and Sunset Hills.

S.M. Wilson Hires Rachel Thess As Project Engineer And Jessica Kornfeld As Project Assistant/Job Accountant

Jessica Kornfeld

S. M. Wilson & Co. has hired Rachel Thess as Project Engineer and Jessica Kornfeld at Project Assistant/Job Accountant.

Thess will be responsible for helping establish procedures with the design professionals, consultants and Owner of projects for information flow, approvals, meetings and reporting. She will also track shop drawings, submittals, material deliveries and RFIs through the duration of projects and assist the Project Manager with MBE/WBE participation and workforce inclusion. Thess has a BA in Business Administration from Lindenwood University and is pursuing her Masters in Construction Management at Washington University.

Kornfeild is S. M. Wilson’s new Project Assistant/Job Accountant. She holds a BS in Accounting and Business Management from Missouri Baptist University.

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

KAI Design & Build Engineering Department Hires Five New Employees

  • Jeffrey Kidwell

    Jeffrey Kidwell of St. Louis, MO as Senior Plumbing Designer. Kidwell brings 35 years of industry experience to KAI Design & Build, most recently as Plumbing Designer at United Excel Design in St. Louis, MO.  He specializes in private sector and government/military healthcare plumbing, medical/dental gas, and fire protection design, with a large number of completed healthcare projects throughout the United States. Kidwell has an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science with a minor in Architectural Technology from Meramec Community College in St. Louis, MO.

  • Darryl Mensinger

    Darryl Mensinger, LC, LEED AP, of Black Jack, MO as Electrical Designer. Mensinger possesses nearly 40 years of industry experience, most recently as an Electrical Designer at United Excel Design in St. Louis, MO. Mensinger is Lighting Certified (LC) by the National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions (NCQLP), and he is also a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP) by the U.S. Green Building Association (USGBC).  He will be responsible for practicing lighting design in the electrical section as well as developing and maintaining standards and tools to support the lighting design process and LEED documentation. Mensinger has an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science with a minor in Electrical/Electronic Engineering Technology from St. Louis Community College in Florissant, MO.

  • Courtney Davis

    Courtney Davis of Florissant, MO as Senior Electrical Designer. Davis joins KAI Design & Build with 36 years of professional experience, most recently as an Electrical Designer at United Excel Design in St. Louis, MO. As Senior Electrical Designer, he will be responsible for the designing of lighting, power, low voltage systems, specification editing and calculation on new and renovation projects. Davis is a member of BICSI and the International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI) and previously taught courses on electrical design at Vatterott College.

  • Sean Fruin

    Sean Fruin of St. Louis, MO as Mechanical Designer. Fruin joins KAI Design & Build from United Excel Design in St. Louis, MO, where he was a Mechanical Designer. Fruin will work within KAI’s multi-disciplined team on the design, coordination and production of engineering construction and bid documents on complex projects. He will also be responsible for collaborating with lead engineers at KAI’s headquarters in St. Louis, MO and its affiliate offices on design efforts from start to finish to ensure compliance with scope, budget and schedule. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and is a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). Fruin is also an Engineering Intern (EI).

  • Tori Gillespie

    Tori Gillespie of St. Louis, MO as Mechanical Designer. Gillespie brings nearly 10 years of industry experience to KAI Design & Build. Prior to KAI, she was a Mechanical Designer at United Excel Design in St. Louis, MO. Gillespie will work within KAI’s multi-disciplined team on the design, coordination and production of engineering construction and bid documents on complex projects. She will also be responsible for collaborating with lead engineers at KAI’s headquarters in St. Louis, MO and its affiliate offices on design efforts from start to finish to ensure compliance with scope, budget and schedule. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Missouri – St. Louis and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Webster University in Webster Groves, MO.  Gillespie is also an Engineering Intern (EI) and a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (AKA), National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).

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

The UP Companies Hires Richard Guinn as Project Assistant

Richard Guinn

The UP Companies has hired Richard Guinn of Florissant, MO as a Project Assistant in its Power UP electrical division. Of his 10 years of industry experience, Guinn comes to The UP Companies from Marine Technology Inc. where he was a Maintenance Technician.

As Project Assistant, Guinn is responsible for setting up electrical jobs, entering change orders, coordinating electrical permits and inspections, issuing purchase orders, updating job projection sheets, coordinating employee interviews, closing out documents, and making travel arrangements, among other tasks. He has an Associate’s Degree in Electrical Construction and Design Management from Ranken Technical College in St. Louis, MO.

The UP Companies (UPCO) is one of the region’s largest full-service MBE-certified contractual providers.

Spellman Brady & Company Hires Bryn Krusie

Bryn Krusie

Spellman Brady and Company is pleased to announce that Bryn Krusie has joined its design firm as a Designer and Art Associate.  In addition to individual project interior design, Ms. Krusie is responsible for developing artwork master plans for senior living, healthcare and higher education projects.

Ms. Krusie earned an Associates Degree of Applied Science in Interior Design and Certificate of Specialization in Kitchen and Bath Design from St. Louis Community College.  She brings 9 years of interior design experience to her position and is also EDAC-certified – “Evidence-Based Design Accreditation Certification”.

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

Jeremy Maddox Promoted to Vice President of Business Development at Holland Construction 

Jeremy Maddox

Mike Marchal, president of Holland Construction Services (Holland), is pleased to announce the promotion of Jeremy Maddox to the new position of Vice President of Business Development.

Jeremy came to Holland in 2016 with over 18 years of experience in the construction industry, including project management, preconstruction, business development and as a market leader for federal contracting.

He played a key role in Holland’s preconstruction department before taking on his new role as Vice President of Business Development.  In his new position, Jeremy will be responsible for developing and implementing new strategic initiatives for Holland as the company continues to grow.

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.  

HDA Architects Promotions

Kyle Wilson

HDA Architects is pleased to announce the promotion of Kyle Wilson to Managing Director, and Josh Goodman to Director of Operations. Kyle Wilson joined the HDA Architects team as an intern in 2004. He is a licensed architect and a member of the American Institute of Architects.

Josh Goodman

Josh Goodman has been with HDA for 12 years working as a Project Manager. He is a licensed architect and a member of the American Institute of Architects.

HDA Architects has been in business for 31 years and has designed over 100 million square feet in over 40 states.

Al Miller Retires from S. M. Wilson & Co.

Al Miller

After 27 years, Al Miller, Director of Human Resources, retired from S. M. Wilson & Co. at the end of March 2017. Al is the grandson of founder Shouse McGarvey Wilson.

Miller began his career with his family’s firm in the safety department, becoming the firm’s first fulltime Director of Safety in 1990. In his role as the Director of Safety, he was able to instate new safety policies and instill a culture of safety throughout the firm. Under Miller’s direction, the firm consistently maintained a below-industry EMR average.

In 2005, Miller again made history in the firm as the first Director of Human Resources. In this position, “he brought a depth of understanding and empathy regarding our employees that helped cement our reputation as a caring, fun, committed and totally professional construction company,” said Scott Wilson, the firm’s CEO.

Miller was also chairman of S. M. Wilson’s annual Swinging Fore Dreams Golf Tournament. Over ten years, the tournament raised more than $300,000 for the Dream Factory of Saint Louis.

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

April 7, 2017

S. M. Wilson Names Bob Cashdollar, MPM as Senior Project Manager
Bob Cashdollar

S. M. Wilson & Co, has hired Bob Cashdollar, MPM. as a Senior Project Manager. Cashdollar will be responsible for managing multi-million dollar retail construction projects. His duties include project planning, scheduling, tracking costs and maintaining logs for all project information.  He has 25 years of experience in the construction industry, and has worked on a variety of retail, hospitality, education, historic renovation and commercial projects.

Cashdollar attended Moraine Valley College and Washburne Trade School. He has an OSHA 30 Hour Construction Safety and his Master Project Manager (MPM) from the American Academy of Project Management.

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

New Etegra Team Member

Bruce Levitt, P.E., Vice President, Engineering at Etegra has announced that Janis Christopher, RCDD, has joined the team. She is bringing extensive experience in the design of technical communications systems, IT, security, AV and structured cabling. Her skills will help build upon and are complementary to their MEPF team.

Tim Hummel joins Wiegmann Associates as HVAC Service Sales Engineer

Tim Hummel

Tim Hummel of Union, MO, has joined Wiegmann Associates as an HVAC Service Sales Engineer. Hummel manages preventative maintenance programs and HVAC installation and repair projects for Wiegmann Associates’ commercial and industrial clients. He also teams with Wiegmann project managers to offer preventative maintenance and service to prospective customers in the St. Louis region.

Hummel has 32 years of experience in the HVAC industry. He holds an associate’s degree in Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology from Ranken Technical College.

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

 

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