Mike Chollet

Associated Builders and Contractors Names 82 Winning Projects Across U.S.


The Associated Builders and Contractors in mid-March announced a total of $2.14 billion worth of construction across 82 projects as the winners of its 33rd Annual Excellence in Construction Awards.

The EIC Awards are bestowed on projects coast to coast that demonstrate innovation, design-build excellence and productivity, according to Milton Graugnard, 2023 national chairman of the ABC’s board of directors.

“The Excellence in Construction Awards are the cornerstone competition in our industry, honoring the project teams that exemplify the best of the best in merit shop construction,” Graugnard said.

Winners include the National WWI Memorial in Washington D.C., the Mount Olympus Indoor Water Park in Lake Delton, Wisconsin and the Thibodaux Regional Medical Center’s Cancer Institute in Thibodaux, Louisiana. “Every one of these projects is exemplary and shows the diversity of what the merit shop construction industry builds and how we build projects safely, on time and on budget.”

The EIC Awards honor every member of the construction team – the contractor, owner, architect and engineer. Winning projects are judged on complexity, attractiveness, unique challenges that were overcome, completion time, innovation and safety.

A full list of winners is available here.

Home Builders Association Says 2023 Permits Sluggish


Data from the Home Builders Association of St. Louis and Eastern Missouri reveal a slow start to single-family and multifamily permit applications compared to a year ago.

2023 President Jeremy Roth says permits are off to a sluggish start in early 2023 with single-family permits down 52 percent and multifamily permits down 61 percent in January compared with the same period in 2022.

“Construction costs and higher mortgage rates continue to challenge the industry,” said Roth, “but builder confidence is climbing as the number of units under construction is high … and we expect permit numbers to strengthen in the spring months.”

January permit data was unavailable for St. Louis City, Festus and Pacific.

The percentages cited above are based upon the following detailed permit numbers from the HBA of St. Louis and Eastern Missouri:

S. M. Wilson & Co. Adds Bernie Burtch as Project Director and Promotes Matt Frank


S. M. Wilson & Co., a St. Louis-based construction manager and contracting firm, has added Bernie Burtch and promoted Matt Frank to the roles of Project Directors. Burtch and Frank provide leadership and operational oversight on a variety of construction projects. They are responsible for ensuring that the entire team has the resources necessary and maintains high-level communication throughout each stage of the process to meet the Owner’s schedule, budget and community engagement expectations.

Burtch is assigned to new construction and renovation projects for Fox Schools and the Illinois Capital Development Board. Frank is managing the construction of the new Francis Howell North High School.

Burtch brings extensive understanding and knowledge of safety, compliance and federal contracting. He has more than 29 years of industry experience, including large government, education, community and healthcare projects up to $749 million. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering and Technology from Montana State University and attended Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Construction Leadership Institute. Burtch earned the OSHA 30-hour Construction Safety and Health for Construction Industry certification as well as USACE Construction Quality Management for Contractors certification.

Frank has 27 years of construction experience, with an extensive background in the institutional and healthcare industry. He has worked on over $90 Million of healthcare projects, including 10 years working with Barnes-Jewish Hospital, eight years with St. Louis Children’s Hospital and four years working with St. Louis University Hospital. He holds a BA in Business Management from Webster University, OSHA 30-hour Construction Safety and Health for Construction Industry certification as well as his CHC (Certified Healthcare Constructor).

S. M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis and offices in Edwardsville, IL and Cape Girardeau, MO. Founded in 1921, S. M. Wilson is dedicated to going above and beyond expectations for their clients by putting people first. The 100% employee-owned company is one of the leading construction management firms in the Midwest. Areas of expertise include K-12 education, commercial, healthcare and industrial projects. For more information, visit www.smwilson.com.

Poettker Construction Honored as a National, Top-Performing US Construction Contractor by ABC


Company ranked 105 out of 250 member contractors

Poettker Construction Company of Breese, Illinois ranked 105 on Associated Builders and Contractors’ fifth annual Top Performers publication, which lists its contractor members that build the country’s most enduring, innovative, high-quality construction projects, ranked by work hours. In addition to the Top 250 Performers list, Poettker also ranked 50 on the Top 250 General Contractors list, ranked 5 on the Top Retail Contractors list, and ranked 20 on the Top Military Contractors list.

“I am beyond thrilled and proud of our exceptional team members and leaders in their ongoing commitment to implementing best construction practices both in the field and corporate office,” said Keith Poettker, chairman and CEO of Poettker Construction. “To be nationally recognized as a Top Performer is one of the greatest accomplishments our firm can make in demonstrating world-class safety and quality standards.”

As an ABC Top Performer, Poettker achieved Platinum status in ABC’s STEP Safety Management System, which makes the top-performing contractors more than six times safer than the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics industry average, according to ABC’s Safety Performance Report. The majority of the honorees also must earn ABC’s Accredited Quality Contractor credential, which recognizes commitment to corporate responsibility in quality, safety, talent management—including inclusion, diversity and equity—education and community relations.

Poettker was named an Accredited Quality Contractor by ABC in 2022, marking the first year the company earned the prestigious credential. Only 450 of the nation’s elite merit shop construction contractors earned the credential in 2021.

“Poettker Construction invests in and attributes our successes to our people, and our value proposition gives Poettker employees purpose, delivers quality to our clients and strengthens our bottom line,” said Ryan Poettker, president of Poettker Construction.

“Congratulations to Poettker for raising the bar in developing people, winning work and delivering that work safely, ethically and profitably,”  stated Michael Bellaman, President and CEO of ABC. “This year’s ABC Top Performers agree that culture is key. Not only is a strong corporate culture an essential component of a thriving and vibrant workplace, but it helps retain top talent, create safe and healthy jobsites, and build better communities. We honor this top-performing contractor and all employees at Poettker Construction who are placing the highest importance on investing in their people, health and safety, and innovation.”

Through STEP, AQC and other robust programs, Poettker demonstrates it:

  • Sustain and grow their businesses, financially and economically
  • Offer market-competitive compensation, benefit and retirement packages
  • Commit to world-class safety
  • Commit to workforce development, education and creating career opportunities
  • Commit to an inclusive and diverse work environment
  • Develop opportunities for their employees to achieve their career dreams
  • Cultivate committed leadership

Established in 1980, Poettker Construction is a second-generation, family-owned business specializing in construction management, design/build, general contracting, and self-perform services with an emphasis to exceed the client’s expectations. Poettker Construction is dedicated to providing safe, quality, sustainable, and technology solutions to clients in the Education, Distribution, Federal Government, Healthcare, Hospitality, Industrial, Multi-Family, Municipal, Recreation, Retail, and Utility industries. The company prides itself on building long-lasting relationships with their clients, business partners and the communities in which they work. For more information, visit www.poettkerconstruction.com.

President Biden’s Proposed Budget Includes Notable Tax Provisions


Submitted by Schmersahl Treloar

President Biden has released his proposed budget for the federal government for the 2024 fiscal year. The budget, which aims to cut the deficit by nearly $3 trillion over 10 years, includes numerous provisions that would affect the tax bills of both individuals and businesses. While most of these proposals stand little chance of enactment with a Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, they shed light on the Democrats’ priorities as they prepare for the 2024 election season.

Individual tax provisions
The proposed budget includes tax provisions that would affect taxpayers of various income levels. In particular, it would make the following changes:

Tax rates. The proposal would reinstate the top individual tax rate of 39.6% for single filers earning more than $400,000 ($450,000 for married couples).

Net investment income tax (NIIT). The NIIT on income over $400,000 would include all pass-through business income not otherwise covered by the NIIT or self-employment taxes. The budget also would increase both the additional Medicare tax rate and the NIIT rate by 1.2 percentage points. Thus, the Medicare tax rate would be 5% for earnings above $400,000, and the NIIT rate would be 5% for investment income above $400,000.

Capital gains tax. The highest capital gains rate now is 20% (or 23.8% if the NIIT applies). For individuals with taxable income of more than $1 million, the budget proposes that capital gains be taxed at ordinary rates, with 37% (or 40.8% with the NIIT) generally being the highest rate — or 39.6% (or 43.4% with the NIIT) if the top tax rate is raised.
Child tax credit (CTC). This proposal would expand the CTC and make it fully refundable and payable in advance on a monthly basis. For eligible parents, the credit would increase from $2,000 to $3,000 for children age six and older and $3,600 for children under age six.

The proposal also would establish a “presumptive eligibility” for determining when a taxpayer is eligible to claim a monthly specified child allowance or receive a monthly advance child payment. After a taxpayer establishes presumptive eligibility for a child, that child would be treated as a specified child of the taxpayer for each month during the period of the taxpayer’s presumptive eligibility.

Premium tax credits (PTCs). The American Rescue Plan Act expanded eligibility for healthcare insurance subsidies to taxpayers with household incomes above 400% of the federal poverty line for 2021 and 2022. It also reduced the applicable contribution percentage (the percentage of household income a taxpayer must contribute toward a healthcare insurance premium). The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) extended the expansion through 2025. The proposed budget would make this expansion permanent.

Cryptocurrency taxation. The proposal would amend the “wash-sale” rule to cover digital assets. The rule prohibits the deduction of a loss when the taxpayer acquires “substantially identical” investments within 30 days before or after the sale date.

Minimum wealth tax. The proposal would impose a minimum 25% tax on total income, generally inclusive of unrealized capital gains, for all taxpayers whose assets exceed liabilities by more than $100 million. According to the White House, the tax would apply to only the top 0.01% of taxpayers.

Gift and estate taxes. The proposal would close loopholes related to certain trust arrangements. Specifically, the changes would affect grantor-retained annuity trusts and charitable lead annuity trusts.

Business tax provisions
The proposed budget’s tax provisions target numerous issues of interest to businesses, including:
Corporate tax rates. The proposal would trim back the large cut made to the corporate tax rate in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). It would hike the tax rate for C corporations from 21% to 28% — still significantly less than the pre-TCJA rate of 35%. In addition, the effective global intangible low-taxed income (GILTI) rate would increase to 14%. Overall, with other proposed changes, the effective GILTI rate would rise to 21%.

Global minimum tax. The proposal would repeal Base Erosion and Anti-Abuse Tax (BEAT) liability, replacing it with an “undertaxed profits rule.” In conjunction with the GILTI regime, the rule would ensure that income earned by a multinational company, whether parented in the United States or elsewhere, is subject to a minimum rate of taxation regardless of where the income is earned.

Stock buyback excise tax. The IRA created a 1% excise tax on the fair market value when corporations buy back their stock, with the goal of reducing the difference in the tax treatment of buybacks and dividends. The proposal would quadruple the tax to 4%.

Carried interest loophole. A “carried interest” is a hedge fund manager’s contractual right to a share of a partnership’s profits. Currently, it’s taxable at the capital gains rate if certain conditions are satisfied. The budget proposes to close this loophole.

Like-kind exchanges. Owners of certain appreciated real property can defer the taxable gain on the exchange of the property for real property of a “like-kind.” The proposal would allow the deferral of gain up to an aggregate amount of $500,000 for each taxpayer ($1 million for married couples filing a joint return) each year for like-kind exchanges. Under this proposal, any like-kind gains in excess of $500,000 (or $1 million for married couples) in a year would be recognized in the year the taxpayer transfers the real property.

Low-income housing tax credit. The budget proposes to expand and enhance the largest federal incentive for affordable housing construction and rehabilitation.

The elephant in the room
The budget proposal doesn’t address many of the temporary tax provisions of the TCJA that have expired or are set to expire in the next few years. The increased standard deduction, reduced individual tax rates, qualified business income deduction for pass-through businesses, and limit on the state and local tax deduction are among the numerous provisions scheduled to expire at the end of 2025 — potentially affecting the tax liability of a wide swath of taxpayers. We’ll keep you informed if there’s significant movement on this front.

Call us at 314-966-2727 with any questions. https://www.stcpa.com/

Electrical Connection Donates Services & Materials for the 2023 St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway


A very special home is emerging in Dardenne Prairie in O’Fallon, Mo., and once again, the IBEW/NECA Electrical Connection is donating resources to build it.  When completed later this year, the sale of the 14th St. Jude Dream Home in St. Louis will benefit children served by the renowned St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  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 Contractors Association.  It is donating all electrical services to build the 2,711-square-foot, two-story home, which carries an estimated value of $711,000. The home is being built by Fischer Homes.  NECA contractor Grasser Electric and IBEW Local 1are performing the electrical work.

In June of this year, a total of 16,000 tickets will be available for a chance to win the home and other prizes at $100 each.  Last year, tickets to win the home sold out in 10 days. The drawing to give away the home will be carried live on FOX 2 on August 17, 2023.  For more information, visit www.stjude.org/give/dream-home/st-louis.html.

Located at 209 Kerry Downs Drive, the groundbreaking for this year’s St. Jude Dream Home was held on Feb. 10, 2023. The Grasser Electric/IBEW 1 team are currently roughing in electrical infrastructure.

“This year’s St. Louis Dream Home would not be possible without our incredible trade partners and vendors like IBEW Local 1/ Grasser Electric,” said Carrie Rogiers, marketing manager at Fischer Homes. “We are grateful for their support of the lifesaving research being done at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.”

The home features four bedrooms and two and a half baths; a spacious owner’s suite and bathroom; 17-foot ceilings in the family room with open concept living; a gourmet kitchen with an expansive island; a private study with French doors; flexible main-floor space for a casual living room, dining room, recreation room or an extra study space; a convenient second-floor laundry room; a three-car garage.  It also includes all of the Inverness subdivision amenities, including lakes, parks, open green space and walking trails.  It is located next to the Lake Forest County Club. 

“Our membership is inspired to serve this very worthy cause,” said Frank Jacobs, IBEW business manager.  “Countless families have relied on St. Jude’s critical research and treatment of childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.”

The home is built with the generosity and support of sponsors, trade partners, and the local community. Every dollar raised goes straight to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for funding research and providing care. 

“Our NECA contractors, like Grasser, excel at proficiently installing home electrical infrastructure and fixtures while ensuring everything is built to code,” noted Kyle McKenna, Executive Vice Presidentof St. Louis NECA.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. It is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to 80 percent since the hospital opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90 percent, and we won’t stop until no child dies from cancer. St. Jude freely shares the discoveries it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. Join the St. Jude mission by visiting stjude.org, liking St. Jude on Facebook (facebook.com/stjude) and following us on Twitter (@stjude).

The Electrical Connection IBEW/NECA partnership represents more than 5,000 highly skilled and safe IBEW Local 1 electricians and the more than 150 electrical contractors who employ them.  For more than 80 years, the partnership has trained more electricians/communication technicians than any education program in Missouri. Its award-winning work provides safe and reliable electrical construction, maintenance, repair and replacement services across Missouri, the nation and the world. Learn more at www.electricalconnection.org.

Founded in 1980, Fischer Homes has grown to build over 36,000 homes and employs 700 associates. Recognized as the 30th largest builder in the U.S., the company now has more than 200 new home communities throughout Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Georgia, and Missouri. Their beautifully designed homes offer choices for people in all stages of life and range in price from the $200s to over $1 million. If you would like to learn more about new Fischer Homes communities in the St. Louis area, please call or text 314-310-2188 or visit fischerhomes.com.

* Fischer Homes is not affiliated with Fischer & Frichtel Homes of St. Louis, Missouri.

Construction Industry Aligns to Fight Brain Injuries and Fatalities


The American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC) Education, Research & Development Foundation has announced the launch of a website dedicated to the construction industry’s transformation from hard-hats-to-helmets (H2H). Over the past few years many companies have made the H2H switch, and the new website is aimed at bringing further awareness to this life-saving topic.

ASCC’s Safety & Risk Management Council (SRMC) is a group dedicated to addressing safety performance and reducing job-related hazards and making sure ASCC contractors are the safest in the industry. The SRMC focuses on the most relevant topics to provide industry leadership, and the H2H initiative was borne out of the desire to reduce the frequency and severity of head injuries in the construction industry.

ASCC developed this website to provide a one-stop-shop for information related to features, benefits and current and emerging technologies of impact and energy absorbing construction helmets. Structural Technologies, LLC, an ASCC Sustaining Member company, provided support to build the site.

Peter Emmons from Structural Technologies stated, “we are pleased to work with ASCC and other industry partner organizations to support this website which will help get the message out.” He went on to add, “and that message is simple – the construction industry can reduce the number of head injuries and fatalities today by saying no to continuing to use 60-year-old hard hat designs and yes to helmets that deliver the best technology available for head protection.”

Extensively tested and approved throughout the world, construction helmets, like helmets used for activities such as biking, skiing, and others provide protection from head injuries due to falls as well as impact and penetration resistance to all areas of the head. H2H, with support from industry organizations and partners, will continue to share a message that will lead to the reduction of traumatic brain injuries and deaths in the construction industry. The H2H website provides information regarding regulatory requirements, research and development, the evolution of the hard hat to the helmet, helmet success stories, and detailed product information from helmet manufacturers.

Founded in 1964 and headquartered in St. Louis, Mo., the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC) is a non-profit association developed by concrete contractors for concrete contractors to provide a unified voice for the industry. Since its beginnings, the ASCC has grown to represent approximately 730 companies worldwide, providing unmatched support for industry knowledge, best practices and recognition. Members of the ASCC represent concrete and general contracting firms, manufacturers, suppliers, designers and other concrete industry professionals both in the field and in the office. This powerful organization remains committed to helping concrete contractors improve their businesses and their roles as contractors by providing the tools to grow business and provide the highest quality product.

STRUCTURAL TECHNOLOGIES is firmly committed to its mission of making structures stronger and last longer. We develop and integrate products, engineering support, repair and maintenance services to provide value-added solutions to owners, engineers and contractors. STRUCTURAL TECHNOLOGIES provides state-of-the-art proprietary products and engineering support and delivers repair & maintenance services through our construction licensees.

McClure Engineering Announces Two New Principals

Alex Pugh
Austin Strieker

McClure Engineering, a St. Louis-based mechanical and electrical consulting engineering firm, promoted Alex Pugh, P.E. and Austin Strieker, P.E. to the position of Principal. In his new role, Pugh will continue to focus on developing McClure Engineering’s strength, partnering with architectural partners in pursuit of design and construction projects. Alternatively, Strieker will focus his efforts on strengthening McClure Engineering’s healthcare presence in Illinois. Strieker will continue to oversee new projects and clients and serve as a mentor to new employees, while also working to develop new client relationships.

“We are proud to announce we have promoted Alex Pugh and Austin Strieker to the role of Principal at McClure Engineering,” said Keith Esarey, president of McClure Engineering. “These promotions reflect the great work they have been performing and their excellent leadership at McClure Engineering. We’re confident their skill sets will serve the company well as we continue to grow.”

Starting with McClure Engineering in 2010, Pugh has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Missouri – Columbia. His projects have included industrial, healthcare, and higher education teaching laboratories. He has also handled project management, system design, and construction administration on institutional developments with multi-million-dollar construction budgets. In addition, Pugh has administered lead mechanical and plumbing project engineering duties for construction of registered historical buildings, museums, theatres, higher education scientific laboratories, and industrial aeronautical production and testing facilities.  

Joining McClure Engineering as an intern 15 years ago, Strieker boasts a BS in Electrical Engineering from St. Louis University. Strieker has been involved in a variety of projects including major renovations and additions to educational, office, recreational, and healthcare facilities.  Within the project teams, he has been responsible for the electrical, telecom, and fire alarm design.  Along with design, Strieker is active in construction administration, providing insight and advice to contractors to ease installation and ensure quality control.  He has consulted in the development of campus wide standards for technology systems, access control, surveillance systems, IP and analog intercom systems, low and medium voltage transmission, and customer sub-metering. Strieker has also performed various technical studies including the evaluation of healthcare emergency power systems.

About McClure Engineering

McClure Engineering is a mechanical and electrical consulting engineering firm established in 1953 and dedicated to the development of innovative solutions to unique engineering problems. McClure Engineering serves clients in an array of industries that include campus projects, K-12 educational facilities, healthcare and corporate and industrial buildings. The firm is committed to establishing and retaining close relationships with building owners and management, ensuring their solutions and designs are efficient and operational for years to come. For project profiles, services and more, visit McClure Engineering online at www.mcclureeng.com

Mia Rose Holdings Adds New Director of Construction Role


Growing St. Louis-based developer Mia Rose Holdings (MRH) continues to expand its leadership team with the addition of Zac Deets in the new role of Director of Construction. Deets brings 18 years of construction superintendent experience and is responsible for overseeing all aspects of construction projects, including ensuring budget and schedule alignment. The firm has numerous multifamily developments in various stages of construction across Northwest Arkansas and the St. Louis region. He holds an Associate of Science in Construction Engineering from Morrison Institute of Technology.


Mia Rose Holdings LLC (MRH) is a Chesterfield, MO-based commercial real estate development company that actively acquires and develops real estate to support the needs and vision of local communities. MRH provides comprehensive, first-class development services through partnerships with the best and brightest in commercial brokerage, engineering, architectural and construction services. Mixed-use and luxury multi-family developments include The Junction in Wentzville, PURE Springdale and PURE Lowell in Northwest Arkansas, 44 West Luxury Living in St. Louis County and The Prairie and The Meadows in Western St. Charles County. MRH was formed in 2014 by Tom Kaiman who oversaw more than $1 billion in development during his previous 15 years of design and construction experience. In addition to multi-family and mixed-use developments, MRH has a strong niche developing and consulting for ice rinks and other athletic facilities, including Maryville University Hockey Center, Pacific Ice Rink and Chesterfield Sports Complex. For more information about Mia Rose Holdings, visit www.miaroseholdings.org.

The Nicholas: 100-Year-OId Midtown Building Saved, Reimagined


Two weeks before a century-old former, vacant office building on South Grand Avenue was scheduled to be razed, a dedicated project team sprang into action and began design on what is now a six-story, 28-unit apartment building that is wrapping up construction by April 1.

Trivers Principal Joel Fuoss, whose firm has redesigned and rehabilitated more than 100 buildings on the National Historic Register including four national landmarks and one national monument, says the architectural firm was at another meeting for another project in the Midtown redevelopment area during 2020 when St. Louis Redevelopment Corporation Executive Director Brooks Goedeker mentioned the 1500 South Grand Avenue building that was built in 1912 by developer and constructor Nicholas Pelligreen. Goedeker asked if anyone were interested in the structure, which was on the list for imminent demolition.

“We’d been speaking with (AHM Group Co-Founder and Principal) Kyle Howerton about other work he was doing,” said Fuoss. “I reached out to Kyle that very evening and he said he’d love to take a look at it. Kyle spoke with Brooks and made it happen.”

In late summer to early fall of 2020, the project team began the redesign with owner/developer AHM Group, general contractor Blackline Design + Construction, civil engineer Civil Design, Inc. and KPFF Consulting Engineers. The $8 million project is just wrapping up now.

“Our collective vision is that The Nicholas (named after Pelligreen) is designed to be a respite from the hectic, stressful nature of the healthcare environment as a destination for those working at Saint Louis University, SSM Hospital and SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital, all of which are within walking distance of the building,” Fuoss said. “This restoration aims to add vibrancy and density to Midtown.”

AHM Group Principal Brian Pratt agrees. “Neighborhood redevelopment is critical to the revitalization of St. Louis,” he said. “This rehabilitated property in a highly visible location will be a good example of how we can strengthen and grow this community through design and development.”

In addition to apartments, the ground floor has commercial spaces at the corner and at its previous, historic main entrance along Grand Avenue.

1 2 3 377