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S. M. Wilson Virtual Design & Construction Technology Manager Jamie Berzon Rreceives CM-BIM

Jamie Berzon

S. M. Wilson & Co. Virtual Design & Construction (VD&C) Technology Manager Jamie Berzon has received her Certificate of Management-Building Information Modeling (CM-BIM).

The professional accreditation offered by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) denotes Berzon’s knowledge and understanding of concepts related to Building Information Modeling (BIM) adoption, practice and process transformation.

Not just a tech certificate for BIM software and applications, AGC’s CM-BIM program combines the latest information on BIM processes and technologies, step-by-step procedures for integrating BIM into the project delivery process, real-life studies of successful BIM implementation and the practical issues needed when utilizing BIM on a construction project.

As S. M. Wilson’s VD&C Technology Manager, Berzon oversees and manages the company’s Virtual Design & Construction processes. She works directly with project teams to assist in project delivery throughout construction utilizing Building Information Modeling and construction technology.

With her new accreditation, Berzon will also be responsible for managing the firm’s BIM processes for internal and external use including estimating, generating 3D/4D/5D site logistics and site safety plans and models, renderings and animations to illustrate project approach and demonstrate virtual design and construction capabilities during pursuits. In addition, she will oversee BIM/VDC Quality Control which ensures the coordinated BIM models are used by the trades when placing components in the field.

Berzon has been with S. M. Wilson for 24 years, originally joining the firm as a project engineer. She has B.S. in Architecture from the University of Virginia and M.A. in Construction Management from Washington University. She was also recognized in Constructech magazine’s annual Women in Construction List for 2018. 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. For more information, visit www.smwilson.com. 

January 7, 2022

Oculus Inc. Adds Lilly Touchette to Marketing Team 

Touchette brings social media, marketing skills to firm 

Lilly Touchette

Oculus Inc., a full-service architecture and interior design firm, has added Lilly Touchette as a marketing assistant. Touchette will be based at Oculus’ St. Louis headquarters, but will also assist the marketing needs of the firm’s Dallas and Portland offices, respectively.  

“We would like to welcome Lilly to Oculus Inc.,” said Lisa Bell-Reim, Oculus Inc. president. “She will play an instrumental role in helping our talented marketing team continue to get the word out about the great work we are doing all over the country. Her experience in marketing and social media will be essential in these efforts.”  

In her current role of marketing assistant, Touchette will assist the marketing team in the execution of marketing and business developing endeavors. Prior to Oculus Inc., she worked as the social media community manager for a marketing firm in St. Louis. She also has additional experience with marketing in the construction industry. Touchette is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Journalism with an emphasis in Strategic Communication.   

Oculus Inc. is headquartered in St. Louis and has offices in Dallas and Portland, Ore. 

Oculus Inc. delivers comprehensive architecture, interior design, planning and move management services with a driving aesthetic to Connect | Shape | Move people, experiences, sensibilities and spaces. Oculus creates high-performance design that supports change and promotes value for clients in the commercial, education, government, healthcare, hospitality, retail, restaurant and workplace industries. Oculus has offices in St. Louis, Dallas and Portland, Ore., is WBE-certified and is regularly cited in top industry rankings for architecture and design. Oculusinc.com. 

IMPACT Strategies Adds Three New Field Staff Members

Fechte, Liszewski, and Reed expand the firm’s on-site capacity.

IMPACT Strategies’ field staff has grown by three – the firm has added Ron Reed as a Superintendent, and Brett Fechte and Corey Liszewski as Carpenters.

Ron Reed

Ron Reed is a 30+ year construction industry veteran, having worked primarily in residential and multifamily construction as a foreman. In his new position at IMPACT, his responsibilities will consist of all field operations including safety, quality control, daily scheduling of on-site work activities and subcontractor coordination. An avid hockey and football fan, Ron also enjoys off-roading on his ATV or cruising on his motorcycle down the area’s most scenic roads. He and his wife, Susan, live in Collinsville, IL.

Brett Fechte

Brett Fechte holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He joins IMPACT Strategies after more than five years working in exterior/interior carpentry construction. Fechte lives in Troy, Illinois with his wife, Katie.

Corey Liszewski

Corey Liszewski brings nearly three years of experience in carpentry to his new position at the firm. He and his wife live in New Minden, Illinois. In his spare time, Corey enjoys music, target shooting, and all things vehicle related.

Scott Manning, Director of Construction Operations at IMPACT Strategies said, “We are thrilled to have Ron, Brett, and Corey on board. Their varied experience and backgrounds add depth to the already robust teams at each jobsite. We’re pleased to welcome all three of them to the IMPACT Strategies family.”

Castle Contracting Promotes Tanner Bunch and Charles Danner to Senior Project Engineer

Castle Contracting, LLC has promoted Tanner Bunch and Charles Danner from Project Engineer to Senior Project Engineer.

In their new roles, both will take on greater project management responsibilities and expand their leadership capabilities.

Bunch began his Castle career as an intern in 2016 and joined the company full-time as Project Engineer in 2019. A member of Castle’s MEP/Utility team, he estimates and manages a variety of civil electrical projects.

Bunch earned a bachelor’s degree in construction management from Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo. He also serves as a member of the Advisory Council for the State Technical College of Missouri in Linn, Mo.

Danner joined Castle in 2018 as Project Engineer on the Estimating team. He currently coordinates civil sitework on the Next NGA West campus under construction in north St. Louis city.

Danner earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering technologies from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Mo. He’s a member of the Young Executives of SITE Improvement Association, an independent construction contractor group representing more than 220 contractors and businesses. Danner previously served in the U.S. Air Force.

“Both Tanner and Charlie are essential members of the Castle team, and these promotions recognize their diligence, professional growth and leadership potential,” said Castle Vice President of Operations Michael Pranger.

AGC of Missouri Names 2022 Leadership

Branco Enterprises, Inc.’s Sean Thouvenot to Lead Statewide Organization

Sean Thouvenot

The Associated General Contractors of Missouri (AGCMO) announced its 2022 officers and board of directors for the statewide association representing contractors and suppliers in 110 counties throughout Missouri.

Sean Thouvenot, vice president of Branco Enterprises, Inc. has been elected chairman of the board.  Branco Enterprises, Inc., with offices in Neosho and Springfield, MO, was founded in 1933 as Branham Construction and has grown to be a leading provider of general contracting, design build and construction management services in the four state region. Branco Enterprises, Inc. has been a member of AGC since 1986 and Thouvenot has served on the AGC of Missouri board since the merger with AGC of St. Louis in 2015. 

Other AGC of Missouri officers for 2022 are: chairman-elect of the board – Tom Huster, KCI Construction Company; secretary/treasurer – Andy Ernst, Pace Construction Company; and immediate past chair – Scott Drury, Bloomsdale Excavating Co., Inc.  Also serving on the 2022 board of directors are highway & transportation division chair – Steve Bubanovich, H. R. Quadri Contractors, LLC; building division chair –Michael Kennedy, Jr., KAI Enterprises; and Steve Sellenriek of Sellenriek Construction, Inc. who recently was elected chair of AGCMO’s new utility infrastructure division. 

Serving on the board as directors representing contractor members are Doug Fronick, APAC-Central, Inc.; Mike Rallo, Jr., PARIC Corporation; Earl Ming, Alberici Constructors, Inc.; Mike Luth, Fred M. Luth & Sons, Inc.; and Kyle Phillips, Herzog Contracting Corp.

Jeff Montgomery of IWR North America also will serve as a director, representing specialty contractors, while Nalini S. Mahadevan of MLO Law LCC will serve as director, representing supplier/service providers. Collin Greene of Wright Construction Services, Inc. will serve ex-officio, representing the Construction Leadership Council. John LoBello of Travelers will serve ex-officio, representing the Young Executives Club.

The Associated General Contractors of Missouri (AGCMO) represents the united voice of the construction industry throughout the state of Missouri. AGC of Missouri represents nearly 550 commercial, industrial, heavy and highway contractors, industry partners and related firms in 110 counties across the state of Missouri. AGCMO operates offices in St. Louis, Jefferson City and Springfield. Visit: www.agcmo.org

Kyle McKenna to Lead the St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) As Executive Vice President

Kyle McKenna

The St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) has named Kyle McKenna its new executive vice president.  NECA represents more than 150 electrical and communications contractors located in eastern Missouri.  All NECA contractors are signatory to collective bargaining agreements with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW).  NECA partners with IBEW Local 1 to form the Electrical Connection.  McKenna succeeds Douglas R. Martin, who has led NECA for more than 40 years.

A labor and employment attorney, McKenna has served as assistant executive director of NECA for the past two years. He will be responsible for negotiation and administration of collective bargaining agreements with three local unions of the IBEW, under which approximately 5,000 electricians and communication technicians are employed.  He will also serve as a management trustee on multi-employer health, pension, and other employee benefit funds.  In addition, McKenna will coordinate education, marketing, and public relations programs for member contractors and serve as a spokesman before governmental agencies in connection with legislation impacting the electrical and communication contracting industry. 

McKenna earned his law degree from Saint Louis University School of Law and has a degree in political science from the University of Missouri-Columbia.  He has previously served as a labor and employment attorney with Armstrong Teasdale, LLC and as a field attorney for the National Labor Relations Board. 

Like its IBEW partner, NECA can trace its roots to the first commercial use of electricity.  NECA was founded in 1901, 10 years after IBEW Local 1 in St. Louis founded the first electrical union in 1891.  The St. Louis Chapter NECA received its charter in 1940 and with the IBEW, established the IBEW/NECA Electrical Industry Training Center the following year, pioneering apprenticeship training in Missouri for the electrical and communications industry. Together, NECA and IBEW Local 1 have trained more highly skilled and safe electricians and communication technicians than any other education program in the state. Learn more about NECA at www.stlneca.org.

The Electrical Connection IBEW/NECA partnership markets member skills and safety, invests in workforce development, develops strategic business and education partnerships, fortifies STEM education, and develops IBEW/NECA as a valuable resource to meet Missouri’s future energy and technology needs. Sixteen Electrical Connection-member contractors are among the 17 largest electrical contractors in the region ranked annually by the St. Louis Business Journal.  Learn more at www.electricalconnection.org.

December 31, 2021

In Memoriam:

Donald R. Carmody, Co-Founder and Principal of Carmody MacDonald P.C., Remembered

Donald R. Carmody

Donald R. Carmody, founder and long-time principal at St. Louis-based law firm Carmody MacDonald P.C., died peacefully on December 19, 2021, from cancer. He was 79 years old. Don is survived by his wife Pat, three sons, three grandchildren, and countless close personal friends.

“We are deeply saddened by Don’s passing. He will be greatly missed by everyone at our firm as well as his many friends and clients,” said Jerry Carmody, Don’s brother and law partner. “In addition to being a great lawyer and mentor, Don built the firm by cultivating personal relationships and forming lasting friendships. He greatly influenced the culture of unity and dedication to excellence that is the core of our firm’s identity today.”

Don founded Carmody MacDonald in 1981 with Leo MacDonald, Sr., Jack Hilton, and Tim Wolf.  Since its founding, and with Don’s leadership, the firm has grown to become one of the largest single-office law firms in St. Louis with 85 employees, including 55 attorneys.

            Don received his Bachelor of Science degree from Spring Hill College in 1964 and his law degree in 1967 from the University of Missouri – Columbia. He concentrated his practice in business law, banking and finance, and real estate.  He served as lead counsel in many complicated real estate transactions and was the lead litigator in a variety of trial and appellate court cases. For over a decade, Don appeared on the list of Best Lawyers in America and in 2018 he received the inaugural ICON Award from Missouri Lawyers Weekly in recognition of his exemplary career and longstanding commitment to the Missouri legal community.

Don served as vice chairman of a Missouri banking corporation and was a Past Chairman of the Bar Association’s Legal Issues Affecting the Disabled Committee. In the early 1980s, he received the St. Louis Grand Jury Good Citizenship Award for assisting police in apprehending a hit-and-run drunk driver who had struck a pedestrian.

He had a passion for serving his church and for helping families.  He served as an Ambassador with St. Louis Healthy Families and as a board member of the Missouri Family Policy Council.  Don was also a member and Past President of Legatus, an international association of high-level Catholic business leaders and laypersons exploring the intersection of faith and business as they live their Catholic identity. 

Outside of law and serving the community, he was honored to be inducted into the Chaminade College Preparatory School Sports Hall of Fame in 2016 for his outstanding achievements as a student-athlete.

For more information on Carmody MacDonald, visit www.carmodymacdonald.com.

December 24, 2021

Amber James Joins Knoebel Construction as Director of Human Resources

Amber James

Amber James, PHR of O’Fallon, MO, has joined Knoebel Construction as Director of Human Resources. She is responsible for developing and administering strategic Human Resource Management programs, policies, and procedures that are designed to develop employee contributions to company goals and objectives while creating a positive environment through effective employee-employer relationships. 

Amber James brings eight years as a strategic Human Resources professional focused on improving the employee experience by personalizing each stage of the employee life cycle. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Technical Management from DeVry University and received her Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification through the HR Certificate Institute (HRCI).

Knoebel Construction, Inc. is a national general contractor specializing in retail center, multi-use, restaurant, grocery, healthcare and retail store construction. Projects range from major regional shopping centers to local restaurants. Celebrating its 40-year anniversary in 2021, Knoebel Construction provides full-service development and general contracting services to real estate development firms, independent restaurant and retail owners, and retailers. For more information, visit www.knoebelconstruction.com or call (636) 326-4100.

Kadean Construction Adds Three New Professionals to St. Louis Headquarters

Kadean Construction has added three professionals in the design-build contractor’s St. Louis headquarters, including a newly created human resources position, to support the company’s continued growth.  Ryan Grass has joined Kadean as Project Manager, Jacob Davis as Senior Project Engineer and Sarah Farias as Human Resources Administrator.  Kadean also added three additional professionals in its Kansas City office and was recently ranked the 12th fastest growing company between 2018 and 2020 by the St. Louis Business Journal.

Ryan Grass

Grass will be responsible for all aspects of a project and has provided project engineering and management working on large scale projects around the country. He has ten years of professional experience and holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Missouri – Columbia.

Jacob Davis

Davis will assist in preconstruction efforts to secure new clients for Kadean.  He has five years of professional experience and holds a BS in Construction & Project Management from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville.

Sarah Farias

Farias will focus on hiring talented new people and fills a new position created at Kadean due to the company’s continued growth.  She holds a BA in Communications and Advertising from Universidade Salgado de Oliveria in Recife, Brazil. 

ABOUT KADEAN

Kadean Construction is a 58-year-old design-build focused commercial construction company specializing in pre-construction, construction management and general contracting services at the local, regional and national level in the industrial, healthcare, multifamily, cannabis, science & technology, institutional, food & beverage and commercial markets.  For more information, visit www.kadean.com

Brinkmann Constructors Hires Samantha Cook as Chief Financial Officer

Samantha Cook

Cook brings more than 15 years of experience to the role

Brinkmann Constructors has hired Samantha Cook as Chief Financial Officer. Samantha has more than 15 years of experience in the construction industry managing financial services.

Samantha will be responsible for aligning Brinkmann’s accounting, finance and technology with plans for future growth as well as setting overall financial strategy for the organization.

“Samantha’s knowledge and understanding of the construction industry, coupled with her experience with strategic growth and financial planning, make her the perfect fit for Brinkmann,” said Brian D. Satterthwaite, President of Brinkmann Constructors.

Prior to joining Brinkmann, Samantha managed more than $4 billion in revenue for a general contractor while developing strategic market and segment analysis forecasts, leading teams to implement technology and change management and directing strategic segmentation of projects to drive revenue and profit.

Samantha was named a 2019 Top Influential Women in Real Estate by the RE Journals and won the 2019 Inclusion Award from SLCCC. She is on the board of directors of NAWIC and is a CREW STL member.

Brinkmann Constructors is a national general contractor offering design/build, design/assist and construction management services to a wide variety of commercial industries, including student housing, senior living, industrial and retail. Visit www.brinkmannconstructors.com or call 636-537-9700 for more information.

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S. M. Wilson Virtual Design & Construction Technology Manager Jamie Berzon Receives CM-BIM

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S. M. Wilson & Co. Virtual Design & Construction (VD&C) Technology Manager Jamie Berzon has received her Certificate of Management-Building Information Modeling (CM-BIM).

The professional accreditation offered by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) denotes Berzon’s knowledge and understanding of concepts related to Building Information Modeling (BIM) adoption, practice and process transformation.

Not just a tech certificate for BIM software and applications, AGC’s CM-BIM program combines the latest information on BIM processes and technologies, step-by-step procedures for integrating BIM into the project delivery process, real-life studies of successful BIM implementation and the practical issues needed when utilizing BIM on a construction project.

As S. M. Wilson’s VD&C Technology Manager, Berzon oversees and manages the company’s Virtual Design & Construction processes. She works directly with project teams to assist in project delivery throughout construction utilizing Building Information Modeling and construction technology.

With her new accreditation, Berzon will also be responsible for managing the firm’s BIM processes for internal and external use including estimating, generating 3D/4D/5D site logistics and site safety plans and models, renderings and animations to illustrate project approach and demonstrate virtual design and construction capabilities during pursuits. In addition, she will oversee BIM/VDC Quality Control which ensures the coordinated BIM models are used by the trades when placing components in the field.

Berzon has been with S. M. Wilson for 24 years, originally joining the firm as a project engineer. She has B.S. in Architecture from the University of Virginia and M.A. in Construction Management from Washington University. She was also recognized in Constructech magazine’s annual Women in Construction List for 2018. 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. For more information, visit www.smwilson.com. 

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Enterprise Center Building Donated to University of Arkansas Technology Development Foundation

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65,000-square-foot Enterprise Center in Arkansas Research and Technology Park was donated by Clayco, CRG and IDEA Partnerships

Developers CRG and IDEA Partnerships, together with design-builder Clayco, recently donated the Enterprise Center Building in Arkansas Research and Technology Park (ARTP) to the University of Arkansas Technology Development Foundation (UATDF), which manages ARTP and its corporate affiliates.

Built by Clayco to facilitate top-tier academic research, the two-story building is LEED Silver and contains high-end laboratory, office and manufacturing facilities. Its lab-enabled capabilities serve as a commercialization hub for technologies, many of which were developed at the University of Arkansas and include new methods of insulin delivery and health monitoring systems; as well as the development of advanced materials such as silicon carbide for energy efficient high-power switches.

“Community stewardship is one of the cultural pillars of our company,” said Clayco Executive Chairman & Founder Bob Clark. “We are honored to be able to make this donation to support innovation and entrepreneurship in Northwest Arkansas.”

“After we closed this transaction in 2009, we learned that it was on the weekend of the very bottom of the Great Recession. Without the Foundation and the counsel of Jim Smith (of Smith Hurst, PLC) helping us chop the wood required to close the transaction, I doubt it would have closed,” said Howard Smith, a former Clayco executive who handled the closing in 2009.

As a result of the donation, UATDF solidifies ownership of assets within ARTP and unifies property management of leasable space, allowing the Foundation more fluidity with strategic affiliates in the Park. Additionally, the arrangement will accelerate UATDF’s access to cash flows while consolidating and lowering debt obligations.

“I am delighted to have been able to work with Clayco and IDEA Partnerships to structure this donation in such a way that all parties are able to benefit,” said David E. Snow, UATDF President and Interim Vice Chancellor for Economic Development at the University of Arkansas. “We are very grateful for the donation of the Enterprise Center Building. It will provide ongoing benefits to our expanding innovation ecosystem here at the Arkansas Research and Technology Park. I would like to thank Jim Smith for his efforts and support on this transaction and the rest of the UATDF Board of Directors, Chancellor, and General Counsel of the University of Arkansas, and congratulate my now retired predecessor Phil Stafford, who laid the foundation for our success today many years ago.”

The Enterprise Center was developed between 2008 and 2009 by CRG and IDEA Partnerships through uniquely leveraged financing options available to public-private partnerships, including the New Markets Tax Credit Program. Recently appraised at a market value of over $20,500,000, the Enterprise Center Building was master-leased by the University of Arkansas. Its unique leasing structure resulted in a permanent lease with expansion opportunities for companies that outgrow ARTP’s accelerator facilities.

About CRG
CRG is a privately held national real estate development and investment firm that has developed more than 9,000 acres of land and delivered over 200 million square feet of commercial, industrial, institutional and multifamily assets exceeding $13 billion in value. CRG leverages a powerful North American platform with local market expertise and offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Seattle, Southern California, St. Louis, Philadelphia and Phoenix. CRG’s philosophy of developing for the future and anticipating the enhanced needs of next-generation users led to the creation of its industrial brand, The Cubes, and its multifamily brand, Chapter. For more information, visit CRG’s website at www.realcrg.com.

About Clayco
Clayco is a full-service, turnkey real estate development, master planning, architecture, engineering, and construction firm that safely delivers clients across North America the highest quality solutions on time, on budget, and above and beyond expectations. With $3.8 billion in revenue for 2020, Clayco specializes in the “art and science of building,” providing fast track, efficient solutions for industrial, commercial, institutional and residential related building projects. For more information visit www.claycorp.com.

About UATDF:

The Arkansas Research and Technology Park (ARTP) was formed in 2003 and began operations in 2004. Over the past several years, the ARTP has shaped a dynamic environment for innovation where university research is being translated into innovative products supporting high-skill, high-wage jobs. Today, the ARTP is recognized as a regional hub for innovation where business enterprises benefit from collaborative opportunities that provide access to intellectual capital, leading-edge research resources and a technologically skilled workforce. At present, the facility inventory at the ARTP totals 285,000 square feet and includes the Engineering Research Center, the High-Density Electronics Center, the National Center for Reliable Electric Power Transmission, the GENESIS Technology Incubator, Innovation Center, and the Enterprise Center. At full build-out, the ARTP is designed to create nearly 750,000 square feet of research and development capacity, housed in several buildings providing over 2,000 high skill, high-wage jobs.

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IMPACT Strategies Completes Construction of 50 West Office Building

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The new 36,000 SF Class A office building is strategically located in O’Fallon, IL.

IMPACT Strategies recently completed construction of the 50 West Office Building in O’Fallon, IL. The new office building, located near the bustling HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital Campus will house the practice of Dr. Joshua Wilson of Advanced Vision Care.

Designed by TR,i Architects of St. Louis, MO, this three-story multi-tenant professional building includes 36,000 SF of Class A office space, with the first tenant being SSM Physical Therapy. Construction is comprised of conventional steel with a contemporary brick and stone façade. Set on a main thoroughfare in O’Fallon, the building occupies a strategic, high-traffic location.

IMPACT Strategies completed the construction on schedule in under 12 months. The state-of-the-art building is equipped with a Building Automatization System (BAS) and an access controls system to remotely monitor and control building security, HVAC systems, and more.

IMPACT Strategies has a long history of building up the O’Fallon community, completing projects including Greenmount Corporate Center, Academy Sports, Bella Milano, and others.

“It is particularly gratifying for me as an original resident of O’Fallon to continue to participate in its growth with another new project,” said Mark Hinrichs, President of IMPACT Strategies, Inc. “Doctor Wilson has great vision for the growth potential of his practice in this new strategic location.”

IMPACT Strategies provides client-focused construction management, design/build, and general contracting services. The firm offers a full continuum of innovative design/build service capabilities including proven construction management processes and site development. IMPACT Strategies serves a regional and national client base in the Healthcare, Senior Living, Multifamily, Office, Retail, and Warehouse/Distribution markets from its offices in Missouri, Illinois, and Ohio. To learn more visit BuildwithIMPACT.com.

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IMPACT Strategies Completing Renovations at Cincinnati Office Building

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The firm occupies a suite on the first floor of the four-story Mill Valley III building.

IMPACT Strategies is completing renovations at the four-story Mill Valley III office building located at 2060 Reading Road in Cincinnati, Ohio, at the intersection of Reading & Dorchester. The firm occupies a suite on the first floor of the building.

The renovations include the building’s 800 square foot main lobby and a 6,700 square foot suite on the third floor. The lobby will receive new tile floors, tile accent walls, fresh paint, new lighting, and new carpeting on the stairs. The third-floor space will receive new ceiling tiles, new lighting, fresh paint, new flooring, remodeled restrooms, and a new break room with new casework, flooring, appliances, and lighting. The third-floor suite was previously occupied by Hubbard Cincinnati; the new tenant is Government Acquisitions.

“We’re excited to be assisting with renovations to this wonderful building,” said Patrick Mason, Market Leader | Project Director at IMPACT Strategies. “The building has so much to offer, with easy access to interstates and beautiful views of downtown Cincinnati. We’re looking forward to continuing to grow in this location and to serve as a trusted partner to all of our Cincinnati clients.”

IMPACT Strategies began work on the $600K project November 1; it is expected to be complete by the end of January 2022.

IMPACT Strategies provides client-focused construction management, design/build, and general contracting services. The firm offers a full continuum of innovative design/build service capabilities including proven construction management processes and site development. IMPACT Strategies serves a regional and national client base in the Healthcare, Senior Living, Multifamily, Office, Retail, and Warehouse/Distribution markets from its offices in Missouri, Illinois, and Ohio.

To learn more visit BuildwithIMPACT.com.

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Cardinal Ritter Senior Services Breaks Ground on Memory Care Expansion

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Cardinal Ritter Senior Services (CRSS) – South County’s largest independent and assisted living nonprofit community – recently broke ground on its new Mother of Perpetual Help (MOPH) memory care community expansion. The $6.5 million, nearly 20,000-square-foot development will feature two separated homelike neighborhoods of 13 residents each for a total of 26 residents.

The expansion project differs from more medically intense dementia care programs. Features include a natural environment with cutting-edge technology to help mitigate the effects of “sundowning,” a state of increased confusion and restlessness for those with dementia which begins or worsens as daylight starts to fade.

CRSS currently has three memory care communities that serve 66 senior adults. Located within the assisted living and skilled nursing communities, CRSS provides specialized care for seniors living with memory loss caused by Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia.

Pictured from left to right are Shrewsbury Mayor Mike Travaglini, Catholic Charities of St. Louis president Theresa Ruzicka, Archbishop Mitchell Rozanski, CRSS CEO Chris Baechle, CRSS Board of Directors President Joe Downs, and Shrewsbury Interim City Administrator/City Clerk Elliot Brown.

Founded in 1961, Cardinal Ritter Senior Services (CRSS) creates communities that promote the dignity of human life and reflect the spirit of Jesus Christ. The community’s nearly 7,000 seniors – with 72% of the 2,500 directly served lacking adequate resources – benefit from housing options including independent or assisted living, memory care, affordable apartments, and skilled nursing communities. In addition to its main Shrewsbury campus located at 7601 Watson Rd., the nonprofit has 10 affordable HUD total apartment communities throughout the St. Louis Metropolitan area and a robust social services department. For more information about CRSS, call (314) 961-8000 or visit their website.

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Keystone Construction Company Receives 2021 Quality Concrete Award for The Factory Entertainment Venue

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Keystone Construction Company has received the St. Louis Concrete Council’s 2021 Quality Concrete Award for work at The Factory entertainment venue in Chesterfield, MO. The first performance venue to be built from the ground up in the Midwest in over twenty years, the 52,000-square foot, tilt-up building was constructed using more than 50,000 square feet of interior slabs and more than 40,000 square feet of concrete tilt-up wall panels. In total, 6,346 cubic yards of concrete and more than 300,000 pounds of rebar were used in nearly every structural application possible. The developer was The Staenberg Group. The concrete subcontractor was Fenix Construction Company.

“The Factory is a great example of how tilt-up can be used to provide a high quality, low maintenance product with a modern aesthetic that is built to last,” said Bill Hardie, president of Keystone Construction Company. “It was an honor to work on this complex project and to bring a unique, live entertainment destination to St. Louis.”

The multi-tier facility, which opened last summer, features a large center stage, open general assembly and a second-floor balcony with an open area and seating. Due to multiple elevations within the space, the tilt-up panels were all formed and poured on casting slabs. Concrete for the mezzanine areas was pumped from inside the building. The primary project challenge involved tracking the up to 100-ton, 60-foot-high panels from the casting slabs. A 440-ton crawler crane was used to erect the panels. 

The Factory is an anchor in the redevelopment of an outlet mall on the north side of Highway 40 in Chesterfield into The District at Chesterfield entertainment complex. The venue has capacity for 3,400 guests and features unique, movable partitions that create a range of seating configurations. The industrial style of The Factory is reminiscent of old manufacturing spaces with finishes including weathered wood, open metal work stairs, exposed brick and stone, industrial lighting fixtures and polished concrete. 

Keystone Construction Company is a St. Louis-based general contractor with expertise in design/build projects for office, retail, industrial and healthcare clients. For nearly 35 years, Keystone projects have reflected the company’s commitment to superior architecture and design, quality materials and craftsmanship that stand the test of time. The general contractor has received numerous design and construction awards, including Building St. Louis awards in 2017, 2019 and 2021; Project 64 West Excellence in Community Development Award; and Excellence in Design Award from American Builders Company and Nucor. Harvard University chose Keystone’s unique process for a course study called “How to do Design/Build Right.” For more information, visit https://keystone-stl.com.

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St. Louis Downtown Airport Contributes $422 Million in Regional Economic Impact

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St. Louis Downtown Airport (KCPS), an FAA-designated reliever airport in St. Clair County, Illinois, shared the results of a newly released study which found the airport continues to be a major contributor to the local and state economies. According to the study, which was conducted by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), St. Louis Downtown Airport contributed more than $422 million in economic impact for the region in 2019, including factors such as on-airport activity and visitor spending.

Located in Cahokia Heights and Sauget, Illinois, just a few minutes east of Downtown St. Louis, the report notes that St. Louis Downtown Airport acts as a Gateway to the St. Louis Metropolitan area. Due to its strategic location, St. Louis Downtown is one of the busiest general aviation airports in Illinois. The airport supports significant activity from recreational and business flying, as well as flight instruction from the St. Louis University Parks College, the nation’s oldest flight school. The study highlights that, in addition to several aircraft and helicopter maintenance organizations at the airport, one of the largest maintenance, repair, and overhaul organizations, Gulfstream Aerospace, is located at the airport. Additional activities supported by the airport include government operations, military training, real estate tours, medical transport, aerospace technology research, and glider flying.

“The diversity of operations occurring here at St. Louis Downtown Airport contributes to our continued role as an economic engine for the bi-state St. Louis region and makes us a key contributor to the tremendous strength of the aviation sector in the State of Illinois,” said Taulby Roach, President and CEO of Bi-State Development, which owns and operates the airport as one of its enterprises.

The study also shows that St. Louis Downtown Airport remains a major employer in the St. Louis area, contributing to 1,522 full-time and part-time jobs in the region. The airport’s sizeable workforce generated $105.8 million in labor income — or total employment compensation — in 2019, including wages and other benefits, according to the results of the study. Revenue generated from visitors from out of state travelling through St. Louis Downtown Airport for business or personal reasons in 2019 totaled $13.6 million spent on things like accommodations, local ground transportation, retail and entertainment. The report also revealed the “value added” economic productivity of each aviation related business establishment connected to the airport” was $177.7 million in 2019.

“While we’ve faced some challenges in recent years, not the least of which is the global pandemic that temporarily stalled the aviation industry, our potential for continued growth is evident in the strong rebound in flights taking advantage of the airport’s unmatched location to Downtown St. Louis and the surrounding region,” said Roach.

Between January 1 and October 31, 2021, KCPS hosted more than 85,600 flight operations, an increase of more than 3,500 operations compared to the same period in 2019. That’s a clear sign the airport is emerging stronger than ever following the pandemic-related challenges the past two years. Additional growth is expected to stem from the $5 million state grant recently awarded to the airport from the $45 billion Rebuild Illinois capital infrastructure plan Governor Pritzker signed into law in 2019. The funding will cover the cost of building a Ground Engine Run-Up facility, which is a critical improvement that will benefit four aircraft maintenance providers operating at St. Louis Downtown Airport. The project will support more than 450 high-tech aerospace manufacturing jobs by improving production safety, reliability and efficiency, improving airport businesses and increasing global competitiveness for Southwestern Illinois and the State of Illinois. It is also part of the airport’s overall infrastructure implementation plan which supports 25 airport tenant manufacturing and aviation operations, ensures tenant leasehold longevity and supports future airport business growth.

The $422 million figure for St. Louis Downtown Airport represents the sum of on-airport activity generated by the airport management and administration and airport tenants, as well as on-airport construction. St. Louis Downtown Airport is one of two commercial service airports and 14 general aviation airports welcoming business travelers and visitors to Region 5 of Illinois, the state’s southernmost region. In 2019, airports in Region 5 generated 28,595 jobs, $2.1 billion in labor income and $2.6 billion in value added for a total regional economic impact of $6.1 billion. The study determined that, combined, Illinois’s five regions are home to a network of more than 80 airports that generated 492,186 jobs and contributed $95.4 billion to the state’s economy in 2019.

To learn more about St. Louis Downtown Airport, visit www.stlouisdowntownairport.com. To learn more about aviation in Illinois and the Illinois Aviation System Plan, visit www.ilaviation.com.

Bi-State Development (BSD) owns and operates St. Louis Downtown Airport and the Gateway Arch Riverboats, as well as operates the Gateway Arch Revenue Collections Center and Gateway Arch trams. BSD is the operator of the Metro public transportation system for the St. Louis region, which includes the 87 vehicle, 46-mile MetroLink light rail system; a MetroBus fleet of nearly 400 clean-burning diesel and battery electric vehicles; and Metro Call-A-Ride, a paratransit fleet of 125 vans. BSD also operates the St. Louis Regional Freightway, the two-state region’s freight district.

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St. Louis Region Positioned to Help Address Ongoing Supply Chain Crisis

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Recent webinar highlights the need for alternatives to congested coastal ports to relieve the supply chain disruption impacting the nation

The World Trade Center St. Louis recently hosted a webinar discussing the ongoing national supply chain crisis and the role the St. Louis region can play in helping to alleviate it for businesses and consumers. The event featured a panel of experts discussing the global challenges being faced and how routing it through the bi-State St. Louis region can be part of the solution.

Mary Lamie, Executive Vice President of Multi Modal Enterprises for Bi-State Development, and head of the St. Louis Regional Freightway said that companies are looking for a location that is both multimodal and globally accessible, both of which are qualities the St. Louis region possesses. With the most efficient inland port in the nation and six Class I railroads, the St. Louis region offers access to all four quadrants of the United States, making St. Louis an ideal location for customers who need to quickly move during supply chain disruptions. The Mississippi River to the gulf coast supply chain also provides access to a wide array of international customers in places such as Europe, Africa, and South America.

Executive Director of America’s Central Port Dennis Wilmsmeyer called attention to the proposed merger between Canadian Pacific Railway and Kansas City Southern that would put the region on par with Chicago in terms of rail connectivity. He also cited the additional advantages the region offers with its central location putting shippers just a two-day truck drive from 70% of the U.S. population, and advances with Container-on-Barge and proposed Container-on-Vessel services make shipping on the inland waterways even more competitive.

Wilmsmeyer spoke about how the supply chain problem began.  At the start of the pandemic, China was the first to shut down factories and slow production at a time when the rest of the world also shut down. This led to a sudden surge in demand for things like home improvement goods and electronic computer products as people transitioned to working from home, but the supply of product coming out of major global trade hubs like China suddenly came to a grinding halt. This initiated what is an ongoing supply chain problem. “You add to that the sheer backlog of things … going to the Chinese ports, stacking up there, then getting loaded on ships and coming to California for shipment across the United States and then the backlog there… It is an entire movement, slowly, [like] a watermelon moves through a snake, that backlog slowly moves through the system,” said Wilmsmeyer. He added that what we are seeing now – and have experienced over the past year, especially on the West Coast – is that this whole movement has further been slowed by a shortage of workers, from truck drivers, and rail workers to dock hands.

The St. Louis region is positioned to be part of the solution to this crisis, particularly pertaining to congestion at West Coast ports. “The St. Louis region is a reliever for other regions, such as Chicago,” said Lamie. “Our port system can serve as an alternative for others during national and global supply chain disruptions.” She also called attention to the ongoing infrastructure expansion projects that are helping to ensure the region can continue to have the capacity to serve as a reliever.

Panelist Robert Shapiro, a partner with Thompson Coburn explained that there may also be certain options available to importers to speed up the shipping process by changing where they choose to clear customs, and that there is a cost-versus-timeliness tradeoff to be considered.

“There’s an option when you’re importing goods to either clear them through customs at the first port of arrival, or you can clear customs at the port of destination. So, let’s say you’re shipping a container from Los Angeles, CA (LA) to St. Louis, MO. You could make entry in LA, or you could conduct the customs formalities in St. Louis. There’s some extra costs to push that clearance route out to St. Louis because you have basically two entries that you would be filing, but it does facilitate moving the goods off of the pier more quickly,” Shapiro said. “Customs wouldn’t be examining containers in Los Angeles, which slows things down – if an examination is going to occur, it would happen in St. Louis.”

Shapiro added that, while there’s been much talk of the government stepping in to require changes at the West Coast ports to ease the congestion, there are limits to the role the government can play in helping alleviate this crisis, and the processes involved means that change is often implemented too slowly.

“I’m an optimist. I think we are already beginning to see some relief, and I think we will be through this crisis by middle of 2022 or into the third quarter. But it takes time to redo things,” Shapiro said. “I also think that some of it depends on the progress of the pandemic. We were with Delta now we’re dealing with Omicron. It is possible that the next variant will delay progress.”

To learn more about the World Trade Center St. Louis and the initiatives they’re involved in, visit worldtradecenter-stl.com.

For more than 25 years, as the international division of St. Louis Economic Development Partnership, WTC has supported growth for the region’s businesses, most importantly, ensuring St. Louis companies are represented in an increasingly global marketplace. From customized research to trade training, hosting inbound/outbound delegations and managing St. Louis’ Foreign Trade Zone, WTC brings together a strong system of business and government agencies to support trade and investment and enhance St. Louis’ global connectivity. To learn more, visit worldtradecenter-stl.com.

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MoDOT, MSD, 12 Local Government Agencies To Unveil $1B+ in New Infrastructure Construction Projects

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Officials from the City of St. Louis and four surrounding Missouri counties will join leaders from the Missouri Department of Transportation, Metropolitan Sewer District, U. S Army Corps of Engineers, East-West Gateway Council, Meramec Regional Planning Commission, Boonslick Regional Planning Commission, Great Rivers Greenway and the Hoffman Family of Companies to unveil more than $1 billion of new road, bridge and sewer construction projects before hundreds of construction contractors and interested suppliers at the 2022 Investment in Infrastructure Expo to be held February 22 at the St. Charles Convention Center.

Sponsored by the SITE Improvement Association, this annual event will include presentations about upcoming projects, a financial outlook by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, a panel discussion featuring three regional planning commissions and a trade show featuring construction industry suppliers and other exhibitors networking with Expo attendees and project owners. The last in-person Expo in 2020 attracted more than 400 attendees and 35 exhibitors, and this year’s event will likely attract many more due to the heightened increase in infrastructure investments being planned at all levels of government. For a short video highlighting the 2020 event, click here: https://vimeo.com/manage/videos/664275234.

“The infrastructure projects being unveiled in this area in 2022 are only the tip of the iceberg of what is coming thanks to the recently passed Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act by the federal government and other local and state stimulus spending,” said Jeremy Bennett, Executive Director of SITE. “We will provide participants a look at what lies ahead in terms of these infrastructure investments in our region that will enhance our competitiveness, create good jobs and make our economy stronger for the long run.”

            The Expo will begin at 1:30 pm with four concurrent presentations outlining more than $1 billion in new construction work and what prospective bidders for that work need to know. The trade show and networking session will then be held from 3:45 – 6:00 p.m. in the exhibit hall, with refreshments available at no additional cost.  Presenters scheduled from 1:30 – 3:45 pm include the following:

  • Tom Blair, P.E., District Engineer, St. Louis District of MoDOT covering Franklin, Jefferson, St. Charles and St. Louis counties and the City of St. Louis
  • Matt Barnes, P.E., Civil Engineer, City of St. Louis Board of Public Service
  • Stephanie Leon Streeter, PE, Acting Director, St. Louis County Department of Transportation and Public Works
  • Amanda Brauer, PE, PTOE, Manager of Roads and Traffic for St. Charles County
  • Jason Jonas, PE, PMP, Public Works Director, Jefferson County;
  • Jim Grutsch, Franklin County Highway Administrator
  • Rich Unverferth, PE, Director of Engineering for the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District
  • Michael Feldman, PE, Chief of the Project Management Branch, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Bonnie Prigge, Executive DirectorMeramec Regional Planning Commission
  • James Wild, Executive DirectorEast-West Gateway Council
  • Chuck Eichmeyer, Project CoordinatorBoonslick Regional Planning Commission
  • Charles Gascon, Senior Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
  • Todd Antoine, Chief of Planning & Projects, Great Rivers Greenway;
  • Representative of Hoffman Family of Companies, Augusta, Missouri, regarding the transformation of the community to a national wine destination.

Tickets are required and can be purchased by visiting https://sitestl.org/event/2022-investment-in-infrastructure-expo/ or calling 314-966-2950.

About SITE Improvement Association

The SITE Improvement Association advances the construction industry in eastern Missouri through public policy advocacy, labor relations support, safety and leadership training and professional networking. Established in 1966 as an independent trade organization, SITE represents more than 230 contractors and suppliers in the Concrete, Asphalt Paving, Sewer/Utility, Highway/Bridge, Earthmoving, Landscaping and Specialty construction sectors.  For more information, visit www.sitestl.org.

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