McCarthy Tops Off Forsythe Pointe with Green Roof

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June 20, 2022, ST. LOUIS – McCarthy Building Companies has secured in place one of the last steel beams to complete the framing of Forsyth Pointe, a nearly one-million-square-foot mixed use development occupying an entire square city block in the prestigious central business district of Clayton, Mo., the county seat of St. Louis County.

The development by US Capital Development features two steel-framed, all glass Class A office towers with street-level retail space offering spectacular views of the adjacent 30-acre Shaw Park.

Highlights include Commerce Bank Tower, a 10-story, 265,000-sq.-ft. high-rise at the intersection of Forsyth Blvd. and Meramec Ave., as well as an 8-story, 210,000-sq.-ft. west tower at the intersection of Forsyth Blvd. and Brentwood Blvd.  In addition, the development includes more than 20,000 sq. ft. of street-level retail space and a 7-level (1,250 car) parking structure connecting both towers and extending 2.5 levels underground.

Designed to achieve LEED Silver certification, a signature amenity will be the 45,000-sq.-ft. (over one-acre)  “green roof” open-air garden terrace built over the parking structure that will be available for tenants to enjoy. Additional amenities include plans for a 10,000-sq.-ft. fitness center and ground-floor arts and entertainment venue.

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Tarlton Promotes Sweeso to Manager of Preconstruction and Estimating

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ST. LOUIS (June 21, 2022) – Tarlton Corp., a leading St. Louis-based general contracting and construction management firm, promoted Greg Sweeso, Associate DBIA, to manager of preconstruction and estimating.

Sweeso has been serving as preconstruction lead on the Fuhr Science Center renovation and addition at Logan University in Chesterfield, Missouri, and several design-build projects. In his role as a Tarlton preconstruction project manager, he led preconstruction on the core and shell historic renovation and Block tenant fit-out at 900 N. Tucker Blvd., the Center for Nursing and Health Sciences at St. Louis Community College at Forest Park, and many projects for BJC HealthCare. He joined Tarlton as an estimator in 2015.

“We are fortunate to have such a talented group of preconstruction and estimating professionals at Tarlton,” said Jason Bretz, Tarlton vice president. “We are excited to have Greg managing that portion of our business, which delivers best-in-class preconstruction services to our clients.”

Sweeso holds the Associate DBIA certification from the Design-Build Institute of America and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Saint Louis University. 

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Clayco Foundation Donates $150,000 at Second-Annual Juneteenth Fund Celebration

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The Clayco Foundation’s Juneteenth Fund Advisory Committee hosted a celebration on Saturday, June 18 in Chicago at which six nonprofits dedicated to raising awareness and advancing the causes of Black equality and inclusion received $25,000 grants

[CHICAGO] – [June 21, 2022] – The Clayco Foundation’s Juneteenth Fund Advisory Committee hosted its second annual Juneteenth celebration on Saturday, June 18 at Fulton East located at 215 N. Peoria in Chicago’s bustling Fulton Market neighborhood. Thanks to the generosity of partners, friends and members of the Clayco family, the Juneteenth Fund has raised over $350,000 since its 2020 inception.

At Saturday’s event, six $25,000 grants were presented to community-based nonprofit organizations. The organizations honored are based in Chicago and St. Louis and were chosen for their work in raising awareness and advancing the causes of Black equality and inclusion. They include:

1. Ex- Cons for Community and Social Change

2. Institute of Positive Education 

3. The Hip Hop Architecture Camp  

4. Mentors In Motion

5. NPower

6. The Village

“We are honored to host a second annual Juneteenth celebration,” said Clayco Executive Chairman & Founder Bob Clark. “At Clayco, we are committed to creating lasting change through valuable initiatives like the Juneteenth Advisory Committee and Program to combat the systemic issues that have affected communities of color for far too long.”

Clayco honors the history of Juneteenth through its Juneteenth Fund and Celebration, and makes a year-round commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI). A leader in the design-build and construction industries, Clayco has remained an innovator in DEI, engraining DEI as a pillar of the organization for the past 25 years. To donate to the Clayco Juneteenth Fund, click here: https://checkout.square.site/merchant/AK3QVBZX3MH1J/checkout/LS3XEZRMKSRXQPMNIPNL7H2B/.

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KWAME Tabbed as America’s Center Expansion Program Manager

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ST. LOUIS, MO – Kwame Building Group (KWAME) has been selected as program manager for the $210 million expansion and modernization of the Cervantes Convention Center at The America’s Center (AC Next Gen) in St. Louis, Missouri.

The expansion and modernization is designed to make the convention center more competitive in attracting larger events and increase the center’s impact as an economic and employment driver for the region. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2023. The lead architect is Fentress Architects. Z&L Wrecking, JH Berra and Ben Hur Construction have been selected so far to provide construction services. 

Located in downtown St. Louis, the modernized facility will feature a new 61,000-square-foot multi-purpose ballroom, 20,000 square feet of meeting space for pre-function events and 22,000 square feet of new support space. A large outdoor park area will be constructed to support a variety of convention-related programs.

Other features of the AC Next Gen project include more than doubling the number of loading docks for access to the exhibit space, an updated entrance that creates a strong sense of civic pride, enhanced ventilation and filtration system and other improvements to meet the needs of today’s events. 

As project manager, KWAME will manage the design and construction schedules and process, oversee change orders, manage minority business recruitment efforts, provide internal progress updates and coordinate with stakeholders, including City personnel, the Explore St. Louis operations team and design/construction teams. 

“This expansion to America’s Center will help secure its place as a beacon for travel and tourism in the Midwest, creating good jobs for working families across our region,” said St. Louis City Mayor Tishaura Jones at the groundbreaking ceremony.

“Attracting more conventions and attractions will strengthen our city’s urban core and make Downtown an even better place to live, work, and play.”

The AC Next Gen project is expected to lead to the creation of thousands of jobs in skilled trades, construction and the hospitality industry and add to St. Louis’ $5.8 billion convention and tourism industry. 

To learn more about the project, visit https://acnextgenproject.com/.

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P3 Design-Build Offers Valuable ‘Tool in the Toolbox’ to Make Mega-Projects Successful

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By KERRY SMITH, EDITOR, ST. LOUIS CONSTRUCTION NEWS AND REVIEW MAGAZINE

Public-private partnerships – P3s, for short – offer owners, investors and contractors the opportunity to make large-scale construction ventures happen while allocating risk across the entire project team.

Funding capacity and risk allocation are undoubtedly two of the biggest drivers of a decision to structure a mega-project as a P3. Associated General Contractors of America’s Brian Turmail, vice president of public affairs and strategic initiatives, says P3s enable owners to move forward on a project without having to secure full financing on their own.

“However, P3 projects can be risky because they are often run by internationally based financiers who do not know or understand construction,” Turmail says. “These financiers come up with contracts that are typically very long – hundreds of pages – and are non-standard, and they tend to pass all the risks of the project to the construction teams. For instance, inappropriate risks like underground utilities or all permitting might be shifted to the lead builder.”

Material quantities and subsequent pricing risks are often also passed to the contract on P3s, according to Turmail. “Because these projects are typically enormous, involve a lot of money and are often extremely complex, the quantities involved for these massive projects have very expensive ramifications,” he adds. “When the assumptions are off, even by a little, it can have massive impact on the project overall.”

Because P3 construction projects, by their nature, often take multiple years to build, says Turmail, this also increases risk.

To balance project risk, a growing number of mega-projects structured as P3s are being delivered via design-build rather than traditional design-bid-build. Advantages to design-build mega-project delivery, says Bill Hasbrook, include proper risk allocation, team-wide accountability and shared goals with a stake in the project’s outcome. Hasbrook is a board member of the Design-Build Institute of America and vice president in the Austin office of San Diego-based Kleinfelder, Inc., a professional services firm that performs engineering, construction management, design and environmental due diligence.

“You don’t have to use design-build project delivery for every P3,” says Hasbrook, “but it is a solid tool to have in your toolbox and use when you need it. Design-build can often help you leverage your dollars more effectively. For public sector entities, it does a great job of freeing up the money you would have ordinarily spent on the construction project on another budgeted need.”

For example, LaGuardia Airport’s nearly completed $4 billion, 1.3 million-square-foot Terminal B, a six-year construction project, is a P3 known as LaGuardia Gateway Partners with design-build delivery. Its operators, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and its owner, the City of New York, are partners with a Paris-based global investor and asset manager, a Swedish construction and development company and a Vancouver, Canada airport management, development and investment firm. Design-build project delivery within the shell of a P3 holds all entities accountable to stay on track and within budget. The terminal will reach completion later this summer.

“The Design-Build Institute is an interesting organization because we don’t cater to just one entity,” Hasbrook says. “We cater to the design-build method itself. We have a three-legged stool that includes owner, designer and builder. Design-Build Done Right® best practices ensure that owners and practitioners will unlock the inherent value of design-build project delivery.”

Four key risk-oriented questions should guide contractors when considering whether to bid on a job, says Hasbrook: 1) Can I insure the risk? 2) If I can’t insure it, can I quantify the risk and put a dollar amount in my bid? 3) If I can’t insure it and can’t quantify it, can I still handle the risk? and 4) If I can’t do any of these, should I walk away from the project?

“There’s no cookie cutter answer to any project,” he adds. “Each stands on its own.”

Texas Facilities Commission Director of Public-Private Partnerships Jon Conant says the TFC builds and maintains state facilities in 258 cities for more than 100 state agencies totaling 26 million square feet. “Balancing a portfolio of built and owned facilities versus leasing buildings from the private sector is always a debate for governments,” says Conant. “With limited funding, the cost of ownership and maintenance is constantly competing with funding requests for essential services. The P3 model is becoming attractive to states as they see the risk transfer results in a lower cost of the risk retained by the state compared to traditional delivery methods.”

In a traditional design-bid-build, the owner must specify all the details and let the project as a hard bid. Conant says an interesting advantage to a P3 project is that the owner doesn’t have to price a project upfront before all the cost unknowns are determined, thus shifting the cost risk across the P3 partners.

The Center for Alternative Finance and Procurement, managed by the TFC as a 2015 unfunded mandate by the Texas Legislature, connects governmental entities with qualified consultants and other professional resources to assist in determining the scope and merits of a P3 delivery over other delivery methods using a pre-solicitation evaluation process. The Center may also participate in the evaluation of proposals received and in the negotiations of agreements to ensure that government achieves the best value for taxpayers’ money.

A local example is the Highland Mall redevelopment project in Austin. The City of Austin is transforming the retail center into a mixed-use development with offices for city departments.

“We’re here to support governmental entities if they decide to use an alternative delivery method,” says Conant. “We have a bench of advisors – financial, technical, legal and real estate – who can help connect government with qualified private sector advisors to ensure success. P3 is a delivery method that tends to provide faster delivery and better value through risk transfer on complex projects, but it is not a magic wand…you must have the resources to be able to utilize it.”

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Poettker Breaks Ground on Second Site for Community Bank

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Poettker Construction broke ground June 16 on a new branch location in Breese, IL for Community Bank of Trenton.

The 2,480-square-foot facility is the bank’s second site, 8.5 miles east of Community Bank of Trenton’s existing, 10,000-square-foot flagship location in Trenton, IL.

Poettker is serving as the general contractor, with Hurford Architects, Inc. as the architect. The project team anticipates completing the build this fall.

“We look forward to the opening of our second community bank location,” said Steven Wallace, bank president. “We look forward to joining the Breese community and to further expanding our financial services in Clinton County.”

Located near HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese, the new branch will feature a modern exterior and will be powered by solar energy.

“We are excited to be assisting the bank in this new build and bringing its services to our hometown community of Breese,” said Ryan Poettker, Poettker executive vice president and COO. “We hope this project leads to future projects with Community Bank as the organization continues to grow.”

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Maggie Farrell honored as a Hero in Diversity

Maggie Farrell

Farrell is S. M. Wilson’s Diversity and Human Resources Manager

S. M. Wilson’s Diversity and Human Resources Manager, Maggie Farrell, has been honored as a Hero in Diversity by St. Louis Small Business Monthly. The recognition honors individuals in the region who go above and beyond to encourage diversity, equity, and inclusion and make a difference in the lives of others.

Farrell leads S. M. Wilson initiatives to create opportunities and inspire those who have historically been excluded from the industry, including People of Color, women and members of the LGBTQ community. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) is integral to her role related to company culture, recruitment, retention, workforce development and professional development. She also builds relationships to increase supplier diversity at the company and project level. 

Farrell is actively involved with many community organizations, including the Association of General Contractors (HR Forum Chair 2020), St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers, National Association of Women in Construction, PEOPLE of Construction and Construction Forum. In addition, Farrell has participated in FOCUS St. Louis’ Emerging Leaders program (Fall 2019 Cohort) and served for four years as a Steering Committee member for Alive & Well Communities. She joined the Women’s Foundation of Greater St. Louis’ Ambassador Network following S. M. Wilson’s recognition as an honoree of the Women in the Workplace Employment Scorecard in 2021 and is currently serving on the organization’s Making a Difference fundraiser committee. 

Farrell holds a Bachelor and a Master of Social Work (MSW) from Saint Louis University.

Tarlton’s Roslyn Croft Receives Hero in Diversity Recognition

Roslyn Croft

Tarlton Corp., a leading St. Louis-based general contracting and construction management firm, announces that Roslyn Croft, the firm’s inclusion and diversity manager, was named a Hero in Diversity by St. Louis Small Business Monthly. The recognition honors individuals who surpass efforts to encourage diversity and equity throughout the region.

An ardent leader in promoting diversity in the construction industry, Croft champions outreach and education efforts to foster workplace inclusion. She provides resources and access to opportunities to boost minority, women, apprentice and St. Louis City resident participation on Tarlton construction projects. She also works with officials at the St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment, which provides training and job placement services to St. Louis City’s adult workforces, and with the St. Louis Development Corp., which advances economic development in real estate and business development in the city.

Croft is active in industry affiliations and events that further advance opportunities to be more inclusive, which includes serving on the AGC of Missouri Diversity Committee; AGC of Missouri Education Foundation; St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers Diversity Committee; PEOPLE Advisory Board; and St. Louis Public Schools Career and Technical Education Advisory Committee. She chairs the Tarlton Diversity Committee. She plays an active role in fostering the AGC of America’s Culture of Care initiative at Tarlton, meeting with new employees to introduce the initiative’s principles and practices to build a more inclusive work environment.   

Croft leads the Tarlton team that, in partnership with BJC HealthCare, spearheaded “Thinking Beyond Today,” an unprecedented pilot program to introduce high school students and members of community agencies to career opportunities in construction and health care. The first phase of the program entailed creation of a Career Resource Center on the Siteman Cancer Center construction site at Christian Hospital Northwest in north St. Louis County. The converted construction trailer on the Tarlton jobsite served as a unique venue for hands-on student learning and exploration.

In March, a new Career Resource Center opened at Barnes-Jewish Hospital’s Campus Renewal Project on Kingshighway, with McCarthy Building Companies joining the BJC-Tarlton team. By showcasing career paths and sharing success stories, the center aims to promote a community culture that educates and inspires individuals to seek opportunities in construction and health care.  

In 2018, Croft was recognized with a Construction Industry Leader of the Year award from MOKAN for her initiatives, including her work with Thinking Beyond Today. In 2021, she was recognized by the St. Louis Business Journal as a Champion for Diversity and Inclusion.

June 17, 2022

First Female President, Sarah Jacobson, to Helm Clayco Subsidiary Lamar Johnson Collaborative

Sarah Jacobson

National architecture and design firm Lamar Johnson Collaborative (LJC), a Clayco subsidiary, announced today the appointment of its first female president, Sarah Jacobson, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, ND. Sarah will also be joining the Clayco enterprise’s executive leadership team on the West Coast.

“This year LJC has seen tremendous growth and exciting new opportunities, all of which Sarah Jacobson has been instrumental in making happen,” said Bob Clark, executive chairman and founder of Clayco, LJC’s parent company. “With over 250 people in six offices, the diversity and quality of LJC’s work has drawn national attention and recognition. LJC has achieved success through the collective efforts of exceptional leaders like Sarah, as well as Kapil Khanna and Lamar Johnson.”

Sarah has distinguished herself throughout her career as an architect and project leader on numerous large, complex projects. She most recently relocated to lead LJC’s newly established office in Culver City, California, near Los Angeles. With extensive experience in architecture and construction management, Sarah has led teams on award-winning developments including office buildings, hotels, high-rises, mixed-use, civic and institutional facilities, for both new construction and adaptive re-use.

Lamar Johnson Collaborative is pleased to announce additional executive promotions:

Kapil Khanna

Kapil Khanna is elevated from President to Chief Executive Officer. Kapil joined the firm more than ten years ago and provides direction for the business strategy, integration and implementation of initiatives to support the firm’s growth.

Lamar Johnson

Lamar Johnson, the namesake and founder of the firm, is named Executive Chairman. He founded Lamar Johnson Collaborative in 2017 and joined Clayco in 2019. Lamar has successfully established the firm as a nationally recognized design practice.

In addition to these leaders, LJC acknowledges the significant contributions of three additional senior staff; interior design market leader Al Fiesel, industrial design market leader David Junge, and senior designer Tyler Meyr have been promoted to Executive Directors.

IMPACT Strategies Promotes Mike Michael to Project Director

IMPACT Strategies is most pleased in celebrating the promotion of Mike Michael from Senior Project Manager to Project Director.

Mike joined IMPACT Strategies in 2005 as Project Manager. In his 17 years with IMPACT, he has served the firm in various roles, most recently as Senior Project Manager. Mike has managed multiple complex projects throughout Missouri and Illinois, including most recently The Rehabilitation Institute of Southern Illinois and the Siteman Cancer Center in Shiloh.

Michael holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign and is a LEED Accredited Professional through the U.S. Green Building Council. He is also a Certified Healthcare Constructor (CHC) through the American Hospital Association. “Mike has been integral in making IMPACT Strategies the firm it is today,” said President, Mark Hinrichs.

“Mike is a very successful project manager along with tremendous team builder and problem solver. Recently, he has also had significant responsibility in growing and mentoring our next generation of project managers. Mike continually challenges himself and others to improve and sets an excellent example of our firm’s values.”

June 3, 2022

Katie Lindley

FSA Welcomes Katie Lindley as Business Director

Her attention to detail and excellent organizational skills are vital to maintaining an orderly workforce. We are so grateful to have Katie on our team.

Nick Zimmerman

Nick Zimmerman Joins FSA

FSA, LLC has hired Nick Zimmerman to join their team as Architectural Associate. Nick graduated from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale with his Masters of Architecture. FSA, LLC is thrilled to have him on our team.

May 27, 2022

Castle Contracting Promotes Jeremy Wood to Project Director

Jeremy Wood

Castle Contracting has promoted Jeremy Wood to the position of Project Director for Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing (MEP) and Utility projects in St. Louis.

Since joining Castle in 2019, he has overseen a wide range of MEP Civil and Utility projects—from emergency repairs to a complex campus infrastructure upgrade at Saint Louis University.

“Jeremy has demonstrated a passion for utility work, customer service and creative problem-solving,” said Castle Senior Vice President Michael Pranger. “His excellent leadership skills will serve him well as market leader.”

Wood is taking on the role formerly held by Castle Project Director Kurt Dulle, who will be relocating to Omaha to join the company’s quickly expanding office there. Wood earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial technology, construction management and design from Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau. He and his family live in Wright City, Mo.

Castle Contracting, LLC provides turnkey site preparation and design-build services, site utilities, earthwork and trenchless technology directly to owners; general contractors; and mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection contractors. The company’s earthmoving expertise is visible throughout the St. Louis region and from coast to coast. Castle’s recent civil contracting projects include Gateway Arch National Park, the East End transformation of Washington University’s Danforth campus, Next NGA West, and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis Neuroscience Research Building.

Ula Lijowska

FSA Welcomes Ula Lijowska as Architectural Associate

FSA, LLC is excited to announce that Ula Lijowska has joined the team as Architectural Associate. Ula graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder with a Bachelor of Environmental Design; Emphasis in Architecture. She has a strong passion for sustainability within design. We are thrilled to have Ula on our team and cannot wait to see her skills shine throughout our projects. As a comprehensive architectural and interior design firm, FSA, LLC is always looking to hire new talent that enhances our built environment.

Dan Cole Joins Landco Construction

Dan Cole

Dan Cole recently joined Landco Construction as project manager. He has 25 years of project management and quality assurance experience. Cole oversees the delivery of projects from pre-construction through occupancy, meeting project goals and working collaboratively with clients and partners to create innovative, successful project outcomes. He has managed a variety of public, private and government projects ranging from smaller interior and exterior renovations to the ground up construction of 385 residential units for a government privatized housing complex. He also serves as golf tournament event coordinator for the Jason Motte Foundation.

Since 2001, Landco Construction has built innovative interior projects with a strong reputation for collaboration, consistency and service. A Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE), Landco is led by President Linda Bernhard and a talented, experienced team of project managers and craftspeople. Landco’s vision is to build a collaborative team-approach environment. It’s why Landco has received multiple ASA Contractor of the Year awards, and why it’s consistently among the top construction companies in St. Louis. For more information, visit landco-construction.com or follow us on LinkedIn.

May 20, 2022

John P. Smith Returns to Tarlton as Manager of Estimates

John P. Smith

Tarlton Corp., a leading St. Louis-based general contracting and construction management firm, hired John P. Smith, CPE, as manager of estimates to oversee the heavy civil and industrial market. In this role, John is responsible for working with the project director and project managers to coordinate preconstruction and estimating efforts from concept through construction.

Smith rejoins Tarlton with an additional 10 years of industry experience, totaling 37 in the industry and 22 with Tarlton. He worked for Tarlton from 1989 to 2011 and contributed to many of Tarlton’s notable projects during that time. As manager of estimating, he worked for clients including Ameren Missouri, Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District, Nordstrom, Saint Louis Art Museum, and Washington University in St. Louis.

Smith has worked in the construction industry as a certified professional estimator since 2008. In addition, he has been president of the American Society of Professional Estimators St. Louis Metro Chapter since 2016, also serving in that capacity in 2001–2002. He was named General Contractor Employee of the Year by the ASA-Midwest Council in 2002.

About Tarlton

Having celebrated its 75th year in business in 2021, Tarlton Corp. is a WBENC-Certified Women’s Business Enterprise that provides outstanding preconstruction and construction solutions to clients in the commercial, institutional, government and nonprofit, industrial and power and energy markets. The Midwest general contractor/construction manager also has special expertise in concrete construction, restoration and maintenance. Tarlton has completed many landmark St. Louis projects and is committed to improving lives through inclusive construction, civic engagement, and service to others.

Wiegmann Associates Adds Brian Smith as Project Manager

Brian Smith of Barnhart, MO has joined Wiegmann Associates as a Project Manager. Smith is responsible for managing new and renovation HVAC construction projects in a range of industries including industrial, pharmaceutical and high-rise student living buildings.

Smith brings 20 years of experience in mechanical engineering of new construction projects, from design to completion, for pharmaceutical and food and beverage distribution projects. He received his Stationary Engineers Certificate from the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE). He is certified in OSHA 10, OSHA Hazardous Communication Training and OSHA Confined Space Worker Permit.

Wiegmann Associates is a St. Louis-based mechanical contractor and a national leader in design/build HVAC projects. Since 1995, Wiegmann Associates has engineered and installed innovative, energy-saving and cost-efficient HVAC solutions, refrigeration systems and automation controls for clients in a wide range of industries, including senior living, food and beverage distribution, warehouse, healthcare, commercial and industrial. Wiegmann also provides 24-hour preventative maintenance programs and service in the St. Louis region. Wiegmann is ranked among the top 50 specialty contractors in the Midwest by Engineering News-Record and the largest mechanical contractors by the St. Louis Business Journal. For more information, visit www.wiegmannassoc.com or call (636) 940-1056.

Oculus Inc. Adds Karl Roth as Senior Project Designer

Karl Roth

Oculus Inc., a full-service architecture, interior design, and move management firm, has added Karl Roth as a senior project designer to the company’s Portland office. Roth brings with him 24 years of experience in the architecture field, specializing in zoning and code analysis, site design, planning, programming, building design and architectural visualization.

“Karl is a talented addition to our Project Design Team, and we are pleased to have him on board,” said Robert Hoffman, AIA, Oculus Inc. Portland Office Managing Principal. “His wide range of experience in both the commercial and residential market sectors will be a tremendous asset to Oculus as we continue to grow.”

Roth has extensive experience as a lead designer on projects ranging from hospitality to residential to commercial architecture. In his current role as senior project designer, Roth is supporting both the St. Louis and Portland offices with architectural concept and design services for projects including Hallmark Inns & Resorts’ The Whaler at Nye Beach in Newport, Ore.; Scandinavian Designs showrooms in Illinois, North Carolina, and Florida; Soap Lake National Spa & Resort in Soap Lake, Wash.; the Sunrise Garden Inn conversion in Tukwila, Wash.; and the new Block 216 food hall in downtown Portland, Ore.

Over the course of his professional career, Roth has been a lead designer on numerous project types, including senior living, commercial, multi-family, residential, and institutional. Notable projects include the luxury senior living community Preston Greens in Lexington, Ky.; the AC Hotel in Madison, Wisc.; and the new Salem Family YMCA in Salem, Ore., which is set to open to the public in Fall of 2022. Roth received his degree in Environmental Design from the University of California-Davis. He is a founding board member of Mission Street Parks Conservatory in Salem, Oregon.

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.

Kwame Building Group hires Robert Loyd as Human Resources Manager

Robert Loyd

Robert Loyd of Florissant, MO has joined Kwame Building Group as Human Resources Manager. Loyd is responsible for recruitment, onboarding and training employees, benefits and payroll administration, government reporting and compliance, leadership and organizational change, performance management and employee relations. Loyd holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from Fontbonne University and a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from National Louis University.

ABOUT KWAME BUILDING GROUP

Kwame Building Group, Inc. (KWAME) is one of the nation’s top pure construction management firms, dedicating 100 percent of its resources to project management services. An employee-owned company, KWAME provides estimating, scheduling, project planning, value engineering and other project management services as an independent advocate for owners and developers. KWAME’s public and private sector projects include educational facilities, major airports nationwide, light-rail systems, hospitals, wastewater treatment facilities and government facilities. KWAME is headquartered in St. Louis with division offices in Atlanta, Dallas and Seattle. For more information, visit www.kwamebuildinggroup.com or call (314) 862-5344.

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Commerce Bank Hosts Topping Out Ceremony for Commerce Bank Tower

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Commerce Bank hosted a topping out ceremony today to commemorate the final beam placement on the Commerce Bank Tower at the corner of Forsyth Boulevard and North Meramec. John Kemper, president and chief executive officer, Commerce Bancshares; Missouri State Senator Brian Williams; Jason Hall, chief executive officer, Greater St. Louis; Robert Tomaso, office managing partner, Husch Blackwell; and Chuck Kim, executive vice president and chief financial officer, Commerce Bank; provided remarks.

Robert Tomaso

Prior to its placement, Kemper, Williams, Hall, Tomaso, Kim and David Kemper, executive chairman of Commerce Bancshares, signed the beam along with Commerce Bank team members, community leaders, elected officials and construction and design partners. In conjunction with the Commerce Bank Tower construction, Commerce is celebrating 50 years of serving the St. Louis community.

“Our growth in St. Louis is a reflection of the trust our customers have placed in Commerce Bank,” said John Kemper. “As we mark our 50th year of operating here, Commerce Bank Tower helps us start a new chapter in our history of creating jobs, building community, and serving individuals, families and businesses across the region.”

Commerce Bank Tower is a 15-story Class-A+ office building featuring more than 282,000 sq. ft. of office and retail space. It will provide tenants with a 7,500 sq. ft. fitness facility and is being designed to meet LEED standards, with a green roof and electric vehicle charging stations in the 1,200-car parking garage. Additional amenities include a one-acre private garden terrace and approximately 7,300 sq. ft. of retail space on the ground level.

“US Capital Development and McCarthy Building Companies helped us bring our vision of the tower to life,” said Kim. “We wanted to create an environment that was welcoming for our team members and customers. We also knew it had to be adaptable to meet the requirements of future tenants and able to evolve with the dynamic pace of business.”

Law firm Husch Blackwell will lease approximately 128,000 sq. ft. of space on the eleventh through fifteenth floors. Construction and design partners on the project include McCarthy Building Companies and US Capital Development.

“Commerce Bank Tower is not only a premier office building, but it will also be a hub of innovation and growth,” said Bob Holmes, chairman and chief executive officer, Commerce Bank St. Louis. “With tenants like Husch Blackwell, a company that shares our commitment to advancing the region, Commerce Bank Tower will house organizations with the talent and desire to nurture and serve businesses and individuals across St. Louis.”

Completion of construction is expected early 2023. For all leasing inquiries, please contact Pam Hinds with Balke Brown Transwestern at (314) 802-0803 or phinds@balkebrown.com.

About Commerce Bank With $35 billion in assets1 Commerce Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBSH) is a registered bank holding company offering a full line of banking services, including payment solutions, investment management and securities brokerage. Commerce Bank, a subsidiary of Commerce Bancshares, Inc., leverages more than 155 years of proven strength and experience to help individuals and businesses solve financial challenges. In addition to offering payment solutions across the U.S., Commerce Bank currently operates full-service banking facilities across the Midwest including the St. Louis and Kansas City metropolitan areas, Springfield, Central Missouri, Central Illinois, Wichita, Tulsa, Oklahoma City, and Denver. It also maintains commercial offices in Dallas, Houston, Cincinnati, Nashville, Des Moines, Indianapolis, and Grand Rapids. Commerce delivers high-touch service and sophisticated financial solutions at regional branches, commercial offices, ATMs, online, mobile and through a 24/7 customer service line. Learn more at www.commercebank.com

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S. M. Wilson Chief Marketing Officer Amanda Bohnert Receives Outstanding Alumni Award from Webster University

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Amanda Bohnert, Chief Marketing Officer for top St. Louis construction manager S. M. Wilson & Co., has received Webster University’s 2022 George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology Outstanding Alumni Award. Each year the business school honors alumni that have achieved outstanding success in their industry. Bohnert received a BA with a double major in Public Relations and Management as well as an MA in Advertising and Marketing Communications from Webster University. She currently is an Advisory Board member for the Walker School of Business & Technology.

Bohnert joined S. M. Wilson after graduation from Webster University. She was promoted to Chief Marketing Officer in 2019. She strategically leads and coordinates all business development and marketing efforts to drive growth in existing and new markets. Her guidance, planning and oversight of initiatives to create an amazing client experience have directly contributed to the firm’s 80% repeat customer base and projected yearly growth of 100% in 2022. Bohnert chairs the firm’s ESOP Communications Committee and sits on the company’s Charitable Giving and Executive Committees.

She is actively involved in numerous professional and community organizations. Bohnert co-founded Women of STEEL, a women-centered group within the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) of Missouri with the mission to assist and support women’s professional growth in the construction industry. She serves on the Women’s Foundation of Greater St. Louis Communications Committee and Ambassadors Network. She is a member of the Aligned Advisory Board. For ten years, Bohnert was on the board of the St. Louis Chapter of the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS), winning the Striving for Excellence Chapter of the Year award during her term as president. She is certified by SMPS as a Professional Services Marketer (CPSM). 

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 education, commercial, healthcare and industrial projects. For more information, visit www.smwilson.com.

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Wiegmann Associates Completes New Headquarters for Automotive LED Lighting Manufacturer, Diode Dynamics

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Wiegmann Associates completed HVAC work on the new 70,000-square-foot headquarters and manufacturing facility for Diode Dynamics in St. Charles, Missouri. Diode Dynamics, a designer, manufacturer, and distributor of automotive LED lighting products, expanded their manufacturing capacity to support the company’s growth as well as the high demand for their products. Wiegmann served as the design/build mechanical contractor and Engineer of Record (EOR). Contegra Construction was the general contractor. Remiger Design was the architect. 

Located at the Fountain Lakes Commerce Center, the new $9.5 million headquarters consists of 18,000 square feet of office space, a 15,000-square-foot manufacturing area and 37,000-square-feet of warehouse space. The project also includes a lobby, showroom, two drive-in bays and an engineering laboratory. The facility’s 100-foot-long darkroom tunnel is utilized to test the lumen output of vehicle headlights and ensure compliance with transportation and engineering regulations. Diode Dynamics relocated from Earth City. The site allows for future expansion of up to a doubling in size of their facility. 

Wiegmann’s HVAC solution met the client’s goal of delivering a cost-effective HVAC system for optimal employee comfort in both the warehouse and office spaces. Wiegmann collaborated with the design team and Diode Dynamics to design, coordinate and install an HVAC package that aligned with the budget and schedule. A

Rooftop Variable Air Volume (VAV) system with 18 zones achieves optimal comfort, climate control and efficiency in the main office area. Two constant air volume rooftop units (RTUs) serve the warehouse and production space and offset heat gain from the manufacturing equipment. Individual single-zone constant air volume rooftop units (CAV) serve both the breakroom and drive-in bays. A complete direct digital control (DDC) system was installed to offer a high-level of control of the building’s mechanical system and increased energy efficiency. 

Wiegmann Associates is a St. Louis-based mechanical contractor and a national leader in design/build HVAC projects. Since 1995, Wiegmann Associates has engineered and installed innovative, energy-saving and cost-efficient HVAC solutions, refrigeration systems and automation controls for clients in a wide range of industries, including senior living, food and beverage distribution, warehouse, healthcare, commercial and industrial. Wiegmann also provides 24-hour preventative maintenance programs and service in the St. Louis region. Wiegmann is ranked among the top 50 specialty contractors in the Midwest by Engineering News-Record and the largest mechanical contractors by the St. Louis Business Journal. For more information, visit www.wiegmannassoc.com or call (636) 940-1056.

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