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IBEW/NECA Electrical Connection Donates Electrical Services To Repair 20 St. Louis Low Income Homes


20th Year for IBEW/NECA Partnership Service to Rebuilding Together St. Louis

The lights had been flickering in Dennis Wisniewski’s Arnold home for quite some time.  But the 64-year-old Army veteran had a lot on his plate, raising grandchildren and struggling with his lawn care business.  Meanwhile, in Jennings, Mo., Army veteran Thomas Donelson is on disability with more than enough challenges in his life, including a home with faulty wiring.  Both were among 20 low-income residents in the region who received donated electrical repairs from the IBEW/NECA Electrical Connection partnership.  The partnership is comprised of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local No. 1 and the St. Louis Chapter, National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).

The donated repairs were part of the annual Rebuilding Together St. Louis home repair blitz.  On April, 22, 2023, more than 200 IBEW Local 1 electricians and 22 NECA and IBEW-signatory contractors fanned out to make the repairs, including the homes of Wisniewski and Donelson.  It was the 20thth year that the labor-management partnership helped Rebuilding Together St. Louis improve lives in low-income homes in St. Louis city and county.  The effort drew coverage from Fox 2, Ch 4and KMOX Radio.

“I was simply overwhelmed that IBEW/NECA wanted to help me,” said Wisniewski. “I have no pension, just social security, my wife died four years ago and I’m raising two grandchildren and trying to keep a lawn care business going. I have no time and not enough resources for electrical repairs.”  Wisniewski’s 60-year-old home had lights flickering, exposed wall sockets and wires, an outdated fuse box and other issues.  All were repaired by the IBEW/NECA Electrical Connection at no charge. 

Donelson’s more than 80-year-old Jennings home was full of electrical hazards including exposed wires and open junction boxes. “I’ve been through a lot in life,” said the 59-year-old Donelson. “When I heard that IBEW/NECA was going to do the repairs for free, I was jumping up and down on my driveway and praising God.”  Donelson had lost his two-year-old son tragically when in was in the service 34 years ago.  He had been shot after he moved back to St. Louis and was on disability, raising three daughters.

“It takes a lot of planning and work to mobilize an army of our workforce and electrical contractors, but it is well worth the effort when you see the reaction of the people we serve,” noted Frank Jacobs, business manager, IBEW Local 1.

In addition to fixing electrical hazards, the IBEW/NECA partnership also installed new lighting, ceiling fans and other fixtures.

“We’ll encounter low -income homes with hazardous conditions that can cause electrical fires,” noted Kyle McKenna, executive vice president, St. Louis Chapter NECA.  “They are very often hidden dangers such as exposed wires behind walls, overtaxed circuits and circuit panels that were improperly installed or ‘repaired’ by an amateur. Electrical safety is paramount for our contractors and workforce who build to code. Never rely on the unskilled to perform any kind of electrical repairs in your home.”

Since 2003, the Electrical Connection has donated more than $2.3 million in labor and materials to improve more that 585 homes for low-income, disabled and elderly St. Louisans. 

Rebuilding Together St. Louis has provided free home repairs in the St. Louis area for 30 years, focusing on projects that improve homeowners’ safety, health, and independence. “We are grateful to the IBEW Local 1 and NECA partnership and it’s dedication to helping Rebuilding Together improve safety and living conditions for the residents we serve,” said Elaine Powers, executive director, Rebuilding Together St. Louis. 

The Electrical Connection represents the largest number of licensed commercial and residential electrical contractors and skilled electricians in the region with a searchable data base at

Electrical Connection, NECA and IBEW signatory contractors who donated service trucks and tools in the Rebuilding Together effort this year included:

Bell ElectricalSachs Electric Co.
Guarantee Electrical ContractorsBRK Electrical Contractors
Grasser ElectricrYse Electric
J Bathe ElectricJCS Electric
JF ElectricAmerican Electric & Data
X-Cell ElectricM. R. Bathe Electric
PayneCrest ElectricRJP Electric
Burris ElectricKaemmerlen Electric
K & O ElectricLiberty Electric
Nooter ConstructionSchaeffer Electric
Jarrell ContractingTD4, LLC

For 30 years Rebuilding Together St. Louis has provided free home repair to low income homeowners and veterans in need so they may remain safely and comfortably in their own homes. Since its founding, the organization has rehabbed more than 4000 homes; 70 community spaces and touched more than 57,000 lives. For more information visit or call 314-918-9918.

Members of the Electrical Connection provide safe and reliable electrical construction, maintenance, repair and replacement services across Missouri, the nation and the world.  Find a contractor near you in the Electrical Connection contractor database.

S. M. Wilson & Co. Promotes Five Team Members to General Superintendent


S. M. Wilson & Co. has expanded its field operations team leadership by promoting Steve Williams, Craig Cox, Mike Ashley, Eric Baumgartner and Ryan Phipps from Project Superintendent to General Superintendent.

A growing portfolio of work and backlog combined with the firm’s efforts to continuously improve and innovate led to the creation of the positions. 

As General Superintendents, they oversee field operations, including the management of all field staff. Responsibilities include working collaboratively to develop and implement strategies to build successful and effective project teams that are accountable for safety, quality, budget, schedule and client satisfaction.

Williams is a second-generation S. M. Wilson superintendent, joining the firm to work with his father in 1981. He has served as Project Superintendent most recently for projects including the new Godfrey, Illinois fire station, Highland Public Safety Building and retail projects for Target and Von Maur. 

Cox has worked at S. M. Wilson for 25 years. Since joining the firm, he has worked on many PreK-12 education and retail projects. He is currently overseeing several Target remodels and Dry Goods buildouts as well as renovation and addition projects for Fox C-6 School District in Arnold, Missouri. 

Ashley joined S. M. Wilson in 2004. He has served as a project superintendent and field operations director on more than $170 million in projects for Ladue School District.

Baumgartner joined S. M. Wilson in 2014 as a project superintendent. He has 30 years of experience. His work at S. M. Wilson has included several projects at Blessing Hospital in Quincy, Illinois. Baumgartner will be overseeing work for Edwardsville Community Unit District 7 Schools and Target. 

Phipps joined S. M. Wilson in 2022 as a project superintendent. With more than 30 years of industry experience, he has primarily focused on higher education and infrastructure projects ranging up to $105 million. Phipps is currently working on the CDB EPA office renovation project. 

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

IFMA St. Louis Opens Registration, Sponsorship for Golf Classic


Facility Management Industry’s premier event set for Sept. 22

The St. Louis Chapter of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA St. Louis) announced details on registration and sponsorship opportunities for the 2023 IFMA Golf Classic. The annual event brings the industry together for a day of golf and networking with the area’s leading facility managers and suppliers.

2023 IFMA Golf Classic

Time:                     Starts at 8:00 a.m.

Date:                      Friday, Sept. 22

Place:                     Tapawingo National Golf Club

                              13001 Gary Player Drive | Sunset Hills, MO 63127

Registration:           Details for Golf, Awards Dinner and Sponsorship

Program outline: The Annual IFMA Golf Classic ranks as the facility management industry’s premier networking event. A perennial sellout, 216 golfers play one of the region’s top golf courses. The day includes several activities, along with food, beverages and a closing awards dinner. Sponsorship opportunities reach the industry’s decision makers. The annual event supports the organization’s programs, education, leadership training, scholarships for professional certification and more.

IFMA St. Louis offers its members a learning and networking environment among its diverse membership and supplies its members with the tools to achieve their professional goals. Started in 1985, IFMA St. Louis has nearly 200 members representing small and Fortune 500 companies throughout the region. Considered a leader among local chapters, IFMA St. Louis holds monthly programs to enhance members’ knowledge and provide networking opportunities. IFMA members also value their membership to build their careers, seek counsel and advice from other facility management professionals, access a variety of resources and achieve professional certification. Represented in 142 chapters and 16 councils worldwide, IFMA members manage more than 78 billion square feet of property and annually purchase more than $526 billion in products and services. For more information, visit

HBA Awards Program Winners Announced


 The Home Builders Association of St. Louis & Eastern Missouri (HBA) announced the winners of its annual HBA Awards Program on Thursday, April 13 at a ceremony at Bogey Hills Country Club in St. Charles, Mo. The HBA Awards Program honors excellence in the home building industry and is divided into three categories: Homes of the Year, Marketing & Advertising and Personal Achievement. Please see the attachment for a complete list of winners.

The HBA Awards Program was judged by members of the HBA of Greater Austin and the Building Industry Associations of Central Ohio and San Diego. Click here for more information about award categories and judging criteria.

The HBA is a local trade association of nearly 600 member firms representing the residential construction industry.

Home Builders Association Donates $20,000 to Promise Community Homes

On behalf of the Home Builders Charitable Foundation (HBCF), 2023 HBA President Jeremy Roth (Elite Development Services/McBride Homes) (left) presented a $20,000 donation to Promise Community Homes executive director Matt Elmore and grants development manager Alison Erazmus.

The donation will be used to replace roofs at five of the organization’s residences for adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities. Promise Community Homes supports the foundational needs of people with intellectual/developmental disabilities by providing safe, affordable and well-maintained neighborhood homes. Every home is carefully designed for the comfort, safety and unique needs of each individual resident.

The HBA is a local trade association of nearly 600 member firms representing the residential construction industry. The Home Builders Charitable Foundation, the HBA’s charitable arm, is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing housing assistance to people or organizations with special shelter needs.

Collaborative Effort Lead by St. Louis Regional Freightway Creates a Pipeline of Rail-Accessible, Developer-Ready Sites


The St. Louis region is streamlining the site selection process for rail-accessible sites across the bi-state area. Through focused collaboration, the St. Louis region’s Class I railroads and economic development organizations, brokers and business leaders on both sides of the Mississippi River in Illinois and Missouri have identified the top rail-accessible industrial real estate sites in the region. They are also taking on previously overlooked sites that have potential for rail access. Eleven locations featuring heavy industrial user zoning are ready for developers who want to take advantage of the strong rail infrastructure and multimodal advantages in the bi-state area. Information about these sites can be found at

“We’re creating a pipeline of rail-served sites for the future and spotlighting rail sites that are currently ready to go,” said Mary Lamie, Executive Vice President of Multimodal Enterprises at Bi-State Development and head of the St. Louis Regional Freightway enterprise. The St. Louis Regional Freightway reviewed multiple sites throughout a 15-county area in southwestern Illinois and eastern Missouri, interviewed respective Class I railroads, and ultimately answered the question of whether the sites being explored were rail accessible or have potential rail access. “In typical St. Louis regional fashion, the sites that made it onto our list include service by at least one of the region’s six Class I railroads that connect to the East, West and Gulf coasts,” Lamie said. “Sites that include BNSF, Union Pacific, CSX and Norfolk Southern provide routes with high volume and scheduled service to East and West Coast ports. With help from the region’s four interstates and strategic location on the Mississippi River, 90% percent of freight from the St. Louis region moves throughout North America in two days and 100% in three days. This List is a new tool that will enhance our region’s economic development marketing efforts by spotlighting these rail-served sites.” 

Mark Branstetter, Partner with Panattoni Development Company, sees tremendous value in the new list. “Coordinating a regional list of rail-served sites with the  Class I railroads is saving time by eliminating uncertainty, and it helps draw attention to rail sites with significant useable acreage,” said Branstetter. “With cooperative and local carrier ownership of key rail routes, businesses choosing these sites will enjoy unparalleled rail service that supports industrial growth strengthened by intermodal capacity and proximity to suppliers.”

Making the Case for Rail Development in the Midwest and Region’s like St. Louis

America’s rail network spans nearly 140,000 miles and supports more than 167,000 jobs across the country within an almost $80 billion industry.1 Rail distribution continues to grow in importance with the Federal Highway Administration estimating that the industry will increase 30% over the next two decades. The St. Louis region already is recognized as one of the largest rail hubs in the county and is taking steps now to take advantage of this projected growth by focusing on new industrial development within rail-accessible land sites.

Joe Torp, Industrial Development Manager for Norfolk Southern, believes the St. Louis region has several crucial advantages that allow it to compete with other rail-friendly regions, including geographic location, modal connectivity, and a motivated economic development community.

“Companies are starting to take notice of the Midwest’s geographic location, particularly those with customers or supply chain links in both the eastern and western regions of the United States,” said Torp. “The Midwest provides an enticing benefit for those industries. For example, instead of developing an “eastern” and “western” plant, they can locate one larger facility in the St. Louis area that can serve both markets. St. Louis also has access to a number of Class I and shortline railroads, intermodal facilities, port locations, and highway corridors. This modal connectivity gives industries the optionality to shift their shipping mode as needed, for example, from barge to rail when the river freezes up north near Chicago, or from truck to rail as driver availability tightens.”

The bi-state region’s intermodal capabilities and rail proximity to both regional and national customers and suppliers play an important role in supporting manufacturing and distribution growth in the heart of the nation. Rail freight in regions like St. Louis can be transloaded to truck and shipped in one day to mega manufacturing regions like Chicago, Kansas City, Mo., Memphis and Nashville, Tenn., Columbus, Ohio, and Louisville, Ky. Accessibility to other modes, such as barges along the Illinois, Missouri and Mississippi Rivers, provides additional benefits for barge/rail transload services. The St. Louis region has the added advantage of being the most strategic location on the Mississippi River – ice free and lock free all the way to the Gulf of Mexico; most efficient inland port in the nation in terms of cargo tonnage moved, and it is branded as the Ag Coast of America due to being home to the highest agricultural and fertilizer barge handling capacity anywhere along the Mississippi River.

The St. Louis region and its public and private leaders also are committed to constantly improving rail service and infrastructure within the bi-state area, as evidenced by the $222 million project to replace the then 133-year old Merchants Bridge, a vital rail artery across the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s primary east-west rail corridors serving one of America’s largest rail hubs. This work was completed in September 2022, and the new double track bridge can facilitate two freight trains moving in opposite directions at the same time and move freight faster, cost-effectively and more reliably, providing an alternative to more congested rail hubs like Chicago.

Site Selection Criteria to be Considered a Rail-Accessible, Developer-Ready Site

The Development Ready Rail Land Sites list compiled by the St. Louis Regional Freightway starts withsites that have at least available 20 acres and are either shovel-ready or have development plans, active owners, or marketing in place to be considered near-shovel ready. Shovel-ready indicates potential pre-development work has been completed and construction can quickly begin. The St. Louis region has two sites that have also been through heavy review processes to be selected as Class I Rail lines “certified” sites. The Kelsey Business and Technology Park outside of Greenville, Ill., is both a CSX Transportation select site and a BNSF certified site, indicating that both railroads consider this business park an optimal site for development within its rail network and as shovel-ready for development. Mid-American International Gateway outside of Jerseyville, Ill., is a site that has been certified by the Illinois Super Site program indicating its development-ready rail potential. These state certifications come with rigorous pre-qualification processes to ensure the sites can support high volume rail users and multiple shippers or carriers.

In addition to shovel-ready sites that are in high demand requiring shortened development timelines, the list includes two sites that are rail accessible but not quite shovel-ready. The Kaskaskia Regional Port District and the Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis sites need site grading and/or infrastructure improvements. For these sites requiring pre-development work or sites needing more of a long-term vision to address challenging site issues, the region is working with local municipalities, tracking utility infrastructure, preparing market feasibility studies and facilitating meetings with property owners and state agencies.

“The Freightway is not only identifying and helping to market shovel-ready sites that have rail-service potential, but they also are shining a spotlight on other currently underutilized sites that could play a key role in meeting future industrial development needs, such as the 195 acres we own off of Illinois Route 3 in Venice and East St. Louis,” said Brent Wood, President of Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis (TRRA). “Their forward thinking and willingness to collaborate to take on such challenges will help to advance these projects, so they can be added to the pipeline.”

By helping identify potential locations that can handle industrial development but need support to become development ready, the St. Louis Regional Freightway aims to continue to expand its shovel-ready sites pipeline, with the goal of attracting additional industrial development to serve end-users needing to be near rail for purposes of shipping and receiving from rail/ocean containers. Containerized cargo shipments continue to grow, underscoring the importance of taking advantage of expanding rail demand by increasing the number of shovel-ready, rail-accessible land sites in the region.

“This type of proactive research and outreach around site readiness is absolutely crucial to the region’s long-term success,” said Torp. “Many high profile site selection wins are the direct result of years of research, planning, development, and advertising that occur before an industry even comes to town looking for an available site. The Development Ready Rail Land Sites list is a key first step in elevating specific sites to that next level. Additionally, this research can help guide capital investments, ensuring that any investment of public or private dollars is done so in a thoughtful and targeted manner, increasing the probability of success. This work will ensure that sites in the region can attract and retain the attention of site selectors, potential industries, and the larger economic development community as a whole.”

To view the full report with details on each of the rail served sites, visit or contact Mary Lamie for more information at

About St. Louis Regional Freightway  

A Bi-State Development enterprise, the St. Louis Regional Freightway is a regional freight district and comprehensive authority for freight operations and opportunities within eight counties in southwestern Illinois and eastern Missouri, which comprise the St. Louis metropolitan area. Public sector and private industry businesses are partnering with the St. Louis Regional Freightway to establish the bi-state region as one of the premier multimodal freight hubs and distribution centers in the United States through marketing and advocacy for infrastructure development that supports the movement of freight. To learn more, visit  

MidAmerica St. Louis Airport Nears Completion of NewTerminal


Phase Three of the $34 million project underway to expand the terminal at MidAmerica St. Louis Airport is heading into the home stretch, with the expected completion on target for summer of 2023. This phase of the project is expanding the existing 53,500-square-foot terminal by an additional 41,000-plus square feet to accommodate continuing passenger growth and provide a host of new amenities that will enhance the experience for those traveling through MidAmerica St. Louis Airport.

The project is creating a new, standard TSA screening area and adding two additional boarding bridges which were recently installed, as well as a service animal relief area, new family restrooms, a nursing room, expanded departure lounge with added room for concessions and other renovations to accommodate people with disabilities.

“We are excited to be nearing completion of the critical infrastructure and safety improvement projects that will enhance overall operations at the airport, which has been seeing significant passenger growth and continues to operate as a joint-use airport with Scott Air Force Base,” said St. Clair County Chairman Mark Kern.

The modernized aviation infrastructure is supported by a combined $31 million in federal and state grant funding through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airport Improvement Program.

“We greatly appreciate the FAA, state and local leaders for recognizing the importance of modifying and improving our passenger terminal building to support the existing and projected increases we expect in passengers traveling through our facility,” said Bryan Johnson, Airport Director for MidAmerica St. Louis Airport. “We look forward to welcoming them to our newly modernized airport this summer.”

The new terminal is being delivered through the collaborated efforts of Holland Construction Services and the many subcontractors who are working on the project.  Renovation of the existing terminal is underway which will include many of the same upgrades as the terminal expansion. The final improvements will be complete by late 2023.

MidAmerica St. Louis Airport currently serves the following nonstop destinations via Allegiant: Charleston, Destin/Ft. Walton Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, Ft. Myers/Punta Gorda, Jacksonville, Las Vegas, Myrtle Beach, Orlando, Sarasota/Bradenton, Savannah, and Tampa Bay/St. Pete.

The passenger terminal expansion is not the only improvement project happening at MidAmerica St. Louis Airport. A $37.7 million project to add nearly 3,100 linear feet of new Taxiway Lima pavement and a new Taxiway Bridge over Crooked Creek is under construction. It will serve Boeing’s new production facility, which is slated for opening in 2024 and has the potential to spark future aviation development. MetroLink’s planned expansion from Scott Air Force Base to MidAmerica St. Louis Airport also is expected to soon be under construction, making the airport even more accessible to potential customers all along the light rail alignment and providing a direct connection to St. Louis Lambert International Airport.

To learn more about MidAmerica St. Louis Airport (BLV),visit or follow us on   

MidAmerica St. Louis Airport is located in Mascoutah, Illinois, in the eastern portion of the St. Louis metropolitan area. Passenger service to multiple destinations is offered by Allegiant. Major multimodal rail and inland port centers are located within 22 miles of the airport, which also enjoys easy access to five interstate highways via I-64.  With parallel runways of 8,000 and 10,000 feet, the airport can handle simultaneous take-offs and landings in all conditions, minimizing delays. It has an annual capacity of 200,000 operations. Tenants include Boeing, which has an aircraft manufacturing facility at the airport; North Bay Produce, an international, grower-owned, year-round, fresh produce marketing and distribution cooperative headquartered in Traverse City, Mich. MidAmerica is a Joint Use Airport partnering with Scott AFB, the home to US Transportation Command, a multi service organization, and Air Mobility Command, the USAF’s component command for airlift. MidAmerica and the 375th Air Mobility Wing operate Scott AFB/MidAmerica St. Louis Airport.   

Thousands of Area Youth, Community Members to Attend Second Annual Build My Future® STL Construction Career & Industry Showcase


The second annual Build My Future® STL – a construction career and industry showcase that includes hands-on exhibits and virtual reality simulations centered on the building trades and broader construction industry – has expanded this year to welcome more students and the general public. The two-day event on Wed., April 26 – Thurs., April 27, 2023, will host more than 1,300 high school students each day from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. On Wed., April 26 from 3-5 p.m., the event will open to the general public with free admission for anyone interested in learning more about lucrative, secure careers in the trades in a fun, interactive environment.

Seventy local organizations that specialize in wood frame carpentry, plumbing, electrical, insulation, drywall, bricklaying, heavy equipment, tile laying, welding, and more, will help attendees experience their trades first-hand through engaging demonstrations and learning labs. Exhibitors will also be available to discuss training options, wages, working conditions and opportunities within the industry. More than 70 high schools are registered to attend, representing 53 school districts over 14 counties in Missouri and Illinois. Click here to view the Build My Future® STL website for a list of participating organizations and visual representation of what to expect April 26-27.

Media coverage is welcome. Please contact Jessica Hedges to make arrangements to attend.

This important community initiative is co-chaired by representatives of the Home Builders Association of St. Louis & Eastern Missouri and the Francis Howell School District. Representatives from 14 school districts, several post-secondary institutions, workforce development entities, the Mid-America Carpenters Regional Council, Associated General Contractors of Missouri, Economic Development Council of St. Charles County, Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce, and many other organizations are working together as a committee to create another successful event within an industry where labor shortages have been felt significantly for several years.

The idea for Build My Future® was born in Springfield, Mo., in 2014 out of a shared desire among industry professionals to remedy the dwindling pipeline of workers and lack of interest in the skilled trades. Today, Build My Future® is the largest event of its kind in the country, and now takes place annually in 12 states.

2023 CREW Awards Winners Announced


CREW Impact Award – Erin Valentine, Vice President of Business Development, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.

New Member of the Year – Rebecca Thessen, Commercial Real Estate Broker, L3

Career Advancement for Women – Pat Guichet, Senior Project Manager – Planning, Design & Construction, SSM Health St. Louis

Leadership in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion – Helen Lee, CEO, Principal, Founder Tao + Lee Associates, Inc.

Economic Impact Award – Armory STL

  • Liz Austin – Chief Marketing Officer, Green Street Real Estate Ventures
  • Michelle O’Toole – Principal Owner, O’Toole Design
  • Addie Bunting – Director, Business Development, Wies Drywall & Construction
  • Sarah Luem – Business and Real Estate Attorney, Capes Sokol

Woman of Influence – Yaphett El-Amin, President, Executive Director, Efficacy Consulting & Development

Concrete Council of St. Louis Hosts Annual Quality Concrete Awards Dinner


The Annual Quality Concrete Awards Dinner hosted by the Concrete Council of St. Louis and sponsored by the American Concrete Institute of Missouri will take place on Thursday, April 13, 2023, at the Missouri Athletic Club in downtown St. Louis. The evening will feature the presentation of two college scholarships, the Award of Honor and recognition of ten Quality Concrete Awards. The evening begins with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. with the program to follow.

“We are so pleased to be hosting the Quality Concrete Awards once again,” said Oliver Dulle, Executive Director of the Concrete Council. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and honor the work of our member firms who have displayed an excellent use of concrete.”

The Concrete Council will award their annual scholarships funded by the proceeds of the Concrete Council | Fenix Construction Golf Tournament. This year’s recipients are Oyeyemi Efunkoya of Southern Illinois University- Edwardsville and Alex Zarate of Missouri University of Science and Technology.

Quality Concrete Awards will be presented to the projects that demonstrated outstanding versatility and aesthetics in the usage of concrete. Projects to be recognized for 2023 include: Bi-State Development Concrete Overlays, Camp Lejeune Repair Concrete MATS, Citypark/MLS St. Louis, OSF Proton

Therapy Vault Concrete, and Washington University Neuroscience Research Building.

The Jack C. Taylor Visitor Center at Missouri Botanical Garden with receive a special “Green” Award, while the Hancock Place School District Gymnasium and Zitzman Elementary Addition will receive Promotional Awards. A special ACI Award will go to the Curium Project Cyprus Bunker, and the Chairman’s Award will be given to Forsyth Point.

To register for the Quality Concrete Awards Dinner, please visit us here. For more information, please contact the Concrete Council.

The Concrete Council of St. Louis’ primary goal is to increase the incremental use of concrete construction in the area by serving as a resource to owners and agencies considering concrete construction. Membership is made up of firms in the St. Louis area involved in concrete production and construction. The Council provides technical input, site visits, inhouse presentations and cost comparisons, at no cost, for consideration of concrete construction. For more information, visit