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SIOSH / SAFETYCON Day is hosting on Monday, January 27, 2020 what is expected to be the largest safety conference to ever take place on the Illinois side of the river to raise awareness of the importance of safety in the workplace and on construction jobsites.

Presentations will include: Trench Safety; Affirmative Employee Misconduct; Emergency Planning for the Employer; OSHA Update; Natural Gas Safety; Aerial Lift and Elevated Work Platform Fall Protection; Protecting Hearing and Communication Technologies for Construction; Practical Driving Tactics to Reduce Crashes; Stop The Bleed; Simplified Electrical Distribution Theory, Premises Wiring and Safety; Drones in Construction; and Building a Safety Culture. Presentation of Southern Illinois Occupational Safety and Health Excellence Awards for General Industry and Construction.

Expected attendees include Southern Illinois Builders Association, Southern Illinois Construction Advancement Program, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, IMEC, Council of Owners and Construction Associates, AASC/TekSolv and approximately 250 individuals from companies throughout the Southern Illinois area. 

This event will take place at the Morris University Center / Meridian Ballroom at SIU Edwardsville, Edwardsville, Illinois on Monday, January 27, 2020

  • Registration and Networking: 7:30 a.m.
  • Welcome and Introduction of Speakers: 8:00 a.m.
  • Keynote Address by Aeneas Williams, Super Bowl Champion and NFL Hall of Famer.
  • Breakout Sessions: 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
  • Awards Presentation: 11:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Lunch: 12: Noon to 1:00 p.m.
  • Breakout Sessions: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Vendor Fair: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Aaron Priddy, OSHA; Mary Beth Proost, Council of Owners and Construction Associates; Representatives from IMEC; Tom Adams, GRP/Wegman; Tamara Walker, AASC/TekSov; Joe Wickenhauser, Olin Brass; Donna Richter and John Holt, Southern Illinois Builders Association will be on site and available for interviews on Monday, January 27 from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

CREW St. Louis Appoints 2020 Officers & Directors

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The St. Louis chapter of CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) announced its executive officers and board directors for 2020.

CREW-St. Louis officers for 2020, including their respective companies, are: 

  • President, Tracy Howren, UMB Bank
  • President Elect/CREW Network Delegate, Nancy Petersen, Enterprise Bank
  • Immediate Past President, Michelle Yates, Lawrence Group
  • CREW Network Delegate, Stacey Kamps, Koch Development
  • Secretary, Angie Drumm, Carmody MacDonald
  • Treasurer, Mickey Warriner, Jacobs

Board directors for 2020, and their respective companies, are:

  • Sharon Henderson, Lawrence Group
  • Dawn Humphreys, First American Title
  • Christine Ramsdell, St. Charles County
  • Rebecca Randolph, Brinkmann Constructors
  • Erin Torney, Colliers International
  • Erin Valentine, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.

CREW-St. Louis is one of the largest of CREW Network’s global chapters. Its more than 200 members come from all disciplines in commercial real estate. The mission of CREW-St. Louis is to advance, educate and support women to influence the region’s commercial real estate industry. For more information, visit Follow CREW-St. Louis on Twitter @CREWSTL.

Green Street, SoLiS Building First Electrical Vehicle Charging Locations Along Market Street

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St. Louis-based SoLiS Mobility LLC and Green Street Construction broke ground this month on the company’s first electric vehicle (EV) charge-sharing locations near the intersection of Market Street and Jefferson Avenue.

SoLiS President Luke Schuette said the $3.2 million, 5,411-square-foot project, being built by Green Street Construction, will include 24 EV stalls, a Kaldi’s coffee station, healthy grab-and-go food, a lounge and ride sharing and ride hailing areas.

The vehicle charging infrastructure on Market Street will accommodate eight 24-kilowatt AC-level II chargers, eight 80-amp AC-level II chargers, four 175-kilowatt chargers with eight distribution posts and four 160-kilowatt chargers with eight distribution posts.

“We are excited SoLiS chose St. Louis as its inaugural location,” said Phil Hulse, CEO and managing principal of Green Street St. Louis. “This forward-thinking solution is a great addition to our advancing region and our city’s sustainability initiatives.”

Luke Schuette, president and founder of SoLiS Mobility, said the pilot site at 2320 Market Street was selected due to its proximity to Downtown West and the Central Business District, offering connectivity to surrounding developments such as the next NGA West, the MLS stadium, St. Louis Aquarium and other destinations.

“We’re extremely excited to be positioning our pilot site in such an ideal location where there is already so much energy,” Schuette said.

The project is expected to be completed in May.

SITE Improvement Association Honors Joe Leritz With President’s Award

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The SITE Improvement Association has awarded Joe Leritz with its highest recognition, the President’s Award.  Leritz, President of Leritz Contracting and CEO of Busy Bee Paving, received the award for his many years of dedicated service to the organization.  The award is given to a SITE member who has provided outstanding guidance, foresight, time and leadership to assist the organization in reaching its goals and maintaining its role within the construction industry.

This is only the tenth President’s Award presented by SITE Improvement Association during its 54-year history.

“Joe Leritz has given generously of his time and talents to the association,” said SITE Executive Director Terry Briggs.  “This award is just a small token of the membership’s appreciation of his Significant efforts to help the association grow and better serve the construction industry in eastern Missouri.”

Leritz Contracting joined SITE in 1984.  Leritz himself has served on SITE Board of Directors for 33 years, including three years as president of the association.  He has also represented the association on various labor union contracting committees and served on multiple association committees.

SITE Improvement Association is an independent construction contractor group representing more than 220 contractors and businesses primarily in the concrete, earthmoving, landscaping, asphalt paving, highway/bridge, sewer/utility and specialty construction segments.  It represents the interests of its members in negotiations with labor unions, promotes political and legislative agendas and provides safety and technical training for members. SITE has been in continuous operation since 1966.  For more information, visit

Kadean Construction Nominated For ‘General Contractor Of The Year’ By Midwest Subcontractor Trade Association

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Kadean Construction, one of the fastest growing companies in the greater St. Louis region, has been nominated for the General Contractor of the Year 2020 by the American Subcontractors Association (ASA) Midwest Council.
Kadean is proud to have been nominated for the award over a dozen times and for winning the award in 2018, 2017, 2009, 2008, 2003 and 2001.

“We are extremely proud to once again be nominated because it recognizes our dedication to working closely with our subcontractors, who we view as trusted partners,” said Mike Eveler, president of Kadean Construction. “Our strong relationships with our subcontractors have been a big part of our company’s success for more than 50 years.”

The award will be presented at the ASA Midwest Council’s 27th Annual Disco Ball Awards Gala, which will be at the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown St. Louis on Saturday, March 28. In addition to the General Contractor of the Year Awards, there will also be awards given for the following:  GC Employee Recognition Awards, Outstanding MEP Subcontractors, Outstanding Specialty Subcontractors, Outstanding Service Provider/Supplier and ASA Safety Awards.

“The entire ASA Midwest Council is honored to acknowledge Kadean as one of the best general contractors in St. Louis at our 27th annual awards gala,” said Susan Winkelmann, ASA Midwest Council Chapter Executive Director.

The subcontractor members of the ASA nominate and select a “General Contractor of the Year” based on the contractor’s bid ethics, safety policy, job supervision, subcontractor relations, payment practices, scheduling coordination, administrative procedures and equitable contract provisions.

Kadean Construction specializes in pre-construction, design-build, construction management, and general contracting. It currently has healthcare, senior living, commercial and light industrial construction projects underway in Missouri, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Kansas.

The American Subcontractors Association (ASA) Midwest Council is a construction trade association made up of quality specialty contractors and suppliers serving the construction industry and the community in the greater St. Louis area and Southern Illinois for the past 50 years.

The Midwest Council’s purpose is to improve the construction process through active participation in education, advocacy and collaboration.

Home Builders Association Donates $15,000 to Sts. Joachim & Ann Care Service

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On behalf of the Home Builders Charitable Foundation (HBCF), HBA Immediate Past President John Suelthaus of Kingbridge Homes (left) and presented a $15,000 donation to Amy Armour, grant writer for Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service.

The donation will be used to help fund the Care Service’s Repairing Home Restoring Hope (RHRH) program which provides needed repairs and handicapped-accessible modifications to help low-income homeowners avoid the threat of homelessness. Typical needs addressed include repairing HVAC systems, roofs, floors, window and door replacement, plumbing and electrical problems, and correcting city/county code violations.

The HBA is a local trade association of more than 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.

$1 Billion + in new St. Louis Area Infrastructure Projects to be Unveiled

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Site Improvement Association’s 2020 Investment in Infrastructure Expo, February 25th

More than $1 billion in new infrastructure-related construction projects to be started around the St. Louis metropolitan area in 2020 will be unveiled for interested contractors and the public at the SITE Improvement Association’s 2020 Investment in Infrastructure Expo on February 25 at the St. Charles Convention Center.  The new construction will include large projects from the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), Metropolitan Sewer District, the City of St. Louis, Jefferson County and other local governments and public entities.  The event will also include a trade show featuring construction industry suppliers and other exhibitors networking with Expo attendees and project owners.

“This is an exciting time for the construction industry in the St. Louis area, with projects ranging from road enhancements and bridge upgrades to the new National Geospatial Agency headquarters and the MLS soccer stadium in downtown,” said Terry Briggs, executive director of the SITE Improvement Association.  “This Expo will be an extremely important opportunity for contractors and suppliers to learn more about infrastructure projects and prepare to bid successfully on them.  Last year more than 400 attendees and 35 exhibitors participated at the Expo, and we expect that the large amount of new construction to be unveiled will attract an even larger crowd in 2020.”

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 along with the city of St. Louis;
  • Rich Unverferth, Director of Engineering for the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District;
  • John P. Kohler, P.E., Planning and Programming Manager, City of Saint Louis Board of Public Service; and
  • Jason Jonas, Public Works Director for Jefferson County.

The 2020 Investment in Infrastructure Expo is open to contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, professional services firms and other businesses connected to the construction industry.  Tickets are required and can be purchased by visiting or calling 314-966-2950.

SITE Improvement Association is an independent construction contractor group representing more than 220 contractors and businesses primarily in the concrete, earthmoving, landscaping, asphalt paving, highway/bridge, sewer/utility and specialty construction segments. For more information, visit

Southern Illinois Builders Association Leadership Development Council Presents Donation To Violence Prevention

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The Leadership Development Council wrapped up 2019 with a donation of $1,200 and several toys (pictured below) to the Violence Prevention Center Southwestern Illinois. The Violence Prevention Center’s mission is empowering over 1,600 individuals each year to recover from the trauma of domestic abuse and find their way to a life free of violence. Their programs offer the promise of safety and anonymity and they pledge to protect and support all those seeking refuge from abuse the highest quality services.

This donation was made possible through the generosity of those that attended the SIBA Fall Industry Reception and Annual Meeting, where the Leadership Development Council hosted a toy drive.

Thank you to all who donated!

The Leadership Development Council strives to empower members to interact and exchange ideas, build strong personal and business relationships within the industry, and boost awareness and input for the services, support and networking provided to SIBA members now and in the future. For more information on this group or SIBA, please contact Donna Richter at the SIBA office 618-624-9055.

Photo Above:  Donna Richter (left), CEO, Southern Illinois Builders Association, and Carrie Evans (right), Chair, Leadership Development Council, present toys


Hank Rohwedder Elected SIBA President

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Effective January 1, 2020, Hank Rohwedder (photo above), Hank’s Excavation & Landscaping, Inc., Belleville, Illinois will become the President of the Southern Illinois Builders Association.

Other officers for 2020 are:  First Vice President – Jeff Limbaugh, Limbaugh Construction Co., Inc., Granite City, Illinois; Second Vice President – Scott Plocher, Plocher Construction Company, Inc., Highland, Illinois; and Secretary/Treasurer – Richard Boyer, Boyer Fire Protection, St. Louis, Missouri.

Three year Directors elected were:  Jim Mundy, Contegra Construction Company, L.L.C., Edwardsville, Illinois; Andy Poirot, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., Collinsville, Illinois; Dale Steinmetz, Charles E. Mahoney Company, Swansea, Illinois; Dave Murrary, Samron Midwest Contracting, Inc., Murphysboro, Illinois; Jason Litteken, Litteken Construction Company, Breese, Illinois; Mark Christ, Christ Brothers Asphalt, Inc., Lebanon, Illinois; and Mark Harms, SCI Engineering, Inc., O’Fallon, Illinois.

SIBA Staff Members:  Donna Richter, Chief Executive Officer; Kristin McCaw, Office Manager; Shari Schutzenhofer, Administrative Assistant; John Holt, Director of Safety and Education; Logan Ankeny, Planroom Manager; Cassidy Dowling, Administrative Assistant; and Joko Tasich, Safety Training Instructor.

The Southern Illinois Builders Association is a trade association of contractors representing approximately 500 commercial and industrial building, highway and utility construction contractors throughout Southern Illinois.


Kick off a Green Decade with USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter on January 23rd

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The USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter’s State of the Chapter and Social is here! We look forward this event every year – it’s a great opportunity to network, see what your local Chapter is all about, and learn why #GreenBuildingsAreBetter. If you’re an existing member, it’s a great way to start the year and discover ways to get more involved. We have five committees supported by you and members of the green building community ready to engage, enrich, and inspire.

  • The Green Schools Committee supports the Green Schools Quest, which challenges public and private schools to devise and implement, with the help of Green Mentors, the most creative, effective no or low cost sustainable practices for their schools – because where we learn matters.
  • The Membership and Marketing Committee hosts Member Socials and markets the Chapter’s mission through our website, e-newsletters, and social media.
  • The Higher Education and Emerging Professionals Committee works to engage and welcome current students, recent graduates, and young professionals into the Chapter.
  • The Advocacy Committee works to develop and support the Better Buildings Through Benchmarking Campaign; supports local governments, non-profits and community groups in the implementation of sustainability initiatives and greening building operations; and manages the Speakers Bureau.
  • The Education Committee is responsible for establishing our yearly education calendar including monthly evening programs, in-depth seminars, exam prep course, and the State of the Chapter.

Learn more and engage with current committee members when you attend the State of the Chapter and Social on January 23rd, 2020 at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 building.

We are excited that the IBEW Local 1 is hosting us this year so we can highlight recent building updates.  They have invested in major renovations to their building and parking lot, which can now boast substantial sustainable features. Attend the State of the Chapter to learn more about this greener building. Building and lot improvements include a solar canopy on the parking lot that provides 160 kWh annually (enough to power 15 average sized homes) and electric vehicle charging stations; new HVAC system projected to save $22,000 annually; added insulation, updated lighting, a white roof, new windows, and water efficient fixtures. The 40,000 square foot building was built in 1960 and is on the National Register of Historic Places for its modernist design. Come experience it for yourself while enjoying complimentary beer, wine, and appetizers; celebrating the accomplishments of our amazing volunteers; and participating in our silent auction. Plus we will debut our 2020 Education Calendar at the event!

The State of the Chapter and Social silent auction is chock full of fun items, including a $500 gift card for sustainable landscape design, a free energy audit, a wine tasting experience, weekend getaways, Cardinals box tickets, a custom skateboard, a 2020 GO! St. Louis Marathon entry, and more. This is event is FREE to all members and non-members, so bring a friend, a colleague, or family member that is interested in making a difference with our green building community. We hope you will join us in welcoming a new greener year and decade – help us ensure that everyone in our community has a green and healthy place to live, work, and learn!

WHEN: Thursday, January 23, 2020, 5:30-8:00 PM
WHERE: IBEW Local 1 Union Hall 5850 Elizabeth Hall St. Louis, MO 63110

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