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Gateway Welcome Project Kicks Off Immigrant Welcome Week With A Big Assist from the St. Louis Construction Industry


More than $200K in Services/ Funds Donated to Build a New Soccer Field for Immigrant School Students with future Activities planned to Welcome Immigrant Children

They come to America to build a future and in some cases rebuild their shattered lives. Many of the nearly 400 immigrant and refugee children, from K-10th grade, who attend St. Louis Public Schools’ Nahed Chapman New American Academy (NCNAA) are getting their first taste of education – and of American life.

NCNAA students have received a special “Welcome to St. Louis” message from an unexpected quarter – the people and companies of the St. Louis construction industry. That welcoming message was delivered in a universal language that virtually all of the children, who come from 27 countries, “speak” and love: Soccer, in the form of a donated artificial surface soccer field.

On Sept. 13, 2016, NCNAA, which is located at 1530 S. Grand (near SLU Hospital), dedicated the new soccer field.  It includes a custom designed shelter area and landscaping and was built through donated services and fundraising totaling more than $200,000 from the construction industry, the soccer community, and other supporters. The event was the centerpiece of St. Louis’ celebration of “Welcoming Week,” a national event which celebrates the contributions of immigrants to America’s history and to its future. The St. Louis celebration is being spearheaded by the St. Louis Mosaic Project.

NCNAA Principal Donnie L. Harris told of a student who remarked to her that it must have been expensive to create the field. Harris told the student that all of the time and materials had been donated for the students.

“They replied to me that no one would do this in their (home) country,” Harris said.

In May of 2015, Peter Tao, principal of the architecture firm Tao + Lee Associates, Inc., approached Construction Forum St. Louis (CFSTL) to engage its industry connections to help build a soccer field for the NCNAA students. NCNAA teachers and administrators told Tao, who is a member of the MOSAIC Project steering committee, that the school’s students – many of whom suffered from PTSD and other emotional scars from their environment prior to arriving in the U.S. – benefited tremendously from outdoor play.  But the NCNAA asphalt playground was crumbling and dangerous.

Addressing the playing surface issue was the immediate concern. But the discussion quickly evolved into a bigger vision. Together Tao, the leaders of CFSTL, and like-minded organizations and individuals formed the Gateway Welcome Project (GWP) a not-for-profit corporation. Tao, the son of successful immigrant entrepreneurs, was chosen as the first president of the organization.

GWP’s bylaws state that it will work with immigrant support organizations such as the International Institute and St. Louis Mosaic Project to “assist and encourage existing St. Louis Metropolitan Area residents and companies to be inviting and hospitable towards immigrant and refugees, and their families;” and “ to provide the children of immigrant and refugees opportunities to assimilate into the culture and life of the St. Louis Metropolitan area by creating a positive, rewarding and enjoyable environment in which they can grow, learn and become accustomed to circumstances, customs and cultures that may be different from what they were previously accustomed to or acquainted with.”

The St. Louis Public Schools’ ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) program welcomes refugee and immigrant students.  Many of those students begin their US educational experience at NCNAA, one of the ESOL centers in the district and the only K-10 newcomer school in the St. Louis area.

“NCNAA and its ESOL program are some of the initial institutions that welcome refugee and immigrant kids once they have been settled,” Peter Tao said. “Gateway Welcome Project, collaborated on what and how to help support and welcome these students into our community.”

“The hope is that these kids will learn from this experience what it means to be in America, will one day be engaged with this community, and will become ambassadors to others and perhaps future leaders. We also hope that through this project our residents of our region will have a better understanding of the global challenges and issues and the value of a diverse community.”

Joe Blanner, president of CFSTL and partner in the law firm of McCarthy Leonard & Kaemmerer noted that, “Not one St. Louis construction industry company or individual who we approached turned us down. From its founding, St. Louis was built by immigrants. We benefit from the legacy of the immigrants – Italians, Irish, Germans – who brought their skilled trades to this country and founded construction companies, many of which continue to this day. Today’s new generation of immigrants is critical both to the future of our construction industry and to the future of the St. Louis region. It’s imperative that we welcome and encourage them.”

Blanner noted that it is the objective of GWP to embrace other disciplines, such as community health, STEM, and sustainability, and to take on projects in other immigrant-focused schools in St. Louis.

Instrumental to the success of the project was the participation of PHL, Inc., a not-for-profit organization which has to date completed eight playing fields for the St. Louis Public Schools, Thom Kuhn, member of the PHL board of directors and CEO of Millstone Weber construction services served as project manager at NCNAA.

Participating individuals and organizations, who operate under the umbrella of the recently-formed Not-For-Profit Gateway Welcome Project include: ASP Associates: Bergfeld Recreation; Bistate Utilities; Bussen Quarries; Cole Engineering; Construction Forum STL; Construction Forum Education Foundation; DG2 Design; D&S Fence; Eastern Missouri Laborers; Engraphix ; Hansen’s Tree Service; Home Depot; Klance Unlimited;  McCarthy Leonard & Kaemmerer; Metropolitan Sewer District; Midwest Block and Stone; Midwest Construction Products and Services; Pace Construction; PHL Inc.; Sam Fox School of Visual Art and Design, Washington University in St. Louis; St. Louis Pick Up Soccer; St. Louis Scott Gallagher Soccer Club; Tao + Lee Architects; Thomas Industrial Coatings; and SITE Improvement Association; and Xgrass.

GWP President Peter Tao said, “While this project has been done because our team wants to help, and frankly it adds much enrichment to our own lives, I do believe it is a good opportunity to be a teachable moment for these students.

‘The message? This is a great country, where opportunities are available and that there is a community and people out there, somewhere, to help you. And –  that as you grow and advance in your life –  you should recognize that one day others may need help and you may want to give back, in whatever way you can.’”


Northwest R1 School District Unveils New Scoreboard Donated by the Electrical Connection


There was a little added excitement to “Friday Night Lights” on August 26, 2016 in the Northwest R1 School District as the high school unveiled a brand new digital scoreboard made possible through donations from the Electrical Connection and other district partnerships.   The scoreboard includes a state-of-the-art video screen and was installed by Piros Signs, Inc. with assistance from Five Star Electric and electricians from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1.   IBEW partners with the St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) to form the Electrical Connection.

“The new scoreboard and video screen make our football games and other sports much more memorable for our students and parents,” said Northwest R1 School District Superintendent Dr. Paul Ziegler. “The Electrical Connection IBEW/NECA partnership has been a great supporter of our school and community.  We are grateful for their generous donation and the reliability of their services.”

Members of the Electrical Connection partnership have proficiently installed a number of electrical improvements to schools in the district including new gymnasiums and library renovations at Murphy and Brennan Woods Elementary schools, as well as a variety of other projects.  In addition to Five Star Electric, local IBEW/NECA contractors who have served the district include Sachs Electric Co., Eckelkamp Electric, and several other IBEW/NECA electrical contractors over the years.  IBEW offers an electrical contractor hotline to help customers find reliable and quality electrical service providers at 314-932-6526.

Members of the Electrical Connection provide safe and reliable electrical construction, maintenance, repair and replacement services across Missouri, the nation and the world.  The Electrical Connection offers the largest data base of Missouri’s most reliable and proficient electrical contractors at  Or you can call the IBEW electrical contractor hotline at 314-932-6526.

Cutline for image:  At the August 26, 2016 dedication of the new Northwest R1 High School digital scoreboard were, left to right, David Brand Jr. Piros Signs, Inc.; Chuck DeMoulin, IBEW Local 1 business representative; Dr. Paul Ziegler, superintendent, Northwest R1 School District; Frank Jacobs, business manager, IBEW Local 1; Tim Green, IBEW/NECA director of governmental affairs; and Billy Winkler, owner, Five Star Electric


St. Louis Missouri Chapter 38 NAWIC Installation of 2016-2017 Board of Directors


On September 22, 2016, The St. Louis Missouri Chapter 38 of The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) will hold the Chapter’s fifty-sixth Installation of Officers and Directors at Spiro’s Restaurant, Chesterfield, Missouri.

The 2016-2017 St. Louis Missouri Chapter 38 NAWIC Board of Directors is comprised of President Sandra Carter, CIT, Bartch Roofing, Inc., Vice President Kathy Cassidy, K & S Associates, Inc., Treasurer Sherri Marlo, Bulldog Drilling, Inc., Secretary Stephanie Anderson, Acme Constructors, Inc., Directors-Carrie

Roider, Erb Equipment Co., Inc., Patty Ahrens, Ahrens Contracting, Inc., Samantha Cook, Clayo, Amy DePriest, Acme Constructors, Inc. and Jessica Courtway, Greenfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C.  NAWIC President Connie Leipard, CIT, Owner, Quality Drywall Construction, Columbia, Missouri, will preside at the Installation.

Founded in 1953, the National Association of Women in Construction is a not-for-profit organization designed to provide support, networking, education and business opportunities in the construction industry.  The Association hosts numerous programs throughout the year impacting the construction industry in various sectors. Our Core Purpose is to enhance the success of women in construction.  For further information concerning the St. Louis Missouri Chapter 38 NAWIC, please contact Kathy Cassidy at


Great Rivers Greenway & The City Of Webster Groves Hosting Open House to Showcase Plans for Deer Creek Greenway Expansion


Deer Creek MapGreat Rivers Greenway and the City of Webster Groves are hosting a community open house on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016, to share details about a planned 1.5-mile expansion of the Deer Creek Greenway, from Deer Creek Park to Lorraine Davis Park, in Webster Groves. The open house will be held at Webster Groves City Hall (4 E Lockwood, Webster Groves, MO 63119) from 5 – 7 p.m. Area residents are invited to stop by anytime during that timeframe to ask questions, review maps and learn more about the expanded greenway. Duplicate 30-minute presentations will be held at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m.

The plans call for a 1.5-mile expansion that would extend the existing 0.7-mile Deer Creek Greenway from Webster Groves’ Deer Creek Park through Barnickle Park and to Lorraine Davis Park, ending at Ravine Avenue for a total of 2.2 miles. The existing greenway segment parallels Deer Creek from Big Bend Boulevard through Deer Creek Shopping Center and Maplewood’s Deer Creek Park (Rocket Park) to Deer Creek Park in Webster Groves.

“We have been working to advance the Deer Creek Greenway concept plan for many years,” said Megan Riechmann, Project Manager for Great Rivers Greenway. “We are excited to be so close to building this new space for people to walk or ride bikes to parks, neighborhoods, and shopping, or just to get some fresh air.”

In addition to a paved trail, the greenway expansion will also include boardwalks and the installation of native plants in Lorraine Davis Park, as well as a new pavilion.

“We are grateful for the assistance and feedback from area residents, the cities of Webster Groves and Brentwood, as well as community groups and other stakeholders whose input and support helped shape the plan,” says Riechmann. “We encourage them to stop by the open house on Sept. 8 to learn more about the specific details, route and timeline.”

Great Rivers Greenway connects the St. Louis region with greenways so people can explore their rivers, parks and communities, making it a vibrant place to live, work and play. For more information, visit


Asphalt Conference Nov. 29-30 at Missouri S&T


The 59th annual Asphalt Conference will be held Nov. 29-30 at Missouri University of Science and Technology. Registration is $130 per person and is available online at

Conference presentations will include intelligent compaction projects; basics of plant operation; lift thickness and nominal maximum size of aggregate issues; benefits of increased density; Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) performance tests: cracking, rutting and stripping industry task groups; chip seal design, specification and construction; cape seals; high-volume traffic chip seals; soil cement stabilization and cold in-place recycling; scratch and seal update; scrub seals and matrix slurry seals; Binder 101; MoDOT recycled asphalt pavement/recycled asphalt shingles long-term pavement program update; parking lot design for longevity; pavement design examples with “PaveXPress;” Federal Aviation Administration versus highway spec comparison; MoDOT’s current research; and the Missouri Asphalt Pavement Association update.

Organizers say the conference will be of interest to contractors, public agencies, consulting engineers, testing labs, aggregate producers, asphalt binder suppliers and technical equipment representatives. Conference participants will receive personal development hours credit.

For conference program information, contact Dr. Dave Richardson, Chancellor’s Professor of civil, architectural and environmental engineering at Missouri S&T and conference director, at 573-341-4487 or For registration information, contact Missouri S&T’s office of Distance and Continuing Education at 573-341-6222 or


AGC to Present James Frey with Prestigious SIR Award


The AGC of Missouri will bestow its prestigious SIR (Skill, Integrity, Responsibility) Award on James Frey, retired senior vice president of Alberici Group, Inc., during the organization’s September 15 membership meeting.

According to AGC of Missouri President Len Toenjes, the SIR Award is reserved “for members who have gone beyond the call of duty towards the betterment of our association and Missouri’s construction industry.”  It is not an annual award, but is only bestowed for for special recognition of extraordinary service.

Frey graduated cum laude from the University of Missouri-Rolla in 1974 with a degree in civil engineering. He served as chairman of the AGC of St. Louis (predecessor to the AGC of Missouri) in 2002 and as a member of the board from 2006 to 2008. From 2001 to 2010 he chaired the Competitiveness Nucleus Group that worked to improve competitiveness in the construction industry and led to the adoption of more consistent contract language in basic trade contracts, thereby increasing productivity.  From 2006 to 2010, he served as co-chair of PRIDE of St. Louis, Inc. (Productivity and Responsibility Increase Development and Employment, now known as the St. Louis Construction Cooperative), the nation’s first voluntary construction labor-management organization.  In 2011, PRIDE honored him with its Al Fleischer Management Award.

A member of Alberici Corporation’s board of directors from 2004 to 2009, Frey was a member of the Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Construction Leadership Institute Advisory Board from 2008 to 2016, serving the last three years as chairman. He also was a member of that institution’s Construction Department Advisory Board from 1990 to 1995.  He served on the Advisory Council for Missouri University for Science & Technology Civil, Architectural and Environment Engineering Department in 2005.

Over the years, Frey served on numerous industry committees and was a sought after speaker for national meetings and seminars, including for programs from the Design-Build Institute of America, AGC of America, the American Institute of Architects, and the International Risk Management Institute.


Looking for Green Businesses to Cast Green Shadows


The USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Higher Education committee is looking for mentors to expose students to green jobs within the Missouri Gateway territory through a one-day shadow of local business people.  Participating companies get access to local students interested in the industry without the financial commitment of an internship.

Apply by September 15, 2016 to be matched in the Fall 2016 semester.

Mentors must have an active USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter membership and fill out an online application detailing their interest in becoming a Mentor and providing a list of activities in their typical workday. Depending on the number of shadow applications, mentors may or may not be called upon. Click here to view the Green Shadow MENTOR application.

Shadows must fill out an online application outlining any previous experience with green building, their interests in sustainability and the one day shadow program, as well as a reference such as an advisor or professor.  Click here to view the Green Shadow STUDENT application.

Selection and matching of Mentors and Shadows will be made by the program administrators based on the alignment of Shadows’ field of study and potential occupation with the mentors’ occupation and typical work activities.

Once a match is made, program administrators check the availability of the mentor and establish a mutually agreeable date.  After a date is agreed upon, the student will be responsible for calling the mentor to finalize logistics (meeting place and time).

After the shadow experience, both participants complete a follow-up questionnaire to rate the experience and give feedback to the program administrators.


America’s Heartland Remembers to Honor Military Heroes With Large Art Installation


America Remembers 2Nearly 7,000 flags will be on display at Art Hill in St. Louis to honor American military heroes on September 11th, 2016, reports

On September 11th 2016, America’s Heartland Remembers (AHR) will fill Art Hill – the iconic St. Louis destination in Forest Park – with nearly 7,000 American Flags. This awe-inspiring display, which will be known as “Flags of Valor” will pay tribute to the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice while fighting the War on Terror since September 11th, 2001 to keep citizens free and safe here at home.

Each and every flag in the War memorial will bear the name and photo of a hero who bravely served their country but never came home. The flags will be placed in chronological order according to the date each of the Veterans lost their livesand will allow loved ones and visitors to walk through the massive display so they can easily find and honor each hero.

AHR wants to ensure Gold Star Families have the opportunity to bring their Hero’s flag home. Family members can acquire their Hero’s flag at a reduced rate by visiting Here, they can also search for the location of their Hero’s flag on the Art Hill prior to the September 11th weekend event. AHR implores everyone to share this website and news of the event with other military family and friends who may wish to attend or contribute. Additionally, members of the general public can sponsor a flag for a Gold Star Family, as well as acquire an unclaimed flag for a small donation.

Apart from helping America’s Heartland Remembers fund two memorials for a fallen New York firefighter and a Marine from Iowa, all profits from the event will be donated to one of the following not-for-profit organizations that are closely aligned with the mission of America’s Heartland Remembers: Missouri Military Memorial Foundation, Semper Fi Fund, Missouri Memorial Military Foundation, and The Greater St. Louis Honor Flight.

About America’s Heartland Remembers:

In an effort to never forget those who perished on September 11th 2001, Pace Properties and America’s Heartland Remembers organized a flag tribute to each of the Heroes who were lost in the attacks at on our homeland that fateful day. Hundreds of volunteers gather to assemble and erect the massive display of flags on Art Hill in Forest Park. As a 501(c)(3) organization, AHR has given to countless organizations that help Military and their families. In addition, they have erected hundreds of Flag displays at Veterans funerals and worked with families of the fallen to create lasting tributes to their heroes.

Media Contact: Scott Tripp

Telephone: (314) 440-3477




EPA & Champ Landfill of Maryland Heights, Mo., Reach Settlement to Improve Landfill’s Compliance


Maryland Heights landfill to install 21 gas extraction wells

In a settlement announced today by the Environmental Protection Agency, IESI MO Champ Landfill, LLC has agreed to implement numerous measures at its Maryland Heights landfill, including installing additional gas extraction wells. The measures are designed to minimize odors and air emissions from the landfill and ensure ongoing compliance with regulatory requirements under the Clean Air Act.

An EPA inspection of Champ Landfill, conducted on May 18, 2016, was part of an initiative by EPA to identify non-compliance and reduce air emissions from sources in the greater St. Louis area.  The inspection identified deficiencies related to Champ Landfill’s surface emission monitoring and surface integrity monitoring, required by the Clean Air Act’s New Source Performance Standards (NSPS).  These standards impose controls on emissions of landfill gas, as well as monitoring, recordkeeping, and reporting requirements to ensure that landfill gas emissions are minimized.

Landfills use gas collection systems, a network of wells and piping, to collect landfill gas created by the decomposition of solid waste, which consists primarily of methane and carbon dioxide.  Under the terms of this settlement, Champ Landfill has agreed to conduct a comprehensive third party audit of its gas collection system and to implement all of the auditor’s recommended corrective actions in less than one year.  Champ will also install 21 additional landfill gas extraction wells.  These modifications to the gas collection system are expected to significantly improve its ability to collect gases generated by the landfill, resulting in lower emissions of landfill gas and odors to the surrounding community.   Overall, Champ Landfill will spend up to an estimated $1.6 million to implement the improvements at the landfill, including the additional wells, implementing the independent third party audit recommendations, and other expenditures.

“This agreement shows how constructive negotiations between a company and EPA can produce positive results leading to air quality improvements that benefit communities,” said EPA Region 7 Administrator Mark Hague.  “The immediate actions taken required by this agreement will improve the landfill’s operations and minimize air emissions and odors. This is an important step in EPA’s efforts to ensure sources of air pollution in the area are in compliance.”


Electrical Connection Partners with Saint Louis FC to Energize “Shop with a Cop” Fundraiser


Event Raises More Than $2,000 to Support St. Francois County

Elec Con OrnamentOne of the most successful law enforcement community trust-building programs received a big boost and is expanding thanks to a partnership between the Electrical Connection and Saint Louis FC.   The Electrical Connection sponsored Saint Louis FC’s “Christmas in July” fundraiser at its July 30, 2016 soccer game to raise money for the Saint Francois County “Shop with a Cop” program.  In addition, proceeds will be used to launch a “Shop with a Cop” program for the Ferguson, Mo. police department.  The event raised more than $2,000 and included a special Saint Louis FC holiday ornament for the game at World Wide Technology Soccer Park in Fenton, Mo.

The pre-game ceremonies spotlighted “Shop with a Cop” and the Electrical Connection’s support in a video.  The St. Francois County “Shop with a Cop” program was launched more than 23 years ago and has gradually grown to become one of the largest in the nation, serving up to 500 children annually. The program raises money so law enforcement can take disadvantaged children December holiday shopping to get gifts they would not otherwise receive.

In 1993, Danny Miller, owner of Farmington, Mo.-based Total Electric, introduced the Electrical Connection to the St. Francois County “Shop with a Cop” program.  Since then, the Electrical Connection has donated a total of more than $54,000 to support the program.  The Electrical Connection is a labor-management partnership of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 and the St. Louis Chapter, National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).

“The Electrical Connection and IBEW/NECA have been steadfast supporters of ‘Shop with a Cop,’” said St. Francois County Sheriff Dan Bullock.  “We are delighted they are expanding that support through their partnership with Saint Louis FC.”

The fundraiser also support plans for a Ferguson “Shop with a Cop” program.  “’Shop with a Cop’ has been extraordinarily successful in building trust in the communities that police serve,” said Jim Curran, executive vice president, Electrical Connection.  “We strongly support law enforcement and wanted to leverage our Saint Louis FC partnership to help efforts to build stronger communities.  ‘Shop with a Cop’ is just a natural fit for building trust with police in Ferguson, Mo.”

“Ferguson had some success with building a bond with the community in its ‘Cops and Kids’ program in 2014,” said Ferguson Police Chief Delrish Moss.  “We strongly appreciate the Electrical Connection’s partnerhship with St. Louis FC to help us energize our community engagement with ‘Shop with a Cop’ this December.”

In 2015, the Electrical Connection helped sponsor the return of outdoor professional soccer to St. Louis with Saint Louis FC.  “We have been impressed from the very beginning by the level of commitment that the Electrical Connection demonstrates to our community and their support of the ‘shop with a cop’ program is just one example of their generosity,” said Kevin Wygant, Saint Louis FC director of corporate partnerships.  “Saint Louis FC appreciates the opportunity to leverage our loyal fan base to help expand the program to the city of Ferguson in 2016.”

Donations to “Shop with a Cop” at the gate earned Saint Louis FC fans the special holiday ornament.  Donations are also possible online at

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