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The latest People in the News highlighting new hires, promotions, honors & recognition of the men and women in the St. Louis building community.

KAI Hires Radhika Dharanipalan as Senior Project Manager

Radhika Dharanipalan

KAI announces the hiring of Senior Project Manager Radhika Dharanipalan, RA, NCARB, PMP, LEED AP BD+C, of Milton, Georgia at its Atlanta office.

As Senior Project Manager, Dharanipalan will be responsible for managing budgets, deliverables and schedules for multiple architecture and engineering projects of various sizes and across different sectors. She will interface with clients, prepare proposals and pricing, in addition to preparing prime- and sub-contracts in coordination with upper management and managing multi-office execution of projects.

“I pursued a position with KAI because it is a design-build firm, and I believe my work experience in the past makes it possible for me to be equally engaged with both design and construction,” said Dharanipalan. “My goals are to manage and successfully deliver a wide range of projects of different sizes across various sectors. Maintaining existing client relations and helping KAI extend their client network is an important part of my current role.”

Prior to KAI, Dharanipalan worked as Project Manager in Facility Design and Construction Services at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia; as a Project Coordinator at Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart, Stewart & Associates, Inc. in Atlanta; and as a Junior Architect at Shilpa Architects in India. She has 15 years of industry experience.

Dharanipalan has a Bachelor of Architecture from Anna University in Chennai, India and a Master of Architecture and a Master of Science in Construction Management from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

She is a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI), National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) and U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

Dharanipalan is a group fitness gym enthusiast and believes in adopting a healthy lifestyle. She is married and has two daughters. In her spare time, she serves on the Architecture Review Committee in Waterside Neighborhood and volunteers at Meals by Grace food pantry.

About KAI Enterprises

KAI Enterprises is a national design and build firm providing delivery-oriented building solutions with a diverse portfolio of experience, in-house multi-discipline professionals, and expertise in both design and construction delivery. To learn more about KAI, visit www.kai-db.com.

November 8, 2019

Tim Simon Joins Holland Construction Services As A Senior Project Manager 

Tim Simon

Mike Marchal, President of Holland Construction Services (Holland), is pleased to announce that Tim Simon has joined the Holland team as a Senior Project Manager.

Tim comes to Holland with more than 10 years of experience in construction management working on a range of projects in multiple markets throughout the St. Louis area and the Metro East including K-12 Education, Multi-Family, Senior Living, and Commercial.

“What attracted me to Holland was the opportunity to work for a growing company,” Simon said.  “I believe Holland is well diversified and respected in the industry and has the opportunity for self-growth.”

Marchal added, “Tim’s skillset and background will serve our clients’ needs on a variety of project types.  His personality, attitude and work ethic are an excellent fit with our team and culture.  We are proud to have Tim with us.”

Tim graduated from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with a degree in construction management. He currently lives in Granite City with his wife and two sons.

Holland Construction Services is a full-service construction management, general contracting, and design/build firm based in Swansea, Ill., guided by the principle of providing clients the best possible building experience on every project.  Holland has been providing quality construction services throughout Illinois and Missouri since 1986, when it was founded by company CEO Bruce Holland.

Murphy Company Adds Professional Staff

Jonathon Pool

Jonathan Pool has joined Murphy Company, the area’s largest mechanical contractor, as account manager.  The announcement was made by Ryan Kramer, service sales manager.

Pool most recently served as a new business development account manager for a large international manufacturer of commercial and residential HVAC equipment. Prior to that, he was a manager for health, safety and environment in a three-state Midwest region for the same manufacturer. From 2012 to 2013 he oversaw three production lines for Schreiber Foods Inc.

A veteran, Pool was in the U.S. Army from 2007 to 2012, serving as the 18th Airborne Corps safety officer in charge and also as the 18th Airborne redeployment and reintegration officer in charge at Fort Bragg. N.C., among other duties.  He served in the U.S. Forces’ Iraq Enduring Operations as an executive officer, coordinating logistics, communications, supply and security for several sections.

He was deployed as an Air Defense artillery platoon leader in Iraq where he conducted and led daily convoy operations in and around Baghdad. He also was the executive officer in charge of maintenance for more than $40 million in government equipment.

Pool holds a bachelor’s degree from the Virginia Military Institute. Advanced studies include the Ingersoll Rand Sandler based methodology and Harvard mentor courses in project management, coaching and process improvement.  He also attended the U.S. Army Airborne School.

He is a member of the National Airborne Association and is active in Big Brothers-Big Sisters.

Dennis Dudenhoeffer

Dennis J. Dudenhoeffer, CPD, has joined Murphy Company as senior project estimator. The announcement was made by Kevin Suiter, P.E.,vice president of estimating for the mechanical contractor.

A certified plumbing designer (CPD) by the American Society or Plumbing Engineers, Dudenhoeffer has been employed as a plumbing estimator/project manager and designer since 1989. He has broad experience designing interior plumbing, and site water mains/service lines as well as fire sprinkler, medical gas, and fuel oil systems for clients in the healthcare, higher education and technology markets.

He holds an associate’s degree in architectural engineering technology from Bailey Technical School.  He also completed the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling-Contractors (PHCC) of America project management training course at Purdue University.

Greg Schaller Promoted to Chief Risk Officer at Midwest BankCentre

Greg Schaller

Greg Schaller has been promoted to chief risk officer at Midwest BankCentre. He was formerly senior vice president-audit.

Schaller is responsible for leading the bank’s risk management department, including the compliance department, loan and appraisal review, vendor management, business continuity processes and administrative oversight of the internal audit department. He partners with different bank business lines to review existing processes, evaluate risk tolerance, assist with implementing strategic initiatives, and assess new strategies to achieve efficiencies, expand audit coverage, and analyze data for meaningful insights into emerging risks, processes and performance measures.

Schaller is a 16-year veteran of the banking industry. He joined Midwest BankCentre in 2016.

“Greg brings a deep understanding of Midwest BankCentre’s business to his expanded role as chief risk officer,” said Marsha Benney, chief operating officer of the bank. “His consultative, strategy-focused approach and extensive industry background strengthen our leadership team.”

Schaller has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He continued his studies in community banking at the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado, recently graduating with honors. Schaller is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants. He serves on the finance committee for Variety the Children’s Charity of St. Louis.

Midwest BankCentre, a mainstay of St. Louis community banking since 1906, employs a staff of about 280 working at 17 bank locations in the City of St. Louis and St. Louis, Jefferson and St. Charles counties. The bank works to empower people, enable business and energize neighborhoods through the strength of its financial services, including personalized consumer and business banking, business cash management, mortgage lending, home equity loans, financial planning and investments, insurance and digital banking. It ranks among St. Louis’ largest locally owned banks with assets exceeding $1.9 billion and deposits of $1.4 billion.

The bank is a local leader in the St. Louis Regional Unbanked Task Force and its Bank-On Save-Up St. Louis initiative. Since 2001, Midwest BankCentre has consecutively achieved the Bauer Financial 5-Star Superior financial rating each quarter. It was the national winner of the 2018 National Community Bank Service Awards by the Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA) for its success in bringing mainstream financial services to unbanked and underbanked citizens in the region.

October 27, 2019

Murphy Company Adds Professional Staff

James Green

James Green has joined Murphy Co., the area’s largest mechanical contracting and engineering firm, as an engineer. The announcement was made by Dan Murphy, HVAC manager for the Missouri Engineering Group. Green holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He is an engineer-in-training with the State of Missouri and is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).

Following graduation in 2016, he worked as a lab technician for Monsanto (now Bayer) and, since 2017, has served as a quality assurance analyst with Wells Fargo. In addition to AutoCAD skills, he is experienced with chemical process unit operation including heat exchangers, pumps, turbines, reactors and distribution columns.

Rodger Dorrah

Rodger Dorrah, HFDP, has rejoined Murphy Co. as a senior HVAC designer. The announcement was made by Mike Werdes, vice-president, engineering for the mechanical contracting and engineering firm. Making the announcement, Werdes said, “We are thrilled to have Rodger rejoin our team. He has a total of 23 years’ experience with Murphy and more than 36 years’ experience in the industry working on major health-care, commercial and industrial projects in the St. Louis area and across the country.”

A certified Healthcare Facility Design Professional by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Dorrah also is a contributor to the ongoing improvement of ASHRAE’s certification exam. He is a member of the Missouri Society for Healthcare Engineering (MOSHE) and the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE).

He holds an associate’s degree in applied science-architecture from St. Louis Community College at Meramec and has completed advanced coursework in  HVAC, plumbing system design, building controls, LEAN construction, high-density data centers and healthcare design, just to name a few.

Adam Young

Murphy Co. has also added Adam Young as an engineer in its Engineering Group. A 2019 graduate, Young holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering with a minor in mathematics from the University of Missouri-Columbia. While a student he worked for a building contractor and as a contractor assistant.  He also completed a summer mechanical engineering internship with a St. Louis contractor, working on a major hospital project.

Founded in 1907, Murphy Company is one of the nation’s top mechanical contracting firms delivering innovative solutions to the commercial, industrial and institutional markets.  The firm employs more than 1,000 people nationwide. For more information, visit www.murphynet.com.

Kwame Building Group Hires Michael Thompson as a Marketing Business Developer

Michael Thompson

Michael Thompson has joined Kwame Building Group, Inc. (KWAME), one of the nation’s top pure construction management firms, as a Marketing Business Developer. Thompson’s responsibilities are to support KWAME’s diverse business goals and objectives by building and maintaining mutually beneficial, long-term relationships with prospective and existing clients.

Thompson has more than four years of marketing and digital media experience. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Maryville University.

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. For more information, visit www.kwamebuildinggroup.com or call (314) 862-5344.

Spellman Brady Hires New CFO/COO Patty Boyd 

Patty Boyd

Spellman Brady & Company, an award-winning interior design firm, is pleased to announce that Patty Boyd has joined the firm as its Chief Financial and Chief Operating Officer.  In her new role, Ms. Boyd is a member of the firm’s leadership team and is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the firm’s financial, operational and human resources activities.

Ms. Boyd, a certified public accountant, brings over 30 years of financial and operational experience.  Previously serving from Senior Vice President to Chief Financial Officer for the FAMCO Group at Ziegler Capital Management, she led strategic initiatives, operational modeling and financial planning.  She has developed a reputation for collaborating effectively with companies’ executive leadership to achieve targeted goals and brings a proven record of success in strengthening a firm’s profitability and executing strategic plans.  Ms. Boyd graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Accounting from the University of Missouri – St. Louis. 

Spellman Brady & Company is an award-winning interior design firm specializing in senior living, healthcare, and higher education environments. The firm maintains design excellence by delivering comprehensive interior design, furniture, artwork master planning, and procurement services. For more information about Spellman Brady & Company, please visit spellmanbrady.com. 

S. M. Wilson Promotes Rebecca Cornatzer To Chief Human Resources Officer

Rebecca Cornatzer

S. M. Wilson & Co. has promoted Rebecca Cornatzer to Chief Human Resources Officer.

Cornatzer joined S. M. Wilson in 2017 and has proven to be an integral part of the team. In just over two years, she has led strategic human resources initiatives related to personnel policy, professional development and talent and performance management. In her role as Chief Human Resources Officer, Cornatzer will continue to have ultimate responsibility for all aspects of the company’s Human Resources Department functions. She will also be involved in long-range planning and monitoring business performance and risk management with a focus on developing and executing human resources initiatives in support of the company’s strategic direction.

Cornatzer sits on the company’s Employee Engagement Committee, Planning Committee and ESOP Committee. Outside of S. M. Wilson, she serves as a Board Member and Past President of the Board of Directors for Aim High St. Louis. Cornatzer is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), a Certified Administrator of the Institute for Work Attitude and Motivation (iWAM) and holds a Bachelors in Psychology from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and a Masters in Education from the University of Missouri-Saint Louis.

S. M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis. The employee-owned company is dedicated to going above and beyond expectations for their clients by putting people first. For more information, visit www.smwilson.com.    

Kadean Completes Construction of New Harris House Inpatient Treatment Center

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Kadean Construction has completed construction of the new Harris House Intensive Inpatient Treatment Center in St. Charles, Missouri for the Harris House Foundation, a leading provider in addiction treatment.  Situated on twelve acres located at 2706 South River Road, this 54,000 square-foot facility will serve as an anchor for addiction treatment in the St. Louis metropolitan area including St. Charles.

The new inpatient addiction treatment facility has rooms for 60 resident beds and can be expanded to handle up to 100 beds.  Other amenities include meeting space, staff offices, a cafeteria with full commercial kitchen and a 4,300 square foot partial basement.
Construction began in June 2018, and Kadean provided construction management services for the new facility.  Arcturis is the project architect.

“Demand for Harris House treatment services is high, and this new building enables us to further our mission by offering more services and programs to more under-served clients that need help,” said Tom Wickenhauser, Executive Director of Harris House Foundation.  “Kadean did a great job for us in getting this facility built on time and on budget.”

“”We are proud to have played a key role in making this treatment center a reality,” said Mike Eveler, President of Kadean Construction.  “This facility provides an important community service helping alcoholic and chemically dependent persons achieve sobriety and become productive individuals.”

Kadean Construction, one of the fastest growing construction companies in the St. Louis area, specializes in pre-construction, design-build, construction management, and general contracting services in the medical, senior living, retail, commercial, and industrial sectors. In addition to undertaking major construction projects in recent years for BJC Healthcare at Barnes Jewish Hospital, Missouri Baptist Medical Center, Siteman Cancer Center, and other major medical facilities, Kadean also has built ambulatory surgical centers in Missouri, Kansas, Indiana, Michigan, Florida, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania, and high quality independent and assisted senior living and memory care facilities in the St. Louis and Kansas City regions.

For more information, visit www.kadean.com<http://www.kadean.com>.

First-Ever Log Splitting Contest & Holiday Build Battle

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The most wonderful time of the year is right around the corner, and historic downtown Hillsboro is gearing up for “A Storybook Christmas,” sponsored by Imagine Hillsboro. This one-of-a-kind holiday celebration combines timeless traditions with the newest trends to create a unique experience that is guaranteed to be fun for the whole family, and this year’s event will include a couple of new elements that will deliver a series of happy endings.

Now in its fifth year, the all-day event will take place on Saturday, Dec. 7, with festivities kicking off at 10 a.m., as downtown Hillsboro will come to life with carolers strolling down Main Street. New to the celebration this year, local manufacturer Atlas 46 is teaming up with Imagine Hillsboro, the City of Hillsboro and Hardcore Hammers to spread extra holiday cheer by hosting the first-ever Log Splitting Contest and Holiday Build Battle.

“A Storybook Christmas offers something for everyone – whether you’re ready to lace up your shoes for the Frosty 5K, hunt for clues during a festive scavenger hunt, discover quirky shopping opportunities or nosh on traditional holiday foods. Imagine Hillsboro and all of the volunteers work tirelessly to put together this festive celebration, making our city a different and lovely place to live and work,” said Jonathan Weyer, Community Planner for the City of Hillsboro. “We’re thrilled to partner with Atlas 46 to introduce a different sort of experience to this marvelous community event, and we’re hoping that everyone who joins us will have a merry little Storybook Christmas.”

Participants in the Log Splitting Contest will put their wood chopping skills to the test to determine who will be named the ultimate “Hardcore Splitter.” During the preliminary rounds, competitors will be given a Hardcore Hammers axe to use – a choice of a 4lb Ranger Axe or a 3lb Raptor Axe – to split various sized logs into 6″ pieces, then stack them faster than the competition to be on their way to claiming the $1,000 grand prize. The fastest participant in each preliminary round to split and stack 20 logs will advance to the finals, where they will be required to chop and stack an 18” log. In the holiday spirit of giving, the chopped firewood will be donated to local organizations in need through a collaboration with Lifeline Community Church and the City of Hillsboro. A special thanks also goes out to Bob Buda and the church for their time and effort in donating the trees and cutting them for the contest.

All participants must be 18 years or older and pay a $25 entry fee to be eligible to compete. Safety gear including glasses, steel toed boots or safety toe covers will be required. Area residents are invited to come out and cheer on their favorite team during the log splitting event, which will take place at 10 a.m.  outside of the Bank of Hillsboro. Free axe sharpening will be offered at the event, and other Hardcore Hammer items will also be available for purchase. Pre-registration is required to participate in the Log Splitting Contest, and the deadline to register is Dec. 1st. Participants can sign up in person at the Atlas 46 facility in Hillsboro, online at www.hardcoresplitter.com or on the events page at www.atlas46.com.

The fun doesn’t stop there, as later in the afternoon, pre-selected teams will battle head to head to design and build the best holiday decoration during Atlas 46’s inaugural Holiday Build Battle. To be considered for this battle, interested teams will need to create a short video detailing why they should be given a chance to compete or fill out an application at the Atlas 46 facility in Hillsboro. A panel of judges will select the top three teams to participate in the Dec. 7 competition. Starting at 2 p.m., teams will have three hours to handcraft their holiday decorations using only the materials provided. Wood to be used during the competition will be supplied by England Farms in Fillmore, Ill., who also donated wood for the Monster Building Competition. The winner of this tinsel and tools throwdown will take home the grand prize of $500 and automatically be qualified for the chance to win even more prize money during the season finale of the Build Battles next fall. Details on how to participate can be found at https://www.atlas46.com/holiday-battle.html.

“We couldn’t be more excited to be a part of one of Hillsboro’s most cherished events and offer these fun, creative contests to put a unique twist on traditional holiday celebrations,” said Brian Carver, President of Atlas 46, which opened a manufacturing facility in Hillsboro in 2018. “We’re extremely proud to put on events like these that bring together members of the Hillsboro community – from DIYers to skilled tradesmen and women – to shine a spotlight on the world of manufacturing and introduce a little spirited competition to the holiday season.”

Following the completion of the Holiday Build Battle, friendly faces will line the streets as the twinkling glow of lights march down Main Street in the Lighted Christmas Parade starting at 6 p.m.

For additional questions or more information on the Log Splitting Contest and Holiday Build Battle, visit the events page at www.atlas46.com. For more information on A Storybook Christmas, visit Imagine Hillsboro on Facebook.

With locations in Fenton, MO and Hillsboro, IL, Atlas 46 designs, develops, and manufactures innovative, premium workwear and gear for the construction, carpentry, electrical, maintenance, off-roading, DIY, and woodworking industries. For more information, visit www.atlas46.com or find Atlas 46 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  

Cohen Architectural Woodworking Receives Third National Award for Outstanding Workplace Safety

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Cohen Architectural Woodworking announces it has once again received an award for Outstanding Workplace Safety from the Architectural Woodworking Institute (AWI).

Cohen Architectural Woodworking was recognized for the 2019 Zero Lost Time Accident Achievement for Manufacturers Award for reaching more than 100,000 work hours without a safety incident. Cohen also received the award in 2017 as well as the 2017 Safety Improvement Recognition Award for Manufacturers, awarded to companies who reach more than 100,000 hours of maintaining a safe workplace.

“We care about our workers and want to send them home safely to their families. We make sure our entire team is bought into excellence in everything, including safety.” said Phillip Cohen, Founder and President.

The Architectural Woodwork Institute has been the voice of the woodworking industry for more than half a century. The organization provides networking and educational programs for all members. The AWI is known for The Architectural Woodwork Standards (AWS), a guide for the specification, construction, and installation of interior architectural woodwork. Each year it hosts a variety of award competitions honoring top performing companies in several categories.

Founded in 1982, Cohen Architectural Woodworking is a family-owned architectural design/build woodworking firm headquartered in St. James, Missouri. For more information visit https://cohenwoodworking.com

 

Photo caption: Alan Vance (L), Safety Coordinator with Cohen Architectural Woodworking, receives a certificate from the Architectural Woodworking Institute for Outstanding Workplace Safety. The award was presented to Vance at the Cohen offices by  John Slania, marketing representative for Federated Insurance.

KAI Receives Two AIA St. Louis/AIA Central States Region Design Awards

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KAI Enterprises proudly announces that it has received two AIA St. Louis/AIA Central States Region Design Awards for interior design and architecture. The awards were presented at an Oct. 11 awards ceremony at the Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis.

  • Awards Presented to KAI Include:
  • Award: Interiors Category – Distinguished Award
  • Project: Alberici Hillsdale Office Renovation
  • Firm: KAI Design

Project Description: KAI’s Architecture and Interior Design teams were challenged with renovating the outdated second floor of Alberici Corporation’s Hillsdale, Missouri office. The goal was to provide a better workspace for employees at two of its subsidiaries – Hillsdale Fabricators and Kienlen Constructors. The office space was riddled with unused space, outdated finishes and no consistent flow and did not adequately represent the company’s brand or expertise. Its employees were dispersed throughout several floors.

KAI designed an open floor plan that consolidated all of the employees onto one floor, with a centralized break room and a refined, industrial design. The finished design utilizes custom-crafted furniture pieces that showcases the client’s skills, exposed ceilings and columns, sealed concrete floors, reclaimed wood, steel partitions, glass workstations and modern lighting.

“Our team did an excellent job showcasing the company’s brand and skills in the design through the use of custom-made furniture and industrial finishes hand-crafted by the client’s own structural steel fabricators,” said KAI Senior Interior Designer Terry Crotty. “Our designers recognized how pivotal the client’s expertise was to creating their new space.”

  • Award: Architecture Category – Merit Award
  • Project: Grand Flats Luxury Apartments
  • Firm: Lead Architect – HOK, Associate Architect – KAI Design

Project Description: Located at 2232 S. Grand Blvd. in St. Louis’ Compton Heights neighborhood, the 124-unit development features a heated pool and sundeck; studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments; luxury finishes; 24/7 fitness center; self-serve pet spa; coffee bar; designer kitchens; private balconies; social lounge; community micro-market; private meeting rooms and bike storage.

“Our goal on this project was to create a mini-metropolis with modern, luxury finishes and amenities that focus on convenience and community,” said Crotty. “The Grand Flats apartments evokes an environment where people want to be.”

Additionally, KAI Engineering was part of the Soldier’s Memorial Military Museum restoration project team, for which lead architect Mackey Mitchell and associate architect The Grice Group received an AIA design award. KAI Engineering was proud to have been part of the project team.

The 1938 art deco building in Downtown St. Louis underwent a $30 million renovation to its interior and grounds that started in 2016 and was completed in 2018. The renovation made preserving the building’s original art deco detailing a priority. Exterior work included pavement and landscaping replacement, stone wall cladding repair and cleaning, new waterproofing and roofing, new reflecting pool and Five Branches Fountain, and an expanded Court of Honor. The building’s interior received a modern HVAC system, new exhibit galleries, replacement tiles, cleaned and rewired light fixtures, LED lighting, new wheelchair ramp and other ADA-compliant improvements. Renovation to the basement more than doubled the museum’s exhibition space.

KAI Enterprises is a national design and build firm providing delivery-oriented building solutions with a diverse portfolio of experience, in-house multi-discipline professionals, and expertise in both design and construction delivery. Founded in 1980, KAI has grown into one of the largest minority-owned firms in the AEC industry. To learn more about KAI, visit www.kai-db.com.

KAI Build & PARIC Corporation Break Ground on $21 Million Ameren Missouri Operating Center

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New facility to serve as electric operations hub for more than 135,000 customers 

KAI Build and joint venture partner PARIC Corporation broke ground on Oct. 24 to start construction of Ameren Missouri’s new North Metro Operating Center at 4427 Geraldine Avenue. The $21 million facility will replace the adjacent Geraldine Operating Center which has employed hundreds of Ameren employees and provided electric operations to North St. Louis for over 60 years.

The North Metro Operating Center will be a localized hub for up to 500 Ameren employees who perform work from electric system repairs to major infrastructure upgrade projects to storm restoration. The new facility, which is expected to be completed in Dec. 2020, will include:

  • 19,600-square-foot office building for administrative offices and a crew area
  • 26,000-square-foot open truck shelter for 42 trucks
  • 6,400-square-foot storage building
  • 4,400-square-foot, three-sided trailer storage building

“Ameren Missouri is committed to creating stronger communities where we work and live, which is why we are reinvesting in North St. Louis by building the new North Metro Operating Center next door to our current facility,” said Michael Moehn, Chairman and President of Ameren Missouri. “The new, larger facility was needed to continue to meet our customers’ service reliability needs in North St. Louis and surrounding communities. A project of this magnitude requires collaboration and partnership with a number of stakeholders, including local government officials, community leaders and a host of diverse contractors.”

Ameren Missouri is constructing the project through a joint venture partnership with its general contractors, PARIC Corporation and minority-owned KAI Build.

“KAI Build is proud to be a part of helping the transformation of the north bookend of the city. Ameren, being an excellent corporate citizen and making this investment, gets the snowball rolling to help start the development infill between this project and the central corridor,” said Michael Kennedy, Jr., CEO of KAI Enterprises. “This allows developers to start looking at all the possibilities north of Delmar. These anchor projects are so important. This feels really good.”

The joint venture partnership between PARIC and KAI will represent the two firms’ eighth project together over the past 20 years. As a prominent construction leader in the area, PARIC recognizes the impact of partnership with diverse businesses.

“We are very excited to start this project with Ameren Missouri alongside our longtime partners KAI,” said Keith Wolkoff, President of PARIC Corporation. “We pride ourselves on bringing meaningful inclusion efforts to all of our projects and embed that into our company culture. The importance of growing the capabilities of minority firms in our area is crucial.”

KAI Enterprises is a national design and build firm providing delivery-oriented building solutions with a diverse portfolio of experience, in-house multi-discipline professionals, and expertise in both design and construction delivery. Founded in 1980, KAI has grown into one of the largest minority-owned firms in the AEC industry. To learn more about KAI, visit www.kai-db.com.

PARIC Corporation was established in 1979 and is currently one of the largest privately held, St. Louis based, companies and ranked nationally in the ENR Top 200. PARIC is at the forefront of construction advancements, utilizing the latest in virtual design and construction technology. For more information about PARIC visit PARIC.com. 

Photo Credit – Megan Maune

S. M. Wilson Names New Executive Leadership Team

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S. M. Wilson & Co. is under new leadership in an effort to provide more value and personalized experience for their clients, partners and employees.

“Today we are naming a new executive committee to provide strategy, planning, development of our people and most importantly open communication,” said Amy Berg, S. M. Wilson & Co. President.

The firm’s new executive committee will consist of eight team members including four existing members – Scott Wilson, Chief Executive Officer; Amy Berg, President; Mark Cochran, Chief Operations Officer; Mike Dohle, Chief Financial Officer and four new members – Steve Meeks, Vice President of Pre-Construction and Estimating; Amanda Bohnert, Chief Marketing Officer; Rebecca Cornatzer, Chief Human Resources Officer and Jack Kinamore, Project Director.

The new executive committee will be focused on technology, lean construction and vertical integration through an experience-based approach.

“This team has been chosen for their exemplary leadership and passion for S. M. Wilson’s success,” states Berg. “Our new executive committee will maintain the values of respect for all people, trust and humility. They will lead us to continued success and growth.”

S. M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis. For nearly 100 years, S. M. Wilson has provided a complete range of services and has become one of the leading general construction and construction management firms in the St. Louis area. The employee-owned company is dedicated to going above and beyond expectations for their clients by putting people first. For more information, visit www.smwilson.com.

Sverdrup Remodel Wins Design Excellence Award

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The renovated central core of the Sverdrup Complex earned a Design Excellence Award in the Higher Education category from the International Interior Design Association’s Gateway Chapter. V Three Studios LLC, the architecture firm that oversaw the redesign, received the award during a ceremony on Oct. 24.

The newly remodeled facility features a sleek, modern interior with a fully integrated technical infrastructure throughout its purpose-built classrooms, labs, and studios, as well as a variety of informal gathering spaces for time between classes. The finishes in the space consist of natural woods, transparent glass panels, exposed metal materials, and colorful furniture accents that purposefully enhance the learning experience.

The Sverdrup Complex serves as home to Webster University’s School of Communications.

“The space was designed to support our hands-on approach to teaching and learning; we produce communication and media as well as study them. Similarly, the new facility is designed to encourage collaboration, access to emerging technologies, and to emulate the modern work environment,” said Eric Rothenbuhler, dean of the School of Communications. “While the primary users are students, faculty and staff in the School of Communications, the renovated classrooms as well as the social gathering areas are popular with students and faculty from every school and college at Webster.”

New features include a portable, reconfigurable television studio setup , a one-button studio to record instant video, a state-of-the-art student media lab for print, digital, and radio production, a design and production lab that supports the latest in animation, game design, and video post-production, and a testing and criticism studio that lets students test their digital creations in real-world situations. All the spaces are interconnected, which means that media created in one area can easily be played, shared or edited in another area in the building, as well as streamed to the world

The Design Excellence Award celebrates and recognizes superior design as judged by a distinguished panel of members from national IIDA chapters. The judges reviewed established criteria for the project nominations and selected V3’s design as the best in category. The panel commented about the Sverdrup renovation, “The project does a great job of using architectural details and volume to bring life to the space.”

The Sverdrup Complex opened in 1987 as three interconnected buildings along Big Bend Road on Webster University’s primary campus in St. Louis. It served as the home of the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology until that school relocated to the East Academic Building in 2012. The School of Communications, which experienced tremendous growth, consolidated its faculty, staff and classes in the Complex.

The renovation covered 16,600 square feet in the center building and the east and west connecting atriums. The space includes open, flexible-use, collaborative workspaces, designed to support multimedia work, cross-disciplinary work, and collaboration. These areas also include media screens, digital signage, and audio-visual installation, worktables, both soft and task seating, and magnetic and pin-able wall surfaces to further encourage collaboration. The space also gives access to web-based technology and information.

Work on the building started in October 2017 and was completed by September of 2018. Besides V Three Studios, other key players in the design included Conference Technologies, Inc, which was responsible for the audio-visual integration, and Spellman Brady, which was responsible for the furniture.

For more information on the School of Communications or the Sverdrup Complex, visit http://www.webster.edu/communications/

Wiegmann Associates completes work on new Budnick Converting Incorporated HQ in Columbia, IL

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Wiegmann Associates has completed HVAC work on the new corporate headquarters for Budnick Converting Incorporated in Columbia, IL. The 112,000-square-foot facility features a temperature-controlled warehouse required for stable storage of adhesive products, administrative offices and a cafe. Wiegmann Associates was the mechanical contractor for the design/build project. Kadean Construction was the general contractor and Gray Design Group was the architect.

To meet the strict temperature and humidity requirements of the facility’s 87,000-square-foot warehouse, Wiegmann installed a compressed air piping loop and constant volume rooftop units (RTU) with hot gas reheat coils to allow the units to cool and dehumidify the supply air and then use hot refrigerant to reheat the air to prevent overcooling of the space. A constant volume RTU conditions the cafe and 1,200-square-foot warehouse office.

A 20-zone variable volume HVAC system allows for optimal control and temperature regulation in the 25,000-square-foot main office area. Wiegmann also designed and installed a Direct Digital Control (DDC) system using Delta Controls for the main office equipment to allow remote access to the HVAC system through a web browser to maximize energy savings.

Budnick Converting is a full-service adhesive tape converter and distributor, specializing in tapes, foams, films, foils and other specialty materials.

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. For more information, visit www.wiegmannassoc.com or call (636) 940-1056.

 

People On The Move In The Local Construction Industry

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The latest People in the News highlighting new hires, promotions, honors & recognition of the men and women in the St. Louis building community.

Tim Simon Joins Holland Construction Services As A Senior Project Manager 

Tim Simon

Mike Marchal, President of Holland Construction Services (Holland), is pleased to announce that Tim Simon has joined the Holland team as a Senior Project Manager.

Tim comes to Holland with more than 10 years of experience in construction management working on a range of projects in multiple markets throughout the St. Louis area and the Metro East including K-12 Education, Multi-Family, Senior Living, and Commercial.

“What attracted me to Holland was the opportunity to work for a growing company,” Simon said.  “I believe Holland is well diversified and respected in the industry and has the opportunity for self-growth.”

Marchal added, “Tim’s skillset and background will serve our clients’ needs on a variety of project types.  His personality, attitude and work ethic are an excellent fit with our team and culture.  We are proud to have Tim with us.”

Tim graduated from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with a degree in construction management. He currently lives in Granite City with his wife and two sons.

Holland Construction Services is a full-service construction management, general contracting, and design/build firm based in Swansea, Ill., guided by the principle of providing clients the best possible building experience on every project.  Holland has been providing quality construction services throughout Illinois and Missouri since 1986, when it was founded by company CEO Bruce Holland.

Murphy Company Adds Professional Staff

Jonathon Pool

Jonathan Pool has joined Murphy Company, the area’s largest mechanical contractor, as account manager.  The announcement was made by Ryan Kramer, service sales manager.

Pool most recently served as a new business development account manager for a large international manufacturer of commercial and residential HVAC equipment. Prior to that, he was a manager for health, safety and environment in a three-state Midwest region for the same manufacturer. From 2012 to 2013 he oversaw three production lines for Schreiber Foods Inc.

A veteran, Pool was in the U.S. Army from 2007 to 2012, serving as the 18th Airborne Corps safety officer in charge and also as the 18th Airborne redeployment and reintegration officer in charge at Fort Bragg. N.C., among other duties.  He served in the U.S. Forces’ Iraq Enduring Operations as an executive officer, coordinating logistics, communications, supply and security for several sections.

He was deployed as an Air Defense artillery platoon leader in Iraq where he conducted and led daily convoy operations in and around Baghdad. He also was the executive officer in charge of maintenance for more than $40 million in government equipment.

Pool holds a bachelor’s degree from the Virginia Military Institute. Advanced studies include the Ingersoll Rand Sandler based methodology and Harvard mentor courses in project management, coaching and process improvement.  He also attended the U.S. Army Airborne School.

He is a member of the National Airborne Association and is active in Big Brothers-Big Sisters.

Dennis Dudenhoeffer

Dennis J. Dudenhoeffer, CPD, has joined Murphy Company as senior project estimator. The announcement was made by Kevin Suiter, P.E.,vice president of estimating for the mechanical contractor.

A certified plumbing designer (CPD) by the American Society or Plumbing Engineers, Dudenhoeffer has been employed as a plumbing estimator/project manager and designer since 1989. He has broad experience designing interior plumbing, and site water mains/service lines as well as fire sprinkler, medical gas, and fuel oil systems for clients in the healthcare, higher education and technology markets.

He holds an associate’s degree in architectural engineering technology from Bailey Technical School.  He also completed the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling-Contractors (PHCC) of America project management training course at Purdue University.

Greg Schaller Promoted to Chief Risk Officer at Midwest BankCentre

Greg Schaller

Greg Schaller has been promoted to chief risk officer at Midwest BankCentre. He was formerly senior vice president-audit.

Schaller is responsible for leading the bank’s risk management department, including the compliance department, loan and appraisal review, vendor management, business continuity processes and administrative oversight of the internal audit department. He partners with different bank business lines to review existing processes, evaluate risk tolerance, assist with implementing strategic initiatives, and assess new strategies to achieve efficiencies, expand audit coverage, and analyze data for meaningful insights into emerging risks, processes and performance measures.

Schaller is a 16-year veteran of the banking industry. He joined Midwest BankCentre in 2016.

“Greg brings a deep understanding of Midwest BankCentre’s business to his expanded role as chief risk officer,” said Marsha Benney, chief operating officer of the bank. “His consultative, strategy-focused approach and extensive industry background strengthen our leadership team.”

Schaller has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He continued his studies in community banking at the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado, recently graduating with honors. Schaller is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants. He serves on the finance committee for Variety the Children’s Charity of St. Louis.

Midwest BankCentre, a mainstay of St. Louis community banking since 1906, employs a staff of about 280 working at 17 bank locations in the City of St. Louis and St. Louis, Jefferson and St. Charles counties. The bank works to empower people, enable business and energize neighborhoods through the strength of its financial services, including personalized consumer and business banking, business cash management, mortgage lending, home equity loans, financial planning and investments, insurance and digital banking. It ranks among St. Louis’ largest locally owned banks with assets exceeding $1.9 billion and deposits of $1.4 billion.

The bank is a local leader in the St. Louis Regional Unbanked Task Force and its Bank-On Save-Up St. Louis initiative. Since 2001, Midwest BankCentre has consecutively achieved the Bauer Financial 5-Star Superior financial rating each quarter. It was the national winner of the 2018 National Community Bank Service Awards by the Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA) for its success in bringing mainstream financial services to unbanked and underbanked citizens in the region.

October 27, 2019

Murphy Company Adds Professional Staff

James Green

James Green has joined Murphy Co., the area’s largest mechanical contracting and engineering firm, as an engineer. The announcement was made by Dan Murphy, HVAC manager for the Missouri Engineering Group. Green holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He is an engineer-in-training with the State of Missouri and is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).

Following graduation in 2016, he worked as a lab technician for Monsanto (now Bayer) and, since 2017, has served as a quality assurance analyst with Wells Fargo. In addition to AutoCAD skills, he is experienced with chemical process unit operation including heat exchangers, pumps, turbines, reactors and distribution columns.

Rodger Dorrah

Rodger Dorrah, HFDP, has rejoined Murphy Co. as a senior HVAC designer. The announcement was made by Mike Werdes, vice-president, engineering for the mechanical contracting and engineering firm. Making the announcement, Werdes said, “We are thrilled to have Rodger rejoin our team. He has a total of 23 years’ experience with Murphy and more than 36 years’ experience in the industry working on major health-care, commercial and industrial projects in the St. Louis area and across the country.”

A certified Healthcare Facility Design Professional by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Dorrah also is a contributor to the ongoing improvement of ASHRAE’s certification exam. He is a member of the Missouri Society for Healthcare Engineering (MOSHE) and the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE).

He holds an associate’s degree in applied science-architecture from St. Louis Community College at Meramec and has completed advanced coursework in  HVAC, plumbing system design, building controls, LEAN construction, high-density data centers and healthcare design, just to name a few.

Adam Young

Murphy Co. has also added Adam Young as an engineer in its Engineering Group. A 2019 graduate, Young holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering with a minor in mathematics from the University of Missouri-Columbia. While a student he worked for a building contractor and as a contractor assistant.  He also completed a summer mechanical engineering internship with a St. Louis contractor, working on a major hospital project.

Founded in 1907, Murphy Company is one of the nation’s top mechanical contracting firms delivering innovative solutions to the commercial, industrial and institutional markets.  The firm employs more than 1,000 people nationwide. For more information, visit www.murphynet.com.

Kwame Building Group Hires Michael Thompson as a Marketing Business Developer

Michael Thompson

Michael Thompson has joined Kwame Building Group, Inc. (KWAME), one of the nation’s top pure construction management firms, as a Marketing Business Developer. Thompson’s responsibilities are to support KWAME’s diverse business goals and objectives by building and maintaining mutually beneficial, long-term relationships with prospective and existing clients.

Thompson has more than four years of marketing and digital media experience. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Maryville University.

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. For more information, visit www.kwamebuildinggroup.com or call (314) 862-5344.

Spellman Brady Hires New CFO/COO Patty Boyd 

Patty Boyd

Spellman Brady & Company, an award-winning interior design firm, is pleased to announce that Patty Boyd has joined the firm as its Chief Financial and Chief Operating Officer.  In her new role, Ms. Boyd is a member of the firm’s leadership team and is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the firm’s financial, operational and human resources activities.

Ms. Boyd, a certified public accountant, brings over 30 years of financial and operational experience.  Previously serving from Senior Vice President to Chief Financial Officer for the FAMCO Group at Ziegler Capital Management, she led strategic initiatives, operational modeling and financial planning.  She has developed a reputation for collaborating effectively with companies’ executive leadership to achieve targeted goals and brings a proven record of success in strengthening a firm’s profitability and executing strategic plans.  Ms. Boyd graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Accounting from the University of Missouri – St. Louis. 

Spellman Brady & Company is an award-winning interior design firm specializing in senior living, healthcare, and higher education environments. The firm maintains design excellence by delivering comprehensive interior design, furniture, artwork master planning, and procurement services. For more information about Spellman Brady & Company, please visit spellmanbrady.com. 

S. M. Wilson Promotes Rebecca Cornatzer To Chief Human Resources Officer

Rebecca Cornatzer

S. M. Wilson & Co. has promoted Rebecca Cornatzer to Chief Human Resources Officer.

Cornatzer joined S. M. Wilson in 2017 and has proven to be an integral part of the team. In just over two years, she has led strategic human resources initiatives related to personnel policy, professional development and talent and performance management. In her role as Chief Human Resources Officer, Cornatzer will continue to have ultimate responsibility for all aspects of the company’s Human Resources Department functions. She will also be involved in long-range planning and monitoring business performance and risk management with a focus on developing and executing human resources initiatives in support of the company’s strategic direction.

Cornatzer sits on the company’s Employee Engagement Committee, Planning Committee and ESOP Committee. Outside of S. M. Wilson, she serves as a Board Member and Past President of the Board of Directors for Aim High St. Louis. Cornatzer is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), a Certified Administrator of the Institute for Work Attitude and Motivation (iWAM) and holds a Bachelors in Psychology from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and a Masters in Education from the University of Missouri-Saint Louis.

S. M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis. The employee-owned company is dedicated to going above and beyond expectations for their clients by putting people first. For more information, visit www.smwilson.com.    

October 18, 2019

SWT Design Welcomes Chantal Block, P.E. to the Team!

Chantal Block

SWT Design is pleased to announce Chantal Block, P.E. has joined our team. She brings with her a robust background in Civil Engineering. Our practice at SWT Design has always fostered an environment for exchanging ideas and each of our team members brings a unique perspective. Chantal’s civil engineering background adds a new dynamic to our process which will only make us stronger designers, collaborators, and design partners.

Chantal joins us with 13 years of civil engineering experience including project management, site and stormwater design, and geotechnical field testing. She’s passionate about sustainable design and has extensive experience designing sustainable stormwater solutions and employing best management practices. She brings value to any civil site project with her understanding and experience with the complex utility process including agreements, terminations, temporary set ups, knowing which takes precedence, and most of all its safety requirements.

For nearly 25 years, SWT Design has developed a diverse and award-winning portfolio of outdoor spaces, approaching planning and design as a living, breathing thing with a passion for innovation. For further questions, please contact Ashley Jenkins, Marketing Coordinator for SWT Design by e-mail at ashleyj@swtdesign.com or call 314-644-5700.

IMPACT Strategies’ Growth Results in Promotion for Nick Walker

Nick Walker

IMPACT Strategies is excited to announce the promotion of Nick Walker, AIA, MBA to Vice President, Project Development & Strategy. This expanded role fits the diverse experience and collaboration that he has to offer IMPACT’s clients through the project development and construction process. Walker joined the IMPACT Strategies team in 2016 as their Director of Development and Construction Services. His 20–plus years of experience as both an architect and a construction manager has provided IMPACT Strategies a foundation to lead innovation and grow their presence as a regional provider of premier construction services.

Walker was an integral part of IMPACT Strategies’ rebranding process in 2017. His expertise helped guide and align IMPACT’s brand to better reflect their capabilities and talented team members. Through Walker’s leadership, IMPACT’s brand awareness continues to grow and create new opportunities for future growth. Mark Hinrichs, President of IMPACT Strategies says “Nick has played a critical role in executing our strategic plans for company growth over the past few years. We couldn’t be prouder to have him as part of the IMPACT Team.” 

October 11, 2019

S. M. Wilson Promotes Amanda Bohnert, CPSM to Chief Marketing Officer and Kristyn Newbern to Director of Client Development

S. M. Wilson & Co. has promoted Amanda Bohnert, CPSM to Chief Marketing Officer and Kristyn Newbern to Director of Client Development.

Amanda Bohnert

Bohnert joined S. M. Wilson in 2004 and has been an integral team member for the past 15 years. As Chief Marketing Officer, Bohnert will help position S. M. Wilson to be selected by target clients and evaluate business opportunities to enhance financial success. She will be responsible for leadership and coordination of all Business Development and Marketing efforts including oversight of short and long-range planning on sales and marketing strategies targeted toward existing and new markets. She is the firm’s first CMO.

Bohnert also sits on the company’s Charitable Giving Committee, Planning Committee,  Technology Committee and chairs the ESOP Communications Committee. Outside of S. M. Wilson, she serves as the Director at Large for the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) St. Louis. Bohnert is a Certified Professional Services Marketer (CPSM) and holds a dual B.A. in Public Relations and Business Management and M.A. in Marketing and Advertising from Webster University.

Kristyn Newbern

Newbern joined S. M. Wilson in 2017 and has proven to be a valuable asset to the team by identifying and elevating prospects, bringing in opportunities and landing new clients. In her new role, she will be leading efforts in the company’s K-12 and municipal markets and continue to establish and strengthen client partner relationships.

Newbern holds B.S. and M.S. in Engineering Management from Missouri S&T with a professional background in the industrial and civil engineering industry. She is also a member of SMPS St. Louis, Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) St. Louis, St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers (SLCCC), Urban Land Institute (ULI), and is a licensed Missouri real estate agent.

S. M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis. For nearly 100 years, S. M. Wilson has provided a complete range of services and has become one of the leading general construction and construction management firms in the St. Louis area. The employee-owned company is dedicated to going above and beyond expectations for their clients by putting people first. For more information, visit www.smwilson.com.

Eichmeyer Joins Brinkmann Constructors As Marketing And Communications Manager

Stephanie Eichmeyer

Stephanie Eichmeyer has joined Brinkmann Constructors as Marketing and Communications Manager. Eichmeyer will provide marketing leadership to all Brinkmann Constructors offices, focusing on social media strategy, marketing, advertising, media relations and overall brand management. Eichmeyer has 12 years of marketing and communications experience.

Brinkmann Constructors is a national employee-owned construction company with a passion for finding innovative opportunities to save clients time and money. The firm was founded in St. Louis in 1984 and has offices in Denver, Colorado and Kansas City, Kansas. Connect at www.brinkmannconstructors.com.

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