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Nora Bresnahan, CPSM, Promoted to Senior Marketing Manager at Castle Contracting

Nora Bresnahan

Castle Contracting, LLC has promoted Nora Bresnahan to Senior Marketing Manager, a position that recognizes her experience as a marketing leader within the firm.

As Castle’s first full-time marketing professional, Bresnahan created a centralized marketing program, ushering the firm through a brand refresh, managing its communications platforms and producing thought-leading content that serves Castle’s clients. In her new role, Bresnahan will continue to lead the development and implementation of marketing and business plan strategies across Castle’s local and national offices, including St. Louis, Omaha and California. She works closely with market leadership and business development to make sure Castle builds relationships and provides clients with value that achieves their goals.

“Nora is a very strategic thinker and has been key to many of Castle’s initiatives. She is a trusted advisor to our entire leadership team and an integral part of the team,” said Christie Brinkman, director design-build at Castle.

Prior to joining Castle in 2018, Bresnahan led marketing for the central region federal market team at McCarthy Building Companies, helping to win noteworthy projects such as Next NGA West as well as the park ground renovations and museum expansion for the Gateway Arch National Park. Prior to joining the McCarthy team, Nora led marketing for Geotechnology, a regional geotechnical and environmental engineering firm.

“Nora has helped Castle to level up our game in all facets of marketing—strategy, branding, social media and communications. She fast tracked our processes and has helped us make great progress in a short amount of time. I could not be more thrilled to have Nora leading our marketing efforts. She is very deserving of this promotion,” said Mike Pranger, Castle vice president.

Bresnahan has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo. She also supports the growth of other marketing professionals through her work on the Society of Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) St. Louis Board of Directors, where she has served as president, regional conference director, programs director and more. She also holds the Certified Professional Services Marketer (CPSM) designation from SMPS. Bresnahan has volunteered with Flags of Valor, GO! St. Louis Marathon, Women’s Safe House, Pedal the Cause and American Heart Association.

Andy Bill Promoted to GM of Ahern Fire Protection St. Louis Office

Andy Bill

Jace Hierlmeier, Executive Vice President of Ahern Fire Protection, is pleased to announce the promotion of Andy Bill to General Manager of Ahern’s St. Louis office effective November 1, 2021.

Andy has been with Ahern since June of 2014 and has held several roles including contract sales/PM, interim GM, and most recently, service sales manager.  Prior to relocating his family to St. Louis, Andy owned his own fire protection business in California.  Since Andy has taken on the service manager role in St. Louis, the business has seen tremendous growth and has secured several new key customers.  Andy is also a recent graduate of our Built to Lead program. “The experience he garnered while owning his own business, coupled with what he has accomplished and learned at Ahern, will serve Andy well as he takes on this new position, “said Hierlmeier.

Ryan Corrigan Named President of St. Louis-based Lyon Sheet Metal

Ryan Corrigan

Modular Pre-Fabrication, Energy Efficiency and Pandemic-Driven Air Flow Innovations Will Guide Century-Old Firm’s Future

Ryan Corrigan has been named president of Lyon Sheet Metal, Inc. as the St. Louis firm begins its second century of fabricating, supplying and installing HVAC systems for new construction and renovations.  Founded in 1922, Lyon Sheet Metal will celebrate its 100th anniversary next year.  It is a precision fabricator and installer of sheet metal products and has the largest sheet metal fabrication operation in the Midwest.  The firm serves industrial, institutional, higher education, healthcare and commercial industries. 

“The next 100 years of Lyon Sheet Metal will apply technology advances in the industry and innovation born from how HVAC has had to adapt to the pandemic,” noted Corrigan. “New operational guidelines on air flow during pandemics, new pre-fabrication capabilities, and continued innovation advancing energy efficient systems are shaping our future.”

Headquartered in south St. Louis, Lyon Sheet Metal operates 200,000 square feet of fabrication, pre-fabrication, and modular assembly facilities at two locations.  Its facilities include state-of-the-art water jet and laser cutting, full insulation coil lines, as well as multiple welding bays, half-inch thick roll and break press machines, and a multi-discipline modular prefabrication assembly warehouse with full building information modeling (BIM) to engineer HVAC systems.  Lyon Sheet Metal employs ten office staff and more than 50 field staff, including the highly skilled and safe workforce of Sheet Metal Workers Local 36.

“We have a great partnership with Sheet Metal Workers Local 36 and are leveraging the advanced skills developed at its pioneering high-tech training center,” said Corrigan. “Combined with our investment in talent, tools and technology, we are in a great position to adapt and innovate to meet all commercial HVAC needs.”

Lyon Sheet Metal has engineered, supplied and installed HVAC systems for several benchmark projects locally and nationally, including:

  • Holcim Cement Plant in Bloomsdale, Mo.
  • St. Luke’s Hospital in Chesterfield, Mo.
  • Bayer Technology Building Chesterfield, Mo.
  • AT&T Building in St. Louis, Mo.
  • BJC Institute of Health at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo.
  • Washington University School of Medicine Neuroscience Research Building in St. Louis, Mo.

 A native St. Louisan, Corrigan comes to Lyon Sheet Metal from New Orleans-based Bernhard, one of the largest privately-owned engineering and contracting firms in the nation and one of the leading energy service providers. Corrigan was vice president of strategy for Bernhard and developed several of the firm’s public-private-partnership (P3) projects, while also managing the company’s merger and acquisition strategies.

Corrigan serves on the board of the Missouri Energy Initiative, which sets energy policy for Missouri.  He is former president of the St. Louis chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers. In addition, he has also served a preliminary judge and mentor for Arch Grants, an organization that accelerates economic development by providing equity-free grants to entrepreneurs.  Corrigan was co-founder and president of Strange Cares, a non-profit based in St. Louis that provides opportunity and mentorship to disadvantaged youth.

Corrigan is a registered professional engineer in the state of Missouri and a certified energy manager. He earned a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Missouri, Columbia and a master’s in business administration from the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis.

October 22, 2021

Armstrong Teasdale Partner Lynn Goessling Elected to CREW Global Board of Directors

Armstrong Teasdale proudly announces that Partner Lynn Goessling, a longstanding member of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) St. Louis and well-recognized real estate attorney, has been elected to the board of directors for the organization’s global leadership, CREW Network.  

CREW serves as the premier networking organization for women in commercial real estate and is dedicated to advancing women globally. CREW provides support to more than 12,000 members worldwide through business networking, educational programming, leadership development, industry research and career outreach.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve in this capacity, alongside many other talented women in commercial real estate from around the world,” said Goessling. “I am grateful for the opportunities CREW has provided me throughout my career, and look forward to carrying that legacy into the future through my continued involvement and advocacy for other women in the profession.”

Goessling has more than two decades of experience in commercial real estate, financing and business law, serving clients across the country in a wide array of acquisition, disposition, development, land use, financing and leasing matters. Her work includes projects in all sectors of the commercial real estate industry – including multifamily, office, retail, mixed-use, hospitality, health care, and industrial/warehousing. She invests in true partnership with her clients, understanding their objectives and providing experienced counsel in structuring deals, which ultimately enables her to deliver on their strategic goals.

An active member of CREW St. Louis for over 20 years, Goessling served on its board of directors from 2014-2019 and as president in 2018. She also chaired several committees over the years and most recently led the Mentorship Program. CREW St. Louis has recognized Goessling for her contributions with the Career Advancement for Women Award in 2020, the Spirit of CREW Award in 2014 and the Successful Together/Networking Story of the Year Award in 2010. She also currently serves as a board member for the St. Louis County Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority, and previously served as CREW Board Representative for the Missouri Growth Association.

About Armstrong Teasdale: Armstrong Teasdale LLP has a long and distinguished track record of delivering sophisticated legal advice and exceptional service to a dynamic client base around the world. Whether an issue is global or local, large or small, Armstrong Teasdale provides each client with an invaluable combination of legal resources and practical advice in nearly every area of law. The firm is a member of Lex Mundi, a global association of 160 independent law firms with locations in more than 125 countries, and the United States Law Firm Group, a network of 17 law firms headquartered in major U.S. cities. Armstrong Teasdale is listed in the Am Law 200, published by The American Lawyer, and the NLJ 250, published by The National Law Journal. For more information, please visit www.atllp.com.   

October 15, 2021

Engineering Team Grows with New Hires at HVAC Equipment Consultants & Supplier. 

NSC Applied Products Group Applications Engineering team, led by Nicholas Horn welcomes William Boettcher and Travis Stuart P.E. to the company. These recent hires allows the company to further serve clients in applied solutions for HVAC equipment needs as a true partner through the life of the project and beyond. 

Will comes to NSC having formal training in HVAC design, after practical experience in precision aerospace component manufacturing. He is an Engineer in Training, having graduated from Missouri S&T in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Travis comes to NSC having formal training in HVAC design, and after practical experience in a structural engineering role working in research and development for MiTek. He is a licensed Professional Engineer, having graduated from Missouri S&T in 2016 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering.

October 8, 2021

Julie Donovan Joins Dark Light Design as Senior Lighting Designer

Julie Donovan

Julie Donovan has joined Dark Light Design in their new St. Louis office. Donovan has more than 30 years of lighting design experience, including aviation, corporate, commercial, healthcare, science and technology, justice, and hospitality projects throughout the U.S. and abroad.

Donovan is an associate member of the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD), a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA), and is a LEED AP BD+C.  Her award-winning projects include the Wexner Medical Center, NISA Investment Advisors and Cannon Design St. Louis Office.

Jill Cody, Dark Light principal and founder said, “We’re excited to have Julie join our team – her experience is a great complement to Dark Light’s corporate, aviation, healthcare, and science and tech project work. We’re looking forward to enhancing the experience we offer our clients with Julie’s leadership and expertise.”

Donovan’s deep commitment to industry involvement includes service on the committee developing the ASHRAE 90.1 standard, the IALD’s Energy and Sustainability Committee, and the IESNA Committee for Recommended Practices for Lighting Hospitals and Healthcare Facilities. Donovan holds an architectural degree from Washington University in St. Louis and an MBA from Webster University. 

Prior to joining Dark Light, Donovan was a senior associate at HOK. Her previous project experience includes LaGuardia Airport in New York City, New York Presbyterian Hospital’s David H. Koch Ambulatory Care, and many commercial and corporate projects across the country.

Dark Light Design, based in Seattle, was established in 2008 to provide lighting design services to the design community, institutions, and owners. https://www.darklight-design.com/press

September 10, 2021

Zig Piwowarski

Zig Piwowarski has joined BEX Construction Services as vice president. He joins BEX with more than 30 years of construction management, development services and construction craft experience on the teams of real estate companies and general contractors.

Through his work in new construction, capital improvements and tenant remodels, Piwowarski has developed strong organizational and communication skills to leverage effectively in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented business. His skills in strategic planning, business development, client relations, estimating, service integration and project management will help sustain BEX’s rapid growth and strong client retention.

Piwowarski’s management approach is informed by his seven years as a residential and commercial carpenter and foreman. He augmented that valuable hands-on field experience with an applied science degree in computer-aided drafting from ITT Technical Institute in St. Louis. He holds OSHA 10-Hour Safety Training and is also certified in 10-Hour Asbestos Training.

SWT Design Welcomes Julian Sabin as a Designer

Julian Sabin

SWT Design is pleased to announce Julian Sabin has joined our team as a Designer for our Kansas City studio after working in Detroit for the past 4 years.  Julian has a diverse project background across multiple scales and sectors and had the opportunity to work on the Motown Museum Plaza, Hudson’s Site Redevelopment and Merit Park. Julian earned his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Iowa State University in 2017 where he began his passion for design and creating impactful spaces.

For 26 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. SWT Design has grown to become one of the largest landscape architecture firms of its kind in the Midwest. As a strong proponent of sustainable design, the firm was at the forefront of developing the Sustainable Sites Initiative, working closely alongside other founding partners and agencies to develop what has become the world’s first comprehensive rating system for the design, development, and management of sustainable landscapes around the globe. Sustainability continues to be a core principle addressed in all the firm’s projects. SWT Design is located in Kansas City, MO, St. Louis, MO, and Louisville, KY.

For further questions, please contact Lance Klein, KC Studio Manager for SWT Design by e-mail at lancek@swtdesign.com or call 816-221-0825.

Anya Robey Earns FMP Designation; Scott Kapper Attains SFP

Two members of IFMA (International Facility Management Association) St. Louis have attained professional credentials.

Anya Robey, facilities manager with Centene Corp., received her credentials as a Facility Management Professional (FMP).

Robey took an extensive course and passed assessments in four focus areas to achieve the FMP designation. Professionals who earn the designation demonstrate a proven comprehension of the foundations of facility management and knowledge in the core facility management topics deemed critical by employers.

Robey joined Centene in March 2018 as a facility coordinator and was promoted to facility manager in April 2020. She oversees construction, renovations, repairs and maintenance for the healthcare services company. Centene provides its services throughout all 50 states and around the world.

Scott Kapper, HVAC supervisor with St. Charles County, earned his Sustainability Facility Professional (SFP) designation. Kapper took an extensive online course and passed assessments in three focus areas to achieve the SFP designation. These credentials focus on the knowledge, skills and tools needed to develop sustainable facility management practices.

IFMA St. Louis offers its members a learning and networking environment among its diverse membership and supplies its members with the tools to achieve their professional goals. Started in 1985, IFMA St. Louis has nearly 200 members representing small and Fortune 500 companies throughout the region. Considered a leader among local chapters, IFMA St. Louis holds monthly programs to enhance members’ knowledge and provide networking opportunities. For more information, visit www.ifma.org.

September 3, 2021

Gaus Acoustics & Gaus Scott Company Welcomes Sue Noce

Sue Noce

“Gaus Acoustics and Gaus Scott Company welcomes Sue Noce, previously with The Lawrence Group, to the growing team at Gaus Acoustics and Gaus Scott Company where she will manage all administrative functions as well as assist in project management.  

Gaus Acoustics is an eight year old acoustics design/consulting and acoustics material provider firm owned and managed by Patty Gaus.  Gaus Scott Company, owned and managed by Tom Gaus, is celebrating their sixtieth year in business serving the HVAC side of the industry as an expert in noise control, vibration isolation, seismic restraints, noise barriers and air distribution products. 

Sue will play an integral role in leading both firms into the future as the importance of sound control and acoustic design in major commercial projects is being recognized by architects and engineers in a more pro-active manner in our industry.”

McCarthy Promotes Nik Corno to Project Director 

Nik Corno

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. has promoted Nik Corno to Project Director within the firm’s Industrial business unit.

In this role, Corno will lead onsite construction teams on industrial and process projects throughout McCarthy’s 28-state Central Region. His current project work includes an expansion of the Nestle Purina PetCare plant in Dunkirk, New York, to increase production capacity.

Since joining McCarthy in 2015, Corno has managed a wide range of complex projects throughout the region, including assignments at Ameren Missouri, Saint Louis University and Afton Chemical.

“Nik is an experienced project manager whose technical skills and leadership talent will benefit our clients, building teams and project partners,” said Aaron Lich, Vice President and McCarthy’s Industrial business unit leader.

Corno earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Missouri in Columbia.

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. is the oldest privately held national construction company in the country – with more than 150 years spent collaborating with partners to solve complex building challenges on behalf of its clients. With approximately 5,000 salaried employees and craft professionals, the firm has offices in St. Louis, Atlanta; Collinsville, Ill.; Kansas City, Kan.; Omaha, Neb.; Phoenix; Las Vegas; Denver; Dallas, Houston; and San Diego, Newport Beach, San Francisco, San Jose and Sacramento, Calif. McCarthy is 100 percent employee owned. More information about the company is available online at www.mccarthy.com or by following the company on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

Zachary Vanelli Joins Wiegmann Associates as Account Executive

Zach Vanelli

Zachary Vanelli of Ballwin, MO has joined Wiegmann Associates as an Account Executive. He is responsible for communicating with customers about potential project opportunities, developing conceptual designs, performing engineering loads and calculations and generating construction proposals. 

Vanelli has previous experience as a Controls Engineer where he designed and managed projects for the Department of Defense across their entire lifecycle. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology.

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 $1 billion in innovative, energy-saving and cost-efficient HVAC solutions, refrigeration systems and automation controls for clients in a wide range of industries. For more information, visit www.wiegmannassoc.com or call (636) 940-1056.

August 27, 2021

Adfast Corp’s Calli Lafolette Promoted

Calli Lafolette

Adfast Corp. customer service representative Calli Lafolette has been promoted to an Admobile store on wheels technical representative in St. Louis. Admobiles are stocked with a full range of sealants, adhesives, caulking, insulating foams and application accessories. Lafolette will travel to St. Louis construction jobsites, offering supplies and technical expertise.

IWR Names Joe Sharamitaro Director of Project Management

Joe Sharamitaro

Sharamitaro to oversee delegation of project management at IWR

IWR North America, one of the longest-standing building enclosure contractors in the U.S., promotes Joe Sharamitaro to director of project management. In this role, Sharamitaro will supervise the project management team, while maintaining the departmental structure and goals of IWR. He will ensure projects are executed effectively and efficiently, aligning internal methodologies and processes with the needs of IWR’s projects. Additionally, he will also monitor the quality, safety, cost and schedule standards for all project management operations.

“Having a person like Joe in this role is essential to our long-term plans and goals at IWR,” said Todd Staley, president of IWR North America. “As we continue to grow, we are excited to see how his experience and operational excellence will elevate our project management operations. Joe has been a valuable asset to IWR and that will continue to be the case in his new position.”

Prior to this new role, Sharamitaro has served as a project manager at IWR since 2015. Before joining IWR, he has also worked as a project superintendent, assistant superintendent and project engineer at a nationally recognized general contractor in the St. Louis-area for nearly a decade.

Sharamitaro is a graduate from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering.

Headquartered in St. Louis, Mo., IWR North America is one of the longest-standing contractors in the nation, specializing in building enclosures since 1895. With design, fabrication and installation capabilities, IWR delivers value-added solutions as a single-source building enclosure partner. For more information, please visit www.iwr-na.com or call 314-633-4958.

August 20, 2021

Castle Contracting Promotes Zach Kelly to Assistant Project Manager

Zachary Kelly

Castle Contracting has promoted Zach Kelly to assistant project manager from senior project engineer. In his new role, Kelly will assume more responsibility in the management of Castle projects, including overseeing and reporting on cost, production tracking, project planning and execution, as well as training implementation.

Kelly joined Castle in 2014 as an intern. He is a licensed drone pilot and has spearheaded the use of drone footage to help quantify sitework production and inform scheduling on projects such as the East End Transformation of Washington University’s Danforth Campus. He also contributed to Castle’s civil construction work on the Gateway Arch National Park, IKEA, City Foundry and numerous solar projects.

Kelly earned a bachelor’s degree in construction management from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville. He volunteers regularly with his alma mater, Chaminade High School, and serves on the Young Professionals Board for HomeFirst STL, a social services agency that connects homeless people with affordable housing. He and his family live in Ballwin, Mo.

“Zach always steps up when you ask for help, whether it involves travel, supporting a new office, launching a new technology or taking on additional workload,” said Michael Pranger, Castle vice president of operations. “As a result, he has gained experience in many aspects of running projects and assisting with general operations that will serve Castle well in his new role.”

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

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Ryan Corrigan Named President of St. Louis-based Lyon Sheet Metal

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Modular Pre-Fabrication, Energy Efficiency and Pandemic-Driven Air Flow Innovations Will Guide Century-Old Firm’s Future

Ryan Corrigan has been named president of Lyon Sheet Metal, Inc. as the St. Louis firm begins its second century of fabricating, supplying and installing HVAC systems for new construction and renovations.  Founded in 1922, Lyon Sheet Metal will celebrate its 100th anniversary next year.  It is a precision fabricator and installer of sheet metal products and has the largest sheet metal fabrication operation in the Midwest.  The firm serves industrial, institutional, higher education, healthcare and commercial industries. 

“The next 100 years of Lyon Sheet Metal will apply technology advances in the industry and innovation born from how HVAC has had to adapt to the pandemic,” noted Corrigan. “New operational guidelines on air flow during pandemics, new pre-fabrication capabilities, and continued innovation advancing energy efficient systems are shaping our future.”

Headquartered in south St. Louis, Lyon Sheet Metal operates 200,000 square feet of fabrication, pre-fabrication, and modular assembly facilities at two locations.  Its facilities include state-of-the-art water jet and laser cutting, full insulation coil lines, as well as multiple welding bays, half-inch thick roll and break press machines, and a multi-discipline modular prefabrication assembly warehouse with full building information modeling (BIM) to engineer HVAC systems.  Lyon Sheet Metal employs ten office staff and more than 50 field staff, including the highly skilled and safe workforce of Sheet Metal Workers Local 36.

“We have a great partnership with Sheet Metal Workers Local 36 and are leveraging the advanced skills developed at its pioneering high-tech training center,” said Corrigan. “Combined with our investment in talent, tools and technology, we are in a great position to adapt and innovate to meet all commercial HVAC needs.”

Lyon Sheet Metal has engineered, supplied and installed HVAC systems for several benchmark projects locally and nationally, including:

Holcim Cement Plant in Bloomsdale, Mo., St. Luke’s Hospital in Chesterfield, Mo., Bayer Technology Building Chesterfield, Mo., AT&T Building in St. Louis, Mo., BJC Institute of Health at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. & Washington University School of Medicine Neuroscience Research Building in St. Louis, Mo.

A native St. Louisan, Corrigan comes to Lyon Sheet Metal from New Orleans-based Bernhard, one of the largest privately-owned engineering and contracting firms in the nation and one of the leading energy service providers. Corrigan was vice president of strategy for Bernhard and developed several of the firm’s public-private-partnership (P3) projects, while also managing the company’s merger and acquisition strategies.

Corrigan serves on the board of the Missouri Energy Initiative, which sets energy policy for Missouri.  He is former president of the St. Louis chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers. In addition, he has also served a preliminary judge and mentor for Arch Grants, an organization that accelerates economic development by providing equity-free grants to entrepreneurs.  Corrigan was co-founder and president of Strange Cares, a non-profit based in St. Louis that provides opportunity and mentorship to disadvantaged youth.

Corrigan is a registered professional engineer in the state of Missouri and a certified energy manager. He earned a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Missouri, Columbia and a master’s in business administration from the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis.

For more information on Lyon Sheet Metal visit https://lyonshtmtl.com/.

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Helmkamp Construction Recognized with ISN RAVS Plus for Safety Achievements

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Helmkamp Construction was recently selected for an ISNetworld RAVS Plus® safety audit and successfully completed the process.  Contractors are randomly selected for the assessment based on the types of work they provide, the types of clients they provide these services to, and their ratings within those client relationships in the ISN system.  The stringent criteria often required by industrial clients dictates whether a contractor has the health and safety processes needed to perform work at their facilities at the highest level. 

ISN is a global leader among contractor management platforms.  They focus on connecting nearly 650 hiring clients with qualified contractors.  While a contractor might be in the ISN network, only about 10% of those 75,000 active contractors are endorsed as RAVS (Review and Verification Services) Plus® Participants, meaning those select contractors have proven to have the necessary safety procedures and training systems into place.  Essentially resulting in the reassurance that Helmkamp Construction “walks the talk” when it comes to safety and performing at the highest regulated standards expected by hiring clients utilizing the ISN network. 

Helmkamp was required to demonstrate their health, safety, and environmental (HSE) processes are implemented as a part of their daily operations by way of the following key elements:

  • Review of recent employee training records
  • Assessment of applicable supporting documentation (such as completed equipment inspection checklists and work permits)
  • Evaluation of employee HSE knowledge
  • Interview by an ISN safety professional with company management

Following a final interview between Helmkamp’s Safety Director, Luke LaBeau, and an ISN safety professional, Helmkamp was awarded with the RAVS Plus® status.  LaBeau stated “This is a proud moment at Helmkamp Construction.  The achievement not only validates us to current and potential customers, but also internally to the culture we have built.  We implement and uphold our safety programs to benefit the health and safety of our employees, subcontractors, and clients on every project.  Safety is at the forefront of what we do, and every person has a part in it that’s taken very seriously.  It’s the Helmkamp way.”

Since 1938, Helmkamp Construction Co. has built relationships based on quality, integrity, and safety leadership.  Helmkamp is the builder of choice for the repeat, professional buyer of construction in Industrial, Building, and Life Science markets.  Helmkamp self-performs excavations, concrete foundations, structural steel, rough and finish carpentry, labs, millwright equipment installations, and laser alignment/precision leveling.  Helmkamp Construction Co. serves clients in the St. Louis metro area but has also performed work for customers in 25 states to date.  To learn more, visit www.helmkamp.com.

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Andy Bill Promoted to GM of Ahern Fire Protection St. Louis Office

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Jace Hierlmeier, Executive Vice President of Ahern Fire Protection, is pleased to announce the promotion of Andy Bill to General Manager of Ahern’s St. Louis office effective November 1, 2021.

Andy has been with Ahern since June of 2014 and has held several roles including contract sales/PM, interim GM, and most recently, service sales manager.  Prior to relocating his family to St. Louis, Andy owned his own fire protection business in California.  Since Andy has taken on the service manager role in St. Louis, the business has seen tremendous growth and has secured several new key customers.  Andy is also a recent graduate of our Built to Lead program. “The experience he garnered while owning his own business, coupled with what he has accomplished and learned at Ahern, will serve Andy well as he takes on this new position, “said Hierlmeier.

J. F. Ahern Co. is a mechanical and fire protection contractor specializing in HVAC, plumbing, Controls, Sprinkler, Extinguisher & Alarm and Fabrication for construction and service projects. Founded in 1880, the company has over 1,300 employees servicing commercial and industrial customers across the United States. To keep up with the latest company news and events, visit jfahern.com or follow us on Facebook or LinkedIn.

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Holland Construction Services Opening New St. Louis Office

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Plans are in the works at Holland Construction Services to open a new office at 1000 Macklind Avenue in St. Louis. The new office, located across from Forest Park between the St. Louis Science Center and St. Louis Community College, will provide Holland with greater recruitment and business opportunities as the company continues to grow in the St. Louis market.

“More than half of our business as a company is in St. Louis and 20% of our team members already live here, so this new location will help us better serve our existing clients and build new relationships,” said Holland Construction Services President Mike Marchal. “We are a growing company so we hope this location will be attractive to leaders in our industry with an entrepreneurial mindset who share our commitment to a positive work culture and community involvement.”

Marchal said plans are underway to completely remodel the exterior and interior of the 6,000 square-foot space which includes a large training room on the lower level. Once complete, 15 employees will be assigned to that location, and Holland is looking to hire additional project managers, field superintendents, pre-construction managers, and project engineers to work from the St. Louis office. The projected completion and move-in date is Spring of 2022.

Holland’s work in St. Louis this past year included completion of the new Volpi Foods meat slicing and packaging facility in Union, Missouri American Water’s North Service Center in Berkeley and The Jewel Apartments in O’Fallon. These recently completed projects are in addition to many other large construction projects currently in progress including several multi-family developments such as The Flats at Dorsett Ridge in Maryland Heights, Mill Creek Flats in Midtown St. Louis, phase two of Sunnen Station Apartments in Maplewood, Moda on The Hill in the historic Hill neighborhood and Heartland View Apartments in Wentzville. In addition, other projects underway by Holland include a new Nissan car dealership in Herculaneum and site improvements for a new Costco in University City. Marchal said that so far at least four additional construction projects in the St. Louis area are slated to begin early next year and Holland currently has a projected revenue of over $200 million for 2022.

Founded in 1986, Holland Construction Services is a full-service construction management, general contracting, and design/build firm guided by the principle of providing clients the best possible build experience on every project. Serving clients throughout Illinois and Missouri, the company is led by founder and CEO Bruce Holland, President Mike Marchal, and Vice President Doug Weber.

Holland offers pre-construction, construction and virtual design & construction services to commercial, education, healthcare, industrial, multi-family, municipal, recreation, and senior living clients. The St. Louis Business Journal ranks Holland as a “Best Places to Work” and one of the top 15 contractors in the St. Louis area. For more information, visit Holland’s website at www.hollandcs.com.

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McCarthy HITT JV Reports Surpassing Small Business and Minority Labor Force Goals for Next NGA West

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McCarthy HITT, the joint venture design-build team for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s (NGA) new $1.7 billion Next NGA West, reports it has surpassed its small business subcontracting goal of 28 percent for all subcontracted dollars. More than $150-million ($151,834,741) of approximately $536-million has been awarded to subcontractors that qualify as federal small businesses.

In addition, the project labor force currently exceeds the Federal requirement of 14.7 percent minority workers, with over 18 percent minority workers through mid-September. Female trade workers currently make up approximately 5.7 percent of Next NGA West’s construction workforce.

“McCarthy HITT has worked diligently to achieve these numbers considering labor shortages affecting the entire construction industry that have made hiring a national challenge, particularly for women,” said Heather Cirre, small business contracting and outreach for McCarthy Building Companies.

According to Cirre, a key component of the recruiting efforts is supporting pre-apprenticeship programs such as Building Union Diversity (BUD) and MOKAN, which recruits diverse candidates from the St. Louis area for jobs in the construction trades. In addition, the McCarthy HITT team has reached out through various databases and sources to nearly 5,000 small, minority, women-owned and veteran-owned businesses, providing a level field of the same opportunities to access requirements, attend opportunity fairs and pre-bid events, and provide detailed contacts for additional information.

The Next NGA West facility being built on a 97-acre site at Jefferson and Cass avenues in North St. Louis will replace the current NGA facility located South of downtown. The new campus will include a new 700,000-square-foot main office building, two parking garages, visitor center, delivery inspection facility and central utility plant. The Kansas City District, US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is responsible for managing the design, construction and delivery of the facilities.

While the majority of work scopes on the main project contract have been awarded, prime subcontractors are continuing to engage small, minority-owned, and women-owned businesses as next-tier subcontractors.

Additional set-aside bid packages for small businesses will be solicited directly by USACE, including a remote inspection facility (RIF), access control points (ACP), visitor center parking lot, and landscaping for the 97-acre site. Sources currently are being sought for the RIF and ACP, and the award decisions are anticipated in Spring/Summer 2022. (A copy of the RIF and ACP are available on request.)

Ground was broken for Next NGA West in November 2019 and the current phase of construction is expected to last through the end of November 2021. The next phase is focused on the main office building enclosure. Construction completion is estimated in 2024 and the Next NGA West campus is expected to be operational in 2025.

About the McCarthy HITT team

Led by St. Louis-based McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., the McCarthy HITT team is responsible for supporting the mission critical needs of USACE and the NGA.  McCarthy HITT is a joint venture of the nation’s most capable design-build/operations and maintenance firms. The team includes HITT Contracting, Falls Church, Va.; Black & Veatch Special Projects Corp., Overland Park, Kan.; Gensler, Washington, DC; and Akima, LLC, Herndon, Va.  The Black & Veatch + Gensler Joint Venture serves as the Architect-Engineer of Record for the project. More information is available at www.mccarthyhittnga.com

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Armstrong Teasdale Partner Lynn Goessling Elected to CREW Global Board of Directors

Armstrong Teasdale proudly announces that Partner Lynn Goessling, a longstanding member of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) St. Louis and well-recognized real estate attorney, has been elected to the board of directors for the organization’s global leadership, CREW Network.  

CREW serves as the premier networking organization for women in commercial real estate and is dedicated to advancing women globally. CREW provides support to more than 12,000 members worldwide through business networking, educational programming, leadership development, industry research and career outreach.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve in this capacity, alongside many other talented women in commercial real estate from around the world,” said Goessling. “I am grateful for the opportunities CREW has provided me throughout my career, and look forward to carrying that legacy into the future through my continued involvement and advocacy for other women in the profession.”

Goessling has more than two decades of experience in commercial real estate, financing and business law, serving clients across the country in a wide array of acquisition, disposition, development, land use, financing and leasing matters. Her work includes projects in all sectors of the commercial real estate industry – including multifamily, office, retail, mixed-use, hospitality, health care, and industrial/warehousing. She invests in true partnership with her clients, understanding their objectives and providing experienced counsel in structuring deals, which ultimately enables her to deliver on their strategic goals.

An active member of CREW St. Louis for over 20 years, Goessling served on its board of directors from 2014-2019 and as president in 2018. She also chaired several committees over the years and most recently led the Mentorship Program. CREW St. Louis has recognized Goessling for her contributions with the Career Advancement for Women Award in 2020, the Spirit of CREW Award in 2014 and the Successful Together/Networking Story of the Year Award in 2010. She also currently serves as a board member for the St. Louis County Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority, and previously served as CREW Board Representative for the Missouri Growth Association.

About Armstrong Teasdale: Armstrong Teasdale LLP has a long and distinguished track record of delivering sophisticated legal advice and exceptional service to a dynamic client base around the world. Whether an issue is global or local, large or small, Armstrong Teasdale provides each client with an invaluable combination of legal resources and practical advice in nearly every area of law. The firm is a member of Lex Mundi, a global association of 160 independent law firms with locations in more than 125 countries, and the United States Law Firm Group, a network of 17 law firms headquartered in major U.S. cities. Armstrong Teasdale is listed in the Am Law 200, published by The American Lawyer, and the NLJ 250, published by The National Law Journal. For more information, please visit www.atllp.com.   

October 15, 2021

Engineering Team Grows with New Hires at HVAC Equipment Consultants & Supplier. 

NSC Applied Products Group Applications Engineering team, led by Nicholas Horn welcomes William Boettcher and Travis Stuart P.E. to the company. These recent hires allows the company to further serve clients in applied solutions for HVAC equipment needs as a true partner through the life of the project and beyond. 

Will comes to NSC having formal training in HVAC design, after practical experience in precision aerospace component manufacturing. He is an Engineer in Training, having graduated from Missouri S&T in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Travis comes to NSC having formal training in HVAC design, and after practical experience in a structural engineering role working in research and development for MiTek. He is a licensed Professional Engineer, having graduated from Missouri S&T in 2016 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering.

October 8, 2021

Julie Donovan Joins Dark Light Design as Senior Lighting Designer

Julie Donovan

Julie Donovan has joined Dark Light Design in their new St. Louis office. Donovan has more than 30 years of lighting design experience, including aviation, corporate, commercial, healthcare, science and technology, justice, and hospitality projects throughout the U.S. and abroad.

Donovan is an associate member of the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD), a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA), and is a LEED AP BD+C.  Her award-winning projects include the Wexner Medical Center, NISA Investment Advisors and Cannon Design St. Louis Office.

Jill Cody, Dark Light principal and founder said, “We’re excited to have Julie join our team – her experience is a great complement to Dark Light’s corporate, aviation, healthcare, and science and tech project work. We’re looking forward to enhancing the experience we offer our clients with Julie’s leadership and expertise.”

Donovan’s deep commitment to industry involvement includes service on the committee developing the ASHRAE 90.1 standard, the IALD’s Energy and Sustainability Committee, and the IESNA Committee for Recommended Practices for Lighting Hospitals and Healthcare Facilities. Donovan holds an architectural degree from Washington University in St. Louis and an MBA from Webster University. 

Prior to joining Dark Light, Donovan was a senior associate at HOK. Her previous project experience includes LaGuardia Airport in New York City, New York Presbyterian Hospital’s David H. Koch Ambulatory Care, and many commercial and corporate projects across the country.

Dark Light Design, based in Seattle, was established in 2008 to provide lighting design services to the design community, institutions, and owners. https://www.darklight-design.com/press

September 10, 2021

Zig Piwowarski

Zig Piwowarski has joined BEX Construction Services as vice president. He joins BEX with more than 30 years of construction management, development services and construction craft experience on the teams of real estate companies and general contractors.

Through his work in new construction, capital improvements and tenant remodels, Piwowarski has developed strong organizational and communication skills to leverage effectively in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented business. His skills in strategic planning, business development, client relations, estimating, service integration and project management will help sustain BEX’s rapid growth and strong client retention.

Piwowarski’s management approach is informed by his seven years as a residential and commercial carpenter and foreman. He augmented that valuable hands-on field experience with an applied science degree in computer-aided drafting from ITT Technical Institute in St. Louis. He holds OSHA 10-Hour Safety Training and is also certified in 10-Hour Asbestos Training.

SWT Design Welcomes Julian Sabin as a Designer

Julian Sabin

SWT Design is pleased to announce Julian Sabin has joined our team as a Designer for our Kansas City studio after working in Detroit for the past 4 years.  Julian has a diverse project background across multiple scales and sectors and had the opportunity to work on the Motown Museum Plaza, Hudson’s Site Redevelopment and Merit Park. Julian earned his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Iowa State University in 2017 where he began his passion for design and creating impactful spaces.

For 26 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. SWT Design has grown to become one of the largest landscape architecture firms of its kind in the Midwest. As a strong proponent of sustainable design, the firm was at the forefront of developing the Sustainable Sites Initiative, working closely alongside other founding partners and agencies to develop what has become the world’s first comprehensive rating system for the design, development, and management of sustainable landscapes around the globe. Sustainability continues to be a core principle addressed in all the firm’s projects. SWT Design is located in Kansas City, MO, St. Louis, MO, and Louisville, KY.

For further questions, please contact Lance Klein, KC Studio Manager for SWT Design by e-mail at lancek@swtdesign.com or call 816-221-0825.

Anya Robey Earns FMP Designation; Scott Kapper Attains SFP

Two members of IFMA (International Facility Management Association) St. Louis have attained professional credentials.

Anya Robey, facilities manager with Centene Corp., received her credentials as a Facility Management Professional (FMP).

Robey took an extensive course and passed assessments in four focus areas to achieve the FMP designation. Professionals who earn the designation demonstrate a proven comprehension of the foundations of facility management and knowledge in the core facility management topics deemed critical by employers.

Robey joined Centene in March 2018 as a facility coordinator and was promoted to facility manager in April 2020. She oversees construction, renovations, repairs and maintenance for the healthcare services company. Centene provides its services throughout all 50 states and around the world.

Scott Kapper, HVAC supervisor with St. Charles County, earned his Sustainability Facility Professional (SFP) designation. Kapper took an extensive online course and passed assessments in three focus areas to achieve the SFP designation. These credentials focus on the knowledge, skills and tools needed to develop sustainable facility management practices.

IFMA St. Louis offers its members a learning and networking environment among its diverse membership and supplies its members with the tools to achieve their professional goals. Started in 1985, IFMA St. Louis has nearly 200 members representing small and Fortune 500 companies throughout the region. Considered a leader among local chapters, IFMA St. Louis holds monthly programs to enhance members’ knowledge and provide networking opportunities. For more information, visit www.ifma.org.

September 3, 2021

Gaus Acoustics & Gaus Scott Company Welcomes Sue Noce

Sue Noce

“Gaus Acoustics and Gaus Scott Company welcomes Sue Noce, previously with The Lawrence Group, to the growing team at Gaus Acoustics and Gaus Scott Company where she will manage all administrative functions as well as assist in project management.  

Gaus Acoustics is an eight year old acoustics design/consulting and acoustics material provider firm owned and managed by Patty Gaus.  Gaus Scott Company, owned and managed by Tom Gaus, is celebrating their sixtieth year in business serving the HVAC side of the industry as an expert in noise control, vibration isolation, seismic restraints, noise barriers and air distribution products. 

Sue will play an integral role in leading both firms into the future as the importance of sound control and acoustic design in major commercial projects is being recognized by architects and engineers in a more pro-active manner in our industry.”

McCarthy Promotes Nik Corno to Project Director 

Nik Corno

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. has promoted Nik Corno to Project Director within the firm’s Industrial business unit.

In this role, Corno will lead onsite construction teams on industrial and process projects throughout McCarthy’s 28-state Central Region. His current project work includes an expansion of the Nestle Purina PetCare plant in Dunkirk, New York, to increase production capacity.

Since joining McCarthy in 2015, Corno has managed a wide range of complex projects throughout the region, including assignments at Ameren Missouri, Saint Louis University and Afton Chemical.

“Nik is an experienced project manager whose technical skills and leadership talent will benefit our clients, building teams and project partners,” said Aaron Lich, Vice President and McCarthy’s Industrial business unit leader.

Corno earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Missouri in Columbia.

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. is the oldest privately held national construction company in the country – with more than 150 years spent collaborating with partners to solve complex building challenges on behalf of its clients. With approximately 5,000 salaried employees and craft professionals, the firm has offices in St. Louis, Atlanta; Collinsville, Ill.; Kansas City, Kan.; Omaha, Neb.; Phoenix; Las Vegas; Denver; Dallas, Houston; and San Diego, Newport Beach, San Francisco, San Jose and Sacramento, Calif. McCarthy is 100 percent employee owned. More information about the company is available online at www.mccarthy.com or by following the company on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

Zachary Vanelli Joins Wiegmann Associates as Account Executive

Zach Vanelli

Zachary Vanelli of Ballwin, MO has joined Wiegmann Associates as an Account Executive. He is responsible for communicating with customers about potential project opportunities, developing conceptual designs, performing engineering loads and calculations and generating construction proposals. 

Vanelli has previous experience as a Controls Engineer where he designed and managed projects for the Department of Defense across their entire lifecycle. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology.

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 $1 billion in innovative, energy-saving and cost-efficient HVAC solutions, refrigeration systems and automation controls for clients in a wide range of industries. For more information, visit www.wiegmannassoc.com or call (636) 940-1056.

August 27, 2021

Adfast Corp’s Calli Lafolette Promoted

Calli Lafolette

Adfast Corp. customer service representative Calli Lafolette has been promoted to an Admobile store on wheels technical representative in St. Louis. Admobiles are stocked with a full range of sealants, adhesives, caulking, insulating foams and application accessories. Lafolette will travel to St. Louis construction jobsites, offering supplies and technical expertise.

IWR Names Joe Sharamitaro Director of Project Management

Joe Sharamitaro

Sharamitaro to oversee delegation of project management at IWR

IWR North America, one of the longest-standing building enclosure contractors in the U.S., promotes Joe Sharamitaro to director of project management. In this role, Sharamitaro will supervise the project management team, while maintaining the departmental structure and goals of IWR. He will ensure projects are executed effectively and efficiently, aligning internal methodologies and processes with the needs of IWR’s projects. Additionally, he will also monitor the quality, safety, cost and schedule standards for all project management operations.

“Having a person like Joe in this role is essential to our long-term plans and goals at IWR,” said Todd Staley, president of IWR North America. “As we continue to grow, we are excited to see how his experience and operational excellence will elevate our project management operations. Joe has been a valuable asset to IWR and that will continue to be the case in his new position.”

Prior to this new role, Sharamitaro has served as a project manager at IWR since 2015. Before joining IWR, he has also worked as a project superintendent, assistant superintendent and project engineer at a nationally recognized general contractor in the St. Louis-area for nearly a decade.

Sharamitaro is a graduate from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering.

Headquartered in St. Louis, Mo., IWR North America is one of the longest-standing contractors in the nation, specializing in building enclosures since 1895. With design, fabrication and installation capabilities, IWR delivers value-added solutions as a single-source building enclosure partner. For more information, please visit www.iwr-na.com or call 314-633-4958.

August 20, 2021

Castle Contracting Promotes Zach Kelly to Assistant Project Manager

Zachary Kelly

Castle Contracting has promoted Zach Kelly to assistant project manager from senior project engineer. In his new role, Kelly will assume more responsibility in the management of Castle projects, including overseeing and reporting on cost, production tracking, project planning and execution, as well as training implementation.

Kelly joined Castle in 2014 as an intern. He is a licensed drone pilot and has spearheaded the use of drone footage to help quantify sitework production and inform scheduling on projects such as the East End Transformation of Washington University’s Danforth Campus. He also contributed to Castle’s civil construction work on the Gateway Arch National Park, IKEA, City Foundry and numerous solar projects.

Kelly earned a bachelor’s degree in construction management from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville. He volunteers regularly with his alma mater, Chaminade High School, and serves on the Young Professionals Board for HomeFirst STL, a social services agency that connects homeless people with affordable housing. He and his family live in Ballwin, Mo.

“Zach always steps up when you ask for help, whether it involves travel, supporting a new office, launching a new technology or taking on additional workload,” said Michael Pranger, Castle vice president of operations. “As a result, he has gained experience in many aspects of running projects and assisting with general operations that will serve Castle well in his new role.”

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

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Are Your Business Insurance Bases Covered?

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Submitted by Schmersahl Treloar & Co

Insurance can be complicated, and reading every word of an insurance contract could leave you comatose. That’s where the expertise of insurance professionals comes into play.

A seasoned advisor who understands the risk profile of your business will be invaluable. Before you choose a representative, however, you should know how an insurance agent differs from an insurance broker.

Both agents and brokers connect insurance sellers with insurance buyers. And they are both compensated by sales commissions. The difference is that an agent, by contract, represents the insurance company. In fact, “captive” agents represent only one insurance company, while a broker technically represents the insurance buyer.

That doesn’t mean an agent can’t do a good job for you. Only a short-sighted agent would make recommendations that would harm his or her clients. Still, the distinction is important to keep in mind, since not everybody who’s selling something is looking at the long term. Also, brokers tend to handle more complex insurance needs, and act more as consultants to help businesses assess their risks and how to manage them.

Here’s a rundown of types of insurance you should consider.

General Liability

Apart from the realm of employee benefits, (which is outside the scope of this article) the most basic kind of insurance is general liability. It covers things like claims for bodily injury (for customers and employees, apart from workers compensation issues) and property damage stemming from business operations.

The classic example is when a customer slips and falls on your shop floor that was slick due to a spill that didn’t get cleaned up. More extreme, a machine explodes injuring customers and employees alike, along with the rented property where you operate your business.

Typically, insurance to protect you against harm or injury caused by a defect in a product you sell — known as product liability insurance — is folded into general liability insurance. This coverage is especially important for companies that sell a product that could potentially harm someone.

A related category is professional liability insurance (also called errors and omissions, or E&O insurance). Sometimes general liability and E&O can be rolled into a single policy, but you might not need it. E&O applies to negligence with regard to a professional service, including law, engineering, consulting, counselors, accountants and architects.
And then there’s property insurance — the business equivalent of homeowners’ insurance. It protects you against the cost of losses due to factors beyond your control, such as fires, floods (including plumbing disasters), and various natural disasters. You may also need auto insurance for company-owned vehicles.

Disaster Relief
Business interruption insurance could be critical if your business is put on hold by the type of incident that property insurance (mentioned above) would cover. You’ll still be incurring expenses (including insurance premiums) if your building was severely damaged in a fire and you have to suspend operations for weeks or months. Business interruption can help keep you afloat.

Key man insurance is a form of life insurance that you can take out on the life of a business partner (and vice versa). If your partner owns part of the business, key man insurance can be used to buy out his or her share in the event of premature death.

Employee Practices

Employment practices liability insurance is yet another category that could be valuable to any company that has employees, regardless of the industry. Typically it covers violations of employee protections covered by the Civil Rights Act. Basic coverage areas include:

• Employment discrimination. This could include basing a hiring or firing decision on race, religion, gender, national origin, age, marital status or sexual orientation.

• Wrongful termination. This can fall under the heading of employment discrimination, but also covers violations of employment contracts.

• Sexual harassment. The typical issue here is whether you, as an employer, neglected to investigate harassment claims appropriately, looked the other way, or fostered a work environment in which sexual harassment flourished.

• Emotional distress. Emotional distress can be the product of threats and extreme bullying. As with sexual harassment, the key issue is whether this is going on in your business and you fail to take necessary remedial action, either proactively or in response to employee complaints.

• Wage and hour violations. This insurance covers failures to comply with the Fair Labor Standards Act, including minimum wage and overtime page requirements.

If you already have these types of insurance in place, that probably indicates you’re in the insurance business yourself and thus highly attuned to business risk. It’s more likely that you have only a few of them lined up. Which ones you need the most, and how much protection to buy within each category, will strictly depend upon factors like your risk tolerance, the perils specific to your business and your ability to afford all of it. But knowing what’s available is essential first step to building a risk management strategy to meet your unique circumstances.

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Holland Construction Services Building New Multi-Family Development in Wentzville, MO

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Holland Construction Services has begun construction on a new $35 million multi-family development in Wentzville by Creve Coeur-based developer TriStar Properties.

The 13- acre site, called Heartland View, will consist of seven, three-story apartment buildings with a total of 201 units. The 225,000 square-foot development will include 52 covered parking spaces, an amenities center with an in-ground pool and outdoor living area, a fitness studio as well as a 3,600 square-foot leasing office.

Holland Project Manager Adam Jones said the project, which began in early September, has a completion date scheduled for the end of 2022.

“We will be constructing nine buildings within 15 months so people will start seeing this project develop quickly,” said Jones. “We’re currently finishing up the soil stabilization and site remediation for the area, and then the concrete and site utility work will begin. This should be an exciting development for the community.”

TriStar Properties Co-Founder and Principal Mike Towerman, said the development will be a perfect fit in the rapidly growing Wentzville area, which has been named one of the fastest-growing cities in Missouri. Located at 10 Cox Lane off Wentzville Parkway, Heartland View Apartments will be across the street from Heartland Park and Holt High School. The city of Wentzville is also constructing a new rec center next to the development. The site, which is also near retail center Wentzville Crossroads and SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital, is easily accessible to Interstates 64 and 70.

“The demand for this type of development in the area is tremendous and we think the location of this project will be very unique and appealing to people,” said Towerman. “We selected Holland to construct Heartland View because of their depth of experience in multi-family projects and ability to execute it seamlessly.”

The architect on the project is Barnett Design Studios, based in Nashville, TN.

Holland Construction Services is a full-service construction management, general contracting, and design/build firm guided by the principle of providing clients the best possible build experience on every project. Holland offers pre-construction, construction and virtual design & construction services to commercial, education, healthcare, industrial, multi-family, municipal, recreation, and senior living clients. For more information, visit Holland’s website at www.hollandcs.com.

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Castle Contracting Wins Constructech Vision Award for its Innovative Use of Technology

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Castle Contracting, LLC, has earned a Gold award in the 2021 Constructech Vision Awards, an annual program honoring individual construction companies for their innovative use of technology.

An independent panel of judges selected Castle as a top winner for the company’s effective integration of customized software and business systems to optimize the efficiency of its equipment assets and other resources.

The Castle team developed a customized dashboard for Microsoft’s Power BI software to synthesize data from multiple sources, including the company’s scheduling and dispatching system (HCSS Dispatcher), asset management and fleet productivity system (VisionLink), and digital time tracking software (HCSS HeavyJob).

This comprehensive asset management system enables project managers and superintendents to access real-time information so they can make smart equipment allocation and scheduling decisions. 

“These advanced tools help Castle maximize productivity, boost our return on investment and identify the need for additional equipment purchases,” said Castle Vice President of Operations Michael Pranger. “The system also helps our teams identify big-picture trends that Castle uses to improve the accuracy, efficiency and value that we deliver to clients.”

Castle was the only Gold-level winner in the $26 million-$100 million category of the 2021 Vision Awards.

“This year’s Constructech Vision Awards winners have found a way to remain innovative and creative in times of constant change and adversity all while demonstrating they can even grow profits along the way,” said Peggy Smedley, editorial director of Constructech and president of Specialty Publishing Media.

Learn more about the 2021 Vision Award winners.

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

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