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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.

Paul Stefanski Joins Reminger Design as Senior Project Manager

Paul Stefanski

Veteran architect provides experience across multiple project types

An architect and project manager over the course of his nearly 40-year career, Paul Stefanski adds significant experience to Remiger Design. Stefanski joins the firm as a Senior Project Manager responsible for overseeing design standards and initiatives, and project delivery.

A graduate of Kansas State University, Stefanski has helped design and deliver varied projects, including office, industrial, corporate headquarters, multifamily, planned communities, retail and mixed-use developments. His project delivery experience ranges across design-build, design-bid-build and negotiated contracts.

Notable projects locally and nationally completed by Stefanski include: The Village of Twin Oaks, a $45 million mixed-use retail and luxury apartment tower in Twin Oaks, MO; 5300 Centre Apartments, a $38 million luxury apartment complex in St. Peters, MO; The Meadows at Lake Saint Louis, a 260,000-square-foot outdoor retail center in Lake Saint Louis, MO; The Village at Schneithorst’s, a mixed-use development (office/retail/restaurant) in Ladue, MO; corporate headquarters for Lucent Technologies in Miramar, FL; and distribution center and corporate headquarters for Goya in New Jersey. Additionally, he has designed and planned office, industrial, financial, academic and retail buildings across the United States.

“We are fortunate to have Paul join our team,” said Vern Remiger, president of the company he started in 2010. “His background in design, planning, project management, client development and construction services adds greatly to our ability to deliver exceptional client service with flexible, creative and cost-effective design solutions.”

Based in St. Louis, MO, the firm provides architectural, planning and interior design services in several environments: education, institutional and industrial facilities, corporate offices, multifamily, and retail and hospitality. The firm was founded in 2010 by Vern Remiger, an industry veteran with more than 30 years of experience in architecture, interior design, planning and facilities management.

Human Resources at Midwest BankCentre

Julie Tuggle-Nguyen

Julie Tuggle-Nguyen, PHR, has been promoted to executive vice president-human resources at Midwest BankCentre. Tuggle-Nguyen succeeds Marty Lenihan, who recently retired after 15 years as the leader of Midwest BankCentre’s human resources team.

In her role leading Midwest BankCentre’s human resources efforts, she is spearheading the bank’s comprehensive performance engagement and transformation efforts, redefining the digitization of all systems supporting team members working at the bank, and expanding professional development and wellness initiatives. Her efforts also span experiential diversity and inclusion offerings, comprehensive organizational structure refinement, and development planning for leadership and succession.

Tuggle-Nguyen joined Midwest BankCentre in late 2018 as senior vice president-executive projects. She previously led the human resources team for Enterprise Holdings’ information technology division. She has more than 20 years of human resources experience in the auto manufacturing, car rental and information technology sectors. During that span, she developed expertise and grew organizations in many areas, including leadership, performance management, global onboarding, change management, employee relations, compensation, engagement, training and development.

Tuggle-Nguyen graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She earned her master’s degree in organizational management at Dallas Baptist University. She is certified as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) by the Human Resource Certification Institute. 

March 27, 2020

FSA, LLC Welcomes Katherine Mark as Office Administrator

Katherine Mark

FSA, LLC is excited to welcome Katherine Mark as our team’s Office Administrator. Katherine has over 10 years of experience in customer service, sales, and retail management. She attended Lindenwood University, where she studied International Business and Marketing. Katherine displays excellent communication and organization skills making her a vital team member.

FSA is an architectural and design firm specializing in healthcare, laboratory design, higher education facilities, K-12 education, and master planning. Being well rounded in all aspects of an administrative role, FSA is anxious to see all the talent Katherine will bring to our team.

Spellman Brady & Company Hires Jessica Flannery, Office Manager

Jessica Flannery

Spellman Brady is pleased to announce that Jessica Flannery has joined the firm in the new role of Office Manager.  In addition to providing support to HR, IT and senior management, Ms. Flannery is responsible for organizing, streamlining and coordinating office administrative procedures to ensure their effectiveness and efficiency.

Ms. Flannery, who has a Bachelor of Science in Leadership/Management and a Master of Business Administration from Maryville University, is also Lean Six Sigma Green Belt for Government certified.  As a Green Belt, she has a comprehensive understanding of Lean Six Sigma principles, methodology and tools for identifying and eliminating any unnecessary waste in business processes and procedures.  Most recently she provided similar services for the State of Missouri, Department of Natural Resources and brings 14 years of experience to her new role at Spellman Brady.                        ,

Spellman Brady & Company is an award-winning St. Louis–based 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 www.spellmanbrady.com.

Michael Prost Promoted to Director of Technology at Feeler S. Architects

Michael Prost

Michael Prost has been promoted to Director of Technology at Feeler S. Architects. Michael joined FSA, LLC in 2012 as architectural associate/ BIM manager. With Michael’s vast knowledge and skills in design and technology, he has been an asset to the team. Michael graduated from The University of Kansas with his master’s in architecture in 2011. His passion for building information modeling (BIM) has allowed him to be creative within design. Michael is a problem solver who continuously strives to push for technology advancements within the office. He finds new ways to aid our staff therefore, providing satisfaction for our customers.

March 20, 2020

Walker Promoted to Senior Vice President-Mortgage at Midwest BankCentre

Rebecca Walker

Rebecca Walker has been promoted to senior vice president of mortgage at Midwest BankCentre. She reports to Erin Erhart, executive vice president of consumer banking and fee services.

Walker, who joined the bank as vice president of mortgage in July 2019, leads the bank’s mortgage department and manages mortgage loan processing from origination to funding. Her focus includes identifying opportunities to increase efficiencies in processes, policies and procedures, including automation and technology enhancements. Walker also manages investor and mortgage insurance relationships.

Walker has been in the banking industry for 19 years. She most recently served as mortgage loan manager for Scott Credit Union. Walker is a member of the board of directors for the Center for Hearing and Speech.

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. 

March 13, 2020

Cathy M. Westerheide promoted to Director of G&S Acoustics/FabricWall Sales 

Cathy Westerheide

St. Louis-based G&S Acoustics has promoted Cathy M. Westerheide to Director of G&S Acoustics/FabricWall Sales. She is responsible for improving processes, developing new products and increasing sales, as well as leading the sales teams in providing product information, competitive bids and global representation.

“I’ve always enjoyed the challenges of providing sound solutions for our clients,” says Westerheide of her career with G&S Acoustics. “Every job is unique, and we have a great team of people developing and creating customized solutions.”

Westerheide has been with G&S Acoustics since 1994, having worked as an estimator, sales assistant, sales representative and national sales manager.

G&S Acoustics® is a leading manufacturer of acoustical, tackable and sound diffusing wall and ceiling products distributed worldwide. For more information, email G&S Acoustics or call 800-737-0307.

SWT Design Welcomes Lance Klein, PLA as Kansas City Studio Manager

Lance Klein

SWT Design is pleased to announce Lance Klein has joined our team as the Studio Manager for our Kansas City office. Lance brings 24 years of Landscape Architecture and Urban Design experience including parks, corridors, and nodes that transform communities.  He’s passionate about the public realm and the critical role it plays in elevating our everyday lives. As a resident of Kansas City, MO his familiarity with the region combined with his design talent and civic involvement will deepen SWT Design’s roots in the community. Lance earned his Master of Science in Architecture and Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Kansas State University.

For 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. 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 St. Louis, MO, Kansas City, MO, and Louisville, KY.

For further questions, please contact Ashley Jenkins, Marketing Coordinator for SWT Design by e-mail at ashleyj@swtdesign.com or call 314-644-5700.

Is Your Company Facing a Cash Flow Crunch?

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Submitted by Schmersahl Treloar 

Cash flow is always an important element in the smooth and successful operation of your business and is particularly key in meeting opportunities and demands.

Generating sales and managing operations are, of course, also important, but ensuring that that cash from those sales is collected and that your company’s daily cash flow needs are managed efficiently and effectively is even more important. And this is particularly true when the economy goes into a slump. Your business’s resources can be stretched to the max and you may find yourself scrambling to keep up with your own accounts payable, let alone worrying about your receivables.

So proper planning is paramount to be able to better avoid a serious cash crunch in the future.

As one step in that planning, it’s wise to diagnose your company’s cash flow health and ferret out any weaknesses that could create problems down the line. To that end, here is a checklist to help you get a picture of just how healthy your cash flow is:

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KAI Build Constructs COVID-19 Emergency Screening Triage Trailer for Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis

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Trailer complete with ADA-compliant ramps finished within a week 

Having adequate testing facilities for COVID-19 in the U.S. has become a priority in the battle against the pandemic. When BJC HealthCare asked KAI Build, one of its preferred general contractors, to construct an emergency testing trailer at its main campus in St. Louis, KAI put the project on a fast track.

KAI arranged for the trailer and directed its setup outside the Charles F. Knight Emergency and Trauma Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. KAI equipped the trailer with electric, telecommunications, nurse call, fire alarm, upgraded electric for emergency outlets, upgraded lighting and ADA-compliant wood ramps. KAI also arranged for a portable ADA-compliant restroom trailer to be set up beside the testing trailer.

KAI installed safety barriers around the trailer for automobile and pedestrian foot traffic and installed a two-hour-rated, fire-resistant partition over the waiting room glass. KAI completed the project within a week.

“We understood the importance and need of this emergency triage trailer to the community in the fight against the coronavirus, and we were happy to contribute in any way that we could to potentially save lives,” said KAI CEO Michael Kennedy, Jr. “We would like to thank BJC HealthCare for putting its trust in KAI to complete this important project for its staff and the St. Louis community.”

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.

AmerenCares donates $500,000 for COVID-19 assistance in Illinois and Missouri

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Charitable Trust allocates $250,000 each to Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund and United Way of Greater St. Louis 

Ameren Corporation announced that its AmerenCares charitable trust is donating $500,000 to help individuals, families and communities impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding will support relief efforts in Illinois and Missouri.

Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund (ICRF)

The AmerenCares program will provide $250,000 to a new fund established by the United Way of Illinois and the Alliance of Illinois Community Foundations, in collaboration with Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker. The fund is being chaired by Former U.S. Commerce Secretary of State Penny Pritzker. All funds raised will quickly be distributed to local community foundations and non-profits to assist Illinois residents with emergency food, housing and shelter, medical services, and other basic needs. The fund had raised $23 million as of close of business on Thursday.  Information on the funding is available at Ilcovidresponsefund.org.

United Way of Greater St. Louis – 2-1-1 Program

The AmerenCares program will provide $250,000 to the United Way of Greater St. Louis COVID-19 Response Fund, with a focus on helping United Way scale-up the operations of its 2-1-1 program. 2-1-1 serves as an emergency relief line, guiding calls related to crisis and hardship to United Way’s nonprofit member agencies and its expansive ready-network of nonprofits. United Way of Greater St. Louis supports more than 160 nonprofit agencies in a 16-county region in both Missouri and Illinois. This AmerenCares charitable contribution follows $1,000,000 in support for Ameren Missouri customers, made on March 19 as part of a separate Coronavirus Income Relief Fund in partnership with the United Way and commitment to Heatupmissouri.org and Heatupstlouis.org for energy assistance.

“We are grateful to Ameren and its leadership team for their generosity through this incredible gift to the community,” said Michelle Tucker, CEO and president of United Way of Greater St. Louis. “With their support, we will provide critical funds throughout Missouri and Illinois that will help our neighbors facing hardship due to the COVID-19 crisis. A longtime partner of United Way, Ameren continues to step up to help stabilize families throughout the St. Louis region with this gift and the $1 million they’ve already infused into our community for help during this crisis.”

While the COVID-19 crisis is affecting nearly all sectors and customer groups, low-income households, seniors, veterans and the disabled are most at risk for experiencing significant hardship. The Illinois and Missouri relief funds have provisions to direct assistance to the most vulnerable populations.

“Many downstate Illinois families are struggling to meet even their most basic needs,” said Richard J. Mark, president of Ameren Illinois. “This collaborative partnership will provide immediate and significant benefits to our customers. We encourage everyone to join us and lend a hand to those who need assistance during this challenging time.”

“This donation is focused on helping communities with the immediate impacts of COVID-19, especially for meeting the basic needs of our most vulnerable neighbors,” said Marty Lyons, president of Ameren Missouri. “All of us at Ameren Missouri are committed to supporting our customers across Missouri in this time of need, and for as long as it takes our communities to recover.”

For a complete list of programs and resources available to customers, please visit Ameren.com/COVID19.

About Ameren Corporation

St. Louis-based Ameren Corporation powers the quality of life for 2.4 million electric customers and more than 900,000 natural gas customers in a 64,000-square-mile area through its Ameren Missouri and Ameren Illinois rate-regulated utility subsidiaries. Ameren Illinois provides electric distribution and transmission service, as well as natural gas distribution service, while Ameren Missouri provides vertically integrated electric service, with generating capacity of more than 10,100 megawatts, and natural gas distribution service. Ameren Transmission Company of Illinois develops regional electric transmission projects. For more information, visit Ameren.com, or follow us on Twitter at @AmerenCorpFacebook.com/AmerenCorp, or LinkedIn.com/company/Ameren.

 

Small Business Administration (SBA) Loans for Small Business

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Small business loan form on a wooden table.

Submitted by Schmersahl Treloar Advisors

Under the recently passed “Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020′ small businesses and non-profit organizations may be eligible to apply for targeted, low-interest loans as a result of damages from the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Businesses and non-profits in Illinois and Missouri are eligible. Specifically, the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to overcome the temporary loss of revenue.

These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that cannot be paid because of the disaster’s impact. These loans have long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30 years with interest rate of 3.75% for small businesses and 2.75% for non-profits.

Some notable requirements:

  • Unlike traditional SBA loans, prospective borrowers apply directly to the SBA.
  • These loans require a guarantor, even for non-profits. Anyone that owns 20% or greater will be required to guarantee the loan
  • The ‘SBA Credit Elsewhere Test Applies’. Generally, this analysis determines whether the borrower has the ability to obtain some or all of the requested loan funds from alternative sources without causing undue hardship.
  • The business must meet the size requirements to be considered an eligible small business. The SBA’s size standards apply and can be accessed online here: Size Standards Per NAICS Codes The standards vary by industries and measured by average annual revenues or number of employees,
  • The loan program excludes certain businesses including religious and some charitable organizations. Generally, a common business-to-business or business to consumer business qualifies.
  • The deadline to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan is December 21, 2020.

Loan Applications

Application for the loan is made at disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

The applications require a number of forms and documents, including:

  • SBA Loan Application (SBA Form 5 or 5C)
  • Tax Information Authorization (IRS Form 4506T)
  • Complete copies of the most recent Federal Income Tax Return
  • Schedule of Liabilities (SBA Form 2202)
  • Personal Financial Statement (SBA Form 413)

In addition, you should expect to supply:

  • Complete copy, including all schedules, of the most recent Federal Income Tax Return for principals, general partners or managing member, and affiliates
  • If the most recent Federal Income Tax Return has not been filed, a year-end profit-and-loss statement and balance sheet for that tax year
  • A current year-to-date profit-and-loss statement
  • Additional Filing Requirements (SBA Form 1368) providing monthly sales figures. This is especially important for this type of SBA loan.

These applications are challenging for many small businesses. Your service team at Schmersahl Treloar is available to assist you as needed.

Please be aware the number of applications has overwhelmed the SBA. As a result, their website is frequently down. Be patient and persistent. None of us were prepared for the Coronavirus.

Kadean Construction Moving Toward April 30 Completion of 1st Phorm HQ in Fenton

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By KERRY L. SMITH, EDITOR, ST. LOUIS CONSTRUCTION NEWS AND REVIEW MAGAZINE

Fenton-based Kadean Construction is completing nutrition supplements and athletics apparel manufacturer 1st Phorm’s new headquarters in the location of the former Chrysler plant.

Kadean Construction Project Director Travis Mulder said the 185,590-square-foot, $11.6 million project is expected to wrap up in late April. The building will house more than 400 employees and consolidates several 1st Phorm locations that are currently in South St. Louis County (in Green Park Industrial Court) into this singular facility within Fenton Logistics Park. The project broke ground in late June 2019.

“This is a world-class build-to-suit facility,” said Mulder, noting that the new space allows for 1st Phorm’s future growth. Office and warehousing space, space for company sales representatives and coaches, customer service reps and warehouse employees is all included in the layout.

“Since 1st Phorm hosts visits from athletes whom the company is seeking to sign on to market its brand, the features of the new space that athletes will use were of paramount importance in terms of design and construction,” Mulder said. “We’d describe the locker rooms, showers and bathrooms within the gym as Mizzou-style. It’s truly a top-of-the-line workout facility,” he added, noting that the new headquarters’ full gym has a full-size basketball court with a wood floor.

A 100-plus-seat media room is also part of the new building’s layout. Mulder said the space will be used to present, train and speak to large internal and external audiences via videoconferences, podcasts and more.

Two of the four large executive offices which are located on the mezzanine level are equipped with full-height glass walls and doors to provide executives, overlooking the gym.

An expansive lobby adorned with the company’s branding. Oversized doors on the front of the building will accommodate entrance of a high-end racecar that will reside in the lobby, also bearing the 1st Phorm logo. Two large break rooms to accommodate employee recreational activities are also within the building’s footprint.

Kadean Construction is the general contractor for both the construction of the building shell and the tenant improvements. Other project partners include: U.S. Capital Development (owner); M+H Architects (designer); Stock & Associates (engineer); and subcontractors including O. J. Laughlin Plumbing Co.; Reinhold Electric Inc.; Wiegmann Associates (HVAC); Excel Fire Protection; Fenix Construction (concrete); Atlas Iron Works, Inc. (structural steel); Square Up Builders, LLC (carpentry); Wies Drywall Construction; Leach Painting Co. and Flooring Systems Inc.

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.

FSA, LLC Welcomes Katherine Mark as Office Administrator

Katherine Mark

FSA, LLC is excited to welcome Katherine Mark as our team’s Office Administrator. Katherine has over 10 years of experience in customer service, sales, and retail management. She attended Lindenwood University, where she studied International Business and Marketing. Katherine displays excellent communication and organization skills making her a vital team member.

FSA is an architectural and design firm specializing in healthcare, laboratory design, higher education facilities, K-12 education, and master planning. Being well rounded in all aspects of an administrative role, FSA is anxious to see all the talent Katherine will bring to our team.

Spellman Brady & Company Hires Jessica Flannery, Office Manager

Jessica Flannery

Spellman Brady is pleased to announce that Jessica Flannery has joined the firm in the new role of Office Manager.  In addition to providing support to HR, IT and senior management, Ms. Flannery is responsible for organizing, streamlining and coordinating office administrative procedures to ensure their effectiveness and efficiency.

Ms. Flannery, who has a Bachelor of Science in Leadership/Management and a Master of Business Administration from Maryville University, is also Lean Six Sigma Green Belt for Government certified.  As a Green Belt, she has a comprehensive understanding of Lean Six Sigma principles, methodology and tools for identifying and eliminating any unnecessary waste in business processes and procedures.  Most recently she provided similar services for the State of Missouri, Department of Natural Resources and brings 14 years of experience to her new role at Spellman Brady.                        ,

Spellman Brady & Company is an award-winning St. Louis–based 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 www.spellmanbrady.com.

Michael Prost Promoted to Director of Technology at Feeler S. Architects

Michael Prost

Michael Prost has been promoted to Director of Technology at Feeler S. Architects. Michael joined FSA, LLC in 2012 as architectural associate/ BIM manager. With Michael’s vast knowledge and skills in design and technology, he has been an asset to the team. Michael graduated from The University of Kansas with his master’s in architecture in 2011. His passion for building information modeling (BIM) has allowed him to be creative within design. Michael is a problem solver who continuously strives to push for technology advancements within the office. He finds new ways to aid our staff therefore, providing satisfaction for our customers.

March 20, 2020

Walker Promoted to Senior Vice President-Mortgage at Midwest BankCentre

Rebecca Walker

Rebecca Walker has been promoted to senior vice president of mortgage at Midwest BankCentre. She reports to Erin Erhart, executive vice president of consumer banking and fee services.

Walker, who joined the bank as vice president of mortgage in July 2019, leads the bank’s mortgage department and manages mortgage loan processing from origination to funding. Her focus includes identifying opportunities to increase efficiencies in processes, policies and procedures, including automation and technology enhancements. Walker also manages investor and mortgage insurance relationships.

Walker has been in the banking industry for 19 years. She most recently served as mortgage loan manager for Scott Credit Union. Walker is a member of the board of directors for the Center for Hearing and Speech.

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. 

March 13, 2020

Cathy M. Westerheide promoted to Director of G&S Acoustics/FabricWall Sales 

Cathy Westerheide

St. Louis-based G&S Acoustics has promoted Cathy M. Westerheide to Director of G&S Acoustics/FabricWall Sales. She is responsible for improving processes, developing new products and increasing sales, as well as leading the sales teams in providing product information, competitive bids and global representation.

“I’ve always enjoyed the challenges of providing sound solutions for our clients,” says Westerheide of her career with G&S Acoustics. “Every job is unique, and we have a great team of people developing and creating customized solutions.”

Westerheide has been with G&S Acoustics since 1994, having worked as an estimator, sales assistant, sales representative and national sales manager.

G&S Acoustics® is a leading manufacturer of acoustical, tackable and sound diffusing wall and ceiling products distributed worldwide. For more information, email G&S Acoustics or call 800-737-0307.

SWT Design Welcomes Lance Klein, PLA as Kansas City Studio Manager

Lance Klein

SWT Design is pleased to announce Lance Klein has joined our team as the Studio Manager for our Kansas City office. Lance brings 24 years of Landscape Architecture and Urban Design experience including parks, corridors, and nodes that transform communities.  He’s passionate about the public realm and the critical role it plays in elevating our everyday lives. As a resident of Kansas City, MO his familiarity with the region combined with his design talent and civic involvement will deepen SWT Design’s roots in the community. Lance earned his Master of Science in Architecture and Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Kansas State University.

For 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. 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 St. Louis, MO, Kansas City, MO, and Louisville, KY.

For further questions, please contact Ashley Jenkins, Marketing Coordinator for SWT Design by e-mail at ashleyj@swtdesign.com or call 314-644-5700.

March 6, 2020

HDA Architects Hires Two

Brice Zickuhr

HDA Architects have hired Brice Zickuhr as Director of Operations. Brice will oversee day-to-day office activities, managing resources and schedules as well as quality control. He will provide oversight and leadership to all of HDA’s project teams, reviewing the drawings throughout their development. Brice brings 30 years of experience and is part of HDA’s Management Team.

Tim Piskorski

HDA Architects have hired Tim Piskorski as a Senior Project Manager.  Tim will oversee all aspects of the design and construction process of a building project, from developing and reviewing building plans to making sure a project meets environmental and zoning standards. Tim has 27 years of experience and a love for the craft of designing and constructing a building, while respecting client’s budgets, schedules and project parameters

The UP Companies Hires David E. Murrell as Kansas City Regional Director

David E. Murrell

The UP Companies (UPCO) proudly announces the hiring of David E. Murrell of Leawood, Kansas to its new Regional Director position.

Murrell takes on the leadership role during a time of considerable growth for UPCO, one of the region’s largest full-service contractors, and will be responsible for heading operations, developing new business relationships, strengthening existing client partnerships and directing business strategy in the greater Kansas City area.

“UPCO has forged a path in the Kansas City marketplace over the last couple of years as steadfast electrical and carpentry contractors,” said Brian Arnold, UPCO Vice President. “Kansas City is a dynamic and bustling market with lots of opportunity and the outlook continues to be bright. With all these exciting developments, we made the decision to hire a local Regional Director for The UP Companies. David is a homegrown Kansas Citian and a 30-year veteran in the design and construction industry, which we feel is important to gain quicker traction in this marketplace. We believe David relates perfectly to our target customers while representing our core values.”

Murrell has more than 30 years of architecture and construction industry experience, having previously worked as Director of Business Development for Multivista in Overland Park, Kansas; Preconstruction & Project Management for United Excel Construction in Merriam, Kansas; Business Development & Preconstruction for AEC Connections in Overland Park, Kansas; and Project Architect/Construction Manager for Gould Evans Architects and BNIM Architects, both of Kansas City, Missouri.

Murrell has a BFA from the University of Kansas in Architectural Design and is a member of the Kansas City Chapter of Health Care Engineers (KCAHE).

The UP Companies (UPCO) is one of the region’s largest full-service contracting companies offering all-inclusive and convenient solutions for general contractors, owners and facilities management professionals. For more information, go to www.theupcompanies.com or call 314.865.3888.

Michael Moehn Joins Midwest BankCentre’s Legal Board of Directors

Michael Moehn

Michael Moehn, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Ameren Corporation and chairman and president of Ameren Services, has been elected to the legal board of directors of Midwest BankCentre.

Moehn was named to his current role with Ameren Corporation in December 2019. Previously, he was president of Ameren Missouri, working with more than 4,000 team members to provide electrical power to more than 1.2 million electric customers and about 127,000 natural gas customers. After a nine-year career at Price Waterhouse Coopers LLP as a CPA leading client engagements across multiple industries, Moehn has served Ameren in a succession of leadership roles that have deepened his insights and experiences in strategic planning, finance and operations.

Moehn is deeply engaged in the bi-state community. He serves as board chair for the United Way of Greater St. Louis, while also serving as a member of the board of the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis since 2016. In addition, Moehn serves on the finance planning committee of Christian Hospital, and the budget and finance committee of Concordance Academy of Leadership.

He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Saint Louis University and a master’s in business administration degree from Washington University. Moehn was selected for the Eisenhower Fellowship, participating in its International Leadership Exchange Program, with a focus on South American energy. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

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. 

Enterprise Bank & Trust Launches Multiple Loan Relief Programs

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Additional offerings focus on continuing virtual Enterprise University courses and best practices for business owners

To provide relief for customers during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, Enterprise Bank & Trust has launched programs to provide temporary relief for those hit hard by the pandemic. The bank has moved some existing programs, such as Enterprise University and client networking, online to continue providing ongoing business education, while avoiding the risks associated with COVID-19. Additionally, in an effort to share best practices with business owners and leaders, Enterprise is collecting trends from hundreds of clients on a daily basis to provide immediate insights, actions, and solutions for sharing.

Loan Relief Programs

Enterprise introduced the programs today, focusing on solutions that offer temporary relief for those hit hardest by the pandemic. Relief programs are being offered to impacted clients in all of Enterprise’s markets.

The consumer program focuses on the extreme need for deferment of personal loans resulting from hardship related to the pandemic. Business clients experiencing financial hardship are asked to contact their Relationship Manager or Business Banking Portfolio Manager directly to discuss solutions.

Enterprise is now offering the following relief options:

Consumer Loan Deferral Program: This program allows consumer clients whose loans meet specific “good standing” criteria to request loan payment deferrals. Consumer clients may request a deferral of one consumer loan payment for financial difficulty due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Consumers who are experiencing significant hardship should visit the Enterprise website where they can find an application and more information about the program. https://www.enterprisebank.com/about/covid-19-update.

Credit Card Program: Consumers and Small Business clients will see a message in an upcoming statement with details regarding the option to defer their next payment.

Small Business Loan Program: This program provides existing Business Banking clients who meet certain criteria the opportunity to obtain a fixed-rate working line of credit up to $25,000. Clients should contact their Business Banking Portfolio Manager for more details.

Commercial Loan Relief Program: Other loan options have been developed to provide relief for those businesses most heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Commercial and Business Banking clients are encouraged to work with their Relationship Manager or Business Banking Portfolio Manager to discuss their situation and explore potential solutions that may provide appropriate relief.

Additional Resources

In addition, Enterprise is monitoring the development of federal, state and local government-sponsored programs available to small businesses suffering economic injury as a result of COVID-19. Summary updates and links to these programs will be posted on the website as updates are available.  Clients are encouraged to consult their Relationship Manager or Business Banking Portfolio Manager for more information.

“We understand the uncertainty that many of our clients are facing. We believe that it’s our responsibility as a financial institution to help customers with the greatest hardship, and we take that very seriously,” said Scott Goodman, President of Enterprise Bank & Trust. “That’s why we want to do our part to help address the immediate needs of our customers who are economically vulnerable, not only through loan relief but with education and best practices as well.”

Thought Leadership and Education Resources

Goodman says the leadership team has prioritized continuing to offer Enterprise University courses online, with the understanding of how important it is for business leaders to have continued access to industry experts, at no cost, during this time. In addition, the bank is offering clients virtual networking, crisis communication education, and access to a growing resource catalog of best practices provided by business leaders across the region.

“Many clients are also being presented with opportunities for additional business or to assist their communities and customers. We want to ensure that everyone gets the guidance they need to achieve continued financial success, and it’s not a one-size-fits-all approach,” Goodman said.

Enterprise Financial Services Corp (NASDAQ: EFSC), with approximately $7 billion in assets, is a bank holding company headquartered in Clayton, Mo. Enterprise operates 34 branch offices in Arizona, Kansas, Missouri and New Mexico. Enterprise offers a range of business and personal banking services and wealth management services. Enterprise Trust, a division of Enterprise Bank & Trust, provides financial planning, estate planning, investment management and trust services to businesses, individuals, institutions, retirement plans and non-profit organizations. Member FDIC; Equal Housing Lender.

Poettker Construction Completes $31.8M 21st Century School

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Poettker Construction Company, a second-generation family and veteran-owned construction company, alongside its design/build team, led by FGM Architects, Inc., recently completed the new $31.8 million Pierce Terrace Elementary School in Fort Jackson, South Carolina, the U.S. Army’s largest basic training installation.

The Poettker/FGM Architects Team was selected by the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) for their extensive knowledge of the DoDEA specifications. Based on 21st Century School learning concepts, which promote collaboration, problem-solving and innovation, the facility replaces an existing 47-year-old building and can accommodate 325 students in pre-kindergarten through second grade.

The single-story, 73,942 square-foot facility incorporates a hands-on STEM-based learning program beyond the classroom and throughout the entire campus. Key features include: neighborhood-inspired learning hubs; smart walls featuring learning graphics and digital information boards; A/V systems including resource monitoring dashboards, which show – with age-appropriate graphics – environmental history, climate impact and energy resources used between neighborhoods; vision panels for exposed and color-coded building systems with detailed illustration; small photovoltaic system and wind turbine, which expose students to renewable energy, showing firsthand how power is produced and consumed.

All building components, including Insulating concrete forms (ICF), LED lighting, reduced and low water consumption plumbing fixtures, and high efficiency gas-fired water heaters, were selected to provide energy conservation and energy savings. These components work to achieve program sustainability credits for LEED Silver certification and to enhance the overall life cycle cost efficiency of the building.

“The Poettker/FGM Team has always been committed to building up the communities where we live and serve, and that’s especially true for creating education environments that will mold our great country’s future leaders,” said Keith Poettker, president of Poettker Construction. “Our team is honored to design and build this state-of-the-art 21st century facility for the Department of Defense, providing a quality learning facility for more families of service members to utilize for years to come.”

FGM Architects led the design team. Baldridge Associates Structural Engineering (BASE) served as the structural engineer, Thouvenot, Wade & Moerchen, Inc. (TWM) as the civil engineer, and BRiC Partnership, LLC as the mechanical and fire protection engineer. Additional consultants included Premier Fire & Safety for communications and information technology services, Threshold Acoustics for acoustical engineering, and The Geiger Group for kitchen consulting.

Established in 1980, Poettker Construction is a second-generation, family-owned and veteran-owned construction company. Specializing in construction management, design/build, general contracting and self-perform work, Poettker Construction serves the Education, Government, Healthcare, Industrial, Municipal, Recreation and Retail industries. For more information, visit www.poettkerconstruction.com.

FGM Architects has specialized in the planning and design of environments for study, work and play for the last 75 years. From early strategic facilities planning through building and interior design to furniture selection, our team of over 120 professionals supports the needs of our clients with a total commitment to service. For more information, visit http://www.fgmarchitects.com/

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.

Walker Promoted to Senior Vice President-Mortgage at Midwest BankCentre

Rebecca Walker

Rebecca Walker has been promoted to senior vice president of mortgage at Midwest BankCentre. She reports to Erin Erhart, executive vice president of consumer banking and fee services.

Walker, who joined the bank as vice president of mortgage in July 2019, leads the bank’s mortgage department and manages mortgage loan processing from origination to funding. Her focus includes identifying opportunities to increase efficiencies in processes, policies and procedures, including automation and technology enhancements. Walker also manages investor and mortgage insurance relationships.

Walker has been in the banking industry for 19 years. She most recently served as mortgage loan manager for Scott Credit Union. Walker is a member of the board of directors for the Center for Hearing and Speech.

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. 

March 13, 2020

Cathy M. Westerheide promoted to Director of G&S Acoustics/FabricWall Sales 

Cathy Westerheide

St. Louis-based G&S Acoustics has promoted Cathy M. Westerheide to Director of G&S Acoustics/FabricWall Sales. She is responsible for improving processes, developing new products and increasing sales, as well as leading the sales teams in providing product information, competitive bids and global representation.

“I’ve always enjoyed the challenges of providing sound solutions for our clients,” says Westerheide of her career with G&S Acoustics. “Every job is unique, and we have a great team of people developing and creating customized solutions.”

Westerheide has been with G&S Acoustics since 1994, having worked as an estimator, sales assistant, sales representative and national sales manager.

G&S Acoustics® is a leading manufacturer of acoustical, tackable and sound diffusing wall and ceiling products distributed worldwide. For more information, email G&S Acoustics or call 800-737-0307.

SWT Design Welcomes Lance Klein, PLA as Kansas City Studio Manager

Lance Klein

SWT Design is pleased to announce Lance Klein has joined our team as the Studio Manager for our Kansas City office. Lance brings 24 years of Landscape Architecture and Urban Design experience including parks, corridors, and nodes that transform communities.  He’s passionate about the public realm and the critical role it plays in elevating our everyday lives. As a resident of Kansas City, MO his familiarity with the region combined with his design talent and civic involvement will deepen SWT Design’s roots in the community. Lance earned his Master of Science in Architecture and Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Kansas State University.

For 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. 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 St. Louis, MO, Kansas City, MO, and Louisville, KY.

For further questions, please contact Ashley Jenkins, Marketing Coordinator for SWT Design by e-mail at ashleyj@swtdesign.com or call 314-644-5700.

March 6, 2020

HDA Architects Hires Two

Brice Zickuhr

HDA Architects have hired Brice Zickuhr as Director of Operations. Brice will oversee day-to-day office activities, managing resources and schedules as well as quality control. He will provide oversight and leadership to all of HDA’s project teams, reviewing the drawings throughout their development. Brice brings 30 years of experience and is part of HDA’s Management Team.

Tim Piskorski

HDA Architects have hired Tim Piskorski as a Senior Project Manager.  Tim will oversee all aspects of the design and construction process of a building project, from developing and reviewing building plans to making sure a project meets environmental and zoning standards. Tim has 27 years of experience and a love for the craft of designing and constructing a building, while respecting client’s budgets, schedules and project parameters

The UP Companies Hires David E. Murrell as Kansas City Regional Director

David E. Murrell

The UP Companies (UPCO) proudly announces the hiring of David E. Murrell of Leawood, Kansas to its new Regional Director position.

Murrell takes on the leadership role during a time of considerable growth for UPCO, one of the region’s largest full-service contractors, and will be responsible for heading operations, developing new business relationships, strengthening existing client partnerships and directing business strategy in the greater Kansas City area.

“UPCO has forged a path in the Kansas City marketplace over the last couple of years as steadfast electrical and carpentry contractors,” said Brian Arnold, UPCO Vice President. “Kansas City is a dynamic and bustling market with lots of opportunity and the outlook continues to be bright. With all these exciting developments, we made the decision to hire a local Regional Director for The UP Companies. David is a homegrown Kansas Citian and a 30-year veteran in the design and construction industry, which we feel is important to gain quicker traction in this marketplace. We believe David relates perfectly to our target customers while representing our core values.”

Murrell has more than 30 years of architecture and construction industry experience, having previously worked as Director of Business Development for Multivista in Overland Park, Kansas; Preconstruction & Project Management for United Excel Construction in Merriam, Kansas; Business Development & Preconstruction for AEC Connections in Overland Park, Kansas; and Project Architect/Construction Manager for Gould Evans Architects and BNIM Architects, both of Kansas City, Missouri.

Murrell has a BFA from the University of Kansas in Architectural Design and is a member of the Kansas City Chapter of Health Care Engineers (KCAHE).

The UP Companies (UPCO) is one of the region’s largest full-service contracting companies offering all-inclusive and convenient solutions for general contractors, owners and facilities management professionals. For more information, go to www.theupcompanies.com or call 314.865.3888.

Michael Moehn Joins Midwest BankCentre’s Legal Board of Directors

Michael Moehn

Michael Moehn, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Ameren Corporation and chairman and president of Ameren Services, has been elected to the legal board of directors of Midwest BankCentre.

Moehn was named to his current role with Ameren Corporation in December 2019. Previously, he was president of Ameren Missouri, working with more than 4,000 team members to provide electrical power to more than 1.2 million electric customers and about 127,000 natural gas customers. After a nine-year career at Price Waterhouse Coopers LLP as a CPA leading client engagements across multiple industries, Moehn has served Ameren in a succession of leadership roles that have deepened his insights and experiences in strategic planning, finance and operations.

Moehn is deeply engaged in the bi-state community. He serves as board chair for the United Way of Greater St. Louis, while also serving as a member of the board of the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis since 2016. In addition, Moehn serves on the finance planning committee of Christian Hospital, and the budget and finance committee of Concordance Academy of Leadership.

He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Saint Louis University and a master’s in business administration degree from Washington University. Moehn was selected for the Eisenhower Fellowship, participating in its International Leadership Exchange Program, with a focus on South American energy. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

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. 

February 28, 2020

Myron Ury Joins G&S Architectural Products 

Myron Ury

St. Louis-based Golterman & Sabo has hired Myron Ury as Sales Representative at G&S Architectural Products, a division of Golterman & Sabo. Ury’s primary focus will be promoting Hufcor Operable Walls to the Architectural Design and Construction Community.  He will also lead the Operable Wall service work.

“Operable walls are a fast-growing segment of our business,” says Dennis Voss, director of sales for G & S Architectural Products.  “We look forward to Myron helping our customers integrate these innovative products into their projects.”

Most recently, Ury was the Hufcor Factory Sales Representative for the St Louis metro area.   Ury enjoys spending time with his two children and their spouses, and four grandchildren.  His hobbies are traveling, and camping, and volunteer work.

Golterman & Sabo, a premier provider and installer of specialty building products, began operations in 1946 under the name of Herbert Golterman Company. Today, in its third generation of family ownership, the company manufactures and distributes acoustical products, operable walls, cubicle curtains and track and a variety of other specialized products.

February 21, 2020

Poettker Construction Finance Executive Receives St. Louis Business Journal Honor 

Kim Luitjohan

Poettker Construction Company’s vice president finance, Kimberly (Kim) Luitjohan, has been named to the St. Louis Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 class of 2020. Luitjohan, along with other young business leaders in the St. Louis area, was honored for her contributions to the company and community at a special awards gala on Thursday, Feb. 13. The St. Louis Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Awards salute young professionals making a difference in their organizations and communities. More than 600 nominations were submitted and reviewed by a panel of previous 40 Under 40 winners.

Luitjohan began her career at Poettker in 2001, where she worked in a variety of roles learning the processes of all company operations. She is a member of the Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA) and graduate of Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville’s business program, the latter of which she earned while working full-time at Poettker. In 2010, at the age of 26, Kim was promoted to Vice President Finance, where she has been instrumental in managing the firms’ growth, by overseeing accounts payable, project accounting, payroll, human resources, IT, and asset management.

Luitjohan serves on the HSHS St. Joseph’s Breese Foundation Leadership Council (FLC), which has raised more than $250,000 in the past the years, as well as organizes the First United Methodist Church’s “Cookie Walk and Craft Bazaar” fundraiser, raising more than $16,000 since she founded the event in 2015.

Established in 1980, Poettker Construction is a second-generation, family-owned and veteran-owned business specializing in construction management, design/build, general contracting and self-perform services with an emphasis to exceed the client’s expectations. For more information, visit www.poettkerconstruction.com.

Cody Baumgartner Joins Wiegmann Associates as Project Manager 

Cody Baumgartner

Cody Baumgartner of the Central West End in St. Louis, MO has joined Wiegmann Associates as a project manager. Baumgartner is responsible for managing new and renovation HVAC construction projects in a range of industries. He has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Missouri – Columbia.

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

Kwame Building Group Hires Martel Hulsey as Business Developer and Diversity Monitor

Martel Hulsey

Martel Hulsey, of Olivette, MO, has joined Kwame Building Group, Inc. (KWAME) as Business Developer and Diversity Monitor. Hulsey’s responsibilities include creating business and marketing opportunities and maintaining existing client communications. As Diversity Monitor, he oversees construction sites to ensure and verify minority involvement on projects.

Hulsey holds a bachelor’s degree in Sports Business Management from Maryville University. He has four years of experience in the marketing industry. He earned a Delux Power 100 Rising Stars Award by Delux Magazine, which celebrates St. Louis’ most inspiring and influential African American professionals.  

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

Western Specialty Contractors Minneapolis Assistant Branch Manager David Grandbois Receives ICRI 40 Under 40 Award

David Granbois

The International Concrete Repair Institute (ICRI), the only association in the concrete industry devoted solely to repair and restoration, recently announced the winners of its first 40 Under 40 Award. Western Specialty Contractors is proud to announce that Minneapolis Assistant Branch Manager David Grandbois, 31, was among the announced winners.

The prestigious award recognizes 40 individuals who exemplify dedication to the concrete repair industry. A peer nominated award, the ICRI 40 Under 40 recognizes individuals who have demonstrated their commitment to continued professional growth, high potential for continued success in leadership roles, and a strong passion for – and commitment to – the mission of ICRI.

Grandbois started his career in construction as a Civil Construction Management Engineer for Kiewit in Omaha, NE before accepting a Project Manager position with Hans Hagen Homes in Fridley, MN. He joined Western Specialty Contractors’ Minnesota Branch as a Project Manager in 2015 where he held the position for nearly five years before being promoted to Assistant Branch Manager in February 2020.

Grandbois has a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from Minnesota State University, Moorhead. He is also a certified Concrete Surface Repair Technician – Tiers 1 and 2 through ICRI and an Associate Constructor through the American Institute of Constructors. He has also achieved OSHA 30 certified training.

Family-owned and operated for more than 100 years, Western Specialty Contractors is the nation’s largest specialty contractor in masonry and concrete restoration, waterproofing and specialty roofing. For more information about Western Specialty Contractors, visit www.westernspecialtycontractors.com.

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