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Sitton Energy Solutions joins IMEG Corp.


IMEG Corp. is pleased to announce the acquisition of Sitton Energy Solutions, an Illinois-based energy management firm and leader in building performance analysis throughout the Midwest.

Founded in 2007, Sitton has a team of 12 engineering consultants and energy specialists and has offered building performance solutions, commissioning, retro-commissioning, energy audits, and utility consulting services in O’Fallon, St. Louis, Kansas City, and the surrounding areas for nearly 15 years. Developers of the Facility Optimization Strategy™(FOS™), Sitton has been providing building optimization and analytic strategies to clients in a wide variety of markets, including the healthcare, education, commercial, and government sectors.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome Sitton into our company and add to our building performance and commissioning expertise,” said IMEG President/CEO Paul VanDuyne. “IMEG has a long history in sustainable design and by blending the energy management and analytics capabilities of the Sitton team with IMEG’s full-service engineering design portfolio we have created a strong synergy for future growth and ultimately strengthen our commitment to helping clients be good stewards of energy resources.”

Sitton President and Owner Doug Sitton said his firm is thrilled to be part of IMEG. “We are excited to move into this next chapter and expand our breadth of services and reach,” he said. “This merger brings together a deep bench of experience and enhances our passion for energy conservation for the communities and clients we serve.”

Mr. Sitton will continue as client executive with IMEG, and the firm will operate out of its existing locations, doing business as Sitton, now IMEG.

IMEG is a leading U.S.-based engineering design firm delivering a rare combination of the broad expertise of a national leader with the personal relationships and deep collaboration of a local firm. The firm is 100% employee-owned and results-driven with a passion for transforming environments and communities through high-performance design and infrastructure. With more than 60 offices and 1,600 team members, IMEG serves regions and markets with full-service, in-house engineering design. IMEG is a Top 5, 100% employee-owned, Engineering Firm in the U.S. (BD+C) and ranked #77 on ENR’s Top 500 Design Firms list. For more information, visit or


IMPACT Strategies Adds Three New Field Staff Members


Fechte, Liszewski, and Reed expand the firm’s on-site capacity.

IMPACT Strategies’ field staff has grown by three – the firm has added Ron Reed as a Superintendent, and Brett Fechte and Corey Liszewski as Carpenters.

Ron Reed

Ron Reed is a 30+ year construction industry veteran, having worked primarily in residential and multifamily construction as a foreman. In his new position at IMPACT, his responsibilities will consist of all field operations including safety, quality control, daily scheduling of on-site work activities and subcontractor coordination. An avid hockey and football fan, Ron also enjoys off-roading on his ATV or cruising on his motorcycle down the area’s most scenic roads. He and his wife, Susan, live in Collinsville, IL.

Brett Fechte

Brett Fechte holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He joins IMPACT Strategies after more than five years working in exterior/interior carpentry construction. Fechte lives in Troy, Illinois with his wife, Katie.

Corey Liszewski

Corey Liszewski brings nearly three years of experience in carpentry to his new position at the firm. He and his wife live in New Minden, Illinois. In his spare time, Corey enjoys music, target shooting, and all things vehicle related.

Scott Manning, Director of Construction Operations at IMPACT Strategies said, “We are thrilled to have Ron, Brett, and Corey on board. Their varied experience and backgrounds add depth to the already robust teams at each jobsite. We’re pleased to welcome all three of them to the IMPACT Strategies family.”


8 New Year’s Resolutions for Small Business Owners


Submitted by Schmersahl Treloar & Co

Have you compiled a list of New Year’s resolutions for your small business in 2022? Resolutions don’t have to be limited to your personal life. Consider how you can improve in the upcoming year in your role as a small business owner.

Of course, everyone’s list will be different. But here are eight common aspirations that usually make good business sense.

1. Learn to Do Something New
The skills and talents you bring to the table have helped you get to where you are today. But that doesn’t mean that there’s no room for improvement. Stepping outside your comfort zone by learning a new skill could serve your business well. It could be a managerial attribute or a function relating to your industry or profession. For example, an owner with a background in sales or engineering might benefit from an accounting or tax seminar put on by the company’s CPA firm.

This also sends a strong signal to your employees that you’re not above self-improvement. Practice what you preach. Plus, while taking outside classes, you may make contacts — such as a lender, an investment advisor or a prospective new employee — that could benefit your business down the road.

2. Delegate Small Stuff to Other Employees
Are you the kind of leader who tries to do too much? Wearing too many hats for too long can lead to financial and emotional distress. Instead, delegate some tasks to qualified staff members. Here are several helpful hints:
• Provide instructions. You can’t expect your workers to be mind readers.
• Assign jobs to the best people. Don’t just give the work to the first person you see in the hallway.
• Establish goals. Not only outline your objectives, but also inform employees about your expectations for how the job gets done.
• Show some trust. Let employees know you have their backs.
• Keep the lines of communication open.
• Allow some leeway. Don’t insist that it must be “your way or the highway.”
Employees may be motivated by their increased responsibilities. Thus, delegating work can turn into a win-win situation.

3. Promote Your Business All Year Long
Did you finish out 2021 on a high note? Whether you’ve continued an existing operation during the pandemic or pivoted to a new undertaking, keep the pedal to the metal. That means you should keep promoting your business in a variety of ways.

Focus on activities that can improve the bottom line both now and in the future. Some small businesses don’t have a dedicated marketing department. If that’s the case, consider hiring an outside marketing expert. Then coordinate your in-house and external resources.

4. Review Your Business Plan Regularly
You’ve probably spent a lot of time working on your business plan for 2022. Don’t just let your hard work languish in a desk drawer or hard drive until next year end. Review it regularly to determine whether you’re accomplishing your objectives.

Consider implementing a “rolling” approach. This allows for adjustments based on what’s happening in your business and marketplace — and it makes the process more adaptable, accurate and timely. Companies with rolling budgets typically prepare their budgets four quarters ahead. Then, at the end of each quarter, they update the numbers for the next three quarters and add a new fourth quarter.

With a rolling budget, you’ve always got a real-time plan for the next 12 months. So, this approach encourages management to be more forward-looking and responsive.

5. Join a Targeted Networking Group
Networking is an ongoing process — especially if your business relies heavily on referrals to generate revenue. Consider taking a more formal approach in 2022 by joining a specific networking group for this purpose.
Networking groups are usually targeted to your geographic area or members of a certain industry or profession. The contacts you make within the group can pay off with future referrals or related business activity. What’s more, participating in the group may trigger ideas for new product lines, best practices, recruitment efforts or marketing campaigns.

6. Set Realistic Goals
When setting financial goals for the new year, owners often put undue pressure on themselves and their employees. If you set the bar too high and fail to reach it, you or your staff my grow frustrated or even angry. On the other hand, you don’t want to shoot too low. When that happens, employees will merely go through the motions.

Find the proper balance for your company’s situation. Be realistic about what you can accomplish. It’s OK to issue a challenge that will require some hard work and dedication as long as it’s reasonable.

7. Give Back to the Community
Not all goals are financially driven. Sometimes business owners strive to make a difference in their local communities or focus on a specific issue that’s near and dear to the owner’s heart.
Your business can play a prominent role in charitable endeavors. Start by finding a nonprofit organization that aligns with your goals. Then join in its efforts — and encourage your employees to follow suit. If you don’t have time to volunteer, make a donation that counts.

Being charitable also has a side benefit: You’ll be sowing seeds of goodwill with the public (including potential customers). Boost the value-added potentials by sharing your charitable endeavors on social media and your company’s website.

8. Set Aside Time for Yourself
Business owners who are all work and no play risk more than just being dull. You may wake up mid-year feeling burned out and overextended. Give yourself a break.
For instance, you may schedule specific time each week to spend with your family. Likewise, engage in extracurricular activities — like joining a tennis club, taking a photography class or reading a book — that give you pleasure. If you’re overly consumed by your business, you won’t be able to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Make this year about both your company and you.

For More Ideas
This may be a daunting list. But as the familiar Chinese proverb states, a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Happy New Year!


HDA Architects Complete $44M AC Hotel in Central West End


from St. Louis, Missouri. The seven-story building totals 94,300-square-foot, has 192 rooms and is the first AC Hotel to enter the St. Louis market. The hotel will offer a state-of-the-art fitness center, meeting and event spaces, and a curated food and beverage program inspired by the hotel’s Spanish and European roots. The interior design of the hotel has sleek modern decor, touches of natural wood and clean marble throughout the lobby and guest rooms.


People On The Move In The Local Construction Industry


In Memoriam:

Donald R. Carmody, Co-Founder and Principal of Carmody MacDonald P.C., Remembered

Donald R. Carmody

Donald R. Carmody, founder and long-time principal at St. Louis-based law firm Carmody MacDonald P.C., died peacefully on December 19, 2021, from cancer. He was 79 years old. Don is survived by his wife Pat, three sons, three grandchildren, and countless close personal friends.

“We are deeply saddened by Don’s passing. He will be greatly missed by everyone at our firm as well as his many friends and clients,” said Jerry Carmody, Don’s brother and law partner. “In addition to being a great lawyer and mentor, Don built the firm by cultivating personal relationships and forming lasting friendships. He greatly influenced the culture of unity and dedication to excellence that is the core of our firm’s identity today.”

Don founded Carmody MacDonald in 1981 with Leo MacDonald, Sr., Jack Hilton, and Tim Wolf.  Since its founding, and with Don’s leadership, the firm has grown to become one of the largest single-office law firms in St. Louis with 85 employees, including 55 attorneys.

            Don received his Bachelor of Science degree from Spring Hill College in 1964 and his law degree in 1967 from the University of Missouri – Columbia. He concentrated his practice in business law, banking and finance, and real estate.  He served as lead counsel in many complicated real estate transactions and was the lead litigator in a variety of trial and appellate court cases. For over a decade, Don appeared on the list of Best Lawyers in America and in 2018 he received the inaugural ICON Award from Missouri Lawyers Weekly in recognition of his exemplary career and longstanding commitment to the Missouri legal community.

Don served as vice chairman of a Missouri banking corporation and was a Past Chairman of the Bar Association’s Legal Issues Affecting the Disabled Committee. In the early 1980s, he received the St. Louis Grand Jury Good Citizenship Award for assisting police in apprehending a hit-and-run drunk driver who had struck a pedestrian.

He had a passion for serving his church and for helping families.  He served as an Ambassador with St. Louis Healthy Families and as a board member of the Missouri Family Policy Council.  Don was also a member and Past President of Legatus, an international association of high-level Catholic business leaders and laypersons exploring the intersection of faith and business as they live their Catholic identity. 

Outside of law and serving the community, he was honored to be inducted into the Chaminade College Preparatory School Sports Hall of Fame in 2016 for his outstanding achievements as a student-athlete.

For more information on Carmody MacDonald, visit

December 24, 2021

Amber James Joins Knoebel Construction as Director of Human Resources

Amber James

Amber James, PHR of O’Fallon, MO, has joined Knoebel Construction as Director of Human Resources. She is responsible for developing and administering strategic Human Resource Management programs, policies, and procedures that are designed to develop employee contributions to company goals and objectives while creating a positive environment through effective employee-employer relationships. 

Amber James brings eight years as a strategic Human Resources professional focused on improving the employee experience by personalizing each stage of the employee life cycle. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Technical Management from DeVry University and received her Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification through the HR Certificate Institute (HRCI).

Knoebel Construction, Inc. is a national general contractor specializing in retail center, multi-use, restaurant, grocery, healthcare and retail store construction. Projects range from major regional shopping centers to local restaurants. Celebrating its 40-year anniversary in 2021, Knoebel Construction provides full-service development and general contracting services to real estate development firms, independent restaurant and retail owners, and retailers. For more information, visit or call (636) 326-4100.

Kadean Construction Adds Three New Professionals to St. Louis Headquarters

Kadean Construction has added three professionals in the design-build contractor’s St. Louis headquarters, including a newly created human resources position, to support the company’s continued growth.  Ryan Grass has joined Kadean as Project Manager, Jacob Davis as Senior Project Engineer and Sarah Farias as Human Resources Administrator.  Kadean also added three additional professionals in its Kansas City office and was recently ranked the 12th fastest growing company between 2018 and 2020 by the St. Louis Business Journal.

Ryan Grass

Grass will be responsible for all aspects of a project and has provided project engineering and management working on large scale projects around the country. He has ten years of professional experience and holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Missouri – Columbia.

Jacob Davis

Davis will assist in preconstruction efforts to secure new clients for Kadean.  He has five years of professional experience and holds a BS in Construction & Project Management from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville.

Sarah Farias

Farias will focus on hiring talented new people and fills a new position created at Kadean due to the company’s continued growth.  She holds a BA in Communications and Advertising from Universidade Salgado de Oliveria in Recife, Brazil. 


Kadean Construction is a 58-year-old design-build focused commercial construction company specializing in pre-construction, construction management and general contracting services at the local, regional and national level in the industrial, healthcare, multifamily, cannabis, science & technology, institutional, food & beverage and commercial markets.  For more information, visit

Brinkmann Constructors Hires Samantha Cook as Chief Financial Officer

Samantha Cook

Cook brings more than 15 years of experience to the role

Brinkmann Constructors has hired Samantha Cook as Chief Financial Officer. Samantha has more than 15 years of experience in the construction industry managing financial services.

Samantha will be responsible for aligning Brinkmann’s accounting, finance and technology with plans for future growth as well as setting overall financial strategy for the organization.

“Samantha’s knowledge and understanding of the construction industry, coupled with her experience with strategic growth and financial planning, make her the perfect fit for Brinkmann,” said Brian D. Satterthwaite, President of Brinkmann Constructors.

Prior to joining Brinkmann, Samantha managed more than $4 billion in revenue for a general contractor while developing strategic market and segment analysis forecasts, leading teams to implement technology and change management and directing strategic segmentation of projects to drive revenue and profit.

Samantha was named a 2019 Top Influential Women in Real Estate by the RE Journals and won the 2019 Inclusion Award from SLCCC. She is on the board of directors of NAWIC and is a CREW STL member.

Brinkmann Constructors is a national general contractor offering design/build, design/assist and construction management services to a wide variety of commercial industries, including student housing, senior living, industrial and retail. Visit or call 636-537-9700 for more information.

December 17, 2021

Mia Rose Holdings Adds Entrepreneur Jim Cook as Principal

Jim Cook

St. Louis-based developer Mia Rose Holdings, led by Tom Kaiman, has added entrepreneur Jim Cook as Principal. Jim Cook is a commercial real estate developer, restaurateur and a private lender that makes investments worldwide. He and his wife Amy are co-owners and partners of several Sugarfire Smokehouse restaurants and are one of the largest franchisees of Imo’s Pizza locations in St. Louis. 

Mia Rose Holdings began partnering with Cook five years ago. Their first project was The Junction in Wentzville, a $60 million mixed-used development. Cook is co-developer of several Mia Rose Holdings mixed-use and multi-family properties currently being built in St. Louis and St. Charles counties, including 44 West Luxury Living in Valley Park, The Prairie in Dardenne Prairie, The Meadows Luxury Living in Lake Saint Louis and The Station in St. Peters. Mia Rose Holdings also is developing multiple luxury apartment communities in Northwest Arkansas. 

“After successfully working together on developments for many years, we are excited to formalize our partnership through Mia Rose Holdings and look forward to delivering Class A developments to the region and other strategic locations in the United States,” said Tom Kaiman, Founding Principal of Mia Rose Holdings, LLC. “The level of trust, commitment and accountability we share in one another is absolutely off of the charts! I couldn’t be prouder to call Jim my partner and more importantly my friend.” 

Cook brings more than 25 years of experience investing in and developing commercial and residential properties as well as franchising and operating restaurants. Cook opened his first Imo’s Pizza franchise in 1993 and now operates seven locations throughout the region. In 2014, he and his partner Matt Martin opened their first Sugarfire Smokehouse in a retail center that Cook owns in Winghaven. The team now own three Sugarfire Smokehouse locations. The popular restaurant began franchising locations in 2014 and there are now 15 restaurants in Missouri, Illinois, Colorado, Texas and Florida. One of Cook’s newest ventures is a startup called Durabox, which sells job-site storage boxes to end users such as construction companies.

“I am very excited about cementing the business relationship moving forward with Mia Rose Holdings and Tom Kaiman. My involvement with Mia Rose Holdings has been a lot of fun so far, and is a great way for me to continue to help and serve others on a bigger scale,” said Cook. “Integrity, compassion and attention to detail is what comes to mind when working with Tom Kaiman and I want to be part of that!” 

Mia Rose Holdings LLC (MRH) is a Chesterfield, MO-based commercial real estate development company that actively acquires and develops real estate to support the needs and vision of local communities. For more information about Mia Rose Holdings, visit

Hank Rohwedder Re-Elected SIBA President

Effective January 1, 2022, Hank Rohwedder, Hank’s Excavating & Landscaping, Inc., Belleville, Illinois was re-elected as President of the Southern Illinois Builders Association.

Other officers for 2022 are:  First Vice President – Jeff Limbaugh, Limbaugh Construction Co., Inc., Granite City, Illinois; Second Vice President – Scott Plocher, Plocher Construction Company, Inc., Highland, Illinois; and Secretary/Treasurer – Richard Boyer, Boyer Fire Protection, St. Louis, Missouri.

Three year Directors elected were:  Lyle Simonton, Subsurface Constructors, Inc., St. Louis, Missouri; Jon Carroll, Poettker Construction Company, Breese, Illinois; and Thomas Cramer, Casper Stolle Quarry, Dupo, Illinois.

SIBA Staff Members:  Donna Richter, Chief Executive Officer; Shannon Partington, Executive Assistant; John Holt, Senior Director of Safety and Education; Shari Schutzenhofer, Administrative Assistant; Stephanie Foster, Administrative Assistant; and Naomi Reyes, Administrative Assistant.

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

December 10, 2021

New Community Development Director for the City of Saint Charles

Zachary Tusinger

The City of Saint Charles has announced that Zachary Tusinger will serve as the new Director of Community Development. Tusinger has worked for a number of other cities, including Kansas City, KS, Parkville, MO, and Rohnert Park, CA.

Most recently, he was the Planning and Building Director for the City of Calistoga in Napa Valley, CA and also served as Acting City Manager. Tusinger managed the Building, Planning, and Code Enforcement divisions for the City of Calistoga and managed several large development projects, such as the restoration and redevelopment of the City’s historic 1868 railroad depot. Originally from Joplin, Tusinger attended Drury University and Saint Louis University, and also received his Master of Urban Planning from the University of Kansas.

“We are very excited to welcome Zachary Tusinger to the City of Saint Charles and our Community Development Department,” says Mayor Dan Borgmeyer. “I believe Tusinger’s knowledge and experience will bring a fresh perspective to Community Development and will help the City of Saint Charles continue to grow and improve.”

December 3, 2021

Robert Hoffman, AIA, Named Managing Principal at Oculus Inc.

Oculus Inc., an award-winning, WBE-certified architecture and interior design firm, has hired Robert A. Hoffman, AIA, as the managing principal for the firm’s Portland office. In his role, Hoffman will oversee the operations, project development and staffing in Portland, as well as focus on growing the firm’s national footprint in the hospitality, multi-family, senior living, retail and commercial office markets.

“What a tremendous advantage to have Robert on board leading and enhancing the capabilities of our talented architects and designers,” said Lisa Bell-Reim, Oculus Inc. president. “Very rarely do we have the opportunity to bring on such a highly experienced executive architect and are thrilled for the opportunities that lie ahead.”

Oculus Inc. entered the Portland hospitality market in 2017 and has since built its practice there and along the west coast as a full-service architectural and interiors design firm. While Oculus now serves all markets from its Portland office, the firm’s West coast presence maintains a heavy concentration in hospitality work. Recently completed projects include the firm’s first out of ground hotel located in Seaside, Ore., and the guest room interiors for the Woodlark Hotel in Portland, which was named a finalist for the International Interior Design Association’s (IIDA) Interior Design Competition.

“Oculus has a demonstrated strength in delivering high profile, unique hospitality environments, so the opportunity to join the firm was an obvious decision for me,” said Hoffman. “I am truly excited to bring our team’s energy and abilities to our clients’ projects!”

Hoffman brings more than 30 years of architectural practice and professional association leadership including business planning and operations, resource management, market strategies, public outreach, communications, and staff development. Prior to joining Oculus Inc., Hoffman most recently served as managing principal for a Portland-based architecture firm, responsible for overseeing and supporting the design-build delivery of projects in the hospitality, entertainment, and residential market sectors.

Hoffman also served as the executive vice president and CEO of American Institute of Architects’ Portland and Oregon Chapters from 2014 to 2019, where he oversaw program development and operations for 1,500 members and industry partners. Hoffman has a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Oregon and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Design from the College of Design at North Carolina State University.

Tim Marstall Promoted to VP-Engineering at BEX Construction

Tim Marstall has been promoted to vice president-engineering at BEX Construction Services. In addition to his role in construction management, he spearheads the development and implementation of process innovations to support BEX Construction’s rapid growth.

Since joining BEX Construction Services as senior project manager in September 2019, he has led BEX teams in completing the unique 9 Mile Garden development in Affton, Edison Spaces’ new liquid office space at Edge@West in Creve Coeur, tenant finishes for medical offices in south St. Louis County, a new POPEYES® restaurant in St. Charles and an emergency renovation following flood damage at House of Denmark in St. Louis County.

Marstall’s project experience spans commercial, educational/institutional, health care, industrial/process, retail, warehouse and parking facilities. He has worked at progressive levels of project management since 1990 in St. Louis and Indianapolis. Marstall is active in several local construction industry associations. He graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor of science degree in construction management.

November 26, 2021

Electrical Connection’s Timothy Green Named to St. Charles County Convention & Sports Facilities Authority

Timothy Green

Timothy Green of the Electrical Connection has been named to the St. Charles County Convention and Sports Facilities Authority as a commissioner.  He was nominated to the position by St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann

The St. Charles County Convention and Sports Authority will celebrate the 30th anniversary of its founding next year. The authority oversees the spending of the revenues to promote and expand convention and sports facilities throughout St. Charles County.

With the Electrical Connection, Green serves as director of governmental affairs for the IBEW/NECA partnership. He served in the Missouri General Assembly for eight years as a State Senator and 14 years as a State Representative.  Green has been a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 for 40 years and was the president of the Missouri State Building and Construction Trades Council, AFL-CIO for 20 years.  He also served as a member of the Missouri State Employees’ Retirement System Board of Trustees.

Green earned a degree in business administration from the University of Missouri – St. Louis (UMSL) and is a graduate of the IBEW/NECA Electrical Industry Training Center in St. Louis. 

The Electrical Connection is a partnership of IBEW Local 1 and the St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).  The partnership includes 7,000 IBEW members, including more than 5,400 skilled electricians and communications technicians and 150 electrical and communication contractors.  Collectively, they provide safe and reliable commercial, industrial and residential electrical construction, maintenance, repair and replacement services across Missouri.  It is an important resource for business and civic leadership for new technology, advancing electrical and communication infrastructure.  Learn more at

New Public Works Director for the City of Saint Charles

The City of Saint Charles has announced that Nicholas Galla will serve as the new Director of Public Works. Galla has been employed with the City of Saint Charles since 2015 and has over 17 years of experience in civil engineering. Previously, he has served as the Assistant City Engineer for the City of Saint Charles as well as Interim Director of Public Works.

Prior to the City of Saint Charles, Galla was a Senior Transportation Engineer at Olsson Associates and a Squad Leader at HNTB, responsible for managing a team of engineers. A local of Missouri, Galla graduated with a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology (MS&T) and has been a licensed professional engineer with the State of Missouri since 2009. He also grew up in the Saint Charles area and graduated from Francis Howell North High School.

“I am extremely proud of our Public Works department and their service to our community,” says Mayor Dan Borgmeyer. “I believe Galla’s knowledge and experience will help bring a fresh perspective to the Public Works department and ensure that Saint Charles remains a beautiful and safe place to live, work and play.”

The Department of Public Works has around 90 employees that help maintain the City’s streets, water mains, sewers, facilities, and other infrastructure, along with 460 miles of right-of-way.

Nick Ellis Promoted to BEX Project Manager

Nick Ellis

Nick Ellis was recently promoted to project manager at BEX Construction Services. He joined BEX Construction in June 2020 as a project engineer assigned to several tilt-up warehouse projects.

At BEX, he works on a wide variety of commercial construction projects. Ellis began his career in transportation design after earning bachelor of science degrees in civil engineering and architectural engineering at Missouri University of Science & Technology in 2017.

“I learn something new every day by listening and paying attention to details in close communication with our team,” Ellis said. “Seeing our clients’ projects come together after months or years of hard work is rewarding for the owners as well as for me and the whole BEX team. We know we’ve succeeded when our clients are happy and want to work with us again.”

Founded in 2014, BEX Construction Services is among St. Louis’ fastest growing general contractors. It is a service-oriented firm that tackles projects ranging from interior buildouts and remodels to massive distribution centers. BEX is active in the commercial, educational/institutional, health care, industrial/process, restaurant, retail and warehouse markets throughout the St. Louis region.


QuikTrip Purchases Property at Olive and North and South in University City


University City has announced the purchase by QuikTrip Corporation of property at 7579 Olive Blvd. to construct an approximately 5,000-square-foot QuikTrip convenience store and six unit fuel facility. Located near the intersection of Olive and North and South, the new QuikTrip location expects to provide more than a dozen full- and part-time jobs when it opens in late 2022.  The property was purchased for $1.1 million from University City.

“We are excited to welcome QuikTrip to University City,” said City Manager Gregory Rose. “The new store and fuel facility will enhance this intersection and add convenience for residents and visitors.”

University City was incorporated on September 4, 1906 by founder Edward Gardner Lewis, as a city of learning, culture and beautiful neighborhoods.  This diverse community of about 34,000 residents provides welcoming neighborhoods, thriving business districts, and is a great place to live, learn, work and be entertained. More information is available at


City Foundry STL Phase 2 Moves Forward


Project includes apartments, office, retail and an equitable development contribution

New + Found, the developer of City Foundry STL, recently completed financing for City Foundry STL Phase 2, and is moving forward with construction. The $125 million development will include a 14-story, 272-unit residential tower, an 83,000-square-foot office building, 25,000 square feet of retail space and a 481-car parking garage.

“We have always imagined that City Foundry would include places to live, which would complement all of the commercial activity and jobs that presently exists in Phase 1,” said Steve Smith, principal of New + Found.

One of several unique aspects of Phase 2 is the five-story office building. The building will be St. Louis’ first mass timber building, constructed entirely out of wood.

“We are using a completely sustainable material, with a lower carbon footprint, and creating an overall healthier building for its inhabitants compared to traditionally constructed office buildings,” said Tim Rowbottom, principal at Lawrence Group, the lead architect and interior design firm for the project. Timber building technology has been used in other parts of the U.S., primarily in the Pacific Northwest, with only a handful of similar projects in the Midwest.

Additionally, New + Found worked closely with Tina “Sweet-T” Pihl, 17th Ward Alderwoman, to establish an Equitable Development Contribution with the intent to help other parts of the city benefit from the energy and investment that is occurring in the central corridor. 

“I am really thrilled to have created the Equitable Development Contribution and to have worked with Steve Smith and the Mayor’s office to make this happen,” said Alderwoman Pihl. “It is the first development contribution of its kind in the City of St. Louis. It is a game changer to maintain and build affordable housing and mitigate displacement of residents in revitalizing neighborhoods in this city.”

As part of its development, City Foundry STL will contribute $1.8 million to the City of St. Louis Affordable Housing Trust Fund.

“I see firsthand the substantial investments happening in the central corridor of St. Louis, but also the struggles and disinvestment in many other parts of our city,” said Smith. I strongly believe that for our region to be successful, we need the entire region to benefit. Through our Equitable Development Contribution, I am excited that we can be a part of helping the entire city benefit and become stronger.”   

Steve Smith is joined by London-based industrialist Lord Swraj Paul. Smith and Lord Paul are the General Partners in City Foundry STL Phase 2. This is the third project in which Lord Paul has invested with Smith, the others being the Angad Arts Hotel and the City Foundry STL Phase 1. 

Greater St. Louis, Inc. has also been an active and close civic partner on the City Foundry STL development for many years, and an investor through its patient capital real estate development fund.

“This is a catalytic development that created market confidence in the urban core of the St. Louis metro, and has helped unleash significant new development in the Midtown area,” said Jason Hall, CEO of Greater St. Louis, Inc. “This development supports inclusive entrepreneurship, strengthening the tax base of the city, and demonstrates exceptional leadership in advancing the STL 2030 Jobs Plan.”

Construction for City Foundry STL Phase 2 will begin January 2022 and complete in early 2024. Lawrence Group is the lead architect for the project. ARCO/Murray will construct the apartment building while Lawrence Group’s construction team will build the wood office building.

Steve Smith formed New + Found as an affiliate of Lawrence Group to provide development services for clients and in-house projects. New + Found develops buildings, communities and relationships to unlock potential in the overlooked and underestimated. Current projects include the $232 million City Foundry STL adaptive reuse of the former Federal-Mogul foundry site into a mixed-use development with food hall, creative office space, retail and entertainment. Visit for more information.

Lawrence Group is an integrated design delivery firm using the power of people with great ideas to bring clients’ dreams to life. Founded in 1983, the firm offers architecture, interior design, construction, master planning, landscape architecture, furniture procurement and graphic design services. For more information about Lawrence Group, visit or connect on LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.


Emerald Capital secures $6Million in New Market Tax Credits for Kingsway Development


Emerald Capital Strategic Advisors (“Emerald Capital”), a Green Street Real Estate Ventures affiliate, successfully closed on financing for Elevation, a $6 million mixed-use development located within Kevin Bryant’s Kingsway District. Funding for the project includes $6 million in New Market Tax Credits (NMTC) in addition to debt and Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing.

Emerald Capital principals Matt Drinen and Luke Pope sourced and closed debt financing with IFF and Elm Tree Unity Debt Fund to support the catalytic project. St. Louis Development Corporation (SLDC) provided $6 million in NMTC Allocation and US Bank was the NMTC Investor.

“Emerald was excited to be a partner with Kevin and Kingsway Development on this transformative project to bring opportunities to the north side of Delmar that have historically been cut out from these types of projects and opportunities,” said Drinen. “This type of project is why Emerald was created; to bring financing and incentives to areas and projects that have, historically, had a tough time attracting. We are looking forward to supporting Kingsway’s future endeavors.”

Elevation is located at 4731 Delmar Blvd within the Fountain Park neighborhood and kicks off Bryant’s 207-acre master-planned Kingsway District. The Elevation project will include approximately 5,000 SF of street level retail for Jamba Juice, a UPS store, and Atlanta-based The Original Hot Dog Factory, as well as approximately 12,500 SF of second floor office space to include the Ethical Society of Police and Park Central Development Corporation. The project will create an estimated 106 full time jobs.

“This deal could not have been nurtured, matured and finally executed without the expertise of Matt and his team,” said Bryant. “They have been committed to nurturing the success of this project from day one, and not just on the strength of its financial feasibility but most importantly on its merit. “

The contractor for Elevation is Simms Building Group, with design by CASCO. Construction will begin in January 2022 with estimated completion by January 2023.

Emerald Capital is a third-party affiliate of Green Street Real Estate Ventures specializing in community development, incentive, and real estate consulting. The team behind Emerald Capital believes that there is a lack of access to Federal and State Incentives and atypical financing for smaller businesses, nonprofits, and developers without a dedicated/sophisticated finance team. Emerald Capital believes that Federal/State Incentives and unconventional forms of financing should be available for all organizations, regardless of their financial back-office capabilities. #connectingcapital To learn more visit,

Kingsway Development LLC is a for profit development company focusing on residential and commercial development in the Fountain Park and Lewis Place neighborhoods on St. Louis City’s North side. Kingsway Development was started by Kevin Bryant, a local business owner who has operated his company in the neighborhood for over 20 years. #agreatplacetogrow

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Kadean Construction Adds Three New Professionals to St. Louis Headquarters


Kadean Construction has added three professionals in the design-build contractor’s St. Louis headquarters, including a newly created human resources position, to support the company’s continued growth.  Ryan Grass has joined Kadean as Project Manager, Jacob Davis as Senior Project Engineer and Sarah Farias as Human Resources Administrator.  Kadean also added three additional professionals in its Kansas City office and was recently ranked the 12th fastest growing company between 2018 and 2020 by the St. Louis Business Journal.

Ryan Grass

Grass will be responsible for all aspects of a project and has provided project engineering and management working on large scale projects around the country. He has ten years of professional experience and holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Missouri – Columbia.

Jacob Davis

Davis will assist in preconstruction efforts to secure new clients for Kadean.  He has five years of professional experience and holds a BS in Construction & Project Management from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville.

Sarah Farias

Farias will focus on hiring talented new people and fills a new position created at Kadean due to the company’s continued growth.  She holds a BA in Communications and Advertising from Universidade Salgado de Oliveria in Recife, Brazil. 

Kadean Construction is a 58-year-old design-build focused commercial construction company specializing in pre-construction, construction management and general contracting services at the local, regional and national level in the industrial, healthcare, multifamily, cannabis, science & technology, institutional, food & beverage and commercial markets.  For more information, visit


Kwame Building Group celebrates 30th Anniversary

Kwame Headquarters – St. Louis, MO

St. Louis-based construction management firm, Kwame Building Group (KWAME), is celebrating its 30th anniversary. One of the nation’s top pure construction management firms, dedicating 100 percent of its resources to project management services, KWAME has completed more than 6,000 projects and manages more than $300 million of work annually, with more than 75% of their work from repeat clients. KWAME is headquartered in St. Louis with offices in Atlanta, Dallas and Seattle.

Founded in 1991 by CEO Tony Thompson, KWAME developed strong niches in major public and private construction sectors including aviation, education, entertainment, healthcare, government facilities, wastewater treatment centers and light-rail systems. The employee-owned firm provides estimating, scheduling, project planning, value engineering and other project management services as an independent advocate for owners and developers. Current keystone projects include St. Louis’ new Major League Soccer Stadium, the Great Rivers Greenway Brickline greenway, ongoing work at St. Louis Lambert International Airport, the Cervantes Convention Center expansion project at The America’s Center and the $1.8 billion addition to the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle. 

In 1995, KWAME constructed the ​​Airfield Lighting Control System at St. Louis Lambert International Airport. This initial project has led to a 26-year, ongoing relationship with the airport as well as additional projects at airports nationwide including Orlando International Airport, Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. KWAME’s work at Lambert International Airport has been honored with The American Concrete Pavement Association’s Excellence in Concrete Paving Award and Engineering News-Record’s Midwest Best Project of the Year. 

Other notable projects include the St. Louis Cardinal Stadium modernization, more than one dozen schools in the Dallas Independent School District, the City of St. Louis Justice Center and repeat work for the Metropolitan Sewer District and Missouri Department of Transportation. 

As a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), KWAME has a long-standing commitment to M/WBE success. With more than 75 percent of the firm’s workforce consisting of minority and female professionals, KWAME is committed to ensuring diversity within its own workforce and among teaming partners. 

KWAME’s original headquarters was located on Maryland Avenue in Clayton, Missouri. In 2002, KWAME relocated to the seven-story Jack Thompson Square building on Washington Avenue in downtown St. Louis, owned and developed by CEO Tony Thompson.

KWAME has long supported various education and mentorship programs focused on growth, development and leadership of young professionals. Thompson and his wife, Kim, founded The Kwame Foundation, a non-profit charitable organization that creates opportunities for youth in underserved communities through mentorship and scholarships. 

Kwame Building Group, Inc. (KWAME) is one of the nation’s top pure construction management firms, dedicating 100 percent of its resources to project management services. Celebrating its 30-year anniversary in 2021, the employee-owned company provides estimating, scheduling, project planning, value engineering and other project management services as an independent advocate for owners and developers. For more information, visit or call (314) 862-5344.