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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.

Erica O’Connor Joins Geotechnology as Human Resources Manager

Erica O’Connor

Geotechnology, Inc., is pleased to announce hiring Erica O’Connor to serve as our corporate Human Resources (HR) Manager. She is based in the firm’s St. Louis headquarters.

In this role, Ms. O’Connor will direct and coordinate all HR functions, including talent acquisition, compensation, benefits, training and development, safety, and employee relations, for Geotechnology’s ten offices. She will also be responsible for compliance with federal, state and local requirements.

Ms. O’Connor has more than 15 years of human resources experience, having served in HR Management and HR administration roles. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and is currently pursuing her Master of Arts in Human Resource Management through Lindenwood University.

Established more than 35 years ago, Geotechnology, Inc. is a professional corporation offering a comprehensive range of consulting services in applied earth and environmental sciences, including geophysics, underground consulting services, geotechnical and environmental engineering, materials testing and drilling. Geotechnology has provided expertise on thousands of major construction projects in the Midwest and Mid-South regions, and is ranked in ENR’s Top 500 Design Firms. The company is based in St. Louis, Missouri, and has offices in Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas. For more information, visit www.geotechnology.com

Nation’s 103rd Largest Home Lender, Employee-Owned USA Mortgage, Promotes Two Senior Executives to New Leadership Roles

Ron Mueller

Fast-growing, employee-owned USA Mortgage (USA),the #1 home lender in Missouri and the 103rd largest home lender in the United States, has promoted two senior executives to new key leadership roles.  Announcing the management succession was Doug Schukar, who formed USA Mortgage as an operating subsidiary of holding company DAS Acquisition Company, LLC., in 2001.

Linda Pring

The moves are topped by Schukar, 55, handing off his duties as president of USA Mortgage to Executive Vice President (EVP) and Chief Operating Officer (COO) Linda Pring, a fixture at the home loan originator since 2001. Pring will retain her COO responsibilities for the time being while USA engages in a national search for a COO.

Linda Pring has been with me from Day One,” stated Schukar. “Words can’t describe the scope and significance of her contributions. She is a unique talent who inspires Nth degree professionalism from co-workers.”

Moving up to Executive Vice President of USA is Ron Mueller, 42, currently Senior Vice President (SVP). Mueller joined the firm in 2001 as a loan officer. He became a branch manager in 2006, a post he held until his promotion to SVP in 2018.

As chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of DAS Acquisition, Schukar plans to devote more time to the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) adopted in 2017 when he transferred sole ownership of USA Mortgage to its employees. “As CEO of the holding company, a primary focus will be on growing the ESOP platform, a core component of our culture and legacy,” Schukar said. “I also anticipate working to surface new growth opportunities be they organic or achieved by merger or acquisition.”

The succession announcement comes on the heels of a successful 2018 in which USA Mortgage generated loan volume of more than $1.74 billion from 9,858 closings.

September 6, 2019

Chris Lozano Named President of Halcyon Shades 

Chris Lozano

St. Louis Marine combat veteran, attorney and businessman Chris Lozano has been named president of Halcyon Shades, headquartered in University City.  Lozano is using his diverse business and military operational background to revitalize the Halcyon brand of shading products.  Lozano’s focus is to upgrade Halcyon’s manufacturing technology and operations to expand their product lines and sales, with an emphasis on sustainable products.

“Window shades are no longer just an aesthetic, now they are an integral of a building’s overall energy profile,” says Lozano.  “Halcyon specializes in providing high tech shading materials and automated control systems that can significantly reduce energy costs.  Controlling the light and heat entering a building is paramount to every business and homeowner now – and we’ve found a way to deliver with attractive energy-efficient shading systems that allow natural light into the space.”

Under Lozano’s leadership, Halcyon is exploring partnerships with local manufacturing companies to create new products.  Lozano is also working with community partners, such as MADE St. Louis, to help in the creation of new manufacturing jobs in the St. Louis.  Many Halcyon products contribute to the LEED point system developed by the US Green Building Council.

Lozano has a law degree from Washington University and undergrad from St. Louis University.  He is a Marine and was called back to active duty after the September 11 attacks, where he served in combat operations in both Kuwait and Afghanistan.  He was awarded the Bronze Star. Lozano has also worked in leadership positions in several IT companies, prior to joining Halcyon Shades.  Lozano resides in St. Louis, and he and his wife have seven children.  His passions are supporting the causes of military veterans and building jobs for the middle-class.

Sam Golterman Joins G&S Acoustics as Project Assistant

Sam Golterman

St. Louis-based G&S Architectural Products has hired Sam Golterman as a Project Assistant. Sam’s responsibilities will include managing customer orders, creating shop drawings, issuing purchase orders and releasing orders to the company’s production shop.

Sam Golterman has sales experience across several industries, including marketing and insurance. Before joining G&S Architectural Products, Sam worked as an Inside Marketing Consultant with Dex Media in the Greater Denver Area. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Marketing from the University of Kansas.

Sam hopes to have a positive impact by “aiding customers, contractors and architects throughout their sound solution process to ensure that every job is done with accuracy and professionalism.”

In his free time, Sam enjoys golf, tennis and other outdoor activities, as well as spending time with family and friends.  Sam is the son of Ned Golterman and is the fourth generation of the family to work in the business.

G&S Architectural Products is a leading provider and installer of architectural products such as acoustical products, visual display boards and operable wall systems that are primarily used for commercial, education and healthcare industries.

Matt Costello Promoted To Project Manager

Matt Costello

Mike Deihl, Director of Operations at Holland Construction Services (Holland), is pleased to announce the promotion of Matt Costello to Project Manager. 

“Matt’s can-do attitude, sense of urgency, and ability to get things done the right way are keys to his success,” said Deihl. “He is more than deserving of this promotion as this has been a long time coming.”

Costello joined Holland in 2014 as a Project Engineer.  He has worked on several notable projects including a new 300,600 square-foot, $34.5 million luxury apartment complex, Alinea at Town & Country, an addition and renovation project of the Behavioral Health Unit at Touchette Regional Hospital, a new nursing training facility at Missouri Baptist University and most recently a $28 million senior living facility in Westerville, Ohio.

Costello graduated with a degree in Construction Management from Missouri State University.  He has also received the Health Care Construction Certificate from the American Society for Healthcare Engineering.

Holland Construction Services is a full-service construction management, general contracting, and design/build firm based in Swansea, Ill., guided by the principle of providing clients the best possible building experience on every project.  For more information, visit Holland’s website atwww.hollandcs.com.

August 16, 2019

Allison Huggett Joins Geotechnology as Marketing Assistant

Allison Huggett

Geotechnology, Inc., is pleased to announce hiring Allison (Allie) Huggett to serve as Marketing Assistant. She is based in the firm’s St. Louis office.

Ms. Huggett’s responsibilities include assisting with the many tasks of the Marketing Department including preparing client submissions, project summaries, descriptions of speciality services, and professional resumes, for all ten Geotechnology offices, while upholding the company’s brand standards.

Before joining Geotechnology, Ms. Huggett served in a marketing position with an architectural design company and as an account representative with a marketing company. She earned her bachelor’s degree in international business with a focus in marketing from the University of Missouri, Robert J. Trulaske College of Business.

“We welcome Allie to our department and our company,” said Geotechnology Marketing Manager, Kelly Townsend. “Her skills and experience are valuable assets in helping us to better serve our clients and to grow our business.”

Established more than 35 years ago, Geotechnology, Inc. is a professional corporation offering a comprehensive range of consulting services in applied earth and environmental sciences, including geophysics, underground consulting services, geotechnical and environmental engineering, materials testing and drilling. For more information, visit www.geotechnology.com

St. Louis CNR Magazine Welcomes Brandy Scheer

Brandy Scheer

St. Louis Construction News and Review Magazine welcomes Brandy Scheer as the publication’s newest team member.

Bringing 25-plus years of local industry marketing, sales and networking experience to the table, Scheer will work as St. Louis CNR’s marketing director and sales associate.

In her new position, Scheer will assist the St. Louis construction community in connect with one another and with St. Louis CNR’s readers.

Having previously worked with numerous local engineering and architectural firms and having worked as an editor and contributor to several local industry publications, Scheer understands key relationships that exist between readers, advertisers and community organizations. She embodies the professionalism, mission and values of St. Louis CNR.

Tyler Westerfeld joins Wiegmann Associates as Project Engineer

Tyler Westerfeld

Tyler Westerfeld of St. Charles, MO has joined Wiegmann Associates as a project engineer. Westerfeld is responsible for designing and engineering the heating, cooling and ventilation systems for various Wiegmann Associates projects. His tasks also include load calculation, sizing and selection of equipment, coordinating with other trades, creating permit drawings and providing construction support.

Westerfeld has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Missouri University of Science & Technology. He has also earned Engineer in Training (EIT) certification. Prior to being hired as a full-time employee, Westerfeld held two summer internships at Wiegmann Associates, where he gained experience in the HVAC industry and supported full-time project engineers.

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.

Murphy Hires Coats; Promotes Kniesche

Jim Coats

Jim Coats has been named an HVAC/refrigeration project manager at Murphy Company. Bob Eichelberger, manager of refrigeration for the area’s largest mechanical contracting and engineering firm, made the announcement. Coats has nearly 25 years’ experience in the HVAC industry, most recently as president of his own consulting and manufacturers’ representative firm, Coapico Technologies, Inc. since 2011.  Prior to that he was a senior application engineer in the refrigeration industry, primarily serving Canadian food service clients. From 2005 to 2011 he served as a senior product engineer, providing industrial coils and hygienic air units throughout the country. He began his career in Mt. Vernon, IL where he served as a resident engineer and sales professional for design build HVAC business in a five-state region. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois and is currently working towards an MBA at Webster University.

Nick Kniesche

Nicholas (Nick) M. Kniesche has been promoted to project  manager, commercial, for Murphy Company, a leading mechanical contracting and engineering firm. The announcement was made by Conrad Philipp, vice-president,commercial. A 2017 graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, Kniesche initially joined Murphy as a project management intern during the summers of 2015 and 2016. After graduation he was hired full-time as an engineer, commercial.  While at Mizzou Kniesche was 2015-17 president of Mizzou’s Mechanical Contractors Association of America student chapter, which is sponsored by MCA-EMO.  During his tenure the student chapter captured First Place in the Final Four Competition at the MCAA National Convention in San Diego in March 2017.  That same year the UMC student chapter also was named MCAA Student Chapter of the Year from among a total of 52 student chapters nationwide. He also is OSHA-10 certified. While studying at UMC, he also was executive treasurer of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) student chapter for which he also served as a mentor for architectural studies.  He also was a member and sub chairman of the marketing committee for Pi Sigma Epsilon, a professional business fraternity.  Additionally, he was a member, executive secretary and member of the judicial board and finance committee, and Homecoming build chair for Alpha Tau Omega. An active community volunteer, he volunteered for Sacred Heart Church, Caring for Columbia, and the Thompson Center for Autism.

Founded in 1907, Murphy Company is one of the nation’s top mechanical contracting and engineering firms delivering innovative solutions to the commercial, industrial and institutional markets. For more information, visit www.murphynet.com.

Spellman Brady & Company Expands Design Team 

Laura Kreher

Laura Kreher,  IIDA, LEED Green Associate 

Spellman Brady & Company, an award-winning interior design firm, is pleased to announce that Laura Kreher has joined the firm as a Designer.  In this role, her creativity will support the team with design, furniture specification, space planning and renderings within the healthcare, senior living and higher education market sectors.

Ms. Kreher is a recent graduate of Maryville University where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Interior Design.  While attending Maryville University, she served as an intern with Spellman Brady and studied abroad at the Santa Reparata International School of Art in Florence, Italy.

Spellman Brady & Company is an award-winning St. Louis–based interior design firm specializing in senior living, healthcare, and higher education environments.  For more information about Spellman Brady & Company, please visit www.spellmanbrady.com.

August 10, 2019

McCarthy Holdings Announces New CEO

Raymond Sedey

After a deliberate, multi-year succession process, McCarthy Holdings, Inc., one of America’s premier building companies, announced today the selection of Raymond J. Sedey, 42, as the firm’s next chief executive officer. On Jan. 1, 2020, Sedey will assume this position, currently held by Michael D. Bolen, who will continue in the role as chairman of the McCarthy board of directors.

“Today’s announcement concludes a comprehensive, deliberate and thoughtful evaluation and selection process. Ray Sedey is an experienced leader grown from within McCarthy. He brings a deep understanding of our company strategy and unique ownership culture, together with a strong commitment to delivering an exceptional experience for clients. I am pleased to have Ray succeed me in the CEO position.”

Sedey began with McCarthy in 2000 as a project engineer in the firm’s Southwest Region. He then moved through several core operations roles including superintendent, project manager and director, before being promoted to vice president, operations for the Las Vegas office in 2009. In 2012, Sedey was promoted to executive vice president responsible for leading business operations in Nevada, New Mexico and Colorado. In this role, he was instrumental in helping position McCarthy as a builder of choice in infrastructure, aviation, commercial, healthcare and entertainment projects, including successfully positioning the firm as a builder of choice for complex projects on the Las Vegas Strip.

In 2015, Sedey was selected to lead the McCarthy Texas Region as regional president. Under his leadership, McCarthy strengthened its position across the state of Texas with a focus on client results, safety, financial performance and talent management. In 2018, Sedey then led efforts to combine operations of the McCarthy Southeast Division and Texas Region to form a new Southern Region and assumed the position as Southern regional president.

Sedey is expected to maintain an office in Dallas as well as in the McCarthy Corporate Headquarters in St. Louis.

McCarthy Holdings, Inc. is the oldest privately held national construction company in the country – with more than 150 years spent collaborating with partners to solve complex building challenges on behalf of its clients. More information about the company is available online at www.mccarthy.com or by following the company on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn and Instagram

Alan Bergfeld Joins Holland Construction Services As Director of Business Development

Alan Bergfeld

Mike Marchal, President of Holland Construction Services (Holland), is pleased to announce that Alan Bergfeld has joined the Holland team as Director of Business Development.

Alan comes to Holland with over 10 years of experience, most recently with a national design-build firm where he was responsible for a multi‐state region ranging from Missouri to Wyoming to Texas.

“Between the fantastic reputation and bright future of Holland, I’m extremely excited and honored to join the team,” Bergfeld said. “Their supportive and collaborative culture is a great place to have a successful career.”

Marchal added that “Alan brings a reputation for identifying and delivering clients’ objectives and his personality is the right fit for our culture. As part of Holland’s strategic initiative to expand our growth and presence in our local market, he will be an additional resource in cultivating relationships and identifying new opportunities.”

Alan was born and raised in St. Louis and a graduate of Truman State University. He currently resides in Des Peres, Missouri with his wife and two children.

Holland Construction Services is a fullservice construction management, general contracting, and design/build firm based in Swansea, Ill., guided by the principle of providing clients the best possible building experience on every project. For more information, visit Holland’s website at www.hollandcs.com.

Douglas McElvain has joined Rosemann & Associates, P.C.

Douglas McElvain

Douglas McElvain has joined Rosemann & Associates, P.C. St. Louis as project manager, bringing more than18 years of architectural expertise to his new role. His depth of experience and passion for design will be instrumental to Rosemann’s success as it continues to grow. Doug holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri.

State-of-the-Art St. Louis Community College Center for Nursing and Health Sciences Opens to Students

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Representatives from the community, students and educators gathered on Aug. 23 to celebrate and cut the ribbon on the new St. Louis Community College (STLCC) Center for Nursing and Health Sciences – the first new building at the STLCC-Forest Park campus in 20 years. Minority-owned KAI Enterprises and Tarlton Corp., both based in St. Louis, are credited with the design and construction of the state-of-the art facility.

“We are really excited about the Center for Nursing and Health Sciences. The new building creates an opportunity to expand learning and career preparation for students in nursing, dental assisting, surgical technology and many other programs,” said Dr. Jeff L. Pittman, Chancellor, St. Louis Community College. “We’re looking forward to a bright future for our students, and to increasing our impact in workforce development in the community.”

The four-level, 96,000-square-foot learning center sits along Oakland Avenue, a highly visible location as 150,000 vehicles pass by it daily on adjacent I-64. KAI’s designers used the busy site to create a much-needed, new “front door” for the campus. The KAI team also provided technical services necessary to build the facility to achieve a LEED v4 Silver certification.

“In addition to accommodating clinics, labs, classrooms and flex space to promote experiential learning, KAI’s insightful design has provided for the campuses’ new front door in a perfectly integral fashion,” said Sondra Rotty, Vice President of Tarlton Corp. “It subtly connects the past, present and future through architecture. The sustainable design and implementation of the construction, along with a very diverse group of contractors, tradesmen and artisans who crafted the project are a direct representation of the college’s progressive thinking and requirements in today’s climate.”

The building’s exterior is comprised of brick and metal panels, solar glass and shading, and an illuminated section. The building serves as a welcoming point for vehicle and pedestrian traffic from Oakland Avenue through to the campus.

“It’s an architecturally significant campus, so the design needed to be forward thinking and also respectful of the context,” said KAI Project Architect Carl Karlen. “It’s a modern building that houses a modern program. The building needed to perform in its current use and for the future and respond to the existing materials used on campus.”

KAI held workshops with the college’s administration, staff and faculty to finalize a design programmed to closely meet the needs of the end user. Interior spaces were designed for flexibility so they could be transformed into different functions in the future. Spaces include a dental clinic, surgical technology laboratories, teaching labs, classrooms, computer rooms, study areas, lounges, conference rooms and office suites.

KAI Senior Interior Designer Terry Crotty described the building’s interior as contemporary with white walls and punches of accent colors including green, blue, purple, orange, fuchsia and yellow used on the furniture, lockers and walls. According to Crotty, the LEED v4 requirements called for the use of lightly colored, highly reflective materials on the floors, ceilings and work surfaces. Natural, neutral materials were used in the permanent structures and include a wood accent wall in the lobby and wood floors and cabinets.

The building’s interior design also provides opportunities for studying in groups or individually in unexpected spaces such as seating niches in the corridors, bean bag chairs and nesting tables.

“We incorporated different types of seating arrangements that allow for different types of postures,” said Crotty.

The new structure consolidates the Forest Park campus’ existing Allied Health programs (Nursing, Respiratory Care, Clinical Laboratory Technology, Surgical Technology, Dental Hygiene and Assisting, Radiologic Technologies, and Diagnostic Medical Sonography), plus relocates the EMT/Paramedic Technology currently offered at another campus.

“For our students, the college is a pathway from secondary education to a four-year degree or a good paying job. For our residents and employers, the college is a responsive resource to an educated and skilled workforce,” said Dr. Julie Fickas, Campus President and Chief Academic Officer, STLCC-Forest Park. “Our commitment to our students’ futures is why we are really proud and excited about this new Center for Nursing and Health Sciences. It will help address the critical skills gap that exists with area health employers.”

Approximately 900 students will be served by the new facility, which will allow the college to expand programs in healthcare careers to serve more students, according to STLCC Communications Manager Nez Savala.

“The center is a strategic response to the need for more skilled nurses and healthcare professionals in the region. In the past 10 years, the growth for healthcare jobs was 14%, compared to a one-percent growth rate for all industries. In 2018, there were more than 21,000 posts for healthcare jobs,” said Savala.

The project also included overall site development and demolition of portions of the A and B Towers of the East Wing to make way for the new building. More than 20 subcontractors designated as MBE, WBE, DBE and others were involved in the facility’s design and construction.

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.

Contegra Construction Co. Building EXO Lounge and Nail Bar in Edwardsville, Ill.

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Renovation Creates First-of-its-Kind Venue that Caters to the Senses.

The EXO Lounge and Nail Bar is coming to Edwardsville, Ill.  Billed as a sexy, vibrant and inspiring place to relax, the first-of-its kind venue unites an elegant cocktail lounge with manicure, pedicure and other restorative services in space that is carefully designed for the senses.  The EXO Lounge and Nail Bar, the vision of founder of Gina Gamblin, is taking shape in a more than 8,000-square-foot renovation at the 157 Center complex.  Contegra Construction Co. is transforming the space and expects to complete the project for a November 7, 2019 debut.

“EXO Lounge is all about the senses and a place to escape from the stress of life with some unique pampering,” said Gamblin.  “It is also a place to meet and enjoy the company of the others in an environment built around service and fun.”

The first-of-its-kind cocktail lounge and nail bar will work in harmony. The nail bar will offer manicures, pedicures, eyelash extensions and waxing.  From the European seating, customers will be able to enjoy a cocktail or beverage, ordering from EXO Lounge iPads at every station.  It will also feature a specialized ventilation system at every station to vent fumes from nail polish.  The lounge will offer a relaxing social setting offering seasonal organic cocktails, mocktails, beer, wine and coffee.  Gamblin says seasonal aromas, fresh flowers, music and more will create a soothing experience throughout the lounge and nail bar.

Contegra’s renovation will feature elegant finishes, including recessed and vaulted ceilings accented with gold paneling and brightened with ornate chandeliers.  Vibrant tile floor patterns enliven the nail bar.  The lounge area features darker flooring, a black Cambria Quartz bar top, velvet seating and a 2,000-square-foot outdoor patio area with fire pits.

“The lounge offers endless possibilities for fun and relaxation for men and women and is open to the public for special events,” noted Gamblin. “It’s a place where woman can come for a girls night, guys can grab a drink after a long day golfing. The outdoor patio features cabanas from which to enjoy a drink and relax with friends.”  She adds that private liquor boxes will be available for rent.

The inviting entry features a white EIFS façade, a seamless black metal roof, champaign bronze metal panels and a glass curtainwall to flood the interior with natural light.  The 15-foot clearstory entrance is ornamented with a large chandelier.  For more information, visit www.visitexo.com.

“Contegra has been amazing,” said Gamblin.  “They fully understand the vision of relaxation built on personal service and their attention to detail on fixtures, furniture and all amenities has been great.”

Based in Edwardsville, Ill., Contegra is one of the St. Louis area’s largest general contractors and serves a national customer base that includes industrial, institutional, municipal, medical, multi-family, office and retail projects.  Its capabilities include building developer- and owner-driven projects and site development.  Learn more at www.contegracc.com.

Functions You Need in Construction Accounting Software

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by Schmersahl Treloar & Co.
As construction firms evolve, they quickly outgrow their first generation accounting software packages.

That software was likely purchased when there was not a lot of capital on hand and not a lot of business to keep track of. If your firm needs to upgrade, making the decision can be daunting. Here are some considerations that can help you determine if you really need to change or if your current software still has some life left in it.

Progress Billings and Retainages: Construction bills are generated sometimes for what seems like an arbitrary amount that goes against a larger contract value. Your accounting software needs to store the total contract value somewhere, and allow you to bill against it.

Retainage sometimes is withheld from billings as a job progresses. Using off-the-shelf software will require your bookkeepers to manually deduct the retainage and keep track of it. Good construction-specific accounting software will always:

·         Let you put in the full invoice amount;

·         Make an automatic accrual for the retainage;

·         Deduct it from the invoice, and

·         Put it in a separate, unbilled revenue account for tracking, collection, and proper financial reporting.

Cost Estimates and Contract Values: Some off-the-shelf software tries to lump your firm’s project cost estimates with your total contract values, and convince you that they are one and the same thing. However, the very nature of construction accounting is that costs are accrued separately and compared with contract values along the duration of each project to determine interim profits.

Your software should let you enter an estimate for the total contract cost, that can be revised, and let you enter a separate total contract amount, which is what your firm will earn by doing the work. Project costs should be able to be tracked as a percentage of the total project cost easily. And it should be available in one easy-to-find report. If it is difficult to get a percentage of completion in your software by comparing each project’s total cost-to-date with the estimated total project cost, avoid that software.

Change Order Income and Change Order Costs: Almost all construction companies can benefit by distinguishing between change orders on the income side with customers and change orders your firm grants to those who are doing some work on your project. Even if there is no formal written subcontract with your vendors, and you are not calling them subcontractors, your company should still keep committed costs accurate, well-managed, and as complete as possible.

Additionally, as your firm’s income can jump significantly with one approved change order, it is critical that the software allow you to easily track multiple change orders individually so they don’t get confused. When evaluating software, be sure the reporting you get clearly identifies change orders and allows your bookkeepers to drill down to see all the individual approved and pending change orders.

Over-Billings and Under-Billings: Sometimes called Work In Progress, over- and under-billings must usually be shown on your financial statements and your tax returns in order for your firm to stay in compliance with industry standards and tax laws. Although a savvy controller can make these journal entries so that the books meet requirements for the year-end review, good construction accounting software should calculate the over- and under-billings automatically and list them as assets or liabilities.

AIA Billing Documents: The AIA billing document is so common that you should insist that any construction accounting software package you are using print the form on-demand right from the forms or reports menu, filling in the blanks with your project financial and accounting data without any extra effort. The big names in construction accounting software all will generate AIA billing forms on-demand, saving a lot of time.

If accounting software you are considering cannot perform these functions, your bookkeepers will have to, creating a lot of unnecessary work. Shop wisely.

Pype Partners with PARIC Corporation to Leverage Integrated Solution with Autodesk BIM 360

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PARIC Corporation and Pype’s New Partnership Leverages Integrated Solution with Autodesk BIM 360

Pype, a leading software-as-a-service (SaaS) suite of products for the construction industry, announced today its enterprise partnership with St.Louis-based PARIC Corporation, an industry leader in technology adoption, for use of AutoSpecs in their project teams’ submittal workflow nationwide.

Pype and PARIC have worked closely to create a mutually beneficial partnership based on Pype’s strong BIM 360 integration that elevates The PARIC Way, employed by all PARIC project teams as a standard for processing submittals. This long-term partnership stems from PARIC’s commitment to providing project teams with the latest technology to enhance job satisfaction and productivity.

“Providing best-in-class technology inspires teams to find new ways to bring value to their projects,” said Andy Leek, VP of Technology and Innovation at PARIC Corporation. “Pype improves the quality of individuals’ experience and helps them get even more out of BIM 360.”

Pype and PARIC both value the importance of software tools that easily collaborate for seamless data transfer. PARIC project teams leverage Pype’s integration with BIM 360 to provide project teams access to all data as quickly and efficiently as possible.

“Pype has several integrations with industry leading project management platforms, and PARIC leverages Pype’s integration with BIM 360,” said Karuna Ammireddy, Co-Founder and CTO of Pype. “Integrations have and will continue to be a priority across all of our Pype products. We will continue to improve workflows as we partner with industry leaders like PARIC to build out more seamless and robust project solutions.”

PARIC evaluated Pype AutoSpecs on multiple pilot projects across project team metrics and management business goals. PARIC found value in the drastic time savings as well as the way it elevated project teams’ use of BIM 360 “PARIC project teams in the field told us that they simply have to have AutoSpecs,” said Travis Byerley, VDC Coordinator at PARIC. “It saves them a ton of time, helps them understand the origin of each submittal, and they’re actually able to get even more value out of BIM 360. This also helps them focus on higher priority tasks that provide more value to the project overall.”

After receiving strong grassroots endorsements from project teams, PARIC saw there was a need, and focused on the implementation with Pype as a solution. With open-minded and positive communication from both sides, Pype and PARIC worked through issues, new ideas, and quickly came to solutions together.

“Pype works as an enterprise solution,” said Leek. “We were able to roll AutoSpecs out quickly across a dozen projects and really start making forward progress. We’ve been able to get this work done for the last 40 years, but Pype just helps us do it better while staying contract compliant.”

The benefits that stem from this partnership don’t end at Pype and PARIC—both companies are invested in long term industry change.

“Pype strives to drive the industry forward by using patented machine learning technology to solve manual workflow problems facing construction project teams,” said Sunil Dorairajan, Co-Founder and CEO at Pype. “We worked closely with teams at PARIC to identify ways we could improve their submittal workflows, and they identified ways our technology could better address their needs. We truly have a partnership built on mutual improvement not just for our companies, but for the construction industry as a whole.”

Pype is the construction industry’s first SaaS provider for submittal log management and project closeout. By using patented AI and machine-learning algorithms, our platforms liberate project teams from error-prone spreadsheet workflows and ensure contract compliance from precon through closeoutFor more information, please visit https://pype.io, or call 866-860-7973.

PARIC, one of the largest privately-held St. Louis-based companies and ranked nationally in the ENR top 200, pairs its unique construction management approach and negotiated general construction techniques to take projects beyond expectation. Established in 1979, PARIC

Prominent Real Estate Firms Partner to Acquire Well-Known Chesterfield Property Portfolio

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Partnership Represents Over 300 Years of Collective Real Estate Experience

Gershman Commercial Real Estate and BurkHill Real Estate LLC have partnered to acquire Sachs Properties’ prominent 860,000-square-foot real estate portfolio in Chesterfield. Gershman and BurkHill’s total investment in the properties will exceed $100 million, which includes the purchase price and planned capital improvements.

The 18-property portfolio, conveniently clustered around the intersection of Highway 64/40 and Clarkson Boulevard, includes 13 multi-tenant office buildings, four retail properties and one industrial/warehouse facility. The portfolio of properties, which are home to over 160 tenants, has an overall occupancy rate of more than 90%.

“This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire a very recognizable, well-located property from another well-known St. Louis real estate family,” said Tom Stern, executive chairman of Gershman Commercial Real Estate, which, like Sachs, is a local family owned real estate firm. “There are a lot of cultural similarities between the Gershman and Sachs entities that made this transaction a great fit above and beyond the value of these significant properties.”

Gershman began discussions with representatives of the Sachs family more than two years ago about the possibility of acquiring the portfolio of commercial properties that the late Louis Sachs, founder of Sachs Properties, began developing more than 50 years ago and which remain a cornerstone of the Chesterfield business community.

Based upon the scale of the acquisition, Gershman was seeking an equity partner for the deal and wanted to work with an equity partner that shared their long-term investment outlook. “It was critical for us to partner with someone that shared our vision for these assets,” said Stern.

Ultimately, Gershman teamed up with BurkHill, the private real estate investment fund founded by local real estate veteran Mark Burkhart. Burkhart, the former CEO of Cassidy Turley, launched BurkHill’s first fund in 2016 to invest in real estate assets.

“This deal represents one of the largest real estate transactions in St. Louis in recent history,” Burkhart said. “BurkHill diligently seeks real estate assets that fit our strict investment criteria. We have been very patient in search of the right investment and this iconic property meets our high standards. Gershman’s long history of success in operating similar assets, coupled with our experience, is a great combination.”

As part of the transaction, many of the employees of Sachs Properties will be transitioning to the Gershman team.

“The decision to sell these assets was very difficult but this transaction was as close to a win-win for everyone as we felt we could have achieved,” said the Sachs family. “We felt Gershman was the ideal partner to best honor the legacy of Sachs Properties both for our employees and our tenants and we’re very happy they were able to partner with another local firm in BurkHill.”

The Sachs family continues to control more than 150 acres of land around Chesterfield Village, which could be prime sites for future developments.

Gershman and BurkHill plan to make significant investments in the newly acquired properties, including capital improvements, design upgrades and amenity enhancements.  Those plans will be unveiled in the very near future.

“This has been a long process and we’re very excited to reposition these properties in the marketplace,” said Chris Fox, executive vice president and managing director of brokerage and advisory services for Gershman. Fox will oversee the Gershman team providing ongoing leasing for the Chesterfield Village properties. “We pride ourselves in providing a very hands-on level of service and intend to bring that same approach to this portfolio.  We have a great management and accounting team as well, many of which have a long history with these properties through Sachs, and intend to keep most of that day to day team located in Chesterfield within the portfolio.”

Gershman is the largest locally owned commercial real estate firm in the St. Louis metro area and currently manages close to six million square feet of commercial space.  Gershman made the investment through its subsidiary, Gershman Commercial Equities.

BurkHill’s investment came though BurkHill Real Estate Fund I.  “With the successful placement of Fund I, we are very excited to plan for the future and continued investment,” said Burkhart.

Gershman and BurkHill plan to rebrand the properties as the Offices at Chesterfield Village.

For leasing information, photos and addresses of each property, visit www.chesterfieldvillageoffice.com or call (314) 862-9400.

Established in 1948, Gershman Commercial Real Estate is the largest locally owned commercial real estate firm in the St. Louis, Missouri, metro area. It provides unparalleled service and support during all stages of a commercial real estate transaction. The company’s current management portfolio exceeds six million square feet of office, retail, industrial and multi-family space, inclusive of 175+ properties and over 1,100 tenants, located throughout the St. Louis metropolitan market.

 BurkHill Real Estate Investors is a private real estate investment fund founded by industry veteran Mark Burkhart. The fund invests in retail, industrial, office and multi-family real estate assets, with a minimal asset size of $1 million. BurkHill establishes short- and long-term strategies for each asset and oversees the property management and leasing terms to ensure the strategy is being properly implemented.

‘2019 Top Plant Award’ for Bagnell Dam Stabilization Project at Ameren Missouri Osage Energy Center

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$53 million project was first major structural update in over 30 years for 85-year-old historic dam, which holds back 600 billion gallons of water 

MC Industrial, Inc., a McCarthy Holdings company, which serves the specialized construction needs of the industrial market nationwide, has received a “2019 Top Plant Award” in the renewable category from POWER magazine. The award recognizes MC Industrial’s work as general contractor for the Bagnell Dam Stabilization project, a $53 million investment in major structural and anchoring upgrades for the Ameren Missouri Osage Energy Center in Lake Ozark, Mo.

Completed three months ahead of schedule and on-budget in September 2018, the stabilization project was the first major structural update in over 30 years for the 85-year-old historic Bagnell Dam. The hydroelectric dam holds back 600 billion gallons of water from the Osage River at Lake of the Ozarks and is a source of clean energy for the entire state, as well as the centerpiece of a billion-dollar tourism destination.

When it was built in 1931, the Bagnell Dam, which created the Lake, was the largest construction project in the nation during the Great Depression. Today, it is the largest privately funded dam in the U.S. and produces more than 624,000 megawatt-hours of clean energy that powers 52,000 homes each year.

“This recognition as a Top Plant from POWER magazine is very special for this complicated 18-month-long project on the downstream side of the Dam to improve overall safety, efficiency and reliability, as well as long-term sustainability,” said Michael Hartwig, project manager for MC Industrial.

Work performed to enhance the structural integrity of the Bagnell Dam demanded expertise in heavy civil and major dam rehabilitation. The three-part project included installation of 67 new post-tension anchors to help secure the dam to the underlying bedrock; more than 66-million pounds of new concrete poured to further weigh down the dam; and a new concrete overlay to replace worn and cracked concrete on the east and west sections.

Notable innovations included the use of Project Tracker, a Lean construction tracking 3D model software developed by McCarthy to allow real-time integration of project data, enabling the project to be completed three months ahead of schedule. In addition, the project is the first in the U.S. to use Duoguard Formtex, a new permeable form liner, to complete the challenging vertical and diagonal concrete pours, ensuring a durable surface free from imperfections.

“This project was focused on keeping this vital asset providing clean energy in the long-term, using the best possible engineering available today,” said Warren Witt, director of hydro operations at Ameren Missouri. “The high-quality work will ensure Bagnell Dam and the Osage Energy Center operate reliably and safely, affording the quality of life for hundreds of thousands who enjoy all that the Lake of the Ozarks has to offer each year.”

For more than four decades, POWER magazine has honored the top performers in the electricity-generating industry with annual power plant awards. More information about the project is available at https://www.powermag.com/successful-dam-stabilization-project-improves-safety-and-reliability.

MC Industrial, Inc., a McCarthy Holdings company, serves the specialized construction needs of the industrial market nationwide, providing turnkey services that deliver uncompromising commitment to safety and quality regardless of project size or complexity. MC Industrial has decades of proven experience in a variety of markets including power & renewables, petrochemical & refinery, heavy industrial and manufacturing. More information is available at www.mcindustrial.com

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. is the oldest privately held national construction company in the country – with more than 150 years spent collaborating with partners to solve complex building challenges on behalf of its clients. More information about the company is available online at www.mccarthy.com or by following the company on FacebookTwitterLinkedInand Instagram.


Ameren Missouri has been providing electric and gas service for more than 100 years, and the company’s electric rates are among the lowest in the nation. Ameren Missouri’s mission is to power the quality of life for its 1.2 million electric and 130,000 natural gas customers in central and eastern Missouri. For more information, visit Ameren.com/Missouri or follow us at @AmerenMissouri or Facebook.com/AmerenMissouri.

KAI Designs Unique Shade Solar Canopy for Saint Louis Zoo

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KAI Design has created a unique solar canopy for the Saint Louis Zoo that provides much-needed shade for visitors, absorbs light and generates power.

The solar panel shade canopy, officially called Williams Family Solar Pavilion, provides shelter for a 2,200-square-foot dining area at a prominent location in the zoo. During the planning process for a retail renewal program in the heart of the zoological park, the project team recognized an opportunity to greatly expand the amount of sheltered outdoor dining area.

“The prominence of the location presented a unique opportunity and demanded ambitious aesthetic goals,” said Carl Karlen, Design Principal at KAI and Senior Designer on the project. “The canopy overlooking the central lagoon is highly visible to the millions of annual visitors, many of whom will sit in its shade enjoying their meals. It will also host important after-hours events as a source of additional revenue. The generosity of a sponsor elevated the possibilities for a distinctive architectural solution adding to the fabric of the historic and varied campus.”

Discussions on sustainability and LEED certification goals yielded the decision to include electrical power generated on-site from a solar power array. Design challenges included integration of technical requirements and aesthetics of the solar array itself (a steep 20-degree panel slope, exposed wiring and connections and an industrial appearance).

“The strategic location of the structure was selected to avoid disruption to seating and other uses,” said Karlen. “LEED requirements for power generation and lighting spillover, and harmonization of the new structure with the existing naturalistic context were also considered.”

The final architectural design allowed for inclusion of extensive custom artwork engraved into the Corten steel structure, which features aquatic life located throughout the park.

Power UP installed the panels and KAI Build was the general contractor on the project.

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

Centene Community Ice Center Grand Opening Set For September 7th

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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Featuring City of Maryland Heights, Legacy Ice Foundation, St. Louis Blues and Centene Corporation Senior Leaders at 11 a.m.

Maryland Heights, Mo., August 29, 2019 — The City of Maryland Heights, the Legacy Ice Foundation and the St. Louis Blues will open the new Centene Community Ice Center to the public Saturday, September 7 with a full day of celebration including a dedication ceremony, music, celebrities, hockey games, free public skating sessions, food, family friendly activities and more.

The public is invited to attend and participate in the festivities, which will begin at 10 a.m. and continue through 11:30 p.m. and include giveaway prizes for the first 3,000 in attendance and a formal dedication ceremony at 11 a.m.

The $83 million, state-of-the-art ice sports complex located at 750 Casino Center Drive features three indoor NHL-sized sheets of ice with public seating areas holding up to 2,500 spectators. The Ice Center will serve as the official practice facility of the 2019 Stanley Cup Champion St. Louis Blues.

A fourth covered outdoor rink will be a year-round destination featuring ice skating in colder months and serve the remainder of the year as a 4,200-seat multi-purpose venue for concerts scheduled by Live Nation, community festivals and other city events.

The day’s festivities will include the following activities:

Outdoors

  • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Street festival featuring food trucks and family activities including jugglers, balloon artists, The Bubble Bus, air brush tattoos, the St. Louis Blues Street Crew with their inflatables and more.
  • 10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.: Music by the ‘Pride of Pattonville’ High School Marching Band.
  • 10:45 – 11 a.m.: Boy Scout Special Needs Troop 724 presenting the colors and national anthem sung by Charles Glenn.
  • 11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.: Dedication Ceremony and ribbon cutting featuring:
    • Maryland Heights Mayor Mike Moeller;
    • Louis Blues Chairman Tom Stillman;
    • Louis Legacy Ice Foundation Chairman Patrick Quinn;
    • Louis Blues President and CEO of Business Operations Chris Zimmerman;
    • Centene Corporation Senior Vice President, Chief Communications Officer Marcela Manjarrez Hawn
  • Noon – 2 p.m.: Music by the Charles Glenn Band.

Indoors

  • Free one-hour public skating sessions with skate rental and DJ music at 12 p.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m., 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Participants can bring their own skates or rent skates for free; however, size availability is limited.
  • Hockey games featuring Blues Sled Hockey at 3:30 p.m., Blues Blind Hockey Game at 4:10 p.m., St. Louis Blues Special Hockey at 4:50 p.m., Celebrity/Coaches Hockey Game at 5:45 p.m., Police vs. Fire Hockey at 7:15 p.m. and co-ed intra-squad Lindenwood University Hockey at 8:45 p.m.
  • Louis AAA Blues and Lady Cyclones will be practicing throughout the afternoon.
  • Special appearances by members of the St. Louis Blues’ Blue Crew throughout the day.

Food and beverages will be provided all day by food trucks.  Special exhibits will be on display throughout the day from the Blues Street Team, Lindenwood University, the Lady Cyclones and others.  On-site parking will be available and supported with shuttle transportation to overflow off-site parking areas at nearby Hollywood Casino St. Louis.  More information about the grand opening, registration for public skating sessions and ongoing programs is available at www.marylandheights.com/IceCenter.

The St. Louis Blues, the St. Louis Blues Alumni, Lindenwood University, the St. Louis Blues AAA program and the St. Louis Lady Cyclones are the primary tenants of the Centene Community Ice Center.  The facility will also host high school teams and leagues, hockey tournaments and regional events from across the Midwest and nationally.  The Ice Center represents a regional movement to engage more youth in skating and ice sports.  Its construction fills a major need in the St. Louis community, providing the support and resources necessary to foster the growth of hockey and other ice sports and the health and well-being of the region’s youth.  For more information, visit www.centenecommunityicecenter.com.

Mercy Healthcare will offer sports medicine, therapy, training and other ancillary medical services through an on-site space.  The Ice Center will also house retail and restaurant spaces as well as concourses and support facilities.

Overall, the Centene Community Ice Center expects more than 1 million visitors annually, filling more than 16,000 hotel nights and delivering an estimated $20 million economic impact. The complex is funded through a public-private partnership with support from the City of Maryland Heights, St. Louis County, the State of Missouri, the St. Louis Legacy Ice Foundation, the St. Louis Blues and Centene Corporation.  The 27-acre facility is managed by Spectra, a national entertainment and hospitality company, through the St. Louis Legacy Ice Foundation as part of a 30-year agreement with the City of Maryland Heights, which will own the facility upon completion.

“The arrival of the Centene Community Ice Center is a major step forward in the City’s overall development of the Maryland Park Lake District as an environmentally responsible community of recreation, sports, entertainment, hospitality and lifestyle amenities,” said Mike Moeller, Mayor of Maryland Heights. “This ice sports complex fits perfectly into our vision of the Lake District as a catalyst for regional growth and development.  This is a great partnership with the City of Maryland Heights, the St. Louis Blues and the St. Louis Legacy Ice Foundation that will facilitate development of the Lake District and be a tremendous asset to the community.  We are excited by what the future holds for this area.”

“As an enthusiastic hockey community, we are thrilled to further enrich the region with programing for all ages and physical abilities at Centene Community Ice Center,” said Patrick Quinn, St. Louis Legacy Ice Foundation Chairman.  “We are also thrilled to introduce the sport of hockey along with other ice sports to the members of the community that may not yet be participants.  The Grand Opening celebrations include free public skating that will allow everyone to join in this milestone moment.”

“From day one, the goal for the St. Louis Blues was to support the development of a world-class facility that would help grow ice sports in our region and shine a spotlight on the Heartland of Hockey,” said Chris Zimmerman, President/CEO Business Operations for the St. Louis Blues.  “We are thrilled to be able to join the other Foundation partners and the City of Maryland Heights in making this dream a reality. What wonderful timing for every level of the game to come together in this facility as the Blues prepare to defend the Stanley Cup and then host the 2020 NHL All-Star Game in St. Louis.”

“Spectra is thrilled to open this premier hockey facility along with our partners St. Louis Legacy Ice Foundation and the City of Maryland Heights. The vitality of the community will shine through in all of the programs that are open to hockey fans of all ages,” John Page, President of Spectra’s Venue Management and Partnerships divisions, said. “We are proud to contribute to the growth of the region while continuing the celebration of the recent Stanley Cup Champions, the St. Louis Blues. In addition to the multiple ice rinks, there will be an opportunity to host events both public and private to experience this state-of-the-art complex. Spectra is dedicated to the fan experience and making it a memorable one that exceeds expectations.”

St. Louis Legacy Ice Foundation Mission

The St. Louis Legacy Ice Foundation was founded to provide the St. Louis region – with an emphasis on youth – with the opportunity to develop their skills in ice sports in setting that foster personal growth and excellence.  The St. Louis Community Ice Center is our “flagship” facility ensures that our region will attract major ice sport events and tournaments, contributing to economic development and job creation, with the resulting effect of strengthening ice sports across our region.  In these and related endeavors, we champion the value inherent in ice sports: commitment, good sportsmanship, teamwork, personal integrity, and respect for others and self.

Spectra

Spectra is an industry leader in hosting and entertainment, partnering with clients to create memorable experiences for millions of visitors every year. Spectra’s unmatched blend of integrated services delivers incremental value for clients through several primary areas of expertise: Venue Management, Food Services & Hospitality, and Partnerships. Learn more at SpectraExperiences.com. Follow Spectra on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn

About St. Louis Blues

The St. Louis Blues have been a part of the NHL since 1967. During more than 50 years of operation, the organization has established itself as one of the premier professional sports franchises in the country. With nine division titles, a Presidents’ Trophy and more than 20 former team members enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame, the Blues have etched one of the most storied histories in the NHL. Through their history, the Blues have hosted more than 35 million fans and invested millions in the St. Louis community via Blues for Kids, the team’s charitable foundation.

Poettker Construction Raises $30,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters

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Annual golf classic raises record-setting donation 

Poettker Construction, a second-generation family-owned construction company, raised more than $30,000 in an annual golf classic for Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS). The golf classic, titled “Building Children’s Futures,” was held July 26, 2019 at Governor’s Run Golf Course in Carlyle, IL.

“We are thankful for our employees, friends, business partners and sponsors who make this event possible,” said Kevin Poettker, director of business development and BBBS board member. “This tournament really shows our commitment to our community and provides us a great chance to give back.”

Proceeds will be used to support the BBBS mission of helping children recognize their potential and build better futures. Since 1980, the organization has helped thousands of youth face adversity and develop mentorship in Clinton, Madison, Monroe and St. Clair counties.

“Congratulations on a well-planned and executed tournament,” said Heather Freed, president and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters. “We are thankful for our relationship with Poettker, and the donations help support our mission.”

To learn more about Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Illinois, visit https://www.bbbsil.org/.

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 poettkerconstruction.com.

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