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Modern Healthcare Ranks BSA Among Nation’s Top Architecture Firms

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Transformation beyond change demands extraordinary vision and an agile approach. For the 8th time in 15 years, local architecture firm, BSA LifeStructures, has ranked in the top 15 of Modern Healthcare’s Construction and Design Top Architecture Firms.

As much as this ranking reflects all the team members at BSA, it is an even stronger mirror of our partners and clients.

“BSA’s work speaks to our clients’ deep compassion for those being healed in their spaces, their ability to consistently envision the future of healthcare, and their desire to stay rooted in the present as they engage with patients, families, and with each other,” said Melanie Harris, Healing Practice Director. “We are driven by what we do because we are inspired to empower wellbeing, resilience, and investment in the community, all supported by metrics.”

BSA, a national, integrated design firm, creates inspired solutions that improve lives. BSA provides architecture, engineering, interior design, and planning services for spaces that support and enhance healing, learning, and discovery – facilities known as LifeStructures. Learn more at www.bsalifestructures.com.

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IMPACT Strategies Promotes Mike Michael to Project Director

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IMPACT Strategies is most pleased in celebrating the promotion of Mike Michael from Senior Project Manager to Project Director.

Mike joined IMPACT Strategies in 2005 as Project Manager. In his 17 years with IMPACT, he has served the firm in various roles, most recently as Senior Project Manager. Mike has managed multiple complex projects throughout Missouri and Illinois, including most recently The Rehabilitation Institute of Southern Illinois and the Siteman Cancer Center in Shiloh.

Michael holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign and is a LEED Accredited Professional through the U.S. Green Building Council. He is also a Certified Healthcare Constructor (CHC) through the American Hospital Association. “Mike has been integral in making IMPACT Strategies the firm it is today,” said President, Mark Hinrichs.

“Mike is a very successful project manager along with tremendous team builder and problem solver. Recently, he has also had significant responsibility in growing and mentoring our next generation of project managers. Mike continually challenges himself and others to improve and sets an excellent example of our firm’s values.”

IMPACT Strategies provides client-focused construction management, design/build, and general contracting services. The firm offers a full continuum of innovative design/build service capabilities including proven construction management processes and site development. IMPACT Strategies serves a regional and national client base in the Healthcare, Senior Living, Multifamily, Office, Retail, and Warehouse/Distribution markets from its offices in Missouri, Illinois, and Ohio. To learn more visit BuildwithIMPACT.com.

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S. M. Wilson & Co. Selected as Construction Manager at Risk for Pattonville School District’s $111M Prop S Bond Issue

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S. M. Wilson & Co. has been contracted as Construction Manager at Risk for Pattonville School District’s $111 million Prop S no-tax-rate-increase bond issue, which will fund six years of projects at every school in the district. Projects include adding classrooms to accommodate enrollment; providing safety and maintenance improvements; and updating school facilities to meet teaching and learning needs. Pre-construction and design will begin immediately and construction is anticipated to start in Spring of 2023. This is the sixth bond issue contract that Pattonville has awarded S. M. Wilson over the last 21 years. 

“We are honored to continue to serve as a trusted partner for the Pattonville School District during the design and construction phases of this exciting district-wide project,” said Amy Berg, President at S. M. Wilson. “This project continues to grow our public school portfolio with the Construction Manager at Risk delivery method, which offers the greatest benefits and checks and balances for education projects of this magnitude. We have a team of CMAR experts and have created specified processes to allow public school districts the maximum return on their investments.”

As the area leader in CMAR public school construction, S. M. Wilson also is currently serving as the CMAR for pre-k to 12th grade build programs for Francis Howell School District, Ladue School District, Caruthersville School District #18, Winfield School District and Hallsville School District. 

To date, the firm has managed $3.6 billion in CMAR projects. A total of 80% of the firm’s education work involves this delivery method. S. M. Wilson’s pre-k to 12th grade education industry expertise includes $1.5 billion in local work for over 55 schools in more than 30 school districts, including construction of more than 6,000 classrooms. Since the majority of this work occurs in occupied campuses, a primary focus of the projects is ensuring campus safety, minimizing disruptions to students and limiting impacts to campus operations.

ABOUT S. M. WILSON & CO.

S. M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis and offices in Edwardsville, IL and Cape Girardeau, MO. Founded in 1921, S. M. Wilson is dedicated to going above and beyond expectations for their clients by putting people first. The 100% employee-owned company is one of the leading construction management firms in the Midwest. Areas of expertise include education, commercial, healthcare and industrial projects. For more information, visit www.smwilson.com.

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Kwame Building Group to Serve as Construction Manager

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Kwame Building Group (KWAME) has been selected as the Construction Manager for a $88 million expansion of St. Louis Community College’s (STLCC) Wildwood campus. The project includes construction of a new Center for Health Sciences and a new Center for Technology and other building renovations. The Wildwood campus project is part of $400 million in construction initiatives across STLCC’s campuses to modernize learning environments and support the metropolitan region’s workforce needs and economy. The projects are funded by an eight-cent property tax levy increase approved by voters in August 2021. 

As the Construction Manager, KWAME is serving an integral role in the entire construction process, including the pre-construction phase, project planning and phasing, programming and design, construction oversight and ongoing project management. KWAME’s responsibilities include ensuring project success by overseeing the budget, schedule, quality, safety, communications and procurement. A critical component of KWAME’s role is building the construction team and coordinating with STLCC staff and leadership. The architect is Christner Architects. 

“At the Wildwood Campus we’re planning a new Center for Health Sciences that will bring in a wide variety of programming in healthcare, and we’re also planning a second building for Technology Studies,” said Chancellor Jeff Pittman in a recent West Newsmagazine article. “Just given the rapid advancements in technology, a lot of the emerging companies coming into the St. Louis region and the expansion of the new National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. This is going to be critical for the future of this region.”

KWAME has completed multiple projects for St. Louis Community College, including as construction manager for the original construction of the Wildwood Campus in 2007. On that project, KWAME oversaw construction of the campus using “healthy building” elements such as low emissive building materials, and was a key player in guiding the college to successfully achieve LEED Gold certification. KWAME also led the renovation of science laboratories at the Forest Park, Meramec and Florissant Valley campuses in 2016.

“We are excited to continue our long standing relationship with the community college particularly Wildwood. We look forward to involving interns on the job to assist in career development along with our continued support through our foundation”, added Tony Thompson, President of Kwame Building Group.

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. An employee-owned company, KWAME provides estimating, scheduling, project planning, value engineering and other project management services as an independent advocate for owners and developers. KWAME’s public and private sector projects include educational facilities, major airports nationwide, light-rail systems, hospitals, wastewater treatment facilities and government facilities. KWAME is headquartered in St. Louis with division offices in Atlanta, Dallas and Seattle. For more information, visit www.kwamebuildinggroup.com or call (314) 862-5344.

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First Female President, Sarah Jacobson, to Helm Clayco Subsidiary Lamar Johnson Collaborative

Sarah Jacobson

National architecture and design firm Lamar Johnson Collaborative (LJC), a Clayco subsidiary, announced today the appointment of its first female president, Sarah Jacobson, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, ND. Sarah will also be joining the Clayco enterprise’s executive leadership team on the West Coast.

“This year LJC has seen tremendous growth and exciting new opportunities, all of which Sarah Jacobson has been instrumental in making happen,” said Bob Clark, executive chairman and founder of Clayco, LJC’s parent company. “With over 250 people in six offices, the diversity and quality of LJC’s work has drawn national attention and recognition. LJC has achieved success through the collective efforts of exceptional leaders like Sarah, as well as Kapil Khanna and Lamar Johnson.”

Sarah has distinguished herself throughout her career as an architect and project leader on numerous large, complex projects. She most recently relocated to lead LJC’s newly established office in Culver City, California, near Los Angeles. With extensive experience in architecture and construction management, Sarah has led teams on award-winning developments including office buildings, hotels, high-rises, mixed-use, civic and institutional facilities, for both new construction and adaptive re-use.

Lamar Johnson Collaborative is pleased to announce additional executive promotions:

Kapil Khanna

Kapil Khanna is elevated from President to Chief Executive Officer. Kapil joined the firm more than ten years ago and provides direction for the business strategy, integration and implementation of initiatives to support the firm’s growth.

Lamar Johnson

Lamar Johnson, the namesake and founder of the firm, is named Executive Chairman. He founded Lamar Johnson Collaborative in 2017 and joined Clayco in 2019. Lamar has successfully established the firm as a nationally recognized design practice.

In addition to these leaders, LJC acknowledges the significant contributions of three additional senior staff; interior design market leader Al Fiesel, industrial design market leader David Junge, and senior designer Tyler Meyr have been promoted to Executive Directors.

IMPACT Strategies Promotes Mike Michael to Project Director

IMPACT Strategies is most pleased in celebrating the promotion of Mike Michael from Senior Project Manager to Project Director.

Mike joined IMPACT Strategies in 2005 as Project Manager. In his 17 years with IMPACT, he has served the firm in various roles, most recently as Senior Project Manager. Mike has managed multiple complex projects throughout Missouri and Illinois, including most recently The Rehabilitation Institute of Southern Illinois and the Siteman Cancer Center in Shiloh.

Michael holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign and is a LEED Accredited Professional through the U.S. Green Building Council. He is also a Certified Healthcare Constructor (CHC) through the American Hospital Association. “Mike has been integral in making IMPACT Strategies the firm it is today,” said President, Mark Hinrichs.

“Mike is a very successful project manager along with tremendous team builder and problem solver. Recently, he has also had significant responsibility in growing and mentoring our next generation of project managers. Mike continually challenges himself and others to improve and sets an excellent example of our firm’s values.”

June 3, 2022

Katie Lindley

FSA Welcomes Katie Lindley as Business Director

Her attention to detail and excellent organizational skills are vital to maintaining an orderly workforce. We are so grateful to have Katie on our team.

Nick Zimmerman

Nick Zimmerman Joins FSA

FSA, LLC has hired Nick Zimmerman to join their team as Architectural Associate. Nick graduated from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale with his Masters of Architecture. FSA, LLC is thrilled to have him on our team.

May 27, 2022

Castle Contracting Promotes Jeremy Wood to Project Director

Jeremy Wood

Castle Contracting has promoted Jeremy Wood to the position of Project Director for Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing (MEP) and Utility projects in St. Louis.

Since joining Castle in 2019, he has overseen a wide range of MEP Civil and Utility projects—from emergency repairs to a complex campus infrastructure upgrade at Saint Louis University.

“Jeremy has demonstrated a passion for utility work, customer service and creative problem-solving,” said Castle Senior Vice President Michael Pranger. “His excellent leadership skills will serve him well as market leader.”

Wood is taking on the role formerly held by Castle Project Director Kurt Dulle, who will be relocating to Omaha to join the company’s quickly expanding office there. Wood earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial technology, construction management and design from Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau. He and his family live in Wright City, Mo.

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

Ula Lijowska

FSA Welcomes Ula Lijowska as Architectural Associate

FSA, LLC is excited to announce that Ula Lijowska has joined the team as Architectural Associate. Ula graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder with a Bachelor of Environmental Design; Emphasis in Architecture. She has a strong passion for sustainability within design. We are thrilled to have Ula on our team and cannot wait to see her skills shine throughout our projects. As a comprehensive architectural and interior design firm, FSA, LLC is always looking to hire new talent that enhances our built environment.

Dan Cole Joins Landco Construction

Dan Cole

Dan Cole recently joined Landco Construction as project manager. He has 25 years of project management and quality assurance experience. Cole oversees the delivery of projects from pre-construction through occupancy, meeting project goals and working collaboratively with clients and partners to create innovative, successful project outcomes. He has managed a variety of public, private and government projects ranging from smaller interior and exterior renovations to the ground up construction of 385 residential units for a government privatized housing complex. He also serves as golf tournament event coordinator for the Jason Motte Foundation.

Since 2001, Landco Construction has built innovative interior projects with a strong reputation for collaboration, consistency and service. A Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE), Landco is led by President Linda Bernhard and a talented, experienced team of project managers and craftspeople. Landco’s vision is to build a collaborative team-approach environment. It’s why Landco has received multiple ASA Contractor of the Year awards, and why it’s consistently among the top construction companies in St. Louis. For more information, visit landco-construction.com or follow us on LinkedIn.

May 20, 2022

John P. Smith Returns to Tarlton as Manager of Estimates

John P. Smith

Tarlton Corp., a leading St. Louis-based general contracting and construction management firm, hired John P. Smith, CPE, as manager of estimates to oversee the heavy civil and industrial market. In this role, John is responsible for working with the project director and project managers to coordinate preconstruction and estimating efforts from concept through construction.

Smith rejoins Tarlton with an additional 10 years of industry experience, totaling 37 in the industry and 22 with Tarlton. He worked for Tarlton from 1989 to 2011 and contributed to many of Tarlton’s notable projects during that time. As manager of estimating, he worked for clients including Ameren Missouri, Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District, Nordstrom, Saint Louis Art Museum, and Washington University in St. Louis.

Smith has worked in the construction industry as a certified professional estimator since 2008. In addition, he has been president of the American Society of Professional Estimators St. Louis Metro Chapter since 2016, also serving in that capacity in 2001–2002. He was named General Contractor Employee of the Year by the ASA-Midwest Council in 2002.

About Tarlton

Having celebrated its 75th year in business in 2021, Tarlton Corp. is a WBENC-Certified Women’s Business Enterprise that provides outstanding preconstruction and construction solutions to clients in the commercial, institutional, government and nonprofit, industrial and power and energy markets. The Midwest general contractor/construction manager also has special expertise in concrete construction, restoration and maintenance. Tarlton has completed many landmark St. Louis projects and is committed to improving lives through inclusive construction, civic engagement, and service to others.

Wiegmann Associates Adds Brian Smith as Project Manager

Brian Smith of Barnhart, MO has joined Wiegmann Associates as a Project Manager. Smith is responsible for managing new and renovation HVAC construction projects in a range of industries including industrial, pharmaceutical and high-rise student living buildings.

Smith brings 20 years of experience in mechanical engineering of new construction projects, from design to completion, for pharmaceutical and food and beverage distribution projects. He received his Stationary Engineers Certificate from the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE). He is certified in OSHA 10, OSHA Hazardous Communication Training and OSHA Confined Space Worker Permit.

Wiegmann Associates is a St. Louis-based mechanical contractor and a national leader in design/build HVAC projects. Since 1995, Wiegmann Associates has engineered and installed innovative, energy-saving and cost-efficient HVAC solutions, refrigeration systems and automation controls for clients in a wide range of industries, including senior living, food and beverage distribution, warehouse, healthcare, commercial and industrial. Wiegmann also provides 24-hour preventative maintenance programs and service in the St. Louis region. Wiegmann is ranked among the top 50 specialty contractors in the Midwest by Engineering News-Record and the largest mechanical contractors by the St. Louis Business Journal. For more information, visit www.wiegmannassoc.com or call (636) 940-1056.

Oculus Inc. Adds Karl Roth as Senior Project Designer

Karl Roth

Oculus Inc., a full-service architecture, interior design, and move management firm, has added Karl Roth as a senior project designer to the company’s Portland office. Roth brings with him 24 years of experience in the architecture field, specializing in zoning and code analysis, site design, planning, programming, building design and architectural visualization.

“Karl is a talented addition to our Project Design Team, and we are pleased to have him on board,” said Robert Hoffman, AIA, Oculus Inc. Portland Office Managing Principal. “His wide range of experience in both the commercial and residential market sectors will be a tremendous asset to Oculus as we continue to grow.”

Roth has extensive experience as a lead designer on projects ranging from hospitality to residential to commercial architecture. In his current role as senior project designer, Roth is supporting both the St. Louis and Portland offices with architectural concept and design services for projects including Hallmark Inns & Resorts’ The Whaler at Nye Beach in Newport, Ore.; Scandinavian Designs showrooms in Illinois, North Carolina, and Florida; Soap Lake National Spa & Resort in Soap Lake, Wash.; the Sunrise Garden Inn conversion in Tukwila, Wash.; and the new Block 216 food hall in downtown Portland, Ore.

Over the course of his professional career, Roth has been a lead designer on numerous project types, including senior living, commercial, multi-family, residential, and institutional. Notable projects include the luxury senior living community Preston Greens in Lexington, Ky.; the AC Hotel in Madison, Wisc.; and the new Salem Family YMCA in Salem, Ore., which is set to open to the public in Fall of 2022. Roth received his degree in Environmental Design from the University of California-Davis. He is a founding board member of Mission Street Parks Conservatory in Salem, Oregon.

Oculus Inc. is headquartered in St. Louis and has offices in Dallas and Portland, Ore.

Oculus Inc. delivers comprehensive architecture, interior design, planning and move management services with a driving aesthetic to Connect | Shape | Move people, experiences, sensibilities and spaces. Oculus creates high-performance design that supports change and promotes value for clients in the commercial, education, government, healthcare, hospitality, retail, restaurant and workplace industries. Oculus has offices in St. Louis, Dallas and Portland, Ore., is WBE-certified and is regularly cited in top industry rankings for architecture and design. Oculusinc.com.

Kwame Building Group hires Robert Loyd as Human Resources Manager

Robert Loyd

Robert Loyd of Florissant, MO has joined Kwame Building Group as Human Resources Manager. Loyd is responsible for recruitment, onboarding and training employees, benefits and payroll administration, government reporting and compliance, leadership and organizational change, performance management and employee relations. Loyd holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from Fontbonne University and a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from National Louis University.

ABOUT KWAME BUILDING GROUP

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. An employee-owned company, KWAME provides estimating, scheduling, project planning, value engineering and other project management services as an independent advocate for owners and developers. KWAME’s public and private sector projects include educational facilities, major airports nationwide, light-rail systems, hospitals, wastewater treatment facilities and government facilities. KWAME is headquartered in St. Louis with division offices in Atlanta, Dallas and Seattle. For more information, visit www.kwamebuildinggroup.com or call (314) 862-5344.

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Holland Construction Services Breaks Ground on New Mt. Vernon Police Station

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Holland Construction Services recently broke ground on the new Mt. Vernon Police Station located at Logan and 27th Street in Mt. Vernon, Illinois. The new 25,000 square-foot building will offer all the amenities of a modern police facility with the latest in equipment technology and larger spaces for training, dispatch, and offices.

Mt. Vernon Assistant City Manager Nathan McKenna said the current police station, which is a converted car dealership built in the 1970s, no longer fits the department’s needs.

“This new facility will be state-of-the-art and wired for new technology,” said McKenna.

He added that Holland was selected to build the new station based on the company’s experience with similar project types and their reputation in the region.

“We’ve never done a project of this scale, so Holland’s expertise and ability to troubleshoot any issues that might arise was very important to us,” said McKenna. “A lot of detail goes into a project of this magnitude. Holland’s pre-construction team’s pricing estimates were spot-on which was very important and made us feel reassured about moving forward with the project.”

The new station will include an administrative area, offices, conference rooms, a large training room, physical agility room, and locker rooms with showers, along with a new tech lab, evidence workroom, holding cells, and a booking cell.

“From a construction standpoint, the different aspects of this building make it an exciting project for us,” said Holland Project Manager Brian Dayton. “All the details are very intricate and our team is involved in a lot of coordination with different community partners to make sure everything goes according to plan. We know when it’s complete, it will make a positive difference for Mt. Vernon’s officers and their ability to do their jobs each day.”

The architect on the project is Farnsworth Group’s Fairview Heights, Illinois office.

The project is expected to be complete in May 2023.

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

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

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Integrated Facility Services Performs First-of-its-Kind Retrofit to Maintain Air Conditioning to Ameristar Casino After Chiller Failure

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When the motor of a 1500-ton chiller at Ameristar Casino in St. Charles failed, Integrated Facility Services (IFS) was contracted to develop a sustainable solution to a complex challenge. The casino’s chillers provide air conditioning to the 130,000-square-foot casino and numerous restaurants, bars and an entertainment venue. As one of the largest tourist attractions in the St. Louis area, a loss of cooling can be a major loss of revenue for Ameristar Casino. Ruling out the expensive option to remove and replace the chiller as well as repairing the existing chiller, IFS executed the first chiller retrofit of its kind in North America, giving the region’s largest casino a more energy efficient system. 

Since Ameristar had enough redundant cooling with three other 1,500 tons chillers, when the chiller failed there was time for in-depth strategizing to meet the casino’s long-term goals. Ameristar desired a more energy efficient and smaller tonnage chiller capable of running at a greatly reduced capacity. The casino also wanted a chiller that could be started anytime without incurring a high peak demand charge. The standard option of removing the existing chiller and installing a new chiller was quickly ruled out because it would require the expensive and disruptive demolition and removal of walls, setup and use of a crane and reconstruction of walls. Repairing the existing compressor to its previous condition would not increase energy efficiency. 

Keeping Ameristar’s objectives in the forefront, a third option for better performance, improved efficiency and cost savings was identified. After reviewing several other compressor alternatives, IFS’s engineers contacted long-time project partners, Micro Control Systems Inc (MCS), a global provider of industrial control panels and the North American Distributor of Hanbell compressors. The team developed a plan to replace the old constant-speed single compressor with two, 450-ton, variable-speed Magnetic Bearing centrifugal compressors. The highly efficient Hanbell RTM 90 oil-less compressors use a Micro Control System’s MCS-Magnum controller to operate the chiller safely and efficiently.

This project is the first chiller retrofit in North America to use the Hanbell oil-less variable-speed Magnetic Bearing Centrifugal (MBC) compressors, this option provides 900 tons of cooling and eliminates high peak energy charges upon start up. The solution also provides great turn down capabilities to eliminate compressor cycling on and off during low load conditions, resulting in increased energy efficiency and decreased operating costs. The oil-free system reduces energy losses due to friction and increases the heat transfer efficiency of the chiller as well as eliminates the need for oil maintenance. An overwhelming success in meeting Ameristar’s goals, the retrofit outperforms pre-energy analysis.

Founded in 1966, IFS employs more than 250 professional and trade team members at its headquarters in St. Louis and office in Columbia, Missouri. IFS provides HVAC, plumbing, piping, fire protection and building automation services to clients throughout Illinois and Missouri. The firm recently became 100% employee-owned, following decades of continued expansion and growth. 

Integrated Facility Services (IFS) is a full-service HVAC, plumbing, piping, fire protection and building automation firm with more than 250 professional and trade employees. Established in 1966, IFS delivers integrated mechanical engineering and construction, installation, service and planned maintenance, and energy conservation solutions to ensure occupant comfort, improve efficiency and reduce operational costs. 100% employee-owned, IFS is ranked among the top 100 HVAC contractors in the country by Contractor Magazine, was named a 2018 Midwest Top 50 Specialty Contractor by Engineering News-Record and is the fifth largest mechanical contractor in the St. Louis region, according to the St. Louis Business Journal. IFS serves clients in Missouri and Illinois, with offices in St. Louis and Columbia, MO. For more information, call (636) 680-2100 or (573) 442-6100 and visit www.intfs.com.

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Castle Contracting Promotes Jeremy Wood to Project Director

Jeremy Wood

Castle Contracting has promoted Jeremy Wood to the position of Project Director for Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing (MEP) and Utility projects in St. Louis.

Since joining Castle in 2019, he has overseen a wide range of MEP Civil and Utility projects—from emergency repairs to a complex campus infrastructure upgrade at Saint Louis University.

“Jeremy has demonstrated a passion for utility work, customer service and creative problem-solving,” said Castle Senior Vice President Michael Pranger. “His excellent leadership skills will serve him well as market leader.”

Wood is taking on the role formerly held by Castle Project Director Kurt Dulle, who will be relocating to Omaha to join the company’s quickly expanding office there. Wood earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial technology, construction management and design from Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau. He and his family live in Wright City, Mo.

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

Ula Lijowska

FSA Welcomes Ula Lijowska as Architectural Associate

FSA, LLC is excited to announce that Ula Lijowska has joined the team as Architectural Associate. Ula graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder with a Bachelor of Environmental Design; Emphasis in Architecture. She has a strong passion for sustainability within design. We are thrilled to have Ula on our team and cannot wait to see her skills shine throughout our projects. As a comprehensive architectural and interior design firm, FSA, LLC is always looking to hire new talent that enhances our built environment.

Dan Cole Joins Landco Construction

Dan Cole

Dan Cole recently joined Landco Construction as project manager. He has 25 years of project management and quality assurance experience. Cole oversees the delivery of projects from pre-construction through occupancy, meeting project goals and working collaboratively with clients and partners to create innovative, successful project outcomes. He has managed a variety of public, private and government projects ranging from smaller interior and exterior renovations to the ground up construction of 385 residential units for a government privatized housing complex. He also serves as golf tournament event coordinator for the Jason Motte Foundation.

Since 2001, Landco Construction has built innovative interior projects with a strong reputation for collaboration, consistency and service. A Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE), Landco is led by President Linda Bernhard and a talented, experienced team of project managers and craftspeople. Landco’s vision is to build a collaborative team-approach environment. It’s why Landco has received multiple ASA Contractor of the Year awards, and why it’s consistently among the top construction companies in St. Louis. For more information, visit landco-construction.com or follow us on LinkedIn.

May 20, 2022

John P. Smith Returns to Tarlton as Manager of Estimates

John P. Smith

Tarlton Corp., a leading St. Louis-based general contracting and construction management firm, hired John P. Smith, CPE, as manager of estimates to oversee the heavy civil and industrial market. In this role, John is responsible for working with the project director and project managers to coordinate preconstruction and estimating efforts from concept through construction.

Smith rejoins Tarlton with an additional 10 years of industry experience, totaling 37 in the industry and 22 with Tarlton. He worked for Tarlton from 1989 to 2011 and contributed to many of Tarlton’s notable projects during that time. As manager of estimating, he worked for clients including Ameren Missouri, Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District, Nordstrom, Saint Louis Art Museum, and Washington University in St. Louis.

Smith has worked in the construction industry as a certified professional estimator since 2008. In addition, he has been president of the American Society of Professional Estimators St. Louis Metro Chapter since 2016, also serving in that capacity in 2001–2002. He was named General Contractor Employee of the Year by the ASA-Midwest Council in 2002.

About Tarlton

Having celebrated its 75th year in business in 2021, Tarlton Corp. is a WBENC-Certified Women’s Business Enterprise that provides outstanding preconstruction and construction solutions to clients in the commercial, institutional, government and nonprofit, industrial and power and energy markets. The Midwest general contractor/construction manager also has special expertise in concrete construction, restoration and maintenance. Tarlton has completed many landmark St. Louis projects and is committed to improving lives through inclusive construction, civic engagement, and service to others.

Wiegmann Associates Adds Brian Smith as Project Manager

Brian Smith of Barnhart, MO has joined Wiegmann Associates as a Project Manager. Smith is responsible for managing new and renovation HVAC construction projects in a range of industries including industrial, pharmaceutical and high-rise student living buildings.

Smith brings 20 years of experience in mechanical engineering of new construction projects, from design to completion, for pharmaceutical and food and beverage distribution projects. He received his Stationary Engineers Certificate from the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE). He is certified in OSHA 10, OSHA Hazardous Communication Training and OSHA Confined Space Worker Permit.

Wiegmann Associates is a St. Louis-based mechanical contractor and a national leader in design/build HVAC projects. Since 1995, Wiegmann Associates has engineered and installed innovative, energy-saving and cost-efficient HVAC solutions, refrigeration systems and automation controls for clients in a wide range of industries, including senior living, food and beverage distribution, warehouse, healthcare, commercial and industrial. Wiegmann also provides 24-hour preventative maintenance programs and service in the St. Louis region. Wiegmann is ranked among the top 50 specialty contractors in the Midwest by Engineering News-Record and the largest mechanical contractors by the St. Louis Business Journal. For more information, visit www.wiegmannassoc.com or call (636) 940-1056.

Oculus Inc. Adds Karl Roth as Senior Project Designer

Karl Roth

Oculus Inc., a full-service architecture, interior design, and move management firm, has added Karl Roth as a senior project designer to the company’s Portland office. Roth brings with him 24 years of experience in the architecture field, specializing in zoning and code analysis, site design, planning, programming, building design and architectural visualization.

“Karl is a talented addition to our Project Design Team, and we are pleased to have him on board,” said Robert Hoffman, AIA, Oculus Inc. Portland Office Managing Principal. “His wide range of experience in both the commercial and residential market sectors will be a tremendous asset to Oculus as we continue to grow.”

Roth has extensive experience as a lead designer on projects ranging from hospitality to residential to commercial architecture. In his current role as senior project designer, Roth is supporting both the St. Louis and Portland offices with architectural concept and design services for projects including Hallmark Inns & Resorts’ The Whaler at Nye Beach in Newport, Ore.; Scandinavian Designs showrooms in Illinois, North Carolina, and Florida; Soap Lake National Spa & Resort in Soap Lake, Wash.; the Sunrise Garden Inn conversion in Tukwila, Wash.; and the new Block 216 food hall in downtown Portland, Ore.

Over the course of his professional career, Roth has been a lead designer on numerous project types, including senior living, commercial, multi-family, residential, and institutional. Notable projects include the luxury senior living community Preston Greens in Lexington, Ky.; the AC Hotel in Madison, Wisc.; and the new Salem Family YMCA in Salem, Ore., which is set to open to the public in Fall of 2022. Roth received his degree in Environmental Design from the University of California-Davis. He is a founding board member of Mission Street Parks Conservatory in Salem, Oregon.

Oculus Inc. is headquartered in St. Louis and has offices in Dallas and Portland, Ore.

Oculus Inc. delivers comprehensive architecture, interior design, planning and move management services with a driving aesthetic to Connect | Shape | Move people, experiences, sensibilities and spaces. Oculus creates high-performance design that supports change and promotes value for clients in the commercial, education, government, healthcare, hospitality, retail, restaurant and workplace industries. Oculus has offices in St. Louis, Dallas and Portland, Ore., is WBE-certified and is regularly cited in top industry rankings for architecture and design. Oculusinc.com.

Kwame Building Group hires Robert Loyd as Human Resources Manager

Robert Loyd

Robert Loyd of Florissant, MO has joined Kwame Building Group as Human Resources Manager. Loyd is responsible for recruitment, onboarding and training employees, benefits and payroll administration, government reporting and compliance, leadership and organizational change, performance management and employee relations. Loyd holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from Fontbonne University and a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from National Louis University.

ABOUT KWAME BUILDING GROUP

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. An employee-owned company, KWAME provides estimating, scheduling, project planning, value engineering and other project management services as an independent advocate for owners and developers. KWAME’s public and private sector projects include educational facilities, major airports nationwide, light-rail systems, hospitals, wastewater treatment facilities and government facilities. KWAME is headquartered in St. Louis with division offices in Atlanta, Dallas and Seattle. For more information, visit www.kwamebuildinggroup.com or call (314) 862-5344.

May 13, 2022

Holland Construction Services Hires John Gillespie as Project Director 

John Gillespie

Holland Construction Services is pleased to announce John Gillespie as its newest Project Director. Gillespie will primarily focus on Holland’s healthcare-related projects. He joins Holland with more than 28 years of experience working on a variety of projects, including several major medical facilities.

In his new position, Gillespie will bring his short and long-term strategic thinking skills to Holland’s project management team. As Project Director, Gillespie will help build and maintain relationships, guide the pre-construction and construction process for healthcare projects, and focus on the growth of Holland’s team members.

“I was looking for a company committed to sustained growth, and a commitment to maintaining a culture of synergy and integrity,” said Gillespie. “Holland exceeded my expectations. I am honored to be part of this company, and I am excited to work with the amazing people at Holland.”

Gillespie has overseen a variety of multi-million-dollar healthcare projects which includes serving as Construction Director on a large $550 million expansion for a major medical center in St. Louis. Alongside his experience in healthcare, Gillespie also has experience leading construction teams in the commercial and industrial markets. 

Gillespie has spent more than two decades working in the St. Louis area where he has held Project Engineer, Project Manager, Senior Project Manager and Project Director titles. He is a graduate of the Milwaukee School of Engineering’s Architectural Engineering degree program, focusing on the design of building mechanical systems.

“We are excited to have John join our team,” said Holland Director of Operations Mike Deihl. “His experience and personality will reinforce our client-focused approach and continue to build solid relationships with the subcontractor and supplier community. He will be a great team leader at Holland.”

About Holland

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

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

Michelle Yates Joins Landco Construction

Michelle Yates

Michelle Yates, CPSM, FSMPS, EDAC recently joined Landco Construction as business development director. She has more than 20 years of experience, and her responsibilities include strategic planning and building relationships to grow the firm’s corporate, healthcare and education markets. Yates is an active member and past president of the St. Louis chapters of CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) and SMPS (Society for Marketing Professional Services). She has written articles and spoken on marketing and business development topics at local and national levels. She has also earned the SMPS Fellows designation and Evidence-Based Design Accreditation and Certification, and is a Certified Professional Services Marketer.

Since 2001, Landco Construction has built innovative interior projects with a strong reputation for collaboration, consistency and service. A Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE), Landco is led by President Linda Bernhard and a talented, experienced team of project managers and craftspeople. Landco’s vision is to build a collaborative team-approach environment. It’s why Landco has received multiple ASA Contractor of the Year awards, and why it’s consistently among the top construction companies in St. Louis. For more information, visit landco-construction.com or follow us on LinkedIn.

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Dan Cole Joins Landco Construction

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Dan Cole recently joined Landco Construction as project manager. He has 25 years of project management and quality assurance experience. Cole oversees the delivery of projects from pre-construction through occupancy, meeting project goals and working collaboratively with clients and partners to create innovative, successful project outcomes. He has managed a variety of public, private and government projects ranging from smaller interior and exterior renovations to the ground up construction of 385 residential units for a government privatized housing complex. He also serves as golf tournament event coordinator for the Jason Motte Foundation.

Since 2001, Landco Construction has built innovative interior projects with a strong reputation for collaboration, consistency and service. A Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE), Landco is led by President Linda Bernhard and a talented, experienced team of project managers and craftspeople. Landco’s vision is to build a collaborative team-approach environment. It’s why Landco has received multiple ASA Contractor of the Year awards, and why it’s consistently among the top construction companies in St. Louis. For more information, visit landco-construction.com or follow us on LinkedIn.

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FSA Welcomes Ula Lijowska as Architectural Associate

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FSA, LLC is excited to announce that Ula Lijowska has joined the team as Architectural Associate. Ula graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder with a Bachelor of Environmental Design; Emphasis in Architecture. She has a strong passion for sustainability within design. We are thrilled to have Ula on our team and cannot wait to see her skills shine throughout our projects. As a comprehensive architectural and interior design firm, FSA, LLC is always looking to hire new talent that enhances our built environment.

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