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Gray Design Group Launches New Branding + Graphics Division


In alignment with continued growth and expansion of the firm, Gray Design Group launched a new division that provides strategic branding and graphic design services.  The division is led by Benjamin Franklin, an award-winning industry veteran with over 25 years of exceptional branding and graphic design experience across the globe. 

As Gray’s Director of Branding + Graphic Design, Franklin brings to the table a new set of in-demand services the firm can provide to current and prospective clients.  Whether the goal is to grow a brand or strategically improve the workplace experience, Franklin will work alongside the client and Gray’s interior designers and architects to deliver an integrated design that will position clients for future growth.

‘We’re thrilled to have someone of Ben’s caliber leading this new division for Gray,’ said Steve Kuhlmann, Gray’s Vice President of Operations.  ‘His wealth of experience and unmatched creativity align well with our design philosophy rooted in the belief that architecture, interiors and branding should be integrated from day one to result in a unified, successful project.’

Expanded services Gray Design Group provides under Franklin’s leadership include: brand strategy; brand design and development; corporate identity; messaging and positioning; print communications; annual reports; website/mobile design and development; environmental graphics; signage and wayfinding; packaging; trade show design and online/offline marketing services. 

A native of Nottinghamshire, England, Franklin began his impressive design career in London before moving to Saint Louis.  For the past 12 years, he ran a successful studio including clientele from the United Kingdom, Australia, Singapore, Switzerland and multiple locations across the U.S.  Franklin also developed a flourishing brand identity curriculum at Washington University in Saint Louis that he taught for the past several years.  In addition, he served as an advisor to designers and business start-ups at the Skandalaris Center for Interdisciplinary Innovation and Entrepreneurship.  In his time outside the office, Franklin enjoys oil painting, music, hiking and spending time outdoors with his wife and three children.

‘When this opportunity surfaced, I knew it presented the perfect pairing of my creative marketing and design background with the exceptional architectural and interior design that Gray Design Group is known for throughout the region,’ Franklin said.  ‘Getting to the root cause of a branding or graphic design issue, exploring the strategy behind it and investigating authentic, powerful solutions, is what energizes me.  I’m looking forward to continued growth during this new chapter for myself and Gray, working with their exceptional team.’

For more information on how Gray Design Group’s expanded Branding + Graphic Design services can help grow your business and brand, visit or contact Franklin at

Gray Design Group, founded in 1982, is one of the leading multi-disciplined architectural and interior design firms in the Midwest.  With 39 years of experience, the Saint Louis-based firm specializes in creating dynamic commercial, hospitality, industrial, multi-family and senior living environments.  Gray Design Group’s award-winning, sustainable work has received both national and regional acclaim.  The WBE Certified firm is responsible for planning four million square feet of diverse commercial spaces annually.  For more information, visit or call 314.646.0400.


Spellman Brady Reinvigorates the Interiors for Croasdaile Village


A Durham, NC Continuing Care Retirement Center

Spellman Brady & Company, an award-winning interior design firm, is pleased to announce their completion of a full interior renovation at Croasdaile Village in Durham, North Carolina. 
Having served the Durham community for over 60 years, Croasdaile Village tackled a necessary repositioning initiative to revitalize 147,635 sq ft of its senior living campus. Spellman Brady & Company (SBC), paired with the architectural expertise of SFCS (Charlotte, NC), and senior living expertise of the LCS Development group to approach this challenge by combining current market trends with a hospitality approach to prepare for the future of the property. Croasdaile Village aspired to add competitive amenities focused on health and wellness; this was accomplished by elevating its existing wellness program, providing more gathering spaces for residents to socialize, and expanding on-site dining venue options.

The renovation and addition were phased over the course of six years. The project includes the construction of thirty craftsman style cottages and 4 new Six-Plex Park Homes, an expansion and renovation of the current Assisted Living residences, with sixteen new Memory Support suites, a new Wellness Center, along with a new physical and occupational therapy center, and several new dining venues. The existing Independent Living Village Commons was completely renovated including the main lobby, library, lounge, game area, formal dining, private dining, gift shop and corridors.

As the previous color palette led with neutral brown tones and traditional design influences, SBC’s interiors team introduced a spectrum of colors to energize key spaces, lighten and push the overall aesthetic toward a more transitional style.

The main entrance boasts bright, sophisticated finishes that are both inviting and leave a lasting first impression. The showstopping custom printed carpet offers a lively organic pattern with traditional influences rooted in Croasdaile’s heritage, accented by bold colors and an enlarged scale that skews transitional. Just beyond the main entrance, these colors and patterns are mimicked in a stately custom wallcovering mural installed above a lounge area outside of the new café. The seamless transition from one space to another provides ease of movement and creates distinctive and comfortable spaces throughout the sprawling property.

The new auditorium was designed with multiple purposes in mind; the community desired a large meeting room that could double as a recreational space with just a few simple modifications. The custom floor pattern developed specifically for the auditorium not only breaks up the expansive space, but it can be used as a bocce ball or croquet court.

Further down the corridor is a collection of storefronts invoking the feeling of walking through a town. Appropriately named “Mainstreet,” this area was designed to be used by residents of both Assisted Living and Memory Support. This bustling area includes a bistro, salon, activity room, library (“The Nook”), and a medical exam suite.

Partnered with Memory Support’s operational program, Heartfelt CONNECTIONS – A Memory Care Program ®, the Memory Support wing incorporates a reminiscence room with life stations, interactive art package, points of interest, jukebox for music therapy, rummage bins in sensory engaging accessories.

The impact of the redesigned, amenity-rich community at Croasdaile Village is apparent through notable improvements to residents’ well-being and engagement across all levels of care. This well-designed addition and renovation have helped to foster a positive, nourishing environment where residents, staff, prospective residents and their families will thrive for years to come.

Croasdaile Village is one of three United Methodist Retirement Homes (UMRH) campuses in the eastern jurisdiction of North Carolina serving over 1,000 seniors. It was developed by LCS Development and managed by Life Care Services, both LCS companies based in Des Moines, Iowa.

LCS Development is a full-service, third-party developer of senior living communities specializing in design and construction management. It has experience in helping owners and sponsors develop highly complex projects in markets throughout the United States.

SFCS Architects has been committed to providing quality service, meaningful and thoughtful design for over one hundred years.

Spellman Brady & Company is an award-winning St. Louis-based interior design firm specializing in senior living, healthcare, higher education and multi-family environments. The firm maintains design excellence by delivering comprehensive interior design, furniture, artwork master planning and procurement services. As a Certified WBE Business, Spellman Brady & Company has completed more than 6,300 projects in forty-three states and abroad since its founding 27 years ago.


Major Investment in New Operating Center in North St. Louis Benefits Ameren Missouri Customer


Ameren Missouri welcomed community leaders and stakeholders to tour its newest operating center today. The North Metro Operating Center, located at 4440 Union Blvd., is built for up to 70 Ameren Missouri employees and serves more than 135,000 customers in North St. Louis and the surrounding communities. The $20.7 million new operating center replaces and expands the company’s Geraldine Operating Center, which stood adjacent to the new facility and served the community for more than 60 years.

“We had long outgrown the Geraldine Operating Center, but it was important to us that Ameren Missouri remain invested in North St. Louis,” said Marty Lyons, president of Ameren Missouri. “With the expanded footprint of the North Metro Operating Center, we can keep our crews close to the neighborhoods they are serving, so we can respond safely and quickly to issues as we work to keep energy reliable for our customers.”

Previously, Ameren Missouri had to store utility poles and other supplies off-site due to a lack of space at the Geraldine Operating Center. Now these supplies and materials will be stored on-site so line workers can address service interruptions more efficiently. A bigger truck area will allow for future growth as well as serving as a staging area for crews and trucks in a large-scale outage situation.

“We appreciate that Ameren Missouri is continuing to invest in this community by keeping an operating center on Geraldine Avenue,” said Mayor Tishaura Jones. “Reversing decades of disinvestment in North St. Louis is a top priority for my administration, and I hope Ameren Missouri is the first of many to invest in modern facilities and businesses that serve North City residents.”

Construction at the North Metro Operating Center began in 2019 and provided hundreds of jobs for area workers, while also utilizing the company’s network of diverse suppliers. Ameren Missouri worked with 28 diverse suppliers on the project, and spent 38% of project funds with these vendors.

The construction of the North Metro Operating Center is just one of many investments Ameren Missouri is making as part of its Smart Energy Plan, a multi-year effort to strengthen the grid and bring more resilient energy to Missouri. Customers are already benefiting from Smart Energy Plan investments in North St. Louis and North County. These projects include stronger poles, more resilient power lines, smart equipment and upgraded circuits to better withstand severe weather events and restore power more quickly.

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 132,000 natural gas customers in central and eastern Missouri. The company’s service area covers 64 counties and more than 500 communities, including the greater St. Louis area. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter at @AmerenMissouri or

For further information: Ameren Missouri Communications, 314.554.2182,


Colliers, CBRE & Panattoni Development Team Up in Premier 370

New Construction in Industrial Market

Geoff Orf, SIOR and Chad Burkemper, of Colliers, and Matt Hrubes, CCIM, of CBRE, have teamed up to represent Panattoni Development marketing new industrial spec buildings in Premier 370 Business Park. Panattoni closed on the last two available lots in Premier 370 in June. Construction has commenced on two speculative buildings (423,000 and 366,600 square feet). The team of Orf, Burkemper and Hrubes are marketing the properties for lease. Construction is expected to be complete in the second quarter of 2022.

Since its introduction, Premier 370 has grown to be a premier class industrial park. With easy access from multiple interstates, the park has proved to be an ideal location for industrial users. To date, there has been 3.4 MSF of industrial space delivered supporting companies such as Reckitt Benckiser, Best Buy, Grove Collaborative, Medline, and Amazon.


Construction Team Completes Structural Steel and Pre-Cast Phases of the St. Louis City SC’s Soccer Stadium Project


More than 900,000 craft hours of work have been completed to date

The construction team has completed the structural steel and pre-cast phases of the St. Louis CITY SC’s state-of-the-art Major League Soccer (MLS) stadium project. The final steel beam of the stadium’s superstructure was put in place last month by the joint venture of Mortenson | Alberici | L. Keeley (MAKjv) with Kwame Building Group as the construction project manager and ownership group representative. This milestone begins to integrate the stadium into the St. Louis skyline and the growing urban landscape in Downtown St. Louis. The concrete floors on all of the decks also have been placed, marking the end of the pre-cast phase. 

So far, more than 5,326 tons, just over 10 million pounds, of steel have been incorporated into the stadium since the first steel column was placed in December of 2020. The project is the result of 900,000 craft hours of work to date and will surpass the 1 million craft-hour mark this September. KWAME is serving an integral role including project planning and scheduling; value engineering and budgeting; selecting project partners and maximizing MBE/WBE participation; coordinating with the city and utility companies; and other project management. 

“The local St Louis workforce and craftspersons are an exceptional team to work with,” said Nonyameko Waddell JD, Vice President at Kwame Building Group. “Even through challenges, they consistently demonstrate an unsurpassed commitment and a safety culture that is keeping this complex project on schedule. It is inspiring to see how far this collective team has come and we are excited for St. Louis residents, visitors, fans, and supporters to gather for St. Louis CITY SC’s first match in what is going to be an incredible addition to Our City.”

The next major phase includes exterior enclosure and interior mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and finishes. The construction team is currently erecting the highly visible canopy scaffold and continuing to work on the roofing, curtain walls, field lighting, speaker supports and metal panels for the new stadium. Underground utilities and foundation work for the fan pavilion is ongoing, while the early foundation work for the team’s new training complex is nearing completion. The construction team will soon begin placing structural steel for St. Louis City’s state-of-the-art training facility. 

One of the nation’s top pure construction management firms, St. Louis-based KWAME has an extensive track record of large, complex projects in a range of industries including sports complexes, major airports, light-rail systems, hospitals, education facilities, community centers and government facilities. KWAME previously partnered on the joint venture construction management team for the St. Louis Cardinals Busch Stadium, which opened in 2006. 

St. Louis CITY SC, one of the few majority female-led ownership groups in all of professional sports, was awarded Major League Soccer’s 28th expansion team in 2019. The St. Louis-based ownership group unveiled the club’s crest, logo and branding in 2020 and will take the pitch for their historic, inaugural season in 2023. Currently, St. Louis CITY is constructing an STLMade 22,500-seat world-class soccer-specific stadium, practice facility and team headquarters all within the same urban campus in St. Louis’ Downtown West District to create a 24/7/365 fan experience that is furthering St. Louis continued growth and revitalization. To stay up to date with St. Louis CITY SC stadium developments, visit and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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


KAI Build Named Missouri Women in Trades 2021 Breaking Barriers Contractor of the Year


KAI Build is proud to announce that it has been named the 2021 Breaking Barriers Contractor of the Year by the Missouri Women in Trades (MOWIT) organization. KAI accepted the award during MOWIT’s Blue Collar Black Tie Awards Gala honoring and celebrating women in the trades on Sept. 17 at the Sheet Metal Workers Local 36 Grand Hall in St. Louis.

“KAI Build strives to give women opportunities to achieve higher levels of construction leadership through our hiring process and programs,” said KAI Build’s Director of Project Management Gyasi Haynes. “Our culture and our goal is to be the most diverse organization the construction industry has ever seen. We are excited to have such great women working at KAI who are leading the way for other women and minorities. We are grateful for all our women team members and all that they do to be a part of the mission and vision of KAI.”

Founded in 2008, MOWIT works to expand opportunities for women to enter and succeed in apprenticeship and careers in the construction and building trades in the greater St. Louis area. MOWIT works with employers, unions, educational organizations and other entities to increase women’s equal employment and working conditions.

The Breaking Barriers Contractor of the Year award is given to the nominee who can demonstrate programs, initiatives and efforts that have supported women entering and succeeding in these programs. Nominations were open to contractors that are signatory with any of the St. Louis area unions listed in the St. Louis Construction Cooperative’s Construction Careers handbook.

KAI Build, which is a member of The St. Louis – Kansas City Carpenters Regional Council, has a workforce that includes 20 percent women, with 25 percent of women in leadership roles. KAI also reported a 20 percent increase in female workforce participation in the last year.

“Nothing beats their intentional programs to hire and support women, while going the extra mile to hire women for supervisory positions. They have shown themselves as excellent, honorable, diligent and committed to the woman mandate,” said MOWIT Board Member Rochelle Bonty.

Pictured above (L to R): Representing KAI Build: Lynnette Bryant, Gyasi Haynes, Alison Magee, Shannon Fogerty and Rusty Ellis.

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. For more than 40 years, KAI has been instrumental in transforming communities through its expertise in residential, commercial, K-12, higher education, healthcare, science and technology, aviation, mobility, sports and entertainment, government, water and community-focused projects. KAI Enterprises is comprised of four distinct business units—KAI Design, KAI Engineering, KAI Build and KAI 360 Construction Services. To learn more about KAI, visit


16-Story Inpatient Tower at Barnes-Jewish Hospital Announced


Building on the legacy of providing exceptional health care to patients from the St. Louis region, Missouri, Illinois, the nation and around the world, BJC HealthCare will soon break ground on a 16-story inpatient hospital tower at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. The new inpatient tower is an important component of BJC’s Campus Renewal, a long-term vision to transform the Washington University Medical Campus (WUMC) through new construction and renovations with an overall focus on improving the experiences of patients and families served by Barnes-Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

The new tower will be located on the site of the former Queeny Tower, which was heralded for its progressive design when opened over 55 years ago.  The innovative new facility will provide private rooms for heart and vascular patients, state-of-the-art imaging, and the latest in surgical preparation and recovery.  The tower has been designed to advance care by our highly skilled clinicians and enhance the experience for patients and their families.

“Even while on the front lines of combatting COVID-19 over the past year, we have continued to deliver on our mission of providing the highest quality of care to all patients we are privileged to serve.  The design of our new building will mirror our commitment to ensuring patient and family comfort during outpatient visits and hospital stays,” says Barnes-Jewish Hospital president John Lynch, MD. “The state-of-the-art technology we’re incorporating throughout the facility will further provide our caregivers with everything they need to deliver excellent patient care for decades to come.”

Paul Scheel, Jr., MD, CEO, Washington University Physicians, says, “This new facility ensures our patients have the best possible environment with the latest technology and best practices in patient care. In addition, this new environment will better enable our physicians to enhance the education of future medical and health care professionals.”

Planned for groundbreaking in October, the 660,000-square-foot tower will include 224 private inpatient rooms (32 rooms on seven floors) and 56 private intensive care unit (ICU) rooms (28 rooms on two floors), many with expansive views of Forest Park. Two rooftop gardens will provide patients, families, and staff with access to fresh air and respite, and a spacious family lounge will bring new amenities to the south end of the academic hospital campus, including a business center, kitchenette, quiet rooms, and laundry facilities.

An expansive surgical prep and recovery program will occupy two floors and two additional floors will feature a modern imaging center. An expanded dietary program will streamline meal preparation for on-demand patient dining, and visitors, staff and physicians will enjoy a spacious and bright cafeteria.

Significant and visually attractive improvements along Barnes-Jewish Plaza are designed to simplify and enhance arrival and wayfinding. A new signature elevated pedestrian walkway will lead from parking to a redesigned and expanded lobby, gift shop and coffee bar. A widened street and reconfigured drop off and valet space will offer an intuitive and inviting entrance.

The design of the tower complements Barnes-Jewish Hospital’s Parkview Tower and the St. Louis Children’s Hospital expansion, which opened in early 2018.  This new tower will further the creation of the unified architecture and skyline for the medical campus from Forest Park Avenue to Barnes-Jewish Plaza.

Innovation does not stop with the architecture.  Consistent with the previous phases of campus renewal, BJC and its design-build team have a shared commitment to diversity and inclusion among the contracting community and workforce. Together, we will continue working to accelerate the success of minority and women owned businesses in gaining contracts and in increasing the ethnic and gender diversity of onsite construction workers. 

The design-build team, leaders in the health care design and construction industry regionally and nationally, is led by McCarthy Building Companies. Architectural firm, CannonDesign, is designing the new hospital; BR+A Consulting Engineers leads the engineering team that includes Thornton Tomasetti (structural) and Castle Contracting (civil). Landscape design is provided by DTLS.

View additional interior and exterior renderings and a video animation.

BJC HealthCare is one of the largest nonprofit health care organizations in the United States and is focused on delivering services to residents primarily in the greater St. Louis, southern Illinois and mid-Missouri regions. With net revenues of $5.3 billion, BJC serves the health care needs of urban, suburban and rural communities and includes 15 hospitals and multiple community health locations. Services include inpatient and outpatient care, primary care, community health and wellness, workplace health, home health, community mental health, rehabilitation, long-term care and hospice. BJC’s academic medical centers – Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children’s Hospitals ­– are affiliated with the renowned Washington University School of Medicine.


St. Louis’ first 1 Million SF Spec Building Coming to Gateway TradePort


With demand for industrial warehouse space at an all-time high, commercial real estate firm JLL announced that Gateway TradePort in Pontoon Beach, Ill., will soon deliver its fourth and largest building, a 1 million square foot speculative warehouse. The building, which is expected to delivery by Q3 2022, is the first spec facility of its size to ever be built in the St. Louis market. NorthPoint Development has a total of 11 industrial buildings planned for its 600-acre, 7.8-million-square-foot development located at the intersection of I-270 and I-255 in Illinois.

David Branding, managing director for JLL’s industrial brokerage division, said, “The most significant challenge right now for tenants is finding large blocks of space available to lease. Nationwide, we’ve run out of product, particularly if you’re looking for 100,000 square feet or larger of Class A warehouse space. NorthPoint’s massive new building is in response to the demand we’re seeing in this market and across the country.”

According to JLL research, all the major industrial parks in St. Louis are currently at capacity. Industrial vacancy sits at 4.3 percent. As of June, more than 1.1 Million square feet has been absorbed in the St. Louis market, of which 703,000 square feet is in the Metro East submarket. Approximately 6 million square feet of industrial space is under construction or planned in the next year.

“Landlords and developers are making big bets to bring more supply to market. Next year will tell if those bets were large enough to meet demand.”

JLL (NYSE: JLL) is a leading professional services firm that specializes in real estate and investment management. JLL shapes the future of real estate for a better world by using the most advanced technology to create rewarding opportunities, amazing spaces and sustainable real estate solutions for our clients, our people and our communities. JLL is a Fortune 500 company with annual revenue of $16.6 billion in 2020, operations in over 80 countries and a global workforce of more than 91,000 as of March 31, 2021. JLL is the brand name, and a registered trademark, of Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated. For further information, visit

The 600-acre Gateway TradePort industrial park is ideally positioned, thanks to its proximity to major interstates. It is located at the intersection of I-270 and I-255, with fast access to Interstates 55, 64 and 70. The Metro East is also home to a high concentration of transportation and warehouse workers, and a lower average hourly starting wage than other industrial parks in the St. Louis area. An exclusive 23-year real-estate tax abatement period at Gateway TradePort provides added incentive for long-term tenancy.


New Again Houses Celebrates Continued Success with 25th Franchise Location Opening


Multi-Faceted Real Estate Business Celebrates the Opening of Its 25th Franchise Location in St. Louis

New Again Houses®a company that transforms old houses into fantastic modern homes, is thrilled to announce that new franchisee owners, Joshua and Tameka Stigers, have just recently opened up their 25th franchise location. This location is in Northwest St. Louis, Missouri.

New Again Houses® transforms houses into fantastic modern homes. After their homes are purchased, they fully remodel each one and sell them traditionally as market listings.

Franchise owner, Joshua Stigers, has lived in St. Louis for over twenty years, beginning his career as a middle school science teacher in the public school system. He, then, continued his career in public service as a police officer in the St. Louis Metro area. His wife, Tameka, has owned and operated Locs of Glory Salon and Spa for ten years. Last year, in the height of the pandemic, Tameka also opened Black Beauty Supply.

“As I continue serving my community as a police officer, I look forward to bringing New Again Houses to the region,” says Stigers. “There are many houses in the St. Louis area that need attention, and my hope is that we are able to turn many of them into quality housing while continuing to revitalize neighborhoods in our community.”

Founder, Matt Lavinder, and Vice President, Sam Ferguson, built the New Again Houses® Franchise in a way that revitalizes lives and houses within an ecosystem cultivating quality of life for its partners and clients. 

“New Again Houses®’ goal is to create opportunities, build relationships, and provide an ecosystem to our franchise owners, including resources that took them a decade to develop,” says Lavinder. “These resources help new franchise owners overcome many common startup obstacles that entrepreneurs face so they are not having to build their business alone.”

New Again Houses® was founded in 2008 as a way to transform old houses into new modern homes through a culture of innovation, ownership, and win-win relationships.

New Again Houses® franchise owners help carry the credible, trustworthy brand name of New Again Houses® across the United States. They are proud of all of their franchise owners for their success, hard work, and dedication in building their companies and delivering the same expectations and culture that New Again represents across the board. 

At New Again Houses® success is measured by achieving the balance between financial success and quality of life.

Please visit the site below or reach out to New Again Houses® if you are interested in learning more about the franchise process.

Franchise website:

Founder Video:

For more general information or to set up any interviews or features, please contact Lamont Johnson at or via phone at 305.219.2242.


Cervantes Convention Center Expansion Project Bidding Opportunities


St. Louis construction firms are invited to an informational event September 24 (today) to learn about bidding opportunities for the Cervantes Convention Center expansion project at The America’s Center (AC Next Gen.) The event will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Cervantes Convention Center, 701 Convention Plaza, Room 100. Guests should use the entrance at 8th Street and Washington Avenue. Contractors representing all trades are invited to attend and should pre-register at

“M/WBE participation will be an emphasis at this and all outreach events. We believe that the workforce on our projects should mirror the diverse communities where we work and live,” said Tony Thompson, president of Kwame Building Group, which is serving as the Project Manager.

The AC Next Gen project includes the addition of more than 90,000 square feet of exhibit space, a 61,000-square-foot multi-purpose ballroom and meeting area, additional new loading docks, outdoor pavilion and more. 

To learn more about the project and bidding opportunities, visit


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