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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.

Carly Tribout Joins Geotechnology as Human Resources Coordinator

Carly Tribout

Geotechnology, Inc., has hired Carly Tribout as its Human Resources Coordinator. She will be based in the company’s St. Louis office.

A member of the Society of Human Resource Management, Ms. Tribout comes to Geotechnology after having previously worked in campus recruitment, selection and development for a national insurance company.          

She is a graduate of Missouri State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management with a minor in Leadership.

“Carly is an excellent addition to our team,” said Geotechnology Human Resources Manager, Erica O’Connor. “Her knowledge and background will help us to continue to recruit and hire dedicated, resourceful professionals who are committed to the success of both Geotechnology and our clients.”

Tim Kiepe Joins Murphy Company

Tim Kiepe

Tim Kiepe has joined Murphy Company, the area’s largest mechanical contractor, as piping designer. The announcement was made by Brandon Welch, BIM piping supervisor.

Kiepe has more than 18 years’ experience in architectural construction engineering, with design experience in heating, ventilation and air-conditioning; piping and plumbing as well as several years’ experience as a BIM/CADD manager. He has designed piping, HVAC and plumbing systems for multiple markets, including central utility plants (CUPs), medical facilities, higher education, commercial and industrial projects. As an assistant mechanical designer for a large engineering firm, he helped design CUPs, combined heat and power plants (CHPs), reciprocating engine power plants, boiler plants, federal, commercial and industrial projects.

Kiepe holds both a bachelor’s degree and associate’s degree in drafting technology (computer aided industrial design) from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg.

December 20, 2019

Lawrence Group Announces 2019 Promotions

Lawrence Group is pleased to announce the following promotions: Todd Bundren, Riza Encarnacion, Matt Lundgren, Lisa Morrison, Greg Trost and Galen Vassar have been promoted to associate principal.

Todd Bundren

Todd Bundren, NCARB, LEED AP® BD+C leads multiple teams that focus on national accounts in the retail, hospitality and senior living markets. He also heads up Lawrence Group’s sustainable design and LEED Certification efforts for the built environment. He is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and sits on the Planning and Zoning Commission for the town of Crestwood, MO. Bundren joined Lawrence Group in 2006 and has more than 15 years of experience.

Rita Encarnacion

Riza Encarnacion, RA, NCARB, specializes in managing large, complex projects for healthcare clients. She is currently managing the design team for the $550 million SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital and served as project manager for the award-winning SSM Health St. Mary’s Replacement Hospital in Jefferson City. She joined Lawrence Group in 2001 and has 29 years of experience.

Matt Lundgren

Matt Lundgren, AIA, LEED AP® provides management and operational oversight for Lawrence Group’s New York office. He specializes in experiential retail design and hospitality solutions for national clients such as Warby Parker, Blue Bottle Coffee, Adore Me and Tend. Lundgren joined Lawrence Group in 2012 and has 17 years of experience.

Lisa Morrison

Lisa Morrison, WELL AP, NCIDQ specializes in the visioning and design of innovative workplace and hospitality environments. As a newly accredited WELL AP, she designed Missouri’s first WELL-certified project for Cushman & Wakefield and recently designed a new workplace strategy for OPAA Food Management. She has teamed with Lodging Hospitality Management for renovations at St. Louis Union Station. Lisa joined Lawrence Group in 2012 and will continue to help the firm grow its workplace and hospitality markets.

Greg Trost

Greg Trost, AIA, LEED AP®, specializes in adaptive reuse and historic renovation, educating clients on state and federal historic tax credit eligible buildings. His award-winning projects include The Core Apartment Residences, 4100 Lindell and Page 2 of 3 Cupples Building 9. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects and U.S. Green Building Council. Trost joined Lawrence Group in 2014 and has more than 20 years of experience.

Galen Vassar

Galen Vassar, NCIDQ, leads Lawrence Group’s hospitality practice, improving guest experiences for hotel, restaurant and entertainment clients. She is a St. Louis Business Journal 40 under 40 award winner, and her experience includes award-winning St. Louis landmarks such as Hotel Ignacio, Angad Arts Hotel, Park Pacific and Sun Theater. She joined the firm in 2005 and has more than 15 years of experience.

Jill Engel

Jill Engel has been promoted to director of real estate operations. Jill Engel joined Lawrence Group in 2017 has more than 20 years of experience. She specializes in real estate operations and asset management. Her projects include Park Pacific, Marquette, Southside Tower and Southside Station. Alicia Buehrle, Matt Huff, John Iffrig, Corey Pinkley have been promoted to senior associate.

Alicia Buehrle

Alicia Buehrle joined Lawrence Group in 2006 and has more than 14 years of experience. She specializes in senior living and healthcare design, and her projects include Cottages at Lake Saint Louis and Nazareth Living Center.

Matt Huff

Matt Huff, AIA, NCARB, joined Lawrence Group in 2016 and has 20 years of design experience. His diverse portfolio includes libraries, charter schools, universities, healthcare, commercial, residential, historic renovation and urban infill projects

John Iffrig

John Iffrig, PLA, ASLA, joined Lawrence Group in 2008 and has 13 years of landscape architecture experience, including commercial, institutional, healthcare and senior living. He is currently providing landscape architecture services for City Foundry STL and SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital.

Corey Pinkley

Corey Pinkley joined Lawrence Group in 2006 and has 15 years of experience. He specializes in residential and commercial project types and most recently has designed multiple historic renovations in the Skinker Debaliviere historic district.

Lawrence Group is a building design, development, and project delivery firm with offices in Austin, New York and St. Louis. With more than 160 employees, the firm offers architecture, interior design, furniture procurement, landscape architecture, graphic design, master planning, construction and real estate development services to healthcare, academic, commercial, hospitality, corporate and housing clients. Visit us at thelawrencegroup.com or connect with us on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.

December 13, 2019

Oculus Inc. Grows Staff at St. Louis Headquarters

Oculus Inc., a full-service architecture and interior design firm, has hired Catherine Matthews and Charlene Masona to serve as an entry level intern architect and a marketing assistant, respectively. Both will work at Oculus’ headquarters in St. Louis.

“Catherine and Charlene both bring a variety of skills that will be essential to the growth of Oculus,” said Lisa Bell-Reim, Oculus Inc. president. “We look forward to seeing Catherine add to the talent of our architecture team and Charlene help market our award-winning work. Both are welcome additions to the firm.”

In Matthews’ role, she will work on a variety of projects with an emphasis in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries. This includes community-based outpatient clinics in Myrtle Beach, S.C. and Corpus Christi, Texas. Prior to joining Oculus, Matthews served as a student intern architect at Corgan and DHC Architects in Texas. She has a Master of Architecture from Kansas State University.

As a marketing assistant, Masona will support both marketing and business development efforts for the firm, specifically in the areas of digital marketing, print production and preparation of proposals, among other responsibilities. Previously, she worked as a social media strategist for the Brian Owens Soul musical brand. Masona possesses a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

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 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.

 Spellman Brady & Company Hires Nicole Dutton, Artwork Consultant 

Nicole Dutton

Spellman Brady & Company, an award-winning interior design firm, is pleased to announce that Nicole Dutton has joined the firm as its Artwork Consultant & Project Manager.  She will oversee managing the firm’s artwork master planning services for corporate, healthcare, senior living and higher education clients while managing the budget, schedule and installation of the firm’s multiple artwork projects across the country.

Ms. Dutton brings more than 12 years of professional experience focused on arts administration and curation.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Greenville University and holds a Master of Fine Arts from Fontbonne University with a specialty in Painting.  Prior to joining Spellman Brady, she was the curator of the William and Florence Schmidt Art Center at Southwestern Illinois College and worked at Chesterfield Arts as the associate director overseeing the public art master plan and art education.

Spellman Brady & Company is an award-winning interior design firm specializing in senior living, healthcare, and higher education environments.  The firm maintains design excellence by delivering comprehensive interior design, furniture, artwork master planning, and procurement services. For more information about Spellman Brady & Company, please visit www.spellmanbrady.com.

December 6, 2019

S. M. Wilson Promotes Mike Ashley To Field Director

Mike Ashley

S.M. Wilson & Co. has promoted Mike Ashley to Field Director. His promotion comes with a recent restructuring of S. M. Wilson’s Field Operations department. The Field Director position will replace the Director of Field Operations to allow for more than one individual to provide direct support, oversight, and mentorship for the field aspects of projects from pre-construction to close-out including support of superintendents and tradespeople.

Ashley was brought into the Field Operations department to assist former Director of Operations, Mike Zick and Ashley has demonstrated great value in the field as well as the company.

Both Ashley and Zick will assume the title of Field Director. In their new roles, they will each be assigned to specific clients and project teams. This will allow every team the benefit of a dedicated Field Director with the resources available to provide guidance and support.

Ashley joined S. M. Wilson in 2004 and has worked on a variety of projects including Ladue Schools, Link in the Loop, City Foundry STL and Clarendale St. Peters. He is OSHA 30 certified and has more than 40 years of experience in the construction industry.

The UP Companies Teams UP with Hip Hop Recording Artist Chingy to Produce “Old Construction Road” Song, Music Video

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“Old Town Road” parody song highlights UPCO brand, promotes careers in construction 

 

While the construction industry may be booming and the need for new buildings and structures has increased, the workforce needed to complete those projects has decreased considerably. In fact, workforce shortages remain one of the single most significant threats to the construction industry today.

A significant part of the problem is the lack of interest from younger generations, such as Millennials and Gen Z, to work in construction despite the surplus of well-paying positions and low-cost or free education and training. In many high schools and colleges around the U.S., four-year degrees and white-collar jobs are emphasized over skilled labor training, with certain vocational programs being cut altogether. A staggering 80% of U.S. construction firms are having trouble hiring talent, and the trend is predicted to worsen.

The current state of the construction industry was one of the key motivators behind The UP Companies (UPCO) of St. Louis releasing a parody song and music video of “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X, appropriately named “Old Construction Road” featuring international hip hop artist Howard “Chingy” Bailey, Jr.

UPCO, one of the region’s largest full-service MBE-certified contracting companies offering all-inclusive and convenient solutions for general contractors, owners and facility management professionals, consists of Power UP Electrical Contractors, Square UP Builders and Hustle UP Laborers. These three distinct business units have each felt the effects of workforce shortages on their projects. In order to recruit new talent for job openings at its three divisions, UPCO decided that it needed a fun and innovative way to attract the next generation of worker.

“We wanted to do a unique project that establishes The UP Companies as an industry leader who is not afraid to have fun and take risks to get the job done,” said UPCO President Michael B. Kennedy, Jr. “We also wanted to create awareness among potential employees, particularly minorities, that we are the premier destination for careers and to motivate them to consider working for us.”

Back in August while Kennedy was traveling on vacation, like much of the country, he could not get the hit song “Old Town Road” out of his head. During his flight, inspiration struck, and he found himself writing his own lyrics to the popular song with words related to construction and UPCO. Shortly thereafter, “Old Construction Road” was born.

Upon returning home to St. Louis, Kennedy enlisted close friend and well-known rapper Chingy to help produce the song. Chingy grew up in St. Louis and began writing music at age 7. His debut album “Jackpot” sold three million copies in 2003 and featured hit singles “Right Thurr”, “One Call Away” and “Holidae Inn”. Chingy would go on to record more albums throughout his career, making him an international recording artist with 50 million records sold worldwide. He is currently on the “Millenium Tour” and plans to release a new album in March 2020.

Chingy organized the recording session for “Old Construction Road” as well as lent his voice talents to a key verse in the song. Kennedy sings several verses, while the hook and chorus are sung by Square UP employee Cornelius Blanks. A music video featuring the trio and other UPCO employees was produced soon after through St. Louis-based video production company Unbridled Media and released to the public on Dec. 20. The video is featured on YouTube and at theUPcompanies.com/old-construction-road/

Chingy, who started the Chingy For Change Foundation to educate inner-city children on how to become positive leaders in their communities, said he was happy to help Kennedy with his unique project that gives minorities and young people a life changing, positive career path.

“I got involved with the project to bring awareness to the opportunity that the construction industry is providing for everyday people who are looking for work. UPCO is providing job opportunities to folks in need who want to work and better themselves,” said Chingy. “With me, it’s always about helping and healing. I do things out of love and compassion, so I am excited to be a part of this project and touching lives one at a time.”

In an effort to provide workforce shortage solutions and address the immediate need for staffing, The UP Companies is working on plans for a job fair in March 2020 at its offices at 2060 Craigshire Road in Maryland Heights, Missouri. Representatives from each of the UPCO service lines, Associated General Contractors of Missouri (AGCMO) and various local labor unions will be available to discuss opportunities with interested jobseekers. Applicants will also get the chance to meet the stars of the “Old Construction Road” video, Chingy, Cornelius Blanks and, of course, UPCO President Michael B. Kennedy.

Leonard Toenjes, president of AGCMO, an association dedicated to serving the construction industry and providing solutions for the workforce shortage said, “AGC of Missouri has been working at every level to help everyone in our community. AGCMO has staff and volunteers working with high schools, career and technical education schools, community-based organizations, workforce boards, career days and project owners to get out the word.”

AGCMO recently created a website, Build Your Future – Build Missouri at  https://missouri.byf.org, that provides specific entry information for construction careers 24/7, plus the organization has a very active scholarship program to help those who need financial support to be successful in construction.

“The construction industry offers great career opportunities for anyone who gains satisfaction from seeing the results of their work every day,” said Toenjes. “Construction industry careers have many personal and financial benefits for anyone willing to build their future.”

For more information about a career in construction, visit The UP Companies at www.theupcompanies.com; AGCMO at www.agcmo.org; Build Your Future – Build Missouri at https://missouri.byf.org; St. Louis – Kansas City Carpenters Regional Council at www.carpdc.org; Associated Electrical Contractors Local Union 57 – St. Louis at https://www.carpdc.org/Training/Schools/AECLU57JAP; Painters District Council 58 at http://www.dc58iupat.net/; and Laborers Local 42 at https://www.liuna42stl.com/.

The UP Companies (UPCO) is one of the region’s largest full-service MBE-certified contracting companies offering all-inclusive and convenient solutions for general contractors, owners and facilities management professionals. For almost a decade, UPCO has focused on its mission of Building UP Communities Through Innovation, Diversity, and Integrity, providing superior design and contracting services through each of its distinct business units—Power UP, Square UP and Hustle UP. For more information, go to www.theupcompanies.com or call 314.865.3888.

VIEW MUSIC VIDEO –

YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wl7vuJHdH70&feature=youtu.be

UPCO Website – theUPcompanies.com/old-construction-road/  

 

Edgemicro Signs Agreement with Murphy Company to Provide Data Center Support Services Across all U.S. Sites

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Murphy Company Will Provide NOC, Remote Hands, Predictive/Preventative Maintenance, Incident Response and Other Services for EdgeMicro Customers

EdgeMicro has selected Murphy Company as its nationwide partner for a range of data center support services within its Micro Data Center (MDC) implementations across the U.S. Murphy is a highly-respected, 100+ year old, 4th-generation, family-owned mechanical contractor. Murphy’s Data Center Services group is a leader in supporting mission critical IT environments. Murphy will provide 24/7/365 Network Operations Center (NOC) services for EdgeMicro as well as support customers with remote hands, preventative and predictive maintenance, incident response and other data center support services.

Murphy currently operates in over 40 states supporting over 1000 sites through its network of mission critical contractors. Murphy will immediately begin supporting the facilities that EdgeMicro has deployed in its first three markets: Austin, Raleigh and Tampa. Murphy will also support the 30 additional sites that EdgeMicro will launch over the next 36 months.

“Murphy has been at the forefront of supporting mission critical facilities for decades, and its data center services team has unmatched experience. They are an ideal partner for supporting our MDCs and our customers’ needs,” said Loren Zweig, Vice President of Operations at EdgeMicro. “We chose Murphy for a number of reasons, including their outstanding track record in the data center and mission critical systems industry. That experience includes working with a long list of companies in regulated industries that must adhere to stringent compliance requirements. But the most important reason is that the Murphy team gets it. They understand how to operate facilities simply and effectively, they have a ‘get ‘er done’ attitude, and they will be a seamless extension of the EdgeMicro team.”

Eric Gottschlich, Director of Data Center Services at Murphy is excited for the partnership as well: “One of the things that stood out at the beginning of our conversations with EdgeMicro is their focus on the needs of their customers. The EdgeMicro team’s mindset aligns with our own philosophy, which is about supporting the customer’s business objectives not simply their physical assets. Murphy supports the data centers and mission critical facilities of many of the largest companies in North America, and our experience will make our team an asset to each of the companies that use EdgeMicro MDCs.”

“This partnership with Murphy is a major milestone for our company, and I’m really excited to have its outstanding team working with us,” said Mike Hagan, CEO of EdgeMicro. “One of the things that makes Murphy such an important partner is their geographic reach. As EdgeMicro scales up from where we are now to hundreds of MDCs in the U.S., Murphy’s geographic reach will ensure that we can provide the same high standard of service, consistency and quality no matter where our customers want to be — not to mention the potential to develop a framework to, one day, support thousands of MDCs internationally.”

EdgeMicro is an edge colocation company launched in 2017 dedicated to delivering on the promise of edge computing. Founded by an elite team with telecommunications and data center expertise with a simple yet innovative solution, EdgeMicro is deploying hundreds of network-neutral, modular data centers that deliver the scale and flexibility required at the edge. visit www.edgemicro.com.

A division of Murphy Company, one of the nation’s largest mechanical contractors with offices in St. Louis and Denver, Murphy Data Center Services provides nationwide strategic integration of all crucial facility infrastructure components.  From consulting to design build and preventative maintenance, we are your one-stop data services company. visit www.murphynet.com/services/data-center-services/

Tarlton Corp. Garners 2019 St. Louis Green Business Challenge Innovation Award

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Tarlton Corp., a St. Louis-based general contracting and construction management firm, received a 2019 Award of Innovation for completing a self-selected project at the Challenge Champion Level from the St. Louis Green Business Challenge, a program of the Missouri Botanical Garden.

The firm was among 19 companies recognized for the St. Louis Green Business Challenge Innovation Award this year. Champion companies have typically participated in the Challenge for two or more years and have integrated a range of sustainability measures into the kinds of everyday operations the Challenge addresses. These high-performing companies then have the option to plan, conduct and report on an Innovation project that can advance operational green excellence or focus on a client-facing body of work. Champion work is supported by site visits by the Challenge staff and customized coaching and the opportunity to network and learn at monthly Challenge programs.

As part of Tarlton’s 2019 St. Louis Green Business Challenge, the firm introduced its first Green Week, which included hosting a successful electronics and appliance collection day, a trash cleanup day in Forest Park, participation in Operation Clean Stream, a learning opportunity on how to make and use homemade, eco-friendly household cleaners and a lunch and learn on the many benefits of native plants and how to incorporate them into your home garden. Several other initiatives to reduce waste resulted in the following:

  • The firm reduced paper use from an average of 3,600 sheets per week to 1,849 sheets per week, resulting in a 49 percent reduction. This reduction saved the firm approximately $880 in one week.
  • The firm recycled 268 pounds of paper, which saved 2.25 trees and 12 cubic feet of landfill space.
  • The successful efforts resulted in a change to the firm’s procedures on trash and recycling bin pickup schedules.
  • “The results from our collective efforts to reduce waste generated in just one week were astonishing,” said Tarlton senior project manager Diane Grimsley, who led the company’s initiatives for the St. Louis Green Business Challenge. “We quickly learned how much of an impact just changing the way you do things internally can make.”

In 2018, Tarlton earned first-place in the Leader Level-Owner category, which provided the impetus to strive for the Champion Level of the Green Business Challenge competition. Also in that year, Tarlton was one of 10 participants that garnered an Award of Merit at the Challenge Leader Level for advancing sustainability efforts and accomplishing a number of initiatives, including its participation in Operation Clean Stream and installing LED/CFL lighting at its headquarters.

The St. Louis Green Business Challenge at Missouri Botanical Garden marks its 10th year of work with companies across the bi-state region to advance sustainability as a business solution. At the awards celebration on Dec. 6, 61 businesses, nonprofits and local government entities were recognized for their work to integrate sustainable policies and practices into their operations. Challenge participation for 2019 also was recognized with awards at Apprentice, Green Cities and Leader Levels, in addition to the Champion company work.

The St. Louis Green Business Challenge supports companies and local government entities’ voluntary efforts to conserve energy and water, reduce waste through recycling and other practices, advance sustainable transportation options, enhance biodiversity on company property and educate and engage employees around sustainable thinking and practice.

In addition, Tarlton also was recognized this year as an exclusive member of the Challenge Green Decade Honor Roll – one of 12 firms that have participated in the Challenge since the program was launched 10 years ago. Since that time, 233 companies, nonprofits and municipalities have joined. This participation has engaged over 155,000 employees and nearly 470,000 residents, for a total of 620,000 individuals influenced by this work across the regional economy. Ongoing sustainability commitment is strong: 56 percent of these companies have participated in the Challenge for two or more years; 41 percent for three years or more. The St. Louis Green Business Challenge will launch its 11th year of sustainable business services in March, 2020.

About St. Louis Green Business Challenge

St. Louis Green Business Challenge, a program of the Missouri Botanical Garden, assists companies in integrating sustainable measures into their daily operations. Initiated in 2010, originally in partnership with the St. Louis Regional Chamber, the Challenge delivers “Triple Bottom Line” results (fiscal, social and environmental) to businesses of all types and sizes across the St. Louis region. Challenge activity influences the business, educational, governmental and non-profit sectors of the St. Louis regional economy. The program works for building owners and tenants, supporting companies new to the concept of sustainable business operations and those already engaged and ready to fully integrate sustainable options.  About:blank www.stlouisgreenchallenge.com

About Tarlton

Tarlton Corp. is a WBENC-Certified Women’s Business Enterprise that provides outstanding preconstruction and construction solutions to clients in the life science, higher education, health care, commercial, power and industrial markets. In business since 1946, 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.

Mortenson, Alberici & L. Keeley Joint Venture Selected for Pre-Construction of the New St. Louis Soccer Stadium

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Locally-based team with national sports expertise committed to inclusive workforce participation

Mortenson | Alberici | L. Keeley has been selected to facilitate the planning of St. Louis’ new Major League Soccer stadium. The team is fully engaged in pre-construction efforts to finalize plans for the proposed stadium located in the city’s Downtown West area. “Mortenson | Alberici | L. Keeley is proud to partner with the ownership group as they prepare to build a world-class stadium for the St. Louis community,” said Logan Gerken, vice president and general manager for Mortenson.

“The Mortenson l Alberici | L. Keeley team brings a unique blend of best-in-class national sports expertise with a track record of delivering the best value, finishing strong with on-time and on-budget completions combined with local St. Louis building experience.”

In addition to extensive building experience, the tri-venture of Mortenson l Alberici | L. Keeley is recognized for its combined industry leadership experience and commitment to developing and implementing a successful workforce development and diversity inclusion plan. Mortenson has achieved unprecedented levels of local, minority workforce, and small business inclusion on highprofile sports projects such as Allianz Field (Minnesota United FC), Fiserv Forum (Milwaukee Bucks), and U.S. Bank Stadium (Minnesota Vikings). Local industry leaders Alberici and L. Keeley have pioneered construction training programs are active in various local industry organizations, including the AGC of Missouri, St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers, and the St. Louis Supplier Diversity Network.

“Our firms have longstanding and collaborative relationships with local trade partners and authorities which will prove critical for completing the work,” said Kevin Williams, Alberici executive vice president. “We are committed to working with the St. Louis community to create opportunity and tell the story of a stadium that will serve as a key part of the city’s downtown revitalization.”

Rusty Keeley, L. Keeley chief executive officer added, “A project of this significance requires a pre-construction team that provides the capabilities for complex projects as well as a vested interest in improving the lives of fellow St. Louisans. We are honored to be a part of the project, creating a positive legacy in St. Louis.”

Kwame Building Group (KWAME) has been selected as the MLS4THELOU Ownership Group’s representative and program manager. The architects include a partnership of St. Louis-based architecture firms HOK and Snow Kreilich Architects.

Founded in 1954, Mortenson is a U.S.-based, family-owned corporation. Mortenson provides a complete range of services, including program management, design phase, construction management, design-build, and turn-key development. With annual revenue of $4.6B and project operations extending across the nation, Mortenson is the 16th largest construction company in the U.S. by Engineering News Record (ENR), and is consistently named a leading sports builder.

A proud member of the St. Louis community since 1918, Alberici is a diversified construction company recognized for superior quality and customer service. In addition to the LEED Platinum headquarters in St. Louis, we maintain operations throughout North America. With annual revenues exceeding $2 billion, Alberici was ranked as the 37th largest construction company in the U.S. by ENR. L. Keeley Construction

L. Keeley is a family-owned, St. Louis based construction company providing innovative solutions across a wide-array of specialties including complex civil work in highly specialized and structurally challenging environments. Founded on the importance of Safety, Quality, and Service – L. Keeley has grown to over 550 team members and was recently recognized as a 2019 Top 20 Firm in Excavation and Foundation. L. Keeley is a proud member of the Keeley Companies family, set to exceed $1 billion in revenue over the next three years.

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.

Lawrence Group Announces 2019 Promotions

Lawrence Group is pleased to announce the following promotions: Todd Bundren, Riza Encarnacion, Matt Lundgren, Lisa Morrison, Greg Trost and Galen Vassar have been promoted to associate principal.

Todd Bundren

Todd Bundren, NCARB, LEED AP® BD+C leads multiple teams that focus on national accounts in the retail, hospitality and senior living markets. He also heads up Lawrence Group’s sustainable design and LEED Certification efforts for the built environment. He is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and sits on the Planning and Zoning Commission for the town of Crestwood, MO. Bundren joined Lawrence Group in 2006 and has more than 15 years of experience.

Rita Encarnacion

Riza Encarnacion, RA, NCARB, specializes in managing large, complex projects for healthcare clients. She is currently managing the design team for the $550 million SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital and served as project manager for the award-winning SSM Health St. Mary’s Replacement Hospital in Jefferson City. She joined Lawrence Group in 2001 and has 29 years of experience.

Matt Lundgren

Matt Lundgren, AIA, LEED AP® provides management and operational oversight for Lawrence Group’s New York office. He specializes in experiential retail design and hospitality solutions for national clients such as Warby Parker, Blue Bottle Coffee, Adore Me and Tend. Lundgren joined Lawrence Group in 2012 and has 17 years of experience.

Lisa Morrison

Lisa Morrison, WELL AP, NCIDQ specializes in the visioning and design of innovative workplace and hospitality environments. As a newly accredited WELL AP, she designed Missouri’s first WELL-certified project for Cushman & Wakefield and recently designed a new workplace strategy for OPAA Food Management. She has teamed with Lodging Hospitality Management for renovations at St. Louis Union Station. Lisa joined Lawrence Group in 2012 and will continue to help the firm grow its workplace and hospitality markets.

Greg Trost

Greg Trost, AIA, LEED AP®, specializes in adaptive reuse and historic renovation, educating clients on state and federal historic tax credit eligible buildings. His award-winning projects include The Core Apartment Residences, 4100 Lindell and Page 2 of 3 Cupples Building 9. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects and U.S. Green Building Council. Trost joined Lawrence Group in 2014 and has more than 20 years of experience.

Galen Vassar

Galen Vassar, NCIDQ, leads Lawrence Group’s hospitality practice, improving guest experiences for hotel, restaurant and entertainment clients. She is a St. Louis Business Journal 40 under 40 award winner, and her experience includes award-winning St. Louis landmarks such as Hotel Ignacio, Angad Arts Hotel, Park Pacific and Sun Theater. She joined the firm in 2005 and has more than 15 years of experience.

Jill Engel

Jill Engel has been promoted to director of real estate operations. Jill Engel joined Lawrence Group in 2017 has more than 20 years of experience. She specializes in real estate operations and asset management. Her projects include Park Pacific, Marquette, Southside Tower and Southside Station. Alicia Buehrle, Matt Huff, John Iffrig, Corey Pinkley have been promoted to senior associate.

Alicia Buehrle

Alicia Buehrle joined Lawrence Group in 2006 and has more than 14 years of experience. She specializes in senior living and healthcare design, and her projects include Cottages at Lake Saint Louis and Nazareth Living Center.

Matt Huff

Matt Huff, AIA, NCARB, joined Lawrence Group in 2016 and has 20 years of design experience. His diverse portfolio includes libraries, charter schools, universities, healthcare, commercial, residential, historic renovation and urban infill projects

John Iffrig

John Iffrig, PLA, ASLA, joined Lawrence Group in 2008 and has 13 years of landscape architecture experience, including commercial, institutional, healthcare and senior living. He is currently providing landscape architecture services for City Foundry STL and SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital.

Corey Pinkley

Corey Pinkley joined Lawrence Group in 2006 and has 15 years of experience. He specializes in residential and commercial project types and most recently has designed multiple historic renovations in the Skinker Debaliviere historic district.

Lawrence Group is a building design, development, and project delivery firm with offices in Austin, New York and St. Louis. With more than 160 employees, the firm offers architecture, interior design, furniture procurement, landscape architecture, graphic design, master planning, construction and real estate development services to healthcare, academic, commercial, hospitality, corporate and housing clients. Visit us at thelawrencegroup.com or connect with us on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.

December 13, 2019

Oculus Inc. Grows Staff at St. Louis Headquarters

Oculus Inc., a full-service architecture and interior design firm, has hired Catherine Matthews and Charlene Masona to serve as an entry level intern architect and a marketing assistant, respectively. Both will work at Oculus’ headquarters in St. Louis.

“Catherine and Charlene both bring a variety of skills that will be essential to the growth of Oculus,” said Lisa Bell-Reim, Oculus Inc. president. “We look forward to seeing Catherine add to the talent of our architecture team and Charlene help market our award-winning work. Both are welcome additions to the firm.”

In Matthews’ role, she will work on a variety of projects with an emphasis in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries. This includes community-based outpatient clinics in Myrtle Beach, S.C. and Corpus Christi, Texas. Prior to joining Oculus, Matthews served as a student intern architect at Corgan and DHC Architects in Texas. She has a Master of Architecture from Kansas State University.

As a marketing assistant, Masona will support both marketing and business development efforts for the firm, specifically in the areas of digital marketing, print production and preparation of proposals, among other responsibilities. Previously, she worked as a social media strategist for the Brian Owens Soul musical brand. Masona possesses a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

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 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.

 Spellman Brady & Company Hires Nicole Dutton, Artwork Consultant 

Nicole Dutton

Spellman Brady & Company, an award-winning interior design firm, is pleased to announce that Nicole Dutton has joined the firm as its Artwork Consultant & Project Manager.  She will oversee managing the firm’s artwork master planning services for corporate, healthcare, senior living and higher education clients while managing the budget, schedule and installation of the firm’s multiple artwork projects across the country.

Ms. Dutton brings more than 12 years of professional experience focused on arts administration and curation.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Greenville University and holds a Master of Fine Arts from Fontbonne University with a specialty in Painting.  Prior to joining Spellman Brady, she was the curator of the William and Florence Schmidt Art Center at Southwestern Illinois College and worked at Chesterfield Arts as the associate director overseeing the public art master plan and art education.

Spellman Brady & Company is an award-winning interior design firm specializing in senior living, healthcare, and higher education environments.  The firm maintains design excellence by delivering comprehensive interior design, furniture, artwork master planning, and procurement services. For more information about Spellman Brady & Company, please visit www.spellmanbrady.com.

December 6, 2019

S. M. Wilson Promotes Mike Ashley To Field Director

Mike Ashley

S.M. Wilson & Co. has promoted Mike Ashley to Field Director. His promotion comes with a recent restructuring of S. M. Wilson’s Field Operations department. The Field Director position will replace the Director of Field Operations to allow for more than one individual to provide direct support, oversight, and mentorship for the field aspects of projects from pre-construction to close-out including support of superintendents and tradespeople.

Ashley was brought into the Field Operations department to assist former Director of Operations, Mike Zick and Ashley has demonstrated great value in the field as well as the company.

Both Ashley and Zick will assume the title of Field Director. In their new roles, they will each be assigned to specific clients and project teams. This will allow every team the benefit of a dedicated Field Director with the resources available to provide guidance and support.

Ashley joined S. M. Wilson in 2004 and has worked on a variety of projects including Ladue Schools, Link in the Loop, City Foundry STL and Clarendale St. Peters. He is OSHA 30 certified and has more than 40 years of experience in the construction industry.

S. M. Wilson Hires Keith Peters As Director of Client Development

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Keith Peters

S. M. Wilson & Co. has hired Keith Peters as Director of Client Development.

Peters joins S. M. Wilson’s Client Development team with 20 years of experience in client development, marketing and sales. The addition comes as part of the company’s recent restructure to provide more value and personalized experience for their clients, partners and employees. Peters holds a Communications degree from Missouri State University and will be the dedicated lead for S. M. Wilson’s retail, hospitality, multi-family and development market sectors.

S. M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis. For nearly 100 years, S. M. Wilson has provided a complete range of services and has become one of the leading general construction and construction management firms in the St. Louis area. The employee-owned company is dedicated to going above and beyond expectations for their clients by putting people first. For more information, visit www.smwilson.com.

St. Louis Hotel Developer Adds Hilton Properties to Its Management Portfolio

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Midas Hospitality—a leading hotel development, management and investment firm—recently added two Oklahoma hotels to its growing management operations.

The two Hilton properties are the Hilton Garden Inn located at 420 W. Albany St. and the Homewood Suites located at 4900 W. Madison Place.  Both are situated in Broken Arrow, Okla., which is the largest suburb of Tulsa.  Midas Hospitality also manages an Aloft in Tulsa, Okla. and the Hampton Inn in Duncan, Okla.

The Hilton Garden Inn is a 107-room hotel that is only 13 miles from downtown Tulsa and the airport.  The 99-suite Homewood Suites features an outdoor pool and is in close proximity to shopping, restaurants and entertainment.  Grayson Davis, who will continue as the General Manager for the Hilton Garden Inn, will also oversee the Homewood Suites until a new manager is selected.

Midas Hospitality currently manages 11 hotels for various ownership groups, as well as owns and manages 27 throughout the Midwest and southern states.  The company’s hotel portfolio continues to grow through new development and construction, renovation of aging properties, and acquisition of existing properties.

“In addition to owning our own hotels, we manage the properties of select owners who are looking to leverage our talent and historic success,” said Midas Hospitality’s Co-Founder and CEO David Robert.  “We look forward to adding these hotels to our current Oklahoma properties while continuing to acquire and manage both new and existing properties.” 

Founded in 2006, Midas Hospitality specializes in the development, management and investment of award-winning hotel properties across the U.S.  The firm focuses on select-service and extended-stay experiences for global brands including Hilton, Marriott, and IHG.  Midas’ headquarters are located at 1804 Borman Circle Dr. in Maryland Heights, Mo.  For more information, call (314) 692-0100 or visit http://www.midashospitality.com.

KAI Build Breaks Ground on Renovation, Addition to Maryland Heights Fire Protection District HQ

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KAI Build broke ground Dec. 10 on a renovation and addition project at the Maryland Heights Fire Protection District Headquarters Engine House One in Maryland Heights, Missouri. The project was made possible by a bond passed by voters for capital purchases to “Build a Safer Community.”

Plans for the project include a complete state-of-the-art upgrade of the existing 22-year-old, 18,902-square-foot firehouse located at 2600 Schuetz Road, plus a 2,112-square-foot living quarters addition and a 4,300-square-foot apparatus support addition on the east and north sides of the building. The new design includes more capacity for emergency equipment, improved operational areas, a severe weather safe room, living quarters that promote gender equity, dedicated decontamination area with specialized gear extractors to reduce the risk of firefighter cancer, and removal and replacement of all mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection components.

KAI Build is the general contractor on the project, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2020.

“We are excited to be part of such a transformational project for the Maryland Heights Fire Protection District and the residents it serves by helping to build this much-needed, state-of-the-art facility for its firefighters and staff,” said Steve Kizer, Director of Field Operations for KAI Build.

The fire apparatus and ambulance will continue to run out of Engine House One without disruption to emergency services during the construction process. The administration offices will be temporarily relocated to 11911 Adie Road in Maryland Heights, courtesy of World Wide Technology. FGM Architects, Inc. was the architect on the project.

About KAI Enterprises

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 nearly 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 www.kai-db.com.

Matt Sheehan Now President & CEO At Spirtas Wrecking Company After Acquiring The Business In 2018

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J. Matthew Sheehan has become President and Chief Executive Officer of St. Louis-based Spritas Wrecking Company after acquiring the business from founder Arnold Spirtas last year. Spirtas is a licensed demolition and site remediation contractor that plays a critical role in the reuse and redevelopment of a wide variety of industrial, commercial, institutional and residential properties nationally. Since 2000, the company has also demolished and recycled debris from a wide variety of heavy structures including manufacturing plants, power plants, refineries, high-rise buildings and sports stadiums.

“Spirtas has performed more than 10,000 successful projects around the country and we are proud of our reputation for high quality, safety, integrity and staff retention,” Sheehan said.  “It is my desire to build upon this tradition as we do more complex projects involving environmental remediation, asbestos and lead management, equipment salvage, waste recycling and scrap recovery.”

Sheehan is responsible for strategic business planning as well as oversight of the company’s operations, finances, safety program and contracting.  He had been Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Spirtas since joining the company in 1997.  Sheehan also has 17 years of construction industry experience with The Western Group prior to joining Spirtas.

Sheehan has a Master of Business Administration degree from Lindenwood University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Missouri State University.  He is also a proud graduate of Christian Brothers College High School in St. Louis.

Spirtas is a nationally recognized commercial and industrial demolition and remediation business. The company currently employs approximately 95 professionals, managers, superintendents, laborers and operators.  For more information, visit www.spirtas.com<http://www.spirtas.com>.

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