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Cohen Architectural Woodworking’s Nate Cohen Creates New Chess Tables for Grand Chess Tour Events in St. Louis

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Tables Modeled After 1960s Havana Championship Tables Which Featured Bobby Fischer

Saint James, MO, August 27, 2019–Cohen Architectural Woodworking announces Nate Cohen, chief financial officer and professional woodworker, has designed and built innovative chess tables for the two major Grand Chess Tour events to be held in St. Louis, MO. The tables incorporate a fully computerized chess board to monitor player’s moves and scores. They were unveiled as part of a special ceremony held August 9, 2019 at the World Chess Hall of Fame, (WCHOF) as seen by an online worldwide audience.

The tables were formally introduced at the 2019 Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz and the 2019 Sinquefield Cup. Both events feature the top chess players in the world, including Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana, and are being held at the Saint Louis Chess Club through August 29, 2019. The tables will also be used in future championship events.

Cohen’s design is inspired by a Cuban chess table used by Bobby Fischer in Havana in 1966, which is now part of the WCHOF’s permanent collection. The tables feature green padding and display screens with the latest electronic equipment inlaid.

The tables were commissioned by Rex Sinquefield, founder and president of the Saint Louis Chess Club and host of several Grand Chess Tour events. Entitled the “Sinquefield Table,” Cohen has been designing and building tables for the Chess Club since its founding in 2008.

“We should actually be calling these the Nate Cohen Tables,” Sinquefield said. “He has won three international competitions for woodworking.  He is an incredible expert. We have been working with Nate for 11 years and when we needed some new tables for these championships. I had the Cuban table in mind that was used in the 1960s. We asked Nate if he could do it and he said yes, and now we have the beautiful finished product.”

“I am grateful to Rex and his wife, Dr. Jeanne Sinquefield, for this special opportunity, and to be a part of this growing chess family. Our team is excited to be providing the tables for these world class events. It is a great privilege to have an impact on the game of chess as its popularity grows in St. Louis and on a world-wide basis,” Cohen said.

Founded in 1982, Cohen Architectural Woodworking is a family-owned architectural design/build woodworking firm headquartered in St. James, Missouri. For more information visit

The Saint Louis Chess Club is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that is committed to making chess an important part of our community. In addition to providing a forum for everyone to play tournaments and casual games, the club also offers chess improvement classes, beginner lessons and special lectures. For more information, visit <> <> .

Missouri Supreme Court Reverses Decades-Old ‘Unanimous Consent’ Requirement To Amend Subdivision Restrictions

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Tom Hamby

The Supreme Court of Missouri ruled earlier this month that a homeowners association may add new restrictive regulations without the unanimous consent of its members in a far-reaching decision that protects the existing rights of homeowners from unwanted new development and reverses 81 years of legal precedent.  The case involved the Trustees of Clayton Terrace, a subdivision in Frontenac, and a developer that sought to subdivide an existing lot to build two homes against the Trustees’ and most residents’ wishes.  Gerard Carmody and Todd Hamby, Principals at Carmody MacDonald P.C., successfully represented the subdivision in the Supreme Court of Missouri.

In 1938, the Supreme Court of Missouri ruled that subdivisions could not add new ‘burdens’ (restrictions on use) without the ‘unanimous consent’ of all lot owners.  The Trustees of Clayton Terrace had earlier added a ‘one residence per lot’ rule to their indentures with the support of two-thirds of the owners which was all that was required by the terms of the indentures.  The developer cited the 1938 ruling in an attempt to negate the ‘one residence per lot’ restriction.  After the developer gained Frontenac’s approval to subdivide the lot, the Trustees of Clayton Terrace sued to protect the character of their subdivision and the case wound its way through Missouri’s courts.

Carmody, Hamby and their team at Carmody MacDonald challenged the reasoning behind the unanimous consent requirement as being suspect and at odds with general principles of contract law.  In particular, they argued that the unanimous consent requirement makes it virtually impossible to amend subdivision restrictions.  The Supreme Court of Missouri agreed and held that prior cases requiring unanimous consent to amend restrictions were decided in error.

“This decision will have a significant impact on the future ability of homeowners associations, their resident leadership and property managers to protect the original character of subdivisions, condominiums and residential communities across the state,” Carmody said.

“Missouri law now permits a reasonable and ordinary reading of the association’s restrictions and will allow communities to amend their rules without requiring the unanimous consent of all property owners,” said Roger Kinney, President of Smith Management Group, a leading management provider for condominium, villa and homeowner associations in the St. Louis area.  “This is a much more practical and democratic way for property owners to protect their investments and enjoy their lifestyles.”

In addition to Carmody and Hamby, the Carmody MacDonald real estate litigation team representing the Trustees of Clayton Terrace included Becky Eggmann, Ryan Prsha and Stephen Davis.  Hamby and Stephen Davis provide a wide range of legal services to homeowners and condominium associations and represent more than 170 residential communities.

Carmody MacDonald is a St. Louis-based law firm focused on establishing close relationships with clients, serving as valued counselors and providing exceptional service.  The firm’s size provides clients with a unique advantage by offering the value of a mid-sized firm but the depth of offerings of a larger firm.  For more information, visit

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.

August 30, 2019

Chris Lozano Named President of Halcyon Shades 

Chris Lozano

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

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

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

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

Sam Golterman Joins G&S Acoustics as Project Assistant

Sam Golterman

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

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

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

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

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

Matt Costello Promoted To Project Manager

Matt Costello

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

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

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

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

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

August 16, 2019

Allison Huggett Joins Geotechnology as Marketing Assistant

Allison Huggett

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

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

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

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

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

St. Louis CNR Magazine Welcomes Brandy Scheer

Brandy Scheer

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

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

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

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

Tyler Westerfeld joins Wiegmann Associates as Project Engineer

Tyler Westerfeld

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

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

Wiegmann Associates is a St. Louis-based mechanical contractor and a national leader in design/build HVAC projects. Since 1995, Wiegmann Associates has engineered and installed innovative, energy saving and cost-efficient HVAC solutions, refrigeration systems and automation controls for clients in a wide range of industries. For more information, visit or call (636) 940-1056.

Murphy Hires Coats; Promotes Kniesche

Jim Coats

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

Nick Kniesche

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

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

Spellman Brady & Company Expands Design Team 

Laura Kreher

Laura Kreher,  IIDA, LEED Green Associate 

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

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

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

August 10, 2019

McCarthy Holdings Announces New CEO

Raymond Sedey

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

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

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

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

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

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

Alan Bergfeld Joins Holland Construction Services As Director of Business Development

Alan Bergfeld

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Douglas McElvain

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

Wiegmann Associates begins HVAC work for Edison District Building

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Wiegmann Associates has begun HVAC work on the new $48.5 million, 126,200-square-foot Edison District office and retail building in Overland Park, KS. Wiegmann Associates is the mechanical contractor for the design/build project. Opus Group is the general contractor and architect.

Wiegmann Associates is furnishing and installing a high-efficiency HVAC system for the five-story building shell. Wiegmann’s HVAC solution includes a Rooftop Variable Air Volume (VAV) system with high-efficiency rooftop units, fan terminals and Variable Air Volume boxes with electric heating coils. Two large rooftop units will serve future tenant offices on the second through fifth floors. Two smaller rooftop units will serve a future food hall as well as retail tenant spaces on the first floor.

The primary project challenge is the limited rooftop space for equipment. Wiegmann is locating equipment and coordinating the shafts to leave room for significant equipment needed to serve future tenant improvement.

Wiegmann also is designing and installing a Direct Digital Control (DDC) system using Delta Controls to allow remote access to the HVAC system through a web browser to maximize energy savings.

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. For more information, visit or call (636) 940-1056.

Halcyon Shades Expands Plant Capacity, Establishes New Headquarters

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Halcyon Shades, one of the country’s premier suppliers of solar and traditional shading products for commercial and residential applications, has expanded its plant capacity and moved to a larger facility.  The company is now headquartered at 6282 Olive Blvd in University City, a historic St. Louis neighborhood.

“Sustainable products are a top priority for architects and building professionals today,” says Chris Lozano, president of Halcyon Shades.  “Our growing line of programmable solar shade products can help meet green building requirements due to the unique heat-reflective, high performance material used in their design.  We’ve seen exceptional demand from retail, corporate, healthcare, government, museums and even the cruise industry.”

Halcyon demonstrated its commitment to sustainability by converting a former food pantry into usable plant space.  “The warehouse was basically vacant for three years,” says Lozano.  “We were able to convert the food shelving systems into storage for our shading components, and purchased additional fixtures from a retailer going out of business.”  The company also chose its new location for its immediate proximity to Winco Window Company, a major window manufacturer.  The two companies are joint venturing on various product development initiatives.

Halcyon Shades is a technology-based manufacturer and integrator of automated solar control systems and traditional shade products.  The company’s products help reduce energy costs through the use of automated solar shields, light harvesting louvers and solar smart windows. Halcyon products can be fully integrated into existing building control systems.  Halcyon solar products meet LEED requirements established by the United States Green Building Council.  For more information, visit Halcyon Shades or call 800-234-2280.

Contegra Construction Co. Building Maintenance Facility for Donco, LLC

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Facility Will Serve Donco’s Fleet Maintenance Needs for Its Growing Business 

Robust growth in utility meter service and gas distribution construction is prompting Donco,LLC to build a new shop maintenance facility to more efficiently serve its customers.  Donco has tapped Contegra Construction Co. to build a 21,500-square-foot maintenance and office facility at Lake Front Parkway in Edwardsville, Ill.  The building will emerge from the ground in September, but already specialized radiant heat flooring is being installed.  Contegra is targeting an end of year completion for the building.

As Donco and our customers continue to grow, so does our fleet of vehicles and specialized equipment,” said Candice Fowler, Donco president and owner.  “This expansion will allow us to provide a wide array of services to minimize the total life-cycle cost of vehicles and equipment, while improving efficiency and reducing down time for our work force.” Donco’s service fleet consists of more than 200 vehicles. It serves customers in Illinois, Missouri and Wisconsin.

A key feature of the maintenance facility is the 4,000 linear feet of hot water piping embedded in the floor of the maintenance zone to efficiently provide radiant heating.  The pre-engineered metal structure building will feature insulated tilt-up panels and a metal roof.  It will be accessed via 10 large overhead doors.

Donco’s fleet will be maintained in eight service bays equipped with engine diagnostics and drop hoses for venting exhaust.  The building also features an infrared-heated wash bay.  The building includes 3,000 square feet of office space and a mezzanine storage area.

Donco, LLC is a woman-owned firm serving Illinois and the Greater St. Louis metropolitan area. It also recently received a world-class certification from the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) and ranks No. 26 on the St. Louis Business Journal’s list of 50 fastest-growing private companies and No. 17 on the publication’s list of largest woman-owned businesses.

Donco has more than 300 employees in five divisions: metering and gas construction services, electrical design (Utility Design Services), information technology (Fowler Technology Services) and management services (Fowler Management Services).  For more information about Donco, LLC go to

Joining Contegra on the project are JF Electric, Icon Mechanical, Bergmann-Roscow Plumbing, Kane Fire Protection, Keller Construction, Federal Steel and VeeJay Cement Contracting.

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

KAI Build Selected General Contractor for Half-Acre Urban Park in Laclede’s Landing District

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Construction of The Katherine Ward Burg Garden Started in August 2019


The Great Rivers Greenway has selected KAI Build as the general contractor for The Katherine Ward Burg Garden project, the first step in a plan to redevelop the St. Louis City Riverfront in historic Laclede’s Landing. Great Rivers Greenway is a public agency dedicated to making the St. Louis region a more vibrant place to live, work and play by developing a regional network of greenways and parks.

The urban park, planned for a half-acre vacant lot adjacent to historic Eads Bridge, memorializes local professional photographer Katherine Ward Burg who was known for taking pictures of many prominent St. Louisans and who loved the Mississippi River.

Plans for the garden include:

  • Wood performance deck
  • Wood deck steps
  • River Birch tree grove
  • Wood top seat wall
  • Concrete wall sign
  • Perforated metal screen wall
  • Aluminum trellis with hanging chairs
  • Sloped sidewalk
  • Plaza concrete pavers

A ribbon cutting was held on July 2 for the Lucas Avenue street reopening at the south end of Laclede’s Landing from 2nd Street. The street will give access to The Katherine Ward Burg Garden. Construction of the park is expected to take about seven months.

KAI Enterprises is a national design and build firm providing delivery-oriented building solutions with a diverse portfolio of experience, in-house multi-discipline professionals, and expertise in both design and construction delivery. Founded in 1980, KAI has grown into one of the largest minority-owned firms in the AEC industry. To learn more about KAI, visit


Youth Basketball + Technology = Larry Hughes Basketball Academy

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Larry Hughes Basketball Academy (LHBA) has opened its doors as St. Louis’s premier basketball training academy.

While the facility is basketball-centric, Larry Hughes focuses on full personal development for youth athletes to motivate them to be leaders in all areas of life.  LHBA separates itself from other programs by uniquely integrating state-of-the-art technology into their training strategies.

TSI Global Companies, LLC , a local St. Charles-based electrical and technology integration company, partnered up with Kinexon and RSPCT to bring this technology to fruition.

“The cutting edge technology that Kinexon’s player tracking system and RSPCT’s shot tracking system, when integrated together, is ground breaking.  We had to work closely with the teams at Kinexon and RSPCT to ensure that we all delivered a single integrated technology solution for the client”, said Tim Duncan, Senior Account Manager, TSI Global Companies.

Additionally, LHBA is equipped with a ball handling room that brings athletic dribbling training and video games together to improve the dribbling abilities of its youth athletes.  This works by allowing players to work on particular skills through playing a game shown on a T.V. that records their movement and demonstrates where modifications can be made through data analytics.

LHBA is top of the line when it comes to integrating technology with sports training, and the program is developed specifically to help children be the best that they can be, both on and off the court.  David Austin, the General Manager of LHBA, who oversaw the installation of the technology, said:  “We are using technology also used by several NBA teams.  We evaluated several technologies over the last 24 months and found RSPCT and Kinexon to be Best-of-Breed.  Now our athletes can track every aspect of their training with us, allowing us to measure and optimize every step of their Improvement.”

LHBA is the pilot facility that was built in conjunction with its affiliate company, Basketball Training Systems (BTS).  The success of this facility has prompted BTS to continue partnering with Kinexon, RSPCT, and TSI Global Companies to begin working on building more facilities across the country.  Chris Paul’s Basketball Academy has just recently completed installation of the same technology in its facility in Winston-Salem  North Carolina, and TSI was the contractor for that installation as well.  BTS expects to see many more facilities around the country in the future.

If you haven’t checked out LHBA yet, check out their website at, or if you have children, drop by their facility for a free basketball skill development session.


Pre-Construction Checklist for Safety Policies & Procedures

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The Safety & Risk Management Council (SRMC), a specialty council of the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC) has published a Pre-Construction Checklist for Safety Policies & Procedures. The purpose of the document is to stimulate discussion of job-specific safety protocol and procedures, with all pertinent parties prior to project start-up.

The document covers general information such as contact data for significant persons, safety goals and planning, reporting, discipline and quality of life. It also covers more specific criteria including silica, crane activities, heat, and an evacuation plan.

“Making sure all parties understand and are onboard with safety before mobilization is a key factor in maintaining a safe job place,” says Joe Whiteman, director of safety services, ASCC. “It’s in everyone’s best interest to understand what’s expected prior to starting work.”

The ASCC also has checklists for the Pre-Construction Conference, for Pumping Concrete and for Ordering & Scheduling Ready-Mixed Concrete.

The safety checklist is free to ASCC members and $20 for non-members.

The ASCC is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the capabilities of those who build with concrete, and to providing them a unified voice in the construction industry.

Members include concrete contracting firms, manufacturers, suppliers and others interested in the concrete industry such as architects, specifiers and distributors.  There are approximately 760 member companies in the United States and 14 foreign countries.

For more information, visit or call the ASCC office at (866) 788-2722.

How to Improve Your Construction Business Credit Rating

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Hand with chalk is drawing Credit score concept on the chalkboard.

Submitted by: Schmersahl Treloar & Co., PC

While personal credit ratings and FICO scores are kept up automatically — like scoreboards at sporting events — business credit scores are more hands-on and reserved for the proactive and savvy businessperson. There are certain key points about business credit scores and credit ratings that can increase your awareness and your ability to access financial markets.

Service to the Public… or to Businesses?

Here is the difference between personal and business credit scores.

Personal. Consumer credit agencies collect lots of financial and demographic information about you and other individuals. They then report this extensive personal credit information to lenders, hiring managers, real estate brokers or anyone else you choose to do business with personally.

Business. On the other hand, business credit information may not be accumulating about your firm automatically. This fact might be standing in the way of your business getting sufficient loans, credit lines, and account limits with suppliers. This fact might also be hurting your chances of getting good interest rates.

There is something you can do about it.

Business credit is more proactive than personal credit. In fact, in more ways than you might think, you control the information that business credit agencies like Dun & Bradstreet collect and distribute.

How Business Credit Works

Dun & Bradstreet is the only credit bureau devoted to accumulating and distributing credit information only about businesses. All businesses’ credit scores and credit reports are public domain, so firms and banks don’t have to ask your permission to pull your business credit file.

However, your business credit file may not exist or may not be helping you.

For example, if a bank or real estate professional tries to pull your business credit, and the file is incomplete, then the professional will rely more heavily on your personal credit.

First Steps to Better Business Credit

Dun & Bradstreet issues DUNS numbers to businesses similar to how the Social Security Administration issues Social Security numbers to individuals. This is a free service. The first step to better business credit is to make sure your company has a DUNS number. Although the DUNS number application is free, it can take up to 90 days to receive a number because Dun & Bradstreet will verify your name, address and other specifics about your business before establishing a credit file.

Once a credit file and DUNS number is established in your business name, you can review your own business’ credit file for free and even make changes to your demographics for free. If you are careful about it, you can get started without laying any money down whatsoever. You can even put in different business events such as new director appointments, changes in legal entity status, or a new construction license achieved or granted to your firm.

Getting Noticed

The banking section and the payment experience section of your business credit report are two examples of areas you cannot change. So how you pay your vendors, suppliers and subcontractors is something D&B will update outside of your direct control. But remember that business credit reporting agencies are in existence for you, the businessman or woman — not for the banks or supply houses who look you up.

To really get noticed, you must activate your credit report by paying about five hundred dollars to Dun & Bradstreet. This will give you D&B’s “verified” status and is the only fee that is actually required to get started making full use of your business credit.

Making Full Use of Business Credit

There are a relatively small number of companies that automatically report to D&B about your business’ financial transactions (hence the proactive nature of business credit). Therefore, to establish and improve your business credit, you must put forth a concerted effort.

Once you’ve received a DUNS number and update all your business information such as location, structure, and major business events your credit file is like an empty boat that we are trying to set out on the open ocean. You have to fill the boat, or it doesn’t make sense to set it out to sea.

Even if you have paid the $500 to activate your credit file, it will only have limited usefulness without some reporting of your company’s trade references. (Credit references are not created automatically for businesses like they are for individuals.)

For a fee, you can add trade references to your credit file to create a positive credit score. This might seem like you are paying to “be seen in a good light,” but Dun & Bradstreet is very thorough with investigating every credit reference you provide to them.

Yes, you pick and choose who gets reflected in your credit report, but D&B will ask your trade references to rate your firm’s dealings with them confidentially, and then D&B will calculate your firm’s business credit rating based on that.

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