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Growing A Young, Diverse Workforce In St. Louis

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St. Louis-based General Contractor and Design/Builder PARIC Corporation is developing a “pipeline” to grow a more diverse work force and to give the next generation of workers a jumpstart on transitioning from the classroom to the workplace. PARIC is partnering with craft unions, career/technical high schools and with city and state job training programs including the Building Union Diversity apprenticeship program (BUD), the City of St. Louis Office of Training and Employment (SLATE), the Missouri Women in Trades (MOWIT) and the MOKAN construction training program. These programs and partners help experienced or inexperienced minorities, women, and City of St. Louis residents gain the education they need to become a full-time tradesperson. PARIC recently hosted a “Signing Day” at which the company invited local graduates from a variety of schools and apprenticeship programs to the corporate office to meet the executive team and be officially welcomed to the company as a tradesperson.

Pictured Seated LEFT TO RIGHT: Signing for Employment in Junior Internship Program for High School Seniors • Kyle Fisher — Ballwin resident; will begin senior year at South County Tech this fall. • Jared Hake – Ellisville resident; will begin senior year at South County Tech this fall. Signing for Employment as an Apprentice • Cole Leah – St. Peters resident; Entered Carpenters’ apprenticeship; Graduate of St. Charles Lewis and Clark Career Center. • Lionell Davis – St. Louis City resident; Current apprentice with the St. Louis Office of Training and Employment (SLATE) construction training program. • Kathleen English – St. Louis City resident; Entered Laborers’ apprenticeship; Trained and worked full-time in retail; Bachelor’s degree; Participant in Building Union Diversity (BUD) construction training program. • Brandon Evans – St. Louis City resident; Entered Carpenters’ apprenticeship; Graduate of MOKAN construction training program. • Javion Steward – St. Louis City resident; Entered Carpenters’ apprenticeship; Graduate of Building Union Diversity (BUD) construction training program. • JC Sykes – St. Louis City resident; Entering Carpenters’ apprenticeship; Trained and worked full-time as a nurse and as a creative writer; Bachelor’s degree; Participant in Missouri Women in Trades (MOWIT) construction training program.

HDA Architects Completes New Corporate HQ for ADB Companies

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HDA has completed a new corporate headquarters for ADB Companies in Pacific, Missouri. The project consists of a 36,852 square-foot office building and a 24,137 square-foot maintenancebuilding.

The project features an industrial interior design with bold colorful accents that represent the company brand. Exposed ceilings, concrete floors, and wood accent walls are a few of the design features that can be seen throughout the space. Highlights of the project include an impressive 2-story lobby entrance and a lounge space that is designed to foster the company culture and promote a dynamic work environment.

“We are grateful for HDA and all the amazing partners that worked so hard to make ADB’s dream a reality.”

M Property Services Brings Multimillion Dollar Tech Mahindra Ltd. Center of Excellence to WingHaven in O’Fallon, MO

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M Property Services (MPS) proudly welcomes Tech Mahindra Ltd., a leading provider of digital transformation, consulting, business reengineering and software solutions, to its WingHaven development in O’Fallon, MO.

Tech Mahindra held a ribbon cutting for its new 14,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art Center of Excellence on June 3, 2019 in the Summit Place building at 2342 Technology Drive. M Property Services, which manages the building, worked with the landlord’s U.S. broker to land this major deal for the building.

“Due to the many amenities throughout O’Fallon and the WingHaven development, we were able to invite a world-class tech company to open a facility within the city’s boundaries which would allow it to continue supporting world-class companies in O’Fallon, MO and numerous other large companies outside of the O’Fallon area,” said MPS Chairman Paul McKee, Jr. “So many of Tech Mahindra’s employees currently live in O’Fallon and WingHaven, so the location for the new technology center was ideal.”

The new technology center will focus on developing cutting-edge technologies in areas such as micro services, automation, artificial intelligence, security, machine learning, cloud computing, big data, data and analytics, and blockchain. The center intends to create local employment opportunities and will leverage Tech Mahindra’s learning and development platforms to help train local talent in key digital skills.

“We are delighted to see that Tech Mahindra is expanding its presence and involvement in St. Louis with such significant investments and promising projects. Tech Mahindra’s investment in the experiential learning program designed for our students and young professionals, along with creation of local employment opportunities will further support us in building the future of St. Louis,” said Bill Hennessy, O’Fallon City Mayor.

The new Technology Center is in line with Tech Mahindra’s TechMNxt charter, which focuses on leveraging next generation technologies and solutions, like artificial intelligence, to disrupt and enable digital transformation, and to build and deliver cutting-edge technology solutions and services to address real world problems to meet the customer’s evolving and dynamic needs.

“As part of our TechMNxt charter, we are committed to inspire our partner ecosystem, academia and employees to focus on innovation in next gen technologies and customer experience. We believe it is our responsibility to invest in the local communities we operate in, and this is a step towards supporting increase in employability of future technologists, and delivering enhanced experience to our customers globally. We look forward to seeing the innovations that come out of this center as we develop real-world solutions for a digital future,” said CP Gurnani, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer at Tech Mahindra.

Founded in 1990, M Property Services, LLC (MPS) is a full-service real estate development, property management and brokerage firm based in O’Fallon, MOFor more information about M Property Services, visit or call 636-561-9300.


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Schmersahl Treloar Announces Seminar to Maximize Work Potential

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Featuring Dr. Steve Taubman

Schmersahl Treloar is excited to announce our next topic in our Business Owners Speakers Series (B.O.S.S.) on July 31st from 7:30 to 9:30 am. Join mindset expert and bestselling author, Dr. Steve Taubman for an interactive, energetic, and content-rich discussion of how to maximize your work potential while minimizing your stress. Dr. Taubman will provide insights on motivation and mindset from his 30-year study of the subconscious elements of success. 

He will be discussing the following five areas: 

  • Goal setting
  • Time management
  • Prospecting
  • Relationship building
  • Closing new business

Attendees will learn and take-away:

  • 2 little known secrets for “amping” up the results of your goal setting
  • 3 strategies to take and keep charge of your time despite distractions
  • 2 methods for establishing yourself as an authority so people seek you out
  • The best strategy for remembering people’s names
  • The #1 method for establishing trust early in a relationship

About the Speaker:

Dr. Steve Taubman is the author of UnHypnosis, The Magic of Inner Selling, Procrastination Annihilation, and Buddha in the Trenches. In addition, he’s appeared on hundreds of radio programs, written articles for many entrepreneurial magazines, and hosts a podcast entitled Executive Zen.

Each B.O.S.S event will offer a light breakfast starting at 7:30am. Our programs kick-off at 8:00am and conclude by 9:30am.

These events are not networking events and are intended exclusively for business owners and their leaders!

Knoebel Construction Completes Construction of Melvin Brewing in Eureka, MO

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The new Melvin Brewing in Eureka, MO is complete and open, with Knoebel Construction serving as the general contractor. The 12,700-square-foot brewpub seats 276 guests and features a full-service bar and restaurant as well as a brewery. Eureka is the fourth location for the Wyoming-based craft beer maker, distributor, and restaurateur.

Melvin Brewing in Eureka was built to merge a fully functioning brewery and an entertainment experience. Surrounded by a game room, a private event space and a full bar, the brewery is equipped to brew and package 1,500 barrels of beer. Loading docks will facilitate shipping of product to 15 states. Other features include outdoor patio seating for 50 guests, outdoor gathering spaces with firepit, a lounge area and a retail store.

Knoebel converted an existing space consisting of a restaurant, retail stores and storage spaces into the new brewpub.

The new Melvin Brewing Eureka features more than 20 selections on tap and an Asian-influenced pub fare menu. The location is expected to create 45 jobs.

Knoebel Construction, Inc. is a national general contractor specializing in retail center, multi-use, restaurant, grocery, healthcare and retail store construction. Projects range from major regional shopping centers to local restaurants. Founded in 1981, Knoebel Construction provides full-service development and general contracting services. For more information, visit or call (636) 326-4100.

S. M. Wilson’s ‘Swinging Fore Dreams’ Golf Tournament Raises $36,000 For the Dream Factory Of Saint Louis

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S. M. Wilson’s Annual Swinging Fore Dreams Golf Tournament raised $36,000 for the Dream Factory of Saint Louis. More than 150 players participated in the 13th annual event at Glen Echo Country Club on May 13, 2019.

S. M. Wilson has been hosting the tournament for 13 consecutive years with all proceeds benefiting children with chronic illnesses and disorders and their families. The event was also supported by S. M. Wilson’s charitable giving program, #SMWill, which launched in August 2018 with the mission of “investing in the community through partnering with organizations focused on supporting the health and education of children.”

COO, Mark Cochran, has been an active part of the tournament since it’s beginning in 2007 and served as the emcee for the event. “A huge thank you to everyone who participated. We had 36 teams on the course this year and filled all of our sponsorships for the first time in the tournament’s history. Without you, we would not be able to provide dreams to the children in our community,” stated Cochran.

Over the years, S. M. Wilson has helped raise $401,000 for The Dream Factory of Saint Louis and granted the dreams of more than 70 children and their families

The Dream Factory of Saint Louis was founded in 1983 — one of 36 non-profit Dream Factory chapters around the country. The Dream Factory is the only children’s wish-granting organization that does not limit its mission to children who have life-threatening illness. The organization believes children with chronic illnesses and disorders also suffer from substantial emotional and physical pain. To learn more about the Saint Louis Dream Factory, visit

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

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.

IFMA St. Louis Honors Members at National Day Celebration 

Members of the St. Louis Chapter of IFMA (International Facility Management Association) gathered to recognize two industry members. Held on Wednesday, June 19, at Dave & Buster’s in suburban St. Louis, the awards were presented during the chapter’s celebration of National FM Day. Started in 2008, FM Day underscores the value and contributions of facility managers in St. Louis and around the nation who ensure that commercial buildings provide a safe, healthy and productive environment.

Award recipients were:

Professional Member of the Year: Dan Rayhawk, Senior Regional Facility Manager at Centene Corp.

Rayhawk earned his credentials as a Certified Facility Manager, considered the most prestigious and sought-after credential in facility management. He uses his experience to mentor other members who are working to gain the industry’s professional designations. Additionally, he serves on the organization’s education committee. Rayhawk oversees regional facilities for Centene, a multinational healthcare insurance and services provider.

Associate of the Year: Gary Wood, President and CEO, Stryker Construction

A member since 2011, Wood played a critical role as membership chair, increasing the ranks of IFMA St. Louis. He now chairs the programs committee, one of the chapter’s most important and time-consuming tasks. Wood also provides financial support as a sponsor for these programs. He launched his construction business in 2011. Today, Stryker Construction is one of region’s top firms in fast-paced interior renovations for a growing list of clients.

IFMA St. Louis offers its members a learning and networking environment among its diverse membership and supplies its members with the tools to achieve their professional goals. Started in 1985, IFMA St. Louis has more than 250 members representing small and Fortune 500 companies throughout the region. For more information, visit

Andrew Ahlers, CM-BIM,A.C. Named St. Louis business Journal’s 30 Under 30

Andrew Ahlers

S. M. Wilson Project Manager, Andrew Ahlers, CM-BIM, A.C. has been named to the St. Louis Business Journal’s 30 Under 30 list.

The award recognizes future leaders of the region and local business community. This year’s class contains a diverse group of individuals representing a variety of industries, careers and ethnicities who have made an impact in their profession and the community. Honorees were selected by previous 30 Under 30 recipients as well as the Business Journal editorial board.

Ahlers joined S. M. Wilson in 2014 as a Project Engineer before being promoted to Project Manager in February 2019. He has worked on several highly-critical healthcare projects for Blessing Hospital, BJC HealthCare and Illini Community Health totaling more than $120 M in projects.

He holds his CM – BIM Certificate of Management in Building Information Modeling from the AGC of Missouri and has his AC (Associate Constructor) certification from the American Institute of Constructors and his ASHE – HCC (Health Care Construction Certificate). Ahlers has been instrumental in implementing S. M. Wilson’s latest healthcare construction technology on his projects which produce 3D virtual visualization for the Owner, end users and construction team to view the project and 4D schedule tie-in allowing the team to virtually build the project and monitor the schedule.

Ahlers is also a member of S. M. Wilson’s Collegiate Development Committee which is responsible for setting the company’s internship curriculum, going to career fairs and selecting candidates. As part of this program, he has mentored interns for the past three summers, all of which were hired full time by S. M. Wilson.

Ahlers is OSHA 30 Hour Construction Safety and Health for Construction Industry certified and earned his B.S. in Construction Management from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

30 Under 30 Honorees will be highlighted in the July 12 issue of the St. Louis Business Journal. For a complete list, visit:

S. M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis. For more information, visit

Winthrop B. Reed III Joins Midwest BankCentre’s Legal Board of Directors

Win Reed

Winthrop B. “Win” Reed, an attorney and management committee member at Lewis Rice LLC, has been elected to the Midwest BankCentre legal board of directors.

Reed’s primary practice areas including health care, information technology, technology licensing, cybersecurity and data privacy, antitrust, class action and commercial litigation. He serves on the e-discovery committee at Lewis Rice.

While earning his bachelor’s degree in history at Tufts University, Reed participated in Army ROTC, served as soccer team captain and was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon. He graduated from the Saint Louis University School of Law. He served for eight years as an infantry officer in the Illinois Army National Guard and Reserves.

Reed’s extensive community involvement includes serving on the board of directors and quality committee for Mercy Health East Region. He chairs the board of directors at Mercy South (formerly St. Anthony’s Medical Center) and serves on its bylaws, executive, facilities, and finance and audit committees. He also is president and chairman of the board of the Boniface Foundation, which supports charitable and educational activities promoting individual and community health in the City of St. Louis and St. Louis County.

In addition, Reed chairs the St. Louis Zoological Park Subdistrict Commission and serves on the board of directors and as co-chair of the membership committee at Old Warson Country Club. He is a member of the board of directors and the corporate sponsorship and governance committees for Opera Theatre of St. Louis. Reed also is an advisory board member for Saint Louis University School of Law.

Midwest BankCentre, a mainstay of St. Louis community banking since 1906, employs a staff of about 280 working at 18 bank locations in the City of St. Louis and St. Louis, Jefferson and St. Charles counties. The bank works to empower people, enable business and energize neighborhoods through the strength of its financial services, including personalized consumer and business banking, business cash management, mortgage lending, home equity loans, financial planning and investments, insurance and digital banking. It ranks among St. Louis’ largest locally owned banks with assets exceeding $1.9 billion and deposits of $1.4 billion.

The bank is a local leader in the St. Louis Regional Unbanked Task Force and its Bank-On Save-Up St. Louis initiative. Since 2001, Midwest BankCentre has consecutively achieved the Bauer Financial 5-Star Superior financial rating each quarter. It was the national winner of the 2018 National Community Bank Service Awards by the Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA) for its success in bringing mainstream financial services to unbanked and underbanked citizens in the region.

Eric Giering

Giering Joins Cass Commercial Bank As Executive Vice President, Director of Commercial Banking

Eric Giering has joined Cass Commercial Bank as executive vice president and director of commercial banking. In that capacity, he will work to forge comprehensive financial relationships with existing and prospective clients and lead the commercial lending group in the conception and implementation of new growth strategies.

Consistently ranked among the top-performing banks in the U.S., Cass Commercial Bank is a subsidiary of Cass Information Systems, Inc., (NASDAQ: CASS), a leading national provider of transportation, energy, telecom and waste invoice payment and information services.

Giering brings more than 30 years of banking experience to Cass. Previously, he played a leadership role in various lending capacities including commercial, credit underwriting and management. Most recently, he spearheaded national business development and lending strategies in the franchise restaurant and gas/convenience store industries.

Locally, the St. Louis resident is active as co-chair of the Persons with Disabilities Allocation Panel and as a member of the Regional Investment Committee of the United Way of Greater St. Louis.

Giering earned his bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University and master’s degree in business administration from Central Michigan University.

Founded in 1906 in St. Louis, Cass Commercial Bank is a member of the Federal Reserve. It focuses on fulfilling the financial needs of privately held businesses, faith-based institutions and other nonprofits. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Cass Information Systems (NASDAQ: CASS), a public company with $1.6 billion in assets.

Cass Information Systems, Inc. is a leading provider of integrated information and payment management solutions. Cass enables enterprises to achieve visibility, control and efficiency in their supply chains, communications networks, facilities and other operations. Disbursing over $60 billion annually on behalf of clients, and with total assets of $1.6 billion, Cass is uniquely supported by Cass Commercial Bank. Founded in 1906 and a wholly owned subsidiary, Cass Bank provides sophisticated financial exchange services to the parent organization and its clients. Cass is part of the Russell 2000®. 

Melissa Finley Joins Geotechnology as Human Resources Coordinator

Melissa Finley

Geotechnology, Inc., has hired Melissa Finley as its Human Resources Coordinator. She will be based in Geotechnology’s St. Louis office.

Finley, who came to Geotechnology after most recently working with Post Holdings, has more than five years of benefit and payroll administration experience.

A graduate of Southeast Missouri State University with a BSBA in Human Resources Management, she holds a Fundamental Payroll (FPC) certification and recently received her Society of Human Resource Management, Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) certification.

“Melissa is committed to helping employees engage and succeed professionally and personally,” said Geotechnology Human Resources Manager Dan Drago. “She is an excellent addition to our team.”

Established more than 30 years ago, Geotechnology, Inc. is a professional corporation offering a comprehensive range of consulting services in applied earth and environmental sciences, including geophysics, water resource management, geotechnical and environmental engineering, materials testing and drilling. Geotechnology has provided expertise on thousands of major construction projects in the Midwest and Mid-South regions, and is ranked in ENR’s Top 500 Design Firms. The company is based in St. Louis, Mo., and has 10 offices in Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas. For more information,

June 21, 2019

HNTB names Chris Price president of Central Division

Chris Price

Price leads operations of growing nine-state division, including 15 offices and more than 600 employees 

Chris Price, PE, has been named president of HNTB Corporation’s Central Division. He oversees operations, project delivery and client service in nine states including Texas, Louisiana, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Iowa, Nebraska, Arkansas and Mississippi. Price leads approximately 600 professionals who provide aviation, highway, bridge, transit and rail, toll and construction management projects to improve mobility.

Price is based in the firm’s downtown Kansas City, Missouri, office.

“The firm’s Central Division continues gaining strong momentum in our core market sectors,” said Mike Inabinet, PE, HNTB Central Region president. “Chris is a proven leader, whose many meaningful contributions and accomplishments during his decades of service are helping the firm continue on this positive growth trajectory.”

Price has a 32-year career with HNTB in numerous roles, most recently as national bridge practice leader. He was responsible for overseeing the firm’s delivery for bridge projects across the U.S.

Additionally, Price’s project leadership experience includes oversight for geotechnical services, railway track design, street design and traffic analysis.

He actively represents HNTB in civic and industry-related associations, helps recruit top talent to the firm, and fosters relationships with clients and thought leaders.

Price earned a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from the University of Missouri.

HNTB has been involved in some of the most high-profile, complex infrastructure programs that are helping alleviate congestion, improve safety and add mobility options in the central U.S. The firm’s many signature infrastructure projects include Dallas Area Rapid Transit’s South Oak Cliff Extension; program management services for the North Texas Tollway Authority, US 290 reconstruction and expansion in Houston, Texas; 3-Trails Crossing Memorial Highway in Kansas City, Missouri; Kansas Turnpike; Peoria Bus Rapid Transit in Tulsa, Oklahoma; multiple long span river crossings over the Mississippi River, and many other projects.

HNTB Corporation is an employee-owned infrastructure firm serving public and private owners and contractors. Celebrating 105 years of service in the United States, HNTB understands the life cycle of infrastructure and addresses clients’ most complex technical, financial and operational challenges. For more information, visit, or follow HNTB on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

Chuck Helms has joined Murphy Company as a service account manager. The announcement was made by Chris Carter, vice president, service for the mechanical contracting and engineering firm.  Helms has more than three decades of industry experience, having built  two large coal-fired boilers at Anheuser-Busch and converting three Zurn boilers from coal to natural gas at General Motors. He’s also managed complete rebuilds of heat recovery steam generator units in New Jersey and has installed multiple tank floors and side wall sections. He also managed more than 6,000 small boiler and pressure vessel repairs during his career. He holds an associate’s degree in welding and properties of materials from Jefferson College and has been a boilermaker since 1985. 

Heather Chatman

Heather Chatman has joined Murphy Company as receptionist, reporting to Tina Jones, executive administrative assistant/office manager for the mechanical contracting and engineering firm. Prior to joining Murphy, Chatman was self-employed. Career highlights include serving as a billing specialist for a finance company and as a department manager for a large St. Louis spa and salon.  She holds a cosmetology license and has extensive experience in customer relations and service. 

Holly Yorg

Holly Yorg has joined Murphy Company as an accounts receivable billing specialist, reporting to Russ Frink, job cost accounting manager. Prior to joining Murphy, Yorg served as general manager of a retail outlet, overseeing daily operations for a franchised operation.  Before that she was sales manager for a fashion jewelry company, managing more than 2,000 accounts.  She attended the University of Missouri-Columbia.

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

Kurt Andersen Promoted to Senior Vice President at Midwest BankCentre’ Chesterfield Commercial Division

Kurt Andersen

Kurt Andersen, formerly vice president at Midwest BankCentre, has been promoted to senior vice president in the bank’s Chesterfield Commercial Division. Andersen develops the bank’s commercial and industrial lending portfolio by supporting middle-market companies in the St. Louis region with the financial backing for growth. His focus spans real estate lending, equipment financing, working capital lines of credit and treasury/wealth management solutions. Andersen offers deep expertise in the banking needs of trucking, transportation, manufacturing and wholesale distribution companies. Now in his 15th year of banking, Andersen joined Midwest BankCentre in 2010.

“Kurt brings a strong affinity for technology and customer experience to his role,” said Midwest BankCentre CEO Orvin Kimbrough. “We look forward to his continued work with innovations to our lending processes and functions to best serve our customers.”

Andersen has a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in finance from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He is a member of the Missouri Trucking Association and the National Tool and Machining Association. He has volunteered with the Easterseals Midwest for the past decade and chaired the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse golf tournament committee. He is also active with Youth in Need, based in St. Charles.

Midwest BankCentre, a mainstay of St. Louis community banking since 1906, employs a staff of about 280 working at 19 bank locations in the City of St. Louis and St. Louis, Jefferson and St. Charles counties. 

May 7, 2019

Kaitlyn Knickmeyer Promoted to General Ledger Specialist

Kaitlyn Knickmeyer

Kaitlyn Knickmeyer has been promoted to general ledger specialist for Murphy Company.  The announcement was made by Russ Frink, job cost accounting manager for the mechanical contracting and engineering firm. Prior to joining Murphy Co. in October 2017, Knickmeyer worked in retail, with an emphasis on customer service. She attended St. Charles Community College. 

Charles Webber Named Help Desk Technician

Charles Webber

Charles Webber has been appointed help desk technician for Murphy Company, the area’s largest mechanical contracting and engineering firm.  The announcement was made by Tushar Shelar, chief information officer. Webber attended the Technical Institute where he studied information systems and cyber security.  He previously worked as a desktop/network support specialist for Johnny Mac’s Sporting Goods from 2015 to 2019.  Prior to that he was a service/networking technician for Word Pro Systems.

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.  The firm employs more than 1,000 people nationwide. For more information, visit 

Kwame Building Group Hires Derrick Stanton as Civil Inspector

Derrick Stanton

Derrick Stanton has joined Kwame Building Group, Inc. (KWAME) as civil inspector. Stanton’s responsibilities include inspecting construction sites for KWAME’s infrastructure, transportation and commercial projects.

Stanton has more than 30 years of construction industry experience. He holds a National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET) certification and an associate’s degree from Dillard University.

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. For more information, visit or call (314) 862-5344.

Missouri Public Transit Association Elects Roach To Board Of Directors 

Taulby Roac

The Missouri Public Transit Association (MPTA) today announced Taulby Roach, President and CEO of Bi-State Development, has been elected to MPTA’s Board of Directors.

Roach has more than three decades of experience in transportation, real estate, infrastructure and economic development. As President and CEO of Bi-State Development, he oversees an organization serving as a catalyst for economic growth and development in the St. Louis metropolitan region through diverse business enterprises that include Metro Transit, Gateway Arch Riverfront, St. Louis Downtown Airport, and St. Louis Regional Freightway. Prior to serving in this capacity, Roach spent more than 15 years with the St. Clair County Transit District where he was credited with the establishment and implementation of the River Bridge District transportation infrastructure development, the reorganization of the St. Clair County MetroLink Extension project refunding revenue and the development of the MetroBikeLink.

Roach graduated from Regis University with a bachelor’s degree in history. He went on to earn his master’s degree in public policy and administration from the University of Missouri. He has also earned the Executives in State and Local Government Certificate from Harvard University. Roach is a frequent public transit rider, an avid cyclist and a longtime member of Citizens for Modern Transit’s Board of Directors.

To learn more about the Missouri Public Transit Association, visit Individuals can also like the organization on Facebook or follow them on Twitter at @MOPublicTransit.

May 31, 2019

IMPACT Strategies Welcomes New Team Members 

IMPACT Strategies is pleased to welcome Terry Midgley as a Senior Project Manager and Bob Moske as a Project Estimator, to their team of construction professionals.

Terry Midgley

Midgley comes to IMPACT Strategies with 39 years of well-rounded construction experience. He resides in Lebanon, IL and has Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering/Structural Design from SIU Edwardsville. He has also completed ICRA training for Best Practices in Health Care Construction, U.S Army Corp of Engineers – Construction Quality Management for Contractors courses, and is DBIA Certified.

Bob Moske

Moske brings 35 years of construction experience to IMPACT Strategies. He has a Bachelor of Science in Construction from SIU Edwardsville and a diverse history, working as an estimator and a project management in various trades within the construction industry. Moske is originally from Granite City, IL and now lives in the Soulard neighborhood of St. Louis, MO

Mark Hinrichs, President of IMPACT Strategies says “Terry and Bob have extensive experience that will take IMPACT Strategies and our proven process for success to the next level.” 

IMPACT Strategies provides client-focused construction management, design/build, and general contracting services. The firm offers a full continuum of innovative design/build service capabilities including proven construction management processes and site development. To learn more visit or call 618-394-8400 or 314-646-8400.

Pete Zeiser Promoted to President of Midwest BankCentre’s Chesterfield Commercial Division

Pete Zeiser

Pete Zeiser, formerly president of Midwest BankCentre’s St. Louis City region, has been promoted to president of Midwest BankCentre’s Chesterfield commercial division. Zeiser specializes in commercial and industrial lending, primarily serving manufacturers, distributors and transportation-related clients. Since joining the bank in 2014, he has been instrumental in leading the bank’s tax credit marketing, lending and investment monitoring as well as lending secured by brokerage portfolios and cash value life insurance.

Zeiser plays an active role in the bank’s community reinvestment efforts. He manages the bank’s sponsorship of the Affordable Housing Program grants backed by the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines. He also serves as a board member and loan committee member for the Gateway Community Development Fund’s loan participation pool, in which the bank participates.

Zeiser has a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in finance and banking from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a master’s of business administration degree with an emphasis in finance from Saint Louis University. He is currently in the graduate school of banking program at Southern Methodist University. Zeiser is an active Junior Achievement volunteer.

Dan Drago Joins Geotechnology as Human Resources Manager

Dan Drago

Geotechnology, Inc., has hired Dan Drago as its Human Resources Manager. In this role, Drago will direct and coordinate all human resources functions for Geotechnology’s 10 offices, including talent acquisition, compensation, benefits, training and development, safety, and employee relations. He will also be responsible for succession planning and compliance of federal, state and local requirements.

Drago has almost 10 years of human resources management experience, in addition to extensive experience in the fields of safety and security. He earned a BA degree from Webster University and holds a Society of Human Resource Management Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) certification.

A resident of Eureka, MO, Drago is married and has four children.

Established more than 30 years ago, Geotechnology, Inc. is a professional corporation offering a comprehensive range of consulting services in applied earth and environmental sciences. For more information, visit 

Roseann Locher Joins G&S Acoustics as Project Manager

Roseann Locher

St. Louis-based G&S Acoustics has hired Roseann Locher as a new Project Manager. Locher’s responsibilitiesinclude customer contact, data input, scheduling, field dimensions, shop drawings, and ensuring the project is completed to the customer’s satisfaction.

Before joining G&S Acoustics, Locher worked as a Material Damage Field Appraiser with Nationwide Insurance. Her background includes agriculture, automotive and insurance industry experience. She has a degree in Agribusiness Management with a minor in Horticulture with Architectural Design.

Locher started with G&S Acoustics in March and says that she is committed to “Ensuring that projects are accomplished as efficiently and effectively as possible without delays or errors.”

May 24, 2019

Castle Contracting Promotes Stacey Lampe and Daniel Grasham to Project Manager

Castle Contracting has promoted Stacey Lampe and Daniel Grasham to the position of project manager. Both previously served as assistant project manager.

In their new roles, Lampe and Grasham assume day-to-day project management responsibilities, including estimating and managing project costs, coordinating interactions between field and office personnel, and building and maintaining long-term client relationships.

Stacey Lampe

Lampe joined Castle as project engineer in 2013 after serving as assistant project engineer and project assistant at St. Louis-based Tarlton Corporation and project coordinator at Hof Corporation, a family-owned St. Louis general contractor.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial technology/construction from Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Mo. Lampe has held various Board positions with the National Association of Women in Construction – St. Louis Chapter and serves on the Advisory Board of the Missouri Military Memorial Foundation. She previously participated in the Construction Leadership Council of the AGC of Missouri. She also holds a Construction Industry Technician (CIT) certification.

Daniel Grasham

Grasham joined Castle as assistant project manager in 2017. He previously served as civil field engineer at MC Industrial in St. Louis, a construction management professional at Jacobs in Houston and project engineer at The Beck Group in Houston.

Grasham earned a bachelor’s degree in construction science from the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Okla., and a master’s degree in civil engineering from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. He’s a LEED Green Associate from the U.S. Green Building Council, a Certified Professional Constructor from the American Institute of Constructors and a Project Management Professional from the Project Management Institute.

Castle Contracting, LLC provides turnkey site preparation services, site utilities, earthwork and trenchless technology directly to owners; general contractors; and mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection contractors. 

Jerrod Crosby Joins G&S Acoustics as Project Manager

Jerrod Crosby

St. Louis-based G&S Acoustics has hired Jerrod Crosby as a Project Manager. Crosby’s responsibilities include customer contact, data input, scheduling, field dimensions, creating AutoCAD drawings, and ensuring the project is completed to the customer’s satisfaction. 

Before joining G&S Acoustics, Crosby was an estimator with James G. Staat Tuckpointing. He attended Western Carolina University where he pursued a degree in engineering technology. Crosby is also a member of the Columbia Jaycees in Columbia, Illinois.

Crosby started with G&S Acoustics in March.

G&S Acoustics® is a leading manufacturer of acoustical, tackable and sound diffusing wall and ceiling products distributed worldwide. G&S Acoustics’ fabrication process includes custom designs, prints and shapes to visually and acoustically enhance any interior space. For more information, email G&S Acoustics or call 800-737-0307. 

Oculus Inc. Expands Architecture Team with Two New Hires 

Bryan Beckering

Project manager, project designer bring expertise in government, healthcare and military sectors

Oculus Inc., a full-service architecture and interior design firm, is expanding its expertise in the government, healthcare and military sectors with the additions of Bryan Beckering as project manager and Nick Balsman as project designer. Beckering, AIA, and Balsman, LEED AP BD+C, will both be based out of the firm’s St. Louis corporate headquarters.

Beckering is a versatile licensed architect with more than 10 years of experience in the design and construction fields. He brings to Oculus an emphasis in private sector and military healthcare design requirements and standards.

Nick Balsman

Prior to joining Oculus, Beckering served as a project manager/architect responsible for managing teams of architects, engineers and consultants, coordinating with construction project managers to ensure projects meet the client’s scope of work, schedule and budget, as well as producing proposals for various project types. Beckering graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture from Kansas State University.

Prior to joining Oculus Inc., Balsman served as a building information modeling manager and lead project director on commercial, recreation, government, healthcare and military projects throughout the U.S. His responsibilities focused around project management and design, as well as pursuing new projects, developing client relationships and contract negotiations. He has experience conducting facility audits, outlining code and operations deficiencies, along with detailing of design and concept drawings, preparing Revit documents and communicating with other disciplines for coordination of project documents. Balsman has a Master of Architecture from the University of Kansas. Balsman is currently in the process of completing the Architect Registration Examination.

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. 

Terri Fritsche Earns FMP Designation 

Terri Fritsche

Terri Fritsche, a facilities planning manager with Spire, has attained credentials as a Facility Management Professional.

Fritsche took an extensive course and passed assessments in four focus areas to achieve the FMP designation. Professionals who earn the designation demonstrate a proven comprehension of the foundations of facility management and knowledge in the core facility management topics deemed critical by employers.

Fritsche joined Spire, formerly Laclede Gas, in 1996. She has held numerous positions with the utility company, including customer service and sales before accepting a position in facilities management and real estate five years ago. As a workplace manager, she oversaw workspaces and hospitality programs. She now provides planning support for the company’s facilities.

Fritsche has been a member of IFMA (International Facility Management Association) St. Louis since 2017.

IFMA St. Louis offers its members a learning and networking environment among its diverse membership and supplies its members with the tools to achieve their professional goals. Started in 1985, IFMA St. Louis has more than 250 members representing small and Fortune 500 companies throughout the region. For more information, visit

February 16, 2018

New Hires at Murphy Company 

Maria Ogata

Maria L. Ogata has been named purchasing agent for Murphy Company, a leading mechanical engineering and contracting firm. The announcement was made by Dave Book, vice president – purchasing & facilities. Ogata has more than 18 years’ experience in commercial mechanical contracting with most of that being in the procurement area.  “We are delighted to have someone with her extensive purchasing skills and experience join our outstanding team,” said Book. She attended both MacMurray College in Jacksonville, IL, and more recently, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.

Daniel Ruiz

Daniel Ruiz has joined Murphy Company as help desk technician.  His appointment was announced by Michael Julson, network manager for the mechanical engineering and contracting firm. Ruiz has worked as a desktop support technical and service center technician since 2012.  His work experience includes repairs and trouble-shooting of personal computers, smartphones and tablets.  Earlier, as a manager/supervisor for two game shops, he also did troubleshooting and repair of electronic game systems.  He has extensive computer skills and HTML experience which he also brings to his new position.

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

Michael Delano Jr. Joins Striler Group as Project Executive

Mike Delano, Jr.

The Striler Group hired Michael Delano Jr. as Project Executive to lead industrial and commercial projects. Michael’s career includes over one billion of construction and development project oversight, including the New Busch Stadium (St. Louis Cardinals), Kauffman Stadium Renovation (Kansas City Royals), Marlins Ballpark (Miami Marlins), Ed Smith Stadium (Orioles Spring Training).  He served as Owner’s Rep for the Oceana Key Biscayne and Oceana Bal Harbor ultra-luxury condominiums in Miami, FL as well as Business Development Manager for Coastal Construction Group.

Midas Hospitality Hires Director of Revenue Management

Morgan Bilek

Midas Hospitality, a premier hotel management group, recently hired Morgan Bilek as Director of Revenue Management. In this position, Bilek will implement and execute the company-wide revenue management culture and philosophy.  Her responsibilities include handling transient and group pricing strategies, creating a proper segmentation mix, and overseeing revenue management objectives and strategies in order to maximize hotel room revenue at all Midas properties.

Bilek has more than 12 years of hospitality experience.  Prior to joining Midas Hospitality, she worked as the Director of Revenue Management for a hospitality management group based in Kentucky.  She also has worked in a similar capacity for a hospitality property operator and developer in Wyoming.

Founded in 2006, Midas Hospitality has developed, opened and currently manages numerous properties including 40 hotels in 14 states. For more information, call (314) 692-0100 or visit

Longtime Contract Furniture Sales & Installation Veteran Joins Professional Installers, Inc.

Dennis Popp

Longtime contract furniture sales and installation expert, Dennis Popp recently joined the team at ProfessionalInstallers, Inc. (PI) as a Senior Project Manager. As the transformation of the office workspace continues to evolve, Dennis will bring best practice means and methods to PI, especially in the architectural wall installation area.

Prior to joining PI, Dennis worked for NewSpace Business Interiors.  NewSpace is a St. Louis based contract furniture dealer and Teknion Authorized Dealer.  Dennis brings 34 years of business interior sales and installation experience to the PI team.  His primary responsibilities will focus on preconstruction, constructability and feasibility analysis, major project oversight, project logistics, estimation and architectural wall installation projects.  Likewise, Dennis will be the installation liaison between architect, owner, dealer, and general contractor on projects.

With a B.S. in Business Administration from Southeast Missouri State University, Dennis’ understanding of complex projects lends well to the construction industry.

Dennis has most recently been instrumental working on projects such as Anders CPA renovation, Washington University Olin Library, Metal Exchange Corporation new offices, Nestle modular wall renovation and BJC IT Services Group reapplication of space.  He is also currently on the Foundation Board of the Nazareth Living Center.

Grant Named MCAA Region E Vice President

Brian Grant

Brian Grant, President of Grant Contracting Company in Fenton, Mo., was elected to the position of MCAA Region E Vice President at the MCAA Annual Meeting on January 25, 2018 during the MCAA Convention at the World of Concrete/World of Masonry in Las Vegas.

Brian is currently in his thirty-fifth year in the masonry industry.  He is a Professional Engineer, holding a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology.

Brian is past president of the Mason Contractors Association of St. Louis, and the American Subcontractors Association-Midwest Council.  Brian is also past Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Masonry Institute of St. Louis.  He currently serves as Management Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Bricklayer’s Union Local 1 of Missouri Pension and Welfare Funds.  Brian currently sits on the Mason Contractors Association of St. Louis’  Arbitration Board  and is on the Board of Trustees for the Masonry Institute of St. Louis.

In addition to the Mason Contractors Association of St. Louis and the American Subcontractors Association Midwest Council, Brian is currently a member of the Mason Contractors Association of America, The Masonry Society and the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Grant Contracting Company, a certified masonry construction firm with an over seventy year history, specializes in commercial, industrial and institutional masonry.

The Mason Contractors Association of America (MCAA) and our members welcome Brian to his new role.

February 9, 2018

Luby Equipment Services Promotes Vince Smith to Rental Manager

Vince Smith

Luby Equipment Services, a St. Louis-based CASE Construction Equipment Dealer, has announced the promotion of Vince Smith to Rental Manager effective immediately. Smith has been the rental coordinator for the past 4 years based out of the corporate headquarters.

Prior to Luby Equipment Services, Smith spent 9 years as the Assistant Manager at Nu-Way Rents located in St. Louis. In his new role, Smith will be responsible for providing leadership in guaranteeing efficient procedures and management of all branch rental activities. He is replacing longtime rental manager Jim Bailey, who is transitioning into an equipment management role.

“Vince’s skills and experience will be instrumental in the future growth of the rental department as well as improving the customer experience,” said David Kedney, Sales Manager, Luby Equipment Services. “The rental industry is poised for accelerated growth over the next three years, especially in the St. Louis Metro area, and with Vince in this leadership role, we will be positioned to take advantage of these opportunities.”

Luby Equipment Services operates out of its headquarters in Fenton, Mo., and seven other branch locations. They serve their customers equipment needs with a variety of new, used, and rental equipment. The company represents several manufacturers, including CASE Construction, Takeuchi, Doosan, Indeco, Atlas Copco, Wacker Neuson, Oshkosh Airport Products, Eager Beaver and Towmaster trailers.

Erin Wright Joins Rosemann & Associates, P.C as Architect/Project Manager

Erin Wright

Rosemann & Associates, P.C. is pleased to welcome Erin Wright to its St. Louis staff as Architect/Project Manager. Erin comes to Rosemann with more than 14 years of specific expertise in the multi-family and commercial sectors and brings an abundance of design experience with her.

Erin’s experience prior to Rosemann included project management for Capital Consultants and Checkmate Design, where she was instrumental in managing lender/investor inspections, physical needs and property assessments, plan reviews, construction document management and interior design of historic tax credit residential projects.

“We are excited to add Erin to our team, she brings a strong background in project management and a commitment to excellence,” said Jarrett R. Cooper, Vice President/St. Louis Studio Director.

Erin is a registered architect, LEED® accredited professional and served as a board member for the St. Louis Cultural Resources Office Preservation Board. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri.

New Hires at HOK’s St. Louis Office

Fatemeh Shirpour

Fatemeh Shirpour, has joined HOK in St. Louis. She will support the HOK office as design professional.

Shirpour joins HOK after receiving her Master’s degree in architecture from Washington University in St. Louis and after having previously been an intern with HOK. Shirpour is originally from Tehran, Iran.

HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm. Through a network of 23 offices worldwide, HOK provides design excellence and innovation to create places that enrich people’s lives and help clients succeed. DesignIntelligence consistently ranks HOK as a leader in sustainable, high-performance design and technology innovation.​

Jared Zipprich promoted to Senior Project Manager at McGrath & Associates

Jared Zipprich

Jared Zipprich has been promoted to Senior Project Manager at McGrath & Associates, a 100 percent employee-owned general contractor and construction management firm. Zipprich has been with McGrath & Associates for more than three years as a Project Manager.
McGrath & Associates is a 100 percent employee-owned general contractor and construction management firm specializing in commercial, health care, industrial, institutional and pharmaceutical construction projects since 1983.. For more information, call Ken Knobbe at (314) 772-7600 or visit

The UP Companies Hires Paul Renaud to Head Up New Drywall Division

Paul Renaud

The UP Companies (UPCO) has hired Paul Renaud of O’Fallon, MO as General Manager of Square UP Builders’ new Drywall Division. As General Manager, Renaud oversees preconstruction and field operations including contract execution and administration, personnel training and career development, and the implementation of safety plans. He is also integrally involved in the division’s overall business planning.

“Paul’s experience and proven leadership skills are a real asset to our customers and to the outcomes they have come to expect from Square UP,” said Brian Arnold, Vice President of The UP Companies.

Renaud has 39 years of management experience, having previously worked as Director of Self Perform at Paric Corporation and as General Manager at McBride and Son Companies. He also served as Mayor of the City of O’Fallon, MO for 10 years and previously served on the St. Louis Carpenters Joint Apprenticeship Board and St. Louis YouthBuild Leadership Steering Committee.

The UP Companies (UPCO) is one of the region’s largest full-service MBE-certified contracting companies. For more information, go to or call 314.865.3888.

Restoration St. Louis Preparing to Open Waffles & Cocktails Bistro in The Grove

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Restoration St. Louis is completing work to convert a former Irish sports pub in The Grove to a bistro-style, fast-casual restaurant and bar featuring creative renditions of the Liège waffle paired with signature cocktails.

Iron & Rye, 4353 Manchester Avenue, will open in early July as a waffles and spirits destination, according to General Manager Wes Rowley. The establishment is located at the northwest corner of Manchester and Newstead, just east of Urban Chestnut.

Restoration President & Board Chairman Amrit Gill and CEO Amy Gill drew inspiration for the venue’s cuisine from the recipe belonging to a Belgian roommate Amrit Gill knew during his university days who prepared the Liège waffle, a Belgian creation prepared with yeast-raised dough rather than batter and infused with pearl sugar. Pearl sugar’s compressed crystals retain their consistency through the baking process.

Beginning in mid-April, Restoration St. Louis self-performed the construction work, which entailed restoring the 80-year-old structure’s original windows, creating new exterior signage and window logos, restructuring the kitchen, restoring the hardwood floors and repainting the ceilings and walls to give it a light, airy feel.

“The Grove is becoming an emerging, creative food scene and we’re excited to be a part of that,” said Rowley. “We saw the need for breakfast options and a destination for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays,” he added. “At Iron & Rye, you will find not only sweet in the middle of savory waffles, but soups and salads along with waffle cones, all in one location.”

Amrit Gill said Iron & Rye – located within a block of Restoration St. Louis’ headquarters – is meant to enhance walkable dining opportunities for those who live and work in The Grove. “Iron & Rye is another concept to help grow this unique neighborhood in which we live, work and play,” said Gill.

Ground Broken For 1st Phorm’s $20 Million Facility At Fenton Logistics Park

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The new 182,400 square-foot, state-of-the-art facility will occupy all of Building V as rebirth continues at the site of the former Chrysler Plant being redeveloped by US Capital Development

Representatives from 1ST Phorm, US Capital Development, the City of Fenton and hundreds of other guests gathered on Friday, June 21, for a ceremonial groundbreaking to mark the official start of construction on the new $20 million, 182,400-square-foot facility that 1st Phorm will occupy by early next year. 1st Phorm was founded in 2008 with the goal to design, manufacture and bring to market the highest quality and most effective sports nutrition products in the world, and the company has grown into an iconic brand with $200 million in sales each year. With growth occurring at the rate of $20 – $30 million each year, 1st Phorm is relocating its expanding operations to Fenton Logistics Park from the location in Green Park Industrial Court in South St. Louis County that it has occupied since 2013.

The ceremony kicked off with several 1st Phorm executives arriving at the site via a Huey Helicopter, providing a glimpse into the company’s one-of-a-kind culture that has been part of its recipe for success. More than 100 company employees, who were on hand to celebrate this company milestone with other guests, cheered them on from the ground as the helicopter landed.

“What we’re going to build here, guys, is something that I think you’re going to look back and be really glad you came to this event,” said Andy Frisella, CEO of 1st Phorm, during his brief remarks. “It’s state of the art; it’s top of the line. I want you to think about what 1st Phorm represents as a culture. And what we represent as a culture is not selling vitamins. It’s helping people improve their lives. It is helping people become better people.”

Once complete, the 182,400 square-foot facility will house more than 400 employees and feature an auditorium, a state-of-the-art gym, locker rooms, media rooms, a podcast room, basketball court, full kitchen, and more. 1st Phorm is on track to outgrow its current space, and the new one-story, tilt-up building will provide the room it needs to continue to expand operations and staffing. The facility will feature both office and warehousing space, and company sales representatives and coaches, customer service representatives and warehouse employees will all work from the new space.

Frisella told the crowd, “If you want to look at it and think about where we’re going with it, think of Google for human performance. That’s where we’re taking it. That’s the best analogy I can use to describe what we’re building here.”

1st Phorm joins half a dozen diverse tenants who have already moved into Fenton Logistics Park, including BJC’s Clinical Asset Management Division, CoreLink, Alkem Labs, Beckwood Press Co., Hubbel Killark and BASF. With the addition of the new 1st Phorm facility, U.S. Capital Development will have invested more than $111 million in developing Fenton Logistics Park and delivered 50% of the industrial space planned within the park. The developer continues to breathe new life into the site of the former Chrysler Plant in Fenton, which now features 648,411 square feet of completed space, with 88 percent of those buildings occupied by more than 1,000 employees.

“This world-class, build-to-suit facility is a welcome addition to Fenton Logistics Park, which continues to grow at a rapid pace,” said Scott Sachtleben, managing principal of USCD. “With the addition of 1st Phorm, we are on target to expand the total number of quality skilled jobs within Fenton Logistics Park to more than 1,400. We are excited to be at the point where half of the industrial opportunity at the former Chrysler site has been consumed, with construction of additional facilities set to follow in the very near future.”

M+H Architects is serving as the architect on the 1st Phorm project, while Stock & Associates will serve as the consulting engineer. Alper Audi, Inc. will serve as the structural engineer. CBRE’s Jon Hinds and Katie Haywood represented USCD and Noel Fehr, with NAI Desco, represented 1st Phorm in the deal

“We are eager to move forward on the development of this innovative new facility for 1st Phorm,” said Scott Haley, Managing Director at US Capital Development who is responsible for managing the leasing and development of Fenton Logistics Park as the transformation continues from a brownfield site into a state-of-the-art industrial and commercial development in high demand. “The owners have been wonderful to work with, and we believe the completed, modern facility will give them the space they need today, while providing room for future growth.”

US Capital Development is now finalizing plans for Building VII, which is slated to be a 192,800-square-foot facility and should break ground in 90 days. As it continues to be built out and additional tenants are lined up, Fenton Logistics Park is expected to feature nearly 1.5 million square feet of manufacturing, logistics and warehouse space; 480,000 square feet of office/warehouse and flex space; 182,500 square feet of retail, restaurant and hotel space, and 105 acres of land owned by the BNSF Railway for anticipated additional railroad services. The overall development has the potential to result in 2,500 – 3,000 permanent jobs, pumping an estimated $135 million in wages to the region.

For more information about Fenton Logistics Park, visit  For more information about 1st Phorm, visit

About US Capital Development

US Capital Development, formerly known as KP Development, is a real estate development company based in St. Louis with a second office in Indianapolis and has origins dating back to 1994. In fall 2018, the firm announced its repositioning as USCD following a period of rapid growth and expansion into multiple U.S. markets.  Since the middle of 2017, the company has sourced and initiated over a half billion dollars of self-directed and owned development within various US markets. The firm’s efforts are now aligned under three distinct business platforms: industrial speculative development, commercial build-to-suit projects and a senior housing division operating under the brand “Oakleigh Development.” 

About 1st Phorm

1st Phorm International is the premier supplement line in the industry. The company searches out and sources only the highest quality ingredients to go into each of its products. 1st Phorm doesn’t use fillers – just top grade, premium, result-driven ingredients in their prime efficacious dose. All 1st Phorm products are made in the USA. Learn more at

Spellman Brady Increases NCIDQ Certified Interior Designers

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Rachel Bartelsmeyer, Stephanie Graf and Trisha Militello Earn NCIDQ

Spellman Brady & Company (SBC) is proud to announce that three interior designers – Rachel Bartelsmeyer, Stephanie Graf and Trisha Militello – have earned their National Council of Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) Certification.  With their recent accomplishment, SBC’s professional staff of NCIDQ interior designers has increased to 50%.

Prior to applying for the NCIDQ Examination each interior designer must be college educated and have a minimum of 1,760 hours of interior design work experience.  After CIDQ approved eligibility, each of the three designers took and passed the entire NCIDQ Exam consisting of three separate exams; the Fundamentals Exam (IDFX), the Professional Exam (IDPX), and the Practicum Exam (PRAC).  By achieving NCIDQ, each designer has proven her expertise in understanding and applying current codes established to protect public health, safety and welfare.

Rachel Bartelsmeyer

Rachel Bartelsmeyer graduated from Kansas State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science, Interior Design & Gerontology.  She has eight years of working experience and joined SBC in April 2017.

Stephanie Graf

Stephanie Graf has a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Interior Design from Maryville University.  She joined SBC in September 2015 and has a total of nine years of working experience.

Trisha Militello

Trisha Militello received her Bachelor of Fine Arts, Interior Design from Maryville University.  While at Maryville, she interned with SBC and upon graduation in May 2015 joined the firm.

NCIDQ Certification is the industry’s recognized standard of proficiency in interior design principles and a designer’s commitment to the profession.  Professional interior designers who possess the NCIDQ Certification have distinguished themselves by demonstrating a specific set of core competencies of interior design: building systems, codes, construction standards, contract administration, design application, professional practice and project coordination.

Spellman Brady & Company is an award-winning St. Louis–based 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.  As a Certified WBE Business, Spellman Brady & Company has completed more than 6,300 projects in 43 states and abroad since its founding in 1991.  For more information about Spellman Brady & Company, please visit

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