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Women-Owned Cork Tree Creative, Inc. Receives National and State Certifications As Designated Veteran-Owned Business

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Cork Tree Creative, Inc., a full-service marketing and public relations firm, today announced it has been certified by the National Veteran-Owned Business Association as a Certified Veteran’s Business Enterprise (VBE) and the State of Illinois Veterans Business Program as a Veteran-owned Small Business (VOSB). In addition to recognizing the military service of company ownership, these certifications connect Cork Tree Creative to a vast network of corporations and organizations who look to support veteran-owned businesses when looking to outsource their marketing services.

In addition to its veteran-owned status, Cork Tree Creative is also certified as a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) by the Small Business Administration, and a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (WBE) by the State of Illinois.

“The business landscape for women-owned and veteran-owned businesses has increased dramatically thanks to national and state-wide programs, like those in the State of Illinois, that provide designations for businesses that are owned, controlled, operated, and managed by women and veterans. We have worked really hard over the past 13 years to build our business and are grateful to add certifications to our growing list of benefits of working with our team,” said Laura Reed, co-owner of Cork Tree Creative.

Cork Tree Creative, Inc. was formed in 2009 by Jan Carpenter and Laura Reed as an all-inclusive marketing firm offering a full suite of traditional and digital marketing services. Located in Edwardsville, Ill., the company has clients ranging from big brands in energy and engineering to state-wide utility providers, and leaders in healthcare and legal services.

The company provides all services in-house, taking a hands-on, team approach to projects of all sizes. Services include public relations, website development, graphic design, branding, videography, photography, content development, digital advertising, reputation management, search engine optimization, and more.

“Our all-inclusive approach to marketing is a great asset to our clients as they can call us for all of their marketing needs instead of having to outsource to different vendors,” said Jan Carpenter, co-owner of Cork Tree Creative. “We have a great team and quality, reliable services that we can scale for organizations of all sizes.”

For its work, Cork Tree Creative has received recognition from various industry organizations such as Hermes Creative Awards, The Communicator Awards, and APEX Awards. The firm has also been recognized as one of the Best PR Firms in St. Louis (2021, 2020, 2017 & 2016), Best Marketing Firms (2016, 2015), and Best in Reliability (2022, 2018) by the St. Louis Small Business Monthly. For more information about Cork Tree Creative, Inc., visit www.corktreecreative.com or call 618.656.7333. For information about the firm’s certifications, visit www.corktreecreative.com/certifications.

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Poettker Construction Selected as Construction Manager for Parkway School District Upcoming Bond Program

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Poettker Construction Company has been selected as Construction Manager for Parkway School District’s 2022 no-tax-rate-increase Prop S bond issue. The responsible fiscal policies of the Parkway School District community have resulted in this opportunity to secure the largest single bond issue in Missouri public school history totaling $265 million.

The program will provide funding over the next six years for capital improvement projects across the district focused on the community’s priorities for: 

  • keeping students safe, dry, and warm. 
  • enhancing technology to keep students connected to learning.
  • ensuring the safety and accessibility for all. 
  • providing updated community playgrounds.
  • creating the best learning environment for current and future students.  

“We are honored to partner with Parkway School District during the planning, design, and construction phases of this district-wide improvements program,” said Ryan Poettker, President at Poettker. “We look forward to collaborating with the school district, community, design partners, and trade contractors to maximize Parkway’s return on investment to build strong schools and community.

Preconstruction and design will begin immediately following the successful passage of Prop S, with construction to follow in 2023. 

As a leader in public school construction, Poettker is actively serving as the Construction Manager for seven PK-12 and higher education programs in the St. Louis area.  

About Poettker Construction Company

Established in 1980, Poettker Construction is an award-winning family-owned business specializing in construction management, design/build, general contracting and self-perform services with an emphasis to exceed the client’s expectations. Poettker Construction provides safe, quality, sustainable, and technology solutions to clients in the Education, Distribution, Government, Healthcare, Hospitality, Municipal, Recreation, Retail, and Utility industries. The company prides itself on building long-lasting relationships with their clients, business partners and the communities in which they work. For more information, visit www.poettkerconstruction.com.

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Case Engineering Announces New Firm Leadership

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Case Engineering’s Principals Darrell Case and Steve Sacco are excited to announce the promotion of six new Principals to the firm. The new Principals will lead the firm for many years to come and continue to serve our clients with the quality and timeliness they have come to expect. Please join us in congratulating them on their new roles.

Darrell Case

Darrell Case, PE, CEO, Founder, has 38 years of experience in mechanical system design for new construction and renovation of institutional and commercial projects. Darrell’s experience includes but is not limited to restaurants, hotels, hospitality, educational, hospital, fire protection, and plumbing system design. He is currently registered in all US States except Alaska. Darrell has received ASHRAE Engineering Technology Awards for the design of air conditioning systems for an office building, supermarket and elementary school in 1998, 2001, and 2006. He was also named 2006 Outstanding Engineer of the Year in Private Practice by the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers. In 2015, he was named Engineer of the Year by the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers.

Stephen Sacco

Stephen Sacco, PE, Principal Structural Engineer, started the structural department for Case Engineering in 2009. Under his leadership, the department has grown from the original 2 staff members to the current 28 structural engineers and designer/drafters. With over 41 years of experience, Steve has worked on engineering projects for notable landmarks around the nation and the St Louis region, namely the renovation of St Louis Union Station, Mungenast Lexus Dealership, (first LEED Lexus dealership in the nation), Lindenwood University 4-story Library, and a 12- story condominium complex at Lake of the Ozarks in central Missouri. Additionally, he has been involved in the local entertainment field, engineering various structures for the Six Flags St. Louis Theme Park. He is a registered Professional Engineer (PE) in 46 US states and has membership in national professional societies including NSPE, AISC, ICC, and others.

Matt Case

Matt Case, PE, COO, LEED AP, Principal Mechanical Engineer, is a registered professional engineer in over 40 states and has 13 years of experience at Case Engineering. He has built a broad range of work experience in numerous different building types for all markets served by Case Engineering. In addition to leading design teams, Matt has also been named the Chief Operating Officer for the firm.

John J. Virtudazo

John J. Virtudazo, Principal Mechanical Engineer, with 20+ years of experience in mechanical, plumbing and fire protection system design for new construction and renovation of community centers, recreational complexes, restaurant, retail, institutional and commercial projects. John has expertise in HVAC building load analysis and computerized energy analysis. John is also a veteran and member of the US Naval Reserves.

James A. Eyre

James A. Eyre, PE, Principal Mechanical Engineer, has 20+ years of experience in mechanical, plumbing, and fire protection system design for new construction and renovation of institutional and commercial projects. Jim’s experience includes but is not limited to industrial, government, religious, institutional, healthcare, and commercial projects. His recognitions include receiving the Tomas H. Madison Award with Capital Development Board, IL and the Special Achievement Award with Consulting Engineers of Illinois.

Kyle Linenfelser

Kyle Linenfelser, PE, SE, LEED AP, Principal Structural Engineer, has 4 years of construction management and 18 years of structural engineering experience. He graduated with a B.S. from the University of Illinois and an M.S. from San Diego State University. Kyle’s experience includes but is not limited to churches, educational, hospital retrofits and hotels. He is well versed in the use of wood, steel, concrete and masonry in construction and design and is knowledgeable in the application of wind and seismic design criteria. He also enjoys traveling and camping with his wife and three children.

Luke Wild

Luke J. Wild, PE, Principal Mechanical Engineer, with 11 years of experience in mechanical, plumbing and fire protection system design and project management for new construction and renovation of institutional, industrial and commercial projects. Luke’s design experience includes but is not limited to restaurants, pools, educational facilities, industrial laundry facilities, industrial warehouses, retail and offices. His experience also includes building energy simulations, Title 24 calculations and solar evaluations.

Ardie Mansouri

Ardie Mansouri, PE, Principal Structural Engineer, with 12 years of experience in the structural engineering field. Working as an integral part of the structural team for the last 7 years at Case Engineering, Ardie provides a wide variety of design experience across multiple business sectors and construction types. While managing department workload and performing various quality assurance reviews, Ardie also takes part in in-depth design tasks staying involved in the intricacies of the projects that come through Case Engineering. Most recently, he has overseen the implementation of improved project tracking systems that will improve the efficiency of the company as a whole.

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S. M. Wilson Hires Administrative Manager and Client Development Manager

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Joyce Glass
Taylor Tisoncik

S. M. Wilson, a St. Louis-based construction manager and general contracting firm, has hired Joyce Glass as Administrative Manager and Taylor Tisoncik as Client Development Manager.

As an ambassador for S. M. Wilson, Glass provides administrative expertise and support firm-wide in her role as Administrative Manager. She is responsible for ensuring smooth day-to-day operations and adequate flow of information across the company’s support departments. Glass brings more than 20 years of experience to S. M. Wilson. She has an extensive background in strategic human resources management, staff development, recruiting, employee relations, procedure creation and legal compliance.

As a Client Development Manager, Tisoncik assists in evaluating business opportunities, acquiring new clients, maintaining existing relationships and promoting S. M. Wilson in identified markets as well as the local community. Tisoncik brings six years of experience in marketing and sales. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Lewis University.

ABOUT S. M. WILSON & CO.

S. M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis and offices in Edwardsville, IL and Cape Girardeau, MO. Founded in 1921, S. M. Wilson is dedicated to going above and beyond expectations for their clients by putting people first. The 100% employee-owned company is one of the leading construction management firms in the Midwest. Areas of expertise include K-12 education, commercial, healthcare and industrial projects. For more information, visit www.smwilson.com.

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People On The Move In The Local Construction Industry

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S. M. Wilson Hires Administrative Manager and Client Development Manager

Joyce Glass
Taylor Tisoncik

S. M. Wilson, a St. Louis-based construction manager and general contracting firm, has hired Joyce Glass as Administrative Manager and Taylor Tisoncik as Client Development Manager.

As an ambassador for S. M. Wilson, Glass provides administrative expertise and support firm-wide in her role as Administrative Manager. She is responsible for ensuring smooth day-to-day operations and adequate flow of information across the company’s support departments. Glass brings more than 20 years of experience to S. M. Wilson. She has an extensive background in strategic human resources management, staff development, recruiting, employee relations, procedure creation and legal compliance.

As a Client Development Manager, Tisoncik assists in evaluating business opportunities, acquiring new clients, maintaining existing relationships and promoting S. M. Wilson in identified markets as well as the local community. Tisoncik brings six years of experience in marketing and sales. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Lewis University.

S. M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis and offices in Edwardsville, IL and Cape Girardeau, MO. Founded in 1921, S. M. Wilson is dedicated to going above and beyond expectations for their clients by putting people first. The 100% employee-owned company is one of the leading construction management firms in the Midwest. Areas of expertise include K-12 education, commercial, healthcare and industrial projects. For more information, visit www.smwilson.com.

Josh Skeeters joins Wiegmann Associates as Mechanical Revit Designer

Josh Skeeters

Josh Skeeters of St. Peters, MO has joined Wiegmann Associates as a Mechanical Revit Designer. He is responsible for building information modeling (BIM), creating and managing project data as well as assisting engineers in the design process. Skeeters started as an intern with Wiegmann Associates. He holds an associate’s degree in Building Systems Engineering Technology from Ranken Technical College. 

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

September 2, 2022

S. M. Wilson & Co. promotes Chris Watkins to Project Superintendent

Chris Watkins

S. M. Wilson & Co., a St. Louis-based construction manager and contracting firm, has promoted Chris Watkins to Project Superintendent. Watkins is responsible for coordinating all job site activities and ensuring project success by making sure that all employees and contractors adhere to the schedule, quality expectations, work safely and follow environment regulations. Watkins is currently assigned to remodel projects for long-time client, Target.

Throughout the past four years, Watkins has held positions with S. M. Wilson as Assistant Superintendent and Field Engineer. He previously was an intern through S. M. Wilson’s Field Engineer Intern Program. Watkins is a graduate of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with a degree in Construction Management.

S. M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis and offices in Edwardsville, IL and Cape Girardeau, MO. Founded in 1921, S. M. Wilson is dedicated to going above and beyond expectations for their clients by putting people first. The 100% employee-owned company is one of the leading construction management firms in the Midwest. Areas of expertise include K-12 education, commercial, healthcare and industrial projects. For more information, visit www.smwilson.com.

Christopher McDonald Joins Tarlton Accounting and Finance Team

Christopher McDonald

Tarlton Corp., a leading St. Louis-based general contracting and construction management firm, hired Christopher McDonald as an accountant on its accounting and finance team.

In this new position, McDonald assists Tarlton Controller Holly Kinney in the firm’s ongoing financial responsibilities including processing payroll; benefits and tax reporting; updating licensing; and establishing new vendors. He also is an active member on Tarlton’s Social and Wellness Committees.

McDonald brings to Tarlton over a decade of work experience, including serving in multi-faceted positions at Enterprise Holdings, Nestle Purina PetCare, Save A Lot and Cushman & Wakefield.

“Chris is a great addition to the Tarlton accounting and finance department,” said Anthony Eftimoff, vice president of finance. “His outgoing personality and enthusiasm for his work has forged positive relationships with members of multiple departments within the company.”

McDonald holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and a master’s degree in accountancy from Fontbonne University.

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

August 26, 2022

Terracon Names John Norwood National Manager for Materials Technology and Innovation

John Norwood

Terracon, a leading provider of environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services, has named John Norwood, P.E., CSSGB, national manager for materials technology and innovation. Norwood is responsible for partnering with Terracon’s operations and service line leaders to explore future technology needs and drive technology adoptions.

“I’m passionate about connecting people with technology in ways that make our jobs better,” Norwood said. “I’m excited to be at Terracon and looking forward to doing great things with technology and business systems to continually improve our client experience.”

John has more than 14 years of experience managing engineering and construction management projects, including developing materials-focused cost control methods, streamlining project initiation and quality audit processes, and implementing companywide systems surrounding field and lab reporting. John earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from North Carolina State University and is Six Sigma certified. He is based in Terracon’s Raleigh office.

Terracon is an employee-owned multidiscipline consulting firm comprised of more than 5,500 curious minds focused on solving engineering and technical challenges from more than 175 locations nationwide. Explore with us by visiting terracon.com.

Mindy Schmidt Joins Wiegmann Associates as Administrative Assistant

Mindy Schmidt

Mindy Schmidt of St. Charles, Missouri has joined Wiegmann Associates as an Administrative Assistant to the mechanical contractor’s Project Management department. Schmidt is responsible for supporting the project management team for all new HVAC construction projects.

Schmidt brings 25 years of experience as an administrative assistant and in project management. She also has experience as a Youth Services Paraprofessional providing outreach services and streamlining outreach programming for at-risk youth at the St. Charles City-County Library. Schmidt also presented at Missouri Library Association conferences and the Young Adult Library Services Association’s Young Adult Services Symposium.

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 www.wiegmannassoc.com or call (636) 940-1056.

Holland Construction Services Adds Three Additional Employees to Its Growing Team

Holland Construction President, Mike Marchal

Holland Construction Services has announced the addition of three new employees to its growing team. The new employees include Kent Richardson as Senior Virtual Design and Construction Engineer, Ashleigh Loehring as Project Administrator and Garrison West as Project Manager.

“2022 has been an outstanding year of growth for Holland Construction Services despite all of the challenges we’ve seen in the construction industry,” said Holland’s President Mike Marchal. “We have seen record growth and revenue this year and have been fortunate to attract top-level talent to join our team despite the labor shortages we know are happening in the construction industry. We are excited to continue to grow and work on more projects within the St. Louis Metro Area.”

“It has been wonderful to see how Holland has grown in the last few months by attracting high-caliber people to our team,” said Holland’s Human Resources Director Stacey Martin. “We have added 25 new team members since January and will add another 15 over the next few months in a variety of roles.”

To accommodate the growth, Holland is currently working to complete construction on its new St. Louis office which will open later this summer. The company currently has 17 active projects in the St. Louis Metro Area ranging from $1 million to over $70 million, with 10 of those projects valued at more than $20 million. 

About Holland

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

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

Winco Window Company President Bill Krenn to Retire, Gantt Miller III Returns to Lead Transition

For the third time in the history of WINCO Window Company, Gantt Miller III, AIA is returning to manage the leadership transition as current president Bill Krenn retires.   The company is experiencing explosive growth, and Miller will return to head the company until a new president can be selected, either internally or externally.  Krenn will continue to preside over the company’s corporate governance until his permanent replacement is found.   Miller has been serving as CEO for the past 40 years, as well as managing his own development and management businesses.

Krenn became president of WINCO in 2017 and has been with the St. Louis-based company since 1996.  Krenn has served in various capacities, including director of human resources, treasurer, vice president, and chief financial officer.  

Miller became president of Winco in 1980 when his wife’s father, son of WINCO’s founder Otto Kubatzky, passed away suddenly. Like the company’s founder, Miller is an architect, builder, and developer. Under Miller’s leadership, WINCO grew to become a full-service aluminum window manufacturer, and now produces a wide array of window products including historic replication, sound, thermal, wind protection, blast, and FEBR (forced entry and ballistic resistant) products.   Among many initiatives, Miller plans to focus on expanding WINCO’s growing line of high-performance, dynamic energy-efficient products to help meet the demand for window systems that can modernize the country’s current building stock effectively and at a reasonable cost. 

WINCO currently has a strong senior management team, including his son Woody Miller, who manages operations in St. Louis. Other fourth-generation family members also hold senior positions within the company, including Brad Barnes and Elise Macchi.

For the first time in its 100 -plus year history, WINCO is turning away business, due to staffing shortages. Like many US companies, WINCO is seeking to fill a growing list of management positions. It’s been all hands on deck throughout the pandemic and beyond,” says Miller.  “Our California representative and son, Gantt IV, even returned from California to work in the plant during the night shift and helped oversee some of his customer’s special projects!”  

About WINCO  At Winco, we are committed to creating custom aluminum windows for commercial applications in both new and historic buildings — and everything in between. Working with customers, we develop custom window solutions, and with most of our products engineered and tested in-house, we ensure premium performance every time. See why Winco has been a trusted leader in windows for more than 100 years. Visit us at www.wincowindow.com

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Groundbreaking Held for New “LOCAL Midtown” Multifamily Development in Nashville

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The 307-unit project from Subtext and Brinkmann Constructors will bring modern living to popular Midtown area

Subtext, a St. Louis-based integrated real estate development company, and Brinkmann Constructors, a St. Louis-based national general contractor, held an official groundbreaking ceremony on August 30, 2022 for LOCAL Midtown, a 15-story multifamily project in Midtown Nashville. LOCAL Midtown is expected to be completed and open for leasing in 2024.

L to R: Tom Oberle, Executive VP – Brinkmann; Matt Funk, Director of Preconstruction – Brinkmann; Tim VanMatre, Principal of Construction – Subtext; Brandt Stiles, Principal of Development – Subtext; Marina Malomud, COO – Subtext; Mitch Korte – EVP Multifamily Development – Subtext

Located at 1904 Hayes Street, the 270,000-SF residential complex will contain 307 total units with a mix of studios, one-, two- and three-bedroom layouts. The modern design by architect Dynamik Design features 10,000 SF of total amenity space. Amenity highlights include a curated coffee bar and micro market on the first floor, a music studio and recording booth on the fifth floor, and several unique spaces on the sixth floor – media lounge, speakeasy, collaboration spaces, gaming room, fitness center with coach-led classes, library and outdoor amenity deck with a swimming pool. The 15th floor features a sky lounge and deck with sweeping views of downtown Nashville. A five-level covered parking garage will be available to residents.

“Our goal—as with our other developments in dynamic growth cities— is to create a residential community that supports how urban residents want to live, work and socialize,” said Brandt Stiles, Principal of Development, Subtext. “The massive growth in millennial population in Nashville means there is demand for beautiful, thoughtfully designed multifamily properties. But rather than just delivering a new building, we want to close a gap between residents’ desire for social connection and the actual experience of it.”

Using innovative exteriors, such as faux acrylic brick, the Brinkmann team was able to reduce the structure cost through creative and insightful preconstruction engineering. And a revised foundation system reduced the cost as well as the schedule and potential unknowns of the site geography.

“Brinkmann is thrilled to be continuing our valued partnership with Subtext to bring LOCAL Midtown to Nashville,” said Brian D. Satterthwaite, President of Brinkmann Constructors. “Our relationship works to create unique living spaces for communities.”

Nashville’s millennial population continues to soar, increasing by nearly 15% since 2014 and accounting for 30.4% of its population in 2019. With population growth comes a much greater demand for new, modern multifamily developments.

Brinkmann and Subtext recently completed LOCAL Boise, a seven-story multifamily building in downtown Boise, Idaho. The LOCAL Midtown project marks the first foray in Nashville for both firms.

Photo Above, L to R:  Tom Oberle, Executive VP – Brinkmann; Matt Funk, Director of Preconstruction – Brinkmann; Tim VanMatre, Principal of Construction – Subtext; Brandt Stiles, Principal of Development – Subtext; Marina Malomud, COO – Subtext; Mitch Korte – EVP Multifamily Development – Subtext

About Subtext 

Subtext is dedicated to providing an exceptional living experience in all of the communities we design and build. By approaching each step of the development process with passion and attention to detail, we are able to deliver our projects with pride and complete confidence in their quality. Open conversations and strong relationships with local partners allow us to create communities that benefit not only residents, but also the neighborhoods in which they exist. For more information about the services offered by Subtext, or to inquire about opportunities, visit the website at www.subtextliving.com.

About Brinkmann Constructors

Brinkmann Constructors is a national general contractor offering design/build, design/assist and construction management services to a wide variety of commercial industries, including student housing, senior living, industrial and retail. Visit www.brinkmannconstructors.com or call 636-537-9700 for more information.

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Surging Demand for Rebar Spurs 35,000 SF Expansion for Construction Supplier the Nu Way Companies in Troy, Ill.

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Contegra Construction Targeting Spring 2023 Completion for Rebar Fabrication Facility

Record demand for reinforcing steel known widely as rebar is prompting a large expansion for the Nu Way Companies in Troy, one of the largest construction material and equipment suppliers in Metro St. Louis.  Contegra Construction is building a 35,000-square-foot fabrication facility for the 67-year-old, family owned, business in Troy, Ill.  NuWay FAB, a newly formed division, will occupy the new facility, which will feature three overhead cranes.  It will more than quadruple Nu Way’s rebar production tonnage which this year is at a record 3,100 tons and counting.  The new state-of-the-art facility will be completed in spring 2023.  

“E-commerce-driven warehouse construction coupled with a surge in infrastructure spending has created soaring demand for rebar, a critical element for tilt-up and road construction,” said Greg Rhomberg, president and COO, Nu Way.  “On top of that healthcare, schools and other concrete projects are also driving demand for reinforcing rebar.”  Rhomberg, the third generation leader of the company, anticipates increasing production to 15,000 tons of rebar annually for the Troy location when the new fabrication facility is complete.

Rhomberg said that Nu Way has recently supplied rebar for a number of notable projects including the new MLS Stadium in Downtown St. Louis, Phillips 66 Wood River Refinery in Roxana, Ill., the Springfield Public School District in Springfield, Ill and numerous expansions for the region’s largest businesses including AB-InBev and BJC Healthcare

Located at 2454 Formosa Road in Troy, IL, the fabrication facility will customize rebar supplied by steel mills for all types of construction needs.  The building will feature a 31,000-square-foot fabrication shop and 4,000 square feet of office space.  The office space will feature a conference room for presentations to customers and continuing education for employees. The facility will also have two lunch rooms.

The building will be constructed of tilt-up concrete panels and topped with a TPO roof hosting three rooftop industrial HVAC units.  The 21-foot clear height fabrication area will have three bays and will be able to process rebar on 3.5 ton coils and straight lengths up to 60-feet long.  Each bay will be served by an overhead crane, including a 16-ton magnetic crane, a 10-ton crane and a five-ton crane.  The facility will also have five drive in doors.

“Contegra has been great at leading the process of planning and building our expansion and has assembled a great team,” said Rhomberg.

Joining Contegra on the project are J.F. Electric, Vee-Jay Cement Contracting, Illinois Electric Works and Affton Fabricating and Welding Company.

Founded in 1955 by brothers Adolph Rhomberg and Arthur Rhomberg, Sr., Nu Way Concrete Forms has grown to become one of the region’s largest construction suppliers, manufacturing, selling, and renting concrete forms, equipment, and accessories.  Headquartered in south St. Louis county, Nu Way also has facilities in Jefferson City, Jackson, and Wentzville, MO and Troy, IL, serving all of southern and central Missouri and southwestern and central Illinois.  It employs more than 200 people.  Learn more at www.nuwayinc.com

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, multi-family, office and retail projects.  Its capabilities include building developer- and owner-driven projects and site development.  Learn more at www.contegracc.com.

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Holland Construction Services Breaks Ground on Dorris Intermediate School Expansion Project

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Holland Construction Services recently broke ground on a $6 million expansion and renovation project at Dorris Intermediate School in Collinsville, Illinois. Construction work on the existing school, which was built in 1962 and has a current enrollment of roughly 1,000 students, is set to begin the first week of September and has a completion date in the fall of 2023.

“This expansion will give our students the additional space they need to learn and grow in the classroom along with additional space for some of our students with higher needs,” said Collinsville Community Unit School District 10 Superintendent Dr. Brad Skertich. “The district felt Holland would be the best fit for this project because of their previous work and reputation. We have been incredibly impressed with their open communication, keeping us aware of every step in the process and we’re very excited to get started.”

The 14,000 square foot expansion consists of a two-story addition to the existing school which will include eight new classrooms, four restrooms and a therapy room. The remodeling portion of the project will consist of ceiling replacements throughout the entire building along with a reconfiguration of administrative areas. Construction on the expansion project is set to begin immediately while the remodeling portion will be done next summer when students aren’t at school.

“Communication with the school district is extremely important on a project like this,” said Project Manager Brian Dayton. “We have had to map out with the district exactly where we will be at all times since safety on the job site is our number one priority, with students attending school while the project is under construction. The project will be entirely fenced off from student areas and it should be a very beneficial addition to the school when complete.”

Dorris Intermediate School is one of five school-related construction projects Holland is currently working on in the Metro East. The construction company is also managing projects for Caseyville, Sparta and Redbud school districts, as well as a project for Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville.

The architect on the Dorris Intermediate School project is FGM.

Holland Construction Services is a full-service construction management, general contracting, and design/build firm guided by the principle of providing clients the best possible build experience on every project. Holland has been providing quality construction services throughout Illinois and Missouri since 1986, when it was founded by company CEO Bruce Holland. Holland offers pre-construction, construction, and virtual design & construction services to commercial, education, healthcare, industrial, multi-family, municipal, recreation, and senior living clients. The St. Louis Business Journal ranks Holland as a “Best Places to Work” and one of the top 15 contractors in the St. Louis area by volume. For more information, visit Holland’s website at www.hollandcs.com.

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S. M. Wilson & Co. promotes Chris Watkins to Project Superintendent

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S. M. Wilson & Co., a St. Louis-based construction manager and contracting firm, has promoted Chris Watkins to Project Superintendent. Watkins is responsible for coordinating all job site activities and ensuring project success by making sure that all employees and contractors adhere to the schedule, quality expectations, work safely and follow environment regulations. Watkins is currently assigned to remodel projects for long-time client, Target.

Throughout the past four years, Watkins has held positions with S. M. Wilson as Assistant Superintendent and Field Engineer. He previously was an intern through S. M. Wilson’s Field Engineer Intern Program. Watkins is a graduate of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with a degree in Construction Management.

S. M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis and offices in Edwardsville, IL and Cape Girardeau, MO. Founded in 1921, S. M. Wilson is dedicated to going above and beyond expectations for their clients by putting people first. The 100% employee-owned company is one of the leading construction management firms in the Midwest. Areas of expertise include K-12 education, commercial, healthcare and industrial projects. For more information, visit www.smwilson.com.

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S. M. Wilson & Co. promotes Chris Watkins to Project Superintendent

Chris Watkins

S. M. Wilson & Co., a St. Louis-based construction manager and contracting firm, has promoted Chris Watkins to Project Superintendent. Watkins is responsible for coordinating all job site activities and ensuring project success by making sure that all employees and contractors adhere to the schedule, quality expectations, work safely and follow environment regulations. Watkins is currently assigned to remodel projects for long-time client, Target.

Throughout the past four years, Watkins has held positions with S. M. Wilson as Assistant Superintendent and Field Engineer. He previously was an intern through S. M. Wilson’s Field Engineer Intern Program. Watkins is a graduate of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with a degree in Construction Management.

S. M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis and offices in Edwardsville, IL and Cape Girardeau, MO. Founded in 1921, S. M. Wilson is dedicated to going above and beyond expectations for their clients by putting people first. The 100% employee-owned company is one of the leading construction management firms in the Midwest. Areas of expertise include K-12 education, commercial, healthcare and industrial projects. For more information, visit www.smwilson.com.

Christopher McDonald Joins Tarlton Accounting and Finance Team

Christopher McDonald

Tarlton Corp., a leading St. Louis-based general contracting and construction management firm, hired Christopher McDonald as an accountant on its accounting and finance team.

In this new position, McDonald assists Tarlton Controller Holly Kinney in the firm’s ongoing financial responsibilities including processing payroll; benefits and tax reporting; updating licensing; and establishing new vendors. He also is an active member on Tarlton’s Social and Wellness Committees.

McDonald brings to Tarlton over a decade of work experience, including serving in multi-faceted positions at Enterprise Holdings, Nestle Purina PetCare, Save A Lot and Cushman & Wakefield.

“Chris is a great addition to the Tarlton accounting and finance department,” said Anthony Eftimoff, vice president of finance. “His outgoing personality and enthusiasm for his work has forged positive relationships with members of multiple departments within the company.”

McDonald holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and a master’s degree in accountancy from Fontbonne University.

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

August 26, 2022

Terracon Names John Norwood National Manager for Materials Technology and Innovation

John Norwood

Terracon, a leading provider of environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services, has named John Norwood, P.E., CSSGB, national manager for materials technology and innovation. Norwood is responsible for partnering with Terracon’s operations and service line leaders to explore future technology needs and drive technology adoptions.

“I’m passionate about connecting people with technology in ways that make our jobs better,” Norwood said. “I’m excited to be at Terracon and looking forward to doing great things with technology and business systems to continually improve our client experience.”

John has more than 14 years of experience managing engineering and construction management projects, including developing materials-focused cost control methods, streamlining project initiation and quality audit processes, and implementing companywide systems surrounding field and lab reporting. John earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from North Carolina State University and is Six Sigma certified. He is based in Terracon’s Raleigh office.

Terracon is an employee-owned multidiscipline consulting firm comprised of more than 5,500 curious minds focused on solving engineering and technical challenges from more than 175 locations nationwide. Explore with us by visiting terracon.com.

Mindy Schmidt Joins Wiegmann Associates as Administrative Assistant

Mindy Schmidt

Mindy Schmidt of St. Charles, Missouri has joined Wiegmann Associates as an Administrative Assistant to the mechanical contractor’s Project Management department. Schmidt is responsible for supporting the project management team for all new HVAC construction projects.

Schmidt brings 25 years of experience as an administrative assistant and in project management. She also has experience as a Youth Services Paraprofessional providing outreach services and streamlining outreach programming for at-risk youth at the St. Charles City-County Library. Schmidt also presented at Missouri Library Association conferences and the Young Adult Library Services Association’s Young Adult Services Symposium.

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 www.wiegmannassoc.com or call (636) 940-1056.

Holland Construction Services Adds Three Additional Employees to Its Growing Team

Holland Construction President, Mike Marchal

Holland Construction Services has announced the addition of three new employees to its growing team. The new employees include Kent Richardson as Senior Virtual Design and Construction Engineer, Ashleigh Loehring as Project Administrator and Garrison West as Project Manager.

“2022 has been an outstanding year of growth for Holland Construction Services despite all of the challenges we’ve seen in the construction industry,” said Holland’s President Mike Marchal. “We have seen record growth and revenue this year and have been fortunate to attract top-level talent to join our team despite the labor shortages we know are happening in the construction industry. We are excited to continue to grow and work on more projects within the St. Louis Metro Area.”

“It has been wonderful to see how Holland has grown in the last few months by attracting high-caliber people to our team,” said Holland’s Human Resources Director Stacey Martin. “We have added 25 new team members since January and will add another 15 over the next few months in a variety of roles.”

To accommodate the growth, Holland is currently working to complete construction on its new St. Louis office which will open later this summer. The company currently has 17 active projects in the St. Louis Metro Area ranging from $1 million to over $70 million, with 10 of those projects valued at more than $20 million. 

About Holland

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

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

Winco Window Company President Bill Krenn to Retire, Gantt Miller III Returns to Lead Transition

For the third time in the history of WINCO Window Company, Gantt Miller III, AIA is returning to manage the leadership transition as current president Bill Krenn retires.   The company is experiencing explosive growth, and Miller will return to head the company until a new president can be selected, either internally or externally.  Krenn will continue to preside over the company’s corporate governance until his permanent replacement is found.   Miller has been serving as CEO for the past 40 years, as well as managing his own development and management businesses.

Krenn became president of WINCO in 2017 and has been with the St. Louis-based company since 1996.  Krenn has served in various capacities, including director of human resources, treasurer, vice president, and chief financial officer.  

Miller became president of Winco in 1980 when his wife’s father, son of WINCO’s founder Otto Kubatzky, passed away suddenly. Like the company’s founder, Miller is an architect, builder, and developer. Under Miller’s leadership, WINCO grew to become a full-service aluminum window manufacturer, and now produces a wide array of window products including historic replication, sound, thermal, wind protection, blast, and FEBR (forced entry and ballistic resistant) products.   Among many initiatives, Miller plans to focus on expanding WINCO’s growing line of high-performance, dynamic energy-efficient products to help meet the demand for window systems that can modernize the country’s current building stock effectively and at a reasonable cost. 

WINCO currently has a strong senior management team, including his son Woody Miller, who manages operations in St. Louis. Other fourth-generation family members also hold senior positions within the company, including Brad Barnes and Elise Macchi.

For the first time in its 100 -plus year history, WINCO is turning away business, due to staffing shortages. Like many US companies, WINCO is seeking to fill a growing list of management positions. It’s been all hands on deck throughout the pandemic and beyond,” says Miller.  “Our California representative and son, Gantt IV, even returned from California to work in the plant during the night shift and helped oversee some of his customer’s special projects!”  

About WINCO  At Winco, we are committed to creating custom aluminum windows for commercial applications in both new and historic buildings — and everything in between. Working with customers, we develop custom window solutions, and with most of our products engineered and tested in-house, we ensure premium performance every time. See why Winco has been a trusted leader in windows for more than 100 years. Visit us at www.wincowindow.com

August 19, 2022

Russell Welcomes Newest Executive Team Member

Matthew Stack

Matthew Stack comes to Russell with over 19+ years of real estate industry experience in executive leadership, project management and business development. Prior to joining Russell, Matthew was most recently the Director of Development & Operations with US Capital Development, and previously the Managing Director of Koch Development, focused on the executive management of all development activities and operations of the privately held commercial real estate development company.

In this role, Matthew will develop the strategy for growth of the St. Louis office and collaborate with operational project leaders to ensure we are executing with excellence, every time. Matthew will also be a key leader of real estate development activities for Russell and be instrumental in mentoring and developing the next generation of leaders.

“The interrelationship between the traditional general contractor providing construction services and the developer led activities to build communities and projects has always intrigued me. In today’s real estate construction and development environment, I’m a believer that there needs to be a trusted, collaborative relationship between these disciplines and the lines between them are blurring. This trend is what has brought me to Russell, and what I’m most excited about growing personally and professionally. The entrepreneurial spirit, the background of the company including its history and current leadership, the team members, and its desire to grow is what solidified my interest in Russell. My focus will be on increasing the trajectory of the St. Louis office into being a market leader in the area, as well as expanding into other strategic markets in the future,” Matthew shared.

A life-long resident of the St. Louis metro, Matthew is passionate about serving his community through roles with various organizations, including as a current board member for the World Pediatric Project. Matthew holds a Juris Doctorate from St. Louis University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Truman University. Outside of work, Matthew has been married to his lovely wife, Erin, for 21 years and they share two daughters, ages 17 and 12.

Matthew officially started with Russell on August 15th and is located in the St. Louis office at 120 S. Central Avenue, Suite 1100, St. Louis, MO 63105.

Established in 1983, Russell is a regional and national provider of commercial construction and development services, headquartered in Davenport, Iowa with offices in St. Louis and Kansas City. Russell has delivered more than $3 billion in projects across 33 states and remains dedicated to creating more than a project – we are building great people, relationships, and communities. For more information on Russell, please visit our corporate website at www.russellco.com.

Terracon Names John Norwood National Manager for Materials Technology and Innovation

Terracon, a leading provider of environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services, has named John Norwood, P.E., CSSGB, national manager for materials technology and innovation. Norwood is responsible for partnering with Terracon’s operations and service line leaders to explore future technology needs and drive technology adoptions.

“I’m passionate about connecting people with technology in ways that make our jobs better,” Norwood said. “I’m excited to be at Terracon and looking forward to doing great things with technology and business systems to continually improve our client experience.”

John has more than 14 years of experience managing engineering and construction management projects, including developing materials-focused cost control methods, streamlining project initiation and quality audit processes, and implementing companywide systems surrounding field and lab reporting. John earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from North Carolina State University and is Six Sigma certified. He is based in Terracon’s Raleigh office.

About Terracon

Terracon is an employee-owned multidiscipline consulting firm comprised of more than 5,500 curious minds focused on solving engineering and technical challenges from more than 175 locations nationwide. Explore with us by visiting terracon.com.

Jeremiah Sheehan joins S. M. Wilson as Senior Project Manager

Jeramiah Sheehan

Jeremiah Sheehan of St. Louis, MO has joined S. M. Wilson & Co. as a Senior Project Manager. Sheehan is responsible for leadership, coordination and success of all client projects, including managing the project team, maintaining documentation and overseeing project finances. He will manage the renovation of a former Sears retail store in Springfield, Illinois for the Illinois Capital Development Board to construct offices for the Environmental Protection Agency and a lab for the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.

Sheehan brings 41 years of experience in project management. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Vanderbilt University. He is LEED AP certified and earned the American Society for Health Care Engineering (ASHE) Healthcare Construction certificate, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Construction Quality Management for Contractors (CQM-C) certificate and has OSHA 30-Hour, Aerial Lifts, Scaffolding and Powder Actuated Tools training. 

S. M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis and offices in Edwardsville, IL and Cape Girardeau, MO. Founded in 1921, S. M. Wilson is dedicated to going above and beyond expectations for their clients by putting people first. The 100% employee-owned company is one of the leading construction management firms in the Midwest. Areas of expertise include K-12 education, commercial, healthcare and industrial projects. For more information, visit www.smwilson.com.

August 12, 2022

Roslyn Croft Recognized for Most Influential Business Women Award

Roslyn Croft, inclusion and diversity manager at Tarlton Corp., (right), has been named one of the Most Influential Business Women in 2022 by the St. Louis Business Journal.

Roslyn Croft, inclusion and diversity manager at Tarlton Corp., a leading St. Louis-based general contracting and construction management firm, has been recognized as one of the 2022 Most Influential Business Women by the St. Louis Business Journal.

Croft chairs Tarlton’s Diversity Committee and is considered an influencer of change at the firm, as well as in the Greater St. Louis community. She is a respected leader known for her dedication to educating and empowering diverse firms and people entering the workforce. Croft plays an active role in fostering the AGC of America’s Culture of Care initiative at Tarlton, meeting with new employees to introduce the initiative’s principles and practices to build a more inclusive work environment. The City of St. Louis often refers other firms to Croft and to Tarlton as a trusted diversity resource.

Under Croft’s leadership, Tarlton has participated in inclusion trainings facilitated by Art of Adaption, a leading equity, inclusion, and strategic culture training and consulting firm, for both office and field personnel. Most recently, 75 Tarlton employees and subcontractors attended a training held at Tarlton’s largest staffed jobsite, the Washington University School of Medicine New Research Parking Garage.

Croft also led the Tarlton team that spearheaded the first “Thinking Beyond Today” Career Resource Center in partnership with BJC HealthCare in 2019. Based on the success of the pilot project, a new resource center opened at the Barnes-Jewish Hospital’s Campus Renewal Project in March 2022. The center, operating out of a construction trailer on the Siteman Cancer Center project at Northwest HealthCare in North County, welcomed 335 visitors from St. Louis-area schools and organizations, providing them with knowledge and resources about jobs and career paths in construction and health care.

Croft is active in industry affiliations and events that further advance opportunities to be more inclusive, which includes serving on the AGC of Missouri Diversity Committee; AGC of Missouri Education Foundation; St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers Diversity Committee; PEOPLE Advisory Board; and St. Louis Public Schools Career and Technical Education Advisory Committee. Croft also serves on the Alliance for Interracial Dignity and the North Webster Neighborhood Coalition.

The annual award, established in 1999, recognizes the accomplishments of the region’s women business leaders and the impact they have on industries, organizations and in their communities. Nearly 150 nominations were received this year. This year’s winners were recognized at a luncheon. The award-winning business publication, a leading source of business news, serves the St. Louis region and is part of the American City Business Journals network. The St. Louis Business Journal also acts as a primary facilitator of business events in the Greater St. Louis Metropolitan area.

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

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