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Wiegmann Associates completes work on new Budnick Converting Incorporated HQ in Columbia, IL

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Wiegmann Associates has completed HVAC work on the new corporate headquarters for Budnick Converting Incorporated in Columbia, IL. The 112,000-square-foot facility features a temperature-controlled warehouse required for stable storage of adhesive products, administrative offices and a cafe. Wiegmann Associates was the mechanical contractor for the design/build project. Kadean Construction was the general contractor and Gray Design Group was the architect.

To meet the strict temperature and humidity requirements of the facility’s 87,000-square-foot warehouse, Wiegmann installed a compressed air piping loop and constant volume rooftop units (RTU) with hot gas reheat coils to allow the units to cool and dehumidify the supply air and then use hot refrigerant to reheat the air to prevent overcooling of the space. A constant volume RTU conditions the cafe and 1,200-square-foot warehouse office.

A 20-zone variable volume HVAC system allows for optimal control and temperature regulation in the 25,000-square-foot main office area. Wiegmann also designed and installed a Direct Digital Control (DDC) system using Delta Controls for the main office equipment to allow remote access to the HVAC system through a web browser to maximize energy savings.

Budnick Converting is a full-service adhesive tape converter and distributor, specializing in tapes, foams, films, foils and other specialty materials.

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


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.

Tim Simon Joins Holland Construction Services As A Senior Project Manager 

Tim Simon

Mike Marchal, President of Holland Construction Services (Holland), is pleased to announce that Tim Simon has joined the Holland team as a Senior Project Manager.

Tim comes to Holland with more than 10 years of experience in construction management working on a range of projects in multiple markets throughout the St. Louis area and the Metro East including K-12 Education, Multi-Family, Senior Living, and Commercial.

“What attracted me to Holland was the opportunity to work for a growing company,” Simon said.  “I believe Holland is well diversified and respected in the industry and has the opportunity for self-growth.”

Marchal added, “Tim’s skillset and background will serve our clients’ needs on a variety of project types.  His personality, attitude and work ethic are an excellent fit with our team and culture.  We are proud to have Tim with us.”

Tim graduated from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with a degree in construction management. He currently lives in Granite City with his wife and two sons.

Holland Construction Services is a full-service construction management, general contracting, and design/build firm based in Swansea, Ill., guided by the principle of providing clients the best possible building experience on every project.  Holland has been providing quality construction services throughout Illinois and Missouri since 1986, when it was founded by company CEO Bruce Holland.

Murphy Company Adds Professional Staff

Jonathon Pool

Jonathan Pool has joined Murphy Company, the area’s largest mechanical contractor, as account manager.  The announcement was made by Ryan Kramer, service sales manager.

Pool most recently served as a new business development account manager for a large international manufacturer of commercial and residential HVAC equipment. Prior to that, he was a manager for health, safety and environment in a three-state Midwest region for the same manufacturer. From 2012 to 2013 he oversaw three production lines for Schreiber Foods Inc.

A veteran, Pool was in the U.S. Army from 2007 to 2012, serving as the 18th Airborne Corps safety officer in charge and also as the 18th Airborne redeployment and reintegration officer in charge at Fort Bragg. N.C., among other duties.  He served in the U.S. Forces’ Iraq Enduring Operations as an executive officer, coordinating logistics, communications, supply and security for several sections.

He was deployed as an Air Defense artillery platoon leader in Iraq where he conducted and led daily convoy operations in and around Baghdad. He also was the executive officer in charge of maintenance for more than $40 million in government equipment.

Pool holds a bachelor’s degree from the Virginia Military Institute. Advanced studies include the Ingersoll Rand Sandler based methodology and Harvard mentor courses in project management, coaching and process improvement.  He also attended the U.S. Army Airborne School.

He is a member of the National Airborne Association and is active in Big Brothers-Big Sisters.

Dennis Dudenhoeffer

Dennis J. Dudenhoeffer, CPD, has joined Murphy Company as senior project estimator. The announcement was made by Kevin Suiter, P.E.,vice president of estimating for the mechanical contractor.

A certified plumbing designer (CPD) by the American Society or Plumbing Engineers, Dudenhoeffer has been employed as a plumbing estimator/project manager and designer since 1989. He has broad experience designing interior plumbing, and site water mains/service lines as well as fire sprinkler, medical gas, and fuel oil systems for clients in the healthcare, higher education and technology markets.

He holds an associate’s degree in architectural engineering technology from Bailey Technical School.  He also completed the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling-Contractors (PHCC) of America project management training course at Purdue University.

Greg Schaller Promoted to Chief Risk Officer at Midwest BankCentre

Greg Schaller

Greg Schaller has been promoted to chief risk officer at Midwest BankCentre. He was formerly senior vice president-audit.

Schaller is responsible for leading the bank’s risk management department, including the compliance department, loan and appraisal review, vendor management, business continuity processes and administrative oversight of the internal audit department. He partners with different bank business lines to review existing processes, evaluate risk tolerance, assist with implementing strategic initiatives, and assess new strategies to achieve efficiencies, expand audit coverage, and analyze data for meaningful insights into emerging risks, processes and performance measures.

Schaller is a 16-year veteran of the banking industry. He joined Midwest BankCentre in 2016.

“Greg brings a deep understanding of Midwest BankCentre’s business to his expanded role as chief risk officer,” said Marsha Benney, chief operating officer of the bank. “His consultative, strategy-focused approach and extensive industry background strengthen our leadership team.”

Schaller has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He continued his studies in community banking at the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado, recently graduating with honors. Schaller is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants. He serves on the finance committee for Variety the Children’s Charity of St. Louis.

Midwest BankCentre, a mainstay of St. Louis community banking since 1906, employs a staff of about 280 working at 17 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.

October 27, 2019

Murphy Company Adds Professional Staff

James Green

James Green has joined Murphy Co., the area’s largest mechanical contracting and engineering firm, as an engineer. The announcement was made by Dan Murphy, HVAC manager for the Missouri Engineering Group. Green holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He is an engineer-in-training with the State of Missouri and is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).

Following graduation in 2016, he worked as a lab technician for Monsanto (now Bayer) and, since 2017, has served as a quality assurance analyst with Wells Fargo. In addition to AutoCAD skills, he is experienced with chemical process unit operation including heat exchangers, pumps, turbines, reactors and distribution columns.

Rodger Dorrah

Rodger Dorrah, HFDP, has rejoined Murphy Co. as a senior HVAC designer. The announcement was made by Mike Werdes, vice-president, engineering for the mechanical contracting and engineering firm. Making the announcement, Werdes said, “We are thrilled to have Rodger rejoin our team. He has a total of 23 years’ experience with Murphy and more than 36 years’ experience in the industry working on major health-care, commercial and industrial projects in the St. Louis area and across the country.”

A certified Healthcare Facility Design Professional by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Dorrah also is a contributor to the ongoing improvement of ASHRAE’s certification exam. He is a member of the Missouri Society for Healthcare Engineering (MOSHE) and the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE).

He holds an associate’s degree in applied science-architecture from St. Louis Community College at Meramec and has completed advanced coursework in  HVAC, plumbing system design, building controls, LEAN construction, high-density data centers and healthcare design, just to name a few.

Adam Young

Murphy Co. has also added Adam Young as an engineer in its Engineering Group. A 2019 graduate, Young holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering with a minor in mathematics from the University of Missouri-Columbia. While a student he worked for a building contractor and as a contractor assistant.  He also completed a summer mechanical engineering internship with a St. Louis contractor, working on a major hospital project.

Founded in 1907, Murphy Company is one of the nation’s top mechanical contracting 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 Michael Thompson as a Marketing Business Developer

Michael Thompson

Michael Thompson has joined Kwame Building Group, Inc. (KWAME), one of the nation’s top pure construction management firms, as a Marketing Business Developer. Thompson’s responsibilities are to support KWAME’s diverse business goals and objectives by building and maintaining mutually beneficial, long-term relationships with prospective and existing clients.

Thompson has more than four years of marketing and digital media experience. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Maryville 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.

Spellman Brady Hires New CFO/COO Patty Boyd 

Patty Boyd

Spellman Brady & Company, an award-winning interior design firm, is pleased to announce that Patty Boyd has joined the firm as its Chief Financial and Chief Operating Officer.  In her new role, Ms. Boyd is a member of the firm’s leadership team and is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the firm’s financial, operational and human resources activities.

Ms. Boyd, a certified public accountant, brings over 30 years of financial and operational experience.  Previously serving from Senior Vice President to Chief Financial Officer for the FAMCO Group at Ziegler Capital Management, she led strategic initiatives, operational modeling and financial planning.  She has developed a reputation for collaborating effectively with companies’ executive leadership to achieve targeted goals and brings a proven record of success in strengthening a firm’s profitability and executing strategic plans.  Ms. Boyd graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Accounting from the University of Missouri – St. Louis. 

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

S. M. Wilson Promotes Rebecca Cornatzer To Chief Human Resources Officer

Rebecca Cornatzer

S. M. Wilson & Co. has promoted Rebecca Cornatzer to Chief Human Resources Officer.

Cornatzer joined S. M. Wilson in 2017 and has proven to be an integral part of the team. In just over two years, she has led strategic human resources initiatives related to personnel policy, professional development and talent and performance management. In her role as Chief Human Resources Officer, Cornatzer will continue to have ultimate responsibility for all aspects of the company’s Human Resources Department functions. She will also be involved in long-range planning and monitoring business performance and risk management with a focus on developing and executing human resources initiatives in support of the company’s strategic direction.

Cornatzer sits on the company’s Employee Engagement Committee, Planning Committee and ESOP Committee. Outside of S. M. Wilson, she serves as a Board Member and Past President of the Board of Directors for Aim High St. Louis. Cornatzer is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), a Certified Administrator of the Institute for Work Attitude and Motivation (iWAM) and holds a Bachelors in Psychology from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and a Masters in Education from the University of Missouri-Saint Louis.

S. M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis. The employee-owned company is dedicated to going above and beyond expectations for their clients by putting people first. For more information, visit    

October 18, 2019

SWT Design Welcomes Chantal Block, P.E. to the Team!

Chantal Block

SWT Design is pleased to announce Chantal Block, P.E. has joined our team. She brings with her a robust background in Civil Engineering. Our practice at SWT Design has always fostered an environment for exchanging ideas and each of our team members brings a unique perspective. Chantal’s civil engineering background adds a new dynamic to our process which will only make us stronger designers, collaborators, and design partners.

Chantal joins us with 13 years of civil engineering experience including project management, site and stormwater design, and geotechnical field testing. She’s passionate about sustainable design and has extensive experience designing sustainable stormwater solutions and employing best management practices. She brings value to any civil site project with her understanding and experience with the complex utility process including agreements, terminations, temporary set ups, knowing which takes precedence, and most of all its safety requirements.

For nearly 25 years, SWT Design has developed a diverse and award-winning portfolio of outdoor spaces, approaching planning and design as a living, breathing thing with a passion for innovation. For further questions, please contact Ashley Jenkins, Marketing Coordinator for SWT Design by e-mail at or call 314-644-5700.

IMPACT Strategies’ Growth Results in Promotion for Nick Walker

Nick Walker

IMPACT Strategies is excited to announce the promotion of Nick Walker, AIA, MBA to Vice President, Project Development & Strategy. This expanded role fits the diverse experience and collaboration that he has to offer IMPACT’s clients through the project development and construction process. Walker joined the IMPACT Strategies team in 2016 as their Director of Development and Construction Services. His 20–plus years of experience as both an architect and a construction manager has provided IMPACT Strategies a foundation to lead innovation and grow their presence as a regional provider of premier construction services.

Walker was an integral part of IMPACT Strategies’ rebranding process in 2017. His expertise helped guide and align IMPACT’s brand to better reflect their capabilities and talented team members. Through Walker’s leadership, IMPACT’s brand awareness continues to grow and create new opportunities for future growth. Mark Hinrichs, President of IMPACT Strategies says “Nick has played a critical role in executing our strategic plans for company growth over the past few years. We couldn’t be prouder to have him as part of the IMPACT Team.” 

October 11, 2019

S. M. Wilson Promotes Amanda Bohnert, CPSM to Chief Marketing Officer and Kristyn Newbern to Director of Client Development

S. M. Wilson & Co. has promoted Amanda Bohnert, CPSM to Chief Marketing Officer and Kristyn Newbern to Director of Client Development.

Amanda Bohnert

Bohnert joined S. M. Wilson in 2004 and has been an integral team member for the past 15 years. As Chief Marketing Officer, Bohnert will help position S. M. Wilson to be selected by target clients and evaluate business opportunities to enhance financial success. She will be responsible for leadership and coordination of all Business Development and Marketing efforts including oversight of short and long-range planning on sales and marketing strategies targeted toward existing and new markets. She is the firm’s first CMO.

Bohnert also sits on the company’s Charitable Giving Committee, Planning Committee,  Technology Committee and chairs the ESOP Communications Committee. Outside of S. M. Wilson, she serves as the Director at Large for the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) St. Louis. Bohnert is a Certified Professional Services Marketer (CPSM) and holds a dual B.A. in Public Relations and Business Management and M.A. in Marketing and Advertising from Webster University.

Kristyn Newbern

Newbern joined S. M. Wilson in 2017 and has proven to be a valuable asset to the team by identifying and elevating prospects, bringing in opportunities and landing new clients. In her new role, she will be leading efforts in the company’s K-12 and municipal markets and continue to establish and strengthen client partner relationships.

Newbern holds B.S. and M.S. in Engineering Management from Missouri S&T with a professional background in the industrial and civil engineering industry. She is also a member of SMPS St. Louis, Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) St. Louis, St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers (SLCCC), Urban Land Institute (ULI), and is a licensed Missouri real estate agent.

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

Eichmeyer Joins Brinkmann Constructors As Marketing And Communications Manager

Stephanie Eichmeyer

Stephanie Eichmeyer has joined Brinkmann Constructors as Marketing and Communications Manager. Eichmeyer will provide marketing leadership to all Brinkmann Constructors offices, focusing on social media strategy, marketing, advertising, media relations and overall brand management. Eichmeyer has 12 years of marketing and communications experience.

Brinkmann Constructors is a national employee-owned construction company with a passion for finding innovative opportunities to save clients time and money. The firm was founded in St. Louis in 1984 and has offices in Denver, Colorado and Kansas City, Kansas. Connect at

Fischer & Frichtel Homes to receive 2019 Better Business Bureau TORCH Award

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A leader in the St. Louis homebuilding industry since 1945, Fischer & Frichtel is the proud recipient of a 2019 Better Business Bureau (BBB) TORCH Award. Presented annually by the BBB Serving Eastern & Southwest Missouri & Southern Illinois, these awards acknowledge companies and charities that are “committed to exceptional standards for ethical business practices and service to their customers, employees, suppliers, and communities.”

Family-owned and operated since 1945, Fischer & Frichtel has been responsible for the construction of more than 200 residential developments and 20,000 homes throughout the metro region. CEO John W. Fischer has been at the helm since 1984.

Speaking on behalf of his firm, Fischer stated, “Although Fischer & Frichtel has received many awards over the years, the TORCH Award has particular significance for all of us. We are genuinely honored to be recognized by the business community for the values on which our company was built and the standards we continue to adhere to on a daily basis.”

Fischer & Frichtel has 15 quality neighborhoods currently under construction or nearing closeout in St. Louis, St. Charles, Franklin, and Jefferson counties, offering a broad selection of single-family, luxury, and free-standing villa homes, base priced from the $210s to upper $700s.  The firm also sells new, move-in ready homes and builds finely crafted custom residences on privately owned sites.

Fischer & Frichtel has been on the leading edge of home building in St. Louis/St. Charles region since 1945. Family-owned and under the leadership of the highly regarded John W. Fischer since 1984, the company’s distinguished reputation is the result of its legendary construction quality, innovative architectural design and exceptional customer service. For more information about Fischer & Frichtel’s homes and communities, visit

Photo Above: Chris Fischer (center), Product Development Manager for Fischer& Frichtel, accepted the 2019 TORCH Award at a special presentation event held on October 24.  Also pictured, Michelle Corey (right), BBB St. Louis President and CEO, and Chris Thetford (left), the organization’s Vice President-Communications.

KAI 360 Construction Services Works on Lower Meramec Wastewater Treatment Facility

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KAI 360 Construction Services (KAI 360 CS) has been selected by the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD) to provide Construction Management services on Phase 2 of the Lower Meramec Wastewater Treatment Facility (WWTF) Expansion.

Located in St. Louis County near the confluence of the Meramec and Mississippi Rivers, the expansion plan will increase the capacity of the existing Lower Meramec WWTF to treat the flows that are currently treated at the interim Fenton WWTF. The estimated cost of the expansion project is $80 million, with construction slated to begin in early 2021.

The KAI 360 CS team, which includes Jacobs Engineering, Black & Veatch, Gonzalez Companies, Lion CSG and SCI Engineering, will serve as staff extension to the MSD’s Construction Management Division and perform a variety of construction-related tasks, including:

  • Review the design concept
  • Perform bid-ability/constructability reviews of design submittals
  • Perform reviews of engineer’s cost estimates
  • Review and evaluate the contractor’s construction schedule
  • Review, evaluate and process the contractor’s monthly pay applications
  • Monitor construction activities to ensure compliance with contract documents
  • Perform specialty testing during construction as required
  • Monitor the contractor’s testing programs
  • Monitor the contractor’s compliance with MWBE subcontractor and workforce contractual requirements
  • Track contractor progress and hold weekly progress meetings
  • Monitor/manage shop drawing/submittal review
  • Provide change order management
  • Provide claims management
  • Track and inventory procured equipment
  • Assist in the development of a start-up plan of plant process equipment
  • Administer contract close-out activities

KAI has successfully performed Construction Management services on a variety of MSD projects for the past 15 years and has a proven track record that includes Construction Management for more than $1.2 billion of infrastructure and facilities.

“Our approach to implementing the required Construction Management tasks will be guided by core principles based on our previous experience working with MSD and other public agencies,” said KAI 360 CS President Bruce Wood. “We will utilize our existing strong and effective working relationships with MSD, the design team, and contractors to focus on the work being completed safely, on budget, on schedule, to the required quality and with the necessary documentation.”

About KAI Enterprises

KAI Enterprises is a national design and build firm providing delivery-oriented building solutions with a diverse portfolio of experience, in-house multi-discipline professionals, and expertise in both design and construction delivery. Founded in 1980, KAI has grown into one of the largest minority-owned firms in the AEC industry. For nearly 40 years, KAI has been instrumental in transforming communities through its expertise in residential, commercial, K-12, higher education, healthcare, science and technology, aviation, mobility, sports and entertainment, government, water and community-focused projects. KAI Enterprises is comprised of four distinct business units—KAI Design, KAI Engineering, KAI Build and KAI 360 Construction Services. To learn more about KAI, visit

About MSD Project Clear

MSD Project Clear is the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District’s initiative to improve water quality and alleviate many wastewater concerns in the St. Louis region.  MSD Project Clear will invest billions of dollars over a generation in planning, designing, and building community rainscaping and system improvements, along with an ambitious program of maintenance and repair and the disconnection of some residential downspouts in parts of St. Louis County’s separate sewer area from the wastewater sewer line. This work is part of an agreement between MSD and the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

The St. Louis region’s success with MSD Project Clear will only be possible through strong partnerships and clear communications with the public.

To learn more about the MSD agreement with EPA, please visit  For more information on MSD Project Clear, visit or follow us on Twitter @ProjectClearSTL.

About the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD)

Created in 1954, the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD) works every day to protect the public’s health and the natural environment through effective wastewater and stormwater management strategies.

MSD is responsible for the public sewer system that homes and businesses connect to through lateral lines. Through a labyrinth of connected sewers, wastewater is transported to one of seven sewer treatment plants – nearly 7,000 miles of sewers in all.  That is like going from St. Louis to New York City and back three times! Individual property owners are responsible for another important part of the system, the sewer lateral that connects a home’s plumbing to the public sewer in the street.

Gateway Design Studio, LLC Celebrates 200th Anniversary of the Old McKendree Chapel in Jackson, Missouri

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The Old McKendree Chapel 200th Anniversary celebration took place on Sunday, September 22nd with a traditional worship service, along with dedications and remarks from community and church leaders. Photos and a brief article about the 200th Anniversary event are available through the Southeast Missourian newspaper and online at 

The Chapel and property have a significant historical story as the oldest standing chapel west of the Mississippi. Built in 1819, the chapel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Gateway Design Studio completed the master plan for the property renovation of the Old McKendree Chapel last year, working with Craig Milde, AIA at Design + Advice Architects as well as the City of Jackson, Missouri, the chapel’s property Trustees, and other church and community leaders.

GDS’ purpose for this project was to provide Site and Landscape Master Planning documents for the existing historic chapel and cemetery site located in Jackson, Missouri. The site currently has an existing chapel built in 1819, the Williams Cabin and natural spring, a building serving as the caretaker house, the cemetery grounds south of County Road 36, and other accessory buildings and improvements.

The Old McKendree Chapel Master Plan provided design recommendations and guidelines for the following program elements and improvements:

  • FUTURE FACILITIES – Plan for future Visitors Center for meeting space, restrooms, interpretive center; recommendations for dedication elements such as trees, plaques, donor pavers, benches, garden
  • ENTRANCE AND PARKING LOT IMPROVEMENTS – Plan for parking area for 150 vehicles also to include a bus turnaround at the future Visitor’s Center; planned entrance road improvement for bus access to future expanded parking area
  • OTHER BUILDINGS & STRUCTURES – Provide for additional picnic areas or a small pavilion with restroom for small gatherings, family events; and develop existing Williams Cabin as an interpretive museum displaying period items and relics of the early 1800’s era
  • HISTORIC PRESERVATION – Featuring the path of an historic railway that cuts through the site, future plans provide for additional preservation methods for chapel site such as the wagon stage area, natural spring and the Williams Cabin
  • SIGNAGE AND INFORMATION – Provide improvements to the entrance sign for better visibility; wayfinding plan for directional signs, parking, visitor welcome/rules for the property, map of the property; and additional interpretive signs for the natural spring, old railroad line, natural resources i.e. trees, woodland, creek-riparian habitat, preservation areas
  • TRAIL SYSTEM – Create a trail system that continues to cemetery and provides a good connection, establish a Native Wildflower Trail that ties into interpretive areas on the chapel site for walking tours and provide a Cemetery trail for walking tours, history, areas for reflection/meditation
  • ADA ACCESSIBILITY  Provide ADA access to existing chapel and restrooms, along with ADA designated parking
  • SITE FURNITURE AND ACCESSORIES – Recommendations for park benches for seating at key locations i.e. trail head, contemplative areas, restroom facility, drop off/parking area; provide for trash receptacles, a designated smoking station, bike racks and security bollards for restricted areas
  • NATURAL RESOURCE PRESERVATION AND ENHANCEMENT – Provide for preservation of Creek & Drainageways by creating a riparian habitat with erosion control, and preservation and enhancement of woodland wildlife habitat, and reserve and protect few remaining Liberty Trees that remain
  • LANDSCAPE IMPROVEMENTS AND BUFFERING – Provide for noise and visual buffering, enhancement of existing features on the property with native plants 
  • STORM WATER MANAGEMENT – Recommendations for flow control of tributary creeks with rock check dams; provide for mitigation of runoff from adjacent subdivision development with bio-swales, basins, plantings
  • LIGHTING AND SECURITY – Secure perimeter fencing around the historic chapel site, and a locked gate access to certain areas of the property for additional security; and additional lighting for chapel, Williams Cabin, entrance road access, parking lot
  • BUDGET AND FUNDING – Long-term plan for the Board to prioritize projects; recommendations for local grants, donations, supporters, and recommendations for short- and long-range funding mechanisms.    

For more information regarding the Gateway Design Studio, LLC and the Old McKendree Chapel Master Plan project, the public can contact Patrick Worzer at (314) 703-1800 or visit the company’s web site at


Western Specialty Contractors Receives Preservation Award for Academy Museum of Motion Pictures Façade Restoration

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Western Specialty Contractors proudly announces that it has received a California Preservation Foundation 2019 Preservation Design Award for Technology and Craftsmanship for its role in conserving the Streamline Moderne facades of the Saban Building in Los Angeles. The award was presented at an Oct. 18th awards ceremony at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins in San Francisco.

Award recipients were selected by a jury of top professionals in the fields of architecture, engineering, planning and history, as well as renowned architecture critics and journalists. In making their decision, the jury noted that the project was a model for preservation integrity, according to an announcement on the foundation’s website. Constructed in 1939, the Saban Building is located on Wilshire and Fairfax next to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art campus and is listed as a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument.

“Many consultants had looked at it and said the building was beyond repair, but they did it. They saved so much – it’s not just excellent craftsmanship, but great preservation. They demonstrated the level of integrity that can be brought to an old building like that,” the foundation’s announcement read. “Their use of innovative repair techniques combined with traditional skills and materials exemplifies best practice in architectural conservation encompassed under the Secretary of the Interior’s Standard for Preservation, and by the California Preservation Foundation’s award classification for craftsmanship/preservation technology.”

Western Specialty Contractors branches in Los Angeles, CA and Seattle, WA teamed up to restore the historic Saban Building (formerly the May Company department store) in Los Angeles, which would become the future home of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Western crews worked alongside renowned historic preservation consultant John Fidler; New York Pritzker-Prize winning architect Renzo Piano with Renzo Piano Building Workshop and Gensler; general contractor Matt Construction of Los Angeles, CA; and owner’s representative Paratus Group of New York, NY.

Western crews installed new limestone and granite on a portion of the existing building’s façade, made limestone Dutchman repairs, applied waterproofing, repaired window frames, patched and cleaned stone, installed granite Dutchman repairs and waterproofed portions of the façade.

“This is one of those unique projects that demanded very smart people working together to rapidly solve complicated problems. Western Specialty Contractors was met with various challenges such as sourcing stone from original quarries, logistics and timely delivery of stone. The major obstacles faced on this project included setting hundreds of 700-pound stone panels on a wall that needed to be set perfectly flat with a non-flat substrate. Our master craftsmen were faced with attaching all these stone panels using anchors that the consultant has magically hidden in the limestone panels,” said Western Specialty Contractors Director National Accounts/Marketing Crystal Moyer. “Several keys to success on this project included an extremely organized general contractor coordinating hundreds of sub-trades and craftsmen seamlessly day to day. The architect also spent countless hours onsite collaborating the design along with quick team decision-making. We are proud to have been entrusted by the Academy with this work and honored to partake in this once in a lifetime project.”

Scheduled to open in 2019, the 290,000-square-foot, six-story Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will celebrate and explore the history and art of films and filmmaking through exhibition galleries, two state-of-the-art theaters including the 1,000-seat David Geffen Theater, education studio, restaurant and cafe, event spaces, and a store.

Family-owned and operated for more than 100 years, Western Specialty Contractors is the nation’s largest specialty contractor in masonry and concrete restoration, waterproofing and specialty roofing. For more information about Western Specialty Contractors, visit 

Photo ABove: FROM LEFT from Western Specialty Contractors: Los Angeles Assistant Branch Manager Guillermo Villegas, Seattle Branch Manager Dave Kimble and Los Angeles Branch Project Manager Chris Nguyen. Photo By: Jeanne Marie Teutonico

Budget Secrets Revealed: Western Specialty Contractors Offers Property Managers Tips for Building Exterior Budget Season

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As the fourth quarter of 2019 approaches, building managers are ready to face their budgets for the coming year.

Western Specialty Contractors offers a variety of tips for successfully dealing with budgeting and communicating with property owners about the importance of ongoing maintenance and capital expense planning.

Collect data all year long. Tanya Shepard, Regional Business Development Manager for Western Specialty Contractors, recommends keeping a running list or folder of information throughout the year. “Anything that comes up during the year that wasn’t in the budget for 2019 goes into a folder for consideration for 2020,” she says.

Get contractor assessments. Reach out to contractors when starting the budgeting process, asking them to do an assessment of building components such as the HVAC systems, building facade, parkng garage and other areas.

Set priorities. Contractor reports can help a building manager decide what needs immediate attention in the next budget and what projects are forecast for the next five years and can be included in future capital budgets.

Start with income. Begin the budget process with the income that will come in from the property’s tenants. Add fixed expenses such as taxes, janitorial, regular maintenance contracts and then add the fixes needed for the year. This will provide a clear picture of cash flow for the building so managers and owners can decide how much will go back into the building’s maintenance projects and capital improvements.

Create a separate capital budget. If projects exceed cash flow expectations, put them into a capital budget and talk with building ownership about their priorities. Capital projects are usually larger activities that will extend the life of a particular component of a building.

Provide owners with a project wish list. Building managers should give their owners a reasonably sized list of projects for the building. Prioritize the list by importance so owners can understand the needs for the most critical items first.

Rely on a contractor. A good contractor can walk the property manager through the details of a project so they can communicate more effectively with ownership about the importance of including necessary repairs and replacements in the budget.

Prepare a contingency budget. Property managers don’t always know what’s going to happen to their building in the budget year. Put funds away for those items that come up unexpectedly. The amount set aside can be determined based on the history of repairs in previous years.

Know the condition of building components. Understanding the current state of the building envelope means knowing the useful life of each area and when it was originally installed. This will help a manager explain the cost of proactive maintenance versus reactive maintenance to owners.

“Educating the client – the property owner – about the importance of your priority projects is probably what gets missed the most during budget season,” said Shepherd. She suggests making sure explanations are clear and asking for a sit-down meeting with ownership so they understand the pros and cons of not placing a particular project in the coming year’s plans.

She notes the item that often gets missed in budgeting is facade repair. “Most buildings will already have an HVAC, elevator or roof budget and a capital plan in place, but they rarely have a capital budget for their facade,” said Shepherd.

The facade of the building has a useful life and when it comes to the end of that time period, it can be a big expense to take on projects like re-caulking or refreshing all four elevations of a building and sealing windows. An anticipatory capital budget can keep ownership aware of the big picture for upcoming repairs and replacements.

For assistance in creating a budget for exterior maintenance, contact the Western Specialty Contractors branch location nearest you:

Family-owned and operated for more than 100 years, Western Specialty Contractors is the nation’s largest specialty contractor in masonry and concrete restoration, waterproofing and specialty roofing. For more information about Western Specialty Contractors, visit     

Midwest BankCentre Wins ABA Foundation Award

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Orvin T. Kimbrough

Midwest BankCentre has won the 2019 Community Commitment Award from the American Bankers Association (ABA) Foundation for its work with members of St. Louis’ black, Bosnian and Latino communities.

“We celebrate this national recognition of our business strategy, wisely using capital to help everyone achieve their dreams as part of our Midwest BankCentre family,” said President and CEO Orv Kimbrough. “Our entire community benefits when individuals and businesses have access to non-predatory banking services, improving their financial health and the financial health of their communities.  Midwest BankCentre is leading the way to truly change lives through high impact investments and proactive financing to strengthen entire ecosystems.”

Alex Fennoy

The award will be accepted in Seattle on Oct. 29 by Alex Fennoy, executive vice president and community & economic development director, during the ABA’s Annual Convention. The award highlights Midwest BankCentre’s strengths in diversity and inclusion as competitive differentiators.

It notes Midwest BankCentre’s development of bank branches in unbanked or underbanked communities through groundbreaking partnerships with the City of Pagedale, Beyond Housing and Friendly Temple Church in north St. Louis. It also cites the bank’s hiring of 17 Bosnian war refugees, support of the Lemay Child and Family Center, and funding of Fontbonne University’s Bosnia Memory project. Within the Latino community, home ownership has become more accessible through the bank’s mortgage loan for those with an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) rather than a Social Security number.

Small business loans have helped customers start and grow local businesses to advance community and economic development throughout St. Louis. Extended hours, innovative products, educational workshops in English and Spanish, and sponsorship of community-building programs and events have further expanded the bank’s commitment to meet customers where they are and to help them achieve their goals.

“Midwest BankCentre demonstrates a strong and passionate commitment to bettering the lives of its customers and local community,” said Rob Nichols, ABA president and CEO. “Its work embodies the mission of the Community Commitment Awards and they are a well-deserved recipient.”

The eight ABA Foundation winners were divided into seven categories including affordable housing, community and economic development, financial education, economic inclusion, protecting older Americans, supporting military families and volunteerism. Award winners were chosen by a field of national experts.

Midwest BankCentre, a mainstay of St. Louis community banking since 1906, employs a staff of about 280 working at 17 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

Knoebel Construction Constructs New Veterinary Hospitals At Multiple Petco Locations

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Knoebel Construction has completed construction of new veterinary hospitals built within existing Petco locations in St. Peters, MO; Omaha, NE and Manhattan, KS. Knoebel also has been selected to add veterinary hospitals within three additional Petco stores in the Las Vegas area.

Each 1,500 to 2,000-square-foot veterinary clinic features a reception area, four examination rooms, x-ray room, surgery room and waiting room. As part of the construction projects, Knoebel relocated existing spaces to accommodate the new clinic. The primary project challenge was completing construction within a fully operational store. The Knoebel Construction team completed the first few weeks of demolition and construction in the evening after normal business hours to avoid disruption.  The architects for the projects were SBLM and GPD Group.

The new veterinary clinics at Petco offer a range of medical services for pets, including routine exams, minor surgery, x-rays and vaccinations.

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 to real estate development firms, independent restaurant and retail owners and retailers. Centrally based in the St. Louis region, Knoebel Construction offers services nationwide. Knoebel is ranked among the top 25 largest general contractors in St. Louis by the St. Louis Business Journal. For more information, visit or call (636) 326-4100.

Electrical Connection Donates Services to Three Saint Louis Public Schools

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Partners with PLANLED, Cardinal Care & St. Louis Public Schools Foundation to Introduce SHINE STL Lighting Program 

Students in three Saint Louis Public Schools are benefiting from the next generation of lighting designed to improve outcomes in classes and athletics.  The SHINE STL installation is a unique pilot program sponsored by the Electrical ConnectionSt. Louis Cardinals and Cardinals CarePLANLED and the St. Louis Public Schools Foundation.   SHINE STL introduced higher quality LED human-centric lighting to a computer lab at Lyon Academy, the gymnasium at Gateway Elementary and the multi-purpose room at Gateway Michael schools.  It is the same lighting concept from PLANLED that was installed at Busch Stadium this year to illuminate night games. The completed project was celebrated at a special event with students at Gateway Elementary on Oct. 16, 2019 featuring St. Louis Cardinal Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith.

“PLANLED and Samjin supplied the materials and engineering.  The Electrical Connection donated the labor for the installation,” said Michael Hall, vice president of community relations and the executive director of Cardinals Care.  “I cannot thank them enough for what they have done.” The Electrical Connection is a partnership of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 and the St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).

SHINE is a national community program initiated by PLANLED to fulfill a mission to improve human life while updating the quality and energy efficiency of lighting.

Ozzie SmithNational Baseball and Cardinals Hall of Famer and SHINE STL Ambassador called the program “a gift of light.” “It is also our commitment to awaken students’ love for learning by bringing the first person experience of space age lighting in classrooms and gyms where they will connect the dots between biology, math and science to realize what they learn in school can make a difference in people’s lives,” said Smith.

Jim Curran, executive vice president, Electrical Connection concurred.  “Our IBEW/NECA partners saw a greater purpose to this community service,” said Curran.  “The goal is to not only improve educational outcomes, but to inspire students to be difference makers themselves and consider a career in our electrical industry which is engineering and installing new technologies that connect the world and keep pace with lifestyle and business needs.”  Curran noted that IBEW/NECA installed the new lighting this year Busch Stadium – one of many electrical and communications projects it has performed over the decades for the Cardinals.  It has also been performing electrical and communications work at Saint Louis Public Schools for more than 100 years.

NECA contractor Kaemmerlen Electric teamed with IBEW to begin installing the new lighting in August.  The work entailed taking down the old lighting and safely installing the human centric lighting panels, including dimmer switches and other lighting controls.

“The goal of human-centric lighting is to deliver better color and visual acuity as well as healthier circadian rhythm and improved performance in schools, offices, healthcare facilities and more,” said John HwangCEO, PLANLED. “Integrating daylight and electric light to create lighting strategies focused on human health, along with traditional requirements for visual acuity and comfort, can lead to healthier and more productive environments.”

“We are excited to see community partners come together in this pilot program to help us improve education in Saint Louis Public Schools,” said Dr. Kelvin AdamsSuperintendent of Saint Louis Public Schools.  “The LED human-centric lighting program will allow us to study the results at targeted locations to guide our districtwide investment in lighting to improve educational outcomes.”

For more information on the SHINE STL Program visit 


PLANLED is a minority owned, LED lighting Company based in Seattle, Washington specializing in research applied lighting solutions.  PLANLED completed the installation of LED Field Lights at Busch Stadium for the St. Louis Cardinals in March 2019.  This was the third MLB Stadium that PLANLED outfitted with LED Lighting.  PLANLED was the first company to convert a MLB stadium to LED Field lights at Safeco Field for the Seattle Mariners in 2014.  They also installed new LED field lighting at Yankee Stadium in 2015.

St. Louis Public Schools Foundation

Since 1997, the St. Louis Public Schools Foundation has existed to mobilize the community’s generosity and to support the amazing educators and students within the Saint Louis Public Schools. The St. Louis Public Schools Foundation is the District’s strategy partner with the unique mission of dedicating 100% of its funds and efforts to District strategy. The Foundation works closely with the Saint Louis Public Schools Superintendent, District leadership, and schools to ensure that the community’s resources support District priorities. Learn more at

The Electrical Connection

The Electrical Connection is a partnership of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 and the St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).  It represents more than 5,000 highly skilled and safe IBEW electricians and the more than 150 NECA electrical contractors who employ them.  For more than 75 years, the IBEW/NECA Electrical Connection partnership has trained more electricians/communication technicians than any education program in Missouri. Its award winning work provides safe and reliable electrical construction, maintenance, repair and replacement services across Missouri, the nation and the world. Learn more at 

About Cardinals Care 

Cardinals Care was established to give fans a way to team up with Cardinals players and the organization to help children in our community—both on and off the baseball field.  Established in 1997, Cardinals Care has invested over $25 million to support St. Louis area children, built or renovated 24 youth ball fields in local under-resourced neighborhoods, and distributed over $12 million in grants to nonprofit organizations.  This season marks the 16th year of Cardinals Care’s innovative Redbird Rookies program, a free co-ed baseball/softball league for kids who otherwise might not have the opportunity to play.  In addition to providing all the uniforms, gloves, bats, balls and other equipment needed for each team, Redbird Rookies also provides extensive off-field support in the areas of health, education, mentoring and the cultural arts for each of the nearly 2,500 kids who participate in the program each year.


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