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Tim Marstall Promoted to VP-Engineering at BEX Construction

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Tim Marstall has been promoted to vice president-engineering at BEX Construction Services. In addition to his role in construction management, he spearheads the development and implementation of process innovations to support BEX Construction’s rapid growth.

Since joining BEX Construction Services as senior project manager in September 2019, he has led BEX teams in completing the unique 9 Mile Garden development in Affton, Edison Spaces’ new liquid office space at Edge@West in Creve Coeur, tenant finishes for medical offices in south St. Louis County, a new POPEYES® restaurant in St. Charles and an emergency renovation following flood damage at House of Denmark in St. Louis County.

Marstall’s project experience spans commercial, educational/institutional, health care, industrial/process, retail, warehouse and parking facilities. He has worked at progressive levels of project management since 1990 in St. Louis and Indianapolis. Marstall is active in several local construction industry associations. He graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor of science degree in construction management.

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Robert Hoffman, AIA, Named Managing Principal at Oculus Inc.

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Oculus Inc., an award-winning, WBE-certified architecture and interior design firm, has hired Robert A. Hoffman, AIA, as the managing principal for the firm’s Portland office. In his role, Hoffman will oversee the operations, project development and staffing in Portland, as well as focus on growing the firm’s national footprint in the hospitality, multi-family, senior living, retail and commercial office markets.

“What a tremendous advantage to have Robert on board leading and enhancing the capabilities of our talented architects and designers,” said Lisa Bell-Reim, Oculus Inc. president. “Very rarely do we have the opportunity to bring on such a highly experienced executive architect and are thrilled for the opportunities that lie ahead.”

Oculus Inc. entered the Portland hospitality market in 2017 and has since built its practice there and along the west coast as a full-service architectural and interiors design firm. While Oculus now serves all markets from its Portland office, the firm’s West coast presence maintains a heavy concentration in hospitality work. Recently completed projects include the firm’s first out of ground hotel located in Seaside, Ore., and the guest room interiors for the Woodlark Hotel in Portland, which was named a finalist for the International Interior Design Association’s (IIDA) Interior Design Competition.

“Oculus has a demonstrated strength in delivering high profile, unique hospitality environments, so the opportunity to join the firm was an obvious decision for me,” said Hoffman. “I am truly excited to bring our team’s energy and abilities to our clients’ projects!”

Hoffman brings more than 30 years of architectural practice and professional association leadership including business planning and operations, resource management, market strategies, public outreach, communications, and staff development. Prior to joining Oculus Inc., Hoffman most recently served as managing principal for a Portland-based architecture firm, responsible for overseeing and supporting the design-build delivery of projects in the hospitality, entertainment, and residential market sectors.

Hoffman also served as the executive vice president and CEO of American Institute of Architects’ Portland and Oregon Chapters from 2014 to 2019, where he oversaw program development and operations for 1,500 members and industry partners. Hoffman has a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Oregon and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Design from the College of Design at North Carolina State University.

Oculus Inc. delivers comprehensive architecture, interior design, planning and move management services with a driving aesthetic to Connect | Shape | Move people, experiences, sensibilities, and spaces. Oculus creates high-performance design that supports change and promotes value for clients in the commercial, education, government, healthcare, hospitality, retail, restaurant and workplace industries. Oculus has offices in St. Louis, Dallas and Portland, Ore., is WBE-certified and is regularly cited in top industry rankings for architecture and design. Oculusinc.com.

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Perfecting the Art of Anodizing Architectural Metals Inc. Poised for Growth

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Architectural Metals Inc. (AMI), a St. Louis based family-owned anodizing company, has announced significant investments in capital equipment, functionality, and process improvement.  The investments were made to support the company’s growing list of clients and offer significant additional capacity for additional projects and building materials. It’s all tied together on AMI’s new, state-of-the-art website.

AMI has been a family-owned business for more than 60 years and was originally founded to support the needs of its sister company, WINCO Window Company. As the firm’s anodizing expertise grew, AMI has served clients in a variety of industries outside the window business, as well as other window manufacturers.

“As the pandemic provided some time to upgrade our business, we re-imagined how we can better serve current and potential customers,” says Sharon Gambill, plant manager. “Upgrades in technologies and processing techniques made it possible to expand work capacity by as much as 60 percent.”

AMI is unique in the industry as a mid-sized anodizer with capabilities for multi

-rack orders or single racks with custom fabrications. Large format tanks and the ability to build custom racking on site allow AMI to handle awkward shapes like ladders, stair treads, and railings with ease.

“Craftsmanship sets AMI apart,” explains Joe Boone, customer service & sales support specialist. “Many of our employees have a minimum of 15 years of experience in the anodizing industry. Communication is vital so our sales group and craftsmen are on the floor together. Special requirements, job changes, questions are handled quickly because we’re all working together.”

AMI has managed to expand their business by offering services not usually available for companies of their size. They are one of 15 companies in the industry that provides extrusion thermal barrier plastic stitching and pour & debridge processing. Break metal aluminum sheet fabrication, small batch Kynar paint, along with storage capabilities to keep client inventory on-site is also available.

AMI has honed their business model to focus on customized service with quick turnaround. Careful packing and shipping ensure products are received on time and undamaged. AMI can unload and load material indoors in a convenient pull through truck way.  Its central location in St. Louis provides for easy access for regional customers.

AMI draws on the experience of a huge community as consultants to their business and help with chemical issues. They primarily use chemicals from Reliant Corporation, one of the largest anodizing chemical suppliers in the country and is an active member of the American Anodizing Council.

AMI works with fabricators of aluminum products and extruders for commercial and residential industries nationwide. For more information, contact AMI at (314) 328-2052 or visit Info@Archmetal.com.

Centrally located in St. Louis, Missouri, Architectural Metals (AMI) has been a leader in the anodizing and metal finishing business for more than 60 years, specializing in large extrusion and fabricated work.  In addition to supplying anodizing to its sister company, WINCO Window Company, AMI provides anodizing and warehousing services to multiple industries, including commercial kitchen equipment, architectural railings and many others.  For more information, visit  https://www.archmetal.com or call 314-328-2062. 

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Holland Construction Services Completes Renovations on Historic Lofts on the Square

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Holland Construction Services has completed the $14.6 million renovation of the former Meredith Home/Hotel Belleville, now known as Lofts on the Square, located prominently on the Public Square in Downtown Belleville. The highly anticipated senior living project, located at 16 S. Illinois Street in Belleville, includes 47 apartments, common areas, activity spaces, a library/computer lab, an exercise room and storage facilities. The six-story building also includes 3,000 square feet of leasable restaurant and retail space on the street-level first floor.

Holland Construction Senior Project Manager, Tim Simon, said renovating the nearly 90-year-old building, which was recently listed on the National Register of Historic Places, as part of the project, came with a unique set of challenges, that his team was able to address the issues and still deliver the project on time and within budget.

“It’s been exciting to essentially bring this historic building back to life and make it shine again,” said Simon. “Our goal was to retrofit this building, which was built in 1931, with 21st century technology without losing any of its original character. We encountered some unexpected supply chain issues, such as the historic, custom-made doors taking three months longer than expected to get in, but we were able to work around those challenges and deliver a finished project we are all really proud of.”

The Southwestern Illinois Development Authority (SWIDA) and St. Louis-based Bywater Development Group purchased the long-vacant building from the City of Belleville and were the developers on the project. SWIDA executive director Mike Lundy said their goal was to retain the building’s original interior and exterior historic character-defining elements, while re-purposing the building as residential apartments, bringing new vitality to Downtown Belleville.

“This is a building that was once slated for demolition, and now, we feel confident it will become a focal point of our city,” said Lundy. “Holland went the extra mile on many occasions to find innovative ways to ensure this project stayed true to our original vision for it and communicated with us every step of the way. We are thrilled with the end result.”

Lundy said the Lofts on the Square apartments are available to senior citizens, 55 and older, who meet income requirements and that, while apartments are renting quickly, spaces are currently available for lease. The senior apartments are on the second through sixth floors and the first floor features a restored lobby area and street-level commercial space. No tenants for the commercial space have been named yet. Those interested can call 618-345-3400 or email loftsonthesquare@sugarcreekcapital.com.

About Holland

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 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. For more information, visit Holland’s website at www.hollandcs.com.

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Poettker Construction Breaks Ground on 725,000 sf Riverport Trade Center

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Poettker Construction, an award-winning family-owned construction company, recently broke ground on Riverport Trade Center in Maryland Heights, Mo. NorthPoint Development contracted Poettker Construction for the project, which includes three distribution warehouse buildings totaling over 725,000 square-feet.

The Class A warehouse complex will consist of three rear-loaded buildings that are 249,500 square-feet, 160,000 square-feet and 312,000 square-feet. All three facilities will feature 40-foot-tall concrete tilt-up walls with a capacity of nearly 100 loading docks and will be tailored to fit the needs of today’s industrial users.

“Our distribution warehouse team is thrilled to collaborate with NorthPoint Development to deliver this new campus to the city of Maryland Heights,” said Ryan Poettker, President of Poettker Construction Company. “The partnerships we have with local trade contractors will ensure the project is built with the highest quality industrial standards.”

Preparation of the nearly 50-acre development will entail demolition, site clearing, stabilization and drying of existing soil, construction of special foundations on aggregate piers, sanitary lift stations and bio-retention systems.

Tilt-up concrete and steel will make up the frame for all three warehouses. The complex will consist of over 300 tilt-up panels.

Established in 1980, Poettker Construction is a second-generation, 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 is dedicated to providing safe, quality, sustainable, and technology solutions to clients in the Education, Distribution, Government, Healthcare, Hospitality, Municipal, Recreation, and Retail industries.  For more information, visit www.poettkerconstruction.com.

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Cohen Architectural Woodworking Announces New Ownership/Leadership

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Ben Cohen To Serve as CEO and Nate Cohen CFO with Award Winning Company

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Cohen Architectural Woodworking announces Ben Cohen and Nate Cohen have purchased the company from the previous ownership team and have assumed full operational responsibility for the business.

Ben Cohen will serve as CEO and Nate Cohen will continue to serve as CFO. The two were part of the prior group of family owners under the leadership of founder and former CEO, Phillip Cohen, who has transitioned into retirement and will spend more time with his 16 grandkids and ministry work.

Cohen Architectural Woodworking has won many awards for its work including the AWI Award of Excellence for six separate projects.

Phillip Cohen started the company in 1982 making wooden porch swings in a neighbor’s barn as a way to recover from a life of violence and drug abuse. Over time the company has grown and won multiple awards for architectural design, business practices, and personal achievement. Ben Cohen and Nate Cohen grew up in the family business and have earned increased responsibilities as the company has grown.

“Our father, Phil, laid a tremendous foundation in building Cohen Architectural Woodworking from scratch into a highly successful business. We believe our best years for growth are ahead of us, and we are redesigning our operational practices to meet higher levels of revenue and profits in both the short and long-term,” said Ben Cohen.

To facilitate growth, Cohen Architectural Woodworking is changing its business practices to focus on large projects and a direct-to-client approach for repeatable business. “Our goal is to work more directly with decision makers and in-house design and facility teams,” Ben Cohen said. “Since millwork usually requires the longest lead time in a construction project we can avoid many steps in the process, and improve workflow and efficiencies. Thus far clients have found this to be a real win-win model, reducing both red tape and cost.”

Cohen’s overall new organizational model also includes realigning divisions and management responsibilities. The firm has brought in Tim Bornemann, a former business executive and consultant with Fortune 500 corporations as COO to assist with the company’s realignment.

Nate Cohen said, “Tim has helped companies double and triple in size and done so with as few growing pains as possible. He also is well versed in Lean manufacturing and Lean Construction practices, something we currently practice and emphasize at Cohen. We believe Cohen Architectural Woodworking is strongly positioned for next level success. I’ve never been more excited about Cohen’s future.”

Cohen Architectural Woodworking is an architectural design/build woodworking firm headquartered in St. James, Missouri. The firm has won multiple awards including the Small Giants recognition from Forbes magazine, Architectural Woodwork Institute’s Award of Excellence for six separate projects, and the 2016 Small Business of the Year award from the Rolla Chamber of Commerce. For more information visit https://cohenwoodworking.com

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goBRANDgo! Transforms Historic 150-Year-Old School into Nonprofit Incubator

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A historic school building celebrated its 150th birthday with plenty of new opportunities to learn without the antiquated chalkboards and pencil sharpeners.

Building owner goBRANDgo! recently opened the newly renovated Carondelet School for its nonprofit Conflux Co-Learning, the nation’s first co-learning space where manufacturers and distributors can actively collaborate to ensure their businesses’ success via shared innovations. 

Located at 8221 Minnesota Ave. in South St. Louis, the 26,000-square-foot former school underwent a $2 million expansion that includes a variety of options for Conflux members including interactive workspace, an innovation lab, recording studio and six state-of-the-art teleconferencing rooms. goBRANDgo! relocated its headquarters from 3301 Wisconsin Ave. to the new space and, according to goBRANDgo! president Derek Weber, at least 10 employees will be hired this year to accommodate the expansion across both companies.

goBRANDgo! – a marketing company that primarily works with manufacturing and industrial companies –

introduced Conflux in March 2020, shifting the community to a virtual setting prior to physically opening its doors. The new building will host public and members-only events to help supply chain leaders grow their businesses. Conflux features membership levels for individuals, small teams, and companies with access to leadership workshops, strategic speakers, round table discussions and collaboration opportunities.

The Carondelet School, which was designed by architect Frederick William Raeder, was built in 1871 to teach more than 400 children of local laborers and manufacturers. It operated for over 100 years before closing in 1976, later serving as a private Christian school before becoming vacant in the 2000s.

Brandon Dempsey, partner at goBRANDgo!, said the building’s renovation focused on repurposed and reclaimed materials. Conflux recovered over 50 tables and chairs from the Missouri Botanical Gardens’ Ridgway Visitor Center demolition, and the company constructed more tables with reclaimed building materials from the demolition. More than 2,000 square feet of wood flooring was built by hand to match the building’s original wood floors.

Pictured from left to right: Valerie Patton, Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer, Greater St. Louis, Inc.; Emily Breedlove, Executive Director, TechSTL; Kevin Cahill, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, St. Louis Economic Development Partnership; Sarah Martin Wood, Alderwoman, 11th Ward, City of St. Louis; Tishaura Jones, Mayor, City of St. Louis; Derek Weber, President, goBRANDgo!; Brandon Dempsey, Partner, goBRANDgo!; Matt Menietti, Executive Director, Conflux Co-Learning; and Jaymes Dearing, President, Carondelet Business Association.

For more information about Conflux Co-Learning, call (314) 754-8712 or visit its website

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Nick Ellis Promoted to BEX Project Manager

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Nick Ellis was recently promoted to project manager at BEX Construction Services. He joined BEX Construction in June 2020 as a project engineer assigned to several tilt-up warehouse projects.

At BEX, he works on a wide variety of commercial construction projects. Ellis began his career in transportation design after earning bachelor of science degrees in civil engineering and architectural engineering at Missouri University of Science & Technology in 2017.

“I learn something new every day by listening and paying attention to details in close communication with our team,” Ellis said. “Seeing our clients’ projects come together after months or years of hard work is rewarding for the owners as well as for me and the whole BEX team. We know we’ve succeeded when our clients are happy and want to work with us again.”

Founded in 2014, BEX Construction Services is among St. Louis’ fastest growing general contractors. It is a service-oriented firm that tackles projects ranging from interior buildouts and remodels to massive distribution centers. BEX is active in the commercial, educational/institutional, health care, industrial/process, restaurant, retail and warehouse markets throughout the St. Louis region.

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Cuba, Mo. Makes an Engaging Splash

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By Dave Wiecher, vice president, Capri Pools & Aquatics

On any given day last summer interesting dynamics unfolded at the Cuba Missouri Municipal Pool and Splash Pad as children played in the spray area. They learned. They developed social skills and motor skills – all safely on a wet surface with water cascading from a colorful playground that fires the imagination. Meanwhile, parents were also free to play with their children and engage one another.

The city of Cuba, Missouri embraced a growing trend in parks and recreation water play by building a splash pad with a purpose.  One that is a safe and fun playground of engagement that drenches the senses in water and is a welcome return of community enrichment stifled by the pandemic.

The Cuba splash pad is eye-catching 1,618-square-foot water playground to cool kids (and parents) off. Water flows from a colorful mushroom, a Mini FlashFlood that releases a suspenseful bucket full of water, two rotating hydrospheres, a WhirFlex mist sprayer, and ground spraying arch jets and a triple arch to create an arching water stream. 

The thoughtful planning process and construction was eight months in the making. It began in the fall of 2020 as the city of Cuba engaged Capri Pools & Aquatics with a $242,210 budget to create the new amenity next to its municipal pool. The splash pad was to be built on the site of a kiddie pool. One of the first decisions was how to utilize the infrastructure in place to save on construction costs.

After thoroughly examining infrastructure needs and pricing materials, Capri determined that the water lines and filtration system could be repurposed to serve the splash pad. The lines were the right size and in good condition. By adapting them to a water playground, the city could save up to $35,000 on cost. In addition, the kiddie pool mushroom was reused for the splash pad.

The splash pad required 125 gallons of water a minute.  That necessitated a new 3,000-gallon storage tank, but the aquatics market was struggling with pandemic-induced supply issues. Capri checked its vendors and came up with a 5,000-gallon storage tank without impacting the budget.  It also had the advantage of giving Cuba the option of expanding the splash pad at a later date. 

Delivering the splash pad to accommodate lower maintenance cost was also important.  A broom-finish concrete surface mitigated slipping on tiny feet. It was also unpainted to allow more of the budget to be devoted to amenities by avoiding yearly repainting. Spray nozzles are easily unclogged and play features are easily replaceable without having to tear up the concrete.

The splash pad debuted on schedule in June 2021 and has been an enormous success for the city of Cuba.  But more than just the numbers, the splash pad engages the senses of toddlers and young children in a number of ways.  Tactile, balance, motor skills and play imagination are all stimulated with the drenching cool of water.  And parents can delight in the fun of childhood themselves and engage one another in a relaxing colorful environment. Cuba definitely made a splash in 2021!

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Murphy Company Completes Asset Acquisition of State Mechanical

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Murphy Company, a mechanical contractor based in Missouri and Colorado, has closed on the asset acquisition of State Mechanical.  State Mechanical is based in St. Louis and has provided refrigeration construction and service expertise since 1991. 

In its 30 years in business, State Mechanical has provided installation and support of essential refrigeration systems.  State’s additional expertise and resources complement Murphy’s long-standing refrigeration offering.  Murphy Company provides design, installation and planned maintenance services to a variety of customers in the commercial, industrial, and supermarket industries.  Murphy’s refrigeration offering also includes installation and maintenance of refrigeration controls systems and refrigeration equipment across all of the refrigeration manufacturers in the industry today. 

Tom Skaggs, Murphy’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer stated, “The State Mechanical acquisition will greatly assist us in expanding our construction and service offerings. We are excited to add the State Mechanical resources to our team, and look forward to meeting the needs of new customers.”  

With this acquisition, the Murphy Refrigeration team has grown, allowing for more coverage of the company’s expanding customer base. Effective November 8, Murphy Company and its expanded team assumed responsibility to complete several of State’s active refrigeration projects and vow to sustain ongoing maintenance activities across the region.  

The addition of State’s resources will allow for Murphy’s refrigeration team to expand its refrigeration mechanical installation and design services.  

Chris Carter, Executive Vice President of Services for Murphy, added, “The State Mechanical acquisition is in alignment with Murphy Company’s overall initiative to grow service and small project revenues and will enhance the sustainability of our organization.“

Bob Eichelberger, Refrigeration Manager for Murphy commented as well, “State Mechnical is a solid addition to our refrigeration operations, and we are excited to serve the new clients that State has introduced to our business. With the addition of State’s highly qualified refrigeration field team members, we anticipate this acquisition will provide significant opportunities for our team members, both new and existing.”

Founded in 1907, Murphy Company is one of the nation’s largest and privately held mechanical contracting firms delivering innovative solutions to the commercial, industrial, and institutional markets. Murphy offers process piping, HVAC, refrigeration, plumbing, design/build, piping fabrication, building automation systems, and 24-hour service emanating from its five locations in St. Louis, Denver, Boulder, Northern Colorado, and Southern Colorado. For more information, visit www.murphynet.com.

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