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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.

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 www.murphynet.com.

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 www.kwamebuildinggroup.com 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 spellmanbrady.com.

 

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 www.smwilson.com.    

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 ashleyj@swtdesign.com 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 www.smwilson.com.

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 www.brinkmannconstructors.com.

Ameren Missouri Charges Ahead with Electric Car Infrastructure

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New program to bring electric car charging stations across Missouri

There will soon be more places to recharge your car batteries around Missouri. Today, Ameren Missouri, a subsidiary of Ameren Corporation (NYSE:AEE), received Missouri Public Service Commission approval for the program that will bring more electric vehicle charging stations to the Ameren Missouri service territory. It’s the latest component of the $11 million investment Ameren Missouri Charge Ahead program to encourage adoption of electric vehicles.

Starting early next year, business owners can apply for incentives to offset construction costs of electric vehicle charging stations.

“More and more electric vehicles are revving up on roads across Missouri. Now is the time to invest in the critical infrastructure to support this trend,” said Pat Justis, Ameren Missouri manager of efficient electrification development. “Bringing more charging stations across our area will help increase adoption of electric vehicles and that means a cleaner and brighter energy future for our customers.”

The program consists of two distinct pieces:

Charging for long-distance travel – Approved earlier this year, long-distance travel stations will be conveniently located near highways for long road trips. Ameren Missouri expects to open the first of 11 charging stations by the end of 2019 with all stations complete by the end of 2020. Each station will have two DC Fast Chargers and two Level II chargers.

Charging for local travel – Ameren Missouri will provide financial support to help local businesses, including workplaces, multi-family residences and public areas, add electric vehicle charging stations. During the three-year program period, Ameren Missouri expects to assist with 1,000 local-level charging stations at more than 350 locations throughout the area. The local charging stations may be either Level II or DC Fast Charging.

“This is the beginning of a bigger vision,” said Justis. “The communities we serve and everyone in Missouri stand to benefit from a cleaner environment with emission-free vehicles, and Ameren Missouri is leading the way through programs such as this.”

The Edison Electric Institute estimates that by 2030, one in every five car sales will be an electric car. This means that the one million electric cars on the road nationwide today will reach 18.7 million in the next decade. Auto manufacturers are supporting electric vehicles with new models as well. The Electric Power Research Institute forecasts models of electric vehicles will jump from 40 today to 130 by 2022. To support all of these new cars, two million public charging stations will be needed nationwide compared to the 100,000 that are available today.

Ameren Missouri has established carbon reduction goals, including cutting carbon emissions 80 percent by 2050, compared to 2005 levels. Transitioning the transportation sector to electric technology can dramatically lower carbon emissions.

Ameren Missouri continues to look for newer, better and cleaner ways to keep busy lives moving. As a part of the Charge Ahead program, Ameren Missouri is exploring the benefits of using technology that may help customers automatically charge their electric vehicles at times when the electric grid has the lowest associated emissions.

Ameren Missouri has been providing electric and gas service for more than 100 years, and the company’s electric rates are among the lowest in the nation. For more information, visit Ameren.com/Missouri or follow us on Twitter at @AmerenMissouri or Facebook.com/AmerenMissouri.

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.

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 ashleyj@swtdesign.com 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 www.smwilson.com.

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 www.brinkmannconstructors.com.

October 4, 2019

Brian Paul, AIA, Joins Farnsworth Group as Architecture Principal

Brian Paul

Farnsworth Group announced today that Brian Paul, AIA, NCARB, has joined the firm’s Fairview Heights, IL, office as an Architecture Principal. Farnsworth Group is one of the largest Engineering, Architecture and Surveying firms in the Greater St. Louis and Metro East region, serving a variety of clients and industries locally and nationally.

Paul has more than 24 years of experience in architectural design and leadership, most recently serving as Director of Architecture for Gray Design Group in St. Louis.  During his architectural career, Mr. Paul has led multiple project teams through design and construction phases on various projects for public and private sectors including municipal, higher education, K-12 education, and senior living and life-care facilities. In his role as Architectural Principal for Farnsworth Group, Mr. Paul will be focused on day-to-day operations of the Fairview Heights office, maintaining existing and building new client relationships, and leading architectural teams through successful project delivery from design phase through construction completion.

Paul earned his N.A.A.B. Accredited Bachelor of Architecture from Kansas State University.  He is a licensed architect registered in Illinois and Missouri and is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration (NCARB) and a member of the AIA. Paul also serves on the Edwardsville Township Building Committee and is a member of LeadingAge Missouri.

Farnsworth Group, Inc., an employee-owned company, is a full-service engineering, architecture and survey firm, offering clients more than 500 professionals located throughout a nationwide network of offices.

Kwame Building Group Hires Jonathan Cohen as a Civil Inspector 

Jonathon Cohen

Jonathan Cohen has joined Kwame Building Group, Inc. (KWAME) as a Civil Inspector. In this role, Cohen will work on Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) projects to monitor the installation of sewer lines and tunnel work as part of MSD’s Project Clear initiative to improve water quality and alleviate wastewater concerns in the St. Louis region.

Cohen has more than 37 years of construction industry experience across a range of project types including hospitals, medical buildings, parking structures, education, government buildings, pumping stations, bridges and office buildings. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Jonathan holds an industry certificate in LEED AP BD+C. He also is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and Construction Management Association of America.

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. An employee-owned company, KWAME provides estimating, scheduling, project planning, value engineering, and other project management services as an independent advocate for owners and developers. For more information, visit www.kwamebuildinggroup.com or call (314) 862-5344.

Brian Wheeler Joins Holland’s Pre-Construction Department 

Brian Wheeler

Mike Marchal, President of Holland Construction Services (Holland), is pleased to announce that Brian Wheeler has joined Holland’s pre-construction team as Senior Pre-Construction Manager.

Brian comes to Holland with an architectural skill set and background that will help the team develop, analyze, and coordinate the best possible solutions to fit the clients’ needs.

“More clients are coming to us asking for early involvement and input to guide their project in the best direction, oftentimes before they have selected an architect,” Marchal said. “Brian will help us mitigate project risks by filling in gaps and coordinating details that align with budget and architectural intent.”  In this new position, Brian will be working with both the pre-construction and virtual design and construction teams.

“The offer to work for Holland is an opportunity I could not refuse; I am truly honored.  The strength and diversity of the team is what attracted me, and I hope to further enhance that potential,” Wheeler said.  “I appreciate acting as the conduit between initial concept and built environment.  The key to success is within the relationships we build.”

Brian was born and raised in Albers, IL and is a graduate of Southern Illinois University, Carbondale with a degree in Architectural Studies.  He now resides in Breese, IL with his wife and three children.

Holland Construction Services is a full-service construction management, general contracting, and design/build firm based in Swansea, IL. For more information, visit Holland’s website at www.hollandcs.com. 

Geotechnology Hires Senior Wetlands Scientist

Cody Flynn

Geotechnology, Inc., is pleased to announce that Cody Flynn has joined the firm as Senior Wetlands Scientist. He will be based in Geotechnology’s Cincinnati office but will assist and manage stream and wetland assessment and permitting projects throughout the country.

Mr. Flynn has more than 10 years of natural resources and environmental consulting experience as a biologist. He previously worked with WSP in Duluth, Minnesota, as an Environmental Scientist/Biologist where he gained considerable experience conducting compliance inspections and obtaining Clean Water Act permits for oil and natural gas pipeline projects. Prior to his tenure at WSP, he worked at CC Environmental and Kleinfelder in Oklahoma on several large transportation-related permitting and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) projects.

Mr. Flynn earned his B.S. in zoology and physiology from the University of Wyoming, and is a Minnesota Certified Wetland Delineator.

“We are very excited to have Cody bring his extensive experience in wetland delineation, permitting, water quality assessment, NEPA, and threatened and endangered species assessments to Geotechnology,” said Senior Project Manager Vince Epps. “His knowledge will contribute to our clients’ ability to responsibly build and develop important projects, as they conserve, protect, restore, and sustain our natural resources.”

Established in 1984, Geotechnology, Inc. is a professional corporation offering a comprehensive range of consulting services in applied earth and environmental sciences. For more information, visit www.geotechnology.com

Wiegmann Associates Begins Renovation Project at St. Louis VA Medical Center-Jefferson Barracks

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Wiegmann Associates has begun work on the $8 million renovation at the St. Louis VA Medical Center-Jefferson Barracks to replace outdated heating and cooling systems. Wiegmann Associates is the mechanical contractor and Trine/Poettker joint venture is the general contractor.

The plan/spec project involves removing the 50-year-old HVAC systems from Buildings 1, 51 and 52 and installing new, more energy-efficient equipment as well as new ductwork, piping and insulation.

Building 1 houses the VA’s patient services, administrative offices and various medical clinics. Building 51 is used for mental health services and Building 52 features a chiropractic clinic as well as the spinal cord injury care and pain rehabilitation center.

Wiegmann also is installing the HVAC system to serve a new rehabilitation facility, which is currently under construction and scheduled to complete in the Spring of 2020.

Wiegmann previously installed the heating and cooling systems in the 67,000-square-foot Jefferson Barracks VA Engineering Warehouse. Poettker Construction was the general contractor for that project, which completed in 2018.

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.

Ross & Baruzzini Creates World’s Largest Medical Equipment Planning Firm with Acquisition of Texas-based Genesis Planning

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International technology consulting and engineering firm Ross & Baruzzini says it has created the largest medical equipment planning firm in the world with the acquisition of Houston, Texas-based Genesis Planning, an eminent medical equipment planning and consulting concern based in Houston, Texas.

Financial terms were not disclosed. The strategic acquisition is the sixth consummated by Ross & Baruzzini since 2016.

“The acquisition of Genesis, combined with our current medical equipment planning division Mitchell Planning, which we acquired in 2016, and EDI, a leading low-voltage and communications company brought on in 2018, creates the largest medical equipment planning firm in the world,” stated Ross & Baruzzini Chairman Craig Toder.  “With the addition of Genesis, clients will have access to end-to-end planning services that support strategic capital initiatives and construction-related projects.  Our capabilities will be integrated and scalable, enabling us to address the planning, procurement, logistics and activation of the full spectrum of facility projects, from the small and relatively simple to the most complex.”

Since 1990, Genesis has provided planning expertise to an array of national and international clients, ranging from physician groups to private, federal and multi-organizational healthcare systems and academic medical centers.  The combined client list of Mitchell and Genesis includes The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer CenterCleveland ClinicThe Mount Sinai HospitalMemorial Hermann Health SystemHouston Methodist HospitalMayo ClinicJackson Health System and the Medical University of South Carolina.

Genesis  will become a division of Ross & Baruzzini. Bob Nimon, managing principal of Genesis,  William H. Overturf, III, Ross & Baruzzini president and Scott Vinson, Mitchell Planning managing principal will collaborate to integrate Genesis with Mitchell and into the Ross & Baruzzini organization. Genesis and its 37 employees will continue to operate out of its center of excellence office in Houston as well as other U.S. and international locations.

“This partnership gives us greater depth in the U.S. with a regional office in Houston and enhanced resources to support our growing client list of major healthcare institutions across the Middle East,” Vinson said. “We are excited to join forces.”

Added Nimon: “We are enthusiastic about becoming part of a multifaceted organization uniquely positioned in the market and with the ability to provide a higher value and greater breath of service to clients.  Our employees will benefit from exposure to an even more diverse set of career opportunities.”

“When you combine two strong players in the same market, you find synergies that enhance your collective ability to meet client needs,” said Overturf. “We’re looking forward to learning from each other and making our combined entity that much more effective.”

Ross & Baruzzini, which has grown to more than 400 employees, executes projects in more than 30 countries. It operates from headquarters in St. Louis with offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Miami, Indianapolis, Philadelphia, Kansas City, New Haven, New York, Seattle and Mexico City, as well as staff in Dubai and Saudi Arabia.

Founded in St. Louis in 1953, Ross & Baruzzini (http://www.rossbar.com) is an international engineering consulting and design firm continually ranked among the top companies in the nation.  It provides advanced solutions in the transportation, healthcare, government, higher education and mission-critical sectors.  Earlier in 2019, the firm was cited as a “best place to work” by the St. Louis Business Journal.  It is also a recurring Zweig Hot List company for fastest growing design firms in the U.S. 

 

For more information, visit http://www.rossbar.com.

Washington University in St. Louis Unveils Transformative Project Constructed by McCarthy Building Companies

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Sustainability, flexibility and sophisticated technology guided construction of the 18-acre, multi-building assignment.

A sweeping campus planning, design and construction project has transformed the Danforth Campus of Washington University in St. Louis following a two-year construction process managed by McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.

The $360 million, 18-acre East End Transformation project adds five new buildings, expands the university’s world-class Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, relocates hundreds of surface parking spaces into a state-of-the-art underground parking garage, and creates an expansive new park.

As construction manager, McCarthy used sophisticated technology and 4D planning tools to manage the project’s eight separate project components. This involved synthesizing the work of multiple architects and coordinating an onsite team of construction specialists and trade professionals.

“We were honored to help Washington University reshape the East End of its Danforth Campus into a vibrant green space and a hub for research, teaching and student life,” said McCarthy Project Director Ryan Moss.

During the project’s site excavation phase, a drone captured high-resolution aerial images on daily 12-minute flights over the 18-acre site. These photographs—and accompanying data—guided the construction team in assessing progress and adapting the schedule accordingly. Drones continued to equip the team with valuable data throughout construction to ensure the fast-track project remained on schedule.

Nearly six acres of surface parking lots have been converted to green space, furthering the university’s commitment to sustainability. All of the new buildings have been designed to achieve LEED Gold certification; several are currently on track to exceed those standards. Resource conservation measures include solar arrays to generate electricity, and heat recovery chillers to harvest waste heat to minimize heat island effect. Other sustainable features include a bioretention rain garden and native plantings; an expansive indoor green wall in Weil Hall; and the Active Commuter Hub, which includes shower facilities for those opting to bike or walk to work.

Flexibility informed the design and construction of the underground parking garage, which can be converted into classrooms and labs to accommodate the university’s future needs and plan for a potential future less dependent on automobiles. To support this flexibility, the construction team laser scanned all post-tensioning cable, rebar and embedded MEP systems to capture precise data before concrete was poured on the garage deck. The facility, which has 790 spaces and a projected lifespan of 100-plus years, is on track to receive certification from Parksmart, the world’s only rating system designed to advance sustainable mobility through smarter parking design.

Connectedness with the city and community is achieved with a reimagined entrance to campus across the street from Forest Park, long considered one of the best urban public parks in the nation. The Tisch Park creates new outdoor programming opportunities for Washington University, and welcomes the St. Louis community from the northwestern edge of Forest Park. The Kemper Art Museum expansion also creates new opportunities for community engagement, with space for events and a more visible, welcoming presence.

“The project was truly a unique opportunity to honor our physical heritage and lay the foundation for our future,” said Henry S. Webber, the university’s executive vice chancellor and chief administrative officer. “These world-class facilities will support world-class teaching and research and the everyday activities of our faculty, students, staff and guests for many years.”

Major components of the east end transformation include:

  • The Ann and Andrew Tisch Parkserves as a welcoming entrance to campus and is a gathering place for the university community and visitors alike. 
  • The Gary M. Sumers Welcome Center(25,500 GSF) provides a clearly designated starting point for campus visitors and houses the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Student Financial Services. 
  • The Craig and Nancy Schnuck Pavilion(18,000 SF) houses the Parkside Café, the Environmental Studies program and the Office of Sustainability. It also supports pedestrian and bicycle commuters with shower facilities, lockers and bicycle parking. 
  • The underground garage serves the Danforth Campus and opens to the outdoors, offering views of both the sky and landscaped gardens. 
  • Henry A. and Elvira H. Jubel Hall (84,000 GSF) houses the Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science in the McKelvey School of Engineering. 
  • James M. McKelvey, Sr. Hall (86,500 GSF),which will be completed in 2020 and open in 2021, will house the McKelvey School of Engineering’s Department of Computer Science & Engineering. 
  • Anabeth and John Weil Hall (80,700 GSF)is the new main entry to the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts. It houses graduate art and architecture studios, classrooms and a digital fabrication studio. 
  • TheMildred Lane Kemper Art Museum expansion (5,600 SF) includes a new 34-foot-tall polished stainless-steel facade, a new entrance foyer and additional exhibition space. The relocated Florence Steinberg Weil Sculpture Garden integrates the museum’s prominent collection of outdoor sculpture, including works by Auguste Rodin and Alexander Calder, into the expanded green space of the east end.

Watch a construction time lapse video.

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Project partners include:

Landscape Architect and Planner:
– Michael Vergason Landscape Architects

Planning and Design Firms:

– KieranTimberlake (Weil Hall, Sumers Welcome Center, Schnuck Pavilion, Kemper Art Museum
expansion)

– Mackey Mitchell (Jubel Hall)

– Moore Ruble Yudell (Jubel Hall)

– Perkins Eastman (McKelvey Hall)

– BNIM (East End parking garage)

 

Washington University in St. Louis East End Transformation Facts and Stats

  • On-site construction workers, including over 3,100 trades professionals, have completed more than 1.1 million manhours of work so far.
  • Excavation of the East End construction site took less than 100 days. At the peak of excavation, more than 1,000 truckloads of dirt left campus each day.
  • 250 tons of steel are included in the Sumers Welcome Center and Schnuck Pavilion’s structures, while 510 tons of steel are included in Weil Hall’s structure.
  • The project added 48,718 square feet of new and future research space and 6,000 square feet of new makerspace.
  • 10 species of plants make up the 30-foot living green wall in Weil Hall’s Kuehner Court.
  • The new underground parking garage ceiling reaches up to 20 feet high, which will enable the facility to be converted to academic space in the future.
  • All new buildings are designed to achieve a minimum of LEED Gold 
  • The landscape replaces nearly six acres of parking lots with green spaces. When completed in 2020, the East End landscape will feature 390 trees of 38 different species. Ninety-four percent of the trees were grown regionally.
  • The Florence Steinberg Weil Sculpture Garden at the Kemper Art Museum includes seven outdoor sculptures. 

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

Poettker Construction Opens New 40,000-Square-Foot Headquarters

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Breese, Illinois-based firm honors heritage, employees in modern office space 

Poettker Construction Company, a second-generation family-owned construction company and one of the top 75 largest general contractors in the Midwest, announces the opening of its new, 40,000-square-foot headquarters, located at 400 S. Germantown Rd. Breese, IL 62230. This new construction consolidates five separate facilities into a single, central building that is more than 30 percent larger than the previous workspaces.

“Our plan for this new headquarters was rooted in a two-fold purpose,” said Keith Poettker, president of Poettker Construction. “We wanted to celebrate the vision and craftsmanship of the Poettker team and demonstrate our skills and capabilities to our clients, as well as offer employees the best possible environment in which to grow and expand their career while ensuring work-life balance.”

Inspired by the traditional style of German bank barns, the new headquarters’ exterior façade complements the history and values of the Breese community while featuring materials and finishes that are prominent in Poettker’s diverse portfolio: structural steel framing, concrete, exposed glulam beams, masonry, metal wall panels, wood plank siding, and standing seam metal roofing. Visible from multiple elevations, the sharp pitch in the spine of the central roof is reminiscent of traditional barn roofs and serves as a core visual element that pulls the side structure together into a unified, organic whole.

Among the new headquarters’ prime features is an outdoor sanctuary incorporating a tranquil lake with a waterfall and two fountain features, beautiful landscaping and entertaining areas. The back of the building features a walk-out lower level with a covered gallery that echoes passages built on the sheltered side of German barns. The gallery leads to the 1/3-mile walking path, which allows employees to break from the traditional nine-to-five work environment and destress with nature.

Other amenities include:

  • An expansive lobby and guest lounge boasting 37-foot ceilings with sightlines to the exterior lake and natural elements.
  • Cubicles tailored toward a 21st century environment, including sit-to-stand workstations and open collaboration concepts.
  • Geothermal HVAC system, solar panel farm and LED lights to reduce energy consumption by 75 percent along with reducing the carbon footprint by 65 percent.
  • Health and wellness facilities available on site, including a 24/7 fitness center equipped with lockers and bathrooms, and a dedicated health wellness room.
  • In-house training room with real time conversation features that can accommodate 100 people.

The headquarters opening comes alongside recent success in the company including the opening of a Southeast regional office in Charlotte, North Carolina, as well as leadership promotions to accommodate strategic growth within the company.

“Next year we’re celebrating our 40th year in business and there is no better way to honor our company culture, community and longtime employees than a beautiful new headquarters that reflects the professionalism and skills of our employees while honoring our culture and heritage,” added Keith Poettker. “We’re very proud of the collaboration among all firms and consultants throughout the development of our vision and look forward to continuing to be a premier leader in attracting and retaining the most talented construction professionals in order to continue our growth while maintaining exceptional service for our clients.”

St. Louis-based Oculus Inc. served as the architect and interior designer of record and Aviston, Ill.-based Netemeyer Engineering Associates Inc. served as civil engineer. Other design consultants included IMEG of St. Louis as structural engineer, BRiC Partnership of Belleville as the MEPFP coordinator and DTLS of St. Louis as the landscape architect.

Poettker Construction will host an open house of its new headquarters on Sunday, Nov. 10, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Established in 1980, Poettker Construction is a second-generation, family-owned and veteran-owned construction company. Specializing in construction management, design/build, general contracting and self-perform work, Poettker Construction serves the Education, Government, Healthcare, Industrial, Municipal, Recreation and Retail industries. The company is dedicated to safety, quality, sustainability, technology, attention to detail, responsible financial management and developing lasting relationships. For more information, visit www.poettkerconstruction.com.

Landco Construction introduces PRONTO! a new commercial handyman service

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Property and facility managers breathe collective sigh of relief as ‘to do’ lists become suddenly manageable 

Landco Construction, a leading St. Louis interior construction company, has introduced a new commercial handyman service to help property and facility managers tackle time-consuming repairs and maintenance.

Landco CEO Linda Bernhard says, “Pronto! was created in response to a growing number of clients who regularly express that their ‘…little projects are causing big headaches’.” According to Bernhard, “Managers are wall-to-wall with responsibilities and still have to knock off as many things on their ‘to-do’ lists as they can, but they don’t have all day to call numerous contractors or vet their reliability.” Landco believes a reliable ‘one-and-done’ maintenance and repair service fills a niche these managers need.

“There are a lot of individual or small independent contractors, but most of them specialize in just one or two services and sometimes they get so busy that reliability is an issue,” she notes.

“Big construction firms are focused on building, not repairing and maintaining, so they’re not putting resources to it.”

Pronto! offers commercial carpentry, painting services, general contractor/multi-trade projects, storm/disaster response services, and more. All services are performed by Union carpenters and contractors, ensuring quality work is done on time and on budget.

“It’s a unique approach for the area,” Bernhard says, “and it aligns with the ‘service-first’ approach that’s built our Landco reputation these past 20 years.”

To learn more about Pronto!, the new commercial handyman service from Landco Construction, call 314-501-2300 or go to: landco-construction.com/pronto. 

Since 2001, Landco Construction has built astounding interior projects – and a strong reputation with clients for collaboration, consistency and service. A Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE), Landco is led by CEO Linda Bernhard and her talented, experienced team of project managers and craftsmen (and women). Her vision reflects the company’s founding vision: Service, above all else. It’s why Landco has received multiple ASA Contractor of the Year awards, and why they’re consistently among the top construction companies in St. Louis.

Barat Academy Saves 48% in Energy Costs, Improves Learning Environment by Upgrading School’s Lighting, HVAC Systems

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The Barat Academy Board of Directors has committed to a range of upgrades to the school’s facilities that save energy, conserve water and harness renewable energy. The upgrades are expected to save the private college preparatory school more than 48% a year in energy costs.

Barat Academy recently converted the entire school campus to LED lighting with planning assistance from Indoff Energy Solutions of St. Louis.

According to SpecGrade LED, LED lighting in classrooms has been shown to reduce eye strain and enhance learning by generating light that is less harsh and closer to natural lighting conditions. LED lights generate the same illumination at less than 50% of the operating energy cost as traditional fluorescent school lights, and they are constructed from substances that do not expose students to hazardous materials. They also generate less excess heat than other light sources and thus reduce the strain on a school’s aging cooling systems.

Barat utilized generous rebates for energy efficiency through Ameren power company, and financing options through Missouri’s Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program and Ygrene to fund the LED lighting project.

The PACE program allows local government entities to raise enough money through the issuance of bonds or other sources of capital to fund energy efficiency and renewable energy projects to eligible property owners. Ygrene’s award-winning PACE program provides 100 percent, no money down PACE financing to help property owners make cost-effective energy efficiency, renewable energy, water conservation, safety and storm protection improvements to residential, multifamily, commercial and agricultural buildings.

In November, Barat Academy plans to install a high-efficiency HVAC system throughout the school, utilizing PACE financing and Ameren rebates.

“Named as one of the Top 20 “World Changing” ideas by Scientific American magazine, PACE financing and Ygrene is an easy and effective way for non-profits schools to finance a range of upgrades that allow Barat to save energy and improve our teaching and learning environment,” said Debby Watson, President of Barat Academy.

Barat Academy is the only private, independent, Catholic co-ed high school in St. Louis that offers single gender classes. The school is founded in the traditions of Sacred Heart education. For more information about Barat Academy, visit www.baratacademy.org

Murphy Company Acquires Northern Business Center Mechanical Contractor

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Murphy Company, one of the nation’s largest mechanical contracting firms, today announced that it has acquired the Northern Business Center at 12789 Emerson Street in Thornton, CO. The company plans to transform the manufacturing area into 90,000 square feet of fabrication space and to relocate a majority of its Colorado-based employees into the building’s 40,000 square feet of office space by January 2021.  The announcement was made by Patrick Murphy Jr., president and CEO.

“This acquisition reflects a major investment in the progression of our company and is reflective of the business success Murphy Company has experienced in the Colorado marketplace,” commented Murphy. “We will be consolidating all functions into a single building.  This will allow us to more than double our fabrication and manufacturing capacity to serve our clients. The previous owner of the facility added several valuable office amenities to complement the recent build out of its well-finished office space. Our Murphy team will have a comfortable home for decades.”

Conveniently located at 128th Street and Washington Avenue in the north metro Denver area, the building offers proximity and quick access to I-25 and E-470 and excellent visibility for Murphy Company’s presence in Colorado. The two-story office contains significant collaborative spaces, conference rooms, and a kitchen/cafeteria, along with a training room and fitness center.

“This is a great facility for Murphy Company as we look to expand our market presence and grow our Murphy team in Colorado.  We are thrilled to be a member of the growing Thornton business community and continue our relationship with Adams County,” added Murphy.

Murphy Company opened its Denver office in 1983 and has been responsible for the fabrication and installation of mechanical, process piping, and plumbing systems for customers throughout Colorado including MillerCoors, Anheuser-Busch, Woodward, Agilent Technologies, United Airlines, Denver International Airport, and CoorsTek.

“We believe that our future success will require increased and well-executed fabrication and manufacturing,” added Murphy. “Our new facility further enhances our ability to meet and exceed our customers’ needs in our many areas of expertise.”

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.  Murphy offers process piping, HVAC, refrigeration, plumbing, design-build, piping fabrication, building automation systems, and 24-hour service emanating from its five locations in Denver, Boulder, Northern Colorado, Southern Colorado, and St. Louis. The firm has national capabilities and is licensed to work in 44 states. Contractor’s 2019 Book of Giants recently ranked Murphy as the 12th largest mechanical contractor in the nation, based on companies providing revenue.  In 2018, Engineering News-Record (ENR) ranked Murphy as the 23rd largest mechanical specialty contracting firm and sixth in the nation in sheet metal revenue. The firm employs more than 1,000 people nationwide. For more information, visit www.murphynet.com.

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