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John P. Smith Returns to Tarlton as Manager of Estimates

John P. Smith

Tarlton Corp., a leading St. Louis-based general contracting and construction management firm, hired John P. Smith, CPE, as manager of estimates to oversee the heavy civil and industrial market. In this role, John is responsible for working with the project director and project managers to coordinate preconstruction and estimating efforts from concept through construction.

Smith rejoins Tarlton with an additional 10 years of industry experience, totaling 37 in the industry and 22 with Tarlton. He worked for Tarlton from 1989 to 2011 and contributed to many of Tarlton’s notable projects during that time. As manager of estimating, he worked for clients including Ameren Missouri, Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District, Nordstrom, Saint Louis Art Museum, and Washington University in St. Louis.

Smith has worked in the construction industry as a certified professional estimator since 2008. In addition, he has been president of the American Society of Professional Estimators St. Louis Metro Chapter since 2016, also serving in that capacity in 2001–2002. He was named General Contractor Employee of the Year by the ASA-Midwest Council in 2002.

About Tarlton

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

Wiegmann Associates Adds Brian Smith as Project Manager

Brian Smith of Barnhart, MO has joined Wiegmann Associates as a Project Manager. Smith is responsible for managing new and renovation HVAC construction projects in a range of industries including industrial, pharmaceutical and high-rise student living buildings.

Smith brings 20 years of experience in mechanical engineering of new construction projects, from design to completion, for pharmaceutical and food and beverage distribution projects. He received his Stationary Engineers Certificate from the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE). He is certified in OSHA 10, OSHA Hazardous Communication Training and OSHA Confined Space Worker Permit.

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

May 13, 2022

Holland Construction Services Hires John Gillespie as Project Director 

John Gillespie

Holland Construction Services is pleased to announce John Gillespie as its newest Project Director. Gillespie will primarily focus on Holland’s healthcare-related projects. He joins Holland with more than 28 years of experience working on a variety of projects, including several major medical facilities.

In his new position, Gillespie will bring his short and long-term strategic thinking skills to Holland’s project management team. As Project Director, Gillespie will help build and maintain relationships, guide the pre-construction and construction process for healthcare projects, and focus on the growth of Holland’s team members.

“I was looking for a company committed to sustained growth, and a commitment to maintaining a culture of synergy and integrity,” said Gillespie. “Holland exceeded my expectations. I am honored to be part of this company, and I am excited to work with the amazing people at Holland.”

Gillespie has overseen a variety of multi-million-dollar healthcare projects which includes serving as Construction Director on a large $550 million expansion for a major medical center in St. Louis. Alongside his experience in healthcare, Gillespie also has experience leading construction teams in the commercial and industrial markets. 

Gillespie has spent more than two decades working in the St. Louis area where he has held Project Engineer, Project Manager, Senior Project Manager and Project Director titles. He is a graduate of the Milwaukee School of Engineering’s Architectural Engineering degree program, focusing on the design of building mechanical systems.

“We are excited to have John join our team,” said Holland Director of Operations Mike Deihl. “His experience and personality will reinforce our client-focused approach and continue to build solid relationships with the subcontractor and supplier community. He will be a great team leader at Holland.”

About Holland

Holland Construction Services is a full-service construction management, general contracting, and design/build firm guided by the principle of providing clients the best possible 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 consistently ranks Holland as a “Best Places to Work” and one of the top 15 contractors by volume in the St. Louis area. For more information, visit Holland’s website at www.hollandcs.com.

Michelle Yates Joins Landco Construction

Michelle Yates

Michelle Yates, CPSM, FSMPS, EDAC recently joined Landco Construction as business development director. She has more than 20 years of experience, and her responsibilities include strategic planning and building relationships to grow the firm’s corporate, healthcare and education markets. Yates is an active member and past president of the St. Louis chapters of CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) and SMPS (Society for Marketing Professional Services). She has written articles and spoken on marketing and business development topics at local and national levels. She has also earned the SMPS Fellows designation and Evidence-Based Design Accreditation and Certification, and is a Certified Professional Services Marketer.

Since 2001, Landco Construction has built innovative interior projects with a strong reputation for collaboration, consistency and service. A Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE), Landco is led by President Linda Bernhard and a talented, experienced team of project managers and craftspeople. Landco’s vision is to build a collaborative team-approach environment. It’s why Landco has received multiple ASA Contractor of the Year awards, and why it’s consistently among the top construction companies in St. Louis. For more information, visit landco-construction.com or follow us on LinkedIn.

May 6, 2022

S. M. Wilson & Co. promotes Jeremy Hutfles to Assistant Superintendent

Jeremy Hutfles

S. M. Wilson has promoted Jeremy Hutfles to Assistant Superintendent. In his new role, Hutfles coordinates and manages all day-to-day onsite operations, coordinates with subcontractors and suppliers, and communicates with owners and architects. Hutfles currently is working on the University of Missouri St. Louis (UMSL) College of Nursing project. He will be onsite during the entire construction phase.

Hutfles joined S. M. Wilson last year and has over 17 years experience in construction. Most recently he was assigned to the Target remodel in Jefferson City. He is OSHA certified in 30 Hour Construction Safety and Health for Construction Industry.

ABOUT S. M. WILSON & CO.

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

Carmody MacDonald P.C Hires HOA Attorney

Kerri A. Mitchell

Carmody MacDonald P.C. welcomes Kerri A. Mitchell to the firm. Kerri will spend the majority of her time working with the Homeowner and Condominium Association Practice Group. She previously served as an insurance defense counsel and represented a variety of clients, including municipalities, corporations, and small business owners in their litigation matters. Kerri received her Juris Doctor (J.D.) from Saint Louis University School of Law after an undergraduate degree from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville.

April 29, 2022

Kevin Nesselhauf Joins as Project Developer

Kevin Nesselhauf

Pfund Construction is excited to announce that Kevin Nesselhauf has joined the team in the newly created role of Project Developer. Kevin’s responsibilities will include working with clients to conceptualize and optimize their projects, building strong collaborative partnerships with design teams, and developing mutually beneficial subcontractor relationships.

With over 15 years of experience, Kevin is well respected in the St. Louis construction industry. He completed both his undergrad in Construction Management and Master’s degree in Business Administration from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.  He and his wife Nicole have three children and live in Edwardsville.

About Pfund Construction: Pfund Construction, based in Edwardsville, was named the City of Edwardsville’s 2017 and 2022 Business of the Year. Pfund Construction continues a rapid expansion in the St. Louis metro area, delivering unique projects that require a hands-on building approach to provide exceptional value to their clients.   

S. M. Wilson & Co. promotes Travis Schmitt to Project Superintendent

S. M. Wilson & Co., a top St. Louis-based construction manager, has promoted Travis Schmitt to Project Superintendent. Schmitt has held previous positions with S. M. Wilson as Assistant Superintendent and Field Engineer. He currently is leading the field team for the new, $34 million Spoede Elementary, which is being built as part of the $112 million Prop L Ladue bond program. Schmitt is a graduate of Southwestern Illinois College with a degree in Construction Management.

ABOUT S. M. WILSON & CO.

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

Chris Mathews Launches BFW Engineering and Testing Services’ Belleville Office

Chris Mathews

BFW Engineering is proud to announce that Chris Mathews is now heading up their newest office located in Belleville, IL. With over 10 years of experience as a geotechnical engineer, Matthews specializes in site specific seismic analysis, non-destructive and in-situ testing, foundation design and mine subsidence mitigation.

He has managed a wide variety of large-scale geotechnical projects in both the private and public sectors and currently serves as a board member of the SAME Scott Field Post.

BFW Engineering and Testing Services is a multi-disciplined, full-service engineering firm that provides engineering excellence through planning, design, and construction observation phase services for Civil, Structural, Transportation, Mechanical and Electrical projects of diverse complexities. With a staff of over 130 employees in nine office locations, in addition to engineering services, BFW also offers Grant Strategies,

Historic Preservation, Landscape Architecture, Park Services, Port Authority Master Planning and Geospatial Technologies.

April 22, 2022

Mia Rose Holdings Adds Thomasina Hergert as Property Manager

Thomasina Hergert

St. Louis-based real estate developer Mia Rose Holdings (MRH) has added Thomasina Hergert of Hillsboro, Missouri as Property Manager. Hergert will oversee day-to-day operations of Timber Ridge Apartments in Hillsboro, which is owned and operated by MRH. Her responsibilities include lease management and vendor relations management, unit preparation, tenant service requests and inspections.

Hergert has over 15 years experience in account management, customer services, business development and human resources. She holds a Doctoral Candidate in Organizational Leadership from the University of Phoenix, a Master of Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma and a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of Maryland University College. 

Timber Ridge Apartments is a 104-unit apartment community located 40 miles southwest of St. Louis in Hillsboro, MO. The complex features one and two-bedroom units, a pool, clubhouse, storage units and high-speed Internet access. Mia Rose Holdings purchased the complex in 2020 and has been remodeling units and property features. 

Mia Rose Holdings LLC (MRH) is a Chesterfield, MO-based commercial real estate development company that actively acquires and develops real estate to support the needs and vision of local communities. MRH provides comprehensive, first-class development services through partnerships with the best and brightest in commercial brokerage, engineering, architectural and construction services. Mixed-use and luxury multi-family developments include The Junction in Wentzville, PURE Springdale in Northwest Arkansas, 44 West Luxury Living in St. Louis County, The Prairie in Dardenne Prairie and The Meadows in Lake Saint Louis. In addition to multi-family and mixed-use developments, MRH has a strong niche developing and consulting for ice rinks and other youth athletic facilities, including Maryville University Hockey Center, Pacific Ice Rink and Chesterfield Sports Complex. For more information about Mia Rose Holdings, visit www.miaroseholdings.com.

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Three Trivers Team Members to Speak at AIA Conference on Architecture

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Amy Gilbertson, James Roseberry and Ross Welch to deliver presentations in Chicago this June

Three team members fromTrivers, a St. Louis-based architecture, planning, urban design and interiors firm, will deliver presentations at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Conference on Architecture 2022in Chicago June 22-25.

Trivers Principal Amy Gilbertson, FAIA; Senior Project Manager and Associate James Roseberry, AIA; and Senior Project Architect and Associate Ross Welch, AIA will join some of the most acclaimed architects, designers and building product manufacturers leading seminars on topics, projects and trends shaping the future of the industry. In addition to earning the opportunity to speak at this year’s AIA Conference, Gilbertson was recently named to the AIA’s College of Fellows, the organization’s highest honor offered to members for their exceptional work and contributions to architecture and society. Only three percent of AIA members have this distinction.

Ross Welch
James Roseberry
Amy Gilbertson

“The AIA Conference is one of the year’s most important gatherings of influential architecture professionals, and we are proud to have not one, but three Trivers team members share their expertise and experiences with our fellow leaders in architecture,” said Trivers Principal Joel Fuoss, AIA. “We extend a special congratulations to Amy for her incredible achievement of joining the AIA’s College of Fellows.”

Additional information about each presentation is below.

  • Small Firms: Making the Pivot to a Sustainability-Focused Practice: It can be especially challenging for small firms to pivot toward sustainability-based practices, as they often lack the depth of resources and knowledge available to larger companies. Three panelists will join Roseberry to share the experience of small firms and discuss their motivations, successes and pitfalls in achieving sustainability.
  • Mass Timber in the Midwest: Forest products evolve rapidly, just as they do throughout the entire building industry. Welch and three other architects will share their experiences on adaptive reuse, mid-rise and high-rise projects in Missouri, Arkansas and Wisconsin that have pioneered the use of cross-laminated timber in their respective markets and throughout the world.
  • ILFI Just Label: Transforming Your Company with Transparency: When architecture firms embrace transparency, the process can offer critical insight into opportunities for growth that can lead to improved equity, diversity and inclusion. Gilbertson and Heather Holdridge, AIA, director of design performance for Lake|Flato, will provide an intimate window into the process of pursuing and leveraging the International Living Future Institute’s Just label toward practice improvement.

Trivers, an architecture, planning, urban design and interiors firm, was founded in 1975 on values that still characterize it today: creating architecture of lasting positive consequence. By establishing a reputation for thoughtful design that responds to context, Trivers’ early focus on historic renovation and adaptive reuse grew to include ground-up construction. Based in St. Louis, Trivers works with a range of clients across the country providing expertise in civic, education, hospitality, housing and workplace architecture. More information is available at trivers.com.

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John P. Smith Returns to Tarlton as Manager of Estimates

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Tarlton Corp., a leading St. Louis-based general contracting and construction management firm, hired John P. Smith, CPE, as manager of estimates to oversee the heavy civil and industrial market. In this role, John is responsible for working with the project director and project managers to coordinate preconstruction and estimating efforts from concept through construction.

Smith rejoins Tarlton with an additional 10 years of industry experience, totaling 37 in the industry and 22 with Tarlton. He worked for Tarlton from 1989 to 2011 and contributed to many of Tarlton’s notable projects during that time. As manager of estimating, he worked for clients including Ameren Missouri, Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District, Nordstrom, Saint Louis Art Museum, and Washington University in St. Louis.

Smith has worked in the construction industry as a certified professional estimator since 2008. In addition, he has been president of the American Society of Professional Estimators St. Louis Metro Chapter since 2016, also serving in that capacity in 2001–2002. He was named General Contractor Employee of the Year by the ASA-Midwest Council in 2002.

About Tarlton

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

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NCSEA Now Accepting Submissions for the 2022 Structural Engineering Excellence (SEE) Awards

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The National Council of Structural Engineers Associations (NCSEA) is pleased to announce it is accepting submissions for the 2022 Structural Engineering Excellence (SEE) Awards.

The SEE Awards highlight structural engineering ingenuity throughout the world and incredible achievements in the profession. Projects are judged on innovative design, engineering achievement, and creativity. Structural engineers and structural engineering firms are encouraged to enter their projects to highlight their successes and accomplishments.

The awards are presented in the following categories: ● New Buildings < $30 Million ● New Buildings $30 Million to $80 Million ● New Buildings $80 Million to $200 Million ● New Buildings Over $200 Million ● New Bridges or Transportation Structures ● Forensic/Renovation/Retrofit/Rehabilitation Structures < $20 Million ● Forensic/Renovation/Retrofit/Rehabilitation Structures > $20 Million ● Other Structures

Entries are due on Tuesday, July 12, 2022. Projects can be submitted to https://rb.gy/uhnjzu. The winners will be honored at NCSEA’s Structural Engineering Summit November 1-4 in Chicago, in STRUCTURE magazine, in a professionally produced video on the NCSEA website, and in a special webinar series the following spring/summer.

The National Council of Structural Engineers Associations (NCSEA) was formed to constantly improve the standard level of practice of the structural engineering profession. The Association’s vision is that structural engineers are valued for their contributions to safe structures and resilient communities. The Association’s mission is that NCSEA, in partnership with its Member Organizations, supports practicing structural engineers to be highly qualified professionals and successful leaders.

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AGC of Missouri Awards $64,000 in Scholarships

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The Associated General Contractors of Missouri (AGCMO) has awarded $64,000 in scholarships to 30 students from across the Midwest. These awards mark the largest amount in the association’s history, topping the record-breaking $62,000 awarded in 2021. Since 2018, AGCMO has supported a total of $282,000 in scholarships.

“Labor shortages are a huge challenge in our industry,” said Leonard Toenjes, CAE, president of the AGC of Missouri. “Scholarships are offered to students pursuing advanced studies in construction, engineering, architecture, science, technology and apprenticeships in the construction trades. In the past five years we’ve doubled the number of university student chapters we support and also have opened new training sites on university campuses throughout the state.

Students receiving $3,500 scholarships, supported by AGCMO’s Young Executives Club (YEC) and Construction Leadership Council (CLC) include:

Will Ghan, Marionville, MO (65705), Aaron Loehr Memorial YEC Scholarship, Missouri State University, construction management

Kyle Wesolowski, Alton, IL (62002), Oliver J. Coulson Memorial CLC Scholarship, Southern Illinois University- Edwardsville, construction management

Individuals awarded $2,500 scholarships, also supported by YEC and CLC, include:

Cody Wieberg, Tuscumbia, MO (65082), AGCMO Education Foundation YEC Award Scholarship, State Technical College of Missouri

Ty Clemens, Liberty, MO (64068), AGCMO Education Foundation CLCC Award Scholarship, Dordt University, Sioux Center, IA, civil engineering or construction management

Students awarded $2,000 scholarships, supported by the AGCMO Education Foundation, include:

Lindsay Allen, Lake Ozark, MO (65049), State Technical College of Missouri, design drafting

Richard Boyer, Swansea, IL (62226), Missouri State University, construction management

Phillip Brucks.  Macon, MO (63552), University of Missouri-Columbia,
Dawson Compas
, Cape Girardeau, MO (63701),Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, civil engineering

Philip Crawford, Jefferson City, MO (65101),State Technical College of Missouri, electrical technology

William Denny, Columbia, IL (62236),Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, civil engineering

Tanner Hermanson, Kansas City, MO (64153); Missouri State University, construction management

Ryan Highfill, Ozark, MO (65721),Missouri University of Science & Technology, civil engineering and engineering management

Brenden Kempker, Eugene, MO (65032), State Technical; College of Missouri, heavy equipment

Jillian Kirchner, Troy, MO (63379), Drury University, architecture

Craig LaBrue, Cambridge, KS (67023),Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, KS, construction management

Gage Levell, Oak Grove, MO (64075), University of Missouri-Columbia, civil engineering

Bethany Lotterer, Pittsburg, KS (66762), Pittsburg State University, construction management

Isaac Medlin, Keytesville, MO (65261), Grand River Technical School, Chillicothe, MO

Brady Murr, Macon, MO (63552), Moberly Area Community College, civil engineering

Blake Murr, Macon, MO (63552), University of Missouri-Columbia, civil engineering

Hunter Myers, Springfield, MO (65803), Missouri State University, construction management

Hayden Pugh, Independence, MO (64055) Culver-Stockton, Canton, MO, business/construction management

Heriberto Real, Dodge City, KS (67801), Pittsburg State University, construction management

Austin Redhage, Beaufort, MO (63013), State Technical College of Missouri, associate’s degree, heating, ventilation and air-conditioning

Jack Sullentrup, Washington, MO (63090), Missouri State University, construction management

Trey Townsend, Waynesville, MO (65583), State Technical College of Missouri, welding and manufacturing

Max Wilson, O’Fallon, MO (63368), University of Arkansas, civil engineering

Brent Wischmann, Jackson, MO (63755), American Welding Academy, welding

Students awarded $2,000 Scott Wilson Scholarships are

Abdu Ibrahim, Rolla, MO (65401), Missouri University of Science & Technology, engineering management

Kayla Ursery, St. Louis, MO (63136), Missouri Western State University, construction engineering technology

“Our newest workforce initiative is BuildMyFuture®, a series of interactive, full-day expo’s around the state for high school students,” added Toenjes. “In April we participated in BuildMyFuture events in Springfield and St. Charles. This fall AGCMO is sponsoring BuildMyFuture ’hands-on’ events in Macon (Sept. 21), Sikeston (Oct. 5) and Jefferson City (Oct. 18). Thousands of high school students across the state are being introduced to our industry and experiencing what it’s like to actually be on a job site. The dedication of time and resources put forth by our members represents a major investment by our contractors, and it also serves to help fill the void left when former vocational programs were eliminated from the curriculum. The student response has been absolutely outstanding.” (See student reactions/testimonials here: 2022 Build My Future – YouTube.

The Associated General Contractors of Missouri (AGCMO) represents the united voice of the construction industry throughout the state of Missouri. AGC of Missouri represents nearly 550 commercial, industrial, highway, transportation, and utility infrastructure contractors, industry partners and related firms in 110 counties across the state of Missouri. AGCMO operates offices in St. Louis, Jefferson City and Springfield. Visit: www.agcmo.org

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Wiegmann Associates adds Brian Smith as Project Manager

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Brian Smith of Barnhart, MO has joined Wiegmann Associates as a Project Manager. Smith is responsible for managing new and renovation HVAC construction projects in a range of industries including industrial, pharmaceutical and high-rise student living buildings.

Smith brings 20 years of experience in mechanical engineering of new construction projects, from design to completion, for pharmaceutical and food and beverage distribution projects. He received his Stationary Engineers Certificate from the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE). He is certified in OSHA 10, OSHA Hazardous Communication Training and OSHA Confined Space Worker Permit.

ABOUT WIEGMANN ASSOCIATES

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

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Elm Ridge Senior Breaks Ground in Hazelwood, Missouri

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A partnership including Roanoke Construction, Inc., The Oakland Group, LLC, The Unicorn Group, LLC, and BTWF Urban Initiative today announced the groundbreaking of Elm Ridge Senior Living, a mixed-income, independent senior living community on Dunn Road in Hazelwood, Missouri. Believed to be the first of its kind in Hazelwood, Elm Ridge is financed in part by resources from Missouri Housing Development Commission and private investors and lenders including St. Louis Equity Fund, Sugar Creek Capital and Legacy Bank and Trust.  Once complete, the newly constructed, elevator-served building will provide 50 one- and two-bedroom apartments for seniors 55 years of age and older.  All of the 36 two-bedroom and 14 one-bedroom units will be generously sized with in-unit laundry hookups and a fully equipped kitchen.  The project will meet Enterprise Green Communities specifications for energy efficiency, which will lower utility costs for residents and further reduce their housing cost burden.  The development will add numerous amenities for the residents of Elm Ridge including a management office, an elevator, secured access, a computer & technology center, a fitness center with exercise equipment, a community room with kitchen on the first floor and additional community space on the upper floors.  The development will be professionally managed by The Sansone Group and BTWF Urban Initiative, in partnership with the St. Louis County Department of Human Services County Older Resident Program will provide resident service coordination for all residents.  45 of the units’ rents will be restricted to households at or below 60% of area median income.  The remaining 5 units will be available to households of any income.

“Not only will this development bring beautiful – and affordable – new apartment homes for Hazelwood seniors,” says Marvin Steele, “but also the development team is achieving something really tremendous with nearly $5.4 million dollars (60%) in contracts with minority and women-owned businesses including two stalwarts, BAM Contracting and Aschinger Electric.”  Steele continued, “Bishop Scott and I specifically partner with the principals of Roanoke Construction and The Oakland Group – Kevin Buchek and Mike Duffy – because of their commitment to hiring contractors and their staff who reflect the rich diversity of the communities in which they build.” This partnership experience has also allowed The Unicorn Group, LLC to grow its development capacity as well.

Based in St. Louis, Missouri and established in 2012, Roanoke has a noteworthy reputation across the Midwestern United States for success in constructing affordable housing developments. We have been built on the core values of integrity, partnership, community, inclusion, and sustainability, and are distinguished from our competition as civic-minded project partners with remarkable insight into the nuances of project financing.

The Unicorn Group, LLC focuses on promoting the utilization of minority-owned and women-owned companies and is owned by Marvin Steele, the Board Chairman of the Heartland St. Louis Black Chamber of Commerce.  The Unicorn Group, LLC is also an emerging residential and commercial developer.

BTWF Urban Initiative Corporation (BTWF) was founded in 2002 to mobilize members of the Believer’s Temple Word Fellowship Church to meet the practical needs of households in North St. Louis County with a mission to provide comprehensive programs, services, and events that address the most pressing needs of the community.  Since its inception, the core focus of BTWF has been education, healthy living, and community and economic development.

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Home Builders Association Donates $20,000 to Promise Community Homes

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On behalf of the Home Builders Charitable Foundation (HBCF), 2022 HBA President Jeremy Roth (Elite Development Services/McBride Homes) (left) and HBA Executive Vice President Celeste Rueter (right) presented a $20,000 donation to Promise Community Homes’ executive director Erin Eberhard and director of operations Lisa Dickerson.

The donation will be used to replace roofs at three of the organization’s houses that are homes to adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities. Promise Community Homes (formerly Rainbow Village) supports the foundational needs of people with intellectual/developmental disabilities by providing safe, affordable and well-maintained neighborhood homes. Every home is carefully designed for the comfort, safety and unique needs of each individual resident.

The HBA is a local trade association of more than 600 member firms representing the residential construction industry. The Home Builders Charitable Foundation, the HBA’s charitable arm, is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing housing assistance to people or organizations with special shelter needs.

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CREW-St. Louis Annual Networking Awards Will Honor Industry Leaders

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CREW-St. Louis will honor the achievements of industry leaders at its 17th Annual Networking Awards Event on May 11 at Olive + Oak in Webster Groves.

Each year, CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) recognizes a group of women who have advanced the commercial real estate industry through their leadership, accomplishments, and service to the St. Louis region. The 2022 awardees will be announced on April 21.

CREW launched the networking awards in 2006 with the goals of influencing the success of the industry, showcasing the power of networking, and demonstrating the organization’s support to the community.

In 2015, they added the Woman of Influence Award to recognize a local professional who, through her leadership and vision, has made a positive impact on the industry. Previous recipients include Carolyn Kindle Betz of St. Louis City SC in 2021 and Maxine Clark, founder and former CEO of Build-a-Bear and current CEO of the Clark-Fox Foundation, in 2020.

“We look forward to shining a light on the women in St. Louis who are shaping the built environment,” said Stacey Kamps, CREW Board of Directors president and CEO/President of Koch Development Co. “These women honor our industry every day with their hard work, their vision, and their commitment to their communities. It’s only fitting that we honor them.”

 In addition to the Woman of Influence Award, the organization will present the New Member of the Year Award, CREW Impact Award, Career Advancement for Women Award, Economic Impact Award, and Leadership in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion within the industry.

This year’s event will be held May 11 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Olive + Oak, 216 Lockwood, 63119. The registration deadline is April 27. Visit crewstl.org for full details.

CREW-St. Louis advances, educates, and supports women to influence the commercial real estate industry. CREW-St. Louis furthers its mission through leadership, excellence, influence, community, and advancement. With more than 200 members from nearly every discipline in commercial real estate, CREW-St. Louis stands as one of the largest of CREW Network’s more than 75 chapters across the globe.

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St. Louis Celebrates Groundbreaking on Secure Geospatial Office Space

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By KERRY SMITH, EDITOR, ST. LOUIS CONSTRUCTION NEWS AND REVIEW MAGAZINE

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (R-Missouri) and project partners are celebrating the start of a build-out of 75,000 square feet of secure office space in The Globe Building in downtown St. Louis.

The classified space will officially meet the requirements of a SCIF, as defined by the Dept. of Defense. A SCIF is a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility. Its location on the sixth floor of the longstanding building at 710 North Tucker Boulevard will provide a synergistic opportunity for all sizes of businesses who partner with the geospatial intelligence community.

“St. Louis now has the opportunity to become more competitive from an economic and entrepreneurial development standpoint in attracting and expanding geospatial intelligence firms of all types,” said Blunt, “and to increase jobs in this industry sector.”

This SCIF is the first of its kind outside the national capital region, project partners attest. According to the Global Geospatial Industry Outlook Report presented this week at the Geospatial World Forum in Amsterdam, the size and scale of the geospatial intelligence sector is projected to top $1.4 trillion globally by 2030.

In addition to the federal government, project partners on this venture include Community Development Ventures Inc. (CEO Richard Fleming), Plum Run LLC (Managing Partner Keith Masback) and Westway Services Group (President Jack Pryor).

“Expanded opportunities for the geospatial intelligence sector extend well beyond its historic focus in the world of defense,” Fleming said. “These opportunities include commercial applications such as precision agriculture, autonomous vehicles, smart cities, architecture and engineering, and other non-defense areas.”

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