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Tarlton Welcomes McCoy to Business Development Team

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Tarlton Corp, a leading St. Louis-based general contracting and construction management firm, hired Tim McCoy as Director of Business Development.

In his new role on the acquisition team at Tarlton, McCoy brings several years of experience in relationship development, business consulting, merger and acquisition advisory and accounting. A St. Louis native, McCoy attended St. Louis University High School and Saint Louis University and served as an accounting intern at Tarlton during the summers of 2012 and 2013.

McCoy previously served on the management team in the advisory services group at Riveron Consulting, LLC in Dallas, Texas. At Riveron, he spearheaded project strategies and client relationship efforts, managed project budgets and timelines and led teams of associates on mergers, acquisitions and carve-outs for a diverse collection of client sizes and sectors, which included construction, technology, manufacturing and distribution, health care systems and oil and gas. In addition, he provided deal-structure consulting and post-transaction strategic planning.

From 2016 to 2019, McCoy served as senior analyst on the Business Advisory Services team at RubinBrown in Clayton, Missouri, where he primarily advised on middle-market mergers, acquisitions, and carve-outs. At the firm, he also collaborated with teams from private-equity firms, investment banks and strategic buyers, developing relationships and performing buy-side and sell-side financial due-diligence for clients across a wide spectrum. In addition to his consulting expertise, he played an integral role in the group’s business development, recruitment and training functions.

 “We are excited about the energy and experience Tim brings to Tarlton,” said Tracy Hart, president, Tarlton Corp. “He is passionate about building in the St. Louis region – both the built environment and the communities living within it – and has continued to create strong connections in the community. Business development encompasses much more than attracting and pursuing work opportunities, and we are excited that Tim is working with us in support of our corporate values.”

McCoy holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration, majoring in finance and accounting, from John Cook School of Business at Saint Louis University.

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

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Developer Builds Luxury Units in CWE, Soulard and Beyond

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

A California-based developer with deep roots in St. Louis is building hundreds of leasable luxury living spaces in Soulard, the Central West End and elsewhere, each with its own amenity theme.

Vic Alston, CEO and president of LuxLiving, is employing St. Louis-based subcontractors to augment Big Sur Construction’s build-out of more than 2,000 units in established communities across town.

“Fifteen years ago, we started investing back into St. Louis,” said Alston. “I’m a St. Louis native and my parents still live here. Initially we invested in building a few units in the Central West End. We’re building approximately 800 units that are finishing now, and we’re starting another 1,500 luxury living units this year in St. Louis and in Kansas City and Denver.”

LuxLiving’s Soulard 322-unit community on South 7th Street, known as SoHo, has a rock and roll theme in homage to St. Louis’ musical heritage. The development is complete with a bowling alley, quarter-acre dog park, saltwater pool, 5,000-square-foot fitness center featuring a boxing ring and the Sound Lounge, a venue for bands. Construction broke ground in 2021 and is roughly 50 percent completed with the goal of a late 2022 finish.

Amenities drive Alston’s developments, each community of units carrying its own distinct theme. In the Central West End, LuxLiving’s community dubbed The Optimist, includes 150 units with a mid-century design theme and modern amenities. The Hudson, also built by Big Sur, totals 154 units and is the third development Alston has built on Pershing. It features a sky lounge and karaoke lounge.

The Chelsea, another Alston development totaling 152 units, bears a New York City theme (as does Tribeca, its neighbor) and offers a 6,500-square-foot pool deck atop a two-story garage.

The McKenzie, LuxLiving’s Vegas-themed community in University City at Delmar and I-170, just began construction and will encompass 252 units.

“We’re looking to continue building our base of St. Louis subcontractors,” Alston said.

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Tarlton Welcomes McCoy to Business Development Team

Tim McCoy

Tarlton Corp, a leading St. Louis-based general contracting and construction management firm, hired Tim McCoy as Director of Business Development.

In his new role on the acquisition team at Tarlton, McCoy brings several years of experience in relationship development, business consulting, merger and acquisition advisory and accounting. A St. Louis native, McCoy attended St. Louis University High School and Saint Louis University and served as an accounting intern at Tarlton during the summers of 2012 and 2013.

McCoy previously served on the management team in the advisory services group at Riveron Consulting, LLC in Dallas, Texas. At Riveron, he spearheaded project strategies and client relationship efforts, managed project budgets and timelines and led teams of associates on mergers, acquisitions and carve-outs for a diverse collection of client sizes and sectors, which included construction, technology, manufacturing and distribution, health care systems and oil and gas. In addition, he provided deal-structure consulting and post-transaction strategic planning.

From 2016 to 2019, McCoy served as senior analyst on the Business Advisory Services team at RubinBrown in Clayton, Missouri, where he primarily advised on middle-market mergers, acquisitions, and carve-outs. At the firm, he also collaborated with teams from private-equity firms, investment banks and strategic buyers, developing relationships and performing buy-side and sell-side financial due-diligence for clients across a wide spectrum. In addition to his consulting expertise, he played an integral role in the group’s business development, recruitment and training functions.

 “We are excited about the energy and experience Tim brings to Tarlton,” said Tracy Hart, president, Tarlton Corp. “He is passionate about building in the St. Louis region – both the built environment and the communities living within it – and has continued to create strong connections in the community. Business development encompasses much more than attracting and pursuing work opportunities, and we are excited that Tim is working with us in support of our corporate values.”

McCoy holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration, majoring in finance and accounting, from John Cook School of Business at Saint Louis University.

IMPACT Strategies Adds Kelly Bush as Project Accountant

Kelly Bush

Kelly Bush has joined IMPACT Strategies in Fairview Heights, Illinois as Project Accountant. In this role, Kelly will work closely with project managers and other team members to manage expenses for company projects, ensuring accuracy and timeliness.

Kelly’s background includes 12 years working in the service and manufacturing industry. She holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from McKendree University.

“I’m grateful to have joined the team at IMPACT Strategies,” said Bush. “The firm builds so many exciting projects that benefit the local community. I’m looking forward to putting my accounting skills to great use in support of the firm’s mission.”

A resident of Edwardsville, Illinois, Kelly enjoys motorcycle riding and doing home remodeling projects in her spare time.

Mark Hinrichs, president of IMPACT Strategies, said, “We are thrilled to have Kelly on board. Her in-depth project accounting experience and attention to detail will serve our clients and their projects very well.”

January 14, 2022

S. M. Wilson Virtual Design & Construction Technology Manager Jamie Berzon Rreceives CM-BIM

Jamie Berzon

S. M. Wilson & Co. Virtual Design & Construction (VD&C) Technology Manager Jamie Berzon has received her Certificate of Management-Building Information Modeling (CM-BIM).

The professional accreditation offered by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) denotes Berzon’s knowledge and understanding of concepts related to Building Information Modeling (BIM) adoption, practice and process transformation.

Not just a tech certificate for BIM software and applications, AGC’s CM-BIM program combines the latest information on BIM processes and technologies, step-by-step procedures for integrating BIM into the project delivery process, real-life studies of successful BIM implementation and the practical issues needed when utilizing BIM on a construction project.

As S. M. Wilson’s VD&C Technology Manager, Berzon oversees and manages the company’s Virtual Design & Construction processes. She works directly with project teams to assist in project delivery throughout construction utilizing Building Information Modeling and construction technology.

With her new accreditation, Berzon will also be responsible for managing the firm’s BIM processes for internal and external use including estimating, generating 3D/4D/5D site logistics and site safety plans and models, renderings and animations to illustrate project approach and demonstrate virtual design and construction capabilities during pursuits. In addition, she will oversee BIM/VDC Quality Control which ensures the coordinated BIM models are used by the trades when placing components in the field.

Berzon has been with S. M. Wilson for 24 years, originally joining the firm as a project engineer. She has B.S. in Architecture from the University of Virginia and M.A. in Construction Management from Washington University. She was also recognized in Constructech magazine’s annual Women in Construction List for 2018. 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. For more information, visit www.smwilson.com. 

January 7, 2022

Oculus Inc. Adds Lilly Touchette to Marketing Team 

Touchette brings social media, marketing skills to firm 

Lilly Touchette

Oculus Inc., a full-service architecture and interior design firm, has added Lilly Touchette as a marketing assistant. Touchette will be based at Oculus’ St. Louis headquarters, but will also assist the marketing needs of the firm’s Dallas and Portland offices, respectively.  

“We would like to welcome Lilly to Oculus Inc.,” said Lisa Bell-Reim, Oculus Inc. president. “She will play an instrumental role in helping our talented marketing team continue to get the word out about the great work we are doing all over the country. Her experience in marketing and social media will be essential in these efforts.”  

In her current role of marketing assistant, Touchette will assist the marketing team in the execution of marketing and business developing endeavors. Prior to Oculus Inc., she worked as the social media community manager for a marketing firm in St. Louis. She also has additional experience with marketing in the construction industry. Touchette is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Journalism with an emphasis in Strategic Communication.   

Oculus Inc. is headquartered in St. Louis and has offices in Dallas and Portland, Ore. 

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

IMPACT Strategies Adds Three New Field Staff Members

Fechte, Liszewski, and Reed expand the firm’s on-site capacity.

IMPACT Strategies’ field staff has grown by three – the firm has added Ron Reed as a Superintendent, and Brett Fechte and Corey Liszewski as Carpenters.

Ron Reed

Ron Reed is a 30+ year construction industry veteran, having worked primarily in residential and multifamily construction as a foreman. In his new position at IMPACT, his responsibilities will consist of all field operations including safety, quality control, daily scheduling of on-site work activities and subcontractor coordination. An avid hockey and football fan, Ron also enjoys off-roading on his ATV or cruising on his motorcycle down the area’s most scenic roads. He and his wife, Susan, live in Collinsville, IL.

Brett Fechte

Brett Fechte holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He joins IMPACT Strategies after more than five years working in exterior/interior carpentry construction. Fechte lives in Troy, Illinois with his wife, Katie.

Corey Liszewski

Corey Liszewski brings nearly three years of experience in carpentry to his new position at the firm. He and his wife live in New Minden, Illinois. In his spare time, Corey enjoys music, target shooting, and all things vehicle related.

Scott Manning, Director of Construction Operations at IMPACT Strategies said, “We are thrilled to have Ron, Brett, and Corey on board. Their varied experience and backgrounds add depth to the already robust teams at each jobsite. We’re pleased to welcome all three of them to the IMPACT Strategies family.”

Castle Contracting Promotes Tanner Bunch and Charles Danner to Senior Project Engineer

Castle Contracting, LLC has promoted Tanner Bunch and Charles Danner from Project Engineer to Senior Project Engineer.

In their new roles, both will take on greater project management responsibilities and expand their leadership capabilities.

Bunch began his Castle career as an intern in 2016 and joined the company full-time as Project Engineer in 2019. A member of Castle’s MEP/Utility team, he estimates and manages a variety of civil electrical projects.

Bunch earned a bachelor’s degree in construction management from Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo. He also serves as a member of the Advisory Council for the State Technical College of Missouri in Linn, Mo.

Danner joined Castle in 2018 as Project Engineer on the Estimating team. He currently coordinates civil sitework on the Next NGA West campus under construction in north St. Louis city.

Danner earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering technologies from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Mo. He’s a member of the Young Executives of SITE Improvement Association, an independent construction contractor group representing more than 220 contractors and businesses. Danner previously served in the U.S. Air Force.

“Both Tanner and Charlie are essential members of the Castle team, and these promotions recognize their diligence, professional growth and leadership potential,” said Castle Vice President of Operations Michael Pranger.

AGC of Missouri Names 2022 Leadership

Branco Enterprises, Inc.’s Sean Thouvenot to Lead Statewide Organization

Sean Thouvenot

The Associated General Contractors of Missouri (AGCMO) announced its 2022 officers and board of directors for the statewide association representing contractors and suppliers in 110 counties throughout Missouri.

Sean Thouvenot, vice president of Branco Enterprises, Inc. has been elected chairman of the board.  Branco Enterprises, Inc., with offices in Neosho and Springfield, MO, was founded in 1933 as Branham Construction and has grown to be a leading provider of general contracting, design build and construction management services in the four state region. Branco Enterprises, Inc. has been a member of AGC since 1986 and Thouvenot has served on the AGC of Missouri board since the merger with AGC of St. Louis in 2015. 

Other AGC of Missouri officers for 2022 are: chairman-elect of the board – Tom Huster, KCI Construction Company; secretary/treasurer – Andy Ernst, Pace Construction Company; and immediate past chair – Scott Drury, Bloomsdale Excavating Co., Inc.  Also serving on the 2022 board of directors are highway & transportation division chair – Steve Bubanovich, H. R. Quadri Contractors, LLC; building division chair –Michael Kennedy, Jr., KAI Enterprises; and Steve Sellenriek of Sellenriek Construction, Inc. who recently was elected chair of AGCMO’s new utility infrastructure division. 

Serving on the board as directors representing contractor members are Doug Fronick, APAC-Central, Inc.; Mike Rallo, Jr., PARIC Corporation; Earl Ming, Alberici Constructors, Inc.; Mike Luth, Fred M. Luth & Sons, Inc.; and Kyle Phillips, Herzog Contracting Corp.

Jeff Montgomery of IWR North America also will serve as a director, representing specialty contractors, while Nalini S. Mahadevan of MLO Law LCC will serve as director, representing supplier/service providers. Collin Greene of Wright Construction Services, Inc. will serve ex-officio, representing the Construction Leadership Council. John LoBello of Travelers will serve ex-officio, representing the Young Executives Club.

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, heavy and highway 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

Kyle McKenna to Lead the St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) As Executive Vice President

Kyle McKenna

The St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) has named Kyle McKenna its new executive vice president.  NECA represents more than 150 electrical and communications contractors located in eastern Missouri.  All NECA contractors are signatory to collective bargaining agreements with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW).  NECA partners with IBEW Local 1 to form the Electrical Connection.  McKenna succeeds Douglas R. Martin, who has led NECA for more than 40 years.

A labor and employment attorney, McKenna has served as assistant executive director of NECA for the past two years. He will be responsible for negotiation and administration of collective bargaining agreements with three local unions of the IBEW, under which approximately 5,000 electricians and communication technicians are employed.  He will also serve as a management trustee on multi-employer health, pension, and other employee benefit funds.  In addition, McKenna will coordinate education, marketing, and public relations programs for member contractors and serve as a spokesman before governmental agencies in connection with legislation impacting the electrical and communication contracting industry. 

McKenna earned his law degree from Saint Louis University School of Law and has a degree in political science from the University of Missouri-Columbia.  He has previously served as a labor and employment attorney with Armstrong Teasdale, LLC and as a field attorney for the National Labor Relations Board. 

Like its IBEW partner, NECA can trace its roots to the first commercial use of electricity.  NECA was founded in 1901, 10 years after IBEW Local 1 in St. Louis founded the first electrical union in 1891.  The St. Louis Chapter NECA received its charter in 1940 and with the IBEW, established the IBEW/NECA Electrical Industry Training Center the following year, pioneering apprenticeship training in Missouri for the electrical and communications industry. Together, NECA and IBEW Local 1 have trained more highly skilled and safe electricians and communication technicians than any other education program in the state. Learn more about NECA at www.stlneca.org.

The Electrical Connection IBEW/NECA partnership markets member skills and safety, invests in workforce development, develops strategic business and education partnerships, fortifies STEM education, and develops IBEW/NECA as a valuable resource to meet Missouri’s future energy and technology needs. Sixteen Electrical Connection-member contractors are among the 17 largest electrical contractors in the region ranked annually by the St. Louis Business Journal.  Learn more at www.electricalconnection.org.

December 31, 2021

In Memoriam:

Donald R. Carmody, Co-Founder and Principal of Carmody MacDonald P.C., Remembered

Donald R. Carmody

Donald R. Carmody, founder and long-time principal at St. Louis-based law firm Carmody MacDonald P.C., died peacefully on December 19, 2021, from cancer. He was 79 years old. Don is survived by his wife Pat, three sons, three grandchildren, and countless close personal friends.

“We are deeply saddened by Don’s passing. He will be greatly missed by everyone at our firm as well as his many friends and clients,” said Jerry Carmody, Don’s brother and law partner. “In addition to being a great lawyer and mentor, Don built the firm by cultivating personal relationships and forming lasting friendships. He greatly influenced the culture of unity and dedication to excellence that is the core of our firm’s identity today.”

Don founded Carmody MacDonald in 1981 with Leo MacDonald, Sr., Jack Hilton, and Tim Wolf.  Since its founding, and with Don’s leadership, the firm has grown to become one of the largest single-office law firms in St. Louis with 85 employees, including 55 attorneys.

            Don received his Bachelor of Science degree from Spring Hill College in 1964 and his law degree in 1967 from the University of Missouri – Columbia. He concentrated his practice in business law, banking and finance, and real estate.  He served as lead counsel in many complicated real estate transactions and was the lead litigator in a variety of trial and appellate court cases. For over a decade, Don appeared on the list of Best Lawyers in America and in 2018 he received the inaugural ICON Award from Missouri Lawyers Weekly in recognition of his exemplary career and longstanding commitment to the Missouri legal community.

Don served as vice chairman of a Missouri banking corporation and was a Past Chairman of the Bar Association’s Legal Issues Affecting the Disabled Committee. In the early 1980s, he received the St. Louis Grand Jury Good Citizenship Award for assisting police in apprehending a hit-and-run drunk driver who had struck a pedestrian.

He had a passion for serving his church and for helping families.  He served as an Ambassador with St. Louis Healthy Families and as a board member of the Missouri Family Policy Council.  Don was also a member and Past President of Legatus, an international association of high-level Catholic business leaders and laypersons exploring the intersection of faith and business as they live their Catholic identity. 

Outside of law and serving the community, he was honored to be inducted into the Chaminade College Preparatory School Sports Hall of Fame in 2016 for his outstanding achievements as a student-athlete.

For more information on Carmody MacDonald, visit www.carmodymacdonald.com.

December 24, 2021

Amber James Joins Knoebel Construction as Director of Human Resources

Amber James

Amber James, PHR of O’Fallon, MO, has joined Knoebel Construction as Director of Human Resources. She is responsible for developing and administering strategic Human Resource Management programs, policies, and procedures that are designed to develop employee contributions to company goals and objectives while creating a positive environment through effective employee-employer relationships. 

Amber James brings eight years as a strategic Human Resources professional focused on improving the employee experience by personalizing each stage of the employee life cycle. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Technical Management from DeVry University and received her Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification through the HR Certificate Institute (HRCI).

Knoebel Construction, Inc. is a national general contractor specializing in retail center, multi-use, restaurant, grocery, healthcare and retail store construction. Projects range from major regional shopping centers to local restaurants. Celebrating its 40-year anniversary in 2021, Knoebel Construction provides full-service development and general contracting services to real estate development firms, independent restaurant and retail owners, and retailers. For more information, visit www.knoebelconstruction.com or call (636) 326-4100.

Kadean Construction Adds Three New Professionals to St. Louis Headquarters

Kadean Construction has added three professionals in the design-build contractor’s St. Louis headquarters, including a newly created human resources position, to support the company’s continued growth.  Ryan Grass has joined Kadean as Project Manager, Jacob Davis as Senior Project Engineer and Sarah Farias as Human Resources Administrator.  Kadean also added three additional professionals in its Kansas City office and was recently ranked the 12th fastest growing company between 2018 and 2020 by the St. Louis Business Journal.

Ryan Grass

Grass will be responsible for all aspects of a project and has provided project engineering and management working on large scale projects around the country. He has ten years of professional experience and holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Missouri – Columbia.

Jacob Davis

Davis will assist in preconstruction efforts to secure new clients for Kadean.  He has five years of professional experience and holds a BS in Construction & Project Management from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville.

Sarah Farias

Farias will focus on hiring talented new people and fills a new position created at Kadean due to the company’s continued growth.  She holds a BA in Communications and Advertising from Universidade Salgado de Oliveria in Recife, Brazil. 

ABOUT KADEAN

Kadean Construction is a 58-year-old design-build focused commercial construction company specializing in pre-construction, construction management and general contracting services at the local, regional and national level in the industrial, healthcare, multifamily, cannabis, science & technology, institutional, food & beverage and commercial markets.  For more information, visit www.kadean.com

Brinkmann Constructors Hires Samantha Cook as Chief Financial Officer

Samantha Cook

Cook brings more than 15 years of experience to the role

Brinkmann Constructors has hired Samantha Cook as Chief Financial Officer. Samantha has more than 15 years of experience in the construction industry managing financial services.

Samantha will be responsible for aligning Brinkmann’s accounting, finance and technology with plans for future growth as well as setting overall financial strategy for the organization.

“Samantha’s knowledge and understanding of the construction industry, coupled with her experience with strategic growth and financial planning, make her the perfect fit for Brinkmann,” said Brian D. Satterthwaite, President of Brinkmann Constructors.

Prior to joining Brinkmann, Samantha managed more than $4 billion in revenue for a general contractor while developing strategic market and segment analysis forecasts, leading teams to implement technology and change management and directing strategic segmentation of projects to drive revenue and profit.

Samantha was named a 2019 Top Influential Women in Real Estate by the RE Journals and won the 2019 Inclusion Award from SLCCC. She is on the board of directors of NAWIC and is a CREW STL member.

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

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IMPACT Strategies Adds Kelly Bush as Project Accountant

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Kelly Bush has joined IMPACT Strategies in Fairview Heights, Illinois as Project Accountant. In this role, Kelly will work closely with project managers and other team members to manage expenses for company projects, ensuring accuracy and timeliness.

Kelly’s background includes 12 years working in the service and manufacturing industry. She holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from McKendree University.

“I’m grateful to have joined the team at IMPACT Strategies,” said Bush. “The firm builds so many exciting projects that benefit the local community. I’m looking forward to putting my accounting skills to great use in support of the firm’s mission.”

A resident of Edwardsville, Illinois, Kelly enjoys motorcycle riding and doing home remodeling projects in her spare time.

Mark Hinrichs, president of IMPACT Strategies, said, “We are thrilled to have Kelly on board. Her in-depth project accounting experience and attention to detail will serve our clients and their projects very well.”

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Green Street Expands into New City Headquarters

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Green Street Real Estate Ventures (Green Street) and its affiliate companies celebrated as one on Wednesday with a day full of employee engagement and onboarding as they marked the official move into their new headquarters located at 4565 McRee Avenue, in The Grove neighborhood in the city of St. Louis.

The move combines six companies under one roof to include Green Street, Green Street Building Group (“GSBG”), Green Street Property Management, Emerald Capital Strategic Advisors (“Emerald Capital”), HDA and O’Toole Design Associates (“O’Toole”).

“We are excited about the synergy that is being created with having our 80-person team in one location,” said Kevin Morrell, Green Street principal. “This building is a showcase of each company’s individual talents and evidence of the outstanding development that we can deliver as a vertically integrated firm.”

GSBG broke ground on the 46,000 square feet building located near the intersection of McRee and Vandeventer Avenues in January 2021. The facility was designed by HDA with interiors by O’Toole. Despite a tumultuous year in the construction industry, the teams rallied to deliver a building that makes each employee excited about coming to work.

“From development and financing through design and construction, the entire Green Street team collectively created a real show place to display our talents,” said Paul Giacoletto, GSBG president. “It’s a real-life example of our tag line “make more possible”. When creative minds from across the life cycle of a project come together with a common goal, the impossible becomes possible.”

Green Street’s new headquarters is part of a $21 million mixed-used development that includes Bar K’s first St. Louis location. To date, the project brings approximately 200 new jobs to the city of St. Louis. Emerald Capital played a key role in securing financing for the project which included $18 million in New Market Tax Credits (“NMTC”), Opportunity Zone Equity and a $347,000 Project Clear Grant. Collective project financing is provided by Peoples National Bank, United Bank of Union, U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation and the Community Development Entities of St. Louis Development Corporation, MBS Urban Initiatives CDE (an affiliate of McCormack Baron Salazar) and RBC Community Development.

“This development is activating a former industrial warehouse to provide 200+ jobs, many that are accessible, and has already promoted further development on McRee with residential and additional retail plans in place. We couldn’t be more excited to work on this project as it is a perfect example of a catalytic development in a distressed area,” said Matt Drinen, Emerald Capital principal. “The Emerald Capital Team is thrilled to be operating out of the one of the most unique and creative office spaces in the US. The building is truly a north star for repurposing old and vacant industrial buildings into vibrant modern uses.”

The project is a testament to Green Street founder and CEO Phil Hulse’s long term commitment to the city of St. Louis, as well as to The Grove and Forest Park Southeast neighborhoods. “We don’t just build buildings, but rather strengthen communities,” said Hulse. “We are creating environments where people can come to live, work, eat, and play within these desired urban environments.”

About Green Street Real Estate Ventures

Green Street Real Estate Ventures is an entrepreneurial, full-service real estate solutions provider. Green Street distinguishes itself through the application of sustainable design and building principles in the adaptive reuse of infill locations. With over 5 million square feet of development experience, Green Street utilizes its established experience to complete innovative real estate projects as an advisor, a developer, a builder and as a property owner. #makemorepossible. To learn more, visit www.greenstreetstl.com.

About Green Street Building Group

Green Street Building Group was created in 2019 to increase Green Street St. Louis’ portfolio and support the needs of the region with the creation of new mixed-use and multifamily options. Led by Paul Giacoletto, an industry expert in construction and project management, Green Street Building Group is a mix of young professionals and industry veterans. The team finished construction on their first project, Hue (www.huestl.com), in December 2020 and have several projects in the pipeline that include a blend of multi-family and hospitality. To learn more, visit www.greenstreetstl.com. #makemorepossible.

About Emerald Capital

Emerald Capital is a third-party affiliate of Green Street Real Estate Ventures specializing in community development, incentive, and real estate consulting. The team behind Emerald Capital believes that there is a lack of access to Federal and State Incentives and atypical financing for smaller businesses, nonprofits, and developers without a dedicated/sophisticated finance team. Emerald Capital believes that Federal/State Incentives and unconventional forms of financing should be available for all organizations, regardless of their financial back-office capabilities. #connectingcapital

To learn more visit, www.emeraldcapitalstl.com

About HDA

“It Starts With A Vision” remains more than just a motto to HDA; it is how the company truly began and has continued to grow. Over their 30 plus year-old history, they’ve expanded their business from traditional office buildings into varied market segments to include beverage wholesaler, interiors, industrial / distribution, power retail centers, auto dealerships, multi-family, mixed-use and craft brewery market sectors. Through their journey, the HDA staff has designed over 100 million square feet of projects in 44 states at a construction value of over $3 billion. #itstartswithavision. To learn more, visit www.hdai.com.

About O’Toole Design Associates

O’Toole Design Associates is an experienced team of interior design professionals which offers an expansive scope of design services including programming and space planning, interior design, furniture selection and specification, development of graphics that reflect the “brand” and vision of the organization, and project management. Led by President Michelle O’Toole, LEED AP, the firm has been in operation since 1994. To learn more, visit www.otooledesign.com. #wemakespacework

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IMPACT Strategies Completes Renovations for TEAM Industrial Office/Warehouse Facility

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Newly repurposed facility is helping to increase operational efficiency.

IMPACT Strategies recently completed renovations for a new office and warehouse location for TEAM Industrial, a worldwide leader in providing fully integrated industrial service solutions including highly specialized inspection, condition assessment, maintenance, and repair services. Construction on the renovation project was completed on-schedule in five months.

The newly renovated, 67,000 square-foot facility, located on Enterprise Drive in Edwardsville, Illinois, was previously vacant warehouse space. IMPACT Strategies, along with architect Remiger Design and Owner’s Representative JLL, repurposed the space to fit TEAM Industrial’s unique needs.

The collaborative project team created a more efficient workplace solution that enables TEAM Industrial to better serve the needs of the Midwestern industrial community. Three regional office locations were consolidated into the renovated facility in Edwardsville. The repurposed space includes an entry lobby, support staff offices, a training room, and warehouse space, as well as a testing facility complete with a concrete vault for non-destructive radiographic testing. The vault is fortified with four-foot-thick concrete walls to contain radiation from x-ray inspection and testing.

IMPACT Strategies provides client-focused construction management, design/build, and general contracting services. The firm offers a full continuum of innovative design/build service capabilities including proven construction management processes and site development. IMPACT Strategies serves a regional and national client base in the Healthcare, Senior Living, Multifamily, Office, Retail, and Warehouse/Distribution markets from its offices in Missouri, Illinois, and Ohio.

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Midas Enterprises Opens Its First Los Angeles Hotel in Downtown Lancaster

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St. Louis hotel developer partners with Los Angeles-based InSite Development to open the new Residence Inn Lancaster-Palmdale

Midas Enterprises – a leading hotel development, investment, construction, and management company – recently opened its first Los Angeles property. The $25 million, 107-room Residence Inn is the Antelope Valley region’s first hotel based in downtown Lancaster.

Located at 857 W. Lancaster Blvd. in Lancaster, Calif., the new four-story hotel is near several aerospace businesses including The Boeing Company, Lockheed Martin, and Northrop Grumman Corporation. “The hotel’s public art pays homage to the area’s rich aerospace history and is on the direct path of the city’s Aerospace Walk of Honor, which recognizes the important contributions of distinguished test pilots who have contributed to aviation, space research and development,” said Steve Eglash, Co-Developer of the hotel.

The hotel features an outdoor pool, onsite gym, and ample outdoor space with barbecue and fire pits for its guests. Kurt Helm, who has more than 10 years of hotel leadership experience in Arizona and California, was appointed General Manager.

“This property offered a unique investment opportunity to both private individuals and institutional investors in terms of the area’s potential growth possibilities,” said Midas Co-Founder and Managing Partner J.T. Norville. “We worked side by side with InSite Development to create a beautiful property, and we are excited about bringing our Midas brand to the Los Angeles area for the very first time.”

The new Residence Inn hotel is the second opportunity zone investment by Midas, which co-developed the property with Los Angeles-based InSite Development. Midas successfully raised $12 million for the opportunity zone fund that, under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), provides tax incentives for specific investments.

Founded in 2006, Midas Enterprises is a fully integrated real estate enterprise with business units specializing in capital generation, construction, and management services for hospitality properties and adjacent investments. With partners including Hilton, Marriott, and IHG, Midas brings institutional-quality real estate to both growth- and income-focused investors. Midas’ headquarters are located at 1804 Borman Circle Dr. in St. Louis, Mo. For more information, call (314) 692-0100 or visit Midas Hospitality.

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Clayco Starts Construction on 28-storyPALMtower, New Multifamily High-Rise in Downtown Phoenix

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National design-build firm Clayco recently started construction of PALMtower, a new 28-story residential tower in downtown Phoenix. Owned by North American Development Group and designed by Will Bruder Architects in collaboration with LJC, the structure is scheduled for completion in early 2024.

Located at 440 East Van Buren Street, the building will contain 352 apartment units; a 17,500-square-foot seventh floor amenity level with an outdoor pool and indoor-outdoor common space; as well as six floors of above ground parking with 370 spaces with 120 spots for bike parking.

“We are honored to help transform Phoenix’s downtown residential market with a Will Bruder-designed high-rise,” said Clayco executive Eric Jaegers. “Together with North American Development Group, we will successfully deliver this highly anticipated project to the Phoenix community as quickly, safely and efficiently as possible.”

Landlocked on all sides in one of downtown’s most constrained sites, the 481,980-square-foot building’s exterior cladding will be comprised of glass and metal paneling to showcase true urban living with a unique and high-end façade. Other project partners include Ventana on curtain wall systems; civil engineering firm Dibble; structural engineering firm BASE; and MEPFP consulting engineers Peterson Associates.

Since relocating its Residential Business Unit headquarters to the firm’s newly established Phoenix operations in 2021, Clayco is transforming the downtown skyline with the construction of several multifamily high-rises, including the recently started Skye on 6th, PALMtower and X Phoenix.

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2022-2023 Mason Contractors Association of St. Louis Governing and Arbitration Boards

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The 2022-2023 Mason Contractors Association of St. Louis Governing and Arbitration Boards were sworn in at the President’s Reception held on January 14, 2022.

Officers: President: Brian Smith (John J. Smith Masonry Co.) Vice President: Brett Lampkin (Lampkin Masonry, Inc.) Secretary: Luke Siebert (Heitkamp Masonry, Inc.) Treasurer: Nick Frisch (Frisch Masonry, Inc.)

Trustees: Ken Booth (Leonard Masonry Acquisitions, LLC) John Foley (Swanson Masonry, Inc.) Scott Masterson (B & K Tuckpointing Co.) Tom Schmitt (Superior Waterproofing & Restoration Co., Inc.) Dan Toenjes (Toenjes Brick Contracting, Inc.)

Arbitration Board: Brian J. Grant (Grant Contracting Company, Inc.) Dan Grass (Heitkamp Masonry) Thomas L. McDonnell (George McDonnell & Sons Tuckpointing Co., Inc.) Jeffrey D. Schmidt (JDS Masonry, Inc.) John J. Smith, Jr. (John J. Smith Masonry Co.)

The Mason Contractors Association of St. Louis, which was chartered in March 1896, is one of St. Louis’ oldest trade organizations. Its members include owners of contracting companies, along with businesses that supply the masonry industry, as well as the firms that serve its financial, legal and insurance needs.

Pictured Above (L to R): Brian Smith, John J. Smith Masonry and MCA President; Brian Grant, Grant Contracting and MCA Arbitration Board; Nick Frisch, Frisch Masonry and MCA Treasurer; Luke Siebert, Heitkamp Masonry and MCA Secretary; Tom Schmitt, Superior Waterproofing and MCA Trustee; John Foley, Swanson Masonry and MCA Trustee; John Smith, John J. Smith Masonry and MCA Arbitration Board. Sworn in by Rick Swanson, Swanson Masonry and MCA Past President.

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NCSEA Announces 2021 Special Awards Honorees

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The National Council of Structural Engineers Associations’ (NCSEA) is pleased to announce its 2021 NCSEA Special Awards honorees. The NCSEA Special Awards are bestowed on individuals who exemplify outstanding service and commitment to the association and to the structural engineering field. Awards include the James Delahay Award, the NCSEA Service Award, the Robert Cornforth Award, the Susan M. Frey NCSEA Educator Award, and the Susan Ann “Susie” Jorgensen Presidential Leadership Award.

NCSEA Service Award

This award is presented to an individual who has worked for the betterment of NCSEA, member organizations, and the profession, to a degree that is beyond the norm of volunteerism.

Thomas DiBlasi, P.E., SECB, is the president of DiBlasi Associates, P.C., in Monroe, CT. He is a past-president of NCSEA where he currently chairs the Code Advisory Committee and serves on the Wind Engineering Subcommittee. Mr. DiBlasi also served on the NCSEA Continuing Education Committee as well as the ad-hoc committee that developed the NCSEA Model Code of Ethics. He has been a director of NCSEA Media since its inception. Mr. DiBlasi is past-president of the Structural Engineers Association of Connecticut (SEAConn) where he chairs the Code Advisory Committee and the Peer Review Committee. He also serves as the structural engineering representative to the Codes & Standards Committee of the State of Connecticut.

Robert Cornforth Award This award is presented to an individual for exceptional dedication and exemplary service to a member organization and to the profession. The award is named for Robert Cornforth, a founding member of NCSEA and treasurer on its first Board of Directors.

Robert H. Durfee, P.E., SECB, is a structural engineer, vice president, and chief bridge engineer at DuBois & King in the firm’s Gilford, NH office. His practice focuses on the design of bridge rehabilitation and replacement; his specialty is the restoration of historic covered bridges. In

1994, Mr. Durfee helped found Structural Engineers of New Hampshire (SENH) and served on its Board of Directors as secretary (1994–1997) and as president (1998–2000). He has served on several committees, including Nominations, Structural Engineering Awards, Scholarship Award, NCSEA NH Annual Conference, and Public Relations. Mr. Durfee has also served as the SENH delegate to the Annual Conference/Annual Summit since 1998.

Mr. Durfee is a founder of the Northeast Coalition of Structural Engineers Associations (NECSEA), serving as the SENH representative from 2001–2020. He also serves on the NH Engineer/Young Engineer of the Year Awards Committee Jury.

Susan M. Frey NCSEA Educator Award

This award, established to honor the memory of Sue Frey, one of NCSEA’s finest educators, is presented to an individual who has a genuine interest in, and extraordinary talent for, effective instruction of practicing structural engineers.

Michelle Kam-Biron, P.E., S.E., F. SEAOC, SECB is a California-licensed SE and has provided education extensively nationally and internationally on conventional wood and mass timber construction. Ms. Kam-Biron brings a unique skill set to her presentations with a background consisting of more than 25 years as a practicing structural engineer and plan check reviewer, an influencer and educator with WoodWorks and American Wood Council, and her current position as a mass timber specialist at Structurlam Mass Timber Corporation.

She is a past-president of SEAOSC and was recently inducted into the SEAOC College of Fellows. She serves on several committees such as NCSEA Basic Education and ICC Professional Development Council Education and is past-chair of ASCE-SEI Wood Education, SEAOSC Foundation, and Women in Structural Engineering.

James Delahay Award

This award is presented at the recommendation of the NCSEA Code Advisory Committee, to recognize outstanding individual contributions towards the development of building codes and standards. It is given in the spirit of its namesake, a person who made a long and lasting contribution to the code development process.

Ramon Gilsanz, P.E., S.E., F.SEI, F.ASCE, Hon. AIA NYS, is a founding partner of Gilsanz Murray Steficek. In his 40-year career as a structural engineer, he has worked on a wide range of new construction and renovation projects and volunteered across the world to help communities in need. Mr. Gilsanz participated in six post-earthquake investigative teams, Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts, and led the WTC7 collapse analysis on the national ASCE-FEMA building performance assessment team.

Additionally, Mr. Gilsanz actively contributes to the industry through several professional societies and committees including ASCE 7-16 and ASCE 7-22, American Concrete Institute (ACI), and the AISC committee on specifications. He served on the NYC Department of Buildings’ Structural Technical Committee in 2008 and was chair in 2014 and 2021, revising the NYC Building Code. Mr. Gilsanz is also the chair for the NYC Existing Buildings Code Development Structural Technical committee, whose building code is forthcoming.

Susan Ann “Susie” Jorgensen Presidential Leadership Award

This new award was created to honor the late NCSEA Board President and advocate for the profession, Susan Ann “Susie” Jorgensen, who passed away in November 2020. This award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated exceptional leadership potential through their activities within NCSEA and/or their SEA (even if they did not serve in a formal leadership role). The award is to be bestowed on candidates who embody Susie’s passion, vision, and legacy of leadership and is intended to celebrate the increased participation of emerging leaders and encourage recipients to engage (or continue to engage) in formal leadership.

Katharine (Katie) A. Courtright, P.E., is a project engineer for JVA, Inc. in Denver, CO. She joined the Colorado SEA in 2012 as a student member when she was selected to receive a SEAC scholarship. During college, Ms. Courtright served as the SEAC Young Member Group collegiate liaison for the Colorado School of Mines. Upon graduation in 2014, she joined the Young Member Committee, becoming co-chair in 2016 and chair in 2017. Her service on the YMG Committee has included coordination of the annual SE/PE Study Group Kick-Offs and AASHTO Review Sessions, as well as technical presentations, mentoring, and outreach events. Ms. Courtright has been instrumental in encouraging student involvement in SEAC’s annual Gingerbread Bridge Competition. She is currently serving on the newly formed SEAC SE3 Committee.

These dedicated servants, committed volunteers, and industry leaders will be recognized at the Awards Celebration on Wednesday, February 16, at the NCSEA Structural Engineering Summit. For more information about the individual awards, please visit the NCSEA website.

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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