Kadean Construction Completes ‘Aviator 7’ As 21st Century Business Park Takes Shape In Hazelwood

Kadean Finishes Its Third Building in Aviator Business Park on the Site of the Former Ford Motor Plant

Nearly 10 years to the day, when the last Ford Explorer rolled off the assembly line in Hazelwood, Fenton-based Kadean Construction has completed Aviator 7, a 535,500 square foot light industrial facility forPanattoni Development.

Aviator 7 is one of six massive buildings planned for the expansiveAviator Business Park, located in Hazelwood, MO, about a mile north of Lambert-St. Louis International, on the site of the old Ford Motor Co. plant that closed on March 8, 2006. Another half-dozen smaller commercial facilities also will be located in the business park, which covers 155 acres.

“In working with Panattoni Development, we constructed Aviator 7, which is ideal for light industrial and commercial use,” said John Piedimonte, vice president of Kadean Construction. “We’re very proud of the quality and workmanship that went into this tremendous building, which has 12.3 acres under one roof.”

Aviator 7’s first tenant is Chesterfield-based Silgan Plastics, which leases 327,750 sq. ft. for production, warehousing and mechanical space, and another 7,500 sq. ft. area for a quality control lab, offices, training and conference rooms, a cafeteria, and other uses. Silgan’s portion of the building also has six hydraulic docks (leveler systems) and seven standard docks.

Silgan Plastics is a leading manufacturer of plastic containers in North America for a variety of industries, including personal care, food, health care, household, and industrial chemical sectors.

It leases nearly two-thirds of Aviator 7, and eventually plans to employ as many as 120 men and women at the facility, said Silgan Plastics President Jay Martin.

In late January, St. Louis-based Weekends Only Furniture and Mattress Co. also opened a huge distribution center in an adjoining 133,500 sq. ft. space with 40-foot ceilings and 22 loading docks.

It will serve as the main distribution center for Weekends Only’s five stores in the greater St. Louis area and another in Indianapolis, said Dionne Dumitru, the company’s chief operating officer.

“When the new offices are completed, our Distribution Center will support over 60 employees in warehouse distribution, home delivery, call center and furniture repair functions,” she said. “We took this opportunity to bring all of our supply chain and service operations into a single facility, so that we will be able to meet our customers’ needs seamlessly while saving them money – which is our company’s mission.”

The new distribution center will be used to keep the Weekends Only stores fully stocked with a wide array of furniture for retail sales. Customers also will be able to pick-up purchased furniture at the Aviator 7 building, if a local store is out of a specific item.

The company also has moved its Repair Center to the new facility and plans to relocate its Quality Care Center to the Hazelwood facility later this month after completing construction on adjoining offices. Both operations have been based in nearby Bridgeton.

Privately-owned International Food Products was the first tenant in the business park, and occupies a 227,500 square foot production facility also built by Kadean Construction, adjacent to Aviator 7.

With operations throughout the United States, IFP manufactures custom formulations for the food, beverage and dairy industries throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.

“Panattoni Development has done a great job with this site, and we’re excited about the future of Aviator Business Park, where we’ve now built Aviator 3, 4, and 7,” Piedimonte said. “But, we construct more than quality buildings.

“We enable jobs to flourish and dreams to come alive, and that’s our goal. We want our customers and their tenants to succeed and to make a real difference, and we see it happening here,” he said.

Kadean Construction is a St. Louis-area based construction company that specializes in pre-construction, design-build, construction management, and general contracting at the regional national level.

People In St. Louis Construction

Mike Schwaller Joins Integrated Facility Services (IFS)

Schwaller, MikeMike Schwaller of Eureka has joined Integrated Facility Services (IFS) as safety director. He is responsible for developing, implementing and monitoring safety initiatives and training programs for IFS, a St. Louis-based HVAC, plumbing, piping, fire protection and building automation firm.

Schwaller holds a bachelor’s degree in Safety Management from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Missouri. He has nine years of construction-industry safety management experience. Prior to joining IFS, Schwaller was district safety manager for Trane in Lenexa, Kansas.

Integrated Facility Services (IFS), formerly Air Masters Corporation, is a full-service HVAC, plumbing, piping, fire protection and building automation firm.

Ryan Hesker Joins Murphy Co. as Design-Build Engineer

Hesker, RyanRyan Hesker has Joined Murphy Co. as a design-build engineer after having served as an intern for the St. Louis-based mechanical contractor.   The announcement was made by Kevin Cook, vice-president, design-build.

Hesker is a 2015 graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, with a major in mechanical engineering. He served as an intern at Murphy Co. where he helped plan and design HVAC and plumbing systems for commercial projects.

Murphy Company delivers mechanical solutions to the industrial, commercial, institutional and heavy industrial markets. With corporate offices in St. Louis and Denver and a regional office in Colorado Springs, Murphy offers process piping, HVAC, refrigeration, plumbing, design-build, piping fabrication, energy solutions and 24-hour service. Murphy currently is ranked No. 19 on Engineering News-Record’s list of top mechanical contractors in the United States. Founded in 1907, the firm employs more than 1,000 people nationwide. For more information, visit www.murphynet.com.

Jeff Patterson Joins Murphy Co. as Estimator

Patterson, JeffJeffrey H. Patterson has joined Murphy Company as an estimator.  The announcement was made by Bob Breth, vice president, estimating.

Patterson has more than 25 years experience in mechanical estimating, including piping, plumbing, sheet metal and HVAC systems.  He also has managed a pre-construction services department and created design standards for sheet metal fabrication. He attended both St. Louis Technical School and St. Louis Community College.

Murphy Company delivers mechanical solutions to the industrial, commercial, institutional and heavy industrial markets.

Derek Don Rejoins HOK’s St. Louis Office as Senior Landscape Design Professional

Don, DerekDerek Don has joined HOK as a senior landscape design professional in St. Louis. Don will join the teams providing master planning for the Indiana University Health Academic Health Center and St. Louis office projects.

Don previously worked for HOK from 2006 to 2011 and most recently worked at SWT Design as a designer and project manager. He earned his degree in landscape architecture from Purdue University. HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm.

Joel Maevers Joins Murphy Co. as Project Manager 

Maevers, JoelJoel Maevers, P.E., LEED AP, has joined Murphy Co. as project manager. The announcement was made by Thomas Skaggs, vice-president, operations.

A 2000 graduate of the University of Missouri-Rolla  with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, Maevers is a licensed professional engineer in both Missouri and Illinois, a LEED accredited professional (2007), and a Chicago Register Energy Professional. He previously worked in Chicago as a project manager for Mechanical, Inc. and Noresco, and served as an associate/project manager for Environmental Systems Design.

A member of the Mechanical Contractors Association, Maevers served as a designer, estimator and project manager for a plumbing contractor. He also was previously appointed by St. Louis County to the Board of Examiners as the professional engineer on the five-member committee responsible for approving licensure examination for all plumbers, pipe fitters and drain layers as well as for review of the exams and test procedures.  He is OSHA 30-hour certified.

Ben Pepin Re-Joins Murphy Company

Pepin, BenBen Pepin has returned to the company as an engineer in design-build. The announcement was made by Kevin Cook, vice president, design-build.

Pepin, who holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia, has worked on projects at Busch Stadium, several locations for Edward Jones and Enterprise, Graybar Electric, and Nestlé Purina.  He also has performed engineering work for several area hospitals, including Phelps County Regional Medical Center, St. Anthony’s Medical Center, St. Clare Health Center and St. John’s Mercy Medical Center.

March 11, 2016

Kirby-Smith Machinery Appoints Joe Trapani Director of Pipeline Services Division 

Trapini, JoeKirby-Smith Machinery, Inc., a leading Komatsu distributor, is pleased to announce the appointment of Joe Trapani as Director – Pipeline Services Division.

Joe will head the development of Kirby-Smith’s newly dedicated pipeline division, which will focus on the equipment needs of pipeline contractors around the nation.  This new division will provide equipment and support nationwide to customers in the mainline, regional and local pipeline construction industry. Kirby-Smith’s goal is to provide a full service solution to customers offering a variety of equipment options such as dozers, excavators, pipelayers, wheel loaders, cranes, telehandlers, trailers and pipeline attachments such as hammers, pipe vacuum lifts, buckets, forks, quick couplers, and much more.

Joe has over 20 years’ experience in the construction equipment industry, bringing a wealth of sales and marketing expertise to his new position at Kirby-Smith. He recently retired from Caterpillar, Inc., where he spent the last 10 years developing their Global Pipeline Division. During his time at CAT, including roles as both Sr. Product / Marketing Manager and Sr. Corporate Account Manager, Trapani displayed a remarkable penchant for understanding customer needs in the market, and then creating effective solutions for them. Prior to this role, Trapani worked for Mustang CAT, Waukesha Pearce, Summit Equipment, and Ingersoll-Rand, serving in various roles.

Julian Boswell joins Hastings+Chivetta Architects as Graphics Director 

Boswell, JulianJulian Boswell has joined Hastings+Chivetta Architects as Graphics Director. In his role, Julian oversees the Graphics Department and supervises project graphics, animations and videos. A designer with over 25 years of experience, Julian has worked on a wide range of building types, including educational, government and pharmaceutical. His sharp eye for detail and love for art, engineering and design translate into innovative projects with a strong sense of place that are in harmony with the environment and show concern for users.

Julian earned a Bachelor of Art from the University of Hawaii and a Masters of architecture from California Polytechnic University.

Sitton Energy Solutions Hires Mulligan As Energy Analytics Engineer

Mulligan, PadrickSitton Energy Solutions today announced it has added Padrick Mulligan, of Edwardsville, Ill., as an Energy Analytics Engineer. Mulligan will be responsible for delivering energy data analytics solutions to Sitton customers, including automated data collection, benchmarking, Measurement & Verification (M&V), and fault detection and diagnosis (FDD) capabilities. The documented results of Sitton’s solutions deliver an industry-leading ROI by decreasing energy costs, decreasing O&M costs, and increasing the safety, health, and productivity of facilities’ occupants. “Padrick is an outstanding addition to our team.” commented James Dice, Sitton Energy Solutions’ Lead for Analytics Sales and Execution. “His knack for turning raw data into valuable insights, along with his experience with building automation systems, will allow him to make an immediate positive impact for our clients.”

Prior to joining Sitton Energy Solutions, Mulligan served as Implementation Specialist at Control Graphics, where he was responsible for the implementation of complex building automation system graphics solutions. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

Sitton Energy Solutions is an independent energy consultant offering strategic energy management services to maximize the value of facilities, while reducing energy usage and operating and maintenance costs.

Kent Turner Launches New Advisory Group 

Turner, M. KentKent Turner, AIA, SFDFC, and longtime President of CannonDesign, announces the formation of K Turner Advisory LLC.  He will offer strategic counsel to select design practices, owners and industry partners seeking insight and distinction in the rapidly changing world of capital facilities planning, design and construction.


Randall E. Pickens, Jr. Joins St. Louis Bank as Senior Vice President of Commercial Lending

Pickens, RandallRandall E. Pickens, Jr. has joined St. Louis Bank as senior vice president of commercial lending. Making the announcement was Mark Muesenfechter, chief executive officer. Prior to joining St. Louis Bank, Pickens was vice president of commercial lending for another local community bank, Midwest BankCentre. Pickens earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Founded in 2005, St. Louis Bank is a full-service community bank that delivers sophisticated, integrated financial services to customers.

Tim Doran Promoted to Project Manager at S. M. Wilson

Doran, TimTim Doran has been promoted to Project Manager at S. M. Wilson & Co.  He will be responsible for handling all administrative functions for a project, including scheduling, holding progress meetings, generating meeting minutes, tracking costs and maintaining logs for all project information.

Doran joined S. M. Wilson in 2011 and was previously Assistant Project Manager.  He has worked on a variety of retail construction projects, and most recently worked on the St. Louis County Library building program.  doran has 18 years of construction industry experience.  He earned a Bachelor of Science in Advanced Technical Studies at Southern Illinois University – Carbondale.

Tom Bahr Joins HOK’s St. Louis Office as Project Architect 

Barh, TomTom Bahr, AIA, NCARB, LEED BD+C, has joined HOK as a project architect in St. Louis. Bahr brings more than 10 years of healthcare facility experience to the firm and most recently worked in a dual role as project architect and project manager for Lawrence Group in St. Louis. He joins the team working on the BJC HealthCare Washington University School of Medicine Campus Renewal project. Bahr earned his degree in architecture from Drury University.


Greg Clement Joins Kirby Steel Building Systems 

Clement, GregKirby Steel Building Systems (a div of Nucor Steel) has announced that Greg Clement of St Louis will be the District Manager for the Missouri and Southern Illinois territory effective immediately. He has over 20 years experience and successes in the steel building industry working directly with Commercial General Building Contractors, especially in the Design-Build arena.

Growing Green Awards Celebrating 15 years of Green & Healthy Spaces!

By Becky Finch, Growing Green Awards Committee Chair 

The Growing Green Awards are right around the corner! U.S. Green Building Council – Missouri Gateway Chapter is excited to host the 8thannual awards celebration on March 31 at the MOTO Museum in the Grand Center Arts District. We cannot wait to celebrate our nominees and winners this year – individuals, organizations, institutions and companies that are helping us towards the goal of making every building a green building! Growing Green Award nominees are transforming our built environment and our community into a healthier, more environmentally friendly and prosperous place to live, work and learn.

2016 is the Chapter’s 15th Anniversary, and we look forward to celebrating the past 15 years of green & healthy spaces at this year’s Growing Green Awards. When volunteers came together to found one of the first six USGBC Chapters in the country, the green building movement was relatively new. Fast forward 15 years and green building has come a long way. We have so much to be proud of, including over 40 winners and many, many more nominees recognized in the last 7 years of the Growing Green Awards. We look forward to celebrating the following nominees as well as LEED projects that achieved certification in 2015 and participants of our 25 x 20 Voluntary Energy Benchmarking Campaign.

The 2016 Growing Green Award Nominees are:

Community Champion

  • Forest Park Forever
  • Metro Lighting
  • Missouri Department of Economic Development – Division of Energy, Energy Loan Program

Community Innovator 

  • Automatic Controls Equipment Systems, Inc.
  • Mary Ostafi – Urban Harvest STL
  • Gary Steps – Butterfly Energy Works

Emerging Leader

  • City of Creve Coeur
  • City of Maplewood
  • City of St. Louis Building Division
  • Leslie Garner – Hastings+Chivetta Architects

Operational Excellence

  • Frisella Nursery
  • Graybar
  • Lewis and Clark Community College

Restoration Champion

  • Bade Roofing Company
  • Dominium, Inc.
  • Webster University
  • Western Specialty Contractor

You can learn more about the nominees and their accomplishments here. Please join us when we announce a winner in each of the above categories at the 8th Annual Growing Green Awards on March 31 from 5:30 – 8:30 pm at the MOTO Museum! Learn more about the Awards or purchase tickets for the event at www.usgbc-mogateway.org/green-awards/.

CREW-St. Louis Honors Members, Amy Gill At Annual Awards Ceremony

The St. Louis chapter of CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) honored members at its 11th Annual Networking Awards held on March 3 at The Woman’s Club. In addition to honoring members, CREW-St. Louis introduced its inaugural Woman of Influence Award. The new award recognized a female leader who has impacted the commercial real estate industry through her leadership, accomplishments and service to the St. Louis region.

The awards revolve around CREW Network’s mission to influence the success of the commercial real estate industry by advancing the achievements of women, showcase the power of networking and demonstrate the organization’s support to the community. Those honored in 2016 were:

Woman of Influence: Amy Gill, CEO, Restoration St. Louis

Amy Gill has been a leading force in redeveloping some of the region’s most iconic buildings. Her and her husband, Amrit, have made an impact by rehabbing dozens of historic structures in the Central West End, Midtown, Soulard, The Grove and University City. Those projects include Hotel Coronado, The Moolah, The Carleton, Theresa Park Lofts, Lindell Towers, MotorWorks Lofts, The Cloisters and Loop Lofts.

As part of its “promise through repurposing,” the firm will transform the Adler & Sullivan 705 Olive building in downtown St. Louis into a luxury boutique hotel. Restoration St. Louis announced plans to redevelop the nearly vacant building built in 1893 into a Hotel Blackhawk. The $50 million renovation will include 130 rooms and a dozen condos on floors 13 and 14.

“Amy’s vision and dedication to preserving these historic structures deserves recognition,” noted Monica Conners, president of CREW-St. Louis. “Most importantly, she has revitalized many of our communities through her belief in ‘urban husbandry.’”

New Member of the Year: Cara McKedy, Remiger Design

After joining CREW-St. Louis, McKedy became active in the organization. She accepted a role on the programs committee. She now serves as co-chair of this important committee, which handles all the details in arranging tours of area developments, speakers on current trends and events impacting the industry, and educational programs.

CREW Impact Award: Vicki Dolan, Gershman Commercial Real Estate

Dolan was lauded for her longstanding involvement in CREW-St. Louis and the industry. As a charter member of CREW-St. Louis, she remains active in the organization. She previously served as president and maintains a leadership role on the executive board.

She has become the chapter’s top recruiter for new members. And she always takes time to help members find success as a networking wizard and sage mentor. Additionally, she promotes the CREW Foundation, the only foundation dedicating its resources solely toward advancing women in the commercial real estate industry.

Her industry experience runs deep. She entered the brokerage field nearly four decades ago when few women choose such a career path. Since then, she has established herself as a premier professional and trusted advisor to her many clients. She has been recognized as a top producer throughout her career and has received honors for her many industry, civic and charitable activities.

Economic Impact:  Monica Conners, St. Louis Economic Development Partnership; Katy Jamboretz, St. Louis Economic Development Partnership; Nanci Napoli, St. Louis County Port Authority; and Kelly Cochran, St. Louis Title

(Joint Redevelopment of Westport Plaza by World Wide Technology and Lodging Hospitality Management) 

The $95 million redevelopment of Westport Plaza required the expertise of several CREW-St. Louis Members. Conners and Jamboretz from the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership worked tirelessly to find support from the state, county, Maryland Heights and other local agencies to push the project forward. Napoli provided support as a member of the St. Louis County Port Authority. And Cochran handled the closing work on the leasehold agreements.

The year-long effort will result in a revitalized Westport Plaza through a joint development by World Wide Technology and Lodging Hospitality Management.

When completed, it will be the new home for World Wide Technology’s global headquarters and will also include a significant upgrade to Westport Plaza. The 210,000 square-foot building will open next summer and accommodate up to 1,000 employees. As one of the largest privately held firms in the country, St. Louis-based WWT expects to add some 100 new employees annually throughout the region.

The new headquarters will become an integral part of the revitalized Westport Plaza. To support its new building, the joint project includes a 763-car public parking garage, a connection from the existing WWT Campus to Westport Plaza and major outdoor improvements to the plaza. In addition, LHM will begin capital and tenant improvements to the area to improve the overall experience for people who work or visit Westport Plaza.

Career Advancement for Women: Linda Loewenstein, Lawrence Group

Colleagues applaud Loewenstein for working to help others move forward in their careers. A member of CREW-St. Louis since 1983, she has always supported its mission by her actions. She consistently encourages other women to get involved, network and take advantage of opportunities. She has mentored many professionals throughout her highly successful career.

She founded Lawrence Group’s interior design group, Lawrence Group Colors, in 1984. It now is one of the largest interior design firms in St. Louis. She also founded and served as president of NICHE, Lawrence Group’s furnishings and design retail store. She retired this year.

Her projects have been published both locally and nationally in the American Institute of Architects Journal, St. Louis Magazine, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the St. Louis Business Journal, and St. Louis Homes and Lifestyles.

Under her leadership, Lawrence Group has been ranked for several years as a Top Healthcare Giant, Top Hospitality Giant, and Top 100 Giant by Interior Design Magazine. In 2003, she was also selected as one of the St. Louis Business Journal’s 25 Most Influential Business Women.

In 2013, she started and led Lawrence Group’s “LG30” campaign to support 30 charitable community organizations, raising money and organizing volunteers throughout the year. Her passion for giving back has also led her to serve on multiple nonprofit boards over the years.

People In St. Louis Construction

Liz Peroutka Promoted to Project Engineer at S. M. Wilson & Co.

Peroutka, LizS.M. Wilson & Co. has promoted Liz Peroutka to Project Engineer.  She will be responsible for helping establish procedures with the design professionals, consultants and Owner of projects for information flow, approvals, meetings and reporting.  Liz will also track shop drawings, submittals, material deliveries and RFIs through the duration of projects and assist the Project Manager with MBE/WBE participation and workforce inclusion.

Liz joined S. M. Wilson in 2006 and was promoted to Project Coordinator in 2013.  She has worked on a variety of project teams building schools, hospitals and most recently the Cancer Center at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.  She has 15 years of construction industry experience.

Steve Ryan Joins Brinkmann Constructors As Project Manager

Brinkmann Constructors is pleased to announce that Steve Ryan has joined Brinkmann Constructors as Project Manager. Ryan has 27 years of diverse project management experience in the construction industry including healthcare, hotels, and financial institutional projects. He has a solid track record of managing and directing all phases of large complex design / build projects from preconstruction through completion.

Prior to joining Brinkmann, Ryan was a Project Manager for another general contracting firm in Davenport, Iowa. Ryan earned his Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology.

POE Hires Hayes as Director, Workplace Solutions

Professional Office Environments (POE), St. Louis’ leading provider of knowledge-based furniture solutions, is pleased to announce the recent hiring of Marianne Hayes as Director, Workplace Solutions. Hayes will work with clients to provide unique, adaptable workspace solutions.

“Marianne is an exciting addition to our team,” stated Jennifer Klaverkamp, Vice President of Sales at POE. “Her knowledge of the industry, creative problem solving, and ability to excel in a fast-paced environment are extremely valuable to POE. Her ability to understand clients’ needs and build a solution to meet those is unparalleled.”

Marianne has over 15 years of experience in building client relationships and handling projects of every shape and size. Her approach is consultative in nature, seeking first to gain insight on the clients’ needs, challenges, and future goals so that she and her team can create solutions aligned with their budget, culture, and workstyles.

Distinguished for her consistency, responsiveness, and client-centric philosophy, Marianne serves her clients as a trusted advisor on building long-term, adaptable workplace solutions.

Marianne brings over 15 year of experience to the POE team. Her previous roles as a Business Development Leader at Arcturis and self-employed sales representative for commercial furniture manufacturers developed her skills at understanding clients’ needs.

Marianne Hayes received her Bachelors of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences from Western Illinois University, and her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Forest Institute of Professional Psychology.

Helmkamp Construction Company Promotes Three Employees to Superintendent

Helmkamp Construction Company is happy to announce the promotions of Andy Carrol, Todd Murray, and Tony Smithe to superintendents. All three are long term employees at Helmkamp and we welcome them into their new role as they continue to help Helmkamp grow and prosper.

Helmkamp is a relationship-based general contractor, based in East Alton, IL, working exclusively for private, professional, repeat buyers of construction, primarily in the industrial, power, healthcare, higher education, and telecommunication industries. Helmkamp provides self-performed general contracting services, including civil, millwright, concrete, carpentry, structural steel, and pile driving.

Helmkamp’s primary focus is in the St. Louis and Southern Illinois markets, however we have completed projects in 20 states over the last 5 years. Helmkamp employs 150 people and has an average annual volume of $40 million. To learn more about Helmkamp, visit their website at www.helmkamp.com.

February 26, 2016

Adam Kuchy joins McGrath as Project Engineer

Adam Kuchy of Kirkwood, MO, has joined McGrath & Associates as a project engineer responsible for estimating, subcontractor and vendor coordination, scheduling, cost reporting, project documentation and other duties. Kuchy has a Masters of Construction Management from Washington University and a Bachelor of Science degree from St. Ambrose University. He is OSHA certified in Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard (HAZWOPER).

McGrath & Associates is a 100 percent employee-owned general contractor and construction management firm specializing in commercial, health care, industrial, institutional and pharmaceutical construction projects since 1983. 

Art Bottorff Joins Integrated Facility Services (IFS)

Art Bottorff has joined Integrated Facility Services (IFS) as sales and marketing manager. Prior to joining IFS, Bottorff was Midwest Area Sales Manager for Carrier in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is responsible for developing and implementing sales and marketing strategies for IFS, a St. Louis-based HVAC, plumbing, piping, fire protection and building automation firm.

Bottorff holds a Master of Science in Management from Indiana Wesleyan University. He has 32 years of experience in senior management and sales of commercial HVAC, automation controls and mechanical service in the industrial, education, government and international markets. Bottorff is a member of the Society of American Military Engineers and the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). He also is a Colonel in the Army National Guard.

Integrated Facility Services (IFS), formerly Air Masters Corporation, is a full-service HVAC, plumbing, piping, fire protection and building automation firm.

Healthcare Construction Veteran Christopher Gilliam Joins The Kortecompany

The Korte Company is proud to welcome Christopher Gilliam, who will serve as VP of Healthcare. With more than 25 years of construction supervision and project management experience, Chris has overseen a wide range of For Profit and Not for Profit large-scale healthcare projects across the U.S.

For the past 25 years, he has served in leadership roles for Lend Lease, where he was responsible for managing the firm’s relationships with healthcare owners, overseeing its healthcare construction projects and growing its healthcare construction business. Chris has more than 300 projects completed under his leadership and direction, totaling over $2.5 billion in design and construction.

“Chris is a key addition to The Korte Company and will lead our healthcare team and strengthen our national efforts,” said Todd Korte, President and CEO of The Korte Company. “His experience and expertise will be invaluable and help ensure our healthcare clients receive the absolute best value from their projects.”

Chris has a proven track record of coordinating and assigning personnel, providing technical resources support and monitoring documentation, project controls and quality control guidelines. One of his most important functions is serving as liaison between all project parties to guarantee communication remains open throughout construction and all parties are aware of all project developments.

Crews Joins Kadean Construction As Project Manager

Mitch Crews, of St. Louis, Missouri, has joined Fenton-based Kadean Construction Company, one of the St. Louis-area’s oldest and most successful firms specializing in pre-construction, design-build, construction management, and general contracting at the regional and national level, it was announced today.

In his role as Project Manager, Crews will oversee Kadean’s build-out of 40,000SF over two floors at Missouri Baptist Medical Center, a project that is scheduled to get underway next month.

“Mitch will be a great addition to our team,” said Matt Breeze, vice president of Operations of Kadean Construction, which has more than $60 million in construction work underway. “His industry experience and soft skills will be essential in furthering our company’s expansion, and to help our clients succeed and have a real impact in their respective businesses.”

Before joining Kadean Construction, Crews was a project coordinator for Platinum Contracting in Lenexa, a general contractor that specializes in hospitality remodeling and renovation. He is experienced in project estimating, scheduling, procurement, and subcontractor coordination. He also is a LEED Green Associate.

Crews is a graduate of the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, MO, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management.

In addition to the work that will be managed by Crews at Missouri Baptist, a 489-bed acute-care hospital located at I-64/40 and I-270 in west St. Louis County, Kadean’s recent work locally includes the expansion of the medical oncology unit at the Siteman Cancer Center, now underway in St. Peters, MO; Aviator Business Park in Hazelwood; Lakeview Commerce Distribution Center in Edwardsville; and, the KCI LogisticsCentre in Kansas City, MO.

RCMA Reflective Roof Rebates Database Now Available to the Public

Want to know what incentives are available for putting a reflective coating on a roof? There’s an easy place to start. The Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association (RCMA) recently made its Reflective Roof Rebates Database available to the general public.

The Reflective Roof Rebates Database includes a comprehensive list of rebates, loans, grants, and tax credits pertaining to reflective roof coatings applied to low slope and steep slope roofs. The database covers all of the United States, including state, local, and utility company rebate programs and uses a customized search tool to find the most up-to-date listings available for installing reflective roofs. The search tool also offers filtered results by energy rebates, reflective roof rebates, or all available rebates within a specific state or ZIP code.

The Reflective Roof Rebates Database was enhanced in 2014 with increased functionality for searching available reflective roof incentives across the country. The information in the database for Missouri and Illinois is updated every three months.

Additional information is available within the database, which includes detailed information on each of the available incentive programs including eligibility, links to supporting documents, key program contacts, and online applications to apply for rebates. There is also a view print option that allows users to easily review the available information in a ready-to-share format.

The RCMA Reflective Roof Rebates Database is available at:http://www.roofcoatings.org/reflective-roof-rebates-database/

Holland Employee Charitable Foundation Raises $23,000 for Fontebella Maternity Home

The Holland Employee Charitable Foundation (HECF) is pleased to announce that $23,000 was raised at this year’s Klondike Klassic Charity Golf Tournament thanks to the overwhelming support of Holland friends and associates including 160 golfers and over 100 sponsors.  The event was held February 27th at Far Oaks Golf Club.

This year’s tournament was held to benefit Fontebella Maternity Home. Founded in 2009 by Bob and Susan Hoff, Fontebella provides a safe, loving, home-like setting for women 18 and older who are facing an unplanned pregnancy and have nowhere else to turn.

Members of the HECF presented a $23,000 check to Fontebella at the conclusion of the event.  “We are so grateful for this blessing, and will be able to do so many incredible things to advance the mission of Fontebella with this money,” said founder Susan Hoff.  With added resources, Fontebella’s plans include expansion of their home, addiction and mental health services for the women residing at the home, and the addition of long-term after-care units.

With Holland’s “Can Do!” philosophy, the Holland Employee Charitable Foundation (HECF) was established with the mission of dedicating ourselves to helping others in the community through donations and volunteering. The HECF is employee run and driven.

Through the HECF, the Klondike Klassic Charity Golf Tournament will now be an annual event. Funds raised each year will go towards a local organization voted on annually by the Foundation.

The Holland Employee Charitable Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity as a component fund of the St. Louis Community Foundation.

Holland Construction Services is a full-service construction management, general contracting, and design/build firm based in Swansea, Ill.

Megan Banks Honored by St. Louis American Foundation at 6th Annual Salute to Young Leaders Awards

Megan Banks, a Project Engineer at S. M. Wilson & Co., was one of 20 African-American professionals under the age of 40 to be honored at the St. Louis American Foundation’s 6th Annual Salute to Young Leaders on February 25.  Megan was recognized for her excellence in work and in her commitment to community building through service to others.

“Megan is a dedicated, determined and inspirational young woman,” said Amy Berg, President of S. M. Wilson. “She is well respected by her peers, and continually goes above and beyond her job requirements to better the project and the people around her.”

“When it comes to mentoring students, I tell them you can overcome any obstacle and achieve everything you put your mind to, especially as a young engineering student,” Megan told the St. Louis American.  “When you want something bad enough, you fight for it.  You don’t stop until you have achieved it.  There will be T’s to cross and I’s to dot, there will be impediments that may seem unattainable, and not everyone will be on your side or consistently support you. But you can make it.  Greatness lies within each of us.”

Megan began her career as an intern at S. M. Wilson nearly four years ago after earning a B. S. in Construction Management at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.  Since then, she has worked on several high-profile projects, including projects for BJC HealthCare and Blessing Hospital and now the City Walk high rise development in the Central West End.  Megan is responsible for interacting with subcontractors and suppliers to manage material procurement. She reviews, organizes and manages the submittal process and assists with pricing owner requests. Megan also manages all of the documents for the project through an electronic application.

S.M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis

Missouri S&T to Host Concrete Conference This Spring

Missouri University of Science and Technology will host the annual Missouri Concrete Conference May 3-4 in the Havener Center on campus. Conference registration is $140 per person.

The conference will be of interest to contractors, public agencies, consulting engineers, testing labs, aggregate producers, equipment technical representatives, and ready mix, cement and admixture suppliers.

Certificates to document Personal Development Hours will be provided.

Conference topics include benefits of macrofibers; steel fibers in concrete; proper curing techniques and materials; soil stabilization and full-depth reclamation; a Kansas City International Airport runway case history; lithium silicate curing compound; floor slabs and toppings: design and quality control; concrete tests: choices and interpretation; structural cracks: identification, prevention and repair; street deterioration repairs; city and county: concrete pavement management programs; pavement joint sealing and resealing; pavement joint detailing; and history of Missouri Department of Transportation concrete girders.

Additional information, including a complete listing of presentations, is available online at concrete.mst.edu.

For registration information, contact Missouri S&T’s office of distance and continuing education at 573-341-6576 or dce.mst.edu.

For technical information, contact Dr. David Richardson, associate professor of civil, architectural and environmental engineering at Missouri S&T, at 573-341-4487 orrichardd@mst.edu.

Missouri S&T Professor Aims To Improve Self-Consolidating Concrete

A Missouri University of Science and Technology researcher is studying how to make concrete that can be placed without a lot of human intervention, and that can be poured in hard-to-reach places where people can’t easily manipulate it.

Dr. Dimitri Feys, assistant professor of civil, architectural and environmental engineering at Missouri S&T, is working with self-consolidating concrete to produce beams that can be used to construct bridges, parking garages or other construction. Self-consolidating concrete is a type that flows easily in concrete forms or molds.

“The main use of this concrete is in Japan and Europe — 100 percent of the pre-cast industry in Denmark uses this type — and it slowly is making its way in the U.S. market,” he says.

But there are challenges, Feys says, and chief among them is figuring out a way to keep the concrete homogenous throughout the produced structural element. That’s important because the aggregate — the gravel or rocks used in the mixture — need to be uniformly distributed to ensure even strength throughout the product. If the gravel sinks to the bottom as the concrete flows through the form — known as dynamic segregation — it negatively affects the finished product’s quality in strength and durability.

Feys works with Coreslab Structures in Marshall, Missouri, which has made 30-foot beams and 60-foot beams for the project. In the latest test on Feb. 16, they poured a 60-foot beam. “It went good, but not perfect,” Feys says. “It seems like the 60-foot flow distance is a step too far.”

The distance problem needs to be explained as a function of time, he says.

“Fresh concrete properties change with time and as a function of how fast it flows,” Feys says. “If it flows fast, it remains fluid or can even become more fluid. If it stops, or flows slowly, it stiffens. That stiffening is a function of mix design and temperature. Since we are using a rapid-hardening cement and self-consolidating concrete, this concrete is more sensitive to stiffening.”

Feys can manipulate the concrete’s rheology, or flow, by changing its ratio of cement, aggregate, sand and water. And he can further change its properties by adding super-plasticizers, primarily polycarboxylate, which are essential for the concrete to flow easily. The challenge is to incorporate the proper amount of super-plasticizer for flowability while keeping the aggregate well dispersed.

He uses core samples to test the beams for gravel distribution, strength and an adequate distribution of air bubbles, essential for freeze-thaw durability. Feys and Dr. Julie Ann Hartell, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at Oklahoma State University, used ultrasound testing techniques on the produced beams to evaluate homogeneity.

“Inferior properties in specific zones of precast beams can lead to reduced durability, leading to a premature need for repair or replacement, which in the end will cost taxpayers more money,” Feys says.

The ultimate goal is to make self-consolidating concrete a common product used in the U.S., he says.

Research team members from Missouri S&T are Jason Cox, senior research specialist; John Bullock, engineering technician I; Aida Margarita Ley Hernandez of Ciliacan, Mexico, a graduate student in civil engineering; and Sara Vanhooser of O’Fallon, Missouri, a senior in civil engineering.

The project is funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation through the Research on Concrete Applications for Sustainable Transportation (RE-CAST) consortium, in which Missouri S&T partners with Rutgers University, Southern University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Miami.

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