Construction Leadership Council donates proceeds of Glow Ball Golf Tournament to Building Futures

Mark Militzer, chairman of the Glow Ball Tournament, and Tony Diebold recently presented a check for $2,275 to Building Futures. Building Futures is a group of design professionals from St. Louis striving to inspire the youth of the city through design build workshops and led by Frank Lorberbaum and Gay Lorberbaum.

In October of 2015, the Construction Leadership Council’s annual Glow Ball Tournament attracted 68 golfers. “We had a fun time playing golf and raising money for this cause,” Militzer said.  “The CLC chose Building Futures as the recipients of the proceeds, because this group teaches children about construction, what skills are needed, and how to use their creative minds.”

The CLC’s check is in recognition that workforce development is a critical issue facing the industry. In addition to Militzer, the Glow Ball Golf Committee included Lee Frea, Richard Vaughan, Steve McFarlane and Brandon Leetch.

CBRE Valuation & Advisory Services Group Completes Appraisal for High Profile Clayton, MO Apartment Project

CBRE Valuation & Advisory Services Group announced this week the completion of its appraisal assignment for a luxury mixed-use apartment and retail building located at 25 N. Central Avenue in Clayton, Missouri.

The assignment was undertaken on behalf of the construction lender, Missouri-based Central Bank of St. Louis, whose client, Opus Development, has started construction of the project. Opus has estimated the cost of the project at $41 million.

“We were happy to play a role in the financing of this luxury apartment building—one of several currently under construction in Clayton,” said Doug Zink, MAI, CCIM and a Director in CBRE’s Valuation & Advisory Services Group who headed the team appraising the project. “Quick and accurate information was provided to the lender and we look forward to seeing this important project for the city of Clayton move forward.”

Located on Clayton’s commercial strip, the six-story building will include 120 units, 13,000 square feet of ground floor retail, and two levels of below grade parking. Balke Brown Transwestern is the leasing agent for the retail space.

Electrical supply distributor Graybar bought the site in 2011 to block development of any high-rise structure that would overshadow the company’s adjacent 10-story headquarters building.

State Rep. Wants Unions to Report Anyone They Try to Recruit

Missouri State Representative Courtney Curtis (District 73), who says he stands “98 percent behind unions,” has filed a bill to make it harder for unions to organize and to invalidate any existing project labor agreement for a future stadium.

The bill, H.B. 2170, would require unions to report to the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations the name, telephone number or email address, and age of every individual that they try to recruit during the year.

The bill also would bar any executive action creating a project labor agreement “on any stadium project, the public funding of which is not submitted to a public vote.” Instead, the proposed legislation would require the local legislative approval by a board of aldermen, city council, or similar elected board of a project labor agreement. Such agreements could not require that employees covered by the agreement pay any kind of dues or fees to the unions representing them, but must require the performance of at least 20 percent of all work by apprentices.

Curtis said in a press statement that H.B. 2170 was the subject of the argument between him and Rep. Michael Butler (District 79) in late January that escalated into a physical confrontation.

Last year, Curtis filed a “right-to-work” bill in the legislature. He insists that unions continue to deny minorities equal access to construction jobs, a claim that unions deny, and that his bills would make unions stronger.

H.B. 2179 available for review here

#TRADESWORK Encourages Construction Trade Careers

St. Louis remodeling firm launches job and training initiative to increase the construction industry’s skilled talent recruitment.

How can America keep growing if there are not enough people to build it? The construction and remodeling industry continually seek answers to the skilled talent shortage. There is an urgent need for more trade professionals but not enough people to fill the positions and increasing labor shortages create less time and resources to devote to on-the-job training for new recruits.

With an eye toward a solution for this employment problem, St. Louis remodeling firm Mosby Building Arts is launching #TRADESWORK, an initiative to encourage work in skilled trade positions such as carpenters, electricians, roofers and plumbers.

#TRADESWORK emphasizes awareness, education and participation in skilled building trades with job postings and training opportunities in the Metro St. Louis area.

Awareness: Through the website trades-work.com, TV spots and social outreach, the program seeks to engage 18 – 25 year olds who want to train faster to get to work faster in good paying jobs with security and the ability to work anywhere in the world.

Education: The #TRADESWORK website shares information about the duties and typical pay of skilled trades, and aims to partner with schools and other resources to highlight their trade programs.

Job Postings: #TRADESWORK will share job openings at Mosby and other St. Louis companies.

Training: Inspired by Mosby Building Arts’ owner Scott Mosby’s commitment to excellence, the Scott’s Scholars program will choose five applicants each year to participate in a paid, intensive on-the-job training program with MBA. Details of the training program and how to apply are available at trades-work.com/scotts-scholars/.

The #TRADESWORK career initiative was developed, in part, by Mosby’s Vice President of Production, Tyler Cluff. “During the recession, the construction trades lost a lot of good people, and it’s a nation-wide challenge to bring new skilled workers into the fold. The work is out there, but younger generations are too often bypassing the opportunities for good jobs with good pay and career security. #TRADESWORK aims to entice people back into the construction trades.”

See the #TRADESWORK spot airing on Metro St. Louis TV stations.

For information on how to participate in #TRADESWORK, or to learn more, visit trades-work.com/contact

Vertegy Helps Washington University’s New Brown School Of Social Work Facility Earn Leed Platinum Certification

St. Louis-based Vertegy, which has already helped a significant number of buildings in the St. Louis region earn LEED certification, has added another local project to its portfolio. The sustainability consulting firm was recently notified by the U.S. Green Building Council that the George Warren Brown School of Social Work’s Hillman Hall building, which was constructed as part of an expansion on Washington University’s Danforth Campus, has earned LEED Platinum certification. Vertegy has consulted on over 50 LEED Certified buildings since its founding in 2005 and that number now includes 20 LEED Platinum facilities.

The Brown School, which now encompasses three buildings, is the top-rated social work school in the country. The addition of Hillman Hall doubled the teaching, research and program space for the school’s social work and public health programs. The new building consists of approximately 104,000 square feet on four occupied levels, plus a mechanical basement. At the heart of the building is the two-story Maxine Clark and Bob Fox Forum, a 4,000-square-foot multi-purpose venue for banquets, town hall meetings, lectures and conferences. The space also serves daily as a lounge and informal dining space and is located next to the Café’, which also includes its own dining area. The building also features classrooms, offices, study spaces and a rooftop garden.

The expansion was designed and developed to include sustainable design principles emphasizing energy efficiency, water conservation, regional materials, long-term durability, air quality, comfort, connection to nature, wellness and future adaptability. As sustainability consultant on the project, Vertegy played a key role in helping the team reach its sustainability goals. To facilitate LEED implementation and documentation, LEED meetings were held weekly with all critical members of the project team, including the owner and contractor.

Sustainable efforts were made to retain and treat water on-site through vegetated swales, rain gardens, and ultra-low flow fixtures. Access to daylight and views was optimized for learning and working spaces.  Washington University’s campus standards include achieving 30 percent over ASHRAE 90.1 (a standard benchmark for commercial building energy codes in the United States), along with an extensive measurement and verification program. In line with the university’s vision, the Brown School made significant strides in energy efficiency, overcoming the substantial challenge of the school’s District Energy System. Extensive energy modeling was performed to inform design decisions, and on-site energy production strategies were employed.

“Brown School’s vision to be innovative, impactful and to promote a sustainable and universally accessible environment is definitely reflected in the design of the new expansion,” said Thomas Taylor, principal of Vertegy. “We were thrilled to be such an integral part of helping Washington University and the project team meet their sustainable goals. This new state-of-the-art facility will not only provide a healthier and more energy-efficient environment for students, staff and visitors but will also serve as a model for other college campuses for years to come.”

Other members of the project team included Alberici Constructors; Moore, Rubell, Yudel (design architect); Mackey Mitchell Architects (consultant architect); Andropogen (landscape architect); Buro Happold (MEP, life safety, MEP sustainability consultant); Cole Engineering (civil engineer); KPFF (structural engineer); Sextant (AV consultant); KJWW (commissioning authority) and Accentech (acoustic consultant).

For more information, please visit http://www.vertegyconsultants.com or call 314.399.9992.

McCormack Baron Salazar, Inc. Announces Additional Leadership News

St. Louis-based development company is well positioned for future growth

McCormack Baron Salazar, Inc., one of the nation’s leading for-profit developers of economically-integrated urban neighborhoods, is pleased to announce organizational changes that successfully position the development company for future decades.

As announced previously, Vince Bennett has been appointed President of McCormack Baron Salazar, Inc. Mr. Bennett previously served as Chief Operating Officer for the firm. Mr. Bennett has established an Executive Committee comprised of Mr. Bennett and the following senior staff:

Duffy, MikeMike Duffy is becoming Chief Operating Officer of McCormack Baron Salazar, Inc.  Mr. Duffy was previously Senior Vice President and Director of Project Finance.  As Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Duffy will oversee the operations of the development arm and will hold executive responsibility over development finance, design and construction and quality assurance.  Mr. Duffy joined McCormack Baron Salazar in 2005 and has more than fifteen years of experience in the redevelopment of urban communities.

Freeman, YusefYusef Freeman is becoming Managing Director of New Business forMcCormack Baron Salazar, Inc., and will lead new business development nationally for the firm. Previously, Mr. Freeman was the head of the San Francisco office where he worked on the development of mixed-income, mixed-finance, multi-family housing and commercial real estate in Northern California. He also served as the lead project manager for the Harmony Oak HOPE VI in New Orleans. Yusef joined McCormack Baron Salazar in 2006 as part of the Center for Urban Redevelopment Excellence fellowship program out of the University of Pennsylvania.

Manley, MegMeg Manley is becoming Managing Director of Development of McCormack Baron Salazar, Inc.  Ms. Manley was previously Senior Vice President – Project Management.  As the Managing Director, she will oversee a team of Senior Vice Presidents, Project Managers and Associates, through the development process. Ms. Manley joined the firm in 2012 and has nineteen years of experience in the affordable housing industry. She serves on the Executive Committee of the Housing Advisory Group, a national housing advocacy group.

Hartmann, KimKim Hartmann is joining the Executive Committee in her role as Corporate Chief Financial Officer.  Ms. Hartmann joined McCormack Baron Salazar, Inc. in 2007 as Controller and has served as CFO since 2011.  Ms. Hartmann has more than twenty years of experience in real estate accounting. She is a licensed Certified Public Accountant as well as a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants.

McCormack Baron Salazar, Inc. is a nationally-acclaimed leader of affordable urban housing development.

Treanor Architects And H+L Architecture Merged

Treanor Architects (Treanor), a national design firm headquartered in Lawrence, KS, with an office in St. Louis, and H+L Architecture (H+L), a  planning and design firm headquartered in Denver, have entered into an agreement to merge their firms effective as of January 1, 2016.

H+L and Treanor will temporarily maintain their existing names, but will work together during the coming months to develop a new branding identity that will encapsulate the culture and history that unite these distinguished architecture firms.

“This is an exciting time for H+L and Treanor. This merger is not simply of like size firms, but of common philosophies, common values and complementary talent. Our current practice areas are very well balanced and we will be able to add more depth of expertise for our clients,” said Dan Rowe, President of Treanor Architects. “We will benefit from the depth of knowledge and expertise within the Healthcare Studio and look forward to the growth in our other combined practice areas.”

“We are extremely excited to be merging with such an exceptional team of architects and designers,” said Scott Kuehn, President of H+L Architecture. “Combining teams with portfolios as deep as our two firms is an amazing opportunity to continue to add to our depth of knowledge in all of the markets we are currently serving and continue creating spaces that inspire.  This is truly a win-win for H+L, Treanor and our clients. ”

The merger between Treanor and H+L will not only strengthen service offerings by the firm, but will also allow them to examine all aspects of customer service to ensure that they continue to offer top-tier customer service to all clients.

Announcements regarding milestones of the merger will be made public as necessary.

A St. Louis Jury Awards $4.1 Million in Asbestos Death of Wisconsin Electrician

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Simon Greenstone Panatier Bartlett wins award for mesothelioma victim’s widow

A St. Louis jury has awarded $4.1 million in damages to the widow of an electrician fromWestfield, Wisconsin, who died of complications from mesothelioma, a deadly lung cancer caused by exposure to asbestos.

Longtime electrician Keith Urbach died in 2012, about six months after he was diagnosed with mesothelioma. Jurors in the 22ndJudicial Circuit Court returned their verdict Jan. 25 following a one-week trial and nine hours of deliberations. They found that The Okonite Company of Ramsey, New Jersey, was 5 percent liable for Mr. Urbach’s death. Trial testimony showed that he worked with a fixture wire manufactured by Okonite that contained asbestos.

The case is Jean Urbach v. The Okonite Company, No. 1122-CC-10636.

Mr. Urbach worked as an electrician from 1963-2002 for several employers in Wisconsin and Illinois. His death so soon after diagnosis limited his attorneys’ ability to produce evidence of Mr. Urbach’s exposure to asbestos, although they were able to find co-workers who could testify that he had several possible sources of exposure, including through Okonite’s fixture wire, said Jay Stuemke, attorney for the family and a shareholder in Dallas-based Simon Greenstone Panatier Bartlett P.C.

Jurors determined that other companies were liable for the other 95 percent of his exposure. Notably, jurors assigned no responsibility to Mr. Urbach.

People In St. Louis Construction

Barbara Anderson Joins HOK’s St. Louis Office as Project Manager

Anderson, BarbaraBarbara Anderson, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C, has joined HOK as a project manager. In her new role, Anderson will assist on multiple projects, initially working with the healthcare and interiors teams. Anderson brings more than 25 years of experience in a wide variety of project types including municipal, federal, recreational, educational, healthcare, correctional, commercial and hospitality. She currently serves on the board for the St. Louis chapter of the American Institute of Architects, and has been involved with the U.S. Green Building Council since 2009, serving on the 2014-2015 Missouri Gateway Chapter board.

Prior to joining HOK, Anderson was the manager of the building + sites group at Oates Associates. As a member of the firm’s board of directors, Anderson was responsible for the management and oversight of architects, civil engineers and structural engineers, as well as all aspects of architectural projects. She earned her degree in architectural studies from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. 

HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm.

Jacob Waltrip Joins Gershman Mortgage in St. Louis Office 

Waltrip, Jacob_1St. Louis based Gershman Mortgage recently announced the addition of Jacob Waltrip as a Loan Officer. Jacob has over 6 years of experience in the residential loan and finance industries. He will specialize in conventional, jumbo/new conforming, FHA, MHDC, IHDA, VA, new construction loans and USDA.

Mr. Waltrip received his Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Gershman Mortgage, a St. Louis based company, has a reputation for exemplary customer service and its professionalism is unmatched. The company has branch offices located in Chesterfield, St. Peters, St. Charles, South St. Louis City, Springfield and Branson, Missouri. Additional offices are located in O’Fallon, Swansea, Belleville, Waterloo and Chicago, Illinois; Johnson and Ankeny Iowa; Minco Oklahoma and Denver Colorado.

The office is located at 7 North Bemiston, St. Louis, MO 63105. The office phone number is (314) 889-0600. Jacob Waltrip can also be reached by email atjwaltrip@gershman.com.

Colleen Barry Joins Tarlton Corp.

Barry, ColleenTarlton Corp., a St. Louis-based general contracting and construction management firm, hired Colleen Barry as marketing and business development associate.

In this role, Barry is supporting Tarlton’s efforts in marketing and branding, sharing team success stories with the construction community and public, while also supporting the business development group’s pursuit of new opportunities.

“Colleen is a great addition to the Tarlton marketing team,” said Tracy Hart, president, Tarlton Corp. “Her strong creative skills are a good fit for Tarlton as we strive to showcase the people, projects and solutions that contribute to our continued growth and success as one of the region’s top builders.”

Barry previously served as a marketing intern at FleishmanHillard and University of Missouri Athletics at University of Missouri Columbia, and as a public relations intern at Common Ground Public Relations Inc. She also worked as a brewery ambassador at the tour center at Anheuser-Busch Brewery.

Barry holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the Missouri School of Journalism.

H&G/Schultz Door Announces New Appointment

Clark, KarenH&G/Schultz Door, an employee-owned distributor of commercial doors, door frames, architectural hardware, and automatic/aluminum doors, has made the following appointment to its senior management:

At the company year-end Board of Directors’ meeting, H&G/Schultz Door appoin ted Karen Clark to the position of Chief Financial Officer. Ms. Clark was previously Controller for the company and has been employed by H&G/Schultz Door since 2010. She has over 25 years of increasingly-responsible accounting, finance and management experience. Karen has a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

“The addition of Karen to our current senior management will add new ideas and strengthen our excellent employee-owned culture”, said President/CEO Jay Manzo. “Our culture is key to attracting and retaining the talent necessary to being the leader in providing ‘Total Door Opening Solutions’ for all of our customers’ needs.”

H & G has been employee-owned through an ESOP since 1988 and employs 72 people at its headquarters in Maryland Heights, MO .

Christopher Thomas Joins HOK’s St. Louis Office as Architect

Thomas, ChristopherChristopher Thomas, AIA, has joined HOK as an architect in St. Louis. In his new role, Thomas will join the team working on the BJC HealthCare Washington University School of Medicine Campus Renewal project.

Prior to joining HOK, Thomas was an architect at Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects in Fayetteville, Ark. He earned his master’s in advanced architectural design from Washington University in St. Louis, and his degree in architecture from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. In 2015, Thomas received the H.B. and M.B. Simon Scholarship for exemplary performance at Washington University. He currently resides in St. Louis.

Michael Bechtel Joins The Korte Company’s Las Vegas Division As A Project Manager

Bechtel, MichaelThe Korte Company welcomes Michael Bechtel to its Las Vegas Division. Michael comes to the company with over 10 years’ experience in the construction industry, working for a large construction firm before heading up his own Design-Build construction company which specialized in self-performing federal and military projects.

Greg Korte, President of The Korte Company’s Las Vegas Division stated, “Michael’s Design-Build background and experience with federal projects fits perfectly with our approach to delivering clients innovative solutions – and we look forward to having him on our team.”

The Korte Company, founded in 1958, is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri with offices in Highland, Illinois; Norman, Oklahoma; and, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Mary Dohogne Named Project Engineer at S. M. Wilson & Co.

Dohogne, MaryMary Dohogne has been named Project Engineer at S. M. Wilson & Co.  She will be responsible for helping establish procedures with the design professionals, consultants and Owner of projects for information flow, approvals, meetings and reporting.  Mary will also track shop drawings, submittals, material deliveries and RFI‘s through the duration of projects and assist the Project Manager with MBE/WBE participation and workforce inclusion.

Mary served as an intern at S. M. Wilson during summer 2015, where she received training on Building Information Modeling (BIM), processed RFIs and handled the responsibilities of a Project Engineer for her project teams.  She was offered a full time position with the company upon completion of her college studies.

“Many of our interns, including Mary, carry the responsibilities of a Project Engineer,” said Rachel Miller, Human Resources Manager at S. M. Wilson. “After seeing her perform in her internship, we knew we wanted her back after graduating from college.” Mary earned a B. S. in Construction Management at Southeast Missouri State University in December, 2015 and holds OSHA 30 hour Construction Safety and Health certification.

Paul Jurasovich Joins HOK’s St. Louis Practice as Senior Design Professional

Jurasovich, PaulPaul Jurasovich has joined HOK as a senior design professional. In his new role, Jurasovich will work on-site in Indianapolis on the Indiana University Health Academic Health Center project. Jurasovich is a registered architect in New Zealand and Green Star Accredited. Jurasovich’s more than 12 years of professional experience includes sustainable consulting for design workshops and project teams. Jurasovich also worked as a Green Star Assessor, with more than 100 project assessed.

Prior to joining HOK, Jurasovich worked as a senior project architect at Williams Architects in Auckland, New Zealand. He earned a degree in architectural studies and a doctor of philosophy in achitecture from the University of Auckland in Auckland, New Zealand. He currently resides in Indianapolis.

January 22, 2016

Charlie Nager Joins Gershman Mortgage in St. Louis Office

Nager, CharlieSt. Louis based Gershman Mortgage recently announced the addition of Charlie Nager as an Account Executive.  Charlie has over 30 years of experience in the residential loan industry and his experience and knowledge of the industry is helpful to all parties involved in the loan process.

Mr. Nager received his B.S. in Business Administration and Economics from Culver-Stockton College.  He is on the Alumni Board of Directors for Culver-Stockton College.

Gershman Mortgage, a St. Louis based company. 

Samantha Hurrell Joins HOK

Hurell, SamanthaSamantha Hurrell has joined HOK as a workplace strategy analyst in St. Louis. Hurrell will provide support for multiple ongoing local workplace strategy projects.

Hurrell recently earned a degree in architectural studies with an emphasis in interior design from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She received the People’s Choice Award for her work in the IIDA Student Design Charrette at NeoCon 2015. She currently resides in St. Charles, Mo.

HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm.

MC Industrial Welcomes Steve Furman as Business Development Consultant

Furman, SteveMC Industrial, Inc., an independent McCarthy company, recently welcomed A/E/C industry veteran Steve Furman of Tompkins, Furman & Associates, Inc., as business development consultant. Furman will represent MC Industrial in business development and strategic sales for the greater Kansas City region, spanning from eastern Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri and western Iowa.

MC Industrial was recently awarded a new project with Thermal Engineering International (a Babcock Power, Inc. company) and Kansas City Power & Light, supporting the firm’s plans to serve clients in Kansas City and the surrounding states. Based in Kansas City, Furman has more than 35 years in the industry and region, bringing valuable market insight, strategic relationships, and technical sales to his new role representing MC Industrial.

“We have held a great business relationship with Steve for several years,” said Tom Felton, president of MC Industrial. “As a leader in our industry with extensive experience, Steve is able to support MC Industrial as we further engage with construction project owners in the greater Kansas City industrial market. Our team is pleased to bring him on board, and we look forward to mutual success in providing exceptional service to clients in this region.”

As a technical sales expert in energy, oil & gas and heavy industrial, Furman serves as president of Tompkins, Furman & Associates, Inc. as a business and sales consultant for contractors and OEM’s nationwide. Furman holds a bachelor of science in Mechanical Engineering from Kansas State University. He is a Certified Professional Engineer (PE) and also a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

MC Industrial is a national construction firm, dedicated to the highly specialized needs of the industrial marketplace.

SIBA Elects New Officers

Steve Ashe of E.T. Simonds Construction Co., based in Carbondale, IL, has been elected president of the Southern Illinois Builders Association.

Other officers for 2016 are: First Vice President Harvey Wolf, L. Wolf Construction, Granite City; Second Vice President Kent Kampwerth, River City Construction, L.L.C., Benton, IL; and Secretary/Treasurer Kent Richardson, Subsurface Constructors, Inc., St. Louis.

Three-year directors elected were: Mike Bevis, Bevis Construction, Inc., Mount Vernon; and Brian Koelling, Massman Construction Co., St. Louis.

Three-year affiliate director elected was: Roger Osterhage, NuWay Concrete Forms, Inc., St. Louis.

SIBA staff members are: Donna Richter, chief executive officer; Josh Schaufelberger, director of industry relations; Kristin McCaw, executive Aasistant; Shari Schutzenhofer, administrative assistant; John Holt, director of safety and education; Bill Burris, director of safety and education; Sarah Kaczmarowski, administrative assistant; Shelby Jestes, scan technician; and Carol Fischer, receptionist.

The Southern Illinois Builders Association is a trade association of contractors representing 500-plus commercial and industrial building, highway and utility construction contractors throughout Southern Illinois

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