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St. Louis, Mo., June 20, 2016 – The 10th Annual Swinging Fore Dreams Golf Tournament sponsored by S. M. Wilson & Co. raised $20,000 for The Dream Factory of St. Louis on May 16, 2016 at Glen Echo Country Club.  More than 50 construction-related companies and organizations supported the event, which helps children with critical and chronic illnesses to realize their dreams.

“Since 2007, S. M. Wilson has helped raise more than $319,000 for The Dream Factory of St. Louis,” said Amy Berg, President of S. M. Wilson.  “This annual event underscores our core commitment to serve and enrich the community with passion and inspiration.”

“The St. Louis Chapter of Dream Factory would like to thank S. M. Wilson for once again holding their annual golf tournament to benefit our chapter,” said Mike Gaterman, President of Dream Factory of St. Louis. “We are so grateful for the donation year after year; with your help, we are able to continue to grant dreams to critically and chronically ill children ages three to eighteen. The money you raise stays in the St. Louis area to benefit local children.”

The Dream Factory of Saint Louis was founded in 1983 — one of 36 non-profit Dream Factory chapters around the country. The Dream Factory is the only children’s wish-granting organization that does not limit its mission to children who have life-threatening illness. The organization believes children with chronic illnesses and disorders also suffer from substantial emotional and physical pain. To learn more about the St. Louis Dream Factory, visit .

S. M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis.  S. M. Wilson is one of the largest general construction and construction management firms in the St. Louis area.  The company posted $305 million in 2015 revenues, and ranks 220th in Engineering News-Record’s 2015 list of Top 400 commercial contractors nationwide. For more information, visit www.smwilson .com.

Apartments, Apartments, Apartments

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Developers seem to think St. Louis is ripe for new apartment construction, and they are looking beyond the environs of the Saint Louis University campus, where three large developments opened in the last year.


Paul McKee’s announcement this week that he will team with CRG Real Estate Solutions and Telesis Corp. to build 500 units of housing in the St. Louis Place neighborhood between site of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency project and Crown Candy Kitchen. The project includes multi-family housing, whose construction will be financed by the AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust.


On the other side of downtown, in the Soulard neighborhood, which has become popular with 20-somethings, two developers have announced plans for a combined 244 apartment units.


Whistler One LLC, a company that registered with the Missouri Secretary of State in March 2016, is proposing construction of a 5-story, 118-unit apartment building on Seventh Street, between Victor and Barton, on the site of Victor Iron Works. The L-shaped building would wrap around two sides of the newly opened Ice House apartments. KlitzingWelsch is the architect.


The Apted brothers, Brett and David, are proposing a five-story, 126-unit apartment building on the old Faultless Laundry site at Russell and Gravois (or Russell and I-55, depending on your point of view). Trivers Associates is the architect. Propper Construction Services is the general contractor.

Local Small Business Industry Information Forum for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Next NGA West Campus N2W

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District will host a Local Small Business Industry Information Forum for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Next NGA West Campus N2W program. The Forum will be held on June 22, 2016 at 1:00 pm located at the Central Library, St. Louis, Missouri.

The purpose of this Information Forum is to improve Industry’s understanding of USACE’s requirements, answer questions on the N2W Program and provide information on how the small business community can support this program.

For planning, logistical and security purposes, contractors interested in participating shall RSVP by submitting your company name, address, and the names of no more than two attendees to no later than June 20, 2016.

Date:   June 22, 2016

Time:   Please arrive by 12:45 pm for registration, the presentation will begin at 1:00 pm and will conclude by 2:00 pm

Location:   St. Louis Public Library, Central Library Auditorium, 1301 Olive Street, St. Louis, MO 63103

RSVP:   To:,  no later than June 20, 2016

IMPACT Strategies Begins Construction on SIUE’s Stratton Quadrangle Project

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Construction-management firm IMPACT Strategies today announced that work is underway on a reconstruction project at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s (SIUE) Stratton Quadrangle. The project, IMPACT’s first with SIUE, involves the placement of new brick pavers throughout the 43,000-square-foot outdoor walkway, which is situated between the campus’ core buildings. The renovation is scheduled for completion in early August prior to classes beginning in the fall.

The Stratton Quadrangle, better known as The Quad, was originally designed to give students some exposure to nature as they walk from one building to another. IMPACT Strategies is working carefully to improve safety for SIUE students, staff and visitors. While protecting the existing planters and landscaping, IMPACT Strategies is also ensuring that damage doesn’t occur during construction to The Rock, a four-ton piece of limestone that has been part of the Quad since it opened.

Mark Hinrichs, president of IMPACT Strategies, said, “The Quad is an important component of SIUE campus life, so it needs to be a safe, secure walkway. We will make sure that the existing structure is protected while we work, and that it’s ready for everyone to enjoy when they return to school in the fall. We’re very pleased to be helping SIUE transform The Quad.”
IMPACT Strategies is working with engineering firm Oates Associates, Inc. of Collinsville.

IMPACT Strategies, Inc. specializes in Retail, Commercial, Medical, Senior Housing and Education construction and offers comprehensive construction services including design-build, general contracting, construction management and pre-construction management.

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville provides students with a high quality, affordable education that prepares them for successful careers and lives of purpose. The SIUE campus is home to a diverse student body of more than 14,000.

Amazon to Open Two Fulfillment Centers in Edwardsville, Illinois, to Employ 1,000 Full-Time Workers

in News, Inc., announced plans to open two fulfillment centers in Edwardsville, Illinois, and create more than 1,000 full-time jobs between the facilities when they open. The company also recently announced plans for a new fulfillment center in Joliet, Illinois, and the creation of 2,000 full-time jobs. Amazon has an existing fulfillment center in Joliet where it currently employs 1,500 full-time employees.

“Illinois has been a great place to do business for Amazon and we look forward to adding two additional fulfillment centers and creating another 1,000 full-time jobs with benefits on day one in the state,” said Akash Chauhan, Amazon’s vice president of North American operations. “The elected officials throughout the city and state have been very supportive of Amazon and we thank them for helping make this possible. We’re excited to soon call Edwardsville home and become an active member of this vibrant community.”

“Amazon’s newest investment in Illinois is a commitment to the future of our state,” Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner said.

Each fulfillment center will span more than 700,000 square-feet where employees will pick, pack and ship items for customers. One of the buildings will specialize in handling larger items like big-screen televisions, sports equipment or kayaks and the other building will handle smaller items such as books, toys and electronics.

Mayor Hal Patton of Edwardsville stated, “We would like to thank Amazon for selecting Edwardsville as the location for their newest fulfillment centers. The construction of these two enormous warehouse buildings in the Gateway and Lakeview Commerce Centers will employ hundreds of construction professionals and bring over 1,000 full-time jobs to our region. The professional staffs from the City of Edwardsville, Madison County and the State of Illinois worked seamlessly with our local developers to deliver a much needed employment opportunity for our talented workforce. We are excited to show Amazon the quality of life that makes Edwardsville a great place to live, work and play.”

Madison County Board Chairman Alan J. Dunstan applauded the news from Amazon. He said Madison County’s premiere location and transportation network was key to attracting one of the world’s largest e-commerce retailers.

Local Lighting Designer Featured in National Healthcare Magazine

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Tom Kaczkowski, director of lighting design at HOK in St. Louis, figures prominently in a May 31 Healthcare Designfeature on lighting.

Kacskowki noted that lighting technology has reached a “tipping point” where “every lighting system” in healthcare can use LEDs. He noted that lighting manufacturers have embraced the technology for a wide variety of uses, and most of the LED systems they produce are dimmable out of the box, “permitting cost-effective daylight harvesting, load shedding, or simple preset high/medium/low lighting level settings.” 

However, he warned against “disposable” LED fixtures, which don’t allow for replacing just the LED, but require an electrician to replace the full fixture when the LED gives out.

Deadline To Be Extended To June 30 For Maryland Park Lake District Redevelopment Proposal Submissions

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The City of Maryland Heights will extend its submission deadline for receipt of proposals from parties interested in developing an approximately 1,800-acre area located along the Maryland Heights Expressway known as the Maryland Park Lake District (MPLD) to June 30, 2016, at 4:00 p.m.

“Due to a recently proposed ice sports complex development to be located adjacent to the MPLD, the City Council believes it would be prudent to extend the submission deadline to June 30, 2016, so prospective developers have sufficient time to consider the impact of the proposed hockey complex on any potential MPLD redevelopment proposal,” said City Administrator James S. Krischke.  “A resolution to extend the city’s MPLD real estate development submission deadline to June 30 is currently before the City Council and we expect that resolution to be approved by the City Council at its June 2 meeting.”

On February 4, 2016, the City Council authorized staff to seek requests for proposals for redevelopment projects within the MPLD and set April 15, 2016 as the proposal submission deadline, which later was extended to May 31, 2016.  The City will consider proposals from qualified developers interested in redeveloping all or a portion of the area in a manner consistent with the City’s Comprehensive Plan for the MPLD. The Comprehensive Plan for the MPLD contemplates that the area will be redeveloped for a mix of uses, which may include regional retail, office campus, hospitality and entertainment venues, regional sport venues, and residential developments, together with appropriate accessory commercial uses carefully integrated into a town center development.

On Monday May 23, the St. Louis Blues hockey team announced plans for the proposed development of a $35 million practice facility next to Creve Coeur Lake Park, which is located on Marine Avenue in Maryland Heights on land owned by St. Louis County. With seating for 1,800 spectators, the proposed complex would host youth and collegiate hockey as well as St. Louis Blues practice sessions, according to St. Louis Blues officials. Team officials said they hope to open the ice complex in late 2018.

“We plan to announce the proposals we have received and the next steps in the development process at the conclusion of the submission period on June 30,” Krischke added.

Nine Young Women Now College Engineering Majors After Completing Cor Jesu Academy’s Summer Engineering Experience

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2016 Program Starts June 6 With 16 New Juniors and Seniors

A partnership between Cor Jesu Academy and local corporate partners that provides real world experiences in a variety of engineering disciplines to high school girls will start its third annual session on June 6 after leading nine previous participants to major in engineering in college.  Called the Summer Engineering Experience (S.E.E.), this week-long learning adventure enables rising junior and seniors to work side-by-side with engineers from each hosting corporation in a hands-on immersion that encourages and promotes awareness of career opportunities in the field of engineering.  The 2016 edition of S.E.E. will include 16 Cor Jesu Academy students and participation from Watlow, Hastings + Chivetta, Monsanto, Barry-Wehmiller Design Group, Inc., Aschinger Electric and S. M. Wilson & Co.

“It is extremely important to get more women employed the engineering field because of the exceptional opportunities that await them,” said Melissa Lanham of Watlow, a founding sponsor of S.E.E.  “The success of this program speaks to the potential that women see in this traditionally male-dominated field once they get exposed to it.”

Watlow helped design the S.E.E. program and also established a scholarship which covers one participating student’s senior year tuition at Cor Jesu Academy as well as a paid internship for the summer after graduation.  Previous S.E.E. corporate partners include Peabody Energy, M3 Engineering Group, Access Engineering, DJM Ecological, Ameren and Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals.

“The continuing shortage of women professional engineers creates a tremendous career opportunity for our students,” said Sr. Barbara Thomas, ACSJ, President of Cor Jesu Academy.  “This program provides participants the opportunity to put into action the things they have been learning in their STEM-related classes during the school year.  Through quality partnerships with these corporations, we are making engineering relevant to our students’ lives and empowering them to live out the Cor Jesu mission of transforming the world of their future.”

S.E.E. is part of Cor Jesu Academy’s Corporate Partners Initiative, which was launched in 2013 to take learning outside the confines of the classroom and expand the meaning and scope of college preparatory.  The Corporate Partners Initiative also includes engineering scholarships, internship opportunities, academic program support and professional job shadowing for Cor Jesu students.

For more information on the S. E. E. program, the Corporate Partners Initiative and Cor Jesu, visit .

Cor Jesu Academy is a leading Catholic college-preparatory high school for young women founded in 1956 and operated by the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  Students from 61 zip codes across the St. Louis metropolitan area currently attend the school and come from 106 different Catholic, public, private and home schooling learning environments.

New Liability for Contractors?

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As the effects of a recent ruling from the US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals work their way through the industry, owners of construction companies may be in for a surprise when they try to sell or value their business, said John Moellering, a construction law expert at Lewis Rice LLC. Owners may find they can’t get as much money for their companies as they thought.

The ruling that Moellering was talking about came last year in a case called Resilient Floor Covering Pension TrustFund Board of Trustees v. Michael’s Floor Covering, Inc., or Resilient for short.

Under the Multiemployer Pension Plan Amendments Act, if an employer withdraws from a multiemployer pension plan, it is obligated to pay a withdrawal liability. If the owner is considering selling or shutting down the company, he can get an estimate of his withdrawal liability, which is the amount owed to meet the pensions promises made to the employees with vested pensions he is leaving behind.

However, since the 1980s, Moellering said, there has been an exemption to the withdrawal liability for the construction industry. If a construction company that contributed to a multiemployer pension plan left the jurisdiction of that plan for five years, it would not owe any withdrawal liability.

The idea behind the exemption was that if a member of a multiemployer pension fund goes out of business (and from the point of view of a seller that is exactly what the seller is doing), customers would just patronize other contributors to the fund, so the fund itself would not be harmed.

“In Resilient Flooring, the Ninth Circuit said that is not necessarily true,” Moellering said. “This is the first time a court has said a construction industry employer can be responsible even as a successor for withdrawal liability.”

Traditionally, Moellering explained, “when someone buys your business, they are buying the assets; they are not buying the liability. They may even state that in the contract.”

The ninth circuit, he said, decided that if the buyers are aware of the contingent withdrawal liability, they may be responsible for paying it.

As a result of the ruling, “there seems to be multiple definitions of a corporate successor,” he said. The NLRB looks at whether the new company employs the same workers. The Ninth Circuit Court looked at whether the bulk of the customer base of the successor company was part of the customer base of the old company.

“In Resilient Flooring, a former company salesman bought assets of the company, but didn’t keep the employees on. He used independent contractors, but many of the customers of the new company were customers of the old company,” Moellering said.

Because of the underfunding of pension plans, the withdrawal liability is becoming a bigger and bigger potential liability, he said.

“As the Ninth Circuit ruling makes buyers more cautious, they will reduce the purchase prices they are willing to pay or put a part of the purchase price aside in escrow, either way there will be less money going to the seller,” Moellering said.

Carpenters Back Carnahan for Lieutenant Governor

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The Missouri Carpenters Union is supporting former U.S. Representative Russ Carnahan in his bid to become lieutenant governor.

“Our more than 22,000 members have been working tirelessly to fight back against “right to work” and other attempts to erode the gains we have battled so long to win,” Al Bond, the Carpenters’ executive secretary-treasurer, said.  “Whether fighting for improved funding for dilapidated roads and bridges, or improving health care for our veterans, Russ’ priorities have always been squarely focused on making government work for average Americans.  He is a friend to hard-working families and champions the same issues and ideas we’re fighting for.”

According to the Carpenters Regional Council, Carnahan is stressing the need for better education, from early childhood to grade school and college, is committed to helping those starting and growing their own businesses, and believes government can, and should, do better to strengthen Missouri’s middle class.

Founded in 1882, the St. Louis-Kansas City Carpenters Regional Council represents more than 22,000 skilled tradesmen and women across Missouri, Kansas and southern Illinois.

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