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City of St. Charles Hires New Public Works Director

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Jim Wright

The City of St. Charles is proud to announce the addition of Jim Wright to the staff of the City of St. Charles, as public works director.  Wright comes to the City of St. Charles from the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) where he was most recently serving as area engineer for St. Charles County.

Wright, joining the City of St. Charles in this role, comes as part of the City’s effort to restructure the Public Works Department into two departments, the Engineering Department and the Public Works Department.

During his time at MoDOT, Wright filled several roles that had him working with district and statewide planning staff to identify and prioritize area needs, as well as align the planning process with statewide goals and resources.  Wright also served as the direct liaison for media, civic groups, business leaders and the general public, as well as federal, state and local officials.

“I am very excited to join the team at the City of St. Charles,” said Wright.   “St. Charles is a great community where there is a lot of growth and many exciting projects happening.   I believe my experience will complement the wonderful staff that is in place, and I look forward to working with everyone in helping to continue to move St. Charles forward.”

Wright received his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri – Rolla.  He is licensed as a professional engineer in the state of Missouri.

“We are happy to welcome Jim to the team,” said Sally Faith, mayor of the City of Saint Charles.  “Jim brings a great deal of experience to us and we look forward to having him lead the team as we

St. Louis REALTOR First In Missouri to Earn Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) Status

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Local REALTOR Distinguished By Highly Respected Certification of Treatment for Seniors

Ted Gottlieb, REALTOR, has earned the distinction of being the first real estate professional in The State of Missouri to become a Certified Senior Advisor (CSA). The Society of Senior Advisors holds each CSA accountable to be “committed to ethical behavior and the knowledge required to benefit senior clients and their families“. Ted is a Breakthrough Coalition Member At Large, Member of The City of Chesterfield’s Older Adult Task Force, Foundation Board Member Mid East Area on Aging, NORC Volunteer; Associate Member Social Workers In Long Term Care. Ted’s other notable designations include: Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES), Certified Seniors Housing Professional (CSHP), Certified Aging In Place Specialist (CAPS), Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), Masters in Residential Marketing (MIRM) and Master’s in Business Administration (MBA). Ted has been a licensed real estate agent in The State of Missouri since 2003 and is a Broker-Salesperson with MORE, REALTORS® and ranks in the top 5% in production of all active residential real estate agents in the St. Louis area.

“Too many seniors are faced with obstacles and seemingly no voice of reason or network of resources to turn to. It’s my mission to eliminate their fear by taking one step at a time and streamlining the process and being there whenever needed,” states Ted Gottlieb, REALTOR of MORE, REALTORS.

MORE, REALTORS is a locally owned real estate company based in St. Louis. The Company focus has been on enlisting the best real estate agents in the industry, which as a result leads to happy and returning clients.

ASA Midwest Council Meet the General Contractors Expo on January 25

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The American Subcontractors Association (ASA) – Midwest Council will host its annual Meet the General Contractors Expo on Jan. 25, 2017 at the St. Charles Convention Center in St. Charles, MO. The yearly event gives area subcontractors and construction professionals the opportunity for valuable face-to-face time with some of St. Louis’ top general contractors.

The expo provides an ideal opportunity for construction industry professionals to network with general contractors, all in one place and in a relaxed setting. The expo is specifically designed for networking and building relationships with multiple representatives from the area general contractors.  There are 32 GC exhibitors already registered to be in attendance.

2017 General Contractor Exhibitors:

  • Alberici Constructors
  • ARCO Construction
  • BEX Construction Services
  • Brinkmann Constructors
  • BSI Constructors
  • Clayco
  • Contegra Construction Co.
  • Conway Contracting, Inc.
  • Eagan Design & Build
  • Echelon Constructors
  • HBD Construction
  • Holland Construction Services
  • Impact Strategies, Inc.
  • Interface Construction Corporation
  • Kadean Construction
  • KAI Design and Build
  • KCI Construction Company
  • Keeley Construction Co.
  • The Korte Company
  • Kozeny-Wagner, Inc.
  • LANDCO Construction
  • McCarthy Building Companies
  • McGrath & Associates, Inc.
  • Paric Corporation
  • Pinnacle Contracting
  • R.G. Ross Construction Co.
  • Rhodey Construction
  • S. M. Wilson & Co.
  • Tarlton Corporation
  • United Construction Ent. Co. STL
  • Volk Construction 

Last year’s event drew more than 1000 attendees. ASA will also have a booth at the expo with information about the St. Louis chapter, and details of upcoming industry events for 2017.

2017 is an extra special year for ASA, as the chapter will celebrate its 50th anniversary. The 15th annual GC Expo will kick off a yearlong anniversary celebration.

Expo Registration is $65 for ASA Members and $95 for Non-Members. Registration includes hosted bar and appetizers. Register online at by January 18th. Advance Registration is required.

The American Subcontractors Association (ASA) Midwest Council is a construction trade association made up of quality specialty subcontractors and suppliers serving the construction industry and the community in the greater St. Louis metropolitan area and southern Illinois. The ASA Midwest Council’s purpose is to improve the construction process through active participation in education, advocacy and cooperation. For more information about the ASA Midwest Council, visit or contact Executive Director, Susan Winkelmann at 314-845-0855. ASA Midwest Council – Building. Community.  

Drilling Service Company Expands Efficiency & Capacity

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Acquires Assets of Deep Foundations LLC:  Second Acquisition in Two-Year Period

Drilling Service Company, a St. Louis-based drilled shaft and deep foundations contractor for commercial, industrial, and utility clients, has acquired the equipment assets of Deep Foundations, LLC, headquartered in Pacific, MO.

“The acquisition of Deep Foundations equipment assets will allow us to improve project efficiency and delivery capacity for our customers,” Jeffrey Murphy, Drilling Service Company executive vice president said.

The equipment assets of Deep Foundations will be incorporated into the extensive inventory of equipment and tools based at Drilling Service Company’s headquarters, warehouse and 21-acre yard facility in St. Louis, MO.

“We are excited about this opportunity to augment our capabilities for existing customers, and to service new customers,” Murphy said.

After a brief transition period, Deep Foundations will be legally dissolved. Deep Foundations is not pursuing new work. All Deep Foundations contracts currently in place will be completed by Drilling Service Company.

“We look forward to providing the same level of service to Deep Foundations’ clients that our clients have enjoyed for over six decades,” Murphy said.

This is Drilling Service Company’s second acquisition of a drilled shaft and deep foundations firm in the past two years. In 2015 Drilling Service Company began the acquisition of Taylor Ridge Drilled Foundations, Inc. of Taylor Ridge, IL.

Drilling Service Company, a second-generation family enterprise owned by brothers Mark Murphy, Bruce Murphy and Jeffrey Murphy, has been in business for 61 years. Deep Foundations, LLC was founded in 2012.  Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

For further information contact:  Jeffrey Murphy (314) 291-1111

ASA Midwest Council 2017 Glitter & Gold Awards Gala

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The ASA Midwest Council will hold their 24th Annual Awards Gala on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at The Four Season Hotel in St. Louis, MO. Titled, the Glitter & Gold Awards Gala, ASA will be celebrating 50 years of setting the gold standard in construction.

A Black Tie Optional Celebration-Mingle and mix with the premier General Contractors, Subcontractors, Suppliers, and Service Providers during the cocktail hour, dinner and awards ceremony at the beautiful Four Seasons Hotel in downtown St. Louis. This is ASA MWC’s 24th year honoring the best of the best in the STL construction industry!

Companies are invited to elevate their company’s exposure at this premier St. Louis construction industry event by acting as event sponsors.

Tickets are $160 per person, tables of 10 are available to reserve. Black Tie Optional-valet parking included. Registration closes March 22, 2017.

More information & registration here.

2017 Nominees ASA Midwest Council’s Glitter & Gold Awards Gala

General Contractor of the Year 2017

Category A

  • Alberici Constructors
  • BSI Constructors
  • Keeley Construction
  • McCarthy Building Companies
  • Tarlton Corporation

Category B

  • Interface Construction Corp.
  • Kadean Construction
  • Kozeny-Wagner
  • McGrath & Associates
  • Musick Construction Company
  • Rhodey Construction, Inc.

Category C

  • BEX Construction Services
  • G.S.& S. General Contractors
  • LANDCO Construction

Service Provider/Supplier 2017

  • Enterprise Bank and Trust
  • Fabick Rents
  • J.D. Kutter Insurance Associates
  • K & K Supply
  • Negwer Door Systems
  • RG Rents
  • Seal the Deal Too
  • United Rentals

MEP Subcontractor 2017

Category A

  • Guarantee Electrical, Inc.
  • Haberberger, Inc
  • Integrated Facility Services
  • C.E. Jarrell Contracting Company
  • Murphy Company
  • PayneCrest Electric
  • RockHill Mechanical Corp
  • Sachs Electric Company

Category B

  • Aschinger Electric Company
  • Bell Electrical Contractors, Inc.
  • Duct Systems
  • Kaemmerlen Electric
  • KayBee Electric
  • O.J. Laughlin Plumbing Co
  • R.F. Meeh Co.

Specialty Subcontractor 2017

Category A

  • Affton Fabricating & Welding
  • Collins & Hermann, Inc.
  • Fenix Construction Co.
  • Flooring Systems, Inc.
  • Heitkamp Masonry
  • John J. Smith Masonry Co.
  • J. Wies Contracting, Inc
  • Vee Jay Cement Contracting

Category B

  • AME Constructors
  • American Steel Fabrication
  • BAZAN Painting Co.
  • Golterman & Sabo
  • Meyer Painting Co.
  • Swanson Masonry, Inc.
  • Taylor Excavating


Edward J. Twehous named AGC of Missouri Board Chairman

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Ed Twehous

Missouri Highway Contractor to Lead Statewide Association in 2017

Ed Twehous, vice president of Twehous Excavating Company, Inc. has been elected the chairman of the board of the Associated General Contractors of Missouri (AGC) for 2017.    Twehous is a life-long resident of Jefferson City and has been active in the construction industry for over 40 years.  Twehous has the rare drive to deeply engage in issues and organizations in which he believes.  He has an extensive list of civic and charitable responsibilities – many related to St. Francis Xavier Parish in Taos, MO and Helias Catholic High School in Jefferson City.  Twehous has served on construction industry-related boards and commissions for several municipalities in Missouri and, since 2008, has been a member of the Missouri Blasting Safety Board (appointed by Gov. Matt Blunt).

Twehous’s dedication to the construction industry doesn’t end there.  He has been deeply engaged in the Associated General Contractors for over 30 years.  He has served on the AGC of America’s Board of Directors/Governors, has been chairman of most every committee he’s served on with the AGC of Missouri and was Chairman of the AGC of Missouri in 2005, long before the merger with the AGC of St. Louis. Whether it is the governmental affairs committee, joint committees with MoDOT or DNR, or the Young Executives Club, Ed dives in with gusto.  Twehous also was instrumental in the merger of the former AGC of Missouri with the AGC of St. Louis in late 2014.

Other officers of the AGC for 2017 are:  chair elect of the board – William Wagner, S. M. Wilson & Co.; vice chair of the board – Chip Jones, Emery Sapp & Sons, Inc.; secretary-treasurer – Becky Spurgeon, Interface Construction Corporation; building division chair – Greg Hesser, Alberici Constructors, Inc.; heavy/highway/infrastructure division chair – Paul Ideker, Ideker, Inc.; building division vice-chair – John Doerr, Tarlton Corporation; and, heavy/highway/infrastructure division vice-chair – Bryan Wilkerson, Clarkson Construction Company.

Serving on the board representing contractor members are:  Scott Drury, Bloomsdale Excavating Co., Inc.; Zachary Hamilton, Kwame Building Group, Inc.; Michael Kennedy, Jr., KAI Design & Build; Joe Ritz, Comanche Construction, Inc.; Don Rosenbarger, Delta Companies; and, Sean Thouvenot, Branco Enterprises, Inc.

Serving on the board representing the AGC’s specialty contractors are:  Jamie Loch, Collins & Hermann, Inc. and Jon Danuser, Johnson Controls, Inc.

Serving on the board representing the AGC’s supplier/service providers are Maureen Crawford, Seiler Instrument & Manufacturing Co., Inc. and Erik Thompson, Silver Eagle Construction Products, Inc.

The ex-officio board members representing the Construction Leadership Council and Young Executives Club for 2017 are Oliver Coulson of Tarlton Corporation and Randy Besand of Pace Construction, respectively.

The Associated General Contractors of Missouri is the leading voice of the construction industry in Missouri, representing over 500 commercial, industrial, heavy and highway contractors, industry partners and related firms in 110 counties throughout Missouri.

Knoebel Construction Doubles Office Space With Move To Chesterfield, Mo

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Knoebel Construction, Inc., a full-service general contractor specializing in retail development, restaurant, grocery and retail construction nationwide, has moved its headquarters from Fenton, MO, to Chesterfield, MO, in St. Louis County. The new location at 18333 Wings Corporate Dr. more than doubles Knoebel Construction’s space to 9,688 square feet.

Mathew Mabie

“Chesterfield Valley is a great central location to service our local clients, and being adjacent to Chesterfield Airport is very convenient for visits by our national roster of clients,” said Matthew Mabie, president of Knoebel Construction. “Chesterfield also is an area of high growth and development in our specialty area of retail shopping centers and restaurants.”

The new headquarters features 18 offices organized into two wings for project management and accounting/admin staff, three conference rooms, a team engagement area, a full kitchen and 2,500 square feet of warehouse space. The purchasing agent was Daniel Hayes at NAI Desco.

Keith Snider

Owners Matthew Mabie and Keith Snider, former employees of Knoebel Construction, purchased the company in 2012. Today, Knoebel Construction has expanded nationwide, providing full-service development, contracting and construction management services to real estate development firms, independent restaurant and retail owners, and retailers.

Knoebel Construction, Inc. is a national general contractor specializing in retail development, restaurant, grocery and retail construction.

BOMA St. Louis Announces New Officers for 2017

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The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) of Metropolitan St. Louis is pleased to announce its new Officers for the 2017 term:

Melissa Wolf

Melissa Wolff, President, Director of Property Management Services, Newmark Grubb Zimmer



Michelle Biedermann

Michelle Biedermann, Vice President, Real Estate Manager, CBRE Asset Services



Patrick Shaw

Patrick Shaw, Treasurer, Associate Vice President, Director of Engineering & Maintenance, Cushman Wakefield


BOMA’s mission is to represent and promote the interests of the commercial real estate industry through effective leadership, advocacy, exchange of information, and professional development. BOMA St. Louis has more than 450 members whose companies own, manage, lease and service the metropolitan real estate community. The St. Louis office market contributes almost $2 billion to the local economy, accounts for over $500,000,000 in taxable personal earnings, supports almost 14,000 jobs and generates $112,000,000 in real estate taxes.

Pace Properties Sells The Boulevard-St. Louis in Richmond Heights, Mo.

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Edwards Realty Company and Condor Partners have formed a joint venture partnership to complete the purchase of The Boulevard St. Louis, a 200,000 square foot five-acre retail, luxury apartment and office enclave in Richmond Heights across from the St. Louis Galleria. The sale included the 4.8 acres south of the commercial development. Terms of the sale were not disclosed.

Edwards Realty Company is a privately held real estate investment and development firm based in Orland Park, Illinois and led by Edward Hassan, founding partner, and Ramzi Hassan, partner. Edwards Realty Company has over 25 years experience in retail, residential and mixed-use management and development and controls a $65 million commercial property portfolio. Sol Barket, formerly of St. Louis, heads Condor Partners. Barket as founding partner of Condor and with his prior company, Centrum Properties, has developed many retail and mixed-use projects from coast to coast including Creve Coeur Pavilion in St. Louis.

Since 2004 The Boulevard has been known as the premier lifestyle development in the St. Louis metropolitan area and is home to Missouri’s first Crate and Barrel store and Soft Surroundings’ first Missouri location, restaurants Maggiano’s Little Italy and P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, along with Allegro at The Boulevard, 74 luxury residential apartments and a professional office complex. Page 2 of 2 The Boulevard St. Louis

“The purchase of The Boulevard is part of our strategy to enhance and add value to a mixed-use destination that is highly regarded as the epicenter of the market.,” said Edwards Realty Partner Ramzi Hassan. “The Boulevard is a great brand with tremendous growth and development potential, and we intend to implement strategies to unlock that potential immediately.”

Edwards and Condor are planning to advance the second phase to include an exciting mix of retail, restaurants, entertainment, office and residential uses that will give the residents and visitors of greater St. Louis a one-of-a kind experience where they can live, shop, dine and play. Edwards Realty Co. will oversee management and operations of the property. The marketing and leasing responsibilities for phase two will be shared between Mid-America Asset Management Company, a Chicago based retail real estate organization, and Pace Properties. Further announcements regarding The Boulevard will be forthcoming in the very near future.

The Boulevard St. Louis is located at Brentwood Boulevard & Galleria Parkway in Richmond Heights, MO 63117.

DOE Finalizes New Efficiency Standards for Commercial Boilers

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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) finalized a new energy efficiency standard for “packaged boilers” on Wednesday.

Nearly a quarter of the commercial floor space in the United States is heated by packaged boilers and given that space heating is by far the biggest energy user in commercial buildings (see red wedge in picture below), the standard is supposed to yield significant cost and energy savings.

Commercial packaged boilers, which are also found in multifamily buildings and small industrial facilities, are powered by oil or natural gas and generally serve buildings and facilities with central distribution systems that circulate the steam or hot water from the boiler to other parts of the building. These boilers can fit in tight spaces and be installed relatively quickly.

The packaged boiler energy efficiency standard was one of five released by DOE on Wednesday.  Others were announced for pool pumps, portable air conditioners, uninterruptible power supplies (battery backup systems that keep electronics running when the power goes out or falters); and walk-in coolers and freezers. All were released as part of a federal standards program under the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act of 1987, which was signed into law by President Reagan.

The DOE estimates that the packaged boiler standard will save 0.27 quadrillion BTU (quads) of energy once it goes into effect in 2019, enough to heat all the natural gas-heated homes in New England for a year and a half, and save consumers up to about $2 billion after accounting for the cost of the new equipment.  The DOE estimates the new standards will save consumers between $200 (for a small gas-fired steam boiler) and $36,000 (for a large oil-fired boiler), over the life of the boilers with a payback of 10.1 years and 2.8 years, respectively. The typical lifetime of a packaged boiler is 25  years.

The DOE expects the standard will reduce the energy use of commercial packaged boilers by between 2 and 6 percent compared to the current standard and will avoid roughly 16 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions over the next 30 years, as much carbon pollution as is emitted by three million cars in a year.

The new rule raises the required boiler efficiency from 80 percent to between 81 to 88 percent.  They are technology neutral, so manufacturers have control over how they meet the targets.

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