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Midwest BankCentre and Friendly Temple Church Team to Open

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First New Full-Service Bank Branch in North St. Louis Since 2009 

More Than 150 Accounts Already Opened at New Branch; Targeting Growth to $35 Million in Deposits in Three Years

Midwest BankCentre and Friendly Temple Church today officially opened a full-service bank at the church’s North St. Louis campus to serve previously unbanked and underserved residents and businesses in the rebounding Wells-Goodfellow community.  It is the first new full-service bank branch opened in North St. Louis since 2009.

“We see the potential to make the Friendly Temple location a $35 million in deposits branch within three years,” said Alex D. Fennoy, executive vice president and director of community and economic development for Midwest BankCentre. “We are off to a strong start with more than 150 checking, savings, CD and money market accounts already on the books.”

The bank created five new full-time positions. “The bank is more than just an economic catalyst,” noted LaTonya Jackson, branch manager. “It is a symbol of safety and stability that adds credibility to the neighborhood. Short-term, residents now have a reputable alternative to predatory check cashing and payday lending. Longer-term, small business owners offering needed neighborhood services will have greater confidence in locating here.”

Located at 5501 Dr. Martin Luther King Drive at Belt, the branch serves customers in an open, airy space with two indoor teller stations, computer kiosks, and a community meeting room with a big-screen TV, free WiFi and a whiteboard. The room is available for use free of charge to community groups. The branch also has two drive-up lanes, one with a 24-hour ATM. A second ATM is located inside the church lobby.

The architectural firm of St. Louis Design Alliance, under the leadership of Project Manager Duane Thompson, created the bank out of 2,750 square feet of repurposed office space on the church campus. O’Toole Design Associates, a WBE firm, designed the interiors. Friendly Temple Church acted as general contractor for the project, with Friendly Temple Church member Zac Hamilton as project manager. Eleven MBE/WBE firms collectively completed a majority of on-site construction. (For a list of participating MBE and WBE contractors, please see “Editor’s note” below.)

“The rapid growth in accounts affirms our belief of unmet demand in the Dr. Martin Luther King Corridor for a full-service bank willing to partner and equip aspirational families and businesses with the financial tools to succeed,” added Friendly Temple Church Senior Pastor Rev. Michael Jones. Under the auspices of Robert Fulton Community Development, Inc., the 12,000-member church has, since 1996, invested more than $100 million in revitalizing areas bordering its campus.

Friendly Temple becomes the sixth MidwestBankCentre branch to operate in the city of St. Louis and the third serving neighborhoods in North St. Louis and near North St. Louis County. “As our ‘Rising Together’ theme affirms, MidwestBankCentre is fully committed to providing smart, sensible banking options to the unbanked and underbanked residents of majority minority communities,” said Midwest BankCentre Chairman and CEO Jim Watson.

Midwest BankCentre has been a mainstay of St. Louis community banking since 1906. It ranks among St. Louis’ largest locally owned banks with assets of about $1.8 billion and deposits of $1.3 billion. It provides integrated financial services with expertise in commercial, retail and digital banking; business cash management; mortgage lending; consumer lending; and insurance.

The bank is a local leader in the St. Louis Regional Unbanked Task Force and its Bank-On Save-Up St. Louis initiative since its inception in 2011. Midwest BankCentre has consecutively achieved the Bauer Financial 5-Star Superior financial rating each quarter since 2001.

Midwest BankCentre (, founded in St. Louis in 1906, employs a staff of 300 currently working at 21 bank locations in the City of St. Louis, St. Louis County, Jefferson County and St. Charles County. In April 2015, it acquired Southern Commercial Bank, formed in 1891. In July 2016, it purchased Bremen Bank & Trust Co., founded in 1868.

More than 60 percent of the construction and supply services for development of Midwest BankCentre’s Friendly Temple branch were purchased from Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) or Women Business Enterprise (WBE) firms. Friendly Temple Church served as general contractor.

Minority Business Enterprise (MBC) Firms

  • Barry’s Sewer & Drain, LLC, plumbing
  • Faison & Associates Consulting and Environmental Services (F.A.C.E.S. LLC, concrete and grading
  • Harambee Masonry Service, masonry (nonprofit which exclusively hires minorities)
  • Michael Austin Painting, painting
  • Philip Person Roofing, roofing
  • Showcase Renovations, LLC, carpentry
  • Superior Lawncare Services, landscaping
  • Williams Heating and Cooling, LLC, HVAC

Women Business Enterprise (WBE) Firms

  • ACME Glass Corporation, glass and windows
  • O’Toole Design Associates, interiors
  • Prints Charm Art, custom art

Other Construction Team Members

  • A to Z Laminating Specialists, Inc., casework
  • Acoustical Ceilings, LLC, ceiling
  • Aladdin Insulation of Missouri, insulation
  • Architectural Sheet Metal Systems, Inc., canopy sheet metal
  • EK Design, LLC, flooring
  • G&S Architectural Products, window treatments
  • H&G/Schultz Door, handicapped door
  • Imperial Ornamental Metal Co., Inc., steel
  • MJ Products Co., toilet accessories
  • Negwer Door Systems, doors
  • Supreme Drywall, Inc., drywall
  • Triton Electric Co. LLC, electrical

Saint Louis University Students Call for Clean Energy on Campus

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Student Government Association passes bill calling upon University Administration  to acknowledge climate crisis, demand clean energy from Ameren Missouri

Saint Louis University (SLU) Student Government Association recently passed in an unanimous vote on a bill calling upon the SLU Administration to show regional leadership on clean energy and climate.

“SLU just cut its Sustainability Masters Program as well as the Sustainability Director position. Not only does this show a lack of foresight on the university’s part, but it is also not in line with what students here on campus want. So as the student representatives, SGA has taken the step to express to the administration that clean energy, climate action, and sustainability are a priority for students and for our future,” said Erin Kollar.

While schools such as Missouri S&T have shown leadership in committing to 100% clean energy, SLU is reliant on Ameren Missouri for the campus electricity needs.  Ameren is only getting about 1 percent of its energy from wind and solar, but other utilities in Missouri are getting over a third of their electricity from clean sources.

The resolution points out that the SLU mission of ‘the pursuit of truth for the greater glory of God and for the service of humanity’ demands that we acknowledge the truth of climate change and act in a way that serves our neighbors.  The bill language outlines several steps that the SGA would like to see SLU Administration take to show leadership in line with its stated mission.

They are strongly encouraging the Administration call upon Ameren to provide campus with clean energy. The resolution also calls for the Administration to sign the St. Francis Pledge, a Catholic Climate Covenant, as well as publish a statement of solidarity with Laudato Si, the Pope’s encyclical, which focused on the humanitarian threat of catastrophic climate change. Saint Louis University was interestingly the only Jesuit University to not sign the statement of solidarity with Laudato Si, or the Saint Franciscan pledge of action to respond to climate change.

At the end of the academic year, this resolution will be taken to the Administration for review and consideration.  Students are enthusiastic that the resolution is reflecting their efforts towards bringing clean energy to SLU and the St. Louis region. Students are hopeful that their Administration will become a stronger leader regarding sustainability in the St. Louis community.

“Cities, businesses, and universities are making the commitment to transition to 100% clean energy.  While efforts to address climate at the National level are being thwarted, we still have power at the local level to address fossil fuel pollution.We believe this goes hand in hand with SLU’s mission and so we are committed to fight for a cleaner future.” said Tommy English.

The full resolution language can be viewed

KJWW Engineering Changes Name to IMEG Corp.

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KJWW Engineering Consultants in St. Louis is now IMEG Corp.

The name change follows a 2015 merger of KJWW and California-based TTG Engineers, at which time IMEG Corp. was formed. Both firms and their subsidiaries are now doing business as IMEG at their more than 30 locations worldwide.

IMEG is one of the largest engineering consulting firms in the U.S. specializing in high performing building systems, infrastructure, and construction-related services. The firm employs 1,000 personnel, including 55 at the St. Louis office. IMEG CEO and President Paul VanDuyne said the name change is a natural progression and the final step in the integration of the two firms, a process that has retained all offices and personnel.

“Over the past two years we have integrated corporate functions, instituted a regional management structure and established a new internal technical operations team,” said VanDuyne. “Our name change is simply the culmination of our success in making the sum of two firms greater than the whole. Our consultant-client relationships – our No. 1 priority – remain unchanged and intact at all our locations. The difference now is that we can offer even more services and value to our clients worldwide due to our expanded and integrated services.”

IMEG’s core building services include engineering design in the structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection, and technology disciplines with medical equipment planning, architectural lighting, acoustics consulting, and commissioning provided as speciality services. Additionally, civil engineering and construction support services are offered throughout IMEG’s western locations.

KJWW was founded in Rock Island, Ill., in 1961 by Walter Kimmel, followed by Ward Jensen, Sam Wray, and Vern Wegerer in the mid to late sixties. Larry Pithan, now CFO, joined the firm in 1973, followed by VanDuyne in 1976, who became president and CEO in 2003. The St. Louis office opened in 2003 and is under the leadership of Principal Steve Rhoades.

By the time of the merger with TTG in 2015, KJWW had grown to 15 locations. Today IMEG is among the top 5 engineering firms in the U.S., based on revenue, according to Building Design + Construction magazine.

“We’re the same people, providing the same high-quality work and innovation,” said VanDuyne. “We’re committed to continuing the fine reputation established by our founders – now under the IMEG name.”

For more information, visit

ASA Awards Gala Winners Announced

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ASA Midwest Council Celebrates Glitter & Gold Awards Gala Winners on April 1st 2017 (St. Louis, MO, April 4, 2017) – The American Subcontractors Association (ASA) Midwest Council announced the winners of its Glitter & Gold Awards Gala, April 1. ASA Midwest Council hosted 366 people, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Downtown St. Louis, for the 24th annual event. The gala was capped off by fireworks to celebrate the chapter’s 50th anniversary, and all of the evening’s nominees and winners.

The four categories for awards were General Contractor of the Year, Outstanding MEP Subcontractor, Outstanding Specialty Subcontractor, and Service Provider/Supplier of the Year. The ASA Legacy Award, GC Field & Office Employees of the Year, and Owner of the Year, were also recognized at the gala. The ASA Midwest Council awarded special safety awards to qualifying ASA members who have achieved work safety excellence in 2016.

2017 General Contractor of the Year

  • Category A BSI Constructors
  • Category B Kadean Construction
  • Category C LANDCO Construction

2017 Outstanding MEP Subcontractor

  • Category A Guarantee Electrical
  • Category B Aschinger Electric

2017 Outstanding Specialty Subcontractor

  • Category A Flooring Systems, Inc.
  • Category B Golterman & Sabo

2017 Service Provider/Supplier of the Year

  •  Fabick Rents

ASA Legacy Award:

  • Tom Heeger, AME Constructors

GC Field Employee of the Year

  • Ralph Reckamp, G.S. & S. General Contractors

GC Office Employee of the Year

  • Greg Zuzack, LANDCO Construction

Owner of the Year:

  • Lodging Hospitality Management (LHM), Robert O’Loughlin

2016 Safety Award Winners

  • Division I – Sachs Electric Company
  • Division II – PayneCrest Electric, Inc.
  • Division III – Kirberg Company
  • Division IV – BAZAN Painting Co. and Golterman Sabo
  • Division V – Benson Electric AND Drilling Service Company AND Grant Masonry Contracting
  • Division VI – American Steel Fabrication AND George McDonnell & Sons

“I would like to congratulate this year’s award winners and thank everyone for their continued support for the ASA-Midwest Council and the St. Louis area subcontractors,” said ASA-Midwest Council President Amy Heeger, with AME Constructors. “Our awards Gala is about celebrating excellence in the St. Louis construction industry. Our nominees and winners are an outstanding example of what is possible when a project team works together towards their common goal.”

General contractors were nominated based on bid ethics practice, equitable contract/purchase order provisions, safety policy and practices, payment practices, jobsite supervision, scheduling coordination, subcontractor/vendor relations and administrative procedures/paperwork. Sub-contractors were judged on bid ethics and practice, safety policy and practices, jobsite supervision, communication, scheduling coordination, project relations, administrative procedures/paperwork and quality workmanship. The vendor/suppliers were nominated based on pricing consistency, equitable contract/purchase order provisions, accessibility, timeliness of service/delivery, customer relations and administrative procedures.

The general contractor and subcontractor categories were divided into sub-categories based on sales volume. ASA members nominated and cast votes for the general contractor and service provider/ supplier awards. Past nominees and previous general contractor award winners submitted nominations for the subcontractor categories, which were voted on by previous general contractor winners.

Midwest Council The American Subcontractors Association (ASA) Midwest Council is a construction trade association made up of quality specialty contractors and suppliers serving the construction industry and the community in the greater St. Louis metropolitan area and southern Illinois, for the past 50 years. ### GC Field Employee of the Year Ralph Reckamp, G.S.& S. General Contractors GC Office Employee of the Year Greg Zuzack, LANDCO Construction ASA Legacy Award: Tom Heeger, AME Constructors

The 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. for 50 years. Est. 1967

Ameren Illinois to Invest $9 Million in Modernizing East St. Louis Facility

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Ameren Illinois recently announced the $9 million renovation of its East St. Louis operating center at 500 E. Broadway.  They updated operating center will enhance their ability to serve their customers in and around East St. Louis and provide an enhanced employee experience.

In 2016, Ameren Illinois completed a new neighborhood substation (Katherine Dunham substation) at the intersection of Cleveland and 27th Street as well as set 70 new power poles to strengthen the grid in the City.

In 2015, the company installed a new transformer inside its Ridge substation; and at its Edgemont substation upgraded the capacity of two transformers. The capacity we added to our substations helps ensure that we can meet the evolving demands of our business and residential customers in the future.

New Maryland Heights Community Center to Opens on April 3rd

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The City of Maryland Heights’ new $30 million community center opened to the public for full operation on Monday, April 3 at 5:30 a.m.  The sleek, 92,000 square foot Center replaces the city’s previous indoor recreation facility—a converted church building from the 1970s — and features a wide range of amenities designed to meet the diverse recreational, fitness and lifestyle needs of the Maryland Heights community, including:

  • 12,800 square foot double-court Gymnasium offering basketball, volleyball and pickleball courts;
  • Aquatic Center including a leisure pool w/lap lanes, zip-line, current channel, drop-slide, climbing walls and kids area
  • Fitness Center with three adjoining group exercise studios
  • Indoor Walking/Jogging Track
  • Preschool/Play Center areas
  • Senior Lounge
  • A 4,750 square foot rental space with seating for 400+ and catering kitchen
  • Multiple program/activity/meeting rooms

The new Center, located at 2300 McKelvey Road, now houses the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation staff and programs. The facility supports a variety of uses including swimming lessons, sports leagues, childcare, group exercise classes and rentable space for events such as weddings, lock-ins and birthday parties. Special membership packages are available for individuals living and/or working within Maryland Heights’ boundaries.

For more information, please contact Assistant to the City Administrator Gabby Macaluso at (314) 738-2204 or

SIUE Construction Leadership Institute Celebrates 2017 Graduates

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The Construction Leadership Institute (CLI) at Southern Illinois Univerity Edwardsville celebrated 34 graduates of its program Friday, March 10 as a part of the CLI Alumni Day and Graduation celebration. Developed by the SIUE Schools of Business and Engineering, the CLI provides the knowledge, skills and strategies that individuals and companies need in today’s challenging construction industry.

Program Co-Directors Chris Gordon, associate dean of the SIUE School of Engineering, and Kristine Jarden, director of executive education in the SIUE School of Business, oversaw the ceremony.

“The CLI program is designed to align with leadership development needs of the rapidly changing construction industry,” said Gordon. “The CLI Advisory Board takes an active role in helping us continuously update this unique and innovative leadership development program to develop future building industry leaders.”

“CLI’s mission is to produce accomplished leaders who will improve the processes and outcomes in the construction industry,” Jarden said. “We thank the employers for their vision in supporting the education of future business leaders in the industry.”

CLI alumni representing 14 years of the program and the Class of 2017 participated in the festivities.  The Class of 2017 graduates are:

  • Nathan Allen – France Mechanical Corp.
  • Tyler Apple – Alberici Constructors
  • Andrew Bauer – McCarthy Building Cos.
  • Rick Branstetter – Guarantee Electrical Co.
  • Justin Burkemper – L. Keeley Construction
  • Jon Carroll – Poettker Construction Co.
  • Casey Dial – Drury Development Corp.
  • John Dohle – S. M. Wilson & Co.
  • Mike Garrett – Plocher Construction
  • Chris Hoff – Contegra Construction Co.
  • Nathan House – Archview Metals Systems Co.
  • Grant Kane – Guarantee Electrical Co.
  • Paul Kohnen – Kay Bee Electric & Systems Contractor
  • Chris Kozeny – Kozeny-Wagner, Inc.
  • Dane Law – Alberici Constructors
  • Matt Limpert – Covington Construction LLC
  • Brian Litteken – Kaiser Electric, Inc.
  • Grant Malone – Alberici Constructors
  • Brian Marks – The Korte Co.
  • Brian Moore – Raineri Construction
  • David Murphy – Drilling Service Co.
  • Nick O’Brien – O’Shea Builders
  • Ken Otten – Subsurface Constructors, Inc.
  • Vernon Pfeil – S. M. Wilson & Co.
  • Corey Rohwedder – Hank’s Excavating & Landscaping, Inc.
  • Tom Ruane – L. Keeley Construction
  • Matt Sauer – McCarthy Building Cos.
  • Shane Spears – L. Keeley Construction
  • Dan Sternau – Holland Construction Services
  • Mike Thomas – Icon Mechanical
  • Nelson Vogt – Raineri Construction
  • Brian Waeckerle – L. Keeley Construction
  • Aaron Williams – Alberici Constructors
  • Casey Wilson – Horner & Shifrin

CLI is an executive education program jointly developed by SIUE’s School of Business and the School of Engineering’s Department of Construction. It brings together professionals from many sectors of the building industry.

Since CLI’s creation, approximately 340 emerging leaders and executives have benefitted from the nine-week program that strengthens leadership, strategic thinking, communications and key management skills.

For more information on the Construction Leadership Institute, visit or call 618-650-5440.

SIUE’s School of Business and the accountancy programs are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International, representing the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide. The Princeton Review lists SIUE as one of the top 294 business schools in the U.S. for the 11th-consecutive year. Undergraduate and graduate degrees are offered in accounting, computer management and information systems, economics, finance, management and marketing. More than 20,000 alumni have earned degrees from the SIUE School of Business. For more information about the School of Business, visit

The SIUE School of Engineering offers one of the most comprehensive and affordable engineering programs in the St. Louis region with eight undergraduate degrees, five master’s degrees and two cooperative doctoral programs, all housed in a state-of-the-art facility. Students learn from expert faculty, perform cutting-edge research, and participate in intercollegiate design competitions. Companies in the metropolitan St. Louis area provide students challenging internships and co-op opportunities, which often turn into permanent employment. All undergraduate programs are accredited by their respective accreditation agencies.

Photo Above: (Front Row L-R): Casey Dial, Mike Garrett, Grant Kane, Matt Limpert, Matt Sauer, Nick O’Brien, Chris Kozeny, Andy Bauer, Chris Hoff;  (Middle Row): Aaron Williams, Rick Branstetter, Tom Ruane, Mike Thomas, Casey Wilson, Brian Litteken, Ken Otten, Dane Law, Brian Marks, Brian Waeckerle, Grant Malone; (Back Row): John Dohle, Shane Spears, Jon Carroll, Nelson Vogt, Brian Moore, Nathan House, David Murphy, Dan Sternau, Justin Burkemper, Tyler Apple, Paul Kohnen, Corey Rohwedder, Vernon Pfeil


MC Industrial Honored with Four Recent Safety Awards

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MC Industrial, Inc. was recently honored with four awards in recognition of the construction firm’s outstanding safety and work-hour performance during 2016. The awards presented to MC Industrial include: The Association of Union Constructors (TAUC) Thomas J. Reynolds Award, Associated General Contractors Missouri (AGCMO) Construction Project Safety Award, Southern Illinois Builder’s Association (SIBA), Commendation Award, and Northwest Indiana Business RoundTable (NWIBRT) Excellence Award.

“Safety is the most important thing we do every day,” commented MC Industrial President Bob Kohlburn. “We are committed to ensuring each and every person who comes onto one of our project sites returns home safely. It is an honor to be recognized across our business for these efforts.”

The following outlines the specific safety awards MC Industrial received:

  • TAUC Thomas J. Reynolds Award: Recognized for safety results in Days Away and Restricted Rate of 25% below the Bureau of Labor Statistics national average for the previous year.
  • AGC Construction Project Safety Excellence (CPSE): Recognized for no recordable injuries during the Ameren Rush Island MBO Package project. This project scope was a boiler outage that included replacing the bottom ash hopper and pit with a new submerged flight conveyer.
  • SIBA Safety Commendation Award: Recognized for over 150,000 work-hours and earning 70% below the national average in Lost Time Accidents in 2016.
  • NWIBRT Safety Excellence Award: MC Industrial achieved DAFW, DART and TRIR below the industry averages for the Northwest Indiana regional contractor community for MC Industrial’s NAICS code for the last three years.

“We are very proud of our team for upholding MC Industrial’s strong safety culture and receiving each of these awards,” said Jared Ragsdale, safety director for MC Industrial. “This recognition is a testament to our firm’s rigorous safety program and commitment to the Zero Injury philosophy.”

MC Industrial follows a behavior-based safety program with effective safety processes that produce excellent safety results for the client, MC Industrial and its trade partners. MC Industrial’s safety program applies Managing the Human Element of Safety by enforcing policies and procedures for employees to make the safest choices, while staying proactive in behavior-driven safety goals. The MC Industrial Vital Process (MVP) program is another major portion of MC Industrial’s safety program, involving all employees in identifying and eliminating unsafe behavior. The MVP program allows the team to measure safety performance with a statistical review (leading indicators) and apply mitigation strategies for any identified safety risks.

Among the four awards, MC Industrial’s overall safety program was recognized, as well as its project-specific safety performance on 2016 projects across its three markets served including:

  • Heavy Industrial: Boeing St. Louis Composite Center of Excellence and Arcelormittal FAM Stacker Reclaimer.
  • Power & Renewables: Ameren MBO Package A, First Solar Cal Flats Solar Facility, Silicon Ranch Selmer TN Solar Facility, and Silicon Ranch Hazlehurst GA Solar Facility.
  • Petrochemical: LBC Tank Terminals Ship Dock 4

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

Hicor Group Moves Into New Grand Center Headquarters After Completing $1.1 Million Renovation Of Historic Washington Avenue Residence

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The Hicor Group, a minority certified (MBE) Contractor based in St. Louis, has moved its headquarters into the former Bronson Residence, a 132-year-old Late Victorian home listed on the National Historic Register at 3201 Washington Avenue, after completing an extensive $1.1 million historic renovation.  The renovation began in April 2016 after the building had been left in a state of disrepair for many years and included significant interior and exterior upgrades.

The focus of the project centered around the interior finishes of the building. Special attention was paid to repairing the original plaster moldings on the ceilings and walls along with meticulously preserving and restoring the vast amount of original millwork and casework throughout the building. Utilizing their recently acquired millwork reproduction capabilities, the Hicor Group was able to recreate a considerable amount of historically accurate wood windows for the project.

“The biggest challenge was creating an updated commercial office space while maintaining the historical accuracy of the building,” said Andrew Stafford, President of the Hicor Group.  New mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems were also an important aspect of the project to convert the former residential building into a functional commercial space.

“We do have a vast amount of experience throughout our organization when it comes to historic restoration work. This project created the opportunity for us to showcase our capabilities while at the same time meeting our need for growth and giving us a distinct facility to house our corporate offices,” said Stafford. “The uniqueness of this space has created an energetic and creative environment for us to work in and enjoy.”

Three levels of the interior have been converted into commercial offices. The back yard of the house, once a historically significant Japanese garden, has been converted into an outdoor meeting and event space with lighting, décor and amenities suitable for small to medium size gatherings.

The Washington Avenue property was redeveloped by Acree-Kelley LLC, which bought the house in 2014.  The property is located next to the former Central States Life Insurance Building, now known as the Barnett on Washington, at 3207 Washington.  Drew Acree and Jeff Kelley of Acree-Kelley LLC are also co-founders of Chameleon Integrated Services and managing partners of The Hicor Group.  Chameleon provides Information Technology support services to agencies and organizations worldwide.

The Hicor Group provides carpentry, concrete, and general contracting services to multiple facets of the construction market here in St Louis and throughout Missouri. Founded in 2014, the company is a MBE and an SBA-certified Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB).  Stafford, a ten-year veteran construction industry, is President. For more information on The Hicor Group, visit

Founded in 2003, Chameleon is a minority and SBA-certified Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB).  

Missouri’s Prevailing Wage Debate and Its Impact on Businesses and Workers Clarified

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In the wake of the recent enactment of right to work legislation, Missouri lawmakers are proposing additional changes to the state’s business environment. Of note, a bill which would eliminate Missouri’s prevailing wage law, HB 104. Currently being revised by the Missouri House, if passed, the bill’s proposed effective date is August 28. 2017.

Shareholder Brad Kafka is vice chair of Polsinelli’s national Labor and Employment practice group and leads the firm’s St. Louis Labor and Employment practice group. Kafka is experienced in all aspects of labor and employment law including: federal and state court litigation, collective bargaining negotiations, defense of union organizing campaigns, and other areas. He is a frequent lecturer on labor, employment and ERISA topics before business groups and trade associations.

The prevailing wage issue can be confusing for employers, workers and business owners. Kafka can clarify the issue by explaining its significance in plain language and demystifying both sides of the issue. Kafka is an excellent source to answer complicated questions such as:

  • What is prevailing wage? How is it calculated?
  • Does it differ from county to county?
  • What industries would be affected by this change?
  • How could union trades be impacted by a change to prevailing wage?
  • How will businesses be impacted?
  • How will employees be impacted?
  • What has been the result in states that have eliminated prevailing wage?
  • How can businesses and employers prepare for this potential change?

Kafka is available for interviews in person, in studio, by phone and by email. He is also available for panel discussions on the topic.

Polsinelli is an Am Law 100 firm with approximately 800 attorneys in 20 offices, serving corporations, institutions, and entrepreneurs nationally.

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