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$1 Billion + in new St. Louis Area Infrastructure Projects to be Unveiled


Site Improvement Association’s 2020 Investment in Infrastructure Expo, February 25th

More than $1 billion in new infrastructure-related construction projects to be started around the St. Louis metropolitan area in 2020 will be unveiled for interested contractors and the public at the SITE Improvement Association’s 2020 Investment in Infrastructure Expo on February 25 at the St. Charles Convention Center.  The new construction will include large projects from the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), Metropolitan Sewer District, the City of St. Louis, Jefferson County and other local governments and public entities.  The event will also include a trade show featuring construction industry suppliers and other exhibitors networking with Expo attendees and project owners.

“This is an exciting time for the construction industry in the St. Louis area, with projects ranging from road enhancements and bridge upgrades to the new National Geospatial Agency headquarters and the MLS soccer stadium in downtown,” said Terry Briggs, executive director of the SITE Improvement Association.  “This Expo will be an extremely important opportunity for contractors and suppliers to learn more about infrastructure projects and prepare to bid successfully on them.  Last year more than 400 attendees and 35 exhibitors participated at the Expo, and we expect that the large amount of new construction to be unveiled will attract an even larger crowd in 2020.”

The Expo will begin at 1:30 pm with four concurrent presentations outlining more than $1 billion in new construction work and what prospective bidders for that work need to know. The trade show and networking session will then be held from 3:45 – 6:00 p.m. in the exhibit hall, with refreshments available at no additional cost.  Presenters scheduled from 1:30 – 3:45 pm include the following:

  • Tom Blair, P.E., District Engineer, St. Louis District of MoDOT covering, Franklin, Jefferson, St. Charles and St. Louis counties along with the city of St. Louis;
  • Rich Unverferth, Director of Engineering for the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District;
  • John P. Kohler, P.E., Planning and Programming Manager, City of Saint Louis Board of Public Service; and
  • Jason Jonas, Public Works Director for Jefferson County.

The 2020 Investment in Infrastructure Expo is open to contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, professional services firms and other businesses connected to the construction industry.  Tickets are required and can be purchased by visiting or calling 314-966-2950.

SITE Improvement Association is an independent construction contractor group representing more than 220 contractors and businesses primarily in the concrete, earthmoving, landscaping, asphalt paving, highway/bridge, sewer/utility and specialty construction segments. For more information, visit

Southern Illinois Builders Association Leadership Development Council Presents Donation To Violence Prevention


The Leadership Development Council wrapped up 2019 with a donation of $1,200 and several toys (pictured below) to the Violence Prevention Center Southwestern Illinois. The Violence Prevention Center’s mission is empowering over 1,600 individuals each year to recover from the trauma of domestic abuse and find their way to a life free of violence. Their programs offer the promise of safety and anonymity and they pledge to protect and support all those seeking refuge from abuse the highest quality services.

This donation was made possible through the generosity of those that attended the SIBA Fall Industry Reception and Annual Meeting, where the Leadership Development Council hosted a toy drive.

Thank you to all who donated!

The Leadership Development Council strives to empower members to interact and exchange ideas, build strong personal and business relationships within the industry, and boost awareness and input for the services, support and networking provided to SIBA members now and in the future. For more information on this group or SIBA, please contact Donna Richter at the SIBA office 618-624-9055.

Photo Above:  Donna Richter (left), CEO, Southern Illinois Builders Association, and Carrie Evans (right), Chair, Leadership Development Council, present toys


Hank Rohwedder Elected SIBA President


Effective January 1, 2020, Hank Rohwedder (photo above), Hank’s Excavation & Landscaping, Inc., Belleville, Illinois will become the President of the Southern Illinois Builders Association.

Other officers for 2020 are:  First Vice President – Jeff Limbaugh, Limbaugh Construction Co., Inc., Granite City, Illinois; Second Vice President – Scott Plocher, Plocher Construction Company, Inc., Highland, Illinois; and Secretary/Treasurer – Richard Boyer, Boyer Fire Protection, St. Louis, Missouri.

Three year Directors elected were:  Jim Mundy, Contegra Construction Company, L.L.C., Edwardsville, Illinois; Andy Poirot, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., Collinsville, Illinois; Dale Steinmetz, Charles E. Mahoney Company, Swansea, Illinois; Dave Murrary, Samron Midwest Contracting, Inc., Murphysboro, Illinois; Jason Litteken, Litteken Construction Company, Breese, Illinois; Mark Christ, Christ Brothers Asphalt, Inc., Lebanon, Illinois; and Mark Harms, SCI Engineering, Inc., O’Fallon, Illinois.

SIBA Staff Members:  Donna Richter, Chief Executive Officer; Kristin McCaw, Office Manager; Shari Schutzenhofer, Administrative Assistant; John Holt, Director of Safety and Education; Logan Ankeny, Planroom Manager; Cassidy Dowling, Administrative Assistant; and Joko Tasich, Safety Training Instructor.

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


Western Specialty Contractors Completes Metal Roofing, Siding Façade on New Kansas City Campus for Animal Care Facility


The Western Specialty Contractors – Kansas City Roofing and Sheet Metal Branch recently completed installation of metal roofing and siding on the new $26 million Kansas City Campus for Animal Care facility – home to KC Pet Project, one of the Top 5 no-kill, open admission animal shelters in the U.S.

Located at the corner of Elmwood and Gregory streets in Swope Park, the 54,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art animal campus opened to the public on Jan. 1, 2020 and includes a full-service veterinary clinic, education pavilion, retail pet supplies store, café, patios and walking paths and will be the future home of KCMO Animal Health & Public Safety. The new facility, which is 40,000-square-feet bigger than the KC Pet Project’s previous space, is expected to provide services to more than 10,000 animals and 25,000 families per year throughout the Kansas City area.

A groundbreaking for the new facility was held in June 2018, with Western’s team beginning its work on the project a year later. A crew of 10 roofers and eight sheet metal workers installed 50,000 square feet of TPO roofing, 13,000 square feet of standing seam metal, 7,000 square feet of longboard wood grain siding, 6,000 square feet of vertical firestone panels and 9,000 square feet of horizontal firestone panels. The total cost of the sheet metal and installation was $850,000.

“This project was unique due to the large amount of wood grain and firestone panels that were used in combination for the building’s total exterior design,” said Rod O’Bannon, Branch Manager of Western’s Sheet Metal Division in Kansas City. “These particular materials were also selected based on their durability, cost effectiveness and modern aesthetic. We were proud to have been a part of this monumental project for the benefit of the animals and their families in the area.”

Western Specialty Contractors completed its work on the building in five months and within budget. The general contractor on the project was Grand Construction of Kansas City, Kansas.

Roshann Parris, Board Chair of the Kansas City Campus for Animal Care Board of Directors, praised the construction team for its “contribution to this game-changing, lifesaving facility.”

“The Grand Construction team has repeatedly praised the work of all of the subcontractors and suppliers on this important project for their hard work, great attitude and professionalism,” said Parris. “The stunningly beautiful building, inside and out, is a testament to your impressive company and talented labor force who worked long hours, often in challenging weather conditions to keep the project on schedule.”

For more information about Western’s roofing and sheet metal services, contact the Western Specialty Contractors branch office nearest you –

About Western Specialty Contractors

Family-owned and operated for more than 100 years, Western Specialty Contractors is the nation’s largest specialty contractor in masonry and concrete restoration, roofing, waterproofing and sheet metal. Western offers a nationwide network of expertise that building owners, engineers, architects and property managers can count on to develop cost-effective, corrective measures that can add years of useful life to a variety of structures including industrial, commercial, healthcare, historic, educational and government buildings, parking structures and sports stadiums. Western is headquartered in St. Louis, MO with 30 branch offices nationwide and employs more than 1,200 salaried and hourly professionals who offer the best, time-tested techniques and innovative technology. For more information about Western Specialty Contractors, visit

Kick off a Green Decade with USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter on January 23rd


The USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter’s State of the Chapter and Social is here! We look forward this event every year – it’s a great opportunity to network, see what your local Chapter is all about, and learn why #GreenBuildingsAreBetter. If you’re an existing member, it’s a great way to start the year and discover ways to get more involved. We have five committees supported by you and members of the green building community ready to engage, enrich, and inspire.

  • The Green Schools Committee supports the Green Schools Quest, which challenges public and private schools to devise and implement, with the help of Green Mentors, the most creative, effective no or low cost sustainable practices for their schools – because where we learn matters.
  • The Membership and Marketing Committee hosts Member Socials and markets the Chapter’s mission through our website, e-newsletters, and social media.
  • The Higher Education and Emerging Professionals Committee works to engage and welcome current students, recent graduates, and young professionals into the Chapter.
  • The Advocacy Committee works to develop and support the Better Buildings Through Benchmarking Campaign; supports local governments, non-profits and community groups in the implementation of sustainability initiatives and greening building operations; and manages the Speakers Bureau.
  • The Education Committee is responsible for establishing our yearly education calendar including monthly evening programs, in-depth seminars, exam prep course, and the State of the Chapter.

Learn more and engage with current committee members when you attend the State of the Chapter and Social on January 23rd, 2020 at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 building.

We are excited that the IBEW Local 1 is hosting us this year so we can highlight recent building updates.  They have invested in major renovations to their building and parking lot, which can now boast substantial sustainable features. Attend the State of the Chapter to learn more about this greener building. Building and lot improvements include a solar canopy on the parking lot that provides 160 kWh annually (enough to power 15 average sized homes) and electric vehicle charging stations; new HVAC system projected to save $22,000 annually; added insulation, updated lighting, a white roof, new windows, and water efficient fixtures. The 40,000 square foot building was built in 1960 and is on the National Register of Historic Places for its modernist design. Come experience it for yourself while enjoying complimentary beer, wine, and appetizers; celebrating the accomplishments of our amazing volunteers; and participating in our silent auction. Plus we will debut our 2020 Education Calendar at the event!

The State of the Chapter and Social silent auction is chock full of fun items, including a $500 gift card for sustainable landscape design, a free energy audit, a wine tasting experience, weekend getaways, Cardinals box tickets, a custom skateboard, a 2020 GO! St. Louis Marathon entry, and more. This is event is FREE to all members and non-members, so bring a friend, a colleague, or family member that is interested in making a difference with our green building community. We hope you will join us in welcoming a new greener year and decade – help us ensure that everyone in our community has a green and healthy place to live, work, and learn!

WHEN: Thursday, January 23, 2020, 5:30-8:00 PM
WHERE: IBEW Local 1 Union Hall 5850 Elizabeth Hall St. Louis, MO 63110

People On The Move In The Local Construction Industry


The latest People in the News highlighting new hires, promotions, honors & recognition of the men and women in the St. Louis building community.

Murphy Company Adds John Johnston

John Johnston

John Johnston has joined Murphy Company as project manager, automation controls. Sam Welge, manager, automation controls and energy solutions for the mechanical contractor, made the announcement.

With more than 19 years’ experience in building controls, Johnston holds an associate’s degree in refrigeration, air-conditioning and heating from Ranken Technical College where he also studied instrumentation and process controls.  He is a licensed journeyman pipefitter, Local 562, and served as an HVAC service technician before focusing on building controls. He also has completed Microsoft networking and associated computer studies at St. Louis Community College as well as training and certification from several manufacturers.

Founded in 1907, Murphy Company is one of the nation’s top mechanical contracting firms delivering innovative solutions to the commercial, industrial and institutional markets.  For more information, visit

Kelvin Taylor, Alexis Hershey Joins Midwest BankCentre

Kelvin Taylor

Kelvin Taylor has joined Midwest BankCentre in the role of executive vice president-chief information officer, reporting to Chief Executive Officer Orvin Kimbrough. In addition, Alexis Hershey has been named senior vice president-digital assets, lending and strategy.

As chief information officer, Taylor works at the intersection of information technology, lines of business and finance to apply data science to strategic decisions for bank services and products. He also contributes to the development of business processes for implementing analytical solutions that include technology.

Taylor founded Taylored Analytics in 2007 to help Fortune 500 companies in the financial services, retail, restaurant, utility and telecommunications industries capitalize on and leverage their data. He has led teams in the customer loyalty sector as president of Maritz Loyalty Marketing, president of Frequency Marketing, Inc. and was a practice advisor on Cisco Systems’ business analytics team.

Taylor earned bachelor’s degrees in economics and mathematics at Morehouse College and completed post-graduate studies in economics at University of Maryland, College Park, Md. Taylor has served locally on the United Way and Urban League boards of directors. He and his wife, Tamila Taylor, annually host a charity golf tournament to fund scholarships to Morehouse College, the world’s only HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) for men and the nation’s top producer of black males who continue their  education and receive doctorates.

Alexis Hershey

Hershey joins Midwest BankCentre from Citi, where she was senior vice president of digital strategy. She applies her experience in digital strategy and both product and project management to transforming the bank’s online digital experiences that drive sales. She partners with the bank’s commercial, community & economic development, consumer and fee income groups to develop and deploy digital products and systems to achieve the bank’s goal of meeting customers where they are, when and how they want to do business. She also is the executive sponsor of the bank’s newly established operations enhancement team, which aligns and leverages process improvement, efficiency initiatives and technology systems to enhance customer service and bank competitiveness.

She earned her undergraduate degree in interdisciplinary studies and her master’s degree in education at the University of Houston. She is active in the community through United Way.

Midwest BankCentre, a mainstay of St. Louis community banking since 1906, employs a staff of about 280 working at 17 bank locations in the City of St. Louis and St. Louis, Jefferson and St. Charles counties.

Donald Muren, Jr.

Superior Waterproofing and Restoration Co., Inc. is pleased to announce the promotion and advancement of Mr. Donald Muren, Jr to company president. Don has been with the company for twenty-five years.  He has been very instrumental in Superior’s past and will be for the future. 

January 3, 2020

Carly Tribout Joins Geotechnology as Human Resources Coordinator

Carly Tribout

Geotechnology, Inc., has hired Carly Tribout as its Human Resources Coordinator. She will be based in the company’s St. Louis office.

A member of the Society of Human Resource Management, Ms. Tribout comes to Geotechnology after having previously worked in campus recruitment, selection and development for a national insurance company.          

She is a graduate of Missouri State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management with a minor in Leadership.

“Carly is an excellent addition to our team,” said Geotechnology Human Resources Manager, Erica O’Connor. “Her knowledge and background will help us to continue to recruit and hire dedicated, resourceful professionals who are committed to the success of both Geotechnology and our clients.”

Tim Kiepe Joins Murphy Company

Tim Kiepe

Tim Kiepe has joined Murphy Company, the area’s largest mechanical contractor, as piping designer. The announcement was made by Brandon Welch, BIM piping supervisor.

Kiepe has more than 18 years’ experience in architectural construction engineering, with design experience in heating, ventilation and air-conditioning; piping and plumbing as well as several years’ experience as a BIM/CADD manager. He has designed piping, HVAC and plumbing systems for multiple markets, including central utility plants (CUPs), medical facilities, higher education, commercial and industrial projects. As an assistant mechanical designer for a large engineering firm, he helped design CUPs, combined heat and power plants (CHPs), reciprocating engine power plants, boiler plants, federal, commercial and industrial projects.

Kiepe holds both a bachelor’s degree and associate’s degree in drafting technology (computer aided industrial design) from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg.

December 20, 2019

Lawrence Group Announces 2019 Promotions

Lawrence Group is pleased to announce the following promotions: Todd Bundren, Riza Encarnacion, Matt Lundgren, Lisa Morrison, Greg Trost and Galen Vassar have been promoted to associate principal.

Todd Bundren

Todd Bundren, NCARB, LEED AP® BD+C leads multiple teams that focus on national accounts in the retail, hospitality and senior living markets. He also heads up Lawrence Group’s sustainable design and LEED Certification efforts for the built environment. He is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and sits on the Planning and Zoning Commission for the town of Crestwood, MO. Bundren joined Lawrence Group in 2006 and has more than 15 years of experience.

Rita Encarnacion

Riza Encarnacion, RA, NCARB, specializes in managing large, complex projects for healthcare clients. She is currently managing the design team for the $550 million SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital and served as project manager for the award-winning SSM Health St. Mary’s Replacement Hospital in Jefferson City. She joined Lawrence Group in 2001 and has 29 years of experience.

Matt Lundgren

Matt Lundgren, AIA, LEED AP® provides management and operational oversight for Lawrence Group’s New York office. He specializes in experiential retail design and hospitality solutions for national clients such as Warby Parker, Blue Bottle Coffee, Adore Me and Tend. Lundgren joined Lawrence Group in 2012 and has 17 years of experience.

Lisa Morrison

Lisa Morrison, WELL AP, NCIDQ specializes in the visioning and design of innovative workplace and hospitality environments. As a newly accredited WELL AP, she designed Missouri’s first WELL-certified project for Cushman & Wakefield and recently designed a new workplace strategy for OPAA Food Management. She has teamed with Lodging Hospitality Management for renovations at St. Louis Union Station. Lisa joined Lawrence Group in 2012 and will continue to help the firm grow its workplace and hospitality markets.

Greg Trost

Greg Trost, AIA, LEED AP®, specializes in adaptive reuse and historic renovation, educating clients on state and federal historic tax credit eligible buildings. His award-winning projects include The Core Apartment Residences, 4100 Lindell and Page 2 of 3 Cupples Building 9. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects and U.S. Green Building Council. Trost joined Lawrence Group in 2014 and has more than 20 years of experience.

Galen Vassar

Galen Vassar, NCIDQ, leads Lawrence Group’s hospitality practice, improving guest experiences for hotel, restaurant and entertainment clients. She is a St. Louis Business Journal 40 under 40 award winner, and her experience includes award-winning St. Louis landmarks such as Hotel Ignacio, Angad Arts Hotel, Park Pacific and Sun Theater. She joined the firm in 2005 and has more than 15 years of experience.

Jill Engel

Jill Engel has been promoted to director of real estate operations. Jill Engel joined Lawrence Group in 2017 has more than 20 years of experience. She specializes in real estate operations and asset management. Her projects include Park Pacific, Marquette, Southside Tower and Southside Station. Alicia Buehrle, Matt Huff, John Iffrig, Corey Pinkley have been promoted to senior associate.

Alicia Buehrle

Alicia Buehrle joined Lawrence Group in 2006 and has more than 14 years of experience. She specializes in senior living and healthcare design, and her projects include Cottages at Lake Saint Louis and Nazareth Living Center.

Matt Huff

Matt Huff, AIA, NCARB, joined Lawrence Group in 2016 and has 20 years of design experience. His diverse portfolio includes libraries, charter schools, universities, healthcare, commercial, residential, historic renovation and urban infill projects

John Iffrig

John Iffrig, PLA, ASLA, joined Lawrence Group in 2008 and has 13 years of landscape architecture experience, including commercial, institutional, healthcare and senior living. He is currently providing landscape architecture services for City Foundry STL and SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital.

Corey Pinkley

Corey Pinkley joined Lawrence Group in 2006 and has 15 years of experience. He specializes in residential and commercial project types and most recently has designed multiple historic renovations in the Skinker Debaliviere historic district.

Lawrence Group is a building design, development, and project delivery firm with offices in Austin, New York and St. Louis. With more than 160 employees, the firm offers architecture, interior design, furniture procurement, landscape architecture, graphic design, master planning, construction and real estate development services to healthcare, academic, commercial, hospitality, corporate and housing clients. Visit us at or connect with us on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.

December 13, 2019

Oculus Inc. Grows Staff at St. Louis Headquarters

Oculus Inc., a full-service architecture and interior design firm, has hired Catherine Matthews and Charlene Masona to serve as an entry level intern architect and a marketing assistant, respectively. Both will work at Oculus’ headquarters in St. Louis.

Catherine Matthews

“Catherine and Charlene both bring a variety of skills that will be essential to the growth of Oculus,” said Lisa Bell-Reim, Oculus Inc. president. “We look forward to seeing Catherine add to the talent of our architecture team and Charlene help market our award-winning work. Both are welcome additions to the firm.”

In Matthews’ role, she will work on a variety of projects with an emphasis in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries. This includes community-based outpatient clinics in Myrtle Beach, S.C. and Corpus Christi, Texas. Prior to joining Oculus, Matthews served as a student intern architect at Corgan and DHC Architects in Texas. She has a Master of Architecture from Kansas State University.

Charlene Masona

As a marketing assistant, Masona will support both marketing and business development efforts for the firm, specifically in the areas of digital marketing, print production and preparation of proposals, among other responsibilities. Previously, she worked as a social media strategist for the Brian Owens Soul musical brand. Masona possesses a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Oculus Inc. delivers comprehensive architecture, interior design, planning, and move management services with a driving aesthetic to Connect | Shape | Move people, experiences, sensibilities, and spaces. Oculus has offices in St. Louis, Dallas, and Portland, Ore., is WBE-certified and is regularly cited in top industry rankings for architecture and design.

 Spellman Brady & Company Hires Nicole Dutton, Artwork Consultant 

Nicole Dutton

Spellman Brady & Company, an award-winning interior design firm, is pleased to announce that Nicole Dutton has joined the firm as its Artwork Consultant & Project Manager.  She will oversee managing the firm’s artwork master planning services for corporate, healthcare, senior living and higher education clients while managing the budget, schedule and installation of the firm’s multiple artwork projects across the country.

Ms. Dutton brings more than 12 years of professional experience focused on arts administration and curation.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Greenville University and holds a Master of Fine Arts from Fontbonne University with a specialty in Painting.  Prior to joining Spellman Brady, she was the curator of the William and Florence Schmidt Art Center at Southwestern Illinois College and worked at Chesterfield Arts as the associate director overseeing the public art master plan and art education.

Spellman Brady & Company is an award-winning interior design firm specializing in senior living, healthcare, and higher education environments.  The firm maintains design excellence by delivering comprehensive interior design, furniture, artwork master planning, and procurement services. For more information about Spellman Brady & Company, please visit

December 6, 2019

S. M. Wilson Promotes Mike Ashley To Field Director

Mike Ashley

S.M. Wilson & Co. has promoted Mike Ashley to Field Director. His promotion comes with a recent restructuring of S. M. Wilson’s Field Operations department. The Field Director position will replace the Director of Field Operations to allow for more than one individual to provide direct support, oversight, and mentorship for the field aspects of projects from pre-construction to close-out including support of superintendents and tradespeople.

Ashley was brought into the Field Operations department to assist former Director of Operations, Mike Zick and Ashley has demonstrated great value in the field as well as the company.

Both Ashley and Zick will assume the title of Field Director. In their new roles, they will each be assigned to specific clients and project teams. This will allow every team the benefit of a dedicated Field Director with the resources available to provide guidance and support.

Ashley joined S. M. Wilson in 2004 and has worked on a variety of projects including Ladue Schools, Link in the Loop, City Foundry STL and Clarendale St. Peters. He is OSHA 30 certified and has more than 40 years of experience in the construction industry.

Geotechnology Announces Leadership Team Changes


Geotechnology, Inc., has promoted Pat Donovan, P.E. to Professional Services President and Jim Howe to Exploration President.

Geotechnology CEO, Ed Alizadeh, P.E., J.D., announced the changes, which became effective January 1, 2020.

Mr. Donovan has been serving as Geotechnology’s Vice President-Regional Manager of the South Region in Memphis. In his new role, he will provide strategic leadership, project oversight and management of the company’s professional services, which include geotechnical, geophysics, environmental, and construction materials testing departments, along with business development. Mr. Donovan joined Geotechnology in 2010 when the company acquired Hall, Blake and Associates, Inc. (HBA), a geotechnical engineering, construction materials testing and drilling firm based in Memphis, where he was Vice President of Operations.

Mr. Howe has been serving as Geotechnology’s Vice President of Exploration. In his new role, he will oversee all exploration services throughout the company to ensure personnel and resources are being utilized in ways that promote safety, and benefit clients and their projects. He has been a vital Geotechnology team member for more than 30 years, and integral in building the company’s drilling division into a renowned industry leader.

“These promotions are recognition of the great contributions that Pat and Jim have made to our company,” said Alizadeh. “The changes also present opportunities for new ideas and practices that will benefit our clients and lead Geotechnology to even greater heights in our safety, growth and operations successes.”

Established in 1984, Geotechnology, Inc. is a professional corporation offering a comprehensive range of consulting services in applied earth and environmental sciences, including geophysics, underground consulting services, geotechnical and environmental engineering, materials testing and drilling. Geotechnology has provided expertise on thousands of major construction projects in the Midwest and Mid-South regions, and is ranked in ENR’s Top 500 Design Firms. The company is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, and has ten offices in Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas. For more information, visit


Kwame Building Group Completes Work on Six Schools for Dallas Independent School District


Construction is complete on major new construction and renovation projects at six schools in the Dallas Independent School District. As a member of the Dikita\\Vanir Joint Venture team, Kwame Building Group’s role is to augment the construction staff and provide project management services. This is the first time that this district has awarded program management services to a minority-led team.

In total, the Dikita\\Vanir Joint Venture team is responsible for more than $500 million in construction projects spanning 40 million square feet. They are one of three construction teams selected to manage major construction projects at more than 200 Dallas ISD schools, including renovation of more than 300 classrooms, construction of nine new schools and various facility improvements. The projects are funded by a $1.6 billion bond program approved by voters in 2015. Serving more than 157,000 students, Dallas ISD is the 14th-largest school district in the United States.

Kwame Building Group has completed their work at Solar Preparatory School for Girls, Ignacio Zaragoza Elementary School, San Jacinto Elementary School, A. Maceo Smith High School, Grady Spruce High School and Edna Row Elementary School. Work is ongoing by the Dikita\\Vanir Joint Venture team at nine additional Dallas ISD schools. The team completed construction at Nancy Moseley Elementary School in 2018.


Solar Preparatory School for Girls
A vacant building was repurposed as a new transformation school for pre-kindergarten through fifth-graders. A new wing was added to include 15 classrooms, administrative spaces, a storm shelter cafetorium and four music and art learning spaces. An outdoor learning area also was added. The $15.4 million school opened this fall. The architect was Boynton Williams & Associates.

Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy
Maceo Smith High School was renovated to become Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy, an academy school with an emphasis on technology and project-based learning for up to 400 students. The renovation included improvements to the auditorium, 31 classrooms, two computer labs, 10 conference rooms, gymnasiums, locker rooms and a student dining area.

Ignacio Zaragoza Elementary School
The renovation of Ignacio Zaragoza Elementary School included improvements to the roof, HVAC systems, plumbing and exterior facade.

San Jacinto Elementary School
Renovation of San Jacinto Elementary School included improvements to the library, roof, HVAC system, windows, exterior doors, plumbing and exterior facade.

Grady Spruce High School
A 13-classroom addition was constructed at Grady Spruce High School. Other renovations included an expanded career and technology education program, bus loop with fire lane as well as new HVAC units and roof.

Edna Row Elementary School
As part of the renovation project, 12 classrooms were added.

Kwame Building Group, Inc. (KWAME) is one of the nation’s top pure construction management firms, dedicating 100 percent of its resources to project management services. An employee-owned company, KWAME provides estimating, scheduling, project planning, value engineering and other project management services as an independent advocate for owners and developers. KWAME is headquartered in St. Louis with division offices in Atlanta, Dallas, Seattle and Washington D.C. For more information, visit or call (314) 862-5344.

Brinkmann Constructors Chosen to Build New Leonardo DRS Warehouse in Bridgeton


Brinkmann Constructors was chosen by Leonardo DRS to build a new 170,000 square foot engineering development and light manufacturing facility in Bridgeton, MO. Leonardo DRS is a U.S.-based defense contractor. Brinkmann is the general contactor and the architect on the project is TR,I Architects.

This Leonardo DRS facility will be home to the business unit headquarters, housing leadership, management and a centralized back office functionality. The space will give the organization the flexibility to expand with minimal impacts to the current workforce. Brinkmann was able to drive down costs and deliver value on this project with a front-end design schedule for both shell and tenant finish disciplines, an MEP process inventorying and coordinating all existing and new equipment as well as a thorough on-site subcontractor pre and post bid evaluation of existing equipment.

Brinkmann will also provide interior build-out for the warehouse, including a best-in-class engineering, research and development laboratory and office space. Construction is expected to be completed by early 2020.

Brinkmann Constructors is a national employee-owned construction company with a passion for finding innovative opportunities to save clients time and money. The firm was founded in St. Louis in 1984 and has offices in Denver, Colorado and Kansas City, Kansas. Connect at

Brinkmann Constructors Completes Work for Promise Christian Academy




Brinkmann Constructors completed construction in December on a new school for Promise Christian Academy in Town and Country.

The academy, located at 13260 South Outer Forty Road, educates special needs students in grades K-12 by providing occupational therapy, speech and language services as well as training in the activities of daily living.

Brinkmann, whose offices are in St. Louis, Kansas City and Denver, served as general contractor for the project. Chesterfield-based ACI Boland Architects was the project designer.

Wes French, project manager with Brinkmann, said the16,000-square-foot facility is comprised of eight classrooms, an occupational therapy room, speech therapy room, gym, teacher workspace and offices and a commercial kitchen. The space can accommodate up to 64 students.

“The Brinkmann team used creative thinking to bring this project under budget so the build could move forward,” French said. “One of the biggest tactics we implemented was the use of tilt-up construction. This eliminated exterior steel, metal stud framing and sheathing and a high-dollar exterior façade, saving time and money.”

ACI Boland’s design enabled the buildout of a low-maintenance final product while retaining the desired curb appeal and exterior finishes, according to French.

“During redesign, the newly adopted International Building Code required the addition of a storm shelter,” said French. “Tilt-up construction allowed us to incorporate this into the design, mitigating the overall cost burden the shelter created. We’ve learned that this is the first storm shelter of its kind in Town and Country.”

Head of School Meredith Heintz said Brinkmann worked closely with Promise to help design and manage the project to stay within the fundraising budget. Through constant communication and collaboration, the design-build team delivered a quality building, on schedule and within budget.

“Brinkmann Constructors not only employs the best of the best, but they also employ personnel who took the time to understand the special needs community and embrace our mission,” said Heintz. “This created top-notch teamwork that made the project flow seamlessly. Brinkmann Constructors has left a lasting impression on the hearts and minds of the Promise community. We will forever embrace them as a part of our family and a part of our story.”