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A Decade of Work by Contractors, Community and Collaborators Culminates in National Award for Diversity & Inclusion

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May 21 is World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development 2019

They say it takes a village to raise up a child.  An industry-focused village of builders, suppliers and community partners has been working together for more than 10 years to raise up and increase participation by minority- and women-owned businesses in Missouri’s construction industry. And their efforts are starting to pay off.

According to Steve Lewis, vice president of inclusion for the AGC of Missouri, here are just a few of the results of the decade-long effort:

  • Diverse membership in the AGC of Missouri has risen from miniscule 10 years ago to 14 percent today, with plans to grow total membership by an additional 25 percent over the next two years. Diversity within the AGCMO board of directors’ membership also has grown significantly, with currently five black (non-Hispanic) and 10 female members serving.
  • Becky Spurgeon, president of Interface Construction, a minority- owned business, currently serves as chair-elect and, in January 2020, will become chair of AGCMO’s board of directors.
  • Michael Kennedy, Jr., chief executive officer of KAI Enterprises, also a minority- owned business, will become vice chair of AGCMO’s Building Division in 2020.
  • A robust AGCMO Diversity Committee crosses all disciplines within the industry and is currently comprised of 20 members, with 45 percent diverse representation.
  • Three St. Louisans serve on AGC of America’s national Diversity & Inclusion Committee, and Frank Wilson, president of BFW Contracting LLC, serves as chair.

The first chapter within the 89-chapter AGC of America to hire a full-time diversity director 10 years ago, the Missouri AGC chapter was recognized in April with the AGC of America national Diversity & Inclusion Excellence Award for being a champion in advancing diversity and fostering a culture of inclusion within its workforce, supply chain and in the communities in which it serves.  The award was presented at the AGCA 2019 national convention in Denver to Lewis; Spurgeon; Wilson; Monica Bailey, director of diversity, McCarthy Building Companies; and Len Toenjes, president, AGCMO.

Wilson also received a national Chairman of the Year Award for his service, leadership and dedication as chair of the AGCA’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Other St. Louis-based members serving on the national committee include Bailey; Michael Kennedy, Jr., chief executive officer of KAI Enterprises; and Lewis.

“AGC of Missouri, as one of the first AGC chapters to dedicate time and resources to diverse businesses, has been a leader in advancing diversity and inclusion within the association,” said Brynn Huneke, director, diversity & inclusion, member engagement for AGC of America.  “AGC of America was honored to present them with the 2019 Diversity & Inclusion Excellence Award for an AGC Chapter.”

In addition to great leadership, Lewis believes it’s been the broad range of community partners and programs that has created sustainable and growing diversity in Missouri. The former AGC of St. Louis (now part of AGC of Missouri) participated in the Stempel Plan Mentor-Protégé program in a joint venture with the St. Louis Minority Business Council. Today, AGCMO provides significant financial support and serves on the board of directors of the Regional Union Construction Center (RUCC). In addition, many AGCMO members serve on the advisory boards of companies that participate in the RUCC program. From 2001-14, AGC of St. Louis operated the Construction Careers Center Charter High School that provided an open opportunity for high school students to be introduced to the construction industry. The CCC offered gateways to the construction industry through programs like Ameren’s Skilled Trade Education Program, preparing students for careers in the energy industry.  CCC also participated in the Architectural, Construction and Engineering (ACE) mentoring program whereby many students earned internships with AGC-member companies.

AGCMO also is a member and sponsor of the National Society of Black Engineers and its Pre-College Initiative Program that prepares and introduces students to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) for the careers of today and tomorrow.  Other major community partnering programs included MoDOT’s I-64 Workforce Development Program, the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge project, and the current NGA West project.  AGCMO is also active and a sponsor of the Building Union Diversity (BUD) program. Among others, it sponsors Missouri Women in Trades, providing support for tradeswomen in the industry. AGCMO also is an investor and serves on the board of directors and technical assistance committee of the Contractor Loan Fund, a $10.6 million private equity fund that provides financing for minority- and women-owned businesses. An AGCMO representative also serves as a board member for the St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment (SLATE) and also regularly participates in MoDOT and MOKAN training symposia. AGCMO is a member of the MoDOT statewide Inclusion Advisory Council and Regional Diversity Council.  AGCMO also serves on the Diversity Committee and Cultural Competency Task Force of the St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers and the Education and Diversity Committee of the St. Louis Construction Cooperative, a labor-management organization.

Lewis wants to thank the members of AGCMO’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee for their tireless efforts that continue today:

  • Monica Bailey, McCarthy Building Companies
  • Sedrick Brandt, Brandt Contracting Inc.
  • Don Buchmueller, EM Harris Construction
  • Roslyn Croft, Tarlton Corporation
  • Steve Faust, icon Mechanical Construction & Engineering, LLC
  • Amy Haeger, AME Constructors, Inc.
  • Steven Harris, RubinBrown LLP
  • Howard Hayes, Paric Corporation
  • Michael B. Kennedy, Jr., KAI Enterprises
  • Thomas E. Kuhn, Millstone Weber, LLC
  • Vicki LaRose, Civil Design, Inc.
  • Steve Lewis, AGCMO (staff liaison)
  • Emily Martin, Aschinger Electric Company
  • Donald Rosenberger, PE, Delta Companies Inc.
  • Patricia Schaeffer, D & S Fencing Co., Inc.
  • Roger Spearman, A-1 Private Investigations, LLC
  • Robert Taylor, Realm Construction, Inc.
  • John VanAsdale, BSI Constructors, Inc.
  • Ronald Wiese, Alberici Constructors, Inc.
  • Frank Wilson, BFW Contracting LLC
  • Scott Wilson, S.M. Wilson & Co. (chair)
  • Michael Zambrana, Pangea Group

The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) is the leading association for the construction industry. AGC represents more than 26,000 firms, including over 6,500 of America’s leading general contractors, and over 9,000 specialty-contracting firms. More than 10,500 service providers and suppliers are also associated with AGC, all through a nationwide network of chapters. https://www.agc.org/

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.

https://www.agcmo.org/

 

 

Concrete Polishing Council of the American Society of Concrete Contractors Relaunches Tradesman & Craftsman Certifications

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The Concrete Polishing Council (CPC), a specialty council of the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC), St. Louis, MO, has relaunched its Tradesman and Craftsman certifications.  The certification programs were begun by the Concrete Polishing Association of America, precursor of the CPC.

A certified Tradesman requires knowledge on the proper procedure to polish concrete but lacks sufficient work experience to qualify as a Craftsman.  Craftsman certification is open to those who have achieved Tradesman certification and have a minimum of 4,500 hours of work experience in surface preparation, grinding, edging, chemical application, honing, polishing and polishing equipment maintenance.  Recertification is necessary every five years and requires successful completion of a written examination.

Those applying for Tradesman certification may purchase the Tradesman Certification Manual, an 86-page booklet covering Safety, Polished Concrete, Grinders/Equipment, Diamond Tooling, Maximum Refinement, Chemicals and Concrete.  The book also includes a Glossary and the CPC Position Statements.  The certification exam is based on the Manual.  Cost is $50 for CPC members and $65 for non-members.  An online review course covering the same information and with sample test questions is available to help technicians prep for the exam.  The review course is $150 for members and $190 for non-members.

The Tradesman examination, also online, is approximately two hours and consists of 50 multiple choice questions.  It requires a score of 70% or better.  CPC members pay $250 to take the exam; $315 for non-members.

Craftsman certification requires a passing grade on the Tradesman exam and 4,500 hours of verified work experience.  Work experience forms for employed workers, self-employed workers, and union laborers are available online.  Craftsman certification is $75 for members and $100 for non-members.

The concrete polishing certification program provides the industry with distinction between skill levels based on knowledge and real-world experience.  Polishing contractors can use the program to provide employees long-term goals toward education, training and mastery.  Owners and general contractors can utilize it to set specifications and determine the best qualified bid list.

The CPC was formed to provide standards, education and a professional network for polishing contractors and others serving in the industry. The primary goals are to furnish training opportunities and certification programs for members and to share information on best practices with the design and construction community.

The American Society of Concrete Contractors is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the capabilities of those who build with concrete, and to providing them a unified voice in the construction industry.  Members include concrete contracting firms, manufacturers, suppliers and others interested in the concrete industry such as architects, specifiers and distributors.  There are approximately 770 member companies in the United States and 15 foreign countries.  For more information, visit www.ascconline.org or call the ASCC office at (866) 788-2722.

For more information on this program go to www.ascconline.org/concrete-polishing-council/certification.

Laclede’s Landing Hails Memorial Day Completion of Lucas Ave Project

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By KERRY SMITH, EDITOR, ST. LOUIS CONSTRUCTION NEWS AND REVIEW MAGAZINE

St. Louis-based Stika Brothers Concrete Contracting, Inc. is the lead contractor for the  Lucas Avenue Project in Laclede’s Landing, a high-impact effort wrapping up this weekend that creates vehicular access to the Landing’s south end and features pedestrian-friendly sidewalks with trees and lighting.

John Clark, president of the Laclede’s Landing Community Improvement District, said the $350,000 infrastructural project creates a new main artery access point to the Landing connecting Lucas Avenue from Leonor K. Sullivan Boulevard to Lumiere Boulevard (Third Street). Clark said the newly rebuilt section literally paves the way for the growing amount of residential development there. Advantes Development is converting the former Bi-State Development headquarters at 701 North First Street into Peper Lofts. Advantes Principal Brian Minges has two more Landing structures under contract – the former Hoffman Building (700 North Second) and the Greeley Building (618-624 North Second) – for a mixed-use, residential-retail redevelopment.

“Brian is seeing great success with the Peper Lofts, the Landing’s first-ever multifamily development that is quickly filling up,” said Clark. “With the completion of all the work on the Gateway Arch grounds and museum plus an additional $20 million in recent investments on the Landing with more to come, we anticipate increasing demand for additional residential options from those who want to live in this premier riverfront location.”

The new stretch of Lucas Avenue is anticipated to open this Monday, May 27.

S. M. Wilson, Christner Partner to Build $28 Million Expansion for COCA

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By KERRY SMITH, EDITOR, ST. LOUIS CONSTRUCTION NEWS AND REVIEW MAGAZINE

S. M. Wilson is building Phase 2 of the Center of Creative Arts (COCA) expansion that will nearly double the size of the nonprofit organization’s facility at 524 Trinity Avenue in St. Louis.

Phase 1 of the project was completed by S. M. Wilson in June 2018 and consisted of renovations to the Kuehner West Wing Facilities. Construction of Phase 2 – scheduled to reach completion in early 2020 – is currently under way and includes construction of the two-level Ferring East Wing addition.

Axi:Ome, Design Architect and Christner, Associate Design Architect are architects of record

A national leader in innovative arts education, COCA serves more than 50,000 people annually of all ages, backgrounds and ability levels throughout the Greater St. Louis area. As demand for the organization’s services continues to increase, the existing facility no longer has adequate capacity.

In 2015, COCA launched the Create Our Future campaign, a multi-year fundraising effort to transform its University City campus. COCA has raised $45 million to fund the expansion and renovation project and build capital reserves and endowment funds for scholarships, support services, artistic and educational programming.

“This expansion will allow COCA to serve more students from throughout the St. Louis community and ensure that we remain a part of what makes St. Louis a great place to work, live, and raise a family, for years to come,” said COCA Board President Jesse Hunter.

A new 450-seat theatre features a core and shell made of primarily concrete. Foundations, columns, walls and decks are a mix of load-bearing masonry and structural steel, according to S. M. Wilson President Amy Berg. The extreme height of the masonry walls makes them unique. Standing 50 and 52 feet high, the structural loading sequence, wind bracing and assembly of the load-bearing masonry walls were crucial during design, she said.

“The one-of-a-kind theatre is also difficult to build due to the 11 different floor elevations,” Berg added. “S. M. Wilson had to be precise when planning the concrete pour sequence which required multiple forming and shoring systems.”

Because of the limited space and access of the project site, a tower crane was required in order to accommodate the long reaches for concrete pours and steel picks. Typically a tower crane would not be needed for a two-story building, Berg said, but due to the location, the height of the masonry walls, overhead obstructions, multi-level concrete deck pours and complex steel installations, it was a requirement for a successful project.

“COCA is an inspiring organization and a staple in our community,” she said. “We are proud to be a part of delivering this landmark project and look forward to how this new space will continue to innovate and inspire for generations to come.”

TJ Wies Contracting Presented with Safety and Quality Excellence Awards

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TJ Wies Contracting was recently presented with Safety and Quality Excellence Awards at the Association of the Wall and Ceiling Industry’s (AWCI) Annual Convention in National Harbor, Maryland. The Awards Brunch was held on April 25th.

AWCI is an international association with over 2,400 members. The membership consists of manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, and contractors throughout North America.

AWCI presented TJ Wies Contracting with the 2019 Excellence in Construction Safety Award – “for the greatest overall increase in safety, training, and awareness among AWCI member companies with between 500,000 and 1,000,000 man-hours in 2018.” This year marks the third time that TJ Wies Contracting has been presented with an Excellence in Safety Award by AWCI; other years include 2015 and 2017.

In addition to the Excellence in Safety Award, AWCI also awarded TJ Wies Contracting with the 2019 Excellence in Construction Quality Award in the Drywall category for work on the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial – Museum of Westward Expansion & Visitor Center, now referred to as Gateway Arch National Park. The Excellence in Quality Award “recognizes excellence in construction quality in the face of complicated and challenging projects.” TJ Wies Contracting received Excellence in Quality Awards in 2010 and 2011 as well, for Cardinals Kids Cancer Center and River City Casino, respectively.

Tim Wies stated, “I have always felt that safety, quality, and productivity were not mutually exclusive. Having now won these prestigious awards three times each, the industry has acknowledged what I have known from the start – a safe company can produce quality work while still being productive. Thank you to AWCI for the recognition and thanks to everyone on Team TJ Wies Contracting.”

Ryan Freeman Named President of PayneCrest Electric, Inc.

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Ryan Freeman has joined PayneCrest Electric, Inc. to serve as president.  PayneCrest is one of the St. Louis area’s largest electrical contractors serving a variety of industries locally and nationally.  David Payne, who has served as PayneCrest’s president for 34 years, will remain chief executive officer of the firm.

Freeman has 18 years of experience in construction management and executive leadership, most recently serving as a senior vice president at McCarthy.  He has earned a number of honors including being named a “40 under 40” high achiever by the national publication Building Design + Construction and the St. Louis Business Journal.   He was also named an outstanding alumnus by Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville’s School of Engineering from which he graduated with a mechanical engineering degree. Freeman is a past board member of FamilyForward and currently serves on several committees for the St. Louis-based charity that fights child abuse and neglect.

PayneCrest is annually ranked among the nation’s “Top Specialty Contractors” by the construction trade publication Engineering News Record.  It reported revenues of $160 million in 2018, ranking among the top electrical contractors by the St. Louis Business Journal.  The firm provides industrial, commercial and telecommunications electrical contracting and engineering services.  It has been honored more than 25 times for construction excellence in the annual AGC Keystone Awards, including its work on the St. Louis area’s two largest electrical contracts – the Holcim Cement Plant and the Lumiere Place Casino and Hotel.

Most recent PayneCrest projects include the Pfizer research campus in Chesterfield, Mo., Centene’s expansion in Clayton, Mo., the expansion of the GM auto plant in Arlington, Tex. and the Facebook Data Center in Omaha, Neb.

Founded in 1954, PayneCrest specializes in solution-oriented industrial, commercial and telecom electrical contracting and engineering services for a local, regional and national clientele.  Clients span healthcare, technology, biotech, energy, industrial, institutional and commercial industries. Find out more at www.paynecrest.com

IBEW Local 1 Electrician Wins 2018 IBEW Apprentice of the Year

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Deaf apprentice Cory Davis pursues his dream despite language barrier

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IBEW LOCAL 1 PROUD: Cory Davis, a fifth-year IBEW Local 1 apprentice who has been deaf since birth, was named the 2018 IBEW Apprentice of the Year at the IBEW Construction and Maintenance Conference in Washington last month, making his IBEW Local 1 family proud. – IBEW photo

Much to the delight of his IBEW Local 1 family, Cory Davis, a fifth-year IBEW Local 1 apprentice who has been deaf since birth, has been named the 2018 IBEW Apprentice of the Year.

Davis, who was selected among 400 nominations nationwide, received the award last month at the 2019 IBEW Construction and Maintenance Conference in Washington. The 37-year-old father of four said he was shocked to learn he had won the prestigious honor.

“I want to say, ‘Thank you to Local 1 for getting me in and to my wife Rebecca for supporting me,’” Davis signed at the award ceremony. “I’m very proud to be a member of the IBEW.”

KNEW AS A CHILD HE WANTED TO BE AN ELECTRICIAN
Davis, originally from Alton, IL, knew as a child he wanted to be an electrician. His father worked at a telecommunications company and brought his scrap home and Davis would practice wiring.

After receiving his associate degree in electrical technology from Harper Williams College in Palatine, IL, he stayed in the Chicago area and worked for a company building control panels.

Eventually, Davis moved back to the St. Louis area, married and started a family. He knew that he needed to join the IBEW to fulfill his lifelong dream of becoming an electrician.

THE BIG BREAK

IBEW LOCAL 1 Business Representative John Kahrhoff (left), St. Louis Electrical Industry Training Center Director Dennis Gralike (second to left) and Local 1 Business Manager Frank Jacobs (far right) knew from the very beginning that apprentice Cory Davis (standing left of Jacobs) had a bright future with Local 1. – Compass Communications photo

In 2014, he met IBEW Local 1 Business Representative John Kahrhoff at an air show. Davis and Kahrhoff, a licensed interpreter, struck up a conversation, and after learning about Davis’ qualifications and his goals, Kahrhoff knew Davis had a future with the IBEW Local 1 family and talked it over with Business Manager Frank Jacobs.

“John walked in with his credentials, and I said, ‘Let’s get him in here for an interview and make sure there is an interpreter,’” Jacobs said. “He came in for the interview and did really well, and he was selected into the apprenticeship program.”

The IBEW Electricians Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee committed to giving Davis full communication access through sign language throughout his apprenticeship training.

TOP OF HIS CLASS
“Cory finished the program at the top of his class and had the highest grade point average, and continues to receive outstanding evaluations on the job,” said Dennis Gralike, director of the St. Louis Electrical Industry Training Center.

Mike Hood, former vice president of Bell Electric who has bilateral hearing loss, took Davis under his wing and hired him in 2014. Hood has since retired, but still enjoys learning about Davis’ success on the job.

CORY DAVIS, a fifth year IBEW Local 1 apprentice who works at Bell Electric, is well respected on the job because of how good he is at what he does. – ibewhourpower.com screencap

WELL RESPECTED ON THE JOB
“The work that Cory does is impressive, and he is respected on the job,” Gralike said. “Even journeymen wiremen look up to him because of what he has accomplished and how good he is at what he does.”

Davis communicates with his co-workers via writing and pointing to blueprints. He attends union meetings on a regular basis and takes part in many his union’s community service opportunities.

“My advice to other apprentices or those considering an IBEW Local 1 apprenticeship is to just be yourself,” Davis said. “Show your knowledge of the industry and what you can do and work hard, and you’ll do just fine.”

ANOTHER NATIONAL HONOR
In August, Davis will be attending the IBEW National Training Institute in Ann Arbor, MI, where he will be recognized by the IBEW National Training Committee – which oversees the curriculum for the IBEW/National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) training program – as an outstanding apprentice.

“I imagine Cory will serve as an inspiration to the many instructors that will be attending the event,” Gralike said.

Metro Electric Supply Awarded Two Honors from Annual Ameren Awards Program

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Metro receives the Regional Electrical Distributor Award and Trade Ally of the Year 

Metro Electric Supply, a locally-owned and family operated wholesale residential, commercial and industrial electrical distributor, received the Trade Ally of the Year Award for the second year, and the Most Outstanding Regional Electrical Distributor of the Year Award at the 2019 Ameren Missouri BizSavers Program Trade Ally Network Awards. This is the third year in a row that Metro Electric Supply has been recognized by Ameren Missouri.

“It is an honor to be recognized with these awards,” says Bill Frisella, president of Metro Lighting and Metro Electric Supply. “Our continued standard of service from our employees shows in this recognition and that dedication is evident by our loyal customers.”

Metro’s energy use reduction saw them take the Trade Ally Network Awards’ highest honor in 2019. As the Trade Ally of the Year, Metro was recognized as a top performer in the energy efficiency industry. The distinguished honor goes to the trade ally that has reached the pinnacle of performance by achieving the greatest energy savings of any trade ally company in 2018. Metro’s progressive thinking, creative solutions and integration of incentives into their business has generated impressive energy savings throughout the year.

In addition to being award the Trade Ally of the Year, Metro Electric Supply was also honored with the Regional Electrical Distributor Award. This award is presented to a trade ally that sells a variety of electrical products located in the Midwest. This trade ally completed projects with the greatest energy savings in their category during the 2018 program year.

The Ameren Missouri BizSavers Trade Ally Network Awards are held every spring to celebrate the performance of Trade Allies in the previous year. The 2019 awards, which were held on Thursday, April 18, were based on program performance between March 2018 and February 2019. 

Metro Lighting and Metro Electric Supply is a locally-owned family business. In 1967, St. Louis Electric Supply consisted of one delivery truck and a basement and a garage overflowing with circuit breakers, wire, and conduit. For more information on energy savings, Metro’s services and locations or to shop online visit: www.metrolightingcenters.com or   www.metroelectricsupply.com. 

Key Employees Take Ownership Positions in Remiger Design

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Firm looks toward the future with buy in from Principal Architect and CFO

Vern Remiger, president of Remiger Design, announced that Denny Crain and Mike Favazza Jr. have taken an ownership position in the architectural, planning and interior design firm.

“Denny and Mike have been key leaders at our firm,” Remiger noted. “This enables us to move forward with our growth plans while ensuring that we have capable leadership to guide our firm in the coming years.”

Crain has been with Remiger Design since April 2014, starting as a project leader. He became a licensed architect in January 2016. He was promoted to principal in January 2018. With 15 years of experience, his primary responsibilities range across all design and construction phases of projects for the firm’s clients. Additionally, he develops the firm’s business while focusing on several commercial property sectors.

Favazza was named CFO of Remiger Design last January, after having served as the company’s outside CPA for three years. Mike oversees the firm’s initiatives to improve profitability and efficiencies in its business processes. His experience includes more than 16 years of both public and private accounting, with an emphasis on helping small businesses manage their finances and growth.

“While I will remain active as the majority shareholder, this positions our firm for the future,” Remiger said. “I am confident in their abilities to eventually take over the firm.”

Remiger Design is a St. Louis-based planning, architecture and interior design firm specializing in the planning and design of multiple project types and scale. The firm was founded in 2010 by Vern Remiger, an industry veteran with more than 35 years of experience in architecture, interior design, planning and facilities management.

Trio of Construction Firms Acquire St. Louis-Based Leonard Masonry, Inc.

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Firm Celebrates Its 60th Anniversary by Adding Restoration and Preservation Services

Alberici Corporation, Byrne & Jones Construction and Central Building & Preservation, L.P. have jointly acquired the assets of the venerable St. Louis construction firm Leonard Masonry, Inc.  Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Founded in 1959 by Donald Leonard, the two-generation, family-owned company grew to become one of the largest masonry contractors in St. Louis, focusing on new construction.  Its capabilities will be expanded to restoration and preservation projects.

“With an infusion of capital from the new ownership group, we are excited to broaden Leonard Masonry’s exquisite craftsmanship in new construction and introduce its skills to masonry restoration and preservation in the built environment,” said John Heitert who serves as general manager of Leonard Masonry.  Heitert was formerly a project manager and corporate equipment manager at Alberici.

Heitert is joining long standing Leonard Masonry leadership – Kenneth Westhoff and Ken Booth.  Westhoff is the former Leonard Masonry, Inc. president and has been with the company for more than 22 years. He serves as chief estimator.  Booth joined the firm in 1999 and will remain field operations manager, a position he’s held since 2004.

Under the new ownership, Leonard Masonry will retain its name and its headquarters at 5925 Fee Fee Road.  The firm employs 40 people, but will add additional employees as it grows its new construction and restoration practice with a goal of employing up to 80 people. The new ownership group hopes to double annual revenues to about $10 million over the next 12 months.

“We are excited that the 60th anniversary of Leonard Masonry’s founding is a benchmark year, fortified by new ownership that is energizing our next generation of craftsmanship and service to  facility managers, developers and general contractors,” noted Westhoff.

Leonard Masonry’s craftsmanship is found throughout the St. Louis area in ornate granite, stone and brick installations. It has won numerous awards from the Masonry Institute of St. Louis, the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) St. Louis Chapter, the Construction Products Council of St. Louis and other organizations.  Among those award-winning projects are:

  • Uncas A. Whitaker and Earth and Planetary Science buildings on the Washington University campus, among several award-winning Washington University projects for Leonard Masonry;
  • Emerson Grand Basin in Forest Park;
  • John Apostle and Evangelist Catholic Church in downtown St. Louis;
  • Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Washington, Mo.; and
  • Arnold Recreation Center in Arnold, Mo.

Among its many landmark projects are the St. Louis Missouri Temple of The Church of

Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, the BMO Harris Bank Building in Des Peres, the Boeing Leadership Center Chateau in Florissant, Mo. and The Dome at America’s Center, which included $7.8 million in masonry alone.  More on Leonard Masonry can be found at www.leonardmasonry.com.

With annual revenues exceeding $2 billion, St. Louis-based Alberici is a diversified global construction company regularly ranked among the top 40 contractors in the United States by Engineering News-Record.  Alberici serves a broad spectrum of industrial and commercial markets providing general contracting, construction management and design-build solutions, as well as the ability to self-perform key components of its projects. Learn more at www.alberici.com.

Chicago-based Central Building & Preservation L.P. is Chicago’s leading masonry restoration contractor.  Founded in 1924, the firm has a loyal clientele and performs many of the high profile projects in Chicago.  Central specializes in masonry reconstruction, tuckpointing, concrete restoration, and sealant application.  Central serves a broad array of commercial, multi-unit residential, and institutional clients.  Learn more at www.centralbldg.com

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