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Holland Construction Doubling Size of MidAmerica St. Louis Airport



Swansea-based Holland Construction Services is constructing Phase II of an ambitious expansion of MidAmerica St. Louis Airport that will nearly double its footprint to serve a large increase in travelers.

Airport figures reveal there is a 376 percent increase in MidAmerica travelers from 2015-2019. The airport’s projected volume for 2021 is more than 340,000 travelers.

Holland Senior Project Manager Steve Teipe said the $25 million construction project is adding 41,000 square feet to the 53,000-square-foot airport in Mascoutah, IL that opened in 1997. Phase I of the project took place from January to April 2020 and involved the relocation of electrical service for the terminal.

Phase II, which is currently under way, includes construction of the core and shell of the new addition including the roof, aluminum curtain wall framing, glazing, glass fiber concrete panels and the extension of the terminal’s exterior canopy.

Holland completed the formwork, waterproofing and reinforcing steel for the mat foundation slab in late June. The project team is currently putting in concrete basement foundations and forming the basement walls for the addition. Structural steel is projected to arrive in August.

Major facets of the expansion project include relocating Transportation Security Administration (TSA), adding two more gates and passenger jet bridges and building and renovating ADA-compliant restrooms. An expanded departure lounge, nursing room, additional concessions room and service animal relief area are also within the scope of the expansion.

Additional federal funding earmarked for MidAmerica St. Louis Airport will fund Phases III and IV. The project is anticipated to be completed in late 2023.

A total of $6.5 million in federal transportation grant monies were awarded in September 2020, followed by $12.6 million in May 2021 to support the project’s final phase.

HOK is the project designer.


St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers Best Practice & Diversity Awards 2021


St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers”, 2021 Best Practice & Diversity Awards. Prestigious. Honorable. Remarkable. 

These are just some of the traits of attaining our best practice, diversity or volunteer awards. Whether a are a winner or a finalist, there is no bigger honor than being recognized by the SLC3 leadership of consumers of construction. Unlike any other, the area’s top decision makers and influencers determine our winners and finalists.

Each year up to 4 projects are awarded with one of 17 CII or Construction Industry Institute’s Best Practices such as Front End Planning or Zero Accidents.  In addition, the SLC recognized individuals and organizations going beyond to meet the criteria of Inclusion Champion, M/W/DBE Excellence and for the first time this year Woman in Construction Award.

Link to event page


MoDOT, IDOT Making Progress on I-270 North, I-44, I-64, Poplar Street



The Missouri Dept. of Transportation and the Illinois Dept. of Transportation are working steadily through the summer on multi-year projects to improve access along some of the St. Louis region’s busiest thoroughfares.

MoDOT’s work to maximize roadway improvements to the Interstate 270 corridor from James S. McDonnell Blvd. to Bellefontaine Rd., the I-270 North Design-Build Project, is a $278 million, 44-month project that began in April 2020 and is projected to wrap up in December 2023. Millstone Weber and Parsons Transportation Group are the prime contractors.

Nina Thompson, communications coordinator for the project, said right now the work taking place includes building a new Pershall Road Bridge over Coldwater Creek, completing the West Florissant Bridge, construction of outer road improvements, the start of Missouri Rte. 367 interchange construction, connecting Pershall Bridge to Dunn Rd. over I-270 just east of Old Halls Ferry and the continuation of work on the U.S. Rte. 67 (Lindbergh Blvd.) interchange.

The I-270 project is MoDOT’s largest project in a decade.

MoDOT is also preparing to place concrete for the last piece of the new westbound Interstate 44 Bridge. The project includes widening the westbound bridge from four lanes to five and adding a ramp bridge to facilitate vehicles entering westbound I-44 from northbound and southbound I-270.

The work is also being performed to allow vehicles exiting westbound I-44 at Soccer Park/North Highway Drive to merge more safely and efficiently.

Andrew Gates, communications specialist, said MoDOT has completed the new ramp/collector-distributor pavement east of the bridge and is finishing the collector-distributor pavement west of the bridge. The asphalt overlay has been completed, he added, and striping is beginning. In addition, MoDOT has set girders and has partially formed the deck for the pedestrian and bicycle path bridge. Work on the I-44 bridge project commenced in August 2018 and is expected to complete in January. By this fall, MoDOT anticipates all traffic lanes across the bridge to be open.

The I-64 overpass at 22nd St. is another MoDOT project taking shape this summer. Gates said crews are currently constructing two overpasses – Ewing Ave. and 22nd St. over I-64 and Jefferson Ave. and 22nd St. The project began in July 2020 and has a projected finish of June 2022. KCI Construction is the prime contractor. Gates said this project was spurred by the relocation of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency to its future campus just north of downtown St. Louis.

“This interchange update project, which creates the first full interchange on I-64 in the downtown area, helps bring traffic to and from the new NGA campus more efficiently,” said Gates.

IDOT is also working on a project to facilitate vehicular traffic in and around downtown St. Louis.

Dawn Johnson, IDOT Region 5 communications outreach liaison, said the agency is working toward completion this fall of the Poplar Street Bridge eastbound collector-distributor ramps, a project that began in December 2020. The $29.8 million project involves bridge deck replacement, full and partial depth deck repairs, deck sealing, removal and replacement of expansion joints, beam repair and strengthening, pier repairs, drainage repairs, safety improvements and sign replacement.


Dr Linda Little of the IBEW/NECA Electrical Industry Training Center Honored by Two St. Louis Business Publications


Dr. Linda Little, who has helped pioneer national training in electric vehicle infrastructure, is being saluted by two St. Louis business publications.  Little, assistant director of the IBEW/NECA Electrical Industry Training Center, is being honor in the St. Louis Business Journal’s annual “Most Influential Business Women” and as an “Unsung Hero” by the St. Louis Small Business Monthly

10 years ago, Dr. Little was part of a select national team that created the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Training Program (EVITP), the essential standard to ensure reliable installation of EV chargers supporting the EV industry.  Dr. Little also chairs a national code making panel shaping the future of energy storage systems and DC microgrids for the National Electrical Code.

As assistant director of the IBEW/NECA Electrical Industry Training Center, she has helped develop its 78-course curriculum. For 20-plus years, Dr. Little has instructed countless apprentices, journey workers and NECA contractors in rapidly evolving electrical and communications infrastructure.  She is an essential resource for the IBEW/NECA Electrical Connection partnership in helping the region understand an array of disruptive technologies including smart infrastructure, robotics, renewable energy, EV chargers and more. Both locally and nationally, Dr. Little is advancing the electrical industry through board service that includes:

·         St. Louis Building Energy Improvement Board

·         St. Louis County Electrical Code Review Committee

·         Chairman of the National Electrical Code Panel #13 (she is the first female IBEW member in the history of the IBEW international union to chair a National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Electrical Code Panel)

·         National Fire Protection Association

·         International Association of Electrical Inspectors

·         Underwriter’s Laboratories (UL) Electrical Council

Dr. Little has a PhD in curriculum and instruction and is certified in engineering science, chemistry, mathematics, and vocational education. Her doctoral thesis was the “Importance of High School Mathematics for Building Trades Electrical Apprenticeship Training Programs.” It offered pioneering insights on the importance of STEM education for the trades.

In its salute to Dr. Little and other unsung heroes in the July issue of St. Louis Small Business Monthly, Editor Rob Ameln noted “The heroes you see feature are people that not only have achieved excellence in their chosen fields, but they also are devoted tirelessly to helping to make St. Louis a better region.” Read the full article.

The St. Louis Business Journal will be honoring Dr Little in its August 13, 2021 “Most Influential Business Women” luncheon along with 25 other St. Louis business women in industries spanning healthcare, construction, legal, finance, non-profit, tourism and logistics. The event will be held at the St. Louis Marriott Grand Hotel in Downtown St. Louis.  Meanwhile, St. Louis Small Business Monthly will be honoring Dr. Little among seven “Unsung Heroes” in its July 2021 issue.

It is the third time in the past year that Dr. Little has been honored by a business publication. In December 2020, she earned a “Women in Construction Award” from St. Louis Constructions News and Review (CNR).

The Electrical Connection partnership provides safe and reliable commercial, industrial and residential electrical construction, maintenance, repair and replacement services across Missouri, the nation and the world. It is an important resource for business and civic leadership for new technology, including disruptive technologies, advancing electrical and communication infrastructure.  Learn more at


Cee Kay Supply, Inc. Announces Employee Stock Ownership Plan


Cee Kay Supply, Inc., the largest family-owned independent distributor in the Midwest for industrial gases, welding equipment, & dry ice is proud to announce the formation of its new Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) designed to provide 49% stock benefits to the 135 employees.

Cee Kay Supply now joins a group of over 6,500+ U.S. companies that are currently operating as ESOPs including the 171 in Missouri & 137 in Illinois. The transaction has also included additional operating companies Gateway Cylinder Technologies, ArchView Carbonic and CryoGas CO2 to create the newly formed employee-owned entity CK Supply, Inc.

Tom Dunn, past CEO and Owner stated, “The employees have always been at the center of growth & success for Cee Kay Supply. As I explored transitioning out of ownership, the ESOP model was a great solution to preserve the brand and our family ownership legacy, while allowing future employees to directly share in the benefits of their hard work and long-term dedication.”

Due to increased employee involvement, ESOP companies generally have a superior track record compared to other companies. In various studies, published by the National Center for Employee Ownership, ESOP companies have higher productivity, profit margins and overall job satisfaction. Additionally, their employees have been found to have 2.2x as much in retirement plans, 20% more financial assets, and 53% longer median job tenure*.

Current President & CEO Ned Lane also stated, “I am excited for our new employee owners. Normally when someone retires, they receive a gift from the company. With Tom’s retirement, he has given us the gift of independence & ownership by selling to the ESOP.”

To assist in the transaction Cee Kay Supply engaged Prairie Capital Advisors as the financial advisor and Polsinelli law firm to assist in closing the transaction. Cee Kay Supply has also appointed an independent ESOP trustee which with its advisors will continue to serve on behalf of the employee interests.

The new employee owners of CK Supply will celebrate this company milestone together in August with a company picnic held at first generation owner Mim and Paul Dunn’s Lake property.

For any questions, please contact Ned Lane, Cee Kay Supply President, at 314.644.3500


Western Specialty Contractors Workshop Explains Industry Challenges


Last year’s COVID-19 pandemic, compounded by Winter Storm Uri in Texas, severe weather in the Midwest, high consumer demand, a container shortage, embargoes, employee shortages and the Suez Canal blockage created the perfect storm that led to today’s challenging construction environment, according to presenters at a recent workshop hosted by Western Specialty Contractors.   

Representatives from Western Specialty Contractors, Sika Corporation and Rooftech/Pavetech Consultants conducted a workshop in June outlining the circumstances behind the construction industry’s product shortages, long lead times and price increases, plus offered their outlooks for the year ahead. The online workshop was offered free to facility managers, building owners and customers. 

Much of the nation’s construction projects were halted by the COVID-19 shutdown in 2020 when devastating Winter Storm Uri crippled Texas in February 2021. The complete shutdown and damage to manufacturing plants in the state halted raw material production for several weeks, which in-turn caused construction material manufacturers, such as Sika, to produce less for its customers. A dip in Texas’ oil refinery production was also a major contributor to the raw material shortage, according to workshop presenter Mike Mastro, Vice-President of Sika Corporation. Sika is a specialty chemicals company based in New Jersey that manufactures concrete admixtures, specialty mortars, epoxies, structural strengthening systems, sealants, adhesives and more.  

“Much of the manufacturing plants are built around the oil refinery industry, meaning that a lot of these raw materials such as PVC, Poly O, MBI, TDI are basically centered around oil and that centered around Texas,” said Mastro. “After companies were able to start back up, they started allocating the raw materials to manufacturers to make products, so that is where the time lags started, and while we have an increased demand for our products year over year of 20 percent, we now have a reduction in the ability to manufacture products by about 80 percent due to the raw materials shortage.” 

Strong consumer demand, combined with raw material shortages, freight delivery backups and a tightening of the labor market will continue to challenge the supply of construction materials through the summer, with prices predicted to rise consistently through mid-2022, according to Mastro.  

Workshop presenters offered their advice on the best ways for facility managers and owners to move forward with 2021 capital improvement projects considering the year’s unprecedented challenges.  

“We recommend getting the project under contract and moving forward with an open mind,” said David Grandbois, Assistant Branch Manager at Western’s Minneapolis Branch. “Plan ahead for long lead items, identify them early and get in contract with the pricing for those items. Keep an open dialogue between the consultant, owner and contractor as things change daily and hourly. And finally, be flexible to allow for material price increases as they come along.” 

Tanya Shepherd, Senior Business Development Manager at Western Specialty Contractors, added that communication between the manufacturer, owner and contractor is key to navigating today’s construction environment. 

“The biggest thing is just honestly being able to communicate to your ownerships or your asset managers and explain to them what’s going on,” said Shepherd. “If you put capital money in 2021, then a lot of ownerships say that is has to be completed in 2021 and that just may not be the case, so communicating with your engineers, your consultant, your contractor and your ownership is probably the best thing you can do at this point. There are going to be a lot of question marks about lead times and completion dates that you aren’t necessarily going to have answers for.” 

Transparency about what can and can’t be done on a project is one of the best ways to move forward, said Mastro.  

“A lot of these projects, you normally have a monthly project meeting, it should probably be bi-weekly or weekly now because this process is changing and it’s so dynamic and changing so fast that I think it is important for everybody,” said Mastro. “From the manufacturer to the specifier to the owner to the contractor, everyone should be having these conversations together because I think it is going to require a lot of creativity to move around the job site in a different order or focus on different things.” 

To view the complete workshop online, visit 

Family-owned and operated for more than 100 years, Western Specialty Contractors is the nation’s largest specialty contractor in masonry and concrete restoration, waterproofing and specialty roofing. 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  


Holland Construction Services Completes Facility for Volpi Foods


Holland Construction Services has constructed a new 87,000-square-foot food meat slicing and packaging facility for Volpi Foods. This state-of-the-art plant, located in Union, Missouri, connects to Volpi’s existing 120,000-square-foot prosciutto processing plant and will handle the slicing and packaging of Volpi’s artisan-crafted meats.

Holland Senior Project Manager, Steve Teipe, said the facility was a tilt-up project, with 42-foot-tall wall panels cast on-site and then lifted into place with a lattice boom crane. The facility was designed and constructed to meet the unique needs of a modern Italian dry-cured meat producer.

“This project required a significant amount of collaboration between the design firm as well as Volpi to ensure it met their needs,” said Teipe. “The facility needed plenty of room for their freezer and meat processing equipment on the second floor which meant our team had to ensure the building was structurally strong enough to adequately support that weight and function accordingly. Volpi has been ecstatic with the end results.”

Volpi Foods, a fourth-generation producer of specialty dry-cured meats, has operated a facility in the historic Hill neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri for 119 years. President of Volpi Foods, Lorenza Pasetti, said while they are maintaining their current location on The Hill, the company needed a facility that could accommodate the expanding international demand for their products.

“Holland did an excellent job of keeping us informed on the progress of this project every step of the way while completing it on-time and on-budget,” said Pasetti. “This has been a year of extreme growth for our company, and we are excited for how this added facility will help our business expand in the future.”

About Holland

Holland Construction Services is a full-service construction management, general contracting, and design/build firm based in Swansea, Ill., guided by the principle of providing clients the best possible build experience on every project.  Holland has been providing quality construction services throughout Illinois and Missouri since 1986, when it was founded by company CEO Bruce Holland.

Holland offers pre-construction, construction and virtual design & construction services to commercial, education, healthcare, industrial, multi-family, municipal, recreation, and senior living clients. The St. Louis Business Journal ranks Holland as a “Best Places to Work” and one of the top 15 contractors in the St. Louis area. For more information, visit Holland’s website at


People On The Move In The Local Construction Industry


Holland Construction Services Promotes Brian Wheeler to Director of Quality Assurance

Brian Wheeler

Mike Deihl, Director of Operations at Holland Construction Services, is pleased to announce the promotion of Brian Wheeler to Director of Quality Assurance.

Wheeler joined Holland in 2019 as a Senior Pre-Construction Manager, bringing over 20 years of architectural experience to the team.

“Brian’s experience as an architect and on-site, along with his personality are exactly what we need to continue to build our culture of quality,” said Deihl. “Brian will be working hand-in-hand with on-site project teams as well as preconstruction to help Holland deliver an even higher quality product to our clients.”

Wheeler added, “This is definitely an opportunity that I am excited for. My role will be to reinforce and support the quality work our team does every day through each project we work on and help problem-solve whenever needed to ensure installations are being completed in the most effective manner to benefit all parties involved.”

Wheeler is a licensed architect in Illinois and Missouri with AIA and NCARB credentials and has served as the chair of Holland’s Quality Control Committee for the last year. He is from Albers, IL and is a graduate of Southern Illinois University Carbondale with a degree in Architectural Studies. He now resides in Breese with his wife and three children.

Holland Construction Services is a full-service construction management, general contracting, and design/build firm guided by the principle of providing clients the best possible build experience on every project.  Holland has been providing quality construction services throughout Illinois and Missouri since 1986, when it was founded by company CEO Bruce Holland.

Holland offers pre-construction, construction, and virtual design & construction services to commercial, education, healthcare, industrial, multi-family, municipal, recreation, and senior living clients. The St. Louis Business Journal ranks Holland as a “Best Places to Work” and one of the top 15 contractors in the St. Louis area. For more information, visit Holland’s website at

July 23, 2021

Castle Contracting’s Joel Richardson Earns Professional Engineer License

Joel Richardson, P.E.

Castle Contracting, LLC’s Civil Design Engineer Joel Richardson, P.E., has received his Professional Engineer license in Missouri.

Earning the Professional Engineer designation requires a bachelor’s degree in engineering, four years of applied work experience and passing a full-day exam. The credential communicates that an individual works within standards that protect the public, achieves a baseline standard of qualification and expertise, and serves as a credible and valid engineering professional.

Richardson has 23 years of experience in survey, construction layout and design. He earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the UMSL/Washington University Joint Engineering Program. Richardson supports Castle’s turnkey civil design-build services for site development work.

“Since the day he has walked in the door, Joel has been dedicated to adding value to the Castle team. He has leveraged his construction field knowledge to apply it to design and continues to grow his breadth of experience and expertise. We are proud of his achievement of becoming a Professional Engineer and are looking forward to all the great things he will do on the Castle team in the future,” said Christie Brinkman, Castle director of design-build.

Castle Contracting, LLC provides turnkey site preparation and design-build services, site utilities, earthwork and trenchless technology directly to owners; general contractors; and mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection contractors. The company’s earthmoving expertise is visible throughout the St. Louis region and from coast to coast. Castle’s recent civil contracting projects in St. Louis include Gateway Arch National Park, the East End transformation of Washington University’s Danforth campus, Next NGA West, and Tomahawk Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility.

July 9, 2021

NewGround Promotes Julia Weigard to Director of Environments Operations

Julia Weigard

New management role to lead all retail implementation operations

NewGround, a St. Louis-based innovative architecture, design, and project management firm, recently announced the promotion of Julia Weigard to Director of Environments Operations.

Julia joined NewGround two years ago and has been instrumental in the development of the company’s Environments Team in Chicago. She will be coordinating all retail implementation operations working with multiple disciplines, from project design to installation. In her management role, she will also contribute to various strategic initiatives as the company continues to grow new business in the financial institution, retail, and hospitality sectors.

“My previous role as Project Manager has introduced me to Operational Development, which I have become highly passionate toward,” said Julia Weigard, Director of Environments Operations at NewGround. “I thrive in a collaborative, organized, yet challenging environment, and I am excited to advance my career further with NewGround.”

With over five years of industry experience in the retail design field, Julia’s background focuses on project management, supply chain management, fabrication, and installation.

“We are proud of Julia and her many accomplishments thus far growing our Environments Team and business operations, and we know she will continue to excel in her new leadership role to make great strides for our extensive portfolio of clients across the country,” said Scott Florini, Vice President of Strategy at NewGround.

Julia holds a Bachelor of Arts in interior architecture from Harrington College of Design and is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration from DePaul University.

NewGround is the industry leader in planning, designing, and building branded spaces for financial institutions, organizations, and retailers. With over 100 years of experience, we deliver dynamic, customized solutions for clients across North America, with a regional presence from coast to coast. For more information, visit NewGround at

July 2, 2021

Cheryl D.S. Walker Joins Midwest BankCentre’s Legal Board of Directors

Cheryl D. S. Walker

Cheryl D.S. Walker, interim president and CEO of Deaconess Foundation and an experienced attorney, has been elected to the Midwest BankCentre legal board of directors.

Walker leads the Walker Commercial Law Group LLC, where she applies 30 years of legal experience to creating innovative business and legal solutions for clients; structuring complex commercial transactions; and negotiating commercial design and construction agreements. In her role with Deaconess Foundation, she leads a faith-based grantmaking organization supporting child well-being in St. Louis through philanthropy, advocacy, and organizing for racial equity and public policy change.

Walker possesses notable skills in capacity building, visioning, strategic planning and executive search leadership through her varied professional and community leadership roles. She serves as chair of the Missouri Ethics Commission, president of the St. Louis Regional Health Commission, vice president of the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission, board member for St. Louis Business Empowerment Center and as a commissioner on the Tower Grove Park Board. She is an Alexis de Tocqueville cabinet member for the United Way of Greater St. Louis and a trustee for the Whitaker Foundation, centered on enhancing the arts and encouraging use of urban parks.

She formerly served on the University of Missouri Board of Curators, which she chaired in 2008. She co-chaired the Presidential Search Committee that selected Dr. Mun Y. Choi as the 24th president of the University of Missouri system.

Walker has been recognized among St. Louis’ Most Influential Business Women by the St. Louis Business Journal and as a Most Inspiring St. Louisan by the NAACP, St. Louis chapter. She was recognized for impactful leadership by Women of Achievement and received the Excellence in the Legal Profession award from the National Society of Black Engineers, St. Louis Chapter.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at Missouri University of Science & Technology and her law degree from Washington University in St. Louis.

Midwest BankCentre’s current assets exceed $2 billion and deposits total more than $1.5 billion. A mainstay of the greater St. Louis community banking scene since 1906, the bank employs a staff of about 280 working at 18 bank locations in the City of St. Louis, St. Louis, Jefferson and St. Charles counties in Missouri and St. Clair County in Illinois. It works to empower people, enable business and energize neighborhoods through the strength of its financial services, including personalized consumer and business banking, business cash management, mortgage lending, home equity loans, financial planning and investments, insurance and digital banking.

The bank is a local leader in the St. Louis Regional Financial Empowerment Coalition (formerly the St. Louis Regional Unbanked Task Force) and its Bank-On Save-Up St. Louis initiative. Since 2001, Midwest BankCentre has consecutively achieved the Bauer Financial 5-Star Superior financial rating each quarter. It has been recognized for its success in bringing mainstream financial services to unbanked and underbanked citizens in the region and other diversity and inclusion contributions with the 2019 Community Commitment Award from the American Bankers Association Foundation and the 2018 National Community Bank Service Award from the Independent Community Bankers of America®.

Ryan Neff Joins Castle Contracting as Project Manager

Ryan Neff

Castle Contracting, LLC has hired Ryan Neff as Project Manager. In this position, Neff will lead and oversee the day-to-day operation of earthwork and site utility projects for a variety of owners and general contractors. He is responsible for the planning, execution and closeout of projects and overall project performance.

Prior to joining Castle, Neff was a Project Manager and an Assistant Project Manager at Korte & Luitjohan Contractors in Highland, Ill. He earned a bachelor’s degree in construction management from the University of Cincinnati.

“Ryan is a great addition,” said Michael Pranger, Castle Contracting vice president of operations. “His expertise in estimating, project management and a variety of project types is an asset to the Castle team.”

Castle Contracting, LLC provides turnkey site preparation and design-build services, site utilities, earthwork and trenchless technology directly to owners; general contractors; and mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection contractors. The company’s earthmoving expertise is visible throughout the St. Louis region and from coast to coast. Castle’s recent civil contracting projects include Gateway Arch National Park, the East End transformation of Washington University’s Danforth campus, Next NGA West, and Tomahawk Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility.

June 25, 2021

Castle Stone Products Welcomes Jim Tovo as Director of Operations

Jim Tovo

Castle Stone Products is pleased to announce that Jim Tovo has joined the Castle Stone team as Director of Operations. In his new position, Jim will be responsible for leading production, QC, shipping & receiving and further positioning the company for operational efficiencies and growth. Jim will also be instrumental in the company’s launch of its new line of Laticrete products. Jim brings nearly 15 years of industry operational & sales experience in his new role, as the Company continues to expand its reach in multiple states.

Castle Stone Products is a STL-based, business-to-business manufacturer of 12 different styles of stone veneer, distribute a full range of cast stone materials & granite and recently was approved as a distributor for masonry veneer installation products from Laticrete.

IMPACT Strategies’ Growth Prompts Promotions of Teresa Whittaker & Scott Manning

Teresa Whittaker

IMPACT Strategies is excited to announce the promotions of Teresa Whittaker to Chief Financial Officer and Scott Manning to Director of Construction Operations.

As Chief Financial Officer, Teresa Whittaker will execute IMPACT’s financial strategic initiatives, develop long-term financial goals, and play an integral role in driving the success of IMPACT by monitoring financial performance. In this role, Whittaker will continue to lead IMPACT’s accounting team and HR operations, identify critical trends, and develop new company best practices, projections, and solutions.

Prior to joining IMPACT, Whittaker received her bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Robert Morris College and worked in the public accounting sector for 10 years. Whittaker has been with IMPACT since the company’s inception—she was hired as an Accounting Manager in 2002, promoted to Controller, and is currently an active member of IMPACT’s Executive Committee.

“Teresa has grown substantially throughout her career with IMPACT,” said Mark Hinrichs, President of IMPACT Strategies, Inc. “She has done an excellent job in preparing the department to support our growth–from the early founding days of the company to where we stand today. She has continually challenged herself and others around her to find ways to streamline our processes and procedures with an innovative focus on technology.”

Scott Manning

Scott Manning brings 10+ years of construction management, business knowhow, and a vast understanding of IMPACT’s company culture to the position. In addition to managing IMPACT’s team of Project Managers, Project Engineers, and Superintendents, Manning’s role will also supervise the safety and quality control efforts on IMPACT job sites. As Director, Manning will oversee the execution of field construction activities—ensuring the delivery of timely, safe, and quality construction and completion of IMPACT projects.

Manning’s career with IMPACT began early. While in college, Manning served as an intern for IMPACT. In 2009, he graduated from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville with a degree in Construction Management and a minor in Business. Post-graduation, Manning worked for the Corps of Engineers at Scott AFB. But, after 18 months, he decided to continue his career at IMPACT.

During his tenure, Manning started as a Project Engineer and progressed from Project Manager to Senior Project Manager. He managed an array of projects—from retail and commercial, to large-scale senior living and multi-family housing developments. “Scott’s hard work ethic, construction knowledge, and commitment to the IMPACT team are why he was chosen for this position,” said Hinrichs.

“He is an integral part of the IMPACT culture and, through his efforts, has helped IMPACT expand its presence as a leading provider of premier construction services. In this role, we will continue to expect amazing things from him.”

IMPACT’s continued growth is guided by their Executive Committee which is comprised of six members of its senior leadership team: Mark Hinrichs – President, Mike Christ – Executive Vice President, Nick Walker – Vice President, Project Development & Strategy, Teresa Whittaker – Chief Financial Officer, Jason Toennies – Senior Estimator, and Scott Manning – Director of Construction Operations. This Committee meets regularly to review the tactical functions within all departments of the company while also establishing accountability to the objectives of our regularly updated strategic business plan.

IMPACT Strategies provides client-focused construction management, design/build, and general contracting services. The firm offers a full continuum of innovative design/build service capabilities including proven construction management processes and site development. IMPACT Strategies serves a regional and national client base in the Healthcare, Senior Living, Multifamily, Office, Retail, and Warehouse/Distribution markets. To learn more visit or call 618-394-8400 or 314-646-8400.


McCarthy to Lift 300,000 Pound Accelerator into Place for the New Mercy Proton Therapy Center


One year after breaking ground on the Mercy Proton Therapy Center, its centerpiece, the 300,000-pound cyclotron accelerator, will be carefully positioned into place by McCarthy Building Companies.

Once it is in place, the accelerator unit will be secured inside a three-story high, 60-foot by 60-foot “vault” treatment room featuring concrete walls ranging from six feet to eight and a half feet thick located within the new 17,000-square-foot, three-story addition to the Pratt Cancer Center. Because being as little as one inch off in thickness would result in less radiation shielding and create an unsafe environment for Mercy caregivers and patients, the center was designed and built with extreme precision, with tolerances less than three-quarters-inch wall-to-wall and one-inch floor-to-ceiling.

Currently, there are only 37 proton centers in the United States. Proton therapy, which has fewer side effects than traditional cancer treatments and can potentially be used for many types of cancer, uses high-energy beams of protons to precisely deliver radiation to a tumor, reducing or eliminating unwanted radiation exposure to surrounding, healthy tissue. Mercy will make this option available for patients pursuing both research options and traditional clinical care when the center opens Summer 2022.

The accelerator journeyed across seven states and will arrive to a celebration and opportunity for leaders to make their mark by signing the magnet before a 350-ton crane places the equipment through an opening in the roof of the vault and its 7-foot, 6-inch thick concrete lid.

Mercy, Mevion and McCarthy leaders will be on hand to watch the milestone placement at 11:30 a.m., on Saturday, July 17th. The location is the David C. Pratt Cancer Center at Mercy Hospital St. Louis, 607 S. New Ballas Rd., in Creve Coeur

Media are asked to arrive early for parking and set up. Parking will be available in the Cancer Center parking lot and the nearby garage. Some internal roads will be blocked for the delivery.)

Mercy, named one of the top five large U.S. health systems for four consecutive years by IBM Watson Health, serves millions annually. Mercy is one of the nation’s most highly integrated, multi-state health care systems, including more than 40 acute care, managed and specialty (heart, children’s, orthopedic and rehab) hospitals, convenient urgent care locations, imaging centers and pharmacies. Mercy has 900 physician practices and outpatient facilities, more than 4,000 Mercy Clinic physicians and advanced practitioners and 40,000-plus co-workers serving patients and families across Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has clinics, outpatient services and outreach ministries in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. In addition, Mercy’s IT division, Mercy Technology Services, and Mercy Virtual commercially serve providers and patients from coast to coast.


New Flagship Burger King in Sunset Hills Opens Monday Debuting the Brand’s New Restaurant Design


The rebuilt Burger King in Sunset Hills, MO opens Monday, July 12 and is one of the first in the world to debut the brand’s new exterior restaurant design. The location at 10734 Sunset Hills Plaza is operated by Maryland Heights-based Broadway Restaurant Group, one of a select group of United States franchisees that consults with corporate and test market concepts, including the meatless Impossible WHOPPER, which is a huge national success after test-launching in St. Louis.

The new “Pavilion” design, created by Burger King’s resident architects, centers around the brand’s iconic Flame Grilling, which was made popular when the fast food chain was established in 1954. Design elements include sustainable, handcrafted finishes and natural, wood textures. The exterior finishes break up the continuity of space to reflect areas for eating, cooking and driving through. The more modern look is part Burger King’s first total rebranding in more than 20 years. While only select locations will showcase the new exterior, all Burger King locations will feature new menu boards, uniforms, signage and a new logo, which is an homage to the brand’s iconic, early logo design.

The renovated Sunset Hills location will offer several options for a contactless customer experience including drive through lanes and mobile ordering. The Sunset Hills Burger King creates 30 to 40 jobs and is hiring employees of all levels. Employees at this location earn $50/week bonus starting Day 1. Broadway Restaurant Group is hiring at the more than 50 locations they operate in the St. Louis area, across Missouri and Southern Illinois. Candidates can apply in person or at

“Burger King has taken the guest experience to a whole new level from other fast-food restaurants in recent years,” said Henry Delouvrier, co-founder and managing partner of Broadway Restaurant Group. “From upgrading the look and feel of restaurants, debuting innovative products like the new Ch’King™ Chicken Sandwich and improving the quality of ingredients in core products, it is more enjoyable and satisfying than ever to dine and work at our restaurants.” 

Managing partners, Henry Delouvrier of New York City and Christine Apold of Toronto, founded Broadway Restaurant Group in November 2016. Based in Maryland Heights, Broadway Restaurant Group operates locations in St. Louis, across Missouri and Southern Illinois. Broadway Restaurant Group is one of a select group of United States Burger King franchisees that consults with corporate and test market concepts, including the Impossible Whopper. For more information, visit, email or call (314) 872-9235.