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Oculus Inc. Adds to Ownership Team

Brian Kern

Brian Kern named principal, continues to lead retail team

Oculus Inc., a full-service St. Louis-based architecture and interior design firm, has expanded its leadership team with the promotion of Brian Kern, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, NCARB, to principal. Kern has been with the firm since its inception in 1994 and will continue to hold the position of retail director for the firm’s St. Louis, Dallas and Portland, Ore. offices.

“On the heels of our 25th business anniversary this past year, we couldn’t be more thrilled to celebrate the milestone with the promotion of Brian Kern,” said Ron Reim, executive vice president and co-founder of Oculus Inc. “Brian has truly helped to diversify our client base and expand our book of business outside of the St. Louis area, further positioning us a national firm.”

Last year, Oculus completed renovations on both its St. Louis corporate headquarters and its Dallas office location. The company is currently working on projects across the U.S. for returning clients including Focus Brands, Lion’s Choice, and Department of Veterans Affairs. The addition of new senior living projects in St. Louis and the design of an out-of-ground boutique hotel for Seaside Lodging in Seaside, Ore., have positioned Oculus for continued success in 2020.

“I’m so honored to continue supporting the company that helped me develop my skills and career path,” Kern said. “Now, 25 years later, Oculus is positioned as a premier national architecture and interior design firm, and is strategically growing in the hospitality, senior living and private healthcare markets.”

Kern is a graduate of Kansas State University’s Interior Architecture program and joined the firm in 1994 when Oculus was founded. Kern most notably designed an electronic inventory system for the firm to help track and manage data in drawings. The early adoption and deployment of these technological innovations became the foundation of the company, establishing them to compete for larger corporate work. This includes bringing on BJC HealthCare, The Federal Reserve Bank, Centene Corporation, Anheuser-Busch, St. Louis Community College, and AT&T Wireless Retail as clients.

In 2008, Kern earned his MBA in Business Management from Washington University in St. Louis while working at Oculus and assumed the role as director of retail. Kern’s significant experience in prototype design, brand standards management, national roll out, new builds and retail remodels brought the additions of restaurant clients, such as Nestle, Dominos and BurgerFi.

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 creates high-performance design that supports change and promotes value for clients in the Commercial, Education, Government, Healthcare, Hospitality, Retail, Restaurant and Workplace industries. 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. Oculusinc.com.

Spellman Brady & Company Hires Danielle Spellman

Danielle Spellman

Spellman Brady is pleased to announce that Danielle Spellman has joined the firm in the role of Art Associate.  In her role as art associate, Ms. Spellman is responsible for creating unique project-specific artwork concepts; making artwork selections to meet the project budget; completing documents for presentations; and assisting with record keeping of all art processes and project-related documents.

Ms. Spellman attended Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore, Maryland where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film, Video and Photography and became OSHA 10 Certified.  Prior to joining Spellman Brady, she served as a photo assistant with several photography studios, worked with the Maryland Film Festival, and produced a short film for the Baltimore Student Film Showcase.

Spellman Brady & Company is an award-winning St. Louis–based 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.  As a Certified WBE Business, Spellman Brady & Company has completed more than 6,300 projects in 43 states and abroad since its founding in 1991.  For more information about Spellman Brady & Company, please visit www.spellmanbrady.com.

Kwame Building Group Hires Courtney Prentiss as a Construction Management Intern

Courtney Prentiss

Courtney Prentiss has joined Kwame Building Group, Inc. (KWAME) as a Construction Management Intern. Prentiss’ responsibilities include assisting the construction project manager on project responsibilities, including scheduling, cost estimating and other aspects of project performance.

Prentiss holds a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the University of Chicago. She will graduate from Washington University this December with master’s degrees in Architecture and Construction Management.

Prentiss is a student member of the National Organization of Minority Architects and the American Institute of Architectural Students. She was a first-place winner in the PCI Foundation’s 2020 Project Precast student competition and has been elected 2020-2021 Vice President of Finance for the Washington University Graduate Architecture Council.

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’s public and private sector projects include educational facilities, major airports nationwide, light-rail systems, hospitals, wastewater treatment facilities and government facilities. KWAME is headquartered in St. Louis with division offices in Atlanta, Dallas and Seattle. For more information, visit www.kwamebuildinggroup.com or call (314) 862-5344.

June 5, 2020

Cole & Associates Announces New Shareholder

Eric Morff

Cole & Associates, Inc. announced today that Eric Morff, PE is the newest shareholder of the firm. Morff graduated from University of Dayton with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in 1997. Eric is a registered Professional Engineer and LEED AP BD+C. He started with Cole in 2012 and works on a wide range of projects with clients nationwide.

When asked about how he came to Cole Morff said, “A friend I used to work with kept telling me ‘You should come to Cole, it’s great here!’, and it turns out that he was right, I love working here.”

Kevin E. Riggs, President/CEO of the firm said, “Eric has been instrumental to the growth of the firm. His professionalism, ability to successfully complete projects of any size, and dedication to develop excellent client relationships has made him invaluable to Cole. We are excited to add Eric to our group of shareholders and we know he will contribute greatly to the continued success of the firm.”

Current shareholders include Riggs, Lisa Baker, CFO; Vice Presidents of Regional Operations ‐ John Harshbarger in St. Louis and St. Charles; Jim Roth in Phoenix; and Sandy Stephens in Dallas; Jeremy Roach, Director of Planning and Landscape Architecture; and Survey Managers ‐ Terry Westerman and Tom Reynolds.

Cole & Associates, Inc. is a Missouri Corporation d.b.a. Cole Design Group, Inc. in Texas & Arizona. Cole was founded in 1990 and is a multidiscipline design firm providing civil engineering, surveying, planning, landscape architecture, GIS, and ADA transition planning services nationwide. Headquartered in St. Louis, Mo., Cole has additional offices in St. Charles, Mo., Phoenix, Ariz., and Dallas, Texas.

Wiegmann Associates Promotes Kyle Boschert to Service Manager

Kyle Boschert

Kyle Boschert of St. Charles, has been promoted to service manager at Wiegmann Associates. Boschert will lead Wiegmann Associates’ HVAC service operations. His responsibilities include overseeing service contracts and equipment installations, developing and managing a high-performing team and creating repeat business opportunities. With more than 25 technicians, Wiegmann Associates is one of the largest commercial heating and cooling service providers in the St. Louis region.

Boschert joined Wiegmann Associates as an estimator in 2010 and became a service project manager in 2012. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Lindenwood University.

Wiegmann Associates is a St. Louis-based mechanical contractor and a national leader in design/build HVAC projects. Since 1995, Wiegmann Associates has engineered and installed innovative, energy-saving and cost-efficient HVAC solutions, refrigeration systems and automation controls for clients in a wide range of industries. For more information, visit www.wiegmannassoc.com or call (636) 940-1056.

May 29, 2020

Feeler S. Architects Promotes Cody Henderson

Cody Henerson

FSA, LLC is excited to announce the promotion of Cody Henderson to Director of Science and Education. Since joining our team more than 10 years ago, Cody has developed a detailed talent for laboratory and higher education design, taking the lead on over 150 laboratories and higher education projects. In his new position he will oversee all laboratory and education projects within the firm. Cody will continue to pursue new clients in these sectors, while enhancing existing relationships by always listening first and pushing for sustainable laboratory and education design that exceeds client expectations.

Outside of the office Cody remains highly involved in the community. He is the 2020 American Institute of Architects St. Louis Chapter President, a member of Ranken Technical College’s Architectural Advisory Board, a Habitat for Humanity Construction Leader, and a St. Louis Startup Ambassadors Board Member. In his “free time” he enjoys playing softball, attending Cardinals games and traveling.

Lindenwood University President Dr. John Porter Joins Midwest BankCentre St. Charles Advisory Board

Dr. John R. Porter

Lindenwood University President Dr. John Porter has been elected to the Midwest BankCentre St. Charles Advisory Board. Lindenwood is a four-year institution founded in 1827 with its main residential campus in St. Charles and a network of extension centers offering evening classes and more than 35 online degree programs.

Porter, who earned his doctorate in education at Johns Hopkins University, worked at IBM for 33 years, the last 15 in senior management. Immediately prior to joining Lindenwood University in 2019, he was vice president of services for Gulf Business Machines, a premier IBM business partner, in Dubai. He has served as a member of the board of trustees at Evangel University in Springfield, Mo., where he earned his bachelor’s degree. He graduated with an MBA degree from Washington University in 2011.

Porter serves on the Mercy East and Missouri Colleges Fund board of directors. He is a member of the NCAA-Great Lakes Valley Conference Council of Presidents.

Midwest BankCentre is St. Louis’ second-largest locally owned bank with assets exceeding $2 billion and deposits of $1.4 billion. A mainstay of St. Louis community banking since 1906, the bank 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. 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.

Partney joins BELOMAN Team

Dennis Partney

Bel-O Sales and Service of Belleville is pleased to announce the hire of Dennis Partney as the newest Sheet Metal Manager to team BELOMAN.  As of May 18th, 2020 Partney will be managing the sheet metal division, including estimating HVAC and architectural sheet metal.  After receiving his B.S. in mechanical engineering, he has spent nearly 35 years in the design, estimating, sales and management of sheet metal projects of all types and sizes. Partney will be a great addition to an establish Metro East business.

BELOMAN is a second-generation family owned HVAC, plumbing, indoor air quality and sheet metal business providing quality sales and service to the Metro East for 60 years.  Founded in 1959 by Paul and Leo Lugge with only four employees – today BELOMAN has grown to over 50 employees with a combined 1,249 years of experience.

Bill Smothers Joins Kwame Building Group as Chief Estimator

Bill Smothers

Bill Smothers has joined Kwame Building Group, Inc. as Chief Estimator. His responsibilities include compiling project estimates in support of KWAME’s role as an owner’s representative.

Smothers brings 30 years of industry experience, including with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and The United States Department of Veterans Affairs. He completed the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Construction Management Program and is a member of the American Society of Professional Estimators (ASPE), Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) and the American Society of Cost Engineers (ASPCE). Smothers earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Tulane University.

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. For more information, visit www.kwamebuildinggroup.com or call (314) 862-5344.

IMPACT Strategies Continues String of Developments for St. Clair County Fairview Heights, IL

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IMPACT Strategies, Inc. is providing Construction Management services on several projects for St. Clair County. Construction has been deemed as an essential industry during the COVID-19 pandemic and many of IMPACT Strategies’ projects are crucial components to infrastructure of our communities.

Among these developments is the recently completed 2,200 square-foot tenant finish for CareHere; a medical facility now located in the Annex building at 19 Public Square in Belleville, IL. CareHere is projected to save St. Clair County millions of dollars in healthcare costs and will now serve as the primary healthcare provider for county employees.

IMPACT Strategies is also nearing the completion of a large parking lot expansion for MidAmerica Airport (MAA) in Mascoutah, IL. This project entailed expanding the current parking lot by approximately 560 spaces increasing its total capacity to approximately 1,815 spaces, and adding a new rental car lot that includes 140 spaces. Thouvenot, Wade & Moerchen, Inc. (TWM) provided civil engineering services for this project, which is set to wrap up in June.

Construction is underway for St. Clair County Transit District’s (SCCTD) Alternative Transportation System (ATS). This vital service offers transportation options to seniors and individuals with disabilities. Three tenant spaces occupied by the SCCTD will be remodeled for more efficient operations. The first renovation will take place at the MetroLink Station on Sheel Street in Belleville, IL. A complete transformation of the 1,927 square foot space will include into a new open floorplan training facility. This space will also receive upgraded restrooms, automatic entry doors, and the addition of a break room.

The second renovation is a 1,725 square-foot space located on the 2nd floor at the Metro garage on 47th Street in East Saint Louis, IL. The existing open floor plan will receive an overdue upgrade with new, state-of-the-art, enclosed workstations, and a large central open area for collaborative meetings.

The third space is home to the Bi-State/Metro Credit Union and is also located in the 47th Street, East St. Louis building. This renovation will include the transformation of 1,427 square-feet into the new Administrative & Operations office. This interior remodel will offer a private office for the SCCTD Operations Manager, open workspace for additional operations support, a breakroom, and a new pass-through, walk-up counter at the entrance. IMPACT Strategies is working with architects at The Farnsworth Group on this project which will be completed in phases to allow the ATS operations to move seamlessly into their newly renovated spaces without disrupting their current operations and services.

IMPACT Strategies 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 BuildwithIMPACT.com or call 618-394-8400 or 314-646-8400.

A Fresh New Look for WINCO Window Company

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Commercial window manufacturer WINCO Window Company is now sporting an entirely new look, with an engaging and easy-to-use website, a distinctive logo and fresh color palette. WINCO’s updated website now offers architects and glazing contractors a more interactive experience when selecting windows.

“WINCO’s product line is continuing to expand exponentially, and we now have a new way for customers to quickly find the information they need about our products,” says Kurtis Suellentrop, vice president of marketing. “Window technology is increasingly complex, and the new site simplifies the research and specification process. At the same time, we’ve developed a new brand identity that is both classic and contemporary in design. Our new look brings in elements of the manufacturing process and reflects the heritage of the WINCO brand. The logo is a classic mark presented in a modern light. “

Navigation has been greatly simplified. An online product catalog allows visitors to browse and search windows by types, markets, or features. Every product page includes beautiful photos, a catalog, and the details needed to meet a spec. Extensive product galleries and case studies showcase what’s possible. WINCO’s large network of local representatives is only a click away. New search engines make finding information quick and easy.

“Re-branding a family-owned, century old, fourth generation company was quite a process,” says CEO Gantt Miller, III who began running the company in 1983. “It’s been exciting to see four young family members taking leadership roles in the company, and together with our dedicated team of employees and dealers, we’ve seen tremendous innovation, especially in the last decade.  We are ready for the next 100 years. ”

Midas Hospitality Opens St. Louis’ First Aloft Hotel

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Midas Hospitality – a leading hotel development, management and investment firm – recently opened the St. Louis region’s first Aloft hotel in the heart of the 200-acre Cortex Innovation community.

The “different by design” Aloft hotel by Marriott is located at 4245 Duncan Ave. and offers 129 tech-forward rooms with two meeting rooms and amenities that include an on-site fitness center, heated indoor pool, and the W XYZ®bar with outdoor seating overlooking the Cortex Commons open to the public. Urban-inspired design, accessible technology, and innovative programming centering on music, food and beverage make the Aloft unique.  This is complemented by an amazing team including Katie O’Connor as General Manager of the property, with Robyn Niedringhaus leading the area sales team and efforts.

The five-story Aloft hotel caters to today’s modern traveler who craves jet-setting style and a vibrant social scene at an affordable price.  It is conveniently located near several offices including Aon, Boeing, Microsoft and Square. It is minutes away from the Midtown Arts district, The Grove, Forest Park, BJC Medical Center, Saint Louis University, Washington University, Harris Stowe State University and the St. Louis Zoo. And it offers ease of alternative transportation with access to the Great River Greenway and the Cortex Metrolink station.

This is the twelfth hotel Midas Hospitality will manage in the greater St. Louis region, bringing its total hotel count to 40 across 11 Midwest and Southern states. Midas Hospitality and the Aloft brand share Cortex’s commitment to fostering an inclusive, equitable, and dynamic community where everyone is welcome.

“We’re proud to introduce this vibrant hotel experience to St. Louis and specifically the Cortex Innovation District,” said Midas Hospitality CEO and Cofounder David Robert. “The energy of the Aloft Hotel matches the neighborhood perfectly.”

J.T. Norville, Managing Partner and Cofounder added that, “We’re grateful for our financial partners, investors, and for all the Midas people who made this possible.“

Founded in 2006, Midas Hospitality specializes in the development, management and investment of award-winning hotel properties across the U.S.  The firm focuses on select-service and extended-stay experiences for global brands including Hilton, Marriott, and IHG.  Midas’ headquarters are located at 1804 Borman Circle Dr. in Maryland Heights, Mo.  For more information, call (314) 692-0100 or visit http://www.midashospitality.com.

Construction Jobs Rebound in May, Recoup Half of Huge April Losses

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Construction employment bounced back strongly in May from April’s mammoth losses, adding 464,000 jobs during the month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has reported.

The bureau’s latest monthly employment report, released on June 5, also shows that construction’s unemployment rate improved, but still stands at a worrisome 12.7%.

Construction’s added jobs contributed to a surprisingly large 2.5 million increase in overall employment in May.

Construction economists viewed the numbers as positive news but cautioned that economic clouds could gather down the road.

The BLS report indicates that construction’s April jobs numbers were even worse than the bureau initially estimated. In its new report, BLS revised the industry’s April job losses downward by 20,000, to 995,000. That reflects the sharp downturn in the economy from the coronavirus.

The jobs added in May recoup 47% of the April losses.

Moreover, construction’s May jobs gains were significant across all industry sectors.

The specialty trade contractors segment led the way, adding 325,300 positions.

Buildings construction gained 104,900 and heavy and civil engineering construction saw its workforce expand by 33,700, the bureau’s numbers show.

Construction’s May jobless rate declined from April’s 16.6%, the worst in decades, to 12.7%. But that still was more than three times worse than the year-earlier level of 3.2%.

Ken Simonson, the Associated General Contractors of America’s chief economist, said in a statement, “The huge pickup in construction employment in May is good news and probably reflects the industry’s widespread receipt of Paycheck Protection Program loans and the loosening of restrictions on business activity in some states.”

But Simonson added, “Nevertheless, the industry remains far short of full employment and more layoffs may be imminent.”

As most states and localities approach the July 1 start of new fiscal years, they face major shortfalls in tax revenue. Simonson said more public construction projects are likely to be canceled unless an infusion of aid from the federal government is approved. In particular, AGC urged Congress to approve significant infrastructure funding measures.

Anirban Basu, the Associated Builders and Contractors’ chief economist, has a more bullish view about the May numbers for the overall economy and construction. “For contractors, this is purely good news,” Basu said in a statement.

He added, “With the economy beginning its recovery sooner and more dramatically than anticipated, fewer projects are likely to be postponed or canceled.” That could lead to increased state and local tax revenue, with some of that, he predicts, available for infrastructure projects.

Even so, Basu said, “Make no mistake—these remain treacherous times,” with construction’s jobless rate still high, state and local budgets continuing to be “in tough shape” and increased infections possible as more businesses reopen.

Social Services Organization Hands Out Smiles by the Dozen on National Donut Day

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Held annually on the first Friday in June, National Donut Day is a sweet time to celebrate America’s heroes. On June 5, The Salvation Army thanked the men and women on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic by delivering donuts and hope.

This tradition dates back to World War I when nearly 250 Salvation Army volunteers traveled overseas to provide emotional and spiritual support, fried confectionary, clothes, and supplies to troops. For more than a century, the organization has continued to provide snacks, hydration, and comfort to the first responders and front-line workers.

“The Salvation Army has always been a beacon of hope and healing for those fighting for good.  Today, we thank those who have kept our country healthy, safe, and fed during the coronavirus pandemic.” said Lt. Col. Dan Jennings, Division Commander for The Salvation Army Midland Division.

This year, The Salvation Army celebrated with a moment of goodness in the St. Louis, MO, area by making special deliveries:

  • HSHS Hospital, 1 Saint Elizabeth Blvd., O’Fallon, IL
  • SSM Health DePaul Hospital, 12303 Bridgeton, MO
  • SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital, 3360 Vista Ave., St. Louis, MO

The Salvation Army Midland Division serving Missouri and Southern Illinois supported locally-owned donut shops by purchasing the delicious treats from Tony’s Donuts, Kruta Bakery, and Krispy Kreme to help celebrate the day.

Since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak, The Salvation Army has responded with personal protective gear (PPE) donations, childcare, meals, hydration, and cot delivery to front-line workers across the country.

The Salvation Army has also adapted its own services to meet the growing needs of America’s most vulnerable with drive-thru food pantries, increased capacity at emergency shelters, remote emotional and spiritual care through live stream services, care hotlines, and more.

To learn more about how you can get involved with your local Salvation Army, visit salarmymidland.org 

Flooring Industry Council of Greater St. Louis Provides Covid-19 Relief

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Donates to St. Louis Community Foundation, Sends PPE to Contractor Members 

The Flooring Industry Council of Greater St. Louis (FIC) donates to the St. Louis Community Foundation Covid-19 Regional Response Fund to support regional nonprofits that are serving local communities disproportionately affected by the coronavirus crisis and its economic fallout.

Taking action, the FIC also sent PPE to company members to share with their employees in an effort to support safe work environments for employees and customers.

“FIC flooring contractors serve the Greater St. Louis Community. Therefore, in times of need we are eager to do what we can to help. Every little bit helps”, said Brian McGee, FIC President, Ambassador Floor Company and Mid-West Floor.

The Flooring Industry Council (FIC) of greater St. Louis is a non-profit organization providing support to flooring companies which employ the INSTALL craftsmen of Floor Layers Local 1310. These craftsmen receive four to six years of classroom and on-the-job training in every aspect of flooring installation.

FIC companies serve residential, commercial, and industrial markets performing installations quickly, cost efficiently and with the highest degree of quality. For more information, visit www.ficstl.org or call the FIC office at 314-968-3522.

Senate Approves House-Passed Paycheck Protection Program Reform Bill

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This week the Senate passed a House-passed Paycheck Protection Program reform bill, it now awaits President Trump’s signature.

Ken Logsdon is a partner at the international law firm Dorsey & Whitney who has been helping small businesses and banks navigate this program during the COVID-19 crisis. He has looked at the bill and has some key takeaways.

“The minimum maturity date of a PPP loan is now no sooner than five years (and therefore replaces the two-year maturity date implemented by the Small Business Administration (“SBA”)).  The Act retains the maximum maturity of 10 years from the date on which the borrower applies for loan forgiveness,” Logsdon says.

“The “Covered Period” during which expenditures of loan proceeds will qualify for forgiveness is no longer 8 weeks starting on the date of funding of a PPP loan, but the earlier of 24 weeks starting on the date of funding or December 31, 2020.

  1. Though not stated, it is likely the “Alternative Payroll Covered Period” in the PPP loan forgiveness application will also be modified, but a revised loan forgiveness application and accompanying interim rules will need to be published in order to confirm this.
  2. Note that borrowers will still be permitted to elect to use the 8 week period if they prefer.
  3. The end date of the safe harbor periods in which other actions that must be taken (i.e., restoring FTE/salary) has been changed from June 30, 2020 to December 31, 2020.
  4. It remains unclear if this now means that a borrower can fire/hire at will any time prior to December 31, 2020 provided the requirements of the applicable safe harborare satisfied by that date,” Logsdon says.

“Workforce reductions no longer necessarily result in a proportional reduction of loan forgiveness. Specifically, the full-time employee reduction penalty will now be ignored (i.e., no reduction in the amount of the loan to be forgiven) if a borrower in good faith is able to document an inability to:

(A) rehire individuals who were employees on February 15, 2020 or hire similarly qualified employees for unfilled positions on or before December 31, 2020; or

(B) return to the same level of business activity as such borrower was operating at before February 15, 2020, due to “compliance with requirements established or guidance issued by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or the Occupational Safety and Health Administration during the period beginning on March 1, 2020, and ending December 31, 2020, related to the maintenance of standards for sanitation, social distancing, or any other worker or customer safety requirement related to COVID–19.” Logsdon says.

  1.      “The 75%/25% split for payroll to nonpayroll costs required for forgiveness has been modified to 60%/40%, respectively.
  2. The law now reads that “to receive loan forgiveness under this section, an eligible recipient shall use at least 60 percent of the covered loan amount for payroll costs.”  Thus, it now appears that if payroll costs are less than 60%, there will be no loan forgiveness (ideally this will be clarified and addressed by the SBA),” Logsdon says.
  3.     “Regarding deferment:
  4. The deferment of payment of principal/interest/fees (including with respect to covered loans that are sold on the secondary market) has been changed from not less than 6 months and not more than 1 year to the date on which the amount of forgiveness is paid to the lender by the SBA.
  5. If a borrower fails to apply for forgiveness within 10 months after the last day of the covered period, payments of principal/interest/fees begin on the day that is not earlier than 10 months after the last day of the covered period,” Logsdon says.
  6.      “PPP loan forgiveness no longer disqualifies a borrower from eligibility under Section 2302 of the CARES Act for deferral of deposits and payments of the 6.2% Social Security portion of the borrower’s share of FICA tax otherwise required to be made from March 27 to December 31, 2020.  Section 2302 permits 50 percent of these deposits and payments to be deferred until December 31, 2021, and the remaining 50% of these deposits and payments to be deferred until December 31, 2022,” Logsdon says.
  7.      “The Act does not, however, address the deductibility of expenses funded with forgiven loan proceeds and therefore such expenses remain nondeductible for income tax purposes.  Nevertheless, forgiven loan proceeds do not give rise to taxable income, as provided for in the CARES Act,” Logsdon says.

Builders Hardware Manufacturers Launch Updated Certified Products Directory

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New Directory Features Enhanced Search-ability of ANSI/BHMA Hardware

The Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association (BHMA®) has launched a new online Certified Products Directory (CPD) featuring enhanced speed and search-ability, improved interface and security, and greater depth of information. BHMA created this directory, originally established in 1998, as a resource to help architects and specifiers select the best certified builders hardware products for their building projects. Its first online version was launched in 2013.

“This complete revision from the current directory to one that has numerous enhanced technological features has been a major initiative for our organization,” said Ralph Vasami, executive director of BHMA. “As the ANSI standards development organization for builders hardware in North America, BHMA represents more than 80 percent of the industry’s manufacturers. Thousands of certified hardware products are included in our BHMA CPD database—and it is growing every year.”

Technological advancements included in the new BHMA CPD are as follows:

  • Greatly Enhanced Speed and Productivity: A higher collaboration speed allows for reduced time working between the manufacturer, testing labs and BHMA.
  • A Detailed, Accurate, Consistent and Searchable Database: Ideal for creating quick queries, data is easily retrievable for analysis.
  • Improved Security:  Data access security is up-to-date, including security functions related to permission-only levels for different tiers of the user base.
  • Data Management: Data management is simplified, and additional checks and balances provide improved accuracy.

“With the 40-plus builders hardware standards that we maintain and update on a regular basis, full population of the new CPD is expected to take several months,” noted Vasami. “So, for a limited time, both the new searchable BHMA CPD and the outgoing PDF-based CPD will be available to all users.”

For more information, visit the CPD at https://buildershardware.com/Certification-Program/Certified-Products-Directory, or contact Larry McClean at lmcclean@kellencompany.com.

The Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association (BHMA) is an industry leader in building safety and security. BHMA® is the only organization accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to develop and maintain performance standards for locks, closers, exit devices and other builders hardware. The widely known ANSI/BHMA A156 series of standards describes and establishes the features and criteria for specific types of hardware products. In addition, BHMA sponsors third-party certification of hardware products, which is a requirement for a product to bear the “BHMA Certified” mark — ensuring that the product meets the ANSI/BHMA standard. For more information on BHMA, please write to BHMA, 355 Lexington Avenue, 15th Floor, New York, NY, 10017 or visit the Web site at www.buildershardware.com.

A Piece of St. Louis Labor History Gets a New Home

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Capri Pools & Aquatics Installs Eight-Ton Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 562 Logo at the Union’s New Training Center                     

A 50-year-old ornamental union logo has a new home at the new Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 562 training center in Earth City, Mo.  Capri Pools & Aquatics installed Local 562’s eight-ton logo etched in tile that was originally created for a pool at the union’s old headquarters in North St. Louis County.

Measuring 13 feet in diameter, Local 562’s logo will be the centerpiece of a monument at the new training center at 3755 Corporate Trail.  The training center will open this summer.

“It was created and placed at the bottom of pool at our old headquarters on Larimore Road around 1970 to remind our members and their families that they belong to something special,” said John O’Mara, business manager, Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 562.  “The pool itself was pretty unique.  It was built as a recognition of our union member’s hard work during the week, giving them a place for their families to rest, relax and be with friends.”

O’Mara said that about 15 years ago the pool was going to be filled in, but union members wanted to preserve the iconic logo.  It was extracted from the pool and later placed near the first tee at the union’s Emerald Green golf course.  When the long time headquarters at 12385 Larimore Road in Spanish Lake, Mo. was sold in 2017, the logo was placed in storage.

“As we train the next generation of Local 562 craft workers in new technologies in our industry, we also want to remind them of the generations of our workers who have help build the foundation of commercial, residential and industrial projects that sustain us today,” said O’Mara.  “The newly placed logo is also a reminder of our successes and sacrifices that have improved the rights of workers and delivered greater prosperity for families.”

Founded in 1912, Plumbers and Pipefiiters Local 562 represents more than 4,200 union members.  Learn more at www.local562.org.

Based in St. Louis, Capris Pools & Aquatics specializes in engineering, building and maintaining all types of aquatic centers, water parks, natatoriums, municipal swimming pools and a variety of recreational centers.  The firm has delivered more than 30 aquatic projects in Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, Arkansas, Colorado, Kentucky, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma and Ohio.  Learn more at www.capripool.com.

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