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S. M. Wilson Names New Executive Leadership Team

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S. M. Wilson & Co. is under new leadership in an effort to provide more value and personalized experience for their clients, partners and employees.

“Today we are naming a new executive committee to provide strategy, planning, development of our people and most importantly open communication,” said Amy Berg, S. M. Wilson & Co. President.

The firm’s new executive committee will consist of eight team members including four existing members – Scott Wilson, Chief Executive Officer; Amy Berg, President; Mark Cochran, Chief Operations Officer; Mike Dohle, Chief Financial Officer and four new members – Steve Meeks, Vice President of Pre-Construction and Estimating; Amanda Bohnert, Chief Marketing Officer; Rebecca Cornatzer, Chief Human Resources Officer and Jack Kinamore, Project Director.

The new executive committee will be focused on technology, lean construction and vertical integration through an experience-based approach.

“This team has been chosen for their exemplary leadership and passion for S. M. Wilson’s success,” states Berg. “Our new executive committee will maintain the values of respect for all people, trust and humility. They will lead us to continued success and growth.”

S. M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis. For nearly 100 years, S. M. Wilson has provided a complete range of services and has become one of the leading general construction and construction management firms in the St. Louis area. The employee-owned company is dedicated to going above and beyond expectations for their clients by putting people first. For more information, visit

Sverdrup Remodel Wins Design Excellence Award

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The renovated central core of the Sverdrup Complex earned a Design Excellence Award in the Higher Education category from the International Interior Design Association’s Gateway Chapter. V Three Studios LLC, the architecture firm that oversaw the redesign, received the award during a ceremony on Oct. 24.

The newly remodeled facility features a sleek, modern interior with a fully integrated technical infrastructure throughout its purpose-built classrooms, labs, and studios, as well as a variety of informal gathering spaces for time between classes. The finishes in the space consist of natural woods, transparent glass panels, exposed metal materials, and colorful furniture accents that purposefully enhance the learning experience.

The Sverdrup Complex serves as home to Webster University’s School of Communications.

“The space was designed to support our hands-on approach to teaching and learning; we produce communication and media as well as study them. Similarly, the new facility is designed to encourage collaboration, access to emerging technologies, and to emulate the modern work environment,” said Eric Rothenbuhler, dean of the School of Communications. “While the primary users are students, faculty and staff in the School of Communications, the renovated classrooms as well as the social gathering areas are popular with students and faculty from every school and college at Webster.”

New features include a portable, reconfigurable television studio setup , a one-button studio to record instant video, a state-of-the-art student media lab for print, digital, and radio production, a design and production lab that supports the latest in animation, game design, and video post-production, and a testing and criticism studio that lets students test their digital creations in real-world situations. All the spaces are interconnected, which means that media created in one area can easily be played, shared or edited in another area in the building, as well as streamed to the world

The Design Excellence Award celebrates and recognizes superior design as judged by a distinguished panel of members from national IIDA chapters. The judges reviewed established criteria for the project nominations and selected V3’s design as the best in category. The panel commented about the Sverdrup renovation, “The project does a great job of using architectural details and volume to bring life to the space.”

The Sverdrup Complex opened in 1987 as three interconnected buildings along Big Bend Road on Webster University’s primary campus in St. Louis. It served as the home of the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology until that school relocated to the East Academic Building in 2012. The School of Communications, which experienced tremendous growth, consolidated its faculty, staff and classes in the Complex.

The renovation covered 16,600 square feet in the center building and the east and west connecting atriums. The space includes open, flexible-use, collaborative workspaces, designed to support multimedia work, cross-disciplinary work, and collaboration. These areas also include media screens, digital signage, and audio-visual installation, worktables, both soft and task seating, and magnetic and pin-able wall surfaces to further encourage collaboration. The space also gives access to web-based technology and information.

Work on the building started in October 2017 and was completed by September of 2018. Besides V Three Studios, other key players in the design included Conference Technologies, Inc, which was responsible for the audio-visual integration, and Spellman Brady, which was responsible for the furniture.

For more information on the School of Communications or the Sverdrup Complex, visit

Rebuilding Together St. Louis Announces New Executive Director

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Rebuilding Together St. Louis is pleased to announce Elaine Powers as the organization’s new Executive Director. Powers comes to the group with more than 30 years of executive nonprofit experience.  In her new role, Powers will oversee strategic planning, development, and governance among other responsibilities.

“Elaine’s depth of experience and solid background in the nonprofit sector is invaluable and will be a great asset to our organization,” says Barry Upchurch, President of the Board. “She is taking the helm at a time of unprecedented growth, and we are delighted to have her join the stellar team in place.”

In addition to serving in leadership roles with  Angels’ Arms and the Lemay Child and Family Center, Powers also ran a strategic consulting practice. Her previous experience also includes St. Louis Children’s Hospital, where she served as Director of Development Services. Powers holds a  Bachelor of Science degree from Northwestern University and a Master of Public Administration with an emphasis in nonprofit administration from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville.

For more than25 years Rebuilding Together St. Louis has provided free home repair to low income homeowners and veterans in need so they may remain safely and comfortably in their own homes.

Since its founding, the organization has rehabbed more than 3000 homes; 68 community spaces and touched more than 57,000 lives. The St. Louis affiliate is a leader among the more than 120 affiliates nationwide. St. Louis has been selected to hold the National Rebuilding Together Convention at St. Louis Union Station, November 14 – 16, 2019. For more information visit, call 314.918.9918 or email    

American Society of Concrete Contractors Presents Awards

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Jordan Ruttera (right)

The Emerging Leaders Committee of the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC), St. Louis, Mo., presented its second Gaining Strength Award to Jordan Berens, director of project management and estimating for Kent Companies, Grand Rapids, MI. The award was established to acknowledge up and coming individuals aged 40 and under, from member companies, who go above and beyond to promote and professionally represent the concrete industry, through their actions in their company and industry organizations.

Candidates are judged based on letters of recommendations and letters of acknowledgement from industry organizations with emphasis on participation, commitment, safety awareness, role modeling, and personal skills and knowledge.

Berens began his career in 2014 as a laborer performing placing, finishing and forming. He joined Kent Co. in 2015 as a field intern. He was promoted to project engineer, project manager, senior project manager, then to his current position. He is a respected project management expert among all seasoned field leaders and general superintendents, and, is widely recognized by customers and field leadership for developing detailed safety plans. From Kent EVP Matt Fennema, “His deep experience in concrete has positioned him as an expert to our customers. He can have tough conversations with clients while maintaining a positive working relationship.”

The president of the West Michigan Chapter of ACT had this to say: “Jordan is recognized within our chapter and the industry as an advisor and mentor to those who are beginning a career in concrete. I’ve observed senior lead construction managers seek his opinion.”

Chris Plue

The Safety and Risk Management Council (SRMC) of the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC), St. Louis, is pleased to announce that Chris Plue, senior vice president, Webcor Concrete Division, San Francisco, CA, received its ASCC Member Owner Safety Award for 2019, presented September 19 at the association’s Annual Conference in Chicago. The purpose is to annually recognize one owner/executive of a contractor member company who displays a clear focus and passion for safety, and provides the leadership that creates a best-in-class safety culture. Plue is a past president of ASCC and a past council director SRMC. The judges had this to say: “We can’t name a person we feel is more sincere in their decision to manage the people for which they’re responsible in such a way to assume their absolute best chance of working without injury or incident. “He personally has led the change to move his company’s safety culture from good to great. Great leaders make it personal and create positive change. Webcor’s EMR has been trending down to a .58 with almost 3.5 million manhours worked. That takes a lot of effort and focus.” The Safety and Risk Management Council (SRMC) is a specialty council dedicated to making ASCC contractors the safest in the industry. The Council board consists of safety and insurance professionals from all aspects of the concrete contracting industry. The group meets three times a year and spends countless additional hours overseeing safety matters for the organization. Council activities include publication development, review and monitoring of ASCC events and materials for safety compliance, member education, a safety awards program, and a safety/insurance hotline.

Thomas Ruttura

D. Thomas Ruttura, owner of Ruttura & Sons Construction Co., Inc., West Babylon, NY, received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC), St. Louis, MO on September 19 at the organization’s Annual Conference in Chicago. Ruttura is a past president of ASCC (2003-2004) and of the organization’s Education, Research & Development Foundation. He also chaired and served on numerous ASCC committees. “Tommy has always been extremely generous with his time, talents and financial contributions to this organization,” says ASCC executive director, Bev Garnant. “He has truly ‘enhanced the capabilities of those who build with concrete’ by showing his experience and expertise in concrete construction and business management with so many of his fellow ASCC members.” Ruttura has also been active in the America Concrete Institute (ACI) and with local and regional concrete and construction organizations. The Lifetime Achievement Award is ASCC’s highest honor, acknowledging recipients for their body of work within the industry and their service to ASCC.

The ASCC 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 760 member companies in the United States and 13 foreign countries.


Wiegmann Associates completes work on new Budnick Converting Incorporated HQ in Columbia, IL

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Wiegmann Associates has completed HVAC work on the new corporate headquarters for Budnick Converting Incorporated in Columbia, IL. The 112,000-square-foot facility features a temperature-controlled warehouse required for stable storage of adhesive products, administrative offices and a cafe. Wiegmann Associates was the mechanical contractor for the design/build project. Kadean Construction was the general contractor and Gray Design Group was the architect.

To meet the strict temperature and humidity requirements of the facility’s 87,000-square-foot warehouse, Wiegmann installed a compressed air piping loop and constant volume rooftop units (RTU) with hot gas reheat coils to allow the units to cool and dehumidify the supply air and then use hot refrigerant to reheat the air to prevent overcooling of the space. A constant volume RTU conditions the cafe and 1,200-square-foot warehouse office.

A 20-zone variable volume HVAC system allows for optimal control and temperature regulation in the 25,000-square-foot main office area. Wiegmann also designed and installed a Direct Digital Control (DDC) system using Delta Controls for the main office equipment to allow remote access to the HVAC system through a web browser to maximize energy savings.

Budnick Converting is a full-service adhesive tape converter and distributor, specializing in tapes, foams, films, foils and other specialty materials.

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, including senior living, food and beverage distribution, warehouse, healthcare, commercial and industrial. For more information, visit or call (636) 940-1056.


Southern Illinois Builders Members Give Students Up Close, Personal Intro to Trades Careers

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During four days this week, more than 1,400 middle school and high school students from across the Metro East participated in the Southern Illinois Builders and Southern Illinois Construction Advancement Program Association’s 21st annual Metro Construction Career Expo.

The event, held at the Belle-Clair Fairgrounds in Belleville, afforded young people the chance for a hands-on experience courtesy of SIBA member union locals. From Oct. 28-31, students took their turn learning how to operate an orbital welder, tie rebar, stamp decorative concrete, walk a beam and operate a self-feeding screw gun, all under close supervision of skilled tradespeople. Students also learned how much money they can earn if they choose a career in the trades.

“It’s an exceptional opportunity for young people to learn exactly what each of the trades does and of the careers that are available to them,” said Donna Richter, SIBA chief executive officer. “Students are often pushed toward college degrees and aren’t aware of the viable financial, educational and experiential career paths within their grasp in the skilled trades. We’re here to share it with them, and to make sure they understand what a tremendous future they have waiting for them in the construction industry.”

Represented at the SIBA career fair were: Boilermakers Local 363, Bricklayers Local 8, Southern Illinois Carpenters Joint Apprenticeship Program, Operative Plasterers & Cement Masons Local 90, Electricians, Iron Workers Local 392, Illinois Laborers & Contractors Joint Apprenticeship & Training Program, Operating Engineers Local 520, Painter’s District Council 58, Plumbers and Pipefitters Locals 101 and 553, Plumbers and Gasfitters Local 360, Roofers and Waterproofers Local No. 2, Sheet Metal Workers Local 268 and Steamfitters Local 439.

Jamie McMillan, a journeyman iron worker/boilermaker and founder of KickAss Careers, spoke to each class of students at the start of their career expo session. McMillan is a motivational speaker who travels across North America encouraging more than 25,000 students annually to consider the opportunities that accompany a career in the skilled trades. McMillan’s life was transformed when she grabbed hold of an opportunity to secure a career in the trades.

“Iron workers put the bones into buildings and boilermakers build the organs and vessels of the building,” she said. “Your career is going to occupy one-third of your life. Make sure you find a career in which you love what you do. Life is like mountain climbing,” added McMillan, who is a mountain climber. “Pick your mountain and get to the top.”

People On The Move In The Local Construction Industry

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

Tim Simon Joins Holland Construction Services As A Senior Project Manager 

Tim Simon

Mike Marchal, President of Holland Construction Services (Holland), is pleased to announce that Tim Simon has joined the Holland team as a Senior Project Manager.

Tim comes to Holland with more than 10 years of experience in construction management working on a range of projects in multiple markets throughout the St. Louis area and the Metro East including K-12 Education, Multi-Family, Senior Living, and Commercial.

“What attracted me to Holland was the opportunity to work for a growing company,” Simon said.  “I believe Holland is well diversified and respected in the industry and has the opportunity for self-growth.”

Marchal added, “Tim’s skillset and background will serve our clients’ needs on a variety of project types.  His personality, attitude and work ethic are an excellent fit with our team and culture.  We are proud to have Tim with us.”

Tim graduated from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with a degree in construction management. He currently lives in Granite City with his wife and two sons.

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 building 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.

Murphy Company Adds Professional Staff

Jonathon Pool

Jonathan Pool has joined Murphy Company, the area’s largest mechanical contractor, as account manager.  The announcement was made by Ryan Kramer, service sales manager.

Pool most recently served as a new business development account manager for a large international manufacturer of commercial and residential HVAC equipment. Prior to that, he was a manager for health, safety and environment in a three-state Midwest region for the same manufacturer. From 2012 to 2013 he oversaw three production lines for Schreiber Foods Inc.

A veteran, Pool was in the U.S. Army from 2007 to 2012, serving as the 18th Airborne Corps safety officer in charge and also as the 18th Airborne redeployment and reintegration officer in charge at Fort Bragg. N.C., among other duties.  He served in the U.S. Forces’ Iraq Enduring Operations as an executive officer, coordinating logistics, communications, supply and security for several sections.

He was deployed as an Air Defense artillery platoon leader in Iraq where he conducted and led daily convoy operations in and around Baghdad. He also was the executive officer in charge of maintenance for more than $40 million in government equipment.

Pool holds a bachelor’s degree from the Virginia Military Institute. Advanced studies include the Ingersoll Rand Sandler based methodology and Harvard mentor courses in project management, coaching and process improvement.  He also attended the U.S. Army Airborne School.

He is a member of the National Airborne Association and is active in Big Brothers-Big Sisters.

Dennis Dudenhoeffer

Dennis J. Dudenhoeffer, CPD, has joined Murphy Company as senior project estimator. The announcement was made by Kevin Suiter, P.E.,vice president of estimating for the mechanical contractor.

A certified plumbing designer (CPD) by the American Society or Plumbing Engineers, Dudenhoeffer has been employed as a plumbing estimator/project manager and designer since 1989. He has broad experience designing interior plumbing, and site water mains/service lines as well as fire sprinkler, medical gas, and fuel oil systems for clients in the healthcare, higher education and technology markets.

He holds an associate’s degree in architectural engineering technology from Bailey Technical School.  He also completed the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling-Contractors (PHCC) of America project management training course at Purdue University.

Greg Schaller Promoted to Chief Risk Officer at Midwest BankCentre

Greg Schaller

Greg Schaller has been promoted to chief risk officer at Midwest BankCentre. He was formerly senior vice president-audit.

Schaller is responsible for leading the bank’s risk management department, including the compliance department, loan and appraisal review, vendor management, business continuity processes and administrative oversight of the internal audit department. He partners with different bank business lines to review existing processes, evaluate risk tolerance, assist with implementing strategic initiatives, and assess new strategies to achieve efficiencies, expand audit coverage, and analyze data for meaningful insights into emerging risks, processes and performance measures.

Schaller is a 16-year veteran of the banking industry. He joined Midwest BankCentre in 2016.

“Greg brings a deep understanding of Midwest BankCentre’s business to his expanded role as chief risk officer,” said Marsha Benney, chief operating officer of the bank. “His consultative, strategy-focused approach and extensive industry background strengthen our leadership team.”

Schaller has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He continued his studies in community banking at the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado, recently graduating with honors. Schaller is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants. He serves on the finance committee for Variety the Children’s Charity of St. Louis.

Midwest BankCentre, a mainstay of St. Louis community banking since 1906, employs a staff of about 280 working at 17 bank locations in the City of St. Louis and St. Louis, Jefferson and St. Charles counties. The bank 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. It ranks among St. Louis’ largest locally owned banks with assets exceeding $1.9 billion and deposits of $1.4 billion.

The bank is a local leader in 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 was the national winner of the 2018 National Community Bank Service Awards by the Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA) for its success in bringing mainstream financial services to unbanked and underbanked citizens in the region.

October 27, 2019

Murphy Company Adds Professional Staff

James Green

James Green has joined Murphy Co., the area’s largest mechanical contracting and engineering firm, as an engineer. The announcement was made by Dan Murphy, HVAC manager for the Missouri Engineering Group. Green holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He is an engineer-in-training with the State of Missouri and is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).

Following graduation in 2016, he worked as a lab technician for Monsanto (now Bayer) and, since 2017, has served as a quality assurance analyst with Wells Fargo. In addition to AutoCAD skills, he is experienced with chemical process unit operation including heat exchangers, pumps, turbines, reactors and distribution columns.

Rodger Dorrah

Rodger Dorrah, HFDP, has rejoined Murphy Co. as a senior HVAC designer. The announcement was made by Mike Werdes, vice-president, engineering for the mechanical contracting and engineering firm. Making the announcement, Werdes said, “We are thrilled to have Rodger rejoin our team. He has a total of 23 years’ experience with Murphy and more than 36 years’ experience in the industry working on major health-care, commercial and industrial projects in the St. Louis area and across the country.”

A certified Healthcare Facility Design Professional by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Dorrah also is a contributor to the ongoing improvement of ASHRAE’s certification exam. He is a member of the Missouri Society for Healthcare Engineering (MOSHE) and the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE).

He holds an associate’s degree in applied science-architecture from St. Louis Community College at Meramec and has completed advanced coursework in  HVAC, plumbing system design, building controls, LEAN construction, high-density data centers and healthcare design, just to name a few.

Adam Young

Murphy Co. has also added Adam Young as an engineer in its Engineering Group. A 2019 graduate, Young holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering with a minor in mathematics from the University of Missouri-Columbia. While a student he worked for a building contractor and as a contractor assistant.  He also completed a summer mechanical engineering internship with a St. Louis contractor, working on a major hospital project.

Founded in 1907, Murphy Company is one of the nation’s top mechanical contracting firms delivering innovative solutions to the commercial, industrial and institutional markets.  The firm employs more than 1,000 people nationwide. For more information, visit

Kwame Building Group Hires Michael Thompson as a Marketing Business Developer

Michael Thompson

Michael Thompson has joined Kwame Building Group, Inc. (KWAME), one of the nation’s top pure construction management firms, as a Marketing Business Developer. Thompson’s responsibilities are to support KWAME’s diverse business goals and objectives by building and maintaining mutually beneficial, long-term relationships with prospective and existing clients.

Thompson has more than four years of marketing and digital media experience. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Maryville 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. For more information, visit or call (314) 862-5344.

Spellman Brady Hires New CFO/COO Patty Boyd 

Patty Boyd

Spellman Brady & Company, an award-winning interior design firm, is pleased to announce that Patty Boyd has joined the firm as its Chief Financial and Chief Operating Officer.  In her new role, Ms. Boyd is a member of the firm’s leadership team and is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the firm’s financial, operational and human resources activities.

Ms. Boyd, a certified public accountant, brings over 30 years of financial and operational experience.  Previously serving from Senior Vice President to Chief Financial Officer for the FAMCO Group at Ziegler Capital Management, she led strategic initiatives, operational modeling and financial planning.  She has developed a reputation for collaborating effectively with companies’ executive leadership to achieve targeted goals and brings a proven record of success in strengthening a firm’s profitability and executing strategic plans.  Ms. Boyd graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Accounting from the University of Missouri – St. Louis. 

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

S. M. Wilson Promotes Rebecca Cornatzer To Chief Human Resources Officer

Rebecca Cornatzer

S. M. Wilson & Co. has promoted Rebecca Cornatzer to Chief Human Resources Officer.

Cornatzer joined S. M. Wilson in 2017 and has proven to be an integral part of the team. In just over two years, she has led strategic human resources initiatives related to personnel policy, professional development and talent and performance management. In her role as Chief Human Resources Officer, Cornatzer will continue to have ultimate responsibility for all aspects of the company’s Human Resources Department functions. She will also be involved in long-range planning and monitoring business performance and risk management with a focus on developing and executing human resources initiatives in support of the company’s strategic direction.

Cornatzer sits on the company’s Employee Engagement Committee, Planning Committee and ESOP Committee. Outside of S. M. Wilson, she serves as a Board Member and Past President of the Board of Directors for Aim High St. Louis. Cornatzer is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), a Certified Administrator of the Institute for Work Attitude and Motivation (iWAM) and holds a Bachelors in Psychology from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and a Masters in Education from the University of Missouri-Saint Louis.

S. M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis. The employee-owned company is dedicated to going above and beyond expectations for their clients by putting people first. For more information, visit    

October 18, 2019

SWT Design Welcomes Chantal Block, P.E. to the Team!

Chantal Block

SWT Design is pleased to announce Chantal Block, P.E. has joined our team. She brings with her a robust background in Civil Engineering. Our practice at SWT Design has always fostered an environment for exchanging ideas and each of our team members brings a unique perspective. Chantal’s civil engineering background adds a new dynamic to our process which will only make us stronger designers, collaborators, and design partners.

Chantal joins us with 13 years of civil engineering experience including project management, site and stormwater design, and geotechnical field testing. She’s passionate about sustainable design and has extensive experience designing sustainable stormwater solutions and employing best management practices. She brings value to any civil site project with her understanding and experience with the complex utility process including agreements, terminations, temporary set ups, knowing which takes precedence, and most of all its safety requirements.

For nearly 25 years, SWT Design has developed a diverse and award-winning portfolio of outdoor spaces, approaching planning and design as a living, breathing thing with a passion for innovation. For further questions, please contact Ashley Jenkins, Marketing Coordinator for SWT Design by e-mail at or call 314-644-5700.

IMPACT Strategies’ Growth Results in Promotion for Nick Walker

Nick Walker

IMPACT Strategies is excited to announce the promotion of Nick Walker, AIA, MBA to Vice President, Project Development & Strategy. This expanded role fits the diverse experience and collaboration that he has to offer IMPACT’s clients through the project development and construction process. Walker joined the IMPACT Strategies team in 2016 as their Director of Development and Construction Services. His 20–plus years of experience as both an architect and a construction manager has provided IMPACT Strategies a foundation to lead innovation and grow their presence as a regional provider of premier construction services.

Walker was an integral part of IMPACT Strategies’ rebranding process in 2017. His expertise helped guide and align IMPACT’s brand to better reflect their capabilities and talented team members. Through Walker’s leadership, IMPACT’s brand awareness continues to grow and create new opportunities for future growth. Mark Hinrichs, President of IMPACT Strategies says “Nick has played a critical role in executing our strategic plans for company growth over the past few years. We couldn’t be prouder to have him as part of the IMPACT Team.” 

October 11, 2019

S. M. Wilson Promotes Amanda Bohnert, CPSM to Chief Marketing Officer and Kristyn Newbern to Director of Client Development

S. M. Wilson & Co. has promoted Amanda Bohnert, CPSM to Chief Marketing Officer and Kristyn Newbern to Director of Client Development.

Amanda Bohnert

Bohnert joined S. M. Wilson in 2004 and has been an integral team member for the past 15 years. As Chief Marketing Officer, Bohnert will help position S. M. Wilson to be selected by target clients and evaluate business opportunities to enhance financial success. She will be responsible for leadership and coordination of all Business Development and Marketing efforts including oversight of short and long-range planning on sales and marketing strategies targeted toward existing and new markets. She is the firm’s first CMO.

Bohnert also sits on the company’s Charitable Giving Committee, Planning Committee,  Technology Committee and chairs the ESOP Communications Committee. Outside of S. M. Wilson, she serves as the Director at Large for the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) St. Louis. Bohnert is a Certified Professional Services Marketer (CPSM) and holds a dual B.A. in Public Relations and Business Management and M.A. in Marketing and Advertising from Webster University.

Kristyn Newbern

Newbern joined S. M. Wilson in 2017 and has proven to be a valuable asset to the team by identifying and elevating prospects, bringing in opportunities and landing new clients. In her new role, she will be leading efforts in the company’s K-12 and municipal markets and continue to establish and strengthen client partner relationships.

Newbern holds B.S. and M.S. in Engineering Management from Missouri S&T with a professional background in the industrial and civil engineering industry. She is also a member of SMPS St. Louis, Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) St. Louis, St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers (SLCCC), Urban Land Institute (ULI), and is a licensed Missouri real estate agent.

S. M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis. For nearly 100 years, S. M. Wilson has provided a complete range of services and has become one of the leading general construction and construction management firms in the St. Louis area. The employee-owned company is dedicated to going above and beyond expectations for their clients by putting people first. For more information, visit

Eichmeyer Joins Brinkmann Constructors As Marketing And Communications Manager

Stephanie Eichmeyer

Stephanie Eichmeyer has joined Brinkmann Constructors as Marketing and Communications Manager. Eichmeyer will provide marketing leadership to all Brinkmann Constructors offices, focusing on social media strategy, marketing, advertising, media relations and overall brand management. Eichmeyer has 12 years of marketing and communications experience.

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

Fischer & Frichtel Homes to receive 2019 Better Business Bureau TORCH Award

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A leader in the St. Louis homebuilding industry since 1945, Fischer & Frichtel is the proud recipient of a 2019 Better Business Bureau (BBB) TORCH Award. Presented annually by the BBB Serving Eastern & Southwest Missouri & Southern Illinois, these awards acknowledge companies and charities that are “committed to exceptional standards for ethical business practices and service to their customers, employees, suppliers, and communities.”

Family-owned and operated since 1945, Fischer & Frichtel has been responsible for the construction of more than 200 residential developments and 20,000 homes throughout the metro region. CEO John W. Fischer has been at the helm since 1984.

Speaking on behalf of his firm, Fischer stated, “Although Fischer & Frichtel has received many awards over the years, the TORCH Award has particular significance for all of us. We are genuinely honored to be recognized by the business community for the values on which our company was built and the standards we continue to adhere to on a daily basis.”

Fischer & Frichtel has 15 quality neighborhoods currently under construction or nearing closeout in St. Louis, St. Charles, Franklin, and Jefferson counties, offering a broad selection of single-family, luxury, and free-standing villa homes, base priced from the $210s to upper $700s.  The firm also sells new, move-in ready homes and builds finely crafted custom residences on privately owned sites.

Fischer & Frichtel has been on the leading edge of home building in St. Louis/St. Charles region since 1945. Family-owned and under the leadership of the highly regarded John W. Fischer since 1984, the company’s distinguished reputation is the result of its legendary construction quality, innovative architectural design and exceptional customer service. For more information about Fischer & Frichtel’s homes and communities, visit

Photo Above: Chris Fischer (center), Product Development Manager for Fischer& Frichtel, accepted the 2019 TORCH Award at a special presentation event held on October 24.  Also pictured, Michelle Corey (right), BBB St. Louis President and CEO, and Chris Thetford (left), the organization’s Vice President-Communications.

KAI 360 Construction Services Works on Lower Meramec Wastewater Treatment Facility

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KAI 360 Construction Services (KAI 360 CS) has been selected by the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD) to provide Construction Management services on Phase 2 of the Lower Meramec Wastewater Treatment Facility (WWTF) Expansion.

Located in St. Louis County near the confluence of the Meramec and Mississippi Rivers, the expansion plan will increase the capacity of the existing Lower Meramec WWTF to treat the flows that are currently treated at the interim Fenton WWTF. The estimated cost of the expansion project is $80 million, with construction slated to begin in early 2021.

The KAI 360 CS team, which includes Jacobs Engineering, Black & Veatch, Gonzalez Companies, Lion CSG and SCI Engineering, will serve as staff extension to the MSD’s Construction Management Division and perform a variety of construction-related tasks, including:

  • Review the design concept
  • Perform bid-ability/constructability reviews of design submittals
  • Perform reviews of engineer’s cost estimates
  • Review and evaluate the contractor’s construction schedule
  • Review, evaluate and process the contractor’s monthly pay applications
  • Monitor construction activities to ensure compliance with contract documents
  • Perform specialty testing during construction as required
  • Monitor the contractor’s testing programs
  • Monitor the contractor’s compliance with MWBE subcontractor and workforce contractual requirements
  • Track contractor progress and hold weekly progress meetings
  • Monitor/manage shop drawing/submittal review
  • Provide change order management
  • Provide claims management
  • Track and inventory procured equipment
  • Assist in the development of a start-up plan of plant process equipment
  • Administer contract close-out activities

KAI has successfully performed Construction Management services on a variety of MSD projects for the past 15 years and has a proven track record that includes Construction Management for more than $1.2 billion of infrastructure and facilities.

“Our approach to implementing the required Construction Management tasks will be guided by core principles based on our previous experience working with MSD and other public agencies,” said KAI 360 CS President Bruce Wood. “We will utilize our existing strong and effective working relationships with MSD, the design team, and contractors to focus on the work being completed safely, on budget, on schedule, to the required quality and with the necessary documentation.”

About KAI Enterprises

KAI Enterprises is a national design and build firm providing delivery-oriented building solutions with a diverse portfolio of experience, in-house multi-discipline professionals, and expertise in both design and construction delivery. Founded in 1980, KAI has grown into one of the largest minority-owned firms in the AEC industry. For nearly 40 years, KAI has been instrumental in transforming communities through its expertise in residential, commercial, K-12, higher education, healthcare, science and technology, aviation, mobility, sports and entertainment, government, water and community-focused projects. KAI Enterprises is comprised of four distinct business units—KAI Design, KAI Engineering, KAI Build and KAI 360 Construction Services. To learn more about KAI, visit

About MSD Project Clear

MSD Project Clear is the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District’s initiative to improve water quality and alleviate many wastewater concerns in the St. Louis region.  MSD Project Clear will invest billions of dollars over a generation in planning, designing, and building community rainscaping and system improvements, along with an ambitious program of maintenance and repair and the disconnection of some residential downspouts in parts of St. Louis County’s separate sewer area from the wastewater sewer line. This work is part of an agreement between MSD and the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

The St. Louis region’s success with MSD Project Clear will only be possible through strong partnerships and clear communications with the public.

To learn more about the MSD agreement with EPA, please visit  For more information on MSD Project Clear, visit or follow us on Twitter @ProjectClearSTL.

About the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD)

Created in 1954, the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD) works every day to protect the public’s health and the natural environment through effective wastewater and stormwater management strategies.

MSD is responsible for the public sewer system that homes and businesses connect to through lateral lines. Through a labyrinth of connected sewers, wastewater is transported to one of seven sewer treatment plants – nearly 7,000 miles of sewers in all.  That is like going from St. Louis to New York City and back three times! Individual property owners are responsible for another important part of the system, the sewer lateral that connects a home’s plumbing to the public sewer in the street.

Gateway Design Studio, LLC Celebrates 200th Anniversary of the Old McKendree Chapel in Jackson, Missouri

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The Old McKendree Chapel 200th Anniversary celebration took place on Sunday, September 22nd with a traditional worship service, along with dedications and remarks from community and church leaders. Photos and a brief article about the 200th Anniversary event are available through the Southeast Missourian newspaper and online at 

The Chapel and property have a significant historical story as the oldest standing chapel west of the Mississippi. Built in 1819, the chapel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Gateway Design Studio completed the master plan for the property renovation of the Old McKendree Chapel last year, working with Craig Milde, AIA at Design + Advice Architects as well as the City of Jackson, Missouri, the chapel’s property Trustees, and other church and community leaders.

GDS’ purpose for this project was to provide Site and Landscape Master Planning documents for the existing historic chapel and cemetery site located in Jackson, Missouri. The site currently has an existing chapel built in 1819, the Williams Cabin and natural spring, a building serving as the caretaker house, the cemetery grounds south of County Road 36, and other accessory buildings and improvements.

The Old McKendree Chapel Master Plan provided design recommendations and guidelines for the following program elements and improvements:

  • FUTURE FACILITIES – Plan for future Visitors Center for meeting space, restrooms, interpretive center; recommendations for dedication elements such as trees, plaques, donor pavers, benches, garden
  • ENTRANCE AND PARKING LOT IMPROVEMENTS – Plan for parking area for 150 vehicles also to include a bus turnaround at the future Visitor’s Center; planned entrance road improvement for bus access to future expanded parking area
  • OTHER BUILDINGS & STRUCTURES – Provide for additional picnic areas or a small pavilion with restroom for small gatherings, family events; and develop existing Williams Cabin as an interpretive museum displaying period items and relics of the early 1800’s era
  • HISTORIC PRESERVATION – Featuring the path of an historic railway that cuts through the site, future plans provide for additional preservation methods for chapel site such as the wagon stage area, natural spring and the Williams Cabin
  • SIGNAGE AND INFORMATION – Provide improvements to the entrance sign for better visibility; wayfinding plan for directional signs, parking, visitor welcome/rules for the property, map of the property; and additional interpretive signs for the natural spring, old railroad line, natural resources i.e. trees, woodland, creek-riparian habitat, preservation areas
  • TRAIL SYSTEM – Create a trail system that continues to cemetery and provides a good connection, establish a Native Wildflower Trail that ties into interpretive areas on the chapel site for walking tours and provide a Cemetery trail for walking tours, history, areas for reflection/meditation
  • ADA ACCESSIBILITY  Provide ADA access to existing chapel and restrooms, along with ADA designated parking
  • SITE FURNITURE AND ACCESSORIES – Recommendations for park benches for seating at key locations i.e. trail head, contemplative areas, restroom facility, drop off/parking area; provide for trash receptacles, a designated smoking station, bike racks and security bollards for restricted areas
  • NATURAL RESOURCE PRESERVATION AND ENHANCEMENT – Provide for preservation of Creek & Drainageways by creating a riparian habitat with erosion control, and preservation and enhancement of woodland wildlife habitat, and reserve and protect few remaining Liberty Trees that remain
  • LANDSCAPE IMPROVEMENTS AND BUFFERING – Provide for noise and visual buffering, enhancement of existing features on the property with native plants 
  • STORM WATER MANAGEMENT – Recommendations for flow control of tributary creeks with rock check dams; provide for mitigation of runoff from adjacent subdivision development with bio-swales, basins, plantings
  • LIGHTING AND SECURITY – Secure perimeter fencing around the historic chapel site, and a locked gate access to certain areas of the property for additional security; and additional lighting for chapel, Williams Cabin, entrance road access, parking lot
  • BUDGET AND FUNDING – Long-term plan for the Board to prioritize projects; recommendations for local grants, donations, supporters, and recommendations for short- and long-range funding mechanisms.    

For more information regarding the Gateway Design Studio, LLC and the Old McKendree Chapel Master Plan project, the public can contact Patrick Worzer at (314) 703-1800 or visit the company’s web site at


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