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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.

McClure Engineering Hires Mechanical Designer

McClure Engineering welcomes Mechanical Designer, Robert Vogel. Robert received his Associates of Science in CAD Technology from Lewis & Clark Community College, comes with 25 years mechanical design experience and is proficient in AutoCAD, Revit and Navisworks. His former employers include: United Excel Design, HBE, Airtherm and most recent Icon Mechanical.

Ramonda Harris Joins HOK’s St. Louis Office as Project Accountant

Ramonda Harris
Ramonda Harris

Ramonda Harris has joined HOK as a project accountant in St. Louis. In her new role, she will work with the corporate accounting team and regional offices to maintain accurate and timely accounting records.

Harris joins HOK from Corrigan Co., where she was an accounts payable manager. Prior to that she worked at TSi Geotechnical, Inc. and Metropolitan Build, Inc. Ramonda Harris is a resident of St. Louis, MO

HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm with a network of 24 offices worldwide.

Kurt Voss promoted to Vice President of Engineering at IFS

Kurt Voss
Kurt Voss

Kurt Voss, P.E. of Saint Louis has been promoted to Vice President of Engineering at Integrated Facility Services (IFS). He is responsible for overall management and strategic direction of the IFS Engineering & Design Team. Voss joined IFS in 2008 as sales engineer and most recently was director of engineering.
Voss is a graduate of the Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, MO.

Integrated Facility Services (IFS), formerly Air Masters Corporation, is a full-service HVAC, plumbing, piping, fire protection and building automation firm.

Charles E. Brant joins Kwame Building Group, Inc. as Senior Project Manager

Charles E. Brandt
Charles E. Brandt

Charles E. Brant has joined Kwame Building Group, Inc. (KWAME) as a senior project manager responsible for design management of projects within the $1.6 billion Dallas Independent School District 2015 Bond Program. Brant has a Bachelor of Architecture from Oklahoma State University. He has 13 years of experience as an architect and project manager for education, municipal and housing projects. Brant is LEED AP BD&C and NCARB certified, and has been named an American Institute of Architecture (AIA) Dallas Chapter “Young Architect of the Year.”
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James Williams II joins Kwame Building Group as Senior Project Manager

James Williams
James Williams, II

James Williams II has joined Kwame Building Group, Inc. (KWAME) as senior project manager. He is responsible for project coordination, budget documentation and project communications, including projects within the $1.6 billion Dallas Independent School District 2015 Bond Program.

Stacy Robben Recognized As A 2016 SMPS Fellow

Stacy Robben
Stacy Robben

SMPS-St. Louis member Stacy Robben, CPSM, LEED AP BD+C, has been recognized by the Society of Marketing Professional Services as one of the 2016 Fellows of the Society.  Stacy serves as Director of Business Development at McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.

SMPS Fellows represent the highest level of experience and leadership in marketing and business development within the design and building industry. Members who have 15 years’ experience as a marketer and/or business developer in the A/E/C industry, have been an active member for 10 of the previous 15 consecutive years, and who have held a current Certified Professional Services Marketer (CPSM) designation for a minimum of five years were eligible to apply for the Fellows Recognition Program

Stacy will serve as a resource at the chapter, regional, and Society levels to provide insight, ideas, programs, and mentoring. SMPS Fellows will be honored during the SMPS Awards Gala on August 11 as part of Build Business, the SMPS annual conference.

“Stacy has been a significant contributor to the growth and success of the St. Louis chapter for many years, and we’re excited to continue benefiting from her marketing leadership and expertise,” says SMPS St. Louis President, Jessica Davila.

KAI Design & Build hires Heros Ghadimi as Senior Project Coordinator

KAI Design & Build has welcomed Heros Ghadimi as Senior Project Coordinator.

Ghadimi has more than 40 years of experience in the AEC (architecture/engineering/construction), and holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Texas at Arlington. Ghadimi is also a certified LEED Green Professional.

“Heros brings a wealth of experience to KAI, especially his expertise in sustainable design,” said Michael B. Kennedy, President of KAI Design & Build.  “With more than four decades of extensive project coordination, we know he will be a valuable addition to our team.”

Ghadimi responsibilities include ensuring the client, staff and subconsultants have access to – and operate from – the correct procedures of activities. Additionally, Ghadimi will lead the KAI project team to success by managing essential interlinking design and drafting components between all project stakeholders including KAI’s affiliate offices. Ghadimi is a Texas native.

KAI Design & Build Welcomes Ashraf Hamad as Senior Project Engineer

Ashraf Hamad has joined KAI Design & Build as Senior Project Engineer.  Hamad, a Project Management Professional certified through the Project Management Institute, brings more than ten years of project management experience to KAI and holds a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology.

“We are excited to welcome Ashraf Hamad to the KAI family,” said Brian Arnold, Vice President of Construction for KAI Design & Build.  “We know he will be a valuable asset to our team.”

Hamad will serve as a liaison between clients and KAI’s multidisciplined team to ensure the successful execution of construction-related projects and activities. Hamad’s responsibilities will include overseeing the entire lifecycle of a project to ensure compliance with scope, budget and schedule at KAI’s St. Louis and affiliate offices in Texas, Nebraska and Georgia.

KAI Design & Build, founded in 1980, is a MBE-certified design and build firm headquartered in St. Louis with affiliate locations in Atlanta, Omaha, Dallas and San Antonio. 


Vapor Mitigation Strategies Opens its Doors

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Wellington Environmental Company focused on eliminating Vapor Intrusion

Vapor Mitigation Strategies has launched with cost-effective barrier solutions for the growing issue of vapor intrusion (VI) facing the construction industry.

Wholly-owned by St. Louis based Wellington Environmental, Vapor Mitigation Strategies offers architects and contractors solutions when VI is a concern for a new building project or an existing structure. A more comprehensive explanation of the new company’s services can be found on its brand new website,

“Vapor intrusion is a growing environmental concern, and we’re seeing more and more new construction jobs that require some type of vapor intrusion barrier,” said Jackie Robb, principal, Vapor Mitigation Strategies. “Our knowledgeable team has more than 50 combined years of environmental engineering and consulting experience. We specialize in assessing job sites and installing these barriers to the exact specifications required by the builders.”

The risk of VI occurs when there is the potential of a migration of petroleum products or volatile chemicals from contaminated groundwater, soil, or a vapor plume into an overlying building. Petroleum products and volatile chemicals in the vapor phase may migrate through subsurface soils into indoor air spaces in ways similar to that of radon gas seeping into homes. These chemicals may include volatile organic compounds and certain semi-volatile organic compounds.

In addition to working on new building projects, Vapor Mitigation Strategies also provides solutions for existing structures whose sub-slab vapor is contaminated and the potential for vapor intrusion has been determined. The vapor intrusion barriers the company installs have been accepted by state environmental agencies, branches of the military and environmental consulting firms around the world.

Construction Financial Management Association Responds to CDC Report on Suicide Rate by Occupational Group

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Statistics released from the CDC on July 1, 2016 show that workers in construction and extraction have a 53.3 per 100,000 rate of suicide, which is second only to workers in the farming, fishing, and forest occupational group (84.5 per 100,000). With 17 states taking part in the CDC’s National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS), this data heightens the need to address suicide prevention and mental health promotion in the construction industry.

Recently, the Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA) formed the Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention to gather and disseminate key information and resources, share education and programming for CFMA’s 94 chapters across North America, and promote initiatives to support suicide prevention.

Stuart Binstock, CFMA President & CEO, said, “At CFMA’s 2016 Annual Conference & Exhibition, we brought the topic of suicide prevention to an audience of our nearly 1,300 attendees by offering two general education sessions and presentations to chapter leaders, providing flash drives, and introducing our new online resource at Efforts are also underway to encourage our industry partners to join the Alliance with the ultimate goal of preventing death by suicide in the construction industry.”

“As a construction company controller, I understand the importance of protecting and supporting our most valuable asset—our human capital,” adds CFMA Chairman Ken Chiccotella. “In conjunction with our conference theme of Building It Forward, ensuring not only the physical well-being, but also the mental health of our workforce must be core to our business strategies and goals.”

The newly released “Construction + Suicide Prevention” publications by Cal Beyer, Director of Risk Management at Lakeside Industries and executive committee member of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, and Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas, CEO and Co-Founder of the Carson J. Spencer Foundation, mental health advocate, and survivor of her brother’s suicide, address why suicide prevention in an imperative in the construction industry and provide 10 action steps companies can take to save lives.

“Construction industry leaders are stepping forward and changing culture with a new vision around suicide prevention. CFMA has shown bold leadership in spearheading this shift in culture as a conduit in making suicide prevention a health and safety priority,” said Spencer-Thomas. The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention cites these CFMA resources and website in support of the cause.

Summary Of Development Proposals Received For Maryland Park Lake District Published By City Of Maryland Heights

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Maryland Heights, Mo., July 8, 2016 – The City of Maryland Heights has published a summary of the six development proposals received last week for portions of the Maryland Park Lake District Development Area.  The summary, along with a map and renderings, can be found on the city’s new website for the development area at

Highlights of each proposal include the following:

– Altus Properties is proposing the development of approximately 400-

450 market-rate apartment units, to be constructed in two phases, as well as supporting select service retail on approximately 31 acres;

– Creve Coeur Airport proposes development options that may include, but would not be limited to, runway extensions, runway construction, apron expansion, corporate and t-hangar development, and enhancements to airfield navigational aids and safety equipment;

– Hat Trick Consultants proposes a mid-size multipurpose Event Center with approximately 6,200 permanent seats (8,000 seats for non-ice events) designed after the former St. Louis Arena with a “Retro Arena’ feel with the same amenities for standard similar venues of this size across the country;

– Howard Bend Development proposes the “Little Lake Town Center” of 570 acres that could include regional retail, office campus, health and wellness, entertainment and amusement facilities and residential development, as well as a 1,365 acre area for land conservation and youth sports programs;

– Pannatoni proposes retail/service retail uses on 134 acres along the Route 141 corridor and office-flex/office-distribution uses further north for a total of nearly of 1.3 million square feet;

– SLCSW Farms LLC proposes approximately 44 acres of service commercial – service retail (restaurant, convenience stores/service stations, etc.), hotel and other commercial uses designed to complement and support other uses within the entire development area.

The City has begun the process of studying the proposals and conducting a series of public workshops and other meetings for input leading to a final decision sometime in February on which developments will proceed.  The first public workshop is scheduled for July 26 at 5:30 p.m. at the Maryland Heights Government Center.

The City’s Comprehensive Plan calls for the development area to be a mixed use destination featuring 30% open and green space along with regional retail, an office campus, hospitality and entertainment venues, regional sport venues and residential developments.  The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) determined that most of the property in the development area is not flood plain thanks to the 500-year levee protecting the area from the Missouri River and may be developed for commercial, industrial or residential uses.

For more information about the development area, visit

S&T Doctoral Student Wins ACI Fellowship

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Iman Mehdipour

Iman Mehdipour, a graduate student pursuing a Ph.D. in civil engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology, was awarded the 2016-17 American Concrete Institute (ACI) Charles Pankow Student Fellowship.

As part of the award, Mehdipour will receive an educational stipend for tuition, residence, books, materials and paid travel to the next two ACI conventions. Fellowships are offered to high-potential and outstanding graduate students whose research studies relate to concrete engineering and are identified by ACI member faculty. Applicants are evaluated based on their resumes and an essay highlighting research areas and all accomplishments. All finalists chosen for consideration of ACI Foundation Fellowships were interviewed at the ACI Spring Convention in April in Milwaukee.

“This award is not only a great honor for Mr. Mehdipour, but also for the department of civil engineering and the entire university as it recognizes the quality of education our students receive at Missouri S&T,” says Dr. Kamal H. Khayat, the Vernon and Maralee Jones Professor of Civil Engineering at Missouri S&T and Mehdipour’s advisor and nominator. Khayat is a Fellow of the ACI and the director of the Center for Infrastructure Engineering Studies and RE-CAST (Research on Concrete Applications for Sustainable Transportation) Tier-1 University Transportation Center at Missouri S&T.

Mehdipour’s research area has focused on developing and designing advanced cement-based materials, such as environmentally friendly and crack-free cement-based materials and fiber-reinforced composites with adapted rheology. He also performed an interdisciplinary collaborative research project, in conjunction with Dr. Reza Zoughi and Dr. Kristen Donnell of the Missouri S&T electrical engineering department, to evaluate fiber distribution in concrete and self-healing capability of cement-based materials using microwave and thermography nondestructive testing techniques.

Through his academic career, Mehdipour has authored and co-authored two books (“Soil Mechanics” and “Guidelines for Hot Weather Concreting,” both published in Persian), 10 peer-reviewed journal articles and 25 conference papers. He has received the ACI Missouri Chapter Honorary Abdeldjelil “DJ” Belarbi Scholarship for 2015-16 and a travel grant award for the 25th ASNT (American Society of Nondestructive Testing) research symposium in spring 2016. The Charles Pankow Student fellowship will enable him to further pursue his interests and realize his goals for future career in academia.

Ann Althoff, MCR, LEED AP, Associate DBIA Named Chair of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) St. Louis

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An Althoff

St. Louis design/build project executive Ann Althoff, MCR, LEED AP, Associate DBIA, has been named chair of the Urban Land Institute – St. Louis District Council (ULI St. Louis).

Active in ULI locally and nationally for more than eight years, Althoff has helped advance the organization’s responsible land use mission by serving as treasurer, assisting with the organization’s educational programs, co-founding the Women’s Leadership Initiative, and representing ULI St. Louis nationally as chair for mission advancement. On a national level, Althoff is active in the Public-Private Product Council and is a founding member of the End-User Product Council.

In her corporate work, Althoff brings more than 30 years of experience in the real estate and design/build industry.   She currently serves as a project executive at Clayco charged with identifying, nurturing and supporting new corporate, institutional and industrial design and construction ventures. Ann also provides client relationship and business development leadership for Forum Studio, the full-service design practice and wholly owned subsidiary of Clayco.  Prior to joining Clayco, Althoff worked with HOK, as senior vice president in charge of strategy and business development, Pace Properties and Cushman Wakefield (formerly Cassidy Turley).

Althoff earned a masters degree in urban affairs from Saint Louis University and earned her business administration degree from Fontbonne University.  She holds a masters in corporate real estate through CoreNet Global. Ann Althoff is a resident of Glendale, MO

With more than 220 members, ULI St. Louis unites thought leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide.

IFMA St. Louis Appoints Members to Board

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The St. Louis Chapter of IFMA (International Facility Managers Association) announced officers elected to its Board of Directors and Committee Chairs. Their terms run from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017.

  • President, Nancy Cripe, GRS Auction Services
  • Vice President, Don Finnegan, CFM, Enterprise Holdings
  • Treasurer, Jennifer Johnston-Tichacek, Ferguson Enterprises
  • Secretary, Jacqueline Mattingly, FMP, Monsanto
  • Immediate Past President, Chris Laughman, CFM, SFP, LEED AP O&M, Federal eserve Bank of St. Louis
  • Membership Chair, Gary Wood, Stryker Construction
  • Marketing Chair, Chris Darnell, Bluegrass Lawn Care
  • Education Chair, Scott Held, Ameren Corp.
  • Programs Chair, Jeff Touchette, Jarrell Mechanical Contractors
  • Sponsorship Chair, Karl Gnau, Veritiv
  • Sustainability Liaison, Dave Gardin, CFM, The Koman Group
  • Advocacy Liaison, James Delgado, Cozad Commercial Real Estate

IFMA St. Louis offers its members a learning and networking environment among its diverse membership, and supplies its members with the tools to achieve their professional goals. Celebrating its 30th anniversary, IFMA St. Louis has more than 250 members representing small and Fortune 500 companies throughout the region.

Photo Above: IFMA St. Louis Board Members from left: James Delgado, Cozad Commercial Real Estate; Chris Laughman, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis; Nancy Cripe, GRS Auction Services; Don Finnegan, Enterprise Holding; and Jennifer Johnston-Tichacek, Ferguson Facilities Supply. Not present Jacqueline Mattingly, Monsanto.

The Gateway Welcome Project

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The Gateway Welcome Project recognizes the role that immigrants have played in our history and will continue to play in the future growth of the St. Louis region’s economy. We realize that we can and must welcome and encourage immigrant youth to dream about being future leaders. What began as one small effort to do that has grown to involve many people and many disciplines in an ongoing program that will be game-changing in its approach and impact.

The idea that initiated the Gateway Welcome Project was converting a worn, scarred St. Louis Public School playground into a place where young New Americans from around the world could play soccer.

It quickly morphed into a much larger vision. That vision included a signature shelter area, landscaping and community gardens, healthy kids initiatives, STEM education opportunities and more.

The initial projects are scheduled to debut during Welcoming Week 2016, September 16-25, 2016, a time when America welcomes the contributions that immigrants have made, and will make, to the future of this nation.

Going foward we envision a continuity of effort from more construction efforts to programming. For that reason we decided to form the not-for-profit corporation which we have called the Gateway Welcome Project.

To date, the program has involved participation and collaboration from the following organizations and individuals:

  • Bell Electrical
  • Cole Engineering
  • Construction Forum STL
  • Construction Forum Education Foundation
  • DG2 Design
  • Eastern Missouri Laborers District Council
  • Engraphix
  • Jenny Birge
  • McCarthy Leonard & Kaemmerer
  • Metropolitan Sewer District
  • St. Louis Mosaic Project
  • St. Louis Scott Gallagher Soccer Club
  • PHL, Inc.
  • St. Louis Public Schools
  • Tao + Lee Architects
  • SITE Improvement Association
  • Washington University’s College of Architecture, Design/Build

Learn more here

Wiegmann Associates Begins Major HVAC Project in Johnstown, Colorado

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St. Louis-based Wiegmann Associates has begun work on a design/build HVAC project for High Country Beverage’s new 130,000-square-foot refrigerated beer warehouse in Johnstown, Colorado. The new two-story facility will be used for product storage, product shipping and offices spaces. The project is scheduled for completion in December 2016. The general contractor is ARCO Beverage Group.

Wiegmann is engineering HVAC systems to serve the fully conditioned warehouse and offices spaces as well as two large split refrigeration systems for the draught cooler. A direct digital control system (DDC) with customized graphics will enhance climate control. The owner will have the ability to monitor and adjust office HVAC settings remotely from a single computer program.

The primary project challenge is engineering an energy efficient HVAC system that will reliably maintain the temperatures required by product suppliers while a large amount of product moves in and out of the space. Beer distributors are required to monitor and report all temperatures in warehouse and draught cooler spaces.

High Country Beverage is an independent beer distributor that has served Colorado since 1996. High Country Beverage represents more than 250 brands of local, craft, domestic and imported malt beverages from around the world.

Wiegmann Associates is a St. Louis-based mechanical contractor serving the commercial, industrial and institutional markets, and a national leader in design/build HVAC projects. 

Haberberger Honored By The MCA Of Eastern Missouri

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Haberberger, Inc., a full-service mechanical contracting firm located in Affton, was recently honored by the Mechanical Contractors Association of Eastern Missouri (MCA) with three Outstanding Mechanical Installation Awards for work on projects for the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD) and Mallinckrodt. The firm has been honored with the mechanical installation award 26 times for a variety of projects over the past several years.

Haberberger was recognized for its piping work for MSD in two separate categories. The company won in the Process Piping-Public Utility category for projects of up to $600,000 for its work on a disinfection project at MSD’s Coldwater Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant in Florissant. Haberberger was also recognized in the Process Piping Large Projects- Public Utilities category for projects over $2 million for its Redundant Force Main project at the MSD Wastewater Treatment Plant in Lemay. Both projects were led by Haberberger Project Manager Jeff Roberts and Pipefitter General Foreman Phil Jones.

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Haberberger was also recognized for its outstanding process piping work in the category for projects between $600,000 and $2 million for its work on a demineralizer project at Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals in Hazelwood. The project was led by Haberberger Project Manager Pat Reilly and Pipefitter General Foreman Dodd Slawson.

The MCA of Eastern Missouri recognizes companies and projects with the Outstanding Mechanical Installation Awards bi-annually. The awards are judged and selected based on criteria that includes quality of the installation, the working relationship between the owner and the contractor, and the project’s appearance.

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Haberberger, Inc. is a 68-year-old mechanical contracting company that offers complete HVAC installation, customized maintenance programs, process piping and piping fabrication, and refrigeration and energy management services to a variety of industrial and commercial customers. For more information, call 314-631-3324 or visit

Top Photo: Pictured from left to right are Matt Biangardi, Mallinckrodt; Steve Haberberger, Treasurer and Vice President of Operations at Haberberger; George Corey, Treasurer, MCA of Eastern Missouri; Mike McLaughlin, Local 562; Pat Reilly, Haberberger Project Manager and Vice President of Construction Marketing; and Dodd Slawson, Haberberger Pipefitter General Foreman.

Photo 2: Pictured from left to right are Steve Haberberger, Treasurer and Vice President of Operations at Haberberger; Jeff Roberts, Haberberger Project Manager and Vice President of Project Development; George Corey, Treasurer, MCA of Eastern Missouri; Mike McLaughlin, Local 562;  Pipefitter General Foreman Phil Jones, and Marie Collins with MSD St. Louis.

Photo 3: Pictured from left to right are Steve Haberberger, Treasurer and Vice President of Operations at Haberberger; Jeff Roberts, Haberberger Project Manager and Vice President of Project Development; George Corey, Treasurer, MCA of Eastern Missouri; Mike McLaughlin, Local 562;  Pipefitter General Foreman Phil Jones, and Patricia Pride, Project Manager with MSD.


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