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Holland Construction Nearing Completion on New Whispering Heights Project


A ribbon cutting ceremony was recently held to mark the completion of the first phase of the

Whispering Heights development. The project, a new $34 million mixed-use community, located off Highway 157, is in the heart of Edwardsville, Illinois. The ceremony marked the completion of the South Building. The North Building is scheduled to be completed in May.

Holland Construction Services is working with Edwardsville developer Fireside Financial on the project which will eventually feature two six-story buildings with a total of 153 luxury apartments and 18,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space. Holland Vice President Doug Weber said his team was honored to have been selected by Fireside to work on this project.

“It’s exciting when you get to the final phases of a project and get to see their vision for the property become a reality,” said Weber. “From the beginning, this project has been a true collaborative effort involving the ownership, design team, city officials and subcontractors. We’re looking forward to completing work on the North Building in a few short months and delivering a high-quality mixed-use project to the community of Edwardsville.”

Kristie Bailey, Partner at Fireside Financial, said, “We are excited to be a part of Edwardsville’s growth, especially on the 157 corridor, with this mixed-use project connecting downtown to the Goshen trail to all of the other exciting things the city has to offer.”

Edwardsville Economic and Community Development Director Walt Williams said this type of mixed-use commercial and residential development meets the needs of the community.

“This development is in response to the lifestyle preferences of the most economically-active generations,” said Williams. “The force behind the popularity of this type of real estate development growth has been the Millennial generation; however, the “one-stop-shop,” instantly gratifying lifestyle is not only a claim by the youth. Baby Boomers have also gravitated toward real estate that offers expediency and walkability, which this project provides.”

Residents of Whispering Heights will enjoy a state-of-the-art fitness center, private entrances, private parking garage, business center, and a rooftop “amenity deck” with grilling stations, fire pits, an enclosed kitchenette, and bar area. The luxury apartments will range from studios to 2-bedroom suites of up to 1,100 square feet and feature stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, and high-end finishes throughout. Whispering Heights is located at 1010 Enclave Blvd. in Edwardsville and is managed and leased by 2B Residential. For more information, visit or contact Ashley Schmidt at 618-515-5230.”

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 our 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. For more information, visit Holland’s website at



Cutline: Holland Construction Nearing Completion on New Whispering Heights Project.


Knobbe Named New President of McGrath & Associates


West County resident Nicholas Knobbe has been appointed president by the board of directors of McGrath & Associates, Inc., a full-service general contracting and construction management firm. Former company president, Kenneth Knobbe, will continue as CEO and board chairman of the St. Louis based company.

Knobbe joined McGrath in 2007, and since then has served in increasingly responsible positions, most recently as vice president, project development manager.  He is a graduate of the University of Missouri, Columbia, and received a Master’s Degree in construction management from Washington University in 2016.

Commenting on his new role, Knobbe said, “I look forward to working with our team to offer excellent in-house design/build resources and the construction expertise that have helped us grow our business and maintain a high level of service for our clients, many of whom are repeat customers.”

McGrath & Associates provides contracting and construction management services, as well as in-house design services for pharmaceutical, healthcare, commercial and energy/industrial projects.  Since its founding in 1983, the employee-owned company has been named “General Contractor of the Year” six times by the American Subcontractors Association Midwest Council, and nominated twenty times for that honor.

SparrowHawk Taps JLL to Manage 1.5 M s/f Industrial Space in St. Louis Market


JLL, a global commercial real estate services firm, has been chosen to manage five St. Louis-area industrial developments totaling nearly 1.5 million square feet valued at approximately $61 million.

SparrowHawk Real Estate Strategists, a Houston-based company, currently uses JLL to manage its 502,500-square-foot cross-docked warehouse/distribution center at 1659 Sauget Business Boulevard in Sauget, Ill. The company recently moved the remainder of its industrial portfolio to JLL for management.

“My experience working with JLL has been nothing but positive,” said Gutierrez. “Their brokers helped us find and purchase these industrial properties, so they’re familiar with our assets and understand our needs from a management perspective. We have a lot invested in St. Louis and we want to make certain our properties and tenants are well maintained, and we’re confident JLL can do that.”

SparrowHawk’s St. Louis portfolio being managed by JLL includes:

  • 1619 Park 370 Court, Hazelwood, Mo., a 213,558-square-foot cross-docked development;
  • 4847 Park 370 Blvd., Hazelwood, an 84,500-square-foot Class A warehouse building;
  • 800 Jefferson St., Pacific, Mo., 204,361-square-foot warehouse building;
  • 1250-1280 Interstate Drive, Wentzville, Mo., a 420,000-square-foot Class A, rail-served distribution center.

Gutierrez plans to double SparrowHawk’s holdings in the next two years, with deal sizes ranging from 200,000 to 500,000 square feet. “(St. Louis) sits nicely, it has all the infrastructure to be a phenomenal market, a market that can attract even further growth,” Gutierrez says. “Another significant advantage is its workforce, with access to employees with advanced education.”

The SparrowHawk properties bring JLL’s total commercial property management in the St. Louis market to 14.7 million square feet, said Henry Voges, property management leader for JLL.

“We’re excited to grow our relationship with Alfredo,” said Voges. “His company has a significant investment in St. Louis and we intend to keep these properties running smoothly so that he can focus on matters important to growing his business.”

For information about any of the properties listed, contact Voges at or 314-261-7372 or JLL Property Manager Emily Stahr at or 618-719-3002.


Midas Hospitality Closes Second Opportunity Zone


St. Louis hotel developer continues to raise funds for future projects

Midas Hospitality—a leading hotel development, management and investment firm—recently closed its second opportunity zone that funded its first California property.

In addition to the Opportunity Zone Funds, the Midas Hotel Fund has called $25 million of capital with a $75 million additional goal.  Equity raised thus far was used to purchase the dual brand property of Residence Inn and Fairfield Inn located in Charlotte, N.C. during the spring of 2019, as well as the Aloft Milwaukee hotel in Nov. 2019.

While the Midas Hotel Fund remains open, the company successfully opened and closed two Opportunity Zone funds after reaching its goals:  The first for $35 million was for the development of the Aloft and Element hotels located in St. Louis, Mo. in and around the Cortex Innovation Community.  The second fund for $11 million was designated for its first California hotel—a new Residence Inn located at 857 W. Lancaster Blvd. in Lancaster, Calif.—that recently held its groundbreaking ceremony.

Midas Hospitality is co-developing the $25 million, 107-room Lancaster hotel along with Los Angeles-based InSite Development.  Midas Hospitality, which will manage the Residence Inn once it is completed in the first half of 2021.  Midas currently owns and manages 38 hotels with eight more hotels to be added to its portfolio in the near future.

“Our company continues to steadily acquire and develop properties like our newest California hotel thanks to the support of both local and national investors,” said Midas Hospitality’s Co-Founder and Managing Partner J.T. Norville.  “The Midas Hotel Fund is on its way to reaching its goal , which will enable us to maintain this rapid progress in the hospitality industry.”  Norville added that his company seeks investors who are “committed to transforming the marketplace with projects that make a difference in the communities they are in.”

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

Western Specialty Contractors Takes Home Two AGCOK Awards for Restoration Work in Oklahoma


Western Specialty Contractors – Tulsa, Oklahoma Branch proudly announced that it has received awards for Stone Restoration and Historical Restoration from the Associated General Contractors of Oklahoma (AGCOK) – Building Chapter.

Representatives from Western’s Tulsa, Oklahoma Branch accepted the AGCOK awards at the organization’s 80th Annual Meeting on Jan. 11, 2020. The AGCOK is the state’s largest and leading commercial/industrial construction trade association, headquartered in Oklahoma City. The awards honor outstanding commercial construction companies, employees, industry partners and leaders that have helped build the Oklahoma community.

Western received the AGCOK’s Stone Restoration award for its work on the Theta Pond Bridge improvements at Oklahoma State University. The sidewalk around the university’s iconic Theta Pond, known as Greek Walk, and its five-foot wide wooden bridge over the pond had degraded over the years, creating a potential hazard. Western crews were contracted to remove the old wooden bridge and replace it with a stone bridge consistent in design and scope as the existing architecture on campus.

The new 8-foot-long bridge, renamed Greek Centennial Bridge, is an important focal point of the area, which provides a beautiful scene for students and visitors to take pictures and visit.

“It was important that the bridge compliment the surrounding landscaping and blend into the existing surrounding stone,” said Oklahoma Branch Manager Doug Martin. “It was a challenge working on a college campus with thousands of students walking by, plus trying to maneuver large and heavy stones into place without damaging any of the existing landscaping. I am proud of the beautiful, durable bridge that our crew created for the university and its students.”

Western received a second AGCOK award for Historical Restoration for its façade and structural work on the Intrada El Reno Apartments in El Reno, OK. Intrada El Reno is a historic hotel building that has been converted into apartments for people with low incomes.

Western was contracted to re-point the building’s masonry joints; remove decayed sandstone window sills; make structural repairs of joist beams, columns and underside of the slab; provide brick infill of existing door and window openings; create window and door openings and restore concrete on the Porte Cochere.

The historic restoration project was challenging to Western’s crews who had to remove existing windowsills and ship them to the fabrication shop where drawings were created for approval by the project engineer. Molds were then constructed based on the drawings for the replacement windowsills to be cast, then shipped back to the job site for placement.

“Being a single-source contractor to address all the needs of the developer was a huge plus for all involved. We were able to address all the needs that Vecino Group had with the restoration of the facade, structural repairs of all concrete and the waterproofing needs,” said Martin. “The process of matching the existing decorative profiles of the Porte Cochere was our biggest challenge. Through making a cast of the existing profiles to create concrete forms to the considerable time and talent it took to hand patch the balusters, our crews proved to be up for the challenge.”

About Western Specialty Contractors

Family-owned and operated for more than 100 years, Western Specialty Contractors is the nation’s largest specialty contractor in masonry and concrete restoration, waterproofing and specialty roofing. Western offers a nationwide network of expertise that building owners, engineers, architects and property managers can count on to develop cost-effective, corrective measures that can add years of useful life to a variety of structures including industrial, commercial, healthcare, historic, educational and government buildings, parking structures and sports stadiums. Western is headquartered in St. Louis, MO with 30 branch offices nationwide and employs more than 1,200 salaried and hourly professionals who offer the best, time-tested techniques and innovative technology. For more information about Western Specialty Contractors, visit

Oculus Inc. Interior Designers Obtain State Registration


Designers meet requirements in Missouri and D.C.

Oculus Inc., a full-service St. Louis-based architecture and interior design firm, announces that four interior designers on its staff based in St. Louis have earned certification through the Council for Interior Design Qualification (CIDQ). Interior Design Director Ali Summerford recently received Missouri Registration and licensure in Washington, D.C. to go along with her registration in Texas. Designers Melissa Crain, Carolyn Fava and Hannah Rohlfing acquired Missouri Registration as well.

“Our talented designers have done an outstanding job of doing the necessary work to earn this accreditation,” said Lisa Bell-Reim, Oculus Inc. president. “They are all great representatives of Oculus, and we look forward to seeing their state-of-the-art design work throughout Missouri as well as all over the country.”

In order for a designer to earn a Missouri Registration through CIDQ, they must possess a total of six years in education and experience in commercial interior design. They also must complete and pass the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) exam.

Oculus is WBE and DBE-Certified and has a substantial track record in workplace, federal and retail projects, as well as significant expertise in the education, healthcare and hospitality markets.

In addition to its headquarters in St. Louis, Oculus has offices in Dallas and Portland, Ore.

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 has offices in St. Louis, Dallas and Portland, Ore., is WBE-certified and is regularly cited in top industry rankings for architecture and design.

Missouri Governor Parson to Give Keynote Address at SITE Improvement Assn’s 2020 Investment in Infrastructure Expo


Missouri Governor Mike Parson will headline a distinguished list of local infrastructure leaders and give the keynote address at the 2020 Investment in Infrastructure Expo on February 25 at the St. Charles Convention Center.  More than $1 billion in new infrastructure-related construction projects on the Missouri side of the St. Louis metropolitan area will be unveiled at the Expo, including projects from the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), Metropolitan Sewer District and all five Missouri metro area highway departments including Jefferson, Franklin, St. Charles, St. Louis counties and the City of St. Louis.  The event will also include a trade show featuring construction industry suppliers, equipment dealers and other exhibitors networking with Expo attendees and project owners.

“Governor Parson has been a strong advocate of repairing and improving the state’s infrastructure of roads, bridges, sewers and water systems, and we are extremely pleased to have the Governor join us at this year’s Expo,” said SITE Executive Director Terry Briggs.  “Governor Parson continually stresses the need to address shortfalls in our state’s infrastructure’s condition, not only for public safety and service, but also as a jobs creator.  Repairing, replacing or rehabilitating pipes, roads and structures has the potential of creating thousands of job opportunities for Missourians.”

New project presentations will be made by officials with MoDOT, MSD and the five Missouri metro area highway departments.  Additionally, there will be a panel discussion on Diversity in the Construction industry with MWBE contractors discussing the benefits of mentoring.  Forest Park Forever will present an overview of riverways restorations planned in Forest Park, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will talk about their planned work and the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis will present a forecast on the construction industry in the region.  Sponsored by the SITE Improvement Association, the event is open to all contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, professional services firms and others connected to the infrastructure construction industry.

The Expo will begin at 1:30 pm with concurrent presentations outlining more than $1 billion in new construction work and what prospective bidders for that work need to know. These presenters include:

  • Tom Blair, P.E., District Engineer, St. Louis District of MoDOT covering, Franklin, Jefferson, St. Charles and St. Louis counties along with the city of St. Louis;
  • Rich Unverferth, Director of Engineering for the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District;
  • John P. Kohler, P.E., Planning and Programming Manager, City of Saint Louis Board of Public Service;
  • Jason Jonas, Public Works Director for Jefferson County;
  • Amanda Brauer, Manager of Roads and Traffic for St. Charles County. Amanda oversees the distribution of the County’s 1/2-cent transportation sales tax, which funds approximately $20 million per year in road improvements within the County.
  • Jim Grutsch, Franklin County Highway Administrator. Jim is responsible for initiating, monitoring, and completing capital improvement projects related to Franklin County’s transportation network. The projects are funded by a one-half cent sales tax;
  • Frank Kartmann, Senior Vice President of Operations for Forest Park Forever. He will review his organization’s $10 million plans to restore some riverways in the eastern portion of Forest Park;
  • Phil Moser, project manager – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis District; and
  • The diversity panel will discuss how mentorships have helped them in establishing their businesses and what issues MWBE contractors continue to face.

Governor Parson’s address is scheduled for 3:45 p.m.  The trade show and networking session will begin at the conclusion of Governor Parson’s address and continue through 6:00 p.m.

For more information and to register for the 2020 Investment in Infrastructure Expo, visit and click on the Investment in Infrastructure Expo icon on the first page.

SITE Improvement Association is an independent construction contractor group representing more than 220 contractors and businesses primarily in the concrete, earthmoving, landscaping, asphalt paving, highway/bridge, sewer/utility and specialty construction segments.  It represents the interests of its members in negotiations with labor unions, promotes political and legislative agendas and provides safety and technical training for members. SITE has been in continuous operation since 1966.  For more information, visit

Helmkamp Construction Distributes Maximum Impact Donations


Although Helmkamp Construction Co., a local business since 1938, has supported many charities over the years, it has been a long time goal of current and former owners to create an employee guided program that allows the company to give back in an organized, consistent, and impactful manner.

Last July, the general contractor introduced the Helmkamp Cares Foundation, with the intent to better direct their focus and culture on the type of local business they aim to be… a good neighbor who cares about the community.

Helmkamp President, Rob Johnes, gave an overview of the new foundation by saying “The Helmkamp Cares Foundation is comprised of an employee-based committee to manage the charitable requests that we receive on a regular basis.  Helmkamp would like to be able to give everyone support, but it’s simply not possible to do so.  Helmkamp Cares will allow us to allocate and focus charitable giving based on the initiatives our employees are collectively most passionate about.”

Jen Jackson, Marketing Director & Chair for the Helmkamp Cares Foundation said “It was important to us when creating the program that we found meaningful ways to help out local organizations where we live and work.  That’s how the Maximum Impact Awards were created.  All employees were surveyed about causes that meant most to them.  Our committee reviewed those and chose three deserving organizations for our inaugural 2019 Maximum Impact Awards.  They were the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Alton Memorial’s Health Services Foundation Cancer Patient Programs, and Got Your Six Veterans’ Support Dogs.  All three of these organizations received $20,000 from Helmkamp Construction.”

Additionally, Johnes announced at the company’s annual holiday party that Helmkamp Construction had its most successful year in business in 2019.  To celebrate, all employees (and their spouses) were given $500 in play money called “Helmkamp Bucks” and asked to distribute them among seven additional charities that were selected by their peers on the foundation committee.  Those Helmkamp Bucks were tallied and turned into real donations totaling $50,000.  The seven organizations that benefitted from Helmkamp’s year-end giving celebrations included: The Alzheimers Association, Fisher House St. Louis, Haven House, Meals on Wheels, MS Society, National Children’s Cancer Society, and the Ronald McDonald Charities of St. Louis.

In 2018, Helmkamp Construction Co. donated $80,000 to charitable organizations in celebration of their 80th year in business in the metro-east area.  In 2019, charitable spending was over double that at almost $170,000.

“It was such a pleasure for us to learn more about the great work of the JDRF, Got Your Six, and Alton Memorial Hospital’s cancer patient programs and to be able to help them do that work,” said Jackson.  “Rob (Johnes) is committed to leading Helmkamp with the top 2 things in mind being safety and philanthropy.  Keeping our employees and customers safe on the job site and being able to give back is what he calls success.  As employees, that leadership gives us all something to feel really great about.”

Electrical Connection supports the 2020 St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway


By this spring, a very special home will emerge from the ground in O’Fallon, Mo. to help support the kids served by the renowned St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®.  The amenity-laden St. Jude Dream Home is being built with the support of the Electrical Connection, a partnership of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 and the St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association.  NECA contractor Grasser Electric, the Electrical Connection and IBEW are donating services and materials for the construction of the luxury home which is being built by Payne Family Homes.

“Our IBEW/NECA partners are called upon to skillfully install electrical systems and fixtures in countless homes in our region, but the St. Jude Dream Home has a far reaching impact,” said Dave Roth, IBEW business representative.  “This community giving initiative advances St. Jude’s critical research and treatment of childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.” According to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, families never receive a bill for treatment, travel housing or food – because all they should worry about is helping their child live.

This is the seventh St. Jude Dream Home built by Payne Family Homes with the help of IBEW/NECA.  Grasser Electric has donated services to build five of those homes.  The seven-year-long charitable endeavor has raised more than $6.1 million locally for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

“We are grateful to all of our vendors and partners like the Electrical Connection IBEW/NECA partnership who donate skills and services to deliver outstanding luxury living, optimizing the value of the St. Jude Dream Home giveaway” said Dawn Walter, director of marketing, Payne Family Homes.

The 2020 St. Jude Dream Home broke ground on January 30, 2020 at 318 Old Forester Drive in Payne Family Homes’ Legends Pointe subdivision.   The 1.5-story, 4,100 square-foot-home will feature a number of amenities including a home cinema and security system, four bedrooms and 4.5 baths, plus a three-sided sculptural fireplace, interior stone wall, spacious loft area, cozy reading nook and more.

Tickets to win the home can be reserved beginning June 11 for $100 each, and only 11,500 will be sold. The St. Jude Dream Home will be open to the public for free tours beginning with the grand opening on Saturday, July 11. Tours will continue on Saturdays from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm and Sundays Noon until 5:00 pm until August 16. The winner of the home will be drawn on August 20, 2020.

For more information about the 2020 St. Jude Dream Home, call or text 314-477-1218 or visit the St. Jude Dream Home page at to join the VIP list for updates and more info.

The 2019 St. Jude Dream Home, which was also built with donated services from the Electrical Connection IBEW/NECA partnership earned numerous honors. It was recognized at the annual St. Jude Dream Home Builder Summit in Memphis as one of the best in the country, winning awards for Best Master Suite, Best Special Features, and Zero Hero. Zero Hero is a title exclusively awarded to builders that deliver a 100% donated home to the fundraising effort. Payne Family Homes has received the title Zero Hero every year it has participated in the Dream Home Giveaway campaign.

Established as one of the Payne Family of companies in 2007, Payne Family Homes has quickly risen to be the St. Louis metro region’s second fastest-growing homebuilder and recently was named one of the area’s fastest growing companies by the St. Louis Business Journal. For more information, visit  or call 314-477-1218.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. It is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. Join the St. Jude mission by visiting, liking St. Jude on Facebook ( and following us on Twitter (@stjude).

The Electrical Connection IBEW/NECA partnership more than 5,000 highly skilled and safe IBEW electricians and the more than 150 NECA electrical contractors who employ them.  For more than 75 years, the partnership has trained more electricians/communication technicians than any education program in Missouri. Its award-winning work provides safe and reliable electrical construction, maintenance, repair and replacement services across Missouri, the nation and the world. Learn more at

Roeslein Poland Supports Local School Teams on Their Journey towards Excellence


As a project-driven company, Roeslein believes in the power of teamwork. They also believe in supporting local organizations in the communities we call home around the world. Recently, the Dębno, Poland office provided some financial support and encouragement to the ATLAS Sports Club of the Elementary Public School in Wola Debinska, Poland to help them continue their journey to be better team players and members of the local community.

“Roeslein & Associates is proud to be able to provide this donation to the ATLAS Sports Club.” Rob Campbell, Divisional President – Global Manufacturing, stated. “This donation is a great representation of our new 2020 initiative: The Roeslein Way.”

Campbell continued, “We are committed to making a positive impact on the communities in which we live and work, and we are honored to have been able to give back to a great organization through our Poland office.”

Roeslein’s Dębno office is currently engaged in several projects located around Europe including Spain, Germany, Czech Republic, and France. They have expanded their manufacturing & fabrication capabilities to include structural and process pipe fabrication, coolant filter systems, conveyor manufacturing, electrical panel fabrication and unitizing, as well as pre-assembly activities. Roeslein Poland also supports its projects by installing the products and systems they build.

Roeslein & Associates was founded in 1990, specializing in engineering, modular fabrication and construction services. The company has product offerings in both the container manufacturing industry and the process and energy sectors with annual revenues over $250 million. To find out more, please visit

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