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Lawrence Fabric & Metal Structures Promotes Terry to VP of Finance

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Lawrence Fabric & Metal Structures announces Kathy Terry’s promotion to vice president, finance. Terry joined Lawrence in 2016 as its accounting manager, helping to grow the financial position of the company and playing a significant role in navigating the intricacies of being an ESOP, 100 percent employee-owned organization.  In her new role as VP, Terry will continue to help maximize shareholder value for Lawrence’s employee owners by leading the accounting department and other front-office teams, managing the ESOP and 401K plans and providing management insights along with the leadership team to further advance the firm’s future success. 

SIBA Immerses High Schoolers into Hands-On Trades Experiences

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       An increasing number of high school students are exploring the work and benefits of paid apprenticeships in the construction industry’s skilled crafts or trades, according to Southern Illinois Builders Association CEO Donna Richter.

       The builders group has been sponsoring a fall construction careers expo for more than 20 years, and this year’s student enrollment from the eight-county Southwestern Illinois Metro East area jumped 23 percent from last year, Richter said.

       The construction careers expo provides high school students a range of interactive hands-on experiences with experienced journeymen. This year the journeymen included boilermakers; bricklayers; carpenters; cement masons and plasterers; electricians; iron workers; painters; plumbers, pipefitters and gasfitters; operating engineers; sheet metal workers and steamfitters.

       “Students are telling us they are attracted to the skilled crafts because of good pay and paid training,” Richter said. Other reasons include the constant challenge of developing new construction skills and the exciting technology being developed to enhance construction such as GPS-guided equipment, drone scanning, three-dimensional modeling and planning and also robotics.

       “The area’s construction industry needs hundreds of trained workers so the students can be comfortable in knowing that there will be full-time work after their paid apprenticeships,” she added.

       The construction careers expo is produced in conjunction with the Southern Illinois Construction Advancement Program and with the cooperation of local school district and county education offices.  

        Detailed information about specific construction related apprenticeships is at www.siba-agc.org/VideoLinks.

Keystone Construction Company Begins Construction of Tubular USA Headquarters and Phase Two of Spirit Valley Business Park in Chesterfield Valley

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Keystone Construction Company has begun construction of the 131,000-square-foot headquarters and manufacturing facility for Tubular USA, one of the largest suppliers of in-line galvanized pipe and tubing in the United States. The project is located within Phase Two of Spirit Valley Business Park in Chesterfield Valley where Keystone recently began construction of the infrastructure to support multiple future buildings. The facility will replace Tubular’s two existing buildings in Weldon Spring, Missouri. It will feature offices, a steel fabrication manufacturing facility, warehouse space and room for future growth.

Tubular’s steel products are integrated into the architectural design to represent the brand. The architect is Gray Design Group. Engineering is being provided by Stock & Associates Consulting Engineers, Inc and Knapp Engineering. Construction is scheduled to be completed by June 2024.

Keystone built the infrastructure for the first phase of the 50-acre Spirit Valley Business Park in 2008 and has constructed 11 buildings within the business park. Work at Phase Two started earlier this month and includes mass grading, new streets and infrastructure for sewer, water, electric and gas. It will be completed in December. Positioned across from the St. Louis Premium Outlets and next to the Spirit of St. Louis Airport, Spirit Valley Business Park provides convenient access to both St. Louis and St. Charles counties.

Currently, Keystone is completing a $6 million mixed-use building at 675 Spirit Valley West Drive within the Spirit Valley Business Park. The building features 40,000 square feet of flexible space, which can be divided between one to four tenants, and accommodates a wide range of uses from warehouse, office, manufacturing, showroom and more. Keystone was the design-build contractor for the building core and shell and is now completing build-out of its own new headquarters. Keystone will relocate to the building by the end of this year. The architect was Dial Architects.

Current tenants of the first phase of Spirit Valley Business Park include robotic and engineering firms, contractors and healthcare suppliers, including Vermeer Midwest, Neff Power, Oaktree Products, Chesterfield Fence & Deck, Fresh Air Heating & Cooling and BELFOR Property Restoration, St. Louis Auto Detail and Thompson Price.

Keystone Construction Company is a St. Louis-based general contractor with expertise in design/build projects for office, retail, industrial and healthcare clients. For over 36 years, Keystone projects have reflected the company’s commitment to superior architecture and design, quality materials and craftsmanship that stand the test of time. The general contractor has received numerous design and construction awards, including Building St. Louis awards in 2017, 2019 and 2021; Project 64 West Excellence in Community Development Award; and Excellence in Design Award from American Builders Company and Nucor. Harvard University chose Keystone’s unique process for a course study called “How to do Design/Build Right.” For more information, visit https://keystone-stl.com.

Lawrence Group-Designed The Pitch Athletic Club & Tavern in St. Louis Union Station

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St. Louis CITY SC fans are buzzing with excitement over the expansion team’s Western Conference Championship and qualification in the 2023 MLS Cup Playoffs. With the first match of round one scheduled for Oct. 29 at St. Louis’ CITYPARK stadium, fans are sure to enjoy a bit of game day comradery at The Pitch Athletic Club & Tavern located across the street from the stadium in historic St. Louis Union Station.

The restaurant’s $3.5 million design restoration – a nod to the City of St. Louis’ rich history – was led by St. Louis architectural firm Lawrence Group. Located at 2 S. 20th Street in Downtown St. Louis, The Pitch opened in spring 2023, just in time for the team’s home opener.

“The meticulous restoration of the restaurant incorporates a care and respect towards the history of both Union Station and St. Louis at large that Lawrence Group is proud to uphold,” said Lawrence Group Interior Designer and Senior Associate Dana Peck, NCIDQ. “This care even extends to the logo of The Pitch, which honors iconic elements of St. Louis’ cultural background, such as the 16 stripes representing the 16 counties in the metro area, or the fleur de lis paying tribute to the city’s French cultural heritage. This thoughtfulness ensures that The Pitch is not only a great place for fans of the beautiful game to congregate, but that they can enjoy a truly unique experience with each and every visit.”

The 9,000 sq. ft. space currently occupied by The Pitch was originally a portion of a large baggage claim in the station’s headhouse section. This area, added to the station in 1937, was created to meet the demand of the then-bustling rail industry. St. Louis Union Station originally opened in 1894 as the largest station in the world to have tracks and passenger service areas on one level at the time of construction. Designed by Theodore Link, the station has since been registered as a National Historic Landmark.

As consumer rail travel declined following the growth of automobile and air travel throughout the 1950s and 1960s, usage of St. Louis Union Station similarly fell. The lack of demand led to the former baggage area being converted to a restaurant space in 1985, with many tenants occupying the restaurant until the space was eventually abandoned in the 2000s.

When Lodging Hospitality Management (LHM) acquired the property in 2012, they knew they wanted to pay tribute to the history of both the station and the St. Louis region. A longstanding client of Lawrence Group, LHM approaches many of its properties with a similar deference to history as Lawrence Group does. As development plans for Union Station began to manifest throughout the 2010s, the space The Pitch now occupies awaited the right opportunity – and when St. Louis announced the construction of the city’s first MLS stadium across the street from St. Louis Union Station in 2019, the long-dormant site at last found its perfect calling.

Lawrence Group’s designers took great care to ensure that the site’s original design shone through. This included the unveiling of glazed brick and historic windows created in the site’s original 1937 construction, hidden away over the years by layers of drywall renovation. In addition, the brick’s smooth curved edges and style pay homage to the architectural style of the era. The impressive tapered column capitals from the original building can even be seen exposed in the main dining space. The years of history are most evident in the character held within the concrete flooring, adding a new dimension to the experience of the space.

Reminiscent of an English-style pub but with modern conveniences, The Pitch features cozy, living-room style couches and chairs, plaid rugs and bar stool backs, and four 100-inch flat screen TVs perfect for groups to gather and soccer fans to unite.

Perhaps one of the most remarkable aspects of The Pitch’s design is the repurposed millwork located in the private lounge space, itself a long-storied piece of St. Louis history. The original wood and construction of the piece dates back to at least 1889, originating from St. Louis’ famed Tony Faust’s Oyster House & Restaurant once located at the corner of Broadway and Elm streets. “We know that our projects will contribute to the continued stories of the locations and communities they are a part of. Being a good steward of our past ensures the best future possible for all who will come to know our work – and it allows us to honor the accomplishments of those who lay the foundation for where we are now,” said Peck.

S. M. Wilson & Co. Promotes Kim von der Heyde to Project Manager

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S. M. Wilson & Co., a St. Louis-based construction management and contracting firm, recently expanded its number of project managers on its operations team with the promotion of Kim von der Heyde, LEED AP BD+C, to Project Manager.

Von Der Heyde has been with the company for 4 ½ years. During her time with S. M. Wilson, she has worked on many successful projects including the Pattonville School District 2018 Capital Development program, Fox Sports St. Louis, Loy-Lange Box Company and Francis Howell North High School.

S. M. Wilson’s Project Director Matt Frank, CHC, commented that over the past year, Kim has taken on a big role with the new Francis Howell North High School project by leading the onsite efforts of project manager and client relations.

“Kim is building great relationships with the District, Design Team, and Subcontracting community. Her efforts will help to ensure successful project completion and many future opportunities for S. M. Wilson with the Francis Howell District and others,” Frank said.

Von Der Heyde joined S. M. Wilson in 2019 and has most recently worked as an Assistant Project Manager. She has 21 years of experience. She has earned degrees from Stevens Institute of Business and University of Missouri – St. Louis. Prior to joining S. M. Wilson, she worked at two other area general contractors, specializing in commercial, industrial, pharmaceutical, educational and healthcare construction. While at S. M. Wilson, von der Heyde’s work has focused on the firm’s K-12 education projects as well as industrial and commercial projects.

S. M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis with an office in Edwardsville, IL. Founded in 1921, and celebrating its 100th year of serving the community, S. M. Wilson is dedicated to going above and beyond expectations for their clients by putting people first. The 100% employee-owned company is one of the leading construction management firms in the Midwest. For more information, visit www.smwilson.com.

Employment Rises Year-Over-Year in 43 States

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Seasonally adjusted construction employment rose from September 2022 to September 2023 in 43 states and the District of Columbia and declined in seven states, according to AGC’s analysis of data the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) posted today. Texas again added the most construction jobs (19,900 jobs or 2.5%), followed again by California (14,200, 1.5%), Ohio (12,700, 5.4%). Wyoming had the largest percentage increase (11%, 2,300 jobs), followed by Arkansas (10%, 6,400) and West Virginia (9.3%, 2,800). Missouri again lost the most jobs (-6,500 jobs, -4.6%), followed again by Colorado (-4,200, -2.3%) and North Dakota (-1,400, -5.4%). The largest percentage losses again occurred in North Dakota, Missouri, and Colorado. Construction employment rose in September in 28 states and D.C., fell in 21 states, and was flat in New Hampshire. Oregon added the most jobs over the month (3,200, 2.6%), followed by Tennessee (2,600, 1.7%), California (2,200, 0.2%), and Oklahoma (2,000, 2.4%). Rhode Island had the largest percentage gain (2.8%, 600 jobs), followed by Oregon, Oklahoma, and Iowa (2.2%, 1,800 jobs). (For D.C., Delaware, and Hawaii, which have few mining or logging jobs, BLS posts combined totals with construction; AGC treats the changes as all from construction.)

The value of construction starts in current dollars (not adjusted for inflation) tumbled 26% from September 2022 to last month, data firm ConstructConnect reported today. Nonresidential building starts declined 34%, with the largest component—institutional starts—up 0.9%, commercial starts down 21%, and industrial (manufacturing) starts down 76%. Engineering (civil) starts declined 11%, with roads/highways down 32%, power and miscellaneous civil up 321%, water/sewage down 9.3%, bridges down 49%, dams/marine down 5.1%, and airports down 40%. 

Total construction starts in current dollars fell 6% from August to September at a seasonally adjusted annual rate, Dodge Construction Network reported on Wednesday. Nonbuilding starts fell 9%: highway and bridge starts lost 15% and environmental public works starts fell 29%, while miscellaneous nonbuilding starts rose 4%, and utility/gas plant starts gained 14%. Nonresidential starts fell 9%. “Commercial starts rose 6% due to strength in data center work (classified as an office structure in the Dodge database) and retail. Institutional starts fell 8% in September despite a healthy gain in education starts, and manufacturing starts declined 13%.” Residential building starts fell 6%. Single-family starts gained 1%, while multifamily starts lost 17%. 

The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) registered a score of 44.8, seasonally adjusted, in September, the lowest reading since August 2020 and down from 48.1 in August, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported on Wednesday. The ABI is derived from the share of responding architecture firms that report a gain in billings over the previous month less the share reporting a decline in billings, presented on a 0-to-100 scale. Thus, any score below 50 means more firms reported decreased billings than increased billings, compared to the month before. AIA calls the index “a leading economic indicator that leads nonresidential construction activity by approximately 9-12 months.” “The September ABI score reflects a marked downturn in business conditions at architecture firms, with the sharpest decline observed since the peak of the pandemic,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker. “While more firms are reporting a decrease in billings, the report also shows the hesitance among clients to commit to new projects with a slump in newly signed design contracts. As a result, backlogs at architecture firms fell to 6.5 months on average in the third quarter, their lowest level since the fourth quarter of 2021.” Readings for practice specialties (based on three-month averages) varied: institutional, 50.1 (up from 49.7 in August); mixed practice, 46.2 (down from 46.7); commercial/industrial, 45.0 (down from 48.3); and residential (mainly multifamily), 43.5 (up from 43.4). The new design contracts index slipped from 47.9 in August to 46.2.

Housing starts (units) in September increased 7.0% from August but fell 7.2% year-over-year (y/y) at a seasonally adjusted annual rate, the Census Bureau reported on Wednesday. Single-family starts rose 3.2% and 8.6%, respectively. Multifamily (five or more units) starts jumped 17% for the month but plunged 31% y/y. Residential permits fell 4.4% for the month and 7.2% y/y. Single-family permits rose for the eighth-straight month, by 1.8% from August and 12% y/y. Multifamily permits tumbled 14% and 32%, respectively. There were 986,000 multifamily units under construction, just 7,000 units less the August rate and 15,000 units less than in July, which was the highest in the 54-year history of the series.

Louer Facility Planning, Inc. Welcomes Jamie Spann as Design Director

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Louer Facility Planning, Inc. is thrilled to announce the addition of Jamie Spann to its team as the new Design Director. With an impressive 18 years of relevant experience, Jamie brings a wealth of expertise and creativity to her new role.

As Design Director, Jamie will lead and inspire the design team, overseeing projects to provide design solutions that meet the diverse needs of Louer Facility Planning’s clients. Her education and experience in interior design, space planning, and contract furniture make her a perfect fit to further elevate the company’s design capabilities.

“We are delighted to welcome Jamie Spann to Louer Facility Planning,” said Yvette Paris, President of Louer Facility Planning, Inc. “Her extensive experience in the industry and her passion for creating exceptional spaces align perfectly with our company’s commitment to delivering outstanding design solutions for our clients. Jamie’s unique perspective and creative vision will undoubtedly enhance our team’s ability to exceed client expectations.”

Jamie’s impressive career spans nearly two decades, during which she has demonstrated a keen ability to understand the client’s goals, project requirements, timeframe, and budget. Her creative approach to project execution has consistently resulted in successful project outcomes and client satisfaction.

“I am excited to join the dynamic team at Louer Facility Planning, Inc.,” Jamie remarked. “The company’s reputation for client-centered design solutions is truly inspiring. I look forward to collaborating with the talented design team and helping shape the next chapter of the company’s journey.”

Jamie’s addition to the team as Design Director marks another significant milestone for the company in 2023. Her industry knowledge and leadership will contribute greatly to the company’s continued growth and success in the future.

Louer Facility Planning, Inc. is a Collinsville based woman-owned firm specializing in the planning and creation of innovative and functional interior spaces for a wide range of commercial clients. With a focus on design excellence and client satisfaction, Louer Facility Planning has established itself as a leader in the industry, delivering creative and impactful solutions.

Civil Contractor Shortage Predicted as IIJA Kicks In

By KERRY SMITH, EDITOR, ST. LOUIS CONSTRUCTION NEWS AND REVIEW MAGAZINE

According to a survey released by Procore Technologies, Inc. and the Associated General Contractors of America, 78 percent of civil and infrastructure construction firms anticipate that their project backlog will increase or remain the same in 2024 as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act funding ramps up.

The report, Top Civil & Infrastructure Trends: “Today’s Industry Challenges and Opportunities,” found that many firms are worried that labor shortages and productivity challenges could undermine their success with these projects.

“With increased backlogs prompted by once-in-a-generation government investment in the U.S. and Canada, civil and infrastructure organizations are on the precipice of historic projects across North America,” said Sandra Benson, VP of industry strategy at Procore. “To achieve these massive undertakings – while also navigating the ongoing labor shortage – companies will have to find innovative solutions, improve self-performance and leverage clean data to build better.”

The report surveyed nearly 500 general and specialty contractors.

Civil and infrastructure builders reported an average increase of 25 percent in their backlogs, meaning projects that they’re contracted to complete but have not yet started since the pandemic. A total of 78 percent of firms surveyed expect their backlog to grow or remain level over the coming 12 months. Many firms reported they’re investing in software and technology to help overcome these key challenges.

People On The Move In The Local Construction Industry

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New Hires and Promotions at Brinkmann Constructors

Mark Spraul

Brinkmann Constructors has hired Mark Spraul as a Project Executive in the St. Louis office. With over 30 years of industry experience, Spraul has worked on a variety of extensive industrial projects for end users such as Amazon, Chewy, Walmart and Caterpillar. As Project Executive, he will work to expand Brinkmann’s reach in the industrial market while overseeing high-volume projects and providing leadership to multiple project teams. Spraul earned of Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri – Columbia and is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Missouri.

Rebecca Randolph

Brinkmann Constructors has promoted Rebecca Randolph to Executive Director of Marketing and Business Development. Randolph, who recently celebrated her 10-year anniversary with the firm, has more than 30 years of experience in business development, marketing, strategic planning, and organizational leadership. In her expanded role, she will continue to source new opportunities and build relationships with industry leaders while overseeing operations within Brinkmann’s marketing and communications department.

Randolph received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Oklahoma and is actively involved in many industry associations, including the Society of Industrial Office Realtors, American Senior Housing Association, Urban Land Institute (Founding Chair of ULI’s Women’s Leadership Initiative), National Multi Housing Council, International Council of Shopping Centers, and St. Louis Forum.

Jared Cox

Brinkmann Constructors has promoted Jared Cox to Director of Project Controls. Having joined the company in 2021, Cox has extensive experience working to deliver high-quality results on projects in the automotive, industrial, and office sectors and has a passion for finding creative solutions to complex building challenges. Previously working as a project manager, his new role will involve establishing operational best practices, standardizing reporting procedures, researching and implementing new processes, and instilling fundamental project management discipline across all five Brinkmann offices. Cox earned a Bachelor of Science in both Civil Engineering and Agriculture Engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology.

Steve Bostic
Dave Klug

Brinkmann Constructors has promoted Steve Bostic and Dave Klug to Project Director. Each have a long-standing tenure with Brinkmann and have demonstrated their ability and desire to move forward Brinkmann’s vision, mission and core values. Formerly Senior Project Mangers, their new roles will involve the leadership and execution of sizable construction projects while overseeing multiple projects and teams. Additionally, they will take ownership of key client relationships and are accountable for hiring, training, and growing all employees on each project team. Steve Bostic started with Brinkmann in 2011 and worked as a Senior Project Manager prior to receiving his promotion to Project Director. He has worked on projects in a variety of sectors, including senior living, multifamily, education and healthcare. During his tenure with Brinkmann, he has handled over two million square feet and $300 million of construction projects. Bostic earned his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Missouri University of Science & Technology. Dave Klug started with Brinkmann in 2011 and worked as a Senior Project Manager prior to receiving his promotion to Project Director. He has worked on projects in a variety of sectors, including senior living, multifamily, student housing, industrial, medical and retail. During his tenure with Brinkmann, he has handled over three million square feet and $337 million of construction projects. Klug received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Dayton.

Mike Duehren

Brinkmann Constructors has promoted Mike Duehren, Noah Perry and Kyle White to Project Executive. Each have demonstrated their ability and desire to move forward Brinkmann’s vision, mission and core values. Formerly Project Directors, their new roles will involve the leadership and execution of sizable construction projects while overseeing multiple projects and teams. Additionally, they will take ownership of key client relationships and be held accountable for hiring, training, and growing all employees on each project team.

Kyle White

Kyle White has nearly 15 years of industry experience and has provided high-level management on a variety of projects in the multifamily, student housing, medical, warehouse and retail sectors. During his tenure with Brinkmann, he has handled over four million square feet and $600 million of construction projects. White received his Bachelor of Science in Construction Sciences from Auburn University and is a LEED Accredited Professional with an emphasis in Building Design + Construction.

Noah Perry

Noah Perry has over 15 years of industry experience and has provided high-level management on a variety of projects in the multifamily, student housing, healthcare, industrial, government/institutional and education sectors. During his tenure with Brinkmann, he has handled over two million square feet and $350 million of construction projects. Perry previously served in the United States Navy and is a registered LEED Green Associate.

Charlie Hart

Brinkmann Constructors has promoted Charlie Hart to Regional Director of Field Operations. With over 30 years of industry experience as a project superintendent, Hart has significant experience in managing project teams for clients in the commercial, educational, multifamily, healthcare and government sectors.

Louer Facility Planning, Inc. Welcomes Jamie Spann as Design Director

Jamie Spann

Jamie’s addition to the team as Design Director marks another significant milestone for the company in 2023. Her industry knowledge and leadership will contribute greatly to the company’s continued growth and success in the future.

Louer Facility Planning, Inc. is a Collinsville based woman-owned firm specializing in the planning and creation of innovative and functional interior spaces for a wide range of commercial clients. With a focus on design excellence and client satisfaction, Louer Facility Planning has established itself as a leader in the industry, delivering creative and impactful solutions.

October 20, 2023

The ASA Midwest Council Elects 2023-24 Officers, Board of Directors

The American Subcontractors Association (ASA)-Midwest Council recently elected its officers and board of directors for the 2023-24 fiscal year.

L to R: Matt Tucker, Affton Fabricating & Welding; Ryan Spell, Precision Analysis; Dennis Voss, Golterman & Sabo; Mark O’Donnell, Schmersahl Treloar; Dan Tucker, MC Mechanical.

Mr. Dennis Voss, Golterman & Sabo, was elected as the 2023-24-chapter president. 
Voss succeeds Mr. Dan Tucker, MC Mechanical Services.  Voss will serve a one-year term as president, which began July 1 and will expire June 30, 2024

“I am honored and humbled at the opportunity to serve as President of the ASA Midwest Council,” said Dennis Voss. “ASA is a great organization and has so much to offer its members.  As president I look forward to continuing this long-standing tradition and work to promote the many benefits of the ASA.” 

Ryan Spell, Precision Analysis, was elected vice-president., Matt Tucker, Affton Fabricating & Welding Co., will serve as secretary, and Mark O’Donnell of Schmersahl Treloar & Co. will serve as the association’s treasurer. Mr. Dan Tucker, MC Mechanical Services will serve one additional year as the immediate past president.

Members of the 2023-24 Board of Directors also include: Steve Cummins, Bell Electrical Contractors; Rose Kastrup, CSA Advisors LLC; Scott Meyer, Meyer Painting Co.; Rob Meeh, R.F Meeh Co.; Ryan Hermann, T.J. Wies Contracting; Stephanie Woodcock, Too Creative.

Terracon, a leading national consulting engineering firm comprised of engineers, scientists, architects, facilities experts, and field professionals announces strategic changes to support client service, innovation, and project delivery as the company continues to grow in the power generation and transmission (PG&T) sector. As the company continues to refine its organization to support continued growth, two key leadership roles have been filled:

Eddie Norse

Eddie Norse, Jr., PMP, has joined Terracon as a program manager and senior associate. With more than 40 years of experience in project and program management, Norse is focused on developing and delivering an innovative programmatic approach to improve project delivery and meet the needs of Terracon’s national PG&T clients. He earned a bachelor of science in business management degree from the University of Phoenix, and a master’s certificate in project management from The George Washington University. Norse is based in Overland Park, Kansas.

Chawn Stich has rejoined Terracon as a client development manager and senior associate. Bringing more than 25 years of varied engineering experience in the A/E/C industry to his role, Stich is dedicated to providing an excellent client experience to Terracon’s national PG&T clients. A recipient of the Engineer’s Club of St. Louis Award of Merit in 2021, he currently serves on the organization’s board. Stich is based in St. Louis.

“These roles are key to meeting the current and future needs of our PG&T clients. Eddie and Chawn bring the right combination of experience, skills, and innovation to their roles, allowing us to provide our clients with a consistently excellent experience,” said Blair Loftis, senior vice president and national director of PG&T for Terracon.

Terracon is an employee-owned, multidiscipline consulting firm comprised of more than 6,000 curious minds focused on solving engineering and technical challenges from more than 175 locations nationwide. Explore with us by visiting terracon.com.

IMPACT Strategies has welcomed three new team members: Jordan Lane as Senior Project Manager, Rosie Williams as Marketing & Business Development Specialist and Chris Douthit as Field Superintendent.

Jordan Lane

Jordan Lane holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Missouri S&T along with a master’s degree in civil engineering from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville. Lane brings over twelve years of experience in the construction industry to IMPACT, most recently managing large scale senior housing projects. As a Senior Project Manager with IMPACT Strategies, Lane is responsible for overall management of project specific teams on multiple construction projects with specific duties for client interface, monitoring construction progress and quality, and cost control activities to ensure project completion according to the established goals.

Rosie Williams

Rosie Williams holds a bachelor’s degree in graphic design from Southeast Missouri State University. Prior to joining IMPACT Strategies, Williams worked eight years for a furniture dealer supporting their marketing needs. In her new role as Marketing & Business Development Specialist, Williams is responsible for branding, public relations, communications, social media, coordinating events, content marketing and supporting business development.

Chris Douthit

Chris Douthit, a union carpenter by trade, comes to IMPACT Strategies with eighteen years of commercial construction experience. Douthit’s vast variety of project experience makes him a great fit in his new role as Field Superintendent. Douthit will be responsible for on-site managing the day-to-day details of a project under construction.

Mark Hinrichs, President at IMPACT Strategies said, “We are thrilled to welcome Jordan, Rosie and Chris to the IMPACT Strategies family. They each bring incredible skills and expertise to their respective roles, adding much need depth to our team. We are excited to see the great things they will accomplish in service of our clients.”

October 13, 2023

KAI Enterprises Promotes Gyasi Haynes to Vice President of KAI Build

Gyasi Haynes

KAI Enterprises proudly announces the promotion of Gyasi Haynes to Vice President of its construction division, KAI Build. Haynes joined KAI in June 2021 as Director of Project Management.

Haynes’ career consists of more than 20 years of construction industry experience. In his new role as Vice President, Haynes will take on a wide range of responsibilities, including working closely with the project management teams to promote safety, quality and client satisfaction. Additionally, he will be involved in managing the business operations, including assisting with budgeting, staffing and profit and loss.

“Gyasi’s promotion not only recognizes his dedication and work ethic, but it also underscores our commitment to succession planning and fostering leadership from within,” said KAI Build President Bruce Wood, PE. “His contributions to KAI go far beyond the technical aspects of his work. Gyasi works to promote and live out our core values and create an environment of respect, empathy and collaboration.”

At KAI, Haynes has led the Build team on numerous construction projects including its work with Target and its dozens of store remodels across the Midwest.

“At KAI, our core values breathe life into community transformation. As a third-generation construction professional, I’ve readied myself for advocacy and trusted advisory roles. Our goal is to foster a community-valuing team that takes care of and protects our customers, reinforcing accountability and accessibility,” said Haynes. “With faith as our guide, we steward resources, meld diverse minds, and cherish giving back.”

Haynes has a Bachelor of Science in Business and Project Management from University of Phoenix and an Associate of Science in Engineering Technology from Gwinnett Technical College.

Outside of KAI, Haynes volunteers as an Executive Board Member for Annie Malone Children & Family Services, a long-standing local St. Louis social service agency dedicated to improving the quality of life for the community by providing social services, educational programs and advocacy. He serves on the board for the ACE Mentor Program of St. Louis, an organization supporting St. Louis area high school students in their exploration of potential careers in architecture, engineering, and construction, and is also the President of Building Futures St. Louis, a group focused on supplementing the education of underserved students in the St. Louis metropolitan area. Haynes and his wife have two children and he enjoys snowboarding, running, traveling and reading books.

Kwame Building Group Welcomes Three New Project Team Members

Diamond Spence

Kwame Building Group has added three new members to its team including Kodey Lane-Norful and Likitha Kaki as Project Engineers and Diamond Spence as Project Administrator.

As Project Engineers, Kodey Lane-Norful and Likitha Kaki are responsible for assisting project managers with quality control, project budgets and cost reports, reviewing and coordinating submittals and RFIs, subcontractor management and maintaining communication with the client and entire project team.

Likitha Kaki holds a Master of Construction Engineering and Management from Texas A&M University as well as a Bachelor of Engineering, Civil Enfgineering from Anna University in Chennai, India. Prior to joining Kwame, she served as a Project Engineer providing preconstruction services and assisting in value engineering.

Kodney Lane-Norful

Kodey Lane-Norful brings two years of industry experience having previously served as a Project Manager and Estimator. He also holds Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering and Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Missouri University of Science & Technology.

As Project Administrator Diamond Spence is responsible for tracking contract changes, submittals and RFIs, creating presentations, managing and maintaining project document control systems and processing invoices for various projects.

September 22, 2023

KAI Enterprises Hires Tracy Barlow as Vice President of 360 Construction Services                    

Tracy Barlow

KAI Enterprises proudly announces the hiring of Tracy Barlow, PMP, NICET-L2, as Vice President of its construction management division, 360 Construction Services (360 CS) at its Atlanta office.

With more than 37 years of industry experience, Barlow is a results-orientated and highly accomplished program director and management professional with a specific focus on developing and managing large programs in multiple vertical markets, including transit/aviation/rail, healthcare, municipal capital, K-12, higher education and municipal water/wastewater/sewer.

In his new role, Barlow will oversee 360 CS operations in Atlanta as well as St. Louis and Dallas-Fort Worth. Working with internal and external stakeholders, Barlow will help to fulfill KAI’s vison, policies and overall goals.

“Tracy specializes in developing corporate protocols and implementing strategies to produce successful construction programs. He also possesses a rare quality that enables him to work as a hands-on manager, effective in both program and project management functions, as well as mentoring to individuals and teams to mitigate complex issues,” said KAI 360 CS President Bruce Wood, PE. “We are excited to add Tracy to our 360 CS team.”

Career projects have included two new wastewater treatment plants in Nassau, Bahamas; municipal water/wastewater programs for the City of Atlanta, District of Columbia and City of Pittsburg; and work with the Dallas Rapid Transit Authority (DART) and the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA). He also currently manages a master services agreement with Rice Capital Access for the Department of Education to provide construction oversight services for Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Prior to 360 CS, Barlow was Vice President of Program and Construction Management Services at H. J. Russell & Company for seven years where he played an integral role in developing its New York market. He also had a long, successful career at URS (acquired by AECOM in 2014) where he held several positions and managed different programs throughout the country.

He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Aviation Systems Technologies from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Business Management, Marketing and Related Support Services from Park University. He is a member of the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) and the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC).

In his spare time, he volunteers with Elks Aidmore, Inc., Boy Scouts of America, Mt. Vernon Baptist Church and Big Brothers and Big Sisters. He is also a member of 100 Black Men of DeKalb County. He and his wife Precious have a son and two daughters, and he enjoys golfing, cycling, fishing and watching movies and sports as hobbies.      

Helmkamp Promotes Mark McGuire to Superintendent

Mark McGuire

Helmkamp Construction is proud to announce the promotion of Mark McGuire to Superintendent.  McGuire began his construction career with Helmkamp in January of 2015 as a Carpenter’s Apprentice.  With nearly nine years of experience and growth at Helmkamp, he is looked at as a bright, up-and-coming leader among our team in the field.

Kyle Ogden, Helmkamp’s Vice President of Building & Life Science Construction, said “Mark has been a great example of how intelligence and hard work pay off. He has grown into a knowledgeable, capable, and respected individual who has been mentored under some of our best long-time superintendents.  We’re excited for him to continue a long and satisfying career with Helmkamp.”

McGuire’s transition to Superintendent comes at a time when labor shortages and a generational skills gap continue to be a rising challenge in the construction industry.  According to a recent study by the Associated General Contractors of America, 88% of construction firms are having a hard time finding workers to hire.  There are simply less skilled people entering the workforce as the older, more experienced construction workers prepare to retire.  Helmkamp is preparing for this shift as the average tenure of current Helmkamp superintendents is 17 years, a few of whom have been with the company for over 30 years.

McGuire resides in Edwardsville, IL with his wife Rebecca.

September 15, 2023

Terracon Announces Key Business Sector Promotion

Jeff Magner promoted to Director of Technology/Digital Infrastructure

Terracon, a leading national consulting engineering firm comprised of engineers, scientists, architects, facilities experts, and field professionals announces a strategic organizational change to support client service, innovation, and project delivery as the company continues to grow.

Jeff Magner

Jeff Magner, P.E., has been promoted to director of Terracon’s Technology (Digital Infrastructure) business sector. In this role, Jeff will lead the safe and profitable growth of this business unit and collaborate in developing Terracon’s strategy to execute services delivered with an outstanding client experience.

“Now more than ever, our clients expect high-quality services provided on shortened timeframes.  Speed to market is essential for our clients to meet their business goals, and Terracon invests in innovative tools that deliver information faster,” Magner said.

A licensed professional engineer, Jeff has over 25 years’ experience in geotechnical engineering, construction observation/materials testing and client account management. He joined Terracon in 1994 and previously held roles including project engineer, geotechnical services manager, office manager, regional manager, and firm principal. He is based in Terracon’s Des Moines, Iowa, office.

Two Oculus Inc. Employees Accepted in AIA St. Louis Leadership Program

Jack Bowe and Cory Harvey join CKLDP Class of 2023-2024

Jack Bowe

Oculus Inc., an award-winning, WBE-certified architecture and interior design firm, is pleased to announce that Jack Bowe and Cody Harvey, AIA, EIT, have been accepted into the AIA St. Louis Chapter’s 2023-2024 class of the Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program. Bowe and Harvey are two of 16 applicants competitively selected to represent a diverse group of emerging professionals that demonstrate strong potential as future leaders in the region.

Cody Harvey

An emerging professional is defined as someone who has graduated from college with an architecture degree and is within 10 years of their first licensure. Prospective participants must go through an application process for selection where proven career success, community involvement and the individual’s contributions within their firm are considered.

“We are so excited about this learning opportunity for Jack and Cody,” said Lisa Bell-Reim, president of Oculus Inc. “Our firm’s strategic plan supports the ongoing development of our staff, and the participation through CKLDP will be a valuable experience in the advancement of both of their careers.”

The year-long program consists of nine individual half-day sessions held monthly beginning this September through May of 2024. The curriculum focuses on core professional skills such as entrepreneurship and firm management; teamwork and collaboration; negotiating skills; client development; community leadership; understanding trends within the industry; and developing your future within the practice.

Beginning in 2013, the AIA|DC chapter undertook an initiative to develop a program which would help train and nurture the next generation of leaders. With the success of the program in DC and other AIA Chapters, the Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program expanded to St. Louis in 2021. The mission statement of CKLDP is to empower architects through a peer-led leadership development program that cultivates the sharing of experiences, knowledge, and skills, while promoting the growth and advancement of each individual as a leader in the region.

This is the second consecutive year that Oculus Inc. employees have participated in the program. Zachary Mette, an architectural designer at Oculus, was accepted into the AIA St. Louis Chapter’s 2022-2023 class of CKLDP.

“The program challenged me to grow professionally as a leader both in the industry and at Oculus,” said Zachary Mette. “Jack and Cody are wonderful additions to the CKLDP cohort, and I’m looking forward to hearing about their experiences with the program!”

For more information on the Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program, visit: https://www.aia-stlouis.org/page/CKLDP

September 8, 2023

Lawrence Group Announces Marketing Department Promotion, New Hires

Lawrence Group proudly announces the promotion of Rebecca DeZeeuw to Marketing Manager and the hiring of Ciara Bell as Marketing Coordinator and Drew Edelstein as Marketing Assistant.

Rebecca DeZeeuw

Rebecca DeZeeuw, Marketing Manager – DeZeeuw started at Lawrence Group in 2021 as a Marketing Assistant before being promoted to the Marketing Manager position. In her new role, she is responsible for department leadership, oversight of marketing initiatives, and digital asset management.

She has 10 years of marketing experience, having previously worked as a marketing coordinator for Tammy Mitchell Hines & Co. and as a web designer for St. Matthew United Methodist Church.

She has a Bachelor of Arts in Interactive Media and Web Design from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, MO.

Ciara Bell

Ciara Bell as Marketing Coordinator – In her new role, Bell helps to strategize and implement the firm’s marketing efforts and supports the Marketing Manager and other team members. Bell leads proposal production, social media campaigns, and conducts secondary market research to help compile a position and supporting strategies.

Prior to Lawrence Group, Bell was a Marketing Coordinator at St. Louis-based Intelica CRE where she coordinated marketing department projects, developed and executed email marketing campaigns, oversaw the department’s budget and purchasing, and planned events.

She has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with an Emphasis in Marketing from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, MO.

Drew Edelstein

Drew Edelstein as Marketing Assistant – As Marketing Assistant, Edelstein supports the larger marketing and communications team by offering administrative support and completing essential tasks for the department including writing, editing and organizing files, and printing and proofing reports, newsletters and other marketing materials. He also contributes his talents in photography and video production in support of the department’s initiatives.

Prior to Lawrence Group, Edelstein was a Communications Specialist for the City of Maryland Heights where he worked extensively on the city’s print publications, promoted DEI initiatives, collaborated on promotional materials, and produced multimedia content.

He has a Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies with a Minor in Film Studies from Webster University in Webster Groves, MO. He also has an Associate of the Arts in General Education from St. Louis Community College.

PARIC Corporation Announces Mike Rallo as New President

Mike Rallo

PARIC Corporation, one of the region’s leading general contractor, construction manager and design-build firms, has announced that former Vice President of Operations Mike Rallo is the new president of the company, effective September 1 – just the fifth since the company was founded in 1979. He replaces Keith Wolkoff, who stepped down from the role in March.

Todd Goodrich

The company also has announced that Todd Goodrich, a 25-year PARIC veteran, will become the company’s new executive vice president – chief operating officer.

Rallo, who joined PARIC in 2003 as a project engineer, has held numerous leadership roles in the company’s operations, eventually rising to vice president of operations in 2016. His appointment as president follows an extensive internal and external search.

“Following our search process, it was crystal clear that Mike was the right person to help lead our company to a new era of sustained growth,” said Joe McKee, chairman and CEO of PARIC Corp. “He has a proven history of leadership among our clients and colleagues, and is focused on growing and developing our next generation of leaders.”

One of Rallo’s first major roles was leading the Express Scripts Campus project in north St. Louis County — the largest LEED project in Missouri at the time of completion. He also led the North Park Redevelopment and Park Pacific Historic Renovation, as well as the River City Casino, Washington University Loop Student Housing and two campus repositioning projects for Lutheran Senior Services in St. Louis, among other projects.

Rallo serves on the development board of St. Louis Children’s Hospital and is currently secretary/treasurer for the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Missouri.

Goodrich joined PARIC in 1997. He has served as a vice president for more than 15 years, most recently as chief business development officer.

“Over his 25 years with PARIC, Todd has overseen our significant growth in the not-for-profit senior living market,” McKee said. “And he was instrumental in driving PARIC as an early adopter of virtual design construction technologies.”

In his 10 years as vice president of business development, Goodrich oversaw a nearly threefold growth of PARIC’s valuation.

“We are extremely confident that Mike and Todd are the right leadership team to advance PARIC during this time of significant, ongoing change in our industry,” McKee said.’

HDA Architects Elevates Growth with New Principals, Expanded Leadership Team

Patrick Holleran

HDA Architects, one of the nation’s leading architectural, interiors and master planning firms, enhanced its leadership team with the recent promotions of Patrick Holleran, Brice Zickuhr and Angela Feddersen to Senior Principal, and Josh Goodman and Kent Wagster to Principal. As new or elevated Principals of the firm, these individuals join Jack Holleran, President of HDA, in spearheading the continued growth and expansion of the firm throughout the U.S. and into new markets.

“I’m thrilled to announce our new leadership team that will help shape HDA Architects’ future. Patrick, Brice, Angela, Josh and Kent are all tremendous individuals with unique, complementary skill sets and talents, which make for a formidable group,” said Jack Holleran, HDA President. “This team has substantially grown our business through new markets, insights and innovations. Their promotions are well deserved and reflect their integral status at HDA.”

Patrick Holleran was promoted from Vice President to Senior Principal, Business Development. Over the past 23 years at HDA, Holleran’s skills in business development, marketing and public relations have been instrumental in the firm’s brand awareness, market expansion and growth. His role in day-to-day operations of the firm and strategic business solutions solidify the firm’s pipeline of work. Holleran is a member of the Urban Land Institute, Society of Industrial and Office Realtors and the National Beer Wholesalers Association.

Brice Zichuhr

Brice Zickuhr, AIA, NCARB, was promoted from Director of Operations to Senior Principal, Operations. His three decades of experience as a licensed architect allows for optimal oversight of all firm construction documents, operational resources, schedules and quality control. He has worked on a wide variety of projects ranging from warehouse/distribution to multi-family to institutional and specializes in design-build/integrated delivery project methods. Zickuhr joined HDA in 2019 and has been key in implementing seamless operational procedures for the firm.

Angela Feddersen

Angela Feddersen, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C, was promoted from Principal to Senior Principal – Denver. Feddersen joined HDA in 2022 to lead the firm’s newly formed Denver, Colorado office and has a strong track record for nearly three decades of expertly guiding clients through the design process. Feddersen is active in the Denver community, including the Denver Downtown Partnership, United States Green Building Council, NAIOP and Urban Land Institute.

Josh Goodman

Josh Goodman, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C, was promoted from Project Director to Principal. With over two decades of experience, his extensive knowledge particularly in the industrial, beverage, high-rise/mixed-use and automotive markets allows for continued successful client relationships and facilities that serve end users well for decades. Goodman joined HDA in 2004 and has volunteered with Rockwood School District’s Partners in Education program, teaching an accelerated class and reviewing student architectural projects, since 2010.

Kent Wagster

Kent Wagster was promoted from Project Director to Principal. With nearly three decades of experience, Wagster offers clients a well-versed and practical approach to executing successful senior living, hospitality, multi-family and commercial projects. He joined HDA in 2021 and has been an essential element to the firm’s expansion into the senior living and multi-family markets. Wagster is actively involved in mentoring younger staff and participating in business development initiatives for the firm.

The new and elevated Principals are each responsible for growing specific market sectors for the firm in which they have extensive experience. All Principals will work closely with Jack Holleran on HDA’s strategic planning, business development and organizational growth.

“As part of our long-term leadership planning and the continued success of HDA, I am excited to see Patrick, Brice, Angela, Josh and Kent tackle their new roles. Each exhibits the core values that HDA is known for and has a track record of success throughout their career,” said Jack Holleran. “I’m confident they will take our best-in-class staff and the firm to new and extraordinary heights.”

Ryan Spinner joins Mia Rose Holdings as Business & Financial Analyst

Ryan Spinner

St. Louis-based real estate developer Mia Rose Holdings (MRH) has added Ryan Spinner of Oakville, Missouri as Business & Financial Analyst. He was promoted after completing two internships with the firm. In his role, Spinner is responsible for studying financial data to spot trends and make forecasts that will help the developer determine viable locations for new multi-family housing communities. He will focus on the firm’s current key markets of St. Louis, Northwest Arkansas, Indianapolis and Dallas as well as new potential markets. Spinner also will work with the firm’s partners to learn all aspects of the development process.

Spinner last attended the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in finance where he was a member of Phi Gamma Delta and on the chancellor’s list (4.0 GPA). He graduated from St. Louis University High School (SLUH) where he was on the Dean’s List for eight semesters and was a member of the SLUH National Honor Society.

Mia Rose Holdings also develops hockey and other community sports facilities. Spinner’s involvement on those projects will draw from his experience as a member of SLUH’s hockey team when they won two state championships, and as captain of the Chesterfield Falcons U18 club hockey team when the team won the national championship.