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Managing Your Business Through the Coronavirus Crisis

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Global insurance brokerage Hub International, is responding to numerous inquiries asking for more guidance through the Coronavirus crisis.

They will be holding a webinar this Tuesday, March 24 from 1-2:00 central. You are invited join us.

The novel coronavirus crisis is impacting businesses in all industries in significant ways. As reports of the disease spread, so do concerns about supply chain disruption, business operations, and employee safety and well-being.

Join their panel of HUB International specialists for an executive overview of the critical issues you need to consider and plan for as you navigate through this pandemic.

This webinar is intended for business owners, executives and HR leaders who need to make strategic decisions on how to manage their day-to-day business operations while mitigating risk and supporting employee health and safety.

What will be covered:

  • Business Continuity Planning – how to quickly develop a crisis plan to address this current scenario
  • Insurance coverages that may apply and how you need to approach the claims process
  • Pay Continuation, Leave and Employee Benefits issues for U.S. employers
  • Practical tips and considerations regarding employer legal compliance. including FMLA, ADA, FLSA, OSHA, and Title VII

Identifying the critical people and processes that have the biggest impact on your business is key to creating a response plan to minimize disruption.

If you’re looking for a practical playbook to help you manage your business through this crisis, be sure to join us. 

Carmody Macdonald Attorney Urges State Legislature to Change Tax Code to Benefit Missouri Families Of 9/11 First Responders

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Carmody MacDonald attorney Brad Zimmerman testified with State Rep. Brenda Shields (R-St. Joseph) before the Missouri House Ways and Means Committee on March 11 in support of proposed legislation that would change Missouri’s tax code to benefit the families of 63 first responders to 9/11 Ground Zero from Missouri that have died or incurred serious illness as a result of their service following the terrorrist attacks of September 11, 2001.

Shields filed HB 1771, which would establish the Christopher J. Bosche Memorial Act. The proposed legislation would allow the families of first responders who died from 9/11-related illnesses to receive a refund of their state income taxes paid for the year their loved one died and up to three years prior to their death. The Missouri House Ways and Means Committee held a public hearing on March 11.

“The families of all 63 first responders have incurred a lot of big medical bills they need to pay,” Rep. Shields told the panel during a public hearing on the proposed legislation. “There have been three cancer-related deaths so far, and their families have suffered a lot. It is time that we correct this omission from our tax code.”

“This is the best way to fix what we see as an error in the tax code to take care of these victims of 9/11 in Missouri,” Zimmerman testified.  “It seems like a small token of the public’s appreciation for volunteering and sacrificing on that day. And because HB 1771 mirrors changes made to the federal tax code in 2002, this should be relatively easy to implement.”

Dr. Christopher Bosche was 44 when he died on Sept. 12th, 2017. His three-year battle with cancer was linked to exposure to debris while responding to the attacks at Ground Zero.   Bosche is one of three first responders from Missouri who have died from illnesses linked to their response to 9/11.  Bosche also served as the medical team manager for Missouri Task Force One and the medical director for the Mehlville Fire Protection District. He responded to disasters around the country, including the Joplin tornado.

Zimmerman is an associate at Carmody MacDonald and focuses his practice in the areas of tax, estate planning, real estate and business law.

Carmody MacDonald is a St. Louis-based law firm with over 50 attorneys focused on establishing close relationships with clients, serving as valued counselors, and providing exceptional service. The firm’s size provides clients with a unique advantage by offering the value of a mid-sized firm with the depth of offerings of a larger firm. Contact Carmody MacDonald at 314-854-8600 or visit their website for more information about all their services: www.carmodymacdonald.com.

 

Ponce Health Sciences University Announces Plans to Build $80 million Medical School in NorthSide Regeneration Development

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North St. Louis campus scheduled to open in fall 2021, offer Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) program

Ponce Health Sciences University (PHSU) announced plans on March 6 to build an $80 million medical school campus in the heart of M Property Services’ NorthSide Regeneration development in North St. Louis. The school will support up to 1,200 students and create up to 120 staff and faculty positions in the St. Louis area. Construction is set to begin later this year or early 2021.

The new campus will expand PHSU’s current educational programs in St. Louis by offering a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) program and will create more opportunities for students from diverse socio-economic backgrounds to access medical education and build careers in healthcare. PHSU-St. Louis was established in 2018 and currently offers accredited health science programs (a Master of Science in Medical Sciences and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology) at their facility in the historic Globe Building in Downtown St. Louis.

“We need to find ways to encourage more diverse students and more diversity in our medical education to pursue medical and healthcare degrees,” said PHSU President Dr. David Lenihan. “Our unique educational model at Ponce Health Sciences University helps students succeed in their medical studies and build meaningful careers in healthcare with good paying jobs. We see the results on our campus in Ponce, Puerto Rico where we continue to maintain excellent academic quality while providing opportunities to students who would otherwise not have been admitted to medical school. Creating opportunities for these students who may have been overlooked is critical because these students are going to go back into these communities of need and actually provide the care that we so desperately want and require.”

The new medical school campus will be located in North St. Louis near Jefferson and Cass Avenues on the former Pruitt-Igoe site and is one of several projects underway within the NorthSide Regeneration development, which also includes a new $1.75 billion National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency West headquarters currently under construction. The school is tentatively scheduled to open in fall 2021.

Dr. Lenihan said North St. Louis was the ideal location for the new campus because of its diverse pool of talented prospective students, access to highly credentialed educators and a pressing need for medical and psychological health professionals.

“In rural Missouri, we know we have problems getting doctors working in these areas. We know we have problems getting physicians and healthcare workers working in North St. Louis and urban parts of the state. We must take action,” said Dr. Lenihan. “We build the resources where they’re needed.”

M Property Services Chairman and CEO Paul McKee, Jr. has been working diligently with PHSU representatives for years to make healthcare a reality for North St. Louis, as part of his NorthSide Regeneration development.

“When we started working in the NorthSide, we discovered there were several deserts such as no grocery store, no 24/7 healthcare, safety/security was an issue and there was a digital divide. We have built a GreenLeaf Market to solve the food desert and now we have the hospital and medical school pieces underway to provide 24/7 healthcare,” said McKee. “Ponce Health Sciences University is going to be significant to our town.”

U.S. Representative William Lacy Clay said in a statement addressing the significance of this project to North St. Louis, “As you well know, North St. Louis suffers from significant healthcare disparities in access to both emergency and primary care, high rates of chronic illnesses and lower life expectancies than other parts of our region. This is an important project that will increase access to quality healthcare in underserved neighborhoods. This is a worthy goal for which I will continue to advocate.”

M Property Services, LLC (MPS) is a full-service real estate development, property management and brokerage firm based in O’Fallon, MO. M Property Services has provided development assistance for over 3,600 acres and over 3.5 million square feet of commercial and residential space. Specializing in large-scale, mixed-use developments. For more information about M Property Services, visit www.mps-stl.com or call 636-561-9300.

ASA Midwest Council Announces Nominations for The Disco Ball Awards Gala March 28, 2020

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This is the 27th year ASA will recognize outstanding companies in the construction industry. The winners in each category will be announced on March 28th, during the Disco Ball Awards Gala at the Four Seasons Hotel in Downtown St. Louis.

The four award categories include General Contractor of the Year, Outstanding MEP Subcontractor, Outstanding Specialty Subcontractor, and Service Provider/Supplier of the Year. Both General Contractors and Subcontractors are nominated based on criteria that includes bid ethics practice, safety policy and practices, jobsite supervision, scheduling coordination, and project relations. The ASA-Midwest Council will also award special safety awards at the gala, to qualifying members who have achieved work safety excellence in 2019.

The ASA Awards Gala is open to all members of the construction industry. Tickets for the black-tie- optional event are $175 and includes valet parking.  For reservations, visit www.asamidwest.com by March 18th to reserve your spot.

Congratulations to the 2020 Nominees

(Nominees are placed in the appropriate category based on annual revenue)

General Contractor of the Year Nominees:

Category A

  • Alberici Constructors
  • ARCO Construction
  • BSI Constructors
  • Contegra Construction Co.
  • L. Keeley Construction
  • McCarthy Building Companies
  • Tarlton Corporation

Category B

  • Interface Construction Corp
  • ISC Contracting
  • Kadean Construction
  • McGrath & Associates
  • Musick Construction
  • Rhodey Construction

Category C

  • BEX Construction Services
  • G. S. & S. Construction
  • J.E. Foster Building Company
  • Spiegelglass Construction Company

Outstanding MEP Subcontractor

Category A

  • Aschinger Electric
  • CE Jarrell Mechanical Contractors
  • Guarantee Electrical Company
  • J.F. Electric, Inc.
  • Kaemmerlen Electric
  • Murphy Company
  • PayneCrest Electric, Inc.
  • Sachs Electric

Category B

  • Benson Electric Co.
  • Bi-State Fire Protection
  • Boyer Fire Protection
  • Kaiser Electric Co.
  • KayBee Electric Co.
  • O.J. Laughlin Plumbing Co.
  • Parkway Construction Services
  • Plumbing Planning Corporation
  • R.F. Meeh Co.

Outstanding Specialty Subcontractor

Category A

  • BAZAN Painting Co.
  • Kirberg Company
  • Niehaus Building Services
  • T.J. Wies Contracting, Inc.
  • Vee-Jay Cement Contracting Co., Inc.

Category B

  • AME Constructors
  • American Steel Fabrication, Inc.
  • George McDonnell & Sons
  • Golterman & Sabo
  • Grant Masonry Contracting
  • Leach Painting Company
  • Meyer Painting Company
  • Swanson Masonry, Inc.

Service Provider/Supplier of the Year

  • Enterprise Bank & Trust
  • Fabick
  • JD Kutter
  • K & K Supply
  • NuWay
  • Seal the Deal Too

The American Subcontractors Association (ASA) Midwest Council is a construction trade association made up of quality specialty subcontractors, suppliers and service providers serving the construction industry and the community in the greater St. Louis metropolitan area and southern Illinois.  The ASA Midwest Council’s purpose is to improve the construction process through active participation in education, advocacy and cooperation. For more information about the ASA Midwest Council, visit www.asamidwest.com or contact executive director, Susan Winkelmann at 314-845-0855.

KAI Build, HBD Construction Complete New 136-room Fairfield Inn & Suites in Downtown St. Louis

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Grand opening held on Feb. 13 as part of dynamic transformation of Downtown West 

The KAI Build/HBD Construction, Inc. team has completed one of the first ground-up Marriott select service hotels in Downtown St. Louis in decades – Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott. Located on the former site of iconic Harry’s Restaurant & Bar at 22nd and Market streets, the new hotel officially welcomed guests on Feb. 13.

St. Louis-based Equis Hotels was the developer on the $20 million hotel and parking garage project with Chiodini Architects of St. Louis providing its design and Peak Construction Group serving as the construction manager. KAI Build/HBD Construction served as the general contractor.

“We were excited to have been a part of the team that constructed this important amenity for Downtown St. Louis, and on such a landmark site,” said KAI President Darren L. James, FAIA. “The transformation of the area is really exciting to watch, and this hotel is helping to get it all started.”

Construction began in October 2018 on the contemporary hotel, which is deemed a significant contributor to the revitalization of St. Louis City’s Downtown West area and an important addition to the region’s hospitality offerings. With easy access to Downtown St. Louis businesses and attractions such as the revitalized Union Station and new aquarium; Enterprise Center, home of the NHL Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues; the Gateway Arch; Busch Stadium, home of the St. Louis Cardinals; and the America’s Center convention complex and Dome; the modern Marriott-branded hotel is suitable for both business and leisure travelers.

The modern five-story hotel features 136 rooms and suites, 2,000 square feet of meeting rooms, a lobby lounge and full-service bar, outdoor patio gathering space, free Wi-Fi, complimentary hot breakfast, fitness room, business center and a shuttle service within a two-mile radius of the property. The hotel was designed to accommodate existing demand for lodging, as well as anticipated growth in the area.

“This hotel will now capture the traditional Marriott hotel customer seeking a true, ground-up Marriott select service hotel brand downtown. It will provide a quality offering so that guests do not have to travel outside of downtown to satisfy their lodging needs,” said Equis Hotels Chief Executive Officer and Founder Michael Mullenix. “Our new Fairfield by Marriott hotel will not only serve the existing hotel demand generators in the city, but it will definitely accommodate the exciting growth now taking place in the City of St. Louis, including the new $600 million Saint Louis University hospital project and the new $1.6 billion National Geo-Spatial Intelligence or NGA headquarters campus currently under construction just a mile north of our site.”

KAI Design & Build is a national 100+ person design and build firm headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. A renowned leader in the industry, KAI provides design and build integrated project delivery solutions through collaboration, technology, processes and expertise. For more information about KAI Design & Build, visit www.kai-db.com or call 314-241-8188.

HBD Construction, Inc. is a diverse, full-service general contracting and construction management firm headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. HBD was originally founded in 1922 by Horace B. Deal as H.B. Deal & Company, Inc. For more information about HBD Construction, Inc., visit www.hbdgc.com or call 314-781-8000

Washington University School of Medicine/BJC Mid Campus Center Receives LEED Gold

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Pinnacle project at the heart of the growing Central West End medical campus receives sustainability recognition

Clayco, a full-service turnkey real estate, architecture, engineering, design-build and construction firm announced today that the Mid Campus Center (MCC) office building for Washington University School of Medicine and BJC HealthCare received LEEDv2009 NC Gold certification.

The 12-story, 517,000-square-foot building in the heart of the Washington University Medical Campus in the Central West End neighborhood of St. Louis, includes a full basement with below-grade parking, programming space and campus utility infrastructure. The MCC also includes School of Medicine and Barnes-Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children’s Hospital administrative offices, collaboration spaces, a coffee shop, bookstore and extensions to the elevated walkway system that provides additional campus connectivity.

Molly Jones, President, Jones Design Studio, acted as the project’s LEED consultant managing the LEED process from design through occupancy. She supported the integrated team in the selection of the points to pursue and she worked to communicate requirements across the design and construction teams, and submit and coordinate with the USGBC for approval.

Melissa Rockwell-Hopkins, Assistant Vice Chancellor and Assistant Dean of Operations and Facilities Management at the School of Medicine said, “The new facility is critical to the long-range plan to expand clinical care on the Medical Campus, and it allows key ambulatory growth. It also provides an exciting opportunity to closely collaborate with our medical center partners in operational services, security, emergency planning and communications.

“Our team, which included our architectural partners at Christner, were thrilled to see this project achieve LEED Gold certification,” said Madeline Smith, Associate, Sustainable Development Manager, Clayco. “From design to commissioning, the whole team remained focused on bringing a facility to life that would have substantial impact not only on the health of the overall environment but also with its occupants.”

“We appreciate the efforts by everyone involved, from design through construction, that resulted in this achievement,” said Vince Nutt, senior project manager, BJC HealthCare planning, design and construction.

Clayco, Washington University, Washington University School of Medicine and BJC HealthCare have collaborated on multiple LEED certified projects including the School of Medicine’s Couch Biomedical Research Building, School of Engineering’s Stephen F. & Camilla T. Brauer Hall and Preston M. Green Hall, University Student Center, South 40 Village resident campus, and the Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Orthopedic Center in Chesterfield, Mo. BJC’s Primary Data Center and Medical Office Building in O’Fallon, Mo., also were awarded LEED Gold.

For more information on the MCC visit https://claycorp.com/project/wusmbjc-mid-campus-center/.

Clayco is a full-service, turnkey real estate development, master planning, architecture, engineering, and construction firm that safely delivers clients across North America the highest quality solutions on time, on budget, and above and beyond expectations. With $3.25 billion in revenue for 2019, Clayco specializes in the “art and science of building,” providing fast track, efficient solutions for industrial, commercial, institutional and residential related building projects. For more information visit www.claycorp.com.

 

KAI Build, HBD Construction Complete New 136-room Fairfield Inn & Suites in Downtown St. Louis

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Grand opening held on Feb. 13 as part of dynamic transformation of Downtown West

The KAI Build/HBD Construction, Inc. team has completed one of the first ground-up Marriott select service hotels in Downtown St. Louis in decades – Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott. Located on the former site of iconic Harry’s Restaurant & Bar at 22nd and Market streets, the new hotel officially welcomed guests on Feb. 13.

St. Louis-based Equis Hotels was the developer on the $20 million hotel and parking garage project with Chiodini Architects of St. Louis providing its design and Peak Construction Group serving as the construction manager. KAI Build/HBD Construction served as the general contractor.

“We were excited to have been a part of the team that constructed this important amenity for Downtown St. Louis, and on such a landmark site,” said KAI President Darren L. James, FAIA. “The transformation of the area is really exciting to watch, and this hotel is helping to get it all started.”

Construction began in October 2018 on the contemporary hotel, which is deemed a significant contributor to the revitalization of St. Louis City’s Downtown West area and an important addition to the region’s hospitality offerings. With easy access to Downtown St. Louis businesses and attractions such as the revitalized Union Station and new aquarium; Enterprise Center, home of the NHL Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues; the Gateway Arch; Busch Stadium, home of the St. Louis Cardinals; and the America’s Center convention complex and Dome; the modern Marriott-branded hotel is suitable for both business and leisure travelers.

The modern five-story hotel features 136 rooms and suites, 2,000 square feet of meeting rooms, a lobby lounge and full-service bar, outdoor patio gathering space, free Wi-Fi, complimentary hot breakfast, fitness room, business center and a shuttle service within a two-mile radius of the property. The hotel was designed to accommodate existing demand for lodging, as well as anticipated growth in the area.

“This hotel will now capture the traditional Marriott hotel customer seeking a true, ground-up Marriott select service hotel brand downtown. It will provide a quality offering so that guests do not have to travel outside of downtown to satisfy their lodging needs,” said Equis Hotels Chief Executive Officer and Founder Michael Mullenix. “Our new Fairfield by Marriott hotel will not only serve the existing hotel demand generators in the city, but it will definitely accommodate the exciting growth now taking place in the City of St. Louis, including the new $600 million Saint Louis University hospital project and the new $1.6 billion National Geo-Spatial Intelligence or NGA headquarters campus currently under construction just a mile north of our site.”

KAI Design & Build is a national 100+ person design and build firm headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. A renowned leader in the industry, KAI provides design and build integrated project delivery solutions through collaboration, technology, processes and expertise. For more information about KAI Design & Build, visit www.kai-db.com or call 314-241-8188.

HBD Construction, Inc. is a diverse, full-service general contracting and construction management firm headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. HBD was originally founded in 1922 by Horace B. Deal as H.B. Deal & Company, Inc. For more information about HBD Construction, Inc., visit www.hbdgc.com or call 314-781-8000.

Mizzou MCAA Student Chapter to Present in Final Four Competition

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On March 16 the Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) student chapter from the University of Missouri-Columbia will take part in the Final Four Competition at the MCAA National Convention in Maui, HI. The winners will be announced at the MCAA 2020 Awards of Excellence Breakfast featuring football great, Joe Montana, later that week..

MCA-EMO Executive Director Kristy Stephens said, “Being selected for the Final Four is very prestigious for any student chapter.  This is a very young chapter that, in six short years, has outpaced student chapters around the country, capturing first place in 2017 and being named MCAA Student Chapter of the Year that same year from among a total of 59 student chapters nationwide. Last year, they also participated in the Final Four. In addition to great guidance from their faculty advisor, Larry Schilke, P.E., managing engineer at UMC, they’ve had wonderful mentoring from our member contractors, following the strict guidelines of the competition.  We are truly proud of these students and have seen many of them advance into outstanding careers with mechanical contractors and engineering firms.”

Thirty-three teams applied to this year’s national student competition for an opportunity to present to a panel comprised of contractors from across the U.S. on the convention’s mainstage. As the prime contractor on a chiller and cooling tower replacement project in the Penn South building in New York City, the teams planned all plumbing, piping and HVAC, electrical, controls and all other work required to complete the project as described in the bid documents. In addition to the UMC MCA student chapter, this year student teams will compete from Ball State University, Milwaukee School of Engineering and the University of Maryland, College Park. The top competition prize is $10,000 while the second-place team will receive $5,000. The other two finalists will each receive $2,500.

According to UMC’s MCA student chapter president, Adam Moore, the UMC team has been preparing all year for the competition, with 10 students attending the MCA 2020 National Competition along with their faculty advisor. “We were responsible for all procurement, budget estimates, developing a schedule, subcontractor selection, piping and cooling towers on the project,” said Moore. ”We also developed a detailed crane and rigging plan for placement of equipment, including codes and permitting.”

Students attending the national convention include Adam Moore (president; Lee’s Summit, MO); Austin Matthews (vice-president; Mexico, MO); Mohammed Al-Ramis (treasurer; Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia); Alex Jokerst (Secretary; Fenton, MO); Mike Basset (Fenton); Elizabeth Henshaw (St. Joseph, MO); Derrick Jenkins (Independence, MO); Mike Lewis (Lee’s Summit); Kylie Nedelka (Gurnee, IL); and Evan Taylor (Lee’s Summit).

Brian Gent, vice-president, estimating and preconstruction, Corrigan Brothers, Inc., is one of the contractors who has worked closely with the students, including arranging for a guided tour of a data center in downtown St. Louis. 

“I am extremely proud of the UMC MCA Student Chapter for being able to make a repeat finals appearance two years in a row,” said Gent.  “The student chapter members have spent countless hours learning and preparing for the competition.  Ahmad Atallah, last year, and Adam Moore, this year, did an excellent job of getting the team organized and leading them to a strong finish.   It is especially rewarding to know that many of the student chapter members will use this opportunity and exposure to our industry to come to work for a member contractor and hopefully have a long and successful career in the mechanical construction industry.”

When not preparing for the national competition, the student chapter has been busy with community and industry outreach, with student Jarred Frank (St. Joseph, MO) serving as outreach coordinator. On March 7, the students participated in Science Day at the St. Louis Science Center with a booth demonstrating how pressure pumps and valves work.  In 2019 the UMC MCA Student Chapter participated in STEM Cubs Day at Mizzou, an event centered around teaching kids K-6 STEM concepts.

Moore has been a member of the MCA student chapter since second semester of his freshman year at Mizzou.  “My MCAA student chapter experience has been phenomenal, giving me lots of ’hands-on‘ experience and real-world knowledge of what the industry is like.” said Moore.  “It’s been a very supportive outlet, allowing me to meet a lot of people in the industry and providing great resources that I’ll be able to use for years to come.  As seniors, we all want to make a really strong finish at the Final Four this year.”   After graduation, Moore will start an internship at Burns & McDonnell.

Photo Above: The UMC MCA Student Chapter performed a practice run-through for MCA member contractors on March 6. (From left to right): Elizabeth Henshaw, Kylie Nedelka, Evan Taylor, Mohammed Al-Ramis, Austin Mathews, Adam Moore

MCA-EMO offers programs crucial to the ongoing success of contractors and vendors operating within the construction industry in Eastern Missouri. For more than 120 years, the MCA has provided cost-effective educational opportunities taught by qualified and experienced professionals in the MCA Training Center. MCA-EMO also offers industry events, networking opportunities, and sponsors a student chapter at the University of Missouri-Columbia.  Visit:  www.mca-emo.com.

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.

Cathy M. Westerheide promoted to Director of G&S Acoustics/FabricWall Sales 

Cathy Westerheide

St. Louis-based G&S Acoustics has promoted Cathy M. Westerheide to Director of G&S Acoustics/FabricWall Sales. She is responsible for improving processes, developing new products and increasing sales, as well as leading the sales teams in providing product information, competitive bids and global representation.

“I’ve always enjoyed the challenges of providing sound solutions for our clients,” says Westerheide of her career with G&S Acoustics. “Every job is unique, and we have a great team of people developing and creating customized solutions.”

Westerheide has been with G&S Acoustics since 1994, having worked as an estimator, sales assistant, sales representative and national sales manager.

G&S Acoustics® is a leading manufacturer of acoustical, tackable and sound diffusing wall and ceiling products distributed worldwide. For more information, email G&S Acoustics or call 800-737-0307.

SWT Design Welcomes Lance Klein, PLA as Kansas City Studio Manager

Lance Klein

SWT Design is pleased to announce Lance Klein has joined our team as the Studio Manager for our Kansas City office. Lance brings 24 years of Landscape Architecture and Urban Design experience including parks, corridors, and nodes that transform communities.  He’s passionate about the public realm and the critical role it plays in elevating our everyday lives. As a resident of Kansas City, MO his familiarity with the region combined with his design talent and civic involvement will deepen SWT Design’s roots in the community. Lance earned his Master of Science in Architecture and Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Kansas State University.

For 25 years, SWT Design has developed a diverse and award-winning portfolio of outdoor spaces, approaching planning and design as a living, breathing thing with a passion for innovation. SWT Design has grown to become one of the largest landscape architecture firms of its kind in the Midwest. As a strong proponent of sustainable design, the firm was at the forefront of developing the Sustainable Sites Initiative, working closely alongside other founding partners and agencies to develop what has become the world’s first comprehensive rating system for the design, development, and management of sustainable landscapes around the globe. Sustainability continues to be a core principle addressed in all the firm’s projects. SWT Design is located in St. Louis, MO, Kansas City, MO, and Louisville, KY.

For further questions, please contact Ashley Jenkins, Marketing Coordinator for SWT Design by e-mail at ashleyj@swtdesign.com or call 314-644-5700.

March 6, 2020

HDA Architects Hires Two

Brice Zickuhr

HDA Architects have hired Brice Zickuhr as Director of Operations. Brice will oversee day-to-day office activities, managing resources and schedules as well as quality control. He will provide oversight and leadership to all of HDA’s project teams, reviewing the drawings throughout their development. Brice brings 30 years of experience and is part of HDA’s Management Team.

Tim Piskorski

HDA Architects have hired Tim Piskorski as a Senior Project Manager.  Tim will oversee all aspects of the design and construction process of a building project, from developing and reviewing building plans to making sure a project meets environmental and zoning standards. Tim has 27 years of experience and a love for the craft of designing and constructing a building, while respecting client’s budgets, schedules and project parameters

The UP Companies Hires David E. Murrell as Kansas City Regional Director

David E. Murrell

The UP Companies (UPCO) proudly announces the hiring of David E. Murrell of Leawood, Kansas to its new Regional Director position.

Murrell takes on the leadership role during a time of considerable growth for UPCO, one of the region’s largest full-service contractors, and will be responsible for heading operations, developing new business relationships, strengthening existing client partnerships and directing business strategy in the greater Kansas City area.

“UPCO has forged a path in the Kansas City marketplace over the last couple of years as steadfast electrical and carpentry contractors,” said Brian Arnold, UPCO Vice President. “Kansas City is a dynamic and bustling market with lots of opportunity and the outlook continues to be bright. With all these exciting developments, we made the decision to hire a local Regional Director for The UP Companies. David is a homegrown Kansas Citian and a 30-year veteran in the design and construction industry, which we feel is important to gain quicker traction in this marketplace. We believe David relates perfectly to our target customers while representing our core values.”

Murrell has more than 30 years of architecture and construction industry experience, having previously worked as Director of Business Development for Multivista in Overland Park, Kansas; Preconstruction & Project Management for United Excel Construction in Merriam, Kansas; Business Development & Preconstruction for AEC Connections in Overland Park, Kansas; and Project Architect/Construction Manager for Gould Evans Architects and BNIM Architects, both of Kansas City, Missouri.

Murrell has a BFA from the University of Kansas in Architectural Design and is a member of the Kansas City Chapter of Health Care Engineers (KCAHE).

The UP Companies (UPCO) is one of the region’s largest full-service contracting companies offering all-inclusive and convenient solutions for general contractors, owners and facilities management professionals. For more information, go to www.theupcompanies.com or call 314.865.3888.

Michael Moehn Joins Midwest BankCentre’s Legal Board of Directors

Michael Moehn

Michael Moehn, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Ameren Corporation and chairman and president of Ameren Services, has been elected to the legal board of directors of Midwest BankCentre.

Moehn was named to his current role with Ameren Corporation in December 2019. Previously, he was president of Ameren Missouri, working with more than 4,000 team members to provide electrical power to more than 1.2 million electric customers and about 127,000 natural gas customers. After a nine-year career at Price Waterhouse Coopers LLP as a CPA leading client engagements across multiple industries, Moehn has served Ameren in a succession of leadership roles that have deepened his insights and experiences in strategic planning, finance and operations.

Moehn is deeply engaged in the bi-state community. He serves as board chair for the United Way of Greater St. Louis, while also serving as a member of the board of the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis since 2016. In addition, Moehn serves on the finance planning committee of Christian Hospital, and the budget and finance committee of Concordance Academy of Leadership.

He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Saint Louis University and a master’s in business administration degree from Washington University. Moehn was selected for the Eisenhower Fellowship, participating in its International Leadership Exchange Program, with a focus on South American energy. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Midwest BankCentre, a mainstay of St. Louis community banking since 1906, employs a staff of about 280 working at 17 bank locations in the City of St. Louis and St. Louis, Jefferson and St. Charles counties. 

February 28, 2020

Myron Ury Joins G&S Architectural Products 

Myron Ury

St. Louis-based Golterman & Sabo has hired Myron Ury as Sales Representative at G&S Architectural Products, a division of Golterman & Sabo. Ury’s primary focus will be promoting Hufcor Operable Walls to the Architectural Design and Construction Community.  He will also lead the Operable Wall service work.

“Operable walls are a fast-growing segment of our business,” says Dennis Voss, director of sales for G & S Architectural Products.  “We look forward to Myron helping our customers integrate these innovative products into their projects.”

Most recently, Ury was the Hufcor Factory Sales Representative for the St Louis metro area.   Ury enjoys spending time with his two children and their spouses, and four grandchildren.  His hobbies are traveling, and camping, and volunteer work.

Golterman & Sabo, a premier provider and installer of specialty building products, began operations in 1946 under the name of Herbert Golterman Company. Today, in its third generation of family ownership, the company manufactures and distributes acoustical products, operable walls, cubicle curtains and track and a variety of other specialized products.

February 21, 2020

Poettker Construction Finance Executive Receives St. Louis Business Journal Honor 

Kim Luitjohan

Poettker Construction Company’s vice president finance, Kimberly (Kim) Luitjohan, has been named to the St. Louis Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 class of 2020. Luitjohan, along with other young business leaders in the St. Louis area, was honored for her contributions to the company and community at a special awards gala on Thursday, Feb. 13. The St. Louis Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Awards salute young professionals making a difference in their organizations and communities. More than 600 nominations were submitted and reviewed by a panel of previous 40 Under 40 winners.

Luitjohan began her career at Poettker in 2001, where she worked in a variety of roles learning the processes of all company operations. She is a member of the Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA) and graduate of Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville’s business program, the latter of which she earned while working full-time at Poettker. In 2010, at the age of 26, Kim was promoted to Vice President Finance, where she has been instrumental in managing the firms’ growth, by overseeing accounts payable, project accounting, payroll, human resources, IT, and asset management.

Luitjohan serves on the HSHS St. Joseph’s Breese Foundation Leadership Council (FLC), which has raised more than $250,000 in the past the years, as well as organizes the First United Methodist Church’s “Cookie Walk and Craft Bazaar” fundraiser, raising more than $16,000 since she founded the event in 2015.

Established in 1980, Poettker Construction is a second-generation, family-owned and veteran-owned business specializing in construction management, design/build, general contracting and self-perform services with an emphasis to exceed the client’s expectations. For more information, visit www.poettkerconstruction.com.

Cody Baumgartner Joins Wiegmann Associates as Project Manager 

Cody Baumgartner

Cody Baumgartner of the Central West End in St. Louis, MO has joined Wiegmann Associates as a project manager. Baumgartner is responsible for managing new and renovation HVAC construction projects in a range of industries. He has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Missouri – Columbia.

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

Kwame Building Group Hires Martel Hulsey as Business Developer and Diversity Monitor

Martel Hulsey

Martel Hulsey, of Olivette, MO, has joined Kwame Building Group, Inc. (KWAME) as Business Developer and Diversity Monitor. Hulsey’s responsibilities include creating business and marketing opportunities and maintaining existing client communications. As Diversity Monitor, he oversees construction sites to ensure and verify minority involvement on projects.

Hulsey holds a bachelor’s degree in Sports Business Management from Maryville University. He has four years of experience in the marketing industry. He earned a Delux Power 100 Rising Stars Award by Delux Magazine, which celebrates St. Louis’ most inspiring and influential African American professionals.  

Kwame Building Group, Inc. (KWAME) is one of the nation’s top pure construction management firms, dedicating 100 percent of its resources to project management servicesFor more information, visit www.kwamebuildinggroup.com or call (314) 862-5344.

Western Specialty Contractors Minneapolis Assistant Branch Manager David Grandbois Receives ICRI 40 Under 40 Award

David Granbois

The International Concrete Repair Institute (ICRI), the only association in the concrete industry devoted solely to repair and restoration, recently announced the winners of its first 40 Under 40 Award. Western Specialty Contractors is proud to announce that Minneapolis Assistant Branch Manager David Grandbois, 31, was among the announced winners.

The prestigious award recognizes 40 individuals who exemplify dedication to the concrete repair industry. A peer nominated award, the ICRI 40 Under 40 recognizes individuals who have demonstrated their commitment to continued professional growth, high potential for continued success in leadership roles, and a strong passion for – and commitment to – the mission of ICRI.

Grandbois started his career in construction as a Civil Construction Management Engineer for Kiewit in Omaha, NE before accepting a Project Manager position with Hans Hagen Homes in Fridley, MN. He joined Western Specialty Contractors’ Minnesota Branch as a Project Manager in 2015 where he held the position for nearly five years before being promoted to Assistant Branch Manager in February 2020.

Grandbois has a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from Minnesota State University, Moorhead. He is also a certified Concrete Surface Repair Technician – Tiers 1 and 2 through ICRI and an Associate Constructor through the American Institute of Constructors. He has also achieved OSHA 30 certified training.

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. For more information about Western Specialty Contractors, visit www.westernspecialtycontractors.com.

Holland Employee Charitable Foundation Raises $22,000 At the Annual Klondike Klassic

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Over 140 golfers participated in the annual Holland Employee Charitable Foundation’s (HECF) winter charity golf tournament, the Klondike Klassic. The golfers, with the help of over 60 sponsors raised $22,000 to support this year’s recipient, R3 Development.

R3 Development is a non-profit community development organization whose mission is to empower the youth of East St. Louis with job opportunities that equip them with the resources and skills necessary for success. Over its five-year history, the nonprofit has rehabbed over 20 homes and employed roughly 75 kids from East St. Louis.

“It was incredible. I don’t have words for it,” said R3 Development Executive Director Dave Kuntz. “We’re working really hard to make an impact in the East St. Louis community but it can be very expensive to rehab these homes and pay the youth who are helping us. This donation will make a significant difference in our ability to fulfill our mission work.”

Holland Construction Services President, Mike Marchal, said when selecting a beneficiary for the money each year, the Foundation looks for smaller charities without a large funding base that are doing great things in the community.

“This is an event we look forward to every year because it is so exciting to watch the faces of the recipients when they see the amount written on the check,” said Marchal. “So far, the Klondike Klassic has raised over $225,000 for local charities and we’re very proud of what these charities have been able to accomplish.”

Community and charitable support has always been a priority for Holland Construction Services. In 2015, the Holland Employee Charitable Foundation (HECF) was established with the mission of helping others in the community through donations and volunteering. The HECF is employee-run and driven and, among other initiatives, made the Klondike Klassic an annual event, with funds raised going towards a local organization voted on annually by the seven-member Foundation Advisory Committee. The Holland Employee Charitable Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity as a component fund of the St. Louis Community Foundation. For more information about the Holland Employee Charitable Foundation, visit www.hollandcs.com.

To learn more about R3 Development, go to www.r3dev.org.

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. For more information, visit Holland’s website at www.hollandcs.com.

 

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