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Spellman Brady Designs Rustic Chic Interior for Senior Living Community

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First Continuing Care Retirement Center in College Station, Texas 

Spellman Brady & Company, an award-winning interior design firm, completed the comprehensive 156,162 square foot interior design for The Langford Retirement Community in College Station, Texas, a Methodist Retirement Communities (MRC) property.  Spellman Brady was responsible for the design along with the procurement of the project’s furniture, accessories and artwork.

The Langford is located in College Station, the home of Texas A&M University’s main campus and is College Station’s only Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC).  It is a tribute to Ernest Langford, known by some as the “Father of College Station”, who served as the city’s mayor for 23 years along with serving as the head of A&M’s Architecture Department, now known as the Langford Architecture Center, from 1929 to 1956.

The retirement community includes a main clubhouse, independent and assisted living buildings, as well as  memory care.  The Clubhouse features a lobby with lounge seating and a welcoming fireplace, two dining venues, a fitness center and multi-purpose room.  The 72 independent living units are organized in three, 4-story buildings each with its own community room with inviting views  of the site’s outdoor scenic, spaces. The assisted living community consists of a 2-story building with 24 units, a dining venue, a salon and an arts and crafts room.  Memory Support includes 18 units that open up to the community space, a country kitchen, several living rooms, an activity area and an outdoor memory garden. 

The overall concept for the project’s interior design reflects the blended aesthetics of the Texas A&M college town and the surrounding landscapes.  The spaces have a combination of a rustic flare and an elegant, timeless appeal to all generations.  The warm woods and stone treatments grace common spaces with natural light streaming in almost every public space.  The bursts of green and a nod to Texas A&M Maroon provide additional spirit to The Langford for all that enter it.

”It looks awesome…very pleased with the outcome.  Thank you for all you’ve done in support of our mission!” Ron Jennette, Methodist Retirement Community.

The artwork planning and selection was a crucial detail in the overall design planning and sharing of The Langford story.   Selections of local scenery, custom glass creations and David Langford, Ernest’s grandson, photography is showcased throughout the property.  

The close proximity to the university, shops, medical, and nature trails helps The Langford immerse itself in the college town.  With community in mind, the interior is a blended mix of timeless design and rich history. 

Methodist Retirement Communities (MRC) – a nonprofit senior living provider serving Texas senior adults, was established in 1962 to develop and manage retirement communities through its covenant connection with the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.  MRC has served seniors in the Wesleyan tradition of Christian faith and wholeness for over 50 years by empowering seniors to enjoy life to the fullest.

Spellman Brady & Company is an award-winning St. Louis–based interior design firm specializing in senior living, healthcare, and higher education environments.  The firm maintains design excellence by delivering comprehensive interior design, furniture, artwork master planning, and procurement services.  As a Certified WBE Business, Spellman Brady & Company has completed more than 6,300 projects in 43 states and abroad since its founding in 1991.  For more information about Spellman Brady & Company, please visit www.spellmanbrady.com.

 

For more information about Spellman Brady & Company, please visit www.spellmanbrady.com.

NorthSide Regeneration Issues Settlement Statement

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Northside Regeneration LLC (“Northside”) is pleased to announce that it has resolved all outstanding issues with the State of Missouri, the Missouri Department of Revenue (“DOR”) and the Missouri Department of Economic Development (“DED”) regarding NSR’s application for, the issuance of, the use and reporting requirements of the tax credits received by Northside pursuant to the Distressed Areas Land Assemblage Tax Credit Act.  On June 3, 2019 the State, DOR and DED submitted a Dismissal with Prejudice in Case No. 1822-CC10508.

​On June 13, 2018 the State, DED and DOR filed a three count Petition in the Circuit Court for the City of St. Louis against Northside seeking a total of $7,097,362.58 in damages.  On August 3, 2018 NSR filed a Motion to Dismiss the Petition, which was still pending with the Court at the time of the dismissal.

​After a prolonged period of negotiation, the parties have entered into a Settlement Agreement and General Mutual Release (the “Agreement”).  Under the Agreement, NSR admitted no liability, fault or wrongdoing.  Per the Agreement, NSR made a payment to the State of approximately $320,000.  From NSR’s perspective, the payment represents NSR’s payment of statutory fines relating to the failure to meet technical reporting requirements, the reimbursement of the State’s litigation costs and expenses and the amount that NSR would have been required to spend to vindicate itself of all claims in what was expected to be prolonged and expensive litigation.

With this matter’s resolution, NSR looks forward to focusing all of its attention to building on the success it has achieved in North St. Louis, with the relocation of the NGA facility and its 3,100 jobs, and the recent opening of the GreenLeaf Market/Zoom C-Store project creating 72 new jobs.

About NorthSide Regeneration St. Louis

NorthSide Regeneration (NSR) is a mixed-use community development – a self-sustaining neighborhood of people, cultures, economic opportunity, safety and education with the infrastructure and growth to support key, necessary services for the community. The original development encompasses over 1,500 acres and borders downtown St. Louis. Jobs have always been the primary motivator for NSR with a goal of more than 43,000 construction jobs and 22,000 permanent jobs generated by the development’s activity. For more information about NorthSide Regeneration, visit www.NorthSideRegeneration.com.

SWT Design Announces Expansion to Louisville, Kentucky

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Paul Toenjes

Paul Toenjes, AICP, ASLA, Senior Associate Will Open New Studio

SWT Design announced at their Spring Garden Party event last night, that they are opening a studio in Louisville, Kentucky this July.  This expansion to Louisville will be headed by Paul Toenjes, AICP, ASLA, Senior Associate.  SWT Design is excited about the opportunity to continue to expand their reach through geographic expansion. The firm opened a Kansas City office in August 2016 which continues to flourish. Paul Toenjes will still collaborate and lead projects within our St. Louis studios as needed but is looking forward to collaborating with clients and industry partners in the Louisville community.

“When I moved to Louisville nearly 15 years ago, it was because I had heard rumors about a funky and exciting city that was very much under the radar. The welcoming I received was like nothing I had ever experienced. It’s a city with a great culture of design and planning, and I am looking forward to being a part it.” –Paul Toenjes

Before his switch to landscape architecture and planning, Paul worked as a bilingual instructor in an elementary school in Louisville, Kentucky. Concerned over the lack of green space and safe parks available to his students, he turned to the profession of landscape architecture. This led Paul to earn a Masters of Landscape Architecture from Louisiana State University. He practiced in Baton Rouge and New Orleans, Louisiana prior to his return to St. Louis.  Since 2012, Paul has served as studio and project manager with SWT Design. He has been integral in projects that address many contemporary planning and design challenges, from economic development and transportation, to green infrastructure, placemaking and sustainable site design.

Since joining SWT Design in 2015, Paul has worked on projects throughout all phases of design in both the public and private sectors, including corporate campuses, parks and recreation, and civic amenities. His recent project experience includes Great Rivers Greenway District Design Guidelines, design and planning for the Cortex Innovation Community, master planning for Echo Bluff State Park, and design for the Boneyard Creek North Branch in Champaign, Illinois. Paul is currently leading the design and redevelopment of the East Waterways in Forest Park. He’s also received awards for his work including in 2016 St. Louis ASLA Merit Award for Sustainability Redeveloping a Historic District – Old North St. Louis and in 2015 Central States ASLA Honor Award – The Commons at Cortex.

For nearly 25 years, SWT Design has developed a diverse and award-winning portfolio of outdoor spaces, approaching planning and design as a living, breathing thing with a passion for innovation. The firm’s team of 22 landscape architects, urban designers, and planners has become leaders in their respective professions, creating value with each design while focusing on environmental responsibility, social justice, and economic improvement. SWT Design has grown to become one of the largest stand-alone disciplines 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.

 

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

New Fairview Heights Rec Center Showcases G&S Acoustical Panels

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Specialty Products Creatively Improve Sound Quality of Wide Open Areas

St. Louis-based G&S Architectural Products and its sister company G&S Acoustics, a subsidiary of Golterman & Sabo, played a special role in helping the city of Fairview Heights, Illinois, build its dream recreational center. Now open in time for the city’s 50th anniversary, the $21 million, 58,000-square foot recreational complex, aptly called “the Rec,” offers something for everyone.

The Rec’s centerpiece is a 12,000 square-foot indoor aquatic center with a four-lane lap pool, a splash pad, water slide, lazy river, and open-swim pool with a “zero-depth” entry for easy access by all ages and abilities.

There is also an indoor gymnasium with basketball and volleyball courts; a walking track; a 6,000 square-foot fitness center with separate rooms for Pilates, yoga and other classes; a multipurpose room; party, game and meeting rooms; and a childcare center.

Another unique feature is the “Clip ‘n Climb,” a climbing area for all levels and ages. The Rec’s Clip ‘n Climb is the only one of its kind in the region as it was originally developed in New Zealand.

And throughout this beautiful new complex are G&S acoustical panels and other sound treatments that provide noise control in this energetic environment. The Clip ‘n Climb, childcare area, track and aquatic center all have colorful, functional G&S acoustical panels adorning the walls.

For their part of this major project, G&S Architectural Products managed and installed the G&S Acoustics Acoutical wall panels, SoundWave Clouds, G&S Baffles and Banners while G&S Acoustics manufactured the acoustical treatments for almost every room in the Rec.

“With the variety and creativity of acoustical products used, the Fairview Heights Rec complex was a great project for G&S,” says Dennis Voss, Director of Sales, G&S Architectural Products. “This is a beautiful complex that the city can be proud of and the citizens of the community will truly enjoy.”

A vast amount of G&S Banners were installed in the ceiling of the gym to help absorb sound in the large, open areas. Durable, sound-absorbing Resolute wall panels were installed to reduce noise reverberation around the upper track.

The fitness center has G&S Baffles hanging from above to tackle the sound issues in this room.

G&S Architectural Products worked with the architects of the Farnsworth Group and Waterhout Construction to create and install the blue SoundWave Clouds for the Rec’s main lobby. SoundWave is G&S Acoustics’ curved, independently-hung, sound-absorbing acoustical clouds.

Construction for the Rec began in the fall of 2017 and was completed in the spring of this year. The Rec is located on Bunkum Road, just north of Interstate 64, on approximately 30 acres. The Rec offers a variety of outdoor activites with a 1.5 mile walking path, a running track, a soccer field, a dog park and a nature trail around the perimeter.

G&S (Golterman & Sabo) provides a variety of acoustical solutions that can be customized in design, material, color, shape and more. To learn more about product offerings, visit G&S Architectural Products or G&S Acoustics.

Electrical Connection Supports Payne Family Homes and the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway

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This summer one lucky family will win a house valued at more than $400,000 to help support the kids of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® where families never receive a bill for treatment, travel housing or food – because all they should worry about is helping their child live.

Payne Family Homes is building the home for St. Jude in the Villages of Sandfort Farm subdivision at 1046 Sandfort Farm Dr., in St. Charles, Mo. The annual giveaway is supported by the Electrical Connection, a partnership of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 and the St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association.

Payne Family Homes along with their vendors and trade partners are building the luxury home at zero cost to St. Jude. St Jude is offering anyone the chance to win the home by purchasing $100 individual tickets with the winner selected in a lottery drawing later this summer.

“We expect to raise more than $1.1 million through ticket sales,” said Dawn Walter, director of marketing, Payne Family Homes.  “And because our vendors and trade partners, like the Electrical Connection, are donating all services to build the home, 100 percent of the ticket sales will benefit St. Jude and the research of life-threatening childhood diseases and its treatment of children fighting those diseases.”

The house will be equipped with a number of upscale amenities including high-end appliances, cost efficient LED lighting, a private theater, a game room, hockey rink, a speakeasy bar and more.  NECA contractor Branson Electric is managing the electrical installations.

Tours of the house are scheduled to begin on July 13, 2019, with the drawing planned for August 22, 2019.

Proceeds from the ticket sales will benefit St. Jude.  To learn more and purchase a ticket, visit www.paynefamilyhomes.com/st-jude/

As Illinois General Assembly Session’s End Looms, Fate of Capital Bill Unknown

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

Less than two hours before the official end of the Illinois General Assembly’s regular legislative session in Springfield, the answer as to whether both sides of the aisle would unite to fund a statewide capital improvements bill remained unclear.

“For years we’ve been close to getting horizontal or vertical construction (funding) passed, but it just didn’t happen,” said Dave Bender, president and CEO of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois, an affiliate whose members include more than 240 engineering firms across Illinois members and nearly 14,000 engineering professionals. “Two years ago, it was down to the very last day (of session) and they had a deal on the table, but there was a blow-up on the floor, they gaveled, and the session was over. It has been 10 years since Illinois’ last mini-capital bill. The shelves at our (Illinois) DOT (Dept. of Transportation) are empty. We’ve got to pass a capital bill of some sort or risk losing our federal (funding) match,” he added.

As it stands, IDOT’s funding streams are comprised of 90 percent from the federal government and just 10 percent from the state. Bender says to bring Illinois’ highway infrastructure up to acceptable standards, it will take an additional $3 billion annually – $3 billion in addition to the $2 billion annually that is already being generated through a combination of gasoline tax revenues and increased vehicle registration fees. “Every penny generates about $65 million,” Bender said, “but Illinois is slipping because it didn’t index the gas tax (fee of 19 cents) over time (for inflation). If we had indexed it since 1990 – the last time it was increased – it would be 38 cents (per gallon of gasoline) by now. We need a minimum of 38 cents, double what it is and what it has remained for 29 years.”

Two potential outcomes were in the mix at press time, according to Bender: 1) A failsafe version of a capital improvement plan that would be limited to horizontal construction capital projects, meaning roads, bridges and mass transit infrastructure, but no vertical construction capital efforts such as improving and expanding state-owned facilities; and 2) A much more comprehensive capital plan that would include both horizontal and vertical construction projects.

“Vertical is the real problem in terms of creating a funding mechanism in contrast with horizontal-specific funding such as user fees that go directly toward transportation infrastructure needs,” Bender said Thursday. “When you walk inside a state of Illinois building and use the elevator, there’s no fee. For vertical, legislators are looking at options like sports gaming, the possibility of recreational marijuana, a parking garage fee, a minimal increase in the cigarette sales tax or a small increase in the liquor (sales) tax, a video streaming tax and more. Alternative ways to fund vertical construction will be challenging,” he added. “But to do nothing year after year is like watching your 100-year-old Victorian home’s mounting issues that you’ve learned are due to a crumbling foundation and opting to ignore the expensive underlying structural issues and choosing only to put new shingles on the roof.”

IWR North America Announces Launch of New Department

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Jim VanBecelaere joins team and Sage Lehr promoted to support growth of sheet metal fabrication 

IWR North America, a leading building enclosure contractor based in St. Louis, announces launch of sheet metal fabrication department, the hire of Jim VanBecelaere to Director of Sheet Metal Fabrication, and promotion of Sage Lehr to Operations Manager of Sheet Metal Fabrication.

The Sheet Metal Fabrication department, operated from IWR’s headquarters in St. Louis, will service the sheet metal and fabrication needs of IWR, as well as pursuing local opportunities with select clients. The Sheet Metal Fabrication department will have operational capabilities to perform custom sheet metal fabrication, aluminum composite and plate material systems, roof-edge systems and sheet metal flashings.

“The company’s investment in the sheet metal fabrication department will accelerate our growth plan,” said Todd Staley, president of IWR North America. “To support IWR’s strategic initiatives with this new department, we hired a predominant name in the industry and promoted a long-term employee.”

VanBecelaere brings 49 years of design, fabrication and installation of architectural metals to the company. Most recently, he was president of a local architectural sheet metalmanufacturing and installation company. In his new role, he will be responsible for orchestrating and optimizing the workflow within the department and ensuring operational parameters are aligned with division goals and client needs.

Lehr, formerly engineering manager at IWR North America, has been with the company for nearly 20 years. He has extensive experience in design, engineering and procurement of architectural and industrial metal building products. As operations manager, he will be responsible for department production including personnel safety and training, equipment function, maintenance and customer service.

“With this additional department and the experienced team members in place, we’re looking forward to greatly improving the solutions and services IWR has to offer to our clients. ,” continued Staley.

IWR North America is a single-source building enclosure partner that offers its customers turn-key building envelope solutions including pre-construction services, design-assistance, engineering, BIM & VDC capabilities, fabrication and installation.

Headquartered in St. Louis, Mo., IWR North America is one of the longest-standing specialty contractors in the nation, providing turnkey building enclosure services coast-to-coast since the 1940s. For more information, please visit www.iwr-na.com or call 314-633-4958.

American Society of Concrete Contractors to Hold 18th Annual Conference in Chicago this September

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The American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC), St. Louis, MO, will hold its eighteenth Annual Conference September 19-22, 2019 at the Westin Chicago Northwest, Itasca, IL.  Concrete contractors, manufacturers, designers and other industry professionals will gather for three days of educational events and networking.

Industry experts including Jen Chrisman, Euclid Chemical Co.; Bob Harris, Structural Services, Inc.; Wally Adamchik, Firestarter; and Feng Mu, PNA Construction Technologies, will offer seminars on critical industry topics. Seminar tracks include Tech, Business Management, Decorative/Polished Concrete, and Safety.

Seminar topics include “Cost Effective Concrete Pavement Design,” “Building a Process for Industrial Concrete Finishing,” “ Polishing Slabs on Metal Deck,” a contractor panel discussing “Handling/Managing Growth,” and “One Chicago Square: Top Down Challenge.”

Attendees can take advantage of the ACI Flatwork Finisher Certification and the ACI Decorative Concrete Flatwork Finisher Certification classes and exams offered on September 19.

Additional opportunities include golf at Salt Creek Golf Club, the Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise and a Secret Food Tour.

The ASCC is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the capabilities of those who build with concrete, and to providing them with a unified voice in the construction industry.  Members include concrete contracting firms, manufacturers, suppliers and others interested in the concrete industry, such as architects, specifiers and distributors.  There are approximately 750 member companies in the United States and 15 foreign countries.  For more information visit the website at www.ascconline.org or call (866) 788-2722.

Tarlton Completes $12 Million Multi-Level Parking Garage for Cortex Structure

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Offers more available parking options in burgeoning tech district

Tarlton Corp., a St. Louis-based general contracting and construction management firm, completed a $12 million parking garage in the Cortex Innovation Community in St. Louis’ Central West End. The new garage is five levels and offers space for 678 vehicles.

Tarlton served as construction manager for the garage at 4217 Custom Steel Drive, adjacent to the new multi-tenant building at 4220 Duncan Ave., completed by Tarlton in 2018. For the garage, Tarlton managed the erection of 400 pieces of precast concrete, in addition to performing excavation and backfill. Tarlton Concrete self-performed the cast-in-place concrete, including 50 drilled piers and 2,000 cubic yards of grade beams, walls and slabs, as well as the installation of an elevator, pit foundation, waterproofing and miscellaneous carpentry items. Construction on the garage, from its early stages to completion, has been captured on a time-lapse video: https://vimeo.com/338090205/50371c2b04

On May 23, Cortex marked the completion of the new parking structure by hosting a grand opening “Garage Party” celebration at which more than 500 attendees enjoyed a festive evening with barbecue, beverages, live music, classic cars, arcade games, art and giveaways by party cosponsors and vendors. The construction of the parking garage in the Cortex Innovation Community marks the first phase of three parking garage projects that are planned in the district.

The Tarlton team included Andy Kovarik, project executive; Brian Gibson, project director; Michael Vemmer, project engineer; Jon Stemme, project superintendent; Laurie Howell, cost engineer; and Jason Bretz and Kevin Oakley, preconstruction. HOK was the project architect.

“The Custom Steel Drive project represents a transition from traditional surface parking in the dense, high-growth area to more structured parking,” said Tracy Hart, president, Tarlton Corp. “We are delighted it makes such a positive impact on the Cortex Innovation Community.”

In 2018, Tarlton and Cortex celebrated completion of spaces in 4220 Duncan Ave. that will benefit from the parking spaces the new garage provides, including Innovation Hall, a 13,800-square-foot networking and event space powered by Venture Café that offers free workspace and Wi-Fi, the Chocolate Pig restaurant, the Move by BJC fitness center, Cambridge Innovation Center and others.

Tarlton’s building resume in the Cortex District also includes the historic renovation of 4340 Duncan Ave., now under construction; the historic renovation of @4240 (4240 Duncan Ave.), with tenant fit-outs for Cambridge Innovation Center, Washington University School of Medicine, Boeing, Husch Blackwell and Park Avenue Coffee; a new building at 4260 Forest Park Ave. (core and shell, plus Alcami lab/office fit-out); work in the Cortex 1 building; renovations at CIC@CET; the Duncan Avenue storm sewer extension; various parking lot projects; and various projects by Tarlton HydroVac Services.

In business since 1946, Tarlton Corp. is a WBENC-Certified Women’s Business Enterprise that completes projects for wide-ranging clients in the life science, higher education, health care, commercial, power and industrial markets. Tarlton provides unparalleled preconstruction services and has special expertise in concrete construction, restoration and maintenance.

Founded in 2002 through a collaboration of Washington University in St. Louis, BJC Healthcare, the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Saint Louis University, and the Missouri Botanical Garden, the Cortex Innovation Community (CortexSTL.com) is a nationally and internationally recognized hub of innovation and technology commercialization.

Golden Graduates Return to Ranken for Commencement Ceremonies

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At its recent commencement exercises, Ranken Technical College presented nearly 500 diplomas to men and women who completed the rigorous requirements demanded by the school. And, as is its tradition at this May graduation, the school also paid tribute to special “Golden Graduates.”

There were 18 of these special honorees who graduated more than 50 years ago, including a 1958 graduate who came all the way from Redmond, Washington. They wore gold caps and gowns at the ceremony and led the commencement procession. They reminisced with one another, and also enjoyed conversing with Dennis Alvord, the EDA Deputy Assistant Secretary for Regional Affairs who was the commencement speaker, as well as various other Ranken staff, faculty, trustees, students and graduates. They shared a variety of fascinating personal and professional stories, and a mutual appreciation for the education they had received from Ranken.

George Kroder and Donald Meier were 1968 grads with degrees in industrial electricity and electronics, Kroder later earned a bachelor degree in business from SIUE and a master degree in safety from Central Missouri State. “I credit my Ranken education with much of what I accomplished in my life,” he says. “While at Ranken, I took a first-aid class with Mr. Davis, and that class inspired me to become an EMT. Later in my career I ran the paramedic program at St. Louis Community College and eventually became the risk manager for the college. I also had the opportunity to work with the White House and the Secret Service to arrange for medical care – something they do as a precautionary measure when they visit a city for a president.”

“If it had not been for Ranken, I would not have accomplished any of the things I did. I learned discipline there,” said Donald Meier. After graduating from Ranken, he worked for Western Electric and became a Chief Master Sargent in the U.S. Army. He then worked for Emerson, followed by a position as an IT Branch Chief for the U.S. Army, eventually retiring with a top-level Federal position.

Charles Guess was a 1964 graduate, also with a degree in industrial and electricity and electronics technology. He credits Ranken with an introduction to a company that paved the way for his successful career. “Ranken helped me get an internship with IBM cleaning typewriters. I would work for them for three months then be back at Ranken for class for three months. IBM suggested that I take an assessment for data processing and I did well on it and was hired. I spent my entire career there.”

Golden Grad Roger Munie graduated in 1965 from the plumbing technology program. His legacy is shared daily with Ranken students as he is the father of the College’s current plumbing department chair, David Munie, a 1990 Ranken graduate.

Several Ranken Golden Graduates, like Lawrence Hild of Arlington, Texas, Class of 1969, sent regrets that they were unable to attend the festivities, but also shared their appreciation and high praises for Ranken’s contributions to their lives and post-graduation achievements.

Hild came to Ranken for its automotive training program, after struggling with an earlier attempt at higher education. He was #1 in his class, sharing that honor with another classmate. When he was drafted into the Army during the Vietnam War, he scored 148 out of 150 on the mechanical aptitude test, which qualified him to go to school to learn how to repair and maintain vital Chinook CH-47 helicopters. That led him to a fascinating series of jobs in the military, as a government contractor and then in the private sector maintaining aircraft for industry leaders – even royal families abroad. “Ranken was my first school that taught me the value of doing work the right way and to have a good attitude toward work,” he wrote.

As recent graduates celebrate their new beginning, Ranken President Stan Shoun says the school is pleased to honor past graduates who have contributed so much to industries and communities locally, nationally and internationally. “They have distinguished themselves at both professional and personal levels, and we are proud that they are part of our heritage.”

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