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KAI Announces Appointment of Tim McMinn, AIA as Design Principal

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Tim McMinn

KAI Enterprises proudly announces that Tim McMinn, AIA has been named Design Principal. McMinn was previously Director of Architecture at KAI. The transition is recognition of McMinn’s passionate drive to create innovative and highly creative solutions for clients.

As Design Principal, McMinn is responsible for the overall creative direction, solution development and quality of architectural design at KAI supporting offices in Atlanta, Dallas-Fort Worth and St. Louis. In addition, he has a key leadership role in recruiting and developing talent, advancing the architecture practice, business growth, industry recognition and driving innovation.

 

Prior to KAI, McMinn owned a consulting practice for nine years in Belleville, Illinois named DesignSix; he was Director of Design for EWR Architects in Fairview Heights, Illinois; Sr. Project Manager for Roseman Associates in St. Louis; Vice President – Director of Design for Image Architects in Carbondale, Illinois and Vice President – Director of Design at FGM Architects in O’Fallon, Illinois.

McMinn’s designs have been recognized by the Illinois Capital Development Board, United States Department of Defense, American Institute of Architects – SI Chapter, Illinois Association of School Administrators and Illinois Association of School Boards.

McMinn has an Associates Degree in Architecture from ITT Technical Institute and continuing education in Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis; University of Wisconsin-Madison; American Institute of Architects (AIA) and Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. He has also studied Master Planning/Campus Planning at Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

He is a Certified Project Manager through the Illinois Capital Development Board and a Registered Architect licensed through the Wisconsin Department of Professional Regulation. He has volunteered for the past 26 years with the American Institute of Architects as a Charrette Architect for communities in distress, working with towns and cities faced with overwhelming environmental or socio-economic challenges.

McMinn is also a published author of two contemporary literary fiction novels, “Fall Darkly” and “Rise Darkly,” both published in 2018.

He and his wife Judi and their daughter Megan divide their time between residences in St. Louis and Dallas.

KAI Enterprises is a national design and build firm providing delivery-oriented building solutions with a diverse portfolio of experience, in-house multi-discipline professionals, and expertise in both design and construction delivery. Founded in 1980, KAI has grown into one of the largest minority-owned firms in the AEC industry. To learn more about KAI, visit www.kai-db.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.

The UP Companies Hires Mike Marshall as Estimator & Project Manager

Mike Marshall

The UP Companies (UPCO) proudly announces the hiring of Mike Marshall as Estimator and Project Manager for the Square UP Builders Drywall Division.

In his new position, Marshall will be pricing and running drywall and acoustical ceiling work for Square UP’s diverse customer base along with bringing new relationships to the firm. Mike also has a painting background and will add capacity to further service Square UP’s select painting accounts.

Prior to UPCO, Marshall was an Estimator and Project Manager at Sundermeyer Ltd. in Bridgeton, Missouri and at Vetter Construction in Arnold, Missouri. He has 25 years of industry experience.

“Mike has the core values, experience, and relationships needed to continue to expand our Drywall Division,” said Brian W. Arnold, Vice President of The UP Companies. “We are excited to have him on board managing some of our larger drywall projects. His skills and industry reputation are a real asset to our team and to our clients.”

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.

KAI Announces Appointment of Tim McMinn, AIA as Design Principal

Tim McMinn

KAI Enterprises proudly announces that Tim McMinn, AIA has been named Design Principal. McMinn was previously Director of Architecture at KAI. The transition is recognition of McMinn’s passionate drive to create innovative and highly creative solutions for clients.

As Design Principal, McMinn is responsible for the overall creative direction, solution development and quality of architectural design at KAI supporting offices in Atlanta, Dallas-Fort Worth and St. Louis. In addition, he has a key leadership role in recruiting and developing talent, advancing the architecture practice, business growth, industry recognition and driving innovation.

Prior to KAI, McMinn owned a consulting practice for nine years in Belleville, Illinois named DesignSix; he was Director of Design for EWR Architects in Fairview Heights, Illinois; Sr. Project Manager for Roseman Associates in St. Louis; Vice President – Director of Design for Image Architects in Carbondale, Illinois and Vice President – Director of Design at FGM Architects in O’Fallon, Illinois.

McMinn’s designs have been recognized by the Illinois Capital Development Board, United States Department of Defense, American Institute of Architects – SI Chapter, Illinois Association of School Administrators and Illinois Association of School Boards.

McMinn has an Associates Degree in Architecture from ITT Technical Institute and continuing education in Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis; University of Wisconsin-Madison; American Institute of Architects (AIA) and Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. He has also studied Master Planning/Campus Planning at Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

He is a Certified Project Manager through the Illinois Capital Development Board and a Registered Architect licensed through the Wisconsin Department of Professional Regulation. He has volunteered for the past 26 years with the American Institute of Architects as a Charrette Architect for communities in distress, working with towns and cities faced with overwhelming environmental or socio-economic challenges.

McMinn is also a published author of two contemporary literary fiction novels, “Fall Darkly” and “Rise Darkly,” both published in 2018.

He and his wife Judi and their daughter Megan divide their time between residences in St. Louis and Dallas.

KAI Enterprises is a national design and build firm providing delivery-oriented building solutions with a diverse portfolio of experience, in-house multi-discipline professionals, and expertise in both design and construction delivery. Founded in 1980, KAI has grown into one of the largest minority-owned firms in the AEC industry. To learn more about KAI, visit www.kai-db.com.

Castle Contracting Promotes Austin Anway and Zach Kelly to Senior Project Engineer

Castle Contracting has promoted Austin Anway and Zach Kelly to senior project engineer. Both previously served as project engineer.

In their new roles, Anway and Kelly assume more responsibility in support of Castle projects, including daily tracking of field time and materials, subcontractor management and coordination, document control, change order control, production tracking, and punch list execution.

Austin Anway

Anway joined Castle as project engineer in 2017. Prior to signing on, he worked in the engineering division of the City of St. Charles Department of Public Works. He is a licensed drone pilot and has been on site at the Tomahawk Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility project in Johnson County, Kan. Anway earned a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the University of Missouri in Columbia. A veteran and former member of the United States Marine Corps Reserves, he served as a Platoon Sergeant and Reserve Administrative Chief. Anway currently resides in Overland Park, Kan.

Zachary Kelly

Kelly joined Castle in 2014 as an intern. He is a licensed drone pilot and has spearheaded the use of drone footage to help quantify sitework production and inform scheduling on projects such as the Washington University East End Transformation of the Danforth Campus. He also contributed to Castle’s civil construction work on the Gateway Arch National Park, IKEA, City Foundry and many solar projects. Kelly earned a bachelor’s degree in construction management from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville. He volunteers regularly with his alma mater, Chaminade High School, and he is on the Young Professionals Board for HomeFirst STL, a community organization that connects homeless people with affordable housing, community resources and volunteer advocates. He and his family live in Ballwin, Mo.

“Austin and Zach are two partners who just take the lead to do what needs to be done for the team and the client. They are focused on developing a full understanding of civil construction and applying technology to bring efficiencies to our projects,” said Michael Pranger, vice president of operations, Castle Contracting.

Castle Contracting, LLC provides turnkey site preparation services, site utilities, earthwork and trenchless technology directly to owners; general contractors; and mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection contractors. The company’s earthmoving expertise is visible throughout the St. Louis region and from coast to coast. Castle’s recent civil contracting projects in St. Louis include Gateway Arch National Park, the East End transformation of Washington University’s Danforth campus, Next NGA West, and Tomahawk Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility.

May 1, 2020

David Blough Joins Wellington Environmental 

David Blough

Wellington Environmental, a specialized environmental services company, announces the hire of David Blough as its new environmental solutions manager. In this role, Blough will be involved in all aspects of the company’s services including sales, infection control prevention and mitigation and environmental remediation management.

“We are thrilled to welcome David to our team,” said Thom Wellington, president of Wellington Environmental. “His training and industry experience will be a great asset to our clients as we embark on several new environmental safety and infection control services in the coming months.”

Prior to joining Wellington Environmental, Blough served in operations and project management roles within restoration and construction firms throughout the greater St. Louis region. He brings with him an extensive background in directing environmental inspection, mitigation, remediation and specialized cleaning and disinfection services for commercial and residential facilities.

“I’m eager to join this team of talented experts with over 30 years of experience,” said Blough. “I look forward to contributing my inspection and remediation skills to help ensure our clients’ properties are safe and healthy environments.”

Blough received his bachelor’s degree in physical education from Missouri Baptist University, holds multiple certifications from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and is a certified mold inspector.

For more than 30 years, Wellington Environmental has been providing specialized environmental services to residential, medical and corporate facilities throughout the Midwest. For more information, visit www.environmentalcare.com.

Joe Toomey Joins Keystone Construction Company

St. Louis-based Keystone Construction Company, is pleased to announce the addition of Joe Toomey to the Design/Builders’ growing team.

Toomey has joined Keystone Construction Company as Site Superintendent, where he will be responsible for overseeing on site construction activities on some of Keystone’s most complex new construction projects.  He will be in charge of subcontractor coordination, construction schedule adherence, implementation of the company safety plan and construction quality assurance. Prior to joining Keystone, Joe spent over 21 years at Duke Realty in St. Louis, overseeing many of their largest projects. Some of the more notable projects that Toomey has overseen are Amazon’s 855,000 sf fulfillment center in St. Peters and Safety National Insurance Corporate Headquarters in Maryland Heights.

Keystone Construction Company is a St. Louis based Design/Build Contractor founded in 1987. As a design/build specialist, Keystone offers a proven format to explore creative ways to get the best final product for less. Learn more at www.keystone-stl.com.

McCarthy’s Erin Valentine Promoted to Vice President, Joins Central Region Leadership Team

Erin Valentine

New leadership position reflects Valentine’s influential role in securing new projects,
building client and partner relationships, and leading national McCarthy initiatives.

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. has promoted Erin Valentine to the position of Vice President of Business Development in the company’s 28-state Central Region.

In addition to joining the leadership team that guides McCarthy’s strategic business operations across the Central Region, Valentine will manage McCarthy’s St. Louis-based business development team that focuses on the company’s core buildings markets of Healthcare, Commercial, Education, and Advanced Technology & Manufacturing.

Since joining McCarthy in 2001, Valentine has helped position the company to secure numerous new projects while building valuable relationships with clients and industry partners. Her business development successes are visible throughout the St. Louis region, including the recently awarded Washington University School of Medicine Neuroscience research facility and a multiyear facilities contract with Parkway School District.

She was also instrumental in McCarthy’s national expansion into the federal government sector, helping to secure more than $3 billion in federal projects over a five-year period.

Valentine is a founding member of the McCarthy Partnership for Women employee resource group in the Central Region and has served on several national efforts, including McCarthy’s Business Development Leadership team. In addition, she has overseen several national McCarthy initiatives to strengthen the company’s client relationships, including the implementation of an enhanced customer relationship management (CRM) system and the rollout of a client feedback process to solicit ongoing feedback from project partners.

“In her 19-year McCarthy career, Erin has built a stellar track record of project wins and strategic business relationships while serving as a mentor and positive role model to other women in construction,” said John Buescher, president of McCarthy’s central region. “Her depth of experience and genuine passion for McCarthy make her a wonderful addition to our regional leadership team.”

A LEED Green Associate, Valentine earned a bachelor’s degree from Saint Louis University and an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis. She has been recognized as a “40 under 40” business leader by the St. Louis Business Journal, a “Top Young Professional” by Engineering News Record (ENR) – Midwest and a “Women in Construction” innovator by Constructech. She is a member of the St. Louis Forum and is a board member of the St. Louis chapters of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) and Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW).

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. is the oldest privately held national construction company in the country – with more than 150 years spent collaborating with partners to solve complex building challenges on behalf of its clients. McCarthy is 100 percent employee owned. More information about the company is available online at www.mccarthy.com or by following the company on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn and Instagram.

FSA Congratulates Michael Prost on Becoming a Registered Architect

Michael Prost

Congratulations to Michael Prost, AIA for passing the ARE and gaining his Missouri Architect License. Michael graduated from The University of Kansas where he earned a Master’s of Architecture. FSA has been grateful to have Michael on our team since 2012.

FSA is a comprehensive architectural and design firm specializing in healthcare, laboratory design, higher education facilities, and K-12 education. To learn more about FSA, please visit https://www.fsastl.com/

April 24, 2020

Castle Contracting Promotes Dan Schaefer & Tanner Search to Estimating Manager

Castle Contracting has promoted Dan Schaefer and Tanner Search to the position of estimating manager.

In their new roles, Schaefer and Search assume day-to-day estimating management responsibilities, to lead and build detailed cost estimates and comprehensive proposals for Castle clients.

Schaefer joined Castle as an estimator in 2018 after serving as estimator/project manager at Kuesel Excavating Co. in O’Fallon, Mo. and an estimator/project manager at Septagon Construction in Columbia, Mo. His recent Castle projects include BJC HealthCare – Campus Renewal Project Phase 3, Washington University East End Garage and TSG Chesterfield Airport Road Infrastructure. He is a member of SITE Improvement Association. Schaefer received a bachelor’s degree in construction management from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Mo. He and his family live in St. Peters, Mo.

Tanner Search

Search joined Castle as an estimator in 2016 and again in 2019. He previously served as an estimator at Korte & Luitjohan Contractors and Kolb Grading. Recent Castle projects include various water line improvements for Missouri American Water Company and J.M. Smucker Food Manufacturing Facility Phase II in Longmont, Colo. Search received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He and his family live in Columbia, Ill.

“Dan and Tanner are dedicated to learning all aspects of the civil business and figuring out creative and smart solutions to help our clients budget well and minimize risk.” said Michael Pranger, vice president of operations, Castle Contracting.

Castle Contracting, LLC provides turnkey site preparation services, site utilities, earthwork and trenchless technology directly to owners; general contractors; and mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection contractors. The company’s earthmoving expertise is visible throughout the St. Louis region and from coast to coast.

Todd Turner New Vice President at Cass Commercial Bank

Todd Turner

Todd Turner has joined Cass Commercial Bank as vice president. Making the announcement was Dwight D. Erdbruegger, Cass Bank president.

Turner brings 15 years of experience to Cass with an emphasis on commercial lending and private banking. Prior to joining the firm, Turner worked in the Chicago and St. Louis offices of BMO Harris Bank. 

He is active in the St. Louis community serving on the Friends Committee of City Academy and volunteering on behalf of United Way and Junior Achievement of Greater St. Louis.  An on-ice hockey official for 16 years, Turner mentors young players and officiates youth, high school and college games as well as training camp games of the St. Louis Blues.

Turner earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Founded in 1906 in St. Louis, Cass Commercial Bank is a member of the Federal Reserve and consistently ranks among the top-performing banks in the U.S. It focuses on fulfilling the financial needs of privately held businesses and faith based institutions.  Learn more about Cass Commercial Bank at CassBank.com.

Gaus Scott Company Welcomes Daniel Stefl to Team

Daniel Stefl

Gaus Scott Company would like to introduce its new Senior Estimator/Project Manager, Daniel Stefl. Daniel came on board back in December and hit the ground running. Daniel is a jack of many trades, master of a handful. A rich working history of construction, estimating and project management – combined with an outside-of-work passion for music – helps create the well-rounded understanding and experience Dan brings to the company. An intimate understanding of a customer’s experience allow him to connect with all of his various customer types. Developing a level of trust and understanding supports effective communication and real solution that fit the expectation of his clients.

Mattie Radke Rogers joins Hastings+Chivetta Architects as Junior Architectural Designer

Mattie Rogers

Mattie Radke Rogers, Assoc. AIA has joined Hastings+Chivetta Architects as a Junior Architectural Designer. As part of the firm’s graphics team, she supports client presentations and project fundraising efforts by developing graphics that enable stakeholders to visualize the future of their projects. Mattie earned her Bachelor and Master of Architecture degrees from the University of Illinois.

HASTINGS+CHIVETTA ARCHITECTS, INC. provides architectural planning and design services to clients throughout the United States.

NewGround Appoints John Mathes as Director of Retail Strategy

John Mathes

NewGround, a St. Louis-based innovative architecture, design, and project management firm, recently announced the appointment of John Mathes, Director of Retail Strategy, to the rapidly-growing NewGround team.

Based in Atlanta, John joins the Strategy Team bringing deep industry knowledge in business development and brand strategy for financial services and retailers across the United States. John will leverage his many years of experience in the industry as a key player on NewGround’s Strategy Team, building relationships with clients, facilitating strategic sessions, project managing transformational programs, and serving as a thought leader.

NewGround is the industry thought-leader in strategy, innovative design, and project management, and has been for over 100 years. NewGround maintains corporate offices in Chicago, Illinois, Honolulu, Hawaii, and Waterloo, Ontario, with a regional presence throughout the U.S. For more information, visit NewGround awww.newground.com.

Western Specialty Contractors Performs Complete Façade Restoration of Historic Catholic Church in Union

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In Christianity, the Easter season symbolizes the resurrection of Christ, a new light and a new life. And while many churches across the United States are closed during the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequently for Easter mass, one Catholic parish in Union, Missouri used its closure to make much-needed repairs to its historic church.

St. Joseph Neier Catholic Church hired Western Specialty Contractors – St. Louis Masonry branch at the end of March 2020 to perform a complete masonry restoration on its 9,000-square-foot church’s façade. The historic church was originally constructed in 1868. In 1897, the upper part of the tower and the 90-foot steeple were completed. Renovations were made to the church in 1961, then again in 1998.

Roughly 25 percent of the façade’s masonry had been skimmed previously, meaning the mortar had not been properly removed before new mortar was installed over it. The façade’s remaining, original mortar was cracking which was allowing moisture into the walls. The façade was also stained with atmospheric and biological growth.

Western’s crew of five workers tuckpointed 100 percent of the façade’s brick joints using a more breathable type of mortar (Type O) than the original, which was likely constructed from materials dug up from the surrounding riverbanks.

“A Type O mortar was used because it has a higher lime content than other types of mortar, which makes it softer and more permeable,” said Brandon Lange, St. Louis Masonry Branch Sales/Project Manager. “This type of mortar accommodates movement. The existing brick is very soft. Using a hard mortar could lead to the soft bricks cracking.”

Western also replaced any missing bricks and all sealants at the window/door perimeters. Workers completed the project by cleaning the entire façade and applying a water-repellent. The project is expected to be completed in May 2020 within budget.

For more information about Western’s historic façade restoration expertise, visit the Western Specialty Contractors branch location nearest you – http://www.westernspecialtycontractors.com/western-locations/.

Family-owned and operated for more than 100 years, Western Specialty Contractors is the nation’s largest specialty contractor in masonry and concrete restoration, waterproofing and specialty roofing. Western offers a nationwide network of expertise that building owners, engineers, architects and property managers can count on to develop cost-effective, corrective measures that can add years of useful life to a variety of structures. For more information about Western Specialty Contractors, visit www.westernspecialtycontractors.com.    

H+C Gives Back To Frontline COVID-19 Responders

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Hastings+Chivetta is fully committed to utilizing all tools available to create the best experience possible for our clients. We typically use our in-house 3D printer to produce models and work through conceptual ideas at client meetings, providing a hands-on tool to help our clients understand all options available for their facility.

H+C is equally committed to the health and safety of our staff, clients, and community. In these unprecedented times where working from home and video calls are the new norm, we have found a new use for our 3D printer. Junior Architectural Designer Austin Hurt is leading the production of ear guards – small devices that attach to the ear loops of medical face masks to protect the ear from irritation that comes with prolonged wear. These 3D printed ear guards are being donated to local healthcare professionals and frontline responders to COVID-19.

Those on the front lines of the pandemic response are making significant sacrifices to care for our community. We are using the tools we have to express our gratitude and provide a bit of comfort as they work tirelessly to keep us all healthy and safe.

If you also have access to a 3D printer and would like to join us in our effort to support COVID-19 responders, please reach out to us to receive the files needed to 3D print these ear guards.

Coronavirus Precautions Puts Spotlight on Communication Technicians

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            “When career fairs resume, job seekers and businesses will have a greater appreciation for careers in the electrical industry – particularly communication technicians.”  For Dennis Gralike, director of the IBEW/NECA Electrical Industry Training Center, this will be the year to emphasize the need for skilled communication technicians as businesses, schools and other industries adopt remote learning and working strategies to mitigate the spread of coronavirus.  The training center is jointly operated by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 and members of the St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), which form the Electrical Connection partnership.

“I think back to when IBEW/NECA invested millions of dollars to upgrade the training center in 1999 to fortify training in low voltage voice/video/data, the backbone of our connectivity today,” said Gralike.  “While it defines much of what our communication technicians install, it’s still not well understood as work that our IBEW apprentices and journey workers are trained in and perform for a variety of industries”

In the last several weeks, businesses, hospitals, schools and civic entities have had to rely on the connectability that skilled communication technicians provide.  Social distancing and sheltering in place are a well established strategies to combat the spread of virus.  On April 2, 2020, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported a strain on the region’s broadband capacity because so many people were connecting online.

“The communication technicians we produce at the training center are highly proficient at installing the backbone of local area networks and wide area networks that connect businesses internally and externally,” said Gralike. “That allows people to work or take classes from home or remotely.  We offer blended learning here at the training center, offering classes in house and online.  We want to encourage high school students and others to consider the importance of this highly complex construction work that we will become more dependent on in the future.”

Gralike notes that several hundred IBEW apprentices and journey workers are experiencing firsthand the value of communication technicians as they engage in remote learning while the training center temporarily suspends in-person classes due to the pandemic.

Currently the training center has 63 telecommunications apprentices and several journey level communication technicians enrolled in continuing education classes.  The 8,000 hours of training includes:

  • Network Technologies
  • Wide Area Networking
  • Fiber Optics Technologies
  • Structured Cabling
  • CCTV and Surveillance Systems
  • Green Building Fundamentals
  • Paging and Voice Evaluation
  • Local Area Networking
  • Nurse Call and Sound Reinforcement Systems
  • Total Building Automation
  • Building Information Modeling (BIM)
  • Test Instruments

“It’s more than just pulling cable,” noted Steve Potts, president of Primary Systems, which employs communication technicians in a number of its projects, many serving the healthcare industry. “We perform a full spectrum of integrated communications help hospitals improve the patient experience, optimize treatment, maximize productivity and track important data.  We have three RNs on our staff to help guide us in future applications, which is especially valuable when hospitals have to deal with a health crisis.”  Primary Systems installs integrated communication platforms for patient flow, clinical communications, nurse call systems, electronic medical records, supply records and more.

The Electrical Connection is a partnership of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 and the St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).  It represents more than 5,000 highly skilled and safe IBEW electricians and the more than 150 NECA electrical contractors who employ them.  For more than 75 years, the IBEW/NECA Electrical Connection partnership has trained more electricians/communication technicians than any education program in Missouri. Its award winning work provides safe and reliable electrical construction, maintenance, repair and replacement services across Missouri, the nation and the world. Learn more at www.electricalconnection.org.

SIBA Elects New Governing Board

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New SIBA board of director Tom Lavelle, Vice President of Construction for Keller Construction, Inc., Glen Carbon, Illinois has agreed to serve a three-year term as a Board of Director of the Southern Illinois Builders Association.

SIBA Officers for 2020 are:

  • President – Hank Rohwedder, Hank’s Excavation & Landscaping, Inc., Belleville, Illinois
  • First Vice President – Jeff Limbaugh, Limbaugh Construction Co., Inc., Granite City, Illinois
  • Second Vice President – Scott Plocher, Plocher Construction Company, Inc., Highland, Illinois
  • Secretary/Treasurer – Richard Boyer, Boyer Fire Protection, St. Louis, Missouri.

SIBA is celebrating 75 years of service to the commercial construction industry in Southern Illinois in 2020. A celebration of this milestone is scheduled for October 29. The Southern Illinois Builders Association is a trade association of contractors representing approximately 500 commercial and industrial building, highway and utility construction contractors throughout Southern Illinois.

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.

David Blough Joins Wellington Environmental 

David Blough

Wellington Environmental, a specialized environmental services company, announces the hire of David Blough as its new environmental solutions manager. In this role, Blough will be involved in all aspects of the company’s services including sales, infection control prevention and mitigation and environmental remediation management.

“We are thrilled to welcome David to our team,” said Thom Wellington, president of Wellington Environmental. “His training and industry experience will be a great asset to our clients as we embark on several new environmental safety and infection control services in the coming months.”

Prior to joining Wellington Environmental, Blough served in operations and project management roles within restoration and construction firms throughout the greater St. Louis region. He brings with him an extensive background in directing environmental inspection, mitigation, remediation and specialized cleaning and disinfection services for commercial and residential facilities.

“I’m eager to join this team of talented experts with over 30 years of experience,” said Blough. “I look forward to contributing my inspection and remediation skills to help ensure our clients’ properties are safe and healthy environments.”

Blough received his bachelor’s degree in physical education from Missouri Baptist University, holds multiple certifications from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and is a certified mold inspector.

For more than 30 years, Wellington Environmental has been providing specialized environmental services to residential, medical and corporate facilities throughout the Midwest. For more information, visit www.environmentalcare.com.

Joe Toomey Joins Keystone Construction Company

St. Louis-based Keystone Construction Company, is pleased to announce the addition of Joe Toomey to the Design/Builders’ growing team.

Toomey has joined Keystone Construction Company as Site Superintendent, where he will be responsible for overseeing on site construction activities on some of Keystone’s most complex new construction projects.  He will be in charge of subcontractor coordination, construction schedule adherence, implementation of the company safety plan and construction quality assurance. Prior to joining Keystone, Joe spent over 21 years at Duke Realty in St. Louis, overseeing many of their largest projects. Some of the more notable projects that Toomey has overseen are Amazon’s 855,000 sf fulfillment center in St. Peters and Safety National Insurance Corporate Headquarters in Maryland Heights.

Keystone Construction Company is a St. Louis based Design/Build Contractor founded in 1987. As a design/build specialist, Keystone offers a proven format to explore creative ways to get the best final product for less. Learn more at www.keystone-stl.com.

McCarthy’s Erin Valentine Promoted to Vice President, Joins Central Region Leadership Team

Erin Valentine

New leadership position reflects Valentine’s influential role in securing new projects,
building client and partner relationships, and leading national McCarthy initiatives.

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. has promoted Erin Valentine to the position of Vice President of Business Development in the company’s 28-state Central Region.

In addition to joining the leadership team that guides McCarthy’s strategic business operations across the Central Region, Valentine will manage McCarthy’s St. Louis-based business development team that focuses on the company’s core buildings markets of Healthcare, Commercial, Education, and Advanced Technology & Manufacturing.

Since joining McCarthy in 2001, Valentine has helped position the company to secure numerous new projects while building valuable relationships with clients and industry partners. Her business development successes are visible throughout the St. Louis region, including the recently awarded Washington University School of Medicine Neuroscience research facility and a multiyear facilities contract with Parkway School District.

She was also instrumental in McCarthy’s national expansion into the federal government sector, helping to secure more than $3 billion in federal projects over a five-year period.

Valentine is a founding member of the McCarthy Partnership for Women employee resource group in the Central Region and has served on several national efforts, including McCarthy’s Business Development Leadership team. In addition, she has overseen several national McCarthy initiatives to strengthen the company’s client relationships, including the implementation of an enhanced customer relationship management (CRM) system and the rollout of a client feedback process to solicit ongoing feedback from project partners.

“In her 19-year McCarthy career, Erin has built a stellar track record of project wins and strategic business relationships while serving as a mentor and positive role model to other women in construction,” said John Buescher, president of McCarthy’s central region. “Her depth of experience and genuine passion for McCarthy make her a wonderful addition to our regional leadership team.”

A LEED Green Associate, Valentine earned a bachelor’s degree from Saint Louis University and an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis. She has been recognized as a “40 under 40” business leader by the St. Louis Business Journal, a “Top Young Professional” by Engineering News Record (ENR) – Midwest and a “Women in Construction” innovator by Constructech. She is a member of the St. Louis Forum and is a board member of the St. Louis chapters of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) and Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW).

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. is the oldest privately held national construction company in the country – with more than 150 years spent collaborating with partners to solve complex building challenges on behalf of its clients. McCarthy is 100 percent employee owned. More information about the company is available online at www.mccarthy.com or by following the company on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn and Instagram.

FSA Congratulates Michael Prost on Becoming a Registered Architect

Michael Prost

Congratulations to Michael Prost, AIA for passing the ARE and gaining his Missouri Architect License. Michael graduated from The University of Kansas where he earned a Master’s of Architecture. FSA has been grateful to have Michael on our team since 2012.

FSA is a comprehensive architectural and design firm specializing in healthcare, laboratory design, higher education facilities, and K-12 education. To learn more about FSA, please visit https://www.fsastl.com/

April 24, 2020

Castle Contracting Promotes Dan Schaefer & Tanner Search to Estimating Manager

Castle Contracting has promoted Dan Schaefer and Tanner Search to the position of estimating manager.

In their new roles, Schaefer and Search assume day-to-day estimating management responsibilities, to lead and build detailed cost estimates and comprehensive proposals for Castle clients.

Schaefer joined Castle as an estimator in 2018 after serving as estimator/project manager at Kuesel Excavating Co. in O’Fallon, Mo. and an estimator/project manager at Septagon Construction in Columbia, Mo. His recent Castle projects include BJC HealthCare – Campus Renewal Project Phase 3, Washington University East End Garage and TSG Chesterfield Airport Road Infrastructure. He is a member of SITE Improvement Association. Schaefer received a bachelor’s degree in construction management from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Mo. He and his family live in St. Peters, Mo.

Tanner Search

Search joined Castle as an estimator in 2016 and again in 2019. He previously served as an estimator at Korte & Luitjohan Contractors and Kolb Grading. Recent Castle projects include various water line improvements for Missouri American Water Company and J.M. Smucker Food Manufacturing Facility Phase II in Longmont, Colo. Search received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He and his family live in Columbia, Ill.

“Dan and Tanner are dedicated to learning all aspects of the civil business and figuring out creative and smart solutions to help our clients budget well and minimize risk.” said Michael Pranger, vice president of operations, Castle Contracting.

Castle Contracting, LLC provides turnkey site preparation services, site utilities, earthwork and trenchless technology directly to owners; general contractors; and mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection contractors. The company’s earthmoving expertise is visible throughout the St. Louis region and from coast to coast.

Todd Turner New Vice President at Cass Commercial Bank

Todd Turner

Todd Turner has joined Cass Commercial Bank as vice president. Making the announcement was Dwight D. Erdbruegger, Cass Bank president.

Turner brings 15 years of experience to Cass with an emphasis on commercial lending and private banking. Prior to joining the firm, Turner worked in the Chicago and St. Louis offices of BMO Harris Bank. 

He is active in the St. Louis community serving on the Friends Committee of City Academy and volunteering on behalf of United Way and Junior Achievement of Greater St. Louis.  An on-ice hockey official for 16 years, Turner mentors young players and officiates youth, high school and college games as well as training camp games of the St. Louis Blues.

Turner earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Founded in 1906 in St. Louis, Cass Commercial Bank is a member of the Federal Reserve and consistently ranks among the top-performing banks in the U.S. It focuses on fulfilling the financial needs of privately held businesses and faith based institutions.  Learn more about Cass Commercial Bank at CassBank.com.

Gaus Scott Company Welcomes Daniel Stefl to Team

Daniel Stefl

Gaus Scott Company would like to introduce its new Senior Estimator/Project Manager, Daniel Stefl. Daniel came on board back in December and hit the ground running. Daniel is a jack of many trades, master of a handful. A rich working history of construction, estimating and project management – combined with an outside-of-work passion for music – helps create the well-rounded understanding and experience Dan brings to the company. An intimate understanding of a customer’s experience allow him to connect with all of his various customer types. Developing a level of trust and understanding supports effective communication and real solution that fit the expectation of his clients.

Mattie Radke Rogers joins Hastings+Chivetta Architects as Junior Architectural Designer

Mattie Rogers

Mattie Radke Rogers, Assoc. AIA has joined Hastings+Chivetta Architects as a Junior Architectural Designer. As part of the firm’s graphics team, she supports client presentations and project fundraising efforts by developing graphics that enable stakeholders to visualize the future of their projects. Mattie earned her Bachelor and Master of Architecture degrees from the University of Illinois.

HASTINGS+CHIVETTA ARCHITECTS, INC. provides architectural planning and design services to clients throughout the United States.

NewGround Appoints John Mathes as Director of Retail Strategy

John Mathes

NewGround, a St. Louis-based innovative architecture, design, and project management firm, recently announced the appointment of John Mathes, Director of Retail Strategy, to the rapidly-growing NewGround team.

Based in Atlanta, John joins the Strategy Team bringing deep industry knowledge in business development and brand strategy for financial services and retailers across the United States. John will leverage his many years of experience in the industry as a key player on NewGround’s Strategy Team, building relationships with clients, facilitating strategic sessions, project managing transformational programs, and serving as a thought leader.

NewGround is the industry thought-leader in strategy, innovative design, and project management, and has been for over 100 years. NewGround maintains corporate offices in Chicago, Illinois, Honolulu, Hawaii, and Waterloo, Ontario, with a regional presence throughout the U.S. For more information, visit NewGround awww.newground.com.

April 17, 2020

David Warner Joins Midwest BankCentre as Senior Vice President, Commercial Lending

David Warner

David Warner has joined Midwest BankCentre as senior vice president, commercial lending, reporting to Executive Vice President Danny Pogue, head of commercial banking. Warner develops the bank’s commercial and industrial lending portfolio by supporting middle-market companies in the St. Louis region with the financial backing for growth. His focus spans real estate lending, working capital lines of credit and treasury/wealth management solutions.

Warner joins the bank from Larson Capital Management, where he was managing director. He has nearly 20 years of experience in the financial services industry as a commercial relationship manager, private equity director and wealth advisor.

A lifelong St. Louis area resident, Warner is a board member of the Walker Scottish Rite Clinic at Maryville University and Mothers Against Drunk Driving’s Missouri chapter. Warner graduated from the University of Missouri-St. Louis with a bachelor’s degree in general studies. He earned his master’s of business administration degree from Webster University.

Midwest BankCentre is St. Louis’ second largest locally owned bank with assets exceeding $2 billion and deposits of $1.4 billion. A mainstay of St. Louis community banking since 1906, the bank 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.

Helmkamp Construction Expands Project Management Team

Mike Jones

Helmkamp Construction Co. has added a new project manager to its team of experts.  Mike Jones, a construction management graduate from Missouri State University, joins Helmkamp with an excellent track record of managing complex projects in various environments.

Jones, having ten years of prior project management experience, enthusiastically shared why he accepted a project management role with the 82-year-old, regional general contractor saying “I’m excited to be joining the Helmkamp team and marrying my ambition with the company’s strategic vision.  With all of my projects, I demand the highest standards throughout each phase and plan to carry these expectations over into every project for Helmkamp in order to continue delivering the high quality work expected by clients that’s sustained Helmkamp for over 80 years.”

Helmkamp Construction Co. provides pre-construction and construction services to the professional buyer of construction in Industrial, Building, and Life Science markets.  Jones will be working closely with the Building team, specifically in the higher education segment to start.

Shanney Rudd joins Hastings+Chivetta Architects as Accountant

Shanney Rudd

Shanney Rudd has joined Hastings+Chivetta Architects’ team as an Accountant.  In this role, she supports the firm’s financial vitality by processing expense reports, state registrations, and accounts payable, bank, and account reconciliations.  Shanney earned her Bachelor of Accountancy from Mississippi State University.

HASTINGS+CHIVETTA ARCHITECTS, INC. provides architectural planning and design services to clients throughout the United States.

Travis Schwartz, of IMPACT Strategies, Completes SIUE Construction Leadership Institute 

IMPACT Strategies announces Travis Schwartz has recently completed the SIUE Construction Leadership Institute. The Institute was developed by the SIUE School of Business and Engineering with guidance from local construction industry executives. This program is designed to provide valuable knowledge and skills that could be used to tackle the modern-day challenges of the construction industry. Schwartz was recommended and sponsored by IMPACT to participate in this nine-week course as a part of his continued education and growth towards becoming a Project Manager.

Schwartz, who has a degree in Construction Management from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville, joined IMPACT during the Summer of 2017. He has made swift advancement in the short time he has been with the firm, receiving a promotion from Project Engineer to Assistant Project Manager and expanding his leadership role in managing IMPACT’s construction projects. Senior Project Manager and mentor, Scott Manning, commented, “Travis has been a great addition to the team, and the pace of his growth into a Project Manager role has exceeded our expectations. We are excited to see him take on more challenging projects and develop into a leading project manager for IMPACT.”

Pictured from left to right: Chris Gordon (Co-director of the CLI and chair of the Department of Construction – SIUE’s School of Engineering, Travis Schwartz (Asst. Project Manager – IMPACT Strategies), and Kristine Jarden (Director, Executive Education – SIUE School of Business)

Trace on the Parkway Announces Several New Commercial Retailers Coming to Development

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As the Trace on the Parkway project continues to develop at the intersection of Governors Parkway and Route 157 in Edwardsville, Kunkel Wittenauer Group (KWG), which is serving as the residential property manager for the project, is releasing new details about the commercial retailers who will also be located on the property.

Eleven locally-owned businesses have now committed to opening at Trace on the Parkway, with at least one other commercial space retailer expected to be announced in coming months. The businesses include Sunflower Dentistry, Kloss Furniture, Water Sweets Soap Co., Blue Violet Restaurant, Doc’s Smokehouse, Willow & Moss Photography, Trends’ter Clothing Boutique, Loverly Boutique, St. Louis Kolache, Taste of Lebanon Restaurant and Goshen Coffee Company, which will feature a drive-thru.

“We are extremely excited about the variety of businesses that will be coming to Trace on the Parkway,” said Renee Wittenauer, Co-owner and Managing Broker of KWG. “Our goal was to create a place where people have excellent retail and dining options within walking distance, and I think this group of businesses certainly helps us achieve that goal and will be a benefit to our residents as well as the entire community.”

Trace on the Parkway recently welcomed its first residents and continues to offer tours of the property virtually and in-person while adhering to social distancing recommendations. Anyone who signs a lease between now and May 1 receives $500 off their first full month’s rent. To see a full list of amenities, schedule a tour or view a walk-through video inside the model units, go to https://traceedwardsville.com/. Appointments can also be scheduled by calling 618-632-8200 ext. 104.

Plocher Construction Company is the local developer for the $50 million mixed-use Trace on the Parkway project at the intersection of Governors Parkway and Route 157 in Edwardsville. The Trace will make up the residential portion of the complex, consisting of 166 luxury apartments which will be a mix of one, two and three -bedroom units. The project will also include 8 townhomes which will be available for purchase. The project includes multiple amenities as well as convenient connections to the Madison County trail system.

Kunkel Wittenauer Group can be contacted at (618) 224-3320.  For additional details about this project, please visit https://traceedwardsville.com/.

Energy Assistance Program Extended for Ameren Missouri Customers

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Ameren Missouri encourages customers to act soon to access funds if needed 

For Ameren Missouri customers who are facing financial hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic, there is help in sight when it comes to their electric and natural gas statement. Ameren Missouri is encouraging customers to apply for the federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which is administered by the Missouri Department of Social Services and was recently expanded in the national CARES Act. The changes in the program are intended to help those who are struggling to pay their energy bills because of lost wages or reduced hours because of the coronavirus.

“We know people are anxious about making ends meet, and we’ve worked with our partners to help customers who have faced employment hardship due to the coronavirus,” said Connie Taylor, general supervisor of customer advocacy at Ameren Missouri. “This program is just another way we are connecting our customers to resources that can help them save on their energy statements, so they can instead purchase groceries, pay their rent and secure other essential needs for their families.”

The application period for the LIHEAP heating program has been extended to May 31, 2020, and offers a one-time payment of up to $300 for a heating bill from November 2019 through May 31, 2020. LIHEAP also includes an Energy Crisis Intervention Program (ECIP), which helps pay up to $800 toward fuel bills when a household’s energy is shut off or at risk of disconnection.

To be eligible, customers must:

  • Be responsible for paying home heating costs.
  • Have $3,000 or less in bank accounts, retirement accounts or investments.
  • Have a household income less than 135% of the federal poverty level (a monthly income of $2,400 for a family of three or $2,897 for a family of four).
  • Be a U.S. citizen or legally admitted for permanent residence.

To apply for one or both programs, customers will need to provide copies of income documentation, such as paystubs for the current month or current award letter, a letter from their employer on letterhead stating how their employment status has been impacted by the coronavirus, a recent heating bill, a payment reminder letter (to qualify for ECIP) and copies of Social Security cards for all members of the household, in addition to completing the application form. Find more information and an application at dss.mo.gov/fsd/energy-assistance.

Customers who are not eligible for LIHEAP and ECIP still have options from Ameren Missouri to manage their account:

  • Down Payment Flexibility – Allows customers to make a down payment toward their energy statement, then spread their remaining balance over 12 months.
  • Alerts – Stay up-to-date regarding bills and service with text and email alerts.
  • Pick A Due Date – Pick A Due Date lets customers pick the day of the month that is most convenient to pay an Ameren energy bill.
  • Low Income Weatherization Assistance – Reduce energy bills by weatherizing a home. Income-eligible customers can call the United Way at 211 to learn about weatherization assistance agencies in an area.
  • Budget Billing Plan – Customers’ annual energy bill is averaged over the past year, and a fixed amount is billed each month making it easy to budget energy dollars for the year.
  • Energy Efficiency Rebates – A variety of energy-efficiency rebates and offers are available to help reduce your energy usage. Visit AmerenMissouriSavings.com for program details.

For a complete list of energy assistance programs, visit AmerenMissouri.com/energyassistance.

Ameren Missouri has been providing electric and gas service for more than 100 years, and the company’s electric rates are among the lowest in the nation. Ameren Missouri’s mission is to power the quality of life for its 1.2 million electric and 132,000 natural gas customers in central and eastern Missouri. The company’s service area covers 64 counties and more than 500 communities, including the greater St. Louis area. For more information, visit Ameren.com/Missouri or follow us on Twitter at @AmerenMissouri or Facebook.com/AmerenMissouri.

Ameren Missouri Offers Tips on How to Stay Safe Ahead of Spring Storms

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A massive summer thunderstorm with multiple lightning strikes dwarfs the city of Pretoria on a hot summers night. Pretoria is a city and administrative capital of the South Africa. Founded in 1855, it became the capital of the Transvaal in 1860. Pretoria is situated in the northern part of Gauteng Province, South Africa. It is one of the countrys three capital cities, serving as the seat of the executive branch of government. Pretoria has a reputation for being an academic city with three universities and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) located in its eastern suburbs. Pretoria is named after the Voortrekker leader Andries Pretorius, and within South Africa is popularly known as the Jacaranda City due to the thousands of Jacaranda trees planted in its streets, parks and gardens.

Extra precautions being taken in light of COVID-19 

Ameren Missouri is putting additional safety measures in place and reminding customers to prepare for severe weather, as this year’s spring storm season coincides with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Safety is the first and foremost concern during any weather event, and Ameren Missouri reminds customers to be mindful of social distancing and maintain a safe, 6-foot distance if engaging with Ameren Missouri crews in the field.

“More people are home, so there’s more interest in the important work that we’re doing,” said Patrick Smith, vice president of division operations for Ameren Missouri. “Our crews are practicing social distancing, and we ask our customers to please do the same if they see an Ameren Missouri co-worker working in their neighborhood.”

When severe weather hits Ameren Missouri also reminds customers to:

  • Stay away from downed power lines and assume they are energized. Also stay clear of brush and trees that may hide downed lines. Report downed lines and outages by calling Ameren Missouri at 1.800.552.7583 or 9-1-1.
  • Create a plan for seeking shelter in the event of severe weather and discuss the plan with all members of the household.
  • Keep phones and electronics charged when storms are in the forecast.
  • Prepare a storm kit with emergency telephone numbers, flashlights and a radio with fresh batteries, along with bottled water and non-perishable foods that don’t require heating. Also include medication and special items for infants, the elderly or family members with special needs.
  • Turn refrigerators to coldest setting and leave the refrigerator doors closed.

Customers can visit AmerenMissouri.com/outage to view the outage map, sign up for outage alerts and track estimated restoration times. The outage map can also be viewed by downloading the free Ameren app.

“Now more than ever, there is an increased need to keep our communities connected to the power they need,” Smith said. “Ameren Missouri is committed to keeping essential businesses running and customers connected as they shelter in place at home.”

Ameren Missouri has been providing electric and gas service for more than 100 years, and the company’s electric rates are among the lowest in the nation. Ameren Missouri’s mission is to power the quality of life for its 1.2 million electric and 132,000 natural gas customers in central and eastern Missouri. The company’s service area covers 64 counties and more than 500 communities, including the greater St. Louis area. For more information, visit Ameren.com/Missouri or follow us on Twitter at @AmerenMissouri or Facebook.com/AmerenMissouri.

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