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Hank Rohwedder Elected SIBA President

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Effective January 1, 2020, Hank Rohwedder (photo above), Hank’s Excavation & Landscaping, Inc., Belleville, Illinois will become the President of the Southern Illinois Builders Association.

Other officers for 2020 are:  First Vice President – Jeff Limbaugh, Limbaugh Construction Co., Inc., Granite City, Illinois; Second Vice President – Scott Plocher, Plocher Construction Company, Inc., Highland, Illinois; and Secretary/Treasurer – Richard Boyer, Boyer Fire Protection, St. Louis, Missouri.

Three year Directors elected were:  Jim Mundy, Contegra Construction Company, L.L.C., Edwardsville, Illinois; Andy Poirot, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., Collinsville, Illinois; Dale Steinmetz, Charles E. Mahoney Company, Swansea, Illinois; Dave Murrary, Samron Midwest Contracting, Inc., Murphysboro, Illinois; Jason Litteken, Litteken Construction Company, Breese, Illinois; Mark Christ, Christ Brothers Asphalt, Inc., Lebanon, Illinois; and Mark Harms, SCI Engineering, Inc., O’Fallon, Illinois.

SIBA Staff Members:  Donna Richter, Chief Executive Officer; Kristin McCaw, Office Manager; Shari Schutzenhofer, Administrative Assistant; John Holt, Director of Safety and Education; Logan Ankeny, Planroom Manager; Cassidy Dowling, Administrative Assistant; and Joko Tasich, Safety Training Instructor.

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.


In Memoriam – Patrick Joseph Murphy, Sr.

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Patrick Joseph Murphy, Sr.

Patrick Joseph Murphy, Sr., born on September 30, 1940 and Baptized with the Hope of Christ’s Resurrection, passed away peacefully November 7, 2019.  Married for 53 years to Jean (nee Pape); loving Father to Patrick Jr. (Laura), Heather, Michael Shea (Laurie), and Sean Christopher; affectionately called Pops by his grandchildren Megan Murphy, Anne Marie Murphy, Michael Murphy, Patrick Murphy III, and Joseph Murphy; son of the late Jerry J. and Ruth C. Murphy; brother of the late Mary Fuegner (Rich); uncle, cousin, and friend.

A real character and full of life, he spent 58 years as a Vice President of the Company that he loved, Murphy Company Mechanical Contractor and Engineers, the largest mechanical contractor in St Louis.  He treasured his time working closely with the skilled crafts who also became his life-long friends.  A rancher at heart, he and Jean purchased a property in Beulah, Missouri in 2003.  “It’s a Boy” and “It’s a Girl” flags proudly raised whenever a new cow was born into the herd.

A perfect mix of his Irish and German heritage; hard working, dedicated, stubborn, always right, and quick to turn any situation into an opportunity for a story or joke.  He lived by the mantra LTD, “Listen, think, do”, which his children always heard him say anytime when an important decision was required.

Services: Monday November 11, 2019, Visitation 9:00 am, Catholic Mass 10:00 am, Ascension Catholic Church, 230 Santa Maria Drive, Chesterfield, MO  63005.  Internment for family at Calvary Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Pat’s name to The St. Patrick Center, 800 N Tucker Blvd., St Louis, MO  63101 would be greatly appreciated.

J West Electric Founder and President Sabrina Westfall Earns 2019 Minority-Owned Business Enterprise (MBE) Award

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Sabrina Westfall’s journey from IBEW Local 1 electrician to entrepreneur has earned her the 2019 Minority-Owned Business Enterprise (MBE) Award from St. Louis County  The award honors “outstanding business acumen, industry leadership and community service.”

Westfall founded J West Electrical Contracting in 2014 and is a member of the Electrical Connection, a partnership of with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 and St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).  Westfall was profiled earlier this year in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the St. Louis American.

Westfall’s J West has worked on a number of major projects including Lambert St. Louis International Airport, Washington University, the ongoing work at Ballpark Village and the revitalization of Union Station.   She launched her career in 2002 when she entered in the IBEW/NECA Electrical Industry Training Center in St. Louis, graduating in 2005.  Westfall worked on a number of projects, but when work dried up with the Great Recession she tapped two programs supported by the Electrical Connection partnership to not only broaden her skills, but also ultimately launch her own electrical contracting company.

“Sabrina is an inspiring entrepreneur,” noted Doug Martin, executive vice president of the St. Louis NECA.  “She has exceptional skills as an electrician and also the determination to grow her career as an electrical contractor.”

Certified as a master electrician in 2010, Westfall found her skills in greater demand and later launched J West Electrical Contracting.  Westfall is now one of three women-owned electrical contractors enrolled in the Regional Union Construction Center, which is supported by the Electrical Connection to help minority- and women-owned union construction companies fortify their business skills.

“What’s most impressive about Sabrina is how she is shaping her future,” said Frank Jacobs, IBEW Local 1 business manager“She is relentless about learning and improving her skills as an electrician and entrepreneur with the goal of finding better ways to serve the buyers of construction services and other contractors.”

“Sabrina’s professionalism and her customer-focused approach to her business is invaluable as we engage business and civic leadership daily on their electrical and communication needs,” added Jim Curran, executive vice president, Electrical Connection. “She is that next generation of highly proficient electrical contractors that reflects the growing diversity in our industry.”

Learn more about Westfall and J West Electrical Contractors at

KAI Design Expands with Addition of Senior Project Architect, Project Architect and Interior Designer

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KAI Design has expanded its architectural and interior design department with the addition of three new team members — Terry Hanselman, AIA, LEED AP, as Senior Project Architect; Ken Hoernschemeyer, AIA, LEED AP, as Project Architect; and Renee Cohen, IIDA, NCIDQ, as Interior Designer.

Terry Hanselman

Terry Hanselman, AIA, LEED AP – Senior Project Architect

Terry Hanselman of Creve Coeur, Missouri, has 30 years of industry experience, having previously worked as a Senior Project Architect at Christner, Inc., a Senior Project Architect at Cannon Design and a Project Architect at Ross & Baruzzini.

In her role as Senior Project Architect at KAI, she will be responsible for functional space planning, the development of design documents and the production of construction documents working within a multi-disciplinary team format to maintain design continuity and constructability of the building project.

She has a Bachelor of Architecture with a minor in mathematics from Louisiana Tech University. She is married and has a son and a daughter. In her spare time, she enjoys such outdoor activities as hiking, canoeing the Missouri Scenic Riverways, camping and photography.

Ken Hoernschemeyer, AIA, LEED AP – Project Architect

Ken Hoernschemeyer

Ken Hoernschemeyer of St. Louis has 27 years of industry experience. In his new role as Project Architect at KAI, he will be responsible for overseeing construction documents, consultation and coordination on projects and construction administration.

Prior to KAI, he worked as a Project Architect for nine years at Christner, Inc. and for five years at Hastings+Chivetta Architects, both located in St. Louis.

Hoernschemeyer has a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management with a minor in fine arts from Missouri State University. He is married with two daughters and has a pet Samoyed. In his free time, he enjoys woodworking and boating.

Renee Cohen, IIDA, NCIDQ – Interior Designer

Renee Cohen

Renee Cohen of Fenton, Missouri, has five years of design experience. Prior to KAI, she worked as an Interior Designer at VERVE Design Studio and Killeen Studio Architects, both located in St. Louis.

In her new role at KAI, Cohen will be responsible for selecting and presenting interior finishes, completing drawings and renderings for clients and coordinating design projects with KAI’s architects and engineers.

Cohen has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from the University of Kansas School of Architecture, Design & Planning. She also serves as Vice President of Advocacy for the IIDA Gateway Chapter.

In her spare time, she fosters dogs for Gateway Pet Guardians and loves to cook for friends and family. She is married and has three dogs – Sammy, Joey and Marshall.

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

St. Louis County Honors Aschinger Electric President Emily Martin With 2019 Women-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE) Award

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Aschinger Electric President Emily Martin is being honored for her business and civic leadership by St. Louis County government.  Martin was named the winner of the county’s 2019 Women-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE) Award.  The award honors “outstanding business acumen, industry leadership and community service.”  It was presented during St. Louis County’s inaugural vendor fair on September 18, 2019 at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

“Emily leads by example,” said Doug Martin, executive vice president of the St. Louis Chapter, National Electrical Contractors Association. “She’s a leader in both her business and our NECA chapter and devotes countless hours to improving our industry and the St. Louis community.”

Aschinger is among the region’s largest electrical contractors and among the largest women-owned businesses according to the St. Louis Business Journal.  It is also one of the nation’s Top 600 Specialty Contractors, according the industry trade publication Engineering News Record (ENR).  Aschinger was founded in 1940 in St. Louis and Martin is the fourth generation in the electrical contracting business.

“Emily is strategically growing Aschinger’s business opportunities, expanding its services,” noted Frank Jacobs, business manager, IBEW Local 1.  “We have been proud to partner with her firm for decades on its many diverse electrical and communications projects.”

Under Martin’s leadership, Fenton-based Aschinger has expanded its service to build and maintain commercial electrical needs.  Its key recent projects include:

  • St. Louis County Librarybranch modernization
  • Renovations to the GatewayArch grounds including improvements to the Arch tram
  • Robert A. Young Federal Building seismic renovation
  • Ameren Missouri community solar array

In 2018, Martin grew Aschinger’s workforce to 170 with the merger with Briner Electric.

Martin is president of the St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors

Association (NECA).  NECA partners with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 form the Electrical Connection, a business development and civic leadership organization for the electrical industry. Martin serves on the AGC of Missouri Diversity Committee and the NECA National Diversity Engagement Council.

“Emily is well known to business and civic organizations locally and statewide,” said Jim

Curran, executive vice president, Electrical Connection.  “She’s an invaluable resource to the state as we help Missouri adapt to new technology that is changing the energy, electrical and communications industry.”

In addition, Martin serves on the St. Louis County Electrical Examining Board which oversees electrical contracting licensing in the county.  She is also an executive board member of AAIM Employer’s Association and serves on the board of Habitat for Humanity – St. Louis and the capital campaign committee for Tower Grove Park.

Martin earned her law degree from University of Missouri – Kansas City and her degree in history from Fontbonne University.

Louer Facility Planning Named To List Of Largest Office Furniture Dealers

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For the fourth year in a row, Louer Facility Planning has been on the list of the Largest Office Furniture Dealers in the metro St. Louis area, as published by the St. Louis Business Journal, in the March 22, 2019 issue.

Founder and CEO, Jane Louer, reflected, “When I started the company 23 years ago, I never imagined that it would rise to such a prominent position in the entire metro St. Louis region.  This is a tribute to my talented and hardworking team, to the quality furniture products we represent, and the on-going service that we provide our clients.”

Louer offers the latest trends and innovations in smart workplace furniture for clients in the corporate, financial, healthcare, government and educational sectors.

St. Louis CNR Magazine Welcomes Brandy Scheer

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Brandy Scheer

St. Louis Construction News and Review Magazine welcomes Brandy Scheer as the publication’s newest team member.

Bringing 25-plus years of local industry marketing, sales and networking experience to the table, Scheer will work as St. Louis CNR’s marketing director and sales associate.

In her new position, Scheer will assist the St. Louis construction community in connect with one another and with St. Louis CNR’s readers.

Having previously worked with numerous local engineering and architectural firms and having worked as an editor and contributor to several local industry publications, Scheer understands key relationships that exist between readers, advertisers and community organizations. She embodies the professionalism, mission and values of St. Louis CNR.

Mark Cochran Named ENR’s National Top 20 Under 40

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Mark Cochran

S. M. Wilson’s COO, Mark Cochran has been named to ENR’s National Top 20 Under 40 2019 list.

The national winners are chosen from the compilation of ENR’s 10 regional Top Young Professionals competition. Cochran was named one of the 2018 Top 20 Under 40 in ENR Midwest. This year’s national class was chosen from nearly 300 entries consisting of the highest scoring candidates from the regional competitions.

Since beginning as an intern with S. M. Wilson in 1999, Mark Cochran has risen from Project Engineer to the firm’s first COO serving as a Project Manager, Director of Field Operations and Director of Operations in between. Over his 18 year full-time tenure, Cochran has managed $500,000,000+ of projects throughout the Midwest including multiple healthcare, industrial and senior living facilities.

As Director of Operations, Cochran directly influenced the success of high-profile, award-winning projects such as IKEA St. Louis. He also managed the construction of the $60 M Orion multi-use development. His keen sense for customer service, contract negotiation and creative constructability have positioned the firm for growth in diverse clientele, employee retention and profitability.

In 2018, Mark was honored for his professional and philanthropic achievements by the St. Louis Business Journal as one of their 40 Under 40.

The August 12th edition of ENR will feature all the 2019 class in detail. The full list of awardees can be found here:

S. M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis. For nearly 100 years, S. M. Wilson has provided a complete range of services and has become one of the leading general construction and construction management firms in the St. Louis area. The employee-owned company is dedicated to going above and beyond expectations for their clients by putting people first. For more information, visit

Spellman Brady Increases NCIDQ Certified Interior Designers

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Rachel Bartelsmeyer, Stephanie Graf and Trisha Militello Earn NCIDQ

Spellman Brady & Company (SBC) is proud to announce that three interior designers – Rachel Bartelsmeyer, Stephanie Graf and Trisha Militello – have earned their National Council of Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) Certification.  With their recent accomplishment, SBC’s professional staff of NCIDQ interior designers has increased to 50%.

Prior to applying for the NCIDQ Examination each interior designer must be college educated and have a minimum of 1,760 hours of interior design work experience.  After CIDQ approved eligibility, each of the three designers took and passed the entire NCIDQ Exam consisting of three separate exams; the Fundamentals Exam (IDFX), the Professional Exam (IDPX), and the Practicum Exam (PRAC).  By achieving NCIDQ, each designer has proven her expertise in understanding and applying current codes established to protect public health, safety and welfare.

Rachel Bartelsmeyer

Rachel Bartelsmeyer graduated from Kansas State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science, Interior Design & Gerontology.  She has eight years of working experience and joined SBC in April 2017.

Stephanie Graf

Stephanie Graf has a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Interior Design from Maryville University.  She joined SBC in September 2015 and has a total of nine years of working experience.

Trisha Militello

Trisha Militello received her Bachelor of Fine Arts, Interior Design from Maryville University.  While at Maryville, she interned with SBC and upon graduation in May 2015 joined the firm.

NCIDQ Certification is the industry’s recognized standard of proficiency in interior design principles and a designer’s commitment to the profession.  Professional interior designers who possess the NCIDQ Certification have distinguished themselves by demonstrating a specific set of core competencies of interior design: building systems, codes, construction standards, contract administration, design application, professional practice and project coordination.

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

KAI Build Project Superintendent Cardin “Dean” Rackley Inducted in Boys & Girls Club of Greater St. Louis Alumni Hall of Honor

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Rackley managing construction of organization’s Teen Center of Excellence in Ferguson

Growing up in St. Louis City, a young Cardin “Dean” Rackley would attend summer programs at the Herbert Hoover Boys & Girls Club at 2901 North Grand Avenue. Playing basketball and swimming at the club were his favorite activities, he fondly remembers.

But even more than playing sports, Rackley remembers the sense of pride, respect for others, sportsmanship, academics and teambuilding that the club’s dedicated staff and directors instilled on his impressionable, young mind during those hot St. Louis summers.

As an adult, Rackley’s involvement with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis has come full circle. A Project Superintendent at KAI Build, Rackley is now overseeing construction of the organization’s new $12.4 million Teen Center of Excellence in Ferguson, MO.

Expected to open in time for the 2019-20 school year, the Teen Center of Excellence will offer afterschool and summer programs to youth ages 12-18 in the North St. Louis County area. The 26,856-square-foot, three-level center will provide a safe place for area youth to gather and participate in a variety of activities. Designs for the facility include a nutrition education center, gym, teen lounge, outdoor garden, auditorium, music and art studio, office space, intellectual commons, innovation center, and outdoor basketball and activity court.

To commemorate Rackley’s achievements, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis recently inducted him into its Alumni Hall of Honor, which recognizes outstanding alumni for achievements in their respective fields, commitment to leadership, serving the community’s youth, contributions to the St. Louis community and for living out the mission of the Boys & Girls Club.

Following graduation from Grandview Senior High School in 1996, Rackley enlisted in the United States Navy where he served for five years before earning an Honorable Discharge. He then went on to work as a carpenter at HBD Construction while earning a Construction Management degree from ITT Tech St. Louis. He would go on to work as a carpenter and lead carpenter at a couple of construction companies before starting his own construction company, which he ran for almost five years.

Rackley would return to work as a commercial carpenter and lead carpenter for another three years until landing a job with KAI in 2016 as an Assistant Superintendent. KAI would promote him to Project Superintendent in less than two years.

Rackley said Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis will always hold a special place in his heart, and he is humbled to be a part of the organization’s Alumni Hall of Honor.

“Herbert Hoover Boys & Girls Club has always been a great place for my family and myself growing up,” said Rackley. “The staff and directors always made sure the environment was positive and safe. I really appreciate the Boys & Girls Club directors for choosing me as the main character in their story. To this day, I carry with me lessons I’ve learned at the club.”

About KAI Enterprises

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. For nearly 40 years, KAI has been instrumental in transforming communities through its expertise in residential, commercial, K-12, higher education, healthcare, science and technology, aviation, mobility, sports and entertainment, government, water and community-focused projects. KAI Enterprises is comprised of four distinct business units—KAI Design, KAI Engineering, KAI Build and KAI 360 Construction Services. To learn more about KAI, visit

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