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David Hagee Appointed Commerce Trust Company Chief Investment Officer

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Commerce Trust Company is pleased to announce important changes in key leadership roles for its investment management group, which oversees $65 billion in assets under administration for clients across the country.

J. J. Landers Carnal

J.-J. Landers Carnal, who charted the course for Commerce Trust Company’s investment group as Chief Investment Officer (CIO) for more than two decades, is retiring from his CIO role in September, but will remain President of Commerce Investment Advisors, Inc. (the SEC registered investment advisor to the Commerce Funds) and senior advisor to Trust Company President John Handy. 

David Hagee will succeed Landers Carnal as CIO, effective September 1.  Hagee, a 20-year veteran at Commerce Trust, is currently serving as Regional Director of Portfolio Management.  Carnal will transition his responsibilities to Hagee over the next several weeks.

Tara McConkey

Tara McConkey will succeed Hagee as regional director next month.  Tara is currently Senior Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager within the family office services group of Commerce Trust Company.

“We are fortunate to have David’s extensive investment experience where he will be able to set the priorities for serving our clients’ investment needs for decades to come,” said Handy.  “Tara will apply her vast experience from her current role in bringing exceptional innovation to managing clients’ portfolios.  With these two key leadership changes and Landers’ continued presence at Commerce Investment Advisors, our clients will greatly benefit from their combined years of experience exceeding 50 years at Commerce alone.”

Carnal arrived at Commerce in 2000 and has been a key member of the team helping to build the company to $65 billion in assets.  He was the chief architect behind the designs for responsible asset management through a gauntlet of economic challenges, including dozens of market corrections, the Great Recession of 2008 and most recently a recovery from the effects of a global pandemic.   

Hagee is a long-time member of the Investment Policy Committee, responsible for setting the successful allocation process Commerce Trust employs and managing its asset strategy teams.  He has been instrumental in building out the company’s enhanced client service model.

During his tenure, Hagee developed a deep understanding of the company’s proprietary investment philosophy, enabling Commerce Trust to highly customize portfolios to meet client needs. Hagee has been instrumental in establishing new investment offerings at Commerce Trust, including alternative investments. 

Hagee earned his Bachelor of Arts from Washington University in St. Louis in 1998.  Additionally, he is a member of the CFA Institute and the St. Louis Society of Financial Analysts as well as a board member and Treasurer of Aim High St Louis, and serves as the chairman of Investment Committee of the Center of Creative Arts (COCA) and a member of the investment committee of Forest Park Forever and the International Institute.

Among McConkey’s strengths is her ability to gain a thorough understanding of a client’s needs and goals as well as assessing the client’s entire financial situation.  Over the years she has worked with the investment research team to construct portfolios to help clients achieve their long-term goals.

McConkey represents CTC’s research and goals-based investment process, starting with the initial assessment and creation of an investment objective through ongoing evaluation and adjustments based on changing market and life circumstances.  She has nearly 30 years of experience and previously worked with Northern Trust Company in Chicago as a portfolio manager for high net worth clients.

McConkey received her Master of Business Administration degree and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from Saint Louis University. She holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation and is a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA St. Louis Society, for which she previously served as director.

Commerce Trust Company, founded in 1906, is a specialized division of Commerce Bank, solely focused on wealth management, investments and planning services for families and institutional clients. With clients in all 50 states and 26 countries, Commerce Trust oversees $64.8 billion in assets under administration, $40.7 billion in assets under management (AUM) as of June 30, 2021, and is ranked 17th nationally based on AUM. 

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People On The Move In The Local Construction Industry

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Julie Donovan Joins Dark Light Design as Senior Lighting Designer

Julie Donovan

Julie Donovan has joined Dark Light Design in their new St. Louis office. Donovan has more than 30 years of lighting design experience, including aviation, corporate, commercial, healthcare, science and technology, justice, and hospitality projects throughout the U.S. and abroad.

Donovan is an associate member of the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD), a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA), and is a LEED AP BD+C.  Her award-winning projects include the Wexner Medical Center, NISA Investment Advisors and Cannon Design St. Louis Office.

Jill Cody, Dark Light principal and founder said, “We’re excited to have Julie join our team – her experience is a great complement to Dark Light’s corporate, aviation, healthcare, and science and tech project work. We’re looking forward to enhancing the experience we offer our clients with Julie’s leadership and expertise.”

Donovan’s deep commitment to industry involvement includes service on the committee developing the ASHRAE 90.1 standard, the IALD’s Energy and Sustainability Committee, and the IESNA Committee for Recommended Practices for Lighting Hospitals and Healthcare Facilities. Donovan holds an architectural degree from Washington University in St. Louis and an MBA from Webster University. 

Prior to joining Dark Light, Donovan was a senior associate at HOK. Her previous project experience includes LaGuardia Airport in New York City, New York Presbyterian Hospital’s David H. Koch Ambulatory Care, and many commercial and corporate projects across the country.

Dark Light Design, based in Seattle, was established in 2008 to provide lighting design services to the design community, institutions, and owners. https://www.darklight-design.com/press

September 10, 2021

Zig Piwowarski

Zig Piwowarski has joined BEX Construction Services as vice president. He joins BEX with more than 30 years of construction management, development services and construction craft experience on the teams of real estate companies and general contractors.

Through his work in new construction, capital improvements and tenant remodels, Piwowarski has developed strong organizational and communication skills to leverage effectively in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented business. His skills in strategic planning, business development, client relations, estimating, service integration and project management will help sustain BEX’s rapid growth and strong client retention.

Piwowarski’s management approach is informed by his seven years as a residential and commercial carpenter and foreman. He augmented that valuable hands-on field experience with an applied science degree in computer-aided drafting from ITT Technical Institute in St. Louis. He holds OSHA 10-Hour Safety Training and is also certified in 10-Hour Asbestos Training.

SWT Design Welcomes Julian Sabin as a Designer

Julian Sabin

SWT Design is pleased to announce Julian Sabin has joined our team as a Designer for our Kansas City studio after working in Detroit for the past 4 years.  Julian has a diverse project background across multiple scales and sectors and had the opportunity to work on the Motown Museum Plaza, Hudson’s Site Redevelopment and Merit Park. Julian earned his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Iowa State University in 2017 where he began his passion for design and creating impactful spaces.

For 26 years, SWT Design has developed a diverse and award-winning portfolio of outdoor spaces, approaching planning and design as a living, breathing thing with a passion for innovation. SWT Design has grown to become one of the largest landscape architecture firms of its kind in the Midwest. As a strong proponent of sustainable design, the firm was at the forefront of developing the Sustainable Sites Initiative, working closely alongside other founding partners and agencies to develop what has become the world’s first comprehensive rating system for the design, development, and management of sustainable landscapes around the globe. Sustainability continues to be a core principle addressed in all the firm’s projects. SWT Design is located in Kansas City, MO, St. Louis, MO, and Louisville, KY.

For further questions, please contact Lance Klein, KC Studio Manager for SWT Design by e-mail at lancek@swtdesign.com or call 816-221-0825.

Anya Robey Earns FMP Designation; Scott Kapper Attains SFP

Two members of IFMA (International Facility Management Association) St. Louis have attained professional credentials.

Anya Robey, facilities manager with Centene Corp., received her credentials as a Facility Management Professional (FMP).

Robey took an extensive course and passed assessments in four focus areas to achieve the FMP designation. Professionals who earn the designation demonstrate a proven comprehension of the foundations of facility management and knowledge in the core facility management topics deemed critical by employers.

Robey joined Centene in March 2018 as a facility coordinator and was promoted to facility manager in April 2020. She oversees construction, renovations, repairs and maintenance for the healthcare services company. Centene provides its services throughout all 50 states and around the world.

Scott Kapper, HVAC supervisor with St. Charles County, earned his Sustainability Facility Professional (SFP) designation. Kapper took an extensive online course and passed assessments in three focus areas to achieve the SFP designation. These credentials focus on the knowledge, skills and tools needed to develop sustainable facility management practices.

IFMA St. Louis offers its members a learning and networking environment among its diverse membership and supplies its members with the tools to achieve their professional goals. Started in 1985, IFMA St. Louis has nearly 200 members representing small and Fortune 500 companies throughout the region. Considered a leader among local chapters, IFMA St. Louis holds monthly programs to enhance members’ knowledge and provide networking opportunities. For more information, visit www.ifma.org.

September 3, 2021

Gaus Acoustics & Gaus Scott Company Welcomes Sue Noce

Sue Noce

“Gaus Acoustics and Gaus Scott Company welcomes Sue Noce, previously with The Lawrence Group, to the growing team at Gaus Acoustics and Gaus Scott Company where she will manage all administrative functions as well as assist in project management.  

Gaus Acoustics is an eight year old acoustics design/consulting and acoustics material provider firm owned and managed by Patty Gaus.  Gaus Scott Company, owned and managed by Tom Gaus, is celebrating their sixtieth year in business serving the HVAC side of the industry as an expert in noise control, vibration isolation, seismic restraints, noise barriers and air distribution products. 

Sue will play an integral role in leading both firms into the future as the importance of sound control and acoustic design in major commercial projects is being recognized by architects and engineers in a more pro-active manner in our industry.”

McCarthy Promotes Nik Corno to Project Director 

Nik Corno

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. has promoted Nik Corno to Project Director within the firm’s Industrial business unit.

In this role, Corno will lead onsite construction teams on industrial and process projects throughout McCarthy’s 28-state Central Region. His current project work includes an expansion of the Nestle Purina PetCare plant in Dunkirk, New York, to increase production capacity.

Since joining McCarthy in 2015, Corno has managed a wide range of complex projects throughout the region, including assignments at Ameren Missouri, Saint Louis University and Afton Chemical.

“Nik is an experienced project manager whose technical skills and leadership talent will benefit our clients, building teams and project partners,” said Aaron Lich, Vice President and McCarthy’s Industrial business unit leader.

Corno earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Missouri in Columbia.

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. With approximately 5,000 salaried employees and craft professionals, the firm has offices in St. Louis, Atlanta; Collinsville, Ill.; Kansas City, Kan.; Omaha, Neb.; Phoenix; Las Vegas; Denver; Dallas, Houston; and San Diego, Newport Beach, San Francisco, San Jose and Sacramento, Calif. McCarthy is 100 percent employee owned. More information about the company is available online at www.mccarthy.com or by following the company on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

Zachary Vanelli Joins Wiegmann Associates as Account Executive

Zach Vanelli

Zachary Vanelli of Ballwin, MO has joined Wiegmann Associates as an Account Executive. He is responsible for communicating with customers about potential project opportunities, developing conceptual designs, performing engineering loads and calculations and generating construction proposals. 

Vanelli has previous experience as a Controls Engineer where he designed and managed projects for the Department of Defense across their entire lifecycle. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology.

Wiegmann Associates is a St. Louis-based mechanical contractor and a national leader in design/build HVAC projects. Since 1995, Wiegmann Associates has engineered and installed $1 billion in innovative, energy-saving and cost-efficient HVAC solutions, refrigeration systems and automation controls for clients in a wide range of industries. For more information, visit www.wiegmannassoc.com or call (636) 940-1056.

August 27, 2021

Adfast Corp’s Calli Lafolette Promoted

Calli Lafolette

Adfast Corp. customer service representative Calli Lafolette has been promoted to an Admobile store on wheels technical representative in St. Louis. Admobiles are stocked with a full range of sealants, adhesives, caulking, insulating foams and application accessories. Lafolette will travel to St. Louis construction jobsites, offering supplies and technical expertise.

IWR Names Joe Sharamitaro Director of Project Management

Joe Sharamitaro

Sharamitaro to oversee delegation of project management at IWR

IWR North America, one of the longest-standing building enclosure contractors in the U.S., promotes Joe Sharamitaro to director of project management. In this role, Sharamitaro will supervise the project management team, while maintaining the departmental structure and goals of IWR. He will ensure projects are executed effectively and efficiently, aligning internal methodologies and processes with the needs of IWR’s projects. Additionally, he will also monitor the quality, safety, cost and schedule standards for all project management operations.

“Having a person like Joe in this role is essential to our long-term plans and goals at IWR,” said Todd Staley, president of IWR North America. “As we continue to grow, we are excited to see how his experience and operational excellence will elevate our project management operations. Joe has been a valuable asset to IWR and that will continue to be the case in his new position.”

Prior to this new role, Sharamitaro has served as a project manager at IWR since 2015. Before joining IWR, he has also worked as a project superintendent, assistant superintendent and project engineer at a nationally recognized general contractor in the St. Louis-area for nearly a decade.

Sharamitaro is a graduate from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering.

Headquartered in St. Louis, Mo., IWR North America is one of the longest-standing contractors in the nation, specializing in building enclosures since 1895. With design, fabrication and installation capabilities, IWR delivers value-added solutions as a single-source building enclosure partner. For more information, please visit www.iwr-na.com or call 314-633-4958.

August 20, 2021

Castle Contracting Promotes Zach Kelly to Assistant Project Manager

Zachary Kelly

Castle Contracting has promoted Zach Kelly to assistant project manager from senior project engineer. In his new role, Kelly will assume more responsibility in the management of Castle projects, including overseeing and reporting on cost, production tracking, project planning and execution, as well as training implementation.

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 East End Transformation of Washington University’s Danforth Campus. He also contributed to Castle’s civil construction work on the Gateway Arch National Park, IKEA, City Foundry and numerous 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 serves on the Young Professionals Board for HomeFirst STL, a social services agency that connects homeless people with affordable housing. He and his family live in Ballwin, Mo.

“Zach always steps up when you ask for help, whether it involves travel, supporting a new office, launching a new technology or taking on additional workload,” said Michael Pranger, Castle vice president of operations. “As a result, he has gained experience in many aspects of running projects and assisting with general operations that will serve Castle well in his new role.”

 Castle Contracting, LLC provides turnkey site preparation and design-build 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.

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National Design-Build Firm Clayco Hires Ryan Spies as Inaugural Vice President of Sustainability

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Clayco, a full-service turnkey real estate, architecture, engineering, design-build and construction firm, has hired Ryan Spies as the company’s first vice president of sustainability. In this newly formed role, Spies will develop a holistic strategy to reduce Clayco’s overall carbon footprint, identify sustainable business opportunities for leadership, and oversee sustainability practices and training for the enterprise.

“I’m honored to be selected for this inaugural leadership position at Clayco and look forward to having a more profound impact on the firm’s sustainable practices in the lifecycle of our building processes,” said Spies. “Clayco is uniquely positioned in the built environment to truly deliver on our mantra, ‘beyond these walls,’ through a comprehensive, progressive and industry-leading sustainability strategy. The visionary leadership of the company over the last 37 years has shown that when we tackle the largest challenges, we solve them through innovation and resolve. The climate crisis is the largest challenge of our lifetimes, and we aim to position Clayco as the firm of the future in meeting that challenge head on.”

Spies joins the firm from Saint-Gobain, the largest manufacturer of building products in the world, where he served as director of sustainability, energy and stewardship. There he was responsible for developing strategy and programs to manage energy, water, waste and CO2 reductions in over 130 facilities in North America, including direct work on climate change policy and renewable energy deployment. After various roles in engineering and strategy, Spies has focused on corporate sustainability for the last 10 years for three Fortune 500 companies.

Spies’ position as Clayco’s first vice president of sustainability comes with the charge of implementing the forthcoming sustainability plan that contains the following organizational goals:

  • Discovery and analysis of Clayco’s existing carbon emissions associated with a building’s entire lifecycle, including development, design, construction and operation. 
  • Establishing enterprise-wide emissions targets that align with scientific consensus and leading industry practices.
  • Increasing the use of embodied carbon analysis in selecting building materials for all Clayco projects.
  • Explore additions to Clayco’s offerings, including renewable energy construction, electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure and resiliency as core lines of business.

 

“We’re thrilled to add this important position to our leadership team,” said Bob Clark, Clayco’s Executive Chairman and Founder. “Ryan’s vast experience in advancing sustainable practices at the corporate level for Fortune 500s and a building product manufacturer—a fundamental component to our business—positions him well to help Clayco maximize our sustainability efforts. The issues surrounding climate change are more urgent than ever, and we are taking this step to help lead our company and industry in the right direction.”

In 2019, Spies was presented the IETC Award for Leadership in Energy Conservation and Environmental Stewardship, and in 2020 he was recognized as the AEEE Region 1 Energy Manager of the Year. Spies holds an M.B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Lehigh University. For more information on Clayco’s commitment to sustainability, please visit here

Clayco is a full-service, turnkey real estate development, master planning, architecture, engineering, and construction firm that safely delivers clients across North America the highest quality solutions on time, on budget, and above and beyond expectations. With $3.8 billion in revenue for 2020, Clayco specializes in the “art and science of building,” providing fast track, efficient solutions for industrial, commercial, institutional and residential related building projects. For more information visit www.claycorp.com.

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Zig Piwowarski

Zig Piwowarski has joined BEX Construction Services as vice president. He joins BEX with more than 30 years of construction management, development services and construction craft experience on the teams of real estate companies and general contractors.

Through his work in new construction, capital improvements and tenant remodels, Piwowarski has developed strong organizational and communication skills to leverage effectively in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented business. His skills in strategic planning, business development, client relations, estimating, service integration and project management will help sustain BEX’s rapid growth and strong client retention.

Piwowarski’s management approach is informed by his seven years as a residential and commercial carpenter and foreman. He augmented that valuable hands-on field experience with an applied science degree in computer-aided drafting from ITT Technical Institute in St. Louis. He holds OSHA 10-Hour Safety Training and is also certified in 10-Hour Asbestos Training.

SWT Design Welcomes Julian Sabin as a Designer

Julian Sabin

SWT Design is pleased to announce Julian Sabin has joined our team as a Designer for our Kansas City studio after working in Detroit for the past 4 years.  Julian has a diverse project background across multiple scales and sectors and had the opportunity to work on the Motown Museum Plaza, Hudson’s Site Redevelopment and Merit Park. Julian earned his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Iowa State University in 2017 where he began his passion for design and creating impactful spaces.

For 26 years, SWT Design has developed a diverse and award-winning portfolio of outdoor spaces, approaching planning and design as a living, breathing thing with a passion for innovation. SWT Design has grown to become one of the largest landscape architecture firms of its kind in the Midwest. As a strong proponent of sustainable design, the firm was at the forefront of developing the Sustainable Sites Initiative, working closely alongside other founding partners and agencies to develop what has become the world’s first comprehensive rating system for the design, development, and management of sustainable landscapes around the globe. Sustainability continues to be a core principle addressed in all the firm’s projects. SWT Design is located in Kansas City, MO, St. Louis, MO, and Louisville, KY.

For further questions, please contact Lance Klein, KC Studio Manager for SWT Design by e-mail at lancek@swtdesign.com or call 816-221-0825.

Anya Robey Earns FMP Designation; Scott Kapper Attains SFP

Two members of IFMA (International Facility Management Association) St. Louis have attained professional credentials.

Anya Robey, facilities manager with Centene Corp., received her credentials as a Facility Management Professional (FMP).

Robey took an extensive course and passed assessments in four focus areas to achieve the FMP designation. Professionals who earn the designation demonstrate a proven comprehension of the foundations of facility management and knowledge in the core facility management topics deemed critical by employers.

Robey joined Centene in March 2018 as a facility coordinator and was promoted to facility manager in April 2020. She oversees construction, renovations, repairs and maintenance for the healthcare services company. Centene provides its services throughout all 50 states and around the world.

Scott Kapper, HVAC supervisor with St. Charles County, earned his Sustainability Facility Professional (SFP) designation. Kapper took an extensive online course and passed assessments in three focus areas to achieve the SFP designation. These credentials focus on the knowledge, skills and tools needed to develop sustainable facility management practices.

IFMA St. Louis offers its members a learning and networking environment among its diverse membership and supplies its members with the tools to achieve their professional goals. Started in 1985, IFMA St. Louis has nearly 200 members representing small and Fortune 500 companies throughout the region. Considered a leader among local chapters, IFMA St. Louis holds monthly programs to enhance members’ knowledge and provide networking opportunities. For more information, visit www.ifma.org.

September 3, 2021

Gaus Acoustics & Gaus Scott Company Welcomes Sue Noce

Sue Noce

“Gaus Acoustics and Gaus Scott Company welcomes Sue Noce, previously with The Lawrence Group, to the growing team at Gaus Acoustics and Gaus Scott Company where she will manage all administrative functions as well as assist in project management.  

Gaus Acoustics is an eight year old acoustics design/consulting and acoustics material provider firm owned and managed by Patty Gaus.  Gaus Scott Company, owned and managed by Tom Gaus, is celebrating their sixtieth year in business serving the HVAC side of the industry as an expert in noise control, vibration isolation, seismic restraints, noise barriers and air distribution products. 

Sue will play an integral role in leading both firms into the future as the importance of sound control and acoustic design in major commercial projects is being recognized by architects and engineers in a more pro-active manner in our industry.”

McCarthy Promotes Nik Corno to Project Director 

Nik Corno

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. has promoted Nik Corno to Project Director within the firm’s Industrial business unit.

In this role, Corno will lead onsite construction teams on industrial and process projects throughout McCarthy’s 28-state Central Region. His current project work includes an expansion of the Nestle Purina PetCare plant in Dunkirk, New York, to increase production capacity.

Since joining McCarthy in 2015, Corno has managed a wide range of complex projects throughout the region, including assignments at Ameren Missouri, Saint Louis University and Afton Chemical.

“Nik is an experienced project manager whose technical skills and leadership talent will benefit our clients, building teams and project partners,” said Aaron Lich, Vice President and McCarthy’s Industrial business unit leader.

Corno earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Missouri in Columbia.

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. With approximately 5,000 salaried employees and craft professionals, the firm has offices in St. Louis, Atlanta; Collinsville, Ill.; Kansas City, Kan.; Omaha, Neb.; Phoenix; Las Vegas; Denver; Dallas, Houston; and San Diego, Newport Beach, San Francisco, San Jose and Sacramento, Calif. McCarthy is 100 percent employee owned. More information about the company is available online at www.mccarthy.com or by following the company on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

Zachary Vanelli Joins Wiegmann Associates as Account Executive

Zach Vanelli

Zachary Vanelli of Ballwin, MO has joined Wiegmann Associates as an Account Executive. He is responsible for communicating with customers about potential project opportunities, developing conceptual designs, performing engineering loads and calculations and generating construction proposals. 

Vanelli has previous experience as a Controls Engineer where he designed and managed projects for the Department of Defense across their entire lifecycle. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology.

Wiegmann Associates is a St. Louis-based mechanical contractor and a national leader in design/build HVAC projects. Since 1995, Wiegmann Associates has engineered and installed $1 billion in innovative, energy-saving and cost-efficient HVAC solutions, refrigeration systems and automation controls for clients in a wide range of industries. For more information, visit www.wiegmannassoc.com or call (636) 940-1056.

August 27, 2021

Adfast Corp’s Calli Lafolette Promoted

Calli Lafolette

Adfast Corp. customer service representative Calli Lafolette has been promoted to an Admobile store on wheels technical representative in St. Louis. Admobiles are stocked with a full range of sealants, adhesives, caulking, insulating foams and application accessories. Lafolette will travel to St. Louis construction jobsites, offering supplies and technical expertise.

IWR Names Joe Sharamitaro Director of Project Management

Joe Sharamitaro

Sharamitaro to oversee delegation of project management at IWR

IWR North America, one of the longest-standing building enclosure contractors in the U.S., promotes Joe Sharamitaro to director of project management. In this role, Sharamitaro will supervise the project management team, while maintaining the departmental structure and goals of IWR. He will ensure projects are executed effectively and efficiently, aligning internal methodologies and processes with the needs of IWR’s projects. Additionally, he will also monitor the quality, safety, cost and schedule standards for all project management operations.

“Having a person like Joe in this role is essential to our long-term plans and goals at IWR,” said Todd Staley, president of IWR North America. “As we continue to grow, we are excited to see how his experience and operational excellence will elevate our project management operations. Joe has been a valuable asset to IWR and that will continue to be the case in his new position.”

Prior to this new role, Sharamitaro has served as a project manager at IWR since 2015. Before joining IWR, he has also worked as a project superintendent, assistant superintendent and project engineer at a nationally recognized general contractor in the St. Louis-area for nearly a decade.

Sharamitaro is a graduate from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering.

Headquartered in St. Louis, Mo., IWR North America is one of the longest-standing contractors in the nation, specializing in building enclosures since 1895. With design, fabrication and installation capabilities, IWR delivers value-added solutions as a single-source building enclosure partner. For more information, please visit www.iwr-na.com or call 314-633-4958.

August 20, 2021

Castle Contracting Promotes Zach Kelly to Assistant Project Manager

Zachary Kelly

Castle Contracting has promoted Zach Kelly to assistant project manager from senior project engineer. In his new role, Kelly will assume more responsibility in the management of Castle projects, including overseeing and reporting on cost, production tracking, project planning and execution, as well as training implementation.

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 East End Transformation of Washington University’s Danforth Campus. He also contributed to Castle’s civil construction work on the Gateway Arch National Park, IKEA, City Foundry and numerous 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 serves on the Young Professionals Board for HomeFirst STL, a social services agency that connects homeless people with affordable housing. He and his family live in Ballwin, Mo.

“Zach always steps up when you ask for help, whether it involves travel, supporting a new office, launching a new technology or taking on additional workload,” said Michael Pranger, Castle vice president of operations. “As a result, he has gained experience in many aspects of running projects and assisting with general operations that will serve Castle well in his new role.”

 Castle Contracting, LLC provides turnkey site preparation and design-build 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.

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McCarthy Building Companies Promotes Ralph Powell Jr. to Director of Diversity

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Former project manager will draw on his 18 years of construction field experience to expand opportunities for businesses across the Central Region.

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. has promoted Ralph Powell Jr. to the position of Director of Diversity for the company’s Central Region.

In his new role, Powell will draw on his 18 years of hands-on construction field experience to expand McCarthy’s supplier diversity and community outreach program. This includes building and nurturing relationships with small and diverse businesses, capacity building and driving a comprehensive outreach strategy. He’ll also manage diversity initiatives for major McCarthy building projects across the 28-state Central Region.

Powell’s work will support McCarthy’s national Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) program, which leverages best practices from every McCarthy region to promote inclusive hiring practices; equip and empower employees to grow their careers; and expand the company’s supplier diversity and community engagement programs.

“Ralph is an excellent addition to McCarthy’s DE&I team,” said Kamecia Mason, vice president of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at McCarthy. “His operations background will allow us to better serve our clients as well as our small and diverse business partners.”

Since joining McCarthy as project engineer in 2003, Powell has worked on a wide range of healthcare, education and other commercial construction projects—both in St. Louis and throughout the U.S. He’ll leverage that breadth of experience in his day-to-day role as director of diversity.

“Throughout his McCarthy career, Ralph has demonstrated his ability to establish strong, enduring relationships with clients, colleagues, project partners and other stakeholders,” said John Buescher, president of McCarthy’s Central Region. “He’s the ideal person to serve as our next director of diversity.”

Powell earned a bachelor’s degree in construction management from Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Mich.

“As the largest contractor in St. Louis, we believe we have a unique responsibility to foster a diverse, thriving community of local businesses,” said Powell. “Having a strong team of diverse industry partners supports innovation and creativity that not only drive better solutions for our clients, but also is good for our community.”

Powell and his family live in Maryville, Ill.

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. With an unrelenting focus on safety and a comprehensive quality program that span all phases of every project, McCarthy utilizes industry-leading design phase and construction techniques combined with value-add technology to maximize outcomes. With approximately 5,000 salaried employees and craft professionals, the firm has offices in St. Louis; Atlanta; Collinsville, Ill.; Kansas City, Kan.; Omaha, Neb.; Phoenix; Las Vegas; Denver; Dallas, Houston; and San Diego, Newport Beach, San Francisco, San Jose and Sacramento, Calif. More information about the company is available online at www.mccarthy.com or by following the company on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn and Instagram.

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Gaus Acoustics & Gaus Scott Company Welcomes Sue Noce

Sue Noce

“Gaus Acoustics and Gaus Scott Company welcomes Sue Noce, previously with The Lawrence Group, to the growing team at Gaus Acoustics and Gaus Scott Company where she will manage all administrative functions as well as assist in project management.  

Gaus Acoustics is an eight year old acoustics design/consulting and acoustics material provider firm owned and managed by Patty Gaus.  Gaus Scott Company, owned and managed by Tom Gaus, is celebrating their sixtieth year in business serving the HVAC side of the industry as an expert in noise control, vibration isolation, seismic restraints, noise barriers and air distribution products. 

Sue will play an integral role in leading both firms into the future as the importance of sound control and acoustic design in major commercial projects is being recognized by architects and engineers in a more pro-active manner in our industry.”

McCarthy Promotes Nik Corno to Project Director 

Nik Corno

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. has promoted Nik Corno to Project Director within the firm’s Industrial business unit.

In this role, Corno will lead onsite construction teams on industrial and process projects throughout McCarthy’s 28-state Central Region. His current project work includes an expansion of the Nestle Purina PetCare plant in Dunkirk, New York, to increase production capacity.

Since joining McCarthy in 2015, Corno has managed a wide range of complex projects throughout the region, including assignments at Ameren Missouri, Saint Louis University and Afton Chemical.

“Nik is an experienced project manager whose technical skills and leadership talent will benefit our clients, building teams and project partners,” said Aaron Lich, Vice President and McCarthy’s Industrial business unit leader.

Corno earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Missouri in Columbia.

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. With approximately 5,000 salaried employees and craft professionals, the firm has offices in St. Louis, Atlanta; Collinsville, Ill.; Kansas City, Kan.; Omaha, Neb.; Phoenix; Las Vegas; Denver; Dallas, Houston; and San Diego, Newport Beach, San Francisco, San Jose and Sacramento, Calif. McCarthy is 100 percent employee owned. More information about the company is available online at www.mccarthy.com or by following the company on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

Zachary Vanelli Joins Wiegmann Associates as Account Executive

Zach Vanelli

Zachary Vanelli of Ballwin, MO has joined Wiegmann Associates as an Account Executive. He is responsible for communicating with customers about potential project opportunities, developing conceptual designs, performing engineering loads and calculations and generating construction proposals. 

Vanelli has previous experience as a Controls Engineer where he designed and managed projects for the Department of Defense across their entire lifecycle. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology.

Wiegmann Associates is a St. Louis-based mechanical contractor and a national leader in design/build HVAC projects. Since 1995, Wiegmann Associates has engineered and installed $1 billion in innovative, energy-saving and cost-efficient HVAC solutions, refrigeration systems and automation controls for clients in a wide range of industries. For more information, visit www.wiegmannassoc.com or call (636) 940-1056.

August 27, 2021

Adfast Corp’s Calli Lafolette Promoted

Calli Lafolette

Adfast Corp. customer service representative Calli Lafolette has been promoted to an Admobile store on wheels technical representative in St. Louis. Admobiles are stocked with a full range of sealants, adhesives, caulking, insulating foams and application accessories. Lafolette will travel to St. Louis construction jobsites, offering supplies and technical expertise.

IWR Names Joe Sharamitaro Director of Project Management

Joe Sharamitaro

Sharamitaro to oversee delegation of project management at IWR

IWR North America, one of the longest-standing building enclosure contractors in the U.S., promotes Joe Sharamitaro to director of project management. In this role, Sharamitaro will supervise the project management team, while maintaining the departmental structure and goals of IWR. He will ensure projects are executed effectively and efficiently, aligning internal methodologies and processes with the needs of IWR’s projects. Additionally, he will also monitor the quality, safety, cost and schedule standards for all project management operations.

“Having a person like Joe in this role is essential to our long-term plans and goals at IWR,” said Todd Staley, president of IWR North America. “As we continue to grow, we are excited to see how his experience and operational excellence will elevate our project management operations. Joe has been a valuable asset to IWR and that will continue to be the case in his new position.”

Prior to this new role, Sharamitaro has served as a project manager at IWR since 2015. Before joining IWR, he has also worked as a project superintendent, assistant superintendent and project engineer at a nationally recognized general contractor in the St. Louis-area for nearly a decade.

Sharamitaro is a graduate from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering.

Headquartered in St. Louis, Mo., IWR North America is one of the longest-standing contractors in the nation, specializing in building enclosures since 1895. With design, fabrication and installation capabilities, IWR delivers value-added solutions as a single-source building enclosure partner. For more information, please visit www.iwr-na.com or call 314-633-4958.

August 20, 2021

Castle Contracting Promotes Zach Kelly to Assistant Project Manager

Zachary Kelly

Castle Contracting has promoted Zach Kelly to assistant project manager from senior project engineer. In his new role, Kelly will assume more responsibility in the management of Castle projects, including overseeing and reporting on cost, production tracking, project planning and execution, as well as training implementation.

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 East End Transformation of Washington University’s Danforth Campus. He also contributed to Castle’s civil construction work on the Gateway Arch National Park, IKEA, City Foundry and numerous 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 serves on the Young Professionals Board for HomeFirst STL, a social services agency that connects homeless people with affordable housing. He and his family live in Ballwin, Mo.

“Zach always steps up when you ask for help, whether it involves travel, supporting a new office, launching a new technology or taking on additional workload,” said Michael Pranger, Castle vice president of operations. “As a result, he has gained experience in many aspects of running projects and assisting with general operations that will serve Castle well in his new role.”

 Castle Contracting, LLC provides turnkey site preparation and design-build 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.

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Adfast Corp’s Calli Lafolette Promoted

Calli Lafolette

Adfast Corp. customer service representative Calli Lafolette has been promoted to an Admobile store on wheels technical representative in St. Louis. Admobiles are stocked with a full range of sealants, adhesives, caulking, insulating foams and application accessories. Lafolette will travel to St. Louis construction jobsites, offering supplies and technical expertise.

IWR Names Joe Sharamitaro Director of Project Management

Joe Sharamitaro

Sharamitaro to oversee delegation of project management at IWR

IWR North America, one of the longest-standing building enclosure contractors in the U.S., promotes Joe Sharamitaro to director of project management. In this role, Sharamitaro will supervise the project management team, while maintaining the departmental structure and goals of IWR. He will ensure projects are executed effectively and efficiently, aligning internal methodologies and processes with the needs of IWR’s projects. Additionally, he will also monitor the quality, safety, cost and schedule standards for all project management operations.

“Having a person like Joe in this role is essential to our long-term plans and goals at IWR,” said Todd Staley, president of IWR North America. “As we continue to grow, we are excited to see how his experience and operational excellence will elevate our project management operations. Joe has been a valuable asset to IWR and that will continue to be the case in his new position.”

Prior to this new role, Sharamitaro has served as a project manager at IWR since 2015. Before joining IWR, he has also worked as a project superintendent, assistant superintendent and project engineer at a nationally recognized general contractor in the St. Louis-area for nearly a decade.

Sharamitaro is a graduate from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering.

Headquartered in St. Louis, Mo., IWR North America is one of the longest-standing contractors in the nation, specializing in building enclosures since 1895. With design, fabrication and installation capabilities, IWR delivers value-added solutions as a single-source building enclosure partner. For more information, please visit www.iwr-na.com or call 314-633-4958.

August 20, 2021

Castle Contracting Promotes Zach Kelly to Assistant Project Manager

Zachary Kelly

Castle Contracting has promoted Zach Kelly to assistant project manager from senior project engineer. In his new role, Kelly will assume more responsibility in the management of Castle projects, including overseeing and reporting on cost, production tracking, project planning and execution, as well as training implementation.

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 East End Transformation of Washington University’s Danforth Campus. He also contributed to Castle’s civil construction work on the Gateway Arch National Park, IKEA, City Foundry and numerous 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 serves on the Young Professionals Board for HomeFirst STL, a social services agency that connects homeless people with affordable housing. He and his family live in Ballwin, Mo.

“Zach always steps up when you ask for help, whether it involves travel, supporting a new office, launching a new technology or taking on additional workload,” said Michael Pranger, Castle vice president of operations. “As a result, he has gained experience in many aspects of running projects and assisting with general operations that will serve Castle well in his new role.”

 Castle Contracting, LLC provides turnkey site preparation and design-build 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.

July 30, 2021

Steve Raskin

Steve Raskin has joined Ittner Architects as Senior Associate and Project Manager.

Steve is an architect licensed in both Missouri and Illinois. He specializes in working with both PK-12 and Higher-Education clients. He leads projects through all phases of development, including facility assessments, master planning, community engagement, programming and the design of additions, renovations, and new construction projects. Steve is also active as an AIA Missouri Board Member and serves on a variety of national code writing committees.
Steve has more than 25 years in the St. Louis Architecture industry, including a previous stint at Ittner from 2006 to 2016. He received a Bachelor of Architecture from University of Kansas.

“I’m excited to continue to grow Ittner’s leadership in design and to create long-lasting partnerships with our clients,” Raskin said.

Founded in 1899, Ittner Architects is affiliated with Cordogan Clark Group, the leader in designing 21st-century learning spaces that excite students and stimulate their natural curiosity – safely, securely, on time and on budget. The firm has offices in Chicago, Aurora, and Fairview Heights, Illinois; St. Louis, Missouri; Lafayette, Indiana; and Madrid, Spain.

McCarthy Holdings Names Amanda Skillern Vice President, Quality

Amanda Skillern

Quality construction and a continuous improvement mindset enhance outcomes for clients.

“Quality is a deep commitment to examining results and being thoughtful about how we can continuously improve and deliver better outcomes for our clients,” Wittkop explained. “In that same spirit, we are always looking for opportunities to enhance our already best-in-class approach to quality. We are excited to welcome Amanda to our team and have her lead this process for us at a national level.”

With a decade of experience analyzing and leading quality in construction, energy and other sectors, Skillern brings a history of effective leadership, quality management, strategic planning and a commitment to operational excellence to her new role. Prior to joining McCarthy, Skillern served as senior director, global quality operations for a multi-national energy firm, where she was responsible for developing and executing the corporate quality strategy. In this role, she led implementation of a global root cause analysis software program encompassing quality, health, safety, environmental and security activities, using the data gathered to improve operational effectiveness and profitability. She also oversaw the transition from legacy practices to an integrated, reliable and consolidated quality management system.

A Louisiana native, Skillern earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from Southeastern Louisiana University and a bachelor’s degree in construction management from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

“Quality is a commitment to always improving — doing things just a little bit better each and every time,” Skillern said. “McCarthy is well known for its approach to quality, and I’m excited to help continue to strengthen this continuous improvement mindset.

“I value accountability, and this exists at McCarthy because the firm is 100 percent employee-owned. Everyone is pulling in the same direction, and this aligns directly with a commitment to continuous improvement. I look forward to exploring new ways to better connect and enhance our quality programs to improve outcomes for our clients.”

About McCarthy Holdings. Inc.

McCarthy Holdings, 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 Holdings, Inc. is comprised on McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. and Castle Contracting, Inc. Repeatedly honored as a Best Place to Work, McCarthy is ranked the 13th largest domestic builder (Engineering News-Record, May 2021). With approximately 5,000 salaried employees and craft professionals, the firm has offices in St. Louis; Atlanta; Collinsville, Ill.; Kansas City, Kan.; Omaha, Neb.; Phoenix; Las Vegas; Denver; Dallas, Houston; and San Diego, Newport Beach, San Francisco, San Jose and Sacramento, Calif. 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.

Castle Contracting’s Joel Richardson Earns Professional Engineer License

Joel Richardson, P.E.

Castle Contracting, LLC’s Civil Design Engineer Joel Richardson, P.E., has received his Professional Engineer license in Missouri.

Earning the Professional Engineer designation requires a bachelor’s degree in engineering, four years of applied work experience and passing a full-day exam. The credential communicates that an individual works within standards that protect the public, achieves a baseline standard of qualification and expertise, and serves as a credible and valid engineering professional.

Richardson has 23 years of experience in survey, construction layout and design. He earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the UMSL/Washington University Joint Engineering Program. Richardson supports Castle’s turnkey civil design-build services for site development work.

“Since the day he has walked in the door, Joel has been dedicated to adding value to the Castle team. He has leveraged his construction field knowledge to apply it to design and continues to grow his breadth of experience and expertise. We are proud of his achievement of becoming a Professional Engineer and are looking forward to all the great things he will do on the Castle team in the future,” said Christie Brinkman, Castle director of design-build.

Castle Contracting, LLC provides turnkey site preparation and design-build 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.

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Electrical Connection’s Sylvester Taylor Earns Diversity Award from the St. Louis Business Journal

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The St. Louis Business Journalhas named the Electrical Connection’s Sylvester Taylor one of its “Champions for Diversity and Inclusion.” Taylor is director of diversity, equity and inclusion for the Electrical Connection, a partnership of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 and St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).  

According to the St. Louis Business Journal, the “Champions for Diversity and Inclusion” showcases individuals who, through their work, are truly championing the cause of making St. Louis a more inclusive place to live and work.”  In saluting Taylor, the business publication noted that he “works to chart a path for more minorities in the electrical industry. When Taylor entered the IBEW/NECA Electrical Industry Training Program in 1990 as an apprentice, only two women and two African Americans were selected yearly for apprentices.  Today, approximately a third of apprentices at the training center are minorities and it has sustained that number for the past 10 years.” 

Taylor is recording secretary for IBEW and for the past 17 years has been the voice of minority workers as the co-founder and current president of IBEW’s Electrical Workers Minority Caucus.  He has used that voice to help shape the Electrical Connection’s diversity goals, leveraging the modernization of infrastructure as a recruitment tool in underserved communities. This includes engineering and installing renewable energy, smart infrastructure, EV charging stations, integrated communications along with tradition electrical and communication needs. To accomplish his mission he uses the Electrical Connection partnership’s significant resources and outreach, including:

  • Workforce development at the IBEW/NECA Electrical Industry Training Center which for 80 years has produce more highly skilled and safe electricians and communication technicians than any education program in Missouri – all free of charge in an apprenticeship program where students earn a living with benefits while they learn.
  • Engaging local residents in electrical industry careers through project partnerships that allow them to learn skills on the electrical and communications improvements made by Electrical Connection contractors in their communities. The career development takes shape in establishing paid pre-apprenticeship work on the project.  The hands-on work fortifies needed skills to apply for a full apprenticeship at the IBEW/NECA Electrical Industry Training Center, launching a career in the electrical industry.
  • Active engagement in a number of volunteer outreach programs by the Electrical Connection including support of Rebuilding TogetherHabitat for HumanityFerguson Shop with a Cop and more.  These programs also introduce careers in the electrical industry in communities with significant minority representation.

For the last six years,Taylor has served as a mentor for the Missouri Division of Youth Services, providing guidance for those the agency serves and encouraging young people to consider a career in the trades. This year, a coat drive initiative launch by Taylor when he co-founded the Electrical Workers Minority Caucus in 2004 will present its 18,000th coat to youth in need. 

Outside of the electrical industry, Taylor serves as treasurer on the Hazelwood School Board, is chairman of the St. Louis County Fire Safety and Standards Commission and has served on the board of the Black Jack Fire Protection District. From 2010 to 2014, Taylor also served as the representative for 80th District in the Missouri House of Representative.

Taylor and other honorees will be saluted at a Sept. 9, 2021 luncheon at the Chase Park Plaza.   Learn more about the St. Louis Business Journal’s “Champions for Diversity and Inclusion” program and all of its honorees at https://www.bizjournals.com/stlouis/news/2021/08/05/meet-2021-champions-diversity-inclusion-honorees.html

Members of the Electrical Connection provide safe and reliable electrical construction, maintenance, repair and replacement services across Missouri, the nation and the world.  Learn more at www.electricalconnection.org.

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Clayco Project Superintendent’s Patented Safety Harness Aims to Save Lives in Construction Industry

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Kyle Nuehring

Recently, commercial real estate and construction company Clayco was listed on Fast Company’s 2021 “Best Workplaces for Innovators” list. A company that was founded with innovation as a key pillar, Clayco understands that innovative thinking comes not from the position of an individual within the company but through fostering growth at every opportunity.

Clayco has also worked since its inception to integrate safety, both physical and psychological, into the foundation of the organization. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) found falls are the number one cause of fatality in the construction industry, causing one-third of all jobsite deaths.

The intersection of innovation and safety came to Clayco through Project Superintendent Kile Nuehring. While he isn’t the conventional innovator, his creative drive led him to think critically about the well-being of those around him. After being in the construction and metal work industries for most of his career, Kile noticed a safety solution that could be integral in preventing worksite falls. The Fall Arrest Acknowledgement System (F.A.A.S), is a safety device that can be built into new machines and retrofitted into existing boom and scissor lifts. Kile was recently issued a nonprovisional utility patent for F.A.A.S. and, to begin distribution, is working to install the system on all scissor lifts used on Clayco jobsites.

F.A.A.S. comprises a series of interrupter circuits that prevent power from being supplied to the controls of a boom or scissor lift when a safety lanyard is not attached during operations. Also included are a series of control relays, directional switches, magnetics sensors, one green acknowledgement light, one red acknowledgement light and one warning horn. With this invention, the operator of a boom or a scissor lift is required to be tied off to a designated point at all times during operation. The lanyard hook connection connects to the open magnetic sensor to close the circuit. The power passes that point to the machine operator’s controls and simultaneously sends a signal to the green acknowledgement light indicating that the operator is safe and tied off. If for any reason while the operator is elevated, he or she removes the lanyard hook from the tie off point, the now closed magnetic sensor immediately opens. When this happens, the green acknowledgement light turns red and an audible horn sounds until the magnetic sensor is closed again by re-installing the lanyard hook at the subsequent tie-off point making the operator safe again.

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Vic Donald Selected for Professional Practice Ethics and Leadership Award

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Geoprofessional Business Association and American Society of Civil Engineers Bestow Joint Award

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) is pleased to announce Victor “Vic” Donald, P.E., M. ASCE, has been selected as the 2021 winner of the Professional Practice Ethics and Leadership Award for “his superior ethics, innovative spirit, and love of learning and leadership that has shaped and forever changed the engineering profession.” This annual award is bestowed on one professional engineer annually through a joint award between the Geoprofessional Business Association (GBA) and ASCE.

As national director of the Geotechnical service line and a senior principal with Terracon, Donald has a long history as leader and ambassador for ethics in professional practice in the AEC industry, and has regularly shared his experience and insights through professional association programs.

“Vic Donald’s engineering career has been distinguished not only by his technical excellence, but by his personal and professional integrity. He embodies our company’s principles of business conduct and ethics, bringing a strong ethical commitment to his role as a Terracon leader, his work with our clients, and as a mentor to our young engineers and emerging leaders,” said Gayle Packer, Terracon chair, president, and CEO.

In 2005, GBA and the ASCE instituted the Professional Practice Ethics and Leadership Award to promote and recognize civil engineering leadership in professional practice and ethics. The Foundation for Professional Practice, also established by GBA and ASCE, donated the funds to support this annual award, which recognizes an engineer-leader for a specific accomplishment or for lifetime achievements that demonstrate superior ethics and leadership while participating in professional practice or service to the public.

Donald will be presented with an award and honorarium, and he will be recognized at GBA’s 2021 Fall Conference to be held October 21-23 at the Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort and Spa. He will also be recognized at a future ASCE event.

ABOUT THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CIVIL ENGINEERS

Founded in 1852, the American Society of Civil Engineers represents more than 150,000 civil engineers worldwide and is America’s oldest national engineering society. ASCE works to raise awareness of the need to maintain and modernize the nation’s infrastructure using sustainable and resilient practices, advocates for increasing and optimizing investment in infrastructure, and improve engineering knowledge and competency. For more information, visit asce.org and follow us on Twitter, @ASCETweets and @ASCEGovRel.

Terracon is an employee-owned engineering consulting firm with more than 5,000 employees providing environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services from more than 150 offices with services available in all 50 states. Terracon ranks 24th on Engineering News-Record’s 2021 list of Top 500 Design Firms. For additional information about Terracon, visit terracon.com.

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