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Habitat for Humanity Breaks Ground on Home Build in St. Louis’ Gate District


Partners with Concrete Strategies, Clayco and the Construction Career Development Initiative with the support of Geotechnology, Inc. and the St. Louis Job Corps Center.

Habitat for Humanity’s breaks ground on a new home build today, bringing together a collaborative team led by Concrete Strategies, part of the Clayco enterprise, and workforce diversity nonprofit Construction Career Development Initiative (CCDI). The four-day build will take place at 3429 and 3427 Park Avenue, and each day the site will be staffed with twelve skilled Clayco and CCDI volunteers. The volunteers will be pouring foundations for two homes in St. Louis’s Gate District neighborhood and helping to support minority representation in construction.

While Concrete Strategies and CCDI are providing volunteers and donations, the project is also fueled by a partnership with the St. Louis Job Corps Center’s construction program, Geotechnology, Inc., and other local subcontractors who partner with CCDI to hire program graduates into full-time employment. Three CCDI graduates who are now employed full-time with Concrete Strategies are participating in the build: Chris Conners (class of 2016), Keshawn Outlaw (class of 2018) and Shutaun Williams (class of 2020 and a St. Louis Job Corps graduate).

“Habitat for Humanity appreciates the tremendous planning, skills and time that each of the partners in this build have dedicated,” said Kimberly McKinney, Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis CEO. “It’s especially meaningful knowing we are bringing together a changemaking group of individuals to participate. Our team of community partners are driving equitable opportunities for the underserved in our community.”

Volunteer Shutaun Williams, a 2020 CCDI graduate and Concrete Strategies carpenter, joins fellow graduates and four of his former St. Louis Job Corps instructors on the project. “The build is bringing together a group of people who want to do good for our community,” said Shutaun. “I am happy to be part of this project, and even more so, I am proud to be a part of the CCDI family. To have a support system of impactful leaders who want to see you succeed and want to create solutions that give more people an opportunity to overcome systematic barriers—this support is unmatchable.”

CCDI is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded by Clayco in 2015 in response to the unrest in Ferguson to provide career development opportunities to young minority adults who are underrepresented within the construction industry. The organization works to bridge the workforce diversity gap by partnering with various school districts in North St. Louis County and St. Louis City, community leaders and organizations such as St. Louis Job Corps and North Technical High School to cultivate a renewed interest in apprenticeships and career technical education programs. For example, once students graduate from St. Louis Job Corps Center, CCDI helps to place program graduates into full-time employment and assists with any barriers students may face from transportation to tools to help ensure retention in the construction industry. Since CCDI’s establishment in 2015, 80 of the program’s students have been placed in full-time careers.

“All of us involved are thrilled by the opportunity to serve our St. Louis neighbors,” said Tom Sieckhaus, President of CCDI and Executive Vice President of Clayco’s Corporate Business Unit. “This build signifies our shared commitment to placing underserved young people into full-time employment and expanding our joint reach to ensure as many people as possible have access to career development in the construction field is critically important.”

Longtime CCDI partner Dr. Dave Baker was in attendance at the groundbreaking. Dr. Baker retired last year from his role as Assistant Superintendent of College and Career Readiness of Special School District and is now the Business and Community Liaison for St. Louis Job Corps. About CCDI and its impact, Dr. Baker said, “CCDI has become integral in the northern portion of the St. Louis region in regard to ensuring a diverse and competent workforce for the construction industry. CCDI has taken on the task of connecting young men and women interested in the field of construction to the companies who will mentor and eventually hire them. Young people need validation of their hard work and good decisions; CCDI and its partners are providing that validation.”

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About Clayco
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.

About Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis

Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis (HFHSL) is a not-for-profit, ecumenical housing ministry working in partnership with individuals and communities to improve housing conditions and provide safe, decent and affordable housing in St. Louis City and County. With more than 400 homes already built or rehabbed, HFHSL is one of the leading housing developers in St. Louis. HFHSL regularly ranks among the top Habitat for Humanity affiliates in the country. HFHSL donors, volunteers, and partner families work side-by-side to build or rehab homes ensuring that every deserving family in St. Louis has a decent place to live. Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis:  Building Homes, Building Hope, Building St. Louis.  For more information, visit: www.habitatstl.org.

About the Construction Career Development Initiative

The Construction Career Development Initiative (CCDI) was founded by Clayco in 2015 in response to the aftermath in Ferguson, Missouri to provide a program for selected young adults in North County to help them overcome barriers to success, pair them in long-term one-on-one mentorship, offer financial support, and create opportunities for job placement. Clayco’s vision and ultimate goal with CCDI is to support workforce diversity and bridge the gap in workforce development. Clayco realized this task could not be completed alone and that is what this initiative has grown over the past three years to include many partnerships in the St. Louis community with school districts, local leaders and contractors and subcontractors. Together, we can build the foundation to change. For more information, please visit https://ccdi.org/.

About St. Louis Job Corps

St. Louis Job Corps Center supports the Job Corps program’s mission to teach eligible young people the skills they need to become employable and independent and place them in meaningful jobs or further education. St. Louis Job Corps has 15 Career Technical Training Programs and six (6) are in the Construction Trades. The program also draws students from St. Louis City, St. Louis County and St. Charles County; the majority of Job Corps participants hail from St. Louis City and north St. Louis County, the areas of CCDI’s focus. Job Corps is a U.S. Department of Labor Equal Opportunity Employer Program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.


Home Builders Association Donates $13,000 to UCP Heartland


On behalf of the Home Builders Charitable Foundation (HBCF), 2021 HBA President Bill Wannstedt of Consort Homes (left) and HBA Executive Vice President Celeste Rueter (right) presented a $13,000 donation to UCP Heartland director of development Kevin Litt. 

The donation will be used to replace the HVAC system at the organization’s Oak Tree Respite Home in Webster Groves, Mo. The unique respite program offers a fully staffed home-away-from-home for adults with developmental disabilities. Primary caregivers may schedule a planned or emergency visit for their loved ones while they travel or tend to their personal needs. UCP Heartland’s mission is to provide children and adults living with differing abilities the extraordinary care and support they need to thrive in school, at home, at work and in their community.

The HBA is a local trade association of more than 600 member firms representing the residential construction industry. The Home Builders Charitable Foundation, the HBA’s charitable arm, is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing housing assistance to people or organizations with special shelter needs.


Co-Founders McKelvey and Auer Continue to Make Delmar Maker District



A virtual roomful of CREW St. Louis attendees gathered April 13 to learn from Douglas Auer, glass artist and owner of Third Degree Glass Factory, as he walked through his partnership with Square Co-founder Jim McKelvey in redeveloping properties along Delmar between Union and Kingshighway Boulevards in what is known as The Delmar Maker District.

The district – situated 1.5 miles east of the Delmar Loop, is a growing mecca of makers, artists, designers and entrepreneurs. Nearly three years ago, fellow artisans Auer and McKelvey quietly began acquiring, rehabbing and redeveloping derelict buildings and homes with the mission of creating spaces where solopreneurs can accomplish the district’s goal to “live, make and sell.”

Third Degree Glass is located at 5200 Delmar Boulevard in the heart of the district.

“Reinvigorating this area is our goal,” Auer told the CREW St. Louis audience. “What I found when I unintentionally stuck my nose into the development world three years ago was the disparity in property values. Everything is so segmented. There is a lot of overlap that isn’t happening here in St. Louis,” he added.

With Washington University in St. Louis as the facilitator, Auer, McKelvey and other Delmar area proponents including Maxine Clark began meeting to talk through strategies for increased safety, beautification, placemaking, public art and infrastructure improvements.

“We’re concentrating intently on the stretch of Delmar between Union and Kingshighway,” said Auer. “Where this goes next, I’m not sure.”

Where it has already gone is the revitalization of all existing buildings in this section of Delmar, with vacant land the next target for redevelopment. Auer told CREW St. Louis listeners that his home is in the district and that he’s committed to a long-term vision.

“Jim McKelvey continues to put his money where his mouth is and is making real investments in an area of the city where there’s no guarantee of return,” said Auer. “Even now, we’re sustaining 36 local artists who got their start here. Our goal is to be thought of as the center (of town) and not the edge. There’s no reason that everything to the north of Delmar shouldn’t be as important as what’s to the south of Delmar. Our goal is to do good things rather than talk about what divides us.”


IMPACT Strategies Begins Construction on Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility


IMPACT Strategies has been selected by Encompass Health to manage construction of a 40-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital in Shiloh, IL. With the structure conveniently located adjacent to BJC HealthCare’s Memorial Hospital Shiloh campus on Frank Scott Parkway East, IMPACT broke ground on the $15.5 Million project in January 2021.

Under the design guidance of Gresham Smith, the 1 story building will contain 48,000 square feet of acute rehabilitation care. Supplementing acute care services, like those of Memorial Hospital Shiloh, the facility will include 40 private inpatient rooms, a kitchen, dining room, exercise room, pharmacy, therapy gym, dialysis room, and therapy courtyard. Upon completion in December 2021, the rehabilitation hospital will offer physical, occupational, and speech therapies to the Metro East area and surrounding region.

Looking to expand and utilize their healthcare construction expertise, this is the first time IMPACT Strategies has worked with Encompass Health. The facility is expected to operate as a joint venture between Encompass Health and BJC HealthCare.

IMPACT Strategies provides client-focused construction management, design/build, and general contracting services. The firm offers a full continuum of innovative design/build service capabilities including proven construction management processes and site development. IMPACT Strategies serves a regional and national client base in the Healthcare, Senior Living, Multifamily, Office, Retail, and Warehouse/Distribution markets. To learn more visit BuildwithIMPACT.com or call 618-394-8400 or 314-646-8400.


Children’s Mercy Research Institute Designed for Optimal Energy Efficiency


Beyond being a tech-savvy, visually stunning addition to the landscape of Hospital Hill, Children’s Mercy Research Institute’s new headquarters exemplifies optimal energy efficient design.

Thoughtful, deliberate design and engineering of the array of systems that will power the new research institute is the result of years of planning, coordination and collaboration between BSA LifeStructures, owner Children’s Mercy Research Institute, MEP engineer Brack & Associates, structural engineer Bob D. Campbell and Company and Architectural Wall Systems LLC.

BSA LifeStructures has an office in Clayton.

BSA LifeStructures Director of Architecture Jacqueline Foy, LEED, AP, said planning to design the building’s systems began five years ago. The project was challenging to design a non-traditional laboratory and research building with a glass façade, open spaces and a monumental stair.

“We knew early on that glass would be the main exterior material, and we knew we would need the inside to be flexible and adaptable to meet the needs of changing research,” said Foy. “This meant minimizing additional interior wall construction. It started us down the path to push the limits of traditional curtain wall systems.”

Children’s Mercy Research Institute’s various building systems, inside and out, have been designed and engineered to achieve maximum energy efficiency for the client throughout the life cycle of the building.

The structure’s glass curtain wall system – the outer, non-structural covering of the building – has been designed to spur energy efficiency via a strikingly beautiful and research-centric design.

“The form of both the building and the monumental stair on the west side are inspired by science and by the research that will take place inside,” Foy said. “It was especially important to consider energy impacts at the monumental stair. Without the ability to have clear-vision glass, the structure of the stair would be lost and the connection to the institute’s purpose would not be on display. However, ignoring the energy requirements would mean no one would ever use this space,” she added. “Working alongside partners that understood the importance of balancing energy efficiency with aesthetics allowed for the true vision of the building, and specifically the monumental stair to be realized.”

Architectural Wall Systems (AWS) was the design-assist partner for the all-glass curtain wall system that is already a focal point for motorists traveling south along Interstate 35 or Highway 71 and westward on Interstate70 as they approach Kansas City. “Children’s Mercy Research Institute is an emerging, identifiable landmark for Kansas City just south of downtown,” said Brad Davison-Rippey, AIA, system design manager at AWS. “It definitely has a presence on Hospital Hill.”

The curtain wall system, according to Davison-Rippey, is 12 inches in depth, notably thicker than standard commercial curtain wall systems that measure seven to ten inches deep. “The primary reason we ended up with such depth is due to the amount of insulation we needed in the spandrel area, the area of the curtain wall that wraps all the spaces that need obscuring between the ceiling and the bottom of the structure. To optimize energy efficiency, we got really creative so we could make sure the insulation in these areas was as continuous as possible. There are approximately six inches of insulation in these cavities, easily half of which is continuous,” he added, noting that the curtain wall’s frames ranged from a U-value of .22 to .24, compared to typical curtain wall frames that have a U-value ranging from .35 to .40. “Our project team is proud of the level of efficiency this building possesses, particularly in light of all the glass it has. It’s a real win for the owner,” he said.

The diagrid curtain wall – an aerodynamic system comprised of interlinked triangles that eliminates the need for vertical columns – fills the space between the main tower and the monumental stair from ground level to just above the sixth floor. Diamond-patterned glass designed with the project’s four primary glass colors but also pulls in various blues and greens from the existing hospital. The main tower and the iconic stair each have an independent unitized curtain wall system.

Sequencing of the building’s construction enabled AWS to prefabricate all of the unitized curtain wall system components off site as the structure was being erected. “Prefabricating allowed us to install the curtain wall system one five-foot-tall by 16-foot-wide frame (weighing 900-1,000 pounds) at a time,” Davidson-Rippey said. “It took us two to three weeks to wrap each floor, with a total of more than 1,400 prefabricated frames for the entire structure.” The glass was sourced from Viracon in Owatonna, MN, and installed into frames fabricated by AWS’ partner Sotawall in Toronto, Ontario. 

Foy said the project team spent much time and research to create the variations of the glass that are positioned within the unique curtain wall framing that wraps Children’s Mercy Research Institute.

“There is a very distinct and precise pattern on the glass,” she said. “It was important that the colors and reflectivity of the glass allowed the pattern to reveal itself. This time it was the balance between the performance of the glass and its reflective films that helped complete the design intent of the pattern.”

Another example of energy efficiency design is the triangular glass wall dividing the building’s main entrance from the interior with an eight-foot by eight-foot “glass box” vestibule. The glass box feature, according to Foy, adds another layer of separation from one area to the next, reducing the strain on mechanical systems specific to heating and cooling needs spurred by occupants entering and existing the main entrance. BSA LifeStructures’ designs were embodied in a 3-D physical model of each building system.

Balancing and regulating the amount of daylight streaming into the new research institute structure also proved an instrumental facet of designing and engineering for maximized energy efficiency. Children’s Mercy Research Institute, BSA LifeStructures, partner Brack & Associates and McCownGordon Construction. The companies’ representatives met weekly throughout the life of the project to ensure every detail of the sizes and requirements of the building’s mechanical, electrical and structural systems designs (engineered by Bob D. Campbell and Company) interacted with one another to operate at the highest level of energy efficiency possible.

“Our first concern was how this large addition to the hospital’s existing physical plant was going to impact their ability to power the systems in the new research institute building,” said Dave Krug, vice president of Brack & Associates and project manager. “We built the new building’s systems onto an ongoing, existing chilled water system project at Children’s Mercy Kansas City that was already underway when this new project began. We projected that Children’s Mercy Research Facility was going to require another 1,200 cooling tons. When they began planning for this research institute facility 20 years ago, they laid plans to build a second (energy) plant adjacent to the new structure that is nearly completed.”

The advantages of tying both plants – the original energy plant built to power the hospital three decades ago and the newer energy plant to supply the research building – are clear in terms of equipping Children’s Mercy Research Institute for maximum energy efficiency, according to Krug. The new chillers are state of the art, he said.

“We added two 1,000-ton, magnetic-drive centrifugal chillers to the owner’s cooling system that are newer technology,” said Krug. “Each operates at about 15 percent higher efficiency than a conventional centrifugal chiller. Instead of needing bearings, the new chillers are designed with a magnetic shaft.”

Energy efficiency also abounds within the laboratories housed in the new research institute. Krug said a Kansas City-based global manufacturer of lab fume hoods, Labconco, fabricated tech-forward hoods that detect if the user has walked away with sensors that automatically close the sash, decreasing the air flow required for safe operation of the hood to save exhaust-related energy draws. “We project that these lab fume hood sensors will save the owner about 40 percent in energy operating costs annually,” he said.

The lab exhaust system is also designed and engineered to require a lower amount of outside exhaust, saving additional energy. One example of this energy efficient design is the use of Type C biosafety cabinets. The specialized cabinets are designed to reduce the amount of exhaust required yet maintain a safe environment within the research labs.

Variable air volume controls providing the proper amount of exhaust and supply to keep positive and negative air pressure relationships in balance are further evidence of facility systems design that supports energy efficiency, said Krug. “Emergency push buttons that send the exhaust system into purge mode in the case of a sudden, high quantity of air needs pushing – should there be a chemical fume release – are another sophisticated mechanical system in this new facility,” he said. “While providing a safe, comfortable environment in which researchers will work, the system will also utilize only the required amount of energy needed.”

A heat recovery system with a run-around loop that’s able to recover some 40 percent of the heating or cooling that would typically be lost in a traditional, single-pass laboratory mechanical system is another energy efficient facet of Children’s Mercy Research Institute’s design.


Trivers & S. M. Wilson’s Washington University January Hall Project Receives LEED Platinum Certification


Trivers and S. M. Wilson & Co.’s Washington University January Hall project received LEED Platinum certification for its green building practices, commitment to environmental responsibility and overall sustainability. Located on the University’s historic Danforth Campus, January Hall was originally built in 1922 as Washington University’s School of Law. As part of the University’s long-term effort to revive legacy buildings, January Hall received an extensive renovation which included the addition of a new 22-seat seminar room on the lower level and new restrooms as well as renovations and reconfigurations of administrative offices, classrooms and the East Asian Library. The original Moot Court and lecture hall is now an Active Learning classroom with highly flexible seating arrangements and integrated technology.

To enhance the energy performance of the building, the renovations included adding a second layer of interior glazing to the existing leaded glass windows, insulation of certain exterior walls, and a new mechanical system with energy recovery and demand-control. Interior finishes were selected to support sustainability and human health goals by prioritizing recycled content, environmental reporting, low-VOC, and Red List (banned chemicals) free materials. The building now houses offices and teaching space for Washington University’s professional and continuing education division, University College.

Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) provides building owners and operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.

Trivers served as the Architect of Record and S. M. Wilson the Construction Manager. During the design and construction, the team worked together along with Hellmuth+Bicknese Architects, Sustainability Consultant, to ensure that sustainable elements of the project were prioritized and retained to achieve LEED Platinum, the highest LEED certification. January Hall received the following notable sustainable accomplishments:

  • Washington University’s first project certified under LEED v4
  • Achieving all possible points in Optimize Energy Performance with 35% energy savings
  • Verified construction and demolition waste management achieving 96.3% diversion
  • Storage and collection of recyclables
  • Long-term commitment with enhanced commissioning and advanced energy metering
  • Indoor water use reduction of 46.5%

In 1975, Trivers was founded on values that still characterize the firm today: creating architecture of lasting positive consequence. In a city renowned for its historic architecture, but in severe need of restoration and fresh ideas, we established a reputation for thoughtful design that responded to context. Our early focus on historic renovation and adaptive reuse rapidly grew to include ground up construction. Today, while continuing our commitment to St. Louis, we work for a range of clients across the country from government to hospitality to education to business to cultural and civic. For more information, visit www.trivers.com.

S. M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis and offices in Cape Girardeau, MO and Edwardsville, IL. Founded in 1921, and celebrating its 100th year of serving the community, S. M. Wilson is dedicated to going above and beyond expectations for their clients by putting people first. The 100% employee-owned company is one of the leading construction management firms in the Midwest. For more information, visit www.smwilson.com.


KWK Architects Transforms Bernard Becker Medical Library at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis


Second through seventh floors, lower level and lobby entrance renovated

Transforming Bernard Becker Medical Library into an education service and technology hub was one of the initial steps in a five-year plan by Washington University School of Medicine to better integrate its St. Louis campus. The program, called Building Campus Connections, focuses on incorporating educational services, expanding clinical space, and improving research and service facilities while building a cohesive, collaborative environment.

KWK Architects took the lead role in designing renovations to Becker Library’s basement, ground floor lobby entrance, and second through seventh levels.

“KWK was a partner in developing our program plan and worked with our team to create ways to engage campus stakeholders in new and innovative ways,” said Melissa Rockwell-Hopkins, Assistant Vice Chancellor of Operations and Facilities with the School of Medicine.

The first phase of the library’s renovation included moving the Biostatistics Division to the fifth floor, Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences to the fourth floor, and the Office of Medical School Education to the third floor. In the second phase, Informatics would be relocated to the sixth floor and Student Support Spaces to the second floor. The third phase included a complete renovation of the ground floor entry lobby and library study space. The final step included a refresh of the seventh-floor meeting rooms and build-out for a state-of-the-art recording studio on the lower level.

Each of the new suites on the second through sixth floors was designed to accommodate HIPPA compliant private offices and meeting rooms, along with open workspaces. The workspaces provide semi-private workstations for staff and more flexible hoteling options that include stand-up desks and comfortable, movable furniture. Access to daylighting and views was achieved with interior offices fit with glass windows to connect to the open office adjacent to the exterior windows.

Each floor was updated with new shared student lounge/kitchen areas, shared meeting and classrooms, and ADA accessible restrooms. New lighting, mechanical systems, and finishes were selected to provide updated, lower maintenance for present and future space uses.

Three floors of book stacks were relocated during the renovation, while the library’s ground and first floors continue to provide book borrowing, computers, and copying and printing services. The new library study space included upgrading the finish and MEP/FP systems to the perimeter offices, a new information desk, and updated finishes and flexible furniture options in the open study area.

A Feuerstein Health and Wellness Information Center was designed near the entry to allow easy access for staff, students, and faculty. A built-in kiosk provides access to both printed and electronic health information to benefit the campus community.

A new entrance was a significant part of the library’s renovation. KWK designers preserved the existing brick walls and granite flooring. They added new full-height glass windows and doors to give visitors a visual connection to the exterior while allowing the spaces to be more functional. New limestone surround was designed to highlight the entry point to the library’s seven-story atrium.

“A new wood and acoustical ceiling shape were designed that relates to the traffic circulation through the lobby and is reinforced with new carpeting and a built-in bench to establish a touchdown space within the lobby with views to the exterior,” said Bob Buckman, AIA, KWK Project Manager.

For the project’s final phase, KWK updated the seventh-floor meeting rooms and designed a state-of-the-art recording studio in the basement. A 700-square-foot instruction design studio was created to create high-quality video course material for faculty and students. Space includes an acoustically isolated video recording studio with greenscreen and lightboard technologies, along with a smaller DIY studio and editing room.

In 2015, Washington University School of Medicine hired KWK Architects to develop a phase one-campus plan https://outlook.wustl.edu/building-connections/. The Building Connections plan included vital mission areas, such as Medical Education, led by KWK Principal Eric Neuner. KWK facilitated a detailed review of the Medical Education Program with key leaders of the Medical School. The team analyzed which departments needed to be adjacent to each other, where the different departments made sense on campus, and which departments could share what spaces, if any. Gaining a thorough understanding of just how the School of Medicine utilized its existing space was a crucial step in the process.

Since the master plan’s completion in 2015, KWK has worked on over 50 design and study projects on the School of Medicine Campus. These include projects outlined in the master plan and additional enabling projects that have helped support campus growth and recruitment activities. Recently completed projects were the final phase of the 2015 Phase One Education Renovation Plan.

For more information about KWK Architects’ Master Planning expertise, visit www.kwkarchitects.com/markets/details/master-planning.

Founded in 2013 by five architects with a combined 120 years of higher education knowledge and experience, KWK Architects partners with colleges and universities across the United States to create innovative and inspiring places that enhance campus life. Areas of expertise include student housing and dining and academic and science/technology spaces. KWK Architects has completed more than $1 billion in construction-valued projects since its founding and currently employs a growing staff of 15 at its headquarters in St. Louis, MO. For more information about KWK Architects, visit www.kwkarchitects.com or contact the Director of Marketing Cindy Hausler at cindyh@kwkarchitects.com.


Carmody MacDonald Celebrates 40 Years of Legal services to St. Louis Area


Carmody MacDonald P.C., the mid-size St. Louis-based law firm providing a broad range of business, individual and litigation services, is celebrating its 40th anniversary.  The firm was founded in 1981 by Donald Carmody, Leo MacDonald, Sr., John (Jack) Hilton and Timothy Wolf with the values of responsibility, strategic thinking, confidence and diligence.  Joyce Capshaw was the first attorney hired by the ownership group and has remained with the firm to this day.

With more than 55 attorneys today, the firm has grown to become one of the few locally owned law firms to reach the 40-year milestone.

“The firm was founded with the vision of establishing close relationships with clients, serving as valued counselors and providing exceptional services,” said Gerard (Jerry) Carmody, Litigation Practice Leader at Carmody MacDonald.  “This vision has served us well over the years, as today we remain committed to providing the highest quality of legal services to all clients, whether they are small businesses, large corporations, individuals or families. At the same time, we are proud of our generous commitments of time and resources to a wide range of community service and nonprofit organizations that our staff members support.”

Since its founding, Carmody MacDonald’s commitment to the St. Louis community has been as strong as its passion and desire to champion its clients’ goals and aspirations.  The firm’s attorneys and staff members are encouraged to provide pro bono and volunteer services and hold leadership positions with a wide range of civic and business boards, schools, nonprofit foundations, community service groups and charitable organizations. In just the past three years, more than 1000 hours of pro bono service hours have been provided by Carmody MacDonald attorneys. The firm and their attorneys volunteer for more than 50 organizations, including the Gateway Chapter – National Multipole Sclerosis Society, Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital, Central Institute for the Deaf, Art St. Louis, Make-A-Wish Foundation, St. Louis Regional Chamber, Junior Achievement, the Little Bit Foundation and more.

“Our values are exemplified through our commitment to provide services to nonprofit organizations and our dedication to pro bono work,” said Leo MacDonald, Jr., Business Services Practice Leader at Carmody MacDonald.  “We also pride ourselves on representing clients that also share these values.”

“Clients choose us because they are looking for practical, cost-effective solutions for complicated legal situations,” said Ron Rucker, Principal at Carmody MacDonald and member of the firm’s management team.  “We offer clients the cost-effective advantages of a mid-size firm coupled with the range and depth of offerings of a larger firm.  We want to thank all our clients past and present for the opportunity to serve them and help them meet their goals.”

“Carmody MacDonald’s culture is defined by its sincere commitment to forging long-term relationships with clients like us,” said Bryce Rutter, CEO of Metaphase Design Group.  “They have built their reputation on word of mouth and remain 100 percent client focused.”

Carmody MacDonald and its attorneys are regularly recognized by leading legal industry media and organizations for their professionalism. In 2020 alone, 22 of the firm’s attorneys were recognized by Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers and 33 attorneys were recognized by Best Lawyers. In addition, the firm is actively involved in supporting the goals of women and minorities in the workplace.

“We choose to serve organizations that promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and assistance to the underserved,” said Tina Babel, Principal at Carmody MacDonald.  “This includes, but is not limited to, the Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, Commercial Real Estate Women and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.  We are helping these organizations bring about the cultural changes necessary to improve the St. Louis community.”

“A hallmark of our firm is the ease with which our attorneys can draw upon the multiple specialty practice areas we offer to provide legal services addressing virtually every aspect of clients’ business, individual, and litigation needs,” said Jerry Carmody. “This in turn is what attracts attorneys to work here, whether they are fresh out of law school, tired of working for larger firms or who want to bring their own practices into our collaborative environment.”

For more information, visit www.carmodymacdonald.com.


Holland Construction Services Completes Keystone Place Senior Living Development in O’Fallon, Illinois


Holland Construction Services has completed work on the new Keystone Place at Richland Creek Senior Living Development in O’Fallon, Illinois.

The $39 million development, located at the northwest corner of Frank Scott Parkway and Fountain Lakes Drive, offers independent living, assisted living, and memory care services in one location. The four-story building has 149 apartments including 64 independent living, 66 assisted living, and 19 memory care, plus one guest suite. The five-acre development also features a memory garden, a courtyard, and a formal entrance lobby facing Fountain Lakes Drive.

Timothy Eldredge, President of NASCON Senior, LLC and Co-Founder of Keystone Senior Management Services, Inc. said because Holland was able to complete the project one month ahead of schedule, residents are already moving in and starting to utilize this facility.

“This development offers a much-needed, new rental housing option for older adults seeking a safe, secure, maintenance-free, service-rich lifestyle and we’re very excited that it was completed ahead of schedule,” said Eldredge. “We selected Holland for this project because of their proven track-record for reliability and expertise and were very satisfied with the work they did on this project.”

The 170,000 square-foot development was constructed adjacent to Parkway Lakeside Apartments, which Holland completed several years ago. Holland Project Manager, Rob Ruehl, said this is a unique build for their team because of the comprehensive nature of the development.

“Our team has an incredible amount of experience handling multi-family and senior living projects that require different care levels and because of that background, we were able to ensure this development met the intended use for the building and the project ran smoothly,” said Ruehl. “We know Keystone Place will be well-utilized in our area and we were happy to be a part of it, and build a long-term relationship with this developer.”

Jan Brenner, Keystone Place at Richland Creek’s Senior Living Counselor, said interest in the Keystone community has been quite enthusiastic, with in-demand apartment floor plan options going fast.

“Keystone Place at Richland Creek’s ultra-inclusive service package provides meals, housekeeping, transportation, and life enrichment opportunities that allow residents to engage, explore and maximize their personal wellness, even in a time of social distancing,” said Brenner. “With residents and staff vaccinated at this point, people are really seeking opportunities to socialize and connect with others again, and that’s the idea behind the Keystone Place lifestyle.”

The community is hosting open house events on April 17and 18by appointment.  For more information about Keystone Place at Richland Creek or to schedule an open house visit, call (618) 576-6178.

Holland Construction Services is a full-service construction management, general contracting, and design/build firm guided by the principle of providing clients the best possible build experience on every project. For more information, visit Holland’s website at www.hollandcs.com.


Promotion & Leadership Change Within Bazan Painting Co.

Val Perales

Bazan Painting Company is undergoing some exciting changes. Val Perales, current­­­­­­­­ ­­­­­­Vice President of Commercial projects, is being promoted to the role of President.

In this role, Val will continue with his day-to-day responsibilities, while moving into more of a leadership role that is well-deserved.  

Kevin White

Kevin White is being promoted to Senior Vice President and will be working closely with Val in leadership of the company during this exciting transition.  

Former president, Walter Bazan Jr. will be assuming the title of Chairman.  These changes are to acknowledge the performance of Val and Kevin and move the company into future leadership.  

Walter Bazan Jr.

Bazan is anticipating a smooth and seamless transition as they continue to serve their loyal customers and work hard to provide the best in service and craftsmanship.