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Hankins Construction Builds on 75 Years of Excellence Launches New Brand


Hankins Construction is topping off its 75th Anniversary year by launching a new brand and updated logo, designed to reflect its reputation as a top Missouri building contractor focused on pre-planning and personalized attention.  The company’s new URL can be found at: HankinsMidwest.com

Founded in 1945 by the father-son team of George and Wade Hankins, Hankins Construction continues the family building tradition today under the new banner, “Hankins Construction. The Next Generation of Building.”  The company is led by fourth generation owners and brothers Stephen and Erik Hankins, who together, have more than 25 years’ full-time experience with the company.

The brothers were introduced to construction by their father, Dave, who served at the helm from 1980 to 2016.  “ We learned the business from the bottom up – working as teens under our father in the warehouse and on the job sites,” said Stephen Hankins, president, LEED® AP BD+C, who joined the company full-time in 2006. “The most important lessons we learned were ‘make sure you do it right the first time’ and ‘work safe’ so everyone can go home safely to their families.”

Stephen’s younger brother Erik, CM-LEAN, joined the company in 2011 and serves as vice president/project manager, leading the company’s lean principles.“Typical jobsites are filled with waste, and we are not talking trash, as defined by the LEAN principles this is any action that does not directly correlate the final completion. Once you develop an eye of these waste on a jobsite you can suggest time saving actions that will benefit the project greatly in the long run.”

Hankins Construction works in a number of markets, including municipal, educational, churches, healthcare, officer/retail, among others.  “We go where our clients take us,” added Stephen.  “And a lot of our clients are repeat customers who have built with us before.”
Recent projects include: Flint Hill Elementary Phase 2 and 3, Elsberry School District Campus Wide Additions and Renovations, Wentzville Middle School Kitchen and Cafeteria Renovation, and Workforce Development Center for the Lincoln County School District. 


Other major projects include the Pattonville Early Childhood Center; the United Methodist Church of Green Trails; a 90,000-sq. ft. renovation/addition to the Clayton Community Center and Natatorium; and firehouses for Valley Park, Northeast Ambulance and Firehouse, and the Spanish Lake Fire District.  The company also retrofitted a former Missouri Vehicle Emissions Inspection facility into a new YWCA Early Childhood Center at I-70 and Florissant Road. They also completed a new E-Sports classroom for Confluence Academy, paving the way for a whole new e-sports curriculum track at the school.

Another standout project was the new Hi-Pointe drive-thru restaurant on McCausland/Skinker Avenues, just north of I-64 and south of the Hi-Pointe Theatre on Clayton Road.  “We are fairly open-minded about challenges,” observed Stephen.  “When they told us they wanted to put pre-fab shipping containers on a very small site, we figured out how to do it, despite the tight site.  We like it when a client throws down the gauntlet and we can meet it.  That’s what makes our job interesting.”

The brothers believe that its relationships and personal touches provide the real value-add for clients.  “Our pre-planning approach and the amount of time and effort we devote at the beginning of a project really sets us apart,” added Stephen.  “New technologies also have had a tremendous impact on our industry, from design and building materials, to project scheduling and management.  In the future, we fully expect to see more drones, robots, artificial intelligence, and 3-D printing. But in the end, we believe it is the relationships and people who make a project successful. “

Hankins Construction currently operates out of 6,000-sq.-ft. offices in Overland and they hope to significantly expand their nearby 15,000-sq. ft. warehouse in the near future. For information, visit HankinsMidwest.com or call 314-426-7030.

Industry veterans Rob Jernigan and Emery Molnar Join Clayco in Los Angeles Expansion

Rob Jernigan

Clayco, a full-service, turnkey real estate, architecture, engineering, design-build and construction firm with headquarters in Chicago, announced today that the firm is expanding its operations and establishing a West Coast regional office in Los Angeles. As part of that expansion, the firm has hired esteemed industry veterans Rob Jernigan and Emery Molnar to join Clayco as senior vice presidents.

With revenue expected to exceed $ 4.5 billion in 2021, Clayco specializes in the “art and science of building,” providing fast track, efficient solutions for industrial, commercial, institutional, and residential related building projects. Clayco has completed several billion dollars of work on projects along the West Coast, and still has a backlog in excess of $2 billion in Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada and Arizona.

Emory Molnar

“We have had explosive growth in all of our business lines on the West Coast and the time has come for us to go big,” said Clayco Executive Chairman/Founder Bob Clark on opening a Los Angeles office.

“Clayco has always pounced on opportunities created by industry setbacks and recessions; and with the shakiness of various markets and uncertainty caused by the pandemic, the shareholders and leadership agreed that this investment is in the best interest of our customers and company. Rob Jernigan and Emery Molnar are critical additions to our team.”

An accomplished architect, practice leader and community mentor with over 30 years of experience, much of Jernigan’s work can be seen across a revitalized Los Angeles. As a managing principal at his former architectural firm Gensler, Jernigan’s award-winning projects include the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, Wiseburn Unified School District and Da Vinci schools, The Ritz-Carlton Residences and JW Marriott at L.A. Live, Metropolis, The Broad, C3 in Culver City, and ICON Sunset Bronson Studios in Hollywood.  At Clayco, he will be senior vice president of integrated services and will be responsible for accelerating growth on the West Coast.

Molnar brings extensive leadership to Clayco’s West Coast expansion while having previously served in executive level positions at Gilbane Building Co. and Swinerton Builders in preconstruction, construction operations and business development. Molnar has successfully helped clients accomplish their visions in diverse industries including education, healthcare, hospitality, commercial and retail. As senior vice president for the Clayco Pacific Region Molnar will continue to serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors for ACE Los Angeles and as a board member of Women in Construction Operations (WiOPS).

Jernigan, after more than three decades working for the best architectural firms, said, “Both Emery Molnar, who comes from the building side, and I have always looked for the best results for our clients. We believe we can do better work by making the commitment to putting design and construction together the way in which Clayco has been so successful over the years.”

Added Molnar: “Rob and I are incredibly excited to be part of Clayco’s growth in the Pacific Region. I’ve long admired Clayco’s absolute command of the design-build industry, and I look forward to helping the company grow in these new target markets and, also, in new design-build verticals such as higher education.”

Helping lead Clayco’s West Coast expansion is executive vice president and shareholder Ryan McGuire. McGuire spent more than a decade of his career in Southern California with McCarthy Building Companies before joining Clayco in 2014. He returns to the West Coast having successfully led the Corporate and Mission Critical business units for Clayco.  Roberto Valdes, vice president of Industrial Pacific Region, will also help spearhead the effort; along with executives of the Lamar Johnson Collaborative, Clayco’s design arm.

McGuire said, “Los Angeles has one of the highest accumulations of intellectual and financial capital in the world and we see the area as a perfect fit for the Clayco platform to attract amazing talent to further the interests of our West Coast customers. Our value proposition is unique to those who would seek to join us, as we have an integrated platform across the entire real estate development, design and building spectrum and there are multiple ways to succeed and advance throughout the organization.”

The West Coast regional office will house group leaders from all of Clayco’s business units and subsidiaries. Its Los Angeles-based headquarters will be in Culver City, California. Clayco and its full-service real estate development entity CRG also currently have an office in Newport Beach, California.  

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 LJC
LJC is the full-service design and architecture arm of Clayco and is committed to enhancing the quality of the human experience and to improving how design and architecture can impact each individual’s emotional being. By harnessing the power of integrated design — including architecture, workplace strategy, interior design, landscape architecture, urban planning and engineering. — the company achieves its clients’ goals and aspirations. For more information, visit www.theljc.com.

Construction Spending, GDP Reports Show Residential Boom, Nonresidential Decline, Steep Rise in Costs


Solely due to soaring residential activity, construction spending in March increased 0.2% from a downwardly revised February rate and 5.3% from March 2020 to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1.51 trillion, the Census Bureau reported on Monday. Because unusually mild or harsh weather can cause monthly totals to vary significantly early in the year, it is useful to compare year-to-date figures for January-March combined in 2020 and 2021. On that basis, total spending increased 4.5% but the disparity widened further between strong residential spending growth and diminishing nonresidential activity. Private residential construction spending jumped 21% year-to-date, with gains of 27% for new single-family construction, 15% for new multifamily, and 14% for owner-occupied improvements. Private nonresidential construction spending declined 9.8% year-to-date, with decreases in all 11 components. The largest private nonresidential segment (ranked by year-to-date spending)—power—slumped 9.3% year-to-date (including electric power, -11%, and oil and gas field structures and pipelines, -5.3%), followed by commercial, -4.3% (including warehouse, 3.2%, and retail, -23%); manufacturing, -9.0%; and office, -4.5%. Lodging had the largest decrease, -26%. Public construction spending slipped 1.8% year-to-date. The largest public segment, public education construction, slid 2.4% (primary/secondary, 2.4%, and higher education, -14%). Highway and street construction declined 4.6% year-to-date. Public transportation construction fell 1.8%.

Inflation-adjusted gross domestic product (real GDP) increased 6.4% at a seasonally adjusted annual rate in Q1, the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) reported on Thursday, following increases of 4.3% in Q4 and 33% in Q3 2020, leaving real GDP 0.4% above the Q1 2020 level. Real residential investment in permanent-site structures leaped 25%, including investment in single-family structures, 31%, and multifamily structures, 4.6%. In contrast, there was a 4.8% decrease in real gross private domestic investment in nonresidential structures, including commercial and health care structures, -13%; manufacturing structures, -0.8%; power and communication structures, -10%; wells and mining structures, 60%; and other non-mining structures, -14%. Real government gross investment in structures declined 9.3%, including federal investment for defense structures, -24%; nondefense structures, -6.1%; and state and local structures investment, -8.9%. The GDP price index increased 4.1%, with price indexes for nonresidential structures investment, 4.0%; residential investment, 11%; and government investment in structures, 7.4%.

Notices of materials price increases continue to flood in. “In a normal year, Ron Whalen, vice president of Roger B. Kennedy Construction, receives one or two ‘Dear Valued Customer’ letters from suppliers notifying him of price increases for certain materials,” the New York Times reported today. “This year, a stack of 30 such warnings sits on his desk in Orlando, Fla., alerting him that things as diverse as lumber, drywall, aluminum and steel are going to cost 10 to 20% more.” Readers are invited to send information on materials costs and supply-chain issues to ken.simonson@agc.org. Readers this week sent announcements of steel price increases for steel and cement. AGC chief economist Ken Simonson will present his latest information with the chief economists of the American Institute of Architects and ConstructConnect in a free webinar on Thursday, May 6 from 2 to 3:30 pm EDT. Register here.

Construction employment, not seasonally adjusted, decreased from March 2020 to March 2021 in 203 (57%) of the 358 metro areas (including divisions of larger metros) for which the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) posts construction employment data, increased in 104 (29%) and was unchanged in 51, according to an analysis AGC released on Wednesday. (BLS reports combined totals for mining, logging, and construction in most metro areas, to avoid disclosing data about industries with few employers; AGC assumes the construction-only changes in these areas match the combined change.) The largest year-over-year (y/y) losses occurred again in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land (-31,000 construction jobs, -13%) and New York City (-24,000 combined jobs, -15%), followed by Midland, Texas (-10,000 combined jobs, -26%); Odessa, Texas (-8,000 combined jobs, -39%); and Nassau County-Suffolk County, N.Y. (-7,900 combined jobs, -10%). Odessa had the steepest percentage decline, followed by Lake Charles, La. (-35%, -6,800 construction jobs); Midland; Longview, Texas (-24%, -3,600 combined jobs); and Greeley, Colo. (-21%, -4,100 combined jobs). The Seattle-Bellevue-Everett division had the largest y/y gains (5,300 construction jobs, 5%), followed by Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, Ind. (4,300 construction jobs, 8%); Austin-Round Rock, Texas (4,000 combined jobs, 6%); Sacramento–Roseville–Arden-Arcade (3,200 construction jobs, 5%) and Ogden-Clearfield, Utah (3,100 combined jobs, 15%). Sierra Vista-Douglas, Ariz. again had the highest percentage increase (35%, 900 combined jobs), followed by Fargo, N.D.-Minn. (24%, 1,800 combined jobs); Cleveland, Tenn. (16%, 300 combined jobs); Niles-Benton Harbor, Mich. (15%, 300 combined jobs) and Ogden-Clearfield. Nine areas set new lows for March and 36 set new highs, in series dating in most cases to 1990.

Total compensation (wages, salaries, and benefits, including required employer payments) in the construction industry rose 0.9%, seasonally adjusted, in the first quarter (Q1) of 2021, compared to 0.6% in both Q4 and Q1 2020, BLS reported today. Wages and salaries in construction also rose 0.9% in Q1 2021, vs. 0.7% in Q4 and Q1 2020. Over 12 months, compensation increased 2.7%, vs. 3.1% in the previous 12 months, while wages and salaries rose 3.0%, down from 3.5% in the previous 12 months. BLS does not break out benefit costs for construction, but the fact that total compensation increased less than wages (2.7% vs. 3.0%) indicates that benefit costs rose less rapidly than wages. For all private industry employees, employer costs over the past 12 months increased 2.8% for total compensation, 3.0% for wages and salaries, and 2.5% for total benefits (including 2.1% for health insurance).

North Medical Group Project Highlight & Panel Discussion


CREW-St. Louis invites has announced an exciting virtual tour and discussion with Leonard Volner, Neil Volner, Christi Johaningmeyer and Geoffry Crowley as they walk you through their newly constructed dispensary in Pevely. They will share with us the journey to select, design and open this medical marijuana location. They will go behind the scenes of this stunning facility and discuss the challenges that face this type of operation, such as legal and tax implications, marketing, design, construction. They know you’re curious, so please register and get the exclusive that went into this striking location!  
include: Zach Mangelsdorf, President – North Medical Group LLC, Leonard Volner, Vice President – North Medical Group, LLC, Neil Volner, Director of Marketing & Procurement – North Medical Group, LLC, Christi Johaningmeyer, President – Architextures SP Interior Design
Geoffrey Crowley, Principal – Verve Design Studio
Teri Samples, Director of Real Estate and Construction Services for Mueller Prost will moderate.
*50 swag bags will be available (first come, first serve) courtesy of Working Spaces and North Medical

Date: May 11th | 4 – 5 p.m.
Registration: Complimentary, Members | $25, Nonmembers

Luxury 156-Unit Multi-Family Development Near The Meadows in Lake Saint Louis Receives Zoning Approval


The Meadows Luxury Living, a new upscale, 156-unit multi-family development in Lake Saint Louis has received zoning approval. The new development will add an amenity-rich, high-end housing option and community greenspace to the area and will support local retailers. Located on Technology Drive, across from The Meadows at Lake Saint Louis shopping center off Highway 40, the project is being developed by St. Louis-based Mia Rose Holdings and Jim Cook, IMOs Pizza franchisee and co-owner of Sugarfire Smokehouse. Construction will break ground this June and is scheduled to complete April 2022.  

“The Meadows Luxury Living is thoughtfully designed with extensive amenities and gathering spaces to satisfy the increasing desire to live, work and recreate close to home,” said Tom Kaiman, Founding Principal of Mia Rose Holdings, LLC. Kaiman and Cook teamed on The Junction, a highly successful, mixed-use development in Wentzville, MO, and recently received zoning approval for The Prairie, a large mixed-use development in neighboring Dardenne Prairie. “Western St.Charles is one of the fastest growing areas of the state. Several closeby corporate headquarters drive the demand for high-end, multi-family housing yet currently there are limited options.”

The Meadows Luxury Living will feature ample recreational and gathering areas including a resort-style pool and sun deck, outdoor lounge with fireplace, community BBQ and picnic area, clubhouse, specialty coffee bar, well-equipped fitness center, bike racks and greenspace with lush landscaping. Residents will enjoy pet friendly community policies and complimentary Wi-Fi. 

The 131,425-square-foot development’s 48 two-bedroom units and 108 one-bedroom units will be spread across five, three-story buildings. A beautiful palette of building materials will give an attractive, high-end appearance that blends with The Meadows and other nearby buildings. Features include cast stone architectural accents, architectural shingles, ornamental balcony railings, brick masonry veneer and decorative exterior lighting sconces. 

Each unit will feature a granite kitchen peninsula and countertops, subway tile backsplash, high-end flooring, washer and dryer, a private patio or balcony with storage, energy-efficient vinyl windows and patio doors, large bedroom and linen closets, stainless steel appliances, granite bathroom vanities and nine-foot ceilings. The two-bedroom units average 1020 square feet and the one-bedroom units are approximately 785 square feet. 

The general contractor is St. Peters-based Wright Construction and the architect is Rosemann & Associates, P.C. The property manager will be 2B Residential, the same firm that manages the Grand Central at the Junction multi-family development in Wentzville.  

Founded in 2014, Mia Rose Holdings LLC (MRH) is a Chesterfield, MO-based commercial real estate development company that actively acquires and develops real estate to support the needs and vision of local communities. In addition to multi-family and mixed-use developments, MRH has a strong niche developing and consulting for ice rinks and other athletic facilities. This expertise grew out of Tom Kaiman’s professional hockey career playing for the Arkansas Riverblades, Baton Rouge Kingfish and Lowell Lockmonsters. For more information about Mia Rose Holdings, visit www.miaroseholdings.org

Veterans for Wolf Branch Committee Hosts Groundbreaking at Middle School for New Veterans Plaza


A groundbreaking ceremony was held last week at the Wolf Branch Middle School construction site for the new Veterans Plaza. Located on the east side of the school, the Plaza is designed to honor those who have served in the six branches of the armed forces.

Jim Wilson, retired Veteran and President of the Veterans for Wolf Branch Committee, said the idea for the Wolf Branch Veterans Plaza began in late 2019, following a Veterans Day Salute hosted by the school. Then the pandemic placed everything on hold.

Shovels into the ground to begin construction of the new Wolf Branch Veterans Plaza. Pictured from left to right: Jim Niemeyer, Holland Construction Project Superintendent; Ben Menke, Holland Construction Project Engineer; Drew Patterson, Wolf Branch Student Representative; Stacey Sommerfield, Wolf Branch Middle School Principal; Neville Delatour, Wolf Branch Student Representative; Adeliz Delatour, Wolf Branch Student Representative; Scott Harres, Wolf Branch Superintendent; Easton Patterson, Future Wolf Branch Student Representative; Tim Hammond, USMC, Veterans for Wolf Branch Committee Secretary; Jim Wilson (R) USA, Veterans for Wolf Branch Committee President; Brian Dayton, Holland Construction Project Manager; Steve Duff, (R) USAF, Veterans for Wolf Branch Committee Treasurer; Frank Wiseman, Ittner Architects; Jason Smith, Ittner Architects.

Wilson said the committee has been soliciting pledges to fund the construction of the Plaza.

“No taxpayer funds are being used to construct the Veterans Plaza; it is being funded entirely by donations from the local community,” said Wilson. “While we have not yet reached our funding goal, the Veterans for Wolf Branch Committee would like to thank all who have so far given generously to support this effort.” 

The plaza will consist of the flags from each of the branches of the military, a large monument dedicated to all past, present, and future Veterans, and an area for visitors to reflect on the services of all veterans.

The Plaza was designed by Ittner Architects and is being constructed by Holland Construction Services.  Holland is also continuing the addition and renovation construction project at the Middle School. Both projects are scheduled for completion this summer.

For more information on the Wolf Branch Veterans Plaza or to make a pledge, visit wolfbranchveteransplaza.com.

Illinois Tech Wins Department of Energy Net Zero Building Design Challenge


Illinois Tech architecture and engineering students joined forces to win a Department of Energy competition designing a retail building that produces as much energy as it consumes

An interdisciplinary team of architecture and engineering students from Illinois Institute of Technology (Illinois Tech) have won the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Decathlon in the Retail Building Division. The collegiate competition challenges the next generation of building professionals to design high-performance, low-carbon buildings powered by renewable energy.

The interdisciplinary team of students from the Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering and the College of Architecture designed a functional retail building that produces as much energy as it uses over the course of a year: Net Zero energy. The winning Illinois Tech team designed the Nook, an 82,000 square-foot mixed use retail space located for a real vacant lot at the crossroads of Goose Island and Old Town in Chicago. Students; analyzed the cost, environmental impact, energy performance, and durability of the building while ensuring the building meets the real needs of the surrounding neighborhood and is in keeping with retail trends, to achieve economic as well as environmental sustainability.

According to DOE analysis, buildings currently account for approximately 74% of electricity use, 39% of total energy use, and 35% of carbon emissions in the United States.

The team focused on achieving a zero energy target by integrating passive and active engineering and design strategies including: building daylighting, natural ventilation, night purging, a well-insulated and airtight building enclosure, high-efficiency equipment, appliances and fixtures, a ground source heat pump, radiant floor and ceiling panels, HVAC control automation, a green roof and a roof-mounted photovoltaic system. The resulting design forms an environment that fosters high retail volume, a positive energy consumption impact, and community engagement.

While engineers have studied building operations systems as a means to reduce a building’s energy loss, this interdisciplinary project between Armour College of Engineering and the College of Architecture is a unique approach, melding disciplines to find a comprehensive, useful and beautiful solution to a common problem.

“Learning to integrate the design of building energy and environmental systems, driven by engineers, but within the context of architectural form and function has the potential to make big impacts on people with minimal impacts on the space,” says Professor and Department Chair of Armour College of Engineering’s Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering Brent Stephens. “Only with the combined efforts of architects and engineers can we really come up with both clever and realistic solutions to shared problems.”

“I was happy that the students chose to participate in the retail division because it was a new category this year,” said Edoarda Corradi Dell’Acqua, faculty advisor of the competition, and Lecturer of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering who teaches Net Zero Energy Home Design as part of the new Master of High Performance Buildings, a joint Armour College of Engineering and College of Architecture program. “Both the architectural design and the engineering design were very comprehensive. The students didn’t just propose a typical retail store, they really tried to think about the future of retail—will people still buy in person? Do they have to?”

The area surrounding the site has eight schools, and the need for a community center as well as modern retail convenience such as hybrid traditional retail and e-commerce fulfillment centers formed an inherent part of the design from the outset.

“The Nook is a non-traditional split-level retail building tailored towards fostering a sense of community with the surrounding schools and their students,” said team member Margarita Ramirez-Rodriguez, Architectural Engineering student in the Armour College of Engineering.

The building was designed to be operational year-round, with a rainwater collection system that feeds the green roof, sensors to adjust lighting and conserve energy, and a solar array that feeds excess energy into rechargeable batteries.

In addition to its role as a lasting community center, the facility can also be used as an emergency shelter with rechargeable batteries that can be used to power the building during power outages, peak electricity hours, and at night. If in case of an emergency, like a brown out, the building would cut down its power usage by 75%.

The unique sawtooth design of the roof is inspired by the historical factories surrounding it, but can also allow for daylighting, rainwater collection, and ventilation. When open, the roof’s shape and orientation channels the W-E prevailing winds, producing a passive negative pressure for enhanced exfiltration.

“The north side of The Nook has a large reflection pool, giving children and parents a fun place to relax as well as cool off from the hot Chicago summer sun, easily drained in winter or if, for example, a farmers market wanted to occupy the space during summer,” said Tian Li, PhD student in the College of Architecture at Illinois Tech.

Students collaborated with faculty members from both Armour College of Engineering and the College of Architecture, including faculty advisor Edoarda Corradi Dell’Acqua, Brent Stephens, Mohammad Heidarinejad, Laurence Rohter, Raymond Lemming, and Sachin Anand and received technical guidance from Brett Horin.

The student team worked with a range of industry partners including ASHRAE Illinois Chapter, Chicago Public Schools (CPS), dbHMS, Larson & Darby Group, SCB, Baumann Consulting, Cushing Terrell, Elevate Energy, Passive House Institute US, and zpd+a Architects.

The full student team consists of: Heather Pecho, BS Chemical Engineering, ME Environmental Engineering (team lead); Mina Geng, PhD Architecture; Chris W Hurlbut, M.Eng. Architectural Engineering; Donghyun Lee, PhD Architecture; Tian Li, PhD Architecture; Kohl Linder, BS. Architectural Engineering; William Polenc-Busby, BS Architectural Engineering M.Eng Structural; Margarita Ramirez-Rodriguez, Architectural Engineering, ME Building Systems; Alouki Shah, Architectural Engineering ME Building Systems; and Jacob D. Sorenson, Architectural Engineering ME Building Systems.

More renderings and images of the design are available for use in publication, please contact Petra at pkelly6@iit.edu for full resolution images:

About Illinois Institute of Technology

Illinois Institute of Technology, also known as Illinois Tech, is a private, technology-focused research university. Illinois Tech is the only university of its kind in Chicago, and its Chicago location offers students access to the world-class resources of a great global metropolis. It offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering, science, architecture, business, design, human sciences, applied technology, and law. One of 22 institutions that comprise the Association of Independent Technological Universities, Illinois Tech provides an exceptional education centered on active learning, and its graduates lead the state and much of the nation in economic prosperity. Illinois Tech uniquely prepares students to succeed in professions that require technological sophistication, an innovative mindset, and an entrepreneurial spirit. Visit iit.edu

Home Builders Association Donates $15,000 to Living Well Foundation


The Home Builders Charitable Foundation (HBCF), charitable arm of the Home Builders Association of St. Louis & Eastern Missouri (HBA), donated $15,000 to the Living Well Foundation to benefit Camp Jump Start. The donation will be used to install a central HVAC system at one of Camp Jump Start’s main buildings housing campers and staff. 

Living Well Foundation’s mission is to create healthier individuals/family units through experiential learning across the life cycle. Camp Jump Start is a whole health camp that jumpstarts success. Staff address and transform the whole health of every participant – physical, emotional and social. Participants accomplish results they never thought possible; receive a second chance to live a healthy, happy and hopeful life; and leave camp with the confidence and skills to continue their success at home.

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.

Cardinal Ritter College Preparatory High School Completes Athletic Complex Expansion & Renovations


Construction is complete on the expansion and renovation of the new weight room at Cardinal Ritter College Preparatory High School in St. Louis. Kwame Building Group (KWAME) served as the Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR). The project included updating the building’s footprint in order to expand the current weight room by approximately 1,200 square feet. The upgraded facility will help Cardinal Ritter develop and extend their athletic program and create a space that enhances the learning experience for students. 

Compared to the previous facility, the new weight room adds collegiate level exercise equipment, a large amount of natural light and direct access to outdoor fields. It also features a commercial washer and dryer and a charging station for student use. The KWAME team managed the design and construction process, performed cost estimates, produced project schedules and reviewed the design team’s deliverables. Knoebel Construction was the general contractor partner for the project. The architect was JEMA.

A new athletic field and track is also part of the school’s athletic complex update. The upgraded complex will be a community resource for other elementary schools, youth clubs and community-based organizations. It will serve the more than 10,000 youth and adults who will use the school’s athletic facilities each year.  

“This facility is nothing short of state of the art. It’s on a collegiate level and fits nicely into our strategic health and wellness plan,” said Tamiko Armstead, president of Cardinal Ritter.

Cardinal Ritter alumna Jasminn Jones was KWAME’s project manager for the renovation. While a student, she participated in the Intern Leadership Program and interned for two summers at KWAME. Jones, a graduate of Alabama A&M University, joined KWAME in 2018.

“It is an honor to be working as a project manager at my Alma Mater. I would have never imagined that I would have this opportunity and it is completely full circle. I enjoy Construction Management and I loved my time at CRCP, so to merge the two together, has been very rewarding and impactful,” said Jones. “Cardinal Ritter’s unique afrocentric style of teaching set the foundation for me to be a young black professional in the corporate world with confidence.”

“It was gratifying to witness how this has gone full circle through Jasminn, who is Cardinal Ritter graduate, former Kwame intern and now working as a full time project manager,” said Armstead. “We need more businesses like Kwame to invest in our students as interns, so they can experience careers like Jasminn and stay in St. Louis to live, work and give back.”

The renovation is part of the Cardinal Ritter’s Health and Wellness Initiative, funded in large part by the Taylor family and Enterprise Holdings Foundation, with support from our other donors, including Centene Charitable Foundation, Edward Jones and William T. Kemper Foundation.

Cardinal Ritter College Preparatory High School (CRCP) was established in August of 1979 as the first African American co-educational Catholic college prep high school in the country. The mission of faith development, academic excellence, and leadership has withstood the test of time, providing an exemplary college preparatory educational experience for more than 3,000 St. Louis metropolitan area youth since 1979. Graduating classes achieve 100% college acceptance rates, and CRCP college persistence rates of 82% are higher than the average of all high schools nationally. Learn more about Cardinal Ritter College Prep at cardinalritterprep.org.

Kwame Building Group, Inc. (KWAME) is one of the nation’s top pure construction management firms, dedicating 100 percent of its resources to project management services. Celebrating its 30-year anniversary in 2021, the employee-owned company provides estimating, scheduling, project planning, value engineering and other project management services as an independent advocate for owners and developers. KWAME’s public and private sector projects include educational facilities, major airports nationwide, light-rail systems, hospitals, wastewater treatment facilities and government facilities. KWAME is headquartered in St. Louis with division offices in Atlanta, Dallas and Seattle. For more information, visit www.kwamebuildinggroup.com or call (314) 862-5344.

People On The Move In The Local Construction Industry


Holland Construction Services Hires Stacey Martin as Director of HR &Talent Strategy

Stacey Martin

Mike Marchal, president of Holland Construction Services (Holland), is pleased to announce that Stacey Martin has joined the Holland team as the new Director of Human Resources and Talent Strategy.  

Martin has 14 years of human resources experience, and brings a wealth of knowledge in providing strategic leadership in the planning and implementation of quality-based, integrated human resources programs for employees. In her new role with Holland, she will be responsible for managing all aspects of talent management including recruitment, onboarding, performance management, professional development, engagement and total rewards.

Martin’s key responsibilities will be to develop and coordinate HR activities and strategies across all departments within the organization.  She will be working closely with department heads throughout the company to design and implement plans that will benefit employees, especially around recruitment, employee satisfaction and professional growth.

Martin graduated with her bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri – St. Louis and is a certified Strategic HR Business Partner through the Human Capital Institute (HCI). Outside of work, she is actively involved in the community, and has volunteered her time with Ronald McDonald House Charities, Operation Food Search and the nonprofit, KidSmart. She has also raised thousands of dollars over ten years volunteering her time with Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

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. Holland has been providing quality construction services throughout Illinois and Missouri since 1986, and is led by founder and CEO Bruce Holland, President Mike Marchal, and Vice President & Multi-Family Director Doug Weber. For more information, visit Holland’s website at www.hollandcs.com.

Brad Hilton joins Wiegmann Associates as Project Engineer
Brad Hilton

Brad Hilton of St. Charles, MO has joined Wiegmann Associates as Project Engineer. He is responsible for designing energy-efficient, cost-effective and high-performing HVAC systems. He also performs heating and cooling loads for HVAC systems, selects appropriate HVAC equipment and uses 3D modeling software to generate design and construction documents.

Hilton previously interned with U.S. Steel as a Mechanical Engineer. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Missouri University of Science & 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 innovative, energy-saving and cost-efficient HVAC solutions, refrigeration systems and automation controls for clients in a wide range of industries, including senior living, food and beverage distribution, warehouse, healthcare, commercial and industrial. Wiegmann also provides 24-hour preventative maintenance programs and service in the St. Louis region. Wiegmann is ranked among the top 50 specialty contractors in the Midwest by Engineering News-Record and the largest mechanical contractors by the St. Louis Business Journal. For more information, visit www.wiegmannassoc.com or call (636) 940-1056.

April 23, 2021

Joe Dietz Creates Dietz Architectural Products Will Rep WINCO Window Company

Joe Dietz

WINCO Window Company, a St. Louis-based manufacturer of architectural and commercial aluminum windows, has announced that its vice president Joe Dietz will be now managing its Midwest sales operations, replacing Tim Cox, who has retired.  

Dietz will work as an independent rep covering Missouri, Southern Illinois, Kansas, and Nebraska . He will continue to support his current Winco responsibilities until September, 2021.  Dietz is also opening his own independent company, Dietz Architectural Products, LLC., which he believes will allow him to better serve WINCO customers directly.

WINCO will continue to benefit from its relationship with Dietz. “With his extensive knowledge of the company, estimating, and technical aspects of aluminum windows, we believe that Joe will continue to be a great value to WINCO customers,” says Bill Krenn, president of WINCO.  “His skill set is unique, and we are confident he’ll bring insight to the architectural community we serve.”

One of Dietz’s first goals is to help schools and essential facilities design safe rooms for tornado and intruder protection.  “Winco is one of the few companies to offer storm-resistant products tough enough to meet the new FEMA 361 requirements.”

 “I have always had a passion to problem solve and build relationships,” explains Dietz of the new career step. “Last fall, I was cleaning out our basement and found a box of papers that I wrote in college. One was a career planning paper, where I wrote that when I am 45, I will own my own company. Then Tim (Cox) announced his retirement, and the opportunity was there.”

Dietz has been with WINCO for 11 years. He has a B.S. in Business Administration, Marketing/Management and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri.

For more information, contact WINCO Window Company at (314) 725.8088 or visit www.wincowindow.com.

McCarthy Holdings, Inc. Promotes Two

Patrick Devero

McCarthy Holdings, Inc., a premier national builder, has promoted Pat Devero to the position of Vice President, National Safety. Based in St. Louis, this veteran safety professional will focus on advancing the company’s industry-leading safety program and genuine safety culture throughout the U.S. His focus will be on supporting McCarthy’s Central, Southern and Southwest Regions.

Devero joined McCarthy in 2005 and initially served as an onsite Safety Coordinator and Manager on several commercial and industrial projects throughout the Midwest. He relocated to Atlanta in 2011 to lead that team’s overall safety program as McCarthy Southern Regional Safety Director. In 2018, he was appointed National Safety Director.

Devero earned a bachelor’s degree in safety management from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg. His professional designations include Certified Safety Professional and Construction Health and Safety Technician from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals.

“Pat has achieved exceptional safety results throughout his McCarthy career,” said Kevin Maitland, McCarthy Senior Vice President, National Safety. “Our construction teams will benefit from his leadership, expertise and commitment to prioritizing safety and health.” 

Rob Graham

McCarthy Holdings, Inc., a premier national builder, has promoted Rob Graham to the position of Vice President, National Safety. Based in St. Louis, this veteran safety professional will focus on advancing the company’s industry-leading safety program and genuine safety culture throughout the U.S. His focus will be on supporting McCarthy’s Southern California, Northern Pacific and Southwest Regions.

Graham’s McCarthy career began in 2002 as a Project Safety Coordinator in the Central Region. He relocated to San Diego to work as Project Safety Coordinator and was promoted to McCarthy Southern California Regional Safety Manager in 2005 and Regional Safety Director in 2008. He was named National Safety Director in 2019.  

Graham earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental health & safety from Illinois State University in Normal. He’s a Certified Safety Professional from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals and a Certified Industrial Hygienist from the American Board of Industrial Hygiene.

“During his 19-year McCarthy career, Rob has delivered outstanding safety results,” said Kevin Maitland, McCarthy Senior Vice President, National Safety. “He’s a valued resource whose expertise and resourcefulness will benefit the safety and health of McCarthy teams across the U.S.” 

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 of McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. and Castle Contracting, Inc. Repeatedly honored as a Best Place to Work and Healthiest Employer, McCarthy is ranked the 9th largest domestic builder (Engineering News-Record, May 2020). 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.

April 15, 2021

Charles Wiseman Joins Muprhy Company as Refrigeration Project Manager

Charles Wiseman

Charles Wiseman has joined Murphy Company as Refrigeration Project Manager. The announcement was made by Bob Eichelberger, Manager – Refrigeration Solutions.

Wiseman has several decades of experience in the mechanical construction industry. Having started his career as a journeyman sheet metal worker, Charles moved into a maintenance manager role. From there, he served as COO, project manager and estimator. Most recently, Charles held a position as mechanical project manager. For more information, visit www.murphynet.com.

Castle Contracting Expands Design-Build Team with Addition of Joel Richardson as Civil Engineer

Joel Richardson

In this position, Richardson will support Senior Design Manager James Parks, P.E., and Design Manager Amy Huller, P.E., in delivering turnkey civil design-build services for site development work. This streamlined delivery method combines “civil design” and “civil construction” as a single, integrated client deliverable.

Prior to joining Castle, Richardson was Manager of Survey, CAD, and Machine Control Operations at Millstone Weber in St. Charles, Mo. After 15 years of laying out projects in the field, he adds a valuable perspective about functional design to the design-build process and brings a wealth of field expertise to the Castle team.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the UMSL/Washington University Joint Engineering Program.

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.

KAI Build Hires Linn Curtis as Senior Project Manager

Linn Curtis

KAI Build is pleased to announce the hiring of Linn Curtis as Senior Project Manager at its St. Louis headquarters. As Senior Project Manager, Curtis is responsible for overall project profitability and customer satisfaction. He also manages owner relations and oversees subcontractor and KAI personnel performance.

“Linn is a strong program and project management professional. His extensive experience in project estimation, construction, preconstruction, contract management and submittals will be an asset to our team and to our clients,” said KAI Build President Brian Arnold.

Curtis has a demonstrated history of working in the construction industry. Prior to KAI, he worked 14 years as a Project Manager for JE Dunn Construction in Kansas City, Missouri.

He earned his Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri.

KAI Enterprises is a national design and build firm providing delivery-oriented building solutions with a diverse portfolio of experience, in-house multi-discipline professionals, and expertise in both design and construction delivery. Founded in 1980, KAI has grown into one of the largest minority-owned firms in the AEC industry.KAI Enterprises is comprised of four distinct business units—KAI Design, KAI Engineering, KAI Build and KAI 360 Construction Services. To learn more about KAI, visit www.kai-db.com.