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The latest People in the News highlighting new hires, promotions, honors & recognition of the men and women in the St. Louis building community.

Maggie Stamm Joins HOK’s St. Louis Office as Marketing Coordinator

Maggie Stamm

Maggie Stamm is the newest member of HOK’s growing St. Louis studio and will serve as a marketing coordinator assisting the office in branding, client engagement and project pursuits.

A native of the greater St.

Louis area, Stamm earned her bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She has spent the past three years in California where she held a similar marketing role in HOK’s San Francisco office.

With offices around the globe, HOK designs buildings and spaces that respond to the needs of people and the environment. HOK designers are rooted in technical excellence, driven by imagination and focus.

Color Art Governing Body Appoints Four to Board of Directors

Jeff Bauer

Color Art, St. Louis’ largest interior solutions provider, announces additions to its governing Board of Directors. Four new members join a roster of more than ten distinguished individuals responsible for directing the company’s growth strategies, acquisition decisions and financial planning. The Board of Directors for Color Art Palette, the company’s governing body, shares the appointment of Jeff Bauer, Troy Garner, Mick McIntyre and Ed Wills as Board Advisors. Color Art has been family and employee owned for more than 70 years.

Troy Garner

“I look forward to serving stockholders and team members as an Advisor,” remarked Jeff Bauer. “It’s a privilege to continue building on the family legacy that started 71-years ago. Color Art is a great place to work and grow.”

Mick McIntyre

Color Art’s vision is to be the clear knowledge leader for connecting people and space, an irreplaceable partner to each of its customers, and a place where highly talented and engaged people can thrive. Its vision is to create and provide the best places for people to do their best work. Color Art does this through understanding and leading practices in connecting architecture, technology, furniture, and services for healthcare, education, corporate and large venue environments.

Ed Wills

Recently, Color Art announced the hires of 15-year executive Todd Nixon as Executive Vice President of Furniture, and Jennifer Clark as both Vice President Operations of Furniture and General Manager of Color Art’s non-union Installation and Moves Team. Additionally, long-time employee Christine Hoffmann was promoted from Executive Vice President to President of Color Art Furniture, the company’s largest and longest-standing division.

Color Art is the largest commercial interiors solutions provider in the Midwest and serves clients in 30 states as well as i

nternationally. For more information visit https://www.color-art.com.

S. M. Wilson Promotes Andrew Ahlers, CM-BIM, A.C. To Project Manager

Andrew Ahlers

S. M. Wilson & Co. has promoted Andrew Ahlers, CM-BIM, A.C. to Project Manager. As Project Manager, he will be responsible for handling all administrative functions for a project, including scheduling, holding progress meetings, generating meeting minutes, tracking costs and maintaining logs for all project information.

Ahlers joined S. M. Wilson in 2014 and has worked on a variety of projects including  numerous projects at Blessing Hospital, the Chaddock School Education Center Addition and Ignite Medical Resorts in Kansas City, MO. Currently, he is serving as the Project Manager on the Blessing Hospital Tower Expansion project. The vertical expansion includes adding two floors to the existing four-story patient tower which was originally built by S. M. Wilson in 2015. Ahlers’ strategic planning and attention to detail on this challenging project have been a tremendous asset to ensure the two fully-functioning hospital floors below are not impacted during construction.

He holds his CM – BIM Certificate of Management in Building Information Modeling from the AGC of Missouri. He has his AC (Associate Constructor) certification from the American Institute of Constructors and his ASHE – HCC (Health Care Construction Certificate). Ahlers is OSHA 30 Hour Construction Safety and Health for Construction Industry certified and earned his B.S. in Construction Management from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

S. M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis. For more information, visit www.smwilson.com.

February 15, 2019

Castle Contracting Hires Four

Castle Contracting, LLC has expanded its team with the hiring of four new employees: Charles Danner, project engineer; Dan Schaefer, estimator; Cory Howell, project manager; and Cody Hobbs, safety coordinator.

Charles Danner

As project engineer, Charles Danner supports the estimating department in compiling accurate project bids, as part of a three-step development program instituted by Castle for all project engineers. Prior to joining Castle, Danner served as an engineer at Kiewit Corporation in Federal Way, Wash. He earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering technologies from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Mo. Before college, he served in the U.S. Air Force and earned the Air Force Achievement Medal, the Good Conduct Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. He lives in St. Louis.

Dan Schaefer

In his role as estimator, Dan Schaefer prepares complete, accurate quantity take-offs to build detailed cost estimates and prepares comprehensive proposals for Castle clients. He previously served as estimator/project manager at Kuesel Excavating Co. in O’Fallon, Mo. and an estimator/project manager at Septagon Construction in Columbia, Mo. Schaefer received a bachelor’s degree in construction management from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Mo. He and his family live in St. Peters, Mo.

Cory Howell

As project manager, Cory Howell oversees the day-to-day operation of projects, including budget reporting, submittal review, subcontractor coordination, material ordering, scheduling maintenance and trade coordination. Prior to joining Castle, he served as project manager at Crossland Construction Company in Kansas City and held several roles at Hensel Phelps Construction Co. Howell received a bachelor’s degree in construction engineering technology from Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas. He and his family reside in Spring Hill, Kansas.

Cody Hobbs

And Safety Coordinator Cody Hobbs is responsible for the overall administration of safety guidelines on Castle projects, including monitoring the safety efforts of employees and subcontractors. He earned a bachelor’s degree of safety in the health sciences program at Illinois State University in Normal, Ill. A Graduate Safety Practitioner (GSP), Hobbs is a member of the American Society of Safety Professionals. He lives in Belleville, Ill.

“As Castle continues to expand our business in St. Louis and beyond, these new professionals will play key roles in strengthening our team and enhancing our services to clients,” said Michael Pranger, Castle Contracting vice president of operations.

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

New NGA CTO Announced

Mark Munsell

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency appoints a new chief technology officer to lead NGA’s technology transformation and modernization efforts, while also attracting IT talent.

Mark Munsell, currently the deputy director of the CIO and IT Services Directorate, will fill the role of chief technology officer at NGA beginning immediately. Munsell is based at the agency’s St. Louis, Missouri, location and will remain in his CIO-T deputy director role as he steps into the CTO job.

The CTO role was created in 2018 to focus on increasing the agency’s ability to instill next-generation technology, tradecraft and innovative approaches to the geospatial intelligence community, enterprise and mission.

Munsell began his career in 1990 with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration where he was awarded the Department of Commerce Bronze Medal for his software engineering work transforming the nation’s nautical charting production system. He joined an NGA predecessor agency, the Defense Mapping Agency in 1996 where he led the update of the agency’s aeronautical production systems. After a stint with a government contractor, Munsell founded the Internet Marine and Aviation Planning Services, or IMAPS, in 2000 to offer flight and maritime planning services to individuals, industry and government via the Internet. He returned to government service at the NGA in 2006. Munsell is also the recipient of the Presidential Rank Award and NGA’s Distinguished Civilian Service Medal.

Kevin Kopp Named BIM Manager at Murphy

Kevin Kopp

Kevin J. Kopp has been named BIM manager for Murphy Company. The announcement was made by Mike Werdes, vice president, engineering.

Kopp holds an associate’s degree in drafting and design technology from ITT Technical Institute and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in computer science. He is certified in numerous computer software and design programs, and has extensive experience in Revit, Navisworks, Fabrication, Plant 3D,Revizto, AutoCAD, BLK360 and Microsoft environments.

He recently served as BIM Director for a global engineering, architecture and project/construction management firm. . With over 18 years’ experience in BIM/CAD modeling and design as well as integrated project delivery, he previously served as a BIM coordinator and manager for several area engineering and contracting companies. He began his construction career in 2001 as CAD manager/IT support for Tensar Corp., a BIM/CAD manger/senior IT support for Planners and Engineers, and a Bentley Admin/BIM for Hydro-Chem – all in Georgia.

Founded in 1907, Murphy Company is one of the nation’s top mechanical contracting and engineering firms delivering innovative solutions to the commercial, industrial and institutional markets. The firm employs more than 1,000 people nationwide. For more information, visit www.murphynet.com.

Woody Miller Promoted to Vice President, Operational and Facilities Development at WINCO Windows

Woody Miller

WINCO Windows, a St. Louis-based manufacturer of architectural and heavy commercial aluminum windows, is pleased to announce the promotion of Woody Miller, one of the company’s Leadership Team members, to Vice President, Operational and Facilities Development.

“WINCO’s Leadership Team was formed late 2017 and took effect early 2018,” said Bill Krenn, WINCO President and CFO. “Woody’s success at coordinating plant operations to increase efficiencies and enhance communication, as well as bringing employees’ ideas to fruition keeps the company moving forward in a positive light.”

As Vice President of Operational and Facilities Development, Miller will work with team members Brian Scott and Sharon Gamble to continue evolving WINCO’s manufacturing systems. Integrating new equipment, technologies and processes is vital to serve the demands of WINCO’s expanding presence in the window industry. Miller is one of several family members who have leadership roles in WINCO. The company has been family-owned for more than 100 years.

Miller is a graduate of James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Over the years, Miller has worked as the owner/operator of a construction company, property developer, consultant, and business owner/entrepreneur. Miller was recently named to this year’s class of 40 Under 40 by the St. Louis Business Journal. This honor recognizes young business leaders for their accomplishments, professional excellence, and contributions to their community. In his spare time, Miller is an avid rock climber.

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

New Hires at S. M. Wilson

S.M. Wilson & Co., has rehired Mary Anderson as a Project Engineer and former S. M. Wilson Interns Travis Schmitt, Chris Watkins as Field Engineers as well as Emily Echele as Project Engineer.

Schmitt and Watkins will be responsible for supporting and assisting field and office personnel on job sites to produce successful projects, ensure safety, quality, cost control, schedule and overall compliance with applicable laws and regulations are achieved.

Chris Watkins

Watkins recently graduated from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville where he received his B.S. in Construction Management. He spent the summer working as an intern for S. M. Wilson on an apartment complex project

Schmitt holds an Associates in Applied Science – Construction Management Technology from Southwestern Illinois College with 10 years of construction experience. He also worked as an intern and co-op for S. M. Wilson on the Ladue Horton Watkins High School project.

Mary Anderson

Echele and Anderson will be responsible for helping establish procedures with the design professionals, consultants and Owner of projects for information flow, approvals, meetings and reporting. They will also track shop drawings, submittals, material deliveries and RFIs through the duration of projects and assist the Project Manager with MBE/WBE participation and workforce inclusion. Anderson rejoins S. M. Wilson with four years construction experience. She holds a B.S. in Construction Management from Southeast Missouri State University and is OSHA 30 certified.

Emily Eschele

Echele recently graduated from Missouri S&T where she received her B.S. in Civil/Architectural Engineering. She also worked for S. M. Wilson on an apartment complex project as an intern over the summer.

S.M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis. For more information, visit www.smwilson.com.

February 8, 2019

Linda Eigelberger Hired by Midas Hospitality

Linda Eigelberger

Leading hotel development, management and investment firm Midas Hospitality recently added Linda Eigelberger to the leadership team as Vice President of Sales and Revenue Management.  In this position, she will drive revenue across all managed hotel properties by guiding the team with long-term planning, day-to-day sales operations leadership, and talent development.  Eigelberger will spearhead strategic initiatives that make Midas Hospitality hotels a preferred partner to customers, and leverage hotel marketing tools to efficiently reach more potential guests.

Eigelberger previously worked for InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), an industry leader with 15 distinct hotel brands, for more than two decades in various business and leadership roles.  Career highlights include directing the entire sales, marketing and revenue management performance for the Crowne Plaza brand.  Prior to this position, she handled all of sales skill building and revenue retention efforts for the IHG organization’s brands throughout the country.

“Linda possesses an excellent track record in the industry, and she brings tremendous value to our company in terms of expertise and insight,” said David Robert, Midas Hospitality’s CEO and Co-Founder.  “We look forward to her leadership in creating a competitive, enjoyable and successful sales culture for all existing and future properties in the Midas Hospitality family.”

Founded in 2006, Midas Hospitality specializes in the development, management and investment of award-winning hotel properties across the U.S.  The firm focuses on select-service and extended-stay experiences for global brands including Hilton, Marriott, and IHG. For more information, call (314) 692-0100 or visit http://www.midashospitality.com

JLL’s Blaise Tomazic Transitions From Research to Office Brokerage Team

Blaise Tomazic

Commercial real estate firm JLL today announced Blaise Tomazic transitioned to a new role with the firm effective January 1 after more than 10 years as research lead in St. Louis. Tomazic is now a vice president with JLL’s office brokerage team.

In his previous role, Tomazic specialized in industry research, data visualization, strategy, mapping, and financial analysis. His research also included macro and micro level economic analysis of the St. Louis region. His previous role gave Tomazic a deep knowledge of the St. Louis commercial real estate market, which greatly enhanced the team’s business development capabilities on multiple levels. He joins office brokerage at a time when the industry is quickly evolving. Tomazic’s expertise will be used to help better service tenants and landlords in understanding and utilizing new technologies.  

David Steinbach, managing director of JLL’s St. Louis office, said, “Blaise has been an invaluable asset to our team for the past 10 years. His deep knowledge and understanding of commercial real estate in the St. Louis market will undoubtedly be of tremendous value to our tenant representation and leasing clients.”

JLL St. Louis is headquartered at One Metropolitan Square in downtown St. Louis. The company has approximately 150 commercial real estate experts in the market as part of its brokerage, property management, valuation and advisory services, and project development divisions.

JLL (NYSE: JLL) is a leading professional services firm that specializes in real estate and investment management. JLL is a Fortune 500 company with operations in over 80 countries and a global workforce of 88,000 as of September 30, 2018. For further information, visit jll.com. 

Doug Weber Promoted to Vice President, Project Executive at Holland Construction Services 

Doug Weber

Mike Marchal, President of Holland Construction Services (Holland), is pleased to announce the promotion of Doug Weber to Vice President, Project Executive.

Doug joined Holland in 2007 as a Project Manager and was promoted to Director of Multi-Family Housing in 2013.  In his new role as Vice President, Project Executive, he will continue working with developers and other clients on multifamily housing and senior living, but also office, retail, and light industrial, including lead generation, project pursuits, contract negotiation, preconstruction, and oversight during construction.  As a partner at Holland, Doug will also be more involved in the general running of the business working directly with Holland’s Executive VP/COO on risk analysis, contracts, insurance, etc.

Doug received a degree in Construction Management from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

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

Jim Greffet Promoted to Sales Representative at G&S Architectural Products 

Jim Greffet

St. Louis-based G&S Architectural Products has promoted Jim Greffet to a new position as a St. Louis area sales representative with an emphasis on industrial acoustical products.

Greffet attended Missouri State University and has been a part of the Golterman & Sabo team for more than ten years, serving on the production management side of the business as a Shop Facilitator and an Installation Manager.

G&S Architectural Products is a leading provider and installer of architectural products such as acoustical products, visual display boards and operable wall systemsthat are primarily used for commercial, education and healthcare industries.  

IMEG Names New director, Client Executive

Steve Rhoades

IMEG Corp. has named two leaders from its St. Louis office to new positions.

Principal Steve Rhoades has been named to the firm’s newly created national role of Director of Federal Solutions. Rhoades, PE, LEED AP, is a licensed mechanical engineer with more than 23 years of experience, all with IMEG. Most previously the leader of the St. Louis office, he has done substantial work with federal clients for more than 10 years. In his new role Steve will strategizes across IMEG’s geography and offices for delivering engineering solutions for federal agencies CONUS and OCONUS.

Jim Kappeler

Principal Jim Kappeler, PE, LEED AP, is now a client executive for education and government. A licensed mechanical engineer with 18 years of experience (all at IMEG), he most previously served as a project executive. Both Rhoades and Kappeler will continue to work out of IMEG’s St. Louis office at 15 Sunnen Drive. 

IMEG is headquartered in Illinois and has 1,200 employees at 40 national and international locations. It is one of the largest engineering consulting firms in the U.S. specializing in high performing building systems, infrastructure, and construction-related services. For more information, visit IMEGcorp.com.

Spellman Brady Welcomes Michelle Hamilton New Director of Business Development

Michelle Hamilton

Spellman Brady & Company, an award-winning interior design firm, welcomes Michelle Hamilton as the firm’s Director of Business Development. Ms. Hamilton has corporate responsibility for developing working relationships with new clients, as well as growing ongoing relationships with Spellman Brady’s existing repetitive client base.

Ms. Hamilton has developed a reputation as a keen business strategist with an entrepreneurial spirit and vision throughout her 22 years of professional experience. She first earned her bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and went on to graduate from Washington University in St. Louis with a Masters of Fine Arts degree. In additon to her impressive track-record in business development, the depth and diversity of her experience includes being a sales representative for a major furniture manufacturer and as an adjunct instructor at Maryville University of St. Louis. 

Spellman Brady & Company is an award-winning St. Louis–based interior design firm specializing in senior living, healthcare, and higher education environments. For more information about Spellman Brady & Company, please visit www.spellmanbrady.com.

Leslie Cerny Promoted To Vice President, Named Co-Owner At Gateway Land Services

Leslie Cerny

Leslie Cerny has been promoted to Vice President at Gateway Land Services.  In her new position, Leslie will lead all projects and services through the company’s Civil Engineering and Land Surveying departments.  She has served as Project Engineer at the company for the past year and has four years of professional experience.

Gateway Land Services has also made Leslie a co-owner of the company.

Leslie earned both a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (Cum Laude) and a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering (Cum Laude) at the Missouri University of Science & Technology.

“Leslie has exceeded our performance expectations and has shown tremendous leadership qualities during the past year with us,” said Kelly Hyde, co-owner of Gateway Land Services.  “We are very excited about our company’s future with Leslie in an ownership position.”

Gateway Land Services is a St. Louis-based Professional Civil Engineering and Land Surveying Company.  Founded in 2009, it provides engineering and surveying expertise to municipalities, government agencies and commercial construction contractors.  Gateway Land Services is a Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE) and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) as certified by the State of Missouri.

Christa Barr Earns NCIDQ Certification

Christa Barr

Over 25% of Spellman Brady Interior Designers are NCIDQ

Spellman Brady & Company (SBC) is proud to announce that Christa Barr, designer and account manager,has earned her National Council of Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) Certification.  With Ms. Barr’s recent accomplishment, SBC’s professional staff of NCIDQ interior designers has increased to over 25%.

Ms. Barr has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree of Interior Design from Maryville University and has over 13 years’ experience, which are all part of the prerequisite to apply for the NCIDQ Examination.  After CIDQ approved her eligibility, Ms. Barr took and passed the entire NCIDQ Exam consisting of three separate exams; the Fundamentals Exam (IDFX), the Professional Exam (IDPX), and the Practicum Exam (PRAC).  By achieving NCIDQ, Ms. Barr has proven her expertise in understanding and applying current codes established to protect public health, safety and welfare.

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

Spellman Brady & Company is an award-winning St. Louis–based interior design firm specializing in senior living, healthcare, and higher education environments. For more information about Spellman Brady & Company, please visit www.spellmanbrady.com.

Building Careers

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The latest People in the News highlighting new hires, promotions, honors & recognition of the men and women in the St. Louis building community.

Maggie Stamm Joins HOK’s St. Louis Office as Marketing Coordinator

Maggie Stamm

Maggie Stamm is the newest member of HOK’s growing St. Louis studio and will serve as a marketing coordinator assisting the office in branding, client engagement and project pursuits.

A native of the greater St.

Louis area, Stamm earned her bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She has spent the past three years in California where she held a similar marketing role in HOK’s San Francisco office.

With offices around the globe, HOK designs buildings and spaces that respond to the needs of people and the environment. HOK designers are rooted in technical excellence, driven by imagination and focus.

S. M. Wilson Promotes Andrew Ahlers, CM-BIM, A.C. To Project Manager

Andrew Ahlers

S. M. Wilson & Co. has promoted Andrew Ahlers, CM-BIM, A.C. to Project Manager. As Project Manager, he will be responsible for handling all administrative functions for a project, including scheduling, holding progress meetings, generating meeting minutes, tracking costs and maintaining logs for all project information.

Ahlers joined S. M. Wilson in 2014 and has worked on a variety of projects including  numerous projects at Blessing Hospital, the Chaddock School Education Center Addition and Ignite Medical Resorts in Kansas City, MO. Currently, he is serving as the Project Manager on the Blessing Hospital Tower Expansion project. The vertical expansion includes adding two floors to the existing four-story patient tower which was originally built by S. M. Wilson in 2015. Ahlers’ strategic planning and attention to detail on this challenging project have been a tremendous asset to ensure the two fully-functioning hospital floors below are not impacted during construction.

He holds his CM – BIM Certificate of Management in Building Information Modeling from the AGC of Missouri. He has his AC (Associate Constructor) certification from the American Institute of Constructors and his ASHE – HCC (Health Care Construction Certificate). Ahlers is OSHA 30 Hour Construction Safety and Health for Construction Industry certified and earned his B.S. in Construction Management from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

S. M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis. For more information, visit www.smwilson.com.

February 15, 2019

Castle Contracting Hires Four

Castle Contracting, LLC has expanded its team with the hiring of four new employees: Charles Danner, project engineer; Dan Schaefer, estimator; Cory Howell, project manager; and Cody Hobbs, safety coordinator.

Charles Danner

As project engineer, Charles Danner supports the estimating department in compiling accurate project bids, as part of a three-step development program instituted by Castle for all project engineers. Prior to joining Castle, Danner served as an engineer at Kiewit Corporation in Federal Way, Wash. He earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering technologies from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Mo. Before college, he served in the U.S. Air Force and earned the Air Force Achievement Medal, the Good Conduct Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. He lives in St. Louis.

Dan Schaefer

In his role as estimator, Dan Schaefer prepares complete, accurate quantity take-offs to build detailed cost estimates and prepares comprehensive proposals for Castle clients. He previously served as estimator/project manager at Kuesel Excavating Co. in O’Fallon, Mo. and an estimator/project manager at Septagon Construction in Columbia, Mo. Schaefer received a bachelor’s degree in construction management from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Mo. He and his family live in St. Peters, Mo.

Cory Howell

As project manager, Cory Howell oversees the day-to-day operation of projects, including budget reporting, submittal review, subcontractor coordination, material ordering, scheduling maintenance and trade coordination. Prior to joining Castle, he served as project manager at Crossland Construction Company in Kansas City and held several roles at Hensel Phelps Construction Co. Howell received a bachelor’s degree in construction engineering technology from Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas. He and his family reside in Spring Hill, Kansas.

Cody Hobbs

And Safety Coordinator Cody Hobbs is responsible for the overall administration of safety guidelines on Castle projects, including monitoring the safety efforts of employees and subcontractors. He earned a bachelor’s degree of safety in the health sciences program at Illinois State University in Normal, Ill. A Graduate Safety Practitioner (GSP), Hobbs is a member of the American Society of Safety Professionals. He lives in Belleville, Ill.

“As Castle continues to expand our business in St. Louis and beyond, these new professionals will play key roles in strengthening our team and enhancing our services to clients,” said Michael Pranger, Castle Contracting vice president of operations.

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

New NGA CTO Announced

Mark Munsell

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency appoints a new chief technology officer to lead NGA’s technology transformation and modernization efforts, while also attracting IT talent.

Mark Munsell, currently the deputy director of the CIO and IT Services Directorate, will fill the role of chief technology officer at NGA beginning immediately. Munsell is based at the agency’s St. Louis, Missouri, location and will remain in his CIO-T deputy director role as he steps into the CTO job.

The CTO role was created in 2018 to focus on increasing the agency’s ability to instill next-generation technology, tradecraft and innovative approaches to the geospatial intelligence community, enterprise and mission.

Munsell began his career in 1990 with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration where he was awarded the Department of Commerce Bronze Medal for his software engineering work transforming the nation’s nautical charting production system. He joined an NGA predecessor agency, the Defense Mapping Agency in 1996 where he led the update of the agency’s aeronautical production systems. After a stint with a government contractor, Munsell founded the Internet Marine and Aviation Planning Services, or IMAPS, in 2000 to offer flight and maritime planning services to individuals, industry and government via the Internet. He returned to government service at the NGA in 2006. Munsell is also the recipient of the Presidential Rank Award and NGA’s Distinguished Civilian Service Medal.

Kevin Kopp Named BIM Manager at Murphy

Kevin Kopp

Kevin J. Kopp has been named BIM manager for Murphy Company. The announcement was made by Mike Werdes, vice president, engineering.

Kopp holds an associate’s degree in drafting and design technology from ITT Technical Institute and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in computer science. He is certified in numerous computer software and design programs, and has extensive experience in Revit, Navisworks, Fabrication, Plant 3D,Revizto, AutoCAD, BLK360 and Microsoft environments.

He recently served as BIM Director for a global engineering, architecture and project/construction management firm. . With over 18 years’ experience in BIM/CAD modeling and design as well as integrated project delivery, he previously served as a BIM coordinator and manager for several area engineering and contracting companies. He began his construction career in 2001 as CAD manager/IT support for Tensar Corp., a BIM/CAD manger/senior IT support for Planners and Engineers, and a Bentley Admin/BIM for Hydro-Chem – all in Georgia.

Founded in 1907, Murphy Company is one of the nation’s top mechanical contracting and engineering firms delivering innovative solutions to the commercial, industrial and institutional markets. The firm employs more than 1,000 people nationwide. For more information, visit www.murphynet.com.

Woody Miller Promoted to Vice President, Operational and Facilities Development at WINCO Windows

Woody Miller

WINCO Windows, a St. Louis-based manufacturer of architectural and heavy commercial aluminum windows, is pleased to announce the promotion of Woody Miller, one of the company’s Leadership Team members, to Vice President, Operational and Facilities Development.

“WINCO’s Leadership Team was formed late 2017 and took effect early 2018,” said Bill Krenn, WINCO President and CFO. “Woody’s success at coordinating plant operations to increase efficiencies and enhance communication, as well as bringing employees’ ideas to fruition keeps the company moving forward in a positive light.”

As Vice President of Operational and Facilities Development, Miller will work with team members Brian Scott and Sharon Gamble to continue evolving WINCO’s manufacturing systems. Integrating new equipment, technologies and processes is vital to serve the demands of WINCO’s expanding presence in the window industry. Miller is one of several family members who have leadership roles in WINCO. The company has been family-owned for more than 100 years.

Miller is a graduate of James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Over the years, Miller has worked as the owner/operator of a construction company, property developer, consultant, and business owner/entrepreneur. Miller was recently named to this year’s class of 40 Under 40 by the St. Louis Business Journal. This honor recognizes young business leaders for their accomplishments, professional excellence, and contributions to their community. In his spare time, Miller is an avid rock climber.

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

New Hires at S. M. Wilson

S.M. Wilson & Co., has rehired Mary Anderson as a Project Engineer and former S. M. Wilson Interns Travis Schmitt, Chris Watkins as Field Engineers as well as Emily Echele as Project Engineer.

Schmitt and Watkins will be responsible for supporting and assisting field and office personnel on job sites to produce successful projects, ensure safety, quality, cost control, schedule and overall compliance with applicable laws and regulations are achieved.

Chris Watkins

Watkins recently graduated from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville where he received his B.S. in Construction Management. He spent the summer working as an intern for S. M. Wilson on an apartment complex project

Schmitt holds an Associates in Applied Science – Construction Management Technology from Southwestern Illinois College with 10 years of construction experience. He also worked as an intern and co-op for S. M. Wilson on the Ladue Horton Watkins High School project.

Mary Anderson

Echele and Anderson will be responsible for helping establish procedures with the design professionals, consultants and Owner of projects for information flow, approvals, meetings and reporting. They will also track shop drawings, submittals, material deliveries and RFIs through the duration of projects and assist the Project Manager with MBE/WBE participation and workforce inclusion. Anderson rejoins S. M. Wilson with four years construction experience. She holds a B.S. in Construction Management from Southeast Missouri State University and is OSHA 30 certified.

Emily Eschele

Echele recently graduated from Missouri S&T where she received her B.S. in Civil/Architectural Engineering. She also worked for S. M. Wilson on an apartment complex project as an intern over the summer.

S.M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis. For more information, visit www.smwilson.com.

February 8, 2019

Linda Eigelberger Hired by Midas Hospitality

Linda Eigelberger

Leading hotel development, management and investment firm Midas Hospitality recently added Linda Eigelberger to the leadership team as Vice President of Sales and Revenue Management.  In this position, she will drive revenue across all managed hotel properties by guiding the team with long-term planning, day-to-day sales operations leadership, and talent development.  Eigelberger will spearhead strategic initiatives that make Midas Hospitality hotels a preferred partner to customers, and leverage hotel marketing tools to efficiently reach more potential guests.

Eigelberger previously worked for InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), an industry leader with 15 distinct hotel brands, for more than two decades in various business and leadership roles.  Career highlights include directing the entire sales, marketing and revenue management performance for the Crowne Plaza brand.  Prior to this position, she handled all of sales skill building and revenue retention efforts for the IHG organization’s brands throughout the country.

“Linda possesses an excellent track record in the industry, and she brings tremendous value to our company in terms of expertise and insight,” said David Robert, Midas Hospitality’s CEO and Co-Founder.  “We look forward to her leadership in creating a competitive, enjoyable and successful sales culture for all existing and future properties in the Midas Hospitality family.”

Founded in 2006, Midas Hospitality specializes in the development, management and investment of award-winning hotel properties across the U.S.  The firm focuses on select-service and extended-stay experiences for global brands including Hilton, Marriott, and IHG. For more information, call (314) 692-0100 or visit http://www.midashospitality.com

JLL’s Blaise Tomazic Transitions From Research to Office Brokerage Team

Blaise Tomazic

Commercial real estate firm JLL today announced Blaise Tomazic transitioned to a new role with the firm effective January 1 after more than 10 years as research lead in St. Louis. Tomazic is now a vice president with JLL’s office brokerage team.

In his previous role, Tomazic specialized in industry research, data visualization, strategy, mapping, and financial analysis. His research also included macro and micro level economic analysis of the St. Louis region. His previous role gave Tomazic a deep knowledge of the St. Louis commercial real estate market, which greatly enhanced the team’s business development capabilities on multiple levels. He joins office brokerage at a time when the industry is quickly evolving. Tomazic’s expertise will be used to help better service tenants and landlords in understanding and utilizing new technologies.  

David Steinbach, managing director of JLL’s St. Louis office, said, “Blaise has been an invaluable asset to our team for the past 10 years. His deep knowledge and understanding of commercial real estate in the St. Louis market will undoubtedly be of tremendous value to our tenant representation and leasing clients.”

JLL St. Louis is headquartered at One Metropolitan Square in downtown St. Louis. The company has approximately 150 commercial real estate experts in the market as part of its brokerage, property management, valuation and advisory services, and project development divisions.

JLL (NYSE: JLL) is a leading professional services firm that specializes in real estate and investment management. JLL is a Fortune 500 company with operations in over 80 countries and a global workforce of 88,000 as of September 30, 2018. For further information, visit jll.com. 

Doug Weber Promoted to Vice President, Project Executive at Holland Construction Services 

Doug Weber

Mike Marchal, President of Holland Construction Services (Holland), is pleased to announce the promotion of Doug Weber to Vice President, Project Executive.

Doug joined Holland in 2007 as a Project Manager and was promoted to Director of Multi-Family Housing in 2013.  In his new role as Vice President, Project Executive, he will continue working with developers and other clients on multifamily housing and senior living, but also office, retail, and light industrial, including lead generation, project pursuits, contract negotiation, preconstruction, and oversight during construction.  As a partner at Holland, Doug will also be more involved in the general running of the business working directly with Holland’s Executive VP/COO on risk analysis, contracts, insurance, etc.

Doug received a degree in Construction Management from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

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

Jim Greffet Promoted to Sales Representative at G&S Architectural Products 

Jim Greffet

St. Louis-based G&S Architectural Products has promoted Jim Greffet to a new position as a St. Louis area sales representative with an emphasis on industrial acoustical products.

Greffet attended Missouri State University and has been a part of the Golterman & Sabo team for more than ten years, serving on the production management side of the business as a Shop Facilitator and an Installation Manager.

G&S Architectural Products is a leading provider and installer of architectural products such as acoustical products, visual display boards and operable wall systemsthat are primarily used for commercial, education and healthcare industries.  

IMEG Names New director, Client Executive

Steve Rhoades

IMEG Corp. has named two leaders from its St. Louis office to new positions.

Principal Steve Rhoades has been named to the firm’s newly created national role of Director of Federal Solutions. Rhoades, PE, LEED AP, is a licensed mechanical engineer with more than 23 years of experience, all with IMEG. Most previously the leader of the St. Louis office, he has done substantial work with federal clients for more than 10 years. In his new role Steve will strategizes across IMEG’s geography and offices for delivering engineering solutions for federal agencies CONUS and OCONUS.

Jim Kappeler

Principal Jim Kappeler, PE, LEED AP, is now a client executive for education and government. A licensed mechanical engineer with 18 years of experience (all at IMEG), he most previously served as a project executive. Both Rhoades and Kappeler will continue to work out of IMEG’s St. Louis office at 15 Sunnen Drive. 

IMEG is headquartered in Illinois and has 1,200 employees at 40 national and international locations. It is one of the largest engineering consulting firms in the U.S. specializing in high performing building systems, infrastructure, and construction-related services. For more information, visit IMEGcorp.com.

Spellman Brady Welcomes Michelle Hamilton New Director of Business Development

Michelle Hamilton

Spellman Brady & Company, an award-winning interior design firm, welcomes Michelle Hamilton as the firm’s Director of Business Development. Ms. Hamilton has corporate responsibility for developing working relationships with new clients, as well as growing ongoing relationships with Spellman Brady’s existing repetitive client base.

Ms. Hamilton has developed a reputation as a keen business strategist with an entrepreneurial spirit and vision throughout her 22 years of professional experience. She first earned her bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and went on to graduate from Washington University in St. Louis with a Masters of Fine Arts degree. In additon to her impressive track-record in business development, the depth and diversity of her experience includes being a sales representative for a major furniture manufacturer and as an adjunct instructor at Maryville University of St. Louis. 

Spellman Brady & Company is an award-winning St. Louis–based interior design firm specializing in senior living, healthcare, and higher education environments. For more information about Spellman Brady & Company, please visit www.spellmanbrady.com.

Leslie Cerny Promoted To Vice President, Named Co-Owner At Gateway Land Services

Leslie Cerny

Leslie Cerny has been promoted to Vice President at Gateway Land Services.  In her new position, Leslie will lead all projects and services through the company’s Civil Engineering and Land Surveying departments.  She has served as Project Engineer at the company for the past year and has four years of professional experience.

Gateway Land Services has also made Leslie a co-owner of the company.

Leslie earned both a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (Cum Laude) and a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering (Cum Laude) at the Missouri University of Science & Technology.

“Leslie has exceeded our performance expectations and has shown tremendous leadership qualities during the past year with us,” said Kelly Hyde, co-owner of Gateway Land Services.  “We are very excited about our company’s future with Leslie in an ownership position.”

Gateway Land Services is a St. Louis-based Professional Civil Engineering and Land Surveying Company.  Founded in 2009, it provides engineering and surveying expertise to municipalities, government agencies and commercial construction contractors.  Gateway Land Services is a Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE) and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) as certified by the State of Missouri.

Christa Barr Earns NCIDQ Certification

Christa Barr

Over 25% of Spellman Brady Interior Designers are NCIDQ

Spellman Brady & Company (SBC) is proud to announce that Christa Barr, designer and account manager,has earned her National Council of Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) Certification.  With Ms. Barr’s recent accomplishment, SBC’s professional staff of NCIDQ interior designers has increased to over 25%.

Ms. Barr has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree of Interior Design from Maryville University and has over 13 years’ experience, which are all part of the prerequisite to apply for the NCIDQ Examination.  After CIDQ approved her eligibility, Ms. Barr took and passed the entire NCIDQ Exam consisting of three separate exams; the Fundamentals Exam (IDFX), the Professional Exam (IDPX), and the Practicum Exam (PRAC).  By achieving NCIDQ, Ms. Barr has proven her expertise in understanding and applying current codes established to protect public health, safety and welfare.

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

Spellman Brady & Company is an award-winning St. Louis–based interior design firm specializing in senior living, healthcare, and higher education environments. For more information about Spellman Brady & Company, please visit www.spellmanbrady.com.

Ameren Upgrades Enable GECO to Outfit Electrical in ‘The Last Hotel’ Downtown

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By KERRY SMITH, EDITOR, ST. LOUIS CONSTRUCTION NEWS AND REVIEW MAGAZINE

Guarantee Electrical Company’s turnkey electrical contracting work includes equipping an historic downtown St. Louis building that will open in May as a boutique hotel.

GECO Project Manager Rob Truebe says thanks to a new Ameren Missouri downtown revitalization initiative, powering historic structures such as The Last Hotel (formerly the International Shoe Company headquarters at 1510 Washington Avenue) allows for greater back-up power potential.

“This building, which was constructed more than 100 years ago, originally had 208 volts (120/208 volt) as did many of downtown St. Louis’ buildings,” said Truebe. “What Ameren is now doing is bringing 13,500 volts of electrical service to structures like this one and installing substations – switch gear and transformer rooms – within buildings to increase operational efficiency. The new transformers convert the power into 277/480 volt for larger loads. Under this new system, Ameren has the capability with these switches to back-feed the city grid with its new equipment and eliminate outages by transferring users over to a different system. This is a big plus for building owners,” he added.

Ameren Missouri Spokesperson Brad Brown said the utility company’s Downtown East Revitalization Project began Jan. 2 and is part of an overall strategy to prepare downtown St. Louis for a smarter energy grid.

“As part of Ameren Missouri’s Smart Energy Plan, we are upgrading 100,000 feet of underground infrastructure to improve the power quality and energy reliability that businesses and residents count on every day,” said Brown. “We are replacing aging infrastructure, setting the stage for future upgrades and preparing for growth in downtown St. Louis.”

Details of Ameren’s efforts include replacing aging conduit duct work made of clay and fiber with new duct work made from 5-inch PVC. The nearly $8 million, two-year effort also includes diversifying Ameren’s conduit system downtown by adding multiple conduit duct paths in each manhole to ensure a more reliable system. “Future installations, combined with new advanced cable with fiber optic sensing and controls, will allow us to reroute energy to another path if a problem is detected,” Brown said. “In most cases, customers would not experience an outage and if they were impacted, restoration times would be significantly reduced.”

Building Careers

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The latest People in the News highlighting new hires, promotions, honors & recognition of the men and women in the St. Louis building community.

Castle Contracting Hires Four

Castle Contracting, LLC has expanded its team with the hiring of four new employees: Charles Danner, project engineer; Dan Schaefer, estimator; Cory Howell, project manager; and Cody Hobbs, safety coordinator.

Charles Danner

As project engineer, Charles Danner supports the estimating department in compiling accurate project bids, as part of a three-step development program instituted by Castle for all project engineers. Prior to joining Castle, Danner served as an engineer at Kiewit Corporation in Federal Way, Wash. He earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering technologies from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Mo. Before college, he served in the U.S. Air Force and earned the Air Force Achievement Medal, the Good Conduct Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. He lives in St. Louis.

Dan Schaefer

In his role as estimator, Dan Schaefer prepares complete, accurate quantity take-offs to build detailed cost estimates and prepares comprehensive proposals for Castle clients. He previously served as estimator/project manager at Kuesel Excavating Co. in O’Fallon, Mo. and an estimator/project manager at Septagon Construction in Columbia, Mo. Schaefer received a bachelor’s degree in construction management from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Mo. He and his family live in St. Peters, Mo.

Cory Howell

As project manager, Cory Howell oversees the day-to-day operation of projects, including budget reporting, submittal review, subcontractor coordination, material ordering, scheduling maintenance and trade coordination. Prior to joining Castle, he served as project manager at Crossland Construction Company in Kansas City and held several roles at Hensel Phelps Construction Co. Howell received a bachelor’s degree in construction engineering technology from Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas. He and his family reside in Spring Hill, Kansas.

Cody Hobbs

And Safety Coordinator Cody Hobbs is responsible for the overall administration of safety guidelines on Castle projects, including monitoring the safety efforts of employees and subcontractors. He earned a bachelor’s degree of safety in the health sciences program at Illinois State University in Normal, Ill. A Graduate Safety Practitioner (GSP), Hobbs is a member of the American Society of Safety Professionals. He lives in Belleville, Ill.

“As Castle continues to expand our business in St. Louis and beyond, these new professionals will play key roles in strengthening our team and enhancing our services to clients,” said Michael Pranger, Castle Contracting vice president of operations.

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

New NGA CTO Announced

Mark Munsell

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency appoints a new chief technology officer to lead NGA’s technology transformation and modernization efforts, while also attracting IT talent.

Mark Munsell, currently the deputy director of the CIO and IT Services Directorate, will fill the role of chief technology officer at NGA beginning immediately. Munsell is based at the agency’s St. Louis, Missouri, location and will remain in his CIO-T deputy director role as he steps into the CTO job.

The CTO role was created in 2018 to focus on increasing the agency’s ability to instill next-generation technology, tradecraft and innovative approaches to the geospatial intelligence community, enterprise and mission.

Munsell began his career in 1990 with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration where he was awarded the Department of Commerce Bronze Medal for his software engineering work transforming the nation’s nautical charting production system. He joined an NGA predecessor agency, the Defense Mapping Agency in 1996 where he led the update of the agency’s aeronautical production systems. After a stint with a government contractor, Munsell founded the Internet Marine and Aviation Planning Services, or IMAPS, in 2000 to offer flight and maritime planning services to individuals, industry and government via the Internet. He returned to government service at the NGA in 2006. Munsell is also the recipient of the Presidential Rank Award and NGA’s Distinguished Civilian Service Medal.

Kevin Kopp Named BIM Manager at Murphy

Kevin Kopp

Kevin J. Kopp has been named BIM manager for Murphy Company. The announcement was made by Mike Werdes, vice president, engineering.

Kopp holds an associate’s degree in drafting and design technology from ITT Technical Institute and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in computer science. He is certified in numerous computer software and design programs, and has extensive experience in Revit, Navisworks, Fabrication, Plant 3D,Revizto, AutoCAD, BLK360 and Microsoft environments.

He recently served as BIM Director for a global engineering, architecture and project/construction management firm. . With over 18 years’ experience in BIM/CAD modeling and design as well as integrated project delivery, he previously served as a BIM coordinator and manager for several area engineering and contracting companies. He began his construction career in 2001 as CAD manager/IT support for Tensar Corp., a BIM/CAD manger/senior IT support for Planners and Engineers, and a Bentley Admin/BIM for Hydro-Chem – all in Georgia.

Founded in 1907, Murphy Company is one of the nation’s top mechanical contracting and engineering firms delivering innovative solutions to the commercial, industrial and institutional markets. The firm employs more than 1,000 people nationwide. For more information, visit www.murphynet.com.

Woody Miller Promoted to Vice President, Operational and Facilities Development at WINCO Windows

Woody Miller

WINCO Windows, a St. Louis-based manufacturer of architectural and heavy commercial aluminum windows, is pleased to announce the promotion of Woody Miller, one of the company’s Leadership Team members, to Vice President, Operational and Facilities Development.

“WINCO’s Leadership Team was formed late 2017 and took effect early 2018,” said Bill Krenn, WINCO President and CFO. “Woody’s success at coordinating plant operations to increase efficiencies and enhance communication, as well as bringing employees’ ideas to fruition keeps the company moving forward in a positive light.”

As Vice President of Operational and Facilities Development, Miller will work with team members Brian Scott and Sharon Gamble to continue evolving WINCO’s manufacturing systems. Integrating new equipment, technologies and processes is vital to serve the demands of WINCO’s expanding presence in the window industry. Miller is one of several family members who have leadership roles in WINCO. The company has been family-owned for more than 100 years.

Miller is a graduate of James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Over the years, Miller has worked as the owner/operator of a construction company, property developer, consultant, and business owner/entrepreneur. Miller was recently named to this year’s class of 40 Under 40 by the St. Louis Business Journal. This honor recognizes young business leaders for their accomplishments, professional excellence, and contributions to their community. In his spare time, Miller is an avid rock climber.

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

New Hires at S. M. Wilson

S.M. Wilson & Co., has rehired Mary Anderson as a Project Engineer and former S. M. Wilson Interns Travis Schmitt, Chris Watkins as Field Engineers as well as Emily Echele as Project Engineer.

Schmitt and Watkins will be responsible for supporting and assisting field and office personnel on job sites to produce successful projects, ensure safety, quality, cost control, schedule and overall compliance with applicable laws and regulations are achieved.

Chris Watkins

Watkins recently graduated from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville where he received his B.S. in Construction Management. He spent the summer working as an intern for S. M. Wilson on an apartment complex project

Schmitt holds an Associates in Applied Science – Construction Management Technology from Southwestern Illinois College with 10 years of construction experience. He also worked as an intern and co-op for S. M. Wilson on the Ladue Horton Watkins High School project.

Mary Anderson

Echele and Anderson will be responsible for helping establish procedures with the design professionals, consultants and Owner of projects for information flow, approvals, meetings and reporting. They will also track shop drawings, submittals, material deliveries and RFIs through the duration of projects and assist the Project Manager with MBE/WBE participation and workforce inclusion. Anderson rejoins S. M. Wilson with four years construction experience. She holds a B.S. in Construction Management from Southeast Missouri State University and is OSHA 30 certified.

Emily Eschele

Echele recently graduated from Missouri S&T where she received her B.S. in Civil/Architectural Engineering. She also worked for S. M. Wilson on an apartment complex project as an intern over the summer.

S.M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis. For more information, visit www.smwilson.com.

February 8, 2019

Linda Eigelberger Hired by Midas Hospitality

Linda Eigelberger

Leading hotel development, management and investment firm Midas Hospitality recently added Linda Eigelberger to the leadership team as Vice President of Sales and Revenue Management.  In this position, she will drive revenue across all managed hotel properties by guiding the team with long-term planning, day-to-day sales operations leadership, and talent development.  Eigelberger will spearhead strategic initiatives that make Midas Hospitality hotels a preferred partner to customers, and leverage hotel marketing tools to efficiently reach more potential guests.

Eigelberger previously worked for InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), an industry leader with 15 distinct hotel brands, for more than two decades in various business and leadership roles.  Career highlights include directing the entire sales, marketing and revenue management performance for the Crowne Plaza brand.  Prior to this position, she handled all of sales skill building and revenue retention efforts for the IHG organization’s brands throughout the country.

“Linda possesses an excellent track record in the industry, and she brings tremendous value to our company in terms of expertise and insight,” said David Robert, Midas Hospitality’s CEO and Co-Founder.  “We look forward to her leadership in creating a competitive, enjoyable and successful sales culture for all existing and future properties in the Midas Hospitality family.”

Founded in 2006, Midas Hospitality specializes in the development, management and investment of award-winning hotel properties across the U.S.  The firm focuses on select-service and extended-stay experiences for global brands including Hilton, Marriott, and IHG. For more information, call (314) 692-0100 or visit http://www.midashospitality.com

JLL’s Blaise Tomazic Transitions From Research to Office Brokerage Team

Blaise Tomazic

Commercial real estate firm JLL today announced Blaise Tomazic transitioned to a new role with the firm effective January 1 after more than 10 years as research lead in St. Louis. Tomazic is now a vice president with JLL’s office brokerage team.

In his previous role, Tomazic specialized in industry research, data visualization, strategy, mapping, and financial analysis. His research also included macro and micro level economic analysis of the St. Louis region. His previous role gave Tomazic a deep knowledge of the St. Louis commercial real estate market, which greatly enhanced the team’s business development capabilities on multiple levels. He joins office brokerage at a time when the industry is quickly evolving. Tomazic’s expertise will be used to help better service tenants and landlords in understanding and utilizing new technologies.  

David Steinbach, managing director of JLL’s St. Louis office, said, “Blaise has been an invaluable asset to our team for the past 10 years. His deep knowledge and understanding of commercial real estate in the St. Louis market will undoubtedly be of tremendous value to our tenant representation and leasing clients.”

JLL St. Louis is headquartered at One Metropolitan Square in downtown St. Louis. The company has approximately 150 commercial real estate experts in the market as part of its brokerage, property management, valuation and advisory services, and project development divisions.

JLL (NYSE: JLL) is a leading professional services firm that specializes in real estate and investment management. JLL is a Fortune 500 company with operations in over 80 countries and a global workforce of 88,000 as of September 30, 2018. For further information, visit jll.com. 

Doug Weber Promoted to Vice President, Project Executive at Holland Construction Services 

Doug Weber

Mike Marchal, President of Holland Construction Services (Holland), is pleased to announce the promotion of Doug Weber to Vice President, Project Executive.

Doug joined Holland in 2007 as a Project Manager and was promoted to Director of Multi-Family Housing in 2013.  In his new role as Vice President, Project Executive, he will continue working with developers and other clients on multifamily housing and senior living, but also office, retail, and light industrial, including lead generation, project pursuits, contract negotiation, preconstruction, and oversight during construction.  As a partner at Holland, Doug will also be more involved in the general running of the business working directly with Holland’s Executive VP/COO on risk analysis, contracts, insurance, etc.

Doug received a degree in Construction Management from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

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

Jim Greffet Promoted to Sales Representative at G&S Architectural Products 

Jim Greffet

St. Louis-based G&S Architectural Products has promoted Jim Greffet to a new position as a St. Louis area sales representative with an emphasis on industrial acoustical products.

Greffet attended Missouri State University and has been a part of the Golterman & Sabo team for more than ten years, serving on the production management side of the business as a Shop Facilitator and an Installation Manager.

G&S Architectural Products is a leading provider and installer of architectural products such as acoustical products, visual display boards and operable wall systemsthat are primarily used for commercial, education and healthcare industries.  

IMEG Names New director, Client Executive

Steve Rhoades

IMEG Corp. has named two leaders from its St. Louis office to new positions.

Principal Steve Rhoades has been named to the firm’s newly created national role of Director of Federal Solutions. Rhoades, PE, LEED AP, is a licensed mechanical engineer with more than 23 years of experience, all with IMEG. Most previously the leader of the St. Louis office, he has done substantial work with federal clients for more than 10 years. In his new role Steve will strategizes across IMEG’s geography and offices for delivering engineering solutions for federal agencies CONUS and OCONUS.

Jim Kappeler

Principal Jim Kappeler, PE, LEED AP, is now a client executive for education and government. A licensed mechanical engineer with 18 years of experience (all at IMEG), he most previously served as a project executive. Both Rhoades and Kappeler will continue to work out of IMEG’s St. Louis office at 15 Sunnen Drive. 

IMEG is headquartered in Illinois and has 1,200 employees at 40 national and international locations. It is one of the largest engineering consulting firms in the U.S. specializing in high performing building systems, infrastructure, and construction-related services. For more information, visit IMEGcorp.com.

Spellman Brady Welcomes Michelle Hamilton New Director of Business Development

Michelle Hamilton

Spellman Brady & Company, an award-winning interior design firm, welcomes Michelle Hamilton as the firm’s Director of Business Development. Ms. Hamilton has corporate responsibility for developing working relationships with new clients, as well as growing ongoing relationships with Spellman Brady’s existing repetitive client base.

Ms. Hamilton has developed a reputation as a keen business strategist with an entrepreneurial spirit and vision throughout her 22 years of professional experience. She first earned her bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and went on to graduate from Washington University in St. Louis with a Masters of Fine Arts degree. In additon to her impressive track-record in business development, the depth and diversity of her experience includes being a sales representative for a major furniture manufacturer and as an adjunct instructor at Maryville University of St. Louis. 

Spellman Brady & Company is an award-winning St. Louis–based interior design firm specializing in senior living, healthcare, and higher education environments. For more information about Spellman Brady & Company, please visit www.spellmanbrady.com.

Leslie Cerny Promoted To Vice President, Named Co-Owner At Gateway Land Services

Leslie Cerny

Leslie Cerny has been promoted to Vice President at Gateway Land Services.  In her new position, Leslie will lead all projects and services through the company’s Civil Engineering and Land Surveying departments.  She has served as Project Engineer at the company for the past year and has four years of professional experience.

Gateway Land Services has also made Leslie a co-owner of the company.

Leslie earned both a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (Cum Laude) and a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering (Cum Laude) at the Missouri University of Science & Technology.

“Leslie has exceeded our performance expectations and has shown tremendous leadership qualities during the past year with us,” said Kelly Hyde, co-owner of Gateway Land Services.  “We are very excited about our company’s future with Leslie in an ownership position.”

Gateway Land Services is a St. Louis-based Professional Civil Engineering and Land Surveying Company.  Founded in 2009, it provides engineering and surveying expertise to municipalities, government agencies and commercial construction contractors.  Gateway Land Services is a Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE) and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) as certified by the State of Missouri.

Christa Barr Earns NCIDQ Certification

Christa Barr

Over 25% of Spellman Brady Interior Designers are NCIDQ

Spellman Brady & Company (SBC) is proud to announce that Christa Barr, designer and account manager,has earned her National Council of Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) Certification.  With Ms. Barr’s recent accomplishment, SBC’s professional staff of NCIDQ interior designers has increased to over 25%.

Ms. Barr has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree of Interior Design from Maryville University and has over 13 years’ experience, which are all part of the prerequisite to apply for the NCIDQ Examination.  After CIDQ approved her eligibility, Ms. Barr took and passed the entire NCIDQ Exam consisting of three separate exams; the Fundamentals Exam (IDFX), the Professional Exam (IDPX), and the Practicum Exam (PRAC).  By achieving NCIDQ, Ms. Barr has proven her expertise in understanding and applying current codes established to protect public health, safety and welfare.

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

Spellman Brady & Company is an award-winning St. Louis–based interior design firm specializing in senior living, healthcare, and higher education environments. For more information about Spellman Brady & Company, please visit www.spellmanbrady.com.

February 1, 2019

Marsha Benney Promoted to Chief Operating Officer of Midwest BankCentre

Marsha Benney

Marsha Benney, CPA, has been promoted to chief operating officer of Midwest BankCentre. She previously served as executive vice president-chief risk officer.

Since joining Midwest BankCentre in 2015, she has led the teams responsible for audit, compliance, enterprise risk management, loan and appraisal review, project management and vendor management. She has helped the bank achieve growth targets by applying her skills in partnering, both internally and externally, to optimize business results, engage team members, enhance customer experiences and implement best practices.

Benney has more than 30 years of experience in community banking and financial services. Within community banking, she has broad, enterprise-level experience across all operational areas. She also served large and small community banking clients as audit manager in KPMG’s financial services audit practice.

“Marsha is a dynamic leader with a strong customer focus and a tremendous capacity for setting and exceeding goals,” said Midwest BankCentre CEO Orvin Kimbrough. “Her leadership will help us enhance the achievement of our strategic goals while fostering a culture focused on customer experience and a mindset toward continuous process improvement.”

Benney has a bachelor’s degree in accounting and business/management from Southeast Missouri State University. She belongs to the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Risk Management Association. Benney serves on the Grace Hill Women’s Business Center advisory board and on Fontbonne University’s cybersecurity and computer science advisory board.

Midwest BankCentre, a mainstay of St. Louis community banking since 1906, employs a staff of about 280 working at 19 bank locations in the City of St. Louis and St. Louis, Jefferson and St. Charles counties. The bank works to empower people, enable business and energize neighborhoods through the strength of its financial services, including personalized consumer and business banking, business cash management, mortgage lending, home equity loans, financial planning and investments, insurance and digital banking. It ranks among St. Louis’ largest locally owned banks with assets exceeding $1.9 billion and deposits of $1.4 billion.

The bank is a local leader in the St. Louis Regional Unbanked Task Force and its Bank-On Save-Up St. Louis initiative. Since 2001, Midwest BankCentre has consecutively achieved the Bauer Financial 5-Star Superior financial rating each quarter. It was the national winner of the 2018 National Community Bank Service Awards by the Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA) for its success in bringing mainstream financial services to unbanked and underbanked citizens in the region.

IMPACT Strategies Expands Their Team

IMPACT Strategies recently expanded their team with the hiring of Logan Mitchell as a Project Engineer and Allison Hursey as a Project Assistant.

Logan Mitchel

Mitchell has a well-rounded background, working at different levels in the construction industry. He has a bachelor’s degree in Project Management and extensive studies in mechanical engineering. His knowledge and recent industry experience have positioned him well to add depth to the growing team at IMPACT Strategies. Mitchell is originally from Flat Rock, IL and now lives in Highland, IL.

Allison Hursey

Hursey comes to IMPACT with a wide range of experience, ranging from accounting to client services to sales. She has a degree in Business Administration from Lindenwood University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. She is originally from Swansea, IL and now lives in O’Fallon, IL.

Mark Hinrichs, President of IMPACT Strategies says “Logan and Alli have already shown us what great assets they can be to our team. We look forward to a bright future with them as IMPACT continues to grow.”

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. To learn more visit BuildwithIMPACT.com or call 618-394-8400 or 314-646-8400. 

Gary D. Swan Earns CFM Designation 

Gary D. Swan attained credentials as a Certified Facility Manager (CFM). As a member of the St. Louis Chapter of IFMA (International Facility Management Association), Swan passed an extensive four-hour exam that covers 11 core competency areas to achieve the CFM designation.

Swan serves as the chief engineer for Lillibridge Healthcare Services at Mercy South, formerly St. Anthony’s Medical Center in suburban St. Louis. He oversees the facilities for seven medical office buildings for Lillibridge – Ventas Inc. and supervises three technicians.

The CFM designation is considered the most prestigious and sought-after credential in facility management. IFMA’s certification process assesses competency in the field through work experience, education and the ability to pass a comprehensive exam that covers 11 competencies that make up the facility management body of knowledge. Since the program began in 1992, more than 3,100 facility managers from 32 countries have achieved this prestigious recognition.

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 more than 250 members representing small and Fortune 500 companies throughout the region. For more information, visit www.ifma.org. 

Western Specialty Contractors Promotes Jessica Gitto to National Account Manager

Jessica Gitto

Western Specialty Contractors has promoted Jessica Gitto to the position of National Account Manager. Gitto was previously the Marketing/Assistant National Account Manager at Western.

As National Account Manager, Gitto will assist in the company’s efforts to identify, establish and develop relationships with large, multi-location customers. Gitto will also work to establish productive, professional relationships with high-level executives and other key contacts for all assigned client accounts, as well as effectively communicate to customers the benefits of a national account partnership with Western. Additionally, Gitto will work to improve sales growth of national accounts and implement corporate marketing plans.

Gitto has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communication from the University of Missouri – St. Louis and more than 12 years of marketing, management and sales experience. Gitto started working for Western in 2013 as a Business Development Representative before being promoted in 2017 to Marketing/Assistant National Account Manager where she managed Western’s involvement with such national industry organizations as BOMA, APPA and ASHE. She also organized and attended trade shows and managed Western’s website, social media, branch project profiles and press releases in her previous position at Western. 

Family-owned and operated for more than 100 years, Western Specialty Contractors is the nation’s largest specialty contractor in masonry and concrete restoration, waterproofing and specialty roofing. For more information about Western Specialty Contractors, visit www.westernspecialtycontractors.com.             

Curt Coval

Curt Coval joins Wiegmann Associates as Senior Project Estimator 

Curt Coval of Wentzville, MO has joined Wiegmann Associates as a senior project estimator. Coval is responsible for developing estimates for Wiegmann Associates HVAC design/build and plan/spec projects, both in St. Louis and nationally. Coval has 35 years of experience working in the construction industry. 

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. For more information, visit www.wiegmannassoc.com or call (636) 940-1056.

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The latest People in the News highlighting new hires, promotions, honors & recognition of the men and women in the St. Louis building community.

Marsha Benney Promoted to Chief Operating Officer of Midwest BankCentre

Marsha Benney

Marsha Benney, CPA, has been promoted to chief operating officer of Midwest BankCentre. She previously served as executive vice president-chief risk officer.

Since joining Midwest BankCentre in 2015, she has led the teams responsible for audit, compliance, enterprise risk management, loan and appraisal review, project management and vendor management. She has helped the bank achieve growth targets by applying her skills in partnering, both internally and externally, to optimize business results, engage team members, enhance customer experiences and implement best practices.

Benney has more than 30 years of experience in community banking and financial services. Within community banking, she has broad, enterprise-level experience across all operational areas. She also served large and small community banking clients as audit manager in KPMG’s financial services audit practice.

“Marsha is a dynamic leader with a strong customer focus and a tremendous capacity for setting and exceeding goals,” said Midwest BankCentre CEO Orvin Kimbrough. “Her leadership will help us enhance the achievement of our strategic goals while fostering a culture focused on customer experience and a mindset toward continuous process improvement.”

Benney has a bachelor’s degree in accounting and business/management from Southeast Missouri State University. She belongs to the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Risk Management Association. Benney serves on the Grace Hill Women’s Business Center advisory board and on Fontbonne University’s cybersecurity and computer science advisory board.

Midwest BankCentre, a mainstay of St. Louis community banking since 1906, employs a staff of about 280 working at 19 bank locations in the City of St. Louis and St. Louis, Jefferson and St. Charles counties. The bank works to empower people, enable business and energize neighborhoods through the strength of its financial services, including personalized consumer and business banking, business cash management, mortgage lending, home equity loans, financial planning and investments, insurance and digital banking. It ranks among St. Louis’ largest locally owned banks with assets exceeding $1.9 billion and deposits of $1.4 billion.

The bank is a local leader in the St. Louis Regional Unbanked Task Force and its Bank-On Save-Up St. Louis initiative. Since 2001, Midwest BankCentre has consecutively achieved the Bauer Financial 5-Star Superior financial rating each quarter. It was the national winner of the 2018 National Community Bank Service Awards by the Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA) for its success in bringing mainstream financial services to unbanked and underbanked citizens in the region.

IMPACT Strategies Expands Their Team

IMPACT Strategies recently expanded their team with the hiring of Logan Mitchell as a Project Engineer and Allison Hursey as a Project Assistant.

Logan Mitchel

Mitchell has a well-rounded background, working at different levels in the construction industry. He has a bachelor’s degree in Project Management and extensive studies in mechanical engineering. His knowledge and recent industry experience have positioned him well to add depth to the growing team at IMPACT Strategies. Mitchell is originally from Flat Rock, IL and now lives in Highland, IL.

Allison Hursey

Hursey comes to IMPACT with a wide range of experience, ranging from accounting to client services to sales. She has a degree in Business Administration from Lindenwood University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. She is originally from Swansea, IL and now lives in O’Fallon, IL.

Mark Hinrichs, President of IMPACT Strategies says “Logan and Alli have already shown us what great assets they can be to our team. We look forward to a bright future with them as IMPACT continues to grow.”

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. To learn more visit BuildwithIMPACT.com or call 618-394-8400 or 314-646-8400. 

Gary D. Swan Earns CFM Designation 

Gary D. Swan attained credentials as a Certified Facility Manager (CFM). As a member of the St. Louis Chapter of IFMA (International Facility Management Association), Swan passed an extensive four-hour exam that covers 11 core competency areas to achieve the CFM designation.

Swan serves as the chief engineer for Lillibridge Healthcare Services at Mercy South, formerly St. Anthony’s Medical Center in suburban St. Louis. He oversees the facilities for seven medical office buildings for Lillibridge – Ventas Inc. and supervises three technicians.

The CFM designation is considered the most prestigious and sought-after credential in facility management. IFMA’s certification process assesses competency in the field through work experience, education and the ability to pass a comprehensive exam that covers 11 competencies that make up the facility management body of knowledge. Since the program began in 1992, more than 3,100 facility managers from 32 countries have achieved this prestigious recognition.

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 more than 250 members representing small and Fortune 500 companies throughout the region. For more information, visit www.ifma.org. 

Western Specialty Contractors Promotes Jessica Gitto to National Account Manager

Jessica Gitto

Western Specialty Contractors has promoted Jessica Gitto to the position of National Account Manager. Gitto was previously the Marketing/Assistant National Account Manager at Western.

As National Account Manager, Gitto will assist in the company’s efforts to identify, establish and develop relationships with large, multi-location customers. Gitto will also work to establish productive, professional relationships with high-level executives and other key contacts for all assigned client accounts, as well as effectively communicate to customers the benefits of a national account partnership with Western. Additionally, Gitto will work to improve sales growth of national accounts and implement corporate marketing plans.

Gitto has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communication from the University of Missouri – St. Louis and more than 12 years of marketing, management and sales experience. Gitto started working for Western in 2013 as a Business Development Representative before being promoted in 2017 to Marketing/Assistant National Account Manager where she managed Western’s involvement with such national industry organizations as BOMA, APPA and ASHE. She also organized and attended trade shows and managed Western’s website, social media, branch project profiles and press releases in her previous position at Western. 

Family-owned and operated for more than 100 years, Western Specialty Contractors is the nation’s largest specialty contractor in masonry and concrete restoration, waterproofing and specialty roofing. For more information about Western Specialty Contractors, visit www.westernspecialtycontractors.com.                

Curt Coval

Curt Coval joins Wiegmann Associates as Senior Project Estimator 

Curt Coval of Wentzville, MO has joined Wiegmann Associates as a senior project estimator. Coval is responsible for developing estimates for Wiegmann Associates HVAC design/build and plan/spec projects, both in St. Louis and nationally. Coval has 35 years of experience working in the construction industry. 

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. For more information, visit www.wiegmannassoc.com or call (636) 940-1056.

January 25, 2019

Sitton Energy Solutions Hires New Analytics Software Engineer 

Rusty Khatman

Sitton Energy Solutions announced Rusty Khatman as the company’s new Analytics Software Engineer. Khatman has nine years of experience in the building automation and data analytics field, and will be stationed at the St. Louis-based company’s newest location in Denver. He will be responsible for developing analytics software platforms, monitoring energy and interpreting data to help improve clients’ energy conservation and utility bills.

“Rusty has already proven to be a valuable addition to our Denver team,” said Doug Sitton, resident and Founder of Sitton Energy Solutions. “He shares our passion for finding sustainable  solutions to clients’ energy needs, that not only save them money on utility bills, but also lessen their overall energy footprint.”

“Analytics in building automation and energy is a relatively new concept but we believe it will be and is the future of this industry,” said Khatman. “I’m grateful to be at a company that will give me the platform to break new ground in terms of using data to spot trends and find sustainable, long-term energy solutions for our clients.”

Prior to joining Sitton Energy Solutions, Khatman worked as an energy software developer, a strategic technologies coordinator and as a system engineer. Khatman is finishing his bachelor’s degree in computer science from University of Colorado – Denver.

Sitton Energy Solutions is an independent energy management consulting firm that works to maximize clients’ energy savings and return on investments. The Sitton Solution is a unique combination of Comprehensive Energy Strategy™ (CES™), Integrated Energy Analytics™ (IEA™), and Independent Engineering that saves clients’ money on their facilities at the maximum return-on-investment. Sitton Energy Solution’s definition of return on investment goes beyond the financial incentives, as it creates facilities that are environmentally friendly and safer, more productive places to work. The firm, which has helped its clients save over $45 million in energy costs, has offices in St. Louis, MO, O’Fallon, IL, Kansas City, MO, and Denver, CO.

To learn more, call 314-309-2029 ext. 118, or visit www.sittoncg.com.

Dustin Prasuhn Promoted to Installation Manager at G&S Architectural Products 

Dustin Prasuhn

St. Louis-based [ G&S Architectural Products ]( https://www.goltermansabo.com/ ) has promoted Dustin Prasuhn to Installation Manager. His new responsibilities will include scheduling, project communication, and the coordination and management of 17 Union carpenters, distribution workers and a fleet of trucks.

Prasuhn has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering Technology and has been a part of the Golterman & Sabo team for four years as a Project Manager. He also is currently serving in the Missouri Army National Guard.

“I’m looking forward to working closely with clients to help create a finished acoustical solution that will improve the customer’s environment,” says Prasuhn on his new Installation Manager position.

G&S Architectural Products is a leading provider and installer of architectural products such as acoustical products, visual display boards and operable wall systemsthat are primarily used for the commercial, education and healthcare industries.

IMPACT Strategies Promotes Travis Schwartz To Assistant Project Manager

Travis Schwartz

IMPACT Strategies recently promoted Travis Schwartz from Project Engineer to Assistant Project Manager. In this new position Schwartz will take on an expanded leadership role in managing our construction projects. Craig Spidle, Director of Construction Operations at IMPACT Strategies, says “Travis is a great example of the future leaders of our project delivery team at IMPACT.” Schwartz is a graduate of Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville with a degree in Construction Management and has been with IMPACT Strategies since the summer of 2017.

Schwartz also recently completed the AGC of Missouri Leadership Academy. After being nominated by Craig Spidle, Director of Construction Operations for IMPACT Strategies, Schwartz was chosen by an AGC selection committee to complete the course. This five-month course consisted of roughly 20 students and was taught by Ken Bradford, author of Fearless & Persuasive Speaking. It focused on building awareness and proficiency in business and developing skills that will translate into strong project team leadership.

IMPACT Strategies provides client-focused construction management, design/build, and general contracting services. To learn more visit BuildwithIMPACT.com or call 618-394-8400 or 314-646-8400.

Chris Kerckhoff, LEED AP BD+C, Promoted To Vice President

Chris Kerkhoff

EDM Incorporated is proud to announce the promotion of Chris Kerckhoff to Vice President.   Chris joined EDM in 2012 as Director of Business Development and has over 20 years’ experience in the A/E/C industry.

Prior to joining EDM, Chris held leadership positions in regional food processing, development and general contracting firms. He holds a BSBA in Real Estate & Construction Management from the Daniels School of Business, University of Denver, and earned his LEED AP credential in 2002.

EDM Incorporated, headquartered in downtown St. Louis, is a 45-year old multi-disciplinary engineering and architecture firm providing civil, structural, mechanical/electrical/plumbing engineering, fire protection and architecture to public and private sector clients. EDM employs approximately 25 employees, including 12 licensed engineers and two registered Architects. EDM has three offices, St. Louis, MO, St. Charles, MO and Collinsville, IL.  

SITE Improvement Association Board Re-Elects Jennifer Bouquet As President/Chairman, Elects Mike Steiniger To Vice President And Pat Moriarty As Secretary-Treasurer

The Board of Directors of SITE Improvement Association has re-elected Jennifer Bouquet as President/Chairman for 2019 and elected Mike Steiniger as Vice President and Pat Moriarty as Secretary-Treasurer.  Bouquet is President of J&J Boring, and last year becoming the first woman to serve as President/Chairman of SITE.  Steiniger is President of Kuesel Excavating Company and last year served as Secretary-Treasurer of SITE, and Moriarty is President of Concrete Strategies.

Three new members were also elected to serve on SITE’s board of directors in 2019.  They include Kevin Klette, General Manager of Asphalt for Byrne & Jones Construction; Danielle Roden, Project Manager for Site System Landscaping, LLC; and Ryan Casey, Vice President of Construction Operations for Pace Construction Company.  Each will serve a two-year term.

In addition, five members were re-elected to two-year terms on the SITE board of directors.  They include; Charles “Chuck” Vitale of Vee Jay Cement Contracting, Mike Harmon of Plattin Creek Excavating, LLC, Mike Jerome of Bi-State Utilities Company, Kevin Keenoy of GS Grinding Services, LLC, and Lee Newton of CMW Equipment, associate member.

SITE Improvement Association is an independent construction trade association of contractors and businesses associated with the construction industry in eastern Missouri.  The association is governed by a 16-member Board of Directors composed of representatives from the Concrete, Asphalt Paving, Sewer/Utility, Highway and Bridge, Earthmoving, Landscaping, Specialty Construction and Associate divisions.

January 18, 2019

NewGround Appoints Paul McAfee as Regional Vice President

Paul McKee

NewGround, a St. Louis-based experiential architecture, design, and delivery firm, announced that Paul McAfee joined the NewGround Canada team as Regional Vice President of Business Development. Based in British Columbia, Paul’s primary responsibility will be to manage and lead a regional account acquisition and delivery team.

With more than 30 years of experience, Paul has a proven track record of success in the financial services industry. Prior to joining NewGround, he held numerous executive positions, including serving as the President and COO of NorthPeace Savings & Credit Union in British Columbia where he worked with NewGround on multiple projects.

“Paul’s experience in the financial services industry will complement and expand our industry expertise. We are thrilled to have him on our team and are excited to see how he helps us grow our business in the years to come,” said Greg Ward, President of NewGround Canada.

Paul is heavily involved in numerous regional and national industry committees and holds two certifications from the Credit Union Executive Society University program.

“I look forward to helping grow NewGround’s market share through building positive and rewarding relationships and am happy to be a part of the team,” said Paul McAfee, Regional Vice President of Business Development at NewGround Canada.

NewGround is an international, award-winning architecture, design, and delivery firm, providing dynamic, experiential, market-driven environments. Over the last century, NewGround has completed more than 15,000 projects throughout the USA, Canada and in the United Kingdom. Headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, NewGround maintains corporate offices in Chicago, Illinois, Honolulu, Hawaii, and Toronto, Ontario, with a regional presence throughout.

Spellman Brady & Company Hires Jennifer Stockhausen, IIDA, NCIDQ

Jennifer Stockhausen

Spellman Brady & Company, an award-winning interior design firm, is pleased to announce that Jennifer Stockhausen, IIDA, NCIDQ has joined the firm as a Senior Designer. She brings 7 years of professional experience focused on the design of assisted living and memory care communities. Her responsibilities include providing creative and exceptional interior design for all aspects of a project – from initial planning, design concept and construction documents to furniture specifications, procurement and installation.

Ms. Stockhausen earned her Bachelor of Science, Human Environmental Sciences, Architectural Studies degree with an Interior Design emphasis and continued her studies to earn a Master of Arts in Environment and Behavior degree focusing on “Personal Control in the Work Place” degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Spellman Brady & Company is an award-winning interior design firm specializing in senior living, healthcare, and higher education environments. For more information about Spellman Brady & Company, please visit www.spellmanbrady.com.

Community Mourning Loss of Nationally Recognized Educator, Civil Rights Activist Dr. Irene Leota Moore Wright

Dr. Irene Leota Moore Wright

Services for Grandmother of KAI CEO Michael Kennedy, Jr. Scheduled for Jan. 23

The community is mourning the death of nationally recognized educator and civil rights activist Dr. Irene Leota Moore Wright — mother-in-law of KAI Founder Michael Kennedy, Sr. and grandmother of KAI CEO Michael Kennedy, Jr. — who passed away on Jan. 10 at age 91. A Celebration of Life Service honoring her is scheduled for Jan. 23 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Dr. Wright enjoyed a long, successful career in education, having earned a bachelor’s degree from Spelman College in Atlanta; a master’s degree in speech pathology and audiology from Washington University in St. Louis; and a Ph. D. in higher education from Saint Louis University. She also studied at Ball State University, New York University, Columbia University and Atlanta University.

She went on to hold faculty positions at Atlanta University, Clark College, Spelman College, Harris Teachers College, Tuskegee Institute, Albany State College and Saint Louis University and was published in the areas of speech and hearing problems, teacher programs, the trainable child and deaf education.

She served as vice president of the Albany Civil Rights Movement and was the Dean of Students at Albany State College but resigned in protest when she learned that students had been expelled for demonstrating against racial violence and discrimination. She held strategy meetings in her home for out-of-town students who wanted to help with voter registration campaigns and braved threat of physical harm as she travelled from Albany to Washington, D.C. to report on racial injustices taking place around her.

Irene Wright is survived by her “Boo” of 58 years, Dr. Thomas V. Wright Sr., and her children: Vicki Hamilton (Harold), Lynn Kennedy (Michael), Traci Wright (Thomas Wright, Jr.), and Marcia Buresch; 10 grandsons: Arthur (Angelica) and Brandon, Michael, Chad, Jon, Sam, Marcus (Sarah), James Trey (Sina), Simeon, and Brett (Betty); and five great-grandchildren: Titus, Bella, Jaz’min, Jaire, and Levi. She also leaves her only living sibling, Jean Collins, and nieces and nephews she adored: Hollie, Wilanna, Robin, Judy, Bobby, James Jr., Michael, Johnnie, Connie, Mitzy, Phillip, Frankie, Neicey, Scott, Bonnie, Albert (Katie), and all of their children. She was preceded in death by her beloved son, Thomas Victor Wright Jr.; her sisters, Augusta Mae, Louise Worthington, and Judelle Shaw; and her brother, Julian Moore.

Michael Kennedy, Jr. attributes his grandmother’s influence on KAI’s commitment to giving back and supporting the community.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to either Albany State University in Albany, Georgia or Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia.

Tyler Bick Receives Professional Engineering License

Tyler Bick

Tyler Bick, who joined KPFF in July 2017, recently passed the professional engineering examination and is now a licensed Professional Engineer in Missouri. He is working on a variety of projects including Mercy Clinic in Springdale, Arkansas; The Foundry in Midtown St. Louis; and a structural condition assessment at Southeast Missouri State University. Tyler earned his Bachelor and Master of Science in Civil Engineering degrees at Missouri University of Science & Technology.

Megan Schimmelpfenning Receives Structural Engineering License

Megan Schimmelpfenning

Megan Schimmelpfenning, who joined KPFF in August 2015, recently passed the Illinois Structural Engineering examination and is now a licensed Structural Engineer in Illinois. Her KPFF projects include the new Courtyard by Marriott and Residence Inn blended hotel in Des Peres, Missouri; SSM/Saint Louis University Hospital’s New Patient Tower; and Weil Hall at Washington University in St. Louis. Megan earned her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree at S

outhern Illinois University Carbondale in 2011.

Founded in Seattle in 1960, KPFF Consulting Engineers is one of the top structural and civil engineering firms, and is known for providing creative, thoughtful, and cost-effective design solutions. 

HBD Construction, Inc. Welcomes New Director of Business Development

Annie Kowert

HBD Construction, Inc is proud to welcome Annie Kowert as Director of Business Development. Annie joins the HBD Construction, Inc team bringing 18 years of experience in the healthcare industry including healthcare administration, senior living, medical supply sales, and marketing. In addition to building strong customer relationships, she will be responsible for market research, strategic planning, and expanding company awareness.

Annie has a B.S. in Occupational Therapy from Cleveland State University. She currently resides in Kirkwood with her husband, Brian and children, Lyla and Luke.  She enjoys spending time with her family, exercise, reading, travel, and volunteering at her kids’ school and church.

Cohen Architectural Woodworking Names Nate Cohen Chief Financial Officer 

Nate Cohen

Cohen Architectural Woodworking announces the appointment of Nate Cohen to serve as Chief Financial Officer. Cohen will oversee the finances of the 36 year-old
company that standardizes, designs and builds custom millwork components and casework for clients nationwide. Cohen, age 29, most recently served as a Senior Project Manager. He has performed and excelled in various roles for the family-owned and family-run business for some 24 years, from sweeping the shop floor at age 5, to serving in engineering, and in project management.

In addition to his duties at Cohen Architectural Woodworking, Nate Cohen is
an entrepreneur, real estate investor and professional woodworker. He won
international woodworking competitions in high school for three consecutive
years and, at age 19, built chess tables for Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield,
founders of the St. Louis Chess Club. His tables were used at the U.S. Chess
Championships. Nate’s chess tables can also be found in the St. Louis
Cardinals clubhouse and with other organizations.

Founded in 1982, Cohen Architectural Woodworking is a family-owned
architectural design/build woodworking firm headquartered in St. James,
Missouri. For more information visit www.cohenwoodworking.com
<http://www.cohenwoodworking.com 

Kevin Gremmelsbacher Promoted by HDA Architects

Kevin Gremmelsbacher

Since joining HDA Architects in 2013, Kevin Gremmelsbacher has played a vital role in transitioning the company into Revit and has developed production drawings for numerous unique project types.  He is currently the firms BIM Manager and has recently been promoted to the role of Project Manager.  His attention to detail and dedication to his projects provides the foundation for his work and has proven effective in delivering a quality product from design development stages through project completion.   

Matt Hoffman joins Wiegmann Associates as Project Engineer 

Matt Hoffman

Matt Hoffman of St. Louis, MO has joined Wiegmann Associates as a project engineer. Hoffman is responsible for designing and engineering HVAC systems for various Wiegmann Associates projects. Prior to joining Wiegmann Associates, he worked as a contract mechanical engineer for Monsanto Company on a large industrial seeds processing project. Hoffman holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia. 

Wiegmann Associates is a St. Louis-based mechanical contractor and a national leader in design/build HVAC projects. For more information, visit www.wiegmannassoc.com or call (636) 940-1056.

 

St. Louis Development Corridors Growing, Merging as More Rehabs, New Construction Occur

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By KERRY SMITH, EDITOR, ST. LOUIS CONSTRUCTION NEWS AND REVIEW MAGAZINE

As the level of commercial development continues to rebound across St. Louis, long-separate districts are growing into each other, leaving long-stagnant pockets of empty structures behind.

This message came from Tom Ray, first vice president with CBRE, during Mueller Prost CPAs + Business Advisors’ “Foundations for Success – What to Expect in Real Estate and Construction in 2019” program Jan. 23 at Brennan’s Work & Leisure in Midtown.

“The development dead zone that long existed between Downtown St. Louis and the Central West End is filling up, thanks to developments such as Cortex,” said Ray. “In terms of development – both new construction and rehabs – Clayton is bleeding into Midtown and Midtown is connecting with Downtown. It’s an exciting time to be in commercial real estate development, design and construction in St. Louis.”

The very site of Thursday’s forecast event exemplifies this development trend, according to Ray. Brennan’s Work and Leisure – a new event venue and co-work space in Midtown at 30th and Locust – is situated in an area that five years ago stood dormant. Today, it’s bustling with creative agencies, eateries and the planned Jefferson Connector, evidence of the fact that a surge in Midtown redevelopment is connecting Midtown with Downtown.

“The construction of the One Hundred – a 36-story, contemporary, upscale apartment tower in the Central West End (on North Kingshighway), is further evidence of development of this visual and developmental connection between districts,” Ray said. “This luxury living tower sports a Clayton look yet is located within the CWE,” Ray said. “We are seeing the beginnings of true interconnectivity between Clayton, Midtown and Downtown St. Louis.”

“Granular” development – that which is occurring in the rehabs of buildings spanning less than 15,000 square feet – is typically costlier to do on a per-square-foot basis than is larger construction, Ray said, due to the lack of economies of scale and structural/environmental challenges inherent in St. Louis’ century-old, urban inventory. “In many ways, new construction is easier to accomplish,” he said, “so it’s really encouraging to see these granular projects taking place.”

As viewed through the lens of real estate development and construction, St. Louis’ central corridor is truly an active, working corridor, according to Ray. “The level of granular development that we continue to see in St. Louis is exactly what we need,” he said, referring to the repurposing of longstanding empty urban buildings into office real estate and mixed-use, live-work spaces. “What’s happening is that the three districts (Midtown, Downtown and Clayton) are connecting into one true central corridor.”

Another trend is contributing to lower commercial vacancy rates across the city, said Ray, and that’s a retail and hospitality shift from marketing goods and services to marketing user experiences. Developments such as the $187 million Union Station redo to the multi-phased, $200 million-plus City Foundry StL within Cortex – including Class A office, retail, restaurants and entertainment – further illustrate how St. Louis’ separate districts are connecting together.

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The latest People in the News highlighting new hires, promotions, honors & recognition of the men and women in the St. Louis building community.

Sitton Energy Solutions Hires New Analytics Software Engineer 

Rusty Khatman

Sitton Energy Solutions announced Rusty Khatman as the company’s new Analytics Software Engineer. Khatman has nine years of experience in the building automation and data analytics field, and will be stationed at the St. Louis-based company’s newest location in Denver. He will be responsible for developing analytics software platforms, monitoring energy and interpreting data to help improve clients’ energy conservation and utility bills.

“Rusty has already proven to be a valuable addition to our Denver team,” said Doug Sitton, resident and Founder of Sitton Energy Solutions. “He shares our passion for finding sustainable  solutions to clients’ energy needs, that not only save them money on utility bills, but also lessen their overall energy footprint.”

“Analytics in building automation and energy is a relatively new concept but we believe it will be and is the future of this industry,” said Khatman. “I’m grateful to be at a company that will give me the platform to break new ground in terms of using data to spot trends and find sustainable, long-term energy solutions for our clients.”

Prior to joining Sitton Energy Solutions, Khatman worked as an energy software developer, a strategic technologies coordinator and as a system engineer. Khatman is finishing his bachelor’s degree in computer science from University of Colorado – Denver.

Sitton Energy Solutions is an independent energy management consulting firm that works to maximize clients’ energy savings and return on investments. The Sitton Solution is a unique combination of Comprehensive Energy Strategy™ (CES™), Integrated Energy Analytics™ (IEA™), and Independent Engineering that saves clients’ money on their facilities at the maximum return-on-investment. Sitton Energy Solution’s definition of return on investment goes beyond the financial incentives, as it creates facilities that are environmentally friendly and safer, more productive places to work. The firm, which has helped its clients save over $45 million in energy costs, has offices in St. Louis, MO, O’Fallon, IL, Kansas City, MO, and Denver, CO.

To learn more, call 314-309-2029 ext. 118, or visit www.sittoncg.com.

Dustin Prasuhn Promoted to Installation Manager at G&S Architectural Products 

Dustin Prasuhn

St. Louis-based [ G&S Architectural Products ]( https://www.goltermansabo.com/ ) has promoted Dustin Prasuhn to Installation Manager. His new responsibilities will include scheduling, project communication, and the coordination and management of 17 Union carpenters, distribution workers and a fleet of trucks.

Prasuhn has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering Technology and has been a part of the Golterman & Sabo team for four years as a Project Manager. He also is currently serving in the Missouri Army National Guard.

“I’m looking forward to working closely with clients to help create a finished acoustical solution that will improve the customer’s environment,” says Prasuhn on his new Installation Manager position.

G&S Architectural Products is a leading provider and installer of architectural products such as acoustical products, visual display boards and operable wall systemsthat are primarily used for the commercial, education and healthcare industries.

IMPACT Strategies Promotes Travis Schwartz To Assistant Project Manager

Travis Schwartz

IMPACT Strategies recently promoted Travis Schwartz from Project Engineer to Assistant Project Manager. In this new position Schwartz will take on an expanded leadership role in managing our construction projects. Craig Spidle, Director of Construction Operations at IMPACT Strategies, says “Travis is a great example of the future leaders of our project delivery team at IMPACT.” Schwartz is a graduate of Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville with a degree in Construction Management and has been with IMPACT Strategies since the summer of 2017.

Schwartz also recently completed the AGC of Missouri Leadership Academy. After being nominated by Craig Spidle, Director of Construction Operations for IMPACT Strategies, Schwartz was chosen by an AGC selection committee to complete the course. This five-month course consisted of roughly 20 students and was taught by Ken Bradford, author of Fearless & Persuasive Speaking. It focused on building awareness and proficiency in business and developing skills that will translate into strong project team leadership.

IMPACT Strategies provides client-focused construction management, design/build, and general contracting services. To learn more visit BuildwithIMPACT.com or call 618-394-8400 or 314-646-8400.

Chris Kerckhoff, LEED AP BD+C, Promoted To Vice President

Chris Kerkhoff

EDM Incorporated is proud to announce the promotion of Chris Kerckhoff to Vice President.   Chris joined EDM in 2012 as Director of Business Development and has over 20 years’ experience in the A/E/C industry.

Prior to joining EDM, Chris held leadership positions in regional food processing, development and general contracting firms. He holds a BSBA in Real Estate & Construction Management from the Daniels School of Business, University of Denver, and earned his LEED AP credential in 2002.

EDM Incorporated, headquartered in downtown St. Louis, is a 45-year old multi-disciplinary engineering and architecture firm providing civil, structural, mechanical/electrical/plumbing engineering, fire protection and architecture to public and private sector clients. EDM employs approximately 25 employees, including 12 licensed engineers and two registered Architects. EDM has three offices, St. Louis, MO, St. Charles, MO and Collinsville, IL.  

SITE Improvement Association Board Re-Elects Jennifer Bouquet As President/Chairman, Elects Mike Steiniger To Vice President And Pat Moriarty As Secretary-Treasurer

The Board of Directors of SITE Improvement Association has re-elected Jennifer Bouquet as President/Chairman for 2019 and elected Mike Steiniger as Vice President and Pat Moriarty as Secretary-Treasurer.  Bouquet is President of J&J Boring, and last year becoming the first woman to serve as President/Chairman of SITE.  Steiniger is President of Kuesel Excavating Company and last year served as Secretary-Treasurer of SITE, and Moriarty is President of Concrete Strategies.

Three new members were also elected to serve on SITE’s board of directors in 2019.  They include Kevin Klette, General Manager of Asphalt for Byrne & Jones Construction; Danielle Roden, Project Manager for Site System Landscaping, LLC; and Ryan Casey, Vice President of Construction Operations for Pace Construction Company.  Each will serve a two-year term.

In addition, five members were re-elected to two-year terms on the SITE board of directors.  They include; Charles “Chuck” Vitale of Vee Jay Cement Contracting, Mike Harmon of Plattin Creek Excavating, LLC, Mike Jerome of Bi-State Utilities Company, Kevin Keenoy of GS Grinding Services, LLC, and Lee Newton of CMW Equipment, associate member.

SITE Improvement Association is an independent construction trade association of contractors and businesses associated with the construction industry in eastern Missouri.  The association is governed by a 16-member Board of Directors composed of representatives from the Concrete, Asphalt Paving, Sewer/Utility, Highway and Bridge, Earthmoving, Landscaping, Specialty Construction and Associate divisions.

January 18, 2019

NewGround Appoints Paul McAfee as Regional Vice President

Paul McKee

NewGround, a St. Louis-based experiential architecture, design, and delivery firm, announced that Paul McAfee joined the NewGround Canada team as Regional Vice President of Business Development. Based in British Columbia, Paul’s primary responsibility will be to manage and lead a regional account acquisition and delivery team.

With more than 30 years of experience, Paul has a proven track record of success in the financial services industry. Prior to joining NewGround, he held numerous executive positions, including serving as the President and COO of NorthPeace Savings & Credit Union in British Columbia where he worked with NewGround on multiple projects.

“Paul’s experience in the financial services industry will complement and expand our industry expertise. We are thrilled to have him on our team and are excited to see how he helps us grow our business in the years to come,” said Greg Ward, President of NewGround Canada.

Paul is heavily involved in numerous regional and national industry committees and holds two certifications from the Credit Union Executive Society University program.

“I look forward to helping grow NewGround’s market share through building positive and rewarding relationships and am happy to be a part of the team,” said Paul McAfee, Regional Vice President of Business Development at NewGround Canada.

NewGround is an international, award-winning architecture, design, and delivery firm, providing dynamic, experiential, market-driven environments. Over the last century, NewGround has completed more than 15,000 projects throughout the USA, Canada and in the United Kingdom. Headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, NewGround maintains corporate offices in Chicago, Illinois, Honolulu, Hawaii, and Toronto, Ontario, with a regional presence throughout.

Spellman Brady & Company Hires Jennifer Stockhausen, IIDA, NCIDQ

Jennifer Stockhausen

Spellman Brady & Company, an award-winning interior design firm, is pleased to announce that Jennifer Stockhausen, IIDA, NCIDQ has joined the firm as a Senior Designer. She brings 7 years of professional experience focused on the design of assisted living and memory care communities. Her responsibilities include providing creative and exceptional interior design for all aspects of a project – from initial planning, design concept and construction documents to furniture specifications, procurement and installation.

Ms. Stockhausen earned her Bachelor of Science, Human Environmental Sciences, Architectural Studies degree with an Interior Design emphasis and continued her studies to earn a Master of Arts in Environment and Behavior degree focusing on “Personal Control in the Work Place” degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Spellman Brady & Company is an award-winning interior design firm specializing in senior living, healthcare, and higher education environments. For more information about Spellman Brady & Company, please visit www.spellmanbrady.com.

Community Mourning Loss of Nationally Recognized Educator, Civil Rights Activist Dr. Irene Leota Moore Wright

Dr. Irene Leota Moore Wright

Services for Grandmother of KAI CEO Michael Kennedy, Jr. Scheduled for Jan. 23

The community is mourning the death of nationally recognized educator and civil rights activist Dr. Irene Leota Moore Wright — mother-in-law of KAI Founder Michael Kennedy, Sr. and grandmother of KAI CEO Michael Kennedy, Jr. — who passed away on Jan. 10 at age 91. A Celebration of Life Service honoring her is scheduled for Jan. 23 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Dr. Wright enjoyed a long, successful career in education, having earned a bachelor’s degree from Spelman College in Atlanta; a master’s degree in speech pathology and audiology from Washington University in St. Louis; and a Ph. D. in higher education from Saint Louis University. She also studied at Ball State University, New York University, Columbia University and Atlanta University.

She went on to hold faculty positions at Atlanta University, Clark College, Spelman College, Harris Teachers College, Tuskegee Institute, Albany State College and Saint Louis University and was published in the areas of speech and hearing problems, teacher programs, the trainable child and deaf education.

She served as vice president of the Albany Civil Rights Movement and was the Dean of Students at Albany State College but resigned in protest when she learned that students had been expelled for demonstrating against racial violence and discrimination. She held strategy meetings in her home for out-of-town students who wanted to help with voter registration campaigns and braved threat of physical harm as she travelled from Albany to Washington, D.C. to report on racial injustices taking place around her.

Irene Wright is survived by her “Boo” of 58 years, Dr. Thomas V. Wright Sr., and her children: Vicki Hamilton (Harold), Lynn Kennedy (Michael), Traci Wright (Thomas Wright, Jr.), and Marcia Buresch; 10 grandsons: Arthur (Angelica) and Brandon, Michael, Chad, Jon, Sam, Marcus (Sarah), James Trey (Sina), Simeon, and Brett (Betty); and five great-grandchildren: Titus, Bella, Jaz’min, Jaire, and Levi. She also leaves her only living sibling, Jean Collins, and nieces and nephews she adored: Hollie, Wilanna, Robin, Judy, Bobby, James Jr., Michael, Johnnie, Connie, Mitzy, Phillip, Frankie, Neicey, Scott, Bonnie, Albert (Katie), and all of their children. She was preceded in death by her beloved son, Thomas Victor Wright Jr.; her sisters, Augusta Mae, Louise Worthington, and Judelle Shaw; and her brother, Julian Moore.

Michael Kennedy, Jr. attributes his grandmother’s influence on KAI’s commitment to giving back and supporting the community.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to either Albany State University in Albany, Georgia or Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia.

Tyler Bick Receives Professional Engineering License

Tyler Bick

Tyler Bick, who joined KPFF in July 2017, recently passed the professional engineering examination and is now a licensed Professional Engineer in Missouri. He is working on a variety of projects including Mercy Clinic in Springdale, Arkansas; The Foundry in Midtown St. Louis; and a structural condition assessment at Southeast Missouri State University. Tyler earned his Bachelor and Master of Science in Civil Engineering degrees at Missouri University of Science & Technology.

Megan Schimmelpfenning Receives Structural Engineering License

Megan Schimmelpfenning

Megan Schimmelpfenning, who joined KPFF in August 2015, recently passed the Illinois Structural Engineering examination and is now a licensed Structural Engineer in Illinois. Her KPFF projects include the new Courtyard by Marriott and Residence Inn blended hotel in Des Peres, Missouri; SSM/Saint Louis University Hospital’s New Patient Tower; and Weil Hall at Washington University in St. Louis. Megan earned her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree at S

outhern Illinois University Carbondale in 2011.

Founded in Seattle in 1960, KPFF Consulting Engineers is one of the top structural and civil engineering firms, and is known for providing creative, thoughtful, and cost-effective design solutions. 

HBD Construction, Inc. Welcomes New Director of Business Development

Annie Kowert

HBD Construction, Inc is proud to welcome Annie Kowert as Director of Business Development. Annie joins the HBD Construction, Inc team bringing 18 years of experience in the healthcare industry including healthcare administration, senior living, medical supply sales, and marketing. In addition to building strong customer relationships, she will be responsible for market research, strategic planning, and expanding company awareness.

Annie has a B.S. in Occupational Therapy from Cleveland State University. She currently resides in Kirkwood with her husband, Brian and children, Lyla and Luke.  She enjoys spending time with her family, exercise, reading, travel, and volunteering at her kids’ school and church.

Cohen Architectural Woodworking Names Nate Cohen Chief Financial Officer 

Nate Cohen

Cohen Architectural Woodworking announces the appointment of Nate Cohen to serve as Chief Financial Officer. Cohen will oversee the finances of the 36 year-old
company that standardizes, designs and builds custom millwork components and casework for clients nationwide. Cohen, age 29, most recently served as a Senior Project Manager. He has performed and excelled in various roles for the family-owned and family-run business for some 24 years, from sweeping the shop floor at age 5, to serving in engineering, and in project management.

In addition to his duties at Cohen Architectural Woodworking, Nate Cohen is
an entrepreneur, real estate investor and professional woodworker. He won
international woodworking competitions in high school for three consecutive
years and, at age 19, built chess tables for Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield,
founders of the St. Louis Chess Club. His tables were used at the U.S. Chess
Championships. Nate’s chess tables can also be found in the St. Louis
Cardinals clubhouse and with other organizations.

Founded in 1982, Cohen Architectural Woodworking is a family-owned
architectural design/build woodworking firm headquartered in St. James,
Missouri. For more information visit www.cohenwoodworking.com
<http://www.cohenwoodworking.com 

Kevin Gremmelsbacher Promoted by HDA Architects

Kevin Gremmelsbacher

Since joining HDA Architects in 2013, Kevin Gremmelsbacher has played a vital role in transitioning the company into Revit and has developed production drawings for numerous unique project types.  He is currently the firms BIM Manager and has recently been promoted to the role of Project Manager.  His attention to detail and dedication to his projects provides the foundation for his work and has proven effective in delivering a quality product from design development stages through project completion.   

Matt Hoffman joins Wiegmann Associates as Project Engineer 

Matt Hoffman

Matt Hoffman of St. Louis, MO has joined Wiegmann Associates as a project engineer. Hoffman is responsible for designing and engineering HVAC systems for various Wiegmann Associates projects. Prior to joining Wiegmann Associates, he worked as a contract mechanical engineer for Monsanto Company on a large industrial seeds processing project. Hoffman holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia. 

Wiegmann Associates is a St. Louis-based mechanical contractor and a national leader in design/build HVAC projects. For more information, visit www.wiegmannassoc.com or call (636) 940-1056.

January 11, 2019

Castle Contracting Expands In-House Civil Design Team with Hiring of James Parks and Amy Huller

Castle Contracting, LLC has expanded its in-house civil design expertise with the hiring of James Parks, P.E. as senior design manager and Amy Huller, P.E. as design manager. This experienced design team will work collaboratively to strengthen Castle’s capabilities to secure, manage and deliver civil design-build projects across the St. Louis region and beyond.

James Parks

James Parks joins Castle with a broad range of expertise that encompasses civil engineering; design and consulting; geotechnical engineering and materials testing; general contracting; construction management; estimating and project management. His hands-on project experience includes numerous project types: municipal, trails, roadways, retail, commercial, institutional, industrial, pipelines, residential, riverfront developments, hospitals and healthcare facilities. He also has overseen master planning for developments ranging from less than an acre to hundreds of acres.

Parks previously served as senior project manager at Glasper Professional Services, and he also worked as assistant project manager at CDG Engineers and project engineer at Crafton, Tull & Associates.

A licensed professional engineer registered in Missouri, Illinois and Arizona and a LEED-accredited professional, he earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Missouri S&T in Rolla, Mo.

Parks has been active in the American Society of Civil Engineers and served as a mentor in the ACE Mentor Program, which helps inspire high school students to pursue careers in design and construction. He and his family live in Florissant.

Amy Huller

An experienced design engineer, project manager and GIS specialist, Amy Huller’s expertise includes the design of residential, condominium and subdivision sites; commercial sites; and industrial sites and subdivisions. Her responsibilities have included the design of sanitary sewers, storm sewer systems, water systems, paving and grading, as well as managing the permitting process for a wide variety of public works, commercial, residential and military projects.

Prior to joining Castle, Huller served as a project manager at Glasper Professional Services. She previously worked as design engineer and GIS specialist at Thouvenot, Wade & Moerchen.

A licensed professional engineer registered in Missouri, she earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Huller has served as a troop leader and camp coordinator for Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois for the last 10 years. She and her family reside in Belleville, Ill. 

Castle Contracting, LLC provides turnkey site preparation services, site utilities, earthwork and trenchless technology directly to owners; general contractors; and mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection contractors. 

Kay Koonce Joins HOK’s St. Louis Office as Marketing Manager

Kay Koonce

Kay Koonce, has joined HOK in St. Louis. She will lead the marketing department in the St. Louis studio as a marketing manager. Her professional experience will aid HOK in the continued success of project acquisition and fortified brand awareness.

With 20 years of A/E industry marketing experience, Koonce joins HOK from TBE Architects, Inc. in St. Louis, and prior to that, working for firms like KAI, Cannon Design, David Mason & Associates and the Farnsworth Group, Inc.

HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm. Through a network of 24 offices worldwide, HOK provides design excellence and innovation to create places that enrich people’s lives and help clients succeed. DesignIntelligence consistently ranks HOK as a leader in sustainable, high-performance design and technology innovation.​

Benjamin Dryer Appointed Service Account Manager

Benjamin Dryer

Benjamin Dryer has been named service account manager for Murphy Company. The announcement was made by Chris Carter, vice-president, service, for the mechanical contracting and engineering firm. Dryer has three years’ experience in service and sales, providing estimates and project management for a local mechanical contractor. A graduate of Pattonville High School, he also studied business at both Webster University and the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Jeffrey (“Mike”) Gumm Joins Murphy Company

Jeffrey (“Mike”) Gumm

Jeffrey (“Mike”) Gumm has joined Murphy Company as service project manager.  The announcement was made by Chris Carter, vice-president, service, for the mechanical contracting and engineering firm. A union pipefitter with more than six years’ experience, Gumm is highly experienced at HVAC installation and system troubleshooting. He attended both St. Louis Community College-Meramec and Lindenwood University.  He also achieved his HVAC technology certification from the Midwest Institute.

Founded in 1907, Murphy Company is one of the nation’s top mechanical contracting and engineering firms delivering innovative solutions to the commercial, industrial and institutional markets.  For more information, visit www.murphynet.com.

St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station Progresses Toward Construction Finish in Late 2019

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By KERRY SMITH, EDITOR, ST. LOUIS CONSTRUCTION NEWS AND REVIEW MAGAZINE

What holds more than one million gallons of water, spans 120,000 square feet and promises to educate and fascinate all ages?

The St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station in downtown St. Louis, on schedule to open in late 2019.

Part of an overall $187 million family entertainment complex, the massive project is being developed by Union Station owner Lodging Hospitality Management, designed by PGAV Destinations, built by McCarthy Building Companies and operated by zoOceanarium Group, the aquarium is creating 500 construction jobs. The St. Louis Aquarium Foundation will provide education, conservation and volunteer programs for visitors.

“The Shark Tank alone will hold 250,000 gallons of saltwater,” said Shawn Brinker, project manager for McCarthy. “Visitors will walk through a switchback tunnel designed with radiused, deep-water acrylic panels – some as large as 16 feet by 18 feet – that will enable them to get an up-close look at aquatic creatures for an exciting, virtual-immersive experience.”

Extensive demolition of what had been Union Station’s food court and mall to make way for the aquarium proved to be a steep challenge when work began November 2017. Brinker said working off as-built drawings dating back to the late 1800s made existing condition coordination, work sequencing and planning essential. “Subsurface conditions associated with the design and construction of three miles of piping systems also made the work extremely challenging,” he said, noting that complex piping up and above standard mechanical-electrical-plumbing infrastructure was necessary to support the more than 250 species of aquatic life. LSS (life support system) piping was a major portion of the work.

The aquarium is zoOceanarium’s first project located in the U.S.

Building Careers

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The latest People in the News highlighting new hires, promotions, honors & recognition of the men and women in the St. Louis building community.

NewGround Appoints Paul McAfee as Regional Vice President

Paul McKee

NewGround, a St. Louis-based experiential architecture, design, and delivery firm, announced that Paul McAfee joined the NewGround Canada team as Regional Vice President of Business Development. Based in British Columbia, Paul’s primary responsibility will be to manage and lead a regional account acquisition and delivery team.

With more than 30 years of experience, Paul has a proven track record of success in the financial services industry. Prior to joining NewGround, he held numerous executive positions, including serving as the President and COO of NorthPeace Savings & Credit Union in British Columbia where he worked with NewGround on multiple projects.

“Paul’s experience in the financial services industry will complement and expand our industry expertise. We are thrilled to have him on our team and are excited to see how he helps us grow our business in the years to come,” said Greg Ward, President of NewGround Canada.

Paul is heavily involved in numerous regional and national industry committees and holds two certifications from the Credit Union Executive Society University program.

“I look forward to helping grow NewGround’s market share through building positive and rewarding relationships and am happy to be a part of the team,” said Paul McAfee, Regional Vice President of Business Development at NewGround Canada.

NewGround is an international, award-winning architecture, design, and delivery firm, providing dynamic, experiential, market-driven environments. Over the last century, NewGround has completed more than 15,000 projects throughout the USA, Canada and in the United Kingdom. Headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, NewGround maintains corporate offices in Chicago, Illinois, Honolulu, Hawaii, and Toronto, Ontario, with a regional presence throughout.

Spellman Brady & Company Hires Jennifer Stockhausen, IIDA, NCIDQ

Jennifer Stockhausen

Spellman Brady & Company, an award-winning interior design firm, is pleased to announce that Jennifer Stockhausen, IIDA, NCIDQ has joined the firm as a Senior Designer. She brings 7 years of professional experience focused on the design of assisted living and memory care communities. Her responsibilities include providing creative and exceptional interior design for all aspects of a project – from initial planning, design concept and construction documents to furniture specifications, procurement and installation.

Ms. Stockhausen earned her Bachelor of Science, Human Environmental Sciences, Architectural Studies degree with an Interior Design emphasis and continued her studies to earn a Master of Arts in Environment and Behavior degree focusing on “Personal Control in the Work Place” degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Spellman Brady & Company is an award-winning interior design firm specializing in senior living, healthcare, and higher education environments. For more information about Spellman Brady & Company, please visit www.spellmanbrady.com.

Community Mourning Loss of Nationally Recognized Educator, Civil Rights Activist Dr. Irene Leota Moore Wright

Dr. Irene Leota Moore Wright

Services for Grandmother of KAI CEO Michael Kennedy, Jr. Scheduled for Jan. 23

The community is mourning the death of nationally recognized educator and civil rights activist Dr. Irene Leota Moore Wright — mother-in-law of KAI Founder Michael Kennedy, Sr. and grandmother of KAI CEO Michael Kennedy, Jr. — who passed away on Jan. 10 at age 91. A Celebration of Life Service honoring her is scheduled for Jan. 23 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Dr. Wright enjoyed a long, successful career in education, having earned a bachelor’s degree from Spelman College in Atlanta; a master’s degree in speech pathology and audiology from Washington University in St. Louis; and a Ph. D. in higher education from Saint Louis University. She also studied at Ball State University, New York University, Columbia University and Atlanta University.

She went on to hold faculty positions at Atlanta University, Clark College, Spelman College, Harris Teachers College, Tuskegee Institute, Albany State College and Saint Louis University and was published in the areas of speech and hearing problems, teacher programs, the trainable child and deaf education.

She served as vice president of the Albany Civil Rights Movement and was the Dean of Students at Albany State College but resigned in protest when she learned that students had been expelled for demonstrating against racial violence and discrimination. She held strategy meetings in her home for out-of-town students who wanted to help with voter registration campaigns and braved threat of physical harm as she travelled from Albany to Washington, D.C. to report on racial injustices taking place around her.

Irene Wright is survived by her “Boo” of 58 years, Dr. Thomas V. Wright Sr., and her children: Vicki Hamilton (Harold), Lynn Kennedy (Michael), Traci Wright (Thomas Wright, Jr.), and Marcia Buresch; 10 grandsons: Arthur (Angelica) and Brandon, Michael, Chad, Jon, Sam, Marcus (Sarah), James Trey (Sina), Simeon, and Brett (Betty); and five great-grandchildren: Titus, Bella, Jaz’min, Jaire, and Levi. She also leaves her only living sibling, Jean Collins, and nieces and nephews she adored: Hollie, Wilanna, Robin, Judy, Bobby, James Jr., Michael, Johnnie, Connie, Mitzy, Phillip, Frankie, Neicey, Scott, Bonnie, Albert (Katie), and all of their children. She was preceded in death by her beloved son, Thomas Victor Wright Jr.; her sisters, Augusta Mae, Louise Worthington, and Judelle Shaw; and her brother, Julian Moore.

Michael Kennedy, Jr. attributes his grandmother’s influence on KAI’s commitment to giving back and supporting the community.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to either Albany State University in Albany, Georgia or Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia.

Tyler Bick Receives Professional Engineering License

Tyler Bick

Tyler Bick, who joined KPFF in July 2017, recently passed the professional engineering examination and is now a licensed Professional Engineer in Missouri. He is working on a variety of projects including Mercy Clinic in Springdale, Arkansas; The Foundry in Midtown St. Louis; and a structural condition assessment at Southeast Missouri State University. Tyler earned his Bachelor and Master of Science in Civil Engineering degrees at Missouri University of Science & Technology.

Megan Schimmelpfenning Receives Structural Engineering License

Megan Schimmelpfenning

Megan Schimmelpfenning, who joined KPFF in August 2015, recently passed the Illinois Structural Engineering examination and is now a licensed Structural Engineer in Illinois. Her KPFF projects include the new Courtyard by Marriott and Residence Inn blended hotel in Des Peres, Missouri; SSM/Saint Louis University Hospital’s New Patient Tower; and Weil Hall at Washington University in St. Louis. Megan earned her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree at S

outhern Illinois University Carbondale in 2011.

Founded in Seattle in 1960, KPFF Consulting Engineers is one of the top structural and civil engineering firms, and is known for providing creative, thoughtful, and cost-effective design solutions. 

HBD Construction, Inc. Welcomes New Director of Business Development

Annie Kowert

HBD Construction, Inc is proud to welcome Annie Kowert as Director of Business Development. Annie joins the HBD Construction, Inc team bringing 18 years of experience in the healthcare industry including healthcare administration, senior living, medical supply sales, and marketing. In addition to building strong customer relationships, she will be responsible for market research, strategic planning, and expanding company awareness.

Annie has a B.S. in Occupational Therapy from Cleveland State University. She currently resides in Kirkwood with her husband, Brian and children, Lyla and Luke.  She enjoys spending time with her family, exercise, reading, travel, and volunteering at her kids’ school and church.

Cohen Architectural Woodworking Names Nate Cohen Chief Financial Officer 

Nate Cohen

Cohen Architectural Woodworking announces the appointment of Nate Cohen to serve as Chief Financial Officer. Cohen will oversee the finances of the 36 year-old
company that standardizes, designs and builds custom millwork components and casework for clients nationwide. Cohen, age 29, most recently served as a Senior Project Manager. He has performed and excelled in various roles for the family-owned and family-run business for some 24 years, from sweeping the shop floor at age 5, to serving in engineering, and in project management.

In addition to his duties at Cohen Architectural Woodworking, Nate Cohen is
an entrepreneur, real estate investor and professional woodworker. He won
international woodworking competitions in high school for three consecutive
years and, at age 19, built chess tables for Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield,
founders of the St. Louis Chess Club. His tables were used at the U.S. Chess
Championships. Nate’s chess tables can also be found in the St. Louis
Cardinals clubhouse and with other organizations.

Founded in 1982, Cohen Architectural Woodworking is a family-owned
architectural design/build woodworking firm headquartered in St. James,
Missouri. For more information visit www.cohenwoodworking.com
<http://www.cohenwoodworking.com 

Kevin Gremmelsbacher Promoted by HDA Architects

Kevin Gremmelsbacher

Since joining HDA Architects in 2013, Kevin Gremmelsbacher has played a vital role in transitioning the company into Revit and has developed production drawings for numerous unique project types.  He is currently the firms BIM Manager and has recently been promoted to the role of Project Manager.  His attention to detail and dedication to his projects provides the foundation for his work and has proven effective in delivering a quality product from design development stages through project completion.   

Matt Hoffman joins Wiegmann Associates as Project Engineer 

Matt Hoffman

Matt Hoffman of St. Louis, MO has joined Wiegmann Associates as a project engineer. Hoffman is responsible for designing and engineering HVAC systems for various Wiegmann Associates projects. Prior to joining Wiegmann Associates, he worked as a contract mechanical engineer for Monsanto Company on a large industrial seeds processing project. Hoffman holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia. 

Wiegmann Associates is a St. Louis-based mechanical contractor and a national leader in design/build HVAC projects. For more information, visit www.wiegmannassoc.com or call (636) 940-1056.

January 11, 2019

Castle Contracting Expands In-House Civil Design Team with Hiring of James Parks and Amy Huller

Castle Contracting, LLC has expanded its in-house civil design expertise with the hiring of James Parks, P.E. as senior design manager and Amy Huller, P.E. as design manager. This experienced design team will work collaboratively to strengthen Castle’s capabilities to secure, manage and deliver civil design-build projects across the St. Louis region and beyond.

James Parks

James Parks joins Castle with a broad range of expertise that encompasses civil engineering; design and consulting; geotechnical engineering and materials testing; general contracting; construction management; estimating and project management. His hands-on project experience includes numerous project types: municipal, trails, roadways, retail, commercial, institutional, industrial, pipelines, residential, riverfront developments, hospitals and healthcare facilities. He also has overseen master planning for developments ranging from less than an acre to hundreds of acres.

Parks previously served as senior project manager at Glasper Professional Services, and he also worked as assistant project manager at CDG Engineers and project engineer at Crafton, Tull & Associates.

A licensed professional engineer registered in Missouri, Illinois and Arizona and a LEED-accredited professional, he earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Missouri S&T in Rolla, Mo.

Parks has been active in the American Society of Civil Engineers and served as a mentor in the ACE Mentor Program, which helps inspire high school students to pursue careers in design and construction. He and his family live in Florissant.

Amy Huller

An experienced design engineer, project manager and GIS specialist, Amy Huller’s expertise includes the design of residential, condominium and subdivision sites; commercial sites; and industrial sites and subdivisions. Her responsibilities have included the design of sanitary sewers, storm sewer systems, water systems, paving and grading, as well as managing the permitting process for a wide variety of public works, commercial, residential and military projects.

Prior to joining Castle, Huller served as a project manager at Glasper Professional Services. She previously worked as design engineer and GIS specialist at Thouvenot, Wade & Moerchen.

A licensed professional engineer registered in Missouri, she earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Huller has served as a troop leader and camp coordinator for Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois for the last 10 years. She and her family reside in Belleville, Ill. 

Castle Contracting, LLC provides turnkey site preparation services, site utilities, earthwork and trenchless technology directly to owners; general contractors; and mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection contractors. 

Kay Koonce Joins HOK’s St. Louis Office as Marketing Manager

Kay Koonce

Kay Koonce, has joined HOK in St. Louis. She will lead the marketing department in the St. Louis studio as a marketing manager. Her professional experience will aid HOK in the continued success of project acquisition and fortified brand awareness.

With 20 years of A/E industry marketing experience, Koonce joins HOK from TBE Architects, Inc. in St. Louis, and prior to that, working for firms like KAI, Cannon Design, David Mason & Associates and the Farnsworth Group, Inc.

HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm. Through a network of 24 offices worldwide, HOK provides design excellence and innovation to create places that enrich people’s lives and help clients succeed. DesignIntelligence consistently ranks HOK as a leader in sustainable, high-performance design and technology innovation.​

Benjamin Dryer Appointed Service Account Manager

Benjamin Dryer

Benjamin Dryer has been named service account manager for Murphy Company. The announcement was made by Chris Carter, vice-president, service, for the mechanical contracting and engineering firm. Dryer has three years’ experience in service and sales, providing estimates and project management for a local mechanical contractor. A graduate of Pattonville High School, he also studied business at both Webster University and the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Jeffrey (“Mike”) Gumm Joins Murphy Company

Jeffrey (“Mike”) Gumm

Jeffrey (“Mike”) Gumm has joined Murphy Company as service project manager.  The announcement was made by Chris Carter, vice-president, service, for the mechanical contracting and engineering firm. A union pipefitter with more than six years’ experience, Gumm is highly experienced at HVAC installation and system troubleshooting. He attended both St. Louis Community College-Meramec and Lindenwood University.  He also achieved his HVAC technology certification from the Midwest Institute.

Founded in 1907, Murphy Company is one of the nation’s top mechanical contracting and engineering firms delivering innovative solutions to the commercial, industrial and institutional markets.  For more information, visit www.murphynet.com.

January 4, 2019

Jim Contratto joins CRB as director of business development 

Jim Contratto

Jim Contratto, a design and construction professional with 37 years of experience, has joined CRB’s Central region as the director of business development. Contratto has a wide range of knowledge in the construction industry, previously working in the areas of pre-construction, operations, design and business development. His understanding of complex construction projects in the life sciences and advanced technology industries bring an added level of expertise to CRB and CRB’s clients.

Contratto has previously assisted dozens of clients across the Unites States in building or renovating their facilities. Facility types he’s collaborated on include pharmaceutical manufacturing, research and development laboratories, food and beverage manufacturing and other highly technical projects.

“In my previous positions, I’ve played a key role in the delivery of major construction projects. I’m happy to continue that responsibility here at CRB and I’m excited to deliver some of the most technically advanced facilities with the industry’s most technically knowledgeable staff,” Contratto said.

Contratto will focus on providing customized construction solutions to new and existing clients. He will help clients determine which of CRB’s services will add value to their project and assist them in reaching their business goals. Contratto is based in St. Louis and will support clients throughout the United States.

“We are eager to introduce Jim to our clients, so they can take advantage of his knowledge,” regional leader Russ Sheppard, said. “I’m confident they will find his past project experience and grasp of the local construction market extremely beneficial.”

CRB is a full-service network of engineers, architects, constructors and consultants, assisting advanced technology organizations in the planning, design, construction and operational support of facilities across the globe. For more information, visit crbusa.com.

New Hires at FSA

Kelsey Jordan

FSA welcomes its newest Associate, Kelsey Jordan. Kelsey graduated from Southern Illinois University with a Master of Architecture degree, a bachelor’s in Architectural Studies, and a minor in Environmental Studies. She is currently working towards her Registered Graphic Designer Certification, her Architectural License in Missouri, and her NCIDQ qualifications to become a Certified Interior Designer. Kelsey is also actively involved in the AIA STL Young Architects Forum and AIA STL Women in Architecture group.

Zoe Wang

Zoe Wang joined the FSA team as an Associate in August 2018. She received her Master of Architecture degree from Washington University in St. Louis and is currently working towards becoming a licensed Architect. While attending school at WUSTL, she designed and programmed lighting effects for a rock n’ roll concert and participated in the Chamber Choir as a soprano. Her favorite part about working in architecture is the process of solving design issues.

December 28, 2018

S. M. Wilson Promotes Josh Weber to Assistant Project Manager

Josh Weber

S. M. Wilson & Co. has promoted Josh Weber to Assistant Project Manager. As Assistant Project Manager, he will work with the Project Managers in coordinating the activities of a project to ensure schedule, document control and quality standards are met and projects are completed safely, on time and with approved budgets.

Weber joined S. M. Wilson in 2017 from a Kansas City contractor where he quickly demonstrated his perseverance as well as his ability to remain composed after joining a challenging project at the midpoint of Tallgrass Creek Residential Building 1.4. After working on Tallgrass Creek Residential Building 1.5, Weber became more involved in the project management aspects of the project.

Weber has begun work on the Von Maur Dry Good Stores and will be responsible for continuing to grow the long-standing relationship with high-end retailer, Von Maur. He has six years of construction experience, holds a B.S. in Construction Management from Southeast Missouri State University and is OSHA 30 certified.

S. M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis. For more information, visit www.smwilson.com.

Clayco Hires Key Technology Executives

Construction firm brings on Chief Innovation Officer and Chief Information Officer

Clayco recently announced the hiring of two digital and innovation executives: Matthew Porter as Chief Innovation Officer and Simona Rollinson as Chief Information Officer. Porter will oversee all aspects of technology at Clayco, continuing to drive the company’s message and implementation of innovation forward in the design-build industry, while Rollinson will be responsible for overseeing all elements of the information technology function.

Matthew Porter

Porter will oversee traditional IT entities such as service and storage and search for new ways to integrate IT into Clayco’s day-to-day operations through new technologies such as virtual construction and augmented reality. With more than 20 years of experience in the technology industry, he most recently served as Clayco’s interim Chief Information Officer while leading the effort to hire a permanent CIO. Seeing Porter’s experience and unique perspective he brought to advance the company, Clayco created the role of Chief Innovation Officer for him.

One of Porter’s key goals as he begins in his new role is to break down silos across the construction landscape. Particularly, he hopes to make data accessible throughout the construction process to ensure that the best tools are available to the marketplace, creating a seamless process from the moment planning begins to the moment the keys are handed over to a building’s owner.

Simona Rollinson

Rollinson will spend much of her time working with Porter, planning to outline a strategic roadmap in the technology space, and identify new opportunities that will allow Clayco to develop innovative initiatives. She comes to Clayco with more than 20 years of experience as a technology professional. Following 17 years in the private sector at a software company, she spent four years in the public sector before joining Clayco.

As Rollinson begins her tenure at Clayco she is planning to outline a strategic roadmap in the technology space and establish an IT investment council, as well as identify new opportunities that will allow Clayco to develop innovative initiatives that change the field.

Clayco is a full-service, turnkey real estate development, master planning, architecture, engineering and construction firm that delivers clients across North America the highest quality solutions on time, on budget, and above and beyond expectations. For more information visit www.claycorp.com.

Caroline Devereux joins Knoebel Construction as Accounts Payable Coordinator

Caroline Devereux

Caroline Devereux of the Central West End in St. Louis, MO, has joined Knoebel Construction as Accounts Payable Coordinator. She is responsible for monitoring accounts payable, processing invoices and issuing payments.  Devereux holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Saint Louis University.
Knoebel Construction, Inc. is a national general contractor specializing in retail center, multi-use, restaurant, grocery, healthcare and retail store construction. For more information, visit www.knoebelconstruction.com or call (636) 326-4100.

December 14, 2018

New Hires at HDA Architects 

Tom Young

HDA Architects hired Tom Young as a Senior Designer

Jim Gabel

HDA Architects hired Jim Gabel as a Senior Project Manager

HDA Architects hired Stephanie Jack-Moore as Marketing-Administration

Mirella Mosquera

HDA Architects hired Mirella Mosquera as a Graphic Designer

 

 

Ed Hogue Named Senior Plumbing Designer

Ed Hogue

Edward Hogue, CPD, has joined Murphy Company as senior plumbing designer in the mechanical contracting and engineering firm’s Engineering Group.  The announcement was made by Bill McKanna, supervisor, plumbing (Missouri Engineering). An ASPE “Certified plumbing Designer” (CPD) certification professional, Hogue has more than 12 years’ experience as a plumbing department manager/project manager and senior plumbing designer.  From 2007 to 2014, he was owner/principal of Zion MPE, specializing in HVAC, electrical and plumbing design and CAD production for client projects.  He holds an associate’s degree in applied science for computer-aided drafting from ITT Technical Institute.

Founded in 1907, Murphy Company is one of the nation’s top mechanical contracting and engineering firms delivering innovative solutions to the commercial, industrial and institutional markets.  For more information, visit www.murphynet.com.

Kevin Ridgeway Joins McCarthy as Project Director

Kevin Ridgeway

Kevin Ridgeway, P.E., has joined McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. as project director in the firm’s solar and renewable energy group.

Ridgeway has 15 years of diverse experience as an electrical engineer, senior project manager and director of operations. In his new role, his focus is on expanding McCarthy’s presence in utility-scale solar installations and other renewable energy projects across the company’s 28-state Central Region. McCarthy’s national solar and renewable energy group ranked No. 7 on Solar Power World’s 2018 Top Solar Contractors list and No. 5 among the “Top 10 Solar EPCs” (engineer, procure, construct).

“Communities across the Midwest increasingly see the positive economic impact of solar and renewable energy projects, particularly in rural communities,” said John Buescher, president of McCarthy’s Central Region. “Adding Kevin to our growing team will strengthen McCarthy’s ability to serve as an expert partner in overseeing the construction of these complex systems.”

Prior to joining McCarthy, Ridgeway held a range of leadership, engineering and project management positions at Ross & Baruzzini and PayneCrest Electric. A licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Missouri, he earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. 

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. More information about the company is available online at www.mccarthy.com or by following the company on FacebookTwitterLinkedInInstagram and Google+.

Susan Bowen joins Knoebel Construction as Director of Business Development

Susan Bowen

Susan Bowen of Ballwin, MO, has joined Knoebel Construction as Director of Business Development. Bowen is responsible for developing the overall corporate growth strategy for retail, retail center, restaurant, grocery, multi-use, healthcare and financial markets. She provides research and market analysis on existing and new markets while forecasting future growth and revenue.

Bowen has eight years of experience in the construction industry. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Missouri-Columbia and is an active member of International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW), Missouri Society for Healthcare Engineering (MOSHE) and the St. Louis Council for Construction Consumers (SLCCC) diversity committee. 

Knoebel Construction, Inc. is a national general contractor specializing in retail center, multi-use, restaurant, grocery, healthcare and retail store construction.For more information, visit www.knoebelconstruction.com or call (636) 326-4100.

How New Technology Can Help Construction Finance Professionals

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Submitted by: Jason Krankota is VP of Construction Sales, West Region at Nvoicepay

Historically, the construction industry has been one of the slowest to adopt new technology, lagging only behind agriculture in digitalization. But that’s changing as software entrepreneurs turn their attention to the needs of the deskless workforce.

The ubiquity of mobile devices, cheap and powerful cloud computing, 5G, and the Internet of Things (IoT) are all making it possible to put robust technology into the hands of deskless staff, including construction workers. The venture capital industry has taken notice—funding for construction technology has seen a steady uptick since 2013.

CFOs should partner with their IT teams to modernize their back-office systems, and prepare to handle a flood of data from the field as paper processes become digital. They should also figure out exactly what field data they want, what tools work best to get it, and how to integrate that data into their financial software. Deployed strategically, new tools can help construction finance teams resolve many challenges, including:

Business continuity planning

Family-owned businesses are common in the construction industry, and many thriving mid-market and even large companies are still majority-owned by founding families. Finance leaders need to create business continuity plans, whether that’s figuring out how to transfer company ownership to the next generation, establishing an ESOP (Employee Stock Option Plan), or selling or merging the company. There’s a lot of work involved in valuating the business, figuring out the best planning scenario, and helping negotiate relevant deals. Industry-specific ERPs (such as Viewpoint’s Vista) and cloud procurement platforms (such as Concur) can give finance professionals a better view into their numbers, help with planning scenarios, and standardize the purchasing process across acquired or merged companies. (Full disclosure: both companies are Nvoicepay partners).

Changing accounting standards

Revenue recognition is always top of mind in the industry. For the past several years, the Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA) has sought to ensure that the new Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) rules around revenue recognition are favorable—or at least not punitive—towards the construction industry. As these new rules are implemented, CFOs seek to refine their strategies for how to bill against contracts, and tie revenue to either a percentage of completion or work-in-progress schedules. Mobile technologies that expedite communication between the office and the field can also help speed the flow of information.

Risk management

Construction carries more risk, especially out on the job site, than many other industries—and insurance costs are rising. Some companies are investigating captive insurance programs, in which multiple companies pool their assets and fund their own risk by placing money under management so they don’t have to pay such exorbitant premiums.

Insurance companies have responded with more flexible products to try to help companies control their costs. CFOs need to evaluate their options—and if they want to participate in a captive insurance program, every participant needs to undergo a thorough assessment of their financial stability.

While a modern ERP system can facilitate most of that process, the assessment would also look at safety and security practices. There’s a lot of technology that can help reduce jobsite risk. Drones can monitor job sites for safety and security. Sensor-equipped wearables can alert workers to smoke or toxic chemical exposure, and geo-fencing can provide alerts when they’re entering a hazard zone. Firms can also use autonomous equipment to do work in environments that are too hazardous for human workers.

In the office, payment automation software such as Nvoicepay can mitigate payment fraud as part of an overall risk-management program.

Attracting and retaining talent

Lots of companies face growth opportunities while lacking enough employees to do the work. With unemployment at new lows, it’s been difficult to hire and keep good employees.

CFOs are working with HR—and, occasionally, external strategists—to refine their hiring, retention, and benefit strategies. Mobile training technology can help onboard unskilled workers faster, allowing companies to draw from a larger talent pool. Virtual reality technologies also offer promise for quicker training.

Improving job-cost accounting

Tablets and handheld phones let field staff capture data and send it back to their offices electronically. GPS-enabled time cards can record employee work hours and location on a mobile phone. IoT devices can measure equipment run time.

Cash management strategies

Cash management is probably the biggest challenge at any construction company, and effective work-in-progress (WIP) schedule management is critical. Key to the challenge is coordinating between the subcontractor confirming that a job is complete, project managers verifying that completion, and the accounting department billing the owner and syncing everything with the WIP schedule. This is also an area where drones and mobile apps can increase the speed and accuracy of data delivery to finance.

Finance also needs visibility, flexibility, and precision control over making and timing payments. With cloud-based payment-automation software, a project manager sitting in a truck can review a payment file, prioritize subcontractor payment schedules, and approve payments immediately, without having to return to the office to sign a stack of checks and backup documentation. Subs get paid faster and the job keeps moving.

With all the new purpose-built technology coming down the pipe, we’ll finally start to see some real movement towards digitizing the construction industry. Finance teams should prepare by enabling themselves with modern cloud systems for accounting, spend management, and payments. They need to enable the field with tools that communicate data back to the office in near real-time. Most importantly, they need to work out how to coordinate it all towards productivity gains and growth, and join the ranks of data-driven CFOs who have done the same in other industries.

Jason Krankota is VP of Construction Sales, West Region at Nvoicepay. His expertise in construction business technology spans 20 years, with 10+ years focused on corporate payments, accounts payable, and expense management solutions.

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