Pennington, Keeley lead United Way 2022 Campaign


ST. LOUIS— United Way of Greater St. Louis announces that Penny Pennington, managing partner of Edward Jones, and Rusty Keeley, CEO of Keeley Companies, will serve as chair and co-chair, respectively, of its 2022 annual community campaign. Additionally, Arica Harris, director of banking and payment operations at Edward Jones, will serve as vice chair. 

This year, United Way of Greater St. Louis is celebrating 100 years of impact in the St. Louis region.

“United Way and its agency partners play a unique and vital role in the success and resilience of our regional growth by providing critical wraparound services and support to our neighbors, family and friends,” said Pennington. “Like Edward Jones, United Way is celebrating its centennial anniversary in 2022, and I am proud of our strong and enduring partnership. Together, Rusty, Arica and I are looking forward to partnering with local leaders, companies and community volunteers to help even more people through the United Way campaign this year.”

United Way’s campaign supports more than 160 Safety Net agencies that help 1 million people in 16 counties throughout Missouri and Illinois. Its support across the region focuses on basic needs, youth success, health, financial stability and crisis response.

“United Way of Greater St. Louis has shown their dedication to uplifting the St. Louis community for decades through philanthropy, giving, and volunteer leadership, and I am humbled to join them as they continue their mission,” said Keeley. “I look forward to working on this year’s campaign that will go towards helping countless individuals and families throughout the community.”

In addition to funding its health and human service partners, United Way manages the region’s Volunteer Center and 2-1-1 Helpline, a 24/7 resource connecting people to programs and services for a variety of needs.

“Through its network of safety net agencies, United Way works to make the St. Louis region a great place to work and live and inspires so many people to realize their full potential,” said Harris. “United Way is a powerful change agent and I’m excited to expand this work even further through my role as vice chair this year.”

United Way’s annual campaign begins in early September and runs through the fall.

“We are thrilled to have Penny, Rusty and Arica leading this year’s campaign efforts as each of them exemplifies leadership, generosity and community,” said Michelle Tucker, president and CEO of United Way of Greater St. Louis. “Their knowledge and business experience will be invaluable in helping us find new and innovative ways to engage our supporters and expand our impact in the St. Louis region. We are very grateful and excited to have them on board and to see all that we will accomplish during this special centennial year.”


Sign of the Times: MO, IL Public Projects Draw Only One Bidder



Within the past 45 days, two major public-sector building project lettings – one in St. Louis, the other in Springfield, IL – have been left wanting for bids from contractors.

The first project, phase two of a proposed expansion to St. Louis’ downtown convention center, met with only one bidder for phase one and no bidders for phase two. The contract to build the second half of the Cervantes Convention Center expansion/modernization, estimated by city officials to cost $70.8 million, received nary a bid. Phase one of the project, awarded in early May to the only bidder – Ben Hur Construction – included approval of a $123.9 million contract with the construction firm, 65 percent higher than what the city initially budgeted.

The second project, the largest-ever renovation of the Illinois State Capitol, attracted only one bidder with a price tag that came in 43 percent over the state’s job cost estimate. Core Construction Services of Illinois Inc. was awarded the $243.5-million project, for which the state budgeted as part of a 2019 capital improvements package. Four contractors expressed interest at a pre-bid session, according project architect Andrew Aggertt, but only one firm bid on the contract.

“I am not surprised,” said Leonard Toenjes, president of the Associated General Contractors of Missouri, referencing the lack of bidders. “These longer-term projects, with inflation as it is and all the different work opportunities there are, dissuades contracting from trying to work in the public low-bid market because that carries a lot of risk, especially now.”

In contrast to private-sector construction projects, taxpayer-funded public builds don’t allow for provisions such as escalation clauses, according to Toenjes, to help minimize the risk contractors bear when there are supply chain unknowns. Private sector project agreements also frequently include flexibility in working with the project owner when diesel prices double over the course of the project timeline.

“The long-term nature of some of these projects often requires that contractors go back to owners and restructure various portions of the contract to account for dramatic cost escalations,” Toenjes said. “These candid constructor-supplier-owner conversations are often needed these days to keep a project on track. In a public low-bid, hard-bid situation, this type of flexibility often is not possible.”


Holland Begins Constructing New Midtown Apartment Development in St. Louis


Holland Construction Services has begun construction on The Edwin on Grand, a $60 million apartment development located in Midtown St. Louis near SSM Health’s new hospital campus, St. Louis University and Grand Center. The development, which will be located along Grand Boulevard between Gratiot and Papin Streets, will include a Target on the ground floor with additional retail space. The project has a planned completion date of October of 2023.

This apartment complex is the latest addition to the Pier Property Group’s Steelcote Square District, a more than $100 million investment in Midtown St. Louis. This area includes several of Pier Property Group’s multi-family complexes including the Steelcote Lofts, Steelcote Crossing and Mill Creek Flats. 

“This unique apartment development is a huge success for the St. Louis area and the Midtown community in particular,” said Holland Vice President and Multi-Family Project Executive Doug Weber. “The demand for multi-family units has only continued to grow and we are happy to be a part of the development of this upcoming, exciting area.”

In addition to Target, the 350,000 square foot development will include 196 apartment units and incorporate a 200-space parking garage along with 140 surface parking spaces. The Target on the ground floor will be 70,000 square feet. The Edwin will have a rooftop pool with views of downtown St. Louis along with many other resident amenities including a fitness center.

This is the fourth multi-family project Holland Construction Services has partnered with Pier Property Group on in recent years. The team also recently completed the Flats at Dorsett Ridge in Maryland Heights and is currently working on the Flats at Wildhorse Village in Chesterfield and Mill Creek Flats in Midtown. 

“We’ve developed a very good working relationship with Holland which helps these projects run smoothly,” said Developer Michael Hamburg with Pier Property Group. “Holland’s team, and the process-oriented approach they take to their work always impresses me. I’m excited to see what this apartment development will bring to the area and have no doubt it will attract even more people to Midtown St. Louis.” 

A St. Louis based design firm, Arcturis, is the architect for this project.

About Holland

Holland Construction Services is a full-service construction management, general contracting, and design/build firm guided by the principle of providing clients the best possible build experience on every project.  Holland has been providing quality construction services throughout Illinois and Missouri since 1986, when it was founded by company CEO Bruce Holland. 

Holland offers pre-construction, construction, and virtual design & construction services to commercial, education, healthcare, industrial, multi-family, municipal, recreation, and senior living clients. The St. Louis Business Journal consistently ranks Holland as a “Best Places to Work” and one of the top 15 contractors by volume in the St. Louis area. For more information, visit Holland’s website at www.hollandcs.com.


First Female President, Sarah Jacobson, to Helm Clayco Subsidiary Lamar Johnson Collaborative


National architecture and design firm Lamar Johnson Collaborative (LJC), a Clayco subsidiary, announced today the appointment of its first female president, Sarah Jacobson, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, ND. Sarah will also be joining the Clayco enterprise’s executive leadership team on the West Coast.

Sarah has distinguished herself throughout her career as an architect and project leader on numerous large, complex projects. She most recently relocated to lead LJC’s newly established office in Culver City, California, near Los Angeles. With extensive experience in architecture and construction management, Sarah has led teams on award-winning developments including office buildings, hotels, high-rises, mixed-use, civic and institutional facilities, for both new construction and adaptive re-use.

“This year LJC has seen tremendous growth and exciting new opportunities, all of which Sarah Jacobson has been instrumental in making happen,” said Bob Clark, executive chairman and founder of Clayco, LJC’s parent company. “With over 250 people in six offices, the diversity and quality of LJC’s work has drawn national attention and recognition. LJC has achieved success through the collective efforts of exceptional leaders like Sarah, as well as Kapil Khanna and Lamar Johnson.”

Lamar Johnson Collaborative is pleased to announce additional executive promotions:

Kapil Khanna

Kapil Khanna is elevated from President to Chief Executive Officer. Kapil joined the firm more than ten years ago and provides direction for the business strategy, integration and implementation of initiatives to support the firm’s growth.

Lamar Johnson

Lamar Johnson, the namesake and founder of the firm, is named Executive Chairman. He founded Lamar Johnson Collaborative in 2017 and joined Clayco in 2019. Lamar has successfully established the firm as a nationally recognized design practice.

In addition to these leaders, LJC acknowledges the significant contributions of three additional senior staff; interior design market leader Al Fiesel, industrial design market leader David Junge, and senior designer Tyler Meyr have been promoted to Executive Directors.

What began as Forum Studio Architects in St. Louis almost 25 years ago has now been transformed into a leading architecture, interiors, planning and landscape firm. LJC employs over 250 professionals across four offices and partners with companies, municipalities and universities of all sizes to deliver aspirational built environments through master planning, architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, urban planning and engineering. Recent firm accolades include PopCourts!, Grand Prize winner of the AIA Film Challenge 2021; Promenade Park, winner of a 2021 ULI Americas Awards for Excellence; NAIOP Chicago Architecture Firm of the Year; and recipient of the Greater Chicago Food Depository’s Commercial Real Estate Awards Architect and Interior Design Firm of the Year awards.


IMPACT Strategies Recognized for Diversity Initiatives


Firm named one of Ameren’s top prime suppliers in diverse business spending.

IMPACT Strategies was recently recognized by Ameren as a top supplier partner in diverse business spending. Ameren recognized firms reporting greater than 25% of total expenditures with diverse suppliers. IMPACT Strategies was one of twelve area firms named to this list.

This recognition comes as IMPACT Strategies boosts its efforts to build sustainable MBE/WBE partnerships throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area. To that end, the firm is proactively building strategic relationships with qualified, established MBE/WBE firms, and hosting meet-and-greet events to assist them in forging relationships with other established majority firms.

IMPACT Strategies has also hosted outreach/workshop mentoring and entrepreneurial programs in cooperation with the Illinois Office of Minority Economic Empowerment along with officials of the Illinois Small Business Development Council for the Metro East. The firm is also actively developing relationships with qualified subcontractors through its involvement with the Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce and the Federation of Women in Construction.

Additionally, the firm sponsors scholarships through local NAACP chapters that support youth interested in careers in construction.

“Our commitment to inclusion and diversity in our industry has acutely grown over the past five years as we push to become more responsible to our clients and to the communities we serve,” said IMPACT Strategies Director of Diversity, Michael Holmes. “The future of the construction industry continues to be challenged to grow and develop a new workforce. We have an opportunity and a duty to develop programs that attract women, minorities, and veterans to careers in our industry.”

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


IBEW/NECA Electrical Connection Earns Missouri Show Me Service Award


Partnership Honored for Support of Rebuilding Together St. Louis

A nearly 20-year commitment by the IBEW/NECA Electrical Connection partnership to improve lives of families in low income homes is being honored by the state of Missouri. The Missouri Community Service Commission, a division of the Missouri Department of Economic Development, has given the partnership a Show Me Service Award for its 19 years of volunteer service to support Rebuilding Together St. Louis.

Rebuilding Together St. Louis has provided free home repairs in St. Louis for more than 25 years, focusing on projects that improve homeowners’ safety, health, and independence.  Since 2003, the Electrical Connection has donated more than $2.3 million in labor and materials to make electrical repairs and improvements to 570 homes for low-income, disabled and elderly St. Louisans.  The Electrical Connection is a partnership of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 and the St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).

In honoring the IBEW/NECA Electrical Connection partnership, the Missouri Community Service Commission noted, “every year, an army of 100-plus International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 electricians and more than 20 electrical contractor members of the St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) give up their Saturday for a special purpose. They unite under the banner of the IBEW/NECA Electrical Connection partnership to make critical lifesaving electrical repairs to low-income homes in the St. Louis area. The partnership pays for all of the materials for the repairs, and the labor is all donated. The now 19-year commitment by the IBEW/NECA Electrical Connection to help Rebuilding Together St. Louis improve homes of low-income residents was put on hold in 2020 because of the pandemic. But on April 24, 2021, it was renewed with vigor when the partnership repaired 15 homes. ‘We had a lot of catching up to do since the pandemic limited our access to volunteer resources as we continued serving our neighbors in need,’ noted Elaine Powers, executive director, Rebuilding Together St. Louis.

The repairs and upgrades vary – a new ceiling fan, light fixture or bathroom vent, improvements to electrical panels, new switches and sockets – but it is the trained eye of the skilled electrician that uncovers the most critical issue needing repair: faulty wiring. For the elderly living in aging homes on a fixed income, electrical systems can fall into disrepair. And the “cheap fix” of an unskilled “handyman” can create a hidden fire danger or shock hazard. The IBEW/NECA Electrical Connection partnership encounters innumerable hazards including exposed wires, open splices, overloaded panel boxes and a lack of ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) switches and outlets.

Repairs require skill and knowledge of the National Electrical Code that IBEW/NECA diligently follow in all its installations and repairs. Older homes remain the dominant housing stock in St. Louis with many in disrepair in the poorer neighborhoods. The IBEW/NECA Electrical Connection partnership is helping Rebuilding Together make the homes most in need safer, improving the quality of life for its residents.”

Rebuilding Together nominated the Electrical Connection for the Show Me Service Award.  For more than 25 years Rebuilding Together St. Louis has provided free home repair to low income homeowners and veterans in need so they may remain safely and comfortably in their own homes. Since its founding, the organization has rehabbed more than 3600 homes; 68 community spaces and touched more than 57,000 lives. For more information visit www.RebuildingTogether-STL.org.

Learn more about all of the recipients of the Show Me Service Awards. Members of the Electrical Connection provide safe and reliable electrical construction, maintenance, repair and replacement services across Missouri, the nation and the world.  Find a contractor near you in the Electrical Connection contractor database.


Successor Contractors on Federal Projects Must Now Offer Employment to Predecessor’s Employees



Candace Johnson

An Executive Order signed by President Biden in November 2021 has revived an Obama-era requirement that required successor employers on federal contracts under the Service Contract Act to hire or offer employment to the employees of the predecessor employer.

Under this new regulation, when a federal service contract transitions from one contractor to another, the new contractor will be required to offer jobs to qualified employees who worked for the previous contractor and performed their jobs well. The Biden Administration says this requirement will prevent disruptions in federal services, make it easier for employers to find workers who are already trained for the job and save taxpayer dollars.

Thanks to federal infrastructure investments and stimulus spending, more large federal construction projects are underway in the St. Louis area, including the new National Geospatial Administration headquarters. Therefore, it is very important for construction contractors and subcontractors to prepare for and comply with this new order to ensure they remain eligible to receive additional federal work.

In 2009, President Obama issued Executive Order 3495, known as Nondisplacement of Qualified Workers Under Service Contracts, requiring a right of first refusal for continued employment be offered to qualified service workers who stood to lose their jobs when a government contract was replaced with a new federal contract and contractor at the same location performing the same or similar services. This policy remained in place until October 2019, when President Trump revoked it through Executive Order 13897.

The new Biden Executive Order has already taken effect. It retains most of the Obama Executive Order and adds some important additional requirements. Specifically, under the Executive Order, contracts under the SCA valued at or above $250,000 must contain specific clauses that essentially require successor contractors and subcontractors to hire or offer employment with a right of first refusal to “qualified” predecessor employees under the prior contract. Offers of employment must be expressly made and kept open for at least 10 business days.

The new requirements do not apply to contracts valued under $250,000 or to employees who were hired to work under a federal service contract along with one or more nonfederal service contracts as part of a single job.

The Biden Administration says this new order will ensure that a reliable supply of experienced and skilled employees is available to work on federal service contracts. It says the rules will also make federal procurement more efficient by reducing worker turnover and keeping skilled workers in their jobs. 

Failure to follow these rules can expose contractors and subcontractors to penalties including an order to hire the predecessor contractor/subcontractor’s employees, payment of lost wages and benefits and debarment for up to three years for failure to comply with the Department of Labor’s orders for hiring.

The best way for a contractor or subcontractor to avoid these consequences is to become familiar with the requirements of these regulations and start considering successorship issues where follow-on contracts may require bargaining with and hiring a union workforce. Consulting an employment attorney can put contractors in the best position to receive federal successor contract awards effectively and efficiently.

Candace Johnson is an attorney at Carmody MacDonald P.C. She focuses her practice in employment law, advising clients on employment-related and human resources matters. Contact her at cej@carmodymacdonald.com or (314) 854-8647.

This column is for informational purposes only. Nothing herein should be treated as legal advice or as creating an attorney-client relationship. The choice of a lawyer is an important decision and should not be based solely on advertisements.


S. M. Wilson & Co. breaks ground on $13.3 million projects at two elementary schools in the Fox C-6 School District


S. M. Wilson & Co. broke ground on $13.3 million renovation and addition projects at Antonia and Meramec Heights Elementary Schools in the Fox C-6 School District in Arnold, Missouri this month. The projects will help the schools accommodate growing enrollment, maximize learning spaces and improve security and accessibility. S. M. Wilson is the general contractor. Building Resource Studio Architecture and Planning (BRS Architects) is the architect. 

Since work must be completed while school is in session, ensuring campus safety, minimizing disruptions to students and limiting impacts to campus operations are primary focuses for S. M. Wilson.  

Left: Meramec Heights Elementary School View from Back Courtyard
Right: Antonia Elementary Schools Courtyard View

Last month, students, parents, staff, board members and residents from the local community came out to celebrate two separate groundbreaking ceremonies to mark the beginning of construction. 

The 20,994-square-foot, two-story addition at Antonia Elementary, located off of Old State Road M in Imperial, Missouri, includes additional classroom space as well as a new library, gym and art room. In addition to a new entrance, parent-drop off and playground, the project also features significant interior renovations of 3,740-square-feet to ensure ADA compliance as well as upgrades to the music room and school office.

The 25,859-square-foot, two-story addition at Meramec Heights Elementary, located off of Outer 21 Road in Arnold, Missouri, features new classrooms, gym, school office, cafeteria, kitchen and an expanded music and art room. The project also includes a new school entrance, parking lot and hard-surface playground. An additional 3,671-square-feet is being renovated. 

Both projects will include new storm shelters and upgraded building security, including new exterior door keycard access and expanded security camera systems. Funding for these projects comes from a $40 million no-tax-rate-increase bond to improve the safety, security and accessibility of all buildings throughout the district. Prop P, which stands for Promise, Purpose and Progress, was overwhelmingly approved by voters in June 2020. Located in northeastern Jefferson County, Fox C-6 School District serves nearly 12,000 students.


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


Industry Confronts Labor Crisis with Expanded Training


April 20 Build My Future Interactive Event to Showcase Skills/Jobs/Training in Industry

Missouri’s construction industry has a lot of great momentum and positive headwinds behind it. On April 15 the AGC of America reported that Missouri’s March 2022 construction, mining & logging employment of 140,300 has surpassed levels from February 2020 by 11,300 jobs, an 8.8 percent increase over the past 25 months:  State Empl 2022_March_Alpha_25.pdf (agc.org)

In 2018 the Missouri Economic Research and Development Center projected employment in Missouri’s construction industry to grow from 122,687 in 2018 to 131,154 by 2028. March 2022 employment of 140,300 has already smashed through those projections and growth in some segments of the sector, i.e. utility system construction, is projected as high as 21.6 percent.

  Other compelling reasons the industry is attracting workers include:

Excellent pay. Construction jobs pay well. In Missouri, five out of the five most numerous construction occupations had higher median pay than the median for all employees in the state in 2019. (Half of workers earn more than the median; half earn less.) See AGC of America’s Missouri fact sheet for sample median wages:

Construction Training.  Missouri offers a variety of craft/trade training programs including exceptional union apprenticeship programs, technical schools, junior college, industry-sponsored trade courses and some of the top post-secondary engineering programs in the nation. https://www.agcmo.org/WCM/Career%20Development/WCM/Nav_Items/Education_Workforce/Education_LANDING_PAGE.aspx?hkey=a70fe0a4-a854-4dbb-869f-f4297aa0069c

However, these positive headwinds could be significantly slowed by a lack of qualified workers and supply chain woes currently confronting contractors. In its Annual Workforce survey, Associated General Contractors of America (AGCA) reports that 95% of Missouri contractors have unfilled open craft positions and 71% have unfilled salary positions, mirroring statistics nationwide:

The industry is pulling out all stops to attract workers. On Wed., April 20 Build My Future® STL will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the St. Charles Family Arena. (Ribbon-cutting will take place at 8:30 a.m.)  The event will include hands-on exhibits and virtual reality simulations by nearly 60 local organizations that specialize in architecture, construction, bricklaying, heavy equipment, tile laying, welding, and more.  The Home Builders Association of St. Louis & Eastern Missouri and the Francis Howell School District are co-chairs of the event planning committee, with support from the organizations on the attached page.  The high school students also will receive t-shirts, safety gear and a quick overview of safety protocols.  For updates/photos, visit: www.buildmyfuturestl.com or https://www.facebook.com/BuildMyFutureSTL/.

              This event is the second of five Build My Future events scheduled throughout Missouri in 2022 – all designed to introduce the next generation to the construction industry.  A Build My Future event was held in Springfield, MO on April 13, followed up by the April 20th Build My Future STL in St. Charles. Future events include:  Macon (Sept. 21); Sikeston (Oct. 5); and Jefferson City (Oct. 18).  For information on future Build My Future events, contact Charlyce Ruth at 417.425.3390 (cell) cruth@agcmo.org  (NOTE:  All vendor, volunteer and student registrations are complete for April 20 and the event is SOLD OUT.)

The Associated General Contractors of Missouri (AGCMO) represents the united voice of the construction industry throughout the state of Missouri. AGC of Missouri represents nearly 550 commercial, industrial, highway, transportation, and utility infrastructure contractors, industry partners and related firms in 110 counties across the state of Missouri. AGCMO operates offices in St. Louis, Jefferson City and Springfield. Visit: www.agcmo.org.

Build My Future® STL Committee • Associated General Contractors of Missouri • City of St. Charles School District • Construction Forum • Economic Development Council of St. Charles County • Fort Zumwalt School District • Francis Howell School District • Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce • Home Builders Association of St. Louis & Eastern Missouri • Lewis & Clark Career Center • Mid America Carpenters Regional Council • Minuteman Press • Missouri and Kansas Laborers District Council • Missouri Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development • Northeast Missouri Workforce Development Board • Orchard Farm School District • Sellenriek Construction • St. Charles County Center for Advanced Professional Studies • St. Charles County Community College • St. Charles County Department of Workforce & Business Development • Troy School District • Vision Leadership • Warren County School District • Wentzville School District • Winfield School District • Wright City School District Schools Participating in Build My Future® STL • Benedicite Education • Bowling Green High School • Fort Zumwalt East High School • Fort Zumwalt North High School • Fort Zumwalt South High School • Francis Howell High School • Francis Howell Central • Francis Howell North • Francis Howell Union High School • Hazelwood Opportunity Center • Holt High School • Hope High • Innovation High School at Cool Valley • Jennings Senior High School • Lewis and Clark Community College • Liberty High School • Mehlville and Oakville High Schools • North Point High School • North Technical High School • Orchard Farm High School • Pacific High School • Pattonville High School • St. Charles West High School • St. Dominic High School • South Technical High School • Troy Buchanan High School • St. Dominic High School • Timberland High School • Winfield High School • Washington High School/Four Rivers Career Center • Wright City High School Build My Future® STL Exhibitors & Sponsors • ABC Supply Co. Inc. • Associated General Contractors of Missouri Education Foundation • Alberici Construction • American Welding Academy • Boone Center Inc. • Bommarito Construction • Bricklayers Local #1 JATC • Brinkmann Constructors • Builder’s Bloc • Carpenter’s Joint Training Facility • Ceco Concrete Construction, LLC • Construction Career Development Initiative • City of O’Fallon Public Works • Civil Design, Inc. • Consort Homes • Cool Touch Graphics • D&L Painting and Drywall • Dierbergs • Elite Mechanical • Fabick • Ferguson Enterprises • Francis Howell School District • Fischer & Frichtel Carpentry Specialties • Frisella Nursery • FTI Midwest • Green Street Building Group • Guarantee Electrical Company • Home Builders Association of St. Louis & Eastern Missouri • Independent Electrical Contractors of Greater St. Louis • John Bender, Inc. • Johnstone Supply • Kienstra Concrete • Laborers’ Local 660 • Local #18 Tile, Marble, Terrazzo • LSL Finishings • McBride Homes • McCarthy Building Companies • Mid-America Carpenters Regional Council • Midwest Safety Supplier • Millstone Weber LLC • Missouri State University – College of Business • MODOT • Murphy Company • National Association of Women in Construction • Negwer • Operating Engineers Local 513 Training • OSHA St. Louis • Paric • Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 562 • Progress 64 West • QuesTec Mechanical • Ranken Technical College • Reed Electric • S.M. Wilson & Co. • ScholarPath • Scott Lee Guttering • Sellenriek • Sheet Metal Workers Local 36 • Spire • St. Charles Community College • St. Charles Regional Chamber of Commerce • St. Louis Cement Masons Joint Apprenticeship Program • St. Louis Electrical Industry Training Center • St. Louis Job Corps • STL Design and Build Home Services • T.R. Hughes • Tarlton Corporation • The Boeing Company • The Sound Room • TJ Wies Contracting • True Manufacturing • Two Alpha Construction • Universal Technical Institute • McKelvey Homes • Midas Construction • Midwest Insulation • Missouri American Water • Missouri Employers Mutual • Missouri Women in Trades • Metro Lighting/Electric Supply • Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District • Mid-America Carpenters Regional Council • UtiliSource • Wright Construction Services, Inc.


Spellman Brady Nationally Recognized for Innovative Senior Living Design


Sagewood Senior Living Community in Phoenix, Arizona Receives 3 Awards

Spellman Brady & Company (SBC), an award-winning interior design firm, is proud to announce that its interior design for the Phase 2 expansion and renovation of Sagewood Senior Living Community in Phoenix, Arizona for Life Care Services® has been recognized for its innovative design by 3 national senior living publications.

Senior Housing News – named the project “Best Independent Living Project Design of 2021.”

Environments for Aging – 2021 Remodel/Renovation Competition awarded the “Silver Award” to the “Sagewood Canyon Café.”

Environments for Aging – 2022 Design Showcase awarded the project an “Honorable Mention.”

In addition to developing the overall interior design concept for the facility, Spellman Brady was responsible for managing product selections, specifications, procurement and installation for the FF&E package consisting of furniture, window treatments, artwork and accessories.

Sagewood is nestled within the Sonoran Desert and boasts impressive resort-style living. Phase 2 of this renovation and addition marks the largest construction project since Sagewood opened in 2010. This phase includes a 4-story, 101-unit independent living building with an underground parking garage. The new 276,454 SF building features impressive one and two-bedroom apartment homes with den layouts and scenic patio views. In addition to expanding the living options, Phase 2 provides a multitude of amenities including activity and game rooms, an art studio, putting course, café, formal dining, an indoor-outdoor tapas bar and lounge.

The community had a clear vision to add a hospitality flair to create a one-of-a-kind senior lifestyle. This came to life best in the three restaurants on site. The design approach was inspired by Sagewood’s surrounding landscape which helped weave together three unique dining destinations: The Sonoran, The Canyon Café, and The Owl’s Nest. Part of the existing Palo Verde Dining Room and adjacent administration area became The Sonoran, an entirely different and separate venue offering fine dining. The Canyon Café’s renovation allowed for a full kitchen to be added in place of a simple convenience counter. This expanded the menu and allowed the café to remain open all day, seamlessly transitioning from morning coffee to an evening nightcap. The Owl’s Nest is a sophisticated tapas bar that perches on the fourth floor overlooking the McDowell Mountains. Each destination has a distinct brand and function, but all bring a restorative lifestyle to the Sagewood community

Life Care Services®, An LCS Company, is the second-largest manager of rental senior living communities and Life Plan Communities. Retirement living communities managed by Life Care Services may include residences for independent living, assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing care, or a combination of these living arrangements.

Spellman Brady & Company is an award-winning St. Louis-based interior design firm specializing in senior living, healthcare, higher education and multi-family environments. The firm maintains design excellence by delivering comprehensive interior design, furniture, artwork master planning and procurement services. As a Certified WBE Business, Spellman Brady & Company has completed more than 6,300 projects in 43 states and abroad since its founding 28 years ago.

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