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Local Small Business Industry Information Forum for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Next NGA West Campus N2W

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District will host a Local Small Business Industry Information Forum for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Next NGA West Campus N2W program. The Forum will be held on June 22, 2016 at 1:00 pm located at the Central Library, St. Louis, Missouri.

The purpose of this Information Forum is to improve Industry’s understanding of USACE’s requirements, answer questions on the N2W Program and provide information on how the small business community can support this program.

For planning, logistical and security purposes, contractors interested in participating shall RSVP by submitting your company name, address, and the names of no more than two attendees to Jay.B.Denker@usace.army.mil no later than June 20, 2016.

Date:   June 22, 2016

Time:   Please arrive by 12:45 pm for registration, the presentation will begin at 1:00 pm and will conclude by 2:00 pm

Location:   St. Louis Public Library, Central Library Auditorium, 1301 Olive Street, St. Louis, MO 63103

RSVP:   To: Jay.B.Denker@usace.army.mil,  no later than June 20, 2016

Area Residents Gather to Celebrate the Reopening of the Renovated St. Louis Riverfront

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Arch Party - Ribbon CuttingEvent included a 2,016-foot-long community picnic table, food trucks, entertainment and fireworks display,  kicking off a season of events for residents and tourists. 

Great Rivers Greenway, the City of St. Louis, CityArchRiver Foundation and other partners gathered yesterday evening with people from all across the region to celebrate the transformation of the St. Louis riverfront. The organizations hosted a “Picnic on the Riverfront” event, which featured St. Louis’ largest-ever community picnic – complete with a 2,016-foot-long table with chairs – to commemorate the opening of the new riverfront beneath the Gateway Arch.

The festivities kicked off with an official ribbon cutting at 5 p.m. on the newly expanded overlook stage along Leonor K. Sullivan Boulevard, with remarks from dignitaries and partners. Afterward, attendees were able to explore the nearby Mississippi Greenway, enjoy local music and educational activities for kids and purchase dinner from food trucks and other vendors. People were also welcome to bring their own meal to enjoy during the picnic, which officially got underway following an interfaith blessing, as an aerial photographer hovered overhead in a helicopter to capture the unique gathering. A brief fireworks display wrapped up the evening.

“This new front door for our region celebrates the energy, adventure and awe of the mighty Mississippi and our iconic Gateway Arch,” said Susan Trautman, Executive Director of Great Rivers Greenway, the regional parks and trails district and lead agency on the project. “We are thrilled to have so many people bringing their friends, family and neighbors from all parts of the region to celebrate with us.”

The renovation of the 1.5-mile stretch of riverfront includes the recently rebuilt Leonor K. Sullivan Boulevard and extension of the Mississippi Greenway from the Biddle Street Trailhead south to Chouteau Avenue, with protected walking and biking paths. The entire riverfront was elevated an average of almost two feet to limit flooding, returning more days of the year back to the community for walking, riding bikes, sightseeing and special events. While the historic elements were preserved, such as the cobblestones lining the levee; new amenities such as benches, bike racks, lights, power outlets and a street-level stage make the space more inviting for events and programs. The lineup for this summer and fall includes bike rides, walk/run events, the St. Louis Brewers Guild Heritage Festival, a free concert series with The Sheldon, swap meets and more.

“The hArch Party 2istoric riverfront is an important part of the story of the St. Louis region – it’s time to reconnect with our roots and make sure the riverfront is part of our future,” said Mayor Slay, City of St. Louis.

The riverfront is part of the larger CityArchRiver project to enhance the Gateway Arch experience for all visitors.
“With two projects finished and three more to go, this historic transformation is taking shape,” said Ryan McClure, Director of Communications for the CityArchRiver Foundation, the nonprofit helping to coordinate the project and overseeing private investment. “When the majority of the Gateway Arch grounds landscaping finishes this fall and the rest of the project is completed in 2017, visitors will get the exceptional experience of a connected city, Arch and river that is active throughout the year.”

The renovations were funded by many partners, including Great Rivers Greenway; the U.S. Department of Transportation, through Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) funds; the National Park Service; CityArchRiver Foundation and Bi-State Development.

As construction wraps up, the project is on track to meet or exceed minority participation goals. With 32 percent participation by minority-owned business enterprises and 19 percent participation by women-owned business enterprises – 51% of total contract dollars were awarded to disadvantaged business enterprises. Workforce participation is also on track to meet the goal of 14.7 percent minority workers.

“The riverfront is a place where everyone is welcome, and it was important that the construction of the project reflect that, too,” said Carey Bundy, Project Manager for Great Rivers Greenway.

Explore St. Louis contributed the tables and chairs for the Picnic on the Riverfront, and Paramount Convention Services hauled the equipment to and from the event.

For more information about future events, visit www.CityArchRiver.org/riverfront.  For more information about the greenways throughout the region, visit www.GreatRiversGreenway.org.

About Great Rivers Greenway
Great Rivers Greenway connects the St. Louis region with greenways so people can explore their rivers, parks and communities, making it a vibrant place to live, work and play. Great Rivers Greenway is a regional parks and trails district, created by a vote of the people in the year 2000 to leave a legacy for future generations, and became the steward of the local taxpayers’ investment in the CityArchRiver project with a second vote in 2013. The district serves 1,200 square miles and nearly 2 million citizens in St. Louis City, St. Louis County and St. Charles County.

About the CityArchRiver Project
CityArchRiver is a transformational project that will enhance the Gateway Arch experience for all visitors. The project will create a seamless park experience from the city to the Mississippi River, providing visitors with a more vibrant place to visit, enjoy, and return. CityArchRiver is a public-private partnership including the National Park Service, Missouri Department of Transportation, Great Rivers Greenway, City of St. Louis, Bi-State Development, Jefferson National Parks Association, CityArchRiver Foundation and many other organizations.

 

American Society of Concrete Contractors News

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Ninth Annual Decorative Concrete Awards

The Decorative Concrete Council, (DCC), a specialty council of the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC), St. Louis, in partnership with Concrete Construction magazine, announces its ninth annual Decorative Concrete Awards.  The competition is open to DCC members and non-members.

Entries are invited in the following categories:  overlays, cast-in-place stamped and special finishes, stained, polished, countertops, vertical application, concrete artistry, multiple applications, architectural concrete, decorative environmental, and project video.  With the exception of countertops, two awards may be given in each category, for projects 5,000 SF and less, and projects over 5,000 SF.  Submittals are judged on craftsmanship, aesthetics, functionality and creativity.

The deadline for submittal is September 30, 2016.  The awards will be presented at the World of Concrete 2017.  For more information, or to enter go to www.ascconline.org or call 1-866-788-2722.

ASCC Member Owner Safety Award

The Safety and Risk Management Council (SRMC) of the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC), St. Louis, has announced a new safety award, the ASCC Member Owner Safety Award.  The purpose is to recognize one owner/executive each year, of a contractor member company, that displays a clear focus and passion for safety, and provides the leadership that creates a best-in-class safety culture.

The new award is in keeping with Goal #1 of the ASCC Strategic Plan: Increase the Number of Contractor Member Owners Who Truly Demonstrate a Personal Commitment to Safety.

“Strong safety cultures thrive in an organization where leaders take an active role,” says Scott Greenhaus, SRMC council director.  “Contractor member owners that understand this know that building a true safety culture begins and ends with them: the priorities they set, the choices they make and their expectations of others.  It requires effort and commitment from the top, but employees will tell you that it makes a difference.”

To enter, the company must be a member in good standing of the ASCC.  The nominee should be a CEO, owner, president or high level vice president.  A completed application plus two letters of recommendation from outside the company are required to enter.

The ASCC also recognizes contractors with Zero Last Time Incidents for a given year, Improvement over the preceding year, Recognition (members with an incident rate below the industry average), and members with the Lowest Incident Rate in six manhour categories.  The W. Burr Bennett Award for Safety Excellence recognizes top safety programs in General Contractor and Specialty Contractor categories.  Fleet Safety Awards honors members with outstanding fleet safety records.

The Safety and Risk Management Council (SRMC) is a specialty council dedicated to making ASCC contractors the safest in the industry.  The Council board consists of safety and insurance professionals from all aspects of the concrete contracting industry.  The group meets three times a year and spends countless additional hours overseeing safety matters for the organization.  Council activities include publication development, review and monitoring of ASCC events and materials for safety compliance, member education, a safety awards program, and a safety/insurance hotline.

The ASCC is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the capabilities of those who build with concrete, and to providing them a unified  voice in the construction industry.

AGC Annual Reception

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For years the Annual Reception has been the largest commercial construction industry event for networking with contractors, specialty contractors, suppliers, professional service companies, peers, prospects, owners, architects and government officials. This is a members only event.  Members are encouraged to invite guests. Registration is required to attend the event. Registration deadline is Friday, April 22, 2016

More information on the event and registration form here.

Cards v CubsVisit the St. Louis CNR booth at the AGC Annual Reception and register to win two tickets to the Cardinals vs Cubs day game on May 25th.

People On The Move In The Local Construction Industry

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April 15, 2016
The latest People in the News highlighting new hires, promotions, honors & recognition of the men and women in the St. Louis building community.

Todd Bundren Promoted to Senior Associate

Todd Bundren
Todd Bundren

Todd Bundren was recently promoted to senior associate. Bundren joined Lawrence Group in 2006 and is experienced in the design of senior living, commercial, retail, and residential projects. Bundren is LEED® AP BD+C and serves as Lawrence Group’s director of sustainability. Bundren resides in St. Louis. Lawrence Group is a building design, development, and project delivery firm headquartered in St. Louis.

New Hires at KAI

Edwin Chin has joined KAI Design & Build as Senior Mechanical Engineer. A native of New Orleans, La., Chin brings more than 30 years of mechanical engineering experience to KAI,  and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from the University of Houston. Chin is a certified Professional Engineer and a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers.

“We are excited to welcome Edwin Chin to the KAI family,” shared Paul Piazza, Director of MEP Engineering for KAI.  “With his extensive history in MEP, Edwin will be a valuable asset to our team,” said Paul Piazza, PE, Director of KAI’s MEP Engineering group.  “We are excited to welcome Edwin to our team.”

Chin will be working within KAI’s multi-disciplined team on the design, coordination and production of engineering construction and bid documents on complex projects. Chin will also be responsible for collaborating with lead engineers on design efforts from start to finish to ensure compliance with scope, budget and schedule at both KAI’s St. Louis and affiliate offices

Chris Mazurek  is the new Business Development Manager at KAI Design & Build.

Mazurek has more than three decades of experience in the construction industry, including project management, estimating, and general contracting, and more recently, sales strategies, client services, and business development.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Construction Management from Bowling Green State University. Mazurek is active in the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), International Facilities Management Association, St. Louis Regional Chamber and the Association for Corporate Growth.

“Chris has a diverse background in construction, technology and business that has proven successful,” said KAI Design & Build President Michael B. Kennedy.  “so we look forward to him strengthening our pipeline in the build community.”

As Business Development Manager, Mazurek will work to further KAI’s market position through developing new owner relationships and generating new construction leads.  Chris will also identify potential business opportunities in addition to the negotiation and closes of business deals for both KAI’s St. Louis and affiliate offices.

Mazurek resides in Creve Coeur, MO.  Outside of the office, he enjoys playing both soccer and hockey, and has been a private pilot for over 8 years.

Nesselhauf Joins Kadean Construction as Project Manager

Kevin Nesselhauf
Kevin Nesselhauf

Kevin Nesselhauf has joined Fenton-based Kadean Construction Company, one of the region’s oldest and most successful firms specializing in pre-construction, design-build, construction management, and general contracting, the company announced today.

Nesselhauf is joining the company as Project Manager. He is a 2008 and 2013 graduate of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with a Bachelor’s degree in Construction Management and a Master’s degree in Business. He currently serves as the SIUE Alumni Association President, and is a LEED Accredited Professional.

Before joining Kadean, Nesselhauf worked the past eight years at the Phillips 66 Wood River (IL) Refinery, where he spent time as a field supervisor, turnaround manager, and as a maintenance planning and scheduling supervisor.

PGAV Destinations Expands Design Team
Destination design leader hires four architectural designers

Clockwise from top left: Liu, Gant, Min, Windler
Clockwise from top left: Min, Gant, Liu, Windler

The global planning and design firm, PGAV Destinations announced the hiring of four architectural designers for their rapidly growing destination design team. These important talent additions will support the more than $1.2 billion in master planning and design projects currently underway in 2016.

“It’s an exciting time at PGAV Destinations,” said principal and chair Mike Konzen, “With new global client partnerships and expanding projects with existing clients, we are able to recruit the most talented designers that our universities are producing. It’s fantastic to have these four join our creative team.”

Architect Marchelle Gant is a graduate of the University of Illinois where she received both her Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies and her Master of Architecture. She has previously worked with BLDD Architects Inc., America Reads and America Counts, and the East St. Louis Action Research Project.

Architectural designer Jinyang Liu is a graduate of North Carolina State University with a Master of Architecture. He was previously interned in Beijing, China with the China Construction Engineering Design Group Corporation Limited.

Architectural designer Ian Min is an Urban Planning graduate of Zhejiang University in Hangzhou and received his Master of Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis, MO. He has previously worked on the Avian Observatory near the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers with the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts.

Architectural designer Joe Windler received Bachelor of Architecture degrees from both the Illinois Institute of Technology and Fakulta architektury VUT v Brnĕ. He previously worked as an architectural designer at Brininstool + Lynch, Fables Inc., and CCI Construction.

Meet more of PGAV Destinations’ design leaders at http://pgavdestinations.com/about/meet-the-team/.

Newmark Grubb Zimmer Welcoms Ben Weis To St. Louis Office

Ben Weiss
Ben Weiss

Newmark Grubb Zimmer is proud to announce the addition of Ben Weis to the St. Louis office. Mr. Weis will specialize in both landlord and tenant representation within the St. Louis retail market and throughout the Newmark platform. Mr. Weis is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Masters in Accounting.

Information Technology Firm Marks 15 Years Serving St. Louis Area Businesses

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TDK TechDedication to Quality, Understanding Client Needs Highlight TDK Growth and Innovation

TDK Technologies, the St. Louis Information Technology consulting firm that has received national and regional recognition for growth and innovation, marks 15 years serving the technology and management services needs of St. Louis area customers. TDK opened for business April 4, 2001 and was recently named by the St. Louis Business Journal as one of the largest IT consulting firms in region for the fifth consecutive year. The company name is taken from the first initials of founders Terry Tucker, David Kocs and Kristin Tucker.

“We deliver high quality software on time and on budget. Our customers get exactly what they want, when they want it. And our process supports that,” said TDK Principal David Kocs. “Customers really enjoy working with our people and our process because the combination delivers success over and over again.”

“Our focus areas have not shifted a lot in the last 15 years. We stick to the areas where we can provide value,” said TDK Managing Principal Kristin Tucker. “It’s Java, .Net, project management, analysis, QA, UI/UX, and mobile development. The most recent skill set we’ve added is in the Big Data space.”

As one of the few IT consulting companies owned and managed by IT professionals, TDK’s business-first approach to solving problems has repeatedly earned recognition, including being named to Entrepreneur magazine’s ‘Hot 500’ list of Fastest Growing Businesses along with two appearances on the Inc. 5000 list of Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America. TDK client projects received Gateway to Innovation Business Innovation awards in 2009 and 2013.

“The track record is pretty crazy after 15 years. There have been ups and downs certainly; everybody has them. But we are unbelievably proud of what our team has been able to accomplish over those 15 years,” Tucker said.

Hear more about the TDK approach to IT staffing and project solutions in this short video:

TDK Technologies, LLC is a Woman-owned Business Enterprise (WBE), established in 2001, with more than 100 team members located in the St. Louis metropolitan area.

OSHA Updates Eye And Face Protection Standards In Final Rule

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has published a final rule that updates requirements for personal protective equipment for workers in general industry, shipyards, longshoring, marine terminals and construction.

The final rule reflects current national consensus standards, and ensures that workers can use up-to-date eye and face protection.

The rule updates references in OSHA’s Eye and Face Protection Standards to recognize the ANSI/ISEA Z87.1-2010, Occupational and Educational Personal Eye and Face Protection Devices, while deleting the outdated 1986 edition of that same national consensus standard. OSHA is also retaining the 2003 and 1989 (R-1998) versions of the ANSI standard already referenced in its standard.

In addition, the final rule updates the construction standard by deleting the 1968 version of the ANSI standard that was referenced and now includes the same three ANSI standards referenced above to ensure consistency among the agency’s standards.

OSHA’s final rule becomes effective on April 25, 2016.

A St. Louis Jury Awards $4.1 Million in Asbestos Death of Wisconsin Electrician

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Simon Greenstone Panatier Bartlett wins award for mesothelioma victim’s widow

A St. Louis jury has awarded $4.1 million in damages to the widow of an electrician fromWestfield, Wisconsin, who died of complications from mesothelioma, a deadly lung cancer caused by exposure to asbestos.

Longtime electrician Keith Urbach died in 2012, about six months after he was diagnosed with mesothelioma. Jurors in the 22ndJudicial Circuit Court returned their verdict Jan. 25 following a one-week trial and nine hours of deliberations. They found that The Okonite Company of Ramsey, New Jersey, was 5 percent liable for Mr. Urbach’s death. Trial testimony showed that he worked with a fixture wire manufactured by Okonite that contained asbestos.

The case is Jean Urbach v. The Okonite Company, No. 1122-CC-10636.

Mr. Urbach worked as an electrician from 1963-2002 for several employers in Wisconsin and Illinois. His death so soon after diagnosis limited his attorneys’ ability to produce evidence of Mr. Urbach’s exposure to asbestos, although they were able to find co-workers who could testify that he had several possible sources of exposure, including through Okonite’s fixture wire, said Jay Stuemke, attorney for the family and a shareholder in Dallas-based Simon Greenstone Panatier Bartlett P.C.

Jurors determined that other companies were liable for the other 95 percent of his exposure. Notably, jurors assigned no responsibility to Mr. Urbach.

Building Contractors Report Lowered Expectations For Missouri’s 2016 Building Climate

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Highway/Infrastructure Contractors Report More Confidence in Six- and 12-month Outlook 

Missouri’s building contractors report lowered expectations for the construction industry’s 2016 economic outlook in a recent AGC of Missouri Contractor Confidence (CCI) Index, looking six, 12 and 18-24 months ahead.  The AGC of Missouri’s CCI Index was conducted online in mid-December with member contractors and compares data collected six months ago.

Contractors in the Building Division report lowered expectations for 2016 – dropping their predictions to 63.39 points (down by 5.66) for six months, 61.61 points (down by 6.25) for 12 months, and 58.93 points (down by 4.76) for 18-24 months. Results of the CCI Index survey, based on 100 points, in the same category and conducted from July 15-July 30, were:  69.06 pts. (six months); 67.86 pts. (12 months); and 63.69 pts. (18-24 months). Any rating above 50 indicates a positive overall outlook for business growth.

Contractors in the AGC of Missouri’s Heavy Highway/Infrastructure Division report a drop in their short-term confidence (42.5 points; down 9.58 from 52.08 points six months ago.)  However, the same contractors show improved optimism when looking six months and 18-24 months ahead. The six-month outlook rose to 52.5 points (up 15 from 37.5 points) while the 18-24 month outlook moved up to 45 points (up 13.58 from 31.42 points) reported six months ago.

“Our most recent survey confirms what we have been hearing from our members across the state,” said Leonard Toenjes, CAE, president of the AGC of Missouri. “While other parts of the country have seen a full recovery in the building industry, Missouri has been lagging in its recovery, but it is a recovery none the less. Our state is still behind others in jobs and growth. Many of our members are still working on out-of-state projects to fill their pipelines, but are somewhat positive about our local construction market.

“Although the Highway/Infrastructure Division’s longer-term confidence levels are up from six months ago, they still hover around (and below) a score of 50 and reflect tepid economic conditions,” added Toenjes. “Many of our member contractors do not see a bright light at the end of the tunnel quite yet.  Passage of the FAST Act in Washington, D.C. to fund transportation and some preliminary state funding bill filings are most likely responsible for the uptick in the 12-month and 18-24 month confidence levels. There is no question that Missouri’s continuing lack of adequate funding for MoDOT continues to weigh on our state’s economic conditions.”

The survey was developed by the AGC of Missouri and was distributed online as well as in-person at recent meetings to member contractors. The CCI index is released quarterly* and is designed to be an additional tool to help business, government and institutional leaders plan for the future.

*Due to scheduling difficulties, no 3rd Q 2015 survey was conducted.

The Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Missouri is the largest organization representing the united voice of the construction industry throughout the state of Missouri. 

Jay Schultehenrich Retires After 39 Years With SITE Improvement Association

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Jay Schultehenrich, Executive Director of the SITE Improvement Association for the past 28 years, retired at the end of 2015 after 39 total years of service to the independent construction contractor organization.  Schultehenrich began managing the day-to-day operations of SITE in 1977 while working for an association management firm, and then became Executive Director ten years later.  Today the organization has grown to five full time employees serving 165 member contractors with an expanded scope of services including political and legislative advocacy, labor relations and safety training.

During his tenure he has successfully negotiated more than 100 labor contracts with St. Louis area unions on behalf of SITE members. He also played a key role in the successful efforts to establish the One Call system, a statewide service locating underground utility lines prior to digging and in the passage of the workers’ compensation premium adjustment credit program equalizing the cost of workers’ compensation insurance between higher and lower wage paying employers.

“We want to deeply thank Jay for his tireless efforts to grow our organization and serve the best interests of our members so effectively,” said Jim Fitzgerald, President of SITE’s Board of Directors.  “SITE has never been affiliated with any regional or national organization, which meant Jay often had to guide us through uncharted waters on our own.  He did so very successfully”.

Schultehenrich began a two-year advisory role to SITE January 3, 2016, and will also continue to serve as its appointed trustee on various Taft-Hartley Trust Funds.  Terry Briggs assumed the role of Executive Directory on January 1, 2016.

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