People In St. Louis Construction


Paola Badea joins Hastings+Chivetta Architects as a Junior Architectural Designer 

Paola J. Badea, Assoc. AIA has joined Hastings+Chivetta Architects as a Junior Architectural Designer. In her role, Paola creates 2D and 3D visuals for presentations, drawings and elevations using architectural software. Additionally, she assists with project design development. She is currently working on 3D Model Renders and 2D site plans for Centre College’s new Soccer Field. Prior to joining the firm, Paola worked as a designer at Graniterra and MOMA Consulting Group.

Paola earned her bachelor of architecture from Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico. She is an Associate Member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), a prestigious nonprofit, nonpartisan research and education organization that brings together professionals in all sectors of real estate development and land use from all over the world.

Laura Lancia Joins Hastings+Chivetta Architects as a Marketing Coordinator

Lancia, LauraLaura Lancia has joined Hastings+Chivetta Architects as a Marketing Coordinator. In her role, Laura will assist the Marketing Department with updating the company website and social media sites, conducting market research, maintaining marketing collateral, as well as preparing statements of qualifications and request for proposal responses. Additionally, she will update lead tracking and contact databases and help coordinate trade shows and conferences.

Laura has more than eight years of marketing experience at companies throughout St. Louis. She holds a B.A. in communication with a minor in marketing from Saint Louis University.

Darryl Vandever joins Hastings+Chivetta Architects as a Contract Administrator

Darryl Vandever, CSI, CDT has joined Hastings+Chivetta Architects as a contract administrator. In his role, Darryl will ensure the firm’s quality, performance and aesthetic standards for built projects. He is currently working on the new Saint Louis University Residence Hall and the University of Wisconsin-River Falls Falcon Center.

Darryl possesses a wide range of experience managing a variety of building types and construction delivery systems and provides our clients a unique perspective having worked for architecture firms, general contractors, real estate developers and as an owner’s representative. He earned his Bachelor of Architecture and Design from Kansas State University in 1986.

Catherine Elz joins Hastings+Chivetta Architects as Human Resources Director

Catherine Elz has joined Hastings+Chivetta Architects as the Human Resources Director. In her role, Catherine is responsible for employee relations and communications, benefits, recruiting and retention, and company culture, among other tasks. Catherine will be instrumental in helping the firm continue to recruit and retain the best talent. Prior to joining Hastings+Chivetta, Catherine worked at American Direct Marketing Resources.

Catherine earned her bachelor of arts in English from Truman State University in 2000 and graduated from New York University School of Law in 2005. She volunteers as a Running Buddy with Stray Rescue of St. Louis and serves on the Board of Directors for Left Bank Books.

Eaves Promoted to Principal at McClure Engineering

Eaves, ErikPreviously serving as Project Manager, Mr. Erik Eaves has been promoted to Principal at McClure Engineering.  As the firm’s pharmaceutical expert, he has project managed and designed many technical cGMP/FDA regulated facilities ranging from research laboratories and cleanrooms, to cGMP production suites. Mr. Eaves is also a member of ASHRAE Technical Committee 9.10 and assisted in writing the second edition of the ASHRAE Laboratory Design Guide.

McClure Engineering welcomes Karl Bratcher, PE who joins the team as a Mechanical Engineer. Karl received his Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Missouri University of Science & Technology and has spent the last three years working as a Mechanical Engineer for Abeinsa Business Development. Prior to Abeinsa, Karl worked as a Mechanical Engineer for Bechtel Power Corporation and as a Mechanical Engineer Intern for Kiewit Power Engineers.

Joel Vidlak Joins Kadean Construction Company

Vidlak, JoelJoel Vidlak, formerly of Lincoln, NE, has joined Kadean Construction Company, one of the region’s oldest and most successful firms specializing in pre-construction, design-build, construction management, and general contracting, it was announced recently.

Before joining Fenton-based Kadean, Vidlak served as a project manager with Dickey-Hinds-Muir, Inc. in Lincoln, where he was engaged in more than a half-dozen major construction projects for a variety of clients, including the State of Nebraska Development Center, Nestle Purina PetCare, University of Nebraska, Lincoln Electric, the State of Nebraska Division of Behavioral Health, and others.

Vidlak, who earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering, Construction Management from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, will serve as the project engineer for Kadean work already underway at Red Cedar Surgery Center in East Lansing, MI, and Parkland Health Center in Farmington, MO.

“We’re very fortunate to have Joel on our team,” said Mike Eveler, president of Kadean Construction. “The value Joel brings will really come into play as we continue our growth and expansion throughout the St. Louis and Kansas City areas and in other markets across the country.”

In addition to the two projects being overseen by Vidlak in Michigan and Farmington, Kadean’s most recent work in the region includes the expansion of the medical oncology unit at the Siteman Cancer Center, now underway in St. Peters, MO; Aviator Park in Hazelwood; Lakeview Commerce Center Distribution Center in Edwardsville; and, the KCI LogisticsCentre in Kansas City, MO.

Incorporated in 1963, Kadean Construction has built a strong reputation industrywide for its quality construction, its collaborative approach with clients, designers and subcontractors early in the design-build process, its on-time performance, and high ethical standards.

Emily Pelcak Promoted to Director of Practice & Innovation at PGAV

Pelcak, EmilyPGAV Destinations Project Manager Emily Pelcak has been promoted to Director of Practice and Innovation at the St. Louis-based design firm.

In her new position, Ms. Pelcak will be fostering staff training and development, researching and encouraging innovative design, and implementing quality design documentation practices to cultivate PGAV’s technical expertise in building construction practices.

Her diligence and success in project management can be experienced at Aquatica Orlando, the Biltmore Estate’s Antler Hill Village, SeaWorld San Diego’s Explorer’s Reef and Manta, Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s Verbolten, and the Anheuser Busch St. Louis Brewery.

“Emily has been a fantastic leader at PGAV Destinations for many years, respected and valued by every one of our clients with whom she’s worked,” said Mike Konzen, principal and chair at PGAV Destinations. “In her new position, she’ll be empowered to innovate and develop new approaches to the technical implementation of our designs while leading us to excel even further in quality control measures. Just as importantly, Emily will help develop new approaches to staff education, ensuring that PGAV’s unique institutional technical knowledge will be passed down to new generations of designers and architects. Ms. Pelcak is a graduate of the University of Illinois, with a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies and a Masters of Architecture. She is a registered architect in Missouri, holds a LEED AP Certification, is a member of IAAPA, and volunteers with the Animal Protection Association of Missouri.


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