The latest People in the News highlighting new hires, promotions, honors & recognition of the men and women in the St. Louis building community.
Michelle Rotherham Promoted to Director at Arcturis
Arcturis is pleased to announce that Michelle Rotherham, NCIDQ. LEED AP, has been promoted to Director. Michelle is a leader in workplace strategy and healthcare interior design. Her unique leadership style of designing from the inside out often involves engulfing herself in a client’s space, culture and people in order to meet and then exceed their goals. She actively applies this design practice with several of the firm’s largest corporate and healthcare clients including Express Scripts, Equifax, Nestle Purina and Panera.
Her client service is incomparable and stems from a passion of helping those in need. In addition to her career and involvement within the design industry, Michelle is helping shape the community as a founder of the not-for-profit HomeFirst STL.
Arcturis is a national design firm based in St. Louis that specializes in planning, architecture, interior design, graphic design, and landscape architecture.
ISS Announces Addition of New Estimator & Project Manager
ISS Insulation Services & Solutions, a full-service insulation contractor specializing in both commercial and industrial projects, announces the hire of Scott Panther as an estimator and project manager. Panther brings nearly 10 years of experience in the commercial construction, design and insulation fields to his new position. He will be responsible for overseeing multiple projects, focusing on schedule adherence, bidding for insulation scopes and managing labor and cost.
Panther graduated from ITT Technical Institute with a degree in Computer Drafting and Design. In his industry experience, Panther has managed several difficult and labor-intensive projects for high-profile companies. Before ISS, Panther worked as a shop worker, fire protection designer and senior designer primarily in the mechanical field.
ISS Insulation Services & Solutions, a member of the National Insulation Association, is a full-service insulation contractor specializing in both commercial and industrial projects.
Christina Schafer Promoted to Service Manager – Plumbing at IFS
Christina Schafer of Barnhart, MO has been promoted to Service Manager – Plumbing at Integrated Facility Services (IFS). Schafer joined IFS in 2004 and previously was plumbing service coordinator.
Schafer holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Lindenwood University.
Suzanne Bedwell joins Hastings+Chivetta Architects’ Tulsa Office as Project Architect
Suzanne Bedwell, AIA, NCARB, has joined Hastings+Chivetta Architects’ Tulsa, OK office as a Project Architect. With over 27 years of architectural and project management experience on a variety of building types, Suzanne has the ability to guide a project through design and construction, while managing and coordinating client and consultant interface. She is also a veteran field inspector. Suzanne is currently working on The University of Tulsa Keplinger Hall renovation and the Community School of Naples Student Activity Center concept.
Suzanne earned a Bachelor of architecture through the five-year National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB)-accredited degree program at Oklahoma State University.
Reuther Promote to Principal at McClure Engineering
Eric Reuther has been promoted to Principal at McClure Engineering. Previously serving as Project Manager, Mr. Eric Reuther has been promoted to Principal at McClure Engineering. As one of the firm’s healthcare experts, he has been responsible for project management and design engineering on a variety of projects including hospitals, research laboratories, and clean rooms.
Melva Pete Named Vice President of Human Resources at SAK Construction, LLC
Melva Pete, MA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP has joined the executive team of SAK Construction, LLC (SAK) as vice president of human resources. Pete brings years of experience in human resources and strategic planning to SAK, one of the fastest-growing pipeline rehabilitation and tunneling contractors in the U.S.
Her responsibilities include leading and enhancing the company’s strategy and partnerships in all areas of human resources, with a focus on talent acquisition and retention, compensation and benefits, performance management, organizational development and employee relations.
Most recently, the St. Louis resident was vice president of human resources with Bi-State Development, where she was responsible for providing strategic leadership and partnerships in all aspects of human resources. With over 15 years of diverse professional experiences in consumer products, manufacturing, and mass transit industries, Pete comes to SAK recognized as a dynamic leader, business partner and strategic thinker. She has a strong record of success and the ability to create and implement complex strategies in fast-paced, ever-changing environments.
Pete’s previous experience also includes serving as a human resources professional at Monsanto and as corporate vice president, human resources, at Angelica Corp.
Pete earned her master’s degree in business administration from Webster University and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri – St. Louis.
Cory Murner Joins HOK’s St. Louis Office as Landscape Architect
Cory Murner, PLA, has joined HOK as a landscape architect in St. Louis. He will contribute to the project teams working on the Davidson County Justice Center in Nashville, Tenn. and the Will County Justice Center in Joliet, Illinois. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute and the American Society of Landscape Architects.
Prior to joining HOK, Murner worked as a landscape architect and project manager for Bayer Becker in Cincinnati, Ohio. He earned his master of landscape architecture from Kansas State University and his degree in landscape architecture from South Dakota State University.
HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm.
KAI Design & Build Welcomes Eric Goeken as Intern Architect
Eric Goeken has joined KAI Design & Build as an intern Architect in KAI’s Omaha office. Goeken will assist to ensure the successful execution of construction-related documents, projects and activities for KAI’s Nebraska clients. Goeken’s responsibilities include assisting on all aspects of architectural design, from presentations for clients to working with KAI’s multidisciplined team in KAI’s office offices in St. Louis, Atlanta, Dallas and San Antonio.
Goeken holds nearly eight years of industry experience and a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from Iowa State University.
Mackey-Mitchell Promotes Clay Phillips to Principal of KC Office
Mackey-Mitchell has promoted Clay Phillips to Principal of their Lawrence, Kansas office. Clay graduated from Kansas University with a Bachelor of Architecture in 1994. He worked at Mackey Mitchell from 1999-2007 and rejoined in 2012.
Clay heads up Mackey Mitchell’s newly established Kansas office. He has worked on office buildings, warehouses, classroom buildings, performing arts facilities, student centers, student housing and dining, parking garages, business schools and laboratories.
Clay has been a soccer, basketball and track coach, a school board member and a member of Rotary International. Clay is also an avid reader, chess player and runner. When he’s not solving architectural problems he is busy working on his historic home. Raised in St. Louis, Clay now resides with his wife and four children on their small farm in eastern Kansas.
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McClure Engineering Hires Mechanical Designer
McClure Engineering welcomes Mechanical Designer, Robert Vogel. Robert received his Associates of Science in CAD Technology from Lewis & Clark Community College, comes with 25 years mechanical design experience and is proficient in AutoCAD, Revit and Navisworks. His former employers include: United Excel Design, HBE, Airtherm and most recent Icon Mechanical.
Ramonda Harris Joins HOK’s St. Louis Office as Project Accountant
Ramonda Harris has joined HOK as a project accountant in St. Louis. In her new role, she will work with the corporate accounting team and regional offices to maintain accurate and timely accounting records.
Harris joins HOK from Corrigan Co., where she was an accounts payable manager. Prior to that she worked at TSi Geotechnical, Inc. and Metropolitan Build, Inc. Ramonda Harris is a resident of St. Louis, MO
HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm with a network of 24 offices worldwide.
Kurt Voss promoted to Vice President of Engineering at IFS
Kurt Voss, P.E. of Saint Louis has been promoted to Vice President of Engineering at Integrated Facility Services (IFS). He is responsible for overall management and strategic direction of the IFS Engineering & Design Team. Voss joined IFS in 2008 as sales engineer and most recently was director of engineering.
Voss is a graduate of the Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, MO.
Integrated Facility Services (IFS), formerly Air Masters Corporation, is a full-service HVAC, plumbing, piping, fire protection and building automation firm.
Charles E. Brant joins Kwame Building Group, Inc. as Senior Project Manager
Charles E. Brant has joined Kwame Building Group, Inc. (KWAME) as a senior project manager responsible for design management of projects within the $1.6 billion Dallas Independent School District 2015 Bond Program. Brant has a Bachelor of Architecture from Oklahoma State University. He has 13 years of experience as an architect and project manager for education, municipal and housing projects. Brant is LEED AP BD&C and NCARB certified, and has been named an American Institute of Architecture (AIA) Dallas Chapter “Young Architect of the Year.”