People On The Move In The Local Construction Industry

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

New Hires at S. M. Wilson

Evan Dorks

S. M. Wilson & Co. has hired Evan Dorks and as a Project Engineer, Galen Richards as a Project Superintendent and Gail Pijut as Project Assistant/Job Accountant.

Dorks will be responsible for helping establish procedures with the design professionals, consultants and Owner of projects for information flow, approvals, meetings and reporting. He will also track shop drawings, submittals, material deliveries and RFIs through the duration of projects.  Dorks has interned for S. M. Wilson for the past year. He holds a BS in Construction Management from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.

Galen Richards

Richards is S. M. Wilson’s newest Project Superintendent. He will be responsible for the day-to-day site management of a project including scheduling, quality and safety. Richards has a B.S. in Construction Engineering Technology from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and 22 years of construction experience.

Gail Pijut

Pijut is S. M. Wilson’s new Project Assistant/Job Accountant. She holds a BS in Business Administration and Psychology from Eastern Illinois University.

S. M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis. S. M. Wilson is one of the largest general construction and construction management firms in the St. Louis area. The company posted $280 million in 2016 revenues, and ranks 220th in Engineering News-Record’s 2016 list of Top 400 commercial contractors nationwide. For more information, visit

June 30, 2017

Woofter to Lead Architecture, Landscape Architecture & Urban Design Programs

Heather Woofter

Heather Woofter, co-director of the St. Louis-based firm Axi:Ome llc, has been promoted to director of the College of Architecture and Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design, both part of the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis.

Woofter joined the Sam Fox School as an assistant professor in 2005; has chaired the graduate architecture program since 2010; and became a full professor in 2015. Her appointment begins July 1.

She will succeed Bruce Lindsey, the E. Desmond Lee Professor for Community Collaboration and current president of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA). Lindsey has led architecture for the past 10 years, and will join the faculty after a yearlong sabbatical.

“Bruce leaves a significant legacy,” said Carmon Colangelo, the Ralph J. Nagel Dean of the Sam Fox School.  “His vision and energetic leadership have helped to shape the Sam Fox School, promoting interdisciplinary connections across campus and contributing to the national discourse in architecture education.

“Heather is an internationally distinguished architect and design educator whose career embodies the close ties between academic research and studio practice,” Colangelo added. “I am proud to announce her appointment and look forward to working closely with her as we embark on a new era in the life of the school.”

A Maryland native, Woofter earned a Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Tech and a Master of Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. She began her career as a project architect with Bohlin Cywinski Jackson in Wilkes-Barre, Penn., Marks Barfield in London and Robert Luchetti Associates in Cambridge, Mass.

Before coming to St. Louis, Woofter served as an assistant professor at Virginia Tech and as a visiting professor at both Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece and Konkuk University in Seoul. She also has taught at Boston Architectural College and Roger Williams University.

Florissant’s Director of Public Works Lou Jearls is Awarded Vince Tallo Award 

Lou Jearls

Mayor Schneider is pleased to announce that Lou Jearls, P.E., Director of Public Works for the City of Florissant, was awarded the prestigious Vince Tallo award by the St. Louis Metro Branch of the Missouri Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA) on Thursday, June 22nd at the Orlando’s Events & Conference Centers.

According to Mr. V. K. Bhasin, PE, PWLF, the Vincent Tallo Service Award is presented by the Missouri Chapter APWA to employees of member organizations, municipalities or firms who have completed 30 or more years of service to the public with a single organization, municipality or firm. The Tallo Service Award is named after Vince Tallo, a long-time employee of Laclede Gas Company, active member of APWA and strong supporter of public works. Tallo worked at Laclede Gas from 1958 to 2001.

Jearls has served as Florissant’s Director of Public Works and Health since 1981. In that capacity he directs four separate divisions, comprised of Building, Engineering, Health and Streets. He oversees a staff that maintains 167 miles of roads and 165 individual streets within the city limits of Florissant, the largest municipality by population (52,000) in St. Louis County.

Good, safe and sound city streets in Florissant are a priority because they improve and help maintain property values for our residents and businesses as well as deter crime. As part of his responsibilities, Jearls oversees all activities in the City’s Engineering, Building, Health and Street Divisions that comprise the Public Works Department.

Jearls earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering in 1974 from the University of Missouri-Rolla (now known as the Missouri University of Science and Technology), and has completed numerous certificates in his continuing education since then. He was a project engineer for J.S. Alberici Co. from 1975 to 1977 and then Manager of Materials Testing for the City of St. Louis from 1977 to 1981 before joining the leadership staff for the City of Florissant.

He is a member of the Engineers Club of St. Louis, the National Society of Professional Engineers, the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers and the American Public Works Association. Jearls has made presentations at numerous St. Louis asphalt seminars as well as at the Missouri Concrete Conference in Rolla in 2016.

Mehdi Motaleb, EIT Joins EDM Incorporated as Structural Engineer

Mehdi Motaleb

EDM Incorporated is proud to welcome Mehdi Motaleb as Structural Engineer.  Mehdi served as an apprentice Structural Engineer with EDM while attending Saint Louis University, where he recently graduated with a Ph. D. in Civil Engineering.  Mehdi is one of four Ph.D’s in our Structural Department.

Kurtis L. Eisenbath, PE Joins EDM Incorporated as  Senior Civil Engineer

Kurtis Eisenbath

EDM Incorporated is proud to welcome Kurtis Eisenbath as  Senior Civil Engineer.  Kurtis is a registered Civil Engineer in Missouri and Illinois, with over 16 years’ experience.  Kurtis graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BS in Civil Engineering and received his Masters Degree from the University of Missouri, Rolla with an emphasis in Hydrology/Hydraulics. 

Headquartered in downtown St. Louis, Missouri, EDM Incorporated is a 40+ year old full-service engineering firm providing civil, structural, and mechanical/electrical/plumbing engineering to local, state and federal governments as well as private sector clients.

Leonard DeShurley, IV Rejoins Murphy Company as Technical Business Analyst 

Leonard DeShurley

The announcement was made by Chris Carter, vice president, Service. Lenny DeShurley previously was employed by Murphy Company from 2013 to 2015 in a similar position.  Since then, he has worked as an IT manager in Boca Raton, FL and as an ERP analyst in St. Louis, working with business owners to implement expense reporting, time reports, content management and AP software.

“We are delighted to welcome Lenny back to our team,” said Carter. “He has a demonstrated history of implementing solutions that increase efficiency and reduce costs. He’s always eager to learn and improve new technologies, techniques and concepts – all things that are right in line with our core values.”

DeShurley holds an associate’s degree from St. Louis Community College and is proficient in a broad range of software, including ERP Suites; ECM/Business Workflow; LogiAnalystics Info; Oracle, MS SQL and MySQL relational databases; Crystal Reports, Concur, Keystyle; and Microsoft Word and Excel. He also has developed software in Python, Django, Javascript and HTML. He was recognized with the 2014 Midsize Enterprise Summit XCellence Award and the 2014 Constructech Vision Award. Prior to joining Murphy in 2015, he served for six years as a system analyst/IT specialist for LegalMetric, Incorporated in St. Louis.

Murphy Company delivers mechanical solutions to the industrial, commercial, institutional and heavy industrial markets.

NewGround Interior Design Professionals Obtain Certification NCIDQ Certification

Hannah Duke
Lauren Foerster
Laura Meyer

NewGround, a St. Louis-based design-build firm, announces that three interior design professionals received NCIDQ Certification. NewGround staff members Hannah Duke, Lauren Foerster and Laura Meyer successfully completed the course work to become NCIDQ Certified interior designers.

By passing the examination, this accomplishment distinguishes these professionals for attaining the industry’s highest standard of aptitude in interior design as well as their commitment to the profession.

“At NewGround, our most valued asset is our people. We always look for ways to continually invest in our staff,” said Jill Schumaier, Director of Interior Design, “and we are proud that Hannah, Laura and Lauren completed their coursework to receive the coveted NCIDQ designation. It’s a significant achievement in the industry and attests to the caliber of experience of the professionals we have at NewGround.”

S. M. Wilson Promotes Jason Gasawski To Project Manager

Jason Gasawski

S. M. Wilson & Co. has promoted Jason Gasawski to 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.

Gasawski joined S. M. Wilson in 2010 and has worked on a variety of retail, commercial and industrial construction projects including Metal Container Corporation Line 5 and The Orion. He is currently managing multiple Target store renovations. Gasawski holds a B.A. from Southern Illinois University– Edwardsville and has 12 years of experience in the construction industry.

S. M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis.

MC Industrial Names Rowena Amelung Business Development Manager

Rowena Amelung

MC Industrial, Inc., an independent McCarthy company, is pleased to announce the addition of Rowena Amelung to the business development team.

As Business Development Manager, Amelung is based in MC Industrial’s St. Louis office and serves MC Industrial clients in the heavy industrial market sectors nationwide, including automotive and aerospace, heavy civil and bio process. She previously served as MC Industrial’s Divisional Quality Manager.

“We are excited to have Row join the business development team. From her past roles in field engineering to management of our quality program, she brings tremendous value to our clients’ complex industrial projects.” said Director of Business Development Brian Timmer.

Amelung joined MC Industrial in 2007 and brings 13+ years total industrial construction experience to her new role. She holds multiple certifications and licenses, including Construction Quality Management Certification (CQMC – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers), Certified Welding Inspector (CWI – American Welding Society) and OSHA-30 Construction Safety & Health. She received a bachelor of science in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri, Columbia, and is an active member of AGC, COCA, SLCCC and Make-a-Wish St. Louis chapter.

MC Industrial is a national construction firm, dedicated to the highly-specialized needs of the industrial marketplace.

Teri Samples of Mueller Prost Completes Tangible Property Regulations Certification

Teri Samples

Mueller Prost CPAs + Business Advisors is proud to announce that Partner & Director of Real Estate & Construction Services, Teri Samples, has successfully completed certification for Tangible Property Regulations through Wolters Kluwer’s CCH Tangible Property Regulations (TPR) Certificate Program. Wolters Kluwer certifies that Samples has completed Fundamental Concepts and Advanced Issues.

TPRs affect nearly every business that has fixed assets, depreciable property, repairs and maintenance expenses. Certification covered topics including:

  • Unit of Property: The Foundation of Applying RABI Rules
  • Material & Supplies: Most Complicated TPR Issue
  • TPRs and PADs: Focus on Partial or Prior Asset Dispositions
  • Removal Costs and Its Relationship to RABI Rules and PADs
  • Routine Maintenance, Small Taxpayer, Safe Harbors and Elections
  • The Use it or Lose it Rules of 1.1016-3 and Audit Protections Issues
  • TPRs and Leasehold Improvements – Landlord and Tenant Concerns
  • TPRs and 481(a) Adjustments

Of the certification, Samples says, “As a firm we are committed to delivering the best value to those we serve. Our team members actively seek professional development opportunities and additional certifications to best meet the current and future needs of our clients.”

President Doug Mueller adds, “Our firm is a leader in cost segregation studies. As we continue to grow in this area, having an in-depth understanding of tangible property regulations sets us apart from other area professionals and ensures our clients are receiving the most current and reliable information.”

In addition to tangible property regulations and cost segregation studies, Samples also has extensive knowledge regarding federal agency energy incentives including tax deductions and credits. She leads a team that includes Mueller Prost’s energy proposal partner as well as in-house engineers and tax experts, all working together to qualify both individual and company clients for grants and incentives. Teri’s experience with tax incentives for energy efficiency improvements to commercial buildings and determining if ASHRAE standards are met has distinguished her as a sought-after speaker and consultant in the field.

To contact Mueller Prost, please visit or call 314.862.2070.

S. M. Wilson Promotes Mike Zick To Director Of Field Operations

Mike Zick

S. M. Wilson & Co. has promoted Mike Zick to Director of Field Operations. In his new role, Zick will ensure that onsite construction teams have everything needed to complete projects in a timely manner. He will make regular jobsite visits to assist Project Superintendents as needed and ensure that all processes are being followed for a successful project.

Zick has been with S. M. Wilson & Co for nearly 28 years and has 31 years of experience. He has held a variety of different roles within S. M. Wilson including carpenter, superintendent and, most recently, pre-construction coordinator. As superintendent, some of his notable projects include the new Wydown Middle School (LEED Gold) and Clayton High School Addition (LEED Silver).

Zick has an OSHA 30 Hour Construction Safety, ASHE Construction Certification, and is a Certified Storm Water Professional.

S. M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis. 

IFMA St. Louis Honors Members, Facility at National FM Day Celebration

Members of the St. Louis Chapter of IFMA (International Facility Management Association) gathered to recognize two industry members and the facility of the year. Held on Wednesday, June 21, at The Corner Gates in the historic former Lemp Brewery, the awards were presented during the chapter’s celebration of National FM Day. Started in 2008, FM Day underscores the value and contributions of facility managers in St. Louis and around the nation who ensure that commercial buildings provide a safe, healthy and productive environment.

Award recipients were:

Achievement in Facility Management Award: Tauquincy Neal, Facilities Manager for the St. Charles City/County Library District

Tauquincy Neal

After joining the chapter in September 2015, Neal began working on earning her professional designations. In early 2016, she completed her coursework to earn her Facility Management Professional (FMP) designation. After completing this, she immediately moved on to the Sustainability Facility Professional (SFP) course, successfully earning this designation in early January 2017. Few industry professionals have earned both designations in just one year.

Neal started with the St. Charles City-County Library District in August 2015, as its first facility manager. She manages the day-to-day maintenance of all buildings and grounds, projects, and all contractors and vendors, as well as its delivery and supply operations. The library district comprises 12 branches in St. Charles City and County. She also is responsible for its administrative office.

Distinguished Member Award: Jeff Touchette, Jarrell Mechanical Contractors

Jeff Touchette

Touchette embodies the principle of service. After joining the chapter five years ago, he made a commitment to get involved. Touchette was recognized for his leadership and commitment to the organization. He has played many roles, serving as education, membership and program chair. His service continues as he joins the board as the chapter’s treasurer. His board term runs from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018. 

Facility of the Year: Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

The Danforth Plant Science Center Expansion (DDPSC) continues to cement St. Louis’ position as a leader in biosciences. Founded in 1998, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is a not-for-profit research institute with a mission to improve the human condition through plant science. The expansion further enables world-class research in plant biology, bioenergy and sustainable agriculture with lab, office, conference and community space for 100 new scientists.

The facility’s innovative features include Human Factor Design and Environmental Stewardship.

The DDPSC Expansion provides flexible, efficient and transparent research space.  Large, highly efficient open lab “neighborhoods” share support lab facilities and are directly connected to write-up space. Ground floor labs put science on display.

Visual connectivity between the open labs and write-up areas and at enclosed offices and conference rooms is maximized with glass partitions. Shared support facilities and open labs increase interaction. A new atrium acts as a social center to the whole community and brings together researchers from both the new and existing labs for meals, coffee and informal meetings.

Additionally, the project targets LEED Gold certification. Environmental strategies include run-around coil heat recovery loop, smart lab exhaust, indigenous prairie and landscaping, green roofs, daylighting and a high-performance envelope with integrated solar shading.

About IFMA St. Louis

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.  

June 23, 2017

Midas Hospitality Promotes Jacob Neubauer to Director of Revenue Management Neubauer to support company’s growing family of hotels 

Jacob Neubauer

Midas Hospitality, a premier hotel management group, recently promoted Jacob Neubauer to Director of Revenue Management.

Neubauer’s responsibilities include supporting the hotels in the development and execution of property-specific and company-wide revenue management initiatives.  This includes transient and group pricing strategies, as well as implementing revenue management objectives and growth-related opportunities.  Neubauer will focus on optimizing hotel revenue by collaborating with the on-property general managers and directors of sales.

Prior to this position, Neubauer served as the company’s Revenue Management Coordinator.  He previously worked in the hospitality industry as a sales manager and in guest services.  Neubauer earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

“Jake’s promotion reflects his impressive work ethic and achieved success at our company,” said Kurt Furlong, Principal and Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing.  “His new position will give him even more opportunities to work with and support the hotel management teams in order to maximize asset value.”

Founded in 2006, Midas Hospitality has developed, opened and currently manages numerous properties including 30 hotels in 14 states.

Spencer Buck Mason Joins Midwest BankCentre’s Central Region Advisory Board

Spencer Mason

Spencer Buck Mason, division manager of David Mason & Associates, has been elected to the Midwest BankCentre Central Region Advisory Board.

Founded in 1989, David Mason & Associates provides civil and structural engineering, surveying and 3D scanning, architectural, utility industry services and construction management/program management services to a wide array of clients from offices in St. Louis, Chicago and Philadelphia.

Mason serves as the president of the Southeastern Missouri/Southern Illinois chapter of the American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE). He also is a member of the National Association of Sewer Service Companies (NASSCO) and participates locally in the national Architecture Construction Engineering (ACE) Mentor Program.

Midwest BankCentre has been a mainstay of St. Louis community banking since 1906. Currently, it ranks among St. Louis’ largest locally owned banks with assets of about $1.8 billion and deposits of $1.3 billion. It provides integrated financial services with expertise in commercial, retail and digital banking; business cash management; mortgage lending; consumer lending; and insurance. 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.

McLaughlin Now Majority Owner & President of Precision Daylighting

Precision Daylighting, Inc. is pleased to announce that Mrs. ‘Mini’ McLaughlin is now officially the majority owner and President of Precision Daylighting. Mini has been involved with ownership since the corporation was organized in 2004.

Precision Daylighting, Pacific MO, is recognized as the first locally owned hydro excavation company and “THE Hydro Excavation EXPERTS!”. PDI can now provide our services with WBE and SBA certification for all Midwest projects.

Precision provides air and hydro excavation services for numerous companies, contractors and engineers throughout the Midwest US.

Lane Named Director of Sales and Marketing for The Sheridan at Laumeier Park Assisted Living/Memory Care Community

Holly Lane

Holly Lane has been named director of sales and marketing of The Sheridan at Laumeier Park, a newly opened 84-unit assisted living/memory care community at 12470 Rott Road in Sunset Hills, Mo.  Lane has seven years of experience in the medical services field.

The Sheridan at Laumeier Park is one of three senior living communities in metro St. Louis either being built or recently completed by Senior Lifestyle Corporation, a closely-held national owner, operator and developer of senior housing based in Chicago, Ill.  The other Sheridan communities are in Chesterfield and Creve Coeur.

Murphy Promotes Kevin Suiter to Vice President of Estimating

Kevin Suiter

Murphy Company has promoted Kevin Suiter, P.E., to vice president of estimating.  The announcement was made by Patrick Murphy, Jr., president and CEO.

“Kevin has been a member of the Murphy team for more than two years, serving in an operation role, and recently took on responsibility for our estimating resources,” said Murphy. “Kevin’s previous experience and passion in this area of expertise provides both value and sustainability to our organization.”

Suiter, a registered professional engineer with 23 years’ experience In the industry, holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia and also holds a master plumber’s license.  Earlier in his career, he was employed by the University of Missouri-Columbia as a mechanical engineer where he assisted in the design and development of HVAC systems for the university’s Design Services Department.

Suiter currently serves as vice president of the St. Louis chapter of the Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association (SMACNA), and is a longtime board member and former treasurer.

Murphy Names Blanton Senior Project Manager, Institutional

Dan Blanton

Murphy Company has named Dan Blanton as senior project manager, Institutional. The announcement was made by Kevin Cook, vice president, Institutional.

Blanton has more than 17 years’ major project experience in heating, ventilation and air-conditioning. He also spent three years supervising industrial work as a union boilermaker.  As a mechanical, electrical and plumbing (M.E.P.) project manager for more than five years, he oversaw several major projects.

His industry experience includes several major hospital projects, including St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon, IL; Mercy Hospital and Mercy Clinic in St. Louis County; and Kindred Healthcare in Springfield, IL.  He also served as MEP superintendent on Pinnacle Entertainment/Four Seasons Hotel and Casino, Lumiere Place.

A veteran, Blanton served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1993 to 1997. He also has training in OSHA guidelines and regulations, project management, Building Information Modeling (BIM), and is a licensed Commissioning Agent.

PGAV Planners’ Andy Struckhoff Promoted to Vice President

Andy Struckhoff

Leading St. Louis urban planning firm,PGAV Planners announces that Associate Director Andy Struckhoff has been promoted to Vice President.

In his new role, Struckhoff will be help to guide the firm’s marketing and business development efforts, lead the professional development and growth of his colleagues, and develop strategies for expanding PGAV Planners’ national footprint.


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