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.

Geissler Roofing Co Inc. has promoted Joel Sharp to Executive Vice President.

Joel Sharp

Geissler Roofing Co Inc. has promoted Joel Sharp to Executive Vice President. His new role will include labor relations, customer retention and quality control.
Sharp has been an active part of the commercial roofing industry in the Saint Louis region since 1981. He is a Journeyman roofer. Sharp joined the Geissler Roofing Co Inc. family in 1989 as a flat roofer. He has worked his way up through a variety of positions including, roofer, superintendent, estimator and operations manager.

Geissler Roofing Co Inc. is a union commercial roofing company serving the St. Louis area since 1929. We specialize in low slope roofing, steep slope roofing and exterior finishes.
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William Azevedo and Terry Richars, CPA/ABV, ASA Become Newest Mueller Prost Partners 

Effective July 1, 2017, William Azevedo, Senior Manager of Healthcare Services, and Terry Richars, CPA/ABV, ASA, Director of Accounting Services were both promoted to Partner.  They will continue to lead their respective practice areas and become the firm’s 17th and 18th partners.

William Azevedo

Azevedo has nearly 20 years of experience in the long-term care industry and over a decade of experience in private sector accounting. His background includes positions in accounting, cost reporting, reimbursement, and government audits & appeals. Our clients call on Bill to improve their cost reporting and utilize data to improve operations. Bill’s promotion marks the second non-CPA team member to become partner.

Terry Richars

Mueller Prost has also named Terry Richars as a partner. Richars has over 10 years of experience providing business valuation, litigation support, forensic accounting, individual, corporate and partnership income tax returns, SAS 70/SSAE16 reporting, and consulting services.  Richars primarily works with privately-held and middle-market organizations across various industries, including manufacturing, retail, healthcare, and the legal community.

President, Doug Mueller, says, “We are excited to see growth in our firm and look forward to what the future brings with the addition of Bill and Terry to our partner group.”

Mueller Prost has 18 partners, 3 locations and over 150 employees. The firm is regularly recognized as a Best Place to Work and focuses on employee and client engagement and retention.

Patterson Promoted to Senior Project Estimator at Murphy

Jeffrey Patterson

Jeffrey H. Patterson recently was promoted to senior project estimator at Murphy Company. The announcement was made by Kevin Suiter, vice president of estimating.

Patterson brings nearly 30 years’ experience in the HVAC industry with a strong emphasis on HVAC piping and ductwork to his new position. Since joining Murphy in December 2015, he has taken the lead on several high profile estimates. During his career he also has managed a pre-construction services department and created design standards for sheet metal fabrication. He attended both St. Louis Technical School and St. Louis Community College.

“Jeff’s attention to detail and his ability to incorporate his strong design build background makes Jeff an exceptional estimator for Murphy Company,” added Suiter. “We have been very impressed with his performance and are pleased to see him advance to his new position.”

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

McGrath & Associates Promotes Scott Olson to Healthcare Business Manager

Scott Olson

Scott Olson has been promoted to Healthcare Business Manager at McGrath & Associates, a 100 percent employee-owned general contractor and construction management firm. Olson has been an employee of McGrath & Associates for 23 year, primarily involved in healthcare construction projects. In addition to managing client projects, Olson will be responsible for McGrath’s healthcare business plan.

McGrath & Associates is a 100 percent employee-owned general contractor and construction management firm specializing in commercial, health care, industrial, institutional and pharmaceutical construction projects since 1983. 

July 7, 2017

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.

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