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

Sitton Energy Solutions Hires New Analytics Software Engineer 

Rusty Khatman

Sitton Energy Solutions announced Rusty Khatman as the company’s new Analytics Software Engineer. Khatman has nine years of experience in the building automation and data analytics field, and will be stationed at the St. Louis-based company’s newest location in Denver. He will be responsible for developing analytics software platforms, monitoring energy and interpreting data to help improve clients’ energy conservation and utility bills.

“Rusty has already proven to be a valuable addition to our Denver team,” said Doug Sitton, resident and Founder of Sitton Energy Solutions. “He shares our passion for finding sustainable  solutions to clients’ energy needs, that not only save them money on utility bills, but also lessen their overall energy footprint.”

“Analytics in building automation and energy is a relatively new concept but we believe it will be and is the future of this industry,” said Khatman. “I’m grateful to be at a company that will give me the platform to break new ground in terms of using data to spot trends and find sustainable, long-term energy solutions for our clients.”

Prior to joining Sitton Energy Solutions, Khatman worked as an energy software developer, a strategic technologies coordinator and as a system engineer. Khatman is finishing his bachelor’s degree in computer science from University of Colorado – Denver.

Sitton Energy Solutions is an independent energy management consulting firm that works to maximize clients’ energy savings and return on investments. The Sitton Solution is a unique combination of Comprehensive Energy Strategy™ (CES™), Integrated Energy Analytics™ (IEA™), and Independent Engineering that saves clients’ money on their facilities at the maximum return-on-investment. Sitton Energy Solution’s definition of return on investment goes beyond the financial incentives, as it creates facilities that are environmentally friendly and safer, more productive places to work. The firm, which has helped its clients save over $45 million in energy costs, has offices in St. Louis, MO, O’Fallon, IL, Kansas City, MO, and Denver, CO.

To learn more, call 314-309-2029 ext. 118, or visit

Dustin Prasuhn Promoted to Installation Manager at G&S Architectural Products 

Dustin Prasuhn

St. Louis-based [ G&S Architectural Products ]( ) has promoted Dustin Prasuhn to Installation Manager. His new responsibilities will include scheduling, project communication, and the coordination and management of 17 Union carpenters, distribution workers and a fleet of trucks.

Prasuhn has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering Technology and has been a part of the Golterman & Sabo team for four years as a Project Manager. He also is currently serving in the Missouri Army National Guard.

“I’m looking forward to working closely with clients to help create a finished acoustical solution that will improve the customer’s environment,” says Prasuhn on his new Installation Manager position.

G&S Architectural Products is a leading provider and installer of architectural products such as acoustical products, visual display boards and operable wall systemsthat are primarily used for the commercial, education and healthcare industries.

IMPACT Strategies Promotes Travis Schwartz To Assistant Project Manager

Travis Schwartz

IMPACT Strategies recently promoted Travis Schwartz from Project Engineer to Assistant Project Manager. In this new position Schwartz will take on an expanded leadership role in managing our construction projects. Craig Spidle, Director of Construction Operations at IMPACT Strategies, says “Travis is a great example of the future leaders of our project delivery team at IMPACT.” Schwartz is a graduate of Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville with a degree in Construction Management and has been with IMPACT Strategies since the summer of 2017.

Schwartz also recently completed the AGC of Missouri Leadership Academy. After being nominated by Craig Spidle, Director of Construction Operations for IMPACT Strategies, Schwartz was chosen by an AGC selection committee to complete the course. This five-month course consisted of roughly 20 students and was taught by Ken Bradford, author of Fearless & Persuasive Speaking. It focused on building awareness and proficiency in business and developing skills that will translate into strong project team leadership.

IMPACT Strategies provides client-focused construction management, design/build, and general contracting services. To learn more visit or call 618-394-8400 or 314-646-8400.

Chris Kerckhoff, LEED AP BD+C, Promoted To Vice President

Chris Kerkhoff

EDM Incorporated is proud to announce the promotion of Chris Kerckhoff to Vice President.   Chris joined EDM in 2012 as Director of Business Development and has over 20 years’ experience in the A/E/C industry.

Prior to joining EDM, Chris held leadership positions in regional food processing, development and general contracting firms. He holds a BSBA in Real Estate & Construction Management from the Daniels School of Business, University of Denver, and earned his LEED AP credential in 2002.

EDM Incorporated, headquartered in downtown St. Louis, is a 45-year old multi-disciplinary engineering and architecture firm providing civil, structural, mechanical/electrical/plumbing engineering, fire protection and architecture to public and private sector clients. EDM employs approximately 25 employees, including 12 licensed engineers and two registered Architects. EDM has three offices, St. Louis, MO, St. Charles, MO and Collinsville, IL.  

SITE Improvement Association Board Re-Elects Jennifer Bouquet As President/Chairman, Elects Mike Steiniger To Vice President And Pat Moriarty As Secretary-Treasurer

The Board of Directors of SITE Improvement Association has re-elected Jennifer Bouquet as President/Chairman for 2019 and elected Mike Steiniger as Vice President and Pat Moriarty as Secretary-Treasurer.  Bouquet is President of J&J Boring, and last year becoming the first woman to serve as President/Chairman of SITE.  Steiniger is President of Kuesel Excavating Company and last year served as Secretary-Treasurer of SITE, and Moriarty is President of Concrete Strategies.

Three new members were also elected to serve on SITE’s board of directors in 2019.  They include Kevin Klette, General Manager of Asphalt for Byrne & Jones Construction; Danielle Roden, Project Manager for Site System Landscaping, LLC; and Ryan Casey, Vice President of Construction Operations for Pace Construction Company.  Each will serve a two-year term.

In addition, five members were re-elected to two-year terms on the SITE board of directors.  They include; Charles “Chuck” Vitale of Vee Jay Cement Contracting, Mike Harmon of Plattin Creek Excavating, LLC, Mike Jerome of Bi-State Utilities Company, Kevin Keenoy of GS Grinding Services, LLC, and Lee Newton of CMW Equipment, associate member.

SITE Improvement Association is an independent construction trade association of contractors and businesses associated with the construction industry in eastern Missouri.  The association is governed by a 16-member Board of Directors composed of representatives from the Concrete, Asphalt Paving, Sewer/Utility, Highway and Bridge, Earthmoving, Landscaping, Specialty Construction and Associate divisions.

January 18, 2019

NewGround Appoints Paul McAfee as Regional Vice President

Paul McKee

NewGround, a St. Louis-based experiential architecture, design, and delivery firm, announced that Paul McAfee joined the NewGround Canada team as Regional Vice President of Business Development. Based in British Columbia, Paul’s primary responsibility will be to manage and lead a regional account acquisition and delivery team.

With more than 30 years of experience, Paul has a proven track record of success in the financial services industry. Prior to joining NewGround, he held numerous executive positions, including serving as the President and COO of NorthPeace Savings & Credit Union in British Columbia where he worked with NewGround on multiple projects.

“Paul’s experience in the financial services industry will complement and expand our industry expertise. We are thrilled to have him on our team and are excited to see how he helps us grow our business in the years to come,” said Greg Ward, President of NewGround Canada.

Paul is heavily involved in numerous regional and national industry committees and holds two certifications from the Credit Union Executive Society University program.

“I look forward to helping grow NewGround’s market share through building positive and rewarding relationships and am happy to be a part of the team,” said Paul McAfee, Regional Vice President of Business Development at NewGround Canada.

NewGround is an international, award-winning architecture, design, and delivery firm, providing dynamic, experiential, market-driven environments. Over the last century, NewGround has completed more than 15,000 projects throughout the USA, Canada and in the United Kingdom. Headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, NewGround maintains corporate offices in Chicago, Illinois, Honolulu, Hawaii, and Toronto, Ontario, with a regional presence throughout.

Spellman Brady & Company Hires Jennifer Stockhausen, IIDA, NCIDQ

Jennifer Stockhausen

Spellman Brady & Company, an award-winning interior design firm, is pleased to announce that Jennifer Stockhausen, IIDA, NCIDQ has joined the firm as a Senior Designer. She brings 7 years of professional experience focused on the design of assisted living and memory care communities. Her responsibilities include providing creative and exceptional interior design for all aspects of a project – from initial planning, design concept and construction documents to furniture specifications, procurement and installation.

Ms. Stockhausen earned her Bachelor of Science, Human Environmental Sciences, Architectural Studies degree with an Interior Design emphasis and continued her studies to earn a Master of Arts in Environment and Behavior degree focusing on “Personal Control in the Work Place” degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Spellman Brady & Company is an award-winning interior design firm specializing in senior living, healthcare, and higher education environments. For more information about Spellman Brady & Company, please visit

Community Mourning Loss of Nationally Recognized Educator, Civil Rights Activist Dr. Irene Leota Moore Wright

Dr. Irene Leota Moore Wright

Services for Grandmother of KAI CEO Michael Kennedy, Jr. Scheduled for Jan. 23

The community is mourning the death of nationally recognized educator and civil rights activist Dr. Irene Leota Moore Wright — mother-in-law of KAI Founder Michael Kennedy, Sr. and grandmother of KAI CEO Michael Kennedy, Jr. — who passed away on Jan. 10 at age 91. A Celebration of Life Service honoring her is scheduled for Jan. 23 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Dr. Wright enjoyed a long, successful career in education, having earned a bachelor’s degree from Spelman College in Atlanta; a master’s degree in speech pathology and audiology from Washington University in St. Louis; and a Ph. D. in higher education from Saint Louis University. She also studied at Ball State University, New York University, Columbia University and Atlanta University.

She went on to hold faculty positions at Atlanta University, Clark College, Spelman College, Harris Teachers College, Tuskegee Institute, Albany State College and Saint Louis University and was published in the areas of speech and hearing problems, teacher programs, the trainable child and deaf education.

She served as vice president of the Albany Civil Rights Movement and was the Dean of Students at Albany State College but resigned in protest when she learned that students had been expelled for demonstrating against racial violence and discrimination. She held strategy meetings in her home for out-of-town students who wanted to help with voter registration campaigns and braved threat of physical harm as she travelled from Albany to Washington, D.C. to report on racial injustices taking place around her.

Irene Wright is survived by her “Boo” of 58 years, Dr. Thomas V. Wright Sr., and her children: Vicki Hamilton (Harold), Lynn Kennedy (Michael), Traci Wright (Thomas Wright, Jr.), and Marcia Buresch; 10 grandsons: Arthur (Angelica) and Brandon, Michael, Chad, Jon, Sam, Marcus (Sarah), James Trey (Sina), Simeon, and Brett (Betty); and five great-grandchildren: Titus, Bella, Jaz’min, Jaire, and Levi. She also leaves her only living sibling, Jean Collins, and nieces and nephews she adored: Hollie, Wilanna, Robin, Judy, Bobby, James Jr., Michael, Johnnie, Connie, Mitzy, Phillip, Frankie, Neicey, Scott, Bonnie, Albert (Katie), and all of their children. She was preceded in death by her beloved son, Thomas Victor Wright Jr.; her sisters, Augusta Mae, Louise Worthington, and Judelle Shaw; and her brother, Julian Moore.

Michael Kennedy, Jr. attributes his grandmother’s influence on KAI’s commitment to giving back and supporting the community.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to either Albany State University in Albany, Georgia or Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia.

Tyler Bick Receives Professional Engineering License

Tyler Bick

Tyler Bick, who joined KPFF in July 2017, recently passed the professional engineering examination and is now a licensed Professional Engineer in Missouri. He is working on a variety of projects including Mercy Clinic in Springdale, Arkansas; The Foundry in Midtown St. Louis; and a structural condition assessment at Southeast Missouri State University. Tyler earned his Bachelor and Master of Science in Civil Engineering degrees at Missouri University of Science & Technology.

Megan Schimmelpfenning Receives Structural Engineering License

Megan Schimmelpfenning

Megan Schimmelpfenning, who joined KPFF in August 2015, recently passed the Illinois Structural Engineering examination and is now a licensed Structural Engineer in Illinois. Her KPFF projects include the new Courtyard by Marriott and Residence Inn blended hotel in Des Peres, Missouri; SSM/Saint Louis University Hospital’s New Patient Tower; and Weil Hall at Washington University in St. Louis. Megan earned her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree at S

outhern Illinois University Carbondale in 2011.

Founded in Seattle in 1960, KPFF Consulting Engineers is one of the top structural and civil engineering firms, and is known for providing creative, thoughtful, and cost-effective design solutions. 

HBD Construction, Inc. Welcomes New Director of Business Development

Annie Kowert

HBD Construction, Inc is proud to welcome Annie Kowert as Director of Business Development. Annie joins the HBD Construction, Inc team bringing 18 years of experience in the healthcare industry including healthcare administration, senior living, medical supply sales, and marketing. In addition to building strong customer relationships, she will be responsible for market research, strategic planning, and expanding company awareness.

Annie has a B.S. in Occupational Therapy from Cleveland State University. She currently resides in Kirkwood with her husband, Brian and children, Lyla and Luke.  She enjoys spending time with her family, exercise, reading, travel, and volunteering at her kids’ school and church.

Cohen Architectural Woodworking Names Nate Cohen Chief Financial Officer 

Nate Cohen

Cohen Architectural Woodworking announces the appointment of Nate Cohen to serve as Chief Financial Officer. Cohen will oversee the finances of the 36 year-old
company that standardizes, designs and builds custom millwork components and casework for clients nationwide. Cohen, age 29, most recently served as a Senior Project Manager. He has performed and excelled in various roles for the family-owned and family-run business for some 24 years, from sweeping the shop floor at age 5, to serving in engineering, and in project management.

In addition to his duties at Cohen Architectural Woodworking, Nate Cohen is
an entrepreneur, real estate investor and professional woodworker. He won
international woodworking competitions in high school for three consecutive
years and, at age 19, built chess tables for Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield,
founders of the St. Louis Chess Club. His tables were used at the U.S. Chess
Championships. Nate’s chess tables can also be found in the St. Louis
Cardinals clubhouse and with other organizations.

Founded in 1982, Cohen Architectural Woodworking is a family-owned
architectural design/build woodworking firm headquartered in St. James,
Missouri. For more information visit

Kevin Gremmelsbacher Promoted by HDA Architects

Kevin Gremmelsbacher

Since joining HDA Architects in 2013, Kevin Gremmelsbacher has played a vital role in transitioning the company into Revit and has developed production drawings for numerous unique project types.  He is currently the firms BIM Manager and has recently been promoted to the role of Project Manager.  His attention to detail and dedication to his projects provides the foundation for his work and has proven effective in delivering a quality product from design development stages through project completion.   

Matt Hoffman joins Wiegmann Associates as Project Engineer 

Matt Hoffman

Matt Hoffman of St. Louis, MO has joined Wiegmann Associates as a project engineer. Hoffman is responsible for designing and engineering HVAC systems for various Wiegmann Associates projects. Prior to joining Wiegmann Associates, he worked as a contract mechanical engineer for Monsanto Company on a large industrial seeds processing project. Hoffman holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia. 

Wiegmann Associates is a St. Louis-based mechanical contractor and a national leader in design/build HVAC projects. For more information, visit or call (636) 940-1056.

January 11, 2019

Castle Contracting Expands In-House Civil Design Team with Hiring of James Parks and Amy Huller

Castle Contracting, LLC has expanded its in-house civil design expertise with the hiring of James Parks, P.E. as senior design manager and Amy Huller, P.E. as design manager. This experienced design team will work collaboratively to strengthen Castle’s capabilities to secure, manage and deliver civil design-build projects across the St. Louis region and beyond.

James Parks

James Parks joins Castle with a broad range of expertise that encompasses civil engineering; design and consulting; geotechnical engineering and materials testing; general contracting; construction management; estimating and project management. His hands-on project experience includes numerous project types: municipal, trails, roadways, retail, commercial, institutional, industrial, pipelines, residential, riverfront developments, hospitals and healthcare facilities. He also has overseen master planning for developments ranging from less than an acre to hundreds of acres.

Parks previously served as senior project manager at Glasper Professional Services, and he also worked as assistant project manager at CDG Engineers and project engineer at Crafton, Tull & Associates.

A licensed professional engineer registered in Missouri, Illinois and Arizona and a LEED-accredited professional, he earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Missouri S&T in Rolla, Mo.

Parks has been active in the American Society of Civil Engineers and served as a mentor in the ACE Mentor Program, which helps inspire high school students to pursue careers in design and construction. He and his family live in Florissant.

Amy Huller

An experienced design engineer, project manager and GIS specialist, Amy Huller’s expertise includes the design of residential, condominium and subdivision sites; commercial sites; and industrial sites and subdivisions. Her responsibilities have included the design of sanitary sewers, storm sewer systems, water systems, paving and grading, as well as managing the permitting process for a wide variety of public works, commercial, residential and military projects.

Prior to joining Castle, Huller served as a project manager at Glasper Professional Services. She previously worked as design engineer and GIS specialist at Thouvenot, Wade & Moerchen.

A licensed professional engineer registered in Missouri, she earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Huller has served as a troop leader and camp coordinator for Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois for the last 10 years. She and her family reside in Belleville, Ill. 

Castle Contracting, LLC provides turnkey site preparation services, site utilities, earthwork and trenchless technology directly to owners; general contractors; and mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection contractors. 

Kay Koonce Joins HOK’s St. Louis Office as Marketing Manager

Kay Koonce

Kay Koonce, has joined HOK in St. Louis. She will lead the marketing department in the St. Louis studio as a marketing manager. Her professional experience will aid HOK in the continued success of project acquisition and fortified brand awareness.

With 20 years of A/E industry marketing experience, Koonce joins HOK from TBE Architects, Inc. in St. Louis, and prior to that, working for firms like KAI, Cannon Design, David Mason & Associates and the Farnsworth Group, Inc.

HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm. Through a network of 24 offices worldwide, HOK provides design excellence and innovation to create places that enrich people’s lives and help clients succeed. DesignIntelligence consistently ranks HOK as a leader in sustainable, high-performance design and technology innovation.​

Benjamin Dryer Appointed Service Account Manager

Benjamin Dryer

Benjamin Dryer has been named service account manager for Murphy Company. The announcement was made by Chris Carter, vice-president, service, for the mechanical contracting and engineering firm. Dryer has three years’ experience in service and sales, providing estimates and project management for a local mechanical contractor. A graduate of Pattonville High School, he also studied business at both Webster University and the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Jeffrey (“Mike”) Gumm Joins Murphy Company

Jeffrey (“Mike”) Gumm

Jeffrey (“Mike”) Gumm has joined Murphy Company as service project manager.  The announcement was made by Chris Carter, vice-president, service, for the mechanical contracting and engineering firm. A union pipefitter with more than six years’ experience, Gumm is highly experienced at HVAC installation and system troubleshooting. He attended both St. Louis Community College-Meramec and Lindenwood University.  He also achieved his HVAC technology certification from the Midwest Institute.

Founded in 1907, Murphy Company is one of the nation’s top mechanical contracting and engineering firms delivering innovative solutions to the commercial, industrial and institutional markets.  For more information, visit

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