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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.

Michael Browning Joins Christner as Senior Designer

Michael Browning

Christner is pleased to announce the addition of Michael Browning, Assoc. AIA, LEED GA as a Senior Designer.  Michael’s experience will continue to build upon the design excellence that Christner has established over the last 50 years.  He brings 15 years of experience in healthcare, corporate and the science and research industry.  Most recently, Michael has been involved in the design of the St. Louis Cortex Innovation Community, a technology and innovation hub as well as Discovery Square, located in Rochester, Minnesota. Michael prides himself on being a true partner with clients and stakeholders while helping guide the project team to achieve the highest quality design. Michael’s recent experience includes the @4240 office and lab building as well as the 4220 building, located at the Cortex Innovation Community Campus.

Wellington Environmental Hires New Engineering Solutions Manager

Austin DossAustin Doss, MEE joins local environmental company to support sales, engineering, remediation efforts

Wellington Environmental, a specialized environmental service company serving the Midwest, hires Austin DossMEE as its new Engineering Solutions Manager. In this role, Doss will be involved in all aspects of the company’s services including sales, engineering, remediation and management.

“I’m eager to join this talented team at a company with 30 years of experience,” said Austin Doss, MEE Engineering Solutions Manager at Wellington Environmental. “I’m looking forward to demonstrating my engineering skills, particularly on implementing legionella water management plans for facility managers.”

Prior to joining Wellington Environmental, Doss was a graduate teaching assistant of thermal dynamics at Missouri University of Science and Technology in its Civil, Environmental, Architectural Engineering Department. He also interned for the Engineering Division of the City of Rolla’s Public Works Department where he developed Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans for the Rolla National Airport and Rolla Public Works.

Doss graduated from Missouri University of Science and Technology with his master’s degree in environmental engineering. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in physics.

“Austin will be a great addition to our existing team,” said Thom Wellington, CEO of Wellington Environmental. “In 2016, he worked as a laborer for Wellington Environmental, so he is familiar with our team and processes.”

Wellington Environmental, a specialized environmental service company founded in 1988, serves the Midwest, including all of Missouri and Illinois. For more information, visit

August 31, 2018

Daniel Latham, P.E. Moves into Client Relations Role at Bloomsdale Excavating

Daniel Latham

Bloomsdale, MO – Bloomsdale Excavating recently announced that Daniel Latham, P.E. will move from Project Engineer to Client Relations.  Daniel will report to Clayton Blum who recently assumed the position of Vice President of Sales & Marketing.  Daniel has been with the 70+ year old excavation and grading company, located in southeast Missouri since 2007.

Prior to assuming the Client Relations position, Daniel was has served in both Estimator and Project Engineer roles.  Daniel received his B.S. in Civil Engineering in 2007 from Missouri University of Science & Technology (Missouri S&T) in Rolla, MO and his Master’s Degree in Business Administration in 2013 from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.  He is also a certified Professional Engineer (P.E.).  While as a Project Engineer, Latham estimated and managed projects as large as $32 million.

His knowledge of the site development industry lends itself in a very integrated manner to his new roles and responsibilities.  These include development of existing and future client relationships, generation of new markets, and procurement and administration of contracts with focus on the Public Sector, Environmental, and Power & Energy markets.

Scott Drury, President of Bloomsdale Excavating adds, “We are extremely excited to have Daniel step into the role of managing our client relationships in key vertical markets.  He joined us 11 years ago straight after graduating college and has been an instrumental part of many projects during that time.  His ability to offer value added business insight for customers is a tremendous advantage for them.”

Bloomsdale Excavating, a wholly owned subsidiary of Heptacore, Inc., founded in 1946 by Marvin Drury provides excavation, grading, site utility and concrete services for the residential/ commercial, quarry/mining, landfill, public construction sectors.  Bloomsdale provides construction services across Missouri, Illinois, and Kansas.

Todd Nelson joins Knoebel Construction as Project Manager

Todd Nelson

Todd Nelson of Saint Peters, MO, has joined Knoebel Construction as project manager.  He is responsible for overseeing all aspects of select retail center, restaurant, grocery and retail store construction projects, both in St. Louis and nationally.  He has 17 years of experience in the construction industry and holds a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from Southwest Missouri State University.

Knoebel Construction, Inc. is a national general contractor specializing in retail center, restaurant, grocery and retail store construction.For more information, visit or call (636) 326-4100.

August 24, 2018

Great Rivers Greenway Welcomes Three New Team Members

Great Rivers Greenway is pleased to welcome three new staff members to its team of professionals. Michelle Bock, of Frontenac, has joined as Chief Operating Officer; Shaughnessy Daniels, of Florissant, has been hired as Community Engagement Manager, and Michael Steinlage, of Ballwin, joins as Project Manager. The three will work with other staff members and partners to fulfill Great Rivers Greenway’s mission of connecting the St. Louis region through the development of greenways so people can enjoy more of their lives outside.

Michelle Bock

As Chief Operating Officer, Bock is tasked with the oversight of all areas related to Great Rivers Greenways’ operations. She is responsible for ensuring the proper controls and procedures are in place to effectively advance the organization’s strategic plan, while also ensuring financial strength, operating efficiency and sound financial stewardship. Bock comes to Great Rivers Greenway with 29 years of experience in public finance, including capital financing of facilities, economic development, public ratings, as well as budget and investor relations. Her prior experience includes 16 years with Piper Jaffray & Co in St. Louis, where she most recently held the position of managing director. During her time there, Bock was a senior level banker responsible for the execution of public financing and business generation.  Bock earned a Bachelor of Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master of Business Administration at Washington University in St. Louis.

Shaughnessy Daniels

Daniels joins Great Rivers Greenway as Community Engagement Manager and is responsible for collaborating with staff and a range of partners and consultants to engage the community with the organization’s mission, vision and projects. Daniels will manage the organization’s long-term engagement strategy and planning and will also oversee efforts to engage with community members throughout the lifecycle of a greenway project. Daniels was part of the team responsible for planning and implementing the St. Louis 2004 initiative, which aimed to bring about a renaissance in the metropolitan region and eventually led to the ballot measure that created Great Rivers Greenway. She brings more than 10 years’ experience in nonprofit, management and executive level leadership. Her background includes serving as Vice President-Community Support for St. Louis ARC and providing senior level project support in large scale community revitalization initiatives as Vice President for Urban Strategies. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and holds a Certificate in Organizational Leadership from Saint Louis University.

Michael Steinlage

Steinlage has joined as Project Manager and will help oversee the various aspects of greenway construction projects, including community engagement, design and construction. He will primarily be focused on projects within the Maline and St. Vincent Greenways in North St. Louis County. He will also be tasked with advancing the organization’s master plan for these greenways. A landscape architect, Steinlage brings more than four years’ experience designing and overseeing the construction of international and domestic public spaces. Most recently, he served as a landscape architect and project manager for Philadelphia-based landscape architecture firm OLIN, overseeing and designing a range of projects – from small scale gardens to citywide green infrastructure master plans.  Steinlage earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish at the University of Missouri, and he holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from The University of Texas at Austin.

“We are pleased to welcome Michelle, Shaughnessy and Michael to our team,” said Susan Trautman, Great Rivers Greenway Chief Executive Officer.  “The depth and breadth of their experience will enhance not only our processes, but also our projects and partnerships as we continue to expand the network of greenways and connect people across the region to their rivers, parks and communities.”

Great Rivers Greenway connects the St. Louis region with greenways so people can explore their rivers, parks and communities, making it a vibrant place to live, work and play. For more information, visit

James Alverson

St. Louis-Based KRJ Architecture Appoints New Project Management Leader

 KRJ Architecture, a long-time architectural firm specializing in the design of educational and civic facilities, has promoted James Alverson to Associate in charge of Project Management.

Alverson joined KRJ in 2014, bringing 30 years of experience in project management, construction administration, quality assurance and specification writing to the firm. He is responsible for managing projects throughout all phases of the firm’s educational and civic projects, from planning through design, documentation and construction completion.

“Jamey is a talented project manager, who works closely with all team members to bring projects to timely completion with the high standards our firm always strives for,” said David Kromm, president of KRJ. “His extensive experience in complex building renovations and new construction, with cost control, adds to our long tradition of maximizing community resources by enhancing existing facilities and building new facilities.”

Alverson holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Washington University and a Master’s of Architecture from Columbia University in New York. He is a LEED-accredited professional registered to practice in the state of Missouri.

The St. Louis architectural firm of Kromm, Rikimaru & Johansen, Inc. (KRJ) is an award-winning, dynamic organization known for “architecture that builds communities.” The firm is respected for its work in the education and public sectors, seamlessly creating functional architecture that is cost-effective and energy efficient. For educational organizations including K-12, community colleges and universities, KRJ evolves its designs to accommodate changes in methods of teaching, the learning environment and technology.  Established in 1955, KRJ is an employee-owned firm.

Maggie Sieges

Maggie Sieges joins Knoebel Construction as Project Engineer

Maggie Sieges has joined Knoebel Construction as project engineer. Sieges assists in the management of nationwide retail development, restaurant and grocery projects for Knoebel Construction, including on-site quality control, project administration and client relations.

Sieges has six years of experience in the construction industry.  She holds a Master of Science in Project Management from Missouri State University and a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Technology from Ranken Technical College.

Knoebel Construction, Inc. is a national general contractor specializing in retail center, restaurant, grocery and retail store construction. Projects range from major regional shopping centers to local restaurants. For more information, visit or call (636) 326-4100.

August 17, 2018

Jason Riggs, PE Joins EDM Incorporated as  Mechanical Engineer

Jason Riggs

EDM Incorporated is proud to welcome Jason Riggs as Mechanical Engineer.  Jason is a registered Engineer in Missouri with over 12 years of experience in mechanical design and construction of facilities including commercial, governmental, industrial, healthcare, universities, laboratories, pharmaceutical, and data centers.

Headquartered in downtown St. Louis, Missouri, EDM Incorporated is a 45+ 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. EDM is employs approximately 30 employees, including 18  licensed engineers. EDM also has locations in Collinsville, IL and St. Charles, MO

August 10, 2018

Jessie Schilligo

Jesse Schilligo of Wentzville, MO, has joined Knoebel Construction as project manager. Schilligo is responsible for managing construction of select Knoebel Construction retail projects, including tenant build-outs and large retail developments in St. Louis and nationally.

Schilligo has ten years of experience in the construction industry, including field experience and management.  He holds a Bachelor of Science in Technology Management from Southeast Missouri State with double majors in Construction Management & Design and Facilities Management & Sustainability.

Knoebel Construction, Inc. is a national general contractor specializing in retail center, restaurant, grocery and retail store construction. For more information, visit or call (636) 326-4100.

Jim McGraw

Haberberger Hires Jim Mcgraw As Project Manager

Haberberger, Inc. is thrilled to welcome Jim McGraw, of Kirkwood, to its growing team. McGraw will be joining the Affton-based mechanical contracting firm’s plumbing department as project manager.

McGraw joins Haberberger with more than 20 years’ experience in the plumbing industry. His background includes accounting, purchasing and project management. McGraw will be responsible for project management and estimating.

Haberberger’s plumbing division was established in 2016, handling a variety of projects, including 24-hour emergency service and repair; drain cleaning, video pipeline inspection and sewer line location; water and sewer line breaks repair and replacement; rehab of existing buildings, new construction, and plan and spec and design-build. For more information,

Haberberger, Inc. is a 70-year-old mechanical contracting company that offers complete HVAC installation, customized maintenance programs, process piping and piping fabrication, plumbing and refrigeration and energy management services to a variety of industrial and commercial customers. For more information, call 314-631-3324 or visit


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