AGC of Missouri

AGC of Missouri, Mayor and SSM Health SLU Hospital Project Partners Celebrate BuildMO Week



The St. Louis region has recruited 7,100 individuals into its construction workforce over the past 12 months, quantifying it as in the top four 358 U.S. metro areas to grow their construction trades jobs to this extent.

AGC of Missouri President Leonard Toenjes, speaking at Tuesday’s BuildMO Week celebration in front of the ambulance drop-off area of the future SSM Health Saint Louis University hospital, said statewide construction job growth has also been record setting, year over year, since 12 months ago.

“In August, construction employment in Missouri totaled 125,000, up 2,300 since July 2019, making Missouri the second-highest percentage increase in one-month construction job growth in the nation,” Toenjes said. “Construction is a wonderful choice to build a lifelong career. The average wage for a construction worker in Missouri was $59,442 in 2018, 20 percent higher than the state average for all private-sector employees. Many skilled workers are earning well into six figures every year.”

And that was the crux of Tuesday’s brief press conference: To remind St. Louisans of the impact that the construction industry, its people and its projects, have upon the city, the region and the state.

Alberici Constructors Healthcare Market Leader Troy Musson provided an update on SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital, the venue for BuildMO 2019. Musson said the 800,000-square-foot hospital is on schedule for substantial completion in May 2020 and a Sept. 1, 2020 opening.

“Advances in technology and lean practices – such as advanced scheduling techniques and modular construction – have enabled our team’s craftsmanship and innovation to contribute to what we see today,” said Musson. “We have an outstanding workforce that is working safely and skillfully on this incredible project and has contributed nearly one million man-hours so far.”

City of St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson said SSM Health’s investment in the new campus – which will include 316 private patient rooms and an expanded Level I trauma center and emergency department – is but one clear example of the nearly $10 billion in construction activity that will occur within the next 12 months across the city.

“There are cranes in the sky and construction dumpsters on the curbs here in St. Louis,” Krewson said. “And it’s a great thing to see those dumpsters. It means someone had the confidence and foresight to invest in our community. The level of investment in this corridor of the city alone – from downtown to Midtown – is indicative of the powerful, positive impact that the construction industry and its workers have on our city and region.”


Tarlton Garners Agc Of Missouri 2018 Construction Keystone Award

Museum Building addition entrance and original Museum Building.

Award Honors Highest Achievements of Region’s Construction Firms

The historic renovation of the Stephen and Peter Sachs Museum at Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis, with Tarlton Corp. serving as construction manager, won a 2018 Construction Keystone Award from the Associated General Contractors of Missouri. This year’s honor marks the ninth time Tarlton was recognized for a top Keystone Award-winning project since the inception of the competition.

Tarlton was among 10 winners chosen from a highly competitive field of 30 finalists at the 21st Annual Keystone Awards on Nov. 8. The AGC of Missouri Keystone Awards program recognizes contractors who meet and successfully resolve challenges on construction projects.

“Recognition by the AGC of Missouri is one of the highest honors a general contractor can receive,” said Tracy Hart, president, Tarlton Corp. “We are proud of the skill, teamwork and spirit of the Tarlton teams on our projects, and we appreciate that in collaboration with the project owners and stakeholders, we can make these lasting contributions to the community.”

Tarlton’s work on the 7,000-square-foot Stephen and Peter Sachs Museum, an iconic pre-Civil War structure on the grounds of the world-renowned Missouri Botanical Garden, won in the “Building Construction Project Under $10 million” category. The museum, which was opened in 1859 by St. Louis businessman and philanthropist Henry Shaw, served as the Garden’s first scientific research facility, library and herbarium of more than 62,000 specimens. Widely considered one of the most historically significant buildings in the Midwest, the building had been closed to the public for more than three decades. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Working with project architect Christner Inc., Tarlton’s scope of work included an aggressive schedule, unforeseen conditions and an unexpected discovery during the demolition of a plaster drop ceiling: the paintings of three noted botanists on a barrel-vault ceiling hidden above the false ceiling in a room adjacent to the main exhibit hall. The discovery temporarily halted work while conservators from EverGreene Architectural Arts in Brooklyn, N.Y., were brought in for the careful restoration.

Meanwhile, in the main exhibit hall, construction and artistry worked side by side as the Tarlton team restored historic finishes, completed structural improvements and erected scaffolding to allow art conservators to access the ceiling two stories up. There, they undertook the painstaking replication of a painted botanical mural spanning 12 separate panels overhead.

To usher visitors into the space, Tarlton built a modern 2,000-square-foot addition that connects to the museum, which serves as the new accessible entrance and houses public amenities. The two-story addition’s glass curtainwall provides occupants with a feeling of being surrounded by nature and was designed in accordance with preservation principles outlined by the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties and the U.S. National Park Service.

Additional updates include an expanded light-filled lobby that offers space for exhibits, artwork and other displays; a renovated lower-level gallery; and a new staircase that links the two floors.

The Stephen and Peter Sachs Museum project garnered additional Keystone Award recognition with a win by Niehaus Building Services LLC in the “Specialty/Subcontractor Building Construction Project Under $3 million” category. Two other subcontractors on the project – Guarantee Electrical Co. and Kirberg Co. – also submitted nominations for their work on the museum. It marked the first time all three finalists in a single category had worked on the same project.

The AGC of Missouri represents approximately 550 construction and construction-related firms in the state of Missouri that perform building, highway, and infrastructure construction. It is affiliated with several national organizations, including AGC of America.

St. Louis-based Tarlton Corp. is a leader in general contracting and construction management throughout the Midwest. The firm has completed many landmark projects in and around St. Louis and holds steadfast to its goal to improve the lives of St. Louisans through construction, civic involvement and philanthropy.


Carpenters Regional Council – AGC of Missouri Reach 5-Year Extension


AGC of Missouri and the Carpenters Regional Council have reached an agreement on a new 5-year extension to the May 1, 2013 – 2018 agreement.  The following are the details of the agreement:

  • Five-Year Agreement, expiring April 30, 2023.
  • Wages – Total Package Increases of $1.75 first year and 2.5% increase each remaining year thereafter.
    o This equates to the following increases:
    – 5/1/2018 — $1.75 = $56.15 Total Package
    (Wage – $1.00; Pension – $0.50; Welfare – $0.25)
    – 5/1/2019 — $1.40 = $57.55 Total Package
    – 5/1/2020 — $1.44 = $58.99 Total Package
    – 5/1/2021 — $1.47 = $60.46 Total Package
    – 5/1/2022 — $1.51 = $61.97 Total package
  • Apprentice wages and benefits shall be a percentage of commercial journeyman scale and a corresponding percent of the respective fringes. (click here for a proposed spreadsheet that will go in effect on May 1, 2018)
  • Effective May 1, 2018
    o The double fringe benefit contribution on time and one-half overtime hours will be reduced to time and one-half fringe benefits.
  • Effective May 1, 2018 the CTAF contribution will increase by 1 cent to $0.21.  In addition, on May 1, 2020 the CTAF contribution will increase by 1 cent to $0.22.
  • All other terms and conditions of the AGC of Missouri agreement remain as is.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Bill Kroeger or Len Toenjes.


In Memoriam Ralph V. Drury



Ralph V. Drury

Ralph V. Drury
March 26, 1931 – March 16, 2017

Ralph Drury, formerly with Bloomsdale Excavating Co. Inc., passed away on March 16, 2017.  He served on the AGC of Missouri Board of Directors for 18 years in addition to serving on the AGC of St. Louis Board of Directors from 1986 through 1991.

Ralph was an Airman First Class in the U.S. Air Force, Executive Vice President of Bloomsdale Excavating Co. Inc., Past Grand Knight of K of C 1048, Past Commander of Legion Post 554, 18 Year Director of Associated General Contractors of Missouri, 20 Year Board Member of Mid-East Construction Association, 22 Year Trustee with Associated General Contractors – Eastern District Laborers Training, 30+ Year Alderman City of Bloomsdale, and General Partner of Pointe Basse Development.

Ralph lived life to the fullest with his loving wife Lucille, their children and spouses.  He was blessed with 13 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren. He lived a very full 85 years.  Ralph was a consummate provider, loving husband, father, grandfather, a walking sunshine of truth and humor and was known as “Giant Papa” to his great grandchildren.  He has helped shape numerous lives and because of him we hope to continue his GIANT Legacy.  Ralph had a tremendous work ethic and was a very generous and loving man that many looked up to.

Click Here for Ralph Drury’s Obituary


AGC Of Missouri Honored With 2017 Arcus Award


Construction Group Recognized for Inclusion and Talent Attraction

The Associated General Contractors of Missouri was recognized with the Arcus Award for Inclusion and Talent Attraction at the 4th Annual Arcus Awards event on Feb. 23. The Academy Awards-style program, sponsored by the St. Louis Regional Chamber and presented by RubinBrown LLP, honored the achievements of companies and organizations that inspire a greater St. Louis. Over 850 executives, entrepreneurs and civic leaders attended the dinner program at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch.

The AGC of Missouri (AGCMO) was one of two organizations recognized for innovative inclusion initiatives in the awards category, sponsored by Express Scripts. AGCMO was the first of 92 chapters of AGC of America to hire a Vice President of Inclusion and to create an inclusion department. In collaboration with its members and other industry partners, AGCMO also developed a number of initiatives including operating the Construction Careers Center charter high school, supporting the Building Union Diversity program, being a financial contributor and board member of the Regional Union Construction Center that provides advisory boards of directors for minority and women construction firms, and investing in serving on the board of the Contractor Loan Fund, a $10.6 million private equity fund that provides financing for minority and women-owned businesses. AGCMO also established relationships with the Father’s Support Center and the Missouri’s Division of Corrections to explore apprenticeship opportunities.

The other organization recognized in this category was TheBANK of Edwardsville which opened a fully bilingual banking center inside the Fairmont City, Illinois, public library in 2015. It serves a community that is 70 percent Hispanic and where almost 40 percent of the residents live below the poverty level. Fairmont City had no other banks, forcing the residents to rely on grocery stores and check cashing stores for their financial needs.

Commenting on the award, Leonard Toenjes, CAE, president of AGCMO, said, “It is truly a great honor to be recognized for our work on diversity and workforce issues.  Our members have invested a great deal of time, money and effort into inclusion and much of that work over the years is coming to fruition. Our dedicated staff also has worked tirelessly on this important issue. I especially want to thank our construction industry partners as well as all the Missouri-based companies and government agencies that also have provided tremendous leadership on inclusion.  We are a stronger community because of everyone’s joint efforts.”


Front Row (left to right): Monica Bailey, McCarthy Building Companies; Steve Lewis, AGC of Missouri; Len Toenjes, AGC of Missouri; Marlene Davis, Alderwoman, City of St. Louis; Roslyn Croft, Tarlton Corporation.

Back Row (left to right): Earl Strauther, Jr., Paric Corporation; Precious Jackson, Alberici Constructors, Inc.; Steve Faust, icon Mechanical Construction & Engineering, LLC; Anthony Lancia, AGC of Missouri; Aaron Williams, Alberici Constructors, Inc.

The Associated General Contractors of Missouri is the leading voice of the construction industry in Missouri, representing over 500 commercial, industrial, heavy and highway contractors, industry partners and related firms in 110 counties throughout Missouri                                                      – 30 –

AGC of Missouri offices are located at:

1221 Jefferson Street                                                 6330 Knox Industrial Drive, Ste. 200
Jefferson City, Missouri 65109                                   St. Louis, Missouri  63139

Telephone:  573.636.3188                                          Telephone:  314.781.2356

Toll Free:  844-60-MOAGC


In Memoriam Jim Scmitt

Jim Schmitt

Schmitt, Jim, baptized into the hope of Christ’s resurrection, Monday, January 30, 2017. Loving father of Harrison, Hannah, Hayden and Graham Schmitt. Husband of Michelle Schmitt for 19 years. Brother of Cathy (Tom) Arnold. Uncle of Melissa and Mike Arnold; Wyatt, Rylee, Fynn, Dylann and Sydnee Collard; Braden Meyer. Dear great uncle of Adrianna, Samantha, Tyler, Jordan, Madison and Hunter. Our dear cousin and friend to many.

Services: Funeral Mass at Most Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Eureka, Friday, 12:00 p.m. Interment Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Friends of Kids with Cancer or Make a Wish Foundation. Visitation at SCHRADER Funeral Home, EUREKA, Thursday 4- 8 p.m.




In Memoriam George L. Hensley, Jr.


George Hensley, Jr., President of Hensley Construction, Inc., lost his courageous battle with cancer on Sunday, December 18.

A visitation was held on Wednesday, December 21 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Bopp Chapel, Kirkwood, MO.  A memorial service will be held on December 22 at 1 pm at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 243 W. Argonne Drive, Kirkwood, MO  63122, (314) 966-8600.

In lieu of flowers, Hensley Construction has designated, a not-for-profit in support of cancer research, for memorial contributions,  or The Boys & Girls Club of St. Louis, Herbert Hoover campus




In Memoriam William R. Montgomery

William R. Montgomery
William R. Montgomery

February 28, 1930 – October 14, 2016

The AGC of Missouri recently noted the passing of one of its past presidents and offered its condolences to the family of William R. Montgomery.  Mr. Montgomery was President of the former AGC of St. Louis in 1992 and was truly dedicated to the construction industry and the AGC.

To view arrangements, click here.


AGC Celebrates BuildMO Week


The AGC of Missouri kicked off BuildMO Week at PARIC’s 212 S. Meramec job site in Clayton on Monday. BuildMO Week celebrates the construction industry in Missouri. Additional events were held in Jefferson City and Springfield on October 11, and at the Construction Training Center in St. Louis on October 14.

Leonard Toenjes, president, AGC of Missouri, said 212 S. Meramec is a symbol of what construction means to the Missouri economy. By the time it is complete, it will have provided 250,000 hours of construction employment to area workers.

The 212 S. Meramec project is 382,666-square-foot, 26-story post-tension concrete high-rise building. When complete, it will be the largest multi-family, mixed-used building in Clayton. The $60 million tower will host retail space, a parking garage, 250 luxury apartments spread across the top 20 stories of the building, and a roof-top swimming pool.

Construction on the high-rise building began in October 2015, and completion is expected in June 2017.  During BuildMO Week, workers were pouring the 17th floor of the structure. Keith Wolkoff, president of PARIC, said that as of September 30, 2016, the 212 S. Meramec project had logged a total of 92,453 hours of work by laborers, carpenters, operators, ironworkers, electricians, sheet metal workers, plumbers, pipefitters, cement masons, sprinkler fitters, glaziers, tapers and roofers.

Keith Wolkoff
Keith Wolkoff

“Three years ago, the developer challenged us and our partners to deliver a best in class, mixed-use building with great amenities and a harmony of great design and marketability,” Wolkoff said. “We are very proud of the technology and innovation we’ve applied to this project to reach that goal, including BIM 3-D modeling to remove waste and robotic layout to eliminate re-work,” he said. “We brought BASF in as a consultant to develop a specialty concrete mix not used in St. Louis before to hit the (strength requirements) with less weight. BASF has worked on the majority of the tallest concrete building designs in the world.”

212 S. Meramec is a joint venture of PARIC and McHugh. Major subcontractors on the project include CECO Concrete Construction, concrete; Murphy Company, HVAC and plumbing engineer; Kaiser Electric, electrical engineer; and Fire Tech, fire protection engineer. The developer/owner is WORP/CA Clayton, LLC. Architect is HDA Architects and Alper Audi is structural engineer. Project investors include union pension funds and others.

Toenjes noted that construction is a major driver of Missouri’s economy, employing more than 116,200 persons throughout the state, with Missouri ranking 4th in the nation in one-month employment growth between July and August 2016.

In 2015, he said, Missouri construction contributed $11 billion (3.8 percent) of the state’s GDP of $293 billion. That same year, Missouri construction wages and salaries totaled $ $6.5 billion. In 2014, construction workers’ pay in Missouri averaged $54,400, 18 percent more than all private sector employees in the state. Missouri had 13,000 construction firms in 2014, of which 92 percent had fewer than 20 employees.

While celebrating what the construction industry has accomplished, Toenjes pointed to challenges ahead.  Employment has passed pre-recession figures and the industry is now facing a critical workforce shortage. “Every day we hear new reports of contractors turning down or delaying work because of the skilled worker shortage,” said Toenjes.

In the last six months, the AGC of Missouri launched a new web portal to connect contractors with unfilled jobs to people seeking work. “We never had to do that before,” he said

“When young people are contemplating a career choice, we hope they will consider construction,” he added. “Our industry can be a rewarding and challenging career choice. With new technologies, sustainable buildings, new construction methods and other innovations, we are looking to the best and brightest to join our industry. We need bodies, hands, and brains to keep building in Missouri. Come join us – there are jobs waiting!”