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Kwame Building Group’s Deaconess Center for Child Well-Being Project Receives Design-Build Institute of America Award


Kwame Building Group (KWAME) and the design-build team of Deaconess Center for Child Well-Being in St. Louis, MO have received a Design-Build Institute of America – Mid-America Region (DBIA-MAR) 2018 Honor Award. The award recognizes excellence in design-build practices.  KWAME was the construction manager. The general contractor was KAI Design & Build.

Construction of the $8.8 million Deaconess Center for Child Well-Being was completed in December 2017. The 21,000-square-foot facility features flexible meeting rooms, classrooms, administrative offices, outdoor spaces, a chapel and community spaces that hold up to 125 guests. Deaconess Center aligns with the North Central Plan, a neighborhood-driven development initiative.

As a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), KWAME largely contributed to the project’s 35% Minority Business Enterprise participation, including 15% Women Business Enterprise participation.

Deaconess Foundation pursues child well-being through public policy and racial equity. Their new facility houses office space for Deaconess Foundation and long-term partners, Vision for Children at Risk and Unleashing Potential. Meeting spaces are granted to child advocates, civic leaders and community organizers dedicated to advocating for and pursuing positive systemic change for the well-being of children and families in the St. Louis metropolitan region. The facility is expected to host more than 6,000 citizens a year in more than 350 meetings.

Kwame Building Group, Inc. (KWAME) is one of the nation’s top pure construction management firms, dedicating 100 percent of its resources to project management services. For more information, or call (314) 862-5344.

Kwame Building Group, Inc. Takes DBE Participation to New Heights


Kwame Building Group, Inc. has been a huge part of the successful Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) participation at St. Louis Lambert International Airport and in the community. In recognition of their exemplary accomplishments, Kwame’s Chief Executive Officer Tony Thompson was presented with the Business Diversity award for Construction Services during the Business Diversity Forum on March 31.

Kwame is MBE/DBE certified and has played a major role in most of the construction work performed at the Airport. They were a joint venture partner on the team that was responsible for managing the design and construction of the recent Airport expansion project. The firm has also had construction management responsibilities on a number of projects at the Airport through the years.

Kwame has had an enormous impact in achieving diversity and inclusion on major projects in the greater St. Louis community as well. They served as the construction management firm responsible for monitoring and reporting DBE participation on the $33 million Central Riverfront Project of the City Arch River renovation at the Gateway Arch. This project was a true DBE success story, with Kwame reporting more than 50 percent DBE participation.