PARIC Named Top Workplace


             Among Only 7 Percent of St. Louis Region’s 2,499 Eligible Employers

     PARIC Corp., one of the largest privately held companies in the Midwest, has been named a “Top Workplace” in the Greater St. Louis region.

     Of 2,499 eligible companies in the region with more than 50 employees which were invited to participate in the recognition program, only about 7 percent achieved the honor.

     To determine “Top Workplace” honors, employees of the various companies were surveyed by a third-party employee engagement technology firm. The anonymous, 24-question survey measures 15 important factors or “culture drivers” that are critical to the success of all organizations. Examples of those drivers include values, interdepartmental cooperation, meaningfulness of the work, feeling appreciated, open-mindedness, innovation and clued-in leaders.

     PARIC President Keith Wolkoff cited as probable factors leading to the “Top Workplace” recognition the company’s long-time commitment to hiring the best talent and then providing every employee with top-notch training, career development, compensation and benefits. “The PARIC culture is anchored in specific core values and revolves around ‘The Power of One,’” Wolkoff said. “We challenge each individual to embrace the necessity of relentless evolution in our work and in our lives,” Wolkoff added, , ““but everything starts with hiring the best people.”

What Employees Say

     In addition to the “Top Workplace” survey, PARIC conducts quarterly engagement measurements supported by separate surveys and open communication to provide current feedback to managers at all levels of the organization. The most current comments include the following.

  • From a procurement specialist – “This is the only company I’ve ever been in that I actually want to recruit for – that I’m excited about and where I think people can do well in joining us.”
  • From a project executive – “What motivates me is the people. We have a lot of smart people, a lot of people who have a lot of talent who can be mentored and developed.”
  • From a superintendent – “What I really like about PARIC is the great opportunities for all.”
  • From a project manager – “It truly is family first. The work that we do is important, but at the end of the day, your family really is the number one priority here.”

PARIC and OSHA Cement First Large-Scale Project Safety Partnership



PARIC Corp. is among a bevy of construction managers across St. Louis to cement project safety partnerships with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

PARIC Safety Director Shannon Niles says for five years now, the construction company has joined with more than a dozen Missouri-based commercial contractors in partnerships with OSHA on all sizes of projects throughout the state.

But the newest project partnership, forged in mid-2018, is the first large-scale agreement PARIC has signed with OSHA to govern a project as large in scope as Ballpark Village. The worker safety partnership covers safety-related aspects of all ongoing Ballpark Village projects in downtown St. Louis, for which PARIC serves as general contractor. The four construction projects connected with Ballpark Village span 550,000 square feet of construction including residential, office, retail, restaurant, hotel and entertainment space adjacent to Busch Stadium.

“This strategic partnership with OSHA is unique to Ballpark Village and unique to PARIC as well,” Niles said. “Projects that are longer than two years in duration are eligible for this voluntarily agreement with OSHA. This partnership agreement brings the owner (The Cordish Companies), the building trades (Carpenters District Council of Greater St. Louis and Vicinity, Eastern Missouri Laborers’ District Council, Building and Construction Trades) and other parties together in striving to create the safest workplace possible.”

PARIC and OSHA negotiated contract particulars, signing the agreement in May. Niles says the scope of the partnership agreement requires project partners to go above and beyond standard safety regulations as stipulated by OSHA.

“We’re committing to meeting and exceeding all OSHA safety regulations, while also inviting OSHA onto the Ballpark Village construction site anytime with a minimum of once per quarter,” Niles said. “In addition, we’ve agreed to keep our safety-related worker statistics – such as the project’s lost-time incident rates, DART (days away, restricted or transferred) rates and TRIR (total recordable incident rates) – below the national average. This partnership with OSHA also includes our commitment to perform training for our employees and subcontractors beyond what is normally required by OSHA,” he said. “We’ve agreed in writing to do whatever it takes to keep every worker as safe as possible in building Ballpark Village.”

Photo Above (L to R) Rallo Sr., Senior Vice President, PARIC , John Stiffler, Executive Secretary/Treasurer, Building & Construction Trades, Nate Moore, Sr Project Manager, PARIC, Charlie Lee, Cordish Company Inc., Shannon Niles, Safety Director, PARIC, William McDonald, Area Director of OSHA, Gary Elliot, Business Manager, Special International Representative, Barry Stelzer, Safety Director/Trainer, Carpenters Regional Council, Tim Vaughan, Project Director, PARIC

Lutheran Senior Services Begins $5.8 Million Expansion Of Dunn Road Manor Affordable Living Community In Florissant


Lutheran Senior Services (LSS) broke ground this week on the $5.8 million construction of 36 new affordable housing apartments at its 62-unit Dunn Road Manor affordable living community at 3399 Dunn Road in Florissant. The new apartments will be located in a new wing added to the existing building that provides direct access to a variety of health-related and social services including a shared commercial kitchen, computer lab with internet access, library, parish nurse, chaplaincy services, multipurpose room and a unique tele-health kiosk already enjoyed by current Dunn Road Manor residents.  When completed, Dunn Road Manor will provide independent living for 98 residents with an average age of 78 and average annual income of $11,000.

The project will utilize the Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) offered by the Missouri Housing Development Commission.  In 2012, LSS opened its first LIHTC project at the Village at Mackenzie Place in Affton.  LSS currently provides decent, safe and affordable housing to nearly 800 very low income older adults in the St. Louis area as part of its mission to help older adults live life to the fullest.

“LSS is able to provide more than the bricks and mortar of housing, but also a family-like atmosphere where low income residents have an opportunity to successfully age in place, remaining at home where they wish to stay,” said Susan Hutchinson, Executive Director of Affordable Housing at LSS. “Dunn Road Manor has experienced a significant waiting list since it first opened, and this new addition will help provide a service enriched environment that meets the marketplace demand.”

Paric is providing general contracting services, and St. Louis Design Alliance in the project architect.  Construction is scheduled for completion in Fall 2017.