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St. Louis Construction Women Increasing in Numbers, Responsibilities

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By KERRY SMITH, EDITOR, ST. LOUIS CONSTRUCTION NEWS AND REVIEW MAGAZINE

As the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) prepares to celebrate Women in Construction Week March 6-12, local NAWIC chapters and their members are also championing the women who work in their offices and on their jobsites every day.

This year’s Women in Construction Week theme is Envision Equity.

“WIC Week gives chapters nationwide the opportunity to shine a bright light on the construction industry and women’s very important place in it,” said National NAWIC Executive Director Crissy Ingram. “There has long been a culture of construction that is only for men. If we can get the women who have worked past that barrier out of the shadows and into the spotlight, they can show other women – no matter their age or background – that there are countless opportunities for them in the industry.”

National NAWIC President Doreen Bartoldus agrees. “WIC Week brings awareness to the great success women are achieving in every aspect of the industry,” she said. “It will also hopefully influence the next generation to join our ranks after seeing construction can be a great career for women.”

McCarthy Building Companies is an active NAWIC St. Louis Chapter #38 member. The local chapter formed in 1960, seven years after 16 women working in construction founded the national NAWIC.

Perhaps McCarthy’s best example of its advocacy for women in construction is its all-woman project team of five that is working on the design-build of Barnes-Jewish Hospital’s 16-story tower on South Kingshighway Boulevard. The new inpatient tower is a major component of BJC’s Campus Renewal, a long-term vision to transform the Washington University Medical Campus.

What stands out most about this team of women, say McCarthy executives, is the diversity of their roles and responsibilities: project administrator, project engineer, virtual design and construction manager, carpenter foreman and office manager. The team has formed its own project-specific group known as Women Building BJC.

Although S. M. Wilson & Co. doesn’t currently have an all-woman project team, the firm is a strong advocate for employing women in all facets of construction. President Amy Berg says the contractor was recognized by the Women’s Foundation of Greater St. Louis (in 2021) as one of 21 St. Louis employers demonstrating excellence in four areas of workplace gender equity: leadership, compensation, flexible work policies, and recruitment and retention.

S. M. Wilson initiated Wilson Women three years ago as a way to support women working in the field, in the office and remotely.

“Being a woman in an industry predominantly and historically pursued by men does not have to be the incredible struggle it was decades ago,” Berg said. “Fortunately, women have pioneered their way into most construction-related careers. I’m proud to serve as president of a company committed to an inclusive work environment and a place where females can thrive.” Twenty-seven percent of the firm’s employees and 18 percent of its leadership are female.

In 2019, S. M. Wilson launched Wilson Women as a means of bringing together female employees for relationship building, community service, mentorship, networking and learning opportunities.

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S. M. Wilson Renovating, Expanding 3 Ladue School District Campuses

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By KERRY SMITH, EDITOR, ST. LOUIS CONSTRUCTION NEWS AND REVIEW MAGAZINE

S. M. Wilson & Co. has begun construction to renovate and add onto three campuses within Ladue School District as part of a voter-approved $126 million bond referendum in April.

As construction manager at risk, S. M. Wilson is working on Ladue Middle School, Old Bonhomme Elementary School and Spoede Elementary School. Construction began in mid-June at all three sites and the work is projected to reach completion by the close of 2023.

S. M. Wilson’s project director is Mike Hanner, senior project manager is Jason Gasawski and general superintendent is Mike Ashley.

Additional project partners include Ittner Architects and Perkins+Will.

Spoede Elementary School will gain a new tilt-up concrete and structural steel two-story addition and storm shelter, featuring open classrooms, wet labs and teacher planning rooms.

Old Bonhomme Elementary School construction includes a new classroom addition on the building’s east side, a new cafeteria, a new gymnasium and storm shelter on the west side and a new stage, music room and mechanical rooms adjacent to the gym. A new sprinkler system is also part of the work.

Ladue Middle School will also gain a new gymnasium and storm shelter on the campus’ south side and new classroom addition on the north side of the school featuring classrooms pace, science labs, a reading area and computer lab. S. M. Wilson is also constructing a new band room, loading docks and mechanical rooms.

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S. M. Wilson, Chiodini to Start Construction of Edwardsville’s R.P. Lumber CENTER

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By KERRY SMITH, EDITOR, ST. LOUIS CONSTRUCTION NEWS AND REVIEW MAGAZINE

Project partners joined City of Edwardsville officials in announcing that construction of a 65,000-square-foot teen center designed by Chiodini Architects and to be built by S. M. Wilson & Co. will begin construction on March 29.

S. M. Wilson Senior Project Manager Kerry Lorts said the recreational complex, known as The R.P. Lumber CENTER, will offer residents and surrounding communities a year-round option for skating, exercise and more. Features of the future facility will include a 175-meter surface indoor track for walkers and runners, a National Hockey League full-regulation-size indoor all-purpose ice rink, more than 4,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space dedicated to teens and a 100-plus-person capacity community space.

Other project partners are G&W Engineering, Oates and Associates, McClure Engineering and Alper Audi.

The complex, named in honor of major donor R.P. Lumber, is located adjacent to Edwardsville High School and Metro East Lutheran High School off Illinois Route 157 and Governors’ Parkway.

Lorts said the $10.8 million construction project has a projected May 2022 completion.

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S. M. Wilson Introduces #SMWILL

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FacebooktwitterlinkedinmailS. M. Wilson & Co. introduces new corporate philanthropic program, #SMWill as of January 2019.

In an effort to streamline S. M. Wilson’s corporate giving funds and provide more opportunities for employees to support charitable organizations they are passionate about, S. M. Wilson has created #SMWill.

#SMWill is a three-pronged community giving program that encourages employees in their WILL to Serve, Commit and Invest in the communities they build, live and work in. Through #SMWill, S. M. Wilson WILL support at both a company level and at an individual employee level in three ways. S. M. Will…

  • Serve – One paid day of volunteer service for each full-time employee
  • Commit – 501(c)(3) donation matching program $200 per full-time employee
  • Invest – S. M. Wilson funded donations and sponsorships of 501(c)(3) organizations that meet the mission: “Investing in our communities through partnering with organizations focused on supporting the health and education of children”

#SMWill was fully launched in January 2019 and has already supported the community with monetary donations and volunteer hours to organizations such as Ready Readers, Cardinal Glennon Sun Run and Aim High.

S. M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis. For nearly 100 years, S. M. Wilson has provided a complete range of services and has become one of the leading general construction and construction management firms in the St. Louis area. For more information, visit www.smwilson.com.Facebooktwitterlinkedinmail

S. M. Wilson Awarded $33 Million Patient Care Center Expansion For Blessing Hospital

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FacebooktwitterlinkedinmailS. M. Wilson & Co. has been selected by Blessing Hospital to serve as the construction manager of a $33 Million Patient Care Center expansion in Quincy, IL.

The expansion will include building-out the fourth floor shell space with 26 patient rooms and two new patient floors with an additional 52 patient rooms. Once the fit-out is complete, Blessing Hospital’s Moorman Pavilion will turn into a six-floor patient tower with a total of 130 patient rooms.

S. M. Wilson built the original Moorman Pavilion Patient Tower at Blessing Hospital in 2015. The project was necessary to facilitate the remodeling of Blessing Hospital’s 1970 Patient Tower and transformation from dual occupancy rooms to primarily private rooms. The Moorman Pavilion currently has 70 patient rooms, including waiting rooms, conference rooms, nurses’ stations, offices, staff lounges and locker rooms, exam rooms, therapy rooms, a chapel and classrooms for the Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing.

Christner will design the project. Construction is expected to be completed by May 2020.

S. M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis. For more information, visit www.smwilson.com.

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S. M. Wilson Awarded Hallsville R-IV School District Primary School Addition And Renovation Project

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FacebooktwitterlinkedinmailS. M. Wilson & Co. has been selected by Hallsville R-IV School District to serve as the Construction Manager at Risk for the Hallsville Primary School addition and renovation.

The 31,000 SF addition will include adding classrooms to the Primary School consisting of eight new second-grade classrooms, and potentially adding two new first-grade classrooms and two new kindergarten classrooms. The design will be configured to allow for future expansion to the west. The gymnasium addition will consist of a main entry way, concessions, restrooms, locker rooms, storage and ancillary spaces.

The project will also include renovations to other exiting District buildings as well as additional projects related to a school bond issue and the District’s $7.3 M capital improvement plan.

Slated for completion in the summer of 2020, the project will be completed in phases to provide minimal disruption to the occupied campus.

Klinger & Associates is the architect on the project.

S. M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis. For more information, visit www.smwilson.com.Facebooktwitterlinkedinmail

S. M. Wilson’s ‘Swinging Fore Dreams’ Golf Tournament Raises $30,000 For The Dream Factory Of Saint Louis

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FacebooktwitterlinkedinmailThe 12th Annual Swinging Fore Dreams Golf Tournament sponsored by S. M. Wilson & Co. raised $30,000 for The Dream Factory of Saint Louis on May 14, 2018 at Glen Echo Country Club. The total amount raised includes $25,000 from entry fees and sponsorships and an additional $5,000 through day-of events including a silent auction.

More than 50 construction-related companies and organizations supported the event, which helps children with critical and chronic illnesses to realize their dreams.

Since 2007, S. M. Wilson has helped raise $365,000 for The Dream Factory of Saint Louis through the Swinging Fore Dreams tournament.

“Due to the strong support from our partners and subcontractors, we have been able to help grant more than 70 dreams to area children,” stated Amy Berg, President of S. M. Wilson. “This is a staple event for our company. It allows us to go Beyond the Build to enhance our community.”

The Dream Factory of Saint Louis was founded in 1983 — one of 36 non-profit Dream Factory chapters around the country. The Dream Factory is the only children’s wish-granting organization that does not limit its mission to children who have life-threatening illness. The organization believes children with chronic illnesses and disorders also suffer from substantial emotional and physical pain. To learn more about the Saint Louis Dream Factory, visit http://dreamfactoryinc.org/chapters/saintlouis/.

S. M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis. For nearly 100 years, S. M. Wilson has provided a complete range of services and has become one of the leading general contracting and construction management firms in the Midwest. The employee-owned company is dedicated to going above and beyond expectations for their clients by putting people first. In 2017, S. M. Wilson posted $230 million. For more information, visit www.smwilson.com.   Facebooktwitterlinkedinmail

S. M. Wilson Awarded New Grandstand & Plaza At Ladue Horton Watkins High School

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FacebooktwitterlinkedinmailS. M. Wilson & Co. has been selected by Ladue Schools to serve as the general contractor of the grandstand and plaza area at Ladue Horton Watkins High School.

The project is being funded as part of Proposition R, which was approved in April 2016 in addition to other funding sources.

S. M. Wilson is currently constructing $82 million worth of additions and renovations at the high school as part of Proposition R.

Hastings + Chivetta Architects designed the project.

Construction is expected to be complete by March 2019.

S. M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis. For nearly 100 years, S. M. Wilson has provided a complete range of services and has become one of the leading general contracting and construction management firms in the Midwest. The employee-owned company is dedicated to going above and beyond expectations for their clients by putting people first. In 2017, S. M. Wilson posted $230 million. For more information, visit www.smwilson.com.Facebooktwitterlinkedinmail

S. M. Wilson Completes Construction of TruFusion Fitness & Yoga Gym in Clayton, MO

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FacebooktwitterlinkedinmailS. M. Wilson & Co. has completed construction of TruFusion’s newest location, which is now open.

Located in Clayton, the 17,000+ SF venue features space for a unique blend of yoga, cycle, Pilates, kettlebell, barre, bootcamp and boxing allowing members to customize their experience based on their interests and fitness level.

“We offer a vast array of class styles that fuse multiple disciplines.  With the uniquely blended classes that we offer, people would otherwise have to pay for memberships at three or more studios to find this much diversity,” explains franchisee Joe Goldberg. “We’re so excited to bring this unique concept to the St. Louis community.”

TruFusion St. Louis was designed and constructed to portray a luxe atmosphere which derives partly from its upscale feel and partly from its organic accents. The gym features visually striking heated and unheated rooms.

The project also consisted of upscale amenities including spa-like locker rooms; the second location of the former Cardinals team chef’s Revel Kitchen, offering bowls, salads and wraps, as well as smoothies and raw, cold-pressed juices; and a retail boutique offering the latest fitness and athleisure trends. Space was also constructed for childcare, massage and personal training.

FM Group Inc was the architect for the project.

S. M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis. S. M. Wilson is one of the largest general construction and construction management firms in the St. Louis area.  The company posted $230 million in 2017 revenues and ranks 271st in Engineering News-Record’s 2017 list of Top 400 commercial contractors nationwide. For more information, visit www.smwilson.com.

Since its launch in Las Vegas in 2013, TruFusion has earned a reputation for having the best variety of classes, workshops and hot fusion workouts, and was named among the “Best of Las Vegas” by the Las Vegas Review-Journal.  For more information, please visit www.trufusion.com.Facebooktwitterlinkedinmail

S. M. Wilson Completes Construction of New $8.9 Million Performance Gymnasium & Student Commons at Cor Jesu Academy

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FacebooktwitterlinkedinmailS. M. Wilson & Co. has completed construction of the new $8.9 million performance gymnasium and student commons at Cor Jesu Academy that enables the school to add new course offerings and state-of-the-art learning programs, while also growing its sports programs. The 40,000-square-foot, three-level addition is the second part of the Catholic, private, all-girl high school’s long-range campus enhancement plan that also included site improvements and increased on-campus parking.

The building addition includes a new performance gymnasium on the first level with one full court and state-of-the-art features conducive to basketball and volleyball competition, along with permanent bleachers and expanded weight and workout rooms. The second floor offers a new dance studio/multipurpose room, student commons and athletic offices. Four new innovative classrooms designed to foster leadership development and provide collaborative, cross-curriculum learning environments are located on the third floor.

The new student commons was built in open space between the new addition and the existing school building and provides a dramatic overlook into the new gymnasium. This designated community area will allow students to gather, meet with faculty and utilize collaborative study areas.

S. M. Wilson & Co. provided construction management services for the project, and Hastings + Chivetta was the project architect. Both firms engaged Cor Jesu students and faculty in STEM-related learning experiences as part of the building project throughout the 2016-17 academic year.

Cor Jesu Academy is a leading Catholic college-preparatory high school for young women founded in 1956 and operated by the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Students from 60 zip codes across the St. Louis metropolitan area currently attend the school and come from more than 100 different Catholic, public, private and home-schooling learning environments. For more information, visit www.corjesu.org.

S. M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis.Facebooktwitterlinkedinmail