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Perspective: Changing Times By Michael Chollet

Law: Fifty Years of Construction Delay Claims: Few Cases Are Without Them By James R. Keller

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Sales: Lead Generation: Get More Leads and Convert Them into 2020 Sales

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Kirkwood’s New Performing Arts Center to Serve Equity Players, Youth, Community for Years to Come

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PERSPECTIVE

BY M I K E C H O L L E T

Changing Times Millennials, those born between 1981 and 1996, are at the center of our cover story in this issue. They make up a segment of our population that has been known to elicit reactions from folks my age ranging from mild amusement to serious concern about the future of the American workforce. It’s an age-old story of one generation coming to grips with new methods and attitudes of the next – the young adults who are finding their way in the working world of today. Both of my children fall neatly into the Millennial category. In 2008, at the height of the economic downturn, my son graduated from the Missouri University Science & Technology with a degree in computer networking. Like many of his peers facing a daunting job market, he decided to embark on a five-month backpacking jaunt through Europe. He had a pretty good time (including hazy memories of Octoberfest in Munich, Germany) before dwindling funds inspired him to come home a month early. Shortly after he got back, he did something many of us older folks have probably never done – posted his resume online in view of potential employers. To our amazement, within days he was contacted about a position with an online medical records company in Kansas City. We knew landing a job at the intersection of technology and healthcare would be a major win for him. He drove up for the interview and a few days later was offered a job with a starting salary that I didn’t achieve until midway through my working career. Though he is not an engineer per se, his STEM education – the subject of another feature in this issue - provided him a huge push forward. Though the company he works for is not a Disneyland environment like Google or Facebook, it offers excellent pay and an incredible buffet of work benefits such as an onsite medical care, onsite child-care facilities, low-cost legal services, etc. He has been with company now for almost 10 years and was recently granted permission to work remotely. In early January, he left Kansas City and relocated to an area called Germantown in Nashville, TN. Just this morning, he sent me pictures of his new “office” on the roof deck of his apartment complex which features a spectacular

view overlooking Music City. His mother and I have followed his progress with a kind of a “what the heck is this?” admiration. I imagine the challenge of wrapping our Baby Boomer heads around the new normal is similar to what earlier generations experienced when the workweek was trimmed from seven days to six and then to five, when collective bargaining came into being or when child labor laws were enacted. At the start of my own career, I clearly recall thinking that my new ideas were the future and that the “old timers” were just too set in their ways. It is the interminable march of progress and I believe it is to be embraced. What real option do we have but to roll with the changes? The story of the inspiring young men and women in this issue highlights new attitudes of today’s incoming workforce. Marquez Brown, a state wrestling state champion in high school, was awarded a full ride to St. Louis Community College. After his first year, feeling unfulfilled, he joined the Air Force and wrestled in the Armed Forces while training to be military police. After military service, he returned to his hometown of Alton, IL, completed tests to enter the District Council 58 of the International Union of Painters & Allied Trades (Glaziers 1168) and began an apprenticeship in April 2006. At 36, Brown is now a Glazier Field Supervisor for IWR North America. Nathan Garrett, 31, has been a member of the St. Louis-Kansas City Carpenters Regional Council since 2014. An encounter with Carpenters Council Director of Training & Workforce Development, Dr. John Gaal, led to a tour of the Carpenters’ training center and Garrett knew then that he’d found his niche. Garrett is currently working for Kirkwood Stair & Millwork. Matt Murphy, 32, recently completed the apprenticeship program with Bricklayers Local 1 of Missouri and is a journeyman. Thanks to his background of completed courses at Missouri College and St. Louis Community College, Murphy was able to test in as an improver on an accelerated track. Murphy is now working with a team of bricklayers for Superior Waterproofing & Restoration, caulking windows on a 22-story-tall glass building owned by Hertz Investment Group in downtown St. Louis. Kelly Stokes, 38, is a licensed electrician and member of the IBEW Local 1. Stokes says he took a great deal of math and science at his mother’s urging. After graduating from Ritenour High School in St. Louis, he enrolled in the night school electrical engineering program at Washington University. Stokes graduated in 2014 with his Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering and has been working since for BRK Electrical Contractors. These fine young people and others like them are helping to move our industry forward in new and exciting ways. I’m inspired and encouraged by their ambition and I believe it serves as a great reminder for all of us that fresh perspectives make excellent fuel for progress.

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Fifty Years of Construction Delay Claims: Few Cases Are Without Them St. Louis CNR celebrated 50 years in 2019. By coincidence, I wrote an article for The St. Louis Bar Journal in its summer 2019 edition entitled “Missouri Construction Delay Law: A 50-Year Review.” The article was penned for lawyers, containing about 50 Missouri appellate reported cases over the past 50 years. These 50 cases made the short list as the most important from the more than 2,000 I had reviewed. The first section focused on owners and the second on contractors and subcontractors. Here are a few observations about delay disputes during the last 50 years: Delays so dominate construction disputes that few cases do not include a delay claim. Missouri case law does not favor any particular party in the construction food chain over any other party on delay issues. Both owners and contractors (including subcontractors) benefit from clearly, fairly worded contracts that cover potential delay issues. The courts will enforce such provisions as written. Absent contract direction, the courts tend to look to common-sense solutions to decide which party or parties are at fault for the delay(s). If there are multiple parties responsible, the consequences may be shared on a pro-rata basis. Contract provisions specifically addressing delay issues protect everyone, but owners tend to benefit the most from such provisions. Missouri courts generally will enforce contract requirements for timely written notice of potential claims. This means that if there

is no notice, the claim may collapse for procedural reasons. The particular facts of any case, of course, could provide an exception and there have been some during the last 50 years. (That is why lawyers have a job.) The decisions of a contractually designated professional on how to enforce the contract and interpret it are final. This should be comforting news to architects and engineers who are typically named as the contract referees. Surprisingly, no Missouri case has specifically addressed if a “no damage for delay” clause is enforceable. In my opinion, most Missouri construction lawyers believe they generally are. Missouri has not adopted the concept of cardinal change. Contractors apply this concept to “throw out” the contract – especially its restrictions on delay claims and recovery – when the project experiences rampant, widespread or substantial changes in scope through no fault of the contractor, thereby drastically altering the contract’s original intent and purpose. Contractors then ask judges, juries and arbitrators to award them their “total costs” as opposed to the contract-specified amounts. A contractor’s best legal friend to compensate for delays is establishing they are excusable. Missouri’s Supreme Court affirmed this concept in 1972, upholding a trial court decision that the contractor’s delays were the owner’s fault. Owner nonpayment is another reason to excuse delay. James R. Keller is counsel with Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard P.C. where he concentrates his practice on construction law, complex business disputes, real estate and ADR. He also is an arbitrator and a mediator. Keller can be reached at (314) 446-4285 or jkeller@ sandbergphoenix.com.

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Lead Generation: Get More Leads and Convert Them into 2020 Sales urgency. Our goal is to engage the customer with detailed

As we review our 2020 marketing plans, the main question I hear is: How do we get more leads and turn them into sales? I sit down with companies and develop

information that solves problems. • Press Releases and Advertising » Maximize your print ads, electronic ads and press releases to drive traffic to landing pages on your website. You will

crawl, walk, run marketing plans.

be able to track traffic, engage your audience with lead

What do we do first, next, this year and

generating tools and capture more database information

next year? First off – dream big. Get that “run”

critical to your outbound marketing plan.

plan written down. If you don’t plan for it, it won’t happen.

Crawl

• Association and Event Involvement » Are you overly relying on repeat and referral business and not enough on inbound lead generation? In an increasingly

Let’s focus on crawl and walk first. These are items that we can

digital world, it’s important to keep face-to-face with clients

solidly get accomplished in the calendar year. The “crawling”

and prospects. Pick three events to attend and consider

category is about finishing easy-to-activate tasks. All housekeeping

sponsorship opportunities in a major event where a good

marketing items belong here, such as: • HTML-coded email signatures with a Call to Action button » Keep it consistent. Change up the CTA button periodically. Add extra content, a link to your LinkedIn profile, a project

portion of your clients are present. In the A/E/C industry, it is crucial to be a fixture at industry association functions. • Outbound Marketing – Get Creative » Develop creative campaigns involving digital and event marketing that promote a service, award, anniversary, new

spotlight, published article, charity involvement, giveaway

look or anything creative that solves a problem, entertains

or award recognition. Be creative. Your email signature is

or educates. In B2B lead generation, our jobs as marketers

one of the first and most frequent branding elements your

are to identify the audience, connect with targets, explore

clients see.

opportunities and then advise. Business does not just walk

• Upgrade proposal templates, office collateral, PowerPoint

in the door and sign the contract. It takes a structured, lead

presentations, invoice templates, etc.

generation plan and a joint effort by sales and marketing

» Keep consistent and make sure all your office personnel

to get it accomplished. Your digital marketing should

have access to the newest versions.

be an extension of your face-to-face sales effort and

• Website maintenance » This item should be first on the list, but I’m easing you into 2020. Nothing says “I don’t have a marketing person” like a poorly updated website. Updating plugins and page content, changing out footer information, getting an SSL certificate are all necessities to keep the brand current and your clients informed. Make a note in your “run” category to have all these website updates prepped for 2021 before 2021 begins • Update your email database

Walk

communication.

Run Grab your headband. Here we go. The run category is for goals that may not happen this calendar year but are still important. Whether you want to create an onboarding video for your new employees, implement a new CRM format, increase SEO/SEM practices on your website or start a new texting program for client engagement, all these items are placed in the “run” category. These typically take time for buy-in and require a higher spend, so they demand a longer lead time for implementation.

My favorite category. It’s a sight to see my clients reach and grab

All these items generate more leads. Engaging with sales via

things off the proverbial coffee table of marketing ideas and put

a structured strategy in a crawl, walk, run marketing plan helps

them into action. This is where the fastest growth happens, and

nurture these leads into sales. The two go hand in hand. We can’t

lead generation can take off. We go from teetering on two legs to

have a great marketing plan and generate leads if we don’t also have

stomping around, impressed by our massive marketing strides.

a way to guide them into sales.

Here are some possibilities that fall under the “walk” category: • Inbound Marketing » Add content to your website that acts as lead generating tools. Websites need to be more than just brochure,

Stephanie Woodcock is president of Seal the Deal Too, a St. Louis-based marketing, creative & communications firm. She can be reached at stephanie@sealthedealtoo.com.

informational sites. This includes how-to videos, lead generating PDFs, surveys and content that creates

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By KERRY SMITH

Kirkwood’s New Performing Arts Center City of Kirkwood, to Serve Equity Players, Youth, The MO has invested design and Community for Years to Come inconstruction of an

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equity company theater and performing arts center that will be the new home to STAGES ST. LOUIS, the Kirkwood Theatre Guild and a host of other productions and community events.


BSI Constructors is serving as construction manager at risk for the $26 million project, and Jacobs is the designer. Hercules Construction Management is the owner’s representative. Funding for the long-awaited replacement facility came from four sources, according to Murray Pounds, director of parks and recreation for the City of Kirkwood: $24 million in lease-hold revenue bonds (to be repaid using the city’s half-cent park and rec sales tax), $3 million from the city’s general fund, $2.5 million in contributions from STAGES ST. LOUIS and the Kirkwood Theatre Guild and a $500,000 grant from the Municipal Park Grant Commission of St. Louis County. Construction on the Kirkwood PAC began in December 2018 and is anticipated to be completed in June 2020. The new center, located on East Monroe Avenue and a half mile east of Historic U.S. 66, will replace the Robert G. Reim Theatre on South Geyer Road that has long been the home for STAGES and other performing companies. STAGES Executive Producer

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The new theater offers equity-level actors' amenities including a spring floor for the stage and proper dressing rooms with showers to accommodate performance schedules that require actors to perform two shows in one day. (Image courtesy of Jacobs) whenever we have two performances in the same day, our actors have had to use the Kirkwood skating rink locker rooms to shower,” said Lane. “Now we’ll be able to do so at the theater.” Back-of-house infrastructure at the new Kirkwood Performing Arts Center includes a greatly enhanced fly loft or fly system, the assembly of rope lines, blocks/pulleys and counterweights above the stage that enables the crew to quickly, quietly and safely hoist components such as curtains, lights, scenery, stage effects and people. The Reim has a total of only four line sets (components within the fly system), compared to the new center which boasts 21 line sets, according to BSI Project Manager Art Kuiper. “The City of Kirkwood’s unwavering

Jack Lane said a new theater has been in discussion for 20 years. “The Reim space was originally intended to be an organ recital hall and was designed and built as such,” Lane said. “During construction, it had to be retrofitted into a theater. My vision for STAGES has always been a state-of-the-art Broadway house – a legitimate theater with a mezzanine at the orchestra level and 800 seats or less. (The new theater will have 528 seats, according to BSI.) That’s what the City of Kirkwood is giving us, and we couldn’t be more thrilled.” What Jacobs has designed and what BSI is constructing includes true theatrical production components such as a spring floor for the stage and proper dressing rooms per actor’s equity requirements that include showers. “For a long time,

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commitment has been to build a fullyfunctional performing arts theater,” said Jacobs National Design Principal Anselmo Testa, “one that will be very usable by STAGES and the Kirkwood Theatre Guild, but also by the community overall. This is an unabashedly contemporary facility. Hats off to the city steering committee in creating something that’s really forwardthinking and that’s an attraction, a piece of art, unto itself.” Determining the height of the fly loft was a mathematical equation, he said, that began by deciding upon the size of the stage, which then drove the size of the proscenium opening, the part of the theater stage located in front of the curtain. From there, the numbers told designers and builders how high the loft should be so that the scenery could be raised and lowered out of eyeshot of the audience. “Understanding that a balcony is an essential portion of a performance theater was also crucial,” said Testa. “To thespians, the best seats in the house are the first two rows of the balcony.” Once Jacobs and BSI collectively determined that the fly loft walls needed to reach 78 feet in height, project partners and the owner decided upon precast concrete panels as the best solution for the performing arts center’s structure. “Precast enabled us to achieve that height without too much difficulty, to accelerate the construction schedule (walls, roof) and to give us insulating mass in terms of acoustics,” said Testa. Constructing a tall, sturdy building on a tight footprint was indeed a challenge, said Kuiper, but one that BSI and Jacobs accomplished. “We learned from our erector and supplier that this was the tallest precast structure they’d ever set,” said Kuiper. “The biggest issue when doing precast is that so many things have to tie together before it’s even on site… the big steel embeds and really large rebar has to slip succinctly into place into the foundation, and we have to weld several embeds together to hold each panel in place. In building the Kirkwood PAC, hundreds of welds were necessary to hold the tall precast panels together. Also, there are small items that we core drill in the field. Those panels have prestressed tendons in them, and you can’t drill through those, so there’s a lot of coordination that takes place. If there’s a sprinkler line that runs through it, for example, the engineer will spot and locate


it so it will miss any of the important structure within. Protecting the integrity of the systems housed directly inside the precast was critical,” he added. The unique nature of the second floor of Kirkwood PAC where the wall of glass cantilevers out, Kuiper said, also added to the building project’s complexity. “The building features specialty glass with etching and translucency to it, so the shapes of theater patrons can be seen milling about inside the center,” said Kuiper. “The project called for really large panels of glass with a minimal amount of mullions (vertical bars between the panes) in them, so it challenged us to source a product that accommodated the size, scale and look they desired.” Helitech Civil Construction Division performed the ground improvement for the project, ensuring that the soil would hold the precast panel construction. John Armington, vice president of Helitech CCD, said project partners opted to design a ground improvement system to adequately withstand the weight of what would be erected for the PAC. “We worked closely with Geotechnology and BSI to engineer a large, permanent retaining wall at the southwest corner of the site to support the four different site elevations,” said Armington. “From the orchestra pit to the rest of the building, there’s a 10-foot elevation variance. The wall accommodates and supports that slope to prevent earth from moving back underneath the building’s foundation. We installed about 600 piers 20 feet underground as part of this effort,” he added. Tony Roth, project manager at Geotechnology Inc., said the firm was initially retained by the city in 2016 to complete a preliminary soils study for the site in conjunction with a potential remodel of the existing Reim Theatre. But when a greater plan for the city’s theatrical home emerged a few years later, Geotechnology was asked to analyze soil conditions further at the new project site. “We went back in 2018 and performed another geotechnical investigation for design purposes,” Roth said. “And once the project headed into construction, we performed global stability analysis for the large retaining wall, special inspections, environmental services and construction materials testing.” A “ black box” studio theater – an adaptive, multi-purpose space to be used for plays, musicals, cabaret, improv,

family theater, concerts and more – is also a signature feature of the project, as is an adjacent community events space separated by a well-insulated, retractable horizonal wall that functions similarly to a window blind. Effective acoustics are essential to any building in which live performances are given. To that end, the city brought in theatrical acoustic specialist Threshold Acoustics. The Chicago-based firm assisted with boom acoustics for the spaces, sound isolation between the spaces, noise control from mechanical systems and audio/visual systems. “Supporting the performer on stage while also controlling the overall volume of the room and the audience chamber was critical,” said Robin Glosemeyer Petrone, principal at Threshold Acoustics. The firm worked collaboratively with Schuler Shook, the project’s theater planning and lighting design consultant. The facility’s location two blocks from a passenger and freight rail line was also factored into acoustic-related work performed. “We were very much aware of the local train lines,” she said. “We worked as best we could to isolate those sounds as much as possible. Concrete is a great isolator of exterior sounds. The tilt-up concrete panels met structural criteria and gave us the sound isolation we needed.” Threshold also worked with Jacobs and BSI on the center’s 3-sided glass lobby, creating a series of sound absorption and diffusion treatments. Jarrell Contracting worked in tandem with BSI on the design-build mechanical systems serving the new performing arts center. Greg Harty, director of marketing and sales at Jarrell, said a modified ductwork system lined with sound-absorbing material will perform all necessary functions yet mitigate the

operational sounds associated with HVAC systems. “Keeping air noise for the supply air as quiet as possible was paramount,” Harty said. “We designed a system for the theater with careful consideration of how much velocity we’re pushing through to deaden as much sound as possible as air flows through the ducts.” Because Kirkwood PAC is a fully functioning stage house, Kuiper said there are a lot of rigging components that compete for space with mechanical system components. “A lot of cables are running in the fly system, for example,” he said. “They need to be integrated very near sprinkler pipes and HVAC lighting, rigging and more. There’s an intricate crossover of system components in a confined space.” Keeping all project partners on task is Hercules Construction Management. President Pete Benoist said settling upon the precast concrete panel structure to accelerate the construction schedule enabled the project team to get the building enclosed during the winter months in late 2019 and early 2020. “Touring other performing arts center sites across the country convinced us that precast was the route to pursue,” Benoist said. “It enabled us to encase all the specialty theatrical riggings systems and the specialty mechanical systems in a way that met budget, accomplished operational objectives and resulted in an attractivelooking façade.” Once the theater opens in mid-2020, Pounds said it will no doubt spur the economic vitality already present in and around downtown Kirkwood. “This is a major economic engine for downtown Kirkwood,” said Pounds, speaking on behalf of the city. “It will enhance the businesses that are already here and drive future development.

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St. Louis Engineers Encourage Students to Master Math as Path to Engineering Career

By KERRY SMITH

No matter which engineering path you may choose to pursue, proficiency in math is essential.

This is the message that St. Louis engineering professionals across all disciplines – civil, structural, electrical, mechanical, geotechnical, environmental and beyond – are communicating any way they can as they mentor and engage young learners from kindergarten through high school. “Go as far as your (high) school will allow you to go,” said Shawnna Erter, vice president at SCI Engineering, Inc. “If your school district offers advanced placement science and calculus courses, take those and progress as far as you can prior to entering college. Math is critical, and being able to apply the math through extra-curricular clubs and organizations is just as essential. Even at the middle school level, getting involved in a robotics team or a bridge design competition will enable you to

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apply what you’re learning and create something. That’s where it all comes to life.” Erter and other St. Louis-based engineers are passionate about the value of a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) curriculum. “Math is the basis for all avenues of STEM education,” Erter said. “Often the hurdle our industry faces is overcoming the perception (by younger students) that engineering is boring. As we spend a lot of time showing these kids how exciting it truly is, we show them that engineering is not just about numbers but about creating everything that’s around us. That’s when our message gets through and kids discover their own passion.” Annually SCI Engineering hosts 50 students from the Society of American Military Engineers’ STEM Camp. These students


come from across the U.S. to Scott Air Force Base for a week-long camp; SCI invites them to its nearby O’Fallon, IL office where they participate in a concrete strength design and build competition. “We provide students with all the materials they’ll need for a concrete mix along with the parameters, and they are challenged to design and pour their own mix,” said Erter. “On Monday, they design and pour their concrete mix, and then they return to our office that weekend where we break the cylinders and declare a winner.” Participants get to keep their winning cylinders and their bragging rights until the next summer, Erter said. Kevin Fuller is surface transportation group manager and the St. Louis regional office manager for Crawford, Murphy & Tilly. CMT’s commitment to building future engineers can be seen in the firm’s work with the Ferguson-Florissant School District’s STEAM (STEM plus art) Academy for students grades sixth through eighth. “Several of our engineers have been working with students on a real-world project, the (not-yet-funded) West Florissant Avenue Great Streets (traffic and access management analysis) Project,” Fuller said. “We walked students through the design process, placemaking and all the facets we consider as we’re doing a project. Students picked an open field site to design a best-use scenario, developed their project proposal and presented it to our staff.” The learning can travel in both directions, according to Fuller. “We’re there to interact, educate and inspire all ages of students,” he said, “but often we also gain valuable intel from instructors and students, particularly at the university level.” CMT’s engagement with universities includes modeling of roundabout projects, such as one north of Springfield, MO, where Missouri S&T engineering students work with engineers to develop and refine a simulator to envision driving through the not-yet-built roundabouts. “Everything we do involves math,” he said. Nicole Adewale, principal at ABNA Engineering, says providing a clear path for young learners – particularly women and students of color – to access engineering preparatory courses and be instilled with confidence that they can master them is critical. “Sometimes they’re steered away from STEM because there’s still that perception that they can’t grasp it, that it’s too difficult,” Adewale said. “What we know through conclusive studies is that to become a STEM professional, you’ve got to be proficient in math by 4th grade, and you need to be considering it as a career by the time you’re in 8th grade. Choosing a math-related career in 11th and 12th grade isn’t impossible, but often it’s too late. I tell students all the time that to be successful, you either need to like math, to be good in math or both. I was always the student who had to work at math, but I enjoyed it enough to be willing to work at it. No doubt, STEM is the very foundation of engineering, science and technology. All of it is math-based.” Harris Stowe State University’s summer pre-STEM program, a rigorous 5-week initiative known as the Science and Mathematics Academy, provides an academic on-ramp for incoming freshman. Adewale was the 2019 academy’s keynote speaker. ABNA’s outreach also includes taking a group of high school students to the National Society of Black Engineers’ national conference each year. CDG Engineers is also inspiring and equipping the next generation of engineers. “Probably the most impactful thing we tell students is that engineering is a very good field to go into in terms of securing a job,” said Shane Jones, CDG business development manager. “The (national) unemployment rate for engineers is

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Every summer, SCI Engineering hosts 50 students from the Society of American

less than one percent. “That being said, there’s a reason why there’s a shortage of engineers because it’s not an easy field to get into,” Jones said. “You really have to be proficient at math to make it.” While math – including advanced, engineering-level calculus – is a must, according to Jones, so are project management skills. To give students an up-close and personal view of a day in the life of an engineer, CDG Engineers provides job shadowing through programs including the St. Charles County Career Explorations Alliance. The 2-hour to 4-hour job shadowing experience is part of CEA’s mission to build partnerships between schools and businesses to create a more prepared future workforce. Another St. Louis-area initiative that CDG actively supports through The Mosaic Project. Two of CDG’s current professional engineers, one from Nicaragua and one from Italy, are byproducts of that program. Each speaks regularly to inspire future engineers. Zachary Smith is a project engineer at Volkert, Inc. He’s the first to agree that to a 5th grade student, math isn’t always the most glamorous subject. “I dreaded it at times,” he said, “but once I took more advanced science courses in high school such as physics and began to apply that knowledge, that’s when it became very rewarding. Too often, that gets lost on kids.” Volkert’s role in growing future engineers includes the company’s active presence in Junior Achievement. The firm sends 12 to 16 employees each year to volunteer in various St. Louis-area schools for the “JA in a Day” in-the-classroom program. KaKeesha Branigan, marketing and public relations coordinator, says serving as ambassadors for JA and teaching financial literacy is more broad-based than engineering, and yet every bit as necessary in interacting with students from elementary age onward and encouraging them to prepare as wide and deep of a platform for future success as possible. “It’s interesting to see the children respond to an engineering firm teaching financial literacy,” she said. “And it’s pretty great to hear from them who and what they want to be when they grow up.”

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Link in the Loop Dominates Delmar and Skinker, Inviting Retail and Office Tenants to Join CVS By KERRY SMITH

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BUILDING ST. LOUIS SINCE 1921 Designing and building new construction amidst the colorful, historic palette of the Delmar Loop is the challenge set before architecture firm Lamar Johnson Collaborative and builder S. M. Wilson & Co. at the busy intersection of Delmar and Skinker Boulevards. The two firms and their project partners have been working for three years on the three-story, 75,000-square-foot, $12 million redevelopment now rising from the ground. Pace Properties is the owner/developer. Completion is anticipated in mid-2020. CVS Pharmacy, Inc. is the anchor tenant that will occupy 11,000 square feet of the total 25,000 square of ground-floor retail space. Pace is actively seeking additional retail and office tenants. “We began working on this project three years ago,” said Lance McOlgan, principal with Lamar Johnson Collaborative, the redevelopment’s designer. “Link in the Loop has been a really fun and challenging design effort because of the unique and diverse history of the Loop itself. Having that diverse context to pull from was a rare redevelopment opportunity.”

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To determine shear wave velocities of the soil and bedrock - and to afford the developer a less expensive structural design Geotechnology Inc. perfomed studies prior to construction such as a seismic exploration evaluation known as Multichannel Analysis of Surface Waves or MASW. What had initially been at the site was a gas station. That meant the first step of site preparation was testing the soil beneath which had supported underground storage tanks that once held petroleum. Geotechnology, Inc., one of Link in the Loop’s project partners, worked with fellow specialty subcontractor EMA on remediation and soil testing before any construction began. Joel Weinhold, regional manager for Geotechnology, said the firm assisted with a phase one environmental site assessment and a geotechnical exploration study. “The gas station at Delmar and Skinker was still operating at the time of our geotechnical report in 2017,” Weinhold said. “Members of our staff were present as consultants when the fuel tanks were being removed.” As is often the case with projects being built in urban areas of town, the

soil borings revealed a good amount of previous fill, so supporting structures were a concern, according to Weinhold. “In this scenario, we had old fill that was present to depths of 13 feet at the deepest points,” he said, “so trying to remove that amount of materials, remediate them and refill them on a tight site presented a challenge.” Supporting the new retail and office building on a ground solution of aggregate piers – small columns of rock placed in the ground to support the building, rather than trying to undercut all the soil materials – was deemed the ideal solution, Weinhold said. “These types of piers are smaller than a standard drilled pier and they’re back-filled with crushed aggregate, so you’ve got a column of rock rather than a column of concrete.” Conducting a MASW (Multichannel Analysis of Surface Waves) test was also

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within Geotechnology’s scope of work on Link in the Loop. The seismic exploration was performed, Weinhold said, to determine shear wave velocities of the soil and bedrock and to afford the developer a less expensive structural design. S. M. Wilson Project Manager Jason Gasawski said the busy intersection has made it challenging in terms of on-site logistics of trades workers. “Delmar and Skinker are really busy, so we’ve been carefully coordinating multiple trades on each section of the building, north south east west, because only one trade can be out there working in the roadway at one time,” Gasawski said. Framing, sheathing, caulking, masonry and plywood are examples of the different tasks and trades present on site. Building the storefronts on the second and third floors, along with the curtain wall on the building’s southwest corner – the junction connecting Delmar with Skinker, and the corner at which the CVS sign will be positioned – have brought challenges and creative opportunities, Gasawski said. The waterfall pattern around the second and third floor windows will be comprised of multiple colors depicting shades of nearby commercial buildings


along the Loop, said Gasawski. The LEDequipped lighting scheme will enable the building marquee to change colors in a customizable fashion. “The strip light fixture that encircles the building’s exterior cornice will light up at night, creating a signature feature to distinguish this new addition to the Loop’s commercial district,” he said. The tri-toned brick exterior of Link in the Loop incorporates classing coursing and detailing to add more character and interest to the elevations, McOlgan said. “We’re working within an earthy, natural color palette,” he said, “and the bricks have varying textures, sleek and modern, in contrast with a traditional wire-cut brick. The building’s design also includes a custom brick blend of yellows, beiges, reds and dark greys to complement existing buildings in and around this location within the Loop.” Canopy accents at the retail level add character to the new structure. “The design is definitely contemporary in nature, yet it also respects the context of brick buildings that have been part of the very fabric of the Loop for a long time,” McOlgan said. “Our design is driven by the pedestrian experience at the retail level of the street.” Dave Foppe, building enclosure product specialist for project partner Negwer Materials, said the firm joined forces with Niehaus Building Services to install a wall-air barrier system at Link in the Loop. “We installed a pre-applied air and water barrier into the exterior gypsum sheathing so that once the sheathing was hung, 90 percent of the wall was complete,” Foppe said. “Working in winter, choosing this option for a building enclosure eliminates the need to spray the exterior of the wall, so there’s no concern about working in high winds. It allowed the crews to continue working through the cold days because there wasn’t any exterior caulking or detailing required.” In addition to the space that CVS will occupy, the remainder of the ground floor includes a 2,000-square-foot lobby with lounge area. On the building’s third floor, tenants will have access to a rooftop terrace with a canopy and full electrical service for functions. Floor-to-ceiling glass windows are also inherent in Link in the Loop’s design. CVS is anticipating substantial completion of its space by the first quarter of 2020.

“The design is definitely contemporary in nature, yet it also respects the context of brick buildings that have been part of the very fabric of the Loop for a long time. Our design is driven by the pedestrian experience at the retail level of the street.”

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Selected 2019 Finishing Touch Award Winners The Painting & Decorating Foundation and the Wall and Ceiling Industry Advancement Fund recently recognized outstanding achievements by wall, ceiling and painting contractors at an awards gala

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Millennials – those born between 1981 and 1996 – are securing and completing apprenticeships with a bevy of construction trades in and around St. Louis, embracing a hard work ethic that translates into security for their families and purpose in their day-to-day existence. Here are a few of their stories:

Marquez Brown, Glazier Marquez Brown, 36, is a glazier field supervisor at IWR North America. A proven athlete, Brown won a couple of wrestling state championships when he was a student at McCluer High School in St. Louis’ Ferguson-Florissant School District. Offered a full ride to St. Louis Community College – Meramec, Brown’s tuition, room and board were paid along with paid summer internships conducting wrestling camps on campus. But after completing his first year, Brown felt unfulfilled. “I had an opportunity to join the Air Force and wrestle in the Armed Forces Training with them for about three years while training to be military police,” said Brown. After military service, Brown returned to his hometown of Alton, IL, where he worked in shipping and receiving for Imperial Manufacturing. During this time period, he completed tests to enter the IBEW Local 649 as an electrician and the Glaziers, Architectural Metal and Glass Workers Local Union 513. “The glaziers called me first, so that’s where I went,” said Brown, who began an apprenticeship in April 2007 and has been part of the

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“I like working with my hands, and I appreciate the union aspect of the job…it truly is a brotherhood.” team ever since. “I had an opportunity to work at Missouri Valley Glass for nearly 10 years, and then (executive) Jim Haferkamp brought four of us with him over to IWR North America. We do high-rise glass work. I love it.” Brown is currently working on a hospital outpatient center addition in Dallas, building a unitized glass system. “Having one rope hanging off the side of a building is exciting work,” he added. “It’s not for everyone, but it’s exactly what I enjoy doing.” As a glazing field supervision for IWR, other notable projects Brown has been a part of include the multi-year Washington University in St. Louis transformation effort that wrapped up in mid-2019. “I like working with my hands, and I appreciate the union aspect of the job…it truly is a brotherhood. I’ve known some of my coworkers for almost 13 years and I also know their families,” said Brown. “When we travel out of state, we feel comfortable with each other. Everyone works as a team and that makes the work meaningful and enjoyable.” Brown has only 13 credit hours left to earn his project management degree through Jefferson College.

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Nathan Garrett, Carpenter Nathan Garrett, 31, has been a member of the St. Louis – Kansas City Carpenters Regional Council since 2014. Garrett’s education includes a broad base of liberal arts with plenty of American history and public policy. He’s also a former collegiate boxer and triathlete. “My dad was a librarian and my mom a teacher, so they instilled a wonderful curiosity in me,” said Garrett, who was selected to pursue a year-long Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs. “I was excited about learning how cities work,” he said. “At the end of that year, I was genuinely interested in every area we studied, but I also knew I wanted to be able to work

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“It was just the only thing I could think of spending the rest of my life doing. In that moment, it clicked. I was working two days later.” outside and work with my hands.” Garrett’s encounter with Carpenters Council Director of Training & Workforce Development Dr. John Gaal led to a tour of the Carpenters’ training center, which confirmed for Garrett that he’d found his niche. “It was just the only thing I could think of spending the rest of my life doing,” Garrett said. “In that moment, it clicked. I was working two days later.” The key to succeeding in the trades, according to Garrett, is finding someone who knows what they’re doing and proving to that person – with hustle and focus – that you’re worth teaching and worth their investment of time and energy in you. “The trades are an economy of respect,” Garrett said. “I love the way that respect is earned and returned. In general, I love how in this business you can become good friends with a perfect stranger because you’re both committed to doing good work and having the passion for doing quality work on a project, and having someone else’s back in terms of safety.” Diversity of work tasks is also a big plus for Garrett, who has had the opportunity to work on the Washington University in St. Louis campus renewal project and as one of about 20 carpenters building the formwork 36 stories in the air for the 100 Above the Park project, a contemporary apartment structure going up in the Central West End. Garrett is currently working for Kirkwood Stair & Millwork. Garrett actively seeks out opportunities to encourage young people to consider work in the trades.

Matt Murphy, Bricklayer Matt Murphy, 32, recently completed the apprenticeship program with Bricklayers Local 1 of Missouri and is a journeyman.

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Thanks to his background of completed courses at Missouri College and St. Louis Community College’s Forest Park and Meramec campuses, Murphy was able to test in as an improver on an accelerated track. “When I graduated from high school, I didn’t know what I wanted to do,” he said. “I worked in tuckpointing for my dad who is a contractor. During high school, I’d worked for a software company, packing items in the mail room. I ended up returning to that company as a full-time employee, working 9 to 5 and going to night school for three years.” But Murphy was restless. Full-time work and night school became a burden.

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An accomplished heavy metal guitarist, he decided to move to California and play music. Murphy and his band signed a record deal, embarking on a half dozen U.S. tours. As he approached 30, Murphy’s priorities shifted. “I had a serious girlfriend and we wanted to get married, buy a house and start a family,” he said. “A buddy of mine joined the Bricklayers’ union, so I decided to look into that as well. Thanks to the benefits I am afforded through the union, my wife can work parttime so she can care for our 3-year-old and 1-year-old without needing daycare. The way the union is structured, it sets you up for success.” These days, Murphy is working with a team of bricklayers for Superior Waterproofing & Restoration, caulking windows on a 22-story-tall glass building owned by Hertz Investment Group at 100 North Broadway in downtown St. Louis. Murphy also worked on the Shriners Hospital for Children and the Soldiers Memorial Military Museum.

Kelly Stokes, Electrician Kelly Stokes, 38, is a licensed electrician


and member of the IBEW Local 1. A graduate of Ritenour High School in St. Louis, Stokes took a great deal of math and science at his mother’s urging. “During my sophomore and junior years, every Saturday, I participated in a City of St. Louis internship know as Dress for Success, held on the campus at University of Missouri-St. Louis,” Stokes said. “After graduation, I became enrolled in the night school electrical engineering program at Washington University in St. Louis and was able to complete my core courses.” But life interrupted. The following two years, Stokes worked and went to school, starting and stopping, as other demands pressed heavily. But in 2014, Stokes successfully graduated with his Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering. “I was traveling on a parallel path,” he remembers, “working full-time and continuing on in school part-time. In 2010, I’d applied for the IBEW program, but with the economic slowdown there were layoffs in the trades all around me. So, I went and did something else, working full-time in a warehouse. Then in 2012, as the industry was picking up again, I got a call from IBEW Local 1 and learned I was accepted. The idea of bridging the gap between all the theoretical engineering knowledge I’d gained and the hands-on work opportunities as a trades electrician really appealed to me.” Stokes did just that, starting in 2012 as a pre-apprentice with PayneCrest Electric. “They were excited to have me, and I was thankful to be able to work for them and see a lot of what I’d designed in school appearing on paper. Putting in wire and conduit and making the lights come on gives me joy. That’s when the ‘lightbulb’ came on for me that this was where I belonged.” For the past six years, Stokes has been working for BRK Electrical Contractors. His past work as an electrician includes mega-projects in St. Louis such as the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge. “It was a 330-foot ladder climb every day on that job, but I loved it,” he said.

“The idea of bridging the gap between all the theoretical engineering knowledge I’d gained and the hands-on work opportunities as a trades electrician really appealed to me.”

What Is Success?

Before we start any project, we ask ourselves the question, “What does success on this project look like?” Two epiphanies evolve from that question: 1.) We realize that success, whether that’s a satisfied customer or meeting a tough deadline, is a process, not a destination. 2.) We recognize that we need to savor, and applaud the smaller victories of our team along the way, as well as acknowledging shortfalls and acting to improve the process. It’s human nature to believe we’ll be more successful later than we are at any given moment. We should always be growing and trying to be better than we were before. Tony Robbins calls it CANI: Constant And Never-ending Improvement. At Drilling Service, we’ll celebrate all our team’s successes in 2018 – not just the big ones. As always, we’ll own and learn from our mistakes and have the courage to try new things. Our future and that of our customers, depends on it. Number two in “Murphys’ Laws,” the creed under which we operate is: “Plan for success before we ever set foot on the job.”

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2019

KEYSTONE

AWARD WINNERS The Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Missouri recently announced the winners of its 2019 construction industry awards during its gala event at the River City Casino Hotel. The AGC of Missouri presented 10 Construction Keystone Awards and 12 Specialty Contractor of the Year Awards, which highlight the creativity and talents of Missouri’s construction industry. This was the 22nd annual presentation of the Construction Keystone Awards. Rather than being awarded based upon a project’s beauty, the following winners are recognized for their successes in achieving solutions during construction and for successfully overcoming related project challenges.

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KEYSTONE PROJECT OF THE YEAR (BUILDING CONSTRUCTION PROJECT: < $15 MIL)

KAI Enterprises Project – Deaconess Center for Child Well-Being Location – St. Louis

KEYSTONE PROJECT OF THE YEAR (BUILDING CONSTRUCTION PROJECT: $15 MIL - $45 MIL)

2019 AGC Keystone Winner Specialty Contractor/Industrial

BSI Constructors Project – S  oldiers Memorial Military Museum Location – St. Louis

Sioux Conveyor Tunnel Sump & NPDES Upgrades Ameren Missouri

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Denver, Colorado 3790 Wheeling Street Denver, CO 80239 303-371-6600

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KEYSTONE PROJECT OF THE YEAR

KEYSTONE PROJECT OF THE YEAR

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BSI Constructors Project – Hotel St. Louis Location – St. Louis

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Alberici Constructors/ Stanley Consultants Project – Ottumwa SCR Project Location – Ottumwa, IA


KEYSTONE PROJECT OF THE YEAR

KEYSTONE PROJECT OF THE YEAR

(TRANSPORTATION & INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECT)

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Tarlton Corporation

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KEYSTONE PROJECT OF THE YEAR

KEYSTONE PROJECT OF THE YEAR

(TRANSPORTATION & INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECT: $1 MIL - $4 MIL)

PayneCrest Electric, Inc. Project – M  onsanto Greenhouse Renovation Location – St. Louis

(SPECIALTY/ SUBCONTRACTOR BUILDING PROJECT: $4 MIL+)

The UP Companies Project – Hotel St. Louis Location – St. Louis

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KEYSTONE PROJECT OF THE YEAR (SPECIALTY/ SUBCONTRACTOR PROJECT)

Murphy Company Project – Sioux Conveyor Tunnel Sump & NPDES Updates Location – West Alton

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Archer Western Herzog Joint Venture Project – TEXRail Commuter Rail CM/GC Location – Fort Worth, TX

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KEYSTONE PROJECT OF THE YEAR


AGC 2019 SPECIALTY CONTRACTOR OF THE YEAR (SCOTY) AWARDS ANCILLARY SERVICES D & S Fencing Co., Inc.

CONCRETE/PAVING Vee-Jay Cement Contracting Co., Inc.

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HVAC/PIPING Haberberger, Inc.

MASONRY Grant Masonry Contracting Co., Inc.

PLUMBING & FIRE PROTECTION Fire Tech, LLC

STRUCTURAL & FINISH CARPENTRY BAM Contracting, LLC

STRUCTURAL & FINISH METALS ACME Erectors, Inc.

THERMAL & MOISTURE PROTECTION Kirberg Company

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VEE-JAY CEMENT CONTRACTING CO., INC.

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Safety Woven into Fabric of Construction Firms from the Top Down By KERRY SMITH

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When safety becomes an integral component in everyday jobsite operations, and when safety principles are embodied by each worker – from the project manager to the tradesman, the subcontractors and even among those in the home office – that’s when a company’s safety culture can be deemed a success. Doug Devlin, director of safety and health at Holland Construction Services Inc., says any successful safety initiative begins with buy-in from the company president and fellow principals. “If you want to truly be effective with all facets of on-the-job construction safety, it starts with the company owners and top management,” Devlin said. “Then when you’re establishing safety training programs and buying safety equipment, you don’t get pushback from those at the top and you’re able to implement effectively. Having that support at the onset filters down. Everyone who works for us touches safety in one respect or another.” Holland’s field superintendents, for example, are a little more hands-on than others in adopting the latest safety-specific policies, according to Devlin, because they’re the ones who will be implementing the procedures daily on the jobsite in the field. “Our goal is always to demonstrate safety practices not only among our employees, but also among our subcontractors,” he said. “That’s the hard part. You need to achieve buy-in from those who aren’t your own people by showing them why it’s in their best interests, too. You can win the subs over by letting them know that you’re trying to provide a safe workplace and that they have an active voice in that. To us, this approach makes a lot more sense than using safety as leverage for continued work on the jobsite.” Every construction company’s culture is unique, said Devlin, and that can be evident in how safety policies and procedures are implemented as well as enforced. “As director of safety, I can’t be everywhere at once, so I rely upon my workers to do my job for me…that’s my goal,” Devlin said, “to have them be my eyes and ears. This priority of listening and observing is drilled into my superintendents, carpenters and laborers (all whom Holland employs).” Safety lunches and stand-downs on all of Holland’s jobsites are a mainstay in the firm’s overall strategy of making sure that safe practices permeate its company, culture and people. “For example, before a team of masons, ironworkers, concrete people and other trades start work on a Holland project, we’ll meet with them and go over any questions, rules and specific job hazards,” said Devlin. “And back at our headquarters, the office staff is also being apprised of how to complete safety inspection reports when they visit jobsites. At the start of every quarterly meeting that our company has, we begin with safety.” Increased safety expectations from clients is also a factor in spurring general contractors and construction managers to adopt, implement and enforce constantly changing rules and regulations concerning safe practices. “Once a month, on every active jobsite we’re working, we provide lunch and a 45-minute remote audio/video feed carrying the latest updates in safety procedures involving fire protection, cranes, hazards prevention and more,” said Devlin. “You can always, always improve on safety. Keeping safety relevant and interesting to keep everyone’s awareness up, and celebrating our accomplishments, keeps safety fresh and keeps it from being a burden. The best thing ever is when a subcontractor comes to me beforehand and ask before they do. Once you’re able to ensure that all workers are operating the right way, all the positive safety statistics will come. Getting behaviors to contribute to safety is the key.”

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Charlie Wilson is corporate safety manager at Poettker Construction Company, a family-owned business. “Our employees, clients and trade contractor partners are our friends and family,” said Wilson. “We want to see everyone go home at the end of the day.” Keeping safety at the forefront of everyone’s mind – from the laborer and carpenter in the field to the president and leadership team – is essential, according to Wilson. “We take a collaborative approach to safety. If we don’t have buy-in from our employees in the field in terms of safety initiatives, our safety program is just another piece of paper that can be discarded.” Compliance site visits typically include Wilson and the jobsite supervisor. “While I’m coming to the site as a visitor, the site supervisor knows the job and the people,” Wilson said. “I may have a snapshot of the project, but he or she is able to provide the entire story of what is taking place. It’s not so much a lecture about safety as it is a conversation. In addition to a guide of rules and regulations to follow, our safety program is a dynamic, living document. We want to make sure our employees have buy-in on what policies are in place because they’re the ones enforcing it daily on the jobsite.” Poettker proactively approaches safety through training and one-on-one sit-downs with new employees, said Wilson. “We provide training opportunities early to ensure they have a level of understanding, and that our field personnel are part of that conversation,” he said. “It’s our ongoing goal to foster a unified team between compliance and operations where safety is a priority.” Poettker’s compliance team is receptive to ideas from all employees that help its field teams work safely and efficiently,

Wilson said. One example of this is ingenuity about fall protection on remote projects. “We had to figure out a way to establish fall protection for personnel working on deep excavation projects, sometimes in the middle of nowhere,” he said. “Our personnel suggested that mobile fall protection carts often used by roofers might work well as a fall protection application for our deep excavation work. We listened and invested in multiple mobile fall protection carts as an option for workers to tie off where conditions were acceptable. This is an ideal example of how twoway communication and collaboration about safety results in new products and procedures that enhance the everyday safety of our people.” Shareable job information boards are also furthering the exchange of safety-related knowledge that is benefitting all parties, according to Wilson. “If we’ve got a good idea, let’s share it,” he said. “Safety should not be an industry secret.” Shannon Niles, PARIC’s safety director, agrees that safety practices and an overall safety mindset must permeate throughout the entire workplace. “We want our employees to know that they can talk to us about anything,” said Niles. “That’s why employees help develop our safety training systems.” In August 2019, PARIC achieved voluntary protection program Star Status through OSHA. “Only three companies in (OSHA) Region 7 in the Midwest and only about 56 construction companies nationwide achieve this status,” Niles said. The certification process required PARIC to submit a 50-page application and host OSHA for several days at the firm’s headquarters, during which time OSHA interviewed PARIC employees and subcontractors. To retain that status, PARIC is required to write an annual review of all its safety practices, and every three years OSHA will return for another site visit.

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The general contractor’s safety committee is comprised of employees from laborers up to project managers, each of whom has a voice in the company’s safety initiatives. “We’re also developing 5-minute and 10-minute safety training videos where we go out into the field and videotape our employees performing tasks,” said Niles. “We’re committed to the concept of one employee teaching another employee.”

Post-orientation conversations are also a part of PARIC’s safety culture. Niles said that once employees have completed their initial orientation session and a second session two to three weeks in, at the close of their first calendar quarter with the company, they’re asked to provide feedback. “It’s an essential means of gaining input about our existing safety policies from those who are new to PARIC,” he said.

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C O M PA N I E S J. Matthew Sheehan has become president and COO of St. Louis-based Spirtas Wrecking Company after acquiring the business from founder Arnold Spirtas last year. Spirtas is a licensed demolition and site remediation contractor that plays a critical role in the reuse and redevelopment of a wide variety of industrial, commercial, institutional and residential properties nationally. Since 2000, the company has also demolished and recycled debris from a wide variety of heavy structures including manufacturing plants, power plants, refineries, high-rise buildings and sports stadiums. Sheehan is responsible for strategic business planning as well as oversight of the company's operations, finances, safety program and contracting. KAI Build broke ground in December on a renovation and addition project at the Maryland Heights Fire Protection District Headquarters Engine House One in Maryland Heights. The project was made possible by a bond passed by voters for capital purchases to “Build a Safer Community.” Plans for the project include a complete state-of-the-art upgrade of the existing 22-year-old, 18,902-squarefoot firehouse located at 2600 Schuetz Road, plus a 2,112-square-foot living quarters addition and a 4,300-square-foot apparatus support addition on the east and north sides of the building. KAI Build is the general contractor on the project, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2020. Mortenson | Alberici | L. Keeley has been selected to facilitate the planning of St. Louis’ new Major League Soccer stadium. The team is fully engaged in preconstruction efforts to finalize plans for the proposed stadium located in the city’s Downtown West area. Kwame Building Group has been selected as the MLS4THELOU Ownership Group’s representative and program manager for St. Louis’ new Major League Soccer stadium. The new stadium is scheduled to open ahead of the 2022 MLS season. KWAME is serving in the preconstruction phase and other project management. Design partners include a partnership of St. Louis-based architecture firm HOK and Julie Snow, co-founder of Snow Kreilich

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Architects. EdgeMicro has selected Murphy Company as its nationwide partner for a range of data center support services within its Micro Data Center implementations across the U.S. Murphy’s Data Center Services group is a leader in supporting missioncritical IT environments. As part of the expansion plan for Benson Hill, a crop improvement company, Seneca Commercial Real Estate is in the process of completing the EDGE@BRDG, a bioresearch and development growth park building. Located on the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center’s campus, the 160,000-square-foot headquarters will continue to position 39 North as a leading innovation district focused on agtech. The new facility is expected to house as many as 300 employees. In November, nearly 300 people gathered at the Regency Conference Center in O’Fallon, IL and celebrated the annual Elizabethan Gala Fundraiser, raising nearly $140,000 to benefit the new HSHS (Hospital Sisters Health System) St. Elizabeth’s Radiation Oncology Center set to open in early 2020. In addition to celebrating the building of the new cancer center, St. Elizabeth’s Foundation awarded the 2019 Elizabethan Award to Holland Construction CEO Bruce Holland for his unwavering commitment to the mission and values of HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. Work continues on Saint Louis University’s new Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Building. The $50 million, 90,000-square-foot, three-story building, slated to open in 2020, represents a new phase in SLU’s continued investment in educating STEM students who will become the workforce of the future. Tarlton Corp. general contractors and construction managers have completed renovations to the Saint Louis Science Center’s OMNIMAX® Theater, which reopened to the public in late November. The St. Louis-based firm’s scope of work in the five-story, 80-foot-diameter domed theater and adjacent spaces included the installation of a raised access floor that allows presenters to be better seen by the

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audience; installation of new carpeting, handrails and guardrails; lighting upgrades; the hoisting of the new projector system; electrical work associated with the new projector system; installation of a projector access platform and technical upgrades that allow the Science Center to livestream and simulcast educational programming. The team also updated finishes in the theater lobby. Tarlton Corp. announces the expansion of its executive leadership team, naming Jason Bretz, Sondra Rotty and Joe Scarfino vice presidents. The three new VPs join the executive leadership team of Tracy Hart, president and CEO; Dirk Elsperman, EVP and COO; John Doerr, EVP and Anthony Eftimoff, VP of finance. KAI Build and joint venture partner PARIC Corporation have completed construction on a new 260,000-square-foot BarnesJewish West County Hospital in Creve Coeur. The $130 million hospital is located behind an existing 50-year-old hospital that will be razed and replaced by green space and additional parking. The replacement hospital is designed as the “hospital of the future” with maximum flexibility, efficiency and technological advancements that allow clinicians to spend more time caring for patients. Kadean Construction has begun construction of The Barclay, a condominium building at 204 N. Clay Street in downtown Kirkwood, for developer Savoy Investments, LLC. The 40,000- square-foot, four-story structure will feature 14 luxury condominiums with underground parking and other amenities. Construction is scheduled for completion in November 2020. S. M. Wilson & Co. is immersing itself into classrooms across the bi-state region, encouraging pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students to discover fun and challenging opportunities in the construction field. SKILLED, a threepronged initiative, provides learning opportunities starting in pre-kindergarten and extending throughout a construction professional’s career. The “discover” arm of SKILLED supports students from all experience levels as they get a first-hand,


C O M PA N I E S creative peek into what it might be like to work in the skilled trades one day. Kristyn Newbern, client development director at S. M. Wilson, heads the initiative. Kadean Construction has completed construction of the new Harris House Intensive Inpatient Treatment Center in St. Charles for the Harris House Foundation, a leading provider in addiction treatment. Situated on 12 acres, the 54,000-square-foot facility will serve as an anchor for addiction treatment in the St. Louis metropolitan area including St. Charles. Arcturis is the project architect. Wiegmann Associates is the engineer of record and the design/build mechanical contractor. Cullinan Properties, Ltd. of Peoria has hired IMPACT Strategies, Inc. of Fairview Heights as construction manager for renovation of the former Bergner’s department store location at the Quincy Mall in Quincy. The renovated central core of the Sverdrup Complex earned a Design Excellence Award in the Higher Education category from the International Interior Design Association’s Gateway Chapter. V Three Studios LLC, the architecture firm that oversaw the redesign, received the award

CONT. in late 2019. The newly remodeled facility features a sleek, modern interior with a fully integrated technical infrastructure throughout its purpose-built classrooms, labs and studios. The Sverdrup Complex serves as home to Webster University’s School of Communications. S. M. Wilson & Co. is under new leadership to provide more value and personalized experience for its clients, partners and employees. The firm’s new executive committee consists of eight team members including four existing members: Scott Wilson, CEO; Amy Berg, President; Mark Cochran, COO; Mike Dohle, CFO and four new members: Steve Meeks, VP of Preconstruction and Estimating; Amanda Bohnert, CMO; Rebecca Cornatzer, Chief HR Officer and Jack Kinamore, Project Director. The new executive committee will be focused on technology, lean construction and vertical integration through an experience-based approach. Bank of America celebrates its 2019 Neighborhood Builders, nonprofits who are advancing economic mobility and providing leadership to solve community challenges. Each Neighborhood Builders awardee will receive a two-year, $200,000 grant, a year of leadership training for the executive director and an emerging leader,

an opportunity to access capital and access to a network of peer organizations across the U.S. It is one of the nation’s largest philanthropic investments in nonprofit leadership, with $240 million invested over more than 15 years. In addition to celebrating this year’s Neighborhood Builders, Bank of America’s area nonprofit partners joined in support of Operation Food Search by packing 1,000 backpacks for community youth. KAI Build and joint venture partner PARIC Corporation broke ground in late October to start construction of Ameren Missouri’s new North Metro Operating Center at 4427 Geraldine Avenue. The $21 million facility will replace the adjacent Geraldine Operating Center which has employed hundreds of Ameren employees and provided electric operations to North St. Louis for more than 60 years. The North Metro Operating Center will be a localized hub for up to 500 Ameren employees who perform work from electric system repairs to major infrastructure upgrade projects to storm restoration.

PROMOTIONS S. M. Wilson & Co. has promoted Mike Ashley to field director. Lawrence Group announces these promotions: Todd Bundren, Riza Encarnacion, Matt Lundgren, Lisa Morrison, Greg Trost, Galen Vassar, Jill Engel, Alicia Buehrle, Matt Huff, John Iffrig and Corey Pinkley.

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A S S O C I AT I O N S Home Builders Charitable Foundation 2019 President John Suelthaus of Kingbridge Homes presented a $14,468 donation to Madi Hawn, founder and chief executive officer of Caring Solutions, and Sally Boyd, development director for Caring Solutions. The donation will go toward the construction of a safety/privacy fence and installation of interior and exterior security cameras at two Caring Solutions’ homes in Ferguson where vulnerable individuals with autism and developmental disabilities reside. Since 2001, Caring Solutions has provided community-based residential services and support for children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. The HBCF also donated $20,000 to Lucas Rouggly, executive director and founder of LOVEtheLOU. LOVEtheLOU is a nonprofit community development initiative that connects resources to the needs of the City of St. Louis. The donation will be used to assist in the renovation of an abandoned home that is being renovated as a part of LOVEtheLOU’s STL Live Program for a mother and her six children. Through the STL Live Program, abandoned houses and apartments are being purchased in North City St. Louis. The houses are then remodeled and rented to eligible families via a rentto-own lease to stabilize the neighborhood. The St. Louis Chapter of the International Facility Management Association provided some warmth to the region’s needy this winter. Representing facility managers and suppliers who maintain the region’s commercial buildings, IFMA St. Louis presented a check for $1,000 to Heat Up St. Louis. The nonprofit organization builds awareness and

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provides resources to help those in need, especially the elderly and disabled, and needy families with critically ill children avoid illnesses and deaths during the area’s bitter winter season. The Electrical Connection was again a major supporter of rural and urban law enforcement community trust building programs called Shop with a Cop. The labormanagement partnership contributed $5,000 each to the St. Francois County Shop with a Cop and Ferguson Shop with a Cop. The Electrical Connection is a partnership of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1 and the St. Louis Chapter, National Electrical Contractors Association. This year’s donation raises the Electrical Connection’s 27year commitment to Shop with a Cop to more than $85,000. More than $1 billion in new infrastructure-related construction projects to be started around the St. Louis metropolitan area in 2020 will be unveiled for interested contractors and the public at the SITE Improvement Association's 2020 Investment in Infrastructure Expo at the St. Charles Convention Center. The new construction will include large projects from the Missouri Department of Transportation, Metropolitan Sewer District, the City of St. Louis, Jefferson County and other local governments and public entities. For the second year in row, the Electrical Connection holiday giving outreach is supporting families in the U.S. justice system and introducing career opportunities in the electrical industry. In December, the Electrical Connection presented a check for $2,500 to support a holiday gift giving program that strengthens families served by the United States District

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Court Eastern District of Missouri, Probation Division. The Electrical Connection was recently saluted in the U.S. Probation Office Community Partner Awards ceremony at the Thomas Eagleton Federal Courthouse downtown. The holiday giving event was cosponsored by the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in partnership with the U.S Probation Office. The program helps rehabilitate inmates and ex-offenders in the justice system. The National GeospatialIntelligence Agency hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for its new campus in North St. Louis in late November, beginning a new chapter for the agency. The new NGA campus will be located at the corner of Jefferson and Cass Avenues. It is scheduled to be open and fully operational by 2025. The Board of Directors of the Educational Development Council Business and Community Partners has selected Scott J. Drachnik to serve as the organization’s new president and CEO. Drachnik has more than 25 years of experience in economic, workforce and community development in metro St. Louis and overseas. The Midas Hospitality Family Foundation raised $15,000 at its third annual A Night for the Children trivia night. Three local organizations that will split the funds include: Gwendolyn’s Gifts, which provides emotional and financial support to families of children on palliative and/ or hospice care; the June Jessee Memorial Foundation, supporting children with devastating medically complex, neurological conditions and their families, aiding their physical, emotional and financial needs; and Tiny Superheroes, whose mission is to empower

extraordinary children who are overcoming illness or disability by gifting them their very own superhero cape and encouraging them to feel strong and proud of the qualities that make them unique. The East-West Gateway Council of Governments board of directors unanimously endorsed the St. Louis Regional Freightway’s 2020 Multimodal Transportation Priority Projects List, a resource used by the St. Louis Regional Freightway to advocate for support and funding for infrastructure improvements. Representing the infrastructure needs of the manufacturing and logistics industries, the updated list for 2020 reveals that eight of the 20 projects have advanced to various stages of construction. Collectively, those eight projects represent an investment of more than $830 million in the region’s freight network, with an emphasis on enhancing key bridges and interstates utilized by the trucking industry. The industry moves more than 200 million tons of freight annually through the region. Rebuilding Together St. Louis announces Elaine Powers as the organization’s new executive director. Powers has more than 30 years of executive nonprofit experience. In her new role, Powers oversees strategic planning, development and governance. In addition to serving in leadership roles with Angels’ Arms and the Lemay Child and Family Center, Powers also ran a strategic consulting practice. Her previous experience also includes St. Louis Children’s Hospital, where she served as director of development services.


HONORS Tarlton Corp received a 2019 Award of Innovation for completing a self-selected project at the Challenge Champion Level from the St. Louis Green Business Challenge, a program of the Missouri Botanical Garden. The firm was among 19 companies recognized for the St. Louis Green Business Challenge Innovation Award this year. Champion companies have typically participated in the competition for two or more years and have integrated a range of sustainability measures into the kinds of everyday operations. These high-performing companies then have the option to plan, conduct and report on an

Innovation project that can advance operational green excellence or focus on a clientcentric body of work. Cohen Architectural Woodworking has again received an award for Outstanding Workplace Safety from the Architectural Woodworking Institute. Cohen Architectural Woodworking was recognized for the 2019 Zero Lost Time Accident Achievement for Manufacturers Award for reaching more than 100,000 work hours without a safety incident. Cohen also received the award in 2017 as well as the 2017 Safety Improvement Recognition Award for Manufacturers, awarded

to companies who reach more than 100,000 hours of maintaining a safe workplace. Missouri Partnership’s board of directors has elected Jim Curran as its secretary. Curran is the EVP of the Electrical Connection. Bill Wannstedt, vice president and division manager of Consort Homes, has been elected the 86th president of the Home Builders Association of St. Louis & Eastern Missouri.

Dr. Ramona Tumblin-Rucker, director of construction management at M Property Services, has been awarded the Private Sector Executive of the Year award by the MOKAN Construction Contractors Assistance Center. Ken Jackson, assistant facilities manager with True Mfg. has attained credentials as a Facility Management Professional.

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HIRES Geotechnology, Inc. has hired Carly Tribout as its HR coordinator. She is based in the company’s St. Louis office. Tim Kiepe has joined Murphy Company as a piping designer.

Oculus Inc. has hired Catherine Matthews and Charlene Masona to serve as an entry-level intern architect and a marketing assistant, respectively.

S. M. Wilson & Co. has hired Keith Peters as director of client development.

Spellman Brady & Company announces that Nicole Dutton has joined the firm as its artwork consultant and project manager.

PARIC Corporation has named Ty Perry vice president of diversity and inclusion.

Ross & Baruzzini has hired Karen Clark as business development director for the firm’s Kansas City office.

Roman Keselman has joined the TriStar Companies as a senior analyst. St. Louis-based mechanical contracting firm Haberberger, Inc. announces that Bob LaBeaume has joined its growing team as lead estimator.

Loft has joined the company as EVP. Brittany Luthy has joined Louer Facility Planning as an interior designer. Kevin Davis is assisting in Remiger Design’s business development efforts.

Alfredo Jacobo has joined Midwest BankCentre as senior VP and audit director. Gershman Commercial Real Estate announces that Jim

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BY J O E B A L S A R OT T I

A Look Back at 2019 and Toward 2020 Last year I gazed into my laser-etched, OLEDlit, solar-powered crystal ball and offered up some of the technical innovations that would hit the prime time in 2019. Here’s my score card:

Continued push toward 5G cellular communications. Check. 5G has already had a limited rollout and the Sprint/T-Mobile merger was approved. Look for the major metro areas to get this first. Don’t run out an buy a new phone to take advantage of 5G because it will be a painfully slow rollout for the rest of us.

I think we’ll see a pause in the breakneck speed of technology change in 2019. Check. Most of what was promised tech-wise is still on the horizon. There weren’t a lot of leaps this past year and certainly no groundbreaking innovations, just refinement and cosmetic changes to most technologies.

Data security will continue to dog all industries and all types of tech. Check, check and double-check. Recently, two separate news stories regaled tales of creeps hacking into Ring brand surveillance equipment and not only watching but interacting with those on camera. Quit using the same usernames and passwords for multiple websites and accounts. Ring wasn’t hacked, but rather the individual accounts were. IoT, the Internet of Things, will have to address the build-first, secure-later mentality

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which exists before it has any realistic chance of mainstream acceptance beyond select things like video doorbells and smart speakers. Looking into 2020, besides it being a leap year, I doubt that there will be any quantum leaps in consumer electronics or technology in general. As happened in 2019, we are in the lull before things jump forward again. An exception is the new “space race” when the likes of Space X, Blue Origin, Virgin Galactic and Orbital are all starting to make commercial spaceflight look like the sci-fi movies all told us it would be. Once these companies truly make a trip into orbit an easy journey, the next step will be manufacturing in the weightlessness of space. Things will then get interesting quickly. I wouldn’t be surprised to see breakthroughs in materials, pharmaceuticals and processes change our lives in meaningful ways. On a final note, this is my final regular column for St. Louis CNR. Like technology, things change in publishing and this page space has become too valuable for just the musings of a geek. It is my sincere hope that you’ve enjoyed the information and insights I’ve tried to bring to you over the years in an entertaining way. You can keep up with technology news by following me at Facebook.com/ SoftwareToGo or on Twitter @softtogo May we all SEE a bright future in 2020. Joe Balsarotti is President of Software To Go and is a 40-year veteran of the computer industry, reaching back to the days of the Apple II. Keep up with tech by following him at Facebook.com/SoftwareToGo or on Twitter @softtogo.


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