St. Louis, Mo., Sep. 15, 2021 – With labor shortages in the A/E/C industry at an all-time high, S. M. Wilson & Co.’s trademarked construction career education program, SKILLED®, partnered with the Missouri School Board Association (MSBA) to launch the Centennial Awards to inspire the next generation.Continue reading “S. M. WILSON & CO. AND MISSOURI SCHOOL BOARD ASSOCIATION SKILLED CENTENNIAL AWARDS DEADLINE OCTOBER 1”
For several years S. M. Wilson has hosted summer interns through the St. Louis Internship Program (SLIP). SLIP partners with businesses and community organizations to build the St. Louis community by developing motivated, well-trained, and talented future employees. Students complete a guided application process and rigorous work readiness training to prepare for their eight-week, full-time summer internship. Upon completion, they continue to receive college prep and career planning services along with access to a network of supportive peers and professionals. The SLIP program is helping to cultivate a diverse talent pipeline which impacts economic, workforce, professional, and personal development in the St. Louis region.
The challenges of 2020 and the COVID pandemic have had a lasting effect on individuals and businesses throughout our community, making programs like SLIP even more critical. With various changes and increased flexibility in place at S. M. Wilson’s St. Louis headquarters, providing a meaningful full-time experience did not seem practical; yet the needs of the program and students remained important – it was time to get creative.
S. M. Wilson has been a long-time supporter of The Little Bit Foundation so partnering with them to create a hybrid internship program was an easy solution. Through their corporate giving fund, #SMWill, S. M. Wilson covered the cost of one SLIP student to split their time between the two organizations providing an opportunity for the student intern to receive exposure in a corporate and nonprofit work setting.
“Having the opportunity to work with S.M. Wilson and The Little Bit Foundation has been an amazing learning experience. I believe that being able to see both sides of the corporate and nonprofit world gave me a deeper understanding on how each functioned and also provided new insight on the different ways that they give back to the community. Overall, I really enjoyed this experience and can definitely say that I feel more confident in my professional and college readiness.” says SLIP student intern, Sonja N.
Michelle Abel, the Chief Development Officer for The Little Bit Foundation, adds “We are incredibly grateful for the support from S. M. Wilson for more than 10 years now and this shared internship program is one more example of the dedication they have for making a difference in the community. It’s clear that the SLIP program prepares high school students well to be successful in a work environment, as Sonja was able to contribute to our team and help support us in our efforts to serve under-resourced students in St. Louis.”
S. M. Wilson’s Diversity & HR Manager, Maggie Farrell says, “Our SLIP intern has exceeded our expectations. The SLIP program has thoroughly prepared students to begin contributing to companies right away. We look forward to continuing to invest in the community by supporting this program along with other non-profit organizations such as The Little Bit Foundation for years to come and can’t wait to see the continued growth and success of SLIP students like Sonja.”
SLIP’s Director & Career and Workforce Readiness Director for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis, Shanise Johnson adds,“Developing and cultivating a talent pipeline has been personified through the internship opportunity with S. M. Wilson/The Little Bit Foundation. SLIP Interns complete a lengthy process, including 60 hours of training and development, to earn an internship. Sonja has grown tremendously throughout the process and has shown that high school students are able to complete value-added projects (which is much more than job shadowing). We are excited to continue to work with regional employers to make a positive impact in the lives of the students that we serve as well as the community-at-large.”
Sonja spent her time with S. M. Wilson assisting multiple departments including Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, HR, Marketing, and Operations. She was also able to get involved with external groups preparing for Suicide Prevention Week with AGCMO and creating an activity for Aim High’s Career Day as part of the company’s construction career education program SKILLED®. In her time at The Little Bit Foundation, Sonja worked with the Development Department and assisted with volunteers in the warehouse. She helped strengthen the relationship between the two organizations by organizing an info session, school supply drive, and volunteer event as part of her summer project.
Interested in hosting a SLIP student? Visit – www.bgcstl.org/slip/
Construction has predominantly been a male-dominated industry. According to The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC)’s website*, “ As of Dec. 31, 2018, approximately 1,106,919 women were employed in various occupation sectors of the construction industry. Women now make up 9.9 percent of the construction industry in the United States.” Building gender equality is an important component to any company’s growth through employee engagement and retention.
Women often face different challenges in the workforce and those challenges need to be supported. S. M. Wilson recognized this need in our industry and began the journey of change and empowerment with the founding of Wilson Women and working with the Women’s Foundation of Greater St. Louis.
Established in fall 2019, Wilson Women’s mission is to “Bring together the women of our company for relationship building, community service, mentorship, networking and learning opportunities.”
The multi-faceted program meets quarterly and hosts a variety of events including external speakers, internal discussions and team-building activities. In addition, Wilson Women supports external endeavors including professional development opportunities and networking events.
In addition to the company’s 29 female employees, the program is also supported by S. M. Wilson’s male associates. All employees are encouraged to participate and contribute to group discussions and events which include a range of topics from unconscious gender bias to leadership training.
At S. M. Wilson, 27% of the company’s employees and 18% of leadership are female.
“Being a woman in an industry predominantly and historically pursued by men does not have to be the incredible struggle it was decades ago. Fortunately, women have pioneered their way into most construction-related careers,” stated Amy Berg, S. M. Wilson’s President since 2012.
In addition to Wilson Women, S. M. Wilson & Co. wanted to demonstrate a strong commitment to Workplace Gender Equity and looked to the Women’s Foundation of Greater St. Louis (WFSTL) for guidance.
Four years ago, the WFSTL launched a scorecard to recognize top places for women to work known as the “Women in the Workplace: Employment Scorecard.” S. M. Wilson was recognized 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.
The Women in the Workplace Scorecard recognizes 21 small, medium and large companies in the St. Louis region who showed a strong commitment to women in the workplace through measurable outcomes, key policies and best practices, including demonstrating results with women in a minimum of 28 percent of top leadership roles; a minimum of 25 percent of women in the top 10 percent of the most highly compensated employees; a starting wage higher than the Missouri minimum wage; and family-friendly flexible work policies and recruitment and retention programs targeted at advancing women.
Unlike most “Best Places to Work” reports that rely on employee opinion surveys, the Women in the Workplace: Employment Scorecard looked at objective criteria and outcomes. Through a blind data review process by a seven-person panel, the Scorecard evaluates company employment practices and their impact on gender diversity. Designated organizational representatives were asked to answer specific questions based on existing policies, practices or employee data.
“Using resources through sources such as WFSTL allows us to be a better employer,” stated Berg. S. M. Wilson continues to develop additional resources and programming through the firm’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee driven by Diversity Manager, Maggie Farrell.
To learn more about WFSTL visit: www.wfstl.org/women-in-the-workplace-initiative.
St. Louis, Mo., June 29, 2021 – S. M. Wilson & Co. has hired Cape Girardeau native Jeff Schwettman as project superintendent for the firm’s Southeast Missouri location.
As a project superintendent, Schwettman will be responsible for the day-to-day site management of a project including scheduling, quality and safety. He joins the firm’s Cape Girardeau office as a local resident with 20 years construction experience. He has a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Southeast Missouri State University, is OSHA 30 certified and Safety Trained Supervisor Construction (STSC) certified by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals.Continue reading “S. M. WILSON & CO. CAPE GIRARDEAU HIRES PROJECT SUPERINTENDENT JEFF SCHWETTMAN”
St. Louis, MO, June 29, 2021 – S. M. Wilson & Co. has officially broken ground on Ladue School District’s Future-Ready Schools building program in St. Louis, Missouri. S. M. Wilson is serving as the Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) for the District’s $126M Proposition L bond referendum passed by the community in April. Projects include renovations and additions to Ladue Middle School, Old Bonhomme Elementary School and Spoede Elementary School.Continue reading “S. M. WILSON BREAKS GROUND ON LADUE SCHOOL DISTRICT’S $126M BUILDING PROGRAM”
St. Louis, Mo., June 3, 2021 – S. M. Wilson & Co. is pleased to announce its sponsorship of the Madison County Regional Office of Education (ROE) 41’s Construction Camp in Troy, IL. As a sponsor, the company seeks to support the organization’s commitment to working for the success of their students and community through better education.
Led by Regional Superintendent of Schools, Robert W. Werden, ROE 41 supports Illinois’ Public Education System by providing educators and the general public with access to information regarding education services, agencies and events.Continue reading “S. M. WILSON & CO. SPONSORS MADISON COUNTY CONSTRUCTION CAMP”
St. Louis, Mo., June 1, 2021 – S. M. Wilson & Co. has promoted Anna Eisenbath to Assistant Project Manager. As Assistant Project Manager, she will be coordinating the activities of a project to ensure schedule, financial management, document control and quality standards are met and projects are completed safely, on time and with approved budgets.
Eisenbath joined S. M. Wilson five years ago as an intern and has worked on a variety of complex projects playing a significant role in their success, including projects for clients such as Ladue School District, Nestle Purina PetCare and Target. Most recently, Eisenbath has taken on management of multiple in-store remodels for the Target Corporation throughout the region.Continue reading “S. M. WILSON PROMOTES ANNA EISENBATH TO ASSISTANT PROJECT MANAGER”
With labor shortages in the A/E/C industry at an all-time high, S. M. Wilson & Co.’s trademarked construction career education program, SKILLED®, has partnered with the Missouri School Board Association (MSBA) to launch the Centennial Awards to inspire the next generation.
The award challenges high school students across the State of Missouri to inspire their local community through science, technology, engineering, art and/or math (STEAM) learning, all with the chance to win $1,000 grand prizes for their creative ideas and achievable plans.
Students or student groups in an MSBA district are challenged to create a process, lesson, activity or product that engages their community with STEAM learning opportunities. Students will then take their creative ideas and develop a feasible plan to inspire the next generation in their community using STEAM fundamental skills.
“Exposure to STEAM skills at a young age opens many opportunities for future development and interest in careers in construction and other related industries. It is our hope with the Centennial awards to inspire the next generation to use STEAM learning in ways that specifically support their own communities,” says Kristyn Newbern, Director of Client Development at S. M. Wilson and SKILLED program lead.
All high school students in good academic standing who attend an MSBA-member district are eligible to submit for a chance to win a $1,000 grand prize.
Just like real-world programming, a creative idea is just the beginning for the Centennial award entries. Participants will also submit a Project Plan with an anticipated schedule and budget to implement their idea. The Project Plan will also address the details of their concepts including inspiration, impact on the community, goals, audience, location and resources required to implement the project. Students can submit their plans and a short video explaining their ideas to tinyurl.com/CentennialAwards by September 10, 2021.
The Centennial Awards are committed to following an equitable selection and award process. There is no financial cost to entrants and no requirement for travel to be awarded a grand prize. Resources are available to support interested students facing barriers to entry or seeking support in developing their submission. S. M. Wilson, SKILLED and MSBA encourage all interested, eligible students and student groups to enter award submissions. Submissions will be judged on various factors including mission, feasibility and overall project impact. Entries will be awarded bonus points if their program can be repeated, expanded and/or elevated in the future.
The first place Centennial Award winners will receive $1,000 in prize money sponsored by S. M. Wilson and STL.works, a formal Certificate of Award and recognition at the MSBA Annual Conference. The first-place award will also be presented to the district superintendent at the November 5-7, 2021 MSBA Annual Conference in Kansas City.
MSBA serves as the unified voice of school board members throughout Missouri and provides board member training, comprehensive policy support, legal assistance, superintendent search guidance and other services designed to allow school boards to put maximum resources in the classroom.
S. M. Wilson’s SKILLED program provides hands-on opportunities to integrate academic learning and focus on future employment in the A/E/C industry. S. M. Wilson has been a long-time Affiliate Member of MSBA, and is proud to partner with the organization to create and fund the 2021 Centennial Awards.
Help bring construction to the classroom and watch students’ ideas come to life. To learn more about inspiring the next generation or to submit an application, please visit tinyurl.com/CentennialAwards.
St. Louis, Mo., April 12, 2021 – Trivers and S. M. Wilson & Co.’s Washington University January Hall project received LEED Platinum certification for its green building practices, commitment to environmental responsibility and overall sustainability.Continue reading “TRIVERS & S. M. WILSON’S WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY JANUARY HALL PROJECT RECEIVES LEED PLATINUM CERTIFICATION”
St. Louis, Mo., April 6, 2021 – S. M. Wilson & Co. has promoted Mike Mangiore, CCIFP to Chief Financial Officer, effective April 1, 2021. He replaces Mike Dohle who is set to fully retire in 2021 and has held the role for more than two decades.
Mangiore has been with S. M. Wilson for 10 years, most recently as Controller. He is a Certified Construction Industry Financial Professional (CCIFP) with 15 years of financial management experience. Mangiore has a B.A. and M.A. in Accounting, from Truman State University and an M.B.A. from Fontbonne University. He is also active in the community as a board member for Ready Readers and the Gateway Earned Income Tax Community Coalition.Continue reading “S. M. WILSON PROMOTES MIKE MANGIORE, CCIFP TO CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER”
St. Louis, Mo., March 24, 2021- The Women’s Foundation of Greater St. Louis Recognizes S. M. Wilson & Co. for Demonstrating A Strong Commitment to Workplace Gender Equity.
Today, on Equal Pay Day, S. M. Wilson was recognized by the Women’s Foundation of Greater St. Louis (WFSTL) as a top place for women to work in the fourth annual “Women in the Workplace: Employment Scorecard.” S. M. Wilson was recognized 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.Continue reading “S. M. WILSON & CO. NAMED A TOP PLACE FOR WOMEN TO WORK IN NEW “WOMEN IN THE WORKPLACE” REPORT”
St. Louis, Mo., March 18, 2021 – S. M. Wilson & Co. has promoted Patrick Aylesworth, LEED Green Associate, to Pre-Construction Manager.
Aylesworth joined S. M. Wilson in October 2018 as a Project Manager and recently completed the $7.2 million Primary School Addition and Renovation project for Hallsville R-IV School District. His diligence, teamwork and client focus were vital to the success of the project.Continue reading “S. M. WILSON PROMOTES PATRICK AYLESWORTH TO PRE-CONSTRUCTION MANAGER”
St. Louis, MO, March 11, 2021 – S. M. Wilson & Co. has promoted Nichole Geiger to Project Manager. As Project Manager, she will be responsible for handling all administrative functions for a project, including scheduling, holding progress meetings, generating meeting minutes, tracking costs and maintaining logs for all project information.
Geiger started as an S. M. Wilson Intern in 2014 and has proven to be a valuable asset to the team. She has worked on several challenging, high-profile projects including IKEA St. Louis, BJC Campus Renewal project and City Foundry STL. On these projects, she demonstrated a high level of dedication and passion to excel to the project team. Most recently, she has been working on a complex project at Blessing Hospital managing an insurance claim from a flood event at the hospital last year.Continue reading “S. M. WILSON PROMOTES NICHOLE GEIGER TO PROJECT MANAGER”
St. Louis, MO, March 9, 2021 – S. M. Wilson & Co. has officially broken ground on Winfield R-IV School District’s building program project in Winfield, Missouri. S. M. Wilson is serving as the Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) for the District’s $16 million 2020 Bond Issue. Projects include a new middle school as well as several other district-wide improvements.Continue reading “S. M. WILSON BREAKS GROUND ON WINFIELD R-IV SCHOOL DISTRICT BUILDING PROGRAM”
St. Louis, Mo., January 12, 2021 – S. M. Wilson & Co. a 100-year old construction management and general contracting firm is celebrating its 100th year anniversary with the opening of two new locations Edwardsville, IL. and Cape Girardeau, MO.
S. M. Wilson was founded in 1921 in Granite City, IL and is opening Edwardsville and Cape Girardeau locations to better serve its clients.
“In 2019, we launched a new strategic plan focused around providing our clients with an amazing experience. With the new office locations, we can be closer to our clients providing them more value and a personalized experience,” said Amy Berg, president.Continue reading “S. M. WILSON & CO. EXPANDS WITH TWO NEW LOCATIONS AND HIRES GREG WILLIAMS AS DIRECTOR OF CLIENT DEVELOPMENT”
St. Louis, Mo., January 5, 2021 – Scott Wilson CEO of S. M. Wilson & Co. is set to retire April 1, 2021 after 37 years of service.
In 1990, Wilson was named president, succeeding his father. Under Wilson’s leadership, S. M. Wilson’s revenue, profitability and repeat client portfolio hit new heights as the firm became primarily a construction manager. In 2012, Wilson became CEO and Amy Berg was named president.Continue reading “SCOTT WILSON CEO OF S. M. WILSON & CO. TO RETIRE IN APRIL”
St. Louis, Mo., December 29, 2020 – S. M. Wilson & Co. has promoted Mary Anderson, Gwen Arenberg, AIA and Evan Dorks to Assistant Project Manager. As Assistant Project Managers, they will work with the Project Managers in coordinating the activities of a project to ensure schedule, document control and quality standards are met and projects are completed safely, on time, with approved budgets while going Beyond the Build for our clients, ensuring an Amazing Client Experience.Continue reading “S. M. WILSON PROMOTES MARY ANDERSON, GWEN ARENBERG, AIA AND EVAN DORKS TO ASSISTANT PROJECT MANAGER”
St. Louis, Mo., December 15, 2020 – S. M. Wilson & Co. has been selected by Francis Howell School District to perform as the Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) for its planned $91 million building program. Projects include a new Francis Howell North High School, construction on Henderson Elementary and Francis Howell North stadium and field work.
The program is part of Francis Howell’s $244 million bond issue passed in June 2020, the largest school bond issue to ever be passed in the state of Missouri. The project is also the first CMAR building program for a school district in St. Charles County.Continue reading “S. M. WILSON AWARDED $91 MILLION BUILDING PROGRAM FOR FRANCIS HOWELL SCHOOL DISTRICT”
St. Louis, Mo., November 17, 2020 – S. M. Wilson & Co. has appointed Maggie Farrell as Diversity & Human Resources Manager.
Farrell is committed to initiatives surrounding diversity in the construction industry and actively participates in coaching, training, mentoring, networking and career development. Since joining S. M. Wilson in 2018, she has been an integral part of the firm’s diversity, equity and inclusion objectives, sitting on the Company’s Employee Engagement Committee, Collegiate Development Committee and #SMWill, the firm’s charitable giving organization.Continue reading “S. M. WILSON APPOINTS MAGGIE FARRELL AS DIVERSITY & HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER”
St. Louis, Mo., October 20, 2020 – S. M. Wilson & Co. has been selected by the City of Highland to perform as the General Contractor for their $6.5M Public Safety Building. The new 27,930 SF building will house the City’s Police, Fire and EMS Departments under one roof. The project officially broke ground on October 15, 2020.
S. M. Wilson was the lowest-bidder amongst a group of local contractors and the council’s vote was unanimous. A committee of public safety employees worked with the Architect to determine what would be needed for the new building. The project will provide the City’s emergency services the capacity to double all services in the future.Continue reading “S. M. WILSON BREAKS GROUND ON $6.5 MILLION HIGHLAND PUBLIC SAFETY BUILDING IN HIGHLAND, IL”
For decades S. M. Wilson has proudly built education facilities, and our work has had a tremendous impact on our community. In addition to supporting individual student interest, we strive to support the serious needs of our industry to promote career paths in the trades and provide access to those careers.
As we began to see the effects the pandemic was having on our clients, specifically, those working in education, S. M. Wilson quickly reached out to Owners and organizations to determine the best way to offer support. With students, teachers and parents having to rapidly transition to online learning, many felt overwhelmed with limited information and how to present it to students of varying age levels.
At the onset of COVID, S. M. Wilson’s construction career education program, SKILLEDTM, began developing an online learning curriculum. Wilsonites came together to develop virtual aids such as at-home STEAM activities, online project presentations, videos on construction career information, construction storytimes and more to continue to bring construction career education to the classroom.
At the beginning of April, Director of Project Development, Jim Hoette, discussed the ins and outs of a construction project with 30 engineering students from the School District of Clayton over video conferencing.
Clayton High School Engineering Teacher, Steve Beauchamp says, “I wanted to give a quick shout out and a huge thank you to S. M. Wilson’s SKILLED program for meeting virtually with our engineering students. We appreciate you taking time out of your busy schedules to give exposure to all the engineering and problem solving that goes into construction. We thank you so much for your time, for your effort and for your dedication to education.”
Through these virtual project presentations, S. M. Wilson is able to provide first-hand experiences in a flexible environment to demonstrate and discuss different aspects of the A/E/C industry.
The materials can also be incorporated into existing curriculums, support school programs and continue to better meet the needs of more PreK–12 students interested in the construction industry. PreK teacher at Kirkwood Early Childhood Center, Monica Ealy, began using the storytime videos and STEAM activities over the summer.
Monica says, “It can be particularly challenging to teach four and five-year-olds online, especially when many of their parents have full-time jobs. The lesson plans are easy to follow and engaging for students and have been a great resource for us.”
The free educator resources can also be used in person as Districts slowly transition back to school. Monica says, “With safety precautions in place, some of the younger students are back at school in person a few days a week. The videos and accompanying activities have been great for students as they are interactive and educational while still fitting into all of the safety guidelines we are using in the classroom.”
Outside the classroom, S. M. Wilson has also begun sharing SKILLED’s new resources with organizations such as the St. Louis County Library, Ready Readers and Cardinal Glennon.
Director of Client Development, Kristyn Newbern, says, “With this addition to our SKILLED programming, we can contribute quality educational content for virtual and in-person learning environments.”
St. Louis, Mo., September 29, 2020 – S. M. Wilson & Co. has hired Nick Martin as Senior Project Development Manager for the firm’s Southeast Missouri market.
Martin is stationed in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. The addition comes as part of the company’s efforts to provide more value and personalized experience for their clients and partners in Southeast Missouri. As Senior Project Development Manager, Martin will work closely with the firm’s Client Development team to identify potential opportunities with new clients in the area. He will also serve as the operational lead on these projects.Continue reading “S. M. WILSON HIRES NICK MARTIN AS SENIOR PROJECT DEVELOPMENT MANAGER FOR SOUTHEAST MISSOURI”
St. Louis, Mo., September 24, 2020 – S. M. Wilson & Co. Director of Client Development Kristyn Newbern has joined the Aligned Advisory Board.
Aligned is an organization of business leaders across market sectors in Missouri and Kansas dedicated to improving education for workforce development and economic growth. Newbern is representing the design and construction perspective on education for the St. Louis Advisory Board.Continue reading “S. M. WILSON DIRECTOR OF PROJECT DEVELOPMENT KRISTYN NEWBERN JOINS ALIGNED ADVISORY BOARD”
St. Louis, Mo., September 22, 2020 – S. M. Wilson & Co. donated construction services and a field team to assist Epworth Children & Family Services for their residential facility renovations.
With residential dorms having not been upgrading in decades, Epworth wanted to transform the physical environment to make it more trauma-informed and home-like to better aid in the treatment and healing of its residential youth.Continue reading “S. M. WILSON DONATES CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT SERVICES TO EPWORTH RESIDENTIAL FACILITY RENOVATIONS”
St. Louis, Mo., September 15, 2020 – S. M. Wilson & Co. is rolling out a virtual learning curriculum via construction career education program, SKILLED™.
Due to education’s transition to virtual learning, S. M. Wilson’s SKILLED has developed online resources for teachers, parents, students and other organizations to continue to provide opportunities to integrate academic learning and focus on future employment in the A/E/C industry.Continue reading “S. M. WILSON’S SKILLED™ CONSTRUCTION CAREER EDUCATION PROGRAM DEVELOPS VIRTUAL LEARNING CURRICULUM”
St. Louis, Mo., August 26, 2020 – S. M. Wilson & Co. introduces Special Projects Division to meet the specialized needs of clients with unique, fast-paced projects.
The Division serves projects $3 million and under, typically consisting of tenant improvements, renovations, additions, repairs and core/shell services. With the new infrastructure in place, S. M. Wilson provides a hands-on, individualized approach to these projects with a dedicated team versed in this environment.Continue reading “S. M. WILSON INTRODUCES NEW SPECIAL PROJECTS DIVISION”
St. Louis, Mo., August 18, 2020 – S. M. Wilson & Co. has promoted Jordan Sanders to Senior Project Manager.Continue reading “S. M. WILSON PROMOTES JORDAN SANDERS TO SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER”
Prepares to welcome students and community into new state-of-the-art facility Create Our Future Campaign Achieves $49M towards $45M Goal
ST. LOUIS, August 3, 2020 – COCA – Center of Creative Arts – is celebrating the successful completion of the Create Our Future Campaign, raising $49 million over its four-year effort to support the construction of an accessible, state-of-the-art expansion, the Ferring East Wing, which includes the incomparable 450-seat Catherine B. Berges Theatre, in addition to supporting endowment funds for scholarships, support services, artistic and educational programming.Continue reading “COCA UNVEILS STUNNING CAMPUS EXPANSION”
St. Louis, Mo., July 7, 2020 – S. M. Wilson & Co. has been selected by Winfield R-IV School District to perform as the Construction Management at Risk (CM at Risk) for their $10.5 million 2020 Bond Issue. Projects include a new middle school as well as several other district-wide improvements.Continue reading “S. M. WILSON AWARDED $10.5 MILLION WINFIELD R-IV SCHOOL DISTRICT BUILDING PROGRAM”
St. Louis, Mo., June 24, 2020 – S. M. Wilson & Co. Virtual Design and Construction (VD&C) Manager Matt Niemeyer has become a Licensed Architect in the State of Missouri.
Architectural licensing is granted only when candidates complete sufficient professional education, the Internship Development Program and pass the Architect Registration Exams. Niemeyer earned his B.S. in Architectural Studies from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, has 24 years of construction experience and also became a Licensed Architect in the State of Illinois in 2009.Continue reading “S. M. WILSON VIRTUAL DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION MANAGER MATT NIEMEYER BECOMES LICENSED ARCHITECT IN MISSOURI”
The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) reports that 9.9% of the construction workforce is female. As a result, women are provided with fewer opportunities than their male counterparts.
Although the number of women in construction is slowly increasing, females still face an abundance of barriers working in a male-dominated career and S. M. Wilson is taking heed. Knowing that only a small portion of the industry is female, S. M. Wilson created Wilson Women, a program to provide camaraderie and support to the women in their firm.
Established in fall 2019, Wilson Women’s mission is to “bring together the women of our company for relationship building, community service, mentorship, networking and learning opportunities.” The multi-faceted program meets quarterly and hosts a variety of events including external speakers, internal discussions and team-building activities. In addition, Wilson Women supports external endeavors including professional development opportunities and networking events.
“Being a woman in an industry predominantly and historically pursued by men does not have to be the incredible struggle it was decades ago. Fortunately, women have pioneered their way into most construction-related careers. I’m proud to serve as President of a company where females make up 30% of our employees and 18% of our leadership positions,” says S. M. Wilson President, Amy Berg.
Upon pursuing a career in construction, females are faced with a number of challenges including fewer role models, discrimination, pay gap and lack of work-life balance. Through Wilson Women, the company will ensure a workplace where women are engaged, valued and supported in their personal wellness, community involvement and professional advancement.
“The industry as a whole still has a long way to go, but thanks to programs like Wilson Women, we are doing our part to challenge stereotypical norms, provide more resources that empower women and set them up for a successful career in construction,” says Berg.
In addition to the company’s 37 female employees, the program is also supported by S. M. Wilson’s male associates. All employees are encouraged to participate and contribute to group discussions and events which include a range of topics from unconscious gender bias to leadership training.
Since its launch, the program has come together on two separate occasions to discuss strengths and areas of improvement for the company from a woman’s perspective, as well as discussing the challenges that need to be addressed outside of the organization. Many have also attended external networking and training sessions including the St. Louis Business Journal’s Women Conference, St. Louis Women in Science, Entrepreneurship & Research (WISER) Conference and more with no signs of slowing down.
“S. M. Wilson realizes the importance of promoting and providing more opportunities to the females in our company. We hope that through programs like Wilson Women we can raise awareness, educate and support the women in construction to make the industry more accessible for all,” says Berg.
St. Louis, Mo., February 4, 2020 – S. M. Wilson & Co. has promoted Josh Weber to Project Manager. As Project Manager, he will be responsible for leadership and coordination for all aspects of the project(s) and is accountable for the project’s success, as well as the success of the project stakeholders.
Weber joined S. M. Wilson in 2017 working on Tallgrass Creek Residential Building 1.4 and 1.5. Weber then transitioned to a lead role in managing a new client for S. M. Wilson, Dry Goods, which is a high-end retail brand owned by long-time client, Von Maur.Continue reading “S. M. WILSON PROMOTES JOSH WEBER TO PROJECT MANAGER”
St. Louis, Mo., January 16, 2020 – S. M. Wilson announces retirement of Vice President of Healthcare, Bill Wagner after 18 years with the company and more than 39 years in the construction industry. During his tenure at S. M. Wilson, Wagner has forged partnerships with industry leaders and built a talented healthcare project team, leaving the company in a strong position to execute strategic initiatives.
“On behalf of everyone at S. M. Wilson, I would like to thank Bill for his many contributions to our growth and success. Over the years, he has been an invaluable member of the team, providing mentorship on more than $1.1 billion in healthcare experience, building S. M. Wilson’s portfolio with BJC HealthCare, Boone Hospital and Blessing Health System and cultivating a strong foundation for S. M. Wilson’s future in the healthcare industry,” said Scott Wilson, S. M. Wilson CEO.Continue reading “S. M. WILSON ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT OF BILL WAGNER, VICE PRESIDENT OF HEALTHCARE”
St. Louis, Mo., December 17, 2019 – S. M. Wilson & Co. has hired Keith Peters as Director of Client Development.
Peters joins S. M. Wilson’s Client Development team with 20 years of experience in client development, marketing and sales. The addition comes as part of the company’s recent restructure to provide more value and personalized experience for their clients, partners and employees. Peters holds a Communications degree from Missouri State University and will be the dedicated lead for S. M. Wilson’s retail, hospitality, multi-family and development market sectors.Continue reading “S. M. WILSON HIRES KEITH PETERS AS DIRECTOR OF CLIENT DEVELOPMENT”
In August 2019, the AGC reported: “eighty percent of construction firms are having a hard time filling hourly craft positions that represent the bulk of the construction workforce.”
As labor shortages continue, S. M. Wilson set out to create a program to address the need for more well-trained, qualified workers. For decades, we have proudly built education facilities and our work has had a tremendous impact on the community. Project teams have presented to classes, hosted project tours and organized activities to engage student interest in the construction industry. In addition to supporting individual student interest, we strive to support the serious needs of our industry to promote career paths in the trades and provide access to those careers.
This year, S. M. Wilson has formalized these efforts and rolled them into our existing career development initiatives to form SKILLED, with the mission to Inspire the Future of Construction.
“A decline in qualified craft workers sparked S. M. Wilson to create a program that would impact our industry in a positive way. SKILLED brings construction into the classroom and beyond by providing the foundational knowledge and skills for a successful career in the A/E/C industry,” says S. M. Wilson President, Amy Berg.
The three-pronged program supports individuals from all experience levels, from pre-k students to workforce professionals, to Discover, Develop and Elevate their skills in the construction industry.
The Discover portion of the program is already underway at S. M. Wilson’s Hallsville Primary School addition and renovation project in Hallsville, MO. The project team introduced students from the high school’s Ag Construction class to real-world applications of a construction project through site tours and trailer talks. The latest installment of the program allowed students to suit up in PPE and view the current state of their Primary School which included crane operations and steel erection of the prefabricated building structure.
“Students enjoyed touring the jobsite and seeing a variety of different trade skills taking place. We are excited to continue this program with S. M. Wilson throughout the school year. Thanks to S. M. Wilson for this educational opportunity, it is really appreciated,” said Caleb Martin, Teacher and Advisor at Hallsville R-IV Schools.
Seeing the physical job completed in real-time with the guidance of the S. M. Wilson project team will give students the unparalleled introduction to what their future in construction might entail. Future plans with the District include construction career presentations and STEAM construction activities for middle and primary school students are underway.
Amy Berg explains, “We are excited to kick off SKILLED with the Hallsville R-IV School District and look forward to continuing our efforts to provide students with the framework and a strong foundation for a future career in construction.”
The Develop and Elevate portions of the program focus on high school, secondary students and beyond. As part the Develop phase, S. M. Wilson offers career-ready internships, career training and mentorship. Led by the company’s Collegiate Development Committee, students interested in working in the construction industry experience hands-on training opportunities, mentoring and networking to benefit their personal and professional development.
The Elevate phase supports the internal professional growth of employees through continued job training, team building, development programs, leadership and advancement opportunities. Knowing that our employees are our greatest asset, S. M. Wilson strives to provide a strong foundation and resourceful company culture by emphasizing growth and encouraging professional development. A few benefits offered include tuition reimbursement, a leadership program, career paths rotation program and Wilson Women.
To learn more about SKILLED, visit www.smwilson.com/skilled.
St. Louis, Mo., December 3, 2019 – S. M. Wilson & Co. has promoted Mike Ashley to Field Director.
His promotion comes with a recent restructuring of S. M. Wilson’s Field Operations department. The Field Director position will replace the Director of Field Operations to allow for more than one individual to provide direct support, oversight, and mentorship for the field aspects of projects from pre-construction to close-out including support of superintendents and tradespeople.Continue reading “S. M. WILSON PROMOTES MIKE ASHLEY TO FIELD DIRECTOR”
St. Louis, Mo., November 19, 2019 – S. M. Wilson & Co. introduces a new construction career education program, SKILLED as of November 2019. SKILLED’s mission is to “Inspire the future of construction”.Continue reading “S. M. WILSON INTRODUCES SKILLED”
St. Louis, Mo., NOVEMBER 4, 2019 – S. M. Wilson & Co. is under new leadership in an effort to provide more value and personalized experience for their clients, partners and employees.
“Today we are naming a new executive committee to provide strategy, planning, development of our people and most importantly open communication,” said Amy Berg, S. M. Wilson & Co. President.Continue reading “S. M. WILSON NAMES NEW EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP TEAM”
St. Louis, Mo., October 18, 2019 – S. M. Wilson & Co. has promoted Rebecca Cornatzer to Chief Human Resources Officer.
Cornatzer joined S. M. Wilson in 2017 and has proven to be an integral part of the team. In just over two years, she has led strategic human resources initiatives related to personnel policy, professional development and talent and performance management. In her role as Chief Human Resources Officer, Cornatzer will continue to have ultimate responsibility for all aspects of the company’s Human Resources Department functions. She will also be involved in long-range planning and monitoring business performance and risk management with a focus on developing and executing human resources initiatives in support of the company’s strategic direction.Continue reading “S. M. WILSON PROMOTES REBECCA CORNATZER TO CHIEF HUMAN RESOURCES OFFICER”
St. Louis, Mo., October 7, 2019 – S. M. Wilson & Co. has promoted Amanda Bohnert, CPSM to Chief Marketing Officer and Kristyn Newbern to Director of Client Development.Continue reading “S. M. WILSON PROMOTES AMANDA BOHNERT, CPSM TO CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER AND KRISTYN NEWBERN TO DIRECTOR OF CLIENT DEVELOPMENT”
St. Louis, Mo., September 27, 2019 – S. M. Wilson & Co. has promoted Chris Watkins and Travis Schmitt to Assistant Project Superintendent, Eva Chapin to Project Manager and Nichole Geiger to Assistant Project Manager.
St. Louis, Mo., September 26, 2019 – S. M. Wilson & Co. has promoted Jason Gasawski and Kerry Lorts to Senior Project Manager.Continue reading “S. M. WILSON PROMOTES JASON GASAWSKI AND KERRY LORTS TO SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER”
St. Louis, Mo., September 20, 1019 – S. M. Wilson Human Resources Manager, Maggie Farrell, has been selected for FOCUS St. Louis’ Fall 2019 Class of Emerging Leaders.
The non-profit organization selects a group of young professionals ages 22-35 each spring and fall through a competitive application process. The three-month program provides the opportunity to strengthen personal, professional and civic leadership skills while building connections with a diverse group of network peers.
St. Louis, Mo., August 7, 2019 – S. M. Wilson & Co. has been selected by the City of Clayton to serve as the construction manager for a new all-season ice rink complex in Shaw Park.
This project includes replacing the City of Clayton’s existing 50-year-old ice rink with a new multi-use facility. The new recreation complex will include a regulation size ice-rink and replacement of the existing support building which includes, locker rooms, skate rental, warming areas, party and event spaces. Continue reading “S. M. WILSON AWARDED CITY OF CLAYTON SHAW PARK ALL-SEASON RECREATION COMPLEX”
Technology in the construction industry is transforming today’s jobsite operations. Thanks to advances such as virtual and augmented reality (AR), Owners now have access to real-time data and true-to-scale visuals of their projects. With these tools, decision-makers are also able to visualize each project phase, detect potential errors and make changes before construction begins, saving time and money.
Implementing the latest technology has been crucial for S. M. Wilson’s Moorman Pavilion Vertical Expansion project at Blessing Hospital. This project consists of a vertical addition of two floors on top of an occupied patient tower. Coordination of the mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection systems have been critical to minimize the impact on the hospital as well as expedite the schedule in order to carry out their timeline. To achieve this, S. M. Wilson utilized 3D BIM Coordination with the subcontractors on site to coordinate all of the MEPFP systems with the building structure long before installations began.
Engaging with both the design team and the Owner early on in preconstruction as well as constant communication between all parties also prevents costly changes later on and keeps the client up to date on the project. In addition, S. M. Wilson has been utilizing virtual design and construction (VDC) to expand the purview of Owner communication. By using augmented reality, virtual patient room mockups were presented using AR goggles at Moorman Pavilion. End-user’s are able to walk through construction space seeing highly detailed projections of the completed patient rooms. This form of communication results in a much deeper understanding of the project through visualization and allows for identification of potential changes much earlier in the process.
St. Louis, Mo., July 30, 2019 – S. M. Wilson & Co. has officially broken ground on Hallsville R-IV School District’s Primary School addition and renovation project in Hallsville, Missouri. S. M. Wilson is serving as the Construction Manager at Risk for the 31,000 SF addition to Hallsville Primary School which includes an eight-classroom second grade wing addition, new gymnasium and storm shelter. Continue reading “S. M. WILSON BREAKS GROUND ON HALLSVILLE R-IV SCHOOL DISTRICT PRIMARY SCHOOL ADDITION & RENOVATION”
St. Louis, Mo., July 30, 2019 – S. M. Wilson & Co. has promoted Kelly Santacruz to Senior Project Accountant. As Senior Project Accountant, she will be responsible for handling all administrative functions for a project in addition to mentoring, providing high level coordination and organizational project support for the project team. Continue reading “S. M. WILSON PROMOTES KELLY SANTACRUZ TO SENIOR PROJECT ACCOUNTANT”
St. Louis, Mo., July 10, 2019 – S. M. Wilson & Co. has promoted Maggie Farrell to Human Resources Manager. As HR Manager, she will continue expanding her leadership role around the company’s recruitment and professional development efforts. Continue reading “S. M. WILSON PROMOTES MAGGIE FARRELL TO HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER”
St. Louis, Mo., July 1, 2019 – S. M. Wilson’s COO, Mark Cochran has been named to ENR’s National Top 20 Under 40 2019 list.
The national winners are chosen from the compilation of ENR’s 10 regional Top Young Professionals competition. Cochran was named one of the 2018 Top 20 Under 40 in ENR Midwest. This year’s national class was chosen from nearly 300 entries consisting of the highest scoring candidates from the regional competitions. Continue reading “MARK COCHRAN NAMED ENR’S NATIONAL TOP 20 UNDER 40”
St. Louis, Mo., June 26, 2019 – S. M. Wilson’s Annual Swinging Fore Dreams Golf Tournament raised $36,000 for the Dream Factory of Saint Louis. More than 150 players participated in the 13th annual event at Glen Echo Country Club on May 13, 2019.
S. M. Wilson has been hosting the tournament for 13 consecutive years with all proceeds benefiting children with chronic illnesses and disorders and their families. The event was also supported by S. M. Wilson’s charitable giving program, #SMWill, which launched in August 2018 with the mission of “investing in the community through partnering with organizations focused on supporting the health and education of children.” Continue reading “S. M. WILSON’S ‘SWINGING FORE DREAMS’ GOLF TOURNAMENT RAISES $36,000 FOR THE DREAM FACTORY OF SAINT LOUIS”
Berkeley, Missouri – (June 24, 2019) — UCP Heartland awarded the construction contract for its new 20,000 square foot disability program facility to S. M. Wilson, a 100% employee-owned general contracting firm with almost a 100-year history serving the region. Continue reading “UCP Heartland Breaks Ground on New Adult Day Program Facility in North County Partnering with S.M. Wilson”
St. Louis, Mo., June 19, 2019 – S. M. Wilson Project Manager, Andrew Ahlers, CM-BIM, A.C. has been named to the St. Louis Business Journal’s 30 Under 30 list.
The award recognizes future leaders of the region and local business community. This year’s class contains a diverse group of individuals representing a variety of industries, careers and ethnicities who have made an impact in their profession and the community. Honorees were selected by previous 30 Under 30 recipients as well as the Business Journal editorial board. Continue reading “ANDREW AHLERS, CM-BIM, A.C. NAMED ST. LOUIS BUSINESS JOURNAL’S 30 UNDER 30”
A national leader in innovative arts education, COCA serves more than 50,000 people annually of all ages, backgrounds and ability levels throughout the Greater St. Louis area. As demand for the organization’s services continues to increase, the existing facility no longer has adequate space or capacity to provide the level of programs desired.
To meet the evolving community needs and serve the growing student base, COCA announced the Create Our Future campaign, a multi-year fundraising effort to transform the University City campus. Launched in 2015, the campaign is the largest in the organization’s history raising $45 million to fund an expansion and renovation project as well as build capital reserves and endowment funds for scholarships, support services, artistic and educational programming.
“This expansion will allow COCA to serve more students from throughout the St. Louis community and ensure that we remain a part of what makes St. Louis a great place to work, live, and raise a family, for years to come,” COCA Board President, Jesse Hunter, said in their press release unveiling the project.
S. M. Wilson is currently serving as the Construction Manager at Risk for COCA’s facility expansion project. Set to open in early 2020, the multi-phased project will nearly double the size of the current facility. Phase 1 of the project was completed by S. M. Wilson in June 2018 and consisted of renovations to the Kuehner West Wing Facilities. Phase 2 is currently underway with the construction of the two-level Ferring East Wing addition, but not without its challenges.
Part of the addition includes a new 450-seat theater with a complex design. The core and shell of the structure is mainly concrete; foundations, columns, walls and decks with a mix of load-bearing masonry and structural steel, however, it is the extreme height of the masonry walls that make them unique. Standing 50 and 52 feet high, the structural loading sequence, wind bracing and assembly of the load-bearing masonry walls were crucial during design.
The one-of-a-kind theater is also difficult to build due to the 11 different floor elevations. S. M. Wilson had to be precise when planning the concrete pour sequence which required multiple forming and shoring systems.
Keeping COCA’s current facility operational on a tight site during construction while maintaining safe facility access for clients and neighbors is also a concern. S. M. Wilson’s safety team created site-specific evacuation plans, trucking routes for deliveries and performs daily safety walks all in an effort to prevent any incident. The team also works hand-in-hand with the COCA Staff, University City and Washington University on a daily basis to work through any coordination issues, avoid conflicts and achieve best management practices for the project site.
Because of the limited space and access of the project site, a tower crane was required in order to accommodate the long reaches for concrete pours and steel picks. Typically a tower crane would not be needed for a two-story building, but due to the location, the height of the masonry walls, overhead obstructions, multi-level concrete deck pours and complex steel installations, it was a requirement for a successful project.
“COCA is an inspiring organization and a staple in our community. We are proud to be a part of delivering this landmark project and look forward to how this new space will continue to innovate and inspire for generations to come,” stated Amy Berg, S. M. Wilson’s President.
Construction is expected to be complete in early 2020.
May is National Preservation Month, a campaign encouraging people to promote historic places that demonstrate the social and economic benefits of historic preservation using #ThisPlaceMatters. To celebrate, we’ve highlighted some of our historic renovation projects and the history behind them.
Woolworth Building Historic Renovation
The 58,904 SF renovation of the historic Woolworth building, located at the northwest corner of Olive and Grand, involved preserving several of the original features, such as restoring the terrazzo flooring and grand staircase on the ground floor. Two-thirds of the space was converted into the new Big Brothers Big Sisters headquarters.
Fontbonne University Anheuser-Busch Hall Renovation
The project included 40,289 SF in renovations and additions to the existing three-story Anheuser-Busch Hall. Renovations included new lab space, classrooms, offices and two kitchens. The building also houses a library, student lounge, a glass-encased stairway with handicapped accessible elevator and state-of-the-art greenhouse topping the second floor and south end of the building.
Columbia College Historic Missouri Hall
A historic structure on the Columbia College campus, Missouri Hall was originally built in 1921 as a home economics building and residence hall. The $4 million renovation project transformed the three-story building into a modern one-stop student service center while maintaining the building’s historical presence. The project also achieved LEED Silver Certification.
The $14 million renovation project in Kansas City, Missouri included restoring the historic Vitagraph Building and expanding it to house offices for the Kansas City Symphony and other tenants. The four-story Vitagraph building was completed in 1930 and originally was used by Warner Brothers to store and distribute films.
St. Louis, Mo., May 6, 2019 – S. M. Wilson & Co. has hired Michele Lord as Business Development Director, Matt Niemeyer as Virtual Design and Construction Manager, Tim Fischer as Estimator and Gwen Arenberg as Project Engineer. Continue reading “S. M. WILSON HIRES MICHELE LORD AS BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR, MATT NIEMEYER AS VIRTUAL DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION MANAGER, TIM FISCHER AS ESTIMATOR AND GWEN ARENBERG AS PROJECT ENGINEER”
In honor of National Volunteer Month, S. M. Wilson’s philanthropic program, #SMWill, is honoring employees for their volunteer efforts and encouraging them to support organizations in their local communities.
#SMWill was first introduced in August 2018 by providing funds for “Investing in our communities through partnering with organizations focused on supporting the health and education of children”. After a favorable first-impression, the program officially went into effect in January 2019 offering a company donation match for individuals, a paid day off for volunteer service with a 501(c)(3) and donation funds.
Since its launch, #SMWill has donated $42,102 to various organizations including Aim High St. Louis, Care to Learn, Wyman Center, Central Institute for the Deaf, Boy Scouts of America, United Services for Children and more. S. M. Wilson employees have also donated their own time and resources by participating in the Cardinal Glennon Sun Run, Ready Readers, Little Bit Foundation, CHADS Coalition and Pedal the Cause to benefit Siteman Kids, to name a few.
With a formal structure in place, #SMWill also serves as a resource for employees to help identify volunteer opportunities. The program hosts an array of 501(c)(3) organizations to educate employees and promote team-building experiences. The company also advocates for its employees to set aside time for team volunteer days and encourages employees to leverage paid volunteer time off to support the community.
Beyond the Build, we believe in building the future of our communities, which includes the health and education of future generations. #SMWill recently sponsored Team Lily for the Homers for Health Game Ball Relay, an annual event to celebrate the Cardinals home opener benefitting SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Foundation. On opening day, Wilsonites joined Lily and her relay team to carry the official home opener ball through St. Louis Ballpark Village.
Following the Relay, S. M. Wilson Controller, Mike Mangiore, and Business Development Manager, Kristyn Newbern, attended Glennon 101 for an inside look at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital. Attendees were given the role of “Intern for a Day”, learning about the many programs the hospital offers through small group tours and candid conversations with faculty, staff, families and patients sharing experiences at Cardinal Glennon.
To learn more about our community involvement and #SMWill’s impact on the areas we build, visit smwilson.com/smwill.
St. Louis, Mo., February 18, 2019 – S. M. Wilson & Co. has promoted Andrew Ahlers, CM-BIM, A.C. to Project Manager. As Project Manager, he will be responsible for handling all administrative functions for a project, including scheduling, holding progress meetings, generating meeting minutes, tracking costs and maintaining logs for all project information. Continue reading “S. M. WILSON PROMOTES ANDREW AHLERS, CM-BIM, A.C. TO PROJECT MANAGER”
St. Louis, Mo., February 5, 2019 – S. M. Wilson & Co., has rehired Mary Anderson as a Project Engineer and former S. M. Wilson Interns Travis Schmitt, Chris Watkins as Field Engineers as well as Emily Echele as Project Engineer.
Continue reading “S. M. WILSON HIRES TRAVIS SCHMITT AND CHRIS WATKINS AS FIELD ENGINEERS AND MARY ANDERSON AND EMILY ECHELE AS PROJECT ENGINEERS”
S. M. Wilson recently teamed up with Great Central Lumber who donated $2,500 of materials to Jennings Senior High School & College Prep Academy’s construction program with an additional $5,000 donation from #SMWill.
The Jennings Build, Design, Construction, and Advanced Manufacturing Program is part of the school’s Career Prep Academy which helps ensure students are college or career ready after high school graduation. Through a partnership with The Carpenters Regional Council of St. Louis and Kansas City, the classes provide students with hands-on learning opportunities and skills needed to be successful in the construction and manufacturing industries.
#SMWill spearheaded the donation after learning about the program and their shortage of supplies. When S. M. Wilson reached out to Great Central Lumber, they generously donated a portion of the materials in need, including cedar and ESLP boards, an assortment of screws, shelving materials and more.
Construction teacher, Casey Hayes said, “We really appreciate it a lot and understand the magnitude of this donation. These materials are a tool. We can provide the information, but a lot of learning goes to waste if the students aren’t able to be hands-on and use the skills we’re teaching them.”
In turn, #SMWill also contributed an additional $2,500 of materials as well as a $2,500 donation to the Friends of Jennings School District Foundation which awards scholarships to graduating seniors to the students’ college or university of choice.
Jennings School District Superintendent, Dr. Art McCoy said, “Thank you for your tremendous support of Jennings School District. This donation will help our construction program continue strong throughout the year.”
S. M. Wilson’s charitable giving program, #SMWill, is dedicated to encouraging employees in their will to serve, commit and invest in our community through partnering with organizations focused on supporting the health and education of children.
S. M. Wilson makes every effort to enrich our Community and the communities we work in around the country. 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).
#SMWill is a three-pronged program that encourages employees in their WILL to Serve, Commit and Invest in the communities we build, live and work in. The new corporate philanthropic structure provides employees with a paid day off for volunteer service, company donation match for individuals and a formalized foundation-like fund to “invest in our community through partnering with organizations focused on supporting the health and education of children”.
The program was spearheaded by S. M. Wilson’s Giving Committee after identifying a need to organize the Company’s charitable giving process and promote employee’s volunteer efforts. Since 1921, S. M. Wilson has continuously supported local nonprofits and community programs. The creation of #SMWill will serve as the new philanthropic arm of the Company, focusing efforts on funding the donations and sponsorships of 501(c)(3) organizations whose mission that align with our desire to support the health and education of children.
First Introduced in August 2018, #SMWill was fully launched in January 2019 and has already supported monetary donations and volunteer hours to organizations such as Ready Readers, Cardinal Glennon Sun Run and Aim High.
To learn more about the program, visit smwilson.com/SMWill.
St. Louis, Mo., December 18, 2018 – S. M. Wilson & Co. has promoted Josh Weber to Assistant Project Manager. As Assistant Project Manager, he will work with the Project Managers in coordinating the activities of a project to ensure schedule, document control and quality standards are met and projects are completed safely, on time and with approved budgets. Continue reading “S. M. WILSON PROMOTES JOSH WEBER TO ASSISTANT PROJECT MANAGER”
S. M. Wilson has been a staple in the St. Louis area since 1921. In 2001 the company moved its corporate headquarters from Granite City, IL to the City of St. Louis and 2018 has marked another monumental year for the construction manager.
“This year, we are proud to be celebrating $1.5 Billion worth of projects built in the City of St. Louis,” stated S. M. Wilson CEO, Scott Wilson. “Our office is located in the City of St. Louis. We believe in this City. We have for a long time and are proud to have helped build it.”
Construction projects have included the well-known IKEA store, Central Institute for the Deaf, Big Brothers Big Sisters headquarters on Grand, the Target store on Hampton, The Orion mixed-use development in the Central West End and Habitat for Humanity headquarters and ReStore. Construction has also included multiple healthcare projects such as Shriners Hospitals for Children-St. Louis, Washington University’s Medical Center Campus Renewal, BJC Institute of Health at Washington University School of Medicine and clinics for Family Care Health Centers.
Beyond the Build, S. M. Wilson is committed to promoting neighborhood growth and stabilization in the community. Acting as a true partner with the City, we are proud of our $1.5 Billion accomplishment and the impact our projects have had on St. Louis. To learn more about our history, visit smwilson.com.
St. Louis, Mo., November 20, 2018 – S. M. Wilson & Co. has promoted Jordan Sanders to Project Manager. As Project Manager, he will be responsible for handling all administrative functions for a project, including scheduling, holding progress meetings, generating meeting minutes, tracking costs and maintaining logs for all project information. Continue reading “S. M. WILSON PROMOTES JORDAN SANDERS TO PROJECT MANAGER”
St. Louis, Mo., NOVEMBER 2, 2018 – S. 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. Continue reading “S. M. WILSON AWARDED HALLSVILLE R-IV SCHOOL DISTRICT PRIMARY SCHOOL ADDITION AND RENOVATION PROJECT”
St. Louis, Mo., October 23, 2018 – S. M. Wilson & Co., President, Amy Berg, has been named to the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis’ Industry Council and the Wyman Center Board of Trustees.
As President and member of S. M. Wilson’s Executive Committee and Executive Planning Committee, Berg guides and manages the company and assists in determining the future direction of S. M. Wilson. During her 22 year tenure with the firm, Berg has been instrumental in the development of new business, client retention and establishing public relations and marketing strategies. Continue reading “S. M. WILSON PRESIDENT AMY BERG JOINS THE FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF ST. LOUIS’ INDUSTRY COUNCIL AND WYMAN CENTER BOARD OF TRUSTEES”
St. Louis, Mo., OCTOBER 17, 2018 – S. M. Wilson & Co., has hired Jacob Fenster as an Estimator, Janell Lanahan as a Job Accountant/Project Assistant, Gary Parker as a Project Engineer, Ryan Brockmann as Assistant Project Manager and Patrick Aylesworth as Project Manager. Continue reading “S. M. WILSON HIRES JACOB FENSTER AS AN ESTIMATOR, JANELL LANAHAN AS A JOB ACCOUNTANT/PROJECT ASSISTANT, GARY PARKER AS PROJECT ENGINEER, RYAN BROCKMANN AS ASSISTANT PROJECT MANAGER AND PATRICK AYLESWORTH AS PROJECT MANAGER”
Throughout the year, Wilsonites spend their time supporting causes and non-profit organizations they are passionate about. Beyond the Build, S. M. Wilson encourages employees to be involved in our community and the communities we work in around the country.
On September 30, S. M. Wilson sponsored 16 runners on the Luke’s SkyWalkers team at the Second Annual Cardinal Glennon Sun Run 5K and 1-mile fun run. The team was led by 1-year-old Luke Newbern, heart warrior and Cardinal Glennon graduate and his mom, Kristyn Newbern, S. M. Wilson’s Business Development Manager.
After hearing Luke’s story, Wilsonites and their families quickly came together by joining the team or donating over and above the S. M. Wilson contribution. Giving is contagious, and by race day the Luke’s SkyWalkers team raised over $8,800 with more than 100 runners with all proceeds benefiting the Children’s Fund at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon.
Kristyn says, “The Luke’s SkyWalkers team supports the Cardinal Glennon Sun Run so that all kids have access to lifesaving medical care. With S. M. Wilson’s generous support, we nearly doubled our fundraising goal.”
On the day of the race, Luke’s SkyWalkers team was the highest ranking fundraising team with $8,853 raised.
St. Louis, Mo., August 1, 2018 – S. M. Wilson & Co’s IT Manager, Jamie Berzon, was honored in Constructech magazine’s annual Women in Construction List for 2018.
The list recognizes the most successful women working in the construction industry who are constantly proving they have the passion, tenacity and steadfastness to lead the largest and most successful projects in the world, all while leveraging innovative technology. Continue reading “S. M. WILSON IT MANAGER, JAMIE BERZON, HONORED IN CONSTRUCTECH’S ANNUAL WOMEN IN CONSTRUCTION LIST FOR 2018”
S. M. Wilson recently joined volunteers with Clean Sweep 2018 at the Penrose and Kingsway East neighborhoods to bring new life to areas in the city challenged with condemned homes and overgrown lots.
Launched by Better Family Life in 2017, Clean Sweep is a neighborhood clean-up initiative that brings together local residents, volunteers from throughout the region, City of St. Louis departments and area construction companies to help revitalize certain parts of the city and St. Louis County.
S. M. Wilson CEO, Scott Wilson, says, “Our office is located in the City of St. Louis. We believe in it. We have for a long time. It makes me feel great to be a part of this initiative.”
As a staple in the St. Louis metropolitan area since 1921, S. M. Wilson makes every effort to enrich our community and the communities we work in around the country. On July 28, a group of 20 Wilsonites and their families came out to support the program, helping to knock down vacant buildings and pick up trash and large debris.
Vice President for Community Life at Better Family Life, James Clark, says, “It brings the self-esteem. It makes people more excited about life. It brings hope back into neighborhoods.”
The program hopes to provide inner-city residents with an annual event that ignites and maintains momentum for neighborhood revitalization and engages a broad base of volunteers who promote real regional unity.
The clean-up events take place over four Saturdays throughout the summer. So far, the monthly events have demolished 23 structures and cleared over 50 trees helping to revitalize and strengthen neighborhoods.
For more information on Clean Sweep 2018, visit betterfamilylife.org.
S. M. Wilson has finalized a construction deal for phase 1 of the much anticipated City Foundry STL project.
The agreement includes current and future contracts, which will consist of the construction and renovation of six buildings, improvements to the 10-acre site, as well as construction of over 60 tenant spaces. The agreement is expected to exceed $100 million when all packages are released. Phase 1 includes transforming 338,000 square feet of the historic foundry building into a food hall, curated retail and entertainment space, and creative offices infused with historic industrial architecture. S. M. Wilson and Lawrence Group, a St. Louis-based design, development and project-delivery firm, will begin work this summer.
“We are very excited to be a part of the City Foundry STL team and to see all the hard work that the design and construction professionals from Lawrence Group and S. M. Wilson have put in over the last 18 months come to fruition. Steve Smith’s vision will be transformational for the City of St. Louis and the region. We are very proud to be a part of this unique and game changing project.” – Amy Berg, S. M. Wilson President.
Click here for more information provided by Lawrence Group regarding this innovative project coming to St. Louis.
St. Louis, Mo., July 12, 2018 – S. M. Wilson & Co., has hired Matthew Frank as Senior Project Manager, Sheila Kennedy as a Job Accountant/Project Assistant and former S. M. Wilson interns Emily Bozarth and Anna Eisenbath as Project Engineers. Continue reading “S. M. WILSON HIRES MATTHEW FRANK AS SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER, SHEILA KENNEDY AS JOB ACCOUNTANT/PROJECT ASSISTANT AND EMILY BOZARTH AND ANNA EISENBATH AS PROJECT ENGINEERS”
St. Louis, Mo., June 25, 2018 – The 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. Continue reading “S. M. WILSON’S ‘SWINGING FORE DREAMS’ GOLF TOURNAMENT RAISES $30,000 FOR THE DREAM FACTORY OF SAINT LOUIS”
St. Louis, Mo., June 20, 2018 – S. 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. Continue reading “S. M. WILSON AWARDED NEW GRANDSTAND & PLAZA AT LADUE HORTON WATKINS HIGH SCHOOL”
St. Louis, Mo., June 14, 2018 – S. M. Wilson & Co. has been selected by Westminster College to serve as the construction manager of the new $4 Million Mueller Stadium in Fulton, MO.
The new athletic stadium is being made possible due to a $4 million gift from Westminster alumnus Kent Mueller and his wife Judy.
Construction of the new Mueller Stadium at Priest Field encompasses the stadium structure itself, turf, scoreboard, lights, bleachers, press box, concessions, restrooms, and other facility enhancements. This will be the largest capital improvement project on the Westminster campus in over a decade.
Continue reading “S. M. WILSON AWARDED $4 MILLION ATHLETIC STADIUM AT WESTMINSTER COLLEGE”
St. Louis, Mo., May 23, 2018 – The joint venture of Reinhardt Construction Company and S. M. Wilson & Co. has been selected by Columbia College to serve as the general contractor of an academic and residence hall in Columbia, Missouri.
The project includes a new four-story, 61,000-square foot structure to accommodate a growing student body. The first floor of building the will house the School of Business offices, six classrooms and a large event center. The second, third and fourth floors will feature additional housing for 150 students.
St. Louis, Mo., May 1, 2018 – S. 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.
St. Louis, Mo., April 24, 2018 – S. M. Wilson & Co, has hired Chris Kopp as Project Manager and Michael Mounce as Project Engineer.
Kopp will be responsible for handling all administrative functions for a project, including scheduling, holding progress meetings, generating meeting minutes, tracking costs and maintaining logs for all project information.
Kopp has a B.S. from the University of Missouri-Columbia and an M.B.A. from University of Missouri – St. Louis. He has 31 years of construction experience.
S. M. Wilson’s Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis (HFHSL) project is nearing completion as the construction crew and team of volunteers complete the final phases of the new headquarters and ReStore. The $2.1 million project kicked off in December 2017 when the need arose for a more functional, cost-effective space.
Since 2002, the organization’s headquarters and ReStore have been located off Forest Park Avenue. In April 2017, HFHSL sold the property, but remained onsite until purchasing a building in St. Louis’ Dutchtown neighborhood. Located at 3830 South Grand, the new space will house all of HFHSL’s resources and services under one roof, something that was not an option at their previous location. The 51,159 square-foot building was originally an empty grocery store which S. M. Wilson converted into administrative offices, construction warehouse and ReStore.
HFHSL CEO, Kimberly McKinney, describes the location as having “huge potential.” The new 10,300 square foot office space will include seven private offices, three conference rooms, a break room and 2,500 square feet of open office space. It will also house a 14,600 square foot warehouse/fabrication shop including truck access and loading dock.
The new headquarters will also be home to a 20,600 square foot ReStore with open floor retail space similar to their ReStore in Des Peres. The ReStore is open to the public featuring new and gently used home improvement products and building materials for purchase. In the past two decades, the Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis ReStore has diverted more than 33,000 tons of materials from landfills. The waste diverted could fill 1,953 semi-trucks.
The project has been a collaborative effort between the construction crew, architect, and generous team of volunteers. Kimberly says, “Thanks to the generosity and hard work, HFHSL will have a new place to call home on time and under budget!”
The ReStore will host a donation drive starting April 24th in hopes of filling the warehouse’s shelves before the grand opening on May 1.
St. Louis, Mo., March 12, 2018 – S. M. Wilson Awarded Best Practices in Construction for Monsanto Building K Waterproofing
Best practices in the construction industry were recognized by the St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers (SLCCC) during its annual awards on March 5, 2018 at the St. Louis Science Center Planetarium, St. Louis, MO. The annual awards recognize successful use of Construction Industry Best Practices validated by the Construction Industry Institute (CII) to improve project quality, budget and schedule.
The Monsanto Building K Waterproofing project was recognized with a Construction Industry Best Practices Award for Constructability by the SLCCC.
Restoring the building integrity of an underground structure was the purpose of the waterproofing project for Building K on the Creve Coeur, MO campus of Monsanto. Continued service as a fully functional cafeteria and service to adjacent buildings created the opportunity to use the Constructability Best Practice for successful completion. Joining with Monsanto in receiving the award were the team led by S. M. Wilson with ABS Consulting and Shield Systems.
St. Louis, Mo., March 9, 2018 – S. M. Wilson & Co. has been selected by Propper Construction Services to serve as the construction manager of a new multi-family housing development at the corner of Mexico Rd. and St. Peters Center Blvd. in St. Peters, MO.
The four-story complex will feature 265 apartment units ranging from one to three bedrooms, a main-level common area, lobby, rental office, and clubhouse. An elevated multi-story connector bridge will tie the East and West buildings together and include an exercise/workout area within the structure. Storage areas will also be available on all floors throughout the complex. Continue reading “S. M. WILSON AWARDED NEW $43 MILLION MULTI-FAMILY HOUSING PROJECT IN ST. PETERS, MO”
Being a woman in an industry predominantly and historically pursued by men does not have to be the incredible struggle it was decades ago. Fortunately, women have pioneered their way into most construction-related careers. These women, our mentors, entered into classrooms, worked in offices, engaged around conference tables, walked onto project sites and earned leadership positions as the only female in their environment. They broke stereotypes, they forged the path to make ours a bit more navigable.
Of course, our journey is not without challenge, but with challenge comes opportunity. With over 25 years of experience, I’ve learned a thing or two about what it takes to be successful in our industry.
Stay balanced beyond your typical 8-5
Construction is an ever-evolving industry where no two days are the same. While every project and jobsite are different, all are driven by deadlines. Practice self-discipline and focus your time on the most important outputs, but also know when to press the off-button. Having a strong work ethic doesn’t mean working around the clock. Self-awareness is crucial, know when it’s time to step up or when it’s time to step away. Overall, maintaining a work-life balance will make you more successful at your job.
Confidence is key
Many females in construction feel apprehensive about supervising or giving direction to their teams. What’s the best way to overcome this? Be actively involved onsite and take part in the bricks and mortar no matter what your position. Prove that you know what you are talking about, but also ask questions and show you are willing to learn from those who may have more experience. Once you start building a relationship of familiarity and trust, working together becomes second nature.
It’s OK if you don’t know the answer
Don’t feel obligated to respond right away. Think through your responses and ask questions. Listen and you will find that people love to share their knowledge. In doing so, you will gain more respect from your colleagues because although they may not get an instant answer, they know they are getting the right one.
The world of construction goes beyond a hammer and a hard hat. From specific trades to engineering, accounting and marketing, this industry offers an array of opportunities in all aspects of business. Take ownership of your career, don’t be afraid to take on new challenges and always be willing to learn.
Amy Berg serves as President of S. M. Wilson. She has more than 25 years in the construction industry. Prior to becoming President of S. M. Wilson, Amy acted as Vice President of Business Development. Amy helped grow S. M. Wilson from $64 million in revenue in 1996, when she joined the firm, to the firm’s current revenue of $250 million. She was instrumental in the development of new business, establishing public relations and marketing strategies, and client retention.
St. Louis, Mo., January 12, 2018 – S. M. Wilson & Co. has promoted Andrew Ahlers, CM-BIM from Project Engineer to Assistant Project Manager.
As Assistant Project Manager, Ahlers will work in concert with the Project Managers to ensure projects are completed safely, on time and with approved budgets. This is accomplished by developing and maintaining effective relationships with all parties involved with the project, maintaining and communicating accurate financial details of the project, maintaining accurate documentation of the project, and by providing support and direction for the entire project team.
St. Louis, Mo., January 2, 2018 – S. M. Wilson & Co. has promoted Brian Bea, Jack Kinamore and Mike Hanner to Project Directors. All three previously held the position of Senior Project Manager.
As Project Directors, Bea, Kinamore and Hanner are responsible for the supervision and overall performance and profitability of multiple project teams, large-scale building programs and the development and continuation of the relationships related to these clients.
St. Louis, Mo., December 18, 2017 – S. M. Wilson & Co. has promoted Mark Cochran to Chief Operating Officer (COO). Cochran serves as the firm’s first COO.
Cochran will be responsible for the leadership of all construction operations related functions and charged with ensuring the achievement of safe, profitable, and quality work in a manner that fulfills the S. M. Wilson Core Purpose, “To build great value, relationships and careers while having fun in the process”.
In partnership with Amy Berg, President and as a member of the Executive Committee, Cochran will be heavily involved in strategic planning, developing new market strategies, high-level financial decision making and planning and developing company-wide systems and processes. Continue reading “S. M. WILSON PROMOTES MARK COCHRAN TO CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER”
St. Louis, Mo., November 9, 2017 – S. M. Wilson & Co. has hired Steven Meeks, PE as Vice President of Pre-Construction and Estimating.
Meeks brings 30 years of construction expertise to the position. In his new role, Meeks will lead and guide S. M. Wilson’s Pre-Construction and Estimating efforts. He will provide oversight and assistance to project teams for budget tracking, cost analysis, forecasting, cost negotiations and change orders; ensuring accuracy and completeness. Meeks has the ultimate responsibility for ensuring the company successfully negotiates and bids projects. Continue reading “S. M. WILSON HIRES STEVEN MEEKS, PE AS VICE PRESIDENT OF PRE-CONSTRUCTION AND ESTIMATING”
St. Louis, Mo., November 6, 2017– S. M. Wilson & Co. has hired Kristyn Newbern as Business Development Manager.
Newbern will be the business development lead for S. M. Wilson’s healthcare and higher education market sectors. She will assist in acquiring new clients, maintaining existing relationships and elevating S. M. Wilson within the community.
Newbern holds an M.S. in Engineering Management and a B.S. in Engineering Management from Missouri University of Science & Technology. Continue reading “S. M. WILSON HIRES KRISTYN NEWBERN AS BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER”
St. Louis, Mo., October 10, 2017 – S. M. Wilson & Co. has promoted Lisa Green to Assistant Controller. She will be responsible for company payroll, daily bank reconciliations, tax filings and implementing new company software for accounting and human resources purposes. Green joined S. M. Wilson in 2007 as Payroll Manager.
“Every time we need someone to step up and fill a role or learn something new, Lisa is right there ready to help however she can, ready for any challenge,” said Mike Mangiore, Controller at S. M. Wilson. Continue reading “S. M. WILSON PROMOTES LISA GREEN TO ASSISTANT CONTROLLER”
Each year, the Mercy Health Foundation hosts a benefit for Mercy Kids which is a vital resource for children and their families offering compassionate medical care for every child, every need, every day.
Bates Architects asked to partner with S. M. Wilson to design and build an epic playhouse to be featured and auctioned off along with other playhouses built by local AEC partners at this year’s Mercy Kids benefit. Eager to participate and support the Mercy Health Foundation, S. M. Wilson jumped at the opportunity…and the results are memorable!
The modern barn-style playhouse features a sliding barn door, a removable roof structure with a cargo net loft, an exterior planter box that will catch rainwater runoff from the roof, interior surfaces of chalkboard paint and magnetic panels, and bonus areas such as a deck and activity table for added fun!
St. Louis, Mo., August 29, 2017– S. M. Wilson & Co. has hired Eva Chapin as Assistant Project Manager, Richard Young as a Project Superintendent and Lindsey Roellig as Project Assistant/Job Accountant.
Chapin will be responsible for all administrative functions during construction of a project, including scheduling, holding progress meetings, generating meeting minutes, tracking costs, and maintaining logs for all project information including transmittals, submittals, and RFIs. She holds a B.S. from Northern Illinois University – DeKab and has 11 years of industry experience. She is ASHE Certified and has U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Construction Quality Management Certification.
Young will be responsible for the day-to-day site management of a project including scheduling, quality and safety. This is his second employment stint with S. M. Wilson. He has 25 years of construction experience and is OSHA 30 certified.
Roellig is S. M. Wilson’s new Project Assistant/Job Accountant. She holds an Associate’s Degree in Paralegal Studies and has 10 years of industry experience.
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 $280 million in 2016 revenues, and ranks 220th in Engineering News-Record’s 2016 list of Top 400 commercial contractors nationwide. For more information, visit www.smwilson.com.
St. Louis, Mo., August 28, 2017 – S. M. Wilson & Co. has promoted Brad Homes, John Dohle and Kerry Lorts to Project Managers. As Project Managers, they will be responsible for handling all administrative functions for a project, including scheduling, holding progress meetings, generating meeting minutes, tracking costs and maintaining logs for all project information. Continue reading “S. M. WILSON PROMOTES BRAD HOMES, JOHN DOHLE AND KERRY LORTS TO PROJECT MANAGERS”
Providing a conducive healing environment and high-quality patient care are top-of-mind for healthcare providers and their contractors when undertaking construction projects in occupied spaces. Minimizing disruptions to day-to-day operations is essential for patients, visitors and medical staff impacted by the noise and general inconvenience of construction. There are five key factors to maintaining operational integrity during most construction projects. Use these factors to help diagnose the potential problems and plan for solutions prior to beginning work on your next project.
How will patient movement (inpatient and outpatient) be affected?
Healthcare renovations or additions often interfere with egress and flow to the facility. Parking and registration are often affected, and access from outside entrances to waiting rooms, admitting, elevators, imaging, laboratories, patient rooms, ED and other areas of the building during construction can be adversely impacted.
SOLUTION: Careful planning and phasing must be made to facilitate easy patient transport throughout the facility to maintain the quality of care. Using building information modeling, 3D “snapshots” can be created of each phase of the project digitally depicting egress and movement. This allows staff to view the potential impacts of construction and provide input prior to disruption.
Is infection control an issue?
Infection control is vital in a healthcare environment. Construction often produces a lot of dust and debris.
SOLUTION: Proper airflow management reduces the risk of exposure. This can be achieved by careful placement of proper negative airflow devices, partitions to separate construction areas from the rest of the hospital, and the use of surgical booties worn over construction workers’ boots when entering hospital spaces.
To make certain proper infection control is maintained, dust and debris must be minimized. Dust partitions, HEPA filters, and sealed containers for debris removal are usually necessary to control the unwanted migration of these contaminants. Only qualified and experienced builders understand all of the steps needed to maintain infection control throughout all phases of a project.
Infection control also involves vaccinations for construction staff, an often overlooked item on the pre-construction planning checklist. Properly immunizing workers before construction can prevent many of the most common diseases from spreading. This not only protects the patient and staff, it also prevents construction workers from contracting illnesses, resulting in more on-the-job time, which leads to faster project completion.
Will construction noise interfere with the patient experience?
Construction noise can intrude on patient care and affect HCAHPS scores. Special procedures and equipment need to be put in place prior to construction to minimize audio intrusion.
SOLUTION: By coordinating construction activities and installing proper noise abatement procedures, audio intrusion into patient areas can be reduced or eliminated. Noise mitigation can include erecting sound absorbing partitions, using special tools that emit less sound and scheduling nosier activities around the hospital’s schedule.
Will med-gas, nurse call, fiber, electric, HVAC, water and fire protection tie-in affect our existing systems?
If new systems need to tie into the existing systems, they should be carefully planned and coordinated with facility personnel.
SOLUTION Proper planning ahead of time can prepare the technology staff for seamless transition and uninterrupted service of critical data and telephonic connectivity. To be effective, a construction team needs to coordinate with the facility staff and the information technology department. All shut downs should be scheduled months in advance with documented and written procedures.
What temporary evacuation procedures need to be put in place prior to construction?
Safety is a major consideration in a construction project—not just for the construction workers but also for patients, visitors and medical staff. During construction, many of the hospital’s normal emergency evacuation routes may be disrupted or moved, so alternative routes need to be in place for possible emergencies.
SOLUTION: Mapping out a series of new evacuation plans for each phase of the project and educating the facility staff of these plans can assure patient and staff safety in the case of an emergency.
If any of the above is a consideration for your project, you should consult a healthcare construction expert to help you plan for a safe, productive and efficient jobsite.
Bill Wagner is Vice President – Healthcare for S. M. Wilson & Co. Bill has been involved in $1.5 billion of healthcare construction during his 37 years in the construction industry and has worked on a variety of healthcare and senior care projects.
St. Louis, Mo., August 15, 2017 – S. 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. Continue reading “S. M. WILSON COMPLETES CONSTRUCTION OF NEW $8.9 MILLION PERFORMANCE GYMNASIUM AND STUDENT COMMONS AT COR JESU ACADEMY”
FROM: Maplewood Richmond Heights School District
I’m pleased to announce that we’ve set a date for the public unveiling of the completely renovated Early Childhood Center in the Maplewood Richmond Heights School District.
St. Louis, Mo., July 12, 2017 – S. M. Wilson & Co. has been selected by Burgers’ Smokehouse to provide design/build services for a 41,000 SF expansion of their production facility in California, Mo. Recognized as a historic Missouri Century Farm, Burgers’ Smokehouse is adding a three-story facility to expand their operations of producing specialty country cured, aged and smoked meats. Continue reading “S. M. WILSON SELECTED FOR DESIGN/BUILD OF BURGERS’ SMOKEHOUSE EXPANSION”
Some of the most challenging aspects of constructing healthcare facilities are hidden from public view.
Housed above ceilings, behind walls and within central utility plants is a complex array of utilities and other infrastructure systems that are vital to the efficient operation of a facility. Patients, physicians and medical staff rely on these core systems every day, yet they probably don’t give them a second thought—if they’re even aware of them at all.
But our construction teams think about them constantly. That’s because a hospital’s infrastructure is fundamental to the delivery of care and the continuous operation of a facility. This infrastructure ranges from extensive ductwork and piping systems to a robust electrical system that provides redundancy to support emergency power requirements. It operates everything from nurse call systems, to low-voltage fire alarms that interlock with the security system, to sprinkler systems. And today’s patient rooms, ORs and imaging rooms rely on considerable power, gases and data to support advanced equipment and technology, including robotics and other innovations.
Building information modeling (BIM) plays a key role in constructing healthcare infrastructure. As construction manager, we have the opportunity to work alongside specialty contractors to ensure that all the details within the model are well coordinated before construction even begins. We also make sure that all equipment is accessible so the facilities staff can conduct ongoing maintenance after the space is occupied.
For hospital expansion projects, we have the additional challenge of maintaining the existing facility’s continuous operation with minimal disruption. Pre-planning is essential to ensure the schedule is precisely coordinated to sustain the continuum of care for patients and maintain optimal safety throughout the project. Pre-planning can include flow, maintaining all essential life/safety systems, shut-down and system tie-ins.
Sometimes, prefabrication of components is an efficient solution, particularly within constrained spaces and sites. When parts are fabricated in a controlled machine-shop environment, they can be installed more quickly, safely and cost effectively than traditional construction.
Our S. M. Wilson team has extensive experience in constructing and relocating healthcare infrastructure. We’ve completed $1.5 billion in healthcare projects on more than 30 campuses throughout the U.S.
A few recent assignments include:
The new 11-story BJC Institute of Health at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis involved extensive MEP relocations and connections to campus services on the state’s largest and most active medical campus. The project required precise scheduling of utility outages and cutovers, including electrical and emergency power, medical gases, steam, and heated and chilled water systems. The most complex cutover—the bulk oxygen main—required four months of planning.
In constructing a new seven-level patient tower at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia, Missouri, our team managed the relocation of a 20-inch water main, existing storm lines, telephone and cable utility lines, gas lines, and the main electrical service. We used creative earth shoring techniques to bury the existing above-ground utility lines
while ensuring these deep excavations were safe for hospital workers and visitors.
At Community Hospital South in Indianapolis, we constructed a five-story patient tower addition in 12 sequential phases. The installation of a new tap and key for water main service required the implementation of a bypass loop to maintain operations of the existing hospital’s water service. The project included the rerouting and replacement of all steam pipe, storm, sanitary and chiller lines as well as medical gas and vacuum lines.
These projects illustrate the meticulous planning and expertise required to construct critical infrastructure and utility systems to support today’s complex healthcare projects.
St. Louis, Mo., July 3, 2017 – S. M. Wilson & Co. has hired Evan Dorks and as a Project Engineer, Galen Richards as a Project Superintendent and Gail Pijut as Project Assistant/Job Accountant.
Dorks will be responsible for helping establish procedures with the design professionals, consultants and Owner of projects for information flow, approvals, meetings and reporting. He will also track shop drawings, submittals, material deliveries and RFIs through the duration of projects. Dorks has interned for S. M. Wilson for the past year. He holds a BS in Construction Management from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. Continue reading “S. M. WILSON HIRES EVAN DORKS AS PROJECT ENGINEER, GALEN RICHARDS AS PROJECT SUPERINTENDENT AND GAIL PIJUT AS PROJECT ASSISTANT/JOB ACCOUNTANT”
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The Solana East Cobb is a new facility in Marietta, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta. The three-story building will feature 66 assisted living care units, while the one-story wing will feature 28 memory care units. Amenities will include dining rooms. café, living room area with fireplace, salon, library, fitness room, wellness center, art studio and theater. Continue reading “FORMATION DEVELOPMENT GROUP AWARDS S. M. WILSON TWO NEW SENIOR LIVING PROJECTS”
St. Louis, Mo., June 21, 2017 – S. M. Wilson & Co. has promoted Jason Gasawski to Project Manager. He will be responsible for handling all administrative functions for a project, including scheduling, holding progress meetings, generating meeting minutes, tracking costs and maintaining logs for all project information.
Gasawski joined S. M. Wilson in 2010 and has worked on a variety of retail, commercial and industrial construction projects including Metal Container Corporation Line 5 and The Orion. He is currently managing multiple Target store renovations. Gasawski holds a B.A. from Southern Illinois University– Edwardsville and has 12 years of experience in the construction industry. Continue reading “S. M. WILSON PROMOTES JASON GASAWSKI TO PROJECT MANAGER”