S. M. WILSON PROMOTES AMANDA BOHNERT, CPSM TO CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER AND KRISTYN NEWBERN TO DIRECTOR OF CLIENT DEVELOPMENT

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.



Bohnert joined S. M. Wilson in 2004 and has been an integral team member for the past 15 years. As Chief Marketing Officer, Bohnert will help position S. M. Wilson to be selected by target clients and evaluate business opportunities to enhance financial success. She will be responsible for leadership and coordination of all Business Development and Marketing efforts including oversight of short and long-range planning on sales and marketing strategies targeted toward existing and new markets. She is the firm’s first CMO.

Bohnert also sits on the company’s Charitable Giving Committee, Planning Committee,  Technology Committee and chairs the ESOP Communications Committee. Outside of S. M. Wilson, she serves as the Director at Large for the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) St. Louis. Bohnert is a Certified Professional Services Marketer (CPSM) and holds a dual B.A. in Public Relations and Business Management and M.A. in Marketing and Advertising from Webster University.

Newbern joined S. M. Wilson in 2017 and has proven to be a valuable asset to the team by identifying and elevating prospects, bringing in opportunities and landing new clients. In her new role, she will be leading efforts in the company’s K-12 and municipal markets and continue to establish and strengthen client partner relationships.

Newbern holds B.S. and M.S. in Engineering Management from Missouri S&T with a professional background in the industrial and civil engineering industry. She is also a member of SMPS St. Louis, Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) St. Louis, St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers (SLCCC), Urban Land Institute (ULI), and is a licensed Missouri real estate agent.

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




S. M. WILSON PROMOTES 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 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.



Watkins and Schmitt joined S. M. Wilson as Field Interns in the Summer of 2018 where they both demonstrated impressive work ethics to warrant fall and winter co-op opportunities before being hired as full-time Field Engineers.

Watkins has worked on S. M. Wilson’s 5300 Centre Apartments project since he started as an intern. He has demonstrated a high degree of professionalism while quickly gaining the trust of the team. His drive and ability to quickly assimilate information led to being elevated to Lead Field Engineer.

As an intern, Schmitt worked on Ladue School District’s Horton Watkins High School addition and renovation. He quickly became a valued member of the team on the high-profile, complicated project with a demanding schedule. He is currently working on City Foundry STL, a $90 million mixed-use redevelopment in midtown St. Louis. Schmitt has continued to flourish, taking on numerous tasks including managing a complicated structural steel package.

Watkins holds a B.S. in Construction Management from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville. Schmitt has an Associate in Applied Science – Construction Management Technology from Southwestern Illinois College along with 10 years of construction experience. Both are OSHA 30 certified.

Chapin has worked on several challenging projects over the recent past, including Solana East Cobb and 5300 Centre Apartments. She began working on 5300 Centre, a luxury apartments community, mid-project last year and quickly became instrumental to the project through her experience, dedication and teamwork to get results while building a rapport with the Owner. Chapin holds a B.S. in Marketing and Fine Arts from Northern Illinois University and is ASHE, CQM and OSHA 30 certified.

Geiger has worked on several challenging, high profile projects including the BJC Campus Renewal project and City Foundry STL. On both projects, she demonstrated a high level of dedication and passion to excel to the project team. Geiger has continually tackled the challenges at hand, providing invaluable experience. She is a member of the AGC Construction Leadership Council, holds a B.S. in Architectural Engineering from Missouri University of Science & Technology and is OSHA 30 certified.

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




S. M. WILSON PROMOTES JASON GASAWSKI AND KERRY LORTS TO SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER

St. Louis, Mo., September 26, 2019 – S. M. Wilson & Co. has promoted Jason Gasawski and Kerry Lorts to Senior Project Manager.



Gasawski joined S. M. Wilson in 2010 and has worked on a variety of projects including Ladue Schools, Link in the Loop, Metal Container Corporation Line 5, multiple Target stores and Von Maur in Grand Rapids. Most recently, he has led an initiative of developing and implementing a technical professional development program for Project Engineers. Gasawski holds a B.A. from Southern Illinois University–Edwardsville, is OSHA 30 certified and has 12 years of experience in the construction industry.

Lorts started as an S. M. Wilson Intern in 2011 and has proven to be a valuable asset to the team, working on projects including the BJC HealthCare/Washington University Medical Center Campus Renewal, Blessing Hospital, O’Fallon Park Recreation and City Foundry STL. He holds a B.S. in Construction Management and completed the Construction Leadership Institute program from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and is ASHE and OSHA 30 certified.

As Senior Project Manager, Gasawski and Lorts will lead the pre-construction and construction process, managing multi-million dollar projects. Their duties include project planning, scheduling, tracking costs and maintaining logs for all project information.

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




MAGGIE FARRELL SELECTED FOR FOCUS ST. LOUIS FALL 2019 CLASS OF EMERGING LEADERS

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.



Farrell was selected for the Fall 2019 class which includes 33 individuals from a variety of backgrounds, industries and sectors. During the program, participants will meet with area leaders to gain a deeper of understanding of the inner workings of the region and gain the tools to become the next generation of St. Louis leaders.

Farrell has been instrumental in implementing new company initiatives including bringing CPR/First Aid training, facilitating S. M. Wilson’s onboarding process, implementing an online learning management system and developing trainings including intern and mentor orientations. 

She also sits on S. M. Wilson’s Collegiate Development Committee, Employee Engagement Committee, Charitable Giving Committee and Golf Committee which supports the company’s annual charity golf tournament, Swinging Fore Dreams. She is also actively involved in the community, serving as a Steering Committee member for Alive & Well Communities, Big Sister for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America as well as volunteering with Ready Readers. Farrell is First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor certified and has her Masters of Social Work (MSW) from Saint Louis University.

More details about the Emerging Leaders program as well as the full list of the Fall 2019 class can be found here: https://www.focus-stl.org/2019/09/17/33-young-professionals-selected-for-fall-2019-class-of-emerging-leaders/

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




S. M. WILSON AWARDED CITY OF CLAYTON SHAW PARK ALL-SEASON RECREATION COMPLEX

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.

The Shaw Park All-Season Recreation Complex will serve as an outdoor ice rink during the winter months and multi-purpose facility during the remainder of the year. The project will also include new landscaping improvements, new streetscape and improved ADA accessibility.

Chiodini Architects is designing the project.

Construction will start in late 2019 and is expected to be complete by late 2020.

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




Using Augmented Reality on Blessing Hospital Moorman Pavilion Expansion

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. 

Click here for a demonstration using augmented reality at Blessing Hospital or visit smwilson.com/technology.




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 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.

On June 19th, Students, staff, board members and residents from the local community came out to celebrate the start of the District’s bond construction project. At the groundbreaking ceremony, which took at the Hallsville Primary School, students turned ground and posed for photos and community leaders spoke about the project’s importance to the Hallsville R-IV School District. 

Construction will be complete by the start of the 2020 school year. Klingner & Associates is the architect.  

This is one of the first K-12 projects to break ground under the Missouri statute signed into effect on July 1, 2016 that allows Construction Manager at Risk contracts for public projects. The Construction Manager at Risk delivery method makes transparency, collaboration and efficiency a primary focus on construction projects. The CM provides a full range of services including planning, estimating, constructability, budgeting, scheduling, safety, quality control, subcontractor management and onsite project oversight. In collaboration with the school district, the CM follows a qualification-based subcontractor selection process and provides a Guaranteed Maximum Price, which minimizes financial risk to the school district.

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




S. M. WILSON PROMOTES KELLY SANTACRUZ TO SENIOR PROJECT ACCOUNTANT

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.

Santacruz joined S. M. Wilson in 2015 and has worked on a variety of projects including Washington University Jolley Hall Renovation, Solana Mount Pleasant and Solana East Cobb new assisted living facilities and multiple projects for Von Maur. Her strong work ethic, dedication, organization and forward thinking have been a tremendous asset to successfully advancing the projects to completion.

Prior to joining S. M. Wilson, Santacruz worked as a Project Assistant for Tarlton Corporation and McCarthy Building Companies. She attended St. Louis Community College and the University of Missouri – Columbia and has 15 years of construction administration experience.

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




S. M. WILSON PROMOTES MAGGIE FARRELL TO HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER

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.

Farrell joined S. M. Wilson in 2018 and has demonstrated leadership initiatives including bringing CPR/First Aid training in-house, facilitating S. M. Wilson’s onboarding process, implementing an online learning management system, developing trainings including intern and mentor orientations, taking on a larger role in facilitating the company’s Collegiate Development Committee and its college recruitment efforts and facilitating our charitable giving efforts (#SMWill).

Along with the Collegiate Development Committee, Farrell sits on S. M. Wilson’s Employee Engagement Committee, Charitable Giving Committee and Golf Committee which supports the company’s annual charity golf tournament, Swinging Fore Dreams. She is also actively involved in the community, serving as a Steering Committee member for Alive & Well Communities, Big Sister for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America as well as volunteering with Ready Readers. Farrell is First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor certified and has her Masters of Social Work (MSW) from Saint Louis University.

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




MARK COCHRAN NAMED ENR’S NATIONAL TOP 20 UNDER 40

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.

Since beginning as an intern with S. M. Wilson in 1999, Mark Cochran has risen from Project Engineer to the firm’s first COO serving as a Project Manager, Director of Field Operations and Director of Operations in between. Over his 20 year full-time tenure, Cochran has managed $500,000,000+ of projects throughout the Midwest including multiple healthcare, industrial and senior living facilities. 

As Director of Operations, Cochran directly influenced the success of high-profile, award-winning projects such as IKEA St. Louis. He also managed the construction of the $60 M Orion multi-use development. His keen sense for customer service, contract negotiation and creative constructability have positioned the firm for growth in diverse clientele, employee retention and profitability.

In 2018, Mark was honored for his professional and philanthropic achievements by the St. Louis Business Journal as one of their 40 Under 40.

The August 12th edition of ENR will feature all the 2019 class in detail. The full list of awardees can be found here: https://www.enr.com/blogs/13-critical-path/post/46730-announcing-enrs-2019-national-top-20-under-40-list.

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




S. M. WILSON’S ‘SWINGING FORE DREAMS’ GOLF TOURNAMENT RAISES $36,000 FOR THE DREAM FACTORY OF SAINT LOUIS

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.”

COO, Mark Cochran, has been an active part of the tournament since it’s beginning in 2007 and served as the emcee for the event. “A huge thank you to everyone who participated. We had 36 teams on the course this year and filled all of our sponsorships for the first time in the tournament’s history. Without you, we would not be able to provide dreams to the children in our community,” stated Cochran.

Over the years, S. M. Wilson has helped raise $401,000 for The Dream Factory of Saint Louis and granted the dreams of more than 70 children and their families.

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

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

 




UCP Heartland Breaks Ground on New Adult Day Program Facility in North County Partnering with S.M. Wilson

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.

“We could not be more pleased with this partnership,” Shari Clay, President and CEO of UCP Heartland said. “S. M. Wilson takes great pride in their projects and focuses on connecting people and resources. They’re the perfect partner for UCP Heartland.”

The facility is planned to replace UCP Heartland’s current adult day program facility in University City, called Canterbury Center. “For many decades, Canterbury Center has served the community well,” Clay said. “To fulfill our goal of providing integrated community services close to our clients’ homes, we required a new facility in north St. Louis County.”

The new facility will be designed to optimize access, with all services provided on the same floor. The building will utilize universal design technology and in addition to private program spaces, will include training and recreation space for program participants.

All rooms and hallways are designed to be extra wide for wheelchairs to move with ease. The program will include extensive adaptive equipment and new technology. The Berkeley facility is targeted to open later this year.

About S. M. Wilson

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

About UCP Heartland
A St. Louis Based Regional Disability Program Provider

Offering five expert programs, UCP Heartland has been providing support since 1953 to people living with a wide spectrum of disabilities: physical, developmental and intellectual. Programs include Adult Day Habilitation, Child Development Center, Employment, Family Services and Independent Residential Services. The agency’s unique impact is providing opportunities for people living with a range of disabilities to discover their true purpose and experience a life well lived as part of a community rich in diversity. For more information on UCP Heartland and its programs, please visit www.ucpheartland.org.

This press release was originally published by UCP Heartland.




ANDREW AHLERS, CM-BIM, A.C. NAMED ST. LOUIS BUSINESS JOURNAL’S 30 UNDER 30

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.

Ahlers joined S. M. Wilson in 2014 as a Project Engineer before being promoted to Project Manager in February 2019. He has worked on several highly-critical healthcare projects for Blessing Hospital, BJC HealthCare and Illini Community Health totaling more than $120 M in projects.

He holds his CM – BIM Certificate of Management in Building Information Modeling from the AGC of Missouri and has his AC (Associate Constructor) certification from the American Institute of Constructors and his ASHE – HCC (Health Care Construction Certificate). Ahlers has been instrumental in implementing S. M. Wilson’s latest healthcare construction technology on his projects which produce 3D virtual visualization for the Owner, end users and construction team to view the project and 4D schedule tie-in allowing the team to virtually build the project and monitor the schedule.

Ahlers is also a member of S. M. Wilson’s Collegiate Development Committee which is responsible for setting the company’s internship curriculum, going to career fairs and selecting candidates. As part of this program, he has mentored interns for the past three summers, all of which were hired full time by S. M. Wilson.

Ahlers is OSHA 30 Hour Construction Safety and Health for Construction Industry certified and earned his B.S. in Construction Management from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

30 Under 30 Honorees will be highlighted in the July 12 issue of the St. Louis Business Journal. For a complete list, visit: https://www.bizjournals.com/stlouis/news/2019/06/06/announcing-the-2019-class-of-30-under-30-honorees.html

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




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$28 M COCA Expansion Project is a Challenge with a Rewarding Outcome

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.




#ThisPlaceMatters

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.

 

Vitagraph Building
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.




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

 

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.

Lord joins S. M. Wilson’s Business Development team with 20 years of experience in marketing, project management and business development with companies including Hellmuth, Obata+Kassabaum, BJC Healthcare and BSA LifeStructures. She holds a B.A. in Political Science with a Master’s in Higher Education. Lord will be the business development lead for S. M. Wilson’s healthcare market sector. She will also assist with higher education as well as acquiring new clients, maintaining existing relationships and elevating S. M. Wilson within the community.

Niemeyer is a licensed architect with experience as a Project Architect, Project Manager and BIM/VDC Manager. He will be responsible for developing and coordinating the firm’s virtual design and construction division. Niemeyer holds a B.S. in Architectural Studies from the University of Illinois with 22 years of experience.

Fischer will be responsible for assembling cost estimates and developing constructability reviews and value engineering studies for construction projects. He holds a B.S. in Information Technology/Multimedia and Visual Communications and has 15 years experience estimating fabrication and manufacturing, including build-out for corporate, educational and public facilities.

Arenberg is a licensed architect. She joins S. M. Wilson as a Project Engineer and will be responsible for helping establish procedures with the design professionals, consultants and Owner of projects for information flow, approvals meetings and reporting. She will also track shop drawings, submittals, material deliveries and RFIs through the duration of projects.

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




#SMWill Recognizes National Volunteer Month

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.




S. M. WILSON PROMOTES ANDREW AHLERS, CM-BIM, A.C. TO PROJECT MANAGER

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.

Ahlers joined S. M. Wilson in 2014 and has worked on a variety of projects including numerous projects at Blessing Hospital, the Chaddock School Education Center Addition and Ignite Medical Resorts in Kansas City, MO. Currently, he is serving as the Project Manager on the Blessing Hospital Tower Expansion project. The vertical expansion includes adding two floors to the existing four-story patient tower which was originally built by S. M. Wilson in 2015. Ahlers’ strategic planning and attention to detail on this challenging project have been a tremendous asset to ensure the two fully-functioning hospital floors below are not impacted during construction.

He holds his CM – BIM Certificate of Management in Building Information Modeling from the AGC of Missouri. He has his AC (Associate Constructor) certification from the American Institute of Constructors and his ASHE – HCC (Health Care Construction Certificate). Ahlers is OSHA 30 Hour Construction Safety and Health for Construction Industry certified and earned his B.S. in Construction Management from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

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




S. M. WILSON HIRES TRAVIS SCHMITT AND CHRIS WATKINS AS FIELD ENGINEERS AND MARY ANDERSON AND EMILY ECHELE AS PROJECT ENGINEERS

   

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.

Schmitt and Watkins will be responsible for supporting and assisting field and office personnel on job sites to produce successful projects, ensure safety, quality, cost control, schedule and overall compliance with applicable laws and regulations are achieved.

Watkins recently graduated from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville where he received his B.S. in Construction Management. He spent the summer working as an intern on S. M. Wilson’s St. Peter’s Apartment Complex project

Schmitt holds an Associates in Applied Science – Construction Management Technology from Southwestern Illinois College with 10 years of construction experience. He also worked as an intern and co-op on S. M. Wilson’s Ladue Horton Watkins High School project.

Echele and Anderson will be responsible for helping establish procedures with the design professionals, consultants and Owner of projects for information flow, approvals

meetings and reporting. They will also track shop drawings, submittals, material deliveries and RFIs through the duration of projects and assist the Project Manager with MBE/WBE participation and workforce inclusion.

Echele recently graduated from Missouri S & T where she received her B.S. in Civil/Architectural Engineering. She also worked with S. M. Wilson’s St. Peter’s Apartment Complex project team as an intern over the summer.

Anderson rejoins S. M. Wilson with four years construction experience. She holds a B.S. in Construction Management from Southeast Missouri State University and is OSHA 30 certified.

S. M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis. For nearly 100 years, S. M. Wilson has provided a complete range of services and has become one of the leading general construction and construction management firms in the St. Louis area. The employee-owned company is dedicated to going above and beyond expectations for their clients by putting people first. In 2018, S. M. Wilson posted $194 million. For more information, visit www.smwilson.com.




#SMWill and Great Central Lumber Contribute to Jennings Construction Program

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 Introduces #SMWill

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.




S. M. WILSON PROMOTES JOSH WEBER TO ASSISTANT PROJECT MANAGER

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.

Weber joined S. M. Wilson in 2017 from a Kansas City contractor where he quickly demonstrated his perseverance as well as his ability to remain composed after joining a challenging project at the midpoint of Tallgrass Creek Residential Building 1.4. After working on Tallgrass Creek Residential Building 1.5, Weber became more involved in the project management aspects of the project.

Weber has begun work on the Von Maur Dry Good Stores and will be responsible for continuing to grow the long-standing relationship with high-end retailer, Von Maur. He has six years of construction experience, holds a B.S. in Construction Management from Southeast Missouri State University and is OSHA 30 certified.

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




S. M. Wilson Celebrates $1.5 Billion Built in the City of St. Louis

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.

 




S. M. WILSON PROMOTES JORDAN SANDERS TO PROJECT MANAGER

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.

Sanders joined S. M. Wilson in 2012 and has worked on a variety of projects including the Alton School District Renovations, School of Osage R-II School District Heritage Building Addition, and Renovation and BJC Campus Renewal Project. Most recently, he filled the role of Assistant Project Manager for Tallgrass Creek Residential Building 1.5. His dedication and attention to detail played a pivotal role in the early completion of the new four-story, 113,000 SF residential facility. Sanders holds a B.S. in Construction Management from Southeast Missouri State University. He is OSHA 30 and ASHE certified.

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




S. M. WILSON AWARDED HALLSVILLE R-IV SCHOOL DISTRICT PRIMARY SCHOOL ADDITION AND RENOVATION PROJECT

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.

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

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

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

Klinger & Associates is the architect on the project.

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




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 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.

Berg recently joined the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis’ Industry Council which is designed to provide important feedback regarding economic conditions within a key Eighth District industry sector. She will serve on the real estate council, providing insight on the economic conditions affecting the construction and real estate industry.

In addition, Berg was elected to the Board of Trustees of Wyman Center, an organization dedicated to empowering teens from economically disadvantaged circumstances to lead successful lives and build strong communities. Her term will begin in January 2019. As a member of the board, she will serve a three-year term to help the organization achieve strategic goals and initiatives, oversee policies, monitor performance and ensure long-range planning meets the needs of future generations.

Berg is also active in the business community as a board member of the Missouri Growth Association, as well as sitting on the board of Habitat for Humanity and Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business Advisory Board at Saint Louis University.

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




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

    

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.

Fenster will be responsible for assembling cost estimates and developing constructability reviews and value engineering studies for construction projects. He holds a BS in Technology Management with a dual Major in Construction Management and Design and Facilities Management and Sustainability from Southeast Missouri State University.

Lanahan is S. M. Wilson’s new Job Accountant/Project Assistant. She graduated from Hickey College and has 17 years construction experience.

Parker 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 and assist the Project Manager with MBE/WBE participation and workforce inclusion. Parker joins S. M. Wilson with 19 years construction experience.

Brockmann joins S. M. Wilson with 13 years construction experience. He 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 and assist the Project Manager with MBE/WBE participation and workforce inclusion. Brockmann holds a BA in Finance from Missouri State.

Aylesworth, a LEED Green Associate, 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. Aylesworth has a background in Virtual Design & Construction and holds a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from Arizona State.

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




S. M. Wilson Supports Luke’s SkyWalkers in Cardinal Glennon’s Sun Run

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.




S. M. WILSON IT MANAGER, JAMIE BERZON, HONORED IN CONSTRUCTECH’S ANNUAL WOMEN IN CONSTRUCTION LIST FOR 2018

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.

“These women are demonstrating how to be an effective leader in the construction industry today,” says Laura Black, editor, Constructech magazine. “Together, as an industry, we can bring a whole new generation of workers to the jobsite. These women are taking the first step, helping to mentor and lead in encouraging ways.”

As S. M. Wilson & Co’s IT Manager, Berzon is responsible for managing the firm’s information technology and computer systems, controlling and evaluating IT and electronic data operations.

The 2018 Women in Construction winners will be honored at an awards Gala on August 22. There will also be a special panel discussion with women in the construction space talking about challenges in the industry today, such as the skilled labor shortage, and how they can be resolved.

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




Clean Sweep 2018: Revitalizing St. Louis Neighborhoods

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.




Construction Deal Finalized for Phase 1 of City Foundry STL

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.




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

Matthew Frank

Sheila Kennedy

Emily Bozarth

Anna Eisenbath

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Frank 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. He has a B.A. in Business Management from Webster University and 22 years of construction experience working on a variety of projects including significant work in healthcare as well as retail, banks and public facilities.

Kennedy is S. M. Wilson’s new Job Accountant/Project Assistant. She holds a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse.

Bozarth and Eisenbath will be responsible for helping establish procedures with the design professionals, consultants and Owner of projects for information flow, approvals, meetings and reporting. They will also track shop drawings, submittals, material deliveries and RFIs through the duration of projects and assist the Project Manager with MBE/WBE participation and workforce inclusion.

Bozarth recently graduated from Missouri State University where she received her B.S. in Construction Management while Eisenbath just finished her B.S. in Civil Engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology.

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




S. M. WILSON’S ‘SWINGING FORE DREAMS’ GOLF TOURNAMENT RAISES $30,000 FOR THE DREAM FACTORY OF SAINT LOUIS

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.

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

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

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

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

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




S. M. WILSON AWARDED NEW GRANDSTAND & PLAZA AT LADUE HORTON WATKINS HIGH SCHOOL

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.

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

Hastings + Chivetta Architects designed the project.

Construction is expected to be complete by March 2019.

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




S. M. WILSON AWARDED $4 MILLION ATHLETIC STADIUM AT WESTMINSTER COLLEGE

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.

The new stadium will be located within the college’s existing sports complex, which includes a training facility, softball and baseball fields and tennis courts, as well as soccer fields.

The project will be done in phases. Phase I of the project will include new turf, lights and scoreboard, to be completed by August 2018 by the start of football season. Phase II will include the bleachers, press box, concession and restrooms to be completed in Summer 2019.

KWK Architects will design the project. Construction is expected to be complete by early Summer 2019.

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




REINHARDT/WILSON JOINT VENTURE AWARDED NEW $20 MILLION ACADEMIC AND RESIDENCE HALL AT COLUMBIA 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.

Ittner Architects, Inc. leads the design team

Construction is expected to be complete by July 2019.

Founded in 1958, Reinhardt Construction Company is located in Centralia, Missouri. Staying within the central Missouri construction market, Reinhardt Construction has developed long-term relationships with many clients, making repeat business the majority of their
work.

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




S. M. WILSON COMPLETES CONSTRUCTION OF TRUFUSION FITNESS & YOGA GYM IN CLAYTON, MO

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.

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

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

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

FM Group Inc was the architect for the project.

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

About TruFusion
Since its launch in Las Vegas in 2013, TruFusion has earned a reputation for having the best variety of classes, workshops and hot fusion workouts, and was named among the “Best of Las Vegas” by the Las Vegas Review-Journal.  Augmenting its three original Las Vegas locations, the brand will be opening freestanding TruFusion facilities as well as in-gym boutiques, called EDGE by TruFusion, inside 24 Hour Fitness-owned BFit Gyms, in San Marcos, California and three outside Portland, Oregon.  With rapid international expansion planned, TruFusion also recently announced seven locations to open in the Philadelphia market and other venues in St. Louis, San Francisco, Dallas, Birmingham, Miami, and three in New York City to open by the end of the year.  In 2017, World Series champion and 14-time All-Star Alex Rodriguez joined the company as a major investor, equity partner and board member.  For more information, please visit www.trufusion.com.




S. M. WILSON HIRES CHRIS KOPP AS PROJECT MANAGER AND MICHAEL MOUNCE AS PROJECT ENGINEER

Chris Kopp – Project Manager

Michael Mounce – Project Engineer

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.

As a project engineer, Mounce 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 and assist the Project Manager with MBE/WBE participation and workforce inclusion.

Mounce has 18 years of design and construction experience. He holds a B.A. and a Master of Architecture in Architecture from the University of New Mexico School of Architecture and Planning. He also has his SEED (Social Economic Environmental Design) Certification.

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




Habitat for Humanity New Headquarters and ReStore Nearing Completion

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.




S. M. Wilson Awarded Best Practices in Construction for Monsanto Building K Waterproofing

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.

The project required excavation and exposure of the existing below grade concrete while maintaining the shoring and set back restrictions.  The project required carefully choreographed sequence of operations prior to construction. Because existing waterproofing had been removed prior to installation creating vulnerability to the elements, construction activities had to be evaluated with known risks and alternate solutions.  This included additional labor pre-trained in safety and on standby in the event of unfavorable weather as well as numerous field observations to adhere to construction details and to avoid potential re-work.

There are seventeen best practices which have been validated by the Construction Industry Institute (CII) to provide savings in cost and schedule.  Validation is based on results from projects throughout the country. The CII is recognized as a principal construction industry forum for improving the business effectiveness and sustainability of capital facilities.

Diversity and inclusion champions in the construction industry were also recognized by the St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers (SLCCC) during the annual awards.

The St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers (SLCCC) represents major buyers of construction.  SLCCC serves as the owner advocate organization for achievement of best value in project delivery and is the regional leader that champions best practices through educational programs, information dissemination and collaboration.

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




S. M. WILSON AWARDED NEW $43 MILLION MULTI-FAMILY HOUSING PROJECT IN ST. PETERS, MO

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.

Outdoor features will include a pool and patio, courtyards with fountains/waterfalls, a pet park and surface parking. Additionally, stand-along parking structures with green-roofs atop the parking deck will allow for covered parking.

The complex’s structural features will include slab-on-grade concrete with a shallow foundation system and wood-frame structure. Architectural features will include stone and masonry veneer with Hardie siding.

Zwick + Gandt Architecture, Inc. designed the project.

Construction is expected to be complete the Summer of 2019.

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




Forging a Path: Being a Woman in Construction by Amy Berg, President

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.

Acknowledge opportunities

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.




S. M. WILSON PROMOTES ANDREW AHLERS, CM-BIM TO ASSISTANT PROJECT MANAGER

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.

Ahlers has six years of construction experience. He has worked on a variety of projects for Blessing Hospital, Chaddock School and is currently working on a senior care project in the Kansas City area.

He holds his CM – BIM Certificate of Management in Building Information Modeling from the AGC of Missouri and has his AC (Associate Constructor) certification from the American Institute of Constructors. Ahlers is OSHA 30 Hour Construction Safety and Health for Construction Industry certified and earned his B.S. in Construction Management from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

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 271st in Engineering News-Record’s 2017 list of Top 400 commercial contractors nationwide. For more information, visit www.smwilson.com.




S. M. WILSON PROMOTES BRIAN BEA, JACK KINAMORE AND MIKE HANNER TO PROJECT DIRECTORS

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.

Bea has been with S. M. Wilson for 11 years and has more than 20 years in the Industry. He has worked on $70+ million of projects at Blessing Hospital, and is currently overseeing projects with Formation Development and Erickson Living. Bea holds a B.S. Construction Management from John Brown University and is a graduate of the Construction Leadership Institute – Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He has is ASHE Healthcare Construction Certificate and OSHA 30 Hour Construction Safety and Health for Construction Industry certified.

Kinamore began working at S. M. Wilson more than 17 years ago as a Laborer. He has worked for the company as a Laborer, Intern, Project Engineer, Project Manager and Senior Project Manager. During this time, Jack has worked on more than 40 projects for S. M. Wilson, including $100 million of projects for Von Maur and $24 million for Target. He is currently working on Von Maur Rosedale. Kinamore holds a B.S. Construction Management, Central Missouri State University and is a graduate of the Construction Leadership Institute – Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He has is ASHE Healthcare Construction Certificate and OSHA 30 Hour Construction Safety and Health for Construction Industry certified.

Hanner joined the industry in 2000 and began working for S. M. Wilson in 2001. He has been involved in a variety of projects. Most recently, Hanner has been working on the $542 million Campus Renewal project. Hanner holds a B.S. Construction Management from Southern Illinois University- Edwardsville. He has is ASHE Healthcare Construction Certificate and OSHA 30 Hour Construction Safety and Health for Construction Industry certified.

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.




S. M. WILSON PROMOTES MARK COCHRAN TO CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

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.

“We promoted Mark because of his steadfastness and professionalism under pressure, his problem-solving abilities, his strategic thinking, and his unwavering commitment to our Core Purpose and Core Values. Mark has influenced many positive changes over the years which resulted in the significant successes that you see today,” stated Amy Berg, President.

Cochran began as an intern with S. M. Wilson in 1999. Over his 17 year tenure, Mark has managed $500,000,000+ of projects. He holds a B.S. Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois –Urbana-Champaign. He is a graduate of the Construction Leadership Institute hosted by Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and has his ASHE Healthcare Construction Certificate.




S. M. WILSON HIRES STEVEN MEEKS, PE AS VICE PRESIDENT OF PRE-CONSTRUCTION AND ESTIMATING

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.

“Steven will be a wonderful addition to our strong established estimating and pre-construction team,” states Amy Berg, S. M. Wilson & Co. President. His years of leadership and experience will help our team fine-tune our processes to better serve our clients. S. M. Wilson is constantly evaluating how we can go Beyond the Build to better serve our employees, clients and partners and Steve will be an integral part of our growth moving forward.”

Meeks is a Registered Professional Engineer in Missouri and holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Washington University.

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.




S. M. WILSON HIRES KRISTYN NEWBERN AS BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

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.

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.




S. M. WILSON PROMOTES LISA GREEN TO ASSISTANT CONTROLLER

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.

Green holds an Associates Degree in Accounting and Business Administration from Rock Valley College and has 26 years of experience processing payroll, 15 years of that acting as Payroll Manager.

S. M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis. It 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 220 th in Engineering News-Record’s 2016 list of Top 400 commercial contractors  nationwide. For more information, visit www.smwilson.com.




S. M. Wilson Builds a Playhouse to Support Mercy Health Foundation!

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!

Watch an animation of the playhouse here…provided by Bates Architects.

 




S. M. WILSON HIRES EVA CHAPIN AS ASSISTANT PROJECT MANAGER, RICHARD YOUNG AS PROJECT SUPERINTENDENT AND LINDSEY ROELLIG AS PROJECT ASSISTANT/JOB ACCOUNTANT

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.




S. M. WILSON PROMOTES BRAD HOMES, JOHN DOHLE AND KERRY LORTS TO PROJECT MANAGERS

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.

Homes joined S. M. Wilson in 2012 and has worked on a variety of retail and commercial construction projects including several Cabela’s and Target stores. He is currently managing a new senior living facility in Charleston, South Carolina. Homes holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering Technology from Southeast Missouri State and is OSHA 30 Certified.

Dohle has been with S. M. Wilson for more than five and a half years. As a Project Engineer and Assistant Project Manager, he has been an intricate member of the Von Maur construction team building stores in Georgia, Alabama, Oklahoma and Wisconsin. Dohle will be managing construction of the newest Von Maur in Minnesota. He holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and is OSHA 30 Certified. Dohle is also a graduate of the Construction Leadership Institute at Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville.

Lorts joined S. M. Wilson in 2011 and has been involved in multiple projects including the Patient Care addition at Blessing Hospital and, most recently, the BJC Campus Renewal Project. He will be managing the new Dot Foods expansion. Lorts as a B.S. in Construction Management from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. He is OSHA 30 and ASHE certified.

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.




5 Keys to Maintaining Operational Integrity during Health Care Construction by Bill Wagner, VP Healthcare

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.




S. M. WILSON COMPLETES CONSTRUCTION OF NEW $8.9 MILLION PERFORMANCE GYMNASIUM AND STUDENT COMMONS AT COR JESU ACADEMY

Cor Jesu Academy’s New Gymnasium & Student Commons

Cor Jesu Academy’s New Gymnasium

 

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.

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

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

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

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

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




Maplewood Richmond Heights Early Childhood Center Ribbon-Cutting Press Release

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.

Please join us at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 6, at 2801 Burgess Avenue, Maplewood, MO. 63143. We’ll be showing off our $9 million-plus building, which features a gut remodel of all classrooms, including nine new ones. Features include a large multi-purpose room, dozens of new parking spots, enhanced sprinkler and HVAC systems, and improved sidewalks and streets to make drop off/pickup easier. In all, the ECC will boast more than 15,000 square feet of new and renovated educational space.

The MRH Early Childhood Center program is inspired by the fundamentals of the municipal preschools in Reggio Emilia, Italy. In those schools, children, family and teachers are co-researchers pondering big ideas and important questions. Understandings gained from collaboration, dialogue, and exploration are documented in many forms: panels, portfolios, videos, and full-scale exhibits. MRH students, parents and staff learn together how to make this work meaningful in the context of the community.

The Sept. 6 ribbon-cutting will feature remarks from MRH Superintendent of Schools Karen Hall, principal Dr. Cynthia Hebenstreit, school board president Katie Kaufmann, and musical entertainment by ECC students.

S. M. Wilson provided construction management services for the ECC; Bond Architects designed it. Ground was broken in October, 2016. Funding was made possible by voter passage of Proposition K in April, 2015.

Plenty of parking is available on location.

 

Ed Rich, Director of Communications

Maplewood Richmond Heights School District




S. M. WILSON SELECTED FOR DESIGN/BUILD OF BURGERS’ SMOKEHOUSE EXPANSION

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.

The new addition will include a curing cooler on the first floor, assembly and work areas on the second floor and storage for shipping materials on the third floor. This addition will tie into the existing 300,000 SF meat processing facility that sits on the original family-owned farm.

Reminger Design will provide architectural services.

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.




SHINING THE LIGHT ON HEALTHCARE FACILITY INFRASTRUCTURE by Bill Wagner, VP

Bill Wagner
Bill Wagner, Vice President-Healthcare

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.




S. M. WILSON HIRES EVAN DORKS AS PROJECT ENGINEER, GALEN RICHARDS AS PROJECT SUPERINTENDENT AND GAIL PIJUT AS PROJECT ASSISTANT/JOB ACCOUNTANT

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.

Richards is S. M. Wilson’s newest Project Superintendent. He will be responsible for the day-to-day site management of a project including scheduling, quality and safety. Richards has a B.S. in Construction Engineering Technology from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and 22 years of construction experience.

Pijut is S. M. Wilson’s new Project Assistant/Job Accountant. She holds a BS in Business Administration and Psychology from Eastern Illinois University.

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




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FORMATION DEVELOPMENT GROUP AWARDS S. M. WILSON TWO NEW SENIOR LIVING PROJECTS

St. Louis, Mo., June 26, 2017 – S. M. Wilson & Co. has been selected by Formation Development Group to serve as the construction manager on two new senior living facilities.

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.

  The Solana Mount Pleasant will include a three-story facility with 168 units offering a mix of independent living, assisted living and memory care, as well as four cottages. The project is being built in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, a suburb of Charleston. The facility will feature private dining areas for independent living and assisted living, a bistro, salon, theatre, indoor pool, fitness center and art studio. Other amenities will include a dog park, walking paths and ponds.

PRDG is the architect on both projects.

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.




S. M. WILSON PROMOTES JASON GASAWSKI TO PROJECT MANAGER

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.

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.




S. M. WILSON HIRES REBECCA CORNATZER AS DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES, TIM RUCK AND JAMES SHIVES AS PROJECT SUPERINTENDENTS AND JOSH WEBER, TROY GITTEMEIER AND JORDAN WICKLEIN AS PROJECT ENGINEERS

St. Louis, Mo., June 5, 2017 – S. M. Wilson & Co, has hired six new employees including Rebecca Cornatzer as Director of Human Resources, Tim Ruck and James Shives as Project Superintendents and Josh Weber, Troy Gittemeier and Jordan Wicklein as Project Engineers.

Cornatzer has spent the past 13 years in a variety of roles at Epworth Children and Family Services, most recently as the Acting Chief Executive Officer. At S. M. Wilson she will be in charge of employee relations, recruiting, hiring and retaining talent, as well as employee training. Cornatzer holds a Master of Education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and a BS in Psychology from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville. She is an iWAM Certified Administrator and a graduate of the CEO Leadership Program at Washington University.      

Ruck and Shives will be responsible for the day-to-day site management of a project including scheduling, quality and safety.  Ruck has 23 years of experience and is OSHA 30 Certified. He holds a BA from Drury College. Shives has 30 plus years of experience and is OSHA 30 Certified.

Weber, Gittmemeier and Wicklein will be responsible for helping establish procedures with the design professionals, consultants and Owner of projects for information flow, approvals, meetings and reporting. They will also track shop drawings, submittals, material deliveries and RFIs through the duration of projects and assist the Project Manager with MBE/WBE participation and workforce inclusion.

Weber has a B. S. in Construction Management from Southeast Missouri State University and is OSHA 30 Certified.

Gittemeier has a B. S. in Construction Management from Missouri State University.

Wicklein has a B.S. in Construction Management from Bradley University and is OSHA 30 Certified.

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.




S. M. WILSON TO BUILD 70,000 SF ADDITION TO DOT FOODS HEADQUARTERS

St. Louis, Mo., May 18, 2017 – S. M. Wilson & Co. has been selected by Dot Foods as general contractor on two additions to its headquarters in Mt. Sterling, Il.  The project includes additions to two buildings on the Dot Foods campus.

The main office building will receive a 60,000 SF, two-story addition consisting of offices, cubicles, meeting rooms and conference rooms. The freezer building will receive a 10,000 SF locker room expansion to allow for additional lockers, showers, a break room and kitchenette.

Arcturis is the architect for the project. Construction began in March.

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




AL MILLER RETIRES FROM S. M. WILSON & CO.

St. Louis, Mo., April 13, 2017 – After 27 years, Al Miller, Director of Human Resources, retired from S. M. Wilson & Co. at the end of March 2017. Al is the grandson of founder Shouse McGarvey Wilson.

Miller began his career with his family’s firm in the safety department, becoming the firm’s first fulltime Director of Safety in 1990. In his role as the Director of Safety, he was able to instate new safety policies and instill a culture of safety throughout the firm. Under Miller’s direction, the firm consistently maintained a below industry EMR average.

In 2005, Miller once again made history in the firm as he was the first to assume the role of Director of Human Resources. As the Director of Human Resources, “he brought a depth of understanding and empathy regarding our employees that helped cement our reputation as a caring, fun, committed and totally professional construction company,” claimed Scott Wilson the firm’s CEO.

Miller was also chairman of S. M. Wilson’s annual Swinging Fore Dreams Golf Tournament. Over ten years, the tournament raised more than $300,000 for the Dream Factory of Saint Louis.

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.




S. M. WILSON HIRES RACHEL THESS AS PROJECT ENGINEER

Rachel Thess

St. Louis, Mo., April 11, 2017 – S. M. Wilson & Co. has hired Rachel Thess as Project Engineer.

Thess will be responsible for helping establish procedures with the design professionals, consultants and Owner of projects for information flow, approvals, meetings and reporting. She will also track shop drawings, submittals, material deliveries and RFIs through the duration of projects and assist the Project Manager with MBE/WBE participation and workforce inclusion.

Thess has a BA in Business Administration from Lindenwood University and is pursuing her Masters in Construction Management at Washington University.

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.




S. M. WILSON NAMES BOB CASHDOLLAR, MPM AS SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER

St. Louis, Mo., April 3, 2017 – S. M. Wilson & Co, has hired Bob Cashdollar, MPM. as a Senior Project Manager.

Cashdollar will be responsible for managing multi-million dollar retail construction projects. His duties include project planning, scheduling, tracking costs and maintaining logs for all project information. He has 25 years of experience in the construction industry, and has worked on a variety of retail, hospitality, education, historic renovation and commercial projects.

Cashdollar attended Moraine Valley College and Washburne Trade School. He has an OSHA 30 Hour Construction Safety and his Master Project Manager (MPM) from the American Academy of Project Management.

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.




JACKIE TRIPI PROMOTED TO PROJECT ENGINEER AT S. M. WILSON & CO.

S. M. Wilson & Co. has promoted Jackie Tripi to Project Engineer.

She will be responsible for helping establish procedures with the design professionals, consultants and Owner of projects for information flow, approvals, meetings and reporting. Jackie will also track shop drawings, submittals, material deliveries and RFIs through the duration of projects and assist the Project  Manager with MBE/WBE participation and workforce inclusion.

Jackie joined S. M. Wilson 10 years ago as a Project Coordinator. She has worked on a variety of project teams building for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and most recently a public high school and fire station. She has 22 years of construction industry experience.




S. M. WILSON HIRES MARTY YEAROUT AS ESTIMATOR, BRIAN ZUROSKY AS PROJECT SUPERINTENDENT AND AMY SCHULTZ AS PROJECT ASSISTANT/JOB ACCOUNTANT

S. M. Wilson & Co. has hired Marty Yearout as Estimator, Brian Zurosky as Project Superintendent and Amy Shultz as Project Assistant/Job Accountant.

Yearout is an estimator with 32 years of experience. He will be responsible for assembling cost estimates and developing constructability reviews and value engineering studies for construction projects. Yearout holds a BSBA in Business Management from Trinity University in San Antonio.

Zurosky is S. M. Wilson’s newest Project Superintendent. He will be responsible for the day to day site management of a project including scheduling, quality and safety. Zurosky has 36 years of experience and is OSHA 30 Certified.

Shultz is S. M. Wilson’s new Project Assistant/Job Accountant. She has 15 years of experience.




SARAH MILLER PROMOTED TO ASSISTANT ESTIMATOR AT S. M. WILSON

Sarah Miller 1St. Louis, Mo., December 23, 2016 – S. M. Wilson & Co. has promoted Sarah Miller to Assistant Estimator. She will be responsible for supporting the company’s estimating team as they develop and submit bids for potential construction projects. Sarah has worked in the estimating department since joining S. M. Wilson in 2014.

Sarah is a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University and has also studied Estimating at St. Louis Community College.

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 $305 million in 2015 revenues, and ranks 220th in Engineering News-Record’s 2016 list of Top 400 commercial contractors nationwide. For more information, visit www.smwilson .com.




STEVE MAST TO RETIRE FROM S. M. WILSON

Steve MastSt. Louis, Mo., December 22, 2016 – Steven Mast, Vice President at S. M. Wilson & Co., will retire at the end of 2016 after 23 years with the company and 42 total years in the commercial construction industry. Mast has overseen S. M. Wilson’s retail market sector operations for most of his tenure with the company, and since joining the firm has been involved with more than $1.6 billion of construction projects around the country for well known retailers including Target, Von Maur, Cabela’s, and most recently IKEA. This includes more than $600 million of renovations and new construction at 130 Target Stores across the central region of the United States.

  “Steve has been instrumental for cultivating strong relationships with our retail clients and then providing outstanding service as Project Executive on these projects,” said Amy Berg, President of S. M. Wilson. “His track record of success in retail construction speaks for itself. He was also integral to our winning the contract to build the IKEA store in St. Louis. Steve will be missed by all of us at S. M. Wilson.”

Steve started his career in construction at the age of 15, working summers for a construction firm in Iowa. After graduating from the University of Florida with a B. S. in Building Construction, he worked his way up to management positions in project manager and business development. In 1993, he joined S. M. Wilson as Vice President.

“S. M. Wilson has a reputation of professionalism and providing a high level of service to our clients, yet our culture of teamwork and having fun makes us a unique firm. I have enjoyed working with my S. M. Wilson family,” Mast said.

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 $305 million in 2015 revenues, and ranks 220th in Engineering News-Record’s 2016 list of Top 400 commercial contractors nationwide. For more information, visit www.smwilson .com.




S. M. WILSON EMPLOYEES PROVIDE 95+ COMMUNITY ‘ACTS OF KINDNESS’ TO MARK COMPANY’S 95TH ANNIVERSARY

St. Louis, Mo., December 14, 2016 – From rescuing stray animals and volunteering in local schools to granting holiday wishes and coaching youth sports, the employees of S. M. Wilson & Co. decided to celebrate the company’s 95th anniversary this year by voluntarily providing more than 95 acts of kindness. The acts enriched the St. Louis community by assisting kids, those in need and those who serve our country. Employees were empowered to provide acts of kindness that they felt were important throughout the year, which resulted in a wide range of activities and support. The program far exceeded its goal.

“We chose this form of celebration to underscore our company’s core strengths of value, service, people-centered culture and passion to transform communities by delivering more than just buildings,” said Amy Berg, President of S. M. Wilson. “The response from our employees was tremendous. We provided more than 140 acts of kindness by August, and we are probably close to 200 by now.”

Seventy percent of S. M. Wilson’s employees are involved in the community in their own ways.

Through the acts, more than 40 Holiday Wishes were recently granted to kids at Epworth Children and Family Services. Seventeen employees gave blood to the American Red Cross. Employees also volunteered their time mentoring, serving on non-profit boards and participating in Ready Readers, while others randomly purchased lunches for soldiers at Ft. Leonard Wood. The list goes on.

“The wide variety of support provided to the community reflects the employee-friendly culture at S. M. Wilson,” Berg added.

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 $305 million in 2015 revenues, and ranks 220th in Engineering News-Record’s 2016 list of Top 400 commercial contractors nationwide. For more information, visit www.smwilson .com.




S. M. WILSON BREAKS GROUND ON EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER RENOVATION & ADDITION FOR MAPLEWOOD RICHMOND HEIGHTS SCHOOL DISTRICT

St. Louis, Mo., December 9, 2016 – S. M. Wilson & Co. has broken ground on the Maplewood Richmond Heights School District Early Childhood Center (ECC) renovation and addition. The $7.9 million building program includes construction of a new 90-space parking lot and improvements to the current ECC campus.

Renovations to the current ECC building will include a gut remodel of all classrooms, installation of new HVAC and fire protection sprinkler systems and upgrades to the security system. Site improvements will include enhancements to the drop off/pickup area, bus lanes, site fencing, site lighting and modular retaining walls. The adjacent Burgess Avenue will be changed from the existing one-way traffic design to accommodate two-way traffic, and new sidewalks will improve pedestrian access to the campus.

The new one-story addition will feature a multipurpose room and three pre-school classrooms. It will be built on the current ECC parking lot at 2801 Oakland Avenue in Maplewood. The project will include more than 15,000 square feet of new and renovated educational space.

Upon completion of the remodel and addition, the ECC will have a total of nine new classrooms and intervention spaces, plus a large multi-purpose room

S. M. Wilson will provide Construction Management services, and Bond Architects is the project’s architect. Construction is scheduled to be completed in late Summer 2017.

This is the fifth building project S. M. Wilson has handled for the Maplewood Richmond Heights School District since 2001. Most recently the company completed a $3.7 million program of renovations and additions to two different schools, including renovations to the high school and the construction of a new addition and renovations at the Early Childhood Center.

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 $305 million in 2015 revenues, and ranks 220th in Engineering News-Record’s 2016 list of Top 400 commercial contractors nationwide. For more information, visit www.smwilson .com.




MEGAN BANKS PROMOTED TO ASSISTANT PROJECT MANGAER AT S. M. WILSON

Megan Banks 3St. Louis, Mo., December 1, 2016 – Megan Banks has been promoted to Assistant Project Manager at S. M. Wilson & Co. She will be responsible for helping Project Managers organize, schedule, plan, control and deliver construction projects. Megan is currently working on the company’s Millikin University construction project and Maplewood Fire Station.

Megan began her career as an intern at S. M. Wilson four years ago and has been a Project Engineer for the past three years. She previously worked on several high-profile projects, including projects for BJC HealthCare and Blessing Hospital and The Orion high rise development in the Central West End.

            Earlier this year, Megan was one of 20 African-American professionals under the age of 40 to be honored at the St. Louis American Foundation’s 6th Annual Salute to Young Leaders. She was recognized for her excellence in work and in her commitment to community building through service to others.

          Megan holds a B. S. in Construction Management from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. She also completed the OSHA 30 Hour Construction Safety and Health Certification for the Construction Industry

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 $305 million in 2015 revenues, and ranks 220th in Engineering News-Record’s 2016 list of Top 400 commercial contractors nationwide. For more information, visit www.smwilson .com.

                                   




S. M. WILSON WINS 2016 CONSTRUCTION KEYSTONE PROJECT OF THE YEAR AWARD FOR ST. LOUIS IKEA STORE PROJECT

St. Louis, Mo., November 16, 2016 — The Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Missouri has named S. M. Wilson & Co. a winner of the 2016 Keystone Project of the Year award for the construction of the IKEA St. Louis store, which opened in September 2015. The project took first place in the General Contractor/Construction Manager/Prime Contractor Building Construction Project $40 Million or More category. S. M. Wilson provided construction management services for the IKEA St. Louis store project, which is located in the Cortex Innovation District in midtown St. Louis.

According to the AGC, ‘the IKEA store project involved an 18-month time frame, 21 acres of site work, Missouri’s largest combined sewer overflow drain, Missouri’s largest rooftop solar array and a 380,000 sq. ft. building with below store parking for 540 cars. Despite these challenges, through proper planning and quality control, IKEA was turned over to the Owner on time, within budget and with the highest level of quality.’

The Construction Keystone Awards highlight the creativity and talents of Missouri’s construction industry and recognize a contractor’s success in achieving solutions during construction for challenges faced on a project.  The awards are a glowing recognition of construction professionals whose skill, teamwork and spirit of innovation make a lasting contribution to a community by building facilities that support and enhance the quality of life. Safety performance and workforce diversity also are essential components of overall performance.

“This award is a testimony to the hard work, creative thinking and team approach that our entire staff put into the planning and execution of this project,” said Amy Berg, President of S. M. Wilson. “The IKEA store has truly transformed the community we serve and showcases our passion to go ‘Beyond the Build’ and deliver more than brick and mortar buildings.”

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 $305 million in 2015 revenues, and ranks 220th in Engineering News-Record’s 2016 list of Top 400 commercial contractors nationwide. For more information, visit www.smwilson .com.




2016 Construction Awards Gala Recognizes Best of Missouri’s Construction Industry

St. Louis, MO –The Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Missouri announced the winners of its 2016 construction industry awards at its gala event at the River City Casino & Hotel.  The Construction Awards Gala featured the 19th Annual Construction Keystone Awards which highlight the creativity and talents of Missouri’s construction industry.  This year also marks the sixth time the AGC of Missouri has named First Place Specialty Contractors in 12 disciplines along with the coveted Specialty Contractor of the Year.

            The 19th Annual Keystone Awards were presented to 10 contractors chosen from a group of 27 finalists covering a broad spectrum of project types including hospitals, educational buildings, manufacturing facilities, treatment plants, railyards and retail.  The awards ceremony also honored the owners of the projects in this elite group. 

            The Construction Keystone Awards are not awarded based upon a project’s beauty. Instead, the Keystone Awards recognize a contractor’s success in achieving solutions during construction for challenges faced on a project.  The awards are a glowing recognition of construction professionals whose skill, teamwork and spirit of innovation make a lasting contribution to a community by building the facilities that support and enhance the quality of life. Safety performance and workforce diversity also are essential components of overall performance.

            Keystone Project of the Year winners include: Interface Construction Corporation for the Agriculture Pavilion at the Saint Louis Science Center (St. Louis, MO); icon Mechanical Construction & Engineering for BJC-Washington University Medical School Campus Renewal Project-Penthouse (St. Louis, MO); S. M. Wilson & Co. for IKEA St. Louis (St. Louis, MO); L. Keeley Construction Company for the Illinois River Transmission Project-Mississippi River Cross (Palmyra, MO to Quincy, IL); Concrete Strategies, LLC for Railroad Depot Grand Staircase (Poplar Bluff, MO); Guarantee Electrical Company for William H. Danforth Wing of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center (St. Louis, MO); Guarantee Electrical Company for December 2015 Flood Mitigation for Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (Fenton, MO); PayneCrest Electric, Inc. for Flint Creek Environmental Retrofit (Gentry, AR); ISC Contracting, Inc. for Varsity Tutors LLC Corporate Headquarters (St. Louis, MO); and, Herzog/Reyes, a Joint Venture for Pier E Container Yard / Intermodal Railyard, Phase I (Long Beach, CA).  Click here for project photos and descriptions.

The 2016 Keystone Heritage Award was awarded to the Bagnell Dam at the Lake of the Ozarks.  Since its first presentation in 1997, the Heritage Award’s purpose is to recognize a project of significance and ongoing importance that was built prior to the inception of the Keystone Awards.  If ever there was a project that exemplified the elements of a Keystone Award long before the award criteria was even developed, it is the Bagnell Dam.  This construction project – virtually the only major construction project in the nation during the Great Depression – created the economic engine known to us as Lake of the Ozarks and continues to provide power for Missourians nearly 90 years later.

 Specialty Contractor Awards

            The AGC of Missouri also announced 12 Specialty Contractor of the Year (SCOTY) Awards to Specialty Contractors voted “First Place” in their discipline by the general contractor members of the AGC.  The General Contractor members were asked to consider a Specialty Contractor’s timeliness in regard to completion of project(s), ability to stay within budget and their overall experience with the specialty contractor.  The 12  First Place Specialty Contractor of the Year (SCOTY) award winners are:  D & S Fencing CO., Inc. (Ancillary Services); Vee-Jay Cement Contracting Co., Inc. (Concrete / Paving); Drilling Service Company (Earthwork & Utilities); Guarantee Electrical Company (Electrical); Spirtas Wrecking Company (Environmental Remediation & Demolition); T. J. Wies Contracting, Inc. (Int. & Ext. Finishes, Openings & Fixtures); Murphy Company (HVAC / Piping); Grant Masonry Contracting Co., Inc.(Masonry); Fire Tech, LLC (Plumbing & Fire Protection); Waterhout Construction, Inc. (Structural & Finish Carpentry); ACME Erectors, Inc. (Structural & Finish Metals); and, Kirberg Company (Thermal & Moisture Protection).

            The Specialty Contractor receiving the most votes by General Contractors also was presented the Specialty Contractor of the Year award by the AGC of Missouri. This distinction was awarded to T. J. Wies Contracting, Inc.

            “As the largest statewide construction trade association it’s really exciting for us to have the opportunity to highlight outstanding projects completed by our members here in Missouri and throughout the country.  The SCOTY Awards provide our General Contractors the opportunity to honor our specialty contractors for their contributions to the success of a project,” said Leonard Toenjes, CAE, president of the AGC.  “More than ever in today’s competitive and challenging construction environment, collaboration is the key to making a successful project happen.”

            The Associated General Contractors of Missouri is the united voice of the construction industry, representing nearly 550 commercial, industrial, heavy and highway contractors, industry partners and related firms in 110 counties in Missouri. Visit:  www.agcmo.org

 




S. M. WILSON LAUNCHES ‘BEYOND THE BUILD’ TO REINFORCE CORE STRENGTHS OF VALUE, SERVICE, PEOPLE AND PASSION FOR BUILDING

smwilson_logo_w-tag_7-2016_tm_rgb_300dpiSt. Louis, Mo., November 2, 2016 – S. M. Wilson & Co. has launched a new theme to emphasize and differentiate its longtime core strengths of value, service, people-centered culture and passion to deliver more than just buildings.   Called ‘Beyond the Build™,’ the new program includes the new slogan, refreshed contemporary color schemes, updated website content and new videos, marketing materials and other editorial content.  A video announcing the new branding program can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXFUcG-QKR4.


“In today’s increasingly commoditized commercial construction industry, we want prospective customers and others in our industry to know that S. M. Wilson uses bricks and mortar to transform communities and landscapes,” said Amy Berg, President of S. M. Wilson.  “We have always been known for our employee-friendly culture, our collaborative and transparent approach to projects and our atmosphere of finding the fun in the work we do.  We are reaffirming these long-held company values and connecting them in a contemporary way.”
‘Beyond The Build’ encompasses the S. M. Wilson family’s embrace of innovation, service to the community, commitment to employee career development, collaboration with owners and project teams, respect for all people and the notion that work can be fun.  These values can be found in things like the company’s flexible work schedules, technology investments, commitments to sustainability and the desire to promote people from within whenever possible.
“Beyond the BuildTM” will begin appearing on company project site signage, website (www.smwilson.com) YouTube videos, social media channels and other communications outlets.
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 $305 million in 2015 revenues, and ranks 220th in Engineering News-Record’s 2016 list of Top 400 commercial contractors nationwide. For more information, visit www.smwilson .com.




Drone Footage of the Ladue Horton Watkins High School Demolition




S. M. WILSON & CO. COMPLETES CONSTRUCTION OF $12 MILLION ASSISTED LIVING COMMUNITY EXPANSION AND NEW SHORT STAY REHABILITATION CENTER

St. Louis, Mo., October 3, 2016 – S. M. Wilson & Co. has completed construction of a $12 million expansion to its assisted living community and a new REACH short stay rehabilitation center at Lutheran Hillside Village in Peoria. The three-story, 38,000 square foot addition includes 24 new assisted living apartments and 24 short stay rehabilitation private rooms.

“Both new areas will provide space for innovation and compassionate care,” said Shelly Heiden, Executive Director of Lutheran Hillside Village. “Planned and constructed with thought to convenience and comfort, the new apartments and short stay rehabilitation rooms will allow us to grow our mission to help older adults in the greater Peoria area to live life to the fullest.”

The project began in April 2015, and represents the first phase of a two-phase building program that also includes renovations to the existing skilled nursing, assisted living and memory care assisted living areas, as well as physical, occupational and speech therapy rooms and dining areas. The second phase is scheduled for completion in late 2017.

Lutheran Hillside Village is a continuing care retirement community located at 6901 N. Galena Road in Peoria. Part of Lutheran Senior Services, Lutheran Hillside Village offers five levels of senior living services on a 37-acre campus. For more information, visit www.lutheranhillsidevillage.lssliving.mobi/.

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 $305 million in 2015 revenues, and ranks 220th in Engineering News-Record’s 2016 list of Top 400 commercial contractors nationwide. For more information, visit www.smwilson.com.




S. M. WILSON & CO. IS BUILDING NEW $6 MILLION FIRE STATION HEADQUARTERS FOR CITY OF MAPLEWOOD

St. Louis, Mo., September 12, 2016 – The City of Maplewood, Missouri has selected S. M. Wilson & Co. to build a new $6 million fire station headquarters to house the City’s fire department. The 18,897 square foot facility is being built on City property just west of Maplewood City Hall and will replace the current fire station, which is more than 50 years old.

The first floor will feature offices, along with a training and multi-purpose room. Living quarters, a dayroom, kitchen and dining area will be located on the second floor. The fire station will also have three drive-through apparatus bays and a training tower.

The facility was designed and is being built to achieve LEED Silver Certification.

S. M. Wilson will provide pre-construction and construction management services for the project. It is scheduled to be completed in April 2017. JEMA is the architect for the project.

S. M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis.  S. M. Wilson is one of the largest general construction and construction management firms in the St. Louis area.  The company posted $305 million in 2015 revenues, and ranks 220th in Engineering News-Record’s 2016 list of Top 400 commercial contractors nationwide. For more information, visit www.smwilson .com.




Lawrence Group Unveils Vision for the Former Federal Mogul Site – London-based Bull Moose Industries Added to Investment Partnership

City Foundry Saint Louis
City Foundry Saint Louis at Cortex

 

ST. LOUIS —Environmental remediation work has commenced at City Foundry Saint Louis at Cortex, the new name of the former Federal Mogul Foundry property in midtown St. Louis. The proposed mixed-use redevelopment project is being designed and developed by Lawrence Group with significant reuse of the historic structures. The first phase of the overall $340 million project is programmed to include:

  •  48,000 square feet of restaurant and food hall space with approximately 20 chef-driven quick serve food stalls and up to four full service restaurants
  • 124,000 square feet of creative office space in the City Foundry building complex
  • 133,000 square feet of retail space with up to 45 retailers
  • New 511-car parking garage plus ample surface spaces
  • Connection to the Great Rivers Greenway Trail System
  • Amenities including public plaza spaces, bike share, electric recharge stations and dedicated ride sharing drop-off

In addition to the commencement of remediation work on the site, Lawrence Group CEO Steve Smith has announced that Bull Moose Industries has become a major investment partner in the redevelopment. London-based Bull Moose Chairman, the Rt. Hon. Lord Swarj Paul, has continued to grow his investments in St. Louis, adding his partnership in City Foundry to his previous investments in the 634 North Grand building in Grand Center and the acquisition of XL Trailers earlier this year. “This new investment by Lord Paul represents our continued confidence in St. Louis as well as our belief in the exciting vision laid out by Steve Smith for the City Foundry development,” according to Bull Moose CEO Michael Blatz. Eagle Bank is providing the financing for the project.

The National Register of Historic Places nomination for the existing foundry complex was recently approved by the Missouri Advisory Council on Historic Preservation. Building on the region’s reputation as an innovation hub, City Foundry Saint Louis is envisioned as a place where ideas can thrive and where people can get connected and collaborate. The first phase of the car-optional development is expected to create 870 permanent jobs in addition to construction jobs, as well as spur additional development on neighboring properties. Great Rivers Greenway trails will traverse through the site providing a walkable connection between Saint Louis University, Cortex, and Metro stations as well as a pathway to Forest Park. “The City Foundry Saint Louis redevelopment represents another example of the continued investment and expansion of the Cortex brand. This will be a tremendous amenity to the already vibrant innovation community that exists at Cortex,” according to Dennis Lower, CEO of Cortex Innovation Community.

The first phase of the project is scheduled to open in 2018, and future phases call for a 279-unit residential tower; 265,000 square feet of office; and 16,000 square feet of retail. For leasing information, visit www.cityfoundrystl.com. The project team includes:

  • Lawrence Group – Design and Development
  • S.M. Wilson – Construction Management
  • Midwest Service Group – Remediation and Abatement Contractor
  • SCI Engineering – Environmental Consultant
  • Grimes Consulting – Civil Engineering
  • CBRE – Retail Leasing Brokerage
  • DCM Management – Office Leasing Brokerage
  • Eagle Bank and Advantage Capital Partners – Financing

About CORTEX: Founded in 2002 through a collaboration between Washington University in St. Louis, BJC Healthcare, the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Saint Louis University, and the Missouri Botanical Garden, the Cortex Innovation Community (CortexSTL.com) is the Midwest’s leading hub of innovation and technology commercialization, serving as the anchor of St. Louis’ growing ecosystem for innovative startup programs and established companies. Cited by the Brookings Institution as a model of an urban innovation district, Cortex is home to more than 200 software and bioscience technology firms, providing a deep pool of entrepreneurial programs that support emerging technology companies and helps to attract established technology firms to St. Louis.




S. M. WILSON PROMOTES BRIAN MEE TO PROJECT MANAGER

Brian MeeSt. Louis, Mo., August 16, 2016 – S. M. Wilson & Co, has promoted Brian Mee 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.

Mee joined S. M. Wilson in 2007 as a Project Engineer and has worked on a variety of federal, retail and healthcare construction projects. He has 10 years of experience in the construction industry. Mee holds a B. S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri – Columbia.

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 $305 million in 2015 revenues, and ranks 220th in Engineering News-Record’s 2016 list of Top 400 commercial contractors nationwide. For more information, visit www.smwilson.com.




THE SHELDON HIRES S. M. WILSON & CO. AS GENERAL CONTRACTOR

 

The Sheldon Plaza Rendering
The Sheldon Plaza Rendering

ST. LOUIS – The Sheldon is pleased to announce that S. M. Wilson & Co. has been chosen as the general contractor for the creation of a pedestrian walkway, plaza and renovated parking lot on the west side of Sheldon facilities. Construction is expected to begin in late July and to be completed in November.

Designed by internationally acclaimed architect Ben Gilmartin, the plaza and walkway will connect The Sheldon with Public Media Commons to the south and Washington Boulevard to the north. The walkway is The Sheldon’s portion of ArtWalk, linking several visual arts institutions in Grand Center.   The plaza will feature a large vertical garden on the west wall of The Sheldon’s facilities, and a new sculptural sign and video blade will be installed on Washington Boulevard.

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 $305 million in 2015 revenues, and ranks 220th in Engineering News-Record’s 2015 list of Top 400 commercial contractors nationwide. For more information, visit www.smwilson .com.

The Sheldon opened its doors in 1912 and the Concert Hall is known around the world for its perfect acoustics. Today, The Sheldon presents jazz, folk, classical and world music concerts and the adjoining Sheldon Art Galleries present quality exhibits in many genres. Over 25,000 young people are engaged in Sheldon education programs and, overall, 125,000 individuals participate in over 350 events each year at The Sheldon.




Chaminade’s Viragh Center for the Arts Video

Time lapse video of the construction of Chaminade College Preparatory School’s Viragh Center for the Arts building.




The Blessing of Shriners Hospitals for Children

Here is Katie’s story and how she inspired S. M. Wilson’s timely construction of the Shriners Hospitals for Children in St. Louis, MO.




S. M. Wilson Sponsors S. E. E. Week (Summer Engineering Experience) at Cor Jesu Academy

S. M. Wilson was a proud sponsor and participant in the S. E. E. Week (Summer Engineering Experience) at Cor Jesu Academy.  On Monday, June 6, project team members lead students through an interactive and fun day. Students learned about the S. M. Wilson project currently being built on their campus through job estimating and scheduling challenges.

 




S. M. WILSON’S SWINGING FORE DREAMS 2016 GOLF TOURNAMENT RAISES $20,000 FOR THE DREAM FACTORY OF ST. LOUIS

dream_factory_2016_IMG_3499St. Louis, Mo., June 20, 2016 – The 10th Annual Swinging Fore Dreams Golf Tournament sponsored by S. M. Wilson & Co. raised $20,000 for The Dream Factory of St. Louis on May 16, 2016 at Glen Echo Country Club.  More than 50 construction-related companies and organizations supported the event, which helps children with critical and chronic illnesses to realize their dreams.

“Since 2007, S. M. Wilson has helped raise more than $319,000 for The Dream Factory of St. Louis,” said Amy Berg, President of S. M. Wilson.  “This annual event underscores our core commitment to serve and enrich the community with passion and inspiration.”

“The St. Louis Chapter of Dream Factory would like to thank S. M. Wilson for once again holding their annual golf tournament to benefit our chapter,” said Mike Gaterman, President of Dream Factory of St. Louis. “We are so grateful for the donation year after year; with your help, we are able to continue to grant dreams to critically and chronically ill children ages three to eighteen. The money you raise stays in the St. Louis area to benefit local children.”

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

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 $305 million in 2015 revenues, and ranks 220th in Engineering News-Record’s 2015 list of Top 400 commercial contractors nationwide. For more information, visit www.smwilson .com.

 




S. M. WILSON PROMOTES VERNON PFEIL TO SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER AND NAMES ROBERT DULANEY PROJECT MANAGER

Vernon Pfeil - Senior Project Manager
Vernon Pfeil – Senior Project Manager

Rob Dulaney
Rob Dulaney – Project Manager

St. Louis, Mo., June 8, 2016 – S. M. Wilson & Co, has promoted Vernon Pfeil to Senior Project Manager and named Robert Dulaney as Project Manager.

Pfeil will guide and lead the pre-construction and construction process on his projects. He will be involved with all pre-construction activities, paying particular attention to constructability issues and construction scheduling.  During construction, Pfeil will direct the project management team to organize, schedule, plan, motivate, control and complete the building program to the Owner’s satisfaction and within the time set forth in the contract. Pfeil has eleven years of construction industry experience, mostly in government construction contracting, and holds a B. S. in Building Construction Management from Purdue University.

Dulaney 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.  He has 20 years of experience in the construction industry, and has worked on a variety of school and university construction projects as well as retail and multi-family housing projects.

Dulaney earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Psychology and Management at Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville.  He has an OSHA 30 Hour Construction Safety and Health and a Quality Control Manager certification for the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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 $305 million in 2015 revenues, and ranks 220th in Engineering News-Record’s 2016 list of Top 400 commercial contractors nationwide. For more information, visit www.smwilson .com.




S. M. WILSON TO BEGIN $82 MILLION ADDITION/RENOVATION OF LADUE HORTON WATKINS HIGH SCHOOL

Ladue School District High School Renovations
Ladue School District High School Renovations

St. Louis, Mo., June 8, 2016 – S. M. Wilson & Co. has been selected by the Ladue School District to perform $82.2 million worth of additions and renovations to Ladue Horton Watkins High School beginning this summer. Construction will focus on updating the academic core of the building where classrooms have not been significantly renovated since being built in the 1950s and 1960s. Funding for the project comes from an $85.1 million bond referendum passed by the District’s voters in April.

Preparations for construction have already begun with initial efforts focused on creating temporary classrooms within the existing building, installing outdoor classrooms that will primarily be dedicated to science programming, establishing construction staging areas, reconfiguring parking and traffic flow, and beginning abatement and the demolition process of the portion of the backside of the building that will be rebuilt.  The project is anticipated to be substantially completed by the beginning of the 2018-19 school year.

When completed, the high school will feature classrooms designed to accommodate today’s educational best practices which require spaces conducive to collaboration across disciplines, small group work, the integrated use of science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM), and the opportunity for students to apply their knowledge in real-world applications and group-based projects.  Other features will include:

  • A three-story Commons Area at the apex of corridors leading to various academic areas;
  • Seminar and breakout areas mixed in with classrooms, enabling small group work;
  • A lecture area large enough to enable speakers to address multiple classes simultaneously; and
  • Spaces to exhibit student work throughout the building

S. M. Wilson provided pre-referendum informational services to the Ladue School District, and will provide pre-construction and construction management services for the project. Hastings+Chivetta and Bond Architects are the architectural firms selected for the project and also began work on the project well before the initiative was approved by voters in April. In 2011, S. M. Wilson completed construction of a $14 million Early Childhood Center for the Ladue School District. The company has also completed a variety of renovations and additions at many of the District’s elementary, middle school, and high school facilities.

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 $305 million in 2015 revenues, and ranks 220th in Engineering News-Record’s 2016 list of Top 400 commercial contractors nationwide. For more information, visit www.smwilson .com.




S. M. WILSON CHOSEN BY COR JESU ACADEMY TO MANAGE CONSTRUCTION OF NEW PERFORMANCE GYMNASIUM AND STUDENT COMMONS

Cor Jesu Rendering-EXTERIOR-smSt. Louis, Mo., April 19, 2015 – Cor Jesu Academy has chosen S. M. Wilson & Co. to manage construction of the school’s new $8.9 million, 39,400 square foot, three-level performance gymnasium and student commons complex as part of the school’s long range campus enhancement plan. Slated for completion in the fall of 2017, this innovative new space gives Cor Jesu the opportunity to add new course offerings and state-of-the-art learning, while also growing the school’s sports programs. The project is being funded by a $9.5 million capital campaign launched in 2014 to provide a range of new facilities including a new chapel, plus site improvements and more financial aid for qualifying students at this private Catholic girls’ high school in South St. Louis County.

The new gymnasium will feature two full courts on the first floor with state-of-the-art features conducive to basketball and volleyball competition, along with permanent bleachers and expanded weight and workout rooms. The second floor will feature a multipurpose room, student commons and athletic offices. Four new specialized classrooms will be added to the third floor.

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

Groundbreaking is scheduled for April 22, 2016, and the project is scheduled for completion in time for the 2017-18 school year. Hastings + Chivetta is the project architect.

Cor Jesu Academy is a leading Catholic college preparatory high school for young women founded in 1956 and operated by the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  Students from 61 zip codes across the St. Louis metropolitan area currently attend the school and come from 106 different Catholic, public, private and home schooling learning environments.  For more information, visit www.corjesu.org.

S. M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis.  S. M. Wilson is one of the largest general construction and construction management firms in the St. Louis area.  The company posted $300 million in 2014 revenues, and ranks 232nd in Engineering News-Record’s 2015 list of Top 400 commercial contractors nationwide. For more information, visit www.smwilson.com.




S. M. WILSON PROMOTES COREY NODER TO SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER AND JORDAN SANDERS TO ASSISTANT PROJECT MANAGER

Corey Noder 1
Corey Noder – Senior Project Manger

Jordan Sanders 1
Jordan Sanders – Assistant Project Manager

St. Louis, Mo., March 21, 2016 – S. M. Wilson & Co. has promoted Corey Noder to Senior Project Manager and Jordan Sanders to Assistant Project Manager.

Noder joined S. M. Wilson in 2014 as a Project Manager, and has 16 years of construction industry experience.  He received a B.S. Construction Management from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville. He is a graduate of SIUE’s Construction Leadership Institute and the Duke University Management Program.  Noder is a LEED Accredited Professional.

Sanders joined S. M. Wilson in 2012. He received a B. S. in Construction Management from Southeast Missouri State University, and has both an OSHA 30 Hour Construction Safety and Health and an ASHE Health Care Construction Certificate.

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 $305 million in 2015 revenues, and ranks 232nd in Engineering News-Record’s 2015 list of Top 400 commercial contractors nationwide. For more information, visit www.smwilson.com.




LAUREN WILLIAMS RECEIVES 2016 ALUMNI LEADERSHIP AWARD FROM THE CONSTRUCTION LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE

Lauren Smith 2St. Louis, Mo., March 14, 2016 – Lauren Williams, BIM Manager at S. M. Wilson & Co., has received the 2016 Alumni Leadership Award from the Construction Leadership Institute at Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville (SIUE).   The award recognizes an outstanding graduate of the Construction Leadership Institute program and honors the individual’s exceptional contributions to the building community through their leadership, character and hard work.

Lauren has become a leader in the construction industry locally and nationally in utilizing (BIM) technology in pre-construction services and in leveraging mobile technologies for more effective on-site construction project management.  She rose quickly from Project Engineer to BIM Manager at S. M. Wilson, and has made a significant company-wide impact by immersing BIM into the company’s suite of pre-construction and construction management services.  Last month Lauren was named a member of ENR Midwest’s Top 20 Under 40 Class of 2016 for having built an extraordinary industry portfolio in just a few short years while donating significant amounts of time and expertise to serve her community.

“Lauren has used her energetic passion for BIM to help design, plan and manage $400 million of increasingly complex projects for S. M. Wilson & Co. and realize consistent cost savings,” said Amy Berg, President of S. M. Wilson. “She has also championed the cause of encouraging and educating young professionals – and especially women – to learn these construction technologies and pursue professional careers in construction.  We are extremely proud of Lauren and grateful for her contributions to our business.”

The SIUE Construction Leadership Institute and its associated advisory board were established because of a recognized necessity for leadership and management training in St. Louis architectural, construction and engineering businesses. Starting with its founding class of 2004, the Construction Leadership Institute has trained over 250 members of the construction community. Lauren completed the Construction Leadership Institute program in 2012 and has served as a member of its Advisory Board Alumni Committee.

Lauren earned a B. S. in Civil Engineering and Structural Design from Stanford University, and earned her CM-BIM from the AGC of America.  Attending Stanford on an athletic, varsity diving scholarship, Lauren attributes her work ethic, desire for perfection and ability to turn constructive criticism into a successful outcome to her 18 years of intense athletic commitments.

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 $305 million in 2015 revenues, and ranks 232nd in Engineering News-Record’s 2015 list of Top 400 commercial contractors nationwide. For more information, visit www.smwilson.com.




TIM DORAN PROMOTED TO PROJECT MANAGER

Tim_Doran_5St. Louis, Mo., March 9, 2016 – Tim Doran has been promoted to Project Manager at S. M. Wilson & Co. 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.

Doran joined S. M. Wilson in 2011 and was previously Assistant Project Manager.  He has worked on a variety of retail construction projects, and most recently worked on the St. Louis County Library building program. 

Doran has 18 years of construction industry experience.  He earned a Bachelor of Science in Advanced Technical Studies at Southern Illinois University – Carbondale.

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 $305 million in 2015 revenues, and ranks 232nd in Engineering News-Record’s 2015 list of Top 400 commercial contractors nationwide. For more information, visit www.smwilson.com.




MEGAN BANKS HONORED BY ST. LOUIS AMERICAN FOUNDATION AT 6TH ANNUAL SALUTE TO YOUNG LEADERS AWARDS

Megan Banks 3St. Louis, Mo., March 3, 2016 – Megan Banks, a Project Engineer at S. M. Wilson & Co., was one of 20 African-American professionals under the age of 40 to be honored at the St. Louis American Foundation’s 6th Annual Salute to Young Leaders on February 25.  Megan was recognized for her excellence in work and in her commitment to community building through service to others.

“Megan is a dedicated, determined and inspirational young woman,” said Amy Berg, President of S. M. Wilson. “She is well respected by her peers, and continually goes above and beyond her job requirements to better the project and the people around her.”

“When it comes to mentoring students, I tell them you can overcome any obstacle and achieve everything you put your mind to, especially as a young engineering student,” Megan told the St. Louis American.  “When you want something bad enough, you fight for it.  You don’t stop until you have achieved it.  There will be T’s to cross and I’s to dot, there will be impediments that may seem unattainable, and not everyone will be on your side or consistently support you. But you can make it.  Greatness lies within each of us.”

Megan began her career as an intern at S. M. Wilson nearly four years ago after earning a B. S. in Construction Management at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. Since then, she has worked on several high-profile projects, including projects for BJC HealthCare and Blessing Hospital and now the City Walk high rise development in the Central West End.  Megan is responsible for interacting with subcontractors and suppliers to manage material procurement. She reviews, organizes and manages the submittal process and assists with pricing owner requests. Megan also manages all of the documents for the project through an electronic application.

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 $305 million in 2015 revenues, and ranks 232nd in Engineering News-Record’s 2015 list of Top 400 commercial contractors nationwide. For more information, visit www.smwilson.com.

 




LIZ PEROUTKA PROMOTED TO PROJECT ENGINEER AT S. M. WILSON & CO.

Liz Peroutka

St. Louis, Mo., February 29, 2016 – S. M. Wilson & Co. has promoted Liz Peroutka to Project Engineer.  She will be responsible for helping establish procedures with the design professionals, consultants and Owner of projects for information flow, approvals, meetings and reporting.  Liz will also track shop drawings, submittals, material deliveries and RFIs through the duration of projects and assist the Project Manager with MBE/WBE participation and workforce inclusion. 

Liz joined S. M. Wilson in 2006 and was promoted to Project Coordinator in 2013.  She has worked on a variety of project teams building schools, hospitals and most recently the Cancer Center at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.  She has 15 years of construction 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 $300 million in 2014 revenues, and ranks 232nd in Engineering News-Record’s 2015 list of Top 400 commercial contractors nationwide. For more information, visit www.smwilson.com.




LAUREN WILLIAMS NAMED TO ENGINEERING NEWS-RECORD MIDWEST’S TOP 20 UNDER 40 CLASS OF 2016

Lauren Smith 2St. Louis, Mo., February 17, 2016 – Engineering News-Record Midwest has named Lauren Williams, CM-BIM and Building Information Modeling (BIM) Manager at S. M. Wilson & Co., to its Top 20 Under 40 Class of 2016. She was recognized for her significant career achievements and meaningful community service from among hundreds of young engineers, architects and construction planners from across the Midwest.

In the magazine’s story announcing this year’s 20 Under 40 class, ENR credited Lauren with having coordinated $325 million of BIM-guided construction projects.  The article specifically states the following:

“Since Lauren Williams introduced the use of BIM to her company, she has transformed project management processes on every project at S. M. Wilson. She has helped design, plan and manage $325 million of increasingly complex projects through enhanced project visualization, better project costing, improved scheduling and timing, greater constructability detection, coordination and communication.  At the 90,000-sq-ft Shriners Hospitals for Children-St. Louis, her BIM services delivered savings in six figures during the construction-coordination phase of the project. Through her teaching and mentoring, she is also a role model for young professionals.”

According to the article, ENR Midwest’s Top 20 Under 40 class “offers a deep bench of skilled, knowledgeable industry veterans and younger workers. More than qualified engineers, architects, planners and estimators, these are people who find fulfillment in serving their local communities and in employing the talents, skills and knowledge that bring them professional success. This year’s class of young professionals sets a fine example for the kinds of contributions that the region’s construction and design firms will require moving forward. The honorees span a wide variety of industry roles, often excelling not only through their jobs, but in their respective contributions via charitable endeavors, community positions and industry mentoring.”

“Lauren Williams has become a leader in the construction industry locally and nationally in utilizing BIM technology in pre-construction services and in leveraging mobile technologies for more effective on-site construction project management,” said Amy Berg, President of S. M. Wilson & Co.  “We are incredibly proud of her and thankful for her important contributions to our company.”

Lauren joined S. M. Wilson in 2007 as a Project Engineer, and became BIM Manager in 2012.  She holds a B. S. in Civil Engineering with a focus on Structures from Stanford University.

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 $300 million in 2014 revenues, and ranks 232nd in Engineering News-Record’s 2015 list of Top 400 commercial contractors nationwide. For more information, visit www.smwilson.com.




S. M. WILSON SELECTED FOR $31 MILLION RENOVATION AND EXPANSION OF UNIVERSITY LIBRARY AND COMMONS

millikin_commons_rendering-800x500 St. Louis, Mo., January 28, 2016 – S. M. Wilson & Co. has been selected to renovate and expand the University Commons at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois. The $31 million, 85,000 square foot project will focus on renovating and reconfiguring the existing Staley Library and building a large addition to the structure.

When completed, the University Commons will feature the Staley Library, a new Oberhelman Center for Leadership Performance, the WJMU radio station, a New Technologies Studio and the University’s Math Center, Writing Center and Media Arts Center. The expanded University Commons will feature space for dining areas including a marketplace food court, a grill/bistro, a cafe and a large, dividable conference/banquet space. Other features will include the Center for International Education, Student Success Center, Office of Inclusion and Student Engagement and spaces for collaboration and student organizations.

The project is scheduled to begin in February, 2016 and be completed in time for the start of the Fall 2017 semester.  S. M. Wilson will provide pre-construction, construction management and general contracting services for the project.  Architect for the project is Hastings + Chivetta.

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 $300 million in 2014 revenues, and ranks 232nd in Engineering News-Record’s 2015 list of Top 400 commercial contractors nationwide. For more information, visit www.smwilson.com




MARY DOHOGNE NAMED PROJECT ENGINEER AT S. M. WILSON & CO

St. Louis, Mo., January 26, 2016 – Mary Dohogne has been named Project Engineer at S. M. Wilson & Co. She will be responsible for helping establish procedures with the design professionals, consultants and Owner of projects for information flow, approvals, meetings and reporting.  Mary will also track shop drawings, submittals, material deliveries and RFIs through the duration of projects and assist the Project Manager with MBE/WBE participation and workforce inclusion. 

Mary served as an intern at S. M. Wilson during summer 2015, where she received training on Building Information Modeling (BIM), processed RFIs and handled the responsibilities of a Project Engineer for her project teams. She was offered a full time position with the company upon completion of her college studies.

“Many of our interns, including Mary, carry the responsibilities of a Project Engineer,” said Rachel Miller, Human Resources Manager at S. M. Wilson. “After seeing her perform in her internship, we knew we wanted her back after graduating from college.”

Mary earned a B. S. in Construction Management at Southeast Missouri State University in December, 2015 and holds OSHA 30 hour Construction Safety and Health certification.

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 $300 million in 2014 revenues, and ranks 232nd in Engineering News-Record’s 2015 list of Top 400 commercial contractors nationwide. For more information, visit www.smwilson.com.




CREVE COEUR FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT SELECTS S. M. WILSON TO BUILD NEW FIRE STATION

St. Louis, Mo., January 11, 2015 – S. M. Wilson has been selected by the Creve Coeur Fire Protection District to build a new fire station to replace the District’s existing Engine House #2, which was built in 1962.  The new 25,000 square foot facility will be built on the site of Engine House #2 at 10940 Schuetz Road and include five emergency vehicle bays, updated living quarters for Firefighters and Paramedics and a an area that includes bunk rooms, day room, fitness area, locker room and kitchen. 

The project is currently scheduled to break ground in March 2016 and be completed in Spring of 2017.  S. M. Wilson is providing Pre-Construction and Construction Management services for the project, and assisted the Creve Coeur Fire Protection District in reviewing and selecting the project’s architect.  The architect is Archimages.

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 $300 million in 2014 revenues, and ranks 232nd in Engineering News-Record’s 2015 list of Top 400 commercial contractors nationwide. For more information, visit www.smwilson.com.




JOYCE MORGAN HONORED AS A ‘PRIVATE SECTOR EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR’ AT MOKAN’S ‘EMBRACING DIVERSITY – EXCELLING TOWARD EXCELLENCE’ AWARDS DINNER

St. Louis, Mo., December 21, 2015 – Joyce Morgan, Diversity Coordinator at S. M. Wilson & Co., was honored as a Private Sector Executive of the Year at MOKAN’s “Embracing DIVERSITY – Excelling Toward Excellence” 41st Awards Anniversary Dinner on November 20, 2015 in St. Louis.

The awards recognize minority business owners and Corporate partners who have demonstrated commitment to enhancing the lives of others with a primary focus on expanding capacity building and workforce opportunities throughout the region. MOKAN is a leader in advancing opportunities of growth for minority and female businesses within the St. Louis area.

“We all have been working on leveling the playing field and making a difference for women and minorities in construction, and we now have more buy-in than ever,” Joyce said in accepting her award.  “While we are making great strides in the right direction, we still have a long way to go. I am so honored to receive this award, and so lucky to work for S. M. Wilson, such a compassionate company that truly believes in making a difference for women and minorities in construction.” 

In 2013, Joyce received the Inclusion Champion Award from the St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers (SLCCC).  The award recognizes her significant contribution and efforts to promote the greater use of women, minorities and women or minority owned firms on a construction project.

Joyce is personally involved in organizations that help guide disadvantaged youth to build meaningful careers in construction.  She has mentored many students from the St. Louis Construction Careers Center and the Workforce Investment Act program at Mers Goodwill.  Joyce is a leader of S. M. Wilson’s Habitat for Humanity team that recently completed construction of a new home for a deserving family.

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 $300 million in 2014 revenues, and ranks 232nd in Engineering News-Record’s 2015 list of Top 400 commercial contractors nationwide. For more information, visit www.smwilson.com.




JESSICA BARBER JOINS S. M. WILSON AS CRM AND MARKET RESEARCH COORDINATOR

St. Louis, Mo., December 14, 2015 – Jessica Barber has joined S. M. Wilson & Co. as coordinator of customer relationship management and market research. She will support the company’s marketing and business development efforts by organizing and managing the firm’s customer relationship management (CRM) system, which includes researching and gathering project, company, personnel and industry data as well as potential opportunities and clients. She will also assist in the development of marketing materials.

Jessica has 17 years of marketing, program management and sales experience including service to the School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis and Tech Data Corporation in Clearwater, Florida. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing Communications and Technology Management from St. Petersburg College in St. Petersburg, FL.

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 $300 million in 2014 revenues, and ranks 232nd in Engineering News-Record’s 2014 list of Top 400 commercial contractors nationwide. For more information, visit www.smwilson.com.