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S. M. WILSON & CO. AND MISSOURI SCHOOL BOARD ASSOCIATION SKILLED CENTENNIAL AWARDS DEADLINE OCTOBER 1

St. Louis, Mo., Sep. 15, 2021 – With labor shortages in the A/E/C industry at an all-time high, S. M. Wilson & Co.’s trademarked construction career education program, SKILLED®, partnered with the Missouri School Board Association (MSBA) to launch the Centennial Awards to inspire the next generation.

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S. M. WILSON BREAKS GROUND ON LADUE SCHOOL DISTRICT’S $126M BUILDING PROGRAM

St. Louis, MO, June 29, 2021 – S. M. Wilson & Co. has officially broken ground on Ladue School  District’s Future-Ready Schools building program in St. Louis, Missouri. S. M. Wilson is serving as the Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) for the District’s $126M Proposition L bond referendum passed by the community in April. Projects include renovations and additions to Ladue Middle School, Old Bonhomme Elementary School and Spoede Elementary School.

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S. M. WILSON & CO. SPONSORS MADISON COUNTY CONSTRUCTION CAMP

St. Louis, Mo., June 3, 2021 – S. M. Wilson & Co. is pleased to announce its sponsorship of the Madison County Regional Office of Education (ROE) 41’s Construction Camp in Troy, IL. As a sponsor, the company seeks to support the organization’s commitment to working for the success of their students and community through better education.

Led by Regional Superintendent of Schools, Robert W. Werden, ROE 41 supports Illinois’ Public Education System by providing educators and the general public with access to information regarding education services, agencies and events. 

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SKILLED Centennial Awards Provide a Pathway into the Construction Industry for Missouri Youth

With labor shortages in the A/E/C industry at an all-time high, S. M. Wilson & Co.’s trademarked construction career education program, SKILLED®, has partnered with the Missouri School Board Association (MSBA) to launch the Centennial Awards to inspire the next generation.

The award challenges high school students across the State of Missouri to inspire their local community through science, technology, engineering, art and/or math (STEAM) learning, all with the chance to win $1,000 grand prizes for their creative ideas and achievable plans. 

Students or student groups in an MSBA district are challenged to create a process, lesson, activity or product that engages their community with STEAM learning opportunities. Students will then take their creative ideas and develop a feasible plan to inspire the next generation in their community using STEAM fundamental skills. 

“Exposure to STEAM skills at a young age opens many opportunities for future development and interest in careers in construction and other related industries. It is our hope with the Centennial awards to inspire the next generation to use STEAM learning in ways that specifically support their own communities,” says Kristyn Newbern, Director of Client Development at S. M. Wilson and SKILLED program lead. 

All high school students in good academic standing who attend an MSBA-member district are eligible to submit for a chance to win a $1,000 grand prize. 

Just like real-world programming, a creative idea is just the beginning for the Centennial award entries. Participants will also submit a Project Plan with an anticipated schedule and budget to implement their idea. The Project Plan will also address the details of their concepts including inspiration, impact on the community, goals, audience, location and resources required to implement the project. Students can submit their plans and a short video explaining their ideas to tinyurl.com/CentennialAwards by September 10, 2021.

The Centennial Awards are committed to following an equitable selection and award process. There is no financial cost to entrants and no requirement for travel to be awarded a grand prize. Resources are available to support interested students facing barriers to entry or seeking support in developing their submission. S. M. Wilson, SKILLED and MSBA encourage all interested, eligible students and student groups to enter award submissions. Submissions will be judged on various factors including mission, feasibility and overall project impact. Entries will be awarded bonus points if their program can be repeated, expanded and/or elevated in the future.

The first place Centennial Award winners will receive $1,000 in prize money sponsored by S. M. Wilson and STL.works, a formal Certificate of Award and recognition at the MSBA Annual Conference. The first-place award will also be presented to the district superintendent at the November 5-7, 2021 MSBA Annual Conference in Kansas City. 

MSBA serves as the unified voice of school board members throughout Missouri and provides board member training, comprehensive policy support, legal assistance, superintendent search guidance and other services designed to allow school boards to put maximum resources in the classroom.

S. M. Wilson’s SKILLED program provides hands-on opportunities to integrate academic learning and focus on future employment in the A/E/C industry. S. M. Wilson has been a long-time Affiliate Member of MSBA, and is proud to partner with the organization to create and fund the 2021 Centennial Awards. 

Help bring construction to the classroom and watch students’ ideas come to life. To learn more about inspiring the next generation or to submit an application, please visit tinyurl.com/CentennialAwards.

S. M. WILSON BREAKS GROUND ON WINFIELD R-IV SCHOOL DISTRICT BUILDING PROGRAM

St. Louis, MO, March 9, 2021 – S. M. Wilson & Co. has officially broken ground on Winfield R-IV School  District’s building program project in Winfield, Missouri. S. M. Wilson is serving as the Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) for the District’s $16 million 2020 Bond Issue. Projects include a new middle school as well as several other district-wide improvements.

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S. M. WILSON AWARDED $91 MILLION BUILDING PROGRAM FOR FRANCIS HOWELL SCHOOL DISTRICT

St. Louis, Mo., December 15, 2020 – S. M. Wilson & Co. has been selected by Francis Howell School District to perform as the Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) for its planned $91 million building program. Projects include a new Francis Howell North High School, construction on Henderson Elementary and Francis Howell North stadium and field work.

The program is part of Francis Howell’s $244 million bond issue passed in June 2020, the largest school bond issue to ever be passed in the state of Missouri. The project is also the first CMAR building program for a school district in St. Charles County.

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S. M. WILSON DIRECTOR OF PROJECT DEVELOPMENT KRISTYN NEWBERN JOINS ALIGNED ADVISORY BOARD

St. Louis, Mo., September 24, 2020 – S. M. Wilson & Co. Director of Client Development Kristyn Newbern has joined the Aligned Advisory Board.

Aligned is an organization of business leaders across market sectors in Missouri and Kansas dedicated to improving education for workforce development and economic growth. Newbern is representing the design and construction perspective on education for the St. Louis Advisory Board.

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S. M. WILSON AWARDED $10.5 MILLION WINFIELD R-IV SCHOOL DISTRICT BUILDING PROGRAM

St. Louis, Mo., July 7, 2020 – S. M. Wilson & Co. has been selected by Winfield R-IV School District to perform as the Construction Management at Risk (CM at Risk) for their $10.5 million 2020 Bond Issue. Projects include a new middle school as well as several other district-wide improvements.

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S. M. Wilson Introduces SKILLED to Address Labor Shortage

In August 2019, the AGC reported: “eighty percent of construction firms are having a hard time filling hourly craft positions that represent the bulk of the construction workforce.”

As labor shortages continue, S. M. Wilson set out to create a program to address the need for more well-trained, qualified workers. For decades, we have proudly built education facilities and our work has had a tremendous impact on the community. Project teams have presented to classes, hosted project tours and organized activities to engage student interest in the construction industry. In addition to supporting individual student interest, we strive to support the serious needs of our industry to promote career paths in the trades and provide access to those careers.

This year, S. M. Wilson has formalized these efforts and rolled them into our existing career development initiatives to form SKILLED, with the mission to Inspire the Future of Construction. 

“A decline in qualified craft workers sparked S. M. Wilson to create a program that would impact our industry in a positive way. SKILLED brings construction into the classroom and beyond by providing the foundational knowledge and skills for a successful career in the A/E/C industry,” says S. M. Wilson President, Amy Berg.

The three-pronged program supports individuals from all experience levels, from pre-k students to workforce professionals, to Discover, Develop and Elevate their skills in the construction industry.

The Discover portion of the program is already underway at S. M. Wilson’s Hallsville Primary School addition and renovation project in Hallsville, MO. The project team introduced students from the high school’s Ag Construction class to real-world applications of a construction project through site tours and trailer talks. The latest installment of the program allowed students to suit up in PPE and view the current state of their Primary School which included crane operations and steel erection of the prefabricated building structure.

“Students enjoyed touring the jobsite and seeing a variety of different trade skills taking place. We are excited to continue this program with S. M. Wilson throughout the school year. Thanks to S. M. Wilson for this educational opportunity, it is really appreciated,” said Caleb Martin, Teacher and Advisor at Hallsville R-IV Schools.

Seeing the physical job completed in real-time with the guidance of the S. M. Wilson project team will give students the unparalleled introduction to what their future in construction might entail. Future plans with the District include construction career presentations and STEAM construction activities for middle and primary school students are underway.

Amy Berg explains, “We are excited to kick off SKILLED with the Hallsville R-IV School District and look forward to continuing our efforts to provide students with the framework and a strong foundation for a future career in construction.”

The Develop and Elevate portions of the program focus on high school, secondary students and beyond. As part the Develop phase, S. M. Wilson offers career-ready internships, career training and mentorship. Led by the company’s Collegiate Development Committee, students interested in working in the construction industry experience hands-on training opportunities, mentoring and networking to benefit their personal and professional development.

The Elevate phase supports the internal professional growth of employees through continued job training, team building, development programs, leadership and advancement opportunities. Knowing that our employees are our greatest asset, S. M. Wilson strives to provide a strong foundation and resourceful company culture by emphasizing growth and encouraging professional development. A few benefits offered include tuition reimbursement, a leadership program, career paths rotation program and Wilson Women.

To learn more about SKILLED, visit www.smwilson.com/skilled.