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.



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. 

All high school students in good academic standing who attend an MSBA-member district are eligible to submit. 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 be presented at the November 5-7, 2021 MSBA Annual Conference in Kansas City. 

Interested students can submit at tinyurl.com/CentennialAwards by October 1, 2021.

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. 

S. M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis and offices in Edwardsville, IL and Cape Girardeau, MO. Founded in 1921, and celebrating its 100th year of serving the community, S. M. Wilson is dedicated to going above and beyond expectations for their clients by putting people first. The 100% employee-owned company is one of the leading construction management firms in the Midwest. For more information, visit www.smwilson.com. 




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.



On June 16th, students, parents, staff, board members and residents from the local community came out to celebrate three separate groundbreaking ceremonies to mark the beginning of construction. 

“We are excited to celebrate these milestones with our community because that’s who this is about: our community,” said Ladue Schools Superintendent Dr. Jim Wipke. “This is a significant step toward providing the future-ready schools that all of our students deserve and sharing our gratitude with a community that invests in the education of its children.”

Ittner Architects and Perkins+Will are the architects. Construction will be complete by the end of 2023.

Mike Hanner, Project Director

S. M. Wilson has been building for Ladue Schools for 13 years having served as the Construction Manager for four building programs. Previous projects include construction of the District’s Early Childhood Learning Center, renovations and additions at Ladue Middle School, Reed Elementary School, Conway Elementary School and Old Bonhomme Elementary School. Most recently, S. M. Wilson also completed the $67M renovation and addition to Ladue Horton Watkins High School.

S. M. Wilson Project Director Mike Hanner said, “We are honored to work with Ladue School District once again. Our goal is to deliver beautiful schools for the students, staff and community to support the District’s mission: ‘Together, we will empower every student to become a passionate learner and achieve his or her highest potential.’”

S. M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis and offices in Edwardsville, IL and Cape Girardeau, MO. Founded in 1921, and celebrating its 100th year of serving the community, S. M. Wilson is dedicated to going above and beyond expectations for their clients by putting people first. The 100% employee-owned company is one of the leading construction management firms in the Midwest. For more information, visit www.smwilson.com. 




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. 



In addition to providing resources for the community, ROE 41 also hosts its own events including Construction Camp as well as a STEM Camp and Ag Camp. This summer’s Construction Camp will include hands-on construction related work as well as classroom and lab activities. Camp activities will provide age appropriate knowledge and hands-on skill development in a fun learning environment. 

S. M. Wilson is proud to sponsor this year’s event in collaboration with the firm’s construction career education program, SKILLED®. ROE 41’s Construction Camp is congruent with SKILLED’s mission to “inspire the future of construction.”

“We are excited to partner with Madison County ROE 41 through our SKILLED Program to provide students with a first-hand look into the construction industry. Participating in the Construction Camp, we hope to engage students and increase awareness of potential careers in construction,” says Kerry Lorts, Senior Project Manager. Lorts oversees S. M. Wilson’s Illinois office operations. 

In addition to supporting individual student interest, S. M. Wilson’s SKILLED program strives to support the serious needs of the construction industry to promote career paths in the trades and provide access to those careers. At the camp, students in grades six through twelve will learn the basics of building. Skill sets will include how to build floors, walls, roofs as well as how to install doors, windows, siding and shingles while building a full size shed.

S. M. Wilson will assist with camp construction projects and provide construction site tours to the R. P. Lumber Center, a new recreation complex under construction for the City of Edwardsville.

The five-day Construction Camp will take place from 7:30am-2:30pm daily and is free for students. To learn more, visit https://bit.ly/3vumDQD.

S. M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with offices in Edwardsville, IL and St. Louis and Cape Girardeau, MO. Founded in 1921 in Granite City, and celebrating its 100th year of serving the community, S. M. Wilson  is dedicated to going above and beyond expectations for their clients by putting people first. The 100% employee-owned company is one of the leading construction management firms in the Midwest. For more information, visit www.smwilson.com. 




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.



On March 8th, students, staff, board members and residents from the local community came out to celebrate the start of the District’s new middle school project. S. M. Wilson was awarded the program in July 2020 and has already completed security improvements throughout the District. Construction will be complete by the start of the 2022 school year.

incite Design Studio (iDS) is the architect.

The project team selected for this project recently worked together on a highly successful $7.2 million CMAR Bond Issue for the Hallsville School District just north of Columbia, Missouri.

Since Missouri adopted the CMAR delivery method in 2016, S. M. Wilson has created a strong portfolio of CMAR K-12 building programs for Districts including Ladue School District, Hallsville R-IV School District and Francis Howell School District. The Firm’s $1.8 billion in education experience and core values to build relationships while providing amazing client experiences has solidified S. M. Wilson as the premier CMAR K-12 builder.

S. M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis and offices in Edwardsville, IL and Cape Girardeau, MO. Founded in 1921, and celebrating its 100th year of serving the community, S. M. Wilson is dedicated to going above and beyond expectations for their clients by putting people first. The 100% employee-owned company is one of the leading construction management firms in the Midwest. For more information, visit www.smwilson.com.




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.



Hoener Associates, Inc. is the architectural firm selected for the project. Pre-construction will begin immediately in collaboration with Hoener. Construction is set to begin Spring 2021 with an anticipated completion date in 2024.

Since Missouri adopted the CMAR delivery method in 2016, S. M. Wilson has created a strong portfolio of CMAR K-12 building programs for Districts including Ladue School District, Winfield R-IV School District and Hallsville R-IV School District. The Firm’s $1.8 billion in education experience and core values to build relationships while providing amazing client experiences has solidified S. M. Wilson as the premier CMAR K-12 builder.

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. For more information, visit www.smwilson.com.




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.



To learn more about the Board, visit: https://wearealigned.org/membership/.

Newbern joined S. M. Wilson in 2017 and has been instrumental in the firm’s pursuits in the education and municipal markets by identifying and elevating prospects, bringing in opportunities and creating a personalized experience for clients. 

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 Midwest. 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 $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.



incite Design Studio (iDS) is the architectural firm selected for the project. Pre-Construction is already underway in collaboration with iDS and the District. Security improvements throughout the district will start immediately with the middle school construction set to begin in early 2021.

S. M. Wilson’s core values to build relationships while providing an amazing client experience along with the firm’s strong portfolio of CM at Risk K-12 building programs solidified this project. The team selected for this program recently worked together on a highly successful $7.2 million CM at Risk Bond Issue for the Hallsville School District just north of Columbia, Missouri. Missouri adopted the Construction Management at Risk (CMAR) delivery method in 2016, which delivers the design and construction of public facilities in a transparent, efficient and collaborative process.

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 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.




S. M. WILSON INTRODUCES SKILLED

St. Louis, Mo., November 19, 2019 – S. M. Wilson & Co. introduces a new construction career education program, SKILLED as of November 2019. SKILLED’s mission is to “Inspire the future of construction”. 



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. Through SKILLED, S. M. Wilson will provide the educational framework to teach, mentor and inspire in three ways:

  • Discover – Introduce opportunities for PreK-12th grade students,  including construction career paths, hands-on STEAM activities and construction site field trips
  • Develop – Offer career-ready internships, career fairs, career training and mentorship
  • Elevate – Support the internal professional growth of employees through continued job training, team building, development programs and advancement opportunities

As labor shortages continue, SKILLED aims to strengthen the industry through education and public awareness by providing the tools to yield a more knowledgeable workforce. 

“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.

By creating a common framework for construction career education, the program will provide hands-on opportunities to integrate academic learning and focus on future employment as carpenters, electricians, machinery workers and more.

S. M. Wilson is proud to kick off our formal Discover phase of SKILLED with Hallsville School District this fall. Students will be learning the real-world applications of a construction project through site tours of their Primary School gym and classroom additions throughout the school year. 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. Additionally, plans for construction career presentations and STEAM construction activities for middle and primary school students are underway.

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.