Midwest People: Construction business updates for July 2016
Jerry Harmon has been promoted by ACME Constructors Inc. to the position of vice president of operations. Previously a senior project manager with the St. Louis-based firm, Harmon has served as project manager, superintendent, general foreman and foreman on industrial and commercial projects. ACME specializes in structural steel erection and general construction for large and small businesses in 18 states.
The St. Louis office of global design firm HOK announced several promotions, including that of Lance Cage to the position of managing principal. He joined the office’s leadership team as a senior vice president and marketing principal four years ago and serves on HOK’s board of directors, management board and marketing board’s steering committee. HOK in St. Louis also announced the promotion of project lighting designer Julie Donovan, senior project architect Jason Pierce and knowledge manager Kelly Heet from associate to senior associate. They are newly joined as officers by senior design professionals Jodie Crohn and Mackenzie McCulloch, project administrator Sebrina Berra and lab planner Jeanne Qui, each promoted to associate.
Detroit-based international contractor Walbridge announced changes to its financial and administrative leadership teams, led by the promotion of John Rakolta III from group vice president and chief financial officer to executive vice president and chief administrative officer. He replaces Vince DeAngelis, who is retiring from Walbridge after 30 years. Most recently with New Orleans-based EPC contractor FSE Energy, William McCulloch joins Walbridge as vice president and chief financial officer. Peter Draga, a 23-year-veteran of the firm, has been promoted to vice president and treasurer.
Greg Murphy has been named TranSystems Corp.’s senior vice president responsible for the states and municipalities sector, leveraging a combination of public- and private-sector experience. A former chief of staff and assistant director for the Ohio Dept. of Transportation, Murphy joined Columbus-based TranSystems in 2015 as senior vice president of sales and operations for the Great Lakes East region. TranSystems provides consulting, engineering and architecture solutions across the transportation infrastructure spectrum.
Barry Oliver has joined St. Louis-based architecture, planning and design services firm Hastings+Chivetta as a contract administrator. An architect, project manager and contract administrator for 33 years, Oliver will assist with the quality control review process and represent Hastings+Chivetta clients during project construction phases. The firm also announced the addition of Suzanne Bedwell as a project architect; she brings 27 years of architecture and project management experience to the firm’s Tulsa office.
Baxter & Woodman’s newly formed civic innovation and infrastructure group will be headed up by Sean O’Dell. He joined the Crystal Lake, Ill.-based design, construction and technology services firm in 2002, and most recently held the position of infrastructure department manager. The new group combines water resources, infrastructure, plan review and geospatial services, offering solutions that integrate new technology with traditional engineering approaches.
As geotechnical department manager in the Columbus, Ohio, office of Terracon, Yogesh Rege will manage a staff of 29, including geotechnical engineers, civil engineers, CAD professionals, senior project managers, project managers, drillers and technicians. He previously worked in Terracon’s Columbus office for eight years before transferring to Charleston, W. Va., where he managed the engineering consulting firm’s geotechnical engineering department for 10 years.
Among promotions announced by Madison, Wis.-based builder Findorff, Matt Breunig is now the director of project management. Most recently a member of the firm’s education team providing day-to-day oversight of project management services, he started with Findorff in 2006. Also with the company since 2006, Chad Eschler was promoted to the business development team from his most recent position as special projects group manager, where he was involved in more than 300 projects. Moving into the position of special projects group manager is Mark Premo, who has been with Findorff since 1999, most recently as project manager.
Dan Dietrich will oversee all Cleveland-area construction projects and manage new business development for Cleveland Construction Inc. in his new position as vice president of construction. With 14 years’ experience managing construction projects, Dietrich replaces David Sawicki, who relocates to the firm’s regional office in Charlotte to oversee projects and business development there.
Construction management firm Greenfire Management Services, a subsidiary of the Potawatomi Business Development Corp.in Milwaukee, hired Jim Coats as senior project manager. With more than two decades in the construction industry, Coats spent six years working as a project superintendent in Guam. Greenfire also announced the addition of Eric Anderson as superintendent, bringing with him 17 years’ experience managing residential and commercial construction projects.
Eriksson Engineering Associates has promoted two experienced engineers to principals at company offices in the greater Chicago market. As operations manager in Chicago, Chris Keppner mentored staff and managed projects focused on urban redevelopment; upon his promotion, he is tasked with expanding the firm’s industrial market presence as well as urban redevelopment work. As senior project manager and then director of client relations, Tom Petermann quadrupled higher education project work in just three years with the firm; upon his promotion, he is tasked with maximizing growth of institutional projects and markets beyond the immediate region.
Paul Hummel was recently promoted to president of Lawson-Fisher Associates, a South Bend, Ind.-based professional engineering services firm operating in both the public and private sectors. He has been with the company for 20 years as a senior vice president and senior civil engineer specializing in transportation, civil and other construction engineering projects.
Worldwide construction giant Kiewit has appointed four new leaders for its Midwest-based power generation business. Leading energy projects in North America and Australia, 10-year company director Tom Shelby has been named president of Kiewit Energy Group, leveraging 30 years of global experience. Dave Flickinger, a 23-year Kiewit veteran, has been named executive vice president, leading teams performing more than $1 billion of annual power generation, transmission and distribution work in North America. Kevin Needham, with more than 25 years’ experience of construction and engineering leadership, is now president of Kiewit Engineering & Design Co., which is focused on energy and water markets. As president of Kiewit Power Constructors Co., John Jennings will lead more than 2,500 people performing engineering, procurement and construction services for power developers and utility clients.
Todd Szymkowski joined Gannett Fleming’s Madison, Wis., office as a transportation systems management and operations manager, responsible for the research, planning and design of transportation projects. In his 20-year career, he has worked with clients including the Wisconsin Dept. of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration. An author and presenter on transportation operations issues, Szymkowski has been recognized with distinguished service awards by the Great Lakes Transportation Enterprise Institute, the Wisconsin Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers and the Intelligent Transportation Society of Wisconsin.
Gallagher Construction Group, Frankfort, Ill., welcomed James Jones as the Midwest construction division’s director of operations and Mike Floersch as Midwest sales director. An expert in production/construction management, Jones has more than 30 years’ experience working for some of the largest homebuilding companies in the U.S., including Pulte Homes and Waypoint Homes. An expert in expanding business into new geographical locations, Floersch has 23 years’ experience in residential and commercial construction, including 11 years building subdivisions in Belize.
St. Louis-based general contractor and construction management firm McGrath & Associates announced the addition of Bryan Herberg as project engineer/estimator and Blake Grinestaff as project engineer. With six years’ experience in mechanical contracting, Herberg is responsible for estimating, project scope development, subcontractor coordination and scheduling. Grinestaff, an intern with the firm for two years, is responsible for project coordination, estimating and project documentation
Northern Technologies LLC, a geotechnical firm based in Inver Grove Heights, Minn., has promoted Debra Schroeder to senior engineer working with owners, architects, developers, facilities managers and contractors to meet particular project geotechnical needs. The firm also promoted Dwayne Watson-Gutierrez to graduate engineer and Carl Dusbabek to drill crew chief.
SMPS St. Louis announced the election of Amanda Bohnert of construction company S.M. Wilson & Co. as chapter president for the 2016-17 term. President-elect will be Catrina Cook of design firm Spellman Brady & Co.