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ST. LOUIS, MO – Kwame Building Group (KWAME) and the design-build team of Deaconess Center for Child Well-Being in St. Louis, MO have received a Design-Build Institute of America – Mid-America Region (DBIA-MAR) 2018 Honor Award. The award recognizes excellence in design-build practices.  KWAME was the construction manager. The general contractor was KAI Design & Build.

Construction of the $8.8 million Deaconess Center for Child Well-Being was completed in December 2017. The 21,000-square-foot facility features flexible meeting rooms, classrooms, administrative offices, outdoor spaces, a chapel and community spaces that hold up to 125 guests. Deaconess Center aligns with the North Central Plan, a neighborhood-driven development initiative.

As a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), KWAME largely contributed to the project’s 35% Minority Business Enterprise participation, including 15% Women Business Enterprise participation.

Deaconess Foundation pursues child well-being through public policy and racial equity. Their new facility houses office space for Deaconess Foundation and long-term partners, Vision for Children at Risk and Unleashing Potential. Meeting spaces are granted to child advocates, civic leaders and community organizers dedicated to advocating for and pursuing positive systemic change for the well-being of children and families in the St. Louis metropolitan region. The facility is expected to host more than 6,000 citizens a year in more than 350 meetings.

Kwame Building Group, Inc. (KWAME) is one of the nation’s top pure construction management firms, dedicating 100 percent of its resources to project management services. An employee-owned company, KWAME provides estimating, scheduling, project planning, value engineering and other project management services as an independent advocate for owners and developers. KWAME’s public and private sector projects include educational facilities, major airports nationwide, light-rail systems, hospitals, wastewater treatment facilities and government facilities. KWAME is headquartered in St. Louis with division offices in Atlanta, Austin, Dallas, Houston, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, Phoenix, Pittsburgh and Seattle. For more information, or call (314) 862-5344.

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