St. Louis Construction News and Review: Diversity Goals Met via Holistic Bidding Opportunities, Data Tracking

Minority participation goals for construction projects in the private sector should be achieved in the same data-driven, specialty-inclusive manner as with public-sector jobs, general contractors agree.

“Your minority participation goals are like your high school GPA,” said Tony Thompson, CEO of Kwame Building Group.  “If you expect to achieve a 4.0 when you graduate, you need to earn 4.0s every year. You can’t just wait until your senior year to make that goal.”
Thompson draws a comparison with how some contractors strategize to reach their minority participation goals on a construction project.

Construction Business Owner Magazine: Kwame shares IDIQ project management best practices

 

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8 project management best practices to keep projects on time & within budget

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Indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contracts, which may secure a construction manager for an undefined number of projects during an extended time period, are highly beneficial for owners with ongoing construction needs. IDIQs allow owners to use one construction manager for multiple projects, help the team to operate more nimbly and create management team consistency.

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Kwame Building Group has completed renovation at Cardinal Ritter College Preparatory High School Athletic Complex

ST. LOUIS, MO – Construction is complete on the expansion and renovation of the new weight room at Cardinal Ritter College Preparatory High School in St. Louis. Kwame Building Group (KWAME) served as the Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR). The project included updating the building’s footprint in order to expand the current weight room by approximately 1,200 square feet. The upgraded facility will help Cardinal Ritter develop and extend their athletic program and create a space that enhances the learning experience for students.

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Kwame Building Group receives American Concrete Paving Association Award for taxiway and runway rehabilitation at St. Louis Lambert International Airport

ST. LOUIS, MO – Kwame Building Group (KWAME) has received the American Concrete Paving Association (ACPA) Excellence in Concrete Paving Award for taxiway and runway rehabilitation work at St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL). KWAME, via their joint venture with HR Green, Inc., provided project management for the $6.07 million, four-phase reconstruction of .2 miles of the taxiway known as Kilo (Taxiway Foxtrot to the cargo apron, an area leading to STL’s North Cargo Area). The highly complex project included removing existing Portland Cement Concrete (PCC) pavement and replacing it with 23,996 square yards of new concrete while portions of the taxiway were in operation.

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KWAME CEO recognized through Construction Forum St. Louis Building Tomorrow Award

KWAME CEO Tony Thompson was recognized for his multi-decade contributions to the construction industry with the Leadership Institute Award through the Construction Forum St. Louis Building Tomorrow Awards program.

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Kwame Building Group hires Vama Garrimella as Project Engineer

ST. LOUIS, MO – Vama Garrimella, of DeBaliviere Place, MO, has joined Kwame Building Group, Inc. (KWAME) as a Project Engineer. Garrimella’s responsibilities include developing design documents, creating 3D renderings, responding to RFPs and submittals, managing project scopes and reviewing change orders for various KWAME projects, including the St. Louis Major League Soccer Stadium. She previously was an intern at KWAME.

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Kwame Building Group Hires Bree Ballentine as Human Resources Manager

ST. LOUIS, MO – Bree Ballentine, of St. Peters, MO, has joined Kwame Building Group, Inc. (KWAME) as Human Resources Manager. Ballentine’s responsibilities include benefits and payroll administration, government reporting and compliance, leadership and organizational change, performance management and employee relations.

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Kwame Building Group completes work on phase one of the new headquarters for Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis

ST. LOUIS, MO – Construction is complete on phase one of the new $20 million headquarters for The Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, with Kwame Building Group (KWAME) serving as the project manager and construction manager at risk (CMAR). Located in the old Sears department store building on North Kingshighway Blvd, the new facility consolidates the Urban League operations, which were separated in three buildings into a central location that they own. The architect is Grice Group Architects. TD4 Electrical is the electrical contractor. Sleet Design and Fast Signs designed and installed the signage.

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$81M The City District will revitalize 10 city blocks in the O’Fallon Park Neighborhood of historic North St. Louis City

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ST. LOUIS, MO – AMJ Investment Group in partnership with Kwame Building Group (KWAME), the City of St. Louis and Alderman John Collins-Muhammad is announcing the $81 million The City District, which will revitalize 10 blocks in the historic O’Fallon Park Neighborhood in North St. Louis City.

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