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ST. LOUIS, MO – St. Louis construction firms are invited to an informational event this Friday, September 24 to learn about bidding opportunities for the Cervantes Convention Center expansion project at The America’s Center (AC Next Gen.) The event will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Cervantes Convention Center, 701 Convention Plaza, Room 100. Guests should use the entrance at 8th Street and Washington Avenue. Contractors representing all trades are invited to attend and should pre-register at

“M/WBE participation will be an emphasis at this and all outreach events. We believe that the workforce on our projects should mirror the diverse communities where we work and live,” said Tony Thompson, president of Kwame Building Group, which is serving as the Project Manager.

The AC Next Gen project includes the addition of more than 90,000 square feet of exhibit space, a 61,000-square-foot multi-purpose ballroom and meeting area, additional new loading docks, outdoor pavilion and more.

To learn more about the project and bidding opportunities, visit

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. Celebrating its 30-year anniversary in 2021, the employee-owned company 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, Dallas and Seattle. For more information, visit or call (314) 862-5344.


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ST. LOUIS, MO – Kwame Building Group has been selected as one of 12 businesses to participate in the Port of Seattle’s inaugural PortGen Accelerator program. The PortGen Accelerator works to connect minority and women-owned small businesses with the training and tools to make them more competitive in the bidding. Based in St. Louis, Kwame Building Group operates a location in Seattle to manage projects in the Northwest United States. Clients include Washington State Convention Center and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

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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.


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