• “Magic Trees” Shelter New Lindenwood Library

    Entering the new Lindenwood University Library and Academic Resources Center (LARC) for the first time at the building’s ribbon cutting on Sept. 16, guests entered through a sheltering grove of “magic” trees. The “trees” were actually glass...

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  • Blocking the Highway Exits

    by Tom Finan, Executive Director, Construction Forum STL This past Sunday I was part of the blockage of an entrance ramp to I64/40. But it wasn’t by intent, and I wasn’t in a protest. The half-mile line...

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  • Video: Laborers Leader Makes Parent’s Plea Against Heroin

    Don Willey, business manager for Laborers Local 110 has become an eloquent and vocal spokesman and advocate for opioid addiction prevention and reform. Willey has told the story often of how he lost a son and a...

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  • Economic Partnership Memes Amazon’s “Two-Pizza” Rule

    by Tom Finan, Executive Director, Construction Forum STL Much has been made of Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezo’s “two pizza rule”.  Bezo won’t call or participate in meetings where two pizzas wouldn’t serve the entire gathering....

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  • Small W/MBE Claim at BJC North Campus Morphs to $150M Lawsuit

    by Tom Finan, Executive Director, Construction Forum STL A dispute over a few hundred thousand dollars that a W/MBE roofing contractor claims is owed her firm because of project delays on the BJC Kingshighway North Campus project...

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  • Which cities are well positioned to land Amazon’s HQ2?

    From The Brookings Institution: Amazon—the world’s largest online retailer and fourth largest company as measured by market capitalization—is soliciting North American regions in a competitive selection process for a second corporate headquarters, or HQ2. In the world of economic development—of which business...

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  • Nominations Open for Third “Building Tomorrow Awards”

    Online nominations are now being accepted for the third annual Construction Forum STL “Building Tomorrow Awards. The awards recognize individuals and organizations who have made outstanding contributions in the core areas which the Forum was founded to address:...

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  • Missouri Theater Premiers Global Love Story

    by Tom Finan, Executive Director, Construction Forum STL On Thursday Aug. 31, a story of friendship and a father’s love, spanning continents and almost seven decades, opened at the old Missouri Theater building on North Grand Ave....

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  • Forum Hosts Labor Trafficking Seminar

    by Tom Finan, Executive Director, Construction Forum STL Is labor trafficking actually a thing in the St. Louis construction industry? It may well become one, as downward pressure on wages and a scarcity of skilled trades converge....

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  • BUD Program Graduates 10th Class

    by Tom Finan, Executive Director, Construction Forum STL The 10th cohort of the Building Union Diversity (BUD) program graduated in a ceremony at the AGC Construction Training Center last Wednesday (August 16).  There were 10 graduates in...

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