Mechanical Contractors Association Honors Excellence

By on May 14, 2018

The Mechanical Contractors Association of Eastern Missouri (MCA-EMO) chose Cass Gilbert’s iconic Sculpture Hall at the Saint Louis Art Museum as the backdrop to honor excellence and achievement in Missouri’s construction industry. Member companies were recognized with Outstanding Mechanical Installation (OMI) Awards for 11 projects, and six high school and college students received scholarships. The gala dinner event was held May 10 at SLAM in Forest Park.

“This biennial dinner is a great opportunity to recognize our member contractors for exceptionalism,” said Kristy Stephens, executive director, MCA-EMO. “These projects involved problem-solving, innovative solutions or going above and beyond for the owner. It’s also a wonderful event for our scholarship winners to meet and network with industry professionals and Missouri’s leading mechanical contractors.”

OMI Awards went to:

Contractor: Harold G. Butzer, Inc.

Owner/Project: Brewer Science, Inc. – 100L Reactor Installation
Category: Process Piping – Public Utility Installations $0 to $600,000
Project Manager – Lee Gard; Foreman – Bruce Kleffner

Contractor: C&R Mechanical Company

Owner/Project: Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc. – Building 1 Chilled Water Modification System
Category: HVAC Mechanical Installations $0 to $400,000
Project Manager: Andrew Grosman; Foreman: Matt Laur

Owner/Project: Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc. – Building 2, Suite 6
Category: Process Piping Installations $600,000 to $2M
Project Manager: Andrew Grosman: Foremen: Mike Albers and Tom Hiner

Contractor: Haberberger, Inc.

Category: HVAC Mechanical Installations $2.5M to $5M
Owner/Project: The Boeing Company – 8101 North Paint Booth
Project Manager: Greg Harrop; Foreman – Rory O’Brien

Owner/Project: City of Crystal City – Crystal City Water
Category: Process Piping – Public Utility Installations $600,000 to $2M
Project Manager – Pat Reilly; Foreman – Rick Princivalli


Contractor: Integrated Facility Services

Owner/Project: St. Louis County-Government Administration Building Cooling Tower Replacement
Category HVAC Mechanical Installations $400,000 to $1M
Project Manager: Gary Tidwell; Foreman – Jeff Ridenour


Contractor: Murphy Company

Owner/Project: BJC Healthcare – North Campus Renewal Project
Category: HVAC Mechanical Installations $5M+
Project Manager: Kevin Suiter; Foreman – Stan Zoellner


Owner/Project: Monsanto Company – Greenhouse/Headhouse Project
Category: Process Piping Installations $2M+
Project Manager: John Koebbe; Foreman – Steve Melcher

Owner/Project: Scottrade Center – Ice Rink Replacement
Category: Refrigeration
Project Manager: William Conaway; Foreman – Don Stauffer


Contractor: Peters-Eichler Mechanical, Inc.

Owner/Project: BJC Healthcare – Air Handler Replacement Unit #52 & #53
Category: HVAC Mechanical Installations $1M to $2.5 M
Project Manager: Dan Durphy; Foreman – Rod Todd

Owner/Project: BJC Healthcare – East Pavilion Water Heater Replacement
Category: Process Piping Installations $0 to $600,000
Project Manager: Jeff Hoevelmann; Foreman – Rod Todd


The 2018 MCA-EMO Scholars also were presented as follows, each receiving a $1,000/per semester scholarship (eligible for 8 semesters with a 3.0 GPA.)

Management Scholars

Ruth Ward, who will graduate from Rockwood Summit High School with a 4.13 GPA, is a member of the National Honor Society and her high school’s cross country and track teams. She plans to attend the University of Kentucky, pursuing a career in neuroscience.

Scott Elliott will graduate from Marquette High School where he was on the Honor Roll with a 3.75 GPA. A member of the National Honor Society, Scott was part of the Robotics Club which won the state championship in the “Inspire” category and third place in the regional championships in the “Innovate” category. He plans to attend Saint Louis University with a double major in mechanical and aerospace engineering.

Labor Scholars

Joshua Elrod will graduate from Cuba High School with a GPA of 3.53. A member of the National Honor Society and on the Honor Roll, he is active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and was offensive line captain for his high school football team. Joshua plans to attend Missouri State University and will pursue a career in business administration. His father is a pipefitter employed by Sheet Metal Contractors, Inc.

Andrew Heider will graduate from Hazelwood West High School with a 4.28 GPA. On the Honor Roll, Andrew ranked fifth out of 507 students. Andrew plans to attend Missouri S&T and will pursue a career in mechanical engineering. Captain of his high school soccer team, Andrew also will play soccer for Missouri S&T. Andrew’s father is a pipefitter with Integrated Facility Services.

For the first time, MCA-EMO also bestowed two $1,000 one-time scholarships to members of its student chapter at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Founded in 2014, the Mizzou student chapter captured first place in the MCAA’s 2017 Final Four Competition and was named 2017 MCAA Student Chapter of the Year.

Student Chapter Scholars

Ahmad Atallah is a junior at UMC and will soon become the new president of the MCAA Mizzou student chapter. Ahmad attended the 2018 MCAA Annual Convention in San Antonio and is an intern at Semco Engineering, LLC.

Derrick Jenkins is completing his freshman year at UMC, studying mechanical engineering. He decided to join the student chapter because of the benefits of learning the skills for planning and completing a project. His scholarship was accepted by Larry Schilke, UMC faculty advisor for the chapter.

MCA-EMO offers programs crucial to the ongoing success of contractors and vendors operating within the construction industry in Eastern Missouri. For over 70 years, the MCA has sponsored cost-effective educational opportunities taught by qualified and experienced professionals in the MCA Training Center. MCA-EMO also offers industry events, networking opportunities, and sponsors a student chapter at the University of Missouri-Columbia. For the past 30 years, the MCA-EMO has co-sponsored the annual “HEAT’S ON” community outreach program with the Plumbers & Pipefitters Local Union No. 562, providing heating system inspections to thousands of homeowners in the City of St. Louis, and St. Louis and St. Charles Counties.


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