SLCCC Honors Forum Co-Founder, PEOPLE, Sultan, Best Practices

By on April 2, 2019

The St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers recognized Construction Forum STL Co-Founder Tom Finan as  “inclusion champion” at its 2019 Awards Gala held Monday evening (April 1) at the Missouri Botanical Garden. PEOPLE of Construction was recognized for organizational excellence in diversity/inclusion. Sultan Construction was named W/MBE contractor of the year.

Other finalists in the inclusion category were Charles Henson, BJC; Rosyln Croft, Tarlton; An’namarie Baker, All Set, LLC; and Samantha Cook, Clayco. Other finalists in the organizational excellence in diversity/inclusion category were Alberici University, and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

In response to questions submitted to finalists, Finan credited his father, Tom Finan Jr., who founded St. Louis CNR 50 years ago, with informing his view on inclusion and his wife, Dr. Kathleen Thimsen, a public health nursing educator who, he wrote, “showed me by example how to connect with diverse people from East St. Louis to Peru and Ethiopia.

“After over 40 years of studying and working for diversity and inclusion I have come to the conclusion that, ‘You can’t dumb this stuff down.’,” Finan wrote. “We must consider access to education, transportation, health, housing and many other issues as we try to move the needle toward better diversity, and inclusion.  Further, we need to learn from our earlier efforts, bring new voices into the room, and collaborate better if we are to come closer to achieving social equity.”

Best Practices

SLCCC recognized six project teams for following Construction Industry Institute (CII) “best practices”:

  • Washington University Pedestrian Bridge Replacement was recognized for front-end planning. The team included Tarlton Corp., Washington University, Castle Contracting, Aschinger Electric, Murphy Company, Interface Construction, and Ahrens Contracting.
  • Phillips 66 (Wood River, IL) CCU-1 Turnaround was recognized for zero-accident techniques. The team included Madison Industrial Services Team Ltd. and P66/WRB Refining.
  • An (unnamed) Midwest Manufacturing Plant was recognized for advanced work packaging. The team included Acme Constructors, the unnamed owner, Anvil Engineering, and Design Group.
  • Habitat for Humanity HQ and Restore was recognized for partnering. The project team included S.M. Wilson, Habitat for Humanity,  HOK, IWR North America, Byrne and Jones Construction, Acme Erectors, Aschinger Electric, and Integrated Facility Services.

Two SSM Health projects received honorable mentions:

  • SSM St. Mary’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Replacement received honorable mention recognition for partnering. The project team included Interface Construction, SSM Health, Christner, Kaiser Electric, McGrath Inc. and Northstar Management.
  • St. Louis University Campus Renewal Hospital received honorable mention for the advanced planning used in constructing bathroom pods offsite. The project team including T.J. Wies, Corrigan Co,. SSM Health, Guarantee Electrical, Flooring Systems, and Lyon Sheet Metal.


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One Comment

  1. Kelly Jackson

    04/04/2019 at 7:59 AM

    Glad you enjoyed the SLCCC Awards Gala and congratulations on your win for Inclusion Champion! This is a big honor as you were nominated with some other greats inclusion champions! Keep up your amazing work and thank you for sharing our awards information. Kelly Jackson, Executive Director, SLCCC

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