SLCCC Recognizes Impact in Diversity, Project Excellence

By on March 6, 2018

Programs impacting paroled felons, immigrants, and at-risk children, as well as a complex projects such as setting a multi-story addition atop an operating hospital were recognized Monday (March 5) at the St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers (SLCCC) Awards Gala. The event was held at the St. Louis Science Center Planetarium.

John Gaal, left, Carpenters workforce and training director with Scott Anders. 

Scott Anders of the U.S. District Court Probation office was recognized as a diversity champion for his work with the St. Louis/Kansas City Carpenters Regional Council in helping paroled felons find careers in construction. The program’s success is being emulated across the country.

Gabriella Ramirez-Arellano, a business counselor with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, was also named a diversity champion for her successful efforts in assisting small minority contractors with MBE certification, access to capital, and business practices.

Gabriella Ramirez-Arellano, MBE business advisor for the Hispanic Chamber with Karlos Ramirez, Chamber president and CEO.

Two programs were recognized for excellence in diversity and inclusion:

  • Building Futures, a program located in the Old North neighborhood, which introduces at risk-children  to critical thinking and construction skills helped over 1,000 children last year.
  • The Electrical Connection, the joint industry fund of IBEW Local 1 and the St. Louis Chapter, National Electrical Contractors association was recognized for its work in STEM education, programs within lower income neighborhoods, and efforts within the immigrant community.

Four projects were recognized for best practices:

  • SSM St. Joseph Hospital was recognized for the preplanning. Team members were Alberici, SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital, Northstar Management, and Lawrence Group.
  • Everly on the Loop was honored for material handling. Team members were Clayco CRG, Koman Group, and Forum Studio.
  • Monsanto Building K Waterproofing received an best practices award for planning for constructability. The project team was S.M. Wilson, Monsanto, ABS Consulting, and Shield Systems. 
  • Nissan Smyrna Logistics Center/HVAC/Process/Utility Services was chosen for planning for modularization. The project team members were icon Mechancial, Clayco, Nissan, Panatonni,  and CRG.


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