SIUE Construction Leadership Institute Celebrates 2018 Graduates

Cory Parker recently graduated from the Construction Leadership Institute at SIUE. We would like to congratulate Cory and thank him for being a part of the Contegra Construction Continued Education Program. More about this program can be seen below.

The Construction Leadership Institute (CLI) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville celebrated 29 graduates of its program Friday, March 9 as a part of the CLI Alumni Day and Graduation celebration. Developed by the SIUE Schools of Business and Engineering, the CLI provides the knowledge, skills and strategies that individuals and companies need in today’s challenging construction industry.

Program Co-Directors Chris Gordon, associate dean of the SIUE School of Engineering, and Kristine Jarden, director of executive education in the SIUE School of Business, oversaw the ceremony.

“The CLI program is designed to align with leadership development needs of the rapidly changing construction industry,” said Gordon. “The CLI Advisory Board takes an active role in helping us continuously update this unique and innovative leadership development program to develop future building industry leaders.”

“CLI’s mission is to produce accomplished leaders who will improve the processes and outcomes in the construction industry,” Jarden said. “We thank the employers for their vision in supporting the education of future business leaders in the industry.”

CLI alumni representing 15 years of the program and the Class of 2018 participated in the festivities. The Class of 2018 graduates are:


The Class of 2018 graduates are:

Christopher Ballard – Simms Building Group

Katy Beckerle – Alberici Constructors

Kerry Brown – Stevens Industries, Inc.

Bobby Christopher – Wright Construction Services, Inc.

Jake Clancy – Alberici Constructors

Christopher Darr – Federal Steel & Erection Co.

Brian Dayton – Holland Construction Services

Tim Doran – S. M. Wilson & Company

Dan Ems – Icon Mechanical

Craig Gonet – Alberici Constructors

Walker Gusewelle – Poettker Construction

Nathan Haas – Kaiser Electric

Anne Hoffmann – Raineri Construction

Eric Hoffman – McCarthy Building Company

Patrick Horan – Drury Development Corporation

Eric Kues – Korte & Luitjohan Contractors, Inc.

Nathan Munie – L. Keeley Construction

Cory Parker – Contegra Construction Company

Kyle Pfundt – Alberici Constructors

Ben Pratt – McCarthy Building Companies

Cody Ryan – The Korte Company

Matt Schmid – Guarantee Electric

Amy Schmidt – The Korte Company

Miranda Stevens – Holland Construction Services

Dan Sullivan – O’Shea Builders

Joe Tucker – Raineri Construction

Chris Walker – Guarantee Electrical

Matthew Walters – Alberici Constructors

Landon Williams – Stevens Industries, Inc.

CLI is an executive education program jointly developed by SIUE’s School of Business and the School of Engineering’s Department of Construction. It brings together professionals from many sectors of the building industry.

Since CLI’s creation, approximately 370 emerging leaders and executives have benefitted from the nine-week program that strengthens leadership, strategic thinking, communications and key management skills.

For more information on the Construction Leadership Institute, visit or call 618-650-5440.



Article Courtesy SIUE 

First to the Finish, Edwardsville

Article Courtesy Illinois Business Journal By DENNIS GRUBAUGH

EDWARDSVILLE — When First to the Finish, an athletic apparel business, chose the site for its newest location, the company knew it would have a built-in customer base.

Next door is the Planet Fitness gym. Just to the north, plans are in the works for a connection to the Madison County bicycle trail. Users of those facilities are always looking for quality running shoes and gear.

“It’s an ideal location and a good-looking building; it should do well for them,” said Cory Parker, who is managing the project for the general contractor, Contegra Construction Co., of Edwardsville.

The design-build firm is looking for a Nov. 1 completion date for a company that is planning a mid-November opening. First to the Finish is moving its headquarters from Carlinville to Edwardsville, where it will have space for retail, offices, graphics and storage. The new facility, which is about 16,000 square feet, features exterior, tilt-up concrete walls with painted and thin-brick façade. A unique feature of the building will be its arched roof “clerestory” with glass curtain walls. The arched story will stand out from a distance. While most of the structure maintains a certain height, one section is raised higher than the rest, with an arched roof of its own and glass panels going from roof to ground.

“The arched clerestory was a bit of a challenge. It took some coordination in getting all the parts and pieces to work,” Parker said. The building will also have polished concrete floors. Finished concrete is polished to a sheen using a seven-step grinding process. The structure will also have architectural sheet metal paneling accents outside and painted exposed structural steel framing on the interior. The project is currently completing electrical and HVAC rough in, metal stud framing and exterior storefronts. Grading is underway for curb and gutter and paving.

The part of the building closest to Planet Fitness will be the retail space, with the entrance by way of the arched story. The west side of the building, meanwhile, is split up between warehouse storage and graphics. The northeast corner will be devoted to offices.