Renovation supports community STEM initiatives

    Established in 1868 and formerly named the Engineers Club of St. Louis, the Engineering Center of St. Louis serves as a central meeting place for the engineering community, now representing more than 14,000 engineers.

    The Engineers Club of St. Louis — now known as the Engineering Center of St. Louis — is the third oldest engineering organization in the United States and the oldest west of the Mississippi River. In December 2016, Remiger Design, a St. Louis-based planning, architecture, and interior design firm, and the Engineering Center of St. Louis held a groundbreaking ceremony for the first phase of a multi-phase renovation project. The first phase of the project, scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2017, will involve converting the building’s auditorium into a technologically advanced meeting space to create a flexible and modern environment. Additional stages of the project will include a redesigned fellowship hall; a new science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) learning facility; and new updates to the building’s exterior.

    The Engineering Center of St. Louis, held a groundbreaking ceremony in December for the center’s multi-phase renovation project. Posing with shovels are (left to right) Ed Alizadeh, P.E., president and CEO, Geotechnology, Inc.; Breck Washam, P.E., vice president/general manager, St. Louis Regional Office at Burns & McDonnell; Vern Remiger, president, Remiger Design; Nicole A. Young, P.E., president, Lion CSG, and president, Engineering Center of St. Louis; and Barry Koenemann, CEO, United Construction.

    The Engineering Center of St. Louis ( is home to more than 34 professional affiliate societies. Representing more than 14,000 members, the center serves as the central meeting place for the engineering community in St. Louis. The mission of the center is to advance the engineering profession through services to the industry; encourage the next generation to pursue a career in engineering by building interest in STEM; and raise awareness of current engineering issues.

    “For almost 150 years, the Engineering Center has been a cornerstone in the St. Louis engineering community,” said Nicole Young, president of the Engineering Center of St. Louis. “We are thrilled to be breaking ground on this momentous renovation project and creating a space that will promote and support the fostering and development of a wide range of programs and initiatives.”

    “It has been an honor working on this renovation project with the Engineering Center, an organization that has made so many significant contributions to the engineering profession,” said Vern Remiger, president of Remiger Design. “The restoration project we are working on with United Construction will provide the ability for the center to continue to make a lasting impact on the St. Louis engineering community and the engineering industry as a whole.”

    “I have a special place in my heart for the club because I was able to follow in the immediate footsteps of the true giants in our profession who were also true community leaders,” said George Tomazi, retired director of Design and Construction at Mallinckrodt, and donor and past president of the Engineering Center. “As such, there is an inherent obligation to continue to honor their contributions, and supporting the club is one way to accomplish that.”

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