St. Louis Construction News and Review (CNR) recently examined how Millennials are building careers in the construction trades. Among those featured is Kelly Stokes, an IBEW Local 1 electrician, whose pathway to the trades was an interesting one to say the least. The Ritenour High School graduate began his journey taking night classes in electrical engineering at Washington University – a long process as other priorities in life surfaced. As he worked on his degree, he also sought the hands-on training in electrical work at the IBEW/NECA Electrical Industry Training Center and found himself working on the iconic Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge. Today, he has his degree, is a highly skilled IBEW electrician and mentor for apprentices building their careers at the training center. Read more.
IBEW Millennial mentor Kelly Stokes
The new $26 million Kirkwood Performing Arts Center will debut this summer and NECA contractor Sachs Electric is working with IBEW on the design/build electrical infrastructure. The new center will be home to the venerable STAGES St. Louis Theater and feature other performing companies. Learn more about this much anticipated theatrical venue.
Over at the Delmar Loop, a three-story, 75,000-square-foot, redevelopment is taking shape called Link in the Loop. Developed by Pace Properties, NECA contractor TD4 Electrical, LLC has been tapped to deliver electrical infrastructure for the development with its IBEW workforce. Tommy L. Davis III is leading the project for TD4. Meanwhile the development is anchored by CVS Pharmacy for which contractor X-Cell Electric, LLC is teaming with IBEW on the electrical work. Read more about this landmark-to-be emerging at the corner of Delmar and Skinker.