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St. Louis, MO, June 29, 2021 – S. M. Wilson & Co. has officially broken ground on Ladue School  District’s Future-Ready Schools building program in St. Louis, Missouri. S. M. Wilson is serving as the Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) for the District’s $126M Proposition L bond referendum passed by the community in April. Projects include renovations and additions to Ladue Middle School, Old Bonhomme Elementary School and Spoede Elementary School.

On June 16th, students, parents, staff, board members and residents from the local community came out to celebrate three separate groundbreaking ceremonies to mark the beginning of construction. 

“We are excited to celebrate these milestones with our community because that’s who this is about: our community,” said Ladue Schools Superintendent Dr. Jim Wipke. “This is a significant step toward providing the future-ready schools that all of our students deserve and sharing our gratitude with a community that invests in the education of its children.”

Ittner Architects and Perkins+Will are the architects. Construction will be complete by the end of 2023.

Mike Hanner, Project Director

S. M. Wilson has been building for Ladue Schools for 13 years having served as the Construction Manager for four building programs. Previous projects include construction of the District’s Early Childhood Learning Center, renovations and additions at Ladue Middle School, Reed Elementary School, Conway Elementary School and Old Bonhomme Elementary School. Most recently, S. M. Wilson also completed the $67M renovation and addition to Ladue Horton Watkins High School.

S. M. Wilson Project Director Mike Hanner said, “We are honored to work with Ladue School District once again. Our goal is to deliver beautiful schools for the students, staff and community to support the District’s mission: ‘Together, we will empower every student to become a passionate learner and achieve his or her highest potential.’”

S. M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis and offices in Edwardsville, IL and Cape Girardeau, MO. Founded in 1921, and celebrating its 100th year of serving the community, S. M. Wilson is dedicated to going above and beyond expectations for their clients by putting people first. The 100% employee-owned company is one of the leading construction management firms in the Midwest. For more information, visit