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Employee Spotlight: Stacey Wehe

At Christner, we believe that our employees are our greatest asset.  In this feature, we profile some of the team members who contribute to our success.

Recently named Christner’s newest shareholder, Stacey Wehe is Education Market Leader and a project manager in the firm.

Where did you attend college?

University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana

What organizations are you involved with?

Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)
APPA, Leadership in Educational Facilities
American Institute of Architects (AIA)
Building & Grounds Committee at City Garden Montessori
Central West End Planning & Development Committee […]

Celebrating International Women’s Day

On this International Women’s Day, I wanted to take a moment to express my heartfelt appreciation to all of the women in our firm. Christner is progressive in that well over 50% of our professional staff is women; however 100% of our administrative professionals, marketing department, accounting department, and IT department are women.  This morning I was reflecting on the concept of A Day without a Woman; in our office that would mean that elevators to our office space would not be unlocked for business, the phones would not be answered, the couriers would not be called to pick-up packages, there would be no support if our computer system or copiers were to fail, no invoices would be sent, no bills would be paid, no marketing proposals would go out. Thank you to all of the women who make our office a great place to work and all of the men in the office and at home who support us. […]

Growing Our Youth with Nature-Based Playscapes

Harrington Speaks at Annual NRPA National Congress

Laurel Harrington of Christner and Laurie Harmon of the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse recently presented this topic at the 2016 National Recreation & Park Association (NRPA) National Congress in St. Louis. Their presentation included research focusing on outdoor play as a critical component for the development of our emotional, physical, psychological and cognitive well-being. Local and national examples illustrated how playscapes reduce barriers to nature-deprived children while providing enriching play to nature-savvy kids. Attendees were even able to build their own miniature playscape as part of the session.  […]

Christner Honored with Local Design Awards

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) St. Louis Chapter celebrated excellence in the built environment with its Design Awards celebration held on September 22 at Laumeier Sculpture Park. Through a juried process, projects in various categories were recognized for outstanding qualities in design and craftsmanship.

The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center Expansion received a citation award for architecture.  A merit award for craftsmanship was also presented to local craftsmen from McCarthy Building Companies for exemplary woodwork installation. […]

Designing Healthy Town/Gown Relationships presented at SCUP

Have you ever thought about the origins of your Town/Gown Relationship? Integrated planning initiatives between higher education institutions and surrounding communities have been shown to support mutual prosperity, build relationships and create alignment. Laurel Harrington and Stacey Wehe of Christner and Benjamin Hunter of Butler University present a history of town/gown relationships, how the fates of each are inherently tied to each other, and strategies for improving your relationship. Stories of implementing an “anchor institution coalition” at Butler University include goals, lessons learned and how the university plays an important role in its city. […]