On Tuesday, November 22, 2022, Marshall Browning Hospital and its guests held a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the construction of a state-of-the-art outpatient rehab expansion. The 7,700-square-foot addition is part of a plan and commitment to significantly expand therapy services. The expansion is critical to accommodate the growth in the therapy services and will better meet the needs of patients in the community. The expansion includes a gymnasium, a larger pool for aquatic therapy, patient treatment rooms for physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, vestibular rehab therapy, and lymphedema therapy.

“The expanded rehab facility will create the environment our staff need, and our patients deserve. This new building will allow us to continue to excel in our mission to improve the health and quality of life for the people and communities we serve,” said Dan Eaves, CEO. “With the expansion of this facility, we will be able to offer better access for patients, decreased waiting times for appointments, space for expansion of therapists, and additional rehabilitation services for patients. I am confident that with the support of our highly qualified staff, Marshall Browning Rehab will continue to provide the most comprehensive rehabilitation services in the best environment for decades to come.”

Following the completion of the addition, the current rehab facility will become home to the hospital’s nationally accredited cardiopulmonary rehab program. This highly successful service has outgrown its current area within the hospital and the larger space will better serve the needs of cardiopulmonary patients.

Quadrant Design was selected as the architect. They are a well-respected firm from Waterloo, IL.  To bring the project to life, Marshall Browning Hospital hired Korte & Luitjohan Contractors Inc.  Gregg Korte, president of Korte & Luitjohan Contractors, Inc., said his company is looking forward to partnering with Marshall Browning Hospital on this project.  “As the Hospital celebrates its Centennial, we’re excited to be construction manager on this newest chapter,” noted Korte.  “We’ve worked with the architect, Quadrant Design, on many occasions.  That relationship, coupled with our ICRA-trained field staff, will provide Marshall Browning with the best facility possible.”  ICRA (Infection Control Risk Assessment) Solutions provides training and equipment to healthcare contractors. Founded in 1958, Korte & Luitjohan Contractors, Inc. (K & L) is a family-owned general contractor based in Highland, Illinois.  The company has construction experience in a variety of markets including medical facilities, commercial buildings, industrial and infrastructure, churches, and schools.

Financing for the project includes a $1 million USDA grant. The hospital will fund the remaining $1.3 million for the addition.

The St. Clair County Historical Society (STCCHS) swung a gold hammer on Phase Two of the Daphne Sumner History Discovery Center.  STCCHS members and supporters gathered for a short ceremony on Tuesday, November 15 to launch the next round of work on the 1909 Queen Anne-style house that will be the future site of the Discovery Center.

Daphne Sumner, a longtime board member and past president of the Society, made the initial donation that inspired subsequent fundraising for the Center that will bear her name.  Additional funds are needed to see the project to fruition.  When completed, it will house a research library, artifact conservatories, offices, and programming spaces.

Founded in 1905, the STCCHS’s mission seeks to make St. Clair County’s amazing story tangible and relevant for today’s diverse community and for generations to come.

Korte & Luitjohan Contractors, Inc. (K & L) of Highland has been hired for the basement-to-second floor demolition and revitalization of the structure.  Phase One, which also involved K  & L, included a gazebo, outdoor gathering area, and rose garden.

“The Society looks forward to working with Korte & Luitjohan to make the Discovery Center, a hub for local history, a reality for local residents and visitors alike,” said STCCHS President Chip Gray.

Gregg Korte, president of K & L, said his company is eager to partner with St. Clair County Historical Society on this project.  “It was a pleasure working with the Society two years ago on the first phase of the Daphne Summer History Discovery Center.  We are ready to help them fulfill their ultimate vision for the Center.”

The future Daphne Sumner History Discovery Center is located at 705 E. Washington St. in Belleville.

(PRESS RELEASE COURTESY OF ST. CLAIR COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY)

“It’s all for the kids!”

The personal motto of Pete Korte, chairman of Korte & Luitjohan Contractors, Inc., in Highland, Illinois rang especially true this year at the Camp Ondessonk 27th Annual Golf Benefit. Thanks to the passion and dedication of Korte and his family, friends, and colleagues, almost one million dollars has been raised over the past 27 years, providing tuition assistance for families, changing countless lives through the opportunity to attend summer camp.

This year’s Golf Benefit took place at the Roland Barkau Memorial Golf Course in Okawville, Illinois on October 8, 2022. In addition to the time and dedication of volunteers, this event would not be possible without the support of many sponsors. The Premium tournament sponsors were Korte & Luitjohan Contractors, Inc., Beelman Ready Mix, Pepsi MidAmerica, Prindable Insurance Agency, and Thomas Young, Sr. The Diamond sponsor was Roland Machinery Company. The Platinum sponsors were Ameren Illinois, First Mid Bank & Trust, Jim & Carol Henrichs, Jansen Chevrolet, Keeley & Sons, Midwest Municipal Supply, Jim & Kate Shively, SICAP, and USI Insurance & Bonds. The golfer gift sponsor was Silkworm, Inc., and the food and beverage sponsors included US Foods, Trenton Processing, Robert “Chick” Fritz Distributing, and Pepsi MidAmerica.

The Pete Korte family’s involvement and support of Camp Ondessonk spans decades. His children and grandchildren attended Camp and served as counselors, and Pete and his generous employees have donated thousands of hours of their time, equipment, and construction expertise to help build many projects around Camp Ondessonk. The current K&L assisted project involves laying pipes for a new staff duplex on property to be named Pete Korte Lodge, honoring Pete’s legacy and support for Ondessonk.

In 2022, Camp Ondessonk served nearly 3,200 campers during the summer season, steadily building since the loss of summer camp 2020, with the majority from Illinois and Missouri.

Thank you to Pete & Jane Korte, their beautiful family, the employees at Korte & Luitjohan, and all the businesses, sponsors, and golfers who have supported the campers of Ondessonk for the last 27 incredible years, and for many years to come!

(PRESS RELEASE COURTESY OF CAMP ONDESSONK)

It was another successful (and crowded) Touch a Truck at Edwardsville Township Community Park on September 24, 2022. Korte & Luitjohan Contractors, Inc. was happy to be a sponsor and participant in the event. Thanks to our Adam Kampwerth for representing K & L and thanks to our friends at Luby Equipment for partnering with us.  Kids were given K & L coloring books, plastic construction helmets, and juice boxes.

The Highland Chamber of Commerce held another successful Street Art Fest September 17, 2022, on the Highland square. Korte & Luitjohan Contractors and Windows on Broadway partnered to sponsor artist Catie Whitworth, daughter of K & L Vice President John Whitworth. She was awarded 2nd Place in her division!

In recent years, Korte & Luitjohan Contractors, Inc. has assisted with transporting a vintage steam engine to and from the Latzer Homestead in Highland for the annual Homestead Harvest Days.  This year, for the 34th annual event, K & L also sponsored the Living History area.  K & L believes in the Highland Historical Society’s mission to preserve and display our rural heritage.  There was much to see and do at Homestead Harvest Days, but perhaps this photo best showcases why we’re proud to be a sponsor.  Harvest Days was held September 9, 10, and 11, 2022.  We’re looking forward to participating again in 2023.

 

Korte & Luitjohan Contractors, Inc. was a Bronze level sponsor of the 2022 Kicks on 66 Car Cruise at the On the Hill Golf Course in Edwardsville.  Held September 10, the weather was perfect, and an array of classic and modern cars descended upon the course.  K & L hosted a hospitality tent for our invited guests. If you are a car enthusiast, this was the place to be!  We’re looking forward to participating in 2023.

Korte & Luitjohan Contractors, Inc. of Highland is once again hosting the 27th annual golf scramble benefiting Camp Ondessonk.  Situated on nearly 1,000 acres near Ozark, Illinois, Ondessonk offers kids ages 8 to 15 a summer camping experience highlighted by boating, archery, horseback riding, hiking, and rock climbing. Youth of all faiths are welcome to enjoy the fun and adventure experienced at the camp.

The golf benefit was launched by Pete Korte, K & L’s founder and chairman, who served on the camp’s Board of Directors from 1995 to 2002.  K & L President Gregg Korte said Camp O is very dear to his family.  “Time spent in God’s natural resources is so good for the soul and there is no better place to do that than at Camp Ondessonk.  It gives us much gratification in the Korte family and at Korte & Luitjohan to partner with all the generous people who support Camp O, through this great annual event.”

This year’s golf scramble is Saturday, October 8, 2022, at Roland Barkau Memorial Golf Course in Okawville.  Cost for the four-person scramble is $110 per golfer or $440 per team.  The price includes golf, cart, refreshments at the course, lunch, skins and mulligans.  There will be a shotgun start at 8:00 a.m.  Golfers can also participate in some skills contests.

A variety of sponsorships ranging from $100 to $1,500 are available.  On-line player registrations and sponsorships are available for the first time this year by going on-line to www.ondessonk.com/events.  Last year’s scramble raised over $30,000 for the camp.

“The golf benefit is an incredibly important fundraiser for Camp O,” said Emily Bretscher, Event and Marketing Coordinator for Camp Ondessonk.  “The $30,000 raised last year allowed nearly 50 kids to attend Camp O through our scholarship fund.  Money raised from our golf scramble also helps sustain and enhance our programs, and fund new initiatives to fulfill our mission to provide exceptional outdoor and spiritual adventures empowering kids of all ages.”

For more information, call (618) 695-2489 or visit Camp Ondessonk’s website.

Korte & Luitjohan Contractors, Inc. has announced a promotion and the hiring of three new members of its team.

Kyle Luitjohan has been promoted to project manager.  Luitjohan began his career with K & L in September 2013 as an assistant project manager and IT manager.  He will continue his IT duties in his new role. A Highland native, Luitjohan graduated from McKendree College in 2004 with a degree in Computer Information Systems.  Because of his experience in an assistant’s role, Luitjohan will easily transition to the project manager’s position, where he will work with office and field staff to execute the successful, timely performance of K & L’s construction jobs.

Chris Kattenbraker is joining K & L as estimator/project manager. Born and raised in Chester, Kattenbraker currently lives in Walsh, IL with his wife, Heather.  He has two adult sons, Collin and Nick.  Chris is a 1990 graduate of State Technical College of Missouri. Based on his experience and relationships he has developed, Chris will be an asset to acquiring and managing a variety of projects.

Traci Albers of Germantown has been brought on as an assistant project manager.   She has a degree in business administration from McKendree University (2000), and an MBA-HRM from McKendree (2017).  Traci has over 20 years of experience in sales, marketing, business administration, finance, human resources/payroll and project management in a variety of professional fields.

Cynthia Simpson is the new office manager for K & L.  A Granite City resident, Simpson most recently served as office manager/payroll coordinator for Gateway Classic Cars in O’Fallon.  She will serve as the executive assistant to K & L President Gregg Korte, while also coordinating a variety of daily office tasks.

Korte & Luitjohan Contractors, Inc. (K & L) has received a Merit Award for jobsite safety in 2021 from the Southern Illinois Builders Association (SIBA).  K & L received the recognition for having no recordable accidents on jobsites resulting in lost time. Korte & Luitjohan logged 81,963 manhours last year. The award was recently accepted by John Whitworth, K & L Vice President, during a SIBA board meeting.

William Blechinger, CHST, K & L’s Safety Director, commended the field team for their commitment to safety. “It begins with our job superintendents who work hard to make sure everyone on the site follows good safety practices.”  This includes regular “Toolbox Talks” at the jobsite, covering safety topics from equipment safety to recognizing the signs of heat stroke.    Blechinger also makes unannounced safety audit visits.

“This safety award is a team accomplishment and every employee here can be proud of it,” explained K & L President Gregg Korte.  “We don’t achieve such a prize without sincere effort on everyone’s part. And I see it every day. We all do our best to look out for each other’s wellbeing.  Because, while it is a great thing to work with people you like, doing work you like, it is even more important that we all go home healthy and whole, because we have families to support and personal lives to enjoy.”

K & L is a full-service, design-build, construction management, and general contracting firm based in Highland, Illinois.  Since its founding in 1958, the company has provided quality construction throughout the Metro St. Louis area and Southern and Central Illinois.  SIBA, founded in 1945, serves commercial contractors in the southern-most 39 counties in Illinois in areas ranging from labor relations to safety and education.