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About Kirkwood Building Group

Kirkwood Building Group exists to ensure your vision becomes a reality. We do this by solving and simplifying complex problems to help our clients build things with peace of mind. Kirkwood Building Group  is committed to delivering excellence to contractors, owners,  engineers and  architects  by maintaining the highest standards of quality for consulting services within the construction industry.

We assist our clients in overcoming complicated construction-related situations and accomplishing their project objectives through industry awareness, practical business knowledge and technology experience. Kirkwood Building Group customizes services to meet each client’s particular needs in the management, oversight and forensic investigation of construction projects. 

Our focus on clients and results consistently earns us respect and allows us to complete each project effectively and within our client’s specific parameters. Consequently, our number one source for business is repeat clients and referrals from current and previous clients.


Richard M. Smith, P.E.

422 Conway Meadows Dr.

Chesterfield, MO 63017

EMPLOYER: Kirkwood Building Group LLC

10551 Big Bend Blvd

Kirkwood, MO 63122

(314) 220-2840


TIME FRAME: June 2000 to Current

TYPE BUSINESS: A construction management firm specializing in providing general contracting and construction management services for Private Owners, Municipalities, Fire Districts and School District clients. The company also provides s claims and litigation support services for law firms and clients in the design and construction industry.   


GENERAL DUTIES: Kirkwood Building Group LLC is a company established by Dick to furnish general contracting and professional services to the design, construction and legal industries. As founder of the firm Dick has been and is currently responsible for managing the following activities:

  • Construction Management Services
  • Residential General Contracting Services
  • Commercial General Contracting Services
  • Expert Witness Testimony
  • Municipal Contract Administration Services
  • Contractor Dispute Resolution Services
  • Litigation Support Services

PROFESSIONAL REGISTRATIONS: Inactive StatusRegistered Professional Engineer:

State of Missouri #E-14351

State of Illinois #62-32681

State of Pennsylvania #PE-034620-E

State of Louisiana #13595

EDUCATION: Washington University, St. Louis, MO

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering

June 1970

TRAINING   Since 1970 Dick has completed the following training and certifications:

  • Taught the AGC Certified Supervisory Training Program for Craft foremen and superintendents sponsored by the ‘St.Louis Associated General Contractors organization.
  • Classes to obtain my State of Missouri EIT certification. First step in obtaining the Professional Engineering License for the State of MO.
  • Refresher classes to prepare for Second Step Professional Engineering License successfully obtained in 1971.
  • On the job training taught by senior management of various employers in the design and construction industries:
  • Project Estimating including specification and drawing quantity takeoff methods and procedures.
  • Project Cost control
  • Project Scheduling
  • Construction surveying and layout.
  • Contract administration
  • Subcontract administration
  • Claims management
  • Litigation support


American Arbitration Association

National Society of Professional Engineers

Missouri Society of Professional Engineers

American Society of Civil Engineers

Associated General Contractors


Landmark Contract Management, Inc.

16020 Swingley Ridge Road

Suite 200

Chesterfield, MO  63017

TIME FRAME: June 1990 through June 2000

TYPE BUSINESS: Management consulting firm specializing in providing contract and program management services.  Landmark Contract Management provides construction administration, claims management, and training programs for public and private clients involved in the construction process.  Landmark specializes in school program management services, claims management and dispute resolution services.

POSITION: Principal and Program Manager

GENERAL DUTIES: Dick was the Program Manager for the City of Maryland Heights five (5) year Capital Improvements Program since 1997.

As Program Manager, Dick was responsible for managing the City Capital Improvements Program (CIP). The CIP includes managing major facility and infrastructure construction projects with a staff of 5 project managers.

It also included managing multiple architectural and engineering design firms, who in 1997,98,99 and 2000 have designed the following facilities:

  • Major Parks and Recreation Projects
  • Multiple Road Improvement Projects
  • Multiple Storm water Improvement Projects

Dick’s duties also included representing clients who require construction litigation support services.  The firm’s business is limited to construction, and they specialize in problem avoidance and dispute resolution.

Dick has worked with various contractors, owners and attorneys who require claims management and litigation support services.

Expert Witness Testimony

Claims Preparation

Claims Defense Efforts

Claims Presentations

Construction/Design Program Management Services

Dick was a member of the Panel of Arbitrators for the American Arbitration Association and has participated in the arbitration process as an arbitrator.

EMPLOYER: Koger Properties, Inc.

Jacksonville, FL

TIME FRAME: Sept 1984 through April 1990

TYPE BUSINESS: Koger Properties is a publicly owned corporation and is traded on   

The New York Stock Exchange.  They are a national developer of suburban office parks who design, construct and lease high quality office buildings.

POSITION: Director of Construction Management

GENERAL DUTIES: Dick was manager of the Koger Atlanta Regional Construction Office.  He managed 6-10 project managers and superintendents who, as a team, were responsible for the design and construction of high quality 3-5 story office buildings for corporate inventory and leasing purposes.

EMPLOYER: Fruin Colnon Corporation

St. Louis, MO

TIME FRAME: June 1970 through August 1984

TYPE BUSINESS: Commercial and Industrial General Construction Company ranked in the top 50 General Contractors as published by ENR.  Fruin Colnon Corporation, a national general contractor working in all areas of construction, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fru-Con Corporation with an annual volume exceeding $500 million.

POSITION: Group Vice President

Building and Industrial Division

GENRAL DUTIES: Dick had profit and loss responsibility for the Building and Industrial Division that had an annual volume in excess of $100,000,000.  He also had responsibility for the Southern Division that had a backlog of approximately $14,000,000.

EMPLOYER: Fruin Colnon Corporation / Baldwin Associates

Clinton, IL

TIME FRAME: 1970 through 1978

TYPE BUSINESS: Fruin Colnon was a joint venture partner responsible for

$500,000,000 of civil/structural work associated with construction of the Clinton nuclear Power Station in Clinton, Illinois for Illinois Power Company.

POSITION: Project Engineer and Senior Civil Engineer

GENERAL DUTIES: Dick was responsible for all field engineering and construction procedures related to supporting the construction of this 950 megawatt Boiling Water Reactor.  In this four-year assignment, Dick was responsible for 150-200 engineers, technicians and draftsman while the civil/structural portion of this nuclear power station was under construction.

EMPLOYER: Washington University

St. Louis, MO

TIME FRAME: 1967 through 1970

TYPE BUSINESS: Engineering School

POSITION: Civil Engineering Student

GENERAL DUTIES: Dick returned to Washington University to earn his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering.  He received his BSCE in three years while working summers to gain additional experience.

EMPLOYER: Fruin Colnon Corporation

TIME FRAME: 1959 through 1967

TYPE BUSINESS: General Contractor

POSITION: Project and Field Engineer

GENERAL DUTIES: While working for Fruin Colnon, Dick worked on projects for large clients such as Illinois Power Company, Monsanto, Dundee Cement Company, Equitable Life Insurance Company, and Civic Center Redevelopment Corporation.