icon Mechanical: 25 Year Anniversary - Page 11

A Commitment to Diversity.

The icon team knew the importance of

developing

a strong diversity

program. They could

envision the impact

such an effort would

make at icon as

well as in the industry

— an industry that

has traditionally fell

short in providing

opportunities for

women and

minorities in both

business and

workforce.

In 2011, construction industry veteran,

Steve Faust, joined icon to lead Business

Development and Diversity initiatives.

Faust grew up in the construction trades and it was that history that ignited his passion for helping those who historically have not been provided equal opportunity.

Under Faust's direction, icon has become one of the industry's foremost leaders in diversity initiatives. This includes being instrumental in the formation of several pre-apprentice programs aimed at providing women and minorities with access to the trades and apprenticeship programs.

"It's about leveling the playing field and building true inclusion and social equity," said Faust, who serves on variety of organizational committees dedicated to promoting diversity among the trades. "icon has developed best practices for the mentoring of MWBE business partners to ensure their success when partnering with icon."

icon has awarded more than $100 million in MBE and WBE contracts over the last 15 years and has a long history of exceeding MBE/WBE project goals.

con works with minority and women-owned business enterprises on a daily basis, matching

Bieg said focusing on every aspect of a project, from start to finish helps avoid mistakes and produces a better product for the owner. It’s just the right thing to do, he said.

“Our strength is in our passion to do it right,” Bieg said, adding if something is hanging crooked on a hanger, it needs to be fixed. “People learn to appreciate that. And, if you pay attention to those little things, clients know you’re attentive to the big things. That kind of effort puts you in a leading position.”

DIVERSITY

A History of Commitment

2012

icon launches diversity initiative

2013

icon becomes one of the first subcontractor members of the AGC MO Diversity & Inclusion committee

icon joins the St. Louis Council of Construction Consumer Diversity Committee

2014

icon helps form the Building Union Diversity (BUD) program

2016

Faust wins SLCC Diversity Award representing icon

2017

AGC of America launches diversity program modeled by the St. Louis programs

Faust becomes part of Southwest Illinois Leadership Council Board and co-chair of Manufacturers and Workforce Development Committee

2019

icon is instrumental in AGC MO winning first National Diversity & Inclusion Award

2020

icon helps form the Champions Program with Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 562 and the MCA

Students from Jennings High School (St. Louis) tour

icon to learn about careers in construction.