A Coalition of Craftsmen
Bio: Dave worked as a young boy helping his plasterer father, as his father and his father's father did. They bounced between California and his birthplace of Calgary. By age 17 he was finishing school and working full time as a skilled plasterer. For the next 25 years he worked in Southern California and Florida, applying everything from fireproofing to stucco to venetian plaster. By the mid-90s this seasoned veteran of the trade had settled in Kansas City to be with family and was teaching the Union apprenticeship program.
1998 opened a new chapter for Dave as he was the first local plasterer hired to help with the restoration of KC's Union Station. The English craftsmen brought in for the project acted as mentors to Dave as he added a whole new facet of plastering to his repertoire. Though he was already a master at the hawk-and-trowel and various plaster systems, it was here that he learned the ornamental arts of template and mold making, bench-running, casting, installation and "stopping-in" (filling in the gaps and cracks with plaster).
Upon completion of Union Station, Dave struck out on his own under the moniker "Dave's Ornamental Plaster." Almost immediately Dave began establishing his legacy in the region, like working for over 10 years at the home of Ron and Cassie LeMay (the former JC Nichols family home in Sunset Hills).
Bio: The newest and youngest member of our coalition, Dylan comes to us from the great nation of Texas. After graduating from the Booker T Washington School for the Visual Arts, Dylan attended the Kansas City Art Institute, where he graduated in 2015 with a degree in Sculpting. With this background, Dylan was already well-equipped to fit into our little outfit; he's well versed in sculpting and mold making, as well as new technologies he can bring to the table, like 3D printing and laser cutting. In the six months since he's been here, Dylan has proven himself to be a rising star. Beyond his basic knowledge of the materials, his strong work ethic and contagious youthful vigor, Dylan has shown that he harbors the trait we honor above all others - an unquenchable thirst for knowledge.
Roles: Oversees all on-site operations - training, management, materials and quality control.
After learning ornamental plaster and mold making from the British craftsmen restoring Kansas City's Union Station in the late 1990s, Dave Boux (a 5th generation plasterer himself) found a demand for these services in the KC area and an absence of qualified professionals to perform them, so he set out on his own as Dave’s Ornamental Plaster. At this time, around the turn of the millennium, Brad Bruce was painting murals and landscapes in the very same area. In 2005 Brad graduated from KU and formed Adorn Studios - a mural and specialty painting contractor.
It didn’t take long before these two cousins-by-marriage teamed up. Brad learned the plastering trade from a master, while Dave got to offer his clients a complete package from start to finish, with glazes and paintings now included. A natural symbiosis emerged and the companies grew side-by-side. In the coming years the two would find work together at the JC Nichols Home, Ambassador Hotel, Midland Theater and the Vaile Victorian Mansion - a job for which they would eventually earn a Preservation award from the Historic KC Foundation.
In 2013, when the Hotel Phillips called on us to repair a section of damaged ceiling in their Crystal Ballroom, we could see the writing on the wall: Historic Tax Credits were becoming available to developers; real estate throughout KC was selling on the cheap and in need of extensive repair; and no one but us seemed to know how to fix it. We pooled our resources, contacts and knowledge and created Plasterkraft. Since then the company has moved almost entirely into commercial construction - working on such buildings as the Pickwick Plaza, the KCPL Building, Commerce Bank, Westport Middle School, the Missouri Statehouse, and dozens of other landmarks; started an internship program with the Art Institute - teaching a new generation of artists how it’s possible to make money while doing what they love; and expanded operations across Kansas and Missouri, into Oklahoma and Iowa, with the intention of extending our reach to the coasts.
Sculptor, laborer, apprentice plasterer
Roles: Sculpting, 3D printing, mold making, demo and prep
Bio: Plastering since 1995, Jeremy has been with Plasterkraft well over a year now. In his 22 years on the wall Jeremy has applied everything type of plaster out there; he's worked with stucco, eifs, acoustic, venetian, textured, and now ornamental plaster. He's as comfortable with the trowel in his hands as LeBron is with the basketball. Not only does he do stellar work on all of our jobs, but Jeremy has become a mentor for the more inexperienced plasterers, lending guidance and instruction to the next generation of trowl-hands. He's quick to lift his teammates up - Jeremy is well versed in the art of comedy relief, always ready to bring levity and perspective to any situation - and for that we love him. In his time away from work Jeremy's a proud father of two all-too-quickly growing boys.
Roles: Prep, priming, painting, touch up plastering
Bio: Another multi-generational plasterer, Mike comes to us from Pittsburgh, PA, where he spent most of his life working in the industry. After training from a young age with his plasterer father to have a strong work ethic and an eye for detail, Mike and his brother established themselves as the premier plastering company of Pittsburg. As Merola Plastering, Mike was able to show off his skills at spray-finishes, casting, texturing, bench-running cornice and even in-place designs with the trowel, like ceiling medallions and floral motifs.
Mike was another perfect fit for Plasterkraft and vice versa. Shortly after moving to Kansas City to be closer to family, fate brought Mike into our office in 2015, where he was immediately hired. Not only did his knowledge and skillset surpass our own high expectations of our guys, but he quickly proved himself invaluable on the job. Mike's great worth to the team comes not only from his vast library of tips, tricks and techniques, but also in the grace with which he teaches these old world plastering skills to a younger generation; his commitment to the highest level of finish; and from his uncanny ability to draw both friendship and respect from everybody on the job site, from owners to laborers. Mike's "that guy" that we wish we had ten of, that some contractors never even get one of.
Bio: A Kansas City native, Jeff has been painting for over 10 years and plastering for two. He came to us in 2015 with an extensive knowledge in wall and trim painting, so it was a natural evolution for Jeff to take on the decorative arts - from faux finishes and metallic glazes to mural touch up, all of which he's proven himself to be more than capable of handling. His plastering skills, too, have improved greatly over the past two years, but his abilities with the paint brush and airless sprayer are unsurpassed. As competent as he is kind, we trust Jeff to handle whatever job we put him on. He leaves the walls and ceilings restored and beautiful and the floors sparkly clean. Jeff is in his first year of fatherhood and is a dead ringer for Hans Solo in his hand-crafted cosplay.
Plasterkraft was honored as one of 2016s Top 25 Companies under 25 People in Kansas City by Thinking Bigger Business Media because of our commitment to sustainable growth, integrity, safety and community involvement.
Bio: Katrina graduated from the University of Kansas with a 5 year degree in Architecture. After studying emerging technologies in Europe her senior year, Katrina settled down in Kansas City, working first for a landscape architect before being recruited by Lickel Architecture. At Lickel for 9 years, she eventually rose to the position of project manager overseeing AMC Theater chain's remodels across the country - leading their transition from traditional theaters to the upscale Fork-and-Screen and Cinema Suites dine-in theaters.
In 2015, as Plasterkraft was reaching new heights and Brad was unable to sustain the growing amount of work in the office, Katrina left Lickel to help her desperate husband. She was, as expected, a perfect fit for the team, as she was already well versed in the construction industry, with specific knowledge of finishes, design, basic mechanical and engineering systems, and even cost analysis (value engineering). Once she picked up some extra accounting skills, Katrina found herself well-positioned to take over the office operations. Since joining Plasterkaft, Katrina has implemented timesheet and mileage apps for the crew, streamlined the finances and scheduling, and helped Plasterkraft achieve the efficiency and stability necessary for continued success and sustainable growth.
Historic Restoration Services
• Ornamental Plaster Replication • Patch & Repair • Smooth & Textured Walls & Ceilings • Fine Paint
With 4 years in business and over a century in combined experience, our crew can handle any sized project in any state of distress. We can rescue dilapidated buildings reeling from decades
of neglect, water damage or fire. We use traditional methods and materials to restore structural viability and ensure that you get all available HISTORIC TAX CREDITS!
New Build Abilities
• Acoustic Finishes • Polished Venetian • Cast Stone • GFRC • Stucco • Custom Cornice & Trim
Plasterkraft stays up to date on the newest plaster, paint and waterproofing systems so that we can provide our clients with the highest quality of finishes, regardless of the application.
Roles: Demo, prep, lathe, base coat, floated sand finishes
Bio: Donnie has just celebrated his one year anniversary with Plasterkraft and we couldn't be more thrilled. He's been in the industry for over 6 years - long enough to prove himself to be skilled with a hawk and trowel. Donnie is a model employee, a good friend and a decent man. He's always on time and ready to accept whatever job we put in front of him with a smile on his face. We are excited to have the opportunity to watch his talents grow in all of the many facets of the business. His hard work and dedication to the team's success makes up the backbone of Plasterkraft. He is a well respected and integral part of the whole. At the company events, Donnie's toddler daughter lights up the crew when she's around. She's as sweet and sincere as her ol' man.
Plasterkraft is a full service plaster and paint company specializing in the historic restoration
and preservation of churches, hotels, theaters, civic buildings, mansions and museums!
Director of Operations
Roles: Billing and accounts payable, Quickbooks, payroll and taxes, deciphering and creating plans and specs.
Roles: Quality control, estimates, materials and systems, mold making / casting.
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Roles: Business development, scheduling, estimates, submittals, special events
Bio: Brad began his career as an artist. He spent countless hours drawing as a child but quit by the 3rd grade as he found it to be no longer in fashion among his peers. By age 15 Brad was working in the restaurant at Indian Hills Country Club, drawing the nightly dinner specials on the chalkboard with a clever picture and fine script. In 1999 management asked Brad if he could paint some props for an upcoming children's banquet. Brad accepted the challenge and ultimately surprised himself with excellent renderings of the 4 house crests from Hogwarts.
Before long and for the next 5 years Brad was painting full time for the club, teaching himself how to paint photo-realistic golfers, whimsical cityscapes, fictional characters and landscape murals. Soon the club's members began to notice his work and request his services.
While working at IHCC, Brad was double majoring in Graphic Design and Marketing, with a minor in Art History, at the University of Kansas. Summers were spent interning as a graphic designer / ad man, clearing the path for a career in advertising. After returning from a typography study abroad in Germany to graduate in 2004, and not wanting to settle into a cubicle just yet, Brad decided to sideline his well laid plans and instead work for himself in the commissioned art world and with Dave on his plaster projects. In 2007 Brad formed "Adorn Studios", taking on large-scale murals and painting restoration projects across the Kansas City.
Roles: Mold making; Leading 3-coat, stucco, eifs, acoustic plaster systems