Missouri’s Spiegelglass Construction names new president

Barry and Tim Spiegelglass. (Photo courtesy of Spiegelglass Construction.)

On the 120th year of the company’s founding, Maryland Heights, Missouri-based Spiegelglass Construction Company has named a new president. Tim Spiegelglass – the great grandson of founder Joe Spiegelglass – was named president this month, following his father Barry Spiegelglass’s move last year into an advisory role.

Barry Spiegelglass stepped away from day-to-day operations in 2023 after 51 years of service to the company. He remains a highly sought after advisor to the city’s top restaurateurs, chefs, business owners and real estate leaders looking to expand their footprint. Barry continues to consult with clients on build out strategy, site selection and more.

Barry joined the company in 1972, following in the footsteps of his brother Mel Spiegelglass who joined in 1961. The two brothers worked first with their father Harold Spiegelglass and then independently expanding the business as St. Louis grew – building out office spaces as high rises came downtown, remodeling stores in local shopping centers, and traveling with select clients throughout the Midwest. Previously, Harold’s father Joe spent 50 years growing the company from a one-man operation to a general contracting business.

In recent decades the company sharpened its focus on restaurants, retail and specialized projects such as religious institutions, educational/medical facilities, event/office spaces and other midsize commercial projects.

After starting in the business as an adolescent and then working for construction management companies out of state, Tim Spiegelglass joined Spiegelglass Construction in its centennial year, 2004, and gradually moved up the ranks under the guidance of his father and uncle.

In recent years Tim revamped the company’s internal systems, incorporated the latest technology across the business, and oversaw hundreds of ground up and tenant finish projects. Nearly all of the company’s revenue comes from repeat clients and word-of-mouth, a testament to Tim’s leadership and the team’s commitment to white glove client service.

Tim has been widely quoted in the media for his restaurant building expertise, and frequently writes contributing articles about commercial construction. Tim’s favorite part of the job is helping businesses get going: “There’s just nothing like giving an entrepreneur the keys to their new shop or helping a construction manager turn over a store to the local operator ahead of schedule.”

Under Tim’s leadership, the company plans to continue its focus on building midsize commercial projects such as restaurants, retail and highly specialized builds. The project sizes generally range from $500,000 to $5 million.

Tim became the company’s sole owner in 2023 and was named president this month.