Joe Shaughnessy, from Springfield, IL, was an honor student, a member of Alpha Sigma Nu, lettered in Billiken Baseball and participated in numerous campus organization activities. Joe and his wife, Rosemary Eck (BA 1957 from Saint Louis University), also of Springfield, IL, received Honorary Doctorate degrees from Saint Louis University at the commencement ceremony in 2007. They currently reside in the Central West End and have seven children and twenty grandchildren.
Joe began his career serving in the US Navy Civil Engineer Corps overseas for three years. He then spent twelve years in various engineering, management and executive positions with large general contractors.
In 1972, Joe co-founded Bannes Shaughnessy Inc. In 1989, he became the sole owner and renamed the company BSI Constructors Inc. Joe is currently Chairman of this corporation that is now in its 37th successful year.
With annual revenues of $120M – $150M per year, BSI Constructors Inc. consistently ranks among the Engineering News-Record (ENR) Top 500 General Building Contractors within the US and in the Top 150 Privately Held Companies by the St. Louis Business Journal. BSI is known for its ability to build any and all building types successfully. Notable projects include City Garden, the Old Post Office, St. Francis Xavier College Church restoration, Washington University Medical School Library, Wells-Fargo (A G Edwards) headquarters, Missouri Botanical Garden Monsanto Research Center, Missouri Historical Society Emerson Electric Center, Coronado Place restoration, Sachs Properties in downtown Chesterfield, MO and Southeast Missouri State University Performing Arts Center.
Currently, the company business operations are lead by Joe’s sons Paul and Jim. They work together with a highly competent and highly respected construction management team and an ownership transition plan that assures continuity and succession of the business going forward.
BSI has developed a unique niche in the construction industry as a “small, big company.” While having demonstrated the management and financial capacity to successfully deliver complex projects as large as $150M, it continues to function like a smaller company that is client-focused, closely held, and where company ownership remains involved in all of its parts.
BS, Civil Engineering 1957
Honorary Doctor of Laws 2007