Fred Bueler Jr.: Remodeling St. Louis, one house at a time

Fred Bueler Jr., CE’79, got hooked on the home-remodeling business at age 14 when he began working summers for a contractor in his St. Louis hometown. Back in those days, he was digging footings and foundations by hand.


Today Bueler runs his own 10-person design/build residential remodeling company. Bueler Inc. has been in business since 1984.

Fred Bueler Jr.
<span style="color:#666666;"Fred Buehler Jr. | photos by Defilippo Photography

After graduating from UMR in 1979, Bueler went back to work for his high school employer as a vice president, but after five years, set out on his own.
Bueler and his wife were born and raised in the St. Louis area and wanted to stay there to raise their family. That is a big part of the reason he opened his own business.
“After graduation, I interviewed with several St. Louis firms, but they all wanted to send me around the country – they thought that sounded like a perk,” Bueler says. “But I wanted to stay in St. Louis. That’s why I was interviewing with St. Louis firms.”
Bueler loves being an entrepreneur because of the freedom and independence it affords. “I have to work hard, just like everyone else,” he says. “I just get to choose when I do it.”
Although he originally started out studying architecture at the University of Kansas, he soon learned civil engineering was the direction he needed to take and he transferred to UMR, the school he credits with much of his success. He feels his UMR education is what sets him apart from other contractors.
“UMR is a hard school,” Bueler says. “People recognize that and that’s why people want to hire UMR graduates.”
Bueler and his wife, Ann, have three grown children and one grandson. One of their daughters, Lynne, is an interior designer with the firm.

Around the Puck

Q&A: Miners got game

What was the most memorable sports team during your time on campus? As part of his research for the S&T 150th history book, Larry Gragg, Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professor emeritus of history and political science, asked you to share your memories. Here are a few of your answers.

[Read More...]

Honoring new academy members

In October, 12 alumni and friends were inducted into Missouri S&T academies. Academy membership recognizes careers of distinction and invites members to share their wisdom, influence and resources with faculty and students. Some academies hold induction ceremonies in the fall, others in the spring.

[Read More...]

Boosting cyber-physical security

A wide array of complex systems that rely on computers — from public water supply systems and electric grids to chemical plants and self-driving vehicles — increasingly come under not just digital but physical attacks. Bruce McMillin, professor and interim chair of computer science at Missouri S&T, is looking to change that by developing stronger safeguards […]

[Read More...]

MXene discovery could improve energy storage

In spite of their diminutive size, 2-D titanium carbide materials known as MXenes are “quite reactive” to water, a discovery S&T researchers say could have implications for energy storage and harvesting applications such as batteries, supercapacitors and beyond. Their findings were published in 2018 in the American Chemical Society journal Inorganic Chemistry.

[Read More...]

A faster charge for electric vehicles

One drawback of electric vehicles (EVs) is the time it takes to charge them. But what if you could plug in your EV and fully charge it as quickly as it takes to fill up a conventional car with gasoline? Missouri S&T researchers, in collaboration with three private companies, are working to make speedy charging […]

[Read More...]