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Decorative Concrete Joins with American Concrete Institute & American Society of Concrete Contractors

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Decorative Concrete, has become a joint committee of the American Concrete Institute (ACI) and the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC), St. Louis, MO, according to Bruce Suprenant, technical director, ASCC. Committee chair is Clark Branum, Diamatic.

The mission of ACI 310 is to “develop and report information on the application of artistic finishes of cast-in-place concrete.” The committee has published ACI 310R-13, Guide to Decorative Concrete. The guide describes techniques for imparting decorative finishes to concrete flatwork including detailed, practical guidance for achieving aesthetic effects using proven techniques. Recommendations are made for the production of cast-in-place decorative concrete flatwork, decorative stains, and overlays.

“The Decorative Concrete Council (DCC) has been a specialty council of the ASCC for 20 years, “says Branum,” and many DCC members are active on ACI 310. It makes perfect sense to bring the expertise and experiences of the two groups to bear more closely on this committee.”

The ASCC is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the capabilities of those who build with concrete, and to providing them a unified voice in the construction industry.  Members include concrete contracting firms, manufacturers, suppliers and others interested in the concrete industry such as architects, specifiers and engineers.  There are approximately 750 member companies in the United States and 11 foreign countries.  For more information visit the web site at or call 866-788-2722.

Lutz Family Recovery Fund

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On Tuesday evening July 10th, Echelon Constructors’ superintendent, Mark Lutz and his wife Tina lost their home and all belongings in a house fire.  Mark Lutz has been a construction superintendent in the St. Louis area since 1994.  Mark and Tina are safe and in good spirits.

A recovery fund has been set up to assist in their recovery efforts.  Should you wish to assist Mark and Tina you can:


Send Checks:

  • The Lutz Family Recovery Fund
  • c/o Busey Bank
  • 175 Carondelet Plaza
  • St. Louis, MO  63105

Gift Cards (restaurants, clothing etc):

  • The Lutz Family Recovery Fund
  • c/o Echelon Constructors
  • 1850 Craigshire Road – Suite 306
  • St. Louis, MO  63146

Joint Venture Finalists Prepare NGA West Headquarters Submittals by July 18th

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By KERRY SMITH, Editor, St. Louis Construction News & Review Magazine 

Three construction joint ventures have been invited to submit proposals to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers by July 18th as finalists in the competition to build the National Geospatial Agency’s $1.7 billion new St. Louis headquarters.

The Next NGA West (N2W) site spans 97.2 acres in North St. Louis at the north corner of Jefferson Avenue and Cass Avenue.

The finalists are Clark-JE Dunn N2W, McCarthy Hitt – Next NGA West and Mortenson-Alberici. The USACE narrowed the list to the final three earlier this year and expects to award the overall construction contract to the winning bidder in March 2019.

The USACE’s Kansas City District is spearheading the process, according to Stephanie Hall, program manager for Next NGA West.

“We have down-selected to three great firms and will continue to look at each of them as we receive their proposals next week,” said Hall.

The two-phase, design-build, firm fixed-price bid requirements include construction of a 712,800-square-foot main operations building, a 38,000-square-foot central utility plant, nearly a million square feet of structured parking, a 7,300-square-foot visitor control center and miscellaneous improvements such as access roads and perimeter security.

In addition to the main RFP, the USACE will award five small business set-aside construction contracts using the design-bid-build delivery method once the master design-build contract has been awarded. Hall said these small business set-asides are specific to the following project facets: 1) the government’s integrated program office on site; 2) a remote inspection facility, 3) the surface parking lot, 4) access control points and 5) landscaping.

Hall said the building’s design would emphasize collaborative workspaces, advanced technology solutions and sustainable operations.

“The new facility requires spaces that can easily respond to changing security levels while providing adaptable, flexible, multi-function spaces,” she said. “This building will be equipped to serve the NGA St. Louis workforce for the next 40 years.”

Next NGA West Department of Labor affirmative action goals for the project are 6.9 percent female participation by trade and 14.7 percent minority participation by trade. The USACE’s subcontracting goals for its design-build construction project are 28 percent small business, 5 percent small disadvantaged business, 5 percent woman-owned small business, 3 percent veteran-owned business, 2 percent service-disabled veteran-owned business and 2 percent HUBZone.

The project is expected to generate more than 5,000 construction jobs. The new site will accommodate 3,000 agency employees.

Public-Private Partnership Rebuilds East St. Louis Riverfront for More Development

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By KERRY SMITH, Editor, St. Louis Construction News & Review Magazine 

A two-phase, $17 million heavy roadway and water line replacement project along the East St. Louis riverfront is complete, opening up and equipping more than 200 acres for commercial and industrial development.

The project – funded by three levels of government and numerous private industry partners under the direction of St. Clair County Chairman Mark Kern – has transformed what was a badly deteriorated span of roadways into infrastructure that can now easily carry trucks including those bound for agricultural giant Cargill in East St. Louis and Fairmount City-based Bunge-SCF Grain.

“Ag is one of the biggest exports of our region,” said St. Clair County Highway Engineer Norm Etling. “If these roadways would have continued to deteriorate, the access would have been severely restricted. Now there’s a continuous road system from I-70 and rebuilt Illinois Route 3, with a new ramp leading to Front Street All that is new infrastructure that provides excellent access to I-64/I-70 and is ready for significant new development.”

Baxmeyer Construction in Waterloo built the thoroughfares that were engineered by Swansea-based Thouvenot, Wade & Moerchen Inc.

Baxmeyer Project Manager Josh Froese said Phase I included completely rebuilding Front Street from the Illinois American Water treatment plant on the far north end (just south of I-70) to Trendley Avenue, roughly 1.5 miles south. “We reconstructed the road with 10.5 inches of concrete pavement, 30 feet wide and strong enough to carry heavy truckloads,” said Froese.

TWM Project Manager Josh Stein said the roadway’s close proximity to the Mississippi River, just a few dozen feet east, added to the project’s complexity and included reestablishing drainage patterns. “Reconstructing a major industrial roadway this close to the levee system required close coordination with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,” he said. “Redesigning a somewhat confusing traffic pattern running past the Casino Queen (at River Park Drive and B Street) into a roundabout that is much easier to comprehend was a key objective of the project,” Stein said.

Casino Queen, one of the project’s private-sector partners, contributed $500,000 toward the cost. Cargill and Bunge – SCF Grain each provided $500,000. American Water Company supplied and installed three miles of large-diameter water mains totaling $9 million. Public-sector project partners included the U.S. Economic Development Administration ($3.5 million), Illinois Department of Transportation’s Truck Access Route Program ($125,000), Southwestern Illinois Development Authority ($1.5 million), St. Clair County Transit District ($900,000) and Metro East Park and Recreation District ($500,000).

TRRA Completes Construction & Financing Agreements For Replacment Of Merchants Bridge

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The Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis (TRRA) today announced the execution of a Construction Contract for the rebuilding of the company’s Merchants Bridge, including its three Main Spans and the East Approach spanning the Mississippi River between St. Louis, Missouri and Venice, Illinois.  The Merchants Bridge, built in 1889 and opened in 1890, is the oldest rail structure over the Mississippi River.  The project will bring the structure up to current rail standards, adding capacity to the rail system while ensuring the safety and resiliency of the national freight rail network.

TRRA has awarded the $172M project to Walsh Construction Company.  Walsh Construction Company is one of the country’s largest and most respected construction services providers and has been recognized as the nation’s largest bridge builder for the past five consecutive years. The firm has experience in delivering high-profile structures that cross major roadways and waterways, including bridge replacements over the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers.

“Walsh Construction is honored to partner with the TRRA to replace this historic structure.  We look forward to working with a talented local workforce that includes companies such as St. Louis Bridge Construction Co. to improve this vital freight connection over the Mississippi River” said Walsh’s Senior Project Manager Dan Sieve.

TRRA and Walsh Construction Company have agreed to incorporate subcontracting opportunities for Disadvantaged Business Enterprises as part of the project.

Earlier this month, the TRRA learned that the project was not selected for a federal grant through USDOT’s INFRA program.  The TRRA and its shareholders undertook the difficult decision to fund the Merchants Bridge replacement without federal grant assistance because of the condition of that structure and the adverse impact a non-functioning bridge would have on the nation’s economy.

TRRA is working with Bank of America Merrill Lynch in St. Louis, Missouri to finance the rebuilding of the Merchants Bridge. According to John Beardslee, Global Commercial Banking Market Executive, “We are pleased to support TRRA with their important mission of restoring this symbol of our progress and heritage. This is an infrastructure project with national importance, and we are enthusiastic about its positive impact on local economic development and job creation. Along with many others in the St. Louis Region, we look forward to watching the improved Merchants Bridge take shape.”

Development Strategies of St. Louis has estimated that construction of the project will support almost 1,100 jobs in the St. Louis region, including 150 direct jobs.

According to TRRA President Mike McCarthy, “With the execution of this contract with Walsh Construction Company, we can begin the work needed to replace and update this critical link in our rail network that supports the regional and national economies.  We began work on this important project in 2013 and look forward to its completion in 4 years. Modernizing this structure results in benefits for the general railroad network, shippers and the general public.”

The TRRA is a Class III railroad serving 80 industrial customers in the St. Louis region and provides interchange services to Class I railroads serving the East and West Coasts and the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico.  These services provide cost efficient transportation options to area businesses and is a critical hub for connecting the St. Louis region to the national and global market place.

KAI Design & Build Finds Inspiration for Alberici Office Renovation Through Client’s Own Steel Fabrication Expertise, Industrial Brand

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When Alberici Corporation, a major North American construction company, moved to its LEED Platinum corporate headquarters in 2004, two of their subsidiaries—Hillsdale Fabricators and Kienlen Constructors—remained at the Hillsdale, MO office five miles away. KAI’s Architecture and Interior Design teams were recently contracted by Alberici to completely renovate the outdated second floor of the Hillsdale office to provide better workspace for Hillsdale and Kienlen employees.

The office space was riddled with unused space, outdated finishes and no consistent flow. The space also did not adequately represent the company’s brand or expertise, and the employees were dispersed throughout several floors.

“The client requested an open floor plan to consolidate all of their employees onto one floor, with a centralized break room and a refined, industrial design,” said KAI Interior Designer Asha Perez. “Branding for the space was particularly important to the client, who wanted to exhibit their own steel fabrication expertise throughout the new interior.”

KAI’s design team worked closely with the client to develop their vision for the space, which included several collaborative design-build, custom-crafted furniture pieces that showcased the client’s skills.

“The design intended to demonstrate, as well as utilize the on-site capabilities of the structural steel fabricators,” said Perez. “We employed other interior design elements to develop that refined industrial design motif while also complimenting the exposed, existing concrete structure that the client desired for the space.”

The inspiration for the materials used in the design came from the client themselves. The KAI team walked through the client’s on-site steel fabrication facility and yard to gain inspiration and appreciation for the work that they do. Throughout the yard, they saw heavy steel, steel scraps, machinery and employees at work, which helped the team start to put the schematic design into context.

The renovated space features an “unfinished look” with sealed concrete floors and exposed ceilings and columns. Gray tones in the porcelain floor tiles communicate a similar design language, reflecting the warmth of the tones in the concrete throughout. Reclaimed wood was selected for use on the walls to wrap the elevator, while defining that as an alternate interior exit and entry point to and from the first floor. The wood was also used on the reception desk to add more textural interest to the space. The interior façade of the reception area features concrete-look panels with reveals and form-tie details, drawing inspiration from Japanese architect Tadau Ando.

KAI also redesigned the main front entry stairway replacing the existing terrazzo. Minerit heavy duty fiber cement board panels were used on the stairway entry walls. Recessed steel channels were designed for the handrails along each side and returns at the bottom and top of the stair landings. Limestone was used for the stair treads and steel for the risers.

KAI and the client collaborated on the design of a 25-foot-long, nearly-5,000-pound trapezoidal-shaped conference room table made of steel with wood trim, a steel and concrete prep table weighing over three tons, steel partitions around the perimeter of the break room and concrete-top, bar-height tables, wrapping existing columns in the break room; all of which were custom built by Hillsdale Fabricators. Due to the weight and size of the custom furniture, cranes had to be used to place the pieces in their new spaces.

“It was important to show how these elements were constructed, so the joinery and details are purposely exposed,” said Perez. “This allowed the client to showcase the kind of specialized work they do.”

A random mix of light, medium and dark-gray, large format hexagon-shaped floor tiles (21″ x 24″) by Ottomo Ceramics were installed in the break room. Wood flooring was also used in the break room meticulously forming a flush, seamless transition to the edge of the hexagon-shaped floor tile to create an irregular edge design.

The centralized break room is defined by steel partitions with opaque glass above. Butcher block walnut wood benching, wood top tables and a standing height wood ledge along the perimeter in the bistro were all designed to accommodate varying sit and stand postures of users in the space.

KAI worked closely with Lighting Associates to find linear and large hexagon-shaped light fixtures that mimic the layout and floor pattern in the break room. Energy efficient light fixtures that incorporate down- and up-lighting were specified to brighten the existing, dark, exposed concrete ceilings. These types of fixtures were used throughout the interior, including the conference rooms, which also feature industrial, black metal pendant light fixtures.

Acoustics was another important design element, considering the hard surfaces throughout the space. KAI created white noise with speakers in the ceilings, dropped acoustical ceiling tiles in the conference rooms, and carpet in the open office and workstation areas and conference rooms.

In keeping with Alberici’s brand, red was tastefully used in the design, but not overdone. Carpet used in the open office areas and conference rooms was selected from Mohawk Group’s Street Thread collection, which features bold red, black and gray geometric patterns. Carpet used in the reception area was a mix of Merge, Intertwine and Magnify from Mannington. Red and gray also highlight the workstation desk drawers.

The client wanted a bright, open office layout. KAI achieved this by furnishing the space with low partition Herman Miller Canvas workstations, integrating clear glass panels within the workstation partitions; conference rooms surrounded by butt glazed glass partitions and redesigning the space by eliminating the existing walls from the perimeter of the interior to allow in natural daylight.

KAI utilized BIM technology on the project to provide the client with an Enscape walk-through of the Revit model at the design development completion state. This ability to display the design through a virtual walk-through was key to achieving a quick review and approval of the design.

About KAI Design & Build

KAI Design & Build is a national 100+ person design and build firm headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. A renowned leader in the industry, KAI provides design and build integrated project delivery solutions through collaboration, technology, processes and expertise. For more information about KAI Design & Build, visit or call 314-241-8188.

Midwest Cyber Center hosts AFA CyberCamp in Partnership with McKendree University

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Scott Air Force Base, IL – Midwest Cyber Center was one of the distinguished organizations across the United States selected to participate in the fourth season of the Air Force Association’s (AFA) CyberCamp Program this summer.

As an AFA CyberCamp host, MC² received software and a hands-on curriculum kit designed to teach students cyber safety, cyber ethics, and critical network security skills and tools. Each AFA CyberCamp culminates in an exciting team-based competition that puts the campers in the role of IT administrators tasked with finding and addressing cybersecurity vulnerabilities in simulated network environments. The local AFA CyberCamp competitions will closely mimic AFA’s annual CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Defense Competition, which will enter its eleventh season in October.

More than 120 students participated in the AFA CyberCamp at McKendree University, which was held June 25 to June 29, led by volunteer cyber advisors from Eagle Technology, Aegis Strategies, Build-a-Bear, Emerson, 375th Comm Sq, 835th COS and 837th COS and supported by MC². The event was sponsored by Scott Credit Union who provided shirts for each participant. Rodney McGee, one of the volunteers from Eagle TG, stated “Volunteering at the camp was a great experience and the entire organization exhibits the meaning of ……Team Work Makes The Dream work.”

This is the third year MC² has brought AFA Cyber Camps to Southwestern Illinois. This is the second time partnering with McKendree, and both partners anticipating growing on the success of the event and hosting a camp again in 2019. McKendree recognizes that cybersecurity is more important than ever, said Daryl Hancock. Whether at home, work or school, modern technology impacts almost every aspect of our lives, and CyberPatriot teaches this cyber knowledge through education, teamwork and competition. Cybersecurity requires education, and that makes McKendree University a proud supporter of CyberPatriot. Hancock is the Chief of Staff at McKendree and a former military intelligence officer with broad cyber experience. 

The CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Education Program was created by the Air Force Association in 2009 to attract students to c​ybersecurity and other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation’s future. CyberPatriot is an amazing program which offers a robust curriculum and challenges for students to learn the basics of cybersecurity, stated Tony Bryan, Executive Director of MC². We are proud to lead the regional efforts for CyberPatriot and will continue to promote and advocate for the program’s success.

Electrical Connection & Saint Louis FC Host Fundraiser for Shop with a Cop

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Ferguson and St. Francois County “Shop with a Cop” Programs to Benefit

Fundraising for two holiday season “Shop with a Cop” programs will get a big boost at the July 14, 2018 Saint Louis FC soccer game in Fenton, Mo.  The Electrical Connection is again partnering with Saint Louis FC to host a Christmas in July fundraiser at the game for “Shop with a Cop” programs in Ferguson, Mo. and St. Francois County.    The Electrical Connection is a labor-management partnership of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 and the St. Louis Chapter, National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).

Shop with a Cop raises money so law enforcement can take under privileged children December holiday shopping for gifts they would not otherwise receive.  St. Francois County celebrated the 25th anniversary of its “Shop with a Cop” program last year.  It is one of the largest in the country, serving more than 500 children. Electrical Connection members have supported that program since its inception.  In 2016, the Electrical Connection helped re-energize the Ferguson “Shop with a Cop” program by initiating the Saint Louis FC “Christmas in July” fundraiser.  The Electrical Connection has donated nearly $75,000 over the years to support both programs.

The Electrical Connection and Saint Louis FC will celebrate both programs at the July 14, 2018 Saturday night soccer game against the Tulsa Roughnecks FC at Toyota Stadium in Fenton, Mo.  Pre-game ceremonies will spotlight both “Shop with a Cop” programs and fans will receive a limited edition 2018 holiday ornament commemorating the event for a donation.   Representatives from the Ferguson and St. Francois County programs will be in attendance.

Members of the Electrical Connection provide safe and reliable electrical construction, maintenance, repair and replacement services across Missouri, the nation and the world.  For more information visit

Chris Chivetta to Accept Award at Society for College and University Planning Conference

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Hastings+Chivetta President, Chris Chivetta, will attend the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) Annual Conference July 14-17 in Nashville, TN. While at the conference, Chris will join Washington University and Bohlin Cywinski Jackson (Architect of Record) to accept the SCUP Merit Award for the Washington University Gary M. Sumers Recreation Center project. Hastings+Chivetta is the Associate Architect for the facility. The project was selected in the Excellence in Architecture for Building Additions or Adaptive Reuse category.

The Gary M. Sumers Recreation Center was transformed into a 21st century fitness, athletic and recreation center through the addition and renovation of the university’s historic Field House. Completed in 1902, the Field House is a registered historic landmark and was the site of the 1904 Olympics.

SCUP is a community of higher education leaders responsible for the integration of planning on their campuses.

HASTINGS+CHIVETTA ARCHITECTS, INC. provides architectural planning and design services to clients throughout the United States.

FOR MORE INFORMATION Please contact Marketing Coordinator Laura Lancia at or 314-863-5717 x167.

American Society of Concrete Contractors to Hold 17th Annual Conference in Charlotte this September

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The American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC), St. Louis, MO, will hold its seventeenth Annual Conference September 20-23, 2018 at the Sheraton Charlotte Hotel, Charlotte, NC.  Concrete contractors, manufacturers, designers and other industry professionals will gather for three days of educational events and networking.

Industry experts including Dr. Ken Hover, Cornell University; Anirban Basu, Sage Policy Group; Jon Belkowitz, Intelligent Concrete; and Chris Sullivan, ChemSystems, will offer seminars on critical industry topics. Seminar tracks include Tech, Business Management, Business Field Level, Decorative and Polished Concrete, and Safety.

Seminar topics include “Evaporation Retarders & Finishing Aids,” “Drones in Concrete Contracting,” “Surface – Create vs. Heart Crete: A Critical Difference,” “Concrete 101 for Polishers” and “Pain Management.”

Attendees can take advantage of the ACI Flatwork Finisher Certification and the ACI Decorative Concrete Flatwork Finisher Certification class and exam offered on September 20.

The Decorative Concrete and Concrete Polishing councils will install an architectural exposed finish hardscape at the hotel ballroom entrance. It will be a three part process: placement of specialty aggregates, and placement of polishable overlay on Friday, and exposed slab reveal and complete polishing process on Saturday morning.

Additional opportunities include a golf tournament, NASCAR Experience at Concord Raceway, Mint Museum Tour, and foraging with an executive chef.

The ASCC is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the capabilities of those who build with concrete, and to providing them with a unified voice in the construction industry.  Members include concrete contracting firms, manufacturers, suppliers and others interested in the concrete industry, such as architects, specifiers and distributors.  There are approximately 750 member companies in the United States and 11 foreign countries.  For more information visit the website at or call (866) 788-2722.

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