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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 www.ascconline.org or call 866-788-2722.

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.

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 www.electricalconnection.org.

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 www.ascconline.org or call (866) 788-2722.

American Society of Concrete Contractors 17th Annual Conference

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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 www.ascconline.org or call (866) 788-2722.

Museum at the Gateway Arch Opens at Gateway Arch National Park

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Community celebrates completion of the CityArchRiver project

CityArchRiver project partners – the National Park Service, Gateway Arch Park Foundation, Bi-State Development, Great Rivers Greenway, Jefferson National Parks Association and the City of St. Louis – today marked the grand opening of the Museum at the Gateway Arch. Several celebratory events, including a ribbon cutting ceremony with local, regional and national dignitaries – including Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke – and a community celebration in the park’s North Gateway marked the completion of the $380-million CityArchRiver project to renovate the national park, the St. Louis Riverfront and Kiener Plaza.

“This is an exciting day for the City of St. Louis and the entire country,” said Mike Ward, superintendent, Gateway Arch National Park. “We are so proud to offer a world-class, urban national park experience to visitors from across the globe and further showcase St. Louis’ important role in the storied history of America.”

“Eight years ago, a design competition provided us a vision for a better-connected City, Arch and River,” said Eric Moraczewski, executive director of the Gateway Arch Park Foundation.  “Today, thousands of people came together to celebrate the culmination of this historic project. The CityArchRiver project raised the largest amount of private funding ever to go into a National Park and was a catalyst for approval of the first-ever local tax to provide for a National Park renovation (Proposition P in 2013). It is an unprecedented achievement. Today we celebrate the tremendous accomplishments of our city, our region and our country.”

The ribbon cutting ceremony featured remarks from Superintendent Mike Ward of Gateway Arch National Park; Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke; Mayor Lyda Krewson; St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger; Senator Roy Blunt; Senator Claire McCaskill; Board Chairwoman of the Gateway Arch Park Foundation Carolyn Kindle Betz; and Governor Mike Parson.

St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith served as the master of ceremonies, and St. Louisan Charles Glenn sang the national anthem. The #YourArch photo mosaic was unveiled to the public in a video montage. The Normandy High School marching band led the public to a community celebration in the park’s North Gateway area following the ceremony. Attendees of all ages enjoyed live music from Boogie Chyld, food trucks and drink vendors, free commemorative cookies, photo booth, scavenger hunt throughout the park, caricature artists, face painting, lawn games and much more.

Visitors to the Museum at the Gateway Arch and attendees at the North Gateway community celebration received a limited-edition, commemorative coin marking the special occasion.

The grand opening coincides with the return of one of the nation’s largest Fourth of July celebrations, Fair Saint Louis, to the riverfront July 4, 6 and 7.

The Museum at the Gateway Arch features interactive and engaging exhibits that focus on St. Louis’ role in the westward expansion of the United States, completely replacing the original museum that opened in 1976. Features of the new museum include:

  • Six themed exhibit galleries:

o   Colonial St. Louis – how St. Louis became a prosperous trading village rooted in French culture and governed by the Spanish, until the Louisiana Purchase transferred the territory to the United States.

o   Jefferson’s Vision – how President Thomas Jefferson furthered the westward expansion of the U.S. by sending expeditions to lay claim to territory, search for trading partners and locate natural resources for the young nation.

o   The Riverfront Era – how St. Louis became one of America’s busiest ports and trade centers in the mid-1800s.

o   Manifest Destiny – how the westward migration of the mid-1800s affected American Indians, Mexicans and pioneers themselves.

o   New Frontiers – how the industrialization of America hastened American settlement of the West and caused American Indians to lose all or part of their homelands.

o   Building the Gateway Arch – how the great American monument that commemorates westward expansion was designed and built.

  • Accessible exhibits guided by Universal Design principles through consultation with the CityArchRiver Universal Design Group representing the St. Louis disability community.
  • On the visitor center mezzanine level, a terrazzo floor map shows the United States with historic trails allowing visitors to trace pioneers’ journeys to the West.
  • The new 100 ft.-wide Video Wall in the tram lobby shows the building of the Gateway Arch and scenes of American westward expansion.
  • The Keystone Exhibit in the tram lobby allows all visitors to experience the top of the Arch through live webcam feeds from the observation deck.

Five Electrical Connection Member Projects Named Finalists in AGC Keystone Awards

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MO Botanical Garden Museum

The total number of Electrical Connection member projects saluted over the last 21 years by the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Missouri now exceeds 100 with word that five were selected as finalists for this year’s AGC Keystone Awards. Since 1997, the prestigious construction awards program has honored projects for safety, proficiency in overcoming challenges and the quality of delivery, including maintaining budget and schedule.

This year, three projects from Guarantee Electrical Co. and one each from PayneCrest Electric Inc. and Kaiser Electric were selected as finalists for the awards.  All are members of the Electrical Connection, a partnership of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 and the St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractor Association (NECA).

Guarantee is being honored for its work on the Peter Sachs Museum for the Missouri Botanical Garden, the BJC Campus Renewal Project Phase I for BJC HealthCare, and Museum of the Westward Expansion at the Arch (pictured above) for the U.S. Department of Interior.

PayneCrest’s earned a finalist selection for its work on the Ranken Jordan Inpatient Addition in Maryland Heights while Kaiser is saluted for its work on its emergency generator project at St. Mary’s Hospital for SSM Health.

Winners of the 2018 AGC Keystone Awards will be announced and celebrated at the AGC’s Construction Awards Gala scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 8 at the Ameristar Casino Resort Spa in St. Charles.  For more information, visit www.agcmo.org.

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