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Mechanical Contractors Association Honors Excellence

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11 OMI Awards Presented; 6 Scholarship Recipients Recognized at May 10 Dinner at Saint Louis Art Museum

The Mechanical Contractors Association of Eastern Missouri (MCA-EMO) chose Cass Gilbert’s iconic Sculpture Hall at the Saint Louis Art Museum as the backdrop to honor excellence and achievement in Missouri’s construction industry. Member companies were recognized with Outstanding Mechanical Installation (OMI) Awards for 11 projects, and six high school and college students received scholarships.  The gala dinner event was held May 10 at SLAM in Forest Park.

“This biennial dinner is a great opportunity to recognize our member contractors for exceptionalism,” said Kristy Stephens, executive director, MCA-EMO. “These projects involved problem-solving, innovative solutions or going above and beyond for the owner. It’s also a wonderful event for our scholarship winners to meet and network with industry professionals and Missouri’s leading mechanical contractors.”

OMI Awards went to:

Contractor: Harold G. Butzer, Inc.

  • Owner/Project: Brewer Science, Inc. – 100L Reactor Installation
  • Category: Process Piping – Public Utility Installations $0 to $600,000
  • Project Manager – Lee Gard; Foreman – Bruce Kleffner 

Contractor: C&R Mechanical Company

  • Owner/Project: Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc. – Building 1 Chilled Water Modification System
  • Category: HVAC Mechanical Installations $0 to $400,000
  • Project Manager: Andrew Grosman; Foreman: Matt Laur
  • Owner/Project: Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc. – Building 2, Suite 6
  • Category: Process Piping Installations $600,000 to $2M
  • Project Manager: Andrew Grosman:  Foremen: Mike Albers and Tom Hiner

Contractor: Haberberger, Inc.

  • Category: HVAC Mechanical Installations $2.5M to $5M
  • Owner/Project: The Boeing Company – 8101 North Paint Booth
  • Project Manager: Greg Harrop; Foreman – Rory O’Brien
  • Owner/Project: City of Crystal City – Crystal City Water
  • Category: Process Piping – Public Utility Installations $600,000 to $2M
  • Project Manager – Pat Reilly; Foreman – Rick Princivalli

Contractor: Integrated Facility Services

  • Owner/Project: St. Louis County-Government Administration Building Cooling Tower   Replacement
  • Category HVAC Mechanical Installations $400,000 to $1M
  • Project Manager: Gary Tidwell; Foreman – Jeff Ridenour

Contractor: Murphy Company

  • Owner/Project:  BJC Healthcare – North Campus Renewal Project
  • Category: HVAC Mechanical Installations $5M+
  • Project Manager: Kevin Suiter; Foreman – Stan Zoellner
  • Owner/Project:  Monsanto Company – Greenhouse/Headhouse Project
  • Category: Process Piping Installations $2M+
  • Project Manager: John Koebbe; Foreman – Steve Melcher
  • Owner/Project:  Scottrade Center – Ice Rink Replacement
  • Category: Refrigeration
  • Project Manager: William Conaway; Foreman – Don Stauffer

Contractor: Peters-Eichler Mechanical, Inc.

  • Owner/Project: BJC Healthcare – Air Handler Replacement Unit #52 & #53
  • Category: HVAC Mechanical Installations $1M to $2.5 M
  • Project Manager: Dan Durphy; Foreman – Rod Todd
  • Owner/Project: BJC Healthcare – East Pavilion Water Heater Replacement
  • Category: Process Piping Installations $0 to $600,000
  • Project Manager: Jeff Hoevelmann; Foreman – Rod Todd

The 2018 MCA-EMO Scholars also were presented as follows, each receiving a $1,000/per semester scholarship (eligible for 8 semesters with a 3.0 GPA.)

Management Scholars

Ruth Ward, who will graduate from Rockwood Summit High School with a 4.13 GPA, is a member of the National Honor Society and her high school’s cross country and track teams. She plans to attend the University of Kentucky, pursuing a career in neuroscience.

Scott Elliott will graduate from Marquette High School where he was on the Honor Roll with a 3.75 GPA. A member of the National Honor Society, Scott was part of the Robotics Club which won the state championship in the “Inspire” category and third place in the regional championships in the “Innovate” category. He plans to attend Saint Louis University with a double major in mechanical and aerospace engineering.

Labor Scholars

Joshua Elrod will graduate from Cuba High School with a GPA of 3.53. A member of the National Honor Society and on the Honor Roll, he is active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and was offensive line captain for his high school football team. Joshua plans to attend Missouri State University and will pursue a career in business administration. His father is a pipefitter employed by Sheet Metal Contractors, Inc.

Andrew Heider will graduate from Hazelwood West High School with a 4.28 GPA. On the Honor Roll, Andrew ranked fifth out of 507 students. Andrew plans to attend Missouri S&T and will pursue a career in mechanical engineering. Captain of his high school soccer team, Andrew also will play soccer for Missouri S&T. Andrew’s father is a pipefitter with Integrated Facility Services.

For the first time, MCA-EMO also bestowed two $1,000 one-time scholarships to members of its student chapter at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Founded in 2014, the Mizzou student chapter captured first place in the MCAA’s 2017 Final Four Competition and was named 2017 MCAA Student Chapter of the Year.

Student Chapter Scholars

Ahmad Atallah is a junior at UMC and will soon become the new president of the MCAA Mizzou student chapter. Ahmad attended the 2018 MCAA Annual Convention in San Antonio and is an intern at Semco Engineering, LLC.

Derrick Jenkins is completing his freshman year at UMC, studying mechanical engineering. He decided to join the student chapter because of the benefits of learning the skills for planning and completing a project. His scholarship was accepted by Larry Schilke, UMC faculty advisor for the chapter.

MCA-EMO offers programs crucial to the ongoing success of contractors and vendors operating within the construction industry in Eastern Missouri. For over 70 years, the MCA has sponsored cost-effective educational opportunities taught by qualified and experienced professionals in the MCA Training Center. Visit:

HBA Announces Sales, Marketing & Construction Awards Winners

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The Home Builders Association of St. Louis & Eastern Missouri (HBA) announced the winners of its annual Sales, Marketing & Construction (SMAC) Awards on Thursday, May 10 at a ceremony at Greenbriar Hills Country Club in Kirkwood, Mo. The SMAC Awards honor excellence in the home building industry and are divided into three categories: Homes of the Year, Marketing & Advertising and Personal Achievement. Please see the email attachment for a list of winners.

The SMAC Awards were judged by members of the Women’s Council of Realtors and St. Charles County Association of Realtors. Click here for more information about award categories and judging criteria.

The HBA is a local trade association of more than 600 member firms representing the residential construction industry.

Sales, Marketing & Construction Award Winners

The following HBA members and member companies were awarded for their achievements in 2017:

Homes of the Year Awardees

  • Display Home of the Year, Small Builder, 3,300-3,999 sq. ft. – McKelvey Homes for The Provence at The Villages of Provence
  • Display Home of the Year, Small Builder, 4,000-4,999 sq. ft. – McKelvey Homes for The Bellerive at Schuessler Valley Estates
  • Display Home of the Year, Large Builder, 3,300-3,999 sq. ft. – Lombardo Homes for Harbor at The Legacy at Patriot’s Ridge
  • Custom Homes of the Year – McKelvey Homes
  • Most Advanced Home of the Year – Compass Design Build
  • Remodeling Project of the Year, Overall Redesign, Under $300,000 – Liston Design Build
  • Remodeling Project of the Year, Overall Redesign, Over $400,000 – Roeser Home Remodeling
  • Remodeling Project of the Year, Kitchen – Liston Design Build
  • Remodeling Project of the Year, Miscellaneous Project – Liston Design Build
  • Staging Project of the Year, $200,001-$299,999 – FLAIR Home Stagings & Displays
  • Staging Project of the Year, $300,000-$399,999 – FLAIR Home Stagings & Displays
  • Staging Project of the Year, $400,000-$499,999 – FLAIR Home Stagings & Displays
  • Staging Project of the Year, $500,000-$749,999 – FLAIR Home Stagings & Displays
  • Staging Project of the Year, $750,000-$999,999 – FLAIR Home Stagings & Displays
  • Staging Project of the Year, Above $1 million – FLAIR Home Stagings & Displays

Marketing & Advertising Awardees

  • Best Brochure Design, Builder – Country-TeK Homes 
  • Best Brochure Design, Associate – ABF Security Systems
  • Best New Floor Plan – McKelvey Homes for LaSalle
  • Best Print Ad, Remodeler – Aleto Construction Group
  • Best Print Ad, Associate – Norbord 
  • Best Social Media, Builder – Payne Family Homes
  • Best Social Media, Associate – Berkshire Hathaway Home Services – Select Properties – The Boehmer Team
  • Best Specialty Niche, Associate – Norbord
  • Best YouTube Commercial, Builder – Fischer & Frichtel Homes
  • Best Website, Builder – Critical Mass Web Design for
  • Best Website, Remodeler – Aleto Construction Group for
  • Best Website, Associate – Berkshire Hathaway Home Services – Select Properties – The Boehmer Team for

Personal Achievement Awards 

  • New Home Community Salesperson of the Year – Gregory Tate, Consort Homes
  • Rookie Salesperson of the Year – Krissy Holderfield, Lombardo Homes 
  • New Home Sales Manager of the Year – Jeff Thoele, Payne Family Homes 
  • Marketing Director of the Year – Pat Sommer, Fischer & Frichtel Homes
  • Construction Manager of the Year – Chris Blomberg, McKelvey Homes 
  • Real Estate Sales Manager/Agent of the Year – Berkshire Hathaway Home Services – Select Properties – The Boehmer Team 
  • Mortgage Professional of the Year – Jeff Griege, Paramount Mortgage Company
  • Mortgage Company of the Year – Paramount Mortgage Company 
  • Highest Closer, Dollar Volume & Number of Sold Units – Lisa Seely, McBride Homes

Electrical Connection Volunteers Repair Electrical Systems in 28 St. Louis Low Income Homes

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15th Consecutive Year That IBEW/NECA Team to Help Rebuilding Together St. Louis 

A 15-year commitment by Electrical Connection volunteers reached a milestone this year – repairing its 500th low income home for Rebuilding Together St. Louis.  And over the years, the effort is a reminder to all residents living in older homes in the area to be aware of issues with aging electrical infrastructure.

This year, Electrical Connection volunteers began making free electrical repairs on April 28, 2018 to 28 homes for low-income, disabled and elderly St. Louisans.  The community improvement effort includes more than 150 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local No. 1 electricians and 20 electrical contractor members of the St. Louis Chapter, National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).  IBEW/NECA form the Electrical Connection partnership.

Since 2003, the partnership has donated labor and more than $850,000 in materials to improve more than 520 homes for low-income, disabled and elderly St. Louisans.

“The skills of Electrical Connection volunteers are invaluable to identifying and repairing life safety issues,” said Dave Ervin, executive director, Rebuilding Together St. Louis. “These are older homes with aging electrical infrastructure that may present hidden hazards behind the walls of the homes.”

Dave Roth, business representative for IBEW Local 1, organizes the annual safety repairs.  He says they often find improper repairs made to the homes by those unskilled in electrical work, creating fire hazards.  “It is that ‘quick fix’ with no thought given to safety that often creates the hidden danger,” said Roth. “This includes exposed wires, open splices, overloaded panel boxes and a lack of ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) switches and outlets.  Repairs require skill and knowledge of the National Electrical Code that IBEW/NECA diligently follow in all its installations.”

Studies have shown the frequency of electrical fires is higher in homes more than 40 years old.  The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) issued a March 2017 report detailing an annual average of 45,210 U.S. home structure fires reported in the U.S. involving electrical failure or malfunction from 2010 to 2014. The fires resulted in 420 civilian deaths, 1,370 civilian injuries and $1.4 billion in direct property damage each year, according to the report. (see

Because older homes are the dominant housing stock in St. Louis, the Electrical Connection offers the following advice:

  • Aluminum wiring was introduced to homes in North America in the mid-1960s as a cost-efficient alternative to copper wiring.  Be aware that aluminum is softer and if wrenched into junction boxes and switches can be more easily damaged. It also tends to expand and contract with heat as it conducts electricity causing the wiring to become loose at connections.  It is not code compliant in all jurisdictions and should never be integrated with copper wiring.  Homeowners need to be a aware that insurance companies charge higher rates in homes with aluminum wiring.
  • Knob-and-tube wiring was commonly installed in homes built before 1940. It may still comply with code, depending on the jurisdiction, but it has no grounding wire and connections are not terminated in a junction box.  The wire sheathing can decay after many decades of use.  The Electrical Connection recommends that knob-and-tube wiring be replaced with modern wiring that meets up-to-date electrical code requirements.
  • Flickering lights, switches that feel warm to the touch or buzzing switches can be a sign of a hidden electrical hazard.
  • Wiring should always be properly terminated in junction boxes with wire caps securing connections.
  • All electrical outlets installed close to a water source (think bathroom, kitchen, laundry area) should have a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI)
  • Older electrical infrastructure was not designed to handle the load of today’s modern home appliances and technology and is not always suitable to optimized energy efficiencies.  A licensed electrical contractor can provide recommendations and install electrical upgrades to meet load requirements. Electrical consumption has increased 70 percent over the past 25 years.

The Electrical Connection offers the largest number of licensed commercial and residential electrical contractors and skilled electricians in the region with a searchable data base at

NECA contractors, who are donating service trucks and tools in the Rebuilding Together effort, include:

  • Bell Electrical
  • Benson Electric Co., Inc.
  • Branson Electric
  • BRK Electrical Contractors, LLC
  • Concept Electrical Services, LLC
  • Grasser Electric
  • House Electric, Inc.
  • J Bathe Electric Co.
  • Kaemmerlen Electric
  • Kaiser Electric, Inc.
  • Northwest Electric Co., Inc.
  • PayneCrest Electric, Inc.
  • Resource Electrical Systems, Inc.
  • RJP Electric LLC
  • Sachs Electric Company
  • Summit Electric
  • TSI Group, LLC
  • Vision Electric & Systems
  • Warren County Electric, LLC.
  • Lynns Electric, LLC

Members of the Electrical Connection provide safe and reliable electrical construction, maintenance, repair and replacement services across Missouri, the nation and the world.  Find a contractor near you in the Electrical Connection contractor database.

Freightweek STL Shines Spotlight On Freight And Transportation Industries

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Freight and transportation experts to focus on the forward movement of America’s growing freight industry 

Inland Marine Expo (IMX), Institute for Trade and Transportation Studies (ITTS), and St. Louis Regional Freightway are partnering to host FreightWeek STL, a four-day conference in St. Louis. The inaugural FreightWeek STL will bring together freight and transportation experts as well as exhibitors from around the country to share ideas and collaborate on the forward movement of America’s growing freight industry. FreightWeek STL will take place May 21-24, 2018, at the America’s Center Convention Complex and the Marriott St. Louis Grand, just blocks west of the Mississippi River, where participants can gain firsthand exposure to the St. Louis region’s enviable location as the epicenter of American Logistics.

“With national freight volume expected to grow more than 40 percent over the next 30 years, we can’t think of a better time or place to host a featured freight event like this where organizers, speakers and attendees can come together and gain insight that will help them to individually capture their share of the increased freight volume, while simultaneously working together to advance America’s overall freight industry,” said Mary Lamie, St. Louis Regional Freightway Executive Director.

Through a unique partnership forged between the Freightway, IMX and ITTS, thousands of conference attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of sessions concentrating on all aspects of the freight industry, with an emphasis on the movement of freight via the American inland waterways and interstate system.

Inland Marine Expo (IMX), the annual, three-day trade show for the inland and intracoastal marine transportation industry, will be held May 21-23 at The Dome at America’s Center and mark the event’s fifth anniversary. Convening more than 2,000 stakeholders from across the nation, IMX highlights equipment and services critical in the transportation of goods along U.S. inland and intracoastal waterways. Key highlights of this year’s IMX will be special sessions on the State of the Barge Industry, Developing Your Maritime Cybersecurity Plan and National Maritime Day Recognition, which will include a panel discussion on Challenges to the Future of River Transportation. The event is produced by The Waterways Journal, Inc.

Institute for Trade and Transportation Studies (ITTS) 2018 Freight in the Southeast Conference will be hosted by the Missouri Department of Transportation at The Dome at America’s Center May 22 and May 23, bringing together representatives of Departments of Transportation from southeastern states. Sessions will explore the effects of commercial freight movements, with reference to infrastructure, transportation and safety. Attendees will get insight into some of the major trends shaping freight transportation systems throughout the southeastern United States, with popular sessions to include The Interrupted Supply Chain, Agriculture Trends for Transportation and Autonomous Trucks.

St. Louis Regional Freightway will co-present several sessions with ITTS, spotlighting the St. Louis region’s role in transportation innovation, with topics to include Hyperloop and the Road to Tomorrow, Container on Barge and St. Louis – A Leader in Agricultural Innovation and Distribution. The St. Louis Regional Freightway will also host its third annual Freight Summit Luncheon May 24 at the Marriott St. Louis Grand Hotel, capping off the inaugural FreightWeek STL.  As the go-to source for marketing the St. Louis region’s freight assets to the world and for coordinating freight activity and infrastructure, the Freightway provides site selection and other assistance to manufacturing, logistics and multimodal transportation companies and their service providers. The Freight Summit Luncheon will feature an overview of the St. Louis Regional Freightway’s most recent accomplishments, including the global recognition garnered for the St. Louis region as the Ag Coast of America and the consensus built for multimodal transportation priorities through public-private partnerships.

“IMX 2018 promises guests a full tradeshow floor with 250 exhibit booths featuring a wealth of great products and services, both new and well known, along with full access to an extensive lineup of education sessions focused on commercial vessels, commercial facilities and business in general along our inland and intracoastal waterways,” said Nelson Spencer, Jr., President, The Waterways Journal.  “That it’s taking place as part of a broader event with additional offerings just adds to the reasons why this should be the must-attend conference of the year for anyone in the freight industry.”

Collectively through the three partners, FreightWeek STL will feature dozens of expert-led technical and educational sessions focused on a host of timely topics and initiatives within the freight industry. Offsite riverboat tours will showcase the St. Louis region’s freight assets in order to raise the region’s profile as a global freight hub and highlight the area’s ports, terminals and manufacturing and logistics industries; and exclusive networking events will provide opportunities for fostering relationships and new business opportunities.

“We are excited to offer a variety of sessions on some of the most relevant topics in the transportation industry through our conference,” said Bruce Lambert, ITTS Executive Director. “From the possibilities surrounding container on barge to the impact of autonomous trucks in the supply chain, attendees will get the latest information that will ensure they are prepared for the future of freight movement across our nation.”

To see a full schedule, click here. For detailed descriptions of each of the Education Sessions, click here. To learn more about FreightWeek STL, or register to attend, visit

The Waterways Journal, Inc., is a full-service media company that produces trade magazines, trade shows like IMX, directories, websites and related communications. It is a family owned business operating in St. Louis, Mo. since 1887. Through its division, Ripple Custom Media, it also produces consumer titles and provides custom publishing services. 

The Institute for Trade and Transportation Studies (ITTS) is a multistate research institution formed to assist member states on understanding the relationship of transportation needs to international and commercial traffic.  ITTS is incorporated as a 501(c)(3) in the State of Louisiana. Current membership consists of the State Departments of Transportation from the following States: Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Virginia and West Virginia. ITTS’s mission focuses on providing research data and expert opinions to its Members concerning the effects of commercial freight movements on domestic and international activities, with reference to infrastructure and transportation needs and safety implications.   

The St. Louis Regional Freightway is a Bi-State Development enterprise formed to create a regional freight district and comprehensive authority for freight operations and opportunities within eight counties in Illinois and Missouri which comprise the St. Louis metropolitan area. Public sector and private industry businesses are partnering with the St. Louis Regional Freightway to establish the bi-state region as one of the premier multimodal freight hubs and distribution centers in the United States through marketing, public advocacy, and freight and infrastructure development.  To learn more, visit


Home Builders Association of St. Louis Student “Competition in a Box” Helps to Address Labor Shortage

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Chris Rousan and Jordan Ware from South Technical High School participated in the HBA’s Student Chapter’s “Competition in a Box” on April 28, 2018 at Payne Family Homes offices. Students from North Technical High School, South Technical High School and Four Rivers Career Center participated in this one-day event designed to provide students with an opportunity to develop and showcase skills needed in the home building industry. The competition was designed in a “trivia” format and involved questions about blueprints and construction methods.

“The HBA’s goal for the student chapter is to connect members with students to provide job shadowing, internships and opportunities after graduation. The hope is that this will create a pipeline of talent for the industry while providing high-paying jobs for graduates,” said Eva Fryar, chair of the HBA Professional Women in Building Council that oversees student chapter activities.

Atlas 46, DeWalt Tools, Home Depot and the St. Louis-Kansas City Carpenters Regional Council sponsored prizes for the winners. Other sponsors included ABF Security (breakfast), Spire (lunch) and Associated Bank (beverages). Members of the HBA’s Professional Women in Building Council donated gift cards and items for participating students.

The HBA is a local trade association of more than 600 companies representing the residential construction industry.


Crowd-Sourced Collaborative Photo Campaign to Commemorate the Grand Opening of the Gateway Arch Museum and West Entrance

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Social media-shared images will create a mosaic art project to be unveiled at the museum’s official ribbon cutting on July 3: call for photos underway

The Gateway Arch Park Foundation invites the public to participate in the #YourArch campaign, a one-of-a-kind collaborative photo montage to celebrate the grand opening of the Museum at the Gateway Arch and new West Entrance on July 3. Images will be sourced through social media, Instagram and Twitter, using the hashtag #YourArch. Photos can also be uploaded through the campaign’s website,

The crowd-sourced and Arch-inspired masterpiece will be unveiled at the Museum at the Gateway Arch grand opening celebration on July 3. The #YourArch photo call is open to lovers of Gateway Arch National Park near and far, and can include both newly-snapped selfies and vintage throwbacks of people with the Arch and the surrounding Gateway Arch Park.  A new  #YourArch inspired video launches May 4 as part of the campaign, and captures the connection visitors and St. Louisans have with the monument.

“The Arch is part of so many shared memories – grade school field trips, an iconic backdrop for stunning wedding photos and those first futuristic tram rides to the top revealing a spectacular view of St. Louis,” says Eric Moraczewski, executive director of the Gateway Arch Park Foundation. “We see millions of visitors, from St. Louis and around the world, taking their photos with the Arch. The #YourArch campaign celebrates that shared pride and awe of the monument and reminds us that the Arch belongs to everyone.”

To enter photos, use #YourArch on Instagram or Twitter (profiles must be public), or visit to upload them directly to the campaign.

For more information, visit

The Gateway Arch Park Foundation is a non-profit organization with a mission to ensure that the Gateway Arch, its grounds, neighboring public space, and attractions are a vital, active, welcoming, well-supported resource to the community and nation for generations to come. The Foundation is part of an alliance that helps meet this mission, which includes the National Park Service, Bi-State Development, Great Rivers Greenway, Jefferson National Parks Association and the City of St. Louis. For more information, visit

Stoss Landscape Urbanism Team Selected By Chouteau Greenway Design Competition Jury

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The Chouteau Greenway Design Competition partners and jury have selected the team led by Stoss Landscape Urbanism to refine their conceptual plans for a new greenway to connect Forest Park and the Gateway Arch.

Four teams were chosen in January to compete and were given 90 days to develop conceptual plans for the Chouteau Greenway. Teams submitted their plans in early April for public feedback and presented their ideas to the jury and community last week.

“The teams’ responses to the design and community goals indicate their understanding of the complexity and transformative nature of the project to St. Louis,” said Don Stastny, Competition Manager. “Their receptivity to the community concerns and interests was apparent and will be important in the next steps of design refinement.”

In the deliberations that followed, the Stoss Team was unanimously chosen as the team to participate in the next stage of the competition. The jury provided comments about each team, suggestions for refinement of the chosen team’s concept and overall recommendations; the full jury report is available online.

“The team has gusto – not just talent, but also passion for the project,” said the jury. “Their successful response to the goals is due to their strong team, clear framework, and flexibility to work with the project partners, the community and also institutions. The outcomes in their presentation are not solutions but provide a starting point for dialog and design.”

The team includes Stoss Landscape Urbanism, Urban Planning for the American City, ALTA, Marlon Blackwell Architects, Damon Davis, De Nichols, Mallory Nezam, Amanda Williams, David Mason and Associates, Lochmueller, Diversity Awareness Partnership and HR&A. Through a series of workshops, the Stoss team will review the community input gathered thus far and work with project partners to further refine their conceptual plans. This phase is expected to take several months and will provide the opportunity to develop specific greenway corridors, connections, and concepts. Once the overall plan is in place, projects will undergo further community engagement, feasibility and alignment studies, design work and engineering before beginning construction.

“Thank you to the partners, stakeholders and community members for bringing fresh ideas and momentum to this project,” said Susan Trautman, Chief Executive Officer of Great Rivers Greenway. “The work to hone the concept and design a framework for equitable implementation is just beginning; we cannot wait to work with the Stoss team and our region to create a dynamic, world-class greenway that can transform our city and create common ground. This effort is another great example of how both the public and private sectors can work together to enhance the quality of life for all St. Louisans.”

Great Rivers Greenway is joined by ten partners in a public-private partnership to lead the transformation of the city of St. Louis through an international design competition for a greenway that connects Washington University and Forest Park through the city to downtown and the Gateway Arch and the river. The greenway will feature an east-west corridor with connections north and south to knit together the city’s vibrant neighborhoods, parks, business and cultural districts, employment centers, transit and dozens of cultural and educational institutions.

“I expect that over the next decade, we will see substantial private investment in and along the Chouteau Greenway,” said project partner Steve Smith of the Lawrence Group, which is building the City Foundry STL project. “It is already happening. Several of our early national tenant commitments specifically wanted to locate along the greenway. Both the process and the finished product create opportunities for jobs and economic vitality.”

More information about the process, stakeholders, jury, design teams and concepts are available at

The Chouteau Greenway Design Competition is a major public-private partnership to bring a long-time vision to life. The 10-month process is a transformational project to connect Washington University and Forest Park through our city to downtown and the Gateway Arch, with spurs north and south to connect our city’s vibrant neighborhoods, parks, business and arts districts, employment centers, transit and dozens of cultural and educational institutions. For more information, visit

ASA Midwest Council Hosts St. Louis Construction Showcase & BBQ

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Free event scheduled for May 16th in Queeny Park


The American Subcontractors Association (ASA) Midwest Council has assembled more than 50 companies to participate in its 6th Annual St. Louis Construction Showcase & BBQ on Wednesday, May 16th in Queeny Park.  The event is free for all to attend! Visit for a full list of exhibitors scheduled to be in attendance.

The free event is open from 2:00-7:00 p.m., with judging of the BBQ competition to begin at 4:30 p.m.  Attendees will be able to visit with companies that represent all aspects of the St Louis construction industry, while enjoying some fantastic FREE BBQ samples and refreshments, provided by the exhibitors.

“The event provides a great chance for anyone in the construction industry to network and experience the latest & greatest in construction technology, software, equipment, tools and supplies,” said ASA Midwest Council president Val Perales, Bazan Painting Co. “Like last year, we are holding the event in May, and think the milder weather lends to an even better experience for all of our exhibitors and attendees. We are looking forward to a great turnout and are excited about the more than 50 companies already signed up to exhibit at the annual showcase.”

For more information about the FREE TO ATTEND ASA Construction Showcase & BBQ on May 16th at Queeny Park, visit 

The American Subcontractors Association (ASA) Midwest Council is a construction trade association made up of quality specialty contractors and suppliers serving the construction industry and the community in the greater St. Louis metropolitan area and southern Illinois. For more information about the ASA Midwest Council, visit or contact executive director Susan Winkelmann at  

Electrical Connection Partners with the St. Louis Cardinals To Sponsor a High School STEM Education Event at Busch Stadium

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Data science to measure a player’s performance, the intricacies of graphics on scoreboards and an ever evolving integrated IT and communications systems – all require a strong foundation in STEM subjects for the St. Louis Cardinals.  On April 24, 2018, the Electrical Connection partnered with the Cardinals to spotlight the applications of STEM subjects in baseball operations for St. Charles school officials and recently honored high school students who excel in science, technology, engineering and math.

“It was great to partner with the Cardinals to show how STEM subjects are applied in operating the storied franchise,” said Jim Curran, executive vice president, Electrical Connection.  “It was especially interesting to note how those applications are intricately tied to the engineering and installations ofBusch Stadium and Ballpark Village electrical and communications systems by our IBEW/NECA team.”  The Electrical Connection is partnership of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 and the St. Louis Chapter, National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).

The audience for the exploration of STEM and baseball operations included students who were honored in March 2018 STEM Celebration Breakfast presented by EDC Business & Community Partners in St. Charles County and also sponsored by the Electrical Connection.  For the Cardinals, the event was hosted by Tony Simokaitis, manager, scoreboard operations, senior account executive.

The STEM education event began with a tour of Busch Stadium, including a visit to the field and dugout, the broadcast booth and several hospitality suites.  During a luncheon, the students heard from Kevin Seats, the Cardinals’ baseball development analyst with a PhD in geophysics from Stanford University.  Seats detailed how numbers are crunched in data science to differentiate luck and skill in a player’s performance.

Craig Wilson, director of production and creative services, talked about graphics, wireless video, working with software to provide relevant updates on scoreboards and orchestrating ribbon board advertising.

Perry Yee, director of IT, draws on his electrical engineering degree to integrate all communications, including WiFi, throughout the stadium.  He noted that communications infrastructure is comprised of 11 miles of fiber optics, 30 miles of Ethernet and 750 WiFi antennas.  Yee is now working on configuring IT for the second phase of Ballpark Village currently under construction.

The St. Louis Cardinals STEM event is one of several educational initiatives support by the Electrical Connection.  Others include partnerships with the FIRST Robotics, the Saint Louis Science CenterMissouri Energy Initiative (MEI), the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI)and more.

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

Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis to Open New South City Restore May 1st to Public

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City ReStore, Administrative Offices and Construction Warehouse Under One Roof

Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis (HFHSL) will open a new ReStore at 3830 South Grand (at Grand and Chippewa) in the Dutchtown Neighborhood next Tuesday, May 1. The ReStore is open to the public.

The ReStore is part of the newly rehabbed 51,158 square foot headquarters building, which also will house Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis’ Administrative Offices and Construction Warehouse.

The 19,497 square foot ReStore has a large open sales floor similar to Habitat’s ReStore Des Peres, and plentiful parking allowing for a welcoming and comfortable customer and donor experience. The first ReStore opened in 1997 on Forest Park Avenue. The new ReStore has its own dock for easy transfer of construction and home remodeling supplies. [Habitat’s other ReStore – in Des Peres- is at 2117 Sams Drive, behind the Sam’s Club off Manchester Road. The original Forest Park location has closed.]

Beginning May 1, both the South City and Des Peres ReStores will be open Tuesday – Sunday, 10 AM to 6 PM.

HFHSL’s two ReStores sell new and reusable construction and home remodeling supplies to the public. The mission of the ReStore is to provide additional financial resources to HFHSL; expand opportunities to serve a broader base of the community by providing low-cost materials; and provide good stewardship of sustainable resources within the St. Louis MSA. Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis ReStores: You Buy a Bargain. We Build a Home. The ReStore facilitates reuse and waste reduction by accepting donations of reusable but no longer wanted materials. These items are sold in the ReStore at discounted prices offering a lower-cost alternative to a traditional hardware store.

General store departments are doors, windows, lighting and electrical, plumbing, lawn and garden, roofing, lumber, tools, hardware, tile and flooring, cabinets, appliances, furniture, home décor, and masonry.


The ReStore accepts donations of new and gently used building/remodeling supplies and home furnishings.  Donations are tax-deductible. The majority of inventory is donated; however it also offers select purchased items. Materials are then sold to the public and the revenues generated support local Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis building efforts. Each month, the ReStores receive over 600 donations from area businesses and residents.

Deconstruction Service:

Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis’ ReStore offers a Deconstruction Service for homeowners and businesses planning a major remodel or demolition. A team carefully works to remove reusable materials from appliances and plumbing fixtures to copper pipe and hardwood flooring that the owners would like to donate prior to renovation or demolition. Work is performed free-of-charge. The homeowner receives a donation receipt for all of the materials removed, and the items are then sold in the ReStore or recycled. The service diverts tons of materials from landfill, saves money on waste removal and demolition costs, and helps raise money for HFHSL.

Since 1997, the ReStore program has diverted over 56,000 tons of material from area landfills.

More information on Habitat’s Restores, acceptable donations, volunteer opportunities, etc. is available at New ReStore inventory for sale is posted on Facebook  ( and Twitter @habitatstl.

Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis

Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis (HFHSL) is a not-for-profit, ecumenical housing ministry working in partnership with individuals and communities of all faiths to improve housing conditions and provide safe, decent and affordable housing in St. Louis City and County. With nearly 400 homes already built or rehabbed, HFHSL is one of the leading housing developers in St. Louis. HFHSL will begin building its 400th house late summer. HFHSL regularly ranks among the top Habitat for Humanity affiliates in the country. HFHSL donors, volunteers, and partner families work side-by-side to build or rehab homes ensuring that every deserving family in St. Louis has a decent place to live.

Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis:  Building Homes, Building Hope, Building St. Louis.

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More on the Need for Affordable Housing and Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis:

Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis receives 5,000 calls each year from people living in substandard housing who inquire about eligibility for Habitat’s home buying program. In 2016, more than 800 individuals or couples living in St. Louis City or County for at least one year, making within 25-50% of the area median income, and living in substandard housing requested a pre-screen application to begin the process of applying to the program.

In addition to a down payment and a 30-year affordable mortgage, each HFHSL homebuyer invests 350 sweat-equity volunteer hours into building or rehabbing a home and attending life skills classes. Homeowners are teachers, healthcare providers and returning college students determined to achieve homeownership and create a legacy for their families.

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