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Is Your LED Retrofit Safe?

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Is Your LED Retrofit Safe?

In 1893, electric light technology was put on display at the world’s fair in Chicago.  These lights were installed inside paper-mache buildings, and Chicago earned the nickname ‘White City’.  A lesser known fact is that lighting caught many of the paper buildings on fire.  These fires resulted in the creation of Underwriters Laboratories, or UL. Now, almost 125 years later, UL provides a safe path for new lighting technologies to be installed into commercial buildings.   That path is UL1598C Certification.

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James E. Frey Receives AGC of Missouri Award

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Missouri’s building contractors honored James E. Frey, retired senior vice president, Alberici Group, Inc., with the AGC of Missouri Skill, Responsibility, Integrity Award.  The award was presented by AGC of Missouri board chairman, Phil Hocher (right), president of Pace Construction Company, at a membership meeting held on September 15.

“This is a very special recognition for Jim, who served the AGC of Missouri in a top leadership role for more than a decade,” commented Len Toenjes, CAE, president. “This coveted award is not bestowed annually, but rather is reserved for special recognition of service above and beyond on behalf of our organization.  We congratulate Jim on his service and thank him for his many contributions to the betterment of Missouri’s construction industry.”

A 1974 cum laude graduate of the University of Missouri-Rolla with a degree in civil engineering, Frey served as chairman of the AGC of St. Louis (predecessor to the AGC of Missouri) in 2002 and as a member of the board from 2006 to 2008. From 2001 to 2010 he chaired the Competitiveness Nucleus Group that worked to improve competitiveness in the construction industry and led to the adoption of more consistent contract language in basic trade contracts, thereby increasing productivity.  From 2006 to 2010, he served as co-chair of PRIDE of St. Louis, Inc. (Productivity and Responsibility Increase Development and Employment, now known as the St. Louis Construction Cooperative), the nation’s first voluntary construction labor-management organization.  In 2011, PRIDE honored him with its Al Fleischer Management Award.

Over the years, Frey has served on numerous key committees, including service as a member of the AGC Labor Policy Committee and also representing the AGC on the St. Louis Council of Construction Employers.

He has spoken at numerous national meetings and seminars, including programs for the Design-Build Institute of America, AGC of America, the American Institute of Architects, and the International Risk Management Institute, just to name a few.

A member of Alberici Corporation’s board of directors from 2004 to 2009, Frey was a member of the Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Construction Leadership Institute Advisory Board from 2008 to 2016, serving the last three years as chairman. He also was a member of that institution’s Construction Department Advisory Board from 1990 to 1995.  He served on the Advisory Council for Missouri University for Science & Technology Civil, Architectural and Environment Engineering Department in 2005.

Active in the community well beyond the construction industry, Frey served on Fontbonne University’s Board of Trustees from 2000 to 2008 where he was a member of the Executive Committee.  He served on the boards of KETC/St. Louis Videonine/Medianine, Inc. from 1996 to 2001.  From 1989 to 1999, he served on the board of the Ranken Jordan Home for Convalescent Crippled Children and as their president from 1996-1998. He was on the College for Living board of directors from 1988 to 1998, and served as that organization’s president from 1994 to 1998. For St. Joseph’s Academy, he was chairman in 1995 and served on its Financial Advisory Committee from 1992 to 1995.

The Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Missouri is the largest organization representing the united voice of the construction industry throughout the state of Missouri.

New Contracting Goals for St. Louis City

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The St. Louis Development Corporation will announce new city contracting goals for minority-owned and woman-owned businesses on September 23. The announcement is scheduled for 3:30 pm in the main boardroom of the St. Louis Development Corporation, located at 1520 Market Street.

 

The contracting goals were developed in response to a disparity study completed for the City of St. Louis nearly 18 months ago. The disparity study examined whether there was racial or gender bias in the city’s contracting for construction, professional services, and other goods and services.

 

The disparity study documented problems in the city’s contracting process that denied opportunities to ready, willing, and able minority-owned and woman-owned contractors and made 40 recommendations on how to improve the process.

Saint Louis Construction Cooperative Salutes Cortex Innovation Community & St. Louis Construction Leadership

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Saint Louis Construction Cooperative (formerly PRIDE of St. Louis Inc.) is honoring a community of entrepreneurial idea generation and enduring leadership in the local construction industry.  The Cortex Innovation Community will be awarded the labor-management organization’s 2016 Joe Rinke Impact Award at its ninth annual awards luncheon on October 27, 2016.  Dennis Corrigan, CEO of Corrigan Co., the mechanical contracting firm celebrating its 120th anniversary this year, will be honored with the Al Fleischer Management Award.  Dr. John Gaal, director of training and workforce development for the St. Louis-Kansas City Carpenters Regional Council will be saluted with the Dick Mantia Labor Award.  The awards will be presented at luncheon at the Cedars at St. Raymond’s at939 Lebanon Dr. in St. Louis.

“We are honoring a legacy of entrepreneurial excellence in the construction industry while also saluting champions of strengthening St. Louis’ entrepreneurial and workforce development future,” said John Stiffler, executive secretary-treasurer of the St. Louis Building & Construction Trades Council, AFL-CIO and Saint Louis Construction Cooperative board member.

Founded in 2002, the Cortex Innovation Community is a vibrant 200-acre innovation hub and technology district integrated into St. Louis’ historic Central West End and Forest Park Southeast residential neighborhoods.  It is surrounded by nationally ranked universities and medical centers and abundant cultural and recreational assets.  Since its inception, Cortex has completed or has under construction one million square feet of new and rehabilitated space totaling $350 million of investment and generating 2,500 technology-related jobs. When fully implemented, the Cortex master plan projects $2.1 billion of construction, more than 4.5 million square feet of mixed-use development (research, office, clinical, residential, hotel, and retail), a new MetroLink light-rail station and 13,000 permanent technology-related jobs.  For more information, visit www.cortexstl.com.

Dennis Corrigan is the third generation of his family to lead Corrigan Co.  Founded in 1896 at the dawn of indoor plumbing, Corrigan has grown to serve the complex mechanical engineering and construction needs for a variety of industries.  For more than 25 years, Corrigan has guided the firm’s award-winning and customer-focused approach serving energy and nuclear power, healthcare, advanced manufacturing, data centers, public works, commercial and other industries.  Today, 16 of the 20 largest high rises in St. Louis have Corrigan installed HVAC systems.

Corrigan has been highly active in improving the mechanical and construction industry locally and nationally.  He is past president and current board member of the Mechanical Contractors Association, Eastern Missouri.  As a board member of the Mechanical Contractors Association of America, Corrigan serves its government affairs committee. He is also a mentor for the AGC of Missouri Stempel Mentor-Protégé Program.  His enduring commitment to the Saint Louis Construction Cooperative includes current service on its executive committee.

As director of training for the Carpenters Regional Council, Dr. John Gaal oversees five federally-approved joint apprenticeship training programs and three full service training facilities.  He has an associate’s degree in construction management, a bachelor’s degree architecture, a masters in international business and a doctorate in organizational leadership. In addition, Dr. Gaal has completed a post-doctoral project on trade union leadership at Harvard University.  As a labor representative, he has served on the Missouri and St. Louis County Workforce Investment Boards and the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans committee on training and education.  Dr. Gaal has been honored with the 2004 Missouri Trade and Technical Outstanding Leadership Award, the 2007 Missouri NEA’s Horace Mann Award, the 2007 NAACP Labor Diversity Advocate Award and the St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers 2008 Diversity Champion Award.

The Saint Construction Cooperative was founded in 1972 and is the oldest voluntary local construction labor-management organization in the nation. For more than 40 years, it has pioneered a collaborative approach to sustaining harmony and building cooperation among St. Louis area AFL-CIO construction craft workers, contractors, construction buyers, architects, engineers and suppliers.  For more information, visit www.stlouisconstructioncooperative.org.

Gateway Welcome Project Kicks Off Immigrant Welcome Week With A Big Assist from the St. Louis Construction Industry

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More than $200K in Services/ Funds Donated to Build a New Soccer Field for Immigrant School Students with future Activities planned to Welcome Immigrant Children

They come to America to build a future and in some cases rebuild their shattered lives. Many of the nearly 400 immigrant and refugee children, from K-10th grade, who attend St. Louis Public Schools’ Nahed Chapman New American Academy (NCNAA) are getting their first taste of education – and of American life.

NCNAA students have received a special “Welcome to St. Louis” message from an unexpected quarter – the people and companies of the St. Louis construction industry. That welcoming message was delivered in a universal language that virtually all of the children, who come from 27 countries, “speak” and love: Soccer, in the form of a donated artificial surface soccer field.

On Sept. 13, 2016, NCNAA, which is located at 1530 S. Grand (near SLU Hospital), dedicated the new soccer field.  It includes a custom designed shelter area and landscaping and was built through donated services and fundraising totaling more than $200,000 from the construction industry, the soccer community, and other supporters. The event was the centerpiece of St. Louis’ celebration of “Welcoming Week,” a national event which celebrates the contributions of immigrants to America’s history and to its future. The St. Louis celebration is being spearheaded by the St. Louis Mosaic Project.

NCNAA Principal Donnie L. Harris told of a student who remarked to her that it must have been expensive to create the field. Harris told the student that all of the time and materials had been donated for the students.

“They replied to me that no one would do this in their (home) country,” Harris said.

In May of 2015, Peter Tao, principal of the architecture firm Tao + Lee Associates, Inc., approached Construction Forum St. Louis (CFSTL) to engage its industry connections to help build a soccer field for the NCNAA students. NCNAA teachers and administrators told Tao, who is a member of the MOSAIC Project steering committee, that the school’s students – many of whom suffered from PTSD and other emotional scars from their environment prior to arriving in the U.S. – benefited tremendously from outdoor play.  But the NCNAA asphalt playground was crumbling and dangerous.

Addressing the playing surface issue was the immediate concern. But the discussion quickly evolved into a bigger vision. Together Tao, the leaders of CFSTL, and like-minded organizations and individuals formed the Gateway Welcome Project (GWP) a not-for-profit corporation. Tao, the son of successful immigrant entrepreneurs, was chosen as the first president of the organization.

GWP’s bylaws state that it will work with immigrant support organizations such as the International Institute and St. Louis Mosaic Project to “assist and encourage existing St. Louis Metropolitan Area residents and companies to be inviting and hospitable towards immigrant and refugees, and their families;” and “ to provide the children of immigrant and refugees opportunities to assimilate into the culture and life of the St. Louis Metropolitan area by creating a positive, rewarding and enjoyable environment in which they can grow, learn and become accustomed to circumstances, customs and cultures that may be different from what they were previously accustomed to or acquainted with.”

The St. Louis Public Schools’ ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) program welcomes refugee and immigrant students.  Many of those students begin their US educational experience at NCNAA, one of the ESOL centers in the district and the only K-10 newcomer school in the St. Louis area.

“NCNAA and its ESOL program are some of the initial institutions that welcome refugee and immigrant kids once they have been settled,” Peter Tao said. “Gateway Welcome Project, collaborated on what and how to help support and welcome these students into our community.”

“The hope is that these kids will learn from this experience what it means to be in America, will one day be engaged with this community, and will become ambassadors to others and perhaps future leaders. We also hope that through this project our residents of our region will have a better understanding of the global challenges and issues and the value of a diverse community.”

Joe Blanner, president of CFSTL and partner in the law firm of McCarthy Leonard & Kaemmerer noted that, “Not one St. Louis construction industry company or individual who we approached turned us down. From its founding, St. Louis was built by immigrants. We benefit from the legacy of the immigrants – Italians, Irish, Germans – who brought their skilled trades to this country and founded construction companies, many of which continue to this day. Today’s new generation of immigrants is critical both to the future of our construction industry and to the future of the St. Louis region. It’s imperative that we welcome and encourage them.”

Blanner noted that it is the objective of GWP to embrace other disciplines, such as community health, STEM, and sustainability, and to take on projects in other immigrant-focused schools in St. Louis.

Instrumental to the success of the project was the participation of PHL, Inc., a not-for-profit organization which has to date completed eight playing fields for the St. Louis Public Schools, Thom Kuhn, member of the PHL board of directors and CEO of Millstone Weber construction services served as project manager at NCNAA.

Participating individuals and organizations, who operate under the umbrella of the recently-formed Not-For-Profit Gateway Welcome Project include: ASP Associates: Bergfeld Recreation; Bistate Utilities; Bussen Quarries; Cole Engineering; Construction Forum STL; Construction Forum Education Foundation; DG2 Design; D&S Fence; Eastern Missouri Laborers; Engraphix ; Hansen’s Tree Service; Home Depot; Klance Unlimited;  McCarthy Leonard & Kaemmerer; Metropolitan Sewer District; Midwest Block and Stone; Midwest Construction Products and Services; Pace Construction; PHL Inc.; Sam Fox School of Visual Art and Design, Washington University in St. Louis; St. Louis Pick Up Soccer; St. Louis Scott Gallagher Soccer Club; Tao + Lee Architects; Thomas Industrial Coatings; and SITE Improvement Association; and Xgrass.

GWP President Peter Tao said, “While this project has been done because our team wants to help, and frankly it adds much enrichment to our own lives, I do believe it is a good opportunity to be a teachable moment for these students.

‘The message? This is a great country, where opportunities are available and that there is a community and people out there, somewhere, to help you. And –  that as you grow and advance in your life –  you should recognize that one day others may need help and you may want to give back, in whatever way you can.’”

Northwest R1 School District Unveils New Scoreboard Donated by the Electrical Connection

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There was a little added excitement to “Friday Night Lights” on August 26, 2016 in the Northwest R1 School District as the high school unveiled a brand new digital scoreboard made possible through donations from the Electrical Connection and other district partnerships.   The scoreboard includes a state-of-the-art video screen and was installed by Piros Signs, Inc. with assistance from Five Star Electric and electricians from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1.   IBEW partners with the St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) to form the Electrical Connection.

“The new scoreboard and video screen make our football games and other sports much more memorable for our students and parents,” said Northwest R1 School District Superintendent Dr. Paul Ziegler. “The Electrical Connection IBEW/NECA partnership has been a great supporter of our school and community.  We are grateful for their generous donation and the reliability of their services.”

Members of the Electrical Connection partnership have proficiently installed a number of electrical improvements to schools in the district including new gymnasiums and library renovations at Murphy and Brennan Woods Elementary schools, as well as a variety of other projects.  In addition to Five Star Electric, local IBEW/NECA contractors who have served the district include Sachs Electric Co., Eckelkamp Electric, and several other IBEW/NECA electrical contractors over the years.  IBEW offers an electrical contractor hotline to help customers find reliable and quality electrical service providers at 314-932-6526.

Members of the Electrical Connection provide safe and reliable electrical construction, maintenance, repair and replacement services across Missouri, the nation and the world.  The Electrical Connection offers the largest data base of Missouri’s most reliable and proficient electrical contractors at www.electricalconnection.org.  Or you can call the IBEW electrical contractor hotline at 314-932-6526.

Cutline for image:  At the August 26, 2016 dedication of the new Northwest R1 High School digital scoreboard were, left to right, David Brand Jr. Piros Signs, Inc.; Chuck DeMoulin, IBEW Local 1 business representative; Dr. Paul Ziegler, superintendent, Northwest R1 School District; Frank Jacobs, business manager, IBEW Local 1; Tim Green, IBEW/NECA director of governmental affairs; and Billy Winkler, owner, Five Star Electric

St. Louis Missouri Chapter 38 NAWIC Installation of 2016-2017 Board of Directors

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On September 22, 2016, The St. Louis Missouri Chapter 38 of The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) will hold the Chapter’s fifty-sixth Installation of Officers and Directors at Spiro’s Restaurant, Chesterfield, Missouri.

The 2016-2017 St. Louis Missouri Chapter 38 NAWIC Board of Directors is comprised of President Sandra Carter, CIT, Bartch Roofing, Inc., Vice President Kathy Cassidy, K & S Associates, Inc., Treasurer Sherri Marlo, Bulldog Drilling, Inc., Secretary Stephanie Anderson, Acme Constructors, Inc., Directors-Carrie

Roider, Erb Equipment Co., Inc., Patty Ahrens, Ahrens Contracting, Inc., Samantha Cook, Clayo, Amy DePriest, Acme Constructors, Inc. and Jessica Courtway, Greenfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C.  NAWIC President Connie Leipard, CIT, Owner, Quality Drywall Construction, Columbia, Missouri, will preside at the Installation.

Founded in 1953, the National Association of Women in Construction is a not-for-profit organization designed to provide support, networking, education and business opportunities in the construction industry.  The Association hosts numerous programs throughout the year impacting the construction industry in various sectors. Our Core Purpose is to enhance the success of women in construction.  For further information concerning the St. Louis Missouri Chapter 38 NAWIC, please contact Kathy Cassidy at Kcassidysemail@yahoo.com.

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Great Rivers Greenway & The City Of Webster Groves Hosting Open House to Showcase Plans for Deer Creek Greenway Expansion

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Deer Creek MapGreat Rivers Greenway and the City of Webster Groves are hosting a community open house on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016, to share details about a planned 1.5-mile expansion of the Deer Creek Greenway, from Deer Creek Park to Lorraine Davis Park, in Webster Groves. The open house will be held at Webster Groves City Hall (4 E Lockwood, Webster Groves, MO 63119) from 5 – 7 p.m. Area residents are invited to stop by anytime during that timeframe to ask questions, review maps and learn more about the expanded greenway. Duplicate 30-minute presentations will be held at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m.

The plans call for a 1.5-mile expansion that would extend the existing 0.7-mile Deer Creek Greenway from Webster Groves’ Deer Creek Park through Barnickle Park and to Lorraine Davis Park, ending at Ravine Avenue for a total of 2.2 miles. The existing greenway segment parallels Deer Creek from Big Bend Boulevard through Deer Creek Shopping Center and Maplewood’s Deer Creek Park (Rocket Park) to Deer Creek Park in Webster Groves.

“We have been working to advance the Deer Creek Greenway concept plan for many years,” said Megan Riechmann, Project Manager for Great Rivers Greenway. “We are excited to be so close to building this new space for people to walk or ride bikes to parks, neighborhoods, and shopping, or just to get some fresh air.”

In addition to a paved trail, the greenway expansion will also include boardwalks and the installation of native plants in Lorraine Davis Park, as well as a new pavilion.

“We are grateful for the assistance and feedback from area residents, the cities of Webster Groves and Brentwood, as well as community groups and other stakeholders whose input and support helped shape the plan,” says Riechmann. “We encourage them to stop by the open house on Sept. 8 to learn more about the specific details, route and timeline.”

Great Rivers Greenway connects the St. Louis region with greenways so people can explore their rivers, parks and communities, making it a vibrant place to live, work and play. For more information, visit www.GreatRiversGreenway.org.

Asphalt Conference Nov. 29-30 at Missouri S&T

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The 59th annual Asphalt Conference will be held Nov. 29-30 at Missouri University of Science and Technology. Registration is $130 per person and is available online at asphalt.mst.edu.

Conference presentations will include intelligent compaction projects; basics of plant operation; lift thickness and nominal maximum size of aggregate issues; benefits of increased density; Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) performance tests: cracking, rutting and stripping industry task groups; chip seal design, specification and construction; cape seals; high-volume traffic chip seals; soil cement stabilization and cold in-place recycling; scratch and seal update; scrub seals and matrix slurry seals; Binder 101; MoDOT recycled asphalt pavement/recycled asphalt shingles long-term pavement program update; parking lot design for longevity; pavement design examples with “PaveXPress;” Federal Aviation Administration versus highway spec comparison; MoDOT’s current research; and the Missouri Asphalt Pavement Association update.

Organizers say the conference will be of interest to contractors, public agencies, consulting engineers, testing labs, aggregate producers, asphalt binder suppliers and technical equipment representatives. Conference participants will receive personal development hours credit.

For conference program information, contact Dr. Dave Richardson, Chancellor’s Professor of civil, architectural and environmental engineering at Missouri S&T and conference director, at 573-341-4487 or richardd@mst.edu. For registration information, contact Missouri S&T’s office of Distance and Continuing Education at 573-341-6222 or dce@mst.edu.

AGC to Present James Frey with Prestigious SIR Award

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The AGC of Missouri will bestow its prestigious SIR (Skill, Integrity, Responsibility) Award on James Frey, retired senior vice president of Alberici Group, Inc., during the organization’s September 15 membership meeting.

According to AGC of Missouri President Len Toenjes, the SIR Award is reserved “for members who have gone beyond the call of duty towards the betterment of our association and Missouri’s construction industry.”  It is not an annual award, but is only bestowed for for special recognition of extraordinary service.

Frey graduated cum laude from the University of Missouri-Rolla in 1974 with a degree in civil engineering. He served as chairman of the AGC of St. Louis (predecessor to the AGC of Missouri) in 2002 and as a member of the board from 2006 to 2008. From 2001 to 2010 he chaired the Competitiveness Nucleus Group that worked to improve competitiveness in the construction industry and led to the adoption of more consistent contract language in basic trade contracts, thereby increasing productivity.  From 2006 to 2010, he served as co-chair of PRIDE of St. Louis, Inc. (Productivity and Responsibility Increase Development and Employment, now known as the St. Louis Construction Cooperative), the nation’s first voluntary construction labor-management organization.  In 2011, PRIDE honored him with its Al Fleischer Management Award.

A member of Alberici Corporation’s board of directors from 2004 to 2009, Frey was a member of the Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Construction Leadership Institute Advisory Board from 2008 to 2016, serving the last three years as chairman. He also was a member of that institution’s Construction Department Advisory Board from 1990 to 1995.  He served on the Advisory Council for Missouri University for Science & Technology Civil, Architectural and Environment Engineering Department in 2005.

Over the years, Frey served on numerous industry committees and was a sought after speaker for national meetings and seminars, including for programs from the Design-Build Institute of America, AGC of America, the American Institute of Architects, and the International Risk Management Institute.

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