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Despite Economic Uncertainties, Healthy Outlook For The Nonresidential Construction Market

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2018 forecast shows continued growth in all sectors, led by institutional building.

With construction spending continuing on an upward trajectory, 2016 can be considered a successful year for the nonresidential building sector.  For the coming year, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) semi-annual Consensus Construction Forecast is projecting growth in overall nonresidential building spending of almost 6%, just below the pace of growth for 2016. The commercial construction sectors – retail, office, and hotel – will continue to lead the building recovery, while industrial construction is projected to see almost no increase this year. For 2018, the institutional construction sectors will generate much of the growth, particularly the large education structures market.

“Though most conditions look favorable, virtually every segment of the design and construction market is reporting that recruiting and retaining qualified staff is a growing issue,” said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA. “Many workers left the industry during the downturn, and others left the workforce entirely, and rebuilding a competent and productive workforce is a challenge, particularly when the national unemployment rate is below five percent.”

You can learn more about the Consensus Construction Forecast here: https://www.aia.org/articles/26666-even-with-uncertainties-looming-healthy-gain

The AIA Consensus Construction Forecast Panel is conducted twice a year with the leading nonresidential construction forecasters in the United States including, Dodge Data & Analytics, Wells Fargo Securities, IHS-Global Insight, Moody’s economy.com, CMD Group, Associated Builders & Contractors and FMI.  The purpose of the Consensus Construction Forecast Panel is to project business conditions in the construction industry over the coming 12 to 18 months.  The Consensus Construction Forecast Panel has been conducted for 18 years.

Full Lineup of Speakers to Showcase $500M In Upcoming Contracting Opportunities At 2017 Investment In Infrastructure Expo

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Amanda Brauer

Transportation leaders from St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County and Jefferson County will join executives from Spire (formerly

Laclede Gas Company), and the Missouri One Call System on a panel discussion of the current and future construction contracting opportunities in their jurisdictions as part of the 2017 Investment in Infrastructure Expo to be held on February 28 from 1:30 – 6:30 p.m. at the St. Charles Convention Center.

David Younce

In addition, representatives from Ameren Missouri, Metropolitan Sewer District, Great Rivers Greenway and the Missouri Department of Transportation will be on hand to showcase projects they will be awarding this year.

Kevin Kleisen

The growing lineup of speakers at the event includes:

  • Amanda Brauer, Manager of Roads and Traffic for St. Charles County;
  • John Kohler, Planning and Programming Manager for the City of St. Louis Board of Public Service;
  • Jason Jonas, Public Works Director, Jefferson County;
  • David Yonce, Director of Strategy and Corporate Development at Spire;
  • Russell English, Project Director, Strategy and Corporate Development at Spire; and
  • Keven Kliesen, Business Economist and Research Officer at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. Kliesen will give a presentation on the economic outlook for the construction and related industries in 2017 in the St. Louis region.
Derrick Leffert

Hosted by the SITE Improvement Association, the 2017 Investment in Infrastructure Expo will showcase more than $500 million in public and utility infrastructure construction projects to be awarded to contractors this year by the purchasers of these projects. Individual tickets cost $30, and can be purchased by clicking here. Drinks and appetizers will also be available to all attendees as part of the admission price.

John Kohler

Sponsorship opportunities are also available for equipment dealers and suppliers, as well as for construction, architecture, engineering and other professional services firms.  A total of 70 booths will be in the Sponsor Showcase area at the Expo, and a variety of sponsorship packages are available.

Jason Jonas

SITE is an independent construction contractor group representing more than 165 contractors and businesses primarily in the concrete, earthmoving, landscaping, asphalt paving, highway/bridge, sewer/utility and specialty construction segments.  

Engineering Center of St. Louis Breaks Ground on Multi-Phase Renovation

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Left to right: Ed Alizadeh, P.E., President and CEO, Geotechnology, Inc.; Breck Washam, P.E., Vice President/General Manager, St. Louis Regional Office at Burns & McDonnell; Vern Remiger, President, Remiger Design; Nicole A. Young, P.E., President, Lion CSG and President, Engineering Center of St. Louis; Barry Koenemann, CEO, United Construction

The Engineering Center of St. Louis recently held the ceremonial groundbreaking at The Engineering Center of St. Louis. The crew is currently underway with it first phase of a three phase $3 million program focused to put the Center in front of the technology and engineering future in St. Louis.

“For almost 150 years, the Engineering Center has been a cornerstone in the St. Louis engineering community,” said Nicole Young, president of the Engineering Center of St. Louis. “We are the third oldest engineering society in America, and thrilled to be breaking ground on this momentous renovation project and creating a space that will promote and support the fostering and development of a wide range of programs and initiatives.”

With construction work by United Construction, the first phase of the project will involve converting the building’s auditorium into a technologically advanced meeting space. The renovation will create a flexible and modern environment that will be used by the Engineering Center to collaborate with its 30 affiliated organizations, partner with local schools and businesses and encourage greater student development in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

“It has been an honor working on this renovation project with the Engineering Center, an organization that has made so many significant contributions to the engineering profession,” said Vern Remiger, president of REMIGER DESIGN. “The restoration project we are working on with United Construction will provide the ability for the center to continue to make a lasting impact on the St. Louis engineering community and the engineering industry as a whole.”

Phase one of the multi-phase renovation project is scheduled to be completed in the Spring of 2017. Additional stages of the project will include a redesigned fellowship hall, a new STEM learning facility and new updates to the building’s exterior.

“The Engineers Club of St. Louis (now known as the Engineering Center of St. Louis) is the third oldest engineering organization in the U.S.A. and the oldest west of the Mississippi. I have a special place in my heart for the Club because I was able to follow in the immediate footsteps of the true giants in our profession who were also true community leaders,” remarked George Tomazi, retired Director of Design and Construction at Mallinckrodt, and donor and Past President of the Engineering Center. “As such, there is an inherent obligation to continue to honor their contributions, and supporting the Club is one way to accomplish that.”

 

SLCCC Inclusion Award Nominations

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Nominations are open for the 2017 Inclusion Awards.  These awards recognize the advancement of diversity and inclusion in the design and construction industry.  Awards are presented for:

  • Inclusion Champion
  • Minority / Woman / Disadvantaged Business Enterprise
  • Organizational Excellence for Inclusion

Nominations are due by January 20, 2017 to St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers, 180 Weidman Road, Suite 127, Manchester, MO  63021.  Winners will be announced at the  Annual Awards Gala program on Monday, March 6, 2017.

Inclusion Champion

Criteria:  Your nominee could be a project manager, office staff, client, customer or other colleague who has made a significant contribution or effort to promote inclusion . . . perhaps a new idea, activity or program that promotes greater use of women or minorities on a project or enhances the use of women or minority owned firms.  (You may nominate yourself or another person.)

Provide a summary of the nominee’s contributions or efforts (e.g. 1 page).  How has the person promoted inclusion?  What programs has the person supported and by what means (e.g. financially, personally …)?

Explain ways the person encourages inclusive participation.  Provide metrics:

  • Outreach
  • Work force development
  • Mentoring
  • Retention
  • Project with quantified results.  What were they?

Why should this person be selected?  (If nominating someone else for whom you cannot provide details, SLCCC can contact the nominee for information.)

Get this Nomination Form

 

Minority / Woman / Disadvantaged Business Enterprise

Criteria:  Nominate a Minority, Woman or Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) firm or supplier for excellence based on their understanding and efforts to apply one of the construction industry best practices.  Currently 17 Best Practices validated by the Construction Industry Institute (CII) are:

  • Advanced Work Packaging
  • Alignment
  • Benchmarking & Metrics
  • Change Management
  • Constructability
  • Disputes Prevention & Resolution
  • Front End Planning
  • Implementation of CII Research
  • Lessons Learned
  • Materials Management
  • Partnering
  • Planning for Modularization
  • Planning for Startup
  • Project Risk Assessment
  • Quality Management
  • Team Building
  • Zero Accident Techniques

Get this Nomination Form

 

Organizational Excellence for Inclusion

Criteria:  Complete the nomination form to nominate a corporation, organization or other institution.  Include responses on a separate page.  You may supplement your nominations with photos, graphs and testimonials, but please attach no more that two (2) additional pages.   You may nominate your own organization or another organization.

How has the organization promoted inclusion?  What programs has the organization supported and by what means (e.g. financially, mentoring, other resources …)?  Explain other ways the firm encourages inclusive participation.  Provide metrics:

  • Outreach
  • Work force development
  • Mentoring
  • Retention
  • Project with quantified results.  What were they?

Get this Nomination Form

 

Return forms by January 20, 2017 to:

ST. LOUIS COUNCIL OF CONSTRUCTION CONSUMERS

180 Weidman Road, Suite 127

Manchester, MO  63021-5724

Phone     636-394-6200    Fax   636-394-9641

E-mail      info@slccc.net

Visit us on the web at  www.slccc.net

 

Save the Date

Annual  Awards Gala

Best Practices and Diversity Inclusion Awards

5:30 – 9:00 pm

Monday, March 6, 2017

 

Architecture Billings Index Ends Year on Positive Note

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Architecture firms close 2016 with the strongest performance of the year

The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) concluded the year in positive terrain, with the December reading capping off three straight months of growth in design billings. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lead time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the December ABI score was 55.9, up sharply from 50.6 in the previous month. This score reflects the largest increase in design services in 2016 (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 57.2, down from a reading of 59.5 the previous month.

The sharp upturn in design activity as we wind down the year is certainly encouraging. This bodes well for the design and construction sector as we enter the new year”,” said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “However, December is an atypical month for interpreting trends, so the coming months will tell us a lot more about conditions that the industry is likely to see in 2017.”

Key December ABI highlights: 

  • Regional averages: Midwest (54.4), Northeast (54.0), South (53.8), West (48.8)
  • Sector index breakdown: commercial / industrial (54.3), institutional (53.3), mixed practice (51.9), multi-family residential (50.6)
  • Project inquiries index: 57.2
  • Design contracts index: 51.2

The regional and sector categories are calculated as a 3-month moving average, whereas the national index, design contracts and inquiries are monthly numbers.

The Architecture Billings Index (ABI), produced by the AIA Economics & Market Research Group, is a leading economic indicator that provides an approximately nine to twelve month glimpse into the future of nonresidential construction spending activity. The diffusion indexes contained in the full report are derived from a monthly “Work-on-the-Boards” survey that is sent to a panel of AIA member-owned firms. Participants are asked whether their billings increased, decreased, or stayed the same in the month that just ended as compared to the prior month, and the results are then compiled into the ABI.  These monthly results are also seasonally adjusted to allow for comparison to prior months.

The monthly ABI index scores are centered around 50, with scores above 50 indicating an aggregate increase in billings, and scores below 50 indicating a decline. The regional and sector data are formulated using a three-month moving average. More information on the ABI and the analysis of its relationship to construction activity can be found in the recently released White Paper, Designing the Construction Future: Reviewing the Performance and Extending the Applications of the AIA’s Architecture Billings Index on the AIA web site.

Founded in 1857, the American Institute of Architects consistently works to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. Through nearly 300 state and local chapters, the AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public wellbeing.

EPA to Put in Place Process to Evaluate Chemicals That May Pose Risk; First Time in 40 Years

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is moving swiftly to propose how it will prioritize and evaluate chemicals, given that the final processes must be in place within the first year of the new law’s enactment, or before June 22, 2017.

“After 40 years, we can finally address chemicals currently in the marketplace,” said Jim Jones, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. “Today’s action will set into motion a process to quickly evaluate chemicals and meet deadlines required under, and essential to, implementing the new law.”

When the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) was enacted in 1976, it grandfathered in thousands of unevaluated chemicals that were in commerce at the time. The old law failed to provide EPA with the tools to evaluate chemicals and to require companies to generate and provide data on chemicals they produced.

EPA is proposing three rules to help administer the new process. They are:

Inventory Rule. There are currently over 85,000 chemicals on EPA’s Inventory, and many of these are no longer actively produced. The rule will require manufacturers, including importers, to notify EPA and the public on the number of chemicals still being produced.

Prioritization Rule. This will establish how EPA will prioritize chemicals for evaluation. EPA will use a risk-based screening process and criteria to identify whether a particular chemical is either high or low priority. A chemical designated as high priority must undergo evaluation. Chemicals designated as low priority are not required to undergo evaluation.

Risk Evaluation Rule. This will establish how EPA will evaluate the risk of existing chemicals. The agency will identify steps for the risk evaluation process, including publishing the scope of the assessment. Chemical hazards and exposures will be assessed, along with characterizing and determining risks. This rule also outlines how the agency intends to seek public comment on chemical evaluations.

These three rules incorporate comments received from a series of public meetings held in August 2016.

If EPA identifies unreasonable risk in the evaluation, it is required to eliminate that risk through regulations. Under TSCA, the agency must have at least 20 ongoing risk evaluations by the end of 2019.

Comments on the proposed rules must be received 60 days after date of publication in the Federal Register. At that time, go to the dockets at https://www.regulations.gov/ and search for: HQ-OPPT-2016-0426 for the Inventory Rule; HQ-OPPT-2016-0636 for the Prioritization Rule; and HQ-OPPT-2016-0654 for the Risk Evaluation Rule.

Learn more about today’s proposals: https://www.epa.gov/assessing-and-managing-chemicals-under-tsca/frank-r-lautenberg-chemical-safety-21st-century-act-5

RSCA Announces New Officers for 2017

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The Roofing & Siding Contractors Alliance (RSCA) of Metropolitan St. Louis is pleased to announce its new Officers for the 2017 term:

Gary Howard
Brett Tesson
Tim Carroll

 

 

 

 

Gary Howard, President, Owner/President, Howard Roofing & Home Improvements

Brett Tesson, Vice President, President, Tesson Roofing & Exteriors

Tim Carroll, Treasurer, President/CEO, Constructors 911

The Roofing & Siding Contractors Alliance (RSCA) is a professional contracting group representing more than 55 member companies throughout the St. Louis bi-state region. RSCA members provide the complete range of roofing and siding services, for all types of commercial and residential projects in Missouri and Illinois. RSCA promotes the highest industry standards and practices, and solid corporate citizenship, advancing the professional and community profile of its member companies.

$12.7 Million in Grants Awarded to Assist Small Drinking Water and Wastewater Systems

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is awarding $12.7 million in grants to help small drinking water and wastewater systems and private well owners. Water systems staff will receive training and technical assistance to improve operations and management practices, promote system sustainability, and better protect public health and the environment.

“Ensuring safe drinking water for all Americans, whether they live in a small town or a big city, is a priority for EPA and these grants will help smaller systems in communities across the country,” said Joel Beauvais, deputy assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Water.

The selected grantees are:

  • $4.0 million each to the National Rural Water Association and the Rural Community Assistance Partnership to help small public water systems across the country achieve and maintain compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act
  • $1.8 million to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to improve the financial and managerial capabilities of small public water systems across the country
  • $1.2 million to the National Rural Water Association to improve operational performance at small publicly-owned wastewater systems and decentralized wastewater systems, thereby improving public health and water quality
  • $1.7 million to the Rural Community Assistance Partnership to inform private drinking water well owners about protecting their drinking water supply and improving water quality

More than 97 percent of the nation’s 157,000 public water systems serve fewer than 10,000 people, and more than 80 percent of these systems serve fewer than 500 people. Many small systems face unique challenges in providing reliable drinking water and wastewater services that meet federal and state regulations. These challenges can include a lack of financial resources, aging infrastructure, and high staff turnover.

Since 2009, EPA has provided $95 million in technical assistance grants to assist small drinking water and wastewater systems and private well owners.

For more information:
http://www.epa.gov/dwcapacity/training-and-technical-assistance-small-systems-funding

Masonry Institute of St. Louis to Host New Products Show

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The Masonry Institute of St. Louis will host a new products show on Wednesday, February 8th at their Richmond Heights headquarters. The 19 th Annual MISL 2017 new products show will take place on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

There is no admission charge and a complimentary buffet will be offered. Reservations are not required and everyone is welcome.

St. Louis Masonry Center – 1429 South Big Bend Blvd. – St. Louis, MO 6311

2017 Exhibitors, so far, include:

  • Earthworks
  • Enloe Enterprise
  • Goedecke
  • Hilti
  • Hohmann and Barnard, Inc.
  • Prosoco
  • Raineri
  • Richards Brick
  • Spec Mix

Electrical Connection Named Arcus Award Finalist by the St. Louis Regional Chamber

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The St. Louis region’s economic development organization is honoring the Electrical Connection for its corporate citizenship.  The St. Louis Regional Chamber has named the electrical industry labor-management partnership an Arcus Awards finalist for the Ameren Corporate Citizenship Award.  The Electrical Connection is a partnership of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 and the St. Louis Chapter, National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).  Winners of the Arcus Awards will be announced at a Feb. 23, 2017 gala event at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch.

            The Electrical Connection is being saluted for a number of initiatives to improve the communities that its contractors and electricians serve.  Most recently, this has included helping energize a Ferguson, Mo. “Shop with a Cop” program on Dec. 17, 2016 while also increasing its support for the rural St. Francois County “Shop with a Cop” program on the same day.  The expansion of both programs came about when the Electrical Connection partnered with Saint Louis FC for a fundraiser during a July 31, 2016 soccer game, allowing the IBEW/NECA partnership to donate $5,000 to each program.  As a result, more than 500 disadvantaged children were served by the holiday giving and community trust building programs.  The Electrical Connection’s involvement in “Shop with a Cop” dates to 1993 when it first began supporting the St. Francois County program.  It has donated more than $54,000 to the program since.

Other Electrical Connection civic endeavors include:

  • Sponsoring the lighting of the James S. McDonnell Planetarium
  • A 13-year commitment donating more than $800,000 in labor/materials to Rebuilding Together St. Louis to improve more than 450 homes for low-income St. Louisans.
  • Since 2004, donating $1.5 million in services to Habitat for Humanity to safely wire more than 233 new homes.
  • Helping National Night Out make neighborhoods safe by donating more than $450,000 in materials/services to install security lighting in more than 850 St. Louis homes.
  • Donating new scoreboards, including installation, for several schools.
  • In 2015, sponsoring Saint Louis FC and the return of outdoor professional soccer to St. Louis.
  • Engaging more than 9,000 students in how STEM subjects translate into electrical careers through partnerships with the Saint Louis Science Center, Partners for Progress of Greater St. Charles, Mathews-Dickey Boys and Girls Club, and numerous school districts.
  • Active leadership to strengthen Missouri’s economy and communities including regional and statewide partnerships with the Hawthorn Foundation, Missouri Partnership, the Economic Development Center of St. Charles County, Missouri Energy Initiative, S. Green Building Council- Missouri Gateway Chapter, Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) – Gateway Chapter and more.

Finally, for more than 70 years, the IBEW/NECA industry-funded apprenticeship program has consistently delivered the best value in workforce development, free of charge and at no taxpayer expense, to meet the Missouri’s next generation electrical needs, including electric vehicles, cybersecurity and robotics.  Diversity is fully integrated into its programs.  Up to 37 percent of its apprentices in the last 10 classes have been minorities.  It also invests in the Regional Union Construction Center’s mission to create a more sustainable minority contracting community.

The Electrical Connection is among six organizations named finalists for the Ameren Corporate Citizenship Award.  Others include Accenture, Anders, Emmis St. Louis, Gateway to Innovation and Mastercard.  The Arcus Awards honors companies, organizations, or institutions who make St. Louis a more inclusive and attractive place to live, work, and invest for all people. The St. Louis Regional Chamber will salute 56 companies across 10 categories that align with the Chamber’s purpose to inspire a greater St. Louis. Learn more at www.stlregionalchamber.com.

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.

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