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2017 Construction Awards Gala Recognizes Best of Missouri’s Construction Industry

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Features 20th Annual Keystone Awards,7th Annual Specialty Contractor of the Year Awards & Inaugural AGC 1st Awards

On Thursday, November 9th the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Missouri announced the winners of its 2017 construction industry awards at its gala event at the Ameristar Casino Resort & Spa.  The Construction Awards Gala featured the 20th Annual Construction Keystone Awards which highlight the creativity and talents of Missouri’s construction industry.  This year marks the seventh time the AGC of Missouri has named First Place Specialty Contractors in 12 disciplines along with the coveted Specialty Contractor of the Year and the inaugural AGC 1st Award for Contractors best exemplifying the tenets of the AGC 1st campaign of “members supporting members”.

The 20th Annual Keystone Awards were presented to 8 contractors chosen from a group of 22 finalists covering a broad spectrum of project types including hospitals, educational buildings, research facilities, parks, treatment plants, highways and bridges.  The awards ceremony also honored the owners of the projects in this elite group.

The Construction Keystone Awards are not awarded based upon a project’s beauty. Instead, the Keystone Awards recognize a contractor’s success in achieving solutions during construction for challenges faced on a project.  The awards are a glowing recognition of construction professionals whose skill, teamwork and spirit of innovation make a lasting contribution to a community by building the facilities that support and enhance the quality of life. Safety performance and workforce diversity also are essential components of overall performance.

Keystone Project of the Year winners include: The Harlan Company for The Jan Phillips Learning Center (Pacific, MO); Alberici Healthcare for the St. Joseph Hospital, Lake Saint Louis Campus Expansion (Lake Saint Louis, MO); Emery Sapp & Sons, Inc. for the Columbia I-70 Bridges Design Build (Columbia, MO); Emery Sapp & Sons, Inc. for the South Lawrence Trafficway (Lawrence, KS); Murphy Company for Condenser Water System & Building Automation Upgrade at Scottrade Center (St. Louis, MO); icon Mechanical Construction and Engineering for Zurich North America Headquarters (Schaumburg, IL); Power UP Electrical Contractors for Kiener Plaza (St. Louis, MO); and Alberici Constructors in a Joint Venture with Stanley Consultants, Inc. for the Edgewater Unit 5 AQCS Project (Sheboygan, WI). Click here for project photos and descriptions.

The 2017 Keystone Heritage Award was posthumously awarded to two Giants in the construction industry, Alfred J. Fleischer and Dick Mantia, for their work in the early the early 1970s to establish the first collaborative organization between Labor and Management in the United States then known as “PRIDE” (an acronym for Productivity and Responsibility Increase Development and Employment), still in existence today and known as the St. Louis Construction Cooperative.  This organization was later recognized by the U.S. Dept. of Labor as the “finest example of labor-management cooperation in America”.  Their perseverance and dedication to reconcile these construction industry issues in St. Louis was unparalleled and changed the course of history to bring jobs to the region.

AGC 1st Awards

The inaugural AGC 1st Awards were presented to S. M. Wilson & Co. and icon Mechanical Construction & Engineering, LLC as the General Contractor and Specialty Contractor, respectively, that best exemplifies the tenets of the AGC 1st Campaign launched last November.  These tenets promote a general culture of “members supporting members” through such practices as promoting loyalty among fellow AGC members, utilizing AGC resources and its members for information and services and overall engagement in AGC of Missouri.

Specialty Contractor Awards

The AGC of Missouri also announced 12 Specialty Contractor of the Year (SCOTY) Awards to Specialty Contractors voted “First Place” in their discipline by the general contractor members of the AGC.  The General Contractor members were asked to consider a Specialty Contractor’s timeliness in regard to completion of project(s), ability to stay within budget and their overall experience with the specialty contractor.  The 12  First Place Specialty Contractor of the Year (SCOTY) award winners are:  D & S Fencing Co., Inc. (Ancillary Services); Byrne & Jones Construction (Concrete / Paving); Budrovich Excavating & Contracting (Earthwork & Utilities); Guarantee Electrical Company (Electrical); Midwest Service Group (Environmental Remediation & Demolition); Flooring Systems, Inc. (Int. & Ext. Finishes, Openings & Fixtures); Murphy Company (HVAC / Piping); John J. Smith Masonry Company (Masonry); Fire Tech, LLC (Plumbing & Fire Protection); BAM Contracting, LLC (Structural & Finish Carpentry); ACME Erectors, Inc. (Structural & Finish Metals); and, Kirberg Company (Thermal & Moisture Protection).

The Specialty Contractor receiving the most votes by General Contractors also was presented the Specialty Contractor of the Year award by the AGC of Missouri. This distinction was awarded to Byrne & Jones Construction.

“As a statewide construction trade association it’s really exciting for us to have the opportunity to highlight outstanding projects completed by our members here in Missouri and throughout the country.  The SCOTY Awards provide our General Contractors the opportunity to honor our specialty contractors for their contributions to the success of a project,” said Leonard Toenjes, CAE, president of the AGC.  “More than ever in today’s competitive and challenging construction environment, collaboration is the key to making a successful project happen.”

The Associated General Contractors of Missouri is the united voice of the construction industry, representing nearly 550 commercial, industrial, heavy and highway contractors, industry partners and related firms in 110 counties in Missouri. Visit:

Home Builders Association Donates $15,000 to North Grand Neighborhood Services

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On behalf of the Home Builders Charitable Foundation (HBCF), 2017 HBA President Ken Kruse of Payne Family Homes (left) and HBCF Board Member Gregory Vatterott, Sr. of Charles F. Vatterott Construction Company presented a $15,000 donation to Donna Torillo, executive director and Dianne Marshak, volunteer coordinator of North Grand Neighborhood Services (NGNS).

The donation will be used to purchase materials to construct two tiny houses for homeless and at-risk individuals in St. Louis City. The two homes are being built by students in the Rockwood School District at Eureka and Summit High Schools. Upon completion, the homes will be transported to the North Grand neighborhood of St. Louis. NGNS promotes the dignity of low-income persons and the community in which they share by developing affordable housing, employment and training opportunities for youth, and other community initiatives.

The HBA is a local trade association of more than 600 member firms representing the residential construction industry. The Home Builders Charitable Foundation, the HBA’s charitable arm, is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing housing assistance to people or organizations with special shelter needs.

Bank of America Plaza Designated as BOMA 360 Performance Building

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Property Demonstrates Best Practices in All Aspects of Management and Operations 

Bank of America Plaza has been officially designated a BOMA 360 Performance Building by BOMA International according to JLL (NYSE: JLL), property manager for the downtown St. Louis building. The prestigious BOMA 360 designation recognizes commercial properties that demonstrate best practices in all aspects of management and operations:  life safety, security and risk management, training and education, energy management, sustainability practices, and tenant and community relations. Only those buildings that satisfy the requirements in all six categories are awarded the designation.

According to BOMA’s website, earning the 360 Performance designation demonstrates that a building is outperforming the competition in all areas of operation and management. Only 1,700 BOMA 360 designations have been awarded to commercial properties throughout the entire U.S., and five buildings in St. Louis have earned the recognition.

Amy Hanafin, vice president at JLL and general manager of the Bank of America Building, said, “We are honored to have a JLL managed property earn the distinction of being BOMA 360 Performance certified. Knowing the best practices we’ve worked so hard to implement at the building have resulted in this recognition gives us a true sense of pride and, more importantly, adds a tremendous value for our client and their tenants.”

Home Builders Association Donates $15,000 to Cardinal Ritter Senior Services

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On behalf of the Home Builders Charitable Foundation (HBCF), 2017 HBA President Ken Kruse of Payne Family Homes (left) presented a $15,000 donation to Brenda Dundon, resident, Kim Russo, residential care coordinator, and Karen Ledbetter, director of assisted living facilities at Cardinal Ritter Senior Services’ (CRSS) DuBourg House Assisted Living Center.

The donation will be used to help fund the Warm Windows for Low-Income Seniors project, which will replace 24 original aluminum-frame, single-pane picture windows in the dining and common rooms of CRSS’ DuBourg House Assisted Living Center. The improvements will provide a more comfortable interior space for senior residents, as well as reduce energy usage and costs. CRSS’ mission is to provide an integrated continuum of care to senior adults through social, health and housing services.

The HBA is a local trade association of more than 600 member firms representing the residential construction industry. The Home Builders Charitable Foundation, the HBA’s charitable arm, is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing housing assistance to people or organizations with special shelter needs.

Water, Water, Everywhere

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XTreme LA Challenge explores water strategy in Wells Goodfellow; design presentation Nov. 8

Water is the key to life. But for city planners, water poses a profound question: How do we ensure residents a constant supply of fresh, clean water while also protecting vulnerable areas from flooding?

On Nov. 6, 7 and 8, design professionals from around the country will gather in St. Louis for the ninth annual XTreme LA (Landscape Architecture) Challenge. Hosted by the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis, the three-day charrette will explore water strategies relating to Project Clear, a Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD) initiative that aims to improve water quality and reduce sewer overflow.

“River rise has historically been an issue for the city of St. Louis, and climate change is now worsening the situation,” said Rod Barnett, professor and chair of landscape architecture. “Large-scale rain events can overwhelm the system.

“How water is managed here is linked to what is occurring on a global scale,” Barnett said. “As in many places around the world, inundation in St. Louis occurs in low-lying areas primarily occupied by underserved and poor communities, making it both an environmental justice issue and an ecological urbanism challenge.”

This year’s XTreme LA Challenge will focus on the Wells Goodfellow neighborhood in north St. Louis, in an area that MSD and the Green City Coalition have earmarked for conversion to public open space. The visiting designers will work with Sam Fox School students and faculty to develop a series of actionable plans to address flood mitigation, biodiversity, habitat and public health — and to engage the local community as active partners in the design process.

“Long term, this problem will require nothing less than a wholesale reformulation of water-based urbanism,” Barnett said. Participants hope to generate “ecologically appropriate designs that do the job and offer a vision for constructive transformation.”

The XTreme LA Challenge is co-sponsored by the Landscape Architecture Foundation and Landscape Forms. A public presentation of workshop designs will take place at noon Wednesday, Nov. 8, in the Sam Fox School’s Lewis Center, 721 Kingsland Ave. For more information, visit

Bethel Lutheran Church First House of Worship to Earn ENERGY STAR Certification in Missouri

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Bethel Lutheran Church, located in University City, is the first worship facility to earn ENERGY STAR Certification in Missouri. ENERGY STAR Certification recognizes efficient energy use in buildings. With an ENERGY STAR score of 81, Bethel Lutheran Church outperforms 81 percent of worship facilities nationwide. Their energy achievements are due to many years of work by the church’s Green Team, which has spearheaded their environmental ministry of caring for creation.

In 2010, Bethel became a Green Congregation working with the national Lutherans Restoring Creation (LRC) program. Since 2013, Bethel has been working to increase their energy efficiency, reduce their carbon footprint, and save money through the LRC’s Energy Stewards initiative. As a participating congregation, they began to measure their energy use in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, a free online tool that allows buildings to benchmark their energy use. Their initial results left plenty of room for improvement; they found that their baseline ENERGY STAR score was 36, well below average.

Bethel Lutheran Church conducted an energy audit in September 2013, and since that time their Board of Property and Maintenance has been working faithfully to implement big and small building improvements. These improvements include low and no cost changes such as sealing gaps around doors, as well as projects that required more investment but paid off with energy savings, including installing LED porch lights, installation of new heat pumps, furnace, and AC units, replacing windows, and transitioning to a zoned heating approach to reduce dependence on an old boiler. Bethel Lutheran installed solar panels in 2014.

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the energy used by buildings in the United States is responsible for almost 40% of our national greenhouse gas emissions. By reducing their energy use, Bethel Lutheran Church not only lowered their energy bills, they reduced the environmental impacts associated with energy use, thus lowering their impact on regional air quality and global climate change.

“We are so inspired by Bethel Lutheran’s ENERGY STAR Certification. They are living their commitment to care for all of God’s creation,” stated Tracey Howe-Koch, coordinator of Missouri Interfaith Power and Light, a religious response to climate change. “By increasing their sanctuary’s energy efficiency, they are helping to ensure future generations are able to enjoy all that has been given to us. At Missouri Interfaith Power & Light we believe that people of faith are morally obligated to be good stewards of the environment. Bethel Lutheran is faithfully carrying out this charge and is a wonderful example of the impact one congregation can have.”

Volunteers with U.S. Green Building Council – Missouri Gateway Chapter verified Bethel Lutheran’s ENERGY STAR application. Led by licensed architect Linda Daniel, volunteers confirmed that Bethel Lutheran’s energy and building data was correct and that the building meets EPA’s Indoor Environmental Quality and Thermal Comfort standards. Linda stated “As a volunteer, it is exciting to work with building owners as their facility begins to perform better, their energy costs go down, and they reduce their carbon footprint. It was an honor to work with this congregation. Bethel Lutheran has diligently worked over several years to earn this certification, and it’s my understanding that they intend to continue working to reduce their energy use.”

 Bethel Lutheran Church, a member church of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, located in University City, Missouri, is a worshipping community that has set as its mission to work toward a sustainable relationship with our earth home, to follow the non-violent witness of Jesus and work for the restoration of life for those threatened and diminished by violence, and to be in dialogue and community with many in a multi-cultural and multi-religious world, globally connected in our need and compassion.

U.S. Green Building Council – Missouri Gateway Chapter (USGBC-MGC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community of members, advocates, and practitioners that give voice to our commitment to improve human health, support economies, and protect the environment through green buildings.

Missouri Interfaith Power & Light (MO IPL) is a religious response to global warming and aims to engage, equip, and educate Missouri faith communities to be stewards of God’s creation by addressing the environmental and social justice consequences of climate change.

ENERGY STAR is a voluntary program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) helping businesses and individuals save energy and fight climate change through superior energy efficiency.

BOMA and Members Give Lift For Life Gym a New Roof

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Lift for Life Gym will continue providing St. Louis city children with a safe, enriching after-school environment knowing that there is a solid roof over their heads.

BOMA St. Louis, Ferguson Roofing Co., Western Specialty Contractors, Geissler Roofing Company, Inc., and Taylor Roofing joined forces to make this new roof a reality.

BOMA St. Louis’ annual Trivia Night provided $3,700 of the funds needed, and Western Specialty Contractors, Geissler Roofing Company, Inc., Taylor Roofing, and Ferguson Roofing Co. stepped in to cover the remaining costs for labor and materials. The roof, valued at $5,625, was installed by Ferguson Roofing Co.

Since 2007, BOMA St. Louis has partnered and contributed almost $30,000 to various organizations as part of their community outreach efforts, and Lift For Life is BOMA St. Louis’ current community outreach partner.

BOMA’s mission is to represent and promote the interests of the commercial real estate industry through effective leadership, advocacy, exchange of information, and professional development.


ASCC/NRMCA Paving Committee Provides Industry Guidelines

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The ASCC/NRMCA Paving Committee, a joint committee of the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC), St. Louis, MO, and the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA), Silver Spring, MD, has posted the first six pieces of a Paving Tool Box, designed to assist concrete contractors in understanding and promoting the design and construction of concrete parking lots.

The documents include Concrete Parking Lots: A Quick Reference Guide, Illuminance PFB1 – Understanding Lighting and How LED are Changing the Game, Shedding Light on Concrete’s Reflectivity – A case study focusing on the Leavenworth, KS WalMart, Guide to Concrete Overlays of Asphalt Parking Lots, FAQ About Concrete Parking Lot Construction and Design, and links to ACI 330 Parking Lots & Site Paving publications. The documents are accessible to ASCC members only, a benefit of membership in the association.

The Purpose of the ASCC/NRMCA Paving Committee is to support local markets in making concrete pavement the material of choice. “The Paving Tool Box materials are appropriate for contractors, designers and owners who want to better understand the value of concrete paving,” said Paul Albanelli, committee chair.

“A well designed concrete parking lot signifies quality to customers, tenants, and employees before they even walk through the door,” added Jon Hansen, Senior Vice President, local paving, NRMCA.

The ASCC is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the capabilities of those who build with concrete, and to providing them a unified voice in the construction industry.  Members include concrete contracting firms, manufacturers, suppliers and others interested in the concrete industry such as architects, specifiers and engineers.  There are approximately 750 member companies in the United States and 13 foreign countries.

For more information, visit or call the ASCC office at (866) 788-2722.

NRMCA is the only full service trade association representing the ready mixed concrete industry on a national level. The organization focuses on advocacy, promotion, benchmarking, compliance, education and codes and standards, to represent this industry throughout the design/construction industry, and to the end user.

Habitat For Humanity Restore Accepts Tax-Deductable Construction Donations To Raise Funds For New Housing

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Habitat ReStores sell quality, used and surplus building materials at a fraction of normal prices. Proceeds from ReStores help fund the construction of Habitat houses within the St. Louis area community. Many Habitat affiliates across the United States and Canada operate successful ReStores. St. Louis is home to two of these stores, which fund three Habitat homes each year.

The first St. Louis ReStore opened for business in June 1997 (now at 3763 Forest Park Ave. St. Louis, 63108).  At the time, it was the third ReStore in the Habitat Central States region. In July 2013, St. Louis opened its second ReStore location (2117 Sams Dr. Des Peres, 63131).

“We accept donations of new and reusable building materials and home remodeling supplies,” stated Josh Vaughn, ReStore General Manager. “In general, we accept items that are in good, working condition that our customers might be interested in giving a new home.”

Materials sold by Habitat ReStores are usually donated from building supply stores, contractors, demolition crews, and from individuals who wish to show their support for Habitat. In addition to raising funds, ReStores help the environment by rechanneling good, usable materials back into use.  Since its inception, the St. Louis ReStore program has diverted more than 33,000 tons of materials from the landfill.

Over the years, the ReStore’s staff has had more success connecting with commercial donors who can supply large quantities of like materials so the mix of merchandise keeps improving.
“Strengthening our relationship with the St. Louis building community is key to obtain donations and in turn providing affordable housing,” stated Vaughn. The ReStore is constantly looking for donations. They have the capability to pick-up larger donations and donors receive a tax-deduction letter in return.

New items are delivered daily to the stores, and the ReStore staff often sees the same customers coming back week after week. “They are intrigued by what the ReStore has to offer,” said Vaughn. “With new inventory arriving daily, you never know what treasures you will find.”

Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis ReStore has two convenient locations open to the public featuring new and gently used home improvement products and building materials. The ReStore is dedicated to reusing and re-purposing donated goods and diverting items from landfills in order to lessen our impact on the environment. For more information, visit

Electrical Connection Sponsors St. Louis Blues 51st Season & Celebrates Improvements to Scottrade Center

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As the St. Louis Blues skate into its second half century, the Electrical Connection is again a prominent sponsor and is helping improve the hockey game experience at Scottrade Center.  The 51st Blues season features a new high-tech 40-by-40-foot video cube scoreboard above the rink installed by members of the Electrical Connection.  The Electrical Connection is a partnership of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1and the St. Louis Chapter, National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).

The Electrical Connection’s sponsorship of the Blues 2017-2018 season consists of advertising, including its logo prominently displayed on the new video scoreboard and the ribbon boards surrounding the arena.  It is also supporting the team with radio advertising.

Sachs Electric Co., a member of the Electrical Connection, utilized IBEW to perform electrical improvements to the 23-year-old Scottrade Center, including the installation of the new video scoreboard.  Other improvements include new wheelchair lifts, a curtain system to partition the arena for smaller events, a new sound system and restroom renovations throughout the building.

Electrical Connection members have proudly served every major professional and amateur sports franchise in the St. Louis area.

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

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