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Carpenters Request Five-Year Contract Extension

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Kansas City Carpenters Regional Council has asked the AGC of Missouri, the Builders Association of Kansas City, the Home Builders Association of Easteren Missouri, and the Southern Illinois Builders Association for a five-year a contract extension. 


The associations are working together on how to respond. They have member companies to decline to sign any contract extension until the associations have reached an agreement among themselves on what to recommend to member companies.

AGC Notes Request for Proposals for NGA Site Prep Project

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By: Anthony Lancia, MBA | Vice President of Industry Relations AGC of Missouri

In order to keep AGC of Missouri members informed about the happening with NGA, the following information was provided by the St. Louis Development Corporation. This information was not available in time for the Industry slides presented on December 8, 2016.

The City of St. Louis, through the St. Louis Development Corporation, issued one Request for Bids (RFB) and two Requests for Proposals (RFP) for the NGA Site Preparation Project.

Request for Bids for Site fencing Next NGA West: closes on 12/28/2016 at noon.

Request for Proposals for Site Security Next NGA West: closes on 12/28/2016 at noon.

Request for Proposals for Asbestos Abatement and Removal of Household Hazardous Waste, with a mandatory pre-bid conference on December 21, 2016, closes on 1/4/2017 at 3pm.

Full details can be found here.

Also, click here for the slides from the December 8, 2016 NGA community meeting.

Electrical Connection Unites Rural & Urban Community Building through “Shop with a Cop”

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The Electrical Connection united rural and urban community building through a highly successful holiday charity program. Earlier this year, the labor-management partnership teamed with St. Louis FC to expand its support of the St. Francois County “Shop with a Cop” program and energize a similar program in Ferguson, Mo. Both communities held “Shop with a Cop” holiday giving programs on December 15, 2016 thanks to $5,000 donations to each program from the Electrical Connection.

“Shop with a Cop” is one of the most successful law enforcement community trust-building programs.  It raises money so law enforcement can take disadvantaged children December holiday shopping to get gifts they would not otherwise receive.  Since 1993, the Electrical Connection has donated more than $60,000 to the Saint Francois County “Shop with Cop,” which serves 500 children annually. The Electrical Connection a partnership of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 and the St. Louis Chapter, National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).

“The Electrical Connection’s commitment to our ‘Shop with a Cop’ program has helped it become the largest in the country,” said St. Francois County Sherriff Dan Bullock.  “And we are pleased they are using their partnership with Saint Louis FC to not only further support of our program, but to expand it to Ferguson, Mo.”

“’Shop with a Cop’ has been extraordinarily successful in building a bond with the community,” said Ferguson Police Chief Delrish Moss.  “We are grateful the Electrical Connection’s partnership with St. Louis FC is helping us energize our community engagement with ‘Shop with a Cop’ this December.”

The Electrical Connection’s expanded its outreach for “Shop with a Cop” last summer when it introduced and sponsored Saint Louis FC’s “Christmas in July” fundraiser at its July 30, 2016 soccer game.  The more than $3,300 raised supported not only the St. Francois County “Shop with a Cop” program, but helped the Ferguson police department expand its “Shop with a Cop” program.

“The strength of our union and electrical contracting partners is our outreach to strengthen Missouri’s urban and rural areas,” said Frank Jacobs, business manager, IBEW Local 1.  “For more than 70 years, our industry-funded apprenticeship program has trained urban and rural residents, free of charge and at no taxpayer expense, to meet the state’s next generation electrical needs.  There’s no better value in workforce development.  Likewise, we’ve committed our charitable endeavors to strengthen urban and rural communities from which we recruit our workforce and build our projects.”

This year alone, the IBEW/NECA Electrical Connection partnership has supported urban programs like Rebuilding Together and Habitat for Humanity and rural programs like “Shop with a Cop” and the flood recovery of Ride on St. Louis (ROSL), an equine assisted therapy program in Kimmswick, Mo.  It is also a significant supporter of STEM education in rural and urban school districts.

“For Missouri to prosper, the rural and urban areas we serve must be part of our outreach to strengthen education, workforce development and community vitality,” said Douglas R. Martin, executive vice president of the St. Louis Chapter, NECA.

“The Electrical Connection leadership has a long and proud tradition of giving back to the communities in which we live, work and serve. It is second nature to us to reach out to our partners and work together to build strong and positive relationships,” said Jim Curran, executive vice president, Electrical Connection.

The St. Francois County and Ferguson “Shop with a Cop” events on Dec. 15, 2016, included representatives from Saint Louis FC giving away soccer balls to kids.

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


IFMA Donates Funds, Clothing to Keep Vulnerable Warm This Winter

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The St. Louis Chapter of the International Facility Management Association celebrated the reason for the season by donating money and clothing to keep the region’s most vulnerable warm during the often bitter winter. The donations were made during the organization’s holiday social on Dec. 1.

Representing facility managers and suppliers who maintain the region’s commercial buildings, the organization presented a check for $1,000 to Heat Up St. Louis. The nonprofit organization builds awareness and provides resources to help those in need, especially the elderly and disabled, and needy families with critically ill children, avoid illnesses and deaths during the area’s bitter winter season. IFMA St. Louis also funds the organization’s Cool Down St. Louis, which provides services and support to keep residents cool during the hot summer months.

IFMA St. Louis has supported the weather-related assistance programs for the past three year. More than 300,000 area residents have received energy assistance since the programs’ inception in 2000.

Members did more to ensure others less fortunate in the area stay warm this winter. They donated gloves, mittens, scarves, hats, ear muffs and blankets. These items will be distributed to various charities that help keep the St. Louis region’s most vulnerable warm during the winter.

IFMA St. Louis offers its members a learning and networking environment among its diverse membership, and supplies its members with the tools to achieve their professional goals. Started in 1985, IFMA St. Louis has more than 250 members representing small and Fortune 500 companies throughout the region.

Engineering Center of St. Louis Set To Break Ground

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Multi-phase renovation, designed by REMIGER DESIGN, brings historic center into new era of engineering

REMIGER DESIGN, a St. Louis-based planning, architecture and interior design firm, along with the Engineering Center of St. Louis are pleased to announce the groundbreaking ceremony for the Center’s multi-phase renovation project. The groundbreaking will be held on Wednesday, December 14 at 10:30 a.m. at the Engineering Center of St. Louis located at 4359 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63108. Established in 1868 and formerly named the Engineers Club of St. Louis, the Center serves as a central meeting place for the engineering community now representing more than 14,000 engineers. The renovation project, designed by REMIGER DESIGN, will help give the center a new face for the engineering profession in St. Louis and help enhance its efforts to increase public engagement and student development throughout the St. Louis area.

“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.”

During the ceremony, the Engineering Center will honor Breck Washam, Vice President & General Manager of Burns & McDonnell, and George Tomazi, past president of the Engineering Center, for their generous support. Nicole Young, President of the Engineering Center, Barry Koenemann, President of United Construction and Vern Remiger will also serve as honorary groundbreakers at the ceremony.

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.”

The Engineering Center of St. Louis, located at 4359 Lindell Blvd, is home to more than 30 affiliated professional societies. 

REMIGER DESIGN is a St. Louis-based planning, architecture and interior design firm specializing in the planning and design of commercial and corporate facilities. 


CREW-St. Louis Appoints 2017 Officers & Directors

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The St. Louis chapter of CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) announced its executive officers and board directors for 2017.

Officers for 2017, including their respective companies, are:

  •  President, Angie Earlywine, Forum Studio
  • President-Elect and National Delegate, Lynn Goessling, Herzog Crebs LLP
  • Immediate Past President, Monica Conners, Lawrence Group
  • Secretary, Tracy Howren, UMB Bank
  • Treasurer, Carol Hanson, Great Southern Bank
  • National Delegate, Michelle Yates, Lawrence Group

Board directors for 2016, and their respective companies, are:

  • Natasha Das, Stinson Leonard Street LLP
  • Cara McKedy, Remiger Design
  • Ann Schmelzle, Balke Brown Transwestern
  • Lori Drury, BBT & Marketing Services
  • Sara Stock, Stock Legal LLC
  • Libbey Tucker, The City of Chesterfield

About CREW

The St. Louis chapter of CREW Network was started in 1982. Since then, it has grown to become one of the largest of CREW Network’s 76 chapters in North America, with more than 180 members from all disciplines in commercial real estate.

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 here.

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 For registration information, contact Missouri S&T’s office of Distance and Continuing Education at 573-341-6222 or

2016 Construction Awards Gala Recognizes Best of Missouri’s Construction Industry

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Features 19th Annual Keystone Awards and 6th Annual Specialty Contractor of the Year Awards

The Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Missouri announced the winners of its 2016 construction industry awards at its gala event at the River City Casino & Hotel.  The Construction Awards Gala featured the 19th Annual Construction Keystone Awards which highlight the creativity and talents of Missouri’s construction industry.  This year also marks the sixth time the AGC of Missouri has named First Place Specialty Contractors in 12 disciplines along with the coveted Specialty Contractor of the Year.

The 19th Annual Keystone Awards were presented to 10 contractors chosen from a group of 27 finalists covering a broad spectrum of project types including hospitals, educational buildings, manufacturing facilities, treatment plants, railyards and retail.  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: Interface Construction Corporation for the Agriculture Pavilion at the Saint Louis Science Center (St. Louis, MO); icon Mechanical Construction & Engineering for BJC-Washington University Medical School Campus Renewal Project-Penthouse (St. Louis, MO); S. M. Wilson & Co. for IKEA St. Louis (St. Louis, MO); L. Keeley Construction Company for the Illinois River Transmission Project-Mississippi River Cross (Palmyra, MO to Quincy, IL); Concrete Strategies, LLC for Railroad Depot Grand Staircase (Poplar Bluff, MO); Guarantee Electrical Company for William H. Danforth Wing of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center (St. Louis, MO); Guarantee Electrical Company for December 2015 Flood Mitigation for Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (Fenton, MO); PayneCrest Electric, Inc. for Flint Creek Environmental Retrofit (Gentry, AR); ISC Contracting, Inc. for Varsity Tutors LLC Corporate Headquarters (St. Louis, MO); and, Herzog/Reyes, a Joint Venture for Pier E Container Yard / Intermodal Railyard, Phase I (Long Beach, CA).  Click here for project photos and descriptions.

The 2016 Keystone Heritage Award was awarded to the Bagnell Dam at the Lake of the Ozarks.  Since its first presentation in 1997, the Heritage Award’s purpose is to recognize a project of significance and ongoing importance that was built prior to the inception of the Keystone Awards.  If ever there was a project that exemplified the elements of a Keystone Award long before the award criteria was even developed, it is the Bagnell Dam.  This construction project – virtually the only major construction project in the nation during the Great Depression – created the economic engine known to us as Lake of the Ozarks and continues to provide power for Missourians nearly 90 years later.

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); Vee-Jay Cement Contracting Co., Inc. (Concrete / Paving); Drilling Service Company (Earthwork & Utilities); Guarantee Electrical Company (Electrical); Spirtas Wrecking Company (Environmental Remediation & Demolition); T. J. Wies Contracting, Inc. (Int. & Ext. Finishes, Openings & Fixtures); Murphy Company (HVAC / Piping); Grant Masonry Contracting Co., Inc.(Masonry); Fire Tech, LLC (Plumbing & Fire Protection); Waterhout Construction, Inc. (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 T. J. Wies Contracting, Inc.

“As the largest 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:

Three St. Louis NECA Electrical Contractors Ranked Among the Top 50 Nationally by Engineering News Record

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St. Louis National Electrical Contractor Association (NECA) contractor members continue to have a robust presence in a national ranking of top specialty contractors.   Three St. Louis Chapter NECA electrical contractors – Sachs Electric Co., Guarantee Electrical Co. and PayneCrest Electric, Inc. – are ranked among the top 50 electrical contractors nationally according to the construction trade publication Engineering News Record (ENR).  Meanwhile, Aschinger Electric Co. Inc. joined the three to give St. Louis four local NECA contractors listed in ENR’s Oct. 24, 2016 cover story, “The Top 600 Specialty Contractors.”

Sachs ranked 35th in the nation among electrical contractors with $222 million in 2015 revenues.  It ranked 92nd among all specialty contractors nationally. Guarantee ranked 47th among electrical contractors nationally with revenues of $148 million.  It ranked 146th among all specialty contractors nationally.   PayneCrest placed 50th among its peers with revenues of $143 million.  The firm ranked 154th among all specialty contractors nationally.

Aschinger Electric Co. Inc. was ranked 380th among all specialty contractors nationally with revenues of $48.8 million.  Meanwhile, Bell Electrical Contractors, Inc. is part of the MDU Construction Services Group, Inc. which ranked 15th largest nationally among electrical contractors with $426.2 million in revenue.  According to the St. Louis Business Journal 2016 listing of the largest St. Louis electrical contractors, Bell accounted for $35 million of that revenue which by itself would earn placement among the top 600 contractors.  Other St. Louis area contractors who are represented by NECA and would have earned a ranking among the top 600 contractors based on 2015 revenue reported by the St. Louis Business Journal are:  J.F. Electric Inc. ($180.4 million); Kaiser Electric, Inc. ($39.2 million); Kaemmerlen Electric ($33.43 million); Schneider Electric of St. Louis LLC ($28.33 million); TSI Global Companies ($24.5 million); Pyramid Electrical Contractors, Inc. ($22.2 million); Schaeffer Electric Co., Inc. ($18.3 million); TD4 Electrical and Communications, LLC ($18.13 million); and RJP Electric LLC ($16.11 million)

St. Louis NECA contractors partner with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local One to form the Electrical Connection, providing safe and reliable electrical construction, maintenance, repair and replacement services across Missouri, the nation and the world.  For more information, visit

Complying with FAA Rules for Commercial Drones Certification

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By Jim Curran, Executive Vice President, Electrical Connection

Drones - Phantom 3When you consider the technology that goes into commercial unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) or drones, you can understand why the Electrical Connection partnership is taking a leading role in training for UAV certification.  UAVs are essentially flying robots that integrate wireless communications and controls. Training in advanced manufacturing that relies on robotics, process controls and wireless communications has long been a staple of the Electrical Industry Training Center.

The training center is operated by the St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1.  UAV onboard cameras and other data-gathering and inspection sensors provide IBEW/NECA members a powerful tool that is safe and effective.  UAV technologies can be used for thermal imaging to detect electrical infrastructure hot spots in buildings, three-dimensional mapping of topography for precision planning of electrical installations and construction project monitoring of progress and site assets.  The construction industry is predicted to lead the commercial UAV market with the 10 largest construction firms worldwide already deploying or experimenting with UAVs.

With that in mind, the Electrical Connection hosted an Oct. 28, 2016 informational session on UAV certification at the IBEW/NECA Electrical Industry Training Center in St. Louis.  Working with the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) – Gateway Chapter and UAViation, IBEW/NECA is developing the region’s first-ever curriculum for commercial UAV certification.   This summer, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) created a certification process covering the operation of commercial drones which took effect on Aug. 29, 2016.  The number of commercial UAVs will grow from 600,000 units in 2016 to 2.7 million by 2020.  The new FAA rules are designed to minimize risks to other aircraft, people and property on the ground.  Annual worldwide UAV production is predicted to rise from $4 billion to more than $14 billion by 2026.

Certification at the training center will be open to all industries using commercial UAVs.  This includes first responders, real estate firms, agriculture, media and film makers, civil engineering civic entities and others.  For example, agriculture and land management enterprises might use UAVs equipped with special sensors to analyze crop health or water quality.  First responders may use UAV’s equipped with thermal sensors to detect human heat signatures in search and rescue operations.

The new FAA small UAV regulations are outlined in a 624-page rule book and include a number of limitations for commercial UAV use.  For example, the maximum weight limit for a commercial drone is 55 pounds and it’s limited to altitudes of 400 feet with a few exceptions.  Drones may also not be flown out of visual contact.

IBEW/NECA electrical and communication training spans more than 70 years and has been continuously adapted to new technologies like UAVs.  Training was refined at the dawn of the Information Age and for data storage, building automation, wireless integrated communications, electric vehicles and robotics.  It is the prime reason why the Electrical Connection partners with visionary organizations like AUVSI-Gateway Chapter so our workforce is always prepared to safely and proficiently install the technologies we will rely on in the future.  Learn more at

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