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St. Clair County Breaks Ground for $8.1 Million River Bridge District Project

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Critical infrastructure improvements aim to attract additional industry and jobs along East St. Louis Riverfront

With a ceremonial tossing of the dirt by several public and private stakeholders, work got underway Tuesday morning on the $8.1 million River Bridge District Project, which aims to transform a key section of the East St. Louis Riverfront into a magnet for additional industry and jobs.  St. Clair County Board Chairman Mark Kern was joined by East St. Louis Mayor Emeka Jackson-Hicks; James Nations, chairman of the Southwestern Illinois Development Authority (SWIDA), and representatives of the various funding partners and other invited guests for the official groundbreaking, which took place on Front Street at the intersection of Trendley Ave. directly across from the Gateway Arch.

The project is the final piece to a suite of substantial highway infrastructure improvements in the immediate area, including the relocation of Illinois Route 3 and the opening of the new Stan Musial Veteran’s Memorial Bridge.

The River Bridge District Project involves a comprehensive, multi-million dollar overhaul of Front Street from Trendley Ave. in East St. Louis to where the road dead ends in Fairmont City, as well as improvements to connecting roadways. The initial phase includes the critical rebuilding and upgrading of Front Street to allow for enhanced access for the burgeoning commercial traffic being generated by Cargill and Bunge-SCF along the East St. Louis Riverfront.  In addition to improving the mile long stretch of Front Street that links these two industry leaders so it can better support their growing operations, the project will also open up several hundred acres of undeveloped, newly accessible ground that is ripe for investment by other agribusiness and distribution companies.

Speaking at the event, St. Clair County Board Chairman Mark Kern noted, “Many of you know that over the recent years the surrounding area has seen millions of dollars in transportation infrastructure investment – much of it actually visible from this very spot. The policy strategy here is to return this area to the strategic center as a prime location for smooth and convenient transportation efficiencies. Ultimately, we believe this investment will continue to spur the robust expansion of business, leading to economic health and local prosperity.”

Specific improvements include adding a thick concrete surface to Front Street, and widening the road to 30 feet from its existing 20 – 24 foot footprint, so that it can better handle the heavy truck traffic, especially during harvest season. An estimated 400 trucks a day currently use the road, and that number is expected to grow by 30 percent with market growth and improved conditions. The project also will include resurfacing of Trendley Avenue from Front Street to Main Street, the reconstruction of West Missouri Avenue from Front Street to B Street and the reconstruction of B Street from Missouri Avenue to River Park Drive.  All three streets would be 24-feet wide upon completion of the work.

This important infrastructure work also will create enhanced access for patrons and employees of the Casino Queen and citizens of East St. Louis, providing separation of the heavy commercial traffic from other normal public movement. Instead of using River Park Drive, truck traffic would come down Trendley Ave. to Front Street and have direct access from there to Route 3, which is now connected to the new Mississippi River Bridge. A separated lane for pedestrian and bike traffic that would tie into the Malcolm W. Martin Memorial Park is included the Front Street rebuilding project. A new roundabout near the Casino Queen on River Park Drive is part of Phase 2 of the project, and that will help reduce traffic congestion issues.

“When this project was first presented to the City we were hopeful of the tremendous potential that this kind of infrastructure investment could produce for the City,” stated East St. Louis Mayor Emeka Jackson-Hicks.  “But as mayor of this City, I have to ask myself, ‘What else can such a project bring to the citizens and economic health of our City?’ We would like to ensure that more of the benefits of this project can see their way to the citizens of East St. Louis. I am proud and happy to announce that the project team – under Chairman’s Kern direction, has accomplished this and the minority participation goal for this project has been increased from 12% to 20%. We fully expect that some of these jobs will bring more prosperity and experience to my citizens.”

Funding for the project is coming from various public and private sources, including $1.5 million from the private sector. Bungee-SFC, Cargill, and Casino Queen have each committed $500,000 for the project. The additional funding is being provided in the form of a $3.5 million grant from the US Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA); a $1.5 million contribution from SWIDA; $900,000 from the St. Clair County Transit District; $500,000 from the Metro East Park and Recreation District and a $125,000 TARP grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Illinois-based Baxmeyer Construction Co. has been selected as the general contractor for the job, while engineering is being handled by TWM of Swansea. Work on phase one is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2017, while Phase 2 is expected to wrap up a year thereafter.

Above Photo (L to R):

William Warren, EDA; Delores Lysakowski, Chairperson, St. Clair County Transit District; East St. Louis Mayor Emeka Jackson-Hicks; Barb Holt, Chairperson, Metro East Parks & Recreation District; Jeff Watson, President and General Manager, Casino Queen; Rick Bauwens, Bunge-SCF; Mark Kern, St. Clair County Board Chairman; James Nations, Chairman, SWIDA; Fred Oleshlaeger, Cargill; and Lonnie Mosely, St. Clair County Board Member.


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.) has honored a community of entrepreneurial idea generation and enduring leadership in the local construction industry.  The Cortex Innovation Community was 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, was 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 was saluted with the Dick Mantia Labor Award.  The awards were presented at a luncheon at the Cedars at St. Raymond’s at 939 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

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

The Saint Louis Construction Cooperative awards recipients seated in the front row are, left to right, Dennis Corrigan, , CEO of Corrigan Co., Dr. John Gaal, director of training and workforce development for the St. Louis-Kansas City Carpenters Regional Council, Mike Sullivan, COO of the Cortex Innovation Community.  In the back row, left to right, are John Stiffler and Tom Heeger, Saint Louis Construction Cooperative co chairs, and Jeff Aboussie, former secretary-treasurer, St. Louis Building & Construction Trades Council, AFL-CIO.

Kirberg Company Receives BBB 2016 Torch Award

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Michelle Corey, St. Louis BBB president and CEO, Eric Kirberg, President of Kirberg Company and emcee Chris Nagus, News 4 investigative reporter.

Eric Kirberg, president of Kirberg Company, proudly announces that the company has received the coveted 2016 BBB TORCH Award.  The Better Business Bureau (BBB) Serving Eastern Missouri and Southern Illinois presented the award.  The award recognizes their commitment to customer service through exceptional standards for ethical business practices.  Kirberg Company has been a leader in the commercial and residential roofing industry for 97 years.  Eric Kirberg accepted the award Thursday October 27th at the Chase Park Plaza in St. Louis.

“BBB’s TORCH Awards celebrate exceptional companies with great customer service and ethics,” said Scott Mosby, BBB board chair and chief executive of Mosby Building Arts. “Start with Trust, honor the exceptional and learn from the best, is our practice within St. Louis BBB. These companies and charities are examples to emulate for anyone who wants to be trusted in the marketplace.”

Lara Toledo, Executive Director of the Center for Women in Transition, nominated Kirberg Company for the TORCH Award.  In 2015, Kirberg Company donated $36,000 in labor and materials to install a new roof at the Baker House.

“We are all extremely grateful for the generous donation of a complete roof replacement from Kirberg in 2015,” Laura Toledo stated. “They also coordinated with other contractors to make sure that the job was done well and at no cost to the agency. Kirberg has continued to support the mission of the Center for Women in Transition in numerous ways since then. Kirberg is an excellent company that is dedicated to its community.”

Through practicing and promoting restorative justice, the center assists women in the criminal justice system in making a successful transition back to their families and communities. Baker House is one of two transitional living facilities ran by the center. The women are offered safe, stable housing as they make the difficult transition from incarceration back to their communities and families. Residents receive case management, life skills instruction, guidance from volunteer mentors, assistance with locating jobs, and accessing other resources, such as substance abuse treatment, medical and mental health care.

“We were delighted to be able to help our friends at the Center for Women in Transition,” said Eric Kirberg, President, Kirberg Company. “The Center provides a wonderful service here in town, and a new roof was badly needed. Now the apartment building will remain open to help hundreds of women for years to come.”

In its nearly 100 years of service to the St. Louis community, Kirberg Company has installed almost every type of roof.  After emigrating from Germany, Eric’s great-grandfather founded the business in 1920 and began installing slate and tile roofs.  Once Eric’s father took over in the 1970s, the company dedicated energies to becoming experts in newer technologies which included roofing systems for flat roofs, such as EPDM, TPO, and Modified.  Today, Kirberg Company services nearly every type of roof system from slate and tile, to flat roof applications.  They are also capable of installing green roof systems and solar roofing systems.

Over the years, Kirberg Company has expanded by acquiring companies in Kansas City, Kansas, and Springfield, Missouri.  Recently Kirberg has opened a new office in Springdale, Arkansas. Their reach allows Kirberg to service clients from coast to coast. Major retailers nationwide are among Kirberg’s regular customers.

Kirberg’s field personnel are all union members. By working closely with the union, the company can provide its employees top-notch training to sharpen hands-on skills and safety protocols. Kirberg rewards employees who exhibit conscientious safety awareness, remain accident free, and consistently demonstrates exceptional performance.

With 90 field employees in St. Louis and approximately 50 in its other branches, Kirberg Company is committed to exceeding customer expectations.

“Getting roofs done right the first time, that’s always been our motto,” Kirberg said. “When our roofers are as good as they are, it’s easy to have good customer service when the work is almost perfect.”

Kirberg company is located at 1400 South Third Street in downtown St. Louis. Learn more about Kirberg Company at

BBB is a nonprofit, business-supported organization that sets and upholds high standards for fair and honest business behavior.

PHOTO CAPTION: Michelle Corey, St. Louis BBB president and CEO, Eric Kirberg, President of Kirberg Company and emcee Chris Nagus, News 4 investigative reporter.

Industry Information Forum for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Next NGA West Campus “N2W”

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District will host an Industry Information Forum for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Next NGA West Campus (N2W) program. The Forum will be held on December 8, 2016 at 9:00 AM located at the Central Library, St. Louis, Missouri.

The purpose of this Information Forum is to:

  • continue the open communication with Industry regarding the NGA program
  • improve Industry’s understanding of USACE’s requirements – 2 Phase design build
  • provide an update about the program schedule
  • answer questions on the N2W Program
  • provide information on how the community can support this program
  • provide networking opportunities

For planning, logistics and security purposes, contractors interested in participating shall RSVP by submitting your company name, address, and the names of no more than two attendees to no later than November 15, 2016.

Industry Forum Date: December 8, 2016

Time: Please arrive before 8:45 AM for registration.

The presentation will begin at 9:00 AM and will conclude by 10:00 AM

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM – potential prime contractors will be available for networking opportunities

Location: St. Louis Public Library – Central Library – Auditorium

1301 Olive Street, St. Louis, MO 63103

RSVP no later than: December 5, 2016

RSVP to:

Please include Onsite NGA in the Subject Line as well as submit your company name, address, and the names of no more than two attendees and e-mail address.


NOTE: if you are unable to attend this event, additional industry events are tentatively planned for February and June 2017.

Lutheran Senior Services Begins $5.8 Million Expansion Of Dunn Road Manor Affordable Living Community In Florissant

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Lutheran Senior Services (LSS) broke ground this week on the $5.8 million construction of 36 new affordable housing apartments at its 62-unit Dunn Road Manor affordable living community at 3399 Dunn Road in Florissant. The new apartments will be located in a new wing added to the existing building that provides direct access to a variety of health-related and social services including a shared commercial kitchen, computer lab with internet access, library, parish nurse, chaplaincy services, multipurpose room and a unique tele-health kiosk already enjoyed by current Dunn Road Manor residents.  When completed, Dunn Road Manor will provide independent living for 98 residents with an average age of 78 and average annual income of $11,000.

The project will utilize the Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) offered by the Missouri Housing Development Commission.  In 2012, LSS opened its first LIHTC project at the Village at Mackenzie Place in Affton.  LSS currently provides decent, safe and affordable housing to nearly 800 very low income older adults in the St. Louis area as part of its mission to help older adults live life to the fullest.

“LSS is able to provide more than the bricks and mortar of housing, but also a family-like atmosphere where low income residents have an opportunity to successfully age in place, remaining at home where they wish to stay,” said Susan Hutchinson, Executive Director of Affordable Housing at LSS. “Dunn Road Manor has experienced a significant waiting list since it first opened, and this new addition will help provide a service enriched environment that meets the marketplace demand.”

Paric is providing general contracting services, and St. Louis Design Alliance in the project architect.  Construction is scheduled for completion in Fall 2017.

St. Louis Named a Top “Sell” Market for Retail Real Estate

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Ten-X, the nation’s leading online real estate marketplace, this week released its latest U.S. Retail Market Outlook, including the top five ‘Buy’ and ‘Sell’ markets for retail real estate assets. The long-term forecast reveals the sector is still recovering, slowed by the rise of e-commerce and major shifts in consumer behavior.

Milwaukee, Detroit, St. Louis, Memphis and Philadelphia are the top markets where Ten-X Research estimates that market conditions might cause retail investors to consider selling their properties. These cities reflect several lagging economic and demographic indicators in the Midwest and Northeast, where stagnating wages and lackluster growth outside of the major urban cores have made for a weakened retail climate.

The long-term forecast reveals Austin, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and San Francisco as markets in which investors should consider buying retail assets. These markets, concentrated largely in the Southeast and West, are being fueled by robust local economies, where a steady influx of new residents are able to find jobs and fuel overall growth.

The Ten-X Research report notes that 13 percent of all retail sales are now conducted through e-commerce – a share that is expected to climb in the years to come. This has impeded demand for retail space, but the very low level of new retail construction means that absorption will outpace new supply nationally over the next two years. The result will be continued slow recovery in vacancies, though research indicates demand may begin to dry up by 2019, pushing vacancies back above 10 percent and close to recession-era peaks.

“As more consumers opt to do their shopping online, the retail market is battling major headwinds as it crawls toward a comeback after the downturn,” said Ten-X Chief Economist Peter Muoio. “Strong economic conditions in certain regions are propping up the sector nationally on a statistical level, but this lasting shift in behavior will remain a stubborn impediment to the retail industry in the years to come.”

During the quarter, a modest uptick in demand pushed rents up 2.1 percent year-over-year and vacancies fell by 20 bps to just under 10 percent. Overall deal volume in the sector fell to $17.6 billion during the second quarter – a 10.3 percent reduction from the same period in 2015.

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The Retail Sector’s Top Five ‘Buy’ Markets:


Austin’s economic fortunes continue to soar, making it an ideal spot for retail investment. Local employment has grown between 3 and 5 percent over the last five years and shows no signs of slowing, while population growth has more than tripled the national rate for more than a decade. Coupled with a thin supply pipeline, strong demand for retail in the area is poised to drive vacancies below 5 percent by 2018, and rents are expected to rise by more than 4 percent over the same period.


Burgeoning leisure and hospitality industries have been powering Miami’s swift recovery from the recession, helping to push overall employment to an all-time peak. While unemployment is still hovering slightly above the national rate, it has dropped drastically from its pre-recession peak. The city’s retail sector has been thriving, with rents climbing more than 4 percent over the last year. Vacancies are expected to dip as low as 4 percent by 2018, and a dearth of supply additions on the horizon puts buyers in position to capitalize on the strong market.

Fort Lauderdale

Retail conditions are also inviting in Miami’s neighboring city to the north, Fort Lauderdale. Though vacancies and rents have been mostly stable over the last year, a steady stream of supply is expected to dry up in the near future, pushing the market sharply in the right direction. The city’s recovery from the recession has been robust, and unemployment is currently just above 4 percent – well below the national average. Ten-X Research data indicates strong population growth and job projections are likely to set investors up for annual NOI growth of about 4.2 percent through 2020.

West Palm Beach

The third South Florida city to make the ‘Buy’ list, West Palm Beach is benefitting from escalating population growth and steadily increasing employment numbers, each of which outpaces national averages. Retail demand is strong enough to withstand healthy additions to supply, and Ten-X Research forecasts that it will pull vacancies below 7 percent by 2018. Rents should continue an accelerating growth pattern over the same period, and steadily improving fundamentals show NOI will continue to grow at close to 4 percent.

San Francisco

The surging tech sector in and around San Francisco continues to make the city a solid bet for investors. Employment has taken off since the recession, with job growth averaging better than 4 percent per year and unemployment hovering just above 3 percent. Coupled with an empty supply pipeline, the continued boom projects to lower vacancies to 1.9 percent by 2018 – a historical low. While overreliance on a single sector can make a metro market particularly volatile, data suggests rents are poised to climb in the coming years, pushing NOI up roughly 3.2 percent each year.

The Retail Sector’s Top Five ‘Sell’ Markets:


Despite an unemployment rate below the U.S. average, Milwaukee is hampered by a struggling economy, including tepid employment growth and near-stagnant population levels. Ten-X Research predicts that the city will continue seeing lukewarm demand for retail space, and with 650,000 square feet of product hitting the market, vacancy rates will stay above the mid-11 percent range in the next two years. The influx of supply will limit rent growth to less than 1 percent per year through 2018, and annual NOI gains are expected to average a meager 0.4 percent through 2020.


Detroit’s population is growing for the first time in a decade, but the city’s total employment remains more than 10 percent lower than its prior cyclical peak, in part due to the muted comeback of the city’s manufacturing sector. Even with limited supply coming to market, the report indicates that middling retail demand will nudge vacancy rates into the high-10 percent range by 2018, before the market enters a projected downturn. Ten-X Research predicts that rent growth will average just 1.2 percent over the next two years before declining in a cyclical downturn, while NOI growth is expected to average 0.5 percent per year through 2020.

St. Louis

St. Louis’ metro population growth has lagged behind that of the U.S. for several decades, measuring 0.2 percent in 2015. While the city has surpassed its previous peak in terms of total employment, St. Louis job growth is expected to be 1 percent per year through 2018. The city’s retail market will see modest supply additions in the coming years, but the report notes that weak demand will likely keep vacancy rates at or above the mid-11 percent range over the next few years. Ten-X Research predicts effective rents will grow by 1.3 percent per year through 2018 before falling, while NOIs will grow by 0.8 percent annually through 2020.


Buoyed by a transportation/utilities sector which set a new peak level for employment in 2016, Memphis’ total employment numbers are 1.4 percent below their prior highs. The city’s retail supply pipeline is limited, but Memphis’ population grew 0.1 percent in 2015 — a metro that has lagged behind the country in this measure for nine straight years. Ten-X Research projects vacancy rates will remain above 10 percent through 2018 before increasing more drastically. Effective rent growth faces a similarly bleak outlook, with projections averaging 1.3 percent over the next two years before declining during 2019 and 2020.


Philadelphia’s economy is accelerating, with payrolls 2.5 percent higher than their prior peak, but the city’s population growth slowed in 2015 and its unemployment rate remains higher than the U.S. average. Even with a modest supply pipeline, the city’s limited demand for retail space is expected to keep vacancy rates hovering over 10 percent in the coming years. Ten-X Research projects effective rents climbing just 1.6 percent per year through 2018 and annual NOI growth of 1 percent through 2020.


OSHA Requests Nominations for Advisory Committee on Construction Safety & Health

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is accepting nominations for eight new members to serve on the 15-member Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health. Nominations will be accepted from those interested in representing employee (3), employer (3), public (1) and state safety and health agency (1) groups. Nominations may be submitted at, the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Submissions may also be sent by mail or facsimile. See the Federal Register notice for details. The deadline for submissions is Jan. 27, 2017.

ACCSH, established under the Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act and the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, advises the secretary of labor and assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health on construction standards and policy matters.

OSHA Releases Updated Recommended Practices to Encourage Workplace Safety & Health Programs

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has released a set of Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs to help employers establish a methodical approach to improving safety and health in their workplaces.

The recommendations update OSHA’s 1989 guidelines to reflect changes in the economy, workplaces, and evolving safety and health issues. The recommendations, according to OSHA, feature a new, easier-to-use format and should be particularly helpful to small- and medium-sized businesses. Also new is a section on multi-employer workplaces and a greater emphasis on continuous improvement. Supporting tools and resources are included.

The programs are not prescriptive; they are built around a core set of business processes that can be implemented to suit a particular workplace in any industry. OSHA has seen them successfully implemented in manufacturing, construction, health care, technology, retail, services, higher education, and government.

Key principles include: leadership from the top to send a message that safety and health is critical to the business operations; worker participation in finding solutions; and a systematic approach to find and fix hazards.

“Since OSHA’s original guidelines were published more than 25 years ago, employers and employees have gained a lot of experience in how to use safety and health programs to systematically prevent injuries and illnesses in the workplace,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. “We know that working together to implement these programs will help prevent injuries and illnesses, and also make businesses more sustainable.”

The OSHA recommendations include seven core elements for a safety and health program: management leadership; worker participation; hazard identification and assessment; hazard prevention and control; education and training; program evaluation and improvement; and communication and coordination for host employers, contractors and staffing agencies.

The recommendations are advisory only and do not create any new legal obligations or alter existing obligations created by OSHA standards or regulations.

Arcturis Receives Three Awards from the Illuminating Engineering Society

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Arcturis is pleased to announce three of their projects have received awards from the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), whose mission combines lighting knowledge with practical application for the general public.

The IES Illumination Awards provide a unique opportunity for public recognition of professionalism, ingenuity, and originality in lighting design. Arcturis was bestowed two Guth Awards for Interior Lighting Design and an Energy and Environmental Design Award.

Spire offices receive Edwin F. Guth Award for Interior Lighting Design

Arcturis’s Brian Waite was the lead lighting designer for Spire’s new offices at 700 Market Street, which won the Guth Award. The award recognizes exceptional interior lighting projects that balance the functional illumination of space with the artistic application of light to enhance the occupant’s experience.

Waite’s approach to designing the lighting at the iconic building in downtown St. Louis followed architect Philip Johnson’s minimalist, modern style

“The Laclede Group’s building was a 130,000 square foot office renovation and required an understated approach to lighting. Inspiration came from the building’s original design and the client’s vision of a clean, classic, and timeless space,” Waite said.

The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Its square shape is bisected into two three-story triangles, which center on a circular rotunda. Following Johnson’s original approach, flat lensed 2×2 LED fixtures were selected for the split square volume with round fixtures placed throughout the circular volume.

Because the client is a utility company, energy reduction was a major project goal. Strategies to conserve energy include efficient fixtures that reduce power use by 41.83%, occupancy-sensing fixtures in lower-traffic spaces, and extensive use of natural daylight.

Guth Award for CIC @ CET

Arcturis’s CIC@CET project also won a Guth Award. This science and technology incubator space provides entrepreneurs an opportunity to develop new technologies. Designers Eva Krueger and Chrissy Rogers created a collaborative and inspiring concept to support tenants’ work.

“Careful consideration was given to making sure every aspect of the building is dynamic – from the round pendants that dangle over the circular lounge reception area to the linear direct pendants that highlight the custom triangular ceiling,” said Rogers.

Energy and Environmental Design Award for a financial services office project

IES awarded an Energy and Environmental Design Award to financial services office project that was completed as a partnership between Arcturis and William Tao & Associates.

Designers were challenged to meet or exceed the company’s corporate energy reduction initiative within the 90,000 square foot space. The team investigated the impact of upgrading from standard T5 recessed linear lighting to LEDs as part of their work.

“After multiple studies and mock ups, the team decided to go with LEDs for energy savings, maintenance and dimability. When combined with a digital control system, the client’s return on investment is 15%,” Waite said.

Arcturis is a national design firm based in St. Louis that specializes in planning, architecture, interior design, graphic design, and workspace optimization.

AGC Celebrates BuildMO Week

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The AGC of Missouri kicked off BuildMO Week at PARIC’s 212 S. Meramec job site in Clayton on Monday. BuildMO Week celebrates the construction industry in Missouri. Additional events were held in Jefferson City and Springfield on October 11, and at the Construction Training Center in St. Louis on October 14.

Leonard Toenjes, president, AGC of Missouri, said 212 S. Meramec is a symbol of what construction means to the Missouri economy. By the time it is complete, it will have provided 250,000 hours of construction employment to area workers.

The 212 S. Meramec project is 382,666-square-foot, 26-story post-tension concrete high-rise building. When complete, it will be the largest multi-family, mixed-used building in Clayton. The $60 million tower will host retail space, a parking garage, 250 luxury apartments spread across the top 20 stories of the building, and a roof-top swimming pool.

Construction on the high-rise building began in October 2015, and completion is expected in June 2017.  During BuildMO Week, workers were pouring the 17th floor of the structure. Keith Wolkoff, president of PARIC, said that as of September 30, 2016, the 212 S. Meramec project had logged a total of 92,453 hours of work by laborers, carpenters, operators, ironworkers, electricians, sheet metal workers, plumbers, pipefitters, cement masons, sprinkler fitters, glaziers, tapers and roofers.

Keith Wolkoff
Keith Wolkoff

“Three years ago, the developer challenged us and our partners to deliver a best in class, mixed-use building with great amenities and a harmony of great design and marketability,” Wolkoff said. “We are very proud of the technology and innovation we’ve applied to this project to reach that goal, including BIM 3-D modeling to remove waste and robotic layout to eliminate re-work,” he said. “We brought BASF in as a consultant to develop a specialty concrete mix not used in St. Louis before to hit the (strength requirements) with less weight. BASF has worked on the majority of the tallest concrete building designs in the world.”

212 S. Meramec is a joint venture of PARIC and McHugh. Major subcontractors on the project include CECO Concrete Construction, concrete; Murphy Company, HVAC and plumbing engineer; Kaiser Electric, electrical engineer; and Fire Tech, fire protection engineer. The developer/owner is WORP/CA Clayton, LLC. Architect is HDA Architects and Alper Audi is structural engineer. Project investors include union pension funds and others.

Toenjes noted that construction is a major driver of Missouri’s economy, employing more than 116,200 persons throughout the state, with Missouri ranking 4th in the nation in one-month employment growth between July and August 2016.

In 2015, he said, Missouri construction contributed $11 billion (3.8 percent) of the state’s GDP of $293 billion. That same year, Missouri construction wages and salaries totaled $ $6.5 billion. In 2014, construction workers’ pay in Missouri averaged $54,400, 18 percent more than all private sector employees in the state. Missouri had 13,000 construction firms in 2014, of which 92 percent had fewer than 20 employees.

While celebrating what the construction industry has accomplished, Toenjes pointed to challenges ahead.  Employment has passed pre-recession figures and the industry is now facing a critical workforce shortage. “Every day we hear new reports of contractors turning down or delaying work because of the skilled worker shortage,” said Toenjes.

In the last six months, the AGC of Missouri launched a new web portal to connect contractors with unfilled jobs to people seeking work. “We never had to do that before,” he said

“When young people are contemplating a career choice, we hope they will consider construction,” he added. “Our industry can be a rewarding and challenging career choice. With new technologies, sustainable buildings, new construction methods and other innovations, we are looking to the best and brightest to join our industry. We need bodies, hands, and brains to keep building in Missouri. Come join us – there are jobs waiting!”

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