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American Society of Concrete Contractors Forms Mentor Advisory Board

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The Emerging Leaders Committee of the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC), St. Louis, MO, has formed a Mentor Advisory Board to provide advice to ASCC members who don’t need a full-time mentor, but could use the experience and wisdom of a seasoned counterpart.

Advisory Board members are long time ASCC members with decades of concrete contracting field and management experience. They will handle questions regarding contracts and other legal matters, business development, business management, safety operations and finance.

“This Board is meant for brief telephone calls between contractor members,” explained Kevin Riley, chair of the ASCC Emerging Leaders Committee. Staff matches callers with Advisory Board members so there is no conflict of interest.

Three years ago the Emerging Leaders Committee established a mentor/mentee program for ASCC members which pairs concrete construction professionals with lesser experienced contractors in a long term guided program to share knowledge and experiences. “Mentees can be any ASCC member seeking to augment their general knowledge or someone looking for guidance in a particular discipline,” says Todd Scharich, ASCC director of member services.

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

Great Rivers Greenway Seeking Community Input for Chouteau Greenway

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Community Feedback will Shape Goals for Project

Great Rivers Greenway and its partners are seeking more public input from area residents to help develop the community goals for the Chouteau Greenway project, which will bring a long-time vision to life as part of the region’s overall network of greenways. People from across the region are encouraged to complete an online survey at www.ChouteauGreenway.org by Dec. 20, 2017. Hard copies of the survey are also available by calling 314-436-7009 or visiting one of the neighborhood meetings, festivals and pop-up events in the region.

“The partners envision Chouteau Greenway as becoming common ground – weaving together our diverse neighborhoods and communities into a vibrant and unique St. Louis experience enjoyed by all,” says Susan Trautman, CEO of Great Rivers Greenway. “To achieve this, we need to hear from people so the design reflects their wants and needs. What will make them feel welcome and safe? What stories do we need to tell through signage, design or public art? What destinations do they want to connect to? We want to hear it all.”

The goal for the Chouteau Greenway project is to connect the areas of Washington University and Forest Park to the Washington University Medical Center & BJC, the Cortex Innovation District, the City Foundry STL and Armory projects, Grand Center Arts District, Saint Louis University, Harris-Stowe State University, Midtown, Downtown and the Gateway Arch and Mississippi Riverfront. With spurs north and south, the greenway will likely stretch 5-7 miles, connecting area neighborhoods, employment centers, parks, transit and dozens of cultural and educational institutions.

Design teams interested in submitting their qualifications for the design competition were required to do so by Nov. 21, 2017. A jury, comprised of nine local and international experts, is currently reviewing all submissions and will recommend four teams to compete before the end of the year. Those four teams will be briefed on the project, including the survey results and community goals, in early January and will complete a conceptual design to show the community in April 2018. The jury will then evaluate the plans based on design and community goals in late April, and the winning team will finalize their design, completing the competition, in June 2018. The next steps will determine how to bring the project to life through further design, engineering, construction, operations and maintenance.

Great Rivers Greenway has also chosen 40 community members, out of the 205 who applied, to be a part of the Community Advisory Committee (CAC) to provide vision and guidance for the project. Additional stakeholder groups are forming to provide input throughout the process from a wide variety of agencies, businesses and organizations. For more information about the project and the survey, visit www.ChouteauGreenway.org.

Great Rivers Greenway is the public agency connecting the St. Louis region with greenways, with 113 miles built so far. St. Louisans decided to leave a legacy for future generations by investing in and connecting together some of our region’s best assets – rivers, parks and communities.

Electrical Connection Launches Campaign to Reduce Home Electrical Fires

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Electrical-Related Fires Increase in Winter Months; More Than 45,000 Home Electrical Fires Reported Annually According to 2017 Report

As the winter months approach, the Electrical Connection is raising awareness to reduce hazards of home electrical fires typically associated with colder weather.  Improper use of space heaters, extension cords, holiday lighting combine with overtaxed circuits to enhance the risk of electrical fire hazards over the winter months.  The Electrical Connection is providing safety tips to reduce those hazards in response to a national report earlier this year on electrical fires by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) (see http://www.nfpa.org/News-and-Research/Fire-statistics-and-reports/Fire-statistics/Fire-causes/Electrical-and-consumer-electronics/Electrical).  The Electrical Connection is a partnership of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 and the St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractor Association (NECA).

The NFPA report issued in March 2017 details an annual average of 45,210 U.S. home structure fires reported in the U.S. involving electrical failure or malfunction from 2010 to 2014. The fires resulted in 420 civilian deaths, 1,370 civilian injuries and $1.4 billion in direct property damage each year, according to the report.

“People tend to stay indoors more in the winter months and sometimes misuse electrical devices, such as space heaters, extension cords and holiday lights, creating a potential fire hazard in their homes,” said Frank Jacobs, business manager, IBEW Local 1.  “We want to get ahead that by launching a public safety campaign.”

NFPA found that electrical distribution or lighting equipment was involved in 57 percent of the home fires involving electrical failure or malfunction. Fires involving heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment accounted for 19% of fires, nine percent involved kitchen and cooking equipment, and seven percent involved personal and household equipment.

“Our NECA contractors are frequently called to make electrical repairs to faulty installations that were perform by someone who didn’t have the skills to do the work,” noted Doug Martin, CEO, St. Louis Chapter NECA.  “We emphasize building to National Electrical Code standards to avoid wiring hazards hidden behind walls of homes and businesses.”

NFPA reported that non-home fires resulted in 20 civilian deaths, 190 civilian injuries, and $659 million in direct property damage each year from 2010-2014.

Electrical Connection members 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.

Electrical Connection Safety Tips

Always make sure installations in your home or business conform to the standards of the National Electrical Code (NEC).  This requires a fully licensed electrical contractor.  The Electrical Connection has the largest data base of licensed electrical contractors in St. Louis and Eastern Missouri. It can be accessed by visiting www.electricalconnection.org.  Other safety tips to be aware of:

WARNING: While homeowners can visually inspect electrical systems, we do not recommend they attempt to fix or tinker with them in any way.  Leave that to a licensed professional.

  • Space Heaters/Electric Blankets — Never use an extension cord for an electrical heating appliance, such as a space heater or an electric blanket. The cord provided with the heating device is properly rated and should be connected directly to the electrical outlet. Inspect your space heater and discard it if it shows deterioration, particularly around the plug-in cord, or it lacks a functioning automatic shut off if tipped over.  Watch where you place the space heaters to keep it away from combustible materials.  Keep children away from space heaters.  Closely inspect electric blankets and heating pads and discard them if you note any potential fire hazard, such as discoloration due to overheating or exposed wiring.
  • Extension Cords — Never use an extension cord for an extended time as a permanent or temporary wiring solution. Extension cords aren’t made to be used for long periods of time and can result in electrical fires. When you are using an extension cord, always ensure that the plug has all three prongs. This ensures that your cord will stay properly grounded, which could prevent the cord from overloading. Any extension cords without the third prong should be discarded immediately.
  • Holiday Lights – Examine and discard lights with frayed wires. They are not only a fire hazard, but a shock hazard and are especially dangerous if they come in contact with a metal gutter and ladder while being installed outside. Use lights that are Underwriters Laboratories (UL) tested for safety and don’t exceed the strands of lights that can be connected as detailed on the product.  Pay attention to whether the lights are rated for indoor or outdoor use.  Consider using LED lights which last 20 times longer and don’t burn hot like traditional incandescent lights. Child-proof all holiday decorations. Lights can be fascinating to young children and if they get too curious can expose them to a live circuit.
  • Outlets — Don’t overload sockets with plugs that could start a fire. Any electrical outlets in your home that are near a water source—sinks, bathtubs, washing machines—require a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) according to the National Electrical Code. A GFCI is a fast-acting circuit breaker that shuts down your electricity as quickly as 1/40 of second after a fault occurs. If you’re missing a GFCI an electrical professional can easily install one for you.
  • Wiring — Visually inspect your home’s service panel and note any potential concerns. Contact a licensed professional if the panel is not firmly attached to the wall or wires are not neatly enclosed within their protective box or if deterioration is noted.  Also contact a licensed professional if you note wiring connection points are not capped with a wire connector and enclosed within an appropriate UL approved junction box.

Southern Illinois Builders Association Leadership Development Council Donates Money & Toys To Big Brothers Big Sisters Of Southwestern Illinois

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WHO: Leadership Development Council of the Southern Illinois Builders Association

WHAT: Toy Drive and Cash Donations Presentation

WHEN: Wednesday, November 29 at 2:30 p.m.

WHERE: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Illinois Office, 2726 Frank Scott Parkway, Belleville, Illinois

Attendees of the SIBA Fall Industry Reception and Annual Meeting recently sponsored a toy drive to collect toys and cash to donate to the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Illinois. Throughout the year the Leadership Development Council has sponsored several events with the proceeds to be donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters. On the date listed above, the Leadership Development Council will present a check in the amount of $2,664.00 from these events to Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Volunteers Needed to Help Finish Winter 2015 Flood Recovery

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This December will mark the two-year anniversary of the rare winter flood that inundated the St. Louis confluence and damaged hundreds of homes throughout the region. Since that devastating storm, nonprofit agencies across the city and state have pulled together to help flood survivors recover. Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD) all over the greater St. Louis area have spent nearly two years reaching out to flood survivors, assessing their needs, and offering support wherever possible.

The Salvation Army has been leading case management for flood survivors in the St. Louis region.

“We have been given the opportunity to make a difference in flood survivor lives throughout the area, which would not have been possible without the generous support of our partners and thousands of hours served by volunteers. Thanks to them, survivors are living in their homes once again.” Said Kylie Ruffner, Program Manager for Salvation Army Disaster Recovery Services.

Homes all over the region have received the help of volunteers who have traveled near and fall to repair homes back to a safe and sanitary condition. From California to Virginia, volunteers have come from all over the country to help homeowners get their homes and their lives back on track.

One flood survivor in Franklin County said “It’s been a godsend. My home is beautiful. After what’s felt like a few years of bad luck, I finally feel like I’ve seen the light at the end of the tunnel.”

With hundreds of clients served, and nearly forty homes repaired, the winter 2015 disaster case management program has proved to be very successful. While the end of the program is looming near, it’s not over yet. Now more than ever, there is a great need for local volunteers to help us finish this important task. There are many homeowners still in need of home repair assistance before the year ends. With only a month and a half left of the disaster case management program, we are asking anyone in the St. Louis region with construction or home repair experience to consider serving with us!

If you are interested in helping us meet the need of flood survivors in the community, please call 314-550-1881 or email Erin Goodyear at erin_goodyear@usc.salvationarmy.org.

Habitat For Humanity Saint Louis To Purchase New Home/Headquarters In South City

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Administrative Offices, Construction Warehouse and City ReStore Under One Roof

Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis (HFHSL) has announced that it will move its headquarters to a new location at 3830 South Grand (at Grand and Chippewa).

Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis sold its property at 3763 Forest Park Avenue in April 2017 to Midas Hospitality. Since then, HFHSL has remained at the location while searching for a new site for its Administrative Offices, Construction Warehouse and City ReStore.

Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis will purchase the 51,159 square foot building on approximately 192,262 square feet from Schnuck Markets, Inc.  The 41-year old building had been used as a grocery store and more recently, as a call center. Habitat is expected to move-in by the end of April 2018.

Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis will acquire the Dutchtown property partially with a cash payment, as well as a charitable contribution from Schnucks.

Contributions to the renovation of the building are being made by board members, consultants, subcontractors and suppliers, including to date: S.M. Wilson; HOK; and Cushman and Wakefield.

The new space will allow for a 19,497 square foot ReStore with an open floor retail space similar to Habitat’s ReStore Des Peres. The new City ReStore will have its own dock for easy transfer of construction and home remodeling supplies and also will open the end of April. [Note: The ReStore Des Peres will remain open in its current location.]

The City ReStore will continue to be housed with Habitat’s Administrative Offices and Construction Warehouse.  Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis has allowed for 2,000 square feet of space for a future lease tenant.

“As a St. Louis-based business who puts a great emphasis on community service, Schnucks thanks Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis for their continued efforts to bring more affordable housing to residents of the area,” said Schnucks Senior Vice President of Real Estate Steve Heitz. “The people of St Louis are lucky to have an organization that invests so much in our community. We wish them all the best at their new headquarters and ReStore location in south St. Louis.”

Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis Chief Executive Officer, Kimberly McKinney offered, “We are delighted to have found a property in the City that will allow us to function as one — our administrative offices, construction warehouse and ReStore will be housed under one roof. We look forward to moving to our new neighborhood and to continuing the important work of providing affordable housing for hardworking low income families who deserve a safe and decent place to live.”

Schnuck Markets, Inc.

Founded in St. Louis in 1939, Schnuck Markets, Inc. is a third-generation, family-owned grocery/pharmacy retailer committed to nourishing people’s lives. The company takes pride in its community partnerships and gives more than $13 million annually in food to food pantries and more than $1.7 million to not-for-profit organizations through the company’s My Schnucks Card program. Schnucks operates 100 stores in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Iowa. Privately held, Schnucks employs 14,000 teammates and is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. Follow Schnucks on Facebook at www.facebook.com/schnucks 

Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis

Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis (HFHSL) is a not-for-profit, ecumenical housing ministry working in partnership with individuals and communities of all faiths to improve housing conditions and provide safe, decent and affordable housing in St. Louis City and County. With nearly 400 homes already built or rehabbed, HFHSL is one of the leading housing developers in St. Louis. HFHSL regularly ranks among the top Habitat for Humanity affiliates in the country. HFHSL donors, volunteers, and partner families work side-by-side to build or rehab homes ensuring that every deserving family in St. Louis has a decent place to live.

HFHSL’s two ReStores sell new and reusable construction and home remodeling supplies. The mission of the ReStore is to provide additional financial resources to HFHSL; expand opportunities to serve a broader base of the community by providing low-cost materials; and provide good stewardship of sustainable resources within the St. Louis MSA.

Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis:  Building Homes, Building Hope, Building St. Louis.

For more information, visit: www.habitatstl.org.

 

More on the Need for Affordable Housing and Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis:

Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis receives 5,000 calls each year from people living in substandard housing who inquire about eligibility for Habitat’s home buying program. In 2016, more than 800 individuals or couples living in St. Louis City or County for at least one year, making within 25-50% of the area median income and living in substandard housing, requested a pre-screen application to begin the process of applying to the program. In 2016, five families closed on their new home with the responsibility of a monthly affordable payment.

In addition to a down payment and a 30-year affordable mortgage, each HFHSL homebuyer invests 350 sweat-equity volunteer hours into building or rehabbing a home and attending life skills classes. Homeowners are teachers, healthcare providers and returning college students determined to achieve homeownership and create a legacy for their families.

 

Electrical Connection & Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis Celebrate 10-Year Homebuilding Partnership

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Hundreds of St. Louis families are living the dream of homeownership thanks to an enduring partnership between the Electrical Connection and Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis.  For 10 consecutive years, the Electrical Connection has ensured that more than 180 Habitat homes have been wired safely by donating electrical services and materials for code-compliant installations.  The Electrical Connection is a partnership of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 and the St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association.

“We are grateful to have had the support of the Electrical Connection for 10 consecutive years.  The Electrical Connection not only generously donates materials and services to safely wire Habitat for Humanity Homes, but it ensures the installations meet code requirements,” said Kimberly McKinney CEO, Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis.  “With the Electrical Connection’s assistance, we can continue the important work of providing affordable housing for hardworking low income families who deserve a safe and decent place to live.”

Over the past 10 years, the Electrical Connection donation has covered every aspect of electrical infrastructure and fixtures in Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis homes.  In total, it amounts to:

  • More than 360,000 feet of Romex wiring
  • More than 2,160 fixtures
  • More than 3,240 light switches
  • More than 7,200 receptacles

“Our partnership with Habitat for Humanity is just one way we are committed to strengthening our home town,” said Frank Jacobs, business manager, IBEW Local 1.  “Our electricians and communication technicians understand that the vitality of our neighborhoods is energized by broadening opportunities for home ownership.”

St. Louis NECA Chapter CEO Doug Martin echoed those sentiments.  “NECA partners with the IBEW through the Electrical Connection to leverage our technical proficiencies where it can best help build stronger communities.”

Electrical Connection members 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.

Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis

Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis (HFHSL) is a not-for-profit, ecumenical housing ministry working in partnership with individuals and communities of all faiths to improve housing conditions and provide safe, decent and affordable housing in St. Louis City and County. With nearly 400 homes already built or rehabbed, HFHSL is one of the leading housing developers in St. Louis. HFHSL donors, volunteers, and partner families work side-by-side to build or rehab homes ensuring that every deserving family in St. Louis has a decent place to live.

In addition to a down payment and a 30-year affordable mortgage, each HFHSL homebuyer invests 350 sweat-equity volunteer hours into building or rehabbing a home and attending life skills classes. Homeowners are teachers, healthcare providers and returning college students determined to achieve homeownership and create a legacy for their families.

Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis:  Building Homes, Building Hope, Building St. Louis. For more information, visit: www.habitatstl.org.

Photo Above: The Electrical Connection is celebrating 10 consecutive years of service wiring Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis homes.  Left to right are Habitat for Humanity Project Manager Kevin Rapp and Dave Roth and Ryan Dougherty, both with the Electrical Connection.

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:  www.agcmo.org

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.”

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