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Bangert, Inc. Announces New Partnership with Acumatica

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Bangert, Inc. today launched its new partnership with Acumatica, a developer of cloud and browser-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) software for small to medium-sized businesses. Founded in 2008, Acumatica recently secured a $25 million Series C round of funding that it will use to stimulate further growth – a pursuit that Bangert, Inc. has been aligned with for the past 35 years. Acumatica Construction Edition strengthens Bangert, Inc.’s portfolio of technology products for construction companies and will empower their clients to stay on the cutting-edge.

“In this era, technology offers significant opportunity for our clients,” said Kurt Bangert, CEO of Bangert, Inc. “Acumatica opens doors that traditional on-premises or hosted solutions don’t even know exist. As processes evolve and people adapt, cloud-based solutions are a good investment to ensure everything stays streamlined, organized, and available when you need it.”

Acumatica’s true cloud accounting platform enables companies to manage their data in real-time on any device: mobile, tablet, laptop, desktop, PC, iOS, or Android. A few of Acumatica’s key features include:

  • SaaS subscription-based, unlimited user licensing – no hardware needed, no updates to install
  • Construction-specific solutions with a broad set of core functions beyond standard job cost & accounting such as CRM, distribution, and sales, all available through a single login
  • Large ecosystem of integrations for many products such as Procore, Docusign, Power BI, Avalara, and many more

“In our own case, we have just gone through a massive overhaul of our internal IT stack and have moved completely to the cloud – in every aspect of our business,” said Kurt Bangert. “Do I love the decision I made? 110%! If I were CEO of a construction company right now, I’d be looking hard at how the cloud can revolutionize my business.”

“We’re excited to welcome Bangert, Inc. to our growing partner ecosystem,“ said Ajoy Krishnamoorthy, VP of Platform and Head of Construction Division at Acumatica. “Over many decades in the construction industry Bangert, Inc. has continually presented their customers with the best technology solution available to meet their needs.“

 

Bangert, Inc. understands that construction companies don’t have one-size-fits-all business needs. Founded in 1983, Bangert, Inc. has cultivated strong relationships by investing in people and technology that are dedicated to helping their clients save time and money. If you’re a construction company who’s been thinking about change, contact Bangert, Inc. today at bangertinc.com/acumatica-construction-edition.

Midwest BankCentre Winner of 2018 National Community Bank Service Awards

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The September 2018 edition of ICBA Independent Banker features Midwest BankCentre employees who have been integral to the bank’s dedicated service to unbanked and underbanked customers in the St. Louis region: (clockwise from left) Mortgage Officer Kathleen Spies, Chairman and CEO Jim Watson, Executive Vice President Alex Fennoy and LaTonya Jackson, who leads the bank’s Friendly Temple branch in St. Louis’ Wells-Goodfellow neighborhood, opened in April 2017. Paul Nordman

St. Louis’ Midwest BankCentre is featured in the September 2018 edition of ICBA Independent Banker as the national winner of 2018 National Community Bank Service Awards, sponsored by the Independent Community Bankers of America®. The bank’s impact on bringing mainstream banking services to “unbanked” or “underbanked” families in the St. Louis metro area is featured in a two-page story headlined, “Reaching the unbanked – for everyone’s benefit.”

“A first-time homebuyer in St. Louis recently broke down at closing. The single mother of two had come to Midwest BankCentre with a dream of owning her own home. She took the bank’s financial empowerment and education classes, and attended homebuyer classes from a local housing partner. And as she signed the papers, she became the first person in her family to ever own a home,” the article began.

“That’s why we do what we do,” said Alex Fennoy, executive vice president of community and economic development at Midwest BankCentre. “It’s all about giving those families that have been historically locked out an opportunity to make their lives better.”

Since a 2009 FDIC survey of the most populated U.S. cities found that St. Louis had the greatest disparity between unbanked African-American households (31 percent) and unbanked white households (1.1 percent), the bank’s multifaceted efforts have helped reduce the percentage of unbanked African-American households in St. Louis to 13.3 percent.

The bank has opened branches in African-American-majority neighborhoods, hired African-American and woman-owned contractors to build its branches, and staffed banks with neighborhood residents. The bank has greatly increased the diversity of its staff and legal board to be more representative of the communities it serves. “That has really helped us – from making connections in the community, to sorting out the best strategic partners for us to further develop our franchise, and even down to product development and tracking our progress in the community,” said Chairman and CEO Jim Watson.

The bank’s next goal is to help grow African-American-owned businesses by working with the Heartland St. Louis Black Chamber of Commerce, a unit of the US Black Chambers of Commerce. Veta T. Jeffery, senior vice president of community and economic development at the bank, was recently elected to the US Black Chambers’ board as national director of chamber relations. In that role, she will work to connect top African-American-owned businesses with Fortune 500 companies to generate economic growth.

Midwest BankCentre was selected from more than 100 nominees for the ICBA honor.

Midwest BankCentre, a mainstay of St. Louis community banking since 1906, employs a staff of nearly 300 working at 19 bank locations in the City of St. Louis, St. Louis County, Jefferson County and St. Charles County. Further details are available at www.midwestbankcentre.com.

29 Million 1400 Russell Apartments Open In Soulard

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A new $29 million luxury apartment complex is open just south of Downtown St. Louis in the historic Soulard neighborhood. The 1400 Russell Apartments feature 130 units in a new a four-story building at 13th St. and Russell Boulevard.  Propper Construction Services, the developer of the project, demolished the site of an old warehouse to create the new apartment complex.  It features numerous amenities and taps the location’s walkability to restaurants, festivals and nightlife in the Soulard area.  Learn more at www.1400russell.com

“With more than 40% of the apartments leased, our community is attracting those renters ready for modern luxury and amenities without giving up that historic neighborhood charm,” noted Julie Graziano of Asset Residential Management, which is handling the leasing.  “Residents have been a mix of empty nesters and young professionals who enjoy the vibrant Soulard neighborhood and surrounding areas.”  Graziano adds that 1400 Russell is also just minutes from Downtown St. Louis and its businesses, sports and entertainment venues.

1400 Russell features secured underground parking and elevator access to all four floors.  Its amenities include:

  • A rooftop swimming pool and sun deck with grilling stations, outdoor multi screened televisions and kitchen;
  • A rooftop lounge and outdoor sky terrace with decorative fire pits for entertaining guests;
  • A ground floor private courtyard with a large hot tub, lounge seating, grilling stations and fit pits;
  • A ground floor fitness center with wireless video monitors to access health programs like Fitness on Demand or other entertainment;
  • A business center and library; and
  • Concierge services.

The apartment complex is infused with technology.  It includes a “social wall” above

resident mail boxes with four video screens detailing information on Soulard events, local restaurant specials, apartment special events and helpful information on lifestyle needs.  Building technology also includes WIFI access in all common areas, tablet-activated television and more. The building features a monitored state-of-the-art security system with secured control access entries throughout and security cameras.

1400 Russell offers fully furnished or unfurnished units.  The well-appointed, open-concept spaces feature nine-foot ceilings, wood vinyl flooring, full kitchens with upscale appliances, quartz countertops, washers and dryers and more.

The complex features 99 one-bedroom units, 27 two-bedroom units and four studio

apartments.  Suites with private balconies facing Downtown St. Louis are also available.  In addition, a guest rental unit is available. Rents range from $965 for studio units up to $3,070 for two-bedroom suites.  For leasing information, call 314-499-7400 or visit the web site at www.1400russell.com.

Designed by Trivers Associates Architects, the front of the apartment building is clad in brick to match the character of the Soulard neighborhood.  Paric Corp. was the general contractor.

Founded in 2014, Propper Construction Services is an active builder, construction manager and real estate developer in Missouri and Illinois.  Learn more at www.proppercs.com.

Former Western Specialty Contractors COO Jim Rechtin, Sr. Passes Away

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Western Specialty Contractors announced recently the passing of former Chief Operating Officer Jim Rechtin, Sr. on Sept. 17 following a battle with cancer.

Rechtin officially retired from Western on Jan. 1, 2018 after 46 years of dedicated service to the company. He started working for Western in 1971 as a laborer, then was promoted to foreman two years later, then to Superintendent in 1975. In 1977, Rechtin was promoted to Sales/Project manager, then two years later to Department Branch Manager, then to Branch Manager in 1982. In 1992, he was promoted to Region Manager where he served for 14 years before being promoted to Eastern Division Manager where he oversaw 18 branch offices. In 2009, he was promoted to Vice President of Operations, then to Chief Operating Officer in 2014.

All who knew and worked with Rechtin described him as a dedicated business partner, family man and friend whose leadership qualities and expertise helped to grow Western.

“I will always think of Jim for his instinctive way of communicating with people, no matter who they might be,” said Western CEO Ben “Butch” Bishop, Jr. “He truly was a person who led by example, never asking anyone to do something more than he would do himself. The loss of Jim will be felt by all, but his spirit and reputation will be with us forever. Jim had a famous line at work he used for decades, “Who loves you”, well Jimmy the simple answer is we all do!” 

Prior to his retirement, Rechtin worked to prepare his successor Tom Brooks for the COO position and had plans to continue working with Western’s senior management team on a consulting basis during his retirement. 

Brooks fondly remembers the time he spent learning from and working with Rechtin.

“Jim was a boss, mentor, friend and father-figure. He was able to draw the best out of people through firm authority, company dedication and a larger-than-life love of people. Jim was the leader you never wanted to let down. The operations department will miss him dearly,” said Brooks.

A mass celebrating his life will be held on Saturday, Sept. 22, 9:30 a.m. at Queen of All Saints Catholic Church in St. Louis County, MO. Contributions in Rechtin’s name can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN.

Family-owned and operated for over 100 years, Western Specialty Contractors is the nation’s largest specialty contractor in masonry and concrete restoration, waterproofing and specialty roofing. For more information about Western Specialty Contractors, visit www.westernspecialtycontractors.com.

PARIC and OSHA Cement First Large-Scale Project Safety Partnership

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By KERRY SMITH, EDITOR, ST. LOUIS CONSTRUCTION NEWS & REVIEW MAGAZINE

PARIC Corp. is among a bevy of construction managers across St. Louis to cement project safety partnerships with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

PARIC Safety Director Shannon Niles says for five years now, the construction company has joined with more than a dozen Missouri-based commercial contractors in partnerships with OSHA on all sizes of projects throughout the state.

But the newest project partnership, forged in mid-2018, is the first large-scale agreement PARIC has signed with OSHA to govern a project as large in scope as Ballpark Village. The worker safety partnership covers safety-related aspects of all ongoing Ballpark Village projects in downtown St. Louis, for which PARIC serves as general contractor. The four construction projects connected with Ballpark Village span 550,000 square feet of construction including residential, office, retail, restaurant, hotel and entertainment space adjacent to Busch Stadium.

“This strategic partnership with OSHA is unique to Ballpark Village and unique to PARIC as well,” Niles said. “Projects that are longer than two years in duration are eligible for this voluntarily agreement with OSHA. This partnership agreement brings the owner (The Cordish Companies), the building trades (Carpenters District Council of Greater St. Louis and Vicinity, Eastern Missouri Laborers’ District Council, Building and Construction Trades) and other parties together in striving to create the safest workplace possible.”

PARIC and OSHA negotiated contract particulars, signing the agreement in May. Niles says the scope of the partnership agreement requires project partners to go above and beyond standard safety regulations as stipulated by OSHA.

“We’re committing to meeting and exceeding all OSHA safety regulations, while also inviting OSHA onto the Ballpark Village construction site anytime with a minimum of once per quarter,” Niles said. “In addition, we’ve agreed to keep our safety-related worker statistics – such as the project’s lost-time incident rates, DART (days away, restricted or transferred) rates and TRIR (total recordable incident rates) – below the national average. This partnership with OSHA also includes our commitment to perform training for our employees and subcontractors beyond what is normally required by OSHA,” he said. “We’ve agreed in writing to do whatever it takes to keep every worker as safe as possible in building Ballpark Village.”

Photo Above (L to R) Rallo Sr., Senior Vice President, PARIC , John Stiffler, Executive Secretary/Treasurer, Building & Construction Trades, Nate Moore, Sr Project Manager, PARIC, Charlie Lee, Cordish Company Inc., Shannon Niles, Safety Director, PARIC, William McDonald, Area Director of OSHA, Gary Elliot, Business Manager, Special International Representative, Barry Stelzer, Safety Director/Trainer, Carpenters Regional Council, Tim Vaughan, Project Director, PARIC

IMPACT Strategies Begins Tenant Improvements for BASF in Fenton, MO

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IMPACT Strategies has been selected by KP Development to oversee the tenant improvements of a 78,000 square foot space within a 170,000 square foot warehouse for the relocation of BASF’s agricultural services division in Fenton, MO. The new location will be in the Fenton Logistics Park and will be the first project in this rapidly expanding park for IMPACT Strategies.

This facility will produce and store pest control products, specifically for termites. Roughly two-thirds of the space will be dedicated to warehouse and production areas and the remaining third will be offices. Thirty-foot demising walls will be installed as well as completely new and redesigned MEP Systems.

This project is set to be finished in just over two months, with completion in mid-November 2018.

IMPACT Strategies provides client-focused construction management, design/build, and general contracting services. The firm offers a full continuum of innovative design/build service capabilities including proven construction management processes and site development. IMPACT Strategies serves a regional and national client base in the Healthcare, Senior Living, Multifamily, Office, Retail, and Warehouse/Distribution markets. 

KAI Design & Build to Construct Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis Teen Center of Excellence in Ferguson, MO

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Inspiring groundbreaking ceremony held on Sept. 13

The sun was shining and so were the spirits of all who gathered to break ground on Sept. 13 for the new Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis Teen Center of Excellence in Ferguson, MO. The event marked a time of renewal for the area which gained national attention in 2014 for violent protests following the fatal police shooting of teen Michael Brown.

The $12.4 million Teen Center of Excellence, under construction at 9200 West Florissant, will offer afterschool and summer programs to youth ages 12-18 in the North St. Louis County area.

KAI Design & Build has been selected as the general contractor for the project, which is expected to open in time for the 2019-20 school year and is one of the first of its kind in the country. The architect on the project is Arcturis of St. Louis, MO.

“KAI is ready to build this facility for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis. This is a much-needed community asset in North St. Louis County,” said KAI Design & Build President Michael Kennedy, Jr. “It wouldn’t have been possible without a region that is committed to creating positive change in Ferguson. I am really proud of what the private and corporate community is doing to make this facility a reality.”

The 26,856-square-foot, three-level center will provide a safe place for area youth to gather and participate in a variety of activities. Designs for the facility include a nutrition education center, gym, teen lounge, outdoor garden, auditorium, music and art studio, office space, intellectual commons, innovation center, and outdoor basketball and activity court.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis has a 50-plus-year track record of success in the St. Louis region as a youth services provider and will implement nationally acclaimed programs at the new Teen Center similar to those offered in the ten locations it presently operates (seven of which are located in North County). Programming will include an emphasis on health and wellness (such as yoga, healthy habits, open gym), education and workforce development (such as college tours, ACT/SAT prep, tutoring), STEAM (such as coding, app creation, robotics) and leadership and civic engagement (such as fine and performing arts, community service, applied arts).

“Building a Boys & Girls Club in the Ferguson area will produce positive outcomes in a community that has been subsumed with difficult realities and negative images. Adding a successful youth focused organization into Ferguson like Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis, which has a long track record of success, can bolster young people’s attitudes and give them a sense of hope. A new club will enrich our children’s lives and the city by helping its youth build strong character, graduate from high school with a plan for life, and become productive citizens,” said Dr. Flint Fowler, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis President.

About KAI Design & Build

KAI Design & Build is a national 100+ person design and build firm headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. A renowned leader in the industry, KAI provides design and build integrated project delivery solutions through collaboration, technology, processes and expertise. Since its inception in 1980, KAI has been instrumental in reshaping the urban environment through its expertise in housing, K-12 schools, transit facilities, collegiate structures, commercial buildings, sports and recreational facilities, government/justice centers and healthcare buildings. Beginning as an architectural design firm, KAI added mechanical/electrical/plumbing engineering to give clients a full package of in-house disciplines for their projects. Today, KAI continues with its original core service of design and has quickly grown its construction management group since 1997. Additionally, KAI is a leader in Building Information Modeling (BIM), applying the skill set to architectural, engineering and construction projects firm-wide. KAI’s affiliate locations include Atlanta, Omaha, Dallas and San Antonio. For more information about KAI Design & Build, visit www.kai-db.com or call 314-241-8188.

 

Construction Complete on New $2 M HopCat Restaurant in Delmar Loop

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Construction is complete for the new $2 million HopCat restaurant and craft beer bar in the Delmar Loop in St. Louis, Missouri, with Knoebel Construction serving as the general contractor. The new 8,580-square-foot location features seating for 245 guests, draft bar, an outdoor beer garden that seats 100 guests and event space. The developer was BarFly Ventures and the architect was Cuhaci & Peterson.

The construction project consisted of renovating the historic building while preserving as much of the original structure as possible, including wood beams and exposed brick.  The entire roof structure was rebuilt and all utilities were upgraded, which required trenching open the adjacent street and sidewalk on busy Delmar Blvd.  Windows on the second floor had to be removed to install the commercial kitchen equipment.

HopCat is an award-winning beer bar founded in Michigan in 2008. There are now 17 HopCat locations across the United States.  Each location features a custom interior design and a beer menu showcasing local craft brewers.  The new St. Louis HopCat features more than 40 Missouri-made craft beers and ciders daily.

Knoebel Construction, Inc. is a national general contractor specializing in retail center, multi-use, restaurant, grocery, healthcare and retail store construction. Projects range from major regional shopping centers to local restaurants.For more information, visit www.knoebelconstruction.com or call (636) 326-4100.

Poettker Construction’s Golf Classic Raises $15,000 For Big Brothers Big Sisters

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Poettker-BBBS Golf Committee (2018)

Poettker Construction Company (Poettker) along with its business partners donated $15,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Illinois (BBBS) from proceeds raised at the 2018 Poettker Golf Classic “Building Children’s Futures”, which was held on July 27, 2018 at Governors Run Golf Course in Carlyle, Ill.

“We sincerely appreciate the support we received from our friends, business partners, sponsors and participants of this event! This annual event gives us a chance to give back to the community which we have been a part of for 38 years”, said Kevin Poettker, BBBS Board Member and Director of Business Development for Poettker Construction Company.

Proceeds from the tournament will be used to support BBBS’s mission to help children realize their potential and build their futures.  Since 1980, BBBS of Southwestern Illinois has provided mentors for more than 500 youth facing adversity in Clinton, Madison, Monroe and St. Clair Counties.

“Congratulations on a successful tournament! Everything was well organized and folks had a great time”, said Barbara Cempura, Interim President & CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Illinois.  To learn more about BBBS of Southwestern Illinois, visit www.bbbsil.org/.

Thank you Poettker and BBBS golf committee members and volunteers for your  time and commitment to this event.

Founded in 1980, Poettker Construction Company of Breese is a second generation family-owned and veteran-owned business that focuses on building strong relationships while providing construction management, design-build, and general contracting services.  More information is available at www.poettkerconstruction.com.

Photo #1: Check presentation (L to R) Kevin Poettker, BBBS Board Member and Director of Business Development for Poettker Construction Company, Olivia Koch, Administrative Assistant for Poettker Construction Company, Barbara Cempura, Interim President & CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Illinois, Keith Poettker, President of Poettker Construction Company, Kim Luitjohan, Vice President of Finance for Poettker Construction Company

 

Wiegmann Associates Completes HVAC Renovation at Bellerive Country Club

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Wiegmann Associates has completed HVAC work at Bellerive Country Club. The design/build project involved renovating a three-story, 15,000-square-foot wing of the country club, which includes the Men’s Locker Room and Men’s Grill. Wiegmann was the Engineer of Record and Installing Mechanical Contractor. The general contractor was BSI Constructors.

The project included demolition of the existing HVAC systems and installation of new air handlers. Wiegmann value engineered a new energy-efficient and cost-effective system to address the large exhaust requirements of the locker room. Wiegmann’s HVAC solution pressurizes the facility in an energy-efficient manner by recovering energy from building exhaust air to temper outdoor air.

Wiegmann Associates is a St. Louis-based mechanical contractor serving the commercial, industrial and institutional markets, and a national leader in design/build HVAC projects.  For more information, visit www.wiegmannassoc.com or call (636) 940-1056.

 

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