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KWK Architects Designing New $3.5 Million Athletic Stadium at Westminster College in Fulton, MO

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Facility is largest capital improvement project on campus in over a decade 

KWK Architects is working on designs for a new $3.5 million athletic stadium at Westminster College in Fulton, MO, following a surprise announcement to students last week.

The new facility is made possible in part by a $3 million gift from college alumnus Kent Mueller and his wife, Judy. Westminster students learned of the big news on March 13 during a luncheon at the college’s Historic Gymnasium.

“On behalf of the entire Westminster community, I want to thank Kent and Judy Mueller for their strong support of our students, programs and facilities,” said Westminster President Fletch Lamkin. “The Muellers were leaders during my first tenure as President of Westminster with their transformational gifts to make this a beautiful campus, and now they are stepping up to the plate once more to provide the quality athletic facilities our student-athletes deserve. This is great news for our students and prospective students.”

The new stadium will be located within the college’s existing sports complex, which includes a training facility, softball and baseball fields and tennis courts, along with football and soccer fields.

“The current location of the main athletic field does not adequately utilize the site’s potential for a new stadium,” said KWK Principal Eric Neuner, AIA, NCARB. “The plan is to replace the current field with a new turf field and 2,000-seat stadium to the north and to create more practice fields and possibly a running track to the south in the future.”

The new athletic stadium, the largest capital improvement project on campus in over a decade, will be used for Westminster and local community events. A walking track around the new field for use by students and the public is also planned.

Phase I of the project will include new turf, scoreboard and lights on the field and is expected to be completed by the start of the 2018 football season.

Phase II, which will include construction of the bleachers, press box, concessions and restrooms, is expected to be completed in summer 2019.

Founded in 2013 by five architects with a combined 150 years of higher education knowledge and experience, KWK Architects partners with colleges and universities across the United States to create innovative and inspiring places that enhance campus life. For more information about KWK Architects, visit or contact Director of Marketing Cindy Hausler at or 314-583-1757.

Cohen Architectural Woodworking Receives AWI Award of Excellence

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Cohen Architectural Woodworking has been named a recipient of the Award of Excellence by the Architectural Woodworking Institute (AWI) for its work with the Delbert Day Cancer Institute in Rolla, MO. This is the fourth time Cohen has received the AWI award.

The Delbert Day Cancer Institute (DDCI) at Phelps County Medical Center opened in 2017. It includes designated areas for radiation oncology, medical oncology, laboratory and imaging services, an infusion room, physician offices, and areas for a community conference center, retail space and café. Cohen supplied the woodworking and fabrication for the facility, and design was by BSA Life Structures in St. Louis.

DDCI is designed around the convenience and comfort of the patient and their family, and, to that end, Cohen fabricated maple wall dividers and nurses stations, as well as high pressure decorative laminate wall paneling, for the facility. Featured are on-stage and off-stage segregation between family/patient and staff/physician work centers. An on-stage/off stage module organizes spaces so patients do not see behind-the-scenes activities, and separate access is provided to exam rooms for patients and staff, all in support of a calming and reduced stress experience.

“Cohen Architectural Woodworking is proud to be recognized as an Award of Excellence recipient for our work at The Delbert Day Cancer Institute. DDCI is a special facility providing the upmost in care and comfort for those needing cancer treatment. We are excited to help bring the board’s vision to reality and provide a local facility to help meet the needs of their patients,” said Phillip Cohen, CEO of Cohen Architectural Woodworking.

Founded in 1982, Cohen Architectural Woodworking is a family-owned architectural woodworking firm headquartered in St. James, Missouri. For more information visit

TriStar Properties & World Wide Technology Team on Gateway Commerce Center in Edwardsville, Ill.

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Two New Buildings to Total 2.025 Million SF in Largest Industrial Lease Transaction in St. Louis History

Developer TriStar Properties and tenant World Wide Technology (WWT) have announced plans to team on the creation of a 176-acre campus valued at more than $115 million at Gateway Commerce Center, a nationally prominent 2,300-acre logistics and bulk distribution park located outside Edwardsville, Ill.

Founded in 1990, privately held WWT is an international technology solution provider with $10.4 billion in annual revenue and more than 4,600 employees. With headquarters in St. Louis, the minority business enterprise (MBE) operates more than 70 offices worldwide.

The lease calls for TriStar to develop two equally sized buildings totaling 2.025 million square feet, supported by parking for nearly 2,000 vehicles. It is believed that the WWT lease is the largest industrial property transaction executed in the history of metro St. Louis.

The deal, inked March 9, 2018, represents the culmination of a seven-month competition involving many of the top commercial developers in the St. Louis market said Bobby Klucker, director of development for TriStar. “What tipped the scales in our favor was our ability to provide a campus environment that is expandable by 1.4 million square feet and that has direct access to an interstate highway interchange. There was also a high level of confidence in the ability of TriStar and its construction partners and vendors to complete the one-million-plus square foot buildings on an extremely aggressive construction schedule.”

Work will begin later this month on WWT’s first building, a Technology Center devoted to the production and assembly of technology equipment. It is to be completed in April 2019. A Logistics Center, for product storage and distribution, is to be completed in August 2019.

Both buildings will be formed from tilt-up concrete panels and have 36-foot clear-height ceilings plus dock doors and truck courts.

Long-time partner, PCCP, LLC, a national real estate finance and investment management concern based in Los Angeles, Calif., is teaming with TriStar on the WWT project. The buildings will be the sixth and seventh joint-ventured by the duo.

Michael Towerman, co-founder and president of TriStar, noted that “with 18 bulk buildings containing nearly 13 million square feet under roof, we continue to be pro-active in producing distribution space that anticipates the need of major consumer goods companies for efficient, expandable bulk space configurations.”

Currently offered at the development is newly completed Gateway East 594, a 593,940-square-foot cross-docked facility with 36’ clear-height ceilings, 570 feet of depth, 66 dock doors and two drive-in doors. Standing on a 54-acre site, it is expandable to roughly 1 million square feet.

In addition to WWT, Gateway tenants include AmazonDial Corp., GENCO ATC, GEODIS, The Hershey CompanyOzburn-Hessey LogisticsProctor & GambleSave-A-LotSaddle Creek Logistics Services, DB Schenker, Schneider NationalUnileverUSF Logistics,Walgreens and Yazaki of North America.

Founded in 1996, TriStar Properties is a nationally recognized real estate developer. Typically operating through affiliated joint ventures or partnerships, its activity log includes sale or development transactions involving more than 5,000 acres of commercial and residential land; apartment complexes; 1.5 million square feet of office space; 1.2 million square feet of retail space; and several million square feet of industrial/distribution space.

PCCP, LLC is a real estate finance and investment management company that focuses on commercial real estate debt and equity investments. With offices in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles, it has approximately $6 billion in assets under management on behalf of institutional investors.

Since its inception in 1998, PCCP has successfully raised, invested and managed approximately $10 billion of institutional capital through private equity funds, separate accounts and joint ventures. Learn more about PCCP at

Holland Preconstruction Planning Expedites Client-Owner’s Project

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Long before construction began in February on what will become the South Grand Apartments in South St. Louis, Altus Properties sought preconstruction expertise from Swansea, Ill.-based Holland Construction Services (Holland). But the professional relationship building began well before that, said Josh Udelhofen, managing director of development for Altus.


“Doug (Weber, director of multifamily housing and project executive at Holland) and I met each other during my tenure at the Koman Group back in 2015 when Koman was partnering with Green Street St. Louis to develop CHROMA, the mixed-use development formerly known as Chouteau’s Grove,” said Udelhofen. “That’s how we were first introduced to each other. From that time forward, Doug and I grew our professional relationship. Several years later, when Altus was looking for proven preconstruction expertise for the South Grand project, we looked no further than Holland.”

Holland assisted Altus in navigating the preconstruction process for the South Grand Apartments – a 124-unit, market rate living community in the 2200 block of South Grand Boulevard on the former site of the South City Family YMCA. The development is scheduled for completion in May 2019, according to Weber. Units will range from studios to those with one and two bedrooms.

“We (Holland) began working with Altus on this development in September 2016,” Weber said. “Over the last seven years, Holland has completed or currently has under construction 12 market rate (multifamily) projects in the St. Louis area. We have a good handle on current trends and pricing of the different  components inherent in these multifamily living developments. Taking this knowledge to clients like Altus to enable them to make the best decisions possible during design is key to the preconstruction service that we provide. Holland has a tremendous amount of respect for Altus,” he added. “Our target client is one who values the expertise we bring to the table, and one who sees us as a service-oriented company.

Udelhofen said Altus owns more than 60 buildings in St. Louis, Minneapolis and Kansas City, Mo. High-profile Altus buildings in St. Louis include Magna Place at Hanley Road and Interstate 40 in Brentwood, Creve Coeur Pavilion on Olive Boulevard and I-270 and the Bemiston Tower in Clayton.

During the preconstruction phase of commercial construction projects, Holland works closely with designers to achieve the best, most cost-effective solutions. Developing a doable project timeline and specifying optimal assembly methods are also part of Holland’s preconstruction expertise, Weber said.

Photo caption: Developed and Owned by Altus Properties

Holland Construction Services is a full-service construction management, general contracting, and design/build firm based in Swansea, Ill., guided by the principle of providing our clients the best possible building experience on every project.  Holland has been providing quality construction services throughout the Midwest since 1986, when it was founded by company CEO Bruce Holland.

220 PURE Luxury Apartments Coming to Lake St. Louis

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Innovative Residential Development Adds to Live-Work-Play Vision

To help celebrate its 10th anniversary, The Meadows at Lake St. Louis announced today that ERC Building Co. has been approved by The City of Lake St. Louis Planning and Zoning Commission to build “PURE at The Meadows,” a 220 luxury apartment community in (11) 2-3 story buildings on an 8 acre parcel of The Meadows site. The residential phase of The Meadows mixed-use plan — which consists of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments, ranging from 800-1300 sf — is scheduled to break ground in May 2018 and should be completed by Spring 2019.  Originally developed in 2008 to meet the growing demand for specialty stores and restaurants in St. Charles County, The Meadows was one of the first lifestyle centers in the county.

ERC development philosophy is to fit into where they build, ideally as part of a mixed use development including shopping, dining, frequent events, and easy access to parking and transportation. Plans for “PURE at The Meadows” also include an urban street like setting, fitness/event center, lighted walkways, and water features which will be attractive to a diverse group of residents looking for a vibrant lifestyle.

For more information on PURE at The Meadows please visit

According to Meir Cohen, owner of The Meadows, “PURE at The Meadows” is exactly what we have been looking for as it fits perfectly into our development plans and The City’s Comprehensive Plan. The addition of 300+ residents will shop and dine at The Meadows and surrounding developments, attend our signature events and farmer’s markets, and help attract new retailers to The Meadows.  With our plans for a hotel and children’s museum still on our radar, there hasn’t been a more exciting time at The Meadows and Lake St. Louis.”

Since 1957, ERC has been building single family and multi-family residential properties in the South and Midwest. For three generations, these apartment communities and downtown developments have created homes for families, students, and city dwellers.  Recent comparable developments by ERC are THRIVE in Bentonville, AR and TRADITIONS at Mid-Rivers in Cottleville, MO. 

The Meadows open air shopping, dining and entertainment plaza at Lake St. Louis Boulevard off Interstate 40 invites strolling in a beautifully landscaped campus unrivaled in the greater St. Louis area. The Meadows is owned by Cohen Equities, managed by Balke Brown Transwestern, and leased by JLL.

2018 MFPA Craftsmanship Awards

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Lawrence Fabric & Metal Structures, Inc was recognized for 7 Craftsmanship Awards at the Midwest Fabric Products Association 2018 Zone Conference on February 7, 2018. These prestigious awards are presented for outstanding and innovative work. Projects are voted upon by industry peers at the conference. 

Single Family- Honorable Mention: Traditional patio canopy with unique routed decorative double posts.

Multiple Family-1st Place- Hello Apartments: Custom circular canopy structure for an apartment poolside bar area.

Commercial Awnings & Canopies- Under 30 Linear Ft- Honorable Mention-Meadowbrook: Unique country club patio canopy with slope and gabled sections.

Commercial Awnings & Canopies Over 30 Linear Ft- Honorable Mention- Boeing Leadership: Rounded style walkway canopy covering approximately 2,500 square feet.

Interior Awnings & Design- 1st Place- Missouri History Museum: Seven curved aluminum framed fabric radius backlit lightboxes for a panoramic museum exhibit.

New & Unusual- 2nd Place- Barnes Jewish Hospital: Radius awning lightbox system, consisting of 36 aluminum and fabric canopy light panel modules for the front entrance of the hospital.

Fabric Graphics- 1st Place- Maggie McFly’s: Vertical signage panels on the outside of the restaurant with SGS printed graphics.

Visit the News & Awards page at for additional project details and photos. For more information about Lawrence Fabric & Metal Structures call 636-861-0100.

Knoebel Construction Completes Construction of Fresh Thyme Grocery Store in St. Peters, MO

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Construction is complete for the new $5 million Fresh Thyme store in St. Peters, MO, with Knoebel Construction serving as the general contractor.  The 28,720-square-foot store opens today, March 14.  The developer was InSite Real Estate and the architect was NORR.

The construction project consisted of precast concrete and custom interior finishes and was completed within a condensed schedule. The store features an extensive bulk food section with more than 400 bins of items and 25 percent of the store’s floor space is dedicated to fresh produce.

Knoebel Construction also constructed Fresh Thyme in South St. Louis, which opened last Fall. Fresh Thyme will employ approximately 95 people at the new St. Peters store.

Fresh Thyme, a rapidly growing Midwest specialty retailer focused on value-priced fresh, healthy natural and organic products and groceries, operates other St. Louis-area stores in Kirkwood, Ballwin, South St. Louis and O’Fallon, Missouri, and Fairview Heights, Illinois.

InSite Real Estate, LLC acquires, develops, and operates industrial, office, and retail investment property nationwide. 

Knoebel Construction, Inc. is a national general contractor specializing in retail center, restaurant, grocery and retail store construction.. For more information, visit or call (636) 326-4100.


Holland Employee Charitable Foundation Raises $25,000 At The Annual Klondike Klassic

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Over 140 golfers braved the cold February weather to participate in the Holland Employee Charitable Foundation’s (HECF) annual winter charity golf tournament, the Klondike Klassic.  The golfers, along with over 85 sponsors helped the HECF in raising $25,000 for an area charity.

Community and charitable support has always been a priority for Holland Construction Services. So in 2015, the Holland Employee Charitable Foundation (HECF) was established with the mission of helping others in the community through donations and volunteering. The HECF is employee-run and driven and, among other initiatives, made the Klondike Klassic an annual event, with funds raised going towards a local organization voted on annually by the seven member Foundation Advisory Committee. To date the Klondike Klassic has raised over $180,000 for local charities.

Each year when choosing a beneficiary, the committee looks at smaller deserving charities that may not get much funding outside of their own fundraisers.  This year’s tournament was held to benefit the Jared Burke Foundation (JBF). The JBF provides memorable outdoor adventures to individuals who have a disability or major health problem. The JBF also works with local organizations providing hunter safety courses.  Much of their work is with the youth and disabled veterans.

At the conclusion of the golf tournament, members of the HECF presented a $25,000 check to John Burke, founder of the Jared Burke Foundation. “I cannot express the heartfelt thanks I have for Holland Construction for this donation.  Unbelievable and humbling…God bless all involved,” said Burke.  He added that the donation will provide at least five full hunting trips.

For more information about the Holland Employee Charitable Foundation, visit and for more information about the Jared Burke Foundation, visit their website at

The Holland Employee Charitable Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity as a component fund of the St. Louis Community Foundation.

Pointing to the Future: A New Look for Arrowhead Building Supply

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The premier building materials retailer celebrates its 21st birthday with a new logo and a revamped website

Some celebrate a 21st birthday with their first legal beer; Arrowhead Building Supply celebrates theirs with a new website and branding.


When the family-owned building materials company reached the 20-year milestone, they felt it was time to update their brand with a new logo. Referencing the previous logo of a literal arrowhead pointing to the left inside the roof of a house, Rich Layton, Arrowhead’s Director of Sales, said, “It was time to release the arrowhead from the attic, and point it in the direction of the future. We are proud of how far we’ve come in 20 years, but now it’s time to focus on the next 20 years of growth.”

Arrowhead Marketing Manager, Ryan Ramshaw, designed a dynamic, modern arrowhead that would look at home on a sports jersey, emphasizing Arrowhead’s team spirit. Additionally, the company tagline was changed from “Building supplies for building dreams,” to “Building supplies for building SUCCESS.” Layton explains the significance of altering one word: “Dreams are intangible. Success is tangible. We excel at helping our customers by providing the products and knowledge they need to succeed.”

The new branding sets the tone for the company’s revamped website, which makes it easier to understand and engage with all the products, services and information Arrowhead is known for. Both building contractors and homeowners can quickly find exactly what they need and connect with experts at all 6 Arrowhead Building Supply locations throughout Missouri, Illinois and Arkansas.

Another key feature of the new website is mobile optimization. “Everyone lives on their smart phone, including our building contractors,” said Layton. “The new website makes it super easy for a builder on the job site to reach us with a single tap and get the services they need, right now.”

With a new website and branding completed, Arrowhead accelerates its 21st birthday celebration by erecting a new 78,000 s.f. facility on Interstate 70 in St. Peters, which will contain the warehouse, corporate office and a 7,000 s.f. showroom. So stay tuned for more building success with Arrowhead.

Arrowhead Building Supply is the premier source for quality building supplies and reliable delivery to the construction trades and homeowners in Missouri, Illinois and Arkansas. The family-owned business accomplishes this with engaging showrooms, innovative delivery services, and friendly experts offering products from reputable manufacturers. For 21 years, Arrowhead is building supplies for building success. Visit the Arrowhead website for products, services and locations.

Kadean Construction Developing New Surgical Center in Mayfair Plaza In North St. Louis County

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Kadean Construction is building a new ambulatory surgical center, which will be named Advanced Surgical Care of St. Louis, in the Mayfair Plaza Shopping Center near Parker Road and Highway 367 in North St. Louis County, it was announced today.

The new surgical center located at 232 Mayfair Plaza will have two surgical suites, a procedure room, a treatment room, a clean room, a waiting area, two private recovery rooms, and six recovery bays. The company will perform a range of outpatient surgical procedures, from minor operations to knee and hip replacements.

The project also includes the installation of new plumbing, mechanical, fire protection, and electrical systems including a back-up emergency generator, said Kadean President Mike Eveler.

“We’re excited to be converting a former retail space into a surgical center that will provide a tremendous service for many people in the North County area,” Eveler said. “We’ve just started construction and will be finished in June for the owner to occupy.”

Advanced Surgical Care of St. Louis is an affiliate of SurgCenter Development, which operates 110 surgical centers around the country, and serves nearly 190,000 patients a year.

“The demand for ambulatory surgical centers continues to increase on both a local and national level,” Eveler said. “Our nation’s population is continuing to age and the need for joint replacements and other out-patient surgeries continues to grow. These centers provide excellent medical benefits to people in their local communities by eliminating the need to travel far distances to major hospital facilities.”

Kadean Construction, one of the fastest growing and most successful construction companies in the greater St. Louis area, specializes in pre-construction, design-build, construction management, and general contracting in the medical, retail, commercial, and industrial sectors.

In addition to building surgical centers in the St. Louis area, it has built or is constructing new surgical centers in Missouri, Kansas, Indiana, Michigan, Florida, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania.

The company’s healthcare division has also undertaken major building and renovation projects in recent years for BJC HealthCare at Barnes Jewish Hospital, Missouri Baptist Medical CenterSiteman Cancer Center, and other major medical facilities. Expanding its medical and senior living construction work is part of Kadean’s continuing growth strategy, Eveler said.

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