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Power UP Electrical Contractors Completes Phases I, II of 235-unit, Mixed-Use Chroma Development in The Grove

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Modern technologies include key fob systems, USB receptacles, gate proximity sensors, electric car chargers and a Smartphone callbox system

On the jobsite since April 2017, Power UP Electrical Contractors is completing the final two phases of the much-anticipated Chroma mixed-use development in one of St. Louis’ most innovative and creative neighborhoods, The Grove.

Anchoring the corner of Chouteau and Sarah Streets, the ultra-modern Chroma development features 235 apartment units and approximately 18,000 square feet of first floor retail space. The residence hosts over ten different floor plans for its studio, one, two and three-bedroom suites, which surround a lush courtyard with full-size pool. The development also features a five-story, pre-cast parking garage; fitness center; private dog park; business center and community clubhouse.

Residents have already begun moving into the development, with the final two phases of the project expected to be completed by the end of August. The retail portion of the development and some of the apartments are currently still under construction.

Power UP, the prime electrical contractor on the project, was contracted by general contractor Holland Construction Services to provide the power, lighting, fire protection, CCTV, access control and voice data wiring systems throughout the development.

To date, Power UP has installed approximately 200,000 feet of power cable and 100,000 feet of data cable throughout the technology-driven development. Examples of Chroma’s advanced technology include:

  • USB receptacles in every apartment and the clubhouse for device charging
  • Electric car chargers in the parking garage
  • Proximity sensors at the garage entrance that detect an approaching vehicle to lift and close the access gate automatically
  • Key fob systems for all apartment access
  • Butterfly MX callbox system which enables residents to view who is at their front door via an app on their Smartphone
  • Wi-Fi connection in all areas
  • Modern LED lighting throughout

Power UP also provided design-assist on the low-voltage power and lighting placement around the resort-style pool.

“We designed all of the outdoor lighting layout in the courtyard around the pool, and worked with the pool manufacturer to lay out the wiring for the pool equipment and the pool lighting. We installed LED lighting throughout the pool area, which includes planter boxes with uplighting, as well as bollard lighting along the perimeters,” said Daniel Uhle, Project Manager for Power UP.

Power UP crews also installed LED lighting and surface-mounted puck lighting in the apartments, as well as linear pendant lighting in the clubhouse over the pool table and fireplace and a linear chandelier in the conference room. Accent lighting in the trees around the outside of the development and directed at the building were also installed by Power UP.

The engineer on the project was PE Services and the architect was Humphreys & Partners Architects. The project developer is The Komen Group.

The UP Companies (UPCO) is one of the region’s largest full-service MBE-certified contracting companies. For more information, go to or call 314.865.3888.

Landmark Construction Automates Progress Tracking Using Identified Technologies’ Change Detection Technology

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Identified Technologies (“Identified”), the leading managed commercial drone solution today announced its partnership with Landmark Construction, one of South Carolina’s top civil site work construction companies. Landmark picked Identified Technologies drone mapping solution to automate the tracking of their earthmoving progress. Landmark chose Identified over other solutions because of their next level analytics package and ancillary services such as Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Part 107 training, licensing, support, and all hardware maintenance.

According to Mike Marshall, Survey Superintendent at Landmark, “Once we started using the software, we were impressed by how it helped us improve internal communication, streamline bidding, and fine-tune resource management. Now, we can manage our progress with a single glance, and we can easily capture and validate data when there is a change in site conditions. Then we can go back to the site owner and get paid for it, and we are no longer leaving money on the table. Overall the product is a win/win for us.”

Identified Technologies – Site IQ Software – Cut/Fill Tracking Technology

Dick Zhang, CEO of Identified Technologies contributed, “We are proud to support Landmark Construction’s work with our Cut/Fill Tracking and Change Detection Technology. They’re using our Site IQ software for easier, faster cost reporting, avoiding disagreements on projects, and safely collecting data from hazardous terrain.  Accurate progress tracking helps smooth out cash flow and keeps everyone on same page throughout the project to avoid costly misunderstandings and mistakes. Now as questions arise on the project, stakeholders are using Site IQ as the central point of the truth.”

Industrial leaders use Identified Technologies commercial drone mapping solution to increase project visibility and team productivity.  Construction and excavation companies reduce their costs and win more business by using job site data and analytics.  Identified empowers Fortune 500 and ENR 400 companies, including Amec Foster Wheeler, EQT Corp., Granite Construction Inc., Kokosing Inc., Lane Industries Inc., and Vulcan Materials, with the ability to track progress on highways, well pads, mines, and landfills in near real-time. Identified’s integrated software and services take care of everything from FAA compliance and flight planning to advanced analytics and data security.

CASCO + R|5 Celebrates a Milestone

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CASCO Diversified Corporation now CASCO + R|5, a leading full-service architecture, engineering and design firm is celebrating their 60th year in business by announcing several progressive initiatives.

Dan Cutter, President CASCO + R|5 said, “It is an exciting time because we are able to offer our clients a complete package of design, architecture and engineering services for building and site, led by an experienced project management team that will help them to realize their vision.  Today’s consumers and patrons demand “experiential” and unique spaces, and our firm is well positioned to provide those designs along with the practical experience to deliver them to reality.”

•        New Design Partnership.  CASCO has entered into a partnership with St. Louis based design studio R|5.  Pioneered by nationally recognized designer S. Aleksandr (Sasha) Malinich, R|5 collaborates with CASCO in master planning, hospitality, restaurant, childcare, workplace, luxury and specialty retail. Locally, Mr. Malinich and team work closely with award winning, chef inspired, restaurant owners and chefs to create spaces that enhance the dining experience.

Sasha Malinich, Director of R|5 Design said, “The partnership of CASCO and the R|5 Design Agency is the ideal opportunity to blend two groups of design and service-oriented A/E/Design Studio’s.  Each bringing a foundation of award winning success and a vision of how a full-service consultant agency can improve the client experience and exceptional outcome of projects.”

•        The Move.  On June 15, 2018, CASCO + R|5 is elevating their corporate culture with a move to a contemporary space in Maplewood, MO. The new office reflects CASCO + R|5’s refined design capability by showcasing their full-service architecture and engineering services complimented by R|5’s attention to collaborative function, fit and refined finish. It will provide a local meeting space for enterprising corporate goals focusing on new business initiatives, turn-key solutions and nurturing their league of devoted customers.

•        Expanded A/E Services.  In 2017, CASCO + R|5 launched a fully integrated civil engineering and landscape architecture division for all types of land development projects in both the public and private sectors.  The introduction of these services coupled with our history of complementary services including site development specialists, building architecture/engineering and skilled project management provides a significant value to our clients through a seamless, single point of contact from project conception to completion.   Our expertise includes site feasibility, site planning, entitlement and permitting approvals, grading and drainage analysis, utility coordination, water resource solutions, roadway design and community inspired landscape creations.  Additionally, our LEED accredited professionals can provide sustainable design solutions.

•        Branding Launch.  CASCO + R|5 is working with a St. Louis marketing agency to rollout all new branding and a dynamic digital presence.  The new website and branding details will go live in July and will reflect CASCO + R|5’s team of professionals that provide a personal level of service and enterprising approach to space and design.

About CASCO + R|5

New Address:           12 Sunnen Dr.
STE 100
Maplewood, MO 63143

Founded in 1959, CASCO + R|5 has a rich history of Engineering and Architecture services with a commitment to quality and service provided by exceptional talent and dedicated account and project managers. CASCO + R|5’s core competencies provide nationwide leadership in design and engineering.

Contegra Construction Co. Building $26 Million Thirteen01 at Hartman Lakes Apartments in Shiloh, IL

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Thirteen01 at Hartman Lakes, a $26 million residential development in Shiloh, Ill, is underway with the groundbreaking on Phase I.   Edwardsville, Ill-based Contegra Construction Co.  is constructing the 216-unit project for developer Greenmount Retail Center, LLC. The first of nine apartment buildings in Phase I is scheduled to be available for lease by November of this year while the entire community is scheduled to be finished by July of 2019.

The one- and two-bedroom residential community is situated on 17 acres at the northwest corner of Hartman Lane and Frank Scott Parkway in the Hartman Lakes development and will feature well-appointed living spaces, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, balconies, in-unit laundry rooms with washer and dryer and detached garages

Community amenities include a clubhouse with fitness room, resort-style pool, gas grills, fire pit, walking trail and two lakes with fountains.

One-bedroom apartments start at $950 a month and two-bedroom start at $1,250 a month. For more information please visit

Future development plans include a 38-acre Phase II, which will consist of attached and detached one-story villas centered on an activity center, clubhouse with a pool, fitness center, and more.   Phase III will be an eight-acre commercial component along Frank Scott Parkway which will feature easy, walkable access for all the residents of Phases I and II.

Based in Edwardsville, Ill., Contegra is one of the St. Louis area’s largest general contractors and serves a national customer base that includes industrial, institutional, municipal, medical, multi-family, office and retail projects.  Its capabilities include building developer- and owner-driven projects and site development.  Learn more at

Thirteen01 at Hartman Lakes is leased and managed by 2B Residential, an employee-owned, full-service multifamily real estate company and recipient of the 2018 Property Management Company of the Year by the St. Louis Apartment Association. 2B Residential is headquartered in St. Louis with a portfolio of fifteen properties totaling more than 2,900 units for ten different owners in the St. Louis and Kansas City, Mo. and Southwestern Illinois markets. For more information, visit

Owners of One Metropolitan Square Announce Refinance, Plans for Upgrades

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Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner Signs Lease Extension

JLL (NYSE: JLL) today announced its client The 601W Companies, owners of  One Metropolitan Square last week finalized a loan refinance for the 42-story office building in downtown St. Louis. JLL’s office leasing team announced it successfully facilitated the negotiation of a long-term office lease extension on behalf of the landlord. JLL’s law firm practice group represented Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner in the transaction.  Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner currently occupies nine floors and more than 200,000 square feet of office space. The law firm’s extension signifies its commitment to remaining in downtown’s largest office property.

Dave Biales, the lead JLL leasing agent for One Metropolitan Square, said, “Today marks a big turning point for the building’s ownership and for One Metropolitan Square. JLL is very happy to have assisted the owners, who are well capitalized and committed to making significant investments into the building.  In the coming months, we will be announcing several tenant commitments.”

In light of the Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner announcement and the completion of the new loan, owners of downtown’s largest office building have allocated funds to make immediate improvements. Plans being considered include a new coffee shop, marketing center and upgrades to common areas. Last year, owners invested $2.5 million in The Eatery, downtown’s first food hall located on the ground floor of One Metropolitan Square. The food hall already includes three popular restaurants such as, Arista Gourmet, Dino’s Deli, and Kimcheese Asian Fusion. HIRO Poke Co. is under construction now and will be open this month as the fourth restaurant, bringing even more unique fare to the dining destination.

Mark Karasick, managing director of The 601W Companies, said, “We are grateful to have worked out our loan and to recommit ourselves to the St. Louis CBD.  As part of our restructure of the debt, we have invested significant funds for capital improvements to the property and for tenant improvements for incoming occupants.  We welcome this opportunity to maintain One Metropolitan Square as the premier trophy property in downtown St. Louis”.

JLL (NYSE: JLL) is a leading professional services firm that specializes in real estate and investment management. Our vision is to reimagine the world of real estate, creating rewarding opportunities and amazing spaces where people can achieve their ambitions. In doing so, we will build a better tomorrow for our clients, our people and our communities. JLL is a Fortune 500 company with nearly 300 corporate offices, operations in over 80 countries and a global workforce of 83,500 as of March 31, 2018. JLL is the brand name, and a registered trademark, of Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated. For further information, visit

With over 1,400 lawyers in 32 offices across North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP is a fully integrated global law firm that provides clients with connected legal advice, wherever and whenever they need it. The firm is known for its relationship-driven, collaborative culture, diverse legal experience and industry-shaping innovation and offers clients one of the most active M&A, real estate, financial services, litigation and corporate risk practices in the world.

Payne Family Homes Introduces First Dardenne Prairie Community

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Payne to Offer Most Luxurious Villas in Fall 2018 with Córdoba

Payne Family Homes will offer only its most luxurious detached villas when the company launches its first community in Dardenne Prairie, in St. Charles County.  Payne will launch sales of Córdoba in the fall of 2018, starting at $250,000, and has already begun moving earth to create this 51-home, tree-lined neighborhood.

“Dardenne Prairie is a highly sought-after suburb in St. Charles County,” said Ken Kruse, Payne Family Home’s President.  “We will create a neighborhood that buyers will expect from this community, with amazing curb appeal, remarkable construction, and exceptional luxury.”

Payne will offer three distinct ranch-style floor plans in Córdoba, two of which are available with an optional second story eagle’s nest to add another bedroom, bath, and living space.  Córdoba will be a carefree community, meaning owners will enjoy HOA-provided lawn, landscape, irrigation, and snow removal services to free up precious time and allow a carefree, simple lifestyle.  For families big and small, Córdoba will be conveniently located along Highway 364 and close to Crossroads Elementary, Frontier Middle School, and Liberty High School in the Wentzville Liberty School District.

Each home will be able to accommodate a three-car garage, as Payne research shows that villa dwellers have well-developed passions and hobbies that warrant more garage space.  Evergreens will line the perimeter of the neighborhood, nearly every lot will back to trees, and every elevation will include brick or stone accents.  Córdoba will also feature a walking trail, a common ground, a scenic retention pond with fountain, a community park with a playground, and a small, private lake.

Córdoba is located on North Outer 364 at Bryan Road in Dardenne Prairie, Missouri. For more information please call 314-447-1218 or visit Homebuyers may join the VIP List on Payne’s website to receive floor plan, pricing, and home site details as they become available.

Photo Above: Payne Family Homes’ executive team breaks ground at Cordoba, the company’s first community in Dardenne Prairie.  From left to right: Bill Allen, Vice President – Land Development; Cyndie Roche, Vice President – Sales and Marketing; Eva Fryar, Vice President – Construction Operations; Ken Kruse, President; Tom Cummings, Vice President – Land Acquisition; Kevin Roy, Chief Financial Officer; Jay Mullen, Land Development Manager.

About Payne Family Homes

Established as one of the Payne Family of companies in 2005, Payne Family Homes has quickly risen to be the St. Louis metro region’s fastest-growing homebuilder and recently was named one of the area’s fastest growing companies by the St. Louis Business Journal. With communities in some of the most desirable areas of St. Louis and St. Charles counties, Payne Family Homes builds memorable estate homes, villas, and single-family homes in nearly every price range. For more information, visit Payne Family Homes online or call (314) 477-1218.

Poettker Construction Grows Healthcare Team

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Poettker Construction Company, a second generation family-owned and veteran-owned healthcare construction management firm, has hired Curt Rommerksirchen as Brand Ambassador for Healthcare Facility Services.

Curt began his career in healthcare construction in 1993 after serving in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War and working as a plant supervisor for a roof material company.  He served as the facilities director of HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Breese for 25 years, where he managed the hospital’s construction projects and maintenance operations.  As a healthcare expert, Curt coordinated and participated in compliance inspections for the Illinois Department of Public Health, OSHA, EPA, and Joint Commission for healthcare quality control and safety as well as continuous infection control initiatives to ensure all regulatory requirements were adhered to and the hospital could maintain excellent operating conditions for patient care.  He has an Associates of Applied Science Degree from Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville, IL.  As Brand Ambassador, Curt will be working with the Poettker Healthcare Group to expand and manage future and ongoing healthcare services and opportunities.

Additionally, Healthcare Project Director Corey Noder and Project Manager Chris Poettker recently achieved the Certified Healthcare Constructor designation from the American Hospital Association.

 Founded in 1980, Poettker Construction has completed more than 35 healthcare projects, and is an active member of the American Hospital Association (AHA), American Society of Healthcare Engineers (ASHE) and Southern Illinois Chapter of Healthcare Engineers (SICHE).  More information:

Photo Above: Curt Rommerskirchen – Brand Ambassador for Healthcare Facility Services

Second Phase Of $32 Million Investment Project At Mcknight Place Assisted Living & Memory Care Complete

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Latest Renovation Adds Additional Apartments and Introduces Dedicated Memory Care on The Gatesworth Campus

Just six short months after debuting its new, three-story, 102,000-square-foot expansion featuring 90 upscale apartment homes, the aptly renamed McKnight Place Assisted Living & Memory Care is celebrating the completion of the second phase of its $32 million investment project. The doors of the original McKnight Place building now open to 74,000-square-feet of completely renovated space. It features 18 additional assisted living suites and introduces the availability of dedicated memory care in 27 separate memory care suites, accessible via a different entrance, for residents with cognitive impairments, such as Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

“Today is special,” said Charles Deutsch, co-owner of The Gatesworth. “It represents the completion of many months of planning, hard work and dedication as we proudly expand our industry-leading senior care offerings with our new dedicated Memory Care community, where our devoted staff and memory care specialists are equipped to serve seniors of every level of cognitive ability. Through the work of our sister memory care community Parc Provence, we bring unrivaled experience to the fields of dementia and Alzheimer’s care.”

The 27 memory care and 18 additional assisted living suites feature large entry foyers, crown molding throughout, large bathrooms with 30″ granite vanity countertops with a 36″ wood wall cabinet for storage, nine-foot ceilings, individual temperature controls, spacious closets, and bay windows providing plenty of natural light.

The memory care suites are contained in a household design that allows residents to enjoy a secure and supportive lifestyle with daily activities that feels as familiar as home, with each resident having his or her own large suite with a private bath. The household provides an intimate and comfortable living environment with a dining room, living room, kitchen, activity room, sun room, spa, aviary and aquarium. This design also offers a beautiful garden with a fountain, so residents can comfortably experience nature within a safe environment. Residents also have access to the McKnight Place Memory Care Forget-Me-Not care program that focuses on the interests and abilities of each resident.

“We empower residents and enable them to succeed in life through social interaction, special events and trips, or any one of our many engaging, therapeutic activities,” noted Bob Leonard, Director of Operations for The Gatesworth Communities. “Our practices are built on knowing each individual resident’s strengths and customizing an active care program accordingly.”

The building housing the latest renovations connects seamlessly to the common area in new, three-story expansion that features a stately new assisted living entrance; a gracious community living room and lounge area with a view over the beautifully landscaped courtyard featuring a fountain; an elegant main floor dining room, café bistro and a private dining room; a large fitness/wellness gym; a 45-seat theater/chapel; card rooms; a billiard room; a full-service beauty salon; an art room; a greenhouse, and landscaped gardens with pergolas and a fountain. Supportive services that make life easier and more convenient, including on-site physical and occupational therapy and nursing care, are also available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

McKnight Place Assisted Living and Memory Care is located on the 15-acre continuum of care campus at The Gatesworth in University City. The two-phase expansion increased the footprint of The Gatesworth campus to over one-million square-feet of space that now offers seniors access to independent living, skilled nursing, assisted living and memory care options. More than 75 employees have been hired in the last six months to staff both assisted living buildings and fill memory care positions, bringing total employment on the campus to 400+.

GateCo Development served as the general contractor for this project. Chris Leonard, VP of Development and Construction for GateCo, led a team of senior housing development experts who handle all new construction and renovation projects within The Gatesworth campus. Additional members of the project team included the Lawrence Group (architect), the Sterling Company (civil engineering), Alper Audi, Inc. (structural engineering), Jarrell Mechanical Contractors (mechanical design-build contractor), Guarantee Electrical (electrical design-build contractor), Plumbing Planning Corp. (plumbing design-build contractor) and Ahern Fire Protection (fire protection design-build contractor). Funding for the project came in the form of financing from Greystone Mortgage of Manhattan, NY, and a HUD-insured mortgage.

For more information on the new McKnight Place Assisted Living & Memory Care community, visit or call (314) 993-3333. For details on The Gatesworth community and its continuum of care services, visit or call (314) 993-0111.

Named one of the nation’s “Top 10 Retirement Communities” by Forbes Magazine, The Gatesworth opened its doors in 1988 and established itself as a pioneer in providing area seniors with a variety of quality services in a warm, residential environment.

Photo Above: (l to r) Bob Leonard, Director of Operations for The Gatesworth Communities; Mike Doyle, Chief Financial Officer; David Smith, Co-owner of The Gatesworth and Charles Deutsch, Co-owner of The Gatesworth.

IMPACT Strategies Breaks Ground on Senior Services Plus Fitness Center

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IMPACT Strategies recently broke ground on a new Fitness Center for Senior Services Plus on their Alton, IL Campus. This almost 10,000 square foot building will be home to future health and wellness programs.

The exterior of this addition will be a pre-engineered metal building with pre-finished insulated metal panels and masonry veneer. The interior is will have resilient sport flooring to accommodate physical activities, an indoor track, restrooms, and office space for support staff. Additional site improvements are currently being incorporated into the project, including new light poles, and an expansion of the parking lot.

IMPACT Strategies is proud to be a part of this project and the lasting effect it will have on the community. Recently an anonymous donor came forward and is matching dollar for dollar any donation to Senior Services Plus up to $400,000.00. IMPACT Strategies will be teaming up with the Farnsworth Group Inc. and Sheppard, Morgan & Schwaab, Inc. to complete this project by December 2018.

IMPACT Strategies, Inc. specializes in Retail, Commercial, Medical, Senior Housing and Education construction and offers comprehensive construction services including design-build, general contracting, construction management and pre-construction management. The company is headquartered in Fairview Heights, Ill. with an office in St. Louis, Mo. and primarily serves clients in the St. Louis metropolitan area and throughout the Midwest. 

Senior Services Plus is a non-profit agency established to help enrich the lives of older adults through programs and services that encourage independent living. Follow the Pathway to Wellness and support them in providing affordable wellness to the Riverbend Region while creating a healthier community.

Western Specialty Contractors Nearing Completion of Facade Restoration for Future Academy Museum of Motion Pictures

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Crews from Western Specialty Contractors’ Los Angeles and Seattle branches are hard at work performing stone restoration and installing new limestone and granite on the iconic Saban Building, the future home of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in L.A. Western is currently complete with 90% of the facade restoration work, which includes making limestone and granite Dutchman repairs, applying waterproofing, repairing window frames, and patching and cleaning the stone. 

Constructed in 1939, the Saban Building is located on Wilshire and Fairfax next to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art campus, and is listed as a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument. The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures is scheduled to open in 2019. Photo courtesy of Western Specialty Contractors.

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