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Hastings + Chivetta, KAI Design & Build Redo Busy Grand Blvd Crossings to Increase Safety

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Architect Hastings + Chivetta and General Contractor KAI Design & Build are seeing the results of their recent redesign and construction of the Grand and West Pine Boulevards streetscape to enhance pedestrian safety at Saint Louis University.

Making it safely for pedestrians to cross and making the entire crossway accessible were key project priorities. KAI Design & Build Director of Field Operations Steve Kizer said the newly rebuilt streetscape runs along Grand Boulevard northbound and southbound from Lindell Boulevard two blocks south to Laclede Avenue.

“It’s not unusual for 300 to 400 pedestrians to be crossing at any of these points along Grand at peak times such as 9am and 3pm,” Kizer said.

HCA President Chris Chivetta said the fast-track project, which began right after Saint Louis University’s commencement ceremonies in May and was completed just three months later, is part of the university’s overall master plan that HCA is in the process of updating.

“The newly redesigned, rebuilt crossing features a wider median that can more safely accommodate pedestrians waiting for the light to change at these busy intersections,” Chivetta said. “The project scope also includes additional lighting, improved traffic signals and bollards situated along the media and sidewalks to prevent cars from encroaching into pedestrian areas.”

Slowing down vehicles as they approach the campus to facilitate a safer central campus core was a chief goal of the project, according to Chivetta.

More about those new bollards: Kizer said they’re designed, built and secured to be able to withstand a severe blow from an oncoming vehicle.

“Each of the bollards contains a steel tube measuring 10 inches in diameter and one inch thick,” said Kizer. “They’re installed into a concrete pad that is attached to a 10-inch I-beam that is perpendicular to the steel tube and embedded into the concrete. These bollards are built to withstand a 50-mile-an-hour vehicular impact.”

To create space for the wider median, the third northbound traffic lane was eliminated.

In addition to safety-specific improvements, the streetscape project included landscape design and aesthetic improvements.

Kizer credited civil engineer Stock & Associates for its project expertise.

“This streetscape project was fast-paced and involved a lot of people working on-site at one time,” Kizer said. “The architect, general contractor, engineer and top-quality subcontractors all pulled together and made this happen as a team.”

An unforeseen element during construction, Kizer said, was discovering a network of trolley tracks in the excavation area. Workers had to physically remove the track infrastructure before work could commence.

The new streetscape also has visual and audio instructions to indicate when it is safe for pedestrians to cross. The improvements are features of a brand-new signalization system that was installed as part of the project. Also, within the project’s scope, existing asphalt was milled and replaced, and new stamped concrete pavers were installed.

Western Specialty Contractors Receives St. Louis Business Journal Family Business Award

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103-year-old company employs fourth-generation family members

Western Specialty Contractors is honored to announce that it has been selected for the St. Louis Business Journal’s Family Business Awards. The program recognizes family-owned companies that have successfully transitioned between generations and made an impact on the St. Louis community. The winners were honored at an awards event on Oct. 11.

Founded in 1915, St. Louis-based Western Specialty Contractors is currently led by CEO Benjamin Bishop, Jr., a third generation founding family member. A total of five family members, many fourth-generation, currently work at Western.

“We are so honored to receive an award that recognizes the value of family-owned businesses,” said Western CEO Ben “Butch” Bishop, Jr. “Family values have become almost cliché in recent years, but that’s really what built Western Specialty Contractors. Of course, Western is dedicated to quality work and craftsmanship, but Western believes that you cannot achieve quality consistently unless you have people who can work as a team, with trust and respect for each other. Those values are truly the legacy of Western’s founders Ben Many and George Bishop, Sr.”

Western’s history began in 1915 when the Ironite Company of Chicago invented a cost-saving product to waterproof concrete foundations from the inside called “Ironite” and needed contractors to successfully apply the product. St. Louis native Ben Many jumped on the opportunity and hired his brother-in-law George Bishop, Sr., also a St. Louis native, to be his partner after Bishop returned home from serving in World War I, and the Western Waterproofing Company of Missouri was born.

Following The Great Depression in 1929, Bishop worked to rebuild the struggling company after his partner moved to Chicago to pursue other opportunities. Through the decades, the Bishop family continued to grow the business and expand across the country, passing it down through the generations to eventually include branch locations in Arkansas, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas and Washington. Western also expanded its services beyond just waterproofing to include masonry and concrete restoration, specialty roofing, disaster recovery and façade restoration, and changed its name to Western Specialty Contractors in 2015.

Today, Western is the largest concrete and masonry specialty contractor in the U.S., with over 30 branch offices and member companies nationwide, employing more than 1,250 people and executing more than 3,000 contracts each year.

Western has been quietly restoring some of America’s most beloved buildings and structures for generations and takes great pride in its hands-on ability to get the job done right, while creating lasting quality. Western has completed more than 300,000 projects over the course of its 103-year history, which include: Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, IL; Citadel Military College of South Carolina; Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, CA; Disney World’s Epcot Center in Orlando, FL; Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool in Washington, D.C.; Martin Luther King Federal Building in Atlanta, GA; Chrysler Building in New York, NY; Museum of Science & Industry in Chicago, IL; Superdome in New Orleans, LA; Busch Stadium and Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis, MO; Packard Automotive Plant in Detroit, MI; Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary in San Francisco, CA and Shrine of Saint Joseph in St. Louis, MO, to name just a few.

Western has faced it share of ups and downs over the course of its 103-years in business, which have included The Great Depression, two World Wars and multiple recessions, but throughout history, Western has proven that strong leadership, a willingness to adapt to changing times and hard-working, committed employees are the keys to succeeding through challenges.

“Learning to have patience was one of the most difficult skills to master. Learning from the ground up doesn’t come overnight and having been in business for 103 years you go through a lot of ups and downs,” said Bishop, Jr. “The principles and values put in place by the best generations have really made keeping the family culture the cornerstone of Western’s success. Your company is only as good as the people who work for you, and we have several fourth-generation family members presently employed by Western. Times change, processes change and people change. Change will always be the challenge all companies have to conquer in order to survive the generations.”

About Western Specialty Contractors

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. Western offers a nationwide network of expertise that building owners, engineers, architects and property managers can count on to develop cost-effective, corrective measures that can add years of useful life to a variety of structures including: industrial, commercial, healthcare, historic, educational and government buildings, parking structures and sports stadiums. Western is headquartered in St. Louis, MO with over 30 branch offices nationwide and employs more than 1,200 salaried and hourly professionals who offer the best, time-tested techniques and innovative technology. For more information about Western Specialty Contractors, visit


Bangert, Inc. Announces Acquisition of New Flagship Office in Olathe, KS

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Bangert, Inc. today announced the acquisition of their new flagship office in Olathe, KS. The building, which is located just north of Garmin, is a crucial addition and marks the company’s move from downtown Kansas City. “We see it as a huge benefit to our employees and our culture” says Kent Galley, COO, Bangert, Inc. “The modern, open space will promote our digital-first initiatives and give us some much-needed square footage for growth.”

Some key facts about Bangert, Inc include:

  • Founded in 1983, the company has been present in the Kansas City Metro since 1999
  • Bangert, Inc. is a family-owned business, now in its 3rd generation
  • Richard Bangert, founder, developed communications systems for the Apollo missions before

launching Bangert, Inc. with his son Kurt, Bangert, Inc. has grown substantially over the last 6 months, with plans of hiring 45 people throughout it’s 5 national locations over the next 18 months – the bulk being added in Olathe. The hunt for a perfect location has taken nearly a year to complete, but company leadership is excited about joining the Olathe community. “Olathe is a great place for us to be,” says Director of Marketing Reid Bangert, “We’re looking forward to being active with our neighbors as well as contributing to the local community.”

Bangert, Inc. is a leading technology solutions provider to the construction industry. Bangert has continually cultivated strong resources by investing in people and processes that are dedicated to helping their clients save time and money. There has never been a more exciting time to be in construction technology. If you’re looking to join a vibrant and dedicated team visit


Budnick Converting Awards Kadean $8 Million Contract For New Headquarters And Production Facility

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Budnick Converting Inc., a private, woman-owned enterprise, has awarded Kadean Construction an $8 million design-build contract to construct a 100,000 square foot headquarters and production facility, doubling the size of the company’s current operations in Columbia, IL, it was announced today.

The new structure will include 75,000 square feet of manufacturing, production and warehousing space, and 25,000 square feet of office space including the ground floor, a mezzanine area, a break room, conference room, and other commons areas.

The new structure will eventually replace Budnick Converting’s existing 50,000 square foot headquarters and manufacturing operations on an 11-acre tract adjacent to its current location, 200 Admiral Weinel Boulevard in Columbia, which is about 15 miles south of downtown St. Louis.

Construction is scheduled to begin in mid-October and completed in June 2019. The company plans to move into the new facility next summer, said Ann Wegmann, owner and president of the company.

“We are very excited about our plans to construct our new headquarters and manufacturing facility,” said Wegmann, whose father, Ed “Bud” Schwartz, co-founded the company with “Nick” Cutlich in 1952. “My Dad would be very happy we are continuing to grow the company. This expansion also will enable us to better serve our national and international clients.”

Budnick Converting, which is ISO-certified, specializes in converting adhesive coated tapes, foams, films, foils, and other specialty materials for hundreds of clients, including the transportation, appliance, consumer electronics, moving and storage, medical, and distribution sectors.

Wegmann acquired the company in 1982, and runs it today with her executive team, which includes her daughter, Quality and Communications Manager Christy Hornacek, who is overseeing the new construction and helping to manage Budnick’s growth.

“This design-build project is exciting for our team because it will help this 66-year-old company continue to expand its services to its clients here and abroad,” said Mike Eveler, president of Kadean Construction.

Besides its operations in Columbia, IL, Budnick also has a second converting facility in Tampa, FL, a warehouse in Oklahoma City, OK, and a full-service joint venture operation in Monterrey, Mexico. The company also maintains six sales offices throughout North America.

The company currently employs 89 men and women at its Columbia, IL facilities and another 17 at its other operations across the country, Wegmann said. She pointed out that Budnick Converting plans to increase employment at its Columbia facilities by at least 10 percent in the next year.

Kadean has retained Gray Design Group as the project’s architect, J.R. Grimes Consulting Inc. for civil engineering, KPFF St. Louis for structural engineering, and numerous St. Louis-area subcontractors for carpentry, electrical, plumbing, concrete, and other work.

Founded in 1963, Fenton-based Kadean Construction has become one of the Midwest’s most successful construction companies, specializing in design-build, construction management, and general contracting for a diverse set of major clients in the industrial, commercial, health care, office, senior care, and multi-family industries.


Holland Construction Services Breaks Ground on New Warehouse for Klein’s BrandSource

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Holland Construction  Services, Inc. (Holland) joined with Klein’s  BrandSource  employees  and  community  leaders on October 9th at a groundbreaking  ceremony  for  Klein’s  new warehouse  addition.    The new 5,700 square foot, pre-Engineered metal  building  will  be  adjacent  to their  current warehouse located at 10338 Lincoln  Trail (Highway 50).  Owner Gil Klein said the expansion  was  needed  to  serve  the  community  better  and  to  accommodate  future growth.

“We have been a family‐owned business since 1959.  We’ve seen many appliance big box stores come and go in the area,  but our business is stronger than ever and continues to grow,” said Klein. “The addition will accommodate our sales and  service department. We are well known for our service after the sale and the great pride in our relationships with our  valued customers. This addition will help to serve the community better.”

The new warehouse will be of similar design standards as the existing facility.  Netemeyer Engineering out of Aviston,  Illinois is the architect on the project.    Construction on the new addition is expected to be complete this December.    About Holland   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 Illinois and Missouri since 1986, when it was founded  by company CEO Bruce Holland.

Holland offers pre‐construction, construction and building information modeling services to retail, office, healthcare,  educational, multi‐family, recreational, institutional, and light industrial clients. For more information, visit  Holland’s website at

DA Architects Completes Corporate Headquarters & Distribution Facility for 7G Distributing

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DA Architects has completed a new 112,000-square-foot corporate headquarters and distribution facility for 7G Distributing

in Davenport, Iowa. 7G’s brand played an important role in the overall exterior and interior design of the project with red accented walls, exposed ceilings, history walls and a large scaled company logo painted on two sides of the building.

“HDA really helped us ask the right questions early on in the design process. HDA’s experience in building these kinds of facilities gave us great confidence. It is always a pleasure working with true experts.”

Contegra Construction Completes $3.2 Million Timberlake Village Retail Center in Edwardsville, Ill.

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The newest shopping enclave to serve Edwardsville, Ill. is open with the completion of the $3.2 million Timberlake Village Retail Center.  Developed by Kamadulski Crays Fischer, LLC and built by Contegra Construction Co., the 10,000-square-foot Timberlake Village is introducing the first Kyoto Japanese Steakhouse to Edwardsville as the anchor tenant.    An additional 3,000 square feet of tenant space is available for lease.

Located at 441 South State Route 157, Timberlake Village will serve a growing corridor of development along Route 157 near Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.  That includes new apartments, hotels and office.

The retail center is built with a conventional structural steel frame and contemporary masonry façade.  It is ornamented with storefront and metal panel siding.  The 1.5-acre site is fully landscaped and offers 70 parking spaces.

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

Lutheran Senior Services Begins $70 Million Independent Living Expansion At Mason Pointe In Town & Country

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Lutheran Senior Services has begun a planned expansion at its Mason Pointe senior living community in Town & Country. The project will add 156 new independent living apartments and a full range of amenities for residents. The Mason Pointe campus is located along the South Outer Road of Interstate 64 near Mason Road.

The $70 million project will feature a new three-story, 390,000 square foot apartment building with underground parking and wellness center with indoor pool. It will connect with an adjacent, existing building that will be fully renovated to become a community center featuring multiple dining venues, a media room, a wellness center with pool, theatre, private dining room, game room, chapel, art studio, health clinic, meeting rooms for clubs and activities, and more. New walking trails will be added for outdoor exercise opportunities.

Nearly half of the 156 apartments have been reserved with financial commitments to date. “Strong pre-construction demand for these independent living apartments has enabled us to start building this project sooner than originally planned,” said Rita Vicary, Vice President of Marketing, Communications, and Sales at Lutheran Senior Services.  “The momentum created by this project has energized us as we continue our Christian Mission of Older Adults Living Life To The Fullest in West County.  We look forward to welcoming our new residents and their families in the second half of 2020.”

Construction will start immediately and is scheduled for completion in summer of 2020.  A formal groundbreaking event is scheduled for November 7, 2018.  BSI Constructors is the general contractor, and project architect is Grubbs and Associates.

Lutheran Senior Services acquired the former Cedars of Town & Country on February 1, 2016, and renamed it Mason Pointe.  With the addition of independent living, Mason Pointe will become a true Life Plan Community offering all levels of living—independent living, assisted living, memory care, long term care, and short stay rehabilitation services.

Lutheran Senior Services (LSS) is a mission-driven, not-for-profit network that specializes in housing, care, and supportive services for older adults 62+. With 21 locations in Missouri and Illinois, LSS serves more than 11,000 seniors a year through options that include Life Plan Communities offering all levels of living, Affordable Housing for those with limited incomes, and Home & Community Based Services, which includes Home Health, Hospice, and Private Duty. LSS builds upon 160 years of excellence in living out its Christian mission of Older Adults Living Life to the Fullest.

Plans Unveiled For Former Crestwood Mall Site

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Crestwood City Center’s Master Plan Calls for Mixed-use Development 

The Remiger Design + Cedergreen team unveiled a comprehensive Master Plan to redevelop the 47-acre site of the former Crestwood Mall. The plan includes retail, office, multifamily, entertainment, parking structures and community spaces. The proposed development was shown at an event for commercial real estate brokers on Wednesday, Oct. 3.

Remiger Design, a St. Louis-based architectural, planning and interior design firm, is working with Chris Cedergreen, a commercial real estate design advisor, with extensive experience master planning and designing large-scale multiuse projects, as well as corporate headquarters and other complex commercial real estate developments, throughout the United States and internationally.

Vern Remiger, founder and president of Remiger Design, discussed plans for an urban town setting for Crestwood City Center, the community’s name. “There is great potential developing a modern lifestyle community where we combine the best of all worlds – a place where people can live, work, play and be entertained. The goal is to create a 24-hour community, with office workers during the day, residents around the clock and the necessary retail, restaurants and entertainment to support workers, residents and visitors to Crestwood City Center.”

Currently plans call for more than 794,000 square feet of buildings for retail, office and residential, but the design is so the plan can respond to market conditions as they develop.

The vision for the project includes:

  • More than 160,000 square feet of retail and entertainment spaces including 69,000 square feet of street side retail, a pharmacy, four out lots and a cinema. Much of the street side retail will be focused on service-based business such as restaurants, breweries, concert venues, coffee shops and smaller boutique apparel.
  • 240,000 square feet of office and medical space designed to accommodate tenants seeking a large floorplate or a smaller floorplate. Another out lot is set aside for financial or medical use. Some of the retail buildings may also accommodate smaller office users.
  • The residential component will include a high-end, energy-efficient four-story, multifamily building with amenities such as fitness room, pool, outdoor cooking and meeting areas for residents.
  • Plans call for nearly 3,000 parking spaces, including several structured parking decks for the office building and surrounding retail and residents. Ground level parking will be abundant throughout the site.

As an urban community, Crestwood City Center will connect to Grant’s Trail, developed by Great Rivers Greenway. The trail is the most heavily used of the region’s 16 active greenways, with more than one-half million bikers and walkers using the trail each year.

“Our connection with Grant’s Trail will tie directly into Crestwood City Center’s town center,” Remiger noted. “This will further the goal of making this an attractive place to live, work and visit.”

Remiger added that Crestwood City Center is modeled after some of the country’s top and successful redevelopments. “We looked at places such as The Market Common in Arlington, VA, Kierland Commons in Scottsdale, AZ, and The Roosevelt Collection in Chicago, IL. Closer to home, you have The Streets of St. Charles, although that’s not nearly on the scale of Crestwood City Center. We believe we can build a first-class development that carries the same urban feel of these successful projects.”

The site sits on the former Crestwood Court, the St. Louis area’s first major mall that opened in 1957. The once bustling mall that became known as Crestwood Plaza once housed more than 100 retailers in its one million square feet. As shoppers’ habits changed, the mall declined until it closed in September 2013.

The current owner UrbanStreet Group has completed the environmental remediation and demolition of the mall. Recently, a group of investors operating within Walpert Properties Inc., a St. Louis-based developer, have the site under contract and have engaged the Remiger Design + Cedergreen team to take the development in a new direction and create the master plan for the mixed-use development. HBD will be the general construction contractor. Pam Hinds and Christopher Zoellner of Balke Brown Transwestern (314-621-1414) are handling the office and retail leasing, respectively, for Crestwood City Center.

About Remiger Design

Based in St. Louis, MO, the firm provides architectural, planning and interior design services in several environments: education, institutional and industrial facilities, corporate offices, and retail and hospitality. The firm was founded in 2010 by Vern Remiger, an industry veteran with more than 30 years of experience in architecture, interior design, planning and facilities management.

BUD Program Recruits, Minorities to Succeed in Construction Trades

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A no-cost union construction pre-apprenticeship training program that began just four years ago is doing everything possible to equip individuals with the knowledge and resources necessary to succeed in a construction career in St. Louis.

The Building Union Diversity Program – known as BUD for short – began as an idea in 2013 and grew into a working program the following year. Today the BUD Program touts an 88 percent completion rate and an 85 percent placement rate. In the four years since its inception, BUD has trained and placed 120 individuals in St. Louis construction jobs.

BUD’s goal? To increase the numbers of eligible young women and minorities entering the trades. And as Program Director Russ Signorino says, its goal is also to ensure that those entering the trades represent a population that mirrors the St. Louis communities in which building projects are occurring.

More than eight cooperating joint labor-management construction training programs under the umbrella of the St. Louis Building and Construction Trades Council work in tandem to make BUD succeed.

“Trying to attract a new demographic is an issue that many of the trades and contractors have had for a long time,” said Signorino at a program update session Oct. 3. “The St. Louis job industry only grows at about 1 percent per year. The construction workforce here is growing at about 3 percent annually. We’re doing what we can to recruit, train and equip willing young women and minorities with everything they’ll need to be successful.”

Everything they may need, according to BUD sponsors, mentors and volunteers, includes: van transportation to the training center, bus passes, a $50 weekly stipend, safety equipment (including boots, helmets and glasses), pants, shirts, a tools allowance, mentoring and even help developing necessary credit for securing their first vehicle loan.

Companies who have stepped forward to support BUD include contractors, subcontractors, construction associations, financial institutions, utility companies, universities, healthcare providers, insurers, automotive dealerships, public agencies such as Bi-State Development and MoDOT, and nonprofit entities like the United Way of Greater St. Louis.

The number of individuals in each BUD cohort is limited. For more information on how your company can sponsor, support or recruit potential candidates, contact the BUD Program at (314) 303-6082 and visit @BUDSTL on Facebook. Cohorts for 2019 are currently forming.

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