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$59 Million Village of Twin Oaks Mixed-Use Luxury Apartments Opens at Big Bend & Highway 141

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Apartment Community Designed as a Town Square for Twin Oaks 

In celebration of its founding 80 years ago, the city of Twin Oaks is getting a town square in the form of a $59 million mixed-use luxury apartment community that connects its residents to the municipality and all of its amenities. The Village of Twin Oaks debuted in November 2018 with the opening of the first 90 units.  The five-story, 219-unit mixed-used apartment complex was developed by Propper Construction Services.  It occupies the site of an old Schnucks Market at Big Bend and Highway 141 and features a walkable community with a restaurant and retail space, commanding views of West St. Louis County and numerous amenities. The first 90 units are open for lease with the remaining 129 units available beginning December 2018.  Learn more at www.votoapartments.com.

“The Village of Twin Oaks is designed to engage residents with surrounding neighborhoods, parks, retail and restaurants shaping the great lifestyle that defines the city of Twin Oaks” noted Chrissy Wienhoff of 2B Residential, which is leasing units. “Our residents are empty nesters, urban and suburban workers looking for great living space in a walkability environment that creates a real sense of community.”

The mixed-use apartment community includes a yet-to-be-named upscale restaurant and retail with easily walkable access to adjacent retail and restaurants at Big Bend Square, Twin Oaks’ first retail center now celebrating its 40th anniversary, and other venues.  Big Bend Square hosts the well-known Nicoletti’s and 1356 Public House restaurants and retail services that include a nail salon, dental, chiropractic and vision care services, pizza parlors and tax preparation services.  Fritz’s Custard, a staple of the neighborhood, and other ice cream stores as well as fast food restaurant are just a casual walk away.

“The beautiful Twin Oaks Park and its playground, recreational offerings, lake and walking paths are easily accessible,” said Wienhoff.  “So is Schnuck’s Market across the street and three major banks.”

The Village of Twin Oaks also taps into a growing labor market. The 2016 U.S. Census reports a labor force of more than 56,000 alone employed in the communities of Chesterfield, Ballwin, Maryland Heights, and Fenton.  The development’s location along the newly improved Highway 141 provides easy access to Chesterfield, Fenton and points east and west, using I-44 to the south or I-64 to the north.

The Village of Twin Oaks features 29 different floor plans in one-, two- and three-bedroom units, some with balconies, and includes furnished and unfurnished units.  The well-appointed space features open floor plans with upscale finishes in a variety of layouts for every lifestyle need.  Units feature living rooms, kitchens with slate appliances and quartz countertops, dining areas and space for full size washer and dryers.

The luxury apartment complex features a number of amenities, including:

  • A rooftop swimming pool and spa including a sun deck with spectacular views of the surrounding area. The rooftop space also includes a resident lounge for entertaining with a kitchen and big-screen televisions.
  • A fourth-floor fitness center with state-of-the-art exercise equipment, free weights and a yoga studio. Fitness, nutrition and yoga classes will be offered.
  • A planned ground-floor upscale restaurant and retail with easily walkable access to adjacent retail and restaurants at Big Bend Square and other venues.
  • An expansive ground floor lobby for entertaining guests that includes a water fountain wall and decorative granite fireplace both synchronized with color. The lobby includes a kitchen area and a cyber café with a specialty coffee bar
  • An outside ground floor patio area with a fire pit amid ample green space throughout the landscaped complex
  • A business center and 24-hour maintenance services.

The Village of Twin Oaks also offers a number technology conveniences, including a

“social wall” above resident mail boxes with four video screens detailing information to connect residents with town square community activities and other neighborhood events and provide 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.

Covered parking is available and pets are welcome.

The complex features 140 one-bedroom units, 75 two-bedroom units and four three-bedroom units.  Resident guest suites are also available.  For leasing information, visit the web site at www.votoapartments.com.

Zwick and Gandt Architecture, Inc. designed the apartment complex.  Holland Construction Services was the general contractor.

The Village of Twin Oaks is the second major multi-family development for Propper Construction Services over the past year.  This year, it opened the $29 million 1400 Russell Apartments in Soulard.

 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.

Tarlton Garners 2018 AGC of Missouri Keystone Award for Sachs Museum

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Museum Building addition entrance and original Museum Building.

The historic renovation of the Stephen and Peter Sachs Museum at Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis, with Tarlton Corp. serving as construction manager, won a 2018 Construction Keystone Award from the Associated General Contractors of Missouri. This year’s honor marks the ninth time Tarlton was recognized for a top Keystone Award-winning project since the inception of the competition.

Tarlton was among 10 winners chosen from a highly competitive field of 30 finalists at the 21st Annual Keystone Awards on Nov. 8. The AGC of Missouri Keystone Awards program recognizes contractors who meet and successfully resolve challenges on construction projects.

“Recognition by the AGC of Missouri is one of the highest honors a general contractor can receive,” said Tracy Hart, president, Tarlton Corp. “We are proud of the skill, teamwork and spirit of the Tarlton teams on our projects, and we appreciate that in collaboration with the project owners and stakeholders, we can make these lasting contributions to the community.”

Tarlton’s work on the 7,000-square-foot Stephen and Peter Sachs Museum, an iconic pre-Civil War structure on the grounds of the world-renowned Missouri Botanical Garden, won in the “Building Construction Project Under $10 million” category. The museum, which was opened in 1859 by St. Louis businessman and philanthropist Henry Shaw, served as the Garden’s first scientific research facility, library and herbarium of more than 62,000 specimens. Widely considered one of the most historically significant buildings in the Midwest, the building had been closed to the public for more than three decades. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Working with project architect Christner Inc., Tarlton’s scope of work included an aggressive schedule, unforeseen conditions and an unexpected discovery during the demolition of a plaster drop ceiling: the paintings of three noted botanists on a barrel-vault ceiling hidden above the false ceiling in a room adjacent to the main exhibit hall. The discovery temporarily halted work while conservators from EverGreene Architectural Arts in Brooklyn, N.Y., were brought in for the careful restoration.

Meanwhile, in the main exhibit all, construction and artistry worked side by side as the Tarlton team restored historic finishes, completed structural improvements and erected scaffolding to allow art conservators to access the ceiling two stories up. There, they undertook the painstaking replication of a painted botanical mural spanning 12 separate panels overhead.

To usher visitors into the space, Tarlton built a modern 2,000-square-foot addition that connects to the museum, which serves as the new accessible entrance and houses public amenities. The two-story addition’s glass curtainwall provides occupants with a feeling of being surrounded by nature and was designed in accordance with preservation principles outlined by the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties and the U.S. National Park Service.

Additional updates include an expanded light-filled lobby that offers space for exhibits, artwork and other displays; a renovated lower-level gallery; and a new staircase that links the two floors.

The Stephen and Peter Sachs Museum project garnered additional Keystone Award recognition with a win by Niehaus Building Services LLC in the “Specialty/Subcontractor Building Construction Project Under $3 million” category. Two other subcontractors on the project – Guarantee Electrical Co. and Kirberg Co. – also submitted nominations for their work on the museum. It marked the first time all three finalists in a single category had worked on the same project.

The AGC of Missouri represents approximately 550 construction and construction-related firms in the state of Missouri that perform building, highway, and infrastructure construction. It is affiliated with several national organizations, including AGC of America.

St. Louis-based Tarlton Corp. is a leader in general contracting and construction management throughout the Midwest. The firm has completed many landmark projects in and around St. Louis and holds steadfast to its goal to improve the lives of St. Louisans through construction, civic involvement and philanthropy.

In business since 1946, Tarlton Corp. is a WBENC-Certified Women’s Business Enterprise that completes projects for wide-ranging clients in the life science, higher education, health care, commercial, power and industrial markets. Tarlton also has special expertise in concrete construction, concrete restoration and hydro excavation services.

Kozeny-Wagner Welcomes James Eads decedents

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Fate is a mysterious thing! These two ladies got lost on their trip around St. Louis, MO and ended up in our lobby! They took a riverboat cruise on the Mississippi from New Orleans to St. Louis. They live in Denmark. They also happen to be the great granddaughter, Ragha Sloane (pictured in blue) and great-great granddaughter, Lisa Hoi Houser (pictured in red) of Martha and James B. Eads!

James B. Eads was the designer and builder of Eads Bridge. They took a trip down I-55 to Mound City near Cairo, IL to view one of the famous gunboats James Eads built. They were heading back north to Bellefontaine Cemetery to visit Martha and James burial place.

On their way to Bellefontaine, they took a wrong turn and ended up in our lobby looking for directions. While in our lobby, they noticed pictures of the bridges on the wall and were excited to let us know the connection. Lots of Eads stories and history were shared. They also found it ironic that they get lost and stumble upon a company that builds bridges. How crazy, cool and ironic is that?!

Pictured in the photo above are from left to right; Patrick Kozeny, President of Kozeny-Wagner, Gordon Raney, Director of Civil Estimating, Lisa Hoi Houser, Shane Williams, Vice President Civil, Ragha Sloane and Christopher Kozeny, Project Engineer.

Integrated Facility Services named Top Specialty Contractor by Engineering News Record magazine

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Integrated Facility Services (IFS) has been named a 2018 Midwest Top 50 Specialty Contractor by the leading international construction industry news magazine, Engineering News Record (ENR). With $64.89 million in 2017 regional revenue, IFS ranks sixth in Missouri and 34th in the Midwest, moving up six spots from the previous year. Nationally, IFS ranks 335th on ENR’s national 2018 Top 600 Specialty Contractor list, with $70.6 million in 2017 national revenue. Based in St. Louis, IFS is a full-service HVAC, plumbing, piping, fire protection and building automation firm with more than 250 professional and trade employees.

ENR’s Top Specialty Contractors regional and national reports rank specialty contractors by the previous year’s revenue and the percentage of revenue by market sectors. In addition to mechanical, specialty contractor types also include asbestos abatement, concrete, electrical, fire protection and sprinklers, masonry, sheet metal, steel erection, excavation and more.

Integrated Facility Services (IFS) is a full-service HVAC, plumbing, piping, fire protection and building automation firm with more than 250 professional and trade employees. Established in 1966, IFS delivers integrated mechanical engineering and construction, installation, service and planned maintenance, and energy conservation solutions to ensure occupant comfort, improve efficiency and reduce operational costs. For more information, call (636) 680-2100 or (573) 442-6100 and visit www.intfs.com.

Opportunity Zones Offer Investors Tax-Friendly Deferral Options in Designated Project Areas

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BY KERRY SMITH, EDITOR, ST. LOUIS CONSTRUCTION NEWS AND REVIEW MAGAZINE

A real estate-friendly byproduct of the Tax Cuts and Job Act, opportunity zones offer investors the chance to diversify their commercial portfolio with a slice of active development in and around St. Louis.

Opportunity zones are low-income U.S. Census tracts nominated by municipalities, approved by the governor and ratified by the U.S. Treasury Dept. and the IRS as a means of injecting needed capital into local shovel-ready developments nationwide. In Missouri, 161 such zones have been designated, 41 of them in St. Louis.

Lewis Rice attorneys David Lemkemeier and Ryan Furtick, among others, are members of a new practice group at the law firm’s St. Louis headquarters that’s specific to opportunity zone investment.

“We’re seeing interest from commercial real estate developers and others who are educated in commercial real estate investing,” said Lemkemeier, a partner at the firm. “Opportunity zones offer investors a chance to inject capital into low-income communities through qualified building projects. The timing for this is ideal because the commercial real estate market is a strong one to begin with,” he added.

St. Louis’ opportunity zones exist in downtown, midtown, north St. Louis City and elsewhere. Furtick said the primary tax benefit of opportunity funds – the name for the investment vehicles within designated opportunity zones – is the temporary deferral of any capital gain invested in an opportunity fund.

“When you invest your capital gain in one of these funds, you can defer the tax until the earlier of two scenarios: 1) When you sell your investment or 2) December 31, 2026,” Furtick said. “In addition to temporarily deferring your capital gain, you can permanently exclude part of the gain that you rolled over and invested in the fund depending upon your holding period. If you hold your investment for 5 years, you can permanently exclude 10 percent. If you hold it for 7 years, you can realize an additional 5 percent permanent exclusion.”

There’s another potential investor benefit, the attorneys attest: If the opportunity fund investor holds his interest in the fund for 10 years, all future appreciation – from day one until that investor sells his interest – remains tax free.

“It has to be a good (real estate) investment to begin with,” said Lemkemeier. “And in order to obtain the maximum tax benefit, it needs to be a development or construction project that is going to be around for 10 years. That requires patient capital and may limit the number of attractive projects within these zones,” he added, noting that if an investor sells its interest in an opportunity fund within the 10-year period, it doesn’t negate the opportunity zone tax advantage, but the investor is required to reinvest the dollars in another opportunity fund within 180 days.

This relatively new real estate investment option offers more flexibility than the long-time 1031 like-kind exchange, which is limited only to real property investment, said Furtick. “With like-kind exchanges, you have to take all of your sales proceeds from the sale of real property and invest them in new real property within 180 days,” he said. “Now your (opportunity fund) investments can also come from the sale of stock, the sale of a business or anything else that qualifies as capital gain.”

Lemkemeier said the opportunity fund provides another layer of the capital stack for investors. “The opportunity zone program has the potential to make major construction projects and major real estate developments happen that might not otherwise. That’s exciting.”

NewGround & Hickam Federal Credit Union Win Award

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NewGround, a St. Louis-based experiential architecture, design, and delivery firm, recently celebrated its award-winning recognition in Commercial Details for Hickam Federal Credit Union (FCU) during the annual BIA-Hawaii Building Industry Design & Construction Awards.

This award is provided to a commercial project for its attention to details with special amenities or design features. Features can range from special carpet to garage doors to lighting design. Projects are judged based on creativity, materials used, visual appeal, environmental and sustainability, functionality, principles of design, value, and interior space.

Hickam FCU received the highest point value in the Commercial Details Division.

Focused on functionality and collaboration, NewGround designed Hickam FCU’s 32,000 square-foot headquarters with a substantial use of high-performance insulated glass. The upper fascia includes a composite metal panel system with integrated sunshades for maximum comfort and efficiency. The new building also houses a technology-forward retail branch and numerous employee amenities, a fitness center, collaboration areas, and privacy enclaves.

NewGround Senior Project Architect, Dean Wilcoxen, was the architect for this project.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by BIA-Hawaii for our work designing Hickam FCU’s new corporate headquarters,” said Kevin Blair, President and CEO of NewGround. “It was a privilege to partner with Hickam FCU to help them bring their vision to life.”

NewGround is an international, award-winning architecture, design, and delivery firm, providing dynamic, experiential, market-driven environments. Headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, NewGround maintains corporate offices in Chicago, Illinois, Honolulu, Hawaii, and Toronto, Ontario, with a regional presence throughout the US. For more information, visit NewGround at www.newground.com.

EPA Recognizes Liberty, Missouri Design-Build Wastewater Treatment Facility for Excellence and Innovation in Clean Water Infrastructure

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On November 8, 2018, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized 30 clean water infrastructure projects for excellence and innovation within the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) program. Honored projects include large wastewater infrastructure projects to small decentralized and agriculture projects.

The City of Liberty previously sent their wastewater to Kansas City to get treatment from another plant. However, when this facility had to respond to a consent decree to reduce CSOs, an increase in rates for Liberty would have been a result. Liberty decided to forgo transferring their wastewater and instead took out a $79 million CWSRF loan to build a new state of the art wastewater treatment facility of their own and perform conveyance system improvements. The new facility was the first Missouri CWSRF project to use a design-build approach. Under a design-build contract, the owner contracted with a single design and construction team led by Goodwin Brothers Construction. In a traditional design-bid-build project, the owner manages separate contracts for design and construction. Some of the potential advantages of design-build include quicker project delivery; fewer changes, claims, and litigation; enhanced project coordination; and firm costs. The new facility built using this design-build approach has a 5 MGD capacity and includes treatment processes for activated sludge, bio-phosphorus, and nitrogen reduction. This facility has received a Design-Build Institute of America 2017 National Award for Merit in water/wastewater and was named Project of the Year for 2017 by the Design-Build Institute of America-Mid-America Region.

Goodwin Brothers Construction is a 3rdgeneration General Contractor providing Design Build and Design Bid Build delivery projects in the water and wastewater sectors.  For more information on this project please visit Spotlight

NCCET Presents Workforce Program Award to Ranken Technical College

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The National Council for Continuing Education & Training (NCCET), an organization for leaders in workforce, community, and economic development, has honored Ranken Technical College with its Exemplary Program Award.

Ranken was chosen as a result of its Workforce Education Alliance Program in Perryville, Mo.

In 2017, industry leaders from the Perryville area met with Ranken to propose a partnership in which Ranken would develop and operate a satellite site locally and assist in developing a skilled trained workforce for the region. By 2018, with the direct support of local industries and local governmental agencies, Ranken opened a full-service campus in Perryville that provided hands-on instruction in areas such as welding, robotics, process control, industrial technologies information technology, diesel technology and commercial driver’s license (CDL).

As an integral part of the course offerings at the site, an Industrial Engineering Technology (IET) Apprenticeship program was specifically tailored to local industry needs. The foundation of the instruction is the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) Industrial Technology Maintenance (ITM) curricula. Embedded within an Associate’s Degree program, students receive instruction in eight core areas, including mechanical and electrical systems, welding, hydraulics and piping; students are then offered a variety of advanced topics of instructions depending upon interest or needs of the sponsoring industry (e.g. pneumatics, process control). After four weeks of training, the students transition to a paid internship, giving them a deeper understanding through real-world experience. The IET program has been officially registered by the U.S. Department of Labor as an apprenticeship. At the conclusion of a two-year (five semester) period, these continuing education students earn an associate’s degree (with over 90 credit hours) and a minimum of eight recognized industry certifications.

“The Workforce Education Alliance Program in Perryville was established at the behest of private employers and the community in response to a critical talent shortage,” said Ranken President Stan Shoun. “The Program has proven to be of high value to the manufacturing sector regionally, and Ranken believes it can be adapted by any college with a specific workforce need and a robust partnership.”

Ranken Technical College is a private, non-profit, degree-granting institution of higher learning whose primary mission is to provide the comprehensive education and training necessary to prepare students for employment and advancement in a variety of technical fields. For more information, visit https://ranken.edu/

Photo Above: Ranken IET Instructor Mark Malcinski (on the left) receives the NCCET award from NCCET President-Elect Howard Drake (on the right).

The Korte Company Earns USPS Supplier Excellence Award

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Agency recognizes completion of distribution center six months ahead of schedule.

The U.S. Postal Service has announced that The Korte Company is among five nationwide firms honored with Supplier Excellence Awards for the 2017 fiscal year, and the only Design-Build facility contractor included among the awardees.

“The Korte Company is very thankful for this award. It is an acknowledgement of a mutually beneficial strategic partnership between The Korte Company and the USPS that spans almost 40 years,” said Michael L. Tubbs, Executive Vice President and Project Executive for The Korte Company. “The USPS and Korte have together delivered the best-quality, best-value projects with superior design. We look forward to our future together.”

The award was given based on successful completion of the construction of an 818,000-square-foot Processing and Distribution Center in Portland, Oregon. The facility, which also includes 29,000 square feet of vehicle maintenance space, sits on 43 acres of reclaimed land adjacent to the city’s main airport.

Despite one of the worst winters on record, construction teams stuck to an aggressive schedule and finished the distribution center six months ahead of schedule. That helped the USPS realize overall operations cost savings.

Supplier Excellence Awards recognize Postal Service suppliers “that have demonstrated exemplary contract performance, innovation and supply chain integration, or played a significant role in helping the Postal Service reduce costs or achieve other strategic objectives.”

According to USPS Supply Management Vice President Susan M. Brownwell, the awards give the USPS “the opportunity to acknowledge—and celebrate—the contributions of our top-performing suppliers.”

“The focus that these suppliers have placed on performance, communication, innovation and continuous improvement has been instrumental in helping the Postal Service deliver high quality service to our customers,” Brownwell said.

Founded by Ralph Korte in Highland, Illinois in 1958, The Korte Company is a national leader in Design-Build construction and founding member of the Design-Build Institute of America. In addition to its Highland, Illinois headquarters, The Korte Company has satellite offices in St. Louis, Missouri; Las Vegas, Nevada and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Ground Breaking on New Mixed-Use Community In Edwardsville

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A groundbreaking ceremony was held this week at the site of Whispering Heights, a new $34 million mixed-use community, located off Highway 157 in the heart of Edwardsville, Illinois.

Holland Construction Services is working with Edwardsville developer Fireside Financial on the project.  When completed Whispering Heights will be the tallest building in Edwardsville.  The community will feature two six-story buildings with a total of 153 luxury apartments and 18,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space.

Residents of Whispering Heights will enjoy a state-of-the-art fitness center, private entrances, private parking garage, business center, and a roof top “amenity deck” with grilling stations, fire pits, an enclosed kitchenette, and bar area.  The luxury apartment units will range from studios to 2-bedroom suites of up to 1,100 square feet and feature stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, and high-end finishes throughout.

“Fireside Financial is proud to bring Whispering Heights, a mixed-use community, to the City of Edwardsville,” noted Brian Tempest, Vice President of Hearth Construction Management, the owner’s representative for the project.

Gray Design Group out of St. Louis and Edwardsville is the architect on the new complex.  Work is scheduled to be complete in Fall of 2019.

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. For more information, visit Holland’s website at www.hollandcs.com.

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