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Hicor Group Moves Into New Grand Center Headquarters After Completing $1.1 Million Renovation Of Historic Washington Avenue Residence

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The Hicor Group, a minority certified (MBE) Contractor based in St. Louis, has moved its headquarters into the former Bronson Residence, a 132-year-old Late Victorian home listed on the National Historic Register at 3201 Washington Avenue, after completing an extensive $1.1 million historic renovation.  The renovation began in April 2016 after the building had been left in a state of disrepair for many years and included significant interior and exterior upgrades.

The focus of the project centered around the interior finishes of the building. Special attention was paid to repairing the original plaster moldings on the ceilings and walls along with meticulously preserving and restoring the vast amount of original millwork and casework throughout the building. Utilizing their recently acquired millwork reproduction capabilities, the Hicor Group was able to recreate a considerable amount of historically accurate wood windows for the project.

“The biggest challenge was creating an updated commercial office space while maintaining the historical accuracy of the building,” said Andrew Stafford, President of the Hicor Group.  New mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems were also an important aspect of the project to convert the former residential building into a functional commercial space.

“We do have a vast amount of experience throughout our organization when it comes to historic restoration work. This project created the opportunity for us to showcase our capabilities while at the same time meeting our need for growth and giving us a distinct facility to house our corporate offices,” said Stafford. “The uniqueness of this space has created an energetic and creative environment for us to work in and enjoy.”

Three levels of the interior have been converted into commercial offices. The back yard of the house, once a historically significant Japanese garden, has been converted into an outdoor meeting and event space with lighting, décor and amenities suitable for small to medium size gatherings.

The Washington Avenue property was redeveloped by Acree-Kelley LLC, which bought the house in 2014.  The property is located next to the former Central States Life Insurance Building, now known as the Barnett on Washington, at 3207 Washington.  Drew Acree and Jeff Kelley of Acree-Kelley LLC are also co-founders of Chameleon Integrated Services and managing partners of The Hicor Group.  Chameleon provides Information Technology support services to agencies and organizations worldwide.

The Hicor Group provides carpentry, concrete, and general contracting services to multiple facets of the construction market here in St Louis and throughout Missouri. Founded in 2014, the company is a MBE and an SBA-certified Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB).  Stafford, a ten-year veteran construction industry, is President. For more information on The Hicor Group, visit www.thehicorgroup.com.

Founded in 2003, Chameleon is a minority and SBA-certified Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB).  

New Hampton Inn St. Louis Wentzville Opens in Wentzville, Mo.

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Midas Hospitality to manage property

 Hampton Inn St. Louis Wentzville recently opened at 150 Wentzville Bluffs Dr. in Wentzville, Mo. in a new development called Wentzville Bluffs.  The $12 million 64,000-square-foot hotel has 109 rooms and suites.

Midas Hospitality, a premier hotel management group, is managing the hotel.  The property features a state-of-the-art fitness center, indoor pool, meeting rooms, and backyard seating areas with a grill and gazebo. Midas Hospitality’s sister company MC Hotel Construction, a general contractor specializing in new hotel construction and renovations, built the hotel.

“The development features a B & B Movie Theatre, Planet Fitness, Stone Summit Steak House, and Hot Shots Sports Bar that are all within walking distance for our hotel guests,” said Midas Hospitality President Rob Willard.  “Wentzville is a growing area, and we are excited to be a part of this vibrant community.”

Founded in 2006, Midas Hospitality has developed, opened and currently manages numerous properties including 40 hotels in 14 states.  The company serves global brands including Hilton, IHG, Marriott, and Starwood.  Midas Hospitality’s headquarters are located at 1804 Borman Circle Dr. in Maryland Heights, Mo.  For more information, call (314) 692-0100 or visit http://www.midashospitality.com.

Construction Underway to Transform Former Hospice Home in Edwardsville into Memory Care Community

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IMPACT Strategies is underway with a renovation project that will transform the former Relais Bonne Eau Hospice Home in Edwardsville into a new memory care community for Cedarhurst Assisted Living. The 20,600 square foot building located on Marine Rd. has sat vacant since closing in December 2015. The memory care community, named Ruth’s House in honor of the grandmother of Cedarhurst founder and owner Joshua Jennings, to set to open early summer after a $1 million renovation.

As part of the renovation project, IMPACT Strategies will increase the resident capacity of the building to 17 units by repurposing storage areas that are no longer needed. Additionally, construction crews will remove doors, windows, and walls around the central corridor to create an inviting open area for residents and guests.

“We selected IMPACT for this project because they understand our business model and know exactly what we need to achieve with this building,” said Josh Stevens, president of Cedarhurst. “We currently have more than 225,000 square feet of senior living space under construction with IMPACT in Illinois and Missouri.  We consider them to be a very reliable partner in senior housing construction.”

Upon completion, Ruth’s House will accommodate up to 36 residents with Alzheimer’s or dementia related illness. Inside the community, residents will enjoy a peaceful décor, an on-site chapel, a large great room perfect for gathering with friends and family as well as private bathrooms in every apartment.  Ruth’s House will offer resident-centered care and support by a highly trained and mission driven staff.

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.

Senior Lifestyle Corporation Launching $31 Million, 91-Unit The Sheridan in Chesterfield, Mo.

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62 Assisted Living/29 Memory Care Residences to Open Late Summer 2017

Senior Lifestyle Corporation (SLC) has opened a Welcome Center at 16100 Chesterfield Parkway West, Suite 145, for The Sheridan at Chesterfield, the third senior living community it has under development in metro St. Louis.

The building, which will total 84,000 square feet of finished space and rank as SLC’s largest and most elaborate facility in the metro area, is taking shape on a 3.2-acre site in Chesterfield Village. It will host a combination of 62 assisted living apartments and 29 memory care units developed specifically to support those with dementia, including Alzheimer’s.  It is slated to open in late summer 2017.

“While The Sheridan in Chesterfield shares a core identity with its sister communities in Creve Coeur and near Laumeier Park – a nurturing environment supported by the latest technology and advances in senior living design – its amenities are unique,” noted Denise Niemann, executive director.  Distinguishing features of the Signature Collection service array found exclusively at Chesterfield include a 24-hour concierge, a movie theatre and a communal space that is a coffee bar by day and a bistro by night.

All told, residents will have access to approximately 30,000 square feet of elegantly finished common area that will include gathering rooms, two dining rooms, a fitness center and an art studio.  Additionally, integrated internet technology will make it easy for residents to stay in touch with family and staff.

Memory care residents will benefit from SLC’s highly regarded Embrace program that uses designated interior areas and outdoor gardens to directly address the symptoms of dementia via a curriculum of cooking, aromatherapy, literature appreciation, gardening and other activities.

The project is currently supporting  approximately 175 construction jobs and is forecast to create 120 full-time equivalent jobs (both full- and part-time permanent positions) when it opens.

Brinkmann Constructors is the general contractor; Wiegmann Associates the mechanical contractor.

Senior Lifestyle, a closely-held national owner, operator and developer of senior housing communities based in Chicago, Ill., has two other Sheridan properties underway locally. 

City of Edwardsville Awards J.F. Electric as Business of the Year

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J.F. Electric Honored for Excellence and Innovation

J.F. Electric was named Edwardsville’s Business of the Year for 2016 in a recent ceremony held outside of the mayor’s office. The City of Edwardsville has annually honored businesses for their significant role in driving Edwardsville’s business community and economic growth. To be considered for a Business of the Year award, the organization must be setting the standards for excellence and innovation with their business practices and community involvement.

Previous award winners include World Wide Technology, Panttoni Development Company, Inc., and Tri-Star Properties.

At the ceremony, Jonathan Fowler of J.F. Electric stated, “We are honored to be recognized with this prestigious award by the city of Edwardsville. We’ve been a part of the Edwardsville community for over 50 years and are proud to call Edwardsville home.” The company’s history dates back five generations to 1904, originating in south St. Louis. J.F. Electric has been doing business in southern Illinois since 1924 when the business was moved to Centralia. In 1969, J.F. Electric moved its headquarters to Edwardsville and currently employs more than 700 employees, serving customers in four different states.

J.F. Electric is an electrical contractor that’s in the business of creating connections for over 100 years and is one of the region’s largest privately held businesses. 

 

Sideways Elevators Broaden The Design For Future Skyscrapers

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It only took 46 years. Gene Wilder’s character, Willy Wonka took the grand prize winner for a ride in the Great Glass Wonkavator – an elevator that moved more than just up and down. That was 1971 fiction. Today, ThyssenKrupp, a German elevator company, is working on an elevator without cables. Their new design will ultimately use magnetic levitation technology. This will allow the elevator to travel vertically and horizontally. In taller buildings this will allow several elevator cars per shaft. Wait times will be cut drastically by the possibilities.

ThyssenKrupp is past the research and development stage, already testing the new technology in their MULTI elevator design. The new vertical city structures of Dubai (the world’s tallest and largest buildings) will incorporate such technology.

Watch the new MULTI elevator being developed by ThyssenKrupp:

This new elevator design will impact construction. Architectural design of buildings will no longer be limited to straight vertical structures. As the first video shows the possibilities for building design will broaden. Buildings by design will now go even taller, taking on different shapes than historical vertical or cylindrical designs have required. For contactors this means larger projects with more capacity for all sorts of components. There will be more mega skyscrapers like those being constructed in Dubai, dubbed as “stand-alone cities”.

These super tall structures will feature commercial, retail, residential, and recreational centers in one building stretching a mile into the sky and hosting 25,000 inhabitants. This evolving elevator technology is definitely changing skyscraper construction as we have known it.

Additional Reading:

The world’s longest skyscraper is planned for New York, called Big Bend, is u-shaped and could not be engineered without the new elevator technology

NECA Technology – the Project for Applied and Disruptive Technology, explores the world of technology and keeps members informed of what’s happening today, and of what will be launched in the not too distant future. Dr. Joey Shorter has an extensive background in education and experience in translating the work of academics into understandable, practical ideas.

SITE Improvement Association Awards $15,000 In 2017 College Scholarships To Six Local Students

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The SITE Improvement Association has awarded a total of $15,000 in scholarships to six deserving St. Louis area students seeking to start or further their college education in 2017. High school seniors and college students with a parent employed by one of the 180 SITE member companies are eligible for the $2,500 scholarships, which are based on students’ academic achievements, involvement in the community and financial need. SITE scholarships are made possible through voluntary contributions by SITE member companies and from the SITE Advancement Foundation. More than $250,000 in scholarships have been awarded to 131 students since the program began 17 years ago.

“Our members recognize the importance an education provides to the future leaders of our industry, and we demonstrate that by offering the scholarship program,” said SITE Executive Director Terry Briggs.  “SITE has one of the longest, continuously running scholarship programs in the local construction industry.”

This year SITE awarded scholarships to the following students:

Dustin Burt
Adam Clay
Nick Horstmann
  • Dustin Burt, a senior as Francis Howell High School who plans to enroll at Missouri University of Science and Technology pursing an electrical and mechanical engineering degree;
  • Adam Clay, a junior at Westminster College in Fulton studying Finance and Economics;
  • Nick Horstmann, a senior at Lafayette High School who intends to enroll this fall at Murray State University in Kentucky to study graphic design;
    Zachary Marquart
    Layton Mosley

    Abagail Umfleet
  • Zachary Marquart, a freshman at Missouri University of Science and Technology pursuing a double major in civil and architectural engineering;
  • Layton Mosley, a senior at Fox C-6 High School in Arnold who plans to attend St. Louis Community College to study nuclear science; and
  • Abagail Umfleet, a senior at Valle Catholic High School in Ste. Genevieve who plans on attending Southeast Missouri State University and major in engineering.

 

SITE is an independent construction contractor group representing more than 180 contractors and businesses primarily in the concrete, earthmoving, landscaping, asphalt paving, highway/bridge, sewer/utility and specialty construction segments.  It represents the interests of its members in negotiations with labor unions, promotes political and legislative agendas and provides safety and technical training for members. SITE celebrated 50 years of continuous operation in 2016.  For more information, visit www.sitestl.org.

Friendship Village To Expand; Kadean Awarded Building Project

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Kadean Construction extends senior living construction expertise

Kadean Construction has been tapped by Friendship Village, one of the region’s most comprehensive senior living communities, to manage and construct 12 new luxury villas in Friendship Village Sunset Hill’s Phase 1D expansion, it was announced today.

The expansion includes the construction of six, two-unit ranches within the development located on 52-acres at 12563 Village Circle Drive, Sunset Hills, in South St. Louis County.

The Sunset Hills community, which was started in 1978, provides a range of services from independent senior living in apartment homes and villas to Friendship Village’s 61-apartment Fountain View, which offers residential-style assisted living. Friendship Village also operates a sister community, Friendship Village Chesterfield.

The new units to be built by Kadean Construction are two- bedroom frame units ranging from 1,200 to 1900 sq. ft., with and without dens and finished basements. The $5 million expansion will be developed on Knighton Trail, a cul-de-sac on the northern side of the senior living community.

Each unit will start at $300,000, and will include Friendship Village’s Life Care benefit.

Construction is due to be completed by November 1, said Mike Eveler, president of Kadean Construction, which has completed a variety of construction projects for many of the St. Louis region’s largest independent and assisted living communities.

“We’re looking forward to breaking ground and getting started,” Eveler said. “There’s a substantial demand for this type of development. So, with our strong track record in senior living communities and our dedication to quality workmanship, this will be a great project.”

Friendship Village Sunset Hills includes 385 existing apartments and villas and a variety of common areas, such as a new 27,000 sq. ft. clubhouse, dining venues, a new wellness gym, fitness center, swimming pool, media lounge, beauty shop, patio, practice putting green, chapel, water feature, and other amenities, said Terry Walsh, executive director, Friendship Village.

“For more than 40 years, we have set the standard for senior services in the greater St. Louis area,” Walsh said. “In this expansion, we will continue to provide the highest-quality care, amenities and senior services guided by Biblical values and supporting lifelong well-being.”

Kadean Construction, named one of the fastest growing companies in the region by the St. Louis Business Journal, specializes in pre-construction, design-build, construction management, and general contracting.

Holland Construction Services Starts Construction Work on Fourth New Store at Hickory Point Mall in Decatur

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Holland Construction Services (Holland) recently started construction work for Accent Construction Services and CBL Properties on the new 22,000 square-foot T.J. Maxx tenant space at Hickory Point Mall in Decatur, Illinois.

This major renovation involves demolition work to the existing space currently occupied by Shoe Dept. Encore (which is moving to another location in the mall).  The $2 million project will include new walls and floors, and exterior work including a new entrance, lighting, sidewalks and landscaping.

Construction is scheduled for completion in July; the store plans to open later this year.

This is the sixth project Holland has worked on for Accent Construction Services and CBL Properties and the fourth project at Hickory Point Mall.

Most recently, Holland completed construction work for Accent and CBL on a new DXL tenant space located at South County Mall in St. Louis. This $541,000 project involved the reconfiguration of the existing Applebee’s into a DXL men’s store.  Construction was completed in February and the store is scheduled to open this May.

At Hickory Point Mall, Holland worked on tenant spaces for a new Ross Dress for Less and ULTA Beauty, both completed in 2014 and a new Hobby Lobby completed in 2015.

The first project Holland completed for Accent and CBL was the Kirkland’s in Fairview Heights in 2013.

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. 

HSA Commercial Executes 213,558 SF Lease with XPO Logistics Supply Chain, Inc. at Park 370 in St. Louis

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Chicago-based HSA Commercial Real Estate today announced that XPO Logistics Supply Chain, Inc. (NYSE:XPO) has leased the entire 213,558-square-foot distribution facility at 1619 Park 370 Blvd., an HSA Commercial development in Hazelwood, Mo., a northwest suburb of St. Louis. XPO Logistics is scheduled to take occupancy in April after an interior build-out is completed.

“To have a company as big and reputable as XPO Logistics select Park 370 for its new facility in the St. Louis market really speaks volumes about the strategic value of the location and the quality of the development,” said Robert Smietana, vice chairman and CEO of HSA Commercial. “We are thrilled to have XPO Logistics as our new tenant at Park 370, and we look forward to having them up and running in the next few weeks.”

XPO Logistics is one of the top global logistics and transportation service providers with 1,425 locations and 87,000 employees around the world. The company leverages its expertise in information technology to provide world-class supply chain solutions, handling an average of 150,000 shipments per day for the firm’s clients.

HSA Commercial Real Estate developed 1619 Park 370 Blvd. and an adjacent 340,000-square-foot distribution center after purchasing the 30-acre land site from TRiSTAR Properties in 2001. Both facilities are part of the 450-acre Park 370 development situated near the St. Louis Lambert International Airport.

Jeffrey Hawley and Brandon Duncan of Block Real Estate Services represented ownership in the lease transaction, and Katie Haywood and Jonathan Hinds of CBRE represented XPO Logistics. 

Founded in 1981, Chicago-based HSA Commercial Real Estate is a diversified, full-service real estate firm specializing in office, industrial, retail and health care real estate leasing, management, marketing, development and financing on a national basis.

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HSA Commercial Real Estate has leased the entire 213,558-square-foot distribution facility at 1619 Park 370 Blvd. in Hazelwood, Mo., to XPO Logistics Supply Chain, Inc. Photo courtesy of CoStar.

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