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KWK Architects Selected Design Architect for Residence Hall at UNC – Charlotte

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Student housing expert KWK Architects has been selected the design architect for a new residence hall at the University of North Carolina – Charlotte that will replace existing Sanford and Moore Halls. Charlotte, NC-based Jenkins Peer Architects is the Architect-of-Record on the project.

Sanford Hall (opened in 1969) and Moore Hall (opened in 1970), which each house 500 students and have 12 floors, will be demolished as part of the project. The new, proposed residence hall (currently referred to as Residence Hall Phase XVI) will feature 650-800 beds with double rooms supported by community bathrooms, lounges and laundry rooms on each floor, common areas and multipurpose rooms.

The new complex will also be designed and built using LEED or Green Globes elements, and its exterior design will reflect the existing architectural style on campus.

A two-phase demolition and construction schedule for the entire site is planned over a two year period, with construction of the new residence hall expected to begin in spring 2019.

Two years ago, KWK Architects designed the university’s unique Levine Hall, which combines an honors program within a traditional residence hall.

Founded in 2013 by five architects with a combined 120 years of higher education knowledge and experience, KWK Architects partners with colleges and universities across the United States to create innovative and inspiring places that enhance campus life.  For more information about KWK Architects, visit or contact Director of Marketing Cindy Hausler at or 314-583-1757.

Residence Inn and Fairfield Inn & Suites Opens in Maryland Heights, Mo.

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Midas Hospitality to manage St. Louis’ first dual-branded hotel by Marriott

Residence Inn and Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott recently opened at 11918 Westline Industrial Dr. in Maryland Heights, Mo.  The 119,000-square-foot hotel, which was the previous home of Clayton Engineering, cost $25 million.  This is Marriott’s first dual-branded hotel in the St. Louis area.

The hotel includes 96 suites for the Residence Inn and 88 rooms for the Fairfield Inn & Suites.  The property features a state-of-the-art fitness center, indoor pool, meetings rooms, guest laundry facilities, and backyard seating areas with a grill and pergola.  Located on Page Rd. east of I-270, the hotel is adjacent to Westport Plaza, Worldwide Technology headquarters, and Edward Jones headquarters, as well as 15 minutes from Lambert International Airport.

Midas Hospitality, a premier hotel management group, will manage the hotel built by sister company MC Hotel Construction, a general contractor specializing in new hotel construction and renovations.

“This dual-branded hotel – one of the Marriott Hotels & Resorts’ finest – truly complements the growing Maryland Heights’ area,” said Rob Willard, President and Principal.  “We look forward to being a part of this community, as well as catering to both extended stay and transient customers.”.

Founded in 2006, Midas Hospitality has developed, opened and currently manages numerous properties including 33 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

MC Hotel Construction, which is also located at 1804 Borman Circle Dr. in Maryland Heights, MO, specializes in hotel construction and renovations with projects currently underway in six states.  MC Hotel Construction builds for leading brands such as Hilton, Marriott, IHG, Starwood and Legacy Suites.  For more information, call (314) 339-6600 or visit

IMPACT Strategies Revitalizes Belleville City Hall

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IMPACT Strategies recently completed the renovation of Belleville’s 60-year-old City Hall building. With the help of architect, The Lawrence Group and civil engineer Kaskaskia Engineering Group, IMPACT Strategies was able to maintain the historical integrity while still revitalizing the building to improve public accessibility and function. This major renovation included environmental improvements, such as asbestos abatement and the installation of energy efficient windows in the atrium. Modernizations were also made to the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems.

“For decades to come, our City Hall will better serve the needs of our community and staff. This revitalized building will enhance our city services, and by doing so, benefit our citizens and represent the committed values of the City of Belleville.” Said Mayor Mark Eckert.

Public safety and accessibility were at the forefront of this project; prompting the necessary improvements to the elevator, along with entryways and bathrooms to meet ADA standards. Accommodations were also made for an additional elevator to be installed in the future. Along with the improved access, various aesthetic enhancements were made. The terrazzo flooring was refinished, the clerk’s counter was redone, a new roof was installed, and the cell tower was repainted. Perhaps the most noticeable change is in the council chambers, where a balcony was added for additional seating, and the audio/visual system was updated.

This project was the final phase of a three-phase plan to enhance critical facilities for the city. IMPACT Strategies completed the first two phases in June of 2016, these phases included the construction of Belleville’s new $11 million police department headquarters and a parking garage to accommodate the city’s police cruisers and maintenance vehicles.

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. Media Contact: Stephanie Sullivan, IMPACT Strategies, Inc. (618)394-8400 or

Mindful Building Design and Construction

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New St. Luke’s Building Awarded LEED Certification

The newest building on the west campus of St. Luke’s Hospital, the Mr. and Mrs. Theodore P. Desloge, Jr. Outpatient Center, Building B, has received LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a certification program focused on new projects, and certification is based on a points system. Achieving LEED certification resulted in a 13% savings in energy usage for St. Luke’s.

The building is certified under LEED 2009 Core and Shell. A few highlighted design aspects in achieving LEED include:

  • The core and shell went through enhanced commissioning to ensure all energy-related systems were installed and calibrated and would perform as intended.
  • Over 96% of construction waste was diverted from landfill.
  • Recycled materials make up over 21% in the total building materials.
  • The building was designed with low flow plumbing fixtures that reduce water use by over 38% compared to the baseline requirement. Irrigation water usage is also reduced by over 55%.
  • Over 95% of wood products used on the project are certified in accordance with the principles and criteria of the Forest Stewardship Council.
  • The site provides preferred parking for low emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles for both patients and staff.
  • Low emitting materials are used, and multiple air monitoring, ventilation, thermal comfort, and pollutant control measures are implemented inside the envelope of the building to ensure a healthy indoor environment.

The five-story, 106-000-square-foot building houses expanded physical therapy, neurology, wound care and hyperbaric medicine services, a nutrition wellness and diabetes center, an anticoagulation clinic and physician offices. It allows for future growth and balances the connection from the existing Building A to the new Building B.

The project team included BSA LifeStructures, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., KPFF, Stock and Associates Consulting Engineers, TKH Group, Heideman and Loomis. 

St. Luke’s Hospital is an independent, nonprofit healthcare provider committed to improving the quality of life for its patients and the community. In its 150-year history, St. Luke’s has grown from a single hospital location to an advanced network of care.  For more information, visit

Since 1975, BSA LifeStructures, a nationally recognized architecture and engineering firm, has dedicated itself to creating facilities that support and enhance the practices of healing, learning and discovery as well as the people dedicated to them – what the firm describes as LifeStructures. BSA has created facilities for some of the nation’s top healthcare, higher education and research institutions. Learn more at

KWK Architects, Residence Life Administrators Reflect on Innovative Levine Hall Design at UNC – Charlotte

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Community combines honors program inside traditional residence hall


On most university campuses throughout the United States, you will find traditional residence halls, and you will find honors halls. But what happens when the two types of residence halls are combined into a single Living/Learning Community?

Such a unique configuration was implemented nearly two years ago with the opening of the $38.5 million Levine Hall at the University of North Carolina – Charlotte. KWK Architects designed the university’s newest residential building to house 435 total students – a combination of honors and traditional students. Currently, Levine Hall houses 136 honor students, about 31% of the Levine student community.

The 160,000-square-foot Levine Hall includes four-bedroom suites and apartments, plus large central lounges and study areas at the end corridors of each floor. Community spaces include a lobby, lounge, resident kitchen, laundry and meeting spaces.

The hall’s extended “Z” shape creates a significant open lawn which leads to a large arched opening. At this opening are entries to both the residence hall and the honors college zone to provide a separate identity and allow independent operation while encouraging regular use by residents.

“The design of Levine Hall at UNC-Charlotte had a very specific directive – the inclusion of an honors and scholars program inside a traditional residence hall. This unique challenge required different unit types, such as suites and apartments, to be embedded within each RA community, as well as academic and administrative support exclusive to honors program students,” said KWK Architects Principal Paul Wuennenberg.

Two years after Levine Hall’s opening, the student housing experts at KWK and UNC Charlotte are analyzing the results of their unique design and seeking answers to their questions: “Are the honors students successfully integrating into the traditional community?”, “Is the rest of the community accepting of these students?”, “What tools have been used to improve the sense of community within these two groups sharing the same space?” and “Are there opportunities for mentorship from the honors students?”

Aaron J. Hart, Ed.D., Associate Vice Chancellor & Director, Housing and Residence Life at UNC Charlotte, says the Levine Hall community has been deemed a success on many levels.

“The Levine Residence Hall staff shared and acknowledged that the honor students on the third floor thoroughly enjoy the connection of home to classroom. The relationship has successfully connected the housing community and the unique academic relationship for honors students,” said Hart. “This semester the honors college has opened its doors up to late night homework and study hours that are only accessible to honors students and friends. This has been really beneficial for students because they can utilize the smart classrooms for homework purposes, instead of walking to the library. In my opinion, students have greatly benefited from the physical proximity of the offices. Our department has also seen development in relationships through the close proximity of the honors college.”

Through analysis of the Levine Hall design, KWK’s design experts plan to further their understanding of designing a residence hall that incorporates an honors program, with heavy emphasis on academic and administrative support; learning ways to improve the interactions between honors students and the rest of the RA communities; as well as understanding how honors program administrators and faculty interact with residence life professionals in the same residence hall.

“While the honors program supports the honors student, there have been measurable benefits for the traditional students in this type of Living/Learning Community,” said Wuennenberg. “We will continue to look at this design further and whether this type of building configuration can be a benefit to other institutions.”

Founded in 2013 by five architects with a combined 120 years of higher education knowledge and experience, KWK Architects partners with colleges and universities across the United States to create innovative and inspiring places that enhance campus life. For more information about KWK Architects, visit or contact Director of Marketing Cindy Hausler at or 314-583-1757.

Western Specialty Contractors Works Night Shift, Establishes Phasing Plan to Repair Three-Level Arkansas Parking Garage

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Parking garages are important structures that require extensive maintenance to minimize damage from environmental stressors and daily wear-and-tear. And when parking is at a premium, contractors must make sure repairs are performed in a timely manner and with as little disruption as possible to drivers.

Such was the case when Western Specialty Contractors – Little Rock, AR Branch restored a three-level parking structure for the Kirkpatrick Plaza office building at 10800 Financial Centre Pkwy. Western was contracted by the property manager, Colliers International, which leases office space ranging in size from 577 to 18,317 square feet at the five-story Kirkpatrick Plaza office building.

Western’s scope of work on the parking garage included replacing caulking in the garage’s exterior precast to precast joints, replacing caulking at the interior concrete columns to the precast panels, patching concrete, replacing caulking in the slab control joints, installing deck coating on the top level of the deck and two-thirds of the second level, coating the exterior of the parking deck and installing structural steel brackets.

The scope of work also included applying an epoxy coating to heavily pitted concrete to level the roughness and create a smoother finish for the deck coating application.

Since parking is at a premium in the area, Western’s crews could not have access to the entire parking garage at one time. Western met with the property manager and an owner representative to establish a phasing plan which allowed Western’s crews to have access to one level of the deck at a time.

Another challenge that Western’s crews faced on the project occurred during the deck coating application process. The material used had a minimum and a maximum temperature range for application. At the scheduled time for the coating application, the temperature exceeded the maximum temperature for application, therefore the deck coating was applied at night when the temperatures were cooler.

Despite the challenges, Western completed the project on time and within budget. Western crews worked over 3,000 hours and applied approx. 44,000 square feet of deck coating and 12,000 lineal feet of caulking to get the job done.

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. For more information about Western Specialty Contractors, visit

Briner Electric Co. Advancing Modernization of St. Louis County Library Branches

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Briner Will Complete Three Branch UpgradesIn 2018 for a Total of 16 in the Improvements Program

Briner Electric Co. and its IBEW Local 1 workforce will complete electrical improvements to three St. Louis County Library branches in 2018.  That will bring the total number of library upgrades by Briner and IBEW to 16 branches since 2014.  Briner is a member of the Electrical Connection a partnership of IBEW Local 1 and the St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).

The three projects slated for completion in 2018 include:

  • The Grand Glaize Branch at 1010 Meramec Station Rd in Manchester Mo., which is undergoing a full building renovation with an addition;
  • The Mid-County Branch replacement at 7821 Maryland Ave. in Clayton, Mo. that includes a parking garage under the new library; and
  • A replacement library for the Thornhill Branch at 12863 Willowyck Drive near Maryland Heights, Mo.

Briner and IBEW have completed work on the Grant View, Weber Road, Jamestown Bluffs, Indian Trails, Rock Road, Samuel Sachs, Cliff Cave, Prairie Commons, Natural Bridge, Oak Bend, Bridgeton Trails, Florissant Valley, and Daniel Boone branches.  The projects have entailed a wide variety of complexities including electrical, fire alarm, decorative and energy efficient lighting, generators for emergency lighting, and technology improvements for new and renovated branches.

The projects are part of a multi-year capital improvement campaign called Your Library Renewed. In 2012, voters approved a $.06 tax increase to fund new facilities and upgrades to existing structures, as well as enhanced library programs and services. More information on all of the library improvements including images can be found at

Founded in 1895, Briner is the second oldest NECA-member contractor in the country.  Visit its web site at

Members of the Electrical Connection provide safe and reliable electrical construction, maintenance, repair and replacement services across Missouri, the nation and the world.  For more information, visit


IWR North America and RSS Roofing Services & Solutions Receive Awards for St. Louis Projects

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Two subsidiaries of MHS Legacy Group recognized for specialty contractor work by BEC of St. Louis

Both building enclosure specialty contractor IWR North America and commercial roofing contractor RSS Roofing Services & Services were presented with multiple 2017 Project Awards for outstanding building enclosure projects in the St. Louis area. IWR accepted the Exterior Cladding Award for its work on SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital West, and the Overall Project of the Year Award for its work on a confidential corporate technology building. RSS accepted the Roofing Award for its work on the BJC North Tower.

IWR North America was the enclosure subcontractor on the SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital West

project, a vertical expansion of an existing, occupied hospital. The project consisted of approximately 37,000 square feet of unitized stud panels with AVB applied in a shop environment, 23,000 square feet of custom united curtain wall, and 37,000 square feet of multiple rainscreen cladding system.

The IWR team also received recognition in the Overall Project of the Year category as an Enclosure Specialty Contractor for their involvement on a confidential corporate technology building. The enclosure of this facility included multiple exterior wall-types installed by IWR, of which were thoroughly coordinated to tie into the façade system containing a ventilated cavity wall to prevent air and water infiltration. Maintaining the continuity of the exterior wall assemblies required the opaque wall systems to seamlessly tie into the glazed openings.

“We’re very proud to receive these great honors as they were based on project size and complexity, design challenges, installation challenges, schedule and quality,” said Todd Staley, general manager of IWR North America. “Our fellow MHS subsidiary company RSS also received recognition for their exemplary work at BJC.”

The BJC North Tower is one of three buildings involved in BJC’s decade-long campus renewal project. The roof is 78,800 square feet and contains 23 roof levels. Sections of the roof applications include standard TPO roof installations accented with garden roof areas that contain 458 yards of growth media.

“Our nationally recognized team is humbled to accept this award as they take great pride in their work,” said Joe Lauberth, general manager of RSS St. Louis.

Both IWR and RSS were awarded this recognition at the BEC of St. Louis’ annual holiday party held earlier this month. For more information on the Building Enclosure Council of St. Louis’ 2017 Project Awards, visit 

IWR North America, formerly IWR Building Systems, is headquartered in St. Louis, Mo. IWR is one of the longest-standing specialty contractors in the United States that focuses on being a true building enclosure partner. For more information and to view projects, please contact Preconstruction Manager Mike Smalley at or call 314-633-4919.

RSS Roofing Services & Solutions is a nationally recognized, design-bid-build roofing contractor covering projects of all sizes for the commercial, industrial and institutional markets.  For more information, visit

$2 Million Renovation by Drury Development Corp. for Witte Hardware Building

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Developers aim to preserve and enhance many of the original architectural details in what is said to be the strongest building of its kind in St. Louis

The historic Witte Hardware Building – located at 707 N. Second Street on Laclede’s Landing – is undergoing a $2 million renovation by Creve Coeur-based Drury Development Corporation. The improvements aim to meet the evolving needs of the existing tenants, while also attracting others who will appreciate the renovated building’s blend of historic details and modern conveniences, along with its exceptional location in St. Louis City’s oldest district and only riverfront entertainment/dining destination.

The historic building was originally a warehouse distribution facility for Witte Hardware, an exclusive wholesale hardware business that operated on The Landing from 1849 to 1975. It served that purpose for 73 years, before being converted into office and restaurant space. The office space in the building is serving as home to a variety of tenants in the fields of financial services, engineering, marketing, logistics and technology. Opportunities abound for growing companies with over 25,000 square feet of office space available, including the entire 6th floor. The ground floor, former home to the popular Hannegan’s Restaurant, has been set aside for a new restaurant concept or two with a smaller footprint more consistent with today’s dining experience. Renovations to the 80,000-square-foot building began in September 2017, and the first phase of renovations is scheduled to be completed by spring 2018.

Renovations in progress include a complete makeover of the main common areas, including new key card entrances, tiled lobby area, modernization of the elevators, upgraded conference rooms and new restrooms, as well as new carpet and furnishings in the common areas to foster collaboration for individuals working in the office spaces. A new dock and tenant entry directly from the dedicated, attended parking lot at the rear of the office building will feature a full glass storefront entry, new canopy, and enhanced lighting. The second phase of renovations will be focused on reducing the energy footprint of the building, with new energy-efficient roof-top HVAC units, all new digital VAV boxes, and all new LED lighting throughout the building.

“We believe that this project is helping return Laclede’s Landing to the vibrant live-work-play neighborhood it once was, while providing people the opportunity to work in a truly one-of-a-kind historic structure,” said Tom Milford, Drury Development Corporation.

Built in 1902 of timber, bricks and cement, The Witte Building is said to be the strongest building of its kind in St. Louis. Recognizing the particular appeal of the building’s history, during the renovation, many of the original architectural details are being preserved and enhanced, including:

  • The building’s original, massive, 16-inch-wide cedar timber columns
  • The six-story atrium that allows for natural light on every floor of the building
  • Exposed timber in all the office spaces
  • Restored trademark signage on the south side of the building.  (The “Witte IXL Square” trade-mark was placed on only high quality hardware and was an indicator the product was backed with a guarantee of satisfaction.)
  • Ornate doors with leaded glass that provide a dramatic backdrop for the office spaces on the west side of the building
  • Two original locking vaults, another spot inside the building where the distinctive Witte trademark logo is present

“We’re excited to see the thoughtful transformation taking place in the Witte Building and believe it will be a great location for businesses to grow and flourish,” noted John Clark, president of Laclede’s Landing Community Improvement District. “This project is the latest in a series of exciting developments underway on The Landing and it helps to reinforce that this district is the full package, featuring not only amazing dining and entertainment venues, but also affordable, modern and convenient office space just steps from the river and iconic Gateway Arch. With the dramatic renovations to the Arch Grounds complete and now more easily accessible from The Landing, and the new museum set to open by summer of 2018, we fully anticipate this section of the St. Louis riverfront is going to be THE place to be.”

Laclede’s Landing is downtown St. Louis’ oldest district and only riverfront entertainment/dining destination. The nine-block area features unique restaurants, bars, and nightclubs as well as a variety of retail shops, attractions, and businesses. Just steps away from the Gateway Arch, Laclede’s Landing offers a historical experience with charming cobblestone streets and century-old buildings overlooking the mighty Mississippi River.

Graybar Announces Organizational Changes

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Graybar, a leading distributor of electrical, communications and data networking products and provider of related supply chain management and logistics services, recently announced several leadership changes.

  • Jon N. Reed has announced his retirement from Graybar, effective April 1, 2018. Reed currently serves as Vice President – Treasurer, a position he has held for the past 17 years. Reed has almost 38 years of service with Graybar.
  • Timothy E. Carpenter has been appointed Vice President – Treasurer, effective April 1, 2018. Carpenter is currently Assistant Treasurer, a position he has held since 2005. He has nearly 30 years of service with Graybar.
  • Dale R. Sheff has been named Vice President – Pricing and Profitability, effective Jan. 29, 2018. Sheff has served as Graybar’s Controller since 2013 and has 24 years of experience with the company.
  • Timothy M. Probst has been named Vice, President – Controller, effective Jan. 29, 2018. Probst has an extensive background in public accounting and a proven track record of leadership. Most recently, he worked for Scottrade Financial Services as Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer.

“We thank Jon Reed for his remarkable contributions to our business during his nearly 38-year career with Graybar. He is one of our most respected leaders, and we wish him all the best in his upcoming retirement,” said Graybar’s Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Randy Harwood. “We are also excited about the appointments of Dale Sheff, Tim Carpenter and Tim Probst. Each individual has the business acumen and leadership that are vital to success in their respective roles. I am confident they will help drive Graybar’s growth and innovation for years to come.”

Graybar, a Fortune 500 corporation and one of the largest employee-owned companies in North America, is a leader in the distribution of high quality electrical, communications and data networking products, and specializes in related supply chain management and logistics services. Through its network of 290 North American distribution facilities, it stocks and sells products from thousands of manufacturers, helping its customers power, network and secure their facilities with speed, intelligence and efficiency. For more information, visit or call 1-800-GRAYBAR.

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