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McClure Engineering Celebrates 65th Anniversary

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This year marks McClure Engineering’s 65th anniversary.  The firm was started in January 1953 by Charles J.R. McClure when he and his wife began working out of their home in Kirkwood, Missouri. The first project was a small engineering consultation for the Alton Bank and Trust company in Alton, Illinois.  By 1955, the firm had grown to four employees, focusing on HVAC and plumbing. The jobs during the first five years of the company were predominantly schools, churches and generally anything else that would generate revenue for the tiny firm trying to gain a foothold and reputation in the St. Louis engineering marketplace.

Today, the firm employs over 80 people and is located in the historic Cupples 1 building in the heart of downtown St. Louis. Over the years, they have developed extensive experience in the analysis, testing, evaluation, design and inspection of mechanical and electrical systems producing uniquely superior solutions for building facility engineering problems.

While they have grown in size, their commitment to their clients remains the same. They wish to thank all of their patrons for 65 years!

Commercial Real Estate Developer Saves Time, Money Leveraging “The UP-Side Advantage” on Two St. Louis Luxury Apartment Projects

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Saving time and money on projects isn’t just a goal for The UP Companies (UPCO); it’s a reality for its customers. A commercial real estate developer and design-builder recently experienced “The UP-Side Advantage” when it contracted with both Power UP Electrical Contractors and Square UP Builders on two luxury apartment projects – Ceylon in Clayton, MO and Citizen Park in St. Louis City.

“By utilizing the combined services of Power UP and Square UP on each project, we were able to bring office and field efficiencies that saved the customer both time and money amidst a very busy construction market with a peaking demand for resources,” said Michael Kennedy, Jr., owner of UPCO. “This is what we call ‘The UP-Side Advantage.’ The developer was so pleased with our performance and the savings they experienced on the first project, Citizen Park, that they contracted with us for the second project, Ceylon.”

As part of The UP Companies family, Power UP and Square UP are able to offer its customers a litany of efficiencies when customers choose to contract with both entities:

  • Reduced overhead markups for administrative and management time.
  • Shared safety inspections and job hazard analysis costs.
  • Reduced layout costs.
  • Combined deliveries from a single warehouse.
  • Tool and equipment sharing.
  • Direct coordination between foremen and crews.
  • Reduced field logistics and material handling expenses.

Power UP was the design/build electrical contractor on both projects, which included power, lighting, data, fire alarm and audio/visual installation. Square UP provided finish carpentry services on Citizen Park and framing, finish carpentry and all building exteriors on Ceylon.

Citizen Park is a 218-unit luxury apartment building at Lindell Boulevard and Euclid Avenue in St. Louis City’s Central West End Neighborhood. The $68 million, 12-story development includes a four-story parking garage and commercial space on the ground floor. The development also features penthouses, upscale apartments and a third-floor deck with grills, fire pits, a pool and fitness center. Monthly rent for the apartments ranges $1,300-$5,000.

Ceylon is a six-story, 120-unit residential and retail development in the downtown business district of Clayton. Ceylon features two levels of underground parking and two amenity decks for residents who have access to a club and game room, commercial-grade kitchen for entertaining, conference room, outdoor grill and fire pit. The residence also features a state-of-the-art fitness room, 24-hour package lockers in the mail room, a Starbucks coffee bar and video-enabled building access technology.

Both projects were completed with UPCO meeting or exceeding the minimum requirements of 25% minorities and 5% women on each project.  Square UP averaged more than 20 carpenters on the sites at a time. Power Up employed nearly 30 electricians on the jobsites.

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

IFS Completes HVAC work on $26 million O’Fallon Justice Center

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Integrated Facility Services (IFS) installed the energy-efficient HVAC system at the new $26 million O’Fallon Justice Center, which opened this month. The 96,000-square-foot justice center houses the O’Fallon Police Department and Municipal Courts, Missouri. The construction manager was McCarthy Building Companies and the architect was Wilson Estes Police Architects.

IFS served as the organizing contractor developing the 3D BIM model for the facility’s mechanical, electrical, fire protection and plumbing systems. They facilitated all collision and coordination meetings between the MEP trades, architect, mechanical engineer, McCarthy and the City of O’Fallon to ensure that the project ran smoothly and efficiently with absolutely no collisions of craft. This allowed each trade to run a more efficient project while increasing productivity for both the trade contractors and the project as a whole.

IFS installed the entire HVAC system including five air handlers, a 350 nominal ton chiller and a dedicated air handling system for a seven-stall indoor firing range, which provides 60 fresh air changes per hour. They worked with the automation control contractors Trane Corporation and their subcontractor CE Jarrell Contracting Co. to assure a cohesive collaboration of mechanical equipment and controls for complete facility automation. IFS also installed a 6,000-gallon diesel tank and piping to fuel the dual-generator auxiliary power system.

The O’Fallon Justice Center features multiple courtrooms as well as 15 holding cells, a 70-seat training room, a 911 center, CSI lab space, offices, an evidence storage room, an employee break room, firing range, and space for expansion over the next 30 years.

Integrated Facility Services (IFS) is a full-service HVAC, plumbing, piping, fire protection and building automation firm with more than 270 professional and trade employees.For more information, call (636) 680-2100 or (573) 442-6100 and visit

Ameren Workers, Equipment from Missouri and Illinois Heading to Puerto Rico to Help Accelerate Power Restoration

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Response is part of industrywide effort

Ameren is participating in an industrywide effort to step up on-going power restoration and rebuilding efforts in Puerto Rico due to the catastrophic destruction of electric infrastructure following Hurricanes Irma and Marie. Ameren and other U.S. electric companies who are members of the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) will deploy additional restoration workers to Puerto Rico in January. Ameren is sending nearly 75 line workers and additional support personnel as part of this effort.

Beginning a 2,000-plus mile journey, equipment from Ameren, including trucks and trailers, is expected to roll out from St. Louis and Maryville, Illinois, as soon as later this week. The equipment will be headed first to Norfolk, Virginia, where it will be loaded on a barge along with supplies and resources from other utilities. Following the expected arrival of this restoration equipment in Puerto Rico in mid-January, Ameren is planning for its co-workers to be on the ground contributing to the relief effort shortly thereafter, as part of a contingent of 1,500 additional personnel arriving from the mainland. With this new wave, the total number of power restoration workers in Puerto Rico will increase to more than 5,500.

“Working side by side with our electric industry colleagues from all over the country, Ameren is committed to powering the quality of life for the people of Puerto Rico, just as we are for the communities we serve,” said Warner Baxter, chairman, president and CEO of Ameren Corporation. “While the challenges associated with the mission in Puerto Rico are unprecedented, our co-workers, who selflessly volunteered for this assignment, stand ready to safely tackle these challenges and accelerate the power restoration and rebuilding efforts for the citizens of Puerto Rico.” 

Ray Wiesehan, Ameren’s vice president for corporate security and crisis management, said the island has been sectored into seven regions for purposes of the restoration. Ameren co-workers will work in the Carolina Region, located on the northeast coast immediately east of San Juan. Ameren personnel will work under the direction of incident management teams (IMTs) that were deployed to Puerto Rico Dec. 10 to support the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority’s (PREPA’s) regional directors.

Working with PREPA, FEMA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the IMTs are focused on completing a full damage assessment of Puerto Rico’s energy grid to develop an updated and more closely coordinated restoration plan.

Since the request for mutual assistance was first received from PREPA in early November, EEI and its member companies, including Ameren, have been working in partnership with the American Public Power Association and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association to supply technical expertise, materials, equipment, and resources to the island.

The deployment of additional crews represents the next phase in the mutual assistance response.

“Ameren will send crews for three weeks and rotate them, as needed, until completion of the work,” Wiesehan said. “It’s a difficult job, but our co-workers have the training and expertise to get the job done. Our focus, as always, will be working safely so we can restore power as efficiently as possible for the people of Puerto Rico.”

St. Louis-based Ameren Corporation powers the quality of life for 2.4 million electric customers and more than 900,000 natural gas customers in a 64,000-square-mile area through its Ameren Missouri and Ameren Illinois rate-regulated utility subsidiaries. For more information, visit, or follow us at @AmerenCorp,, or LinkedIn/company/Ameren.

Spellman Brady Energizes Interior Design for Kingswood Senior Living Community

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Survey Helps Guide Design 

Spellman Brady & Company, an award-winning interior design firm, recently completed the comprehensive 71,000 sq. ft. interior design for the Kingswood Senior Living Community expansion and renovation in Kansas City, Missouri.

After 35 years, Kingswood Senior Living Community recognized that their residents needed more space, more amenities and more choices. Spellman Brady understood the importance for the community to embrace the changes, which included rethinking the space for new uses.  Beyond the new entrance, bistro, auditorium, and independent living villas, the remodeled assisted living and memory care apartments, administrative office, wellness and other common amenity areas all have an immediate impact.

Initially, Spellman Brady engaged the residents, staff, family members and potential residents with a two-day design survey that focused on furniture, color palettes, millwork, and many other distinctive characteristics that helped guide the design-style including “test-driving” dining chairs.  By the end of the expansion and renovation, the interior design helped redefined traditional details with unique memory care digital picture frames, furniture with curved lines, and customized fabric transforming the resident experience.

“Our community is energized with the new, updated amenities and design, which allow residents to connect with each other more freely” said Terri Moore, Executive Director at Kingwood Senior Living.  “Spellman Brady design helped bridge the past to the future.”

Kansas City is a vibrant, exciting city that is metropolitan, yet retains its small town feel.  Kingswood Senior Living joins in this excitement with their new interiors that reflect the residences and lifestyles of their community. 

Kingswood is a not-for-profit Life Plan Community established in 1982 in the heart of Kansas City, Missouri and is managed in partnership with Life Care Services™, an LCS® Company. 

Spellman Brady & Company is a St. Louis–based interior design firm specializing in Senior Living, Healthcare and Higher Education environments. 


Mcgrath Completes $1.5 Million Patient Floor Renovation At Memorial Hospital Belleville

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McGrath & Associates has completed a $1.5 million renovation of the second-floor patient care unit at Memorial Hospital Belleville in Belleville, Illinois. McGrath served as construction manager on the project. Archimages was the architect and Horner & Shifrin was the engineer. 

McGrath converted one wing of the second floor from shared pediatric patient rooms into 12 private adult patient rooms, while adjacent wings remained operational and occupied by patients. McGrath implemented strict isolation and infection prevention measures to ensure a clean and safe environment for patients, staff and visitors. The project was completed on an accelerated schedule of just five months. 


McGrath & Associates is a 100 percent employee-owned general contractor and construction management firm specializing in commercial, health care, industrial, institutional and pharmaceutical construction projects since 1983. For more information, call Ken Knobbe at (314) 772-7600 or visit

The UP Companies Receives Workplace Safety Grant to Purchase State-of-the-Art Power Scaffolding System

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The UP Companies (Power UP Electrical Contractors + Square UP Builders) was one of 37 Missouri businesses awarded safety grants from Missouri Employers Mutual (MEM), Missouri’s number one provider of workers compensation insurance. The $7,875.00 grant funded the purchase of equipment and will help The UP Companies take the next step toward improving workplace safety.

The UP Companies (UPCO) used the grant money to purchase a ReechCraft PowerPole power scaffolding system. The system will help reduce fall hazards by eliminating the need for workers to climb up on a roof to tie off a pole, or remove it. The new scaffolding system also features state-of-the art stabilizing technology to further protect workers.

“UPCO’s commitment to safety continues as it is constantly training and looking for state of the art safety equipment,” said David Behlman, Corporate Services Manager at UPCO. “It is our commitment to be the safest carpentry and electrical contractors in the industry with zero incidents. Adding the ReechCraft PowerPole system to our safety equipment arsenal will keep our workers safe.”

The grant is part of MEM’s SafetySMARTS program, a portfolio of initiatives that reduce both workplace injuries and costs. MEM plans to award policyholders at least $1 million in safety grants over the next couple years, and far more if they improve workplace safety as MEM anticipates. Policyholders are required to report on the success of funded safety initiatives so MEM can help other businesses learn from their success.

The UP Companies (UPCO) is one of the region’s largest full-service MBE-certified contracting companies. UPCO’s firms are Square UP Builders, a primary source of high-quality commercial and residential rough and finish carpentry and drywall services employing over 130 carpenters. For more information about UPCO, go to or call 314.865.3888.

Construction Underway on New Williams Village East Residence Hall Designed by KWK Architects for University of Colorado Boulder

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Construction is well underway on the 178,000-square-foot Williams Village East residence hall at the University of Colorado Boulder. KWK Architects is part of the design-build team, which also includes architect-of-record alm2s of Fort Collins, CO and Whiting-Turner Contracting Company of Denver, CO. The projected move-in date for the $96.7 million residence hall is August 2019.

Construction on Williams Village East began in August 2017 on the south side of Baseline Road at approximately 35th Street. The building will sit just east of the Williams Village North residence hall on a site currently occupied by a parking lot and four tennis courts that are no longer in use.

The 700-bed, seven-story Williams Village East was designed to match the architectural style and exterior finish of Williams Village North, which opened in August 2011. Williams Village East will be built according to LEED Gold standards, with such renewable energy features as solar panels, LED lighting, recycling areas, occupancy sensor lighting, green outlets, thermostats in each room, low-flow toilets and urinals, door closers and a VRF HVAC system, among other eco-features.

“A lot of the energy efficient features we designed into the building focus not only on saving energy, but also encourage students to get into the habit of being energy conscious,” said Meghan Bogener, AIA, IIDA, Project Architect and Interior Designer at KWK Architects. “When designing these types of projects, we often ask our clients, ‘do you want to look green, or do you want to be green?’ We find that the best design solutions incorporate both aspects.”

Williams Village East will provide additional on-campus housing to keep pace with recent enrollment growth, and help address the growing demand from upperclassmen who want to remain in campus housing, according to information provided by the university. The building’s design is that of a more traditional residence hall that allows for more beds.

Additional project updates and information may be found at 

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.

KAI Design & Build Engineering Department Completes The LINC Recreation & Wellness Center in Jefferson City, MO

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The Engineering Department at KAI Design & Build tapped its extensive recreational facility experience to help build The LINC Recreation & Wellness Center in Jefferson City, MO.

A collaborative project between Lincoln University and the City of Jefferson – Parks, Recreation and Forestry, the $11 million facility is cooperatively managed by both entities and provides improved services and facilities that link the university with the community.

KAI provided mechanical/electrical/plumbing and fire protection engineering on the new 79,808-square-foot, three-level facility. The main level features four, full-size gymnasiums and parks department offices and classrooms. The upper level boasts a fitness center with cardio and weight training equipment, meeting and class rooms, an elevated walking track and the university president’s suite, which overlooks the university’s football field. The basement level houses the Lincoln University athletic department.

The facility features over 2,000 square feet of dedicated indoor program and meeting spaces, which can be rented for small events or large gatherings.

Because two different agencies would be utilizing the facility, KAI had to design two separate data networks in the building, as security and privacy issues for each agency prevented them from sharing a single data network. Common spaces, such as classrooms that were to be used by both agencies, had jack outlets color coded so that users could identify which of the two data networks that they were connecting to.

KAI Design & Build is a national 100+ person design and build firm headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. KAI provides design and build integrated project delivery solutions through client collaboration, the latest technology, proprietary processes and individual expertise. For more information about KAI Design & Build, visit or call 314-241-8188.

Western Specialty Contractors Working with Renowned Team to Restore Iconic May Company Building in Los Angeles, CA

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1930’s-era Streamline Moderne Building is Future Home of Academy Museum of Motion Pictures 

Western Specialty Contractors branches in Los Angeles, CA and Seattle, WA are teaming up on a project to restore the historic May Company building in Los Angeles, CA – the future home of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Western crews are working alongside renowned historic preservation consultant John Fidler, New York Pritzker-Prize winning architect Renzo Piano, general contractor Matt Construction of Los Angeles, CA and owner’s representative Paratus Group of New York, NY.

“We work with a lot of great consultants, architects and general contractors, but it’s not every day that we get to work with the country’s leading authorities on historic preservation on such a prestigious project,” said Western’s Seattle Branch Manager Dave Kimble. “We are so honored and excited to have been given the opportunity to work with such a talented team of experts.”

Described by the Los Angeles Conservancy as the grandest example of Streamline Moderne architecture in Los Angeles, the historic May Company building, now called the Saban Building after donors Cheryl and Haim Saban, is undergoing an extensive expansion and renovation to accommodate the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ new museum. Scheduled to open in 2019, the 290,000-square-foot, six-story museum will celebrate and explore the history and art of films and filmmaking through exhibition galleries, a 288-seat theater, educational areas, restaurants and special-event space – all dedicated to creating the “Oscars experience.” Three glass bridges will connect the existing building to a new eye-catching, 130-foot tall sphere made of glass and concrete that will overlook the Hollywood Hills.

Western crews are installing new limestone and granite on a portion of the existing building’s facade, making limestone Dutchman repairs, waterproofing and repairing window frames, patching and cleaning stone, installing granite Dutchman repairs and waterproofing portions of the facade.

Constructed in 1939, the May Company building is located on Wilshire Boulevard next to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art campus, and is listed as a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument. The iconic building was once the finest department store on the Miracle Mile, and is most recognized by its predominant gold-tiled cylinder at the corner of Fairfax Avenue.

For more information about the museum, visit

Family-owned and operated for more than 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


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