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IWR North America Is Awarded Four Major Projects Across The Country

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IWR North America, one of the longest-standing building enclosure contractors in the United States, has recently been awarded several projects, including the JLL Microsoft Technology Center, Minnesota Vikings’ STEM Building, GC America’s corporate headquarters, and Washington University’s campus enhancements.

“It is an exciting time at IWR, and we’re happy to announce some major projects we are starting in the next year,” said Mike Smalley, pre-construction manager of IWR North America.

IWR’s scope of work on Jones Lang Lasalle’s Microsoft Technology Center in St. Louis is nearing completion and on schedule to meet turn-over deadlines. As part of a complete interior fit-out, IWR’s scope includes fabricating and installing interior glass and glazing, including glass doors, storefront, partitions, and glazed openings.

In June 2019, IWR is set to complete their work on the Minnesota Vikings’ STEM/Tech Incubator Building, which includes installing insulated metal wall panels and insulated composite backup panel systems. This project will mark IWR’s third major project awarded and executed as part of the Vikings’ phased development project in Eagan, Minn.

For the GC America Headquarters, located in the Chicago suburb of Alsip, IWR has been awarded a Design-Assist Contract for the total exterior enclosure, which includes custom-fabricated curtainwall, window wall, custom-designed and unitized sunshades and fins, insulated metal wall-panels, aluminum composite wall panels, aluminum storefronts and doors, and glass handrails. IWR’s scope is expected to be completed by Q2 2019. This marks the first awarded project for IWR’s newly opened Chicago office.

Washington University’s Danforth Campus will undergo East End Enhancements with the help of IWR. With IWR’s scope scheduled for completion in Q3 2019, IWR was selected as a Design-Assist partner working on design and budget development for multiple building enclosures including the parking garage, Jubel Hall, HUB Pavilion, Welcome Center Pavilion, Weil Hall, and Kemper Hall. On the various exteriors, IWR will install curtain wall systems, skylights, glass soffits, sloped glazing systems, custom metal plate wall panel and more. IWR has also been awarded the Interior Glass scope of work on Jubel Hall.

IWR North America, headquartered in St. Louis, Mo., is one of the longest-standing specialty contractors in the United States that focuses on being a true building enclosure partner. Working coast to coast since the 1940s, the ABAA-certified contractor utilizes an integrated project delivery model to install various wall cladding systems ranging from the simplest to the most complex designs in virtually every industry.

Contegra Construction Building 380,000 SF Expansion to Walgreens Distribution Facility in Perrysburg Township, Ohio

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Construction is underway on an $82 million expansion of a Walgreens warehouse and distribution center in Perrysburg Township, Ohio.  Edwardsville, Ill.-based Contegra Construction is targeting summer 2019 completion for the 380,000-square-foot expansion which is projected to create 350 jobs.  Contegra is tasked with building the addition without disrupting operations in the existing 650,000-square-foot distribution facility which employs approximate 680 workers.   When the expansion is completed, it will total more than one million square feet and allow Walgreens to continue supplying its existing stores and additional stores it acquired from Rite Aid.

The warehouse expansion is being constructed of tilt-up concrete panels and will feature 40-foot and 50-foot clear height warehouse spaces, 40 new dock doors, structural warehouse slabs, an automated storage and receiving system, pick modules, static racking, and conveyers.  It will be fully climate controlled, lit with LED lighting and include break room and office spaces.

Contegra has constructed more than 30 projects for Walgreens in 13 states.

Based in Edwardsville, Ill., Contegra is one of the St. Louis area’s largest general contractors and serves a national customer base that includes industrial, institutional, municipal, medical, multi-family, office and retail projects.  Learn more at www.contegracc.com.

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Editors Note:   Contegra Construction Co. is headquartered in Edwardsville, Ill. (62025).

Spiegelglass Construction Awarded Two Smoothie King Projects

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Both Locations will Open This Fall

Spiegelglass Construction Company will soon begin construction on two new Smoothie King locations in Missouri and Illinois. Construction will kick-off for the first location at 1501 Troy Rd. in Edwardsville, IL this month, and construction for the second location, at 6424 Chippewa Street in St. Louis, will begin in September.

The Edwardsville and South St. Louis City locations are each 1,200 square feet with indoor seating available. Both locations will have outlets with USB ports at each booth within the store, as well as drive-throughs for customers looking for an on-the-go option. The Edwardsville location will feature an updated graphics package throughout the dining area while the Chippewa location will have large windows and modern LED lighting.

“I’m excited to open these two new locations in our region,” said franchise owner Tim Mahon. “I worked with Spiegelglass Construction on my two existing locations in Chesterfield and Ellisville; they did outstanding work for me and I’m looking forward to this upcoming expansion.”

“We are proud to be selected once again to work with [franchise owner] Tim Mahon,” said Tim Spiegelglass, co-owner of Spiegelglass Construction Company. “Tim has been a terrific client partner and we look forward to working together again as he grows Smoothie King’s footprint in our region.”

Smoothie King offers numerous smoothie options including Fitness Blends, Wellness Blends, Slim Blends, Take a Break Blends and Kids Blends incorporating fruits, veggies, nuts and various proteins. The franchise also offers a number of healthy retail products, including sports beverages, energy bars, vitamins, supplements and more.

Based in St. Louis, Spiegelglass Construction Company has been a family-owned general contractor since its inception in 1904. For more information, please visit www.spiegelglass-gc.com.

IMPACT Strategies Completes New Washington University Pediatric Facility in Shiloh, IL

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Finishing in less than 3 months and ahead of schedule, IMPACT Strategies has completed the new Washington University* Pediatric Facility on Memorial Hospital East Campus in Shiloh, IL.

IMPACT Strategies worked closely with BJC HealthCare and Washington University Pediatrics, in partnership with St. Louis Children’s Hospital, to ensure their medical office, reception area, and exam rooms exceeded expectations. This will be the first Washington University Pediatrics multi-specialty office outside of Missouri, giving Illinois residents direct access to the exceptional services they have to offer.

IMPACT Strategies used a majority of local subcontractors and worked with Archimages as the architect on this project. The construction of this first-floor tenant finish was accomplished without any interruption to the daily operations of the active medical office building or patients navigating in and out of the building. 

*Services provided by Washington University Physicians in Illinois, Inc

IMPACT Strategies provides client-focused construction management, design/build, and general contracting services. To learn more visit BuildwithIMPACT.com or call 618-394-8400 or 314-646-8400.  

KAI Promotes Theodore (Todd) R. Jacobs, AIA, to Director of Design

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KAI Design & Build proudly announces the promotion of Todd Jacobs, AIA, FHFI, LEED AP, to Director of Design.

Jacobs, who was hired in November 2016 as Vice President and Senior Project Manager, will replace Marcus Moomey, AIA, DBIA, who is moving from the Director of Design position to a new position as Director of Design-Build.

As Director of Design, Jacobs will provide overall leadership for KAI’s Architecture and Interior Design practice and foster a climate focused on collaboration within KAI’s multi-disciplined teams, delivering design and build solutions on complex projects. Jacobs will also represent KAI in the community by participating in professional organizations, speaking engagements and civic events.

Jacobs has more than 30 years of management, collaboration, master planning and design experience. His extensive portfolio includes projects within the healthcare, education, religious, and corporate industries. Jacobs will oversee 36 employees at KAI offices in St. Louis, Dallas, Atlanta, San Antonio and Omaha.

“Todd is a demonstrated leader as an active member of the American Institute of Architects and past president of the St. Louis Chapter. We are delighted to elevate Todd to this leadership role where he will drive the quality of our design work to satisfy our customers’ needs,” said Michael Hein, AIA, PMP, Chief Integration Officer at KAI.

Major projects Jacobs has worked on while at KAI include:

  • St. Louis Community College – Center for Nursing and Health Sciences
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation & Aquatic Center – Atlanta
  • Deaconess Center for Child Well-Being – St. Louis
  • SSM North County Pediatric Clinic – St. Louis

Jacobs, a registered architect in Missouri and Illinois, has a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Kansas State University. He is a member of the KSU Professional Advisory Board, St. Louis Construction Forum Advisory Board and several AIA committees. 

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 www.kai-db.com or call 314-241-8188.

Ross & Baruzzini Selected As Special Systems Consultant For New International Airport In Mexico City

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Ross & Baruzzini, Inc., an international consulting and engineering firm, announces it has been selected to provide comprehensive design and consolidation for more than 60 technology systems for the New International Airport of Mexico City (NAICM).

The unique X-shaped, eight-million-square-foot main terminal is set to be the largest airport in Latin America and in its ultimate phase will top Los Angeles International, Chicago O’Hare and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, handling more than 125 million passengers annually. Designed to be the world’s most sustainable airport, the $14 billion USD mega project will be one of the most innovative greenfield airport projects in the Americas, creating a world-class facility that will promote economic growth and job creation in Mexico.

“The Mexico City project is of particular significance in Latin America,” said Michael Zoia, Director of Aviation – North America. “It will become a key hub for transportation and tourism, providing numerous economic benefits to the region. We are honored to be part of this new vision for Mexico City and look forward to supporting NAICM and the project team for its delivery. The design of the terminal is going to be iconic, with London-based Foster + Partners creating a one of a kind, incredible structure. We look forward to continuing our collaboration as we complete the new international airport in Panama with them.”s & Baruzzini’s experience in the aviation market spans more than 35 years, leading technology, security and operational consulting and engineering for more than 200 airports across North America and around the globe, including the world’s largest international airport in Dubai.

In 2017, Ross & Baruzzini acquired CAGE, one of the leading airport baggage handling consulting firms. Together with CAGE, Ross & Baruzzini brings a reputation for innovation and a progressive approach, delivering forward-thinking solutions to meet the creative vision of our clients while providing an unmatched passenger experience. 

Celebrating 65 years in business in 2018, Ross & Baruzzini (http://www.rossbar.com) is a premier global consulting and engineering firm continually ranked among the top 200 engineering companies in the United States and member of an international design and consulting firm rated among the 10 largest design firms in the world.

 

Spiegelglass Construction Completes Contemporary Event Venue

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The Venue at Maison du Lac is Nestled on 25 Scenic Acres

Spiegelglass Construction Company recently completed construction on two projects for Ces and Judy’s Catering – a long-term client beginning its next chapter. The Venue at Maison du Lac, a 7,000 square-foot modern event space nestled on 20+ acres of property, is now open and available for rentals. Additionally, a 5,000 square-foot commissary in Frontenac is now servicing the company’s growing off-premise catering business; the company caters weddings, corporate events and social gatherings and is a preferred caterer for more than 30 venues around St. Louis.

The Venue at Maison du Lac features a modern architectural design with high ceilings, state-of-the-art sound and lighting, an outdoor deck overlooking the lake, and striking 12 and 18-foot windows offering natural light and panoramic views. The vast property also boasts indoor and outdoor ceremony location options, lush greenery with plenty of grassy areas for yard games, and a well-lit, paved parking lot with easy access to the property. Set on a scenic 25 acre countryside property, the private event estate – which also includes the Catawissa Stone House built in 1843 and a barn for indoor ceremonies – is ideal for weddings, corporate events and large-scale social gatherings.

“We’ve worked with Spiegelglass Construction on a range of projects since 1995,” continued Hoffius. “When we began planning the next phase of our business, we asked Spiegelglass Construction to work alongside us to outline our construction strategy. They were with us every step of the way, from viewing the property and assessing its feasibility, to building out each detail so the venue looks as gorgeous as our clients expect.”

The Venue can accommodate up to 300 guests, with options to make the space feel more intimate for smaller gatherings such as birthday or retirement parties, showers, corporate functions or retreats, anniversaries, reunions and meetings.

Based in St. Louis, Spiegelglass Construction Company has been a family-owned general contractor since its inception in 1904.For more information, please visit www.spiegelglass-gc.com.

Construction Commences at City Foundry STL St. Louis

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On July 16, Steve Smith, principal owner of City Foundry STL, executed a master construction agreement with S. M. Wilson for Phase 1 of the project. The agreement includes current and future contracts, which will consist of the construction and renovation of six buildings, improvements to the 10-acre site, as well as construction of over 60 tenant spaces. The agreement is expected to exceed $100 million when all packages are released.

Smith, along with London-based Caparo, are the principals in the City Foundry STL development. Phase 1 of the project includes 338,000 square feet of office, retail, entertainment and food tenants. Lawrence Group, a leader in the design of historic and mixed-use developments, is the architect. “We are very excited to be a part of the City Foundry STL team and to see all the hard work that the design and construction professionals from Lawrence Group and S. M. Wilson have put in over the last 18 months come to fruition.

Steve Smith’s vision will be transformational for the City of St. Louis and the region. We are very proud to be a part of this unique and game changing project,” stated Amy Berg, president of S. M. Wilson & Co. In order to provide the best opportunities to spread the construction work to a broad group of sub-contractors, including agreed upon goals for MBE and WBE participation, the overall project is being sub-divided into many smaller bid packages.

“We have worked very closely with S. M. Wilson to come up with some innovative ways to provide the greatest opportunity for MBE and WBE firms to be a part of City Foundry STL.

While some construction is moving forward on early critical work for the project, there are many construction packages still to be released, including those for the new buildings and many of the tenant buildouts,” according to Todd Rogan, development project manager for City Foundry STL. www.cityfoundrystl.com

Work will begin immediately at the site including, infrastructure; site work; and construction in the original foundry building. With more than 60 tenants expected in the development, there will be multiple opening dates, with some tenants opening in mid-2019 and others in early 2020.

City Foundry STL previously released the names of its initial tenant mix. They include Austinbased Alamo Drafthouse Theaters, Denver-based Punch Bowl Social and Tulsa based McNellies Group. City Foundry also has multiple office tenants and food hall operators signed up as well.

“Between signed leases and other commitments, we have more than 60% of the project committed. This allows us to move forward with this first package of construction work,” Smith confirmed.

City Foundry STL City Foundry STL is the adaptive reuse of the former 10-acre Century Electric Foundry complex in St. Louis’ growing Midtown neighborhood. The iconic and historically significant foundry building will be transformed into a dynamic hub of innovation complete with St. Louis’ first true food hall. The $185 million first phase will include 122,000 square feet of restaurant and entertainment; 105,000 square feet of shops, and 111,000 square feet of office space. The project is being designed and developed by Lawrence Group. For more information, visit cityfoundrystl.com or connect with us on Instagram.

 

Fenton Logistics Park Lands Hubbell-Killark & BASF

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Nearly One Third of The Park Is Now Committed. 650,000 SF of industrial product has been delivered at the park within the past 12 months with more than $75M invested by KP Development in current facilities and almost 700 jobs expected at the former Chrysler site by year’s end. 

KP Development today announced the signing of leases with two more tenants for a total of 240,000 square feet at the Fenton Logistics Park under development at the site of the former Chrysler plant in Fenton, Mo. Hubbell-Killark, a global provider of integrated electrical industrial products, will relocate from Martin Luther King Drive to a state-of-the-art, single-use 160,000-square-foot facility at Fenton Logistics Park, while BASF will move its 80,000-square-foot agricultural services division to a portion of another building.

Scott Sachtleben, managing principal of KP Development, notes the spaces being occupied by these tenants will be delivered before the end of this year.

“The significant commitment from both Hubbell-Killark and BASF is expanding the total number of quality, skilled jobs within Fenton Logistics Park to nearly 700,” said Sachtleben.  “KP Development has invested more than $75 million in redeveloping the former Chrysler site, and now that approximately one third of the industrial opportunity within the park has been consumed, the momentum is only increasing.”

KP Development’s Scott Haley is responsible for managing the leasing and development of the Park.  “We recognize we are positioned to provide an excellent opportunity for businesses within our region and are in advanced discussions with several other potential occupants to develop the remainder of the project,” said Haley.

Hubbell-Killark, a growing company with many consolidation and expansion needs, discovered Fenton Logistics Park has everything required to satisfy their needs.

“Fenton Logistics Park is a perfect fit for our company,” said Warren Jenkins, general manager of Hubbell-Killark.  “Integrating our manufacturing operations, offices and warehouse under one roof will create significant efficiencies and benefits for our organization.  One of our main initial goals is to optimize material flow throughout the facility and maximize production output.  In addition, this new facility will be a far more energy efficient building. The Hubbell-Killark organization is excited about our new home.”

According to BASF General Manager Chris Rogers, the consolidation of two of three existing locations in the St. Louis area nearby the third was a key factor in their selection of Fenton Logistics Park. “This opportunity allows us to integrate operations in an efficient area while providing modern amenities needed to maximize the performance of our high caliber employees,” said Rogers.

The newest tenants will join BJC’s Clinical Asset Management Division, CoreLink, Alkem Labs and Beckwood Press Co., each of which is already operating within Fenton Logistics Park.

CBRE Corporate represented both Hubbell and BASF, while Jon Hinds and Katie Haywood of CBRE represent KP Development in transactions relating to the Fenton Logistics Park. M & H Architects provided the master plan for the park, as well as the design of both the Hubbell and BASF buildings.  Arco Construction is constructing Building III, which will be 50 percent occupied when BASF moves in, while Brinkmann Constructors is constructing Building IV where Hubbell-Killark will be the sole tenant.

KP Development is now finalizing plans for Building V, which is slated to be a 250,000-square-foot facility. The company is also already working on plans for Buildings VI and VII, which will range in size from 150,000 to 250,000 square feet. One or more of these buildings should be delivered by mid-2019.

As it continues to be built out and additional tenants are lined up, Fenton Logistics Park is expected to feature nearly 1.5 million square feet of manufacturing, logistics and warehouse space; 480,000 square feet of office/warehouse and flex space; 182,500 square feet of retail, restaurant and hotel space, and 105 acres of land owned by the BNSF Railway for anticipated additional railroad services. The overall development has the potential to result in 2,500 – 3,000 permanent jobs, pumping an estimated $135 million in wages to the region.

For more information about Fenton Logistics Park, visit www.kpdevelopment.com

KP Development is a St. Louis-based real estate development firm providing full-service development services for office, industrial, and specialty projects, with a focus on meeting the needs of their clients. To learn more about KP Development, call Scott Haley (314) 261-7352 or visit www.kpdevelopment.com.

High-Tech Golf Gaming Mecca Prepares to Tee Off in Chesterfield Valley

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By KERRY SMITH, Editor, St. Louis Construction News & Review Magazine

Commuters along Highway 40 are slowing to check on the progress of Topgolf, the open-air entertainment venue built by Chicago-based ARCO/Murray Design Build that’s driving toward an early August opening.

Before Highway 40 travelers notice the 65,000-square-foot building, the venue’s more than 100-foot-tall netting – specially designed to contain stray golf balls – captures their attention. Chesterfield City Administrator Mike Geisel said the development’s footprint in Chesterfield Valley (just off the Boone’s Crossing exit) is distinctive.

“Topgolf’s visibility alone is unique,” said Geisel, who recently had the chance to visit its nearest sister facility in Overland Park, KS. “No matter whether you’re approaching it from the east or from the west, that enormous netting is striking as you make the curve and see it appear out of the valley. It’s definitely the project I receive the most calls and questions about, and we’ve got a lot of big developments coming online in Chesterfield.”

Three levels of open-air, climate-controlled hitting bays – 34 on each level – welcome those who are at home with a driver in their hands as well as those who’ve never before made contact with a club. Topgolf Director of Operations Ben Wolski said the main level features a full-service bar and restaurant as well as event meeting spaces. Family lounge areas, designated spaces for golf instruction and team practice areas are also included in the layout. The venue will be open year-round except for Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

ARCO/Murray Project Manager Buster Sheridan said the general contractor has built nearly all of Topgolf’s facilities. “It has been a fast-paced 10 months of building here in the valley,” said Sheridan, “with as many as 100 of us working on site at any given time. There are a lot of parts and pieces to a project like this. Its scale and signature features make it a complex but rewarding project to construct.”

An enormous block entry wall framing the facility’s exterior proved a hefty but achievable challenge, Sheridan said, as did designing and installing the immense netting to keep all golf balls from leaving the premises, which is near a high-traffic highway corridor. The large-scale lighting fixture that’s affixed to the three-story façade is another identifiable characteristic.

Wolski said the company has recruited hundreds of locals to work at the newest Topgolf locale. “We’ve hired and are training 500 associates to work at Topgolf St. Louis,” Wolski said. “While I’m sure golfers will use and enjoy this facility, it’s really ‘bowling for golf’…you can meet five or six of your friends here and enjoy a few hours of camaraderie. Our Topgolf locations enjoy an eclectic mix of visitors, and all ages and abilities are welcome.”

This is Dallas-based Topgolf’s 44th facility.

“We are really excited to bring Topgolf to St. Louis,” said Wolski.

In conjunction with entertainment-related development in Chesterfield, three months ago Michael Staenberg, president of The Staenberg Group, bought the Taubman Prestige Outlets property just west of Topgolf St. Louis. Geisel said the city is looking forward to seeing Staenberg’s plans progress to develop the outlet mall site as an entertainment destination.

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