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HOK and RDG Complete Lauritzen Outpatient Center in Omaha

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New 170,000-sq.-ft. facility incorporates smart design and new technology to optimize the patient experience at Nebraska Medicine.

A new one-stop shop for comprehensive outpatient services has begun serving patients at Nebraska Medicine in Omaha.

HOK’s St. Louis practice teamed with Omaha-based RDG Planning & Design to design the $71 million Lauritzen Outpatient Center, which consolidates Nebraska Medicine – Nebraska Medical Center’s outpatient services in a 170,000-sq.-ft. medical building with a below-ground parking garage.

HOK, which led the overall programming for the Lauritzen Outpatient Center, guided the medical planning and layout of the clinical spaces. RDG provided architectural, interior design and medical documentation.

As part of the planning process, the two firms gathered input from 150 medical and administrative personnel at Nebraska Medicine’s outpatient facilities in Omaha. During a planning workshop, clinical teams created mock-up exam and operating rooms and studied patient flows. The design team used this information to guide planning discussions and develop a final building layout that breaks down departmental silos and creates adjacencies that enable clinicians to provide the best possible patient care.

“Our team made every decision through a filter of creating the optimal experience for Nebraska Medicine patients,” said Kerry Cheung, AIA, senior medical planner at HOK. “For example, we located the orthopedic clinic, rehab therapies and radiology department together to increase collaboration among clinicians and to create a one-stop-shop for patients. Exam rooms are intuitively arranged in pods according to specialties.”

“It was an incredibly thoughtful process to unify Nebraska Medicine personnel, designers and the building team in a single vision devoted to creating the best patient experience,” added Nate Gieselman, RDG architect and project manager. “This also streamlined the planning process, which normally would have taken four years but only took two-and-a half years.”

The design features an abundance of natural light with fritted windows and sunscreens that moderate heat load while brightening waiting areas and public spaces on all four floors. A prominent central stairway is bathed in light, promoting health and well-being. Clear wayfinding and a highly efficient layout help reduce wait times and provide easy access to ambulatory services.

The first floor unites related services including the orthopedic clinic, radiology department and an outpatient pharmacy. It also features a rehabilitation gym for the center’s sports medicine practice.

The second floor houses the Fritch Surgery Center, which comprises 10 operating rooms and 40 pre- and post-operation rooms. The surgery center waiting area includes private consultation rooms for doctors and families. Work is underway to create a skywalk connecting the second floor to Nebraska Medicine’s Truhlsen Eye Institute next door.

Specialized clinics occupying the third floor of the building include services for Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT), Audiology, Allergy, General Surgery Clinic, Trauma Clinic, Plastics Clinic, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Oral Facial Prosthetics and Urology Surgery. The fourth floor houses orthopedics faculty and research and telemedicine staff.

“There are so many talented healthcare professionals under one roof at the Lauritzen Outpatient Center,” said Jared Long, ENT clinic manager. “It has been fun to watch the teams grow into the new space and lean on each other to create the optimal patient experience. Care coordination has been streamlined. For example, a patient arrives in the General Surgery Clinic for a consult, but really needs to see an ENT specialist. When appropriate, nurses and providers have partnered together across specialties—located on the same floor—to work these patients into the schedule, preventing them from having to return a different day.”

The team designed the center to facilitate ease of registration with self-check-in kiosks and online registration, which will be implemented in the future. The plan also allows for personal check-ins with outpatient healthcare staff.

“We struck a balance between the efficiency of online check-ins and providing a more personal touch,” said Cheung. “This idea borrows from today’s airport experience, where you can check in online or at the ticket counter.”

The Lauritzen Outpatient Center is named for the family of Bruce Lauritzen, chairman of First National of Nebraska and the lead financial donor for the project. The surgery center’s name acknowledges a capital gift from Dr. Charles Fritch and his wife, Judy.

HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm.

TROCO Custom Fabricators Creates Stylistic Roofing Structure for St. Louis Restaurant

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Installation in Schneithorst’s Restaurant & Bar Enhances Rooftop Experience for Customers

Schneithorst’s Restaurant & Bar, a landmark in the St. Louis restaurant scene for nearly a century, replaced its deteriorating heavy timber rooftop structure with a European-inspired steel and glass structure. Constructed by TROCO Custom Fabricators<>, a premiere custom fabricator in the Midwest, the new rooftop structure consists of steel canopies with laminated glass roof panels that will allow customers to enjoy a unique outdoor dining experience, even during inclement weather.

TROCO collaborated with Mainline Group Architecture, Inc. throughout the design and fabrication process in order to create a European train shed theme with stylized detailing. Special attention was given to the intricate hop and barley metal work at the column capitals. Silhouettes which were cut using a waterjet, then layered and hand-formed to create the design elements. TROCO supplied and installed the laminated glass roof panels that provide shading, and applied a highly durable epoxy paint for the exterior matte finish. TROCO also led the coordination to provide cutouts in the structure for routing all the power, lighting and audio/visual requirements.

“It was a privilege to work on such a unique project for a popular restaurant that has been serving the St. Louis community for nearly a century,” said Tim Trotter, president of TROCO Custom Fabricators. “The new rooftop structure is built to offer customers the experience of a European-inspired beer garden, and will stand the test of Midwestern weather for decades to come.”

The roofing structure was assembled on-site and installed in July 2016. Schneithorst’s rooftop beer garden will open for the 2017 season in late-Spring. For more information, visit

TROCO Custom Fabricators is a premier metal fabrication company specializing in Architectural and Structural Metal Fabrication. Established in 2002, TROCO is headquartered in St. Louis, Mo. to service the construction industry, both regionally and nationally. 

IMPACT Strategies Builds New Medical Center in Collinsville

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IMPACT Strategies today announced it has completed construction of a 12,000-square-foot medical center for JCH Collinsville, LLC. The building, occupied by Southern Illinois Health Foundation, is located at 1215 Vandalia St. in Collinsville on IL-159 next to Cedarhurst Assisted Living.

The health center offers comprehensive care, including medical, behavioral health, and dental services. Working with IMPACT Strategies on the project were Braddock Architectural Services of O’Fallon, Illinois and Netemeyer Engineering Associates of Aviston, Illinois.

Joshua Jennings, CEO of Dover Development and partner of JCH Collinsville, said, “IMPACT Strategies delivered on its promise to seamlessly manage the entire development, design and construction process in a manner that was expeditious and professional. Their service was invaluable to the project’s success.”

IMPACT Strategies

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. 

$35 Million, Luxury, Southern Craftsman Apartments Planned For Shiloh

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The Savannah Luxury Apartment Community Will Border New Frank Scott Parkway & Cross Street

Three hundred plus luxury apartments are being planned for Shiloh, Illinois. The Savannah will be constructed of stone, brick and hardy board structures with a Southern Craftsman style and situated on rolling hills.

Crevo Capital, a private equity firm based in Edwardsville, Illinois, is developing the 26-acre, campus-like luxury apartment community specifically to maintain the site’s natural beauty and native trees surrounding a lake. The project may be developed in multiple phases, according to market demands.

The Savannah will offer an amenity package unmatched among other communities, including a spa-inspired health club and an indoor/outdoor community lounge with resident event space extending over the lake from the treed shoreline.

    Each of the living units will have a private, covered patio or a balcony, as well as either a private, connected garage or a private, detached garage with additional storage.

Most structures are expected to be three stories with several of them to include elevators. Features of each unit will include fully equipped kitchens with stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, a gourmet preparation island and a generous pantry. Units also will have hardwood flooring, gas fireplaces, walk-in closets and an in-unit laundry room with a folding area. Many top-level units will offer the spacious feeling of either vaulted ceilings or coffered ceilings.

The Savannah will offer several optional floor plans including one, two and three bedroom layouts. Some of the options will include units larger than 1,500 square feet.

Housing Studio, an award-winning, nationally recognized architectural firm based in Charlotte, North Carolina, has been engaged to conduct all aspects of design pertaining to the buildings and site layout. Housing Studios has designed more than 50,000 units located from the Eastern Seaboard to the Midwest.

Construction management will be by IMPACT Strategies of Fairview Heights, Illinois, and St. Louis, Missouri.

Corey Wenzel, president of Crevo Capital, expects to submit plans to the Village of Shiloh later this month and to host an informational open house in May. He hopes to begin construction this fall and to have units available for occupancy in early 2019.

“Research always drives our planning,” Wenzel says. “We are excited to bring a community that offers a living experience that young professionals, families and seniors all are seeking. Some who work in the Metro-East are commuting from St. Louis because they haven’t been able to find the type of environment here that we’ll soon be able to offer.”

“Location is critical, and this Shiloh location is perfect, adjacent to the new BJC Healthcare System Memorial Hospital and medical office building, minutes from the U.S. Transportation Command and close to the many professional services and retail stores in the rapidly growing Shiloh-O’Fallon corridor,” Wenzel says.

Crevo Capital has developed multi-family, student housing, single family resident subdivisions and commercial properties throughout Illinois and Missouri.

Longevity, Sustainability Key Priorities in Design, Construction of Educational Institutions

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New and renovated educational buildings are rising around the St. Louis region and their design requires a special set of eyes.

Educational institutions – whether a university, high school or elementary school – feature characteristics different than other projects such as hospitals, corporate headquarters or retail centers. One of the biggest characteristics from a construction standpoint that sets educational facility construction and design apart from other types is the challenge of working on a project while school is in session.

Creating a safe environment for students is paramount, according to architects and general contractors. With all the educational construction occurring now, several general contractors and architectural firms addressed the issue of safety.

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.

In May, Washington University will begin one of the most significant capital projects in recent history: the eastward expansion of the Danforth Campus from Brookings Hall to Skinker Boulevard.

The plan includes three new academic buildings, an expansion of the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, two new multi-use facilities, an 800-space underground garage and a new Central Green. The project’s completion is expected by May 2019.

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. is general contractor for the project. Project Manager Ryan Moss said working on a large school project has to take into consideration the pedestrian traffic in and around a work site.

“Keeping in mind that education is the main goal, and that we are visitors there,” Moss said, “we have to make sure before we put a shovel in the ground that we are preplanning and communicating our overall construction plan with the university. We work through the scenario of what sidewalks and roads will be shut down, and the temporary means for the university to access areas either by cars or foot,” he said.

The project’s unique challenges include the fact that although it appears to be one large, single project, according to Moss, it is actually comprised of multiple buildings and elements, each with their own design and function. “We’ve had to dissect each building to figure out the best approach to balance design, budget, and schedule so that the project functions as a single project from a construction standpoint,” said Moss.

Philadelphia, PA-based KieranTimberlake is the architect for the project, which is working toward LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. In defining the differences between designing in the educational realm as opposed to corporate or retail, Partner Richard Maimon said one difference is the importance of place to the institution’s identity.

“At Washington University, the character of the campus, architecture and landscape are intrinsic to the university’s image,” Maimon said. “Universities build for the long term. Instead of a commercial development that may be leased and sold, university buildings are built to last for 75 years or more, so clients carefully consider the quality of materials, the cost of ownership and environmental sustainability over the long term.”

PARIC Corporation

Webster University is adding a new Interdisciplinary Science Building to its campus. The $44 million LEED-designed project will triple the number of science labs on campus and support greater academic collaboration. Attached to the existing East Academic Building, the 85,000-square-foot, four-story ISB will house science, technology, engineering, arts, math and medical programs. PARIC Corporation is the project’s general contractor. Completion of the project is anticipated in June.

Jason Szachnieski, PARIC senior project manager, said it is essential to work within the university’s academic calendar deadlines.

“We’re on an active campus, so typical protocol is to isolate the building with the appropriate barricade,” Szachnieski said. “With a June completion, the university will have time to move the equipment, fixtures and faculty into the new building, to be called Browning Hall, before school starts in August.”

CannonDesign performed the architectural work with Richard Bacino as project manager.

Bacino said that although there are similarities in designing a building, whether it is an educational institution, a corporate headquarters or a hospital, the unique design differences emerge while assessing the client’s needs.

“Different projects have different needs, and that’s how you start to deviate,” Bacino said.  “Educational facilities – whether elementary, high school or university level – tend to work with more of a select age group. A healthcare facility may address a population from pediatrics to geriatrics, while a corporate office building might have needs that are similar to an educational facility but with a diverse age group. Corporate and healthcare design is flexible to a degree, but educational facilities have to be designed for change – that’s important,” he added.

Another aspect of educational facility design is what Bacino refers to as “soft space,” meaning less rigidly defined space where collaborating and socializing often occur.

“Corporations have borrowed that design concept that from the academic world to encourage people to come together and exchange ideas,’ he said.

S.M. Wilson & Co.

S.M. Wilson & Co. is giving facelifts and additional space to three area schools.

Ladue Horton Watkins High School is receiving an $82.2 million, 363,000-square-foot addition and renovation focusing on updating the academic core of the building. Work is scheduled for completion in time for the 2018-19 school year.

Cor Jesu Academy is adding an $8.9 million, 39,000-square-foot, three-level Performance Gymnasium and Student Commons complex. This project broke ground in April 2015 and will be completed in time for the 2017-2018 school year.

Maplewood Richmond Heights Early Childhood Center is undergoing a $7.9 million, 15,000-square-foot renovation to include a new 90-space parking lot and classroom improvements. The project is expected to reach completion this August.

Kort Cole, S.M. Wilson & Co. director of operations, manages all three of these educational projects; Cole said the way that construction contracts are issued for educational projects differs from that of other commercial construction work.

“On Cor Jesu, we hold the contract for the actual project, and we are responsible for the overall cost of the project,” Cole said. “The Ladue and Maplewood projects have the construction manager as an agent. The school district holds contracts with the individual trades, so it’s a little different in that regard.”

Another uniqueness among educational design and construction projects is that the school facilities are typically occupied while construction is taking place, requiring communication and coordination with the faculty and administration to cause as little disruption as possible.

“That’s part of our ‘Beyond the Build’ tagline,” said Cole. “It’s not just the bricks and mortar that make up the building. We’re constantly coordinating with students’ activities so kids can get to and from class without incident.”

Construction work is not quiet work; although constructing an office building can be distracting, jackhammers and bobcats can really wreak havoc on young minds when educational construction is taking place during the school day.

“During naptime at the Maplewood Richmond Heights Early Childhood Center, we find work that doesn’t involve loud noises or we work in another location,” Cole said, adding that while renovations and additions are nothing new to hospitals or corporate offices, a construction project for a school can involve unfamiliar territory.

“This may be the one big project in those educators’ career,” Cole said. “We typically place a concentrated emphasis on a lot of pre-project education with the school districts, since they have a board to respond to and they may not have much experience in the construction world.”

Hastings+Chivetta Architects, Inc. is the architect of record for the Ladue Horton Watkins High School and Cor Jesu Projects. Bond Architects, Inc. is the design architect for Ladue Horton Watkins High School and Maplewood Richmond Heights Early Childhood Center.

Stephen DeHekker, Hastings+Chivetta senior vice president, said one difference between school projects and others is that schools see their buildings as a long-term investment. “They have no intention of selling their facilities,” DeHekker said. “Schools usually expand in their location, so there’s a permanence there. However, students are constantly changing and their needs evolving, so flexibility and the ability to expand is very important.”

Public and private entities have different ways of financing their projects, according to DeHekker. What both share in common, however, is the requirement of portraying their project’s legitimacy. Both, therefore, need to demonstrate fiscal responsibility, he said.

“What differentiates good school design is that it is really designing to improve curriculum,” said Art Bond, co-founder and managing partner of Bond Architects. “A lot of these facilities were done originally or expanded in a cookie-cutter fashion. What we’re doing today is determining how to maximize the educational opportunities within these buildings.”


Sometimes a facility is so wanted and needed, funding can come from expected sources.

HOK designed the new College of Optometry at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Paul Whitson, HOK senior vice president said that one of the big drivers of an educational facility is the board of overseers and how it appropriates capital for construction projects.

“For many state universities, there is less state funding,” Whitson said. “UMSL is a great example.

Because the student body felt so strongly about it, and because Chancellor Thomas George had such a good vision, UMSL voted in favor of an increase in its service fees to cover the cost of the building,” Whitson said. ”It turned into a wonderful collaboration between students, faculty, the administration’s board of regents and us as architects to come up with a lot of great things.”

IWR North America

Although IWR North America is a building enclosure contractor and not an architectural or engineering firm, it works closely with architects and engineers in a design-assist role by focusing on total building envelope solutions – including wall panels and glass – that create a distinct look for a particular building.

“We direct the client on what could be used and what does and doesn’t meet code,” said Keith Myers, executive vice president of MHS Legacy Group, the St. Louis-based holding company of IWR North America. “Hospitals will be more concerned with the internal climate so they will be looking for enclosures that meet certain values, like UV values so the sun doesn’t affect patients,” he said. “They care more about interior comfort level.”

Educational facilities prioritize durability, Myers said, regardless of students’ ages, because the ease and cost of replacement is a true concern. “The first thing we do is ask the architect and owner what they want to achieve,” Meyers said. “If it’s a private university like Washington University, aesthetics are important because it can impact student recruitment. In contrast, public schools are more concerned about cost,” he added. “We provide clients the information upon which to base their decisions.”


Hager Companies: School Security Systems


Since April 20, 1999, the date of the Columbine School massacre, schools nationwide have been reexamining their security systems and procedures.

Hager Companies manufactures American-made door hardware products and works with school districts across the country to implement both simple and complex solutions that replace classroom barricade devices.

According to Hager, the unintended consequences associated with those devices could put children at even more risk and the school exposed to increased liability.

Brian Clarke, director of architectural specifications and technical support for Hager Companies, said these issues could occur if some of the classroom barricade devices require more than two hands to operate.

“We know that an active shooting is a tragedy, but if another emergency happens – such as a fire or if another shooter comes in from another direction – you’re locked in that room or building with nowhere to go,” Clarke said. “Our building codes are designed for immediate and free egress (exit) from the secure site out of the building. These independent devices to lock the doors don’t allow free and immediate egress out of the room, and that’s a major concern.”

Hager Companies has a system that can be connected into a network where pushing one button instantly locks down all the doors. There are a lot of different ways to make this type of system happen, according to Clarke, and the best way to do it is via electronics. “While that does increase the cost of building the school, it creates all of the safety and security features that schools want and need,” he said.

Another means of accomplishing the same goal is by installing a classroom intruder lock so the teacher can mechanically lock the door without opening it. “Most every school we work with, we incorporate automatically, at a minimum, the mechanical intruder style lock because of safety,” Clarke said. “Some school districts, colleges and private schools are investing the money to opt for the electronic version so that they can control it from one central location. Many times it depends upon their monetary circumstances when they either refurbish or build a new school.”

Eric Rose, vice president of domestic sales at Hager Companies, said the goal of any school facility is to control foot traffic onto the property. This can be accomplished with access control using electrified locks or electrified panic hardware along with many other configurations of electronic door hardware, according to Rose. “Even a simple buzzer used in conjunction with an electric strike can provide remote release by administration of a locked door, keeping in mind that any access control must allow free means of egress.”


Mosby Seeking Volunteers for May 6th Rebuilding Day

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Doug McCauley

A longstanding volunteer at the St. Louis remodeling firm is a Rebuilding Together St. Louis House Captain 

If you can swing a paintbrush or turn a screwdriver, Mosby Building Arts project lead Doug McCauley wants you on his team on Saturday, May 6, 2017. Be it a skilled tradesperson or an enthusiastic DIYer, McCauley welcomes and encourages your assistance.

For this year’s annual Rebuilding Together St. Louis Building Day, McCauley (above) is the House Captain who will coordinate and help volunteers working on a home in University City, MO. Improvements to the home include plumbing repairs and upgrades, electrical work, and carpentry and painting to a bathroom, bedrooms and the exterior of the home.

McCauley, who has been volunteering his carpentry skills with Rebuilding Together St. Louis since 2010, says of his home assignment: “Barbara (the homeowner) is the sweetest elderly lady; to meet her is to feel lucky to help her out. She has previously submitted applications for Building Day, so she is real grateful to now have this chance to improve her home.

“The To-Do List for Barbara’s home has 17 items. All skill levels are needed and welcome. The more people I can bring to the team, the better the odds of completing them all in one day. With your help, I think it’s an achievable goal.”

If you would like to be part of Doug McCauley’s Building Day team, please call the Mosby Building Arts office at 314.909.1800 or email to volunteer. Mosby will take care of all the details, so you are ready to go on the morning of May 6th.

Since 1992, Rebuilding Together St. Louis has brought together volunteers and communities to improve the homes and lives of low-income homeowners. Since 2005, Scott Mosby – CEO and owner of Mosby Building Arts – has been an advisor and spokesman for Rebuilding Together St. Louis.

Scott’s love of the volunteer group runs deep: “Rebuilding Together St. Louis believes in a safe and healthy home for every person. They improve existing houses so the owners can remain secure and productive right where they are. I’ve dedicated my whole life and company to this same vision, so we consider it a privilege to use our skills to be of help to homeowners who don’t have the means just to pick up a phone and hire a remodeler.

“From the day in 2010 when Doug McCauley came to work with us at Mosby, he has been a tireless, hands-on volunteer for Rebuilding Together St. Louis. His passion inspires the rest of us to take part year after year. We hope even more people outside the Mosby family will follow his lead and help Doug make a positive difference.”

About Mosby Building Arts

Mosby Building Arts has been the trusted resource for home remodeling, design and architecture in Metro St. Louis for 70 years. As a family-owned business, Scott Mosby and his team have been recognized nationally and locally for high standards of customer service, business ethics and design. Learn more at

KJWW Engineering Changes Name to IMEG Corp.

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KJWW Engineering Consultants in St. Louis is now IMEG Corp.

The name change follows a 2015 merger of KJWW and California-based TTG Engineers, at which time IMEG Corp. was formed. Both firms and their subsidiaries are now doing business as IMEG at their more than 30 locations worldwide.

IMEG is one of the largest engineering consulting firms in the U.S. specializing in high performing building systems, infrastructure, and construction-related services. The firm employs 1,000 personnel, including 55 at the St. Louis office. IMEG CEO and President Paul VanDuyne said the name change is a natural progression and the final step in the integration of the two firms, a process that has retained all offices and personnel.

“Over the past two years we have integrated corporate functions, instituted a regional management structure and established a new internal technical operations team,” said VanDuyne. “Our name change is simply the culmination of our success in making the sum of two firms greater than the whole. Our consultant-client relationships – our No. 1 priority – remain unchanged and intact at all our locations. The difference now is that we can offer even more services and value to our clients worldwide due to our expanded and integrated services.”

IMEG’s core building services include engineering design in the structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection, and technology disciplines with medical equipment planning, architectural lighting, acoustics consulting, and commissioning provided as speciality services. Additionally, civil engineering and construction support services are offered throughout IMEG’s western locations.

KJWW was founded in Rock Island, Ill., in 1961 by Walter Kimmel, followed by Ward Jensen, Sam Wray, and Vern Wegerer in the mid to late sixties. Larry Pithan, now CFO, joined the firm in 1973, followed by VanDuyne in 1976, who became president and CEO in 2003. The St. Louis office opened in 2003 and is under the leadership of Principal Steve Rhoades.

By the time of the merger with TTG in 2015, KJWW had grown to 15 locations. Today IMEG is among the top 5 engineering firms in the U.S., based on revenue, according to Building Design + Construction magazine.

“We’re the same people, providing the same high-quality work and innovation,” said VanDuyne. “We’re committed to continuing the fine reputation established by our founders – now under the IMEG name.”

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Ameren Illinois to Invest $9 Million in Modernizing East St. Louis Facility

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Ameren Illinois recently announced the $9 million renovation of its East St. Louis operating center at 500 E. Broadway.  They updated operating center will enhance their ability to serve their customers in and around East St. Louis and provide an enhanced employee experience.

In 2016, Ameren Illinois completed a new neighborhood substation (Katherine Dunham substation) at the intersection of Cleveland and 27th Street as well as set 70 new power poles to strengthen the grid in the City.

In 2015, the company installed a new transformer inside its Ridge substation; and at its Edgemont substation upgraded the capacity of two transformers. The capacity we added to our substations helps ensure that we can meet the evolving demands of our business and residential customers in the future.

Hager Companies Announces Access Control Alliance With Salto Systems

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Hager powered by SALTO offers keyless entry solutions

Hager® Companies, a leading U.S. manufacturer of commercial and residential door hardware products, announces a new alliance with SALTO Systems. Hager powered by SALTO offers keyless entry solutions ranging from stand-alone, to data-on-card with online and offline access points, to real-time control and updates.

“We are thrilled to provide customers with a robust, customizable, and value-driven access control locking system,” said William Shockley, Group Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Hager Companies. “Whether you need a solution for several openings or for 65,000, Hager powered by SALTO provides our customers with a single source solution for their access control needs.”

The Hager powered by SALTO HS4 platform is a suite of modular access control products that give end users, developers, installers, distributors and architects the freedom to design systems that meet their needs. With tools such as audit trails, credential/access rights management, and opening modes, Hager powered by SALTO provides security solutions that meet the requirements of any facility.

The design of the HS4 platforms provides access control solutions that encompasses the entire building, both interior and exterior. The economic viability of the HS4 system extends these solutions to cabinets, lockers and even padlocks giving system administrators, facility managers, building owners and other end-users not only operational and security benefits, but a better user experience as well. All communications are encrypted and transmitted on closed networks. Credentials are available in many formats including key cards, key fobs, bracelets and Bluetooth enabled devices.

“The name ‘salto’ translates to ‘jump’ in English, which is very fitting for the partnership between SALTO and Hager,” said Bill Wood, President of SALTO Systems U.S.A. “Due to exceptional products and service, Hager has produced multi-generational relationships with its customers that have cultivated a strong distribution network.  We’re proud to partner with Hager to bring a world class access control system that is simple to use and extremely efficient to the Contract Hardware Distributor channel.”

Due to its compatibility with other systems, the Hager powered by SALTO platform adapts easily to keep pace with evolving requirements and can accommodate a wide variety of industries, including multi-family, assisted living, education, healthcare, retail, commercial, leisure and entertainment, transportation, and government.

Hager powered by SALTO is a scalable, robust solution built on innovation and quality, delivering value to owners and property managers far beyond the initial system investment and commissioning. For additional information, visit

Founded in 1849, St. Louis-based Hager Companies offers more than 6,000 full-line quality door hardware products under one brand name.

SALTO Systems is a global leader in the development and manufacture of world-class access control solutions, particularly in sectors where security is critical – from airports and healthcare to government, education, sport and entertainment venues, hotels, and more.

MC Industrial Honored with Four Recent Safety Awards

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MC Industrial, Inc. was recently honored with four awards in recognition of the construction firm’s outstanding safety and work-hour performance during 2016. The awards presented to MC Industrial include: The Association of Union Constructors (TAUC) Thomas J. Reynolds Award, Associated General Contractors Missouri (AGCMO) Construction Project Safety Award, Southern Illinois Builder’s Association (SIBA), Commendation Award, and Northwest Indiana Business RoundTable (NWIBRT) Excellence Award.

“Safety is the most important thing we do every day,” commented MC Industrial President Bob Kohlburn. “We are committed to ensuring each and every person who comes onto one of our project sites returns home safely. It is an honor to be recognized across our business for these efforts.”

The following outlines the specific safety awards MC Industrial received:

  • TAUC Thomas J. Reynolds Award: Recognized for safety results in Days Away and Restricted Rate of 25% below the Bureau of Labor Statistics national average for the previous year.
  • AGC Construction Project Safety Excellence (CPSE): Recognized for no recordable injuries during the Ameren Rush Island MBO Package project. This project scope was a boiler outage that included replacing the bottom ash hopper and pit with a new submerged flight conveyer.
  • SIBA Safety Commendation Award: Recognized for over 150,000 work-hours and earning 70% below the national average in Lost Time Accidents in 2016.
  • NWIBRT Safety Excellence Award: MC Industrial achieved DAFW, DART and TRIR below the industry averages for the Northwest Indiana regional contractor community for MC Industrial’s NAICS code for the last three years.

“We are very proud of our team for upholding MC Industrial’s strong safety culture and receiving each of these awards,” said Jared Ragsdale, safety director for MC Industrial. “This recognition is a testament to our firm’s rigorous safety program and commitment to the Zero Injury philosophy.”

MC Industrial follows a behavior-based safety program with effective safety processes that produce excellent safety results for the client, MC Industrial and its trade partners. MC Industrial’s safety program applies Managing the Human Element of Safety by enforcing policies and procedures for employees to make the safest choices, while staying proactive in behavior-driven safety goals. The MC Industrial Vital Process (MVP) program is another major portion of MC Industrial’s safety program, involving all employees in identifying and eliminating unsafe behavior. The MVP program allows the team to measure safety performance with a statistical review (leading indicators) and apply mitigation strategies for any identified safety risks.

Among the four awards, MC Industrial’s overall safety program was recognized, as well as its project-specific safety performance on 2016 projects across its three markets served including:

  • Heavy Industrial: Boeing St. Louis Composite Center of Excellence and Arcelormittal FAM Stacker Reclaimer.
  • Power & Renewables: Ameren MBO Package A, First Solar Cal Flats Solar Facility, Silicon Ranch Selmer TN Solar Facility, and Silicon Ranch Hazlehurst GA Solar Facility.
  • Petrochemical: LBC Tank Terminals Ship Dock 4

MC Industrial is a national construction firm, dedicated to the highly-specialized needs of the industrial marketplace. 

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