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Metro Electric Supply Receives IMARK Distinguished Performance Award

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Metro is honored to be a recipient of the GainShare Achievement Award for 2nd Year in a row 

Metro Electric Supply, a locally-owned and family operated wholesale commercial and industrial electrical distributor, received the GainShare Achievement Award in the Member category for the second year, consecutively. The award winners were recognized at IMARK Group’s annual Distinguished Performance Awards banquet.

“I’m very proud of our employees for helping us achieve this very high status in our industry,” says Bill Frisella, president of Metro Lighting and Metro Electric Supply. “There are only four to five distributors in each category that are nominees, so it’s quite an achievement to even be a nominee.”

Metro Electric Supply was nominated in three of the four categories: Excellence in Sales and Marketing, GainShare Achievement, and Member of the Year. In addition, Metro Electric Supply received the Member of the Year Award in 2015.

It’s quite an honor to once again receive the GainShare Achievement Award,” says Bob Mirbaha, vendor relations manager for Metro Electric Supply. “In my opinion, this award is the most important because we were able to keep the momentum and build on last year’s sales.”

The GainShare Achievement Award is determined by data gathered by IMARK HQ. The criteria include:

  • Number of successful GainShare programs in 2016
  • Percentage of successful 2016 GainShare programs with supplier partners
  • Amount of GainShare rebate earned from 2016 programs
  • Amount of GainShare rebate as a percent of total rebate income

IMARK Group, Inc is a member-owned marketing group made up of more than 830 independently owned electrical distributers throughout the United States. IMARK members are market leading companies serving the needs of electrical contractors, industrial and institutional MRO customers, electric utilities and other customer types throughout the country.

About Metro Lighting & Metro Electric Supply

Metro Lighting and Metro Electric Supply is a locally-owned family business which has grown to include Metro Lighting, Missouri’s largest lighting distributor. Together, Metro Electric Supply and Metro Lighting has 14 locations that serve St. Louis, St. Louis County, St. Charles County, Jefferson County and Cape Girardeau.


Blanton Construction Makes Quik Work Out of Another QuikTrip

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Blanton Construction is a repeat builder for QuikTrip Corporation and it just wrapped up the QuikTrip at Highway 94 South and O’Fallon Road in Weldon Springs.   This Generation 5 store complete with the very popular QuikTrip Kitchen amenity was completed “on time & on budget” and officially turned over to QuikTrip on 10/30/2017.

QuikTrip is well known for its successful stores, built in strategic, high volume locations.   Originally founded in 1958, QuikTrip has grown into an 11-billion-dollar company with 700+ stores.   This particular location built by Blanton Construction, Inc. is on a very high traffic area of St. Charles County located just 1.7 miles from highway 40/61 on Missouri State Highway 94 South.

This new location will be celebrating its Grand Opening on Thursday 11/9/2017 with fun, festivities and an official ribbon cutting between 8am-9am.

Blanton Construction is a 47-year-old commercial building contractor located in St. Peters, MO.

Spellman Brady Senior Living Project Receives “Reader’s Choice Award”

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Spellman Brady and Company, an award-winning interior design firm, was selected as a Top 10 Finalist and received the “Reader’s Choice Award” for their comprehensive interior design renovation of The Residences of Thomas Circle in Washington, D.C. from “Environments for Aging” (EFA) magazine’s 2017 Remodel/Renovation Competition for senior living communities.

Spellman Brady & Company is a St. Louis–based interior design firm specializing in senior living, healthcare, and higher education environments.  

McCarthy Breaks Ground on $150 Million Expansion at Oklahoma Heart Hospital

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Building team will leverage advanced technology to construct six-story Mercy hospital tower on OHH’s south campus.
McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. has broken ground on a $150 million expansion of Oklahoma Heart Hospital’s south campus in Oklahoma City. The project includes the addition of a six-story, 228,338-sq.-ft. Mercy hospital tower on the campus’ west side.

As construction manager, McCarthy will oversee construction of the new building, which encompasses 44 patient beds; eight cardiac care unit beds; a catheterization lab; two inpatient pharmacies; imaging, prep and surgery areas; a post-anesthesia care unit; a chapel; a lobby and registration area; and administration and shell space. The project also includes construction of surface parking, a helipad and a two-level, 180-space parking garage.

Both Oklahoma Heart Hospital and Mercy will share the facility, advancing a 15-year partnership between the two healthcare organizations.

“Since the Oklahoma Heart Hospital South opened in 2010, the demand for health care has grown substantially,” said Dr. John R. Harvey, president and chief executive officer of Oklahoma Heart Hospital.

“We will now be able to offer patients a wider range of services as our partnership with Mercy continues.”

“We are always looking for ways to meet the growing health care needs of our community,” said David Whitaker, chief administrative officer of Mercy in Oklahoma. “As more people move south, we can better accommodate them by providing the same level of care they already know and trust.”



McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., Awarded Project for St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station

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Part of $160 Million Family Entertainment Complex Planned For National Historic Landmark St. Louis Union Station

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. ( broke ground today for a new  aquarium at St. Louis Union Station in downtown St. Louis.  The announcement was made by Lodging Hospitality Management (LHM), which owns Union Station.  St. Louis-based PGAV Destinations will be the designer.

The 120,000-square-foot St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station will be located in the former mall area and will feature one-of-a-kind exhibits and tanks with 1.3 million gallons of water housing thousands of aquatic animals from the rivers and oceans of the world.  Construction of the unique leisure and entertainment destination is expected to be completed in summer 2019.

During construction, the project will create 500 jobs and once operational, will bring more than 100 permanent jobs to the downtown St. Louis area.

“We’re very excited to have the nation’s top construction and design firms working with us on this project,” said Bob O’Loughlin, chairman and CEO of Lodging Hospitality Management (LHM). “The fact that both McCarthy and PGAV Destinations are based in St. Louis means that they appreciate the value of Union Station’s history and its importance to our community.”

McCarthy brings extensive experience in hospitality and entertainment construction, including the 200,000-square-foot OdySea Aquarium in Scottsdale, Ariz., the largest aquarium in the Southwest, and expansion to the St. Louis Gateway Arch Visitor Center and Museum at the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in downtown St. Louis.

“We want to thank LHM for their investment in our community.  Everyone at McCarthy and staff who will work on the project are all very excited,” said Ryan Freeman, Vice President of Operations at McCarthy.

“The St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station is an important and challenging project for the region.  Building this aquarium, which is extremely complex construction, inside of the historic train shed is unique in its array of complexities.  Having been headquartered here for the past 100 years, we’ve been able to build some of the most challenging projects around the region and we’re pleased to be a part of adding this exciting new landmark,” said Freeman.

The St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station will be part of a $160 million family entertainment complex planned for St. Louis Union Station. Other components will include the previously announced St Louis Wheel. Wheel passengers will take three to four rotations high over the St. Louis skyline during the 10-to-12-minute ride. Located on the south side of the historic train shed.  The St. Louis Wheel will be a new iconic attraction on the St. Louis skyline and will be operational every day of the year, accommodating an estimated 500,000 visitors annually.

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. is the oldest privately held national construction company in the country – with more than 150 years spent collaborating with partners to solve complex building challenges on behalf of its clients.

The National Historic Landmark St. Louis Union Station at 1820 Market Street in downtown St. Louis opened to the public on September 1, 1894 and was owned by the Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis.  Designed by Theodore Link, it included three main areas: the Headhouse, the Midway and the 11.5-acre train shed. 

St. Louis Union Station is owned by Lodging Hospitality Management (LHM). The hotel has been named one of the world’s top railway themed hotels by Condé Nast. For information, visit

Construction Begins on First Building in Destination Medical Center’s Discovery Square

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Anchored by Mayo Clinic, the 90,000-sq.-ft. bioscience building will be complete in 2019 

A groundbreaking ceremony took place today on the first of several new buildings planned to make up the 16-block Destination Medical Center (DMC) Discovery Square sub-district near the historic Mayo Clinic campus in Rochester, Minnesota.

Mortenson is the developer and builder for phase one in Discovery Square, a densely populated and highly connected urban life science hub that is part of the DMC—the largest public-private economic initiative in Minnesota’s history.

Designed by RSP Architects and HOK to support life science research and innovation, the four-story, 90,000-sq.-ft. building will help tenants accelerate the translation of promising health-related therapies and technologies to provide solutions that create better health outcomes for patients. The design creates a tenant-focused, amenity-rich environment. Flexible, open workspaces and central common spaces will enable tenants to adapt to the fast-changing life science industry.

Discovery Square will provide a bridge to the mission of the nearby Mayo Clinic, which, as the anchor tenant of this new building, will occupy 30,000 square feet across three floors when it opens in 2019.

“Inside and out, our design is guided by a vision for forward-thinking research to create an extension of Mayo Clinic’s collaborative culture and brand,” said HOK design principal Eli Hoisington. “In addition to enhancing science-driven collaboration, the design creates a sustained sense of community by including public amenities and event space on the ground level. This building will be a catalyst for the new live-work-play district in Rochester.”

“The DNA of this building and Discovery Square is the innovation, collaboration, and translation of science and discovery,” said David Mortenson, chairman, Mortenson. “A complementary tenant mix will have the opportunity to work alongside the best and brightest in Rochester on real-world, life-changing solutions. It will enhance connectivity and enable high-level collaboration to share ideas and test and deliver new products. We are truly excited about the purpose of this facility, its programming and its role within the greater Destination Medical Center vision.”

“Discovery Square will be the place where Minnesota’s next generation of medical start-ups will want to be,” said Lt. Governor Tina Smith, chair of the DMC Corporation board of directors. “It will create new opportunity for jobs, innovation and economic growth, and represents a major step toward fulfilling our mission of building America’s City for Health. I thank Mortenson, Mayo Clinic, and the Rochester community for their work on the Discovery Square project. This is great news for Rochester and our state.”

Destination Medical Center (DMC) is the largest public-private economic initiative in Minnesota’s history. The 20-year plan to transform Rochester into a global destination for health and wellness will attract developers, investors, startups, and entrepreneurs to live, work, and play in America’s City for Health. For more information, visit

Mortenson is a U.S.-based, family-owned construction and real estate development company. As one of the nation’s top builders, Mortenson provides a complete range of development and construction services, including site acquisition, financing, planning, program management, preconstruction, general contracting, construction management, design-build and turnkey delivery. Mortenson has operations across North America with offices in Chicago, Denver, Fargo, Iowa City, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Portland, San Antonio, Seattle, Washington, D.C., and in Canada. For more information, visit

HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm. Through a network of 23 offices worldwide, HOK provides design excellence and innovation to create places that enrich people’s lives and help clients succeed. DesignIntelligence consistently ranks HOK as a leader in sustainable, high-performance design and technology innovation.

Design Group, Barry-Wehmiller International Merge To Form Unified Consulting Platform

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Barry-Wehmiller Design Group and Barry-Wehmiller International have officially merged to form a single, unified consulting platform, which will operate under the Design Group name. The merger creates a premier engineering and information technology services firm of more than 1,400 professionals.

With the merger, Design Group now offers strategic IT consulting and equipment design services in the manufacturing domain, in addition to being a supplier of manufacturing automation and control systems, facility design, process engineering, construction management and regulatory compliance services for the world’s leading companies in life sciences, consumer products and other industrial sectors.

“The combination of our two firms allows us to share our collective experience and technical capacity, and leverage organizational efficiencies as a premier engineering and IT consulting firm for industrial clients,” stated Joe Wilhelm, Group President, Consulting.

“This merger enables Barry-Wehmiller International to achieve its full potential within the well-established business model of Design Group,” commented Barry-Wehmiller CEO Bob Chapman. “This significantly broadens our depth and range of client services by approaching the market as one firm.”

Design Group’s redesigned website, ( , showcases the firm’s innovative ability to provide expanded services for clients, from small engineering initiatives to integrated, multidisciplinary solutions.

“This is a significant milestone in Design Group’s history, and we are excited about the potential it represents,” said Wilhelm. “I am confident that this merger will create value for our clients, and enable professional growth opportunities for our professionals.”

Design Group operates from more than 40 global offices in the United States and India, providing engineering and IT consulting for the world’s leading companies through the efforts of 1,400-plus engineering and technical specialists. 

Barry-Wehmiller is a diversified global supplier of engineering consulting and manufacturing technology for the packaging, corrugating, sheeting and paper converting industries.

Wiegmann Wins Design/Build Award For HVAC & Refrigeration Project For $18 Million Hoffman Beverage In Chesapeake, Va

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Wiegmann Associates won a Contracting Business Design/Build award for their work on the $18 million expansion of Hoffman Beverage in Chesapeake, Virginia. The design/build HVAC, refrigeration and building automation system (BAS) controls project included the expansion and renovation of the beer distributor’s 217,392-square-foot beverage distribution center and office. The general contractor was ARCO Beverage Group.

Wiegmann was challenged to design an effective HVAC system for several very diverse areas of the Hoffman Beverage facility, ranging from 26,000 square feet of office space to a controlled environment warehouse (CEW) with 32-foot ceilings and a 32,000-square-foot low-temperature refrigeration draught cooler.

Wiegmann engineered an energy-efficient HVAC and BAS system that reliably maintains the temperatures of beverage product as they move through several indoor environments at the facility. Beer distributors are required to monitor and report all temperatures in warehouse and draught cooler spaces.

Wiegmann carefully engineered and planned this three-phase project to enable the beverage distribution facility to continue operating with minimal downtime during construction. The existing refrigeration units had to be relocated twice – first moved within the existing building to allow for construction of the new warehouse, then later relocated to the roof of the new warehouse.

Phase 1 included a 115,440-square-foot expansion of the controlled environment warehouse (CEW) and new 32,000-square-foot warehouse. Phase 2 of the project involved the expansion and renovation of existing office space. During Phase 3, the existing 81,237-square-foot warehouse was renovated and additional new office space was constructed.

Hoffman Beverage is a large distributor of beer and non-alcoholic products in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia, with 5.2 million in case volume and $100 million in annual sales.

Wiegmann Associates is a St. Louis-based mechanical contractor serving the commercial, industrial and institutional markets, and a national leader in design/build HVAC projects.

Liberty Utilities Center has won Project of the Year, the highest honor awarded by the Design-Build Institute of America – Mid-America Region

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In addition to being the first publicly owned wastewater treatment plant in Missouri using the Design-Build approach, this new $75 million system diverts flow from aging, undersized neighboring facilities and allows the town of Liberty, Missouri, future growth and independence for decades to come.

Oretta Smith, Executive Director of DBIA – Mid-America Region, said, “We don’t always give this top award. It takes an extraordinary project, design-build process and team application to win.  I am pleased to share that not only was the Liberty project most worthy, it won with a unanimous decision by a very selective panel of judges.”

The DBIA annual awards recognize projects and teams that best utilize design-build practices with emphasis on aesthetics, design, quality, functionality, life cycle value, innovation, and customer satisfaction.

In this project, the Goodwin Brothers Construction Co. design-build team implemented proactive, productive approaches to using an otherwise unusable site, paid extra attention to aesthetics, collaborated successfully with a large team, and found ways to consistently exceed the owner’s expectations.

Goodwin Brothers Construction is a three-generation family-owned business, celebrating 70 years of building this year.

Restoration St. Louis Taps Arcturis to Take Charge of Branding Strategy & Visual Identity for New Hotel Saint Louis

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Arcturis, a nationally recognized architecture and design collaborative headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, announced that it has been selected to lead the branding and visual identity efforts for the new Hotel Saint Louis, a $55 million project spearheaded by Restoration St. Louis and managed by Innkeeper Hospitality Services. Located in the heart of downtown St. Louis, the development project will transform the historic Louis Sullivan building at 705 Olive Street into a stunning, 140-room, luxury hotel with ballroom, spa and rooftop pool and lounge under the Marriott Autograph Collection brand.

“We are creating a cohesive guest brand experience that intertwines historic elements from the building’s past with modern, approachable touches from the city,” says Troy Guzman, Arcturis Director — Graphic Design. “Branding can be subtle, yet have a major and lasting impact on those who experience it.”

The Marriott Autograph Collection brand is a perfect fit for this restoration project. Marriott Autograph Collection hotels are known for being design icons, involving notable architects, important styles and landmark buildings. The handpicked collection celebrates boutique hotels that deserve recognition as architectural gems.

Following a national search for a branding partner, Arcturis was selected for its knowledge of the local St. Louis landscape and its proven ability to deliver context-sensitive solutions in regards to historic preservation projects. Coincidentally, Arcturis’ home office is located just across the street from the project site.

Hotel Saint Louis began construction in August 2017 and is scheduled to be completed by October 2018. For additional hotel-specific information, please contact

About Arcturis:
Arcturis is a nationally-recognized architectural design collaborative headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. A recognized WBE and leader in the industry for 40 years, the firm’s award-winning team of architects, designers, and planners excel in understanding the complex design challenges impacting a diverse range of workspaces. For more visit

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