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KWK Architects Designs Multi-Phase Community Replacement Project at University of Missouri, Columbia

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Master plan includes five new residence halls and a multi-restaurant dining facility

The University of Missouri (Mizzou) in Columbia, MO is bustling with two new residence halls; a state-of-the-art, multi-restaurant dining facility; and a Starbucks coffeehouse – all designed by KWK Architects as part of a multi-phase community redevelopment project.

KWK Architects, experts in student housing and dining design, was selected by the university to create a master plan for its Dobbs Neighborhood Redevelopment. The three-phased, master plan would include a total of five new residence halls and a distinctive dining facility to replace an outdated dining hall and three residential towers, all of which were demolished to make room for the new buildings.

“The goal of the master plan was to design a supporting community development at multiple levels primarily for first-year residents, create state-of-the-art dining for 2,500 plus residents in the area and create exterior, residential-friendly outdoor spaces, while defining circulation and service areas,” said KWK Architects Principal Sara Koester.

Phase I of the master plan included two new residence halls, Brooks and Bluford Halls, and a 580-seat dining facility. Brooks Hall, named after the university’s first African American administrator George C. Brooks, opened in fall 2016. The five-story, 89,400-square-foot residence hall houses 293 students. A computer center serving the complex is located on the building’s main floor.

The five-story Bluford Hall, opened for the 2017-2018 school year, is named after the late journalist and honorary doctoral degree recipient Lucile Bluford, and houses 282 students in 80,100 square feet. The building includes the new 29,600-square-foot dining facility, The Restaurants at Southwest, which occupies the majority of the first floor and replaces the outdated dining pavilion.

“The exterior character of the new residence halls acknowledges and complements the existing adjacent buildings and exterior environment,” said KWK Architects Principal Paul Wuennenberg. “Sustainable design was a major focus of the project, and the buildings are anticipated to achieve a LEED Silver designation. Solar panels on the Brooks Hall roof pre-heat the domestic water to reduce energy use. Additionally, the roof over the dining in Bluford Hall was designed for a future vegetated-tray green roof.”

The Restaurants at Southwest features six distinct dining venues that support a la carte service during the academic year and all-you-care-to-eat dining during the summer. Dining options at The Restaurants at Southwest include: Legacy Grill, Tiger Avenue Deli, Olive & Oil, 1+5+3 Soups & Salads, 1839 Kitchen, and Truffles. The facility handles the student population of 2,500 to 3,000 who live in the residence halls and nearby fraternities and sororities. The dining facility serves as the social hub of the neighborhood, anchoring the main pedestrian walkway to the academic campus, with the Starbucks store conveniently located along this promenade.

KWK has also completed designs for Phase II of the Dobbs Neighborhood Redevelopment, which includes a third and fourth residence hall, each with five-stories for a total of 120,991 square feet. When completed, the new halls will provide 384 beds and an Academic Resource Center.

KWK Architects partnered with The Lawrence Group as associate architect for the Dobbs project.

Founded in 2013 by five architects with a combined 150 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

Chesterfield Outlets will be Renamed The District Redevelopment Expected to Begin in Summer 2019

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The Staenberg Group (TSG), headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, announced today that Chesterfield Outlets will be renamed The District when redevelopment begins in summer of 2019. This multi-faceted project is poised to become the region’s premiere destination for action-packed entertainment, innovative dining and festive shopping.

“Our leasing team is currently working with some of the most desirable concepts and brands in the country,” says Timothy Lowe, vice president of leasing and development for The Staenberg Group. “The response to The District from prospective and current tenants is very positive.”

The property, which is adjacent to Top Golf St. Louis (opening August 2018),  is located in the Chesterfield Valley on North Outer 40 Road.  It currently comprises more than 300,000 square feet of outlet retail space.

The Staenberg Group develops, leases and manages commercial properties throughout the country. The company and its principal have developed, leased and managed a portfolio of more than 200 shopping centers comprising in excess of 35 million square feet of quality retail space, including over 1,000 restaurants and 1,000 retail transactions, across the United States.

TSG Properties is a full service commercial real estate development company that owns, manages and leases shopping centers throughout the heartland. Headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, TSG Properties is headed by industry leader Michael Staenberg, who has developed, leased and managed a portfolio of over 100 properties comprising 20,000,000+ square feet of retail space across the US. 

McKnight Place Assisted Living & Memory Care to Host Grand Opening Celebration

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Latest Project Adds Additional Assisted Living Suites, Introduces Dedicated Memory Care at The Gatesworth

Just six months after debuting its new, three-story, 102,000-square-foot expansion featuring 90 upscale apartment homes, the final phase of the two-phase project is now complete in the community that has been aptly renamed McKnight Place Assisted Living and Memory Care. The doors of the original McKnight Place building are now open to 74,000-square-feet of completely renovated space that not only expands the number of assisted living options available, but also debuts memory care services in the popular senior living community. McKnight Place Assisted Living and Memory Care is hosting a grand opening event to celebrate this final milestone in its $32 million investment project that provides an expanded array of luxury accommodations featuring the unparalleled services McKnight Place is known for. The special event will offer guided tours of the new community and provide guests with the opportunity to reserve one of the high-end suites. Guests will enjoy hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, live music, and valet parking.

Named one of the nation’s “Top 10 Retirement Communities” by Forbes Magazine, The Gatesworth opened its doors in 1988 and established itself as a pioneer in providing area seniors with a variety of quality services in a warm, residential environment.

McGrath & Associates Begins Work on Upgrades at Christian Hospital in St. Louis

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McGrath & Associates has begun work on elevator and mechanical upgrades at Christian Hospital in north St. Louis County. The projects include two elevator upgrades, a new air handling unit and electrical distribution upgrades. McGrath is the design/build contractor for the elevators and is providing value engineering, preconstruction and construction services on the other projects.

Construction is underway on two original traction elevators that McGrath is modernizing in the five-story Paul F. Detrick Building. McGrath will sequence construction so that one elevator remains in operation at all times. McGrath follows strict safety protocol when working around elevator shafts, and implements isolation and infection prevention measures in occupied health care areas to ensure a clean and safe environment for patients, staff and visitors. The design/build elevator project is scheduled for completion in August 2018.

The air handling and electrical distribution upgrades currently are in pre-construction, with construction expected to begin in August 2018. McGrath will replace the air handling unit serving the Christian Hospital operating room suite with a more energy-efficient, higher capacity unit. The existing air handler will be removed from the mechanical room and a new unit will be installed on the exterior of the building. The architect for the air handling unit project is Lawrence Group and the engineer is McClure Engineering.

Moving the air handling unit will provide space in the mechanical room for new electrical switchgear for the electrical distribution upgrades project. The engineer for the electrical upgrades is Heideman Associates.


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

KAI Design & Build Completes Deaconess Center for Child Well-Being in St. Louis City’s Grand Center Arts District

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Interactive programming and design process helped KAI meet client’s tight deadline 

KAI Design & Build has completed construction of St. Louis’ new $8.5 million Deaconess Center for Child Well-Being — a 21,272-square-foot facility providing meeting and office space for child advocates, civic leaders and community organizers dedicated to enhancing the well-being of at-risk children.

In March, KAI Design & Build received a 2018 Building St. Louis Award for the project. The awards program, sponsored by the St. Louis Business Journal, recognizes commercial real estate projects that have created a positive community impact in the areas of investment, jobs created or potential benefit to a surrounding area.

Located at 1000 North Vandeventer in the Grand Center Arts District of St. Louis City, the facility was completed within just 7.5 months in December 2017. Since time was of the essence on the project, as the Deaconess Foundation’s lease at its previous office space was set to expire on December 31, 2017, the organization chose to implement the project using the design-build delivery method with the added advantage of an interactive programming and design process provided by minority-owned KAI Design & Build.

The Deaconess Center is the Foundation’s first new construction in almost two decades. The design and construction of the building reflected Deaconess’ religious legacy as well as its commitment to social causes by exceeding the city’s minority participation goals. The project achieved 36% Minority Business Enterprises (MBE) and 3% Women Business Enterprises (WBE) participation. Elizabeth Noonan, an economic development professional and United Church of Christ member, served as the Project Manager and minority-owned Kwame Building Group was the Construction Manager.

In order to keep the project on schedule, KAI selected tilt-up concrete construction for the building’s exterior facade to assure the fastest possible building erection, as well as used vibrated stone piers to drastically reduce the owner’s site remediation cost and schedule impact.

The completed Deaconess Center provides meeting rooms, a chapel, and a large conference space for up to 125 people, as well as administrative offices for the Deaconess Foundation, Vision for Children at Risk, and Neighborhood Houses — a United Church of Christ ministry that supports low-income children and families of the inner core of St. Louis City. The facility’s design incorporates many elements that appeal to children, such as bright colors, eye-catching graphics and furniture, and garden spaces.

The Deaconess Center is expected to host more than 6,000 citizens a year in more than 250 meetings focused on children’s issues. Meeting rooms will be available at no charge to initiatives focused on improving public policy for children. Forty to fifty people are expected to work at The Center, with many re-locating from various Deaconess Foundation offices throughout the St. Louis area.

“Through our funding, advocacy and this facility, we want to cultivate a movement for child well-being in St. Louis,” said Deaconess President and Chief Executive Rev. Starsky Wilson in a press release. “Movements need activated individuals, creative ideas and institutional expressions. This will be a place where they all come together for kids.”

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

Western Specialty Contractors Named to List of Top 150+ Privately Held Companies in St. Louis

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Western Specialty Contractors is proud to announce that it has been named to the St. Louis Business Journal’s 2018 Top 150+ Privately Held Companies list.

For decades, the St. Louis Business Journal has profiled the top privately held companies based in the St. Louis area, which are ranked by 2017 revenue. Information is also gathered by editors on how much companies on the list have grown, who runs them and what their hiring plans are for the upcoming year.

Western Specialty Contractors ranked 101 out of 200 companies listed on this year’s list, with a reported 2017 revenue of $213.2 million — a 2% increase from the prior year.

Western is headquartered in St. Louis, MO, with 30+ branch locations nationwide and employing 1,200 salaried and hourly professionals. The 103-year-old company is owned and operated by the Bishop family, with Ben Bishop, Sr. serving as Chairman Emeritus and his son, Ben “Butch” Bishop, Jr., serving as Chairman and CEO of the company. Services provided by Western include concrete and masonry restoration, disaster recovery, waterproofing, facade restoration and specialty roofing.

Western started 2018 in growth mode, as reported by the St. Louis Business Journal, with the March acquisition of 125-year-old Western Roofing Co. in Kansas City, MO. The start of 2018 also saw the promotion of Tom Brooks to Chief Operating Officer, following the retirement of Jim Rechtin, Sr. after 46 years with the company.

“We are extremely pleased to make the St. Louis Business Journal’s Top 150+ list once again, and continuing to grow in terms of revenue and market growth,” said Western Specialty Contractors CEO Ben “Butch” Bishop, Jr.

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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

Hicor Group On Track For 50 Percent Growth In 2018 Revenues

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St. Louis-based The Hicor Group is projecting record revenue in excess of $6 million in 2018, an anticipated 50 percent increase over 2017 revenues.  To support this growth in project work, the carpentry services provider has added 40 new full-time carpenters to its staff since the beginning of 2018. The Hicor Group, a minority certified (MBE) contractor, also has become a stand-alone company after operating for its first four years as a subsidiary of St. Louis-based Unitech Consulting.

“Becoming a stand-alone company is a big step for us and the result of our hard work and steady growth since 2014,” said Andrew Stafford, President of The Hicor Group and a fifteen-year veteran construction industry. “It’s a testament to our talented and dedicated employees.”

Most of Hicor’s growth in 2017 and 2018 has come from a wide array of carpentry projects in commercial, multi-family/senior living and restaurant/retail markets including the Nathaniel Rivers Apartments in St. Louis, Covenant Place II in Creve Coeur and Level on Locust in downtown St. Louis. Hicor has installed case-work, counters, architectural millwork, interior fixtures and provided framing and drywall service for a variety of restaurant projects including Shake Shack, Texas Roadhouse and McAllister’s Deli.

“The majority of the projects in our first several years focused on historic rehabilitations, including our award-winning headquarters inside the historically significant Bronson House in Mid-Town that we moved into last year,” Stafford said.  “While we’re passionate about those types of projects, we’ve been able to support our tremendous growth by expanding our services and reaching new markets. Our outlook has gone from revitalizing yesterday and preserving today to building tomorrow. With more than 70 employees, we now have the capacity for building a bright future.”

Founded in 2014, the Hicor Group provides a full scope of carpentry contracting services and is a certified MBE. The company will remain under the ownership of Jeff Kelly and Drew Acree, who also own Chameleon Integrated Services, an information technology consulting firm. For more information on The Hicor Group, visit      

BMC Enterprises Acquires Mark Twain Redi Mix

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BMC Enterprises, Inc., through its affiliate Eastern Missouri Concrete, has completed the acquisition of Mark Twain Redi Mix, headquartered in Hannibal, MO. “This acquisition is exciting for us as we simultaneously consolidate parts of our market, add to our geographic footprint and create an immediate upstream synergy for our aggregate holdings.

We are delighted to welcome the employees of Mark Twain Redi-Mix into the family and look forward to serving a new customer base in northeast Missouri” said Nathan McKean, CEO of BMC Enterprises, Inc. The acquired assets include four stationary ready mix plants, fifty ready mix trucks and a bulk hauling division. The acquisition is consistent with BMC’s long term sustainable growth strategy within the construction materials industry.

BMC is the parent of Breckenridge Material Company founded in St. Louis Missouri in 1925. BMC has become the largest producer of aggregates and concrete in the St. Louis region operating more than 40 locations in Missouri and Illinois.

NECA & IBEW Team on Its 17th St. Louis County Library Branch Improvement

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St. Louis County Library continues to make steady progress on modernizing its branches with the assistance of NECA contractor Briner Electric Co. and its IBEW Local 1 workforce.  On May 30, 2018, St. Louis County Library broke ground on the new $5.6 million Meramec Valley Branch in unincorporated south St. Louis County near Fenton, Mo.  It is the 17th branch improvement since 2014 that will rely on the electrical skills of Briner and IBEW.  Briner is a member of the Electrical Connection a partnership of IBEW Local 1 and the St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).

The 21,000-square-foot Meramec Valley Branch at 1501 San Simeon Way will replace a 2,690-square-foot branch that was the smallest in St. Louis County Library system.  It will be infused with the latest technology for research and feature a Discovery Zone for children, private study rooms, a quiet reading room, a community meeting room, a business center, a community garden, a walking path and outdoor reading deck.

The library was designed by Mackey Mitchell Architects and Bond Architects. Brinkmann Constructors is the construction manager.

Briner and IBEW have performed electrical installations on 16 other branches in the St. Louis County Library system including Grant’s View, Weber Road, Jamestown Bluffs, Indian Trails, Rock Road, Samuel Sachs, Cliff Cave, Prairie Commons, Natural Bridge, Oak Bend, Bridgeton Trails, Florissant Valley, Daniel Boone, Grand Glaize, Mid-County and Thornhill branches.  The projects have entailed a wide variety of complexities including electrical, fire alarm, decorative and energy efficient lighting, generators for emergency lighting, and technology improvements for new and renovated branches.

The projects are part of a multi-year capital improvement campaign called Your Library Renewed to improve a total of 19 branches. In 2012, voters approved a $.06 tax increase to fund new facilities and upgrades to existing structures, as well as enhanced library programs and services. More information on all of the library improvements including images can be found at

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

Spiegelglass Construction Builds Two New Area Restaurants

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Spiegelglass Construction Company recently completed construction on a brand new First Watch location opening in St. Ann on Monday, May 28th. This is the tenth location for the popular breakfast, brunch and lunch restaurant in St. Louis, and the ninth Spiegelglass Construction has built.

The 3,400-square-foot eatery, which will open at 7 a.m. on Monday, is located at 985 Northwest Plaza Drive in the Crossings at Northwest shopping center.

“We’ve had a very longstanding relationship with First Watch,” said Tim Spiegelglass, co-owner of Spiegelglass Construction Company. “We’re proud to have once again completed this restaurant well in advance of opening so the team had ample time for set-up prior to welcoming customers next week.”

The new restaurant, which will seat 112 people with space for an additional 16 on the outdoor patio, will open with First Watch’s latest interior design which combines farm fresh elements with a high-energy, urban vibe. First Watch’s curated menu takes an elevated approach to traditional and innovative offerings made to order using farm fresh ingredients.


St. Louis-based Spiegelglass Construction Company will be beginning construction on a second Fitz’s Root Beer location in early July. The new 9,000 square-foot restaurant, which will feature both a full service bar as well as a second dairy bar for shakes and floats, will seat 220 people inside with space for an additional 40 on the outdoor patio.

The new restaurant will be part of South County’s new Gathering Square Development located at 5228-5240 S. Lindbergh Blvd. According to Spiegelglass Construction, the new Fitz’s location is expected to open before the year’s end.

Fitz’s Root Beer was created in St. Louis in 1947, and opened its first restaurant in the Delmar Loop in 1993. This is the second location for Fitz’s owner and president Michael Alter.

“We’ve been looking for a location for quite some time and we’re excited to be part of the Gathering Square development,” said Fitz’s owner and president Michael Alter. “We’re worked with Spiegelglass Construction on projects before, and are looking forward to their help with this expansion.”

“Fitz’s is a well-known establishment in St. Louis for a good reason,” said Barry Spiegelglass, co-owner of Spiegelglass Construction Company. “Our family frequents the current location for their famous floats and turkey burgers, and we’re thrilled to be working with Michael once again on his new space.”

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

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