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Vertegy Helps Washington University’s New Brown School Of Social Work Facility Earn Leed Platinum Certification

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St. Louis-based Vertegy, which has already helped a significant number of buildings in the St. Louis region earn LEED certification, has added another local project to its portfolio. The sustainability consulting firm was recently notified by the U.S. Green Building Council that the George Warren Brown School of Social Work’s Hillman Hall building, which was constructed as part of an expansion on Washington University’s Danforth Campus, has earned LEED Platinum certification. Vertegy has consulted on over 50 LEED Certified buildings since its founding in 2005 and that number now includes 20 LEED Platinum facilities.

The Brown School, which now encompasses three buildings, is the top-rated social work school in the country. The addition of Hillman Hall doubled the teaching, research and program space for the school’s social work and public health programs. The new building consists of approximately 104,000 square feet on four occupied levels, plus a mechanical basement. At the heart of the building is the two-story Maxine Clark and Bob Fox Forum, a 4,000-square-foot multi-purpose venue for banquets, town hall meetings, lectures and conferences. The space also serves daily as a lounge and informal dining space and is located next to the Café’, which also includes its own dining area. The building also features classrooms, offices, study spaces and a rooftop garden.

The expansion was designed and developed to include sustainable design principles emphasizing energy efficiency, water conservation, regional materials, long-term durability, air quality, comfort, connection to nature, wellness and future adaptability. As sustainability consultant on the project, Vertegy played a key role in helping the team reach its sustainability goals. To facilitate LEED implementation and documentation, LEED meetings were held weekly with all critical members of the project team, including the owner and contractor.

Sustainable efforts were made to retain and treat water on-site through vegetated swales, rain gardens, and ultra-low flow fixtures. Access to daylight and views was optimized for learning and working spaces.  Washington University’s campus standards include achieving 30 percent over ASHRAE 90.1 (a standard benchmark for commercial building energy codes in the United States), along with an extensive measurement and verification program. In line with the university’s vision, the Brown School made significant strides in energy efficiency, overcoming the substantial challenge of the school’s District Energy System. Extensive energy modeling was performed to inform design decisions, and on-site energy production strategies were employed.

“Brown School’s vision to be innovative, impactful and to promote a sustainable and universally accessible environment is definitely reflected in the design of the new expansion,” said Thomas Taylor, principal of Vertegy. “We were thrilled to be such an integral part of helping Washington University and the project team meet their sustainable goals. This new state-of-the-art facility will not only provide a healthier and more energy-efficient environment for students, staff and visitors but will also serve as a model for other college campuses for years to come.”

Other members of the project team included Alberici Constructors; Moore, Rubell, Yudel (design architect); Mackey Mitchell Architects (consultant architect); Andropogen (landscape architect); Buro Happold (MEP, life safety, MEP sustainability consultant); Cole Engineering (civil engineer); KPFF (structural engineer); Sextant (AV consultant); KJWW (commissioning authority) and Accentech (acoustic consultant).

For more information, please visit http://www.vertegyconsultants.com or call 314.399.9992.

McCormack Baron Salazar, Inc. Announces Additional Leadership News

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St. Louis-based development company is well positioned for future growth

McCormack Baron Salazar, Inc., one of the nation’s leading for-profit developers of economically-integrated urban neighborhoods, is pleased to announce organizational changes that successfully position the development company for future decades.

As announced previously, Vince Bennett has been appointed President of McCormack Baron Salazar, Inc. Mr. Bennett previously served as Chief Operating Officer for the firm. Mr. Bennett has established an Executive Committee comprised of Mr. Bennett and the following senior staff:

Duffy, MikeMike Duffy is becoming Chief Operating Officer of McCormack Baron Salazar, Inc.  Mr. Duffy was previously Senior Vice President and Director of Project Finance.  As Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Duffy will oversee the operations of the development arm and will hold executive responsibility over development finance, design and construction and quality assurance.  Mr. Duffy joined McCormack Baron Salazar in 2005 and has more than fifteen years of experience in the redevelopment of urban communities.

Freeman, YusefYusef Freeman is becoming Managing Director of New Business forMcCormack Baron Salazar, Inc., and will lead new business development nationally for the firm. Previously, Mr. Freeman was the head of the San Francisco office where he worked on the development of mixed-income, mixed-finance, multi-family housing and commercial real estate in Northern California. He also served as the lead project manager for the Harmony Oak HOPE VI in New Orleans. Yusef joined McCormack Baron Salazar in 2006 as part of the Center for Urban Redevelopment Excellence fellowship program out of the University of Pennsylvania.

Manley, MegMeg Manley is becoming Managing Director of Development of McCormack Baron Salazar, Inc.  Ms. Manley was previously Senior Vice President – Project Management.  As the Managing Director, she will oversee a team of Senior Vice Presidents, Project Managers and Associates, through the development process. Ms. Manley joined the firm in 2012 and has nineteen years of experience in the affordable housing industry. She serves on the Executive Committee of the Housing Advisory Group, a national housing advocacy group.

Hartmann, KimKim Hartmann is joining the Executive Committee in her role as Corporate Chief Financial Officer.  Ms. Hartmann joined McCormack Baron Salazar, Inc. in 2007 as Controller and has served as CFO since 2011.  Ms. Hartmann has more than twenty years of experience in real estate accounting. She is a licensed Certified Public Accountant as well as a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants.

McCormack Baron Salazar, Inc. is a nationally-acclaimed leader of affordable urban housing development.

S. M. Wilson Selected for $31 Million Renovation & Expansion of University Library & Commons At Millikin University

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S. M. Wilson & Co. has been selected to renovate and expand the University Commons at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois.  The $31 million, 85,000 square foot project will focus on renovating and reconfiguring the existing Staley Library and building a large addition to the structure.

When completed, the University Commons will feature the Staley Library, a new Oberhelman Center for Leadership Performance, the WJMU radio station, a New Technologies Studio and the University’s Math Center, Writing Center and Media Arts Center. The expanded University Commons will feature space for dining areas including a marketplace food court, a grill/bistro, a cafe and a large, dividable conference/banquet space.  Other features will include the Center for International Education, Student Success Center, Office of Inclusion and Student Engagement and spaces for collaboration and student organizations.

The project is scheduled to begin in February, 2016 and be completed in time for the start of the Fall 2017 semester.  S. M. Wilson will provide pre-construction, construction management and general contracting services for the project.  Architect for the project is Hastings + Chivetta.

S. M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis.

Spellman Brady Completes Thogmorton Center at Central Methodist University

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Firm Provided Interior Design, Furniture and Artwork Selection Services

Spellman Brady & Company recently completed the interior design for The Thogmorton Center for Allied Health at Central Methodist University (CMU) in Fayette, Missouri. Spellman Brady & Company was responsible for the complete interior design, furniture, artwork and signage for the $6 million, 25,000 square-foot project.

The Thogmorton Center is a two-story classroom and lab building for Allied Health Professionals.  The new building, which opened in late August, houses CMU’s on-campus nursing, occupational therapy, and physical therapy programs.  The building’s main level is primarily classroom and instructional space.  There are four general classrooms, two specialty Occupational Therapy/Physical Therapy (OT/PT) classrooms, a specialty OT/PT life skills lab and two athletic training classrooms.

 

The lower level of the building houses staff offices, a computer lab and additional study/collaboration spaces along with the facilities two main simulation labs. The larger of the two labs is an eight bed space with a central nurses station, control room for video/observations, two debriefing/conference rooms and physician’s office exam room.  The smaller simulation lab has a physician’s office exam room in addition to two emergency room bed spaces and computer records positions.

Spellman Brady & Company, a nationally recognized, woman-owned interior planning and procurement firm, collaborated with PWArchitects Inc. of Columbia, Missouri and Coil Construction, the project’s general contractor.

EFCO Corporation, a Pella Company Announces New Vice President of Sales

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Doug Zacharias, a LEED Accredited Professional and certified Construction Document Technologist (CDT) is the new vice president of sales for EFCO Corporation; a manufacturer of architectural windows, curtain walls, storefronts and entry systems designed for commercial construction needs and a subsidiary of Pella Corporation.

“Doug is a welcome addition to the EFCO team,” said Cameron McGinley, president of EFCO Corporation. “Doug’s commercial industry background will support our focus on customer service, our project design amenities and our new products, such as our new windows and engineered curtainwalls.”

Zacharias has gained extensive experience in marketing, sales and management during his 25-year career. Before joining EFCO, Zacharias was the executive vice president of national accounts with Oldcastle Glass where he helped to launch their commercial projects platform. Zacharias earned a bachelor’s of science degree in business administration and marketing from Minnesota State University and will be based in Atlanta, Georgia. Zacharias’ appointment was effective January 4.

Headquartered in Monett, Mo., EFCO Corporation, provides innovative customer solutions to satisfy commercial design challenges from historical replication to cutting-edge new construction.

$15,000 In College Scholarships Awarded By Site Improvement Association To Six Local Students

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The SITE Improvement Association has awarded a total of $15,000 in scholarships to six deserving St. Louis area students seeking to start or further their college education in 2016. High school seniors and college students with a parent employed by a SITE member company are eligible for the $2,500 scholarships, which are based on students’ academic achievements, involvement in the community and financial need.  SITE awarded $2,500 scholarships to the following students:

  • Hannah Beckmann, a junior this Fall at Drury College in Springfield, Missouri. Hannah was sponsored by Nor-Vel Grading and Excavating
  • Rachel Reininger, a senior this Fall at Maryville University in St. Louis County. Rachel was sponsored by Gershenson Construction
  • Morgan Hartwig, a senior at Troy Buchanon High School planning to attend University of Missouri-Kansas City in the Fall.  Morgan was sponsored by Byrne & Jones Construction
  • Allison McGarvey, a senior at Perryville High School planning to attend Lindenwood University in St. Charles in the fall.  Allison was sponsored by Castle Contracting
  • Courtney Kauffman, a senior this Fall at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri.  Courtney was sponsored by Nooter Corporation
  • Cassondra Busch, a sophomore this Fall at Lindenwood University in St. Charles. Cassondra was sponsored by Fred Weber, Inc.

SITE scholarships are made possible through voluntary contributions by SITE member companies and from the SITE Advancement Foundation.  This is the 15th consecutive year that SITE, has awarded scholarships to deserving college or college-bound students.  More than $250,000 in scholarships have been awarded to 127 students during that time.

Our members have been extremely supportive of helping high school and college students further their education,” said SITE Executive Director Terry Briggs.  “SITE has one of the largest continuous college scholarship programs in the St. Louis area.”

SITE is an independent construction contractor group representing more than 165 contractors and businesses primarily in the concrete, earthmoving, landscaping, asphalt paving, highway/bridge, sewer/utility and specialty construction segments.

Solatube International Announces New Commercial Distributor in Missouri and Illinois

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Mays, GarySolatube International Inc., the worldwide leading manufacturer and marketer of Tubular Daylighting Devices (TDDs), has named Mays Maune McWard as its new Certified Commercial Distributor covering territories in Missouri and Illinois. Based in Fenton, Mo., the company is owned by Gary Mays, president, and Patrick McWard, executive vice president, of Mays Maune McWard.

 

 

McWard, PatrickMays Maune McWard is the exclusive certified provider and installer of commercial Solatube Daylighting Systems in their territory. “Solatube is an excellent addition to our company as a highly engineered, specifiable product line.  With our consultative style of selling we foresee a long and profitable future for both companies,” Mays said.

“We are excited to welcome Mays Maune McWard as our new Certified Commercial Distributor the Illinois and Missouri territories,” said Solatube International President Robert E. Westfall Jr. “They have been in business for nearly 80 years and have an excellent reputation in the architectural product community.”

Mays Maune McWard offers the full line of commercial Solatube products including:

  • Solatube® SkyVault Series M74 DS – the largest tubular daylighting device in the world, offers high-output illumination for high-bay areas
  • Solatube SolaMaster Series – the first line of tubular daylighting devices designed specifically for larger commercial spaces
  • Solatube Brighten Up Series – ideal for smaller spaces such as corridors, washrooms, closets, and storage areas.
  • Solatube Smart LED System – a fusion of LED lighting and natural light for day and night, offering up to 94 percent in lighting energy savings
  • Flashings for nearly all roof types – allowing Solatube Daylighting Systems to be installed in virtually any business environment

Mays Maune McWard can provide professional services such as design consultations, lighting calculations, LEED analyses, and code compliance documentation for Solatube Systems.

Hilliker Corporation Assists Area Window And Door Wholesaler

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St. Louis company buys building that is five times its previous size

Hilliker Corporation, a St. Louis owned and managed commercial real estate company, helped a window and door wholesaler buy a new location that is five times larger than its former home.

XL Building Products recently purchased a 50-year-old building located at 10707 Midwest Industrial for $585,000.  An additional $150,000 will be invested in renovations and upgrades for the more than 17,000-square-foot space, which will include a 5,000-square-foot showroom that will conveniently display products for builders, developers and rehabber customers.  XL Building Products will open for business on Feb. 15.

The property was the former home of Mead O’Brien, which specializes in valves and valve automation, steam and hot water products and systems, and instrumentation products.  The company moved to a larger location five years ago, and this property has been vacant since then.

Owner Matt Salviccio purchased XL Building Products in March of 2015.  The company, which was founded in 1997, is the premier window and door wholesale distributor in the St. Louis and bi-state area.  The company was previously located at 10848 Galt Industrial Blvd. in a 3,400-square-foot building.

Hilliker Corporation broker Will Aschinger represented the buyer, XL Building Products and F.L. Sweeney broker Floyd Sweeney represented the seller, Meade Mov Ink, LLC. 

Hilliker Corporation, which targets regional and national entrepreneurs, is St. Louis’ largest locally owned independent commercial real estate company

Haberberger Completes Projects at St. Louis University

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Full-service mechanical contracting firm Haberberger, Inc. has announced the completion of two large design/build projects, along with three smaller projects, at St. Louis University (SLU).

The first project, which was valued at $4.5 million, featured the renovation of the HVAC system at Ritter hall. The 75,000-square-foot project consisted of renovating three floors and laboratory areas on the lower level of the building. Haberberger worked on all three floors simultaneously and was able to complete the project just in time for classes to resume in August.  The laboratory space on the lower level was completed in September – also within project schedule. Haberberger collaborated with Bingman Construction, FSA Architects and St. Louis University Department of Design and Construction in order to meet the accelerated schedule.

The second project involved renovating the HVAC system at Litteken Hall that serves electronic classrooms on two floors, as well as storage and mechanical areas on the lower level of the building.

The HVAC portion of the project began on July 5, 2015, and was finalized on August 21, thanks to close cooperation between Haberberger, Inc., ICS Construction Services, The Lawrence Group Architects and St. Louis University Department of Design and Construction. The 17,000-square-foot project totaled $1.05 million.

In addition to the two large projects, Haberberger also completed three smaller design/build projects at SLU. The team worked on hood replacements and gas piping modifications at the Panda Express Kitchen in the Bush Student Center, as well as in several DuBourg Hall offices. Haberberger was a subcontractor to ICS Construction Services for these projects.

The projects at SLU were managed by Haberberger Project Manager John Gallia. The Haberberger team on the projects also consisted of Scott Martin, Mike Bonebrake, Frank Piel and Ron Arbuthnot; who all served as pipefitter foremen; and Ed Hallam and Tim Hancock, who served as sheet metal foremen.

Haberberger, Inc. is a 68-year-old mechanical contracting company that offers complete HVAC installation, customized maintenance programs, and process piping and piping fabrication, and refrigeration and energy management services

McCarthy Awarded $62 Million Robert A. Young Federal Building Seismic Renovation Project in St. Louis

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McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. was recently awarded a $62 million, design-build seismic renovation of the Robert A. Young Federal Building in downtown St. Louis by the General Services Administration (GSA). The project includes the seismic retrofit of the historic structure along with seismic bracing of non-structural components such as ceilings, partitions and mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection systems. The renovation will enhance safety for tenants during and after a potential seismic event. St. Louis is approximately 166 miles north of the New Madrid fault located in southeastern Missouri.

The Robert A. Young Federal Building is a 1,050,000-square-foot, L-shaped building with a 10-story tower completed in 1933 for the Terminal Railroad Association. Located at the corner of Spruce Street and South Tucker Boulevard, the office building is owned and managed by the U.S. General Services Administration and houses dozens of offices for various federal agencies, such as the Internal Revenue Service, State Department, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, as well as support services such as a cafeteria, daycare, fitness center and credit unions. The facility is 98% occupied.

“The Robert A. Young Federal Building Seismic Renovation is an important and challenging project,” explained Kevin Williams, senior vice president of McCarthy. “The team is focused on delivering a safer building to the tenants and GSA while minimizing the disruption to existing occupants throughout construction. McCarthy brings extensive seismic retrofit and construction experience in high seismic zones, including Missouri and the West Coast.”

Design begins this month and construction is anticipated to begin in mid-2016. McCarthy’s design-build team includes Gensler and Thornton Tomasetti as well as St. Louis firms Etegra, William Tao & Associates, Aschinger Electric, Air Masters, Gateway Mechanical Fire Protection, and Geotechnology, Inc.

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. is one of the nation’s premier commercial construction companies. 

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