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HOK Designs Square’s New St. Louis Office in the Cortex Innovation Community

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HOK designed the newly opened 17,000-sq.-ft. office space for San Francisco-based Square, Inc., in the @4240 building in the Cortex Innovation Community in midtown St. Louis. Square, the mobile payments company founded by native St. Louisans Jack Dorsey and Jim McKelvey, selected HOK to design the conversion of the historic building’s old wire shed into a state-of-the-art workplace.

Developer Wexford Science & Technology, LLC, previously teamed with HOK to renovate @4240, a LEED Platinum-certified office and laboratory building that once housed a 1940s phone factory.

HOK designed Square’s new office space to attract, engage and optimize its appeal to a variety of employees while creating a dynamic, highly functional workplace environment. Highlights include:

  • Orienting the design to take advantage of the 16-foot ceiling and large windows along the building’s east and south facades, as well as several centrally located skylights, to flood the interior with natural light.
  • Activity spaces where Square’s workforce can recharge, focus and socialize. These include small nooks and private spaces for meetings and phone conversations. A community space adjacent to a micro kitchen accommodates various company functions.
  • Furniture selected to accommodate changes in posture, including adjustable height desks
  • Acoustic panels hanging from the ceiling.
  • Custom-designed tables for community space made locally by COLLAB, LLC.

Other St. Louis-based project team members include Artisan Building Co., general contractor; Kaemmerlen Electric, electric; Mechanical Solutions, mechanical; Fire Solutions, fire protection; T.J. Wies Contracting, Inc., drywall and ceiling; Flooring Systems, Inc., flooring; Kent Plumbing, Inc., plumbing; and Missouri Valley Glass Co., Inc., glazing.

HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm. Through a network of 24 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.

Byrne & Jones Construction Acquires Peoria, Ill. Marine Construction Services Company

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As St. Louis-based Byrne & Jones Construction celebrates the 40th anniversary of its founding, it is expanding with the acquisition of Midwest Foundation, a Peoria, Ill. marine construction services company.  Founded in 1969, Midwest Foundation has been a fixture along the Illinois River and other rivers in the Midwest.  It installs piling foundations and serves the bridge construction industry including demolition, construction and repair.  It also provides dock repairs, lock and dam rehabilitations and equipment leasing.

“Midwest Foundation was a good match for us,” said Brian Goggins, president of Byrne & Jones “We’ve both long focused on understanding our customer needs and being problem solvers.  The acquisition gives Byrne & Jones a specialty niche in marine work that will help us grow our business.”

Rick Tockes, who has more than 30 years of experience in the marine construction industry, will manage the new marine division of Byrne & Jones.  The operation will remain in the Peoria, Ill. area, where it employs seven people in its office and up to 50 people in the field depending on work volume.

The Byrne & Jones marine division will continue Midwest Foundation’s long service to public and private entities along rivers and lakes in the Midwest including the Illinois River, Mississippi River, Missouri River, Ohio River and other waterways.  It inherits capabilities that have included:

  • Construction of the river piers including the foundations on the Page Avenue Bridge in St. Louis and the construction of the four main river pier bases including the foundations for the Clark Bridge in Alton, Ill.
  • Creating barge mooring cells for the Army Corps of Engineers along the Ohio River at the Smithland Lock and Dam in Smithland, Ky.
  • Bridge demolition including the Lexington Bridge in Lexington, Mo, the old Cape Girardeau Bridge in Cape Girardeau, Mo., the Franklin Street Bridge in Peoria, Ill., and the Hennepin Bridge in Hennepin, Ill.
  • Dredging work to improve navigation and environmental improvements for the Army Corp of Engineers, including the creation of an island on the Illinois River to improve bird and marine habitats.
  • Land-based pile driving for commercial and industrial businesses including Bass Pro Shops, Archer Daniels Midland Co. (ADM) and Caterpillar, Inc.
  • Improvements to Ameren Illinois power plants along the Illinois River.

The marine division has a fleet of 16 barges and two tugboats, which it also leases along with crawler cranes with lifting capacities from 65 tons to 230 tons.   More about Midwest Foundation can be found at www.midwestfoundation.com.

Byrne & Jones Construction is the St. Louis area’s largest commercial paving contractor. Founded in 1976, it serves its clients through six divisions – concrete, sports, asphalt, soil stabilization, marine and micro surfacing.

Electrical Connection Sponsors 2nd Second Season of St. Louis Football Club

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Soccer PlayerSaint Louis Football Club (Saint Louis FC) has kicked off its second season at World Wide Technology Soccer Park in Fenton, Mo. and the Electrical Connection is again a key sponsor. Many of the fans will be wearing Saint Louis FC jerseys emblazoned with the Electrical Connection logo. Through its web site, www.electricalconnection.org, the Electrical Connection will be offering a free jersey giveaway at every home game. The Electrical Connection is a partnership of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 and the St. Louis Chapter, National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).

“We are excited to again be partnering with the Electrical Connection this year after it helped Saint Louis FC bring outdoor professional soccer back to St. Louis last year,” said Kevin Wygant, director of corporate partnerships, Saint Louis FC. “We all know that St. Louis has a unique passion for soccer and it really shows in the Electrical Connection’s sponsorship and all of our corporate and civic support.”

This year, Saint Louis FC is planning a “going green game” presented by the Electrical Connection to raise awareness of energy conservation and a cleaner environment. Saint Louis FC is playing 16 home games in the newly refurbished World Wide Technology Soccer Park. The park features a Biergarten, Corner Flag Hospitality Patios, a Fan Zone, space for tailgate parties, a Craft Beer Corner, and great food options. For game tickets, visit www.saintlouisfc.com

“Our Saint Louis FC partnership is a great way to connect with our customers, many of whom grew up playing soccer and are now passing their passion for the game along to their children and grandchildren,” said Jim Curran, executive vice president, Electrical Connection. “Our NECA contractors and IBEW electricians have built and serviced their schools, churches and neighborhoods and are proud to be energizing the sport St. Louis families love so much.”

Saint Louis FC plays in 29-team United Soccer League (USL).

The Korte Company Begins Construction on Medical Office Space for Tesson Ferry Realty, LLC

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The Korte Company has begun the construction of a new design-build medical office building, located at 12900 Tesson Ferry Road in St. Louis, Missouri.

The 6,500 square foot facility will be home to the South County Diabetes and Obesity Center, who have committed to be an occupant of the new facility when construction is completed this fall.  In addition, about 3,000 sq. feet of medical office space is available for renting.

The Korte Company, founded in 1958, is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri with offices in Highland, Illinois; Norman, Oklahoma; and Las Vegas, Nevada. The company manages, on average, an excess of $200 million in annual construction volume.

The Korte Company’s project expertise includes building for federal, state and local government agencies as well as the design and construction of healthcare facilities, medical office buildings, warehouse/distribution centers, religious facilities, commercial buildings, schools, recreation centers and office complexes.

McCarthy to Break Ground on Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas Expansion

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McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. will break ground soon on a $127 million expansion of the Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas campus in Rogers, Ark. The project includes the addition of a new 7-story, 279,000-square-foot inpatient tower to the existing hospital to accommodate current and future patient demand in the region.

The expansion is a signature element of Mercy’s $247 million investment in capital projects and equipment in Northwest Arkansas over the next five years. Mercy announced the investment during an April 27 event attended by Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson and other dignitaries.

“Our hospital and clinics have been serving the community at a very high capacity,” said Eric Pianalto, president of Mercy Hospital Northern Arkansas. “To ensure we carry out our mission and continue to meet the needs of Northwest Arkansas, our $247 million community presence plan will allow us to serve our patients into the future by providing additional access to quality care and advancing the region as a health care destination.”

The new tower will increase hospital capacity from 200 beds to more than 300 beds, with future plans to expand to 360 beds in support of anticipated inpatient growth. The building’s lower two floors will accommodate an operating room expansion, diagnostic facilities and other hospital support spaces. The upper five floors will house patient rooms and shelled space. A mechanical penthouse will be located on the 8th floor.

A 9,500-square-foot addition to the north side of the existing hospital will create a new front entry and enhanced gallery space, while an expansion to the east side of the facility will increase the size of the cafeteria by 10,800 square feet. The existing Central Utility Plant will be enlarged to house additional MEP equipment.

The project will also include expanded surface parking lots at the north end of the property and modifications to the existing entry drive areas at the north and west building elevations.

“As this region continues to experience tremendous growth, we’re committed to helping Mercy expand its resources and capacity to meet the demand for healthcare services while minimizing disruption throughout construction,” said McCarthy Project Director Tate Jacobitz.

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. is serving as construction manager and general contractor. Bates Architects is the project architect. Additional team members include TME (MEP engineering), Crafton Tull (civil engineering), Toth & Associates (structural engineering) and Heideman Associates (commissioning).

Construction is expected to be complete in late 2019.

SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital – Jefferson City Receives an IIDA Interior Design Excellence Award

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Lawrence Group was recently awarded an Interior Design Excellence Award from the International Interior Design Association’s Gateway Chapter for SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital – Jefferson City in Missouri. The project team worked closely with SSM Health to design the new 172-bed inpatient tower, optimizing patient and staff flow while providing exceptional quality and improved outcomes. The new facility showcases SSM’s leadership in innovation. Simple elegance captures the spirit of the interior with a timeless palette, natural materials and a focus on nature. Every design decision that was made focused on both the patient perspective and the core mission of SSM. The project was delivered under budget and two months ahead of schedule.

Lawrence Group is a building design, development, and project delivery firm headquartered in St. Louis.

Green Building Experts Focus on Building Commercial Spaces with the Most Recycled Material on Earth: Steel

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Hibbs General Contracting Partners with Capital Steel Industries as Exclusive Commercial Steel Building Partner in Eastern Missouri & Southern Illinois

St. Louis, Mo.,  April 26, 2016 – Hibbs General Contracting is proud to announce their partnership with Capital Steel Industries. The local commercial construction firm will partner with the steel building giant to provide premium pre-engineered steel buildings in eastern Missouri and Southern Illinois.

Through this partnership Hibbs General Contracting will offer premium quality, prefabricated steel buildings for commercial, industrial, and agricultural applications. The buildings have grown in popularity in recent years for commercial applications because of the speed of construction, durability, and easy expansion possibilities.

The Hibbs family of companies are known for their expertise in green building practices. Hibbs General Contracting sought out the partnership with Capital Steel Industries in part because of the sustainable nature of steel buildings.

“Structural steel is the most recycled material on the planet,” said Jan Hibbs, CEO of Hibbs General Contracting, “When you choose to build with steel, you’re choosing a material that empties salvage yards and puts the material to its highest and best use. It really is recycling at its best.”

When a steel building is used, design, fabrication, and construction times are greatly reduced. And future expansion is uncomplicated. Custom engineering and design of today’s metal buildings allow owners to have the look they want, with the functionality they need.

Hibbs General Contracting is a commercial construction company, helmed by CEO Jan Hibbs. This company, a part of the Hibbs family of companies, focuses its work on light commercial construction, steel building construction, and performing energy efficient renovations and retrofits to existing commercial buildings. Capital Steel Industries supplies only the highest quality pre-engineered buildings available in North America. Offering a 50-year structural warranty and substantial savings over ordinary construction methods, Capital Steel allows its dealers to offer cost effective and versatile solutions to meet the needs of their clients.

Hilliker Corporation Assists Construction Company In Finding New Home

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Firm to make renovations, relocate in August

Hilliker Corporation, a St. Louis owned and managed commercial real estate company, recently helped a construction firm find a new home.

Global Environmental, Inc. (GEI), a construction company, recently purchased its new headquarters at 6128 Madison.  The 3,800-square-foot building will be used for office and warehouse space.  The property was built in 1961 by St. Louis Pipe Organ, and current owner Alan Nagel said he bought the family business from his father Max Nagel in 1991.  Nagel plans to liquidate his corporation, which builds new organs and restores older instruments, and retire by the end of this year.

GEI is a multi-disciplinary environmental remediation, environmental consulting and construction firm currently located at 7225 St. Charles Rock Rd.  The company, which will sell its current building, will move into its new headquarters in Aug. after renovations are completed.

Hilliker Corporation broker Patrick McKay represented both the buyer, Global Environmental, Inc. and the seller, St. Louis Pipe Organ Co.

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

The Korte Company Begins Expansion Project For Spartan Light Metals – Sparta, Illinois

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The Korte Company has begun construction of a 92,000 square foot facility for Spartan Light Metals located in Sparta, Illinois. Spartan Light Metal Products is a family owned aluminum and magnesium die cast manufacturing company with expertise in machining & assembly as well as design & analysis. As a global leader in light metal technology, Spartan provides engineered solutions and products to major automotive manufacturers such as Ford, GM, Honda, Toyota, and Volkswagen as well as to other commercial companies including Hydro-Gear. Spartan ships its complex cast, machined, and assembled products to locations throughout the country and to international markets.

The facility includes 10 shipping docks, 4 receiving docks, warehouse/distribution space as well as office space, lunchroom and a driver’s lounge. The facility is scheduled to be fully operational by early 2017.

The Korte Company, founded in 1958, is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri with offices in Highland, Illinois; Norman, Oklahoma; and Las Vegas, Nevada. The company manages, on average, an excess of $200 million in annual construction volume.

The Korte Company’s project expertise includes building for federal, state and local government agencies as well as the design and construction of healthcare facilities, medical office buildings, warehouse/distribution centers, religious facilities, commercial buildings, schools, recreation centers and office complexes.

Midas Hospitality & MC Hotel Construction Move Headquarters

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Hotel industry’s sister companies remain in Maryland Heights

Midas Hospitality, a premier hotel management group, and sister company MC Hotel Construction, a general contractor specializing in new hotel construction and renovations, recently relocated their headquarters to 1804 Borman Circle Dr. in Maryland Heights.

The 20,000-square-foot building, which was purchased for $1.85 million, had $750,000 in renovations.  The building’s entire interior was gutted and rebuilt, highlighting an overall modern design.  MC Hotel Construction made the renovations, and Gray Design was the project’s architect.

The companies, which have a combined 45 employees, were previously headquartered at 11701 Borman Dr. in Maryland Heights since 2010.

“Since we are in the construction industry, we knew the renovations that were necessary to make this building our ideal headquarters,” said Midas Hospitality’s Managing Member J.T. Norville.  “We took our time and created a place that embraces functionality, great workplace culture, and exceptional design.”  Norville added that the two companies each have their own areas of operation that complement each other yet remain unique in terms of vibrant colors and individualized workspaces.

Midas Hospitality is one of the Midwest’s premier hotel management groups. MC Hotel Construction, a hotel construction and renovation specialist, has built seven hotels, completed five renovations, and currently has seven projects under construction for Hilton, IHG, Marriott, and Starwood.

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