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S. M. Wilson & Co. Building New $6 Million Fire Station Headquarters for City of Maplewood

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The City of Maplewood, Missouri has selected S. M. Wilson & Co. to build a new $6 million fire station headquarters to house the City’s fire department.  The 18,897 square foot facility is being built on City property just west of Maplewood City Hall and will replace the current fire station, which is more than 50 years old.

The first floor will feature offices, along wth a training and multi-purpose room. Living quarters, a dayroom, kitchen and dining area will be located on the second floor. The fire station will also have three drive-through apparatus bays and a training tower.

The facility was designed and is being built to achieve LEED Silver Certification.

S. M. Wilson will provide pre-construction and construction management services for the project. It is scheduled to be completed in April 2017.  JEMA is the architect for the project.

S. M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis.  S. M. Wilson is one of the largest general construction and construction management firms in the St. Louis area.  The company posted $305 million in 2015 revenues, and ranks 220th in Engineering News-Record’s 2016 list of Top 400 commercial contractors nationwide. For more information, visit www.smwilson .com.

The Korte Company Begins Construction On $23 Million Health Clinic Modernization Project – Kings Bay, Georgia

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Renovations have begun at the Branch Health Clinic, located on the Naval Station in Kings Bay, Georgia. The 60,000 square foot modernization project includes the design and repair of existing medical and dental space.

The Naval Branch Health Clinic at Kings Bay is the primary care facility for all active duty personnel and their families stationed at the base. The facility houses outpatient health care including Primary Medical Care (Medical Home Port), Immunizations, Behavioral Health, Optometry, Physical Therapy, Preventive Medicine, Radiology, Dental, Medical Administration, Undersea Medicine, and Pharmacy.

The scope of work includes extensive floor plan alterations, modifications to structural components, minor site work and a comprehensive replacement of HVAC, plumbing, electrical, telecommunications, fire alarm and sprinkler systems as well as medical equipment and furniture, fixtures and equipment.

A phased construction schedule will enable the facility to remain occupied and fully operational during the modernization and renovation. When complete, the facility is expected to receive USGBC LEED Silver Certification.

Burns & McDonnell Moves Up in Rankings

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Missouri-based  Burns & McDonnell has moved up to No. 3 on Consulting-Specifying Engineer (CSE) magazine’s 2016 MEP Giants ranking of mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection engineering firms. The top 100 engineering firms distinguished by this award are recognized in theAugust 2016 issue of CSE.


Burns & McDonnell reported $215.6 million in revenue from mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection engineering services in the 2016 survey, up from $194.8 million the prior year. Revenue reported on the 2016 MEP ranking was earned during fiscal 2015. Burns & McDonnell ranked 4th the 2015 MEP Giants survey.

According to CSE, Burns & McDonnell also ranked 3rd among the MEP Giants firms in a ranking of overall revenue for fiscal 2015. MEP revenue was 8 percent of Burns & McDonnell’s $2.6 billion in total revenue for 2015.

Much of Burns & McDonnell’s MEP project work reflects continued demand for consulting engineering, architectural design and commercial construction services for large, complex manufacturing, aerospace, higher education, military, civilian government, healthcare and commercial office facilities.

“Our clients are looking for more value-driven design and construction services and that requires a tightly integrated team of mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection professionals,” said Mike Fenske, senior vice president of the Global Facilities Group at Burns & McDonnell. “MEP engineering services are increasingly important to meeting project owners’ demands for extremely fast schedules and fixed budgets for facilities with very low operations and maintenance costs.”

According to CSE, the firms ranked as 2016 MEP Giants generated approximately $47.4 billion in gross annual revenue during the previous fiscal year, a $5.5 billion increase from the prior year.

McCarthy Building Companies Begins Construction on New Johnson Controls $150 Million Engineering & Test Facility

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McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. recently started work on a $150 million Johnson Controls Applied Development and Engineering Center in Hopewell Township, near York, Pennsylvania. The center will consolidate testing facilities spread out over Johnson Controls’ existing campus, located 15 miles north in York, into a new state-of-the-art facility. The project is a joint venture between McCarthy, PJ Dick, and Stewart & Tate Contracting.

The Johnson Controls Applied Development and Engineering Center will comprise two separate buildings, a 250,000-square-foot test laboratory and a 107,000-square-foot engineering building. The test facility will include the latest testing technology for air handlers and chillers and will be the largest test facility in North America.

“This facility is a one-of-a-kind project, and ultimately the joint venture team was selected based on their depth of experience in constructing unique research facilities across the country and specifically in the Mid-Atlantic region,” said Laura Wand, vice president of global chillers, Johnson Controls Building Efficiency. “This unprecedented investment supports our commitment to engineering and marketing the best chillers and air handling units in the world. Our new Johnson Controls Applied Development and Engineering Center and our highly technical workforce in York County and around the world will continue to drive global growth for Johnson Controls.”

An estimated 480 jobs will relocate from the current Johnson Controls campus to the new facility once it is complete. The current campus will also remain open.

“Our team is pleased to continue to expand our relationship with Johnson Controls, and we are ready to apply our expertise and technology to deliver this state-of-the-art facility for a valued client,” said McCarthy Project Director Ryan Molen.


Mountain Resort-Style Living Coming To Wildwood

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Limited number of energy-efficient rustic timber frame homes available

Wildwood will soon be home to a unique living experience unlike any other in the St Louis area. The Timbers at Fox Mountain, a new home development spearheaded by custom home builder Hibbs Homes, will offer mountain resort-style timber homes in the heart of Meramec Valley, just minutes from I-44, in the sought-after Rockwood School District. The community will also be the first fully energy efficient community in the St. Louis region.

The community, launching in September 2016, will include just eight home sites, with finished home prices starting at $695,000. The Timbers at Fox Mountain is located in the Rockwood School District, and is centrally located while also being nestled away from the everyday hustle and bustle. Shopping, dining and entertainment options are abundant with historic downtown Pacific, Eureka and Wildwood town centers all within minutes of the community.

Private wooded lots will range from 3 to 14 acres and will provide homeowners with easy access to a range of outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, and horseback riding with close proximity to major parks such as Rockwoods Reservation, Pacific Palisades Conservation Area, Route 66 State Park and West Tyson County Park. The resort-style neighborhood is also just minutes from Hidden Valley Ski Resort. The location is a golfer’s dream with close proximity to some of the most impressive golf courses the state has to offer, including The Legends, Pevely Farms, The Aberdeen, The Crescent, and Fox Run golf clubs all located within minutes of The Timbers at Fox Mountain.

Unique timber frame home designs

In addition to the one-of-a-kind landscapes available, the community will also offer truly unique timber frame home designs that are both rustic and luxurious. The team at Hibbs Homes will design each home to highlight the natural beauty of the scenery.

“The landscape here is so unique and beautiful that we wanted to create home designs that felt like an organic extension of the natural environment. We had a vision to create a community where the homeowners would feel as if they have their own getaway every day,” said Kim Hibbs, CEO of Hibbs Homes. “

St. Louis’s First Fully Energy Efficient Community

Known for groundbreaking work in energy efficient, sustainable home building, Hibbs will launch the Timbers at Fox Mountain as a fully energy efficient community. Energy Star appliances and Energy Star rated windows will be standard in every home. Homeowners will have the option to further improve their level of efficiency with optional additions including Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs), upgraded insulation packages, geothermal heating and cooling systems and more.

Located off one-half mile off of Fox Creek Road on Model Realty Road in Wildwood, the community sales will begin in early fall in partnership with Tom Shaw Realtors and Coldwell Banker Gundaker in Town & Country. For more information on the Timbers at Fox Mountain, contact community agent Jan Hibbs at (314) 392-9631 x1 or visit

Hibbs Homes is a leading custom home builder in the St. Louis area. Since 2004, the local builder has focused on custom and luxury homes for a variety of price ranges and lifestyles.

Manchester Hackett & Associates Celebrates 45th Year in Business

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Manchester Hackett & Associates, Inc. is happy to announce their 45th anniversary.  The company was started in 1971 as David Hackett & Associates and became incorporated in 1976.  In 2004, the name was changed to Manchester Hackett & Associates, Inc. to reflect the additional ownership by Rich Manchester.  The company is now owned by Rich, though Dave is still selling.  Dan Groos joined the company in 2013 as a sales associate.  They are proud to have been serving this industry for 45 years.  As our industry has numerous family owned companies, Dave is now calling on the third generations of some of his original customers.

Manchester Hackett & Associates sells a variety of products including skylights, translucent glazing, canopies, louvers, sunshades, composite panels, trash & linen chutes, compactors, roof hatches, smoke vents and expansion joint covers. They serve the St. Louis metropolitan area, as well as eastern Missouri and southern Illinois.

Ross & Baruzzini Announces New President

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Ross & Baruzzini, an international design and consulting firm, recently announced the appointment of William H. Overturf, III as its new president. Former company president, Craig Toder, will remain active in day-to-day operations as chairman of the board.

Overturf becomes the third president in Ross & Baruzzini’s 63-year history. He has been with the firm for 25 years and most recently served as senior vice president and chief operating officer for domestic operations, a position he has held since 2005. Overturf has been instrumental in building Ross & Baruzzini’s North American business in multiple industries.

This announcement comes on the heels of the most successful year in the company’s history with projected sales of $40 million in 2016 as well as the firm’s third acquisition in three years.

“Craig has been an outstanding leader, guiding our company through a remarkable growth period, and I’m excited to build on his legacy as well as the legacy of our company founder, Dr. Donald Ross,” said Overturf.  “In my 25 years with the firm, I have benefited from great clients, co-workers and friends. I have held several different positions, starting as a mechanical engineer in 1991. I am flattered and honored to have this opportunity. We’re better poised to serve our clients and our employees than ever before, and I am privileged to lead the exceptionally talented team at Ross & Baruzzini.”

Overturf has more than 30 years of experience in the design and construction industry. He began his career at Ross & Baruzzini as a mechanical engineer in 1991 and later became the director of the mechanical engineering department and leader of the higher education market before taking on senior management positions. He holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia and is a registered professional engineer and LEED Accredited Professional.

Toder has served as president and CEO of Ross & Baruzzini for nearly 30 years providing stability and vision that has resulted in the firm’s growth and success. Toder began his career with the firm as director of sales and marketing before taking over the leadership position from Dr. Ross, his father-in-law.

“It has been a great privilege to serve with Bill for the last 25 years,” commented Toder. “The company is in great hands with a highly talented leadership team. This transition will be seamless due to the depth of Bill’s knowledge of Ross & Baruzzini and the continuity of an internal succession. I have great confidence in his ability to take the firm to new levels of success.”

Ross & Baruzzini ( is a 250-person international consulting and design firm with offices across the U.S. and with projects in more than 30 countries on 5 continents.

The Korte Company Begins Construction on $19.5 Million Project at Oak Ridge (TN) Unanium Processing Facility

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The Korte Company has begun construction at the Uranium Processing Facility (UPF) Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The $19.5 Million Design-Build project includes the design and construction of a Construction Support Building (CSB) at the facility.

The three-story, 64,000 square foot building includes a centrally located main lobby with access to the second and third floors. Along with the main lobby, the first floor also includes a reception area, a large dining area, file storage and a warehouse area with forklift access.

The upper floors contain private offices, conference rooms, break rooms as well as restrooms, print rooms and storage areas. Mechanical, electrical and telecommunication rooms are centrally located within the facility for maximum efficiency.

When complete in the summer of 2017, the facility is expected to receive USGBC LEED Gold Certification.

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.

Senior Lifestyle Corp. Building $24 Million, 84-Unit The Sheridan at Laumeier Park

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Assisted Living and Memory Care Residences to Open in Early 2017


Senior Lifestyle Corporation, a closely-held national owner, operator and developer of senior housing communities, is targeting a grand opening in early 2017 of The Sheridan at Laumeier Park, the first of several retirement communities it plans to develop in metro St. Louis.

The Sheridan will feature 43 assisted-living apartments plus 41 memory care residences developed specifically to support those with dementia, including Alzheimer’s.  The project, totaling nearly 69,000 square feet of finished space, is emerging from a 3.9-acre site at 12470 Rott Road adjacent to Laumeier Sculpture Park in Sunset Hills, Mo.


“The Sheridan is unique in that it blends the latest concepts in senior living design with a warm and nurturing environment, all specifically programmed around residents and their families,” said Mark Fontana, executive director.  “It will reflect the consummate level of expert care that has distinguished our family-owned company since its founding 31 years ago.” 


Residents will have access to nearly 38,000 square feet of common area including living rooms plus a dining room, entertainment room, fitness center and art studio.  Underground parking, as well as spectacular views, are two features of The Sheridan at Laumeier Park that are hard to come by in other senior housing options.  Additionally, smartly integrated internet technology will make it easy for residents to stay in touch with family and staff.


The Sheridan at Laumeier Park is currently supporting 150 construction jobs and is projected to create100 full-time equivalent jobs (both full- and part-time permanent positions) when it opens. 


Founded in 1985, Senior Lifestyle Corporation is a family-owned company that promotes healthy, happy residents through an unmatched level of service. To learn more, visit

The Korte Company Begins $6 Million Renovation Project At Edmond Readiness Center

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Originally constructed in 1971 as an armory and indoor firing range, the Edmond (Oklahoma) Readiness Center project’s scope of work includes a comprehensive interior renovation of the existing 28,000 square foot facility. Currently, the facility serves as the battalion headquarters for the Oklahoma Army National Guard 1st Battalion, 179th Regiment.

The interior space plan maximizes mission critical functions and is designed to accommodate future mission use. The design also includes open office areas, additional classrooms and conference areas as well as a fitness area, general office, heated storage/locker areas, and a recruiter’s office.

The exterior envelope of the facility is upgraded to improve energy performance. Site expansion and development are also incorporated into the overall scope.

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.

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