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Hager Companies Announces Regional Sales Additions

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Resources will support growth in access control and architectural design markets

Hager Companies<http://www.hagerco.com/>, a leading U.S. manufacturer of commercial and residential door hardware products, announces the addition of 10 direct and independent sales representatives to better support the company’s current customer base and new product lines, as well as the access control and architectural design communities.

“As Hager grows into new and more sophisticated product categories, we are dedicated to adding strategic resources in order to provide our customers with opportunities to supply Hager’s full line of electronic access control and mechanical hardware solutions,” said Eric Rose, Vice President of U.S. Sales for Hager Companies.

Hager has made significant strides in the access control market, most notably the recent alliance with SALTO Systems and introduction of the Hager powered by SALTO HS4 product line. The additions of technical and specification writing roles to the company, as well as distributor representatives, will further provide its channel partners with a single solution for access control and mechanical hardware needs.

Hager’s full-line of architectural hardware is creating more demand within the architectural community. With the additions of architectural specification consultants, Hager will work on supporting the specification and design community by raising awareness of available specification services and solutions to meet the form, fit, function and budget of all building types.

“As more architects turn to Hager for its specification consultation and writing capabilities, it’s important to raise awareness of available options and to ensure that specifications for both public and private partnerships are meeting the needs of the owner and code requirements,” added Rose.

The recent additions of both independent and direct sales representatives will further support Hager’s operations in the following regions: Arizona, California, Tennessee, Maryland, Washington, Missouri, Ohio and Colorado.

About Hager Companies
Founded in 1849, St. Louis-based Hager Companies offers more than 6,000 full-line quality door hardware products under one brand name. With 12 product lines including, commercial hinges, residential hinges, Roton(r) continuous geared hinges, stainless steel continuous hinges, exit devices, locks, door controls, auxiliary, threshold and weatherstripping, sliding door hardware, access control products and Euroline our European hardware line. Hager focuses on architectural hardware that exceeds today’s building standards that are built to last. For additional information, visit www.hagerco.com<http://www.hagerco.com>.

Flance Early Learning Center Receives 2017 AIA/HUD Secretary’s Award

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The Flance Early Learning Center has been recognized by the American Institute of Architects and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for a 2017 AIA/HUD Secretary’s Award in the Community-Informed Design category. The annual, national award recognizes just one project in each of four categories. This is the second HUD Secretary’s Award bestowed upon Trivers Associates in two years; 3010 Apartments was the recipient of the National Trust/HUD Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation in 2015. It is also the second AIA Award for the Flance Early Learning Center, which was recognized by AIA St. Louis with a Merit Award in the Architecture category.

The awards were presented at the American Institute of Architects Conference on Architecture, held April 27-29 in Orlando, Florida. Project Architect Emily Scanlon, AIA received the award, which recognizes design that supports physical communities as they rebuild social structures and relationships that may have been weakened by outmigration, disinvestment and the isolation of inner-city areas.

Located only one mile from the downtown core and built on the site of one of the last failed public housing high-rise structures in St. Louis, the Flance Early Learning Center aspires to proactively alter the course of one of the most impoverished zip codes in Missouri. This neighborhood has the lowest average household income in the City of St. Louis, the highest percentage of households living below the poverty line at 26%, as well as the highest number of children ages 0-5 living in poverty.

A community-based design was critical to the success of the Flance Center. With this in mind, seven community meetings were held with public and private partners. These meetings included key community and neighborhood leaders, volunteers, as well as Urban Strategies, McCormack Baron Salazar, staff from facility operator University City Children’s Center and Trivers Associates. Every effort was made to design a facility with extensive community input that addressed the needs of both the children and the neighborhood. The community room in the facility is the direct result of the recommendation of the community members who participated in the design process and is placed at the most accessible point in the building to facilitate community dialog.

The massing of the center allows the structure to “hug” the age-appropriate outdoor spaces. This provides an abstracted, organic-formed, tree-like façade which creates a shaded interstitial porch for each classroom’s direct outdoor access, critical to the pedagogy of the facility. Analogous to the dappling of light through a tree canopy, the use of perforated metal filters the light, shading the south and west facing glass further contributing to the facility’s pending LEED certification. The facility obtained a grant with MSD to create raingardens for parking lot run-off, an experiential natural playground, and two 2,500 gallon cisterns for water collection from the roof.

The interior utilizes a more sophisticated yet strategically playful color palate which fills the space with light and energy while allowing the building to remain a canvas for children to create and learn. To educate parents on the high-value of dietary nourishment for their children, a full-service and demonstration kitchen was given significant visibility emphasizing the importance of dietary health and dining.

This Center is just one piece of a complicated puzzle meant to alter an entire generation’s trajectory in one of the most challenged neighborhoods in the State. It starts early nurturing one child at a time.

For more information and to see the other recipients of this year’s awards, please click here.

Integrated Facility Services at Work on $10 Million Seismic Retrofit of Mechanical Systems at St. Louis Federal Building

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Integrated Facility Services (IFS) has begun work on a nearly $10 million ($9,818,910) HVAC, plumbing and fire protection renovation project at the Robert A. Young Federal Building in downtown St. Louis. The project is part of a $62 million design-build seismic retrofit of the historic 20-story building led by McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., the design-build contractor.

The 1.05 million-square-foot Robert A. Young Federal Building is located within 150 miles of the New Madrid fault, one of the largest known earthquake faults in North America. IFS is relocating, replacing and bracing mechanical systems, VAV boxes, HVAC ductwork, fire protection and plumbing to accommodate the new structural steel braces and seismic dampers being installed.

The Robert A. Young Federal Building, built in 1933, is owned and managed by the U.S. General Services Administration. The building is 98 percent occupied by nearly 40 federal agencies, with more than 3,000 workers. The design-build team is working to minimize disruption while renovating the building for enhanced safety during and after a potential seismic event. The project is scheduled for completion in late 2018.

Integrated Facility Services (IFS) is a full-service HVAC, plumbing, piping, fire protection and building automation firm with more than 270 professional and trade employees. 

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. is one of the nation’s premier commercial construction companies. Founded in 1864, the firm is currently the 17th largest builder in America.

Allegro Expands Senior Living Business with New Community in Richmond Heights, MO

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Allegro Senior Living, a leader in managing senior communities and St. Louis based company with headquarters in Clayton, began construction on its 12th community. In conjunction with IronRock Investments, Allegro jointly funded the project located on Bellevue Avenue near the SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital campus. This will be the 1st community in St. Louis for Allegro who operates 11 other properties throughout Florida and Kentucky. The Richmond Heights community will contain 87 units within 91,000 square feet offering premier Assisted Living and Memory Care services to the area’s seniors. First occupancy is expected in the fall of 2018. When complete, Allegro anticipates creating 80 permanent jobs in addition to 75 construction jobs to build the project.

Allegro is a well-respected leader and expert in the senior living industry with a long-standing reputation of efficiently managing senior communities. Allegro’s most recent development is opening this fall in Winter Park, Florida near Orlando. The company is proud to have a development opportunity in the St. Louis area, home to its headquarters.

“We are grateful to Lawrence Group, IronRock Investments and Commerce Bank, who helped make this project possible,” says Larry Schiffer, Chairman & CEO of Allegro Senior Living. “Allegro has a strong brand in senior living and we are proud to finally introduce our brand to the home of our corporate headquarters.”

Lawrence Group, also headquartered in St. Louis, is providing architectural design and construction management services.

The new 4-story Allegro will primarily cater to Assisted Living residents with the 4th floor dedicated to Memory Care services. Luxury accommodations will include a bistro and bar with outdoor balcony dining, stadium theater, fitness center, full service salon & spa and therapy services. The community will represent the latest best practices in programming and design, following up on the successful resort-style approach of other Allegro communities.

Financing for the project was provided by Commerce Bank.

Low Bid Joint Venture Team Files Lawsuit Against MSD in Deer Creek Tunneling Project

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The low bid joint venture team originally awarded a $145.3 million Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) tunneling project is suing the sewer district for rescinding the award of the project and inexplicably awarding it to the second lowest bidder.  The civil lawsuit was filed May 8, 2017 in St. Louis City Circuit Court by Jay Dee/Frontier-Kemper (JDFK) Joint Venture and by two taxpayers, Eugenia Jones and Peter Pfeifer.

MSD’s professional staff awarded the Deer Creek tunneling project to JDFK as the lowest, responsive, responsible bidder on two separate occasions.  During this process, MSD’s staff, including its executive director, denied multiple protests by the second lowest bidder, SAK Construction, LLC (SAK), and repeatedly concluded that the award of the project to JDFK was proper.  Among other things, MSD concluded: “SAK did not submit the lowest and best bid, but rather it was Jay Dee that submitted the lowest and best bid and met all bid requirements, and therefore, the award in Jay Dee’s favor was appropriate and will stand.”

But, in a series of unexplained decisions, MSD’s board of trustees refused to confirm the contract with JDFK for the project.   As a result, MSD rescinded the award to JDFK and on April 19, 2017 awarded the project to SAK, whose bid was $2.5 million higher than JDFK’s bidJDFK’s protest and appeal were unsuccessful and MSD refused to provide any reason for the board of trustees’ refusal to confirm the contract with JDFK for the Project.

“MSD still hasn’t explained why it rescinded our contract which was based on a thoroughly vetted and validated bid by MSD’s professional staff,” said John DiPonio, vice president of Livonia, Mich.-based Jay Dee Contractors, Inc., one of the joint venture partners.  “We build all over the country and the lack of accountability by MSD in its bidding process is astounding.” The other partner in the JDFK joint venture is Evansville, Ind.-based Frontier-Kemper Constructors, Inc.

The lawsuit alleges that MSD acted in an arbitrary and capricious manner in refusing to confirm the contract with JDFK and asks the court to rescind the notice of award to SAK and instead award the project to JDFK.  The lawsuit also seeks injunctive relief to prevent MSD from taking any steps in furtherance of the award of the project to SAK, including but not limited to precluding MSD from voting to confirm the contract with SAK at a May 11, 2017 MSD meeting.

The JDFK joint venture was one of several contractor teams that invested countless hours to get pre-qualified with MSD and subsequently bid on the Deer Creek Tunnel project.  JDFK was awarded the contract last September after presenting a highly detailed bid that met all of MSD’s specifications including business and workforce diversity, use of a highly skilled and safe workforce, pricing, technical skills and more.  JDFK’s bid was $145.3 million or $60 million below the MSD engineer estimate and $2.5 million less than SAK’s bid.

The Deer Project is one of eight tunneling projects in MSD’s $4.7 billion Project Clear.

Jay Dee Contractors, Inc. (www.jaydee.us) has more than 50 years of experience in proficiently delivering heavy underground tunneling work.  Frontier-Kemper Constructors, Inc. (www.frontierkemper.com) traces its roots to 1907 and is equally proficient in national infrastructure projects.

The civil lawsuit filed in St. Louis City Circuit Court is Case No. 1722-CC01259.

McCarthy Begins Construction of Transformative Project at Washington University in St. Louis

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Multi-building assignment will transform the east end of Washington University’s Danforth Campus.

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. has started construction of a multi-building project that will transform the east end of Washington University’s Danforth Campus into a hub for state-of-the-art research and teaching, as well as a vibrant green space.

As construction manager, McCarthy will implement a comprehensive plan that includes the construction of three new academic buildings, two multi-use pavilions, an underground parking facility and a new expansive landscape. It also includes an expansion of the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum.

“These enhancements will expand the university’s capacity for academic programs, create opportunities for greater interdisciplinary interaction and transform the campus entrance,” says JD Long, associate vice chancellor for facilities planning & management at Washington University in St. Louis. “The project will advance the university’s academic mission while creating a more collaborative, welcoming campus environment.”

Major components of the east end transformation include:

  • Anabeth and John Weil Hall, an 82,100-sq.-ft. interdisciplinary building, will serve as the new front door to the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts.
  • The 25,500-sq.ft. Gary M. Sumers Welcome Center will house Undergraduate Admissions and Student Financial Services.
  • Henry A. and Elvira H. Jubel Hall is a 80,600-sq.-ft. building that will house the School of Engineering & Applied Science’s Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science.
  • The School of Engineering & Applied Science’s Department of Computer Science & Engineering will be located in the new James M. McKelvey, Sr. Hall.
  • The new Ann and Andrew Tisch Park will provide a campus gathering place and expanded green space.
  • A 5,600-sq.-ft. addition to Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum will enable the museum to showcase a larger portion of its world-class collection and expand its exhibition program.
  • The Craig and Nancy Schnuck Pavilion, an 18,000-sq.-ft. multi-use facility, will bring together a range of dining options, academic programs, the Office of Sustainability, and resources for pedestrian and bicycle commuters.
  • A new 790-space underground parking facility will provide convenient, safe and accessible parking.

“McCarthy is honored to partner with Washington University on this transformative project that will reshape the eastern end of the Danforth campus,” says McCarthy Project Director Ryan Moss. “Our team is uniquely skilled in coordinating the complex details and phasing to maximize quality, efficiency, safety and value for the university and broader St. Louis community.”

Reflecting Washington University’s strong commitment to the development of workforce diversity, the project team includes extensive participation of local certified minority and women-owned business enterprises (M/WBE).

Sustainability is a high priority as well, with all new buildings targeting LEED Gold certification. Solar photovoltaic arrays located on many of the roofs will generate renewable electricity. High-efficiency heat recovery chillers will harvest waste heat for much of the heating needs, and the underground garage will be capped with a green roof to create a dynamic, car-free park above. The park’s landscape design features rain gardens with bio-retention, native plantings and a diverse tree canopy. Low-carbon transportation will be encouraged with a new bike commuter facility that includes showers and lockers, electric vehicle charging stations, and a network of bicycle and pedestrian pathways to link the campus to Forest Park and regional greenways.

The majority of the construction is anticipated to be completed prior to spring 2019 commencement.

Ongoing project updates and related resources are accessible at campusnext.wustl.edu.

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. 

MC Industrial & Ameren Missouri Launch Phase One of Bagnell Dam Anchoring Project

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Warren Witt & Mike Hartwig

MC Industrial, Inc. a McCarthy Holdings company, and Ameren Missouri recently announced the official launch of phase one in reconstruction work of the Bagnell Dam, located in Lake of the Ozarks, Mo.

MC Industrial was selected by Ameren Missouri as the general contractor for the Bagnell Dam Anchoring project, a $52 million investment in major structural and anchoring upgrades on the dam. The project team mobilized on site in March for the 18-month project, and began construction work in April with the first of three work phases:

  • Installation of 68 new post-tension anchors to help hold the dam to the underlying bedrock.
  • New concrete added between the highway piers to add weight to the dam.
  • New concrete overlay to replace worn and cracked concrete on the east and west sections.

“We have worked with Ameren on multiple power projects and are honored to be leading construction on this significant and exciting hydropower project for Ameren,” said Mike Hartwig, MC Industrial project manager. “The MC Industrial team’s expertise in heavy civil and major dam rehabilitation ensures a safe and high quality project outcome, as well as the long term sustainability of Bagnell Dam, which provides clean energy to the surrounding community.”

Construction work will go by section of the dam, with most of this year’s activity taking place on the west side of the dam.  Construction work has been scheduled for weekdays during daylight hours to maximize convenience to lake-area residents and vacationers.

“This project is about keeping this vital asset providing clean energy in the long-term, using the best possible engineering available today,” said Warren Witt, director of hydro operations at Ameren Missouri. “Osage Energy Center just marked its 85th year in service. Completing this project will ensure it operates reliably and safely, affording the quality of life for hundreds of thousands who enjoy all that the Lake of the Ozarks has to offer each year.”

Ameren Missouri has been providing electric and gas service for more than 100 years, and the company’s electric rates are among the lowest in the nation. 

MC Industrial is a national construction firm, dedicated to the highly-specialized needs of the industrial marketplace. 

Integrated Facility Services at work on $7.1 million The Ranch Retirement Community in Stillwater, OK

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Integrated Facility Services (IFS) has begun work on a $7.1 million design-build HVAC and plumbing project for The Ranch, a new $58 million Epworth Living retirement community in Stillwater, OK. The 325,000-square-foot facility, currently under construction, is located on 55 acres near Oklahoma State University. The construction manager is the Weitz Company. Spellman Brady is the interior design firm.

IFS conducted an extensive Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) process using state-of-the-art BIM technology and robotic layout. The entire facility is being built simultaneously so that residents can move from assisted living to memory care or skilled nursing.  The project is scheduled for completion in March 2018.

The Ranch, Stillwater’s only Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) facility, features 114 one- and two-bedroom independent living apartments, 40 assisted living apartments, 23 cottage homes and 20 memory care apartments for residents with Alzheimer’s or dementia. The facility will have under-building parking and 35,000 square feet of common areas including a fitness room, arts and crafts studio, library, and coffee shop.

ABOUT INTEGRATED FACILITY SERVICES (IFS)

Integrated Facility Services (IFS) is a full-service HVAC, plumbing, piping, fire protection and building automation firm with more than 270 professional and trade employees. Established in 1966, IFS delivers integrated mechanical engineering and construction, installation, service and planned maintenance, and energy conservation solutions to ensure occupant comfort, improve efficiency and reduce operational costs. Named a 2016 Midwest Top 50 Specialty Contractor by Engineering News Record and and ranked as the sixth largest mechanical contractor in the St. Louis region, IFS serves clients in Missouri and Illinois, with offices in St. Louis and Columbia. For more information, call (636) 680-2100 or (573) 442-6100 and visit www.intfs.com.

Ameren Missouri Proposes Plan for Solar Panels at Lambert Airport

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Energy produced will benefit customers

 

Ameren Missouri is taking off on a forward-thinking plan to increase the amount of solar energy available to customers. Today, the company announced plans for a new solar generation facility to be built at St. Louis Lambert International Airport. Energy produced there would be available for its customers through the Community Solar Program.

“What better way to showcase that we’re a progressive region committed to finding innovative solutions to energy generation than by placing a large solar field at the airport,” said Mike Mueller, vice president of economic and technology development at Ameren. “Ameren Missouri continues to lead the way by investing in more clean energy delivered reliably and affordably to our customers.”

Customer Choice
The plan calls for Ameren Missouri, a subsidiary of Ameren Corporation (NYSE: AEE), to build up to a one megawatt facility at Lambert. Once the plan is approved by city officials and state regulators, Ameren Missouri customers can sign-up for blocks of solar generated energy.

“This is a simple solution for customers to take part in solar generation,” said Dan Lidisky, director of technology and renewable development at Ameren. “Nothing is installed on a customer’s roof, and the experts at Ameren Missouri take care of maintaining the solar panels.”

The airport is an ideal location for solar panels. There is an abundance of open land that would otherwise go unused. Panels would be positioned away from runways and out of the line-of-sight of pilots taking off or coming in for a landing.

“We’re proud to be a part of this proposed project because St. Louis Lambert International Airport is heavily focused on impactful, environmentally sustainable projects and this is another positive piece that aligns with our mission,” said Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge, airport director.

How it Works
The program will be open to all Ameren Missouri residential and small business customers. Once the subscription period opens later this year, interested customers can sign up for 100 kilo-watt-hour blocks of solar generation capacity. Customers can subscribe for the equivalent of up to half of their average electric usage based on the previous 12 months’ usage. A limited number of blocks will be made available, at a price yet to be determined. Once the program is fully subscribed, construction will begin. Solar generation could start as soon as next spring. Customers interested in the program can go to AmerenMissouri.com/communitysolar for more information.

“Based on what our customers are telling us, we believe there is a strong interest,” Lidisky said. “Only those who sign up for the program will pay the cost related to installation of this new solar generation facility.”

Long-Term Plan
Ameren Missouri is focused on adding 500 megawatts of new renewable energy generation. In addition to this solar project, Ameren Missouri recently launched a second solar program targeted at businesses interested in hosting solar generation on their property. The company currently operates the 5.7 megawatt O’Fallon Renewable Energy Center, which is capable of producing nearly 8 million kilowatt-hours of energy from the sun’s rays each year.

Ameren Missouri has been providing electric and gas service for more than 100 years, and the company’s electric rates are among the lowest in the nation. Ameren Missouri’s mission is to power the quality of life for its 1.2 million electric and 127,000 natural gas customers in central and eastern Missouri. The company’s service area covers 64 counties and more than 500 communities, including the greater St. Louis area. For more information, visit Ameren.com/Missouri or follow us at @AmerenMissouri or Facebook.com/AmerenMissouri.

Interior Construction To Begin On $54 Million The Shoppes At Mid Rivers

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Shell construction of the $54 million The Shoppes at Mid Rivers in St. Peters, Missouri, is nearly complete, with concrete block and tilt-up walls in place despite weeks of rainy weather. Interior build-out is scheduled to begin in early June. Knoebel Construction, Inc. of Chesterfield, Missouri, is the general contractor on The Shoppes at Mid Rivers, the largest mall to be built in St. Charles County since 2008.

Vertical construction began in February and is on schedule, despite inclement weather in March and April. The mall buildings will be under roof by June 1, when Knoebel begins interior construction and build-out of all tenant stores.

The project employs an average of 75 construction workers a day at the St. Peters site. Knoebel Construction divided the wok into several subprojects with separate management teams to meet an expedited schedule and the developer’s goal of completing the mall by Fall 2017, in time for the holiday shopping season.

The 270,000-square-foot shopping center, developed by GBT Realty Corp. of Brentwood, Tennessee, includes 14 buildings on 28 acres just north of Interstate 70 from Mid Rivers Mall, the only regional mall in St. Charles County. Confirmed tenants include Academy Sports + Outdoor, Burlington, Ross Dress for Less, Marshalls, Home Goods, Ulta Beauty, Five Below and Famous Footwear. Aspen Dental will be located on one of four outparcels on the site.

Knoebel Construction, Inc. is a national general contractor specializing in retail center, restaurant, grocery and retail store construction. 

 

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