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220 PURE Luxury Apartments Coming to Lake St. Louis

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Innovative Residential Development Adds to Live-Work-Play Vision

To help celebrate its 10th anniversary, The Meadows at Lake St. Louis announced today that ERC Building Co. has been approved by The City of Lake St. Louis Planning and Zoning Commission to build “PURE at The Meadows,” a 220 luxury apartment community in (11) 2-3 story buildings on an 8 acre parcel of The Meadows site. The residential phase of The Meadows mixed-use plan — which consists of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments, ranging from 800-1300 sf — is scheduled to break ground in May 2018 and should be completed by Spring 2019.  Originally developed in 2008 to meet the growing demand for specialty stores and restaurants in St. Charles County, The Meadows was one of the first lifestyle centers in the county.

ERC development philosophy is to fit into where they build, ideally as part of a mixed use development including shopping, dining, frequent events, and easy access to parking and transportation. Plans for “PURE at The Meadows” also include an urban street like setting, fitness/event center, lighted walkways, and water features which will be attractive to a diverse group of residents looking for a vibrant lifestyle.

For more information on PURE at The Meadows please visit

According to Meir Cohen, owner of The Meadows, “PURE at The Meadows” is exactly what we have been looking for as it fits perfectly into our development plans and The City’s Comprehensive Plan. The addition of 300+ residents will shop and dine at The Meadows and surrounding developments, attend our signature events and farmer’s markets, and help attract new retailers to The Meadows.  With our plans for a hotel and children’s museum still on our radar, there hasn’t been a more exciting time at The Meadows and Lake St. Louis.”

Since 1957, ERC has been building single family and multi-family residential properties in the South and Midwest. For three generations, these apartment communities and downtown developments have created homes for families, students, and city dwellers.  Recent comparable developments by ERC are THRIVE in Bentonville, AR and TRADITIONS at Mid-Rivers in Cottleville, MO. 

The Meadows open air shopping, dining and entertainment plaza at Lake St. Louis Boulevard off Interstate 40 invites strolling in a beautifully landscaped campus unrivaled in the greater St. Louis area. The Meadows is owned by Cohen Equities, managed by Balke Brown Transwestern, and leased by JLL.

2018 MFPA Craftsmanship Awards

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Lawrence Fabric & Metal Structures, Inc was recognized for 7 Craftsmanship Awards at the Midwest Fabric Products Association 2018 Zone Conference on February 7, 2018. These prestigious awards are presented for outstanding and innovative work. Projects are voted upon by industry peers at the conference. 

Single Family- Honorable Mention: Traditional patio canopy with unique routed decorative double posts.

Multiple Family-1st Place- Hello Apartments: Custom circular canopy structure for an apartment poolside bar area.

Commercial Awnings & Canopies- Under 30 Linear Ft- Honorable Mention-Meadowbrook: Unique country club patio canopy with slope and gabled sections.

Commercial Awnings & Canopies Over 30 Linear Ft- Honorable Mention- Boeing Leadership: Rounded style walkway canopy covering approximately 2,500 square feet.

Interior Awnings & Design- 1st Place- Missouri History Museum: Seven curved aluminum framed fabric radius backlit lightboxes for a panoramic museum exhibit.

New & Unusual- 2nd Place- Barnes Jewish Hospital: Radius awning lightbox system, consisting of 36 aluminum and fabric canopy light panel modules for the front entrance of the hospital.

Fabric Graphics- 1st Place- Maggie McFly’s: Vertical signage panels on the outside of the restaurant with SGS printed graphics.

Visit the News & Awards page at for additional project details and photos. For more information about Lawrence Fabric & Metal Structures call 636-861-0100.

Knoebel Construction Completes Construction of Fresh Thyme Grocery Store in St. Peters, MO

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Construction is complete for the new $5 million Fresh Thyme store in St. Peters, MO, with Knoebel Construction serving as the general contractor.  The 28,720-square-foot store opens today, March 14.  The developer was InSite Real Estate and the architect was NORR.

The construction project consisted of precast concrete and custom interior finishes and was completed within a condensed schedule. The store features an extensive bulk food section with more than 400 bins of items and 25 percent of the store’s floor space is dedicated to fresh produce.

Knoebel Construction also constructed Fresh Thyme in South St. Louis, which opened last Fall. Fresh Thyme will employ approximately 95 people at the new St. Peters store.

Fresh Thyme, a rapidly growing Midwest specialty retailer focused on value-priced fresh, healthy natural and organic products and groceries, operates other St. Louis-area stores in Kirkwood, Ballwin, South St. Louis and O’Fallon, Missouri, and Fairview Heights, Illinois.

InSite Real Estate, LLC acquires, develops, and operates industrial, office, and retail investment property nationwide. 

Knoebel Construction, Inc. is a national general contractor specializing in retail center, restaurant, grocery and retail store construction.. For more information, visit or call (636) 326-4100.


Holland Employee Charitable Foundation Raises $25,000 At The Annual Klondike Klassic

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Over 140 golfers braved the cold February weather to participate in the Holland Employee Charitable Foundation’s (HECF) annual winter charity golf tournament, the Klondike Klassic.  The golfers, along with over 85 sponsors helped the HECF in raising $25,000 for an area charity.

Community and charitable support has always been a priority for Holland Construction Services. So in 2015, the Holland Employee Charitable Foundation (HECF) was established with the mission of helping others in the community through donations and volunteering. The HECF is employee-run and driven and, among other initiatives, made the Klondike Klassic an annual event, with funds raised going towards a local organization voted on annually by the seven member Foundation Advisory Committee. To date the Klondike Klassic has raised over $180,000 for local charities.

Each year when choosing a beneficiary, the committee looks at smaller deserving charities that may not get much funding outside of their own fundraisers.  This year’s tournament was held to benefit the Jared Burke Foundation (JBF). The JBF provides memorable outdoor adventures to individuals who have a disability or major health problem. The JBF also works with local organizations providing hunter safety courses.  Much of their work is with the youth and disabled veterans.

At the conclusion of the golf tournament, members of the HECF presented a $25,000 check to John Burke, founder of the Jared Burke Foundation. “I cannot express the heartfelt thanks I have for Holland Construction for this donation.  Unbelievable and humbling…God bless all involved,” said Burke.  He added that the donation will provide at least five full hunting trips.

For more information about the Holland Employee Charitable Foundation, visit and for more information about the Jared Burke Foundation, visit their website at

The Holland Employee Charitable Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity as a component fund of the St. Louis Community Foundation.

Pointing to the Future: A New Look for Arrowhead Building Supply

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The premier building materials retailer celebrates its 21st birthday with a new logo and a revamped website

Some celebrate a 21st birthday with their first legal beer; Arrowhead Building Supply celebrates theirs with a new website and branding.


When the family-owned building materials company reached the 20-year milestone, they felt it was time to update their brand with a new logo. Referencing the previous logo of a literal arrowhead pointing to the left inside the roof of a house, Rich Layton, Arrowhead’s Director of Sales, said, “It was time to release the arrowhead from the attic, and point it in the direction of the future. We are proud of how far we’ve come in 20 years, but now it’s time to focus on the next 20 years of growth.”

Arrowhead Marketing Manager, Ryan Ramshaw, designed a dynamic, modern arrowhead that would look at home on a sports jersey, emphasizing Arrowhead’s team spirit. Additionally, the company tagline was changed from “Building supplies for building dreams,” to “Building supplies for building SUCCESS.” Layton explains the significance of altering one word: “Dreams are intangible. Success is tangible. We excel at helping our customers by providing the products and knowledge they need to succeed.”

The new branding sets the tone for the company’s revamped website, which makes it easier to understand and engage with all the products, services and information Arrowhead is known for. Both building contractors and homeowners can quickly find exactly what they need and connect with experts at all 6 Arrowhead Building Supply locations throughout Missouri, Illinois and Arkansas.

Another key feature of the new website is mobile optimization. “Everyone lives on their smart phone, including our building contractors,” said Layton. “The new website makes it super easy for a builder on the job site to reach us with a single tap and get the services they need, right now.”

With a new website and branding completed, Arrowhead accelerates its 21st birthday celebration by erecting a new 78,000 s.f. facility on Interstate 70 in St. Peters, which will contain the warehouse, corporate office and a 7,000 s.f. showroom. So stay tuned for more building success with Arrowhead.

Arrowhead Building Supply is the premier source for quality building supplies and reliable delivery to the construction trades and homeowners in Missouri, Illinois and Arkansas. The family-owned business accomplishes this with engaging showrooms, innovative delivery services, and friendly experts offering products from reputable manufacturers. For 21 years, Arrowhead is building supplies for building success. Visit the Arrowhead website for products, services and locations.

Kadean Construction Developing New Surgical Center in Mayfair Plaza In North St. Louis County

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Kadean Construction is building a new ambulatory surgical center, which will be named Advanced Surgical Care of St. Louis, in the Mayfair Plaza Shopping Center near Parker Road and Highway 367 in North St. Louis County, it was announced today.

The new surgical center located at 232 Mayfair Plaza will have two surgical suites, a procedure room, a treatment room, a clean room, a waiting area, two private recovery rooms, and six recovery bays. The company will perform a range of outpatient surgical procedures, from minor operations to knee and hip replacements.

The project also includes the installation of new plumbing, mechanical, fire protection, and electrical systems including a back-up emergency generator, said Kadean President Mike Eveler.

“We’re excited to be converting a former retail space into a surgical center that will provide a tremendous service for many people in the North County area,” Eveler said. “We’ve just started construction and will be finished in June for the owner to occupy.”

Advanced Surgical Care of St. Louis is an affiliate of SurgCenter Development, which operates 110 surgical centers around the country, and serves nearly 190,000 patients a year.

“The demand for ambulatory surgical centers continues to increase on both a local and national level,” Eveler said. “Our nation’s population is continuing to age and the need for joint replacements and other out-patient surgeries continues to grow. These centers provide excellent medical benefits to people in their local communities by eliminating the need to travel far distances to major hospital facilities.”

Kadean Construction, one of the fastest growing and most successful construction companies in the greater St. Louis area, specializes in pre-construction, design-build, construction management, and general contracting in the medical, retail, commercial, and industrial sectors.

In addition to building surgical centers in the St. Louis area, it has built or is constructing new surgical centers in Missouri, Kansas, Indiana, Michigan, Florida, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania.

The company’s healthcare division has also undertaken major building and renovation projects in recent years for BJC HealthCare at Barnes Jewish Hospital, Missouri Baptist Medical CenterSiteman Cancer Center, and other major medical facilities. Expanding its medical and senior living construction work is part of Kadean’s continuing growth strategy, Eveler said.

Lab Expansion at Missouri S&T Receives $300,000 Gift from St. Louis-Based ARCO Construction Co

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A major lab expansion at Missouri University of Science and Technology has received $300,000 in funding from ARCO Construction Co. Inc., a St. Louis-based general contracting firm. The contribution will support one of the university’s top priorities, the Advanced Construction and Materials Laboratory (ACML).


The ACML project marks the final phase of a $10.5 million initiative focused on advancing Missouri S&T’s national leadership in infrastructure engineering. The lab will provide space for research on next-generation construction materials and methods vital to building and maintaining roads, railways and other transportation systems. These advances have the potential to revolutionize traditional construction products and processes, making them stronger, more secure, more cost-effective and environmentally greener.


“As a nation, we face aging infrastructure challenges,” says Dr. Joel Burken, Curators’ Distinguished Professor and chair of civil, architectural and environmental engineering at Missouri S&T. “Thanks to ARCO’s investment, as well as support from other industry partners, individuals and the University of Missouri System, this lab will extend S&T’s strong legacy and capabilities in the international field of infrastructure engineering.”


ARCO was co-founded in 1992 by two Missouri S&T alumni, Dick Arnoldy, retired chairman, who earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and master’s degree in engineering management from S&T, and Jeff Cook, president and chief executive officer, who holds a master’s degree in engineering management from S&T. 


Over the past two decades, ARCO has supported many university projects, including the student chapter of Engineers Without Borders and the Student Design and Experiential Learning Center, home of 18 S&T student design teams. The company employs more than 25 S&T alumni.  


“ARCO stepped up because Missouri S&T — and the S&T alumni who work at ARCO — have been a large part of our success,” says Arnoldy. “ARCO is a firm believer in giving back, and S&T has helped us achieve what we have as a company.”


The research initiative’s first phase was completed with a U.S. Department of Transportation grant that funded $2.5 million in testing equipment. The second phase added new faculty positions in civil, architectural and environmental engineering as well as materials science and engineering. The final phase is the $6.5 million Advanced Construction and Materials Lab, which will add 16,000 square feet of space to the existing High-bay Structures Laboratory in S&T’s Butler-Carlton Hall. 


Thanks to financial support from the University of Missouri System, as well as funding from S&T’s College of Engineering and Computing, other industry partners and alumni, nearly $5.5 million has been raised in support of the $6.5 million project. Gifts to the lab are matched through a bequest from James A. Heidman, a 1965 civil engineering graduate.


“ARCO is excited to invest in this project,” says John Komlos, company vice president and a Missouri S&T civil engineering graduate. “Over the next several years, we can expect significant infrastructure investments nationwide. We must act now to develop innovative methods and materials for these projects.”


For more information on the lab expansion, contact Shannon De Bourg at or 573-341-4944.

McCarthy Completes Construction of New Patient Tower & Other Renovations at Mercy Hospital Jefferson

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Campus expansion project includes construction of new front entrance and extensive interior renovation of existing hospital facilities.

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. has completed construction of a new three-story, 120,000-sq.-ft. patient building on the campus of Mercy Hospital Jefferson in Crystal City, Mo.

Constructed to the south of the existing hospital facility, the $73 million tower features 90 private patient rooms and is designed to accommodate a potential vertical expansion to add new patient floors in the future.

The project also involved renovating the hospital’s main entrance to improve patient and visitor access. The new main entrance features a covered canopy, full window lantern element, reflecting pond, and stone and brick façade. Inside, patients and visitors experience improved wayfinding and new corridors that efficiently connect the emergency department, imaging, surgical services and admitting areas.

An extensive interior renovation of the existing hospital building included construction of a new emergency department waiting area and triage rooms; additional cardiology facilities; and MRI suites. Construction of a new childbirth center on the third floor of the existing tower includes new labor and delivery suites, remodeled postpartum rooms and two dedicated surgical units.

Other campus enhancements include relocation of the emergency helicopter landing pad and ambulance entrance as well as a parking expansion and repaving of Emergency Drive, which loops through the hospital property.

All construction activities progressed while the 251-bed hospital continued to provide full services to patients and the community.

“Delivering a significant construction project on an active medical campus requires constant communication with hospital staff, patients and the community,” said John Farnen, executive director of strategic projects for Mercy. “Mercy has worked with McCarthy for more than 30 years, and we rely on their healthcare expertise and ability to minimize disruptions throughout construction.”

The construction team leveraged technology, including full building information modeling (BIM) for mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) coordination, to facilitate construction efficiency and accuracy.

“McCarthy values its long-term relationship with Mercy, and we were pleased to partner with them on this project to expand care to patients throughout Jefferson County and the broader community,” said McCarthy Vice President of Operations Doug Mangers.

McCarthy served as construction manager for the expansion project. Bates Architects designed the new patient tower and Heideman Associates served as MEP engineer.  

Mercy, named one of the top five large U.S. health systems in 2017 and 2016 by Truven, an IBM Watson Health company, serves millions annually. Mercy includes more than 40 acute care and specialty (heart, children’s, orthopedic and rehab) hospitals, 800 physician practices and outpatient facilities, 44,000 co-workers and 2,100 Mercy Clinic physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma.


McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. has been setting the industry standard in healthcare construction for over a century. Consistently ranked as a top healthcare builder by Modern Healthcare and Engineering News-Review, McCarthy has constructed more than 800 significant healthcare facilities and renovated thousands more. More information about the company is available online at or by following the company on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn and Google+.

McGrath & Associates completes renovation of the Missouri Baptist Medical Center Heart Center

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McGrath & Associates has completed a renovation of the Missouri Baptist Medical Center Heart Center in St. Louis.  McGrath served as construction manager. The architect was Christner.

The renovation and relocation project involved several spaces on the Missouri Baptist campus totaling approximately 16,000 square feet – two physician office suites, a PET/CT imaging room, and an outpatient testing area. Located in multiple buildings and areas of the hospital complex, the projects were carefully phased and several were constructed simultaneously to ensure completion within an accelerated six-month timeline.

McGrath completely renovated a doctors’ office suite in a medical office building on campus, upgrading the physicians’ offices, four exam rooms, a reception/waiting area and a workroom. McGrath also built a new PET/CT imaging room, which was moved to accommodate the renovation and relocation of cardiothoracic and vascular surgeon office space. The imaging project involved installation of extensive lead shielding for radiation safety prior to relocating the PET/CT equipment. The renovation also included construction to support outpatient cardiac testing.

Because the renovation took place in occupied health care areas, McGrath implemented strict isolation and infection prevention measures to ensure a clean and safe environment for patients and staff.

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. McGrath is ranked among the top 20 largest general contractors in St. Louis by the St. Louis Business Journal and was named 2016 “General Contractor of the Year” by the American Subcontractors Association Midwest Council, an award the company has received six times out of 20 nominations. McGrath is a member of the Associated General Contractors and the St. Louis Construction OSHA Partnership. For more information, call Ken Knobbe at (314) 772-7600 or viisit

KWK Architects Designs New Living/Learning Community for Emporia State University

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With its housing facilities aging, Emporia State University in Kansas responded to input from students, parents and alumni to create inviting residential spaces on campus. University administrators decided to construct a 324-bed living/learning community for ESU students to replace two outdated residence halls on campus.

St. Louis, MO-based KWK Architects was hired as the design architect on the $22 million project, with HTK Architects of Topeka, Kansas serving as the architect-of-record.

The process of designing the new residence hall was very inclusive, with a close-knit client group that included representatives from a wide variety of stakeholders, including students, faculty, Residential Life, Student Affairs, Building Services, Information Technology and others.

The design of the new 91,000-square-foot building, recently named Schallenkamp Hall after the university’s 14th president, Dr. Kay Schallenkamp, features four stories and three residential wings, each with a variety of bedroom configurations (doubles, accessible doubles, singles and singles + bathroom). The residential wings are also designed with lounge areas, corridors with natural light and community bathrooms that afford privacy.

The design for Schallenkamp Hall also includes a learning commons area that features:

  • Two music practice rooms
  • Art studio
  • Team study room
  • A mid-sized classroom
  • Flexible collaboration space
  • Two-story lounges with community kitchens

“The entire design process for Schallenkamp Hall has maintained focus on the creation of intentional places and spaces for community and learning to develop and deepen,” said Cass Coughlin, Director, Department of Residential Life, Emporia State University. “The design of a learning commons as the hall’s ‘front porch’ connects the liberal arts and sciences to the residents via music practice rooms, an art studio, and several areas for group collaboration and study. The design looks great on paper, but Schallenkamp Hall will not realize its full potential and beauty until students — past, present and future — and the Lyon County community animate the building and its design intents.”

The new hall will be constructed directly across Market Street from Beach and King Halls, which house the art, theater and music departments. Market Street is the main corridor through campus. Schallenkamp Hall is scheduled to open in August 2019 and replace Central and Northeast Morse Halls, which are both scheduled for demolition in summer 2019. Central Hall (opened in 1951) has 114 beds and Northeast Morse Hall (opened in 1964) has 151 beds.

About KWK Architects

Founded in 2013 by five architects with a combined 120 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. Areas of expertise include student housing and dining, and academic and science/technology spaces. KWK Architects has completed more than $1 billion in construction-valued projects since its founding and currently employs a growing staff of 15 at its headquarters in St. Louis, MO. For more information about KWK Architects, visit or contact Director of Marketing Cindy Hausler at or 314-583-1757.

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