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Another 150 Jobs Coming to Fenton Logistics Park As US Capital Development Adds Two More Tenants

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US CAPITAL DEVELOPMENT (USCD) – formerly operating under the name KP Development – today announced that Fenton Logistics Park (FLP) is preparing to add another 150 jobs at the site of the former Chrysler Plant as two more tenants have signed leases to move into the park in Q1 2019. Skin Specialty Solutions, Inc., and Nexius Solutions, Inc. signed leases totaling just under 100,000 square feet in two separate buildings in the growing industrial park. USCD wholly owns FLP and has already delivered more than $100 million in development at the site.

Skin Specialty Solutions, Inc., leased the remaining 48,080 square feet in Fenton Logistics Park I, the first speculative building in the park which has 159,950 square feet that is now 100% leased. The company is expected to move into their new space in February of 2019 and will be creating 100 new jobs. Skin Specialty Solutions, Inc., is an online, customized skincare company that created a secure, proprietary web-based technology that allows for personalized attention online.

Nexius Solutions, Inc. has inked a deal for 51,772 square feet in Fenton Logistics Park III, bringing the 169,543 square foot speculative building to 77% leased. They are scheduled to occupy their new space in February of 2019 and will be creating an estimated 50 new jobs. Nexius provides end-to-end deployment services and solutions on the latest technologies. Their services include designing, optimizing, deploying and delivering state of the art networks.

“With every tenant signed, we see increased interest in Fenton Logistics Park from others who are seeking the flexibility that new construction offers, yet desire an exceptional location that also delivers an available work force,” said Scott Sachtleben, managing principal of USCD. “Those are the same advantages that drew these two newest tenants and those that signed up over the past year, and we look forward to welcoming may more as we continue to build out the park.”

The comprehensive redevelopment of the former Chrysler Plant reflects a transformation of a brownfield site advancing toward a state-of-the-art industrial and commercial development where tenants continue to quickly occupy the new buildings. The newest tenants will join BASF, BJC, Hubbell and others, which collectively are bringing new life to the site. Upon completion, the overall project investment will achieve 2.5 million square feet of development with a value in excess of $250 million.

Jon Hinds and Katie Haywood of CBRE represented USCD in the transactions. Skin Specialty Solutions, Inc., was represented by Hal Ball at Hilliker Corporation. Nexius Solutions, Inc were represented by Jeff Hawley and Brandon Duncan at Block Hawley.

US Capital Development, formerly known as KP Development, is a real estate development company based in St. Louis with a second office in Indianapolis and has origins dating back to 1994. The firm’s efforts are now aligned under three distinct business platforms: industrial speculative development, commercial build-to-suit projects and a senior housing division operating under the brand “Oakleigh Development.” 

Construction Complete on $3 Million Historic Renovation of Langenberg Hat Building in Washington, MO

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Construction is complete for the $3 million historic renovation of the former Langenberg Hat Building in Washington, MO at 330 West Front Street. As general contractor, Knoebel Construction converted the two-story brick building into a multi-use space featuring six, two-bedroom lofts and Streetside Tacos, a sit-down restaurant on the first floor. The developer was Marquart Landing Properties, L.L.C. and the architect was The Van Hooser Partnership.

The construction of the historic building included renovation of the façade, structural modifications and all-new HVAC, electrical, plumbing, roofing, sidewalks, stairs, parking lot and elevator. The historic renovation was funded in part through the city’s Downtown Building Rehabilitation Program.

The new 2020-square-foot Streetside Tacos features an open-view kitchen, outdoor patio, vibrant artwork, salsa and chip bar and views of the Missouri River and Washington Riverfront. The first floor also features two lofts, offices and room for future build-out of additional retail space.  Four additional lofts are located on the second floor. The 1,350 to 1,730-square-foot, one-bedroom and one-and-a-half bathroom lofts retain the historic charm of the building with exposed brick, hardwood floors, wood beams and tall ceilings.

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

S. M. Wilson Awarded $33 Million Patient Care Center Expansion For Blessing Hospital

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S. M. Wilson & Co. has been selected by Blessing Hospital to serve as the construction manager of a $33 Million Patient Care Center expansion in Quincy, IL.

The expansion will include building-out the fourth floor shell space with 26 patient rooms and two new patient floors with an additional 52 patient rooms. Once the fit-out is complete, Blessing Hospital’s Moorman Pavilion will turn into a six-floor patient tower with a total of 130 patient rooms.

S. M. Wilson built the original Moorman Pavilion Patient Tower at Blessing Hospital in 2015. The project was necessary to facilitate the remodeling of Blessing Hospital’s 1970 Patient Tower and transformation from dual occupancy rooms to primarily private rooms. The Moorman Pavilion currently has 70 patient rooms, including waiting rooms, conference rooms, nurses’ stations, offices, staff lounges and locker rooms, exam rooms, therapy rooms, a chapel and classrooms for the Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing.

Christner will design the project. Construction is expected to be completed by May 2020.

S. M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis. For more information, visit www.smwilson.com.

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Mosby Kicks Off 5th Annual Stuff the Truck Toy Drive

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Until December 8th, the St. Louis remodeling firm is collecting new toys and non-perishable food items for Friends of Kids with Cancer and St. Louis Area Foodbank

Mosby Building Arts is looking to the community to help collect new, unwrapped toys as well as non-perishable food items to donate to Friends of Kids with Cancer and St. Louis Area Foodbank.

Mosby’s goal is to collect 1,000 toys and 1,000 pounds of food (or more!) for two organizations that help bring cheer to those in need. Toys and food can be dropped off through December 8th in the Mosby lobby at 645 Leffingwell Ave. Every donation receives a raffle ticket for an entry to win prizes!

The culminating Stuff the Truck event will be on December 8, 2018 from 10am – 2pm at Mosby Building Arts. Highlights of this family-friendly event include:

• Free digital photo with Santa Claus (with donation)

• Food and drink available for purchase from Blues Fired Pizza and The Sweet Divine

• Live radio broadcasts of KMOX Home Improvement Show with Scott Mosby and 97.1 Right At Home with Rich Oris

Noël Powers, the event organizer and Mosby’s Marketing Coordinator, is excited about the toy drive’s fifth year. “We are motivated to spread holiday cheer and bring smiles to children and families in need. And the enthusiastic response we get from the local business community to make this a great event is always encouraging.”

“This year, we chose two organizations that Mosby employees are dedicated to helping. That personal connection will increase donations within our company, and we hope it inspires the community to give generously. The Monday after the event on December 8th, we hope to be exhausted from delivering truckloads of toys and food to both charities.”

Learn more about the Stuff the Truck event.
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For questions about donations, please call 314.909.1800.

Mosby Building Arts has been the trusted resource for home remodeling, design, and architecture in Metro St. Louis for more than 70 years. As a family-owned business, Scott Mosby and his team have been recognized nationally and locally for high standards of customer service and business ethics. Learn more at www.CallMosby.com.

Hibbs Homes Completing Mortgage-Free Home for Local Veteran

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Home builder Hibbs Homes is nearing the final stages of their Wildwood construction of a mortgage-free home for a local veteran and his family. The project is in partnership with Operation Finally Home. Each phase of this project has been made possible through donations of time and materials by local vendor partners. Now, Hibbs Homes is asking the public to help contribute to finish three rooms of the home – the Kids Rooms, the Living Room, and the Kitchen.

More Detail: https://www.hibbshomes.com/help-us-fund-the-finish-of-operation-finally-home-in-wildwood/
Donate: https://app.mobilecause.com/vf/Home4Howes

Goal is to raise $5,000 by 12/7.

Contegra Construction Targeting March 2019 Completion for $6 Million Ironworks Retail Center

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Come March 2019, a retail center will open in Edwardsville, Ill. designed to capitalize on a well-travelled pedestrian and bike pathway that connects communities throughout Madison County.  The $6 million IronWorks retail center is being developed and built by Contegra Construction Co.  Its layout and orientation to the Madison County Transit Trail is an example of an emerging national trend detailed this fall by the Urban Land Institute (ULI) St. Louis in its presentation on The Path to Trail Oriented Development.

“In developing this site, we wanted to optimize its proximity to the greenway,” said Contegra Project Executive Jim Mundy. “It energizes a feeling of community and has attracted the interest of retailers who thrive in such environments.” The Madison County Transit Trail traverses 85 miles of natural surroundings that can be explored by bicycle, rollerblade or on foot.

Located on Plum Street between Center Grove Road and Governors’ Parkway, the first phase of IronWorks includes a two-building, 22,000-square-foot retail and restaurant enclave and is 60 percent leased. Tenants include Sugarfire Barbecue, Global Brew, and Strange Donuts.  A third building is planned at a later date. For leasing information, contact Evan Barnett at Pace Properties at (314) 968-9898

Designed by Gray Design Group, the retail center’s Ironworks theme is expressed in brick and heavy structural steel components.  The facades are tilt up construction with brick inlays.  Both buildings are connected by a courtyard and provide bicycle parking with a direct trail connection

Joining Contegra and Gray Design on the project are Thouvenot, Wade & Moerchen, civil engineer, and Alper Audi, structural engineer.

Based in Edwardsville, Ill., Contegra is one of the St. Louis area’s largest general contractors and serves a national customer base that includes industrial, institutional, municipal, medical, multi-family, office and retail projects. Learn more at www.contegracc.com.

Security Vital in Sharing Proprietary Project Information from Laser Scans, Drones

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By KERRY SMITH, EDITOR, ST. LOUIS CONSTRUCTION NEWS AND REVIEW MAGAZINE 

No doubt laser scanning and drone photogrammetry is enabling design, engineering and construction pros to scale up projects, collaborate across teams and greatly improve the virtual walk-through experience for owners.

But are the measures that protect the security of this data advancing as quickly and as well as are virtual reality technologies?

Josh VandenEnde, a reality capture panelist at the AGC of Missouri’s 8th annual Design and Construction Technology Conference last month, says in order to fully protect clients’ proprietary information – such as laser scans of a building – every shred of information must be treated as sensitive.

“Laser scans have changed the size of the files we are protecting but not how we protect them,” said VandenEnde, project manager for APOGEE Engineers | Architects. “The large file size of scan files reduces the number of ways the data can be shared. It is not very feasible to view scans using mobile devices or send the files via email. The scans are primarily stored and viewed off our company servers, so securing those is our primary concern,” he added. “Careful selection of file-sharing platforms is required to ensure that the information stays protected during their transfer to other parties.”

A company’s overall data security is only as good as its weakest link, which is generally its users, according to VandenEnde and Adam Lega, BIM (building information modeling) coordinator with Apogee Consulting Group. “People are the biggest source of data breaches,” Lega agreed. “No matter what security measures you put in place, all it takes is for a careless or disgruntled employee to cause a breach. It’s as simple as not having good password etiquette, being careless with leaving your machine logged in, copying to a USB/thumb drive or even publishing data to YouTube or some other social network for ‘bragging rights.’ I have, however, seen construction data such as laser scans being locked with one-time key code generators that necessitate the use of a third party to generate those keys, and that are used in conjunction with timeout functions. So if the workstation or data is not being accessed for a particular amount of time, it logs the system out.”

According to 3D design and engineering software builder Autodesk, a single point cloud – a detailed digital capture of an as-built space that includes all the points covering the surface of that space – commonly exceeds 200 gigabytes. Factors affecting the size of the laser scanning files generated include area size, number of scans, scanning density and more.

Midas Hospitality Family Foundation Raises Funds for TinySuperheroes

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The Midas Hospitality Family Foundation recently raised $15,758.34 for TinySuperheroes.  The money was raised through the Foundation’s trivia night and paper cape sales at 35 hotels operated by Midas Hospitality.

Founded in 2013, TinySuperheroes is a local organization that seeks to empower extraordinary children as they overcome illness or disability.  TinySuperheroes has created more than 15,000 capes for these children.

Pictured from left to right are Midas Hospitality’s CEO and Co-Founder David Robert; TinySuperheroes’ Founder Robyn Rosenberger; Midas Hospitality’s Controller Tina Van Leer; and Midas Hospitality’s Assistant Controller Angie Becker.  Van Leer and Becker were key organizers of the trivia night fundraiser.

Visit www.tinysuperheroes.com to learn more about the organization

Hastings+Chivetta Architects’ Dan Sullivan and Preston Scott to Speak at NIRSA Recreational Facilities Conference in Miami

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Hastings+Chivetta Project Architects, Dan Sullivan and Preston Scott, have been invited to speak at the National Intramural and Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) Recreational Facilities Institute conference, December 5-7 in Miami. The conference provides in-depth information for recreational professionals on planning, constructing, renovating and operating recreation sports facilities.

Dan and Preston’s presentation, “Body, Mind, Spirit and Facility: Connecting Active Design and Personal Wellbeing” will focus on connecting the Seven Dimensions of Wellness (Physical, Emotional, Intellectual, Spiritual, Social, Environmental and Occupational) between individuals and a physical building, whether that be an existing facility needing updates or a brand-new building. Dan and Preston will discuss how a recreation facility can encourage students, faculty and staff to work out in the gym, gather with friends to study and foster a healthy spirit while experiencing a building that challenges the definition of a “healthy building.”

In this session, attendees will:

  • Analyze how the Seven Dimensions of Wellness can impact a physical building.
  • Understand how current architectural buzz words like “Active Design,” “Living Building” and LEED and WELL rating systems can challenge patrons to renewed health and wellbeing.

HASTINGS+CHIVETTA ARCHITECTS, INC. provides architectural planning and design services to clients throughout the United States. 

$59 Million Village of Twin Oaks Mixed-Use Luxury Apartments Opens at Big Bend & Highway 141

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Apartment Community Designed as a Town Square for Twin Oaks 

In celebration of its founding 80 years ago, the city of Twin Oaks is getting a town square in the form of a $59 million mixed-use luxury apartment community that connects its residents to the municipality and all of its amenities. The Village of Twin Oaks debuted in November 2018 with the opening of the first 90 units.  The five-story, 219-unit mixed-used apartment complex was developed by Propper Construction Services.  It occupies the site of an old Schnucks Market at Big Bend and Highway 141 and features a walkable community with a restaurant and retail space, commanding views of West St. Louis County and numerous amenities. The first 90 units are open for lease with the remaining 129 units available beginning December 2018.  Learn more at www.votoapartments.com.

“The Village of Twin Oaks is designed to engage residents with surrounding neighborhoods, parks, retail and restaurants shaping the great lifestyle that defines the city of Twin Oaks” noted Chrissy Wienhoff of 2B Residential, which is leasing units. “Our residents are empty nesters, urban and suburban workers looking for great living space in a walkability environment that creates a real sense of community.”

The mixed-use apartment community includes a yet-to-be-named upscale restaurant and retail with easily walkable access to adjacent retail and restaurants at Big Bend Square, Twin Oaks’ first retail center now celebrating its 40th anniversary, and other venues.  Big Bend Square hosts the well-known Nicoletti’s and 1356 Public House restaurants and retail services that include a nail salon, dental, chiropractic and vision care services, pizza parlors and tax preparation services.  Fritz’s Custard, a staple of the neighborhood, and other ice cream stores as well as fast food restaurant are just a casual walk away.

“The beautiful Twin Oaks Park and its playground, recreational offerings, lake and walking paths are easily accessible,” said Wienhoff.  “So is Schnuck’s Market across the street and three major banks.”

The Village of Twin Oaks also taps into a growing labor market. The 2016 U.S. Census reports a labor force of more than 56,000 alone employed in the communities of Chesterfield, Ballwin, Maryland Heights, and Fenton.  The development’s location along the newly improved Highway 141 provides easy access to Chesterfield, Fenton and points east and west, using I-44 to the south or I-64 to the north.

The Village of Twin Oaks features 29 different floor plans in one-, two- and three-bedroom units, some with balconies, and includes furnished and unfurnished units.  The well-appointed space features open floor plans with upscale finishes in a variety of layouts for every lifestyle need.  Units feature living rooms, kitchens with slate appliances and quartz countertops, dining areas and space for full size washer and dryers.

The luxury apartment complex features a number of amenities, including:

  • A rooftop swimming pool and spa including a sun deck with spectacular views of the surrounding area. The rooftop space also includes a resident lounge for entertaining with a kitchen and big-screen televisions.
  • A fourth-floor fitness center with state-of-the-art exercise equipment, free weights and a yoga studio. Fitness, nutrition and yoga classes will be offered.
  • A planned ground-floor upscale restaurant and retail with easily walkable access to adjacent retail and restaurants at Big Bend Square and other venues.
  • An expansive ground floor lobby for entertaining guests that includes a water fountain wall and decorative granite fireplace both synchronized with color. The lobby includes a kitchen area and a cyber café with a specialty coffee bar
  • An outside ground floor patio area with a fire pit amid ample green space throughout the landscaped complex
  • A business center and 24-hour maintenance services.

The Village of Twin Oaks also offers a number technology conveniences, including a

“social wall” above resident mail boxes with four video screens detailing information to connect residents with town square community activities and other neighborhood events and provide helpful information on lifestyle needs.  Building technology also includes WIFI access in all common areas, tablet-activated television and more. The building features a monitored state-of-the-art security system with secured control access entries throughout and security cameras.

Covered parking is available and pets are welcome.

The complex features 140 one-bedroom units, 75 two-bedroom units and four three-bedroom units.  Resident guest suites are also available.  For leasing information, visit the web site at www.votoapartments.com.

Zwick and Gandt Architecture, Inc. designed the apartment complex.  Holland Construction Services was the general contractor.

The Village of Twin Oaks is the second major multi-family development for Propper Construction Services over the past year.  This year, it opened the $29 million 1400 Russell Apartments in Soulard.

 Founded in 2014, Propper Construction Services is an active builder, construction manager and real estate developer in Missouri and Illinois.  Learn more at www.proppercs.com.

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