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Payne Family Homes Holds Floor Signing Party for Upcoming St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway

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Payne Family Homes along with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital held a floor signing party on Thursday, May 17 for its annual St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway in the Legends Pointe subdivision in O’Fallon, Missouri.

Community members, volunteers, trade partners and suppliers gathered to write well wishes for the Dream Home winner and St. Jude patients before the floors are installed in a room in the home’s finished lower level. Trade partner and vendor sponsors who contributed $10,000 or more to the construction of the home were also recognized for their commitment to St. Jude.

Tickets to win the 2018 St. Jude Dream Home in Legends Pointe and other great prizes go on sale Thursday, June 14. They are $100 each and only 10,750 tickets will be sold. Money raised will directly benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Free tours of the St. Jude Dream Home will be available starting Saturday, July 21 at 9:00 a.m.  The winners will be announced Thursday, September 6.

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Established as one of the Payne Family of companies in 2005, Payne Family Homes has quickly risen to be the St. Louis metro region’s fastest-growing homebuilder and recently was named one of the area’s fastest growing companies by the St. Louis Business Journal. With communities in some of the most desirable areas of St. Louis and St. Charles counties, Payne Family Homes builds memorable estate homes, villas, and single-family homes in nearly every price range. For more information, visit Payne Family Homes online or call (314) 477-1218. 

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other deadly diseases. St. Jude has the world’s best survival rates for the most aggressive childhood cancers, and treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to 80 percent since it opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90 percent in the next decade. St. Jude freely shares the breakthroughs we make, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.

Midwest BankCentre Completes Remodeling of Clayton, Mo. Branch

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A fixture of downtown Clayton now has a fresh look. Locally-owned Midwest BankCentre has completed a top-to-bottom remodeling of its branch at 8020 Forsyth Ave. near Brentwood.

Opened in 2000, the full-service bank has new floor coverings, lighting, finishes and signage plus the capability to serve drive-up customers from the lobby via a remote tube/video system.

The lobby features a new i-café where customers can enjoy a cup of coffee, access a complimentary computer station and transact business at one of four teller stations, including a station accessible to persons with disabilities.

Outside, one drive-up lane is dedicated to a 24-hour ATM and the other to daily financial transactions. Four full-time universal bankers extend the bank’s trademark highly personal service to customers. “When we opened in 2000, bank assets totaled $720 million and deposits were $531 million,” said Ethan Bowers, Clayton branch manager. “Today, assets are $1.9 billion and deposits are $1.4 billion. Our Clayton branch is perfectly positioned to continue making meaningful contributions to our growth.”

The branch is open weekdays, with drive-up hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and lobby hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Midwest BankCentre has been a mainstay of St. Louis community banking since 1906. Currently, it ranks among St. Louis’ largest locally owned banks with assets of about $1.9 billion and deposits of $1.4 billion. It provides integrated financial services with expertise in commercial, retail and digital banking; business cash management; mortgage lending; consumer lending; and insurance. The bank is a local leader in the St. Louis Regional Unbanked Task Forceand its Bank-On Save-Up St. Louis initiative. Since 2001, Midwest BankCentre has consecutively achieved the Bauer Financial 5-Star Superior financial rating each quarter.

Photo Above (From Left) Ethan Bowers, Dale Oberkfell, Lisa Bulczak, Erin Erhart & Jim Watson

McGrath & Associates begins work on Barnes-Jewish Hospital Emergency Department Behavioral Health Pod

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McGrath & Associates has begun work on the renovation and expansion of the Behavioral Health Pod within the Barnes-Jewish Hospital Emergency Department in St. Louis. McGrath is the general contractor and construction manager on the project. The architect is TKH and the engineer is Aedifica Case Engineering. Construction is scheduled for completion in October 2018.

McGrath will move the emergency department X-ray room and several offices to make space for the Behavioral Health Pod expansion at Barnes-Jewish. Psychiatric safety is being incorporated throughout the design of the new area, to enhance the safety of staff and patients.

The 8,400-square-foot renovated space will include an open treatment area with shared bays and separate rooms. Features include safe “quiet” rooms, enhanced security on doors, and psych-safe space design, products and equipment.

Because the renovation is taking place in occupied health care areas, McGrath is implementing 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. For more information, call Ken Knobbe at (314) 772-7600 or visit

Solar Energy Heats Up Illinois Market Guarantee Electrical to Install 100KW System at High Mount School

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Guarantee Electrical Company (GECO) and High Mount School have bright plans in August 2018 when GECO will install a 100-kilowatt solar array on the roof of the school.  The solar array, designed and engineered by Sun Source, will help High Mount school district to reduce energy and operating costs, as well furthering the schools sustainability goals.

“It has been a vision of mine as well as the High Mount School Board of Education for the past six years to install a solar panel array” said Superintendent Mark Halwachs.  “Guarantee Electrical is making this vision a reality through their expertise and guidance with the installation process.  The solar panel array will offer STEM activities in our classrooms, with students determining the efficiency of the panels and the amount of electricity that they are producing each day.”

“We are delighted to once again help High Mount School reduce their energy costs and become more sustainable” stated Steve Juan Executive Vice President of Guarantee Electrical Company. “Helping a long term client, which happens to be a school, to take advantage of the solar energy incentives now available in Illinois and realize their long term vision is particularly gratifying.”

Renowned for its expertise in energy systems construction, monitoring and consumption, Guarantee Electrical Company and partners have developed a turn key program for our Illinois clients interested in solar energy.  Guarantee Electrical is a two time “Partner of the Year” winner of Ameren’s Trade Ally Partnership Program.

Founded in 1902, St. Louis based Guarantee Electrical is consistently ranked among the largest electrical contractors in the United States. To learn more visit

Mercy Hospital Joplin, Constructed by St. Louis-Based McCarthy,is Honored with National Healthcare Award

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The 890,000-sq.-ft. replacement hospital set the standard in tornado readiness and continues
to influence building resiliency strategies.

Mercy Hospital Joplin earned the 2018 Vista Award from the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) of the American Hospital Association.

This national honor recognizes exceptional team collaboration and efficiency in designing and constructing the new $465 million, 205-room hospital after an EF-5 tornado demolished the original hospital in 2011. In addition to setting the standard in tornado readiness at the hospital level, the project was completed under budget and in less than half the time it would have taken for a comparable facility.

As construction manager, McCarthy Building Companies collaborated with architectural firms HKS, Inc. and Archimages, and MEP Engineer Heideman & Associates to design and construct the 890,000-sq.-ft. facility in an unprecedented 46 months.

“To meet the fast-track project schedule, McCarthy began construction just three months after starting design,” said McCarthy Project Director Ryan Felton. “We worked as a seamless team with our client located in Joplin and their corporate offices in St. Louis as well as our many consultants.”

The hospital includes a nine-story patient tower and five-story clinic tower. It houses units including medical surgical, critical care, women’s/children’s (labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum rooms), neonatal intensive care, behavioral health and rehab.

Prefabrication enabled McCarthy to accelerate the construction process. Headwalls and restroom walls for all patient rooms were constructed in a warehouse and installed later in the construction process. 

The hospital also incorporates numerous resiliency elements to help withstand another natural disaster and provide a safe environment for patients, staff and visitors.

“The team used lessons learned from the disaster and experience working in coastal regions to design and build a safer, more secure facility,” said Norman Morgan, AIA, Principal-in-Charge, HKS. “For example, we designed protected evacuation routes, incorporated high impact glass and protected critical systems throughout the hospital.”

Critical areas of the hospital, such as the emergency department and intensive-care unit, have windows rated to withstand 250 mph winds. High-impact, laminated glass was incorporated throughout the facility along with protected evacuation routes.

Connected to the hospital by a 450-foot underground tunnel is a 30,000-sq.-ft. central utility plant housing all mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems. To protect critical hospital systems, the utility plant was built halfway below ground to limit exposure to the elements. The generator system enables the hospital to operate for 96 hours if power is lost. To create ease of access to the new hospital, McCarthy also built new entrance ramps, exit ramps and interchanges for the Missouri Department of Transportation, as well as a new road leading up to the facility.

“This world-class facility really paved the way for healthcare facilities to incorporate resiliency,” Ryan Felton said. “Our team developed best practices that continue be emulated by others going forward.”

The Vista awards were presented at the 2018 International Summit & Technical Exhibition on Health Care Planning, Design & Construction (PDC Summit) in Nashville, March 25-28, 2018.

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. More information about the company is available online at or by following the company on  FacebookTwitterLinkedInInstagram and Google+.

KWK Architects Selected Design Architect for Multi-Building Apartment/Townhouse Project at South Dakota State University

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Student housing experts KWK Architects has been selected the design architect for a $20 million, multi-building apartment/townhouse project  at South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD. Architecture Incorporated, based in Sioux Falls, SD, has been selected the architect-of-record for the project.

The KWK Architects project design team includes Design Principal Javier Esteban, Project Designer Paul Wuennenberg and Project Architect Matt Kirschner. This is KWK Architects’ first project in South Dakota.

“We are looking forward to working closely with the residential administrators at South Dakota State University to design a beautiful, new apartment neighborhood that meets the needs of the university’s students and sets itself apart from the traditional residence halls on campus,” said Esteban.

University officials plan to build multiple buildings to house juniors, seniors and graduate students on a two-block parcel on the southeast corner of the campus. The existing State Court Apartments, built in 1959, currently occupies this site. The site is bordered by 7th Street to the south, 8th Street to the north, 14th Avenue to the west and Jackrabbit Avenue to the east.

The redevelopment will consist of a three-story apartment building and four to six, two-story townhouses in a mix of 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom plans. The apartments will also feature off-street parking and in-unit laundries.

According to university officials, the new facilities will be residential in appearance, but distinctive as apartments, making them aesthetically distinguishable from the residence halls in this quadrant of the campus.

 Preliminary renderings provided by KWK Architects:

The projected move-in date for the apartments is fall of 2019.

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. For more information about KWK Architects, visit or contact Director of Marketing Cindy Hausler at

Etegra, inc. Awarded $9M U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Louisville Master Planning A-E IDIQ

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The MCFA-Etegra Joint Venture is proud to announce the official contract award to provide Architect/Engineer Services & Master Planning Services for Military and Civil Works Projects within the Great Lakes and Ohio River Division Mission Boundaries under a contract with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Louisville District.

The MCFA-Etegra JV (M|E JV) is a small business Joint Venture between Etegra, Inc. (Etegra) a SBA Certified 8(a) and DBE/MBE Small Business and MC Fuhrman Associates, LLC, a Small Business. The firms partnered together to offer the USACE Louisville District and its customers an optimum blend of master planning and conceptual design services ranging from big picture military installation master planning, infrastructure planning and civil works project development to individual project facilities planning and programming expertise.

Established in 1886, the Louisville District employs approximately 1,300 people in the five-state area of Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio out of 60 field offices. The civilian workforce is made up of professional engineers, architects, planners, economists, biologists and other specialists and support staff. The mission of the Louisville District is to deliver solutions and manage resources supporting regional and national requirements through an expert team of multidisciplinary professionals utilizing best engineering practices and strategic partnerships to reduce disaster risk, strengthen the economy and support national security.

“We are honored to be a part of this effort. It is our duty to offer Etegra’s services in a manner that will improve the readiness and sustainability of the USACE facilities,” said Andrew Kishna, Chief Executive Officer.

“Our team is thrilled to be of service to the USACE Louisville District and their key customers.” says Brian Pieplow, Program Manager of the M|E JV. “We look forward to providing the District high quality innovative and effective strategy and planning services to support the key military and civil works missions of the District’s customers.”

The contract term is for one base year plus four option years and work is forecasted to commence later this year.

Etegra is an 8(a) DBE/MBE architect-engineer (A-E) firm. Our primary services are facility and civil design, and asset management for the Department of Defense, General Services Administration, Department of Homeland Security, Department of the Air Force, Independent School Districts, and Power Companies. Our firm through an excellent delivery model is committed to a high level of service, technical expertise and execution to ensure we meet our customer’s needs.

Wiegmann Associates begins HVAC work on new 16-story, 675-bed housing for Purdue University students

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Wiegmann Associates has begun HVAC work on the new 16-story, 675-bed RISE on Chauncey student housing property near Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. Wiegmann is serving as the Engineer of Record (EOR) and design/build HVAC mechanical contractor for the project.  The general contractor is Brinkmann Constructors.  The property developer is CA Student Living, a division of Chicago-based CA Ventures.  The project is scheduled to complete Summer 2019.

Wiegmann is designing & installing the HVAC and Building Automation Systems to serve 300 studio, one, two, three and four-bedroom units across 15 stories.  Wiegmann’s HVAC systems will also eventually serve 11,000 square feet of retail, study spaces, fitness center and yoga studio on the first level as part of a future tenant improvement.  The building will be the tallest in West Lafayette.

The developer required an HVAC system that was compatible with the building’s height but was also cost-effective and energy efficient.  Split systems were ruled out because of excessive refrigerant line lengths. Wiegmann designed an energy efficient HVAC system with the cooling tower, pumps and boilers housed in a mechanical penthouse on the roof.   A building automation system for the tower/boiler plant will enhance temperature control and consistency across spaces and maximize energy efficiency.

Wiegmann Associates is a St. Louis-based mechanical contractor and a national leader in design/build HVAC projects. For more information, visit or call 720-480-3906.

Ground Broken for PURE Apartments In St. Peters

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PURE St. Peters Apartments has broken ground at the southeast corner of Mexico Road and Jungermann Road in St. Peters, MO. The 143-unit luxury apartment community is owned by ERC Companies of Rogers, AR, and is slated to open Fall 2018.

The 1-and 2-bedroom apartment community will feature a resort-style pool, modern fitness center, granite countertops, plank flooring and a full-size washer and dryer in unit. The community will be smoke free, pet-friendly and boasts strong walkability to surrounding restaurants and shops. With close-proximity to Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital and the new Amazon fulfillment center, PURE St. Peters offers corporate housing opportunities as well as flexible lease terms. Visit for more information.

In addition to this project, ERC Companies., received approval for a 220-unit apartment community at the Meadows in Lake St. Louis, MO. PURE at The Meadows will be completed by spring 2019. Since 1958, ERC Companies has developed authentic places where real people love to live. Rob Coleman, ERC’s President & CEO, believes the 60-years of success is attributed to a standard that many would call idealistic, but he calls “Common sense. Because it works.” For more information on ERC Companies please contact Justin VanLandschoot, ERC’s Chief Investment Officer, at

PURE St. Peters is leased and managed by 2B Residential, an employee-owned, full-service multifamily real estate company and recipient of the 2018 Property Management Company of the Year by the St. Louis Apartment Association. 2B Residential is headquartered in St. Louis, MO with a portfolio of fifteen properties totaling over 2,900 units for ten different owners in the St. Louis and Kansas City, MO and Southwestern Illinois markets. For more information, visit


Contegra Construction Co. Completes $26 Million Speculative Distribution Center at Gateway Commerce Center

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Contegra Construction Co. has a completed a new 593,940-square-foot speculative distribution center at the 2,300-acre Gateway Commerce Center near Edwardsville, Ill.   The $26 million project was built for Earth City-based TriStar Properties and PCCP, LLC, a national real estate finance and investment management company.

Located on a 54-acre site, the distribution center dubbed Gateway East 594 is a tilt-up concrete, cross-docked facility with 36-foot clear-height ceilings, 570 feet of depth and 66 dock doors plus two drive-in doors.  Built with flexibility in mind, the building is expandable to approximately 1 million square feet.

The distribution facility adds to the 18 buildings totaling more than 15.2 million square feet at Gateway Commerce Center.  Contegra has built more than six million square feet of those projects. Gateway East 594 is the fifth distribution facility jointly developed by TriStar and PCCP at Gateway Commerce Center.

Ed Lampitt, SIOR, CCIM and managing director of the St. Louis office of Cushman Wakefield, the exclusive leasing agent for Gateway is handling leasing for the building.  He may be reached at 314-746-0346.

Gateway Commerce Center tenants include Amazon, Dial Corp., GENCO ATC, GEODIS, The Hershey Company, Ozburn-Hessey Logistics, Proctor & Gamble, Save-A-Lot, Saddle Creek Logistics Services, D.B. Schenker Logistics, DB Schenker, Schneider National, Unilever, USF Logistics, Walgreens, World Wide Technology and Yazaki of North America.

Joining TriStar and Contegra on the project are Gray Design Group, architect; and Stock & Associates Consulting Engineers, Inc.; civil 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, multi-family, office and retail projects.  Its capabilities include building developer- and owner-driven projects and site development.  Learn more at


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