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McCarthy Breaks Ground on $25 Million Renovation of Macelwane Hall at Saint Louis University

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Fast-track project will renovate science building previously damaged by fire and water.

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. has broken ground on a $25 million renovation of Macelwane Hall, a four-story science building on the campus of Saint Louis University.

The 82,770-sq.-ft. project includes the complete renovation of all four floors of the facility after a May 2017 fire and subsequent water damage resulted in the temporary closure of the original building.

As construction manager, McCarthy will lead a team overseeing the comprehensive renovation of the structure into a state-of-the-art teaching and research environment that includes laboratories, classrooms and office space. The project will follow a fast-track, 13-month schedule to be completed in time for the spring 2019 semester that begins in January 2019.

Previously, McCarthy oversaw the fast-track conversion of a former charter elementary school into an interim science building to accommodate students, faculty and staff while Macelwane Hall remained closed. McCarthy completed that project in seven weeks to ensure the building would be available for the start of fall 2017 classes.

“We’re proud to continue our long-term partnership with Saint Louis University as we restore and enhance Macelwane Hall for the next generation of students and future scientists,” says Ryan Freeman, vice president at McCarthy Building Companies.

Designed for sustainability, the renovated building will exceed the city of St. Louis’ minimum energy code requirements through an energy upgrade that includes the replacement of windows and other green design and construction strategies.

The construction team will also employ advanced 3D technology, including building information modeling (BIM) and virtual design and construction (VDC).

“McCarthy is a reliable construction partner we can always count on to deliver maximum quality and efficiency,” said Dustin Montgomery, Assistant Director of Construction Services at Saint Louis University.

McCarthy’s previous experience working on the SLU campus includes the construction of the Center for Global Citiizenship, Morrissey Hall, Shannon Hall, Spring Hall residential tower, and exterior improvements to St. Francis Xavier College Church and DuBourg Hall.

Hastings + Chivetta is serving as architect on the Macelwane Hall renovation. Other project team members include 8760 Engineering (MEP engineer), CR2 Engineering (systems engineer), Alper Audi (structural engineer), Rock Hill Mechanical Corporation (mechanical design-build contractor), Guarantee Electric (electrical design-build contractor) and Gateway Fire Protection Systems (fire protection design-build contractor).

The project is anticipated to be completed in December 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.

Wiegmann Completes Work at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in Washington

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Wiegmann Associates has completed design/build HVAC and plumbing work as part of a $25 million modernization project at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in Oak Harbor, Washington. Wiegmann served as the HVAC & plumbing design build contractor and Engineer of Record (EOR) on the project. The Korte Company was the general contractor.

The 74,000-square-foot project at the U.S. Navy’s premier Pacific Northwest naval aviation installation included the renovation of a 43,000-square-foot hangar and administrative building; and construction of a new adjoining 31,000-square-foot, two-story addition. Together, the renovation and addition provided space for maintenance, building support, squadron tactics and administrative offices to accommodate the Navy’s EA-18G Growler aircraft and squadrons. The energy-efficient facility is expected to achieve LEED Silver Certification by the US Green Building Council (USGBC).

Wiegmann’s scope of work included HVAC, plumbing and radiant heat systems, and high- and low-pressure air systems to deliver compressed air throughout the facility and the flight line for tools, work stations, aircraft cooling and pressure testing. They removed an existing steam and two-pipe heating system, retrofitted the existing two-story office building with a new HVAC system, and renovated plumbing throughout the building.

Wiegmann Associates is a St. Louis-based mechanical contractor serving the commercial, industrial and institutional markets, and a national leader in design/build HVAC projects.  

Photo courtesy The Korte Company


McCarthy Completes Construction of $26 Million Justice Center for City of O’Fallon

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Significant construction cost savings enabled the police department to build out nearly 9,000 sq. ft. for future expansion, upgrade to better finishes, as well as add an employee breakroom, outdoor space and outdoor canine training area. 

McCarthy Building Companies and the City of O’Fallon celebrated on Saturday, December 2, the grand opening of the new City of O’Fallon Justice Center that includes the O’Fallon Police Department and Municipal Courts.

The new $26 million Justice Center features more than 96,000 sq. ft. of space and includes state-of-the-art technology and training spaces, an underground garage and sally port and ample space for expansion as the City of O’Fallon grows over the next 30 years. The building was paid for by bonds from a property tax increase supported by more than 60 percent of O’Fallon voters.

“This building is truly a testament to how much our residents and businesses value public safety,” said Mayor Bill Hennessy. “As our Police Department outgrew its previous home in City Hall, we knew we had to ask our residents to fund the construction of a new facility through a tax increase. We are so grateful for their overwhelming support of this project, and I cannot wait for our residents to see this great new facility. The O’Fallon Police Department has proven year after year to be one of the best departments in the country. Now, they have a home that also is among the nation’s best.”

Special features include a seven-stall indoor firing range and a firearms training simulator, a state-of-the-art training tool that supports marksmanship and judgmental training needs of law enforcement personnel and is one of the first in the area to be 300-degree surround. The project also includes 15 holding cells with separate cells for men and women, as well as two ADA accessible cells and one large group holding cell.

Lecture and presentation spaces feature a 70-seat tiered training room, a mechanical and emergency power system to serve the building, a 911 center, CSI lab space, offices, evidence storage room and a courtroom. The building will also contain a FEMA-rated storm shelter. Specially designed duty lockers provide maximum security for storage of the specialized equipment police officers carry while providing ventilation for body armor.

“McCarthy was honored to collaborate with the City of O’Fallon on this important project,” said Ryan Freeman vice president of operations at McCarthy. “As a national leader in justice projects and a local leader in construction, we understand the challenges facing municipalities and local governments. Our construction management approach delivered significant cost savings due to proactive preconstruction and construction planning, ongoing open communication with city officials, and careful review of detailed subcontractor specs and cost estimates.”

Cost savings enabled the police department to build out nearly 9,000 sq. ft. of additional space on the second floor for future expansion to meet the anticipated growth of the community. By building this additional space concurrently with the scheduled construction, the city will save time and money, as well as reduce disruption to ongoing operations when the space is customized to accommodate a future use. Cost savings also enabled the City of O’Fallon to upgrade the facility to include better finishes, ceramic tile, carpet and vinyl wall covering, as well as additional outdoor space, a breakroom for employees and an outdoor canine training space.

The O’Fallon Justice Center was designed by Wilson-Estes Police Architects (now known as Police Facility Design Group) and built by McCarthy Building Companies. More information is available at

With a strong reputation as a community where residents can truly live, work and play, O’Fallon, Mo., is the seventh-largest city in the State of Missouri and the second-largest city in the St. Louis Metropolitan Area. 

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.

Mcknight Place Assisted Living To Celebrate Completion Of The First Phase Of Its $32 Million Expansion

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Latest addition grows The Gatesworth campus to more than one million square feet, creates approximately 100 new jobs

Charles Deutsch, Owner of The Gatesworth; Bob Leonard, Director of Operations for The Gatesworth Communities; The Honorable Shelley Welsch, Mayor of University City; inaugural residents moving into the new building and other invited guests will convene on Thursday, December 7, 2017; 10:30 a.m. for a ribbon-cutting to mark the completion of the first phase of the $32 million expansion, which features a new 3 story, 102,000-square-foot building with 90 new, upscale apartment homes. The location is Three McKnight Place, St. Louis, MO 63124

With the first phase of the two-phase expansion now complete, and 80 percent of the upscale new apartments already spoken for, McKnight Place Assisted Living is hosting a ribbon-cutting to celebrate this key milestone for the $32 million project and the Gatesworth Community. The special event will feature brief remarks by project owners and city officials and a warm welcome for the inaugural residents who will be among the first to call the new building home. Guests will enjoy complimentary light refreshments and guided tours of the new building’s high-end apartment homes and gorgeous common spaces. With the new expansion, McKnight Place Assisted Living is offering active seniors an expanded array of luxury accommodations featuring the unparalleled services McKnight Place is known for. 

Named one of the nation’s “Top 10 Retirement Communities” by Forbes Magazine, The Gatesworth opened its doors in 1988 and established itself as a pioneer in providing area seniors with a variety of quality services in a warm, residential environment. Today, The Gatesworth’s 15-acre campus is one of the St. Louis area’s premier continuum of care retirement communities, featuring independent living options at The Gatesworth and assisted living and extended care services at McKnight Place. The Gatesworth community offers its residents an elegant, residential lifestyle that sets the standard for excellence in senior living.

Design Collaborative Creates America’s First Large-Scale, Mass Timber Living Learning Project

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The Stadium Drive Residence Halls at the University of Arkansas are Under Construction 

The Stadium Drive Residence Halls, a 202,027-square-foot, 708-bed facility at the University of Arkansas, is the nation’s first large-scale mass timber residence hall project and living learning setting. A design collaborative led by Leers Weinzapfel Associates (Boston), Modus Studio (Fayetteville, AR), Mackey Mitchell Architects (St. Louis), and OLIN (Philadelphia), created the project, now under construction. Crafted with a palette of timber, glass, and metal, it is a bold demonstration of sustainability that signifies a path to potential economic development for Arkansas’s burgeoning timber industry.

While most of the university’s campus is located atop Fayetteville’s McIlroy Hill, the new residence halls occupy a prominent place at its base on the southern end of campus, marking the start of a larger living learning district. The project’s linear 4-acre site slopes from north to south. Set within this relatively small space, a housing group with a serpentine band of student rooms defines three protected and distinctive courtyard spaces. Configured to create a dynamic environment that fosters student collaboration and interactive learning focused on architecture, design, and the arts, the project is shaped by the concept of “a cabin in the woods” nestled in a densely planted buffer zone that provides a new university gateway.

The northern building includes a “front porch” that is the key entry point of the complex; the “cabin” at the passage’s midpoint is the main gathering space, including a community kitchen, lounges, a quiet hearth, and a rooftop terrace. The “workshops” of the lower courtyard comprise performance spaces, music and recording studios, and “maker spaces” for creating and building. Rooms are arranged in wings containing semi-suites for two students and pods for six to eight students. Large study rooms with generous windows at the end of each wing create a series of “lanterns” along Stadium Drive. Two-story lounges at the buildings’ inner corners provide spaces for community interaction between the upper and lower floors as well as residential kitchens.

The warmth of the project’s exposed structural wood ceilings is present in student rooms, study rooms, floor lounges, and ground-floor common spaces, and is enhanced by wood columns throughout. The “cabin” also includes a wood ceiling and trusses that span the full width of the lounge spaces.

Exteriors feature a light metal jacket of zinc-toned siding with accent panels of textured copper-toned and white siding that creates a floating band of living space above the natural landscape of trees, lawns, terraces, and sitting steps. A showcase of Northwest Arkansas’s native ecology, the project’s

landscape design provides a direct extension of the interior program, expanding available space and creating a greater range of landscape experiences for the students. A ground-level passage winds through the site, moving through courtyards and under the facility.

“The interwoven building and landscaped courtyards, terraces, and lawns; the beauty of timber structure and spaces; and the excitement of performing arts and workshop facilities will make this newest campus residential community a destination and a magnet,” says Andrea P. Leers, FAIA, Principal, Leers Weinzapfel Associates.

“The combined talents of the Stadium Drive Residence Halls design collaborative make this landmark project a vibrant learning environment for the University of Arkansas’s creative student communities,” says Peter MacKeith, Dean and Professor of Architecture, Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design. “The design’s innovative employment of mass timber construction demonstrates the university’s commitment to environmental sustainability and to the potentials of ‘value-added’ responsible economic development for the state’s primary natural resource.”

Expected completion for the project is fall 2019.

Recipient of the 2007 American Institute of Architects Firm Award, Leers Weinzapfel designed the nation’s first Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) academic structure, the John W. Olver Design Building at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, which opened this year. Contact: Debra Pickrel, Principal, Pickrel Communications, Inc. – O 212-753-3140 /

About Modus Studio – Operating on the idea that relevant and inspiring architecture can be sourced from simple, everyday experiences, modus studio departs from the general rule of form to create thoughtful architecture that begins to shape the present landscape and plan for a sustainable future. Contact: Chris Lankford, MarketingO 479.455.5577 /

About Mackey Mitchell Architects – Our firm is committed to designing places that are engaging, sustainable, and appropriate to their surroundings. With our focus on higher education work, Mackey Mitchell Architects is passionately dedicated to creating successful campus communities where students will thrive. Contact: Laura Black, Communications Coordinator O 314.932.1544 /

About OLIN – OLIN is a professional studio of more than 70 landscape architects, planners, and urban designers. From offices in Philadelphia and Los Angeles, the firm creates distinguished landscapes and urban designs worldwide. OLIN’s work is predicated upon social engagement, craft, environmental responsibility, and timelessness, underscored by a profound appreciation for the unique complexities of the urban realm.  Contact: Kristin Knese, Senior Marketing Manager –  O 215.440.0030 x 403 /

Brinkmann’s Charity Initiative Raises $28,000 For “Got Your Six” Support Dogs

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Brinkmann Constructors’ annual employee charity initiative, BECAUSE (Brinkmann Employees Care About United Service Efforts), has raised $28,000 for Got Your Six Support Dogs, an organization that provides specially trained support dogs to veterans and first responders at no cost to them. Members of the BECAUSE committee presented a check this week to Nicole Lanahan, Executive Director and Kelly Felax, Board Secretary of Got Your Six Support Dogs at one of Brinkmann’s job sites. The donation will be used to cover the cost of training and care of additional service dogs. “Got Your Six is extremely grateful to the employees of Brinkmann Constructors for making us the focus of their BECAUSE initiative. These funds will go a long way to ensuring we can provide services to the veterans and first responders nationwide who suffer from PTSD. We are honored that Brinkmann has joined us in our efforts to help those who have sacrificed lead a better and more fulfilling life,” said Nicole Lanahan, Executive Director of Got Your Six Support Dogs.

“Got Your Six is an amazing organization that does so much to help our veterans and first responders with post-traumatic stress by providing service dogs specially trained just for them,” says Matt Funk, BECAUSE team member and Director of Preconstruction at Brinkmann Constructors, “We are proud of what our employees have done to benefit Got Your Six and in honoring our heroes.”

For more information about Got Your Six Support Dogs or to donate, please visit www.

Got Your Six Support Dogs is committed to providing specialized service dogs to veterans and first responders suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and/or sexual trauma. Their mission is to help these men and women regain their lives through the healing power of dogs.

Founded in 2014 by Brinkmann employees, the BECAUSE initiative is a way to give back to the community where they live, work and play. Each year, Brinkmann employees nominate and vote on a charity. The BECAUSE volunteer committee then organizes special events and recruits coworkers, clients, friends and family to volunteer time, talents and money to benefit the charity they chose.

Brinkmann Constructors is a national general contractor that has completed $4 billion in construction since 1984. The company is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, and has offices in Denver, Colorado and Kansas City, Kansas.

Photo Above: L to R: Nicole Lanahan, Executive Director of Got Your Six Support Dogs; Christine Scheer, Brinkmann Constructors; Valerie Strickland, Brinkmann Constructors; Matt Brinker, Brinkmann Constructors; Emily Scheller, Brinkmann Constructors; Jennifer Funk, Brinkmann Constructors; Matt Funk, Brinkmann Constructors; Brian Satterthwaite, President of Brinkmann Constructors; and Kelly Felax, Board Secretary of Got Your Six Support Dogs

Holland Construction Partners with Fairview Heights on City’s Future Rec Center

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When the City of Fairview Heights began moving forward with plans to build a recreation complex they looked for a construction partner with long standing ties to the community, someone they could trust to help make their vision for this new facility a reality.

“A couple of years ago when Mayor Mark Kupsky came in, he had a lot of new ideas for our City and a recreation center was one of them,” said Angela Beaston, Director of Parks and Recreation for Fairview Heights. She said the 30-acre site for The Recreation Complex, Fairview Heights’ 58,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor rec center, is the former location of Our Lady of Assumption Church at Bunkum Road and Interstate 64 on the city’s west side. Grant School District 110 purchased the property after Our Lady merged with St. Albert the Great to form Holy Trinity Catholic Church and School on Fountains Parkway.

As plans for the future recreation center progressed, the City hired Sports Facilities Advisors to conduct a feasibility study, Beaston said. Out of that study came recommendations for what the $18 million project would entail. At that point, she added, the City chose local architect, EWR Architects Inc., for the design and began interviewing various construction management firms. Holland Construction Services’ experience in building rec centers in the St. Louis region gave the City confidence that the company was a smart pick.

“What really attracted us to Holland was that they’ve built so many projects of this nature,” Beaston said. “Holland has experience in making recreation centers happen, and we felt very comfortable in the work they’ve done in this specialty area,” she said. City staff visited the Bridgeton Recreation Center – a slightly smaller yet similar type of project that Holland recently completed – and were impressed by what they saw, she added.

“We really, really liked it,” said Beaston, referring to the 56,000-square-foot Bridgeton center that Holland completed in early 2016. “Other construction companies were certainly also qualified but we chose Holland not only for their experience, but also because it’s easy to work with them. Everyone at Holland that we’ve worked with so far couldn’t have been nicer or more understanding of what we want our project to be. Holland’s pre-construction department’s management of the estimating and subcontractor bidding process resulted in a project that met our goals for the recreation center within our budget. We’re confident in Holland to meet our ambitious construction timeframe,” she said. “Our target date for completion is February 2019, which is the City’s 50th anniversary. This new center, recently branded as The REC, will be the location of our kick-off celebration.”

Holland Project Executive Ryan Savage and Project Manager DJ Weymouth said the builder’s goal is to work as a relationship-based contractor rather than a low-bid contractor. “We truly take a team approach with every project we build,” Savage said. “And that team not only includes Holland, but also our architectural partner, our subcontractors, our suppliers and most definitely our client, in this case the City of Fairview Heights. We believe in bringing everyone into the process as early as possible, and building those relationships early on as well.”

Nearly 12,000 square feet of the recreation center will be dedicated to an indoor aquatic facility with a 25-yard multi-lane lap pool, children’s spray ground, slides, sprays, lazy river and a vortex. The center will also feature a 6,000-square-foot fitness center with areas for free weights, floor exercise, aerobic and group fitness; a gymnasium; a climbing structure; elevated running tracks; a 400-meter, six-lane running track; a game area for billiards, cards and table tennis; locker rooms; multipurpose and party rooms, and administration offices. Outdoor soccer fields, a dog park, pavilions, playgrounds and a 1.5-mile walking path and nature trail are also part of the plans.

“We’re excited and honored that the City of Fairview Heights selected Holland,” said Savage. “We view it as a special opportunity to be building this rec center – not only for the City of Fairview Heights, but also for the entire community and visitors to the City. We take that seriously and we take pride in that,” he added.

Holland has a long history of building projects in the City of Fairview Heights. Over the past 10 years, some of the larger Holland projects include the new Hobby Lobby, Kirklands, Fairview Heights Engine House #2, and Holy Trinity Catholic Church and School.

Holland Construction Services is a full-service construction management, general contracting, and design/build firm based in Swansea, Ill., guided by the principle of providing our clients the best possible building experience on every project.  Holland has been providing quality construction services throughout the Midwest since 1986, when it was founded by company CEO Bruce Holland.


Wiegmann Completes Hvac Design/Build Work At Quality Custom Distribution Warehouse In Florida

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Wiegmann Associates has completed design/build HVAC and refrigeration work at a new Quality Custom Distribution refrigerated warehouse in Apopka, Florida. The general contractor was ARCO Beverage Group.

Wiegmann completed work on the office and warehouse HVAC and refrigeration systems for the newly constructed 180,000-square-foot food warehouse on a fast-track timeline of just eleven months.

The project included HVAC systems for 14,450 square feet of main office and warehouse office areas and 87,000 square feet of warehouse space; and energy efficient refrigeration systems for 81,000 square feet of cold dock, cooler, meat cooler, tomato room and freezer spaces. Wiegmann engineered the refrigeration systems and added automation controls on the evaporators and rooftop condenser units to help the client save on energy costs.

A division of Golden State Foods, Quality Custom Distribution Services (QCD) provides custom distribution services to customers throughout the United States.

Wiegmann Associates is a St. Louis-based mechanical contractor serving the commercial, industrial and institutional markets, and a national leader in design/build HVAC projects.


StructSure Scaffold & Insulation Receives Two ZERO Injury Safety Awards

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NMAPC Recognizes Specialty Contractor for Commitment to Safety 

StructSure Scaffold & Insulation, a specialty scaffolding and insulation contractor, was honored by The National Maintenance Agreement Policy Committee (NMAPC) with two Zero Injury Safety Awards (ZISA) during the November 2nd gala for work performed at both the John Amos Power Plant and Big Sandy Plant in 2016.

“We are proud to receive the ZISA awards as StructSure identifies safety as both an investment and a commitment for our employees and partnering companies,” said Jim Ryan, general manager at StructSure Scaffold & Insulation. “Safety is the number one priority for our workforce, which helps us attain zero injuries on each job site.”

The ZISA award is the union construction and maintenance industry’ premier safety recognition program and recognizes an alliance between owner-clients, signatory contractors and local and international unions who worked together to achieve zero injuries on their industrial construction and maintenance projects.

“The awards recognize commitment to word-class safety performance and the NMPAC Zero Accident Philosophy demonstrated by Structure Scaffold & Insulation and its client, American Electric Power,” says Stephen Lindauer, CEO and impartial secretary of the NMAPC.

A Bronze Star was awarded in recognition of StructSure Scaffold & Insulation, American Electric Power and Charleston Building Trades Council for 285,764 labor hours worked without a recordable accident at the John Amos Power Plant located in Saint Albans, W.Va. A Certificate of Merit was awarded in recognition of StructSure Scaffold & Insulation, American Electric Power and Tri-State Building Trades Council for 167,809 labor hours worked without a recordable accident at the Big Sandy Plant located in Louisa, Ky.

For a complete list of the 17th annual NMAPC ZISA Safety Award winners, please visit NMPAC online:

Scaffold & Insulation is a specialty scaffolding and insulation contractor able to assist power plant owners working through scheduled outages with the highest level of productivity.

Western Specialty Contractors Launches National Account Program Providing Property Managers with Single-Source for Exterior Repairs, Restoration

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It’s enough of a challenge when the properties you manage or own are across the street, but when they’re across the country, time spent finding and dealing with building restoration contractors who understand and can meet the demands of varying materials and climates can delay vital repairs and maintenance.

The total cost of building ownership can vary greatly depending on the level of expertise, consistency and dedication of a building’s exterior maintenance and restoration team. Western’s National Account Program was designed to provide national and regional property owners and managers with a single-source for all of their building and structure exterior repair and restoration needs.

Western Specialty Contractors has branch locations spread throughout the United States, each with experience in a broad range of exterior services, including: concrete and masonry restoration, waterproofing, roofing, facades, coatings, rainscreens, historic preservation and disaster recovery.

“Western Specialty Contractors realizes that the little differences can make a large impact. A single point of contact at Western handles all of the responsibility and can increase speed to mobilization and reduce the hassle of paperwork. Each of our maintenance programs is custom-designed to meet the property manager or owner’s needs, reflecting their policies, procedures and organizational structure,” said Crystal Moyer, National Account Manager at Western Specialty Contractors.

Building owners and managers can depend on Western Specialty Contractors’ National Account Program for a high standard of excellence, no matter where their building or facility is located in the country. For more information about Western’s National Account Program,

Family-owned and operated for more than 100 years, Western Specialty Contractors is the nation’s largest specialty contractor in masonry and concrete restoration, waterproofing and specialty roofing. 

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