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IMPACT Strategies Helps Weir Parts Distribution Gain Substantial Efficiencies with New Facility Completion in Red Bud, IL

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IMPACT Strategies recently teamed up with J.R. Rentals, LLC to complete their 114,000-square-foot warehouse and office building for Weir Parts Distribution in Red Bud, Illinois. The new top-of-the-line facility for the all GM, all Ford, and Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram parts dealer was designed by Quadrant Design, Inc, of Waterloo.

“Until now, our business operations had been spread out over 10 different storage buildings. The new facility enables us to consolidate our operations, which undoubtedly will benefit our employees and customers,” said Norman L. Roy, owner of Weir Parts Distribution. “I couldn’t have been more pleased with how IMPACT Strategies handled the challenges along the way. Even the weather didn’t stand in their way to get this project completed on time,” he added.

Substantial efficiencies are expected to be gained with the new facility and its custom technology and conveyors. The warehouse has space to accommodate the 74 trucks in Weir’s fleet and office space for their 100+ employees.

Metro Lighting Celebrates 50 Years as Largest Missouri Lighting Distributer

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Company-wide growth leads to six family-operated centers and 170 employees

Metro Lighting, a locally-owned family business, is celebrating its 50th anniversary as St. Louis’ source for the latest electrical and lighting solutions. Together, Metro Lighting and Metro Electric Supply have a total of 14 locations across five counties in Missouri with plans for growth in the near future.

In 1967, Jim Frisella and Charile Gagnepain bought St. Louis Electric Supply and established their new company, St. Louis Electric Supply. By 1971 and fresh out of college, Jim’s brother, Bill Frisella, joined the team to continue to grow the business, and open satellite locations known as Metro Electric Supply. It was in 1978 that Metro purchased an electrical distributor that also had a small 2,500 square foot lighting showroom, and launching what is now Metro Lighting. Bill Frisella owns and manages the company to this day.

“Our philosophy has always been to grow the business. We have had a momentous year and are looking at new locations in Missouri and even in several other areas of the country,” says Bill Frisella, president of Metro Electric Supply and Metro Lighting. “The company’s lasting success is due first and foremost to our customer service. There is a true focus on the customer at both Metro Electric Supply and Metro Lighting. We still make deliveries to electricians and builders on the job that need material fast, just like the old days when it was just St. Louis Electrical Supply.”

Since the beginning, Metro Lighting has stayed true to its roots, providing the ultimate customer experience. This means offering excellent customer service, expert advice, a great selection of top-quality, cutting-edge products for the best guaranteed price. In fact, Metro makes over 100 deliveries every day to the greater St. Louis metropolitan area and Cape Girardeau, confirming their drive to go above and beyond for their customers.

Metro has also stayed ahead of the curve, investing in its commitment to the environment. More than 15 years ago, Metro recognized the tremendous benefits of LED lighting and energy-efficient products in the industry. Metro is leading the charge of the GREEN initiative and has been recognized both locally and nationally for their efforts by AMEREN, the Department of Energy and the EPA. Metro is also a part of AMEREN Missouri’s energy partnership and is a Platinum Ally of AMEREN. They have gone as far as to install electric vehicle chargers at several locations and even purchased an all American made Nissan Leaf to let their customers know they are serious about energy efficiency and promoting energy efficient products.

“We jumped on the LED technology more than 15 years ago when it was new to the industry, says Frisella. “We saw the energy it could save and with the help of son Nick Frisella opened an energy department to have customers switch out florescent, HID and incandescent lights to LEDs and encouraged customers to replace outdated fixtures with new, advanced technology. We continue to work tirelessly with businesses and residential customers to meet their needs when it comes to energy savings.”

Starting with three employees working out of a small storefront located on Arsenal Street, the family business has grown to include about 170 employees. Bill’s daughter and son, Sarah King and Nick Frisella, have joined forces with their dad as well as additional members of his family to further expand the company and service their growing customer base.

 METRO Lighting is a locally-owned family business. In 1967 St. Louis Electric Supply consisted of one delivery truck and a basement and a garage overflowing with circuit breakers, wire, and conduit. From these humble beginnings, Metro Lighting has grown into Missouri’s largest lighting distributor.

Modine Provides Winter Checklist To Help Keep The Heat On

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Cutting-edge HVAC manufacturer offers checklist and inspection form for contractors, facility managers and commercial property owners this winter

Modine Manufacturing Company (NYSE: MOD), a leader in technology in the HVAC industry, has released a commercial maintenance checklist and inspection form to help commercial property owners, facility managers and contractors keep the heat on this winter.

The three page document, available at, covers general maintenance, gas supply, gas controls, air movers, condensate removal and disposal systems, thermostats and more.

“The winter months can wreak havoc on your HVAC systems if you’re not prepared,” said Kimberly Raduenz, marketing communications manager for Modine. “This checklist gives everyone, from the property owner to the contractor working on the HVAC equipment, handy tips to ensure their system is in top shape during the coldest months of the year.”

The comprehensive checklist also comes with start-up tips and a form for record keeping.

“Our goal as a leader in the HVAC industry is to ensure everyone is prepared,” said Raduenz. “In addition to offering helpful tips like this checklist, we offer USA made products with the availability to ship next day or same day in most cases. This is crucial when a system goes down, especially in winter, and you need a fast replacement.”

To download the checklist, visit

For more information about Modine’s HVAC solutions or to find your local distributor, visit

Modine, with fiscal 2017 revenues of $1.5 billion, specializes in thermal management systems and components, bringing highly engineered heating and cooling components, original equipment products, and systems to diversified global markets through its three complementary business units: Vehicular Thermal Solutions (VTS); Commercial & Industrial Solutions (CIS); and Building HVAC Systems (BHVAC). 

New St. Louis Area Construction Project Announced, Thanks to eCommerce

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Kadean To Start Construction Of ‘Building 5’ At Lakeview Commerce Center

New 769,000 Sq. Ft. Building Will Mirror Kadean’s First Lakeview Building Now Used by Amazon

With distribution and logistics centers continuing their rapid expansion throughout the greater St. Louis area, Kadean Construction has been tapped by Panattoni Development to construct a second 769,000 square foot light industrial building in the Lakeview Commerce Center in Edwardsville, IL, it was announced today.

“We’ll begin construction right away to build Lakeview Building 5,” said Matt Breeze, vice-president of Kadean Construction. “It will be nearly identical to Lakeview Building 4, which we built a year or so ago for Panattoni. That building serves as one of two major Amazon distribution and fulfillment centers in Edwardsville, where Amazon now employs about 2,200 people.”

Breeze said the project is scheduled to be completed by June 2018, and will involve around 15 subcontractors from throughout the region to do earthwork, concrete, plumbing, electrical, carpentry, HVAC, and other work connected with the project.

Lakeview Building 5 is currently considered a “spec” building, although Panattoni is in discussions with a variety of potential tenants, said Panattoni Development Partner Mark Branstetter, of St. Louis, who oversees development for the company in Missouri, Illinois and Indiana.

The concrete, tilt-up building, which could accommodate up to four tenants – or one very large tenant — will cover 17.6 acres under roof, will have a ceiling height of 36 feet, and a total of 80 loading docks – 40 on the north side and 40 on the south side. The building will be constructed with a structural steel frame and concrete tilt-up walls.

In addition to the construction work at the Lakeview Commerce Center, Kadean also is building Aviator 10 at Aviator Business Park in Hazelwood, MO, and another distribution facility at the KCI Logistics Center in Kansas City, MO, Breeze said.

“Much of the new distribution and logistics center construction is being driven by improved consumer spending and eCommerce,” he added.

Kadean Construction, named one of the fastest growing companies in the St. Louis region two years in a row by the St. Louis Business Journal, specializes in pre-construction, design-build, construction management, and general contracting at the regional and national level. 

Cohen Architectural Woodworking Receives Two Awards for Outstanding Workplace Safety

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Cohen Architectural Woodworking announces it has received two awards for Outstanding Workplace Safety from the Architectural Woodworking Institute (AWI).

Cohen Architectural Woodworking was recognized for the 2017 Safety Improvement Recognition Award for Manufacturers, awarded to companies who reach more than 100,000 hours of maintaining a safe workplace. The firm was also acknowledged with the 2017 Zero Lost Time Accident Achievement for
Manufacturers Award for reaching more than 100,000 work hours without a safety incident.

“These awards are a great testament to the owners, managers and staff who consistently make safety a top priority at Cohen Architectural Woodworking, said Phillip Cohen, Founder and President. “Our team includes a full time safety director and everyone is dedicated to not only manufacturing the
finest in custom millwork and cabinetry products nationwide but to do so in an environment that is safe for all our employees. We are proud to have received this special recognition.”
The Architectural Woodwork Institute has been the voice of the woodworking industry for more than half a century. The organization provides networking and educational programs for all members. The AWI is known for The Architectural Woodwork Standards (AWS), a guide for the specification, construction, and installation of interior architectural woodwork. Each year it hosts a variety of award competitions honoring top performing companies in several categories.

Founded in 1982, Cohen Architectural Woodworking is a family-owned architectural woodworking firm headquartered in St. James, Missouri.

KWK Architects Principal Paul Wuennenberg to Share Expertise on Designing Residential Colleges at Upcoming Conference

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KWK Architects principal Paul Wuennenberg, AIA, LEED AP, along with Diane Brittingham, Director of Residential Life and Associate Director at the University of Oklahoma (OU), have been invited to speak about the university’s recently completed residential colleges during the 2018 Southwest Association of College and University Housing Officers (SWACUHO) Conference, Feb. 18-20 in San Marcos, TX.

KWK Architects, with architect-of-record ADG, designed the first residential colleges at the University of Oklahoma. The $75 million Headington and Dunham Residential Colleges opened this semester with 600 upperclassmen (300 students in each building). A dedication ceremony was held on Oct. 11, 2017.

Wuennenberg and Brittingham’s program will take an in-depth look at the university’s new residential colleges  which are modeled after the residential colleges at Ivy League universities. Program participants will learn how the residential college model has evolved and how the design process for creating these facilities differs from a traditional residence hall. The pair will also evaluate the impact that this model is having on the residential life program at OU.

The residential college model combines three aspects of student life: the living space, learning space and fellowship development, and typically features a faculty master apartment and office, a variety of student rooms, private parking, seminar/conference rooms, lounges, study areas, libraries and dining rooms. Each college also typically embodies a house motto, colors, crest and athletic teams.

For more information about the 2018 SWACUHO Conference, visit

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.


Hicor Group Receives 2017 Business of the Year Award from St. Louis Development Corporation

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The Hicor Group, a Carpentry services provider, has received a 2017 Business of the Year Award from the St. Louis Development Corporation (SLDC).  The award honors the minority certified (MBE) Contractor for its unique achievements and contribution to the City’s growth and development in the past year.  St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson presented the award to Andrew Stafford, President of The Hicor Group, at the annual Mayor’s Business Celebration Luncheon on October 13.

“We are extremely proud that the Mayor and SLDC have recognized us for our commitment to the economic development of the City of St Louis through our participation in projects at the Scott Joplin House, Soldiers Memorial, Nathaniel Rivers Apartments, Locust St. Lofts and in the Cortex Innovation District,” said Stafford.  “We continue to focus on providing superior carpentry and construction services to both public and private construction projects in St Louis and build on the recent success we’ve experienced.”

After completing a $1.1 million renovation earlier this year, The Hicor Group moved its headquarters into the former Bronson Residence. The 132-year-old Late Victorian home listed on the National Historic Register at 3201 Washington Avenue, was recognized by The Landmarks Association of St Louis as one of its Most Enhanced Buildings for 2017.

The Hicor Group is experiencing a 30 percent growth in business in 2017 over 2016, and is projecting an additional 50 percent growth in 2018.  The company currently has over 30 employees and anticipates reaching 75-100 employees by the end of next year.

Founded in 2014, the company is a MBE and an SBA-certified Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB).  Stafford is a 15-year veteran of the regional construction industry. For more information on The Hicor Group, visit

Photo Above: Lyda Krewson, Andrew Stafford and Otis Williams

Payne Family Homes Launches New Commercial Real Estate Division with $400 Million 260-Acre Mixed Use Project in O’Fallon

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Development to include 25 acres of neighborhood retail, over 80 acres of mixed use

Payne Family Homes, an award-winning residential construction company, is launching a new commercial real estate division with a 260-acre mixed-use project in O’Fallon, Missouri.

Tentatively called The Streets of Caledonia, this $400 million commercial development will encompass 260 acres in O’Fallon at Highway 64/40 and Route DD, next to the future 55-acre O’Day Park to open next year.  With nearly 4,000 feet of highway frontage, the project will have approximately 25 acres of neighborhood retail and approximately 80 acres of mixed-use office space such as office, medical, hospitality, and senior housing.

“Retailers and commercial tenants are looking for populated areas with an existing pool of customers,” said Ken Kruse, President. “Payne has built beautiful neighborhoods for ten years now, full of people who want convenient access to work, grocery, shopping, and other amenities.  Bringing commercial into our portfolio makes sense as commercial and homes go hand-in-hand.”

Plans for The Streets of Caledonia include an anchor grocery store with surrounding neighborhood retail, gas convenience store, a pharmacy, an urgent care center, an independent living facility, high-end multi-family housing, and more.  Payne is working with the City of O’Fallon to increase road access and improve traffic flow in the area, in anticipation of greater traffic volumes.  The current interchange at Winghaven Boulevard and I-64/40 is similar in size to the existing Boone Crossing interchange in Chesterfield Valley, which is able to smoothly move considerable traffic volume.

About 400 homes from every Payne portfolio price point will surround the shopping on the west and south side of the project, as site challenges will only allow residential on those sides.

“We are extremely optimistic about the potential for this development in the heart of our high-tech district,” said O’Fallon Mayor Bill Hennessy.  “With the proximity to businesses like MasterCard and Citi as well as the tremendous access to the I-64 corridor, we’ve long believed that this property could host a transformational development on O’Fallon’s south side.  Knowing the strength of the partners we have on board, our City is confident that this mixed-use development will be of the highest quality and provide a new anchor for the entire region.”

Payne plans to break ground in 2018.  This project should take at least five years to develop and should exceed $400 million in value.

O’Fallon is set to begin construction on O’Day Park next month, with plans calling for an activity and conference center, a camping area, trails, an amphitheater, and an adventure playground area.  The Streets of Caledonia will also be adjacent to the under-construction Caledonia Soccer Park, Regal O’Fallon Stadium 14 movie theater, and the August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area.

25 acres of retail space is listed with commercial real estate broker NAI DESCO and 60 acres of mixed use space along the highway is listed with Gershman Commercial.

About Payne Family Homes

Established as one of the Payne Family of companies in 2007, 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, St. Charles, and Jefferson counties, Payne Family Homes builds memorable estate homes, villas, and single-family homes in nearly every price range.  For more information, visit or call (314) 477-1218.

Western Specialty Contractors Completes Restoration/Waterproofing of Museum Roof Beneath St. Louis’ Historic Gateway Arch

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Western Specialty Contractors – St. Louis Branch recently completed a project to restore and waterproof the roof of the Museum of Westward Expansion located beneath the iconic Gateway Arch on the St. Louis Riverfront. The work is part of a multi-phase project, spearheaded by non-profit organization CityArchRiver Foundation, to expand and renovate the underground museum, plus renovate the grounds surrounding the Arch.

Work on the 100,000-square-foot existing museum roof started by removing 16-18 inches of sod and sandy soil, 10-28 inches of Elastizell engineered fill and the existing waterproof membrane down to the structure deck using a bulldozer and air scrapers.

Once the roof was exposed, Western crews went to work identifying and repairing leaks in the existing museum lid that had been present for many years, as the existing waterproofing had exceeded its lifespan. Several methods were used to evaluate the condition of the concrete roof, which included a chain-drag sounding survey for the structural concrete deck, along with visually identifying delamination and cracks.

Western crews then installed a 2-ply Laurenco modified bitumen sheet waterproofing covered with WR Meadows PC2 protection board. An electronic leak detection system followed by a permanent leak detection grid system were installed over the protection board. Crews then installed a layer of 1-1/2 60 psi Dow extruded polystyrene with an additional layer of WR Meadows PC2 protection board and a J-Drain 780 drainage mat.

The next phase of the project involved waterproofing the 42,000 SF horizontal lid and 37,000 SF vertical walls of the museum addition. Western’s scope of work included installing 2-ply Laurenco modified bitumen sheet waterproofing covered with WR Meadows PC2 protection board, and installing an electronic leak detection system, along with two layers of 1-1/2 60 psi Dow extruded polystyrene. A layer of 1.5″ 60 psi Dow extruded polystyrene was installed on the vertical walls and a J-Drain 780 drainage mat on both the horizontal and vertical walls.

Additional waterproofing of the north and south museum entrances (approx. 13,800 SF), which included approximately 5,000 SF of deck around each Arch leg, was also completed.

The museum was largely operational during construction and a lot of the time Western crews were working over occupied space. Western sequenced the removal of existing roofing material so that they could remove, clean and install new roofing material daily to keep the museum dry during construction.

Testing was a daily requirement during the waterproofing installation. Western was required to complete a pull test every 500 SF and take moisture readings every 100 SF. Daily observation reports had to be completed during the waterproofing application, with all testing results and location tests documented along with weather conditions. Additionally, Western crews took 50 photos daily to document the testing and work area.

Construction on the Arch grounds began in August 2013, while renovations to the museum and visitor center began in April 2015. The improved underground Museum of Westward Expansion is expected to be finished by summer 2018.

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

21st Annual McCarthy Charity Softball Tournament Raises $6,500 for St. Louis Organizations

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Nineteen area architecture and engineering firms compete in charity tournament. 


A co-ed softball and grilling tournament hosted by McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. has raised $6,500 for three local charities. Nineteen local architecture and engineering firms competed in the 21st annual tournament, which took place August 19 at the Ozzie Smith Sports Complex in O’Fallon, Mo. Since its inception in 1996, the tournament has raised more than $100,000 to benefit St. Louis area community organizations.


Tournament champion Ross & Baruzzini is donating its $3,500 prize to Circus Flora, a nonprofit theater company specializing in one-ring circus production. Runner-up champion KPFF Consulting Engineers is donating its $1,500 prize to Be the Match Registry, which manages the world’s largest and most diverse marrow registry.


Six teams also showcased their grilling skills in the McGrill Master grilling competition. Winning team TJ Wies Contracting is donating its $1,500 prize to Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital, which bridges the gap between traditional hospital treatment and home for children with complex medical conditions.


“Each year, McCarthy looks forward to hosting this charity event, which brings together colleagues at many local architecture and engineering firms in a fun way that benefits some worthy community organizations,” said Ray Elking, McCarthy preconstruction director and tournament coordinator. “McCarthy is committed to helping grow and strengthen our St. Louis community, and it is wonderful to be able to join together with our industry friends to make a difference.”


Headquartered in St. Louis, 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. 

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