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IMPACT Strategies Passes Milestone On St. Louis-Belleville Hofbrauhaus

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Construction-management firm IMPACT Strategies, Inc., has surpassed the half-way point in building the St. Louis-Belleville Hofbrauhaus, the largest single themed destination restaurant in the region.

The 31,000-square-foot structure, reaching 58 feet in height, is the largest of the seven Hofbrauhaus restaurants in North America, and is about half-again larger than the 20,000-square-foot Chicago facility.

The restaurants are modeled after the traditional and centuries old beer halls and restaurants in Bavaria. Each building must meet strict standards for appearance, quality and detailed craftsmanship. Similarly strict standards are set for food, beverages and service.

“The Hofbrauhaus will have the look and feel of old world Germany,” according to IMPACT President Mark Hinrichs. “The architecture is unique, and includes high vaulted ceilings. The look, the attention to detail that the developers are requesting, and the general atmosphere to be created will help assure that Hofbrauhaus becomes a popular destination for adults throughout the region and beyond,” he said.

Hofbrauhaus beers will be brewed on-site with state-of-the-art equipment produced in Vienna and shipped to Belleville. Munich-based brewmasters will assist in managing installation of the equipment and will train local brewmasters and staff. Furnishings and beer steins will duplicate Old World Bavarian beer halls

The kitchen is designed to assure that 1,000 diners can be served at one seating. A private dining room will accommodate up to 250 people and an outdoor biergarten another 250 guests.

IMPACT Strategies, Inc., specializes in retail, commercial, medical, senior housing and education construction and offers comprehensive construction services including design-build, general contracting, construction management and pre-construction management.

Edward Jones Parking Garage Project Update

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IWR North America, formerly IWR Building Systems, partnered with Troco Custom Fabricators  to design and install unique, high-end louvers on the new Edwards Jones parking garage in Maryland Heights.

The stationary louvers, or “cassettes,” provide a flowing, kinetic look due to the slightly different angles and bronze colors of each slat. Each panel changes in transparency as you move along the screen, appearing to visually move while remaining in a fixed position. These types of cassettes can be adapted to most any parking garage providing a new and more artistic look to a normally drab parking garage structure.

Prefabrication in Troco’s shop allowed IWR to install numerous cassettes in a very short time. When design works hand-in-hand with installation, maximum cost efficiency is recognized, resulting in reduced labor costs to benefit the contractor and the client.

McCarthy Completes New Missouri S&T Residence Hall for Fall Semester

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McCarthy Logo (New Aug 2016)Design-build delivery and innovative construction methods kept the project on schedule

The new 450-bed University Commons residence hall at Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) in Rolla, Mo., is ready for students to move in this fall. McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. and its partners completed the 125,000-square-foot residence hall in about half the time as a typical project of this scope by using efficient construction methods and materials.

“We’re thrilled to have this new state-of-the-art residence hall ready in time for returning students,” said Ted Ruth, director of design and construction management at Missouri S&T. “From the start, the project ran smoothly, and we were excited to benefit from McCarthy’s specialized expertise in higher education construction.”

The design-build project integrates a prefabricated panel system fabricated by Eisen Panel Group in St. Charles, Mo., and transported to the campus. These specialized panels are designed for immediate weather-proof capabilities with the added benefit of quick assembly. Made of cold-formed steel, the pre-assembled panels could be installed much quicker than conventional building materials, allowing for complete enclosure of the building to reduce water infiltration and the potential for mold and mildew.

“Through collaborative teamwork and strategic planning, we were able to complete this project quickly and safely, and we’re eager for students to experience this terrific new facility,” said Jeremy Witts, McCarthy project manager.

KWK Architects and The Lawrence Group collaborated on the design of the project.

Beal Roofing Expands to New Location

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Expected to be one of the Midwest’s largest showrooms for roofing products

John Beal Roofing experiences growth through the roof!  The company is relocating to a new 20,000-square-foot building at 12181 Prichard Farm Road, St. Louis, Mo. 63043 – it is expected to be one of the Midwest’s largest showrooms for roofing products.  The opening is planned for September 1, 2016.

Customers will be able to view more than 100 shingle colors on display representing every shingle manufacturer. An interactive media center will enable customers to upload a photo of their own home and see how different shingle colors and styles will look before installing.  John Beal Roofing is working closely with Owens Corning (shingles) and Mule-Hide (flat roof) to have the latest, greatest products and technology on display.  Also featured will be a model home with a hands-on display of all roofing components.

John Beal Roofing experienced a record month of $3.4 million in June.  The company is already on pace to have another banner year, setting a new record of $25 million in sales. Last year’s revenue was $18 million. The company is at a peak staffing level of 49 employees, but expects to add another 50 jobs by this time next year as it continues business expansion.

John Beal Roofing has revolutionized the roofing industry and grown to be an industry leader by providing the most competitive prices with the longest warranties. The company created an app that allows orders to be completed with little to no waste, and results in a more consistent pricing model. In addition to the new mobile pricing app, leadership has redesigned the way they conduct business by focusing on improved communications with customers, who are at the center of the organization.

John Beal Roofing  installs reliable roofing systems in the greater St. Louis area every day, and the staff is consistently out in the community engaging and educating customers. John Beal Roofing strives to address customer concerns as they arise – always ethically and respectfully. Eighty percent of their work is residential, with twenty percent commercial.

Additionally, the company is a growing financial contributor to the St. Louis region. In partnership with ABC Supply and Owens Corning, John Beal Roofing recently donated $10,000 to support the Spay/Neuter Fund at the Humane Society of Missouri’s Animal Medical Center of Mid-America because summer is the peak season for animals coming into the shelter. To help make a difference, please donate to the “Beal 4 Barks” fund on line at

John Beal Roofing, a third-generation roofing company, serves the entire greater St. Louis area, including St. Louis City, and St. Louis, St. Charles, Jefferson, Jersey, Madison, St. Clair and Monroe Counties

ISS Insulation Services & Solutions Announces Partnership with Lou Brock Mechanical

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Two St. Louis-based mechanical contractors collaborate on upcoming projects

ISS Insulation Services & Solutions, a full-service mechanical insulation contractor specializing in both commercial and industrial markets, announces a mentoring partnership with Lou Brock Mechanical, a commercial HVAC mechanical contractor serving the St. Louis metropolitan area for the past three years.  The two organizations will strategically partner on projects where their combined service portfolios will offer more complete, comprehensive solutions for their collective customer base.

“As we continue to grow our company and exceed market demands, we are very selective on our partnerships,” said Nick Eaton, general manager at ISS Insulation Services & Solutions. “Lou Brock Mechanical’s vision, culture and commitment to the St. Louis community aligns seamlessly with our company, and we’re both eager to work together.”

As the installation season continues to move forward in 2016, the two companies have multiple projects contracted for the remainder of the year.

“Our company was founded on the premise that top-quality HVAC contracting services, attention to detail and an impeccable reputation can greatly benefit our customers, as well as our community,” said Lou Brock, Jr., president of Lou Brock Mechanical. “We’re thrilled to begin this partnership with a company that has such a dedication to the St. Louis community and roots dating back to 1895.”

ISS Insulation Services & Solutions, a member of the National Insulation Association, is a full-service insulation contractor specializing in both commercial and industrial markets.

Lou Brock Mechanical, located in St. Louis, Mo., was founded by Lou Brock, Jr. in 2013. The company is MBE/DBE and Section 3 certified with various capabilities including pipefitting fabrication and installation, design and construction services, HVAC contracting and more.

New Building Enclosure Consulting Firm Rosen Scarfino Opens Its Doors

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Rosen Scarfino is pleased to announce the opening of its building enclosure consulting firm serving developers, architects, contractors, and property managers across the country to help clients meet their goals on new construction projects and existing buildings.

Rosen Scarfino specializes in the design, installation, and performance of exterior wall systems to help ensure the building enclosure satisfies project goals and governing code requirements. With a professional staff well-versed in a variety of cladding materials and systems, Rosen Scarfino is a key asset to project teams on new construction projects.

On existing buildings, Rosen Scarfino performs forensic investigative services for issues such as water penetration, air leakage, glass breakage, thermal discomfort, and structural issues. Rosen Scarfino assesses these complex facade-related issues to provide practical and effective solutions.

Rosen Scarfino was co-founded by managing partners Aaron Rosen and Brett Scarfino. Aaron is a registered professional engineer that specializes in forensic investigations for water leakage, condensation, and structural failure for varying building and exterior wall systems. He is also well versed in factors affecting appearance, performance, and fabrication limitations of high performance architectural glass. Aaron has acquired more than 12 years of professional experience working as a Technical Services Manager for a leading glass fabricator as well as an Architectural Engineering Consultant for a highly respected nationwide building enclosure consulting firm.

Brett has more than 10 years of experience handling various building enclosure consulting roles with a highly respected nationwide building enclosure firm. Brett has successfully managed the consulting efforts on projects with construction values ranging from $5 million to $500 million. He has extensive experience in all phases of design and construction with a range of envelope systems. While new construction has been Brett’s career emphasis, he has also contributed to a number of existing building projects spanning from reclad to structural failure, thermal discomfort, and water penetration.

Integrated Facility Services acquires Wally’s Refrigeration at Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri

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Integrated Facility Services (IFS), a full-service mechanical contractor with offices in St. Louis and Columbia, has acquired Wally’s Refrigeration at Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri.

The acquisition expands IFS Mid-Missouri’s commercial refrigeration system sales, installation and service for businesses such as restaurants and bars, grocery and convenience stores, and marinas. IFS Mid-Missouri also provides sales and service of commercial and residential ice machines.

Wally’s Refrigeration has provided commercial refrigeration and ice machine service to the Lake of the Ozarks region for more than 30 years. Wally Welchel and his four former employees have joined the IFS team.

“We are excited to bring Wally and his service techs to the IFS team. Their extensive knowledge and experience in commercial refrigeration are a good fit in IFS’s mission to be a one-stop shop for maintenance on any commercial facility,” said Lee Tiberghien, area manager of the IFS Mid-Missouri office in Columbia.

Wally’s Refrigeration, a local family-owned company, was founded in1986. Clients include Paul’s Markets (now Woods Supermarket), Bluff City Ice and many others. For more information, call (573) 348-3036 or visit

IFS is a full-service HVAC, plumbing, piping, fire protection and building automation firm with more than 220 professional and trade employees and has been a family owned company since 1966.

The Korte Company Honors Founder

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Ralph Korte
Ralph Korte

Currently, celebrating its 58th anniversary, The Korte Company is honoring the life of founder and design-build pioneer, Ralph Korte.

After the tornados of December 1957, Ralph got to work rebuilding local buildings. Over 3,000 projects and 45 million square feet of construction later, the Korte Company has consistently been named one of the top privately owned companies in the St. Louis Area.
In 1958, Ralph Korte founded The Korte Company when he bought an 8-inch heavy-duty saw for $79 and a pick-up truck for $100 in the town of Highland, Illinois. 58 years later, The Korte Company has completed more than 3,000 projects across 42 states and Puerto Rico. The company, which helped establish the design-build method, has delivered more than 45 million square feet of construction in the healthcare, education, and industrial sectors. Learn more about the life of Ralph Korte, the son of a dairy farmer who turned five dollars into one of the nation’s top 100 Design-Build firms, as ranked by Engineering News and Record.

You can read Ralph’s full story here.

Link to Youtube Video


HOK Designs Renovation to Convert 1930s Building Into Modern Office for Tyson Foods

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Tyson InteriorProject contributes to the revitalization of downtown Springdale, Arkansas

As part of Tyson Foods’ revitalization of downtown Springdale, AR, HOK’s adaptive reuse project has converted a vintage trucking warehouse into an open office space. Built in the 1930s as a terminal for Jones Truck Lines (JTL), the building formerly housed the Springdale Morning News and most recently was an Orscheln Farm & Home store.

HOK collaborated with Tyson Foods and the Downtown Springdale Alliance to renovate the JTL Building to house approximately 100 Tyson employees and a new company store. Tyson welcomed employees to the new office with a ribbon cutting and open house event on July 7, 2016.

“Tyson used this building renovation as an opportunity to redefine how its people work,” said Bob Blaha, LEED GA, director of design, interiors for HOK in St. Louis. “The company will apply design strategies carried out here to future spaces, including its original headquarters building.”

Lower workspace panel heights, huddle and break rooms, and lounge and collaborative spaces adjacent to workstations give employees the opportunity to work differently within the space based on their needs. Centralized dine-in break spaces create a hub for employees from different departments to gather between open office areas.

The renovation has reopened the original truck bay windows to bring natural light into all workspaces. Retaining the original wood joist exposed ceiling allows daylight to penetrate deep into the space and offers a layer of sound absorption.

A company store provides a wholesale outlet offering Tyson Foods products and limited grocery items. The addition of this retail space helps draw people to downtown Springdale.

HOK’s work in Springdale continues with the renovation and expansion of Tyson’s original headquarters building at 319 E. Emma Ave, expected to be complete in the second half of 2017.

HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm. Tyson Exterior


Design-Build Partnership of McCarthy Building Companies and Merrick & Company Selected for Oak Ridge National Laboratory

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McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. and Merrick & Company have entered into a design-build partnership agreement with UT-Battelle, LLC to deliver ongoing construction projects at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL),  a U.S. Department of Energy facility in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

The exclusive multi-year Basic Ordering Agreement (BOA) is expected to include the renovation of existing facilities as well as the construction of new office, laboratory and industrial space. It may also include the construction of new or upgraded utility infrastructure, such as electrical power distribution, potable and process water systems, sanitary and storm sewer systems, and telecommunications systems. The total value of the program, including option years, is $49 million.

“We’re excited to partner with ORNL to deliver efficiency and value through our ongoing commitment to quality, safety and the use of progressive construction technologies,” said McCarthy Project Director Ryan Molen.

Previous projects completed by McCarthy at ORNL include the Maximum Building Energy Efficiency Research Laboratory (MAXLAB), the Chemical & Material Sciences Building, and parking garage and utilities projects.

Merrick’s lead Project Architect, from the firm’s Oak Ridge office, adds, “The work being done at ORNL by UT-Battelle is critical to the nation, and Merrick is pleased to continue our A-E work at the lab in partnership with McCarthy in the provision of progressive project delivery methods for general plant projects.”

Previous work by Merrick at ORNL includes providing the design of the Target Maintenance Hot Cell for the Spallation Neutron Source project, High Flux Isotope Reactor Fuel Pool Tool qualification, a current A-E BOA contract and participation in the design of proposed U-233 treatment and packaging systems.

UT-Battelle, LLC, was established in 2000 as a private not-for-profit company for the sole purpose of managing and operating the Oak Ridge National Laboratory for the U.S. Department of Energy.

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. is one of the nation’s premier commercial construction companies. Founded in 1864, the firm is currently the 16th largest builder in America (Engineering News-Record, May 2016) with headquarters in St. Louis and 14 additional offices in the United States.

Merrick & Company, an engineering, architecture, design-build, surveying, planning, and geospatial solutions firm, serves domestic and international clients in the energy, chemicals, national security, life sciences, and sustainable infrastructure markets

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